The new Victoria bell, which is " Big Ben " re-cast, and is intended for the British Houses of Parliament, weighs 13 tuns. 10 cwt., 1 qr., 12 lbs., or rather morc than 2 tuns less than the original. Its diameter is 9 feet, and hight 7 feet G inches. Thc church of Bon Secours, at Rouen, France, is about to be supplied with a chime with all the modern improvements ; the chimes are to play special airs on saints' and holy days, and to have a finger-board, so that any musician can mako them discourse eloquent music.
This article was originally published with the title "News from the Bells" in Scientific American 13, 48, 384 (August 1858)