Harvard and Oxford have had their rowing match, and, as was clearly foreshadowed in the English press, the Harvard boys came within one of beating. The distance, four miles and a half, was made by the Oxonians in 22 minutes and 40J seconds. The Harvards came in just six seconds behind—very much to their chagrin, no doubt, as they had traveled three thousand miles to play a game in English waters, where they had to contend against the powers of the best oarsmen in the world, and the sympathy of half a million Englishmen who naturally roared loud ?over the success of their favorites. It is now freely asserted that the Harvards were over-trained, and that, onthe day of the race, Simmons had the diarrhea and Loring was troubled with an angry boil. Princes, dukes, earls, lords, costermongers, fishmongers, cordwainers, roughs, women, and children, crowded the banks of the Thames, and considerable money'changed hands. Thus ends the boat race about which so much fuss has been made, and the universal Yankee nation is finally whipped for once at least. It becomes us to gracefully acknowledge the corn. The race was decided at about 37 minutes past 5 o'clock p. M., Greenwich time, and the result known here, owing to the difference in time, a few minutes past one o'clock. The real time occupied in the transmission was twenty-three minutes and thirteen seconds, the greater part of which was consumed in carrying the message on horseback to the nearest telegraph station. A Luminous Toe. A lady correspondent wrote to the Boston Transcript, that " upon retiring to rest, the gas being out and the room quite dark, the writer's attention was directed to her foot, which was illuminated by light, which, upon examination, was found to be phosphorescent, and proceeded from the upper Bide of the fourth toe of the right foot. Upon rubbing it with the hand the light increased and followed up the foot, the fumes filling the room with a disagreeable odor. This lasted some time, when the foot was immersed in a basin of water, hoping to quench the light, but to no purpose, for it continued beneath the surface of the water, the fumes rising above. The foot was taken out and wiped dry, but the light still remained. A second immersion of the foot followed, and soap applied, with the same result. No more experiments were tried, and alter a t;me it gradually faded and disappeared. The time occupied by the phenomenon was aboutthree quarters of an hour. The lady's husband substantiates the above facts, as he also witnessed them. Will some one please explain the above, as the emitting of phosphorus from a live body is new to the writer ?" The whole circumstances of the case go to show the presence of phosphorus. We have noticed a like phenomenon.but there is not the slightest necessity for supposing that it was " emitted from the live body." Galvanic Chain, " The galvanic chain," says The Druggist, " is really an instrument of most ingenious and beautiful construction, and is one of the handiest and most effective which the medical practitioner can employ. It is in the form of a flat flexible chain, and comprises 120 separate pairs of galvanic elements. These consist each of a small zinc tube for the electro-positive portion, surrounded with copper rings, which form the electronegative. The copper of one pair of elements is hooked into the inner side of the zinc tube preceding, while it is isolated from the zinc of its own pair by a simple but most ingenious set of stitches of thread. This petty flexible battery of 120 pairs is excised by simply dipping it into vinegar, and the links are near enough to retain sufficient fluid by capillary attraction to keep up the action for some time. There is thus constituted a battery yielding a very small quantity of galvanism owing to the small size of the individual elements, but high intensity owing to their number. It easily decomposes water, and of course saline solutions, and may be used to demonstrate the process of electrolysis. For medical purposes it yields a direct current, which is the desideratum for neuralgic affections, very decidedly but not violently. By attaching a little vibrating spring in the course of the conductor it gives a succession of interrupted shocks, such as are use lul for muMUlM and paralytic affections, Most of the cheap %R& haady ftlwtHMwignette aaeMnas, as it well feaowfij give only the interrupted, but not the continuous. The chain is an instrument of power and precision and convenience, and as such we recommend it to our medical brethren for the cases in which galvanism is known to be of use. There is another apparatus, called a belt, also flexible, and containing about forty elements of zinc and copper wire ingeniously interlaced and isolated.”
This article was originally published with the title "Oxford Wins"