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.A SURRY WONDER

BARMOUTH

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CRICCLTH COUNCIL.

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MR WILLIAM HENRY PREECF. C,8,…

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CAMBRIAN RAILWAYS' TRAIN SERVICE.

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and ordered a bugler of the Royal Engineers to sound from that place the ordinary mili- tary call, because they come out very dis- tinctly over a great distance. Having at the right time satisfied himself that the bugler was playing, Mr Preece handed the instru- ment to Lord Tennyson, who astonished him by saying that he could hear nothing except a sound like the pattering cf hail! Mr Preece the listened, and certainly seemed to hear the bugle-calls: but no one else could, and so he went on with the lecture xle afterwards discovered that the people and ?wa^Pt°n,htd Tistake" the ^em^ and that the only bugle-calls he heard were by 1118 "pagination. He expected ? ?r i and—heard them! But since then he has always got more than one brain to verify bis telephone exnerlm^nts. curious experience Mr Preece has had—tnat of answering his letters by cable when out at sea In 18.59 the cable between rtsmouth and Alderney had broken, and one of the cable-boats went out to repair it, -*ir rreece being on board. When the broken ends were found—and it is quite easy to te] within a short distance where a cable is broken-an instrurne^. was attached to one end, and communici. »1 made with Southampton, and so to London. Mr Preece's letters were then telegraphed to him, and the replies telegraphed back. The cable was then repaired. Of course, Mr Preese has n tremerdjus belief in the future of electricity, especially as a means of traction and for the utilisation of the waste forces of Nature. For instance, he thinks that the cataracts 01 the Ni'c m-gbt, by means of electricity, be made a means cf iddigating the now waste lands of E-vpt. He is also greatly interested in what is called wireless telegraphy." already communi- cations are being passed at a distance of eighteen miles without wires, and Mr Preece is of opinion that ic will be quite possible to communicate with France in the same way In Mr Preece's delightful house at Wi'm- bledon there are evidences on every hand of his belief in electricity. You may see a flat- iron, ateakete and curling-tongs a!I heated by e ectncity; but the curling-tong, are not used by Mr Preece. The lighting & 6 ,'°'Use ls entirely by electricity generated SP?t' an(* the electric light in his bed- TlITi, years to.his ,ife- Five hours' ,P s always sufficied for him, so when he wa es m the morning he turns the light on T vLWith pen and nearly A DAYS TVORK BEFORE HE GETS UP. T ,mon £ the beautiful things at Gothic l^odge—a house built by Lady Anne Lindsay the author of "Auld Robin Gray," and i„ ie Captain Marryat wrot many of his amous nove s is a model ship, lighted with miniature electric lamps, and with a flash- light, also a doli's house similarly lighted. In addition to his other manifold qualïi- cati. ns, Mr Preece is a most chining speaker and lecturer.