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SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION OF HAYSTACKS. Mr. Mechi, of Tiptree-hall, has sent the following useful hint to The Times, tor publication:— A lamentable, but easily preventible, destruction of food and valuable property is occurring in this and, I fear, many other counties by the partial, or total, spon- taneous combustion of haystacks. The crop this year is unusually heavy, and for want of sufficient manipu- lation, or hay shaking, the grass has failed to lose 60 out of the 75 per cent. of water that it contained. The consequence is a generation of confined steam and a partial carbonisation or total combustion of the stack and, in some cases, of the adjoining buildings. About three years ago a farmer contrived a simple mode of prevention, which was manufactured by a large Suffolk firm. and which I at once put chasecl at a cost, I think, of 38s. It is simply an iron pipe of 2 inches in diameter, riddled with holes, and having a pointed wooden nozzle. This is driven horizontally into the stack where an undue heat is suspected, the pent up heated steam finds its way into the pipe, and passes at once along it to the outside, where an elbow pipe is attached to give it an upward and better draught. When the weather is cool the elbow is occasionally re- moved to get rid of the water resulting from condensed vapour. No one need have an injured stack, or deteriorated hay, if this simple instrument be used. The pipe may be withdrawn by a horse when no longer required in the stack. By watching the stack at dawn of day, or by the suspicious aroma, one may always have due warning of danger. As corn-harvesting progresses I see painful evidence that the wheat grain will not harmonise with the straw, owing to the extensive root falling or stem rotting, which has impeded or arrested circulation and caused frothy beads and shrivelled kernels. There is great bulk of straw.

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