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A SELECTIVE MICROFILM EDITION

PART IT (1879-1886) Thomas E. Jeffrey Microfilm Editor and Associate Director Paul B. Israel Assistant Editor Mary Ann Hellrigel Douglas G. Tarr David W. Hutchings Robert A. Rosenberg Editorial Associates Leonard DeGraaf John Deasey Joseph P. Sullivan Barbara B. Tomblin Alan Stein Jacquelyn Miller Karen Kozak Maria Antonakakis

Student Assistants

Keith A. Nier Assistant Editor

Reese V. Jenkins Director and Editor

Sponsors Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey National Park Service, Edison National Historic Site New Jersey Historical Commission Smithsonian Institution

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THOMAS A. EDISON PAPERS

Reese V. Jenkins Director and Editor

Thomas E. Jeffrey Associate Director and Microfilm Editor

- Assistant Editors Research Associates Paul B. Israel Douglas G. Tarr Robert A. Rosenberg Mary Ann Hellrigel Keith A. Nier David W. Hutchings Andrew Butrica Assistant to the Director Secretary Helen Endick Grace Kurkowski Student Assistants Leonard DeGraaf Joseph P. Sullivan Alan Stein Karen Kozak

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A SELECTIVE MICROFILM EDITION PART If (1879-1886)

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D-79-028 [continued] through D-79-036 ("Mining - Platinum Search" through "Telegraph")

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Norgsong, nearly -all: offwhoms pronounced Wipecedary ; {them sliver oro, {Mnally, Mr. Clarke, of tho Clty ‘Poadary;\and Dr. Goo. Brown, deug- 1879, gist, submitted a portion of the ore to ohém- ical testa, aud both unrororvedly pronounced ‘tho game ‘almost ‘purc*platinun. ‘This‘an- jNouncenent has created quite ax excitomont; ‘}4n' our city, as this’ mital Is worth morg per: ounce: than: golds It ts largely used in. alll: eloctri¢~inatruments, and+-fs-am- essentias|- clement to the, suocess of Prof. Edison’s famous clectrii light. In tnet,’ Mr. Cdlionys ag offered $25,000 roward-for.the diavovery{t of ‘this metal in‘anything dike largetpranth|: ties, + efits a ge esa td | For 'the hirformation of-“our renders wt) [Biv 6 adpbeaogs tdi Ohanbory’Knoyolopredis|i F, 7 Lhog shud othor svorks, ‘upen the qublity, dogeripel)

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‘| @Poat-t-NOUM, or POATENUA. A mothl} -Jof the voor Of-ailvers but legs bright. Tey]: ipapediii¢ -gravityds 20, and insy be-ancrtaged ‘Thy heat nnd pressure to 21,5.° [tie nurder ‘{tiaw-iron; undergoca'no alterattor: in'nt, ‘|reststs the actton of acids, f4 very auctilo, and‘tapablo | oft belug rolled into. very: thin : Plates. It is the-beavicst und least expansl- te of the motata? ; ‘}) Fn Clave, nceyclopedhviws tttd: the followings: 0 \ oe a He ‘} DLAFINUA-s one of thenoblo metals, iJ which -Inay Lo obtalnedtn mord forme than jJoue, It 1s only found in the native state, {usually-oceurring {0 small -glistoning gran- re ‘jttos of a atcel-gray colory which always con- ‘{taing an admixture, in-virying proporttons; of sevérak otliér’ niétaly; most ‘ofowhich ara rarely found except tn assoclution with pla- dinum, Sometimes, howatan, it oevuys 1 Ingres -of the size of a pigcon’s egg, und y pidocs wetgliug ten, ot eyen twonty pounds, ave ocenblonally been found. Ithas so far only been tound: in payingt qyareities tir Columbuy, California, Oregon, Spain;! Aus. trallvand Russia, here are Lut two meth. :/ods of obtaining platinum fu tho torm of Boe Cel iJingots froin tlio ore, 1. o:, After tho-removal . jot tho metala assoviated \ritli-the platinum, : by Ue successive actidn of nitric-and hydro. chloric’ acids, Tho platinuin itself.ia dia- ‘Jeolved {a ‘aqua regio, from’ whioh ‘itis pre- cipitated« by-a solution’ of sal ammonia, in tho form dof t sparingly solublo-double sult {a'his salt is washed aud heated to.redness, and the ‘chlorine and ummonia. expelled; leaving the metal in the form of. gray; spongy soft muss, known. na spongy vlati- num. (tis thon iitely powdered;.and:slinped by intonso-pressure into a- waas, then OX posed to' Intenso heat in w wind furnace, and formed into ingots by hammering upon its two onds, * * * [Tho othor.method fy too Jorg for nublitation:{n? te! Nunva:] ‘| Platinum’ exhibits a blulsh-whi.e metalic lustre; {tis excoedingly malleable and duos tile; und ‘is vory infusible, melting-only bo- fore tho oxylydvogen blow-plpe, or in u vary,

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