Experiments and Observations on Electricity Made at Philadelphia in America

By Benjamin Franklin

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the liquor.

[6] Thunder-gusts are sudden storms of thunder and lightning, which are
frequently of short duration, but sometimes produce mischievous

[7] See the ingenious essays on electricity in the Transactions, by Mr

[8] See the first sixteen Sections of my former Paper, called _Farther
Experiments_, &c.

[9] See s 10 of _Farther Experiments_, &c.

[10] In the dark the electrical fluid may be seen on the cushion in two
semi-circles or half-moons, one on the fore part, the other on the
back part of the cushion, just where the globe and cushion separate.
In the fore crescent the fire is passing out of the cushion into the
glass; in the other it is leaving the glass, and returning into the
back part of the cushion. When the prime conductor is apply'd to take
it off the glass, the back crescent disappears.

[11] Gilt paper, with the gilt face next the glass, does well.

[12] See farther experiments, s 15.

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