Excerpt from The Mechanics' Magazine, Museum, Register, Journal, and Gazette, Vol. 28: October 7th, 1837-March 31st, 1838
Quot. 2. A jar of an ordinary size which had been in constant use for seve ral months, and which had discharged itself more than a hundred times with out any injury, at length burst as I was discharging it at the prime conductor. The whole was at a different place from that at which the discharge was made, but this does not always happen. The tip of my little finger happened to lie very lightly on the place, and I felt it was burst by a small pricking as of a pin, though the explosion at the con ductor was nearly e ual to that of any other discharge. The coating of a jar contiguous to one that is burst is always melted by the explosion.
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