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Interesting Title Page
Reproduced by permission, British Newspaper Library
One interesting article, "The Chemist and the Horologist", describes the discovery of the first luminous watch, circa 1878; "Swiss ingenuity... has worked out a notable novelty in watches. The chemist and the horologist have come together, and the result is a discovery, which in the Middle Ages would have been set down to the immediate instigation of the father of all evil... A process, it appears, has been discovered by which the figures on a watch dial can be rendered luminous, so that, if once exposed during the day to the sunlight, they remain phosphorescent and visible throughout the night. Preparations are of course made for the production of these watches on a large scale.... There is certainly one slight difficulty here, in the fact that in our unrivalled clime the sun is sometimes even less visible than the faces of the watches; but perhaps science, which has already done so much for us, will next grant us the luxury of an artificial sun to make our happiness complete" (pp. 39-40).