In Frankfort, hotel chandelier with 9 burners but you had to light 8
of them in order to see the other 1. Bad gas has no nationality.
I spent a night at General Singleton's--one of the farmer princes of
Illinois--he lives two miles from Quincy, in a very large and elegantly
furnished house, and does an immense farming business and is very wealthy.
He lights his house with gas made on the premises--made from the refuse
of petroleum, by pressure. The apparatus could be stowed in a bath-room
very conveniently. All you have to do is to pour a gallon or two of the
petroleum into a brass cylinder and give a crank a couple of turns and
the business is done for the next two days. He uses seventy burners in
his house, and his gas bills are only a dollar and a quarter a week. I
don't take any interest in prize bulls, astonishing jackasses and prodigious
crops, but I took a strong fancy to that gas apparatus.
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