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THE POPULAR SCIENCE MONTHLY.

NATURAL PRODUCTION OF ALCOHOL.[1]
By GASTON TISSANDIER.

M. A. MÜNTZ, of the French National Agronomical Institute, announces that he has discovered traces of alcohol as a natural product in cultivated soil, rain-water, sea and river-water, and the atmosphere. He has detected the product, it is true, only in the most

Fig. 1.
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infinitesimal quantities, but he has established the fact of its existence by analyses which are at once simple, clear, and convincing.

  1. Translated from "La Nature."