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Greek fire.

The rebel General Beauregard protests against the Federal General Gillmore's use of “Greek fire” against Charleston, as an outrage against humanity, unworthy of civilized nations, etc.

The name “Greek fire” is applied to a peculiar compound of bitumen, naphtha, and pitch that burns on the surface or under water. It is composed largely of what the chemists call “arsenical alcohol,” most destructive in its effects, and, in course of its discharge, emitting a most offensive odor. “Greek fire” has frequently been employed in European wars, but not often in modern times. The secret of its preparation and use was derived from a native of Heliopolis, Syria, about a thousand years ago.--New-York Express.

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