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s worse. They would suddenly show satisfactory indications for a time, then fail again; but they gradually became weaker. The variations in the strength of the signals appeared to be due to the effect produced by the oxidation of the copper by means of the positive current at the place or places where the faults were situated, which oxidation gives an insulating covering to the wire, and to the clearing off of this covering from the copper when the negative currents were sent. On the 20th of October, a message was entered in the Valentia signal diary as being read thus: "Two hundred and forty tk-- -- (? two) Daniell's now in circuit." That was the reading as entered in the Valentia diary. The message really sent was: "Two hundred and forty trays, and seventy-two liquid Daniell's now in circuit. " So that the word that could not be made out was "trays"; that was the last effort of the cable. Attempts have subsequently been made to repair it, but the decay, from rust, of the outer