Prof. Loomis has submitted a paper to the American Association for the advancement of Science, on some remarkable electrical phenomena exhibited in New-York. He states that for months in success on, electrical sparks, accompanied by loud snaps, have been observed in several houses.

"A stranger on entering one of these electrical houses, in attempting to shake hands with the inmates, receives a shock which is quite noticeable and unpleasant. Ladies in attempting to kiss each other are saluted by a spark. A spark is perceived whenever the hand is brought near to the knob of a door - the gilded frame of a mirror - the gas pipes - or any metallic body - especially when this body communicates freely with the earth. In one house which I have had an opportunity to examine, a child in taking hold of the knob of a door received so severe a shock that it ran off in great fright. The lady of the house in approaching the speaking tube to give orders to the servants, received a very unpleasant shock in the mouth, and was very much annoyed by the electricity until she learned first to touch the tube with her finger. In passing from one parlor to the other, if she chanced to step upon the brass plate which served as a slide for the folding doors, she received an unpleasant shock in the foot. ' When she touched her finger to the chandelier (the room was lighted with gas by a chandelier suspended from the ceiling) there appeared a brilliant spark and a snap as in the discharge of a Lcyden Jar of good size.

In many houses the phenomena have been so remarkable as to occasion general surprise and almost alarm.'1

After a careful examination, Professor L. has come to the conclusion that the electricity is excited by the friction of the shoes of the inmates upon the carpets of the houses. He observes:

"By skipping once or twice across a room with a shuffling motion of the feet, a person becomes highly charged, and then upon bringing the knuckle near to any metallic body, particularly if it have good communication with the earth, a bright spark passes. In almost any room which is furnished with a woolen carpet, and is kept tolerably warm, a spark may thus be obtained in winter - but in some rooms, the insulation is so good and the carpets are so electrical, that it is impossible to walk across the floor, without exciting sufficient electricity to give a spark."