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THE fact has been known during some years past that the so-called safety matches, which are warranted to ignite “only on the box,” can be fired by being rubbed on glass, and as Mr. Preece recently pointed out (NATURE, vol. xiii. p. 208), on ebonite. I find that they can be ignited by friction against ivory (I used an ivory paper-knife), steel (a steel spatula, somewhat worn), zinc, copper, marble with the polish worn off, and a freshly-cleaved surface of slate.

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