4th Week of September, 1754, from the London Magazine
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At a court of common-council at Guildhall, a report concerning a new bridge at Black-Fryars, as also pulling down the houses, and enlarging the passage over London-Bridge, was read, and ordered to be printed, and sent to all the members of the said court.
George Streatfield, Alexander Sheafe, and Allen Evans, Esqrs. having refused to take upon them the office of sheriff, to which they were lately elected, the court ordered that actions should be brought against all those gentlemen for the penalties incurred by their refusal. A committee of four aldermen, and eight commoners was chosen to direct the conducting of the said prosecution ; and they are impowered to draw upon the chamberlain for any sum necessary to defray the expence.
Samuel Fludyer, Esq; alderman of Cheap ward, and John Torriano, Esq;citizen and merchant-taylor, the two new sheriffs, were this day sworn in at Guildhall, with the usual formality; and on Monday following they were sworn in at Westminster.
Stephen Theodore Janssen, Esq; alderman and stationer, vice-president of the British herring-fishery, was elected into the high office of lord-mayor of London for the year ensuing. After which he returned thanks to his fellow-citizens in a genteel speech, for the great honour they had conferred on him.
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From the Appendix to the 3d part of Mr. Franklin’s New Experiments on Electricity, lately published, it seems as if a new Improvement might from that Art be made in our Cookery, as well appear from the Appendix itself, the first Part of which is as follows.
“As Mr. Franklin, in a former letter to Mr. Collinson, mentioned his intending to try the power of a very strong electrical shock upon a turkey, that gentleman accordingly has been so very obliging as to send an account of it, which is the following purpose.
He made first several experiments on fowls, and found that two large thin glass jars gilt, holding about six gallons, and such as I mentioned had employed in the last paper I laid before you on this subject were sufficient when fully charged, to kill commons hens outright; but the turkeys, though thrown into violent convulsions, and then lying as dead for some minutes, would recover in less than a quarter hour. However, having added three other such to the former two, though not fully charged, he killed a turkey of about ten pounds weight, and believes that they would have killed a much larger. He conceited, as himself says, that the birds killed in this manner eat uncommonly tender.”