Oh dear, I've got side-tracked again . . .but I couldn't resist this one: A PROMINENT chemist has made a suggestion which promises to add greatly to the efficiency of the police force. He proposes to supply the men with india-rubber waistcoats filled with hydrogen gas. A policeman thus equipped would, to a certain extent, triumph over the law of gravity. Lightened of a portion of his weight he would be able to run with amazing swiftness, his mode of progression being a series of bounds many yards in length. No runaway criminal could possibly escape an officer thus equipped, while the work of a policeman on his beat would be so easy that he would not be obliged to take frequent rests against lamp-posts or in the corners of doorways. In case of a fire a vigorous leap would take him to a first floor, and he could descend and ascend from the congenial area with much more than his wonted agility, however great that is at present. The marvels of science are increasing with the assitance of lunacy and lying. From the Preston Chronicle. I was fully expecting the date to be 1 April, but it was 3 October 1885. It did appear in a column headed 'Wit and humour' though.