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Efforts in the first place were made to regenerate the manganese

waste, so as render it continuously available for manufacturing pur poses ; and secondly, it was frequently attempted to dispense alto gether with the use of manganese in the process.



MnCl 2 + CaCO a + H 2 ? MnCO, . H 2 + CaCl 2 .


The manganese carbonate is subsequently allowed to subside, and

the solution of chloride of calcium is washed out. The manganese carbonate is drained till it becomes a white putty-like mass, when it is put into shallow iron trays, and roasted in a furnace at a heat gradually increasing to 550 or 600 Fahr. Under the influence of the heat the carbonic acid is driven ofF, and by degrees, from being a white powder, the manganese compound darkens till on the com pletion of the process it is a soot-like mass. Owing principally to the expensive nature of the plant necessary, the Dunlop process never extended beyond St Rollox ; but it has satisfactorily main

tained its position in that gigantic establishment.
The method of artificially oxidizing manganese which is now

almost universally adopted, and has during the past few years quite revolutionized the bleaching powder manufacture, ia that invented by Mr Walter Weldon. Mangauous chloride by treatment with lime becomes changed into the lower oxide of manganese (MnO), a body which with great difficulty is raised to the higher sesquioxide (Mii-jOj), beyond which stage of oxidation no exposure to oxygen raises it. But when treated with excess of lime the mangauous oxide rapidly unites with oxygen, and becomes transformed into the peroxide (Mn0 2 ), which is the chemical compound available for the preparation of chlorine. It was this fact which Mr Weldon dis covered, and has turned to advantage in his process. The pheno menon he accounts for on the assumption that the sesquioxide (Mn 2 3 ) formed by the exposure of manganous oxide (Mn,0) to oxygen is really a mangnnous manganite, or a combination of MnO with Mn0 2 , the former having basic, the latter acid functions. The lime added by Mr Weldon supplies a more powerful base, and enables the whole of the manganese to attain to the condition of peroxide, uniting as it docs in such a manner with the lime as to form a calcium manganite (CaMn0 3 ). By employing a diminished quantity of lime along with an increased current of air, it has been found possible to effect the complete oxidation of the manganese,

au. acid manganite (CaMn0 3 , H 2 Mn0 3 ) being probably formed.
In his treatment of the still-liquors Mr Weldon first neutralizes

the acid, &c., as is done in Mr Dunlop s process. The clear rose- tinted liquor thereby obtained is passed into a vessel called the oxidizer, at a temperature of about 140 Fahr. A pipe for convey ing a current of air passes down the centre of the vessel, terminating near the bottom in a series of distributing pipes, and connected at the other end with a blowing engine. The liquor being at, or brought by injected steam to the proper temperature, then, according to Mr Weldon (Soc. of Arts Lecture, May 1874), the injection of air is commenced, and there is rapidly added, in the state of very fine division, 1 6 times the quantity of lime equivalent to the manganese in the liquor. This converts the charge into a thin white mud, which consists of solution of calcic chloride holding in suspension mangauous oxide, or MnO, and also holding partly in suspension partly in solution six-tenths of an equivalent reckoned on the manganese present of free lime. When a little of this white mud is thrown on to a filter, the clear filtrate is naturally found, owing to the quantity of free lime present, and to the powerfully solvent action upon lime of hot solution of calcic chloride, to possess a strongly alkaline reaction. As the injection of air goes on, the mud becomes gradually darker in colour, owing to the white hydrated MnO becoming converted into black Mn0 2 by absorption of oxygen from the injected air, what was originally a thin white mud being at length converted into a thin black mud. During the progress of this conversion of the originally white mud into a black mud, it is found that the alkaline reaction of the filtrate from the mud gradually diminishes in intensity, until at length it entirely dis appears ; and it is found, too, that when this alkaline reaction ceases, the absorption of oxygen from the injected air ceases also. When this stage is reached, which is at the end of two, three, four, or five hours, according to the relation between the size of the oxidizer and the size of the blowing-engine employed, a little more liquor is run into the oxidizer from the settlers above, the injection of air is con tinued for a few minutes longer, and the charge is then run off from the oxidizer into one or other of a range of settlers placed below it. In these it separates, in the course of a few hours, into rather more than half perfectly clear solution of calcic chloride, and a little less than half black mud of rather more than twice the density of that which left the oxidizer. The solution of calcic chloride is now decanted, and the settled mud is then ready for use for the liberation of

chlorine from hydrochloric acid.
The now practically universal use of regenerated manganese oxide in

a state of fine division has considerably modified the older operations for the manufacture of chlorine. Hydrochloric acid, according to the plan at present in use, is first run into the still, and the man ganese mud is admitted gradually to it in a carefully regulated stream. Instead of the old oblong trough-like still, one much more capa cious, of pentagonal form, is generally employed. The details of working vary in almost every establishment, but the following may be taken as an example of ordinary practice. A charge of hydro chloric acid, equal to the amount yielded by about 55 cwt. of common salt, is led into the still, and to it is added from 14 to 15 cwt. of 70 per cent, manganese. Finely slaked lime to the amount of 40 cwt. is spread in a uniform layer on the floor of the chamber, and from these quantities 70 or 71 cwt. of bleaching powder containing from 35 to 37 per cent, of available chlorine is obtained. The lime, after receiving a first charge of gas, is left 24 hours, when it is turned by workmen. Another charge is then admitted, and on the expiry of twenty-four hours more the bleaching powder is ready to be drawn

off and packed in barrels.
Of the many chlorine processes without manganese which have been

proposed, the only plan which has stood the test of wide practical application is that introduced in recent years by Mr Henry Deacon, of Widues, in Lancashire. Doubtless his is a process which would have been widely introduced but for the economy and satisfactory nature of Mr Weldon s method. A process for liberating chlorine from hydrochloric acid gas by exposing it with atmospheric air to a high temperature was patented by Mr Robert Oxlandin 1845. Mr Deacon discovered that in this process, when the air and gas are brought into contact with sulphate of copper the hydrochloric acid is decomposed much more completely and at a far lower temperature than without that salt. In practice hot hydrochloric acid gas and atmospheric air are passed over pieces of brick which have been dipped in a solution of sulphate of copper and sulphate of soda, and dried. Chlorine and water are produced by the decomposition, and some traces of hydrochloric acid also pass undecomposed. The water and acid are condensed, and the chlorine mixed with the residual nitrogen of the air passes on to the absorbing chambers. As the chlorine is greatly diluted by the nitrogen, the lime has to be exposed in thin layers over a large area, and Mr Deacon so arranges his chambers that the mixed gases as they enter meet almost com pletely saturated lime, but as the chlorine becomes absorbed, less highly chlorinized lime is met, till at the end it is almost fresh hydrate of lime over which they pass. Mr Deacon obtains from the acid of 1500 cwt. of salt, with the expenditure of 50 tons of small coal, upwards of 50 tons of 35 per cent, bleaching powder. The process is in operation in his own manufactory at Widues, and in some Continental establishments Mr Deacon s plant was intro

duced, but it has been practically abandoned.
Bleaching powder when fresh is a dry, white lime-like powder

emitting a strong odour of hypochlorous acid. Commercial samples vary considerably in strength, but when newly made and of good quality they should contain from 35 to 37 per cent, of available chlorine. On exposure bleaching powder parts with its chlorine with considerable rapidity, losing, according to some experimenters, at the rate of 63 per cent, per month. On the composition of

bleaching powder see Chemistry, page 494.
Potassium Chlorate or Chlorate of Potash. The preparation of

potassium chlorate is an example of the employment of chlorine on an extensive scale, its function, according to the ordinary process of manufacture, being to transform potassium chloride (KC1) into potassium chlorate (KC10 3 ) by supplying the necessary oxygen from lime. It is obtained by passing excess of chlorine into solution of

potassium chloride and milk of lime, according to the equation


KC1 + 3CaO + 3C1 2 ? 3CaCl a + KC10, .


The operation is conducted in close leaden vessels, fitted with

agitators and heated with steam. On the completion of the above reaction the liquid is filtered and evaporated to near dryness, and the residue is again dissolved in hot water. The two salts calcium chloride and potassium chlorate are then easily separated by crystal lization ; the former, being exceedingly soluble, remains in solution, while the latter deposits in tabular crystals, which may be purified by a slight washing. The salt is very largely used in the manu facture of lucif er matches and various detonating compounds, and in pyrotechny. It is also employed in calico printing as an oxidizing agent in the fixing of certain colours, and it is a convenient source

of pure oxygen in laboratory work.

CHLOROFORM, Trichloromethane, Terchloride of Formyl, or Dichlorinated Methylic Chloride,