Prof. A. Gnham Bell, who went to 3aris last September to receive the Volta tam awarded to bioj by the French academv for the iuvention of the articulating elephone, returncd to New York Sunday ;y the steamer City of Montreal. The Volta priie is 50,000 francs. It was orignated by Napoleon 1. for improvetnents q eltíctric aoparatus and hs previously een awarded to hut one persou- Rubni off, in 1848. The prolessor says he firmy believes he has transtnitted articúlate ounds by means of his new instrument, he photophone, without the electrio curen t. He is not ready yet to fully demontrate tbe fact. "In the solar observaory uear Paris,' be sys, "we made some experimenta on thesun, but the apparatus was nit proper for that purpose ; and, al hough we obtained resu'.ts in the simpe of ¦und, they really proved notbinf?. My K'lirf it that with a minute selinum cell and a telescope so arranged that we can net the nys ('rom a single granulation, we hall be able to hear on earth, storms on he surface of' the sun. We have transuiitted aniculate sounds by the photophone a mile, and musical sounds by the musical jhotophone 800 feet. An eightieth of the ight of the sun is sufficient to produce reults. We have used artificial lifrhts a [ood deal. In ita preeent state of per'ection the photouhone is of more scienific than practical valuc, but wben we can ransmit articulate sounds four or five miles, it will be of reat value.