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IV. NOW REAPING KU II HARVESTS ALL OVEB THE WORLD BY TURNING LAUGHTER INTO HARD CASH.
D HIGHTr.ST Or ITS KIND IN THE WORLD.
' ~~ ~-E FRANCO-BRITISH EXHIBITION IN LONDON, SEATED BESIDE A
IfHISf ER&.
-^ C r v:.nt M'KiNLEY AT
M:\V-VOWII DAILY TRIBUNE, SIXDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 1910.
ONE OF THE FIRST SCENIC RAILWAYS IN AMERICA. IT WAS ERECTED AT ATLANTIC CITY.
make it respectable for grown-ups to go slid
ing-, he believed they would like it. Thereupon
he bought a ticket for a Pennsylvania town
where he had heard that a coal company was
running a road by gravity, coasting its cars
down one hill with force enough to take them
up another. The plan worked perfectly, so Mr.
Thompson experimented for a while, perfected
plans for guarding his passengers' safety and
took out patents on his road. This was the
"switchback" which was built in Coney Island
in ISB4.
The cellar door impulse is universal in its
workings. Twenty per cent of all the persona
who go to the amusement parks at Coney
Island go on one or more of the ridt-s before
they leave. There is no conservation of nat
ural resounes in the coaster business, for the
more people ride the more they want to. The
squealfullest girl that ever kept out of boats
can survive a trip on any "scenic railway"
and come out with a secret desire to in dragged
back again. By the end of the summer she
will certainly have ridden on ali the high ones.
and it is ten to one that she will be dropping
hints about how strange it is that nobody falls
out of the "Loop the Loop."
The coaster has flourished most conspicu
ously in the United States, where it was born
and where the desire of the people to "get ac
tion" for their money is th<- strongest. But it has
made some remarkable records elsewhere. Th<
ride that was put up at Shepherd's Bush, in
London, during- the Franco- British Exposition
took in $270,000 and carried two and a half
million persons. Queen Alexandra was among
the number.
In tropical and semi-tropical countries its suc
cess has been Immense. Like ever: thing • !s<?
in those regions, it has acquired a political sig
nificance. It has been observed that monarchy
flourishes in hot climates. The nearer the equa
tor the more absolute the despotism is likely
to be. Persia. Turkey, ancient Egypt were all
despotic kingdoms, while among Peary's Es
quirnaus independence is developed to such an
extent that there is no government at all, and
the tribe lives in a peaceful anarchy. The tur
buJ-nct- of such Central American n-pubiics as
have not sunk into practical dictatorships ha-s
ELABORATE SCENIC EFFECTS AT BALTIMORE.
been laid to an attempt to apply the govern**
ment of the temperate zone to the tropics,
Will the roller coaster, bringing- th<- flavor of
colder climates with it. speaking eloquently at
snow slides and frost, giving the dash a:i<l zest
of rapid motion to the lazy !if<- of i\:>- hotter
countries, bring with it the leaven of d«-rao
cratic ideas and independent thought ' Will it
make the peon, who h;is been made to move
fast for once in i.i- life, itch to see hig srov
x v active atwi :t their
That remains to b< sTn. There is no
do ibt, at any rate, thai it is making the nights
cooler for thousands of our overheated brown
ish neighbors, that it s tarrying the glad
of the cellar door through l;nvi« where
even the roofs are flat and unslidabte, and
that there as w<\\ as here ir is turning catis
: in int< good Yankee dollars.
J. V... Jr.
IS TIG Iff QUARTERS.
when the project for erecting a statue to *
certain great scholar was proposed, a colons!
was intrusted with one of the subscription pam
pers. Shortly after receiving it he approached
a well known citizen and asked for a subscrip
tion. But the citizen declined to subscribe; re
marking:
"I do n>>t consider, sir. that there is any ne
cessity for a monument to Mr. . His fame
is undying: it is enshrined in the hearts of his
countrymen."
"is he enshrined in your heart?" inquired the
colonel.
"He is, sir."
"Well, all I have to say.' retorted the other,
"is that he is in a tight place."— Tit Kirs.
iSOUT MATRIMONY.
A fool and her money are socn married.
"Wives. generally speaking, are — generally
speaking.
Only the brave deserve tho fair, but the rich
Set them.
Matrimony is a chemical laboratory full of
explosives.
Widows advocate divorce because it putd hus
bands into circulation.
Love is blind, but niarriag? is :\ ir.;:J ocuiisfc.
A widow and her weeds axe soon parted.
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