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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 16, 1912, Image 20',
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CHOPS UP SPONGES AND MAKES THEM GROW ON
CEMENT PLATES TO START SPONGE FARM
Key West, Fla., Feb. 16.
Sponge fishermen have always
believed that the sponge would
grow only in the ocean and that
once removed from the water it
would die, like a fish; for want of
Prof. H! W. Moore, formerly of
the United States department of
No. 1 shows a two-year-old
sponge, grown on. a -cement
plate, with sponge recently planted-on
lower plate; No. 2 shows
face of plate and two-year-old
fisheries, has proved that a
sponge removed from the ocean
bed, in a state where it has the
appearance of a ball of jelly, may
be cut into quarters without
More than this, he has proved,
by experiments, that these quart
ers may be pierced by an alum
inum wire and thus fastened onto
a "cement plate; that the piece of
spinge will grow to the plate,
when immersed in a tank of salt
water and that, by the time the
aluminum wire has been absorb
ed by the water and disappears,
the sponge will be a round, full-,
grown sponge of finer texture
than the sponges which grow in
the ocean beds.
Prof. Moore has displayed
sponges at Key West" which had
grown for two years, in glass
tanks, and which were considered
larger in size than ocean spbnges.
The cement plates are the size
of a table plate and about two
The sponge farm which Prof.
Moore has in mind will consist of
a series of wooden tanks, through
which salt water of warm tem
perature will constantly flow.
Sponges grow naturally only in
a tropical temperature, but Prof.
Moore will probably establish his
first sponge farm in the neigh
borhood of New York or Washington.
The "girl with the appealing
eyes" is the newest form of pick
pocket, says a newspaper report.
It's a good bet that married men
can't see where it's anything
I ain't afraid to trust any
man for a small amount who
is a good whissler Josh Bil: