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NEW. YORK LETTER
. By Norman. A
New -York, March 31.i-Ttight' in
these .costly days of living there's a
New Yorker whb dwells within half
'an hour.o'f Times. Square, in av com
fortable seven-room' apartment, who
pays no rent',-and who does "not. own
the, home, he lives 'in.
SomeTfddle, isn't it, till you know?
And when you know, it's very inter-esting-r-the
way one man and his
family have "beaten the game,-' as
far as the cost-of-living problem is
concerned. Their solution cannot be
a general solution. But it's fine, for
them. And as' long as the city of
New York charges Mr. A. P. Plumb
only $5 a month to keep his house
boat moored in the Harlem river, said
houseboat will doubtless continue to
be the .home -of Mr. and Mrs. Plumb
and their two sons.
Thoughts of "Rudder Grange"
must have entered youruind by this
time, if ever you have read that
classic of Frank R. Stockton's. Per
haps Mr., and Mrs. Plumb were in
spired by ".Rudder Grange," perhaps
they never heard of it. 'If they did
pattern upon the Stockton model,
tliey elaborated' considerably. Their
boat-home is called the Tortoise. It
has running 'water and a bathroom.
It is heated by two stoves... The water
is from a city hydrant on shore, and
the city 'charges them $5 a year for
Plumb is manager of 'the piano de
partment in one of the big depart
ment stores. Prom the foot of 215th
street, where the Tortoise lies at an
chor, it is two:minutes' walk to a subr
way station, and 40 minutes' ride to
his business. The boat. was designed
by Plumb., It lias double walls, and,
its owneivsays, is much easier to heat
and to "keep warm that the -average
house or apartment. It is lighted by
acetylene gas. V
The Plumbs live on the houseboat
nine months of the year, and rent.it
in the summer. , Last year it brought
in $550 in rental for the three
months. In "the nine months they
occupy 'it "the Plumbs save at least
$45 a "month, for .an apartment .equal
in size' and comfort to -their' boat
would cost fron $5,0 up.. The butcher,
grocer' and milkman call every day,
and mail is delivered at .their door.
Also', they can move "when they
please, and where.they please, so lax
as the water frontage of i Greater New
York', is concerned.
IF YOUR BRAIN'S TIRED, OPEN A
Cool, fresh air stimulates the brain.
A warm room, above normal t'em7
perature, in which several persons
have breathed the air over and over)
deadens the intelligence, and, mental
activity just as it tires the physical
A class of -children who have been
growing duller and duller; In mental
comprehension ineveral 'successive
classes can tie -stirred up and awak
ened 'in ,five minutes' if the. teacher
knows the cause of their mind weari;
ness. . " '
Fresh .air from the open -windows
and brisk" exercise in this new life
giving"' ozone will "make new children
,Men. and women who are closely
housed in. an illy-ventilated work
shop, 'factory or store lose mental
"snappihess" as the day wears on be
cause the air supply is not sufficient.
A woman yho spends the greater
part-of her time housed up in a warm
building" or room gets the same brain
tired! listless look.
A student .who is obliged to , use
his brain, at night arid feels the first
signs of drowsiness creeping over
him invariably turns to. the window
for his salvation. He opens it wide,
lets his 'room, get cool and well-filled
with fresh air, fills up his lungs and
then-goes to work- again. His brain
is awake again. The cool, fresh air
has revived 3t.
If your brain' feels tired and doesn't
;work .as well as usual, size up the air
supply; see If-'the 'windows are. open.