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bers of these organizations "were
made "bona fide" union men "by the
grace of Simon O'Donnell" and given
the fat contracts that should have
gone to the real union painters and
If the Building Trades Council
hopes to end this presenttrouble they
must throw out the members of these
new bodies and seat the delegates
from the Painters' District Council.
I(. P. lindeloff of the Painters' Dis
trict Council says the members of
his organization will continue walk
ing out until these demands are com
The Continental & Commercial
National Bank, the Conway building
and the Marshall Meld annex are still
affected by the strike.
A (CORNER ON RADIUM?
According to current report, Alfred DuPont, powder king, has gained
control of 80 per cent of the world's known supply of the raw ore from
which radium is made.
Radium is the wonder worker of the elements. Scientists say it gives
off powerful rays of energy in the form of light without measurable loss of
its own volume. Some call it the original source of life. It is found in the
raw ore known as pitchblende thus far, 10 tons of pitchblende, put through
1,000 successive crystallizations by distillation, have been required to pro
duce one gram of radium, but that small bit is the most precious substance
known it is quoted at $115,000.
Doctors ascribe to radium wonderful healing properties. It has been
heralded as a cure for cancer. Cures for cancer seldom cure, and we com
mon folks may well await most positive information before tossing up our
hats and hurrahing. Moreover, it is a habif of some scientists to let their
imaginations play when a new cure-all comes along. Hence the keen de
mand among doctors for radium for purposes of experiment may not
measure its final value after the novelty shall have worn off.
But because Of its unique properties and more especially because
those who have studied it most say its energy will remain unimpaired for
2,500 years a guess, of course, because radium wasn't discovered until
Mme. Curie brought it to public knowledge in 1898; but a guess perhaps
as good as any, since nobody can disprove it it has, for the present, at
least, tremendous value. The world has been scoured for sources of its
supply. Recently the sharps decided that Colorado's pitchblende mines
offered the best chance for the radium developers, whereupon Brother Du
Pont, so the story goes, quietly reached forth and took them in.
You don't have to believe all you read about radium. In fact, it's hard
to separate the truth from the fiction. But you can believe this, on our
The radium in those Cqlorado mines wasn't put there by Alfred Du
Pont; and if he corners it and makes a pile out of it, 'twill be because the
rest pf us were napping.
These treasures of nature ought to be owned by and developed for all
Impress your children with the
idea that they must not rub their eyes
with their fingers, as they can infect
them. Neither must they put fingers,
pennies or nickels in their mouth.
Teach them to keep their mouths
shut when out of doors. To habitu
ally breathe through the nose will
often prevent one contracting the
germ of a cold. .
Only about one person in fifteen
has perfect eyesight.
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