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VOL III, NO. 212.
QUEER TDFK.K ESTERS
EFFORTS OF MANKIND TO. ESCAPE
Tin- l-'eat Ac-luiilly AccumnlUllcal tn <1<t
muny? l.'luek*,'t'liul KuIi u I.out; lino -
Oliver Cromu-nll * Cluck?A Wntch 'Hint I
ltc<|iiit<-<l No \\ linll.ij; h} Hit D?-bit. I
Long before the Christian era water '
clocks were in use. They wore followed
by the sun dials. About the eleventh
tentury clocks moved by weights and .
wheels began to lie used in the mon?
asteries ol Kiiglaud. in 1286 tin: lirst ;
of :he wheel chirks publicly seen in j
England was placed in St. Paul's <lathe- ;
dral. In 1(175. when the present St.!
Paul's was begun, a project was on j
foot to make a clock for the cathedral |
that should go 100 years without wind- i
ing no and cost Jj l.o?u. The |ilan w;is j
not carried out. The clock made cost '
A;;;00 and ran for eight days. It was |
considered a great .vomier.
it is said that the lirst pendulum
clocks weie made in England about !
1022. Oliver Cromwell owned one ot
them. Through the fickleness of for?
tune i: has since found its way to the
Philadelphia Library, which boasts its
possession as tliooldesl cluck in Amer?
ica. Another of these early pendulum
clocks was made it'. Germany in 1?4?,
and was recently taken for repairs to
a clocktnaker in Hartford. Conn, lie
found that ii was wound by means of
an endless chain and would go for six
months without stopping.
In the London Times in February.
1S27. an advertisement, appeared of the
sale nf a valuable and curious clock i
for ?20. It was warranted to go fur '
twelve months without winding. The
advertisement stated further that" only
three such clocks had ever been made;
that one was at Hampton Court, one
in a noblen;.in's family, and one at the
advertiser's. What rale befell the two
la; ier is not known, but the one it:
Hamilton Court i-; stiil shown as a
great curiosity. It is in the bedroom
of William 111. The guard that shows
the clock always gravely remarks thai i
surely it is a very great improvement I
on the old Westminster clock, whose
keeper spends two hours arduous labor i
every week in winding it rip.
The atmospheric clock, which is a
sort of perpetual hour glass, is one of
the Inventions that goes of itseir. in
appearance i: is like a long thermome?
ter with the bulb of mercury at the
bottom. The glass tube is about three
eighths of an inch in diameter and se?
cured to the frame by two bands
through which it passes easily. The
divisions of time are marked on each
side of the tube. Inside the glass tube
is a smaller cube shaped very much as
an hour glass. Some mercury and a
scrap of blotting paper for the purpose
of-taking up any moisture that might
gather in the tube .ire'niaced at each
end. The mercury in tin top end of
the tube is placed opposite Ihe mark of
the proper time and ii falls to the bot?
tom of the tube exactly as the tints
passes. When it has tun out front the
top the frame can be turned and the
mercury set to the time on lite other
side. .So it registers the seconds and
hours quite as accurately as any other
timepiece. Hut there is Ihe turning of
the frame to he ihcitgh! of. a task as
irksome as that of winding a clot k.
A windmill clock, the idea of which
originated in (!e.rm:iiiy, illustrates a
unique way of winding without hand
labor. In ?<unc spacious chimney
whore there is always a good current of
air a windmill wl.1 is placed. Hv aid
of the cogc'lici-h; the circular move- j
meat is then par-ietl down the ehiifmey
and atia. Iieil to the winding apparatus !
of the clock thai stands on tiie mantel
shelf. This is known as aw. of the
perpetual moliuti clocks. The turning
of a weather cock by the wind has also
been utilized for the same purpose.
More Money 'I'itATi tie Cmi Spend.
The average man it bothered because
he hasn't money enough to spend, biu
Mr. James Burns of Cripple Creek,
Col., is embarrassed for the very oppo?
site, reason. To fell the plain truth, it.
keeps Mr. Burns?Jimmie. they call
him out West?-busy devising ways to
ge; rid of his surplus revenue. lie lias
ever so much nioie money than he can
spend in any reasonable way. His in
conic- is about $25,000 a month, and,
being a bachelor with modest wants,
it can he seen thai he is actually suf?
fering with a plethora of cash.
Mr. Burns is an agreeable, pleasant- |
spoken man of about years, and is
President of the biggest gold mine in
the world, the Portland, of which he is
also chief owner. One month its out?
put of the yellow metal was $-t2">.G00, ot
just one-tenth of the entire production
of the Cripple Creek district.
Raid Mr. Burns: "1 have lived in Col?
orado eleven years, and before thai
was in Cuba for lt:n years. There is
lots of gold down there, but 1 spent :t
fortune trying to get it out of th:
ground. The thieving Spaniards won't
let anybody prosper down there, and
they bletl me to my ruin.
? "Yes. I also got my white hair down
there. I was sleeping on the ground
one night when a boa constrictor began
to coil himself ahottl my body. I man?
aged to get a tight hold about his neck
and held him until a companion killed
the monster. But I was in an agony
of terror, and the shock turned my hair
to its present color."
A Cond Den) for the Honey.
"Over oti Ihe east side of the town," a
stroller said, "I saw the other day a
sign that read: 'Two eggs on hash. V
cents.' I thought that was che:.)), aim
so it was. but further on I saw a sign
saying: 'Five good cigars, 7 cents.' And
that seemed cheaper still."
^Eeliboys may not he patriotic, yet
they are willing to it uswer all calls.
SWIMMING IN THE PACIFIC.
Accomplishments '1 In I I'iiiiik Naturally to
Native.-! ol too Isli.n.lK.
Tho South .So-.i mother has very little
:auso to worry when her baby has
reached the reptilian or crawling stage.
In her house there arc no stairs for !lie
.venturesome infant to tumble down,
if he crawls to I lie edge of the house
he can crawl out of doors without
harm, for there is uo -break in the I
level. If he goes on a creeping explor?
ation of the path there aie no animals
or win c|s to bring bruises and blimps
mil even worse haps. Happy, indeed,
is the hardy crawler when he covers
Hie narrow distance from his home to
tlio beach, for there is a hank or soft,
warm sand to play in. The next stage
is to crawl from the soft warmth of
Hie supporting sand into Lite yielding
warmth of the still water. Nature in
li ml. d (he human form to float, and,
knowing no better, the wee Kanaka
lets nature have her way. The same
motions which propel the crawling
baby on shore turn him into the swim?
ming baby in t he sea.
From swimming baby to swimming
man or woman there is no alteration
of style. There is tin overhand stroke,
no breast stroke. nothing but
the crawling motion with which
ivory four-limbed animal swims,
it is nothing but the dog paddle, which
civilized swimmers deride; but. laugh?
ed at as the stroke may lie. it serves
the t im of the strongest and longest
swimmers in the world. Xo one. uo
matter how good his stioke may be in
theory and in swti;imiiig-:school prac?
tice, no one hut a South Sea Islander
would star: out hopefully on a swim
over twenty miles of ocean between
Ivo islands. Scores of insta .cos are
known in Which the Kanaka has cov?
ered thai distance, starting with a
cocoanut slung about the neck as a
?atrial combination of haversack and
canteen, food and drink in the same
it is only such confident swimmers
who may venture on the thrilling sport
of surf riding. The Samoans ride the
surf in cannes. It can he done only in
a lag-ion which has a wide reef passage
to the sea. and is possible only when
a hi ivy sea on the ocean is setting
right into the mouth of the pass. When
that happens old anil young get out the
canoes and lie just under the reef until
a monster wave is seen approaching.
Thei r' is a hurry to get into position on
tin- forward slope of the wave, anil the
paddies dig like mad to keen that place
until the breaking wave lands the
caucus on the beach. If a man is slow
with iiis paddle, tho crest of the wave
passes under him and he loses the
thrilling rush shoreward. If he makes
a slip in steering, the canoe is upset
and there is a chance that the outrigger
will break his' head by way of reminder
that surf riding is an art. Those who
make the fide are entitled to the wild
cries of delight with which ihey signal?
ize the feat.
The great Hawaiian beaches seldom
are protected by a hairier reef; there?
fore Hie surf riding is no! to be done
there in canoes. Each swimmer has a
stout board, longer than himself by
two nr ihre,' feet and about two feet
broad. With this he swims seaward;
diving under the Incoming wave.-, un?
til he real lies tin' place where the roll?
ers begin to lorn:. Here he watches
the sea. lying 1!:11 upon his hoard.
When the largest roller begins to swell
into shape he endeavors tu paddle his
hoard backward with his hands into
-the face of lite funning combar. If he
times it just right, the wave picks him
up and shoots him like an arrow to the
beach, where the hoard, expertly
handled, lands just even with Hie very
last hubbies at the edge of the dry
sands. Surf riding afler the Hawaiian
fashion is extremely simple when per-,
formed with pen and ink, hut the
swimmer who tries it at Waikiki
when there is any sort of sea tumbling
in from the south is either overwhelm?
ed in the roller or parts company with
ids hoard to learn the adamantine
solidity of beach sand when a would
be si rf rider essays to plough it up
with any portion of his anatomy. Nec?
essarily, the art cannot be "learned in
si ill water; therefore the learner must
take chances on coming to grief under
service conditions. The whole .knack
of it lies in a. double distribution of the
weight of the body on the surf-hoard.
It is essential to keep the board truly
at right angles with the swelling face
of the wave and to have its stern
slightly elevated in order to keep al?
ways ahead of the wave. The latter
feat is accomplished partly by the ex?
quisite moulding of the board to suit
the owner and partly by adjusting his'
own position on the board to secure
the right balance. The former or steer?
ing disposition is effected by rolling to
one side of the hoard or the other. A
fr-w of the most expert Hawaiian surf
riders are able to make Lhe ride when
standing on the board, hut this is very
dangerous ami Infrequent.
\ direct rending electrical thermom?
eter Is now being constructed in Ger?
many which makes use of the princi?
ple of Hie dir- t reading ohm-meter,
where two crossed coils are free to
rotate in a strong non-homogeneous
magnetic field. In circuit with one of
the coils is the temperature wire, cor?
responding to the unknown resistance
in the ohm-meter, while connected
i with the other is a resistance of fixed
value. A platinum wire is used foi
high temperatures, and one of "nick
elin" where the heat is less intense.
The instrument is able to indicate
temperatures varying from 1,200 de?
grees C. to below 0-degrees C. it may?
be left in circuit continuously, and re?
quires .011 ampere current at a'oout five
I volts. -__J_
i The fewer aequdintnnees a man has
the less he is bored.
NEWPORT NEWS, VA., SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, J
MESSAGES OF TRIUMPH.
up in a littlr
Caesar: "Veni, vodi, viel," (I came:
r saw; 1 eonqtierod i.
Soln'cski: "1 ea;ae; I saw; Cod con?
Tiirenhc announcing the victory of
Duen over the Spaniard-': "The enemy
came; was beaten; 1 am tired; good
Gen. Suwarrow, to Catherine of Rus?
sia: "Hurrah! Prague. Suwarrow.'*
Catherine to Suwarrow: "Bravo,
Field Marshal. Catherine." Jn these
terms Suwarrow received his promo?
tion, tj ???.
Sir Charles Napier, after Hyderabad
and the capture of Sciiiile: "pecenvi. I
have Seinde." Jn the dawn of the day
which was to sc.- the battle of Meanee
he said: "If I survive 1 shall soar, lie
with those I love; if I fall I shall soon
lie with those 1 have loved." .
Dewey: "We have taken Manila; am.
curing for the enemy's sick anil wound?
Gen. Desaix to Napoleon a; Maren
go: "The battle is lost, hut there is
time In gain anotio r."
Henry IV. .if France, at ivry, 1550:
'If the Hags fail y,a. rally lo my white
plume, you shall always find ii in the
paths of honor and victory."
Lawrence: "Don't give up Hie ship'"
Paul Jones: "1 have not yet begun to
.Marshal MaelTahon, after the capture
of the Malaknff by the French (luring
the siege of Sebastopol: ".i'y suis; j'y
reste." ii am here. 1.remain hare
Sehastinni. after lire massacre of the
Poles in Warsaw during the Insurrec?
tion of 1830: "Order reigns in War?
Hero are some other pithy short say?
ings about war that arc appropriate at
General John Stark: "We must whip
I the redcoats or Mollie Stal k's a wid
Demosthenes: "A man that r-uns
away may fight again." lDemosthenes
had been charged with cowardice in
throwing away his shield ai the battle
of Chevonea. '''is H. C).
Marshal Saxe: "We are like, cloaks
lone thinks of us only when it rains."
(Said of the soldier after peace was
Alexander the Great to his disaffect?
ed soldiers: "Go home and leave Alex
lander to conquer the world alone."
Washington: "In pence prepare for
Wellington: "A great country can
have no such thing as a little war."
Marechal Ney: "Glory is not to ba
larshal Cannes: "No one hut a pol?
troon will boast that he never kuew
in tour centuries, and
even days will be made
er S?0 years. After that
. ears will be like solar years,
e errors In the calculation of
occur no more,
s of leap years will in thott
,'ears affect the seasons, in;; i
the mathematicians of the
i opt dries hence will be so Hin in hand?
ling figures aid making calculations
ilrat they will have no difficulty in
keeping tilings going correctly.
"I have always been most susceptible
lo the power of voice," said a young
mother, "but 1 never realized how
much ii might mean to others nor how
early am! unconsciously that suscepti?
bility might, bogin to make itself felt.
"Tim other day. however, I had taken
my little daughter into a certain mil?
linery shim where 1 ::m in the habit
of dealing, bin where she has been but
a few limes before.
".My object this time was to get her
, and as. she is very
ics. you might sup
interests and euer?
en concentrated up
a new slimmer II
fond of pretty cl
pose that all in
gies would have
mi the purchase.
"But as we entered
the pretty, low-voiced
man who usually w;
me was not in sight
for accosting the other cle
felt a vigorous lug at my band. It
was my small daughter. 'I don't ke
lieve 1 want the hat. mamma.' e!jc
-aid. 'if we have to buy it from any?
body but that girl with the nice voice."
" ? s Homing evil
"Then pa thinks you're an awful
good woman, 'cause I heard him tell
the new housemaid you are an inno
snt. Are you an av
?r [.eiip Vc
In lo82. in the arrangement of the
I Julian calendar, ten days were dropped
us to get things running on the then
] new. but the present basis of calciilat
; lime. So as to keep things running
right it was determined thai a year
ending a century should not be bi-cex
I tile, except every fourth century. Tims
I there was no leap year in 1700. 1800 or
1900. If is. or at least, was, rather
I rough on the ladies, who have special
advantages in leap year, for it is the
I only yfe.tr that it is proper for them
j to propose themselves in marriage, but
as it has always been so in matters af
j feeling womankind, men always find
j reasons for restricting their privileges.
The ladies get left again in 1900, but
though there will not be many of those
who see 1900- svho will see 200J, the lat?
ter year ending the fourth century, will
be a leap ve~.r. In this way three days
'"No," said ma sbfirplj, :
die gave thai new ho;i?S
in leave had something o
"Why, Laura." said 7
the hrmnrist, "is that a
side of your ;i'::l.e'."
'-'It is. my dear." repliei
ers sweetly. Ii is lor.de
have biscuits of my ow
breakfast, ar.d 1 wish I
TOOK A SUBMARINE TRIP.
rhe Long Jonrr.oy of tIt*-, Ai-gimaut tri
< lt?.*?|M.-i:t;e liar.
Siroan Lake's submarine boat. Argo?
naut recently returned to Baltimore
alter an experimental trip of two
months down Chesapeake bay. The ob?
ject of the trip was to show the practi?
cability of submarine boats of the Lake
type frlr various purposes, and Mr.
Lake went along to put the vessel
through various manoeuvres for mak?
ing a series of tests and- to study the
varying conditions of the '?ottom. He
is entirely satisfied that submarine
navigation is now an assured success.
During the trip the Argonaut traveler!
eom-.iderably over 1,000 miles under her
jown power on the surface of the water,
in all kinds of weather, likewise on all
sorts of bottoms, she travelled while
submerged over bottoms so soft that
Lhe dive s would sink into the mini
niiove their hnce i. At Hampton Roads
Lhe currents were very strong and the
bottom quite rough and hilly; if. other
places the bottom was composed of
very loose gravel, resembling shelled
porn. (in another trip, ahum live
miles outside of Cape Henry, on the
bott >m of the broad Atlantic, was
foufid an ideal bottom. Ii is eoni
iiuii d en line, graj sand, so hard that
one could hardiy inish a tishiug spear
down into it.
Ii is considered remarkable that a
new type of craft like the Argonaut
should have made such a long trip on
her maiden voyago without any mis?
hap i of any consequence. Nothing oc?
cupied or: lha entire trip that was not
reat'.ily remedied hy the crew. Several
w.e.-Us weie in vc-:''gated during the
I trip, of which toe e are many in the
'Chesapeake Bay, o.it they wore princi?
pally coal-laden ciafl and of no great
? valve. . With proper wreckage equip
[mein the coal would pay handsomely
for iis recovery. One sunken vessel
which was boarded had about ?.il?C
tree j tons of coal aboard and also some
itiuar I valuable machinery. The crew ilis.
covered some timbers of a vessel said
to have been sunk forty years ago at
the mouth of the Patnxent River.
Some experiments were also made in
tol by Hie cable finding. Mr. Lake decided to lay
la cable across flie channel le.frliiig into
The boat was
'oss and hauled
tr and oi.e-lialf
aid there is no
Iiis i:, iiodv.
"I thought your doctor told you tlir.t
you'd have to gel out of this climate."
"He did, but I couldn't arrange my
business affairs so as to bo able to gci
;v\ay, so ( had 'o change my doctor."
A N?w occtipHi. rnr ftn-M.
Some American girls have found it
possible to earn pocket money in a
very pleasant fashion by taking up
the profession of entertainer at chil?
dren's parlies and picnics. They go
early to assist in preparing the tables
ami arranging the menus, and during;
the party they net as elder sistes?i.>
the little ones ami right hand 10 the
hostess. Of course, they inusl have a
repertoire of labs and riddles; and
n genius for inventing anil arranging
games A love for children and an
unfeigned interest in their enjoyment
nre cijunllv indispensable..
Even the best sections of Madrid
are disappointing in appearance; the
palace; of ilio grandees are dreadfully
dilapidated, and magnificent buildings
arc few and far between.
A beggar died at Auxerre, France,
not long ago, and in his trunk were
found stock securities valued at a mil?
lion francs, in his cellar were found
100 bottle3 of rare wine.
the Pattixent River,
submerged and ran no
the cable into the dive
wit ii a hook about to
feet long. Mr. Lake !
doubt that submarine vessels of this;
type could have been hri'.i that would
have enabled naval officers to enter the
harbor of Santiago without fear of
mir.es, and the siege ami blockade in?
stead of hanging oa for the time it did
would, he thinks, have been over much
sooner and would have saved millions
of dollars and many lives.
The ArgonaiU also proved its capa?
bility for cutting mine cables. Mr. Lake
says that the present system of pro?
tecting entrances to ports must become
obsolete. The Argonaut was not built
us a submarine torpedo boat or cabla
cutler and has not the surface speed,
nor tin- desirable equipment for this
work. He added:
"While ai Hampton Roads we were
visited by several naval officers, two
of whom had been engaged in cable
cutting in Cuban waters, and who ex?
pressed themselves, after inspecting the
Argonaut, as believing tbat vessels of
Ibis type vve'r-c jiiul the thing for cut
ling cables and dostro"Jrc: mine fields."
Tho only thing that manes a mean
man fee! gt.od ist to be with a meaner
one than himself.
The road to riches is often a short
cut over you neighbor's feelings.
The only thing a man wants after he
??-*? ?verythiag is more.
5 TO 8
pr idf, single copy. two cents
l 11-IVJjL/ one week. te
. ten cents.
c'ruoin Stathtties tiattn
I'll til Writer.
I. H. Goodyear, of the Chicago Great
?.-tern's meehanual department, St.
til. has compiled some statistics af
itiug locomotive o.ugitieeis, which
II he lead with s--eat interest by all
iltoad men anil many others. They
e embodied in an article entitled
he Locomotive Engineer." writteu
lyear and published in a
e issue el the Railway Age. The ar
in a recent article Ity the writer on
o subject of the uncrating depart
eut of American railways reference
us made to the condition under which
eomorive engineers work and the
lesfion raised regarding the aiKisa
lity of discharging without good and
flicieut cause men with several years'
rviec and a fairly good record, re?
act ng them by men discharged from
her roads fur similar or more serious
use. While personally convinced of
e truth of my statement, it occurred
me that readers of the article in
:estion might reasonably think the
atciitent overdrawn, consequently a
w facts regarding locumotive ca?
ncers, as told by themselves, would
?ur out by.statement, and at the same
me be of general interest.
With this object in view 1 have taken
in personal records or applications of
?vo hundred men seeking employment
s locomotive engineers and therefrom
oliFcted the data necessary to present
he following information: Of the two
tindred VI per cent, gave their nation
lity as American. 4 per cent. English,
per cent. Irish, 1! per cent. Scotch, 4
icr cent. German, 1 per cent. Nor?
The average age worked out thlrty
ix years five months, average height ">
cot 0 inches, average weight 17:1
louiids. Eighty per cent, stated they
verc married: average number of chii
Ircti :i; average railway service II
eats 6 months: average number of
atlways for which the 200 men had
corked 2: average length of time em
iloyad by first railway S years and 4
not : its.
i"i ri.v-scven per cent, had worked for
ine railway only, with an average ser
ice of 10 years S months.
Twenty-six per cent, worked for two
ailways, with tin average service of (!
cars 10 months for the first and 4
.ears 3 mouths for the second railway.
Fifteen per cent, worked for three
railways, with an average service of 7
rears 2 months for the first, 3 years 10
met:lbs for the second and 2 years 6
?norths for the third railway.
Eight per cent, worked for four rail?
way -s. with an average of 4 years for
the first. 3 years for the second. '&V>
years for the third and 2 years the
foui th railway.
Four per cent, worked for five rail?
ways, with an average of 4 years for
the fust, 2 years ft months the second,
4 years 3 months the third, 2 years 9
months the fourth and 3 years 3
hior.lhs the tilth.
These figures demonstrate the fol?
First- My the percentage of Ameri?
cans, ihat the men tramping the coun?
try are not foreigners.
Second -The average age, that they
are not men who have outlived their
usefulness as locomotive engineers.
Third?The average height and
weight, that they are physically lit.
Fourth - -Percentage of those mar?
ried, that they are not tramp engineers
Fifth?The general average showing
length of service with the first railway,
also the great percentageof men having
worked for but one road with such a
good average sei vice as ten years and
eight mouths, that there is something
radically wrong with the present sys?
tem of handling engiuemen.
'file line Ulil?l the l.aiv.
Once it is established that the nature
of tlie species is gentle and that every
dog is a law-abiding and peaceable
Bruno, then it becomes necessary, be?
fore liability" for the vulgar transgres?
sions of a fierce Towser can be fasten?
ed on the owner, thai he should have
previous knowledge of the unusual and
This is called scicnter, and until an
owner has this knowledge of his dog's
viciousness he is not responsible,
though iu the error of its ways not act?
ing as becomes a gentleman of the dog
species, or a lady, as the case, may be.
To be more accurate and exact, once a
dog had departed from the narrow
path of rectitude and demeaned itself
in ways other than should obtain with
a strictly proper and gentle animal,
and the owner knows of it, then it
loses status and caste, and must be put
down as a vicious animal, and the
owner keeps it at his peril. Lord Cole?
ridge, it seems, was anxious to reduce
the law on the subject to a nicety in
the way of succinctness and brevity,
and he succeeded by saying that
"Every dog is entitled to one bite," and
tiic case has special reference lo Spring
lamb or veal. The uxpression is varied
by making it "Ev6iy dog is'entitled to
girls Wield brooms
A HANDY AND NOVEL WAY TO DEVEL?
OP THE ARMS.
Thin c.lrU Who DeMre Rounded Arm*
Need Not <Jo to a School of Physical Cul?
ture Hut Simply Swoop Hiird Sorerai
Hiuo-i a l>ny.
Those flowing sleeves for girls are
unusual? pretty this year, but. Judg?
ing from a conversation I chanced to
overhear the other day. they are driv?
ing the girls with scrawny arms to dis?
traction. 1 didn't mean to play eaves?
dropper, but I'm glad now that I was
within hearing distance, for 1 made a,
discovery which I am sure will he ot
interest. You see, the sleeves are very
transparent, and that is why the group
of girls seemed filled with woe. They
were all talking about how thin their
arms were and discussing tennis and
golf as a means of rounding them out.
"Golf never in the world will do It,
girls, nor tennis, either," exclaimed
one plump looking miss?the only
plump one. by the way. in the group.
"Look at my arm." and in a trice she
had ttnsnapped her cuff links and,
whisking the pink pique sleeve to her
shoulder, displayed a beautifully mod?
elled arm, dimpling In soft rounded
"Yes. but yours were gifts of the
gods," cried a scrawny one. "You
don't know what it means to be both?
ered about them."
"I do, tool Wasn't I almost a
scarecrow a year ago? You remember
I how thin I was for months after I left
school. I tried everything?tennis,
golf, massage and physical culture,
until 1 didti'l really care a fig whether
I had plump arms or skinny ones."
"But do tell us. what you did do
finally to bring about such Ideally
"I not only 'did.' but I still 'do' It
every day of my life. Now don't laugh
when I tell you that I have swept my
sitting and bed room five times every
morning since last August. Haven't
you noticed that housemaids nearly al?
ways have rounded, shapely arms?
The Idea popped into my head one dajr,
while NIta was sweeping the halls.
She had her sleeves rolled up, so I saw
her arm from shoulder to wrist, and It
was the most beautiful In symmetry
that I have ever seen.
"I just didn't wait another minute,
but bounded up the stairs into mam?
ma's room and told her I had made ft
discovery, and that she must go right
down town and order a load of Import?
ed brooms. I began that very hour.
I swept my room over and over again.
It tired me most to death, too. My
back ached, my head hurt and the next
morning I found .the muscles of my
arms were so sore I could not dresa
"In a week's time I noticed an im?
provement. My arms were more firm,
and before a month had gone by I was
in the seventh heaven of delight. But.
just think, girls, I haven't neglected
this exercise but twice since 1 began,
lud then I was on a sleeper going and
coming from Chicago.
"Of course, it's an awful bother, but
when one considers the comfort it
brings, why, you never once thinls
about that. I just hop out of bed Into
my cold plunge, and then the sweeping
comes right nfter. It really Is a tip?
top exercise for one all over, too. My.
cheeks are all aglow when I finally;
poke the broom away.
"How many brooms do you reckon
I have worn out? Just five, that's all,
and my carpet has been renovated
twice. So, you see, it is not any more
economical than going to a physical
culture madame. but It's a deal more
gratifying in the end."
"But how on earth do you do It,"
asked one of the thin girls. "I don't
know how to hold a broom."
"Hold it the best way you can.
That's all the Information I can give,"
laughed the pink bud. "But you want
to buy those with good large sticks,
because they du not cramp one's hands
so. You must wear chamois gloves,
or your palms will be blistered, and
get some silk dust caps to slip over
your hair. You've no Idea how funey,
one looks gotten up so. And if you go
to work with a long skirt on It will
make you ever so tired dragging IS
tirouud over the floor. Put on a golf
skirt; they are just lovely for sweeping."
The thin girls were profuse in their
thanks, and went away rejoicing.
African (Toni I)inrevi>riei.
Bich deposits of coal have been dis?
covered at about 15 miles from Johan?
nesburg and 11 miles from Krugers
dorp. The coal-bearing layer is 05
yards deep. The new mine supplies
much better coal and is much nearer
the gold fields than the mines which
have supplied the coal hitherto. Dia?
monds have been found at Rietfontein.
near Pretoria, and it Is estimated that
the new mine will be twice as rich as
the celebrated Kimberley fields. Mr.
Kehler and others have found very val?
uable gold reefs between Johannesburg
and Krugersdorp, at a depth of 2,000
The Stocking, she Wean.
Resplendent in all the hues of tha
rainbow are milady's stockings. Slllc
onen in gay plaids have first choice,
and then lisle. So low have the lisle
been brought down in price that there,
seems no excuse for any woman wear?
ing the clumsier cotton this season.
Gay reds, blue and greens are blended,
together in plaids and stripes and find
equal favor. Blue polka-dotted ones
are very popular, and no woman seems
to fear the opprobrius title, "Vas
bleu." Many patterns in vogue years
ago have been revived aud vie wit?l
those of later model. Silk open-worked
ones in long lacey stripes or patterns
over the Instep or up the front are very;
smart for evening wear with slippers.
Plain bright shades in these last-men*
tioned predominate, while the plaids
und stripes usually have a black back?
Short Waterproof Coat.
We have something new is water?
proof. This is nothing more nor less
than the short waterproof cloak. I&
is of pale tan, with pipings, collar fac?
ing and buttons of dark green silk. Tpfca
coat is double-breasted, loose fitting
both back and front, and has very, full
bishop sleeves. The cut is, indeed,
admirable for any sort of cloak, so
that even if the uses of a short wate?
proof are not? ut once apparent. tte9
garment is.suhlciently smart to reeosn?
mend itself on tint score alone. .;