Newspaper Page Text
His Heart's Desire
By SIR WALTER BESANT
On the next day. Monday, a very niii
jular and inexplicable thing happened -
nay, two singular things—the f<Ui mean
ing of Which I did not comprehend until
accident put the solution Into my hands.
I left Bidoott «t eight, before the
morning freshness was quite gono from
the air, and followed the road which
lea In to WiiMicombf. After Heytree,
the road runs for tho best part of a mile
over the ('pen down where Mr. Leighnn
Bet his accident
I soon had the whole of the great flat
ridge to myself us I left King's Tor and
walked briskly southward. Half way
alouir this upland plain there stands an
upright stone of gray granite, six feet
high. Beside it lies a small flat stone;
it is called the Gray Wether. Who put
it up, and why it was put up, not the
oldest Inhabitant can tell.
What happened wns this. Between
the upright stone and the tint stone the
edges of the latter being irregular, there
is, at ft certiiin place, an aperture or re
I carried with me a stick, on which 1
was leaning. Now, by this kind ol
chance which we call accident, in Chang
ing my position I stuck the point of th<-
Btick into the aperture —a thing of which
one would ham been hardly conscious
but for an unmistakable clicking which
followed, as of coins. The opening. I
found, wns too small for a man's hand.
The Hat stone was Immovable. Perhaps
with the stick I could at least feel the
coins? Yes, I made them rattle.
Now, when I took out the stick again
a bit of yellow leather showed for a mo
neat just hooked up by the ferule us
fur b* the light penetrated. The sigh:
of the leather inspired me with a faint
hope. I reversed the stick and Ashed
with the handle, to such good purpose
that in n very few moments I had the
leather thong in my lingers nnd hauled
The thong tied up the mouth of v
small brown ennvns bag. The ling was
a modern bank bug. and its treasure wns
a collection of twenty coins.
Twenty sovereigns in a bag. a modern
brown canvas bag. Who could have
climbed up Ha mil Down In order to hide
twenty pounds In a little hole like this?
1 put the gold Into the bag, tied it up
again, and put it into my own pocket.
Then 1 walked on, meditating.
While I was thinking, a figure, which
I began dimly to perceive through the
nebulous veil of thought, was working
his way slowly down the hillside opposite
by nearly the mune way us I had my
self picked among the bowlders. lie
came plodding along with the heavy step
and rolling shoulders of one who walks
much over ploughed fields and heavy
He Stopped finally. Then he looked
around him quickly, as if to assure him
self that BO one was present to observe
him; I wonder he did not see me. Then
he stooped down, reached within some
cavity and drew out something.
It was in a bi« blue bag. I could
plainly see that the blue bag. like my
canvas baR, was weather-stained. He
laid the bag upon a stone, nnd proceeded
to draw out its contents, consisting of
a single box. It was a box about two
feet long and eighteen inches wide, and
two or three inches deep, it was a tin
box. What had David Rot in his box,
for ths man was David. I might have
walked down the hill nnd asked him that
question, but one was naturally some
what ashamed to confess to looking on at
what wa« intended for ■ profound se
David wan ho anxious tO keep the se
cret thnt he actually took off his jacket,
wrapped it round the bag, and tied it se
curely with string. Then, without look
ing about him uny more, he turned and
walked back slowly and deliberate!) as
he had come, carrying the treasure under
bis arm. As soon as his Figure had sur
mounted the brow of the hill and had dis
appeared, 1 got up and sought the hiding
place. It really was a place Into which
ly would think of looking for any
thing. The top stone sloped downward
over the mouth, ho as almost to hide it.
In this cluster of four great stones no
one would have dreamed of finding or
of looking for anything. David's hiding
place was well chosen.
Then 1 followed. Walking slowly, so
that 1 might not catch him up on his
way home with his tin box full of queer
tbingi from the Southern Seas, 1 BU p.
In the evealag I told George all that
had happened, and produced the brown
canvas bag. George look the bag, looked
at it, opened it. poured out the gold,
counted it, held it in his hand and wi
ed it; looked at it again, put it Into the
bag, ami laid the bai* on the table.
"it is weather-stained, old man," he
•alii, "and smells of the mold. I should
think It had been there some time." He
'.•■ok it up again ami turned it round.
"I kl" he said, "here are initials; they
are iu-arly faded, but they are certainly
initials. I make out au A—uo. a B; or
is ti a D?—and an L. Certainly an L
B. L. or D. L., which is It?"
"Looks to me," I said, turning the bag
about in the light, "looks like B. A ■ but
t may be D. L."
"Will," he cried, "I believe you have
really found something important. Bix
years ago, when Daniel Leighan fell off
his pony, he always declared that he lost
twenty pounds in gold. It was tied up,
he always says, in a canvas bag. This
must be bis bag and these must be his
Initials. I am quite sure of it."
"Very odd, if it is so. Why should a
mm steal a bag of money only to put
|t —money and all—into a hole and then
go away and leave It?"
"Well, I take It that th* thief put the
bag there meaning to return for it, but
forgot where he put it."
"You can't forget the Gray Wether
Btone, George. There It only one Orar
Wether Stove on Hamil Down, and who
in the world would go all up Ilamil ou
purpose to hide a bag of money when
there are hiding places la ever/ atone
wall about La* fields V'
"Take it to Dnnlel to-morrow and
■how it to him. Will, lie always de
elnros thnt lie was robbed of this money
as well as of his bond* nnd securities.
Nobody has ever believed him. because it
Mama unreasonable that a robber should
tnke twenty pounds and leave fifty. But
if it is proved that he is right about the
money, he may also be right about th-j
Strange that neither of us thought of
connecting David's box with his uncle's
bond*. But then I did not know that
the bonds were in a box; one thinks of
lion,ls as a roll of paper.
"As for David's l>ux," said (Jeorge,
"I myee with you, Will, that it is best
to say nothing about it. Lot him keep
his secret. If it is valuable, so much
the better. We will keep the thing to
eurselTes. Bat as for the canvas bag,
you must certainly take it to Grntnor
to-morrow, and give Daniel the chance
"f claiming it."
Had I taken that canvas bag to Grat
nor early in the morning instead of the
evening, many thing* might have turned
out differently; among other things, Da
vid's extraordinary scheme of revenge
might never have been possible. If I
had told Daniel Leighan the strange
thing I had witnessed from Hooknor Tor.
he must certainly have connected the
box taken from Orimspound with the
box of his own papers.
The scheme wan almost worthy of Da
vid's American pals—the gentlemen who
hnd nil "done something." Tin box,
whin I»:»v id hud carried it home, proved
to be quite full of papers. His own
knowledge of their value wns slight, but
he knew very well that signed papers
hud been his own destruction, nnd that
the possession of signed papers made his
David called upon his uncle about 11
o'clock in the forenoon. He was receiv
ed with the cordiality generally extended
to all needy relations. Mr. I.eighan shuf
fbd his papers as a sign that he wns
busy and wished the call to be short.
nodded his head with scant courtesy, and
asked his nephew what he en me for.
"I've come, uncle," David began very
slowly, spreading himself upon a chair
and producing a small brown paper
packet. "I've come, uncle "
"Don't be longer than you can help.
David, (let to the subject at once, if
you can. Sny what you came to nay,
and then go away and leave me with my
own business. It's high time you were
looking after your own. Will George
Sidcote give you a job? I hear you bor
rowed a bed yesterday, and a chair and
« table, and that you have settled in the
cottage —my cottage. Very good. I don't
mind if you have it rent free till you
get into work, when you'll have to pny
your reut like your neighbors. If you be
gin any more nonsense about robbing you
of your land you go out at once."
David, at the risk of seeming monot
onous, uttered a forceful wish for the
destruction of his uncle's cottage.
"If thnt is all you came to say,
nephew, the sooner you go the better.
And the sooner you clear out of my cot
tage and leave the parish, the better, or
I'll mnke the place too hot for you "
"I didn't come to mil at you, uncle."
snid David, more meekly. "If yo u
wouldn't keep on —there, I've done; now
hold your tongue aud lißten. I've Rot
something very serious to sny, and it's
about your business, too!"
"Then mnke haste about it."
"Six years ago, they tell me, you
were robbed, that night when you fell
OS your pony, after I'd gone away."
"It was the evening of that very day."
"Ah. 1" David's eyes smiled, though
his lips did not— "we little thought when
I need th..se words with which we part
ed how quick they',! come true. When
you lay there on the broad of your bark
now, your face white and your eyes open,
but never seeing 10 much as the moon in
the sky, did you think of your nephew
whose farm you'd robbed, and did you
say, '1 >avid, 'tis a judgment T "
"No, 1 didn't. David."
"You felt it all the more, then Very
well. While you lay there, as they tell
me, gome one men along and robs you
What did you lose, uncle? Was it your
watch and chain and all your money?"
"No; my watch and chain were 'not
taken, and only a little of the money."
"Uncle, are you sure you were robbed?
Do you think that robbers ever leave
money behind them? Wai the money
taken in notes, or was it in gold?"
'it was all in cold. Fifty pounds In
one bag, twenty pounds in the other, and
both bags in one pocket The small bag
was taken and the big bag left But
what doe* it matter to you?"
"You shall see presently, l am going
to surprise you. uncle. What else did
you lose besides the little bag?"
"I lost a box of papers— what does
it matter to you? Did you come here
to inquire about my robbery? I suppose
you tire glad to hear of it."
"Never mind, uncle. You go on an
swering my questions; I've got my rea
sons. 1 am going to surprise you. Wait
"Well, then; but what can you know?
It was a tin box secured by a lock anil
tied round with a leather strap; I car
ried it in a blue bag—a lawyer's bag
hanging around my neck for safety."
"What was in that box. did you say?"
"David!" the old man chanced color,
and became perfectly white, and clutch
ed at the arms of his chair and pulled
himself upright, moved by the thought,
"I>avidl have you heard anything? have
>ou found anything?"
"Wait a bit; all in good time. What
was in that box. did you say, again?"
"Papers. I lost with that box papers
to the tune of three thousand pounds
all In coupons!"
"It was a judgment! Why, my mort
gages were not so very much more. Thre
thousand pounds! Come, eTen you would
feel that, wouldn't you? \\>r« there ac
tually three thousand pounds In that
•Th« man who stol* that box might
have presented these coupons one ay one,
and got them paid a» they (ell due, with
out questions aiked — that is, he could un
til I stopped them. Oh! I could stop
them, and I did; but I could never get
them paid until I presented them through
my town bankers. David, if you are re
vengeful, you may laugh; for it is a blow
from which I have never recovered. They
say that the paralysis in my legs was
caused by falling from the pony, where
by I got, it seems, concussion of th«
brain. But I know better, David. A
man like me does not get paralyzed in
the legs by falling on his head. Twas
the lons of all the money that caused
the paralysis. And now I sit here all
day long—l who used to ride about on
my own land all day long!—and I try
to think, nil day and all night, if I could
have left that box anywhere, or given
to any one that bag of twenty sovereigns.
David, tell me—l will reward you if you ]
tell me anything to my advantagehave j
yon heard something?"
David nodded his head slowly.
"Three thousand pounds," he repeated.
"It was three thousand pounds."
"I'm not a rich man, David, though
you think I am. As for taking your i
farm if . haunt taken It, somebody
else would; for you were a ruined man.
And now, even, if I leave it to you in my
Will, it would be little use. because
Mary's money must come out of it. Oh!
it was a hard blow—a cruel, hard blow."
"Yes," Baid David. "As a judgment,!
If was a—a —a —wunner. I never heard
of a nobler judgment. Three thousand
pounds!— a fall off your pony!—and!
n paralysis!—nil for robbing me of my
land. Did you ever offer any reward?"
"No. What was the good?"
"Would you give any reward?"
"I would give—I would —yes —l
would give ten pounds to get that box I
"Ten pounds for three thousand. 1
That's a generous offer, isn't it?"
"I'd give fifty pounds —l'd give a hun-!
dred—two hundred—four hundred, Da
vid." He multiplied his offer by two ev
ery time that David shook his head.
"You'd have to come down more hand
some than four hundred to get back three
thousand pounds. Well," he rose as if j
to go, "that's all I've got to say this
morning. That will do for to-day. Much ,
more handsome you would have to come
"David!" cried his uncle, eagerly,
"what do you mean by being more hand
some? Tell me, David —do you know:
"Why," said David, "I may know, or 1
I may not know. What did I tell you?
Didn't I say that I might have something '
to sell? Wellthat's enough for this;
morning!" He moved toward the door, j
"David, David, come back! What have i
you got to sell?" |
"That is my secret" —he stood with
his hand on the door handle—"if you tell
a secret, what is the good of it?" I
"David, —stop! Do you know 1
where that box was taken? Oh! David,!
put away your hard thoughts. Remem- j
ber you were ruined already. I didn't
ruin you; my heart bled to see your fath
er's son ruining himself." |
"Look here, uncle; perhaps the box ex
ists, and perhaps it doesn't. Perhaps!
I have learned where it is and perhaps
I haven't. Perhaps I've got a paper out'
of the box in my pocket at this minute, I
and perhaps —well, what would you give
me for a paper out of the box, taken
out this very morning, none of the other j
papers having been so much as touched?
What would you give for that, just to
show that the others can be laid hold
"Oh! give it to me, David," the old
man stretched out both hands with yearn- j
ing eyes; "let me look at it. Can it be;
that the box is found after all, and safe?"
"If it is found, depend upon it that
it is safe, uncle. Take your oath of that.
The man who's got that box won't let it
go in a hurry, particularly when he
knows what's inside it. Three thousand
pounds! and, perhaps, if he knew it, his
own, for the trouble of presenting them
at the right place." j
"They've been stopped," Daniel ex
plained for the second time. "You don't
know what that means, perhaps; it means
that any one who presents those paper*
for payment will and the money stopped,
and himself taken up for unlawful pos
session of the coupons, David —which i?
seven years, I believe!"
(To be rontinned.)
The President Smiled,
"Rough, tough, we're the .stuff! Wo
want tv fight and we can't get enough!
Whoop c e-e!"
. President Roosevelt stood with a cvp 1
of coffee In his hand and ripped out
that buttle cry as lustily a* the khaki
dad rough riders who writ; gathered
around him. Indeed, the presidential
voice put a high C crescendo on that
"Whoop c e-e!" that drowned every
thing except the bass of Maj. Llewel
lyn, says the San Antonio correspond
ent of the New York World.
The president took the lid Off when
he foregathered with his rough riders
at the fair grounds in the afternoon.
Until that time he had been president
Then, with his high hat pushed back
displaying every tooth, he was a rough
rider himself. The only drawback,
his comrades said, was that he did not
wear his uniform. Their fond hopes
that In some way he would get a
chance to put on his khaki suit were
dashed early in the day. There was
no bundle under the seat In the car
riage. Mr. Roosevelt kept to the presi
dential attire, but he entered into the
affair so heartily that his collar was
wilted when he started home and his
face streaked with dust.
The rough riders were mobilized on
the fair grounds, about th»*e miles
from San Antonio, in May, 1593. The
president had not been In San Antonio
since, but he had not forgotten that
he started here the career that made
him president of the United States.
He «poke about it to the crowd.
"When I was last here," he added,
"nobody in the world dreamed I would
return as president"
The rough riders disagreed.
"II --:■' they said. "We knew it all
Then the president waved a depre
cating hand, but he smiled.
The beauty seen Is partly In him
who sees It— Bovee.
Dresden has an odd Institution, ■
municipal newspaper, not like New
, York's City Record, but a real Journal
i printing the news of the day. It was
j bequeathed to Dresden by Dr. Ount.
1 It has a large circulation and is tne
chief advertising medium of the nelgh
! borhood. Its profits are applied to
beautifying the city and to charity.
Upon the southern slope of a ridge
of hills not far from London nn old
man makes a slender living catching
j and feeding snails, which he sends to
Continental markets. He has besides
a standing order for all the bumble
bees he can collect in autumn for ex
portation to New Zealand. They fer
tilize the clover blossoms In that
South Sea island.
The Canadians are said to be more
British than the English themselves,
i So they are doubtless in political sen
j tlment, but in matters of business
; that feeling is nover allowed to inter
; fere. A correspondent of the London
! Mnll writes that "No English need -ip
-1 ply" is a common addendum to adver-
I tisements In Canada. He attributes
■ it to the "Yankee leaven" in the Ca
nadian population. Probably the rea
! son is a certain lack of adaptability in
i the English character, as compared
with the colonial or the American.
The first electric tramway built in
Japan was the line, eight miles in
I length, which was opened in Kioto in
j 1895. Since then other cities of im
; portance have built electric tramways,
and there are now seventeen compa-
I nies with an aggregate capital of H.S.
--000,000 yen ($18,000,000), whose lines
already opened aggregate 120 miles,
with eighty-five miles more building.
Most of these companies have not yet
a very profitable business, but that;
the profits will be large is indicated
by the fact that the electric tramways
of Tokio already pay annual dividends
of not less than 10 per cent.
A rather curious explanation of the
Irish names among the negroes of the
West Indies does exist. Some years
ago a vessel with Irish sailors on
board put into a West Indian port
and a boatload of negroes came out to
meet it. The swilors were amazed to
hear the negroes talking to each other
In the ancient Qaelic tongue. Where
did they acquire the language? The
natural conjecture, of course, wus that
the Irish language was taken to the.
West Indies by the thousands of Irish!
men and Irish women who were ban
ished to the West Indies by Cromwell
and sold as slaves to the planters
there. These were sent chiefly from i
Connaught, where Irish whs the lan
guage of the people at the time. That
the exiles left their names and lan
guage in the West India islands In
which they were settled is a probable
In some parts of Europe and Asia
there is a peculiar custom <>f salting j
new-born babies, according to the Dun
dee Advertiser. When a baby is born
amours; the Armenians of Russia the
nurse takes the infant and covers the
entire skin with very fine salt. This
salt is left on the baby for three hours
or more, and then the child is washed
with warm water. In Asia Minor
there is a tribe of people living in the
mountains who do even worse than
this. They salt their new-born babies
and leave the salt on them for twenty
four hours. The modern Greeks sprin
kle salt on their babies. This practice
Of salting babies is an ancient custom.
It has its rise in superstltution, of
course. The mothers think that salt
ing Insures their children's health and
strength, and that it will keep evil
spirits away from them. Even in
tome parts of Germany salt is still
used on the child at birth.
RIVAL RIGHTS IN VOLCANO.
Four Comniun(a Near Mount Vesuvius
Assert Proprietor j Powers.
Vesuvius, with its eruption, has
done more thnn provide magnificent
fireworks to uttrnct the foreigners; it
has set four communes—Resina, Torre
Del Greco, Boscotrecase and Ottalano
—by the ears.
Each claims that the volcano bI mdi
within itH confines, if not all. the
greater part of it, and that It (the
Commune) can thus claim the taxes
of the, guides, Cook's railway and
the one hundred and one other things
which yield money. The quarrel is a
pretty one, and bids fair to be Unend
ing, as no sooner have the coiitines
been established and a comparative,
if discontented, peace patched up,
than the volcano belches forth new
lava, forms new hills and valleys and
obliterates the conflnea.
i Since the lute eruption feeling hns
risen to such heights that the people
of one commune throw stones at those
of the others, and refuse to speak as
they pass by. Bach declares that !t
bas ancient documents to prove its
rights beyond dispute, bnt when the
moment comes for exhibiting them
they somehow have misplaced t! em.
They would have been the most use
ful to the council of state, to whom
they have appealed, but they cannot
be found. Meanwhile, until the quar
rel is settled, Beslna hns decidedly the
best of it, as, while the others were
terror-stricken, she baldly fixed her
confines by herself taking In the whole
He liuliilv ■•!
"You have nn Indulgent husband,
hnvrn't you, Mrs. I>c Lusbi
"Yes, Indeed: There are
when I'm really afraid that be mi
i dulges er— too much.*' — Cleveland
BRITAIN TO HAVE
H. M. S. Dreadnought, 18,000 Tons, Is Planned to Be the Largest
and Heaviest Man-of-War Afloat
The British are about to begin the
construction of the largest, heaviest,
most powerful and most costly battle
ship ever built, and intend to have
the pennant flying from ncr mast with
in sixteen months after the date on
which the first keel plates are laid.
This Invincible and Invulnerable war
I vessel la to be named Dreadnought,
and the British admiralty has designed
her to be capable of equaling her
name. She will mount more heavy
guns than any two battleships now
afloat; will be able to withstand an
attack from a submarine, and if she
happens to touch off a floating mine
will be able to continue afloat until
a port is reached. In addition to these
enviable virtues, the Dreadnought will
also have great speed, and. If she
wants to "turn tail" her engines, de
veloping a speed of L'l knots an hour,
Will enable her to outdistance any too
' pressing foe. Even If overtaken, the
I very thick armor plating will enable
her to stand unusual punishment, and
for dealing with torpedo boats she will
| have a small battery of one pounders
and six-pounders. She will also be
armed with torpedo tubes, but will be
unique In having no secondary bat
No details of the armor to be placed
on the Dreadnought have been given,
but it Is known that she will be the
most completely nrmored ship afloat.
Her armor alone will weigh about 5,
--000 tons. In gunpower the Dread
nought Is designed to be the most for
midable warship ever seen. No bat
tleship In the world to-day carries
more than four 12-inch guns, but the
Dreadnough will mount no fewer than
ten, or two and a half times as many
as any ship afloat. This enormous bat
tery of 12-Inch rifles will have a com
bined muzzle energy of 480,000 foot
tons. Kadi of these big guns will
throw a shell weighing 860 pounds, the
'combined battery being able to throw
over four tons of projectiles at one
discbarge. The Dreadnought will be
able to throw this Immense weight of
metal a distance of five or six miles,
at which range the shells would pierce
the armor of practically any battleship
a lion t.
PrograM in Battleships.
There has been a wonderful ad
vance in the development of battle
ships within the last ton years. In
1895 Great Britain had twenty-three
armored ships, each of more than 10,-
I urn) tons. To-day, if there are Includ
ed the ships being built, she has sixty,
in 1890 the heaviest British battle-
I: '.ilp was the Koynl Sovereign, of 14,
--2tX> tons. There were eight ships of
i'populccr^^^enco • I
!*■■■— I—llll IMl■■ I >!!■■■ W 11*
The hay fever serum or pollantine
of Dr. Dunbar of Hamburg is shown
to hare proven very effective. Having
first proven that hay fever is due to
the pollen poison from grasses, ce
reals and other plants, the investigator
sought a preventive by repeated vac
cination of animals with the poison of
pollen. The antitoxin thus produced
in the blood serum neutralizes the
poisonous effect of pollen In the eyes
and nose. The serum Is not Injected
under the skin, like others, but simply
applied to nose and eyes.
The precision of modern observa
tions brings to light unexpected facts.
At the Paris Observatory Jean Mas
cart has noticed that the surface of a.
thin layer of mercury is not plane, but
undulated like water disturbed by the
plunge of a stone, and has also detect
ed another movement that proves to
be a true tide, due to the sun and
moon. The measurements have been
made repeatedly during the month
with the six microscopes of the Instru
ment. The tidal motion Is slight, but
greater than the possible errors.
The "auxetophone" Is an attachment
for reinforcing the sounds given forth
by phonographs and gramophones, in
vented by Mr. C. A. Parsons, the In
ventor of the steam turbine, and Mr.
Horace Short A small valve of pe
culiar construction controls the ad-
this type, mid they were regarded us
the finest afloat.
France at that time had fourteen
battleships, each of over 10.<XX> tons
displacement, the largest being the
Bouvet, of 12,206 tons. There are
now twenty-six battleships, each of
more than 10,000 tons, in the French
navy, the heaviest being the Demo
cratic clans, now building, ships of 14,
--635 tons. Italy, In 1898, had ton bat
tleships ranking above the 10,000-ton
class, the heaviest being the Lepanto,
a 16,000-ton ship, built in 1888, and so
heavily armed and armored that she
almost found it difficult to get out of
her own way. She Is now ranked as
a second-class battleship; but she is
not considered lit to stand even In
that line. The Italia, sister ship to
the Lepanto, was built In 18.80, and
was for many years the largest bat
tleship afloat She represents an early
attempt to build a monster battle
ship, but, apart from- size, she has
never been considered .it all formida
ble. Italy now has fourteen battle
chips, each over 10,000 tons, the heavi
est being the Heglna Margherlta, 13,
In 1895 the United States and Ger
many were equal as to battleships of
over 10,000 tons. Bach had four; the
I'nlted States had the heaviest ship
In the lowa, of 11,840 tons. Gerniany"B
four were uniformly 10,800 tons. Now
Germany has eighteen heavy battle
ships, nnd six building. The United
States has twelve, with thirteen build-
Ing and two projected. The heaviest
German battleships to-day are her 12,
--907-ton class; the heaviest In the Uni
te/. States Is the Connecticut class,
The wars of the United States with
Spain nnd Japan with Russia have not
been without their lessons to the naval
powers, and the tendency Is to build
larger and heavier battleships, so that
they may carry more tremendous bat
teries. The determination to build
these enormous ships was arrived at
only after considerable discussion. It
was thought by some naval construc
tors that more units, each of consid
erable power, were to be desired above
a few battleships of the greatest
It was thought that the Dreadnought
would be the last word In warship
construction for many years, but now
it appears that Japan Is to build three
battleships of 19,000 tons each. Ger
many Is reported to be considering n.
20,000-ton warship, and France next
year is to lay down one of 20,500 tons.
Perhaps the contest will end in uni
versal peace, for there is a limit U,
battleship construction, and if It Is
not reached in the Dreadnought, it Ht
least must be near.
mission Into the trumpet of com
pressed air supplied from n pnmp or
bellows. The action of tin- apparatus
Is compared in the Scientific American
to that of nn air relay, whereby not
only are greater power an] volume Im
parted to the sounds, but tne full
ness and richness of tone are height
ened. It 1h said that on a calm lay
the auxetophone can be heard distinct
ly at a distance of two or three miles,
and that In speech every word may
be clearly distiiiKulshed as much aa
500 yards nway.
Everybody has noticed how friction
generates electricity, whether on the
back of a petted cat, or on a rubbed
glnss or KUtta-pereba rod, or at the
tinkers' ends of a person who has vig
orously shuffled his feet over a dry
carpet. Sparks can often be drawn
from swiftly moving belts on machin
ery, and In weaving and spinning
processes the fibers sometimes accum
ulate troublesome electric charge*.
A method known as the Chapman proc
ess has been devised for neutralizing
the static electricity generated In cot
ton and paper mills, printing press
rooms and other placet. It consists
of a transformer stepping up an alter
nating current to 10.0UO or 20,000 volti
and an Inductor composed of fine stoeJ
wires encased In hard rubi>er, and ar
ranged with Its points placed above
the web or other object in which the
static electricity Is to be neutralized,
Charges passing from the points pro
duce the desired effect
A small boy's idea of the board ot
health is six meals daitr.