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His Vivid Story of His Sensations as
Ho Tumbled Helpless on His Back
on a Bale of Raw Silk In the Seeth
ing Liquid and His.Tardy Rescue.
man ^lio is now at the head of one
of the largest establishments for dye
ing silks in this country tells a story of
a strange and thrilling adventure that
ho passed through when he was still
only the superintendent of the "boiling
"Silk," he says in telling the story,
been the means of my living, and
once it saved my life. Have you ever
been in a room where they boil the raw
silk? It's a hot. steaming place, with
great bubbling vats that are sunk to a
level with the floor. The- raw silk, in
bales, all fluffy and sticky, comes in on
rolling trucks and is dumped into the
Vats. The mass has to be stirred about
a good deal before it gets soaked
though and goes under.
"Just before the noon hour one day
a truck came in with two bales on it
'Dump them into No. 6 vat,' I told
the men. 'I'll stir them if you fellows
want to go to dinner."
"When they had gone I began to look
around for the stirring fork. I couldn't
find it anywhere. 'Confound BillT I
said to myself. 'lie loses everything.'
"I had hardly got the words out of
my mouth when my foot went off the
edge of the vat I felt myself falling,
and I was seized with the full convic
tion of death.
"I had time to think over just how
terribly hot the boiling water would
feel and to wonder how much of me
would be left when the men came back
from dinner. Then I felt myself land
flat on my back on the mass of floating
"To this day I can see the very look
of the old smoky roof as I lay on the
Island of silk with the boiling water on
all sides. It was horribly hot there.
The perspiration started out all over
me, and I felt that I must move.
"First however. I shouted as loudly
as I could. When no one answered I
cautiously tried to turn on my side.
The bale of fiber began slowly to roll
over. Nearly .paralyzed with terror, 1
threw out one arm. It was just enough
change in balance. I felt the rolling
motion stop. Then I knew it wouldn't
do to move. I lay on my back, poised
on the middle of the bale, and wailed
for help. After a minute or two I be
gan to realize that the silk was slowly
sinking into the vat
"You could hardly notice the motion
At first I could look out of the corner
of my eye and see the edge of vat No
8. A little later, when I looked again,
it "was out of my line of vision. 1
couldn't move without having the bale
roll over, and if I remained still I
would go down inch by inch into the
scalding water below.
"I can remember that I became a
little hysterical. It's funny what tricks
the mind plays.
'This is dyeing with a vengeance,'
I said aloud, and I even laughed as I
said it
"It was growing hotter. Steam had
begun to percolate through the silk,
and I was wet through with the sti
fling clouds that rose from the sur
face of the water. I had no idea of
time. By and by, however, some one
answered my shouts. The door opened
and two men came running across the
"'Get a poleP shouted one.
"I knew that would be fatal the
slightest push and I would roll over
Into the steaming stew.
'Boys,' cried I, 'don't touch me or
It will be all over! One of you turn
off the feed pipe. Let the other man
go down the ladder. The pipe that
empties this vat Is on the left Turn
It on—full. Do it quick!'
"I could hear the chug, chug of the
steam being cut off from the vat A
moment later I could see the wet rim
that broadened round the edges, and I
knew the water was falling. It took
half an hour to empty No. 6. For
awhile the two men ran round like ex
cited June bugs. Then they got a rope
and sat on the edge of the vat watch
ing me with great staring eyes.
"As the water ran out the silk sank
now on one side, now on the other.
Once it started to roll. Both the men
grunted and sat up very straight Sud
denly one of them cried out:
'There's the bottom!'
"I felt the mass of silk settle against
something. I heard the last water
gulp as it ran out Then 1 fainted
away."—Youth's Companion.
Her Royal Nibs.
"Well, is our dinner party going off
all right tonight?"
"I hope so."
"And what are we to have?"
"I don't know as yet The cook is
to give me an audience at 4:30."—-Lou
isville Courier-Journal.
A Parting 8hot.
ChoTly (making a date)—Very well:
I'll be there bright and early. Miss
Keen—Be there early anyway. 1 won't
ask the other thing.—Boston Trans
4 As we grow less young
V grow less old.-Bacon.
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The Golden Rule in business is
the attempt to work out in a
group doing as you would be
done by. There is a silent revo
lution in American industry to
ward that end. Throughout
American business on the side
of management there is a grow
ing feeling that the common
man is worth a great deal more
than employers ever dreamed.
The most important thing in the
world is this common man. To
give him full opportunity ami
full justice is the greatest work
that can be done..
Everywhere you wijl find this
idea at work—that it is not well
to ignore him, to deny his rights.
Employers are struggling to ex
press yi the best way possible
that fooling in their business.
Sometimes the forms of expres
sion are tentative sometimes
very full expressions are found.
-Ida M. Tarbell.
L. D. Brandeis Says Adoption of Plan
Would Improve Labor Conditions.
Louis D. Brandeis, testifying before
the New York state factory investigat
ing commission. sioke in favor of the
minimum wage.
Mr. Brandeis is counsel for the in
dustrial welfare commission of Oregon,
which just now has a test case before
the United States supreme court to de
termine the constitutionality of the
minimum wage law which was adopted
a year or so ago iu the state.
He declared that thousands of inef
ficient girls and women who are now
earning below what is commonly term
ed the "living wage" will be thrown
out of employment altogether just as
soon as the legislature passes a bill es
tablishing a minimum wage in this
"It is true," said Mr. Brandeis, "that
the minimum wage law here would
mean the dismissal or elimination of
many, but it would be highly desirable,
to the whole number. At present very
few persons in 100 are efficient, and a
large number—up to fifty in 100—are
inefficient. So there would be bound
to be elimination of some in favor of
"But at the same time," he added,
"the minimum wage would mean bet
ter salaries and better conditions for
those remaining—the survivors—and
for them life would be worth living.
That in itself would increase the self
respect of the great army of employed
women, and with the increase of self
respect will come increased efficiency,
which, of course, will in the end be of
benefit to the employer."
Immigration From the Far East Oetri*
mental to United States.
In the annual report of A. CamtnettL
commissioner general of immigration,
the following reference to immigrants
from the far east is made:
"I believe it is quite generally con
ceded that immigration from the far
east is detrimental to the welfare of
the United States, not because it has
heretofore been so extensive iu num
bers, but because of its peculiar ef
fect upon the economic conditions and
the possibilities of an almost unlimited
increase in volume if left unregulated
and unchecked. Our oriental immi
gration problem, arising more than a
quarter of a century ago, has never
been satisfactorily solved. The exclu
sion laws need many amendments,
not in purpose, but in prescribed
"The Hindu propaganda, as yet in its
infancy, is calculated to give much
trouble unless promptly met with
measures based upon and modeled to
take advantage of our past experi
ence in trying to arrange practicable
and thorough, but at the same time un
objectionable, plans for the protec
tion of the country against an influx
of aliens who cannot be readily and
healthfully assimilated by our body
Deputies Charged With Murder.
Thirty-one of the armed deputies em
ployed in the Williiuus & dark and
the Liebig & Co. fertilizer plants at
Roosevelt, N. J., who recently, it is al
leged, figured in the shooting down of
fifty unarmed strikers, killing two of
them, wheu they hul assembled more
than 100 yards outside the Williams &
Clark plant have been arrested and
locked In the Middlesex county jail at
New Brunswick, charged with murder.
Nice Outlook,'
•^STlien we are married." she cooed,
"I shall keep you in love with me al
ways. I know the way."
"And what is your recipe, dear?" he
asked, drawing her closer.
"I shall spend heaps and heaps of
money on nice dresses and always look
aa pretty as I can."—Cleveland Leader.
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Too Wide 3 Gulf Exists Be-
fwstnn Oinh nnrl Hnni1
iivccii niun aiiu ruui.
a n i e i\ k n k i
inj magnate, In his recent
testimony before the federal
commission on industrial rela­
tions created a sensation by his utter
ances. Replying to a question, Mr.
Guggenheim said:
"There is today too great a differ
ence between the rich man and the
poor man. To remedy this is too big
a job for the state or the employer to
tackle single handed. There should be
a combination in this work. The men
want more comforts—more of the lux
uries of life. They are entitled to
them. I say this not because I have
enough and always have had, but be
cause humanity owes it to them."
"Do you think the workingman
should have a voice in the arrange
ment of the conditions under which
he labors?" he was asked.
"The workingman should have not
only a voice—he should have a com
pelling voice. And he is getting it.
The workmen's compensation act was
won by the workingman. He will win
more legislative victories. And legis
lation that will benefit the many is de
matter what that legisla­
tion is.'
"I think the state should furnish
work for the met who lack employ
ment You may call me socialistic if
you like, but it is a job of the United
States to look after its people. Were
it not for philanthropic work there
would be a revolution here.
"But enough is not given in this
cause. Teopie won't give up money
they make. They hold it too dear to
them. They won't give it up even
though they have more than they
need. They reason that they haven't
too much.
"So the government must raise the
money—raise it by taxing the estates
of the rich, if you will—but the United
States must raise it some way.
"An evil of philanthropy lies in the
fact that its proposed beneficiaries feel
themselves placed in the light of pau
pers. Thousahfls of persons are too
proud to accepiihelp unless they can
give something in return. Many of
them prefer |o starve. They want
help, money. Jfeut they want to work
for it
"In the scheme of uplift in which we
all are interested, I think, I believe
the workers are entitled to share in
the profits in all industries. This
should be so arranged that the money
could be taken in bulk at the end of
the year and deposited to their account
in a banking institution. If that were
done it would change conditions in
thousands :md thousands of homes.
"Workers iftjpie mass do not under
stand how to save. My method would
teach them. It would be the same as
teaching a child to read and write.
The people in this country who have
built up fortunes in the last ten or fif
teen years have done it because they
have been thrifty. Many are poor be
cause they did not save. Sometimes,
of course, fortune comes without thrift,
as in the case of the son of a worthy
or unworthy sire. The sons of the
rich in many cases are entitled to great
sympathy, though I would not say as
much sympathy as the poor."
Union Men Sentenced.
Seven defendants in the Prairie
Creek' coal mine conspiracy case re
cently pleaded guilty in the federal
court sitting at Fort Smith, Ark.
They were Peter It. Stewart of Mc
Alester, ex-president of the United
Mine Workers of America, district No.
21 Fred W. Ilolt of McAlester, ex
secretary of the district union James
B. McNamara, ex-member of the city
council of Hartford, Ark. James Slan
kard, ex-constable of Hartford town
ship, and Clint Burris, Sandy Robin
son and John Manick, miners. All
were charged with conspiracy against
the government McNamara was sen
tenced to two years in the penitentiary
and fined $1,000. the maximum. Slan
kard and Ilolt got six months in jail
and were lined $1,000 each. Burris,
Robinson and Manick were sentenced
to six months in jail and fined $500
each. Stewart was fined $1,000, but
got no jail sentence.
To Remedy Injustice.
Legislation cutting from fourteen to
seven days the period after which
workmen injured at their occupations
shall get awards under the state work
men's compensation law has been in
trodueed in the lower house of the
New York legislature. Workmen all
over the state have been complaining
that when forced to quit work for
two weeks because of injuries they
did not receive any compensation. The
compensation starts on the fifteenth
day after the injury. This seven day
plan is said to have been carried into
effect in Ohio successfully.
A Hard Worked Commission.
The state workmen's compensation
commission of New York met for the
first time on the last day of last
March, with ninety days for organiza
tion. It negan to receive first notices
of injuries on July 1. the first check
was awarded July 20. and cases have
since been handled at the rate of ap
jpwtimatel? 1,000 week.
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Thi« Gigantic Volcano Is a Worthy Ri
val to Vesuvius.
The lofty volcanoes of the Hawaiian
Islands, rising above the ocean from
6,000 to nearly 14,000 feet, are only the
summits of gigantic mountain masses
that rise abruptly from the bottom of
the Pacific. Mauna Loa, on the island
of Hawaii, stands 13.675 feet above
sea level, but its slopes descend be
ueulli the sea, as shown by deep sea
soundings, with a grade fully equal to
if not greater than that of the visible
slopes. The same is generally true of
the submarine slopes of other islands,
and the depths attained by these con
tinuous slopes, within thirty to fifty
miles of the shores, vary from 14.000
to 19,000 feet Mauna Loa and Mauna
Kea, if their true bases are considered
to be at the bottom of the Pacific, are
therefore mountains of as great an alti
tude as Mount Everest or approxi
mately 30,000 feet In general the
Hawaiian Island group consists of
summits of a gigantic submarine
mountain chain which projects only
its loftier peaks and domes above the
water. On the island of Hawaii the
volcanic forces are still in operation.
The one continuously active volcanic
vent of the island is Kilauea, far down
on the eastern flank of Mauna Loa
the great mountain." No other vol
cano in the world approaches Mauna
Loa in the vastness of its mass or in
the magnitude of its eruptive activity.
There are many volcanic peaks higher
in the air, but most of them are plant
ed upon elevated platforms, where they
appear as mere cones of greater or less
size. It is not yet known at what level
the base of Mauna Loa is situated, but
it is below the sea, probably far below.
Mauna Kea—"the white mountain"
—Is also a colossus among volcanoes.
Its summit 13,825 feet, is a trifle high
er than that of Mauna Loa, but its
slopes are steeper, and its base is there
fore much smaller. The magnitude of
Mauna Loa is due chiefly to the great
area of its base, which is nearly ellip
tical in shape, with a major diameter
of seventy-four miles and a minor di
ameter of fifty-three miles, measured
at sea level.
In the aggregate of its eruptions
Mauna Loa is also unrivaled. Some of
the volcanoes of Iceland have been
known to disgorge at a single outbreak
masses of lava fully equal to those of
Mauna Loa. But such outbursts are
infrequent in Iceland, and a century
has elapsed since any of such magni
tude have occurred, though there have
been several minor eruptions. The
eruptions of Mauna Loa are ail of
great volume and occur Irregularly, at
an average Interval of about eight
years. In view of the total quantity
of material It has disgorged during the
last century no other volcano Is at all
comparable to it—From a Bulletin of
the United States Geological Survey.
Casting Metals.
As is well known, some metals are
unsuitable for casting, while others,
like iron, can readily be cast in any
desired shape. The property of cast
ing well is said to depend upon wheth
er the metal contracts or expands on
solidifying from the liquid form. Iron,
like water, expands in solidifying, and
hence the solid metal may be seen
floating in the liquid iron about it.
The expansion causes it to fill the die
Into which it is poured, and so it can
be cast easily. Gold and silver con
tract in cooling and therefore are not
suitable for easting.—Exchange.
"Valley of Dried Bones."
The island of Jamaica possesses a
"valley of dried bones." it is near the
Cunacuna gap. in the Maroon county.
This valley, though in the heart of the
"wet country," is bare of leaf and life.
The limestone rock is hot. Giant trees,
which seem to have been blighted sud
denly, stand up gaunt and dead. Al
though vegetation seems to have been
dense here In former years, nothing
will grow now. During the hot season
the temperature is almost unbearable.
It is visited by seismic disturbances,
which cause the dead trees and hot
stones to rattle like dry bones.
Old Pension Plan.
They had a roundabout way of be
stowing military pensions in the old
days. Witness this official communica
tion from the war office in the reign of
Queen Anne. Her majesty, it runs,
has been pleased to grant Fitton MIns
hull, a child, a commission as ensign
In consequence of the loss of his fa
ther, who died in the service. And Fit
ton was at the same time granted fur
lough until further order, his army
pay being sent regularly to his mother.
—London Graphic.
Paradoxical Proposition.
"Do you use the word politics as sin
gular or plural?' asked the person who
is always wanting to know something
"That has always puzzled me." re
plied Senator Sorghum. "There is
nothing more singular than some of
the pluralities that politics develops."
—Washington Star.
The Wrong Place.
Lawyer—My client did not under
stand your honor, as he Is very deaf.
Magistrate—And he has come to this
court for a hearing. Lawyer—Yes.
your honor. Magistrate—Then tell him
he had better go to a specialist—Bal
timore American.
The Cure.
"I thought Skinflint was dying?"
"He was, until he heard the doctor
say something about paying the debt
of nature, and be yelled for his clothes
and got well."—Philadelphia Ledger.
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Vital Work Is Done In the Con
trol Room of the Vessel.
through This Steel Cell, Deep Under
the Deck, the Commander In th«
Conning Tower Is In Touch With
Every Person and Event on Board.
When a warship sails into action her
heart pulses and throbs as eager for
the fray as the hearts of any of he
crew. Yes, a warship has a heart
The heart of a warship is the contrc
room, deep down under the deck, situ
a ted aft usually abaft the secon
Even on big fighting ships the hear:
is small. Generally it is oniy ten fee
by six, and is almost noise proof an
eerily quiet It is really a steel vaul'
entered by a door not unlike the doo
of a burglar proof safe.
From floor to ceiling the walls ar
lined with dials, wires, gauges, electric
bells, speaking tubes, switches and a
great amount of other apparatus which
keeps the commander In constant touch
with every corner of the ship. It is
the most wonderful and the most fear
ful room on earth or sea.
It is a fortress within a fortress, a
steel cell within the steel walls of the
fighting engine.
To be in the control room during ac
tive service is to feel like being in a
vault with the door locked on the out
side. This little compartment, which
visitors seldom see, will keep alive as
long as there is a living soul on board
able to hear and answer a calL
It is through the control room that
the commander issues his instructions,
observes and notes how the battle is
going, calls the gun crews from place
to place, directs the engineers, steers
the whole fabric and supervises every
thing. If a submarine is seen In any
direction it is through the control room
that it Is reported.
A little bell rings, a voice far away
speaks, "Submarine on the port bow,
sir, two leagues off." In an instant
the answer thrills the gun crews:
'Ware submarine on the port bow
enemy's craft Ready!" The gunners
have been ready for some time, and
when the chief gunner has "1»M" the
gun to his satisfaction bang goes a
message the enemy will not forget if It
hits him.
If a gun has to cease fire the order
comes through the control room. If
the enemy lands a shell on deck or
anywhere in the warship the doctors
are notified that they are wanted at
that spot almost as soon as the men
have fallen. If the gun crew are dead
it is from the heart of the ship that the
order is given for fresh men to fill
their places.
Though the captain himself Is in the
conning tower above, be knows through
the officer in the control room just
what has happened to his ship and th
extent of the damage, and if the cap
tain is killed in the conning tower or
on the bridge the chief officer in the
control room goes up at once to take
his place.
There are generally about six men
In this little throbbing heart of the bat
tleship. including operators and junior
The chief officer gives directions to
the torpedo operators, the gunners, the
searchlight manipulators and the ofli
cers In charge of the fighting masts, if
such are part of the ship's equipment.
But besides all this, there are a thou
sand and one things to attend to dur
ing an engagement
Every order has to be given at a n
instant's notice given distinctly, firr
ly, without the slightest hesitation
flurry. It is only in the control roo:
that one learns what the phrase "d
•votion to duty" really means.
Everything goes with automatic pr
cision in the heart of a warship, an
as it is the most vital spot on boai i
special care is taken to preserve
from harm.
Think of the steady nerves require
of those men, cooped up Jn this sma
room when the shells are flying arouti
and the hull is being battered by th
enemy's guns! A wrong signal migh
mean disaster, but the organization
so near perfection that mistakes a
practically unknown.
There Is no rest for the officers
the control room during a fight Tht
must stay at the ship's heart tel
graphing and telephoning to evei^
part of the vessel, without taking no
tice of the wreckage that Is being
heaped up on every hand. They kno^'
that when the men in turret No. 1 or
turret No. 2 cease to reply to their
signals something serious has hap
They know that even when the con
ning tower has been smashed by shot
and shell and the bridge has been
swept away they must stick to their
switches so long as there is an officer
alive to direct operations. Not until
the ship is blown up or rammed are
they allowed to leave that little room,
•nd then the? go down with her.—Ste
Louis Globe-Democrat
Always Truthful.
•'Does your husband
ever He
"How do you know?"
"He tells me that I do not look a
older thaD 1 did when he married me,
and if he doesn't lie about that I don't
think he would about less Important
matters."—Houston Post
He shines to the second rank who Is
eclipsed In the first—Corneille.
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