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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 05, 1913, Image 15

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Swiss soldiers haVe recently
been experimenting with what
have been humorously dubbed
the new seven-leagucboots but
what are virtually roller skates.
The skates they are using con
sists of two pneumatic-tired
wheels, seven to eight inches in
diameter, connected by a mechan
ism by means of which the
weight of the body in-stepping
causes the skate to propel itself
forward. ' The fobt-restsis hung
in a frame, made 4up of tubing
jointed together at the .center nd
attached to the wheels at the
ends. ,
By operation of a. spring in the
gearing 'of the rear-wheel and at
strand of wire from it tothe hub
f the fQr.wardyJieel ,the, tvyjo.
wheels are drawn toward each
other, whenever -there.. isno
weight upon the jointed frame
work. When the skater throws
his weight upon the footrrest-.the
wheels are forced apart, the wire
strand is drawn out and the gear,
racheted to grip the driving mech
anism of the rear wheel as the
wire-strand is drawn, propels the
wheel in a forward direction.
By alternately .lifting and set
ting down his feet, asun walking,
or as in skating, the wearer can
move very swiftly and easily. The
skate is strapped, to the foot and
leg, much as a stilt is attached,
and -it is light enough to make
the effort of using it little more
than that of ordinary skating,
while the distance' that can be
covered in, a brief time is remarkable.
Kidder That fellow makes a
living writing light fiction.-.'
Kiddee He doesn't look likca
literary chap.
Kidder He's not. He makes
out accounts" for the electric light
-company. . , , . , t

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