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The St. Louis Republic. (St. Louis, Mo.) 1888-1919, May 18, 1902, PART I, Image 13

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Edward Kelly's Elortrio Model Is
Propelled by :i .Magnet At
tached to It.
Inventor's Idea Is to Provide a
Train That Will Transfer .Mail
Matter at a High Kate
of Speed.
Norfolk. Va.. May IT. An electric car
which will run at the rate of 40 miles an
hour over a traclc of peculiar construction
Is on exhibition in this city. The Inventor
is Edward J. Kelly, and his past aivum
jdlshments in a similar lino entitle his
claims for this machine to a respectful con
sideration. He has In successful operation
on several electric street cars here his pat
ent trolley, and a test of his patent switch
.9 being made. ith apparently every pros
pvt of success.
When it was announced that he had a
wonderful railway car on exhibition great
interest wart excited anions men who are
ordinarily very shy of inventions for which
larse claims are made. Many of these vis
iter the shops of the Norfolk Klectrlc.-il
Company, where the device is on view.
There the model car was ' eing run haii;
and forth upon the track, which was about
.fix feet long. The Inventor declared tnat
the speed at which the car w.ll travel is
lestrlcted only to t.i- speed at which elec
tricity travel's on a telegraph line, making
allowance for a certain amount of friction
He ssiid he would soon tmtid a long track,
and then he would show something of the
reiil speed h's ear cun atluln.
Would Promote .Mull Srri lee.
It has been his ambition to provide a
jiracticiil electric cur iilcii would travel at
nigh speed lor the puipose of transporting
mall matter ietw-eu the Urgi cities of this
country, lie .-alu: "1 believe that this
model demonsirutts that a car built on
these lines will reach a speed langing fmni
three Hundred to tour nundied miles
. hour, in other words. It will cover the d
I lance between New York and Washington,
' passing through Philadelphia and Jialli
jnoro. In one hour."
Kellv believes that once his railway is
hullt there will be little telegraphing be
! tween these cities, and nearly all the Dusl
i ness will bo done by mall, ile expects to
bring the Invention to the notice ot the
Postmaster General shortly, and thinks t.io
Government will perhaps undertake to con
struct the line.
Kelly's device Is novel. The car Is pro
filed by a magnet attached to it which
tukc3 action upon a series of iron plates
placed between the rails. Theso plates are
' nearly as broad as Is the gauge of th-' road
at one end, while they taper to a point at
tho other end. The short ends all point ne
way, and the car must travel in a direct'on
opposite to tne one :n wnleh the sharp point
of the plates point. The road must, tnere
j'ore. neccssanly be u double-tracked one.
Hon Current 1 Shut Off.
The inventor Kiys that it is the nature
f the magnet to teach the large end ot the
plate as soon us possible, and that it does
this almost instantly after it "smells" the
small end of tho iron plate. When the mag
net beneath the car reaches the broad en
of the plato on tho track beneath It the
current is automatically cut off by the cai
wheel until the momentum of the car ha
carried It a few inches beyond tho attrac
tion of the magnet by the plate it has just
passed over. Then the magnet "enlivens'
again and reaches tor the attraction plate
"Only a practical lest," he said, "with a
full-sized car will solve that problem,
though my experiments have convinced me
that the car will travel at the rate of from
a to 400 miles nn hour." Tho model car
Kelly has now on exhibition is, perhaps. 30
Inches long, It 13 shaped like an ordinary
box car, both ends are sharp. It has four
wheels, each as high as its roof. .The big
wheels, the Inventor says, will decrease the
friction, and the sharp ends of the car will
enable it to go faster UnouUi tho air.
The next model made will have the wheels
set further toward tho center of tho car
than the first one has. As the wheeU an
tet en tho first model, thev ofTer some re
sistance to tho air. The current which will
. projwl the car is carried in one rail of tho
, track. This rail Is positive, the other ta
Negative Ilnll Divided.
The negative rail Is divided at Intervals
corresponding to the divisions In tho attrac
tion plates between I he rails. One wheel
of tho car on each side of it Is insulated
from tho axle, allowing the current to pasrt
through the connected wheel to the magnet
on the bottom of the car, and from this
- magnet to the connecting wheel on the neg
ative side of the car, forming a circuit, c-t-
cept durlnj that Interval when the circuit
J Is broken to permit the car to jump from
plnte to slate.
There is a short interval between the
plates ns they lie on tho track beneath the
, car. .Mr. Kelly said that In time he lielleves
passengers will embark on his line, but they
will probably bo at first fearful. of traveling
n t mink l.(,.V. .1 m .. . . -r
-. ;uui uibii t-ueeu. i win. ne ham, "ride
" 'he llrst mail car that goes out. I am not
afraid. The Inventor is unmarried, was
.u.ii ii lYooasiocK, ill., April Ifi, 1S72. am
lias tWO brritlinri: timl u.,, ,.. ate,... M it..
., i ,,i . ...... ...... ,, oirni,-, .in liv
ing in Illinois arxi Minnesota. He ran awav
rrom home when quite young. learned to be
a machinist, has had few advantages in
...W2y f ;PhoolinB. but has picked up a
fc'reat deal of knowledge of electricity.
Poind Iti-Kulule Speed.
The sliced of the car may be regulated
,,",',? ,5.or ''Pressing tho sharp point i
-. ..... iiiLfc-s uu lilw iracK. rue
ping the oar. He will at stations revere
stall In f,.. ,lates-. H- a-s he wi 1 In--.
1" .sta,tlons an Indicator which will
show Just where the ,-ar Is at all times lie
fr'to'm'nld'Hr6 that.,,he r"d 'vlll be coit-ZJZtuM-
,He "y "' car will run on the
ful rnl1- a,ld could b run over exist
tng lines were one rail allvo and the trick
cltar the slower steam or ectrlocara.
Pontiff Appointed Father O'Keillv
Years Ago to Prepare It.
Borne, May 17.-nellable information
comes from the Vatican to tho effect that
Dame Rumor is wrong in reportinV that
Marion Crawford has b,en appointed to
write the official biography of Pope Leo
While the novelist is persona grata at the
Vatican It is held there that his melo
dramataic style would be unsuitable for a
formal record of the life of the Pontiff
Years ago the Pope chose his domestic
prelate. Father O'ltellly, to produce hla bi
ography. O'Helllv has written n mmk.,
predated life of PoDe Pius IX. nnri ( T.i
io iiHvu aimusi compicieu. tpe Olograph- of
Leo XIII. Indeed, It is stated that the
lirst parts of tho work have already been
Some St. Louis People Profit by
Neighbors' Experience.
It's a wise man who nroflts by the ex
perience of his frlenu-s and neighbors. Hero
avi.?Hcc t0 "Io " anJ every man. womaH
r oMi.i I- c t ".'-...- -;-'J " "Y""
of a bad back, the niwn. ",r,i V
, -- --t "!- "inuuauwB iiiiu rest
lessncss caused by kidney complaint or the
mmojance ot urinary disorders, will show
uncommon wisdom to profit by this clti
len s advice:
I'. Power. letter carrier, of 27 Garfield
Intermittent St, in ,1. '
thlSrvl 5ai,"..,'" I1;.6.
::- i"rir "."ui:iii pain in tne
oacK jor or tnree years considerahlv
annovod me. as SOm nf ih. ..T-" .""ii .
more virulent than othe. nrtiV.',,i.,k,?..-"
Burner me more tnese points are dinrcueil.
When the car runs rpon several plates, the
?2 , o,llcn 1':iv',' Wn reversed, it stoiw.
This Is the method K'otlv ...m ..-- - ..."
pr contracting n slight Srfr-ij' . I canuiuam lor .nuyur. a unilftj States CiV
,5S iiVh-r Vhi L ?? C ..CoI,ds or extra. Service Commissioner, a New York l'o
Z.0.riS e'thcLbr"Snt.fnaPattac.kor accra- , lice Commissioner, Assistant Secretary of
vated an existing one. and when suffer
ing i cnt iu me tvoui-wtison Drug Co
for Doan's Kidney Pills. Not only did my
backache at the time, but discoloration of
the kidney secretions clearly proved that
my kidneys were at fault. A few deses
helped and a continuance of the treatment
positively stopped the last attack."
For sale by all dealers. Price. E0 cents.
Foster-Mllburn Co., Buffalo, N. T., sole
agents for the United States. .
Remember the name Doan's and tnv2
I 7i
m mm mum brother
,$j Maks youmcU o.
third floor. See h
1 -'tie in our beautiful furnishel house on
home-like it is.
jji on in the way of sinking and piano
JJaTbis high-ETude Dedroorn Suit, palish
RJjjj finish, rrv liar.dsoniB, only ,..
Bachelor Maids Declare Him the
ISest AH-Arouiid Man in
the World.
London, May 17. The decision went to the
Kaiser at the end of a discussion on "Who
is the Beat 'All-round Man In the
World?" at a London bachelor girl's tea
This led some one to Kim up the most
striking accomplishments' of the ruler of
I'nitrd Germany as follows: He can talk
fluently in. six languages. He has written
a play and conducted , Its rehearsal. No
' man lives a buMci life than h
but on the
oiscovery or tile Itocntgenrays lie tele
, graphed for Professor Roentgen and talket
with him for hours. He has written a pub-
lie prayer and conducted n choir. He can
coo't his own dinner, can play chess, paint
pictures or draw caricatures. He has
learned engineering and studied electricity.
Though he can use only one arm he can
shoot game for four hours at the rate of
tv.o a minute. He has over a hundred ti
ties and Is an Admiral in three of the big
he has
:.,, his
B j "
gest navies, in twenty-live years
snot .,() head of game. He changes
uress a dozen times a day. has a dozen
valets, and his wardrobe is worth 50.1,000.
.rtiiu un iuo in auumon to Delnir boss nf the
I Jr?,P1.rc-? r;.lct .which nobody has had any
ouut aoout since he dropped the pilot
jji?niati.i mi uiivcieiuoniousiy.
It is probable that in variety of occupa-
tions and interests, President Roosevelt
would rank as second to the TvnieT-
,fa!, as "Is public life is concerned he has'
''ad moT,c varied experience than his
. """ ?na .ou. l"en.a . nf Berlin. He
"?.?.,."??" ,a -oTKsscmpiyman. a
the Navy, a Colonel of volunteer cavalry.
uovernor of the fatate. vice President and
is now the head of the nation, if this Is
not a case of being "all around," what 13'
But In addition to all this Mr. Roosevelt
can run a ranch, can shoot big game, can
bag his own dinner and cook it. can put
up his fists with a professional, knows
something about wrestling, can't be tried
out In the saddle, and Is keen on all sorts
nf .ranlDd Tf. mn nnt n'rlln .,.,.....
,. w. ..... wuv. ..... ....... ... ...at, Uliciiia Ur
' (poetry, but, young as he is, and busy as
"5 fX2B WcfllSl fe B B Tvcrffo Dreisor, hl(h-
rM ffiffL ft- 8? a a I 'J' Pllahe(' onI5'
a Migg!t2 HlEh-gradij sooi5.
are doinc is the best proof that our pad efforts have
Alwavs something going
playing by clever artists.
We keep a complete
iinc of Quick Meul Qas
olinc and Qas Stoves
and Ranges on Casy Pay
inents at Cash Prices,
he has been, the books that he has pro
duced fill a goodly sized shelf. He has re
cently Riven a new word to literature in
"strenuous," which Is now ust-d wherever
English is spoken in the specialized sense
in which It was employed In Mr. Roose
velt's essay-
Singers in P.iooklyn Transfigura
tion Ohurcli Itcseiitctl Criticism.
ri:pubi.i si'nci.vi
New York, May 17. There wn" not a great
deal ot astonishment in the Church of the
Transfiguration. Brooklyn, when the sur
Plleed chclr made its anneuranee :it a rreent
service, made up of only three men and four j
Fmall boys, who solemnly marched to the
altar, neauecl liy the rector, the Reverend I around the neck of one of them, nnd the
Doctor Stuart Crockett. The congregation I n,i,.ht ld nnrrpj to him th-it In . t-nt-had
seen as It entcied the rhurch most j "r'tnt latn occurrcu to mm tnat in a Mml
of the young women and young men who I Iar manner he might clear th adjacent
make up the choir seated in the extreme ' woods of wolves. He fastened a bell on his
rear seals and It was cncrallj known that J wolf's neck and releawd him.
iSe.?le.m.b':rn.JhaI .m:,?'! "P M?K mln.'ls After tho snow had melted he allowed his
I .".'"w.E ""
last was confirmation night and Bishop Hur-
h-- iiresent io oenver tne sermon to
the class, and for the occasion the organist
, wcured some extra talent, called by the
mempers ot tne cnoir generally "profes
sional singers." It was while rehearsing his
cnoir wiin tr.p uorrowed talent that Mr.
Ridley. It is said, told hisi own singers to
step to one side, at the same time paying
that they were only "stuffed dummies, any
way." This made the memhere: nf th nhnlr In.
I dlgnant and some of them were for holding
aloof from the services the following night:
. out- on account of the Bishop's expected
presence, they agreed to wait until yester
day, and then show their dispelasure by
hlic-ll .lU.-CUW
During the services the rector asked the
members of the choir to meet him in the
Kunuruujii wutii cnurcn was dismissed and
I behind closed doors, the choir' and organist
i had it out, with the result that there was
i natched ut a nenee ihnt hntrpri itcoi .v,
I at night the full choir was In attendance
wearing grins ot satisfaction and slnsrinir
.louder than ever.
It Was Presented to Georrre H.
Primrose, the Minstrel.
REPUBLIC srnciAi..
Mount Vcnon, May 17. George H. Prim
rose, the famous minstrel. Is proudly ex
hibiting a massive solid silver loving cup
Which was presented to him nn tv, -.-. v
. Iiumf T-An r . .ag. V.
.Pockytader, in behalf of the Siwanoy Coiin
.u.c .iwuiu .ui.iuu uiKia.noiise hv jit
'' -" ."u"n. .cr..un, wnere Mr. prin
rose plays golf and frequently entertains,.
day our children can take hold of a business
years to be an honest and reliable business
not been in vain. ELEVEV FLOORS
Straw Slattlngs
this week at
(per yard)
Brussels Carpets,
good grade, at
(per yardl
Z a grain Carpet,
new patterns, at
(per yard)
Sheep Enticed to Woods by Famil
, iar Tinkling, Fell an
Easy Prey.
Hill. Quebec. May 17. A settler en tho
Upper Mattawa River, who caught a wolf
last winter, had read that ships were some
times cleared of rats by fastening a bell
! !ck ot sheep to exercise their lambs In the
I "elUs near lne house. His children were
"'" ini muiu 1......., ... ,.n. m'iuvo .
the lambs, when the sheep were noticed to
prick up their ears as if intently listening.
Then, with much bleating, the whole flock
raced to the woods.
Wondering nt the vagaries of the animals
the farmer went about his work. About
an hour later the children came up to him
with the news that the sheep had returned,
but had left one of the lambs behind them.
The next day the same thing occurred
again, and another lamb disappeared. The
children tried to keep the sheep in the
fields, but, falling, followed them into the
bush. They reported that they had dis
tinctly heard a bell tinkling In the distance.
Then it beK-m to dawn on the farmer that
the bell which had been fastened to the neck
of his gray wolf visitor was the same which
was borne by the father of the flock in tho
previous summer. The quick-eared sheep
had recognized the sound of the bell, and,
true to their instinct, had hastened to join
their last year's companion.
That they found, not exactly a wolf in
sheep's clothing, but a wolf attached to a
sheep's bell, and ready to take advantage
of his condition to dine on spring lamb was
no fault of theirs, though certainly the'r
misfortune. The settler does not appear to
think very much of the bell plan of dis
posing ot wolves.
Edward Spencer a Victim of Acet
ylene Gas Explosion.
Indianapolis, Ind., May 17. Ed Spencer of
t.h'.s. cjty has hair o.f. vivid. reen. While.,
jiiP km li j iiiiP
firm. The enormous business we
are working for, so that some
that has been known for many
This handsome 3 -
upholstered, nice
One Entire
Room siz:
Bruneln Rugs,
at (each)
Large Ingrain
Art Squares,
at (each)
Lace Curtains nt
Spencer was experimenting with acetylene
gas in a magic lantern, there was an ex
plosion, which burned him severely about
the head and face and singed his hair. The
physician applied a soothing lotion nt picric
arid, and the result was staitilng. Spencer's
friends are making life miserable bv mur
muring something about the mermaid's sea
green tresses ever- time they see him. The
emerald hue is not permanent, but It will
be long in wearing away.
Queer Doggerel Mementoes of the
Dead Found in York Cemetery.
Boston, May 17. Among those time-worn
burying grounds in which New England is
so rich arc many doggerel mementoes of
the departed which, but for the solemnity
of death in which they are enshrouded,
would partake of the farcical. In an ob
scure corner of York's ancient cemetery
is an epitaph which quite evidently was not
dictated by the occupant of the grave which
...- i. ., i. .i... .n
ill.! muiic inuiiv, .ui .i iiius muuuiuiius
the departed:
IIre lies the body of Jonathan Drew,
Who cheated nil he eer knew.
Hid Maker icl have create 1. too.
Hilt tlmt Ills .od he never Knew.
Here is one worthy of emblazonment for
the warning of the indiscreet:
Kmmn, lUUKhter of Abraham and Matilda Cor.
ar.d wile or Thcmluro Shallsn. died July 9. 1S17.
ncd -ti years, leaving five children: married tuo
ynroir aKalnt her father's will, blnglu women,
take warning.
In the quaint old Klttery Point, Me.,
cemetery, prostrate upon the bank of the
Piscataqua. is a granite block bearing these
words, rough hewn by the hand of a mem
ber of the only race In the world that could
have originated such a "bull":
Jlrid;et anil I have two children dear.
One in Ireland and the other here.
Maine i particularly rich In gravostone
oddities, but no inscription of them all can
cap this one, which displays to such ad
vantage the bitterness of a local warfare
over the Individual medicinal qualities of
the noted springs of two old towns:
Here lies John Jcnes and his two daughters,
Who dl.l of drinking Cheltenham waters:
If they had drunk the waters of Howe,
They mlKht have all been llilng now.
Beneath a leaning slab In an old Massa
chusetts burying ground slumbers an
ancient cynic, caustically rebuking, even in I
aeatn, tne curious:
I was somebody:
Who, Is no business of yours.
The old First Parish Cemetery of Alfred.
Me.,' is fruitful in unique curiosities of epl
taphy. ot which this legend is a fair sam
ple: John Hall. 1762-1813.
May he rest In neace till we meet again.
is Ifivlm Wit.
3111 im -n -at uiujj
piece Parlor Suit, richly
carved frame,
Floor of Upholstered Goods Odd Pieces, Etc.
Velour Covered Couch,
Oo ratlra floor of hanlsom Lotlhtr Coockts,
Darenportt, Loonjef, tte.
Leather Seat
Closing ont
Hat Tress, B
lnchss hlih.
only (taoh)
Exciting Sport Indulged in at
Westminster Royal Aquarium.
Ixjndon, May 17. One of the strangest
things in the way of sport was inaugurated
at Royal Aquarium. Westminster, when a
series of curious angling contests was be
gun In tho swimming annex. Fishermen of
reputation demonstrated their skill with
cord and line In attempts to bring to land
human fish, who, having been duly hooked,
cleverly Imitated salmon in their efforts to
regain their freedom. The result always
was entertaining, and frequently very ex
citing, especially when the angler and tho
"fish" were fairly matched.
In the first competition, although Mr.
Hardy of Alnwick, with a seven-ounce trout
rod and line, essajed three times to over
come Ives, a strong swimmer of 190 pounds
weight, the latter n each occasion succeeded
In breaking the line. Miss Burnett, whose
weight la li pounds, proved an excellent
fish: and Mr. Slater of Newark, who an
gled in the Nottinghamshire style, with a
' I nvnnn-riOArf r-rr onil uiilnnliitr tinrlrftecot
J nnei had'not succeeded In landing her when
time was called after ten minutes' hard
i fisrhtlnir. Another girl of slighter build.
.- - ,..-, ,' h. ...II.. r Mr rtL
den of Cheltenham In eight minutes.
Mother's Friend, by its penetrating and soothing properties,
allays nausea, nervousness, and all unpleasant feelings, ana
so prepares the system tor the
ordeal that she passes through
the event safely and with but
little suffering, as numbers
have testined and said, it is
worth its weight in gold." $1.00 per
bottle of druggists. Book containing
valuable information mailed free.
NIC9 Baby Car- Q AC
rlajres. onlr.....vuiOU
Go-Carta for.... -SI.8S I
This BeantlfaHy Ftnlslwa,
Solid Oak Sideboard, oval
Xaiy Ciilrs,
handy Child's Folding
"w ftvr-:nS
California Man Is Going Around
World With Hands Fastened.
Pendleton. Ore. May 17. Alfred Herman
of Bakersfield. Cal.. has just passed through
Pendleton wearing handcuffs: Herman Is
not charged with any offense against law.
but has adopted bracelets as a matter of
choice and to decide a bet. Still, when a
young man wearing a blue sweater, heavy
walking shoes and knickerbockers and.
holding his Ironed hands in front of him.
alighted from the train here and started
uptown, ho created a sensation.
Herman says he started out to go around
the world wearing handcuffs to decide a
J1.0CO bet made among medical students at
the Institution he was attending. The con
ditions are that he is not to remove the
handcuffs, except when he sleeps. He takes
a receipt of tho hotel clerk wherever he Is
at night, and the clerk removes the irons
and replaces them In the morning. Herman
must be back in Bakcrsfleld Inside of eight
een months. He earns his expenses by play
ing the piano with bis manacled hands in
show windows, for which he gets from 119
to J20 a day. He also sells pictures of him
self, and tender-hearted people occasionally
give him money to help him along.
Is to love children, and no
home can be completely
happy -without them, yet the
ordeal through which the ex
fjil W?5J
pectant mother must pass usually is
so full of suffering, danger and fear,
that she looks forward to the critical
hour with apprehension and dread.
em txis
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