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The morning times. (Washington, D.C.) 1895-1897, February 28, 1897, PART 2, Image 19

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1 This Tree MfcM I
1 Reach to China I !
A tree that Tivnls in height and age the
monarebs or the redwood forests in Cali
fornia hag just been cut into sections out in
the "State or Washington. An idea or its
elze may be gained rrom the fact that; ir
sawed into inch strips, the lumber made
from the tree would fill ten of the largest
sized freight cars, and mips of wood, if
placed, end to end, would reacli from the
town -where the tree now is New What
com across the Pacific to the land of Li
Huns Chang.
The Lumbermen Declare- That This
The section or the tree which is shown in
the accompanying illustration is so thick
that it would be necessary foi a man who
wished to see over it either to procure a
ladder or else stand upon the shoulders of
a tall man, who, in turn, should perch in
the same way upon a man equal to him
self in height. The total height or the tree
as 465feet,oraboutone-eighth of amlle.
To the point where the first limb branched
out was 220 Teet. At the base the circum
ference was found to be 33 feet and 11
inches There was not throughout the tree
the slightest indication of unsoundness.
There is a way to tell the age of every
tree. The problem is solved bv studying
the number of rings that are clearly dis
eernlble when the saw has severed the
great mass of wood into sections This
test showed tiiat the Washington tree was
at least 4 SO years old There are fierce
storms in the Cascades every winter. The
wind blows tremendously But the big
tree lias gone through all this weather for
almost five centuries.
The tree was as straight as an arrow
from its base to the f irsllimb, and, curiously
enough, the trunk maintained an equally
stern position to the topmost point Had
the limbs teen 6honi awaj. then the bare
trunk would have towered from ground to
tip -105 feet without the slightest bend or
crook. It was of the species known as the
Washington fir.
Its splendid regularity can be best un
derstood by those who visited the World's
Fair at Chicago, and remember in front
or the Washington State building the
gigantic pole which extended so far from
the eaith toward the sky that at first
glance it was difficult to discern where
the pole ended. Terhaps an even Iretter
Idea of the size of the tree could be gained
from the Tact that if it were sawed into
lumber it would make 9G.343 fcec of the
regulation size boaid. This amount of
lumber would serve for the construction
of eight cottages, two stories high, each
containing seven rooms.
The task of felling this huge tree was
no slight one He would be a venturesome
woodsman, indeed, who would attack such
a monster with an ax, and it would take
him nearly a lifetime to make any impres
sion. The only way in which it could
be managed was with the old-time imple
ment of the sawyer, the ciosscut saw.
The Head of the U.ui;e Says Things
to 3Irs. Bowser, But He Get the
Woi si of It as Usual.
Nothing in particular ailed Mr. Bowser
the other evening when he stalled home
from the orrice, but if the average hus
bnnd doesn't make a kick ever so often,
he is not on good tei ins with himseir. The
time had come for Mr Bowser to kick and
he lost no time after getting into the hall.
Mrs. Bowser was there to welcome him,
but he hung up his hat and turned on her
"Woman, why don't you gather up all
the sheets and blankets and coats and hats
in the house and hang them on this hall
tree, and make a regular Maypole of it?"
There was only one extra hat on Ihe
tree, and that belonged to Mr Bowser, and
he had hung it there; but Mrs Bowser was
too politic to dispute him. She led the
way to the dining-room, and he scuffed
along after her, every footstep showing
that he was out of sorts, and meant to
raise a row. Before sitting down to the
table he looked around, and his eye hap
pened to notice a crack in the glass over
one of the pictures, and he exclaimed:
"Been at woik with the axe again, have
you? Why didn't you .smash the whole of
'oin while you were about it?"
Mr. BoAser had cracked the glass him
self a month before, but "why say so and
hear him deny it? He fell into his chair
ntthe head or the table with a growl, and
ns Mrs. BoWber had planned an extra good
dinner she hoped the wor-t had passed. It
hadn't oven begun, however.
"What have you got here an old
boot?" he demanded, an he staited to
carve the chicken and stopped with kuire
and fork held' aloft.
"It's a young and tender chicken one
or the nicest I could buy," the humbly re
plied. "Chicken, eh? Well. I never should
have believed it. And I suppose these
are sweet potatoes?"
"We "will call them so, but I took them
for knots from the -woodpile. Did our
bakery burn down during the day?"
"No, dear."
"I thought it might, ns I see you have
gome cobblestones here in place of rolls.
Nice dinner for a hungry man to sit down
wWmVfflk3 wWmMm .mS mWimln
to! I'm so glad I didn't dlntTatthe club!"
ltwasa dinner ritfor any man toslttlowu
to, but Mrs. Bowser realized that she would
only make the matter worse by argument,
and therefore held her peace, or rather
sought to chunge the conversation by
teihng liim of a .street car accident she had
witnessed that day.
"I see," he replied, when she had fin
ished. "TJie motonnan had probably been
eating one or jour salads, and that's the
reason he bumped into the wagon. The
wonder is that he did not mn over hair
a dozen people."
Mrs. Uowsetliad intended to ask him
to take cyfo the theater that evening,
but sechfg how "off" lie was Hie gave
it up, and on icturnlug to the fitting room
sat down to a book, while lie picked up
Tree, Sawed Into Fine Strips, "Would
his newspaper. Mr. Bowser didn't mean to
give it up that way, however, and after
glancing over his paper he suddenly de
manded: "Mrs. Bowser, is this a house or a
"Why, what do you mean?"
"Just what I said. If it's a house,
then we need a housekeeper. If it's a
wigwam, or a hole in the ground, or an
Eskimo hut, then you arc running it bang
up. Last night, Mrs. Bowser, last night,
when I went to put on my night shirt it
was not to be found. I presume it had
gone down to the cook to be used as a
mop, or perhaps you had flung it out of the
window foi the children to play horse with
An Eskimo or a Digger Indian might put
up with such things, but I can't get used
to 'em. Can't you spare the time to tell
me where that night shut went to?"
"It was rolled up and placed under your
pillow, and I found it there this morn
ing," she replied.
He knew it ab well as she did, as he
saw it when he got up. The fact was,
he was in a hurry to get to bed, and forgot
to change, but he must hold some one to
blame, and why not her?
"And as I looked out or the back window
this morning," he went on after a bit,
"I saw at least a dozen clothespins scat
tered about the yard. The cook doesn't
care, or course, how she reduces us to
poverty, as she can rind another place; but
ir you had any care Tor our ruiancial fu
ture you would have an eye out for such
things. I do not wish to rind fault, but
when 1 see such evidences of utter reck
lessnessl can't help butspenk about them."
"They were picked up before noon,"
quietly replied Mrs. Bowser, "and are
now in the basket. I bought 500 of a
peddler for ten cents, and the girl is not
as carefol of them as she might be. How
ever, not one of them has been lost up to
Mr. Bowser didn't know whether he
had the besVor the worst or that argu
ment, but, as his object was to pass a very
pleasant evening, he searched about for
.something else to find fault with, and
soon discovered it. Said he
"A few days ago I bought a garbage
"Is this an
can, costing SI. I observe that it is al
ready sadly banged about. When you wish
to exorcise, why don't you hang up the
punching bag Instead of pounding the can
against the wall? I am not a faultfinder,
but I can't see my house go to destruc
tion without saying a word now and
Mrs. Bowser looked up from her book,
but made no reply, and feeling that he
had scored a point Mr. Bowser chuckled
to himself and presently observed:
"Thero Is another thing I wish to speak
of, now that I happen to think of it.
Most women pride themselves on the smnll
nessandtrimnessof theirfect. Youseem to
Lr&n f em
'w yi- ' xjifmsti fz
F. .TfSS EMkT 'i
have no pride in that direction. If your
feet have splattered all over the house I
am not going to blame you, but if itisonly
the way you wear your shoes, then I'll
lend you a pair of mine to reduce the
"You see those Bhoos?" she queried,
as she pushed out her feet. "Well, they
cost $2.r0, and I have worn them for bix
months. During that time you have had
three pairs of $5 Hioes, but you can't afford
better for me. While other ladles won't
look ntshocs at less than$G,T mustlook for
a price to fit a working girl. If you will
kindly lend me a pair of your shoes I will
be ever so much obliged."
That was another on Mr. Bowser, and
he turned red and white, and waited two
or three minutes before saying:
Reach to China From Now Whuteoni.
"I was looking in the directory today
to see if there was such a place in town
as a sock asylum a sort of home where men
can go and get their sockb darned. I have
a dozen pairs, but all are out at the heels.
Perhaps you know of an asylum?"
.Mrs Bowser made no reply, but going
upstairs to her dresser, she brought down
eight pairs of socks which were in perfect
condition, and laid them before him.
"Y-e-s," said Mr Bowser, pretending
not to see. "I gave you another thing I
should like to mention. I gave you money
only last week to buy coal, and I want to
know "
"I bought coal," she interrupted, "and
it will last us three or four weeks yet."
"But about the gas bill. Mis. Bowser?
Here we have longer days and no company
coming in, and yet the bill for the last
month was "
"Was $2 less. Mr. Bowser. There it Is,
and you can see for yourself."
She had him on tha-. and he re.ilied that
he was g'-tting the worst of it. He. there
fore, rose up and said:
"Mrs Bowser. I did intend to spend a
pleasant e.-cning a5 home, but being as you
seem bound and determined to spoil it. I
will go out and pass three or four hours at
the club. Just go to bed whenever you
wish and don't mind me. Whenever a hus
band bus no home, you know when his
wife isn't willing to make things pleasant
for him when when "
And he put on his overcoat and hat and
wentout and walked up and down n ml shiv
ered, and then loafod Tor half an hour in a
di ug store, and then talked politics with the
butcher until his toes were frostbitten, and
as he rinally staited for home he congratu
lated himseir that he had taught Mrs. Bow
ser a lesion she would not soon forget and
upheld his authority as lord and master.
Didn't Caleb I). WebMer.
Daniel Webster, Tazewell, and Gen.
Jackson's Secretary of .the Navy were
once walking togethei on the north bank
of the Potomac, and while Webster lin
gered a little in the rear, Tazewell offered
to bet Branch a $10 hat that he could
prove him to be on the other side of the
river "Done," said Branch. "Well,"'
old boot?"
said Tazewell, pointing to the opposite
shore, "isn't that one side of the river?"
"Yes." "Well, isn't this the other side?"
'"Yes." "Then, as you are here, are yon
not on the other bide?" "Why, I declare,"
said the victim, "so it is; but here conies
Webster. I'll win back my bet from him."
As Daniel came up Branch saluted him
with, "Webster, I'll bet you a $10 hat I
can prove you are on the other side of the
river." "Done." "Well, isn't this one
side?" "Yes." "Well, isn't that the
other side?" "Yes, but I am not on that
side." Branch had to pay for two hats,
and learned that It is possible to bet both
ways and win upon neither
lie Opens, a Combination tm,i Wel
comes the General Public.
If you don't read me sometimes in dcr
paper, dot vims all right, for maypo you
can't read. 1 vhnsCjarl Dundor, who don't
rind nottings twotUmea alike, in America.
One day a m;incum in my place und drinks
my beer and rcartsjuy .gas meter, und dut
fat police sergeant says I vlias bwindled
unci should look oudC. Next daj another
man cuius und act Hiufit the same, und
I gir him der boot, undylias fined S"25 und
some cost. One time an oxpress man cuma
mil a package und collects fifo tollur, und
vhen 1 open him he vims a 'big stone. Dot
fat police sergeant says I viiasgreenhortfs,
und don't know somebody. Next day dot
j oxpress man cuius mit a package und I
fight mit him, und haC to pay feet'iy tollar. '
One day dur man who makes der taxes
cums in my place und drinks four beers
und says he-makes mytnxus lower. I go
by dcr police sergeant; und he laughs at me
und says r better go. back to Shermany.
Next day another man comes to drink my
beer und see about taxes, und I run him out
und vhas in troubles. If somebody vliasno
body, how you going io tell about it?
By und by I vhas tired uud start a comic
almanac. She vhas Carl J Minder's Sher
manalmanac. She vhas pictures. She vhas
fuiiii-. She vhas bo tunny dot I laugh all
night und can't sleep, uud my ole woman's
laugh und rail down stairs und break a
leg. .My son Shake, he laugh, too, and haf
home fits und cost me $20, und so I gif
oop der bizness. I shange dot alnianao
over und make him serious und pa tlietic, und
dot vhu.s bad for me. I weep all daylong
und my oltlt woman's vhas like me, und
my son Shake, he cries till we bar to call
der doctor. It vhas sooch sadness dot
der butcher on der corner can't attend to
pr-esnesb more, und der shoemaker in der
middle oT der block feels so badt dot he
hangs himself. Dot makes me go omit or
dotalmanac pecsness und try sometlng else.
Ladles and Sheiitleinenh I like to in
tioJuce myself in m new peesness. I
haf opened some saloons for beer, but
she has dlwided of r jn two pieces. One
vhas for beer und der ondcr one for a
museum. It has no sharge to go In
or come oudt, und stay ash long as jou
like. You can stay in or ataj oudt
she vhas der same to me Dot beer
vhas for sale at der usual price, und
she vhas ten X's, but If jou don't vhant
fO'ne jou go bj der museum und she
vhas slu.st der same She vhas inno
cent for women und children, und no one
vhas made better lor seeing my place.
My ton, Shake.gotderideaof der museum,
und der oldt womans, she bar an idea of
working del two In harmony. Shake vhas
go ng to sell der beer, vhile I shall keep
dot museum ninnlng all K. O.
I like to c.i 11 your attention, to my lulu.
I don't know he vhas a lulu till der man
who sells him to me girs me dot pointer.
I belief all der time he vhas a stuffed
cat, mit glass eyes und 'a bob tail. Dot
lulu vhus from Arrlca'J und he vhas so
fierce dot efen dor" elephants run avhay
Troui him. If a 'innh should meet a lulu
in an African forest at midnight, God help
dot man! He would shust hear one awful
scream, uud den ho would to in kindling
wood, und dot lulu would drink his blood
und scream, Ha! ha! ha! Nopody shall be
afraid of my lulu because he vhas
deadt uud can't fight, und because I vhas
ut hand to protect the wimliio una shll
drens. I like to -ay, m conclusion, dot no
pobyshullpokehniiiuitu .-lick, und dot he
vhas der onl specime.ii ' effor brought to
America. Sometime rfot police sergeant
says I hasa lulu myself, but he don't haf
time to point himseir.
In dot 1'i'xt cage, you find der hodag.
I don't know tomc,.hdngs until 1 buy
him for $ir. I b'clfef. he vhas a stuffed
fox, und I slimlle at him, but der mans
he brings me pi oofs dat he vhas right.
Dot hodag vhas frmn Australia, vherc
he goes loammg aiouudt to cat eafery
pod oop. Vhile h has a shmall animal
he has a big appetite, und if he don't eat
one man a day he vhas hungiy. He don't
fear nopody. If you incit him vhen you
vliis walking out jou vhas gon' opp der
spout. He bhunips on jour back urd rbngs
j-ou down, and for ten minutes he toys
mit jou und makes you belief he vhas all
in fun. You pet him und call him fon
names, und belief you vhill go home: but
lit HmmpsTib j-ou und you vhas in heaven
in two minutes. Nopody else lias a museum
mit a hodag in it. He vhas not to be had.
Dis one vhas found deadt. und he vhas
walued at ten tousand dollar. He don't
hurt nopody unless j-ou poke him in dcr
eye mit an umbrella. In conclusion, I vhill
saj- dot tie more beer j-ou drink in der
saloon part der bigger dot hodag looks in
der museum.
It glfs me pleasure to speak of dot
dodo in dot thiid rage. He vluus rare
You may go bj ten museums uud jou
don't find him. My oldt woman said
he vhas hair turkey, but I pay $20 for
him und find oudt he vhas a dodo. I
vhas hot so very well posted ahoudt
dot dodo, as tier man who sells him to
me has to go right away to Chicago,
but I know he has a badt bird. He cornea
from Switzerland; und ho flies aboudt
und looks for woinans and shildrcns If
he finds one outdoors it vhas goodbj- !Je
screams two times und seizes dot wictim
und bears him off to his nest, und it vhas
no good to follow after Some tla.v you may
find some bones, dot vhas all. A full grown
dodo, like the one j-ou see before jo.t,can
eat one woman or two shildren efery day,
undsuch vhas der rear or him dot no Swiss
woi'ian goes oudt by her hog pen mldout a
rope around ther waist. You can see by
his tail dot dis bird Hies by night as well
as bj- day IT a girl stands oudt by her
gate at night waiting for iter Tellers to
come along, maype dot feiler rinds her und
maypc she vhas whish'. gone oop tier
mountains to Teed der dodo. She kicks und
screams und cries for merej', but it vhas no
use. Two years later, mnype, her hatpin
vhas found among der rocks, but no more.
She vhas inside dot dodo, and der dodo
can't be seen.
Mj friends. I like you to come in und call
on me und look arouudt. She vhas no Tree
lunch, and she vhas no prize package, bub
she vhas a respectable place, und you
vhas interested. If you go by my street
you sec one door mit a sign of "Carl Dun
der's Saloon" on it. A little vhays on
you see another door mit a sign of "Cnrl
Dundei's Museum"' on it. Dot vhas all
right. You can't getinto two places by
one tloor. und so nopody makes a mistake.
If you go in by onealoor und don't like it
j'ou can go oudt und see some other door
und make her all right. If some inno
cent people call for beer he shall haf it und
be welcome, p jt if she.shust likes to see der
museum nopody vhill say a word. It vhas
my principles to make eaferpody feel at
home und iiaf so nu,gopdtlmc.. L vhasopen
enter j' day and eveningsln der week except
Soondaj". uud I vhas always glad to ex
plain uud be friendlj. Tlense remember
dot she vhas free to all. uud dot mj saloon
vhas in two pieces one for der saloon uud
one fur de museum. In-de one place was
my sou Shake und ten X beer; In der oder
vhas me und der lulu, and all of her vhas
happj' to see der poobllc.
How the Colonel Was Relieved of a
aiost Cuntnulicrous Pain.
One morning the colonel rolled out of
his blankets with the jumping tooth
ache, and, though he exhausted all the
remedies in camp, notlring had any ef-
feet; It was forty miles to the nearest
town, with the chances against finding a
dentist there, and it was finally decided
to appeal to one of the cowboys on his
station, five miles away. He came over
in response to a message, and, after taking
a look at the tooth, which was a double
onen the upper Jaw, the cowboy said:
"Kurnel, I can shoot that tooth out as
slick as grease if you don't mind the
scar it will leave on your cheeks."
"Snoot it out!" shouted the colonel.
"Whj man, jou must be crazy!"
"Wall, mebbe I kin pick in enough
powder to blow it out."
"Might chuck it out 'with a piece of
iion and a stone," continued the cowboy.
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Ills Toothncho Was Gone
"And you might go to Texas andbeyond,"
exclaimed the suffering and indignant
ma n.
"I'm only telling j-ou how we do it, out
here, and ir you dont' want- that tooth
out you'll hev to stand the pain."
The rowlioy started for his station, but
after a gallop of a mile he returned to
beckon the rest or us aside and said:
"lie seems to be a purty bquar' bort o
man, though a leetle tecchy, and I'm sorry
for him. Is he a good rider?"
"Only fair."
"Kin he shoot?"
"Not very straight."
"Then I think I kin cure that toothache."
He spent two minutes unfolding the plot
and then went over to the sufferer and
"Kurnel, I've cum back to say j-ou ar'a
"What!" yelled the colonel, as he
sprang up from his seat before the camp
fire. "A boobj- and a squaw, kurnel, ami like
wise a dinned old liar!"
The colonel jumped for him, but the cow
boj dodged and ran for his horse. We had
another ready saddled, with two loaded
revolvers in the hoKters. and the "booby"
sprang into the saddle and gave chase.
After getting out on the prairie half a
mile, the cowboy began to circle and shoot
and jell, and Ihe colonel followed him and
shot away the whole twelve bullets with
out sending one within five feet of 1dm.
Wnen the twelfth one hail been fired, the
kind-hearted cowboy rode otf at the top
or hisspced, andtlie colonel exune into camp
to dismount and saj:
"Get me a hundred cartridges and my
own horse, and I'll follow that man to the
end of the earth!"
The Artificial Wings
"How's the toothache, colonel?" was
"Toothache! Why, it's all gone, and I'll
have that fellow's scalp if I have to stay
out here all summer!"
An Episode in the History of Bald
Knob Succinctly Related.
Bald Knob City was made up of two
shanties and a blacksmith shop, and there
-was vso little travel over the mountain trail
that when the old man Baker went over
there from Griggsville and opened a
saloon everybody said he was crazy. A
week later, when he got in a stock of
five barrels of whiskj-, they said he
wouldn't be able to dispose or ten gallons
in a lifetime. The old man merelj smiled
when questioned, and most of 'em let it
go that he had become light in the top
storj. Two weeks after he had become
established at Bald Knob the newspapers
for a hundred miles around published items
to the effect that one Jack AIcKaj was
going to jump from Bald Knob on a cer
tain day. The mountain was plumb up
and down on the west side, with a height
of 900 feet, and Jack was to make the
jump for $100.
Twenty-four hours before the date fixed
people began pouring into Bald Knob Citj
Old man Baker had put up a tent, in which
100 men found shelter for the night at $2
per head. Every man who arrived drank
Tvhlsky whisky from Baker's rive barrels.
The four men who waited on the bar
couldn't keep up with the demand. Bj'
noon or Wednesday 3,000 men had assem
bled, and none but womenandchildren were
left In Griggsville, Blue Top or Yankee
Doodle. Three thousand men means 3,000
drinks of whiskj' at frequent intervals, and
for everj- drink a quarter of a dollar had
to be handed over the bar. The jump wasto
take place at 3 o'clock inthe afternoon, and
at 2 o'clock the crowd was fighting for
choice positions. There was time for 3,000
- t n.
.1 i y viT
more drinks, however, but the three thous
andth man was disappointed.
The old man Baker tapped on everj- one
of the five barrels and pronounced thern
as drj" as a bone. At a quarter to three
Jack McKay appeared on the crest or the
mountain, and the mob crowded closer and
cheered him. At that moment also a man
and two mules left the town, going east.
The man was riding one mule and leading
the other, and the lead mule had freight on
his back.
"Look! Look! He's going to jump!'
shouted 3,000 men, and then a deep hush
fell upon the multitude.
Tiie man straightened up, looked about
him as if taking a farewell view of earth
and was about to jump when he didn't.
He sent down a piece of paper, which was
carried along for haira mile bj- the breeze
before It could be secured. On it he had
"The circus lias been postponed for sev
eral weeks or more!"
The crowd looked up and howled and
groaned, but Jack McKay was not to be
-i.n Then they thought of whiskyand ohl
Baker, and surged down upon the saloon.
Five empty barrels lay there, but Baker
was several miles away with his mule
load of coin, and thtumh he was pursued he
could not be overtaken.
The Solo Heir to Millions Will Re
come a Nun.
Hulda Duestrow, sister of Dr. Arthur
Duestrow, w4io was hanged Tuesday at
Union, Mo., Tor the murder of his wife
and child, and sole heir to the Duestrow
millions, will, It is said, turn her back
of Arthur Stentzel, the German Authority on Aerial Isavisatlon.
upon the world and bury herself in a
Catholic convent. It has been currently
believed that she would marry Louis
Trost, a young school teacher at Tren
ton, 111., who is the nephew of Miss Kate
Sauter, who is her duenna, but she and
Miss Sauter both emphatically deny this.
By the terms of the will Miss Hulda's
annuity will be $30,000, but should she die
without issue, the fortune is to be devot
ed to certain charities named by the eld
er Duestrow. She Is not a Catholic by
education or heritage, but says a con
vent is the only place she can hope to es
cape comment. When she becomes a nun
her annuity will go to the church.
Miss Duestrow sees practically no one.
She never goes out alone. There is scarcelj
a girl In St. Louis, no matter how poor she
may be, who Is. not happier than this rich
man's daughter.rollingin the lap of wealth.
Though scarcely twenty years old, Mis3
Duestrow weighs about 200 pounds. Cin
cinnati Enquirer.
Sunflower Philosophy.
An Atchison tociety woman acknowl
edges that she worecopper-toed shoes when
she was a child.
A funeral In a family reveals a great
many surprising kinships that no number
of parties and receptions bad ever made
A woman's idea of a man good and true
Is one, who, on Sunday afternoon, reads to
his child the little paper it received at
Sunday school that day.
g A Machine taat Seems 5
! B . ,-, T.t- -rrj a
Berlin, Feb. 27. Herr Arthur Stcntzel,
or Altona, believes he has solved the prob
lem or aerial navigation. It has lonp been
the aim of the flying machine enthusiast
to construct something that would prac-
Itically be the prototype of a bird. There
in, it has been firmly believed, lies the
becret of locomotion through the air. It la
on this principle that Herr Stentzel has
constructed bis machine. Its two great
sections resemble the wings of a gigantic
Bird. With them the Inventor declares that
he can move through the air for four or
five minutes and alight without injury.
At first the Stentzel machine gives the
impression that it is like that which made
Pror. Lillienthal famous. But the beauty
of this machine is, according to the best of
authority, that it can really fly, and this,
too, without breaking the bones of the at!
venturous mortal who trusts himself to it
The wings of the Stentzel machine have
a spread of about seven yards, and their
surface is eight and two-fifths yards, all
told. They move through an angle of sev
entj' degrees, and are curved according to
a parabola in a proiiortion of one to twelve
Compressed carbonic acid gas Is employed
as a motive agent, and the machine is
driven bj- an engine also of Herr SteiitaeT-s
invention- The speed of the engine can be
readily controlled so that the machine can
riy at varying velocities Herr Stentzel's
thcoryurion which his machine Is really
based, is. practically that of Nadar, who
inslstcd'that a body to be able to fly must
be heavier than air. This Tact, he said, was
proved bj the undoubted truth that every
thing that could flj- as, for instance, a
bird was heavier than the air itself.
lie also declared that an apparatus di
rected by a man only would never fly suc
cessfully, because It would prove too weak
withstand the heavy air current- A man
Is only able to generate one-half atmos
pheric horse power, and he can never be
able to generate two atmospheric horse
power, which Prof- Lillienthal proved was
necessary to lift a man weighing 150
pounds. HcrrStentzelfound, when became
to consitler carefull- the weight of each
substance that went to make up the total
of Itis machine, that the aggregate weight
of them all wouldsuru up 300 pounds. This
was the basis on which the new invention
was built.
To secure what Is equivalent to one
horse-power it Is necessary tbat a pres
sure or rive atmospheres be obtained; and
the greater the horse-power, the more
capable is the machine of continued loco
motion in the air. This is the point, and
here, Herr Stentzel says, lies the sota
tiun of the problem. Can he Jeelop the
necessary horse-power, and will his ma
chine respond to the mechanical stimalus
it Urns receives?
The inventor mourns, as inventors usu
ally do, the lack or necessary capital to
carrj- on his experiments.
"After the beginning always comes con
tinuation," continued Herr Stentzel. "I
am sure that there i- no Itonit to the possi
bilities or my machine. It is Jest like
a growing plant. First -ou see the shooc
above the ground, and then it gradunlly
grows and waxes strong, and presently ic
begins to extendand branch out aad leave
form, and after a while 11 becomes 'one
thing of which nature herself is proud.
"The question is now as to the develop
ment or power. It takes a lifting power
of sevent j'-hve pounds to enable a machine
to riy Tree in the air. Now what I have to
do is to regulate and adjust the different
elements of power that they will all act in
harmonj. and enable me to take my
machine and fly. not for five minutes, nor
for ten minutes, but for as many bours
as I Uke-
"It has been my aim to Imitate, as near
as possible, the bird. Yoj see, I have the
wings- Look at them closely. Did you
ever see the wing of the Wr spread out
flat on a smooth surface? Then yon have
seen a tiny counterpart of the wings of
my machine. The wings counterfeited, it
remains for me to furnish a substitute for
the life, for the power In the bird which
drives the wings. I believe that In my
motor I have found it."
What Paqes Get and Wear.
The pages m the Supreme Couit of tho
Ignited States are required to wear kniefcer
Loekers. Three of the pages are nearly
full-grown men, and when en the street
they alwa 5 s wear long trousers. The short
knickerbockera are known a their official
tiousers, and are only worn when the Su
preme Court is In session, rages of tho
court receivea salary of $0C a month. Thi3
is more than either the Senate or the
House pages get, their allowance, being
only $75 a month during the sessions of
Congress. In Congress the pages are not
restricted to any particular kind of trous
ers. Depew as a, ILover.
"Dcpcw docs make a good speech," said
Gen. Grosvtnor recently. "A good deal
about Depew is In it. He reminds me of
a distinguished widowcrhere In AYashington
who has taken on a desire to marry once
more. Tlis failure to make a harbor caused
me to ask one of tbje ladies he showed
Iiis attentions to why he was not success
ful. 'I think,' she said, 'that ir he would
make love to the ladies as heartily as ho
does to himself he would soon find a
wife. "

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