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I me:-t say I w 54y. I wte J F Iowe rT far- 'ey slay, ire ite. (3 8e d W Al, Anri never'' heed Ale N'Hour TO MAKE AN AUSTRIAN TOP Not Difficult to Put Together and Car Be Cut From Ordinary Broomhan. die-How It Is Worked. All parts of an Austrian top are of wood and they are simple to make, The handle is a piece of pine 563 inches long, 114 inches wide and three fourths inch thick. A handle, three Parts of the Top. fourths inch in diameter, is formed on one end, allowing only 11/4 inches of the other end to remain rectangular in shape. Bore a three-fourths inch hole in this end of t~h6 top. A one-sixteenth inch hole is bored in the edge to en ter the larg hole as shown, says a writer in Populbr Mechanics. The top can be cut fromi a broom handle or a round stick offhardwood. To spin the. top take a piece of stout cord about two feet long, pass one end through the one-sixteenth inch hole and wind it on the small part of the top in the usual way, starting at the bottom and winding upward. When the shank is covered, set the top in the three-fourths inch hole. Take hold of the handle with the left hand and the, end of the cord with the right hand, give a good quick pull on the cord and the top will jump clear of the handle and spin vigor. ously. VEHICLE PROPELLED BY HAND Wheels for Common Cart Can Be Se lured at Any Junk Shop at Slight Expense-Makes Lever Auto. Any boy following the directions giv an here can convert a common four wheeled cart into a hand propelled ve hicle. If you would like to own a lever auto like this one and do not happen to have a cart, you can get wheels at a junk yard at slight expuense. The beginning of your work will be to take out the rear axle and substitute for it the crank-shaped one shown in the Hand-Propelled Vehicle. drawing. The best place to obtain a rod long enough to be shaped into the crank is the junk yard. Before you put your new axle in place make a wooden lever similar to the one shown under the wagon. It is made of two small blocks nailed to the sides of a longer stick near the end of the latter. Another lever comes up through a hole in the bottom of the cart and has a cross piece nailed on the upper end for a handle. Two blocks like the one shown in the cut are fastened under the wagon and a bolt is driven through them and through the upright lever to act as a pivot - Puzzler for Little Pay. Little Fay had been given a ten cent piece and sent to buy a postage stamp. The clerk gave her the stamp, and eight pennies in change. 1Fay counted the pennies twice. Then she said, with a puzzled look, "l don't think this is right. How much did you1 you say a two-cent stamp costi DANDYISM SERVED HIM WELr' Unwilling to Go to the Guillotine With. out His Boots, Condemned Man Cheated Death. In the French Revolution a feuil. letonist named Schlaberndorf, who possessed considerable ability as a writer, by heartily espousing the cause of the Girondists in all that emanated from his pen rendered himself obnox ious to Robespierre, and at the dicta tion of that fierce leader was incarcer ated. When the death cart one morn. ing came to the prison for its load of those that were that day to be butch ered, Schlaberndorf's name was on the list of the condemned. The jailer in formed him that such was the case, and the writer dressed himself for his last ride very nonchalantly and-he was extremely fastidious as to his per sonal appearance-with great care. His boots, however, he could not find. Here, there, everywhere, assisted by his jailer, he looked for them to no avail. "I am quite willing to be executed," said he to the jailer, after their fruit less search, "but really I should be ashamed to go to the guillotine with out my boots. Nor do I wish to de tain this execution party," he added, smiling grimly. "Will it make any difference If my execution is deferred until tomorrow? By that time I shall probably succeed in finding my boots." "I don't know that it will matter particularly when you are guillotined," responded the functionary, between t whom and Schlaberndorf there had ex- t isted a sort of friendship. "Suppose I we call it tomorrow, then?" "All right," and the jailer allowed Schlaberndorf to remain, not unwil- t lingly, as owing to his universal good humor he was especially liked by all e the jail attendants. L The following morning when the 1 cart drew up before the prison door for its batch of victims Schlaberndorf, s dressed in his best, including the boots t that had been found, stood waiting a the summons of the jailer to take his t place therein. Meantime, however, a new jailer had taken the place of the old one, the latter himself having sud denly been displaced by reason of sus- c pected disloyalty to the revolutionists, q and Schlaberndorf's name was not t :alled that morning. Nor was it called a the next morning, nor the morning after that; nor, indeed, ever again. It e was believed by all outside of his friends in the jail that he had perished k on the morning originally set for him. He remained in prison until the sway o of Robespierre had ended. Then he regained his liberty, as did the rest of 0 those prisoners whose heads had not fallen beneath the blood-stained ax. Hidden Women of Persia. Should the women of Persia ever get a vote, they will doubtless gee to it that the lot of their sex is con siderably improved, for at the pres ent time they are regarded as non entities. A husband in Persia never speaks of his wife to his acquaint ances, and, if obliged to mention her, it is by some other term than wife, as "mother of my son," of "my house." 3he must not exist for anyone but ner husband and from all others she must be hidden-non-existing. For this reason when the harems of gov ernors or very high personages pass through the streets of Persia the men whom they meet either turn their backs or slip down a by-street or into some convenient doorway. On passing a European, if sure that none of her co-religionists see her, a woman, particularly if she be young and good looking, will often raise her veil, from under which a pair of dark eyes follow the stranger with a curl :us gaze. Maidens wishing to get married vis It the tomb of some sacred woman. There are many such tombs. Mar riages are contracted very early. Sometimes, owing to family reasons, one hears of a youth of 15 or 16 married to a girl much older. The marriage for a girl is fixed at 9. Brooklyn Eagle. Honest Election. Much of the grim humor one hears among practical politicians has to do with these incorruptibles who owe their positions to corruption. A case 'n point is that of a member of the supreme court of a western state, who began his career by running for con gress. The story was told to me by one qf the workers who secured his election. "One day the candidate met me," said my informant, to whom I had been introduced by a practical poli- I tician, as he took me into his confi dence and began to talk as one briber ] might to another, "and asked me how things were going in a certain die- I ,rict. "'Fine,' I replied. 'You will have a good majority there.' "'I am not surprised,' he said en thusiastically. 'When I was speaking there I made the best speech that I made in the whole campaign."' The worker nudged me as he said: "It cost us just $7,000 to win that par ticular district for him, and he thought his speech did it."-The 'orum. True. "Now, Johnny," said the teacher aft. er she had explained the meaning of the word, "I wish you would write a sentence containing defeat." After a struggle which lasted for about twenty minutes Johnny an nounced that he was ready to be heard. "Please read your composition," the teacher directed. "When you git shoes dat's too tite," lohnny read, "it's hard on de feet." f ALTERS HIS BUSINESS PLANS Customer From New York Soon For. gotten When Pretty Little Divorcee Is Mentioned. "I may have to stay in town pretty late tonight, Mary. I expect a man to be here from New York to consult me on business." "Very well, John. If it is business I shall, of course, have to excuse you." "Thank you, dear. I am glad you take it so sensibly. We can't afford to let our inclinations interfere with business, you know." "Yes, I realize that. I'm rather sor ry it had to happen this evening, though. Pretty little Mrs. Gayleigh, who got back from Reno a few days ago, has promised to come in' to din' ner tonight and I thought you might like to be here." "Bertha Gayleigh? I didn't know she had come back. It may be that the New York man will want to get away on an early train. I think I heard him say something about it." Howlers. William H. Maxwell, superintendem of New York's public schools, was, quoting "howlers"-howlers being the technical name for queer errors in ex. ,amination papers. "The new year's best crop of howl ers," he said, "are these three: "'Grace Darling was a light house keeper.' "'There are five continents-a, e, i, o and u.' "'A centipede is a French measure of length.'" Safeguarding His Health. After, spending the greater part of the evening with friends, John de. cided that home was the place fir him, and, arrived there, he elected tc sleep in the front yard. Next morn. ing, happening to look up, he saw his wife observing him from an oper window. "Shut that window!" he yelled. "Do you want me to catcl my death of cold?"-Everybody's Mag azine. Used Both Systems. Reginald C. Vanderbilt at a lunch eon at Sandy Point farm said of a well-known suffragist: "She accom plushes a good deal, but some of het methods are not quite fair. Why, ever pt home-" Mr. Vanderbilt smiled. "A man once inquired of her husband: 'Do you give your wife an allowance or does she ask for money when she wants it? 'Both,' was the simple answer." A HORRIBLE EXAMPLE. "My husband has gained six pounds since he began eating the breakfast food you recommended." "Merciful heavens! Why didn't you let me know before? I've been eating the stuff regularly myself for the past two weeks." Expects a Commission. Lady-I guess you're gettin' a good thing out o' tending the rich Smith boy, ain't ye, doctor? Doctor-Well, yes; I got a pretty good fee. Why? Lady-Well, I hope you won't for. let that my Willie threw the brick that hit 'im.-Scribner's Magazine. On a Vacation. "Inspector, that woman I said waa always listening on my party line must have quit." "What makes you think so?" "Why, my wife has been listening for three weeks and hasn't caught her ret." In New York. "They say his wife believes every, thing he tells her." "Sure. She'd believe It if he told aer there were people in Chicago who Iidn't eat with their knives." TEMPERAMENT IS ALL RIGHT Quality the World Seems Ever Will Ing to Condone, but Beware of Temper. Of the prima donna who throweth a dish of spaghetti at her butler the world saith: "She bath the artistic temperament." And of the washer. woman who scaldeth her husband with a pot of bean soup the husband's relatives saith: "She bath a devilish temper." Cultivate temperament if thou wilt, but beware of temper. The rich man, in a burst of temper, bursteth a blood vessel and droppeth dead. The poor man getteth hot in the collar, and the collar, being celluloid, igniteth and burneth him to death. While angry at the woman he loveth, a man mar ryeth a woman he doth not love. And, behold, it costeth him half his fortune to regain his temper-and his free dom. Yet temper bath its uses. It giveth a man courage to do that which he lacketh the nerve to perpetrate in cold blood. And it serveth as an admirable excuse. If he saith: "Pardon me, I nave such an ungovernable temper," he is forgiven, as If he were a lunatic and not responsible. Temper maketh Johnny to go into tantrums. And, behold, his mother announceth proudly: "Johnny is such a high-strung child. So much tempera ment, don't you know." Which remark Johnny often overheareth, and, being wiser than thou wouldst expect of such a mother, he stringeth her some more and himself still higher, until !ather steppeth in with a shingle pad lIe and breaketh the string. Temper maketh madam to snap at the hand of her husband when it pet. :eth her. And hubby, saying; "She is so nervous," putteth on a glove that his hand may not be lacerated, and caresseth her more tenderly than ever. Temperament, like temper, is great- I ly overworked as an excuse. The I man who defraudeth the barber and loth his best to keep the clotheseclean- I er and presser from earning a living, t pleadeth in extenuation the poetic temperament. And the one who keep eth irregular hours and worse com pany, and whose shirt bosom feeleth t the imprint of a rouged cheek more 1 often than the touch of a laundress' a band, attributeth his delinquencies to I the Bohemian temperament. The sup posed possession of a literary temper- 1 ament hath led many a woman to take a course in the literature of the Ital- c Ian renaissance when the needeth far a worse a course of treatment by a man- 1 Icurist, a modiste and a hairdresser. r Verily, yea, verily, a sweet temper is c more to be desired than a sweetheart, a and is easier to' keep-Terrell Love a Holliday, in Puck. a This Happened on Mars. Allen-Hello, Duncan, old man! [Iow're things? Duncan-Pretty good, pretty good. And with you? Allen-Can't complain particularly. Get a little short of cash sometimes business is growing fast and I have to pretty near pawn my watch on oc casions to keep going. You know how it is; prosperity is sometimes actual ly a drag on your pocketbook. That's a preliminary to asking you if you've 110 loose that you can let me have until next week Thursday. Got to get the wife a little present for her birth day, and haven't a cent to do it with. Duncan-Why, sure. More, if you want. And never mind about pay ing me Thursday; wait until I want some money and come to you. Allen-Nix. Thursday goes and ten is all. Thanks. So long. Duncan (Thursday)-Morning, Al ien. Great weather. Allen-All to the good. You're looking fine. Say, here's that ten. Much obliged. Nothing like having friends to help a man once in a while. Duncan-Oh, you needn't have hur ried. I'd clean forgotten about this ten. Allen-Well, I don't forget the money I owe or what's owed me. Thanks again for your loan. S'long. 'ixchange. Curious White Island. What is perhaps the most extraordi. nary island in the world is that which lies thirty miles to the northeast of New Zealand. White Island is an enormous mass of rock nearly three miles in circumference, rising 900 feet above the sea, and is perpetually en veloped in dark clouds that are visible for nearly 100 miles. This island con sists almost entirely of sulphur, with a small percentage of gypsum. Some years ago an attempt was made to float a company to work the sulphur, which is of high quality, but sufficient capital was not subscribed. The ex port of sulphur from White Island is therefore still very small. In the in terior is a lake fully fifty acres in ex tent, the water of which has a tem perature of 110 degrees Fahrenheit, and it is strongly impregnated with I acids. On one side of this lake are craters from which steam escapes with great force and noise. This steam and the vapor from the lake form the dark clouds that envelop the island. Explained. "I am sorry to see you here again," said the judge. "You're not half as sorry as I am, judge," said the prisoner. "Bad company, my man, as I told you before, is sure to bring you back," said the judge. "Yes, judge," said the prisoner. "But I can't help myself. I tried to avoid I this vulgar cop, but ho just reg'larly '5 thrust hisself upon me."-Harper's Weekly. k + TnlL SBOOK Friends That Never Fall. Remarking on the human tendency to excuse faults in those persons who are beloved or useful, Macaulay wrote: "Just such is the feeling which a man of liberal education naturally en tertains toward the great of former ages. The debt which he owes to them is incalculable. They have guid ed him to truth. They have filled his thoughts with noble and graceful im ages. They have stood by him in all vicissitudes-comforters in sorrow, companions in solitude. "These friendships are exposed to no danger from the occurrences by which other attachments are weakened or dissolved. Time glides by; fortune is Inconstant; tempers are soured; bonds which seemed indissoluble are daily sundered by interest, by emulation, or by caprice. But no such cause can affect the silent converse which we hold with the highest of human intel lects. That placid intercourse is dis turbed by no jealousies or resent ments. These are the old friends who are never seen with new faces; who are the same in wealth and in pov erty, in glory and in obscurity. Plato is never sullen. Cervantes is never petulant. Demosthenes never comes unseasonably. Dante never stays too long. No difference of political opin ton can alienate Cicero." Rigid Rules in Germany. Ignorance of German opera regula tions got a party of American vis itors into trouble at the gala perform ance before the kaiser in Berlin on New Year's night. One of the party was a girl of seventeen, who wore a high necked dress, as became her age. The regulations have for some five or sit years past required all ladies at gala performances to wear decol lete dresses, and all gentlemen white, not black, ties. The gendarme at the door of the opera stopped the party, and after a short discussion produced a pair of scissors and was evidently about to effect the necessary change in the girl's robe himself. The matter was finally settled by the woman in charge of the cloak room, who turned in the neck of the girl's dress all round so as to give an appearance of conformity with decol lete rule. The gendarme explained that when the kaiser looked round the house he liked to see all the ladies with bare necks. Day of Judgment. If by any chance there Is a person who would like to experience the sen sations of a man about to be hanged I can tell him exactly how to get them. Cowards die many deaths before their time, It has been said, and I died so frequently shooting the rapids of the Salmon river between Salmon City, Idaho, and the placer diggings of the Salmon River Mining company, 150 miles below, that the grave no longer holds any terrors for me. Even the distinction of being one of the first two women ever to attempt this hazardous trip was no solace to me at times when I was less than a foot from my everlasting punishment, and at such moments glory seemed a puny thing, indeed.-Caroline Lock hart, in February Outing Magazine. Plan to Beautify Cleveland. Cleveland, through Its forestry de partment, may save the Buckeye state from becoming a buckeye state in name only. City Consulting Forester Horvath has announced plans for planting rows of buckeye and horse chestnut trees on the narrow streets of the city. To carry out such a scheme the city will have to raise much of the stock in Its own nursery. Horvath asserts specimens for gener al planting are becoming more and more difficult to procure. The plan of making Cleveland a city of buckeye trees Is not only viewed with favor by Horvath because of the sentiment at tached to the name in Ohio, but be cause in his opinion, the tree is one of the noblest of all shade trees. Cleveland Plain Dealer. Bug-Power. A man is consdered strong if he can drag a mass weighing three or four times as much as himself, but the beetle will walk with 500 times his own weight. If a man were placed under a wooden box with five times his own weight on top to hold it down, he would remain there indefinitely, but to retain a stag beetle prisoner In the. same way one must pile on top of the box at least eighteen hun dred times its weight.-Exchange. Decided. "I'd buy a car if it weren't for one thing." "What Is that?" "Having to look out for the other fellow.' "But if you had a car, the other fel low would have to look out for you, also." "Gee! I never thought of that! I'll hauy nn.'L-Judia 1 NEVER AGAIN FOR THIS MAN Youth Meant Well, but Recollection of Episode is a Haunting Memory. The newly established practice in the Equal Rights association of ap pointing attractive young women to dispose of suffrage literature, badges, sandwiches, etc., has been the cause of some amusing mistakes. One of these was wholly lacking in humor, from the point of view of the unfortunate per son who lived through it. It was this way: An amiable young man, walking down Broadway one morning a short time ago, saw stand ing on the corner a beautiful young girl. She held in her hand a bunch of violets and camellas. At her feet lay a tray of these flowers, and she glanced shyly and appealingly at the passers-by. The young man had started across the street when he saw her. He hesitated, turned, looked back at her uncertainly, and then squaring his shoulders, strode to her side. "May I be permitted to buy them all and help the cause along?" he asked gallantly, standing before her, hat in hand, and smiling an irresistible smile. The girl turned, looked at him for an instant in blank amazement, and then flushed indignantly. The wretch ed youth suddenly saw a boy dart from a near-by store and rush up to the young lady with a handful of change. She took the change, pinned on her flowers and with a withering glance at the would-be supporter of the "cause," who remained rooted to the spot, marched away. When he was able to speak dispas sionately of the incident, the youth de clared that to the best of his recollec tion the pavement opened and swal lowed him whole.-New York Daily Mail. r Mathematics in Ancient Egypt. Among recent archaeological discov eries in Egypt is that of a roll of papyrus in an excellent state of pres ervation and dating from the year 1700 B. C. The roll has a long title, part of which reads, "Instructions to enable one to know the Dark Things," and the gist of it suggests that the Egyptians were good at mathematics. Without doubt the Egyptians of that y time possessed a knowledge of the a elements of arithmetic. Numerous ex amples demonstrate that their prin e cipal operalions with integrals and fractions were by means of addition and multiplication; but subtraction and division were not known in their present form. However, by a longer and more involved process they ar rived at results pretty accurately. In V the papyrus are found equations, for example: "Ten measures of barley are divided between ten persons In such a way that each succeeding person receives an eighth less than the per son Immediately preceding him. What proportion does each one get?" An other problem is: "There are seven men, each one of which has seven cats; each cat has eaten seven rats; each rat has eaten seven grains of barley; each grain of barley must have produced seven measures of grain. How much grain has been lost?" The papyrus contains also the calculation as to the area of a circle, the quadrature of a circle, and the cubic measurement of the pyramids. Harper's Weekly. Peculiar Affliction. A case of "giants' disease," or acro megaly, is reported from Low Moor, Bradford, Yorkshire, England. The patient, Mr. Harry Faulkner, of More ly-court, Low Moor, a man of thirty, states that he was a normal boy pp to the age of fourteen, when his toes and jaw began to grow very large. He continued his employment on the railway at Bradford, but at twenty one had to cease work, as his frame had grown so much and he had be come weak. He was then seven feet tall and weighed over seventeen stone. The utmost caution had to be taken In walking, as his limbs came out of joint easily. He is still growing, and his left hip has become so large as to prevent him from standing upright. He is able to sit up for only a few hours each day, and is provided with a special chair of large proportions. He says that he Is never free from pain, and has lost the sight of one eye. Mr. Faulkner's parents are both about medium height, as are his broth er and sister. American Raisin Industry. The largest importation of raisins on record was that of 1884, when a total of 54,000,000 pounds entered the country, as against but 2,500,000 pounds in the fiscal year 1911. The marked falling off In importations of raisins is the result of the rapid in crease in domestic production, which first attained commercial importance in the early seventies. The American raisin industry had its beginning in the great San Joaquin valley of Cali fornia, which is still the chief pro ducing area in the United States. In 1873 the California crop was but 120, 000 pounds, while in 1910 it had grown to 112,000,000 pounds. While these figures suggest a growing consump tiod of raisins, the per capita con sumption of raisins in the United States tb 1910 was but one and one half pounds, compared with five pounds in the United Kingdom. All Served. Lady-Couldn't you possibly have saved your friend who was captured by the cannibals? African Traveler - Unfortunately not. When I arrived he was already scratched off thr menu.