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ODD HOME DECORATIONS Fisoto t»7 Nelson. Santa Clara. v — — ¦ ¦ •> TH). c : %::'- raft, are In clover. At last tome "ii" tag devised a scbeaic t'j t-ucc'-ss fully »d\ert<s» the th<.»u i-p.nd arid on- bran*-!* that are daily tent i.~> in smoke as ptace of- M hi!" tearing i lie f mail ¦ paper !«i"*e! frotn ¦ <if,jr more than hsJf t^e smoke; s mxiiidci why on the manufacturer p'eced it there to annoy them, and frr quentl) when the gay bit nicks t^ the leaf" it is thrown away »iih an impatient .gesture and a muttered something. LI- M. Futjfi of i»;mt*i iiuiii nas us=»J t'ie mo&t brilliant eviorv fn*- lit-iceraiM^rs lltv* turned out and has maue furniture. .which in itself is not '^tveial'y notewor thy, but th- manner of Its decoratkn l.« tnott unique. Each pi»<-e fs covered with « mo>ai<- of cjjar wrappers *o carefully t-ft ttitt th* t\ hole appears as an 'xquis itp color b« heme of remarkably intricate workmanship. . • Tl:»«-f' odd articles hav«* h#en deviled especSalljr for the et. l,ou't- exposition, but their best reason for twin;? it to fur nish bachelor quarters, and for this pur pose th*>>- arc- something remarkably new end clever. ODD OCCUPATION OF A CALIFORNIAN sr.ail-caicher is at Urge! I H* works in the Fprlng of the I > when the ground Is moist I from the gentle rains. When not so encaged he follows the prosaic oc cupation of balesman— selling anything from a pin to a poster. Twice a day he esunters forth from his humble home •with a bag thrown over his shoulder or a large wooden box In hand. His first trip is made in the early morning— just after the tun has ristn— and he works until 9 o'clock. The second trip Is undertaken •shortly before twilight and he return* only whf n complete darkness overtakes him. Th«"se hours are necessary, for It Is the Jime when all terrestrial air breathing mollusks are astir. During the luat of the day the shells are safely housed in odd little nooks and out-of-the way corners. Queer business is this snail-hunting, -but. neverthel«s*. it is a remunerative one. If there were no one engaged In it how would the scientific- world know any thing about the lower forms of life? The territory in which he works is a particularly rich on*, for it not on!y con tains- a great number of species and va rieties of enaila. but several very rare oneK are known to exist here. Many of the European museums and the collections of conchologltral cpeclmens owned by prl xate individuals tlo not contain the siial! There a r » ts-kite. a smoker s set. a terra cotta joint for an umbrella receiver, urns, tabourette*. s»cfa cushion* and any num ber of other artl<"'es useful In a cozy room —all covered with an inrinite number of the little paper bands. Probably every house has at least one ?ample of what cigar labels can do in the line of corner vas^s for flower*, but the making of larger pieces is far more «liffi- shells peculiar to this peninsula, hone* the young man has made it a business of gatheiing the little mollusks and supply- Ing the demand. It should be borne in mind that when* the word "snail" is mentioned reference is not made to that long, fat, sMmy-iook lng. gre?nlsh-yellow creature one so fre quently sees in the garden making large circular holes In the leaves of valuable plants, but it Is intended for the animal which carries a del;e:tt<«jr constructed spiral shell upon Its back. Into which it may withdraw when alarmed. When the enterprising collector returns from a trip he commences lit once to prepare his specimens for scientific use. The various species are first put In sep arate compartments of. a box. A small kettle of cold water is placed upon a kerosene stove and when the water Is lukewarm the little creatures are quickly dropped in and the kettle covered. Just before the water comes to the b«iltng point they are taken out and left a few minutes to cool off before the bodies are separated from the shells. This is accom plished by the aid of A long pin Inserted In the aperture, or mouth. of the shell. The parboiled bodies when withdrawn leave beautiful amber-colored shells ready for the cabinet. The unattractive slugs are treated somewhat differently. They are drowned in cold water. A small per cent of alco hol is then added and the quantity is in- "I sandpaper tlie surface of the article I wish to cover." said Mr. Fatjo. "unl'l perfectly smoclh. then paste heavy paper without gloss over it. After it is thor ough!;- dry the df sign must he drawn very carefully, with the line.* true and even. A deviation of otie-sixteenth of an inch in a three- foot table will spoil the work, the joints will be uneven and the work will bave to be begun all over again. The labels must be pressed and assorted as to creased until little or no water remains. A sudden plunge of slugs into pure alco hol would cause severe contraction of their bodies and would ruin the speci mens for internal examination. There are comparatively few active conchologists in California, but cast of the Rockies, where much Interest is nnnl iested in the fascinating study, s;u dents and collectors may be count ed by the hundreds. This local col lector. W. A. Vance, who .Is h member of the American Association of Crnchologlsts. with headquarters In Phil adelphia, does not <«mnna his work ex clusively to 8an Francisco County; Marln, Alameda and San Mateo counties are also among his favoiile haunts, where differ ent kinds of snails are found. In abund ance. Nor does the young man restrict him self to the collection of land snails. There are^ scientists who mako collection of fiesh-water shells their specialty. THE SUNDAY CALL. color and design, and. of course, the col ore must be tastefully and delicately ar ranged." It is no end of a task to make anything and make it successful y. Only such tools as an orehit«ct employs in making plans are used, for Instance, dividers, rule, square and compass: scissors, straight and curved, and sharp knives with razor edges. " Kach latest is fitted before pasted down antl then a'. clean, fine cloth is rub- bed thoroughly over the entire face. •' U hon ouite firmly set, a white cloth saturated with alcohol >s rubbed firmly over tlie sMirfnce. then two coats of l'gbt solution of gr latine and seven cuatr; of varnish are Uhcd. It should be of the finest quality and each ccat allowed to dry b-fore the n^xt isapplied. If these rules are faithfully carried out there Is no reason why any one cannot turn out work that will last forever 'and that will be as useful as ordinary furniture. Th<» greatest patience and attention to detail must be given to even the smallest article, and really one should see the work Itself to realize tho Infinite. labor of fitting and. artistically arranging t h ¦ in nnmerabls little paper b.inrl?. their color effects and their ahadinxa. The- prices obtain ad Cor «ay «peeta«M of . tbeie tour classes' rango from five cents to one dollar according to the rarity of tho ipedes. Fostaro Is extra. Th» handsomest and most common of all tho snail shells Inhabiting the gardens of San Francisco Is called Helix retlcu lata. The animal Is a dark dead co'.or. and the shell upon Its back 13 the color of pale horn. It Is girdled with & sing!* narrow band of chestnut bronze, paler at Its edges. The diameter of the shell la about an Inch. Besides being found In gardens, devouring: succulent young leaves, they are also found In abundance burled around the roota > of the lupin© bushes on the hills. The' albino form of this species and the variety without a band are both exceedingly rare and beau tiful. This species Is not found north of Mendoclno County nor south of Santa Crux. The cannibal kind Is not a native of this State. Some years ago a few *er» brought into this country from France on hothouse plants and escaped from th» conservatory In which they were placed. <iwing to the ppecles breeding raoldly tn» city at present is overrun with th»m. Th© shell Is thin, yellow In color and about three-quarters of an Inch In diameter. The animal Is deep blue !n color ani is known by the name of Zonltes luddjis. If a cabbage leaf is placed in a garden over night it will attract large numbers of these creatures. They seem to b<* par ticularly fond of this vegetable. Th* il lustration accompanying this article, .which shows the collector parting foliage overhanging a wall, was taken the morn ing that he was in search of this particu lar *nail cannibal. Th- shell of the Targest species found in the county fs nearly two Inches long. Tt is Quite thick and in color is reddish olive, varied with vePow. A wide band of deep chestnut color encircles the noble species. The animal is slate colored. It thrives well in Traces where the ground Is rich, moist ard where vegetation is abur.c'ant. The ngfcitn 1? called Helix arrosa. Ft Is not found farther inland than twenty-five mlW. A cute little brown shell, all covered over with minute ha'rs. and which la fre quently found by children playing on the slope below Lands End Station, near the Cliff House, bears the scientific name of Helix armigera. It loves to lurk in spots where the sun does not reach. The ani mal Is lilac colored. A kind similar to the 'above, but some what smaller. Is often mistaken for the young of the last named species. The only apparent difference to the casual ob server Is the little white tooth which la seen in the aperture. Helix loricata is Its name. The tiny animal Is very fond of attaching Itself to small stones in damp places. The majority of snails are great travelers; some species breed rapid ly and wander Jnto adjacent States, but Helix loricata Is strictly • Californian. having been found in no other State ex cept its own. The boldest cannibal we have has a bright yellow shell upon Its back. Speci mens In museums are labeled Selenites Vancouverensls. for itswas originally dis- covered In the Puset Sound country. In the vl»*hity of Vancouver. In recent years the spee'es has traveled as far ncrth as Alaska. It is very abundant in this county, especially In Sutro Park. The creatures bnry themselves n^ar the roots f>f plants and feed upon the young shoots ¦nd devour unwary earth worms and other species of snaila. They haTe been Known to attack and cat their own kind.