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SPIDER THREADS THE BEST.
For Use in Telescopes Nothing Has
Been Found So Good.
The astr nomr after the experi
ence oI many years has found that
:he spidcr -,rnihe- the only thread
which can b.- -uccC.sfullv ed i
carrying r his work, writes Ambrose
Swazey. in the Scientific American
The spider lines mostly tised are
from one-fifth to one-seventh of a
thousandth of an inch in diameter
and, in addition to their strength and
elasticity, they have the peculiar
property of withstanding great tem
Derature; and often when measuring
the sun spots, although the heat is so
intense as to crack the lenses of the
micrometer, eyepiece. yet the spidet
h,es are not in the least injured.
The threads of the silkworm, al
thougl of great value as a commer
cial product, are so co-rse and rough
compared with the silk of the spider
that they cannor. be used in such in
Spider lines, although but a frac
tion of a thousandth of an inch in
diameter are made up of several
thousands of microscopic streams of
fluid, which unite and form a singie
line, and it is because of this that
they remain true and round under the
highest magnifying power.
An instance of durability of the
spider lines is found at the Allegheny
observatory, where the same set of
lines in the micrometer of the tran
sit instrument has been in use since
Fishing for a License.
A good-natured German located in
a certain Pennsylvania town a few
years ago. ane apparently had no def
inite business. Every morning regu
larly he woUld go to the creek that
ran through the town and fish foT
black bass. The first mess that he
caught was given to the minister of
the village church.
Some one, seeing the German on
the bank, said to him: "What are
"Ph. h! remarked, ''I'm fishi..; icr
The following day six fine trout
were delivered at the home of the
school-teacher. The day after that
the leading banker received a fine
supply of fish; and so it went for
nearly a year. He caught fish every.
day, and as regularly turned them
over to the leading citizens.
When the spring term of court
came around, he put in an applica
tion for a liquor license. Under the
rules of that court it ;vas necessary
.for twenty citizens to sign a protest
to kill an application for a license.
The protest was taken around; but
to the amazement of the messenger
he could get no signers. The clergy
man was much opposed to the pro.
posed license, but could not find it in
,his heart to -attach his name to the
paper. When the court announced
its decision, the German receiv.ed a
license, and he blandly remarked:
"I've been fishin' for a license. I
. A New Metal and its tise.
Louis Bell in Harper's WWeekly.
A few weeks ago electrical engin
.eers got wind of a new incandescent
lamp hailing from Germany. Now,
as a rule, no one ever raises an eye
brow at such an announcement, for
reputed improvements on incandes
cent lamps are an old story. But the
newcomer was unusual in that the
light-giving filament was a plain me
tallic wire drawn from tantalum, an
element of which most people had
not even heard of the name.
Tantalum is an element which has
been known for more than half a cen
tury as a constituent of various rather
uncommon minerals, but nobody
knew it for anything more than a
black powder which could be obtained
without great difficulty, but was of no
use after one had it. It has turned
out, however, that when melted in
vacuo, to overcome its unpleasant
trick of absorbing nitrogen when hot,
this black powder became a little in
got of real metal, which possessed
very remarkable properties. Metal
lic tantalum is a bluish-white sub
stance, a little darker in color than
platinum, and about three-quarters as
heavy for the same bulk. It is, for a
metal, an unusually hard conductor of
electricity, and has an extremely high
melting-point, both of these proper
ties bein:g invaluble for the purpose
tul can trithfully be said of
the new product for making the most delici-ns ic(
cream you ever ate ; everything in the package.
Nothing tastes so good in hot weather. All -rocer.
are piacm-ait in stock. If your grocer can'tsup ply yot
send25c. fortwopackagesbymail. Fourkinds:Van
illa.Chocolate, Strawberry and Unflavored. A ddress
The Genesee Pure Food Co., Box 295, Le Roy, N.Y
intended. Besides this, it can be ham
mered into sheets, and rolled oi
drawn into fine wire quite easily.
Its melting point is so high that il
can .. - pushed to a vivid incandes
cence that makes an ordinary lamp
look yellow. By this same token, the
light is produced at a high efficiency
so that for the same energy used the
tantalum filament gives nearly dlouble
the light o' the carbon filament. The
former, by the way, increases its e
lectrical resistance as it gets hotter
while the latter has its highest re
sistance when cold. The result is c
very curious difference of appear
ance when a tantalum and a carbor
lamp are tuIrned on together. The
latter takes a perceptible time tc
reach full brilliancy, while the formex
jumps to whiteness more quickly that
the eye can follow it.
The Origin of Slang.
"Here's where I butt in," said the
goat, making for the children, accord
ing to the New York Sun.
"I'm getting it in the neck," grum
bled the bull, as Ursus gave him an
."Come off your perch," growled
tabby. making another spring at the
"iPm in the soup," gasped the oy
ster, as he dropped to the bottom ol
'You're a bird," said the fox, as h(
gobbled up another hen.
"Don't try to string me," said the
rattler to the blacksnake, coiling him.
self into a plumbline.
"It's a lead pipe cinch," said the rat
gnawing his way through anothei
piece of pipe.
"I've got the drop on you,' shriek
ed the hawk, as he landed on anothei
"Things are coming my way," sai
the bear, dodging another bullet.
"My goose is cooked," said the wilc
gander, dropping to the ground witi
a broken wing.
"Quit your kidding," exclaimed th<
fish, as the bait dropped into the wa
"Those fellows are nutty," said the
rabbit, pointing to the squirrel famil:
"Stuck again," cried the fly, alight
ing on sticky paper.
"I can see my finish," murmure<
the lamb as he entered the slaughte
Difference in Two Sides of the Body
New Orleans Times-Democrat.
"Speaking of oddities," said anoth
er man, "there is more truth than poe
try in the rather rough saying, some
times indulged in a bandying spirit
hat 'your feet are not mates.' T.h
'fact is we are not as perfectly mad'
the sculptor, the painter and th
poet woild have us believe.
"For instance, the two sides of
person's face are never alike. Th
eyes are out of line in two cases ou
of five, and one eye is stronger that
the other in seven person's out of ten
The right eye is also, as a rule, hiirhe
than the left. Only one person ia
fifteen has perfect eyes, the larges
percentage of defects prevailing a
mong fair haired people. The small
est interval of sound can be distin
guished better with one ear than wit.1
"The nails o-f two fingers neve:
grow with the same rapidity, that o
the middle finger growing the fastest
while that of the thumb grows slow
est. In fifty-four cases out of roo the
left leg is shorter than the right. Sc
Iyou see, we are not the creature:
we are sometimes represented to be
nor is it quite so horrible as on<
might imagine to be reminded tha
one's feet are not mates. The fee
are not mates, as a matter of faci
that is, they are not both exactly a
like and of the same size."
Taxing bachelors may not boos
the matrimonial game, but it is apt t<
We are on the jo
delphia, and Parki
reliable houses in '
sortment of their I
We supply them
cheaper than wher
mel tablets cost 5c
100.- It pays, mos
pays all the time t0
Nine times out of ten when a man
buys a horse he is sold.
About the only thing that can be
said in some men's favor is that they
are not society favorites.
We will insure ycour Frame
D w'elling for only sixty cents on
the hundred dollars, (not ex
posed), or better still, one dol
lar and eighty cents for five
years. Good business people
insure their' property, why
don't you? Insurance on stock
and store buildings also,
HOLMES & McFALL,
Fire Insurance Agents.
(Schedule in Effect April 16,219o5-)
1 Lv No. 52. Daily.
L.Newberry. ...... ....12.36 p. m.
Ar. Laurens ...... ... ...1.50 p.mn
No. 2. Daily.
L.v. Laurens .... ........2. o . m.
fAr. Greenwc-od ............2.46 p. m.
Ar. Augusta ..... .. 5.20 p. m.
Ar. Anderso-a...... .....7.10 p. m.
Lv. Augusta...... .......--- - 2---- m
Ar. Allendale................ ...---------- ~.- I
Ar. Fairfax...... ......---------.
Ar. harlst~I...............2 40 p. mn.
Ar. Beafor~ 4630 p.12m.
Ar. Por . .......... ..... ..--. . 6.4 ~ . rn.
Ar. Savannah............. ....-- ... 6.45 p. IX'
Ar. Wa -cross ..... ..........-------- .o.0 p. m.
Ar. Jacsonille........ .....--- ------- ...
No. x. Daily.
Lv. Laurens.................-----... 2.07 p. m
Ar. Spartanurg .......... ..... ---- 3.20 p. m.
NO. 52. No. 87
Daily. Ex. Sun.
Lv. L.aurens............20 p. m. 8.oo a. mn.
Ar. Greenville .........-.--3.25 p. 1m 10 20 a. m)
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