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fel. - - . ~ im Armchair of Lafayette I ** ' v\ k v. •. jjjp Marquis Arconati Visconti of Paris has presented to the United States National Museum the armchair of the Marquis de Lafayette. It Is in excellent condition and has not been repaired. The frame is of plain unpolished mahog any and it is upholstered in green silk and worsted cloth interwoven with a floral design resembling tulips. After Lafayette died In 1834 the chair became the property of his son, Edmond de Lafayette, who presented it to the Mar quis Visconti. “SOLITARY ROCK” OF WASE This solid pillar of basalt, the “Gob ron Dutsi” or “Solitary Rock” stands near the Fulani city of Wase, in Brit ish East Africa. It is more than a thousand feet high and is reputed un climable. The natives say there is a river on the top of It and that there are people there, but that If anyone ever did manage to go up to them he never would return, or would return demented. So far as can be seen, the only Inhabitants of the rock are peli cans, marabout storks and huge ba boons. FORTUNE FOR A PET DOG A lawsuit in which the parties are angry heirs deprived of their inheri tance. and a handsome griffon dog which has deprived them of it. Is to be heard in the Paris courts. Mme. Stella Bela Czebo, a well-known Hungarian resident In Paris, died re cently, leaving her house, horses, car riage, and an income of $2,000 a year for the maintenance of one small grif fon. She was very fond of dogs; and the little griffon was her favorite. But she leaves relatives behind her, and they are taking action for the disinheritance of the four-legged pet MONEY MAKES SHOE PINCH After complaining that a shde ■which he had borrowed pinched his toe, Carl Blakeley of Muncle, Ind., ex amined it and found $l2O in bills. Blakeley and a young woman, while riding in an automobile in the coun try, were thrown from the machine when the steering gear broke, and were hurled Into a puddle of water, >ut not seriously hurt. At the home jr Oro Odle. near by. dry clothing, in cluding the valuable shoe, was given them. MODELED AFTER THE PIGEON A German inventor has exhibited a flying machine, designed on the lines of a pigeon. The wings and tall are a good Imitation, and the car is In closed. giving it the appearance of the body of a bird. HOUSES MADE OF COTTON Houses are now made abroad of green Egyptian cotton. The debris of the fields, the sweepings of factories, in fact, everything that was formerly rejected as waste, is mixed Into a paste, and in a short time becomes as hard as stone. The soft mixture Is placed in plates and fired. It is then coated with a water-proof varnish. A house constructed of this cotton con crete Is fireproof, perfectly solid, and costs about one-third the amount of buildings made of brick. Experiments with the new materials are most con vincing. RABBITS SUPPLANT SHEEP Rabbit fur has supplanted wool in felt hat making in Sydney, Austra lia. where 32 factories are in operation. The fur is said to be superior to the finest merino for this purpose and mil lions of rabbit skins are used annual ly. It takes the fur of about six aver age skins to make a fur felt hat. In one factor the consumption of skins ranges from 25.090 to 30,000 a week. GHOSTS OF THE CAPITOL * When the body of President Garfield lay in state in the capitol, an old en gineer who w r as employed in the base ment, and who ridiculed the idea of ghosts, decided to be revenged upon the watchmen and policemen who re mained in the building through the night. He procured two large Eng lish walnuts and securely tied the half shells to the four feet of a pet cat and carefully turned her loose in Statuary hall. The noise of those shells on the marble floor at midnight, in the semi darkness as the distracted cat scam pered about trying to get rid of her new r shoes, gave the watchers the fright of their lives. This incident, though a harmless joke, gave rise to the story of the spectral footsteps which follow all those who have to cross the rotunda in Statuary hall after the building is closed for the night The rotunda has its own especial haunt. The prevailing belief in re gard to this particular haunt Is that on certain days, presumably anniver saries, the bent and huddled up figure of a workman with his tools may be seen flitting through the section. The foundation for this idea doubtless arose from the account of the death of a workman which occurred there during the early days of the construc tion of the capitol. He lost his foot ing upon a scaffold and was killed by the fall to the floor. The wraith of John Quincy Adams, Built by Roman Carnegie sSi *• ’’•^!^ , v ■ ■ lD^t > I^W^ocqubßoßb Explorers In the ruins of the ancient city of Tlmgad, In Algeria, have unearthed the remalna of a public library erected by a Roman Carnegie. The full inscription on the wails Is to the following effect: “Out of funds be* queathed by Marcus Julius Quintlanus Flavus Rogatlanus, of senatorial mem ory, by his will, to the colony of Thamagudl, his mother city, the erection of a library has been completed at a cost of 400,000 sesterces, under the direction of the city authority." POISONED BY PENNIES An extraordinary story was told, recently, at an inquest held in East Ham (London) on the body of a young employe of a local gas company, whose duty It was to collect coppers from the penny-in-the-slot gas me ters. For the past month he had been in ill health, and was under the care of a physician who expressed the opinion that he was suffering from metallic poisoning In some form. The victim told the doctor that he called at a hundred houses a day collecting coins, which were very often green, and when he had done collecting his hands were often green. The doctor stated that the deceased had a long, fair mustache, which he curled with his fingers, and by doing this had ab sorbed the verdigris. KANSAS LEADS IN STUDENTS Kansas boasts, of having more cofl lege students per capita than any other state Her next door neighbor, Missouri, has the fewest —only one in from ail narratives on the subject, seems to be the one most often en countered. At times It is alleged that be may be seen In Statuary hall, for merly the old house of represents Uvea and the scene of his death, ac companied by the whole congress of IS4O, gathered In ghostly conclave. He Is also credited with roaming about all parts of the capltol and may be seen at almost any time. There Is also the story of Gen. gan, who returns. It Is said, to ob serve the doings of the committee on military affairs of which he was so long the chairman. Those, who claim to have encountered the general, say that he always wears a black slouch hat and remains either In the commit tee room or in the corridor adjoining. Vice-President Wilson, died In his room in the senate wing, is also recorded as a constant wanderer about the scene of hie death. The demon cat legend has been re peated for the last 50 years as the animal apparition which returns at ir regular periods. The story does not vary much, being merely that of an ordinary Tabby at first sight, but which grows to a gigantic horror be fore the eyes of the frightened observ er. Suddenly this demon cat emits a fierce yowl and with eyes ablaze and mouth open leaps toward the specta tor, but invariably leaps quite over his head. TWELVE ONE-EYED MEN DINE Twelve men with 12 good eyes and 12 glass eyes attended a dinner served by one of their number at a hotel in Muncie, Ind., the other day. The host was particular that every man present should wear a glass eye. When dinner was over 12 glass eyes were re moved, wrapped in a neat package and sent to the proprietor of the hotel with the request that he inspect and return them. He opened the package in the presence of the telephone girl, and she fainted. LIGHTNING TWISTS BIG BAR Twenty-two men were carrying a bar of iron 29 feet long at the Pitts burgh Steel company’s Monessen plant and were about to place it In position in the foundations of a blast furnace when a bolt of lightning struck the iron, twisted it into an *'S” shape, knocked all the men unconscious and internally injured two. STABBED WITH ITS SPIRE An unusual freak of the wind Is H luLtrated in the accompanying picture. ‘ Town Hill Commits Suicide” was the headline displayed in a newspaper of the vicinity, but it looked more like a case of murder. For during a heavy windstorm the tall spire of the church was blown off and falling, pierced the roof in the manner shown. The church has stood for nearly a hun dred years on Town Hill, New Hart ford, Conn. 381 inhabitants, and next to the foot comes Pennsylvania with one for ev ery 308. The states at the head are all western, the first seven and the number of people for each college student being: Kansas, 112; Utah, 121; Nebraska, 135; Oregon. 150; In diana. 162; lowa, 184; Illinois. 199. The eighth Is Massachusetts, with one student for every 209 people. FLAMES LEAP FROM THE SEA Strollers along the esplanade at Oban. Argyishire, the other night were met by an unwonted spectacle. Op posite the Alexandra hotel, great tongues of white flames were seen leaping straight out of the sea not far from the beach. The phenomenon con tinued for about an flour, and drew a large crowd of onlookers, who spec ulated freely as to the cause. Stones were thrown in upon the flames, but had no effect. No conclusive solu tion of the mystery could be offered, but it Is explained that the apparently strange occurrence was due to a quan tity of hydro-carbon, which had bean thrown into the sea. AN ANKNI WOODS Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood’s Haunt, StU Thrives. Notable Woodland! In England la Said to Be Unequalled in All Europe— Many Kings Have Enjoyed the Chaae Here. London.—Now that Robin Hood, prince of outlaws, bas appeared again on the stage, it may be interesting to know what his former haunt, Sher wood forest, is like today. When he was alive the forests of North York shire were one immense woodland, but even in its present shrunken size Sher wood Is said by a correspondent of the Bellman to be unequalled in all Eu rope. From the days of the Normans to the time of the Stuarts, some six cen turies, the kings of England were oft en In Sherwood forest enjoying the pleasures of the chase. Here and there were royal hunting boxes, of which little now remains save more or less legendary stories. But there are still in existence many remnants of the religious houses which in their day were both numerous and im portant. The district known as The Dukerie, is perhaps the finest portion of the existing forest. Its title is due to the fact that within its borders were the homes of the dukes of Portland, New castle, Norfolk, Kingston and Leeds. There is no duke of Kingston today, and the dukes of Norfolk and of Leeds have parted with their properties. But Earl Manvers, a representative of the Kingston family, worthily maintains at Thoresby the best traditions of his race. As Welbeck Abbey the duke of Portland resides, anr the duke of New castle’s principal seat is the home of his father’s at Clumber. Sherwood is of such antiquity that no record or history makes any men tion of its beginning. There is scarce ly a doubt that it w r as part of the aboriginal forest land with which at one time England was almost covered. Now all that remains of the beautiful woodland is comprised in the portions of Birkland and Bilhagh. It is feared, though, the forest’s rapid deterioration may be predicted, for railways are to be run through and coal pits are beiag opened in the near neighborhood and no great time will likely elapse before the forest in all its beauty w-ill be a thing of the past. One of the most venerable of the ancient manarchs is Queen, or Major, oak. At first glance it may be slightly disappointing, for the mass of foilage almost obscures the wonder ful trunk, but a nearer approach will fill you with surprise and delight. It ■ > In the Heart of Sherwood. has a girth of 30 feet at a height of five feet, while the spread of its branches is nearly 250 feet. The hol low trunk is most rernt./kable. It has been recorded that seven people have breakfasted within its space and that sixteen people have been squeezed into the hole. The marks of tempests and lightnings are visible upon its time worn trunk. Birklands owes its name to its birches, but it has oaks also and is a region of grace and beauty. Old and mighty trees are scattered about, some of them worn down to the very ulti matum of ruin, standing huge masses of blackness. A long and very beau tiful drive leads to the famous old oak known as the Shambles, or Robin Hood’s larder. It is said that the prince of outlaw’s used to hang his venison on its branches and perhaps he did. Years ago the tree was set on fire, but though its trunk is cnarred and hollow, it still stands and flourishes. TWO BOYS WHIRL ON SHAFT Yell Till Machinery Stops, and Then Escape With Severe injuries. York. Pa. —Caught by a belt in the Kochenour flour mill at Mt. Wolf, Gil bert Beattie and George Knuedsen, boys of the neighborhood, were badly injured and only escaped death through the prompt action of the mil ler in shutting down the machinery. Both boys were whirling upon the shaft when their cries attracted at tention. The Beattie boy bad one arm almost torn from its socket, and his companion was severely bruised. Human Chain Rescues Man. Niagara Falls, N. Y—One of the most daring rescues in the history of Niagara falls was made by Aran Ke vorkian, an Armenian. Wading out w’alst-deep into the rapids a short dis tance above the cataract, he pulled to shore with a pike pole the uncon scious form of Henry J- Smith of Euf alo. Kevorkian was assisted by David Gordon and Park Constable Thomas Harrington, who formed a human chain, anchoring the Armenian to the shore and enabling him to resist the current, which was unusually strong owing to the high water. , WMA.RADFORD.--^| Mr. 'William A. Radford will answer questions and give advice FREE OF COST on all subjects pertaining to the subject of building, for the readers of 4hls paper. On account of his wide experience as Editor, Author and Manufacturer, he Is, without doubt, the highest authority on all these subjects. Address all Inquiries to William A. Radford. No. 178 West Jackson boulevard, Chicago, 111., and only enclose two-cent stamp for reply. A cement block house 35 feet long by 31 feet wide, without measuring the porches, is given in this plan. The first cement houses were expensive and unsatisfactory, because no one knew how to make the blocks or how to avoid the many little difficulties that presented themselves. Mechani cal ingenuity, however, and our ac quired knowledge of mixing cements, gravel, broken stone, and cinders, with Improved block-making machines, have simplified matters until it is now quite possible to build a better house of cement for less money than the ordinary wooden house costs. Of course there are many side Is sues which affect this general state ment, In some parts of the country, the right kinds of sand and stone are abundant; In other places, they must be brought from a distance. In ce ment construction, one of the greatest problems is the cost of teaming the heavy materials necessary to make the blocks; but there are locations where the block machine can be set down on the lot where the house is to be built, and the gravel or sand from the cellar excavation used in the mix ture that goes through the machine. In a case of this kind, the only team ing necessary is to have the bags of cement, the millwork joists and lum ber necessary for the floors, and the shingles and rafters for the roof. In building a cement block house where stone Is plentiful. It is a good plan to lay up a stone wall to the grade line, and to plaster the wall on x xt: x x-x-x- - ; x x-x*X;XX : X:X: x ; ; ; ;;X;X;.x-xx-XXxXxX ; :-xx-;:x : X:;;.>;:x-x-;-X;XxXx-; • xx- : Nx-:>-:*X;x-:x-x-x vX .... X Xn-X-. . - . X-X-.v., .• -. .-.•.v-x-X-X-X-X-.v. v X . ..- ; x- .-•- • • - -x x • XXX-X-X-X-rX .■ • •.XvX-X-X X- • *v.v ; X X - XXvX; *-: X-XvX X-Xx-X-X-X-XX-l -X-' - X-X X . X.-X-* X-.; X-.-X-X-X-X-X ,;•-X X. X ■ .-X* -X X-X-X X-X-. .-X*i •. x x-x x XvX-xx-v x • • ,-x- •; x-x-.XvXv:. x-x-x- •x-iixv-xvi-xx-x; ■;x x-x-xx-x-x : x.-. . •••. • -x: x :••• ; •> x :x ‘ x x-xv.’. , .’.>; . .• . -x-x- • • x-x ,-xx.. . x-x-x-x-.-. ■ •-x-x-x-x-.-x-•••■•.’-v.x-x xv. x-x-x-. -.- isl the outside with a layer of cement mortar to keep the dampness from the ground from striking through into the cellar. The top of this stone wall al so receives a coat of cement mortar; in fact the stones that compose the wall are laid in cement, and the inter stices are filled with broken pieces embedded in the soft cement mortar. This makes a very solid stone wall and a splendid foundation for the ce ment blocks. One difficulty which bas now been overcome is the designing of cement blocks that fit in around the windows and doors, and that match ’right at the corners, without the necessity of making a whole lot of blocks of spe cial sizes. Cement blocks are large, and the wall goes up quickly when ev erything go°s together right; but when you have to stop and chisel blocks to fit. then the expense for labor mounts up at a lively rate. Before signing the contract, find out positively If the builders know ex actly how to design and manufacture 'I I - : j fffiT —1 ' l[— —[| ! ™ I 1 me It Jm Jst * X, "I" ' Tl I MLsrmut\ jk " ■ D= First Floor Plan. blocks that will go together without this extra expense. The house-owner is the one to pay the tills whether the house is built under contract or by day labor. A contractor who under stands bis business will make a bid that is reasonable; but a contractor who has not had experience in cement block construction Is likely to lead himself and the owner into difficul ties. Hollow cement blocks are very much the best. They require consid erably less material in the making; and the open space in the wall is a benefit, as It provides an insulation against heat, cold, and dampness, which is an absolute necessity lor comfort and healthfulness. Provision Is made in this plan for a cement floor in the cellar, as well as a cement outside cellar entrance, the walla of which and the stair are built together and, when finished, really make one big. solid stone —a monolithic construction. The con crete for the cellar bottom tonal*!* of four inches of grouting, which I* com posed of one part of good Portland ce ment, two part* clean, sharp sand, and four parts small, clean broken stone. The word "clean'’ to a cement man means that the sand and stone must be entirely free from, or contain only a trace of clay or ordinary earth, because clay or loam will prevent ad hesion of the cement to the stone, and, if used, the concrete will be crumbly. The manner of mixing dif fers somewhat with different work- I \au l & R boo fooa* I hoo* I oeo hook Vi lj HA ■ fAAK e 1 I aro rvoM *** **** H-AAH-A. ■■ // IU * S \ UCi ■ Second Floor Plan. men; but (he old method of mixing the materials thoroughly dry, then mixing them thoroughly wet, has nev er been improved upon. If the owner understands some of the general principles of cement con struction, he is in much better posi tion to talk and deal with contractors and with much better satisfaction on both sides. It is an important piece of work to start to build a house that one expects to live in probably for a number of years, and It pays well to read up and know for certain wheth er things are just as others represent them or not. One point in making a cellar bottom that every one should know, relates to the manner of leveling the ground. A cellar bottom usually is not put in until after the first floor joists are in place. The joists, of course, are level, and it is easy to level the cellar bot tom to the joists by using a measur ing stick of the proper length; but the floor should be lower in one cor ner, enough to drain readily. Every cement cellar bottom should have a drain to carry off the water when the cellar is being cleaned. A clean cel lar is necessary for health; and if provision is made for easy washing when the cellar is built, the cleaning will be done much oftener than it will be if this precaution is neglected. Another point that should be care fully attended to, is the cement top surface. This should be about three quarters of an Inch thick, composed of cement one part to three parts of clean, sharp sand, first thoroughly mixed dry, then thoroughly mixed wet enough so that water will follow the trowel in smoothing. This coat should be put on the concrete base while the concrete is still damp; oth erwise it may not stick properly, and you will have a floor that sounds hol low. or that may crack and peel. Another point in cement construc tion is the opportunity to make the cellar window sills of cement, and to embed the frames thoroughly and carefully in the wall. In the northern parts of the country where the coid is extreme in winter, this precaution will help a great deal in making a frost proof cellar. Being a Reformer. Not long ago Frederic J. Baskin, the newspaper syndicate writer, pub lished a long line of articles exposing the evils of the tipping system and pointing out that any man who per mitted himself to be separated from tips was loose in the head and not fit to travel without a guardian. “Well, Haskin,” Vice-President Sherman told him soon after (he pub lication of the articles, ’’l suppose you live up to what you write, and never give a tip?” ‘ Well, not exactly,” explained Has kin. “AH the bellhops and hotel wait ers remember my name now, and, as soon as I register at a hotel, they begin to show me that tips are In dispensable. They have converted me. Whenever I enter a hotel now, I be gin by tipping the man who take* my grip, and my progress through the hotel is a rain of silver coins.” —Popu- lar Magazine. Brave. “Hag he the courage of.his convio tlons ?” T should say so. He doesn’t care how much his neighbors laugh at him: be digs in the garden just the same." "I’M ONLY A LITTLE GIRL" Failing Eyesight Responsible for an Old Man’s Mistake—Rebuke Hardly Effective. A eertaln group of youngsters In an exclusive West side residential section bad been very noisy throughout the forenoon. The children were still doing their utmost to imitate a bedlam, when a very angry old man appeared at the door of a nearby apartment house. H© was quite old, and it was evident that his eyesight was not the best, but h© finally succeeded in picking out a youngster who was aiding very strenu ously in the noise making. The aged man walked over to the child, took if by the hand and walked back to the apartment. When h© reached the doorway he turned to th child and said: "Don't you know It’s against the law to make so much noise?" "Yes, sir,” was the meek reply. “Well, don’t you know that you’ll be arrested and put in Jail, and then you can never be president of th# United States?” "Please, sir?” replied the child, "1 don’t care; I’m only a little girl.' New York Mall. * IN THE KINDERGARTEN. Lss r?s “Now, Willie, why do bees swarm —what is the cause of it?” “Oh, simply bee cause, I guess.” Delicate Point. They are a happy Sewickley couple. They haven’t been married very long. In fact, the honeymoon has barely waned. An elderly friend met the bridegroom downtown yesterday and slapped him on the back. “Well, happy as a lark, I suppose? “Oh, yes.” “How's the cooking?” “I have one trouble there. It’s Just this, my wife has been preparing angel food every day for dinner.” “You must be getting tired of it.” “Iam 1 . Yet I feel a hesitancy about saying anything. How soon after the honeymoon would it be proper to ask for beefsteak and onions?” —Pittsburg Post. The Only Way. An elder while baptizing converts at a revival meeting advanced with a wiry, sharp eyed old chap into the water. He asked the usual question, whether there was any reason why the ordinance of baptism should not ;he administered. After a pause a tall, powerful-looking man who was looking quietly on remarked: I “Elder, I don’t want to interfere In yer business, lut 1 want to say that this is an old sinner you have got hold of, and that one dip won’t do him any good; you'll have to anchor him out in deep water over night.”—Life. * What She Wants. “I want you to build me a fashion able home.” “Have you any special ideas as to the style of house you want?” asked the architect. “Not exactly. I want one of those modern places. You know the kind I mean —one with a living room too big to keep warm and a kitchen too small to cook in.” —Detroit Free Press. Still Hoping. “Life is a series of disappoint ments.” "Yes. I know a man who has been hoiiing nearly all his life that he would some day com© into possession of a coin worth more than its face value.’ Less ana Less. “This is a great age we are living in,” said Brinkley. “We have smoke less gunpowder, horseless wagons, wireless telegraph—” “Yes,” interrupted Cynicus, "and we have moneyless foreigners corn Ing here and contracting loveless marriages with heartless heiresses.”— Judge. How He Got Them. “Dat feller’ Rastus Skinnah don* bin talkin’ a powabful lot ’bout how he’s a-raisin’ chickens.” “Shof He doan’ mean ’raisin’,’ hr means ’liftin'.” —Catholic Standard and. Times. For COLDS and GRIP Hicks’ Cifi dim: Is the best remedy re lieve* the aching- and feveriahneaa—cures th* Cold and restores normal conditions. It’s liquid—effects immediately. 10c., 25c., and 60c. At drug Flores. Only Thinking. “Where are you thinking of going this summer?” “Ira thinking of England. Norway, and Scotland, but I’ll probably go to Punk Beach.” Avery successful remedy for pelvic catarrh is hot douches of Paxtine An tiseptic. at druggists, 25c a box or sent postpaid ,on receipt of price by The Paxton Toilet, Cos., Boston, Mass. If every lie in tne world were nailed there wouldn’t be enough nails left Ic build houses with. For years (iarfieJd Tea has been on the mar ket. This must mean a remedy worth while. The wages of arbitration should be paid as peace work. CAN CANCER BE CI ; RED7 IT CAN! The record of i bo Kel-am Hospital Is without pamil**. In history, haying cured to stay cured pcrmaimnUy, without the use of the Unite or X-Huy over at' pt-t eem. of the many hur.drvdsot sa.2e<crs from canoe* which it has treated during the past fifteen years. We have been cmiur-cd by the Si-rate and Let ■ 4 - iaiuro of Virgin.a. We tii3rttno Our Curt*, Phyeteiana treated free. KFLtAM HOSPITAL iCt7 Street, /itaAibOflCt. Vs*.