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Amuse the Children.
A great many of the toys and games
which are constantly finding their way
lo the market for the amusement of
the children, not to mention the older
folk,. are of a rather expensive nature,
th us barring them from the child not
blorn with the proverbial silver spoon
in its mouth. It is with joy, therefore,
that the little ones hail some new
toy which is inexpe:lsive enough to fit
the pocket k of even the poorest
parent. It is e of this class that we
show herewit lthe invention of Raf
faello Astarita, a subject of the King
ot Italy residing in New York City.
Tl'he toy consists of a disc of any fiat
material, from paper to aluminum,
vith numbered perforations, in which
the peg on the accompanying handle
To Count the Game.
Is-inserted to score the points of the
amne, the skill in placing the peg be
ing the chief aid in winning. When
this to made with a pasteboard
disc ay ooden handle, with a nail
-for a-' 'he cost would be so low as
to make Z possible for some enterpris
ing storekeeper to give them away as
an advertisement, and from this sim
ile and cheap outfit the expense
ranges upward to the aluminum disc,
l'aid-decorated in colors, with cord
.and handle to correspond.
Large Electrical Transmission.
The largest electrical power trans
muission works in the British empire
have just been opened in Southern In
dia. The generating station is con
structed just below Cauvery Falls.
which are on the borders of Mysore
State. and one of the great sights of
Sthe country. They are situated in wild
country, thirty miles from a railway.
All the heavy machinery had to be
conveyed over this distance by road.
bullocks hauling, elephants pushing
. ihd. The electrical power is con
across the jungles for a distance
over.ninety miles to the Kolar gold
tildP. where all the mines will hence
r rtt be entirely worked by it. A
•.,^=ature of peculiar interest in con
S tion with these works is that they
re carried out under the supervision
a Canadian. Capt. Joly de Lot
iere, R. E. But it is very gratify
to learn that the United States
supplied practically all the machinery.
Capt. de Lotbiniere had great difficulty
-t the outset in overcoming the Hindu
- ruperstition that the goddess of the
sacred river would destroy all who
meddled with the stream. This super
stition found corroboration in the na
tive mind from a severe outbreak of
cholera and heavy mortality from ma
laria which marked the commence
`dent of the operations. However, tact
and coummon sense were eventually
too strong for superstition.
Ants and Gum.
' Walter Busse states that in East
Africa practically all the excretion of
gum is provoked by ants. They per
forate the bark of the acacia in order
to lay their eggs in the wood. The
soft wood acaclas generally show few
wounds of this kind, but those of the
hard(iood species are riddled with
them. each perforation being marked
with a globule of gum. The ant makes
no use of the gum; it is only an olh
structtion to her work. since it stops
up the galleries she hollows out. An
n ' fher species of ant. however, some
e--es attacks the exuded gum before
SIbecome cor.pletely hardened,
ves it discoloration.
ine Norwegian Sailing Boat.
Ordinarily when a sailing boat is
s ( out in a high wind the pressure on
tihe sail causes the boat to tip far over
at in the water, sometimes running low
enough to bring the rail under the sur
cad face for a short interval if the sail
= is not loosened te relieve the strain.
t:ll;' omas Jensen of Arendal, Norway.
car . ks to overcome thifs tendency by a
h r aewi hod of mounting the mast,
anidd r -4 rward
i hem, a the Mast.
ted n1i , ed that an
. . . any
tls i -ti
its normal condition and is only af
fected by the movement of the water.
As the mast does not move in the
longitudinal plane of the boat, it is
plain that the forwardly acting force
of the wind on the sails remains as
effective as heretofore, and the swing
irg ballast keel, which is outside the
boat, in no way interferes with the in
terior of the hull, as the only portion
in connection with the keel which is
inside the boat is the oscillating shaft.
The two lower drawings illustrate the
method of mounting the mast to over
come the pressure of a high wind, the
mast socket being normal in one pic
ture and connected with the end of
the are in the other to bring the
weight of the keel against the wind
Submarine photography is not likely
to become a popular pastime, but it is
leading us into unknown regions, and
Louis Boutan, who began by investi
gating the animal life of the waters,
has become an enthusiastic sea bot
tom camerist. He has lately pub
lished some of his photographs of sub
marine scenery. He uses a hand
camera, which is inclosed in a tight
copper box, having a plate glass win
dow, and is mounted on a cast iron
tripod. Suitable mechanism is provid
ed to expose and change the plates.
The pressure of the water, inconveni
ently great even at twenty or thirty
feet, was an early difficulty, but this
was counteracted by means of a rub
ber ball, holding about a gallon, from
which air was forced through a tube
into the box as the pressure increased.
Light fades rapidly below the surface,
daylight exposure being impracticable
at a depth of twenty-five feet. Mag
nesium powder is burned in oxygen
in a suitable glass tube, and by this
powerful illumination instantaneous
exposures are made with interesting
New Electric Clock.
In a clock. the combination with the
arbor carrying the transmitting-gears
of the clock-train, a ratchet-wheel and
an armature-lever revoluble on said
arbor, said lever having one of its
arms weighted, a pawl on the other
arm thereof in engagement with the
aforesaid ratchet-wheel, an electro
I magnet influencing the lever, and a
se'itable electric circuit: of a circuit
closer in said circuit operated by the
armature-lever to close the electric
circuit; of a circuit-closer in said cir
cuit operated by the armature lever
to close the electric circuit and rotate
the ratchet-wheel during the gravitat
ing movement of the lever, and to
again open said c-ircuit when said
lever is moved in an opposite direc
t,on by the closure of the electric cir
cuit, and means disengaging the pawl
from its ratchet-wheel before the
armature-lever completes its motion
under the action of the weighted arm.
This electric clock is the invention
of HJalmar E. Andersson, Stockholm,
Constitution of the Upper Air.
Prof. Dewar gives reasons for be
lieving that the upper atmosphere is
icomposed of the very light, or diffi
,r vltly condensable, constituents ex
isting in minute amounts in the lower
regions of the air, such constituents
are hydroget, helium, axylon, kryp
ton. xenon, etc. Pickering's spectrum
of a meteor sh. ws lines corresponding
to hydrogen and to helium. which sup
ports the theory proposed: and Sta
s:no's collection o. observations of
the spectrum of the aurora gives
many lines due to the more volatile
gases o" the atmosphere. Plcering's
spectrn n of a lightning flash gives
nineteen lines, two of which ceorre
spiond to nitrogen and oxygen, three
to hydrogen and eleven to argon,
krypton anld xenon.
Gas From Peat.
It would Ie gratifying to hen, of
some economical use being made of
the large supplies of peat existing in
tile Emerald isle. Gas made from
peat has been employed at the Motala
Steel works In Sweden for thirty
years. Peat gas is said to corst more
than coal gas, but it is preferred on
account of the insignificant anmount
of sulphur and hosphorous whi('ch it
contains. and is thus of great utility
i, producing a high qualitiliy of steel.
Tile time must bhe at hand w len the
manufacture of peat fuel will he a
remunerative i;idtlstry in Ireland.
An Improved Horseshoe Pad.
A new rmbher horseshoe pad is
descri;ed in the Ruibber World. A
si)ecial point about it is tlhait the
horse can bie shod wit'h a toi calk and
still have the foot staindl level. 'The
importance of this on icy pa'vements
or on asphalt will at once he seen.
The cushion lessons the concllsslion of
Le hoof with the ground, so injurious
the Joints and muscles.
nt of care does tus more damage
t of knaowledge.-Franlfn.
JOKES AND JINGLES
MERRY JESTS INTENDED TO
DRIVE AWAY DULL CARE.
Why the Belie Married Old Milyun-
Definition of a Sporting Phrase
Proof of Absent-Mindedness That
Was Beyond Dispute. "
Seizing the Opportunity.
"Always," advises the pdmpous per
son who has accumulated several mil
lions-"always say 'I will.' Never
allow yourself to be dismayed by the
outlook. Overcome the outlook. That's
the way to succeed."
"One, then," comments the poor per
son to whom he addressed this homily,
"should always say '1 will'?"
"And you always say it?"
"Will you lend me half a million to
get my airship in running order?"
Left at the Post,
What Really Happened.
"It is stated, sir, that you berated
this plaintiff and then assailed him
with a dangerous missile." said the
attorney. "Oi didn't do not'n' av the
kolnd. Oi called him a lying pup and
hit him wid a brick. Dhat was all."
What Bit the Other One?
Prof. Douglas H. Campbell of Leland
Stanford, Jr., University. tells this
story of an English stage coach, which
was drawn by a flea-bitten gray and a
skewbald mare. The color of the horses
aroused the curiosity of an American
"I say, driver, what color would you
call that near leader?" he asked, point
ing out the horse, whose gray coat was
sprinkled with black specks.
"'E's a flea-bitten gray, sir," replied
"For goodness' sake! Then, tell
me, what bit the other one?"
When Solomon Wept.
Solomon, when found weeping in a
corner, explained that he had lost pos
session of his magic carpet.
"But," said his questioners. "We
thought it would go wherever you
"So did I." replied the unhappy
king, "but 1 sent it to the carpet clean
ers and I can't get it back."
Mourning, he sought consolation in
the Koran, knowing that nothing was
left but to wait.-New York Times.
Towne-Rather absent-minded, isn't
Browne-Extremely so. Why, the
other night when he got home he knewr
there was something he wanted to do,
but he couldn't remember what it was
until he had sat up over an hour try
ing to think.
Towne-And did he finally remem
Browne-Yes; he discovered that he
had wanted to go to bed early.
Nothing Else to Marry Him For.
"So she married old Milynin for
his money, didn't she?"
"Well, to tell the truth, that's about
all he has. He's lost his hair. his
teeth and almust everything else."
"Old nian Tclliii thinks lihe is sure
to get a government jlob."
"\Vhy? He has no political pull."
"ut he claims he has. tie says he
ate the oyster that Oyster Hay was
Couldn't Judge Him.
"What sort of a follow is Willow
"I don't know. I 've only seen h:m
when he was with his wife."
"Speaking of a 'hot finish,'" re
mnrked Uncle Allen Sparks, "there's
In the afternoon tea la deligh
Simplicity' Comes In. 4, a whole clove into each c9p
It seems that we have had so much hoe ein o
;f elaborate embroidery this year that Infore sering. or
;here is to be a reaction this fall in In bottling pickle hor ca
'avor of simplicity. We are to have the corks and while hot
some of that good old-fashioned em- in the bottles; when cold
broidery known as cross stitch, and this last at from $3.50 to $5.--New Nail a piece of barrel i
it is to be used on everything--shirt York Tribune. handle over a box In which t
waists, lunch covers, doilies . turn- chips. The dirt will not si
...... . . . chips. The dirt will not silt
'ien. Some very pretty luncheon
cloths done in cross stitch in colors
nines, reds and yellows-and in a
very old-timey and simple pattern
are shown. Exquisite shirt waists are
seen of white crash with fronts cov
ered with designs in cross stitch done
in blue and white, and one of the fash
lonable brides is having all her linen
marked in cross stitch. It's the same
old story-after much elaboration we
return to cross stitch and simplicity.
Handsome Bridal Gown.
This bridal gown, worn by Mrs.
Sadie Price Pell, now Mrs. Percy
Turnure. is of pale grey ('repe de chine
with insertions and a collar of antique
lace. The turban is of pale gray fur
felt, trimmed with an ostrich plume
arranged in cavalier fa3hion.-Phila
Novelties in Buckles.
Pretty novelties in buckles for colo
unial ties are shown, as well as new de
signs in house slippers. The patent
leather slipper does not reign suo
premne. as it once did; there are satin,
mlatt kid, suede and dull-finish kid,
each appropriate for morning wear in
the house or with evening gowns. The
t:.lndal slippers for dress and evening
wear are fashionable this season.
They hqlve three straps all patent
leather, with Louis XV. heels. Buit
the season's hosiery is so smart that
many women refuse these dainty
strappled sandals. With handsome
loase, very low dancing shoes are
shlowin. but the heel cannot he low;
it is a modified l)u Barry. The Cuban
heel is as popular on the Colonials as
ever. andl "swell" shoes are' shown of
NEW YORK HORSE SHOW GOWNS.
SI I i
New Shade of Gray.
Very few new colors have come out
this year. but there is one that has a
new name, at all events. Ice gray it
is called, and the shade is really dif
ferent from any of the multitudinous
grays which have been on the market.
lee gray is not quite a smoke color.
nor is it at all on the drab order, but
it is an attempt at a pale, clear, trans
parent looking gray. A bluish glint or
shimmer gives it the name.
New color effects in dress goods are
continually being invented, and every
year we see more beautiful shades
than those we have known before.
The simple pinks and blues and hard
grays of ten years ago would hardly
be acceptable now. Softer colors and
complex interminglings o' shades are
sought by the smart women.
The new ice gray is a beautiful
winter tint, and is handsome when
made up with touches of green, or
simply combined with white finished
by a trimming of delicate frosty-look
The. girl who goes to college or the
woman who travels will appreciate a
gift of a pressing outfit. The essen
tials are a tiny iron such as is used in
pressing the frills of babies' caps, a
small bread-cutting board, and any
one of the numerous heating tIven
tions which are made to fit over a gas
jet. A square of fine sandpaper and a
may be packed in a neat box. The
iron and the board are to be had at
the 10-cent stores. The convenience
of the outfit is very great. Rumpled
ribbons and veils, handkerchiefs,
stocks, laces and frills can be fresh-
ened in one's own room, and certain
chiffons made to do duty over and over
Monte Carlo Coats.
The Monte Carlo coat in various
designs is again popular this season.
Some of the coats are in three-quar
ter styles, others are in hip length
with an inverted plait at the center of
the loose back and a similar plait
oi on each side of the box fronts. The
styles in cloth, as a rule, have a single
cape collar and bishop sleeves, while
the silk coats have flowing sleeves
and two shoulder collars, with a finish
oi lace or embroidery and a double
row of buttons.
If the white woolen shawl has be
c'oern soiled. dip it into .a bath of
cornmeal and rub it thoroughly.
Two or three tablespoonfuls of i
strong but delicately flavored tea are
said to enhance the delights of apple
A mingling of clove and lemon flavor
in the afternoon tea is dellght
a whole clove into each cup
In bottling pickles or cat
the corks, and while hot pr
in the bottles; when cold
Nail a piece of barrel h
handle over a box in which to
chips. The dirt will not slit
as when a basket is used.
Washing in cold water when
heated is a frequent cause of4
ing pimples. Hot water and &
of flannel for a face cloth are
Never sun feather beds or
Air them thoroughly on a
in a cool place. The sun
oil and gives the feathers a
Pretty White Waist. "
Blouse of white taffeta, or
tucked all over and fastenln lg
aide. It is trimmed around th
yoke fashion, and down thq 4~4
stitched bands of turquoise :bl
vet, finished with chenille fringe
the same shade. It is also ornam
ed with turquoise buttons.-Chio
Anne Hathaway durtainl.
If you have a basement dining ro
or rather dark bedroom where Io
curtains shut out too much of
light, try the effect of the linen Ai
-lathaway curtains, copied from ti
old house at Stratford-on-Avon.
are simply scrim or dotted Swt
made about three-eights of a yard
length, finished with a finger and
half hem at the bottom and a two
hem at the top, shirred very full u
a brass rod or cord end hung ac
the top of the window casement.
These do not cut off the light,
give an artistic finish to the windo
which shades alone leave too seve
The Taffeta Gown.
The taffeta gown, although it -
be not as popular as some of the oth
creations, is. nevertheless, a beauti
effect and has that body and re
to it that can be obtained in nothi
Ulse. Then, too, it can be made to
stand alone more than any other ftakb
.ic, and does not fall flat against ti
body as do the thinner and less stif
materials. For a Jacket effect or an
thing on this order the taffeta is o -
cf the most excellent materials th.
could be used. and in gowns that sho
a bolero, or a frock and frills eff
cpper portion It is a _.Teat favo