SCIENCE and INVENTION
ARTISTIC fABLE FLY TRAPS
ingenious Contrivance That Holds In*
aoet Ones It Oots Inslds of
Realising that ordinary flypaper and
fly trmpa on the diningroom 'table or
in the windows of shops are far from
nrtlsUc, a French Inventor has de
signed a fly trap which makes a not
unpleasant ornament for the table and
a drawing attraction for store win
dows. He provides a disk formed
with a ring of depressions or cups,
which are halted with Jelly or other
foods that attract flies. By means of
clqckwork in the base of the trap the
disk la slowly revolved, bringing the
cupa one by one under a vertical cyl
inder of wire netting. The trap is
covered by miniature representa
tions, the one illustrated being a
windmill. The flies enter the door of
the mill and while they are busy eat-
Ingenious Fly Trap.
ing the bait they are carried under
the tower. Alarmed at this they fly
upward, easily finding their way
through the openings in the top of
ythe cones. Once in the prison tower
they cannot escape and must await
the hand of the executioner.
NOTES OF SCIENCE.
Bamboo trees begin to bloom when
A mill will be established shortly
in Sweden for spinning yarn from
* Fifty thousand tons of soot are tak
en from London’s chimneys every
Berlin’s fifth international dental
congress will be held the coming
Muscles to the number of 4,0*1 have
been counted in the body of a single
A loaf of bread will keep much long
er if placed in a covered stone crock
than in a tin box.
Despite the advance of steam there
still are nearly 06,000 sailing vessels
..in nee la the world.
Lake Superior, the largest body of
vfiVMfli water la the world, in about
equal to Ireland In area.
A subway for electric cars, to cost
$8,000,000. will be built under the har
bor of Bydney, N. 8. W.'
Several Ghrman steelmakers are ex
perimenting commercially with pro
ducing the metal in the electric fur
The .success of the electrically Il
luminated baseball grounds at Cincin
nati, 0., has been so pronounced that
ft is now proposed to have football
games, as well, on the Illuminated
CANCER MOSTLY IN EUROPE
-United fitatee and Canada Also Af
'/ flicted With riague Greatest
Mortality In London.
Spread out a map of the world and
mark the countries that have pro
gressed furthest in material well
being. in education, government, sani
tation and other essentials of modern
civilization; those are the countries
.that suffer most from the caacer
plague. In the eastern world, not
Asia or Africa, but enlightened Eu
rope: in the western, not Mexico,
"WMtfras or Panama, but the United
r Stifles and Canada these art the
Asmutfles moat grievously afticted.
write* Burton 4- Keodrlck In Me-
CtafP** Mngazinv Wo savage tribe is
jftsslwftiy Immune, but caaaar as
sails most violently those peoples that
have reached toe highest points la
civilisation. And not only this, hut it
apparently belts heaviest upon the
most sanitary «ad enlightened parts
of these countries. In Europe
the nations that suffer most are not
Russia or Hungary or Italy or Spaia,
but Germany. Francs, Sweden, Nor
way and, above all, England. In Lon
don the greatest mortality is found,
not in the *£ast end, but in Hamp
stead, -Mar/lebone aaad Chelsea,
which include the city’s wealthiest
parts. Similarly in New York, the
Russian Jews and Italians who so
largely populate the crowded tene
ment sections, are comparatively im
mune, waeraas Che more sanitary
parts sf the town are favorite breed
ing places. Where diseases of known
contagiousness, like tuberculosis, ty
phoid lever, diphtheria and pneu
monia, most abound, cancer seems to
find a less strong foothold than la
other more salubrious sections; as
by some mysterious and inexorable
law of compensation it finds Its way
mainly into the homes of the pros
perous and enlightened.
The big cactus of Artzoaa, which at
tains a height of 66 to 60 feet, and
which has heretofore been known as
are Cereus giganteus, has been found
by On. Britton and Rose to be the
type of a new aad hitherto unde
scribed genus. It is not a Cereus at
all., they say, aad they propose to
call it the Carnegiera giganteus.
PROPELLED BY EAGLE POWER
Unique Flying Machine Invented by
Frenchman Which Is Carried by
Our National Bird.
In these days of successful flying
machines it la Interesting to note some
of the curious methods of aerial navi
gation heretofore proposed. In United
Eagle Motive Fower.
States patent granted May 17, 18S7.
to C. R. E. Wulff, and now expired,
was shown a new use for the Ameri
can eagle. Instead of being allowed to
pose in lofty independence as our pa
triotic emblem, this utilitarian inven
tor has put him to work. A team of
live eagles, each hitched up in special
harness, was connected to a balloon as
shown In the illustration, and formed
a means of controlling and directing
the flight of the balloon, says Popular
Mechanics. This motive power was
capable of indefinite radius of action
and all the aeronaut had was to
keep his team of eagles headed in the
direction he wanted to go, which was
done by a turntable arrangement to
which the eagles were secured by
their harness. The Inventor in this
case was a Frenchman and his Inven
tion was patented in France before It
was patented in the United States.
This may account for his lack of re
spect to our National bird.
COMET NEARING EARTH AGAIN
Halley's Celestial Wonder Appears
On* In 7S Ysara—Traced Back
to 240 B. C.
Halley’s comet, which Is approach
ing tbs earth at a constantly increas
ing speed and to catch the first traces
of which photographic plates are be
ing exposed at observatories all over
the World, will not be so striking an
object as Donati’s comet, which In
1858 spread scimitar-like over a great
part of the heavens.
Yet two points in its history make
it the most famous of all comets—lts
long sequence of appearances at inter
vals of about 76 years, which have
bee» traced back to 840 B. C„ and the
circumstances under which it became
associated with the name of Edmund
Newton’s theory of gravitation sug
gested that comets might belong to
the solar system, moving about the
.eun* in long ellipses and parabolas.
Halley, on his appointment as Savil
ian professor of geometry at Oxford
in 1704, followed up the work of his
beloved master by computing the or
bits for 24 comets from 1337 to 1698.
As an accidental outcome of this
he discovered that the orbits of three
of them—those of 1531, 1607 and 1682
—were so nearly alike as to suggest
the identity of the comets. The pe
riod of their appearances verier be
tween 74 and 76 years, but this could
be accounted for by the pull of the.
planets and hence Halley decided that
they were really reappearances of one
Before his death In 1742 he reflected
that, although he could not hope to
see the comet’s return, if it did ap
pear “about the year 1756,” posterity
would remember that it was an Eng
lishman who first predicted It.
The comet returned in 1759, as
Halley predicted, the slight delay be
ing also foreseen as due to planetary
attraction. It has appeared once
since then, and we are now watching
for ts third calculated appearance.
HANDY SUPPORT FOR BICYCLE
Convenient Device Which May Ss At
tached te the Side of House to
Held a Machine.
A very convenient device which
may be attached to the side of a
house or any other support to hold
a bicycle is shown in the accompany
ing drawing. It consists of a gate
hinge with one leaf secured to a
Support for Btcyciss.
block. The block is nailed to the side
of the bouse, says Scientific Ameri
can. The other leaf of the hinge,
which should be a very long one. is
bent over at the end to form a hook.
This is caught over the upper horizon
tal bar of the bicycle frame. The bi
cycle wheels are placed close to the
house, so that the upper part leans
outward and la held from falling bj
engagement with the hook.
The eyes of a chameleon move tn
dependency of one another.
Beyond the Pale
By George Brydges Rodney
(Copyright, by 4. B. .Upplneott Co.).
“Yes, suh; I’ve seen had me* —
plenty of ’em. In the early days, before
this yere country was a white man’s
country past disputin’. I’ve seen ’em
ride Into a settlement, an* Jest nat
chally hold up the whole bloomin’ out
fit I’ve seen men what was shot, an’
men what died o’ thirst; an* onct,
when I waa a boy, I seen a man—a
maverick what the Mescalero
Apaches’d staked out over a amt-hill.
It was bad—rotten had. The ways o*
rough men is some queer, but they
caln’t touch the devil’s tricks they
teach In civilization. I seen one o’
them onct that fer clean devilment
would ha’ put the everlastin’ kibosh
on even ol’ Cochise, an’ he was dome
I asked a question.
“Yes, I’U teU you. Wait till I ketch
up the burros, or they’ll wander off
into the brush an’ 11 be the Lord only
knows how fur off by mornln’.”
"Twenty-five year ago I was man
ager of one over In the Progresso
country—a good ranch, with two hun
dred thousand head on the runs. It
was owned by a New York company—
Bar Lazy O, they called It. I started
in as herder till I near went loco from
loneliness. I was there for ten year,
and when the old company sold out,
young Mr. Hlrton, the treasurer of the
new outfit, offered me the place as
manager, an’ I Jumped at it, ’cauae,
you see, I’d been waitin' fer a chance
fer money, an* two thousand a year
is wuth some waitin’. Mr. Hlrton
come out every summer fer three or
four months; he was a lunger, you
know. His sister come out an' kept
house fer him. She sure was a good
lookin’ girl—tall and straight, an*
eyes bluer’n ever I seen, an’ hair like
the bottom of a new copper kittle when
the sun shines on it.
“One day she says to me: 'Mr. Con
nor, my brother expects two gentle
men out here next week, an* I’d like
you to go to the railroad to meet 'em,
If you can.’
“ 'Sure I can,’ says I.
“So when the time come I lit out
In a buckboard fer the railroad. ’Twas
a three days’ trip an* rough ridln*, an*
I was durned glad when they shoved
them two tenderfeet off *n the train
an’ dump* about four trunks around
“One of ’em was a feller about twen
ty-eix, built from the ground up,
name o* White. The other was a man
of about forty or forty-five, clean
shaved, wearln’ specs, an* mighty
keerfu! in Bis dressln*. Perfeaser
Cringle was his name, an’ I found
out later he was a bugologlst fer some
museum in Chicago.
“Course 1 was makln’ beta with my
self all along that both of ’em waa aft
er Miss May. I never yet seen two
men what’d travel three thousand
miles to see a lunger.
“It turned out that I was half right,
fer While had knowed Miss May fer
about six year, but the perfesser was
a man Hlrton picked up In Chicago,
an’ got him Interested in loco weed,
an* he come out to Investigate It. He’d
never met Mias May. But that didn’t
make no difference, there’s got to be
a first time to all things, an' pretty
soon things was gay on that ranch
with the two men tryin* all kind o’
ways to git a corner on. Miss May’s
time. She liked White —anybody
could see that—an’' ol' Cringle wasn’t
even an ‘also ran.'
“One evenin’, while I was a-settin’
by the bunk-house a-smokin’ before
turnin' in, I heered the front door shet
in the big house, *n' I looks up an’
sees Miss May ’n* White standin' on
the porch In the moonlight. The
vines was all about ’em, an' by an* by I
heered the murmur o’ the voices like
that water yonder, 'n* then I sees
White hold out both arms to her. She
kin* o’ wavered fer a minute, like a
young cottonwood In a breeze, an’ he
catches her. an’ then on a sudden 1
seen the curtain go up about two
inches in the settln’-room winder, an'
I seen the gleam o’ the light on a pair
o* specs, an' a minute later ol’ Specs
cornea out by toe back door. He didn’t
see me a-settln' by the bunk-house in
the shadder, so he passes over an'
stands there within ten feet o’ mo,
his hands in his pockets, a-watchin’
the two on the perch. Then he says
soft-like: 'lt Is not good fer man to
live alone, but ye'ra dot goln’ to marry
him. No, ye’ra not Fate has re
served fer ye toe consolin' Influences
of a man o’ science, I’m older 'a him,
'n* I know more, an* he shan’t have
ye, any way,’ he says, gazfa at ’em
till 1 thought he'd lose his sight.
“The nex’ mornln' ’bout daylight ol’
Specs comes up to me In the corral.
He was always politeful to me, ad’
he says: ‘Mr. Connor, will you step
over to the cMcken yard? There's
a Strange animal there that I don't
“ 'Skunk, maybe,’ says I. follerin* him.
"’Thera,’ says he, pointin' to a
bushy tall a-stickin* out from the coop.
’Wait till I ketch it.’ be says.
“’You let that alone,’ I hollers.
‘lt’s a hydrophobia skunk. If It bites
you, it’s sure death;’ an' I pulled my
gun an’ plugged It.
“Ol* Specs Jumped fer It. 'Mephisto
hydraulics,’ says he.’’
“Mephitis roephitica hydrophobia.’*
I suggested, brushing some hot cigar
ette ashes from my blanket.
"Aye, that’s it. I thought he was
swearing in bug Latin. Ol’ Specs
jumpec fer it like a duck fer a Juno
" I’ve heered of ’em, Mr. Connors,*
i says he, ’but I never seen one before.
I alius thought it was a yarn like you
western men give to a tenderfoot,'
“’Yarn hell! One bit Mallory last
year when he was roundin’ up cattle
In Tonto basin, an' he went out sud
"One day Mr. Hlrton come to me
and says: ’Connor, how would you
like to put in six weeks hunting moun
“‘Fine!’ I says. ’Up near the line
there's lots of ’em.’ There was no
fine in them days ter killin’ ’em.
“ ‘Mr. White an’ the perfesser would
like to go,' he says, ‘so fix up fer all
of ye to go to-morrow. Ye can take
Smith to help with the packs.’
“We finally hit the foothills of the
White Water Range, after about two
weeks’ traveling, an' made up near
the head of the canyon. I’d seen
some o' them durned hydrophobia
skunks loafin’ around the 'camps, an'
every night I’d take my beddin’ roll
an’ prop up the edges o’ the canvas
with sticks or sling it up between two
“Specs wasn’t much on huntin’,
’ceptin’ bug huntin’, so he says, ‘You
folks go hunt yer sheep, an’ I'll lie
around camp an’ git my game here,’
he says. 8o he generally bad grub
fixed fer ub In the evenin’.
“One night when we come In I went
up the stream to catch some fish, an’
about a half-mile up the stream I
seen a empty on the bank with slats
nailed over it, an’ inside it was one
o’ these yere animals. 'Spec’s got a
pet,’ I thinks, an* I meant to josh him
about it. But when I went back to
camp I fergot all about It.
“Next night I moved my beddin*
roll an’ hung it up between two trees
away out from the fire, an’ lay there
a-watching’ Specs chop up a squirrel
he'd Bhot. White had turned in, an'
presently Specs goes down to wash
his hands In the stream. When he
come back he come by the rear of the
tent, an’ got In on the side away from
“I turned out at daylight, an’ while
I had my face In the creek I heard a
yell up in camp that made me jump;
then a shot, follered by two more. I
made one jump an’ lit by the fire.
White was standin’ by the fire with
his gun In his hand, his face whtter’n
-dhalk, an’ at his feet was a hydro
phobia skunk —dead.
r “ *>Vhat’s. the matter?* says I,
■ '"One o’ them varmints was In
White’s boot, an’ bit him on the hand,’
■ays Specs. ‘Heat a knife,’ he siys.
“The fire was out, an’ it took about
twenty minutes to start it an’ get a
blade hot. We done the best we could
by tyin’ a string 'round the arm an'
cuttin’ Into the hand.
“That broke up the party. We got
the packs ready to pull out after din
ner, an* I went up-stream to t catcl
some fish. 'l'll Jest go up an' look
at Spec’s pet,’ thinks I, an’ when I got
up-stream to where he bad it, I seen
the box, but there wasn’t nothin’ in it
‘Wonder how he got out?' thinks T,
an* the fust thing I seen was thot
there wasn’t no hole in the box, but
the top slat was knocked off. Now,
there ain’t no animal livin' what’ll
knock the top slat off'n a box to git
“We pulled out after dinner, an’ I
never want to see a worse trip. White
was nervous an’ worried, an’ would
look fer hours at his banc-. After four
or five days It turned red an’ angry
lookln’, an* White got mighty Irritable,
an’ hla eyes was bloodshot, an* he
had the meanest grin on his face that
I ever seen. Old Specs was devotin'
all his time to him, even makln’ poul
tices fer him out'n rattlesnake weed.
“One night after we’d hit the back
trail fer about three weeks we camped
fer the night. I handed White bis tin
cup full of coffee. He took It, an’ I
seen him strain an’ strain, an' the
big swallerin’ muscles on his throat
stand out, but he couldn’t drink. He
says to me quiet-like: ‘Connor, I
guess I’m all in.’
“I says, ‘Nonsense, White! Buck up.
It's all fancy.' There wasn’t no Pas
teur treatment in them days.
“The next night we had to tie him
He was foamin’ at the mouth.
‘“God! What a awful sight!’ says
“I took my gun an’ spun around the
cylinder, an’ says: 'No law runs west
of the Colorado line, but them ani
mals ts sure bad medicine. There may
be some things around to-night that
“Bpecs looks queer, but says nothin*.
“That night about moon rise I heerd
a shot, an’ come out o’ my beddin’
roll all standin*. White was layln’
by toe fire with his feet la the ashes,
his revolver In bis hand, an’ a tin
cup half full o’ water beside him. His
head was . Well, there was a let
ter lyin’ by him, writ on a label off’n
a tomato can, an’ Specs waa a-leanin’
over him. He says: ‘God fergive
him, poor devil! What do ye make of
“I says nothin,’ but looked at him.
“It like to 'a' broke Miss May's
heart when Hlrton told her about
Connor lapsed into silence.
“What became of Specs?” I asked
“I put rocks over him,” said Connor,
“so toe coyotes couldn't dig him up;
fer. atyer ail. he was a white man.” |
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