Interesting Reading and Information
Gathered From Many Sources
American coal is said to be the cheap
est in the world.
The United States is using more than
Seven species of wasps secrete and store
up honey just as bees do.
In proportion to its thickness, frog skin
makes the toughest leather.
Kansas wheat acreage is 3,366,284 acres
below the record of last year.
England’s average winter temperature
is 8 degrees above feezing point.
There are believed to be 8,000 lenses in
the eye of the ordinary housefly.
A pearl necklace valued at SI,OOO four
years ago would cost SSOOO today.
The manufacture of paper from wood
pulp involves 28 separate operations.
In Paris and in Berne there is no 13 in
house numbers, 12being used instead.
Paris was the first city in which fire
escapes were used, the date being 1761.
In a socialist’s trial at Boston, President
Wilson’s writings were read as examples
of socialistic doctrine.
Canada comes to the front in the Lea
gue of Nations with the offer to take the
mandate for Armenia if it is offered her.
California housewives are discussing the
abolition of Sunday motor rides in order
to conserve fuel for tractors, irrigation
pumps and trucks.
A “funeral thief” has been discovered
in the West. His specialty was to rob
homes when the family was away burying
one of its members.
“The British Government has never
promised as a means of compelling Ger
many to fulfill the terms of the treaty that
she should starve.”—Lloyd George.
A “dry” body of sixty Deputies exists
in the French Chamber of Deputies. It is
backed by the French prohibitionists who
call themselves The League Against
Chauncey Depew was a member of the
Republican National Convention that
nominated Abraham Lincoln. He is also
a delegate this year. He says he wants to
live to see four more national conventions.
Not more than five per cent of the far
mer boys who left home for the army and
navy during the war, have returned to the
farms. This will be reflected in next year’s
crops. lowa and Nebraska sent 166,000
of such boy*. The shortage is therefore
“The resurrection cocktail” is the latest
offering of the barrooms of Paris. It
looks to the "wine and beer” amendment
which thg “wets” hope for the United
States. The drink is two-thirds larger and
An egg expands when it is frozen and
breaks its shell. Apples contract so much
that a barrel will shrink until the top
layer is a foot below the chine. When the
frost is drawn out the apples assume their
normal size and fill the barrel again. Cer
tain varieties are not appreciably injured
by being frozen if the frost is drawn but
gradually. Apples will carry safely in
refrigerating car while the mercury is re
gistering fully 20 degrees below zero.
Potatoes, being so largely composed of
water, are easily frozen. Once touched
by frost they are ruined.
Municipal authorities do not always
know when they have got hold of a good
thing. A picture was presented to Coven
try, England, in 1855, but so little was it
valued, and it was so big and clumsy—
-25 feet long, and 10 feet high— that the
City Council and aldermen of Coventry
tried to give it away! Even the council’s
dustman seems to have declined the gift.
Yet today it is one of the glories of Coven
try, being in fact Giordano’s “Bacchus
Springing from his Car at Sight of
Ariadne,” and is valued at tens of thou
sands of dollars.
Mexico is not the only place where
earthquake and volcanic disturbances
bring ruin and devastation in their train.
Samutra is fertile ground for active cra
ters and volcanic chasms. The Boekit
Barisan, a series of mountain ranges run
ning the whole length of the island, near
the western coast, splits in the north into
parallel chains which encircle the broad
-Karo-Batak plateau and the vast area of
Toba Lake. In these partially explored
ranges, there have already been discovered
ninety volcanies, twelve of which are now
active, the constructive and destructive
forces of Sumatra’s formation.
Opals have recently been found in the
form of fossilized trees, which grew and
flourished thousands of years ago, in what
is now the state of Nevada. These opals
are described by one who saw them as
clear, glass-like fragments of former trees,
which send out a rich ultramarine glow
like a pool of light. Other pieces flash with
brilliant red, orange, blue, and green,
shifting and varying with every change
of position. Broad sheets of colors and
harlequinade-like shadings contrast. A
unique specimen is of dark, smoky color,
which, when it catches the light at the
right angle, reflects back a dull glow of
red and’ orange, almost as if there still
burned in it some of the fires of the extinct
volcanoes which were probably the first
factors in its metamorphosis.
The three tallest trees in the world are
believed to be two eucalypti in Victoria,
Australia, estimated to be 435 and 450
feet respectively. The lake which has the
highest elevation of any in the world is
Green Lake, Colorado. Its surface is
10,252 feet above the level of the sea. In
some places it is over 300 feet deep. The
greatest depth of the ocean is 27,930 feet.
The largest sheet or pane of glass in the
world is set in the front of a building in
Cincinnati, Ohio. It was made in Mar
seilles, France, and measures 186 by 104
inches. At Alleghany City, Pennsylvania,
there was recently rolled a steel spring
six inches wide, one-quarter of an inch
thick, and 310 feet long. It is the largest
coiled spring ever rolled.
A giant gorilla was killed after a ter
rific fight in the forest of Bambio in Afri
ca. The brute had a height of about
nine feet, and even after the internal
organs had been removed the frame
weighed over 650 pounds. One of his
hands alone weighed more than eleven
pounds. The animal is the fiercest and
strongest of the monkey tribe and can
easily tear a man apart with his bare
hands. The death of the gorilla was an
occasion of great rejoicing, and a feast
lasting several days took place, to which
members of the tribe came from far and
near. The gorilla is a troublesome neigh
bor to any village and causes great de
struction by his raids. Sometimes when
his depredations get beyond bearing a
gathering of the villagers takes place and
a hunt is organized. This is seldom suc
cessful except at the expense of the lives
of a number of the hunters. The gorilla
has, however, his milder moments, and
there is a legend among the elders of the
tribes that if the brute comes across a man
wandering in the forest he will not kill
him unless resistance is offered. He will
turn him about, examine him curiously
and after a while let him go.
The reason bread becomes stale has been
investigated recently by Professor J. R.
Katz, of Amsterdam, who has discovered
that the staleness is due to low tempera
tures, and not merely to loss of moisture.
The experiments of Professor Katz were
based upon the keeping of bread for forty
eight hours after it was taken out of the
oven. He found that if the temperature
was maintained at 140 degrees Fahrenheit
the bread was quite fresh at the end of
the period, but if the temperature was re
duced to 122 degrees Fahrenheit a certain
amount of staleness was discernible, the
process becoming more rapid until a tem
perature of about three degrees below
freezing point was reached. Curiously
enough, at lower temperatures than this
the degree of staleness is reduced, until
at a temperature of liquid air the bread
is again perfectly fresh. On the strengh
of these experiments it has been suggested
that bread could be kept fresh till re
quired for use by placing it in a fireless
cooker immediately after removal from the
Some interesting facts in connection with
the utilization of tin cans which are not
generally know were recently referred to
in Salvage, the official journal of the Sal
vage Club. Large works for recovering
the solder, tin and iron from old tin cans
were established by a German company
at several places in England long before
the war, and one hundred and fifty thou
sand tons of steel plates derived from this
source were exported to Germany an
nually for many years. No difficulty at
taches to the process of recovering the sol
der, which is melted off in special fur
naces. The tin is not so easily removed,
and various methods have been tried, in
cluding the use of acids, chlorine, and
caustic alkalis, the tin being afterwards
recovered by an electro-plating. After
being cleaned, the iron plates are formed
into blocks of about one hundredweight
each by hydraulic pressure. At first the
tin was removed from the plates before
they were shipped but latterly only the
solder Yf as recovered, the tin being re
moved in Germany by the chlorine pro
cess, yeilding tetrachloride of silk, after
its natural oil had been removed.
The Truax & Swanson base ball team
of Minneapolis, that was scheduled to play
here on June 12th, failed to fill their en
gagement, the Twin City Business Col
lege ball tossers coming instead. The
team was so late in arriving that it was
necessary to call the game in the early
chapters. By mutual consent between the
managers it was decided to let the game
go upon record, regardless of the number
of innings played.
At the end of the fourth inning the locals
had collected a total of twelve scores to
their opponent’s three.
The locals started right off the reel to
cinch the game if possible and to this end
they were quite successful. Before the
side had been retired they had accumu
lated a total of hits that were good for
twenty-one bases, which netted them a
total of ten runs. Fourteen batsmen had
faced the opponent’s pitcher before the side
was retired. Rudolph, who had pitched
the first inning for the visitors, was re
lieved in the second frame by Diebler,
who was able to hold the locals to only
two hits for the remainder of the game,
and the two scores made off his deliveries
were due to errors by his team mates.
San, who pitched for the locals, hurled
a good class of ball although he was a
little wild at times.
The visitors scored their first run in the
second frame on a base by balls, two
stollen bases and a wild pitch. In the
second frame they collected two more runs
on a hit, a sacrifice a two bagger and an
The locals have now played a total of
seven games, including the unrecorded
game with the Stillwater high school.
They have won four, lost three, thus giv
ing them a percentage of .571. The team
now has a batting average of .259, and
their fielding average is .846. O’N heads
the list in both batting and fielding aver
ages. He has been to bat eighteen times
and pounded out nine hits, some of them
for extra bases. His batting average is
.500, while he comes clean with 1000 in
fielding. Two or three other players stand
1000 in fielding, but they have not played
in every game as O’N has.
Visitors ab bh r po a e
Wareham, ss 1 0 0 0 2 0
J. Lindgreen, 3b 2 0 1111
O’Connell, lb 2 10 3 11
B. Lindgreen, c 2 0 0 4 1 1
Nelson, 2b 10 1110
Staffels, cf 2 0 0 1 0 0
Chryst, rf 0 0 0 0 0 0
Diebler, If and p 10 0 10 0
Rudolph, p and If 11112 1
Totals 12 2 3 12 8 4
M. S. P. AB BH R PO A E
Iver, ss 3 1 0 0 0 0
Bona, If 2 0 2 0 0 0
O’N, cf 3 3 3 1 0 0
Hick, lb 3 2 1 4 0 1
Loh, 2b and c 2 0 14 10
Fros 3b 3 2 2 1 1 0
Bil, rf 3 110 0 0
Burn, c 1112 0 0
San, p 2 110 3 1
Biers, 2b 1 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 23 11 12 12 5 2
Visitors 012 0 — 3
M. S. P. 10 1 1 o—l 2
Summary—Two base hits, Fros, 2; O’N,
O’Connell. Three base hits, San, Hick, 2.
Home runs, Burn. Left on bases, Visitors,
1, M.S.P., 1. First base on errors, Visi
tors, 1, M.S.P., 1 Earned runs, Visitors,
1, M.S.P., 10. Sacrifice hits, Wareham.
Hits off Rudolph, 10 in one inning, off
Diebler, 2 in three innings, off San, 2.
Struck out by Rudolph, 1, by Diebler, 3,
by San, 6. Passed on balls by Rudolph,
1, by San, 2. Wild pitches,* by Rudolph,
1, by San, 1. Batsmen hit, by Rudolph,,
Bona. Umpire, Mr. Glenn.
LEAGUE CLUB STANDINGS
Corrected June 17, 1920
Clubs Won Lost Pet.
St. Paul 40 17 .702
Toledo 30 23 .566
Milwaukee 30 28 _ 517
Minneapolis 29 28 .509
Columbus 27 26 .509
Louisville 24 28 .462
Indianapolis 21 31 .404 y
Kansas City 18 38 .321
NATIONAL LEAGUE /
Clubs Won Lost Pet.
Cincinnati 29 21 .580 j
Brooklyn 28 21 .571 I
St. Louis 29 23 .558 I
Chicago 27 25 .519
Pittsburgh 23 22 .511 ;
Boston 21 25 .457
New York 21 30 .412
Philadelphia 18 30 .375
Clubs Won Lost Pet.
Cleveland 35 16 .686
New York 35 20 .636
Chicago 28 23 .549 v V
Boston 25 23 .521 \
Washington : 24 25 .490 4
St. Louis 24 27 .471 J
Detroit 18 33 .439 1
Philadelphia 16 38 .296 J
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