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ABOUT ALTRURIA. The New Settlement Near Santa Rosa. GIVES PROMISE OF SUCCESS. Intentions and Beliefs of the Colonists. STRIVING TO REALIZE IDEALS. Possibilities of the Place— A Hotel to tie Built and industries Started. Up near Santa II -sa is the very interest iug colony oi Altrurii, a settlement of peo ple who, while they have net entirely re nounced the world, have collected iv a pretty place of ibeir own, where, CEtno lesed by the cares, ambitious and accom panying ills of every-uay life, they can labor together toward attaining their ideals. They all believe in the same thing and have taken the same method of getting other people to agree with them. That plan Is the present experiment cf the Cali fornia Altruria, which has been in exist ence for several months past. While it is an ideal settlement founded on the hope of attaining an ideal and conducted according tc this idea, the cold, bloodless world on the outside must not for an instant think that all practical matters are renounced by the members of Altruru. These reformer* are going to use exactly the same metnods towara ob taining the material ior carrying their experiment to a successful issue that they discourage in tbe outside world. This is competition. It is tbe intention of these Altrurians to build up as many industries in their set tlement as will pay, and tlie products oi these industries are to be sold iv any mar ket where the best pr;ce cau be obtained. The reason they art* not content to raise just enough for their own existence is that they desire to get the means which will enable them to disseminate the ideas of this Altruria, and 80-ga!" strength for 1;. At present the society owns 200 acres about five miles from ZSanta Rosa. Some of this land is leased, and the control of the property will not pass entirely intn tbe bands of the society for several months yet. There are already over thirty people in the eettleni'-at. Edward B. Payne, the president of the organization, stated yesterday that new possibilities are presenting themselves constantly, and it is difficult at present to start in with their development. The colony now has, be said, one of the fines! trui-k gardens in the country, curable of supplying several thousand persons. It is folly two weeks ahead of all tbe other gardens in that seetiou. About half of the land can be cultivated, while the bal ance, which is bill country, will be utiliz d for craz ng purposes. Ow' jg to the rather small number on the ground** the work of cul'ivation ia progressing rather tardily. For the past two or ttiree weeks tbe men have been bu«y shifting the cliHunel of the Mark West Crock, tbat runs through the colony's lands. Their purpose is to pro ceed with ihe developing of a level vein of coa', which is tbuuKht will prove of some value. Already some of the residents of the colony burn the outcroppings of the vein for fuel, and if the deposit is worth anytiiing the success of tbe settlement seems assured. From tbe rreek. It has been estimated, over 100-hor*e power can be obtained at any time during tbe year, aud by storing tbe water this can be increased to between 200 and 300 horse power. A printing plant has been sent to Al truria wiihitr the past week, and as a prac tical printer is among tbe number of set tlors, he can get out the weekly jonrnal in the pl;ice. At present a little paper is is sued by the members of the colony and their sympathizers, and they are greatly pleased with the progress it has been raakiot:. All the contributions are volun tary, and there lias not, thus far, been any scanity of matter. Of course, the editors are troubled with the irrepressible poet (ibere never was one who wasn't), and many nre the effusions that are put to sleep in the waste-basket. All of these contributors giv« the necessary fraternal po-operative coloring to their flights, and for "no* In history the license oi the poet is proscribed, aDd "gentle spring" takes a back sent. It is desired by those in charge of the paper to have the profits divided amonft the contribntcrs, whether cr not they are members of the colony. Mean while many excellent articles are beiug re ceived and printed in thn Altrurian. Naturally the extent of the industries Is limited by the number of trades repre sented in the colony. At present a black smith and storekeeper are necessary, and with the increase of ;he colony there will be other occupaiions represented. When the officers secure sufficient money they proDnse erecting a hotel, which will be open the year round. Many of the members of the various lodges have ex pressed a desire to go and observe the workings of the colon y, and if this build ing ca ■> be imt up a rusn from '.he outside world will De the probable result. Mr. Payne said that he did not know whether this pilgrimage would result similarly to the Chautauqna meetings or not. Tnere was a probability, he thoncbt, of this means being taken of disseminating the idea* of altruism. He stat°d further that this is a secret organization, the oath being taken to bind the members more closely. His attention was called to the recent encyclical issued by the Pope against cer tain fraternal and secret organizations and he was asked if similar action might not also be taken acainst altruism. He replied in the negative, saying there was nothing in the society that cuuld arouse the displeasure of the clinrch. The members of the colony observed Christmas very much as the re9t of tiie world do.es, with the tree and the distribu tion of presents. The new year will also probably be heralded to Altruists just as It is with their less humane brothers, with renewed promises to act honorably toward nil mankind and a "swearing off" on gen eral principles. TYPEWRITER RIBBONS. A Large Industry Which Has Not Yet Reached Perfection. The manufacture of ribbons (or typewriting machines is an industry which gives employ ment to a large number of people. On nearly all first-class typewriters these inked ribbons are used. There are at least forty diUereni styles of American typewriters, and more than 400.000 machines are In actual use. As the average life of a ribbon Is from four to six weeks, Hie number of concerns which seek to supply the market with this article Is not sur prising. They make ribbons of every , conceivable color and variety, from six to ten yards In length, and capable of writing in copying or non-copying ink, says the New York Sun. Home ribbons are made which print in one color and show ■ n en'liely different color when me manuscript is copied by means of The letter . press. For Instance, a ribbon which writes black may copy blue or green, making the record much moie legible on certain qualities of paper. The manager of a concern lv this city which turns out several bundled ribbons daily »aid to a reporter that at a low estimate fifty plants encaged in the manufacture of these ribbons nave been established in the United S ate* this year. Each manufacturer ha* a secret process for making hi* particular style of ribbon, aud the secret is guarded with the greatest possible caie. One tusker in this city has each box aud jar containing powder or pigment ~ : "i for waking the Ink distinctly numbered, ana even the employe wbo mixes it is obliged to follow his printed Instructions mechanically, and lematus entirely ignorant of the composi tion lie is using. One may witness the whole process and go away as ignorant as before. The be«t ribbons have vaged • dees, which prevent their raveling and curling wbn in use. They are nearly unitorni Id ihickues*s, though one ribbon is made of very thin texture to be used when ma extra larg- number of carbon copies are desired, and tbe imprint of i tie type must be as clear as possible and free from blurs. The greatest care must be taken in selecting the cloth from which Hie ribbons are made. If the texture Is woven too closely It will not bold sufficient ink, and if woven 100 loosely it will become cloeeed with ink ami -mil the paper. Moreover, such a ribbon will till the type of tl.e machine and greatly anuoy the operator. A prime difficulty encountered by manufac turers is bow to piev> ut evaporation of ink from Hie ribbon when it is in use and exposed to the air. This lias been largely overcome In tbe last two or three years. The man in charge of a large New York bouse wbick makes writing inks and typewriter rib bon* said recently that the most notlc able thing lv bis trade was the meat decrease in 'be sal of ordinary copying lute. It is being almost entirely suuplautea by tbe copying ypewrjter ribbon, which gives far belter results. Despite tbe great numb of ribbons Id the vi rket and thecuustau. efforts of expert chemists every where to produce one that will satisfy every body, those giving all-round satisfaction are not easy to find, and dealers in supplies of this nature often have extreme difficulty tti furnish lug what is wanted. This country furnishes practically all the typewriter ribbons in use both here and abroad. IN A SOD HOUSE. The Home on a New Farm in Western Nebraska. Life Is Not as Pleasant as It Might Be, Especially for the Housewife. On a new farm in Western Nebraska the bouse is a veryjlnconspicuous object. The eye wanders over irnmeuse grain fields, perhaps a large timber claim of young box elders and cottonwoods, a garden , a roomy stock-yard, and the sod roofs of many sheds for poultry, stock aud machinery ; but except for a wreatb of smoke or the chance reflection of a window-pane, the dwelling would be verlooked. It is oiten of the half-dugout half-sod bouse i rder of 'lrchiteeture, the back part hollowed out of the side cf a low hill, and the front of tbe squares of sod, mer ely placed tr getter, and all upheld by a slight ir»mf of wood, with a door and one or two window casings, and perhaps a few rafters overhead. It is very small and low and serves tbe single purpose of shelter. There is a possibility even of its failure in this, and tbe trapdoor aslant at one side of the house proclaims the cyclone cave—ordi narily the receptacle for milk and butter. Trie woman attends to her ueeessary household duties, throws a gunnysack over her bronco's back, lumps astride, rounds up the cattle and drives them down the canyons to graze on the steep sides, or iv a low strip beside a creek. Cany*. us are not sociable places; one can scarcely have a concep ion of the primeval unless he baa walked through a canyon. He thinks of the dawn of creation, of the races of ex tinct mammoths, and wonders if centaurs have not merely retired into the inner cav erns. What ibe sod-house woman thinks about all day ione in solitude like tbat it is hard to tell — the inortgHge on the farm, diseases among the stock, the prospects of ! he crops, the time when they can put up their frame dwellings, the hard, unadorned facts in the treadmill of her life; she makes new plans for the w<>rk, wurs, work, wbicb is her sole law of existence. Per- haps she hts memories of another time, other surroundings, but tbev must seem vague and far away. Even the weather is monotonous; there is Dractically always tbe cloudless sky, tbe brilliaut sun, the strousz. ary wiud, that curls the leaves of the young corn and turns tbe buffalo grass brown. Life in one of tbese prairie dwellings is certainly getting close to nature ami tbe primitive; closer, perbaos, tban tbe Arab tribes of the desert, who, on tbe whole, observe more laws, religious and secular, and bave less soliiude and social depriva tion. To realize this, one has only to fancy a man and wife in a sod bouse fif teen miles from tbe nearest village, in one of tbe sparsely settled districts of Western Nebraska. For days, and in some seasons for weeks, they see no human bpings out side of their own household. Even lieg giug Indians and tramps are almost un known in this country. Prairie dogs salt up their mounds and found towns in the unmolested spots about the place; gophers and field mice burrow through the sod wails of the house; not infrequently Bnakes swing thernaelves down from tbe rafters inside, or crawl in at the door to eet at any milk tans standing about. At night coyotes and some ol the gray wolves come np tbrough the canyon and »kuik about the poultry-yard or howl close to the windows. Through the day, while the man is in th« fields, lie herding usually falls to tbe woman's lot- Probably each takes a noon luncheon in a paper, to save coming back to the bouse, until night. Women, and men, too, become withered and prematurely old. Hair and skin take on the general tint of things about them. Their teeth drop-out without a thought of replacing them. And there comes a cer tain feverish look iv their eyes — a look of intensified expectation, a straining into the future. They lose all thought of appearance; it eets to mean vanity rather than self-respect to them. Such a life must have Us inevitable mental ana moral effect. All the sensitive, the aesthetic, sometimes the moral sense itself, becomes athropied. The tragedies of a city are un earthed and brought to light, but tf.e silent tragedies of these desolate lives are swallowed up and lost in the remoteness aru] immensity of the praiie wastes. It is a motley assortment of humanity that takes the claims and homesteads <>o the opening up of a country like this. Ex cowboys, who have come to admit < lie claims of a single wife and family, con firmed pioneers who move witn the ad vance of railroads, peonle of refinement and leversesof fortune, many Ilu-sian and German immi rants, and a .sprinkling of all the other nations of the earth. After the first rush a sifting process sets in which soon separates them into three classes: Tbnse who stay through every thing and make the prosperity of the coun try, tbe non-progressive, who never get beyond the original sod bcTuse, and tbe shifting transients who move at a sign of trouble and come back in a time of pros- perity. There is, however, no sifting social pro cess during these first years. The sod house levels all ranks, and at the rare intervals when any of the people are brought together sociality it is on terms of perfect equality ; they simply take one an other for granted, with noquestion of ante cedents, family history or social advan tages. They are people who are starling life anew and living on hopes of the future, with forgetfulness of the past and endur ance of the present. A woman's lot is the harder; she misses more things in such a life than a mas does. If she is strong enough, mentally and phy sically, to endure until they cnme Into better , things, she lives out her allotted time unpraised and unrewarded of this world, if she has a mental bias toward the morbid or melancholy she is in danger of adding one to the list of women in the hospital for the insane a 1 Lincoln. The real pioneer?, who survive every thing, In the end have comfort* bit- homes and nave created some advantages for their children. They have lived in the sod house until the year of a good crop arid few household necessities to be bought and I have had the small, bare, frame cotage : liuilt. The next season, if good fortune continues, a porch and an "L" are added, and in a few years it is enlarged and com fortably fitted up. Otten the sod house is left standing near: the new one for some purpose, or sometimes as a matter, cf sen intent.—Chicago Times. . r — • — * — • Save Money, Save Health, Save Tims, by buying Dr. I). Jayne's Expectorant II you hare a Cough of any kind, it Is very useful in Whoop- Ing Cough and Croup. THE MORNIKG CALL, SAN FRANCISCO, MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1894. ABOUT THE BIBLE Its Truth Is Like Gold in Quartz. IT IS NOT ALL INSPIRED. Nothing Done by Human Agency Is Infallible. REV. H. R. HAWEIS AT TRINITY. " The Key of the Arch " Explained by Rev. George Walk— Rev. W. H. Moreiand on Sociology. "The Bible Is not the word of God; it contains the word of God. The Bible is not Inspired; it is the history of an in spired race." These were the words by which Rev. H. RHaweisof London diew a distinction between a ngbi and a wrong conception of the Scriptures in his sermon on the Bible at Trinity Episcopal Church last night There was a large attendance in spite of the rain, and the eloquence and logic of the gifted speaker held the audi ence as if spellbound from beginning to close of the discourse. It was the second of a series of tenuous which Mr. llaweis will deliver on eight consecutive Sunday evenings. The speaker began by referring to the skepticism on bible truths tbat has pre vailed in the past, prevails in tbe present and will prevail in the future. He hoped to give his hearers sornn valuable points by which they could confront »nd confuse such men as Koberi G. Ingersoll and other would-be destroyers of human faith in Holy Writ. "There is no book in the whole world like the Bible," the speaker began. "None has bad such influence. All scripture is written by the inspiration of God, yet all is not inspired. There are many other relieiqus books of ancient and modern nations, but there is a treat difference be tween them and the Bible. In the Bible there Is a great deal of gold and very little quartz; iv ibe others there is a great deal of uuartz and very little gold. There is in the Bible an element ot transmission like quartz transmits the pure gold. This is the human agency. The Bible was written by human bands, and these hands left their marks' here and there. Hence the imperfections. "But we need not be alarmed. We need not fear for tbe safety of (be Bible. It is safe. It it the classic of classics; the acme of all literature. Trip Bible is and always must be the great religious teacher of the world. STou need not fear it will fade away. It ig the word of the boly men of God. "Wby is there a feeling of distrust, of anxiety? Yon say, we should like to be lieve this. We should like to feel it. But there are disturbing voices in tbe air. Such questions as these are asked: How could the sun stand still at the word of Joshua? Or, suppose we put It in the line of modern science, bow could the eaitu stand still? These are inaccuracies of science and history in the Bible. How, then, can that be the word of God? This makes many unhappy. "Well, to begin with, you must restate your facts about the Bible the same as sci entist have done about astronomy. The statements made about astronomy in an cient tinies would be absurd now. But those absurd statements did not alter the facts or change the course or positions of the heavenly bodies m space. Ptolemy taught that the earth was fixed and that the sun moved around it. Weil, that was pretty good astronomy. But tben came Copernicus, who said that the earth moves around tbe sun. That was better astron omy. Later on came Newton who said that tbe earth moves in an elliptic. That was still better astronomy. "We say the Bible is the word of God, but it is more correct to say that the word of God is in the Bible. We say that the Dll'lo is Suspired, but it would t>e more ac curate to say that the Bible is the history of an inspired people. David was in spired, but not, always so. The Bible is inspired, but it stands to reas m that noth ing which has to do with human hands is infallible. A man may be inspired and yet not infallible. The extent of a truth depends on your power to »co it. "What is the nature of the Bible? It is a compilation of sixty-six books into one— sixty-six books written at intervals of from 100 to 500 years. All are separate and distinct, but a golden thread run.* through them all, and that is tbe moral and spiritual history of man. The legisla tion of Moses was the wisdom of the old seer, written as he thought best and adapted to the times and conditions. In the ten commandments there is no law aeainst lying, because it would bave been useless. Lying was too common in the East in those days. But Moses made an ordinance against making oath to false hoods. The uses of the Bible are many. The Bible v useful as a guide tbrough all earthly life. "First it reveals to you God as a father; that "ie has a human side: that he is love. The Bible gives yon tbe right ideal of human life in Christ. By this we see the following precepts to follow: First en ergy, second control, third sincerity, fourth aspiration, fifth beneficence. Here you bave the true ideal of Christ's life as taught by t(-e Bible. "The Bible uives you the great recon ciliation. You know the right, you do the wrong. You do not do as well as you oueht. There is a great gulf between you and your God. You caunot go to him unless some one leads you. The Bible and Cnrist lead the way. "Tbe Bible gives you the great consola tion. Christ said: 'My peace I leave with you.' The Bibl" gives you the holy spirit, the noble influence that tends to good. The Bible does one more thing for you. it proves its authority to you. It is the master over all human nature and fur nishes efficacious remedies for sin." KEY OF THE ARCH. Without Christ There Is No Hope Beyond the Grave. At Trinity Cburcn yesterday the rector, Ilev. George Edward Walk, preached an impressive sermon on the "Key of the Arch." Two passages from the scriptures were selected as a text: "God Sent Forth His Son," Galatians iv:4 and "Thou Art the Christ, the Son of the Living God." "In the scriptures," said the preacher, "the Lord Jesus Christ is presented in his dual nature as ihe God man and the son of God, and as uniting id his own glorious person and the nature of God, the Divine, and the nature of man, the human. "This proposition is either true or false. If true, it is the most tremendous truth in the universe; if false, there Is not one hope for man beyond the grave. We turn to the gospel. There His nature is re vealed, there His character is made known, there His virtues are depicted, there Hid life is sketched, there the story of His wrongs and sufferings is recorded, and ihere His triumph over death and the grave is proclaimed. 'Thou art thf Christ, the sou of the living God.' This comprehends everything. It is the Chris tian system formulated in one brief sen tence. "Look at the solemnity of his confes siou. It is impossible lo exaggerate its depth. When Jesus was taken into the presence of the hieu priest the question of his i aternity was thrust directly upon him, and he answered not a word. Finally the high priest, accosted him in the most for mal and solemn manner, placing him, in deed, under oath, thus: 'I adjure thee by the living God that tbou tell us whether thou be the Christ tne son of God.' To this Question, put in this way, under the solemn sanction of an oath, he answered, 'Thou hast said,' thereby adopting the most impressive form of human speech to confess himself. "R-Mian says that history is incomprehen sible without Jesus Christ, and this is true. The New Testament, itseif the iaeal charac «r of the man oi Nazareth, the his tory of the world for nearly 2000 years, the Lord's day, the Lord's Supoer, the Baptism, the nomenclature and literature of the modern era, the highest aud grand est achievements of art, bow can all these things be explained without Jesus of Naza reth? They cannot be." SOCIAL RhVOLUTION. The Gospel Sings of What Is Coming On the Earth. Rev. William H. Moreland preached at St. Luke's Church yesterday from tbe text, "A man shall be a biding place from tbe wind." liesaid: "Christ is prophesied under tbe figure of tbe rock in the desert, dividing the fury of tbe winds, opposing the sand storms, catching tbe tempests on its rugged sides and providing shelter for the long pilgrimages across life's wilderness. At regular intervals storms sweep across the world, whistling their shrill despair, whirl ing up to the sky tbe barrenness of human effort. Human society has never been possible, except where Christ has raised his barrier to human sin. The richest and most advanced civilizations have been buried under the sands, when the rjuiver lz d lives and powdered hopes of centuries come towering across the plains. In all the wilderness only one rock lifts its head above the desolation. In the shelter nf Christ alone have justice and ri^ht pre vailed and human brotherhood bean real ized in any degree at all. "Modern reforms and Utopias fail be cause in changing man's environment they leave man unchanged. Christ, the man of the ages, first saves the units, then saves society through them. On Christ mas the cornerstone of a human brother hood was laid in a man, Jesus Christ, and his kingdom is the one true democracy of tiie people. The gospel is one great song of a social revolution that is coming on he earth. The hymn of the virgin mother, sung daily in our churches, is the birth song of the new republic, the prophecy of the urns', stupendous reversal the world has ever seep. "Christ's kingdom is the only fraternity thas survived. All other attempts at social regeneration have faded like dream*. The day when all men shall fully obey the spirt of Christ— as eveu his own fol lowers have not obeyed him — that day lite on earth will b» iife in heaven. Man's golden age will surely be ushered in. but only as fast as men submit to Christ. Don't expect everything In 2000 years. The student of evolution tells us it took thousands of ceuturies to make tbe world a fit habitation for man; it a: ay take many ceuturies to change earth into heaven, the kingdoms of man into tue kingdom of Christ." THE INITIAL. How She Found Out Which One She Should Use. Both were young, and she was fair. He bad Deeu calling on ncr seven evenings and one afternoon a week for six months. Still nothing was settled, although he was iv the habit of lingering before jewelers' show windows and asking every young mirried man of his ac quaintance if it really did not cost as much to keep one as uvo. As for her, she was spending sixteen hours a v .y over the embroidery of table linen wbicb, instead or dedicating to tb • faintly use, she carefully locked away as soon as finished. Meanwhile tb- sister nex in sue oessio ii was clamoring for the rev< rsiou of tbe parl or, aud itie youuKer v others sal iv the seat of the scornful. Oue eveu ing be noticed an unusual abstraction in her manner. '•You are not offended with me?" he asked. "I know I didn't get here until twelve uiioutes past 8, but car stopped in tbe luuuel, and " 'Oiiended? Not at all," aud sue gazed dreamily into the tire. "Perhaps you are 111. then. You know you had lost a pound and a naif last time we were weighed— aud you baveu't eaten all the candy I brouuut yet. You must, be very careful of your bealili." Xbe absent eaze wandered over his head: "I am quite well, thank you — only a little thoughtful; the serious problems of life must somes lines present themselves to one's mind." "You can't decide whether to hay a jacket or a cape? Oi Is it whether to hive your pho tographs profile or three-quarter face?" "Nothing so frivolous! Tins is really some thing important." "You— you don't think of parsing your hair, do you? Or is it possible that you contemplate entering a convent?" "No. No! I can't ieil you what, it is, but—" "I see it now— l see It all!" he hurst forth. "You are expecting that Miller fellow. Well, I will say good-'veuint;; I would not interfere with such a tielightful visit." "I dou't see why you say 'that' Miller— l think him a charmiu^ fellow." "So do s he. Gooa-evenlng, Miss Daisy." "I— why, what is your hurry?" "You said th it you exi-ected Miller and—" "Why, I said uotbiug of the kind! He Is calliue on Julia this ev.-uiuij— 1 saw his shadow on the blind; no oue the has such ab>urd ears." "Oh, well, MIH.t is a very nice fellow. But you haveu't told me yet what you are think ing of." "Oh, lean never tell you. You will think it silly. You are always laughing at It." "Can ie be about the embroidered linen V "How clev -r of you! How did you ever guess? hut 1 c iti uev<-r, never tell you." "Then I shall think it a joKe at my expense. I insist on knowing." "Oh, it's not a joke at all, but If you iuslst— " •'1 do insist." "But, Mr. Smiftkins, I really can't. Well, if you will know— l have finished embrolderiug enough of it— well, enough for a— a small fam ily, and now I don't know what initial to put on it, and it naturally makes me rather thought ful." The next day she took her linen down town and ii.ni the letter "s" si&mped on every piece.— Chicago Tribune. BABIES CHECKED. A New Feature in Connection With the Theaters. "Well, I declare!" exclaimed a lady upon entering one ol the large theaters in New York City. "That's something I would never do." The "that" in question referred to a rather unique custom which i« rapidly coming Into vogue in this ever-progressive country. Iv some large cities iheie are theaters which give coutiuuous peiforniances from uoon to 11 p. it. Any person paying tor a seat can occupy It as long as be or sh e chouses, and no efforts aie spared to render tb audience entirely com fortable. Refreshments are close at hand, and as the eutrrtaiuiuen is of the light vaudeville order, with the scenes constantly cuahgiug, these playhouses have come to be popular re> soils for all classes. Bui soon after opt- nlug one great drawback was discovered. Mothers and nurses with in fants of all ages and temperament* flock d to the theaters, and confuMon Instantly endued. In the midst, of the most thrilling scene, where the prim* donna touched her highest vote, a dozen youngsters from all parts ol >ue audi torium wouid set lit' a shrill aud discordant chorus of walls, of course, the aspiring in fants were quickly hustled out by sundry ushers and Nupes, followed by humiliated mothers or maids. Nevertheless the number of these habitues seemed to increase, aud the pioprtetors were confronted with the necessity ol meeting the difficulty. Extra rooms were fitted up which fterv- d as havens of refuge, where the dis gruntled babies could be effectually soothed— a clever arrangement, which, however, prevent ed the other persons concerned irotn wiiuess log the performance. Accordingly maids were secured, so that vow the mother simply buys the ticke. auil de poslis the baby in a room. Her-, with a goodly amount of lacteal Hum and a gewgaw or two, the mutinous youngsters enjoy life iv their own peculiar way while the mothers "take in" the vaudiville in uuint minted bliss. Iv some places, where the number is very large, special rooms bave been fitted up in a buiKitiie adjolutniz the theater. Here the infant Is deposited and the mother receives a check : "No. 101, deposited at 2p. m., to b called for at 5:30." This method, as Air. Wei man of Proctor's Theater in .New York ad mits, "is more systematic and prevents all property disputes. But yet," he remarked, "it has Mime drawbacks. For, you know, a mother always wants to be oear her child aud li es to see it often. Now, in our theater she can ro back aud ask Ooze little baby Is oo?' as often as she pleases and still return In time to see the next living piciure, whereas In the other way she my miss a whole act."— Detroit Free Press. — • — ♦ — • Thunder-Clouds of 300 Horse-Power The average thunder-cloud Is estimated by Professor McAdle to contalu about 300 uoise power of electric energy. A flash of lightning a quarter of a mile long practically meaus an electromotive force of millions of volts. A flash occurs when the electrical strain on the air is 1.37 pounds per square foot, so that the total electric enerEy tv a cuolc mil" of the strained 'air jn^t on tbe point of flashing is about 70,000.000 fooi-tons, that Is to s y Hie energy required to raise a ton 70,000,000 feet hlgb. In these days of "transformers" and "nome-made ligbtniog," Mr. McAdie asks whether be can use tills Immense store of electricity In the hitrber atmosphere. It might be bioughi down by a modification of Frank lin's kite.* I'rofessor Trowbridge shows that a discharge keeps In the same path fora three hundred-one thousandths part of a second, :ind Imagines tbat a "step-down" transformer might be able to render v fit for practical use.— St. Louis Globe-Democrat. The Great Work Is Finished. Thousands of our readers are still calliuz for tbe portfolios of "Picturesque Cali fornia" necessary to complete their sets. We trust that no one who has taken a few portfolios will allow this splendid oppor tunity to pats without securing the worn Joaquin Miller ana many others have said is the finest publication devoted to Cali fornia's magniucent scauery and great and Varied industries. Your children want it, and you want it, and no California home should be without It. Better go at once to The Call Branch Office, 710 Market Btrent, 'and complete your sets; only 10 cents for each peril olio. 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