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Veteran's Difficult Question
Tk 11 For Young
JrrODieill Man To Solve
By JOHN A. HOWLAND.
Ol'XG nii'ii, middle aired
V I estid alike in the problem of the "old man" in business,
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j mi- pjii-iiih; LiinijMuiiii vi uk oi(i man is mat, ne is not
wanted. Modern business admits the faet. But young men
and men in the prime of their lives must grow old. What
KwSRfli a M0 y"no ,ncn n,1(l
UIWJI about it?
I f&m 's m t'mt 111 nny ui'ar future the methods of
Innl modern business will so change that the old man, per so, will
be more in demand than he is now. Economic philosophies
are to tl, effect that in general the man who has grown old ought to have
a competence upon which to retire.
show how impossible this' is.
"What did 'you do with your money?' is the implied question
turned upon the old man who must have something to do in order to live.
"Why, I never had any money in my life;" may be the answer of that
honest, earnest, capable, best man that
estly and earnestly.
Money too often is the mark of
individual who has most of it. Crookedness fails, often; but too often it
succeeds, and as a rule success isn't questioned. Failures must submit
to the interrogations and the cross-examinations and the measurements,
and the sharpest, closest of all such inquisitions is that imposed upon the
But the present bearing of the
man. What can the young man do
when he may be in the "not wanted'' class? He must anticipate age.
Why not anticipate the condition which has come uon so many old men
in the past?
"What is that work in which I
tion of the age penalty?" may be a
man of the future.
1'robably in the vast majority
have worked at a chosen work that old ago problem is met if, until the
end, the worker is privileged to work. To die in the harness is by thou
sands considered an ideal ending of an ideal life. Accumulated money
and idle ease have shortened thousands of lives at the expense of content
ment. For this type of man it is a certainty that ability and opportunity
to work until the end must satisfy.
choose if he can promising him that longest independent usefulness?
To answer the question for himself naturally depends upon the indi
vidual and the thousand and one characteristics and tastes and equipments
of the man for the work he may choose. A young man may have that solo
desire to become a locomotive engineer,
frame to more than stand the test of tireman appren
ticeship. He may have the nerve and judgment and
sobriety and sanity for the ideal man in the locomotive
cab. But what if his eyesight is bad and the chances
are that it may grow worse? Could the young man do
a more foolish thing than to persist In his intentions
to run n locomotive? Failing eyesight is that greatest
of all bugbears of the locomotive engineer, growing old
in the service. Kvcry other qualification may be left him,
but failing of the eye test he must step down and out.
By JAMES A. WOOLSON
have that safeguard they provide that "the right to bear arms shall not
Few men will go so far as to insist that under that section a city may
not require legist ration of persons carrying revolvers, nor, indeed, to require
them to show that their business is such as to make carrying a pistol a
Those of good character and whose work is such that personal pro
tetction is required are granted permits without undue delay. Those who
cannot show cause to the satisfaction of the department of police are
refused and every reasonable man will approvo of the action of the gen
eral superiniendent of police in withholding his sanction to an indiscrimi
nate practice of revolver carrying.
At all events, the constitution cannot be made to approve of such
By JANE C. COLE
if the climbers shot a deer out of season.
One of the climbers replied, "There are some humans I could shoot easier
than a deer," to the utter amazement of the ranchmen. They shouldered
their "trusty cameras" and climbed the mountain.
But death outright is more Immune than life in small cages, carted
about the country with the c ircus, living in the most 'unnatural way.
In the old geography there was an opening sentence: "The earth wai
made for man." But was it? Have all these creatures no right of exist
ence? When they interfere with man's safety and welfare he may destroy,
but to kill for pleasure is the lowest tpe of sport.
men and old men have Inrn inter-
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uxc mvn ' middle age going to do
Cold, hard facts that arc indisputable
ever worked hard all his life,' lion
dishonesty and unfaithfulness in the
old man problem is upon the young
to anticipate that old age condition
may work longest without the inflic-
live question for this potential old
of cases where earnest, honest men
What, then, shall the young man
for example. He has the physical
general impression that the "right to
arms" means the right to carry a re
involves the constitution in a haze
goes far to obscure what the law
means and why.
f you will look up the constitution of
the United States and turn to the second
amendment, you will see that the fathers
of the republic never contemplated toting
a gun when they penned the amendment.
"A well-regulatetd militia" is what they
were talking about. That was in their
opinion a necessity and in order that the
of the T'nifed States might always
Is there no one to protest against tho
killing of wild beasts? Why should men go
miles and miles to shoot some animal which
never did them any harm? Have they no
right of existence?
In the early days it was necessary to
kill game in order to sustain life and to
protect lives from hungry beasts. In this
day and ago it is the lust for blood only
which leads men to kill.
Two men were mountain climbing in
Colorado and were told by ranchmen that
I hey (the ranchers) would not "squeal"
TOMMY'8 FOURTH OF JULY.
By Edna Perry Booth.
Mother had tucked little Tommy In bed,
Mattered and scarred from his ht-ad to
Ton little tinners were swollen and red,
H'd a bump on his eye and a burn on
At alia kissed hla round chin, mother
aald, with a bIkIi:
"Thank Koodnesa Ifa over, this fourth
Dear little Tommy, all fresh from the
Lying there poulticed, mill dauntless
Mother stepped softly to lower the light
And heard him exclaim In a voice of
Half to himself, as he closed his well eye.
"I wish fliat to-morrow was Fourth of
The Game of Wolf.
Tbe Chinese and Japanese boys, 13
years old and under, play a serpent
game which Is quite exciting. A dozen
or more boys form in line, each fellow
with his hands on the shoulders of
the boy In front of him, says the Peo
ple's Home Journal. One of the fel
lows Is the "wolf." The boy at the
head of the line is the "head" of the
serpent, and the last Is the "tall." The
wolf stands near the head of the ser
pent until the signal Is given. Then
he tries to catch the "tail" without
touching any other part of the snake.
The boys who form the body of the
serpent protect the "tail" by writhing
about in all sorts of twists, to prevent
the wolf from catching the "tail."
This must be done without breaking
the line. When the "tail" Is caught,
the wolf becomes the "head" and the
'tail" becomes the wolf. The last
boy In line is the "tail." The game
can be continued until every boy has
Tommy Is the pitcher, .
Billy's at the bat:
Katty Is the catcher.
And you can't beat that.
They're all tho finest pluyers.
And sometime will champions be,
And carry off the pennant.
But that's 'twlxt you and me.
HOME MADE MARINE COMPASS
Simply Constructed by Magnetizing
Ordinary Needle and Pushing It
Through a Cork.
Magnetize an ordinary knitting
needle, A, and push it through a cork,
B, and place the cork exactly in the
middle of the needle, says Topiilar
Mechanics. Thrust a pin, C, through
'.he cork at right angles to the needle
and stick two sharpened matches in
the sides of the cork so they will pro-
Magnetized Needle Revolving on a
Ject downward diagonally. The whole
arrangement is balanced on a thimble
with balls of wax stuck on the heads
of the matches. If the needle Is not
horizontal, pull It through the cork to
one side or the other, or change the
wax balls. The whole device Is
placed in a glass berry dish and cov
ered with a pane of glass.
A Game of Numbers.
Next time your friends come to
see you write out these questions,
and see how many can write dowu
the correct answers:
1. What two numbers multiplied to
gether will produce seven?
2. How may four fives bo placed so
as to make six and a half?
3. If five times four are S3, what
will tho fourth of 20 be?
4. What is tho difference between
twice 25 and twice five and 20?
5. Divide tho number 50 Into two
such parts that If the greater part be
divided by seven and the less by three
the quotient In each case will bo the
C. If you have a piece of cloth con
taining 50 yards, and wish to cut It
Into 50 one-yard pieces, how many
days will it take you to do it If you
cut one yard a day?
1. The numbers are 7 and 1.
2. The figure 5, the fraction
fifths nnd the decimal fraction
3. Eight and one-fourth.
4. Twice 25 are CO; twice 5 and 20
6. The two parts are 35 and 15.
6. Forty-nine days not 50 tay,
KNOTTY TEDDY BEAR PUZZLE
One That Will Give the Average Pen
son Plenty of Exercise for His
or Her Wits.
Years of use having failed to dim
the popularity of the Teddy bear, a
Tennessee man has adapted this toy
to a new use by making a puzzle
which will give the average person
plenty of exercise for his or her wits.
Of course, like any other puzzle, once
solved it is quite easy. The puzzle
consists of a Teddy bear, in a sitting
posture, with its forelegs outstretched.
There Is a hole in his nose and In
Loops Hold the Secret.
each forepaw, and through these a
double cord Is passed. The ends of
the cord pass through the paws and
on each end are metal rings, much
too large to pass through the holes.
Hy making the proper use of the
loops in the cord, however, the latter
may be removed from tho bear and
replaced with ease. The basic prin
ciple of the puzzle, that of making tho
secret in the proper manipulation of
the loops, Is not strictly new, but the
adaptation of this principle to the
Teddy bear will Insure its popularity
as a puzzle.
Ileforo their school Is over
For vacation they will play
, Out on tho city commons
Almost every Saturday.
And you will hear their parents
I Who think them very tine).
A-boastlng just a little
Of their baseball nine.
AMUSING MAGIC WITH A WAND
Instructive and Harmless Game Where
the Leader Must Have an
The leader of this game must have
an accomplice, who goes outside the
room while the word to be guessed is
chosen. The two must previously ar
range that the leader who holds tho
magic wand shall keep up a constant
stream of conversation whilst flourish
ing the wand beforo his blind folded
companion. The accomplice must no
tice the first letter in every sentence
his companion uses. These are the
consonants of the word, whilst the
vowels are represented by tapping the
wand on the ground, once for "a,"
twice for "e," three times for "I," four
times for "o," five times for "u."
Say the word Is "cherry." The
leader pretends to make cabalistic
signs around the head of his accom
plice, and remarks: "Can yoit see
me?" After a pause, and when the
accomplice has assured the company
he cannot, then the leader proceeds
"How deeply I have dipped into magic
lore, none but myself can say," then
taps twice to represent "c." "Rub the
back of your head, my brother, it will
clear your Intellect." Then after a
rftiuse he may add: "Rubbing is good
for weak intellects." Another pause.
"Your intellect, of course, Is not weak,
till the rubbing may help you to
guess the word, eh?"
Then the accomplice, who has spelt
out the word cherry, must reply:
"Yes, brother, you are right. I have
rubbed out the word "cherry." Great
care must be taken to make up sen
tences which will fit into the game
and yet give the required letters.
An Easy Trick.
If you possess a strong magnet you
can perform a very startling trick
Hang up a sheet of paper. Draw on
It with pencil a hook. Immediately
behind the sheet, at the point where
the hook Is drawn, place your magnet.
Now tell your friends that you can
hang on this hook a key or steel ring,
or any small iron or steel object with
a hole In It. They will, of course, not
believe you. All you need to do Is to
place tbe steel or Iron over the pic
ture of the hook, and the magnet will
hold it. The object will appear to
havo been hung on the hook. You
can have a confederate behind tho
scene to remove the magnet and then
ask any one to try to hang up the ob
ject. He will, of course, fail. Then,
having given the signal to your con
federate, he will replace the magnet
and you will oprrato the trick again
NOVEL LIQUID HEAT MOTOR.
Etner or Acetone Introduced Into
Chambers Through Small Holes
and Air Blown Out by Heating.
Owing to tho fact that water In
liquid form Is nearly incompressible,
It cannot be used to perform a cycle
of operations such as tako place In
the steam engine. Theoretically, how
ever, any substance having a temper
ature above its surroundings is capa
ble of serving as a power generator,
says R. V. Heuser, In the Scientific
American. Disregarding tho possibil
ity of thermoelectric conversion of
energy, useful mechanical work can
be derived through Ihe expansion of
vapors of volatile substances. Many
liquids are known lo pass into vapor
under a feeblo heat, such as, for In
stance, tho sun's rays.
If other media than water are used
aa heat carriers, it becomes Indispen
sable to recover tho original liquid by
means of condensation for economic
A 8lniplo apparatus, which can be
mado by the handy man, will demon
strate that a very small degree of
heat is sufficient for performing light
" A disk H. mounted on shaft 1)
Bervcf as support for six compart
ments,IU,II2,..Il(i, concentrically ar
ranged about D. These as well as the
disk can be made of tin soldered to
gether. Two opposite chambers, for
Instance, HI, nnd I!4, are collected by
a small brass tube C. bent outward
at the center to clear tho shaft 1), and
projecting through the chnmbers near-
ly to tho outer cylindrical wall. Two
uprights, vi. and F2, support the wheel
at a proper dlstanco over a smnll
flame A or over a basin filled with
A Simple Heat Motor.
hot. water. One of each pair of cham
bers Is filled with ether or acetone,
while the other contains only the
vapor of the liquid In an expanded
state, but no nir at all. The liquid Is
Introduced into the chambers through
small holes, and after the air has been
blown out (by heating this Ilnuld to
the boiling point) each hole Is Bealed
with a drop of solder.
Evidently, when one chamber
passes through the hot zone, the liquid
vaporizes and passes through the tube
to he opposite chamber where it con
denses. Thus tho center of gravity Is
constantly changed, causing the wheel
A wireless telephone Is to be used
along the coast as a fog signal. It
has been tried out and found to work
well under heavy weather conditions.
A wireless plant will bo Installed on
the top of Ihe tower of the city hall
of Philadelphia, 500 feet above the
The tides of the bay of Fundy will
be harnessed for electric power.
An electric sand-papering outfit Is
one of the latest electrical devices.
Electric sirens are In use on the
railways of Germany. Tho Bound is
produced by tho vibrations of a dia
phragm under tho Influence of an
Tho adoption of electric furnaces In
large steel -plants is expected to pro
duce a rail that tho highest speed
freight engines cannot Injure.
A telephone line is being con
struced over the Alps which has the
highest altitude of any telephone line
in the world.
Five million is to be spent to de
velop a water power lfi5 miles from
liutte, Mont. The electric power will
be used in the mines near Hutte.
The Maine Central railroad Is trying
out new electric headlights. The cur
rent is supplied from a small steam
turbine driven generator mounted on
the top of the boiler.
The use of electric power in large
farm operations has already been
highly developed in some localities in
Germany. The plan Is to place a cen
tral power plant at the points where
It will be convenient for the nearby
population, says Rural Affairs.
Tho electricity is collected In stor
age batteries, which are then mounted
on wheels nnd taljen wherever the
power Is needed. One of these trav
eling batteries mny be connected with
a farmer's power wood saw to work
up the winter's supply In a few hours.
Then the battery Is moved to the next
farm, where It may connect with the
grain mill, as shown in one of the il
lustration. Another set of batteries Is shown
as a truck and dragging a gang plow.
Another storage truck at the opposite
side of tho field draws the plow back
again. Hesldes the portable form of
electric power the establishment sup
plies light, heat nnd permanent power
wherever required in the neighborhood.
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DARING BURGLAR DONE FOR.'
Cleptograph Takes His Picture While
He Hat Been Busy, Leaving Like- ,
nets for Police to Work On.
Tho day of the blithesome burglar
who parodied the old song with his:
"He who burgles and gets away
May live to burgle another day,"
Is gone and done for. The burglar
no longer is safe simply because he
happens to "make a clean getaway"
after blowing open a safe and trans
ferring the contents to his spacious
pockets. He Is in the same precarious
position as any "wanted" criminal
whose photograph is in the rogue'a
gallery. For while he has been burg-
ling a camera has been clicking in th
wall before him, nnd when he goes
away he leaves behind a first class
likeness for tho police to uso in trac
ing him to his doom.
The "rleptogrnph" Is tho name of
the machine that does tho trick. It Is
something new In protection against
burglars. It does not scald him with
boiling water tho moment he steps
upon a hoard before a safe, nor elec
trocute him. It simply is a camera
concealed in the wall In such a way as
to command the object which might
attract tho modem Hill Sykes, and
which Is so arranged that no ono can
enter the room without disturbing the
system of electric wires by which its
mechanism Is put in operation. These
wires, when disturbed. Instantly cause
the camera to turn and focus Itself
upon the point of disturbance. Another
disturbance, and a flashlight explodes
and the intruder's likeness Is caught
on a photographic plate Just as neatly
as if an operator were directing the
camera's work. Vpon discovery of the
burglary the plate Is taken out and de
veloped, the photograph glveu to the
police, by whom It is published In bul
letins and sent broadcast over the
country with the request to arrest and
detain the picture's orglnal, with an
nccount of the crime for which he is
The device la the invention of an
Italian whose efforts in putting the
camera to novel nnd unheard of uses
have met with remarkable success.
1'hotographing wild game with a set
camera and flashlight long has been
common among outdoor photographers,
and the cleptograph is only the same
Idea applied to the photographing of
an enemy of society.
WIRELESS AIDS SIGNAL CORPS
Installation on Board Big Battleships
Allows Man with Flag to Take
Wireless ttelegraphy on warshipa
has relieved the signal corps of much
A Wireless Detector.
unpleasant labor, especially in bad
weather. The signalman formerly was
compelled to take a chilly position in
order to scud the commander's mes
sages to a sister warship, but since
the Installation of the wireless sys
tem he may sit back In his cabin and
communicate directly and in the
John Hull and the other great cap
tains of the navy have adopted the
High Voltage Don't Kill.
While in the power house of the
North Georgia Khntrlc Company, at
Huford, (ia.. recently, Capt. G. W. Huf
ford, a member of tho city council,
received 50,000 volts of electricity and
still lives. Ho came in contact with a
wire carrying 50,000 volts accidentally
touching it with his left arm, nd the
current passed through his body. It
melted the nails out of his shoes and
badly mutilated his faeo where he
wore gold rimmed glasses. Capt. Huf.
ford was almost stripped naked by
the current. Tho physicians do not
understand how he escaped Instant
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