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A POPULAR ENGLISH Q550RT
SAMMY ATTEMPTS TO FLY.
THE SONG OF THE KITE.
Disastrous Results from Youngster'6
Intended Visit to Relatives in
School had dosed for tho summer.
Willi two months nt IiIh disposal, In
ventive Sammy ' naturally began to
think of what he should do In this va
cmI ion period, says the Philadelphia
Inquirer. Ills experiment and Inven
tions hud proved no expensive of late
that he did not like to nsk his father
for money to go away on a Ions holi
day trip. Neither did ho wish to
stay at home.
'Father," said he, thoughtfully, nt
the hreakfaHt table, "If you could
spare me the donkey and our little,
pony cart I could take a jaunt through
the country, stopping at the homes of
our relatives. They live most every
where about here, you know, and
I've promised ever so many visits I've
"The very Idea!" exclaimed bin
father, who had Just been wondering
how to provide an agreeable vacation
for his brilliant son."
Sammy was quick to avail himself
of tho permission. That very day ho
Made a Mammoth Kite.
started upon his travels, bearing a
volume of messages from his parents
to different relatives with whom be
would spend days.
Now it chanced that Jock, the don
key, had had very little exercise.
Therefore, he kicked up his heels and
capered along the highways at a de
lightful pare. The boy wns feelin;;
as happy as a lark when he came
to a place where the road shelved
steeply down nn embankment to n
' Hold up a little!" he cried to the
donkey, and tugged with all his might
upon the reins.
Hut the donkey never paused. Down
ward he plunged, rattling over tho
loose stones at a terrific rate of speed.
And disaster came, as one might have
expected. Near the bottom of the
slope the frail cart careened against
a bowlder. A moment afterward it
was a mass of splintered wood In
stead of a handsome pony cart. Then
it was that Jock stopped In his head
long dash, and, returning to where
his master had been pitched upon the
stones, gazed ruefully with Sammy
upon the ruins. Hut his obedience
had come too late? for any good.
Across the creek stood a farmhouse
where lived folk who gladly would
have lent Sammy a cart with which,
to drive home. The lad declined with
thanks, however. Assuring them that
now lie had an opportunity to work
out a new invention, he began the
construction of a mammoth kit?.
Across tho middle of the contrivance
ho nailed horizontally n light board
capable of holding his weight.
Then he rigged the kite to Jock's
back by means of the traces and long
Away Flew Jock.
rope extensions. Having led the don
key to tho straight, level road, Sammy
announced to the people gathered
round that he was bout to lly home.
"(Jet up, Jock!" ho shouted, whack
ing the donkey briskly with his whip.
All went well until there came a
brisk wind, t'p flew the kite in the
nir to a position several feet above the
donkey's back. Jock passed beneatli
the low-hanging bough of a tree. He
passed but the kite didn't!
Jock had reached homo by the time
Sammy became conscious of what hud
happened. Then, with one lust, angry
look nt tho fragment!) of tho kite,
which, like himself, had been buttered
against the treacherous limb, the boy
inventor limped slowly toward home
nnd mwiher. His vneatlon, though
short, lind been eventful but not al
togc-fr a happy one.
Vxro than 21)0,000 pounds of human
hni. are exported from Hongkong ic
th Id country annually.
Miiry must Hit,
n tho glims for a lilt,
An.l Tummy must run with tlio string.
Yes, Hint's nil i-IkIiI:
Now I'll tllHH tho kite
l'p, up, on the breeze's wing.
It wriggles Its tall
o'er the meadow rail,
Ami wheels 11 limit In tho nlr;
Then up to the sky
It will hi k in puss hy
Tho lurk that Is enroling there.
l'p, up It Mrs
To the rh-Hr lilue skies.
Let's sit on tln ki-hhm In u row,
Anil watch the (Unlit
of our tine now kite
As far lis Its siring will gn.
COW TREE WONDERFUL SIGHT
Grow to Great Height In South Amer
ica and Are Milked by the
Groves of cow-trees, such as are to
be found In hilly districts of certain
pailityof South America, are said to bo
a w6nderful sight. These trees, which,
it need scarcely be said, do not acta
ally resemble cows, grow to great
height, yet for lengths of pcrhans
fifty feet they nre quite without
branches. Nenr the top they expand
Into thick bends of foliage, however.
and display a matted texture of leaves
and branches. Tho leaves are thick
and ribbed, nnd often grow to be a
foot long. To walk In such a grove.
among the bare trunks and under
ueath the obscuring upper foliage, is
not unlike passing through some dim.
old pillared temple of past ages.
And If you remained long enouch.
until daybreak or evening, you might
have the surprising pleasure of seeing
the natives come to milk the cow
trees. A hole is bored into the heart
of the trunk. From this hole there
pours a milky fluid much esteemed as
a drink by some. If this fluid U put
aside for some time a thick white
cake forms at the top of It, while
benenth there remnlns only a clear
The fruit of the tree is also es
teemed as fr..)d. It la of moderate
size, and contains one or two nuts,
which are said to rival strawberries
and cream in their flavor. And this
is not all. A kind or bread Is made
from the bark of the tree, and Is said
to be almost as nourishing as wheaten
THE LITTLE TUMBLER.
Make a figure of a man out of any
very light substance, the pith of the
elder tree for Instance, which is soft
and can be easily
cut into any form.
Then provide a
h e m I s p h e rical
base, of some
such as the half
of a large leaden
bullet and tako
away nil the im
may be on the con
vex part. Fasten the figure to the
plane surface of the bullet and In
whatever position it is placed, when
left to Itself, it will immediately rise
A Strong Motive.
, Robert Louis Stevenson tells of a
Welsh blacksmith who. at tho ace of
25 could neither read nor write, lit
then heard a chapter of Robinson
Crusoe rend aloud. It was the scene
of the wreck, and he was so Impressed
by tho thought or what he missed by
his Ignorance, that ho set to work
that very day and was not satla-
lied until he had learned to read in
Welsh. His disappointment was irreat
when he found all his pnlna had been
thrown away, for he could only ob
tain nn English copy of tho book
Nothing daunted, he began onco more
and learned Kngllsh. nnd at last had
the toy nnd triumph of bolne nblo tn
read the delightful story for himself.
A strong motlvo nnd a steady pur
pose overcome tho creates!, dim.
A Balancing Feat.
The only things renulred for the
game here described nre 11 large
riot lien-basket, a broomstick, two ap
ples and two chairs. ,
The broom-stick la first put through
the handles of the basket, with the
protruding ends resting on tho two
chnirs. The apples must also bo
placed on the chairs.
A person then sits astride that part
of the broomstick over the basket,
with his feet resting in the latter, and
endeavors to knock the apples off the
chairs with n w;ilklng sllck.
The occupant of the basket will in
variably press one foot down more
than the other, which causes the has
ket to flit sideways and himself t i.
thrown out on to tho door.
One-third of all tho tonnaco under
tho American flsa Is employed on the I
Crca Lakes. 1
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An interesting ceremony recently
took placo at Hournemouth, when the
lord mayor (Sir George Truscott)
opened the enlargement of the pier,
which his father. Sir Francis Trus
cott, originally opened. No seaside
resort in England is making moro re
markable strides than Ilournomouth.
Development of the most satisfactory
character is seen in every direction,
and tho demand for houses on the
part of those who wish to make the
town their permanent abode is In
creasing every year. In view of the
wonderful progress witnessed, people
can hardly believe that until nearly
the middle of the nineteenth century
Bournemouth did not even occupy a
place on the map of England. Its re
markable growth is, of course, mainly
traceable to tho great natural advan
tages of the place, in respect alike of
situation nnd sanitary conditions.
The lovely and salubrious town is
situated at-the western extremity of
Hampshire, on a magnificent bay,
bounded by lofty cliffs. On these
there are wide and well-kent Daths.
plentifully supplied with seats and
shelters, while winding avenues and
steps at intervals along the shore
form an easy moans of communica
tion between tho upper and lower
levels of the coast. The duke of
Argyll aptly described Hournemouth
as "the garden city by tho southern
sea," and seldom has an individual
opinion, thus tersely given, been more
henrtlly and widely Indorsed than In
this particular instance. England Is
rich In watering-places which com
bine beauty of coast-line with that of
inland scenery, and Hournemouth cer
tainly heads the list in this respect,
for rarely, even on the south coast,
can bo seen a more perfect combina
tion of bold cliffs and golden sands
with belts of woodlands, "sweet-smell-Ing
of pine leaves and grasses," which
minglo their health-bestowing odors
with the scants of the shore and tho
broad-blown breaths of tho sea.
" To the holiday seeker lured shorn-
wards in summer, ftournemouth holds
out unrivaled charms. There is no
taste which she Is incapable of ' grati
fying, no age at which her many at
tractions can be said to pall, for sho
appeals to crabbed age and youth
allko. To tho invalid sho gives as
surance of returning health, to the
healthy a perennial round of whole
some pleasures; to tho young the
Joyous activities which give additional
delight to living, and to contemplative
old ago the calm and peace necessary
to the well-being of human existence
In its decline.
.The snnds of Bournemouth are a
source of perpetual hnppiness to the
children, who build all day with its
damp, golden grains unsubstantial
castles which topple into the Incom
ing tide, or dig Into its saffron depths
shallow beds in which to Immuro some
tiny wandering wave. Tho beach has
its attractions for their elders also,
as they llo prone in blissful easo in
the rich sunlight on the warm, smooth
". . . Watch tho children sport
upon the Bhore,
And hear the mighty waters rolling
Hut It Is tho rural aspect of Hourne
mouth, combined with Its seafront,
which constitutes tho chief charm of
this lovely watering place. The cliffs
alono form a feature, the beauty of
which no ono can deny, as ho gazes
from their plnoclad summits out to
sea, or watches the glories of a sun
set from some lorty scar, or marks at
daybreak tho sreed of some light
winged pleasuro boat
-With whlto sails flying cn a- yellow
Bournemouth la of necessity Domi
lar; but nono the less is she eloquent
in her special appeal to the cultured
and the refined. It is to Bournemouth
the lover of Nature repairs for solace
and for rest. It is to Hournemouth
the wearied brain-worker hies for a
brief respite from daily toll, to clear
his brow of "the frown of over-think
Ing." It ia to Bournemouth that all
who seek repose reoair to find health
giving breezes and to solace the spirit
by listlessly watching in a half-dream
". . . The crisped ripples on the
And tender curving lines of creamy
It suffices hero to say that noiirne-
mouth holds out manifold Inducements
to rich and poor alike. There are
beautiful drives beneath a continuous
leafy canopy of pines; thero are walks
by cliff and sea; there are perfect
roads for pedestrian and for cyclist;
there is human society In Its many
places of public amusement, and
"There is society where none intrudes
By the deep sea and music in its
Thero Is an earthy paradise In Eng
land, and that paradlso Is Bourne
mouth. COMES TO DEFENSE OF WOLF
Naturalist Calls Attention to Good
Points In Animal That Hereto
fore Has Had Few Friends.
Three times within a week I have
heard evil men compared with wolves,
to the great scandal of the latter. For
years I have spent my winter vac
tions in studying the wolf packs of the
far north and I find nothing to war-
rant our comparing them with men
who oppress their fellows. On the
contrnry, wolves ' do not steal from
one another; they never kill one an
other, either quickly, like Turks, or
by slow starvation. 1 ke the food Rnee.
ulators; neither do they kill weaker
creatures Indiscriminately, like our
mighty hunters. And they never, even
when hungry, attempt to corner the
food supply for themselves.
If a wolf, having killed a deer,
which was more than he could eat,
should attempt to claim the whole
carcass for himself, or to prevent oth
er hungry wolves from feeding freely,
thero would be never a word or a
growl uttered In protest; but his
selfish claim for more than he needed
would last Just long enough for the
nearest wolf to reach his throat a
short shrift since the spring of a wolf
Is like a glint of light in its speed and
certainty. In a, word, wolves do not
compete they co-opornte with ono an
other; and their sociology, -such as It
is, la In many respects better than
our own, since It rests upon natural
and wholesome Instincts.
The wolf, like all other purely nat
ural animals, hunts only for food,
takes the first thing which satisfies
his hunger, and then lets all other
animals severely alone. One day last
March I followed the trail of eight
wolves for a distance of at least ten
miles. They had gono through swamps
where rabbits, their nntural food, were
plentiful; they had passed through
three deer ynrds, one of which con
tained a dozen animals, and had
jumped two deer so closo that thoy
must have heard or smolled thom; but
they had not chased or bunted a sin
gle animal. And the explanation lay
at tho other end of tho trail. They
had killed a buck that morning, had
eaten what they wanted and were now
minding their own business, as all oth
er wild animals do. W. J. Long, In
Ner York Independent.
Mr. William A. Radford will answer
queHtiona and give advice FltEK OF
COST on all auhjoets pertaining to the
subject of building for tho readers of
this paper. On account of bin wide, expe
rience as Editor, Author and Manufac
turer, lie Is, without doubt, the highest
authority on nil these subjects. Address
ill Inquiries to Wlllum A. Radford, No.
VH Fifth Ave.. Chlcugo, III., and only
enclose two-cent stamp for reply.
Wide houses are becoming very
popular, but you must have consider
able lot room sldo ways. The deep,
narrow lots so often found in eastern
cities are not well calculated to fur
nish a proper setting for a house the
width of this one. The house Is not
such a great big affair, either, for,
while tho width is 47V4 feet, the denth
is only 2D feet. Hut you get the size
at tho sides where you most need it.
This plan is well suited to a suburban
lot where you aro supposed to have
plenty of elbow room, where you can
mow the grass on your own lawn with
out walking over on your neighbor's
lot to turn around.
It is not an expensive house to
build, because the main framework is
rectangular in form with square cor
ners. There are projections enough
to relieve the monotony of a straight
sided house, but they are also square
cornered nnd easily constructed. And
tne roor is all plain, straight work,
that any man, although not a regular
carpenter, can work on to advantage.
These are all points that save in ex
pense when building. You know the
main cost of a house is the labor, and
I am going to give you another point
er. You can build a house that I3
Just as good with a great deal lesa
money If you select a design with
trimmings that may be furnished from
stock carried regularly by lumber
men, because you nre saving hand la
bor. Stock patterns of moldings,
doors, and what are termed cabinet
parts of houses that are carried In
regular stock are Just aa neat and at
tractive as especial designs worked
out to fit some particular style. There
nre so many stock patterns and sizes
to choose from that almost any one
can be satisfied without going Into
The shape and general plan of this
house makes It possible to lay out
good, large, square corner rooms
downstairs, with a center hall nnd
bathroom in the rear without en
croaching upon the size of ono room
to accommodate another.
I like a center hall when yon have
room enough. It gives an impression
of elegance as you enter the front
door. First impressions nre often
lasting. True hospitality commences
as you enter the house. If you re
ceive the right kind of greeting you
feel nt home at once. It assists a
hostess immensely to have an entrance
First Floor Plan
to her house that impresses guests fa
vorably at first glance.
Besides the general apeBrance, this
hallway Is a great convenience. It
connect tho front and back hulls In
nn easy manner nnd offers a con
venient way of going upstairs or down
cellar. In fact, tho two halls and
stairway deservo especial considera
tion. It would bo difficult to doslgn
anything more appropriate for a
house of this site and shape.
Thero 1b one bedroom nnd a bath
room on tho first floor. This makes
n very convenient arrangement where
?L "i v&$ cil tJPi Wfthhjk
- mM4g$&J -"ftftgT;
there are only two In the family and
guest rooms are wanted for occasional
visitors. Advantage Is taken of the
rib roof to build two splendid bed
rooms on the second floor with fine
large windows In tho gable ends. Be
sides these we have a second bath
room, which is a great .convenience
when there are more than two or
three persons In the house.
The plan works well In another way.
If a maid is kept you have con
veniences downstairs that will appeal
to a first-class girl. Times are such
that you cannot keep good help unless
you provide them with comfortable
sleeping quarters and proper bathing
There Is a little room 7 feet by 11
feet 6 inches over the front hall that
may be used as a bedroom for chil
dren, for storage or- for a sewine
room. Most women probably would
preier to make this little room Into a
work room. The window looks out
onto the street, where there is some
thing going on and where a woman
can see callers as they approach.
Every woman likes to have a little
warning a few minutes before answer
ing the door bell, if possible. You
know life Is made up of a great many
little things, and this is one of them.
If we get all tho little details arranged
to our liking the big things will take
care of themselves.
In studying a house plan, the size of
the family, distance from town, rail
road or other transportation facilities,
the size of lot. the nelehhnrh,! oj
La great many other things must be
iukuu into account. While a man's
house may bo his castle, he does not
want to stay in the house all the time
and ho cannot live alone. In building
he must provide not only for his fam
ily, but on certain occasions for bis
friends as well.
In this plan the large living room,
with the big fireplace, flanked at the
sides with comfortable seats, all help
to make the house attractive to oth
ers as well as ourselves. Such rooms
usually are furnished with large, heavy
furniture that is comfortable as well
as attractive to look at. The fireplace
Itself la a splendid ornament and of
course, it Is always embellished with
Interesting bric-a-brac, and there Is al
ways a fire when the temperature re
quires one. Any woman can be popu
lar In the neighborhood If she has a
room like this and understands how to
entertain in proportion to her advan
While the front of the house Is
iWyen special consideration, the
kitchen Is by no means neglected It
has a corner of the house all by Itself
with a good pantry and plenty of win.
dows and conveniences to- save steps
It ia not necessary nor desirable to
have a large kitchen. We have V.
carded the b.g wood coil. .
with Its wood box; we have qllt IZI
tin old-fashioned heavy cn L .
and kettles, and we arVi .wlyrn
Ing that the Urge half-acre kltchel?."
no longer needed. Wo nre saving th.;
extra cleaning and the Y.;.
of unnecessary steps that large kl c h"
ens entnll. Kiicij. !
That's It To a T."
It's the fellow who mlnW bis J'.
and q a that sleeps on flower bed v.f
o's.-rhlladelphla Record. . C.
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