The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-????, December 16, 1904, Image 6
TO BUILD MONORAIL LINE. NATIONS VOWED TO PEACE. WIRES SU8PENDED IN AIR. ' .' A Promise. .'"Oh! J littdrrstand It'how!" she cried,' i As I slipped the spools Into place. And the radiant light or knowledge shone ftvjtt fh Hnur lfttln tnnt. I: "Some leHsons are easy to me. but num bers, ' T think, ore hard" and a sigh Crept out from the tremulous lips "I thought Onoe I'd Just have to cry; . lpar tenrher, I'm going- to bring ' 'Some Rowers to you to-morrow. Good hlght." ;i And away like a bird on tlie wing. But pencils and playthings the dimpled hands Found all too heavy to hold: Yet life's mystic lessons she now under stands. -AS' she plays In the streets of gold. And I wonder If there in the morning , land. ' Should I reach the realm of light. :;S'll greet me with welcoming wave of . i . . hand. And the ' night. flowers she promised that , rIrene 1'omeroy Shields in Chicago Inter Ocean. ... 1; ' a Race on the Heels. aj looKiug at tne picture you win see Just what (s needed to prepare for a "heeling match." A stout broom stick for what you might approprlate ' ly call your "heel bit" and two lengths of strong clothesline or light rope se- vwicij IVUUIICU tu cavil uu vv tck for the reins . Grasp the relna firmly In your clenched fists and draw ; tne "heel- bit" taut so that the bails of your feet are off the ground and your weight resting entirely on your heels. ' ( . The course must be short, as the ::iiiace must be run entirely on thecora- pvtltors' heels. This would not seem at all hard, but the "heel bits" must lie, kept In place, and.it is this condl- thin, which makes the race much more , difficult than It appears. The second i: At the Start of the Match. 1 you lift your heels from the ground there Is a great chance of your heel bit slipping out of its position, which Instantly disqualifies you. ' You are also disqualified if you let the ball of your foot touch the ground, a ruling that will compel you to pro ceed slowly and with care if you want to show your competitors "a clean pair of heels." How Animals Turn Robbers. : - Animals some of them have a curious way of Joining together and ' robbing other animals. A traveler tells a good story of a highway robbery committed on a tier on by three black rogues, aided by . a couple of dishonest followers in black and white. The heron had gone a-Hshlng, and bad caught and eaten an eel and some , eier. fry. On his way home he iwatvl ccosted by a carrion crow and 'twoTiooded crows, and requested to n Lai 1 u buu uvuTn uid iuuuvhiiiou ouy , iper. the magpies waiting to see if they ' tcould get any profit out of the nefari i jous business. They were sleeping partners In the Arm. Driving the $?ron to an open apace between two oods, the urows came to close quar . ters with their victim. One struck at ' his head from above, while another pecked at his side. The third seized him by the feet, which are thrust out i , .behind when flying, and upset him ' eo that he turned a complete somcr- ously. 1 Unable to stand their treatment, the jheron disgorged a flsh, which the mag iples seized and made off with. An- , lottaer somersault was turned and a ' .second flsh fell to one of the crows. t' lSeelag he could not get rid of the re gaining thieves, the heron at last yielded up the eel, 'and went home upperless, while the crows had a tug- of-war with the flsh. '', '-" . What a Boy Did. Jamie Pettlgrew was the smartest , ,tojr in our class. Willie Hunter was a real good fellow, too, and Willie and ., Jamie used to run neck and neck for the prizes. Either the one or the oth er was always at the top of the class Examination day came round, and we were asked such a lot of puzzling Questions that, one Dy one, we an dropped off till, just as we expected 0 the first prize lay between Jamie and Willie. I shall never forget how astonished we were when question after question was answered by Willie, while Jamie was silent, and Willie took the prize, I went home with Jamie that after .'noon, for our roads lay together; but Instead of being cast down at losing the prize, he seemed rather to be mightily glad. I couldn't understand . It. "Why, Jamie," I said, "you could have answered some of those ques lions; I know you could." "Of course I could," he said, with a " light laugh. "Then why didn't you?" I asked. ' ' He wouldn't answer for a while. I .. kept pressing and pressing him till at " last he turned round with such a strange, kind look in his bonnle brown eyes. "Look here," said he; "how could I help It?. There's poor Willie. His t mother died last week; and, if it Jbadn't been examination day he 1 wouldn't have been at school. Do you think I was going to be so mean as to take a prize from a fellow who had Just lost his mother?" Sunday School Advocate. An Orange Party Plan. Have you ever given an orango party? It Js, curious and amusing r tit - m I from the very start, as each guest is requested to bring an orange, which request, being accompanied by no ex planation, is quite puzzling, and there fore gives an added interest right at the beginning. Usher each arrival into the dining room, where they are received by the "orange aid committee," whose first duty is to aid you in registering your orange and tying a ribbon marked by a letter around it, so you may identify It later. . ' Then all the guests assemble in the dining room, while the committee con tinues with its work, which is to count the seeds. Each orange is cut in half, the seeds are extracted, and, after be ing counted and duly credited to the owper as entered on the register, J aey are put into a transparent glass bowl. Now the guests partake of a repast composed of every conceivable form of orange you can think of sliced oranges, orange ice, orangeade, orange- flavored candy, etc. after which you announce that. a prize will be offerel to the one who guesses nearest to the number of seeds in the bowl, and a booby prize given to the poorest guess er. Also two prizes will be awarded to the two guests having the ' most number of seeds and the least num ber in their respective oranges. Ap propriate prizes are an order for a dozen orange sodas at a good roda fountain for the grand prize, and a small jar of orange marmalade will provoke a good deal of mirth when it is given to the winner of the booby prize. And by the time the party winds up you will find the bowlful of orange seeds have sprung up into a splendid crop of fun. Yet, if you prefer other fruit, you may call the party after al most any variety containing a mod erate amount of seeds, although we would not advise a watermelon party. as then the committee would have to spend a week or so counting the seeds. . Letter Blanket. In Holland little, cakes called by the name of "letter blanket" are made in the form of letters of the alphabet. If these cannot be secured, pin letters cut from paper spelling "Thanksgiv ing" on a screen to be easily seen by the company, who stand around them in a semicircle. Let the hostess point with a wand to each letter, in turn asking the children to name some Thanksgiving "goody" that begins wita that letter. The first to respond wins -some trifling favor. These fa vors will cause a good deal of merri ment if put in a sack of yellow tissue paper that is hung between two doors. Underneath it a white sheet is spread. The youngest child is given a cane and told to hit the sack three times, as hard as he can. Few strikes hit, but at last the sack bursts, and as bon-bons and souvenirs run down on the sheet below the children merrily scramble to get their share. Coin Trick. Begin this trick by remarking how very easily a wetted silver dime will adhere to the forehead, and say you will wager anyone that after you have applied it to their forehead they can not "wrinkle" nor shake it off with out touching it with their hands. You may give a little illustration by damping a coin with the tongue and sticking it to your own forehead, then making a great fuss of working your face to dislodge it; naturally 'it falls off after a short time. Someone is sure to take up your wager. Start by 'putting the dry coin to their forehead, then taking it off to damp; instead of doing so you (tin perceived) wet the tip of the middle finger of your right hand, and apply it to their forehead as if it were the coin you were sticking on. Now take away your hand (carefully concealing the coin. The fun. then commences. Your friend imagines the silver is on THE SIAMESE Struggling Here is a lot of fun which some of our younger readers have perhaps never tried on their friends. Look at the picture and see if you can find out a way for the two boys to get apart. Two small girls who were tied togeth er in this manner rode home in a street car together, slept all night over it and did not guess the riddle until after breakfast the next morning. The antics which they cut. up in trying to get apart furnished fun not only for themselves., but for a whole room full of people. To make It really exciting, a num ber of couples should be set going at his forehead, and tries to .work it off, his friends meantime encouraging him to persevere; and so the fun goes on i until it dawns upon him that he has been "fooled." Now is the time to get out of his road. A Scrapbook of Real Value. To devote a scrapbook to one sub ject makes it much more interesting and valuable and when you begin to gather material on any one theme yon will be surprised at the amount which will come to hand. Suppose that you want to know all about some famous person, either, in the public eye at present, or someone of past times. From magazines and other source can be collected articles, portrait?, perhaps poems in relation to the sub ject, etc. When matter is clipped, tue scrapbook maker may copy it neatly with a pen into her book. The educational value of such a book is something worth while, as well as the satisfaction of having gathered one self so much information on a single subject.- . Held by a Toothpick. Here is a tea-table trick that will astonish everyone. You will need two forks, a pitcher and a toothpick. In terlace the tips of the prongs of the forks, so that they hold firmly togeth-' er in V shape. Then insert a tooth- How Forks Are Fastened. . pick through these interlaced prongs just far enough to secure it firmly. Sometimes the pressure from one oi at most two prongs is' sufficient for this. The toothpick should be insert ed from the inside of the V. like a tongue, between the fork handles. The j other end of the toothpick should then be lodged in the mouth of a pitcher j which is high enongh to allow th handles of i the dependent forks tc clear the table, With nomine to noia it, tne single toothpick will then support the twoj forks without tipping or breaking, a . feat most puzzling to the ordinary ' spectator and a most fruitful source- of speculation ;;ion. and animated discus- When Boys Play Minstrels. When you boys want to blacken uy your faces for a minstrel play or any i other kind of fnn, here is a good way ' for you to blacken np: I Take a few galls, bruise them to a fine powder, and strew the powder nicely npon a towel; then put a little ground copperas into a basin of water, w hich will dissolve and leave the wat er perfectly' transparent. After any person has washed in-this water and wiped with the towel on which the galls were strewed, his hands and facf will immediately become black. How to Make a Flute. A little flute from which a good deal of amusement may be derived can be made by wrapping a piece of papei around a pencil to make a tube. Paste the edge fast, and to one end of the tube fasten a triangular piece of pa per somewhat larger tha-n the open ing. To play the flute, draw in youi breath through the open end of the tube; the difference in pitch will de pend UDon how hard you breathe. Holiday Magazine. TWINS PUZZLE. To Get Apart. once and a prize offered to the pail who first get apart. Such a wriggling and twisting into all sorts of absurc positions as this will result in could hardly be equaled by a nest of boa constrictors. And the problem is, after all, quite easy of solution. The center of one of the handkerchiefs has only to be slipped under the loop made by the others handkerchief where it Is tied about the wrist, and the loop thus carried over the hand. Tie. two of your friends together in this way and follow the directions given. You will soon catch the idea of htw to quickly separate them. l Con- structed at Baltimore. Within a month the first monorail oad in the world Is to be built. The , construction of an experimental track of five miles is under way and the car ! Is nearly completed. It will be a rad j leal departure from all present vehi ! cles used in railroad traffic. ' By an interesting historical coin cidence this novel one-rail line will be built between the same two points which-'marked the first railroad in the world. , The Hne ,s to be an" experimental one between Baltimore and a point on th ptansn mar rcillcott City. The originator of the monorail is E. L. AS APPLIED TO AN ELEVATED SVSJEM Tunis of Windsor Hills, a suburb of Baltimore. In an Interview with the World Magazine correspondent, Mr. Tunis said: "The fundamental prin- cipies of the monorail system lie in having the center of gravity as close as possible to the weight-bearing tee rail. When this condition is fulfilled there is but little lateral force needed to keep the car in an upright posi tion. For this reason, and also to over come resistance to the elements, the cars will be built of stel, covered with veneer or pressed fiber. This makes them strong and very light,, and also places most of the weight within a foot of the raiL 1 The Tunis monorail patent covers a long, narrow car running on a single tee-rafl. This is spiked to the ties In the usual manner. The car is held in an upright position by means of two angle iron guide-rails overhead, on which run flexible overhead trucks on the top of the- car. New York World. ' Chubby Legs of the Mayoress. One- of the ancient customs of mu nicipal government in England,, and maintained until this day, is that the wile of" the mayor; who enjoys the title of mayoress, except in- London, where she is the- lady mayoress, shall be I represented in -the event of her death uy uer eiuesi uaugmer u sue u uuc. In observing this regulation, there was presented in Chatham, a few days ago, an unusual spectacle. The mayor was driven in his brougham to the town hall to go turougn tne ceremony oi installation in office. The- mayoress sat' alongside of him. She- wore- a large picture hat, and all along the route ate chocolates and displayed her legs, incased in white stockings, with evident pride. Not even the prim church folk of Chatham were shocked. for the mayoress is 3 years old ana has a- particularly pretty pair of chub by underpinnings. Her mother died when- she was 4 weeks-old, and as the title descended to her immediately, she became the youngest mayoress that ever lived in all England. New York Press. Fifteenth Century Houses. These fifteenth century London houses are picturesque, and a com parison of them with the modern home would immediately show you how far- we have progressed in the way of. domestic comfort. And yet in the long gone days the man who lived 4 -- i. in a high-class house of this style could dream of nothing better then or in time to come. Many a cultured nan called such a place home, and no one can deny that some were fully Endowed with the artistic sense. Now the wholly artistic in architecture has xiven way to the practical, and in big cities especially the main purpose of the architect is to economize in space. Blind Man's Excuse Held Good. A blind man named Green made a curious defense at Birmingham, Eng land, to a charge of smashing a plate glass window worth 15. He had een blind, he said, for seven years. On the night in question he cried for as sistance to cross the road, but no one came. Then he heard someone at a distance and struck at what used, when he could see, to be boards sur rounding waste ground. He was as tonished when he heard the sound of broken glass. The Jury acquitted him and he was discharged. Proud of Their "Dry List." The towns and cities of New Hamp shire have come to vie with each other to see which shall have the most names entered on the famous "dry lilt" in vogue in that state under the provision of Its liquor law. Somers worth is now out with the claim that two recent additions give her a total of 130 names and the leadership. Grows Twin Apples. Homer Darling of Woodstock, Vt., is showing several iwirs of twin ap ples, each pair growing from a single stem, and having two cores apparently resulting from double blossoms. One stem had triplet apples growing in the ame way. Experimental Track Will Be ax .u South .American Republics . Commem orate Arbitration Treaty. On a pinnacle of the Andes moun tains, 14,000 feet above the level of the sea, on the boundary line between Chile and the Argentine Republic, stands an heroic statue of the Christ. The erection of this statue is to com memorate the signing of a treaty be tween the two countries by which it is agreed to settle all disputes arising from any cause by the process of arbi tration. The inscription at the base of the pedestal tells th4 story. The pedestal is of granite, symboliz ing the world. The gigantic bronze figure of the Christ rises 26 feet above it and is visible in all directions for many miles. Both the people of Chile and those of the Argentine Republic want no . tall crumble utto thffy have $ivcw at ihe feet or t more war. Both countries are again, prosperous. The armies of each na tion are being reduced almost to the limits of a police force. Some of the great warships have been sold; others have been turned into merchant ves sels for the carrying trade- between South America and South Africa. Peace reigns, and as the pebple look up at the great statue of the Re deemer they see the outstretched hand which seems to be imparting the- bene diction of heaven, and vow that that peace shall never be broken. , a : FASTEST BIRDS THE" BEST.. Purchase of Ostriches Always- Precede ed by a Race.. "Have you ever seen an. ostrich farm?" the sailor asked. "No," said the druggist. "Then, of course, you've never seen an ostrich sale. I'll tell you a strange thing about that. 'When a dealer comes, to buy an ostrich he always has two or three birds he likes' best run a race. "The ostriches are ranged in a line. A bunch of figs is shown to them. The man with the figs walks away about a quarter of a mile. Then the os triches are let oft. "I tell you, the big birds run. Those long, bony legs of theirs put the ground behind them in a way that is astound in'. In the race I" saw there were three ostriches and one left the others far behind him. As he ran he kept lookin' behind him, like a human racer, and when he saw that there was no chance for the others, he economized his strength by slowin' down and he reached the figs on a walk. He, bein' the winner, was, of course, ' the bird that the dealer bought." "Why are these birds always raced and the fastest one purchased?" said the- druggist. ' "Because," replied the sailor;- "the fastest is always the strongest and healthiest." Chicago Chronicle. Parisian Railway Stations. . In nothing is Paris more artistic than in the designs of the metropoli tan railway stations. Beauty and util ity, divorced by our railway architec ture, are blended there in a building like a miniature palace. But there are malcontents. The new station in the Place de l'Opera is denounced be cause it is not what the French jour nals call "modern style." It- is eight eenth century, and looks like the Trianon at Versailles on a small scale. "What have we to do with the eight eenth century?" cry the conscientious objectors. "No true Republican can take his ticket at such a station with out violating his principles. A bas. Louis Quinze! Conspuez.. les Bour bon s'." London Chronicle.- Economical' Doggie. j4T FIRST 7 S3547 P3HT THAT Fan Made From Slate. J. S. Roberts of Charlotte, Vt., has a slate fan made from a piece of slate from a quarry in Wales, that was 2 by 7JA inches, and that opened into si sty perfect leaves composing the fan. Maine's Pint Legislative Act. In rummaging around at the state house, at Augusta, Me., the other day. someone came across the vey first bill passed by a Maine legislature. It was an act to create tba Augusta Union society. The MUjwas passed June 7, 1820. The ebject ft the soci ety -was, according to the -petition which was presented to the legisla ture, th ' "suppresston i. of ylee, im provemant . of moihlji, ctltKtion of benevolecvV Tnewamusion- oi use ful knowle r v C9 X If t 1 If si VW J GIVES A QUICK HAIRCUT. Ingenious, Device -Which -Can Do the Work in Two Minutes. The labor required for the purpose of operating the hand-clippers used by the barber is not great, but in these times all unnecessary labor is regard ed as lost labor, and an improvement has been recently made in this humble implement Mth the Idea of further simplifying the device and for greatly facilitating the hair-amputating pro cess. This improvement is nothing more than a combination of the clip pers and spring motor. The shape of the tool, which is more or less fa miliar ii all, has been slightly al tered to effect this union, but the ins- preyed apparatus is not unwieldy for the reason tliat the mechanical end of the combination is disposed of in' what might be called' the handle. . . . The spring is contained in the large circular barrel, and is wound up . by a crank: attachment not large enough to.. be in- the way of the barber while passing the cutter over the head of his patron. The. device is . supplied with the proper arrangements for ad justing the action of the reciprocating blades, the. means of starting and stopping and controlling their speed being a lever which is located at a point at what might be called the waist of the device, where it is con venient to the thumb of the operator. This combination- emanated from the fertile . brain of an inventive genius hailing from a Pennsylvania town bearing the euphonious name of Nanty Glo. He claims with . the aid of this device the barber can go over the head of a client in two minutes without' missing a hair and with a very small part of the labor hereto fore required for the operation, i Bees Routed Surveying Party;: A surveyor in Pahang accidentally discovered a nest of bees, reports the Malay Mail. On seeing what he had done he turned and bolted through the jungle. But it was of no use, for a large number of the insects pursued him and stung him on the eyes, nose, cheeks, neck and hands. After a run of about a quarter of a mile, with the insects at work all the time, he fell, and the bees appeared to pass over him. But shortly afterward several of them returned to the charge. Dur ing his wild rush through the jungle the unfortunate surveyor tore and cut himself badly with thorns. Finally one of his' coolies discovered him and took him back to his quarters. Dur ing this encounter some of the sur veyor's coolies took refuge in an ad jacent stream, but, nevertheless, they were also attacked, and finally had to bolt through the jungle. Wise . Provision of Nature. "The eggs of sea fowls," said a. nat uralist, "afford us a striking instance of the fine way nature fits everything to its environment. ' "Sea fowls' eggs' are conical in shape. Thus, being broad at the base and narrow at the point, they only roll in circles., "If ,they .rolled .otherwise, they would nearly all fall into the water or smash on the rocks and the sea fowl would soon become extinct. For these birds lay their eggs- on- crags -and ledges, open to the winds, and eggs given -to rolling would be quickly blown to de struction." Prairie Dog's Home. The diagram shows details of the burrow in which the prairie dog lives. Relics; of President Jackson. Greenville C. Smith of Ipswich has presented the Maine Historical society with some interesting relics of Presi dent Andrew Jackson. ' The relics con- sis of a lock of hair cut from the head of President Jackson a few hours be fore his death, a letter from John Ap pleton of the navy department and the commission as , brigadier general of John W. Smith of Portland, signed by President Jackson, and countersigned by R. B. Taney, then secretary of the treasury, i Largest Three-Year-Old Filly. Oregon Queen is reputed to be the largest ' 3-year-old filly in the world. She is 19 hands hfeh, weighs 2,260 pounds, is perfectly formed, a chesT- nut sorrel with silver mane and tSl. She was bred and raised by Sol King of Cornvallis, Ore., and was 3 years old on May 20 last. i Work to Make Pound of Money. It is estimated that to collect one pound of honey from clover 62,000,000 hAads of cloven must be deprived of nectar, ana j.iau.uuu. viaii uuio DWI saust be made. . , Peculiar Happening Followed Washing; . Away of Bridge. Last March occurred the highest and most dangerous floods of water con-j taining ice, snow and wreckage on the various rivors of the middle west that has happened within the memory of the oldest inhabitant. . It was owing to the unusually long and severe win ter, which brought misery and suffer-, ing to thousands throughout the vari ous central and northern states and in the spVing brought 'havoc and-danger to the people along the river bottoms. The Maumee river, in Ohio, crossed by the Detroit and Cincinnati line at Waterville, in that state, some six miles south of the town of Maumee, XsftsY ft r 1 I . - ' was a scene of unprecedented destruc tion, the swift running- stream carry ing all before it, even the strong' Iron bridge of the most modern pattern which makes four spans- across- the water and over which,, with the- poles strongly secured to the iron structure itself, run forty strands of No: 8-, copper - wire. . Anticipating that, the bridge would go down,, a wrecking party was sent with cable-ready to re pair the break, but great was the sur prise of all interested' in the phenome non when the crash finally' came and the ponderous weight 'of iron swept down as if made of yellow pine;' the huge poles, dragging at the forty wires above and drawing tons on tons as the bridge washed away, suddenly snapped four of them leaving every -wire: intact and the upper stumps suspend ed in' midair. w Played His Own Dirge.. A student named Anton Czeroevlca recentty "shot -himself in 'dramatic fashion after playing the piano at a student's concert at Temesvar, Hun gary. , - . : . Czernevics, who, was a fine must clan, had been in the best of humors all the evening, and had played a piece which was much applauded, when he suddenly turned to the instru ment again end began playing the. Dead March in "Saul." , The audience, amused at the freak, allowed him to play to the end, when, he rose and declared that he had been abandoned by his sweetheart, and life -was no longer worth living. , ' Mounting a chair, he then showered a handful of gold coins among the students, and, begging them to accept the money as a memento of himself, quickly produced a revolver and. shot, himself dead. . Says the Stork. i -rurvn -u XSm Japanese Knots. The Japanese have no use for.1 but tons, buckles, or hooks and eyes. 'Cord : serves every purpose for fastening, and furnishes artistic possibilities seemingly without end. The Japanese have hundreds of knots. Some aYe as -old as the time when history was re corded by n series of knots, just as it was in China and Peru before writing was invented.. , There are dozens of knots in common and ceremonial us age, and these every Japanese child can tie. To name only a few, there are plum-blossom, cherry-blossom," iris, chrysanthemum, and pine-tree knots. There are Fujiyama knots, turtle and stork knots, the "old- man's," which is easy to tie, the "old woman's,', and many others. ,J, 'Coon Will Not Hibernate. ' A well-known 'coon hunter of Leo minster asserts that while 'coons, usu ally hibernate during the winter months, he has had one as a pet for twelve years and he has never sjiown any tendency to do so. . All sorts of experiments have been tried to in duce him to go into this sleep, even- to keeping food from him, but all efforts have been fruitless. ' " ' -' Pius 191. In the six. spaces into which every ray of the star is , divided put num bers whose sum in every- ray,' when added to the number 19 in the center, -will givq invariably the result ,130. All the numbers must be different. i Chestnut Exploded in Mouth. - Picking a chestnut from the stove .t nuts, Jesse Dayhoff, a farmer, nefr Mt. Airy, York county, Pa., placedit In Il ls mouth, when it exploded, taw ing at Mverftl teeth and splitUs) his lip. ' . LA.