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Strange Things Found in Various Portions
of the Earth
London Loses Smallest Street
London has just lost its smallest
thoroughfare John street, off Pall
Mall in the West end. It has not been
swallowed up in an earthquake, ex
actly, but the London county council
has merged it into St. James' square,
of which it is really a part. The street
Is only a little over 60 feet in length.
The main reason for wiping out the
ELECTRICITY IN FISH.
I Those finny things which secure
their food by means of the electric
batteries with which nature has fitted
them are somewhat remarkable. The
gymr.otus. or electric eel, of South
America is probably the best known
of these. It has four batteries, which
;extend nearly the whole length of its
body. The current passes from front
;to back, and, remarkable to relate, ex
tends through the animal's own brain.
Some large ones, from six to eight
feet in length, have been known to
kill a horse or a mule outright v.ilh a
tingle discharge. '
The thunderfish, a species of Afri
can catfish, was even in ancient times
highly recommended by doctors for
certain troubles, and the torpedo, or
electric ray, exhibits all the known
powers of electricity, rendering the
needle magnetic, decomposing chemi
cal compounds and emitting the
little street is because the residents
of John street prefer to consider
themselves as denizens of "St. James'
square," for in London one's address
makes a world of difference. People
living in a "swell neighborhood" can
sport the address in their letter head
ing. Thus a floorwalker in a five
cent bazar can have his letters sent
to "Buckingham Palace Mansions,"
L conveying the impression that he lives
jusl uiuuuq me corner nuui iue nm&.
John street residents rather pride
themselves on their nearness to the
aristocratic square where the duke of
Norfolk, Lord Avebury, better known
as Sir John Lubbock, and other lead
ing lights of the nobility live and
move and have their being.
The loss of John street will not ba
greatly felt by the postoffice authori
ties, considering the fact that there
still are 132 John streets in the Lon
don directory. Nearly every district
has one or two John streets, and some
have four or five. This strange state
of affairs is due to the fact that Lon
don has grown up by the merging of
a lot of separate villages, and, , in the
early days, each village, of course,
named its streets irrespective of other
nearby hamlets. Thus, you will find
scattered all over London a number of
"High" streets, which simply means
that when that particular section com
posed a village it had its "High" or
"Main" street. Where in America the
principal thoroughfare of a town is
called "Main" street, the term "High"
is used in England, as it is the prin
cipal highway through the village.
This multiplication of street names
often leads to great confusion, espe
cially for Americans and other tour
ists stopping in London for a short
time. Hence, it is most important
that street names should be addition
ally identified by the mention of their
proximity to larger thoroughfares.
Also the direction in which they lie
from the city of London proper us
ually is apprehended, such as "S. W.."
for southwest, "E. C." for east central,
and so forth. If one simply addresses
a letter to High street, the chances
are that the missive literally will "box
the compass" before it reaches its
WAS A PRISON WINDOW.
It is not often that a gate Is made
out of a window, much less out of a
prison window; but the gate of St.
Cedd's churchyard. Canning Town,
J-'nst London, was at one time a win
dow in old Newgate prison. Many
people wonder at the size of the gate,
but when they hear Us curious his
tory and the use to which it was put
In years gone by they understand the
reason of its massive dimensions.
INGENIOUS MEDICINE CHEST
Only One In the World
One of the most ingenious of inven
tions is the medicine chest designed
by an Arkansas man. With bis
chest there is no excuse for a person
not taking his medicine on time or for
petting the medicines mixed. The
cabinet consists of a stand with two
little drawers at the upper corners
and a desk portion on top. In front
of the desk portion is a little door,
just about wide enough to admit a
bottle, and inside is a series of re
volving trays. One of these trays is
provided with numbers Indicating
minutes, another with numbers indi
cating the hours of the day, and a
third with ordinals indicating the
hours of the day and night. Each
tray Is divided into little compart
ments at each hour, so that at a cer-
Above is shown a section of the
freight subways built under the streets
of Chicago. They run some 46 feet
below the level of the street. The tun
nels are of two distinct types truck
tunnels and lateral conduits. The
former follow the main thoroughfares,
and the latter run out to the less im-
tain hour a bottle in that compart
ment will be waiting at the door. This
is brought about by a clock mechan
ism which operates the trays, all of
which are connected to a shaft and
moved by the clock, the face of which
is visible in the front of the stand.
It now remains for the inventor to
add an alarm attachment and it will
be practically impossible to miss med
QUEER ORIENTAL SAIL FISH
One of the most interesting of fish
of Japanese waters is the oriental
sail fish (Histiophorus orientalis).
The generic name, given by Dr. Gun
ther, means the sail bearer, and re
fers to the huge dorsal fin possessed
by the species.
The fin stands higher than the body
above it and is used as a sail before
the wind. It is a large fish ten feet
in length and weighing 164 pounds.
They swim about usually in pairs' in
rough and windy weather with the
huge fins above the water.
It Is a favorite food fish and the
p.nnual catch is nearly 2,000,000
pounds. The sail fish is caught by
means of a harpoon.
Another food fish known as a dol
phin or dorado is sometimes caught in
a curious way. The fishes congregate
under a decoy bush and raft made of
bamboos, and are then caught by
hooks baited with squids. Or the
decoy bush is surrounded by a seine
net and the dolphins are driven by
bei.Ung the surface of the water with
stick. This fish is eaten both fresh
and salt and is as great a favorite in
western Japan as the salmon is in the
poi tant parts of the city. The truck
subways have 18-inch cement walls
and 21-inch cement floors, the smaller
conduits ten-inch walls and 13-inch
floors. Embedded in the concrete are
steel ribs of such length that it is vir
tually impossible for any weight erect
ed ab(fe them to cause the tunnels to
SEISMOGRAPH IS SENSITIVE.
Seismometers-, or seismographs, as
they are more generally termed, are
instruments for detecting or measur
ing the earthquake shock or wave.
Some of the modern ones are extreme
ly delicate and sensitive, so sensi
tive, in fact, according to Milne, that
if the solid column of masonry com
municating with the rocky floor be
pressed with the hand, the seismo
graph which rests on the masonry
will be affected, and the horizontal
boom or pendulum will be set in rap
id vibration. If two Milne seismo
graphs provided with horizontal pen
delums be put on high buildings op
posite each other on one of London's
trafiic streets when crowded with
heavy drays, they will show that the
tops of the buildings bend over slight
ly toward each other.
MAGNETS USED FOR LIFTING.
Lifting by electromagnets in large
cranes has become an important
L-means of handling masses of iron and
steel, and hand magnets are now
proving a great convenience for pick
ing up tacks, nails, screws and other
material in store and factory. One
type weighs but seven pounds, lifting
a maximum load of more than ter.
times its weight. The magnet can b'n
attached to an ordinary 110-volt direct-current
circuit, and is energised
by closing the circuit by means of a
push button on the handle. Besides
the ordinary handling of hardware,
such bits of service can be performed
as drawing out pieces of metal' oth
erwise difficult to .reach. i
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SPEIER S SIMON
TENTH IND O STREETS
Dwelling with God.
H that could recall the past with
out remorse would be something more
than a man or much less than a
saint. It was Paul the saint, not Paul
the Pharisee, that could not speak
of his past life without calling him
self the chief of sinners; and it was
Paul the saint, too, who greeted nis
approaching death with the shout of
triumph: "I have fought a good fight,
I hare finished my course, I have kept
the faith!" The man who has entered
into God's rest, in whose heart dwells
the eternal Christ, finds no furie
rising from the depths of the, past.
He may shed tears over the graves of
buried hopes and joys, but death has
lost its sting and sorrow its bitter
ness. As to the future, he meets it not
only without fear, but with joy; for
life eternal life dwells in him who
has learned to dwell with God.
The labor of the body relieves us
from the fatigues of the mind; and
this it is which forms the happiness
of the poor. Rochefoucauld.
Ona cupful of sugar, one-quafter
cupful of New Orleans molasses, one
cupful of butter and lard, three eggs
well beaten, one saltspoonful of salt,'
one small tablespoonful of ginger, one
quarter teaspoontul of cloves, one-half
teaspoonfnul of cinnamon, one cupful
sweet milk, two tenspoonfuls of bak
ing powder, and one quarter teaspoon
ful of soda, two and one-half cupfuls
of flour. Heat sugar, molasses, butter,
and spices until thoroughly warm.
Beat up well. Then add other ingredi
ents. Bake in muffin pads.
I ' Tl7 Hlf H 1 Some of the Best U
Merry Moments J
I tiit.,1 n I eJged Masters-
I With Humorists I SiSS I
Our Domestic Animals
By W. J. LAMPTON.
Our most domestic animal is the
cat. Some authorities contend that
the dog has first place, but their con
tention is weak because a great many
dogs do not live in the house at all,
while a cat that can't live in the house
quits the inhospitable place and goes
to somebody's house that it can live
in. Will any faunal naturalist, from
Nairobe to the north pole, say that a
dog will act thus? If he will, he is a
nature faker, not to use a shorter and
The family line of the cat is feline,
and it is divided into two great class
es, the torn and the puss, the torn be
ing masculine and the puss feminine.
They have equf"7 rights. There are no
suffragettes,' aiong cats, though there
may be cf.s among suffragettes, and
when th y meet to discuss questions
of com".ion interest all have a voice
and ei use it without stint. Whiskers
alsoare worn by both sexes, but the
muutache is tabooed. Race suicide is
frr .vned up by the entire community.
There are more kinds of cats than
fou can throw a brick at. If you doubt
this, just try it some time in the soft,
and stilly night, when slumber's chain
doesn't bind you, and when you have
thrown the last brick the concert on
the back fence will be going on pretty
much as if nothing had happened to
disturb the harmony. Cats cannot
sing. They are like some people, they
only think they can. That is why the
noise they make sounds like a con
cert. Of the various kinds, one la a
tab cat. This is so called because you
cannot keep tab on it any more than
you can on the other kind. There is
also the Persian" cat, which is not so
named because of its purr being dif
ferent. Speaking of purr, most people
know why a cat purrs, but very few
know how it purrs.
They Meet to Discuss Questions of
The kid rf s. cat Is a kitten, and it
is as full of play as it later becomes
full of night noises. Everybody, ex
cept the .totally deaf, knows how full
that is, and a diagram is not neces
sary. Kittens are born blind. This is
so that they may not find their way.
batfk when taken to the water in early
infancy. as is the custom among civil
ized people. A cat with its eyes open
will always come back if forcibly ab
ducted. You might pack one in the
bottom of a large trunk and take it to
Africa with you, and when you came
home again from wandering on a for
eign shore it would be sitting on the
front steps waiting for you. This is in
stinct, for a cat has no scent sense
and could not follow the back trail. II,
a blind cat tried to have fun with a
mouse, as cats do, the rodent would
get away from it in no time.
Some authorities on domestic sci
ence say that women are cats, but
this is npt true. Women are angels,
and angels are not quadrupeds. The
cat is a quadruped.
Cats love places rather than people.
This is not an instinct, but a habit ac
quired from associating with people.
Cats are very electric. That is why
one pole of a battery is called a cat
electrode. Also the program of a cat
show is a catalogue, athough it might
as well be a category. Cats have fits,
hence catalepsy. These are a mere
kittenish play upon words and are
scoffed at by real faunal naturalists.
When a cat becomes profoundly agi
tated its hair stands on end. Bald-'
headed men are not like cats.
There is more that might be said
on this subject, but why in domestic,
matters let the cat out of the bag alto
gether? (Copyright, 1909, by W. G. Chapman.)
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