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AH OLD-TIME CLOWN.
N AL.MOST ever- large city In the
United States taxicabs are rapidly
displacing horse-drawn cabs and
carriages as public vehicles for
transportation in those horseless
vehicles are almost always based
n tiio distance traveled as shown
on the registering dials of the tax
imeters it obviously becomes of the
gravest importance that these au
tomatic records shall be honest
and accurate in their chronicling.
Indeed, in many cities there have
iiopii loud nrotests due to alleged
overcharging of vaxicab patrons the alleged
overcharging being attnuuieu 10 me laun v Ra
tion of the taximeters. Whether such false ac
counting was due to a desire to cheat the trav
eling public or merely to faulty mechanism m
the mechanical bookkeeper could seldom be de
termined, but in either event the ouecome was the
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same- Mie public got the worst of it.
Various cities have made efforts to devise
some means of testing taximeters, but to Uncle
Sam belongs the credit of first solving the prob
lem. The system is now in successful operation
at the capital of the nation, where, by the way.
there are probably more taxicabs in operation
'than in any other city of the size in the world.
'The matter of keeping tab on the taximeters was
placed In the hands of Col. C. Haskell, the
United States superintendent of weights and
measures, and he invented the first machine spe
cially designed for testing the accuracv of the
The first apparatus was rather cumbersome
i and tho most conspicuous feature was a large
wooden wheel which was turned by hand. The
principle of operation involved the insertion of a
small wire through the shaft of the meter to be
tested and turning the same a certain number of
times to cover distance, verifying this test over
an official mile and fraction thereof. The large
machine when fitted with the same size eccentric,
sprocket wheel and spiral shaft in use In taxi
cabs gave a correct test, but it was a time-consuming
process, ten revolutions of the large wheel
being required to show one-quarter mile of travel.
After much study of the subject Colonel Has
kell perfected the small machine which has lately
been introduced for this work. With it one revo
lution of the crank wheel through the aid of a
system of cogwheels represents a quarter of a
mile of travel. With this small machine attached
direct to the shaft of the meter to be tested
it is possible to test ten meters in the time for
merly required for trying out one. Moreover, the
system of cogwheels is so adjusted as to give an
absolutely accurate test. The government now
requires that all taximeters attached to cabs at
the seat of government be tested at least twice a
year, and when a meter upon lest is found to be
accurate a round blue seal is affixed to the face
of the meter showing that it has been "ap
proved." Incorrect meters are given a yellow
seal with the word "Condemned" thereon anil
must be withdrawn from use under a penalty of
One of the latest ideas evolved for a safety
attachment for automobiles is a "cow catcher."
The "cow catcher." or man catcher. Is attached
to the front of the motor car and. when not in
active use saving the life of seme one who steps
In front of the moving machine, it looks exactly
like the pilot of a big locomotive. Used in this
way. It was feared that pedestrians might he
hurt, for the car would throw them to one side,
hence an attachment was added, operated by a
button fixed conveniently on the seat near the
driver, which, when pressed in time of danger,
drops the cow catcher so that it is similar to the
fender of a street car. adapted to catching the
unlucky person and carrying him with the ma
chine until rescued by the driver of the auto
mobile. According to the inventors of this con
trivance, the "cow catcher" will prevent many
serious accidents if placed on the front of the
The frequency with which the claim is made
that the automobile is largely an extravagance
anil that the people have grown motor-mad and
are annexing themselves to power conveyances
with a rapidity and lack of discretion that threat
ens the stability of the country, is largely borne
out by the results of recent investigations.
An editorial in a recent issue of the World's
Work, under the caption, "Burning Both Ends of
the Candle." makes the startling statement that
in the city of Minneapolis alone 1,500 homes have
been mortgaged to enable their owners to pur
chase automobiles. It Is stated that about $37o.
000.000 represents what the people of this coun
try will spend for motor cars next year, and the
editorial adds that "there are plenty of indica
tions that it is time for the average American
to stop and think."
Look out of your office window, no matter
what city you are In, and you will see an auto
mobile. Try to cross the street and one of them
is more than likely to come along with sounding
horn warning the redestrian to get out of tho
way. If a man Is deaf or a little slow in his foot
steps he is loo frequently run down and tho
chauffeur sets up as a defense that the accident
was quite unavoidable. Every one knows that
more than half the "unavoidable" accidents could
be avoided if the cars were run slower and more
attention was paid to the rights of others In their
use of the public streets. The automobile almost
monopolizes the country roads and has become a
positive menace. It looms large In the annals
of accidents as reported by accident insurance
companies. The secretary of state of Indiana has
recently found that the automobile is also a men
ace in a financial way. According to his report
covering the months of April and May. he issued
G.riC4 licenses for automobiles for the two months.
Assuming an average of $1,000 for each car. It
would of course appear that S3.5C4.f00 had been
spent for automobiles in Indiana within a period
of sixty days. The statement has been made that
in Indianapolis alone more than 1.900 homes
have been mortgaged during the -past year in or
der that householders may buy cars.
Purchasers of automobiles have been deceived
In the matter of cost and upkeep, the difference
In the representations In this respect in com
parison with actual experience, makes It unwise
to tal'e or own a car even as a gift.
The menace of the automobile now threatens
the stability of the home, and the danger is by
no means confined to any particular section.
Even farmers are buying them. Perhaps you can
hear or sec one of these "devil wagons" while
you read this paragraph about them. It would
be worth while to think of them seriously, with
the view of reducing the hazard they undoubt
edly signify. The bankers of Kansas City and of
the southwest who are dependent on the Kansas
City banks have agreed to lend no money to any
one who intends to use It with which to buy a
motor car. The hankers of Kansas are alive to
the menace of tbe automobile, as well they may
be when it is understood that $32,000,000 wero
Invested in motor cars In that state during the
last twelve months.
Physiognomy of the Salesman
The nose of a traveling salesman generally
bears the appearance of breadth just above the
wings. This Is the nose that indicates the ability
to acquire property, make good sales, secure re
turns through bargains and fine talking, and
get large orders even when persons have indi
cated that they did not wish to buy or make a
bargain. The thickness of the nose above tho
wings is the true facial sign of acquisitiveness,
and a traveling salesman and a good business
man have generally this characteristic strongly
developed. We find it large In George Peabody.
Andrew Carnegie and the Rothschilds, all of
whom have made large fortunes.
The lips of a good salesman are regular and
fit appropriately together.
The chin and jaw of a successful salesman are
indicated by their squareness and roundness com
bined. The roundness gives the power of appeal,
and the squareness gives the capacity to clinch
The voice of a successful salesman Is bright,
cheery, optimistic. Its inflections are hopeful and
airy, not heavy and dull. The salesman possesses
a silvery toned voice which is so oiled to Its sub
ject tiiat it knows exactly what to say. and says
it without hesitation.
The handwriting of a good salesman is neat,
regular, connected, but shows firmness, force In
the lines that crots the t's and ambition is mani
fested in the tails of the g's and in the height of
the h's. l's, etc.
The eyes of the honest business man who is
engaged as a salesman or a credit man are gen
erally small, piercing and keen in expression.
The ears of a good salesman are broad, and
give to the person vitality, strength, good diges
tive power and comradeship. Such a person gen
erates life readily, and is social, genial and a
good conversationalist. Phrenological Journal.
What He Found Out
An Italian journalist. Sig. Tommaso
Glloni, has just had some disagreeable
experiences. Desirous of knowing
something of the lunatic asylums from
within, with the object of ameliorating
the lot of the insane, he presented
himself at the gates of the Cimarosa
asylum and asktd for an audience of
the king of Italy. The attendants
showed him the door, and then he ran
oul of the police, and in the end
j found himself in the asylum.
J The doctors examined him, and fiino
ing him far from tractable adminis
tered an emetic. Then they gave him
a shower hath and next vaccinated
' the enterprising journalist. After that
) they held a consultation in the pres
i ence of the "lunatic" whose bona
j fides they evidently suspected and
brutally but unanimously agreed that
' the only treatment in such a case was
trepanning for a cancer on the brain.
By this time Sig. Tommaso Giloni
thought the best he could do was to
confess. This he did, and found him
self at the police station. The mag
istrate, however, released him, ob
serving that he thought the doctors
had administered sufficient punishment.
Modern Strolling Players.
M. Gemier. manager of the Theater
Antolne. Paris. France, is said to be
nearly completing a motor-caravan
playhouse of his own invention. This
will enable him to go in for really up-to-date
touring. The theater house,
seats, stage, wings, flics, scenery,
properties, costumes, wigs and all
will be contained in a road train of
several cars linked together. It will
travel easily from town to town and
there will be no more negotiating with
local lessees or difficulties with rail
way transportation of dresses. M.
Gemtcr and his company will be the
strolling players of the twentieth cea
Hints For Hostess
for Those Planning Seasonable
A Boating Dinner.
This dinner was given by a coterie
of four couples who had passed a great
part of the summer together yachting
on the great lakes. The occasion was
in the nature of a little farewell to the
one they called "commodore." The
v1.1n ...a.. t. 1 1 At-
iiuju was iuvei ana uau ior ine cen
'ter a lake made first by the tinsmith,
who concocted a circle about three
feet in circumference, which was sur
rounded with a border of ferns, vines
and pond lilies. In the water two
sail boats and a toy launch floated as
(natural as life, manned by cute doll
sailors. To add to the festive appear
ance there was a huge Japanese um
brella over the table, from which
small lanterns hung from every rib;
they were lighted by electric lamps.
At each place there was a tiny canoe,
jwith a very small Jap lantern at the
bow. The name of the guest was let
tered on the side. Wee paddles paint
ed white wero stacked bayonet fashion
at each place and held a small pail of
bon-bons. The name flag of the boats
were around the room with tho Union
Jack and the Stars and Stripes. The
guests were asked to come in flannels
and it was just the jolliest kind of a
time. The menu was as nautical as the
market could afford, beginning with
oysters, fish, lobster salad, etc
A Wild Aster Luncheon.
The lovely wild aster furnished the
key note to one of the prettiest lunch
eons I ever attended. This dainty
flower is very common, and really It
Is very beautiful. With it alwaj-s
comes the golden rod, as they grow j
usually in close proximity. For a table
centerpiece there was a low green
pottery bowl containing a flower hold
er, so that the blossoms branched out
in a charming manner. The doilies
were white, with finger bowl and tum
"bler doilies having embroidered de
signs In lavender. First we had iced
grape juice in tall glasses resting on
(lollies of grape leaves. Then there
"was the usual luncheon menu with a
delicious grape juice sherbet for des
sert, decorated with candied violet
leaves, the plates set in a wreath of
asters. The rooms were lavishly dec
orated with golden rod, and the com
bination of lavender asters 'and the
brilliant yellow was very effective.
A Pillow Shower.
This was not given for a bride, but
for two girls who were going away
to school. To furnish their joint sit
ting room was the idea of the home
girls who gave it. The result was a
fine collection of useful and ornamen
tal pillows or cushions, from those for
the couch to dainty confections of dot
ted swIss and ribbon for the dressing
table. There were also cushions filled
with pins of all sizes and with needles.
There were denim cushions large
enough to tit on when placed on the
floor, and what girl does not adore sit
ting on the floor in front of the fire
and dream long, happy dreams of the
days that are yet to come? A bride
elect who heard of the affair said she
thought such a downpour would be
very acceptable, so the readers who
have been asking for something new
in the way of showers may adapt this
to their needs.
A Novel Amusement for Children.
At a recent party for youngsters
from "nine to eleven" they had a soap
bubble contest. First the hostess gave
each child a sheet of colored crepe pa
per and a needle and thread. A
grown-up took each pipe and quickly
drew a face on the back of the bowl
and the children were told to make
dolls of them. A couple of prizes were
offered and It was surprising what at
tractive creations were turned out.
The boys did just about as well as the
girls. The pipe babies were taken
home as souvenirs. There were favors
for the soap bubble contest, too.
J. . After, (Tony Parker,)
Doan's Kidney Pills.
Mr. Agler Is one of tho best knowm
men 1m th circus world, fearing bees
ok tbe road with a
wason show 53
years. When inter
viewed at his home
In Wlnfleld, Kans
he said: "I con
tracted kidney trou
ble in th war, and
for twelve years.
Backache was so
severe I could hard
ly walk and my
rest was broken by
trouble. Doan's Kidney Pills cured me
and my cure has been permanent for
five years. This is remarkable as I
am In my S3rd year."
Remember the name Doan's.
For sale by all dealers. 50 cents a
Foster-Milburn Co., Buffalo, N. Y.
A LITTLE TOO PRIMITIVE
jtsa - rxu&
The low lying effect In hats still
Everything tends to smaller coif
Shawl collars are still a feature ol
Egyptian embroideries are in high
New handbags are perfectly square.
The banded-in effects are even seen
The badger aigrette is in high favor
and is beautiful.
Beaver hats with enormous rosettes
of tulle are worn.
Some of the richest opera cloaks
have kimono sleeves.
Metallic, beaded and Persian effects
are popular in lacedom.
Large wings are in demand for tail
ored and semi-dress hats.
The chenille dot is going to have
another inning In veilings.
Useful Writing Table
AVERY good scheme for construct
ing a rough but useful kind of
writing table for the room, per
haps, that Is set aside for carpentering
and other amusements is shown in
our sketch. It may bo quickly ar
ranged and easily taken down again,
when not required, and It can be
made at a very small cost.
It consists of two strong wooden
boxes or packing caes placed on
cither side of one end of a table. The
lids have been removed and curtains
'hung in their places, fastened on to
the upper edges of the boxes with
ornamental braid and small brass-
headed r.aiis. The two boxes are '
finished off at the top with Tour little
brass balK screwed into the corners. ,
and the exterior of the cases can be
cither painted or stained.
The pigeon-holes in the center con
sist of nine cigar boxes. One end ol
each has been removed, and they
are fitted together in the manner
shown. Small labels can be affixed
at the center of tho upper edge of
each box to indicate its contents.
There is a narrow cloth arranged
across the front part of the table,
and here a blotting-pad, pens. Ink.
etc.. may find a place. On the top of
the pigeonholes a fern In a pot. with
perhaps photographs or vases of
flowers on either side, would add
gn-atly to the appearance of this
rough but convenient piece of furniture.
Lace Watch Fob.
They are very daint:.
They are also new and a charming
adjunct to the light frock.
The girl who Is defc with her fingers
.should be able to make one easily at
For this remnants of Irish or Cluny
insertion may be utilized.
The strips of Insertion are folded
over the gold or brass catch, which
may be bought for fobs and the end Is
pointed and finished with a white silk
The girl with a military friend from
whom she may beg souvenirs might
substitute for the white tassel one of
good strands such as is worn on a
Thin lace fobs are lined with white
or colored ribbon.
j rhincstones or fresh water pearls. En
J tire strings of amethyst, topaz, amber
! or carved sandalwood beads are pret
ty for a school girl. If the throat is
rather long and just a bit too slender
she may aiopt a neckband of black
velvet ribbon with silver, gold, rhine
stones or "jeweled" slides and clasps
For Low Cut Frocks.
Jewelry simple enough for a young
girl to wear with her D-itch or square
,neckcd frocks Is In the shape of la
Valliere chains of platinum or ster
ling silver. They have pendants era-l
bellished with a repousse design, at
.chased pattern or an incrustation of
Quite as bad as too tight thoes.
against which we are always warned,
aro too loose ones; they cause corns
and bunions and often produce flat
tening of the arches. The woman with
the peculiarly shaped foot, who can
not get shoes exactly to fit her ex
cept when made to order, should get
them a little too long rather than a
little too wide; it is the lesser of two
A Veiled Gown.
Rather effective and equally unusual
Is tho gown of two-toned silk veiled
with chiffon or other shimmering mate
rial. The combination Is intensified
if the under dres3 Is itself trimmed
with hand-work or done In the Persian
colors or metallic threads.
Shower Bath Arrangement Something
of a Shock to the
August Belmont, at a dinner in Sara
toga, praised tho seaside towns of
"But some of them." ho added, "are
a little too primitive. I remember a
story about tho -primitivo town of
Rockford. Rockford had a rough bath
ing establishment, with a shower bath.
You stood in your bathhouse and
pulled a rope and a deluge of cool wa
ter descended from the ceiling.
"Well, a lady visitor stood one day
In her bathhouse, ready for the show
er. She pulled the ropo and braced
herself, but no shower followed. She
gave tho rope another tug. when the
gruff voice of tho sailor proprietor o!
the establishment sounded from aloft
"'Stand a pint more to nor east,
mum,' it said, if ye want to get the
"And the horrified lady, looking up.
saw the old sailor frowning impa
tiently through a hole in the ceiling
and tilting a barrel of sea water for
SOLAR PLEXUS BLOW.
ii BLLLH Diii
Cholly Soft May I-aw-have Just one.
Miss Wise Why. certainly, yoo
poor, dear boy! How you must tnisfl
your nurse when you aro away fxjm
WASTED A FORTUNE ON SKIN
"I began to have an itckfag ovr mj
whole body about seven year ago and
this settled in my limbs, from the knee
to the toes. I went to sc a rreat man)
physicians-, a matter which cost me a
fortune, and after I noticed that I did
not get any relief that wayMVI went for
three years to tbe hospital. But thej
were unable to help mi theve, I used
all the medicines that t could see but
became worse and worse. I had aa
Inflammation which made me almost
crazy with pain. When I showed my
foot to my friends they would get
really frightened. I did not know
what to do. I was so sick and had be
come so servous that I positively lost
"I had een the advertisement ol
the Cutlcura Remedies a great many
times, but could not make up my mind
to buy taem. for I had already used so
many cedlcines. Finally I did decide
to us a the Cutlcura Remedies and I
tell ;qi! that I was never so pleased aa
when I noticed that, after having used
two sets of Cutlcura Soap. Cutlcura
Ointment and Cutlcura Pills, the en
tire inflammation had gone. I waj
completely cured. I should be only
too glad if people with similar disease
would come to me and find out the
truth. I would only recommend then
to use Cutlcura. Mrs. Bertha Sachs,
1621 Second Ave.. New York, N. Y
Aug. 20, 1909."
"Mrs. Bertha Sachs is my slster-la
law and I know well how she suffered
and was cured by Cutlcura Reme
dies after many other treatments
failed. Morris Sachs, 321 E. 89th SL,
New York, N. Y., Secretary ol
Deutsch-Ostrowoer Unt-Vereln. Kemp
aer Hebrew Benevolent Society, eta"
Managing a Husband.
Men are like children; they want
managing, although you must never
let them dream that you think so. No
child likes to be ordered about, no
man will endure coercion. But man
aging! It is an art so subtle, so elu
sive, that few women understand even
the rudiments of it. Sisters mine. lei
us reason together, says Woman's
Life. In every human being there is
a spark of the divine; it is yours to
fan that spark into a flame that is
managing a man It Is to get the very
best out of him there is to have, and
not two women in ten can do 1L
Do not think that there is anything
unworthy in managing a man to
bring out the best is a high vocatloa.
Only let us see to it that we are
worthy of it. There are women who
have made angels of men. but at the
cost of their own divinity. There la
room for more than one unselfish per
son in a family.
A careless philosopher says a man
never knows who his friends are un
til he hasn't any.
One genius !s about all the average
family can afford.