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THE OMAHA SUNDAY HEE: NOVEMBER 8. IPOS.
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A VERT COZY COTTAQK NO ESTIMATE OF COST GIVEN-PLANS BY ERNEST CLAL'SSEN, ARCHITECT. MINNE
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FLOOR PL AN.
Just a Word About Concrete Blocks
Arthur O. 01mM, AreUtcot.
It haa only been a few yeara aince we t
commenced to consider aertoualy tha con- 1
atructlon of houses and buildings out of
various forma of concrete. . Th. first , ex-
porlmenta along this , line were far from
successful, but owing- largely to Ignorance
or.' the part of workmen in the usea of ce
ment and partly to tha tnaana deaire to
build imitation atone housea at the price
of a frame one, with the oonsequent re
duction in the quantity of cement used,
and tha labor put upon the construction
f tha buUding. These "get-rich-quick"
contractors who first jumped at the
chancea of promoting thla "fad." aa II
was then supposed to be, did the concrete
block business so much harm that it took
honest men, producing a worthy product
yeara to overcome tha stigma of suspicion
which has, leechlike, fastened Itself to
the concrete business. . The concrete block
business is going through the same experi
ences that terra-cotta went through some
years ago. The early manufacturers first
tried to get rich by making terra-cot ta
Imitation atone. They failed, and so they
then tried to cheapen the material, tried
. mixing paint and plaster and various other
methods. The result waa that it took
houat manufacturers many yeara to es
tablish confidence with architects and lay
men In the true building value of thf
product when properly made, but today
we are proud to erect terra-cotta build
ings that are put up with no idea of Imitat
ing stone ones.
This ought to be a lesson to concrete
mock manuiaciurers in at least one
taapect. No matter how hard and hon
estly they try, they cannot imitate a stone
house with concrete blocks. No one with
any Judgment haa ever admitted for an In
stant that concrete from the mould bor
any resemblance to rock-faced rock. work.
If properly made, however, there la not
th slightest doubt about the equivalent of
(Strength. Hi must, therefore, acknowl
edge the limitations Imposed upon us and
evolve a style adapted to concrete block
constructions, building honest, concrete
block houses in the same spirit thst we
build brick houses and not attempt imita
tion "stone" (?) ones, t'oncrete products
are as different from atone In appearanco
aa bricks, and no matter what shape or
mould the blocks are made in, they are
not a true imitation of atone. No manu
factured material ever looks quite like ai
.original material from mother earth. Cut
Gold Silver andNickle
a Registers, X
ra Beds, Gas fixtures and Table Wars,
meplated aa Bsw.
AU Kinds of Repairing
THE BEE'S PLAN OFFER
Through a special arrangement with
Mr. Clausen, The Omaha Bee la able to
offer its readers me coiuvieie piiuij,
details and apeclitcaUona of the home
illustrsted on this page without change
for $10. Mr. Clausen is the autnor
of a wall illustrated boon, "Home
Building Plans and Problems," con
taining teslde many designs for mod
ern homes and extensive article on
home building, over 130 designs tor
entrancea, llreplaces, - picturesque
groups of windows, stairways, kitchen
and pantry arrangements, etc. Spe
cial price to readers of The Bee. iO
centi. Bend all ordera to Arthur C.
Clausen, architect. Studio, 1012 Lum
ber Exchange, Minneapolis, Minn.
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MUST HAVE ROOM
Large importations of China compels us to reduce our big stock of blan
kets and comforters. The room and counter space is needed for the China.
Starting on Monday morning we make prices which would astonish in Feb
ruary, let alone in November.
If, therefore, you have any interest in these things either for present
or hereafter, make careful note of the prices quoted.
Crib Blankets, in white, pir. . .20c Feltone make, 34x50, pair. . . . ,69c
12-4 white cotton blankets, sold at $1.50, for $1.00
12-4 heavy twill white and gray, sold at $1.75, for $1.19.
Beacon Blankets cut to sell in a hurry:
Heavy gray and tan, double blankets, usually $2.00, for $1.59
Best quality 11-4, gray or white, usually $3.00, for $2.19
11-4 white wool, sold up to $3.75, Monday at $2.39
.11-4 white wool, fine quality, previously $5.00, to close, pair $3.98
11-4 California white, regularly $8.00, for $5.98
Heavy gray wool, staple at $3.50, for $2.98
Large size, soft wool, grey, regular $5.00, on Monday $3.98
All wool, western made, sold at $7.50, for, pair $5.75
The regular $5.00 plaid blankets, on Monday, pair $3.98
An especially fine lot, formerly $9.00, on Monday, pair $7.90
4 REMARKABLE COMFORTER VALUES
No. 1 Pure cotton filled, full sized, $2.50 grade, at $1.69
No. 2 "Maish" pure laminated, usually $3.50, Monday $2.50
No. 3 Several numbers of wool filled some silk borders at $3.98
No. 4 Down filled, priced lower than ever before, each .-. $5.00
We will sell a new Sheet at 50c each by way of introduction. Ask to
see this sheet, it is a hummer for the price.
Amoskeag Ginghams at 5c a yard should add to the interest.
Cotton Dress Goods look like wool usually 25c; Monday at 120
OUR CORSET DEPARTMENT j
"We direct special attention to our corset department. Have provided
additional fitting-rooms to care for our rapidly growing business. There
is much to learn about corsets this season. There is a nicety of adjust
mentsnot needful before. Fitting is one thing, creating is another. It is '
up to the corset to build the base from which the figure is made. We have
thought for you our corsets combine the necessary essentials. Our fitters
are trained in corsetry courteous experts, qualified to serve you well.
Models are all in stock and the range of prices is great. May we expect a call f
Notes About Building Matters
Neatly Done. XII
gsiegfcoa Pewjlag 6Mj Aate. A.-at4& t
glass is a high art. yet the most adept at
It have never been able to imitate a dia
mond. Thla fact does not. ' however, de
tract from the beauty or onh of a finely
cut glass dish.
It is not the intention of the vrlter to
attempt to evolve at thla time the style
adapted to concrete block construction. This
style, the same aa all others, must be born
of long expnrlece with the article by many
men. In the writer's opinion, however, the
best looking house that can be obtained
of the blocka on the market la one made
of six-Inch by twenty-four In smooth faced
blocka with paneled -alternated corner blocks
or quoins and a smooth block foundation.
There should be a beveled water table,
ten or twelve inches high and the founda
tion blocks would look best If larger than
those above. The quoins or corner blocks
could be 'twe-lve Indies by twenty-four
Inches, with good effect. These will bond
with the six-Inch blocks. I would advise
making all the cornices and columns of
wood for the present, as there Is no
machine '.hat will turn out columns In
their correct proportions on the market.
The diameter of a column at the top should
he five-sixth of the diameter at the base
and the lower thrld of the shaft should be
strslght with the remainder, diminishing
on a curve to the smallest diameter st the
rap. In time, no doubt machines will be made
for making columns along arcliltttrtural
lines. There are some materials thst never
lock well when carried over one st iry high.
for instance, a cobble atone wall looks very
picturesque If one story high or built up
In the form of a chimney, but leoks very
monotonous If carried over an entire wall
surface. Bo It is with the concrete blocks
as we have them at present. It Is best
to use them only up the first story snd
them if a second story is to be provided for,
either shingle or side It up. I have stated
that there !s no doubt as to the strength
of concrete blocks. I refer to well made
blocks only, for unfortunately there are a
few unprincipled contractors still left In the
business who have no scruples about giving
a man an inferior article provided they
i-tii make a sale, through having al ower
bid oa tha work than a corap"Utor. There
I much dispute as to the proper propor
tions and material for concrete blocks.
Concrete blocks' made In the proportions
of one part cement to four parts sand and
gravel are good blocks If properly cured
More than five parts of sand should not
be used. Some manuf4-eri use as high
as ten parts sand, but TslV have no right
to do so' and sell their blocks as reliable
building material. Most city ordinances
place the limit at five parts sand and In
aist on using Portland cement only
There . are five Important conditions on
which depend the successful manufacture
of concrete blocks; vixt The materials, the
mixing, the quantity of water used, the
condensing and the curing. The manufac
ture of blocks will not be gone Into In
detail, but stress Is laid on the necessity of
proper condensing. It tskes twenty-five
tons of pounding pressure to properly con
dense concrete blocks. The more water
that can be used when mixing the better.
The water which Is put on them while
curing does little good, except to prevent
from drying too fast and becoming lined
with map-cracks; tha chemlcsl action of the
cement takes place Immediately after the
first water la applied and the more that
Is used at the start the better are tha re
sults. As In bread baking, enough water
must be used ta bring about the chemical
action of the yeast.
Blocks are made for right, nine, ten and
twelve-Inch walls and are six, eight, ten and
twelve Inches high by sixteen. They are
made In red. brown, buff and other colors
That election is over, and over satisfac
torily, Can be seen at a glance from the
sudden activity in building.
Plans for new homes are everywhere In
th air. Architects are busy. Builders are
girding up their loins for a rush. Real es
tate men report the consummation of many
Cdhtraets were let for an unusual num
ber of new homes during the latter half of
the week. Men who had been talking for
a number of weeks about building, but who
had lot It go with talk, have suddenly
come to the offering point.
"A man had been discussing plans with
us for some time," said one contractor,
who specialise in residence work," and
fintslly last week announced that If Taft
was elected he would put us to work. I
thought h was bluffing. But Thursday
morning he appeared and gave us definite
Instructions to go ahead with the plans.
He made good." And that about repre
sents condition all through the local
Do it in the fall. If you re to add a
veranda to the house. It you are going to
build an addition. It you want to add an
other story, if you're planning any of the
Improvement that require the services of
a contractor, don't put It off till spring.
Fall Is the best time to get the closes
personal attention from the builder, The
clear, cool days of an Omaha fall make
work move along more quickly, and then
In the spring your place I ready tor ths
first nice out-ot-door days. Work under'
taken In. the spring of the year, becauso
of greater pressure on the contractor's
time, bad weather, scarcity of labor, la
more likely to drag Itself on Into the sum
mer, at least through some of the best
of the spring days. The above Is the
opinion of one Omaha contractor. The
home owner who Is contemplating any such
work might do well to ponder over It.
Josephine O. Hamlin will put up a 16,000
brick residence in the Redlck addition.
The contract has been let to J. J. Toms
and work will be begun at once.
A $2,500 frame house Is to be built In
Ferrin Place by Johnson Bros, for Atphelda
J. J. Bixby & Son have Just completed
the Installation of a most elaborate and
complete plumbing system in Dr. Miller's
new residence, Thirty-first and Dodge
streets, the cost of the system running up
William Petersen & Sons this week signed
up contracts for the erection of two frame
houses at Twenty-sixth and VVoolworth for
Fred Petersen and R. G. Robert. The
cost will be about S2.G00 each.
J. J. Tom ha taken out a permit for a
new 12,500 frame house In Kountse Place.
Two big plums dropped Into the lap pf
C. W. Partridge this week. They were the
contracts fbr the Loose-Wile factory plant
at Twelfth and Davenport a flve-etory
brick structure, 66x132 feet and the Inter
national Harvester company addition. The
latter will be a six-story building adjoin
ing their present location, and will more
than double the floor space available,
W. Ashton pf Salt Lake City has let the
contract for a story and a half-frame house
to be built at Twenty-eighth avenue and
Grant to cost $2,000. .
Work Is to be begun next week on a
$3,000 residence for P. Petersen In Collier
A handsome one-story cottage Is to be
erected at Thirty-second and Martha by
William Petersen & Sons, for H. H. Dupln,
at a cost of $2,000.
B. Julien Is to build an elegant $5,000
residence in the Morse & Bruner addition,
and work will probably be started at once.
The Chicago & Great Western is con
templating the construction of an eight
story warehouse on it vacant property In
Marcy street. Work would not be com
menced before next spring and when under
taken will prove one of the biggest opera
tions next year.
John Carlson has the contract for a
frame dwelling, to cost $2,600. to be built
In Lincoln Boulevard for Charles Kleyla.
J. B. Conte will erect a brick and frame
residence to cost $3,500, In the West End
Real Thins; In Pumpkins.
Yankeos think they know all 'bout pump
kins because they invented the pumpkin
pie, but to see the real thing as a enmmer-
I tmi nicie uu iiiubi vuuits iu me noiiMier
state," writes a commercial traveler, from
Indiana. He speaks of a packing concern in
Indianapolis where pumpkins are at pres
ent of great Importance. They are received
In large quantities there from all parts
of the state for shipments to th markets
and for canning, and forty car loiu4 a day
are not an extraordinary quantity. You
can't quite realize what a car load of pump-'
kins Is until you reduce It to pies, and
one Is struck with awe when Informed that
forty car loads will make about 2.000.(011,"
writes the drummer. "A car load, they ell
me, weights about twenty-five tons. . of
course that would be too much for one
day's baking, so the pumpkins are canned,
and each ton fills 550 cans, and three regu
lation slxed pies can be mude out of. tiirf
contents of one csn. I saw a 40-cnr con
signment that had been dumped into tho
packing concern's yard 2,00'),W)i) Incipient
pies, as It were and when a man who aloud
neck deep among the yellow giants said,
'quite some pumpkins,' I echoed 'quite
some!' "New York Tribune.
Didn't Know His Capacity. '
"The late Ira D. Sankey," said a vet
eran Pittsburg editor, "once dined with
me In Philadelphia. During tno dinner
he looked about the retiiauraiu. whero
every table was covered with glaaeei of
white or red wine, and he Maid:
" 'There is a man drinking a whole bot
tle, a full quart, of champagne. It is
amaslng what a capacity for liquor notr.e
men poMsess. And tiie man wltn a largo
capacity Is actually proud of it. 'oil id
anything be more fooilah, more t. In fill'.''
"Then, with a chuckle, Mr. Wankey told
me about a beggar he had once helped.
"The begKar hud a red nose, and Mr.
Sankey gave him 20 centtt, saylnK at tno
" 'Mind you, now, don't get drunk on
"The beggar laughed.
"'Drunk on 20 tents. Why, boss,' he
said, proudly, 'It u'd take the best pari
cf a dollar to get uie drunk.' "
l tottlaa Era of Health.
At the reopening of a medical achool In
London recently Sir John Broadhurst. In
an address to the students, said that he
looked forward "to some I'tnplan era when
auch disess.s as Influensa. Dneumoiila.
nieaa!es. scarlet fever and the like will be
come more or less extinct as a result of
Iiroier ventilation of offices, shops, public
lulldings and private houses, and other
suuliaiy measures, auch m the avoidance
of overcrowding, the abolition of children s
ertles snd the habit or Indiscriminate Klss-
K. The last should not be a hardship.
Sir Juhn added, "if we accept, the achool
boy's definition of a kiss: 'ft is just put
ting your mouth to a person's cheek and
drawing In your bresth so ss to make a
lltl'e noise, wlih h is not bad. but It does
nothing In the way f helping you to love
the person.' '.'New York Tribune.
low, hmt Deadl).
"Have yo.i anything that will kill cock
roaches?" asked tiie near-sighted rustomer.
"Ys'in," paid the salesbuy. "We've got
som thing thst's sure death on cockroaches,
but It acts kind o' slow. It II take you a
long time to cleir a houae of 'em If you
don t ua aiivthilisr else."
Here he place:, a number of samples, of
assorted s;xes. on .J he counter.
What are these? She askeij.
"Gracious! 1 don't wsnt any hammers.
I.sve plenty of them at home. Anyhow.
if I wanti-d himniers 1 wouldn t come to a
rdrug store for them."
"This iMt't a drug st
ore, ma am.
What Is It .'"
"It's a hardware store."
"Oli!" I'hiraao Tribune.
A Had SII9.
"I wonder how that man got the black
eve and broken nosel"
"He sltrped while msklng a coupling.
"Why. he looks more like a preacher
than a railroad man."
"He is a preacher; lie tried to kiss the
bride after a recent wedding at which he
of filiated and the sroum. a pugilist, dida't
ilka tL ' Houston Pcib
DON'T ENDANGER THE LIVES
OF YOUR WIFE AND CHILDREN
by using murderous wood lath in buflding your
home. Statistics show that over 75 per cent of
deaths by fire have been due to plastering cer
wood lath, which furnish the most' inflammable
kindling to the flames of a fire.
not only make your walls absolutely fire proof,
but give them extra strength and stability. The
small meshes of Kno-Burn Steel Lath hold the
mortar more firmly 'and prevent cracking or
crumbling of the plaster. The full size of
mesh is 6hown in border.
Price only a trifle more than wood lath. Ask
your architect or address
KORTEWESTERN EXPANDED METAL CO.
2S9 Darbrn St CHICAGO
Oar Own Minstrels.
Tambo Mlstah Walkah, kin yo" tell me
de diff'unce 'tween a waif an' an ape la
ment houBe? '
Interlocutor I give it up, Jerry. What
Is the difference between a wait and an
Tambo De one am a homeless kid an'
de uddah am a kldlesn home.
Interlocutor Ladles and gentlemen.
Prof. Ilowlan Hlglr-Kenah, the renoweJ
tenor, will now lng his great topical
song, "I Iove Him. Mamma: He Look i
Like Fldo." Chicago Tribune.
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Our stock is ths Isrgett, our styles the tstest, our
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You Get Middlemen's Profits Splendid Bargains
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Blocks. 2o. Check Rail Windows, 89c
Everything else at similar reduction.
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