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THE OMAHA SUNDAY BEE: NOVEMBER 27. 1910.
CENTRAL HAS "COME BACK"
Telephone Operator Start Conven
tion Worth Listening To.
RETUHUS ROAST ICR ROAST
nrat Anaoraaeea and Ahtiri) Has-
plrlon Handed In by I'rtird
I ifri Traits of Mea
Hello, Central' Is the linn busy? 'Pear
nit. for the genial telephone operator, with
rules suspended, jx-nir out the grievances
of tV.ofc utilised to lirar imi'h and rarely
talk I. ark. Th speaker speaks through 1
Washlngtnn Star. Imt her remarks have
more than a local application:
Nine tune.i out (,f fn yes. ninety-nine
times out cf a hundred it's a woman who
snaps, "I don't believe they're busy!" at
the operator. Men are not anpel on the
phone-anythlng but that, a good many of
them hut they dj think twice befor com
ing rlKht out and railing a girl a well, a
It Is suh an absurd thing for anybody
to fay to an operator, fo. Never once, in
all the time I've been an operator, have I
ever told anybody that the line wis buny
when It wasn't so. And I never knew any
other operator ti do It, either. The a; eusa
tlon Is aa rldiculouu as it is-will, 'ratty'
Is tho best word I know to describe It.
Why should an operator say that the line Is
busy when it Isn't? Our business Is to dls
pose of a call, without friction, the Instant
we get It. Wo certainly do not like to be
"barked eL" Is It reasonable or s nsible
tn suppose, as hideously weary as we be
come of hearing that snappish "I don't be
lieve" remark, that we would put ourselves
In the way of ln-arlng It repeated if we
could help It? Before I became an operator
I did not believe that men were more rea
sonable than women. Now I know that
they are. I hate to acknowledge it. but It's
the truth. Yes. and, taking them all In all,
I poRltivcIy believe, that men are more
paUent than women. They are. on the
"Stop, Look, l isten."
When a woman takes the receiver off
the hook her point of view seems to be
that everything should stop, commerce put
up the shutters, tho world go on strike
until she gets her call through. the doesn't
want to wait oven a fraction of a minute.
Hhe won't wait She "wants what she
wanta when ahe wanta U" I think the man
who wrote that song muet have had ome
woman he knew In mind, and not a basso
voice man at all so instantly, not to say
tnstanter, that she becomes peevish and
unreasonable all In tho wlnk!, of an eye
If It's Impossible to glvo it to her "right
off the reel," as the men say. That's why
we all ao dread telling a woman that the
number she wants is busy. We know what's
corning. It hardly ever falls. And it be
comes so diabolically tiresome. Often, after
a long, hard day at the board, I hear the
raspy voice of petulent, snappy women In
my sleep, with that "I don't believe" rat
tling through my disturbed rest like a
xylophone out of tune. It is so much
easier to put up with the occasional growl
ing and grumbling of the men on the wire,
because the men nearly always are amen
able to reason, and, after they explode,
it's over and done with, and Invariably
they feel ashamed of their little outbursts
and aay ao frankly. But I've never heard
a woman express regret for having saJd
mean, "catty" and unjustifiable things to
an operator; apologizing is something they
can't or won't do.
I don't aay all women are disagreeable to,
the operator, mind. That wouldn't be fair.
Many of them are very nice and sweet,
and patient and reasonable, and their pleas
ant voices atone for the harshness of what
tho operators call the "pills."
I had one of these "pills," "pegged." as
we say, on my board yesterday forenoon.
Her apartment phone is on a two-party
line, arid, no doubt, when she took her re
ceiver off the hook the other party on the
Una was using the phone. Then she worked
her receiver hook up and down in an effort
to drive the other party off the wire. The
"pills" nearly always do that on a party
Una when they find that their line Is In
uso. Well, I answered her call the instant
the other rarty hung up.
"What Is tiie matter with you?" my
'plll" lady snapped at me. "I've been try
ing to get an answer from you for half an
hour." She probably had taken her re
ceiver off the hook about one minute be
fore. But tha "pills" nearly always make
It a pat ''half an hour."
"The other party on jour line had the
wire," i told her.
"Nothing of the sort!" she snapped, al
most before I had finished speaking.
"You're not attending to your' business,
that's what's the matter! You're sitting
there reading some trashy novel, or primp
ing your silly pompadour, or something,
and paying no attention to anybody that
calls, dive my my number at once!"
"But you have not told me what number
you wish," I said to her.
W'a are used, j ou see, to that screaming
ridiculous accusation that we spend our
time reading novels and fussing with our
hair and primping, when we should be at
tending to subscribers' calls; women are
always charging us with those things; and
there Is no use getting worked up over
ui'h nonsensical things and trying to
reply to them.
"How dare you tell me I haven't told you
the number I want!" my "pill" lady said
to me. "You got me my husband's office
this Instant, or else give me the manager!"
"But what is your husband's office tele
phone number, pit-.f" l asker her.
She fairly hissed the number at me. The
line Wits busy. I Mid her so. of course,
she said she didn't believe It.
"My husband never uses his office phono
at this hour of the morning-," she said to
me lu her. raspy way. "He knows I al
ways cU him up at this hour of the morn
ing." "nut," I told her, "somebody else must
have called him up."
"I don't believe anything of the sort!"
she said. "Nobody ever calls my husband
up at his office at this hour of the morn
ing You are simply too lazy or indifferent
or something to glvo me my number. Ixt
me have the manager this instant!''
I "pegged " her on to the chief operator,
wjiu ioiu uer, or. course, mat Her husband
office wire was In use. Sue accused me
to the chief operator of being "imperti
nent" and "snippy" and "insulting."
Just thiee minutes later she called up
egani, and her husbands office wire still
was busy. Of course, 1 had to tell her so.
Then she fairly raged at me.
"You are trying to get even with ma for
calling you to account for your neglectful
nejs, that's what you are aulng!" she said
to me. "I shall get my husband on another
phone In this building, and If I find that
you hav been deliberately lying to me I
shall attend to your case, mis. If I have
to go In person to the president of the
Am Ordinary Instance.
Now, that's a sample conversation. 6e'
vere? Why. no, li s quite an ordinary In
stance of :he way we are nagged, day In
and day out. by some women.
It Is a common thing for some of them
to accuso us of U lng "rciengeful'' and of
"trying to get even with them" when af
tr they have snapped at us In that way,
e still are unable to give them the num
ber they want. This, of course. Is abso-
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spondence If H'nry Hudson, back In the
saventeenth century, had stood on the bank
of the river he named, dropping a doliar
every minute, night and day. tnto the big
str am tod v over J years later, he
would not have decfiied a many "Iron
men" tia It cost to tulld the world's laigcst
railroad station, which has Just been com
pleted here in the nation's metropolis.
For the Pennsylvania station In llotham's
luglrsl hufincss center alone co.xt a large
Finn over linO.OO.mV'.
The massive stee tunnel.", running be
neath the bed of the Hudson river and In t
the terminal, cost a sum as great or fcreater
than the station itself.
The gigantic tubes, poked through the
muck and ro k beneath the Hudson liver's
bed, after decades of deliberation, link the
New Jersey bank of the Hudson with Man
hattan Island and preserve the Pennsyl
vania's famous "shortcut" between neatern
cities and New York.
A nation's wealth expended so you,
Into, rank nonsense. Oiierators simply
don't have the time to be "revengef ul" or
anything so delightfully human and nat
ural, even if tiiey bad the Inclination.
We're too busy. The grind is too Incessant.
We get to know the voices of the "pllla"
on our set of pegs, of course, but we are
too utterly busy every second of the time
and too keen to keep them from making
foolish and unreasonable complaints to the
manager" ever to think of trying to "get
back at them," as some of them express it.
The creature who answers my phone has
a grudge against me," is one of the com
monest complaint some women make
when, sfter they've been unable Instantly
to get the number they want, they demand
the "manager" and are switched onto the
chief operator's line. As a matter of fact,
the "creature" they complain about may
bo a different operator nearly every time
the complainer uses her phone, for the
board stations are' being changed con
stantly; different operators ere on watch
at different hours and so on. Hut aside
from all of this, an I say, none of the
operators has the slightest chance In the
world to Indulge In the luxury of a grudge
for the simple reason that she Is too busy
answering Incessant calls and striving to
hold down her Job satisfactorily and suc
cessfully to do anything of the kind.
Another strange hallucination firmly held
to by a great many woman users of the
phone Is that the operators eavesdrop on
"Be good chough to stop 'rubbering' on
my conversation. If you please," is a re
mark often made to us, when In accord
ance with instructions we ask them If
they're still using the phone. When the
line has been In use for an unusual or In
ordinate time on one call, It is our business
to Interpolate the question, "Are you
waiting?" We do this to 'ascertain If the
receiver has been replaced on the hook,
for there are bo many careless persons
who forget to replace tha receiver after
using the telephone.
About three times out of five, I should
say, we are curtly requested to quit rub
bering" on their conversation when we
make this query In the cases where women
are holding long telephone confabs with
each other. It is horribly irritating, the
constant repetition of this accusation, be
cause it is utterly unjust Operators haven't
the slightest desire to overhear the con
versation of subscribers. They have no
Interest whatever in the personalities of
the people using the phone.
How About Meat
I have said that the men folks are not
angels on the phone. They're nothing like
angels, some of them; but they're more
oiU-auU-oul, as It were, tn their chtdetul
ness when they're Impatient, and the things
they say don't btlng the operator as the
words of the women do.
A man. for Instance, never says flatly
that he doesn't Lelleve that the line is busy
when the operator tells him thst It Is.
Generally, if he Is skeptical In that re
spect, we'll hear him rumbling and grumb
ling to himself as ho hangs up his receiver,
At least, he's nice enough about It not to
mean to have us hear the things he's
saying; and a good thing, too, for some of
the things he thus says are very rumbly
and giumbty, Indeed, and sprinkled through
with words beginning with big "D's." Men
sre Just as prone as women to believe that
the operator, for some dark, mysterious
purpose, is seeking to deceive them when
she Informs them that the line Is busy for
this is an impression, I verily believe, that
phone users never will get out of their
heads; but men don t accuse each other of
falsifying on slight provocation, and so
they see no good reason why they should
accuse a woman of doing so, no matter
whut their private belief may be.
"Oh, tell that to Sweeney !" I hear a lot
of men growling, more to themselves thsn
to any one else, when I Inform thein that
the line Is busy; but when the operator re
plies butk that the line really is in uts.-. but
that she will get their party Just as soon
aa she tan, the men thank her, whereas
the women. In the same circumstances,
either bang up with a bang or else say
to the operator, warnfully, "Well, see that
An operator ran take a chance, too. every
tlmo that a man has a sense of humor.
An impatient man who, the minute after
takli.g off his receiver, gets the operator's
ruiue.-t ft r the number he wants, some
times will break out, "What's the matter?
I've been tring to get central for an
hour or eo!" Just as the women generally
mane It 'a half hour." But when the
operator says back to the man, sweetly,
"An hour?" he Is more thsn apt to reply
well, 1 ve been' trying to get you for all
of a minute." or something of that sort
and the operator ran visualise the grin on
his face as he "Makes good" for his ex
A Basra of Biaiaets.
If a man ever does entertaJn the foolish
suspicion that the operator "rubbers" on
his telephone conversation he keeps that
suspicion to himself; I've never been ac
cused by a man of doing that In my -ven
years of service. It may be that men, after
all, are more innately crafty than women,
despite the cjntiary iiupreision, and that
they don't say things over the phone that
they wouldn't care to have overheard by
the uperat'T; or It may be that they are
simply more re klers than women and don't
cure who overhears them; but at any rate
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cf Feve-th Avenue Front
SENtiER LiEPijT IN NEW YORK CITT.
reader, without leaving the luxurious train
you board In the west, can step from your ,
Fullman Into the heart of New York.
The station. Itself the greatest construc
tion feat In the world's building history, oc
cupies four New York t'ity square blocks.
The station's altuatlon. ideal from the
travelers' standpoint, lies between Seventh
and Elghlh avenues and Thirty-first and
Thirty-third streets in the vortex of New
York's business whirl the center of
fjotham's shopping, theater, hotel and busi
An army of workmen, toiling tirelessly
week in and week out. month In and month
out. for several years have at iHst given
the finishing touches that preceded throw
ing open the magnificent edifice to the
nation's traveling public
lagging the site for the station was alone
one of tho greatest . englneerslng feats In
history, for the construction officials were
compelled to hew out of solid rock what
piactically amounted to an ordinary town
site. they don't accuse us of eavesdropping.
The most that they say when the operator
pulls the "waiting?" question to them to
"Keep out. central," or something of that
sort; they don't fly off the handle and leap
to the conclusion that the operator Is try
ing, for some Inscrutable purpose, to pene
trate the haunting mystery of their lives.
When an operator tells a man, "Your
party doesn't answer." he may be disap
pointed and growl at bit under his breath,
or he may say, "Give 'em another ring,
and use a cowbell," or something of that
sort, but he doesn't Intimate to the operator
that he believes she's fibbing.
The operator's "compensations?" Oh,
there are some. We find that, after all.
the agreeable, patient people are Increasing
as folks become more hahituated to the use
of the phone, A lot of the crossness is due
to the fact that many people have an im
perSect understanding of the workings of
the telephone. They do not understand or
appreciate the fact that the telphone. at
its worse, is a sort of a miracle, and they
expect too much of It and of the human
agencies operating It. We receive enough
pleasant commendation, and of the kind
that counts, almost to make up for the
harassing, effect of the disagreeable people.
It Is no uncommon thing these days for
some important business or professional
man to call up the manager of a city sys
tem and commend the operator who
handles the bulk of his calls.
GET OUT YOUR GLAD CLOTHES
What Titled Persons Are Bidden to
Wear at Klnar George's
Members of the British peerage who may
be adrift on the plains or elsewhere are
bidden by the London Uazette to get their
clothes ready for the coronation ceremo
nies next June. This Is what they will
The robe or mantle of the peers Is to bo
of crimson velvet, edged with miniver, the
cape furred with miniver pure and pow
dered with bars or rows of ermine, 1. e.,
narrow pieces of black fur, according to
their degree, viz.: Harons, two rows; vis
counts, two rows and a half; earls, three
rows; marquises, three rows and a half;
dukes, four rows.
The said mantles or robes to be worn
over full court dres, uniform or regi
mentals. The coronets are to be of silver gilt; the
caps of crimson velvet turned up with
ermine, with s gold tassel on the top and
no Jewels or precious stones are to bo set
or used in the coronets or counterfeit
pearls Instead of silver balls.
The coronet of a baron to have on the
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Threr trillion ruble yards of rock was
blasted out to a depth of sixty-one feet In
tiie center of New York to make way for
the glirantlc terminal.
Hundreds of new Inventions necessary to
cope with emergencies In constructing the
terminal and the tunnels were perfected
right on the ground and secrecy was an ab
solute essential. Fo the son of Erin had
been Instructed to refuse admission to any
one not carrying a passport signed by the
officials or the superintendent of construc
tion. No cameras were allowed In the edi
fice under any circumstances.
Once within the depot on the strength of
a passport the visitor must present further
cred"nlials before being allowed to view
It was hugely due to the tremendous
pressure of demands from Interested trav.
elers snd tourists that the Pennsylvania
was compelled to publish a book to satiate
the public's hunger for Information the
small volume being distributed by agents
throughout the country.
circle or rlrn six siKcr balls at equal dis
tances; that of a viscount to have on the
circle sixteen silver balls; that of sn earl
to have eight sliver balls raised upon
points with gold strawberry leaves between
tho points; that of a marquis to have four
gold strawberry leaves and four silver
balls alternately, the latter a little raised
on polnta above the rim, while the coronet
of a duke Is to have on the circle eight
gold strawberry leaves.
In the case of a baroness the robe Is to
be of crimson velvet, the cape furred with
miniver pure and powdered with two bars
or rows of ermine, the mantle to be edged
around with miniver pure two Inches In
breadth, and the train to bo three feet on
tho ground; the coronet to be according to
her degree, viz., a rim or circle with six
pearls (represented by silver balls) upon
the same, not raised upon points.
For other ladles of title the length of
the train Is to be: Viscountesses, a yard
and a quarter; countesses, a yard and a
half; marchionesses, a yard and three
quarters; duchesses, two yaids.
Other elaborate details of dress are given
with, variations, according to rank, in the
extent of the cape powdering and the num
ber of strawberry leaves and silver baJla.
All the caps of the coronets are to be of
crimson velvet, turned up with ermine,
with a tassel of gold on the top.
Ex-Governor Bob Taylor, of Tennessee,
was once entertaining a northern guest,
who was rather skeptical about the prevail
ing dialect In stories of southern negroes.
He thought It overdrawn. To disprove the
contention. Mr. Taylor laujhlngly made a
wager with his guost that the northerner
would be i. liable to interpret tho language
of the first negro they met. Accordingly,
they set out and prejently came upon a
black man basking Indolently In the sun.
Telling his friend to pay close heed. Mr.
Taylor stepped up to the negro and de
The negro blinked his eyes stolidly, and
then answered In a guttural voice:
"Wah. who?" Everyhody'a Magazine.
She was walking around the corridors of
the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine
Arts with her plnce de nez held on at
elbow length, evidently admiring some of
the works. Although the gown that she
wore was very expensive. It did not show
geed taste and a single glanbe would con
vince one that she was of the class known
as the "newly rich."
An acquaintance accosted her with the
remark: "I didn't know that you were
such an admirer of curios, Mrs. ."
"Oh, yes, indeed,'' she replied, "I Just
delight In inlqultles."-Phliadelphia Times.
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Here is What One of the Big Real Estate
Firms of Omaha Says:
"I wish to give a little testimonial as to the efficiency of Bee Ileal Estate Advertising.
"Last spring we platted and put ou the market the addition 'Norwood 'a high class resi
"Up to date we have sold $57,000 worth of lots in this addition, and nearly every sale was
directly traceable to Newspaper advertising.
"Persistent Newspaper advertising is our method and wo find it very successful.
"We, just this morning, closed a deal on a house amounting to $4,500 that was advertised in
Sunday's Bee, the client bringing the clipping of the ad with him, proving that Bee "Want Ads are
read by people with money. Youra troily,
NORRIS & MARTIN,
By Charles W. Martin."
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TABLOID FOOD FOR SOLDIERS'
A Day's Heal, in a Can the Size of a
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IlALF-rOlTiD EMERGENCY RATION
Commissary (.eneral Sharpe's Inven
tion torn pa red vrlth the Harry
tall lure of old World
A half pound of grub a day for a hard
worked soldier sweating tt. the trenches!
I 'Inner, two and two-third ounces after
a forced march, when be Is footsore and
w cary !
Twenty-four hours' meals, all packed
snugly In a tiny can, about as big as a
slab of kitchen soap!
8uch la the Invention of General Henry
(3. Pharpe, commissary general of our army
the busy officer who thrice daily feeds
the S.1,000 hungry mouths of our soldier
He Is the first Inventor your ever heard
of who hopes that there will never be any
demand for the prize fruit of his genius.
And this Is because this Invention Is an
"emergency ration," whose use would
nies.n. In the first place, war which Gen
eral Sherman rightly defined as "hell"
and. In the second place, an unfortunate
emergency of war resulting from a cutting
off of the supplies of an army In the field.
The sky-blue can which holds an emer
gency breakfast, dinner and supper, all
within Its tin shell. Is four and three-quar.
ter Inches long, less than three Inchei
broad, snd an inch and a quarter thick.
You can wear one In your hip pocket with
out arousing the least suspicion that on
are bearing refreshments less proper and
War breaks out. say, with the Japs, the
Germans or Ihe bloomln' British. Each
Yankee brave In khaki has one of these
cans of flrst-ald-to-the-empty dropped Into
his haversack, where It keeps fresh for
months, and where it must be regularly
accounted for at Inspection until fulls the
unhappy day when the enemy cuts off the
commissariat and the pabulum falls to
Then each hoy In drab, squatting by the
good ramp fire, grabs the loose end of
the blue bandeau enwreathtng the head of
his can and gives it a twist. It works
after the principle of the tin ribbon around
the fragrant sardine can only it really
What is In the Slabs.
From the package fall three slabs of
something very like the brown cakes of
chocolate that small children buy from
train butchers snd with which they delight
to crumb up the plush seats of the passen
The hungry soldier may draw but one
slab. From this he removes the tightly
pressed wrapper of figured tin foil, and so
he sits' down to supper. The other two
cakes must be put back In the can and
saved, one for tomorrow's breakfast and
the other for tomorrow's dinner, If need be.
If his palate does not take to his com
pact meal in this dry form he can, with
knife or bayonet, scrape his slab over his
tin cup and boll the scrapings three min
utes In the cupful of water, thus brewing
a hot beverage which In chill weather woulu
undoubtedly be preerred to the cold, dry
The exact conttltuents are:
Chocolate liquor 4717
Malted milk n.wt
Desiccated eggs 20.H4
Si Kar 13.78
Cocoa butter J
Moisture tnot over) 3.12
Chooolate liquor Is the trade name of the
oily paste obtained when the roasted seeds
of the cocoa tree are ground. A half of
the natural contents of these seeds is the
vegetable fat known as "cocoa butter,"
and it Is sad but true (the general and Vr.
Wiley have had their heads together over
all of these matters) that the chocolate
manufacturer lays aside much of this most
nutritious constituent of his food product
because when sold separately as a cosmetic,
it demands a much higher price than when
left In the chocolate. So as a precaution
against the loss of this excellent form of
nourishment the commissary general de
mands In his specifications the exact pro
portion of cocoa butter which must be
Water Sqneesed Out.
You are prohsbly wondering also what
"nucleo-caae!n" Is. Casein Itself Is what
we might call the lean of milk. It is the
part left after the water and fats have
been taken out. Cheese made from skim
milk Is almost pure casein. Reduced to
powder, this valuable muscle forming con-
l!lVl.,,k'o)a.t.'.INSJ.vv..'.r. . . teS-v.v;y.r ,.
stltunt cf milk becomes "nucleo-csseln "
And "desiccated eius," of course, means
, nothing more nor less than dried es:-".
,rT' yPU have 'boul ,h moM nu,P1,,n,
foods thtt nsture affords-mtlk. e.$r.
chocolate, malt and sugar deprived of
j water and other unnecessary portions, the
whn" ,nlxd end pressed into
j cakes so dry that less than one-twenty.
fifth part of them Is moisture
INiesn t tempt you, you any? No, not
now. but If you had Ken on a hard hike
of It all day and there was nothing better
It would go reasonably well, especially
when seasoned with the assurance thst It
contained the glue that stick body snd
soul together and the stuff that will drive
the wolf slinking from tha door.
Aviators, aeronauts, campers, hunters
snd explorers to whom news of It lately
leaked rut In some way are already wrlt
'ng to Washington to learn where they ran
obtain these little cans. The b.rd-msn.
fndlng himself, landed In some isolated
desert waste or forest fastness, miles and
miles away from the nearest habitation,
would look well upon a pound cr two of
this stuff distributed among hla pockets.
Turing the civil war the union troopa
had their marching ration of pork or bacon,
hardtack, coffee and sugar, but a regular
emergency ration for the American soldier
was unknown until IK1. when General
Sharps, then a young captain of regulars,
was one of the pioneer experimenter,
working to fortify our troops against possi
ble starvation dur.ng the Kress of wav.
Flnnlly. In IsM. there was adopted the first
emergency ration, In which were embodied
some of his ideas. It contained hard bread,
pea, nical, bacon, coffee, saccharine and
tobacco. But In the haste of preparation
for the Spanish war only parer was sup
plied to wrap It up In. and, being never
quite ready for the haversacks of the men.
It never served its purpose In that struggle.
Then. In 1:"1 before General Khnrpe was
put In charge of the commissariat of the
whole army the emergency ration which
the newly Invented one is designed to re
place wss adopted.
Old World nations.
The new one is the most compact emer
gency ration now supplied by any army of
the world, except the British, whose sol
diers are provided with a little tin box
about tho slzo of a good-sized can of sar
dines, and containing only six and a half
ounces of chocolate and protelds (such as
the lean of meat, gluten of wheat, casein
of milk, white of eggs), compressed Into
one solid cake grooved so as to break into
three bars, one for each meal. This keeps
perfectly for fie years, but has only
three-fourths the food value of General
Sharpe's new emergency ration.
Compared with these, the German "Iron
ration." provided for emergencies, looks
tremendous, consisting, as It does, of five
separate packages a cylindrical can con
taining a half pound of meat, a square tin
Inclosing five and a half ounces of pea
meal (to be made Into soup), a small tin of
coffee, a queer little woolly bag of salt (big
enough to hold an apple), and a cheescloth
bag of swieback (hard bread), made into a
nine-ounce loaf. The total is a pound and
a half, or three times as much as pro
vided in General Sharpe's new ration.
The French soldier's "reserve ration"
weighs a little over a pound and a half,
and consists of ten and one-half ounces of
canned nifat, an equal weight of "war
bread," about three ounces of sugar, an
ounce and a quarter of coffee tablets, an
ounce and three-quarters of canned por
ridge, and two and one-fifth ounces of
brandy. Part of this would be carried in
the knapsack and part in wagons follow
ing the troops.
A sample Japanese emergency ration
which General Bharpe has In his office, to
gether with specimens of the others de
scribed, includes two packages one a can
containing thirteen and one-half ounces of
meat, preserved with the Juice In which it
had been cooked; and the other, a square
bundle neatly wrapped In yellow oil tissue,
which contains three little pure white
cheesecloth bags, containing one-seventh
of a quart of rice, which has been dried,
Df. 7L O. CleStiPlk
Wishes it distinctly understood that he
contemplates no change in location. His
only office is 15 th and Harney, in
the RAMGE BLDG.
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stenme.1 snd crushed And under the Mm
, cover Is a little cube of salt.
Fmergencv rations f.r horses hae b en
adopted by the Germans and are being ex
perimented with, by the r.i-ltlsh. That pro
vided for the kaiser s war horses consists
rf about thirteen pounds of oats and three
and one-third poind each of hay and
straw. Thst which the Fnglish are testltift
Is a compact mixture of carrot, fresh, uir
meat, curiam, augsr and cocoa leaf.
As soon as he completes some eleborste
experiments purposed to thoroughly test
Its keeping qualltlrs General Sharps will
flnelly recommend his new emergency la
tlon to the secretary of war for adoption
by the army. -New York Time.
SHOWING FOLKS HOW TO FLY
Ednratlnn Campaign on t saal Terms
Planned tr tha Molaaat
Aviation exhibitions conducted along edu
cational lines Is the latest project In aero
nautic circles. The promoter of tha enter
prise Is A. J. Molsant. a San Salvador
banker, and brother of J. B. Molsant, win
ner of the Statue of Liberty llO.OrX) prize at
the International aviation meet at Belmont
park. The organization, known as the In
ternational Aviators. Is capitalized at f-'.-A-ooo.
all of which has been piild In.
The concern, which Includes aviatorB,
mechanics, ticket sellers and takers, and
others, will travel over the country In
special trains and Mr. Molsant estimates
hi dally expenses at The avlatoi
engaged are Charles K. Hamilton, who
made Tho New York Times flight from
New York to Philadelphia and return; John
B. Moisant. winner of the Statue of Lib
erty prize; fioland 13. Garros of Paris, the
only operator cf a Demoiselle machine In
the t'nited States; Rene Mnion of Paris,
who flew a total of l.z kilometers at the
recent Havre-Trouville meet, Hne Barrier
of Paris, title-holder of the Spanish, Portu
guese, Luxoinburglaii. and Dutch altitude
records; Edmund Atidmsts of Geneva,
Switzerland, and John J. 1'ilsblc, a pioneer
Tiie seven aviators under contract will re
ceive from JlOoi) to J.1.1K10 a wiek each. In
addition each man has received a bonus
or guarantee. Molsant and Hamilton each
receive MO.nOO and tha other men smaller
sums. Mr. Molsant lias entered Into per
sonal contracts Involving more than $iiV
WK), and tho amount paid out on account
of these added to other expenses of the
organization total lldu.uoo. In explaining
his plans Mr. Molsant said;
"We believe that these exhibitions tan
be conducted along broad educational Hues
on a Bcale of liberality hitherto tinat
tempted, and yet with some pecuniary gain.
This will be made possible by the combina
tion of all of these famous fliers under a
single organization, enabling exhibitions,
comprising all types of flying machines, to
engage in every variety of aerial contest,
to be given at a minimum expense In even
comparatively small towns. The outiajs,
of course, will always be heavy, but we
shall save time by having our special train,
currying nearly a score of flying machines,
with a largo force of mechanicians, repair
cars, and a full complement uf men to
pitch the large tents used for housing the
"Tho International Aviators will enter all
open and honestly conducted meets where
sufficient Inducements are offered to de
fray the enormous outlays required fur the
educational campaign which Is now being
begun, and which It Is intended to extend
throughout the t'nited states so as to give
within the shortest possible period of time
an opportunity to all the people of the
United States, those In tho small hamlets
as well as in the more important commun
ities, to witness a practical demonstration
of Xhls, one of the greatest If not the moat
remarkable, achievement of civilization.
Teucher-Tommy, you should take better
care of your finger nails.
Tommy 1 know It, ma'am, but I can't
hire a manlkewer on a 'lowance of 8 cents
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