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A WONDERFUL example of the glassmakers' art is that depicted in the accompanying photograph. It is a piece of sculptured glass in the form of a beautiful plaque. It has the appearance, too, of a delightful cameo. This effect is produced by fusing a thin layer of opaque white glass on a thick layer of dark brown glass. The design is carved upon the white surface, and the various depths of the carving allow the dark background to tint the white glass to different shades, exactly as in a real cameo. Naturally, the work has to be done by a skilled artist by hand and it occupies a great deal of time. The plaque shown took eighteen months from start to finish and is valued at several hundred dollars. ^
A HUGE CLOCK
LJALF-WAY up the 700-foot white 1 * tower of the Metropolitan Building, New York City, at the 26th story, are the four dials of the most remarkable timepiece in the world. The dials are 26 feet 6 inches in diameter, with Arabic numerals 4 feet high and 60 circular minute-marks each 10 inches in diameter. The clock and its no less remarkable auxiliaries, the chimes at the 46th story and the flashing lantern at the tip-top of the tower, constitute a stupendous advertisement. The time can be read from
Mixing Thk Mortar. The women helped from the verv beginning of the task.
Putting On Shingles. Here the ladies of the church found more employment.
The Star Performance Hero was the women's triumph when the work was done.
Church Built In Sevfj*
Hours. The finished structure and its builders.
CHURCH BUILT IN SEVEN
JUST to show how expeditiously a labor of love can be performed, a church was built in Long Beach, California, recently by more than one hundred men and women in the remarkable time of six hours and forty minutes. This did not include the foundation which has been laid several days in advance in order to allow the mortar to set; but it did include everything else. The building was done by volunteer labor, sixty members of the local carpenter's union and sixty business men working together in harmony and at top speed. They were assisted by the women of the congregation who not only furnished a
good meal for the laborers at noon but also got out and mixed mortar and nailed shingles like professional builders. Work began promptly at eight o'clock on the morning of Labor Day, Sept. 5th, and the work was so well systematized that there was no confusion. The pastor was as industrious as any, clad in overalls and valiantly wielding a hammer, and some of the most prominent women in the church did not scorn to roll up their sleeves and hoe in the mortar bed or risk pounding their thumbs while assisting the shinglers. Other ladies, who were not needed in preparing the lunch, carried bricks to the masons who were building the chimney, and finally when at 3:40 the last nail was driven the women washed all the windows and cleaned out the building so that it was ready for a service that same evening. Every detail was complete, even to the locks on the doors.
IN Whitingham, Vermont, on a small *■ body of water known as Lake Sadawga, one can see the unusual phenomenon of seventy-five acres of unattached soil locally famed as "The Floating Island." This island consists of a vast nexus of roots of reeds and trees which are overspread by a thin layer of earth. Quantities of moss, flags, cat-tails and other vegetation which favors moist localities, are found in great profusion. The trees are mostly beeches and firs, some of which are of great age, but they grow to a height of only about twentyfive feet, and at that point the growth is arrested, probably on account of interference with their nutrition. Fishermen cut holes through the soil and fish through them just as one fishes through the ice in winter.
""THE panther shown in the accompany*■ ing illustration had a record of slaughtering three yearling colts, one three-year old horse, one two-year old mule and a number of calves and sheep upon the ranch of A. B. Collins, near Uvalde, Texas, during the period of six days immediately preceding the final hunt which ended in its death. It was chased for eighteen hours by a pack of hounds and a party of cowboys, led by Mr. Collins, who shot the animal when it was brought to bay by the dogs. The panther weighed 246 pounds and measured seven feet four inches from the root of its tail to the tip of its nose. Panthers, wolves and coyotes are very destructive to the live stock interests of the ranch territory of Texas and other parts of the country. It is estimated that in Texas alone these animal pests destroy annually cattle to the value of more than $500,000.
PLACE TO EAT LOBSTERS
DROBABLY the most unique and least * known of all the summer establishments at Newport, R. I., is the red frame structure, startling in its simplicity, which is of more than ordinary interest, however, as it is the lobster eating bungalow of Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan. When here the great financier makes it his business to lead the "simple life," and to enjoy the delicious fresh crustaceans especially trapped for him in the near by ocean. These are served broiled in old southern style. The bungalow is picturesquely located on the rocky bluffs a short distance from Bateman Point, on the famous Ocean Drive. It has wide porches commanding an extensive panorama of the Atlantic. Mr. Morgan's onestory structure stands in marked contrast to the other magnificent mansions.
School's Own Oil Well. Oklahoma district school owns a valuable bore that produces revenue.
oak, growing at El Portal, close to the entrance to Yosemite National Park. How the tree happened to start growth in so unfavorable a location is, of course, unknown; but having started, its tiny rootlets forced their way into crevices of the great sandstone boulder upon which it grew, and, as they enlarged, they split the boulder asunder. Residents of the neighborhood can remember when the boulder was only slightly cracked by the roots of a slender sapling. The sapling has grown into a fair-sized tree, and its expanding roots have parted the big rock.
UNIQUE BURIAL HOUSE
'"THE Makah Indians, living on the *■ northwest coast, have a curious custom of depositing all the effects of a deceased person in the grave with the body, believing these articles may prove of use in the happy hunting grounds beyond. Huge canoes are often dragged long distances and left to moulder by the grave of the departed owner. Recently, when a chief died, his dwelling was torn down, and a new house built over his grave from the pieces. This house, which is shown in the reproduction, might be said to be hermetically sealed, for no provision whatever is made for ingress or egress. The windows are simply nailed to the outside. One pole has a blanket fluttering from the top; the other a whirligig, to frighten away evil spirits.
Strange Place Of Burial. Doorlcss house, with windows nailed on the outside chosen by Indian chief for his final resting place.
Oddity In Business Sign. This ought to he a business getter, and is. It is the sign of a Western saw-repairer.
Snow-plowing By Motor. Device in European city for removing clogging snow from pavements.
THAT one can be contented in cramped *■ quarters is shown by the accompanying photograph, which pictures the habitation of a man in a Western seaport. His house is exactly seven feet by six feet, being the discarded pilot-house of a Puget Sound tugboat. In this miniature house is a bed. stove, table, chair, and shelves for books, provisions, etc. The owner, who is a retired seafaring man, declares he has ample space to accommodate a roomer.
ITALIAN MILITARY BALLOON
'THE accompanying photograph illus*■ trates the construction of the military dirigible balloon which made its first trip from Bracciano to Rome passing over Lake Bracciano from its shed at Vigna Voile. Some most interesting and successful experiments in Aerial Navigation have been undertaken in Italy with a view to their use in the Italian army service.
ORE AT THE GRASS ROOTS
| EAD ore, in paying quantities, has been encountered at a depth of two feet beneath the surface of the ground by workmen excavating for the new Union depot at Joplin, Mo., the metropo1 lis of the Missouri-Kansas-Oklahoma zinc and lead district. Turn-ins from the shallow mine shown in the accompanying