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A PANTHER WITH A RECORD. Marauding beast killed on a Texas ranch after much damage to stock.

School's Own OIL WELL.

Oklahoma district school owns a valuable bore that DESTRUCTIVE PANTHER

produces revenue. THE panther shown in the accompany

ing illustration had a record of SCHOOL'S OWN OIL WELL slaughtering three yearling colts, one three-year old horse, one two-year old ONE school district in Oklahoma is mule and a number of calves and sheep surplus in the bank toward building, a

not only self-supporting, but has a upon the ranch of A. B. Collins, near

It is in the Uvalde, Texas, during the period of six larger and finer school.

Oklahoma oil district and a well in the days immediately preceding the final hunt which ended in its death. It was

school yard pumps enough oil to pay the chased for eighteen hours by a pack of expenses and bank a balance, after havhounds and a party of cowboys, led by ing paid in addition to that for the presMr. Collins, who shot the animal when

ent building. The photograph shows the it was brought to bay by the dogs. The

oil pump as it stands in the rear of the panther weighed 246 pounds and meas

ured 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 de-
stroy annually cattle to the value of more
than $500,000

House built at seaside near Newport by J. P. Morgan,

for enjoyment of sea-foods.
PROBABLY 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


Simple surroundings satisfy rich connoisseur in to the other magnificent mansions.

pictures and shell-fish.


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 growh 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 cus

tom of depositing all the effects of a deLive Oak Splits Rock.

ceased person in the grave with the body, Growing tree breaks huge boulder in two near believing these articles may prove of use

in the happy hunting grounds beyond. LIVE OAK SPLITS A ROCK

Huge canoes are often dragged long dis

tances and left to moulder by the grave SOME idea of the force exerted by the of the departed owner. Recently, when a

roots of a growing tree may be chief died, his dwelling was torn down, gained from an inspection of the accom- and a new house built over his grave panying illustration. The tree is a live 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.

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STRANGE PLACE OF BURIAL. Doorless house, with windows nailed on the outside chosen Indian chief for his final

testing place.

This ought to be a business getter, and is. It is the

sign of a Western saw-repairer.


Device in European city for removing clogging snow

from pavements.

Pilot house of dismantled steamship utilized as a

dwelling. SNUG HARBOR THAT one can be contented in cramped photograph have amounted in value to quarters is shown by the accompany

more than $300 a week, while the aging photograph, which pictures

which pictures the gregate valuation of the finds is in exhabitation of a man in a Western seaport.

cess of $2,000. 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.


The Italiana do not make much noise about their air. ITALIAN MILITARY BALLOON

flights but they, too, are experimenting. 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 Volle. 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 LEAD 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 metropolis of the Missouri-Kansas-Oklahoma zinc and lead district. Turn-ins from the shallow mine shown in the accompanying

LEAD ORE AT THE Grass Roots. Odd discovery on site of new railway station at

Joplin, Mo.


FUJI-YAMA IN SILK ON NE of Japan's principal industries is

that of silk culture, and this is certainly well represented at the White City. By means of models, photographs, and charts every process of sericulture from sweeping the egg-cards to the removing of the woven fabric from the loom is minutely shown. What is claiming no little admiration in this section is the wonderfully realistic representation of Fuji-yama, the sacred mountain of Japan, built up of hundreds of thousands of silk cocoons. As the model is 180 feet in length and towers some 18 feet in height it will be seen that it is a mean attempt to reproduce this famous mountain.



NE of the most curious of American

archaeological riddles awaits solution in Northern New Mexico, a few miles from the Indian Pueblo of Taos. Large, rounded cobblestones are unusually abundant for a locality so far from the river, and the cobblestones are distributed with a system and regularity that makes it certain that they were placed by human hands. They are arranged, for the most part, in rectangles, with here and there a circle, covering an area 'not less than twenty-five square miles in extent.

It is plain that these were the foundation stones of an adobe city, but nowhere else in America have ruins been found of any prehistoric city at all approximating this in size. How long ago it flourished, or by what sort of people it was inhabited, is a point upon which the myths and traditions of the Southwestern tribes are silent. The Pueblo of Taos is known to have occupied its present site for at least four hundred years.


LIFE-SAVING CARS LIFE-SAVING cars that are expected

to prevent the loss of hundreds of lives annually in the coal mines of the United States, were put in operation November 1 by the new federal Bureau of Mines. The cars, six in number, will occupy stations in the centers of the principal coal mining regions.

Curious fancy-work piece picturing the Japanese


A THOROUGH SMASH. All that was left of a small old-fashioned engine,

recently struck by a newer giant near Holt, Mo.

A RIDDLE IN STONES. Symmetrical arrangement of these boulders has puzzled


MOTOR-CAR MADE FROM JUNK. Automobile built by Mariposa man, from parts of old

well-digging and farm machinery.


MINE RESCUE CAR. Special coach owned by the United States Bureau of Mines and used in mining districts for emergency,

rescue and hospital work. It is fitted with all hospital arrangements.

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A DESCRIPTION and plan of a new

seventy-acre shipyard near NewCast le-on-Tyne are on file in the bureau of manufactures. In clearing land and making the river frontage, $2,500,000 will be spent before the works are begun.


Here is the worker making the dishes of fruits which

are pictured on the opposite page.

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MINIATURE FIRE BRIGADE. Small emergency motor fire apparatus used in Beckenham, a suburb of London, England.

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