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""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.


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.

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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.


'"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.



'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.


| 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

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/"\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 no mean attempt to reproduce this famous mountain.



^~V\*E 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.



1 IFE-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.


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.


l_I ERE is reproduced a photograph of a miniature and complete fire brigade which has just been placed on service in a fire station in one of London's suburbs—Beckenham. The miniature fire fighter is a 12 horse-power auto tricycle with two seats and completely equipped with scaling ladders, extinguishers, fire hose, hand pumps and all the accessories necessary for first aid. It can travel 40 miles an hour and already has done splendid service.


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.


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

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