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WHIRLS OF LIGHT

JV/IR. GEORGE W. PATTERSON has devised a means of swinging electrically-lighted clubs in such a way as to produce startling yet beautiful effects. He hit upon the idea entirely by accident. At one of his gymnastic performances the lights suddenly went out, and the electrician declared that he was helpless.

Mr. Patterson happened to have in his dressing room a number of electric torches. He attached them to the clubs, lighted them, and swung them round until the electrician had got his wires working again. Apart from saving the situation, the lighted clubs were very popular, and he determined to see whether it would not be possible to fix electric lights to the clubs.

The first thing was to design a special club. The ones now in use are made in two parts, the split being lengthwise. A flexible cable of five wires leads into the club handles through a rubber tube, the wiring of course being concealed. Three series of eight three candle-power miniature lamps are set in small, speciallyturned brass sockets the length of the club, so the lamps stand out at right angles to its surface. As the little globes are colored, there are no fewer than six series of different colored lights when the current is turned on. But these clubs could only be used in halls or houses wired for electrical illumination. To overcome this difficulty Mr. Patterson carries a battery about with him.

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mountain brook on the other. The average grade is about eight per cent, and the maximum grade is twelve per cent.

This is a regular trackless line in California. This highway is also largely used by automobiles a n d other vehicles and experience shows that the trackless trolley cars are able to turn out for any passing vehicle or any obstruction, and still have a safe clearance.

During the early part of the operation of this system it was necessary to

operate over a portion of road which was being plowed up. This made it necessary to drive the cars across deeo furrows.

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The Photographer At Work—With ReSult Below.

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NEW YORK UPSIDE DOWN. fJeorge Nealy. 708 feet up. on flag staff of Sing'-r Building, took this remarkable photo.

NEW RAPID FIRE GUN RECENTLY TRIED OUT IN THE ARMY.

It shoots 600 shots of .30 caliber, per minute.

UNKNOWN HOBGOBLINS

COME of nature's most grotesque little individuals have just made their bow to the public. These midgets of remarkable shape are known as "tree-hoppers." They have just been portrayed in a number of large wax models at the Museum of Natural History, New York, executed by Mr. Ignac Matausch, of the Department of Invertebrate Zoology. These droll hobgoblin-like insects are of special interest, for nothing of this character on so large a scale has hitherto been attempted in entomological work.

The "tree-hoopers" have sucking mouthpieces and live on the juice or sap of small trees and plants, which they extract from the steins by means of their sharp beaks, consisting of several bristles enclosed in a fleshy joined sheath. The tropical types are gorgeously colored in many hues. They have four eyes — two large and protruding ones, and two below, partly developed. Their t w o large eyes have a keen, droll look, and the line that separates the head, in some instances,

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gives them the appearance of wearing spectacles. They have four wings. Some are clumsy in flight, and use their wings mostly as a parachute. The hind pair of legs is longer than the front ones, and is employed in leaping and jumping to considerable distances, which has given to these insects their common name of "tree-hoppers." They are especially interesting on account of the peculiar development of the thorax, which, in grown specimens, is provided with singular horns or protuberances. These horns are often so freakish and extravagantly shaped that entomologists have hitherto been unable to account for their development and form. They remind one of some of the highly specialized horns and tusks of fossil reptiles and mammals. It is difficult to conceive of their being used by the insect in any way. This peculiar development is not so clearly seen in tree-hoppers of temperate regions as in the species from South and Central America, where they are often most surprisingly shaped. Many have mountain-like humps on their backs; the prothorax is prolonged back

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A Harmless "monster Krom Brazil.

"captain'' George Streeter's Auto House That. ClairninK part of the lake front of Chicago ns his property, for a long time "Captain" Streeter. besieged in his auto, defied the authorities, but finally yielded.

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