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ward, like a roof, over the body, often quite covering the entire insect. In some instances, the prothorax is an elevated nightcap, in others it is shaped like a Tain O'Shanter; and sometimes it has long horns, one on each side. Some possess a wonderful sword or blade-like appendage, having ball-like projections, which are oftentimes several long hairs. The little tree-hoppers are practically harmless and are not usually found in sufficiently large numbers to constitute a pest. Nearly all the best and most curious specimens are obtained from various tropical parts of South and Central America, and India. The construction of the wax models requires most patient and delicate modeling and painting, in order to bring out the hundreds of indentures, cavities, and lines.
NEW STYLE OF DUMP CAR
""THE style of dump car which has found favor with Uncle Sam in the excavation of the Panama Canal is shown in the accompanying illustrations. A large number of these cars are being used in work upon that project.
The dumping of the cars is controlled by compressed air from the engine, the cars being equipped with an extra set of pipes and connecting hose, which extends to a special valve in the engine cab. With air from the same supply used for brakes, the mechanism of the cars is worked, and is under such perfect control that the entire train may be dumped at the same time, or one car at a time, part of the load on one side and part on the other, as the work may require.
By another movement of the valve in the engine cab the cars are restored to normal position and are ready to receive another load.
SAILING SHIP "COMES BACK"
YY7HILE the eyes of the world have "been focused on the progress in shipbuilding in the steamer class there has been prepared for sea, almost unnoticed, a wooden vessel that far surpasses in capacity any ship of its class that ever put to sea. It is a six masted schooner named the Wyoming. The gross register of this great sailing craft is 3,730 tons or twenty-two tons more than the steel hull six masted schooner William L. Douglas of Boston.
American ambition refused to stop short at six masts. It was thought that one more could be added and the experiment was made with the Thomas W. Lawson, a photograph of the model of which ill fated monster is shown on this page. It is still argued that the seven master could be made to stay afloat, the Lawson having been built too narrow and too light below the water line for the safety of the ship. As the Laivson turned turtle ship builders who predict a great future for the sailing ship are content to leave a seven masted schooner out of their calculations. It is also asserted that the six masted schooner is a more profitable sailing craft than a seven master could possible be, so that the factor of commercial gain will probably settle the limit at six masts.
HUGE FLORAL CORNUCOPIA
""THE accompanying photograph depicts a remarkable cornucopia that was prepared by a well known floral artist for use in one of the big West End London churches during a festival. This cornucopia stood over six feet high and contained besides the fruit over one thousand blossoms, which had been arranged
to form the horn of the cornucopia. The
A NOVEL FLY TRAP
1VAODERN science is waging relentless war upon the house fly, now commonly referred to as the "typhoid fly," and one of the ingenious devices recently patented is a trap which stands more than two feet high and which is designed for use about stables, butcher shops and other places where flies are thickest. It is an upright cylinder of wire screen mounted on a wooden frame and elevated an inch or two above the ground so that the flies can get underneath to a can of "bait." Above this bait can is the entrance to the trap in the shape of a cone with a small hole at the top. The flies that are attracted by the bait climb the cone and once inside the cylinder cannot find their way out. The trap shown in the photograph has accumulated thousands of flies which are easily disposed of by shaking the dead ones out of the bottom.
SAILORS OF U. S. BATTLESHIP CONNECTICUT GOING ASHORE AT SOUTHSEA, ENGLAND.
Note bow youthful they look.