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UP IN A HOT - AIR BALLOON THE photograph at the left shows acroIbat Thomik of Berlin, rising in the air in a hot-air balloon. He arose to a height of approximately two thousand feet and fortunately dropped safely to the ground in a parachute.

Almost every other day the newspapers call our attention to some remarkable feat of daring, performed by some person either for money, notoriety or the mere hazard of the thing.

Most of us are astounded at the risk these persons take and while, if we get the opportunity, there is a certain fascination in watching, we usually conclude that it is very foolish.

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I HENEVER it becomes necessary to

trim the foliage from the “living
flag pole” in Los Angeles, a linesman is
sent up, scaling the slender sixty-foot
trunk without any difficulty by means of
his climbing spurs. The main difficulty
would appear to be in keeping the sway-
ing stem erect and steady enough to bear
his weight, for anyone seeing the tree as
it sways in the wind would as soon think
of climbing a fish pole, as to tackle it.

As the picture shows, however, the feat can be accomplished and a secret is very simple when you know how. As the linesman ascends the smooth and pol


PATIENTS. Apparatus in use at National Hospital, Bloomsbury. England. The pa tients are "hanged" for a few scconds cach day.

The daring climber ba's
a novel method of *


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STAMPS BY THE ROLL JT is not often that the English postal

authorities are guilty of innovations but recently the postmaster general has concerned himself in popularizing the postal service throughout the United Kingdom. The little novelty seen here is a case in point. Any one who desires to buy five shillings worth—$1.20of penny—two-cent-stamps may now purchase them in the very neat contrivance shown in our picture which holds exactly sixty stamps, each one of which may be easily detached in the manner shown. Apart from the cost of the stamps there is of course no charge made for the roll carrier. The device really appears superior to the stamp books in use in the United States.


SHELTER AT Konigsberg, Germany, there has n been erected a big building capable of accommodating two airships of such gigantic proportions as Count Zeppelin's. It is 540 feet long, 180 feet wide, and 120 feet high. The entire building is rendered fireproof by a covering of asbestos.

To admit light, there are windows in the side, front and roof, of twenty-five square yards each. The doors are almost incredibly heavy affairs, each weighing 50 tons, with dimensions of 90 by 120 feet. They open and shut by means of wheels which roll on iron rails.

The structure is built on so substantial a basis to protect against three things : fire, wind and predatory persons. Where hundreds of thousands of dollars are invested in a single balloon, it is well worth

In order to correct that the rider first while, the Germans think, to protect

constructed a rope bridle known as a adequately so big an investment.

“hackamore," which exerts a painful pressure on the horse's nose and when even this failed to produce the desired

effect he took a lariat and a short length TRAINING A STIFF-NECKED of rope and effected a cure in this way: HORSE

the short piece of rope was fastened in

the hair of the horse's tail so as to form THE accompanying photograph shows a loop and the end of the riata was at

a real “cow-puncher” subduing a tached to the bridle and the other end real bronco according to a well known passed through the loop so that when method on the range. The horse had the free end of the lariat was pulled the just been broken to the saddle but he horse's head and tail would be drawn was self-willed and refused to answer to together. Naturally the bronco resented the bridle, or as the cowboys express it, this, but as the cowboy was at the other "he was stiff-necked.”

end of the forty-foot rope his kicking



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and pawing did little good. When the bronco began to quiet down he tried to ease the strain on the neck by turning round and round slowly, and the horse breaker allowed him to do this, merely flipping the rope over his back so that he would not get tangled in it.

This was exhausting work for the bronco, and sweat began pouring from him but his master was not satisfied until the operation had been repeated, turning his head the other way. After about an hour of this treatment the bronco was thoroughly tired out and the muscles of his neck were so painful that he was willing to obey the slightest pull of the bridle. It was a lesson that did not have to be repeated, and while it was unpleasant for the animal did not injure it in the least.

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CARNIVAL PAGEANT AT PHILADELPHIA. It took twelve months to make this highly embroidered robe to be worn by the chief mummer,

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