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AN ELECTRIC FIRE
one trip, unless there was a call for as
sistance from afar. DEPARTMENT
Two pieces of the new electrical fire PRINGFIELD, Mass., has the first apparatus are in use at the present time,
complete electric fire department in one a hook and ladder truck having a the United States. While gasoline elec- maximum speed of twenty miles an tric fire fighting equipment is used in hour and eighty cells of battery, and the many places in the country the manufacture of efficient electric propelled vehicles for such work was not possible until recent improvements were made in the storage battery. Electricity is much more dependable than gasoline and as the storage batteries are constantly connected to the charging mains while the apparatus is in the engine house there is no danger of the cells being discharged, as they have a capacity of about forty miles, which could hardly be exceeded on any
PICKING UP THE MAIL. An apparatus for use on express trains that do not stop at small towns. It is the invention of a Swedish engineer.
This does away with all gearing, differentials, etc., usually employed on automobiles, and applies the power directly, without any transmission loss, to the ground where it is wanted.
ENORMOUS YIELD OF GRAIN
enormous yields of Egyptian wheat have been obtained in the lower Rio Grande Valley, on the American side, according to authorized statements made by the Texas state department of agriculture. This grain belongs to the same family as kaffir corn and milo maize. Upon the rich lands of the valley of the Rio Grande it is grown by means of irrigation, and produces two to three crops per year upon the same land from one planting of the seed. The second and third crops spring up from the stubble and give yields equally as abundant as the first crop. In several instances these yields amounted to 100 bushels of grain for each crop, or a total of 300 bushels per acre for the three crops, all harvested
within a period of nine months. The A NEW AEROPLANE SLEIGH.
grain is used chiefly for feed for live This is the invention of a German. The sleigh is driven
stock, although a wholesome flour may over the snow, as an aeroplane is through the atmosphere. by means of the propeller.
be made from it and used for bread. The
stalks and foliage of this Egyptian wheat other a combination hose wagon and
are more delicate than that of either chemical engine, having a maximum
kaffir corn or milo maize and the yield speed of thirty miles per hour and the per acre of this forage is very large. same number of storage cells. In the ac
Such a heavy yield of grain is, of companying photograph the wheels look
course, one of the most remarkable ever peculiar to anyone accustomed to see the
recorded. open spoked wheels usually employed on such fire apparatus. The wheels are simply electric motors with the tires placed on the rim over the field magnets and the armature serving as the axle.
A RATTLESNAKE'S BUSINESS TOOLS. These fangs show, by front and side view, the form of these poison injecting weapons. The poison is squeezed
through the slit in the fangs.
THIRD CROP OF EGYPTIAN WHEAT FROM ONE
to the acre.
CRANE LAYS RAILROAD
taking up or relaying railroad track with a regular wrecking crane.
This was done in connection with the building of the second main track and grade revision of the present main line on the Northern Pacific Railway between Staples and Philbrook, Minnesota, in 1910. The track on the left is the second main and on the right the present main line, the grade of which is to be raised. The track in the center is the contractor's narrow gauge road used for hauling material into the fill.
The sections of track were laid temporarily on the left shoulder of the fill and later were relaid to proper alignment when the right side was built up to grade. About one mile of track was raised in this manner in six working hours.
SETTING NATURE RIGHT
TRYING TO STRAIGHTEN THE LEGS OF A LITTLE tried at the Cincinnati Zoological Gar
KNOCK-KNEED LLAMA. den upon a two months old baby llama. The little fellow was born at the Cincinnati Zoological
Gardens. The little fellow was born knock-kneed and to save the career of the valuable animal a set of unusual braces were made Wearing his steel supports, the little to straighten the crooked forelimbs.
valuable animal is able to walk around Various experiments were tried to rectify This is the first time such an experi
without his weak knees bothering him. the mistake but not until the braces were secured was success apparently assured.
ment was ever attempted upon a wild animal, and it is to be hoped it will prove a success, to offset the shabby trick that Nature has so unkindly played him.
TAKING UP A SECTION OF RAILROAD TRACK WITH A
NOT THE MODEL OF A GIGANTIC Foot, BUT A NET
FOR WARRING ON MOSQUITOES.
A FRENCH AEROPLANE THAT CAN FLY IN THE AIR AND RUN OVER LAND OR WATER.
When traveling along the ground or through the water, the planes are detached.
"TEAMING" A BOILER the part of the horses or lack of control
by the teamsters would have caused very THE HE difficulties of heavy freighting in serious results.
the Southwest are indicated in this Even these hardships are slight comphotograph which was taken in the pared with the conditions of two years mountains of southern Arizona near the ago when pack burrows were used, as Mexican boundary. Sixteen draft horses there were no roads at that time. It was are required to haul the boiler over the then necessary to take all machinery steep grades to a mine. One of the apart so that each piece could be hauled great difficulties lay in the fact that there by one or two burros. A bed plate which were a number of “hairpin” and “horse- was too heavy to transport otherwise was shoe” bends in the road. Along a good sawed in two, hung on an axle between part of the way the cliffs dropped two wheels and worked after prolonged straight down for two hundred feet or exertion by a gang of Mexicans over the so below the road, so that any fright on mountains.
GAS WELL ON FIRE NEAR HAMBURG, GERMANY.
REMARKABLE OUTBURST OF but in the beginning of December it was UNDERGROUND GAS
extinguished and covered with a huge
iron bell. The gas escaping, however, WHILE workmen were boring for poisoned the air, so that it had to be
water during the beginning of last lighted again and was burning with a November near Hamburg, gas suddenly bigger blaze than ever at the end of Decame out of the boring pipes, expending cember. This phenomenon attracted itself as three gigantic flames. The bore huge crowds of people from all direchole was 600 feet deep. There was an tions. On a bank holiday about 120,000 enormous heat, the engine in front of the people went to the place, sixty special fire getting red hot. Owing to the gas trains running from Hamburg and five coming out of the narrow pipes with such special trains from Berlin, which is about pressure, however, so much heat was 200 miles away. Along the road from absorbed that the top hole was temporar- the railway station to the blaze there were ily covered and finally entirely shut up by hundreds of tents for beer and sausages, ice.
and roundabouts. Good business was No use has yet been made of the gas, done by men selling balls of cotton wool