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VESSEL ALL STERN AND BOW FOREIGN ship manufacturers are get
ting the hurry-up idea in building for their trade. One of the most curious of recent constructions is the ferry-boat, Skyros, now in dock at Breslau, Germany. This craft has neither bow nor stern, or it may be said to be all bow and stern. As a matter of fact it has a propeller at each end, so that all necessity of turning the ship about is obviated. The craft will be used at some 'Turkish port.
Boat That Has PROPELLER AT EACH END.
FOR CIGARETTE SMOKERS AN enterprising tobacco merchant in n the West End of London has hit upon a decided novelty for the cigarette smoker. This is a cigarette which can be lit upon the box much in the same manner as an ordinary match. The box is provided with a strip of the necessary material for producing the light when it comes in contact with the prepared end
of the cigarette. The preparation in no way impairs the delicacy of the tobacco. The idea is one that has commended itself to motorists, aviators and the like and the jeunesse doree of London to a man have adopted the new idea in odd and “correct” smoking material.
CAB CALL THAT'S NOISELESS ALTHOUGH London boasts of being
the quietest city in the world, such is of course far from being the truth. There are many anti-street noise societies who try to make it so and one of the latest ideas is the sign which has just been erected by the Carlton Hotel. Instead of hailing visitors' cabs with a shrill blast on a whistle as is usually the case an electrical device now shows “H” if a hansom is required, “T” a taxicab and “F” for a “four-wheeler.” The expectant cabby has his eye on the sign and directly his initial is displayed he races to the hotel for his fare.
It is a neat idea that does away not only with noise, but with much confusion as well.
BOAT THAT FITS INTO VALISE HERE is a boat, the invention of a
Frenchman, that every traveler on the water, especially if he can not swim, should carry with him. It is one of the most ingenious contrivances in the nautical line that has ever been devised. The idea is based on the pneumatic principle. The chief parts are a pair of cigar-shaped air containers, and a very light, but stout wooden frame. The air containers, when collapsed, of course take up very little room, and are easily stored away with the rest of the necessary apparatus in a valise or suit case. Two air containers are used in order that the boat may be in equilibrium. The air compartments are pumped up through a valve in the middle of each. An ordinary automobile pneumatic pump is used for the purpose. The whole affair may be put together or taken apart in a very
New York APARTMENT BUILDING FOR 175 FAMILIES. Each flat contains from nine to twelve rooms. It is considered the largest structure of its kind in the world. It is also unusual in the fact that it has play grounds for children. The total cost
apart, set up between the electrodes on a polished plate of ebonite. It is interesting that most of the discharge passed down the surfaces of one of the glass sheets, around the bottom edgcs, and up the outside faces of the opposite sheet, although a part of the discharge doubled around the right-hand side of the plates. The lines of contact with the surface of the ebonite plate at the bottom can be seen in faint reflections. This spark was of almost blinding brilliancy, and crackled like a discharge of musketry.
FASHİON'S LATEST FREAK
the latest fad among fashionable women in London and the smart set in the English provinces, a style far more striking than most of the importations from Paris. The watch on the wrist, as a bracelet, has been in use for some time but some society leader with an exceptionally slim ankle evidently thought that a time piece encircling it would attract still more attention and the photograph shows the result.
PHOTO OF HUGE ELECTRIC SPARK. This was formed by the discharge of 325.000 volts.
few minutes. The entire equipment, including paddles and seat, all find some place in the valise. Such a device as this would be invaluable in saving lives on a steamer that was sinking in a calm sea, or on a river craft imperiled through fire.
GIGANTIC ELECTRIC VOLT THE curious photograph printed here
with has puzzled many expert electricians. Few have correctly guessed what it represents. It is not a snapshot of freak lightning nor is it part of a Chinese tree. It is the image of one of the greatest electric sparks ever generated, formed by discharge of 325,000 volts at Schenectady, New York.
This remarkable discharge was obtained by connecting in series two highpotential alternating-current transformers giving 60 alternations per second, the photograph having been taken with an exposure of one-ninetieth of a second. The electrodes were placed 19 inches apart, with two half-inch sheets of plate glass, 36 inches square and two inches
WATCH FOR THE ANKLE. A new way to keep tab on time.
THE FARE-HEIGHT MARK
mon was required of all street car conductors many times a day when the question of a child's age arose. If the child in question was under five it was supposed to ride free, otherwise the conductor was required to collect regular fare. But who was to decide the question of age? If the fond mamma stated that a big husky youngster who looked to be seven was really only four years and eleven months old, what proof could the harassed conductor produce? This delicate problem has just been solved by the Cincinnati Car Company in a manner that would make the author of the Book of Proverbs look to his laurels as a shrewd judge. By careful computation it was ascertained that the average height of five-year-olds is 41 inches and accordingly a mark was painted at that height from the floor in their cars. Hereafter there can be no insinuations regarding the veracity of parents who desire to save that nickel. If dispute arises, the youngster is marched up to the fare-height mark and the answer is obvious.
THE TAPE MEASURE LIGHT THIS new extension electric light is
very much on the principle of a carpenter's tape line.
A cord fifteen feet long is contained in the case, having a mechanism for rewinding on one side and an incandescent lamp socket upon the other. When light is desired at some distance from the regular fixtures, a plug on the end of the cord is screwed into the regular socket and the cord drawn out to the required distance. A catch holds the cord from unwinding at any desired point, so that the lamp may be suspended a few inches below the fixture if one desires. It is also provided with a leather strap by which it may be hung up.
Many uses for such an extension light are easily found. If carried as a part of the traveling equipment it is not necessary to carry a lamp, as the socket and plug are of standard size and will fit any fixtures in common use.
How High Is The Child? Clever plan prevents feminine equivocation, and. inci.
dentally, trouble for the car conductcr.