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The Virtuoso on the Farm New BOARDER—"Haven't you got any fancy dishes here?"

RURAL LANDLORD—"Sure thing! Mame, bring the gentleman that mustache-cup your grand

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HOW TO HOLD AN ALLIGATOR crocodile, on the banks of the Nile and

also along the Ganges. These creatures ALLIGATOR catching is a strange live to a great age, many in the East

occupation. The commercial value being known to be 500 years old, and of these strange reptiles is, of course, by the tremendous strength which they their skins, and for this reason quite a can exert when occasion calls for it, one small army of men hunt them regularly would imagine that the older they live not only in Florida but their cousins, the the stronger they grow. Besides an unusual amount of pluck and resource in BRICKS FROM VOLCANIC handling the alligator, one needs to have



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LAVA a keen eye and a quick hand. To secure your animal you must grip it instantly A PLANT for the manufacture of and then keep its jaws closed. As one

to now alligator catcher remarked, “to hold the being erected near Honolulu, Sandwich same jaws open would be an experience Islands, under the direction of J. Rice, gained too late to be of use.” For the of San Francisco, Cal., and will be in alligator in its native land is not, as it readiness for active service within less appears to be, safely imprisoned at the than two months from date. zoo, a sleepy and slow-moving creature, It is the expectation of the promoters but very quick and lively in all its move- to be able to contract with the United ments.

States government to furnish lava bricks for the construction of military posts small revolver up to that of an ordinary at Fort Shafter, Schofield Barracks, and army rifle. The apparatus is very carealso at Pearl Harbor and other points fully constructed, and the inventor sewhere the government is planning ex- cures as good results in shooting at the tensive buildings.

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target as a good rifleman. As a matter of course the apparatus has to be used

with great care to prevent the powder FOOT PADS, LOOK OUT

from exploding inside the mouth. It re"HE artist, Otto Neumann, in Berlin, quires also strong nerves for the detona

has invented a firearm which can be tion is much louder than when a revolver shot off with the mouth. This peculiar or a rifle is shot off. It seems, however, gun can shoot a bullet of the caliber of a to work satisfactorily in other respects.

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TWO birds new to the eyes of Amer-

icans, are the curious pair of secre-
tary birds, male and female, received at
the New York Zoological Park, from
South Africa. These stately, long-legged
birds, with ashy grey plumage and tail
feathers two feet long, are the champion
snake killers of the world. The secre-
tary is really a hawk, adapted especially
for ground hunting. The male stands
four feet high, the greater part of this
being made up of legs and neck. The
bird gets its odd name from a crest of
long, dark plumes rising from the back
of the head, which gives it a fanciful re-
semblance to a clerk or secretary, having
a bunch of quill pens stuck behind his
ears. All the food of the secretary must
be alive, and two garter snakes, about a
foot or so in length, form a favorite
daily meal. When a snake is thrown on
the ground for the bird to eat the wiry
secretary does not fly upon the prey at
once but cautiously approaches the snake
with wings partly outspread so as to be
ready to escape any sudden lunge of the
enemy. The secretary slowly circles
around his antagonist, keeping well out
of danger ; suddenly like a flash the sec-
retary raises one of his powerful feet,
with sharp talons, and strikes the snake
a hammer-like blow fairly on the head.

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THE only remarkable thing about this

photograph of a modern skyscraper
in Los Angeles is the fact that a struc-
tural iron worker recently fell from its
topmost girder to the roof of a one-story
building, a distance of one hundred feet,
and sustained practically no injuries. He
went almost through the roof of the
small building, but as this was very elas-
tic his fall was broken so that he re-
ceived only bruises and slight fractures
which disabled him but a few days.

A remarkable claim is made that a recent rain had wetted the structure, making it an unusually good conductor of electricity and that contact with a live wire had charged the whole frame. While working on a scaffold the iron worker touched the charged girder and jumped back off the building.

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