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and reloading the cylinder may signify ridges it contains lie horizontally, one the difference between life and death to on top of another. When the weapon is the owner of the weapon. Moments fired, the recoil of the barrel throws out were never so valuable in warfare as they the discharged cartridge, the next underare today.

neath rising to take its place. This procThe automatic pistol is constructed ess repeats itself as often as the trigger quite otherwise. There are a number of is pulled, until the ten cartridges are patterns, but a typical one may be de- used up—when the empty case is withiscribed as having no cylinder at all, its drawn and replaced by a fresh one. cartridges being carried in the hollow It will easily be seen that such an arstock of the weapon. This stock, in rangement permits the fighting man to other words, serves as a magazine, hold- fire the two hundred cartridges he caring ammunition for ten shots usually. ries practically without stopping-only

The cartridges for the automatic pis- an instant being required to exchange a tols, in packages of ten each, so to speak, spent case for a fresh one. In actual are contained in small tin cases, twenty practice he would not have occasion to or more of which may be worn in the do this, but the matter of importance is soldier's belt. When one case is spent that he shall not be compelled to quit at .it is dropped out of the stock of the any particular moment. At no time is weapon by a mere touch upon a spring, his weapon not available for immediate and is instantly replaced by a fresh case, use. Besides, he is able—and this is a ready loaded. If there be time, the point of extreme consequence—to load fighting man preserves the tin cases for his automatic pistol while running; a reloading; otherwise he throws them thing which cannot be done to advantage away.

with a revolver, and which is likely to be The tin case fits exactly into the hollow very important to the soldier under fire stock, in such a manner that the cart in the field.

No Alcohol Power for the Farmer

By H. G. Hunting

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37 OU may but you can't," is a veritable boon was bestowed upon les practically what Uncle them by the new law and that straight

Sam has said to farmers way all that any man need do to avail of the United States in re- himself of its benefits was to build himgard to the home-making self a still in his barnyard, decide on the

of denatured alcohol. A denaturant his business would permit theatrical man would say that the law- him to use and make his own supply as makers at Washington have “handed the his demand called for it. But, unforfarmers a lemon.”

tunately, this is not the case. Whether Permission to manufacture and use, through the schemes of the enemies of but permission so hedged about with con- the law or the errors of its friends, the ditions as to make it practically worth- individual who would make denatured less, is what the law amounts to so far alcohol for his own exclusive use is just as the small would-be maker and user of as effectively prohibited from doing so as denatured alcohol is concerned. The idea if the law had never been passed. which grew at first in the minds of the In simple language, the law provides men who need the newly cheapened com- that every distillery, even the smallest, modity, and who would most promptly must be registered and must have its make use of it if they could, has been that separate bonded warehouse, constructed like a fortress to protect its contents from vided for the inexperienced distiller in illegitimate handling. The warehouse the myriad forms of violation of the law must have a denaturing room of which which are made possible to him. If he "the ceiling, inside walls and floor must undertakes to build his “fort" in the hope be constructed of brick, stone or tongue that there the handicap will end, he will and-groove planks. If any windows, find, when he comes to give his bond, that they must be secured by gratings or iron imprisonment for a five-year term or a bars, and to each window must be affixed fine of $5,000 hang over him in perpetual solid shutters of wood or iron, con- threat as possible penalties for breaking structed in such manner that they may the complex provisions of the law, and. be securely barred and fastened on the 'that, incidentally, confiscation of his inside.” With equally secure entrance, property is one of the minor details which the place must be made proof against any- would follow in the train of a convicone and everyone except the government tion. officials themselves. Moreover, no distil. Of course such penalties are legitilery mashing less than one hundred bush- mate, as applied to the enforcement of a els of grain per day, producing about two law which gives the individual some latihundred and fifty gallons of commercial tude in attempting to manufacture under alcohol, will be licensed to manufacture it, but with the tangle of red tape that and the proof of the alcohol must not be has somehow twined itself about this parless than 188% United States standard, ticular industry, there will be few who equivalent to 94% alcohol. This will re- will want to undertake all the responsiquire double distillation to produce. bilities and expenses involved, fearing a

Now, as it isn't every man who can worse condition than before" in their afford to have a little fort of his own at commercial economies. home, even for the sake of saving some I t is greatly to be hoped that amenddollars per month or per year in produc- ments to the new law may soon be made tion of his particular class of article for which will do away with absurdities that the market, the outlook for a widespread now practically prevent the private epidemic of still-building is not very manufacture of this extremely valuable good. In Germany there are many little agent upon a small scale. The probabilistills of from two to twenty gallons a ties, based on the tremendous demand month capacity, and it is in these that which the roused hopes of the people much of the country's whole supply is have created, are that such changes will manufactured. But no such conditions soon be effected. . as the too-careful legislators have placed Hon. John W. Yerkes, commissioner about the law in America hamper the of internal revenue, Washington, D. C., people there. .

will furnish a copy of the law and regulaBesides, troubles multiform are pro tions to anyone who asks for it.

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He Survived

"But surely you are the man I gave some pie to a fortnight ago.”

“Yes, lidy;. I thought p'r'ops you'd like to know I'm able to get about again.”

What Would the Letter Be? A Mr. Smith, of Worcester, stuttered so that it was painful to hear him try to speak. One day his lawyer in Boston, wrote, asking him to send a letter stating certain facts about a case soon to be tried. The next noon he ap- . peared at the office and said, “I th-th-thought I'd C-C-c-come down m-m-m-myself, as I C-C-C-c-can talk b-b-b-b-better'n I c-c-can write.”Boston Herald.

Wants to Know

CHARLEY (who thinks): “Say, mamma, if we're made of dust, why don't we get muddy when we drink?"

EXPERIENCE may be a school

To which we all must go; But no one likes its college yell

Of plain “I told you so !"

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The Minister's Announcement A GENTLEMAN in Durban made a present of a beautiful baptismal font to a church of which he was a member. As the old font, which was situated at the door, was in a pretty good state of preservation, it was decided to erect the new gift at the other end of the church. One Sunday morning, after the new font had been put up in the allotted place, the clergyman from the pulpit thanked the generous benefactor for his kindness in making such a handsome gift, and ended by making the following startling announcement: "In

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To Go to War in a Tub

By M. Glen Fling

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13NSON PHELPS horse power with normal draught is

STOKES, the million- . 10,000.
aire naval architect, of With bunkers full, that is, carrying
New York, has set his 5,000 tons of coal, this doughty fighter
new tub boat Ultima could steam 4,200 sea miles in 23 days.

Aoating in the U. S. One thousand five hundred tons: ad-
BMS Experimental Model ditional can be stored for a long voyage,'

Basin, and declares giving her a coal capacity of 6,500 tons, that we shall go to war hereafter in a which would enable her to bob over the brand new type of vessel.

waves for 5,000 miles before being Ultima is a natty little ship-a tub she obliged to run into port to “coal.” has been called-bristling with pluck and She is not built for speed, nor really for guns, and though she does look as long travel, this little warlike tub Ultima, though she might turn round and round but she has fighting qualities which will in a circle in a gale she could give ef- make her excellent for coast defense. As fective whacks at the enemy while spin- her designer says, “although she may not ning. She has a displacement at normal be able to show a clean pair of heels to load of 30,000 tons, and her indicated a speeder she has guns enough, and so

arranged, to make all the fighters on the sea turn tail."

The main battery consists of two 15inch breech-loading guns of 60 caliber and sixteen 12-inch breech-loading guns of 50 caliber. These 12-inch guns are heavier, longer and more powerful than any 12-inch guns now in use.

There are also twenty 3-inch guns on the upper deck, two on top of the chart room and two on top of the conning tower, and a number of machine guns and smaller guns.

The two 15-inch guns are elevated by shifting the center of gravity of the whole vessel, and their azimuths are regulated by revolving the vessel. They have a very flat trajectory, and would not have to be elevated more than 3° beyond their initial elevation of say 3o, except when operating at very great range, as in attacks on some fortified places. These 15-inch guns can be made much longer and heavier in chambers and chases than if they were mounted on trunnions, for very large and long

guns when on trunnions are found to MR. ANSON PHELPS STOKES.

droop at muzzle. They could destroy ex

isting battleships before the latter could


Designer of the remarkable model, the Ultima.

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