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THE SAMUELA OF TEXAS
NE of the oddities of the vegetable

kingdom is the Samuela, or Sierra Blanca yucca of Southwestern Texas. In addition to the oddity of its appearance, it is peculiar in the extreme narrowness of its geographical distribution.

Botanically, the Sierra Blanca yucca is related to the arborescent yucca or Joshua tree, of the Mojave desert, and to the Spanish bayonet that thrives throughout the semi-arid region of the Southwest. However, in appearance it resembles neither. It grows to a height of from 10 to 20 feet, usually in straight, columnar form, without branches. At the top are a great number of smooth, tapering, pointed, dark-green leaves. As new leaves develop, the old ones die, shrivel, become brown, and turn back along the trunk, which is thus sheathed in a thatch-like covering of recurved leaves.

This PLANT. THE SAMUELA. IS SAID TO BE For
NOWHERE IN THE WORLD EXCEPT IN THE NEIGH

BORHOOD OF SIERRA BLANCA, TEXAS.

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BRIDGE OF WIRE FENCING. This unique bridge was constructed by a farmer in Calhoun County. Michigan. for the purpose of transporting the milk from his farm to the interurban railroad. By crossing this bridge he reaches the trolley line by walking a few rods, while before it was built it was necessary for him to drive three miles to accomplish the same purpose. The bridge is suspended ten rods across the river and is ten feet above the river in the middle, it is built of woven wire fencing. A strip of fencing covered with boards forms the bottom of the bridge.

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POWDERED ALUM ON GLASS THE frosting of glass may be easily

done and very remarkable effects may be secured by viewing these artificial forms under a microscope by the aid of a polariscope. It was a favorite “Oh my" slide of the old time amateur microscopist and many a collection is now adorned by these beautiful specimens of the microscopical art. The microscopists in their magazines vied with one another in their efforts to add to the published list something very good that they had discovered. Each user of the microscope had some favorite crystal for the excellence of which he was ever ready to argue.

But not all of these are beautiful in themselves. Many need the aid of the polariscope to bring out the beauty of color but some crystals are pleasing even when viewed with artificial light by the unaided eye. Among those that have been found the most satisfactory are Epsom salts, tartaric acid and alum. Un

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AN ITALIAN CURIOSITY-A PEAR TREE BEARING SEVEN

PEARS ON THE TRUNK, No leaves grew with this cluster. This tree stands on the

land of a farmer near Genoa.

NEW STYLE CANAL LOCK, USED NEAR HAMBURG,

GERMANY. The vessel is being lifted in a trough from the upper to

the lower canal locks.

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BATTERY TRUCK CRANE SERVING SHIPS FROM CASTING REMARKABLE ACCIDENT ON THE NORTHWESTERN Rail

STORAGE YARD.
WAY.AT WELLESDEN JUNCTION, ENGLAND.
One car mounted another and completely swept away
all the upper works.

ating a motor both for propelling the

car and operating the crane. A one ton doubtedly it is Epsom salts that have the hoist is used and the truck has a pulling greatest popularity. It is the crystals of power of two tons so that a train of this salt that are frequently seen, espe small cars loaded with material may be cially on bar-room windows. Some men taken in tow and unloaded by the crane make a specialty of going from saloon to at any desired point. saloon to decorate the windows in mid Rapid operation is the crane's chief summer with beautiful frost-like forms advantage. In recent tests 300 castings that make the saloon especially attractive aggregating 65,000 pounds were unin the sweltering days of July and loaded from a car in five hours, an averAugust. The common custom is to mix age of 1 2/10 lifts per minute. Epsom salts with stale beer. It is sup On another occasion sixty-four 800 posed the action of the beer forces the barrels of plumbago were loaded by the crystals to adhere closely to the glass. crane in 25 minutes.

In the stock room where

heavy material must be BATTERY TRUCK

LOTERIE DE BESÉS

handled the crane is found CRANE

very useful. In a test made

recently a number of boxes FOR the quick handling of

of bar iron weighing 100 material about a shop or

pounds each were to be in unloading cars the small

piled. The crane piled 40 electric truck crane

of these boxes

one hour. shown in the illustration

The car is equipped with has been designed by a well

wheels 24 inches in diameknown electrical manufac

ter and having a 5-inch turing concern, and fills the

face. The crane arm is adplace that the great shop

justable to various heights cranes can not fill because

and can be supplied in of the comparatively slow

lengths best suited for the operation.

work in hand. The car upon which the

The battery can be crane is mounted is short

charged by the addition of and easily turned in small

BABY RAFFLE in Paris.

inexpensive apparatus to

The management of a found. space making the truck es

ling hospital with the consent the equipment of the ordipecially useful in running

respective authorities decided to play out

nary power house and the about the floor of the shop babies, whose parents they were work of charging attended where material and

unable to trace. The income of

this raffle was divided among the to at night by the watchchines are crowded to

different charity institutions.

This idea is such a good one gether.

that its observance could strongly This device is one of the The storage battery

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AUTOMATIC NEWSPAPER VENDER AS USED IN LOS ANGELES, CAL.

THE MECHANICAL NEWSBOY within a short time. In the photograph,

a customer is shown receiving a paper, THE raucous cry of the train boy will soon be a thing of the past, when the

to secure which he had dropped a nickel automatic newspaper venders come into

in the slot, and had pressed down the

lever. The invention should prove general use. They are now in operation on the great interurban electric trolley popular. system centering in Los Angeles, California, and are a recognized success. As the photograph shows, the automatic

LEAVES LIKE SEEDS newsboy has a large stock, five local papers and one weekly being carried, and THESE leaves are on earth in a pan although the price of these varies from and, as is readily seen, the edges are one to five cents, each is delivered accu sprouting. From this characteristic this rately for its own price.

plant—the Byrophyllum A couple of hundred of

calcynum-derives the these machines have al

name of “live forever." ready been installed,

The leaves are dropped and a national exten

on the ground by the sion of the system is

parent plant as seeds planned. Not only

with most plants would trains but hotels, apart

be, and each leaf takes ment houses and news

root and grows. stands, drug stores

One of the leaves has etc. will be supplied

been purposely turned with the new device,

up in order that the which should pay for

rootlets might be itself in clerk hire

EACH LEAF OF THIS PLANT IS
SELF-SUFFICING.

shown.

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HEATED SMOKE FLOATS BALLOON. This big canvas bag is filled by burning under it kerosene soaked wood. When it has ascended about one thousand feet, the aeronaut, sitting in a trapeze attached to a parachute, cuts loose from the balloon. The parachute opening up lets the aeronaut down easily. Released from his weight the balloon soon topples over, letting out its cloud of hot smoke, and drops to the ground.

HOW THE AUTO MAKES ITS

MARK THIS night view of a city street repre

sents an apparently deserted thoroughfare with a tangle of wheel tracks on one side. In reality it is the picture of a very busy street, with constantly passing automobiles and street cars. The latter left the broad streak of light across the picture, while the network of wheel marks—so they seem—is a record of motor cars with their lights in pairs. Once in a while a car stopped, leaving two little dots of light, and then proceeded, forming the continuous track. Cars going around the first corner are also shown. One of them carried a high headlight, such as the police patrol car uses. Of course the pedestrians made no impression on the film, and the vehicles going away from it would leave only the faint record of the tail lights.

REPUBLICAN SIMPLICITY ABROAD. Embassador Richard Kerens of St. Louis, standing in the vestibule of the United States Embassy at Vienna, surrounded by his military attache, and a dozen or two assorted footmen and other lackeys in silk stockings and powdered wigs. The photo is an extremely touching example of the Jeffersonian simplicity which seems to prevail in the diplomatic service of these United States,

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