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Contents for June, 1912
Grabbing the West's Liquid Fuel . . Walter V. Woehlke 372
The Conquest of the Isthmus . .... Henry M. Hyde 384
Watchmen of the Tracks ....... Bailey Millard 395
Yellow Contraband ..... Charlton Lawrence Edholm 404
The Cabin in the Woods .... E. I. and M. H. Pratt 413
When the Sea Reclaims Its Dead . . . . John C. Howe 416
The Misunderstood Goat . ..... T. C. O'Donnell 420
Mountain Peaks Crash to Earth . . . Guy Elliott Mitchell 424
Staying Death's Hand ...... Robert H. Moulton 432
A Handful of Engine ....... M. M. Hunting 436
The Motorcycle on the Farm . .... F. G. Moorhead 438
Most Marvelous of Terminals .. Charles Frederick Carter 441
Foreing Fruit in Nature's Hothouse . . . . . René Bache 446
Teaching Good Roads by Special Train . Robert Franklin 448
A Poor Man's Chance . ..... George H. Cushing 459
To Prevent Ocean Disasters ..... John E. Whitman 464
Popular Science and Mechanics Supplement ..... 470

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RENÉ BACHE It is a bit unusual to pick up a few score of locomotives, with cars, tracks, etc., and ship them a quarter of the way around the globe. That's what the United States Government, however, is about to do. Mr. Bache presents all this in an article of unusual interest.


By STANLEY L. McMICHAEL This is the record of a farmer near Cleveland, Ohio. Twelve thousand dollars of the thirty thousand goes into the bank as clear profit. That makes the call to the soil rather alluring, doesn't it? There's a way of achieving such success for others and Mr. McMichael tells us of that way.


By WILLIAM THORNTON PROSSER When the storm centers forget to pursue their proper paths, look out! Hot weather like that of last summer, cold weather like that of last winter, are the result. Lost storm centers are responsible, too, for one of the most remarkably mild winters Alaska has ever known—the winter of 1911-12. Mr. Prosser sets forth a new theory as to the cause of extraordinary and unexampled climatic changes.



В у CHARLTON LAWRENCE EDHOLM A minute fly, smaller than the common house ily, was the cause of a special session of the California legislature to amend the law establishing strict quarantine against a pest that threatens our fruit industry. The entire session lasted less than half an hour, the measure passing the House in seven minutes and the Senate in five minutes by unanimous vote, but the enforcing of the law against the introduction of the Mediterranean fruit fly will mean unremitting watchfulness on the part of our quarantine

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ARLY in the spring of 1900 the section. With them they carried, when central California was in from a bountiful supply, four posts and the throes of its first oil boom, a number of blank forms. They filled two men drove over the barren, out the forms with the date and a de

seared plains that swing down scription of the land, and affixed thereto, from the naked flanks of the Coast besides their own scrawls, the names of Range to the center of the San Joaquin six absentees and erected the four notices Valley. It was hot, blistering hot, and in the center, one on each quarter secthe men were working hard. Locating tion. Thereafter they departed to repeat section corners in a broken country with the operation. the thermometer at a hundred and These perspiring individuals were twelve is not an agreeable task. Having petroleum "prospectors.” By erecting spotted the corners the men proceeded four location notices per section they through the sagebrush to the center of imagined that they had rendered enough

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service to the commonwealth to be re- coal prospector reverberated from the warded with as many square miles of lofty dome of the Capitol, so the glorious supposedly oil-bearing land as they could achievements of the poor oil "prospector” find vacant. Arduous was their labor. of California will be lauded in stately Should you happen to be in the halls of periods, to the end that the spoils for Congress, at its next session, you may which he rendered such valiant services perhaps see briny tears coursing down may be saved for him, his heirs and asthe cheeks of fervid orators as they de- signs, principally for the last-named scribe the hardships, the sufferings, the parties. awful deprivations of those intrepid Let us trace the history of one of these "prospectors,” their heirs and assigns, sections located twelve years ago. In who courageously decorated the howling what is now the Midway field with its wilderness with neat location notices. score of gushers the "prospectors” seJust as the praises of the daring Alaskan lected two square miles, Sections 26 and

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