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built by P. W. Bartlett of Richmond, on the dry-dock, despite numerous drawEngland, for a Java resident.
He was backs, three fires of incendiary origin, the so pleased that he has now placed an changing of contractors, and the holdingorder for twelve more of the same con- up of government funds, has progressed struction.
The weight is somewhat rapidly.
of more than 16,000 tonnage, can easily
the dock there has been erected a costly Safe Gasoline Stove
brick power house containing the most
modern machinery. Far down underTHE housewife may now use the gaso
stove as carelessly as she pleases, ground, something over thirty feet, are as a Texas man has designed one
run giant pipes, through which the dock claimed to be absolutely non-explosive of three great centrifugal pumps, each
is to be filled and emptied. With the aid The reservoir may be covered with oil
having a capacity of 43,000 gallons a and set afire. with impunity. The stove
minute, the new dry-dock can be filled is constructed with two tanks, one to contain water, the other gasoline. The pip
or emptied with twice the rapidity of
the yard's old dock. ing is so arranged that the gasoline reservoir is always full, the pressure be
Crippled by the inadequacy of the old neath the water forcing the oil to the top busy naval center in the past. With this
dock, League Island has not been a very and thence into the burner. So long as the air is thus excluded from the gasoline fine new dock, however, there will begin reservoir the tank cannot explode.
an era of activity at the yard.
where, in fact, where a couch or bed is the reason that he is a victim of helioappropriate. The mattress consists of a tropism. This term simply means the series of cushions hinged together; the tendency to bend toward or away from body is in two sections, also hinged. A light. The moth is influenced to seek waterproof case is provided for protect- the rays of light; the earth worm, to ing the cot against the weather.
shrink away from them. Butterflies and some other insects are similarly influ
enced. If the light is diffused, as are Air-Propelled Boat
the rays of the sun, the winged creature
will flutter gaily about in the air. THE HE “Hydroplane" (water plane) is It is not because it sees the light that
the strange invention of an Italian the insect finds its way to the candle, for, engineer, Signor Forlanini. The craft, it as stated, the earth worm, though sightwill be noted, has two propellers, one at less, shuns all light. The phenomenon
each end, and these beat the air instead cannot be explained by reference to the of the water. A motor of seventy horse- nervous organism, as plants, though power drives the boat over the surface wanting in nerves, are likewise subjected of Lake Maggiore, where Signor For- to heliotropism. lanini is testing his invention. The speed But heliotropism is not altogether deattained is something over 40 miles an structive to insect life. It serves it, as hour. The inventor purposes to build a well. Certain caterpillars just after bedirigible flying machine on the same ing hatched are ravenously hungry. model.
Light draws them to the tips of branches, where the tender buds give them their
first nourishment. The sensitiveness to Moth and Flame light is largely lost by caterpillars after
their first meal. Professor Loeb adTHE HE moth scorches his wings in the vances the theory that the annual migra
flame, not because he is consumed by tions of birds, may, perhaps, in part be curiosity, as the Romans believed, but for explained by heliotropism.
C: ih: Scent CRIMSON AMEER—Are you burning gasolire in dat a.comobile, mister?
SPARKS—No, my friend; I'm trying alcohol just for an experiment.
CRIMSON RAMBLER-I thought so. Would you mind me hangin' on behind fer a mile or so, jest fer de smell?--Puck.
The Last Stage "And how's your wife, Pat?! "Sure, she do be awful sick." “Is ut dangerous she is ?"
"No, she's too weak ť be dangerous anny more !”—Cleveland Leader.
between negroes. One afternoon, after I had married a young negro couple, the groom asked the price of the service.
“‘O, well,' said I, you can pay me whatever you think it is worth to you.'
“The negro turned and silently looked his bride over from head to foot, then slowly rolling up the whites of his eyes to me, said:
* 'Lawd, sah, you has done ruined me for life; you has, for sure.'”—Chicago InterOcean.
Ocean Leviathan roneous belief that when the animal
blows it sends up a column of water THE largest and finest skeleton of a
taken in at the mouth. Ini point of fact, whale of the finback or norwhal
spouting or blowing is nothing more than species in this country, has just come into
the expulsion of air from the lungs in the possession of the American Museum
the action of breathing when the whale of Natural History in New York. While
rises to the surface for a fresh supply. not the largest member of the whale family, the norwhal's length is exceeded by in the natural course of respiratory
During its sojourn in the lungs, the air, that of only one other species, the “blue changes, becomes charged with water whale,” which is a few feet longer. The
vapor; and this when expelled is conskeleton of the cetacean in New York
densed by the cold atmosphere of northmeasures 63 feet in length. The length erly latitudes, and thus forms a column of the skull is 16 feet 2 inches, its cir
of steam or spray. cumference 20 feet, and its weight over
That the whale, which is a warmhalf a ton. There are 61 vertebræ, and
blooded mammal and suckles its young, the length of the longest rib is 9 feet 2
represents the evolution of land inches. Being of slender build and thin
animal into a wholly aquatic one, is the theory of many scientists in all countries. Certainly its anatomy appears to furnish a remarkable illustration of adaptation to a watery environment. For instance, the flipper or fin, although bearing no external evidence of the fact, has all the bones, joints, and even most of the muscles, nerves, and arteries of the human arm and hand. Moreover, vestiges of a pelvis and rudiments of hind legs are found. Some scientists advance the hypothesis that
whales were once covered with an arSKELETON OF Whale.
mor of thick scales, like the armadillo, In American Museum of Natural History, New York City.
and, in support of this, point to the tu
bercles that cover the fætal animal in at blubber, the finback is the swiftest swim- least two species. Indeed, the belief in mer of all the cetaceans, and on this ac- the former terrestrial existence of the count is not easy to catch. Whalers pre- whale is largely based on the disclosures fer to go after other species, richer in of embryology. The very young of some blubber and therefore of more commer- species have short bristles about the chin cial value.
and upper lip, and these are held by not The fallacy that the whale is a fish is a few students of natural history to be still widely prevalent, as is also the er- evidence of an original mammalian hairy