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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.
greater than that of the light-weight In no other naval station in this coun-
racing machines; but as these bicycles try will there be found an inland dock
are built for comfort and not alone for superior in any respect to that of League
speed, this is no detriment. The cost is Island. The biggest ships of the line,
the same as in the case of any other drawing more than 27 feet of water and
high-grade bicycle.

of more than 16,000 tonnage, can easily
be accommodated within these great
walls of masonry. At the entrance to

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

line

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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a

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

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