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"BUTTONWOODS"—IN HAVERHILL, MASS. Whose trees suggested to Whittier the poem, "The Sycamores." It was a rendezvous for troops at the time of the Indian massacre, and is considered one of the most important and interesting historical landmarks in the town.


WASHINGTON MONUMENT, WASHINGTON, D. C. Built of white marble. Height 555 feet; base 55 feet square. Cornerstone was laid July 4, 1848, but work was not completed until 1884.


WHITE HOUSE OF THE CONFEDERACY, MONTGOMERY, ALA. Occupied for a brief time in 1861 by Jefferson Davis and his family, after Mr. Davis's inauguration as first and only President of the Confederacy.


CAPITOL AT MONTGOMERY, ALA. . In which was established the Confederate States Government, and from the front steps of which Jefferson Davis was inaugurated President, February 18, 1861.


Regrading a City W HILE no great technical problems

are involved, the present regrading work that is being carried on in Seattle, Washington, is of a stupendous character. Seattle is naturally a very hilly city, and the effort to level off some of the rises is being conducted on a scale probably never before attempted by any city. The work is conducted under a specially provided regrade department, and there are years of work in sight.

The greatest and most picturesque piece of work at the present time in progress, is the cutting away of the hill upon which Hotel Washington is located. This

hotel was erected about twenty years ago at a cost of about $1,000,000. The cutting away of this hill was started at First avenue, just above the waterfront. The picture shows the cut at Third avenue, two blocks up. The hotel occupies the summit of the hill, and the cutting is to extend about an equal distance beyond

or nearly half a mile in all.

To the right in the picture can be seen a new seven-story building in the course of construction, which has reached the sixth story. This is being erected on leveled-off ground. Just below the can be seen evidences of breaking ground for another large building.

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CUTTING AWAY A HILL TO MAKE ROOM FOR BUILDINGS. View taken in Seattle, Washington. Building on hill is the costly Washington Hotel.

transport and erect the whole outfit, while two men are enough to man and operate the station, after it is set up.

Wireless Run by

Bicycle A N interesting type of portable wire

less telegraph equipment has recently been adopted for use in the German army. For supporting the antennæ,

Absolutely Fireproof CIREPROOF buildings, so called, are

often such in name only, inasmuch as important parts of these structures consist of inflammable material, such as wood used in the floors, sashes, mouldings, etc. A structure, however, which will be absolutely fireproof is now being built in Bridgeport, Conn. It is attracting much attention from engineers and insurance men, because of the fact that it will not contain a single scrap of wood.

Another unique feature about this building is that it will not possess one single piece of natural stone. The staircases, of the winding order, will be made of concrete. The building is constructed on the cantilever plan, supported by foundations of unusual strength. The




a metal pole sixty feet in height is provided. This pole is transported in eight sections, and, when erected, is supported by steel guy ropes. The equipment includes a complete sending and receiving apparatus, folding tables and chair and dynamo, the latter driven by a bicycle arrangement, which can be worked by one man. Eight or ten men can easily


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supports extend outward beneath the Handling Wounded sidewalk and street, and are solid masses

Jackies of concrete and iron work. The walls are of concrete, and in no case exceed eight THE illustration shows a bluejacket in inches in thickness. The floors are made a very unusual and remarkable posiof a fireproof composition ; and the doors, tion. The picture is taken on board window-sills, and frames are of metal. King Edward's battleship Sans Pareil,

There is still another remarkable feat- and displays an example of the adaptaure of the building—namely, its wearing bility of sailors in overcoming difficulties, qualities, as nothing in it can wear out, and also of the inevitable progress which except perhaps the hinges on the doors, is constantly going on in small matters or something of that order. In the opin- as well as great. On board ship, as may ion of architects who have inspected it, be imagined, it frequently happens that the structure should stand and be useful a man is injured, or taken suddenly ill, under ordinary natural conditions, for a in some very inconvenient place—aloft, thousand years.

or over the side, with nothing but a rope

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