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THE "AERMOBILE"-A MONSTER AEROPLANE UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN CALIFORNIA.

necessary to replace it by this bridge DETECTOR FOR “LIVE" WIRES 130 meters in length. The construction of it was extremely difficult because of CLECTRICAL wiremen, in making rethe steepness of the embankments.

pairs or adjustments in central stations, need to know whether the current

is on the lines and other conductors, so as HUGE “AERMOBILE"

to avoid risk of shock. But since the MONOPLANE of the gigantic di presence of the current makes no differ

mensions of 105 feet by 60 feet, ence in the appearance of the conductor, and with a lifting area of 6,000 square there was considerable risk in this work feet has been built recently at Venice, until the invention of the voltage detector California, and is now awaiting the in- illustrated herewith, which announces to stallation of its two 100 horse power en- the eye whether the conductor is “alive" gines before attempting flight. This is or not. not only the world's largest aeroplane, This simple contrivance was invented but is also an absolutely new attempt at by J. B. Taylor, an American, and has the solution of the problem of flight. . obtained a special prize in France as an The aermobile, as it is called, is the accident preventer. It consists of a light work of Captain August E. Mueller, S-shaped metal vane, pivoted at its center an aeronaut who has had experience upon a vertical metal stem like a comwith balloons, both spherical and dirig

pass needle and enible, for many years in various parts

closed in a small of the world. He describes hi ma

glass globe. The chine as “a parachute with a head

lower end of the and a tail,” and as all the weight of en

metal stem is fixed gines and passengers is far below the

to the conductor great oval plane,

which it is desired there should be no

to safeguard-such, danger of its turn

for example, as the ing turtle.

disconnecting The “aermobile”

switch of a highhas six metal pro

voltage powerpellers, each fur

transmission line. nished with three

The electrostatic blades. These pro

charge on the conpellers are well dis

ductor, when alive, tributed under the

produces a repulplane, two in front,

sion at the points two on the rear

of the vane, causand one midway NEW APPARATUS TO PROTECT THE LINEMAN.

ing the latter to down each side. The detector states the presence of a dangerous voltage. spin around; and MONUMENT MARKING THE TERMINUS OF THE FAMOUS

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the motion is made more conspicuous by light paper disks attached to the points. One of the detectors mounted on each line reveals to the eye, without fail, the presence of a dangerous voltage in the wires.

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MARKING LAST OF SANTA FE

TRAIL THE old Santa Fe Trail, the most - famous pathway of the pioneers in America, will soon be marked from beginning to end with the type of granite tablets illustrated here to show the traveler the route of the scout, the Indian, the soldier and the settler. The course through Missouri and Colorado has already been marked with twenty-five or thirty tablets, erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the present tablets are to mark the course of the trail through New Mexico, the last one to be placed in the Plaza in the city of Santa Fe. The first one of the stones in New Mexico will be placed at Lynn. a few miles below Trinidad just over the border. One will stand at Las Vegas, five in the vicinity of Raton, and the others at intervals till Santa Fe is reached. The one destined for the Santa Fe Plaza is a little more elaborate than the others, and bears on its polished face a little map of the trail, showing its beginning and end and the courses of both branches. The others bear merely the lettered inscription shown in the photograph. The tablets are of dark gray Colorado granite, at once durable and pleasing to the eye.

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ORIGINAL ASTOR SCALES THIS illustration shows two pairs of

scales and an old-style letter press which were used by the American Fur Company, of which John Jacob Astor was the head. This company was organized on Mackinac Island in 1815, and continued in business until 1852. The original building in which the furs were stored is still standing and is used as a hotel. These scales are in the possession of the Cable estate, which also owns the building in which the historic relic is housed.

SANTA FE TRAIL. It will stand in the Plaza, at Santa Fe, New Mexico.

RELICS OF THE HALCYON DAYS OF Fur Trading Scales and letter press used a century ago by the Amer.

ican Fur Company.

THE FAMOUS PRENTICE

PILLAR A PLEASANT ride of two hours from

Edinburgh will bring the visitor along hawthorn-fringed roadways to an architectural gem, Roslyn Chapel. Not the least pleasing feature of this fairylike structure is the marvelous Prentice Pillar with its tale of revengeful jealousy. The story goes that while the chapel was in process of construction, being founded in 1446, the master workman went to the Continent for new ideas. When he returned he found that his apprentice had constructed this wonderful pillar. Enraged beyond bounds by this act, which he considered unwarranted audacity, he seized his sculptor's mallet and killed his assistant on the spot. Furthermore, when the Bishop of St. Andrews, whose diocese included Roslyn Chapel, was in Rome at the time when the chapel was nearing completion, he obtained from the Pope a dispensation to reconcile Roslyn, that is, to cleanse it from the pollution of some deed of violence committed within its precincts. After the publication of “The Lay of the Last Minstrel" Roslyn Chapel became so popular that a coach was started from Edinburgh and a new inn was built, taking the place of the old inn where Boswell and Dr. Johnson dined.

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AERO WON'T TURN TURTLE A RESIDENT of Totowa Borough, O New Jersey, has constructed a "non-capsizable" aeroplane, the inventor claiming that, on account of its design, it is impossible for it to turn turtle while in the air. There is no other like it in the country today. Clifford B. Harmon built one, but never installed the engine. There are fourteen of similar make in process of construction in France.

The machine is equipped with a 50horse-power engine and a nine-foot paragon propeller. This strange-looking bird weighs 620 pounds. The circular construction-shown in the picture—is twenty feet in diameter and has a depth of nine and a half feet. The gasoline tank and radiator are inside the massive circular frame, which is made of naid, a specially prepared linen, made in Ire

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land, and coated in this country. The serious damage. His main worry was to motor is in front of the frame, while the get them back to their cage. An acdriver sits under and behind the ma- quaintance of his who happened along in chinery. The whole affair is set upon his automobile hit upon the right idea. four aeroplane wheels.

This man had seen the bear trio profesSeveral flights, none of them very suc- sionally engaged in the show, where they cessful, have been made.

sat around a table and drank huge quantities of sugar and water from beer bot

tles. The automobile owner loaded up BEARS RECAPTURED WITH his tonneau with as much of the sweet SWEETENED WATER

mixture as he could find, threw in the

clutch and sallied forth to the neighborTHE manager of a little circus touring hood where the bears were enjoying their

the San Joaquin Valley was careless liberty. enough to allow three performing bears Once near enough to them to display

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RECAPTURED BEARS FORGETTING THEIR ESCAPADE IN A DEBAUCH OF SWEETENED WATER.

to slip out of their cages and roam about his bait there was no further difficulty. the countryside a short time ago.

The bears recognized the bottles and Fortunately the only weapons that shuffled forward eagerly. Liberty was happened to be available were shot guns sweet but sugared water was sweeter. charged with bird shot, so that when the All three of them were enticed into the ranchers went forth to do battle with the automobile where they sat up as if the invaders the Bruin family was only show were on and poured gallons of the tickled with a few little lead pellets that delicious beverage down their hairy could not penetrate their tough hides. throats.

Meanwhile the manager appeared and It was at this time that the camera man quieted the fears of the populace, ex- took the pictures and immediately thereplaining that the wild animals were only after they were hurried back to their trick bears and were not likely to do any cages.

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CINEMATOGRAPH FILMS—"MOVING PICTURES"-TAKEN AT THE RATE OF 5.000 A SECOND.

THIS ACHIEVEMENT IS DUE IN PART TO THE USE OF ELECTRICITY. Figure No. 1 shows the automatic discharge of a used cartridge from a revolver; No. 2. a projectile approaching. entering and passing through a ball of clay: No. 3, same through a rubber ball: No. 4, projectile approaching and enter ing a lead tube full of small holes.

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