Fred Fearnot's Day, or The Great Reunion at Avon



In lecturing the other day on "Numbers in History," at the University College, London, Professor Hans Delbruck of the University of Berlin said that the numbers of armies were of the greatest historical importance. On the day of Vionville, although under Moltke, there were ten army corps ready at hand, not much more than two were really engaged in action. If it was so difficult to move 400,000 men, with the aid which was available, and led by such a man then all the reports which we had received of similar armies in olden times-of the Assyrians, Persians, Gauls, Huns, or Germans-were struck out of history.


Chief White Cloud, who says he has recently been elected Chief of 2,800 Dakota Indians, stopped at Columbus, Ind., for a short rest while on his way to Washington to see President Wilson. The Chief is walking the entire distance, and when he meets the President he intends to request the Chief Executive to do all be can to give the Indians a vote. Chief White Cloud calls attention to the fact that he is a graduate, that he speaks twenty-three languages, nine of which are foreign tongues and the others Indian dialects; that he has taught school and is now an Indian Chief but that be has no right to vote.


FIRST PRIZE-$150,000, with additions, making a probably $1,000,000. Course- San Francisco, Reno, Nev.; Cheyenne, Wyo.; Kansas City, Mo.; St. Louis, Mo.; New York, N. Y.; Belle Island (Between Newfoundland and Labrador); Cape Farewell, Greenland; Reikjavik, Iceland; Stormaway the Hebrides; Edinburgh, London, Paris, Berlin, Warsaw, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Trans-Siberian Railway to Manchuria. Vladivostock, Corea, Kobe and Tokio, Japan; Kamchatka, East Cape or the Aleutian Island, Vancouver, Seattle and home. First three to signify intention of entering-Beckwith Havens, Captain Matthew Batson and Lincoln Beachey.United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia and Japan will co-operate in patroling and assisting the aviators.


Embalmed Egyptians that have been buried for thousand of years have become the basis of a new industry. Front them is made the finest brown paint known to artists. When we gaze on the rich browns of an oil painting we may be unconsciously admiring the remains of a beautiful Egyptian princess. When a person died in Egypt a few centuries before Christ the body was preserved in the finest bitumen and wrapped in linen. On being unwrapped to-day, such mummies present, in appearance similar to light colored leather. They are ground down by machinery and turned into a beautiful brown powder, from which is made a paint that is the delight of artists. It is said that color manufacturers keep a mummy locked away in an air-tight case for use as required. A single one will last for years and make a stupendous amount of color.


A cornet and a young musician may revolutionize the bakery business in Connersville, Ind. A cornet solo played to each housewife customer of the Lipps bakery in announcing the approach of the bakery wagon has caused a large increase in business and a decrease in that of other bakers of the city. Roy N. Lipps, who drives the baker wagon, tired of announcing his coming with the raucous blast of a tin horn, and because he hopes to become a professional cornetist did not wish to take chances of injuring his lip, so far as cornet playing is concerned. Replacing the tin horn with a cornet he called forth the housewives. Getting the women to the bread wagon was formerly difficult, but the cornet has arouse their curiosity until they seldom fail to come to the wagon, and then they seldom fail to purchase. Now that Lipps has been playing tunes the housewives' ears are becoming sensitive to the jarring notes of a bell or the blast of a tin born. An itinerant butcher has declared he will mix vaudeville with business soon, if his customers insist that the notes of his bell are out of tune with the appreciative senses aroused by the Lipps bakery cornetist.


For the benefit of the man with heavy beard and tender skin a razor has been invented which cuts the beard by a chopping action. An electric motor is connected by a flexible shaft to the shaft of the safety razor. On the end of the razor shaft cylindrical cams are provided which change the rotating movements to a reciprocating one within the bladeholder. At the end of the holder this motion is again changed to one at right angles to the former, by means of a rocking arm and two prongs. Therefore the final motion of the blade is also a reciprocating one, causing the blade to act by means of blows against the hair. Many blows per second are administered, depending upon the revolutions per minute of the motor. The action of the blade is therefore not really one of merely cutting, but rather of severing by blows. The logical result is that it is not necessary to have the blades as sharp as it is now demanded. The chief advantage, however, is the rapidity with which a first-class shave can be accomplished, two to three minutes are sufficient. An application of soap is not necessary, wetting the skin will be sufficient. The sensation after the shave is very agreeable resembling that of a mild massage. The motor may be connected by a plug with any lamp socket.

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