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A Mechanical Employment Bureau. [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 16 October 1914
A Mechanical Employment Bureau. A mechanical device for bringing together the man nnd the Job has been invented by a California!!. It consists of an upright cabinet with a number of glass-covered coses, each of which shows a card with an inscription something like this : '^Wanted-A Butcher. Wages, 3dol. a dny. German preferred. References." Enough information is placed oti the card, and visible through the glass, so that the applicant can tell if he can fill the requirements. If so he drops 25c. In the slot, opens the cabinet, anl takes out the card, which carries the address upon the reverse. If he obtains the position, ho >has paid only a ' quarter instead of th&lt;? exorbitant fee demanded by some agendas, while if he is un successful he can get his money back by taking the card to the main of fice. Only one card for each job is placed in the cabinet, so there is no crush at the door of the employer, which is a good thing for - both par ties. Tho machines are placed in...
ELECTRIC CHARWOMAN. [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 16 October 1914
ELECTRIC CHARWOMAN. Machinery has now invaded tho field of the charwoman, for an elec tric scrubbing machine hns just comc 1n.to use. It is a little push cart, supplied with electric power through a cablo connected with a lamp socket. The operator simply pushes it over the marble floor and controls its operations by levers on the cart handle. A sot of. brushes revolve on tho floor, while a little stream of water trie'des down through them from a tank. Powdered soap is fed to the water in eusily-regulated amounts. As the ; cart is pushed ahead the dirty water is swept up to a pipe and a little pump sucks it up from the 'floor.
The German Way. [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 16 October 1914
The German Way. It is an astonishing fact that & blind man may drive &lt;i motor-car in tho United Kingdom. Anyone who has a driving licence, which can bo obtained on tho payment of 5s. without any test of qualifica tion, is entitled to drive a car whe ther he is able to do so or not. The German method is in strong contrast to that of Britain. If a German wishes to drive a motor car he must first take out a one month's tuition licence, which per mits him to learn to drive. At the end of the month he; is taken into the heart of a large city, and with an official at his side is made to drive in and out of the traffic. One little slip, a slight hesitation in slowing up, and back he is put for another month of tuition. There are many cases in which even three months' tuition is insisted on, and there are others in which licenses are refused altogether. The result I of this is that tho accident per centage in Berlin -is only half that of London. Manchester Evening
Lost in Windsor Castle. [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 16 October 1914
Lost in Windsor Castle. Mr. J,. C. Millar, the celebrated 1 ortrait-pnintcr, used to toll how he went by command to Windsor Castlo for . a few days, to paint tho picture of a certain Queon whilst she woa living thero. One morning he arrived earlier than usual, had luncheon in good time, all by him self, and then got the Queen in question to sit for an hour to him. Having thus made fair pro gress with his picture, he resolved to take a stroll in tho park for a little while a* a change, and ac cordingly started to And his way o-t. But, unfortunately, he got lost ! Ho went up one corridor after an other in vain, but he could not meot any servant who might bo questioned effectively for his pur pose. Finally, at the end of a long passage,, he came to a door which scorned as if it must surely load into the courtyard. So he opened it and wont on. But what was his surpriso and chagrin when ho found himself in a room where sat tho vory Queen he had been painting, with her maid placing a cloa...
PIONEERS OF EMPIRE. A HERO OF EXPLORATION. [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 16 October 1914
PIONEERS OF EMPIRE.!. A H KUO OF EXPLOIl ATION. Among the ninny men who have faced death to extend the hounds ot Empire and human knowledge not one carried a stouter heart on * more perilous adventure than J)r. Kane when one May day in 1853 he: turned his face to the Arctic wastes in search of the lost Sir John Frnnklin. The ship that carried him was but a tiny craft ot 144 tons, with n crew of eighteen men all told; hut she had a well-tried "heart of oak," and every man on board her proved himself a hero, as the fol lowing story-ono of the most amazing in the history of adven ture-will prove. Probably no man -was ever less "equipped physically for the role of explorer than Elisha Kpno. Small and frail and racked by chronic rheumatism, he seemed much1 more fitted for ian invalid's couch than for facing such hardships and perils ? as- must fall'to the' lot of.,the man who adventures ' into tho' unknown. Ilut his heart was as bravo as his -body was frail; and already be had shown .a. ...
SEED POTATOES. [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 16 October 1914
. SEED POTATOES. Bulletin No. 140 of the South Da kota Experimental Station on the se lection and preparation of seed po tatoes', says that the result of most exhaustive experiments shows that the yield of potatoes from large se lected seed, cut into largo seed pieces, was not only greater in bush els per acre, but contained 1.3 per cent, more of sizeable; tubers than the yield from unsoleeted seed and smaller, seed-pieces, ? 1949,
AN ANCIENT CALF. [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 16 October 1914
AN ANCIENT CALF. Awkward mistakes occur some times through falling into certain mannerisms of expression. A. par* bod had a habit of frequently say ing "for years and years and years," in the course of a sermon. He was preaching on the Prodigal Son, and spoke of him sitting down in that far-off land thinking of the tiome that ho had not seen " for years and years and years." This was all right, but presently he spoke of the welcome to his old home, and of the calf which his father had kept in anticipation of that happy day. "Yes," said he. dropping into his favourite cadence for the winding up of a sentence; "Yes, the calf which" he had kept for years and years and years !" Then somebody laughed ! Women can bo told from men by their hats. Also by their going to church, of which men are not guilty. Perhaps men would go to church if they had lints like wo men and could keep them on. Women's hats prove them to bo leas logical and more ornithologi cal than men. Women is o*'ter the vote,...
A Wind-made Mountain. [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 16 October 1914
A Wind-made Mountain. &lt; Earthquakes and volcanoes some- | times in a few seconds work havoc j with the topography of a country, | but the wind works more slowly I in making changcs on the face of the earth. It has been on one job at Cape Honry, Va., for unknown centuries, and while it has accom plished much, it does not seem to consider its work there completed, and promises to sticlo to it for hun dreds of years longer, unless it chan ges its favourite routes of travel or the ocean curronts theirs, or the hand of man intervenes. The work the wind has been doing at Cape Henry and of which it never tires, from the beach, perhaps a hundredth part of an - inch a day, a small mountain of sand. As the prevail ing winds at the Cape are north east, south-westward lies the coursc of this sand mountain. In its path is a dense forest of sypress, pine, and beach trees, sheltering a jungle of undergrowth, in which make their home little black bears, an occa sional deer, foxes, raccoo...
Sleep with Open Eyes. [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 16 October 1914
Sleep with Open Eyes. Moat people sleep on their sides, ' with the knees drawn up. Elephants always, nnrt horses com monly, sleep standing up. Birds, with the exception of owls and the hanging parrots of India, . sleep with their heads turned tail* ward over the hack nn 1 tho beak thrust among the feathers between the wing and body. Storks, gulls, and other long-, legped birds sloep standing on ono leg. Bucks sleep on open water. To avoid drifting shoreward, they keep paddling with one foot, thus making them move in a circle. Foxes and wolves sleep curled up their noses and the soles of their feet close together. Hares, snakes, and fish sleep with their eyes wide open. Owls, in addition to their eye lids, have a screen, that they draw sideways across their eyes to shut .ut the light, for they sleep in the daytime.
Gun-Running Profits. [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 16 October 1914
Gun-Running Profits. A few years ago Dr. A; * Berger, an Oriental travellor, Btated that gun-running- has been pursued with success . /or some time past in Egypt. He had been assured on good authority that in tho event of an insurro: tion the Egyptian natives would he found well armed with modern weapons, there being over 40,000 repeating riiles, with am munition, buried in a certain neigh bourhood. Ho declared that ships ladon with arms were able to defy our cruisers by affirming that tho cargoes were dostined for Abyssinia. In India a considerable gun-run ning business has been carried on for years, and in 1010 it was discover ed at the Monghyr Railway Sta* tion that what was supposed to be a parcel of walking-sticks was in reality a consignment of arms. . By an ingenious contrivance tho harrol of the gun was concealed in a stick, on the same principle as sword sticks, and, . as Monghyr is known throughout Bongal for its walking sticks, large consignments had been innocently conve...
World's Finest Post-office [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 16 October 1914
World's Finest Post-office ? "A Palace in Pink'* is the descrip tion which has been Applied to the new post-ofNcc at New York, which has just been completed at a cost of £1,200,000. It is claimed for this post-office, which is built main ly of pink granite, that it is the finest and most perfectly-equipped building or its kind in the world, ami it would, indeod, be difficult to point to its equal. Before the entrance to the build ing, which is five storeys high, is a colonnade of twenty gient pillars of pink granite, 33ft. high* and Oft. thick, the whole surrounded with the motto, "Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift com pletion' of their appointed rounds. Some 165,000 cubic feet of gran ite, 18,000 tons of steel, 7,000,000 bricks, and 200,000 square fpet of glass have been used in the con struction of this building. A re markable featuro of the building is that it has no foundation, but rests on steel beams held up over the railw...
Curing Drunkards by Bee-stings. [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 16 October 1914
Curing Drunkards by Bee-stings. Aecording to t\u recent testimony of various doctors and their pa tient*, some really weMlerful cures of rheuaiatiina , aoiaUca have keen effected by the sting of tko bee. I* ome cms a'person crippled by rheumatiim for fifteem years vu completely cured after he began to k«ep bees and was continually stung by them; while in another case a lady who had been crippled for four years by aa attack of rheumatic fover had bee-stings applied to the various affected parts, and within a fortnight the stifTness and pain left her feet, ankles, elbows, and finger Joints. And there are several authentic cases of people over eighty years of age who have suffered for years from rheumatism being: completely cured by this novol remedy. The explanation lies in the fact that the bee, when it stings, injects a large quantity of formic acid in to the body. This acid as has been shown by experience with hundreds 'of canes, is the best antidote for the poisons in the system w...
Minto and the Sentry. [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 16 October 1914
Minto and the Sentry. -rt A capital story which Lord Hinto used to delight in telling was of an experience he'had while he was Viceroy of India. One morning in Simla he wanted to speak to the Commander-in«Chief of the Indian Arm>* before, the latter \ started work for the day, so he set off unattend ed to pay an early call. When he arrived at the Conirnander-in-Chicfa official residence he found his way barred by a sentry,, who apparent ly did not recognise the visitor. Lord Minto explained that he wanted to see tho Commander-in Chief, but the sentry declined to allow him to pass. "But I am the Viceroy," protested his lordship. The sentry looked at him with a pitying smile. "Ah," he said, thoughtfully, " we gets all sorts 'ere. Last n^eek we 'ad a cove who kidded 'isself '« was Queen Victorr's grandfather. We 'ad to put 'im in a ' strait waistcoat, so you'd better push of!.''
Fortunes in Bottled Smoke. [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 16 October 1914
Fortunes HI Bottled j ' Smoke. Bottle smoke is no longer expres sive of a whimsical impossibility. The absurdity of yesterday is to* day an English cemraereial com* modity worth thousands «f pounds per annum. Belching smoka unci nauseous fumes which formerly obscured tin sky and poisoned the air are new being collected and shipped to Ger* many, France, and even far-away Japan. Many an almond-eyed en thusiast runs his motor on "smoke " from a Durham coal-pit; German engineers cannot get enough of it, while the French motor firms could very well do with twice the pre sent available supply. Durham is doing its best to ob lige. The mines, formerly mere "holes" for the extrnotion of coal, are being rapidly transferred into combined collieries . and chemical works. riant valued at over £1, 000,000 has been laid down, and every day in the week thousands of gallons of "smoke" are being turned out for the market. Commercially, the "smoke" is known as benzol. Chemically, it is an acid, produc...
How I was Saved. (By One of the Survivors of the Empress of Ireland.) [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 16 October 1914
How I was Saved. (By One of tho Survivors of the Empress of Ireland.) &nbsp; Mr. C. R. Clark, the sales mana ger for one of the best-known motor car firms in London, was one of the few survivors from the wreck of the ill-fated Empress of Ireland. In the following article he graphically tells the story of the awful sensations he experienced when the vessel sank and he was dragged into the whirl pool of wreckage and bodies, being I &nbsp; ultimately saved by the merest chance &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; AW AWFUL AWAKENING. About 2 o'clock I was awakened by the sound of the Empress siren blowing, and almost immediately &nbsp; afterwards I distinctly heard two answering notes from another ship, which evidently was the Storstad. I got out of bed and looked out of the window to see if it was foggy, but found that there was only a slight mist on the water, and so got i back to bed again. &nbsp; Two or three mlnutes afterwards I felt it bump,...
Really? [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 23 October 1914
Really ? " They call the Mexican, Indians lazy," said the . traveller, "but the Mexican Indian is the only man I've even seen who works while ho sleeps. "In the interior of Mexico-.'one b«lmy' January afternoon 1 camo upon nn Indian hut romantically situated beside a. stre.im. A ham mock of native grass was swung across a narrow branch of the stream, an Indian slept in the ham mock, and a string, tied; to his foot, dangled in the water? "As 1 approached the string tightened with a jerk. The Indian awoke. Ho seized the string, and hauled it in. There was a fish of three pounds' weight at the end of it. " 'Here you are, Mercedes !' -shout ed. the Indian. "His brown vrife came and re moved the fish. She rebaited the hook. Then, the Indian, lying back in the hammock again, resumed - his sleep-angling act." 1950 VYou are always taking about the high cost of , living." "Well, that's about all I hoar at home." "From your wife." "No, from my wife's lather. We are living with him, jou know,"...
About April Fools. [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 23 October 1914
About April Fools. Nobody appears to bo able to say, with any degree of certainty, how, when, or why the custom of trying to make fools of one's friends and neighbours on the morn ing of April 1st came into being. The custom is not by any means confined to England. It prevails almost throughout the world. In Scotland they call an April fool a gowk (cuckoo) : the French call ! him un posson d'Avril-that is " to :say, a mackerel. We ourselves have the expression, "You silly mac kerel !" and silly indeed are most of the people who get caught by the jokes engendered on April 1st. Some authorities say that the custom owes its origin to the pro verbial uncertainty of April wea ther ; others, to the mockery trial of our Lord. But similar tricke are played in Hindustan, at the Huli Festival (March 31st.) Perhaps, then, it may be a relic of the Roman "Cerealia," held, at the beginning of April. The tale | is that Proserpina was sporting in ! the Elysi&n meadows, and had just j filled...
Furnace and Microscope in One. INVESTIGATES MOLTEN METALS. [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 23 October 1914
Furnace and Microscope in One. > INVESTIGATES MOLTEN . METALS. One of the most 'interesting micro scopes over invented and the only one of its kind in the world has just been perfected by Dr. Wright of the Carnegie Institute. It is an electricnl furnace and microscope combined and was built in the ma chine shops of the laboratory. The object for which it is intend ed is the examination of metals and rocks at an intense heat, in a con dition similar to that which existed at the time of their formation, by Mother Nature in the earth. In order to study the behaviour of metals and stones in p. molten state it was necessary to subject them to a heat which would melt almost any substance and ruin the microscope itself. Hence a plan was devised by Dr. Wright which allows an inconceivable heat to b« used, but the machine, other than the oven itself, is kepi cool and no high temperature interferes' with the microscope. This is done by hav ing a metal hollow jacket, through which water con...
Dissipating Fog by Wireless. [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 23 October 1914
Dissipating Fog-by Wireless. The North Railroad Company in Franco is making experiments on the use of wireloss' waves for clear ing away fog. It is well known that eloctric waves act upon the water particles which make up fog, so as to dissolve thom and turn thom into vapour. Following this idea, it is claimed that as much as tfOO feet can be cleared up in front of the eloctrlc wires which are sending out tho waves, the. fog being at least partially dissipated, and this will have a great value in practice, especially for railroads and vessols at soa. Tho latter will have time to avoid each othor in this. But experiments have shown that a small piece of picturo wire across tho torminals of one of the small two-volt batteries, immedia tely becomes red-hot, and oasily lights a cigarette. Even if the battery box is locked and tjio safety terminals applied, it has been shown that two pins stuck through the cable which connects the accumu lator to the lamp will afford such contacts for th...
Ladie's Column. KITCHEN WRINKLES. [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 23 October 1914
Column. KITCHEN WRINKLES. A bag of salt standing whore there is & stnell of fish will absorb the aroma. Raw potato-juice is a valuable cleanser. It will Remove stains from the hands and also from woollen fabrics. When making soups or stows, if there is too much flavour of one particular vegetable, a sprig of par sley added will equaliso the fla vouring. /»'ter washing lamp-chimneys, try polishing them with dry salt. Thl3 gives the glass a brilliant shine and prevents it from cracking. To ease a corn, which is often painful from long standing, touch it with a little oil of peppermint, and the soreness will be wonderfully lessoned. Starched material, even though it j keeps clcan longest, should be avoid | ed during warm weathor. The starch prevents a free currcnt of j air passing through. I Usod in water as a daily gargle, | borax keeps the throat healthy. ( Used in water for> cleansing the , teeth it "disinfects" them and pre i vents their decaying. | A very easy and quick...