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INTERESTING WAR NOTES "A SCRAP OF PAPER." [Newspaper Article] — Queanbeyan Age and Queanbeyan Observer — 28 May 1915
INTERESTING WAR NOTES "A SCRAP OF PAPER." "I cannot understand Great Britain going to war with Germany just for a scrap of paper." The "scrap of paper " thus contemptuously referred to by the German Chancellor, during a conversa tion with the British Ambassador at Berlin on August 4th, is the Treaty of 1839, signed by Great Britain, Belgium, Austria, France, Russia, and Prussia, which explicitly stated that "Belgium, within the limits specified in Articles I., II., and IV., shall form an inde pendent and perpetually neutral State. It shall be bound to observe such neutrality towards all other States." That is the English translation of Article VII. Germany observed that Treaty as long as it suited her purpose to do so, and when, in her mad rush to get to Paris, she tore it up, thereby committing, to quote the words of Mr. Percy Illingworthl, M.P Chief Liberal \'hip, "as wicked and criminal a breach of binding obligation as ever disgraced the pages of history," the German Chancellor ...
EGYPT'S FAMOUS MOSQUE. [Newspaper Article] — Queanbeyan Age and Queanbeyan Observer — 28 May 1915
ECYPT'8 FAMOUS MOSQUE.I't Sultan Husseini will be 'a title which is' 'really "revei'siohii to ' 'type,' for Egypt was long ruled by Sultans,: one o.fwhom has given his name to whato some consider the finest specimen, of Saracenio architecture in the :.world. This' is .the mosque of Sultan Hassan, the pride of modern Cairenes, whaich was. built about 1360, partly with stone taken from the Py.ramids. So delighted was the Sultan with the. beauty of" the design that he cut off the right hand of the architect to prevent him build ing a rival edifice. In the walls there are,. or were, some cannon-balls' fired from the neighbouring 'itadel during the French invasion of Egypt. ..
HOW JELLICOE KEEPS FIT. The Admiral and the "Ki-Bey." [Newspaper Article] — Queanbeyan Age and Queanbeyan Observer — 28 May 1915
HOW JELLICOE KEEPS FIT. The Admiral and the "'KI ?y." By. practising "catches" and indulg ing in vigorous running round the deck; Adniral Jellicoe keeps himself in the "pink of condition," according to an interesting "letter from a gunner on board the "Iron Duke," the Admiral's flagship. He says:- "With one of. the admirals he goes on deck, and Jellioob throws the ball to his admiral, and he in turn throws itback. . "When in need of more strenuous exercise," adds the gunner, "Jellicoe runs round the deck a time or two, until he has had enough." "He. has the spirits of a schoolboy, and he is always good-humoured and keen. We all like him.". A humorous incident of life aboard the flagship is related by the gunner as follows: "We were out one dark -and cold night. It is on such nights that hot coffee is served out to the men on the night watches. The coffee is.called 'ki,' and is carried round-by the 'ki b o y : ' . I . [. " , "'When walking along the, deck. the 'Ki-boy'., thought, he ...
WORLD'S BIGGEST GUN. [Newspaper Article] — Queanbeyan Age and Queanbeyan Observer — 28 May 1915
IWORLD'8 BICCEST 'CUN. The biggest gun in the world-unless the German army has larger ones not known to other nations-was shipped from the Watervliet arsenal, New' York,' recently, :where it had been" sent to be rebored, to the arsenal at Water town, Massachusetts, to be remounted for coast defence service at the Pacific Ocean end of the Panama Canal. 'Tho gun is the big 16in., rifle built at Watervliet in 1896 and placed in service at - Sandy Hook. It is 4Dft. 4in. in length, and weighs 284,5001b. The diameter at its breech is 5ft.: and at the :niuzzle is 2ft. '5in. It fires' a projectile- weighing 1,4001b. a distance of twenty miles, and it costs Uncle Sam in the neighbourhood of £200 every time the 'big piece of ordnance is fired.' It requires 6001b. of gun powder every time it is discharged. .Thegun was transported on a spec - ally built car, the car itself proving almost as much of a curiosity as the gun. The car is 100ft. long, Oft. 10in.: wide, anid stands 10ft. lm. from the ...
IS MOONLIGHT DANGEROUS? [Newspaper Article] — Queanbeyan Age and Queanbeyan Observer — 28 May 1915
18 MOONLIGHT DANGEROUS? The alleged harmfulness of moonlight is at last receiving scientific attention. It seems, according to a writer, that the light of the moon, being reflected, is polarised; that is, the vibrations are in one plane instead of all planes, as in light coming direct from its source. It is also said that it has less germi cidal power than direct light, and that decay is therefore quicker. All this may be true, and it may explain some of the folklore as to moonlight. We have so long believed these tales to be the myths of primitive peoples that we are not inclined to take any sugges tions in this line seriously. They are really mistaken attempts at the scientific explanation of phenomena noticed for the first time. The folk tales seem to have originated in lands of very clear atmosphere, and it is extremely doubtful whether in these northern misty climates moonlight has any ocular or nervous effect one way or the other. Still we are often surprised at the facts . el...
AGRICULTURAL ALCOHOL. [Newspaper Article] — Queanbeyan Age and Queanbeyan Observer — 28 May 1915
ACRICULTURAL. ALCOHOL. - Some years a ndthe United' States Bureau of Plant Industry !began an in. .vestigation of the problem of utilising the waste and surplus products of American farms as a source for the manufacture of denatured alcohol. Dr. Edward Kremers, of the University of Wisconsin, was sent abroad as a special agent to study the development of this product, especially in Germany and his report has just been published as Bulletin 182 of the United States Department of Agriculture. German agriculturists have devoted a great deal of attention to finding new indus trial outlets for alcohol and to improving and popularising existing outlets. Potatoes are the great source of alcohol. About 6000 agricultural potato distilleries were in operation in Germany at the time of Dr. Kremers' investigations.
Economic Value of Machinery. [Newspaper Article] — Queanbeyan Age and Queanbeyan Observer — 28 May 1915
Economic Value of Machinery. The bcnefits derived from the in troductiorin-ot-. machinery. are ineal culablc-riduccd 'hours of labor, bet ter 'standard of livnng,. greater peri ods for recreation. 'and mnany other benefits enjoyed by us arc .largely due to, andthe' result oi', ;the gen cral introduction of .motiive power and machinery in all industries. -It is therefore natural, as circumstances permit, and opportunity occurs, that we avail ourselves of the aid of motive: power and machinery.'.. It is generally more agreeable, and: cre tainly more profitable. to utilise a steam engine and boiler, or oil en gine, to do the work than to do it by hand, besides, a steam plant or oil engine does not require contin uous attention, and the attendant is largely free to 'do other work. The absence of motive power ne cessarily limits one's enterprise and ambition. Fancy attem'pting to milk a hundred cows twice a day by hand when, -with an L-K-G Milking Plant it becomes almost child's play Our...
INVENTIONS BY ACCIDENT. [Newspaper Article] — Queanbeyan Age and Queanbeyan Observer — 28 May 1915
. INVENTIONS BY.ACCIDENT. 'An alchemist, ` experimenting in earths for the making of crucibles, found that he,: had invented porcelain. A watchmaker's .apprentice, holding a spectacle-glass between his thumb and forefing~r, noticed that through it the neighbouring buildings appeared larger, and thus he discovered the adaptability of the lens to the tele . " Nuremberg glass-cutter by acci dent one day dropped a little aqua fortis upon his spectacles. He found that it corroded and softened the glass, and he conceived' the idea of etching. He drew figures upon the glass with" varnish, applied the fluid, and cut' away the glass about the drawing. When he removed the varnish the figures appeared, raised on a dark ground. The process of whitening sugar was never known until' a hen' walked through a clay-puddle, and then strayed into a sugar-house. Her tracks* were left in the piles of sugar, and when it was noticed that the spots where she had stepped were whiter than the rest, tlhe firat...
RIFLE SHOOTING. [Newspaper Article] — Queanbeyan Age and Queanbeyan Observer — 28 May 1915
RIFLE SHOOTING. The opening match in the compe tition for the Davies' medal was commenced on Saturday last when nine competitors put in an appear ance. Conditio?s were 10 shots at the 200 yards range. The usual cash prizes were annexed by A. D. McInnes and S. Taylor. The scores were: 2ooyds hp Total A D McInnes 46 4 50 S Taylor 46 4 50 WV Muir 44 7 50 G Hately 49 sc 49 T Warren 49 sc 49 S Gallagher 47 I 48 C Browi 43 5 48 C Powell. 44 3 47 H Morri" 43 4 47 The holiday afforded by Empire Day was taken advantage or by the committee of the local rifle-club and a prize shoot arranged. The conditions were 10 shots at 600 yards range. Twenty-one shooters were in attendance, but owing to darkness closing in early G. O'Hanlon, C. Bowen and Saunders were unable to shoot. The winners ote the cash prizes were:-Capt. Thomson 10/-; G. Gregory 5/.-; G. Thurston and G. Hately 2/8 each. The following are the scores:- 600yds hp Total It. Thornson 44 3 47 G. Gregory 43 3 46 G. Thurstou 30 10 46 G. Ha...
STRIKES YOU ANY TIME. [Newspaper Article] — Queanbeyan Age and Queanbeyan Observer — 28 May 1915
STRIKES YOU ANY TIME. Never know when or where back ache pains will strike you. The kid. neys will go wrong and when they do the first warning is generally through the back. Neglect means many serious ills, it's only a short step from common backache to rheu matic pains, urinary disorders, drop sy, Bright's disease. Dean's Back ache Kidney Pills cure every ill or the kidney and bladder. Read this testimony, it tells of a cure .that lasted. Mrs. M. Quigley, Balcombe Street, Queanbeyan, says: "Ten years ,tgo I tol'd you That Deoan's Backache Kidny Pills had cured me otr Ieoey trouble, and gave you permission to publish this fact for the benefit of other sufferers. I am pleased to let you know ;tha; I am still well to day. Mhy trouble was severe pain in the small of m'y back, and head aches ana" giddiness. Sometimes I could scarcely stoop over on account of the backache. My quick and last ing cure has made nme a firm'.believer in the merit of Doan's Backache Kidney Pills. I always keep...
SCIENCE NOTES. BULLET-PROOF MIRRORS. [Newspaper Article] — Queanbeyan Age and Queanbeyan Observer — 28 May 1915
SCIENCE NOTES. BULLET-PROOF MIRRORS. A prolonged mirror described by E. H. W. - estwood to the Victorian Institute . of Electrical Engineers is held together by wire .netting ,em= bedded in the glass, and it may be used for such purposes "as search lights without likelihood of being put out. of. commission by a gunshot or other accident. In tests made, the glass 'was still serviceable after three' or four shots. It had a reflective efficiency of 97.99 per cent., that of metal. mirrors being 70.76, and it was not damaged by handling.
ELECTRIC WATER-HEATER. [Newspaper Article] — Queanbeyan Age and Queanbeyan Observer — 28 May 1915
. ELECTRIC -WATER-HEATER. A very compact little electric stove has been put on the market "which is particularly ?adapted ~Tor heating a tumbler or glassful of water in a very short space of time. .. The heating element is in the forni'of a cylinder slightly under an inch in diameter and about 4} inches long, which is provided with a metal cap arranged to fit over the. mouth of the glass. ;This serves to retain the heat and also keep out dust and dirt'. The .switch in the cover 'controls the current. The beating element generates - sufficient heat'' to bring a glass. of water to a boil in a minute and a-half. The device con sumes 450 watts.Y . :
THE MACAPUNO COCOANUT. [Newspaper Article] — Queanbeyan Age and Queanbeyan Observer — 28 May 1915
THE MACAPUNO COCOANUT. :This curious' sport fruit ,of the cocoanut, which occasionally grows on trees bearing ordinary cocoanuts, is described from the Philippines by B. M.+ Gonzales y Sioco.:.~.Instead -of containing .. the . ordinary watery "milk" the macapuno nut is nearly or quite made up of viscous, white, transluhicent jelly, the texture of which next to the shell approaches the firm ness -of the normal cocoanut+ meat. There is no way of distinguishing this kind of nut, when' intact, except by shaking it. It'is said that trees which bear macapuno nuts will continue to do so from year to year.
SHELLS AND SOMNAMBULISM. [Newspaper Article] — Queanbeyan Age and Queanbeyan Observer — 28 May 1915
SHELLS" AND SOMNAMBULISM. A correspondent, who is in charge of an ambulance on the Continent has been investigating: the; psychology of the fighting man:: Neurotic subjects, he says, react· in a rmost.4 striking fashion to the shock of explosions. Some develop a ,tendency to 'somnam bulism, and ale met wandering about with terror' depicted on their faces, in anxious.; search - of .their, regiments. Short of somnambulism, the dread of losing contact with their fellows seems to be felt with extreme frequency,; and the horror of isolation cohstitutes the commonest nighitmore of the men ,in the fighting line,. They dream that they are wandering through 'endless treniches as complicated as an artificial maze, -r or are picking ,their: way through , lonesome forests :whence all but they haveffled.
MULLIGAN'S FLAT. [Newspaper Article] — Queanbeyan Age and Queanbeyan Observer — 28 May 1915
* MULLICAN'S FLAT. In response to an u'appeal' by the Education Department to raise the sum of o/io;,oo : by the Schools of the State. towards the ;tNtional. Bel-I gian Relief Lui'nd; tlie school pupils: of Mulligai'sFlat;? with the hearty co-operatio6fn:~fth'eir- popular teacher (Mr. HI Lai'oii~y)and-parents saised a substantial,, donation' on Monday last. The amountit netted ?°was £9., Mr. W. Ryan, of Hois~.e' pirk, ? very generously donatedi a-heep and Mrs. Ryan a pijrrof fine firkeys to` be dis posed of intaid..of. :the .fuid. These' both realised' substantial amounts. The sheep was won by Mr. ; C. Nor grove of Canberra ':and "the turkeys by Mrs. Jas;. Gillespie.-", A sale of the children's manual' work; (cane and baskets)'during the- afternoon 'real ised £3. Takiing into considerationl that very' few people were pre sent except the school children i and their parents, the iamoiunt raised speaks volumes _for the- p?ttriotic spiritiof the residents of this: little corner and the ...