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Our Note Book.

President Roosevelt is again to the front. He is stirring- up railway magnates who have long and persistently 'broken rate laws. A proposal from a large number of State legislatures of limiting rales to a penny a mile brought) Pierpont Morgan, hat in hand, to Roosevelt. The millionaire to I'd the worthy President that companies meant no harm, and intended to hol'd the laws sacred in future. The 'directors of the' greatest railways and President Roosevelt will talk matters over, which may mean that “Teddy'' will frighten some of the nonsense out of them.

■“Way-back," fresh from the Exhibition, discoursed eloquently through his whiskers for the edification of the local schoolteacher. “And I suppose you called and had a chat, with the Government apiarist ?" queried the man of learning. “Th’ Guv’mint wot ?■-- “The apiarist," reiterated the teacher slowly and distinctly Still Way-back wae perplexed. “An apiarist," said the teacher, kindly, “is a bee expert.” “Yes, yes, I know that," snapped the farmer, testily, “but an expert in what ?"

Prcsklent Jordan of Stanford University (pei’ ‘‘ Current Literature”') for a greater enthusiasm in living, and exhorts us all ‘‘to do things because we love them, to love things because we do them, to keep the eyes open, the heart warm, and the pulses swift as we move across the held of life. He aptly quotes Stevenson’s recipe for joyousness : “To take the old world by the hand and frolic with it.”- “There are poet xy, and pi’ose, and mimic, and painting and sculpture—all ready to yield us not mei’efy professional satisfaction but the strength that comes from higher living and more lofty feeling, if we only approach them in the right spirit. They improve the stimulus to enthusiastic living.”STORY OF PROF. HUXLEY. Professor Huxley was once surprised by being asked to preside at a meeting of the Anti-Tobacco League. He accepted the invitation, and was heartily greeted by the lai'ge audience. In his speech he told an anecdote of a visit he paid .to another scientist to discuss a recent discovery, and they agreed on all subjects except one. ■‘■‘My friend,” continued Huxley, “was a great smoker, while I hated tobacco in any form. (Great applause). On one occasion when neai'ly suffocated by my friend’ cigarsmoke, I expostulated with him, but he pushed the cigars towards me saying, ‘Take one yourself, old mam ; it is the best remedy.’ Reluctantly I took one and smoked it. And since that time, ladies and gentlemen, nothing on earth would induce me — (frantic applause)—to forgo my afterdinner smoke.” The learned gentleman was* never again asked to preside at a similar gathering. heroi (Breeds . The veterinary surgeon who held his logs in the air the other week for three hours to check the flow of

bio ad after one leg had been cut off, and the other mutilated on the railway, has rightly been described as a man of iron nerve. His act recalls the almost parallel case of a young English baronet durino- the Crimean war. He was in command of a battery, and had both legs shot off in action. All he did was just to be laid on his back with the stumps of his legs upwards, and to .go on directing his guns as, before to the end of the battle. . This fine officer was among those aftei wai db publicly decorated in London by L Victoria. , , As his perambulator was wheeled past Her Majesty, the spectacle of the lion-hearted young soldier i educed to the helplessness of age in thoprime of such a manhood so appealed to her woman’s nature that she stopped him to give expression to her feelings. “I am paid for all, ’ quietly replied the hero, and he went on. The scene made such an impression the Queen that it is preserved, unless we mistake, in one of her own letters. A BIG STEAMER. The gigantic scale on which theManrentinia is conceived is illustrated by the following facts about her propelling machinery. On a trip to Now York and back she will use as much co a l as 20 trams each consisting of 20 trucks could carry. The coal burnt on a voyage 1 out to New York and back would keep the fires of 8000 average workmen’s houses going for a period of one year. Approximately 850 firemen and trimmers will be required to deal with the coal. If the funnels were placed one upon the other they would form a column 430 feet high. If the boilers were placed on their ends one above the other they w ould form a column 547 feet high. Lunch could be taken by 250 people in one of the funnels, each poison comfortably sealed at the table. Independently of the pipes for steam and water connections, there will bo about 144 miles of brass and steel tubes fitted to the boilers, condensers, etc. There will be nearly 600 tuns of rotating mass in the engine room, this mass revolving at about 200 revolutions per minute. r l he whole of this will be under control and measurement to the one-thousandth of an inch. There will bo three-quarters of a, million blades in the turbine, and, if placed end to end, these blades would extend over a distance of 110 miles Two electric trains could pass each other side by side in the condenser exhaust branch, as far as dimensions

go. The aggregate length of the steam and feed pipes in the machinery room will be about l. } t miles.

Some of the larger castings which form the l.p. casings weigh about 33 tons ■each.

The weight of the ingots from which the large drums were forged was 120 tons each.

There will be about 200 miles of electric cabfcs in the ship.

The electric generating station on the ship is larger than that which supplied the town of Paisley and its 87,000 inhabitants.

The boat is provided with four ellipitical funnels each 23 feet 6 in. by 17 feet 6 in., and rising to a height of 152 feet above the keel of the vessel. On the day of the launch of the big ship the funnels lay at the Wallsend slipway. 'A track had been laid through them, and many of the visitors were driven through in motor cars.

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Our Note Book., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 51, 23 March 1907

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Our Note Book. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 51, 23 March 1907

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