Covina Argus from Covina, California on May 16, 1908 · Page 7
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TRV THE COVINA FURNITURE GO. FOR ANYTHING IN THE LINE OF FURNITURE or FLOOR COVERINGS SAFEST PLACE TC TRADE W. Q. CUSTER, Manager Pooley's (ovina Nurseeirs Choice ferns and potted plants, rosca, carnations and other ornamental treti* in season. Sales yard, corner of First street and San Bernardino Road. THE GREAT CHARIOT RACES I The Way the Steeplejack Does His Langerous Work. Feature of San Bernardino Festival of the Arrowhead. A. N. Wiggins of FA Monte, E. J. Lovetigood of Santa Ana, P. B. Michel of Los Angeles and Milton Kauffman of El Monte, all charioteers in the big chariot races on Friday, May 22, at Association Park, in San Bernardino, have arrived with thirty- two bead of the fastest chariot race horses that can be found in the country, and the citizens of Southern California will have an opportunity of witnessing the greatest chariot races ever held since the days of ancient Rome. The track at Assooiation Park in San Bernardino has been converted into a perfect mile chariot track, and special chariots, painted and decorated with the Festival colors, have been secured for the occasion. There will be four one-mile beats to the race, and an the thrilling dashes will be run over the fastest; track of the kind in the country a new world's record will in all probability be made. The management will endeavor to take excellent care of the crowd, and there will be a twe-minute street car service to and from the fair grounds on that date. Every person in Southern California who can should witness this afternoon of Roman sport and see the greatest Roman chariot race ever produced in this .country, with all charioteers in full Ben HUT costume. Queen Lola I will present the winner laurel wreath. with the prize HIS APPARATUS IS SIMPLE. A Couple of Bo's'n's Chairs, a Trio of L Shaped Ii'on Pegs, a Heavy Hammer and a Ball of Twine Will Taka Him In Sa'.cty to the Summit. In -the clii it>ins nud repair of ehim- neys and steeples it is, as in HO many of the upwa-'d stops of life, undoubtedly the first which counts, says tin- New York Times. Once set your mnn. with n 1ml! of twine tucked In the pocket of his coat, sufely astride the coping of tie big brewery chimney which rears Us bulk of brickwork perhaps 300 feet above surrounding roofs or on the n\>ex of the steeple of a church, his arm around the weather vane's vlbradng pole, and you have the • means by which ropes, ladders, scaffolding and all the necessary structure for examination and repairs may be brought Into place. To got the first man to the giddy summit—that in the question. There WIIB a day when this was not infrequently accomplished by what at lirst sight might appear the somewhat frivolous method of kiteflying. A kite having a goodly length of string attached to Its tail was raised in the usual manner and gradually coaxed over the steeple or chimney under treatment, then drawn down until the tail string lay across the top. It was then merely a matter of time and patience to pass a rope over and haul up a man. But the method had obvious disadvantages. To draw the tall line successfully across a chimney top, still more across the pointed spire of a church, often took more than one or two attempts. Moreover, there must be a fair wind blowing at the time WALL PAPER BARGAINS There is a new wall paper store in Los Atigelcs where they sell good WALL PAPER AT 2c A'ROLL and the assortment is large. Fine gilt papers at 6c a roll and the best embossed gold papers at 9c a roll. The stock is all new and is the best quality \Ve buy by the carload direct from the mills and lhat enables us to name the lowest prices. The best patterns of the best makers NEW YORK WALL PAPER CO. Cor. Tenth and Main Sts., Phone F5141 Los Angeles COUCH AND CURB THE LUNGS WITH Dr. King's New Discovery FDR BOo ft $1.00. Trial Oottlo Free AND ALL THROAT AND LUN« TROUBLES. GUARANTEED SATISFACTORY OR MONEY REFUNDED. Patrick H. Tolly Cement Pipe flanufacturer ALL 5IZES AND IN ANY QUANTITY Estimates furnished.—All work guaranteed. Agent for KANSAS CEMENT Large or small quantities. Yards, Azusa Avenue, just north of San Bernardino Road Telephone, Home 3249 Postofficc Address, Covina J, N, WILSON The Blacksmith With the most skillful mechanics and the best equipment we can do your work in the most workmanlike and best manner in shorter time and at a reasonable cost to you. We also carry a line of Farm Implements, Wagons, Etc, and if you are thinking of purchasing a vehicle os any kind we in- and a large open space available close , vite you to call and look over our line and talk the matter over. "We by in which to raise the kite—this last | will guarantee you a square deal and save you a few dollars besides. Wealth in Eucalyptus. Prof. D. C. Burson, manager of the Beaumont Nursery Company, baa given the readers of the Gateway Gazette ot that city, a striking ob/ ject lesson in regard to the planting of eucalyptus trees as an investment. He says: John Smith and Peter Jones has each ducts of which 500 acres, the pro- they propose to set aside as their liie insurance policies. Smith says, "I will raise barley on my 500 acres." Jones says, "I will raise eucalyptus on mine." Smith has no expense to start with. He employs a "cropper,'' gets one-third of the crop. Average yield forty bushels per acre, one-third, thirteen and one-third bushels, worth sixty cents a bushel, or $8, an acre. But laud cannot be cropped oftener than each alternate year. It therefore pays Smith 830,000 at the end of fifteen years, the time agreed upon for the contest. Jones is somewhat handicapped, as he is compelled to borrow capital to buy trees, plant and cultivate for two or three years. For this we will be liberal iu our calculations. Say the capital borrowed with interest for fifteen years amounts to 8100,000. He plants about 700 trees to the acre or a total of 350,000 trees. We will suppose there is a loss iu flfteeu years of 100,000 trees, leaving 250,000 first-class trees. Of course there is no established price for flfteen-year-old eucalyptus so we are compelled to figure from precedent, or uerhnps, do some guessing. I have measured a number of trees on this townsite thai are eighteen years old that are eight feet in circumference three, feet from the ground. Perhaps one half of the many trees along the streets will measure six febt iu circumference and cut at least two cords of wood to the tree, worth 120 to 8-25; but suppose Jones sells bia entire crop of fifteen-year-old eucalyptus trees for the insigificent sum of 82 each, he receives the enormous fiiuri of 850,0000. But being in debt principal and interest 1100,000 he is left with only 8400,000, as a life endowment, while his neighbor Smith, the "barley kiritf" is content with bis 8'iO,000. Now, if there is any exaggeiation or over estimate in the above it is mi the part of the John Smith's barley crop, for I do not believe that it is possible to realize 830,000 clear in raising barley on 500 acres in fifteen yeara. Vet on the other hand with an approachinu timber famine, the increasing high price of lumber and the great value there is in eucalyptus lumber (illli) to 8150 pei thi.uband I feel assure-] that Jones' paid up premium Mould be nean r one millli u dollars ItiHij f<;m hundrid tl.< ucand condition one not often found about the chimney stacks or steeples of a town. Another system was that of ladders built upward from the steeple's base, exceedingly cumbrous and, Iu the opinion «of many modern steeplejacks, highly dangerous. The man who on this morning stands beside us at the foot of u great shaft of brickwork towering skyward from the Tcry center of a famous northern town will fly no kite, nor does a wagon load of sectional ladders wait his orders In the yard. A small man. sinewy and lean faced, is be. and all the tackle that he needs to take him safely to the cop- Ing sixty yards above our heads has traveled to the scene of action in his pockets or his hands. On the ground before him are two bb's'n's chairs, or short planks, through holes at either end of which a rope is passed, forming a loop by which the chair may hang. Beside them He three L shaped iron pegs or staples. The longer arm of each peg has a sharply pointed end and is nearly n foot in length; the short arm Is but two or three Inches long. The handle of n heavy hammer peeps from the pocket of our companion's coat, and that is all. Taking n staple In his hand, he drives It into the chimney at a point breast high above the ground. On this he hangs a chair and, mounting, drives a second peg two or three feet above the first. On this the second chair is hung. The upright arm at a right angle to the peg precludes all danger of the rope slipping off. Nor do the chairs hang close against the shaft, for strips of wood projecting from each end Insure a space in which the climber's legs are free to move. Now, stepping up Into the second chair the steeplejack driven the last of his three pegs. Above him Is a pe>.\ below another one, on which hangs a chair. Loaning aside arid down, he lifts this chair and hangs It above htm on the topmost peg; leans down and with a twist of his fork headed hammer wrenches out the peg. This is le.sH dangerous or dlfllciilt than might at first be supposed, for the pegs ire never driven deeply in. h.ulng but the steeplejack's light weight to bear, and that only for a few minutes ut u time, while should the hammer or a peg sl!p from bin hand It Is easily recovered by means of the ball of twine In his coat pocket and the watcher below. Such is the system—the mere mechanical repetition of the movements just described which has carried him safely to the top of many a I'iant stack. Arrived at the summit of the chimney he will find lioldfastii built lino the ma- sonry-soruetlii.es a massive bar or chain is HI retched across the shaft—to which a rope and pulley blocks can be made fast This done, he can descend and rea.-;cend at will, scaffolding can be elung and inspection and repairs bo carried out. Select Your Route TOURIST CARS To the EAST Via New Orleans, El Paso or Ogden Personally Conducted Tourist Excursions from L/os Angeles to New Orleans, Washington, Cinci'iinaii, Louisville, Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Denver, Omaha, Minneapolis, St. Paul and other points in the East without change of cars. Through the warmer climate of the South, with its rice and cotton fields; or over the route of the Pioneers of '4% and across Great Salt Lake— "going to sea on a train." D. B. SCIIENCK, Agent. Coviua Home phone 144 or G L. TRAVIS, Commercial Agent, Pomona Home photic 01; Sunset Main 70 Southern Pacific Los Aiipeles Office, 600 S. Spring St., corner Sixth ass$s$s$$s«s$$s$s»s$ss$s$s$$$s$sss$$$ss$$$s$»sssss$$$s Tulare County Lands are selling- more rapidly than at any time in the history of the state. Why? Because the land is fine, the water pure and climate conditions unexcelled for the growing of fruits, vegetables and alfalfa. Tulare County raises the cleanest oranges and the earliest. Though young- in development about 3000 cars of oranges will be shipped this season. The grape industry is one of the surest, in- vestments of all, and peaches, apricots, prunes, figs, olives and all small fruits grow to perfection. We have sold ovi:r 'JOO acres of this land in the past two weeks. This shows- how it is g-oing. We have for this week one exceptional baig-ain. 1M) acres only 3 miles from a good town, directly on the railroad. Kine soil, no hard pan nor alkali, for only $25 an Acre We have seen these lands and can tell you their «|ualilie'- come and go up there with us and see for yourself. or At the Bargain Counter. "That sharp longncd Miss Utdpepp has been saying some mighty mean thing* about ,V')U ainl your wife." "What. for Instance':" "Says yi.n picked her up at a bargain counter." "f;re-it Scott. I did! She v.an the prettiest jjir! thai eM-r stood oaf.''- (.'lil'-ago Tribune Phone 5008 J. H. MATTHEWS COVINA, CAL.

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