Altoona Mirror from Altoona, Pennsylvania on November 12, 1929 · Page 23
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Altoona Mirror from Altoona, Pennsylvania · Page 23

Altoona, Pennsylvania
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Tuesday, November 12, 1929
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THE ALTOONA MIRROR—TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 1929 JOMB EXPLOSIONS TAKE JEAVY TOLL Nine of Thirty-eight Occurring In Fiscal Year Are In Pennsylvania and 139 Lives Are Lost. (Special to Altoona Mirror.) WASHINGTON, D. C., Nov. 12.— OC thirty-eight serious coal mine explosions in the United States during the fiscal year ended June 30, 1929, nine occurred in Pennsylvania, the bureau o* mines announced here today. This was the largest number o£ any state in the union, Alabama and West Virginia, with seven each, ranking next. The thirty-eight serious coal mine explosions took a toll of 139 lives last year, a reduction o'f almost half when the 342 lives lost during the preceding year are considered. Although no state figures have been made public, It Is regarded as certain that a similar decrease in lives lost in Pennsylvania was recorded. Of the thirty-eight explosions, eighteen were In open-light mines, nineteen in closed-light mines, the method of lighting in the other being unknown. The Ignition causing deaths were chiefly electrical, open-light or smoking. Electricity caused eighteen explosions and ninety-three deaths; open-lights or smoking, eleven explosions and fourteen deaths. The bureau attacked use of open-type electrical equipment, as well as open-light (methods, and urged use of "permls- «|(fe!8 explosives" only. INVENTOR SUGGESTS PLAN TO RELIEVE LOOP CRUSH OUR BOARDING MOUSE By AHERN CHICAGO, Nov. 12.—Another solution of Chicago's loop traffic congestion has been offered here by A. B. Mueller, an inventor, who suggested moving sidewalks thirty-five feet Delow the street level. He also pro poscrl the construction of continuous moving platforms equipped with stationary seats, radiating underground from the loop, as a substitute for subways. Mueller claims that these platforms could carry 100,000 passengers past a given point every hour. Such a system would be as effective a« a two-track subway, he declared, but would only cost a fraction as •much, thus assuring a live-cent fare. It would eliminate barns, trains, tracks, motormen, conductors, and trainmen. JH theory the system would be competed of four platforms all moving iny the fame direction at graduated speeds of three miles an hour. Tho fastest, going twelve miles an hour, would carry the seats. These platforms TICKER'S LAGGING CAUSES DISORDER would form an endless t, traveling west on one street and circling at each end to return by a street three or four blocks awry. Tho graduated speeds would insure safety^ as the average speed of-a pedestrian is three i iles an hour, so a pa.ssenger could move from one platform to another without difficulty, yet could judge his traveling time to the minute. In the loop there would be four platforms, two moving In each direction, all connecting the longer arterial belts. Stationary platforms at street intersections would enable passengers to change directions at right angles. Mueller believes that these platforms would take at least half the pedestrians from the loop streets and relieve congestion. No one knows when disaster may strike. The Red Cross is always ready;.. always prepared to save life and relieve the suffering of the stricken. Renew your Membership in THE RED CROSS 'T Nov. 11 th - 28 th FEE!) FKWEU COWS MOItE. If feed Is scarce, it is better to sell a few cows than to short-feed the entire herd. More milk, and not less, will result and the profits on the remaining cows will be increased. LASTED LO.NO TIME. LONDON, Nov. 12.—A member o th fire brigade at Hurst, Sussex who had worn the same pair of trous ers for twenty years, has been prom ised a new pair by the Parish council By M5MUEI. F. l'AR.TO\, Stuff Correspondent. (^Copyright, 1929, by Consolidated Pro.s» Association.) NEW YORK, Nov. 12.—There Is in Wall Street dividend opinion as to whether the shock of the oolhipse in stock prices might have bcon lessened had the ticker been able to keep up with the market. Unqueatlantbly, the lagging ticker has caused disorder and confusion, and it is generally agreed that controlling and stabilizing forces might have been more effective were It not for the swamping of the machinery and clerical staff of the exchnnge by the tidal wave of sales. Regardless of past performances the traders now realize that their communications system was dangerously near the breaking point and they aro still mystified as to how they were able to clear sales of three or four times normal volume, without hopeless confusion and possibly disaster. Thus forewarned, the Stock exchange Is concentrating technicians and system experts on getting ready for the pealt of the next big cycle of large scale operations which they see now in Its beginning. \1he old-fashioned tickers have n maximum capacity, tinder forced draught, of 300 characters a minute. New tickers, working on an entirely different principle, are now grinding 500 characters a minute, on 8,000 machines installed In New York. .In laboratory tests, crowded to the limit, these machines have handled 900 characters to the minutes. The old machines, complicated in transmission but simple in reception, are "step by step" control, with the wheel bearing the letters having to make a waste jump, possibly clear across the alphabet to record a single letter of character. The new machines are simple in transmission, but complicated In recording, and proportionately faster. By verylng permutations o'f eight electric impulses, meach character Is snapped out without waste motion, with the tape issuing at dizzy speed. When the new system recently was explained to Thomas A. Edison, he remarked that the exchnnge was In the same vicious circle as a big city trying to solve transportation proo- lemn. More subways make more big buildings and eventually more congestion. Better communications machinery brings in more of the public, crowding the new speed Myatem as fast as Its pace Is Increased. It happens that Mr. F.rli.wn got his first laboratory out of ih» ticker— not by laying It but by repairing it and Inter Improving it. Gonlinj: to New York in the early 70's, he viewed the cxchnngp ticker system with a friend, having expressed Interest in this then novel machinery. There were nice comfortable piles of paper in the office and the ticker losses told Mr. Edison he might sleep there a few days if he wanted to. 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