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NEW YORK’S “TRADE” SCHOOL.
THE ART OF JUGGLERY.
Thorough Instruction in Theory and Prao-
tlce—Ke ulrciuenta and BeaulU.
[Chicago New«. |
Bo Thoroughly Exposed the People Have
Leet AU Interest In It.
[New York Mail and Express.)
The trade school in New York is the
most successful one in the country.
The action of trade unions in limiting
the number of apprentices has made
it difficult in some of the skilled em
ployments to find artisans qualified for
their work, and the demand is so great
and the number of those wishing to
learn the various trades so numerous
that the New York school became a
necessity alike to employer and to
young men illing to learn some use
ful manual employment. The school
was established to take the place of the
old apprenticeship system, in which in
struction, the use of tools, and practice
should be combined.
The school was opened in 1881 with
thirty three students in plumbing and
fresco-p' uting. The next season brick
laying and pattern making was added
and the number of students was in
creased to eighty-eight.
wood-carving, stone-cutting and plas
tering were added and the attendance
was 200. The present season carpen
tering is included, with still largely in
creased classes. The instruction is con
fined to a course of three evenings a
week for the five months between
October and April.
The school is
neither a money-making nor a charita
ble institution, the students being
charged tuition enough to just cover the
expense—the charges for instruction
being: For brick-laying, $17; plaster
ing, $15; plumbing, $12, and all other
branches $10 each, with use ot tools
and materials. The instruction is very
thorough, both in theory and practice;
and, while it may not in the latter equal
a three or six years’apprenticeship, it
far exceeds it in the former, fitting the
pupil with a little expenenc at his
trade to become a comparatively skilled
laborer in any one of them.
In each class subjects are given for
discussion; as, for instance, the class
in plumbing discuss “Soil Pipes,”
Trapping and Ventilation of Soil
Pipes,*’ "Boilers,” “Tanks,” and
upon the occupation of a plumber. The
students must be between the ages of
16 and 25, aud each class is under sev
eral expert and educated men, who
practically understand every detail of
In cities there are greater difficulties
in the way of a boy learning a trade
than in the country, but these schools
open a widy. field for usefulness, and the
eagerness with which this one has been
sought by boys in New York, and the
possibilities before it, ought to lead to
the establishment of similar institutions
in every large city in the union.
"The art of jugglery has not advanced
much within thelasttwenty-five years,”
painfully admitted a superannuated
wizard to a reporter. "Indeed, it has
nearly all been thoroughly exposed,
and the very minute methods by which
wonderful results were attained appear
now as easy as making a coin disappear
from the closed fist. So much for sci
ence and civilization.”
"What will be the result, do you
"Some of the results are palpable now.
The old sleight-of-hand man has almost
paused away. The wonderful cabinet of
spirits, which at one time astonished
tne world, it has been proven, was
nothing more nor less than a trick in
which confederates participated. Heller,
Houdin and the Davenport brothers all
were exposed. What is left for the pro
fessionals to do is the question. They
cannot all turn sword-swallowers, or
knife-throwers, because that requires a
lifetime of practice. Some new de
partures will nave to be taken in which
the cabinet does not appear and the
tricks of Houdin and Heller are omitted.
This is essentially the age of realism,
and therefore the tricks in jugglery will
have to far succeed in cleverness any
that we have ever seen produced. When
a wizard has a stage of his own he ca
produce startling effects whi h defy
“But the time has arrived when super
ficial investigation is never carried on,
but instead such a searching and pro
found one is performed that the little
apparatus designed to assist are taken
into consideration and removed. The
game is effectually blocked. Heller,
with his wonderful memory, could do
many strange tricks, and Houdin was
considered wonderful by the learned,
and supernatural by the ignorant. All
they both did is perfectly plain now.
borne new method, in my opinion, as
sisted by science and electricity, will in
a few years be discovered to delude and
create speculation as the cab' et and
many other tricks did for many years.
The horse-play jugglery of th present
doesn’t amount to much. The Japanese
do astonishing tricks, but there is noth
ing mysterious about them, since their
tricks depend altogether on their per
sonal agility and years of constant prac
“All of the tricks and jugglery of the
present day must give way. It no longer
entertains. The people want something
they can see into, so they will not go
any more to witness cabinet trick per
formances. Who will open up the new
field remains to be seen. But that the
times are ripe for it no one can do”bt,
and who the wizard will be to cheat the
eyes and physical investigation of an
intelligent and sceptical public is a
matter of conjecture.
T««t for Short-Bightadne««.
[Reylrtgh in Nature.)
The increasing prevalence of short
sight is a very important matter, worthy
of all attention. There is one fact in
connection with it which 1 avail myself
of this opportunity of mentioning, in
the hope of inducing scientific oculists
to give it further e xamination. 1 find
that, though not at all short-sighted
under ordinary circumstances, I become
decidedly so in a nearly dark room, see
ing much better with spectacles of
thirty-six inches negative locus In a
moderately good light 1 see better with
out the glasses than with them. From
the few observations that I have made,
I have reason to believe that this pe
culiarity of vision is not uncommon.
With the aid of a set of concave glasses
it is easy to try the experiment in a
room lighted with gas.
should be gradually turned lower aud
lower, so as to give full time for the
pupil to dilate and for the eye to ac
quire its maximum of sensitiveness.
New Brunswick, N. J., is growing
esthetic and learned. It has received
from Dr. Lansing, a missionary in
Egypt, an ancient Egyptian papvrus.
forty-two feet long, it contains all the
ianters of the “Book of the Dead.” i>
„,000 years old. and is fuller and more
complete than the Turin papyrus copied
by Lepsius.- X F. Trtbtw.
Cyclane» and Tornado««.
A scientific writer who has studied
cyclone» say» “they always originate in
equatorial regions, but never occur
within eight or ten degrees of that line. ”
Another thing that is peculiar, he says
“the whirl is from right to left in
northern and from left to right in
the southern hemisphere," and that
“masters of sailing vessels caught in
one these cyclones by knowing
its laws of direction can easily
sail out of its course. The same writer
speaking of tornadoes remarks they fol
low much the same laws. "Those oc
curring in the central part of the United
States originate in the Rocky moun
tains or the Pacific ocean and travel
eastward. Those of the Atlantic coast
usually start in the gulf of Mexico or
Caribbean sea and follow the path of reg
ular cyclones.” "A storm which starts
in the Rocky mountains sometimes can
be traced half way around the earth.”
Those of tho Pacific usually pass south
eastward along the Mexican coast. The
study of cyclones and tornadoes is one ,
ittle understood and yet of abounding !
The Weekly Reporter, a faithful
and complete compendium of the
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1887. means just what it aaya—nr advamob .
Not a mouth after the beginning.
My Swt or Io County Seal ;
Oregonian R. R. Co.
CHAS. N. SCOTT, Receiver.
h Lets M Business i Little.
Portland and Willamette Valley Railway.
OUR MOTTO IS SMALL Prof
its and quick returns. Holl»
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Upon which we hope to win
your esteem and patronage.
2 32 West Dayton.
Our connections with East
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302 .Davton Juncton
ern and Pacific coast dealers
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and manufacturers are such
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that we are enabled to
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buy these goods as low or
410 Sheridan Junc’n
lower than our competitors, .. -1.96 423
5 00 .... Sheridan.
whether general or special
dealers. Buying goods in . - •> 1.94
greater quantities than most
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7 10 .. Cochrane
competitors, and when hand
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ling business of any kmd the
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volume of business enters
largely into the account in C hau . N. S cott ,
Receiver ORC( Ld ) Line.
W illiam H eid .
determining the profit or
margin to be realized out of
it. Therefore all General
Dealers do have an ad LIVERY FEED AND SALE STABLES
vantage over special dealers,
and the greater quantity of
goods sold or the volume of
business done, the.greater
that advantage and the less
the price ought to be. Hav-
ing a full and Complete LOGAN ----- BROS.
Stock of the following Fine Carriages, Hacks and
lines of goods from the lead
And everything in the Livery hire,
ing dealers and best manu-
in good shape
facurers, which we replenish
At Reasonable Rates.
with new fresh goods month
ly or oftener as the trade re
quires, to wit: LADIES Late of Independence, ha Ying purchased th»
TEAMS AND TRUCKS
Drew and Fancy Good«, Gent»
Of Logan Bros. A Henderson, offers his
and Boy» Clothing and Furnish
ing Goods, Hats and Caps, Boots eervioee in that line to the public, and will
and Shoes, Crockery, Queens
all who favor him with their patron»».
ware and Glass ware.
He will keep a wagon specially adapted to tna-
and a full line of fresh grocer-
ies, so our customers do not
have to deal at half dozen
places to supply their want«.
While we do not propose to
be undersold, yet do not and
can not put these goods in
competition with Auction
or Short Weight goods
sold to the trade by unscru
pulous dealers. We fear no
honest competition. Thank
ing people for past patron
age and favors, will be pleas
ed to have you call and de
termine for yourselves what
merit is in our modest claim.
A. J. APPERSON.
delivery of parcels, trunks satchels, eta., for
the accomodation of the public. Order» left
at the stable will be promptly attended to at
Ample room to care tor horses.
teams at ss reasonable rate« as any where in
Oregon. New stable Third St., McMinnville.