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Popular Science Monthly


��Electric Plant

Run by an Artesian Well

ARTRSIAN, flowing, or spouting wells are witlely used for irrigation in the West, and for general wa- ter supplies in various parts of the country, but seldom is a sin- gle well made to serve such a va- riety of purposes as the one shown in the photograph,

���Electric current enough is generated by this plant, run by

an artesian well, to operate a farm-mill, feed-chopper, lathe and

other machinery used on the farm

��simply because it drixes the machinery of an electric plant. The well and plant are located on a farm near Midville, Georgia. Such is the water pressure that current enough is generated to supply the house and barn with light, and power for the running of a farm mill, feed- chopper, lathe, a clothes-washer and several other labor-saving devices for the house, such as are generally operated by progressive farmers with small gasoline engine plants.

��The well furnishes an ideal water sup- ply for the farm and house, the water being piped to a submerged tank under the house, which supplies both stories on tap. The water thus does double duty. Since the supply from the well is ample, the owner is contemplating the irrigation of about an acre of garden land from a small concrete basin or reservoir into which the water can be run from the well and allowed to warm before reaching the land.

��Air-Propeller Drives Bicycle

A SURE way of making the other fel- low, including the motor-cyclist, take his dust, is open to the bicyclist

���With the air-propeller attachment a speed thirty miles an hour has been attained

��with an air-propeller driver by a two- horsepower engine compactly mounted on a rear frame attachment. The manu- facturer was so pleased with the re- sults attained by his propeller fitted to rowboats, canoes and small, light vehicles, that he adapted his device to bicycles. It is claimed that, fitted to a four-wheeled truck known as a "motor-bob" or "wind-wagon," a speed of thirty miles an hour has been made.

Since the mechanism is mounted on a rear frame there is little engine \-ibration. The fuel tank is situated under the saddle, and the speed is con- trolled by wires leading from the engine to the handlebars. A bicycle equipped with an air- propeller will afford much pleas- ure to the user.


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