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��A Platform on Wheels Lamp Repairer

THE work of kce]>iiig the i-loctric lamps along

M i r li i ga ii A vcn ue ,

Chicago, in shajie ha

been greatly facilitated

by the use of a frame

platform on wheels

for the convenience

and safety of the

repairman. It con- sists of a frame-work

of steel tubing l)uilt

on a three-wheel

base and supporting

a small platform at

proper lieight for a

man upon it to reach

the lights. There is

a rail for the protec- tion of the operator. The platform

gives the man plenty

of room in which to

work and has its

advantages o^•er a

ladder, in giving a

space for placing

globes and other parts within eas\- reach. The apparatus can also be used for painting the posts. When the work on any one post is done, the entire apparatus, which is on rubber- tired wheels, is pulled away to the next one. The platform can be placed close against the post, as there is a groove on the top to fit the center into the middle. Underneath it is firmly attached to the post b\' means (jf bolts. This ser\es to give stability to the platform as well as to bring the workman close up to the lamps. The lamp-post braces the floor, just as the three steel tubes of the frame-work brace the rim and sides. The complete structure is strong enough to instill confidence into the worker and he is able to do his repairing and cleaning without inconven- ience or danger. This appa- ratus is said to be more con- venient for the workers than raised platforms on motor- trucks. The fact that the grooved platform enables the men to work close up to the lamps instead of reaching for them is its chief ad\antage.

���885 Horse (

��A groove is provided in the center of the pkit- form into which the lamp-post fits closely

��You Ever Seen a Wearing Trousers? ()^iI•:ll()\\■ the horse in the picture below looks ashamed. Perhaps he feels conscious of the liagging of his trousers. Evi- dently they are not a perfect fit. Or per- haps he has ne\'er worn them before and he is simply tr\ing to get a good look at them. For all the work-horses in Nice, France, where the photo- graph was taken, do not go trousered. It is only when they are called upon to do special work that they don the panta- loons.

Trousers serve to l^rotect the animal's liide when the wagon behind him is spreading tar over thestreets. Acurtain is suspentled between the cart and the horse, but the trousers alTord evidence of the extra care that is taken to prc\ent the discomfort and disfigurement which the hot tar might cause to the animal. However, France is not the only country that can boast of trousered horses. In South America a carnival is never complete without its trousered horses and sheep. Xot only are

they trousered but they are fullv dressed.

���The trousers protect the animal's hide from the hot tar which is being spread on the streets from the cart behind

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