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���The town house in which the twenty-five prize dogs find their canine heaven is lavishly furnished. Their meals are served by Japanese waiters, and they sleep in dainty steel cribs luxuriously padded

��These Ganine Aristocrats Have Town and Country Mansions

DOZENS of socialists are born every time the newspapers print an account of some prodigal millionaire who gives diamond jewelry as favors at a banquet. But the sumptuous mansion for lap-dogs, two rooms of which are shown in the photographs above, will create more bomb-loving socialists than the most ambitious of banquets was ever responsible for.

New York has another thing to be ashamed of. If every man who is conducting a personal "hunger strike," walking job- less about America's streets, possessed a good position and plenty of food, one might con- template the "finest dog house in the world" with a degree of good-natured forbearance.

Twenty-five prize dogs, with plenty of choice food and warm beds, have an ideal existence at their "town house," in the heart of New York city. To make matters even more unbearable to the socialist, a summer house is provided for them in the country.

The "town house" is lavishly furnished with Japanese furniture and ornaments. Each dog has a valet or maid.

��Scented baths in of finest crockery the twenty-five

��An Ant Can Carry Ten Times Its Own Weight; But Suppose It Were Bigger

"f^ O to the ant, thou sluggard," and V_T watch it carry a weight fully ten times its own, for a distance equivalent to miles considering its size, and then blush for shame because man cannot do at least as much. Let the horse blush, too, for even it can carry loads only' about equal to its bodily weight.

But is the ant really so superior in strength? Would it be able to perform its remarkable carrying stunt if it were as heavy as a man or a horse? Science says not, and explains that since an ant's strength is in proportion to its cross-section, not to its length, if it should grow to twice its original size retaining its natural geo- metrical structure, it would be only four times as strong, although it would be eight times as heavy. Thus its strength would be relatively halved rather than doubled. Following the same line of reasoning, if the same ant should grow to be the size of a man, it would be able to carry only one one-hundredth of its weight, which is less than a human baby can do. Therefore, exit the ant as a perpetual reproach to man's puniness.

���individual basins are provided for little aristocrats

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