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Popular Science Monthly

��Sun-Glasses — A Sure Antidote for the Baseball Muffer

MANY a baseball game has been lost because an outfielder muf- fed a fly ball when the sun got in his eyes; and many a baseball player has had to bear up under sharp criticism at the hands of angry spectators when the sun should have been blamed. Catching a ball against a blinding sun is not only a difficult thing to do, but it is extremely in- jurious to the eyes.

If they live up to the claims of their inventor, who is none other than Fred Clarke, veteran Pirate manager, the glasses illustrated will enable the player to catch flies in the face of the strongest sun. The glasses are riveted to the peak of the cap and work on a hinge. When not needed to shield the eyes, they rest against the cap.

When a ball is hit the fielder simply touches the rim of the glasses and they fall down in front of the eyes in just the proper position so that he has a chance to see the approaching ball even though he is looking directly at the sun. The glasses can not fall off, and they can be shifted out of the way with the quickest kind of a move- ment when not wanted — two advantages which make them far su- perior to the old style of "specks."

As they are not in- tended to fit the bridge of the nose, they should be so arranged on each wearer's cap that when needed they will fall exactly i n f ron t of ^ theeyes.The peak of any lightweight cap is strong enough to hold them.


The Book Theater. Open It and You Have Actors and a Stage

THERE are not many au- thors whose books are played upon the stage. But one authoress, Chris- tina Catrevas of Brook- lyn, New York, will not be one of them. She has developed a book which is itself a stage while the con- tents of the book form the actors.

She explains that when the book is placed on sale, it is folded up so as to condense in it both the stage and the actors. On the front cover the title of the play is printed, just as on other books. When the book is brought home it is opened up, and after a few alterations are made a miniature stage is lormed as shown in the illustration. The actors are then made like or- dinary cut-outs, for the contents of the original book consisted of gayly colored fig- ures printed on its light cardboard "pages." These cut-out figures represent the various characters of the play that is written on the cover of the original book; and when they are read}', the play may proceed in whatever way the imagination of the child dictates.

The cut-outs may be made to imper- sonate the characters and the scenery in other story-play, also.

��With the new glasses to shield his eyes, the outfielder can "pull" a fly down from the clouds directly in the face of a blinding sun

���A clever new game is this. The book is made so that a child can unfold it into a miniature stage with actors

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