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� �Dining room


CAR 34 4*

  • 6'

�34 4 X 34 4 .BUILT IN FRONT

�FREIGHT CAR. 34-4 X8'

�FRONT PORCH 50'x 6 '

���Plan and finished appearance of the box-car hotel. There are eight guest rooms and the land- lord's apartment, besides hotel kitchen and storeroom. The two-story effect is only simulated

��Owens Valley, California, Has a Freight-Car Hotel

OWENYO is a railroad junction point in Owens Valley, California, east of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Mining and agricultural development have made it important. But it had no hotel. George Brown built one with the best material that he could find. He couldn't get steel for a frame or onyx for a foyer, but he could get box cars. So he built his hotel of box cars.

Standard box cars are thirty-four feet four inches long, eight feet wide and eight high. Three of these unwheeled and with proper foundation, were placed in the form of a hollow square, inner corners connecting, with the open space facing the tracks. In this open- ing a front was built, with double doors and large windows. The center is a din- ing-room thirty-four feet four inches square well floored, and lighted by many windows in a superstructure which gives the appearance of a second story. Across the front is a fifty-foot porch eight feet wide and across the rear another. Behind that is a fourth car, constituting the residence of the landlord and his family.

Each of the side cars is divided into three comfortable bedrooms, and at the rear, on either side, another guest room is built in,

��making eight guest rooms in all. The rear car in the building is the kitchen.

The entire building is metal-roofed, plaster-board finished and paneled through- out the interior. Every room has a large window.

��WILLIAM J of St. Paul,

���A float on the rising water lifts a lever which operates the alarm mechanism

��Turn on the Water in Your Bath. It

Can't Overflow. This Alarm Will

Warn You in Time

ABERLE, M innesota, has devised an alarm which tells you when your bathtub has been filled to whatever depth you de- sire. Instead of having to watch the rising water, you simply ad- just the alarm and let it do the rest.

A light hollow float is suspended in the water by a verti- cal iron rod. The rising water raises the float nearer and nearer to a horizontal lever con- nected with a bell. When the rod rises high enough its upper end touches the bell trigger.

A spring is immediate- ly released by the trigger, a clapper is brought into action and the bell rings. By adjusting the height of the bell mechanism, the height to which the water must rise to sound the alarm can

��be regulated as desire^.

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