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How Would You Like to Hold a Chinese A Wire Hood for Protection Against Printer's Job? Bees or Mosquitoes

/^HINESE characters do not express ALL too often, the best fishing and out-

��V_x sounds although the pitch of the voice

is significant. Their letters are ideo

graphs, or writings of ideas or

things. Hence the Chinese

have no alphabet, strictly

speaking.

For this reason the Chinese must employ an astounding number of characters. It takes about ten thousand characters to print a book in the Chinese language; yet some- times an entire thought or a whole sentence is represented by one char- acter! The word "black" is one character, and so is "mother," "dead," "yes," "yellow," and a great many other words. With such a conglomera- tion, is it any wonder that the American printer won- ders how it is possible to print anything in Chinese?

The illustration shows a frame containing one complete font (a font is an assortment of type of one size and style) of seven thousand Chinese characters. It required a month's time to arrange the type in place. The frame is sixteen feet long and five feet high.

���This hood can safely be used through the thickest woods since neither the strong wire netting nor the heavy cloth beneath it can be torn by the bushes

��ing grounds are to be found where the mosquitoes and the wood pests are thickest. F. L. Rhodes, a fisherman of Michigan, at least found this the rule in his State. Notwithstand- ing the regular hoods of cloth mosquito -netting which he would use, the insects would final- ly get at him; the netting would catch in the bushes. He decided to devise a mosquito-proof hood which would overcome the difficulty. Unlike cloth-net hoods, Rhodes' protector is made of fine brass wire which will not tear. A piece of non-breakable transparent mica enables the wearer to see, while a slide-covered mouth open- ing is provided to accommo- date a pipe. To the ends of the wire netting two pieces of durable cloth are attached, the top cloth being used to secure the netting to the hat by means of a string. The bottom cloth of this hood is meant to be tucked under the coat. Such a hood is also useful when robbing bee-hives.

���A frame of Chinese type containing one complete font of approximately seven thousand characters. The frame is sixteen feet long and five feet high. It took a month to distribute the type

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