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Popular Science Monthly


��Holding the Whetstone Where It Is Needed

FOR unnumbered ages — perhaps ever since knives were invented — women and housemaids have sharpened those used in the kitchen on the edges of stone crocks or on the sandstone slab under the kitchen range, simply because the whetstone or corrugated steel for the purpose was not at hand at the moment when it was needed.

Now Arthur L. Walker, of Hoopeston, 111., comes forward with a little contrivance which can be fastened to the wall or to any upright, at a con- venient angle so that it wi always hold the whetstone in the correct position for use and in the most acces- sible spot.

The devise consists merely

���The whetstone is held at a con- venient angle and height in a frame nailed to the kitchen wall

��amining physician of Harvard, found that 596 of 746 members of the 1916 freshman class stood in a manner that indicated "a potentiality for sickness," and that 476 of the 596 students had feet and legs so imperfect that they were in- eligible for military duty! Lack of leg exercise is supposed to be the cause of this condition. Mr. Vaile says that the American • woman has neglected herself for so long that her" legs "and; feet are suffering mal- formations. There is no longer in her leg the beauty of the classic line. We dare not con- tradict Mr. Vaile on this phase of the subject". It may be that the specimens seen on the beaches' and 'neath the modish skirts of the season are not what he calls representative^

��of a piece of sheet metal so shaped that the whetstone fits into it securely and is held in place by the up-curved ends. The outer edges of the upper end are flattened out as shown in the illustration to receive screws which fasten it to the wall.

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��What's the Matter with American Feet and Legs?

AMERICA'S physical foundation — the l\ feet and legs of her citizens — is un- sound, if we are to believe P. A. Vaile, who has made a study of feet. If we do not discard the present mon- strosities in footgear and get into the habit of walk- ing, using our legs and feet instead of the auto mobile and street car, he says we will become human penguins. He call& attention to the fact that Dr. Lloyd Brown, the ex-

���The picker plucks the fruit and lets it drop. It hits the net and rolls down through a spout into a barrel or basket

��The Stationary Fruit Net— The Fruit- Picker's Dream Come True

,N ingenious method of gathering fruit which reduces the fruit-picker's work to a minimum, makes use of a large net suspended above the ground directly under a tree and does away with the usual fruit- picking harness, buckets, pails and baskets. The fruit is dropped from the tree by the picker and it falls into the net and rolls down through a cone-shaped canvas spout into a barrel or fruit box. The net is held taut by a framework supported by iron posts driven in the ground. In addition to giving the picker the free use of both arms, the sus- pended net catches all fruit which may fall overnight or which may be shaken down by the wind. Furthermore, the only time, the picker need come to the ground is when the fruit box is full.

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