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���The seats are fast- ened to pivoted pipe uprights

At right: The truck carry- ing thirty-eight soldiers

��the body are slatted and are hinged along their lower edges so that they may be swung down to permit of easy access to the seats from both sides of the truck. The novel body was invented by P. Landes, of Chicago. Except for the body, the motor truck shown is of the conventional type, with no changes necessary for the body mounting. It is considered by experts who are giving their attention to the question of transportation of troops to be a solution of one phase of the problem. The seats are so con- structed as to allow of equal distribution of the weight over the wheels. This gives necessary bal- ance and increases the carry- ing capacity.

��Lift Three Floor-Planks and this Motor- Truck Carries Thirty-Eight Soldiers

EQUIPPED with a new type of body in which three of the floor planks may be raised to form seats, the novel motor-truck shown in the accompanying illustrations is capable of carrying thirty-eight soldiers sitting astride the three seats. By this method of seating, the soldiers are carried much more comfortably than would be the case were they obliged to stand on their feet on long overland journeys. It also permits every available inch of body floor area to be utilized and practically in- creases the seating capacity one hundred per cent over that of the ordinary type of body.

The three seats are car ried on pivoted pipe up- rights which can be locked in a vertical position when the seats are to be used. When not em- ployed, they can be dropped in three min- utes in such a manner that the top boards of the seats are flush with the other boards of the floor and form a flat platform or stake body which can be used for the transportation of • freight, baggage or other supplies.

���As shown, the sides of

��bait carrier clamped to the rod near the reel

��Carrying Your Hook and Bait Where They Won't Drag

ONE of the fisherman's' troubles, the snagging of the hook when walking through grass or brush, is eliminated by means of a protector which is attached to the pole near the reel. The hook with its bait is placed in the wooden carrier until the fisherman again reaches a place where there is space enough to cast his line with- out getting it entangled in the brush. The minnow or other bait is perfectly protected from mutilation, and catching the hook in the clothing is also avoided. The protector is light, and helps to balance the reel on the pole, which may |be either of steel or wood. The pro- tector is attached se- curely to the pole by a clamp which can be tightened by hand.

So far as casting goes, the fisherman may probably be in- convenienced a trifle at first by the additional weight of the carrier, but he will soon become ac- customed to it. The carrier is large enough to accommodate a plentiful supply of bait and hooks of all sizes, even those used for deep-sea and

��salt-water fishing.

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