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���Your campaign hat serves as a lining for the steel helmet shown at right. It can be removed and used as a tool in an emergency

��Cowards in the Army Are Rare. Some Are Merely "Deficient"

MANY a man is mentally unfitted to stand the strain of war. In ordi- nary civil life he would be able to do his duties successfully but under the stress of modern warfare he would col- lapse. Considered a coward he would not in reality be responsi- ble for his actions. In order to weed out men who are unfit for the work of the war a unit of thirty beds will be attached to each base hospital in the training camps. The men assigned to these beds will be those accused of cowardice by their mates. They will be under the watch- ful eyes of physicians trained to detect signs of mental weak- ness. Those who show such signs will be rejected. This will save many men from severe punishment for cowardice arid weed out the unfit.

��A Versatile Helmet. Take It Off and You'll Have a Shovel

\\ 7HEN Leonard D. Mahon, of the VV Washington, D. C, Detective Bu- reau, designed a helmet with a detachable lining he had more than a helmet in mind.

Unfasten his helmet from its lining and take it off. Behold! You are still wearing a hat — the regulation campaign hat, upon your head. The campaign hat is itself the lining! The steel shell you may put to any of four unusual uses. If you should be pressed hard by the enemy, you can, as a last extremity, employ it as a hand spade and intrench yourself in a rifle pit. If you are on the march, on the other hand, it will serve you as a wash basin for face and hands or for your tired and aching feet. Especially will this im- provised basin be nec- essary when you come to a stream where you may take a much- wanted drink.

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may be used for bailing. a particle of tobacco

��The Mechanical Cigarette-Filler. It Supplies Its Own "Makings"

NOT since the first safety razor has there been any novelty invented which gets so close to the heart of a man as this mechanical cigarette-filler, invented by Dr. Edward P. Delevanti, of New York city. The device is a pouch made of nickeled steel or strong leather, in which rice paper, tobacco (your favorite brand) and matches may be kept. At the bottom of the pouch is a groove-like arrangement into which just the proper amount of tobacco slides down into the rolled paper, which you hold in position to be filled. A metal plunger, or ram- mer, packs the tobacco in the paper roll.


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