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��A Jeweler's Ruse for Making You Return His Watch

IF the watch you borrow from the jeweler while he fixes yours, stops at the end of a week or so, don't take it back and bawl out the jeweler as a man not even able to make his own watches run. He may smile a slow sad smile and tell you that your watch has been finished for nearly a week and that the bill is $1.30.

A man who is just "ornery" enough to be a jeweler has patented a simple little addi- tion to watches by which they will stop automatically, "never to run again," until the man who sets the attach- ment turns it off and again lets the watch tick merrily.

The jeweler in question sets forth that customers have the pleasant habit of borrowing watches while their own are being fixed 'and then wearing them for indefinite periods of time without returning to pay the little bill and take along the repaired watch. Apparently it peeves him, because he has designed a watch to act as before described — stop at the end of a predetermined time which

��Stop pir

���the. jeweler feels is long enough for the customer to be wearing a watch not his property.

The trick depends upon a slow

turning wheel with a stop-pin which

bears against a sleeve on the second

hand when the wheel has

completed its revolution,

thus stopping the watch.

��The jeweler's watch with stop-pins to keep it from running well indefinitely

��A Thriving Fishing Village That Floats

IN the shadow of the huge Manhattan Bridge which connects New York proper with Brooklyn, nestles a ver- itable fishing village consisting of nine two-story houseboats moored side by side so as to form a solid row and shelter- ing the fishermen, and their families, on whom New York city is dependent for a good part of its fish supply.

But unless you are familiar with the va- garies of fish and the localities in which they school in certain seasons you need not go in search of this village. Often it disappears from a locality overnight, without any farewells, reappearing as quietly a few months later.

���New York's floating fishing village consists of nine two-story houseboats moored side by side. Here the cargoes of the fishing boats from the surrounding waters are prepared for market

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