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Page Six H [ [ H [ uO00tE AIRADFORD EDITOR Mr. William A. Radfor1 wlll answer -Jstlons and give advice FREE OF COST on all subjects pertaining to the ,subject of building, for the readers of this ipaper. On account of his wide experience as Editor, Author and Manufacturer, he is, without doubt, the highest authority on all these subjects. Address all inquiries to William A. Radford, No. 178 West Jackson boulevard, Chicago, IlL, and only enclose two-cent stamp for reply. Not only is more building done to- day than ever before, but the general problem &apos;of building construction is itself more complex and more dimcult now than it ever was. The reasons for this are not far to seek. The rapid advance of the American people in general prosperity, the growth of in- dividual fortunes, the evolution of new structural materials and of new me- chanical and chemical processes of treatment, the invention of new and easy methods of construction, the rise of the factory system, the drift of population to the cities, the grouping of families in apartment buildings 'and tenements In crowded industrial centers, the increasing insistence on asoTutely sanary an r'eprf con- struction--all these have not only brought about a prodigious amount of new building, but have enormously complicated the building problem. The specializing of occupations, too, has had its effect. In former days the mason built the foundation and chim- ney, and put up the walls of brick or own nose than most people imagine. From $100 to $500 saved up, depend- ing of the cost of the house, is suffi- cient to secure from a building and loan association or a reliable real es- tate man, a contract for the building of your home and delivery of a deed to you after a certain portion of the price has been paid. The rest Is like paying rent--no harder, but infinitely more satisfactory, as each payment nets the purchaser something. A cozy little five-room cottage, which can be builtunder favorable conditions of location and labor for from $1,500 to $1,750, is illustrated in the perspective view and floor-plan shown herewith. It is 30 feet wlde by 40 feet long. The spacious front porch, wlth its cobblestone piers, is an im- portant factor in the ornamental scheme, and will prove a great attrac- tion when the household duties per- mit of the family gathering there to rest and enjoy the fresh air. Leaving the veranda, we enter the spacious liv- ing room with its fireplace and man- tel flanked with bookcases. The din- ing room, on the right side of the house, is well lighted by windows on front and side, as well as by the light coming through the cased doorway connecting it with the living room. Back of the living room are two bed- room, each with its own good-sized closet and opening into a passageway which also gives access to the bath- stone where these materials were used; and the carpenter did the rest. But nowadays every detail of a build- ing, from the roof ridge to the cellar drain, Is the function of some special class of tradesman, each dependent more or less on every other class of operative whose handiwork enters into the completed structure. Notwithstanding all this progress, there has as yet been developed no type of building which can be recog- nized in Its architectural style as truly and distinctively an American national type. To my mind, one of the most hopeful signs bearing prom- tse of future results in this direction is found in the pressured drift of pop- lation 'from our cities to suburban life. This is bound to prove a factor of immense influence in the education of public and private architectural taste, and as progressive citizens we I ought to do all we can to foster it. ] What we designate as the "city life," as distinguished from the "coun- I try Ills" of the colonial period with[ its farms and plantations, Is an evolu-] lion since the Civil war, and an ac- companiment of the great industrial development that has marked our na- tional progress since the close of that historic struggle. People made their money in the cities, and, knowing no _E "" " t =%.:-L.*# j, / Floor Plan, better, lived in them, A great change, however, has taken place within the past few years. First the very rich man.then the ambitious and lntelli. gent member of the artisan or me- chanic class, and lastly the profes. sianal or salaried employee of mod- crate means, has been moving to the country, and going as far into the country as he could go and still get daily to his business. The suburbs of New York city, for example, a gener- ation ago. were almost exclusively the residences of a few of the' wealthier men engaged in business in that city, but they are now increasing in popu. lation faster than the metropolis itself. The same tendency is seen around all cities in the east, many in the west, and some in the south. It is ia," less difficult to own your room, kitchen and dining room. A large pantry opens off the kitchen, and the door leading from the back porch gives ready access from the kitchen to the backyard. USE OF THE FRONT PORCH As Long as There Are Daughters to Be Courted Parents W|ll Give Up Veranda. A correspondent writes in to ask of what use is the front porch in sum- mer to the parents of a marriageable daughter. About the same use as the front parlor Is in winter time. Father and mother may be quietly sitting on the front veranda, enjoying the beau- ties of the sunset or the moonrise, when down the street they observe Percy's handsome figure approaching. Recognizing the cuffs on the bottom of his trousers and the red, white and blue band on his $5 Panama, they know at once that it is all up with their evening, and they might as well put out the milk bottle and go to bed. As Percy stops a few seconds to take a last inhale and throw his cigarette butt'away, ma says: "Come, pa, we must go in now." Picking up the newspapers, and father's tobacco box, she calls out: "Florence, your young man is com- ing!" and with that father is led un- willingly to the kitchen, where he is allowed to finish his PilfUl before re- tiring. Dear reader, the front porch, the front parlor, the best chairs, the pork tenderloin and the choice cut of steak are things all parents are expected to pay for and then step aside while oth- er people's sons enjoy them. So long as there are daughters they will be courted, and so long as they are being courted, pa and ma will continue to give up the front parlor and the front porch and retire early.--Edward A. Guest, in Detroit Free Press. Clergy and Longevity. Dr. Casper, a German physician, has been studying the death rates in various occupations, and his re- searches show that the clergy appear to have the best chance of life, for of those who attain the age allotted to man--namely, three score years and ten, clergymen show 42 per cent. The other occupations Dr. Casper gives in the following order:Agriculturists, 40 per cent.; the trading class and workmen, 35 per cent.; soldiers, 32 per cent. ; lawyers, 29 per cent.; actors and other profes. siGnals, 28 per cent.; teachers, 27 per cent.; and doctors, 24 per cent. A Parls c0atemporary impressed with the big h rate of mortality among medical men, observes: "Those who knoW, or are supposed to know, the art of healing do not. apparently, un- derstand how to take care of them- -c'.vcs s well as they do of others." THE SOUTHERN GUARDIAN i ii ,,,,n _ , secret service, discussed his curious collection of paintings and advertise- ments, of which the candy box is the most unique, he recalled the history of "Big Hand" Gilbert. It was due to this counterfeiter's work that the custom of confiscating paintings of money was established. Gilbert was ostensibly a German farmer, living over on the Jersey side. He made bi-weekly trips to New York city, and on every trip stoppe(l at a little bar where, above the long rows of bottles, hung a painting of a $1 bill. Whenever Gilbert, who at that time really was a farmer, stopped for his drink the painting, with every line of the bill accurately followed, stared him in the face. That was in 1882. Two years later Gllbert, whose hands were so large and apparently clumsy that they won him the nickname of the man with the big hands, recalled that when a boy in Germany he had been proficient with a pen and that a great future as an etcher had been predicted for him. So one night, after gazing for an hour at the bill, Gilbert went to his lit- tle farm across the river and told hls wife, a hard working woman, that he had conceived the idea of an invention which would make them rich. He said that he wished to keep the nature of his device a secret and refused even to tell his wife. There, after nightfall, he labored for months be- fore he produced his fipst bill--a Ham- ilton $20 certificate. His work was so perfect and his hands so large and clumsy in appear- ance that no one ever suspected him, and while he went about New York, making a small purchase here and there at different places, he was float- ing quite a goodly number of bad twenties and fifties. There was absolutely no clew to fix the identity of the maker. The treas- ury agenis were at a standstill, and then Gilbert, having progressed in his hidden occupation, $100 bills began to make their appearance, and three of these--two Farragut heads and a Lin- coln head--fell into the hands of the agents, having passed through the New York subtreasury undetected, and caught at the treasury depart- ment, "The unintentional application of a test, which we would urge everybody to use, catted Gilbert's undoing," said Captain Moran in speaking of the ease. No matter how carefully a counter- feit bill is made, whether engraved or etched, certain portions of it will blur when dampened. This is especially true in regard to the numbers on coun- terfeit bills. The government bills from the bureau of engraving and printing do not blur. "There have been other instances of pen etched work. But Gilbert was a genius at It. No pen note man ever even approximated the accuracy of detail and cleancut work he did. And he used only ordinary bond paper, too, but, of course, a good quality. The silk threads of the government paper Were simulated by lines, and it really took a government expert to catch his work " And this is why the government won't let you display a painting ot money or use the design of a dollar or a stamp on an advertisement. HOW WILKIE GOT A "BEAT" Story of Long Famous Head of Secret Service During His Early News- paper Days, In days--not long ago eitherbe- fore telephones were prevalent in Chi- cago, an enterprising young newspa- per reporter found himself five miles from his office. A terrific fire, of in- terest to every citizen, was at its John E. Wilkle. height. It was near midnight and the paper was within a short time of go- ing to press. There was not the slight- est chance of getting the story in be- fore the edition got away. The rival reporters realized the coilditions and gritted their teeth. Without a word, the man in question went to a fire alarm signal box. The door was open. He unlimbered the Morse key within and tapped a call te  friendly opera- tot at fire headquarters. With rapidJty and skill he communicate'd to his friend a graphic account of transpiring events. Ten minutes later the city editor of the paper had the story. It was a distinct beat for the resource- ful in the career of a man who was later to become a national figure. John E. Wilkie, famous as thc head of the secret service, was the reporter. He had picked up telegraphy while covering the night police and fire headquarters for his paper. Now Mr. Wilkie in addition to his secret serv- ice duties is head of the United States customs agents. OLD CAPITAL RELICS COLLECTION AT SECRET SERVICE HEADQUARTERS. Unique Candy Box That Was Made In Spain--The Work "Big Hand" Gilbert Didlmltation Bills and Coins, Ninety-nine per cent. perfect, a $1 bill struck off on the top of a tin box lies confiscated at the United States secret service headquarters l n the treasury de- partment in Wash- ington. It is but the latest, although In some respects the strangest addi- tion to the most unusual collection of relics made by government. There are many more such specimens. Each one in some manner bears the pattern of a bill or coin minted for circula- tion in the United States. This collection exists because many years ago a pa!ting of three $5 bills hung in a dingy Bowery saloon. A man with enormously large hands caught sight of the delicate and as- curate tracery of the artist's brush. Each day he went into the bar the picture was before him. Finally a curious freak of criminal pyscology gripped him, and within a year he was pen etching the most dangerous coun- terfeits with which the secret service has probably ever had to deal. "That painting, innocent in itself, pointed the way and the ease with which 'queer' bills milght be etched with a pen on bond paper instead of on canvas," said Captain Moran, act- ing chief of the secret service, explain- ing why such an apparently arbitrary confiscation should be made, as in the case of the tin box cover. "Of course, nobody believes that this box cover could ever be passed as money," continued the captain, "but you know how youngsters who read the old penny dreadfuls go out and try to rob and kill because it appears easy in the stories. This is much the same thing. Only this is much more dangerous. The man with the big hands got away with his counterfeit- ing game for a long time. "Then, too, in the case of this box top, on which the printed face of the bill Is 99 per cent. perfect, think of what damage could be done if counter. felt bills were struck from this en- graved plate. "This box was designed for a Christ. mas candy receptacle. I have found that it was made in Santander, Spain, for a Cuban fir,n. "No, there isn't much counterfeltlng of United States obligations done abroad, but there are lots of boxes like this, only none so perfect, manu- factured. We have other boxes here, made to resemble stacks of colas, and the like." In this way it really took the dan- gerous operations of the man with the huge hand to bring the government to a realization of the true significance that a painting, box or advertisement might have to a mind capable of tak- ing a criminal turn. This led to the passage of a law in 1891 which makes the reproduction of any obligation of the government coins, bills, bonds, revenue or postage staraps--a misdemeanor and attaches a heavy fine. Over the mantel in the office of the service hangs a framed $5 bill. It is nearly three feet long and proportion- ately wide, It was taken from the window of a Chicago shoe store some years ago. Before one of the windows hangs a transparency, made from a t:egative, which shows two $1 bills and two quarter dollars. The photograph was made for reproduction on the silk lin lags of hats sold by a Baltimore firm for that price. Many of these hats were disposed of before the secret serv'ce took a hand. On another wall of the room many paintings hang. Usually they are made on wood, for the bills look much more natural when they are not' paint- ed on canvas. One of these pictures represents a number of barrels over- flowing with gold certificates. Almost every gold or silver certifi- cate now In use has at some time or other been pictured to Just short ot perfection by the brush of an artist and has found its way into the coHec. tion. Then there are records of seizures of which no relics were obtainable, as in a recent instance of a Baltimore merchant, who caused a huge electric sign to be made carefully and exactly ot minute incandescent bulbs-- re- markably faithful and accurate blaz- tag dollar billand also in the case of another merchafft on whose shop window was painted a $5 bill seven feet long. Nearly Perfect Counterfeits. The career of the old counterfeiter with the big hands is classic in tle nnals of the secret service because he is probably the greatest example of the criminal influence a painting of a United States certificate can wield, as well as because he was perhaps the pioneer of counterfeiters who have etched their queer with a pen instead of depending on engraved plates. Framed, as examples of the nearly perfect and most dangerous of coun- terfeits, a Farragut and two Lincoln H00 bills, and one Hamilton $20 and one Franklin $50 bill hang in the secret service office. While Captain Moran, who is now the acting chief of the United States DID filE BEST HE COULD. k : OtY Mr Bugg--\\;Vhy, t expected this message two days ago. Snail Messenger----It's not my fault, the company only gave it to me a week ago. NOT A REASON. a t b "Because I'm in love with her." "My dear fellow, that's an excuse, not a reason." SHE KNEW. /. "" / #': t ' 't: / J n  ' ....... !i  / - ..... ; Mr. ,lonesl thought you said you were going to Mrs. Bricl's five o'clock this afternoon? It's after five now. Mrs. Jones---There's no burry Her five o'clock tea isn't likely to be ready before seven. She's got the girl I used to have. GOT AT A BARGAIN. .. 4 Miss Chance--Miss Parvenus has a el)lendid collection of portraits of bet' ancestors. Where did she get them ? Mr. Wise---At a rummage sale, most likely GOOD PARTY MAN . ALOfh: i ",'X --""-7/I ,,,!lilllt! I POiceman- \\;Vhu r-', .-<:: i: ": r :::'> do you think of t}rllbbon's liOlnlnatioo? Politician--I never ihl,lk I only vote Their Class. "These bright newspaper boys are the flower of the jurnalistic times. every man Jack of them." "I suppose then, you would classify them as John Quills?" Their Place. Wltere does nature publish her ce- dsr' "l suppose In corn magazlue" ONLY A a.cNIBLANCE M'Swatters (handing M'Swttbers his case)--There, old man, you'll find that something like a cigar. M'Swithers (puffing)--Hem' most remarkable resemblance. What is It? NATURALLY. 1 , Htx.-Did you notify tle police of the robbery7 Dlx--Yes, snd 1 am expeedn at any ITlOl'/lehl 0 i'lt'll that they have arrested the %l'onB lii;l;l. IN THE F, qUSEUM. The OssHied Man--The Hearded Woman borrowed a doliur two week.s age snd P, ever relmld it. She's a barefaced fralld. The Human Skeleton---She touched you for a dollar, eh? Well. you're not half as hard as you look. CALLED HER DOWN Mr, ':,ggJtt--Yotl ;H'O very lllCOn. slstent. You lnslsi II)(ih llaVillg the most expensive lhhlgs linO yet- Mrs. Naggl:l-,,ll(l yet, wiiai q Mr. NiiggJti...-.VoI ,sc .o milch talk. Don't yoI1 know thai ,alli Is cheap? THOUGHT IT A STORY. I I Congressman--How did you like that copy of a census I seat you? Farmer Hayrlck--Waal. I've read a little of it, but It ain't very thrilling. After I get through the figures I guess it'll be more Interestlng I I I !. i? I } t L I: