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   Washington Post, The (Newspaper) - July 20, 1913, Washington, District Of Columbia                               THE WASHINGTON POST: SUNDAY, JULY 2O, 1913 Content A BRITISH "HANDICAP x HOESES, A MOTOR CAB. AND AN AEROPLANE IN A REMARKABLE BACE ON ENGLISH TRACK. 4 [Technical WorM An Interesting race was recently held at Brooklands, England, when horses, a motor car, and an aeroplane were placed on the starting line in competition- The handicaps were worked out as follows: When the starting flag was lowered, the horses started off immediately, the motor car driver aligHted from hia car and started his engine, while the aviator had to get down from his machine, In- ject petrol into his engine, regain- his seat and have his propeller started. The result was an victory for the aviator, the motor car and horses coming in a few minutes afterward. Secret of WATCH YOUR HAIR IF YOU WOULD LIVE LONG, SAYS THIS SPE- CIAIIST ON LONGEVITY. [New York Medical Journal.] ET the aged seek youth, trim Dr Nascher sets forth that "-here are their hair and stimulate what many factors which contribute to pre- hair is left on the top ot their mature aging, such as the rapid" vibra- is the advice of Dr. tions of motor-driven vehicles, rapidly I L. Nascher, of this city, ex- moving elevators, the eye strain produced pert in gerlattlcs, or the science of keep- by the flickering of moving picture ma- ing 100 chines, the ear strain and the mental First of all, Dr Nascher suggests- that strain at listening to the telephone, the the aged associate with young persons, many little shocks and moments of for by so doing they will be led to 1m- frights incident to crossing the streets prove their general appearance, keep step and- city noises in general. with the prevailing mode and be happy. The physician finds that most persons The improvements in the general appear- who have reached old age were, sparse ance have a profound psychic eaters and lived outdoor lives. Most writes the physician, "not only directly aged men were smokers and drank alco- through the stimulation of the sense of nolle liquors. Most all persons come pride in appearance, but indirectly from agricultural districts and were thrcoigh the flattering comments which it married and nearly all were actively en- arouses. This does not mean that he gaged .in their labors until shortly be- ahould resort to the artificial devices their death. He quotes for some of which the middle aged and elderly women hts statistics A. H. Stewart, who had employ to enhance their charms. It does made some investigations which be re- mean that the aged man should stimulate ported in the Medical Record, the surface circulation by means of baths "Oa the other continues and massage, remove wrinkles and folds "those who retire from active by injunction with fats, try to stimulate business'early soon go into a rapW de- the growth of hair on the head and re- dine. Insufficient sleep prevents com-, move hair from abnormal situations on piete repair and hastens degenerative the ears, use a cane and wear braces to changes and the same applies to irregular overcome the tendency to stoop, employ hours, irregular meals and Irregular harmless cosmetic measures to improve means- of livelihood." his appearance, and, above all, observe a Dr. Nascher pays a tribute to the value sense of neatness in dress. Instead of of the sanitary laws of the Jews as decrying such a course as vanity, it mulgated by Moses as having an should encouraged as a laudable effort tant effect In promoting longevity and in to raamtain a youthful spirit." preventing early arterioschlerosls. of Jftagtdang Cxplatneb SOME OF THE FAMOUS MYSTERIES OF SLEIGHT-OF-HAND PER- FORMERS EXPOSED BY DR. S. R. ELLISON. V CNew York World J FEAT of magic, no sleight of -whispered to Haidee through the speak- hand, no illusion before or since ing tub4 which ended in the ever attracted the attention tinka will show you the tubed sofa any that Heller's great "Second day. Nothing wonderful about that! Sight" did some 30 odd years Now something even more ago. In a word, that gifted entertainer reading from a book held by one tof the about freely among his audience audience I remember used while his beautiful sister Haidee sat on "Helen's then the book of the a. couch on the stage, blindfolded, and day. read the dates on coins, names of objects "Won't you be so good as to cut the shown to Heller by the audience, re- he would ask of some well- peated passages from books opened by known person in the orchestra, handing any one and did all manner of other mys- him an Ivory paper cutter. tj fving things. _, The obliging person slipped the cutter It was certainly amaslng! between the leaves while Heller smiled Nothing like "Second Sight" had ever and murmured, "Thank you been seen before. Plainly there were no "Just to show there Isn't any confederates because Heller always smil- he'd turning to some one else, "I will ingly asked the best-known people among ask this lady to open the book -where the his hearers to assist him. Scores of ar- gentleman put the paper cutter and fol- ticles were written about his feats and low Miss Haidee as she reads many were the explanations which didn't Of course other persons near the lady explain Scientists even thought, that could look over her shoulder. To their Heller had solved the mystery of thought blank amazement Haidee would glibly re- transference. Nonsense! It was noth- cite the words In the book before their ing but the simplest of tricks smoothly eyes. Wonderful' turned by that perfect performer. Fiddlesticks! Heller merely had two Most mystifying of all. Just as one paper cutters. As he stepped away from imagined had caught the secret of the gentleman who cut Into the book he things Heller would reach the same re- turned it upside down and presented the suit in a wholly different way. throwing volume With the other paper cutter In- the would-be student of black art serted where he wanted It. Of course completely off the track. Haidee had memorized that page and ran To-day Prof. Francis J. Martinka, a It right off So simple! retired magician, has the sofa in his New So with her reading of sealed letters. Tork home on which Mile. Haidee used Heller had a set of steps, down which he to sit It was part of the best ran to get among the audience. You I ever saw and one of the easiest. didn't notice it, but he never used one To begin with. Heller used four differ- particular step. It was made of card- ent words, a confederate, board a little trap in It sleight of hand and apparatus that Heller asked people to write anything any boy could make. they pleased and seal the slips up In en- In the average audience there are "cer- velopes, which he gathered m a little tain articles one can always box. While doing something else he set gram, opera glasses, watches, handker- box on the steps In full view. Some- chiefs, rings, pins, eyeglasses, fans, bills, body under the steps merely extracted visiting cards. Heller and his sister had the envelopes through the false bottom ot key words for all these common things the box, opened them with a little aloo- and hundreds more for less common hoi and whispered the answers up the ones An inflection, a. word, a tube to Haidee. Presto! she read aloud a. dozen different little ways indicated the what was on the slips when the envelopes article. But just as the astonished be- were taken out of the box and held up! holder of the mystery began to think he So simple? had the secret Heller would merely pass From time Immemorial the raising of rapidly about, touching articles here and the human body in thexair without sup- there and saying nothing while Haidee port has been the aim of all necro- just as rapidly named them, though mancers. In India they have tried it lor blindfolded and her back to the audiencov, centuries. 'Ascetics have, fasted and Easiest of all. They merely had a pre- prayed and have said they could do it, arranged list of things to be1 found in but theirs was rough work compared to any theater audience and Heller touched that of Kellar, who followed in Heller's each In proper glove, hat, footsteps. He called his act "Levtta- program, eyeglasses, locket and what not. tlon." and it was a wonder. But so slm- You were then aU off the track If you pie, like all the beat Illusions. A beautl- thought his spoken words conveyed his fully robed woman entered the stage, re- meaning to Haidee; yet they dined on a couch, was apparently hyp- other times. notiaed and then -slowry rose In the air in Concealed beneath the stage was a real full view of everybody, assuming any never stooped to one posture the magician chose to fix her In. In the a powerful pair of Kellar, now retired, was a very clover field glasses. Heller held up other person. No stage hands were allowed the man below saw them and behind the scenes during his act, not even scene shifters; brought his own as- sistants He had an employee of the Otis Elevator Company working for months contriving an apparatus light enough to take on the road It was a marvel of Ingenuity. Forty-five fine wires, a series of springs, a steel harness, a set of weights and windlass, all of which could, be packed in two trunks, made up the trick. "An audience can see one or two single Kellar confessed to me after I solved hia illusion, "but they- can't thirty or forty because they blend in the background." Which is true. And that was his whole secret. Behind bis couch was a striped background an which the wires blended perfectly. Hidden in the soft cushioning of the couch was a finely made steel har- ness to which were fastened 30 slender wires. These went up through the ceil- ing from the S bar back OS the harness, connecting with a windlass behind tht scenes, by which the subject was raised and lowered at will. The S bar is always a prime 'necessity in any levltatlon act because it enables Ahe operator to stei> 'behind the subject or pass a hoop com- pletely around the body. Now, if the harness was raised by the 3D wires the woman in it would tip for- ward the moment her body left the couch. So there is a counterbalance running beneath the stage by IS more wires, which keeps the whole thing hori- zontal. The rest is easy. You can't see the wires and there is no hole in the background through which a steel bar might be poked to support the beautiful lady. Result mystery! Kellar had another illusion Which was splendid. He called it "The Blue Room." It waa a. huge box on the stage some- thing like a square room. In it the magician took his place after a bit of patter and the light remark, "Now you're going to see yourselves as you'll be in 30 And right in front Of you the magician slowly turned into a without the aid of a net! How? Easiest thing in the world. You weren't looking at Kellar, at all, but at his image in a very finely made mirror placed across the box, as he stood in Its side, really out of sight. As the mirror -was slowly withdrawn the skeleton behind it came into View, blend- ing- exactly with the outlines of the ma- gician's figure on the silvered glass. Presto, and he was out ef the box, his old self again! It was merely a clever ruse of reflec- tion. Kellar carried a mirror 30 feet long to do that trick. No magicians do so now, because they can't afford it. Re- the other hand, Is the prin- ciple used in the illusion 'old but ever good. It depends on, the opti- cal law'that When light gees from one medium to a heavier one Us line is broken, as1 fyom air to water, or from air to glass. Houdinl has a fine trick with a milk can. You are invited to examine the can carefully. You see that it is a good, stout one, and that it hasn't a false bot- tom. 'Six sturdy staplesi fit on the cover and you are Invited to bring youi1 own padlocks and keys. Houdini gets inside and you lock him In securely by means of the padlocks and staples, keeping the keys. The can is hidden for a moment behind a screen ah, there you are! Houdlnl ia out of hi? 'tin prison and the can is still locked up and you have tfle keys. This ought to be called a joke, not a trick. He doesn't have to pick even one lock, an art at which he Is an adept. The explanation is that while you have locked the locks you haven't locked the can. There is a, collar fitting around the neck and this holds the staples. "When the can is Houdinl merely shoves the whole top off, collar and all, gets out, puts back the cover and the can is still apparently Dr. Hermann had a. fine illusion, "The Haunted that a child could work. It a small house set on stilts so that you could see under It. You could walk through It; there were big doors in front and   very .prince of decoys. In the history of men of the Dutch AJonno warned inevitably play a strong part. Marriage is not for them; their temporary alliances are with women of the underworld, often regal and ex- pensive beauties as-fascinating and capri- cious as ladles of higher spheres. On them the Ill-gained wealth of robbery is squandered. A succession of females of this type are scattered along Dutch Alonzo's patU. In London, however, he found one who aroused in his calloused heart something akin to real love. To her he was faithful for a long period. A dark and vivid beauty she was, tempestu- ous but true, and with her he bad a spell of a kind of happiness strange to his experience. They lived in a charming apartment in a. fashionable quarter, and at the festivities to which women were admitted she, in gorgeous gowns and sparkling jewels, was ever. Alonzo's com- panion. On her adornment were lavished the killings of that period A part, that is Like so many of hia kind, Alonzo had a major He gambled. That which lie rooked from the unsuspecting; the sus- ppcting took away from him at cards or dice A lover of horseflesh, he frequented the races and bet and bet, ever to lose Retiring for a time from the gambling house, he essayed to be a bookmaker he tried it later In New but always he failed. Time and again he was cleaned out. One day the establishment for polite robbery In Regent's Park was exposed. There Was loud outcry among the dupes. Kenn and his associates fled from Eng- land and headed for the Continent, Again he took up hts profession of bank-sneak- practicing it in fields where the insti- tutions were not wise to the operations ot -his kind For two years the gleanings were large wnough to satisfy even the greed of these bold crooks, but sooner or later Fate trips the foot of him wno takes too frequent or too daring chances. Henn was arrested in Berlin on suspicion, He was held. His picture was sent to Scotland Yard and then came his undoing. When he fled from England he" had also deserted the woman. Essentially fickle, even her devotion, her loyalty and a big debt gratitude he owed for assistance in escaping a scrape at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York failed to how Aim. Besides, there was another. For a time injured beauty Awaited, believing her lover would return She kept track of bis dotoga. for at intervals he sent her money, but though faithful to him in her -fashion, her patient love could not brook a rival. The police sought her with tneir photograph. Vengefully she told all, tow of the series of bank thefts in Qermany Alonxo had perpetrated, and Henn was convicted and served a long sentence. Out again after an interval, an interval of recuperation and thought, Henn re- sumed his depredations Still successful he became a notable figure in Monte Car- lo, and along the Riviera, Still debonair and magnificent he found Innumerable pigeons for his plucking. He resumed his grand dinners and showered favors of precious gems on his guests. But no treasury could withstand such drains and necessity compelled him to tackle a trick too difficult even for his talent. He was arrested in Paris, convicted and again sent up tor a lone term. That "broke his nerve. Bven the nerve Alonzo Henn, most daring and resourceful of criminals. has Its limits. Depleted in health and des- titute he again returned to New York. But his career was not over. His mar- velous talent as> e, faro dealer 'he still bad. Lou Ludlam took him In and for a long time he dealt the cards at this fa- mous gfcmbMng- house so long protected by the police, the favorite resort of Wall street and PHtsburg bloods. Prosperous' more he looked around for new fields. There Was to be A fling be- fore the Luck Goddess Anally flung him Into the discard. The wire-tapping in its in- fancy, showed Dutch Alonzo possiMlltles of' rich development He entered into it with his old-time enthusiasm and skill. He posed as Western ranch owner, and with Ms genius for finding and hypnotiz- ing- victims; had no diflkouty in gathering spplls. But the end was at hand. The authori- ties begBb to close up the gamollng dens. Even those Who enjoyed the highest tfce protection kept open under conditions painful precaution. The detectives, un- der the sting of criticism, began to cur- tall the operations of the wire-tappers. Dutch Alonzo, true to his tendencies, had kept nothing of his enormous gains. He was poor. He made small borrowings just to keep head above water. The tra- dltton that thieves help each other in Is more romantic that accu- rate. Then came the Rosenthal murder, and the final curtain on gambling was rung down with a clang. Several nights before his death Alonzo met wealthy whose specialty is the purchase of stolen bonds. They had done much 'business together. Alonzo asked for 910. The "fence" eyed him contemptuously, turned on his heel and walked away with- out a Word. That un kindest cut showed Alonzo Henn that he was Indeed down and out. He decided to end it Re- turning to his garret room he liwallowed a dose of morphine and Thus ended in desperation defeat this daring enemy of civilization. He 'was never under any delusions about his oc- cupation, and discoursed a cynical philos- ophy When among those to whom he gave frankness. He stole because he liked to steal liked the money to indulge his prpa- and why not? Did. he not take from those whom he argued had commit- ted economic Crimea? "Bankers have robbed for thousands of years. 1 They have oppressed the people Have I not a right to rdb On religion he had views of hia oTfjn. He believed in the migration of souls, and that in the course of the ages the animating principle had to assume Innumerable roles. "Mjr soul." he would say, "has been doctor, mer- chant, lawyer, and now it is in last phase, the name of which you can supply yourself." l Sluto AN AUTOMOBILE TH A A y FRENCH CAR MEANT FOR USE IN COLONIES IS BUILT TO CROSS DRIVERS. American 1 We have seen automobiles running when party submerged, But It is decidedly unusual to find one that will work when practically everything is submerged ex- cept, the dirver's seat. This ifc now done In a new French automobile that is in- tended mainly for use in the colonies, where the car is likely to be required cross rivers; It will be quite valuable tor making trips in these regions, where the road is barred to the ordinary automobile by streams which of course have no bridges. The exhaust from the motor Is taken off a pipe which projects well out of water to the rear of the driver's seat. Air for the carbureter is fed. through a njfie directly In front of the driver The only limit to the immersion of the car Is to have the driver's body out of water, and in fact it could even be sunk somewhat deeper than is represented here, provided the- driver did not mind being wet. i of Jf amotus ODD WAYS OF REFERRING TO BOYS WHO RIDE PONIES USUAL- LY DUE TO SOME INCIDENT IN THEIR RACING CAREER, [Pearson11 VER since horse-racing first be- came popular in England the public has been wont to give nicknames to its favorite jockeys, and the practice has continued right down to the present day. For instance, Johnny Reiff, the rider of Craganour in the Derby, was prompt- ly christened "The Midget" on his ar- rival in this country from America in 1800. He has grown up now, and is a married man, but the name sticks to him, and it certainly fitted him to perfection in those early days, when he rode'at 4 stone, 7 pounds, and measured only an inch or so, four feet in height. Johnny was also known for a while as "Pineapple on account of the fol- lowing incident: At the time, when he was the spoilt darling of the Aclng world, a great lady approached him one day in the paddock and saJd: "What do you feed your horses on, little boy, to make them win so "Pineapple, answered Johnny without turning a hair- The Joke of the impromptu reply lies in. the fact that all horses dislike intense- ly this particular fruit, and none can be induced to eat it under any circumstances whatever. Tod Sloan, the pioneer of the American was given at least three nicknames during hia brief, meteoric career in this country. He was "The on account of the way he used to crawl up on to the neck of his mount during the prog- ress of a hotly contested race; "The 'because, it was said that he used to whisper in his horse's ear as he leaned over him riding; "Top-Speed because of the man- ner In wMch he rode his mount from start to finish as hard aa he could go. Frank Wootton used to be known as the "New Johnny because he .strongly resembled the -little American in feature and build. He was also called "Tiny" Wootton. Daniel Maher is familiarly of course, but he is also known as "Brainy because he rides with his head as well as his hands. Herbert Jones is "The King's Jockey" now, and was formerly "Diamond Jubl- i Weekly.] lee after the horse that first made) him famous. J H. Martin is "Skeets Tom Cannon in the old days was face- tiously dubbed "The Eton from the place of his birth Poor Fred Archer was, of course, "The because of the way he used to rake In the "tin" for his followers He -was also called "The owjng to his famous riding The veteran John Osborne was "The a name which explains Itself. Sam Chifrney, the younger, was "The Artful and lived up to his name, frequently stealing a race from animals infinitely superior to his own mount by his tricky riding and skillful maneuver- ing. Jem Snowdon was "Old from his fondness for the bottle. one oc- casion asked to win by not more than a lengrth, as it was a selling race, and the owner of the horse wanted to buy it in cheaply. Instead he came in six lengths ahead, and when remon- strated with, replied in his broad north- country dialect. "Thou ought to think yiysel" lucky to win at all. for by gum I saw five winning posts, and I dldn t know which was the right one." A. was riding Tracery at Ascot when the armed man tried to stop the race, a somewhat cryptic title until one comes to recall the popular children's rhyme Lady- bird, ladybird, fly away and re- members how frequently this most popu- lar jockey does fly away the race course. Bernard Dillon- was early christened in allusion to the country of his origin, and when Otto Madden first burnt like a new star on the racing firmament, and people found that he hailed from Germany, what more natural than that he should be nick- named "The Kaiser C Trlgg is "The or more fre- quently "Hell-Fire though why whe-n his Chrlstlam name Is few of his admirers, probably, would be able to explain satisfactorily. W. Bullock, the winner of Slgnorinetta a-" Derby, was "The an obvious play Vn his name F. Rickaby is "Greased a nickname the derivation of which is also pretty ob- vious. W Huxley is "The Professor." Joe Plant le 'Tne Pocket and sometimes Policeman." Canrdcb Do to A ami's EDUCATION. {Australian Ffcnn Journal A "girl's "education is most incomplete unless she has learned: To new. To cook. To mend. To be gentle. To value time. To dress neatly. To keep a secret. To avoid idleness. To be self-reliant: To darn stockings. To respect old age. To make good bread. To oeep a. house tidy. To be above gossiping. To make- home happy. To control her temper. To take care ot the sick. To take care of the baby. jf o sweep down cobwebs. To marry a man for his worth. To read the very best of books. To take plenty of active exercise. To be a helpmate to her husband. To keep clear of trashy literature. To be fleet-footed. To be a womanly woman under all circumstances. HOW A CONSCIENTIOUS MAN WAS INDUCED TO TAKE A HAND AT POKER. MARKET QUOTATION. [St toujs Peat-Dispatch 6ft; horse. 7, good, 6. hard, non, 3. Market dull, except in nonsense. replied the man with the yaller whiskers, as he was asked ).o take a hand in a game of poker, "I beg you to excuse me. I'm not against card playing on principle, tout five years ago I made a vow never to play again." "For your mother's queried the glue-factory traveler. "Oh, no. My mother died many years ago. 1 was on a C-, B. and Q. train one day, and we made up a game of poker. There were five of us and I had never had euch luck in my life. One of the players was tron Montana, and he finally put up 200 acres of land against in cash." "And you "He had a full house and yet I bluffed him on a pair of tens It turned out that the land Was a narrow strip of high mountain, and not worth a cent It waa an old mining claim, I believe "But where does the vow come "I will you After holding that land three years I sold It to a Chicago stone syndicate, and the men were put to work quarrying stone A blast started an avalanche, and not only 10 workmen lost their lives, but a. party of 25 of my fel- low creatures. Had I not won that land it would not have been sold for a quarry." we said the glue man. "The other fellow would probably have ueed it for a toboggan "I believe that was his plan, sir." 'And if he did, the elide might have busted some day and 50 people been hurled into eternity "Do you think it "Not only possible, but extremely prob- able Yes, a hundred people might have been involved in the awful disaster. I figure it that you have eaved the lives of about 50 people and are entitled to great credit." "Do you really assure "We all do gentlemen, I will cancel my vtrw and take a hoed And at the end of an hour every nan in the game against him was dead broke and cussing winner's luck. j WAY WITH MEN. [PltUbarg "The men at our church certainly con- tribute cheerfully for one cause." "What is "To send the minister away CREATORS. tLlfe "What has vaunted science done for nervous "Good heavens, man! It discovered them." '-CM SPAPFRl   

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