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CHARLES A. PLATT

COPYRIGHT BY UNDERWOOD & UNDERWOOD
J. ALDEN WEIR

WILLIAM M. KENDALL
President of the National Academy of Design Architect; member of firm of McKim, Mead & White

Architect and Landscape Gardener
NEWLY APPOINTED MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL COMMISSION OF FINE ARTS
President Wilson has recently selected these three eminent men as members of the Commission of seven (which was instituted by Executive order in the Roosevelt
Administration and is now established by law), whose function it is to decide upon the selection of statues, monuments, public buildings, and other architectural
and sculptural features of the City of Washington, the District of Columbia, and structures erected by the Federal Government throughout the United States.
Congress and the Administration in a recent case-that of the Federal lighting and heating plant-have ignored the recommendation of this Commission; but the
Commission nevertheless serves as a means for giving disinterested advice and centering public opinion upon the important subject of public art in this country

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THE PUPILS TAKE NOTES AS THE MECHANISM IS DESCRIBED; LATER THEY MUST PASS AN.

EXAMINATION TO TEST THEIR KNOWLEDGE

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PHOTOGRAPHS FROM PRE 58 ILLUSTRATING SERVIS
A MAGNETO LESSON-EACH PART OF THE AUTOMOBILE IS THOROUGHLY STUDIED, WITH THE

MECHANISM ITSELF BEFORE THE CLASS
The work illustrated is conducted by the West Side branch of the Young Men's Christian Association of

New York. This school is said to be the largest of its kind in the world A SCHOOL FOR CHAUFFEURS AND AUTOMOBILE OWNERS IN NEW YORK

ONE OF THE ACTIVITIES OF THE Y. M. C. A.

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A SHRINE DEDICATED TO THE LATE GENERAL NOGI, ONE OF THE GREATEST GENERALS IN THE

RUSSO-JAPANESE WAR General Nogi's greatest achievement was the capture of Port Arthur and the destruction of the Russian Aeet lying in the harbor there. He is one of Japan's foremost heroes. The shrine has just been completed.

The picture shows the main entrance

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PHOTOGRAPHS FROM BAIN NEWS SERVICE

EXERCISES OF THE IMPERIAL GUARD-SWIMMING HORSES ACROSS THE RIVER TAMA JAPAN'S MARTIAL SPIRIT-HONORS TO THE DEAD AND PREPAREDNESS

ON THE PART OF THE LIVING

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A HEROIC FRENCHWOMAN Amélie Rigard, whose religious name is Sister Julie, was the Mother Superior of a hospital of the Order of Saint Charles of Nancy, at Gerbéviller, France. When the Germans came to this little village, they burned all the houses up to her door-475 in all. They did not burn the rest, because Sister Julie stopped them. Vor did they molest the wounded soldiers whom she was nursing, nor the sisters who helped her, though many civilians had been shot down. General Castelnau cited her heroic conduct in an Order of the Day; the President of France, the Premier, Senators, and other distinguished men have visited her amid the ruins of her little village; and she has now received the high distinction of being decorated with the Grand Cross CARRANZA: WILL HIS GOVERNMENT LAST?

of the Legion of Honor

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the reply of a Mexican woman to the ques- public eye for two years and a half. It is now tion, “Does it rain here in summer as much not unfair, it seems, to check up Carranza's as it does in winter ?” The reply was : accomplishments with his promises, to weigh

“ No hay reglas fijas, señor.(There are his record, and ask ourselves what it augurs no fixed rules.)

for the future. There are no fixed rules about anything in In general, the debit side of the First Mexico.

Chief's slate is better known than the credit To make the lot of the investigator harder, side. if it be known that he intends to publish the The public knows that Mexico is still result of his researches, he will be attended chaotic, that brigandage still flourishes, that during his stay in the land of Carranza by Villa, Zapata, and Felix Diaz still form seriagents of the Government and agents of the ous menaces to the security of the de facto opposition, who vie with each other for the Government. The public has heard of the privilege of giving him their own particular epidemic of typhus, and knows something explanation of everything he sees. In addi- about the worn-out state of the railways and tion, spies of the various factions—or juntas, the exhausted condition of the nation's as they love to call them in Mexico—are finances. constantly hovering in his wake. It makes The exact extent of any of these evils canthe investigator feel exactly as if he were a not be stated by any one, because the extent promising freshman and the college fraternity of them is constantly fluctuating. At one rushing season were in full swing.

time during my stay in Mexico it was possiHis difficulties are increased by the fact ble to cross the Isthmus of Tehuantepec by that in no country of like size in the world rail, at another time it was not. At one time is there less tabulated and collated informa- it was possible to make the railway journey tion than in Mexico. Many persons can be from Mexico City to Oaxaca, the capital of found who will gladly supply pages of statis- the State of the same name, but later the tics on any subject desired if given barely road was cut by revolutionists—that is, enetime enough to put them on paper. But mies of Carranza. (The Carranzistas still call reasonably trustworthy business information themselves revolutionists, although their eneon such important and familiar subjects as mies seem to have a better right to the appelmining, cattle-raising, or the ownership of lation in fact, but in Mexico nowadays your land is almost impossible to find. This is own side is always " revolutionary partly due to the inevitable disorder of six enemy's course is always “ reactionary."') years of revolution ; it is much more due to Before undertaking any journey in Mexico inherent traits in Mexican character directly to-day you must get the very latest report as antipodal to German precision, willingness to the activity of bandits in the zone through to take pains, and love of method.

which you purpose traveling. If bandits Even the foreigners in Mexico seem to be have just attacked a train on the line which contaminated with the native unreliability, you intend to take, it is quite safe ; for, like and on political events those who have been lightning, bandits never strike twice in succesin the country for some length of time have sion in the same place. For instance, the lost much of their perspective.

day before I left l'era Cruz for Mexico City Thus the rare man in Mexico who really Zapatistas had blown up the through train wants to learn the truth and who has no ax between the same points and killed several to grind and no preconceived political opin- people, wherefore on the following day travel ions to prove must rely mainly on personal was deemed to be entirely safe, and persons observation and experience, on the personal who had been waiting about Vera Cruz for observation and experience of those inform- weeks considered that day a favorable occaants who, in his judgment, are the least

sion to depart. unreliable among a host of persons willing to The public attitude toward such affairs is misinform him, and on the use of such few curious. The Mexicans have a sort of spefacts so well established that they are undis- cial code for judging such things, backed, puted even in Viexico.

like international law, only by the force of It is now thirteen months since President public opinion. So long as the activities of Wilson recognized Venustiano Carranza as bandits are confined to interference with milithe titular head of the de facto Government tary movements and to attacks on Governof Mexico. Before that Carranza was in the ment officials and Government troops, the

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