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��Popular Science Monthly

��A German Medal to Com- memorate the Torpedoing of the Lusitania

THERE came into the office of Popular Science Monthly re- cently a bronze medal in a leather case. It was one of the two medals struck off by the German Government in commem- oration of the act that, more than any other, inflamed the American people against Prussian- ism, the torpedoing of the Lusitania. To further celebrate the event the school children of Germany were granted a half holiday and the commander of the sub- marine was decorated by the Kaiser.

One medal (not shown here) depicts Neptune seated on a submarine shaking his fist at a sink- ing ship. On the opposite side is a bas-relief of von Tirpitz. The second medal, which is reproduced here, shows, on one side, the Lusitania sinking, and on the other the figure of Death selling tickets at the office of the Line.

The three German words above the sinking ship stand for "No Contraband On Board." Examine the illustration and you will see that a cannon and an airplane occupy the deck. Although the Lusitania carried rifle cartridges on her fateful trip, it has been indisputably proved that she carried no weapons of defense or offense. Needless to say, the cannon and airplane are pure inventions. Translated, the legend beneath the ship reads: "The steamer Lusitania sunk by a German submarine May 5, 1915." Note that the date is given as the fifth of May in- stead of the seventh. Is the error a deliberate one?

At the top of the lower illustration ap- pear the words

���Full-size illustrations of one of the German medals which commemo- rate the sinking of the Lusitania

���"Business Above Everything." One person is shown reading a newspaper, evidently the advertisement inserted by Count von Bernstorff, warning Americans and other neutrals to keep off vessels flying the British flag. Note the man in the rear with the menac- ing finger upraised; also the care-free attitude of the two men in front of him. Beneath the win- dow, in which Death is selling tickets, appear the words, "Ticket Office." In all, 1,198 passengers and crew lost their lives on the Lusitania. In this number are included 124 Americans and 94 children.

��An Automatic Tea- Making Machine

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���The tea-making machine brews the tea, pours it into a cup and rings an electric bell

��ling ! Wake up ! Your tea is ready. Br-r-r-r ! Time to get up!" This is practically what the automatic tea-making machine does every morning. It brews a cup of good tea, and then it calls its master. It was invented by a young Englishman, George Weddle, of New York, and was designed especially to call him and serve him with his morning bracer.

The machine consists of an electric stove, kettle, alarm clock, electric bell, battery and tea cup on a tray eighteen by ten inches. With these it brews the cup of tea, pours it into the cup and rings a bell until the master wakes up and takes his tea. Should coffee be preferred, there is an attachment to be screwed into the kettle that will act as per- colator. There is also an attach- ment for boiling eggs, so that an automatic break- fast, cooked and served at your bed- side, seems quite possible. The ma- chine may be easily taken apart and put into a small hand bag or traveling case.

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