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1 cubic decimetre or 1,000 cubic centimetres equal 1 litre (1.0567 quarts).
1 litre is a little more than a quart for practical purposes.
1 hectolitre equals 100 litres or small barrel.
To riflemen this system would seem of particular value, as the calibres of rifles may be stated much more neatly in millimetres than in decimals of an inch. A millimetre is .03937 of an inch, and continental manufacturers designate the bore of the weapon they manufacture in millimetres. For instance, the 236 Navy is equal to six millimetres. The 256 Mannlicher is 61⁄2 millimetres. The .285 Mauser is 7 millimetres. The 815 Mannlicher is 8 millimetres.
The 354 Mannlicher is 9 millimetres.
Powder weights are usually given in grams and decimals of a gram. The gram is equal to 15.432 grains. The metre is 3.37 inches longer than the yard, and the kilogram is equal to 2 1-5 pounds. One thousand kilos are almost equal to the long ton, being the equivalent of 2204.6 pounds.
Sportsmen are usually progressive, as is proved by the avidity with which they seize upon new inventions in weapons and charges, so that we may
Owing to the fact that most RECREATION readers are far from Broadway, Frank Ford has been asked to act as buyer for them when they need anything that can be obtained better and cheaper in New York City than elsewhere. He has consented to assume this new responsibility, and will therefore be prepared to buy anything from a steam shovel to a packet of needles, provided money is sent with the order. His charge will be 5 per cent. As most things are fully 25 per cent. cheaper in New York than in the West, this will mean an important saving to many of our friends.
All letters from subscribers taking advantage of this offer should be docketed in the left-hand upper corner "Purchasing Department," to insure prompt attention.
You should follow one of two courses in order to obtain the best results from Frank
THE MYSTIC FIRE.
well take the lead in freeing the country from the trammels of a system of weights and measures that has become obsolete.
Our Photographic Contest
Many of our readers have been competitors in our photographic contest, and they will be disappointed in not finding the awards in the February issue, seeing that our last competition closed at midnight on December 31, 1905. A short explanation will, however, we trust satisfy them that it is through no fault of ours.
Anticipating trouble in getting RECREATION printed-a trouble which happily, in our case, did not materialize-the February issue was put to press in the middle of the month of December. Only the present and a few of the advertising pages were left open. In the month of March we shall publish the list of awards.
Ford's services. If you have quite made up your mind what you want, instruct him to buy such and such an article, giving full details and making it clear that you wish no variation from these directions. If, on the other hand, you simply want a certain article, but are not quite sure as to just what it should be like, direct him to use his judgment, giving as full a description as you can of your choice and make it clear that, as you are putting yourself in his hands, you are perfectly willing to abide by his action in the matter.
Another Half-Dollar, Please
On the first advertising page of this issue (the one following the front cover) will be found a statement with regard to the price of RECREATION. Heretofore this magazine has been sold at a lower price than any of its competitors, although during the past year it has cost much more to produce. The recent troubles in the printing trade have resulted in a large increase of cost to all who use types, ink and paper. Consequently it would no longer be wise, from a business point of view to sell RECREATION for ten cents a copy, as it would mean a heavy loss on each number placed in the hands of its readers,-a loss that could be made up with difficulty out of the advertising.
You know what RECREATION has become, and you can readily appreciate that it will continue to improve in the future.
You must not look forward to a very long communication from me this month. It has been ordained that the only thing that can go on working night and day without a holiday is a mortgage, so I am taking a week or two off in the South. I shall probably combine business with pleasure. Before leaving, however, I have laid out a nice little collection of offerings that it will pay you to look over somewhat carefully.
An unusual number of "Wants" are inserted this month, and if you can supply some of them don't lose any time in writing, lest the other fellow get ahead of you. Above all things, if you have a dog that is no earthly good don't send him on trial, unless you are anxious to pay return express charges.
Mr. W. T. Mulford has a setter, 21⁄2 years old, that he says knows all there is worth knowing about quail, woodcock and grouse. The color is black and white. The price is $25, which hardly pays for the dog biscuit he (the dog) has eaten.
Mr. W. A. Pike lives in sunny California. He went there a good many years ago from Dakota, or some of our other northern winter resorts, and has acquired a considerable amount of real estate. He offers lots 25 feet by 125 feet for sale at Pacific Beach, for $500 each. N. B.-Purchasers will get their due proportion of one of the finest climates in the world thrown in without extra charge.
Mr. H. A. Preston, one of our Canadian subscribers, will sell a large case of mounted game birds that he values at $500, for $300. Or he will exchange for a 3-karat perfect diamond.
Mr. Van William offers to sell 140 acres in Ulster county, New York, for $1,800. He states it is eight miles from a city, 31⁄2 miles from a State road, and that the land has a fine growth of young white pine.
The Rev. T. A. Clagett desires a Luger Automatic Pistol. What offers?
Mr. John H. Bartholf, who is an enthusiastic pool player, desires a pool table with corner pieces in good condition. The cushions must be lively.
Dr. Jas. E. Magee has a fine lot of setter puppies for sale. They are by Sir Jim Jefferson-Miss Roumaine. Prices run from $15 to $50.
Colt is a name to conjure by. Colt led the way and the law followed all through the West. This reminds me that Mr. Norman M. Betts has a 16 shot, 44 Colt rifle, in good second-hand condition, that he will sell for $7.
Mr. Percy F. Browne is the owner of a W. & C. Scott Hammer Gun of good quality, 12 gauge, Damascus barrels, well engraved, pistol grip, that he will sell for $40.
If you have a Newfoundland pup, six or eight months old, you may possibly sell him to Mr. H. A. Dresser.
Are you looking for a good gun? If so, here it is, No. 3 L. C. Smith Hammerless, barrels 30 in. of four blade Damascus; stock, 14x2 5-8; weight, 7 lbs. 6 oz.; targets, right barrel, 200 pellets, left barrel, 250 pellets in 30 in. circle at 40 yards. Three drs. smokeless powder and 1% ozs. No. 7 shot. Not pitted or rusted. List price, $100. Cash price, $50. Please don't ask for any more details about this gun. Just send your check along. First come, first served. Mention Mr. Botz.
Mr. Covenhaven, an Iowa taxidermist, offers a case of mounted birds containing mallard, woodduck, green and blue wing teal, baldpate, pintail, quail, jack snipe and ruffed grouse. Will exchange for a good revolver, Luger pistol, or will sell for $18 cash.
A Layman Pneumatic Sporting Boat that cost $52 may be had for $15. Mr. Thomas says that this is just the thing for going to some remote lake or river, where an ordinary boat could not be taken excepting at vast expense.
The contents of this magazine are copyrighted and must not be reprinted without permission.
WM. E. ANNIS, Publisher, 23 West Twenty-fourth Street, New York
Copyrighted, 1905, by Wm. E. Annis
Entered at the New York Post-office as Second Class Matter
Mr. C. F. Meyers writes to me and says: "I should like very much to procure for my collection an old-style, long barrel, flint lock, Kentucky squirrel rifle." If you have anything of this sort for sale let me hear about it.
A Trout Hatchery has always seemed to me a most seductive proposition. All you have to do is to encourage a few well-disposed trout to lay a good supply of eggs and place them in running water for a certain time, when they become little fish, and you sell them to some person in dire need of them and place the amount to your credit at the bank. This is the way it looks to an outsider. If you wish to begin life afresh and go into this lucrative profession it will pay you to correspond with me about a hatchery that I have for sale in the state of Michigan. It is capable of taking care of 1,000.000 eggs. There is a good dwelling and about 300,000 brook trout six inches, and 200,000 rainbow trout. It has been intimated to me that $7,500 cash will be considered. I should like to go into details with you. Mention Mr. L. Rosenbaum.
Now that the shooting season is over, Mr. A. F. Crawford will sell a Winchester Brush Gun and a .38-.55 Take Down Pistol grip Marlin. The gun lists at $27 and he will take $16. Rifle listed at $36 and he will accept $22. This looks like an investment that would yield compound interest next fall.
A Dollar Saved is Two Dollars Earned
Frank Ford can Save you Money if you will
Permit Him to do your Buying in New York City
Prices of most things are very much lower in New York than in the South and West. Express rates are reasonable all over the United States and Canada, so there is no reason why you should not buy many things in New York that you are now paying exorbitant prices for elsewhere.
All you have to do is to send in your check with your order, and give as full a description as you can of the article you need.
You run absolutely no risk, as Frank Ford has members on his staff who are quite capable of buying any article to the best advantage. He will secure for you the lowest possible cash price, merely adding his commission of five per cent. for looking after your interests.
You, of course, will have to pay express or freight.
When writing, mark the upper left-hand corner of your envelope “PURCHASING DEPARTMENT,'
FRANK FORD, Information Dept., Recreation, 23 West 24th Street, N. Y.
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