In the "most magnificent public building in the United States," as the new Public Library now nearing completion in New York city is called, there will be sixty-there miles of book shelves. It fills the entire frontage of two city blocks from Fortieth to Forty-second Street, facing east. The building is three hundred and ninety-four feet long, two hundred and seventy-four feet deep, and one hundred and thirty feet above ground at its highest point. The stack room at the rear, overlooking Bryant Park, is two hundred and ninety-seven feet long, seventy-eight feet wide, and fifty-three feet high. This is occupied by a structure of steel beams covering almost the entire space. This is the bookcase. Four and a half million pounds of steel were put into it.

The new automobile law just passed by the General Assembly of Connecticut differs radically from the present law, which set arbitrary speed limits of twelve miles an hour in cities and boroughs and twenty miles an hour outside of them. As passed the bill provides that "no person shall operate a motor vehicle on the public highways of the State recklessly or at a rate of speed greater than is reasonable and proper, having regard to the width, traffic, and use of the highway, or so as to endanger property or the life or limb of any person." There is also in the bill the provision that a speed of over twenty-five miles an hour for an eighth of a mile shall be prima facie evidence of reckless driving.

An order, effective Aug. 1, 1907, provides that the face side of a postal card may be divided by a vertical line placed approximately one-third of the distance from the left end of the card; the space to the left of the line may be used for writing upon, the portion to the right for the address only. A very thin sheet of paper may be attached, if it completely adheres to the card, and such a paster may bear both writing and printing. Advertisements, illustration, or writing may appear on the back of the card and on the left third of the front.

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July 27, 1907

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