In choosing a sofa the size of the room must be considered, as well as the scale of the other furniture with which it is to be used. If space must be conserved there is no better way of doing it than by selecting a sofa of three-quarter size, which is more than adequate for most occasions. Such sofas may be found in various lengths, from about fort... continued here

ICE CONCRETE—This is the name of a new, porous, astonishingly light building material invented in Finland. Like ordinary concrete, it is composed of cement and sand. Crusht ice or snow is used during the process of mixing. Says Waldemar Kaempffert in the New York Times: Heat evaporates the water of the melting ice, and the result is a block ... continued here

TO MAKE STUDENTS PAY MORE The Literary Digest for July 2, 1927 TO MAKE IT EASY to pay for a college education has been the ideal of our institutions, but the saturation point of benevolence seems to have been reached. On one side and another we are adjured to make education cost more. In our issue of June 11 it was pointed out that teachers, throug... continued here

MINING AND METALLURGY 1929 by SCOTT TURNER, E.M. Director, U.S. Bureau of Mines ONE interesting development in the mining field in 1929 has been the steady advance in prospecting methods, by which many valuable mineral deposits heretofore unknown have been discovered. Remarkable increases in efficiency are reported at various mines developing large... continued here

DO MOTOR CARS MAKE US LAZY? THERE CAN BE NO QUESTION about the usefulness of automobiles, says a writer in The Medical Review of Reviews (New York), nor about the desire for leisure which makes up the large number of people who drive, not because they are in a hurry or have to cover long distances, but because they are lazy and so drive everywhere ... continued here

CHINESE AS A BUSINESS NECESSITY THE NEED OF KNOWLEDGE of the Chinese language in order to do business in China is said to be overlooked by some American firms, and this fact is much regretted by an American weekly of Shanghai. Three or four years ago American business men in that city, we are told, showed a keen interest in the study of the Chinese... continued here

To Add Cheer and Color WHERE the dining room happens to be gloomy, with insufficient light and an uninviting outlook, much can be done to add cheer and color by the use of painted furniture and brilliant draperies against light tinted walls. One effective method of furnishing such a room would be by the use of blue green painted furniture that can ... continued here

BASEBALL SHUDDERS AT THE HOME-RUN MENACE THERE were too many home-runs last summer—so many, in fact, that the popularity of baseball is said to be facing something like a crisis. As a result, the best minds and magnates of the Major Leagues will spend much of this winter, reports a sports writer, Irving E. Sanborn, devising ways and means fo... continued here

Why Cheap Silver Cheapens Wheat TWO price phenomena that attract world-wide attention are the very low price of wheat and the world-wide decline in the value of silver. This is a great deal more than a coincidence, one statistical observer is inclined to think. The Cambridge Associates of Boston have prepared a chart, here reproduced, which shows t... continued here

Bring Them “back Home” … by Telephone HOLIDAYS over . . . children on their way back to school . . . friends scat-tered . . . grown sons and daughters off to the city again. . . . But there is one sure way of bringing them “back home” all through the year. By telephone! Talking to them is next best to seeing them. And ... continued here