In these days of many excellent magazines, the advent of another seeker for public favor may seem to require explanation for its existence and the field it proposes to occupy. The name, Amateur Work, supplies this information in part; the subjects included in this issue being typical of those to follow. Its aim will be to assist the amateur worker to obtain knowledge and skill in the many avenues that lie open to those who desire to learn, but who may have had difficulty in obtaining the elemental knowledge that must be acquired before advanced work is attempted. Most of the textbooks and trade papers presuppose a practical knowledge of the subject, and the elemental portion is omitted. This lack of practical instruction is a serious one, which this magazine will endeavor to overcome. A prominent feature will be constructive work for those who already possess a fair degree of handicraft, and who desire to improve leisure moments in a useful manner. Electricity, in its manifold development,will be given comprehensive, theoretical and constructive treatment. House-hold furnishings will receive adequate attrition, as will also wood-carving, wood-turning, modeling, drawing, photography, astronomy ; in short, everything that the amateur worker can accomplish within the home or workroom will find its place in these pages.
The special wants of readers will be met in the correspondence columns; answers to all proper inquiries being given by letter, in addition to publication.
The editors of the several departments are practical workers, and their presentation of the various topics will be in accord with the present-day practice. The instruction, whether practical or technical, will be accurate, and can be accepted by the novice with the knowledge that the methods he is following would receive the approval of the professional worker.
The thrifty mechanic, the young apprentice in the shop, the student in the technical trade or manual-training school, will all find Amateur Work a source of inspiration and self-help that cannot fail to be productive of advancement and profit. In time, the volumes will provide a store of industrial information, which will be invaluable to their possessor, approximating, as they will, the scope of a mechanical and scientific encyclopedia.
Dr. Armitage, an English physician, has used electric baths in the treatment of chronic lead poisoning, and in 40 severe cases 37 were benefited, some being completely cured. The rapid improvement is attributed to the change of the lead salts in the body into new and insoluble compounds. The apparatus used consisted of a large porcelain bath-tub, carefully insulated and provided with a large carbon negative electrode at the foot and a small movable carbon positive electrode, and a battery of 120 large Leclanche cells, connected in threes.