The safety of illuminating oil is determined, not by its burning point, but by its flashing point.
The "Amerika's" supplies for a trans-Atlantic journey lasting seven one-half days, carrying 4000 persons, crew included, include the following: 32,000 pounds of beef, mutton, lamb, veal and pork - all fresh provisions; 7500 pounds of game and poultry; 3500 pounds fresh and 250 pounds smoked fish ; 7500 pounds fruit; 12,000 pounds assorted fruit; 80 cases of oranges; 36,-000 eggs; 12,000 pounds fresh bread; and about $460 worth of fresh vegetables. For the outward and the return trip there would also be required 9000 pounds canned meats; 3600 pounds of salted meat; 4850 pounds ham, sausages, smoked meat and tongue; 800 pounds bacon; 5000 pounds butter; 1500 pounds cooking butter; 3600 pounds cheese; 40,000 pounds of flour; 15,000 pounds of rice, etc.; 4000 cans vegetables ; 4100 pounds coffee; 300 pounds tea; 3500 pounds sugar; 3000 quarts of milk and cream; 4000 pounds sauerksaut: and 20 tons herrings. There would be required to quench the thirst 15,000 quarts of beer in kegs and 1200 bottles of beer; 960 quarts and 1300 pint bottles of Bordeaux and Burgundy wines; 1680 quart and 1400 pint bottles of Rhine, Moselle and Saar wines; 3500 quart and 6000 pint bottles mineral waters; and 950 bottles of liquors and spirits. The above is an extract from an interesting article by Julius P. Meyer in "Cassier's Magazine," on the new Hamburg American liner.
Hints to users of incandescent lamps are as follows: Don't buy lamps that are not plainly marked with a well known maker's name, and remember that cheap lamps generally waste current. Don't use a 16-c. p. when an 8 c. p. is sufficient, particularly when wiring your premises; remember current costs more than switches. Don't leave lamps alight that you can do without. Don't forget to regularly clean your lamps with a damp cloth, holding them by the glass and not by the cap, and when the down-stairs lamps get dull, put them upstairs and bring the others down; they have not been burning so long. Don't burn your lamps until they get black in the face from old age. You will get more light from a new 8 c. p. lamp than from a blackened 16-c. p., and only use half the current. Don't forget current costs more than lamps. Don't forget to periodically look through all your lamps in daylight at a sheet of white paper, scrap the " niggers " and send the doubtful ones to the electric light works to be tested.