Mail Tribune 100

Oct. 7, 1917, Continued


James F. Alexander, lieutenant de luxe of C company, made himself the most unpopular officer in the "Fightin' Third" last Tuesday morning. It was one of those terrible, one of those awful wee small hours, some time before dawn, that the Verdun special reached Glendale. Here the dashing lieutenant boarded the train.

Every one in the officers' car was asleep when the unwelcome visitor entered. Giving a yell like a Siwash with a stomachache, he began yanking his former friends from their berths and raisin' Cain in general.

The howling lieutenant first grabbed Major Marcellus and, after getting the medical chieftain thoroughly awakened, aroused Captain W. E. Stewart and then Lieutenant Phillip A. Livesley, but struck a Tartar in Captain William R. Logus.

A committee, hastily formed, consisting of Chaplain W. S. Gilbert, Captain C. A. Murphey and Lieutenant C. L. McFadden quickly put the "kibosh" on the wild man. But Lieutenant Alexander cannot be blamed too much for he had been on outpost duty somewhere in Oregon for months, and has had little chance to visit with his comrades. If he had entered that den of snores in a genteel manner, not a soul would have known he was there. And J. F. A., who is a Portland lawyer in times of peace, wished to be noticed. He was.


Among motor car owners, the idea that the storage battery can be brought back to a fully-charged condition by filling it with acid has made considerably headway, in spite of the emphatic statement of battery men that this is the worst possible thing that can be done for the battery.

The electrolite in the battery is an acid solution. As the battery discharges, the acid is absorbed by the plates. When the battery is completely discharged, the liquid inside is practically pure water. Charging the battery reverses this process, that is, it forced the acid out of the plates and into the liquid again, so that when the battery is fully charged the electrolite is acid of normal strength. If the car owner puts acid into the battery, he makes the solution altogether too strong, the chemical action between the electrolite and the plates becomes too violent, and finally causes the plates themselves to corrode.

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