National Geographic : 1915 Jan
ences from listening to the bells depends more on the hour of the production than the composition played, since being awakened in the night by one tune, however choice the harmony, does not differ materially from another in its moral effect upon the sleeper. Fortunately, the Dutch chimes do not include large castings with deeptoned vibrations. The bells are small in size and many of the carillons contain as many as 42 in the set. The mechanism of the chime is so arranged that the cylinder, which has pegs similar to a Swiss music-box, may be exchanged for another or removed entirely, permitting a performer to play whatever tune he chooses without waiting for the minute-hand to complete its circuit. Many of the Dutch steeple clocks wear an unnatural, open expression, which we finally dis covered was owing to their habit of holding but one hand-the hour hand-over their faces. The location of Amsterdam is most favorable to tourists as headquarters from which to make excursions to places of great historical interest, and to towns in which the life of today Am is said to be lived precisely as it bonds was centuries ago, and where the Argent dress is similar and the adorn- in Teh ments of jewelry and laces are land t an lce clue to identically the same. the fan for the WINDOW SPIES On the front facade of many of the houses, hanging between the windows, are mirrors, placed at such an angle that those inside, without being seen, may view the street in either direction, in cluding the front door and any one seek ing admission. The home life of many of the people is said to be so quiet that, wishing to see all that is going on about them, they employ these "spies," as they are sometimes called. As we proceeded along a narrow street of one of the little "dam" towns our at tention was attracted to a front door on which was fastened a piece of white paper containing a note. Several per- THE DUTCH WINDMILL an's wealth may be measured by the stocks and he owns in New York, by the cattle he has in ina, by the chain of gold eagles his wife wears uantepec, and so on; but in some parts of Hol he number of windmills a man owns gives the his financial rating. They fight the water, shelter nily, afford an occupation, and provide an income ir owners. sons preceding us had paused in passing to read its contents, and on inquiry we were informed that a member of the family who had been ill was improving. This sensible custom is followed by changing the bulletin each day, so that inquiring friends may keep informed of the condition of the patient without dis turbing the household to inquire. Our informant further stated that when a death, occurs in a family the relation ship of the deceased is indicated by the position of the folding shutters of the windows: If a cousin, one section; a brother, two; while for a parent all but one are closed.