National Geographic : 1897 Oct
THE ENCHANTED MESA study of the general features of the top of Katzimo throughout the 2,500 feet of its length (see Fig. 4), devoting special consid eration to the topography of the site, the erosion, the earthy de posits, the drainage, and the great cedars that stand gaunt and bare or lie prone and decaying because their means of subsistence have been so long washed away, and I was forced to the conclu sion that had house-walls, whether of stone or adobe, ever existed on the summit at a reasonably remote period, there is no possi bility that any trace of them could have remained to this day. The abundance of ancient relics in the talus, the distinct remains of the ladder-trail, the specimens found on the summit coupled with the destruction wrought by nature, the tradition itself-all testify to the former habitation of the site. To the Acomas Katzimo is still enchanted, and as a subject in the study of mysticism the man of science must yet regard it. The lore of a millennium is not undone by a few hours of iconoclasm. ELECTRIC STREET RAILWAYS According to the Western Electrician, there were, on January 1, 1897, 15,250 miles of street-car track in the United States, of which 13,580 miles, or 89 per cent, were operated by electricity, 1,010 miles, or 6.6 per cent, by horses, 515 miles, or 3.4 per cent, by cable, and 145 miles, or 1 per cent, by steam dummy. The adoption of electricity as a motive power has completely revo lutionized the methods of city and suburban transportation. Between January 1, 1888, and January 1, 1897, the number of horse cars in use decreased from 21,736 to 3,664, while the num ber of electric cars increased from 172 to 37,097. In 1888 horse cars represented 86 per cent and electric cars seven-tenths of one per cent of the total car equipment. At the beginning of the present year 79 street cars out of every 100 were propelled by electricity and only seven out of 100 by horses. J. H. MODIFICATION OF THE GREAT LAKES BY EARTH MOVEMENT-AN ERRATUM We regret to state that two of the figures illustrating Mr Gil bert's article in the September number are transposed. The narrow figure on page 240 belongs on page 241, and the square figure at the top of page 241 belongs on page 240. As the fig ures stand, they are associated with the wrong titles.