National Geographic : 1925 May
600 THE NATIONAL, GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE streets the snow is "r-z literally burn t, or . melted, by machines - . w o which originated in Finland a n d which °.- have since found a market in other coun S tries. These machines are " j:,O fired with logs, while three men shovel the snow into a large hop i per,andasfastasit iis offered to the huge Sw maw itmelts andthe :: "_ water runs through an zz - N outlet into the gutter z-o and down a drain. Although the con trivance is no novelty in Finland, its opera tion is always fol Slowed with the keen S est interest by curious bystanders. Human x.U nature once m o re 0r '-. shows its omnipresent a - desire for amusement, and the apparently ' ' simple method of S, melting a large mass - of snow is always o ' sufficient to attract a - few admirers. Sv, A WORD ON SKIS ,N IlHelsingfors in win - o ter is for the most . . - part silent and sub +u f: E dued, white and ghost 0b , like, austere and for bidding; yet it has its Moments of relaxa ... u tion. , T- On Sundays, par - I . ticularly, one emerges g . from his home to find .= "Y a world on skis. iMan 1has abandoned the , stiff and formal walk .O to glide, generally S grimly intent on prog ress, over the snow .. coated ice of the har Shors to the islands S. that fringe the city in .. - every direction.