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Illisrcllairmus Jn-tdlujciia:. HOME, FOREIGN, AND COLONIAL. FIVE PERSONS DROWNED WHILE BATHING.-Five cases of drowning while bathing were reported in the Scotch papers on Monday morning. Robert Cook, aged eleven, perished at Clackmannan; James Graham, aged nine, was drowned in the Dee a man named Maclennan lost his life at Mount Stuart; George Ronald sank in. a mill dam at Newe, and a man whose name was unknown was drowned at Greenock, Sunday was the hottest day this season. UNKIND.—" Cab, sir?" "No; I'll walk to-night, just for a change.' "Not much of a change, I think, guv nor. It d be a bigger one if you rode "—Judy. THE ITALIAN ROYAL FAMILY.—The little Prince of Naples, heir to the throne of Italy, attended on horse- back, tor the first time, on the occasion of the fefces at Rome in celebration of the Italian Constitution (says the Court Journal). He looked delighted at this honour, which invested him with a new importance. He wore the uniform of a military scholar. All along the road he was greeted with cries of Viva il Prin- cipino. Ihe King looked wonderfully well, and seemed quite proud of his boy's reception. He is very grey, however, but stouter. He will soon be as stout as his father. The Queen, who followed in a demi- State carriage, was dressed in pale pink, and a large straw hat covered with pink feathers. THE TUILERIES.-A photograph of the rums of the palace of the Tuileries has been successfully taken prior to their demolition, which will commence forth- with. The space in front of the building, where the grass and weeds now grow, was thronged with visitors, who formed a group in the foreground of the picture. The hands of the clock of the Pavillon de l'Horloge are at five minutes to nine, at which point they have re- mained ever since the morning of the 24th of May, 1871. n THE LAW'S DELAY.—A few years ago, a cargo of ide was imported into this country from Norway. Not hav- ing such an article in the Custom-House schedules, application was made to the Treasury and to the Board of Irade and, after some little delay, it was decided the ice should be entered as dry goods;" but the whole cargo had melted before the doubt was cleared up RIDING A WILD BULL.-He was a wild Western cowboy, who was offered a calf that didn't belong to anybody in particular, if he would ride a wild bull without saddle and bridle. He jumped from his horse, looked to his spurs and leaped upon the bull with his face to the animal's tail, setting his spurs deep into the flanks of the infuriated beast. The bull flung his head to the ground, but the rider held on to the tail and kept his seat. With another roar the bull rushed off and out upon the prairie. The race continued for a mile and a half, the whole crowd following on their horses. The bull plunged now and then into the sage brush with the idea of ridding himself of his burden, but it was of no use, and the sharp rowels kept pricking him on. At last, exhausted with fright and fatigue, he fell to the ground, and the cowboy, stepping off, came back, like the prodigal son, for his well-earned calf. A NOVELT? IN PHOTOGRAPHY.—A very interesting instrument, called a photographic gun, has been in- vented by a Frenchman. It is nothing more nor less than a very large revolver, with a stock to put to the shoulder. The barrel is a telescope, that is to say, it contains the lenses of a camera. There are twelve apertures which take the place of chambers. The photographer puts a sensitised plate behind these apertures, and performing an operation analogous to cocking a gun, the weapon is ready for the field. On seeing a flying bird, he takes aim, and pulls the trigger. The chamber revolves once, and in one second he obtains twelve little pictures of the bird in various positions. A FREE TRANSLATION.—An old lawyer practising at the Cincinnati Bar was an orator and very fond of showing off his classical learning before a jury. In a murder trial, in defending the prisoner, he warned the jury not to allow public opinion, which was against his client, to influence their verdict. Gentlemen of the jury," he said in concluding his appeal, "give up, drop entirely all feeling in this im- portant matter, and be like the ancient Roman in his adherence to the truth, who, in its defenoe, most eloquently declared, '.Amicus. Cato, amicus Plato, amicus Cicero, sed major Veritas'" The next morning the lawyer found himself reported in the newspapers as follows —" 'I may cuss Cato, I may cuss Plato, I may cuss Cicero,' said Major Veritas." A BIG PLANTATION.-Major B. W. Bellamy, who owned several hundred slaves before the American civil war, is now the master of a thousand negroes, who cultivate his farm of sixteen thousand acres near Quitman, Ga. They live in neat, white-washed cot- tages, and are provided with churches, schools, and, if the local newspaper is not mistaken, with dance- houses. Every dwelling has its garden, potato patch, and orchard, and every tenant is encouraged to save money, buy land, and develope his individuality. It is said that all the children over ten years of age can read and write. At the plantation house things are done in the old style. A reporter who recently dined with the planter writes that the principal dish was a gigantic chicken pie, and that the round of beef made the stout boy who set it on the table stagger. A NARROW ESCAPE.-The Simla Correspondent of the Times of India, writing on the 5th of June, says: —"The Viceroy nearly lost two of the members of his staff last night. Captain Brett, Captain the Honour- able C. Harbord, and Captain Lord Alwyne Compton were returning from Inverarm about eleven at night. Whilst conversing, Captain Harbord and Lord A. Compton leaned on the rail, which suddenly gave way. Captain Harbord fell but Captain Brett just succeeded in catching Lord A. Compton by the leg and saving him. Captain Harbord fell a clear thirty feet, then struck the khud, and fell twenty feet more on to the Mall. He was found lying on his face on the road; but, wonderful to state, beyond a sevete shaking and a few scratches was otherwise unhurt.' THE FUTURE OF AUSTRALIA.—The Corporation of Plymouth assembled at the Millbay Pier on Saturday for tne purpose of extending an official farewell to Sir Henry Parkes, the Prime Minister of New South Wales. Sir Henry, in response, expressed the delight it gave him to find how great was the interest which was felt in this country in all that concerned the Australian colonies. Those colonies generally num- bered three million souls, and when they remembered that* America achieved her independence with that population, and when they contemplated the present prosperous commercial and financial condition of the Australian colonies, he thought they would all recog- nise the great future that was before them. He was confident that their population was destined enor- mously to increase, and he entertained the conviction that they were capable of producing sufficient to satisfy not their own requirements only, but also to distribute an important surplus amongst the nations of the world. THE VAGARIES OF FASHION,Years ago, when David Crockett was a member of Congress and had returned home at the close of the first seasion, several of his neighbours gathered around him one day, and asked questions about Washington. What time do they dine in city ?" asked one. Common people, such as we have here, dine at one. The big ones dine at three; we Representatives at four the aristocracy and the Senators eat at five. Well, when dose the Presi- dent fodder f Old Hickory ?" exclaimed the colonel. "Well he don't dine till rext day." A RUNAWAY TRAIN.-Late on Monday night a train of seven waggons, laden with bricks, became detached at Barlborough Colliery on the Staveley mineral branch line at the Midland system. The train rushed at great speed down a steep incline for a distance of three miles. It was then turned into a siding, where it dashed against the standing buffers with a thud which was heard a mile away. Some of the waggons were smashed, and the permanent way was much damaged, but no one was hurt. REGARDED AS PRECIOUS RELICS.—The Order of the Golden Fleece, which is shortly to be conferred on President Grévy, never gives to the fresh knights new insignia, but decorates them with the old Orders worn by one of their predecessors, no new specimens of the decoration being made nowadays. Accordingly Spain regards these insignia as precious relics, and on their presentation to the new knight he finds the name of the former owners engraved on the links of the collar, and receives a written history of their genealogy, while in his turn he is obliged to sign a document binding his heirs to restore the Order after his death. Prince Frederick Charles of Germany possesses one of the most interesting decorations of the Order-that be- stowed by Philip II. upon the notorious Duke of Alva, German princes, by-tne-bye, are renowned for their numerous decorations, but it would seem that the Orders entail some drawbacks. Thus, when one Hohenzollern Prince wears all his Orders, he carries on his breast ten pounds of gold alone. ELEMENTARY KNOWLEDGE IN ITALY.—From the Italytn Census of the 31st December, 1881, it appears that, in 23 out of 24 provincial chief towns the number of persons knowing how to read and write has greatly increased since 1871. In ten years the citizens of Udine had increased in such knowledge at the rate of 9 per cent; in Como, 6'50 per cent. Bresica made a strange exception; in 1871 there were 2,899 persons ignorant of reading and writing, and in 1881 this number was increased to 3,120.persons; data are want- ing to explain this fact. In the 24 capitals of pro- vinces the average result is that a little more than 50 per cent. of the inhabitants know how to read and write. FASHIONABLE MARRIAGE. — Great interest was shown at Kensington on Tuesday in the marriage of the Ificar, the Hon. and Rev. E. Carr-Glyn (youngest son of the late Lord Wolverton) to Lady Mary Eliza- beth Campbell, daughter of the Duke of Argyll, Flags were displayed and the bells rang out. The ceremony was performed by the Bishop of Lichfield. The church was lined by the Scots Guards and the 11th Hussars. Among others present were the Duke and Duchess of Teck, the Duke and Duchess of Nor. thumberland, the Duke and Duchess of Sutherland, the Duchess of Bedford, Lord and Lady Percy, Lady Grosvenor, Lord and.ady Wolverton, the Dowager Lady Wolverton, Lady Granville, the Marquis and Marchioness of Ormonde, Lady Selborne and the Ron. Wilfreda Palmer, Lord Shaftesbury, Mr. Wyndham Gibbes, and the churchwardens of the parish. The weddtng breakfast was given at the residence of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, Argyll Lodge, Campden- hill. About a quarter to two o'clock the hon. and reverend gentleman and Lady Mary started, amidst the hearty congratulations of their friends, and showers of rice and old satin shoes, for Cliveden, the Duke of Westminster's residence on the banks of the Thames, for the honeymoon. A FALSE ALARM AT THE VATICAN.—Not many days ago, while the Pope was taking his usual drive in the Vatican Gardens, a shot was heard close at hand. The coachman, no doubt still under the im- pression of the late Garibaldian demonstrations, took frights He whipped up his horses, cried out Help Assassins and drove full speed into the court-yard of the Papal Palace, causing great consternation among the Guards, who ran for their arms and barred the gates. After some moments of panic and in. t decision, the Guards went in quest of the supposed assassin all over the Vatican Gardens, and finding nothing, proceeded to search on the other side of the wall at a place where the coachman declared he had heard the shot. They soon returned to the Palace with a dead cat The keeper of a neighbour- ing vineyard, whose pastime it was to rear rabbits, had just succeeded in shooting a large cat which bad often robbed him of the young ones. HAPPY THOUGHT.—"The Pale of Society." Most of the young men and women, M.P.'s, and other Up- all-nighters, at the close of the London Season.- Punch. THE BRIGHTON OF CALIFORNIA. — "Apache," writing in Land and Water says :—Monterey is one of the most charming of winter .resorts. It is situated upon the Pacific Coast in California, and is famous for its equable, health-giving atmosphere. Monterey was founded over a hundred years ago by the Francisco missionaries, and really was the first capital of Cali- fornia. It is situated in the midst of beautiful scenery, for there is great variety in its natural surroundings. Ocean, bay, lake, streamlet, mountain, hill and valley, all contribute their share of loveliness to the scene, and large groves of cypress, spruce, pine, and oak trees frimge the slopes that encircle some portions of the town, whilst the mountain views are glorious, par- ticularly these obtained from the Santa Cruz and Gabilaa Spurs. The bay, a magnificent sheet of water, full twenty-eight miles from påmt, is splendidly adapted to yachting, and as a great many kinds of fish are caught there boating is a favourite pastime with all visitors who delight in sport. Rock cod, bar- raewda, pompino, Spanish mackerel are taken there at all seaaoas of the year, and the beach one bold sweep of wide, gently sloping, white hard sand, is the very perfection of a bathing place, _EXPERIENCE.—1Telemachus (aged nineteen): "It's simply absurd, dear bov, to tell a woman anything, because we all know that no woman ever yet could keep a secret." Mentor (wrong side of forty): There is one secret that you can lay heavy odds on their keeping." Tel.: "What is that?" Men.: "Their ages." -Judy. THE AGRICULTURE OF ITALY AND FRANCE.—Accord- ing to a paper quoted by Mr. Beauclerk in his official report on the condition of agriculture and the rural population in Italy, it appears that the annual value of the agricultural produce of that country is only one- fourth as large as that of France, yet the superficial area of France is only twice as great, and her popu- lation only one-third larger. Mr. Beauclerk attri- butes this striking disparity partly to the fact that much of the land of Italy is mountainous, unproduc- tive, and inhospitable; but there seems no doubt that Italian agriculture is in an extremely backward con- dition. AVERAGE PRICES OF BRITISH CORN.—The follow- ing are the average prices of British corn for the week ending July 1, as received from the inspectors and officers of Excise: — Wheat, 46s. lid. barley, 25s. lOd.; oats, 23s. lid, per imperial qr. Correspond- ing week last year — Wheat, 45s. 4d. barley, 29s. 3d.; oats, 23s. 9d. HUNTING FOR HIDDEN GOLD.-An interesting para- graph is going the rounds of the press, originating in Puebla, Mexico, in regard to untold wealth concealed in the luins of the ancient palace of King Tena. maxicuicail. As the story goes, this ancient monarch, hearing of the approach of Cortez, hid his valuables in a subterranean passage leading from the palace. Workmen digging, in that vicinity have recently unearthed an underground tunnel and have already brought to light some images in use at that period. The more sanguine think the treasure itself will be shortly reached and are digging for it with the energy of treasure-seekers. At last accounts the untold wealth had not been reached. STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.—During a heavy thunder- storm that swept over Harveysburg, 0., recently I rank Oy.er, a lad of 16 years sought refuga, with his ploughing team, in a barn. While he was caring for his horses the building was struck by lightning. The bolt passed through the building, hit the boy fairly between the shoulders, and running down his back passed around in front across the groin, thence down the left leg to the knee, where it forked and sent both prongs to the barn floor. This bolt had passed down the lad's back and leg, set fire to the floor at the points where the prongs struck and in a few minutes the building was in ashes. Frank's younger brother saw the barn in flames and fighting his way in dragged the insensible lad to the house. Young Oyler remained unconscious for nearly an hour, during which time his father traced the course of the bolt by means of a blistered streak running from the shoulders to the left knee. Upon recovering, and at last account he was nearly well, the boy said Quick as it went I could feel it all the way from my neck to my knee." THE MOST POPULAR MILITARY CLUB IN THE PROFESSION.—A Field-Marshal's bitou. "-Fun. ANCIENT MONUMENTS IN THE HIGHLANDS.—The Ancient Monuments Bill, introduced on behalf of the Government by Mr. ShawLefevre, contains the follow ing list of ancient monuments in the Highlands and islands to which the Act is to apply :—The Dun of Dornadilla, Sutherlandshire; the sculptured stone called Sueno's Stone, near Forres, Elgin; a group of remains and pillars on a haugh at Clava on the banks of the Nairn, Inverness; the Pictish towns at Glenelg, Inveiness; the ring of Brogar and other stone pillars at Stennis, in Orkney, and the neighbour- ing pillars, Orkney the chambered mound of Mae- showe, Orkney the stones of Callernish, Ross the burg of Clickanim, Shetland; and the Pictish tower of Mousa, in Shetland. SHEFFIELD TRADE WITH AMERICA.-During the quarter ending the 30th June last stael has been ex- ported from the Sheffield district to the United States to the value of £ 105,929, and cutlery £53,673, as com- pared with £ 82,925 and JE55,577 for the corresponding quarter of 1881. Steel itself shows an increase of slightly over £23,000 in the quarter, and cutlery a de- crease of £1,904. On the gross export there is a very serious decrease of £34,147, the total exports for the last quarter being only JE326,440, while for the Jane quarter of 1881 they were £360.587. It is evident that the decrease is owing chiefly to a lessened business in steel rails, Bessemer blooms, and other heavy goods. WOMAN'S RIGHTS AND LEFTS.—Elderly Spinste (who is being measured for a pair of boots). And mind that you make one larger than the other.— Attendant (with astonishment). Then they won't be fellows, ma'am !—E. S. (with asperity) Certainly not; I do not like fellows, and I will not have anything whatever to do with them !—Judy. THE CROPS IN HUNGARY.—According to the reports concerning the state of the crops received up to June 30 at the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture, wheat promises a good yield generally, ind an excel- lent crop in the Southern provinces. The rye prospects are less favourable. The spring crop is in good condition. POTATO PROSPECTS.—The announcement that the destructive peronospora has already made itself very manifest in the western parts of the kingdom is calcu lated to bring alarm and dismay to the minds of many of our readers (says the Gardeners' Chronicle). Under what may be termed the ordinary conditions of its development, we usually get well into the advanced month of July ere a virulent form is assumed, but here are proofs of its existence earlier by from three to four weeks. The present appearance of the potato breadths afford every reason for hope, because th'ey look so well, but, as rule, growth is late, and, not least important, the process of tubering is slow, the cool temperature and heavy rains having so far pro- moted top-growth at the expense of the tubers. Were dry settled weather now to interpose, there can be little doubt but that the potato crop would presently be a heavy one but of settled weather there seems at this moment to be no immediate prospect. ADVICE TO GARDENERS.—Never waste your thyme. —Judy. THE FASHIONS OF TO-DAY.—" M. de B." writing in Land and Water under the head of Parisian Fashions for July," says Taking a general look round on the fashions of to-day, I see them divided in two distinct types—that is, in masculine and feminine styles. For hard walking and country drives we decidedly adapt all we can from the gentle- men—their coats, their hats, their gloves, their canes. We still retain the skirt that generally is considered to belong to us, but that is so short for walking that it is scarcely seen under the long top-coat that covers it. Both skirt and coat are made of soft thin cloth of some indistinct shade of blue or green. The skirt is made plain, or at the utmost with a rucbing at the bottom over this are two tunics, one plain, and the top one open in front, and tied at the back in a big bow. For body, a white piqud waistcoat and short open jacket like the dress or else a long coat reach- ing to the ruching of the bottom of the skirt. High collar and gentleman's cravat. High boots without heels. High heels, by-the-bye, are decidedly doomed the ladies have found out, at last, that highheelsmake the knees crooked. LONGFELLOW ON POETRY.—Mr. Longfellow wrote not long ago to a young correspondent: "No man, I think, should devote himself to poetry as a means of making a living. True poetry is the offspring of our best hours. If you make a trade of it you may be sure that it will degenerate into mere verse-mak- ing." "LARGE BY DEGREES, AND HIDEOUSLY BIG. Three sizes are, it is said, now kept for sale at Lidies' Outfitters. They are known severally as "Crino- lette," "Crinoletter," and "Crinolettest." It is rumoured there is even a greater monstrosity to be obtained; namely, the" Qrinolettissimus." Let us hope the- last rumour is devoid of foundation,— Punch. TESTING AN ARTIST.—A country woman presents herself in a photographic studio at Paris. "I have come, sir, to have a picture' of my poor dear^ husband made. HE—he died three months ago! "Very well, my good woman, very well. Have YOU any por- trait or daguerreotype, or anything of the loved and lost ? N—no, air but bursting into tears—" I have brought his birth certificate THE IMPORT OF LIVE STOCK AND FRESH MEAT.— During last week 1,546 live cattle, 2,261 sheep, 1,200 quarters of beef, and 40 careaseF3 of mutton arrived at Liverpool from the United States and Canada, show- ing a slight increase in cattle, and a decrease in fresh meat. With regard to sheep the figures show a very large increase in comparison with the arrivals for the past few weeks. The steamers conveying live stock were four in number—the Virginian, with 623 cattle, and 978 sheep; the Glamorgan, with 336 cattle, and 1,000 sheep the Dominwn, with 309 cattle, and 283 sheep and the Lake Champlain, with 278 cattle. The steamers bringing fresh meat were only two in number-the Adriatic, with 608 cattle, and the Glamorgan with 592 quarters of beef, and 40 carcases of mutton. N I™ ,0F THE FAMILY.—Proud mother: c Koe8,nJ Y Sr°w a fine boy, grandpa? "—Grand- father (his whole soul absorbed in floriculture): Yes, my dear; fine specimens-very. Suppose you'll soon begin to harden him off ? "-Funny Folks. HE-DID NOT COMPLAIN.—A man who had been carried to a Philadelphia hospital while suffering from the effects of a severe contusion was asked if he had been treated kindly while there. Considering all things," he answered, "I think I have no right to complain. They amputated both my feet, removed my collar-baile, cut off my right arm, trepanned me, took out a piece of the undfr ja,w, sawed my left hip- bone in two, and were about to excavate about five or six ribs when a fire broke out in the establishment and the police got away with the rest of my body safety."