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GHOSTS AND GHOST STORIES, ALSO SUPERSTITIONS, LEGENDS, FAIRY TALES, ETC. COMPILED AND COLLECTED BY THE DUTCHMAN," CURIOUS MODE OF DISCOVERING A I CRIMINAL IN INDIA. Dr, Hayden gives the following account of the mode by which criminals are discovered in India. The secretion of the saliva seems to be under the influence of the sama mental emotions as affect the functions of the stomach. Fear, anxiety, and various other depressing passions dinr 'sh digestion and most probably produce this effect by stopping th'9 secretion of the gastric juice. Observation shows us that they have a decided influence in lessening, or even in entirely arresting, the secretion of saliva, a circumstance not unknown to the observant nations of the East. In illustration of this it may be mentioned that the conjurers in India often found upon thiscir. cumstance a mode of detecting theft amor.g servants. When a robbery has been committed in a family a conjurer is sent for, and great prepara- tions are made. A few days are allowed to elapse before he commences his operations for the I purpose of allowing time :Oor the restitution of the stolen property. If, however, it be not restored by the time tixed, he proceeds with his operations, one of which is as follows:—He causes a quantity of boiled rice to be produced, of which all those suspected must eat. After masticating it for some time he desires them all to spit it out upon certain leaves for the purpose of inspection and comparison. He now examines this masticated rice very knowingly, and immediately points out the culprit f.-om observing that the rice which he has been masticating is perfectly dry, while that. nich was masticated by the others is moistened by the saliva.' TELE EXTRAORDINARY VIRTUE OF I SACRAMENTAL WINE. In the county of Suffolk an e-traordinarv super- stition with regard to the efficacy of sacramental wine exists, cures, it is alleged, being effscted > through its instrumentality where all other means have failed. Not long since a minister was applied to by a nurse, on behalf of a bnby that would not cease crying for some such wine. The nurse evi- dently behoved it bewitched, while the minister considered it suffered from flatulence. However, the wine was given, and as no second application was made negative evidence is afforded that a cure m-iy have been worked by its means. THE GHOST THAT WARNED BISHOP BRUNO. THE GHOST THAT WARNED BISHOP BRUNO. Some time during tho year 1045 the Emperor Henry III. was sailing through the dangerous eddy of the Danube near Stockeran, on an expedition against the Hungarians. Bishop Bruno, of Wursburg, his cousin, was sailing in another vessel, when, just as he was about to go through the eddy. he saw a man, black aa a negro, with repulsive features, sitting upon a rock. This individual, to the alarm of everyone on board the vessel, said :— • Bishop Bruno, Bishop Brnno, There's something I'd have you know: The decrees of fate Have united us ill hate There Rre we, mv holy brother. Evil spirits to each other, You are mine wher'e'er you go, You will see me down below.' The good Bishop, for th3 legend says he was a good man, uttered a hearty prayer and crossed himself, whereupon the figure vanished into thin., air. At a pla^e called Posenbeiss, about two: leagues from the spot, the Emperor landed to sojourn fot a while with the widow of Count Odelbar von Ebersberg, who received him right nobly. While the pariy were standing in a large apartment the floor, which had not been con- structed for such a multitude, gave way, precipi- tating the whole party, Emperor, Bishop, and all, into a bathing room below Strange to sav, not a soul was hurt, except the unfortunate Brur.o, who received a mortal wound in the ribs from a corner< of the bathing tub. A stone tower was built on the rock 'vhere the spectre appeared to the Bishop, and is to this day known by the name of the Devil's Tower. SIGNIFICATIONS OP PRECIOUS STONES. The followir-.g are the signification? and virtues of the precious stones most generally in use: 'Garnet'—constancy ana fidelity in every sort of. an engagement; suit;\hJ6 fm engltgement rIngs. 'Amethyst'—& preservative aguinst violent passions and drunkenness. 'n!o()d"'-Courage and wisdom in perilous undertakings and firmness in affoct-ion. 'Sapphire'—fre*>s from enchantment* and denotes repentance and kindness of disposi- tion. 'Emerald'—discovers false witnesses, and ansures happiness in love, and denotes felicity. Capital stone to be kept in n court of law and in the cupboard at home. Agnte'—Causes its wearei to be irvincible in all feats of etreiij^h. Ensure* long life, health, and prosperity. No one should be without a small ague. 'Ruby'—discovers poison; it also ensure? the cure of all evils springing from the unkindness of friends. 'Sar- donyx'— Ensures conjugal felicity. 'Chrysolite'— Preserves from despair. 'Op^i'—Denotes misfor- tune and hope. This stone should never be found au engaged ring, as it is sure to bring ill-luck to the w2i*r«r. Peuri—Tears and pity. 'Turquoise1 —Prosperity in love. REMARKABLE FULFILMENT OF A PROPHECY. From Francis Elliott's • Old Court Life in France I have takr>n the following story; 'It is certain that Henry IV. was distinctly warned of his approaching death. The very day and hour were marked with a cross of blood in an ilir mac sent to "hiin anonymously. A period of six hours 'n the 15th of May was marked as fatal to him. If he survived that time on that dr y—a Friday— he "vis safe. The day mmed for his death was that preceding the public entry of the Queen into Paris after her coronation st Saint Denis, lie rose at six o'clock in the morning on the 15th of May. On his way downstairs he was met by the Due de Vendotne, his eon by Cabrielle d'l-Jstrees. Vendotne held in his hand a paper, which he found lying on his table, It was a horoscope signed by an astro'o;>ei" n'lmed La Brosse worn ing the king that the constellation under which he was born thr< "ened him with great dangtr on the 15th of \hy" My fnther." said Vendome. standing in his path." do not go abroad spend this diy at h> me La Hrosse, my boy," replied Henry, looking at the paper, is an old fox. Do you not see that he wants money ? You are a young fool to mind him. My life is in the hands of God, my S 'n--I shall five and die as He pleases -Irt me pass." He heird M:iss early, and passed the day as usuaL At a quarter to four o'clock in the afternoon he ordered his coach to visit Sully, who was ailing, at the Arsenal. The streets were much crowded. Paris was full of strangers, assembled for the coronation, and fo see the spectacle of the Queen's public entry. Henry was impatient for the arr val of his coach, and took his seat in it immediately it arrived. He signed to the Due d'Ep^rnon to seat himself on his right hand. De Lainc urtand Mirabeau, his lords in waiting, placed 'he-nselves opposite to him. The Ducsde Lavardin, Roquehiurs,and Montbazon, and the Marquess de la Force, took their places on either side. Besides these noblemen seated inside, a few guards accompanied him on horseback, but when he reached the hotel of the Due de Longue- ville the King stopped and dismissed all his attendants save those lords in the coach with him. From the Rue St. Horioie, which was greatly crowded, they entered the Rue de la Fcrronniere, on the way to the Arsenal. This was a narrow st reet, and numbers of wooden stalls, such as are s'in seen on the Houlevardsin Paris, were arranged along a dead wnll; forming oue of the sides there was a block of carts about these booths, and the royal coach was obliged to draw up against the dpad wall. The running footmen went forward to clear the road, and the coach halted close to the wall. Ravaillar now slipped between the wall and the coach, and jumping on one ot the wheels, stabbed the king twice fn the breasl and ribs. The knife passed through o shirt ol fine cambric, embroidered richly, d jour, A third time the assassin raised his nnnd to strike, but only ripped up the sleeve of the Due de Montba- zon's doublet, upon whom the king had fallen. I am wounded," gasped Henry, but it is nothing Then the Due d Epernon raised his royal master in his arms. Henry mnde a convulsive effort to speak, but was choked by blood, and Ml back lifeless. He was brought hack dead tothel Louvre. There he lay in state, clothed in his corona tion robes, the crown upon his head. The bloody' almanac had told true Henrv had circled twent' times the magic chamber of life. FIJIAN SOU1 SUPERSTITION. The Fijians have a curious superstition with regard to the soul. When anyone is about to nie they believe that by shout ing after it, the departing soul tr.ay some'imes be induced to return to the body A traveller once saw a fat man who had been taken suddenly ill, lying on his back.bswling loudly for his soul fo come back, his retatives and friends joining in his entreaty with equal vigour of lung.