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I ITEMS OF INTEREST. f ALToli of diamonds is worth about £ 7,000.000. COMMON house-flies sometimes live for over ttVe years. FIRST-CIASS glass eye costs about £ 10 to Manufacture. feOSEBCSH in Stuttgart covers a space of 8qUare feet. L Ja^VER 600,0001b, of tea is consumed in England J ^ttEET of water one inch thick and one acre area. weighs 101 tons. Worker wasps, like the worker bees, are aUer than the queens or males. THERE is only one sudden death among THERE is only one sudden death among ) men to eight among men. P^E hundred thousand tons of apples are 'sed on British soil yearly. One pound of sheep's wool is capable of pro- ving one yard of cloth. f NEARLY all savages have sound teeth. Imper- ect teeth are a sign of civilisation. DARWIN asserted that there is insanity ^ong animals just as there is among people. ^HE laburnum grows wild in Hungary, and ^grated in 157fi. URSUN petroleum wells are generally about feet in depth those in America 500 feet. f ,THe greatest waterfall is Niagara, over which 32,000.000 tons of water each hour. QVEEN VICTORIA was the first Sovereign who as not been buried at night bv torchlight. catliedral was begun in 183(1 and fin- ked under Napoleon in 1805—419 years. th IT is a curious fact that nations which eat e flesh of dogs are, or have been, cannibals. bi place of two dozen explosive compounds n Use 30 years ago, there are now over 1,000. Frying fish will cover as much as 150 yards at a single flight. CARRIED couples in Norway are privileged travel on railways at a fare and a half. It is estimated that Parisians spend £ 24.000 terling every year upon confetti. a CAIDEN says that the Britons learned the rt of cheese-making from the Romans. MOUNT Sinai, the mountain from which the a^v of Moses is said to have been delivered, is 8'°°0ft. high. DKIED curds and goat's cheese, kept in wood Khe-s for a year, is a favonrite dish in Bur- gundy. p ^'HE largest diamond ever known was the Treat Mogul, which weighed, in the rough, 793 Carnts. THE Chinese have a god for every disease, ^en from childhood's afflictions like the "nips and measles. ..THE dolphin is the swiftest fish. For short stances it can swim at the rate of 25 mile* 11 hour. FIVE and one-half ounces of grapes arc Quired to make a single wine-glassful ot Port. FORESTS cover one-tenth of the land of the and one-quarter of Europe's land sur-1 ^KASS is the natural food of the horse. On 0 other food will he keep so healthy, become 110 strong, or live so long. ENGINE-DRIVERS in Germany receive from Government a gold medal and £ 100 for c\'el'Y ten years of service without accident. THERE are 240.000 different species of iiisect- earth some of these are so small that 4,000 them are only equal to a grain of sand. MEAT has been preserved in a frozen state °r 30 years and found perfectly eatable at the end of that time. EVERY inhabitant of the United Kingdom be said, fi guratively, to hold over 30 acres Abroad. THE Camisards, a French religious sect, ere so called from the smock frock worn by the peasants, who constituted the larger part of their numbers. IT is a mistake to suppose the insurgent •eaders in the Philippines are not civilised ()lie of them is a graduate of a Paris school of Engineering. AN Italian inventor has invented a boat with stee| fins, which is propelled solely by the "notion of the sea water. It goes best in rough leather. IN some parts of Africa a vegetable butter is tnade from the fruit of the shea tree. It is said to be richer in flavour than the butter made from cream. THE Japanese have entered largely into the jnannfaeture of matches, and are now exportini.' -i^OO,000.000 boxes annually mostly to China and India. A MAN has invented what he calls an aquatic glove," which is intended to be worn in swim- nling. The fingprs of the glove are connected by a web, like the toes of a duck. A WELL-KNOWN scientist has found a consider- able proportion of modern intellect comes from Northumberland. Scotland, he says, has the "est soil for brain capacity. IN the formation of a single locomotive engine there are nearly six thousand pieces to put to- gether, and these require to be as accurately fusted as the works of a watch, THE weight of all the air on the globe would be ] 12-3 trillion pounds, if no deduction has to be made for space filled by mountains and land above sea level. DURING the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eigh- tecnth centuries, no less than <-),000,000 slaves Ivel,e carried by English. French, and Dutch lllP8 from Africa to America. You are first cousin twice removed to your first cousin's grandchild. Grandchildren of first cousins are third cousins to one another, and Your cousin's child is your first cousin, once re- moved. IN Indian playing-cards the distinguishing niark of the king is not the crown, but the r|>)"al umbrella, which, on every public occa- 1>10n, is displayed over persons of royal or noble rank. GREEN wood hisses and splutters when bnrn- ing because of the large amount of water con- tained in its fibres, which is changed into "team by the heat, and bursts off tiny splinters. ABorT 3.000 intoxications in a lifetime is Dr. Chiirles L. Dana's estimate of the limit of man's endurance of alcohol. He finds that in 50 per cent. of the cases drunkards owe their condition to whisky, and in twenty per cent, to beer. THE British museum contains loli copies of translations of Milton's "Paradiso Lost Danish, Polish, Manx. Armenian, Icelandic, and Bohemian being added to the great common lan guages of the world. IT is estimated that London's smoke-cloud is fed bv a computed dadv waste of 6,000 tons of coal." The cloud is distinguishable at Loek- illge, 64 miles from London, and in It,, Passage a distinct residuum is left upon the Soil. A CLljE to the food of prehistoric man of 40 or 50centuries ago has been found by scraping the thick coating of tartar from the teeth of an old slwll. A rough analysis brought to light fragments of corn, fish, fruit, and wool, besides same sandy particles, and some unidentified rOnnd red bodies. CHINAMEN have a way of tricking hens. so that lhey assist in the hatching of fish. Fish ggs are carefully placed in an egg-shell, which IS then sealed, and put under all unsuspecting hen. In a few days the spawn is warmed into life, and the contents of the shell are then cast into a shallow pool, where the sunshine com- pletes the work. HONDURAS is a curious mixture of jungle and gigantic forest, of cocoa and of india- tubber trees, of beetles, vampires, snakes, and crocodiles of all manner of things that creep ind crawl and sting and bite. Here, in cyei v hamlet and city, arc to be found men from different lands, niostlv outlaws from their own country. h-

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