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TROTTING CLASSES.

St. Elvan's Church, Aberdare.…

ITHE CURING OF TOBACCO.

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A TREE'3 SUNNY SIDE.

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SMELL AND LIQUIDS.

♦ THE FIIST LIGHTNING CONDUCTOR.

-♦ DWARF-TREE CULTURE IN JAPAN.…

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-♦ DWARF-TREE CULTURE IN JAPAN. The art of producing dwarf trees in Japan is a very old one. No record of its origin remains; but its secrets are handed down from father to son in a few families, and are guarded with scrupulous care. On the outskirts of Tokio the tree artists have formed a little colony of from twenty to thirty houses, and from this centre their work finds its way to all parts of the world. In the old days trees were exported extensively to China, to be used in the decoration of houses and gardens. To-day the Celestial taste for the quaint works of art seems to have declined. Yet the little colony in Tokio still flourishes, for of late years it has had to supply the growing de- mands of Western civilisation. In England and America especially dwarf trees are finding great favour, being hailed as novel and attractive table decorations. Exactly how these tiny trees are produced is known only to a score or so of I individuals, says the Windsor azine. It would seem that the quality essential to the successful dwarf-tree grower is patience—infinite patience, backed by a fund of calm resignation unknown to the Western mind. Fifty years is named as the shortest period in which a really good and saleable dwarf tree may be grown, while a lifetime is not long enough to produce the highest examples of the art. The tree artist merely makes the beginning: his son, or perhaps even his son's so reaps the reward of hit labour

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