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IN A SAVINGS BANK.

STATE DINNERS IN CHINA.

THE END OF THE REAL TICHBORNE.

TOILET NOTES.

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IRVIN& AND "BECKET."

W. S. LANDOR'S YOUTH.

MR. UGLY MUGS.

HOW TO CURB A COLD.

LIVING BY RULE.

THE MANY USES OF GLYCERINE.

ABOUT DAMP SHEETS.

THE OLIVE OIL CURE.

j NICE DISHES.

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CONTRADICTING A LADY.

THE ART OF LETTER WRITING.

MR. UGLY MUGS.

CONTRADICTING A LADY.

THE ART OF LETTER WRITING.

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LIGHTNING AT SEA. Some of the most, :ve-inspiriilg displays of electric storms are witnessed at sea. In former days it \[13 not a rare event for ships to b<. struck jJ¡:;Iltning, and sometimes with serious Tesnits. is said that the foremast was tha favourite point of attack, the mainmast came next, and mizzen was struck least of the three In July, 1802, as thirteen ships of the East India Company were rounding the Cape of Good Hope two were struck by lightning. The fore- mast in each was soon enveloped in names, and the masts had to be cut away to save the ships. Since iron and steel have come into such general use in buHding ships and stca.mere casualties from lightning are much lessfrequent. The standing rigging made of steel wire rope and set up with turn-buckles forms a complete lightning conductor leading the electric current to the ship's hull, whence it is at once diffused in the water. Many ships have now the best type of lightning conductors, lest the wire rig- ging should for any reason fail to carry oS the electric current. Lightning which fails to Injure a ship may yet play tricks with the compass. In May, 1896, the Peninsular and Oriental steamship Victoria, after a severe thunderstorm, found both the standard and the wl'pelhouse compasses affected with a sudden Increase of deviation amounting to 6deg. As the lightning conductor ou the foremast had fused, it was evident that the ship had been struck by lightning, and thus became, it may be. a temporary magnet, affecting the compasses.

W. S. LANDOR'S YOUTH.