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j THE largest gold coin in existence is said to be fhn gold ingot of Annam -a flat, round piece, worth about £ 65, the value being written across it in Indian ink. ON every shilling turned out the Mint makes a profit of nearly threepence. On every ton of pennies produced there is a profit of over £ 300. A PEARL-DIVER counts it a good day's work if ho collects anything over 200 pairs of shells. Some- times as many as 1000 have been found. TELEGRAPH-WIRES will last for 40 years near the seashore. In the manufacturing districts the same j wires last only 10 years, ana sometimes less. THE signalling apparatus of the London and North- Western Railway comprises 1482 signal-cabins, 31,500 ievtrs, and 17,000 signals. j A CURIOUS story comes from Ceylon in connection with the King of Siam's recent visit. His Majesty, with all the devotion of a pious Buddhist, expressed a desire to see the tooth-relic in the Dalada Maligawa Temple, in Kandy. A royal reception was accorded him. The king said his prayers, and the priest went into ecstasies over his presents of robes and jewels. Everything went well until his Majesty asked to be allowed to handle the precious relic. This the high priest politely but firmly declined. Royalty might look, but royalty mightn't touch. Royalty thereupon returned to his carriage in a huff, and his presents with him, to the no little confusion of the over- zealous Unnanse, Considering that the sacred tooth was taken to Ceylon in a lady's hair, surely a king might touch it. IT is said that tbe favourite sport of the Siamese is fish-fighting. So popular is it that, according to the Fish I radei Gazette, the King of Siam derives con- siderable revenue from the license fee exacted for the privilege of keeping fighting fish. The fish are de- scribed as being long and slender, not thicker than a child's finger," and very ferocious. The moment they are placed together in a vessel of water they dart at one another, and the onlookers become so excited over the contest that they wager anything they have at band on the success of their favourite fish.

- GOLDEN KTFCORTLI REIGNS.

QUEEN AND, PRINCE CONSORT…

ENGLISH ENTERPRISE IN SBAIN.

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LOVE AND SUICIDE

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CHANTS TO UNIVERSITY COLLEGES.

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- FOREIGNERS WHO BECOME BRITONS,-

THE ANTHROPOMETRIC SYSTEM.

7 A GREAT TELESCOPE MAKER.

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