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STRANGE AND WONDERFUL o CAUTHOR AS A CHARM. Camphor is highly esteemed for its medi- cinal virtues by the natives .of Borneo and Sumatra, who will often wear it round their necks, waiste, wrists, and ankles in small bags as a eort of charm aguiast all forms 2f di»eaeea FAMOUS LOVSRS5 SB AT. The best known lover*' seat in the Cotl" wolds is a structure in Earl Bathurst's park" Cireaceoter, called Pope's &aat, because it was a, favourite resort of the poet during hia visit to Allen, Lord Batiurst. It is resorted: to by many couples among the numerous p nio parties who visit the part. r1: At tke5 Reformation, when the Church, ot- St. Nicholas, at Yarmouth, was despoiled, tha carved stones of many of the monuments, both in the church and outside in the grave- yard, were shipped off—some to be turned into grindstones, and sesne on board the ships of the Royal Navy of the day, to be used in scouring- the decks, whence the sea- men's term, "holystoning thedeftk," elt its origin* A LUCKY POO. A French poodle belonging to a real estate operator, of New is the most pampered canine in the world- A private room at ai* hotel, a tutor, a maid, a private bath, and a; special menu are among the items on that list of the necessaries of life provided for that L jg. The tutor is engaged to teach the mimai tric.-i more complicated than th ordinary jumping through hOopa and sh^fflr mifig 'i;' SMOKIN& IN CHURCH. When tobacco was first introduced th. clergv were not antagonistic. In the sevens teentli century, however, attempts were m to atop smoking in churches. The Cambridge authorities, for instance, proclaimed "thatf- no graduate scholler, or student of thift Uaiversitie presume to take tobacco in St* Mary's Church payne of final expels lige the Universitie." In the New England States, too, where the Puritan was wont W digest the sermon with a pipe it was ordered* that any person found raaolnng on the Lord'rf Day" within two miles of tk shall pay twelve pence." CURIOUS CUSTOMS A peculiar custom obtains in the IMt Lancers-the playing of the Yeeper Hymn,, the Spanish Chant, and the Russian National- Hymn every night after "Last Poet" hac, sounded. It is said that the playing of the; Vesper Hymn originated in one of officers' wives presenting the regiment with at, new set of instruments on condition that the, hymn was played every night after the" W.. Post." The playing of the Spanish Chant j* declared to be a penance for the sacking Qf, convent during the Peninsulu, iWA £ » ji i 'A OTIOHTT CHUB. R 'A curious club exists in Now York. K known as the "5001b. Club." The president turns the scale at 50elb. The rules enacS honorary members are admitted if they weigh 4501b., and on attaining 5001b.. thjejjf become life members. ""T EAEL COHPTOK'S COURT LXXT, An interesting survival of ancient cutrtonlf was observed at Earl Compton's Court Leetg at Callington. Among the appointment# made were two official ale tasters, two pi. drivers, two weighers of meat, a reeve, at portreeve, a. sergfeant-at-mace, a town crier and a billposter. Callington, Urban Council were solemnly appointed scavengers of th* Borough. A discuesion took place respecting; the right to appoint inspectors of weight* and measures, now claimed by the county council. It was decided that the court should reserve its right of appointing these officers, j _h nOHIO) Of TBTE Limou, When Adam and Eve were driven out 01 the Garden of Eden they took with them th. seeds of various fruit trees. Adam carried with him the seeds of the fruit which baa been of auchfatef111 moment to him and hit wife, but Eve, disgusted with the fruit which had been the cause of their expulsion, would have none of its seeds. Instead she tooK some of the orange. One of these ahe dropped just outside the garden; a teardrop from he* Byes fell npon this pip, it germinated, but th4 Beedling degenerated sadly: the fruit hung elongated and sour, while the rind had lost its rich golden hue and toned we got the lemon. HOW A JUG PRE STABTBD. One of America's many big fires arose in very curious fashion. Some time before that; fire the roofs of certain sheds of some opf. 1 mills were torn off in a severe storm. Chemi-i cals were stored in one of these sheds, andf I the rays of the san shining on the unpro* ) tected chemicals exploded them, -with th. result that all the bnildirfgs, covering an areai of ten acres, caught fire. ,Occa.sionally oiij wells in America catch firei. K attended t<* promptly, the fire can be confined to the welM itself. Tie custom is to throw loads of sofl| over the mouth or top of the welL Often., however, the surrounding ground ia 8atu rated with oil, and there are oil tanks in thlf, vicinity, and should these get,. situation beconRs very serious.^ KID POLICB FOECB.^R Council Bluffs, Iowa, has discovered a ne and simple way of dealing with unruly mischievous boys. The institution is know. locally as the" Kid Pofice Force, and sot popular has the movement become that4 practically every boy in the town has put i.at his application for membership. Juvenil*. crime has almost entirely disappeared, a11.1 the "young-man" criminal classjinde no r.1 cruita to the depleted rank^ MM WORSHIP. Prof. Arthur O. Lovejoy, as the result olf an inquiry into the origin and meaning 0' "fire culte, so common among ancienlh nations and among modern savage and bar# barous tribes, suggests that many races oon-t ceived the "sacred fire," not as a practica convenience or an ancient custom or a of frightening demons, but as a vehicle off life, or magical energy, the prosperity of th« household or tribe depending in part op th perpetuity, vitality, and purity of the fire. af was thought of as subject to a tender1 grow old and weak, like all natural forces—i hence the custom of periodically, ^^e wip|} it. — DEBTORS MADH TO WORK. S Debtors in Siam, when three months in arrears, can be seized by the creditors and compelled to work ont their indebtedness.. Should a debtor run awav, his father, his wife, or his children may be held in El&v<ypr- until the debt is paid. IIERVBS VARIOUS PURPOSES. In Italy and certain parts of France Spain it is a common austoiq to ring a belli in advance of a funeral procession. This ftell is intended to serve various purposes-tø clear the way for the procession, to remind passers-by to take off their hats, and to ex- hort all those within hearing to say a prayer for the repose of the departed. 4;: A WONDERFUL ATHLETE. A noble athlete, Milo, of Crotonk, Italy. flourished during the latter part of the 6th century, B.C. From early life he accustomed himself to bear burdens, the weight of which he daily augmented, and at last becajne so celebrated for strength as to be able to c the most surprising loads with ease. Ma.ny¡! curious stories are related by the' ancients concerning his wonderful muscles.) He could hold a. pomegranate in his with his fingers closed over it, and yet, with-- out either crushing or even pressing th fruit, could keep his fingers so firmly bent 88, to render it impossible for anyone to open hia; fingers and take the fruit,from him. He could, encircle his brow with a cord, and break this I asunder by holding his breath and causing1 the veins of the head to distend. It Ù9 asserted that on one occasion he carried ai steer four years old the whole length of the: stadium at Olympu).-606 feet. Then, having kilied it with a single blow of his fist, he cut it up, cooked and ate it all himself in one day. Milo's death was a melancholy one. He was already advanced in years, when,; traversing a forest, be found a trunk of a tree: partly cleft by wedges inserted by cutters. Wishing to rend it entirely a.sunder. Milo introduced his hands into the opening and succeeded so far as to cause the wedge«! to fall out;; but, his strength here failing; him, the separated parts suddenly reunited, and his hands remained imprisoned in the cleft. ,Tn -tltis aituAlins 1 l.Eetm i l-

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