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I acuors the table. I On a business trip to tlie city a farmer d-e. cided to take home to his wife a Christmas prosesvt of a blouse. Going into a shop, and being directed to the blouse department, he asked the lady clerk to show him some. "What bust?" asked she. The farmer looked around qujckly and answered, "I dunno; I didn't hear nr.thin' It is Christmas-time; therefore, says the Globe, our correspondent W.A.F." is en- titled to merciful consideration for the follow- ing effort: "Why does the missionary box?" which he follows iii) the devastating reply, "Because the cannibal call nibble." In view of the part which mistletoe plays in the festivities of the current season of joy and laughter, writes a correspondent, an eminent physician whom I will call Sir William was curi-ous to find out at v, bat age the fair sex cease to care for those delights which the Druidical berries symbolise. He thought he might safely put an inquiry on the problem that perplexed him to a dear old lady of four score years and six whom he reckoned among his chief friends. He was startled as soon as he had done so to see the octogenarian's lips part in a betwitching smile. Then, coyly simpering, she murmured, You must ask someone older than me, Sir William." What- ever else fails the fair as the years advance, it would seem that the heart still remains young. The late Sir Robert Ball was rather fond of telling the &tory of a correspondent who wrote to him saying that, although he was a grocer's assistant, his great ambition was to become an astronomer. One of the sentences ran: "My mind finds no rest for the sole of her foot save on one of the heavenly bodies." A recent pepper-adulteration test case at Blackburn recalls an interesting story of the almost accidental discovery of a well-known county analyst of a form of pepper-adultera- tion which had been a puzzle for a long time. Complaints had been lodged about adultera- tion, and a foreign substance had been de- tected in the pepper, but its nature seemed in- definable. It was not husks, nor was it finely- powdered wood, which is occasionally used for the purpose. One evening at his dinner-table the analyst chanced to be discussing the matter with his guest, and incidentally remarked that the troublesome pepper had been imported via Marseilles. Ali said the guest, pointing to a dish of olives before him, we import a lot of those that way." A connection be- lot of those that wa 3 tween the two suddenly struck the analyst, and snatching the olives from the table he went off with them to his laboratory. After an interval he returned in triumph, having solved the problem. The adulterant matter, M he had satisfied himself by microscopical examination, had proved to be powdered olive atones. Is there any of our readers who does not know what a Niarbyl is, or what sort of bird is called a cuddy? Would any be puzzled to say what or wliere" are Piou-piou and Bhang? Would he be "floored" if asked what the Red Legs of Barbados are? If so, says the Pall Mail Gazette, he would be of no use, even as a schoolboy, in the Isle of Man. For these are the things which every school boy knows, or is supposed to know, in that erudite land. They are classified, with ,ome 185 other posers, as "general knowledge." The old lady complained bitterly to her visitor that the east winds had kept her in Th-e house for a week. I thought that the wrij had been westerly," said the visitor. No, east, due east, and my doctor has cautio.ied me against running the slightest risk with cast winds." The visitor left the house and faced a warm west wind. Glancing at the weather- cock on the house opposite, lie saw, however, that it steadfastly indicated east, and that tne severest gust never moved it. Had it not been for his chance discovery that the weathercock had stuck, the faithful obeyer of docto:'s orders would have been a lifelong prisoner. Now that the Monna Lisa has been re- covered, perhaps someone will produce an- other of Leonardo de.. Vinci's works, once equally famous-the" Leda. In 1694 it was hanging in the Palace of Fontainebleau, and was catalogued officially among the King's treasures. That was the last seen or heard of it. For it has disappeared completely from mortal ken unless someone has it stowed away waiting for a rise in Leonardos. Most pictures of fame stolen in recent years have been recovered, owing probably to the difficulty of disposing of them; but there have been some melancholy exceptions to the 1 rule. Pliroer's miniature portrait of Baron Dimsdale, abstracted from the National Gal- lery in 1904; the two Reynolds, valued at 910,000 apiece, which vanished from the Townsend Collection in the same year; and a Franz Hals, also priced at LIOIOOO, stolen from Antwerp Museum in 1905, have not beeij heard of since the day they disappeared.

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