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FROM FAR & NEAR. | I Aorobat-ic Agnostics. I Mr. Newrich (reading a newspaper head- i line): Japanese Turn A gncstios. Mrs. Newrich Isn't it wonderful what those Japanese acrobats oa<n do?—("Buffalo Ex- press. ) Chamois Beards for Hats. Long leathers and chamois boards are the latest adornments for men's felt hat?— I if one may jndge from the -windows ajrmg J the Strand. London. I a: e 4140,000 for Picture. I New York, Satui-day.Tlae "Ne-w York Times" states Mr. Widen er has purchased from Duveens Raphaels a small Cowper Madonna. It is stated the prioe exceeded £ 140,000. (Beater). Catch Your Hare First. I The Old 'Un: Plnck, my boy. pluck; first and last, that is the one essential to success in business. The Young 'Un: Oh, of course, I quite understand that. The trouble is finding some one to pluck.— (" Cuban Times.") Trade in January. Board of Trade returns snow imports tor January amounted to £ 68,017,049, against £ 71.232,271 in the corresponding; period of the previous year, a decrease of £ 3.226,222. Exports for January were £ 47.806,165. against £ 4o.445.'699. an increase of I o ♦ <1-^—» » False Alarm. I think the baby has your hair, ma'am," said the nursegirl, looking I pleasantly at her mistress. "Gracious I" exclaimed the lady, glancing up from her novel. Run into the nursory and take it awav from him! What will he do I next?,f—" Stray Stories." ■» dh » ♦ Put Sister on Fire. I At Portsmouth on Saturday 4 -reorsre Unai- lis, aged ten yea.rs, was committed for trial I on a coroner's warrant charged with the marusfiaugiht'OT of hris seven-year-old sister Beatrice. The two children wwe left at 'home, while their mother went to work, and it. was alleged that the boy put his sister rm the, fire, burning her so terribly that phe died. •»»<»^ » » j The Modern Boy. i A distinguished painter employed a small I boy from a neighbouring slum as a model. He gave the child some tea, and asked him if he would lik-e brown bread or white, ex- pecting, as is usual with such youngsters, that he would ask for white. The boy. however, asked for brown bread. "Hello!" exclaimed the painter, astonished, "do you like brown bread?" "Yes," replied the boy, "it's got more nitrogen in it."—("Manches- ter Guardian.") I Mosquitoes' Lantern. I I Two Irishmen on a sultry nignt, imme- diately after their arrival in India, took re- fuge underneath the bedclothes from a party of mosquitoes. At last one of them, gasping for breath, ventured to peep beyond the blankets, and by chance espied a fire-fly which had strayed into the room. Arous- ing his companion with a kick, he said: "Fergus, Fergus, it's no use. Ye might as well come out. Here's one of the crayters ].Oolr,in Argo-I naut. ") for iLw wid a lant-ern!" ( "'1.' h Argo- 1 e $ ) Almost a Real Man." .I The husband was listening with blushing pleasure to his wife's praises of his handi- ness. He looked a little deprecatingly at the other passengers, as though to say, "I didn't seek this fame!" Then, unfortu- nately, sayb the "Manchester Guardian," his good wife perpetrated one of those errors sometimes classified as "things which might have been expressed differently." "Yiss," she said, with an emphatic nod, e made a greenhouse all 'isself, an' to look at it you'd think a real man 'ad made it." 1 Polygamy by Instalments. I Seven of his divorced wives attended the funeral in Western America of Lionel Law- rence. who was eleven times married during the fifty-two years of his life. In 1890 Law- rence married Jessie Cunningham at San Francisco; in 1892 he espoused Dorothy Drew, and five years later he became the husband of Lydia. Wynne. In 1897 he was twice mar- ried, the flret time to Jessie Bamee, and &fterwards to Ernestine Kingston. The rest of his wives followed in rapid succession, his matrimonial ventures continuing their course until six months ago. when his latest I spouse being apprised of the fact that she had so many predecesesors, applied for and obt ained a decree of divorce. Champion Egg-Layers. I New York, Sunday.—In the third inter- national egg-laying contest at the State Agricultural College, at Mansfield, Connecti- on, the returns for the thirteenth week show that the white wyanduttes of Tom Baron, from Catforth, England, are beat- ing the American hens, with a total of 486 eggs to their credit. This is the third sea- son^ running that British hens have d'n this same trick. They are on an equal foot- ing with Uncle Sam's birds when entered in the race, have exactly the same feed, quarters, exercise, and grooming, but a, soon as they settle down to the business they forge ahead.—(" Daily Telegraph.") Sensation Specialists' Latest. I In the presence of thousands of spectators Hodman Law, who describes himself as a "sensation specialist," ascended a tower of the Williamsburg Bridge, New York, which is almost as high as the Tower Bridge, Lon- don, and dived into the icy waters of the River Hudson. The object was to rescue a pretty blonde, Miss Constance Bennett, who had leaped from the bridge a few min- utes before, with a parachute to regulate her flight. Moving picture operators below the bridge reproduced in film every detail of the daring episide, but women in the tram- oars, who imagined that a dreadful tragedy was happening, shrieked, and some fainted. Steamer Cut In Two. A collision occurred off the ooast near Cape Roea, Portugal, outside the bar, the Transatlantic liner Lutetia, from France, bound for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, running down the Greek merchantman Nutridius, carrying 5,000 tons of ooal for Marseilles, and cutting her in half. The Greek vessel sank within seven minutes, all the crew being Raved by the Lutetia. A great disaster was avoided by the presence of mind of the machinist of the Nutridius, who. as the ship was sinking, opened the valveg of the machinery, thus preventing an explosion which would have eadange.red the liner, j The Lutetia, with a large hole in her side, returned to Lisbon for repairs. Peer and the Money-Lenders. J he statutory nrst meeting or creditors of Lord Templetown, one of the Irish Re- presentative Peers, was held yesterday. Proofs of debt by twelve creditors (many of whom were money-lenders) aggregat- ing £ 12,000 were lodged. The Official Receiver made no statement with regard to the debtor's affairs. Mr. F. S. Sala- man, for certain of the principal creditors, said a scheme had been provisionally formulated, the effect of which would be to pay 20s. in he pound to creditors. There were difficulties to be overcome, bat he thought it could be lodged within threve weeks. The meeting wa.s adjourned until March 19. Pay en the Nail. 1 know very well that tliere are rnany good honest folk who approve of imprison- ment for debt. and have fears about its abolition; but it is something to know that in France and Germany and a great part of America there it. no such thing, and vet trade does Dot suffer and the working classes do not..starve. Imprisonment should be for fraud, not, as it is now, for poverty. In America no honest man is likely to get into prison merely for the wickedness ot o\\u;r. Uiocey. We cannot say that is true hel: In Germany the wclriing man l-ive,3 on a caah basis. Credit is not largely given, as thel-F, ).s uo power of imprisonment for debt. dotting more true than this, that one I "i..r. living on credit md you cannot get. OUt of it.—(Judge Pal-ry,, in the "Sunday Chronicle. '*)

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