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STRPBRSTITIOX AnOUT CATS.

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STRPBRSTITIOX AnOUT CATS. In the Monferrato it is believed that all the cats I -who wander about upon the roofs during the month of February are really witches, whom it is lawful and even necessary to shoot. A German super- stition has it that if a black cat sits upon the bed of a sick man it is a presage of his death while if. after his decease, it is seen upon his grave, it I is enough to arouse doubts as to the locality to -which his soul has departed. In Hungary it is thought that cats generally become witches between the ages 01 seven and twelve years. A French belief concerning the cat is that if the animal be carried in a cart and the wind blow from it to the horses they immediately fall tired. If any part of the horseman's clothing be made of cats' skin the horse will feel as though it carried a double burden. In other countries, however, superstition is favour- able rather than adverse to the cat. A variant of the famous story of the Kilkenny cats is found in Piedmont, the cats being, however, replaced by wolves. Several weather forecasts iisay be drawn by the observant from the actions of a cat. Whea she is seen to clean herself behind the ears with her wet paw you may expect rain. Sailors, too, tell us the frolics of a cat on board ship portend a storm. A LONDON 'BUSMAN'S DRIVES. More than 20,000 miles, or nearly the circum- ference of the earth at the Equator, is the distance the average London 'busman drives in the course of a year! This, at all events, is the annual journey of the driver who chatted of his work to a corre- spondent the other day. His route from Putney to Liverpool-street out and home covers sixteen miles, and he does five journeys, or eighty miles a day. Every second day, however, the driver has what he calls "a short day"—that is to say, he does only three journeys; and, starting at 8 a.m., is off duty between half-past five and six. On the average, therefore, the 'busman drives sixty-four miles a day, working sixteen hours one day and ten hours the next. This particular man has been driving London 'buses for over twenty years, and therefore has driven more than 400,000 miles in the streets of London, or sixteen times round the earth at the Equator.

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