Humourists are not encouraged in China. When a paragraphist gets off a joke on a slant-eyed emperor, the alleged humourist has his pig-tail cut off The loss of his hirsute appendage is bad enough, but when they amputate it without removing it from his head, it becomes painful, and the paragraphist’s propensity for joking is cured for ever. An Ominous Name. —lt has been pointed out by “a picker-up of unconisidered trifles,” that all the revolutions in France have occurred during the Pontificate of a Pius. Louis XYI. was guillotioned during the Pontificate of Pius VI., General Bonaparte overturned the Republic during that of Pius VII., that Pontiff witnessing the twice enacted downfall of the first Empire. While Pius YIII. wore the mitre, Charles X. and Louis Philippe were dethroned by successive revolutions ; and the Emperor Napoleon 111. was dethroned during the Pontificate of Pius IX. The lovers of tranquillity may therefore indulge in the wish that the successor to the present incumbent of St. Peter’s may choose some other nsCme than “Pius ” as his Papal cognomen. Worth Knowing. —A French newspaper states that if a little chloride of lime be placed on the soil, rats, and we presume, rabbits, mice, and insects will at once desert the place. Plants may be easily protected from insect plagues by simply brushing over their stems with a weak solution of chloride of lime, and it has often been noticed that the patch which has been treated in this way remains free from grubs, while the unprotected beds around are literally devastated. Fruit trees may be guarded' from, their attacks by attaching to the stems pieces of tow smeared with a mixture of chloride of lime, and ants and grubs then in possession will rapidly vacate their quarters.
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