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THROUGH THE PAPERS.

» A ROYAL ROHIKCE. Some thirty years back there lived m a Ittie houee on the rood near Frankfort, \ drawing-muster with the sounding name )ake of Sohloßwig-Holstein, Sonderburg--3 uckßburg, This ducal drawing master —he taught drawing because of his joverty — ba<3 three daughters — Dagmar, Alexandra, and Tfayra. The drawing neater is now King of Djcmirk, Dagmar a Empress of Russia, AUx*ndra Is Prluoeae of Wales, and Thyra Dachesß of 3amberland. If, was somewhat of a itruagle for existence m ihsfc little home n the Frankfort Road. Toe father gave ills drawlog lessons to eke out his elandtr patrimony, and at home the severest jconomy was enjoined and pr»otisod. fbe girls made their own dres3es. To aaoh of them was allowed the sum of four thalers par month (twelve shillings In English money), and ont of this modest allowance they had to drees themselves. For the most p*rt they dressed In muslins and cheap prints, whloh looked nicest and oobt little. Aud now the Empress must often think of the three shillings a week ehe dressed upon when she was a drawing master's daughter. So must the Princess of Wales. A PICKPOCKET AT A WEDDING. A Fcanch marquis married his son the other day fo a yoang lady belonging to a family well known In Parisian aooiety and after the ceremony the party repaired to a restaurant near the Bols de B mlogna where a oholoa luncheon was served speedily. When the time oame for payIng the bill, the marquis felt now m one pocket, now la another, but could not find his purse. "It is very stiange," he murmured, ''for I am sure that I did not leave' it heblnd me*" Then, turning to his wife he informed her of his dilemm*. The lady, looking rather pleased than otherwise, remarked that, bearing m mind hla careless habits, she had tbat very morning taken the prooaution of filling her purse with bank notes. " Here they are," ebe added. "No, they t re not. They must be m another pooket I l ' And she, too, dived Into, one part of her dress and then Into another, but could not find her parse. A wealthy banker, an old friend of the family who had heard a few aaatohes of the conversation and guessed the rest, now Intervened. Luckily he bad the wherewithal; but he, too, searohed to no purpose At laat all the guests got wind of the affair, and all Instinctively felt for their puraea. To their dismay nine of them found that their pockets were completely empty During the crush m the vestry a piokpooket bad been at work, reaping a rich harvest, and spreading consternation m the breasts of the marquis's guests. REMARKABLE JUMP OF A HORSE. While driving m Central Park, New York, recently, Mr Meuiler, of Picket's Riding Academy, New York, had an astoniabing expjrianoe and discovered a ne» jumper. Hla horse, a yonng brown mare, became frightened, and after two unsuccessful attempts to ohcok her, succeeded m getting beyond control snd dashed wldly towards the Eighth-avenue exit. Realz'og his danger, Mr Meullet beaded the mare towards the atone wall that separates the Park from Fifty-ninth street, between Seventh and Eight av6noes. On approaching with increased velocity the mare instead of coming to a stop >( took off " and cleared the ditoh and wall, landing on the sidewalk on 59th-atre3t, the hind feet on the balustrade aud the dogcart In a perpendiouiar position against tha wall, the measurment of which is 7ft llin She took off from a bank lOin high, making the length of thb leap from point to "taking off" to highest lift. A remarkable jump Indeed for a novice, especially m a dogcart. The animal bids fair to become a competitor for the Championship. Mr Melleur'a only injury was a slight out on the chin— a remarkable escape. The spectators describe it as a very thrilling experience to wltnes. — " Field, Turf, and F*rm," A VERDANT GROOMSMAN. A little leaven of embarrassment let loose m a bridal party leaveneth the whole, and often produces very funny results. Rev T. O'Oonnell tells m the "St. Louis Globe D^moorat" bow not lorg ago he was called to officiate at a wedding whlob was impromptu. The invited gro msman failed to appear and a neighbor was asked to assist, as the couple were anxious to take a oertain train. The emergency groomsman was vordant, and grew so embarrased that he completely upset the nerves of the bridesmaid, She hed two ta&ka on her mind— one to arrange her bustle, the other to fißten a bouquet to the groomsman's lapal. She got these mixed In her mind, and pinned the bouquet first on her bustle, and then tore it impatiently off: and pinned It to bis coat' tall. A lunch had been provided on a tray olose at hand, and when the clergyman asked for the ring the assistant promptly handsd him a biaouit. Seeing his mistake for want of a better plaoe, be awkwardly put the moffia In the groom'i pocket, took the nng, and -handed it to the bride, at the same time pouring ■ glass of wine from the bottle at hand Into a dusty pleoi of lovely Sevres ohina. Perspiration stood oat m great beads on his forehead, and as soon as the oeremony was performed he looked at the envelope m his hand containing the fee, broke the seal, saw the money, and thlnklog either that he had earned It ot that It was intended for him, put It m bis pooket, handed the clergyman the empty envelope, and fhd. It is perhaps needlees to add that the oouple missed the train. A OiMEL'B REVBNQK. An English traveller m the East; gives the camel a very poor character. Acoordlng to his aooount the creature is from fiist to last nndomestlcated and savage, rendered serviceable not by tameneas but by stupidity, One passion alone he possesses — namely, revenge, In the carrying out of whlah he shows an unexpected degree of fsrthoughted malice, united with all the cold stupidity of hia naval character. Oqo instance of this 1 well remember. A lad abont fourteen bad conducted a large camel, laden with wood, to another village, at abont half-an hoar's distanoe. As the animal loitered or turned out of the way the driver struck jt repeatedly, and harder than jit seems he had a right to do. Bqt not finding the ocoaßlon -favorable for taking immediate quits, It bided its time; nor was that time long m coming. A few days later the . flame lad had to reoondnot the beast, unladen, to his own village. When they were about half- way on the road, at the same distance from any habitation, the oamel suddenly Btopped, looked deliberately round in 'every direction to assqre (Self that no one waa within sight, and finding the road dear of passengers, made a step forward, seized the unlucky boy's head fn its monstrous mouth, and lifting him into the air flang him down with tho upper part of his skull completely torn off Having thus satisfied its revenge the brute quietly resumed its paoe towards the village as though nothing were the matter, till some men who had observed the whole proceeding, though unfortunately at too great a distance to be able to afford timely help, oa,me up and killed it. A MIX.UON-DOX.LAR TELESCOPE. The achievements of the great Lick Telescope m oelestial discovery have apparently made a powerful Impression oa tho mind of Representative Batler of Tennessee, who has lotroduo d a bill In Ooogresß to appropriate $1,000,000 to be expended, under the direction of the Secretary of the Nary, In he construction of a toleeoopa with a lens 60 Inohes, or sft In diameter The diameter of the Liok oH jot glaso. the largest la the world 19d6i»9I 9 d6i»9h M , - < • <*\

M**awa»>>a»ißa^a«MawwatflawaMiaMaiawMa»BMJßaiay{ Such a glass as is proposed, if successfully made, we old be a much greate. improvement over the Lick telescope than that great instrument was over the largtst of its predecessors. The light gathering power of an object glass varies as the equ&re of its diameter. Tbelargest glana before the completion of the Li ok lena was the 80 inoh teleeoope of the observatory of Pulkowa. The llghtgath^ring power of the L'ck telescope la to that at Pulkowa about as 13 to 9, or ooe and a b&lf times aa great ; but the power of a 60-inch lean would be to that of the Liok telescope as 36 to 13, or nearly three times as great. Such a glass would 09 four times as powerful as the Pulkowa telescope. Sorely no astronomer will throw a straw In the way of the fulfilment of Mr Butler's magnificent aatronomloal scheme, whatever he may think of its practicability. As to the propriety of asking Congress to spend a million dollars out of the Treasury for such a purpose— that is a question that we are not now discussing.—- --| "N.Y. Sun. "' . I

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THROUGH THE PAPERS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2093, 21 March 1889

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THROUGH THE PAPERS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2093, 21 March 1889

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