THROUGH THE PAPERS
A PLAGtJB OB BUGS.
Toulon, the great naval port of France, supplier tbe following •musing story of a plague O F bugs which canned fie siuking of the torpedo boat Ouuleuvrina. Tbe nnmbera of thoae musoout inaeoti that swarm In ovary corner of tho boat aeem to be endless. Tbe oetlolold, of whloh the Uouleuvrlne la built, seems to be thole favorite haunt, for all tbe surfaces of that material are blaok with bugs. The ordinary Insect killers were powerless, and on the advice of the Maritime Prefeot and Minister of Marine, Admiral X aatz ; g»ve orders for the Oouleuvrlne to ba sunk and kept under e»h water foe tbree days. GROWTH OF THE EARTH. Accumulations of aarfaoo mattes are astonishingly rapid. Pofassor Newton ostimat?a that 400,000 000 meteors fall t > tho earth annaally. These add enormous quantities of matter to the earth but do not, of oonree, account for all surface growth and ohanges Modern London is built on the site of Roman Loodon, but tbe anolent city is.l7sft lower than tho modern. The Jaru>aleai streets tba k . Jesus w ilked through are 20ft lower down than the streets of to-day. One of the mo it Intoreatlng resorts m that olty, m the time of Ohrlsr, was the pool of Bethaed 9 . Recently, work halog done by the Algerian rncnku has laid bare hrge tank, cat Id tbe solid rook, 30 deep. a syriFr courtship. The shortest courtship I ever heard of was that of an eminent jartst. He was on his way to hold court m a town, when he met a young wonnn returning from market, "How deep is the creek and what did you get for your batter V aeked the ju^ge. (( Up to the knee and ninepence," was the answer, a« the g'rl walked on, The judge pondered over the sensible brevity of the reply, turned his horse, rode back, and overtook her. " I liked your answer, just now," ha said, " and I like you. I think you would make a good wife. Will you marry me t " She looked him over and said " Yes," " Then get qp behind me, and we will ride to town and ba mtrrled." She did get up behind, acd thay rods to the oourkhonaa and were nude one. It is recorded that the marriage was a pre-eminently happy one. GOVSBNQR BOWBN'S BOOK. Sir George Bowen'a ooloaiai experiences are to see the Ught m Ootober, Messrs Longmans and Oo being the publishers and Mr Stanley] L»ne-Poole being the editor. The book will include • biographical sketoh of Sir George, and five distinct epooha In his colonial life. Toe first refers to Queensland, of whloh he wts tbe earliest Governor, m 1859-67 i the' next to New Zealand, after the with* drawal <f tho British troops, 1863-73; ibe third tQ V>otorla aad the Parliamentary ori»lß,ißQ'udlng Back Wednesday o f 1877 ; the fourth and fifth relate to Mauritius and Hong Kong* Tans it will be saen that there ahou'd be In the book plenty to Interest oolonlals all over the world, as very few men have had saoh v«rM experienoo as this doyen of Governor!, BBAV AND BAILIFf. The following good story is told by the •' W»og»nui Ohronio'e " ;— " He was a bachelor, and an ardent admirer of the fair sex, but naturally adverse to being a juryman, and had successfully evaded service on many .occasions. Upon going to his house, a we]l ijcnown gentjeann In blue found nailed upon tho door a phoard rannlrg thus : ' Won't be heme for a week.' Not a llttlo disappointed the limb of the law scribbled on a pleoe of p3por In a feminine hand . ' Meet me at the Pont Office at 8 o'olook. — Fondly youip, Madge.' The bait took, and punctual to time Mr ■ rolled up attired In his holiday garments, with a ohofca bunch of violets In his hand, while the rich perfume froaa his cambric sent up a delicfoas odoar. Sauntering round for a few minuter, ho began (o look anxiously about him, when the ' Joker * (the peace officer) appeared nprtn the seen*, and quietly handed his trump card to Mr '■ •■ •, and then deoainped with a smile,' 1
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