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FROM THE MAGAZINES

A PASSER-BY. Only a little word. Some thought you scarce expressed— A faint, low whisper no one heard, \ Whose meaning none hnd guessed. Only a little smile That lit your face so fair— That cheered my flagging soul awhile. And fled—l know not where. Only a tender clasp Of your dear hand so true: Vet in that iustnnt I did grasp That Life of Love in you. —R. DIMSDALE STOCKER, In "The Success Lr-dder." THE EYES OF INSECTS. We can see the single eyes of some insects without a lens, as in the locust. In viewing the house fly we need a lens. The big, visible, bulging eyes we see are composed of thousands of unit, coneshaped eyes bound into one compound eye, each of more or less spherical i shape. Under a lens they look like glass-eyed pavement bent to convexity. Their faceted corneae are variously set in square, hexagonal, or prismatic "frames. Each glistening facet is tho corneae lens of a distinct 'elf-working eye. Their number in each compound eye is enorni-

There are fifty such eyelets in the ant; 1400 are allowed the drone bee and 3500 (In' "workers." Our pet kitchen fly has SOOO chances of seeing food crumbs, the br-oilo over (iOOO. while more than 13,000 aid the dragon fly in his eleemosynary pursuit of (he mosquito, offset somewhat by several thousand awarded the latter fm- a "sporting chance." The hawk moth gets pictures compounded by 20.000 contributors. Over 25.000 window tlip brain of tha mordella (beetle), and 00.000—so it is claimed— contribute to the happy lives of some butterflies. —Dr. TCdward A. Ayres, in "Harper's Magazine." X.APOEEOXIC AXECDOTES. In the February issue of "Blackwood's" General Sir Henry Brackenbury coutinues his account of bis experiences during and immediately after the Franco-German war. Among other matters, he telis how, at the beginning of IST], the Empress Eugenic sent for him on his return to England. Up saw her at Chiselhurst.

She talked to mc of the. time when the news'of (lv tragedy of Sedan had arrived, of Trnehu and the promises he had made, and of the Paris mob. "I am only n woman," she said, "and I had the fate of Marie Antoinette in mind." She was much moved, and 1 not. less so. Of tho Emperor, who was still a. prisoner of war ut Wilhelmshohe, she said: "History will yet give him the credit of having maintained order in France for 20 years."

The operations which followed on the proclamation of (he Coinmuno in Paris drew General Hrneketiliiiry back to France and fie attached himself to the Government, troops nt Versailles, where Lord Lyons, our Ambassador, also was.

One day Lord Lyons was persuaded to visit, Meiulon. . . . Ho was looking from the window nf nn empty house, when a shell fell and hurst in (lie garden below. Then he said quietly: "Perhaps I had belter retire. It would lie a diplomatic blunder if Her Majesty's \mbnssador were to be killed."

When General Brackenbnry returned once mure to England he was sent for I by Xapolcon 111., whom he found playing' patience, lie commenced by speaking of Sedan, and we discussed tlie strategy of! MaoMahon's march in a quiet manner. as though it had only been n kricgspiel. and not a move in which his own dcs- I tinies had hung. . . . When my interview was over, as I bowed myself out of th- dour, I saw him take up the cards again. AMERICAX RECOLLECTION'S OF QCEEX VICTORIA. "Queen Victoria, as scon by an American." is the title given to .sonic letters published in the "Country Miiganine," which were written by Mrs Sallfe Coles Stevenson, wife of the American Minister (o Britain from IS.'Ki to IS-!!.

In the winter of 15.'17-S Mr and Mrs Stevenson wore invited by the Queen to pay her a visit of several days at Windsor Castle, and in the following letter Mrs Stevenson gives an account of the visit:—"Xothing could be more gratifying and flattering than our visit to Windsor. Mr Stevenson was requested every day while we stayed to lend Her Mnjostv to dinner, and occupied the seat of honour at her right hand between the Queen and the Duchess of Kent. .

. . At first it was all etiquette, but soon it took a more easy and conversational turn, and before (he dinner was over, she had asked him to take wine with her, and converse/I without the slightest restraint nf manner. Her laugh is to mc particularly delightful, it is so full of girlish glee and gladness, while her countenance beams with such an expression of innocence and sweetness, so blended with trfe dignity and majesty of the Queen, that it would lie impossible for a person ignorant of her high destinies not to be struck and impressed by her manners and appearance.

"We put on our best bib and tucker, Mr Stevenson was dressed lo perfection, and with Miss .Murray, a Maid of Honour, to show us the way, we reached the receiving-room about fifteen minutes before the Queen came out, followed by all her attendants. She approached mc, and. extending her tiny white fingers, welcomed mc to London, then Mr S , and sent her Gcntleincn-in-Waiting to him to pay she requested him to lead her to dinner. As she moved o<T. the band struck up. and it played all din-ner-time, and, indeed, nt intervals all the evening. The party was large, although we were the only foreign Ministers. All her homo Ministers were present, and Lord Melbourne sat or. her left, and ate as heartily as though he was only seated by a milk-maid. After dinner she conversed with mc about our friends in Scotland, etc. When the gentlemen came in. card-tables were set. and Mr S played nt that with the Duchess of Kent. I had a seat near the' Queen, and played chess part of the evening with Miss Murray. Tim parties .here are much more informal than at Buckingham Palace. Her ladies all sat by a round table at work, and there was more conversation than in the parties at London. When she retired for the night, she requested Lady Tavistock, her Larly-in-Wniting. to return and say to jme that she hoped I would take care of imy cold, and have mv breakfast, in my rooms, if I preferred it. What charming courtesy and thoughtfulness in a royal woman, who is never allowed to have I » thought, for herself!" *

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FROM THE MAGAZINES Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 85, 10 April 1909

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