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Affluence— From the Latin, affluo, affluens, to flow to, flowing to. Wealth may be said to flow to the rich without effort on their part. Bitter End.—This phrase, which originated at the timo of the American Civil War, is probably founded upon the verso Proverbs v., 4: " But her end is bitter as wormwood."

Chess.—Commenting on the game of chess, a recent writer saya : " It is strictly a> scientific game, and strange as it may seem to say so, it is really more difficult than many sciences. Sir Walter Scott is said to have objected to learn chess because the time it would ocoupy would be sufficient to learn two languages. Had he said seven, he would have been nearer the mark ; but if Sir William Hamilton is right, that the highest value of every science is the mental discipline it confers, chess will hold a high rank as an intellectual pursuit. It may be defined as an endless succession of mathematical problems for impromptu solution."

Bloom on the Grape, Pltjms, Etc. The bloom upon fruit is a provision of Nature to prevent water from settling, to the detriment of the fruit. Where it is rubbed off damp accumulates and decav commences.

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NOTES AND QUERIES., Issue 7970, 27 July 1889, Supplement

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NOTES AND QUERIES. Issue 7970, 27 July 1889, Supplement

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