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MULTUM IN PARVO., Otago Witness, Issue 1978, 24 October 1889
MULTUM IN PARVO.
—Poisoning is a very common crime in India, owing to the village sorcerers, who have large quantities of poison. Three hundred and sixty cases of death by poison were reported for last year. — Fine sand is taken up to a great height in the air, and deposited many miles away. In 1882 Iceland was visited by a remarkable sand storm, lasting two weeks, which hid the sun, and objects a few yards off, like a dense fog, and caused the death of thousands of sheep and horses. —Since 1800 the population of Europe has just doubled itself. Then the population was 175,000,000; in 1830, 216,000,000; in 1860, 289,000,000 ; in 1880, 331,000,000 ; in 1888, 350,000,000. —At Quito, the only city in the world on the line of the equator, the" sun sets and rises at 6 o'clock the year round. Your clock may break down, your watch stop, but the sun never makes a mistake here. When it disappears for the night it is 6 o'clock, and you can set your watch by it. A Frenchman who was born in 1789 is regularly at work in a mill at Ottawa, Canada. He is hale and hearty and seems good for several more summers. — It is believed by the Moslems that at the Judgment Day painters will be required to furnish with souls all the representations of human beings which they have made. Failing in this ordeal, they will lose their own souls as a forfeit for their presumptuous imitation of the work of the Creator. — Typhoid fever is at present prevalent in London, many of the victims being members of the aristocratic families, who are not exposed to the defective drainage and filthy surroundings. — In a village in Somerset superstition is still remarkably prevalent. During service in the church, if the clock strikes whilst a hymn is being sung, the belief is that some parishioner will die within the week. —Mrs Ursula Hall died at Syracuse, N.Y., August 11, aged 95 years. She v/as a member of the historic Wadsworth family of Connecticut. She was danced on the knee of Washington during a call the general made -upon her grandfather in 1799. — "We call the tiger," said a vegetarian philosopher, "a ferocious beast; but what would we men be called if, for instance, mutton chops could speak 1 " — Every scrap of iron or wood within reach upon the Eiffel Tower is completely covered with names and dates. The interiors of the lifts are covered, and the glass wind-protectors of the elevators on the various floors are rapidly being filled up. — Fifty years ago there were probably not more than from 90,000 to 100,000 acres of fruit land in Gieat Britain. In 1872, the date of the first reliable record, it had increased, to nearly 170,000 acres, and Mr Whitehead, a well-known authority, estimates the present acreage at about 214,000 acres. — Over 2000 children under two years of age die annually in Paris of tuberculosis. —At a recent meeting of the bishops of Ireland it was decided that the Catholic Church should set its face against the further playing of the game of football on account of the danger to life and limb. — Ib is roughly calculated that £750,000 per annum is spent on the food and clothing of indoor paupers in London. — If diamonds were always under our feet we should soon cease picking them up ; and if the prizes of life were to be had for the asking the time would soon come when they would be no longer asked for. — In Galway it is considered so unlucky to catch sight of a fox that fishermen will not put to sea if they notice one while going to their boats. — Some idea of the Shah's travelling expenses may be formed from the statement that Cook's charge for what railroad and hotel expenses he had disbursed on the Shah's account was £25,000. — Marshal Saxe computed that in a battle only one ball of 85 took effect. At the battle of Tournay, in Flanders, it is calculated that 236 musket balls were expended in disabling each soldier who suffered. — The first " sheaf-binder " trial ever held in Germany took place at Hildesheim, Hanover, on July 27 America was first and second. — The Leaning Tower of Pisa leans lft in 12ft. There is a tower at Caerphilly, Glamorganshire, which leans lft in 7ft, or nearly twice as much. — Tobacco gives employment to 30,000 persons in New York. Germans, Bohemians, and English predominate. — If the sun were a hollow sphere, the earth could be placed in the centre of it, with the moon moving round it at its mean distance of 237,000 miles, and there would still be more than 200,000 miles between the moon and the edge of the sun. — It is said that Milwaukee seems like a foreign land to a native American. A drive through the streets is like a drive through a German city. Most of the signs are in German, and a person unacquainted with the German tongue has some difficulty in finding his way about. — Kussia is said annually to consume tea to the extent of £25,000,000. — There are at Constantinope alone upward of 250 lepers. In the* islands of the Archipelago there are at Crete 3000 lepers, and at Rhodes, Cyprus, Mytilene, Tenedos, and other smaller islands they are also numerous. —In the reign of Edward I the salaries of the justices were very uncertain and small. The Chief Justice of the Bench had but £40 per annum, and the other justices 40 marks, or £26 13s 4d. The Chief Baron had £40; the salaries of the other judges and barons being reduced to £20. — Among the many things Algeria is doing to make herself attractive to tourists is the exhuming of some of her ancient cities. The marvels of Pompeii are said to be nearly equalled by the city that has iust been exhumed at Timga, with its streets, shops, forum, triumphal arches and flagstones worn by cart-wheels. At Cherchell, on the coast, west of the city of Algiers, the luxurious baths of the ancient city of Ceesarea have recently been brought to light. — Vegetable poisons are far more numerous and deadly than those from the mineral world,
— It is estimated that in the year 2000 the population of Great Britain will be 180 millions ; this is assuming that it continues, to increase as it has during this century. —Now that Berlin and Borne have such important interests in common, they are to be connected by a daily lightning express train each way. The distance will be covered by these trains in 37 hours. The Brenner line is the one chosen for the service. — Dr Brushfield, of Budleigh Salterton, the well-known antiquarian, has discovered that the birthplace of Sir Walter Ealeigh was undoubtedly the farm house of Hayes Barton, in the parish of Bast Budleigh. —The whole number of breweries in Europe in 1887 was 50,801, and the production of beer and ale amounted to about 4,580,000ga1. The taxes collected from this sea of beer amounted to about £26,000,000. — Kace has a marked effect in determining forms of insanity. The Teutonic and Scandinavian races are more subject to the morbid and melancholy forms of mental disease, while the excitable Celts are more liable to acute mania. — Dr Wickham, of Youngstown, Ohio, claims that he has discovered a method of treatment by means of which all scars left by smallpox and similar diseases oan be entirely obliterated, leaving the skin free, fair, and smooth. —Very large orders h&,ve recently been received at Birmingham from the German and French Governments for war balloons. The German War Office has adopted parachutes ,as their value for campaigning purposes has been clearly demonstrated by some recent experiments in Spandau. — Scotland is on the whole drier than England, and England than Ireland. — Italian boot factories are manufacturing boots of a singular pattern. The heels and soles are not sewn on, but riveted to, the uppers in such a way that if jthe heels are worn down on one side they can be taken off and turned round ; worn soles can be removed in the same way, and new ones put on. — Prince Bismarck's special medical attendant, Professor Schweninger, who cured the Chancellor of his too pronounced tendency to stoutness, is, by particular desire of the Sultan, about to instruct two Turkish physicians in his special method of treatment. — The Congo district appears to be developing as a producer of tobacco. Brussels tobacconists say that its leaves are remarkably well adapted for cigars, being of exceedingly good flavour and very supple. — "For the extermination of the English sparrow pest," says a writer in Forest and Stream, " I suggest the use of uninsulated, electric light wires. The wires should be pituated near the favourite breeding place of the biids, and should be in short sections connected with the regular electric light wires. This method of killing sparrows will be most effective in late fall and eaily spring, during which seasons sparrows congregate in towns and cities. — The title of '• prince," with its correlative, " princess," is unknown in the United Kingdom as a title of the peerage. It is simply like "highness" and "royal highness," a courtesy designation. Until he is created a peer, by the title of duke or other rank in the peerage, a member of the reigning family — even the sovereign's own younger son — though styled "prince" and "royal highness," is in law but a commoner. —Preparations are already being made in several German university towns to celebrate next year the 30Cth anniversary of the invention of the microscope. Zacharias Janssen, of Middelburg, put together the first microscope in 1590. — It is said in the North of England that Pricce George of Wales will not need any allowance— that, in fact, he is already provided for. The report is that Lord Armstrong is going to leave all his money to the second son of the Heir Apparent. He has no sons or daughters of his own, and no relatives. It the report be true, Prince George will be very -wealthy. —The Governor of one of the Chinese provinces has forbidden the young men in his jurisdiction to wear gorgeously coloured and embroidered garments, a practice which he says is foolish and unmanly. WEIGHT OP MEN. Stature, sfb lin, Weight should be 1201b sft 2in, „ 1261b „ sft 3in, „ 1331b „ sft 4in, „ 1361b sft Sin, „ 1421b „ sft 6in, „ 1451b „ sffc7in, „ 1481b „ sffcßin, „ 1551b „ sffc9in. ' „ 1621b „ sffcloin, „ 1691b „ sft llin, „ 1741b „ 6ffc, 1781b — According to a despatch in the New York Times (Dem.), 15,000 negroes have left North Carolina since last November, and a committee of coloured men, which is promoting the emigration of their race, has on its books the names of heads of families representing nearly 100,000 persons, who have expressed their desire to leave this fall, after tho crops have been gathered. Unjust laws are given as the reason for this enormous migration, and neither white nor black laoour is coming in to take the place of that which is departing. — The Governor of the Danish colony of Greenland is a wise man, as the following story shows : — He receives by the ship which brings him his annual supplies copies of the daily papers of Copenhagen for the year preceding. He arranges these papers in the order of their dates, and then quietly and calmly reads a paper each day, just as though it was fresh from the press. He is sometimes strongly tempted to peep into futurity by reading some papers ahead when he comes across any interesting news, but he resists the temptation, no matter how anxious he is to know the fate of some measure. One day's paper for each day is his rule, and so at the end of the year he is thoroughly familiar with the news of the preceding year. He says he is just as happy as if he pulled each day's paper off the press.
MULTUM IN PARVO., Otago Witness, Issue 1978, 24 October 1889
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