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MULTUM IN PARVO.

— Iron ore can be landed at Cardiff and turned into steel plate within 48 hours.

— A strong movement is on foot in London to establish a National Dickens Library. — Rapid growth of the finger-nails is regarded as a sign of good health. — Thunderstorms occur more frequently at sunset than at any other time during the day. — Eight churches have stood on t) c site of St. Paul's Cathedral. The first one was

built in the year 223. — A pig is usually kept in the stable in Persia, -as it is thought its presence is

beneficial to the health of the horses.

— Lord Kinnaird ,has been appointed Lord High Commissioner of the Church of -Scotland in place of Lord Colebrooke. — A Troon man who was one of the aspirants for a church offieership not a hundred miles from Glasgow was rather taken aback on learning that there were "only 776 applicants" for the post: , — Some idiot has turned down Belgian hares in the Argentine, where they already threaten to become a plague equalling that of the rabbit in Australia. A party recently killed a thousand in one day. — Oxford University holds the record for the lowest total in a first-class cricket . match. They once scored 12 against the M.C.C. . In county cricket Notts once made only 13 against Yorkshire. — Fer many years the manufacture of lead-pencils was entirely in the hands of the Jews. The first we hear of a pencil of graphite (commonly called blacklead) was - a description by Conrad Gesner in the year * 1615. , , , , — The Sahara is within a f ew hundred squire miles of the size of the whole of the United States. Great* Britain is about one twenty-fifth the size of the States, buz ■we own more of North America than the United States does. —Mr T. W. Russell, M.P., states that probably in seven years the agrarian difficulty in Ireland will be at an end. Some 180,000 holdings have been bought, and £60,000,000 has either been spent in the purchase or is under agreement. —In liquidation of a small debt a London cab proprietor received from a abdriver a pawn ticket for a leather case pledged for 2s 6d. When the property was redeemed it was discovered that the case contained two £5 Bank of England notes and a lady's handkerchief valued at £11. — A North Sea codfisher carries an outfit of lines which extends eight miles in length, and has usually fixed upon "it the amazing number of 4680 hooks, every one of which

must be baited. — rr ' T he United States may be very up-to-date, hut they had to import railway engines, stamps, and many other inventions from England. Up to 1829 they had ro Postmaster-general and no postal service worth mentioning. niM . — The Second Battle of St. Albans (1461) will be fought over again m July^aa a feature of the town's historical pageant. Boadicea, Julius Caesar, Offa, and the town s particular saint, among other ancient worthies, will also repeat the deeds which gave them local fame. There will be 1600 performers. — A woman named Caroline Trebble, admitted to the Wellington (Somerset) Workhouse in a starving condition, was found , on examination to have sewn on her clothing 528 coins, amounting to £16 9s o*<i. Each coin was in paper and cloth, and sewn on her wearing apparel. — A theatre on a new plan is being built in New York. The boxes and some of the brat seats will be sold outright, and their owners can use them or sell them, as they please. The boxes have been sold at an average price of £5000 a-piece. — For every 10,000 inhabitants London has 27 cabs and five 'buses. Paris, on the other hand, has 48 cabs for the same number of people, but only two 'buses. Naples has 55 cabs per 10,000. Genoa holds the Teeord for 'buses. It has 10 for every 10,000, — It is strange to notice what great ages most of the famous Italian painters reached. Spinello was nearly 100 at his death; Michael Angelo nearly 90. Da Vinci reached 75, Claude Lorraine 82, Car'o Maratti 88 ; and the list might be extended to over 30 names. — The cave-dwellers of Mexico can Tun a distance of 170 miles at a stretch, going steadily and constantly at a slow trot. Frequently a letter has been, carried a distance of over 600 miles in five da-ys, the ■carrier living all the time on a simple diet of pinole, a finely-ground corn mixed with ■water into a thin kind of gruel. — A crowd of more than 5000 people witnessed the sale at Market Cross, TCdinburgh, of eestain furniture, the property of Lady flfeel, wife of the late Sir James Steel, former Lord Provost of the city. Lady Steel refused to pay houee and property tax as a protest against women not having the vote. The amount of the. tax mtfi £18 9s, and the first article put up,-* handsome oak sideboard, realii»i nearly double that amount. —In Switzerland it has been found that in building a railway labourers can work only one-third as long at a height of 10,000 ft as a mile lower. — Glow-worms are much more brilliant -when a storm is coming than at other seasons. Like many other mysteries of Naturej this curious circumstance has never been- explained. —The coast of Borneo is probably the most mosquito-infested- neighbourhood in the world. The streams of that region are, at oertain seasons, unnavigable because of the clouds of these insects. — Hawick Parish Council Are To recommend to the Koyal Commission on the Poor Laws that labour colonies under State control should be established, where loafers and vagrants, also wife and child deserters, could "be compulsorilT' detained and made to work for their, maintenance and that of their dependents, and that there ehould be power for removal to the poorhouse of sick and aged persons living alone and having no one .to attend them. — Among the staircases the world over, none, it is cafe to say, is so long or difficult of ascent as "Jacob's Ladder." This remarkable flight contains more than 700 eteps, all rising with the same lift in the same direction. The steps rise at an angle of exactly 45 degrees. "Jacob's Ladder" ascends a particularly steep hill -it St. Helena. The steps are, naturally, the most direct route to the summit of the hill, and, despite their great length, are te&verscd daily by wayfarers.

— Walking ?n his sleep, Gunner James Tarpey, of the Royal Garrison Artillery, stationed at Cambridge Barracks, Portemouth, opened' a window,^and, falling 30ft to the pavement, was killed. Tarpey, who had China and South African medals, was known to be a somnambulist.

—It has been demonstrated that persons breathe less when they are concentrating their minds on study or work, and also when under the influence of depressing emotion. On the other hand, we breathe more when exhilarated by pleasure and amusement.

—An interesting event took place at the Scottish Zoo the other day, one of the female pumas giving birth to three fine sturdy babies. These are the first baby pumas born in the Zoo since its establishment, now almost ten years ago. Another animal just added to the Zoo is a splendid specimen of the native wild cat. This animal, which is indigenous to Scotland, was caught in a trap by a gamekeeper at Invermoriston, in Inverness-shire, from whom it was purchased. It is full-grown, is beautifully marked, and, like all others of its species, is of a most ferocious character. —It is a remarkable fact that sandhills move. On the Pomeranian coasts there are large tracts of sand, heaped up by tl.e wind, hundreds of yards in breadth, and from 60ft to 120 ft high, and these hills, propelled by the wind, move steadily in an easteriv direction. The speed at which they travel is at the rate of from 39ft to 56ft a year. Pine woods, which sometimes come in their line of march, cannot stop them, and are completely destroyed. The branches are rotted off by the sand, and nothing is left of the trees but the bare stems, which after a few years wither a.-id die

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MULTUM IN PARVO. Otago Witness, Issue 2781, 3 July 1907

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