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Our Note Book.

SCATHE OF ANIMATES‘ VOICES. According' to a musical authority, the mooing' of a cow is set to a perfect fifth, octave, or tenth ; the bark of a 'dog to a fourth or fifth ; the neighing of a horse is a descent on the chromatic scale ; while the donkey Ibirays in a perfect octave. Yet it is thought that the quality of the donkey’s voice might be improved.

4- 4- 4- 4A NATURALIST’S TRIUMPH. The Paris Museum contains one. of the finest entomological collections in the world. It was amassed during a quarter of a century of assiduouts research by M. E. Boullet, who employed naturalists to hunt specimens in their known habitat in every region .■of the world. The collection con-

tains 25,000 morphida and ornithopsera. and added to the 1.0,000 specimens previously possessed by the museum, places the French national collection prominently in the foreground of entomology. ■4” 4- 4* 4" A SCIENTIFIC EXPLANATION.

It is generally supposed that' a person weighs heavier when dead than when living. The phrase “ deadweight ”• has probably sprung from this” idea. But the supposition is not correct. One reason that a dead body is thought to be heavier than a living one is probably this that in carrying a dead person we have the centre of gravity adapted by the person carried to suit the convenience of the carrier, and maintained in a P°“ sition to fall within the base of his body. 4* 4* 4>" 4THE INVISIBLE MADE VISIBLE. A most ingenious method is used for the discovery of planets revolving round many of the stars. If these bodies could be seen with a telescope there would be nothing wonderful in their being found. But they send forth ho light that the human eye could discern in the most powerful telescope. How, then, is their existence made known ? By their attraction on the stars round which they revolve, and which they cause to swing to one side and then to the other. But this swing of a star is so minute as to be entirely beyond the power of detection by the most delicate eye and the most powerful telescope. If, then, we cannot seo any motion, how do we know that the stars move ? This is the real wonder. It is xione by analysing the light which the star -sends to us. It has long been known that light really consists in minute vibrations or waves in the ether which fills all space, and it is by close scrutiny of thdse vibrations that the miracle is worked. 4> 4- 4- 4JAPANESE AND PRAYING GODS. Someone lately asked how many gods the Japanese have. This is rather a puzzling question, but it is said that there are no fewer than eigiit million gods worshipped by the Japanese. Praying is made very easy. In the streets are tall posts, with prayers printed on them and with a small wheel attached. Anyone passing can give the wheel a turn and that counts as a prayer. The people in the second largest of the 3,850 islands of which the empire is composed worship the bear, and reverence the sun, moon, fire, wind, and water.

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Our Note Book., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 48, 26 January 1907

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Our Note Book. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 48, 26 January 1907

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