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Half-a-c-rown a mile is the average cost of running a passenger train. Seventeen distinct languages, besides English, a re spoken in IndiaA chimney 115 feet high will sway 10 inches in a high wind without •danger. France has one University student to every 865 of her population ; Great Britain has only one in 2,150. It is estimated that nearly 4,000 acres of cedar trees are cut down annually to provide the material for lead pencils. The Austrian Emperor has more titles than any other monarch. He is a Kang nine times over and a duke eighteen times. It is said that the tusks of no fewer than 50,000 elephants are used annually for piano-keys. This includes 'the pi ajn o-m aki ng industries all over the world. Several London big retail drapery ■establishments keep daily meter o-lotgi-cal observations, so as to gauge the effect weather has upon shopping. If there is any fear that a bed not usually slept in is damp put a bright looking-glass between the sheets' and cover it up. In a few minutes examine it. If its surface is dimmed there is cause for uneasiness. The strength of hair has been found by a German experimenter to vary greatly with colour. A single black hair supported 4 ozs., one of very dark brown 34 ozs., brown 3 ozs., but yellow scarcely held up 2 ozs. Eighteen miles is said to be the longest distance at which a man’s voice has been heard. This occurred in the Grand Caynon of Colorado, where one man shouting “Bob” at one end was plainly heard at the' other end, which is eighteen miles away. People marvel at the mechanism of the human body, with its 248 bones and sixty arteries. But man is simple in this respect compared with the carp. That remarkable fish moves no fewer than 4,386 bones and muscles every time it breathes. It has 4,3-20 veins, to say nothing of its-ninety-nine muscles. The tallest people in the British Isles are to be found in the 'district of Galloway, in South Scotlajnd, where record® of the stature give an average height of sft 104 in. The shortest stature Is found in Wales and South-West England. The people of the Midland and Eastern Comities, of Saxon descent, are of medium stature. Statisticians and timid ladies alike have long ivcoignlsed the Bank as the busiest spot in London for vehicular traffic. It is surprising to find from a Comity Council return that it only just beats the Marble Arch. In one day 22,481 vehicles- passed the Bank, ami the Marble Arch record was only ten fewer. Knight-sb ridge, east of Sloane street, was a bad third with 18,762. At the Chapel of St. Peter, .in Florence there is a choir of birds, the only one of its kind in existence. The birds, 300 in number, are all in separate cages, which are arranged in rows on both sides of the altar. The leader is a girl, who has had the birds under her personal training for over two years. The whole of the musical part of the service is most -exquisitely rendered by them. The leader starts each hymn by whistling the first few notes, and ■then the birds take it up in obedience to the movement of their instructor’s hand.

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Interesting Items, Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 50, 16 February 1907

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Interesting Items Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 50, 16 February 1907