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Our Note Book.

WHEN NIAGARA RAN DRY. Early on the morning of March 31, 1848, the Niagara Falls suddenly ran dry, and continued in that state until early the next morning. People in the neighbourhood were waked up by the stillness, and? all day sightseers wandered dry-shod out in the bed of the river and along the edges of the bare precipices of rock over which small streams wore trickling. The previous winter had bom very severe, causing ice of unusual thickness to form on lake Erie, and when the spring break-up came a great gale first piled the ice-floes on top of one another into huge walls, and then drove them into the Niagara River, with such force that they formed a mightj' dam, which stopped the flow of water into the river, tintil the enormous pressure from the lake broke it down. PIPE WORTH .£B,OOO. What is described as the largest pipe in the world is valued at XBOOO,and is counted as one of the most remarkable pieces of carving in existence. The pipe is made of one solid piece of meerschaum, and represents the landing of Columbus. There are twenty-four figures in the scene, each one four inches tall. The carver who executed this masterpiece is dead, and as the demand for this sort of thing has nearly died out it is practically impossible to find a man to duplicate it. ENERGY IN A FLASH OF LIGHTNING. A flash of lightning one kilometre long and lasting one-thousandth of a second represents energy calculated by Otto Nairz to be worth £7OO at the price of electric lighting in Berlin, This energy corresponds to the industrial production of electricity in all Germany during forty seconds or to that of Berlin during 2-J minutes ; and it would operate the Berlin elevated and subway an hour and a half at its busiest time, or run an express car at 125 miles an hour for three hours’ trip from Berlin to Frankfort, or light a 32 candle-power power lamp for eight years. Yet is only an average flash, of which as many as 1000 have been counted in a single thunderstorm. A PUZZLED BIRD. There is a story of a cock that, not knowing where to crow somewhere in the Arctic Circle, committed suicide. The story is told by Lord Dufferin in his “'Letters from High Latitudes.’’ The cock was taken on his yacht on an arctic cruise. When the yacht crossed the Arctic Circle, and the six month day began, the cock did not know when to crow, as there was no sunrise. Thereupon be burst into a terrific fit of crowing at all hours, then for a time he altogether gave up crowing - , and finally started to crow again incessantly. The exhaustion which ensued was folfollowcd by delirium, and one day, after hours of continuous crowing, the fowl flung himself from the yacht into the ocean.

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Our Note Book., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 51, 9 March 1907

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Our Note Book. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 51, 9 March 1907