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THE ex-Kaiser William has shaved

off his beard. Shortly after his arrival in exile in Holland, he allowed his moustache to droop and his beard to grow. This gave bim a patriarchal appear- ance. Of late, however, the exiled monarch has thought it necessary to make himself look younger. After all, he is nearly 70 years of age, and as German monarchists arc loudly calling for him again he thinks he must not look

too old.

Mussolini has been honoured by the great chef, M. Escoffier, who has produced a new dish entitled "Suprêmes de Poulet Mussolini." "II Duce" will be able to claim that he is one of the only three liv-

ing personages whose names have been given to table delicacies other than those concocted for special occasions. Dame Nellie Melba, of course, has found fame apart from her art in the famous sweet composed of peaches and cream, while Mme. Anna Pavlova lends her name to a popular variety of American ice-cream.

"In the event of my ever winning the Calcutta Derby "Sweep, or any part of it, the amount received is to be divided equally between my two daughters." ." Tho above clause was put in the will "of Mrs. Edith Marj'. Ring, of Exmouth (Ung.), who died last July, leaving £5,700 gross. It is estimated that winning the Calcutta Sweep is about a 500,000 to 1 chance.

Which is the smallest "city" in tho world? St. David's, Pembrokeshire (Wales) must have a good claim to that title. It is a village of three streets, containing barely a hundred houses, but it 'is technically a "city," and, although it is 10 miles from a railway, it is a popular holiday resort, owing to its gem of a cathedral and its rugged cliff scenery.

Curious conditions sometimes arise when, as often happens in London, the two. sides of the same street are in durèrent boroughs. One pavement will be illuminated by in- candescent gas; across the" road electric light is used. The duBtbins of the "odds" ore more frequently emptied than those of the "ovens." A child living at No. 41 may attend a school from which No, 42's infants arc debarred. And in certain dis- tricts it is quite common to sec, at the clos- ing hour of n public-house on one Bide of the road, little groups crossing the street to where an extra half-hour's license per- mits of "just another!"

A Bwceper, a lowest caste Indian, at- tached to the Royal Air Force at Quetta, has won a lakh and a quarter of rupees,

worth £0,375, in a lottery run by one of ' the Indian States. The usual pay of a sweeper is 15/ a month. But the man, with the philosophy of the East, simply an- nounced his intention to buy a new chnr poy-cheap native bed-on which to lie to dream of his fortune and to wake every day finding that his dreams are true.

Nearly 100 dogs aro acconnanying the Bj'rd expedition to the Antarctic. The prize dog of the pack is "Chinook," a famous leader in many winning racing teams, whose grandsire was the leader of Peary s dog** in the drive to the North Pole. He is 11 years old.

What an unpleasant calculation it is that a French statistician has made of the amount eaton in a human lifetime! Ho reckons that a person of 70 has consumed a whole trainload of nourishment, 20 wag- gons of five tons burden each. These hun- dred tons include ten of bread, one and three-quarter tons of meat, 12 thousand eggs, 3,500 pounds of salt. The salada eaten would cover a three-acre field.

Another "tallest building in the world" is to be erected in New York to add to the congestion of pedestrian and vehicular traffic on Manhattan Island. The new structure, according to the plans, will be 15 feet 11 inches higher than the Wool worth building. It will contain almost twice as much floor space, for the Wool worth building has a narrow base. The new structure will he broad. There will bo 67 stories, and the offices on all these floors will house the population of a small city.

In the little Norfolk village of Dersing ham there is an hotel which is owned by the King. It is called The Feathers, and is said to be one of the best in East Anglio. Dcrsingham, of course, is a roj'nl village, the greater part of it belonging to His Majesty. The Roj-al Arms and the Prince of Wales' feathers are over the shop fronts, denoting royal patronage.

Policemen have boen the victims of so many traffic accidents at night time re- cently at Mulhouse (Alsace-Lorraine) that the municipality has supplied them with red "tail-lights," which they wear sus- pended from their belts at the back. They arc powerful lamps and arc three in num-


The pleasant fable that James Watt was led to invent the steam-engine by watching the action of a tea-kettle dis- appears in the announcement by Professor Andrade that Watt did no such thing. More than 30 years before Watt was horn Saverj* and Newcomen constructed steam engines which were nctually used for pump- ing. Newcomen's engine had a cylinder anil piston. Watt, who was a practising instrument maker, was given a model of on engine to repair, and his inventive powers being stirred, he set to work to improve the appliance. "If Watt did not, cor- rectly speaking, invent the steam-engine," says Professor Andrade, "he nevertheless converted it from a clumsy and unreliable contrivance, used solely for pumping, into the finished machine, using less than _ quarter of the coal consumed by its prede- cessors. His work transformed the face v,. industr}*, and placed England ahead of all her rivals as a manufacturing country at the beginning of the nineteenth cen-

tury." .