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FROM FAR & NEAR

GOAT AS LIFE SAVER.

.-nT long ago we had some discussion

M 1 the belief that a goat kept with _ °in their stables acted as a preventive b f t d_S~ (writes "Peter Simple" in

ftnmlon "Morning Post"). Now I seo ' ' Moment of Captain E. G. Fairholme, 'e, RSPC-V./tliat the old .custom has

" « nraétical use in case of hie, since if 'ÏÏ St M donkey-both animals "K îrAly uinnaged^be kept in the Ä hors« terrified'by .the flame« may "Seed to follow out their animal friend. fe - it wrns that the goat has a useful I J' ii, iii the stable, though not the one

| S'Xci. ¡t!is usually cre_itcd. ]

BLONDES PREFERRED.

/afflCAGO business men have been (j tabulating their opinions on their es- sence with dark and fair girls as office

'li the' statement issued is true many tiïils of finn« deliberately choose blondes £U of their capacity to work hard and Sir. Brunettes apparently are wanted S. for routine work, which makes less lid on the imagination. One m-csident

a famous company wntes:-r'In our 1. m have 75 girls, of whom d8 ore E° mips Tliey work harder and are quicker, kt we keep a few brunettes because they io careful plodders."

JÍ" K ara*

RICHEST PLACE. IN THE

WORLD.

i LOSDON "Daily Mail" special corro A fpondciit has succeeded in visiting the éle-ely-guarded great new diamond -field .of SiDiaqualaml, Cape Colony. The elaborate jaences of the field, the profound secrecy r.mranding it havo been pierced, and the ñndeifal area studied in detail.

He field is now patrolled by aimed nlae »ho >uvc to deal with some of the Boat'ileni-iate "crooks" in the world. IBU,- anests have been made.

Tiíp field is said to bo of almost fabulous ftallli-fo much so that only a fraction of lie iliamoiids found on it arc allowed to reach the market. _

"EVELYN" AS A NAME.

EVELYN" is not uncommon as a man's

name, but it ii BO much commoner u a woman's name that one instinctively npposcs anyone bearing it to be a woman («isa Loudon "Evening News" writer).

Mr. Evelyn Garth Moore, younger son of li. Honour Judge Moore, passed his bar lui «animation the other day only to find Inn'-elf i cf erred to as the only woman in l£f li-t of successful candidates.

.Mr llvclvn Waugh, the novelist brother uf Mr Alec Waugh, the novelist, and Mr. ¡Min Gialiam, Princess Marj^s hiogra

tker,are tno Kvclyns commonly referred to 1 u "-lie" by innocent readers.

CHILD WHO WANTED TO

BE .A PRINCESS.

AN amusing letter from an Australian

child who wanted to be a princess was read at the League of Remembrance din- ner in London last month.

Princess Beatrice was present, and ia proposing her health Mr. Patrick Hodgson, the Duke of York's private secretary (ac- cording to a report in the "Daily Chro- nicle") said that while the Duke and Duchess of York were on their Australian tour a little girl wrote to the Duchess. Her letter ran:

My Dear Duchess,-I am only five years old, aad I want to ask jou a question. 1 want to be a princess and marry a real duke like you. Do

tell me how It is done. 1 should lore to be a princess, and it must be such fun, and Mummy Baj-a a princess decs a lot of good.

"Some of us here wonder if it is such fun being a Priuocss," added Mr. Hodgson.

SPANISH GOLD.

TWO adventure-loving women and a

retired army officer have completed plans for a sea hunt which may solve once and for all the problem of whether tlie Almirante de Florencia, the Spanish galleon which sank in Tobermory Baj', on the west coast of Scotland, in 1558, really docs con- tain vast Armada treasures.

- The leader of this fascinating expedition is Colonel K. N. Foss, of Loudon, who for years has taken an interest in the sunken galleon, and has tried more than once to reach its ancient decks. He is now over 70, but even so ho does not consider him- self too old to do a hit of diving when the occasion demands.

The women who are to assist him in the coming adventure arc both financially in- terested. One of thom is Lady 13. Fox Pitt, daughter of Sybil, Marchioness of Qurcnsbcrry; the other is Mrs. Margaret Leask, the vrifo of a retired naval officer. She lives at Dymchurch, Kent, and has oue small son.

"I dou't think anj-body has actually seen the vessel since it sank in Tobermory Bay over three centuries ago," said Mrs. Leask to a press rcpicscntativc. "But treasures have already been recovered from it-coins, silver-plate, and so forth - and pieces of guns and quantities of gunpowder have also been brought to the surface.

"We shall spend at least a month work- ing on the galleon, aud two or three thou- sand pounds w ill be needed if the work is continued for two or three months. The galleon lies under the sea 85 yards from tlie steamer pier in Tobermory Bay."

Lady Fox-Pitt said that the expedition was being conducted by a small private company, of vv hich she is a shareholder.

THE KING'S SLIP.

THE Kiug had his arithmetic corrected

by a disabled ex soldier

Accoiding to a London ' Daily Mail ' re- port His Mnjestj, with the Queen, was making an admniug inspection at the Im penal Institute South Kensington, of all manner of household goods produced by dis ablcd men at ex sei vice industrial ecu ti es He stopped to speak to Mr W H Whit- ham, formerly a pnv ate m the King's Ow n Yorkshire Light Infantiy and now working m the Sheffield Painted Fabncs manufac tory

Mr Whitham explained that he was paral} sed down one Bide, the result of a head wound m 1915 His uncle had in vented a special ciutch to enable bun to get about He added that he joined the army

in 1014

"And how old are you now'" the King

asked bim

' lilli tj two sir," he replied

' Then," said the King, j ou joined up when jou weie 17''

"No, sir," the ox soldier responded, smil- ing apologetically ' 1 oui teen j cars ago would mate me IS"

' Yes, jou ale quite right " the King ad- mitted, with a laiifeh It seems," ho added, "I must be a bad scholar!"

SEA FIGHT COMEDY.

TH1Ï story of a siiiglchnudcd battle

between Peruvian and British warships in the Victorian dajs, and its end was told by Admiral Sir Herbert Heath to sailors at the Liverpool Seamen's Institute. "I went io sen in 1874," said the admiral, "and fought my first battle in 1877. It avas a terrible affair between one British and one Peruvian man-of-war in the Pacific. We banged away at each other all day without doing much damage, because the gunnery was uot so good then ns it is now. Night carne on, and it (rot ton dark to light, so our fellows thought it would be a" good idea to fill our ship's steam launch with gunjiowdcr, run her up against the enemy, and explode her. 'They started to do tins, but when they found the Peruvian ship up against the shore they thought they had better hail her to make sure she was the right victim. So they shouted 'Ship, ahoy!' and- were amazed to hear a raucous voice answering, 'This is the Mary Jane,'of .Cardiff,' full of

coal.' "

"After, that," concluded .the admiral, "our men decided they were better olf nt homo, and returned to the British battle- ship,"

SURGERY'S PROGRESS.

THE nature of the new antiseptic said

to have been discovered by Dr Eidi now, of the British National Institute of Medical Rcseaich, will be awaited with in lercst hy surgeons the world over (says the Loudon 'Lv cuing Stendal d") Lister, of com se, was the first to practise anti Bcplic suigcry, and the first antiseptic was catholic acid Lister's discovery révolu tionised suigcrj, and made possible the won- derful surgnal work of to-day Asepsis caine next, and was a big step forward both foi the safely of the patient and the com fort of the operator There must be men living to-day who 0]>crata2d in mackintoshes under a heavy caibohc spray, and within the last 20 years instiuments were boiled and placed in a solution of carbolic acid Hie condition of the hands of assistauts after passing the instruments from this solution to the surgeon-sometimes for hours at a time-is still a painful memory to many a practitioner

SLEEP AND BE HEALTHY.

have waited me too soon, 1 must slumber again,"

-Dr 'ttatta (adapted)

DR STELLA CHURCHILL, repeating

the saying that n man slept six hours, a woman seven, a child eight, and a fool nine, remarked at the Institute of Hjgicne, London, recently, "I am glad to say I am numbered among the fools." After the age of three human bungs did not require daj light sleep, except on Sunda} s, when the national bad habit of ov er eating made them drowsy The more one ate, more sleep was lequired Tor an aveiage person Di Chin chill advocated between eight and nine houis' sleep Growing children should sleep on a hard malticss, and the bed should never be placed against a wall

' One's judgment is nnpuiicd by lack of sleep Gills have man led the awong man and refused to nniry the right oue because their judgment has been at fault following slccjiless nights Men go to bed in py- jamas buttoned up to their neck, and they die not so health} foi it Women, who wear lighter night attuc, derive a benefit fiom it

"People should not he wakened from sleep," said Di Churchill "We are stdl siiffuing from the mid Victorian idea that there is something shameful about being asleep, as exemplified in the hymn about the sluggard av ho is disinclined tow ake up I think an association for the abolition of breakfast bells m boni ding schools should be formed The effect of being wakened rudely is to jar the nervous s} stein and leave the person thus wakened unfit to face the troubles of the du} "

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GREATEST GAMBLER DEAD. ARNOLD ROTHSTEIN, the gi cutest

gambier m the United States, died several weeks ago, and took the secret of his mystciious death with him But if the

police (says the New York correspondent of the "Daily Mail") have so far failed to leam who fired the shot which fatally wounded Rothstein, they have uncovered a story which lies behind the shooting, which will go down as one of the most remarkable in gambling history.

Rothstein was shot because he "welshed" on n debt of £00,000 lost at cards during a two days' game played last September. It was a game that cost Rothstein £2,000 an hour, aud when he rose after making his last bet he said quietly, "Some of you play cards with more skill than honesty."

The retort caine back swiftly, "You'll pay, don't worry about that." "Rothstein did not pay with money; but now be'has puid with his life.

All were gamblers known the world over,' aud the game was Stud Poker-four cards up and one down-the swiftest kind of poker ployed. Belting began at £20, and then rose to £200. Liquor was served, and the air was thick with smoke, hut no words, except the sharp bidB of the, players, were spoken. Rothstein, who never drank or smoked, was plajing the game of his life. But he could not win. He began side bets of £200 on the turu of the card while shuffling was on. Daj' carne and passed into night, and still Rothstein lost and con- tinued his side bets. He made it £400 on the highest card of all while watching care- fully the other players. If he learned anj t li ing he said nothing until his debts stood at £00,000. Then he left, saying, "I'm through, and for how much have j-ou boys taken mc?"

Rothstein would bet on anything, from Wall street stocks and theatrical produc- tions down to the agc of a woman or the odd and even numbers» of a passing motor- car: Thousands kuow him by sight, but few intimately. His table at Lindy's restaurant was the silent witiic*s of strange transactions, often running into thousands of pounds. He won £175,000 on a »ingle days racing 10 j'ears ago. With a nei ve of steel he was fearless,'with, it is reported, but one love besides gambling-that for his dark-eyed wife, to whom be was de-

voted

SKIRTS AND SLEEVES IN

PALESTINE.

A POSTER which recently appeared in .*» Hebrew on Jerusalem boardings has been translated and reproduced in the Lnmlou "Jewish Chronicle." It reads as follows:

Listen, O our dear sisters, and may your

souls live!

I wonld ask of you a small question: Is the honour of the Jewish nation precious in your eyes? Is the honour of our Holy Land dear to jou? Doubtless yon will answer with -a strong affirmative, li, how- ever, your reply comes from a genuinely and truly pure heart, why do your actions belie your words? Why do you parade the cities of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem with naked arms and uncovered heads? Shame and confusion cover our faces at the sight of this accursed and contemptible fashion, disgraceful even outside our own land. Within the precincts of our land, especially in Jerusalem itself, the Holy City, such offensive dress is a desecration of the glory,

of God and of the nation.

Not only do you sin yourselves thereby, but you also cause others to sin, and you will have to stand before the Great Tri- bunal in the same place as Jeroboam, the son of Ncbat, who sinucd and caused other« to sin, and whose name has remained * symbol of disgrace and everlasting shame. Bj- this your act you murder your brethren, body and soul. Is it worth, dear daughters, the risk of the lives of yourselves and jalur brethren, merely for the sake of a paltry, imaginary pleasure?

Every true daughter of Israel, the line of whose descent is to be traced directly to Abraham, our father, will surely confess that she has hitherto erred, and will re- lient completely fur past wrongdoing, and will remove the filthy garments which have made our people a shame and u laughing stock among the nations, and from this day onward will put on modest garb.

{.God-fcariug maidens will henceforward clothe themselves with the garments of glory, as worn by our mothers, and little girls must be trained to wear their sleeves down to the greater part of their hand, and their skirts to cover the greater part of their legs.]

The poster is sigucd by "him that writes with broken heart and tearful eyes, your brother who loves his people and his land with unbounded love, and avishes you a happy and sweet year."

GOOD TEA A HEALTH

DRINK. FOR tlie first time in history the poorer

classes in Great Britain had during the war the opportunity of drinking good tea and of realising the great advantage which the best blends afford. Up to that time those avitk limited means purchased cheap teas and, as is usually the case (writes the eminent physician, Sir W. Arbuthnot Lane, in the London "Daily Mail"), they obtained an inferior article.

In the war those in charge of the ration- ing of the nation blended indiscrimin- ately teas of all sorts, and this blend waa sold to the people at 2/8, many of whom hnd never previously tasted really good tea. In consequence of this the habit of drinking tea became more widespread, so that at the present time very much more tea is drunk by the community than be- fore the war-indued the increase is nearly 30 per cent.

People have learned that it is not econo- mical to buy an inferior tea, but that the hebt tcu used in reasonable quantities affords the most delicious brew.

Good tea can do nothing but good, pro- vided it is not allowed to stand suffi- ciently long to permit of the .extraction from it of the harmful tannin.

' That tannin is most deleterious is shown by the prevalence of cancer of tho gullet in Australia, where the habit was to stew tea in a "billy" or kettle for boura, and to drink it all day long. The result of this was the tanning of the lining membrane of the gullet, whose leathery consistence opposed the free passage oi food, and the consequent chronic irrita- tion resulted in the frequency of cancer

in this situation.

"Wisely used good tea is a most benefi- cial and stimulating healthy beverage. In- ferior tea which has stood too long is most deleterious to health.

It is necessary that this fact should be instilled into the minds of the people,' especially of those to whom money ia a serious consideration. Many of the labour- ing class depend largely upon tea, and the more they bave recourse to tea the less likely arc they to consume alcohol in excess. Let them realise, as is always the case, that the best tea is the cheapest and most economical in use in the long

run.

Tea is the cheapest drink obtainable, since 200 cups of tea can bo made from lib.-the difference in the cost of a cup made from good tea and that from au inferior variety is almost infinitesimal.

I'rlnteil anal l*ublM>ral by Cronan BULL, at "The

"ruin" nllloe, ¡KM Kllralaetli street, Melboiinn', fur WII.MI% ami ilvcinvaON, proprietors.

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