Russia possesses the most valuable natlonal scepter in the world. It Is three feet in length, is made of solid gold and ornamented with 268 dia' monds, 360 rabies and 15 emeralds. The sceptre, which forms part of the regalia, is handed to the czar on his coronation as the emblem of sovereJgnty. At the coronation of the present czar, which took place in Moscow cathedral, in May, 1896, the Metropolitan of the Ruesian church handed the sceptre to the czar with these words. "Godcrowned czar, and Grand Duke Michael Feodorovich, Autocrat of AU the Russlas, receive the sceptre that the Lord givee you to govern the great dominion of Russia, and take care of it, for it is thy strength and thy power."