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Facts And Fancies

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Tne deepest running stïeam Uat is kiiown is that of the Xiagara River, just under the suspension bridge, where it is 700 feet by actual measurement. A statue law of Illinois requires farmers and others to keep their hedges trimmed down to a height of four and a half feet. The law is very little regarded. Six million pounds of wool are raised within a radius of forty miles surrounding Steubenville, Ohio, which at the average price of thirty-flve cents will realize $2,100,000. Sixteen years ago this country did not manufacture over 15,000 watches per annum. Now we turn out a quarter of a million 1 England and Russia are our best customers in this line. Towa ïreasurer Wilson of Monticello, Ind., brought a libel suit ai?ainst the local newspaper that said he was dishonest ; but before the case carne to trial he fled with $21,000 of public money. Up to the end of the season John T. Raymond has paid to Marfe Twain $156,000 for royaltiea on tliy;; Age. The Dramatic News' ëi.'ves this is the largest sum ever made out of one play by any dramatic euthor, living or dead. Alexander St. Martin, who was a great and valuable curiosity to physicians forty years ago, by reason of a hole in his stomach, through which the procesa of digestión conld be studied, is still living at Oakdale, Maas., but in great poverty. It is stated that Colonel Hacht, of the 9th Regiment of Cavalry, is about to mount one of his companies on ostriches, "They are strong, docile, fleet as a horse, will live for days without eating or drinking, and need little or no grooming." TheWillimantic Thread Company, whose yearly business calis for about twenty-flve million spools, which have to be made of white birch, has secured a tract of 20,000 acres of woodland in Piscataquis county, Me., and will establish a spool f actory there. At the mass in London for Prince Napoleon, a dove hovered above the incensé and alighted on a gU4eí; above the altar. Truth says: "The bird, which was tame, and had three days' lessons, was attracted to the eagle by grain thrown on its back." Mr. Edison writes trom Menlo Park that he has partially overeóme the obstacle offered by the high price of platinum, and that the electric lamps, instead of costing several dollars apiece as at flrst, can now be made of an alloy of platinum with inferior metáis at the cost of the fraction of a dollar. The last Missouri Legislature passed a law making it a felony for any officer of a bank to accept deposita in the institution if he knows it to be in a failing condition, and imposing the same pnnishment as that for stealing money. Under this statute several St. Louis bankers are to be tried. Silveroid is the name of a new metallic composition which has just been introduced in America ii; . the niaimfiicturpof tahle jvarp Tt line texture, is suscepliole or a Aigh finish, and, it is said, can be supplied at much less cost than anything heretofore used as a substitute for real silver. In Lapland the milk of the reindeer is preserved in frozen pieces like cheese. When melted, after a lapse of several months, it still tastes f resh and good. When a stranger enters their dweiling whom they wish to welcome, the frozen piece of milk is immediately set to the flre, the guest receives a spoon, with which he skims off the sof tened exterior as it melts, and when he has had en.ough the rest is preserved in the cold for other guests. "Is this a f oreign country V" asks an American journal. "Russian leather is made in Connecticut, Bordeaux wine is manufactured in California, French lace is woven in New York, I tulian marble is dug in Kentucky, Marseilles linen is produced in Massachusrtts, English cassimere is made iö Hampsnire, Parian art work comes trom a shop in Boston, Spanish maekerel are caught on the New Jersey coast, and Havana cigars are rolled out by the million in Chicago."


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