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Why the Horse Was Cheap. [Newspaper Article] — The Murrurundi Times and Liverpool Plains Gazette — 26 February 1898
Why (he Horse Was Cheap. A good joke is told about Henry Irving, who, being anxious to buy a new horse, attended an auction in London, where he purchased a fine-looking chestnut mare for £15. Irving could not Imagine how a goo-3 animal could be procured for so small an amount, so he bribed the groom and asked him how it was. ' The 'orse 'as two' faults, sir,' replied the man. ' The flrst Is, when 'e's hin the pasture hand you wants to catch him, you carn't do it, you know, be cause, 'e runs away all hovc-r . the bkxMnin' field.' ' Not a bad fault,' remarked the great actor, 'shows he is spirited. What about the other failing, my man, eh ?' The groom scratched his head, and eventually replied, ' AVell, Mr. Hirvlng, to tell you the honest truth, when you do catch the hanlmal. It ain't worth a damn '.'
Expensive Telegrams. [Newspaper Article] — The Murrurundi Times and Liverpool Plains Gazette — 26 February 1898
Expensive Telegrams. A telegram sent on tbe authority cf Mr. H. Heaton. M.P., in 1890 from England to Australia coat £3200. A long message received at Beuter'e office consisted of 4000 words. It was a detailed account of the trial of Deeming. The cable wan blocked to all other news for over 20 hoars, and the cost was £1000. In 1893 a mes sage of 1800 words was sent to the Argentine Republic at 16a lid per word, thus oosting over £1500. It went from London to Brest, in France, then to Newfoundland, and from there to New York, where it was flashed by overland wires to Bosario. In 1890 a telegram of 1048 words from Buenos Ayres to London cost tbe Times about £8G6, whilst another to the same paper amounted to do lees a sum than £646 16s. The most expensive private message was that sent by the King of Italy, intimating the death of his son, the Duke of Aosla, to the Duke of Abrozzi, who was on board his vessel at Bio de Janeiro. It cost over £534. Daring December, 1887. Swinburne's tra g...
Great Men's Appetites. [Newspaper Article] — The Murrurundi Times and Liverpool Plains Gazette — 26 February 1898
?Great. Men's Appetites. Cicero ate very little, and of the plainest food. He had a theory that any disease could be overcome by fast ing, and often abstained from food for ! days at a time, drinking only water. ' Veronese enjoyed any port of sweet meats and candied preparations. His physician once told him he would ruin his stomach with such food, and he coolly rejoinea : j_,et tne stomach go. Hobbes was luxurious in his eating tastes. When told on one occasion that a philosopher should be abstemious he said he was not philosopher enough to deny his stomach anything it wanted. Correggio was temperate and abstem ious. A little fruit and a piece of black bread, such as was eaten by the working people, fully satisfied the demands of his appetite. Chopin had a weak stomach, and any food taken In large quantity was certain to disagree with him. For several years he lived almost exclusively on liquid diet. Gray, the author of the ' Elegy,' was fond of apples. He always kept them In his r...
Darning. [Newspaper Article] — The Murrurundi Times and Liverpool Plains Gazette — 26 February 1898
Darning. The word darn is supposed to come from the Anglo-Saxon dyrnan, to hide. The object of mending materials by darning Is to conceal as much as pos sible that they have needed repair. In order to accomplish this the edges of the fabric have to be drawn together ovenly, and kept in this position. The same kind of threads should be used as if cotton is darned with cotton, worsted with worsted, merino with merino. linen i with linen, &c, the darn will show less j and last longer. The mending material should be soft and not lightly twisted, and the darning needles should never be very thick. Only clever needlewomen can darn neatly, for the task is a diffi cult one. Thick materials are more easily darned than thin, and rents are less difficult to repair than holes. The needle should be taken under and over the threads alternately, and Its course should always be straight. A loop of the mending material should be left when turning backwards and forwards. This is more especial...
Fresh Outbreak of Bush Fires in Victoria. [Newspaper Article] — The Murrurundi Times and Liverpool Plains Gazette — 26 February 1898
Fresh Outbreak of Bush Fires in Victoria. A telegram from Melbourne states that the return nf the heat wave has been attend ed with a fresh outbreak of bush fires. A telegram has been received from Warrnam bool reporting extensive fires raging in the forest 20 miles eastward of Warrnambool ; aad also among the farms in the P&nmure and Gatvoc district. The whole country in that direction is ablaze.' No details are to band, bat it is feared that great destruction nas ueec caused, xne town or Allansford was threatened by fire on Wednesday morn ing, but the efforts to beat back the flames were happily snccessful. About 700 acres of grass and much fencing were destroyed. Tbe nsidents of Mirboo North had an anxious time owing to the spread of the bush fires, but thanks to a timely change in the wind and the efforts of the settlers the dam age was only trifling.
"An Atomic Globule." [Newspaper Article] — The Murrurundi Times and Liverpool Plains Gazette — 26 February 1898
'An Atomic Globule/' Constable J. Glecson, while on duty in Stud ley Park, E~w, on Saturday, came across a mnn, about 40 years of age, in an entirely nude state (reports the Melbourne Age). He was a long way from the river, but the con Etahle'e idea at first was that the man had been bathing. Uleesontold him it was against the rules to bathe at that hour ; besides, it was not .liscicct to pciamoulate the i-ark in tbe state be then was. ' State,' the man in dignantly said ; ' what do you rnenn 7 Do you refer to the body polirir.'or do you allude to my person !' ' That is it,' answered Gleceon, suspecting at once from the man's tone (hat ho had to deal with an oddity. lie then asked whom be had the pleasure of epeakiDg to. The man stretched himself up to his full height, and eaid he had left a card in his vest pocket, but remembered all that whs on it. It was Alfred Augustus Reginald Fitzgerald Russell Smith. ' My word, it is quite a conglomerate,' said the constable. ' Montgomery 1 Y...
Relief to the Distressed. [Newspaper Article] — The Murrurundi Times and Liverpool Plains Gazette — 26 February 1898
Relief to the Distressd. A contemporary says that some of the bundles of clothes Bent by charitable people in the city to the d stressed districts in Gippsland after tbe bush fires, were not ac ceptable. They were sadly wanting ia several essentials. In the first place they were not clean, and in the next place they were of a character unknown in cbe bush. One bundle of clothes consigned to Warragul was. handed over to a young clergyman to distribute, having been delivered at his ncusc. Xne following morning bis reverence was seen shaking himself in a paddock, nni it is further Btatcd that when he returned home with the resolve to have the stuff thrown into the street, he discovered to his astonishment that, fearing bis wrath, tbe garments had already lift the premises. At Thorpdale a bundle of left-foot bo's, mostly women's, was ssnt np for distribu tion, on the assumption, donbtleES, that the community was largely composed of people with only one leg. Several persons who fol'ow th...
In re Gent One. [Newspaper Article] — The Murrurundi Times and Liverpool Plains Gazette — 26 February 1898
In re Gent] One. In the Full Court on Thursday morning Mr. H anbury Davies moved on behalf of the Incorporated Law Institute in the case of a solicitor for a rule calling upon him to show cause why he should not answer matters contained in certain affidavits. From the affidavits read it appeared that about the month of March, 1896, Joseph Cummins f4irnnfc-4 tlio n^nrnnn in nueattnn f~.fi nnnlir for letters of admin:stration in the retate of John Cummins, his late brother, and in con nection with the matter he paid him £14. SiDce March, 1896, up to July 13, 1697, although ho had repeatedly applied to the attorney for information he had been unable to obtain any satisfactory reply. He was subsequently informed that the whole mat ter would be arranged in July. He had, however, failed to elicit any further info/ma tion concerning the application, and the matter was reported to the L»w Institute, tbe secretary of which had several times written to the attorney, but without receiv ing n r...
Concert and Bazaar. [Newspaper Article] — The Murrurundi Times and Liverpool Plains Gazette — 26 February 1898
Concert and Bazaar. The Committee of St. Joseph's B.C. Church anuonnce by advertisement in our business columns that they intend holding a conceit ai-d bazaar on the nights of the annual races, for the purpoBe of reducing tbe church debt. In order to increase tbe popu larity of the concert, arrangements have been made for the appearance of artists from Goulburn, Sydney, and Muswellbrook. It will also l-c seen that a supplementary bazaar and sals of work, at Which goods left orer from the last bazaar will be disposed of, will be beld on the aeoond night of the races, 10th March.
A Letter from Mr. Ruskin. [Newspaper Article] — The Murrurundi Times and Liverpool Plains Gazette — 26 February 1898
A Letter from Mr. Riiskin. A contributor to ' The Young Man' for July, In giving his reminiscences of Mr. Ruskin, quotes an unpublished letter which he received in 1S75. Having been struck by Mr. Ruskin's teaching in ' Mur.erj. Pulveris,' he asked him 'Ought parents to leave fortunes to their children ?' This was Mr. Ruskin's reply :— . corpus unrj5ti uonege, uxrora, lorn June, 1875. Dear Sir,— I am much in terested in your letter. In the strongest conviction, I would assert that the father ; should never provide for the children. Re is to educate Hi em and maintain them to the very best of his power, till (hay ' are of mature age — never live upon them in their youth. (Damned modernism eats its own children young, and excuses its own avarice by them when they are old !) When they are strong, throw them out . of the nest as the bird does. But let tlie nest be always open to them. No guilt should ever stand between child and parent. Doors always open to daughter harlot, or son thief,...
Just Too Late. [Newspaper Article] — The Murrurundi Times and Liverpool Plains Gazette — 26 February 1898
Just Too Late. A romantic story conies from Brunn, the capital of Moravia. A journeyman baker and his sweethiart determined to commit suicide together by drowning themselves in the Schwarza. The young man was out of work, and saw.no pro spect of being able to get -married. The couple carried out their .fatal resolve, and their bodies were found in .the river. The pockets of the young man were searched, and in them were found a uujui .iiiu u. iuuer.v ucK^i. a lew uays afterwards the drawing for the lottery took place, and that very ticket turned out to be the winner of 20.000 florins, or about f2000. Fortune had knocked at the poor fellow's door, but it had come just too late.
Pith and Point. [Newspaper Article] — The Murrurundi Times and Liverpool Plains Gazette — 26 February 1898
Pith and Point. Morocco leather is goat's skin. Sunday concerts are largely on the In crease in London. Puffed and slashed coats and breeches camei in with Henry VIII. The man who keeps his mouth shut never has to eat any crow. The game of life is great sport until one Unas onesen me game. Tlie ability of' the gas company to make both ends meet depends on the meter. The Congressman who hold his tongue ~ ? is to be congratulated on tho conquest. ; At tlie Bon Marche (Paris) last year G02 persons were' arrested for klepto mania. The man who lends a. hand too often frequently finds himself. without a leg to stand on. Every man whose wife has to take In washing for a living thinks that marriaue is a failure. How much easier it is to tell others how they ought to walk than it is to step right ourselves. Nobody tan imagine that the leopard is a very shrewd animal, for he is always spotted when he is up to mischief. People turn their faces towards a sound in order to hear it better, becaus...
A Lesson for the Lady. [Newspaper Article] — The Murrurundi Times and Liverpool Plains Gazette — 26 February 1898
A Lesson Tor the Lady. A lady well known to all the drapers in town as a confirmed trifler with their time in overhauling goods, generally ending with some ridiculously small pur chase, in pursuit of her usual avocation entered a large warehouse one day. and after provoking aJI the shopmen by haul ing down piles of goods upon their coun ters, at length ordered a reel of cotton, and, desiring it to be sent home, majes tically sailed out of the shop. It was rcwiveu l-j matte mi example ui nt?r, ana, accordingly, soon after her arrival home, she was surprised to see a lorry drawn by four horses stop at her door. On the lorry, with bared arms, were a num ber of stalwart labourers. They were holding on vigorously to some object she could not see. It was a most puzzling affair. The neighbours stared. After a deal of whip-cracking and other im pressive ceremonies the lorry was backed against the ke.rb. There, re posing calmly, end up, In the centre of lie lorrv floor, wns flip identical ro...
HUMOROUS COLUMN. [Newspaper Article] — The Murrurundi Times and Liverpool Plains Gazette — 26 February 1898
HUMOROUS COLUMN. Old Bud Jackson, one of the terror's of Montana, loat his fourth wife, and went' - over into Dakota for a fifth victim. He met and married the widow B.iggs, a frail, gentle-looking little woman, who had just been left a widow for the third time, and seemed crushed to death by losses. Mr. and Mrs. Jackson wended their way to Bud's Montana home, and as the gushing bridearoum led his bride into his lovely cot of oue room, and introduced her to his favourite dogs, he said, tenderly, ' You want to remember, Mrs. Jackson, that I'm the boss here. Don't you never forgit that. The four dear companions that I've laid away mighty soon found that out. All I ever had to do was to crook my finger and they came a-runnin' to know what I wanted. There wan't no hangin' back nor askin' questions. You see that ox . gad up there 3 Well, that's the little ' arbytrator that useter settle any slight differences I ever-had with the four dear ' companions that are gono to rest. They ginerall...
Latest Cablegrams. REUTER'S MESSAGE. LONDON, Thursday. [Newspaper Article] — The Murrurundi Times and Liverpool Plains Gazette — 26 February 1898
Latest Cablegrams. Reuter's Message. LONDON, Thprsdat. A grrat scene occurred at the conclusion of the Zola trial in Paris. The verdict was received with bowls of frenzied enthusiasm by the populace, and with cries of ' Down with the Jew?.' M. Zola, bimstlf, although he received the verdrct unmoved, shouted 'Savnges ! Cannibals 1' His wife and friends appeared Btunned. When M. Zola appeared in the street he was received with bowls, and it was with difficult? that the mob were restrained from getting at his car riage. The demonstration was accompanied with shouts of ' Death to the Jews !' A rebellion has broken out in ibe island of Formosa, and reinforcements have been sent from Japan to quell the outbreak. A boat, while landing Rtores from the Alarm at Wells, in Norfolk, cappired, and five of tho crew were drowned. Subsequently the Alarm's gig wns capsized, and six of the crew were drowned.