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Distinguished 'Stranger.' [Newspaper Article] — Cobram Courier — 21 May 1914
Distinguished 'Stranger.' The self-possession of David Gnr rick, who w«s born on February 20, 1717, was proverbial, and yet he faltered on his first appearance as a witness. 'The case Whs one I in which nn actor claimed a free j benefit, and a definition of " free benefit" was required. (Inrriek was put in the box. "Sir, have you a free benefit 7" he ;tsked. "Yes," said the actor. "On what terms?" was the next poser. "l.'pou—the— terms—of—a free benefit." he stam mered. And straightway "*** told to stnnd down as hopeless. The picture of (Jnrrick in the witness-box, tongue-tied and smoth ered with confusion, is nn amazing one : for CJivrrick, where speaking whs concerned, was the pride of London. Members of Parliament envied him his powers ; Hurke en vied him. During r heated debate in Parliament n member moved that the gallery be cleared This was ordered to be done, "and the strangers withdrew all save C»nr , rick. Still the member objected. Then up spake Hurk&lt;\ Would it ...
A STRANGE CASE. [Newspaper Article] — Cobram Courier — 21 May 1914
A STKANGE CASK. It is doubtful whether Micro over w&B a mysterious disappearance which created quite so tremendous a sensation as was Aroused by that of Elizabeth Canning, who disap peared from homo on New Year's Day, 1572. She was either one of the most brazen of liars, or one of tho most unfortunate of women. Elizabeth, being a general servant, had been given a holiday, arid set out from her mother's home in Al dermanbury, dressed in her best, to pay a visit to relatives*. She did not reach her destination however, but disappeared mysteriously. Days lengthened into weeks, but no trace of her could be found. Sho was ad vertised for, a small army of search ers ransacked London, and prayers wero offered up for her in the chur ches. On January 29, however, she was found at her mother's door, bleed ing, emaciated, and In rags. Sho told a story which stirred the whole country, of how sho had been attacked by two men, who robbed her, and boro her off to an attic, where she was im...
PIOUS AND COURAGEOUS GENERAL. [Newspaper Article] — Cobram Courier — 21 May 1914
J'JOUS AN1) COUKA'JF.OIIS GKXBItAl,. Clinrlos George Gordon, who died on -January 20, 18R5, two days be fore his fifty-second birthday, had h&lt;sm through more than almost any other Hritish officer, and through nut his whole rarer ho displayed the name marvellous qualities. Peep ly religions, h.'» was a constant stu* dent of the mirte, utirt to him the highest course of conduct was the oMy on&lt;.> possible. lit* was present at tho taking tlio UiMiati during' the Crimean to'ur, and a few years later was ^■ut (u China, where ho took n l»romjnent part in putting an end t«> the civil war which had broken out there, owing to the appearance "f a "heavenly lender," who led Vih;U was known as Ihe Taiping 'iol'dUoii. Tn helping to ymt an end this Gordon went about, even i'i hiitlli', with no weapon but n hfiht nine, for he never felt any fear "f death, m\d his followers believed ' lie bore a charmed life. Mis power, indeed, was most clearly dis played u hen leading me...
OUR FUTURE CITIES. [Newspaper Article] — Cobram Courier — 21 May 1914
OUR FUTURE CITIES. . For some considerable time there line boon u decided spirit of discon tent apparent in certain quarters be cause of the total lack, which tho past generation displayed, of any method of town planning ; and from which neglect Australian cltiOB are now beginning to Biifler. To protect tho Interests of future generations, on whom such deplor able lack of foresight would react in a far more serious manner than upon the present one ; niul to odu cato the public generally in an appre ciation and desire for bettor living conditions than arc at present en joyed in some of our citics, tho Aus tralian Town-planning tour, with Mr. Ficndo as its organiser and bond, has for some time been engaged on its hygienic mission. As a result of its healthful crusade, Mr. Rondo re ports on tho keon interest and gener ous support which has been offered in Adelaide and Perth. [ The nnturaily gregarious spirit which dominates the human nnimnl, and also the modern conditions of life, all ...
MAILS AND MEN. [Newspaper Article] — Cobram Courier — 21 May 1914
MAILS AND MEN. In the annals of tho road, the vhi-umI record of tho picturesque ro mance and prosaic realities of tha good old coaching days, an im imrUnt pago is occupied by tho r.rout Snowstorm of February 1, 1 S'Ci. when all communication was suspended, and many perils and hard ships were experienced by thosa whom duty or their own concerns exited to its fury. By servants of the General Tost Office, in parti cular. difficulties and dangers had t&lt;> he faced in discharge of para mount duties, and in at )east one 'ens** devotion was carried even to death. Of this a memorial exists iu Mof fat Churchyard, where there is a monument, erected by subscription, over the graves of John CSoodfel lou- and James MacGeorgc, coach man and guard of the Oumfrie>j find Edinburgh mail, who perished in the snow on that tempestuous night, when their coach was snowed up near Moffat. Determined to per form their duty at any hazard, (looilfellnu* and Mnct*eorge saddled horses, Hung on th...
HELPING THE BLIND. [Newspaper Article] — Cobram Courier — 21 May 1914
HELPING THE BLIND. ' ¥~r= I The Govornmenta of the various I Australian StatoB wero certainly working in the right direction when they organised n medical inspection which insured the regular attention I of the eyes and genoial health ot school children. This beneficial pro-, tection might well be extended fur ther, that those brave pioneers in Central Australia might share in tho help and advice which would amelio rate tho lot, and improve the health of many of our way-back settlers. | It is a melancholy fact that many ; who have lived their lives in tropi cal and remote regions, end their days in total or partial blindness. , There arc no doubt difficulties i" the way of reaching and attending to such dwellers ; hut the work of de velopment which they are doing mnkos any consideration and help which the city dwellers nrc able to oiler, a privilege which should be heartily un dertaken. The number of blind people in the British Empire reaches a higher fig ure tlinn the population of...
PEN PICTURES OF THE PAST. BOURBAKI'S DISASTROUS DEFEAT. [Newspaper Article] — Cobram Courier — 21 May 1914
PEN pictures of the PASt. : « noURBAKrS DISASTROUS M5 J FEAT. ono of the rule* of war U that hIioii n defeated nrmy la drWen j ,, ,.!■ a noutral frontier It must layj , - s arms ore It penetrate! ln , peaceful country. One of the [t.Vi modern Instances of this inter national convention wm the rotroat „f llourbakl's nrmy during tho l-Yniico-Prussian Wur,_ the French men, numbering AO,000, being dri ven into Switzerland by way of Pontarlicr. The French, (lcsj)ernto nt" defeat, were loath to Jny down their w'un and nil night long tho Swiss Mildicrs turned linck armed strag glers and scattered detachments. On I he morning of I'eli. 1, 1971, .Major do Stockalper, a six-foot Swiss of herculean strength, took j his company to the entry of the snow Had ■ pass. 'The Krench troops : approached, hesitating, hopeless, nud desperate. Drawing his sword, tho Kjunt. thundered, "Iti^ht I I,eft ! ' t; nliiK-k lo holts! Disarm!" His determined attitude avoided nil dis cussion and dispute. Rifles niul ...
ELLEN TERRY. [Newspaper Article] — Cobram Courier — 21 May 1914
"ELLEN TERRY. Wc in the Antipodes are getting fairly used to flying visits from "The Greatest English Tragedian," "The World's Greatest Tenor," "The ?rima Donna of Our Time," and bo !orth. In many cases the reality has proved to be up to the standard -•laimcd by export managers and ad vertising agents ; but too often big mdiences have been collected, palpi :ating with anticipation, only to re tire at the end of the performance, illed with wonder at their own dia ippointment or seemingly hypercriti cal faculties. In the visit of Kllen Terry there •an be no shadow of a doubt that tideed "England's Greatest Actress" nterprets for ua scenes from Eng land's greatest dramatist ; and the ?ity. is that we were not favoured vith a visit earlier in her wonderful career. Like many notable theatrical art :sts, Ellen Terry comes of a theatri sal family. Her father waB a well ''.nown actor ; her sinter Kate quickly "cached the front' ranks ; while Ma -•ion and Florence, had they not been ?clipsc'...
THE GOOSE KING. [Newspaper Article] — Cobram Courier — 21 May 1914
THE GOOSE KING. f There is plenty of money to bo made from goose-farming If you hftvo enough capital to commence the business and sufficient patienco to conduct it properly, Probably the biggest gooso-f&rtuer nlive—the CJoosc King, wc might call him—is a resident of Illinois, U.S.A., who discovered that breed ing and fattening theao birds was moro profitable than owning n pri vate bank. He is a banker by profession. Ten thousand is the average number of birds at the farm, which lias its own goose hospital and gander prison. TUrds that neglect to conduct themselves in a becom ing manner arc promptly incarcer ated in prison, a separate cell for each wrong-doer. Should a bird break its wing or meet with other misfortune, it is hurried to the hos pital, wliere surgical attention is given. "Tho Gooso Kiny" maKos liis. greatest profit by fattening tho birds ; breeding them in such a slow | process. Ho buys them, young; ( and haggard, from nil parts of | America, and generally clea...
A Wireless Night Mirror. TO MAKE THE SEAS SAFE. [Newspaper Article] — Cobram Courier — 21 May 1914
A Wireless Night Mirror. ± TO MAKE THE SEA3 SAFE. A remarkable invention pregnant with useful possibilities is the wire* less long-dlstanco mirror. Its pur pose, in brief, is to convey ati image in the samo manner that sounds are now communicated. It is a radical improvement on the old-time camera obscura, * struc ture in which the real imago of an object is projected upon a whlto table or other plane surface. Not only docs the new apparatus rofloct on a mirror all objects located and all happenings occurring within a much greater area than the camera obscura, but it operates at night. Just how the machine works has not yet been revealed, but the ma chine is known to consist of a web of wires attached to a tall mast, and it is this web of wires which receives the impressions and pro jects them on to tho mirror located at tho baso of the mast. Tho principal value of the now apparatus will b« in its applica tion to ships. It is expected to prevent collisions with ether ships, icebergs...
Romance of a Secret Chamber. [Newspaper Article] — Cobram Courier — 21 May 1914
Romance of a Secret Chamber. . A secret, chamber in which were the remains of tin unfinished meal, reduced to dust, has been found (says the "Dundee Advertiser") tit. the J**eonn farm, near Mold, Flint shire, built in the early part of the sixteenth century, nnd once the manor house of the Henrtsheath es tate. Some workmen were engaged in repairing an ancient fireplace and chimney, when they discovered a re volving stone, which upon being opened revealed a secret chamber. : The apartment contained oak furni j ture of antique design, including a | table on which lay antiquated flrn ■ arms and feeding utensils, and the rotnains of a meal reduced to dust. | It is surmifled that, the chamber was utilised as a place of concealment thy lioyal fugitives during the Civil j War of the reign of Charles 1., from j which period it had remained umJis j turbed.
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Cobram Courier — 21 May 1914
All enormous amount of ilN sulisim'tinn hns nriscn mnong house-1 holders in Cfi-nuiiiv willi rogiml to ] the new lux of f>Os. pel' milium on ' ■every son mil kept. I'"'" t he pu.v mont of this sum fhi* Stnle under times lo relieve I!«.; householder of ull responsibility when sonants be come ill. 1939. |
Latent Pressure in Rock Strata. [Newspaper Article] — Cobram Courier — 21 May 1914
Latent Pressure in Rock Strata. Although nil underground borings such as mine galleries art? subjected to the effects of the weight, ot over lying strata as a. natural | conse quence, it appears to be found that the effects which are noticed in »u»;h cases arc not entirely due to the weight of the soil, bo th.it other causes must be supposed, especially tfu» action of the latent prcssuiv coining from earth movements which may have been maintained clear up to the present time. The French scientist. Ijapparent. was led to think that all the rock strata of the globe are more or less compressed from mechanical movements which they underwent in the course of ages. Chief Kngineer. Morin, of the Lie vin >nin\s in France, made some observa tions on this subject. While mine tunnels were being . put through, or shortly after, he noticed slow move ments of the ground, which cannot always be accounted for by the simple weight of overlying earth. Certain places showed an abnormal pressure at ...
Smart Children with Stupid Parents. [Newspaper Article] — Cobram Courier — 21 May 1914
Smart Children with Stupid Parents. The contention of many physicians and reformers that feeble-minded par ents should be prohibited from marry ing, because they believe that the off spring of such unions is bound to bo similarly nllHcted, is not always borne out by facts. Indeed, it fre quently happens that normal chil dren, who arc in no way mentally i or physically deficient arc born to j feeble-minded parents. And this bus ; puzzled not a fow physicians and j scientists. j It would seem, however, according to Dr. Charles Davenport, a eu- ! genie expert, that the explanation [ is quite simple. Ho points out tbnt the mentally deficient are not nil deficient iu the same way. The j term "deficient" is not only applied j to those who aro stupid, owing to [ lack of brain power, but is often ap plied to criminals of every degree. Thus if a deficient man marries n j woman who is deficient, it does not follow that their deficiencies are of : the same nature. The man's deficiency may cons...
(Copyright.) THE Riverside-House Mys[?]y. A Story of Love, Intrigue and Intense Dramatic Action. PART 9. CHAPTER XXVI. THE HOME JOURNEY. [Newspaper Article] — Cobram Courier — 21 May 1914
(Copyright.) THE Riverside-House Mys: b 1 J A Story of Love, Intrigue and Intense Dramatic Action. By BArtBARA KENT. PART 9. CHAPTER XXVI. THE HOME .JOUR.VKV. A clock striking four were the sounds that broke on Vida's ears when she regained her senses. They came to her as if from n far-away place. They were unreal, her sur roundings were unreal, ami sho her self seemed to have merged her iden tity into another's. For n moment everything was misty, and had it not been for those silvery strokes she would have fan cied herself stiff dreumfng. In a blind, groping way she lifted her head and iooked around. What had happened ? This place was un familiar. ITow did she come there ? or was she still the victim of some trick of her imagination ? She had dreamed that Sidney had looked at her with an awful sorrow In his eyes, n dash of blood upon his pallid brow, his hand raised, as ! if to ward off her approach, as if to feel her touch would be unbearable. She was still half-sitting on the cou...
Auto Goggle For a Horse. [Newspaper Article] — Cobram Courier — 21 May 1914
Auto Goggle For a Horse. r Tlio accompanying picture would seem to Indlcftto that th» horss had gono in f&lt;»r motoring, but J thftt in not t ho cnse. lie needs goggles In his business. which is that of drawing a cart of refuse | from a Los Angeles gas works to I a hriquetting machine that con-1 verts it into fn.*l. The dust and; smoke are so injurious to the eyes that the driver ndopted auto gog gles for his own use, and then de vised a pair for his faithful beast. They are not pretty, .but they give solid comfort.
CHAPTER XXVII. A NEWSPAPER ACCOUNT. [Newspaper Article] — Cobram Courier — 21 May 1914
CHAPTER XXVII. A NEWSPAPER ACCOINT. I "You have come—you have come !" nnd Bobo flung herself into VidiTs arms, her pretty face quivering: with grief. "Oh, where have you been? Why did you stay away po long 7 What does it all mean Sidney wns here - "Was here?" and Yida hecnmc suddenly rigid nnd cold, u chill in her tone. "Was here ? Then he has gone ?" "Yes. lie has gone. Oh, come in here, Yida, dear ; there is a fire ! You are so cold." She led the way to the dining room. In the grate n fire wns slowly ri3'ing, nnd on the mantel shelf- stood some lighted caudles. Yida caught sight of her face in the mirror, and of Bebe clinging to her. How strange they looked, both still in their ball gowns, the early sun light stealing wistfully through the windows, the neglected candles flar ing on the mantelpiece. Over the whole house there was an air of calamity, n mysterious sense of something for ever departed, as if death had suddenly crossed the threshold. Hebe placet] Yida in a chair, while...
Forged for Love. [Newspaper Article] — Cobram Courier — 21 May 1914
Forged for Love. —i The first bank-note forgery was I committed for lovo'8 sake. Richard William Vaughftn, a solicitor's clerk, I wished to marry hla employer's I daughter. One of the conditions imposed was that ho should pro duce a thousand pounds and settle half of it upon his wife to be. Ho took a month's lenvo of nbsenco, presumably to obtnin the required money from his mother, but in stead, spent the timo in making an engraved impression of a £20 Rank of England note. With fifty of these sham notes, he presented himself at the appoint ed time, and the marriage' Arrange ments were proceeded with. Unfor tunately, he required some ready money, and put two of tho false notes into circulation. Tho.v were promptly challenged and Vnughan arrested. What was to liavo been his wed ding day ho spent in tho condemned cell, and he suffered the extromo penalty at Tybnrn in April, 1758.
CHAPTER XXVIII. [Newspaper Article] — Cobram Courier — 21 May 1914
CIIAI'TKU XXVtlT.. » Snow covered all the land, n snow of laic November. It was a marvel of beauty and unbroken whiteness, j from which the nunlight struck clia-1 mond-like gleams; the trees weroj feathery with frost trnccrv ; .the r\ir had thnt bracing freshness which comes only from winter's coldness mixed with a bluo sky nnd a. vfxidly bright sun. ! In the deep casement, of ono of the upper windows ol Applcthorpe. Bebe sat alone, ga/.ing nt the far-away glimpse of the Hudson, heaving sul lenly under its poll of floating ice. She was quite alone in the big, empty room, her hands strenuously clasping her knees, her fixed eyes dark with the subtle expression of fear which never left them now, gazing into space. She thought- of Virln chained to Applethorpe by a fever which drain ed her strength—a prisoner then* while she fretted against her cap tivity, her soul filled with a sick longing to see Sidney, to hear his voice say be forgave and believed in her, to 1)c the sharer of his gri...