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"THE SWEET TOOTH. [Newspaper Article] — West Wimmera Mail and Natimuk Advertiser — 25 September 1914
"THE SWEET TOOTH. Very many adults, and children j with no exception have a pronounced ' liking for sweets, metaphorically de scribed as having a "sweet tooth." We have our respective preferences, some of us like the flavour of pep permint, and others do not. C-hoco ? late is almost universally relishe.i, but to a minority it is as "caviare to the general." Americans have tha sweet tooth in excess of ourselves. They include all varieties of sweets in the generic word "candy." Here is a recipe for making a cer tain. candy capable of many varia tions to suit individual taste. In gredients required are : One pound o! loaf -sugar, one ounce oE butter, half a pint of water, flavouring as >o-J please. Boil sugar and water for two or three minutes till a soft ball is' formed when rolled between the fin ger and thumb ; add the butter, and stir until it is dissolved ; put in the flavouring, remove the stewpan from the fire, and add the sugar by de grees until the mixture becomes thick and...
THE ORCHARD. PEAR MITE (PHYTOPTDS PYRI). [Newspaper Article] — West Wimmera Mail and Natimuk Advertiser — 25 September 1914
THE ORCHARD. PEAR MITE (PHYTOPTDS PYRI). This tiny mite which is impercep tible to the naked eye, is a source of unlimited annoyance to the pear grower. An examination of trees at tacked by the pest will disclose the faet that many of the young leaves are damaged by small brownish blis ters. These are produced by the in sect, which gnaws its way between the two outer skins of the leaf, and immediately commences to feed and multiply therein. The spots, thoush small at first, graduallj extend, un til finally, owing to several blisters becoming confluent, the whole of the leaf may appear as a blackened blis tery mass. This is brought about by the rapid multiplication of the insects within, which burrow through the tissues, sucking up the juices. ^ bad infestation is usually followed bv premature shedding, of the foliage, to the ultimate detriment of both tbs tree and its fruit. Regarding the life history 0f this pest the late Mr. Crawford says "There are two ways in which the mite surv...
CHAPTER XXX. CONCLUSION. [Newspaper Article] — West Wimmera Mail and Natimuk Advertiser — 25 September 1914
CHAPTER XXX. CONCLUSION. The operation "was otct - & most successful one-but the doctors found it impossible to bring their patient out of the chloroform. They worked hard and did their utmost-perhaps a little more than they .would have done for any but a millionaire, for, after all, doctors are human, and the almighty dollar is not without its attraction for them ; but they failed to bring even a flicker to the eyelids of the rich man, who, like Dives, had enjoyed his £©od things in this life, hut like him. he had to I leave foi* others to enjoy. I "Dead !" and the doctors went downstairs to tell Jack the sad news. Heart disease ; they hadn't detected it. There were some kinds that it was impossible to detect. Then thej left the Hall, and Jack went te tell | Pat and Mrs. Hetherington. A little ; while later the blinds were drawn , over the windows, the flag was I hoisted at half-mast, then the church j bells rang a dirge, and all Wynth-j shay knew that Joshua Hethering ton ...
Patti's Phenomenal Fees. [Newspaper Article] — West Wimmera Mail and Natimuk Advertiser — 25 September 1914
Patti's Phenomenal Fees. * From time to time we hear of fancy fees being paid to famous singers; but no singer has earned the money that was paid to Patti when in her prime. During one year alone she made the huge sum of £70,000. At one time it was a common experience for her to make a thousand pounds inside two or three hours. In 1870 she was paid £9,600 for sixteen appearances at Covent Gar den, and when she went on her American tour she received as much as £1,200 a night at New Orleans. Curiously enough, no opera star has been paid such a big fee as Patti not to sing. During one sea son at Covent Garden, in addition to the £800 she received, at .each performance, she was paid a retainer of £12,000 not to sing elsewhere during the particular period. Ma- * dame Patti originated the practice of insuring the voice, and she in sured hers for £3,000 against total loss of voice, or £1,000 a. perform ance. On only two occasions did she drawl the latter sum owing to her inability to appea...
War Mems about Mexico. [Newspaper Article] — West Wimmera Mail and Natimuk Advertiser — 25 September 1914
War H&ems about Mexico. The land forces under Genera} Wood were backed up by 17,950 sailors, 3,970 marines, and 855 offi cers. The total area of Mexico is 767,005 square miles-over six times the size of the United Kingdom. The popu lation, however, is only just over 3 5,000,000 (Britain's population is 45,369,090), of whom only 19 per cent, are oC pure or nearly pure white blood. Mexico's navy is really of "no ac count. It only -consists of seven small vessels, including two gun boats. Against these the United States can place thirty-three battle ships, fourteen armed cruisers, and 155 other craft, including forty-seven submarines. America can place 100,000 well armed, trained, and partially-trained men in the field. If necessary, these could be supplemented with 120,000 well-organised militia, which, by an Act of 1908, the President is able to call out for service whether with in or without the borders of the United States. The last serious conflict between the United State...
A Sleeping-bag. [Newspaper Article] — West Wimmera Mail and Natimuk Advertiser — 25 September 1914
A Sleeping-bag. $ The announcement that Sir Er nest Shackleton is to have a sleep ing-bag which will be the lightest in existence for his next expedition calls attention to the wonderful qualities of Kapok, the material with which it is to lie made. Kapok is a fibrous, silk material, obtained from the seed pods of a tree grown largely in Java. It is six times as light as cotton, and is so oily that it is quite waterproof. The reason why Kapok is not more generally known is because hitherto the attempts which have been made to invent machinery for the purpose of making Ivapok of real commercial value have met with indifferent success. A ma chine has now been invented, with the assistance of which it will be possible to "card" Kapok fibre, so that it can be used for coat linings, bed quilts, and so on. A mattress stulTed with Kapok was recently tested in the water, and though only weighing 101b., it supported a man weighing 2001b. lying on it. In this rejgardi the United States Navy a...
CHAPTER XXIX. THE SECRET OF A LIFE. [Newspaper Article] — West Wimmera Mail and Natimuk Advertiser — 25 September 1914
CHAPTER XXIX. THE SECRET OF A LIFE. Before Christmas Jack Carvill Hetherington brought his wife home to Inglewood, and never was there a brighter, happier bride than Pat. She seemed to have put the horrors through which she had lived behind her, and to be determined to take the best out of life. In her radiant happiness she was a contrast to Meg who sorrowed deeply for her mother, and all Laurie's loving attention : could not quite banish the shadow that rested on her face ; but "as the spring dawned she became a little brighter. I " Jack, I'm going to London to see a doctor. I've not felt well for some time, and these fellows down here haven't done me any good, so j I'm going: to see Dr. Turner. The , man in Bowcastle advised me to go j to Mm," said .Mr. Hetherington, one ! morning early in May. "I hope it's nothing much, and that he'll, give you something to put you right quickly," replied Jack, who had noticed that Mr. Hetherington had not looked well for some time. "I don't know...
(ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.) THE MESHES OF FATE. OR, THE CURSE OF THE BLUE DIAMONDS. PART 15. CHAPTER XXVIII. LAST WORDS. [Newspaper Article] — West Wimmera Mail and Natimuk Advertiser — 25 September 1914
(ALL RIGHTS RESERVED-) T H E MESHEi O R, THE CURSE OF THE BLUE DIAMONDS. 1 By Hedley Richards, Author of "The Mine Master's Heir," "Time, the Avenger," etc., ete. PART 15. CHAPTER XXVni. LAST WORDS. ' The first week in November had gone before Jack and Patricia were married. It was a grand wedding ; not only the villagers, but people for miles round came to see the man who was to hare been hanged, mar ried to the girl who would have been the murdered man's bride, and all pronounced Pat very charming, per haps a little frail-looking, but there vras no mistake about the happiness which shone in her eyes and bright ened her delicate face. The honey moon was to be spent in the south of France, but the young couple were expected home before Christmas. It was a day of feasting and re joicing ; there were tents in Wynth shay Park, where the tenants and workpeople were entertained, and after tea there was a grand display of fireworks, and it was not until late at night that the village sett...
The Clever Rifle Bird. [Newspaper Article] — West Wimmera Mail and Natimuk Advertiser — 25 September 1914
The Clever Rifle Bird. 1 Of all the quaint, cunning and self protective devices employed by wild creatures «'or the purpose of keeping off enemies, perhaps there is none that equals the of the rifle fcird. There are s^^ral species of rifle-bird in Australia, but for the most part they are confined to Queensland, although at least sonte members of the family may be seen in the north-east of New South Wales, and one community has been noticed as far south, as the Upper Murray. As becomes a branch of the family of birds of paradise, the rife-birds are very handsome. The dominant colours in the male are metallic and olive green ; but there is a good deal of variation in the different species. As a rule the birds are found high among: tall trees, and they make a peculiar crackling noise when disturbed. The birds collect sloughed snake-skins for use in connection with their nests. When the construction of the nest is finished they place these skins around the outside of the structure in s...
A REAL WORKER. [Newspaper Article] — West Wimmera Mail and Natimuk Advertiser — 25 September 1914
A REAL WORKER. j A farm hand had worked in the field from dawn till darkness doing his work by lantern light. "I'm going to quit," he said to the farmer at the end of the month. "You promised me a steady job." "Well, haven't you got one was the astonished reply. "No," said the man, "there are three or four hours every night that I don't have anything to do, but fool my time away sleeping."
SOFT HATS AND SALUTATIONS. [Newspaper Article] — West Wimmera Mail and Natimuk Advertiser — 25 September 1914
SOFT HATS AND SALUTATIONS. Much has been said recently by wearers of "derbies" and silk hats about the informality, the lack of ceremony, imparted by the soft hat to men's salutations in public. Few of these champions of dignified courtesy realise, however, that their own more ceremonious salute has degenerated from its original form. The lifting of the hat has gradually come to be the salutation itself, whereas in reality it should be,, as it was in the past, but a preliminary to the i real token of respect, the bow with bared head. Thus it was in the days of plumed soft hat and court sword. The sweep of the hat was' only a grace ful emphasis of the-bow. Thus it was in the closing years of the eighteenth, century, when an Eng lish manual of mariners, "The Po lite Academy, or School of Be haviour," laid down the proper rules 'for the lifting of the hat "in passing by," further directing that one should look at the person one bowed to, "holding the body gently forward." And thus it r...
Staples as Gate Hinges. [Newspaper Article] — West Wimmera Mail and Natimuk Advertiser — 25 September 1914
Staples as Gate Hinges. } Two of my ranch buildings were built with a small space between them, and this space I had occa sion to close up with a grate. 1 had no hing&s at hand and know ing that those made of leather al ways sag, I set about to make up something that would answer the purpose. I secured four larga stap les and drove two of them into one of the buildings so the points of each staple were in a horizontal position, allowing a small portion of each to project. Into these I placed the other staples and drove them into the gate with their points in -a vertical position. The illus tration shows the position of the staples. This made a good hinge for the light gate T used.
Mexico's Great Seaport. THE ROMANCE OF TAMPICO. [Newspaper Article] — West Wimmera Mail and Natimuk Advertiser — 25 September 1914
Mexico's Great Seaport. * "V - THE ROMANCE OF TAMPICO. Until trouble arose between the I United States and Mexico, the aver- I age person probably knew little i about Tampico, the Mexican sea port. Nevertheless, it is a town which provides one of the most re markable of modern romances of industrial investment. Tampico became famous in the money market at the beginning of the great oil boom, and some idea of its importance in connection with that industry may bo gathered from the fact- that in about ten years nearly fifty million sterling has been invested in the oilfields in the i State of Tamavilipas to which Tam pico belongs. Of this total over £15,000,000 represents British in terests, and the amazing growth of oil properties in that corner of the world is illustrated by the fact that from the 1,000,000 barrels of | oil secured in 1907, the figure has i grown to 16,000,000, which was last year's total. Apart from oil, however, Tampi co, which shares with Vera Cruz the greater po...
Incorrigible. [Newspaper Article] — West Wimmera Mail and Natimuk Advertiser — 25 September 1914
The late Edmund Garrett., a bril liant journalist and one-timo edito of the "Pall Mall Gazette," was a man whom other men loved. But along with his virtues he had an extensive list of peculiarities, some of which arc humorously exploited by his biographer. Garrett had no idea of time and he used to get into some trouble at the "Fall Mall" for that reason. "This must stop," he said, " and matters must be mended." A day or two afterwards an invi tation came from the proprietor to dinner. Edmund said that at any rate there must be no missing this entertainment and his punctual at tendance thereat, and a good deal of fuss was made in getting ready for it. Shirts were looked out, white ties and dress-clothes were overhauled, and all the resources of our es tablishment brought into requisition so that the appearance of the guest would do justice to the host. Din ner was at eight and long before that hour Edmund was arrayed in spotless raiment, starting out in good time to get to dinner. ....
Coloured Sweat. [Newspaper Article] — West Wimmera Mail and Natimuk Advertiser — 25 September 1914
Coloured Sweat. 1 In connection with the cable mes sage that a woman at Vienna has been imprisoned for obtaining money from pilgrims and sightseers by showing them the phenomenon of blood flowing from a wound in her side, and perspiring from her skin, it is interesting to note that .the sweating of blood is an occurrence not unknown to science under the name of haemidrosis. It is ex tremely rare, however. One or two authentic- cases have been recorded where the sweat has been stained blue, and it 'is said that gTeen sweat is occasionally seek in those who work in the manufacture of copper salts. Col oured sweating is known as chromi-! drosis. The condition occurs nearly always in females, and is usually as sociated with marked neurotic symptoms. Cases similar to the Vienna one are said to have occurred during the middle ages. The theory has been advanced that by concentrating the mind on the subject, a replica of the wounds of Christ may be produced, such as were reported to have be...
A Handsaw Depth Gauge. [Newspaper Article] — West Wimmera Mail and Natimuk Advertiser — 25 September 1914
A Handsaw Depth Gauge. ! When sawing notches for joints, it becomes nccessary to have some kind of a gauge to stop the cut ting at the proper depth. Gauge saws can be purchased, but the small amount of use required for them will not warrant the keeping of the extra saw. The illustration | shows a ,clamp gauge for use on any saw. In Fig. 1 is shown the construction of each clamp, and in Fig. 2 the assembled parts on the saw blade. The two gauge bars ore fastened to the lower ends of the clamps with glue. When this clamp is set for a certain depth it is held in place by driving two wedges in the top ends of the clamps.
IN OTHER LANDS. A GLIMPSE OF THE EAST. [Newspaper Article] — West Wimmera Mail and Natimuk Advertiser — 25 September 1914
IB OTHER LA&DS. j, A GLIMPSE OF THE EAST. I have a very pleasant recollec tion fif a business transaction with a Chinaman in the city, which goes ! to support the general opinion that I the Chinese trader is amongst the ' most honest of business men. T had purchased a Chinese bracelet for my wife, and had agreed about the price, end had actually paid for it, when I noticed that if the fast ener failed to catch it would pro bably drop off and be lost. When I mentioned this to the shop keeper, offering to pay for a keeper chain, he at once had one fixed, and refused to accept anything for it, although the alteration must have cost him IDs. or 20s. I mention this incident to show the Chinaman has his good quali ties as well as his weak ones ; and in this regpec.t, I suppose, he resem bles everyone else. On leaving Shanghai we crossed the Chinese Sea, and found oursel ves in a day or two off Kobe, one of . the shipping centres of J a pan.~ From here I paid a running visit .to Si...
GOOD MORNING. [Newspaper Article] — West Wimmera Mail and Natimuk Advertiser — 25 September 1914
GOOD MORNING. A sunbeam touched my little bed. "Good morning', dear," he gently said. I opened wide my sleepy eyes, And said, "Good morning," with surprise; "1 cannot think that night is gone, And are you sure that ithis is morn?" The sunbeam laughed and shook his head. "Last night you would not go to bed, , | And that is why you sleep so late, And make me climb the window gate To say, *' Wake up, you sleepy dear ! Wake up-God bless you ! Morning's here !" little sorrows, while tbey last, may be as hard to bear as great ones; happily, they do not last so long.-Pilaou Young.