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The Charm of Jewels. "FRAGMENTS OF HEAVEN." [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 11 December 1914
The Charm of Jewels. FRAGMENTS OF HEAVEN." The fuscination of precious stones goes far deeper than is thought by those who have only seen them in the shops of the jewellers and on the necks of womenl X friend of the present writer, who visited the ruby mines in Burpm somo years ago and brought brock with hor a J handful of unset rubies, sapphires, and aqua-marines, has never recon ciled herself to having them made into conventional ornaments, but keeps them by'her in the rough to feed her eye at these little foun tains of pure colour. She would probably say, with Dorothea in "Middlentnrch " "It is strange how deeply colours sir a to penetrate one, like scent. I sup pose that is the reason why .gems are used ns spiritual emblems in the Revelation of St. Jotin. They look like fragments of heaven," It is a notable fact that tho names of the precious stones are, ' almost without exception, as beautiful as the stones themselves. Few passages In litera ture illustrate this better than Sr....
It Paid the Peasant. [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 11 December 1914
It Paid the Peasant. Czar Nicholas T. of Russia was an incorrigible joker. On ono of his journeys, it is related, he came - to an out-of-the-way post station, and learned that because of the bad roads it would take several hours to travel by coach to the next sta tion. They told him, however, that a footpath led through the forest, and that if ho cared to walk he could reach his destination sooner than by coach. The Czar and his adjutant decided to walk, and set out through the forest. Presently they came to a river. The bridge had broken down, and they were considering how they should get over, when a peasant came along. The Czar asked him if there was no other way of getting over. "No, sire, replied the peasant, "How are you going to cross ?" "Oh, I just^walk across on foot." "How about your pack?. Can you carry that ?" "Surely; on my shoulders/' > - "Jfy man, you shall have ten fou bles if you will carry mc to the other bank." The peasant agroed, took the Czar on his back, and...
KANGAROO AND "HIPPO" FIGHT. [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 11 December 1914
! KANGAROO AND "HIPPO" FIGHT. Mr. Carl Hagenbeck, in his remini scences, told the following; story :-r ' "On one occasion X had an anxious ten minutes in endeavouring to sepa rate a hippopotamus ami a kansa roo. Next to the 'hippo's' stable was a compartment in which I had placed the largest kangaroo I ever had in my possession. One night the kanga roo jumped over its fence into the 'hippo's' pen. I conclude it must have got frightened over something. The kangaroo landed in tbe 'hippo's* tank, which was empty, "It was one o'clock in the morning when the incident occurred, and when I arrived upon the scene I could not I help smiling, the whole affair being . | fo comical. There stood the monster 'hippo' with its enormous mouth snapping at the hangaroo down «in the tank below. The moment the 'hippo' moved towards the tank th« kangaroo took a mighty\leap in the air, and struck his enemy on the face with his hind feet, inflicting*'terrible . scratches with his claws. Try as it would the...
CHAPTER XXVIII. NO SURRENDER. [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 11 December 1914
CHAPTER XXVIII. NO SURRENDER. What was on the carpet now 7 This was Dugdale's mental query , as he discovered the iron general ad-, Ivancing into his cell. I Evidently Gratschefl was surprised to discover his prisoner making such ! u savoury meal, when he might na turally expect him to be dining off bread and water, the usual diet of those who were immured in dungeons.! I His eyebrows indicated the fact. I | Dugdale, although taken by sur-| prise, was not at a loss to acccpt the situation. | | "Ah, general, . tljis is indeed, an j unexpected pleasure. I am sorry you | did not come a little earlier ; but, as I it is, will you join me ?" | ! The autocrat of the border had his eye on the bottle that rested in tho Imsket, and, stepping forward, ho^ ; coolly and deliberately drew it out, examined its label by the light of the candle, and even held its open neck to his nose, while Owen watched for an explosion. None came. GratschefT, as has been said before, could admire daring aB well as...
BRANCHED SEARCHLIGHT. [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 11 December 1914
BIIANCHKD SBAKCHLIGHT. That the pilots of approaching ves sels may not be blinded by the glare of the searchlights on vessels going in the opposite direction, a novel . branched type of electric light is used, which throws its beams toward both sides of the ca ! nal, leaving the path directly in ' front in comparative darkness. As the marks which guide tho pilot in making the turns in tho canal are | obviously on tho sides and not in the channel, this method of throw ing the bright rays of either side gives all the information desired, and the eye-strain and confusion at tendant on the direct beam is avoided. At the end of last year there were no /ower than 145 Dreadnoughts or Sniper-Dreadnoughts building. Of thoeb 29 per cent, wero Uritish,
The World's Greatest War Factory. A ROMANCE OF KRUPPS. [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 11 December 1914
' The World's Greatest War Factory. A ROMANCE OF KRUPPS. .The history of Commerce contains I . tio chapter more romantic, moro amazing, than that which trtls tho story of the growth ot Krnpps from a small forgo to tho most gigantic "war factory" tho . world has known, to a vast kingdom of industry .'.?whose population to-day is counted /in hundreds of thousands, its wealth in scores of millions of pounds. If you journey to the town of Essen in Rhenish Prussia you may see, revered as a. priceless relic, the one-story labourer's cottage which a century ago was the homo of Friedrich Krupp, founder of this colossal business ; and of which his son said, in later years, when ad dressing his army of employees, "Fifty years ago this primitive dwelling was the abode ot my par ents. I hope that no one of our la bourers may ever know such strug gles as have been required for tho . establishment of these works. Twenty-fivo years ago success' was still doubtful. May this example encourage others...
Lightning Calculators. MATHEMATICAL MARVELS. [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 11 December 1914
Lightning Calculators. MATHEMATICAL MARVELS. There la at the present time study ing at CumhrUlgo one of the most wonderful mathematicians the world lins ever seen-a young Hindu, Mr, S. Kamuiiujau by name-whoso work, nlthough he is only twenty-six years of age, has excited the ad miration of All' mathematical ex I oris. I'erhaps the most extraordi nary thing , about Hamnnujan is that, as a mathematician, he is quite untaught. Until a year ago he was a clcrk in the employment of the I'ort Trust of Madras, nut in spite of this, he has, to quote Mr. Hardy, Kellow of Trin ity, who has taken a great inter est' in llamanujan, "discovered for himself a great number of things which the leading mathematicians of the last hundred years had added to the knowledge of schoolmcn, al though he vvas quite ignorant of their work and accomplishments. Indeed, his mathematical education is rather a mystery, and the first I ?*new of him >vns about fifteen months ago when he wrote to ino explaining who...
A FAD WITH A PURPOSE. [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 11 December 1914
A FAD WITH A PURPOSE. Some people's fads are often'annoj ing, but we occasionally come acrosB one that 1B amusing; Belonging to the latter category is that of a wealthy old lady who has an account at a West End branch of one of the big London banks. When Bho 'pays in the cashier always finds a tract attached to her credit slip, and the clerk who opens her pass-book to ma'ce it up, finds another. When she writes to the manager she always encloses a tract. for his special benefit. The old lady has been distributing religiouB literature in this manner for Beveral years, and the bank officials always look on the fad with amuse ment. Their feelings, however, took a different turn the other day., when a friend of the lady casually ? informed the manager that the tracts are given to no other persons but the men who have charge of the old lady's money I A pen-nib is a little thing,1 yet there is more steel used in the manu facture of nibs than in all the sword and gun factories, in the worl...
All About Tides. [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 11 December 1914
All About Tides. Many people, when at the seaside regard the rise anl fall of the ocean as a profound and battling mystery. The mystery really is not very hard to understand. As we all knou4, the surtacc of the ocean rises and falls twico in evei^ lunar day, this rise appearing along a coast to ho horizontal motion-always eb bing or flowing. ' Now the lunar day consists of about* twenty-five hours. Thus, of cour.se, the "time" of the tides j varies each day. The tides, more over, do not always riso to the same height. Every fortnight, with the new and full moon, they rise very much higher than at other times. These high tides are called "spring" tides, the alternating low tides be ing termed "neap." When the moon is nearest to the earth, the rise and fall of the ocean is marked ly increased. Thus the spring tides are greatest at the equinoxes -i.e., at the end of March and the end of September. . Yes, you say, but what has the moon to do with it all ? Surely it is the sun which attr...
A Holiday Trip. [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 11 December 1914
A Holiday Trip. If you want to come back from your holiday freBh and fit, you must sloep well. Remember this tip-have tho head of your bed to tho north, so that your head lies in tho north, with your feet to tho south. It makes nil tho difference In the world. Charles Dickens, whenever ho stay ed away from his home, always al tered his bed-room furniture to fit in with tho abovo plan, and many men of mcdicino and scientists pin their faith to it. ' If possible, don't lio facing tho light, and don't lio noxt to a wall. | I.ct the air circulato alt round tho I bed. If you are camping our., djn't lie with your facc to tho east, otherwise you will get tho early morning sun rousing you long bo fore you wish. Tho crowded days of holidaj'-time should bring refreshing sleep, not tossing and turning, and muddled, confused dreams. Yet many folk who are away fr6m*" homo -findtho greatest difficulty in sleeping well, and, as usual, the landlady gets tho blame. Just shift the position of your be...
THE ONLY WAY. [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 11 December 1914
THE ONLY WAY.. A noted detective was congratulat ed on: a successful coup. "My success," ho said, "was due to the fact 'that I went to the right sourco for my facts. You must al ways know the right source to go to-then your facts will bo valu able. It's like the sister story. "Nobody like a sister, you know, to give you a hint/about a young man. Thus a girl had just got engaged to. a fine, handsome chap, and she snid to this chap's sister one day . " 'Next Thursday ds George's birth day, and 1 don't know what to give him. Will you, as his sister, un dersianding all his tastes as you do-won't you suggest some presont for him ?" " 'Oh, T hardly know what to suggest,' said the sister carelessly ; 'hut, from my knowledge of George, 1 should say that he'd . prefer sdma thing that ho could pawn easily.' "
Shakes Alive! MR. OSCAR ASCHE'S FRIGHT. [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 11 December 1914
Shakes Alive ! MR. OSCAR ASt'IIE'S FRIGHT. Tho famous actor tells a good story* of a snake' adventure which happened in New Zealand when he was on tour with "Kismet." The importation of snakes into New Zealand is prohibited, and be fore the snake which comes on the scone in."Kismet" could'bo allowed to go ashore-along with its under study-endless Customs formalities hud to be complied with. When at last the snakes, were per mitted to start on tour great in terest \rtis aroused, for many peo ple had never seen a. snake before. At Christchurch a showman offer ed £80 each for two .snakes, think-' ing he would inake a fortune in sixpences from exhibiting them. This offer was declined, but, as tho company was producing Shakespeare for the. next few weeks, it was agreed that the showman should have the snakes for a fortnight at a substantial figure. When the day came for the show man to meet the company at a certain railway station to return the snakes there was considerable excitement, f...
Boxing Ring Humour. ANECDOTES BY WELL-KNOWN EXPERTS. [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 18 December 1914
Boxing Ring Humour. ANECDOTES BY WELL-KNOWN EXPEKTS. Tommy Burns (ex-heavyweight champion of the world) relates "A certain important novices' competition was held at Los An geles not long ago. The first three or four bouts, as far as I can re member, were uneventful, but the fifth was nothing if not sensationnl. The moment the two novices entered tho ring, the taller showed that ho possessed by far the greater skill, and, in the first few scconds, closed his opponent's eye, hammered his hody after the manner of a board ing-house parlour-maid dealing with the dinner-gong, and followed this rough treatment up by landing a beautiful straight on his nasal or gan. "This sort of handling was not at all to tho other man's liking, and at the end of thirty seconds he raisod his hand as a token of de feat, rubbed his nose sorrowfully, and holding out his hand to the winner, said, as he left the ring. . Good-bye ; you'r® no bloomin' no . vice.'" Jimmy Britt (ex-lightweight cham pion) writes : ...
Egyptian Jewels. WONDERFUL DISCOVERIES. [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 18 December 1914
'Egyptian Jewels. WONDiiRFUL D1900VEIUBS. Some wonderful finds of jewels in tho tomb of tin Egyptian prln cess "has rocontly been made by "Professor Flinders Petrie and stu dents of the British School of Ar chaeology in Egypt when digging round tho pyramid of King Senu sert IT. at Lnhun. Among tho objects discovered was a crown of a design unlquo in Egypt. This diadem consists of a plain circlet of pure gold, encrust ed with rosettes inlaid with col oured stones ; in the front of the circlet, so placed as to stand abovo the brow of the wearer, is the head of a cobra-snake With hood outspread, worked in pure gold and inlaid with cut stones ; at tho back rise tho two tall straight fea thers-emblems of tho god Amon also in gold ; and from the back and tho two sides fall, long stream ers of gold. Inextricably mixed wil.h the frag ments of the caskets wero tlw Jewels to bo worn on the neck and arm ; bracelets, armlets, necklots, strings of amethyst beads of an exquisite dark purple, aiul...
The Story of the Diamond THE ROMANCE OF SOUTH AFRICA. [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 18 December 1914
The Story of the Diamond THE ROMANCE OF SOUTH AFRICA. On a late autumn ovcning in 1867 a trader's ox-waggon lumbered heavily up to the homestead of Schalk Van Niekerk), an isolated farmhouse in the wastes of the Hopotown district, in tho far north of Capo Colony. The travoller, O'Reilly, whose fame has not ovon perpotuated his Christian name, had travelled far to this goal of a humble night's lodging, where, as always in thoso pionoor days, he received a warm, if rough, wel come. After supper, O'Reilly watchod his host playing marblos with his boys. "Queer kind of marbles thoso," O'HoIlIy said, as ho oxamlnod tho curious collection of stones ; "shouldn't wonder now if this is a diamond," he continued, with a laugh, in which strange lights seem ed to glimmer. The joko was so funny that oven the boys joined in tho chorus of laughter that greeted it; but O'Reilly woa not tho man to be laughed out of his fancy, odd though it wns. "If it is a diamond," he said, "it ought to cut glass. Lo...
IN STOKE. [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 18 December 1914
IN STOKE. A barrister escorted his wife and daughter to a lecture, and then, to his wife's annoyance, disappeared. He was on hand, however, whon tho meeting was over. "Hello, old chap 1" said a /rietul, meeting the barrister and his family in the train. "Been to tho lec ture ?" j Tho legal one stole a look at, his J wife's face. "No,'' ho answered, slily, " just go ing." . ' First Errand-Boy; "I asked tho boss to let ino oft 'cause me grand imother was dead." Second .Errand-Boy "Wot did he say?" ' First Errand-Boy ; "Asked mo who was the hest bowler at her fune ral."
ALL THAT CONCERNED HIM. [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 18 December 1914
ALL THAT CONCERNED HIM. Mr. Latchours, who belongs to several clubs, walked into the police station. ' "I hear he said to the sergeant at tho desk, "that you have caught the burglar who broke into my home a few nights ago." "Y«," replied the sergeant; "do you want to ^see him ?" "Well, I'd like to ask him how he got in without waking my wife. I've been trying to do that for the , last twenty years. i
(ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.) UNDER THE BAN OF THE CZAR, OR, THE WINNING OF ISOLDE. PART 10. CHAPTER XXVIII.—(Continued.) [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 18 December 1914
(ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.) UNDER THE BAN .OF THE CZAR,# - O R, THE WINNING OF ISOLDE. dy St. George R&thborne, Author ot "Omar KasBam," etc. PART 10. I CHAPTER XXVIH.-COontinuod.) I Dugdnle had bis own ideas on this score. It would not bo tho first time a vroman'B whim or caprice had up set tho carefully,-arranged plans of noblemen or Czar. "What is your proposition, gene ral 7" "Tho baron was breathing all man ner of revenge upon you, but I have about convinced him that to publish the story ot this wonderful ride to the border, which wo would have to do in order to punish you, must only bring his wife's name into a noto riety he, as a gentleman, would seek to avoid." "Ab, his wife I You mean, Isoldo?" "Who will soon assume that rela tion. It Is tho Czar's desire-as un changeable as tho laws of the Medcs and Persians." "I am not so positive as you, for things sometimes happen that ' aroj not dreamed of in your or my philo-1 sophy. But, general, pray proceed." "Accordingly ho has...
The Great Pyramid. [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 18 December 1914
The Great Pyramid. y When the Assouan dam ( a mile and a quarter in length, 00 feet thick at the base, 90 feet high, and 20 feet thick at the top), one of the mightiest of modern structures, was building, the late Earl Spesiccr asked the engineer in charge how it compared in magnitude with the Great Pyramid, "it contains," was the answer, "just about a quarter of the material of the Great Pyra mid !f' The comparison refers only to the existing dimensions of the Pyramid, which, having acted for centuries as a quarry for the mos qucs and palaces of Cairo, is con siderably reduced in bulk. Even so, it remains by far the greatest, monument in the world. I As it stands to-day, its four sides ! cach measure in greatest length 775 feet-the pilluging of vandals having reduced the length by 20 feet each side. Its height is now 451 feet;, it was formerly! 481 feet. It covers J 13} acres of land, more than the whole o' Lincoln's Inn Fields; it is many times as large as St. Paul's Cathedral, an...
CHAPTER XXIX. UNDER THE PRIESTLY VESTMENTS. [Newspaper Article] — Malvern Courier and Caulfield Mirror — 18 December 1914
CHAPTER XXIX. UNDER THE PRIESTLY VEST MENTS. .When Dugdalo had seen the task of1 the general he proceeded to calmly I finish his interrupted luncheon, nor! did his appetite appear to have suf-! fered by the consciousness that he had just flatly declined an opportun ity to go scot free under certain cou« dltions. Two very unexpected visitors had Come upon him within the hour. Who would be next ? He hoped there would be no third, because he could not think of any one el«e who might desire to Inter view him save the noble baron, and, U h« came, It would only b&lt; to an noy Mm. Bottor for all concerned that tnls nobleman remain away, l»«t some one should got hurt. Dugdalo finished bis meal thought fully, for he certainly bad much to ponder o'er. This was a big game he had enter ed upon, and one that called for all his rcsorvo rosources. Indeed, he believed It meant more than life to him, since success would prevent the wanton sacrifice ol - a | lovely girl, and probably givo he...