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A MOVABLE BLOCKHOUSE. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 28 December 1901
A MOVABLE BLOCKHOUSE. There are blockhouses and blockhouses in South Africa. The sketch shows one which can be removed from place to place according to the requirements of the situation. Although alterable at the will of the commanding officer, the blockhouse is sufficiently strong to be a complete pro- tection against the bands of marauding Boers which still prowl about the railways and to help to quell which a further Australian Contingent is to be despatched.
THE QUEEN'S BIGGEST DIAMOND. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 28 December 1901
THE QUEEN'S BIGGEST DIAMOND. The Koh-i-Noor, which is to form the centre ornament of Queen Alexandra's crown, had a narrow escape before it reached the late Queen. After the annexation of the Punjab in 1849 it was given up to the British, and at a meeting of the board was handed to John (afterwards Lord) Lawrence in a small box beneath many folds of linen for safe keeping. He placed it in his waist- coat pocket, and forgot the treasure. When he dressed for dinner the waistcoat containing it was thrown carelessly on one side. At a subsequent meeting of the Punjab Board Henry Lawrence suggested to his brother the advisability of at once forwarding the Koh-i-Noor to Queen Victoria. John Lawrence had forgotten that the diamond had been given him; then sud- denly remembering, he quitted the board with an unruffled countenance, hurried home, and inquir- ed of his man servant if he had seen a small box which had been left in his waistcoat pocket. "Yes, sahib," the man replied, "I found it,...
STAGE REALISM. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 28 December 1901
STAGE REALISM. The drama has sometimes a curious effect on the mind of the people, and an incident proving this occurred recently. The drama "Inez de Castro" was being played by a Lisbon company at Evora. In the fifth and last act Inez is cruelly murdered by three men, who stab her and her children to death in a most harrowing man- ner. This aroused such indignation in the hearts of the occupants of the gallery that a party of them waited at the stage door for the murderers to come out, and attacked them with sticks and bludgeons, to the great dismay of the actors. British America is about 300,000 square miles greater than the United States.
MARCH OF PETROLEUM. TEXAS LIQUID FUEL MAY CAPTURE THE MARKET. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 28 December 1901
MARCH OF PETROLEUM. &nbsp; TEXAS LIQUID FUEL MAY CAPTURE THE MARKET. An oil well has been discovered in Texas giv- &nbsp; ing out 200,000 barrels, or, roughly, eight mil- &nbsp; lions of gallons of petroleum a day. &nbsp; Pipes have been laid over 200 miles of rough &nbsp; country to carry the stream of petroleum to the &nbsp; coast. It is to be shipped to Europe and the &nbsp; Far East. &nbsp; Mr. Rockefeller, the Oil King—who, by the &nbsp; way, has no interest in the Texas fields—has &nbsp; pronounced this oil to be of a poor quality, and &nbsp; unfit for refining for illumination purposes. It &nbsp; will be shipped and used for liquid fuel. &nbsp; Experts agree that the calorific power of oil is &nbsp; just double that of the best Welsh steam coal &nbsp; for ships' furnaces, and in Eastern ports, where &nbsp; prohibitive prices are charged for Welsh coa...
THE KING'S NEW YACHT. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 28 December 1901
THE KING'S NEW YACHT. &nbsp; It was supposed that the new yacht for the King of England was in first rate condition when she left the dockyard at Portsmouth recently, and that all the defects and troubles that had arisen from time to time had been successfully sur- mounted. Such, however, is not the case, and it appears that her usefulness is as remote as ever. She sailed on a trial trip to Gibraltar and back, and she displayed considerable unsteadiness. She rolled very heavily in the slightest beam sea, and occasionally the list was very dangerous. To overcome these defects it is stated that extensive alterations are necessary, but are almost impos- sible to carry out owing to her structural ar- rangements. At least an increased draught of 4ft. is required, but as her lower portholes are &nbsp; now only a few feet above the waterline, this &nbsp; requirement can only be fulfilled by removing &nbsp; the portholes, thus depriving the lower apart- / men...
Heroes of Colenso. STORY OF HOW THE GUNS WERE DEFENDED. TOLD BY A BOER WHO GAVE WATER TO LORD ROBERTS' DYING SON. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 28 December 1901
Heroes of Colenso. STORY OF HOW THE GUNS WERE DEFENDED. TOLD BY A BOER WHO GAVE WATER TO LORD ROBERTS' DYING SON. A story of the battle of Colenso, from the Boer side, is told by Mr. Bennet Burleigh in a recent London "Daily Telegraph." The information comes from Piet Nel, a cor- poral in the Boer army. He says he went out with eight men and several mule teams, to haul away Colonel Long's guns. "I crawled cautiously forward some distance, and got nearly killed, a bullet splashing full upon the front of a small rock behind which I had paused for a moment. Then it was that; but 30ft. distant, I saw a white, haggard face, with two gleaming, burning eyes, peering over the barrel of a rifle. The khaki soldier, for such he was, probably thought that he had laid me out. The pause was my sole chance, so I fired, and shot him in the forehead, blinding for ever those burn- ing eyes. "That poor khaki must have been a man of rare courage, a soldier worthy of the best traditions of the British a...
NAVAL BALLOONS. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 28 December 1901
NAVAL BALLOONS. &nbsp; The Russian and French navies, satisfied with the utility of the balloon for military purposes, have established a similar aeronautical section for service with the navy. The balloons are held captive in the ordinary manner, and are connect- ed by telephone with the battleship below. A balloon section has been attached to the Mediter- ranean squadron of the French navy for some time past, and has been employed for scouting purposes with conspicuous success. The Russian experiments are to be carried out in the Caspian Sea, and if the balloon establishes its utility for naval scouting, a balloon is to be provided with each ship, '
MR. BARRIE'S NEW PLAY. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 28 December 1901
MR. BARRIE'S NEW PLAY. "Quality Street," the new four-act drama by Mr. J. M. Barrie, was produced at the Knicker- bocker Theatre, New York, recently. It made a great hit, and aroused the enthusiasm of a large and brilliant audience. Mr. Barrie's play is a delightful love story, with the scenes laid in a quaint English village during the days of the Napoleonic wars. Miss Maud Adams, who charm- ingly filled the leading role, completely captured the audience, and was repeatedly called before the curtain and heartily applauded. The play is booked for a long run, and promises to become almost as popular as Mr. Barrie's "Little Minis- ter," which achieved an enormous success in America.
A PENITENT PRINCESS. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 28 December 1901
A PENITENT PRINCESS. A Spanish priest has arrived in Venice (says a telegram from that city of November 11) from Barcelona to implore from Don Carlos forgiveness for his daughter, Donna Elvira, who eloped some &nbsp; years ago with the painter, Signor Folchi. &nbsp; &nbsp; For some time the Princess has been staying at Barcelona with Folchi. She is in a dire state of poverty, and is suffering from heart disease. Folchi shows traces of suffering, and is no longer the painter of "the fiery eyes and black beard." He takes no interest whatever in his companion, for whom he abandoned wife and children. He goes out every morning and returns home in the evening, from which it is thought that he is employed in an office. A "Central News" telegram from Rome of the same date says:—"Princess Elvira, the daughter of Don Carlos, who is now at Milan, has arranged a settlement in the lawsuit she commenced against her father recently. Don Carlos is said &nbsp; to hav...
London's Latest Sensation. THE "THEOCRATIC UNITY." FURTHER INTERESTING EVIDENCE. CURIOUS TALES BY LONDON LANDLADIES. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 28 December 1901
London's Latest Sensation. THE "THEOCRATIC UNITY." &nbsp; &nbsp; FURTHER INTERESTING EVIDENCE. CURIOUS TALES BY LONDON LANDLADIES. Marylebone Police Court was again crowded when the hearing of the charges of fraudulent conspiracy against Theodore Horos (Theo), aged 35, and his wife, Laura Horos (Swami), aged 47, was resumed before Mr. Curtis Bennett. Ma- dame was still attired in flowing Oriental robes, and her husband wore a fawn colored overcoat and soft felt hat to match. The "Swami" was more excited and talkative than usual, and many dramatic situations were the result. Much laughter was occasioned, and at times the merriment was so pronounced that the magistrate had to threaten to clear the court. His worship was supported on the bench by several privileged listeners, and a marked fea- ture of the proceedings was the exceeding cour- tesy, amounting almost to deference, displayed towards the female prisoner by magistrate, clerk, and counsel. Laura Faulkner was re...
A BALLOON BRIDGE. AN INGENIOUS SUGGESTION. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 28 December 1901
A BALLOON BRIDGE. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; AN INGENIOUS SUGGESTION. &nbsp; &nbsp; According to the "Strand Magazine," much ingenuity has been developed in efforts having &nbsp; for their object the provision of some worthily &nbsp; serviceable contrivance, with the aid of which &nbsp; quick, safe and easy passage may be made across &nbsp; rivers. The illustration shows the latest sug- &nbsp; gested contrivance in this direction. Looking &nbsp; at the sketch, the reader will see a series of &nbsp; small balloons, to which are suspended strong &nbsp; and light open-ended oblong cars, constructed &nbsp; in such a way that one could be bolted and locked &nbsp; to a companion car, and this in turn to a third &nbsp; car, and so on. &nbsp; When the troops arrive at a waterway to be &nbsp; crossed, the balloons would be inflated, and the ...
MORIARTY ON THE IRISH BRIGADE. FIGHTING WITH THE BOERS. ("PALL HALL GAZETTE.") [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 28 December 1901
MORIARTY ON THE IRISH &nbsp; BRIGADE. &nbsp; FIGHTING WITH THE BOERS. ("PALL MALL GAZETTE.") "To be coorse," said Moriarty, "but I belave in madness in raison, saw I do." "An' ye dawn't belave in th' Irish Brigade?" urged Casey. "Didn't they sthrike a blow for freedom?" "Divil a wan o' thim. Whin they sthruck at all 'twas for higher pay, and they got turned off wid bad language and wurrse boots. Whin they shed blood 'twas in mishandlin' wan another; ayther quarlin' around the canteen, or deposin' &nbsp; their layder. Where they ayquilled the Boers &nbsp; 'twas in durrt and runnin' away. But did yez iver &nbsp; hear of 'em capturin' a gun, Casey?" &nbsp; "Mebbe they did," put in Casey feebly; "but &nbsp; thim loin' paper carspondint's 'ud deny thim the &nbsp; glory av ut." &nbsp; "Loin' yereelf," retorted Moriarty; "d'ye think, &nbsp; man, a carspondint's gawn to thraw away copy &nbsp; whin he's h...
ENORMOUS PROFITS. IN FRENCH DRESSMAKING. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 28 December 1901
ENORMOUS PROFITS. IN FRENCH DRESSMAKING. &nbsp; An idea of the enormous amount of money &nbsp; spent on dress in France, not only by the French &nbsp; people themselves, but also by foreigners, may &nbsp; be gathered from the fact that there are some &nbsp; 50,000 people employed by 2500 dressmakers in the &nbsp; city. As a rule, all people connected with Paris &nbsp; dressmaking are well paid. Smart saleswomen &nbsp; earn as much as £500 a year. Of course, this is &nbsp; the maximum; but figures close to this sum are &nbsp; frequently reached. &nbsp; The models, whose business it is to try on the &nbsp; tempting gowns in the great houses, earn from &nbsp; £60 to £100 a year, and have perquisites in the &nbsp; way of left-over garments that make their situa- &nbsp; tions decidedly profitable. &nbsp; The earnings of successful dressmakers them- &nbsp...
"WROTH SILVER." A FEUDAL FUNCTION THAT HAS SURVIVED. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 28 December 1901
''WROTH SILVER." &nbsp; A FEUDAL FUNCTION THAT HAS SURVIVED. The curious custom of collecting "Wroth Silver" was duly observed before sunrise the other morn- ing at Knightlow Cross, near Rugby, Warwick- shire. The ancient British tumulus where the cere- mony took place is the property of the Duke of Buccleuch, the Lord of the Hundred, and the money is payable to him. In feudal times the money was probably paid for protection, or in lieu of military service. In default of payment the forfeit was "twenty shillings for every penny and a white bull with a red nose." This forfeit of a white bull is believed in the neighborhood to have been actually insisted upon on one occasion. The money of late years haa been paid into the stone cross on the mound for the privilege of using certain parish roads. The Duke of Buccleuch's bailiff was present on this occasion, and his Grace's health was drunk with milk and rum. The notice signed by the Duke's agent was as follows:— "Notice is hereb...
HE WOULD WAIT. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 28 December 1901
HE WOULD WAIT. A witty youth, who had been suffering from toothache, made up his mind one evening to go to the dentist and have the tooth taken out. The dentist, having seated him in the chair, was about to commence operations. "Stop a minute," says the youth. "How much is it?" "Well," replied the dentist, "it's two shillings with gas and one shilling without." "Well, then," said the youth, "I'll wait till to- morrow and have it out by daylight. That'll save a bob."
WONDERFUL THINGS. MADE OUT OF SAWDUST. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 28 December 1901
WONDERFUL THINGS. MADE OUT OF SAWDUST. &nbsp; By the distillation of sawdust, the products obtained are gas, wood alcohol, acetic acid, tar, and oils. Carbolic acid and creosote are also obtained. By sieving out the coarser particles, mixing the remainder with various fillers and agglutin- ants, compressing, and heating, some very in- teresting materials have been made, in the way of artificial wood, plastic masses, etc. Imitation marbles have also been made from the fine dust of certain woods and the dust of ivory and similar waste. Slabs for parquet floors have also been made from sawdust, as well as plates for bas-reliefs, art castings, pan- els, and decorations. Sawdust compositions have also been used for sidewalks and dinner plates. Soft-wood sawdust, mixed with slaked lime, makes a mortar which has been used for de- coration. Several inventors have used mortars containing sawdust for stucco and wall finish. Mixed with cement and plaster, a mass is pro- duced which has...
THE NEW FIRE ESCAPE. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 28 December 1901
THE NEW FIRE ESCAPE. &nbsp; &nbsp; Archbishop Ryan, of Philadelphia, is known throughout his diocese as a wit. A Columbia &nbsp; freshman, who hails from Washington, was ac- companied by his mother when he came to New York to matriculate at the University. On their &nbsp; way north they stopped at Philadelphia, and called upon the Archbishop, who is an old friend of the family. "So you thought it necessary to come on with your son?" Archbishop Ryan said to the lady in the course of their conversation. "Yes, indeed; I want to see him installed in a house that is properly kept, and to see that his room is conveniently situated to the fire escapes," replied the mother. "Well, now, I take it that the other fire escape is not too far away," said the Archbishop, smil- ing. "I don't understand," said the puzzled lady, "I mean the church," replied his Grace. &nbsp;
A GOOD GAG. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 28 December 1901
A GOOD GAG. &nbsp; Mrs. Slim: "Oh, we had the loveliest arrange- &nbsp; ment at our society last week! Every woman contributed to the cause one pound, which she had earned by hard work." Mrs. Friend: "How did you get yours?" &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; "From my husband." "I shouldn't call that earning it yourself by hard work." "You don't know my husband."
New Cancer Cure. INFUSED VIOLET-LEAVES AS A REMEDY. A REMARKABLE CASE. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 28 December 1901
New Cancer Cure. &nbsp; INFUSED VIOLET LEAVES AS A REMEDY. &nbsp; &nbsp; A REMARKABLE CASE. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Cancer alone among diseases has increased &nbsp; with civilisation, and has defied every medical &nbsp; effort at cure. Professor Roswell Park, of New &nbsp; York, recently declared that if the present rela- &nbsp; tive death rates are maintained during the next &nbsp; ten years "there will be more deaths from can- &nbsp; cer alone than from consumption, small-pox, &nbsp; and typhoid combined." &nbsp; Quite recently the King promised the highest &nbsp; honors to the man who would discover a cure. &nbsp; To judge from the case of Lady Margaret Mar- &nbsp; sham, sister of the present Earl of Romney, a &nbsp; remedy has been found, not by scientific re- &nbsp; search, but in an old wife's cure. "The On- &nbsp; looker"...