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State-owned Railways. [Newspaper Article] — Cobram Courier — 29 January 1914
State-owned Railways. Interesting information 'regarding State-owned railways Is given in a return published by the Board of Trade recently in England. Canada hnd 26,278 niilea of pri vutel.v-ownod and operated lines in .I'.Hl, against 2,018 miles Stntc owned and operated and 102 miles owned by th« State and privately operated. Australia had 10,079 miles State owned and l.WH pri vately owned; South Africa, ",.VH i miles Statu owned ami 015 pri vately owned ; Xevv Zonlnnd, 2,."OS miles State owned anil ninety-nine privately owned; and Newfoundland 712.'i miles State owned but pri [ vately operated, and forty-seven 'privatoly owned. India had ;J2,8U9 miles of rail ways, of which 0,871 were Stuto owned and operated, 19,245 Stato owned but privately operated, 1,6(32 owned and operated by native States, and 1,618 owned by native States and worked by companies. In seventeen other Ilritish Colo niesx*and Protectorates thcro wero U,"»2r> miles of railways privately owned. Forty-two forei...
King as a Cinema Actor. [Newspaper Article] — Cobram Courier — 29 January 1914
King as a Cinema Actor. ♦ While King Christian of Denmark was cruising with the Queen find' their two sons in his yncht Jtita' off Aarthuus, Jutland, the party j were startled hy the sotmd ot shots and shrinks for help. The King immediately gave orders to sail in the direction of the sounds. They found several hoots manned with crews of .the most desperate looking type engaged in a regular battle with rifles and revolvers. The King was making arrange ments for speedy intervention when he saw through his binoculars An other boat, a little away from the others, with ft. man at tho stern calmly turning the handle of a cinema camera. The sight of that unruffled figure mado tho King smile,, and he ordered the yacht to bo "taken out of action." At that moment, however, Fato took a hand in the game. The ac tress who look the part of tho heroine jumped overboard to escape from the villain, but half-way to the shore she became exhuusted, and would have drowned if the King had not detected a ...
THE NEW FARMING. [Newspaper Article] — Cobram Courier — 29 January 1914
THE NEW FARMING. 4 Going through a patch of Aus tralian forest recently, to see a farmer on business, X was suddenly pulled up by a stentorian shout iug. _ "Hey ? L*ook out 1 Quit like blazes 1" . I looked in the direction from which the yells proceeded, to sec a gaunt figure waving his nrms to mo like a windmill gone mad. Appa rently he was telling me 'to get out of the. way of something, so, tak ing his rude advice, X "quit*' into the shelter of-the bush, and in a few. seconds was standing beside him. . ''What's wjv. anyway *?" I jerked out -after a hurried sprint. "Jes wait a bit an* you'll see/' he grinned. _ • :We were standing on the edge of a clearing iii the forest, and the mat ted'.undergrowth - had been cleared off by the simple expedient of driv ing . a fire through the mass ; tho blackened trunks had been felled .with the axe, pUud .in., a Jump, ivnii wero burning furiously in one cor ner, leading the area-dotted •• with a host of scorched stumps, ranging in size up to t...
Confused the Jury. [Newspaper Article] — Cobram Courier — 29 January 1914
Confused the Jury. A certains legal luminary,- thongu n good administrator of the__Jaw. in other rcspccts, was noted for the way lie gut mixed in his charges to the jury.. On one occasion a case was tried before -him/ the points of • which may foe briefly stated thus .Smith brought - a suit against • Jones upon ✓ a promissory note given, for; a. horse. Jones's defence was a failure of consideration, lie averring that at the time of the purchase the horse had the glanders, of which he- died, and that Smith knew it. Smith replied that tile horse/ did not; Iiavo. the . ghm jloriJ.—.bui—tho—«H«tvtri|>or,-vaiuL^.that. Jones; know it when . he --bought him.- .vj • The judge-,thus vcharged the. jury;: "Gentlemen of : the «fury : - Pay. at tention to the • charge of the Court. You v have already made" one mis trial of t his easo because ^ you ; di^l not pay attention, ' and .r.'-do not i want, you to. do it again.;-, 1 in tend" to make it .so clear', to you this time : that you' cannot ....
Awkward Cash. [Newspaper Article] — Cobram Courier — 29 January 1914
Awkward Cash. + I'ure . silver, broken into . small, irregular pieces, forms the pay . of the Chinese soldier. Payment .is an extraordinary process. -The whole of the night preceding is -occupied in weighing out for each man.his required quantity of silver, which is a very tedious business, ^und only successfully accomplished by,infinite cure, for here a plecc tho size of a pin's head has to be chipped otT, and there a piece' of similar mi nute proportions added. Each 'man's silver bits are carefully wrapped in paper, with his name en dorsed upon it, and the various par cels arc distributed upon parade. A private receives three, .and a half tools—equal' to about nineteen shill ings—a month, and, having got his silver parcel, loses no lime in ex changing the pieces at the nearest, tradesman's shop, where for each tiiel ("is. ."3d.) he receives J.UUUsmnll coins, called cash.
Superstitions of the Sea. [Newspaper Article] — Cobram Courier — 29 January 1914
Superstitions of the Sea. i bailors arc full of superstitions. You cannot shake l item. Von would find it practically impossible to cou • vinco •; sailors • that ■ill-luck does not cling to a vessel : whoso name lins been changed, or that a crn/t whose name etuis up in a " does not rest under an ovll spell. -Persist, and you will be asked about the Vic toria/sunk in the ^Mediterranean ; the Stellu, lost off the Channel Is lands; the Areqnipa, ashore on the West Coast of- America ; the Cobra, a destroyer, which; broke Iter back on hermaiden voyage m\ the Xorth Sea ; and tho: Sardinia, Jjurnt =Jn&lt; harbour at Malta. 0/ course, there"' are hundreds - of vessels-idloat which bear: the unlucky, Hmtl letter,, and in whiclr it. is safer to travel than on the railway, but the list of # losses is a formidable" one. ' ■ v.. • s Then sometimes" it is a member of the crew to whom a particularly e\H iullueiice is attached ; sometimes it is a passenger. , Ihit if you want to see a sailo...
Ten Times Round the Globe. [Newspaper Article] — Cobram Courier — 29 January 1914
Ten Times Round the Globe. 1 The cable linen of iho world amount, in a grand total, to over two hun dred and sixty thousand miles, more thou enough to draw a girdlo ten times around the earth at the Kquator. This work has nil been accomplished since 18(55. Tho long est line is from England to Aus tralia by wny of tho Cape of Good Hope, J5,000 milesf Tho bus iest section of Ihc sea bottom is, of course, tho North Atlantic, seven teen cables centring in tho St. Lawrence section and New York. Tho longest stretch without a re lay station is from Vancouver to Fanning Island in the North Pa cific, midway between Australia ft ml Vancouver, 3,600 miles, inado neces sary by the rulo of tho British Government forbidding cable land ings on any save Uritish soil.
Small Points of Etiquette. [Newspaper Article] — Cobram Courier — 29 January 1914
Small Points of Etiquette. Often young people, on being intro duced to one another, do not know whether to shake hands or not. You will see them nervously putting for ward their hands, and then drawing them buck, each waiting for the other to make the decisive move. A word or two of advice would do away with all thrit uwkwurdness. The rule as to shaking hands in such circumstances is &lt;iuitc simple. You should shake hands as u mat ter of course with every .stranger coming to your own house. At other times, you should shake hands if the person introduced is a relation of the person who makes the introduc >Uo)),M,nml .*:lliut,u.. of - course, means you would shake hands with any one to whom you are.introduced by. a relation of your own. Men as a rule always shake hands on intro duction, but, of course, it always i rests with an elderly person or a i person of rank, to shake hands on i any . occasion that, they choose, and .i , not . to be prepared to takethcu»'of- i ; fer...
Wearing Insects Instead of Gems. [Newspaper Article] — Cobram Courier — 29 January 1914
Wearing Insects Instead of Gems. Tho practice of wearing inseels as jewels is much more common than jr. generally supposed. The inscct most frequently used in this way is the beetle, many species of which nre" highly coloured and make bcau lifuJ decorations. The Brazilian \ ninety Is perhaps most often used. Set in gold, it is worn in bracelets, earrings brooches, nnd sleeve but tons. Another common variety of beetle is that known as IHuchroma gi gnntin, a large insect of a brilliant metallic colour. The Indians Acw I his beetle on cloth to make cui rasses.. 'I'hc insects are so hard when dried that they clink together like pieces of metal. Another member of the same beetle family Is* used in Ceylon in making bed covers. The covers arc embroi dered very beautifully, and the beet les an* worked into the design s.\ nimetrically. making a creation very interesting and probably very conducive to refreshing dreams. A very remarkable insect, called the jewelled beetle, lias the appear anc...
Electric Gloves for Policemen. [Newspaper Article] — Cobram Courier — 29 January 1914
Electric Gloves for Policemen. .Jeremiah Crmlon, a resident of Philadelphia, and mi engineer. onthe Philadelphia. oiid.~-Jlonding.u:Ilailruad has. perfected and (talented-, a device by which • i\f policeman can control the. most desperate,.-and unruly'pri soner. The inventor describes* It as ','im Improved electrical device.. for . use of policemen and others in • making arrests,- - subduing;:. unruly persons, and. resisting: atiacks." " H consists essentially of' a : pair- of 'gloves pro vided " with . electrodes which may be. brouylit"- :in contact vwith, the person..:'grasped by the - hand of. the wearer. An ; electric circuit, the terminals of ; wl\i«lv :nro formed by the electrodes, .supplies an. electric %lUi(,'lJL»l'>-i'1%,>-vi,tK«>»eivXan(t^.enceUuxV : ly renders him uiiahlo • - to resist ar rest. - '' The power.... for this instrument | "comes from a battery,- worn either i in a jbelt that is provided with* it, i or in-Vie pocket; of the policeman's coa(..Xonncctcd...
The £170,000 Pearl Necklace OWNER OF THE FAMOUS JEWELS. [Newspaper Article] — Cobram Courier — 29 January 1914
The £170,000 Pearl Necklace OWNER OF TF1E FAMOUS JEWELS. .. " .Mr. Max Meyer, like/. .Lord ltyron,; woke up 4(says,,uwriter in a London ! paper), one morning aud found him- ! self ftimous. Famous in a .^degree I he never expected or desired, for a! more retiring;",.-amiable, and hard-f working merchant than thc^^elebraL- S - «^i-uiviier*ortno?j:r.l7~000 "pearl'neck"^'! lace it would, be,difficult ; to find.* He is a man in tho~ eqrly. flfties.'witli* whom time has, dealt gently. His smile is winning^ and his conversa-• ti&lt;m brilliant, like hisdiamonds.- I!e \ ramo to London in the late .'seven-' lies of-Inst century, and is one. of i... young (.Icrintins who came | in this country,:shortly- after the Franco-German .war, and whose won derfully successful ^careers, were they but known, would, add many an interesting chapter . to tho ro mance of business.: ^ * Keared amidst the splendours ofi diamonds., and pearls of that ctu-j porium known- as Hatton Garden, j his ambition ...
A Homesick Baboo. [Newspaper Article] — Cobram Courier — 29 January 1914
A Homesick Baboo. J The llengali Bnboo is a feature of Indian life. A parrot-like -memory furnishes him with a large; and var ied -vocahulnry,' but as a: rule ' he has a very hazy - notion oi the cor rect- use of the English idioms which ho employs so freely in his conversation. The• result.r. is inli -nitely,-- humorous/;'and:adds much to the - sotnuwHTit scumtvvrjoys - of busi ness life in a tropical climate;* CioUul Das • joined his pnlms 1111 supplication as lie entered his mus ter's ; ollice. ''Protector of the poor","he said, translating literally the ^high-Mown . Oriental phrases,) • 'kindly grant the petition of your ; humble slave for ten days' leave of 1 absence from this abominable city ■ on account' of acute homesickness." 1 "Hut, , Baboo," expostulated his | puz>led ' jnaster, "how can you be j homesick ? . Your homo is In this city.* and-■■•your parents, wife and children are nil- with you." "Ves, -your honour," replied lla boo, iJi despairing ; tones, " that is jus...
Why Cocoa is the Vegetable Egg. [Newspaper Article] — Cobram Courier — 29 January 1914
Why Cocoa is the Vege table Egg. 4 Cocoa cnn be compared to a vegetable egg, because, liko the egg, it contains everything necessary for the building of the animal body. Wh^n wp analyse cocoa wo find it 1 a perfect nnturnl food. Analysis learhoj; that it contains a fair proportion of nitrogenous mutter in the shape of gluten, a very largo proportion of fat, a consider able amount of starch, so much mineral matter, and, finally, u sti mulant of its own called theo bromine. Cocoa is an excellent stffjstituto ' for tea or coffeo, especially to those who aro over-stimulated by those buvoragi*. Furo cocoa is easily digested. But bo sure that you got it pure. Avoid all such prepara tions uf cocoa in which other substances huve been mixed. If you find that one brand of cocoa does not. agree with you, try another ; until you lind the onu which is best lilted for your constitution. Cocon was discovered by the Spaniards when they first landed in Mexico, being there used by the na Uvcs in iiiv...
DETECTIVE'S RUSE. HOW A THIEF WAS TRAPPED. [Newspaper Article] — Cobram Courier — 29 January 1914
DETECTIVE'S RUSE. — -r ■ I1(„v A 'I'llIKK WAS TUAl'l'IiSD. Sostc; \ cms ago a fatuous detec tive outgcneralled a criminal whoso craft mill cuiiuitig 1 l>c former real ised were i" normal circumstances I rnlinlily superior to his. The scene (says the "New York Trilnine") wns olio of tlie larger cities ill 1'cnnsylvnnin A bank had lii-rn rnlilx't! systematically for over „ |.crii>(l of four months, nnd nfter a week spent secretly on tlio ciisc j wns liretty sure tlint I l,r succession of robberies whs to l,n fiiid «(■ the cashier's floor. I'niiif positive, however, wns ]»cl> j,,jrr mill (lie detective, although his mjMil was inadc up as to the cashier's guilt, appreciated that he )i;1,l absolutely nothing in the way hi concrete evidence wherewith to bulge liven an indirect charge airainst the suspected man, It wns -m'iii fiiI l.imt the cashier be given mi hint that the robberies had been nut iced, anil especially no hint that I,,, wns under suspicion. Posing as a hanker from ...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Cobram Courier — 29 January 1914
Jliggs : "lie wns very unpopular before the game, but nftor lie se cured two line goals he made many friends." Kigg.s : "I suppose ho made friends by the score, eh V" Smart : "1 saw a terrible motor accident the other day." Jones : "What was it ? Was it ser ious V" Smart : "Yes, nine lives lost. A cat was run over." 1411.
APPLES. [Newspaper Article] — Cobram Courier — 29 January 1914
APPLI5S. Fruit- is one of Nature's own foods, but - , to be: of • any special benefit should beeaten- the first' tiling in tl'».' ..morning;.&lt;■* Apples' nry,tho juost bene ficial, as they-contain1 more phos phorous. .than any other fruit, this being so valuable in renewing or giving lows to tiic nervous sys tem; while for those of sedentary habits, it is practically useful, the acids counteracting the harm done by much indoor life. Nothing will give such a clear complexion, free from blotches, will plenty of apples eaten raw the first thing on rising. A well-known doctor lias said that were the fnct more generally known and acted upon, his services would be seldom required. Apples are one of the easiest of substances to di gest . So let good, sound, ripe fruit make at least a part of the morn ing meal during the entire year. Customer : " This room is very close; can't I havo n, little fresh air ?" Waiter (xhouting down tube) "On# 'are, »nd let it be a fresh one."
CHAPTER XXVI. A STORMY INTERVIEW. [Newspaper Article] — Cobram Courier — 29 January 1914
CIIAl'TEH XXVI. A ST0I1MY INTERVIEW. "We ought to be close up with thein," said Eric, peering ahead. "I'm beginning to feel worried. That inipi can't be mnn.v miles in front, and nt any moment our friends may be surprised and at tacked. Let's make a spurt-." "We can't go much faster on such rugged ground," Ilaygarth replied. "We arc sure to overtake the col ! unm before long," he added, point ing to the trampled grass and tho faint marks of wheels. "I should say jt parsed here within the half hour." What do you think, Myn hart V" "Yes, you are right," the Boer assented. "We will overtake them bv the drift of the Louiena nveiv or perhaps at Humphrey Churton's house. ' '•Humphrey Churton's house Eric asked, in surprise. ;"Are wc near there ?" 'Within two.or three miles, "llny garth answered. . ."The-strnighlo.st mad to the fort- lends right bv the house, and the drift is a- mile-or-so bevond. It is there we shall most likely overtake ' the column,' and hall it until the arrival*: of t...
CHAPTER XXV. BAD NEWS. [Newspaper Article] — Cobram Courier — 29 January 1914
CHAPTER XXV. BAD NEWS. The next Instant tho suspense was ended. Thank Ileaven, the store was safe, even though no flag was fluttering from the roof. There it nestled peacefully down in the hol low—the sturdy, low-browed house, enclosed on nil sides by a laager formed of old carts, scrub, felled timber, barbed wire, and demolished outbuildings. Oue corner of the laager had been torn awoy, and just inside stood a waggon and four mules. From the open door of the house five men Veer© carrying boxes and various other articles to the vehicle. The windows on that side were also open wide. Shurlock gave a lusty shout, and it was answered by the workers, who paused to look curiously to wards the new arrivals. The thrco rode on down the easy slope, and as they drew nearer Eric, saw that the barricade bore signs of hard usage, and that the ground outside of it was trampled smooth and strewn with broken assegais and guns, shields, Kaffir lion-cloths, and dried patches of blood. Through the open...