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NEWS SUMMARY. [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 31 January 1914
NEWS SUMMARY. Ill a report rcoeived by the Chief Sec tor of fisheries (Major Semmens) has recommended tlio extension of the Vic torian fisheries in several directions. it has been tentatively decided by tlio respective Ministries to hold the forthcoming Premiers' Conference at Syuuoy, in the latter part of March." The revenue collected at the Custom House 011 January '23 amounted to. .Revenue. £10.237/12/1} Stato, &lt;£*2* ' 12/6; contingent, £534/9/; pilotage, £187/8/2; wharfage, £1005/0/6. Sinco tho beginning of the gram sea son 011 December 16 as many as bag/3 of wheat have been load .ed at various country stations as com pared with 1,591,859 during the corres ponding period of 1912-13. Application has been inado by several Tasmanian employers to the H'Sh Court, for a writ of prohibition regard ing the recent award of the Federal Arbitration Court, in respect of the plaint of tho builders' laborers. Every employer-even though it be .only tho employer of a domestic ser van...
NO MISTAKE. [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 31 January 1914
NO MISTAKE. Tlio manager of a certain coal com pany knew how to look after his pence. Ho was what is known and termed a hard and grasping man. "Hold on there, Bill," lie shouted angrily one afternoon to an employe who was driving out of the yard. "That coal can't have been weighed. It looks a trifle largo for a ton to me." "Tliid ain't a ton, boss, shouted Bill, "it's two tons." "Oh, right you are Bill," said the manager, much mollified. "Beg your pardon, Bill. Go ahead, Bill." Mr. - Fitzpatrick (Chief _ Commis sioner for Railways), after investiga tions abroad, has recommended the adoption of the London system of au tomatic signalling when the Mel bourne suburban railways are electri fied
Limit of Unaided Vision [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 31 January 1914
Limit of Unaided Vision The ability to discern the star Alcol at tlie tail of tlio Great Bear, lias been held to bo the> test of tho limit of hu man vision unaided by any glass. Very rarely is the eyo of such power as to see the satellites of Jupiter, yet there aro on record two 01' three instances the third satellite being tlio most dis tinct of those seen. It is said that Peruvians are the longest-sighted race of all. There is recorded by Hum boldt the case of Indiaus in that coun try who perceived a human figure 18 miles away, being able; to recognise it as a liuman, and olacT in white.
SILVER BEET. ITS USE AS A FORAGE CROP. [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 31 January 1914
SILVER BEET. ITS USE AS A FORAGE CROP. (By Mr A. B. M'Piierson, Supervis or of Field. Experiments Depart ment of Agriculture, N.Z.) The phenomenal success which, has attended tho introduction of silver beet is. naturally attracting the atten tion of farmors in all parts of the do minion. Its freedom so far from in sects and fungoid diseases, its great prolificacy ini producing a wealth of stem and leaf (giving quite six feed ings-off with sheep in twelve months time from data of first feeding), its resistance to drought and severe frosts, its apparent freedom from causing scour or bloat in sheep, the apprecia tion of all classes of farm stook for it (trials having proved that it is rolish ed before rape, lcale, or roots), the enormous tonnage of succulent forage it produces, and its' fairly high feeding value placo it in the forefront of all other foliage or root crops grown for stock, in this country at the present time. The remarkable results obtain ed last year in the growing and...
The Benefit of Legumes [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 31 January 1914
The Benefit of Legumes It ig a, well known fact that a vig orous leguminous crop slick as peas or clover enriches tho mud in nitrogen and thai another crop, say u neat or oats, loilowmg m rotation will benelu from tho nitrogen residues.. Keceui, investigations snow, however, thai l-:io cereal may derive benelit Ironi tlio \ej. umo eveu when both aro growing in. tho same time. In tho "Jour. Agr>c. Eel.vol. 3, experiments are describ ed bearing tiiis nnweiice. Uats were grown in quartz sand m small pots placed in larger pols also Idled with quartz sand, but growing peas. i'lio inner pots thus grow oats only and lie larger outer pois peas only, aud in Loin cases all tlio necessary plant loo-i, were added except nitrogen. The inner pots were of two kinds. W'here thyv were or tho ordinary porous pattern The oats greu vigorously. In the lauo> case it isjbelievetl that soluble nitrogen ous matters diffused turough tho inner pot from tho peas growing outside. Coniirmation or thesexoi'...
Items of Interest [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 31 January 1914
Items of interest Mine. Alice Deschamps, a well known Frencii sportswoman, celebrated her SlLh birthday .by taking part n a lawn tennis, a goli, . anu a croquet match :ii Lo Touquefc. iSaniuel Huberts,- village postma 11 01 Llanys uimdwy, iias retired alter 3U yeaiv service. Ho Jia.s travelled 130,OM miles on loot tlirougli every kinu 01 woutiier, and is still nale ami hearty. A poi.ee (log speedily vanquished an an.ied apache in i'ans. 1'ne ruilian, lira wing a revolver, iircd at a con stable who was about to arrest It; m. ilie bullet ilew wide, and tile apache wai going to lire again, wjLieii the policeman's dog seized iiim by the oar. ti'ivaiiniig witii pain, the apache drop ped ilie revolver, and was at oncu e.qiiured. Hu; Hamburg police authorities have made a regulation ordering tramway c;u- conductors, under penalty of losing tlieir licences, not to allow women witn unprotected hatpins to remain in then ears. The police are also ordered to take Hie name and address of women w...
The "Jacks" [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 31 January 1914
The "Jacks" Tin-re Mr Jo'-vpli Clayton has written a ,'k ibie memoir of "Father Stanton r-:!V' *iib;ius.l'robably no man cl l!' '"V / uneonipromising views bad bo ^'"v'iricuds irrespective of crced o: jitf'y .'Jacks," for ln who irons the sJuins of Cray's :u:t' were persuaded to gather lul! iJ;t'|.iV.s loi'in at the clergy house |!l 'Vera! Sundays, and ol whom Jie U'uey wouldn't -,'ivo ''"? jijiiio. "We have ail tho satne : call us 'tho Jacks,' " was V"'-' niiMveJ- i&lt;J inquiries. "Wed, ilirv had been coming for ' a ;i"-]v l'o:r"' tin'Cj and,I had given tliem '?'! Vst °i»slrue*li'm 1 coulll>" faid j .dicr N-aiiton, "they turned up rue ?iindliv i'linsnig a Jarge Gorman jitho ^ framed, of Christ blessing little *;. Tiny said, as I'd been -ery lu thorn, and tried to da them ""hI would i accept this token ot ^rVatitude. (-il course, 1 accept I it "and then 'the Jacks' simply tiis Lpcared. and "" one ever saw or heard -i ivtiiii'S ol i1r'"' again. And no one 'vjr discovered ...
Grit for the Fowls. [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 31 January 1914
Grit for the Fowls. Sonic people havo the impression that it is not necessary to supply grit to fowls which are oil free range, as. tho birds will find sufficient for their needs. This may be true when there is a gravel road or seashore, etc., near by to which tlio fowls havo access; otherwise not. In a month's timo a large flock of /? wis daily foraging over the -ami! sj'ace will clear away all the ; unable grit from a large area. Unless the lolws can range where there is an unlimited supply of grit, it will ba necessary to provide them with a supply after a certain length ot time, no matter how much rango thoy enjoy. On land where poultry had never been kept ebioro, a llcok might pess;biy get along for several years with the grit which the fowls coula li:;d &lt;it Jiand, but except in favorec: siiuat.ons the grit supply runs out. So 1I12 poultry keeper must supply the lack. G'ril may be bought/ as there are many brands in tho market. But with a grit mill and the material, ...
Treasure Revealed by Shadpw. HOW A BEGGAR FOUND A FOR[?]NE. [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 31 January 1914
Treasure Revealed Shadpw. HOW A BEGGAR FOUND A ilantuna a ^io had ufc any I f. Aunt-1 i. Ibale, wlio was 94 at tlie timo of his death owed liia success in life to guessing a riddlo as mysterious as that of the I Sphinx, a riddlo which the citizens ot .Naples liad tried to guess for forty, years. In his will he tells the ro mantio story of his acquirement 01 riches. It appeai-s that about sixty years ago a wealthy and eccentric ' i'rencliman died at Naples. j A few days before his death ho ord ered the eroction of the pillar on his land, which ho had leased for nmoty years, and ho directed that this pillar should be kept in a state of preserva tion after his death. On .".t was en graved the peculiar inscription: On the first of May I have a golden head. Tiie following first of May, hund reds of people, came and peered at tlio too of tii? column-, hoping, at tho very leiis", iq_ discover it to be' covcixm Willi gt.lden pieces. There was na money on the top of the column, and 110 gleam...
One Couple, One Home [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 31 January 1914
t - One Couple, One Home This is what my old school friend, i.ueent, and I dreamed (says a ivnuu to a Loudon paper) when, becoming en gaged at about the same time, we planned to spend at least tlie iirsL year at our married life in one liouse Wo should share expenses, and thus save a little money. We could a fiord to have a good-sized house, in a pleasant suburb, while a i.i.iard smoking room for the men, and a tennis court for ourselves. Wo would always help each other in the house-keeping troubles bound to afflict suoh inexperienced people as wo were. iiest of all, we would be a great deal together. I should explain that iUillicent's hus band was on the Stock Exchange, while mine was a barrister, who had just got over the most, critical lirst years and was beginning to find a small but steady practice. JUit for the co-operative housekeeping plan, each couple would have to begin mar ried life m a very small house or Hat. What actually happened was very different from what wo had dr...
A Hint to Travellers [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 31 January 1914
jA Hint to Travellers] As au excursion train recently drew into a seaside terminus the passongors began to collect tlioir luggage aud got tlieir tickets ready. " Excuse me, ma'am," said a seedy-looking, shifty eyed individual in tho corner to a buxom matron sitting opposito, "d'ye mind my looking at your ticket a moment?" The matron looked some what surprised, but placed her ticket in tho outstretched hand. . Tho seedy individual studied it for a moment, then, coolly tearing off a corner, handed it back as the train pulled up. 1-i; passed on with the crowd to the b ir ricr, but just as lfo got to tho ticki i collector ho oried, "I'vo forgotten 'iny stick," and dashed back to tho cai riage. , Having recovered his stick, he approaoked the ticket collector boidly and attempted to pass through. "Tic ket, plcaso." "I gavo it up just now. I've been back for my stick.''. "You didn't give mo a, ticket, sir." "Excuse mo, 1 did. .You look and soj if you haven't got one, iSTo. 011C, with" , a ...
Dairying in Switzerland [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 31 January 1914
Dairying in Switzerland The oow :ind her produce appear to huvo be-aton all other departments ot agriculture in Switzerland, says the agricultural correspondent ol' " The lorkshiro Post." According to tlio most recent j)iiblication of the ic'.al area of the country-slightly less than ton million acres, or half tlio sizo «1 Scotland-only oi millions are cultiv.it od, and of this corn occupies o.l.v 2-">(j,0UU acres, and vineyards 6S 00U acres. Tliero are practically 110 for age crops in our sense of the word, and 110 root crops, but a considerable area of grass land, which produces large crops in tho valleys and abundant grazing oil tho mountains and their lower slopes. When we consider these figures no are amazed at the fact that tlio dairy cows number nearly SOO 000, showing a continuous and niarkeu in crease year by year. Tho director of the important Dairy School at Ilutti estimates tho average yield of the cows of the country at 591 gallons, which is probably 130 gal lons mor...
Potato Spraying LIME-SULPHUR EXPERIMENTS. [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 31 January 1914
| Potato Spraying LIME-SULPHUR EXPERIMENTS. In a, Tuport giving the results of te cont tests, the demonstration farm m New York Stata says it seems evident tliat lime-sulphur is not destined to take the place of Bordeaux mixture as n spray tor potatoes, in spite of tlio fact that it is cheaper and no doubt very convenient to use. Under more favorable conditions, in which Jate blight occurred earlier in the season and to a greater extent, the treatment with lime-sulphur might liavo produced different results, but at present is not promising. The lime-sulphur proved harmless to , tho potato foliage as far as burning is concerned, but it proved to have a distinct dwarfing effect quite similar to that noted in the previous season's ex periment. Tho lime-sulphur also lack ed tho boneficial or stimulative effect dorived from tho Bordeaux mixture, which preserved tho foliage, prolonged tho life of the plants, and thereby in creased tho yield even in tho partial abseuco of fungus diseases. ...
RIVAL BURNT OFFERINGS. [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 31 January 1914
RIVAL BURNT OFFERINGS. A gentleman rushing from his dining room into the ]iall and sniffing disgust edly, demanded' of Jeames, the foot man, whence aroso the outrageous odor that was pervading the whole liousc. To which Jeames replied: "You see, sir, to-day's a saint's-day, and tlio butler 'ee's 'iglit church, and ia burning hincense; and the cook, she's low church, and is burning brown (taper to hobviate the hincense i"
Egg Preservative [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 31 January 1914
Egg Preservative Professor W. G. Sedgwick, of Slov ens Institutes of Technology, appeared as an expert witness before tho Now Jersey Stato Board of .Health to de monstrate that 400 cans of frozen eggs seized by tho Government three years ago as unfit for l'ood, are still perfectly wholesome. As evidence, lie told or feeding them to his family, and at taches of his laboratory, ilo said eggs 100 years old, if kept right, were better than fresh ones. When tho health sharps at tho heal ing seemed incredulous, l'rol'essor Sedg wick explained that to keep eggs for a few years is not a mark to the leats of tho Chinese, who preserve them for in definite periods. lie recalled when Li Hung Cnang visited America iio brought with him egg.-J 100 years old, because there wero none in this country old enough to suit his palate. Tho &lt;100 cans wero released for sale by tho Stato lioard of Health. Mem bers of tho board ate foodstuffs made from the eggs, and gave the product a clean bill of...
New Use for Tomatoes [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 31 January 1914
New Use for Tomatoes It is now .possible (says a Naples correspondent) to buy a pound ol to matoes in a paper bag made from to matQ skin and eat them by the light of a lamp burning tomato oil. Mitnerfco there has been much wa.sto in the conversion of tomatoes intp cat sup, paste and soup. The seeds and slcms Jiavo been thrown away, but now, after much research in laotories at Naples and Parma, tho by-products are almost as valuable as the l'ruit it self. In . this new process, tbo residue of seeds and skins is dried in tho sun. Then tho seeds aru crushed in a hy draulic press, when they yield a lim pid orange-yellow oil, which, despite ts strong odor of tomatoes, gives ail dorless, bright llamo "when burned 111 a lamp. By another process, tho skins of to matoes can bo so treated as to make ;i . ough quality of wrapping paper.
The Cat and Disease [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 31 January 1914
The Cat and Disease Under normal conditions the germs of nearly all epidemic and local dis eases tlinve upon tlio family cat. Even whero the eat is itself not subject to tlio diseases, it easily spreads tue con tagion, and. occasionally is guilty on both accounts. Thus, in tliQ case ot dipbheria, the cat not only lias the disea.su itself, but also carries it on the mucous membranes of fur. "Influenza is spread broadcast by lur and feet, and ilawlett lias recently shown thai; as a distributor of plague, the cat vies in virulence with the rat. .Ringworm .ml tapeworm, says "Good Health" are spread in the same way, and pus germs lind easy lodgment in the thick hair, from which the- stroking hand qiuokiy nvuys tliem to the human bed v. Tne germs of typhoid and tuberculosis are similarly distributed, as well as the .10 subtle and less understood germs .&lt;f whooping-cough, measles, scanot fever, and small-pox. This is more rapidly appreciated when wo consider how quiokiy the cat ...
From Workhouse to Wedlock [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 31 January 1914
From Workhouse to Wedlock A wedding, the outcomo of an old ago pension romancc took placo recent ly, at Braintroe, Essex. The brirle was Miss- Susannah Clarke, aged 7(i. who has been an inmate of the Braintreo Workhouse for nearly 20 years. The bridegroom was Walter Towifsend, agtd 77, who has lived for many years at Drury lane, Braintree, and has b'jen a widower for two years. The bride applied to tho Braintrce Guardians for assistance in her com ing marriage, and said that she and her husband would each receive the old ago pension of 5/ per week. A guardian offered tho pair a, cottage, and other members of tho board subscribed 5/ to buy her wedding ring, tho master being ordered to provide the trousseau. On tho occasion of the ceremony 111.: verger of the high-sto.-pled paiish church was visibly astonished. "I'vo never seen so many people at a Brain-' tree wedding before," he observed. lOvery pew was full, the aisle was lined, and through tho lattictd windows, one saw tho crowd st...
GREEN MANURING AND FERTILISER. [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 31 January 1914
GREEN MANURING AND FER TILISER. Tho systom of givon manuring to furnish a supply of organic mabur, and to collect. nitrogen ironi tho air in tlio caso of tlio green manuring erjp being leguininpus-can by employed with dccidod advantage on sandy soil, and also on medium soils, for lipids to which- it may not bo convenient, to ap ply farmyard manure. To gut tho best results from green manuring, it* is ncce.ssary to supplement it by the application of fertilisers. On 'this subject a distingu.sned German pro fessor of Agriculturo lias the following observations:-The necessity lor the addition of nitrogen is dependent on dredsj not ablo to l'aco tho winter without a set of lurs valued at £(J0 or £70 being added to ball' a dozen other sets. I have known a woman, whose husband was on the brink of bank ruptcy, paying out a last available £10 noto for a velvet coat. Divssmaker.s could tell- many surprising stories of what an inordinate lovo for dress means -wo liavo had many revelations; bin...
Sees all Things Reversed [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 31 January 1914
Sees all Things Reversed [ A boy who sees everything upside down, writes from right to left, in verts all his letters and figures, and draws and copies any objects the wrung way up, has been discovered at Chester lo Street, Durham. He- is 0 years old, and his case presents many similarities to that of an American boy reported, recently. . In an interview with the boy's teach er, a pressman obtained an idea 01 the peculiar working of tho bay's mincl. Not only does he write upside down, tho teacher said, but lie also sees up side down. For instance, if lie has io write a small "h" the result is a "v" written backwards; that is to say, iie commences to form the letter at the tail end and work backwards. The .same operation takes plaoo v,li. n lie forms the letter "u" or "m," the ef fect being that the letters are written "n" anil "w" respectively. His mind acts 111 a similar topsy turvey manner when ho is set to copy any figure or outline drawing. Ills reading, however, is not affected...