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ABOUT FROGS AND TOADS. [Newspaper Article] — The Lockhart Review and Oaklands Advertiser — 13 December 1910
ABOUT FROGS AND TOADS. Frogs and toads are the common est things in the garden and by the pond side; yet few people know much about them. They think the frog is a toad, and that both are highly poisonous. . As a matter of fact, the toad has a poison under its skin: and in those two bumps behind its head, but that poison is only used if a dog or other enemy takes it up. Then the toad squirts forth this acid and burns the mouth of its enemy; the juice is never used except to enable the toad to get away. 'The frog has not this poison, and is perfectly harmless. How can you distinguish be tween the two? Well, the frog has sharp little teeth; the toad has none. The frog has a smoth, damp skin ; the toad has a rough skin and shorter hind legs than the frog, and does not leap so far. The toad is shy, and comes out on ly at night from its hole; the frog, though also shy, is bolder than the toad, and hunts by daylight. The female toad lays her eggs all join ed together on a sticky string ; t...
Random Readings. PRECIOUS WINE. [Newspaper Article] — The Lockhart Review and Oaklands Advertiser — 13 December 1910
Random Readings. PRECIOUS WINE. The most celebrated of all the wines of Germany is known as rose wine, and, according to a French contemporary, ifc is jealously preserv ed in the Town Hall of Breme. The wine has been in the vaults. so ; we learn, since 1621, when the conscript fathers had sis: great vats made at Johannisburg and six others at Hockheimer. Each re ceived the name of one of the Apos tles.. It is an unwritten law that as soon as a bottle of wine is drawn from the vats a similar quantity of the same vintage is put into the tun, consequently they are always full. Each of , the tuns of vats in the Town Hall at Breme cost originally £48, and their capacity is 204 litres, or about 57 gallons. Now we have our French statistician again at work as to the cost of the upkeep of the cellar. He comes to the con clusion that each time a bottle of this wine is drunk it represents the sum of over ^50. During the war of 1870 the French occupied the town, and the officers, braving the a...
TOM THUMB. [Newspaper Article] — The Lockhart Review and Oaklands Advertiser — 13 December 1910
TOM THUMB. Once upon a time there . was a little boy called Phineas Barnum, and he. lived on a little farm in Arii^ erica. Phineas Barnum became a showman, and he went about from town to town in America showing all kinds of strange things. One day he saw a little man who had never grown up, and who, in deed, was only thirty-one inches high. Well, Phineas- Barnum said: -'That little man will just do for my .show.' So hclgot him to come, and gave him a wage every week, and called him Tom Thumb. Then he came to England with his show, and as he had brought Tom Thumb with him, everybody want ed to go to- the show to see him. Even Queen Victoria wanted to see him, and she asked: Phineas Bar num tto bring the little man to her palace. And the Queen and the ladies with her were perfectly- de ? lighted and amused with Tom. Thumbi But they laughed most when tifc Queen's fpoodje dog ^ bark ed -at Tom Thumb/ and : when the little man began to fightihe poibdle :wit!i hisj cane; as he thdught it-...
THE MAN TO CHOOSE. [Newspaper Article] — The Lockhart Review and Oaklands Advertiser — 20 December 1910
THE MAN TO CHOOSE. 'Good looks? It all. depends on what you mean by 'good.' Give me the sriiile that wears well, even though the hair comes off. Give me the face that grows on you (as the saying is), though you've seen handsomer door-knockers. .And give me the hand that's big and hard and horny enough to work for you, and to knock a: man down, if needs be, as long as it's soft and gentle enough to play with a baby's toes. I've known a sight of beauty men in my time. They used to buzz around me when I was a girl, like flies afound a honey-pot. That was in the days when my old dad used to thank goodness that you couldn't wear a mirror out by using, or he'd have had to lay in a' stock of them to shave by. But for all I say to you, my dear, don't turn the cold shoulder to a young man merely be cause he is good-looking and hap pens to know it. It's just as well to bear in mind that married life isn't all new clothes and nosegays and walking home from church in a shower of rice!'
A CURIOUS CUSTOM. [Newspaper Article] — The Lockhart Review and Oaklands Advertiser — 20 December 1910
A CURIOUS CUSTOM. In Lapland the crime which is punished most severely next to mur der is the marrying of a girl against the express wishes of her parents. When a suitor makes his appearance he says nothing to the girl, nor does she know who he is. Then, on a day appointed, the girl, her parents and friends, meet together and sit at meat, with the suitor and his intend ed opposite to one another, so that they can view each other's face and converse freely. The company re pair to an open space, where 'the race for a wife' is run. The usual distance is about a quarter of a mile, and the girl is placed a third of the distance in advance of the starting point. If she be fleet of foot, and dooa not) care for her suitor, she can easily reach the goal first, and, if she accomplishes this, he may never trouble her again. If, on the other hand, she wishes to have him for a husband, she has only to lag in her flight, and so allow him to over take her. If she is particularly struck with him, a...
THE GIRL NO MAN WANTS. [Newspaper Article] — The Lockhart Review and Oaklands Advertiser — 20 December 1910
THE GIRL NO MAN WANTS. ? ▲ ? ? ▼ ? The kind of girl who expects her path to be strewn with bouquets, chocolates, theatre tickets, and treats generally, will find her popu larity short-lived, no matter how charming she may be. The average young man's pocket cannot stand the strain long, and he will turn to some other girl, less attractive perhaps, but who will be content with the attentions he can afford to bestow on her. It is a girl's place to see that the expenses a young man incurs for her pleasure shall not exceed what he can easily afford.
THE VALUE OF RESTING. [Newspaper Article] — The Lockhart Review and Oaklands Advertiser — 20 December 1910
THE VALUE OF RESTING. Many busy housewives and mo thers go to their beds at niglit tho roughly tired out; in fact, almost too tired to Bleep. This is because they do not rest at all during the day. A few minutes with a book, or on a sofa with the eyes closed, will steady the nerves and rest the whole body. An afternoon of sleep is not good, and is totally different to five minutes' oblivion snatched when sit ting or stretched on the back. The woman who cultivates the 'cat- nap' habit has discovered one of the secrets of keeping rested. Most restful of all is the power to 'let things go.' One rarely hears of a woman getting nervous prost ra tion who has the faculty of sitting down in the midst of the confusion to finish a good book, or of snatching a day for_pure pleasure, though du ties press. Such a woman will prob ably be called irresponsible, but she has learned how not to live at high tension.
NAILED. [Newspaper Article] — The Lockhart Review and Oaklands Advertiser — 20 December 1910
NAILED. The officers of the thumb print bureau were just wishing for some thing interesting to turn up when a telephone message offered timely di version. A woman was speaking. 'Do you make prints of anybody's i-liffwika av/iam^ /ivSmiMdln ' ' nVi uiiuiuua - biiiuiumo ouv asked. The bureau did. 'Well,' said the woman, 'if I will come down there right away with a man will you make a print of his thumbs?' . The bureau would. The man and the woman came. 'We want his thumb prints for identification,' said the woman. 'We are going to be married to morrow. He is my third husband. The other two ran away, and I had the hardest kind of a time to find them, because there was no sure way of identifying them. They say thumb prints can never change, and that a man can be tracked by them to the ends of the earth. I hope I shall never have to use them, but it is. just as well to be on the safe side. Will you make. them?' The bureau did. — New York 'Sun.'
HALLEY'S COMET AND THE TALMUD. [Newspaper Article] — The Lockhart Review and Oaklands Advertiser — 20 December 1910
HALLEY'S COMET AND THE TALMUD. M. Renaudot, in the 'Revue Gen erate des Sciences,'.' is responsible for the suggestion that certain pas sages in the Talmud may possibly refer to the great comet that for ever will be associated with the name of Hall6y. We know that the ancient navigators relied upon the stars to guide them in their courses. Calypso impressed upon Odysseus the neces sity of always keeping the Great Bear upon his left when sailing from Gibraltar to Corfu. And although in these days a shipwreck would in evitably be the result of following this old rule of the Phoenician sail ors, it nevertheless reminds us how the positions of the constellations in the heavens at certain periods of the year proved an infallible guide to those who went down to the sea in ships in those far-off times. In pass ing from one port to another this constellation mu^t s!bp on the left and that' on the right. : Hence the ap pearance of any bright body with a relatively rapid displacement among th...
VAMPIRE BATS. [Newspaper Article] — The Lockhart Review and Oaklands Advertiser — 20 December 1910
VAMPIRE BATS. Before being stationed in French Guiana, Dr. A. Guillon, a surgeon major in the French colonial medical service, shared the opinion common ly held by educated Europeans that the tales told of vampires rested for the most Dart on leeendarv founda tions. In an interesting article which he contributes to a recent number of 'La Clinique..' he states the reasons which have led him to reconsider this opinion. The fact that he was called upon almost from the moment of. his arrival to treat wounds said to have been caused by the bites of these animals did not at first induce him to believe in the truth of their supposed eause, since the victims oould never .produce the author of the mischief, nor were they able to assert that they had seen the batB bite them. When, however, he had been sufficiently long in the place to see the large number of wounds in both men and animals at tributed to the bite of the vampire his opinion gradually veered round, and he began to look out for t...
Random Readings. HONOURING A HEROINE. [Newspaper Article] — The Lockhart Review and Oaklands Advertiser — 20 December 1910
Random Readings. * . — — HONOURING A HEROINE. A monument has just been erected in Spain to the memory of a woman's valiant deed. Although more than a century has passed since Angostina Zaragoea saved her city, the 'Maid of Saragossa' is not forgotten. The incident occurred during the Penin sular War. , In July, 1808, the French were pressing hard upon Saragossa. The hardest fighting was at the Portillo Gate, where the assaulting 'batteries more than once reached the delapi dated earthworks. The gunners of the Spanish battery were shot down one after another, the survivors fall ing before they could discharge the last loaded gun. The infantry flinched, the French were . closing in, when a young woman, betrothed to a young artillery sergeant who had just fallen, rushed in, snatched the lighted match from her dying lover's hand, and fired the undischarged twenty-four-pounder into the head of the advancing column. The enemy was shaken. The citi zens, shamed, rushed forward, re occupied ...
LOCKHART CATHOLIC CHURCH. [Newspaper Article] — The Lockhart Review and Oaklands Advertiser — 20 December 1910
Lockhabt Catholic Chuhch. I Mass will bo celebrated as follows Mount Carmel, Lockhart, every. . 1st and 3rd Snndays at 8 and 11 a.m. St. Fiacre's, Urana, every 2nd and 4th Sunday, at I a.m. St. Ita's,' Urangeline, every 5th Sunday, when oocurriag, at 1 1 a.m. , K.ev P. Hanrahan.
ONLY A GNAT. [Newspaper Article] — The Lockhart Review and Oaklands Advertiser — 20 December 1910
ONLY A GNAT. Perhaps you don't think much ot gnats, not so much as you think of kittens, for example. Perhaps they only irritate you, and you would like to forget them. But I daresay, if you knew what a wonderful arrange ment of lancets they prick you with, vou would feel some admiration. In the first place, although the lancets that will pierce the human skin and get blood from the well are very wonderful contrivances, hundreds and thousands of millions of . gnats never get the chance of sucking blood, and nobody knows exactly what other purpose their ap paratus serves. Next you will be glad to learn that only the female gnats bite or stab, or whatever you like to call it. If you see a gnat with 'pretty, plumelike feelers, don't be afraid of him. Let him rest on our hand if he likes, and you may be quite sure he won't 'bite.' - As for Mrs. Gnat, well, she is far more interesting than Mr. She goes off to the water-butt or some still pond, and there lays 200 or 300 eggs. They are lik...
CHURCH OF ENGLAND. Parish of Lockhart. [Newspaper Article] — The Lockhart Review and Oaklands Advertiser — 20 December 1910
' Chuuck OV' Enoi.akd, -. Parish' bf. Lo^khaii. Set Sunday in the month— Lockhart. Matins and Ffoly Communion at' 11 ' a.m. Urookoiiff, S p.m. ' Snd s-:intl:\v-T-J'i! t:!.^on;;, '-1.1 'a.m.Y Of bo'nt1;, f. pan j t.-i.tkna'-t;. '.30. Srd-8:;-'.'!av- -Li'soklti. r: m.. eelobr.v to-; ' ^'0. c.v- -1. / .n, , uoc -- h.-irl., 7 ;?.' i,i;'n - ? 4th -und.iy— r Lockhart, Matins and Litmy, It a.m i Oa^or ie,. 5 pan. ( Look ha't 7.10. f . I . 6th 8undny, wheh occurrlng—-0«hf-rnf and ? B ree Creek alternately, 11 a.m.V Lookhart, 7.80.
THE CASKET OF JEWELS. [Newspaper Article] — The Lockhart Review and Oaklands Advertiser — 20 December 1910
THE CASKET OP JEWELS. The children of Sir Wilmot Lea ning were five in number. Richard, or Dick, as he waB called, was four teen, /Lilia' was twelve, Violet ten, Chloris eight, and Harry six. Dick was a typical 'Dick,' with chestnut hair, very tall for his age, and slightly inclined to be freckled. Lilia had fair hair and a fair com plexion, and was bIbo rather tall. Violet had dark J-*ir and soft, deep violet eyes. Chloris was a softheart ed, timid little maid, with yellow hair and blue eyes. Harry was a va liant little fellow, in this taking after his elder brother. If we looked through their nur sery window, we should have seen Dick and Lilia playing dominoes ; near the window Harry curled up in an armchair, looking at a picture book; and Violet and Chloris seated on the hearthrug, whispering quiet ly together. 'Do come with me, Violet,' said Chloris as she stood up ; 'when I pass that dreadful picture 1 feel quite creepy!' 'That dreadful picture' was a portrait of ,an ancestor, ...
WHEN MARY READS. [Newspaper Article] — The Lockhart Review and Oaklands Advertiser — 20 December 1910
WHEN MARY READS. -When Mary reads at school, you know, She speaks' the words off very slow : VI see-a-boy,' and things like that, And 'Th^mas-have-you-seen-the- cat?' And teacher (don't ever tell) That Mary can't read very well. But when she reads to Bob and me, t We scarcely want to stop for tea. She reads the most surprising things Of birds that talk, and beasts with wings, And mother always smiles to see. When Mary reads to Bob and me. It doesn't matter what the book, Dear Mary only. has to look To see the nicest stories there. She took Bob's speller, I declare, ? And sweeter tales there could not be Than those she read to Bob and me. And so we're sure that teacher's wrong. And Mary '11 head the class ere long, For though the grown folks all can tell What words the hardest letters spell, 1 ? wonderful a girl so small Can read what isn't there at all!
For Young Folks. THE CHILDREN'S QUEEN. [Newspaper Article] — The Lockhart Review and Oaklands Advertiser — 20 December 1910
For Yoang Folks. THE CHILDREN'S QUEEN. Queen Helena, of Italy, is so fond not only of her own, but of all ch'jldfen, thdj/j she has won the title of the Children's Queen. Not long ago, the wife of a distinguished Ambas sador called on Her Majesty, and when asked afterwards what they talked about, she . replied: 'We talked about babies all the time.' It seems that Royal children have fits of naughtiness- quite simi lar to those which 'sometimes over come boys and girls in common, everyday ranks of life. The Queen believes that 'love is the bestTphy sician,' and that the best way to get out of an unpleasant temper is to think about something pleasant. One day, when she' saw that her little ' son Umberto had an 'ugly fit' coming on, she invited him to . help her re-arrange some book shelves. Soon they were working together as happily as if no cross looks' or feelings had ever been no ticed. After a while the Queen said : 'What a good little boy we have here! Without his help, mamma cou...