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Navigable Ballons. A Chat With an Inventor. [Newspaper Article] — Narromine News and Trangie Advocate — 3 March 1899
Wnvifptble Balloon*. A Chnl With nn Inrnnior. . A feiv yen 1*8 ago a prize of £3000^ was | offered for the best model of a machine for aerial navigation. There wemjnvcr 300 competitors for this prize, which, however, has never befii awarded, owing to the death of the man who | offered the sum of money. i Having u desire to hear soim-Ui!ug about tin- prospects of aerial navigation, . I sought, out - writes a correspoml-ait) ' one of the aboveiucutloueii competitor* , and asked him to explain the details of his machine to me. Tlie inventor | selected -was lir. W. .T. Bngtnrrt. of I Islington, a gentleman who tins built a model of a navigable balloon designed expressly for Ions Journey*, explora tions, and wnrfare. and having, accord ing to Its inventor, capabilities of navi gating in the nil- in unicli the same way ? sin a ship on water. I ' You will observe,' said Mr. Bastard, 'that the body of the halloufi is of a tubular form, pointed at each. end. en closed In a framework of metal...
A Better System. [Newspaper Article] — Narromine News and Trangie Advocate — 3 March 1899
A BelMT Nji.k-111. Army statistics iu France and Ger many bring out dearly Uu- fact that the latter country has a bi-ttcr system of elementary education than Its rival. Out of 253,177 recruits incorporated in the German army during last year 'Jl' iaily were unable to read or write— that is to say, 21 per 30,000. In France, on the other hand, out of U-).':i,ti51 who drew for the conscription no fewer than *J2.ir.H-, or (.43 per 10,000, were similarly illite rate. *
SHIFTED BY ICE. [Newspaper Article] — Narromine News and Trangie Advocate — 3 March 1899
SHIFTED BY ICE. In the Pass of St. Gothard stands the Devil's Stone, a small hillin itarff, on the top of which existB a flourishing potato gar den. Yet take a look at it! The material of it is a rock quite different in substance and texture from the stuff, mica schist, on wmen it tsiauuB. now, it B luleraDIy plain it didn't grow there, nor would any human being or nation that ever lived be able to put it there. So- we must account for it Bome other way, nnd tbe answer is Ice ! A huge glacier of the long ago Ice Age brought it, and.melting.lcft it there. There are lots more of theBe blocks about. One near Ipterlaken, although it has been extensively quarried and u huge piece taken out of it to serve as pedestal to a etatue of Washington, has still u volume of 460,000 cubic feet. Another, called the ' Monnter,' in the valley of the Rhone, is even larger. By noticing the material of these great etones, and the trend of the valleys on whose side they lie. we can almost always tell just...
A Vegetarian. [Newspaper Article] — Narromine News and Trangie Advocate — 3 March 1899
A Vrcrlurlnn. The life of Mine. Chevillard, of Ville gardin, France, who will he 100 years old nest week, is a great card ftir the vegetarians. The aged lady has never eaten meat, but has lived wholly mi bread, milk, fruit, and vegetables, liar beverage is cider well dilluled with water. Her neighbours and friends have arranged a IVt.e for her on the occa sion of her centenary—
FROGS SING LOVE SONGS. [Newspaper Article] — Narromine News and Trangie Advocate — 3 March 1899
FROGS SING LOVE SONGS. One of the most extraordinary things about frog music is the fast that the frog keeps his mouth closed when he is singing. He can ring through his skin. He is provided with a pair of resonant chambers like drums, and he makes hiB music by snapping uis muscies agaiast me aistenaed mem branes. Then he can breathe through his skin, and supply all the wind that is necessary without opening ilis mouth. A French scientist, after long listening in the woods, has made out and reduced to writing thn song of the frog, or ' swamp music,' as he calls it, and has discovered that the frog repertoire is varied and extensive. Frogs can carry on conversations at long distances, and can communicate to each other emotions of fear or anger. Their songs, however, are all love songs, and are only indulged in when there are female frogs about. It iB then that the frog distends his drums to their utmost, throwing his head well back mid his legs fur apart, and raising his voice, aB it...
The Wrong House. [Newspaper Article] — Narromine News and Trangie Advocate — 3 March 1899
Tl*r Wi-ouk lloiur. An amusing story, told some years ago of K. A. Sot hem. the actor, is going the rounds ;if.':iiii. Upon a certain evening he was invited to two entei-taiiniK-iits, one for children and the other a recip lion for grown people. Foud of children. SotluH'U decided to go to the pally Jilvon for the little ones, and thinking it would be a great joke to go into the parlour tm all-fours and roaring like a bear, be did so, unii-h to the amusement of the guests aud his own subsequent unhappiness, for once iu the middle of the room, he looked up and saw that he had made a. mistake iu the house, and had played bear for the grown people aud not for the children. Du Mauricr evidently was inspired by the incident for oue of his best 'Punch' pictures. A Pluck? Woiunn. Miss Fannie gesbitt, the night operator, at the Union Pacific Station iu Tbpeka, Kan., has been presented with a gold medal by her fellow-operator* on the road for the heroism she displayed at Bonuer Springs last f...
THE IMMENSITY OF CLOUDS. [Newspaper Article] — Narromine News and Trangie Advocate — 3 March 1899
THE IMMENSITY OF CLOUDS. There haB been a good deal of talk of late years about producing rain by artificial means, such aB firing shells full of all sorts of expoBives high into tbe air, and' thereby causing a concussion sufficient to condense the vapour in the neighbourhood and make it fall But such experiments, though at times attended by sorre slight apparent success, are after all very futile, and it will be many years yet before rain-making really ranks as a science. About ths cloudB themselves it ib singular how comparatively slight our knowledge is. Come to think of it, they are very wonderful, these aerial reservoirs which mysteriously suspend* high above our heads Buch huge volumes of water. One very rarely realises the immense size of clouds, the speed they travel, or the quantity of water they hold. Mont Blanc, is a big mauntain, but an aver age thunder cloud is often twice us big. The drops of water a cloud is composed of are so minute that a thouBand laid side by side ...
Still Worar. [Newspaper Article] — Narromine News and Trangie Advocate — 3 March 1899
Still Wont. The following is a story of an incident that actually took place at the marine barracks a1 the Oharlestown (l-.S.) Navy Yard :— A soldier was one morning brought before the commanding officer, charged with the offence of telling a lie to one of the other officers. After the Major had heard the evidence he said to Uie culprit -. ' Do you kuow what will become of you if you tell lies to your omcers V' The! soldier quickly replied : ' Yes. sir ; I shall go to hell.' ' Worse than that, sir ; worse than that,' said the commanding officer. ' You will be tried by a naval court-martial.'
THE WORLD'S DEEPEST WELL. [Newspaper Article] — Narromine News and Trangie Advocate — 3 March 1899
THE WORLD'S DEEPEST WELL. About twenty miles from Berlin is situated the village of Sperenberg.noted for the deep est well that has ever been sunk. Owing to the presence of gypsum in the locality, it occurred to the Government authorities in charge of the mines to obtain a good supply of rock salt. With this end in view, the sinkiDg of u shaft or well, sixteen feet in diameter, was commenced, and at a depth of 280 feet the salt was reached. The boring was continued to a further depth of 960 feet, (he diameter of the borer being reduced to about thirteen inches. The operations were subsequently prosecuted by tbe aid of steam, until a depth of 4,104 feet waB attained. At this point the boring was discontinued, the borer or bits being still in the salt deposit, which thus exhibits the eoormouB thickneBS of 3,907 feet.
HIRAM WROTE IT. [Newspaper Article] — Narromine News and Trangie Advocate — 3 March 1899
HIRAM WROTE IT. Lawyer Sharpsett foand he would be un. able to go home in time for supper. HiB typewriter girl having quit for the afternoon, he sat down at the machine himself and suc ceeded after half an hour's work in evolving the following note, which he seat to his wife by a messenger boy :— ' at the Office 5.50 p.m.' JL-Jiar lmLLie::: I sblal not be xxxxxxxxxxxut liOme t bin evnenuenig until until vrey very xxxxxlc late do not, wait fr for 111EA a A clien t w ho HasAclient wtih whoM i haev an apopintmen t is xxxxxxo is cinoing to cnocult consult me & it will to Ho u! all al eqenxxxxxxx evening your lvoing husxxxxxx huBbnd, j: hiram@?'' 'I know Hiram wrote it !' exclaimed Mrs. Sharpsett after she had read it.
DOBSON'S SCHEME. [Newspaper Article] — Narromine News and Trangie Advocate — 3 March 1899
DOBSON'S SCHEME. 'I say, old man,' said Dodson, as he loaned his friend Blobson a nickel Io pay his car fare, ' why don't you try my scheme?' ' What scheme?'' growled Blobson, as he mentally tried to figure out bow much his wife had realised in her midnight raid. ' Why a Bcheine to break your wife of go ing through your pockets when you are asleep.'' ' 1 say old man !' cried Blobson' eagerly, ' if you have any scheme by which I can break tny wife of going through me, for heaven's sake put me through it, and I am your fiiend for life.' ' Well, you see, 1 used to suffer from this thing until I discovered means by which 1 broke my wife of the habit. I gathered to gether all the counterfeit money that I had accumulated in twenty years of business and filled my pockets with it. .The next morning I discovered that it was gone- That same day my wife went shupping.acd was arrested for passing counterfeit money. It looked very black for her when they foand the rest of the stuff that she had,...
BETTING WITH A WOMAN WHO ALWAYS RELIES ON TIPS. [Newspaper Article] — Narromine News and Trangie Advocate — 3 March 1899
BETTING WITH A WOMAN WHO ALWAYS RELIES ON TIPS. ' I will wager you the nicest hat I can find to a box of suede gloves that Tappan will beat General Maceo,' said a pretty and en thusiastic yourjf: Washington matron to her husband in the grandstand, out at the Benu ing race course the other afternoon. ' Done, ' said the husband smilingly. ' There's a fine case of ? heads I win, tails you lose, whispered the husband, grinning, to a man friend beside him, after be had scribbled the bet in his betting book. ' My wife never pays a racing bet under auy cir cumstances, you see. Neither does any other man's wife, when her husband is the winuer. They ? forget ' you know. Yet ni'y lady holds me very strictly indeed to the payment of my wagers with her. But I like to make a race interesting for her by giving hsr an opportunity to bet with me on the result, and I am consoled for having to square occasional winnings padc by her in these bets by the knowledge, based upon experi ence, that she rare...
THE WOMEN OF SPAIN. [Newspaper Article] — Narromine News and Trangie Advocate — 3 March 1899
THE WOMEN OF SPAIN. A great deal has been written about Spanish men, but I think one may find a truer key to Spanish character by taking a gtimpBe of the misery of the Spanish women, says a writer in theChicago'Times-Herald.' I doubt if the Spanish woman is anv better o& than the Turkish woman, and while American women are not clamouring for a conflict, the fact remains that the taking of Spain from the European geography might prove a great step in advance for the women of that land. It appears from an official douumont which came my way the other day that but 2,636,615 Spanish women can read or write. Tliis fraction is almost as big as the male army that knows its own language. It is a pitiful showing, but it iB only the beginning of the table of female wrctchedneBS.The municipali ties list records 51,946 professional beggars who wear petticoats. Then there are 828,531 women who earn their living by working in the farm fields. There are 319,596 women rated as day servants,...
Two Hypnotists Meet. [Newspaper Article] — Narromine News and Trangie Advocate — 3 March 1899
Two Hypnotists Meet. 'This thing of hypnotism and mind leading,' observed the passenger with the skull cap. knocking thft ashes off the end of his cigar, ' gives rise to some curious phenomena. I have dabbled In It myseir as an amateur. You lmve heard, perhaps, of men being bllndfoTilod and driving a learn of horses through a crowded street as easily as If they had tlielr eyes open ;? ' Oh, yes,' replied the passenger In the smoking jacket. ' That'H a familiar experiment. Tlie man who la blind folded is afoln by personal contact to read the mlrtd and see through Oie eyes of someb'oily bitting by him. To one familiar with 'the science UiM-e Is no-, thing remarkable about that test.' ' No,' l-ojoined the other. ' It's a little more difficult to explain, however, when the same thing can be done by a man driving alone, and without any con tact with anybody else,' ' Have you ever 8een tliat done ?' ' I have performed It myself. On one occasion I drove alone through a thronged street for ...
Comic Cuttings. [Newspaper Article] — Narromine News and Trangie Advocate — 3 March 1899
Comic Cuttings The proudest moment pf a man's life Is when ht? Is telling all about U after- * ward. A new verb— ' trolleyed' — Is coming Into use In Nfcw York. It te shorter and easier to say than ' run over by a trol leyed car and killed.' The man who makes proverbs is a philosopher, iiut the man who constructs Maxims Is a gun-maker. Ho : ' Did you know that Jimkins had been living a double Itfe for the past Hlx months ?' She ; ' No ! The horrid wretch.' He : 'Yes ; he gave up single life when he got married,' Familial' Phrase Explained.— Robin- son : ' Well, old chap, how did you sleep last night ?' Smith (who had dined out) : ' ' Like a top.' As soon as my heaij touched the pillow, It went round and round !' Fuddy : ' I suppose your son goes in for athletics ? Football, perhaps ? What is he, half-back ?' Duddy: ' Half back '.' 'Well, I guess not ! You should see Jack once, and then you'd say he was ; all back. No, Jack is no footballlst ; lie's a hlcycli? siooper.' Mr. Mumblecho...
Conditions Precedent to Marriage. [Newspaper Article] — Narromine News and Trangie Advocate — 3 March 1899
Conditions Precedent to marriage. In Brazil parents an'd guardians of minors may, beiore consenting to the marriage of the tattetv require a. medical certificate f-om Die bride or bridegroom, certifying that he or she has been vac cinated. - In Norway and Sweden, before any coupie can oe legally marneui certifi cates must be produced showing that both bride and bridegroom have been duly vaccinated. In Norway girls are ineligible for mat rimony until they have earned 'certifi- cated for proficiency ln jmutlng, baking, and spinning, ; In 1jya)a*cU ' there' Is a Jptw that no licensees mafrywlll be granted to any individual -who has |hp hnW*ot ^getting drunk, and, ence Identified with the. habit, a drun'tnrd must produce bufficlent proof of reformation to warrant Ms' receiving the license at any future time: Russian law allows a man. -to marry only four times, and he must marry before «0 *i- not at all. It 1b a cuBtom ln Hungary for the groom to give the bride a kick after the roar- - ;...
A Touching Story. [Newspaper Article] — Narromine News and Trangie Advocate — 3 March 1899
A Tincliinit HloTf. Miss V me Tsudu, head of the English department in the Peeresses' School, Tukio...lapaJi. tells iu the ' Independent' a touching story of the aged mother of Sakamoto, commander of the warship Akagi, who was killed in the thickest of the light during the great naval victory^ of the Yellow Sea. Oininiiiiider Saka moto left an aged mother, a wife, and three young children. As soon as liis death was officially asuertained, a mes senger was despatched from the Naval Department to couvey the «nd tidlutrs to his family. The communication was made duly to liis wife, anil before Hh messenger had left the house it had readied the ears of the old mother, who, 1 uttering into the i-noin where the olliri-r was awaiting, saluted aud greeted him duly. ? I then, with dry eyes and clear voice, said : ' So it: seems by your tidings that iuy sou has beeu of mnue ' service this time.'
Spray. Net New. [Newspaper Article] — Narromine News and Trangie Advocate — 3 March 1899
Spray. Not New. ! Big sleeves are uot a new thing, as will be seen by the following ordlnauce in regard to them, adopted by the town of Uedhani, Mass., In 1039 :— ' Aiid be it further enacted, that hereafter no person whatsoever shall make a, garment for women or any other sex wltli sleeves more, than half an ell wide iu the widosfc part, and so jiroporliouate for bigger or smaller persons. And for present, refor mation of immoderate great sleeves and some other superfluities which may easily be redressed without much preju dice or spoil ol' guiiiieiits, it. is ordered, &c.'
How Cables Are Sent. [Newspaper Article] — Narromine News and Trangie Advocate — 3 March 1899
How Cables Are Sean. The manner iu which messages are sent and received over the transatlantic cables between America and Europe is very different from that iu which tele- ! grams are transmitted. The two sys tems of Kiiliuiuriue aud overland tele graphy, although but two departments of Die oue science, and iu mnny ways closely connected, are yet entirely dif- j fereut oue. from tbe other. The apparii- j tus, the methods of signalling, aud even | tlie telegraphic characters that form the alphabet, arc altogether dissimilar, and the most expert land line operator would be as much at a loss in an attempt to send a message over the cable as would a locomotive engineer. Instead of the loud clatter and din, nnd the inces sant clicking of brass sounders, so fami liar to every oue as the distinctive char- | acteristic of a telegraph office, there is in : the cable ollice absolute silence, so far as the manipulation of the instruments is concerned. Instead of the messages being rattled nois...
Sydney Address—8, O'Connell[?]st [Newspaper Article] — Narromine News and Trangie Advocate — 3 March 1899
Sydney Address— 8, 0'Connell-st What ebam. wb do with orm Boris P— Parents often feel their eons ore graving into manhood iritho*t that 'education which they ^rould like them to have. Boys neei edtnttion to fight the battle of Ufa. Soda boys seem to think of nothing ._ Hit fan, and a waatefcd use of money! Hey will not lescn tfeeir lessons! Their relatives aie elding much better in their education, and are getting into the best poaitionsin society. Sly boydoos not learn attlSaobo^j he does not Hbe*«f teacher t hs caanot do hie home w«rk; be does not undevstand his Ibbbohb at all, Mid^WgUy IU education u being neglected. BCTiot despair, we reootamend yeaa good Boarding School! -ojs rasust bo educated uowa dayj ! Competition is keen, and only tiro smartest rr^t i, 6 succeed. What boys deed is pertonat e« Jiinciion, and individual teaching. In C S«sd Boarding School their ' wholu time as* s»»ntion is devoted to their «l«K»tio&. ?StsScv.C.T. Poreoutt, B.A., Principal of JJceo'il...