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BREEDING FRUIT. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 4 January 1902
BREEDING FRUIT. The improvements in fruits are remarkable. It is possible to improve the varieties of fruit through the seedlings of a variety in two different ways. Firstly, by the accumulation of individual differences, appearing in seedlings in successive generations, the selections conforming to a preconceived ideal for the type. The varia- tions may be the result of the changes of surround- ings or the variations may be induced by the inter-crossing of different individuals. Secondly, varieties may be improved by the selection of independent variations, the variations not con- forming to any pre-conceived ideal nor being the result of the accumulation of previous variations which have been approaching a desired type. The selected variation is looked upon as com- pleted; it is a fine tree, giving fine fruit, but is not expected to yield fine progeny.
ZOLA'S EARLY STRUGGLES. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 4 January 1902
ZOLA'S EARLY STRUGGLES. Few writers ever had to struggle so hard for recognition as M. Zola. As a young man the great French author lived in one small room, and for years went short of food. His condition became so terrible at one period that he had to resort to the expedient of catching sparrows by means of a trap, which he set every morning on the roof above his garret. Parisian sparrows being venturesome birds, M. Zola was able henceforward to make sure of at least one meal daily.
A BURGLAR'S DISGUISE. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 4 January 1902
&nbsp; A BURGLAR'S DISGUISE. &nbsp; A Liverpool dentist tells how a man came to him recently who, although he had a substantial set of natural teeth, yet wished to have an ar- tificial lot that would case his own. The teeth were duly prepared. They gave him a prominent mouth, altering his features vastly. It subse- quently transpired that the man was a burglar in search of a disguise.
Boys and their Ways. SOME FUNNY STORIES. TOLD BY A SCHOOLMASTER. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 4 January 1902
Boys and their Ways. SOME FUNNY STORIES. —#— TOLD BY A SCHOOLMASTER. "G.H.," who has had a lengthy experience of &nbsp; boys in schools, has written some of his experi- &nbsp; ences in a recent number of the "Spectator." They may not be absolutely new in every in- stance, but they are at least novel and enter- taining. Here are a few of them:— &nbsp; QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS. The majestic, awe-inspiring style of teaching is happily now seldom practised, and the scholar is allowed his hearty laugh at any chance gleam of wit or comic blunder on the part of his school- fellows. The following examples have at differ- ent times come under my notice, and where pos- sible I have retained the precise words used by the children. Teacher (to newly-joined pupil): "What's your name?" Boy: "Smiff." Teacher: "Where do you come from?" Boy: "I dun'no." Teacher: "Ever been to school before?" Boy (more brightly): "Yus." Teacher: ''Was it a Board school?" Boy: "No, brick." "What i...
A MYSTERIOUS BILL. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 4 January 1902
A MYSTERIOUS BILL. A fearful bill, found in the pocket of a man arrested for theft, mystified the police con- siderably, and nearly succeeded in bringing its owner into serious difficulties. It ran thus:— s. d. 1 False Oath 1 6 1 Lured to Ruin 1 6 1 Cloven Foot 4 0 &nbsp; 1 Mad Passion 4 0 1 Hidden Terror 1 6 1 Murder 6 0 18 6 It turned out to be an account for a job lot of theatrical posters, bought up cheap.
HINTS ON BREAD. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 4 January 1902
HINTS ON BREAD. &nbsp; Bread made from wheat flour, when taken out &nbsp; of the oven, is unprepared for the stomach. It &nbsp; should go through a change, or ripen, before it is &nbsp; eaten. Young persons, or persons in the enjoy- &nbsp; ment of vigorous health, may eat bread immedia- &nbsp; tely after being baked without any sensible in- &nbsp; jury from it, but weakly and aged persons can- &nbsp; not, and none can eat such without doing harm &nbsp; to the digestive organs. Bread, after being &nbsp; baked, goes through a change similar to the &nbsp; change in newly-brewed beer or newly-churned &nbsp; butter-milk, neither being healthy until after &nbsp; the change. During the change in bread it &nbsp; sends off a large portion of carbon or unhealthy &nbsp; gas and imbibes a large portion of oxygen or &nbsp; healthy gas. Bread has, according to the com- &...
A SWISS MOUNTAIN. LIKELY TO TOPPLE OVER ANY MOMENT. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 4 January 1902
A SWISS MOUNTAIN. &nbsp; &nbsp; LIKELY TO TOPPLE OVER ANY MOMENT. A traveller in Switzerland says that the moun- tain called the Rocher de Clusette, in the Swiss Alps, is about to topple over into the busy val- ley of Travers. The valley of Travers lies in the Jura moun- tains, and through it runs the Jura-Simplon railway. Down its narrow gorge also rushes the River Le Reuse, a small stream in winter, but a swollen torrent when the warm spring sunshine begins to melt the mountain snows. The valley is just about wide enough for the river and the railroad in some places, and in others it opens out so that small cities lie in the embrace of the hills and straggle up their sides. Here and there are hotels much patro- nised by tourists, and many schools for girls are scattered through the valley. Into this valley may fall at any time a great mass of the mountain, estimated to amount to 500,000 cubic yards of rock. Close to the foot of the mountain lie the quaint little ci...
SEVERE. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 4 January 1902
SEVERE. A young man. contemplating matrimonial fe- &nbsp; licity, took his fair intended to the home of his &nbsp; parents, in order that she might be introduced &nbsp; to the old folk. &nbsp; "This is my future wife," said the young man, &nbsp; proudly, turning to paterfamilias, who was of a &nbsp; canny turn of mind. "Now, father, tell me &nbsp; &nbsp; frankly what you think of her." &nbsp; The old man eyed the blushing bride-elect for &nbsp; fully two minutes; then answered with deli- &nbsp; beration: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; "Well, John, I can only say that you have &nbsp; shown much better taste than she has." &nbsp;
AN OLD BARONY. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 4 January 1902
AN OLD BARONY. &nbsp; —♦— &nbsp; Although the Baroness Beaumont is the &nbsp; youngest peeress in her own right in Great Bri- &nbsp; tain, she will be entitled to take precedence of &nbsp; all her elders at the Coronation, for the Barony &nbsp; of Beaumont is the oldest in England, being &nbsp; created in 1300. The Baroness, who succeeded &nbsp; her father when little more than a year old, &nbsp; owing to his sad death when out shooting, is &nbsp; now seven years old. She is a chubby little &nbsp; girl, with brown hair and blue eyes, and does &nbsp; not know the meaning of fear. She has a pas- &nbsp; sion for horses, and makes a round of the &nbsp; stables at Carlton Towers at least once a day, &nbsp; loaded with sugar and apples. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;
NEW "CURES" FOR CANCER. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 4 January 1902
NEW "CURES" FOR CANCER. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Great attention is just now being directed in &nbsp; London towards what are said to be "cures" for &nbsp; the dread disease of cancer. &nbsp; The story of the rapid recovery of Lady Mar- garet Marsham (told in last week's "World's &nbsp; News"), brought about, it is said, by partaking &nbsp; of an infusion of fresh green violet leaves, has &nbsp; caused much comment in medical circles, but of course one recovery is not sufficient evidence &nbsp; that a cure for cancer has been found. &nbsp; Dr. John Gilman, Professor at the Hahnemann Medical College, Chicago, claims, however, that &nbsp; during the last eighteen months he has treated &nbsp; over 50 cases of cancer, including many forms &nbsp; of the disease, and has failed to find a single &nbsp; one which did not yield readily to his treat...
WHAT THE AGED CAN REMEMBER. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 4 January 1902
WHAT THE AGED CAN REMEMBER. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; In alluding to the statement that there is &nbsp; no foundation for the tradition that the late &nbsp; Dowager Lady Carew was present at the famous &nbsp; ball given by the Duchess of Richmond on the &nbsp; eve of Waterloo, the London correspondent of &nbsp; the "Manchester Guardian" remarks that one &nbsp; thing is certain, however—that, inasmuch as she &nbsp; was seventeen at the time, she was not too &nbsp; young for the victory to make a vivid impres- &nbsp; sion on her. That would be nothing compared &nbsp; with other feats of memory. One of the most &nbsp; remarkable of these is that recorded four years &nbsp; ago in "The Times" by Mr. Gorell, of Coltishall, &nbsp; Norwich. Mr. Gorell, who was born at Kirkby &nbsp; Lonsdale in 1804, had at the age of 93 a clear &nbsp; recollection of the...
SAFETY FROM LIGHTNING. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 4 January 1902
SAFETY FROM LIGHTNING. As a rule, during a thunderstorm one is safer in a forest than in the open country, because in the latter a person is a "raised object," attract- ing the lightning, while in the woods the bolts select the highest trees. Investigation in many forests has shown that lightning has its dis- tinct preferences. For instance, oak trees are struck 48 times oftener than beech trees. Some trees, like the beech, walnut, etc., contain much fatty matter, while others—the oak, poplar, wil- low, and ash—are rich in starch. Lightning rather avoids the former, preferring the latter —isolated willows and poplars being particu- larly liable to visits from lightning. If one holds a finger near the conductor of an elec- trical machine there is a violent discharge—a miniature stroke of lightning; but if we hold a needle similarly, there will be no violent dis- &nbsp; charge, the electricity flowing from the hand &nbsp; through the needle-point neutralising the elec-...
THEY HAD AGREED. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 4 January 1902
THEY HAD AGREED. "Gentlemen of the jury," asked the clerk of &nbsp; the court, "have you agreed upon a verdict?" &nbsp; "We have" replied the foreman. "The verdict &nbsp; of the jury is that the lawyers have mixed this &nbsp; case up to such an extent that we don't know anything at all about it."
WOULD YOU BE POPULAR? On this subject the following hints, which are, of course, "wrote sarcastic," are worth attention:— [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 4 January 1902
WOULD YOU BE POPULAR? &nbsp; On this subject the following hints, which are, &nbsp; of course, "wrote sarcastic," are worth atten- &nbsp; tion:— &nbsp; &nbsp; "Always talk about yourself. It shows indi- &nbsp; viduality and a high degree of self-respect. &nbsp; "Talk frequently. People may lose valuable &nbsp; ideas by your silence; besides, it is wicked to &nbsp; waste time by listening to the idle clatter of &nbsp; other folk. &nbsp; "When you are hearing a story you have heard &nbsp; &nbsp; before, do not fail to interrupt and tell the &nbsp; narrator that he is relating something as old as &nbsp; the hills. It saves valuable time, and will pre- &nbsp; vent him from feeling foolishly vain of his &nbsp; &nbsp; powers. &nbsp; "Always make as much litter as you can. It &nbsp; may provide employment for those who might &am...
THE RUSSIAN PEASANT. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 4 January 1902
THE RUSSIAN PEASANT. —♦— &nbsp; A very quaint and happy-go-lucky fellow is the Russian peasant, according to a recent visi- tor to the Czar's dominions. As a farm laborer he is terribly conserva- tive, and resolutely declines to use any but the most primitive implements. Immense sums have been practically wasted by rich proprietors on expensive farm machinery which the stub- born peasantry will not use. Yet the Russian moujik (as he is called) is a clever workman in his own way, and performs wonders with a kind of axe which forms almost his only edged tool. He has a kindly, contented nature, varied oc- casionally with fits of sadness, and he is pas- sionately fond of music. The horses he drives must be hung with tinkling bells, and he is never happier than when riding across the steppes, carolling one of his national songs. He lives in a log hut, all the furniture in which is invariably made by himself. In the matter of food he is easily satisfied. He is fond of mushrooms, w...
PREPOSTEROUS JUSTICE. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 4 January 1902
PREPOSTEROUS JUSTICE. One night recently at Alford, in Lincolnshire, (Eng.), a youth obtained a light for his cigarette by striking a match against a tradesman's door- post. The atrocious outrage was witnessed by a superintendent of police, who informed the tradesman. Strange to say, the tradesman de- clined to take any action. But the superinten- dent, who is seemingly imbued with a deep re- verence for the sanctity of private door-posts, was determined that so flagrant an offence should not pass unpunished, and he accordingly took out a summons against the culprit, under the Malicious Damage Act. The case came on be- fore a Bench consisting of the Rev. Canon War- ren, Messrs. John Higgins, William Hoff, R. Corey, and J. R. Smithson, J's.P., and the actu- ally imposed a fine of eight shillings. Was there ever a more preposterous prosecution or ridicu- &nbsp; lous decision? Seeing that the party whose door-post was scratched had refused to sum- &nbsp; &nbsp; ...
MISANTHROPIC. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 4 January 1902
MISANTHROPIC. "There is a work," said the high-browed youth, "which, even though it may not bring me wealth, will bring me fame." "Again the folly of youth!" sneered the cynical philosopher. "Why will you never realise that fame, such as you seek, is merely a device of the avaricious world by which a man is kept poor, and by which, at the same time, his credi- tors are always kept advised of his where- abouts?" &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;
A Gun that Failed. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 4 January 1902
A Gun that Failed. The Gathmann gun which is shown in the sketch has, according to New York telegrams, proved a failure. &nbsp; The test to which the gun was submitted is &nbsp; spoken of as the most expensive ever undertaken &nbsp; by the United States authorities. &nbsp; General Miles and several other distinguished army officers were present. The gun tested was invented by Mr. Louis Gath- mann, and Congress, against the advice of the artillery experts, recently appropriated £12,000 for testing it. The gun weighs 59 tons, and is 44ft. long; it has an 18in. bore, and throws a shell of 1860lb., of which 600lb. is wet gun cotton. The gun was charged with powder, and the in- ventor asserted that it would throw a shell 16 miles at a velocity of 2000ft. per second, and that it could annihilate a warship. A huge target representing the entire side of a battleship was used. It was protected with the heaviest Krupp armor. When the gun was fired practically n...