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General Information. [Newspaper Article] — The Gundagai Independent and Pastoral, Agricultural & Mining Advocate — 5 October 1898
General Information. ? y— ? ? . . ?. v. Bees build their oomba at night. - The first photograph was taken in July, 1839. Good ostrich-feathers will fetch £43. per pound in England. Venioe is built on eighty islands, con nected by forty bridges. . . ? ?? Walking down-hill isauite asfatimiini* as walking- up-hill. . . The average length of a whale's jaw bone is seven feet. ? Quee.n Christina of Spain is an expert fencer, and a good piquet player. It is stated that a suicide takoa place in Monte Carlo every three daya. Attacks of neuralgia are frequently aggravated by tight boots sayB a specialist. There ure 13,000 distinct varieties of poBtage-stampB. Professional footballers, on the whole, earn more than professional cricketers. Bolgium is the only maritime country in Europe whioh has no navy. A hundred new words are added every year to the English language. A lion hns been known to leave the mark of his teeth on a solid iron bar. According to a recruiting Bergeant, verr few men have...
THE ITALIAN 'TECK. [Newspaper Article] — The Gundagai Independent and Pastoral, Agricultural & Mining Advocate — 5 October 1898
THE ITALIAN 'TECK. _, ' You havo heard m.e speak of Gipri t Indeed, you know him. It was he who ;. *,' helped bo much in the recovery of. your *' , ' watch. Would you like to hear something about him I' asked Mr. My vart one day. ' By all means. Had him long ? Where did he come from ? Italian, isn't he ?' So ?tnuny questions would have annoyed any one elee- Mr. My vatt only smiled. ' If yon lob me alone I'll tell you. Do you romembor the 18th of January, 1881 ?' ' That awful snowstorm 1 Perfectly.' ' Gigi turned up on that most inaus picious day. Fancy a Neapolitan fresh from: the sunny South adrift in London on thut day, homeless, starving, frozen almost to death in his insufficient; clothing, wretched beyond description.' ' Where did you find him !' ' On my doorstep. He had been oon signed to ilo by an old client, an Italian friend who had helped me in a curious bus iness I may tell you about some day. I eamo home early from the office— lucky to got home ! Do you remember the snow...
Not to be Caught. [Newspaper Article] — The Gundagai Independent and Pastoral, Agricultural & Mining Advocate — 5 October 1898
Not to be Caught. A drowsy old Scotch farmer, Badly addicted to sleeping in* churoh, settled himself back for hia usual nap one Sun day, and was well xdvanoed in vocal slumber, when the minister paused in his diBcoujeo, and Bhouted : *SIJf nn Sliin#1v MftnfrrniTnr I1 ' I'm no' sleepiu' Bir,' quoth Sandy. ' Oh, Sandy, how can you say that ? Oan you tell me what I aaid last ?' 'Oh, ay, sir ; ye aaid, 'sit up, Sandy MacGregor I1
FRENCH POLITENESS. [Newspaper Article] — The Gundagai Independent and Pastoral, Agricultural & Mining Advocate — 5 October 1898
FRENCH POLITENESS. There is, says a writer in 'Haud and Heait,' too much of what we matter of fact English men consider needless fuss ia hat-lifting, bow ing, and complimentary speeches. For those who are fond of statistics it might be au inter esting question to compare the profits derived from the hat trade iu France and England. Considering the amount of wear and tear to wnicu toe requirements 01 etiqm tru must expose that article of dress, we stiould imagine its manufacture to bo a most lucrative business. Does a Frenchman meet a lady of bis acquain tance, not content with raising his hat at the beginning and end of their conversation — he will patiently stand bareheaded in all weathers until the fair one is pleased to bring the inter view to a close. Do men, not on intimate lerm«, wish tu exohange civilities— off go both bats again. Wherever,too,they enter a house or a shop or an office or a public conveyance there is the same inevitable ceremony, or offence may be given Even i...
TAPPING THE PATER. [Newspaper Article] — The Gundagai Independent and Pastoral, Agricultural & Mining Advocate — 5 October 1898
TAPPING THE PATER. The old house was almost deserted. A foot b;ill game was in progress, and half the town wiih lending its aid to the distant shout which came faiutlr up the hill ; tho other half was busy or had not been able to scrape together ' the price of admission. The leader of the glee club stuod before the fireplace in the smoking tbrough the letters piled on the mantel. He I was experiencing that species of hope deferred known as ' looking for a cheque.' ' From the verandah at the side of the house came thu sound of footsteps. Then the front dour banged loudly to and the undergraduate »ud the junior luokt d in from the hall. The leader did not turn towards them, and he paid uo attention to their greetings as they took off their coats. The undergraduate stooped before the lire aiul rubbed his hunds together before the blaze. ' Why didn't you go to the game P' hB asked. ' Tho leader turned a lugubrious countenance upon him. Without u word he pushed his bands into his Irouser...
PEOPLE WHO BATHE IN FIRE. [Newspaper Article] — The Gundagai Independent and Pastoral, Agricultural & Mining Advocate — 5 October 1898
PEOPLE WHO BATHE IN FIRE. Xne most remarkable ceremonial of lire wor ship that survives in the world is practised by the Navajos Indians. ? In preparation for the festival, a gigantic h-ap of dry wood is gathered from the prairie . At the appointed moment the great pilo of inflammable brush is lighted, and in a few moments the whole of it is one blaze. A »torm of /sparks flies 100 ft-ot or more into tho air, nud ashes fall about like a shower of snow.' Tho ceremony always takes place ab night, and the effect of it is both weirrt »,M impressive. Just when the fire is raging at its' hottest, a whistle is heard from the outer darkness^ and'a dozen naked warriors, lithe and tean, come bounding thiough the entrance of the corral that inclones the flaming heap. Each carries two thick bunches of shredded cedar bark, YelliOE like wolves, four times they run around the lire, waving the bundles, which are then lighted. Now begins n wild race around the fire, the rapid running causing the bran...
Struck Her With Impunity. [Newspaper Article] — The Gundagai Independent and Pastoral, Agricultural & Mining Advocate — 5 October 1898
Struck Her With Impunity. 'And now, Mrs. Sullivan, said the counsel, ' will you be kind enough to tell the jury whether your husband was in the habit of striking you with impunity?1 ' With whAt-. »ir9' ' With impunity.' 1 He wuz, sir, now and thin ; but he Bhtruok me oftener wid his fisht.' ' I meant to have told you of that hole,' said an Irishman to a friend, who had fallen into a pit in the Irishman's garden. 'No matter,' said the friend, ' Tve found it.'
Paddy's Test of Goodness. [Newspaper Article] — The Gundagai Independent and Pastoral, Agricultural & Mining Advocate — 5 October 1898
Paddy's Test of Goodness. The following took place in an Ameri can court on one of the occasions of 1 naturalisation,' whioh is usual to . a general election ;? — Judge : 'Do you know O'Brien ?' Irish Witness : ' Yea, sor.' Judge : ' How long has he been in this country?' WifnAMB ? * A Hffld nvAii fivrn oann *' Judge : ' Is he a man of good moral character T Witness (quite bewildered): 'Shure, yer honour, I don't know what moral character means. ' Judge :.* Well, sir, I will talk more' plainly to you. Does O'Brien stand fair before the community?' Witness (completely nonpluaBed):' 'By my sowl, I don't apprehend your mean ing, yer honour.' Judge (rather irritated) : ' I mean to ask you, sir, if O'Brien, the person who wants to be a citizen, and for whom you are a witness, is a good man or not ?' Witness : Oh ! an' why didn't ye ax me that way afore ? To be sure he's a good man. Shure an' I've seen him in ten fights durin' the last two years, and iv'ry time he licked his man. If yer d...
Better than Shakespeare! [Newspaper Article] — The Gundagai Independent and Pastoral, Agricultural & Mining Advocate — 5 October 1898
Better than Shakespeare 1 At the close of a lecture (o the mem bers of a certain literary society, the following dialogue between a Scotchman and the lecturer was over-heard : ' Ye think a fine lot o' Shakespeare, doctor ?' 1 1 do, sir,' was the emphatic reply. ' An ye think he was mair olever than Robbie Burns.?1 ' Why, there's no coinpariBon~betweeo them I' ' Maybe no ; but ye tell us the nicht it was Shakespeare who wrote 'UneaBy lies the head that wears a crown.' Now, Robbie would never have written sich nonsense aB that.' 'Nonsense, sir 1' thundered tbe indig nant dootor. ' Ay, just nonsense. Robbie would hae kent fine that a king, or a queen either, disnu gang to bed wi' the crown on hiB or her head. They hang it ower the back of a chair.' The doctor's face dropped, for he realised that his leoture had been given in vain.
He Knew Lawyers. [Newspaper Article] — The Gundagai Independent and Pastoral, Agricultural & Mining Advocate — 5 October 1898
He Knew Lawyers. A lawyer tells the following story con cerning a client, something of a wag in his way, with whom he had long kept an account.- When the latter was finally made up, the bill, mostly for trifling services, covered several pages of fools cap, aB the items enumerated the most minute details. When the client came rouna to settle, ne reiusea to enter tne office, but stood in the doorway holding one end of the voluminous document in the direction of his legal adviser, with the request that he would take the money and receipt it. 'Come in,' said the lawyer, most cordially. ' Not quite,' replied the client ; ' I know a thing or two now. You'd charge me rent if I did.'
Beware of Tight Boots. [Newspaper Article] — The Gundagai Independent and Pastoral, Agricultural & Mining Advocate — 5 October 1898
; Beware of Tight Boots. BY JOSH BILLINGS. I would just like to kno who the man waz who fust invented tite boots. He must hav bin a narrow and kon trakted kuas. If he still lives, i hope he has repented ov hiz sin, or iz enjoying grate agony ov sum kind. i iiav Din in a grate menny tito spots in mi life, but generally could manage. to make them average ; but tharo iz no aioh thing az making a pare of tite boots average. Enny man who kan ware a pare ov tite boots and be humble, and penitent, and not indulge in profane literature will make a good husband. Oh I for the pen ov departed William Shakspear, to rite an anathema against tite boots, that would mnke anshiint Rome wake up and howf again az she did oiiob befor on a previous ockaahun. Oh I for the strength ov Herkules, to tare into ahu-BtrinjiS all the tite boots ov creashun, and skatter them to the 8 winds OV Heaven. Oh I for the buty ov Venus, tew make a bigg foot look hansum without a tite boot on it. Oh ! for the payshunce ov...
Invalid Gems. [Newspaper Article] — The Gundagai Independent and Pastoral, Agricultural & Mining Advocate — 5 October 1898
Invalid Gems. That loveliest of precious stones, the pearl, has one trait peculiar to itaelf alone. At times, from inexplicable causes, it will be^in to lose its lustre and look dead. A well-known jeweller, when talking about pearls not long ago, expressed himself as follows : 'Do you know that pearls get sick?' he said. They do, and, like babies, thoy require a change of climate when their health is bad, or else they will crumble or die. I knew of a case once where .a lady went into a jeweller's with a magnificent set of pearls that were losing their lustre. . ' 'These pearU are siok,' said the jeweller, upon examining them, 'and unless you take or send them to a deoidedly different olimate at once they will become worthless.' They were sent off, and within a month were as bright and pretty again as they had ever been.' The Royal Palace at Madrid is one of the most beautiful structures in the world, being built by an Italian arqhitect in the early part of the laBt century at a cost...
Rinderpest. IN FOUR PARTS. PART III. Its Treatment. [Newspaper Article] — The Gundagai Independent and Pastoral, Agricultural & Mining Advocate — 5 October 1898
Rinderpest. From the Agricultural Qatttte of N.8.W. . T T T ? IN FOUR PARTS. — ? ►*?« ? . . PART III. Its Treatment. The curative treatment of rinderpest is seldom followed by uny satisfactory results. ? A large number of remedies have been tried, uiid many with what appeared to be marked beneficial results. These results, however, depended more unon the decree of virulence nf thn out break than upon the specific aotionof the medicine used. There is no doubt that in some places and at certain times 'milk' attacks occur, and when the owner of cattle bo affected administered some particular medicine it is only natural that he attributes his recoveries to the specific used. It would occupy too muoh time to particularise the medicines used. There are many, and vary in their nature as much as in their application. Some are amuaing, and some pure' humbug — a myateriouB mixture having a charm that a known compound could never suggest. Thus, ' His Honor, the President of the S.A.R., Mynheer...
Quite Agreeable. [Newspaper Article] — The Gundagai Independent and Pastoral, Agricultural & Mining Advocate — 5 October 1898
Quite Agreeable. The following incident recently hap pened in one of the wool warehouses in Sydney. A lad who was employed there had been throwing stones, and had broken a few windows, bo he was sent for by the manager and interrogated. Manager : 'Have you told your father?' ' Yob, air,' replied the boy ,- Manager: 'Have you alao told your mother I ' Yes, sir,1 replied the boy. Manager: 'Are they both agreeable to having it stopped out of your wages ?' ''Ses, sir,' again replied the boy. Manager : ' What is your name ?' . 1 Tommy Smith,' replied the boy. The manager looked, over the books, and seemed puzzled. ' Tommy Smith ! How much a week do you get? 1 can't aee your name.' Boy: 'Igetsnowt; I'm only a learner.'
Why He Pleaded Guilty. [Newspaper Article] — The Gundagai Independent and Pastoral, Agricultural & Mining Advocate — 5 October 1898
Why He Pleaded Guilty. Two Irish prisoner were, brought up on a charge of larceny. One of them pleaded guilty, but the other preferred to take his chance. The judge asked him if he had counsel, and finding that he had not, assigned him a young gentleman not bo remarkable for brains aa fnr hair and iewellGrv. TTG'rnRn to put the case of his new client, looked first at the prisoner,' then at the judge, then all over the court-house, but never a word could he find to utter. He was stuck 1 The prisoner broke the silence. ' Be jabbera I yer honor,' aaid Put, 'if you can't do any better for me than that, I may as well plade guilty, too 1' whioh he did forthwith.
How He Arrived at the Right Age. [Newspaper Article] — The Gundagai Independent and Pastoral, Agricultural & Mining Advocate — 5 October 1898
How He Arrived at the iMght Age. The lady in the witness-box was re luctant to disclose her age, and the presiding magistrate was astute enough not to preBB ihe question. ' What is your age, madam ?' he had inquired, and 'Whatever you choose, sir,' ahe had made answer. She was unaer oacu. 1 You may put down forty-five years, then,' said the magistrate to the clerk. ' What is your occupation, madam ?' ' 'Sir,1 said the witness, 'you have made a mistake of ten years in my age.' 'Put down fifty-five years, then,' said the magistrate. ' Your residence ? ' 'Sir,' exclaimed the lady, angrily, ' my age is thirty-five years, not fifty five I' ' 'Thank you, madam,' said the magis trate blandly, and the entire bench joined in the smile that wen; round the court.