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THE WEEK. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 18 January 1902
THE WEEK. Some time ago the fact that the City Guard of Capetown were armed with obso- lete rifles was explained by saying that the soldiers of these corps were accustomed to give their weapons to the enemy, and that &nbsp; Martini-Henrys were good enough for this &nbsp; purpose. That certainly presents itself as &nbsp; a very cogent argument. But what rational end can be served by arming the police of New South Wales with old-fashion- ed revolvers that will not go off, and that leave the constable at a criti- cal moment unarmed be- fore a murderous-minded criminal, it is indeed difficult to conjecture. When our criminals arm themselves with lethal weapons they never make such a mistake as this. They never fail to get the latest and most effective pattern, and have it in a state fit for service. And this is a lesson which the defenders of law and order and social security might well learn of the enemies of society. "What a wonderful subject for an historical ...
MAROONED IN THE ATLANTIC. A HUSBAND LOSES HIS WIFE FOR SIX MONTHS. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 18 January 1902
MAROONED IN THE ATLANTIC. &nbsp; —♦— &nbsp; &nbsp; A HUSBAND LOSES HIS WIFE FOR &nbsp; SIX MONTHS. &nbsp; A most unfortunate mishap has occurred to &nbsp; Mrs. Parsons, the wife of the agent at Halifax &nbsp; of the Department of Marine and Fisheries of &nbsp; Canada. &nbsp; Mr. Parsons recently made his regular autumn &nbsp; trip of inspection to Sable Island, the graveyard &nbsp; of the Atlantic, and took his wife with him. &nbsp; When they reached the island Mrs. Parsons re- &nbsp; solved to go ashore with her husband and see &nbsp; the island and people on it. It was a very &nbsp; risky thing to attempt, as weather fit for landing &nbsp; or for returning on board ship is never certain for &nbsp; many hours together. &nbsp; Between the hour of Mrs. Parsons' landing and &nbsp; the time to return wind and waves had risen, and &a...
ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 18 January 1902
ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS. "Jay."—"In the Fallow Time of Year," hardly &nbsp; suitable for these columns. "Old Age Pensioner."—A good deal of merit in your contribution "Flowers," but try some- thing more topical, and send along. "An Australian National Anthem," though good in parts, hardly leaves the beaten track sufficiently to warrant publication. &nbsp; "H. Adams."—"Our Heroes" is too long and &nbsp; straggly. The idea is good, if well versed. &nbsp;
WHAT IS ICE-COLD? [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 18 January 1902
WHAT IS ICE-COLD? An ice dealer was asked if his ice was any colder in January than in July, and he replied that he thought not. Many people think, with him, that "ice-cold" means the same in winter or summer, and that ice can never be colder than 32 degrees Fahrenheit, but, as a matter of fact, it goes lower according to the surrounding tem- perature. A block of ice, and a block of iron, standing in a temperature of 32 degrees, will be as cold as each other; if the thermometer rises, the iron will grow warmer, but the ice cannot do so —it melts, and is no longer ice. If the ther- mometer falls, the iron becomes colder, but it is a common notion that ice still remains at 32 decrees. That is a fallacy. As the temperature goes down, the ice be- comes colder and harder, hence more brittle. At zero, or thereabouts, you could not skate on every frozen piece of water; you must be pre- pared to have it crack. A piece of ice dropped into liquid air becomes so hard that it will cut glass lik...
TRAMS IN PARIS. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 18 January 1902
TRAMS IN PARIS. On the 53 tramway lines of Paris and its sub- &nbsp; urbs, owned by 11 companies, 858 cars are run &nbsp; by mechanical power and 297 by horses. There &nbsp; are 38 electric lines, 19 being operated by accu- &nbsp; mulators and only one by trolley, the latter being &nbsp; prohibited in the city, and only allowed provi- &nbsp; tionally on a single suburban route. On nine &nbsp; lines the cars are driven by compressed air, on &nbsp; five by steam, and on one they are hauled by &nbsp; cable. &nbsp;
Spun Yarns. NO. 1.—HAD! [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 18 January 1902
Spun Yarns. BY "JIMMY." NO. 1.—HAD! A more eccentric than kindly fate having pitch- forked me into a certain Queensland town, which shall be nameless, to make a living I had spent all my ready money, and a goodly portion of what I hadn't got, in advertising for art pupils. My studio was on the top floor of a building, wherein the rooms were mostly let out for offices, the occupiers of which had become so intimate with me as to ask for small loans, to be refunded on the "to-morrow," which, alas, never comes; but at the time of which I write they cheerfully recognised the impossibility of getting anything out of a destitute artist, and I was left in peace and poverty to paint unsalable pot-boilers. It happened upon a particularly dreary day, when my last hopes of ever getting some return for my advertising investments were just about dying, that I heard footsteps approaching my door, and the next instant a confident rap as- sured me of a patron at last. I bade my visitor enter, and a ...
"OUR FRIENDS?" (SPECIAL FOR "THE WORLD'S NEWS.") [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 18 January 1902
"OUR FRIENDS?'' (SPECIAL FOR "THE WORLD'S NEWS.") &nbsp; Kindly pardon this suggestion &nbsp; On an interesting question, &nbsp; And a rather irritating question, too. &nbsp; For Victoria supposes, &nbsp; When she tweaks our fiscal noses, &nbsp; That we like the process better than we do. &nbsp; If our neighbors are sarcastic, &nbsp; Still our policy's elastic— &nbsp; If Protection insufficiently extends; We can stretch a point, I take it, &nbsp; Add a "saving clause" to make it, &nbsp; As the adage says, "Protect us from our friends." &nbsp; O, Melbourne must be jealous. &nbsp; Or they wouldn't be so zealous To exaggerate the mote in Sydney's eye; While a most colossal girder, And a look of wilful murder, In both of her's you easily can spy! Their truly Christian virtue Never hesitates to hurt you,— For they're mean enough to justify their ends And they castigate our city, More i...
BAMBOO PLAYS MANY PARTS. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 18 January 1902
BAMBOO PLATS MANY PARTS. &nbsp; To appreciate the extensive uses of bamboo one should inspect a native house in the Philip- pines. A visitor to the island thus described a typical residence:— &nbsp; "It was made of bamboo poles, skilfully bound together with bamboo thongs, the roof being thatched with palm leaves laced together with strips of bamboo. All the furniture was of bamboo, including the mats and cushions, which were skilfully woven from the cane. "Access to the house was gained by a bam- boo ladder, for it was erected on posts some 12ft. from the ground; and the window panes were not made of glass, but of the transparent shell of a native shell-fish."
DESCRIPTIVE REPORTING IN OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 18 January 1902
DESCRIPTIVE REPORTING IN OFFI- &nbsp; CIAL DOCUMENTS. &nbsp; The breeziness of expression often to be found &nbsp; in American official documents would horrify &nbsp; public servants who have been brought up in the &nbsp; traditions of Australia. &nbsp; Thus a recent report of the Board of Visitors &nbsp; appointed to inspect the Military Academy at &nbsp; West Point (U.S.A.) contains the following pas- &nbsp; sage with reference to the organ in the academy &nbsp; chapel:— &nbsp; "The Board attended Divine service while at &nbsp; the post, and endured the untold agony and &nbsp; exquisite torture visited on the congregation &nbsp; every Sabbath while this alleged musical instru- &nbsp; ment is being prepared to perform its part. &nbsp; "There is not a fifth-class variety theatre in &nbsp; any nation, on the globe that would tolerate such &nb...
STREET AMBULANCES. A GOOD SUGGESTION. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 18 January 1902
STREET AMBULANCES. &nbsp; A GOOD SUGGESTION. In reference to Dr. Nachtel's article on the &nbsp; question of ambulances published in the "Daily &nbsp; Mail" recently, Mr. Montague Crackanthorpe, &nbsp; K.C., writes from Paris as follows:— &nbsp; "As Dr. Nachtel truly says, the stretcher &nbsp; should admit of being put in and taken out &nbsp; of the ambulance without jolting the patient, &nbsp; and when the patient reaches the hospital he should be transferred without jolting to the &nbsp; bed assigned to him. &nbsp; An apparatus devised by Dr. Desprez, chief &nbsp; surgeon of the hospital at St. Quentin, sur- mounts both the first and the second difficulty. &nbsp; It was shown at the International Exhibition of &nbsp; 1900, and was awarded two gold medals. The &nbsp; stretcher canvas is in two equal parts. When in use the halves are brought together, edge &nbsp; t...
IMMACULATE. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 18 January 1902
&nbsp; IMMACULATE. &nbsp; A well-known bishop, famous no less for his &nbsp; sense of humor than for his kindly heart, was &nbsp; very fond of telling the following story:—He was &nbsp; asked to preside at the annual public prize-giving &nbsp; of a certain charitable institution for children, &nbsp; which was mainly supported by the purse and &nbsp; efforts of a neighboring peer and his family. &nbsp; The bishop, on his arrival at the function, &nbsp; found himself supported on the platform by the &nbsp; said nobleman and some of his daughters, all &nbsp; comfortably seated on cushioned chairs; all the &nbsp; rest of the audience, being undistinguished, were &nbsp; seated on the school forms, as also were the chil- &nbsp; dren belonging to the institution. &nbsp; The bishop kindly asked the children a few &nbsp; questions in divinity. To one boy he ...
A POSER. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 18 January 1902
A POSER. "Papa, you took a scientific degree at College, didn't you?" "Yes, my boy. I spent two years on science." "When you look in a mirror, the left side of your face appears to be the right side, and the right side seems to be the left. The looking glass reverses it, doesn't it?" &nbsp; "Yes." "Then why doesn't it reverse the top and bottom of your face the same way?" "Why—er—ah!" &nbsp;
RATHER CRUSHING. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 18 January 1902
RATHER CRUSHING. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; First Little Girl: "Oh, my dog's so clever! See &nbsp; how beautiful he can beg! &nbsp; Second Little Girl (with snobbish tendency): &nbsp; "Oh, so is mine very clever, but he is too well &nbsp; bred to do anything so common!"— &nbsp; "Westminster &nbsp; Budget." &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;
WHO, INDEED? [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 18 January 1902
WHO, INDEED? &nbsp; "I shall soon be your new mamma," said the &nbsp; governess to her little charge. "I am going &nbsp; to marry your father, Freddy, dear; I wonder if &nbsp; you are glad?" &nbsp; "Hurrah!" exclaimed Freddy, "that's simply a &nbsp; splendid idea. Who thought of it first, you or &nbsp; father?"
LINKS WITH THE PAST. THE CROWN JEWELS. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 18 January 1902
LINKS WITH THE PAST. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; THE CROWN JEWELS. &nbsp; The crown which Queen Alexandra is to wear at the Coronation is in course of preparation, and will be in many respects the most unique Royal diadem in the world. It is to be based on the one first worn by the Queen of James II., which has been removed from its place in &nbsp; the Tower jewel-house to undergo the necessary &nbsp; alterations. The most important announcement &nbsp; in connection with it is that the famous Koh-i- &nbsp; Noor is to be affixed to the front of the crown. &nbsp; This wonderful stone has never been technically &nbsp; a "crown jewel," as it was the private property &nbsp; of the late Queen Victoria. Its history is a &nbsp; strange one. It was originally found in the Dec- &nbsp; can in 1550, and passed into the possession of &nbsp; the Great Moguls Shah Jehan and Arung...
AN ENDLESS STAIRCASE. FOR TIRED PEOPLE. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 18 January 1902
AN ENDLESS STAIRCASE. &nbsp; FOR TIRED PEOPLE. &nbsp; Moving slopes as a substitute for lifts have already come largely into use. The original form, with its low treads, has now been im- proved, the new arrangement taking the form of stairs, which are made to rise on the endless chain conveyor. These stairs afford a firm foothold on which passen- gers can stand until they reach the upper level. A glance at the picture will show the plan on which the apparatus works, the stairs forming automatic- ally at the bottom of the lift by the supporting bars passing into alternate up- &nbsp; per and lower slots or FOR TIRED PEOPLE. guidways, thus bending the conveyor out of a straight line to form the treads and risers. Of course a moving handrail is also provided to aid the passengers.
FOUNTAIN COMB FOR THE HAIR. NEW TOILET AID. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 18 January 1902
FOUNTAIN COMB FOR THE HAIR. &nbsp; NEW TOILET AID. The difficulty of applying medicinal prepara- &nbsp; tions to the scalp and hair evenly and thoroughly &nbsp; has resulted in the evolution of the fountain &nbsp; comb, shown in the accompanying illustration. It consists of a comb of peculiar shape, having &nbsp; hollow, perforated teeth, together with a reservoir and a pressure bulb. The medicinal prepara- tion is poured into the re- servoir through the top, and the comb is ready for use. In operation the teeth are drawn through the hair, while the fingers of one hand squeeze &nbsp; the rubber bulb to increase the pressure in the &nbsp; reservoir into the teeth, and thence to the scalp and hair. &nbsp; To aid in the manipulation of this device, the &nbsp; bulb is partially covered by a metallic shield, &nbsp; from which project curved studs to lie between &nbsp; the fingers, and afford a firm gr...
THE SMALL BOY AGAIN. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 18 January 1902
THE SMALL BOY AGAIN. &nbsp; Sunday-school Teacher: "Why, Willie Wilson, &nbsp; fighting again? Didn't last Sunday's lesson teach that when you are struck on one cheek, you ought to turn the other to the striker?" &nbsp; Willie: "Yes'm; but he hit me on the nose, an' &nbsp; I've only got one."
WHERE FISHES WALK. [Newspaper Article] — The World's News — 18 January 1902
WHERE FISHES WALK. &nbsp; In certain parts of India the migratory habit of fishes is so well known that the natives anti- cipate their movements, and capture them by hundreds as they go from one place to another. The first fish ever observed to leave the water, by a European naturalist, was the now famous climbing perch. Daldorf, in visiting India, heard the story as told by natives, to the effect that these fishes left their native element and walked overland, using their fins as limbs, but did not believe it. One day a native came to his camp and offered to take him to a spot where the emigrating fishes could be seen. Following the man through the forest, they finally came to a pool or swamp that was rapidly drying up, and from the mud pro- ceeded a line or procession of fishes, making their way up through the grass by the aid of their fins, presenting a remarkable spectacle. The fishes were emigrating overland; the water of their pool had dried up, and they were deliberat...