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CURIOUS FINDS OX THE LINE.
In addition to the broken bot tles, old newspapers, and empty fruit baskets -which are the most common of articles dropped from passing trains, the platelayers and others at work on the track sometimes come across 6nds of greater value. Not long since a valuable dia mond brooch was found on a North London line by a man employed in picking up scraps of paper, and which it transpired hud fallen from the dress of a young lady, who had been look ing from the carriage window at the house of a friend as the train passed by. Some years ago a medical gentleman, taking a walk near Hunstanton, was snprised to see a piece of paper come Hying out of the window of a third-class carriage of a passing express, and which, when it settled at his feet, he discovered to be a five pound note. Continuing his ramble, ho on his return, called at the rail way station; and learned that inquiry had already been made for the missing piece of paper, which belonged to a clerk who, starting for his annual holiday, had been reckoning up his assets, when a gust of wind as the train rounded a curve had borne best part of them way. At Liverpool Street Station a short while ago a gentleman seat ed in a second-class carriage dropped his umbrella, which fell down between the carriage and the platform. Imagining that he should no doubt bo able to re cover it when the train had gone, ho waited on tho station and then got a porter to jump down on to the lino; but, though search was mado from end to end, no um brella could bo found. Noxt da' it was picked up by a railway omployeo in tho open counhy near Lough ton, having travelled all that distance on tho lower stops of tho carriage. Tho discovery of a stick, hat, pair of gloves, and blood-stained overcoat on tho railway line na turally led tho officials, at a little SouthCoast station not long "since, to imagine that somo dreadful tragedy had occnred. Search, however, failed to reveal any mu tilated body lying near tho rails, and tho matter remained a mys tery, until it was discovered that tho presence of these articles on . tho lino was simply tho ruso of thoir possessor, a defaulting bank cashior, to creato an impression that ho had committed suicide, and so render his escape more easy. An employee on tho Great Western Railway one morning, as ho was walking to work, saw nn elderly gentleman open the door of tho carriage in which he was travelling and make frantic efforts to recover a small parcel, which he had dropped npon the footboard. The jolting of tho train, how ever, as it crossed tho points, dislodged tho parcel before he could soize it, when it was promptly picked up by the pass ing employeo and lodged with the station-master, pending inquiries being mado for it. Remember ing the strenuous efforts which he had seen mado for its recovery, tho finder flattered himself that it must be something valuable, and delightful visions of a liberal "tip ' floated before his eyes. After fivo or six days, however, nothing further being heard, ifc was decided to see .what the package contained, and in the presence of the complete station staff, tho covering was removed and a tin box revealed to sight. As the lid was taken off expect ation ran high, but the witnesses soon beat a speedy retreat, as, with the raising of the lid, hundreds of angry blue-bottles poured out, settling everywhere around. The box, evidently be longing to some ardent fisher man, had contained a copious supply of gentles, which, lying in tho sunshine by the booking office window, had speedily hatched into full-blown insects. (Tit Bits). THE NEWSPAPER 31 IX. Certain Honolulu newspaper men will doubtless gain instruc tion from this poem, written by a very popular London journalist. All who know newspaper men will be struck with its modest veracity.- Ed. Gkaphic. 'My son, I don't know if your youthful conception Has breadth in the scope of its nebulous plan, To vceird comprehension of that one ex ception To -workaday mortals, the newspaper man. But if you'll agree to a feeble description From one of their number, I'll do what I can, To blend in tho way of a little prescription, The mixture that's known as a newspaper man. Take a brain that is steeped in solution of knowledge, Most varied and picturesque under the sun; Then add just a pinch of tho salt of the col lege, A flavour of wit and a soupcan of fun. For a relish, liohemain sauce is the caper, And a mind that will stretch from Beersheba to Dan; In fancy or fact, when it comes to "the paper." Or touches the heart of the newspaperman. 'To a memory that clutches the veries trifle, And a baud that is tireless when work's to be done; Add an eye that is quick as tne flash of a rifle, And keen as the eagle that flies to the sun. Take strength, and endurance, and loyal devotion, And add all the grit and the courage you can To the heart that's as big and as deep as the ocean; A hundred to one on tho newspaper man. With a brew of ideas that, seething and boil ing, Run out into moulds that are models for men; Add a ceaseless encounter with planning and toiling; For the world of to-day that is ruled by the pen. Add the honey of friendship, the dew of affection, And the esprit de corps that gets down to hard pan; And paste in your hat the whole mortal collection, As the regular stock of the newspaperman.' X. Z. Graphic). How Appropriate I The words of the old Russian marriage ceremony are "Here wolf, take thy lamb.' A Patriot Aroased. Editor-in chieffsfeniy to Assis tant). I had riot expected, sir, that this office contained an Apostle of Secession! What do you mean by this sentence: "Under protection the United States have a sur plus"? Assistant. What's wrong? I'm sure it's grammatical. Editor- in- chief. Grammatical I I'd have you understand that the United States is one and indivisi ble; grammar or no grammar! Change that word to has. PROGRESS. The Life of the Land is Established in Righteousness. HONOLULU, NOV. 21, 1S93. NEWS TOPICS. The readers and friends of tho Holomua will excuse its appear ing without the usual Topics and Spice this afternoon. There was a transformation scene while the paper was going to "form." It was not such a mir acle as that of "opium" turning into "bricks" and "straw," but a couple of galleys of editorial and local matter turning into "pio." ' xj-' i Gold Filled Teeth. This Eastern monarch has had a pavilion constructed which is unique of its kind. It is made of glass throughout. Tho walls, ceiling, and floor are composed of thick slabs of glass, joined to gether by means of waterproof cement. This glass erection is 2Sft. long and 14ft. wide, and stands in the midst of a large basin of coloured marble, beauti ful to look at. After His Majesty has entered the pavilion, the little doors which gives access to it is hermetically closed with transparent cement: then a kind of sluicejs opened, and the vast basin is flooded with water to the height of a couple of feet above the roof of the pavilion, which is thns entirely submerged. Tho interior is abundantly supplied with air by means of numerous ventilators. Hero tho Shah sponds the hottest hours of tho da, eating, drinking, and smoking. How delightful' Most mortals are equipped with thirty-two teeth on an average; the Shah of Persia, however, appears to be more" amply provid ed for, as wo are told that he has just had his fortieth molar ex tracted. The phenomenon is thus explained: The first timo His Eastern Majesty suffered from a decayed tooth and had to have it removed, his loyal sub jects, moved with compassion at the sufferings of their ruler, offered him as a solatium anumbor of presents amounting ig all to ten thousand gold sequins. Having thus discovered a new source of supply for his privy purse, tho Shah, whenever he feels the want of thoso little presents that help to maintain the glow, of friendship, causes the fact of his having another bad tooth to bo proclaimed by a flourish of trumpets in all parts of tuo empire. And tho presents begin to pour in. Not many days ago this manoeuvre was repeated for the fortieth timo, and with the desired effect, for tho simple reason that Narsed-din is greatly nmro feared than beloved. Al- together ingenious this method teeth, but of extracting not sequins. Le Conteur. Did He Succeed Here? Tho Duke of Newcatle's speci ality in the amateur photography is to secure portraits of rare wild animals in their nativo surround ings. He is travelling in quest of these with Mr. GambierBolton, a member of the Royal Geogra phical 'Society, and well known as one of tho most expert amateur photographers of animals in the world. The two proceeded from the World's Fair to California, where one of their chief objects is to photog-aph the big sea-lions on the cliffs, stealing up to them from off shore on a tug; Just Xissed It. Miss Fitt. And so you were in the Crimean War, Major! Were vou with the Light Brigade in their heroic charge? Major Ananias Bluff. I-eh-came very near being in tbat.histo ric charge. Miss Fitt. Never was so disappointed in my life. They vould take but six hundred, and I -ehwas No. 601. ITasfainsTke Face. On the much-vexed questions as to whether, and, if at all how, the face saonlu be washed by her who aspires to physical beauty, Baro ness Staffe says m The Ladies' Dresiingroam that washing is the best means of keeping the pores qf the skin free from the secretions or accumulations which might ob struct them, and that it is contrary to the rules of hygiene to abstain, as we have been told Patti does, from washing the face. She says, further, that if you have a red face you should use hot water, as it will send the blood away, and that it i6 bad to wash in cold water when tho weather.is very warm, or when the face is heated by artificial warmth. Tepid water, but without soap, should then be used, and the face powdered and allowed to dry with out being wiped. Under ordinary circumstances the face should be dried very gently, with a very fine and rather worn towel. Rough friction tends to thicken the skin. Hot water is a favorite nostrum, we are told, with mnny well-known beauties. One lady plunges a towel into very hot water, wrings it out, and lays it on her fuce, where she keeps it about half-an-hour. She goes through this performance at night before going to bed, wiping the face lightly befora goi.ig to sleep. Lemon juice is preferred by many to soap, and strawberry juice is particularly good for the skin. Rain water should be preferred to spring water, and a good walk in the rain, is a capital complexion tonic. Umbrella Tor 'Cyclists. It should bo of interest to 'cyclists to learn that a London firm have produced a novel ap pliance, which, they claim, will keep the rider dry and cool in all weathers and increase his speed of transit. In short, an umbrella is fitted to tho frame of tho 'cycle. It is light and strong, tho stalk and socket being mado of steel tube and can bo, it is said, put up or down in a few seconds, and entirely removed from the machine in less than a minute. The stalk and socket aro enamelled; it rises and falls in telescopo fashion to tho do sired height, and is kept in posi tion by tho pinching screw. It is finished with a ball and socket joint, which permits it to bo angled backwards or forwards or to either sido as desired. "With tho aid of tho ball and socket joint it can bo angled in any direction to catch the breeze, and thns act like a sail. With a favorable wind, it is said, tho 'cyclist's umbrella adds from two to fivo miles per hour to tho speed of travelling. Electrlcitj For Balloons. A balloon capable of seating 10 persons is to be navigated at the Frankfort Exhibition, and is to demonstrate tho application of electricity to aerial navigation. The pulley controlling the ascent and descent will be operated by an electric motor, and telephonic com munications will be possible at all heights, so that in future an aero naut may report the movements of an enemy at great distances. Ex periments are to be made with a view to steering the balloon by electricity, and charging with elec trically prepared water.