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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 12, 1912, Image 8

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The largest trees in the "world
are the giant redwoods of Cali
fornia. One of these, in Tulare
courity has at the base a circum
ference of 108 feet, and at a point
12 feat from the'ground a. circum
ference of 76 feet.
The largest desert in the -yorld
is the Sahara This barren waste
has a length of 3,000 miles and an
average width of 900 miles. Rain
falls there it intervals f five, ten
and twenty years. It is blister
ing hot in summer, and in winter
the temperature frequently fajls
to zero.
The largest cave is the Mam
moth Cave in Kentucky. This
consists of a succession of irregu
lar chambers, 1 certain of which
are traversed-by the Echo river.
The highest active volcano is
- Popocateptl, nearTueblo, Mex-
ico. It is 17,550 feet above sea
levels and has a crater 2,000 feet
wide. ,
The longest railway tunnel,
i aside from the New York sub
t way, is that of St. Gothard. It is
26J2 feet wide, 19 feet from floor
- to roof, and 9 miles long.
The Chinese wall is-the great
est on earth. It was completed in
; 204 B. C as a protection against
the Tartars. The wall passes over
mountains and valleys and across.
rivers. It is 1,500 miles long, 20
feet high, 25 feet thick at base and
15 feet at its top,
r The greatest pyramid is that of
s -Cheops, of the Gizehgroup. It
;ontains 89,000,000 cubic feet of
inasonry, is 451 feet high, and the
total weight of its stone has been?
estimated as over 6,000,000 tons.
The highest lighthouse is the
Bartholdi Statue- of. Liberty in
New York harbor, which is 151
feet, besides a pedestal pi 155 feet.
The largest bell is the great
bellas Moscow, which is 86 feet ty
in circumference at thetbottom,
over 21 feet high, and 23 inches
thick at the top. , Its weight has
been computed at 217 tons. It'
has never been hung.
The old man liad given his soil
a very fair education and had ,r
taken him into his store. The;
young fellow was over-particular,
about a gr,eat many little things,
but the father made no comment.
One day an order came in from a
regular customer.
"I wish to goodness," exclaim
ed the son, "that Jones would
learn to spell."
"What's the matter now?" in
quired the father cheerfully.
"Why, he spells coffee with a
"No does he? I have never
noticed it."
"Of course you never did," said
the son pettishly. "You never no
tice anything like that."
"Perhaps not, my son," replied
the old man. "But there is one ftp
tning i ao notice, wnicn you win
learn by and by, and. that is that
Jones pays cash.""
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Mr. and Mrs. Charles Erbstein
and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Bagrey;
wil leave Dec. 20 for trip around

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