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SINCE tho accession of his fallier
to the throne of England, Edward,
Duke of Cornwall and Prince of
"VViiles, has been brought more promi
nently into tho limelight of tho nation
as the 1 heir-apparent: Probably no
other country on the globe idolizes and
Idealizes her rulers ns does England,
the young prince in • being
hailed as the coming king, and he
promises to be every whit as popular
as his grandfather, tho late King Ed*
ward VII, was before him.
.While -to all intents and purposes the
prince became the Prince of Wales tlie
moment his royal father discarded the \
title, he will not belegnlly vested with
his rights for very nearly a year to
come. Through the pleading, it is said,
of Lloyd George, chancellor of the ex
chequer and member of parliament for
Wales, King George was persuaded to
confer upon Carnarvon, Wales, the
honor of witnessing the celebration
which will bring about the lega^ Inves
ture of the young prince. - Carnarvon
is one of the most picturesque of the
Welsh villages, situated. lfi\the wildest,
most impenetrable region oil Carnarvon
bay on the Irish sea, and is the capital
of Snowdonla and Carnarvon county. In
its midst Is its proudest possession,
Carnarvon castle, in which Edward I's
son, Edward, the first Prince of. Wales,
was born. It has beon suggested that
the .Impressive ceremony be performed
in one of the crumbling towers in which
"The true origin of superstition is to
be found in early man's effort to explain
nature and his own existence, in the de
sire to propitiate* fate andyinvite for
tune, in the wish^to avoid evils he could
not understand, and in the unavoidable
attempt to pry into the future."
Thus via* one" sentence T. Sharper
"Knowlson explains the whole theory
of the; subject he has for his
.Jatest "book,* "The Origin of Popular.
Superstition." lie goes on, in, the most
readable . and interesting " : way in the
world; says the London Express, to
trace back all our old superstitions and
superstitious customs, and our ideas
about divinations and- omens of all
sorts to, their source. '
Why do wo give and wear engager
ment rings— those of us who court and
are courted? -Because rings have fig
ured in premarriage ritesfrom remote
antiquity, , though the old custom was
for engaged' people to exchange rings.
As, to why or when men refused to wear
engagement rings there is.no informa
tion; possibly the reason is man's nat
ural aversion to signs of bondago, and
liiH equally natural desire to hold
women in bondage. "'
Man has foolishly, grown sliy of an
other good old custom— -the kissing of
the brido. The custom goes backto tlie
Romans; it was commonly observed in
the middle ages, and it' seems a thou
sand pities it should now be dying. The
wedding ring also has a heathen origin,
and on this account it came very near
to being abolished iv the days of stern
old Cromwell.
Tubal Cain, tlfe story goes, made the
tlrst wedding ring, and the idoa in his
mind is thus expressed in an old trea
tise: "The form of tho ijjig being cir
cular, that is, round and without end,
importeth thus much, that their mu
tual love and hearty uffertlon should
roundly How from tho one to tli» other
as in a circle, and that continually and
. forever."
Why do wt« throw n shoe at v de
parting bride and bridegroom? PoHtsi-
Wly because the Joivs of old confirmed
a Kale- by the giving of v nboo or van
, »lal: "This was a testimonial in Israel."
'In Anglo-Saxon marriages tho bride's
father dellvtT«-d her shoe to the bride
groom, who touched her head with it
— not too severely. ' let uh hope — In to
k^n of hi.s authority.
Home of u« believe that we can true*'
(U'stiny in the figure* of pei'votm! hln
tory — at least this superstition is pop
Prince Edward II was born, but as yet,
owing to the far distant date,* plans for
the pageant are exceedingly indefinite.
Suffice it to say, that the quaint Car
narvon folk are deliriously happy, and
are preparing to give their young- ruler
a welcome that will leave no doubts as
to their heartfelt devotion and undying
The object of all this attention 'was
born in his mother's home at "White
. Lodg-e, Richmond park, June 23, 1894,
. and was christened "Edward Albert
Christian . George Andrew Patrick
David, the last four names being chosen
by his parents in .honor of the four
patron saints of England, Scotland, fre
land and Wales." His early learning was
derived from tutors at home,* and- he
has been reared in the open; y
, His early naval training was received
on the brig "Edward Seventh" and, he
* entered the' Royal Naval college at Os
borne in May, 1907, ; just '30 years from
the , time his- father had joined the
Britannia as a naval cadet. , 'Owing- to
the fact that he had spent-much of his
time on tho royal yacht Jat Co wes, he
was well versed In ship lore, and also
passed his entrance of
Latin, algebra and geometry in a highly
creditable ; manner. ; After - his --two
' years': course at the Royal college •. he
went to Dartmouth to finish his nauti
cal, education. Next year it is planned
to send him on a tour of the world. He
will travel*' on a first, class British
cruiser and "will be accompanied, on the
trip by his younger brother, Albert.
Prince, Edward is i a fearless rider. He
' drives, skates,' toboggans," plays cricket
and football,' and 'occasionally joins the
vllage boys on the recreation ground at
Sandringham. *When at Frogmore house.
ular: as a social diversion. It goes back
to Pythagoras,- and. certainly .the sys
tem is interesting. Take Napoleon' 1 111.
He was born In 1808, assumed ,t^e; em
pire in 1852, and lost the empire in
1860. Add 1 plus 8 plus 0 plus ;8 to
1852 . and the fateful date; 18G», re
sults. ,The Empress Eugenic was, born
in 1526. and married to , the -emperor
in 1853— the numerals jadded together
in each case, and .: then , added ' respec-'
tively to 1852, yield again, the fateful
date, ISG9. $ Corresponding dates' and
events in the: life of Louis
give as curious; prophetical results. "
-When they break' mirrors, supersti
tious folk shudder — -it Is an ill starred
omen. Here-. the 1 reason Is simple—
looking glasses have always been used
in divinations, and to break one is to
break the, means of knowing the will
of the gods. When Napoloon broke the
glass of Josephine's portrait he never
Tho Arabs and Turks' havo a queer
kind of ship, which crosses their seas
of uand.*.' 'lt hasn't sails or engines,
but four long, strong lugs. You have
guessed that It is the camel, for you
know that no other beast is called
"ship of th# desert." Each foot of the
large, hairy-necked . camel has two
toes, joined by a. cushion, of flosh,
which keeps the beast from sinking
Into the funds. -The riding camels of
the desert people are rapid travelers,
but thepatlent animals that carry the
burdens do not travel more than three
miles an hour.
When the loads of dates, figs, rich
silks and fragrant spices are packed
on the camels and all is in readiness
for the. caravan ' to- start, the camel's
muster commands his beast to kneel
upon tliti ground. Then the merchant
mounts upon tht» hump. After this
the 'camel springs upon his feet and
the atari for v long journey Is made.
Sonn'l lines there art* ait many as 200
cuiiK'l.s, all loaded with goods to sell
at a distant city. The eervunts and
camel drivers are usually dressed in
White robe*, bolted in at the waiut. On
their lieudM ' they wear turbans with
i urtainllke cloths, which they lot
down in trout of their faces to ulve
protection -from the cutting sand,
which 1* blown up by t lie heavy winds.
instfud of wearing heavy shoes the
desert people wear light sandals. Rich
Windsor, he and .Prince Albert often
captain the Eton college .and "St.
George's boys in matches on, .the new
cricket grounds at Windsor park.
Among- his.other accomplishments he Is
ah adept in the art of carving wood and
metal, and is a very clever carpenter. .'
In appearance he Is a typical Eng
lishman of average height, with fair
hair and bonny blue eyes. He Is to the
manner born, and is very much like his
- father in directness of speech. 'Early in
life! he seemed to -recognize to a certain
extent the responsibilities of his, sta
tion, and at the age of nine Is said to
- have announced: to General' Sir. Robert
Baden- Powell" that | when he was -king
he would make threo laws,' one prohib
iting the cutting of puppydogs' "tails,*
another making it a crime to use bear
ing reins on a horse, and [a. third abolr
Ishing all sin. On one occasion,' during
I his nursery days, he remarked i to his
nurse, "I don't thinks ' Granny' (Queen
Victoria) will' like going -to heaven."
'"But' why?" protested the nurse. "Be
cause,", replied the little ' prince, i-t"in
; heaven she'll have to walk behind, the
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, The ;,\u25a0-\u25a0 duchess V.of. of vTeck,, Prince; Ed
• ward's grandmother,", was; de
sirous Tof having her. .grandson, known
Edward, the name ;being\ ohe ; of re-
Tnown among- English' monarchs,' and
: particularly -of her .close | at 7
tachmeht ) to/ the ;\u25a0 late, : king. '\u25a0'<. "Howe ver,
In the; home 'circle : he •is affectionately
cajled "Davy,";:a. compliment '^which
. will go far \towarjl' : binding^ hlmv'drid
_ his ;; Welshmen 1 closer : ; together.' : % . The
name has ; also been a;' source \u25a0of .great
satisfaction to/ the ; English "Jews, Vwho
| have made out , '; a genealogical > chart
tracing the direct descent of the prince
rested until a; courier, i whom he dis
.. patched., at hot> haste, assured him' of
her safety, so strong was the impres
sion of her death on his mind. . '
.': Some -of us shiver. 1 when we spill' salt.
.'•\u25a0 Salt , was an ? elenieri t in the" old saef 1- .
iflcial rites of theJ Greeks, and -the Ro
\u25a0 mans— and' flour and .salt; were foffered;
to 'propitiate the: wratlr of infernal
gods; hencefno ;doubt' arose ";\u25a0 the idea
that-Ho spill the peace, offering; meant
_ bad luck. Then, again, saU was
/symbol' of;frlendship,> and if : you: upset
the salt you broke friendship's bonds.;
The old; idea was that by, thr&wlng spilt
> salt . over the; left shoulder.-one-ap
; peased the devil. 1 In Da Vinci's picture
of the l^ast Supper, Judas' is, shown
.overturning the suit, ;and this may -have
given/new life to the superstition; '
| .Horses have often, been' reported to
tremble whon near dead human bodies,
.though tho bodies >wero invisible. We
merchants do not«lress in clothing- like
their , servants, for they have costly
robes, . which . look very gorgeous in
thebriq-ht sunlight. v
The large' leather bottles- which . the
desert people cary are for the water
which is needed on tho trip. Although
the hot sun keeps it lukewarm, yet the
thlrlty people are ; glad to drink, it
when on their, long marches, \Tho cam
els drink great ; quantities of water
just before marling «.nn ; their Jour
neys Then they are able to .travel
several days without any moro water.
When, a Handdtorm is approaching all
in the caravan know it, even the cam-
els, that stretch themselveßJupon tho
sand, whll« ! tho men, pitch, their tents
for shelter. •, , -..;
Of all limes In tho travolß of a cara«
vtin tho visits to the otusis are.; tho
most pleasant. These fertile villages,
amid a sea. of Band, must" be like
friendly, islands to storm tossed nailurs.
Tlie gurgling water, bubbling up from
tho ground,' refreshen all the travelers.
The tall, straight palms, with their
feathery brunches, throw kindly shade
over the tired . company, that feast
upon the dates from the trees. When
all have enjoyed several days' pleasure
at one of thetie desert towns they pre
pare to journey on, bo fill their leather
bottles, water their camels and pack
their tents. After a few duys another
oasis will be visited and another rest
will bti taken.
from Klnp David of Israel. Not nlono
Ih he popular at homo,, however, for
Ills frequent trips to the Highlands dur
ing vncatlon . times hifrp made him a
familiar llguro to his Scotch subjects
and he never looks to bettor advantage
than whon In full 'Highland dress.
During the. present month the royal
family moved from Balmoral to Wind
sor castle, whore they will remain un
til after* the holidays, following a cus
tom set down by Queen Victoria, who
always spent Christmas in • the beau
tiful onstle. In February they. will go
to Buckingham palace for tho opening
of the ' London, season, whonV.it j Is
planned to give 'two courts and two
or three levees that month.
Until ho ..attains his 'majority, the
prince will continue to live with his
parents when In London/though -York
housn will .be his later 'on. At. Buck
ingham palace a separate suite is now
being- prepared for his ; highness' with
quarters for, his staff. Mean while; ithe
revenue from the- duchy, of Cornwall
Is accumulating 'at : the rate of .about
$460,000 a year for use-as he thinks
fit when he comes ;of "age. It '• was
with just such, a heaped , up revenue
that King Edward VII purchased
Sandringham., " ".'
havcsreason to 'think (that \ dogs and '
horses '. have a . sensitiveness— -as ;.* f or^
coming: \u25a0 storms— runknown 'tor man.'i.This.-;
was ; noticed^ of T: old.nhence^the' idea
that r distressed howling', of 'dogs : pre-;
saged 'deathT/f. ;,'•' : '":.' \u25a0'.;:\u25a0\u25a0:,' .-'\u25a0\u25a0-\u25a0\u25a0..-.V.'^v;:-.
L .More' than one ;lirigering. superstition .
is' referred' to *in- theses Shakespearean '
lines: :..*''/'-': ';\u25a0•' ' ;"";,\u25a0'.' •.;::'\u25a0'\u25a0'{\u25a0• '"\u25a0:\u25a0.'\u25a0-'. v\ '\u25a0 \u25a0
VThe.owi/shriek'dat thy birth,. an- eviP'
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The.rright crow cry'd.'abodingjuckless
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Dogs howl'd,", and hideous,: tempests,.
shook down trees.'.'
~ The owl was .reckoned a most'abom-;
* i liable: and; unlucky! bird.;; One was "seen
; once in- theVcapltolat"". Homeland, the
'"\u25a0..wh ole * city underwent a l j or.
: humiliation avert ,' the -threatened
I evil. .The'howllng'of dogs without ap-'
paren t ' cause '; meant ill ; luck '\u25a0'.. for f those
newly born or death. for, the: aged/:';,'' An
old writer has it: ; "Odd arid unaccbunt^
' able v as it may seem, \those animals
scent death, even 'it seizes a
person. ""T; • .: ;'.. '.\u25a0• ;\u25a0;>;\u25a0'-\u25a0 /.v';,:,- "-.\u25a0_ \u25a0\u25a0\u25a0; y: \u25a0.-,-/:< \u25a0
lilack cats are for luck. vPrinceßan
| Jltslnghi, as we used tocallvhim,- claims
that twice in succession tbe'timely'ap-'
.. pearance.'.fif ,&. black j cat ; ,w on a. -county
cricket match -for , Sussex.\ The rldea
goes back to Egypt's sacred cats. ,The
brain of a black cat; was; ah (Important
item in ithe' "concoctions brewed ',by
witches and'hags.' \u0084 > . '
lJoe«forotell many fates.. -When" the
bees in a farmer's hive die, superstition
.says he; will "soon bo obliged tt) move
from the farm.* Tho origin. of ; this idea
may have arlsen^ipm the fact that a
hive of bees rarely dies unless the'soa
son is bo bad as to, be,'disastrous to
farming, and after a bad season yearly
.tenants commonly seek fortunes in fresh
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