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In cases where nature intends that insects shall feed on flowers at night, the flowers they select are all of a white color. The Suez Canal is eighty-eight miles long, and reduces the dis tance from England to India al most four thousand miles for ships. In every mile of railway there are seven feet and four inches that are not covered by the rails — the space left between them for expansion. Handkerchiefs were made fash ionable by the Empress Josephine who had bad teeth, and held a handkerchief before her mouth when she laughed. During the reign of Elizabeth, English dudes wore shoes three feet long, the toe pointed and fas tened up to the garter with golden chains, to which little bells were attached. The really great American tree of today is the big tree at Tule, Mexico, in the state of Oaxaca. That tree, a cypress, still in full vigor and active growth, is 154 feet in circumference. By using electric lights at night on beds of lettuce, radishes, spin ach and similar vegetables, they are brought to maturity much faster than when this artificial stimulant is not employed. The largest bell in France lias been hung in the belfry of the Church of the Sacred Heart in Paris. It weighs twenty-eight tons, can be heard at a distance of twenty-five miles, and its vibration lasts six minutes. A strange custom is followed by Mexican farmers. They use oxen of one color in the morning, and another color in the afternoon. They do not know why, but they know that it must be the proper thing to do, because their fore fathers did it. A leading English entomologist states that “new species of insects are being described at the rate of about six thousand per annum.” On thinking of the thousands of species already described, and the multitudes of individuals belong ing to each species, one gets a lively sense of the immensity of the insect population of the earth. It appears that several species of bats migrate southward in win ter and northward in summer, after the manner of birds. Some bats which are found during the warm months as far north as Maine and the Adirondack moun tains. start for the South in the autumn and spend the winter in South Carolina and Georgia, re turning with the sun at the be ginning of the next summer sea son. Among the crown jewels of England, which are kept securely locked in a great iron chest in the Tower of London, is the celebrated “coronation spoon.” It is of pure gold, richly set with gems, and dates back to the time of Edward the Confessor, 1066. It is used to receive the “consecrated oil.” so indispensable at coronations. This same relic is sometimes called the “royal anointing spoon.” Whenever a Japanese newspa per publishes something unfavor able to the government it is sup pressed, and the editor is sent to prison. 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