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According to Homer’s own ac count Helen must have been at least sixty years old when Paris fell in love with her. Out of a total population of two hundred and eighty million in British India, forty-four million are Mahometans, who, although subjects of the queen, regard the Sultan of Turkey as their spiritual ruler. More than six thousand species of plants are cultivated, and most of these have been brought up by the hand of man. Horticultur ists create new species, and show numbers of cultivated plants of which no one knows the original form. The mole’s entire body is so shaped that it easily works for ward in a burrow. Its nose is pointed and shaped very much like a hoof. He tapers off behind so as to offer a minium of resist ance, and to his exquisitely soft fur the soil does not stick, so that while at work in making his bur row his body is always perfectly clean. The distance from London to Liverpool is 201 miles. On each side of the railroad, as far as the eye can reach, the most beautiful and most splendidly cultivated farms present themselves. But not one foot of the land belongs to those who have brought it to such beauty and perfection. It all be longs to six men, who own it be cause they happen to be the eldest sons of their fathers. Whales and manatees live in the water, although belong ing to the mammalia, have scarcely a hair on their bodies. The arma dillo, also a mammal, has an ar mor of thick plates. The porcu pine and hedgehog have hairs con verted into strong spines; and thin transverse sections of these are very curious objects for the microscope. Some animals have hairs fitted to be organs of touch, as the “whiskers” of the cat fam ily. The summit of Mount St. Elias, which is to mark the boundary line between our own Alaska and the British possessions, has never been reached. Several years ago an American party, led bv Lieut. Schwatka climbed the mountain to a height of more than twelve thousand feet, and later an Eng lish party made an even less suc cessful attempt to reach the top. This year an American expedi tion in the government service is to renew the attempt, and a young Italian prince, who is fond of mountain climbing, is leading a small party on a similarenterprise. The centennial anniversary of the treaty between the Seneca In dians and the representatives of Robert Morris, which enabled Morris to make good his sales of land to the Holland Land Com pany, and opened the Genesee Valley to settlement, occurs this year. On Any;. 28, 1707, the coun cil opened. Thomas Morris ap pearing for his father, Col. Jer emiah Wadsworth of Connecticut, representing the Federal govern ment, and Red Jacket, Corn planter and other chiefs of note speaking for the Indians. Red Jacket opposed the sale, but was overruled, and for SIOO,OOO, of which the income was to be paid annually, Morris got an immense tract of fertile land, and the im migration from the East into the Genesee country began. On the east bank of the Hud son river, not half a mile from Al bany, is the oldest dwelling in the United States, having been built in 1012. The famous song “Yan kee Doodle’’ was written on the grounds of this house during the summer of 1755, when the British army was encamped there. The Yankees from New England joined them and camped at their side. The “Yanks,” collected from the farms, were utterly without disci pline, and no attempt was made to obtain a uniformity of dress. For these reasons the raw Yankee recruits amused the Britishers, and many jokes were the result. Dr. Shackburg, the army surgeon, was celebrated for his wit, and while seated on the curb of the w’ell at the rear of the house, tra dition says, he composed the fa mous “Yankee Doodle” song. From Fnconvicted Wits. “Are the people in the flat above very high toned?” “No, but their baby is.” —St. Paul Globe. “How do you paint sunrises? You never saw one in your life.” “That’s no drawback. I paint sunsets, and then turn them up side down.”—Detroit Free Press. “Whom were you just now walk ing with, Edith?” “Nobody, mama.” “That’s what I suspected. You must drop him at once.” —Detroit Journal. The man who took a dose of paris green to kill a potato bug he had accidentally swallowed didn’t live to tell the story, but he left a good story for others to tell. — West Union (la.) Gazette. The Laugh on Dobson. —“Say, old man, you are so absent-minded I believe you are in love.” Hobson —Me? Oh, ho! ho! ho! Why, don’t you know I’m married? —Puck. “The sloth,” said the witty Dean of St. Paul’s, “moves suspended, rests suspended, sleeps suspended, and, in fact, passes his life in sus pense, like a young clergyman dis tantly related to a bishop.”—Lon don Household Words. “I never felt so cheap in all my life,” said the gentleman behind the bars. Why should he not? He had just realized that his pal had given him away. —Indianapolis Journal. which Bill—l understand Whopper has gone into the weather bureau. Jill —That so? What fitness has he for the position? “Why, he used to write circus posters.”—Yonkers Statesman. Dollie Footlite —No, you will never catch me again going out to supper with an editor. Chollie Headlight—He wasn’t — aw —bwoke? “I don’t know whether he was or not, but he ran a blue pencil through about half my order.” — Indianapolis Journal. 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