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There are 110 mountains in Col orado whose peaks are over 12,000 feet above the ocean level. The Japanese have a custom of celebrating the blossoming of the fruit trees by a general holiday., It is claimed that Lake Erie produces more fish to the square mile than any other body of water in the world. The highest waterfall in the world is Cholock Cascade,, Yosem ite. Cal., which is 2634 feet high, or about half a mile. Reed pens, split at the end like quill pens, have been found in Egyptian tombs, dating probably 2500 years before Christ. An elephant is possessed of such a delicate sense of smell that it can scent a human being at a distance of a thousand yards. The right hand, which is more sensitive to the touch than the left, is less sensitive than the lat ter to the effect of heat and cold. The largest theatre in the world is the Grand Opera House of Paris. It covers more than three acres of ground and cost 63.000,000 francs. Goldfish are of Chinese origin. They were originally found in a large lake near Mount Tsientsing and were first brought to Europe in the seventeenth century. The first came as a present to Mine, de Pompadour. The extraordinary precocity of the children of India has called forth the astonishment of a recent traveler, who says that many of them are skilled workmen at an age when children are usually learning the alphabet. About ten thousand pounds of eiderdown are collected annually in Iceland, seven thousand being exported to foreign countries. Formerly the peasants used to re ceive about $5 a pound for it, but the price has now fallen to half that amount. It is reported that Mr. William Thorpe has presented to the Brit ish Museum the shell of a giant tortoise which lived for upwards of two hundred years in the grounds of the Plantation House, in the island of St. Helena. It was frequently the object of much cu riosity on part of the great Napo leon during his stay on the island. Electric lighthouses can produce an effect at an immense distance by their light reflected from the clouds, while they are far below the horizon. Cherbourg light has thus been indirectly observed at a distance of seventy-five miles. Capt. Evans, U. S. X., in a recent voyage on the cruiser New York, found them confusing, as it was impossible to determine in any way their distance. The indica tions would not tell whether they were ten or fifty miles away. The laws of England with regard to artificial aids to beauty are not so strict now as they were in the reign of Charles 11. In the year 1670 this curious act of parliament was passed: “That all women, of whatever age. rank, profession or degree, whether virgins, maids or widows, that shall, from after the passing of this act, impose upon and betray into matrimony any of the male subjects, by scents, paints Spanish wool, iron stays, hoops, liigh-heeled shoes or bolstered hips, shall incur the penalty of the laws now in force against witchcraft, sorcery and such like misdemeanors, and that the mar riage, upon conviction, shall stand null arid void.” Ice cream is an older sweetmeat than many would suppose. In the beginning of the seventeenth cen tury goblets made of ice and also iced fruit, i. e., fruit frozen over, were first brought to table. The limonadiers, or lemonade sellers of Paris endeavored to increase the popularity of their wares by icing them; and one more enter prising than the rest, an Italian named Procope Couteaux, in the year 1660, conceived the idea of converting such beverages entirely into ice. By the end of that cen tury iced liquors were quite com mon in Paris. Ice cream, or iced “butter,” as it was first called, from its supposed resemblance to that substance soon followed. It was first known in Paris in 1774. —ir™ First Boy —My papa knows more than your papa does. Second Boy —I bet he doesn’t. Did you ever see my papa? His forehead reaches down to the back of his head. —London Tit-Bits. Lady—Now that you have par taken of a good dinner, are you equal to the task of sawing some wood ? Tramp —Madam, equal is not the proper word; Pm superior to it.—Chicago News. Tommy—Can we play at keep ing store in here, mama? Mama (who has - a headache) — Yes; but you must be very, very quiet. 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