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Sweden exports one billion boxes of matches yearly, and has the oldest match factory in the world. How great a havoc is created in France among birds, is shown by the fact that during Christmas week, at the central market, 114,(XX) larks were sold. There is an immense garden in China that embraces an area of fifty thousand square miles. It is all meadow land, and is tilled with lakes, ponds and canals. Moscow has a hospital large enough to hold seven thousand persons. It was founded in 1764, and at present takes in children at the rate of forty a day, or about fifteen thousand a year. There are twenty-six physicians and about nine hundred nurses. The title Dom or Don was first as sumed by the popes, from whom it de scended, in France at least, to bishops and other dignitaries, and finally to monks. The Spanish Don was orig inally confined to the nobility but is now bestow’ed by courtesy as indis criminately as the English Mr. or gen tleman. • How far the Milky Way is there are no means of judging with much confi dence. Prof. Barnard has given good reasons for thinking that its ground work consists of stars, which are much smaller than the sun, perhaps hundreds or thousands of times smaller, so that its distance from us may not be great as star distances go. Dog-days, in ancient times, were the forty days between July 3. and Aug. 11; derived from Sirius the dog-star, which was supposed to cause the in sufferable heat at this season. At the season of the year when this star rose with the sun their combined influence was supposed to be productive of pes tilential heat and baneful influences. The fact is stated that in a single one of the standard locomotives em ployed by a leading railroad of Amer ica, there are, counting individual riv ets and bolts, though not nails in the cab and tender, over twenty thousand pieces. The modern locomotive is really a w r onderful example of an evo lution superintended in its successive stages from type to type by a keen, human intelligence. The hanging gardens of Babylon were anciently reckoned among the wonders of the world. Their construc tion is ascribed to Queen Semiramis or to Nebuchednezzar—seven centu ries later but still more than five cen turies B. o.—who is said to have made them for his Median queen, Amytis, because the Babylonian plains seemed dreary to her in comparison with the beautiful scenery of her native land. The long familiar laboratory method of drying the air by means of a moist ure absorbing agent has been borrowed by a Frankfort inventor for a patented dry barrel or box for preserving veg etables and other substances. The new apparatus is simply a box with a false bottom of slats, under which is placed a metallic tray containing caustic pot ash. The vegetables, fruit, etc., are placed on the false bottom, and the air— admitted only through the bottom —is dried before reaching them by pas sage over the potash. One charge of the drier is claimed to last six months. Endermic and hypodermic are med ical terms used to designate certain methods of making the skin an agent for the reception of medicines. The endermic method consists in raising a blister by the ordinary process, open ing it by a small puncture, which must not be at the lowest part of the blad der, gently pressing out the fluid con tents, and then injecting a medicinal solution. The endermic method is now superseded by the hypodermic method, in which medicines are intro duced into the subcutaneous cellular tissue by a very finely pointed syringe, filled with a hollow needle, sharpened at the point. The narratives of the evangelists are in many things close repetitions of each other and not infrequently relate the same incidents in words which are all but identical. On the other hand they occasionally exhibit grave dis crepancies, whether of facts or of cir cumstances; one relating an occurrence not noticed by another or placing an occurrence at a time or in circum stances which it is hard to reconcile with the narrative of the brother evan gelists. The heretic Tatian made a compilation of the gospels and in order to give color to his own peculiar opin ions as to the unreality of the flesh of our Lord, he omitted from his collec tion the entire history of the birth and childhood of Jesus as related by Mat thew and Mark. # tJoCGl}\?icJ^d Wife (enthusiastically) —How much do you think we took in at the bazar? Husband (quietly)—How many, you mean. —Adams Freeman. Little Pitcher—l don’t think papa loves me as much as he loves my mama. Mama says papa tells her fairy stories. He never tells any to me.— Boston Transcript. Aunt Abbie—Perhaps you would not believe that your Uncle married me for my beauty. Saucy Niece—Oh, one can believe al most anything of poor, innocent Uncle George.—St. Louis Republic. “There is one man that my wife never speaks a cross word to.” “Who is he?” “Our postman; she has an idea that if she vexes him she’ll never get an other letter.—Chicago Record. Plankington—l understood that you had to go to law about that property that was left you. Have you a smart lawyer? Bloomfield —You bet I have. He owns the property now. —Boston Trav eler. George (nervously)—l’d like of all things in the world. Kitty, to marry you, but I don’t know how to propose Kitty (promptly and practically)— That’s all right, George, You’ve fin ished w ith me; now go to papa.—Spare Moments. Fidget—They say that Witlow’s son is a dull scholar. Midget—Oh, 1 don’t know. True, he was placed at the foot of the class be fore examination; but he should be credited with the fact that he has suc ceeded in maintaining his position ever since.—Boston Transcript. Lady enters barber shop with a skye terrier: “Mr. Barber, can you cut my doggie’s hair?” “No, I can’t; or rather, 1 won’t.” “Indeed! You seem to hold yourself pretty high for one in your position.” “Perhaps I do; but I’m no skye scraper.”—Household Words. 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