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FLOCK paper - hangings were patented in England m the year 1681.
"THE Bible of Thirty-sit Lives," printed by Gutenberg in Btrasburg (1450), is valued at 43,000.
DAVID HUME wrote thirteen hours a day while preparing his " History of England."
THE ancient Romans used cork soles in their shoes, and were also acquainted with the nse of corks in swimming.
DB. MASON Qooo translated Lucretius in his carriage while, as a physician, he rode from door to door.
THE musket is said to have been invented by the Spaniards, and to have been first used at the battle of Pavia, 1525.
Ox the average, and taking England and Wales, one person In 78 is a Smith, one In 76 a Jones, one In 115 a Williams, one in 148 a Taylor, one in 163 a Davles, and one in 174 a Brown.
A MILE has been galloped by the horse in 108 seconds, or at the
WyoHEHLEY, In his old age, married his servant-girl to spite his relations.
THE motto of the city of Furls Is "ffMcftwd wee twarpftMr"—"It Goats, but never sinks. "
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rate of 85 miles per hour, while man's highest speed in a hundred yards' race Is only at the rate of i0 miles per honr.
WHEN Bolleau was asked,when dying, how he felt, he replied, in the words of Malherbe, " Je suls vaingu du temps, je c6de & ses outrages," which one might well do at seventy-five. *
THE heads of persons beheaded for State offences were formerly exposed to view on long poles upon London Bridge. The last head so exhibited was that of Venner, the Fifth Monarchy zealot, wbo was beheaded in the reign of Charles II.
DIAMONDS may he black as ** well as white, and some are blue, red, brown, yellow, green, pink, and orange ; but there is no violet diamond, although, in addition to amethysts, there are sapphires, rubies, and garnets of that colour.
THE Hon In heraldry is a symbol of sovereignty and power. Ever since 1608 the royal arms have been supported, as now, by the English Hon and the Scottish unicorn. It was James I. who substituted the unicorn for the red dragon of Wales, introduced by Henry VII.
Elihu Burritt (the learned blacksmith) attributed his first success in self-Improvement, not to genius, which he disclaimed, but simply to the careful employ-ment of those invaluable fragments of time called "odd 1110-ments." He mastered some eighteen ancient and modem languages and twenty-two European dialects.
KiBKB WHITE studied Greek, and went over the nouns and verbs as ho was going to and from a lawyer's officc.
MELANOTHON noted down the time lost by him, that ho might thereby reanimate his Industry, and not lose an hour.
DAGUESBEAU, one of the great
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—France, by carefully working up his odd bits of time, wrote a bulky and able volume In the successive Intervals of waiting for dinner.
THE great silver _
mine, the "Silver ^
_______' was discovered by the
singularly lucky accident of a prospector In a fit of Impatience throwing a piece of rock at a lazy mule.
On ABBE died with the singular words upon his Hps,"You must make an entertainment"—referring to the refreshments at his
THE practice of shoeing horses was introduced into England by the Normans.
HEX BY MARTY* won the honourable title," The man who never wasted an hour."
" PiPiKG HOT " Is said to have originated from the custom of a baker blowing his pipe or horn in the villages to let the people know that he had just drawn his bread, which was hot.
The "Latin Union" consists of France, Italy, Belgium. Switzerland, and Greece. The States that form it have a coinage that Is Interchangeable—" centimes " becoming " centesimi," etc.
THE early marriage ceremony among the Anglo-Saxons consisted merely of hand-fastening, or taking each other by the hand, and pledging each other lovo and affection in the presenco of friends and relatives.
LOBD PALMEBSTON'S reply to the illiterate member who asked blm, "Are there two kens in 'Onlton?" is a specimen of his
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own funeral; Tom Paine with the stubborn declaration, I have no wish to believe upon that subject."
ONE of the kings of Sparta, being asked how his soldiers were so victorious, pointed to his army and said, 'This is the wall of Sparta, and each man is a brick." That is the slender thread on which some hang die origin nf the saying, "He Is a brick," " You are a brick," meaning thereby a One or a splendid person.
NEIL Gow, the best player of dance music that ever held a fiddle, was born at Inver, near Dunkeld, on March 22nd, 1727, and died March lst, 1807. He com-posed a great number of tunes, some of which are to be found In the collections published by his son Nathaniel. He it was who said no man was worthy to be called a master " until he could gar hlmsel' greet wi' his fiddle."
rather boisterous chaff. " No, only one; that's why Aeggs are so scarce there."
ULYSSES GBANT WOUld not have been a military man had it not been that his rival for a West Point cadetshlp had been found to have six toes on each foot instead of Ave.
*» WiLLiAM HABVEY, an indefatigable labourer, spent not less than eight long years of investigation and research before he published his views of the circulation of the blood.
DE TOQUEVILLB describes the effect of the French Revolution upon manners:—** Simple and elegant manners are only found among the scions of old families. Others are either vulgar or too particular and careful"
AFTEB the Restoration, Oharles IT. desiring some paper for writing purposes, someone brought him paper that had belonged to Cromwell, having the cap of liberty on It. Thereupon diaries said, "Take away that paper; I will have nothing to do with a fool's cap" Hence foolscap paper.
RoLLEB - SKATES were first patented by a London fruiterer named Tyers In 1828, and his pattern had one line of wheels. They were first adopted by Legrange in an opera at Paris in 1849, and at the rehearsal afterwards in London some consternation was caused by one of the skaters failing to stop himself, and accidentally flying off the stage into the big drum. The rinks began in 1857.
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