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Paris, in 1855, consumed 1,439,973,000 There are 265 wireless telegraph stacubic feet of gas; in 1905, 13,946,711,000. tions in the world.

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In Germany a method has been pat- Red hair was an object of aversion ented for preserving wood with sulphur. among the Romans.

Destruction of towns by landslides is of common occurrence in the Caucasus valleys.

To do away with London's smoke it is proposed to use electric power generated elsewhere, for heating, etc.

The villages of Bilbao, Spain, are almost universally lighted by electricity.

The bituminous coal fields of Alabama cover an area of 8,660 square miles.

In 1905, 7,750 fires were reported in Florida has passed a law prohibiting Greater New York. diving for sponges, as the beds are injured thereby

The Canadian Pacific Railway has in

stalled on its system a quick-lunch dining Russia, with 109,375 miles of wire, has

car, with counters. the longest telegraph system in Europe.

Massachusetts has authorized a comThe Pacific cable is laid at an average

pany to build a canal from Boston Hardepth of 2,640 fa'joms, or three miles.

bor to Narragansett Bay.

Remains of irrigation systems 4,000 years old, have been excavated in South Africa.

The Japanese have begun to buy from America mechanical block-signal safety devices for railroads.

A tree on the Isle of Cos, in the Ægean Oxygen is now used to open closed Sea, is believed to be 20 centuries old. tap-holes in smelting furnaces.

The picturesque stone fences of ConConcrete was recently successfully necticut are disappearing, being replaced used in patching a great hole in a ship's by wire fences. bottom.

Sunstroke in Egypt is an evil genius The Emperor of China has the finest

which, according to the natives, must be tea gardens in the world.

massaged into the forehead and bitten out.

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