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Volume III. Number 6 (March, 1875)

A bath in the Dead Sea,   p. 483 PDF (376.4 KB)


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l e Wisconnsi Lunberman.
How Parliasent Chokes of a Bore.
As for Dr. Kenealy himself, he will, as
Chatham said of Wilkes, do less harm in
the House of Commons than anywhe e
else. The house has a rough-and-ready
way of dealing with eccentrihities. Every
man who comes within the rigid criticism
of the assembly soon finds his level.
Every new-comer, it matters not who he is,
is treated at first with courtesy and consid-
eration. The house always listens with
attention, and generally with Food nature,
to a maiden speech, and anything like diffi-
dence or nervou ness it treats with leniency
and Generous encouragement.  But 3elf-
assertion or bumptiousness it cannot
abide, and it is cruelly intolerant of
bores and one-ide'd men. Dr. Kenealy
will meet with  studious consideration
when he first essays to speak. But if he
insists on parading the Orton grievance
upon the attention of the  H~ouse, his re-
ception will be very different from  that
which awaited him at Stoke. The House
has many effective ways of silencing a
bare. An animated conversation carried
on in every corner by the various members
seated in their plwies soon deadens the
voice of even the most animated speaker.
A chorus of cries of "divide,,' "divide,"
",'vide," "'vide" proceeding from both
sides at once whenever the speaker opens
his mouth, embarrasses even the most har-
dened orator. But the most effectual
way of bringing a one-idea'd man to his
sensees is the process of "counting out,'
and this is probablythe course that will
be followed with the chosen of Stoke. It
is a rule of the H~ouse that forty
members must be present. When
an orator becomes troublesome a stampede
of members takes place from the house to
the lobbies, or the smoking-rooms, or the
library. Some one gets up from a back
bench, and calls the speaker's attention
to the sparse attendance. The speaker
counts the house finds there are not forty
members present, order. the electric bells
to be rung and the sand-glass4 to be turned.
The stampeded member. stand outside
till the band has run its two minutes'
course, and the electric bells have rung
out. The doors are closed, there are
not fortymmember., and the house stands
adjourned till the following day, when
there is a new orner of business, and the
orator of the previous night having lost his
chanee, may not gtet another tis the
foUowinr session.  t is an effective way
of silenetlg a bore.-Corrlapoindanwen.
Y. Nation.
A Bath in the Dead Sea.
Mr. C. A. Kingsbury writes as follows in
Forest and Stream of a bath, in the Dead
Sea: "Reaching at length this most remark-
able bf all the seas and lakes on our globe we
prepared to take a bath-and such a bath I
can hardly expect ever to take again. I had
previously bathed in numerous seas, lakes,
and rivers, but never did I enjoy such a bath
as this. The specific gravity of the water is
such, from its holding in solution so large a
proportion of salts (twenty-six and a half per
cent.) that one floats unon its surface like a
cork. At the same time there was only a
gentle ripple upon the sea, and being a good
swimmer I at once strucK out into the deep
water. I soon found that I could not only
swim and float with wondertul ease, but that
I could actually walk in the water, sink-
ing only to the armpits. Discoverig
this faict, I made for the shore, an
taking Dr. C., one of our party, who
could not swim, by the hand. led him into
the sea where the water was many fathoms
deep. At first he was quite reluctant to fol-
low ire, but he soon gained confidence on
finding there was nb danger of sinking, and
he enjoyed the novel bath as much as if he
had been an expert swimmer. Should the
bather allow the water to get into his eyes or
mouth he would sufler considerable abate-
ment to his enjoyment, on account of its ex-
tremely salt, bitter and irritating nature. -No
fish cain live in this sea; but various kinds of
ducks abound here at certain seasons of the
year. The water was as clear as ordinary
sea water, its temperature was agreeable, and
it had an oily feeling and altogether its ac-
tion on the surface o? the body was such as to
develop those pleasurable sensations pertain-
ing to th'e sense of touch, accompanied by
the most delightful exhilaration. Of all the
baths in the world, give me a bath in the
Dead Se.
Sporting Notes.
Enterprising Boston has 300 trotting
horses in training.
The Syracuse Drivinn Park is to be en-
tirely remodel ed.
The Fleetwood Park meetings are an-
nounced for May 18 and June 15.
The President of Lima, Peru, has or-
dered a billiard table from this city.
Thormandy, the celebrated English race-
horse died recently of apoplexy.
The New York Yacht Club list em-
braces 39 schooners, 23 sloops and 13
steamers.
When the race-horses of the Duke of
Hamilton are broken down they are pen-
sioned.
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