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ty-sevon aro Southern, and ninety-live ol'
the two hundred mid thirty-eight from the
North and West.
Ninety-seven Vassal girls take Greek.
At present the study is voluntary. In
1881 Vassal will come up to college rank
by requiring it in lilting. $250 prize is
offered to the young lady best fitted in 1878
-711-80 in Latin, Greek, and mathematics.
Scholarships looking up.
Writers upon natural history in Europe
give us tiie names of 5211 species of birds,
natives of the continent.
A Venetian bus succeeded in making a
violin, the box of which is porcelain, and
the strings of metallic wire. Upon it are
said to be produced tones of rare purity,
richness, hannony and power.
The last new remedy for hydiophobia
is a Chinese plant, called Datura stramon
ium, a violent poison. It is asserfed that
a Chinaman who drank some of the wa
ter in which a few leaves of this plant
had been steeped completely recovered.
ProfessHi Virchow, in a recent dis
course at Munich on the progress of gen
eral science, said that there was good rea
son to believe that owing to the immense
discoveries reached in the analysis of
light, it would soon be possible to secure
Corsica sends annually from :50,000 tn
400,000 blackbirds It) France. These birds
visit the islands in vast numbers every
winter fo feed on the benies of the Myr
tle and Arbutus, and become very fat by
December, while their flesh acquires a de-
licioiiB flavor and peifumc as the result of
their peculiar diet.
A new and beautiful process of gilding
designs on glass is described in Dingler's
PoUjtecJmic Journal. The glass, after be
ing thoroughly cleaned with powdered
chalk, is coated uniformly by means of a
brush, with a hot solution formed by soak
ing .seventy-live grains of gelatine in one
quart of water, and then boiling it; the
gold leaf is next laid on very evenly, and
after this coating is dry, additional layers
of gold leaf arc placed on it by means of
the gelatine solution. When the gilding
appears perfectly opaque when held up to
the light, and has become quite dry, the
designs, previously traced with the point
of a needle, if desired, are painted, re
versed, upon it with black japan. If the
layer of gold is too thin, the varnish may
be visible through it and mar the effect.
When the varnish is thoroughly dry, the
excess of gilding is softened with water,
and washed oil', while Iho designs pro
tected by it remain, and exhibit a fine
This tiling hui'il unto inu but yesterday.
I, laughing with my friends nuil eonlldent,
Advanced along n woll considered way,
Up to fame's house; ntul, drawing nigh the
Thereof, domnuded entrance.
The great valves swung ap-iit. and I with
Outstreched to grasp, saw with my lifted eyes
Between me and my prize a simple girl,
A wealth of smnptous, darky hair broad,
Well-llllcd brown moist, full red lips, and
Athenian chin with stateliest head
And graceful us a painter's dream of come
Tall Eastern girl, with pitcher, at a fount.
Then while I look'd, the strength of many
And all Ambition's strength, became at
Of weakest gossamer to bind my will:
And I heard shut, forever, Fame's great gates,
Now, unregrettlng that, I crave of Life
Only some books, a cottage, and that girl.
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