FOR IDLE MOMENTS.
A gentleman traveling in Japan broke the mainspring of his watch which he took to a native village jeweler. The watch was returned, apparently in as good running order as ever, and it kept good time until the rainy season set in, when it stopped. Being in the city of Tokio at that time the traveler took the watch to an Knglish workman, who was astonished to find that the cunning Jap had put in a spring made out of bamboo, which so long as it kept dry remained elastic, but during wet weather had gathered dampness and lost its power.
The Navajo Indians are very superstitious. Not one will ever enter a house in which death has been, and the wide domain of this tribe is full of huts abandoned forever.
Amber is especially interesting to naturalists from the fact that 800 species of insects and 163 species of plants have been preserved in it. It is extensively used for ornaments, and although amber is found in many parts of the world, that which is used mostly in commerce comes from the shores of the Baltic. Fine pieces of it are worth more than their weight in gold. The largest piece known weighs eighteen pounds and is valued at $30,000. It is in the cabinet of Berlin. Succinic acid, very useful in the arts, is obtained from amber.
There are fa’se teeth for horses.
A quarter of Scotland is owned by twelve persons.
The directors of the World’s Fair have spent $20,000 already in postage.
The blood vessels in the white of the eye are so small that they do not admit the little red corpuscles to which the color of the blood is due.