Friday, July 11, 2008

A Gigantic Seaweed


The giant of the seaweed family and the largest known species of marine algae bears the scientific name of nerocystis. It occasionally attains a length of 300 feet and is kept afloat on the ocean's surface on account of being buoyed by bladderlike enlargements of the stem, which are filled with air. As the plant grows older these globose, bladderlike excrescences swell into great retort shaped cylinders 6 to 7 feet in length and between 4 and 5 feet in diameter. Where this plant grows in any considerable quantity it becomes impossible for small craft to pass through them on account of the density of the floating mass of vegetation. The natives of tropical islands use the bladderlike enlargements mentioned for water vessels and for storing away grain. — St. Louis Republic.

Well Gloved

The well gloved woman keeps two things in mind — first, a quiet, harmonious shade; second, a shape that will not squeeze the hands into a stuffed appearance. Black and reddish brown are the standard shades for street wear, while a pale waxen tan or dead white, with black stitching, can always be depended on for dressy occasions.

Pussy Appreciated

Mrs. Sourface — Come here, my little dear. What a nice, lovely little girl you are! Tell me why you are so fond of that cat?
Little Girl — 'Cause when she purs I know she means it. — Good News.

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