The principal difference between a cat and a lie Is that the cat has only nine lives.-- Pudd'nhead Wilson New Calendar.
APRIL 20 .--The cyclone of 1892 killed and crippled hundreds of people; it was accompanied by a deluge of rain, which drowned Port Louis and produced a water famine. Quite true; for it burst the reservoir and the water-pipes; and for a time after the flood had disappeared there was much distress from want of water.
This is the only place in the world where no breed of matches can stand the damp. Only one match in sixteen will light.
The roads are hard and smooth; some of the compounds are spacious, some of the bungalows commodious, and the roadways are walled by tall bamboo hedges, trim and green and beautiful; and there are azalea hedges, too, both the white and the red; I never saw that before.
As to healthiness: I translate from to-day's ( April 20) Merchants' aid Planters' Gazette, from the article of a regular contributor, "Carminge," concerning the death of the nephew of a prominent citizen:
Sad and lugubrious existence, this which we lead in Mauritius; I believe there is no other country in the world where one dies more easily than among us. The least indisposition becomes a
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Publication information: Book title: Following the Equator:A Journey around the World. Volume: 2. Contributors: Mark Twain - Author. Publisher: P.F. Collier. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1899. Page number: 297.