GROWTH IN CHILDREN. An Interesting Chapter on the .subject of Variations In Human Stature. The rate of growth In children varies according to sex. Thus, at the ago of eleven or twelve years, boys are larger and heavier than girls; but from that age on the evolution of the girls is more rapid, and they soon overtake the boys and pass them, till the age of fifteon years is reached, when the boys regain the ascendency, while the girls remain nearly stationary. A curious relation has been discovored between the growth of children in stature and in weight M.- Malling-Hansen, director of the deaf and dumb insti- tion at Copenhagen, has for three years weighed and measured his pupils daily; and he . has - observed that their growth does . not ... take place regularly and progressively but by stages separated bv intervals of rest. Weight also increases by periods after intervals of equilibrium, , While the weight is increasing; the stature remains nearly stationary,' and vice versa. The maximum of increase of stature corresponds' with a minimum period of augmentation of weight The vital forces appear not to work on both sides at once. These variations are subjeot to the influence of the sea sons. During autumn and early win ter, according to M. Malling-Hansen, the child accumulates weight, while his stature increases slowly; but during spring, stature receives a veritable push, while weight increases but little. Some local habits have an influence on the stature. Stendhal remarked that many Roman girls had deformed ver tebral columns, or were a little humpbacked, and found that it was the re sult of a popular belief prevailing in Home that parents could promote the growth of their children by punching them in the back! Popular Science Monthly.