Monday, September 19, 2016

1900 - MICE, MATCHES AND WINE - A Combination Which Started and Then Put Out a Fire.

When the post office was opened Monday morning it was found that what was supposed to be water had leaked through the ceiling from the apartments above, occupied by Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Brooks, who are on the Pacific coast for a stay of several weeks. An investigation followed and a rather remarkable discovery was made. The rooms were filled with smoke and after it was allowed to escape through open windows and doors, it was found that by a most peculiar circumstance a fire had started and had been extinguished. When the rooms were locked up on the departure of the family for the coast, a number of matches had evidently been left on a stand, under the edge of which a case of wine had been set, the bottles being in jackets of straw. When examined on Monday the bottles were all broken and were still warm and the straw jackets had been burned to ashes, while the case was badly charred. The supposition is that mice had nibbled at the straw and set off a match, which had dropped from the stand and the jackets on the bottles were thus set on fire. The fire had heated the bottles to the breaking point and the wine ran out and extinguished the fire, and prevented a conflagration which might have proved very serious.

Aberdeen Weekly News
Aberdeen, South Dakota
September 20, 1900

Sunday, July 3, 2016


Enigma, Ga. (AP) - A Baptist man was bitten and killed by a rattlesnake he brought to church because the Bible says believers "shall take up serpents."
DEWEY BRUCE HALE, 40, was bitten during Sunday services at New River Holiness Church and died at home late that night, the sheriff's office said. The death was ruled accidental.
"The Sheriff's Department was not called by family or the church," said Sheriff Jerry Brogdon. "Nothing was reported. If he had gone to the hospital, it would've all been different."
Witnesses said HALE brought the rattlesnake to church in a box and was bitten on the hand when he took it out.
Martha Hale, a cousin of the victim, said church members "feel that the Holy Spirit moves on them enough that they can take up serpents."
"Many have been bitten and were healed at that church," she said.
"They feel he didn't die because of the snake, but that he died because it was his time to go."
Tyrone Daily Herald Pennsylvania
January 19, 1995

Monday, June 8, 2015

1868 - 17 Pound Tumor

Mr. Luther Shattuck, of Groton, Mass., had a tumor removed from his neck, on the 11th inst., 16 inches long, 11 inches wide, 7 inches thick, weighing 17 pounds. The operation was skillfully performed by Dr. Norman Smith, of that place.

The Farmers' Cabinet
New Hampshire
June 18, 1868

1858 - The Dead Alive.

A few days ago, a respectable man in the employment of one of the largest mercantile houses in Quebec, took passage in a schooner for Baie St. Paul, on a visit to his relations. He carried with him a good stock of wearing apparel, and a check for the amount of his wages, a considerable sum.

On the voyage he fell sick, and apparently died, or what is more probable, became insensible, from some narcotic administered to him. The captain of the schooner having taken possession of his clothing and money, sent two of the crew ashore to bury the dead passenger. They dug the grave, threw him in, and had begun to cover the body, when the dead man, contrary to all law in such cases made and provided, suddenly sat bolt upright and inquired, "Have we arrived at last?"

The amateur sextons took to their heels and fled, leaving their task but half accomplished. The corpse vindicated its vitality by cries which brought the assistance of a gentleman fishing in the neighborhood, and the half buried victim was released from the grave, well cared for, and as soon as fit to travel forwarded home.

In the meantime the "false sea captain" proceeded on his voyage; arriving at St. Paul he told of the death of his passenger, and his burial, and he delivered to his friends a portion of his worst clothing, retaining his best and the check for his wages.

When asked whether he had no check or money, he denied it. Proceeding thence to Quebec, he changed the check, invested the money in flour, and returned home with flying colors, little dreaming that the buried man was following in pursuit.
Montreal Advertiser.

Newbern Daily Progress
New Bern, North Carolina

1894 - Intelligent Puss

A young woman bookkeeper employed in an office at South Manchester, Connecticut, has been in the habit for some time past of giving the office cat a piece of meat for its lunch every day. Precaution is taken to lay a piece of paper under the meat to avoid greasing the floor. The other day, at lunch hour, when there was no meat, pussy begged for some in her most intelligent fashion, and at last going to the waste basket dragged forth her regular paper table cloth and laid it properly for the meat.

The Indiana Democrat
Indiana, Pennsylvania

1883 - Eels Stop Paper

The machinery in a paper mill at Manchester, Connecticut, was stopped by four large eels blocking the wheels. One was taken out whole. Its length was three feet three inches, and its weight four and three fourths pounds. The other eels were so mutilated that they could not be measured, but they were all of enormous size. It took all day to get the eel fragments out of the wheel.

The Record-Argus
Greenville, Pennsylvania

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

1882 - Clever Woman

Mrs. Stewart was alone and unarmed when two tramps took forcible possession of her house, at New Vineyard, Me.  While they were eating and drinking in the kitchen, she whittled a stick into the shape of a pistol, blackened it with soot, then made a fierce onslaught on the rascals, who fled precipitately.

The Lafayette Adviser
Lafayette, Louisiana
February 25, 1882