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