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Gleanings From The Past #54

Not Lost in Translation A ludicrous story is told of a great naval function which took place during the reign of the last Napoleon and the Empress Eugénie. Several American vessels were present, and they were drawn up in line … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #36

Personal Identity Suppose a brave Officer to have been flogged when a boy at school, for robbing an orchard, to have taken a standard from the enemy in his first campaign, and to have been made a General in advanced … Continue reading

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17 Elephants Or: How An Old Man Prevented A Couple Of Elephants From Being Slaughtered

Image: Wikimedia This story originates from India. A man died and left seventeen elephants to his three sons. His will said, “My eldest son gets half of my elephants, my middle son gets one-third, and my youngest son one-ninth of … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #27

Life’s Mystery Being at my seat near the village of Meudon, and overlooking a quarry-man, whom I had set to break some very large and hard stones, in the middle of one we found a huge live toad, though there … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #23

Ingenuity of A Spider The following instance of ingenuity in a spider, which was witnessed by the writer of this article, will not be uninteresting: A web was observed to be tightly stretched across a garden path, about five feet … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #21

Strange Bird Mr. Zachariah Pearce, aged 21, died at Cranbrook, Kent, October 17, 1786. The following remarkable occurrences are related as matters of fact, which can be attested by many persons in Cranbrook. Mr. W. Pearce, the father of the … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #20

Journalism It is the one great weakness of journalism as a picture of our modern existence, that it must be a picture made up entirely of exceptions. We announce on flaring posters that a man has fallen off a scaffolding. … Continue reading

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