Month: June 2013

A tragic story

On July 28, while a strongly-built old house was being pulled down in the village of Warm Spring, Buncombe County, North Carolina, the workmen found a skeleton behind one of the thick walls. Upon it was an old leathern post…

A plucky dog

A curious instance of the interest taken by a dog in a horse race occurred at Jersey City on May 26. One of the contestants, a mare named Kate, broke at the beginning of a heat, when a dog which…

Extraordinary case

The Times gives the particulars of a death which took place a few days ago from a singular cause at Gayton-le-Marsh. The deceased was a woman about thirty years of age, and as her medical attendants had been much puzzled…

Death of a miser

The death was yesterday reported to the Liverpool coroner of a middle-aged woman, named Ellen Jones, who lived in a cellar in Milford Street in the most abject poverty. The neighbours, not seeing her about as usual, sent for the…

Curious coincidence

There are living in the small village of Leyton, Essex, four persons of the name of John Swan, not at all related, and all with wooden legs, although not one has been in the army or navy. The London Standard,…

Singular superstition

At Dunmow on Tuesday, Charles and Peter Brewster, father and son, two labouring men, were charged with misbehaving themselves towards Susan Sharpe, wife of an army pensioner, living at High Easter, in a manner likely to lead to a breach…

An extraordinary bequest

M. Alfred Motte, an inhabitant of Roubaix, who died recently, made a peculiar provision in his will. He bequeathed the sum of 425,000f to the municipality, though the benefits are not to be realised yet. The name of the benefactor…

A stranded elephant

A most extraordinary find has been made at Stokes Bay, near Portsmouth, where on the tide receding, a huge object was seen to have been left on the beach. It was first thought to be a whale, but closer inspection…