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Weekly Perryville Union
Perryville, Missouri, Friday, 27 January 1871


A YOUNG AVALANCHE. -- On Sunday night we were aroused from our slumbers by a terrible crash from outside of our residence, and going to the door to see what had happened ascertained that the sleet and snow upon the roof had been precipitated to the ground, (which was about three inches in thickness) and was broken up into one hundred and one pieces.

SCRIBNER’S MONTHLY. -- We have just received the third number of Scribner’s Monthly Illustrated Magazine. -- It contains one hundred and twenty-eight pages of well printed matter, and is unquestionably one of the neatest and best gotten up month’s that has come to our office for a long time. It is ably edited and deserves a wide circulation. This new candidate for popular favor is published by Scriber & Co., New York city, at three dollars per annum.

THAT MAMMOTH TURTLE. -- It will be remembered by many of our readers, that several months since we made mention in our local columns of a capture of a turtle in Black River, in Ripley county, by Mr. John French, formerly a citizen of our county; but some persons were disposed to discredit the story, believing it to be all a hoax. It was not, however, a misrepresentation but the stubborn truth. The skull of this turtle was handed to us on last Saturday by Mr. Oliver P. French, and it is quite a curiosity. It measured around the head two feet seven inches; the length of this monster was four feet and across it’s [sic]shell; it measured four feet two inches, and weighed two hundred and twenty-five pounds. Such an animal would have made turtle soup for a large crowd.

FARMERS CLUBS. -- We notice through the columns of our country exchanges, that farmers clubs are being formed in almost every county in the State, and we should be more than pleased to see such an organization in Perry county. Wherever they have been formed they have proved of great advantage, at least to those who follow the pursuits of agriculture. If there is one interest that we desire to see prosper above all others, it is the agricultural interests of the county, as upon the success of the tillers of the soil, depends unmeasurably [sic], the success of all other interests. We should be glad to have some of our farming friends give us their views upon this matter, through the columns of the Union. We cannot but think that such a society would prove beneficial, and we trust our farmers will make a move in this matter.


Charles Morrison, while on his way home in New Madrid county the other day, some unknown person fired a pistol shot at him the ball passing through his hat.

A flat boad was sunk at Chester landing the other day. A family was living in it at the time it sank, and only bearly made their escape in their nightclothes.

The sum of five hundred and seventy seven dollars have been raised in the city of Cape Girardeau for the relief of the French widows and orphans by the French society.

Another twenty miles of the Cape Girardeau State Line Railroad has been let out to be graded, which is to be finished in ten months. This does not look much like this road was dead, as it had recently been reported to be.

The other day a railroad meeting was held in St. Francois county, to consider the proposition for a county subscription of one hundred thousand dollars, in aid of an eastern extension of the Laclede and Fort Scott railroad, and a resolution to that effect, was passed without a dessenting vote.

Another bloody affair took place at Sandy Woods in Butler county on the evening of Christmas. There were six men engaged in the fray, and all six of then were found to be seriously wounded. At last account it was believed but two of the men could possible [sic] recover from wounds received.

The New York Sun says: “A ridge of beautiful black marble, ninety feet high and three-fourths of a mile long has recently been discovered in Cape Girardeau county, Mo., about half a mile from the Mississippi river. It is said to be susceptible of the finest polish.”

The Washington County Journal says, “Further developments of the silver mine recently discovered in that vicinity are being made. There appears no ground whatever for doubt as to its being real siver ore, and of a quality that will richly repay the process of reduction.”

In response to a call from the Senate, the Postoffice Department has sent a communication to that body showing the among of free matter circulated in the mails under the franking law. It appears that if all that had passed free had paid the regular rate of postage chargeable on other similar matter, it would have added more than two and a half million dollars to the revenue.

The glue works at Peabody, Mass., cover aboutn thirty-three acres of ground, a large part of which is occupied by buildings, some of which are gigantic. Their product is estimated about 2,250,000 per annum, mostly of cabinet and the high grades of glue.

Governor Brown has ordered elections to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Gen. Blair, on Saturday, the 28th of January; and to supply the vacancy caused by the death of Gen. Beeman, on the 30th of January.

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