A PRAYER-BOOK IN A TREE’S HEART.
A correspondent of the Cincinnati Gazette, writing from Eton, Ohio, says : —“ Decently Nelson Davis, of West Alexandria, this county, cut down an oak tree about six feet in circumference, in the centre of which was a cavity about seven inches square, partly filled with some rotten kind of wood and a roll of cloth, which crumbled when touched. Inside of all was a German Catholic prayer book, bound in leather and much worn. The book was printed in 1726, and had a Latin introduction, while some of the blank leaves are fi4jM'with writings in French, part of which iSmiintelligible, but enough is easily read toljjßSw that the owner was a French soldier, what battalion, and mentions the name of one of the officers as De La Magne. It may be of interest to the Historical Society. A growth of at least five inches over the hole where it had been slipped hermetically sealed and preserved the book. It is now in the hands of W. C. Barnhart at his l ook store in this place, and is regarded by all as a great curiosity. ”
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