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SOUND SLEEPEHS

It is cno of iho amnorments of West Africa to show strangers how a Fantee boy oan sleep, A friend of mlno, wishing to rouse tha servants aud send them to close the shutters and look the doors, said to me, "I'll show you something which yon wouldn't believe on hear-say," Thereon ho grasped a boy by tbe hoels, dragged frlm a yard or so, turned blm ovor, and roughly lifted him to a sitting posture. Tbe youth sat op, rubbed bis eyos, socatohed his h«?ad, tnd wont to sleop again as he lay, To another he did the same, with a like result.

Having thus got the two alongside, fast asleep, ho dragged one on top of the other, and loft thorn a moment. They slumbered placidly In that position. Ho rhoo ran amnok at thorn, being lv slippers, upset the pair, and ordered tbem loudly to o'ooo tho shuttoro. Thoy both got up, eyes wide opon, aud apparently conscious ; one walked gravely down stairs, the other rotlred, with all semblance of reason, to the pantry alongside.

Tho ono who wont down oamo up sualn In two iniuuiOß, still with lii'h oyoa wide opon, and loleuroly li.y down to sleep sgaln ; the other we four d fast anlepp m the pantry on a stool. Wo took them up, and shook them yl/>lont)y • they rubbed themselvep, and went to sleep again, Dragging them Into the dlulrg-room without a word, thoy silently set about their work, fastening shuttors and doors

"Do you think thoy aro awake?' naked my friend, f< Toll tbem to get you aoruethlDg. 1 '

I did so. No response. I ropeated the ordor. They q a lotly went baok, their work completed, and dropped aal-iep upon their mats. Fast stupefied with sleep all tbe time,

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SOUND SLEEPEHS, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2230, 19 September 1889

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SOUND SLEEPEHS Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2230, 19 September 1889

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