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A symposium of queer epitaphs, contributed by noted women of the United States, was an interesting feature of the annual meeting of a literary club at Ducyrus (Ohio) reoently. The idea was suggested by a quaint inscription on a tombstone in a local cemetery, and it was determined that each member of the club should secure from some noted, woman of the country the most unique epitaph that had ever come under her notice. The result was interesting in the extreme. The following were among those secured : ' Mrs Cleveland submitted an epitaph which was said to be carved upon a stone in a quiet Maine graveyard, and was looked upon n tho nature of a matrimonial advertisement. Here is the inscription :—. Sacred to the memory of James 11. Random who died Aug. the 6th, ISOO. His widow, who mourns as one who can be comforted, a-jed only 24 and possessing every qualification, of a cood wife, lives in this village . Mrs Sherman confined herself to her own locality, and sends an inscription which can bo found in an old Mansfield cemeterv. It is as follows: ' * Under this sod and under these trees Lieth the pod of Solomon Pease. He is not in this hole, but only his pod; He has shelled out his soul and went up' to his God. gave two, which properly go together. The first was the inscription over the remains of the first wife of a Calif ornian and read: ' The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away • blessed be the name of the Lord. ' The grave of a second wife was embellished with the other inscription, equally appropriate: : I called upon the Lord, and he heard me" and delivered me out of all my troubles. Mrs Harrison gave this quotation from a Western monument : This yere is saked to the memry of Bill Henry bhraken, who come to his death by bein' shot with a Colts j revolvers-one of the old kind, brass: mounted, and of such is the kindom of hevin. Mrs.Foraker thought the accompanying about as curious as any she had ever heard:— Here'-lie I and my two daughters, LrougUt here By drinking Sedlitz waters; If wc had stuck to Epsom-salts We wouldn p be laying in these here vaults. This rather peculiar selection came from a Massachusetts cemetery, and. wa3 furnished by Mrs Grant:— : Here lies the beat of slaves now turning into dust Czesar, the Lthiopian, craves a place anions thp just, - " c Hi s faithful soul has fled to realms of heavenly And by the blood that Jesus shed is changed from black to white. • . r

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QUEER AMERICAN EPITAPHS., Evening Star, Issue 10458, 30 October 1897

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QUEER AMERICAN EPITAPHS. Evening Star, Issue 10458, 30 October 1897