Modern commerce has no sentiment; it ■would grind the bones of all the Ctc'sars to make a profitable manure ! An enterprising manufacturer some little time ago actually bought a consignment of Egyptian mummies—royal and priestly corpses, embalmed before the days of Homer—and ground them up to make a particular variety of brown paint, for which it was discovered their dust made an excellent basis ! And now an English firm has imported a cargo of many thousand mummified cate from Egypt, and sold them in Liverpool for purposes of manure ! The cats are of an earlier date than Moaea ; they were the objects of religious devotion in their life and have slumbered for three thousand years in the stately repose of Egyptian tombs. And now they have been imported to Liverpool, and sold at a li!tie tinker £4 per ton to be ground down into manure ! The mummified cats’ Leads, older than Raineses 11, were sold by public auction. The first offered went for fiftoenpence. and was stated to havo formed a portion of “ a beautiful Tom.” Another, says the Daily News! declared to be “a perfect study of a sweet face,” was knocked down for 3s 3d. The hindquarters of a oat with two Mad.feet attached were more briskly competed, for, amidst cries of “treat that cat gently ” from two gentlemen described as “evidently scientists.” The whirlgig of itime assuredly brings its revenges! To think of a cat to whom the Pharaoh of the Exodus may have burnt insonce being transported across the sea, knocked down at fifteen pence in a Liverpool auction-room, and utilised as manure in an English turnipfield. Hamlet’s uncomfortable suggestion about “ the noble dust of Alexander " stopping a beer barrel,or “imperious Caesar dead and turned to clay,” is scarcely more incongruously pathetic than the fate of these once sacred Egyptian eats !
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South Canterbury Times, South Canterbury Times, Issue 6200, 26 April 1890
Mummy Manure. South Canterbury Times, Issue 6200, 26 April 1890
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