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TflE: ARGUS, i FRIDAY. JULY";!.: 11)08;
THE BLARNEY STONE
AN O.LD LEGEND TELLS HOW jT FOUND ITS WAY TO IRE
LAND -THE MAGIC OF KISSING IT.
The blarney stone takes its name
from tbe village of Blarney, iu County
Cork; Ireland, near which stand the
ruins of the famous BJarney castle,
dating back to the fifteenth century,
and the groves of Blarney, which en
Joy an equally wide reputation. A riv
ulet flowing through them bears the
same . name. The name Blarney la
from the Irish "blairne," a little field,
the Gaelic form being "blnlr" or "bl:ir,"
a plain. TUe village Is four miles north
west of Cork and has a few hundred
Inhabitants. In the groves of Blarney
stands the ruined castle', in one tower
of which Isc the world famous Btone,
the kissing of which is reputed to
endow one with the gift of coaxing,
wheedling and flattering.
The true Htone is declared to be one
in the castle wall, a few feet below.
the summit of the tower. To reach
and osculate it it Is necessary for one
to be held over the parapet by the
heels. But so many persons traveling
in the Emerald Isle desire to report
that they have kissed the real blarney
Btone that one iu the top of the wall
la--held to be sufficiently near the real
thing for the fiction to le maintained
that it is the true etone with all the
powers of th- original. And even to
aged and infifur persons one near the
ca:;t!e entrance is declared to be the
nri(innl On th tnin Rtmip. nonr the
top of the 'tower, a half effaced In
scription reads. "Cormack McCarthy
Fort Is Me Fieri Facit, A. I). 1440."
Of the blarney stone Father Prout,
the Irish poet, declared that it was the
palladium of liberty for Erin. He de
scries the Ptoue and relates a number
of legends regarding it, one that it
was brought to the island by the
Phoenicians, who are reputed to have
colonized the region, and that it had
long been in the custody of the Cartha
ginians, who from it gained the rep
utation for insincerity which is trans
mitted iu the phrase "Punic faith."
and that before that it belonged to the
Syrians, who were credited jtith
speaking with double tongues after
kissing it. According to the story,
some Carthaginian . adventurers .be-
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came enamored of the "stone "and ap
propriated it. They set sail for Minor
ca, but, being overtaken bya storm,
were driven into the harbor of Cork
and left the stone in that vicinity un
til it was made use of in the construc
tion of the donjon tower of Blarney
castle. - '
As to the origin of the belief in re
gard to the qualities secured by kiss
ing the stone, Crofton Croker says
that in 1C02, when the Spaniards were
urging the Irish chieftains to harass
the English, the owner of the castle,
Cormack McDermod McCarthy, who
then occupied it, concluded an armis
tice with the- lord president on condi
tion of surrendering It to an English
garrison. But he put him off from
day to day. with specious statements,
fair promises and false pretexts until
the lord president became the laugh
ingstock of the ministers of Queen
Elizabeth, and the honeyed and delu
sive speeches of the lord of the castle
became known as mere ' blarney."
, The word found its way into litera
ture in the last century. In the "Jour
nal" of Caroliue Fox,, which appeared
In 1833, there is this use of the word:
"lime, de Stael was regretting to Lord
Castlerengh that there was no word In
the English language which answered
to their 'sentiment. 'No,' he said,
'there is no English word, but the
Irish have one that corresponds exact
lyblarney.' " Samuel Lover wrote
"The blarney's so great a deceiver" in
one cf his Irish novels. President
James Buchanan wrote, "The general
has yet to learn that my father's coun
trymen (I have ver felt proud of my
descent' from an Irishman), though
they themselves do blarney others, are
yet hard to le blarneyed themselves."
Washington Irving in "The Traveler"
wrote, "So he blarneyed the landlord."
James Russoll I-owell in "The Fable
For Critics" says: .
The cast clothps of Europe your states
And mumbles again the old blarneys and
lies. . .
The name of the old time castle and
town has added a noun, a verb, an
adjective and a participle to the lan
guage. The most comprehensive defi
nition of the noun "blarney" is "ex
eeoilingly complimentary language;
flattery; smooth, wheedling talk; pleas
ing cajolery." As to the origin of the
word, one lexicographer quotes Grote
as crediting the derivation of It from
the phrase "licking the blarney
stone," "applied to Incredible stories
told of climbing to a stone veis" diffl
cult of access in a castle of that name
in. the county of Cork. Ireland." But
he added that Dr. Jamieson derives it
from the French "balwerne," "a .lie;
fr'olous talk," and defines it "gross
flattery; unmeaning or vexatious dis
course (Low)." But the word .seems
to have outgrown this restricted mean
ing since the latter part of the eight
eenth century. Every Irishman south
of the Liffey is popularly supposed ,to
have kissed the .blarney stone, and If,
moreover, he has liadia dip in the
Shannon he is reputed to have the req
uisite amount of impudence, or .what
the natives call "eisil courage." Nef
HE WAS SCARED.
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Science. Native French and Ger
v Davenport, Iowa. '
Why the Drummer Made Record Time
Out of Pittsburg.
"I am not a man to brag," said the
Cincinnati drummer, "but I feel that I
can honestly say that I was never real
scared but one time in my life, and
that happened a year ago."
When asked in a casual way to back
up his statement with particulars, he
"I was at a hotel in Pittsburg. I had
a room on the third floor, and in com
ing out of It on an occasion I bumped
against a man who was passing. 1
was feeling in ugly mood that day and
when the bump came I shot off my
mouth at the stranger. He replied In
kind, and 1 suddenly shot out my left
and caught him on the point ot the
chin and dropped him like a log."
"And you thought you had killed
"Xo. He lay there and snored like a
seal, and I went downstairs and told
J the clerk he had better see to him.
(.Three minutes later I had twenty dif
i ferent men around me begging me to
fly for my life."
"Because I had knocked out a mid
( dleweight prize fighter who had won
( over thirty battles. Gee whiz, but
ijWhen they told me who the chap was
my knees gave under me, my mouth
got dry as .cotton, and I didn't stop for
my grip. . I was dusting across the
river within ten minutes, and I didn't
feel safe for the - next-;tnree days.
Lordy, , but think of it a dry goods
drummer who had never had a glove
on knocking out a champion middle
weight! Did I run? . Well, I made
record time, aB right." Chicago News.
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A Little Mr. Malaprop. -
Bessie Green, a tot of "seven, likes to
use unusual words. In this she is a
constant source of- amusement to her
relatives, with whom she frequently
corresponds. On one occasion, while
confined to the hospital, she received
this cote from her aunt: ' ,
. I am delighted to hear that the crisis la
past and that you are now convalescent.
Yours, with affection, I , AUNTIE.
A few days later the aant received a '
brief reply, - - v .-...'.
Dear Auntie I have been very 111, but
the nurse says she la delightful to tell
you that 1" am now convulsive. Voiir,
with infection. UES31K. .
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Will Exhibit Here August 21, But the Real BIG SHOW
of the Year 13 wovr Going on at
THE OPPEL-SPENCER COS HOME OF DIGNIFIED CREDIT,
Beginning Saturday morning, August 1st. we will begin the greatest, most dignified
low priced stock reducing sale ever conducted in this part of the country. Regard
V: less of the fact that we have 30,000 square feet of floor space yet we are: already
. crowded with new goods arriving daily and as we have a great many more to come
we must make room for these later arrivals. , Never since we opened our doors last
"fall nave we shown such a large variety of dependable furniture, furniture that will
grace thelhome of the most skeptical and vet the cost is in reach of all. Our buyer,
auticmatina-'a ffrprt fall husinp.sis. bous-ht heavilv of all lines, and in order to taive
care ot all tJiis. merchandise we nave put prices down xo a pomi mat- jou win uevw
3 fall. If vou are going to need some new furniture you Had bet-
see mem again mis tall. 11 vou are going
ter take advantage of 4his August, Sale and
BUY NOW AND PAY LATER
' A QUICK BAKER
10 Off on All Stoves and
We have already revived our fall line
tI Stoves and Ranges and in order to
reduce our block' vo will give 10 per
cent off on any. e,tpve or range iu our
More. If you are golns to need eith
er one or both, take advantage of this
eavlnfs and buy now. You n PAY
FOIl IT es beet auits your owu i-on-veiileiic-e
and If you do not want it
delivered at odcp, we will store It,,,
Fit EE of CIIAHGi:. -
You will never miss the cash If you
begin iayiii for it now.
See our special at $2.05
See our new line of
Special Prices ..
W sell-only., the VICTOR because lt
la th beat . -
' Complnte with all attachments. A
necessity In every ' home. From $30
r to $i5; : " " " ,.-. . -.
One-third off on any Brass Bed In our
stock. You will never buy them so
r i 1
Z'f.i-"- .. -, MfriiVi i-fcWfcfci-ntwr mil,-'-. -,tn frftv
Exactly Like Cut. . .''- .'" ' . :
Solid oak frame, upholstered in either red or green
velour, braced with 10 extra springs. This is a' Bed
Davenport . and a very useful piece of furniture
about the home. Our August price ....... . $23.75
- Verms, $3 cash; $1 weekly. . . .
A new lot
Cash or Credit
MFt -1 Hi. Mi,, .1 TUTUS '1i 1J JatJSi ' i -
This i3 the best for the
money we can offer
you we buy this one
couch In lots of E0 and
Be ( your own banker. $1.00 bank
tor -. 35c
i t tii
Exactly Like Cut.
All the news all the timt" The Argus.
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Ve Pay the Freight
on All Out of. .Town
Orders Amounting to
$5.00 or Over
20 Off on any Refrigerator In our
We have a car coming must
have room If you buy now we
will give you 10 oft. Over 75
Porch and Lawn
20 Per Cent Off
We have already received the new
Ruga showing fall patterns our as
sortment is large and our price right.
Select your rug how before the best
ones are all picked. "We will hold It
This sale will last only during August
end is for either
Cash or Credit
If . you haven't opened an account
with us do ' so now. Pay the easy
ay we? guarantee our roodi in- nt- -
Exactly Like Cut. . ;-
Solid oak. polished Table 8 feet long know1- We J t- carry
and a great value for $23. -- We have., cheap, shoddy goods. Our price only
o ul intac ana you can ouy inem . i. cheat) "-': : V ' : .
A Pleasure to Show Goods
CASH OR CREDIT '
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