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Southern ladies' journal. (Little Rock, Ark.) 1886-18??, October 02, 1886, Image 10

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the bones of a sturgeon, and of the
moose, deer, bear, beaver, otter, and
occasionally human bones, giving evi
dence of the cannibalism on the part of
the Indians. The shells below the line
of leaf mould running through the heap
are older than those above, showing
that the heap was at times abandoned
and begun again. The pottery below
the line of leaf mould is not so well fin
ished as that above. It is different in
form and ornamention. Stone imple
ments are scarce. Half circles of rocks
with marks of fire, ashes and charcoal
indicate camp fires. Small stones are
common, some of them having oyster
shells attached.
The heaps extend through the adjoin
ing fields and pastures and are six feet
deep. Beyond the great deposit on the
west bank small piles extend for half a
mile back from the river. Small quanti
ties have been taken out during the
present century. The oyster shell heaps
gradually disappear toward the mouth of
the river, giving place to clams and then
to mussels near the ocean. There are
ten or more oyster-shell heaps between
the bridge and the mouth of the river.
We cannot tell the age of these heaps,
but forty years ago ship timber four feet
in diameter was cut on the top of them.
The fact that no iron implements are
found in them is considered to be proof
that they were constructed before the
introduction of modern arts by white
men. The tribes who made the heaps
were evidently cannibals. The human
bones which are found have been bro
ken to get the marrow and scraped as
is the cannibalistic custom. Professor
Morse exhibited the tibia of a human
skeleton found in the heaps, pointing
out that they were flattend like those of
the early races, thus showing their an
tiquity. The general conclusion of the
party was that the shell heaps afforded
no evidence that this immediate region
was thickly settled, but that the Indians
came hither, in great numbers, at cer
tain seasons, from their homes in the
great river valleys to feed upon the oys
The heaps gradually grew through the
accumulations of many years—it may be
centuries. The shells were piled in
heaps through the habit or from some
superstition connected with them.
Sept. 20th. As I take my place at
my desk this evening I have the pleas
ant remembrance of an exceptionally
happy day. First, breakfast was served
at exactly the hour that John likes to
have it. The manners of the children
weie w...iotu any especial wilfulness.
After breakfast I was able to arrange all
my household affairs without interrup
tion. I then went out to make some
purchases for the children’s thicker
clothing, and here as I write my person
al thoughts, and wishes, I thank the dear
Lord, that the summer has passed with
out serious sickness, or dismay in our
household I look back along the months
and remember that health, comfort, and
a cheerful happy living has been ours,
and in my little record I stop one mo
ment to send a loving thankful thought
prayerfully up to the Great Source of all
love and compassion.
To-day I attended the first meeting of
the Club which Mrs. Allen originated,
and I was very much pleased, not only
with the manner in which Mrs. Allen
managed so large an assemblage of la
dies, but also the interesting conversa
tions upon the topic chosen with the rec
itations and music which I thought par
ticularly fine. This being the meeting
when Housekeeping topics were to be
the subject of conversation, Mrs. Allen
arose and upon calling the meeting to or
der, said that she had been requested to
ask if some of the ladies present, could
furnish a few especial receipts.
Mrs. Bourland, Mrs. Allen said would
make her own request. Mrs. Bourland
then said that not long since she had al
most ruined a handsome dress by brush
ing against white paint, could some of
the ladies tell her what would remove
the paint.
Aunt Ellen, Mrs. Alien’s unmarried
sister, asked if Mrs. Bourland had tried
“No,” said Mrs. Bourland “I have
not tried anything, because I feared I
might injure the fabric.”
If you will put turpentine upon a
sponge, and rub the places where the
paint has dried you will dad that it will
be removed entirely by one or two ap
plications. “Now,” said Mrs. Ames,
“let me ask for the sake of all house
keepers what will remove spots
from wmlei, either cashmere or
“Did you ever try turpentine and lem
onjuice?” asked Aunt Ellen.
“I have tried alcohol and ammonia, bu
I find that they will not always remove
milk or grease spots.”
“I think that you will find that the
turpentine and lemon juice will,” said
Aunt Ellen.
“And now,” said Mrs. Beale, “let
me ask what will remove mildew from
linen? I have two table cloths and
three napkins that I have laid aside bad
ly mildewed, by carelessness of my
laundress, they are a portion of my
handsomest table linen, and I was as
angry as 1 could be when I 7
all spoiled.” ° them
“I can tell you what to use-. ,
e<l Mrs. Ames. “Take two’„„? ’*
cl ’ lor ‘‘y “Oime.andpouronit a'n "
of boiling water rnd then Jl*
quarts of cold water, steep the
tins for ten or twelve hours
wiU find that every spot has
“Ladies,” said Mrs. Allen a,-; •
“we will have music now, there are’S
t iree requests for especial receipts that
must only be mentioned and the iadi
can give the answers in the hands of the
secretary. One asks fora nurse’s re
ceipt for a child with severe whooping
cough. Another asks for a goodpound
cake receipt, the third asks for a receipt
for good biscuit.” P
Mrs. Ames then sat down at the pi.
ano and sang the pretty ballad of the In
The poetic i chain so well known
comes to me yet as the very pleasantest
of home thoughts.
But the canny hearth where cronies meet,
And the dadin; of our eve;
It makes to us a world complete,
0, the Ingleside for me.
Then from the skilled fingers of Mrs.
Ames came the prelude and the song
rendered beautifully, “I know that my
Redeemer liveth.” I listened with hope
and love to the beautiful melody.
Or great Syrup. For making twenty
four bottles Orgreat Syrup; White su
gar 32 pounds, sweet almonds shelled,
4 pounds, bitter almond shelled, 4
pounds, orange flower water 4 ounces,
essence of lemon 10 drops. Blanch and
pound the almonds in a moi t ir, to a pulp,
add 16 pints of clear water, stir well and
strain through a moderate fine strainei.
To this milk of Almonds add 32 pounds
of sugar, (white) put on the fire and let
it heat thoroughly. While pounding tie
almonds add the orange flower wate
Strain and bottle while warm. Keep on
the ice each bottle as you wish to use 1 •
This is a delightful cooling drink. «
tooi three teasp >onfuls in a B
ice water.
Caramels. Tea cup molasses, half a cup
of brown si ft', on cap ° <* ea ®’ , thtr
cup of grated chocolate,
in a saucepan and bjil stiff,
platter buttered and draw
squares a buttered knife.
T» Bake
boil it in very lntlc cover' 1
to cover it, two houis. < . ien s jft
, over with the yolk of an tgf, ’
over a thick coat of li ,H ’ 0 (
lay it in a pan; pour m a tum
the broth it was boded m; *
well with butter.

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