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Mike Watson: History Monday

Making news in the 1800s
By Mike Watson

John D. Murrell found hidden away in a house, built 60 years ago, a twist of tobacco, which, from its place of concealment, had evidently been placed there when the house was built. When found the tobacco was perfectly black, but resumed its natural color on being exposed to the sun.
-- The Interior Journal, Stanford, Lincoln County, KY, 20 November 1874.

Trapper found an unexpected catch

A trapper at Columbia, Ky., recently set on a river bank the kind of trap known as the 'dead fall' for the purpose of catching mink, using a piece of rabbit as bait.

The trap was overflooded by a sudden rise of the stream, and on the subsidence of the water, it was discovered that an enormous catfish had taken the bait and was trapped.
-- Rutland Herald, Rutland, Vermont, 23 February 1875.

Fox Hound caught in cave in Columbia

Columbia Spectator [says]: A fox hound belonging to Mr. J.W. Butler chased a fox into a cave in the Wilson cliff near town one day last week and became fastened between the rocks in such a manner that it could not get out. It was a valuable animal, and Mr. Butler, having procured hands and implements, succeeded in digging it out after a little over two days work.
-- The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY, -- 11 November 1876.

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