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One of earliest narratives of this kind is that communicated to the French academy by Professor Pontus la 1804, in which he gives an account of a shower of frogs near Toulouse, and states that he hiinself saw numerous young frogs on the cloaks of two gentlemen When the diligence in which he was arrived at the place where the storm the roads and flelils were observed to be absolutely full of frogs. In some places they appeared to be throe or four deep, and the horses' hoofs killed thousands during the passage of the vehicle through the spot A SHOWER Of FROGS. An instance of a no less curious frog shower in our own country ia related by a In The Overland Monthly, who says that the year 1884 ha was with a number of tourists traveling in Arizona at least miles from any stream or pond. The day being exceedingly sultry, a halt was made for a rest of an hour or two, when a dense black cloud mode its appearance, which soon began to discharge a copiousrain. Nearly every person in the party wore a broad brimmed felt hat, which proved a great protection against tho rain, as they had already been against the sun. The attention of the travelers was soon arrested a vigorous pelting of something which like hailstones upon their sombreros, but which, greatly to their surprise, proved to a spocies of diminutive frogs. In less thac two mmutos the grass was fairly alive these little creatures. They were all of one size, about a of an inch long, very lively, and apparently In tho best condition. Their fall hod evidently been broken by the elastic, springy nature of tho grass. AUuding to the theory advanced by some scientists, that in such ' cases the frogs must of necessity have arisen from the ground, the writer says: "It is probable that several hundred thousand, perhaps millions, of frogs had suddenly been hatched into life by the rain, or, if they that, in their infantile gleo, they jumped feot 11 inches from the earth to the top o( our heads mei ely to show bow tbo game leap frog should lie played. They came above, in company with the rain, and this fact was made clear by holding out the and seeing them fall upon it, as well as ing them upon our hat rims." RAINING KlaU. To judge from a number of Instances related in Chambers' "Book of Days,," it seem that the cases of 8sh falls, in tho old country, at least, outnumber those of frogs to a considerable degree. On tho 14th of April, 1SJ8, Maj. Mackenzie, of Rosshire, while walking in a Eeld- on his farm, saw great portion of the ground covered with herring fry threo to four inches in leugth', fresh and entire. The spot was olT of threo "miles from tho Firth of DiugwelL About years later, in tho Island of Islay, in Argylu- shire, after a day of very heavy rain, tbe inhabitants were surprised to find a large number of fresh herrings strewn over their More recently a Wick newspaper stated that one morning a large quantity of tho saraa species of fish were found scattered in a garden in that town. These, it is stated, the peasants cooked and ate, though not without misgivings as to the possibility of some satanic agency having been concerned in transferring them to such a spot Ouo of tho most curious instances of this nature is related by an English officer, who, while residing m Calcutta, saw a quantity live flsb descend In a heavy shower of rain. "The most strange thing that struck me in connection with this event," said the oflicer, "was that tho fish did not fall belter skelter, everywhere, or hero and theiiu, but in on even, straight line, not more than a cubit breadth." Of all remarkable events of this character, however, the most sensational was the famous "Keu lucky meat shower" which mystified so many people some tweuty ,jn.aiai.j»»»- Tbts- »a» or nrsc regarded by many as a hoax, but was found to be a veritable occurrence., although hardly susceptible TM ·*,.« 10 , ro , u T, L , 1 y "·tfefactory explanation. This "flesh tall" took place on the farm of Mr. Crouch, which was in a spot surrounded by high hills and mountains, hi Bath county Ky. This account, given by Mrs. Crouch, was substantially as follows: A KENTDCKT STOBV- "Between 11 and 12 o'clock I was in my yard, not more than forty steps from tho house. There was a light wind coining from the west, but the sky was clear and the was shining brightly. Without any prelude or warning of any kind, and exactly under these circumstances, the showor commenced. The fall was of not less than one nor more Hian two minutes' duration. When the flesh began to fall I saw a large piece strike the ground close by me, with a snapping like noise when it struck. I was impressed with the conviction that it was a miracle or a warning. The largest piece that 1 sow was as long as my hand and about half an inch wide. It looked gristly, as if it had been torn from the throat of some animal Another piece that 1 saw was half round in shape about the size of a L-alf dollar." An old hunter, residing in tho neighborhood, ou being shown a piece of the flesh declared it to be bear meat, and stated that It had "that uncommonly greasy feel" peculiar to tho flesh of that animal. A butcher who was persuaded to taste the meat changed his mind about swallowing any of it, and declared that it tasted neither like flesh, nsb fowl. It looked to him like mutton, but the smell was a new one. Some of the meat quite dry, and there seemed to be a fine, like fiber running through it. A great deal of the flesh was sent to chemists and others various parts of tho country, and analyses were made by several well known scientists. Professor J L. Smith was at first inclined to pronounce it the dried spawn of frogs, but as it was found under tho microscope to possess undoubted characteristics peculiar to the flesh of animals, this theory was abandoned. Perhaps the most reasonable explanation is that of Professor Pater, of Lexington, Ky., who believed the fail of flesh to be simply result of a land of post-prandial disgorging by a (lock of buzzards who bod been toasting themselves more abundantly than wisely on the carcass of a sheep This is the simplest, and, perhaps, after all, the most satisfactory explanation that con be given of the supposed mfiwla. Of shouersof insects there are a few in- of in to in be get Tho had by and · It delicate flourishes as but bread York A and York. other boot means wa'y are use would in forget nor to

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  1. The Bucks County Gazette,
  2. 15 Aug 1889, Thu,
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