Lore of Fairy Stones
INTERESTING ARTICLE ! ON "FAIRY" STONES The New-Topic in indebted to Mrs. A. W. Dula for the following article, which will be of interest to many persons; who own or who would like to own a little "Fairy" stone. ; One of the Wonderi of the World j In a quiet, sunny glade, nestled among the rugged foot-hills of the I Blue Ridge Mountains, in Patrick county, Virginia, a section made renowned by the fact that old King Powhatan once held undisputed pos session, there was discovered a single quarry of the far-famed Virginia "Fairy" or "Lucky" Stones. These little curiosities, which range in size from one-fourth of an inch to two inches, bear in the most unique form, some in the shape of a Cross, which has been outlined by Nature's own hand. Many of them are of St. Andrew variety, others Roman, while those most sought are the Maltese. In that weird spot, the only place on the face of the globe where the little wonder-working gems are to be found, the good fairies flourished and had their workshop many hundreds of years ago. This, you will probably say was rather a strange place for Titania's subjects, but were you to visit this charming mountain region, you would find every rock and tree infected fith a glaonour of ro mance. As to the real origin of these little Crosses of stone, comparatively nothing is known, as the leading scientists of the country have failed to throw any satisfactory light on the subject; but in the remote mountain section runs a very pretty legend to the effect that hundreds of years before King Powhatan's dynasty came into power, long before the woods breathed the gentle spirit of the lovely Pocahontas, the fairies were dancing around a spring of limpid water, playing with the naiards and wood nymphs, when an elfin messenger arrived from a strange city, far, far away in the land of the dawn, bringing the sad tidings of the death of Christ, and when they heard the terrible story of the crucifixion they wept. And as their tears fell upon the earth they were crystalized into little pebbles, on each of which was a beautiful cross. When the fairies had disappeared from the enchanted spot the ground about the Spring and the adjacent valley were strewn with these unique mementoes of that melan choly event. Not in the world, with its quaint and curious lore, is a more beautiful legend to be found; and just how it originated no one knows, but for half a century some of the people of Pat rick county have held these little crosses of stone in more or less sup erstitious awe, being firm in the be lief that they will protect the wearer against witchcrait, sickness, acci dents and disasters of all kinds. Ex-President Roosevelt had a little beauty mounted as at watch charm; also somie of the crowned heads of Europe have one or more of these little gems tucked snugly away about them.