January 1874 Nashville Union newspaper
GIANTS. Sonic of Them, Ancient aud Jlodcrn. The Bible mentions several cases of giants, as the Rephaims the Anakims, the Emiins, the Zonzonims.and others. Profane historians also mention giants; theygac seven feet of height to Hercules, their first hero, and in onr days ive have seen men eight feet high. The giant vrho was shown in Kouen in 1835 measured eight feet some inches. The Emperor Jlaxiinin was of that size; Skeakins and Platcras, physicians of the lest century, saw several of that stature, and Gorpsns sawagirlwhowas 10;fecthigh. The body of Orestes, according to the Greeks, was 11 feet; the giant Galbara, brought from Arabia to Rome under Claudius Ca-sar, was near 10 feet; and the bones of Secondilla and Pufio, keepers of the gardens of Sallust, were but six inches shorter. Funnam, a Scotchman, who lived at the time of Eugene the Second, king of Scotland, measured Hi feet: and Jacob le Maire, in his voyage to the Straits of Magellan, reports that on the 17th day of December, 1615, they found at Port Desire several graves covered with stones; and having the curiosity to remove the stones, they discovered human skeletons of 10 and 11 feet long. The Chevalier Scory, in his voyage to the Peak of Tencriffe, says that they fonnd in one of the sephulchral caverns of that mountain theheadof a Gauuche, which had SO teeth, and the body was not less than 15 feet long. The giant Ferragus, slain by Orlando, nephew of Charlemagne, was 18 feet high. . , Roland, a celebrated anatomist, who wrote in 1611, says that, some years before, there was to be seen in the suburbs of St, Germain the tomb of the giant Isoret, who was 20 feet high, In Rouen, in 1509, in digging in the ditches near theDominicans, they found a stone tomb containing a skeleton, whose skull held a bushel of corn, and whose shin-bone reached up tothegirdle of the tallest man there, being about four feet long, and consequently the body must have been 17 or lb feet high. Upon the tomb was a plate of copper, whereon was engraved, "In this tomb lies the noble and puissant lord, the Chevalier Ricon de Vallemont, and his bones." Platerus, a famous physician, declares that he saw at Lucerne t he true human bones of a subject which must have been atleast 19 feet high. Valence, in Dauphine, boasts ot possessing the bones of the giarA Bucart, tyrant of the Yivarais, who was slam by an arrowby thcCountdeCabdlon, his vassal. The Dominicans had a par,t of of the shin-bone, with the articulation of the knee, and his figure painted in fresco, with an inscription showing that this giant was 22i feet high, and that his bones were found in 1705 nearitue banks of the ilorderi, a little river-at the foot of the mountain of Crussol. upon which, traditionays, the giant dwelt. ,. . Jan. 11, 1613, sonw masons digging near the ruins of a castle in Dauphine, in a field which by tradition had long been called the Giant's field, at the depth of 18 feet discovered a brick tombuO feet long, 12 feet wide, and eight feet high, on which waK a gray stone, with the words Theutobochus Rex cut thereon. "When the tomb was opened they found a human skeleton- entire 2iii feet long, 10 feet wideacross the shoulders, and five feet deep from the breast bone to the back. His teeth were about the size each of an ox's foot, and his shin-bone measured four feet. Near Mezarino, in Sicily, 1516, was found a giant 30 feet high; his head was the size of a hogshead, and each of his teeth weighed five ounces. Near Palermo, in the valley of Ma-zara, in Sicily, a skeleton of a giant 30 feet long was found in the year 1518. and another of 33 feet high in 1550; and many curious persons have preserved several of these gigantic bones. The Athenians found near their city two famous skeletons, one of 3t and the other of 36 feet high. At Totu. in Bohemia, in 753, was found a skeleton, the head of which could scarce be. encompassed by the arms of two men together, and whose legs, which they still keep in the castle of that city, were 26 feet long. The skull of the giant found in Macedonia, September, 1691, held 210 pounds of corn. The celebrated Sir HanB Sloane, who treated this matter very learnedly, docs not doubt these facts, but thinks the bones were those of elephants, whales, or other enormous animals. Elephants' bones may be shown for those of giants, but they can never.im-pose on connoisseurs. Whales which by their immense bulk are more proper to be substituted for the largest giants, have neither arms nor legs; and the head of that nnimal has not the least resembhigce to that of a man. If it be true, therefore, that a great number of the gigantic bones which we have mentioned have been seen by anatomists, and have by them been reputed real human bones, the existence of giants is proved. Serious Itnll iray Accident. St. Loris, Jan. 19. The accident on the St. Iouis, Kansas City and Northern railroad at DarUenue creek Saturday night was caused by tlie breaking of an axle of tlie tender three hundred yards from the bridge. Three cars jumped the track and running agaiust tlie end of the bridge knocked oiw truss completely oir the abutment ami the cars fell to tlie bed of the creek about twenty feet below. Isaac Gates of lioston, President of tlie Iowa Central railroad, was badly bruised about the abdomen and internally injured and D. X. Pickering, General Superintendent of the same road was slightly lmrt. Hon. James It. Uoliiw of Missouri was also considerably injured. At a recent meeting of the creditors of a lioston bankrupt, tlie latter stated that lie was prepared to oflfer fifteen cents on the dollar. lb was also considerate enough to say that lie thought the stock would realize that, but if it did not he would pay the balance out of his own pocket. Tub Church Union styles "hot and hotter" the KuUtfiat the First Presbyterian Church, of Ualtiniore, lias liad for its pastor,, in the order wwied, the Kev. Messrs. Fur-niss, Uellows, Sparks, Blaznp and Burnop. oome of tho young men of Albany, Ga., sent a note to the Chapman Sisters the other day. inviting those gay Umsel3 to partake ol" a e hantiKigne supper after the show. The bearer of the note was a colored barber, and it is said by competent jwtees that Imj was the worst whipped niftier, when he got through with bis impromptu mail contract, ever s?u in Albany. When interrogated on the subject, his only reply was, 'IJaiu it'oVm white boys don't have to put (lore notes in tie poft'oritke arter (lb, slio.'. Tlie Omnft Urmttl says that Utomcy General Williams a oaudidat for Clue. Justice is dying of dry rot in tin Seoiate.