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Ly-all," a iim-h ) , SURRENDERED IN THE REBEXXIOIf. 5 VALUABLE RELICS 5 L V w J of the Past- Past- s EVERAX. relics of no mean historical historical Interest have been discovered in the po sax anion of Mr. Clarence Dallam, well-known well-known well-known In local tw circles. Tbey are heirlooms banded down through several generations of Mra. Dallam's Dallam's family, nnd are doubly primed by Mra. Dallam on account of their combined combined general value and connection with ber ancestors. On of th most noteworthy of the lot la a decanter. It Intrinsic value la not enormous; . it a merely an ordinary cut-glass cut-glass cut-glass decanter such aa might fetch several dollars In any china shop, and . It haa not even tho merit of being remarkable remarkable for Ita handsome oesa. Nevertheless I is, extrinsloaily. aa desirable desirable a piec of glassware aa could be found In a lona DtCtnTiiL day's search, primarily primarily because H la claimed to be tho first piece of cut rlsss to be mad lo thla country. The decanter la aald to b the first finished production of th country'a "viVA r- r- T , 4 V,, . '. . (Ti V : - A CURIOUS OLD VASsV - plotveer art rift" works, founded. In Philadelphia during- during- Andrew Jackson'a first Administration. Nor Is this by spy means It emiy claim to note, for. It Is stated, moreover, tbat the -decanter -decanter waa presented - by the makers to the President, which fv t aline would entitle entitle it to consideration consideration aa a relic. Besides Besides this. It haa been handed down a line of celebrated people. The owner of tho decanter to unacquainted unacquainted with the details of Ita history. history. Mr. Dallam does not know how long It remained In the presidential service, or In tmtt of old- old- - mm. net. , any of the other households through which It passed, but he does not know nfin ttin minrssslva nTynrra of. It have bcise President Jackson gnve It to CoL William William C. Preston, an illustrious South Carolina warrior and statesman. From him it went to CoL Cbaa. 8. Variable, Variable, of Charlottesville. Ve-. Ve-. Ve-. tb noted soldier- soldier- and scholar, well-known well-known well-known aa a Colonel on Lee s staff during the war and a professor later. At tb tim of Its presentation to CoL Venable be was a professor at Columbia. S. C For many years past, however, he held th chair of mathematics at the University of Virginia, Virginia, having resigned that position only last year on account of age. He waa also chairman of the faculty for many years. Some time ago he gave th decanter to bis daughter. Mis Can ley McDowell Venable, and. as she married Mr. Dallam Dallam and moved to this city. U was recently recently sent to her here. This famous decanter would nowadays-bo nowadays-bo nowadays-bo passed over by the ordinary purchaser purchaser for almost any other on of th kind seen every day. However. It would bo more likely to be snapped up by on Interested Interested or versed in uniqu cut glass or table war of any sort, for it shows plainly Its-antiquity. Its-antiquity. Its-antiquity. It Is of ordinary sis and exceedingly thick, weighing at least twice as much as those of th mow dimensions of modern manufacture. It Is ornamented with a very simple pattern, pattern, somewhat roughly executed, and the Interior .. Is covered . with a thick, grayish costing, causing It to appear aa If. frosted or smoked. The stopper, which was a great, massive affair, waa lost or broken some time during on of tb various various transmissions of the bottle. .Another of Mrs. Dallam's relics Is they sword which was born through tho civil war by ber father.. CoL Charles 3. Venabi. It Is chiefly of Interest be cause with It CoL Venable drew up the last line, or tne war. At Appomattox Gen. Robert E. Lee sent CoL Venabla of his staff to destroy some Important military maps ana plans and tben to draw up Gen. Gordon's command op posite tne Aonnern una. wnne n went over to negotiate tb surrender which. followed. Th blade which directed thla last alignment la the regulation cavalry cavalry officer's saber with Ita belt, a Uttio rusty and worse for wear, but It la prised prised very highly by the owner. Besides these and other relics. Mrs. Dallam possesses a number of heirlooms, such aa vases, candlesticks, etc. and although although no particular historical vaJu attaches to them they ar all Interests Ing on account of their antiquity of pattern pattern and th oddnesa, of their deaisn, and finish, . . 1

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  1. The Courier-Journal,
  2. 22 Aug 1897, Sun,
  3. Page 22

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