The Indiana Herald (Huntington, IN) 12-29-1875 Mr Wollaston Wood Master

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The Indiana Herald (Huntington, IN) 12-29-1875 Mr Wollaston Wood Master - it I - . OW MAHOaaHT WAS IFTHODCCEB. ; 'Itis...
it I - . OW MAHOaaHT WAS IFTHODCCEB. ; 'Itis not a little remarkable thatnn - tilthe present ceutury the. word "mahogany," "mahogany," though now in common una, was not to be found in - any dictionary. Bat the reman of its absence is easily accounted for by the fact that up to the end of the last century the word wa known in England. The story of its first introduction is but another instance instance of art and chance meeting t - getlier. J ' Dr Gibbons, an eminent physician in the neighliorhood, then faslnonabK of Coveut G.irJen, had a brother, a West Indian sea captain, who had brought over some planks of mahogany as ball it in his ship. As a house was in the course of being built by the doctor in King street; Covent Garden, his brother happened happened one day to take it into his head that the planks, which had done their work for himself, might bi of service to the doctor ; so he sent them to King street The carpenters, however, found the grain of the wood too hard for their tools and so they threw the planks aside. , Not long after this, Mrs. Gibbons wanted a candle - box, and was anxious, as she told her husband, to get one that the mice could not nibble. A bright thought struck the doctor. He would have one made out of those bits of hard timber that were lying about the back yard. He called on his cabinet maker, one Wollaston and explained what he wanted. wanted. Mr. "Wollaston tried, found his tools not equal to the wood, and was inclined inclined to give the job up, declaring it was too hard by far. The doctor was a man not easily to be beaten and accordingly accordingly said he must get better and stronger stronger tools. The tools were ordered and got Mr. "Wollaston set himself to his task with a hearty good wiD, and the work was done. Mrs. Gibbons had the new candle box brought to her and declared declared it was excellent It resisted the efforts of the mice, who had played ter rible havoo with the candle - ends when defended by deal only. The doctor caught the infection, and vowed that he would biwiwrif have a bureau made out of the same planks. The tools of Mr. Wollaston were again called into play, - and the bureau was made. The next step was to polish it ; and here, too, fortune fortune favored him. The polish was all that could be desired ; paint was unneo - The doctor was so rejoiced at his tri - nmoh that he invited his friends from Bedford and Tavistock streets, and from the Piazza to see and admire it Among others who came was the Maohioness of Buckingham. Her ladyship "came. saw, and was conquered." She begged the doctor to give her some of the spare planks, and commissioned Wollaston to make her a bureau for her boudoir at Stowe, and another for her drawing room in Fall Mali This done, the Eintf and Oueen were called in to see the wonderful wood : other commissions for "the Onsen's house" followed Mr. Wollaston had more work for his new tools than he could get through, and at most remunerative prices. His fortune was made. The wood soon came into general use ; and in twenty Tears there was not a gentleman in town, or in the country either, who did not exchange exchange his oak or beech wood dinner table table for one of mahogany. The word is now it is almost needless to add em bodied in our dictionaries English Pa - oer. of in , a

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  1. The Indiana Herald,
  2. 29 Dec 1875, Wed,
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