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rejected the yarn, as also the statement repeated by Strabo, that the ears of some of these Indians were like winnowing-fans, and that they wrapped themselves in them to sleep. The Chinese invented the folding parasol or umbrella. Their modern use dates from 1820, and their present form is said to have been devised by the Duchess of Rutland. The Chinese paper-parasols, called kittysols, are now largely exported. The gift of a parasol is said to be a mark of kingly favor in China. Artaxerxes gave to Entimus, the Gortinian, a couch with silver feet, and cushions for it, and a flowered tent surmounted with a canopy, and a silver chain, and a gilt parasol, and vessels of gold and silver, and 100 girls and 100 boys, etc. — ATHENAeUS. Para-ton-nerre. (French.) A lightning-conductor. See lightning-arrester; Lightningrod. Par′buck-le. A double sling a made of a single rope, for hoisting or lowering a cask or gun. A means for raising or lowering (b). The bight of <
See soda-Appa-Ratus. So′di-um a-mal′gam. See amalgam, pages 72, 73. Sod-plow. A plow long in the share and moldboard, adapted to cut and overturn sod. Sof. A plain cloth made of the hair of the Angora goat. So′fa. A long, stuffed couch, with seat, back, and ends upholstered. The couches of the Egyptians, Persians, and Greeks were expensive and handsome. The latter obtained them from their Eastern connections, as indicated by the statement of Athenaeus that Artaxerxes gave Temagoras the Cretan a tent of extraordinary size and beauty, and a couch with silver feet; and he sent him also expensive coverlets and a man to arrange them, saying that the Greeks did not know how to arrange a couch. Plato the philosopher says: Men now distinguish the couches and coverings with reference to what is put round the couch and what is put under it And his namesake, the comic poet, says:— There the well-dressed guests recline On couches rich, with ivory feet, And o
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 11. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Unveiling of Valentine's Recumbent figure of Lee at Lexington, Va., June 28th, 1883. (search)
Yorktown, a thing had happened that probably had no parallel in history. The great body of General Johnston's army had reorganized itself under the laws of the Confederacy, while lying under the fire of the enemy's guns, the privates of each company electing by ballot the officers that were to command them. A singular exercise of suffrage was this, but there was a free ballot and a fair count, and an exhibition worthy of That fierce Democracy that thundered over Greece To Macedon and Artaxerxes' throne. —an exhibition which would have delighted the heart of Thomas Jefferson, and which certainly put to blush the autocratic theory that armies should be mere compact masses of brute force. Still later on, May 31st, Johnston had sallied forth and stormed and taken the outer entrenchments and camps of McClellan's army at Seven Pines, capturing ten pieces of artillery, six thousand muskets, and other spoils of war, and destroying the prestige of the second On to Richmond movement.