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FUNNY FRIDAY: Humorous stories from 1874 newspapers that are still funny today

Some funny, clean stories stand the test of time like these: 

A little girl wanted to say that she had a fan, but had forgotten the names, so she described it as “a thing to brush the warm off you with.”

A new bustle (for women), highly approved, is made of cork, says Jennie June. Consider the unfortunate situation of that bustled woman if she should fall into the water.

A school teacher in DeWitt County, Illinois, has introduced a new method of punishment into his school. When one of the girls misses a word, the lad who spells it has permission to kiss her. The Clinton Public says: “The consequence is that the girls are fast forgetting all they ever knew about spelling, while the boys are improving with wonderful rapidity.”

Little Red Schoolhouse Artist Thomas Fogarty (Library of Congress)

A boy eleven years old was recently received at the express office at Springfield, Massachusetts, duly labeled and tagged, from Danville, Illinois, the charge being $12.70.

Quin believes in cremation for the benefit of the soap trade. He knows lots of people whose ashes would make splendid lye.

“What would you do if grandma should die?” asked a lady of her little three-year old girl. “Well, mamma, I suppose I should have to spank myself,” was the melancholy reply.

The Evergreen Star says a store in that place was broken open a few nights ago, but the burglars found the goods marked so high they could not afford to take them.

The latest curiosity in our city is a dog that was seen on 3rd avenue, last Sunday —he had two tails! One of them, however, was an oxtail and the dog carried it in his mouth.

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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