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A Notable Birthday

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For the Anti Arlior Argue. In Pittsfield township, occurred a noteworthy gathering on Monday afternoon, May 7th, that being the Sist birthday of Mrs. Francés C. Harrison, widow of the late Lark Harrison. This estimable woman has won all hearts by her quiet, earnest, lovely spirit. Having been an invalid for two or three years, caused not so much by increasing age as byan accident, this sentiment of sympathy and regard for herself and children, seemed a fitting expression to make at this time, so when Mr. and Mrs. James Webb invited the neighbors to join with them in making such a reception possible, everyone seemed to vie each with the other, to devise something whereby such a meaning might be taken from the effort. From 2 o'clock until 4, carriage after carriage dróve to the residence each filled with well dressed ladies and gentlemen, as well as something to aid in the refreshments to be served. At 5 o'clock a very handsotne invalid's chair, richly uphol stered in crimson velvet, was placed in the center of the front parlor and Mrs. Harrison invited to take that as her place during the serving of refreshments, and the friends that filled the different rooms drew more closely around her, while a short address of congratulation was read to her, that so many hearts were made glad by joining in this expression of esteem. Mr. F. S. Finley then stepped forward where he could place his hand upon the chair and in a few heart:elt words, asked this aged friend and mother to accept from her neighbors assembled around her this token of a heartfelt desire to ielp to make her last days her best days. Mr. Henry Platt then arose and replied for Mrs. Harrison in words of thankfulness, and appreciation, and acceptation of so surprising an event planned and carried forward n so delicate a manner, that no thought had crossed her mind that such a thing could ever be done for ïer. Very soon then refreshments were served, and it is not too much to say that had the queen of England, ïer former sovereign, been present, nothing better need have been ofered her or could have been desired by her. Mrs. Harrison was born at Castle Acre, about ninety miles from London, Eng., in 1813. This locality s described as one of the most ineresting spots in all England. Old castles and broad and high walls, vhich have lasted for ages, are the admiration of all tourists, and their solidity seems to defy both age and decay.


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