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Indian Arrow Heads

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A young man in the Smithsonian Institute, writes the Washington correspondent of the Cleveland Leader, has just made public the discovery of tho mcthod employed in making the stone and volcanic anw hoads, daggers, knives, axes and razorsof the pre-historic race. Up to this time this has been a great problein to all autiquarian students, but no theory has been advaneed showing so practical rcsults as, Mr. Cushing's. Ho started to eolve the difficulty by placing himself in the idenlical positiou of the Aztecs or inound builders, without anything to work with cxcept sticks, various shaped stones, such is he couldfiudon thebanksof any streaiii, and his hands. Afler makiug somc nulc impleuients by cbtpping one flint with auother, lie discovered that 110 aniount of ehippiug would produce surfaces like those tic was trj'iug to imítate, lie then carne to the conclusión that there was another way of doing it, and by chance trieil presutre with the point of a stick, instead of chippiug with the blows of a stone, when lie fouüd that he could break tlint, stone and obsidiau in any shape he chosc. Soou after he made spear heads and daggers that would cut like a razor, as good as any he had before him which he pieked up i'roin all over the world. By a little more observation he found that the flakiiif;, which he calis his process, on tho old arrow head, left grooves which all turned one way. Ho produced a like result by turuiug his stick tho easiewt way from right to left. Hti therefore concludes that pre-historic men wera right-handed people, just like orr selves. This conclusión is reinforced by the fact that occasionaly an arrow had is found which has the ñakes running from left to right, showing a left-handed person. The importance of the discovery is that it shows that the early races were able to iU this work without the use of iron or bronze, a tbiug long doubted.


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