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Richardson, The Fire-eater

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From the following account, taken from Evolyn's diary, where it appears under date of "10 mo. 8th, 1672," it appears tbat flre-eating freaks are not modern innovations: "I took leave oí my Lady Sunderland, wbo was going to Paris to my Lord, now Ambassador thero. She made me stay to dinner at Leicester House, and aftervvards sent for Ricbardson, the famous fire-oater. Before us ho devoured brimstone on glowing coals, ehewing and Rwallowlnjf them. He multed a beer glasB nnd ato it quite up; then, taking a live coal on his tongue, he put on it a raw oyster; the coal was blown with band-beilows until it flamed and sparkled in his moutb, and so remainod until the oyster was done. Then lie meited pitch sulphur and drank it wbile it flamed. I sawit flaming in his mouth." - St Louis Republic. - Helen Keiler, a pupil of Perkins Institute for the BI nd in Boston, was blind, deaf and dumb, but she has been taught to speak intelligently. Thougb. only ten years of a?o., she has already acquired a considerable education and is credited with the faculty of forgetting nothing. - Tramp - "My dear sr, will you please give me a lift?" Mr. Bilious (asgisting the tramp down the front steps) - "Certainly. BifI" - Boston Herald. ■ - Many of the bost English jockeys earn over 500 a week.


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