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Handsome, historic walking cane

Dr. Charles B. Cunningham of Warrensburgh has recently become the owner of a handsome cane of historic value, presented to him by the executors of the estate of his late uncle, Mr. Cunningham of Plattsburgh. The cane is made of wood which was once a part of the hull of the Royal Savage, a British vessel that sank in Lake Champlain during the War of 1812.

Several times attempts have been made to raise the vessel and it was on one of these occasions that a diver brought to the surface a piece of the hull from which the cane was made. The stick is of some dark wood resembling ebony. It is handsomely polished and is surmounted by a beautifully engraved gold head bearing an appropriate inscription. Mr. Cunningham was at that time prominent in city affairs and the cane was presented to him by the citizens of Plattsburgh as a testimonial of their esteem.

Dr. Cunningham has another cane he prizes highly, a bamboo stick given to him in 1881 by his buddies at Dartmouth College. Almost the entire surface is covered with the names or nicknames of the givers, cut in with a pen knife. Many of these classmates have, of course, long since gone to their eternal home and their signatures now form their epitaphs.

Girl leaves family, relatives worry

News has been received by local relatives that the 14-year-old daughter of Henry Lee, of Granville, who disappeared from her home the evening of May 25, 1912, has just been found in West Pawlet, Vt. She was last seen in a wagon with a strange man who took her away with him. She says she does not wish to return home.

In other news, a traveling Italian vagrant came to the home of Joshua Reynolds in East Thurman the other day and refused to leave when told to do so. Neighbors were called to help get him to go away.

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