Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. that which one writes beside. See Paragraph
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. para, beside, gramma, something written, graphein, to write.
Since the Deacon told that story I have had a paragram about another parrot; one that lived in Edinburgh, Scotland, five years ago.
"St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 5, March, 1878" by Various