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HAD A GREAT MEMORY
REMARKABLE GIFT OF A PRESBY
Became a Living Concordance to the
Bible and Could Give Chapter
and Verse for Any Passage
Recited to Him.
Of the many examples of prodigious
memories which have recorded from
time to time none, perhaps, have been
BO remarkable as the case of. Rev.
Thomas Threlkeld, who was a Presby
terian minister at Rochdale for twen
ty-eight years, and died there in April.
1806, at the age of 67. Threlkeld's
memory first attracted attention when
he attended the grammar school at
Daventry, where he began to make a
close study of the Bible. When a pas
sage was recited to him he could im
mediately give it, chapter and verse
and, on the other hand, if a chapter
and verse were given he could at once
repeat the passage.
Both at Daventry and Warrington,
where he went to finish his education,
his fellow students delighted in put
ting his memory to the test, and nev
er once was it known to be at fault.
"In later years," says Mr. Frank
Hird, in "Lancashire Stories," "Threl
keld was looked upon as a living con
cordance to the Bible in Rochdale and
the neighborhood, and he was con
stantly asked the most puzzling ques
tions by his brother ministers, some
times actually for information, but
generally for mere amusement. He
was never known to be wrong."
Threlkeld's powers of memory, how
ever, were not solely concerned with
theology. He was also a linguist, and
knew nine or ten languages, while
dates were a passion with him, no
matter how unimportant. His knowl
edge of nistorical dates, of chronology,
heraldry and genealogy was cyclapae
dic, and one of his favorite amuse
ments was to go through the succes
sion in the Episcopal Sees and trace
the pedigrees of families.
"In only one direction," continues
Mr. Hird, "would this wonderful mem
ory seem to have been of direct serv
ice. Threlkeld was one of the man
agers of a fund for the benefit cf the
widows of Presbyterian ministers, and
consequently was frequently appealed
to on circumstances connected with
the lives of dead ministers, and such
was the opinion of his memory that if
the books had been consulted and had
been reported differently the error
would have been imputed to the sec
retary and not to Mr. Threlkeld's
memory. This was deemed Infallible.
Nature's Silent Power.
Calamities! If any state in the
Union had had an earthquake or fire
causing a loss of from $20,000,000 to
S40.000.000 we > should have stood
aghast. But the' recent extraordinary
cold snap in the citrus fruit belt of
California is reported to have ruined
almost four-fifths of the orange and
lemon crops. The estimated damage
is put by some as high as $40,000,000.
of which between $5,000,000 and $8,
000,000 will be a loss to railroads in
curtailed freight receipts. Nature ex
erts its destructive forces in many
ways, sometimes with the violence of
an earthquake, and at others with the
silent, sweeping, icy hand of the Frost
King. California has suffered in re
cent years from both visitations. But
its wonderful natural advantages, its
wealth of resources, and, above all,
its self-reliant people, may always be
depended upon to lift it above every
adversity. But hasn't it had its share
for the present?-Leslie's.
Temper and Good Looks.
Thoughtfulness for others and un
selfishness are great beautifiers, for
all perfection of skin and feature will
not make up for an unlovely expres
sion due to a hard heart
Every girl is not possessed of an
amiable temper or a pretty face, but
every girl may try to improve both
uer temper and her face. She m*y
not be able to alter the shape of her
nose or the color of her eyes, but if
she cultivates an interest in those
abi .t her, if she tries to make the
wcrld happier for those with whom
sh * ls brought into association, she
can scarcely fail before long to win
a pleasing, expression of countenance
that will cause physical defects to be
forgotten. And, after all, there is
some satisfaction to be got out of
working on one's disposition and culti
vating the higher self.
Can Snakes Fascinate Their Prey?
Mr. Fitzsimons answers this ques
tion in the negative. Thc belief in
fascination is general, but there seems
to be PO real foundation for it. "I
have had much experience of snakes,"
writes Mr. Fitzsimons, "and have
made it my business to observe care
fully their habits and ways, both in
their natural condition tn the wild
state and captivity, and in no instance
have I ever known a snake to fascin
ate an animal in the manner it is al- '
leged to do." He has seen two spe- i
cies, which he mentions, many a time !
in trees surrounded by a crowd of
fluttering, chattering, excited birds.
But the birds were not, he says, fas
cinated by the snake; they were en
deavoring to intimidate it in order to
frighten lt from their haunts.-West
Hearing and Seeing.
Suffragette-If you come to our
meetings you'll hear some plain
Male Thing-Ah! And see 'em, no
KITCHENS OF ROMAN WOMEN
Were Much More Luxuriously Fitted
Out Than Are the Average Ones
While the housewife today prides
herself, and with reason, on the equip
ment and conveniences of her estab
lishment, she need not think that cen
turies ago other women in other lands
were not equally well provided. In
deed, the kitchens of Roman women
were much more luxuriously fitted out
than are most kitchens of today.
Now, in the days when the Roman
empire was at its height, if you went
into the culinary department of an
elegant establihment you would find
saucepans lined with silver and pails
of various description richly inlaid
with arabesques in silver and shovels
that were handsomely and intricately
carved. Egg frames, too, that would
cook 20 eggs at once, and pastry
molds shaped like shells, an infinite
assortment of gridirons, frying pans,
cheese graters, and tart dishes.
The toilet table of the Roman wom
en were well supplied In the same
lavish fashion. Ivory combs, per
fumes, cosmetics, hairpins, even an
elaborate hair net of gold, has been
recently unearthed. Safety pins, too,
which have for a long time been con
sidered a strictly modern invention,
could be found ou their tables. But
they had no brushes nor any glass
mirrors, the kind they used being of
silver or v Jier white metals.
The ancient world was rich also in
surgical instruments, and those re
cently found at Pompeii deprive mod
ern science of the credit of more
than one invention.
Vision of School Children.
An examination of forty children
from two public schools in New York
city shows some striking results. The
forty pupils examined were the worst
that could be found in the two schools,
eighteen of them being so stupid that
they were in ungraded classes, eleven
were so stupid that they required
three terms to do the work of one
term, and eleven were delinquent. All
of the forty children had defective
vlpioc. They were fitted with proper
glasses, and after six months lt was
found that thirty-two of them had
made astonishing progress. These
thirty-two were under as many differ
ent teachers. A report of this work
has been made to the board of educa
tion, recommending that the entire
care of the school children, mental,
moral and physical, be vested In one
department with a single head and
that that should be the board of edu
cation; that a sufficient number o(
doctors be trained to deal with all de
fects of school children who are at
present in the category of ungraded,
backward or disciplinary cases; that
any child whose work is unsatisfactory
for one term should be examined and
all defects of structure and habit cor
rected as far as possible.-Journal of
the American Medical Association.
The Successful Hostess.
I once knew a hostess who gave
glorious parties with wonderful mu
sic, refreshments and flowers that
transformed her home into Titania's
court. But when this girl entertained
there was always a long row of bash
ful boys who sat alone on a window
seat, afraid to speak to any girl. This
went on for two evenings, but at the
third party a halt was called and the
girl tried a new plan. She would go
up to some blushing, painfully embar
rassed boy, and, showing him a book
or a picture, would get bim away from
his mates. Then, after a pleasant chat
she would leave him, reassured and
confident and quite equal to convers
ing with the young girl whom the
thoughtful hostess would leave in her
own place. So this girl's parties were
always successful, for every one had a
marvelous time, even the girl her
self; which sounds almost impossible
unless you have tried her way. Her
good time came to her because she
knew that her guests were enjoying
Jury Knew Him.
The Jury of mountaineers that re
turned the quaint verdict reported in
the Boston Journal were evidently
more impressed by the evidence In
the case than by the character of the
The trial was held In a sparsely set
tled district of West Virginia. It was
the first case for the majority of the
members of the jury, and they sat for
hours arguing and disputing in the
bare little room at the rear of the
court-room. At last they straggled
back to their places, and the fore
man, a lean, gaunt fellow with a sol
emn countenace, announced the ver
"The jury don't think that he done
lt, for we allow he wa'n't there, but
we think he would have dono it if he'd
had the chance."-Youth's Compan
Also a Great Master.
The persons in the gallery wbo
were most impressed with the exhi
bition of the pictures lent by J. Pier
pont Morgan were two small girls, one
eight and the other ten years of age.
Uncertainly they .spelled out the
names of the paintings, which con
veyed very little; and they were truly
moved, of course, by the dashing Du
chess of Devonshire and the small
Princess by Velazquez, and the won
derfully engaging young lady by the
unknown Spanish painter. Lastly they
came to the portrait of Mr. Morgan
himself, and from this they appealed
directly to the attendant on guard.
"Please, sir." they asked, "did Mr.
Morgan paint all these pictures?"
The guard was a true gentleman.
"Not all/' hr answered.
Mrs. Walter Vincent,
Of Pleasant HUI, N. C..
writes: "For three Stim
mers, I suffered from
pains in my back and
sides, and weak sinking
spells. Three bottles of
Cardui, the woman's
tonic, relieved me entire
ly. I feel like another
Pie Woman's Tonic
for over 50 years,
Cardui has been helping
to relieve women's un
necessary pains and
building weak women up
to health and strength,
ll will do the same for
you, if given a fair trial.
So, don't wart, but begin
taking Cardui today, for
Us use cannot harm you,
and should surely do you
My handsome combination stal
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will make the spring season at
my farm near Clark's Hill. This
is a splendid opportunity for the
farmers to grow some fine horses
and high priced mules.
The beet of care taken with
mares sent, but I am not respon
sible for accident.
Terms: $15 to insure maree in
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Wash, scrape and parboil a half
dozen parsnips. Split a young chick
en down the back and lay in a drip
ping pan, skin side up. Arrange the
sliced parsnips around the chicken,
sprinkle with salt and pepper, dot
with bits of butter, cover with thin
slices of salt pork, add enough hot
water to prevent burning, and bake
until the vegetable and chicken is ten
Fry slices of thick, meaty tomatoes
in olive oil, season with onion juice
and salt, with a dash of cayenne.
Serve with lamb chops or veal cro
A thick slice of tomato, sprinkled
with chopped onion and served with
French dressing is a good and pretty
Cocoanut Drop Cakes.-Soften a
half cup of butter, but do not melt it,
add a cup of light brown sugar, a cup
of sour milk, a teaspoonful each of
cinnamon^ and cloves, and soda, two
cupB of flour; beat all together thor
oughly, then add a half cup of
shredded cocoanut. Drop by small
spoonfuls on buttered sheets and
bake in a moderate oven. Add more
flour if the cakes do not keep their
English Muffins.-Dissolve an yeast
cake in a quart of lukewarm milk,
add a teaspoonful of salt and add
enough flour to make a good batter;
set to rise. When light, stir in a half
cup of melted butter, and when well
blended and light again, pour into
muftin pans and rise. When very
light, bake. Sarve toasted. Butter
generously and serve hot.
Marmalade Pudding.-Mix a cup of
flour with the same amount of stale
crumbs and beef suet chopped fine,
one egg, a half teaspoonful of salt,
and a cup of marmalade, orange or
any other kind; turn Into a buttered
bowl, tje up in a cloth and steam
three hours. Serve with bard sauce.
For a little word of love:
Speak it, then, and as the sunshine
Gilds the lofty peaks above,
So the joy of those who hear it
Sends Its radiance down life's way,
And the world is brighter, better.
For the loving words we say.
-E. A. Rexford.
WAYS OF SERVING THE OYSTER.
Before the oyster is out of market,
let us try a few new ways of serving
Oysters a la Gordon.-Bring a cup
of cream to the boiling point, add a
third of a cup of bread crumbs, a dash
of paprika, a pinch of salt, a grating of
nutmeg, a tablespoonful of butter and
a cup of chopped oysters. Cook un
til the oysters are well cooked
Oysters a la Long Branch.-Drain
a pint of oysters. Cook a cupful of
finely cut celery in the oyster liquor
until transparent, adding water If
needed. When the celery Is cooked,
add a tablespoonful of butter, the
juice of half a lemon, a grating of the
peel and three tablespoonfuls of or
ange or any fruit juice. Bring to the
boiling point, cook the oysters until
the edges curl, and serve on toast
French Way of Cooking Oysters.
Make a sauce of a tablespoonful of
butter, two of flour and a cup of to
mato Juice. Add a tablespoonful of
chopped onion, two tablespoonfuls of
ange or any fruit juice. Bring to the
Cover and cook until the oysters
Waldorf Oysters.-Put three table
spoonfuls of olive oil In a saucepan,
and a small onion sliced, a shredded
green pepper; fry slowly until done,
then add a pint of oysters, or more, a
dash of salt, red pepper and two table
spoonfuls of currant jolly. Cook live
minutes, theu add a tablespoonful of
tomato catsup. Boil up and servo
A weather-beaten woman, dressed
in new and stylish clothing, was
marching up the street one Sunday
morning, when down carno a sudden
shower, relates Harper's Bazar. The
woman had no umbrella, but quick as
a flash she caught up her dress skirt
and threw lt over her hat.
"You'll get your ankles all wet.
Marla," said her husband, who was
coming along In the rear.
"Oh, never mind the ankles." called
out the woman as she hurried along.
"I've had them the last sixty years
and I only got the hat yesterday."
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