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A blind man's life is by DO means
vithout its joys. His days an nut
hpent in sightless sorrow. He has
his pleasures, all the keener, perhaps,
because be is deprive! of the great
one of looking at people and things.
Marvin It. Clark, who is known
among bis friends as the blind jour
nalist, believes that the joys far out
weigh the sorrows in the lives of
those born blind or deprived of their
"A general opinion prevails among
people who can see," he said, '"that
when a j erson becomes blind be be
comes helpless. That idea is the
greatest handicap a blind man has to
contend against and his greatest task
is to wear it away. Blind people are
just as self-reliant and just as brave
as people who can see. As a class
they work just as hard and enj??y
themselves just as keenly. There is
a work for every human being to do,
it matters not what sense he lacks,
and I wish that it could be brought to
the mind of everybody that the blind
are helpful, not helpless.
"You ask me how the blind man
amuses himself, what joy he finds in
life. A blind man amuses himself
just like cne who can sec?according
to his tastes, provided that he has
the money. It will be nine years this
coming Thanksgiving since I became
totally blind, and in all that time
I have found my greatest source of
recreation in my literary work. I
have continued to write fiction and
ppecial stories for papers in and out
of town. Since I returned from the
Bermudas last November I've written
two comedies and a novel of ];5(),000
words, and in all of this work I've
found thr keenest pleasure. Another
blind man might have found it irk
some and have been compelled so turn
to other things to rent his mind and to
amuse him, and 1 don't pretend to say
that I don't enjoy other things.
"Many blind men are very fond of
the theatre. I seldom go on account
of my ill health, but when I do I en
joy it thoroughly. Of course I cannot
see the beautiful scenery and costumes
or watch the facial expressions of the
players, but I get much pleasure from
the play just the same, tnough I
wouldn't if I went alone. I always
go with a friend, and obtain my enjoy
ment almost entirely through him,
just as a person who can see partakes
of the enjoyment of a companion.
There is a bond of sympathy between
two persons who are friends, and the
pleasure felt by one communicates
itself to the other. It is different
with the opera, and I get a sense of
enjoyment out of that all my own,
which can never come from a play or
any speaking part. A blind man
usually possesses all of his other
senses, and they improve to a degree
that compensates in a measure for the
loss of sight. His sense of taste
groffs stronger, and he is ablo to en joy
his food more. The touch becomes
finer, and he is better able to appre
ciate the texture of objects.
The hearing is rendered more acute,
and I have not the slightest doubt
that people who are blind hoar sweet
sounds that are never heard by men
who can see. However, the other
senses are never so strengthened as
to offset the loss of sight. If I had
it I would willingly, eagerly give the
wealth of all the world to recover my
sight, and any other blind man will
tell you the ssme thing. I can't see
anything that is beautiful. A flower
is given to me I am told that it is
beautiful, but I cannot see its beauties
for myself. I can only touch and
smell it. Some one tells me that a
magnificent building is going up. I
oan only ask what style of architec
ture it is, how many stor.es 'high,
what material is being used and so on,
and then picture in my mind what it
looks like. I can't enjoy a beautiful
bit of scenery, a vessel on the water,
the facial expressions of those to
whom I talk. I car: only be told
about these things, and see them in
imagination, which is more often
wrong than right.
"We blind people make a great
many mistakes, especially concerning
the personality of those we meet. Of
oourse, we judge a man largely by his
voice. For instance, if I meet a man
with a full, deep voice. I immediately
picture him to myself as being a tall,
atout fellow, middle-aged, with black
hair, a full black beard, and very
vrell-dressed. Nine times out of ten
if I ask for a description of him after
he is gone, some one says: "Oh, he's
a little chap with a little sandy mus
tache, about 25 years old and very
"There are three sources from
which a blind man can derive almost
as much pleasure as one who sees.
They are walking, driving and travel
ling. None of us is to poor to walk,
Sorrow in Their lives.
i and many blind men are brave enough
t>> walk about the eity streets alone.
Others, who art- totally blind, tre too
nervous to do this. The great ma
jority of persons said to be blind are
not totally blind. I am.
"I know a blind man who eau see
just a trifle, just enough, in fact, to
know when a large objee' is about to
com?- upon him, because the bre ;ze it
creates warns him, and he goes about
by himself on foot or in the cars to
the homes of Iiis pupils and attends
to his other business. And he enjoys
it too. Nearly every blind man enjoys
a long walk through the park in sum
mer or along one of the avenues in
winter. He feels the beauty and life
and motiou about him, and that is
more than a great many who sec
these things do. The blind enjoy
driving just as much as they do walk
ing, and I am sure that the blind man
who can af?ord to keep his own turn
out or hire one every day is much
better in health and spirits.
"It will be hard for you who see to
believe that a blind man can get any
pleasure out of traveling in strange
countries, ? suppopc. Well, he can.
I spent eight months in llermuda,
returning here last November, and I
never enjoyed a stay anywhere as I
did that trip. It was far more beau
tiful to me than any place I ever vis
ited before I lost my sight. The
descriptions I had read of the place
were nut cijual to nature in any way.
My enjoyment was iu the climate
and in the peculiarities of the people.
I knew they were out of the usual
by their conversation and by the de
scriptions that I heard. I was much
interested iu comparing the negroes
thero with these hero and iu noting
their refinement and education and in
studying their relation to the whites.
"When I was tired of this I revel
led in drives over the smooth white
roads or sails over the water with Ub
beautiful choromatio tiuts. I could
feel those moonlight nights, and knew
without anyone telling me that the
moon hung low over the flowers and
trees. Yob, if a blind man had the
money necessary for extended travel,
ho could get a great deal of pleasure
out of it. Henry Ward Beeoher used
to say that he knew a man who could
do more work with a jiokknife than
some men could with a whole cheat of
tools. Since I became blind I've
often thought maybe his jackknife
man was blind, too, because when wo
bave a little money we learn to get a
great deal of enjoyment out of .it.
When we can't own horses and travel
we go on Shank's mare, and with an
occasional life on the cars, manage to
got on first rate.
"Next to his work, the intelligent
blind man gets most of his enjoyment
out of reading. If he oannot employ
a secretary, there is always some one
who is willing to spare him an hour
or two a day and to be his eyes for
him. Blindness increases one's in
terest in what is going on in the
world, and all blind people who have
had educational advantages, and many
who have not, are great newspaper
readers. The newspaper is our main
stay in acquiring knowledge. I per
sonally have read The Sun all my life,
and since I oannot see to do so any
longer I have it sifted from stem to
stern the first thing every morning.
"So it is with the average blind man,
he has his favorite daily paper. Then
I read the magazines and instructive
works along many lines, and I do a
great deal of studying in connection
with my own writing. I learned the
keyboard of a typewriter in exaotly
fifteen minutes, and turn out most of
my own manuscript myself. Many
blind people learn to use a typewriter
and keep up a large correspondence
which helps them to pass away the
"When tired out with work, I find
great pleasure in music Long ago I
learned to play the melodeon, and
after I lost my sight I took up the
autoharp and now I can sit for hoars
at a time and play on the little instru
ment. I never heard anyone else
play it, so I do not know how well it
can be played, but I've mastered it
sufficiently not to be a nuisance to
"In what direetion do a blind man's
thoughts tend?" asked the visitor.
"A man who is boru blind," replied
Mr. Clark, "lives much more happily
than one who has lost his sight, for
he has not lost anything. Any blind
man, howevor, is apt to be oheorful
minded. Most people think that the
blind are inclined to draw themselves
into their shells, to grow morose and
cynical. I am a member of the Press
olub and used to go there a great
deal onee. When Colonel Coekerill
was president, he often said to me:
" 'Marvin, you are the happiest
mau I know,' and he wondered at. it.
One day he .said to nie, 'Ilow do
your thoughts tend'/ Were you ever
"Yen, Colonel,' 1 answered, 'No
human being was ever so down
hearted a> 1 was during the Cvc
years I felt mj sight going from me.
It was like passing through the dark
valley of the shadow of death. When
I looked at things, I would say,
'This may be my last look.' 1 went
about the city looking at certain
houses and places. I looked at ob
jects about my room, I looked at the
peuple I loved, realizing that my
sight was fading day by day, aud
tried to burn-certain pictures on my
brain, 1 was most miserable. On
Thanksgiving morning, 1888, the last
vestige of sight faded, and when my
mother came into my room 1 said,
'Mother, it has all gon<\' Then my
happiness returned to me. The
agony was over."
The California King Snake.
That a small, harmless little snake,
scarcely larger round than one's fin
ger and only fifteen to twenty inches
long, should be called the "king snake''
seems rather odd, but the little fel
low has certainly earned the name.
A pet king-snake in a mining camp
out on the desert mountains east of
San Bernardino, Cal., was named
"King." He soon learned his name,
and when called would come crawling
rapidly out of various hiding plaocs,
such as crevices in the stone walls of
the eabin, under the bed, among
clothes, and from his favorite place
in the coat pocket of Jim, one of the
One day Jim wuh goirg down an
abandoned shaft. When he had near
ly reached the foot of the ladder he
he heard a slight rustle, and quick as
a flash King jumped out of his pocket
and dropped to the bottom. There
was a thrashing souud and also the
noise of a rattle snake's rattle; then
all was quiet. Jim waited a moment
or two before going further down, and
as it wa? too dark to see well, he
struck a match and lighted his candle
and held it cautiously down. There
lay a dead ratiie-snake, and King
coiled beside him, watching.
Another day, as the boys were
talking in tho cabiu, Jim looked out
through the door and saw a very large
rattle-snake slowly crawling up the
sandy arroyo about thirty or forty feet
from tuo cabin door. King was called
immediately, and quickly came out
from under the bed. Jim took him
on tho palm of his hand auu stepped
to the door to show the rattler to him,
but King saw him, and sprang from
Jim's hand quick as a flash. Then
ensued one of the oddest battles,
whioh showed how King earned his
name, and why rattlesnakes are so
terrified when they see a king-snake,
King sped like an arrow after the
rattler. The rattler saw King and at
once put all the energy he had into
his speed. He saw King coming, and
knew that he would soon overtake
him. His only safety lay in coiling
and if possible striking King.
The rattle snake had just time U
raise his head about six inches when
King overtook him. It looked as if
King was going on by the rattle-snake.
But when the middle of King's body
was opposite the head of the rattler,
with a motion too quick to be seen,
King wrapped bis entire length round
the rattle snake. King's head was
next to the rattler'b, but so tightly
was King coiled round that the rattler
oould scarcely move even his jaws.
His tongue ran out and death came al
King hung on until the snake was
dead, and then slowly uncoiled and
came back to the oabin.?Youth's
? At Oddville, Harrison County,
Ky., William Martin shot and killed
Newt. Whalen. Whalen was drink
ing and after being refused admittanoe
to Martin's home broke down a door
and was advanoing on Martin with a
drawn knife when he almost shot his
head off with a shotgun.
? D. L. Arey, a liquor manufac
turer of Salisbury, N. C, has been
violating the revenue laws. Judge
Boyd gave him ohoioe of two sen
tences. Ono was $5,000, two years
and costs; the other, $24,000, tho rev
enue held baok by frauds, costs 9200,
five and three months. He agreed to
pay $22,000 and costs.
? While no official announcement
has been made, it is known that John
F. Wallace, chief engineer of the
Panama Canal Commission has . ten
dered his resignation to President
Roosevelt. It is understood that
serious difficulties have arisen bo
tween him and the other members of
the commission and Secretary of War
? A rattlesnake story that easily
takes first money and whioh is vouch
ed for, finds ite way to this oity. The
snake was killed by B. P. Howell, of 1
the Lower Hominy section of Bun
combe County last week on Pisgah
Knob on the Vanderbilt estate. The .
reptile measured five feet ton inches
in length and eight inches aoross. It
had seventeen, rattles and a button 1
and is said' to have been ono of the \
largest rattlers killed in that section
for a number of years. The snake
was skinned and the hide preserved, i
When Mr. Howell skinned the. reptile j
he was surprised to find a young hog *
that the snake had swallowed. Tho ,
hog weighed four pounds.?Asheville 1
Gazette New0. g Ji
An Answering Silence.
Young ladies with a 1'ondncBS for
infantile admirers should be warned
by an episode at a seaside resort last
An engaging masculine of seven
years became on exceedingly good
! terms with the belle of this particu
lar hotel, a girl about tweuty years
his senior. One day tbe charmer
asked tbe awain to go bathing, aud
after the bulb, as they returned to
their bathhouses, the small man sug
gcated a race to see who could dress
first. They entered the bathhouses,
which adjoined, and in a short time
a youthful treble called, "Miss Ethel,
oh, Miss Ethel, I've got my stockings
A low contralto answered, "Yes,
llobbie, so have I."
After a short pause the irrepressi
ble again called, "Mies Ethel, I've got
my shoes on."
Again came the answer, "Yes, dear,
so have I."
Again a pause?then a triumphant
voice shrilly proclaimed, "Miss Ethel,
I've got my pants on."
The answering silence was oppres
sive.? II. K. Spencer, in July Lip
Let It Go at That.
The heavy villain of the barn
storming aggregation stalked into
the workshop of the village editor.
"What did you mean by referring
to me us a 'misfit' in your write-up
of the performance last night?"
"1 meant/' answered the loeal
moldcr of opinion, "that you were
entirely too great for the company
you are with."
And the heavy villain, being a
stranger to the ways of the village
editors, believed him. ? Chicago
Her Great Need.
Little Alice is old for her year?.
One evening after she had gone to
bed she heard mamma and papa
laughing in much enjoyment over
a game of 11 inch. She longed to get
up and join them, but she knew
she must. not. The next morning at
breakfast she was very quiet. Pres
ently she drew a deep sigh:
"1 feel the need of a husband,
mamma ; I do feel it !"?Lippin
? An umbrella isn't particular as
to the company it keeps.
? Jolly a man and he will forget it
the next d^y, criticise him and he
will remember it as long as he lives.
? That person who thinks no one
is right but himself ought to be looked
up where he can do no damage.
? Some men are so busy shouting
at a baseball game that they are unable
to hear the whispered call of duty.
?Yes, Alonzo, you may marry hap
pily on $6 a week, but the odds are
very muoh against your staying hap
pily married on that sura.
?A bachelor never figures on marry
ing a widow, but when a widow fig
ures on marrying a bachelor, it's a
sure sign of a wedding.
? Nothing makes a man so angry
as to have some fellow swipe an um
brella that he has just>borrowed from
original owner when he wasn't look
? It takes a lot of salve to turn a
? Time naturally flies in fly-time.
? Every married man is in favor of
a heavy tax on bachelors.
? He who laughs last laughs best,
because he knows what tickles him.
-? An average man is generous to a
fault?if it doesn't belong to other
? Ignorance would be more blissful
if it was able to recognize its blisBful
? People who attend to their own
businesa have but little time for criti
? There isn't muoh hope for a &>an
who will lie when the truth would do
just as well.
? A man may be all hia wife thinks
he is, but he is seldom what he thinks
himself to be.
? When a woman plays whist ahe
measures out tbe cards as if she were
going to make a pudding.
? There is muoh to be said on both
sides when a woman attempts to
write a letter on a single Bheet of pa
? It ia easier to pay women compli
ments than it ia to argue with them?
also more satisfactory to all parties
? It sometimes happens that a man
who poses as a social lion before mar
riage looks very muoh like a truck
? Perhaps a woman wears tight
shoes to help her forget her other
? Surely the eagle stamped on an
American coin is"emblematic of its
iwif t flight.
?-It is usual what ? man doesn't
know about a woman that induoes him
to give the parson a job.
? Now is the '05 crop of college
graduates, prepared to hand the world
information on any subje'ot.
? A woman may induce her' hus
band to give up a bad habit, but he id
reasonably sure to acquire a worse one.
A CLEVER STRATEGY.
How General Putnam Caused a French
Vessel to Be Captured.
General Putnam, a bravo officer
in the war between the French and
English in Canada, is the hero of an
interesting little story. General
Amherst marched across tho country
to Canada. Coining to one of the
lakes over which he intended to pass
with his troops, he found >'| French
vessel armed with twelve guns upon
the lake. This greatly distressed
the general, as his small bo?fts wore
no mutch for this vessel in the sitiia
tion in which it was placed. While
he was thinking what had best be
done Putnam addressed him.
"General/' said he, "that sl.ip
must be taken."
''Yes,*'" said Amherst. "I would
give the world were she taken."
"I'll take her," said Putnam.
Amherst smiled and asked how.
"Give me some wedges, a beetle (a
large wooden mallet) and a few
jnen, and I'll take her/' answered
General Amherst was puzzled as
to how this was to be accomplished,
but he granted Putnam's request
and gave him the wedges, beetle and
his choice of men. When night
came Putnam stole quietly under
the vessel's stern, with his wedges
and hammer and five men. In an in
stant the wedges were driven behind
the rudder in the cavity between
rudder and ship. This was done
without attracting the enemy's at
tention, and then Putnam quietly
came back to shore. In the morning
the saili were seen fluttering about,
and after awhile the vessel was
blown ashore and the enemv captur
Having lost control of the rudder
by General Putnam's act the course
of the vessel could not be regulated.
Not Intended For Use.
There arc some things which no
man can ever learn, no matter how
intelligent and earnest a student he
".My dear, you look perfectly dis
couraged," said little Mrs.' Nash's
most intimate friend. "What is the
"I am perfectly discouraged," said
Mrs. Nash tearfully. "You know
that foot rest with the handsome
embroidered top that I gave George
for his birthday? Well, I've noticed
it had begun to look almost a little
shabby, and I couldn't imagine why,
for it stands away from the win
dows, and I've taken great care of
it, and when I came down earlier
than usual from putting Janey to
bed last night what do vou suppose
The friend shook her head hope
"I fou1- ," said Mrs. Nash, with
bitternr.f" "that George Nfsi had
taken that footstool out into the
center of the room near his Morris
chair and had put his feet?with, his
boots on, too?right on it 1"
Hadn't Hoard of That One.
The detective in the automobile
stopped at a little repair shop by the
"Have you seen anything," he
asked, "of a short, chunky fellow
with a gray suit in a light touring
car with no number on it ?"
"Yes, sir," said the man behind
the leather apron. "He stopped here
about two hours ago to get a holt
"Did he give you any idea of
where he was going ?"
"No, sir. He didn't seem to know
himself. He was kind o' tangled up
about tho roads and wasn't certain
which direction he wanted to take."
"In a quandary, was he?"
"Er?no. It didn't look like one
It was one of these dinky little run
A Roth or Broad Hint.
An Australian customs officer
tells this story: "For some time we
had in the customs gig a great stal
wart Javanese named Mmgo, who
also acted as office boy. He had at
one time been a soldier and fought
in Acheen. Mingo lived at my quar
ters. One evening we had a dance,
which I suppose disturbed Master
Mingo, for, getting tired of the fri
volity, he suddenly appeared on the
veranda with a lighted lantern and
a clock. He coolly walked around
and deliberately held the lantern and
clock in the face of each guest in
turn. The timepiece indicated 2 ;30
Our friends, who fully appreciated
Mingo's gentle hint, immediately de
"Mistub Jackson done tole mo he
gwinter hab a carriage foh de pahty
dis evenin'," jjj aid Mias Maimi Brown
"Datfs whuV he is," answered Mr.
Erostus Fink?y, **but.I uidn*t know
he knowed 'bout it."
"Why wouldn't Mistuh Jackson
"'Cants I done made d? 'range
ments myse'f. Dat carriage is gwin
ter be ? ambulance, an' he's gwinter
ride on'y jes* one way."?Washing
? All is thought to be fair in love,
war, and a horse trade.
? Any woman can throw a stone at
a hen?but what's the use. . .
? Art is the' mirror whioh Dame
N..euro beholds her faults.
? You will never do much unless
you begin by doing a little.
? At the age of forty the average
man has his conscience chloroformed.
? Death loves a shining mark, and
Cupid loves a soff. ony.
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The Kind You Have Always taught, and which hat* been
in use for over 30 years, has home the signature of
and has been made under his per??
sonal supervision since its infancy*
f'CCcCfcwi Allow no one to deceive you In tills.
All Counterfeits, Imitations aud " Just-as-good " are but?
Experiments that trifle with and endanger the health of
Infants and Children?Experience against Experiment*
What is CASTORIA
Castoria is a harmless substitute for Castor Oil, Pare*
gorie, Drops and Soothing Syrups. It is Pleasant. Ik
contains neither Opium* Morphine nor other Narcotic
substance. Its age is its guarantee, it destroys Worms
And allays Fevcrishness. It cures Diarrhoea and Wind
Colic. It relieves Teething Troubles, cures Constipation
and Flatulency. It assimilates the Food, regulates the
Stomach and Bowels, giving healthy and natural sleep*
The Children's Panacea?The Mother's Friend* ,
GENUINE CASTORIA ALWAYS
Bears the Signature of
The Kind You Have Always Bought
THI OCNTAUR qOHNNV, TT MURRAY STREET, KKW TORR CITY.
This Establishment has been Selling
IN ANDERSON for more than forty years. Daring all that time competitors
have conic and gone, bat wo have remained right here. Wo have always sold
Cheaper than any others, and during those long years w& have not had one dis
satisfied customer. Mistakes will sometimes occur, and if at any time wo
found that a customer was dissatisfied we did not rest until we had mado him
satisfied. This policy, rigidly adhered to, has made us friends, true and last
ing, aud we can say with pride, but without boasting, that we have the confi
dence of the people of thiB section. We have a larger Stock of Goods this
season than we have ever had, and we pledge you our word that we have never
sold Furniture at as olose a margin_of profit as we are doing now. This is
proven by the fact that wo are selling Furniture not only all over Anderson
County but in every Town in the Piedmont seotion. Come and sec us. Your
parents saved money by buying from us, and you and your ohildren can save
ineney by buying here too. - We carry EVERYTHING- in the Furniture line?
U F. TOLLY & SON, Depot Street.
The Old Reliable Furniture Dealers
A LONG LOOK AHEAD
A man thinks it is when the matter of life
insurance suggests itself?but circumstan
ces of late have shown how life hangs by a
thread when war, flood, hurricane and fire
suddenly overtakes you, and die only way
to be sure that your family is protected in
case of cala! tity overtaking yon is to in
sure in a solid Company like?
The Mutual Benefit Life Ins. Co*
Drop in and Bee us about it.
M. ML. MATTISON,
Peoples' Bank Building, ANDERSON, O 8.
ARMOUR'S GUANO AND ACID.
- ALSO, COTTON SEED MEAL.
If yon want 'High Grade Goods we will be glad to sell you*.
Splendid line of?
FLOUR, COFFEE, TOBACCO,
OATS AND CORK.
We want your trade.
ni?il?ni i l miwifW il?
Fresh Shipment Jost in?all the varieties that;
^fuw well in this section, f?t?t Jars,^?!?
Jar Tops and Fruit Jar Kubbere. - ~ -
over Farmers and Merchants Bank, Anderson. S. C