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A BOSTON METAPHYSICIAN'S THEORY
Two Storekeepers?The Clergyman Who
Drews-Effects of Evil Thoughts.
In a Boston course of metaphysics
which I am now undergoing the chief
metaphysicker asks of his class questions
like these: "Why, when two stores are
opened on the same street, and near each
other, and both alike as to quality of
goods kept, does one succeed and the
other fail? Why will one be crowded
with cuntomers and the other be bare of
them?" Thus he answers: "Because
one storekeeper has an inviting mind and
the other hasn't. Because, separate and
apart from business, one storekeeper
really likes to see people and be agreeable
to them for the sake of making them
feel plessant, and the other doesn't. Be
cause cistomers feel the thought of the
inviting mind agreeably, and that of the
uninviting mind ""disagreeably.
"Because, according to the present
school of Boston metaphysics; thoughts
are things, like many other tilings that
can't bo seen or touched, but neverthe
less they are very fine, impalpable, in
tangible, airy, subtile tilings, and all of
us have within us an almost unknown
and certainly unnamed sense that feels
things as they come from the people
about us, and this feeling will be agree
able or disagreeable according to the
nature of the thought felt. The store
keeper who feels mean inside, who
doesn't care a straw whether you are
suited or not, or who only cares to suit
' you for the sake of the custom he may
get of you, won't make you feel and
can't make you feel as pleasant as the
one who, with all the desire to draw cus
tom, has a genuine wish that the ham,
. butter and eggs you buy of him will do
you good, and rather than they should
not would at heart prefer you should buy
them elsewhere, though he lose your j
But our metaphysican goes further,
much further. Indeed, I dare scarcely
tell how far he does go. He says that
clergymen are popular and draw for the
same reason that the storekeeper does.
That is, if the minister be really glad to
see his flock, be they few or many, he
sends out to them from his pulpit agree
able thought. If he be a perfunctory,
mechanical sort of preacher, who has in
reality no interest in his calling, and is
only in it because, being an "apt scholar"
and able to load Ids memory heavily I
with so-called facts and figures, his pa
concluded he should go into one of the
"learned professions," or thought that
for the honor and renown of the family
one of the boys should shine (or try to)
in the pulpit, and therefore put him
through a perfunctory course of divinity,
when the boy would rather have been a
blacksmith, or a blackleg, or something
of the sort, why, then, as the metaphys
ical or rather natural result, he can only
when in the pulpit send out a black
smith, or blackleg, or otherwise order of
thought;, no matter how much he may
try to cover it up with good words and
He says also that our thoughts can
reach p?ople a long way off, and so may
theirs reach us and make us feel pleasant
or unpleasant, as they are good or other
wise, and that any amount of tlfls sort of
unconscious telegraphing is constantly
going on about us. Say that a person is
jealous or envious or otherwise down on
you, and doesn't want you to succeed in
any enterprise, then you will feel that
though ;; it will depress you; you won't
know why or wherefore. It's just the
same a.', though one of those diabolical
BO-called friends ever stood in front of
you while engaged in some undertaking,
saying: "You'll fail. It's all nonsense
you're trying to do that. You ain't got
? it in you!" And the possible misfortune
is that the thought of friend or enemy
may at last discourage you and blind you
as to your real ability. Because a
current of thought that you live much
amongst, or even a current that is di
rected on you, may make you see and
judge things exactly as the person send
ing it sees and judges them. Say you
live or associate among people who are
hostile or prejudiced against some par- |
ticular friend of your own who is absent
?one. whom you know to bo square and
honest. Do your best you may find your
view of that friend more or less colored
by their prejudice, and his cr her possible
little failings or peculiarities so magni
fied and exaggerated that you will find
yourself at last seeing him or her in the
same h'ght and with the same prejudice,
though in the depths of your soul you
feel or fear you may be wrong.
So says our metaphysician. He says
also that thousands of people give way
before the constant pressure and fretting
of envious, jealous or otherwise ugly
thoughts directed on them by another or
others and get so discouraged by it as to
be at last able to make no further effi
cient effort in what they want to accom
plish, but that there's no need of their
being so flattened out by it, for the rea
son that if they did but even suspect the
cause and resist it and set their minds
against it, this resistance would turn the
evil thought current aside. He says also
that an ugly thought poisons the blood
of the person that tliinks it and is the
r? al cause of disease, and that the cleaner
a person's thoughts the purer will be
their blood, and that there is for human
beings a condition attainable in which no
disease could affect them.?Prentice
Mnlford's Letter in San Francisco Chron
The Coloring Matter in Cochineal.
Experiments hare been made^by Lieb
ennann, who states that cochineal does
not contain more than 10 per cent, of
pure coloring matter. Cochineal car
mine is a kind of lake very similar to
turkey red lake, and contains a large
amount of alumnia and lime combined
with nitrogenous matter. A commer
cial sample of very good quality was
found to contain 17 per cent water, 20
per cent, nitrogenous matter, 7 per cent,
ash, and 50 per cent, coloring matter.
Sunshine Tut to an Odd Use.
Sunlight has been put to odd use at
Brussels. Falling on a small shaft the rayj
cause an upward draught of air which
6etu a fan in motion, and that in turn
starts machinery that winds a clock.
Shoes Ulised In the Antipodes.
There isn't much show for our leather
or our manufactured shoes in Australia.
The people have good-sized, civilized feet,
and they produce more leather than they
want. They have reduced to a sci
ence the manufacture of leather
from skins of the native ani
mals, and as long as the lat
ter hold out, Consul Griffin doesn't see
any market for us. The skin of the kan
garoo is much used, but the Austrahans
do not discriminate much, and carve up
their native bears, or ruthlessly destroy
the bandicoot (the native pig) or the
dingo or native dog, so that all tastes
may be suited in leather. The fashion
able slippers are made from the skins of
tho platypus, and are highly prized. The
people in New Zealand don't go much
upon style. Their feet are large and un
shapely,' and pegged boots are considered
just the thing. In South New Zealand
brass rivets aroused to fasten the soles to
The good people of Japan do not show
any desire to cultivate American leather
or shoes. All the noble subjects of the
Mikado hanker after European fashions,
and spend some of their incomes in wear
ing French shoes. The young women
in Japan are not much behind our own.
They catch on to all the new fashions in
European dress, apo the manners and
customs of Europeans, and take savage
deUght is showing their pretty feet and
silk stockings. They don't# want any
shoes of American'manufacture, and the
bulk of the natives are satisfied to go
through life wearing a sandal or a
wooden clog. Consul Patton does not
tnink there is any field for American
manufactures in the Japanese empire.? j
New Yord Mail and Express.
Candy Shops of Other Lands.
In the matter of confections, by tho
way, New York, speaking after the man
ner of men beats the world. They hardly
know what candy is in London, where
still obtains th* antique and exploded
superstition that it is a sort of pap pecu
liarly suited to and designed for infancy.
A country where ice cream is a rare and
novel compound, sold at fabulous prices
and by the wine-glass full, presents to
the American imagination difficulties in
the way of courtship and marriage which
might be expected to seriously check the
natural increase of the population; but
the untraveled Eaglishraan has never yet
learned that sweets to the sweet is the
proper method of bombarding maiden
hearts, and he seems to get the necessary
preliminaries settled some way in a
goodly number of cases unassisted by any
??fter gastronomic influences than are
died by his own indigestible plum pud
The oandy shops there are small and
humble places where the proprietor
gladly exchanges a portion of his simple
goods for a penny, or even a fraction
thereof, instead of refusing, as do our
brilliant and lordly confectioners, to ne
gotiate for less tlian half a pound of com
pounds ranging from ."50 cents to ?1 a
pound. The idea of such airs in such a
business would be laughed to scorn. In
Paris they aro in theBe respects somewhat
more tivilized, and. indeed it was from
Paris that we learned our early lessons in
the worship of sugar, but we have now
far outstripped our teachers both in the
number and splendor of the shops and in
the expensiveness and variety of our con
fections.?New York Graphic.
Problem of a Commercial Polo.
Chief Engineer Melville, in a reeent
leoture, described the Arctic out fits nec
?ssary for explorers and the mistakes
made in making them too heavy. He
$aid: "I have slept comfortably on top
of a sled in a sleeping bag with the ther
mometer 100 degrees below the freezing
point of water."
The Arctic sleeping bags, he explained,
were worn with the hair inside, thus re
versing nature. It was 'the only fur j
ilothing worn that way. He thought j
the very idea of unlimited appropriations i
by congress caused an Arctic ex
pedition to be loaded down with
the wortldess rubbage of every crank
in the land. His sleeping bag weighed
ileven pounds. The Greely expedition
bags weighed twenty-two pounds?ele
gant things1 to sleep in, but death to those
who attempted to carry them." In con
clusion the chief engineer said that with
his knowledge, born of, experience, he
expected at some future day to conduct
i party in safety to the Arctic regions,
and to find a grand, public spirited man
of vast means who would aid him in
jolving the problem of a commercial
pole- The road was one of trial and
tribulation, but the object was attainable
and the scientific world would not bo
satisfied until it was reached.?Philadel
Japanese Passion for Tattooing.
The Japanese have acquired such a
passion for being tattooed that a law has
been passed forbidding the marking of
J natives. The law does not apply to for
I eignere. It is quite the thing now to be
tattooed, and elaborate designs are traced
on many travelers as an indelible rem
iniscence of thoir sojourn in the east.
Pile sons of the prince of Wales, when
here a few years ago, were tattooed, and
wveral Russian dukes and sprigs of no
bility have undergone the process. The
son of Longfellow recently submitted to
a very elaborate tattoo decoration, and
for more than three months was in the
hands of the tattooer, who did an amount
of work on him during this time that is
usually spread over a period of three or
four years. This caused of course, a se
vere nervous shoek, which he was only
able to withstand by the application of
application of hypodermic injections of
Another Veteran Drops Out of the Ranks.
Pierre Solidor Milon, who was 98 years
old last November, claims to be one of
the seven survivors of the wars of thr
first Napoleon. His papers show that he
enlisted hi 1800, was in the French army
for ten years and nine months, rose from
the ranks to the grade of lieutenant, and
was made a chevalier of the Legion of
Honor. He is the father of sixteen chil
dren, and has lived in Philadelphia sinco
j 18S0, supporting himself by playing the
i violin in orchestras and giving music les
rabbit-skinb for hat-making.
The Growth of an Enormous Industry.?
Tho Business in France and England.
The trade in rabbit skins for hat-mak
ing is now an. enormous industry. The
skius are doubly valuable, the hair being
used for felt-making and the pelts to boil
down into glue. The present statistics
of the industry in Europe may be figured
from the fact that 80,000,000 of skins are
collected in France, 25,000,000 to 30,000,
000 in England, almost entirely from the
warrens of the sand-hills and woods;
12,000,000 to 15,000,000 in Belgium, al
most wholly of domestic breed (as are
nine out of ten of the 80,000,000 of
French skins): 2,000,000 to 3,000,000 in
Russia, Sweden and Norway, and 4,000.
000 in northern Germany, yearly. In
Austria and Hungary there are about
12)000,000 coUected, but retained for
home manufacture. Spain and Portu
gal have skins of inferior quality, which
are kept for the hat factories of these
countries. France occupies the clnef
place in the commerce of rabbit-skins,
not only in regard to quantity but to
quality. There is no rabbit comparable
to the French rabbits, either to eat or to
make hats of. Both to Belgium and. to
England large quantities are exported.
The supremacy of France did not ex
ist at the start in the rabbit-skin trade.
In the early part of this century the Ger
mans and English took the lead in the
preparation of the skins. France was
oppressed, and was unable to take ad
vantage of this new industry till 1847.
From that date we reckon the rise of a
trade which has attained to gigantic di
mentions. Paris, which is the cen
ter of the preparation of tho
material, dispatched agents ' in
every direction to employ brokers, chif
foniers and other collectors of skins of
rabbits and hares, which had before been
seldom preserved for any use. The most
energetic and successful purveyors in
this industry were the Auvergnats, who
still remain the chief agents in the col
lection. In 1847 the couperies de poits
worked up 2,500,000 of skins; the estab
lishments in the provinces consumed
about an equal quantity.
At first the manufacturer collected and
stored rabbit skins, and transformed
them into hats with very rude machin
ery. It is only recently, by the distri
bution of labor, always advantageous,
. that the preparation of the stuff has
been separated from the manufacture of
hats, and the collection of the skins is
organized as a* distinct industry. In
I England there are now some twenty
! firms engaged in preparing and cutting
j the skins, the largest of which firms are
in Southwark, and others in Manchester
! and Leeds. The industry altogether is a
very interesting one in many respects,
and it represents a Uvirig to large num.
bers of people, mcluding the collection of
skins in the towns and villages through
out the country, and the hundreds of
women and girls occupied in "pulling"
and in other operations preparatory to
the felting, when the hat manufacturer
enters upon the mysteries of his special
The value of the rabbit skin tr^yltr^iu.
j England alone last year was over $1,000,
; 000. There are no statistics at ;hand of
the trade in this country, but it is very
important, and there are even places
where rabbits are bred in order to pro
vide skins for the market. TliiS is, how
ever, a perilous experiment, as the ex
perience of Australia and New Zealand
with their rabbit plagues will demon
Xo Angle-Worms in Florida Sand.
A northern settler in Florida complains
of a certain poverty of the soil there.
The fishermen, ho says, find no angle
worms. Recently he imported a num
ber of the ruddy specimens, such as the
northern boy digs a box full of in a few
minutes, when he wants to go fishing,
out of the earth behind the barn. They
were sent oh in a wooden pail filled with
loam, and the settler, boring a few holes
in the pail, set it in Florida ground.
The worms did not go out exploring
through the holes, as they might have
dono, but remained closely bunched up
in the exact center of the pail; and at
the end of a few weeks they had become
almost as colorless as the sand fleas of
the sea shore.?Harper's Weekly.
A Pike's Tenacity of Fife.
It is reported that a young pike which
was recently sent from Holland to Paris
_packed in ice showed signs of life on
reaching its destination, and that not
withstanding it had been three days out
of water, and frozen stiff, it was resusci
tated, and is now swimming about in a
tank in the Trocadero aquarium. Which
goes to show that the theory of Benjamin
Franklin and others that animation may
be suspended by freezing and restored by
thawing at any time suiting the purposes
of the operator?a theory heretofore sup
posed to have been whimsically con
ceived?may have sometliing in it after
King Montezuuia's Descendants.
On the pension list of the Mexican gov
ernment there are still several descend
ants of King Montezuma. The treasury
pays every New Year $8,800 to the count
countess of Miravalle, $3,300 to Don
Mariano Ortiz, the same sum to Dona
Carmen Garcia Trevilla, an amount of
euphonious nomenclature which the
claimants were probably induced to ac
cept in part payment.?Cor. Cincinnati
We Should Also ltcmember.
"There is a good deal of religion in na
ture," solelmly remarked a young Aber
deen elergyman calling upon a lady of
his congregation recently. "There is,"
was the quiet reply. "We should never
forget that there is a Bermon in every
blade of grass." "Quite true. We Bhould
also remember that grass is cut very
short sometimes."?Chicago Herald.
Pronunciation of "Yen!, Vidi, Viel."
The pronunciation of Latin, as now
taught at Harvard, would sound like bur
lesque to those who learned Latin twenty
or thirty years ago. Veni, vidi, vici i3
pronounced Wanee, weede, weeke. This
revolution is due to Professor George M.
Lane, who thinks he finds Iiis authority
for it in a careful study of Quintilian.?
Boston Evening Traveler.
NEWLY FITTED UP
OPPOSITE THE TENT.
Wc do not propose to undersell
everyone else, but we are ready to
meet fair competition. Our Stock is
now complete: give us a call
? Mr. I. S. CUMMINGS is with us,
and will be glad to see his .old friends
We sell the. ROYAL 'ST. JOHN
Machines of all makes repaired.
Large Wogen Yard in rear of
VQSE & SALLEY.
TITY NEW SPRING CLOTHING
-l'-I has arrived and been placed on the
counters and ready for a critical inspection.
New poods opened in even' department for I
the SPRING TRADE; this large assort
ment of SPRING CLOTHING for Men,
Youths and Boys arc selected from the
iargest and most reliable Manufacturers in
the country. '
This stock is unusuallv attractive in
STYLES and PATTERNS, the ONE and
THREE BUTTON CUTAWAYS are of
imported CORKSCREWS, WHIPCORD
and CHEVIOTS, made and trimmed equal
to any custom made garment, also will fit J
and cling to the figure and hold their shape.
See my line of the PATENT SQUARE
SHOULDER garments in SACK and CUT
AWAY SUITS. I am the sole agent
of these goods, and those who have worn
them can testify to their superiority over ]
all other garments in fit, wear and holding
their shape. Every department, GENT'S
FURNISHING GOODS, HATS, SHOES,
and BOY'S, are full of choice novelties for
the SPRING AND SUMMER SEASON.
Call early and make your selection.
M. I.. li'n'ARll),
COLUMBIA, S. C.
Twenty-five Years Experience.
Watch Maker and Jeweler,
And dealer in Watches, Clocks, Jewelry
Spectacles, Silver and Plated Ware and
Musical Instruments. All work warranted
for one year. Orangeburg. . C.
INSURE YOUR PROPERTY
KIRK ROBINSON, AGENT,
COMPANIES ALL FIST-CLASS AND
LOSSES PROMPTLY ADJUSTED AND
COLLECTIONS PROMPTLY ATTEND
I am still selling Brick, Lime, Laths,
Hair and other Building Material.
1 am now prepared to furnish Coal and
Wood in any quantity. All orders left
with me shall have prompt attention. No
dravage charged. Give me a trial.
July 23- ' KIRK ROBINSON j
ONK TEN HOUSE POWER EN
ginc and Boiler complete. Abo one
Circular Saw Mill. The above can be
boimht on verv reasonable terms.
Fcb 23 " HARBIN R1GGS.
CHARLESTON, S. C.
HIGH GRADE FERTILIZERS! HIGH GRADE FERTILIZERS! f .
SOLUBLE GUANO (highly ammoniatert.)
HIGH GRADE RICE FERTILIZER,
ANOTHER BLIZZARD IS COMING, BUT IT-WILL BE A COLD DAY
when PRESCOTT fails to sell you CHOICE GROCERIES, CROCKERY, GLASS
and TINWARE cheaper than any other house in the city.
I have also just received a choice Stock of
FRESH GARDEN SEED, SEED POTATOES, &c.
FRESH AND CHOICE GROCERIES
Received Every Week at tho Cheap Cash Store.
CHARLES W. PRESCOTT, Proprietor. .
-;-0- ? .
Z3T1 am prepared to manufacture TOMBSTONES. &?., at shortest notice and in the
most artistic style. Jan 28-3m . (
James Van Tassel,
CHOICE FAMILY GROCERIES,
Wines, Liquors and Segars.
A T MY ESTABLISHMENT CAN BE FOUND ALL THE STANDARD
XjL arricles of GROCERIES at Rock Bottom Prices, as well as purest and best
WINES, LIQUOKS. &c, sold anywhere. Also the choicest SEGARS AND TOBACCO
to be found in the market. ?
W1IE.H LOOKING AROl.lI) GIVE ME A CALL
JAMES VAN TASSEL.
OLD VELVET RYE
EIGHT YEARS OLD.
Giratee? Pnre anil Wnolesoine for MM or Oiler Uses.
FOR SALE ONLY BY
W. T. LIGHTFOOT,
EST AEEINII EI> 1832.
C. & E, L. Kerrison.
88 IIASEE STREET,
CHARLESTON, S. C.
Black and Colored JDrc** Goods
LINENS, HOSIERY. &c, &c ,
IN LARGE VARIETY.
EBTA11 Orders will receive prompt and
STCnsh ordere amountiug to $10 or
over will be delivered In any county free of
charge. C. A 12. B.. Itcrritton,
auuiOly Charleston. S. C.
HORSE AND CATTLL POWDERS
No iinnsr will '!!'? of Colic. Hots? ?.r Ixsa Ft
v?il If Knntz's l'owilcr? are med In time.
F'.ut/v I'ewilet* wlllrinvMul prevent llou fiinrjtr.a.
K?litz*? Powilrnl will prevent Gaiy.* ix Fowls.
Foiiizv I'owiieri will Inerawc the quantity of milk
and (tum? twenty per cent., and make llic butter firm
KoutzV I'nwdrre will cure or prnvent almost kveet
Dixvakk U) whlrli Hom-nund ( attic urn KubjccL
FofTZ'8 POWPKEI WILL civ>: S.vt16facti0x.
DAVID T. FOUTZ, Proprietor.
For sale by DR. J. G.
Celebrated Fashion Catalcjrno
QC?T CDCC 'or BprLag nndTjum
Otll I rnCCmer, 1380, ready March
10th, to any address. Ulustratcd and lists
cvervthlngforLadles', Genti', Chlldrcns'
anil'infants' wear and Housekeeping
Goods, at prices lotrer than those ot auy
house in tho United States. Com pier o
nut iftfactiuu p-uaran'tvit, or money re
funded. II. C. K. KOCH ?fc SON,
?th Ave. & UQlh tit,, N. x. CUy.