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Now that I come to think of it, I never
was able to find oat what his real voca
tion was. Even to this day I am igno rant
of it All that I can positively assert is
that he first made his appearance at my
residence in the capacity of a tailor; and
one thing I can not deny is that he made
me some clothes?such clothes.
I had lately returned to my native place
after several years spent in travel, und
was living ou my*uncle's little estate in
Galicia. which was situated near the chief
town of the district and uot far from the
Russian frontier. When the weather was
fine I used to hunt. When it rained I read
Walter Scott. And as there were.some
days when the weather, although not
rainy, was anything but agreeable, these
were usually passed in paying visits to
such of the ueighboring families as had
the good fortune to possess some part icu
lar attraction at their residences in the
form of a pretty woman or a graceful
young girl. In order to make such visits,
a new suit was indispensable; Abrahamek
was accordingly summoned, and commis
sioned to make it for me.
When he came in and bowed to me, he
did not impressnie in the least as a man
at all worth while noticing. He was small,
Bikinny, insignificant. He had a narrow
face, a hooked nose; and from beneath his
velvet jiimurka some thin locks of black
hair descended to curl about his temples.
He wore, like all Jews, a long, black
talar, and talked through his nose like
his co-religionists, who are as numerous in
our little town as ants in an ant-hill.
He puiled from his pocket some strips of
dirty paper, took my measure, listened to
all my instructions without moving a mus
cle of his face, and then sat down opposite
me, at my own table, without so much as
"So you come from Vienna, young mas- j
ter?" he began.
"Yes, from Vienna."
"Fine city, eh:-''
"Yes, a very fine city."
? "And you are going to stay here now,
with your honored uncle ?"
"Ha, ha!?you do not enjoy yourself
"That is not the reason."
"But you enjoyed yourself better at
"No, not exactly."
"The young lord is studying at Vienna,
"I have finished my studies."
"Finished your studies! So young!
What intelligence! Then the young lord
is probably interested In some business at
"Or perhaps he holds some official posi
"Yes?something like that"
"In office! So young and such intelli
gence! The young lord will certainly be
come governor of a district or councillor
of state, if God grants him health. And
then, of course, a bride will be found for
the youug lord, a beautiful and wealthy
young girl; or perhaps the young lord
has already obtained what his heart de
And this went on, went on?an outpour
ing like a cascade; and all the time he was
asking questions, Abrahamek kept search
ing me with his little gray eyes, which
penet rated, like two gimlets, into the most
secret recesses of my mind! "Goodness!"
I said to myself, "here's a man who indeed
possesses rare qualifications for the office
of examining judge. If he possesses equal
aptitude for muking clothes, I will have,
good reason to congratulate myself."
But next dav. fljj T pnt^fH i^hinnn,.
_' store to buy some cigars, a novel and ca
rious spectacle met my eyes. Abrahamek
my tailor?this time without his talar.and
in his shirt sleeves, was seated upon a low
stool near the door. Before him a plan k,
planed perfectly smooth, was set upright
against a chair; and with the aid of a big
brush, some pots of paint, and a saucer of
water to rinse his brush in, he was paint
ing the plank. And what was he paint
ing? A Turkish woman, with big black
eyes and an apple-green turban, clad in a
red caftan bordered with ermine, and
smoking a gigantic chibouk, as she sit
cross-legged on a blue cushion.
"Abrahamek, what are you doing
"You can see for yourself, young mas
ter," replied Abrahamek, evidently an
noyed, "I am painting."
"And what is it for?"
"What is it for? It Is a new slgu for
[That was the name of the seductive
widow who kept the tobacco store, j
"Is this your first masterpiece?"
"I painted long ago the sign at the cus
tom house," replied Abrahamek straight
ening up with all the offended dignity of
a Raphael; "and also the sign of The Beau
tiful Polish Girl in Limburg street, and
the sun-dial for the parish-priest. Say!
did you ever see a sun more like nature
than my sunl Or if you did It must have
been in Vienna."
AndreaUyl must confess that A.bra
hamek had a talent for painting. The
smoke which the Turkish woman allowed
to escape from her rosy mouth looked
more like a wreath of grimy shavings
than like real smoke: but her face was
very dainty; and The Beautiful Polish
Girl also was worthy of her pompous, epi
thet. Nevertheless the noble art of paint
ing was not the finest of all the talents
Which had been vouchsafed to this lucky !
On the occasion of a certain marriage in
wealthy Jewish society. I had a chance
to see Abrahamek in a totally different
He had accepted the employ of jester
at this wedding, not, he declared, for pe-!
cunlary consideration, but just for gcod ]
will. And what a humorist he was! All
the jokes that had ever been made seemed
to live in his memory: he might have been
taken for TyU Eulenspiege in person risen
from his sarcophagus. He did not confine !
himself to ordinary jokes; he respected
custom as little ns he did the rank or dig
nity of the guests. No one was safe from
the shafts of his sarcasms, which flew in
all directions, double-edged and keen.
The least of his rhymed couplets wus a I
veritable blossom of grotesque wit And j
how he recited them! with what vim!
With what astonishing modulation ol:
?'olce, indescribable gestures and facial
contractions! In short, it was enough tc
make anybody hold his sides. The vast
and luxuriously decorated room seemed
itself to shake with laughter at the jests
he set off like fireworks?which fluttered
through the air like so many imps, anil
whirled about, and always hit in the right
place without ever really wounding any
body. Finally he turned toward tht
pretty bride; and aU held their breath
eager to hear what was coming.
"Woman is sour, yes; 'tis a proverb ol j
ancient times which Is often repeated in j
our own. AB evil comes from woman i
She Is more to be dreaded than fire or tho
sea. When the rabbi Is on his way to
teach his class, he must not gaze on any
female face. Yes, ladies, however beauti
ful you are, however passionately loved,
not one of you is really worth a copper.
Ah! how much I pity this young
man, who can no longer hope to
escape the torments which await him!
Pity him, and why? The question seems
important! Is it because this reputa
tion given to woman is true? I say no!
And I am going to prove it to you forth
with. I am sure the women are all going
to be fervently grateful to me! Woman
was created from one of Adam's ribs, was
she not? If one of man's ribs, only one,
mind you! is so bad, I have every right to
affirm, the whole man mast be mucli
more bad than one of his ribs."
"What! that little Abrahamek has a tal
ent for poetry, too!" I exclaimed, while all
around me roared with laughter^and the
women, rind the pretty girls whose eyes
glowed like charcoal, were applauding the
amiable jester with their most gracious
Next day I again met my tailor on the
imperial highway. He was driving a
[ troika in which two ladies of rank were
seated. The vehicle shot by as quickly as
an arrow. It was a fantastic spectacle to
watch that puny little man, with his
skinny arms, driving the frail vehicle and
checking those fiery horses?one moment
turning to avoid an enormous hole, at an
other grazing the very edge of a steep
precipice, or passing deftly between two
immense mud-puddles. The troika was
executing a veritable egg-dance.
"Abrahamek!" I cried out, "though you
had no other talent whatever, you are at
all events an admirable driver! What a
pity I have no carriage and horses of my
If he heard any compliment, he was not
disconcerted by it in the least; for he
merely nodded his curly head to me, with
! a proudly dignified salute of recognit ion.
OnJ.he Sunday following I found a to
tally different Abrahamek outside the
city, at one of the suburban villages. It
was in a tavern where some peasants were
having a dance. This time I saw none of
the serious calm of the painter, none of
! the wild gayety of the wedding-jester,
I none of the grand style of the fast-driver.
I Abrahamek was evidently suffering from
I some profound melancholy. Not a mus
! cle moved in Iiis face?it was rigid us mar
| ble. There was no perceptible trembling
; of his eyelids, yet his tears were falling
j continually; not always streaming, how
ever, down his wan cheeks. They also
j dripped, bitter, dolorous, and as if mingled
j with harmony, from the uurface of tho
cymbals before which he was seated, and
I which he kept tapping with two little
I drum-sticks covered with greasy leather,
tappiug sometimes gently, in a caressing
way?as if coaxing a petted child: then,
again, strongly, furiously, as if punishing
some scolding wife with a good drubbing.
The other instruments were shrieking,
rumbling, moaning around him, like a
menagerie before feeding time; and the
heavily-booted peasants jumped about un
couthly In the dance, and peat-aut-women
with them, iu one great whirl of petticoats
and plaited hair. And all this in a cloud
of dust, smelling of garlic, brandy, and
Abrahamek was wholly unimpressed by
it: with set lips and glistening eyes, he
noted nothing except the melancholy tones
whiGh the plaintive cymbuls were sending
through his very soul. He was at that
moment an artist; and God knows what
celestial harmonies he was hearing in his
dreams! A supernatural harmony as
suredly, for his face was lightedasbv^
radiance from above. "The ikSH
said to?jtf,vself. , "AhraLTO^cy.fflraflciaii
too! And what a soul of fire he has in
that apparently insignificant little body of
My Abrahamek thus continued to paint,
to drive, to compose farcical rhymes, to
play music, and my clothes were not forth
coming! I had no choice but to call in
person on Abrahamek, and see how niat
ters were progressing.
The pretty little house he occupied, and
in which he had opened his taflor's-shop,
belonged to him. It had come to him as
part of his wife's dowry. He himself had
begun life as a poor Tnlmndic scholar;
and he still preferred to hold scholastic
disquisitions with his old fellow-students
than to make frockcoats and uniforms.
When I went in, I found him sitting
cross-legged on a big table, and sewing
away with furious zeaL
"You see I'm working at it," he cried:
"to-morro%v I'll have it all ready."
"Well, I should say it was high time!"
"High time! Why, have I not got the coat
already done? Veigele, where is that
coat? I want to let you see it Veigele!"
I was curious to see thi? man's wife.
She came in. A brunette of medium
height, quite plump, with features adora
bly sauve as those of the wife of Ahas
erus. whose witchery proved mighty
enough to bring wretched Haman to?the
scaffold. She wore a little jacket of red
fire velvet, lined and trimmed with black
rabbit fur, and a Jewish diadem of gold,
sparkling with jewels, whose brilliancy
and color could not vie with the dazzling
splendor of her eyes and the satiny fresh
ness of her complexion. Her round white
arms as they protruded from tho soft,,
fur, seemed chiseled out of Greek marble.
She saluted me with a mischievous smile,
and walked directly to her husband.
"What do you want now?" she began, in
a quick impatient tone, like a little queen
disturbed in the midst of some highly im
"The young muster wants to see his
She went for it. unfolded it before me
with an air of satifaction, und exclaimed
with a triumphant smile:
"There's work for you, eh? That's the
way that wretch can work when he wants
to; but, good God! when does he want tof
, He devotes himself to painting, poetry, to
j music, so many fine arts which never bring
j us in so much as a crust of bread! We
j might be able to ride in our own carriage
. if he wished, but?"
"Has man need of horses and of car
riages?" said Abrahamek, "If God desired
that man should be driven in a carriage,
Ho certainly would have created him
"Now you hear him!" cries Veigele in ex
asperation, putting her arms akimbo, with
her little flats propped upon her rounded
hips under the fur-lined jacket. "That is
the way he is! All day long he goes about
like a man in a dream, talking about fol
lies of some kiud, each worse than the
other. I suppose I ought to keep his store
and sew for him; but God knows I won't
do It! I've enough to do to look after the
house. You will have your suit, young
master, even if I have to beat Abrahamek
like an ass to keep him at work."
She gave him a violent thump in the
back with her little fist, and ran out with
a great fluttering of petticoats.
"Pretty woman," I remarked.
"Yes, she is pretty, that is true," re
j plied Abrahamek, speaking as if to him
j "She seems very Intelligent."
"She is very intelligent."
"But bad tempered, eh?"
"That depends how one looks at the
? question," said Abrahemk: "As a general
rule it isnot worth while to r.ttach much
importance to what women say, nor worth
i whde to bear them any ill-will for it. But
with her it is different. She can not be re
fused consideration. And, you know,
, when a man aUows himself to be ill
treated by a woman, that woman must be
, worth the trouble of it. Veigele Is
: worth it!"
"Then you are quite content with you
"Why should I not be l ent? Who is
happy in this world? Oniy the man who is
; content with Ins lot. And she is a good
! wife! Even Count Skarbek always kisses
, her hands; weU, why should he not kis3
j them? She has a pair of Uttle hands as
j soft as velvet and as white as ermine.
How the nian ever managed to woo anc
: wed such a little love of a wife, I can net
I imagine; but as I left Abrahamek's house.
; I could not help reflecting that this greatly
I and variously gifted artist was also a
j philosopherl He absolutely represented
the "Klaus" type of Jewish Socrates. Any
how, with such a Xantippe as that, I felt
I should be quite happy myself.
I do not know to what further brilliant
destinies my Abrahamek may have been
called in after days; and I still keep ask
ing myself what was really his special tal
ent. Most nssuredly it did not lie in the
art of making clothes!
Next day he delivered my suit, thanks
to the influence of pretty Veigele, no
doubt. But alas! there was one thing she
could not prevent, namely; That, even
while he was cutting and stitching, her
husband's mind should have been occu
pied with a thousand golden or rose-col
ored reveries, or absorbed by some ingeni
ous poetical composition, or lulled into
day-dreaming by a host of touching and
harmonious melodies. The frock coat was
I wrinkled iu the most awful manner, bc
i sides being a great deal too long._^On the
: other hand, the pantaloons did nofaven
i reach my ankles; and I found it utterly
: impossible to button the vest. \
; And nevertheless, my good Abrahamek,
j I do not wish to pick a quarrel with you,
j if it is only for the sake of that adorable
j little wife of yours, whose smile is so
gracious, whose eyes are so lovely, and
whose dainty hands are soft and smooth
even as the softest and silkiest of velvet
Cluirmlng Hours with Kngllsh Hosts.
The interval between tea and dinner
was to me one of the most charming per
iods of the EugliSh day. If it is autumn,
the afternoon light is fading, the curtains
are drawn, a few caudles brought in, and
the newspapers are spread upon the
tables. People who really want to talk
with each other seize this opportunity,
and you can have a cosy chat in a corner
with a clever woman or a discussion with
a celebrated man in politics or people, or
society, or art. I often at this hour made
more acquaintances with my host than
at any other time; or perhaps with some
distinguished guest, who was w?ling to
bestow ins attention on a stranger.
The newspapers suggested the themes
of the day, and the flood of illustration
that men who knew English life thor
oughly would pour upon questions and
events that were tmfamiliar to me, was
very acceptable. The elder women, too,
sometimes lingered in the firelight, and
when they found me curious about
history would unlock their storesj
ealogical lore, give ma. the^
ixg in the Bot _
? the establishment
the scandals of the company. There j
an intimacy about the hour and the com
parative seclusion that provoked revela
tions, and then and there I learned my
earliest and my latest lessons in English
customs and character. I was always
sorry when wo separated to dress for din
ner.?Adam Badeau's Letter.
Spanish Irreverence for the Dead.
WTierever one goes in Spain the irrever
ence for the dead, and as a matter of
course the recklessness of life, are what
most prominently strike a traveler. The
people seem actually to be indifferent to
manslaughter. On the slightest provoca
tion blood is shed, and the moment a re
volver is heard in the street or a shriek
from a murdered man, every door is shut
and there is a scurrying of feet in a direc
tion opposite to that in which the assassin
has fled Everybody is afraid of being
seized as the criminal
Not a night during the hot, dry summer
passes without the cry of Are being heard
In a Spanish town. Any person in the
street at the moment can be pressed to aid
in extinguishing the flames. But it is
rare that any one is found to perform this
duty, for at the first cry of fire, prudent
citizens take care to get under shelter. In
the interior, and even in the large cities
on the coast, the cemeteries are in a de
plorable condition. It is not an uncom
mon spectacle to see a body flung across a
mule, or even two being carried in this
fashion to their last resting-place, amid
the. heartless, often brutal, comments of
the bystanders, who, notwithstanding,
always doff their hats, out of a half-super
ej^tious feeling, the exact character of
which never costs them a thought. These
traits refer mainly to the country folks,
I or to the towns-people of the poorer class.
Lopez, the Tyrant of Paraguay.
Wrhen Lopez conscripted the men of a
district he drove the women and chUdren
from their homes and compelled them to
sustain themselves in the woods as best
they could. This was done that the sol
diers might have no homes to lure them
from the ranks. The Inhabitants perished
of exposure and hunger by the hundsed
thousand. StiU, the soldiers endured all
things in order to resist the invaders. At
the close of the war the population was
reduced to less than one-fourth of what it
was before the war. Some sections of the
country suffered much beyond the aver
age. In the district of Villa Rica a popu
lation of 109,776 in I860 was so cut down
that even in 1877 it had only come up to
11,779. In the department of Villa del
Filar the population of 109,444 was reduced
to 10,002. Even in the capital the 50,000
were so reduced that now, in spite of the
fugitives and refuges who gravitated there
after the war, there are only 18,000. These
figures tell the stories of cruelty, suffer
ing, and courage that need no comment.?
Bishop Fowler in Chicago News.
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months are preparing to go to California.
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