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A Case Before a Fvoach Court in which it
was tested Ja kitfo Insurance.
Welea;ra:Irom'T^e ?hion MeoTcale that a
care-was lately tried hefcr* a French court in
which tho secrecy Impeded tipon medical men
by the law was pleaded, by a physician as his
Justification for refusing to certify ?s fco the
nature and duration of the last illness of a
man who had insured his life in the sum of
10,000 francs. The life insurance company
demanded the certificate as one of the condi
tions on which it would pay over the amount
to the estate, and it appears that the heirs,
for their part, united ia absolving the physi
cian from the obligation of secrecy. But the
doctor held that it was not within the legal
power of any representative or heir of the
deceased to dissolve the obligation?that, he
con tended, was a function vested only in the
sick person up to tho time of death, and one
that could not pass into other hands after the
death. He held also that he was not at lib
erty to uro hin own discretion in the matter,
but was absolutely bound to secrecy.
He laid tho question before his professional
brethren of Havre, the town ia which the
case was trixi, and they luitoined him. Fur
thermore, the court affirmed the validity of
the position token. It was laid down that,
admitting that a patient might ia certain
cases relievo his medical adrisar of tha obli
gation of sicrecy, that power was absolutely
personal and could not be transmitted to the
heirs; also, that the physician must be tho
sole judge as to whether or not, in any given
ease, he had been consulted under tue seal of
The writer in the French journal expresses
the hope tltat these points may bo sustained
on appeal, and thus the rule of procedure be
definitely settled. It might work hardship in
exceptional instances, unless the insurance
companies were compelled to pay regardless
of the causa of death, but it certainly seems
as if in the generality of cases nothing but
the public good would be promoted by en
forcing the points put forward in this case.?
New York Medical Journal
Troubled in His Lungs.
I had occasion lost week to call on a man
of business in the Standard Oil building. Z
found him in his private office, with the end
of a section of rubber pipe, such as Is used on
extension gas lights, in his mouth. The other
end fitted in a metal plate in ono of the panes
of the window nearest to his desk. Ho ap
peared to be sucking away at the rubber tube
as if it was the stem of a tobacco pipe, and
was writing letters with great speed and de
cisiveness of band. He emptied his mouth to
talk, but ever and anon, in intervals of con
versation, seized the tube again and took an
other whiff ad it This singular proceeding
so completely demoralised mo that I ab last
asked him, point blank, what it moonc
"Only fresh air," he replied; "I have been
troubled hi my lungs for some time, and the
high temperature of these steam heated of
fices nearly kills kc By this means I can
breathe fresh air all tho time I am at work.
It's the greatest invention of the age. IC
ought to be in every office building in New
It is not uninteresting, as Illustrating the
average consistency of mankind, thai this
gentleman, who sucks in a steady stream of
cokl air while at his desk, as a sanitary
measure, wears a respirator in the street, to
keep the harsh breath of out of doors from
his delicate lungs. Tho invention he dis
played to me is, I believe, of European
origin and was imported by him.?Alfred
Trumble ia New York News.
Phenomenal Growth of a Town.
Durham, N. C, is another southern town
which lias-had ph?nomenal growth. In 1870
its population was only 250; now it has a
population of 6,500, with 2,000 or 8,000 just
outside tho corporate limits. The property
assessed for taxation in 1870 amounted to
$50,000; is is now $3,500,000. The amount
assessed in. manufactures in 1S70 was $25,000;
now, $2,250,000. Tho retail trade of mer
chants in 18S5 was $950,000; wholesale, $200,
000; cotton and fertilizers, $250,000. There
are two banks, with resources of $800,000.
There lire twenty odd tobacco factories in
successful operation, with an annual value of
products amounting to more than $3*000,000.
In addition, there is a large cotton factory of
0,000 spindles, and a wooden mill tnirning out
thousands of shuttles, bobbins and other neces
sary articles. There ore employed in the
above factories alone about 1,100 whites and
500 blacks. A contract has been awarded for
water works, and there are electric lights on
all tho principal streets.?Chicago Herald.
Photography by Phosphorescence.
The researches of M. Ch. Zenger have
shown that many substances absorb luminous
rays during the day and at night emit these
rays in such a manner as to impress photo
graphic plates, although they may not be
perceptible to tho eye. He has succeeded not
only in photographing tho visiblo night phos
phorescence of Mont Blanc's summit, but hes
even secured an impression of an invisible
midnight landscape on tho terrace of the as
tronomical observatory at Prague.
In another experiment a piece of printed
white paper was left in the sunlight for on
hour and then put in the dark in contact with
ordinary sensitive paper, and so good a trans
fer being produced?the block parts in white
and tho white in black?that the process has
since beer? adopted for copying bills and
Gold Mines in South Africa.
Marvelous accounts are given by the
English papers of tho richness of tho gold
mines in South Africa. The Sheba mine is
apparently enough to supply tho world with
th'i precious metal ferever. The formation
on one side of a thirty-fivo foot reef has been
carried away, leaving exposed a mass of gold
quartz, which, at a rough calculation of six
teen cubic feet to the ton, will yield 1,000,000
tons of "payable" stone without sinking one
sirgle inch below the level of its exposed
base. Visible gold shows freely wherever
thj quartz is chipped, and it is asserted thut
nowhere in the whole of tho known minin;
world csji such a marvelous deposit be
A Boston man makes tho following calcula
tions in regard to the 250,000 edition of The
Century: "The weight would be 187,500
pounds, or about ninety-four tons. The mag
azines, piled one over another, would make a
pile 8,312 feet high, fifteen times as high as
the Washington monument, or fifty-five times
as high us Bartholdi? Liberty. Placed end
to end the magazines would reach a distance
of thirty- nine miles. The sheets of white pa
per, before folding, would cover 307 acres, or
placed end to end would extend 1,130 miles,
way across tho continent A cylinder press
making 10,000 impressions daily of an eight
page form would be kept busy for over two
years in printing the editiou."?New York
Whitclaw Reid's new Madison avenue
house in New York resembles a royal palaco
more than anything else. It is a mass of
costly marbles, cedar, mother-of-pearl and
rich frescoes.?Chicago Herald.
Father Beckx, the generalissimo of the
Jesuits, is still hale and hearty, although be
is now in his 92d year._
Have you paid the Printer?
A SCENE FOR AN ARTfST.
A Sharply Drawn Contrast Between
Hopeless Usolessncss and Industry.
Clouds of smoke belched from a gravel
heap on Fifth avenue, opposite Deknonloo's.
A furious fire was roaring in a section of iron
tubing under the heap, which it was heating
to a proper degree of caloric to be of use to
the street paving men. Around the glowing
mound gathered as squalid and miserable a
group 03 ever camped by the roadside over
in Jersey. Swaddled in rags and shuddering
in the cold wind they cracked their cold
knuckles over the hot pile, and two or three
gnawed fragments of food like hungry
With the smoke billowing up in whirling
clouds of dun and black commingled, the
piles of Belgian blocks, the smoking pitch
boilers, the carte and wagons of the contrac
tors, and the bare j?rk dripping in the No
vember drizzle, the picture was one that no
artist could have passed by unnoticed. But
it is not the tramp6 alone who Und comfort in
the contractor's area. When the workmen
knock off for dinner thoy gather about them
in picturesque groups. / \f
It you want to note the contrast between
absolute and hopeless usolessness and patient
industry you can do it with a glaaco at these
contrasted groups of the men who work and
earn their bread and those who do not The
laborers view their squalid neighbors with
ptibU favor. The sight of these hulking
idlers, with their hands in their pockets, look
ing sullenly at better "lneh earning their hon
est living is not calculated to make the better
men good tempered. As one of them put it,
"God knows, sir, Kb no crime to be out of
work in this town. But to bo willing to be
out of work, like tfcoee vagabonds, is enough
to moke any deoent man tired. That big
fellow there was offered a job to handle dirt
this morning. What do you think be told
the boss! That ho was not a ditch digger.
But for throe days bo has hung about here
and not been too proud to pick up the scrape
we throw away."?Cor. New York News.
White Hands Coming into Fashion.
The remarkable discovery} has- recently
been made that "white hands ore coming into
fashion again." It would seem that hands
have been growing less white than they used
to be, and have suffered from too great at
tachment in ladies to lawn tennis and boat
ing and other masculine accomplishments.
"Chapped and red hands are never pretty,
and these, of course, invariably follow on out
door exercise. The evil is, happily, not be
yond remedy, and, to effect this purpose, 'the
daughters of fashion,1 as many of them will
learn with surprise, now have dishes of hot
water shaped like a flower leaf on their toi
let table, in which they stoop their hands for
a while before going to bed, then anoint
them with TOKoUne und put ob gloves lined
with a preparation of cold cream. These
gloves should be of wash brother and several
sizes too large for the hand. "?Argonaut.
Queer Business Ideas.
A Georgia newspaper illustrates the aver
age southern negro's poor business ability by
telling of one who asked the prioe of coats in
a store. The store keeper offered him various
garments,aheap for cash, but the darky Would
not bay, and" finally tho merchant picked out
a coat that cost him $1.65 and offered it to
the negro for $10, agreeing to take $3 in cosh
and trust him for the balance. Tho customer
jumped at the offer, and without oven trying
on the coat, paid the $3 and went away happy
in his ability to owe $8. The store keepui
will not worry if he does not get the money.
A Leaky Barrel.
L C. Gorsuch caught a lot of eels in fish
pots in the Susquehanna, put them in a bar
rel, and started to carry them up the bank.
The bottom of the barrel fell out, and, despite
Mr. Gorsuch's best efforts, every eel wriggled
back into the river, and he now knows what
he's talking about when he says "us slippery
as an eel."
Smelted by a Lightning Stroke.
The applications of electricity become more
varied ovory day. Air pressure, heat, stoom
pressure and water stages at distant points
are now recorded by its use, and now a Cali
fornia electrician has invented a process
whereby gold, silver and copper can be in
stantly smelted by a lightning stroke.?Bos
Cost of Being Fashionable.
Kate Field says that the woman who aims
to Ito fashionable might as well commit sui
cide at the start. She must neglect home,
husband children, put away comfort and
convenience, be a first olasb hypocrite and a
good slanderer, and at tho end of ton years
become a physical wreck.?Detroit Free
Power for Arc Lights.
It is estimated that at the present time not
less than 14,000 horse power, derived from
water falls, in in use in tho United States and
Canada for driving dynamo machines.
Nearly the whole of this power is employed
for arc lights.?New York MaiL
Japan's Grant Mementoes.
The Grant mementoes and the pieces of
useful and ornamental art contributed by the
Japaneso government, und lf>w on their way
hither, belong in the National museum at
Washington, but its director cannot find room
for them.?Harper's Bazar.
A Famous Girl.
The nurse of tho baby Alfonso XIII of
Spain is a famous girl now. When the royal
youngster received his three decorutions
from the King of Portugal she exclaimed;
"Now I trust his little majesty will keep
his nose clean."
The Captain was Surprised.
The latest case against a sea captain is for
putting a man in irons for seventy days and
confining him in a space so small that he
could not he down. The captain was sur
prised when tho man finally died.?Exchange.
An Cnusuul Honor.
Miss Dora Wheeler, daughter of Mrs. T. M.
Wheeler, of the Associated Artists, and re
cipient of several art prizes, has been elected
a member of the Society of American Artists
?a very unusual honor.?Harper's Bazar.
Fish for Winter Storage.
Last year tho owner of a refrigerating es
tablishment at Sturgeon bay, Wis., froze
fifty tons of fish for winter storage. This
year he expects to freeze twice as many.?
Mr. Wilson Barrett's first performance of
"Hamlet" in Boston was critically observed
by four of that city's most expert brain doc
tors, who by odd chance were seated side by
Mr. William Blaikie, of stroke oar renown
ut Harvard, tells the White Cross society
that a pure mind dwells best in a well
The libel law of Texas is more stringent
than any of tho other states of tho Union.
A newspaper can bo sued in every county
where it circulates.
Have you paid the Preacher?
SHAVING A DEAD MAN. '
I A Ztoquacloos Brooklyn Barber Give* a
Bit of His Experience,
i A loquacious barber informs me that his
j most trying experience is in shaving dead
; people. He says on this cheerful subject:
"You would be surprised to notice how fas
tidious some people are about the tonsorial
treatment of their dead. Last week I was
summoned to shave the face of a deceased dry
goods salesman. In lifo ho was a very fash
ionable person, vain of his good looks and
possessed of the notion that ho made an irre
sistible impression upon susceptible female
"His weakness was shown by his desire to
linger in the barber's chair. He always in
sisted upon having his hair dressed to perfec
tion, and there was great trouble unless his
mustache was curled with tho nicety of exe
cution of which the most skilled artists ia my
lino alouo are capable. Well, when I vrent to
attend him after death his widow, who bad
been extremely proud of her handsome hus
band, insisted that he should be made as at
tractive as be was before be relinquished the
caro of oxisteoce. . .
"I worked over him for more than two
hours before she was satisfied. Every re
source of my profession was brought ir.to
play, Including a liberal expenditure of bay
rum. hair tonic, cosmetic and briUi&ntine;
'He looks real nice,' .was the widow's com
ment when I had finished. She was so well
pleaeed that she never demurred when I
charged her the rathur stiff price of $5 for
the job. For work of ihis kind the rate, or
dinarily runs from fifty cents to $2."?Brook
lyn Eagla. . - ?
A New Way to Get an Appetite. -
This morning, a dyspeptic looking man en
tered a UacMhith shop at Rondout Ho
waited tiiit? the blacksmith put a hot shoe to
the foot of the horse that was being shod,
when he bent and drew iu with his nbstrils
several draughts of smoke that roso from tho
burning hoof. After the man left the shop a
reporter of The Freeman asked the black
smith if tho man who had just taken bis de
parture was erolgr. : ^Oj^ no," responded the
blacksmith, *hels onlySvorfung up an appe
tite. Strange as it- may appear to you, yet
the fuct is true that mhulution into the lungs
of smoke from a horse's hoof when it is being
shod is the best appetizer hi the world. That
man you saw here will now go home and eat
a good square meal Ho came Into tho 6hop
foraii uppetite and went away hungry. I
have oa ateaverago five patients a day who
visit my shop for an appetizer.''?Kingston
(N. Y.) Freeman.
A New Society Wrinkle.
The society young man will surprise the
girls v.-ith a new wrinkle this winter. Lot it
bo only faintly whispered, but they will
powder their hair. To bo prematurely ?ray
is to be in the height of foskioa If you have a
florid face so much tho bettor, but gray you
must be and still look young. A fashionable
hairdresser has been besieged with applica
tions for a lotion which will bring about the
desired result, but he bos foiled to produce
anything satisfactory as yet, although bo has
sold large quantities of stuff which ho claims
will bring the "silver threads." Those who
are impatient have given up its use, howover,
and will powder their hair.?Cleveland
Why the Vandefblft Gallery is Closed.
It is a well known fact that Mr. Vandcrbllt
bad to cloto his gallery to tho public on ac
count of the way the privilege of visiting it
was abused. Although he only admitted the
public by card, and the people who visited his
galleries were supposed to belong totbobee
ter class, thoy were so rude and so recViesaTri
tbo treatment of his property that he was
obliged to close his doors against them. They
even went so for as to try to push their way
into the private apartments of his house.
And on several occasions it took actual force
to keep somo apparently decent people from
bursting uninvited into his dining room.?
New York Cor. Philadelphia Record.
Tho Giant Tramp.
William Dunn, tho gigantic tramp who
was locked in the "dead man's room" in the
City hospital because ho refused to crack
stone for three hours, was released this morn
ing. William not only refused to crock stone,
but also to eat or sleep. He would not eat
because he had not earned the food, he said,
and he would not sleep because he feared tho
bed was not clean. He is believed to bo a
specimen of a new genus of tramps. The
official figures show that William is 0 feet 7
inches in height.?Elmiro Gazette.
Educative to tho Masses.
George M. Pullman was lately asked
whether ho did not think tho railway car
riages so numerously built for the general
public by his workmen unnecessarily elegant
and rich. "1 consider such cars educative to
the untsses," was his reply. "To many a man
or woman it is a look at comfort and luxury
that is their ideal They dress themselves
better to travel, behave more courteously in
a handsome vehicle than a tasteless and cheap
A Kich Man's Sensitiveness.
After the death of S. H. Thompson, a well
known restaurant keeper of Chicago, $134,000
hi bills were found in his safety deposit vault.
He could not write, and it is thought that his
sensitiveness on this point led him to keep his
money In bills rather than let it bo known
that he could not write a check. If the old
gentleman had not thus tied up his fortuno it
is thought that hu would have been worth
$500,000.?New York Sun.
When the Ex-Empress Smiled.
John S. Barbour, of Virginia, has been
talking to George Alfred Townsend Ho
said that Mrs. James Brown Potter created a
good deal of a sensation on tho other side of
tho water. She went to Osborne to read to
the queen and ex-Empress Eugenie by invita
tion. Mr. Barbour said that it was stated in
London that Eugenie, who had seldom smiled
or laughed since tho death of hor son, did both
when Mrs. Potter road.?New York World.
How Would They Know?
Borne New Yorkers want church bell ring
ing abolished1.. How would a man and his
wife who are punctually in thoir seats at tho
opera three or four nights a week, fifteen
minutes before the curtain rises, know when
to start for church if it were not for tho ring
ing of the church bells??Norristown Herald.
Tallest Hoy in the Country.
George Kersoy, the son of Dr. Kersoy, of
Lancaster, Pa., is said to bo the tallest boy in
tho country. Hj is 13 years old and seven
feet high, and ho has mi older brother who
measures six feet three inches. Tho father
and mother are each six feet talL?Detroit
Turned On tho Gas.
A young man in Lancaster, Pa., before
boing to bed the other night hung his panta
loons upon tho gas jet. The weight of tho
clothes opened the stop, letting the gas out,
and the young man was found dead the next
The emigration into Kansas this year equals
tho population of Baltimore.
Don't borrow your neighbor's paper.
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THE TEA POT
Peter C. Brcinson
Announces that he has opened the
TEA POT UNDER WAY'S HALL,
And invites an inspection of GOODS and TRICES.
I have determined to start out by giving the BEST VALUE for the
LEAST MONEY. Anything iu the Eating Line, from the fresh Teas
to a pound of Flour will be sold at the Smallest Possible Margin. You
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Be sure to call on mc when 3*011 want Groceries, and you will save
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UNDER WAY'S HALL.
James ^VsjTi Tassel,
CHOICE FAMILY GROCERIES,
Wines, Liquors and Segars,
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\VSIE.\ LOOKING AROI WD GIVE .1BH-: A CAE.I,.
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THOROUGH B R E D .1 E U S K Y
Calves. One yearling registered Jer
sey Bull. Registered Ayresliire heifers.
Several grade heifers as also several Milch
Cows in milk. Apply to
E. N. CI1ISOLM,
Rowesvilie, S. C.
<."1uy Land for Sale.
ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY
or two hundred acres of clay land for
sale at a low figure. Distant two miles
from Fort Motte, on the Belleville Road.
This is one of the best cotton farms in the
county. Apply to W. CHANE,
or J. K. HANK,
Fort Motte, S. C lars.
MELLICHAMP'S HIGH SCHOOL.
ORANGEBURG, S. C.
THE SEVENTEETII ANNUAL
Session of this .School for Boys and
Girls will commence on Monday, September
Corn's of Tkacheks.
STILES lt. MELLICHAMP, Principal.
MJSS F. L. MELLICHAMP, Assistant
and Tendier of Music
MUS. P. C 1JRUNSON. Assistant.
MISS LIZZIE S. DEXTER, Teacher of
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