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THE DEATH RATE. V
A Thousand Persons Die Every t
Eleven Minutes. c
New York Tribune.
In a catastrophe which suddenly
blots out a thousand lives the civil- a
ized world finds cause for horror and
sympathy alike. On the community
in which such a disaster occurs its
first effect is dazing, and it is not
strange that following the destruc- t
tion of the General Slocum expres- a
sions of doubt at to the wisdom of
God and his direction of human af
fairs should be heard alike from the
irreligious and the unthinking. It is
only in the calmer time of after
thought that. thaoks to the figures of
the statistician., such an accident. ter
rible in its detail and shocking in its
nature, sinks into insignificance in
the death list of the day, not merely s
in the world or the nation, but even t1
in the state and city. - c
The estimated annual death rate
%or the world of 45,000.000, a daily C
total of 123,000, sends into obscurity c
the thousands and or fewer who were f<
slain on the General Slocum. In the %
omniscience of God, whether one as- ri
sume the position of the doubter or m
the cynic, the death roll of a single c
accident, even though it be as great E
as that of the General Slocum, can g
be only a minor detail, ev''en more in
significant. in view of the fact that o
all life is doomed to perish. In the a
-case of the recent horror nearly a e
-thousand lives, a larger number than g
-in any similar accident in recent u
years, were lost. For a few hours the
-wharves and shores along the river it
were transformed into a morgue. In I
a 'single day there weie more than g
two hundred funerals of victims, -
while the city was plunged into tl
mourning and the civilized world is
gave expression to its sympathy and h
Yet, great as was the tragedy at r
the moment. its part even in the t
death list of the year is only slight.
In the normal existence of this me
:tropolis as many persons dii- every .
io8 hours from reasons incident to
-city life as perished in the holocaust
near North Brother island. That 0
-this number should be equally- sig- d
-nificant to the Divine Power must be t
granted, and, as death is the com- tl
monest factor in hupan life, it can- If
not be regarded from a different r
standpoint, whether it occurs in ac
cident or in ordinary course of af- v
fairs. Within this state 360 die every
day. The tale of deaths in the United
States reaches 2,850 daily.. a figure
three times that of the victims of the 9
There die annually in greater New c
York seventy-five thousand persons. d
a number larger that that of the pop- e
ulation of Trenton. N. J. Within the
United States graves are annually
dug for more than a million coffins:.
In the fact of this vast harvest or
mortality, the number slain. on the
*General Slocum seems slight. even
to the human intellect. In the death 1
-rate ter the year for the state or city h
the Slocum horror will hardly make
an appreciable difference, while in
,the forty-five million dead of the
'world each twelve month it is only h
-a tiny itenr Therefore, to sober
-second thought, the unreasoning in- a
stinct to place upon the power which
the millions regard as omnipoten
whether rightly or wrongly does not
enter into the question-any addi- r
tional responsibility for so slight an t
increase to humanity's death roll ap
pears patently absurd. r
. Pennsylvania Witch Doctors. a
.Many would be surprised to learn d
t'at a very genuine and. active relic t
of t'e belief in witchcraft still exists. 3
"Hexerel" is today such a living nui- h~
ance throughout the number o.f coun- P
ties of Pennsylvania that a determined r
effort, it is said. is to be made by the v
statemedical board to uproot it. The r
day has been too long postponed. 5
and if it is thoroughly done there will I
be saved many lives and much suffer- v
ing on the part of the victims-often f
.hildren-of this medical superstition. C
Charms, incantations, doctors for t,
mlk-souring and hocus-pocus of t
strange varieties, doctors and reme- u.
aes for hysterics, colds, hemorhages,
pains, toothac'hes, whoo'ping-cough,
hair-growing and hair-destroying, for r
cuts. burns, wounds, sprains, etc.,d
aound among these devotees and i
"pow-wow" curers. Their Bible is h
-n eh of mid&.age nnsense, of
-hich these are samples:
To banish whooping-cough cut out
hree small bunches of hair from the
rown of the head of a child that has
ever seen its father; sew this up in
n unbleached rag. and hang it around
be person's neck.
If you burn a large frog to ashes
nd mix the ashes with water you will
btain an ointment that will, if put
i place with hair, destroy it and pre
ent it from growing again.
The medical men who have under
iken the cure of this disease deserve
Il encouragement and help.
HERD OF GOATS.
mported From South Africa is Val
ued at $40,000.
One hundred and forty-nine of the
ighest priced goats that were ever
rought to this country arrived from
outh Africa recently by the British
teamship Susquehanna. They are of
ie Angora breed and are said to have
st about $40,000.
The goats were purchased in Cape
:olony by Mr. G. A. Early, an Ameri
an, who had visited South Africa be
)re the outbreak of the Boer war. It
,as due to the fact that he had al
mady contracted for them that he
'as allowed to take them out of the
untry, as directly after the war the
;ritish government placed an embar
o on the exportation of live stock.
Mr. Early is making the experiment
f domesticating these valuable ani
ials in this country, and has secur
d a place in New Jersey, where the
oats will be taken after they have
ndergone the customary quarantine
This breed of goats was introduced
to Cape Colony about 40 years ago.
'hey throve there and'largely propa
ated, the climate being specially well
ited to the perfect development of
ie wool. The wool, or mohair, as it
technically termed, is long, fine and
eavy. and covers the whole body and
art of the legs with close-matted
nglets of particularly soft and silky
The importer believes that the ani
als will thrive as well here as in
outh.Africa. and, as the breed is pro
fic the kids grow fast and arriv
ig early at maturity, he is confident
the outcome of his experiment to
omesticate thern here. The flesh of
ie Angora is said to be better eating
ian that of any other breed, and in
'urkey, its native country, is prefer
:d to'mutton. It is its fine quality of
-ool, however. which renders it so
The World's Goods.
Irving Bacheller, author, tells with
lee of a recent visit to the old farm
p the state where he spent his boy
o6d days. The place was in poor
>ndition. the buildings being dilapi
ated and everything giving mute
idence of "long neglect. On the
orch of the ramshackle house sat an
ld man bowed with the weight of
ears and a big mortgage on the farm.
fter exchanging greetings Mr.
"Well, I fancy this place might have
>oked a little better if I had stayed
"Mebbe 'twould."' replied the old
ian with a sigh. "The old farm
iight have looked a bit more spruce.
ut its dollars to doughnuts that you
ouldn't be wearin' sech good clothes
Syou got on!"
Thirteen years ago Mr. Cortelyou
rent to WVashington as private sec
etary to Fourth Assistant Postmas
er General Rathbone. With the in
oming of the second Cleveland ad
iinistration, in 1893, he tendered his
esigiation, with the intention ot
ccepting railroad position in
owa. He remained in the postoffice
epartment, however, at the solici
ition of the new fourth assistant Mr.
laxwell. Though a republican,
e was promoted until he held the
osition of acting chief clerk of this
ostal bureau. In November, 1895,
rhen Mr. Cleveland asked his cabi
et advisers if they knew a good
tenographer. Postmaster General
issell suggested Mr. Cortelyou
hose good work had come to his
avorable attention. This was the
pportunity which led to Mr. C'
elyou's latest success. He served in
be Vhite House sixteen months
nder Mr. Cleveland.
Teacher-Now, Johnny, if your
other engaged two cooks on Mon
ay. three on Tuesday, and four on
Vensdy how many would she
T onn-Nne.-w York Sun.
DOES THIS SUIT YOU?
Mayes' Pharmacy, the enterprising
druggists of Newberry are having
such a large run on "Hindipo," the
new Kidney Cure and Nerve Tonic,
and hear it so highly praised that!
they now offer to guarantee it in
every case to cure all forms of Kid
ney Troubles and Nervous Disorders.
They pay for it if it does not give
you entire satisfaction.
If you use it, it is their risk not
yours. A 5o cent box sent by mail
under positive guarantee.
Would Hurry When the Lord Came.
"It is an awful good thing to obey
the commands of the Lord," says a
member of the recent Methodist gen
eral conference from Pennsylvania
to a Washington Times man. "and
whenever I think of this I am rc
minded of a story related of a pion
eer Methodist named Valentine Cook,
who was a power in his day, and who
got off many odd sayings.
"Once there was a terrible upheav
al of nature in the shape of an
earth-quake, and Dr. Cook woke tip.
finding his bed jostling and turning.
He believed the end of the world near
and made a bee line for the door.
His good wife, in great agitation,
called, 'Valentine, wait for me!
Wait for me!'
" 'No, my dear,' he answered,
'When the Lord comes I'll wait for
nobody. Good bye,' and out of the
door he shot."
Woman's Home Companion.
General "Joe" Wheeler relates the
following amu'sing incident that
took place during the night of the
El Caney affair:
General Lawton's division was
marching back to El Paso, there to
take up a new position in the morn
ing. The general in company with
Major Creighton Webb, inspector
general of his staff, was standing at
the edge of the road, watching his
troops file past. Just as the dawn
was breaking the colored troops
came in sight. They gave evidence
of being dead tired, but were never
theless full of 'ginger.'
"General Lawton's attention was
attracted to a certain corporal of the
25th Infantry, a great six-foot, who
in addition to a couple of guns and
two cartridge belts loaded full, was
carrying a dog. The soldier to whom
the other gun belonged was limping
alongside his comrade.
"The general halted the men.
'Here, corporal.' said he to the six
foot man, 'didn't you march all last
" 'Yes, sir.' responded the negro,
'And fought all day?'
"'You have besides, been march
ing since ten o'clock tonight?'
"'Ther., saiu Lawton, 'why on
earth are you carrying that dog?'
"'Well, general,' replied the nie
gro, showing his white teeth in a
bread grin, 'the dog's tired!'"
"Reginald Van Gold is the proud
est chauffeur in the city today."
"Wh.at elated him ?"
"Why, some one heard his racing
automobile approaching and thought
it was a fire engine."-Chicaga
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Lacks nothing that could be
Desired by the most
Sensitive palats. We use
Only pure juices made
Direct from fresh fruits
And c~an give any flavor.
Our "Cold Soda" is
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