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AMONG THE ABYSSINIANS.
Their Civil and. Religious Marriage
Carious Superstitions Whioh Prevail
Among the People.
Romance is rare in Abyssinia, writes
O. A. Bieratadt. When a girl has
reached the discreet age of 8 or 9 she
. Is considered to be in the matrimonial
market If she owns a few cattle or
some other desirable property, a boy
with half her wealth generally proposes
to her father for her, and a bargain
is driven over her quite as if she had
no more sentiment in her than a cow,
which doubtless is often the case. The
\ngagement last usually three or four
months. Though the groom often seos
liis prospective father-in-law, he never
lays eyes upon the bride unless he can
bribe some female friend to allow him
i stolen glance. The bride-to-be may
previously have romped with her intended
for years, but she would run
Bcreaming away if he were now to ap*
, pear before her.
As the wedding-day draws near, the
glri is washed, an event so rare as to
call for special note, in a pond where a
certain saint's day is celebrated for
being the epoch of the sole annual
absolution of most of the inhabitants
and a dass or bower of green branches
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this a great feast is given on the day
before the marriage. All the hungry
idlers round about strive by hook or
crook to get in, and, squatting down
on the ground, they gorge themselves
with the quivering raw meat of the
cow that has just been killed, and
with other Abyssinian delicacies. The
distinguished guests bless the bride,
putting their hands upon her head
and getting them well greased for
Meanwhile a similar feast is given
In the groom's abode, and next morning
he starts out with his friends, and
from six to twelve arkees or bridesmen.
They rig themselves up in all
the plumage they can possibly borrow
and, on approaching the bride's house.
Are thftir friina and hono > ~l>
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sham fight with a view, perhaps to allay
the groom's nervousness. When
the happy man has taken the seat of
honor in the bridal bower his bride is
brought in, wrapped up in a cloth almost
like a mummy, and placed upon
a stool. Then the groom is asked
whether he wishes to marry the woman
before him; they crook their fingers
together under the cloth, or, perhaps,
kiss one another, and, after any priest
or elder present has given some sage
advice, the marriage settlement of
what each is to bring is finally entered
upon, the last, but not the least important,
part of the ceremony.
Such are the civil marriages lightly
entered into and as lightly broken.
On the shortest notice and for the
slightest cause a couple will aeperate,
the property being usually divided, the
men taking the boys, the woman the
girls. Ohurch marriages are more
rare and are regarded as indissoluble;
once husband and wife hav? n?rtairj?n
of the holy sacrament together they
are united until death.
Women often call each other such
names as "my heart," "my mirror,"
"my enchantment," and men address
' women as "soft lips," "pretty friend,"
"man-slayer." There seems to be a
desire to conceal the real names, and i
this is due to singular superstition.
The Abyssiniaris believe, as did the
anoient Jews, that the devil often
takes possession of individuals. Curiously
enough, blacksmiths are regarded
with peculiar awe; they are supposed
on occasions to change themselves
into hyenas; moreover, as a sort
of devil they enter into any human being
whose true name they can discov,Y
er and play all manner of antics, hence
it is desirable to remain anonymous.
The devil possessing a person is usually
called Honda, and he does such an
extensive hiisinA? ?? *
- ?~ vuuu iuaujr people
have found it worth while to claim
the power of exorcising him.
Generally women are the ones to be
cursed with theBouda, and any traveler
in Abyssinia will have-some such
story as the following to relate: One
of his female servants?never does a
man make a joftrney in the country
without a little host of them?complains
of faintness and soon after sunset
she lapses into unconsolousness.
The natives declare she is possessed,
and by the weired light of flickering
fagots t,helr dusky figures may be seen
crouching around her rigid body. The
f., frmrulAi* 9
viw uvauo tiqum ammonia unoer
her nose without effect; nothing short
of vivisection seems likely to move
V her, and, as the case is beyond him, he
gives it up to the amateur or profes^
jp , Though this possession by the Bouda
is probably often only feigned, there
have been cases which have puzzled
^ , the most intelligent of observers. It has
been thought to resemble hysteria oi
| epilepsy, but, whatever It may be, i
is well adapted to investing A by sain
ian women with additional interest, t
to giving man one more motive to
that incessent study of woman's com
plex nature, Everywhere necessar
and desirable. '
A Yncolne Factory,
A Greenwich, Conn., correspondeu
writes: la a cow-hcuse at the sld<
of the old turnpike road, in the quain
village of Cos Cob, two calves can b<
seen on almost any day strapped to i
bench, their feet sticking up in th<
air and lots of quills protruding fron
their bodies. Around the room an
razors, knives, bundles of qaills am
ropes. A man is usually in attend
ance. This is a vaccine factory, om
of the first established in this country
The quills remain for a short time ii
the fiesh of the calves. As soon a!
they become filled with mucus?vac
cine, as. it is called?they are pullec
out, sealed up air tight, and in tinn
do duty all over the world, finding
their way to Germany and Australia
Some people imagine that the calves
are killed by the process, or an
so injured as to be unfit for use. This
is not the case, but it is claimed tha
they are made more healthy by hav
ing these sores, for that is all the harn
done to them. They seem to suffei
very little, and after a few days frisl
about as lively as ever? Calves of tw<
colors are preferred at the factory
white and red, and only strong ant
healthy ones are selected. "Often
times people come to the factory to b(
vaccinated," said the attendant. "Thej
are afraid they won'r. get the righl
stuff?pure calf vaccine. I am not i
doctor, and the doctors don't like it ven
well. I just take this knife that I cul
the calves with; so I cut the arm as ]
cut the calf. I pull a quill from th<
calf and put it in the cut or scratch
They smile, take a look at the calf, ant
go nome, sure that it's took." There
is more demand for vaccine at the pre
sent time than at any previous time
during the five years past.
The Church of the President.
For a great many years St. John's
Church, at Washington, has been
known as the church home of the
presidents. It is a quaint little structure
on H street, directly opposite
Lafayette square and tke White
House. Ever since the efevrch was
built a pew was reserved for the
Chief Magistrate. In cases where the
Presidents happened to be of some
other religious f.<ith it has been customary
for the president' to pay the
pew rent as though he attended.
Grant did it, although he was s
Methodist. Hayes was also a Methodist,
but he did not burden the financial
officers of the church with the
trouble of cashing any of his checks
while he was the occupant of the
White House. Garfield was one <>1
the old-fashioned Cambellites, but he>
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avj/v up uud jjuuu uiu uu'iium. Annul
is a member of the Episcopal Cnurch,
and he was a regular attendant at St.
John's. Mr. Cleveland hires a pew in
Dr. Sunderland's Presbyterian Church,
but it is said that he, too, has notified
the officers at St. John's that he will
be responsible for the rent of the
Presiden t's pew. "While Mr. Cleveland
sits u nder the ministration of a Presbyterian,
three of his Cabinet, Messrs.
M anning, Endicott and Vilas, Imvc
rented pews at St. John's and attend
the services regularly.?Boston Trary
Humility has this consolation: It
finds that the greatest minds have had
the least conceit; that Shakespeare
bent down from the imperial height ol
his intellect to be taught by a clown,
to be informed by a milkmaid; that
Socrates, in his celebrated voyage in
search of knowledge with his perpetual
question concerning the caiuse o4
things, found that knowledge in a
wutitujuus Buup wuicn ne couia not
find amongst the school of the professors
or philosophers; that Newton
compared himself to a child who, playing
on the seashore, had picked up a
shell here and a stone there, and knew
no more of them. The bullet of steel
is worn smooth and polished when?it
has passed through the gizzard of an
ostrich. The most conceited young
prig who ever lived will find his level
when brought to the rude experience
of the whole world.
The Hen and the Swan.
A Farmer one day came upon a Hen
and a Swan which were having a
Fierce Dispute, and when he Inquired
the cause of it the Hen exclaimed:
"Why, I expressed my Belief that
the Swan's neck was too Ions?."
"Oh, as to that," replied the Farm,
er, "I was about to Suggest tint your
own neck was Altogether too short,
and that you are Sadly in Need of new
Moral:?Don't critioise a man who
w ho Toes in when you run your Own
Boots orer at the Heels.?Free Prut,.
r THOS. McCETT
of the largest SALOON in iho up-conntry,c
advertisements. Tbe half is not muntione
? prepared for fall trade. The Palmetto Hoost
t Foreign and Domesti
1 the best the market affords. He has j
Rye and Corn, Irish ?
1 Apple, Peach, California and Frer
3 He can cheerfully recommend his good
mixed drinks with all the DEIYIOTfYfTR HF.V
PERA.TE DRINKS. His specialty is a large
! GENTLEMEN'S RESORT,
i and you will not forget again.
J A Good Line of Tobacco
Beer a S
I Their Lane aid Wi
i FALL AND Wl
| Foreign and Dom
i HATS, HATS, HJ
At Lower Prices than they were Erer O
CHRLESTON, S. C.
First Class in all its Appointments.
RATES, 82.00, #2.BO.
Excellent Cniseno, large niry rooms, Otis
Passenger Elevator. Electric boll and lights.
Heated rotunda centrally located.
Oct I, V4-tf 21
( Mrs. M.W. THOMAS, Proprietress
Broad Street, Augusta, Qa. 40
Greeny ilt,e, S. C.
The Only Two-Class Hotel
In the World.
i W. R. WHITE, Proprietor. 4
J^"EW DINNER HOUSE,
Greenwood, 8. C.
Kept by Mrs. F. G. PARKS. Cheap rates
June 15th, 1882-tf. 111
t. p. ti10m80n. j. w. thomson.
rpHOMSON & THOMSON, ,
Abbeville, S. C.
pyOfllce in rear Mr. Lee's.
Jane 8th, l?85-tf. 100
QALHOUN & MABRY,
-Attorneys and Counsellors at lav,
Abbevillb 0. H., 8. C.
fficc formerly occupied by Judge Thomson.
ROBT. B, HEMPHILL, WM. P, CALHOUN.
JJEMPHILL & CALHOUN,
Attorney a-at- Law,
Abbeville, 8. C.
Will practice in the Courts of the State.
L. W. PKRRm. T. P. COTHBAN.
pKRRIN & COTHRAN,
51 Abbbvillk. 8. O. i
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lon't intend to dope his customers by falsa
d in the Ui-e? Abbeville papore. Heis well
? is well stocked with everything in the lin^ of
c Wines and Liquors,
?ot Liquors nine years old. Qood old
ind Scotch Whiskies, ,
ich Brandies, j
Porter, Ale and Fresh Lager Beer. \
Is to the public for MEDICINAL USE, and \
BR AGES of the Reason. Also COOL, TESli
stock of PURE GOODS, Call at the
R0.4 WASHINGTON ST.
and Cigars. Budweiser '
ill elected Stock of
in I?art of ?
lestic Dry Goods,
>TS ^ISTD SHOES
WARE, HARDWARE, (
ftcred Before l-tf-22
:;:;duss:d bt ? bettir m
"IDJTIOTCt 10 nrmiT-nn mm I
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1 PRACTiGALLYf^^lfe] 1ST ?
InSestmcti^Zs ST01IE. c
Ovor COO f &'4*k~. iflfci Send foi R
Eto?.uti;ui j'S? * i&S'iPrice List
Doe:grm. jj^l Circulars
MANi'p?cn'*i?n nv _
MONUMENT/'L BRONZE COMPANY.
Jk A E
Centennial Saloon II
For this year will be found
Absolutely Pure Spirits, J
North Carolina copper distilled Corn, Finest ^
brands of Kentucky Rye, from ?
92 to 86 Per Gallon. !
Imported Cognac Brandy a Specialty. '
Ales, Porter, Champagnes, &c.
In fact all the popular and standard goods
that can be obtained. Together with
an assortment of
Tobaccos and Fine Cigars
that can not be excelled in quality.
Persons needing such goods would not be
humbugged by bnying from them.
The place is second door from Oourt
odoimeu. ft nrnnnnGRiii
jan 14-tf - 2 j
AIjIj the new shades in Hats and Bonnots
with Ribbons, Birds, Flowers, Satins
and Velvets to match.
62 R. M. HADDON A CO.
J?UGENE B. GARY,
Attorney and Counsellor-&t,-Law,
52 Abmtvillb, s. 0.
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CAN BE FOUND THE LARGEST S'
Phtetons, Road Carts, Plantation Wacons
Harness Snddles, Beltine, leather of all kind?
;hirtv days I will OFFER SPECIAL BARGAIN
3IEB at less th-\n Manufacturers' Prices. The
)rn makes; which I will guarantee equal to thi
nnce yourselves that th' y nre absolute bargain!
A. R. GOC
(Successor to R. II. May & Co.,) C
5AL.ES ROOMS, I 1 TT/1ITCIT A
,cuusr"^ I AUGUSTA,
DAY * TA
Are Now Receiving a
FOR THE SFR
AT PRICKS TO St
And Never Before Attained in
Wc are enabled to give our customers cv
it the closest possible cash prices. Call an
The finest assortment of HANDBAGS an
TRUNKS, WHIPS and UMBRELLAS.
THE WILSON, CHILD'S & CO.'S PHII
TENNESSEE WAGONS, 1, 2, and 4 Ho
DAY & TANNAIIILL'S ONE AND TA
EXPRESS AND DELIVERY WAGON
Axles, Springs, Hubs, Spokes, &c. Rub
HOYT'S LEATHER BELTING. The li
LACING, RIVETS, Etc. OAK AND H
CALF AND LINING SKINS, LASTS, T
HARNESS AND SADDLES. WE C4
DUR HARNESS DEPARTMENT, IN WI
Would cali the attetion of buyers to a
a unusually larpe and attractive. They hare t
lave ever offered. They have also florae hnndf
ortment of Black and Colored VELVETEENS:
, nice line of Wool Laces in all colors, the late
Their stock of BLACK CASHMERE cannot
are in the selection of these Roods, and are ass
^ality and price. A Rood lino of JERSEY JA
It would astonish any one to see how very che
eason. Buyers in this line would do well to ex
CARPETS are so very cheap aa to be in the r
'ETS and RUGS cau be found at the store of
The above are only a fa* lines in whic Specii
The General Stock of Fall and Winter Goods
W H I TE BR
s the largest, beat assorted, and more attracts
ilete in all departments.
THE HUMAN ETE ?
Superior to any other in use, constructed in act
if natare in the peculiar form of a CONCAVE
o tho organs of sight, mid perfectly natural tc
0 the human visiion ever invented.
1 S1LV11 ?m
ind is traveling at this time throughout the Sti
mown bis Theory and Practice, and at the aam<
lis spectacles have been tried they are spoken i
estimoninla will certify; the original and ma
ooms. He at the same time wishes to be unde
uacks who merely s Us you a pair of glassc
iever seo again. He haB established in August
ilRn vnn atirtnlH hannan " ? 1??1
, ? ...??u iuho ui utunu your jji
, email nominal sura, as it is his custom to koej
iin to know just the glass you have purchased
uoh men as Jud^e Pottle, Govern Colquit, Gun
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TOCK OF CARRIAGES, BUGGIES,
(all sizes, 1 to <1 horse,) Single and Double
i. Wn?jon Material. &c., &c. For the next
rs IN A. LOT OF Ol,EN AND TOP BUG?e
Buggies are all Fine Northern and Easts
beat. Call and examine them and con DYEAR,
)PP. GEORGIA RAILROAD BANK.
Fine Assortment of
TIT TJELE TIMES!
the History of the Business
cry advandtagc by purchasing our good
d be convinced.
$ in Great Variety.
id SATCHELS ever brought to the city
,A. WAGONS, all sizes.
VO HORSE WAGONS.
bcr Bolting and Packing.
>est in the World.
EMLOCK SOLE LEATHER.
HREAD, CEMENT, Etc.
iLL PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO
IICH WE EXCEL IN QUALITY AND
Few Specialties: Their ?tock of
he cheapest line of BLACK SILKS they
tome Coiered Silks. They have h good a?J
for Dras.ie? and Trimmings. Thioy have
s?t thing for fine Dress Trimmings,
be surpassed. They have bestowed unusual
>ured they are all right in regard to color,
CKETS, cheaper than ever before,
ap FLANNELS and BLANKETS nre this
amine the stock of
each of all. A good assortment of CARWHITE
il Bargains cun be had.
now offered to the public by
e than they havo ever carriod. It is com
rordance with the science and philo^opfty
-CONVEX ELIPSES, admirably adapted
> the eye, affording the best artificial help
I isai AULil-NilKD A
D EYR GLASS EMPORIUM
E CITY OF AGUSTA.
ute of Georgia for the purpose of making
j time introducing theso Lenses. Wherever
of in the highest terms, as the following
ny others can be seen and examined at his
rstood ihat he is not one of trio traveling
>s at exorbitant prices and whom you may
a, at present, 548 Broad Street, where in
asses, he will replace the Hi<me for you at
? a register of all he sell J, thereby ennbles
from him. Those testimonials are from
. Gordan and a host of othors. aep.S ',le8
JjOOK at the old gent above in a
, badtix isn't he with his pants all
oaggy and no fit? My friends do
you wish to avoid getting into just
such a scrape? Then when you
make up your mind to buy a suit of
clothes come riglit along to our
store and have your measure taken
and have your clothes made to order
by the very best
TAILORS IN THE COUNTRY.
^ and then if they are baggy and
^ don't lit, just say to us "send these
^ clothes right back, I don't want
* them and wont havo them." More*
v\ over, we would not let you keep
them ourselves if they did not fit
^ you. We are not working for a fall
' trade, but a trade we can by giving
ontire satisfaction hold in the future.
Remember our motto is "do
fit no pay.
We arc yours truly,
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