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STATE JOURNAL, WEDNESDAY EVENING, JULY 4, 1S91.
2 Ail i. ii 1". 1 C-CTOR Frank Clinton sat mus ing" alone in his ofSee, his hands crossed on his knets, and an anxious look in his eyes. His oice was hard ly comfortable. The .floor was bare, save for a couple of cheap mats. The pa per was dingy, and guiltless of any adornment in the way of pictures, excepting- only his diploma, which was incased in a heavy gilt frame. A desk, a book-case partly tilled, an old fashioned sof.i, and a few stuffed chairs, were the only other articles of furniture. Doctor Clinton was a young man, and would have been handsome in different surroundings. Ha had been in his present oiHce for two months, and as yet had only bten called to a child with the vvhooping--coug-h, whose parents were too poor to g-ive him anything more than thanks, and their bles?-insT, for his services. lie had pawned the least raltmble of his sur gical instruments, aft;r spending all his means, he was in arrears for board and the landlady ha 1 ;ust piven him notice to pay up or vacate his rooms. Suddenly he lookod up with a changed expression. The bell had rung-, and who but i patient could have run? it? He orened the door and the sweet voice of a lady asked: "Are you Doctor Clinton?" "Yes, madams. Please walk in and be seated," said the -doctor, a faint shade of nervousness ming-ling- with his polite reply. She was exceedingly fair, with larg-e brown eyes, and reddish ffolden hair. Her dress was rich and her appearance was that of a lady. "I want you to call a nd see my fath er," she said. "This evening-?" asked the doctor. "Well no," she answered, hesitating- a little. "Tomor-ow will be bet ter; but I must tell you beforehand, it is an odd case, and i ba 1 one. But if you succet-d in rel evinsr him, you have only to name 3-01. r fee." "What is the trouole?" asked the doctor. "Well, he is a hypDeondriac," said the lady slowly, and it seemed unwil lingly. "He has a str in-e hallucina tion, and if he is not c ared it will end in his death." "You have consulted other physi cians?" he 'ask d. 'Several of them," (he said, a little Hurried. "So ne of the best in the city. They had no no tact. They only arg-ued w ith him. and and did no! hiiiu-."' There was something charming- in the way she hesitated over her choice of words. "You t hink lie should be humored?" asked the doctor. 'Yes,' she cried, her face filling with a wonderously bright expression. "You have caug-ht my idea. Oh, sir, do you think you can cure him?" "I will do all I can,"' the doctor gravely said. "What in his hallunica tion?" "It is concerning his food," she said, the piquancy dying out of her face. "That, is, to be exact, it is about what is given him to drink. For days, sometimes, nothing- liquid passes his lips." "lie fancies it is poisoned?" "Worse than that," cried his lovely isitor. "He thinks it is filled with the finest needles." "But he has rational intervals?" "Yes, thank heaven" sua said, with 6weet fervor. "Else ha would havs been in his grave ere this." Tho doctor sat silent and thought ful for a few moments; then he said: "Give me the addrsss, please. I'll call to-morrow." She drew a card from her purse, on rhich was her name: Miss BtAolT, Walnut street, Philadelphia. VOtT MAT GO. They had reached the doorstep. "Only o irf thing" more, Miss Brad ey," said he. "It ruv not be best for me to call upon your father as a physician?" "Why not?" she asked, in surprise. "Because he may be prejudiced. You see much willde end upon adroit ness. It would ba better if I could call upon some pretended business." She paused a moment in thought. Then she said: "lie owns houses on Chestnut street. Could yon not come to see about renting- or buying- one of them?" "That is the very thing-. It will serve my purpose. iid, Miss Brad ley, when I come to-morrow, you will not be surprised at anything I may do. Please to watch me c osely, and follow my lead." "I think I understand," she said imply. "Uood 6 vet iu, sir." V s r The next morning- he took frooa a drawer a strong" horse-shoe magnet, and rubbed it steadily on the blade of his knife. At length, when he had thoroug-hly electrified the. blade, he replaoed it in his pocket, and taking" his hat started to make his first professional call; his very first, save the one to the child with the whooping- cough. Cm the way to Mr. Bradey's residence, he stopped long" enoug-h to purchase a paper of very fine cambric needles. When he arrived at his destination he was shown to the library, where he found Mr. Bradey. Miss Bradey had been seated in one of the deep bay win dows, and now, as the doctor's earnest tones fell upon her ear, she laid aside her book and sat an interested lis tener. "Mig-ht I trouble you for a drink of water?" suddenly asked the physician. Miss Bradey murmured an indis tinct "yes," left the room and re turned almost immediately with the desired g-las3 of water, which the phy sician accepted with a bow. He raised the g-lass to his lips, and then a look of intense astonishment came into his face. down, g-lared at Miss Bradey an in stant, pulled savag-ely at his mustache, and then faced his host. "What is the matter.sir?" asked Mr. Bradey. "Matter," echoed the doctor, angri ly, "this water is full of needles! Numbers of them! the water is full of them! Don't you. see them?" "Needles!" shouted Mr. Bradey, ex citedly. "Needles! What did I tell you, Kate." "But I see no needles," she said. ' Oh, you see no needles." sarcastic ally rejoined the doctor. "Mr. Bra ley, what do you say? Do you see any Deedles?" "You are right," declared Mr. Bra dey. "I see them plainly with the naked eye, and my sig-ht is poor, too. But you can't convince her, sir! She can't see them. "Maybe I can convince her," said the doctor. He took out his knife, and opened it. j Then he thrust the magnetized blade : into the water, and when he with- drew it a number of tine needles j clung- to it, which he, unobserved, had i dropped into the g-Iass. j "But you do not seem surprised," i the doctor said, turning- to Mr. Bradey. "No," responded he, grimly. "It Is t not a new experience to me. For s months I have found them in every ; thing- offered me to drink. I have watched in vain to see who puts ; them in the beverage presented to me, but I can't find out. You are the only person who has ever been able I to get them out, or to see them, and I shall always be grateful to you for having shown then to my daughter. I Now she will believe that some one is making an attempt upon rny life.' "On my life, sir, this time," sailtiv; physiciau. "But tifis is horrible and ought to be investigated. Who tilled this trlass?"' i "Thomas," replied Miss Bradey. J "Please summon him to come hare." In answer to Miss Bradey's touih of the bell-rope. a rather stupid-looking-mulatto appeared. "Did you fill this glass witn water?" ! asked the phy -a, sharply. I "Yes, sah," wered the s-irant, staring at Doct. Clinton, and then at Mr. Bradey. "Why did you put needles into it?" continued the doctor. "Law', inassa, I never put no needles in it. That's a notion of Mr. Bradey's, sah. Dey ain't no needles in dan, sah," answered the darky, with a grin. "No needles here?" said the doctor. "What do you call these?" and again the blade of his knife was plunged into the water, and, as before, came up with quantities of needles adher ing to it. "Before de Lord, sah, 'deed I neber put no needles in that glass. 'Deed, sail, dey mus' a bin in de cooler, be cause I neber seed 'em afore."' "You may go," said the doctor, glar ing fiercely at the man who left the room in a complete state of mystitica tion. "Now, sir," continued the doc tor, "Thij matter seems to be settled. This man must either be crazy or a fool. At any rate, your best plan is j to get rid of him at once." "I'll do so, sir, immediately. Kate g-o and discharge him this moment. I won't have the wretch here any longer." Then turning to his guest, Mr-, Bradey added: "You have laid me under an eternal debt. I've no doubt but for you this man would have succeeded, eventually, in killing me." Miss Kate accompanied the doctor to the door. He read her eager eyes aright even before her lips opened, and said in reply to the question she was about to ask: T think he is cured. " "You really think that?" she said, oh, so eagerly. "Yes," smiled the doctor. "I real ly think it." "Well, we must wait and see," said Miss Bradey. "Your idea was splen did, both in plan and execution. You will please call again? And, mean time, accept this a s a prelimina ry fee. " "Thank you," he said, as he took the roll of bills she pressed into his hand. "One thing more. Miss Bradey. If I was hard upon Thomas, in having him dismissed from his place, can you make it lip to him by procuring- him another situation? You see I was obliged to have some object to attack. Else my stratagem would not have succeeded. Will you explain to him and s?e him righted?" 'Yes. I will try," she answere 1. The doctor bowed, and then hurried back to his oflice. He paid up the debts which most annoyed him. and felt like another man. "At the end of a week he received another fee from his fair benefactress. "There is a tide in the affairs of men, which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune." Wei;, thi3 was that tide, and it brought good fortune to our doctor. Patients came, a practice was at length established, and as the crowning stroke. Dune Fortune de creed him the lovely JCate as ais wife, with the full and free consent of the reformed liypocondriac, Mr. Bradey. LIGHTNING AT PLAY. IT IS PRETTY CERTAIN TO DO THAT WHICH IS LEAST EXPECTED. A Stan Tells How It FeeU to Receive a Side Stroke From Katnrc'i Electri Battery. Th rjffhtnlns Rod's Decadence Some Sample Freak. "Do you know how it feela to be Btrnck by lighring?" This question was propounded to me by a friend during one of the earliest thunderstorms of the season and just after an un usually heavy crash, almost im mediately fol lowing a blind ing flash. Of course I replied in the negative, and my friend re joined: ""Well, I do that is, I know bow it feels to re ceive a part of a Btroke, quite as much as I care tu get a sort of playful pat, so to speak. He who receives the full force of ning knows feels a light stroke nothing, nothing. Even if he be not killed, he is ren dered u n c o n -ecious. But the sensation of re- stroke is most the marked MO.NC- singular. It ia mext. something, too, that you do not care to experience for the second time. "It was when I was but a lad that I felt the lightning's force. I was living at home with luy parents in a little country village. The day was warm, no one was in the house but myself, and I was sittiner by an open window read ing the 'Old Cariosity Shop. If you are familiar with Dickens, yon are aware that he delighted to portray storms, and that bis pen was rarely mora graphic than when lie depicted their tur moil. I had leached this passage: 'Large drops of rain soon began to fall, and a3 the etormclouds carne sailing onward others supplied the void they left be hind and spread over all the sky. There was heard the low rumbling of distant thunder. Then tho lightning quivered, and then the darkness of an hour seem ed to have pathered in an instant. ' " "What immediately followed my read ing of these words must have driven them into my memory, for I have not yet forgi.;ttr-n them, tl.ough I lo not re member in what part of the stpry the passage occurs. The scene described by the novelist seemed to have been duplicated right there, for huge drops of rain began to flash in at the open window, clouds went scurrying across the blue summer sky, and 'the darkness of an hour seemed to have gathered in an instant. ' Then there came an aw ful noise, such as I hope never to hear again, and at exactly the same moment a light far transcending that of the noonday son. Then I was conscious uf,utter, black darkness, such as I had never experienced before, and a silence more profound than that of the most absolute solitude. I tried to cry out, but I could not. I tried to rise, but I was powerless. I was not unconscious, but I could neither hear, see nor move. I could not even feel, but I could think very clearly. "I knew at once that I had been struck. I was in no pain whatever, and as I had found that I was unable to help myself I soon ceased making any effort. After a little space my sense of touch returned slowly and with a sort of pricking feeling. Then a faint light was visible; then the power of motion came back gradually and with some pain. In half an hour my faculties had all re turned, but I felt weak and diazy. A fine, quiet summer rain was falling, and when I was well enough to go about I put on my hat and went out to seek for traces of the potent stroke that had so nearly done for me. I had not far to look. The bolt had struck the peak of the roof of the barn, which stood some THE LIOHTrNra ROD man. 200 or 300 feet back of the house. The building had not been fired, but it was pretty etfectually shattered. Splinters of pine were tern from the weather boarding of all lengths, from 2 or 3 inches to 5 or 6 feet, and of all sizes, from that of wrapping yarn to that of a thick lead pencil. One of the largest splinters had been thrown from the barn clear across the yard into the highway. The gla.ss in the barn windows had been splintered into long, threadlike spines, and the whole structure was so much of a wreck that it cost a pretty penny to put it in repair. It was fortunate that there was no live stock in the barn. If there had been, it must have been killed by the stroke. No," said my friend in conclusion, "there was no lightning rod on the barn, and the storm was followed hy a perfect hoard of agents, who talked aeir wares to my father till he wise nearly sick ftx.ct Luilly bocg'ut a set of A jo - v 'f j t vi '7 1 rods -i much for protection from the im portuxiiries of the peddlers as for any additional security they might give to the buildings. " So far as my own observation goes, the lightning rod agent dot-a not make himself nearly so numerous as ho once did. Certainly the percentage of buildings without the surmounting points is much larger than formerly. Dread of thunderstorms is to many persona a most horrible thing. I know a man of the coolest temperament, a man who has exhibited genuine courage on more than one occasion of real peril, who will leave his desk when a thunder storm comes up and walk up and down his office, wringing his hands and mak ing a nuisance of himself generally. He says he cannot control his fears, and that is doubtless true, for he is keenly sensible to the ridiculousness of the fig ure he cuts. His doctor says that the man's physical system is probably affect ed deleteriously by the electrical condi tions of the atmosphere during a thun derstorm, and that he is quite incapable of remaining quiet during it3 continu ance. Ther is one class of men and women Who have a dislike for thunderstorms that is based upon pxperiences that are bo definite and so disagreeable that it is not surprising that they have produced this result. They are the telephone and telegraph operators, and the stories they sometimes tell each other of streaks and globes of blue and green and red fire running along and skipping off the wires are sxtch as to sometimes arouse scoff injrs on the part of the increlnlous. Those who knew the most about light ning harnessed by means of wires and unharnessed and pursuing its free course in the sky and aniong the the clouds, it is worthy of note, aro not likely to scoff at any story that is told of the lightning. It is a curious thing, though, that, although there is no doubt of the existence of what appear to the observer to be balls of fire attendant upon thun derstorms, no one has ever succeeded in getting a photograph of such a dis play, while many plates showing forms of electrical phenomena not visible to the eye because of the rapidity with which the electric fluid takes its course have been developed. Here are a few of the may curious results of lightning strokes that have been recorded within the past few years: In 1893 Martin Campbell of Brook lyn was killed by a flash, and his body was found to be marked with a ring about the neck, as if he had been stran gled by a hangman's noose, while cu riously branching lines resembling the growth of a plant ran along his chest. These peculiar markings have been not ed in more than one instance, and some- MARKINGS LIKE TREE BRANCHES. times persons so marked have recovered from the effects of the bolt. Sometimes the lightning stroke will cure diseases, rheumatism being the disorder oftenest ended by this means, a marked instance of this sort being reported from a mu seum in New Y'ork a few years ago. when the stroke entered the place, skip ped three inmates, struck the fourth, tore his clothes and left him for dead. He recovered in a few days, and to his joy his joints that were before distorted with rheumatism were tf-npple and have since remained so. A monument in a cemetery in Lancaster, Pa., was struck by lightning in 1891. The shaft was of gray granite, but after the stroke it was all white save for an irregular line ex tending its whole length. This line ia deep black in color arid appears to be a concentration cf all the coloring matter in the entire stone, which, by the way, was left quite sound. In a house in Rochester the leaden framings of a stained glass window were melted and the panes deposited on the floor, while the glass of a massive mirror was laid flat and unharmed on the carpet, though the frame was quite destroyed. It is early yet for the lightning's freaks this year, but it has already be gun in New Jersey. At Bridgeton the house of Air. Zaccheus Johnston was struck late in May. Johnston and his wife were stunned a little, but a Mrs. Porch was rendered senseless fox an hour cr two, her babe was burned hor ribly, and a gold watch under a pillow was melted. Yet nothing about the house took fire. Charles Applebee. Peppermint Graving as a Business. In St. Joseph county, Mich., a farm cf about 400 acres is planted with pep permint each year and alternated with clover to keep up the strength of the soiL The cultivation of the crop re quires more than ordinary care. From the time the mint appears above the ground it is constantly cultivated and hoed to keep it free from weeds, which are the bane of the peppermint grower's existence. Two or three crops are gath ered from each planting. The first and second crops are the best, and 20 pounds of oil to the acre is considered a good yield. The third crop is very apt to be weedy, and the yield only about 10 pounds to the acre. Vital itT of Disease Germs. As an evidence of the phenomenal vi tality of disease germs, Dr. Koch of Germany and Drs. Ewart and Carpenter of England declare that the blood of animals and men dying of contagions may be dried and kept fcr years, and that they will then produce the class of infections to which they belong, this even after having been pulverized in a mortar and subjected to the lowest de gree cf natural and artificial cold. THE PEACH CROP. A. Poor Outlook In Delaware, Georgia snsd the Northwest. Special Correspondence. Middletows, DeL, June 21. This year's peach crop east of the Rocky mountains will be the poorest in 10 years. Estimates that attempt to give , exact figures are never to be trusted, but enough is known of the prospect throughout the Delaware, Maryland and Virginia peninsula to justify the proph ecy that this region will produce less than one-tenth of the normal crop. That is the estimate of Thomas Budd, a man who knows the whole peninsula, and who has been studying the peach question for 80 years. Many thousand trees throughout the 130 miles of the peninsula peach belt have been almost destroyed. The disease called the "yel lows" and the warm weather of March, followed by cold and snow in subse quent weeks, have brought about the death of at least nina peach bud out of ten. The June "drop" has taken an other portion of the crop, so that, com mercially speaking, peaches will be of Email account this year. The farms of the late Governor Biggs and his sons, situated in Kent and Queen Anne counties, Md., from which between 40,000 and 50,000 baskets of peaches were sold last year, it is esti mated will yield this year only 2,000 or 3,000 baskets. The Biggs' orchards wero greatly overestimated this time last y?ar. There will be a few peaches along the Chesapeake shora of the penin sula, but the most sanguine estimate would put the crop at less than 300,000 baskets, and many persons believe that the peninsula will market less than one fifth of that number. What is true of peaches in this region is equally true of Georgia, the western shore of Maryland and the northwest. The New Jersey crop is also much light er than last -ear, and there is no really important region in the east where there will be a considerable crop. The region about and below Gettysburg, or what is known an the Cumberland valley, has been increasing in importance as a peach producing country, but the crop there is almost a failure. The few peaches that the peninsula will send to market will be of the early varieties, the poor est peaches that the region produces. There will be practically no late peaches from this region, and there ill be no PENINSULA PEACH REGION. early peaches from the south. New Jer sey must bo the chief dependence of the east for fresh peaches, and prices will be high. The peninsula, which usually fur nishes the bulk of the cheaper canned peaches, will furnish very few this year. The local canneries have almost ceased to compete with those of Baltimore and the west, but the Baltimore canneries will be short of material this year, and the pack will be very small. Luckily the pack last year was unusually large, and there is a considerable stock still on hand. This will appreciate in value, as properly canned peachee will keep sev eral years without loss of flavor or oth er damage. Should there be a good crop of peaches next year, the shortness of this year's crop will not be so serious a matter, so far as the canned fruit goes, as one might expect. ' The indications are that California has a good crop of peaches. This has no significance so far as the summer and autumn markets in the east are concern ed. California peaches, east of the Al leghanies are the luxury of the rich, and a questionable luxury at that, as they reach the eastern markets injured by cold storage and lacking the delight ful flavor and texture of the eastern peach. But California is really the most important peach packing district in the world, and the pack there this year will be large. California preserved peaches are delightful in flavor and a true lux ury. They are beyond the reach of the poor, but their price next year need hardly be higher than usuaL So far as the growers in Delaware and Maryland are concerned, the peach situ ation means hard times, but not so great a loss as might be expected, be cause the workingmen of the great cities, who are the largest consumers of peaches when the fruit is plentiful and times are good, have no money to throw away and would hardly buy peaches this year at any price. A fair crop of peaches in the east this year would have meant the lowest prices in a decade and exceedingly small profits for the growers. E. N. Vallandigham. Conditions of Life In China. In China little time is devoted by the natives to amusement and recreation. To the poor, who form an immense ma jority of the population, life is a never ending struggle against starvation. The middle class are extremely busy, but take life mow easily. Many of the offi cials have leisure time, but those who are high in office and in favor with the emperor are sadl y overworked- It ft. jKultf ooves v Vj KENT j 1 O0CETERJ I . ONE ARMED, OUT ACTIVE. Career of Captain frbsn Woodbury, Can didate For GoTernor of Vermont. Captain Urban Andrian Woodbury, who was recently nominated for gov ernor of Vermont by the Republicans, is a veteran with a good war rt -r.r J. He was born in Acworth, N. II., " years ago, but has been a resident of Vermont ever sinco lie was 2 years old. Ho received a regulation American com mon school education in Morri?towu and later was graduated from the med ical department of the University cf Vermont. At the outbreak of the civil war young Woodbury entered tho service a? sergeant in Company II, Second r ui ment Vermont voluntwrs. Two month? after his enlistment he lost an arm in tho thick of the fight at Bull Run's bloody rout, was taken prisoner, was paroled in October of thosamo year at; d Was discharged from tho fcervice 011 ac count of disability two weeks latf-r. War had already cost him bis entiru right arm, but he was still full of t'.r:'., and less than a year later he was t-r:;-,' :i in the field as captain of Company T, Eleventh regiment, Vermont volunttt-rs. I J IT f -BAN ANDRIAN vrooDUVRT. Tie retained his corin-::u;d tit. til ?.f:.ror,, 1 SOS, when lie resirn'd. IJ. prn.'i.wUy turned his sword in;o a cant li vi ' aphorieally speakii:g, by ont rir;.: 1 lumber business in IJurimgtoii. in which he is still (-ng;ig(.u. Captain Woodbury's political crp r began in ISSI, when hi w:s .-!! .-. :'l derman in Burlington. The followi;:; year he was chos;-:i pr-sid-!:t of th board of e1cIt:jio:i, and in 1 S )! tt-i ped into the mayor's chair. Tl ;! y.::t thereafter ho was fleeted lie ut :i:-; governor of tho ftate. He i-? a nornl of the G. A. K. , the Loyal Virion, ih Odd Fellows, Knights of l-'vchia-i :i: o Suns of the American Keoin.?i u. has take:: the thirly-s ccond tk-nt i the Masonic f raterni 1 v. Tlie . nie-i-i-;in U T n T inrope. The pe-jjj'i." of , i. ( yi ..r satisfied tin ir app: tile.-J v ith oi l,- 0M3 potn: COO poiiii COO, 000 v- ; cf Ai , ? ' i. Mil, un poi.. l'(-r ft. i iv local a j , u t.'e d..-ea c 1 n v (Ml .ir. only on 1? v i v t c 1 . is ti v coii- Hill i..-i 1 ! r i i)f is caused oy an ind-.uic i c . 1.' . u mucous iiuiu of iiio Ku -.. .ic.j .t a 'hi heu this tuue geU lu'Linif.- l vju ji tv. rumbling eoutid or impei-fec-i no .r.ic:r aud when it is entirely closed Deafm.-;- , the resuit, and unless 1 lie inli-.tui.iiion cui be tak?a out and this tube restore 1 u hi normal condition, hearing will be do " ed forever; nine case. out of t-;i aro caused by catarrh, which is nothini'- b an inflamed condition of the inucoa 1 sufacei. We will give One HuoJred Dollars fW any case of Deafness (caused by cttanoi 1 that cannot be cured by llal.'s Cataiih Cure. Send for circilara, 5 ree. F. J. Che.net & Co.. To'e I-,, O tSfSold by Druggist.-, "Or No Griping, no Nausea, 110 Pain, when De Witt's Little Larlv Hises -are taker. Small Pill. Best Fill." Beit Pill. J. K Jones. Ring up American Steam Laundrv, tele. B41, and have them call for your laundrv. 82 calls up the Peerles After the Grip Reduced to a Shadow, D ; lirious, All Tired Out Hood's Sarsaparilla Restored 13 Perfect Health. 11 Mr: L. C. Jtofjcrs Edson, Kansas. "CI. Hood ti Co., Lowell, Ma.: "Gentlemen: I consider that Hood's Far.' panlla Is all that it la recomnru-nc'.e.-i to b. I was taken with the grip last Christmas, an it in about a month's time 1 was reduced to a i' :e shallow of my formr s-if. In fact T got so thin that my wife begun to pet very anxious aWt.t me, es I had no atreneth loft, and ir y I - .-1 s ) bad th-- I had frc-iuent sjh-IIs of -:;!!'.:.. 1 inalltr I per t;at''d to try Il'-ori' h-: - - pai-illa., and began to improve in ht-alta After the First Dose. I have used three bottles and urn fueling as well as ever, and know nothing of th;.t tired out f--i. Hood'sCures f? of which so inany cofitpiann. l our or L f which so msny e.-iui 1 vI-mi. U snfTn-ietit tor every morning at oralc o d Edson, Kansas. ' ,ts sure t- H(ja i. Hood's Pilts ct easily, yet prompt: feu 1 . 1('X :- ri . )