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A LATENT STREAK OF INSANITY.
Peculiarities of People Wfca Are Not &&?
actly Compos Mentis?** A Fired Idee."
Some one has said thai in every one of
us there is a latent streak of insanity, and
I guess he wasn't far in the wrong. The
only thing is to keep our streak from be-,
ing discovered. There was an old lady
in Michigan who kept a boarding-house
for students. She kept a good boarding
house. She made royal pies, and she
brought the juciest roasts upon the table
that the hollowest student ever con
sumed. She had the peculiarity of not
being able to write her name. The stu
dents, although they liked her pies, re
garded her with great contempt. She
was the last person to whom they thought
of applying when they began to miss
their Greek and Hebrew books, and great
was their astonishment when one of
them, who happened to go into her room
for h fire-shovel, found them hidden in
crannies about the fireplace. They re
covered possession . only.-to-have them
#?len again, ar.d itrb>>pfn>ie.^e.f9giuar
tbjnr., when one or these books were
misring, to search the old lady's room
til?tfl it was found. .
. Her ? peculiarity is equaled by that of
another old lady' over seas who had a
mania for watches, and never .a peddler
came to the door with' them but she made
a considerable purchase of rh'enfc' jpfc
poor was she that she, must .have denied-'
l^^[h&^t^L allowance of porridge to
m^nlge inVthe ?mgnia^!?luc]rnry,. When
she died her friends found -an immense
oaken "kist," as high as a fable, and half
as long as her ill-covered bed, filled with
them. There is an old gentleman of re
spectability and comparative wealth who
never loses an opportunity to possess
himself of a paper of pins.. If he goes
into a dry goods store to make a pur
chase, which he does once a week, he
never rests until he catches sight of the
pin basket, and he is apt to carry these
pointed reminders of his visit away with
But after all is ho any more of a mad
man than we who collect more books
than we can read, or pay a great sum for
a black-letter volume whose pages are
seeded to us? What under the sun does
. a man want with sixty different editions
of Shakespeare ? He might just as well
have sixty different pairs of spectacles.
A physician of an insane asylum would
denominate this as a species of compara
tive aberration known as "a fixed idea."
For instance, I know a man who never
pays ids fare on the street cars without
afterward holding an imaginary alterna
tion with tlie conductor?the latter de
manding the fare a second time, and he
imlignantly insisting tliat he paid it, and
that the conductor's carelessness is inex
cusable. He fights against this feeling
whenever he feels it coining on, but it is
too strong for him. I have recom
mended him to procure a.free pass as a
as a relief from his "fixed idea.
An estimable lady of my acquaintance
has an exasperating trouble of this nat
ure. Some powerful mental influence
compels her every few minutes to regard
her left thumb with the most intense in
terest. Now Jhere is nothing remarka
ble about this usef ul portion of her anat
omy, either in size, shape, or feeling, yqt
her eyes are riveted upon it at stated in
tervals, to the great annoyance of herself
and family. She is mentally strong, and
comes of. a family of good mental and
physical condition, but somewhere in her
make-up there was un influence working
at cross-purposes with the surrounding
forces. I have heard of a gentleman
who was similarly Impelled to count
everything he saw. In this way he finds
himself - counting passengers in street'
cars, windows in houses, all the horses
in sight, the buttons on people's clothes,
etc., till he is almost out of ids senses.
He is under medical treatment for the
trouble, which seems to be undermining
his mental powers.?Chicago News
A Host Mischievous Practice
"Picking the ears" is a most mischiev
ous practice; in attempting to do this
with hard substances an unlucky mo
tion has many a time pierced the drum
and mado it as useless as a burstod rub
ber life-preserver; nothing sharper or
harder than the end of the little finger,
ttfth the nail pared, ought; ever to be in
troduced into the ear, unless by a phy
Persons are often seen endeavoring to
remove the "wax" of the ear with the
head of a pin; this ought never to bo
done; first, because it nofc onjy endangers
die rupture of the ear by being pushed
too far in, but if not so for, it may grate
against the drum, excite inflammation,
produce an ulcer which may finally eat
all the parts away; second, hard sub
stances have often slipped in, and caused
the necessity of painful, dangerous, and
expensive operationsj third, the wax is
manufactured by nature to guard the
entrance from dust, insects, and unmod
ified cold air, and when it has sub
served its purpose it becomes dry, scaly,
and fight, and in this condition is easily
pushed outside , by new formations of
wax within,?Boston Transcript.
The Discovery of a Now Grain,
Specimens of a peculiar grain grown
by a Machias, Me., man from five kernels
received by him from a friend, who said
they had been taken from the crop of a
wild goose, have been sent to several ex
perts, including members of the marine
board of agriculture, all of whom say
that the grain is whoily unlike any
American cereal. It is understood a
sample will be tried in the agricultural
department at Washington. The gentle
man referred to has succeeded in raising
about five bushols of the nondescript
Peculiarities of a Georgia Spider.
Georgia's latest oddity is a spider as
big as a hickory-nut, the long, curved
back whereof shows the human face in
pro?le. The face is like that of a man
of the Malay type, the brow, the eyes,
the nose, the mouth, and the chin being
imitated with a.precision quite startling
in its way.?Chicago Tribune.
Silence is vocal if we listen weBv?
Vb.o Eleotro-Mapnellc Ix>eomotlve In 1851
Professor Page made a trial trip -with
his electric-magnetic locomotive on
Tuesday, April 20, 1851, starting from
Washington. ;The progress of the loco
motive was at first so slow that a boy
was enabled to keep pace with it for
several hundred feet. But the speed was
soon increased, and Blandensburg, a dis
tance of, I behove, about five miles and
a quarter, was' reached in thirty-nine
minutes. When within two miles of
that place, the power of the battery be
ing fully up, the locomotive began to
run, on nearly a level plane, at the rate
of nineteen miles*an hour, or seven miles
faster thanj&e greatest speed heretofore
attained. This velocity was continued
for a mite,: when one of the cells cracked
entirely open, which caused the acids to
notermix, and, as a consequence, the pro
pemng.-poiwer 'was: partially weakened.
Two ^^^tiW^^s,isui?equenti.y met
The professor proceeded cautiously,
f ssar^og^eb!?tr?ctions on Che .way-, such as
?tl^coja|ngI of jcirs in the opposite direo
?jfil onttfre (roair 6e?ten halts
,-'^occupying: ??' ? m all. forty
minuses;-. But* notwithstanding these
h&diranoes an&-delays; the- trip to and
from Bladessburg was accomplished in
onVminute;le^ than: two hours. The
cells'; were-:made of light earthenware,
for the purple; WJ^i^^M^^Vt
:,withiont tetec^?'.: tfi^tife ..Hjhis
part of the apparatus oc^dr ithereCoroj
easily be gnarded'.against mishap. The
great point established was, that a loco
motive on .the principle of Prof. Page
c^nl^be^meide to.tsavsl JJ??ateen miles
an hour. But it was found on subse
quent trials that the least jolt, such as
that caused by the end of a rail a little
above the level, threw the batteries out
of working order, and the result was a
halt. This defect could not be over
come, and Prof. Page reluctantly aban
doned his discovery.?Ben: Perley Poore.
When Bill-Boards First Came Into Uso.
Bill-boards came into use as articles
upon which announcements and procla
mations were pasted in London about
the year 1740. A man by the name of
Loomis, who had been a street crier, ob
tained permission from the authorities to
erect on vacant lots a number of boards,
upon which he placed the official adver-1
tisements of the city and received a |
small Btipend from the municipal author
ities for the service. The erection of |
these boards and the matter placed upon
them of course attracted the attention of
the populace, and they were constantly
surrounded by crowds reading the an
nouncements. This fact struck the
fancy of a Jew clothier as being an ad
mirable plan to get an advertisement of
his goods and place of business before;
the people, and he applied to Loomis for
permission to have his proclamation
pasted on the same board with the of
ficial announcements. Loom's being un
der the direction and in the pay of the
city authorities could not agree to this
proposition without consulting his supe
riors, and this was done.
The council debated long and seriously
over the matter, and at last gave their
consent on the condition that the Jew
pay the city so muoh a year for. the priv
ih'ge. This was agreed to, ami the bill
board and its covering , was brought into J
existence as one of tho necessities of com
merce. The Jew's example .w^s followed
by other merchants, and as Loomis re
ceived a commission on all the new con
tracts made for bill-board work, he soon
did a flourishing and profitable business,
and his boards could be found in every
quarter of the city. The idea being new
and novel, spread as such things do, and
it was not long until the bill-board
was found in every civilized country.
"Columbus (Ohio) Capital.
" I Sent My Boy to College."
"I sent 1dm off to college." "I sent him
off to college." That, is the epitome of
damnation of thousands of boys. "I sent
him off to college." Now, sir, you strike
me at a point where I am ready to say
this: It is a. question in my mind
whether I will ever send one of mine to
a college or not. "yes," you say, "you
are opposed to education." No, I ain't;
but I'd rather .my boy would sit down in
heaven to learn his A B C's than sitting
down in hell reading Greek. I tell you
my congregation, if I had a good boy
who was loyal to God and the right, I
might trust him at college; but if I have
got a wayward, dissipated boy I will
never send him to college tc get shut of
him. You have mode a mistake as long
as eternity to do so. There is many a
man who has sent his boy to college
because he did not know what else to
do with him. You had better lure that
boy to steal something and send him to
the penitentiary. That is my judgment.
If he is no account the penitentiary is
about as safe a place as a college, because
he will not only dissipate but ruin every
other decent boy he meets there. Let
him practice on convicts if you want
him to ruin somebody. Boys, let us be a
comfort, and consolation to mother.?
Rev. riam Jones.
Famous Mr. Ends as a Bit of a Boy.
When about 10 years old his father
fitted for Mm a small workshop, and
there he constructed models of sawmills,
fire-engines, steamboats, steam-engines,
electrical and other machines. One of
the pastimes of his childhood was to take
in pieces and put together again the fam
ily clock, and at 12 years he was able to
do the same with a patent lover watch,
with no tools but his pocket-knife.
When 18 misfortune overtook his father,
and he liad to withdraw from school and
work his own way.?Popular Science
Transmission of an Electric Current.
Recent experiments in France show j
that the transmission of an electric cur- ]
rent over a distance of fifty miles was 1
effected with a loss of only 50 per cent. I
of the force with which it started on the
journey. The current was a tremendous
one, but no difficulty ensued from heat
ing of the wire or the dynamo.?Chicago
Three or four newjjaotora have been ]
Introduced on the msjrket, to be operated j
by water, compressed air and gas.
Cart ashore on a lone, barron isle
In the sea Into which flows the Nlsle.
With no clothes but a battered old ttsle?
Prom a fall suit a rather scant pislo-r
I of course could not dress with much btills,
While I dwelt in that residence visle;
But as thoro was no one to smisle,
I managed the years to begisle?
That had else been a long weary whisle?
With many a stroll in my tisle,
And many an innocent wisle,
That kept hi good order my bisle;
Till a ship that sailed many a misle
Brought mo home from my dreary exisle,
And I this way the tale place ou flsle,
With the trust that it no one will riflle,
"Only a Dime for a Crust of Bread."
Rude was the man in speech, and njde
In raiment, and bowed.with docropifcude.
With crutch and cane at either side,
Like a figure by Bore typified?
A green shade over his bulging eyes,
Ever astaro, in their ghastly guise,
Repulsively, yet appealihgly,
As he begged the dole of a dime from me.
I paused as the great crowd surged ahead?
"Had ho sapper last night?nor bod?
Her a cup o' coffee at breakfast time?
Ner a rusk at nocol And the fact is Tm
A-starrW. here m the dry street ? .
For a dimo to buy me a crust to eatf
And I -flushed, as I thought of the shame
less wrong? "
Is he thus so srrannod by the soulless
The hundreds and thousands that pass hiffl
But, e'en as I feel the rising tear,
I felt in my pocket's depths, alackl >y
My own lone fortune of oue greenback?
And' I sfoyed my'hand In its Upward range
Sighing to say that I had rib change.
"Ef I could work like I ust to do,
I wouldn't be beggin' to-day of youl
See what a hackin' cough I got?
Lungs jes1 sluffin1 off, like as not!
And old?and my eyes a'most clean gone?
And I oan'fc stay hero, and I can't go ohl
But it won't be long till I sit n-.y crutcn
On the shores where a dime haint worth so
Grotesque pathos! I smiled through tears,
Calming tho old man's doubts and fears
With tho crumpled note which I said should
Changed at once as he waited ma
But ho stopped mo short, as I tumod to go?
"Oh, you'll not come backugiu! No, no!
What's the size o* yer bill?" said ho,
As I unfolded it dazedly.
I "Only a one! Wy snkes alive!
Feared I was rurinin' against a five?
Pm bluffed bo much by yon high-toned
And bock in my palm dropped ninety conta.
?James Whitcotab Biley.
An old circus horse,!? sold to a street cat
company. ' On hearing the crack of a whip
he does hot fail to show the result of bit
When a passer-by salutes a passenger, tho
horse, mistaking tho compliment to bo in?
tended for him, feels called upon to re
On hearing the command: "Gqt
from a gentleman to hla dog, the
promptly obeys. ? Fliegende Bla?tter.
A Lyric of Boston Culture.
One of the latest songs la, "Oj^ hng mo
closer, closer still f*' This is a song wtfa like
torhear a maiden sing.?Exchange.
1' 01 sing a song to-night for ma,"
The youth exclaimed; "sing me, I pray,
Some sweet and tender melody
Ere homeward, love, I take--ray way.*1
He gazed upon her lovely face,
In which the blushes camo and wont;
And-took her hand with stately grace
And led her to tho instrument
Swift o*or the keys her fingers flogho
Her silvery voice rose ci?ar antj $
And, while his tender heart she mas
She song for him the latest song
Aye, sung It, ming it with a wjtU,
Ana emphasized the sweet refrain?
** Oh, hug me closer, closor still!
I guass that I can stand the strain,"
She ceased, she sighed, she hung her head,
He stooped and drew her to au?
And hugged ber'.cl&se, and wttfsTjWUgsoldi
"Thai I respond to your request"
Oh, youthful love I Oh, happy hourt
Life few oases has nko this;
Oh, who for wealth, or fajm'e. pr power,
Buch sweet experience Woolo/fmuT
A Modern Fable,
A sick former had on obstina
be wished to got to niarket (
his neighbors ho roceivod tap foUowiflgi
vicet The carpenter said he'd have a tCtGif
driver; the furniture man said let a bureau
drawer; a small boy offered to boiler; the
newspaper man said let an editorial leader;
tho postmaster suggested having a letter
carrier; tho village topsr wanted to do his
part, and offered to take a horn. Meantime
tho fanner expired of exhaustion and the
cow died of grief.
This fable teaches that tho possibilities of
the English language are great ? Lifo,
Answers to Correspondents.
A correspondent wants to know how to
keep cidor from working. Imbue it with
Socialistic ideas. Nothing works that has
them.? Binghamton Republican.
Gen. Sherman's advlco to a young letter
My dear young Friend?I remomber your
father well Cross your i's, dot your f s,
mind your facts, sift your dates, noTei
write in a hurry. Yours in haste,
? W. T. &
P. R?On seeon* thought, whtfttaa bars
NEWLY FITTED UP
OPPOSITE THE TENT.
We do not propose to undersell
everyone else, but'we are ready to
meet fair competition. Our Stock is
now complete: give us a call
Mr. L S. CUMMINGS is with us,
and will be glad to see his old friends
l and customers.
?We sell the. ROYAL 1ST. JOHN
Machines of all makes repaired.
Large Wogen Yard in rear of
VOSE & SALLEY.
Dress and business suits for Men, Youths
and Boys. This is the largest stock ever
brought to this city. I particularly ask an
inspection of these goods now, in order that
1 may have your verdict of approval. And
after you havo seen this display of Tailor
Made Clothing, Gents' Furnishing Goods,
Fine Shoes, Hats and Neckw <5ar, I feel as
sured that you will be pleased not only with
the goods but the low prices 1 urn selling
them at. I desire you to handle them, to
bring all your experience to bear in judging
them; critically examine their make, fabric
and trimmings, test the sewing, try them
on; in fact make a study of them as well as
' the prices, then go to other houses and make
the comparison. I am satisfied that you
will return and make your selection out ef
this beautiful stock and to find tlio goods as
I represent them to be, and give you full
satisfaction in every instance, as my goods
are made by first-class workmen. All or
ders sent to my care will receive prompt
JU? L. KIMRD, Colnmbia, S. C.
(Twenty-five Years Experience.
Watch Maker and Jeweler,
And dealer In Watches, Clocks, Jewelry
Spectacles, Silver and Plated Ware and
Musieal Instruments. All work warranted
for one year. Orangeburg.'. CJ
INSURE YOUR PROPERTY
KIRK ROBINSON, AGENT.
COMPANIES all FIST-CLASS and
LOSSES PROMPTLY ADJUSTED AND
COLLECTIONS PROMPTLY ATTEND
I am still selling Brick, Lime, Laths,
Hair and other Building Material.
1 am now prepared to furnish Coal and
Wood in any quantity. All orders left
with me shall have prompt attention. No
dravage charged. Give me a trial.
J?ly 23- ' KIRK ROBINSON
a iii a l lath koi*. f. m. wajwamaker,
Oraiigchnrg, S. C._St Matthews, S. C.
jJatiirop &^\\nnam Aia^p, g
gg AflTORNEY*SAT LAW,?
OnANGEBUKG, S. C.
Office Up Stairs Over the Postofflce.
CHARLESTON, S. C.
! WE INVITE SCRUTINY OF THE ANALYSES OF OUR SOLUBLE ?UA.W
BY THE DEPARTMENT OE AGRICULTURE. THEY WILL
BE FOUND ABOVE THEIR GUARANTEE.
A BLIZZARD. A BLIZZARD,
ANOTHER BLIZZARD IS COMING, BUT FOVILL BE A COLD DAY
when PRESCOTT fails to sell you CHOICE GROCERIES, CROCKERY, GLASS
and TINWARE cheaper than any other house in the city.
I have also just received a choice Stock of
FRESH GARDEN SEEDT^EEff TP?TXT?ES,t&c.;.v. -3s
FRESH AND CHOICE GROCERIES
Received Every Week at the Cheap Cash Store.
CHARLES W. PRESCOTT, Proprietor.
ESTT am prepared to manufacturo TOMBSTONES, ?See, at shortest notice and in the
most artistic style. . Jan 28-3m
Ja/iiies Van Tassel,
CHOICE FAMILY GROCERIES,
Wines, Liguoris and Segars.
AT MY" ESTABLISHMENT CAN BE FOUND ALL THE STANDARD
arricles of GROCERIES at Rock Bottom Prices, as well as purest and best
WINES, LIQUORS, &c., sold anywhere. Also the choicest SEGARS AND TOBACCO
to be found in the market.
W1IEA LOOKL?? ABOUND GIVE ME A CALL.
JAMES VAN TASSEL.
OLD YELVET RYE
EIGHT YEARS OLD.
Giaraateai Pare and Wbolesonie for Miciaal or Otter Uses.
FOR SALE ONLY BY
W. T. LIGfHTFOOT.
HAMILTON'S INSURANCE AGENCY
Columbia, s. o, April 1. 1883.
Icertify that Mr. John A. Hamilton, of
Orangeburg, S. C, Agent of the NORTH
BRITISH ami MERCANTILE, QUEEN,
WESTERN ASSURANCE, ROCHESTER
GERMAN. Insurance Companies of North
America, HOME INSURANCE of New
York, CRESCENT, and FACTOR'S and
TRADER'S of New Orleans, has complied
with the rcquistitions of the Act of the
General Assembly entitled An Act to regu
late the Agencies of Insurance Companies
not incorporated in the Slate of South Caro
lina, and I hereby license the said JOHN
A. HAMILTON Agent aforesaid, to take
risks and transact all business of insurance
in this State in the County of Orangeburg
for and in behalf of said Comoanics. Ex
pires March ?1st, 1886. W. E. STONEY,
HORSE AND CATTLE POWDERS
Nu nnr.sk will dl? of COLIC. BOTH or LfNii KE
tek. Ii Kotitz** Powili-rs are n.?e<l In time.
Kotitz'? I'owdcrswUlcarcand prevent HoaCnouu.
Koiinr? Powder* win prevent Gai'R* in Fowls.
I'.ntrz-s Powder* will Increase the quantity or milk
an'l crvMii twenty per rent., ami make the butter firm
Kotitz*? I'owrtera will cure or prevent almost ettet
DiBKAfK to which Horse*, ami Cattle are subject
KofT/'h Pnnrncna win um: Satisfaction.
DAVID E. F0UTZ, Proprietor.
SSL 1'ILIOIIE. MD.
For sale by DR. J. G. WANNAMAK
To I lief Public
I T A K E. P L E A S U R E IN A N
? nouncing that I will run the Ice Busi
ness from May 1st, 188C. Customers please
reserve vour orders and oblige.
Jan :? - CHARLES P. BRUNSON.
Celebrated Faablon Catal offne
QCMT CDCC ror ?prtB? and Kum
uCrl I rllCCmer. ready Hare*
10th, to any addreaa. Ill uj tr?te? and Uxta
ererythlngforLadiea', Qeata', CnUdrena*
and Infanta" wear and Housekeeping
pood*at prices lower than tboso o?~an?
bouaeiU t?a United BSctec Ceroplet*