Athens Messenger And Herald in Athens, Ohio
6 Dec 1900

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6 Dec 1900

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Athens Messenger And Herald (Newspaper) - December 6, 1900, Athens, Ohio In w Caud Hish axed Aiger Sheath bus mk88knokb. Frio. 49 Loye and insanity find a Way for two devoted mates the Athens state Hospital. In former inmate Jolla Steed wed j Stoa Hoffman who left the invitation in visit probably married at Ironton. Truth if stranger than fiction and to demonstrate that this is so it is not necessary for one to go to the imaginative creations the novelist in order to find the portrayal the tenderest human emotions which link soul to soul with a constancy which can Only be broken by the coming death itself. The comedies and tragedies the romances in which love is the master Are generally played by those who have counted the Cost if they win lose but rarely if Ever has a Romance found its beginning and its nuptial ending within the grim Walls a state Hospital for the insane. Such however is the Case and the fret have recently come to Light the i a and courtship that sprang up Bern Jason Hoffman Athens and Julia so Lawrence county both whom Are inmates the Athens state Hospital for the insane. While patients together they were thrown much in each others company. This intimacy ripened into an expression Mutual Devotion and the culmination their affection was their partially Clandestine marriage recently at Ironton. The records the Hospital were examined Here saturday by superintendent e. H. Hor Lek and it was found that Jason Hoffman was committed to the institution trom Athens county in 1877 when he was Nineteen years age. He has been a resident the institution Ever since that time with the exception a few weeks each year when he was permitted to visit some his people. He has not been greatly unbalanced mentally but the records show that he has been an epileptic since seven years age. He has been unable to care for himself and his epileptic seizures have occurred quite frequently at times. Hoffman came from one the Best families Athens county though his parents have been dead for several years. When six years old he fell from an Apple tree and injuries received his head resulted in the dethrone ment his reason. For the past several years Hoffman had been considered a a trusty a and was Given the privilege the Hospital grounds and the City. He was rather ambitious to accumulate some Money As he wished to add something to the sum Money about $509, which it is said would come to Bim through a relative As soon As Young Hoffman became mentally responsible. His financial ambitions were encouraged by All connected with the institution and it was through his daily trips to Athens that the attendants and others were supplied with newspapers. He had a number customers in the town and he became a very familiar person the streets Here. In the Purchase Bis papers a local dealer Here Hoffman was scrupulously honest and he frequently corrected slight errors in his favor. Twenty one years after Hoffman was a admitted to the institution in june j98, there was admitted to the Hospital pie who was soon to became his inamorato in the person Julia Steed Lawrence county. At the time her admission two years ago she was thirty years age. Her clothing was furnished by the state and the person with whom the Hospital officials were to correspond was an Uncle the girl Perry Steed Ashland by. She was very violent at the time and her insanity it is said was due to her constant Aud uncontrollable grieving Over the death her father. She gradually grew better and was allowed to go a trial visit to her Home in february last year. Good reports came from her and Ber guardian and she was finally discharged As cured in november last year. During her stay in the institution she forgot the grief caused by the death her father and the Panacea which lifted from her the Burden sorrow was the Devotion engendered with her daily communion with her new found Lover. In her weak minded Way she loved the similarly mentally bereft companion and inmate with All the intensity possible. As is customary in ail institutions this kind the inmates Are Given some Light work to keep their minds and bodies employed. Fortune it can be called such favored Jason and Julia and in performing their Light duties in the basement Kitchen they were associated much together andean Opportunity was Given them to carry unmolested their apparently innocent love making in their own simple minded Way. However their Devotion to each other was never observe red by any the employees though since the disc Loaner the marriage it is said that they distinctly recall now that Jason gave Julia More attention than the others in the same room. He lost no Unity to assist her in her Little duties and any Aid Given was always rewarded with a smile from Julia. The senal their ogling their love Laking and their Devotion has been found their Martlage several weeks ago and it is probable that the plan joining their lives at the altar Hymen was formed while working together in the basement the big institution where nearly one thousand unfortunates find a heaven rest and possible cure. Early last july Hoffman was permitted to go his annual visit among some his friends and no sooner did he leave the Hospital than he left to join his weak minded Lover the Banks the Ohio. Upon the arrival Hoffman in Lawrence county he was impressed with the idea that he was perfectly cored. He wrote to the superintendent asking for his final discharge. At this Point two women took a hand in the attempt to secure his release. Strong letters Impo tuning the superintendent to discharge him were received at the institution from Julia Steed and her Mother mrs. Mary Steed. These letters were received from mrs. Steed All during the month August and the plea was put Forth that Hoffman was cured and that he should be discharged. The Appeal fell upon Leaf ears for it was apparent to All that Hoffman was no More Able to take care himself than he was when he entered the institution Twenty three years ago. In the letters received by the superintendent from Jason Julia and her Mother there was not the slightest hint that marriage was the motive and it was believed that the letters mrs. Steed were due to the great interest taken in the new found Friend her daughter. But Back the letters and the directing Force the import unities was Money even if it was the Small sum $500. Mrs. Steed had discovered that As soon As Jason was discharged he would become the possessor the 500, the legacy a relative. With the marriage her daughter to him she would in All probability have Access to that sum. The marriage Jason would be sufficient proof that he had entirely recovered and As a result mrs. Steed would get her share the emoluments resulting from the Alliance her daughter with Hoffman. The plan was carried out Julia became mrs. Hoffman though where the marriage License was secured and where they were married is a mystery and All efforts to discover those facts have been futile. Superintendent Rorick has written to the probate judge Lawrence county but so fare he has received no reply. It is probable that Jason and Julia crossed the Ohio River and Hunting up a Kentucky Squire had the marriage ceremony performed. Hoffman is still somewhere in Lawrence county but his return to the institution is expected soon and the enforced separation the insane Groom from his simple minded Bride will be the culmination a romantic insanity which has not found an equal even within the realm the novelist. Athens Ohio thursday morning december a 1900. A the Tol. Xix. No. Is second View taken the growth and population Athens a few Hundred should be added. Boards Russ ars abnormal and should is c imaged to include Mechanicsburg tha Largs number Small families in Athens. Thanksgiving party Given to the Young people the plaint. The most delightful event the season was a thanksgiving parly Given to the Young people by misses Grace Mccathran and Bessie Shafter at their Home the Plains saturday evening. The guests arrived at an Early hour and spent an enjoyable evening. Excellent music was furnished by messes. Guy and Hay Cornell and Roy and Clarence Matheny. The music added to the Complete Success the party. A verse with Blanks to be filled by words four letters each word containing the same four letters in transposed positions from the required words was Given each guest. The verse was As follows a a old woman with a intent put Here and away the went a ooh. A a said she. A give me this Day the where with All to a this the word having the necessary letters was the prize a won by Clar ence Matheny who was first to fill the Blanks properly. Refreshments were served at 9 �0. Those present were misses Alice and Estella Michael Laura tannic and Mills Mckee. Besse Herrold. Grace Matheny Lulu Brickels Rosa be Hoot Edith and Mamie Davis Winnie and Maggie stage Besse Jones and Minnie Bishop Athens. Messes. John and Garfield Hope. Elmer Burrito Roy and Geo. Gabriel Herbert Brickels Edward Michael Otto Moore Roy and Clarence Matheny Ray and Guy Cornell Alderman Matheny. John Peters James Woodworth and Charlie Mazon. Wireless Quot telegraphy discussed by lieutenant Desteiguer in naval report. The naval annual report published by the office naval intelligence and issued recently contains among other things an interesting article much value contributed by lieutenant l. K. Desteiguer the subject wireless telegraphy. This recites just what each the naval Powers has done in the utilization Marconi s discovery and embodies a thorough review the state the Art Long distance wireless transmission by a competent German authority. In general it appears that the experiments have resulted satisfactorily and the British army in South Africa by the use the kites for the vertical wires have managed to transmit messages a distance eighty five Miles More than ten Miles farther than the distance which separates tientsin from peking which still proves to be impractical for the Ordinary Telegraph methods. In the same report there is an illustrated description the fastest vessel in the world the it Moos Turbine torpedo boat. Viper which runs Over thirty four knots n hour with ease. In last weeks Issue the pessimistic Side rather was presented in the article concerning the population and growth Athens. There is however a optimistic Side the population question and when that is shown the aspect the growth Athens within the past ten years is not quite so discouraging to those who lament Over the comparatively slow advancement made in the population. The corporation boundaries Athens it May be fairly stated Are somewhat abnormal. If the corporation limits were extended As they should be evidently to All interested it is certain that Athens would have made a fairly Good gain Over the census ten years ago. To the East North and West the corporation limits Are extended As far As is practical but to the South there is considerable territory which should properly be included in the corporation the City. Nowhere do the boundaries Cross the Hocking River and if a change were made that would include some contiguous territory which geographically belongs within the incorporated limits then Athens would make a very creditable showing for the past decade. In this respect reference is course made to the thickly populated territory lying South Athens and in which Are included ail the residents Mechanicsburg. An Extension the Boundary line the corporation Athens that would include Mechanicsburg would necessarily embrace the state Hospital. If such an Extension territory were made it would not course be fair to consider As part the population Athens the inmates the institution but it would be proper co include the employees the state Hospital. In the institution there Are about one Hundred men and women employed and they should be counted in estimating the population Athens. The people living in the territory Between the South Bridge and the Southern extremity Mechanicsburg Are geographically within the incorporate limits and the boundaries should be so changed As to include them. On a cursory estimation the population the Mechanicsburg District is very Likely to be Over estimated. In the last Day two no less than a dozen people have been asked to make an estimate the number people and the number dwelling houses to be found in the Terr tory Between the South Bridge and the Southern extremity Mechanicsburg and they invariably have placed the aum Ber people from foul to six Hundred and the number Bouses from eighty five to one Hundred and Twenty. The actual number houses including everything in sight is Only sixty five and counting an average five people to each residence it is seen that the population the entire Mechanicsburg District is about 835. This added to the employees the state Hospital gives an additional population 425, which if added to the population As Given by the last census 3,066, the population Athens would now be 8,491, a gain 871 since the census 1890. This then is the brighter the optimistic View the growth Athens and the citizens Are asked to get All the Consolation possible out this fact. In studying the cause the comparatively slow growth Athens another very potent fact Bas been found. In the past ten years Athens has experienced a steady and substantial building awaken ing. It that time Sunnyside has been most entirely built it has lost its in Savory sobriquet Goosetown and has become one the most debit Able rest Deuce portions the City. Hudson sad edition has been added within the past ten years while considerable building has been done in Camp Wool and in Many other parts town. In spite these facts the population it May in said has not increased in proportion new Resi Dences erected. This can be accounted for in but one Way and that is by the unusual to Large number Small families to be found in Athens. The really Large family is a condition that does not exist Here that this is so Yon can soon establish by running Over the list families the Street with which you Are familiar. The family in most cases consists from two to five persons White rarely is a family six persons found domiciled under one Root. It is a social condition everywhere recognized that the families that Are the most Independent financially continue to remain Small and As the majority the people Athens Are in fairly Good circumstances the really Large family rarely found. To this social Maxim As in All others there Are coarse exceptions. Skeletons found supposed to be those indians Bones Well preserved. Unearthed saturday along the Banks the Hocking River at Roaches Mill one half mile East Athens were the skeletons two men which upon examination Are thought to be those indians. The excavation was made under a Large banding a Short distance from the Bank the River and imbedded about two feet under the surface in the Sand and gravel were the remains. Unearthed a few feet from the skeletons were Many Arrow Heads which no doubt were burled with the redskins when they were sent either by Accident natural death to their last Happy Hunting ground. The skeletons were evidently those Gigantic men and according to the Bones they coaids not have measured less than seven feet in stature when they lived moved and had their being. Two sets the inferior Maxillary Bones were found and they were Broad and Strong with every characterise having once belonged to a Indian. They were Large enough to easily go Over the face several the men who unearthed the remains the redskins the femur the Tibia and the Fibula the leg Bones were found while Bones the fingers the toes and sections the spinal column were taken from the excavation. That the Bones had not been thrown into a Hole and buried is shown by the fact that they were found lying the full length body As in repose when the bodies were placed in their rude sepulchre More than a Century ago perhaps. The Bones were in an excellent state preservation and the rows Teeth found in the jaw Bones had been but Little affected by the years that had rolled Over them. One Peculiar fact the Teeth were still firmly imbedded in in the Maxillary Bones. The bodies the redmen were buried out reach the highest Point Ever reached by the Hocking River during a flood. In life they had roamed the lowlands along the River in quest game both animal and human and when they bit the dust their weeping Brothers had buried them within sight the Beautiful River whose Placid bosom they made the Light bark Canoe shoot like a meteor Over the Crystal Waters. Route established in the first free Rani mail de livery system in Athens county. Hents became opera tvs saturday Spicer appointed t Arrier patrons to provide mall boxes zone la Etc Etiore Are liven bid barn burned Robert Scott s barn heated one mile South Canaanville was destroyed by fire about it clock monday evening. The entire stricture with contents consisting Grain Hay lumber and farming implements is a total loss. Or. Scott bad hard work to save four head horses which were in the barn. Loss about to in elegant reception Given by in. Poston and in. Die yesterday afternoon. Elaborate to the Point elegance and splendor was the formal reception Given yesterday afternoon by mrs. Clinton a Poston and mrs. Thomas r. Biddle at their handsome residence Mulberry Street. The Poston Home is one the most elegant in Athens and the luxurious Freedom with which their hospitality is dispensed is sufficient to Grace the Brilliant court Royalty. About two Hundred invitations were issued and it May be said that Bat few regrets were received. The doors the Poston residence were thrown open to the Happy guest promptly at 3 clock and not until 6 clock were the last pleasant farewells said to the departing guests. The elite this City and adjoin ing cities were present and the affair was without question the most elaborate social function Ever Given in Athens. Receiving with mrs. Poston and mrs. Biddie was mra. L. D. Poston Nelsonville and assisting were mrs. Charles b. Henderson mra. Harry a. Crippen Nelsonville miss Olive Wilson miss Mary Slattery miss Bertha Hoover miss Josephine Cottrill miss Marne Bleness miss Florence Craig and miss Grace gut. The elegant residence was artistically decorated with Palms Smilax chrysanthemums and Cut Flowers making the handsomely furnished Parlours a realm exquisite Beauty a miniature fairyland luxurious loveliness. Mrs. Poston wore Black and White crepe de Chine. Mrs. Biddles gown was Violet Broad cloth and silk and her Flowers were natural violets. Mrs. L. D. Poston wore Mode silk poplin and carried la France roses. The assisting Young ladles were elegantly and daintily gowned in bewitching White. A most elaborate menu was served. Yellow and White was the color scheme used in the dining room. There were numerous out town guests. Enchanting music for the occasion was furnished by a famous harpist Dayton death Leonard Young the death Leonard Young the youngest son Samuel Young occurred saturday at his Home North Marshfield after a lingering illness consumption. The deceased was 22 years age. Funeral services were held monday conducted by Rev. Black and interment took place in the private Young cemetery. This has been a greatly afflicted family and . Young has had the sad experience following to their last resting place the remains eight sons and one daughter. Ran seven Miler ambs Villa dec. 4.�?one the hex a livery teams became frightened monday evening while hitched in front the Post office and ran away. They went through Lathrop and Sharpsburg at Breakneck Speed and were finally caught near the Lewis Joy Airn seven mites away. The horse were uninjured and nothing was broken about the harness Rig. The Rural free delivery which will be known As route no. I became operative saturday with capt. J. E. Spicer Carrier at 500 per annul. The amount it mail carried out was very Small owing to the fact that but a comparatively few people have provided themselves with boxes for receiving mall and Many along the route have neglected to have their mail sent to Athens instead Hubbardsville Fisher and Marshfield. The collection mail has been far better As the Carrier is practically a moving Post office for everybody. He carries Stamps postal cards and the necessary papers for registered matter. The Carrier leaves the Post office Bere every morning except sunday at 6 80 clock and gets Back in the evening. Patrons this route should have All mall addressed John Smith Athens o., k. D. No. I. This however is Only necessary for those who have not been getting their mail Here who Are not known to the postal clerks in the Athens office. Postmaster Gist is supplied with mail boxes which sell for one Dollar. While it is not imperative to buy these boxes it is imperative for patrons to procure boxes and place them at a convenient place for the Carrier. Application has been made for Rural route no. % and the agent has been Over a route which be will recommend to the department. The proposed route is out the Amesville Road to sugar Creek via the Grosvenor Post office which was abandoned december i thence to Hixon and to e. S. Johnson a two Miles this Side Amesville returning by the Canaanville and Amesville Road to where the Road turns West and Cornea into the Athens and Amesville Road at sugar Creek Church thence Back to Athens. If this route is established the Hixon Post office will be abandoned and Pola Lily the Star mail route Between Athena and Annsville will be suspended. It is not necessary mat people must live along these Rural routes to get the service. Anyone can get the service by locating a Box along the route which m the Vicinity Grosvenor and Hixon would be far More convenient than to have a Post office. A Man that lives off from the route can have a Box located the route at the nearest and most convenient Point to him. Ohio University Defeated thanksgiving by one Point fast playing. By a funeral etiquette Clergyman in three papers the third paper. The closing game the Ohio University foot Ball team with the Ohio Wesleyan University Bere thanksgiving was the Best witnessed this season. Both teams entered the game confident Victory and the result shows that their Confidence was Well founded As w. U. Won by a score 0 to 5, the missing a goal by Cable prevented a tie. In the first half neither Side scored and it was not until near the close the second half that a touchdown was made by Athens no goal. This nerved the visitors to put Forth every Effort and Nash succeeded in making a touchdown. Keller kicked goal. Richardson Athens left half was rendered unconscious near the end the second half and was carried from the Field. He regained consciousness shortly after the game. The players both teams were greatly interfered with by the spectators who rushed wildly into the Field in every scrimmage. Referee Hough was without provocation assaulted by de i Ockhart a local coloured character during the game and knocked Down. Hough carried to his Home in Delaware a badly discoloured Eye. This incident was highly deplored by the local players and condemned in the strongest terms the uncalled for action Lockhart. Many the spectators took an unwarranted part in the game and while the Home team had no share in such proceedings the members will be called up to Bear the Burden the criticism heaped upon them by All teams visiting Athens. In All such instances it is the foot Ball team that is innocently made to suffer for the unseemly behaviour others indirectly connected with the game. The closing the football season leaves the Ohio University with a fair though not Brilliant record. Of the games played Athens has won a creditable number. The work coach Core has been above reproach and he has completed his season s work in a highly commendable manner and with the Good will and Confidence All who in any Way were connected with the Athens football team this year. Or. Core Bas left for his Home at Washington. A. Ten books to retd just from the press an absolutely new set a the literature ail nations to volumes nearly 5,000 pages edited by Julian Hawthorne. A the Good things in literature from the earliest to the present time. Elegantly bound a Superb gift tor a literary Friend yourself. Price astonishingly Low. Call at this office. Orc uting cd Brotman. His whole Demeanour throughout the funeral should contribute toward assuage grief and adding Comfort to All who mourn the dead. He should not be a Mark Anthony to lift the Shroad from the wounded Corpse a Julius Caesar but he should be a Barnabas son Consolation a to bring cheer to the stricken Home. Many a crude Clergyman has taken advantage the funeral to court a Little cheap notoriety growing out tears and sighs. No skill required you part they can not keep Back their tears. It la your province to steer Clear Hearse coffins and Cooling boards but instead to lad the mourners to contemplate the Triumph a consecrated life. Do not picture out the vacant chair the lonely Home the widow the orphan but instead contrast the Vale death with the mount Hope in fruition and blessedness beyond the River. The thoughtless preaches who takes advantage a funeral to make the people cry should be punished. The undertaker should furnish you an obituary notice and this you should read at the beginning the service never at the close. Just As inappropriate As to read your text at the close your Sermon. You should never ask a brother Clergyman to assist Yon until you have ascertained from the friends and relatives that it will be agreeable. The preacher should proceed the proce Eelon and stand at the foot so As to face the friends at the Bead the grave. Ber vices at the place burial should be Short and simple especially so if the weather is inclement. Be sore to have at band a neat Skoll Cap. You Are liable to be called in All kinds weather it is inappropriate to Wear your hat and dangerous to Bare your head in bad weather. Lastly the preacher should be an honest Many honest with self honest with the dead and above All honest with god. The preacher who will be false in his funeral Sermon to create a favourable impression to please the friends should be compelled to surrender his parchments at once. Scores people in every Community never hear the gospel save when it crosses the coffin lid. For the preacher to hold up a desp Isal character such occasions and paint him As an Angel Light when he knows that he was a bad Man Placer himself in that category a fall liars shall have their part such false prophets will be compelled to answer in the great Day for an awful sin. If you can say no Good the dead preach the gospel. J. K. C. Bethel Groves nuptial. The marriage . William j. Bethel and miss Carthena Groves took place sunday afternoon at 4 clock at the Home the parents the Bride . And mrs. Henry Groves near Starr Hocking county. The ceremony was per formed in the presence the immediate relatives the families. Rev. Simmons we lated the g Oora is the son judge a. 8 Bethel who accompanied by mrs. Bethel attended the marriage. Is. Srab Ohio Oitt Toledo i lie As coi Xiv Frank j. Cheney makes oath that he is senior partner the firm f. J. Cd a bust a co., doing business in the City Toledo county and state aforesaid Ami that said firm will pay the sum one Hundred dollars for each and every Case Catarrh that cannot be cured by the use Halls Catarrh cure. Frank j. Cheney. Sworn to before me and subscribed la my presence this 6th Day december a. D. In. A. A. W. Gleason Sial notary Public. Halls Catarrh cure is taken internally and acts directly the blood and mucous surfaces the system. Send tor testimonials free. F. J. Cheney a co. Toledo Ohio. Bold by druggists 75c. La ail a family pills Are the Best. Curd to ankh a to the Many friends who contrib mixed such Beautiful Flowers and to the Host who tendered their Heartfelt sympathy also to the kind neighbors who ministered to our needs at the time our sad bereavement we Are truly grateful. M. A. I claim Amu family. Many persons have had the experience . Peter Sherman North Stratford n. A who says a for years i Suffet de torture from chronic indigestion but Kodol dyspepsia cure made a Well Man it digests what you eat and is a certain cure for dyspepsia and every form stomach trouble. It gives Relief at once even in the worst cases and can to help but do you Good. Cliness pharmacy. A. In a a a a a a a Quot. Lost a Gold ring set with amethyst and pearls. Finder return to this office and receive Reward. Done to use any the counterfeits de witty switch Hazel Salve. Most them Are worthless liable to cause injury. The original Dewitt a vetch Hazel Salve is a certain cure for idles eczema cuts scalds Burns sores and All skin diseases. Cliness pharmacy farm for Sale. Thirty seven and one half acres near Frost. Price 800 will Trade for town property. Jewett a Wood. Help is needed at once when a person s life is in danger a neglected cough cold May soon become serious and should be slopped at once. One minute cough cure quickly cures coughs and colds Ana the worst cases croup bronchitis Grippe and other Throat Aud lung trouble. Cliness pharmacy

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