The young Mr. Bowser, who was smashed up while cleaning out an
oil well on Yellow Creek, was in town Monday. He is improving nicely, and will
soon be able to go to work again. His injuries were serious, and it is a miracle
that his life was saved.
The Edith H. got stuck in the Laurel shoal last week and was
delayed several hours in coming down from Third Run.
Silas Patterson is in his new shop on the Pell Corner near the
bridge, and is ready to do all kinds of blacksmithing and wagon work.
The smoke and tool house belonging to T.R. Stump was found to be
on fire, but before the bucket brigade could get across the river, the flames
were extinguished. The loss will reach the sum of $20 perhaps.
The legislative assembly at Charleston is at a standstill as the
result of the refusal of the 15 Republican state senators to do what the people
sent them there for--appear in the Senate Chamber, and act in their capacity. So
far, they have done nothing but play the part of political pawns, moved back and
forth across the Ohio River at the caprice of Charley Swisher and
W.M.O. Dawson, with adjutant general Elliott acting as their
keeper and bodyguard. The day of reckoning is sure to come, and when it does the
people are sure to demand full settlement at the hands of the political
machinists, who at present are engaged in the nefarious business of manipulating
the legislative body of a sovereign state.
Some time ago, an interesting item was published, explaining how
the average person spends his life. To begin with, he spends one-third asleep,
and another four years talking with people, but women spend five years in
A man, it is estimated, uses about five months of his lifetime
trying to tie his shoelaces. He spends five years washing and shaving, and up to
four years in smoking up to a quarter of a ton of tobacco. Phone calls require
one year, and six months are spent playing cards. For some of the fair readers,
we would raise this to about six years.
Six years are spent eating and drinking, three being sick, and
five going to and from work.
The point in all this tabulating is that, after we spend all
these years doing these things, very little is left for working. The time
consumed is about 50 years and leaves probably less than 20 for working.
It may be seen that the greatest opportunity for time saving is
to be found in the field of smoking, traveling to and from work, and tying one’s
shoelaces. Also, a great deal of time can be saved if one washed and shaved