July 22, 1915

Dr. Susan A. Price, of Williamsburg, Va., who has had ten years experience in the care and treatment of the insane in institutions in Virginia and West Virginia, addressed the annual meeting of neurologists and alienists at Chicago, last week, upon the above subject. We give a few of the newspaper reports:
Are the insane asylums filled with wives of farmers, their minds wrecked by the utter monotony and drudgery of their isolated lives?
Or is it the woman of the city slums who toils amid squalor, frets with broods of sickly children, breathes impure air and subsists on insufficient food whose mind most frequently breaks under the strain?
It is neither, according to Dr. Price.
The woman whose mind most frequently gives way is one whose work is amid the most uplifting music and whose thoughts dwell most constantly on all that is noble and good in this life and the next – the church organist.
“It might appear peculiar to the average layman, but it is a fact that insanity prevails among church organists,” said Dr. Price. “I do not know what the reason is, but figures show that in nearly all institutions for insane patients many of them are organists. The only reason I can assign for it is the fact that they, as a rule, devote all their time to religious matters. The work carried on by them requires this.
“It has been noted frequently that the young woman organist, from being a model in a community, reserved and modest, retiring and active in church and Sunday school work, very often becomes suddenly careless in her habits, loud voiced and bold, often obscene in her language, vulgar and a menace to the community…”

Miss Sallie Jenkens and a stranger by the name of Lawrence T. Hardman were married by the Rev. Franklin, Wednesday. The Record extends its congratulations and trusts that all the troubles that the happy couple will ever have will be little ones. It was quite a romantic affair, being in the nature of an elopement. The happy couple were seen coming up the river road driving the bay mule of the bride’s father, Silas P. Jenkens, and they were coming lickety split, with Mr. Jenkins close behind them on the other mule. They made quite an exciting finish in front of the Record office, when the irate father overtook the fleeing pair. The irate father made the romantic couple get out of the buggy and he got in it and drove back home, leading the other mule. He said that his daughter could marry any person she desired, but that he would be doggoned if he was going to let any book agent break up his mule team. Blisterville, N. C. Record

The Ford Automobile Company this afternoon announced a refund of approximately $15,000,000 to owners of Ford automobiles who have purchased their machines since August 1, 1914.
On August 1, 1914, the company announced that if 300,000 machines were sold during the ensuing year, each purchaser would receive a refund of from $40 to $50. The 300,000 mark was reached this afternoon.
The company says the refund is strictly in the nature of the profit distribution policy of the company.

Monroe Wilfong was accidentally shot by a neighbor child the other day. The charge took effect in his back, the ball striking a rib and following it around to the breast, where it was taken out by the doctor. He is about 13 years old and a son of Ollie Wilfong. The boy seems to have right bad luck for he was operated upon for appendicitis at the Elkins Hospital a few months ago.
John H. Beverage made some clover hay last week.
Lee Wilmoth is painting his new house.

Fine weather with continued showers. Wheat harvest is the order of the day. The crop exceeds that of many years.
Sam Elliott is erecting a dwelling house for Hevener Dilley.
S. R. Hogsett has invented a wagon jack and is now demonstrating his invention, for which a patent is pending.
Moody Moore, Andrew Fertig and Amos McCarty were down on the new road at Joe Buzzard’s, guarding prisoners from the county jail.
In regard to J. F. Hiveley’s potato vines being 35 feet tall and still growing, it should be remembered the writer is from Missouri.
S. R. Hogsett has kept apples in his cellar 19 months, and they would have kept longer if he had not eaten them. If any reader can beat this, come ahead or send a photograph.
We understand that five jail birds escaped from the guards on the county road near Joe Buzzard’s and fled to the mountains.

The electric light plant has started to do business. The Durbin mercantile company has the large store building ready for light. The Goodsell Utility Co. is putting in their light poles.
We are glad to hear that Thomas Houchin’s health is improving.
Merril Arbogast, of Morgantown, is with his grandfather, C. C. Burner.
Andrew McElwee, of Mississippi, was in town between trains on Monday.

The health of the community is real good. The crops are looking fine; there will be a bumper hay crop; plenty of fruit.
Hard times are a thing of the past in this part; mines are running full time and the lumber mills double shift
The Parsons Pulp and Lumber company, of this place, has just received an order for fourteen million feet of lumber for the DuPont Powder Works.

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