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B. Flelda; a most extraordinary Indlvlanal, has returned to hii Kentucky home ■ a?ter absence in the west. Fields is known far and wide as the Mathematical; Prodigy. Perfeotly illiterate, not being able to toll one letter or figure from, another, he bears the iame relation to the -' ■olenoe of mathematics that Blind Ton* does to marlo. Field la now about 23 vesrs of age, and hit ability to qulokly and correctly solve tbe moat difficult problem wa* discovered when h<* wa*B yean old. The faculty continaed to develop until he Is able to solve with amazing rapidity any probhta In staple or oompoaod fraettona, or anything in th« branch, of mathematlbt. For Instance, the moon it a oerUln number of miles from tbe earth ; a grain of oorn la bo long ! how many grains will It take to oonneot the points? The answer to this or any other problem cornea ''like a flash. He cau also tell to a'seoond the time of day or eight. This, marvellous man has been tested bjr the most expert mathematicians, and bU answers to problems have, been found invariably correot. He claims that hfa power la a direct gift from the Creator, and liable to be taken away if not properly, need, The posasessor of tbis gift nevei went to school a day in his life, and novae aid a day's work, exoapt to occasionally aid merchants in lnvoiolog their goodsy and in this business he has been knowa to keep a soore or more of clerks bu*y footing up oolumns of figures. He is * very large man, and has a> look the severs* of intelligent. Having no oooupttlon, he • lives amongst His acquaintance, putting np wherever night overtakes him. He/a very proud of his gift, and frequently compares himself to Samson. Field gave au exhibition of his powers before Governor Orltteriden, and other distinguished men of Missouri on a late visit West, and they consider him one of the greateßt wonders of the country .—. Knowledge.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2003, 3 December 1888

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A QUICK CALCULATOR. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2003, 3 December 1888