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A MARVELLOUS CHILD

-.. — • • » — ; — It Is of no use trying to stand up to our Amertoan cousins any longer. The folloiriag extraot fiom tha Saturday " Globe " —a TJtlca paper— shows that the phenomenal ia now merging into the miraoulous: — " Tell the gentlemen what is the population of Peru" "Four-und'd-erty-sabb-tpm'n-sevennn-rnlnety-elght." "How fast does a rifle ball travel V " Thouaan' mites 'n hour." A tiny little colored boy * barely able to toddle was .the respondent to these queries. "He's the greatest cariosity 1 ever met," said a gentleman who from long experience is »n auihbrlty ou the subject of freaks. "Bow old' are you, Oscar T ' * Free year* old ," Wiped the baby. "Where were you born?" "At Waco, Texas, August 19, 1885," replied the little fellow without hesitation. The -outstretched arms of the child, extended m .the dlreo: lon of his gcardian, give one the Impression that he Is about to totter acd fall. " Poor little fellow, he wss born blind," stys the latter, catching the baby's palm In his, but nature ha« node np-f or the loss of eyesight In a most wonderful manner. Tell him anything tod be will remember it. Bis memory Is the most marvellous that I have ever read of." ''Professor" Otcar Moore, ai the little three-year-old is grandiloquently called would pass for a an ordinary oolorsd child. Biseyes giv&no indication of the abtcnoe of vision, and ooe would hardly expect the babe's vocibalari to extend furthtr than the words papa and mamma. A few minutes' aonvers&tlon, or rather cateebtshisL of .the youngster qiiokly dispels the illuilcn, and old heads supposed to< be crammed^ with facts and figures eaffioient to exploder: ordinary cranlums "oust yield the honors to this phenomeml infant. At an age when moat ohUdren ■n considered t mart if they can imitate tb* "gee-gee " of a horse or the "bowwow" of a dog, this baby boy can rattle off statistics that take one's breath away. "Perhaps you think it is parrot-work," says the. gentleman who has been showing off tile child's wonderful memory. "Try him yourself, flere ■ a book oontainlog soms thousands of questions. Aik him any one of them and he will answer •ecrtetly. " Spell Pharaoh," says a byataod«r tans appealed to. " Pbirio fa,*' lisps tb» baby. "What became of Pharaoh t " •« He dot drowned In d' Red Set wlf all hlsaojsrs/'jMme the instant reply. MWhat is the", population of London 9 " The baby 'tongue struggles through the words, " Three million eight hnndrtd sad thirty-two thousand four baodred tad forty-one- " " Oount ten ia Obinne," suggested the gentleman Id charge of the boy. A succesalon of sniffs and ya was, or what sounded muoh that «ay t answers ths question " Wonderful ! " exeUlmed the bystander. " How did- fat learn it ? " " His father's eabln 1M ,a ihott distanoe from tbe 'arm of a Mt Grionell, and the Grlnnell children nted to pass it ou their way to and from tebooL The blind child was an object of curiosity to the children, who would stop on th'elr way to' sohool to hear its first attempts at talking. The first Indication of the baby's wonderful memory was dlsoovejrad bf thesa children, who were astonished to hear the little fellow lisp their tames the second time he tocohed them. Of course, ha could not recognise them by sight baY his sense of touoh is wonderfully developed. Tbe children took such a fanoy to him that they begged his father to allow them ,to take him home, wbloh be did. Then It was; discovered that he could repeat m the morning the lessons which lie heard the children rehearsing as they played school In the evening. Mr Grlnnell took a fanoy to the babe, as Indeed did everybody who saw him, aud the consequence was that he began to keep trscV of the questions that the little one could answer. Pretty soon, however, tiie task was more than Mr Grlnnell oould manage; and ne wis obliged to make out % a list. This Ibt Is now lnoreased to auoh aleztgth that we have had It printed In book form, as you have It there." This liat ■ comprises the number of books and words In the Bible, the population of New York, London, Paris, and of every erty of o?er 10,000 In the Untied States, the ttsmes of each, the names and year of each President since Washington, the date of their birth, the weight of a cubio foot of copper, clay, silver, Iron, of a barrel of flour— ln fact, a str log of questions such as most people would require a week's diligent searching through an encyclopedia to answer. The group of astonished witnesses of tbe child's marvellous f acuity were given aa illustration of his equally wonderful Instinok of tpnoh. Each one In bis torn shook hands with the ehlld, at the aame time introducing himself by name. The baby fingers played for an Instant over the knuckles, much at a child would fumble with tint links of a watoh chain. When he had shaken bands all round, if the onpdlah trying might be oalled band-fbaklog, he was asked by the gentleman who suggested the experiment to repeat the names of bit audience. Without any apparent; effort the little one lisped each name, struggling with those of double syllables, bnt giving an imitation of their sound which was unmlstakesble. " Shake hands with Mr Smith," said his Eardtan, at the same time motioning to • Brown to offer his band to the child. "Dats not Mr SmlftV'stys the little fellow. "Who's Is itf"« Mr Brown." •• Who's this f' as another band grasped tbe child's. Again the answer comes right, srid even when two people each take a band the boy phenomenon Is as quick and accurate m distinguishing their owners. "Can yon sing, Oeoai?" "Peek-a-boo,peek-a-boo^ " "No, not that. Sing oc a song In Swedish." " Den Gang jeg drog afsted. Den gang jejr drog afsted. MJm Plge Vilde Med. Ja mln Plge Vilde Mcd," An enthusiastic audi•nee it was Indeed by this time ; the halfdossil men who witnessed the private •aaneelwere simply dumbfounded at the Infant orsole, and would have been glad to have heard more bat that the gentleman who had charge of tbe .youngster at this moment, looted hf s hold and the child fell on the ground. - The sudden transition from an exposition of the doctrines ol FrAS Trade" to an namlstakeab!e childish squalf bad 'the effect of so bewilderiog bis apdlenoe that tney stood for a moment afraid to pick up the prostrate child. A squeaking toy Is ptaeed m tbe baby'i binds, and has the eff«ot of paolfylng him. " Dood-by— tana an' sac me nets week" Is the parting Injunction from, the little darkey, who distributes oirds bearing the same of a museum where be will be oi exhibition dorloe tbe week.

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A MARVELLOUS CHILD, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2042, 21 January 1889

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A MARVELLOUS CHILD Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2042, 21 January 1889

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