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Peopte Who Sell Bais of Tht'insdve*. QUEER WAY OF EARNING MONEY. Pf-r'ons who hare a ncß3, aneir, a finger, or a toe to spare enn make money nowadays. In fact, of recent years a new trade has been opened up to both sexes. The earnings are large, the labour is next to nothing. Some earn as much as .£6O a day, others .£IOO in three weeks. The record i 3 .£2OO for four weeks. It is the trade of selling s^me part of your anatomy—to souse ue who wants it more than you and is willing to pay for it. The number who are willing to part with a portion of themselves for a valuable consideration surpasses all belief. Think of a hundied persons noting a small advertisement in a single newspaper and offering to sell a finger for £ 100. Imagine one hundred aud fifty persons who are willing to part with three inches of skin for JJ6O. Four hundred person * a year ago were willing to sell ft living ear for .£IOOO, and one person, hoping to underbid the rest, offered his ear for nn humble position guaranteed to him for life at a moderate wage. AT.L SORTS OF APPLICANTS. They are of all types these strange people who are willing to make others sound by parting with some part of their bodies for much needed money. 11l luck and poverty is the almos j universal story. Liquor is the wail of some of the applicants, but, of courte, they ure never Accepted. No drunkard has a perfectly heulthy body. A doctor who recently advertised for "three inches of perfect, healthy skib, brunette female," for which .£6O was offered, says:—" A good many nurses, stenographers, and bookkeepers were among the applicants. I was surprised at the general respectability of the women." He selected a professional nurse, who had once before furnished him with Bkin for grafting purposes. " Nurses are the best persons to take skin from," he said, " because they know what to expect. Some of the women who came here thought that I could take the skin from them on the spot, and it would be all over with. They have to remain under treatment for about two weeks, and sometimes it takes a long time for the wound to heal.' GRAFTING A FINGER. ! The latest sale of a part of human anatomy to which particular attention has lately been drawn was that of a middle finger. A lady had had this finger accidentally shot off, and she was willing to pay a round sum to have the disfigurement made good. An advertisement offering iHOO brought forth more than a hundred applicants, and the one chosen was a little brunette scarcely half the size of the bereaved mother. She wanted the money badly to help her husband and herself to start business. In the operation only a local anaethetic was used, the two women being entirely conscious all the time. , The stump was recut to lay bare the flesh and bone. Then the finger of patient number two had an incision made in it clear to the bone, completely across the finger, just below the middle joint. A little more clipping and the laying back of an oblong piece of skin and the joining work was ready. Then the first patient laid her hand flatly on a board rest covered with gauze, and the other laid hers squarely on the tcp of it. There was a little more clipping to make the two raw surfaces fit, and then the doctor sewed the two fingers tightly together. Rubber bandages and gauze bandages were next wrapped tightly around the hands, and linen bandages bound the aru)3 as tightly as possible from the wrist to the elbow. When both patients were ready thoy were carefully lifted, side by side, to two narrow cots that were lashed together, and the operation was over. The bound aims and hands were then lashed to a rigid rest between them, so that mi'Vament was impossible. A curtain was rigged up between the two beds, so that they could not see each other should either one wish privacy.

Hobbies and Health. The bost thing in the world for nerves is 6leeb, the next proper food, the third proper drese. But as good as any one of fche?e is a hobby. How often dyes ono hear the expression, " Oh. that is so-and-so's hobby," Gpoken ratter dUp'.ragingly. It is the tendency of the average mind to regard a person who has a pronounced enthusiasm as a species of harmless lunatic, rather to be pitied. Ihe truth of tho matter is that anyone who has any special fad is greatly to be envied, as it probably provides more interest and amusement for its possessor than anything else. Any decided interest in life, whether it is dignified by the name of an occupation or is simply an enthusiasm, or even mentioned slightly as a fad, is eminently desirable. " I have never seen a genuine collector that ! is not happy when he is allowed by ciicnmstances to gratify his tastes," remarked a student of human nature, " and a bent in that direction should alway be encoutaged. Ib is a curious phase of our humanity that we will work diligently to make provisions for our material needs when we are old, and quite neglect to store up mental resources that will interest and amuee us until we are called hence." Hobbies help one to forget sorrow and give us pleasure in the present. They are among the best things in life—promoters of health, peace, and happiness.

Tit I(1or Tat. L good Btory is told of the Flemish author J. de Geyter, who has just died. Geytt\ was the head of a large pawnbroker's establishment at Antwerp. One night, long after he had gone to sleep, he was rung up by telephone. " What is it ?" he queried, not over-pleased. " I say, Geyter," oame the voice of a friendly Bohemian ; " just; | tall me the time," " Why the devil don't I yon, scamp, consult your watch, instead of i botheriug mo in the dead of night ?" called rhe infuriated pawnbroker, " I couldn't ; my watch is in your possession,'' catny through the telephone. But Geyter hid the laugh on his fidp, after all, for knowing the Bohemian's habits, he waited till the early morning hour, when he knew him to be in his first sleep. Then he telephoned to iiis tormenter'e hotel, suggesting that he had an urgent communication to make. "Wh-ja his torturer, sleepy and morose, camo to the telephone, Geyser said suavely. " You nsk«d me to tell you tho time, sir. It is juatuight in the morning."

'4^B Girl pM^xJ /eyes-*" ,'. T. Bullock. I FOR~SALE. ' 11WO Building Allotments, corner N.E. . and S.E. Belts, being T.S. 955 and 956, together or separately. Lot 46, containing' 1 rood 8 parches, Eton Street, Hampetead, just off Wakanui Koad, T. BULLOCK. FOR SALE. cf 4 roonn with dulached \_j w,'ishous(<, etc., fronting Eton Street ILiinpstend. T. BULLOCK. FOR SALE. r jpfWO very nice Building Sites at corner JL of continuation of Belt Koad and Rapley Street, Hainpstead, being Lota 14 and 15. Apply to T. BULLOCK. FOB bA L E /"COTTAGE Property, Eton Street, Hanap- ** ' sto'id, 2 roods 16 perches, together with Cottigo of 4> rooms, surrounded by garden, with a number of fruit fcrejs at back. The Innd is of good quality. Liberal terms can be arranged. T. BULLOCK. CflEP 1 BAKING POWDER guaranteed satisfactory

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Page 4 Advertisements Column 2, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6560, 3 May 1905

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