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TllL diseovei} of .1 treat elctnct spung in Itliac.i, New Yoik, was made puicl) by accnltn*-, and thf> diseov eici, the •'Mew YoiU 'limes" nijs, lias been careful not to publish Imdiseoveiy, vi.til the plainest evidence of its value was at Ins command. Some time at,'o the exact date is not given— Mm McGuiniss. of Ithaca, went to the well situattd in her back to diaw water The bucket is low eied into the well by a chain, and the moment Mrs M< Ginm-< touched the chain she received a bhock which stretched her senseless on the ciound. In the course of an hour she iccoveied lie stieni'th sufficiently to walk into the house and to inform the membeis of tin- family that some unknown \ill.iin had knocked her down with a sand club Mias Rudgec MeGinnis, who is a feat less yoiins^ woman of much physical stiength, immediately went to the well with the determination of drawing water in spite of all the \ lllams in Ithaca. Her mother watched her closely fiom the w indow, and aavv her struck down as by lightning^ the moment she touched the chain. This ciicumstance dispelled the belief that .illains with sand clubs were lying in 4 \ ,it at the well, and when Mi^s MeGinni's recovered she and her mother ameed that the well had been bewitched. When Mr McGinniss returned fiom his days work and was informed of the be witched condition of the well he treated the announcement with scorn. Mi McGuiniss is an unusually intelligent man, and is the engineer in charge of the engine which woiUs the elevator in Conroys furniture warehouse. He ridiculed the theory that the well was bewitched, and asserted that electricity had leaked into it fiom one of the many electiic wires which are in use in Ithaca. It was the electncity which, euterme the respective systems ot Mrs and Misa McGinniss. by way of the bucket chain had shocked them. The remedy was plain. Water should be drawn fiom the well by means of a rope, and the bucket chain (should be left untouched. To prove his theory was right, Mi McGinn 1 a tied a rope to a pail, loweied the iatt< 1 into the well, aDd drew it up without experiencing any shocks whatever. He was iv the midst of a ri'nark concerning the advantage wMcli an intelligent man possesses over any number of women, when his hand accidently came into contact with the water, and he received a shock which ki.ocked him entirely off his feet, although it did not render him insensible. It was now evident that the shocks received by the McGinnis family came from the water of the well. Mr McGinniss, as soon as he regained control of Ins limbs, proceeded to te-.t the water • y caiehilly tilling a gla«s dish with it and coaxing the family cat to rhitiL The instant the cat's whiskers touched the water a shower of sparks flew fiom her fur and she mshed to hide heiselt in the cellar. Next, Mr MeGinniss induct d the family dog— an unusually laige bulldog— to diink fiom the gl,i»s dish. As soon as the dog touched the water, a da/zling jet of electiiciU poimd from thf e\t'cmity of hi-> till with a loud, cracking noise. Anj other animal would have fled, but the bulldog, being of a pre«erv ing species, lefused to abandon the water until he had diunk eu'iydiopof it, after which he limped away in a very feeble and demoialisul state. Satisfied with these expenmcnts-, Mr McGinniss sent fora scientific peison connected with the local unhcisity, and had him make an analysis of the water. The scientific person found that it contained thiity three per cent of pure electricity, which had evidently leaked into the well from a. Brush electnc light wire When water fiom the well was placed in a class jar the electricity could be plainly seen to make its escape 1.1 bubble , like the carbonic acid gas in Vichy vvitcr. While the bcientific pei son issuied Mr McGinniss that water containing thii ty-thiee per cent, of eke rncity was exceedingly dangeious. he suggested to him that water containing, say, ten per cent, of electricity might piove to be wholesome and medicinal, and proposed that Mr McGinniss should go into partnership with him in older to advertise and sell Ithaca electiic water. The proposal was accepted, the neces^aiy A .J loits as to the effect of the water « ; I'A'ijbted with thin water weie made, and the Ithaca electric water will boon be ,ilact ". on the market. There can be no • I'Utbt that it will become immensely popular. A single glass of this woudeiful it- verage has all the exhilarating properties of a quart of champagne, with none of the unpleasant after effects of that beverage. It will cure neaily all diseases, except loss of legs or arms and petrifac tion of the brain, and aa a tonic it is without a rival. After drinking two or three glasses a man givps out electric sparks whenever he touches a piece of netiil, but the passage of the sparks is not accompanied by any painful sensation. For political uses the electric water will entirely supersede whisky, bince, according to the cciontific person's analysis, one quart of the water contains eight time3 as much political enthusiasm ana quaitof whisky, and had the disof the well been m,vV a month igo the fiee di-stulnition of tne watei by 1 lie Nh In.ll Temperance Committee .vouid ho ' o secured the triumphal election of - John. Such a discovery is of incalculable impoitance, and Mr McG.nniss will be ranked in the opinion of pK-sparity as one of the greatest benefactois of the race.

Thick or skimmed milk fed to hens increases the (ju ihty of the epgs. A ksvmsii attorney asked a veiy worthy gentleman what was honesty. " What is that to you ? Meddle with those things which concern you," was the instant reply. Why would a lawyer be more likely than .1 phjbician to make a good bibhop ? Because, however fond a physician might he of nutations, a lawyer would be tnoie at home in charging the clugy. It is seldom that a sick man leaves a w ill that somebody dosen't attempt to bicak ; but has anybody heard of an attempt to break a woman s will ? Whalkrs in Greenland. — The trade of Greenland is a strict monopoly of the Danish Government, and accordingly the Government puts a cheek upon any trading or fishing within a certain distance of the coast. It does not, however, prohibit the sale of small articles not used in their trade ; and accordingly, in addition to obtaining news of the ice and such other information, here commences a curious traffic with the natives, known to the Scottish whalers at leabt under the name of " troaking" or bartering. The articles most in demand by the seamen are models of the native kayaks, sc.ilsk in tobacco pouches, slippeis, bags, gloves, caps, trouseis, and waistcoats, ami \aiious nick narks carved out of wall us or isory, which the Greenlandeib execute with great ueatness and patience occupying most of the daik winter months, when confined liuloois, in such labour. In payment, they pie fer biscuits, cotton hamlerchicfs, black silk ones for the women to put round their heads at the place where the hair, being pulled up to fiom the " top knot," is getting thin ; shirts, or still bottei — if is ie to be hail — rum. Can't Prpacii Goon.— Xo man can do .1 good job of work, preach a Rood sermon, try 1 lawsuit well, doctor a patient, or write a K<><»'l article when ho (eels miserable and dull, with "ujjgish brain and unstrung nerves, and n«.n< -mnild mike the attempt in &111 h a cundicon n it can be so easily and cheaply removed by -1 in. le Hop Bitters. Look for Yt'a ! It is certainly true. Ask any of ».,i.r friends who hare purchased thetc. Garln 1. md Cranwell have numerous unasked for .md jer\ favourable commendations from country m<.t raers on their cxctllont packing of Furniture, Crockery, and Glass, &c. Ladies and gentlemen about to furnish should remember that Garlick and Cranwcll's is r»K Cheap Furnishing Warehouse of Auck1 inrl Furniture to suit all classes ; also Carpets, I'loor Clotln and all House Necessaries. If new house is nearly finished, or, you are p ointj to get married, visit Garlic* and Cranwell, Queen-street and Lome-street, Aurkland. Intending purchasers can have a catalogue sent ftco.

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A REMARKABLE WELL., The Waikato Times, Volume XXIV, Issue 1954, 15 January 1885

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A REMARKABLE WELL. The Waikato Times, Volume XXIV, Issue 1954, 15 January 1885

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