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Excerpts from the Interior Journal
Pulaski County Department Will C. Curd Somerset, Kentucky February 9, 1874
Horse and Jack bills nearly printed at the Journal office. The Pulaski Circuit Court will convene the fourth Monday in next month. 'Sdeath to the man that caricatures us with a comic valentine on the 14th. Next Monday will be County Court day, and we anticipate a good crowd in town. We would be delighted to receive a few names for the Journal, and would not object to a little "back pay" on subscriptions. Extensive preparations are being made by the lovers of the merry dance for the grand social cotillion party at the Courthouse Hall on the 23d. The handsome invitations printed by the Journal reflect credit upon the Book and Job department of that institution. Inquest of Lunacy. One Riley Tartar, residing about three miles north of Somerset, while in town on Thursday last, was arrested upon a warrant for disturbing religious worship and taken before his honor, Judge Dehoff, who from information received deemed it proper to impanel a jury to inquire into the state of mind & c., of the defendant, however the facts elicited at the trial were not sufficient to enable the jury to recommend him to the asylum. Mr. Tartar is a very strange and peculiar individual and his mind is certainly impaired to a great extent, while he is fast verging in on that unhappy and melancholy state of lunacy. He has the name of being a sober, hard-working, industrious citizen, and is a member of the church, the same that he is charged with disturbing. He is now subject to what he terms sleepy spells in which he goes off into a trance, after which he contends that he has been visited by Angels and has received revelations and forewarnings from God Himself, that he was forewarned twelve months since that an attempt would be made to imprison him, which has proved too true. He was raised in illiteracy and could not read until since the visitation of these "sleepy spells" and from the first attack he has gradually learned to read, and can now quote with great accuracy most any passage of the Bible. We don't believe that Mr. T. intended to disturb religious worship or went to the church for that purpose, and that when so guilty, he was laboring under his wild hallucinations and was in a state of unaccountability, and we are further convinced that his friends and family should keep him away from all religious excitement, because his mind cannot bear it, while it seems impossible for him to remain silent; and perhaps having imbibed a few erroneous doctrines he will take issue in a church or out of a church with any man who utters views contrary to his own. He has our sympathy and we trust that his friends will keep him away from other religious assemblies until his mind shall have become restored.
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