Beautiful Will of Insane Man.
Justice Walter Lloyd Smith, who presided over the third department of appellate division of the supreme court brought with him to the dinner of the New York University Law School Alumni Association Saturday night what he said was the most remarkable document that ever came into his possesion Others who read the document, the last will and testiment of Charles Lounsbury, who died in the Cook county asylum, at Dunning III., were disposed to agree with him.
Here it is:
"I, Charles Lounsbury, being of sound mind and disposing memory, do hereby make and publish this, my last will and testiment, in order as justly as may be to distribute my interest in the world among succeeding men.
"That part of my interest which is known in law and recognized in the sheep-bound volumes as property, being inconsiderable and of no account, I make no disposal of this in my will.
"My right to live being but a life estate, is not at my disposal, but these things excepted, all else in this world I now proceed to devise and bequeth.
"Item: I give to the good fathers and mothers, in trust for their children all good little words of praise and encouragement, and all quaint pet names and endearments, and I charge said parents to use them justly and generously, as the needs of their children
'Item: I leave to children inclusively, but only for the term of their childhood, all and every, the flowers of the fields and the blossoms of the woods with the right to play among them freely according to the customes of children, warning them at the same
time against thistles and thorns. And I devise to children the banks of the brooks, and the golden sands beneath the waters thereof, and the odors of the willows that dip therein, and the white clouds that float high over the giant trees. And I leave to the children the long, long days to be merry in in in a thousand ways, and the night and the moon and the train of the Milky Way to wonder at, but subject never-the-less, to the rights here-in-after given to lovers.
“I divise to boys jointly all the useful idle fields and commons where ball may be played; all pleasant waters where one may swim, all snow clad hills where one may coast, and all streams and ponds where one may fish, or where, when grim winter comes, one may skate; to have and to hold the same for the period of their boyhood. And all meadows with clover blossoms and butterflies thereof, the woods and their appurtenances, sqeirles and birds and all the distant places that may be visited, together with the adventures there found. And I give to said boys each his own place at the fireside at night, with all pictures that may be seen in the burning wood, to enjoy without let or hinderance and without any incumbrance of care.
"Item: To lovers I devise their imaginary world, with whatever the need, as the stars of the sky, the red roses by the wall, the bloom of the hawthorn, the sweet strains of music, and aught else by which they may desire to figure to each other the lastingness and beauty of their love.
"Item: To the young men jointly I devis and bequeth all boisrerous, inspiring sports of rivalry, and I give to them the distain of weakness and undaunted confidence in their own strength, though they are rude; I give them the power to make lasting friendships, possessing companions; and to exclusively I give all merry songs and brave choruses to sing with lusty voice.
"Item: And to them who are no longer children or youths or lovers. I leave memory, and I bequeth to them the volumn of Burns or Shakespear and of other poets, if there be other, to the end that they may live over the old days again, fully and freely, without tithe or dimunition.
Item : To our loved ones with snowy crowns I bequeth the happiness of old age, the love and gratitude of their children until they fall asleep". – New York Times.
[Source: “The Beaver Herald”; Beaver County, Oklahoma, Thursday, July 18, 1907; Transcribed by Andaleen Whitney]