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AX ECCENTRIC GX1US. strange Fancies ofaRmnUr Deceased New York aJtenary Man. rxmtheSeTkTkiph. Laughton Osborne died yesterday at the hM(n Ar (.. .i.i.. ;.. w.ut iMiuMih of at of to is as in Strange Fancies of a Recently Deceased New Vork Llterarr Man. From the Sew Tork Telegraph. Laughton Osborne died yesterday at the house of his sister in West Fifteenth street, New York, in the seventieth, year of his age. His death is said to be sudden, but his relatives are reticent as to the cause. He was little known to this i generation; but had he died about the time fcdpar Allan roe was one of his cronies the New Yorkers of that day would have known all about him. Laughton Osborne was as eccentric a child of genius as Poe, although not so great. Until late ly he resided with a brother in Nineteenth street, near Eighth avenue, where the former lived the life of a recluse. The brother was a medical gentleman, and of course went out to visit patients, but Laughton lived amid his books and birds somewhat the life of Mrs. Havisham, in Great Expectations. Within the post five years he has probably only been visited by half a dozen old friends. He was the son of an old physician, and was graduated at Columbia College in 1S27. Almost immediately afterward he entered upon literary pursuits. About 1831 he astonished the New York public to whom litsrory sensations were then rare with a rambling imitation of Tristram Shandy, entitled Sixty years of the life of Jeremy Lewis a grotesque, humorous, sensational, satirical, but crude and unhni-hed book in two stout volumes. About this time his sister died, and this event seems to have tended to develop a latent eccentricity. From that time he lived in a continual state of mental ferment and at war with publishers, the public and the critics. His tendencies were toward odd ps3cho-locicul investi'Mtions and skepticism. His second production wa3 ,i pamphlet entitled ine irearu ot illa-ad-deen, and intended. as the preface states, "to reconcile us to death and evil," and on the somewhat Bunsbyan ground that comparatively man is of little importance in the scale of creation. In 1S53 he published ia this city the Confession of a Poet. In 1SJ3 he issued at Boston a poetical satire entitled Kubeta, an .Epic Story of the Island of .Manhattan, witb illustrations done on Stone. The latter phrase hides a pun, for the object ol the volume was to ridicule Wm. L. Stone, the editor of the Com-mercinl Aihriiisrr. who had unmercifully criticised Osborne's earlier works. The book was alto full of rabid attacks upon a score of well-known New Yorkers, most of whom are now dead. It was crammed, too, with libelous notes. He was prosecuted for libel in consequence, but notlunir came of it. Thelwok was nota' ble for its fine paper, finer illustrations, and remarkable typographical excellence. It is now ery rare, and a copy of it recently sold at auction for $10. In 1541 the Applctons published for Osborne a metri cal romance, entitled Aithur Carrjl. Added to it were curious amatory odes and an Epistle to the Devil. The long poem con tained many felicitous descriptions of female beauty. By way of showing his versatility, Mr. Osborne" in 1814 published, through Wiley & Putnam, a Treatise on OM Painting, which, in its time, was received pleasantly by the profession. Alout ten years ago Michael Doolidy published tor him a semi-infidel drama, entitled Calvary, which is cot n pleasant production for Christian readers, yet it had a large sale. In his prime Langhton Osborne was a most remarkable-looking gentleman. His family in his early life were of the wealthiest in New York, and ho had command of money for purposes of travel and dalli ance with libraries-. pictures and publishers. His scholarship was varied and ac curate. He could almost have been called an American Cnchton. In conversation as well as with the pn he had few equals at downright inectie. Yet he exhibited strange flashes of tenderness and generosi ty at times. He was independent to the very point of Quixotism. He could have pro ed a great ornament and a welcome accession to society, because he was not onlyapoet and a painter, but a skilled musician and a master of the continental languages. Yet he chose rather to make an Ishmnel of himselr. Hi was fond ol contributing letters to the different journals. At one time of bis life he became a favorite visitor of the elder Bennett. Wheneer he walked the streets he was noticeable from the fact of his height that was within a quarter of an inch of six feet from his usually wearing in the streets a dress-coat, from the intellectual cast of hisfeatures. and frooi his manly, frank bearing. A U'orW reporter learned from his nephew, who is a physician, that his uncle carried his eccentricity to the last. He requested that his funeral should not lw announced, and that not even a relative should look upon his dead face. He will be buried quietly in the family plot at Greenwood today, with jerhaps not naif a dozen attendants. it as

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  1. The Saline County Journal,
  2. 26 Dec 1878, Thu,
  3. Page 4

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