My Note: I purchase this whole 1889 "Richmond Virginia Weekly Dispatch" on EBay a few years back. It was described as having a Queer Delusion Story. Yes it did. On page 6 of the January 25, edition was this story below. It is my conclusion "Queer" in that time period just meant unusual; not today's vernacular.
There is much to note here. First, it is so well preserved, and yes the paper was completely yellowed, almost brown. However, the type was readable after some scanning/editing magic. Which brings me to question, why it was saved for all these years? Second, it was just reported as a regular news story. I know that reading it is not easy because we are all accustomed to today's concise reporting. Third and most remarkable, this story is over 133 years old! Enjoy.
One other personal note: My father's family are from the Eastern Shore of Virginia, several generation back. More than once while growing up I would hear "weird" thrown around when describing Eastern Shore inhabitants. Maybe this story was the genesis?