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BY EDWIN 0. MANNING. - .
"Westward the Course of Empire takes its Way!"
VOLUME IV, NUMBER 4.
MAEYS VILLE, KANSAS, SA.TUPEIDA.Y, MA.1T, 19, 1866.
THE BIG BLUE UNION,
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Judicial District and Supreme Court of Kansas,
iul the Courts of the Second Judicial District
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ATTORNEY AT LAW
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Mary smile, Kansas;
Will practice in the Courts of Marshall, Ne
iha and Brown Counties in tho Second Judi
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Davis in the Thirl Judicial District.
Collections carefully attended to and pro:eeds
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J. Q. JULEiEJ
PHYSICIAN and SURGEON,
Is permanently located in MarysviHe, and
'11 promptly attend to all calls in hi3 proi'es-
Jn. Gflice.i,'r-ctirftU'fl "S-Slore-
DR. A. tt. EDWARDS,
HAVING located permanently in MarysviHe,
takes pleasure in offering to the afflicted
throughout Mirfrhall county and counties adja
reat his professional fccrvices. After the expe
rienca of several yeas practice and three years
ia the United Slates Military Hospital he hopes
to merit a chare of patronage. Office a the
City Drug Store. March 31 No 49.-tf.
I Have opened a Tailor Shop on the north side
ofDroidway, MarysviHe, ono door west of
1. V. Lovcll's Store, where I will always be in
"eadiness to cut and make gentleraens' gar
taats of all kinds, in the latest and best styles.
1'irticular attention given to cutting. Old gar
cents Cleaned and Repaired in the neatest man
ler. I will warrant entire satisfaction to all
vho will favor mo with their patronage.
S-33-tf JOHN McCOY. .
Jam Frazier, Proprieio r ,
CaKOLINE ST. BT. SKCOKD & THISD,
Ifarysville, - Kansas
This Hotel has been open for fiveyears, and
the proprietor is thankful for past favors, and
tolicits a continuance of the same, with tho
promise of the usual attention. vl-n'27-ly
I HAVIJ lately purchased the property known
as Barrett's Hotel, in this place, and shall
tndeavor. to keep a First Class Hotel. Fare
Two Xiaorge Stables
connected with the Hotel.
UAY,CORX,A!U OATS, PfcEXTY.
vScpt. 30tb, 1865-ly '
MW WAGOU SHOP,
"WM". L. KIEFOVER, Proprietor.
Tr. KIEFOVER has started b corapleta Wagon Shop
I operauon in ax&rrsrille, in connectien with the
fcadat all times, ready to receive orders fornew wagons
r-'ciMr oiaooes. ite is prcparca to stock piovrs, make
n . "Xtaing apertaltung to that lino of business.
aail CQHntV. ARlilrith tVvir ,-,.. oin nnurionro in f)n
i feels csttrely tcmiJot ef tirjine ali that may
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A T.OMAXCE FO0XDED OS FACT.
Our regiment was stajoned at ftlorgao'e
Ford. ,Our Colonel hat! ben shot b, au
Indian guerrilla, and cur Lieut Colonel
had gone home sick, and so the commaud
devolved on our major, whose name was
Farwell. He was a middle aged, dashing
fellow, given to social enjoyment, and, as
a general thing, keeping on pretty friend
ly terms with those about him. He was
naturally free and eay a fine soldier and
strict disciplinarian. He"ivas a kind-hearted
and generous man, though troubled
with a temper that led him into error at
Major Farwell had been in command
but a few weeks, when be concluded to
send for bis wife to come and slay with
bun through the summer. He had com
fortable quariers and "there was little dan
ger the Indians would make another attack.
I was on a foraging expedition when
Mrs. Farwell arrived ; but I returned on
the following day and was in season to at
tend the party which the iVIajor gave ou
the occasion. The staff and line officers,
not kept awayon dutj, were all present,
and joy and tnprrimeni ruled the hour.
Mrs. Farwell was younger tlfan her hus
band, a portly woman, bearing herself
with peculiar grace and dignity,' wi'houi
any effort or showof offeciation. She as
sumed no needless reserve, but treatpd heF
guests with kindness and consideration,
seeming only anxious ih.it all siould feel
at home and enjoy themselves.
In that fir-olf region he laws of toial.ab
Btinenc6 were not strictly adhered to ; and
on the present occasion we not only emp
tied several bottles of wine, but -several
bottles of old Bourbon wore included in the
bill of fare. Towards midnight the ladies
withdrew, but the officers were not quite
ready to retire. The Major was in the
highest spirits, and song aud story, with
flowing goblets, gave us occupation. By
and by, I proposed a toast: ''Mrs. M.tjovV
Farwell," and it was drank vvith three
hearty Iheers. Why in the world the Ma
jor sliouid Imvc taken offence, I cannot
comprehena fUUI fre ata vol ai iTTtTniat "3"
that I had better not make too free with
his wife's name.'
"Egad !" I replied, without stepping to
weigh my words, "If )Tou must have your
handsome lady assacred as that, you ought
not to have brought her out here "
"Capt. Willct," he cried, rising to his
feet, "if you breathe the lady's name again
I'll kick you from my quarters."
I had started from my seat, when Lieut
Walker, who was sitting by my aide, pulled
"Zounds !" ho utteredJ in a whisper,
"don't Eay another word. The Major is
mad, and he's a bst jealous too. Can't you
As Walker spoke, it flashed upon me
that Mrs. Farwell had been very attentive
to me. She had danced with me? four or
five times, and had promenaded with me
upon the piizza.
But I could not bear such language as
Major Farwell had addressed to me, and in
spite of my friend's remonstrance, 1 re
lorted upon hm. My blood was heated
with whisky, and I cared no more for the
commanding officer at that time, than I
would have cared for aidrummer boy.
"By Heaven, sir," I replied, "yov would
have a fine time kicking me out ! Perhaps
you had better try it now!"
The Major sprang towards me and caught
me by the collar. L thought at the time he
meant to strike ; but I was subsequently
convinced he did not. But I struck him
upon the cheek with the flat of my hand
With a hissing oath he drew a pistol
from his pocket, but before he could use
it the Adjutant taught his arm, and three
or four of my friends hurried me to my
On the following morning, I awoke with
anything but a pleasant feeling, '.when I re
membered what had transpired jiurins the
previous night. I felt wretched enough. I
curs'ed the wine cup and the whisky hot
tic from the bottom of my heart and in
wardly resolved I would touch the stuff no
more Still. I was forced to take a stiff
hot toddy to steady my nerves; and after
dressing myself, sat down to a cup of cof
fee. I was thus ungaged, when our Adju
tant, Mr. Bowker, enteredmy quarters.
I bade him good morning, and asked him
if he would not take some breakfast wi'h
"Not now," said he, shaking his head
,lI have called upon business. Ah, Cap
lain, this is a bad affair. Do you renieni-
ber that you struck the Major last night?" j
. '-Yes, I remember it very well remem
ber it too well.
" fTo nvnpoiD ttom tn makfi an anlno-v "
1 pursued the Adjutant.
J And if T do nnt?" v
Then you must fight him.".
"You vere present, Bowker, during the
entire scene ?"
"Then I wish you to.tell me the truth,
for lain free to confess that my brain was
on a bit of a whirl last night First ; did
I, in my toast to Mrs vFarwell, give him
the leabt occasion of ill-feeling ?"
1 1 could see none Captain ; but you re
member he hadbeen nVhiking."
"Exactly and in that we were even.
Aud now did he not, id the presence of
his whole company, threa'fen to kick me
from his quarters ?" ' '
"And did he not lay nia hand upon me
before I struck him?" '
"I cannot be pusitive, but I think he
"Then," said I, drinking the last of my
coffee, "I shall make no apology."
"You will remember, Captain," 'sugges
ted Bowker, "that the'M.ijor is a dead shot,
and that in the handling of a sword he has
no superior." -'V.
"I care nothing about that." I knew the
temper of our officers, and I knew I should
be held in light esteem if I allowed the
Mijor to, back me down. Once more Bow
ker asked if I would apologise.
I told him most emphatically, "No."
"Then,5' added he, "I have instructions
to deliver this note."
JIo handed me an unsealed missive,
which I found to bo a challenge, and by it
I was informe'd that Adjutant Bowker was
empowered to. make all neccessary ar
rangements. My warmest friend in. the regiment was
a First Lieutenant named Walker, and I
sent for him at nee, desiring him to act
as my second. At fir-t he. InW to dissuade
me from fighting, hot when he found I
would not retractf he consented to serve me,
though I' could see very plainly he liked
not the business. However he asked me
if I had any instructions to give him.
"' Otffyivv?- :Mi$,MvI replied, -'.pirsI
will fyhi with pistols; and second, as nty
nerves are somewhat unstrung, I would like
the affair to be put off till to-morrow morn
Walker went away with the Adjuiant,
and when he returned he informed me that
the arrangements were all made. We
wore to meetat 7 o'clock the following morn
ing weapons pistols distance twelve pa
ces our seconds to toss for choice of po
sition to fire at the word cf command.
After dinner I sat down to arrange ray
affairs. 1 wrote several letters, which I
sealed and emdose'd in a single envelope,
to be sent off by my clerk in case t should
fall. My property I gave into Walker's
chargp, with instructions how to dispose of
it. When matters had been thus arranged,
it was well toward evening, and taking a
light cane in my hand I walked out for a
breath of fresh air.
Not far from the camp were Morgan's
Falls, a wild, romantic spot, whero the wa
ter of the river tumbled over a hugh bed
of broken rocks ; and towards this spot I
bent my steps. Just above the falls was a
btidge of logs, from which could" he ob
tamed one of the grandest scenes that ever
blessed the eye of an artist As I reached
the summu of an eminence hear the falls,
I saw a woman and a child standing upon
the bridge ; but 1 lost them for a time, as
I descended into the shrubery. I was just
emerging from the thicket when a sharp
piercing cry of agony rang upon my ear.
1 sprang to the bridge, and there I saw the
She was wringing her hands and shriek
ing like a crazy creature. I was not many
momen'sin comprehending the truth Be
ow the bridge, floating on the troubled
waters. I saw the child, its spreading gar
men's buoying it up; aud I could hear the
tiny voice calling, ' Mumma ! Mamma !"
There was not a moment to be lost The
child was going nearer and nearer to the
fills nearer aud nearer to death ! It was
a fearful chat-ce for me, for the chances
were that I shou'd be taken over into the
hissing boiling surge beneath the rocks.
But what was the risk to me then ? If I
died in the river, 1 should not stand in the
way of Major Farwell' bullet. I had bet
ter a thousand times give up my life thus,
than throw it away in the duelThe wom
an saw me, and anppled to me for help ;
but my coat was off before she discovered
me, and in a moment I was- in, the water.
striKing oui witn an my power.
The child was half.' way from the bridgo
to the Falls when 1 started j but I swam
rapidly and caughE it just where the waters
began to gather for the plunge. It was a
girl, not more than three or four years old,
with bright golden ringlets, large blue eyes,
and a face like a cherub. She clasped
her little arms about my neck and called
"Oh papa good papa don't let Kitty
,gb into the wicked place down there."
With all my might I held up the child
and struct for the shore ; but it was not to
be. I hed been drawn within the swift
current, and no mortal could hare withstood
it. The prospects of the 'morrow look
from me all fears for the present and I as
more' calm and collected th.in I might oth
erwise have been. As soon as I realized
that I must go over the Falls, I turned
every thought to saving the child, for, even
in those few short moments, the darling
had won strangely and deeply upon my
Nearer and nearer ! swifter and swifter !
the roar of the mad waters growing louder
and louder, until at length the edge was
reached. Close to ray bosom I bore the
child, shielding it as well as I could, and in
a moment my eyes were closed beneath the
boiling flood. Down down down
around like a top then away over the bed
of gmooth rocks ; and when I finally op
ened my 'eyes I snfw the shore not far off,
and quickly discovered that I could stand
upon my feet, with my head out of water.
I reached the shore just as three or four
soldiers came down the mule path, and
they helped mo to a bed of moss, and took
the child from my arms.
Was the child safe ?
They jold me yes. I looked up and saw
the cherub smile, and then my brain whirl
ed, as it had whirled in the flood, and I
sank into the strong arms of one of my
men. quite dizzy and faint.
Whose child was it?
"The nur.se took it away," replied my
orderly, "and it is alive and well."
But neither knew, the woman who had
it in chatge was a stranger, and anxiety on
my account had prevented their asking
It was now eight o'clock, and I Had
been m my quarters an hour. I arose,
feeling-quite sore, and my left arm was so
lame that I could not lift it. I took a little
warm wine, and eat a light supper and by
ten o'clock I felt quite strong.
In the morning I felt sore and stiff, and
was forced to hang my left arm in a sling.
Walker, when he carnc, suggested that
the duel be put off; but I would lis
ten to no such proposition.
A few glasses of wine made me feel bet
ter and I believed my right hand would be
At half-past six we took our pistols and
started for the place which was in a seclu
ded spot on the river, ahout half a mile be
low the falls. I felt somewhat fatigued when
I reached the place, aud was forced to call
on my second for his flask. In a liule
while the Major and Adjutant made their
appearance, and I suggested to Walker
that I would like to have the affair over as
quick as possible. - I was growing weak
and shaky, though'I did not tell him so.
He had opened the pistol case, and was
taking out the weapon, when Mr. Bowker
"Gentlemen," he said, Major Farwell
wishes to speak before we proceed auv fur
ther." "I am ready to listen," I replied; "only
let him be brief as possible."
Presently the Major came towards me
"Captain," he said, with perceptible
tremalousdess in his tone, '! have chal
lenged you, and the arrangements are ail
made. I will s.tn
may firo at me."
"You mean wo will exchange shots,"
"No," he returned, ohaking his. head, I
cannot fire at you."
"But,Vir, what means this ?"
"Do you not know ?" he asked, seem
ing equally amazed.
I assured him that I did not.
You saved a human life last night."
" Yes ; I saved a cherub "
"Do yon know whose cherub it was ?"
I told him I had not the least idea.
With a quick movement he advanced
and caught my hand.
Captain Willet,' hs exclaimed, with
strong emotion, "that r.hilrt was mine !
You mayh ave your shot; but I would
rather die a thousaud deaths than raise
my hand.against thepreserver of my prec
I t,ried to make some replv, but could
not speak coherently. .! bad been growing
'weaker and weaker, and. my head was
lade. I wilj s.tnnd where I am and you
whirling,and the sound of rushing, hissing
waters rung in my ears. $
"Ah the ordeal of the Falls- "was too
much for him 1" I heard Walker sayaa
he caught me in his arms.
"Captain, Captain, forgive me ! pardon
me ! I was to blame 1"
Sol heard the Major speak. I pressed
his hand and tried to smile.
I was sick for a long time, but T had
the best and tendered nursing. Mrs. Far
well wis like a mother or a loving sister to
n.e and the Major was not jealous. And
when I grew stronger, the "bright eyed
cherub was my companihn. And as she
wouud her tiny arms about my neck, ehe
said that she loved me very much, and'
that I must be her "other papa."
The Home of Taste.
The home of taste is not necessarily tho
result of lavish expenditure ; the most
humble may command it. If the poor
man cannot have his picture-gallery, he
can still gratify his love of art by embell
ishing his walls with the works of the
great masters brought within his reach by
the multiplying skill of the copyist and
the engraver. If he cannot baYe a libra
ry panelled with palm branches, and con
taining a collection of Aldines on vellum,
and Caxtons worth hundreds of dollars, ho
can still command elegant editions of tho
greatest historians, philosophers, and poets
to whom God gave ibe gift of expression.
In a homo of taste it does not require a
fortune to set up a vase of flowers, or an
aquarium, or a cage of birds that shall
sing to their master all day long, and en
trap every spare moment of leisure he
may "be able to affotd to listen to them.
"William Stewart, U. S. Senator frorn
Nevada, is a native of Trumbull county,
Ohio. In his boyhood days he was em
ployed as a farm laborer. He managed
to get sufficient funds to attend school, and,
having qualified himself as a teacher, be
kept a district school iu the winter to pro
vide the means of attending an academy
in the summer. Several years since, ho
immigrated, to California, was elected
Sheriff of San Francisco, and there mar-'
ried a daughter of Henry S. Foote. Mora,
recently he tried his fortune in Nevada)
and turned up U. o. Senator.
A gentleman residing at Springfioldl
111., has a Newfoundland dog, which four
years ago was as black as jet. The dog
was troubled with fleas, and some parliea
advised him to apply coal oil to the dog.
He did so, rubbing the dog all over with
the oil, when, to his wonder and astonish-
mout, the dog's hair began to turn white,
and hs is now a while instead of a black
We gather from the Agricultural .Re
port of February, 1866, the following re
port as the produce of Kansas in the year
1865: Indian corn 6,729,236 bushels,
wheat 191,519 bushels, rye 4,061, bushels,
oats, 155,290 bushels, barley 6,661 bush-'
els, buckwheat 24,228 bushelsj-potatoes'
275,720 bushels, tobacco 22,043 H)3., hay
1 IS 384 tons. The whole number of acrea
cultivated 243 712. Total'valuatiou of the
Colonel Forney's Chronicle, in describ
ing the interview between Senator Foot
and Secretary Stanton, says when the lat
ter paid him his customary visit, and. ask
ed him whether there was anything he
conld do to serve him : "Yes," said Mr.
Fool, with characteristic emphasis, "ihero
is one thing you can do for 'me, and that is
to remain in the War Department to pro
tect the interests 6f the people."
General R. B. Mitchell arrived from
New Mexico yesterday, says the Lawrenco
Tribune of Saturday. He comes out for
hisfamilv, and will soon return to assume
the duties of his now position as Governor
of that Teiriiory. He reports the recent -
mineral discoveries of that country as sur-
The Leavenworth Times of the 3d, says :
"Two families living in the Northern part
of the city were poisoned by eating greens.
One, consisting of a mother and three chil
dren, were severely sick. Violent vomit
ing and prostration followed, but they
have been relieved. Tersowshould be
The JDemocral is informed that the
more decided and Radical Republicans of
the Fifth District of Iowa propose to
bring forward .Major General G. M. Dodge,
as a candidate for Congress at the nezti
I election. Tho District is now.represeme
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