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Continued from last week.
THE IRON CARRIER.
INCIDENT FROM LIFE AMONG THE
Translated from the Swedish forTheGrange Advance
by W r.
A LABORER'S DAUGHTER.
The northeast wind bit sharply as it
blew through the harbor of the City
Yard and shook raging drifts of snow
from its wings.
From the church tower of Sodermalm
the trumpet with its sepulchral and
monotonous sound announced the
eleventh hour of the night.
Have we then been three hours in
this d—d den exclaimed Dahl, ^.ho
shivering from cold, covered his bare
head with his hands the deuce take
you and your common people."
Indeed, this is no weather for
promenading in stockings," sighed Ja
ger, who had lost his wooden shoes du
ring the tumult.
The winter-night is not a whole
seme ointment for a wounded face,"
added the Iron-Carrier, dipping his
bloody head in a snow drift.
And no tavern open, where I for
money could borrow a coat and an old
hat! lamented Dahl.
Well! I have never before experi
enced a like adventure," said Jager,
and it will be long before I expose
myself to another !—in the mean time
I thank you, Axelson I shall never
forget the service you have rendered
me and my friend."
You live at the North end, little
boys, but before you have gone half
way, you will be frozen to death,
though you be journeymen mechanics,
—I must take you home with me—I
do it unwillingly, but it cannot be
helped—necessity knows no law—let
And thereupon the Iron-Carrier,
reaching out with his long legs, took
the lead. Jager and Dahl followed
They hastened up the stairs of The
Last Penny," and jogging by the
Church of St. Catherine, soon stood
outside of a small frame house on a
narrow street. The Iron-Carrier
opened the gate and the three night
wanderers found their way up a narrow
flight of wooden steps.
Here we have a long, narrow pas
sage/' said the Iron-Carrier, my door
is at the end of the passage—walk cau
tiously and follow me!"
Dahl and Jager followed, groping in
the narrow dark passage, but when the
former in passing by a door lock
brushed it with his hand, he could not
keep from turning the lock, whereupon
the door flew open.
Dahl looked into the room, but start
ed back with a cry of terror.
What was that asked the Iron
When I looked into that room,"
answered Dahl, I saw a coffin—the
moon-light on the plate and the tin
stars startled me."
That is what you get for looking,"
said the Iron-Carrier, when a man
for the first time goes into a house and
strikes upon a coffin, it bodes no good."
Who is dead asked Jager.
Madame Nyberg, laundress in her
life-time, a good old woman, who
washed for many high and noble gen
tlemen. If the fine young ladies of
of Stockholm had known, what she
knew, they would, believe me, be cured
of their desire to marry—but here is
my door—aha—she has heard us—my
little Anna has not gone to sleep yet."
And from the opened door gleamed a
light} but she who carried the light
and received them gleamed like an ap
parition from heaven.
She was a tall, slender young woman
in coarse woolen dress, standing in the
sparingly furnished room the face,
which out of a cloud of rich blonde
carls, smiled upon them, was
that of an angel. One does not need
to be a journeyman mechanic to be
startled at such a vision, either in the
day or in the night.
However, she did not smile long
with terror, in her look she threw
her arms around the neck of the Iron
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Great heavens! where have you
been, papa cried she, your head is
bleeding you have been beaten !—who
has beaten you
Well, well, you little goblin, let
me alone," muttered the Iron-Carrier,
don't you see that I have company—
a blacksmith and a dyer—two able la
borers, I assure you—this is Anna, my
daughter—a good girl—but afraid as a
hare when anything happens her father
—is like her mother as a berry—did
not look so bad either, my late wife—
she was still quite handsome, when she
lay a corpse in this room—one must be
Iron-Carrier as I am to be able to bear
such a loss—you have fire in the stove,
that was well—you are ironing, I see—
that was good, my little Anna."
Jager and Dahl could not tear their
eyes from is beautiful girl, runing
around the room, to put things in or
der and to take the ironed linen from
A large bowl filled, with water, wa3
set forth and the three men at once com
menced washing themselves glancing
into the small looking glass, hanging
against the wall, Dahl recognized once
more with pleasure his own counte
nance, which was truly handsome.
With more boldness than before he
looked upon the beautiful girl who was
standing by with a towel in his hand,
but which he did not need to use, for
the eyes of the girl flew over her face
with the heat of a smoothing-iron.
He commenced to stammer forth
some common pleasantries, but was
checked by the look of the father and
by a glance from Jager.
Upon a sign from her father, Anna
flew to the press and produced there
from divers articles of clothing.
I told you that I was a hosier also,"
said the Iron-Carrier, you can each
choose pair of these—there are shoes
sufficient to fill a whole blacksmith shop,
yes, even a dye house, at least of that
kind you work in, gentleman—you who
lost your hat, can take this one—I have
used it only once and that was at the
funeral of my wife—therefore, I dare
not use it any more, because it is a bur
den to my head—your head, Courtier,
is of course not pressed by such trifles."
There was something so solemnly sor
rowful in the words of the strong man,
that our two adventurers were not even
able to open their mouths in order to
thank the kind host.
Upon another sign from her father,
the girl hastened into another room,
the door of which was concealed by some
dresses hanging thereon.
That is Anna's little chamber ex
plained Axelson. "I sleep in this
room myself, and am watching like a
spaniel at the door of my child
•'The good angels certainly keep
watoh at the bed of innocence," said
Do you say that, sir but it does
however happen sometimes that the
good angels are oversleep themvelves,"
answered the Iron-Carrier.
Anna now entered carrying a platter,
provided with a frugal supper, consist
ing of whiskey, butter and bread, and a
few pieces of sausage.
The host commenced to eat and
drink, and the guests were not slow to
follow his example. Never had a sup
per tasted as well as this one.
The clock struck twelve in the
Church of St. Catherine.
Go now to bed, Anna—good night
my little girl—little ?—will soon be as
tall as I, although she is only sixteen
years—courtesy now for these gentle
men, good night to you!"
Anna courteaied and disappeared.
This girl is your only child asked
Yes, but she is my all—she is my
only joy—a father ought not to boast
of his child, but she is good, God knows,
and she loves me—never has she made
me the least trouble, and she is very
quick to learn."
"Well, do yon give her any educa
tion ?—it appears to me that she merits
a better fate than to toil as a servant
girl all her life, or to be married tosome
body who can never understand her
"You are right sir—one does not
earn any gold within, the laboring and
serving class—to be sore, I have,
though it is a shame for me to tell it,
saved together so much, that I might
be able to give her—I am myself a
rough man, but for all that I know that
a good education is the best thing a
father can give his child—the only
thing that troubles me is that I then
may have to be parted from her—that I
cannot watch over her—a handsome
face adorns a woman, but it might also
be her misfortune—many a night I
have laid and thought of that—yes, by
Christ and his dear blood, he who mur
ders my child's innocence, him I would
strangle without even granting him time
to read his pater noster—but it is late
—there are two coats—they are needed
in such weather—but that is so, who of
you gentlemen was it that ordered the
refreshments at the
forgot to pay for it and Mrs. Strom
quist is perhaps now swearing over such
Here is money," said Jager taking
some bills from his pocket-book and lay
ing them in the hand of the Iron-Car
rier, you can pay for us when you go
there the next time."
"Willingly—but what is that? the
deuce, is that drink money for me
please take them back—otherwise I will
put them in the fire."
My dear Axetaon, we certainly shall
pay for the stockings which—"
Ah well, that was another thing—
but then this will be enough, it is any
how a much better price than I get at
the linen draper's shop."
Will you be offended if I ask you
to use the rest in buying some good
books for your Anna
Books—oh no—but that you un
derstand better than I, sir—buy them
yourself and send them at the same
time you send the clothes to-morrow—I
thank you for it—I like you, sir—but
let such masquerades as these alone—of
course I can see that you, gentlemen,
are not laborers of the same make as I
am, and others with me. If you want
to know the laboring class correctly
you ought not to look for them in the
saloons—the Blue Cloth ought to
have taught you as much."
That is very true," said Dahl, and
therefore it would be a greater reason
to visit the good people in their homes
—what we have learned this evening."
"Indeed?—well, may be—but then
there ought not to be any handsome
daughter in the house—I would rather
see the evil one in my room than a
Stockholm dandy—the former I can
drive away by the help of God, but the
latter does not fear either God or man
—and now good night! I will light you
Jager and Dahl wrapped themselves
in the coats of their gigantic host and
stepped down the stairs accompanied by
When they came to the gate and
stopped to take farewell of each other,
Jager gave his hand to the Iron-Carrier
In what way can we thank you
for the service you have rendered us
Thank me—yes, by not visiting
me any more—do you hear that, Mr.
Courtier and dyer—I saw very well
how you stared at my little girl—good
And the gate was shut, separating
the host and guests from each other.
What a splendid man exclaimed
Jager, and he is only a simple Iron
Carrier what strength! what honor!
and such love for the memory of his
wife—such tenderness for his child
Have you seen any more divine be
ing exclaimed Dahl what eyes
what neck! you saw her hands—-oh
my—but you did not see her feet per
haps !—I cursed you for enticing me to
the «Blue Cloth,' but now I bless*you
for showing me a Madonna whose
equal cannot even be found on Raphael's
Now I understand why he did not
want us to visit him—he knows us bet
ter than we know him."
He forbid us all visits," said Dahl,
well, we will see, we will see."
"Take care, Dahl, and remember
what he said 'he who murders the
innoeenee of my child, him I will
strangle without even granting him
time to read his pater noster/"
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I remember that very well—he is
not to be played with, the brute."
He ought not to be played with
either," added Jager
After a long and tedious walk the
two friends stopped at Gustaf Adolph's
Square and bid each other good night.
Look here, Jager," said Dahl, do
not send the clothes and those charm
ing books before I see you to-morrow."
I would like to add a few pounds
of confectionery as an acknowledgment
for the polite hostess—good night to
To be continued.
County Elections in Illinois.
We print elsewhere the official returns
of the elections in 94 out of 102 coun
ties in Illinois, leaving only eight to be
heard from. Forty-nine of these coun
ties have been carried by the Farmers',
er Anti-Monopoly tickets fifteen by
the regular Republican organization and
seventeen by the Democrats. In thir
teen counties, including Cook, the issue
was foreign to party politics. Of the
remaining eight counties not yet heard
from, six have heretofore been
Democratic in politics and two Republi
can. The Farmers, or Anti-Monopolists,
have opposed both the old parties in the
late campaign. In this respect their vic
tory has been almost unparalleled.—
They have carried forty-nine counties
against the organization of the Democrat
ic or the Republican party,—whichever
happened to be the stronger in the par
ticular county of contest,—while the
Republican and Democratic parties to
gether have only carried thirty-six coun
ties. A year ago, every county in the
State was in the possession of one or the
other of the old parties. To-day they
cannot together claim more than 40 out
of 102. When ifr is remembered that
this is the first campaign ever made by
the Anti-Monopolists as a distinct party,
and that their organization has been het
erogeneous and irregular, the achieve
ment is one that may well make the old
line politicians quake. The result is an
indication of a general wiping out of old
party lines in Illinois, as well as in Wis
consin and Iowa.
Though this remarkable success has
been achieved under the name of Farm
ers" and "Anti-Monopolists," it means
something more than a determined and
wide spread-movement against the mo
nopoly abuses of the railroads. It is
likewise a protest against party monopo
ly and party abuses on all sides. The
Farmers' movement in Illinois owes its
cohesiveness not more to railroad abuses
than to the salary-grab, and the thous
and-and-one familiar instances of fraud
practiced by both the Republican and
Democratic parties of late years. The
Farmers' Movement in Illinois, like the
reform party in Wisconsin, the Anti
Monopoly party in Iowa, and the Inde
pendent party in California, means a new
political party, designed to snatch the
scepter of power from the rotten politi
cal organizations that have conspicuously
betrayed their trust. At the first elec
tion in this State since its appearance in
the field, it has carried forty-nine coun
ties where the other parties have carried
thirty-two. Next year the issue will be
more important to the Anti-Monopolists,
because members of the State Legisla
ture and members of the National Con
gress are to be elected, and the strength
of the new party which is at once Anti
Monopoly, Anti-Corruption, Reform and
Independent, will be developed in pro
portion. It is well that Illinois has tak
en her place in the front.—Chicago
Submarine Railway to Franee.
The Minister of Public Works at
Versailles, M. Deseilligny, has addressed
a circular to the French prefects regard
ing the proposal to construct a submarine
railway between England and France.—
He states that a scheme has been sub
mitted to the two Governments by an
Anglo-French company to construct a
tunnel under the Channel, of about 34,
400 metres long, connected with the rail
ways on each shore by underground
lines of about ten kilometres in length,
the company asking no pecuniary assist
ance or guarantee except' the perpetuity
of the exclusive right to work the rail
way and freedom from competition.—
The English Government replied that it
saw no objection to the proposal, except
so far as regarded the monopoly, to which
it could in no case give its assent.—
Before any building engagements were
made, the principal of the project should
be submitted to public examination.—
With this view, instructions have been
issued to the Prefect of the Pas-de-Ca
lais to open an inquiry, and at the same
time the Minister thinks it desirable that
a work of this international importance
should be placed before the Chambers of
Commerce, and he requests the Prefects
to invite the Chambers of their, several
departments to favor him with their
views on the scheme.
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gIMMONS & STRANDNES,
DRV GOODS, GROCERIES, HATS, CAPS, BOOTS,
SHOES AND CLOTHING.
Corner of Main and Bush streets, A. J. Clark's
Butter and Eggs taken at highest market price.
J^ELSON & WINCHESTER,
Foreign and Domestic Dry Goods
AND GENTS' FURNISHING GOODS
Corner of Main and Bush Streets,
Red Wing, Minnesota.
Sept. 15th, 1873.
&C, &C, &C.
Red Wing, Minnesota.
SHELDON & CO.,
STORAGE, FORWARDING AND
Agents American Express Company.
Keep constantly on hand a full supply of
SALT, COAL, LIME AND CEMENT.
Warehouse, Corner of Plumb and Levee streets,
Red Wing, Minnesota.
T. B. SHELDON.
E. H. BLODGETT.
UY THE BEST
Davis' Vertical Peed
CALL AND SEE THEM OVER CLARK'S DRUG
STORE, cor. Bush and Third sts., Red Wing, Minn.
MAY A. BRAMER.
One door from Main street, formerly known aa
PHOTOGRAPHS, REMBRANDTS, GEMS,
FERROTYPES, &c, &c.
Groups of any number successfully taken. All tke
Negatives preserved. Special attention paid to Chil
_, MISS B. R. SPRAKE.
Also Agency for Singer's New Family Sewing
BETCHER & CO.,
VIBRATOR THRESHING MACHINES,
CHAMPION AND BURDICK REAPERS,
FAIRBANKS SCALES, etc.
Red Wing, Minnesota.
Corner of Main and Plnmb Streets,
Red Wing, Minnesota,
JJUBBARD, WELLS & CO.,
Proprietors of "FOREST MILLS,"
Zumbrota, Minn., and MAZEPPA MILLS,
Mr. P. P. CARPENTER, of this city, has for many
years manufactured the well known
YORK STATE PUMP
Give him a call at
HILL'S S Mai street,
Red Wing, Minn.
J^JONEY TO LOAN.
HODososr & ws&vm,
ATTORNEYS AND COUNSELORS At'
LA W and
REAL ESTATE DEALERS,
RED WING, MINN.
pIANOS AND ORGANS.
VARIETY OF STYLES
OF THE BEST QUALITY, AND
ON VERT LIBERAL TERMS.
Call and see before purchasing.
Music Rooms adjoining Dental Rooms.
f. A. WILLIAMSON, Agent