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THE 2TEW NORTHWEST, THUBSDAyT, NOVEMBER IS, 18S0.
AWAKE. "A Illy, awake and aware.-.lxAif Inghuiw. The world is full of foolish drainers, . Ami I unknowing wlletl Uie number: My dreams were full of light ami liuisle; I had no wish to wake from slumber. i dwelt in gardens hung with Ucanty, I fonml a friend, the b-f mid truest; See always wore a smile to j?reet me, hi eyas the merriest and bluest. Days glided by and brought a lover, Who wooed me with the tend'rest jtfaneas, Until my heart compelled me fairly To yiald at last to Love's advances. The sweetest Summer shone around me, As, hand in hand with frieml and lever, I Milled the trackless sea of fancy, Xew realm.-; of pleasure to discover. I woke one morn, and friend and lover JIad sailed Hwy from me together, And taken nil my dreams and .Suwmer And left me storm and Wintry weather. It seems aa yet that dreams are cruel. An, me : I am no yottiiK to waken And find en earth no troth in left ine ; tWs: "I loved, and am forsaken." Wlelte jr. Cuoke, (h A'ew York Imtiejmultnt. WILLOW GRANGE. .grSTOKY OF LrFK IX Eastkkn Okimon. BY BELIZE W. COO.KK. AUTHOK OF "TKAKS ANI VICT9KT. lUntaroU In the Oiiiee of Mbmriau of Coaffreac at Washing ton, JJ. c, in the year L3M.J OHAITER X. The hours of the night that followed Bertha's return home were liours of the greatest agony she Ibid ever endured. Her father lay insensible, al ubosI lifeless. He gave no response to her tender toneaas she sometimes called his name and tried sooche him when he groaned or muttered in Hfctfttet words. He showetl no signs of recogni tion. Her mother sat on the opposite side of the feed and watched, with a weary, almost hopeless gare, husband and daughter, sometimes essaying to help, but permitting Bertha to do as she chose. Site Imd begged Berthn to take some rest before trying to watch over her father, but the poor girl Trould not hear of such a thing. "I am not tired," said she; "lam fresh. But you, mother, you ought to rest. Can you not take i hour, at least? You look so wearied out." I could not sleep if I should try," said her another. "Father is always more restless the first part of the night Ronwe will rest till one o'clock; isnd then, if there is no change for the worse, T may lie down an hour or two." t&ectiwi bathed the hot forehead ami fanned the gala-drawn face of her father so gently and sooth ingly that he seemed to grow quieter by degrees, and when midnight came he sank into a deep tdeaju Soon afterward Ifcwcoe came In to take his mother's place, and prevailed upon her to go and sack for rest. f there is the slightest change, you must wake mo," said site. They promised to do so, ami the weary wife Srent sadly away, fearing to yield her place, but driven to it by the knowledge tliat she liad got further trials for her strength, in case of either rfcafih or recovery, for which she must try to be prepared. The sleeper was very quiet for hours and, as the $TiysicIan had left orders that he be not disturbed If he slept, Bertha and Boscoe had nothing to do but sit quietly and see that he wis kept as cool as possible. Toward morning, the fever seemed to subside, and the feet and hands to become cold.' When Boscoe found out that this was the eae, he tahl to Bertha : "We ought to wake mother. I fear he will Iscrer come out of this." "0 Ross ! don't say so ! r must hear him speak So-ine again. 0 fatlier! father! here Is your little girl!" and she rubbed his cold, clammy hands Trith her warm ones, while Boscoe chafed his feet, 'There was no response from either the weary, vorn body or the wandering mind. "We must give him some wine. The doctor Kiwtso, In case he sank away," said Bertha. "And jou must get a bottle of hot water for his feet, I luslieve It is the turn of the fever, and if we work Tritkhim he may rally. Oh ! he must live ! My fcaty dour father! I am going to rub his hands vtfUt brandy; perhaps it will warm him up." "We ought to call mothor," said Boscoe. "What fl he should die now'.'" "We haven't time," said Bertha. "We must -vork." & Ate two rubbed and worked as Berthn said, fitting bottles of hot water about the sick man, and giving him what stimulants they could get fcira U swallow, till liimlly they were rewarded yatidlng that he grew gradually a Utile warmer. AH at once he opened his eyes. "Bertha !" he whispered. "Jlv little trlrl !" Scr arms were about him uuri her Hns to his in tmment Trembling with joy, she looked into nw wyes. "Hts- will live ! He will live, I do believe ! she toTd to huraolf. The- silent, agonized prayer that had ascended from, herheart continually while she was working is, earnestly to revive her father, had been a 2reyer of faith. Her first impulse was one of Uianlvfufticss; but whan the tired eyes cloed slowly, and the worn bruin again relapsed to un consciousness, fear came and held her heart in a vice-like hold, and she could hardly get her breath in her great anxiety. "I mwt call mother," said Roscoe. But just then their mother appeared at the door, with the physician at her side. They both came up to the bed, and stood silent a moment. "I could not sleep," said the doctor. "I feared the crisis would come to-night, and there would not be strength enough for reaction. What have you done?" Then Bertha told him about it. "Well done !" he said, after feeling the patient's pulse. "You did just the right thing, which if you had not done, he could never have rallied. I meant to be here when it was necessary to work I was a little too late, but other hands have done my work, and your father is saved, I think, thanks to. his energetic, wise little girl !" "No. Thanks to the clear Lord in Heaven, first of all," said Bertha ; "and then to you, good, kind Dr. Baker." "You are right in the first clause," said the doctor. "As for the second, if it had depended wholly on me, t am afraid I should now be in the situation of the foolish virgins crying 'too late ! too late !' " The doctor administered something which he had brought with him to the patient, and then they all watched and waited quietly awhile, and were finally rewarded by seeing Mr. Wills open his eyes and look about him quite intelligently It was just sunrise, and the very Hush that lighted the Eastern sky was reflected to the face of Bertha as she stood fronting the window that commanded a lovely view of thciver and the eastern hillsand mountains. Her father looked uion the sweet, happy face as though it was n feast to his eyes. "My dear little puss has come home to me again. I shall soon be well now," whispered he, and he cloed his eyes with a satisfied smile. "Dear papa," said Bertha, "it is so delightful to hear you speak; but I fear it will not do. It will be too much for you." Her father opened his eyes again, as his wife took his hand and kissed it, and then he mur mured : "You have all been so good, so good to me." Tears of joy stood in the eyes of all the lookers- on, and the sun rose higher and higher on their dawning day of hope. But the danger was hardly yet passed by. The old man was so weak ami nerveless that for days it seemed he had not jmwer to raise his hand. They fed him and tended him like a weak infant, anil constant watchfulness wis necessary to keep him from slipping entirely away' ii his low condition. Bertha was almost always at ids side with her fresh vitality, cheering and nspiring him, and winning him back to lifo with the magnetism of her smiles. Only a few days after her return, old Mrs. Nimms called. "An how's your paw ?" she said, as Bertha en tered the parlor. "I've laid out to come an' see him every blessed day sence I come; but hero it is, an' I'm not come till to-day. Howsever, I hearn he was past the 'turn,' an' so 1 knowed he was likely to git along." "He Is a little better," said Bertha ; "hut he is very weak, and we have to watch him carefully." "Could ye let a ole worn in like me help yo take careo' him? I'm a fust-rate nuss, if I do say it myself, an' I hain't got tnithin' to hinder as I knows on. Cathem hex all the help she wants. She don't need mo, an' I've nuthiu' under the sun to do." "I presume mother would be very glad to have you come in once in a while, as she is pretty nearly worn out. She cannot leave him to hired nursea, you know. I stay with him nearly all the time daytimes and part of the night, because mother is so tired." "You poor crectur, you, T reckon you'll git plum tired out, too, mighty soon. Wal, take me in to see your paw if I'll do. Whatdid I hear you say his name was, honey?" "His name is Wills, Burton Wills," said Ber tha, who could not restrain a smile at the old lady's way of asking the name. "Lund snkc3! is that so? Why, I knowed a Burtain Wills in ole Kaiutuck, down in Barren county, when I was a gal. I wonder, now " "That is where father was from," said Bertha, interrupting. "You don't say ! Wal, I'll be bound he'll re member Cathy Fanny Marshall. "Why, I've been with him to storm parties many a time." "Is it possible?" said Bertha. "Well, I know papa will be glad to set; you ; but perhaps if you were to tell him about it now it might excite him, as he is so weak." "Law! now, T know better n to do that, sure," said the old lady, as she followed Bertha into the sick man's room. Mr. Wills looked upas the supposed stranger's name was announced, and his wife came and met her cordially; but neither appeared to take more than a passing interest in her. Mrs. Nimms was well dressed, and had qtiito a pleasant, attractive face, that had at one time un doubtedly been handsome. Her manners, though old-fashioned, were not in the least rude, and one would never have mistrusted she wns not a well educated lady until she oponed her mouth and be gan to talk, unless, perhaps, a person of penetra tion might have seen a want of depth in the ex pression of her eyes and faco. She Bat a few moments earnestly regarding tho sick man, and then turned to Bortha and said, In a low voico: "I'd 'a' knowed him nnywhars. Ho looks mighty nateral, only he's pore and sick-lookin'." Bertha explained that she had met Mrs. Nimms on the journey down the Columbia, that she was the mother of Mrs. Simpkins, and had offered to come and help take care of Mr. Wills, and, after a little quiet talk, tho old lady went away. Afterward Bertha told her mother that Mrs. Nimms was an old acquaintance of her father's, and seemed kind-hearted and anxious to render assistance. "We have plenty of neighbors who are willing to help," said her mother; "but you know we could not think of leaving him until the danger is fully past." Mrs. Nimms came the next day and sat an hour or more with the convalescent, and proved herself a careful and thoughtful nurse, saying little, but looking so cheery and hopeful, that when, on the following morning, she came again, Bertha's mother consented to leave the sick man in her care and go out. awhile for fresh air. By this time Mr. Wills was beginning to seem more like himself and to take an interest in his sur rounding. He watched Mrs. .Ximin.- intently as she sat and fanned him ami talked occasionally with Bertha, and finally said : "It seems to me that I must have seen yourface before, and your voice sounds familiar, Mrs. Nimms; but the name is not." "I haven't allers had this name," said the old lady. "My name usened to be Marshall, Cathy Fanny. You knowed me, Burtain Wills, when I was a gal down in ole Barren county," and her eyes siarkled with restrained enthusiasm. "Sure enough," said Mr. Wills, looking pleased. That is just who I was reminded of," and beheld out his hand and gave hers a henrtv shake. "Where is your home, and when did you come out to this country?" said he. "We live up to Peu'Ieton, my ole man an' me an' the two gals, an' we come here in '65 from MIssourah, an' took a claim tip in Linn countv, nigh the mount'iiis,au' my ole man bought sheep, an' when he got a good band he tuck 'em east o' the mouiit'iii.s B' then T follered. I found mv ole man In Miseourah. I fe's a Yorker, an' mighty smart." "Wei!, well," said Mr. Will, "mv wife is from New York, too, and I think that is a place where they raise smart eople. Ami you are the same Cathy Fanny that I used to go to school with ? And do you remember the time when Joe Daniel Williams wanted to take vou to the imrtv at Bunch Mitohcll's, ami I cut him out?" "Land o' inaMy! I reckon I do !" said the old lady, laughing. "An' do 3-011 remember that time I rode behind you on ole Fox from Bud Bamel's down to Unele C!eor?i'' through the rain 'an mud, an' lost my dancin' slippers ?" "Indeed I do," said Mr. Wills. "Ami how ashamed you were when we mot Tommy Yates, because you had your arm around me. You were young and handsome then, and full of fun and mischief." "I've got a gal as is as full's ever I was, though her paw says she'll never be as han'sum. My Dithy is mighty flirtatious an' peart-like, if I do ay It, as ought'nter." Mr. Wills looked with loving eyas at his daugh ter, who sat beside him, listening with much amusement to these reminiscences of her father's early days. "I have a good, smart girl, too," he said. "She is all the girl I have, but I would not swap her for a dozen of anybody else's girls." And so the morning hours were (Missed In pleas ant chat, and Mr. Wills was the better for the ittle stir of unusual excitement. To be contluued.l BURDETTIC'S "FOUNTAIN OF STRENGTH." We give the way Robert Burdette, the well- known humorist of the Burlington lluwkeyc, de clined an invitation to a college dinner. Is it anv wonder his utterances find a response in so many bosoms? Such men talk and write, and human feelings answer. The declination reads : Mrs. Burdette's health if the noor little sullor- er's combination of aches and miiiis nnil lwlnliw- ness may be designated by such a term has been steadily failing all Winter, and we've comedown to tins sea-girt island to see if old ocean and its breezes can do what the doctors and mountains and prairies have failed to do. And here we are waiting. "Her little serene highness," in utter lelplessness, unable to stand alone (for vo:irs slu has been unable to walk), her helnless lunula folded in her lap; she must be dressed, carried inoui, cam 1 ior line a imuy, sullering from count ess pains aim acnes, day and night, and I cannot eave her for even a few duvs. No 0110 nt Clm- tauqua will feel the disappointment as wo do, for we had planned to iro there together. If shoe.onlil go with me, I would he glad to creep to Chatauqua on my knees. Her life has been a fountain of strength to me. In her long years of suffering I have never seen tho look of imin out of her eves. and for more than half so long I have seen her sit ting in patient helplessness, and I have never heard a comnlainintr murmur from her lins while she has served as those who only stand and wait, lint.,. ... L,iZ. ...I ........ .1 1. a 11. ;..! 'v..;! tUU.l IWIIIII .11111 I1UVLT UdlllHlIIg LIIU W1SIIUIU uul the troodness of the Father whose lmnil has been laid upon her so heavilv. The beautiful na- tieuce of her life has been a constant rebuke to my own impatience, and in her sufferings I have seen and known and believed tho "love that knows no fear" and the "faith that knows no doubt." A Scotchman asked an Trialinmn ; "Wliv are lialf-farthings coined in England ?" Pat's answer was: "To irlve n, Scotchman nn nnnortunitv of subscribing to charitable institutions." Evnrv trmrriiwl u'nuinii tu .rjitillr noriimlntftll j .... - . I. .'.. . . 1 with a man who will sit right alongsidu of a stovo and let tho fire go out WOMEN IN POLITICS. Shrewd lookers-on in Washington all agree in the powerful influence of women in politics, not by taking a part in the fight, but. by girding hus band's armor sharpening his weapons, and bright ening In's shield. Women have more to say in the counsels of politicians than the world sup poses, and their influence is generally for good. A party of gentlemen, whose familiarity with the occurrences behind the scenes gives their opinions importance, were discussing this ques tion the other night, and agreed that Mrs. Logan, Mrs. Hendricks and Mrs. Hayes were perhaps the most successful and influential politicians their sex had furnished of late years, Mrs. Logan being conceded the leader of the womanly triumvirate. They all conceded her to be a tactician of unsur passed powers, having done more for her husband by reason of this than he could possibly have done for himself. Surprise was expressed that from a modest young countrywoman this magnificent specimen of the genus jiolitieo had been evolved, as if all the rich blossoming of our conservatories were not the outgrowth of modet flowers of the wildwood. Mrs. Hendricks was said nearly to rival Mrs. Logan in her remarkable mwers, but that their development was the result of a different eanee. In her early married days, Mrs. Logan discovered herself to be the wife of a man greatly ambitious of K)litical distinction, and as a true wife, whose being was blended with her husband's in the broadest, most genuine sense, every talent, every energy, every pulsation of her heart and brain was at once devoted to the one purpose of making his ruling jmssiou a success, because to do so was to afford him the chief gratification of life. With Mrs. Hendricks the reverse is the ease. It was she, not he, who had the cravinir for nower and place, the slumbering passion, perhaps un dreamed of before, blazing into life and burning Mini a sieauy, over-mastering name on muling herself the wife of a man of marked ability; and he became her heljMjr, reluctantly it may be, for, if left to his own desires, a leading position in the profession to which his taste inclined, and for which his talents so eminently fitted him. would. doubtless, have filial the full measure of his am bition. Jt was &he who urged him forward, some times leading, ami it may be at times even posh ing, when, with the recoil of a nature constitu tionally opposed, he drew hack from the devious by-jmths, the mud-splashing, the rude jolts, the mortifying bruises, the sham imshes that the highway to olitical preferment, but which, with In r eye fixed o 1 the much-coveted iroal lw yond, were of less importance than the dust atoms on the hem of her skirt It was her tnefc ami sa gacity that secured Senator McDonald's pledge to her husband's candidacy in the Cincinnati Con vention, uius causing the good-hearted Senator to lose "the tide that, taken at the flood," might have borne him to the Presidency. Chicago later Ocean. THE TERRIBLE OCTOPUS. The ferocity of the octopus is undeniable ; bat doubt has hitherto been east on the old stories which represent this unpleasant creature as being in the habit of seizing and swamping boats. It is admitted by scientific naturalists that the hideous thing, known to the ancient world as the polypus, and to modem boatmen as the cuttlefish or squid, attains to a portentious size ami strength in the warmer seas, ami is very powerful, and even dan gerous. Its voracity, and the peculiar violence with which it attaeks and kills its prey, are well known to those iiersons who have seen it, weak ened by captivity, and rendered less eagerly rav enous by the abundance of food read' to its thous and hands. To speak by the card, these number 0 in it, and are rather to be called fingers than hands. But what fingers! Each is a powerful sucker that expands and contracts with rapid and ever-changeful motion, and there are 120 of them to each of the long, writhing, restless arms. With eyes fixed on its adversary, and with parrot-like beak advanced for the encounter, this most un sightly of all living thimrs inspires awe by its loathliness not less than hv its actual power to harm. That it will turn and fasten upon a human being, if angered or menaced with capture, is a well-established fact ; and a recent occurrence re ivorted from Adelaide goes far to revive the old belief that a polypus will ventureon attacking the hull of a Ivoat A telegram from Port Elliot, pub lished in a South Autralian paper, states that, on the 20th of August last, "Trooper Bruce and a man named Edward were out in the bay near Lipson's Island, examining a piece of wreckage, when their boat was encircled bv the tentacles of a large octopus, and pulled over till it was half full of water, and in great danger of being swamped. The occupants escaped with the utmost difficulty." London 'JHme. Tiik AGiticrr.TLMtAT. A nt. The agricultural ant is a pattern of neatness. The most minute particles of dirt are carefully removed ami the whole body frequently and thoroughly cleansed, especially after eating and sleeping. 'I'hey assist each other in the general cleansing, and the atti tude of the ant under operation is one of intense satisfaction, a perfect picture of muscular sur render and ease. An ant has been seen to kneel down before another and thrust forward the head under the face of the other and lie motionless, ex-" pressing the desire to be cleaned; the other ant understood this and went to work. Sometimes this is combined with acrobatic feats, in which these ants excel, jumping about and clinging in a remarkable fashion to blades of grass. Sometimes the cleansing ant hangs downward from the grass and to her the ant operated upon clings, reaeliing over and up with great agility to submit to her friend's offices. Evidently moisture from the mouth is used for washing. Tho damago to property in Germany for ton vcars bv the careless use of sulphur matches amounted to the enormous sum of $-1,370,000. If the facts could be ascertained, they would proba bly show five times that amount of damago in tins country during the same period from tho same cause. . . . . A Norristown youth, who was trying to master a bicycle, when asked his age, said ho had stfon fifteen Summers and about one hundred and .fif teen falls. Said he, dreamily, contemplating lior coil, "Car rie, how beautiful how verv beautiful is your hair ! Whoro did you got it ?" A little girl, hearing it remarked that all pocmlo had once bean children, artlessly inquired: "Who took care of tho babies?"