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Office over Tabor & Son's Drug Store, Independence, Iowa. FRANK I). JACKSON, 4 TTORNEY AND COUNSELLOR AT LAW. V Special attention given to Collections. Of fice over Chicago Clothing House. O. M. »IIXKTT, ATTORNEY AT LAW AND NOTARY PUB- A lie. Office in Osgood's building, IAWYElt up stairs, next to the river. JAS. K. JKWKI,, OFFICE IN MITNSON'S BLOCK with Lake & Harmon, Independence, Iowa. Collections a specialty. Will practice in all tlic Courts of this State and Federal Courts. Col lections and conveyances made, taxes paid, houses and land rented or sold. All business In 'it\*or country, and before Board of Super visors will receive prompt attention. Also agent for Equitable Life Insurance Company, of Des Moines, Iowa. O. II. I*. ROSZKLL, ATTORNEY AT LAW AND COLLECTING Agent, will practice in the several Courts of the County and District. Special attention given to Collections. Office over the New York Store, Independence, Iowa. I). I. 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M. and from 1 to 2 and 4 to 5 P. M. HOUSE & WILSON, PHYSICIANS AND SUIU'.EONS, OFFICE over People's National Bank, corner Chat ham and Main Streets, Independence, Iowa. Will attend to e^lls in the city or country. Con sultations in English and German. •I. G. HOUSE. S. G. WILSON. MRS. DR. BETSEY EGGLESTON, /~1ET)AR RAPIDS. Bever's Bank Block, Com V inerciai-st. This lady has acquired a very wide reputation. She doctors all diseases she examines her patients and explains their dis ease solely from the circulation of the blood. All arc cordially invited to call and see her. Consultation free. She will remain in this place several months. BARBEIt SHOP. JOHN Itl'RKK, aTHE FASHIONABLE BARBER AND HAIR Dresser. All the modern conveniences known the profession. Shop over Burnett & Co's Store, Main street. Independence, Iowa. LAUNDRY & BARBER SIIOP. I. W. EVANS & CO., PROPRIETORS OF NEW CITY LAUNDRY and Barber Shop. North side Main street, four doors east of Walnut. We are perma nently located and desire a share of your pat onagc. All work warranted. DENTISTS. W. H. THRIFT, E N I S (Over K. It. Plane's Store), IlHh'peiKlflMT, Iowa* Prices Reduced to Suit the Times Best Celluloid Plates,.. .$ 8.00 per set. Rubber ... 8.00 Silver ... 15.00 Gold ... 40.00 Extracting. Filling, (Gold or Silver) Regulat ing irregular teeth, &e., &<•., at reasonable prices. E. M. BISSELL, Dental Rooms! Over City of Paris Store, INDEPENDENCE, IOWA. Best f!nin Teeth, $ 8.00 per set. Silver Plates, 15.00 Gold Plates, 40.00 p¥?"~Al! other work at from 10 to AO per cent, discount from old prices. September 1st, 1K77. BANKS. First National Bank, INDEPENDENCE, IOWA, Corner Main and Walnut Streets. CAPITAL, #100,000. Domestic and Foreign Exchange bought and sold. Passage Tickets to and from Europe by the Cunard Line of Steamers. OFFICERS: It. CAMPBELL, Pres. E. LEACH,Vice-Pres. H. P. BHOWNK, Cashier. DIRECTORS: R. Campbell, J. 'sun libel I, E. Leach, 1*. Munson, .las. Jamison, .Jed Lake, H. A. Kinir. U MBER AND BTILDING. MonejSaved in Building. To save money in buildinfr, and to put up sty lish, well-proportioned buildings for less money than usual, can be done by calling' on E. ziisrisr, Independence, 7 Iowa. Having in connection with my business a first •class Lumber Yard, and always keeping on hand a full assortment of Snsh, Doors, Blinds, Ac., &c\, and have also in iny employ a wtnK of Hi' st-eluss mechanics, I will be able to take eon tracts and execute work for less money than any one else. I also keep in my Lumber Yard near the Depot, a complete assortment of all grades and descriptions of Which I will sell at the Lowest Price for the Market. Estimates and Specifications made out at short notice. Also constantly on hand a large -supply of Coal and Lime. E. ZX1TXT, Contractor and Builder. DRY GOODS AND CLOTHING. Great ^.ttraoticaaas -AT- THE NEW YORK STORE. Bargains in Dress Goods, Bargains in Parasols, Sign of the GOLDEN MORTAR. —THE— Largest nri BEST Stock ia the GUy! —AT— Smale Brothers, Independence, Iowa. CITY DRUG STORE A fresh arrival of 3?\ire IDruLgs, F-a-XILTTS, OILS, WINDOW GLASS and LAMPS, GI.ASS AXI NON-EXPLOSIVE CHANUELIERS, k Chicken Powder, A positive cure for Cholera in all kinds of poul try—never known to fail. Also HORSE POWDER, The best remedy for Epizoot and Influenza. The last two articles are my own manufacture, and I can recommend them with contidcnce. Swedish Leeches Constantly on Hand! Prescriptions Carefully & Acurately Filled. Everything for sale at Astonishingly Low Prtoee. t^gTake a look. O. R. WALLACE. U E Drugs and Medicines, At Lowest Rates. A. B. CLARKE. GROCERIES AND DRUGS. GROCERIES —AND— U S NEW CASH ARRANGEMENT. I will from this date sell Bargains in White Goods, both Groceries and Drugs, At my stores at west end of the Bridge, For Cash or Country Produce! At Prices thai cannot be beat. FARMERS' TRADE SOLICITED 9SF Good Goods, Small Profits and no Combinations to keep up Prices. Goods Delivered About Town. A. B. CLARKE. FURNITURE. O. Marquette, DEALER IN F-u.rn.it-u.re, I No. 6 Kant Main Street, INDEPENDENCE, IOWA. The largest and finest stock of Plain and Fan cy Furniture in the city, at prices lower than at any other establishment. Also Agent for Henry M. Sherwood's School Furniture. Bargains in Hosiery. LOWER PRICES OX ALL GOODS THAN EVER BEFORE SEEN IN INDEPENDENCE. COME AND SEE OUR PRICES. IT PAYS TO TRADE AT THE ILTe-w "SToilr Store. DRUGS AND MEDICINES. GROCERIES. Buy Your Groceries of JOSHLiIlT, The Grocery Man. aieocEBiEs Cor. Main and Walnut Sts., Independence, Iowa. The subscribers have on hand a choice and well selected Stock of FAMILY GROCERIES! Which they will sell at the very lowest bottom prices. Their stock oonsists of Sugars, Teas, Coffees, Spices, Syrups, Confectionery, CANNED AND DRIED FRUITS, Kerosene Oil, Wood and Willow-Ware, Earthen Ware, &c., &c, N. B. -All they ask is to call and see their goods before purchasing elsewhere. Highest price paid for Produce. Remember the place, corner Main and Chatham streets. THOS. EDWARDS & CO. Buy Your Groceries of JOSLIN, The Grocery Man. J. W. Johnston Is still located at his old stand in FAWGETT'S BLBffi, CHATHAM STREET, Where he keeps on hand a large Stock of Groceries, Crockery! Wooden Ware Please give him a call and he will pay you Cash for ABUTTER AND EGGS. Buy Your Groceries of JOSLIN, The Grocery Man. STOP BLOWING And talk good common sense. The Boss Variety Store! OP THE FOURTH WARD, Is located at JOSLINVILLE, ON CHATHAM-ST., W. H. JOSLIN & SONS, Prop's. CHARLIE JOSLIN, Head Clerk for the next Term. WE KEEP DRY GOODS! All Wool and some that arc not. The nicest and best STYLES OF CALICO In town, selected for us by one of the (Inert young men, who very frequently stops over Sunday at the best Hotel in Ray mondville. The Ladies, (especially those in the Fourth Ward) should bear in mind that in the way of LEG We keep a general assortment of the delicacies of the season, as well as the substantial—rem edies that wherever known to have been suc cessfully applied, have quieted the most irita ble and scorning husband. You tickle his pal ate, load up his stomach and by the nose you can lead him, then seriously speak of the ne cessity and propriety of having that new dress. Goods Delivered to any part of the City Free of Charge. We have no delivery wagon, but it is pleasant to give the poor drayman an extra dime now andthen. 8m3 VOL. XIII, NO. 11. INDEPENDENCE, IOWA, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 1877. WHOLE NO. 035. "LITTLE DAN." It is about two hundred miles from Fort Territt, Texas, on the head waters of the Llano lliver, to Fort McKavette, on the head waters of the San Saba, and Fort Mason, in the big bend of the Llano, is about the same distance to the east, inclosing a triangular spot of coun try half a.s large as the State of Rhode Island. A continuation of the Apache Mountains, called by hunters Gray Horse Hills," incloses a triangle, 011 There are redskins enough between here and McKavette to destroy a regi ment of veterans," he remarked, as the chances were being canvassed. The best scout 011 the plains could not ride over thirty miles per dajr, and lie would be almost certain to lose his scalp before he was out of sight of his post. Take this glass and then tell me what you can see." It was half an hour before sundown. The glass revealed Indians in every di rection. Some were riding at a swift pace, others motionless on the knolls, and the Fort was completely encircled with them. There's a thousand rf there is one," said the colonel, as he received the glass, "and I must get ready at once for hot times." Those six men had an errand and a message of the utmost importance, and they could not delay. There were two veteran scouts at the post, but when of fered any sum to pilot the party through they shook their heads, and said: The whole triangle is chin-deep with reds, and 110 living white man could avoid them." Yet the determination of the six men to go on was not shaken. "You are lunatics!" exclaimed the colonel, when his arguments were found to be of 110 avail, and I'll close the gates and prevent you from going." Nevertheless, an hour after nightfall, he came down to where the six were saddling their horses, and said: It's nothing less than murder, but, if you will go, let our little Dan go along. lie knows the route, is brave and cool-headed, and if you'll take orders from him, there's one chance in a thous and that he will take you through all right." And Our Little Dan soon joined the party. He wasn't an Indian, nor yet a Mexican, or a white man. He was neither boy nor man. He was a human being, less than five feet in height, would weigh about ninety pounds, had long, brown hair, coal black eyes, a long jaw, sallow cheeks, and the biggest hand of any man in Texas. As he stood looking at the party, the'colonel said: Dan, these riders must be at Fort McKavette at the earliest possible hour. They put themselves under your orders, and you will be ready, in fifteen minutes, to start." The being disappeared in the darkness without a word, and in ten minutes, he was at the gate, ready to go. He was mounted on the largest mustang ever seen around any of the Western Forts. He had strapped on a blanket for a sad dle, filled his canteen with whisky, and his pockets with provisions, and he had a Henry rifle, two revolvers and an Ar kansas bowie-knife for weapons. "Which way shall you start out?" anxiously inquired the colonel, as all were ready. The dwarf pointed straight toward Fort McKavette for a reply. Well, good-bye, each one." As the party passed through the gate. Little Dan motioned for the men to ride one behind another, and then spurred forward and took the lead. His mus tang went off at an easy lope, and the pace of the other horses was regulated accordingly. He rode with his rifle rest ing in front of him, having 110 and holding stirrups 110 rein, but guiding the horse entirely by the pressure of his knees. The feet of the horses made scarcely a sound as they cantered over the thick grass, and the voice of the prairie crieket sounded terribly loud and harsh to the anxious riders. Two miles from the post. Little Dan suddenly turned to the left, rode for twenty rods at a faster pace, and then came to a dead halt. Listen!" he whispered to the circle around him, and each ear was strained to catch the slightest sound. In the course of sixty seconds each man plainly made out for himself that a detachment of Indians were passing them not over three hundred yards away. Dan had not been warned a minute too soon. Rut for the swerve to the left, there would have been a collision and butchery. For three or four minutes the little band sat like statues, and it was a happy relief when the dwarf whispered: Follow each other at a walk." Seven midnight shadows crept slowly over the flower-sprinkled grass for a long half hour. The horses were becoming nervous and impatient, when all of a sudden a halt was made. Little Dan's mustang stood looking toward Fort Mc Kavette's, and he was riderless. The others halted beside him, and after a minute the dwarf reappeared. Over the ridge here in front of us is an Injun camp," he whispered, "or a band of Injuns are breaking camp! In juns are moving all along our front, and a wolf couldn't sneak through! We must hide until they pass—follow me softly." He turned to the left again, followed the base of the ridge for a mile, and the party entered a dry ravine with banks from live to eight feet high. The bed may have been wet in the spring, but was dry then and free from obstructions. As soon as shelter was obtained, Little Dan again disappeared. He was gone some five minutes this time, and when he re turned he said: "There's millions of 'em! There has been a big camp in this neighborhood for three or four days, and the warriors are now moving for the fort, leaving paps and squaws behind. Keep quiet until we can get out! At the end of five minutes the Indians were advancing, and presently their con versation could be plainly made out. All were mounted but seemed in 110 hur ry. Some went around the head of the ravine, and others were heard crossing it lower down. Huddled together in the darkness were the seven white men, each one holding his breath, and each horse trembling with excitement. "We'll be discovered, sooner or later," whispered Dan, "and we had better get in th(! first blow. Draw your revolvers, ride three abreast, and I'll lead." He waited a minute for the men to make ready, and then raised the wildest yell ever made by white man or Indian. Its fierceness fairly appalled his com panions for an instant, but as his mus tang sprang forward they spurred after, (.•barging straight down the ravine, with that wild scream echoing from bank to bank, they had gone nearly half a mile before! the surprised Indians compre hended the situation and made pursuit. The ravine bent and turned for miles, and while some of the Indians followed down it, others rode along the banks at random, screaming and yelling in their rage. "A mile further down," called Little Dan, as he turned on his horse, a trail crosses the ditch. We'll turn to the right, and make for the Indian village. If you shoot straight we'll give these devils a chance to attend a dozen funer als at home." Not a shot had thus far been fired by the party. Two or three mounted Indi ans had been encountered, sitting in their saddles, and wondering over the alarm, but they had been knocked down and leaped over like so many boys. The little band were a quarter of a mile ahead of pursuit as they whirled to the right, and made for the hundred camp fires a mile away. the west, and over the prairie thus shut in the red man is king. Six men, none of them hunters or In dian fighters, but all well armed, had been escorted from Fort Mason to Ter rctt, but on reaching that point the Indi ans were found to be so numerous and troublesome that a military escort to Fort McKavette could not be« spared. There were forty-one soldiers at the post, hardly enough for its defense, and it was plain, without a word from the Colonel, that not a single man could be spared. Six abreast, now, follow me!" shout ed the dwarf. I want to charge right through the center of the village, and I will kill as many as all of you can wound! Fire at everything on leas, and keep yelling like devils! Had they kept 011 down the ravine, it would have simply been a test of speed between horses, with odds in favor of the white men. Little Dan had doubled back 011 their track instead of running away, and was headed for a big village alive with excitement. The Indians kept along the ravine, not yet having caught sight of the pursued, but still knowing that they were chasing white men. Now raise a yell!" shouted Dan, as the band ncared the village—" raise the worst yell you can, and don't forget to keep shooting!" His peculiar scream was again sent forth, and the other six riders hurrahed at the top of their voices. Dan and his mustang were a wonderful sight. The animal forged ahead at a steady gait, his ears laid back and his mouth wide open, and he swerved aside for nothing. He juni])ed a blazing fire, ran directly over a lodge, picked up a boy in his teeth and flung him aside, and every instant utter inga neigh, which was almost a roar, of rage. A revolver in either hand. Little Dan swung himself from side to side, blowing a warrior's brains out 011 the right, and then sending a bullet through the head of an old man or squaw 011 011 the left. Pop! pop! pop! rang his revolver, and above the awful din created in the sur prised and frightened camp could be heard his wild yells and the tigerish neigh of his mustang. The six fired as they could, sweeping -a trail of death forty feet wide through the village. Hardly a shot was fired in return, but one of the few sent after them struck and mortally wounded a bronze-faced, grizzly-haired veteran, who was three times hit at Antictam. He fell forward, clung to his horse, and when the band halted the prairie beyond the village, he fell to the ground. In three minutes we shall have two hundred howling fiends after us," said Little Dan, as lie dismounted. This man is fatally wounded and he'll be dead in half an hour. We can't take him along, and we can't stop here." While lie was talking lie was busy searching the wounded man's pockets. Watch, money, photographs of loved ones, revolver and sabre were taken, and distributed among the party in thirty seconds, and then the dwarf bent down and asked, Comrade, can you speak? I understand—it's all right! was the whiskered reply. Here s your rifle," said Dan. If the Injuns run upon you, shoot yourself! If they don't find you for an hour, you will be dead. Good-bye. God forgive you and us but it's the only way! Leaping to the back of his mustang, he turned for the White Horse Hills," just as a terrible wail of sorrow, mingled with a cry for vengeance, rose on the cool night air from the village. The horses had not galloped a mile before they were pulled up. The band was safe for a moment, and each heart was heavy at the thought of the comrade dying among the trampled flowers. Each head was bent that way, and each ear heard the rush of Indians in that direction. They rode as straight for the dying man as if it had been broad noon-day. A sudden shout proved that they had found him, but it was hardly raised be fore the report of a rifle echoed across the prairie. He was a brave man," whispered Little Dan. "God pity the poor ones at home!" added the others, and they rode forward at full speed, knowing that they had not one chance in ten of reaching Fort Mc Kavette. Rut they did reach it after days of riding, hiding, starving and thirsting, and the order was delivered, and Western Texas saved from the horrors of an In dian war. Refore the wild winds of winter swept the bleak plains, a solitary horseman rode from Fort Terrettat night, dodging Indian scouts, and never minding the gaunt wolves which galloped close be hind, with their red tongues hanging from terrible jaws. He crossed the ra vine, rode across the site of the Indian village, and halting at a spot half a mile beyond, he dug a hole in the soft soil and firmly imbedded a post and a cross. In deep carved letters was the simple legend: A RRAVE MAN DIKD HERE." Only that and nothing more, and the records of the frontier forts show, from information furnished by the Indians themselves, that just seventeen redskins were killed, and nine wounded, in that wild charge through the Indian vil lage. Under Dickens' pen the irrepressible Mieawber becomes a hero and a philoso pher, not from any marked achievements of talent, but purely from the man's su preme ability to face the most liuniliat ing reverses .with the same serene, un ruffled exterior. What sugar is to coffee, so is a cheer fill man to the neighborhood in which he lives. While the society of which he is only a single member is self-sustain ing and independent without him, it is much the better for being generally fla vored by his influence. And who does not know all about the world of good it does us, when a score of small annoy ances set in a tide against us, to hear the hearty laugh and look into the wholesome face of our cheerful neigh bor. A talented author once said that "a cheerful disposition was more essential than talent." A sweeping assertion, but who admires talent in a human porcu pine? Soundly sensible people prefer less talent and more geniality. The man who entertains you for an hour with a statement of his colds and his headaches, his losses and crosses, and ends with an excruciating report from the dyspeptic locality, is invariably a sullen, grumbling misanthrope. Reyond a doubt laughter is healthy. Whenever we are thoroughly pleased, we are, in a measure, nourished. Hence the old maxim* Laugh and grow fat." All really healthy people are likely to be good humored, and good humored peo ple are quite as likely to be strong in spirit. Kind words and smiles and genial greetings and good wishes, are seeds that thrive and Dear fruit each after its own kind. Cheerfulness is like the widow's mea sure of meal, the more spent the more remains, and both the receiver and giver are enriched. Jovial, Rwcct tcmpcTcd, pure-hearted people are charitable they are liberal they arc not jealous. They are the sweet and their opposites the bitter the two elements combine and make a social world a bitter sweet unfortunately, the flavor of the bitter is the more powcr fuL The mountain is grand, majestic and sublime: so arc great deeds and achieve ments. Rut as there are more hills than mountains, so there are more little deeds than great ones in our lives. If the hills vary our landscape, and by culture yield us our daily bread, then are the hills better for u.% than the snow-capped mountains. Let our acts of sympathy and love, our words of cheer and smiles of joy, lighten others' burdens, or strengthen faint hearts it is better for us to be kind and gently considerate, than that we had won a fortune. The New Mormon President. President Taylor was born in England in 1810, espoused the Mormon faith abroad and joined the brethren at Nau voo. He became prominent in the fight at Carthage, Missouri, June 27th, 1844, in which Joseph and Hyrum Smith were killed, where he was seriously wounded, and gradually progressed to the leader ship of the Apostles. He is a determin ed fanatic, fully in accord with the ad vanced spirits of the hierarchy. In per sonal appearance he is tall, burly and bustling. During the war with the South he was noted for his disloyal utterances and defiance of Federal authority. He resides in Salt Lake City, where for years he has been an earnest expounder of the Mormon faith, and has a large family. I11 secular occupation, for with them all the leaders of the church are engrossed in business, he has mining in terests of considerable value. The Prince of Wales' Indian Presents. London Letter. I doubt if Solomon ever saw anything so gorgeous as this collection at Rethnal Green. Fancy a whole large glass case full of gold and silver gems,—all ablaze with diamonds! Just imagine a bedstead' whose coverlets, pillows and curtains are made of India shawls of the finest text ure ever turned out from the looms of Cashmere! Conjure up a dressing gown composed of the plumage of the backs of millions of gorgeous-hued humming birds. See for yourself a palanquin of tortoise-shell, inlaid with gold, with downy cushions covered with strange stuffs whose woof seems as if it were diamonds, its web rubies and emeralds. One glass case is full of jeweled swords, all of enormous value and great beauty. The handsomest came from Delhi, and, with its jeweled hilt, and scabbard, and waist-belt, is valued at $30,000. Giving Him a New Skin. Auburn Advertiser. A boy named Fcank Hanafin. who had been injured in a saAV-niill the other day, was supplied with a new skin by taking pieces from the arms of eight or nine other boys. A large and ugly wound was made 011 his back, the surface being one mass of red, quivering flesh, though healthy in appearance. The wound, of course, was very sensitive, and the oper ation must have been quite painful to him. Drs. Picot and Maynard and an assistant performed the operation. Six or eight Trish boys were gathered around the bed, from eight to fifteen years of age, from whose arms had been taken, or was to be taken, the skin needed to re place that which was lost. As each boy was called on by the doc tor, he came forward, and baring his arm a small piece of skin was skillfully cut out with the lancet, and gently placed upon the raw flesh. About thirty pieces in all were so put 011. 011 Several of the boys gave up more than one piece, and Folger Picot, the doctor's son. contribu ted eight pieces. A younger brother of Hanafin gave nearly as many. While the operation was going on, the boys joked among themselves on helping to make up Hanafin, and bantered each other the number of times they had submitted to be cut for the benefit of their playmate. The boys were general ly very willing to give the skin required, but after awhile they evidently began to think that enough was as good as a feast, and moved out of doors, watching operations through the window. It is thought, however, that enough will con sent to give skin, so that Hanafin's wound will be entirely covered over, thus hastening his recovery, and adding to his comfort when the wound shall have healed. Unmistaken Testimony. Matthew Arnold, in reply to certain invectives against "popular Christiani ty," employed by Prof. Clifford and oth er free-thinkers, says: Rut these arc merely the crackling fire-works of youth ful paradox. One reads it all, half sigh ing. half smiling, as the declamation of a clever and confident youth, with the hopeless inexperience, irredeemable by any cleverness, of his age. Only when one is young and headstrong can one thus prefer bravado to experience, can 011c The Value of Cheerfulness. I hold the deepest and most unquali fied respect for any person who is habit ually cheerful. Though he be plain to ugliness and ignorant to boorishness, or though he be as poverty-stricken as the proverbial "Job's turkey," if he is naturally and thoroughly anu heartily cheerful, he has more of the true principle of earthly happiness than was ever extracted from the mines of Ophir. stand by the Sea of Time, and in stead of listening to the solemn and rhythmical beat of its waves, choose to fill the air with one's own whoopings to start the echo. Rut the mass of plain people hear such talk with impatient in dignation, and flock all the more eagerly to Messrs. Moody and Sankey. They feel that the brilliant free-thinker and revolutionist talks about their religion, uul yet does not know either that, or the great facts of human life and they go to those who know them better. And the plain people are not wrong. Com pared with Professor Clifford. Messrs. Moody and Sankey are masters of the philosophy of history. Men are not mistaken in thinking that Christianity has done them good, in loving it, in wishing to listen to those who will talk to them about what they love, and will talk of it with admiration and gratitude, not contempt and hatred. Christianity is truly, as in Literature and Dogma' 1 have called it, the greatest- and happi est stroke ever yet made for human per fection.' Men do not err, they are 011 Shelby street, yesterday. He was a lad of IS. 11c spat throuirh his front teeth, and spat often, llis pants were supported by a piece of wire lothes'-line, girted around liis waist, his hat was ancient and greasy, and his big fat feet seemed to be waiting for a thunder-shower to wash them clean. "That's what ails ine! lie went on, as he pushed his toes into the wet sand. I don't believe in a feller diffing in and learning all there is to learn, and not letting other folks have a chance. There is lots of other folks in the world besides me, and 1 ain't going to be a.hog and try and learn all that there is to learn." After a minute he went on: Dont't know 'nuff now? Three times two are six, four times five are twenty, and four and four are eight. That's as correct as I could get 'em if I went to school for a hundred years. And I don't know how to spell? C-a-t is 'cat' the world over, and I'll bet on it every time' H-e-n spells 'hen,' and I know it as well as if I weighed a ton." He rose up to throw a stone at a dog across the street, and, after resuming his seat, he went 011: "Jogcrfy kinder wrestles nic down, but I don't go much on Jogcrfy. What do I care whether an island is entirely surrounded by water, or whether there ain't any water within ten miles of it? S'pose I'm going to buy and sell islands for a living? I don't care which is the highest mountain or the longest river, do I? I'm going to keep a feed-store, and when I'm rolling bales o' hay around will I care for mountains and rivers? I have heard the boys go on about ex ports and imports, and straits and seas, and capes, but what's them to me? If a feller wants a bag 0' oats, is he going to wait and ask me when the Island of Madagascar was discovered? He carefully examined the big toe of his left foot and the heel of his right foot, and gloomily observed: The old folks are making ready to push me into school, and I've got to make ready to keep out. I can't take to school, somehow. I could sit here and study all day, but the minute I get in a schoolhouse I'm nervous. Something's going to happen to me this week. I'll be taken home in a wheelbarrow with a big gash in this heel, or this toe almost cutoff. That will mean four weeks on a crutch, and they don't allow lagic hoys to go to school and crutcli up and down the aisles. Or s'posen I go home with palpitation of the heart? The old lady lias had it, and 1 won't more'n get into the house before she'll have me tucked up 011 the lounge, the camphor bottle- down, currant-jelly and sponge-cake in the distance, and she ll call out to the old gent: Father, it's no use of thinking of sending this boy to school. He looks stout and healthy, but he's a mere shad der. The close atmosphere of the school room will kill him before the snow flies.'" The boy rose up. There was a grin all over his face" and he chuckled: Palpitation is the keynote! A sore toe can be seen—a palpitating heart is hidden away under fat, hide and ribs. Now then—oosh—woosh, u-m-m-mw— hold ycr breath, roll ycr eyes, kick out yer left leg, and make her bob around like a fly 011 a hot stove-cover." The Fastest Time on Record. Detroit Free Press. There was one stop in the 111 miles that, separates St. Thomas from Am licrstburg, on the Canada Southern Rail road. The engineer, Maeoniber, was sur rounded by an admiring throng, and the passengers and railroaders commented on the handsome appearance of his iron steed. The steam-gauge just before starting showed a pressure of eighty five pounds, a moderate figure for a lo comotive. Conductor Crawford sang out "All aboard," and the special train, with Rishop Rorgess on board, pulled out for St. Thomas at 5:27 P. M. A grand hur rah from the platform signaled the de parture. Oncc the bridge was cleared, Macom ber let her out." Rishop Rorgess, in the palace car, after receiving the salu tations of the gentlemen of the party, sat down, and dinner was served to him and his traveling companions upon a small table. No one noticed any partic ular motion in the car. There was Shortly after: "A mile in fifty-eight seconds!" Again—"A mile in fifty-seven sec onds!" and the enthusiastic Frank Mo ran, with a cheer that intensified the excitement, announced that his stop watch marked fifty-five seconds to the mile. Refore one could point out an object it had vanished. Refore a question could be asked and answered a mile had sped five miles were traversed in the interval while cigars were handed around and lighted by as many men. A flock of blackbirds flying toward the west, with all their fleetness, were soon left behind and lost to view. The wires on the telegraph poles swung up and down from the movement of the train. The bushes on the side of the ditches shook as if swept by a hur ricane, and the tall and gaudy yellow coxcombs that grew beside the fences bent to the ground in a seeming over powering desire to get loose from the earth and follow the rushing train. The dast from the newly ballasted portions of the track, and the chips and leaves, rose up fiercely against the force of gravitation, and whirled and gyrated like vapory clouds in a tempest. A thin line of smoke stretched inter minably in the distance. The impetus of the train increased the vehemence with which it rushed forward created a vacuum that apparently took nature some seconds to overcome, and the spir its of the passengers were exhilarated by the unprecedented speed at which tliej' moved through space. A side-track passenger train saluted us with cheers and locomotive whistles. Neither was heard before the sound could roach the ears of the passengers in the special, it was beyond hearing. One could see the rushing steam and the waving handkerchiefs Train dis patcher Noble reported that six miles between llighwood and llidgeton were made in five minutes the fifty-seven miles between St. Thomas and Charing Cross were made in fifty-six and a half minutes. A halt at Charing Cross of four minutes for water, and then on again with the same overpowering ve locity. Rut go as fast as it might, the Canada Southern train could not overtake the sun it sank, and nightfall came 011 firm ground of experience, when they say that they have practically found Christianity to be something incompara bly beneficent." Getting Ready for School. Detroit Free Press. "The cause of education be hanged!" lie muttered, as he sat down on the curbstone, He Wouldn't Die. Burlington llawkoyc. A tender-hearted man out on Oak street, who had a dog that was eating him out of house and home, gave the animal a pint of laudanum, to kill it. And the dog chased cows, and children, and sucked eggs and killed elrckens all afternoon, as usual, and at eventide the tender-hearted man supplemented the dose of laudanum with some i2 grains of morphine. Then the dog lay down "to sleep, and he dreamed that he was a ditching machine operating 011 the Tex as Pacific Railroad, and had a whole, mountain range to level before October, and when the tender-hearted man arose one morning, he was horrified to see that the Hell Gate explosion had just got as far as his garden, and just as he counted the nineteenth hole that was big enough to bury a cow in, looked up and saw the faithful dog escorting a runaway horse, part of a grocery wagon and a long bill of damages, down the neighboring street. A Tramp's Maxims. In the hip-pocket of an old vagrant, pulled in by the police the other night, was a memorandum book full of his own writing with pencil, and some of his philosophy is good enough to be preserv ed. His first paragraph reads: "Drinking bad whisky because it is offered free, is like getting in the way of bullets purchased by an enemy."' A second reads: Honesty is the best policy, but some folks are satisfied with second best. It is hard to be honest on an empty stomach." A third runs: "A dry plank under a rain-proof shed is better than a feather-bed in jail, and one isn't annoyed by the jailor bringing in a square breakfast." A fourth says: Pay as you go. If you haven't any thing to pay with, don't go. If you are forced to go, record every indebtedness, and let your heirs settle 'the bills." The fifth explains: We should have charity for all. When the winter winds blow cold and drear we vags should pity the poor fel lows in India who are having red-hot weather." A sixth is recorded: Politeness costs nothing, but it is not expected that you will wake a man up at midnight to ask. permission to go through his hen-house. It is more cour teous to let him enjoy his needed re pose." The seventh and last was noted down as follows: When you pick up an apple-core, do not find fault with it because it is not the apple itself, but be satisfied with the grade of descent. Do not be ashamed of your occupation. We cannot all be Lords, nor can we all be vagrants. As I cannot be a Lord, I should not lament, at being a vagrant. Re truthful and outspoken—that is, tell em you are a Chicago fire sufferer. Keep seasonable hours, or some other vag-will get your plank first. Re hopeful, cheerful and good-natured. Growling won't cure a sore heel." 110 disarrangement in the dishes, crowded and small as was the table. The hum of the train was somewhat sharper than usual, and the rushing against the win dows sounded like the sweeping of a rain storm. Otherwise there was no indica tion of unusual speed to a person in the car. Presently watches were taken out and observations made. The reverend cler gy, as well as the most worldly laity, be came interested. "A mile in sixty seconds!" ejaculated one. State Convention of the Y. M. C. A.'s of Iowa. The Eighth Annual Convention of the Young glen's Christian Association of Iowa will be held at the First Presby terian Church, in the city of Cedar Rap ids, beginning Thursday evening, Oct. 11. and closing Sabbath evening, Oct 14, 1S77- The Convention will be aided by Rev. Eli Corwin. of Illinois, Mr. J. W. Dean, the Evangelist, and many others, as speakers, and by Prof. 1. II. Runn and Mr. E. C. Chapin. as leaders of song. Each Association will be entitled to three delegates, and one additional dele gate for each 23 members, or a fraction thereof over half, but 011. Then could be seen the work of the fire man. Kvery time he opened the furn ace a volume of sparks shot out, and the trailing lire came down upon the track like the pyrotechnics of an svrial mine. Finally a sharp twist that sent the standing passengers over to the right, and then another that sent them in the other direction, and the yard of the Am liurstburg station was reached. Hurrah! One hundred and eleven miles in one hundred and nine minutes! The fastest time in America—beating by three minutes the run of Vauderbilt s special train. Married after an Hour's Conrtsliip. In the 2d Ward of this city, says the Adrian (Mich.) I'imes, there resided last week, a middle-aged widow, well pre served and highly respectable. In the country, a short distance from Adrian, at the same time, lived a widower, well preserved, a little more than middle aged, a wealthy farmer, with all the comforts of life except a wife. One day last week he drove to town an elegant span of horses, attached to a handsome carriage, and drove to the widow s resi dence in the 2d Ward. Widow and wid ower had never seen each other. They were introduced, went out for a drive together, returned a little after 110 011 110011, took dinner, went out tor another drive, returned later in the afternoon man and wife. Rut little over an hour's court ship sufficed. They had never, before that day, seen or written to each other, but each knew the other's name, rep utation and desires, through mutual friends. The widower was wealthy and lonely the widow poor and hard-work ing. Association can be represented by more than ten dele gates. Three or more churches in any one town or city where there is no Associa tion, are invited to appoint through their pastors, or otherwise, one delegate who will be regularly accredited. Delegates will send their names to Rev. G. W. Snyder, chairman of Com mittee of Entertainment, by Oct. 8th, and places of entertainment will be pro vided. The Association badge is a blue rib bon, which each delegate is requested to wear on the way, and while in attend ance, as an introduction to each other, and to the Entertainment Committee, On arrival at Cedar Rapids report at once at Chapel of the First Presbyterian Church. Never in the history of our work were there so many Associations in Iowa, and never was the work more prosperous and all may come expecting the best Y. M. C. A. Convention ever held in the State. R. II. Gilmore. Chairman, Cedar Rap ids I. II. Runn, Secretary. Vinton: T. M. Sinclair, Treasurer, Cedar Rapids Wm. Tackaberry. Keokuk F. G. Clark, Cedar Rapids A. E. Clarendon. Council Rluffs: J. W. Ake-s, Cedar Rapids: S. G. Rurnet. Rlairstown: C. A. Clark, Newton: Edward Russel, Davenport Wm. C. Wheeler. Dubuque, State Exec utive Committee. Cedar Rapids, la., Sept. 19, '77. "Sir," writes Cupid" to the Sim. '"I have two lady friends whom I love about alike, and would like to keep com pany with one. What would you advise me in doing? We would advise you." replies the matrimonial editor, to give up all idea of keeping company with any girl until you have sense enough to make up your mind which one you really love." Tlie matrimonial editor is a little hard upon "Cupid." There are such a num ber of lovely girls in this world that it is often difficult for a fellow to know which is the one. We should say that neither of these fair ones with the gold en locks was "Cupid's" affinity. When the right one conies along he will know it by a fixedness in his right eye, a feel ing of weight just over the place where llolenian's pads are generally worn, an emptiness about the epigastric region, a tendency to sighing and walking alone, and an insane desire to spend all his money jewels and ice cream. "Cu pid hasn't got it. Let him hold 011 a spell. Evadne Kvalina de villa France will yet appear. The Springfield (111.) Journal publish ed an anonymous communication, saying among other things: "And when the Springfield Reds go off on a trip to play ball, for the sake of the reputation of the city, the Hoard of Directors should see to it fliat two or more of the club are not allowed to go off in the company of improper characters." The Directors of the club thereupon met and formally demanded that the paper shall either re tract, substantiate the charge, or give the name of the author. The Journal accordingly retracted by an exactly con trary statement, that the Directors shall set to it that the boys are allowed to go off," etc., and now the Directors are madder than ever. The philanthropic Hawkeye says: Careless, thoughtless man, you can do ever so much good in this sorrow-strick en old world if you would. You can bring a flush of pleasure to the homeli est woman that ever wore pimples on her nose, by saying to your friend, in a stage undertone: "What lovely eyes that girl has! She might know you to be a liar but she would always grateful ly remember you as a Christian gentle-