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Now ChtftLfion of Free Trade.
Captain bl*?ne Re id, in the NoV^iflbh# number of his popular magazine, Onward, has come out in an article marked by his characteristic point and vigor, for free trade. It is brief, filling but four pages, but every sentence tells. The very title is a pithy sermon, "The Corse of the Custom House." After tracing the origin of protection in tho craft of kings desiring 'to draw vocation from thoir people in such a way that they do not know the amount ef it," Captain Reid says: "While here declining to argue the question about the expediency of protec tion, ve may be permitted to point out a few of its effects. They arc baneful, cor rupting, almost destruative. .And.thianot only to the prosperity of a people, but also to its morality. "Perhrps there never has been a better illustration of what is asserted than the spectacle now passing before our eyes in this very country. The army of office holders and office seekers, like hungry wolves overspreading the land the endless rings, robberies, collusions and defalca tions, their effrontery and success the general demoralization .that springs from seeing them successful, that even grows out of a knowledge of their existence—all, or at least a greater part of it, is due 19 •the collection of the revenue by a tariff" upon goods, in other words, to protection. "And by it, alio, is caused the adultera tion of the goods—almost as efficiently as if fpr this very end it had been designed. It is to it we owe our acquaintance with fusil oil. crab apple champagne, sanded sugar, and the like but above all, and of all, most dangerous, our adulterated doc tors' drugs, that but sicken instead -of cur ing. But for protection the counterfeits would barely pay and ceasing to pay well, we have enough belief in man's mor ality to know that they would be no longer practiced. What, then, can be the obieet of collect ing the revenue of a country in this man* ner—clumsy and expensive as it is ineffi cient—damaging to the nation's prosperity and demoralizing to its mind We should not ask the question, were it a country governed by a king or other irresponsible potentate. We should then know the reason. But to a Republic whose people must surely understand their own status relation to their government—which is themselves—must .know that there is so much revonue to be raised, and that it is their steam, sure necessity to raise it— why, in the name of cheap common sense, do they permit themselves to be hood winked—to say nothing of themselves assisting in the process—b*y the sophism of protection. i i i Career of A WMMB. 1 Dalia Lees, beautiful and Kcoejnplish ed girl, was born in Birmingham, Eng land, about 35 years ago. She was an only child of doting, wealthy parents,who came to New York city to reside some years ago, and died just as Dalia attained, her eighteenth year. Thrown upon her own resource^ She fell a. victim to a noted thief and gambler, who married her and sqymndered her riches. Being an energetic woman and possessed of rare personal charms, she soon secured sufficient funds to start a hotel, and amassed a fortune of over 8100,000. This, with her beauty, brought about her a vast number of ad mirers, one of Whom a prominent politi cian, succeeded in gaining her affections and robbed her of honor, money, and self-respect. Dalia then sank into degra dation rapidly. One day last week she was forced to attempt the thefl of forty cents, when she was arrested, convicted, and sentenced to a year's imprisonment. When in oourt, she looked for some sym pathizing friend to assist her, but none appeared. A lawyer who offered to make a defence for her, stated that it was a matter of record that Dalia Lees, a con victed felon, had in tim»ss past given as much as SI,000 at a time in aid of Chris tian, public and private charities. '*v Cheap TranspertaUfRL wl the Price «f Wheat. Tho Madison, Wis., State Journal, of a recent date, in quoting the low price of •wheat now paid throughout Iowa, make* the following sensible suggestions: llad we a steamboat channel from Pr. du Chien to Green Bay, wheat could be taken from Mississij^a-riyer towns to Lake Michigan for ten cents a bushel. We find, on looking at the market re ports, that wheat was worth from twenty live* to forty cents less at McGregor and other towns on the Mississippi, than it was in Milwaukee and Chicago on Nov. 11th. This difference, we take it, repre ss*8 the cost of transportation. Putting the surplus crop of wheat in- Iowa at 20,000.000 bushels, and ten cents as the highest figure for river and canal trans portation, it seems fair to say that there would be a saving of fifteen cents per bushel in the transportation of Iowa wheat to Hie lake if we had a canal. It would be $3,000,000 on this crop and enough on return freight to actually save in one year the entire sum necessary to make the improvement. r-- & An exchange says In Connection! the relations of oysters and religion are said to be intimate, and therefore oyster sup pers at church-meetings are fashionable. They exercise a very important influence upon revival*. By oysters the road to ealvation is made. safe. By oysters the strayed sheep are gathered again into the fold, and original sinners made to shed penitential tears at the mourner's bench. Oysters on the half shell are a type of those who have a flavor of righteousness, bnt are not finished in the faith. Oysters •tewed represent the sinner in an advanced state of regeneration, dissolved by a sense of bis own wickedness and softened to a degree that affects even the hardened sen sibilities of his old companions, while oysters fried are symbolical of that crisp and savory virtue which he enjoys aa the highest reward of his return to the sheep 4j|d reconciliation with th$ shephay^ WITH wheat at fifty or sixty cents a bushel, the Faribault Republican say? if one of our modern star lecturers had to reoeive his pay in that staple, it wouRl take _a moderate sized freight train to carry the remuneration he reoeives for his hour's exertions. Every one of bis periods is emphasized by the fall of a greenback representing two bushels of wheat, into (be orator's pocket. V' n- ,J—HH tlMl'li Changes In t!ie Cabinet. The New York Sun, which generally possesses excellent sources of information, or is very fortunate iu its guesses, de clares that a general break up of the Cabinet is inevitable, and.will occur at an early date. It says that Mr. Fish, the Secretary of State, is not "solidly fixed in officethat his appointment was a great mistake that he was not the choice of the republican party, and has done nothing to remove the lmpres sion which existed at the first, that lie is not the man to conduct the vast for eign affairs of tho country. It says that Mr Robeson is not long for Secret ary of the Naxy that he is there under false pretences, and on the dummy prin ciple, it being necessary in the Presi dent's view to have a nominal head of that department in whose Admiral For ter is to exercise all its powers. Mr. Hoar, the Attorney General, is going out of his own wish. It might be related in addition, that Boutwell's intrigues to secure the suc cession have disgusted all the other members of the Cabinet, and made all the prominent radical politicians his enemies add that Cresswell, an original rebel, but now an ardent radical, is the most unpopular man that ever held the office of Post-master General. Take it altogether, the future wears a stormy aspect. The Sun concludes its vaticina tions by saying: Let us hope that in selecting new men Gen. Grant will show that he has learned something by his extraordinary experience, and that he common sens and sagacity with wh .'h he ch'»so hi: lieutenants during the war will be found in some measure to have returned to him in making up his second cabinet. There is one singular difficulty under which President Grant labors which did not beset him as General. He has a mob of radical politicians to please in making his Cabinet and they are the most persistent, clamorous, inexorable, greedy gang of conspirators that any man ever encountered. Johnson freed himself from their dictation and, see what bccame of him The same fate awaits Grant, if he should try to make a Cabinet to please himself instead of them, and if he should deny their right to keep him. in subjection. lie is as helpless as a child or an idiot, in their haads. f* A anafp tjAME.—A countryman who Was enticed into a mock auction shop in Broadway, a few days ago, by some chance Hot the "sample watoi."' of the establish* •lent, which was actually worth about$95, paying only $43 therefrr, and Walked off with it. 4ie had 1m gone but a few minute* when the mistake was discovered, and one of the shrewdest emissaries of the coBcern immediately started in pursuit of him. On coming up with him, the Peter FuDk cordially saluted the victim, and asked him to let him look at the watch. "Just as I suspected—the rascals!" he said, gazing upon the timepiece contempt* uously. "Why, what's the matter?" asked the countryman uneasily. "The matter 1 Why, this watch isn't worth a dollar I You've been swindled But ccme back with me to the den. Those fellows know me! They won't try any of their games on me I'll make 'em give you a watch w your money And back they went. The Peter Funks under stood their game, and played it well. They pretended to be afraid of the coun tryman's "friend made ample apologies, and, with a crestfallen air, made the ex change demanded and the victim finally walked off with a worthless watch in place of the valuable one which, he had brought baok to the shop. JTi V'T i v,- Marrying oldNi -n for -ir money does not turn out acoorliag to the peotations of blooming young brides. An exchange reports a case where, forty years ago, a charming girl of sweet sixteen married an old gentleman for his money, under the confident expectation that ho might soon leave her a wealthy young widow. Last week the disappointed bride died in the fifty«sixth year of her ngo, leaving four children, and a tough old husband about one hundred years old. Mrs. Child says: "I never knew a marriage for money that did not end unhapjfily. Yet managing mothers and heartless daughters are con* tinually playing the same game. I believe that many think that they will not have a better chance, and dread being dependent. Such marriages, no doubt, sometimes prove tolerable, but a great number would have been far happier single, if I may judge from observation of such mattersi for marrying for a home makes that home a tiresome one." There are two ways of setting up A"vJill ia life. One is to begin where your parents are ending. "Magnificent mansions, splendid furniture and an e.egant turnout." Is not that the pretty dream of many about their start in life The other is to begin a little nearer the point where father and mother—of blessed memory—began. You see, my dear friend, you can go up so easily and gracefully, if events show it to be safe but it would be trying and awk ward to oome down. And it costs muoh now to live and business fluctuates and health is uncertain and temptations from the side of pride are strong and many a young man who did not mean to be ex travagant has been led along, and, rather than face the position and descend man fully, has tried to keep up by embezzle ment, and been called "swindler." My dear friends, many have suffered on this plan very feyf om tha other*—JV. Y. Ob aerur. A monument is to bo erected in Maine to the memory of a pioneer agricultural editor, the late Dr. Ezekial Holmes, of Winthrop. An association for the purpose has been formed, and funds collected sufficient to justify the trustees in giving tho order for the monument, which is £he limes. McGKKOOR, CLAYTON COUNTY, IOWA. P. RICHARDSON "..JOHN H. ANDRICK. One Copy, for one year, co1- ZZ. BHDNNER D. Office, Unk Corner, Smith's Block 641 Attorney Mid Counsellor at Law, McGRRGOR,IOWA. J. C. HOXSIE, Justice the Peace. Ofilce with T. UpdegralT. DOV -F:WQWBiL., Attorney at Law, McGregor, xotva. Office over Peter son & Larsons Store 311 LOUIS Iff. ANDRICK. Attorney at Law, Reynold's Block untranoe between 140 and 148 Dearborn 8trvet also on Madison Street »nd Custom lIouso(P.O.) place, VOLUME XIV—No. 9. McGREGOR, 10WA, WEDNESDAY, DEC. 8, 1869. irV $2.50 in Advance. A E S O A V E I S I O Space. 1 square 2 Bqunrng 3 tqaarea Jtw 2w 4w 3m 6m ly'r. $1 50 $2 50 (3 50 15 50 $8 60 $12 00 2 50 3 60 4*0 7 50 10 00 15 00 8 oo oo 5"ooTIP OO |15~ooj" 20 OO £00 I 6 00 I 8 00 I 15 00 I 26 »T 35 00 YfiO lrroojisoo 2S 00 I 40 no 1 column 14 00 18 OO* |~25 00 40 00 70 00 70 00 125 00 liltMof Won pre! I ninke a'square. Businessenrdi of5 lines |8 per annum each :illitionn!llne50 cts. JAlUfeS DATtl, Sheriff of Clflyton Cminty. Office with T. Upd«jn*nff, two doora bolow the Hank, McQregor, IOWA* 779 McGHEOOR HOUSE. Brontaa k Hrilbffft, Prop*. (60S) McOregol*, E. KOLLXNGSWORTK, PHYSICIAN and STrRGEOH, RATIONAL, IOWA, All calls promptly attended to. R. C. ARIBLBB, Attorney at Irfiw.Calniar, lows. Will practice in the Courts of the State. 64S "OU-- HOUS2," (Tjiito Mason Ilouse.) Menotia, low*. HcfiMed and i'utnilhed. Good I.iverv. S4S WILLIAMS k WISfl, Proprietor*. up ataira. McORKUOR, IOWA. DAVIS HOUSE, Klkafer,Iowa. ((537) P. F. CKANK, Proprietor. A. J.JORDAN, Attorney at Law,(office in H.ink IilnckV McGHEOOR, IOWA. 639 K. Noble. L. O. Hatch. O. llenry Frese. MO CLE, HATCH & FRESE, Attorney* «t Law, McUKKGOK, IOWA. 630 —r C. E. BERRY, .^Attorney at Law 1'ivsco, Iowa,? M6 SR. ANCROS?, Physician and Surgeon. Resilience over Petersen A Larson's Store. Office No. 3 Masonic Block. 678-99 CITY HOTEL, (Lute Alien House,) McOftaOOR, WW A. T. ATWOOD, Proprietor. This house will lie kept as a lirnt class house in ev ery respect. Farmers are particularly invited to 'sail. Charge* as reueonablB a* any other home. Good StaUUug aad good care. Boarding Lj tlicday or week. 611 Uj HOUSE, MAIN ITBKET McORBGOl.IOWA. BKN.U.FRESE, Proprietor. WINNESHEIK HOUSE. Decorah, Iowa. General Stage Office JOHN SHAW, Proprietor. 666 JOBN T. CLARK. CIIAKLE.Y A1.I K.N. 0. CLARK. JOHN T. CLARK & CO., Attorney band Counsellors :it Law and Heal Estate Ag ents,l»t dot-r east of Winueghei k House,Decorah, Iowa. «T\V ill practice in ths neveral courts of the State also attend to collections,uud thepaymentof tai«« in Winnasheik county. 666 KUKDOGK & STOIVEDtAN, _' 8AKVB1 YUSDOCK. J. T. BTOTLXMAS. Attorney* and Counsellor* at Law, will practice in the 8npr«m« and District Courts of thi* State. Office opposite l«t N ationitl Bunk, MaGREQOR. THOMAS UPPEGRAFf, Attorney at Law, (424) McORKOOR, IOWA. ELIJAH ODELL, Chicago. R. HUBBARD & CO., Jeweleraand dealers in Musical Instruments,Main Street, 4W4 McGKKUOK, IOWA. RATIONAL HOTEL, Posfeville, Iowa. General Stage Office. 0. TanHooier, o i e o s GEO. L. BASt| COMMISSION, STORAGE I FORWARDING BUSINESS, Public Square, McORKOOK, IOWA. MAT. McKINNIE, Wholesale and Retail dealer in Stoves, and Manufac turer of Tin, Copper and Sheet IrouWare, MainStreet McGRKGOR, IOWA. MURRAY HOUSE, Mftta'StrMt,McGregor, Ii-wa. A desirable twlnofor thetraveliDK public, with K MM! barns and Shcdsut tached for theaat'e protection of horats and wagons. 44) M. MURRAY, Proprietor. J. mcHOSB & CO., STORAGE, FORWARDING AND COMMISSION. Warehouse No. 1, on the Levee, McGKSGOR. Consignments solicited. JOS. M'BOBI. 476 0. M'OREQOB. McGREGOR PANNING MILL. DICKEY A WEI.LIVER, Manufacturers of the McGregor Fanuii gM ill andG rain Separator, on Weet Market Si]uare, corner Main and Ann Street*, 41Sy McGRKGOU, IOWA. EYANS HOUSE. [LATK AMIKICAN,] Oppaalte Perry Landing, McGregor. Re-furt»Iah«4 a«d tttted up in good style for guesta. Patronage respect fully solicited. H. LANDERS, Proprietor. 474 680 BEZER LODGE No. 135. Bold* its Regular Communications on Monday evening preceding tho full moon Uoach mouth. ft. HUBHARB, W.M GEO. B. McCARTY, Sec'y. 448 BATHBUIV & GILL, DENTIST, McGregor. Iowa. Office on Main 8t., over Peat Office. Nitrous Orid* administered as a speciality. WEST UNION HOUSE, Corner YIne and Elm Sts., WEST UNION, 10W4 N. J. INGERSOLL, PROPRIETOR, Good stabling aud charges moderate. Stages going east, went .north and south, call aud leave with pas sengers, morning and evening. yS32 BOARDMAN HOUSE, (LATE WASUIXGIOS) BLKADBR, I^OATA. LAKATSTTB BIUKLOW, Proprietor. RenoTatedinaide and ent. Not excelled by any Hotel in the Weet. Good Stabling. 679 THOMAS ARNOLD, REAL ESTATE BROKER AND GENERAL AGENT, CON VEYANCER, NOTARY PUBLIC, AndSommiasionerof Deeds, Ac., for tlieNorthweac ternS'aten. Wiilatteud to tho vurchaseandsaleot Farm Ltuda.OKy Property,Stocks,Ac.,4c. Office in Auction Store, Muiu Street, McGregor, Iowa 669 MASTS BB.OXHXBB., SIIOTG A CARD. Dr. t. BUNT sow pr.pwiog from the Jtallowell gruito. I 33r.Te5r--*,SSr,'"*- WE MARCH WITH THE FLAG AND KEEP STEP J.n. Merrill, Prest. Wm. Larrabee, Yico Prent. 0. Ilulverson. Caahler. W. R. Kinnaird, Awt.Cashlnr" FIRST NATIONAL BANK or asco&sooR. Capital s 100.000. £SX03E3T^.XSrC3-^S AtmRMBtniMteHaaoBsll th» rtiselpal Cities of England, Ireland, (ternsany, Norway, Cirance, Sweden, Otheir ftlrtS Aid To and From all tho Large Citie* In KCROPK, by Steampr and Fast Sailine Yesxels. All kinda of GOVERNMKNT SECURITIES benght and sold. 64,")tf BX3BXW di CO., TEAS, TOBACCOS AND CIGARS, 235 Randolph Strtf^ Geo. Hibhen, Chicago. "J Lewis Maddux, W. H. Maddux,Cincinnati. 610y Main Street, McGregor, Is rea.lv to fnrnish ALL KINDS OF TINWARE FOR HOUSEHOLD USE, Save Troughs, Tin Pipes, Ac 1 i n fai't KVKRY Til 1 NO in his Hue of burinesB wil b« wel 1 made and jironiptly put n]t. STOVES nn(1 STOVE PIPES order. 10 Europe. of ALSO Passenger Ticlcets FOR SALE CHICAGO. smon & SON, Wholesii id Dealers in IRON, STEEL, NAILS, FOREIGN AND AMERICAN CUTLQMI' Builders' & Carpenters', Hardware & Tools, Tinners7 Stock, Agricultural Implements and Blacksmiths' Tools 338 Sast Water Street* MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN. DURAND BROS. S POWERS, Wholesale Grocers, 131 South Water street, IM CKBICAOO, R.L. WHA^ IS IT 1 FRANK XBRZMAW OPPOSTTR PEARSALL A CIIURCn'8 LIYBRY Stable, furnished and set upto MEAT MARKET! jPT CAWELTI & BERGMAN, CAWELTI S BLOCK. SSL FCLLVif tied i n our N .w and Hoiiut of a Market withlco room, and everything \v hii li conveni enceand neatness could suggest, auddeteterniint'd al way s^t o Secure the Very Finest Animals for the nse of our Patrons, wo focltaaured that weare olt'erinp thepeoplcofthis City grtateriuducements than over before to patron ise theQncen of Markets. Fat Cattle bought attlie highest price. 654 German Lumber Yard. Stauei & Daubenberger, Dealers iu Lnmber, Timber, Xiath, Shingles, Doors, Sash and Blinds. WE SUPPLY CITY AND COUNTRY TRADE ON THE MOST REASONABLE TERMS HAVBunquestionably the largest stockof Sash Dooruaud BlinJ* over kept in the west—everj Style and form tosuit any lmlMine thatcan beerect ed. F%.Onrsis Ve ONLY LUMBER YARO onthenorth idt of Kaindtrewt .McGRKOOR 10WA 484 W. H. BIiACKMSR, Millwright Si Draughtsman. Plans, Specifications and Estimates made on short notii e. Steam and Watar Mills built on contract orother wide to suit. Willfurnish from the boat Munnfacturoraallclaaaea of Mill Machinery—Mill Stones, Spindles. Curbs, Hop pars, Stand*. Bhoea.Dama*)* Ac. Smut aud ltran cl«aa«ra,Separators,MillPecka, Cups and Beliinp. Dufour & Co.VOld Dutch Anchor Boltinp Clotha, Extra and Kxtra Ueavy audDoubUBxtxaBeaTy. Paten tee of the North Western Turbine, also agent fortlia I.KFFKL W11KH1.. Al1'ettcrsaddrosscrto MeOregororLanaing.Iowa. 118 IN LICENSED AUCTIONEER. UNS,Rilles,Revolver*, Pistols (lame Bags, Flask*, Cartridges, Powder, Shot, Lead, Cap*, Gun-wads. Cutlery,Ac., Ac, near National Bauk. McGregor, Iowa. Repairing of all kinds belonging- to the gvn and loek smith line done promptly. Charges moderate and all w«rk warranted. late of Syracuse, NnwTntt, re spectfully informs the peoplu of McGregor and vicin ity that he has opeued anOftiae in Church A liidwaU'a block, where his sons have their Dentistry Establish ment. Dr. HUNT is an old practitioner. He cm lie found day and night at his office except when profes sionally absont. All who wish to be treated upon PL'RK Homupathic priuciples will please rail on hiiu. A. O. HUNT m.asxjzizvT e n i s s Office on Main Street, MeQREGOR, IOWA. PEOPLE'S MARKET. WILLIAMS 6L SEO., WILLIAMS'NKW BRICK BLOCK MAINgT. Mc(Jregor,Iowa,boliev o ii fair dealing and wil always b« found onhand ready^todeal out theclioiceat cut s of all kinds of Meat that thw country atl'ords. Highest marlu»t*pri«e paid forall kiudsof Stock. E 7 O O S wuwnm. CROCKERY, BOOTS IND SHOES, an UQUOB.B, OfiTW) kind neaded by the citiaeni of cttrcrMin- trjr FOR SALE AT THE LOWEST RATES AT FRED HENCXE'S Saecosaorto lloncke ABaudow, Southeastcorner of Public Square and ono door South of Quo.L. Bass' Warehoure,Mctia»Kor. Iowa. •^-Passeugor Agwutfor the Hamburg Aniorican Pii' Ket Company AM0 Aimfav »b» JNitr f«Ke« ^1S THE MTJSI0 Of THE UNION. The King of Clnbs. When I was a benft /had an extreme fondness for conjuring. My favorite treat was to be taken to see wizard*, as profesi Bors of roadie were then callcd and my great amusement at home was the endeav or to imitate their various feat3 of leger demain, In this way I became a consid erable adept at sleight-of-hand, and with oards especially I could perforin nearly all the tricks current at the time.. As I grew up, other occupations and amusements of course took place of my boyhood's favor ite, and I little thought that my knowl edge of sleight of hand would some day stand me in good stead but so it was. I WM A young man at the Bur, and my in come was barely sufficient for my own moderate wants, when I fell in love with Margery Lawson. It was not so foolish an act as it might appear at first sight, for Margery was an only daughter, her father was a merchant retired from business, and was said to be very well off. I had met them at a quiet seaside watering-place an accidental acquaintance had sprung up» and had quickly ripened, as seaside ac quaintances do, into intimacy.' Margery was my beau ideal of a woman. Not too tall, lissom and graceful, quiet in her movements, with a wealth of light-biown hair, and Mue eyes. Suffice it to say that I fell in love with her. When they were leaving for London, I asked permission to call upon them, and not long after had the happiness of learning from Margery's lips that she was not indifferent to me. It was a nervous time for me when I requested a private interview with her father, and stammered out my tale of affection for his daughter nor was my nervousness de creased by the calmness with which he listened to me. When I had done, he said quietly: "As I am not the person in love, Mr. Travers, you must permit me to view the matter in a business light. IIow do you propose to keep my daughter I explained thatlhy income was not, 1 was well aware, sufficient to marry upon at present, but that my prospects were fair, and thak«f course «r *rere willing to wait. "Then, under those circumstances, Mr. Travers," he said, "does it not strike you tliat it would have been fairer to my daughter if you had waited until your cir cumstances were altered before you en deavored to gain her affections At any rate, fo* tke present, even according to yodr own showing, it-is out of the ques tion thinking of such a thing, so please let «s pot it aside altogether. I did not fore see the matter at first, or I should, of course, have prevented it when I did no tice it, I saw it was too late to try to in terfere, and therefore determined to let matters run their course. "However, Mr. Travers," and here he spoke more kindly, "I really like you, and I do not wish to act the part of a stern father. You shall therefore continue to visit at the house, under the distinct understanding that there is in futur# to be no love-making whatever between my daughter and your self." I took my leave considerably cast down, but still, when I came to think the matter over, acknowledging thatj it was quite as good as I could have expected under the circumstances. For some time after this I did not pee much of Margery, not that that made me at all anxious, for I had the most perfect eonfidence in her faith. I had only had one private talk with her af* ter my interview with her father, and the dear girl was quite in good spirits, and looked upon the matter in the mo&tiiope ful light. "As to our not being engaged," she laughed, "of course that's nonsense we know we love sach other, and mean to be married some day. I don't see what en gagement we require beyond that, Harry." As I could not say thai I did either, we determined to be happy. As I have said, I saw little of her, for my profession pre vented my making formal calls and her father went out almost every evening to his club, and did not return until late, and naturally I could not call upon Margery of an evening when she was alone. Some times Mr. Lawson had dinner-parties, and to these he generally invited me, but I could get no quiet talk with her upon these occasions. Mr. Lawson, I knew, belonged to the Pfellss Club, and dining one day with a friend, who was also a member^ I asked him if he knew Mr. Lawson*. "Elderly man gray whiskers?" "Yes, that is the man." "No, I don't know much of him except by sight. I am afraid he's going to the bad, by what I hear." "Going to the bad I exclaimed, "How do you moan, Charley Tell me all you know, for it is a matter of great interest to me." "Is it f* Charley asked. "What! has the old gentleman got a daughter I nodded. "Then I tell you what it is Har ry my advice to you is, if you are going to marry that young lady, do it as soon as you can, and see that her money is placed in the hands of trustees." "Go on, old man," I said urgently "do tell me what is the matter." "Well," Charley said deliberately— Charley was a fellow who hated being hurried—"there is never anything definite in theso things. ,People say, you know— there is generally something at tbo bottom of it don't you think 60?" "Of course, of course, man but what do people say I asked irritably. "Why the deuce don't you come to the point?" "Well, you know, they say he's losing his money. He always used to play high »t whist, was one of a little set who play regularly every evening at Aye-guinea points well, I suppose if a man sits down regularly all the year, with players of his own strength, it don't make much difference whether he bets five guineas or shillings. Bui Lawsoa haf not done TIMES. that. lie has given up whist with his old set, and has gone among the very worst lot in the club—fellows no one knows kow some of whom live, or how they got into the club while others are light enough, but bet tremendously on the turf. He plays whist with this lot, and it is not known what points they play, for they at ccarte with a turfman called Captain Johnson, though where he got his rank from no one knows Turkish service, or Danubian Principalities, or something of that sort, I fancy anyhow, he's a man would not play ccarte with for sixpence He's cleaned two or three fellows out al ready." It may be Imagined how much alarmed I was by my friend Charley's information, and more so that it was a case in which I was, of course, helpless to act. My only satisfaction was that I was getting on pretty rapidly in my profession, aad could hope ere long to have a home—a humble one certainly, but still a home—to offer Margery and this infatuated old father of hers. Nerved by this, I read harder than ever, and had been a fortnight without going to the Lawsons', when I one day re ceived a note from Marcery "Mr DEAR IIARRV :—I want very much to see you, and to ask your advice will you be at the end of the Long Water in Kensington Gardens at twelve o'clock I cannot think of any other place of meet ting you, and you may be sure I want to see you upon a very important matter, or I should never have taken such a step as this. I could give but little comfort to poor Marcery indeed, I put rather the werst face upon matters in order to persuade her to consent to the plan I had formed as I had walked towards our rendezvous. This plan I at length unfolded. "My dear Margery, I have been thinki ing over this matter as I came along, for I had heard something of it before, and guessed when I received your letter what you had to say to me. This man with whom your father is playing is, from what I have heard, a very doubtful character. Now, of course, if he plays fair, and your father chooses to play with him, it is im possible to interfere, whatever the stakes may be it is no concern of any one but himself. The only question is, does he play fair? When I was a boy, I was con stantly practising tricks with cards, and I am quite sure that I could cheat any un suspecting person. In the same way, from knowing how these things are done, I could detect a man who did not play fair, and ray idea is that if I can but watch him, without his suspecting me, I might be able to find out if ths man is playing fair with Mr. Lawsoa. If he is not, 1 will expose him if he is, and your fathi er, with whose unfortuuate infatuation for play I cannot of course interfere, loses everything he has, he must come and live with his son-in-law. Eh, Margery?" Margery looked up smiling between her tears, and then avoiding the subject, said: "He has not been for two nifhts, Har ry I should thiak he would oome to night." "What time does he eome, Margery "At about half-past nine. Papa gener ally dines at the club, and comes down with him. What an you thinking of doing, Harry?" "You may rely upon me, Margery, uot to get you into any scrape with your father. I will drop in this evening as if by acci dent, and will bring my friend Charley Hackett with 1110. Your father has, yot^ know, given me permission to introduce any of my friends. Of course he won't like it but I sha'n't mind his looking sour, and we will chat with you, and ap pear to pay no attention to the game. Take such a position that by sitting beside you I can be nearly opposite to this Cap tain Johnson not quite opposite, but so that I can watch him when he deals, if he plays unfairly, 1 am certain that I can detect him. Good bye, dear keep up your spirits it may tarn out for the best after all. Charley Ilackett, when I first opened my scheme to him, offered various objec tions, but yielded enough when I fully explained matters, saying, however, that it was just the sort of business a fellow hated being mixed up in. don't pay down—make a note, you know his abstraction omitted to introduce us. I and I heard it whispered too, but very I then crossed the room to Margery, and likely it is a lie, that he has been going in Charley and myself took seats by her side, MARGERY." So Margery has come to know of what was going on and indeed matters must have come to a very serious point, for I had no doubt that this was the cause of her writing. It turned out as I had supposed. Mar gery was looking pale and worn, and told me that she did not know that she was not foolishly frightening herself, but that she was terribly anxious about her father that ho always had been in the habit of returning home at twelve o'clock, or half past ot the latest, but that now he was frequently not back until three that he looked very pale and ill, and was evident ly anxious and nervous. But the worst point of all was, that he frequently came home early with a gentleman she had nev er seen before, and whom she did not like, and had played at t'carte until two o'clock in the msrning that upon these occasions her father had evidently disliked her watching them, and had appeared re. lieved when she had offered to go up to her room early that they did not seem to play for anything, but that they wrote down in their notebooks figures after each game and that she could not but think that it was something very serious. whan It was about half-past BUM we entered Mr. Lawson's drawing-room. The scene was exactly what I had pictured to myself that it would be. Mr. Lawson was sitting at a small table playing ecarte with Captain Johnson, while Margery was sit ting on a sofa £n the other sido of the room with a book in her hand. Mr. Law son did not Mem put out at my arrival, as WHOLE MT686. I had expected ho would be. lie merely looked up from his cords, asked, "How are you, Travers?" and said he was glad to make Charley's acquaintance. Having said this in a mechanical sort of way, he continued the game. Captain Johnson was, I saw, excessively annoyed, but of course said nothing, and Mr. Lawson in and we three were soon engaged in a lively conversation. While appearing ab sorbed in their chat, I watched what was going on at the ecarte table furtively and steadily. Mr. Lawson Was pale, and I could sec his lips quiver a little but a less careful observer than myself would have noticed nothing unusual ifi his de meanor. Captain Johnson played a quiet, steady game, without undue haste or un due deliberation, and without any appear ance of unusual interest. I noticed him at first glance round twice in o:ir direc tion but we were apparently so er»gaged in our talk that he ceased to pay an" attention to ns. For half an hour I could detect nothing. Mr. Lawson was winning then the game was four-all. It was his opponent's deal. I watched intently, for I knew that his game would be either to turn up king or to deal it to himself I was certain he had got the' king at the bottom of the pack, and just as he com menced dealing I saw a slight motion of his hand, and felt, more than saw, that he had slipped it up his sleeve. It was very neatly done and had it not been for my own dexterity with cards, and from know ing exactly where to look, I could not have noticed it. I am certain that no unpractised observer could have done so. I did not see that ho dealt himself a card short, but had no doubt of it. He allowed Mr. Lawson to take four fresh cards, and took two himself he then declared king, and won. "Go on talking," I said to the others "I have found out how he does it." The next game Mr. Lawson won the next two games were scored by the Cap tain—the first, as far as I could sec, fairly the second, by turning up king. This I could not expose, and waited for hira to repeat the first trick. He allowed Mr. Lawson to win the next and in the game after, Mr. Lawson dealt and headed him and I was convinced that he would now repeat his trick, as he would not like to turn up king again. I got myself togeth er for a spring, and signed to Charley to be ready. I saw the movement of the finger under the pack, and knew the bot tom card was up his sleeve. He turned up a Club. As he put the pack down upon the table, I leapt upon him. With one hand upon his neck I pinned hira to the chair, and with the other held his arm, grasped by the wrist, over his head. "This man is a swindler!" I shouted. "Charley, come here: put your fingers down the sleeye of this arm, and you will find the King of Clubs hidden there. The scoundrel has dealt himself a card shoit." For a moment the man struggled but, from the sudden surprise, joined to the position in which I held him, he was powerless. Mr. Lawson had fallen baok in hit ebair at the first surprise of my movement, and now rose to bis feet, and gazed speechless, but with a look of painful excitement, and with a red flush in his previous pale face. Charley came up, and with the deliber ation which always characterised his movements, put his fingers in at the wrist of the upheld arm, and at once palled oat the King of Clubs. "There, Mr. Lawson," he said, as he threw it down upon the table "you have been shamefully swindled, and you do not owe this scoundrel a farthing." Mr. Lawson did not speak. He raised his hands as if to grasp at something, and then fell forward on the table in a fit. Margery gave a scream, and was by his side in an instant. Charley first rang the bell, for once really rushing across the room to do so, and then returning, assist ed me to lift Mr. Lawson, aud together we we laid him on tho sofa. "Where does the nearest doctor live he asked the servant, who had responded with unusual speed to tho urgency with which the bell had been rung. "Next door but two, sir." "Hun in directly and say your master has had a fit. Quick, man 1" During this time wo had paid no atten tion to Captain Johnson, who was stand ing as pale as death at the table. It was novv my time and I had before thought over what to say in tho event ^pf my detec ting him, so I went up to him. "Captain Johnson, you are a detected swindler. I saw you cheat twice before, this evening. Don't try to bluster, sir"— for I saw he was going to break out—"or to threaten. We don't tight duels now least of all with detected cheats. Now, sir, for Mr. Lawson's sake, I don't want to make a public scandal. My conditions are these tear every leaf out of that pocket-book in which you have entered the sums won by you, aud throw them into tho fire. They are useless to you now but I prefer that they should be destroyed. Loave Kngland at once, and go on to the Continent, and remember, as long as you keep away wo are silent as to the affair but tho day you return, all England knows of it." Without speaking a word—though, if looks could have killed anyone, I should have been a dead man, and, indeed, had I not been a much stronger and heavier man than himself, I believe he would have flown at my throat in his fury—the Cap tain dropped his pocket-book into the fire, and went out, without one single word having passed his lips during the whole scene, except a deep execration when he found his first struggles to free himself from my grasp were unavailing. As he left tho room, the doctor hurried in, and in auother hour we had tha satisfaction of seeing Mr. Lawson in bed, eon' iou*, but Of oou«40 very quiet, lie had only spoken & few words. He had looked round anxs lously when the first rush of recollection "fcamo npon him, and I had said, "It is all fight, Mr. Lawson. He has gore away you will never see him again, and yon do not owe him a farthing." i[e had glanced at his daughter with a look of intense re lief, and had said "Thank God Then he looked at me, and said, "To-morrow." The result of that to-morrow's interview may be judged from the fact that Margery and I were married that (lay six weeks. Mr. Lawson, in talking the matter over with me, never mentioned what his losses would have been he only spoke of it as absolute ruin. As it was, I imagine that the sum he had actually paid away in cash was comparatively trilling at any rate, I know that he settled a very comfortable income upon Margery. My father-in-law talked of never touching a card again, but he does not quite keep to that. He has, however, entirely given np play at the club, and the utmost extent of his gambling is sitting down in his own house or mine' to a social game at threepenny points. The portrait of Washington Is fa* miliar as the face of the sun. But what hard work it was to make it thus familiar everybody don't know. In a letter writ tea in 1783, Washington himself tells this. He says, alludin» to the personal demands of portrait painters "At first I was as impatient at the request, and as restive under the operation, as a colt is of the saddle. The next time I submitted reluctantly, but with less flouncing—noW, no dray moves more readily to the thill than I do to the painter's chair." The music in the Rev. Henry WM Beecher's church costs §7,000 a year. The organist get SI,200, the conductor §2,000, the tenor $1,000, the soprano $900, the contralto S800, and the basso $SOO, leaving §200 for incidentals. The paid choir sings the solos and concerted pieces, but the hymns are sung by the whole con gregation, led by a volunteer choir of about seventy performers. The following bill was sent to a gentle man: aoSafada 1,50 atacinofnaomagin .50 Fade, Josef Jaxn. The items of that bill are not apothe* caries' articles, as might be supposed, but merely "a horse a half a day," aand taking of him home again."' "a The genial presence of Judge Egbert in tho social relations of our town, during the session of the Common Pleas Court, has been ns delightful as a spring morn ing of purity, sunshine, vendure and song. Wo are always glad to meet Judge Egbert in Plymouth.— Phj. (Lid.) Dem, The editor of the Corning/oumaZhas hewa escorted to a soda fountain by a good look ing lady, and "treated." He has ever since been a warm advocate, w woman's rigbfs—to treat The dinner given ly the Saltan on October 17, at the Dolma Baktchp palace in Constantinople, in honor of the Empress Eugenie, cost 150,000 piastres, or about $8,000 in gold* A lady at Williamsport, Pa., has not been able to sleep a wink in a month. Examination into the cause by eminent physicians revealed the terrible truth that her night gown was out of fashion. Mr. Pea' ody accumulated the greater part of his vast wealth during the lastfive and-twenty years of his life. It is said, on trust-worthy authority, that at fifty he was worth but little more than $50,000. The Democratic force in the niioois Constitutional Convention grows beauti fully, as the official returns are counted. The delegates now stand as follows: Democrats, 45 Republicans, 8$, The Difference between Love and Law— In love the attachment precedes the de claration in law the declaiation precede? the attachment. It has been scientifically ciphered out that one-quarter of a ton of nitro-glycerine would blow all Sweden into the mi4Ue of the Arctic sea. A Georgia audience mobbed a legerde mainist because he failed to cook a rabbit stew in a gentleman's hat as he advertised. The pupils of Miss Mary Ilovey, who fills the horticultural chair in Kansas Agricultural College, will perhaps ba known as Ilovey's seedlings. A Chicago girl broke her engagenopMI with a young man because he sneezna in his sleep. Some impertinent fellow wants to know how she found it out. The Hartford Courant claims that "1 to the ministry of the Christian religion there is no nobler profession than that of the politician." The International Hotel, at Omaha, IMM been secured by the Union Pacific R. R. Co., for headquarters, at an annual rental of $7,500. New Haven young ladies attach small pink balloons to the necks of their pood les labelled with the names of the ani iuals. At almost every step in life, we meet with youn.cr uien from whom we antici pate wonderful tilings, but of whom, after careful inquiry, we never hear another word. The effervescence of youth and passion, ami the fresh gloss* of intellect and imagination, endow them with a fresh brilliancy, which makes fools of themselves and other peo ple. Like ccrtain chiutzes, calicoes, and ginghams, they show finely on their first newness, bnt cannot stand the sun aud the rain, and assume a very Bober aspect after washing day. Mr. Hi ram A. Briggs, a well-known merchant of Pawtucket, R. I., was ar rested in that place on the 19th inst. on the charge of attempting to poison his entire family, consisting of his wife, his son, (who is in partnership with him,) two daughters and a little grandchild, by putting arsenic in the flour for the bread of the family, of which he did not partake himself. The family were made sick, but no one