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MoQRBQOR, CLAYTON COUNTY, IOWA. I. P. mCMWOSOW HLJOHW H. MDRICK OB* Copy, tor yj go' JW»I $a.— In tdrwct. I A I 8 o A V I S I lytw. 1* 1« 4* I »m I T~aqmr« 8m \_}fr. IMMftl 50 lino ItiM «0 I la 00 350 4 50 7 50 10 00 16*0 2 aqnara* 3 S0| V"«qn«r*t 3 00 I o*1- I Too i oo i IOOO 116 001 ao oo 3 04 I 16 00 I 14 00 7 ftO 10 00 |l5 00 MOO *0 0H 7000 1 I 14 I 1» 00 I 00 1 4000 I 70 00 18*00 line*of Nonprail w*k« •Vm«re. BailnaMOMrda of 51la«* 99 p«r %aanm «*cb »ddltlon»lHn»»4 ct«. JiNII DAVIS, Sheriff of Clayton Connty. Offlce with T. Updegraff, MM |i«ri balow the Bank, McGregor, low*. McOBBOOS BOOSB. Broains A H«Wb«g, Prop*. (664) McOregor,low*. BOLLINQSWORTH and Jt AT10N A L. IOWA. All c«lla promptly •tteaded to. *. O. AMBLBR, Atternay at li«w,C»lm«r, Iowa. WH1 practice In Hh Oaarta af the State. 648 cjsw Mm OUR HOUSB,' (Late Maaon Ileuie.) Menona, Iowa, rnraiahad. Good Livery. "tti OwMr, Refitted and WILLIAMS A WIS!, PropHetora. n. «Miw« a VmMl D. taltk'i Block, ip ataira. McGRBGOR, IOWA. A. J. JORDAN Attorney at Law,(ofBco in Bank Block) McGRBGOR, IOWA. R.Noble. L. 0. natch. O. Henry Freaa. NOBLB. BATOB A PRBSB, Attorney! at Law, MoU UBGOK, IOWA. SS» C. B. Attorney at Law, Creaco, Iowa. (Late Allen Oonae,) McGRBGOR, IOWA. T. ATWOOD, Proprietor. Thia bona* will be kept as a Oral claw hoaa* in 0f ery respect. Parmer* are particularly invited to *nll. Chnrgpfl a« r«tioiib)i othir honi«. Qood Subline tod good cire* Boarding by tb« diy or week. ____ UXIOM BOU8B, MAIN STRBBT .McGR«00B,I0WA. Bl». H. PBfaa, Proprietor. WWMSHBII HOUSB. Daeorah, Iowa. General 8ta»a OBee JOHN SHAW, Proprietor. JOB* I. CUMLK. COWmSStOII, ST0M8E I FORWARDIPIG BUSINESS, Public Square, McGRBGOR, IOWA. HAT. McXXNNIS,' Wholesale and Kotail UeaU-i In Stove*, and Manufac turer of Tin, Copperand Sheet Iron Wara, Main Street McGRBGOR, IOWA. MURRAY BOUSB, Main Street, McGregor, Iewa. A dealrable home for tho traveling public, with good barn* and Shedaat Cached for theaafs protection of horeea and wagon*. 442 M. MURRAY, Proprietor. J. MeHOSB A CO., if MAGE, F0RWARDIN6 AND COMMISSWIL WtrehouBe No. 1, on the Levee, Consignments solicited. /M.M'noM. 478 Manufacturers uf the MvGregorl'aiiuirg MillandGralB JBeparator, on West Market Square, earner Main and Ann Streeta, 415y McGRBGOR, IOWA. EVANS HOUSB. [LATB AMIBlCAM.j *p»oeite Parry Lauding, McGregor. Re-ftarnlahed Bad gtted np In good atyle for gnvato. Patronage wsp*e^ gully solicit*!. O. II. FLANDKRS, Proprietor. 474 BBSBR IsODOB No. 135. Holds its Regular Communications on Monday evening preceding thefullmoon In each month. R. HUBBARD,W.M GBO. B. MeOARTY, Sec'y. BATHBUN A QILL, dentist, Qtraar Vine and Kim Sta., WH8T UNION, IOWA H. J. INBERSOLL, PWfRIETOR. •loud itabling and chargea moderate. Stage* going east.weat .uortb and aouth, call and lMVawithpa* sengera, morning and evening. ylSS BOABDMAN BOUSB, (LAI* WA8HIII8T0M) JlfAMI, IOWA. Uftnm tans*, Proprietor. Raawrated iBfU* ft»4 ««t. Nat axcallad by a By in the W*Bt. Good Stobling. *19 HEAL ESTATE MOVER AM 6ENERAL ASEHT.CM VEYMCIR. NOTARY PUBLIC, And jmmiaaionerof Deed*, Ac., for tbeNorthwaai «afnd*ato«. Willattsnd to the uurchsseandaaleot fkrm L«uds,City Property .Stocks, Ac.,Ac. Office in Auction Store, Main Street, McGregor, fown. 669 LICEMSED AUCTIONEER. fKAlfX B&OZBZ1&, SHOTG U NS,Rifles,Ravolveri Pistol*.Gam* Bag*, Plaaki_ Cartridges, Powder, Shot, Lead| Cap*,Gun-wads, Cutlery,Ac., Ac, Bear National Bank. Bedrtfar, Iowa. Kepairingof all kinds belonging to the gun and |oek smith line done promptly. Okuc** moderateaud all work warranted. -i- A CARD. Br. J. BUNT late of Syracuse, day einnall* absent. All who wish to he treated upon pUKB 'I-imepathlc principles will pleue call on him. All Penaaleor Chronic diseases treated successfully. M*Oregor, Iowa, Tund i3d, 1809. MStf u n u e i H. SOHOLBR is HILL ON IIAND.OFPBRING A BIGONB SUP PLY THAN BYBR, IN THB LINN Of Qbamber, Parlor and Kitchen U I U ALSO, OOPPINS1 gpsceial attention paid to FRAMINO PICTURES. A Large 8toek tf tha beat fashionable Mo«ldtng always on hand. CALL AND BB COOVINCBD1 fwo Boors Ssst of Vowtra. 9 F®f*- t. H. Merrill, Prest. WH. Larrabee, Tie* Prsat. O. Hnlvef*o« Cashier. ess DB. ANDBOS. MiyaleiaaandSargeon. Residence over Petaraan A Larson'* Store. OfllceMo. 3 Maaonlc Block. 67S-M CITT HOTEL, 6M OBARMT ALL**. O.J. CLAftK. JOHN T. CLARK A CO., Attorney fc*ud Counsellors at Law and RealBatate Agents,lat door east of Winnesbeik House,Decorah, Iowa, torWill practice in the several caorts of the Stat* also attend to collections,and the payment of taxes in Winneshelk county. 584 MURDOOS A STONliMAN, 4AMVSL MtJMWCE. J- «T051«A*. Attorneys and Counsellor* at Law, will practice in tha fiupremo and Diatrict Courts of this State. OOce opposite let Natioual Bank, McGRBGOR. THOMAS UFDBOBAFF, Attarney at Law, (434) McGRBGOR, IOWA. BLIJAB ODBLL, Atteraey and Connsellor at Law, McGH BOOR, IOWA. t. C. BOXS1E, Justice ef the Peace. Offlce with T. Updefraff. DOUGLAS LBFFINOWELL, Attorney «t Law, McGregor, iO*». Offlce over Peter aoB A LaraoB's Store *11 LOUIS M. ANDRIOB. Attorney at Law, Reynold*f Block *ntranoe betweeu 146 and 148 Dearborn Street,also on Mudlson Street and Custom House (P. O) Placa, QiCfO. BITBBARD A CO., Jewelers and dealers in Musical Iuatrnmenta.Main Street, 404 McOHKGOR. IOWA. NATIONAL BOTBZ*, Peatville, Iowa. General Stag* Office. C. Vanllooser, proprietor. 503 OBO. L.BASS, W. R. fclnnalrt, tWtOllMn FIRST RATIONAL BANK Or KeVSICMl. Capital SlOO.f At current rate* for sal* on all the Principal CItiMOl Bngland,' Ireland, rranoe, », Sweden, And Other Parti W Europe. ALSO Passenger FOR SALE To and from all the Large Cities 1b BUROPB, bj Steamer and fast Sailing Teasels. All kinds or GOVBRNMBNT SBCURITIBS bsifM and sold. «Utf TUS, TOBACCOS MO CIGUS, 23ft Randolph Street, Geo. Nibhea, Chicago. 1 N. Herron, i I^UIPAPn Lewis Maddux, New York. VlllvnUUi W. B. Maddax,Cincinnati. J«ify SEXTON & SOK, Wholesale Sealers in IRON, STEEL, NAILS, FOREIGN AND AMERICAN CUTLERY. Builders' & Carpenters1 Hardware & Tools, Tinners' Stock, Agricultural Implements and Blacksmith*' Tool* 338 Bast Water Street* MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN. DURANO BROS. I POWERS, Wholesale Grocers, Ml lirtli W«t*r street, •4* OlM, ILL. "WHAT IS IT 1 FRANK SBRZMAN OPPOSITE PEAR8ALL A CHURCH'S LITSBS Stable, Main Street, BKcChref orv I* ready to furnish ALL RINDS OF TINWARE F0R N0USEN0L0 USE, Save Troufhii Tin Vlpeif And in fact KVKKYTHING in hisliueof buflne**wl be wel I made and promptly put up. STOVES and STOVE PIPES order. McG&BGOR. o. M'uaaok. McOREGOR FANNING MILL. W1CKKY A WET.LIVKR, fteBiahed aad set up to MEAT MARKET! CAWELTI & BERGMAN, OAWBLTTS BLOCK. X9L FULLY«ettled in our New and Beanty of a Market with Ice room, and everything whichcontenl euceaud oeatneas could suggest, anddetetermined •I wayvto Secure the Very Finest Animals for tke vie of ear Patron*, we faelassuredthat wt-arcoffering thepeopleofthto city greaterinduceiuentB than eTer beforetopatroB* iietheQueen of Market*, fat Cattle bought attha highest price. 664 German Lumber Yard. Stauei & Daubenberger, Dealer* in dumber, Timber* Xiath* SblBfles* Doors* Sath aad Blinds* WE SUPPLY CITY AND COUNTRY TRADE ON THE MOST REASOMILE TERMS HADeorsand MeClr«r«r. Uwt. tit Office on Main St., over Post Offlce. Nitrons Orids administered aa a apeciality. WEST UNION BOUSB, VK unquestionably the largest stockof 8**b Blinds e*ar kept in thawe*t—*T*ry •tyle andform tosuit au ed. g^Oursisthe side of KainStreet.: it auy building tnat s&imifisiv. Spindle*. Curb*, HsgfTtl, New Y»A, re- spectfully in forms the people of McGregor and vicin tty that he lias opened auOHlae iu Cliurcli A thatcan be erect onthenorth 4S4 W. K. BliACKMBR, Millwright & Draughtsman Plans, SpeclScationa and Intimate* mad* on abort notice. 8te*m and Water Mill* bailton coatract orather- W WiHfurnUh from tha b**t Manu&cturcrsallol •r Mill BEaehiaery—Mill Meade. ShessJMaaal* Ac. Bmutand Braa el*aa*r* JafaratorsJilllPaok*, "WSKSltl Datch Aachor Bolting Olotha, Bxtraand Kstra Heavy and Boabl* Ixtra Heavy. Patentee of the North W**torn Turbine, also agent far the LBffBL WIIBBL. AP lettersaddreeee^to McGregororLanaing.Iowa. O & A O U K tlllASIII BlXVXIfl Ofllce on Main Btreet, McGRBGOR, IOWA. 4#PE0PLE'S URKET Bid well's block, where his sons have their Dentistry Krttablinh Mtnnt. Dr. HUNT isau old |trtictition«r. ilec.in be fxund and Bight at his office except when profe* WILLIAMS MO., IN WILLIAM8'NBW BBICX BLOCK MAIN8T. McGregor,Iowa,believe ir fairdeallng And wil always be found onhand readyjtodeal out thechoicaat cutsof all kinds of Meat that tha country afford*. Highest market'prise paid forall kinds of Stock. Y a o o s nseum. CROCKERY, BOOTS MID SHOES, Of UQVOM, a vary kind needed by try tha cltiiena of city erBaan- FOR SALE AT TNI LOWEST RATES If N O K 8 Saceeesorto Rencke ABandow, Sonthoaatcornar of Public Square and one doer South of Oeo.L. Basa' Warehoure .McGaegor. Iowa. e9Pa«seager Agentfor the Hamburg American Packet Compaay Aleo Agentfor tha CelebratedPat*at VOLUME XIV-No, 11. McGREGOR, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, DEC. FOB tar NOBTI Iowa TIMM. THB ABTI8TS OF THE AIM. BT MARIN. t*,dlM tkMBgh the towB winds tkeAMnw, comes ths soft aad silent (now Whit* petals form the Sowera that gr««, In the cold atmosphere These st rry blossom*, pure ncd whits. Softly falling through th* night, Have draped th* wood and B«re. The ba*y artiat* of tha air, Uaseen come down the stormy stair, And carve the wing* af cherub* fair, On the fresh mound* of *now town the white la from aloft, from round to ronad their step* to soft, iHstnrb* BO *I**p below. So softly fell their winged feet, the flake* of ow cOuld not repeat Their beanty on the atal iilese sheet 'That covered hill and In. They graved devices on th* pod, that stood there like a sheeted £k*tl, Aad ob tho window pano. In front of garden, fence nnd door Were mottoca never r»t before In whit* words which th* wind* eacore, A* o'er tb- tb« v *wee, tagle* of crystal star* an'* shields Were scattered over once green IsMt Wh*ro aummer beaatl** olotp. And whoa th* cloudless morning MM, To light th* world with torch of flam*, A shaft of snow with wreath of fam* Stood aear th* *il*Bt moand Of ana who sleeps In dreamless peace. Beneath the soft and stalnlees Seece .Whii ewer* all th* groand. Bometlma, whea sleepiag IB *arM| Th* snow will (all OB oar youth (hi hsads, Which melta^aot when tha sunshine shsda It* h*at from Haav*n above The** artists, with a ahillfhl hand. Will write IB word* of MOW that ataad, for Memory aad Love. BEiiSri tlflMltirtd hhn Cliriatma* morflfkg As he sat upon my knee. lloldiag fast hi* little stockings, SlnfTed as full aa full could bo, And attentive listening to me, With a face demure and mild. That old Santa Claas, who Slled them, Did not love a naughty child. "But we'll be good, won't we under t" And from off my lap be slid, Digging deep among tbe guodi** In his crinisou stocking bid While I turned me to my table. Where a tempting goblet stood, Brimming high with dainty egg-nog. Sent me by a neighbor good. Bat thn kitton, there before me, With her white paw, nothing loth, Sat, by w*y of entertainment. Slapping »ff ths shining And in uot tbe gentlest Itnniof At the loss ot such n treat, I coniess, I rather rudely Throat her out into tbe strati. Then, how Benny's blue eye kMttOl (lathering tip the precious store, lie had busily been pouriug In his tiuy pinafore. With a ganeruaa look that ahaased Spraag he froas th* carpet bright, Showing, by hie mien indignaat, All a baby' sense of right. MCaasa hack, Harney called bo, loadSfF"" Aa he held his apron white— "Ton shall have my candy wabbit I" Bat the door was fastened So be stood, abashed and ailent. In the centre of the floor. With defeated leek alternate Beat OB me and then th* door. Then, aa by a sudden impulse, Quickly ran he to the lire, And while eagerly his briKht rye* Watched tbe flames go high and hi^kMr* In a brave, clear key be shouteri, Like some lordly little eir, "Santa Kans, come down de chimney, Make my muder *have hertell!" "I'll he a good girl, Benny," Said 1,feeling tbe reproof And straightway called poor Haraey, Mewing on tbe gallery roof. Boon the anger was forgotten, Laughter chaaed away tbe frewn, And they gambolled 'neath the live-oaka, Till the duaky night canio down. In my dim, flrc-ligbted chamber, llarnny purred beneath my chair, And my play-worn boy beside me, Kaelttosny his evening prayer: "God bleea Fader—QimI b!e»s Muder, Qod bleaS Siater"—then it pause. And the sweet young lips, devoutly Murmured, "God bits* Santa Kans I* Da is sleeping—brown and silkaa Li* the lashes, long and meek, Like carrcssthg, clinging shadowa On his plump and peachy cheek And I bend above him, weeping Thankful tee re—Oh, Uodhfiledl For a woman's crown of glor^ for tha hl*a*ing of a child. Steamboatfnir for Twenty-Firs Tears. The St. Paul Pioneer, of a late date, gives a most interesting .report of tbe be bariour of the Mississippi for the last 25 years, in the way of closing and open ing navigation. We annually publish a brief notice of the oonduet of the "Father of Waters," the great river on the globe, but this Pioneer article is so explanatory of boats, dates, persons, tonnage, and all other matters of river and of commercial interest that our Christian ideas ceropel us to oopy. Hundreds will read it carefully. Cut it out and save it for reference. The first boat through the lake this aea to amve at Si. Paul, was the Suoker fltato, of the Northern Line, commanded by C«pt. W. P. Hight. Tbe Sueker State threw her line at preoisely 11:54 P. M., on tbe 19th of April. Capt. Hight stated that he encountered six or seven milee of ice in the lake, but that it was soft, and "jamming around a good deal." fiaST MOVEMENT Of THB 1CB. The first ice moved this year in front of the oity on Sunday, April 4th, when a cbtnnel some 200 feet wide opened oppo site Hill's warehouse. It remained gorg ed at the bend below tbe city until the evening of the 7th, and on the 8th tbe riv er was clear to Red Wing. The ice broke loose above St. Anthony Falls on the 10th. The following table shows tho time of the opening of the river above Lake Pepin for the past fifteen yean: 1855..,. .......•...•..•..•..April 9m 185 6 Apiil 9. 185 7 April 20. 1 8 5 8 a 2 0 185 9 186 0 1861 1862 186 3 186 4 ....March 25. ..March 18. ...Apr. 12. ....March 29. •••••••••in*** MitCll 20. March 29. April 2o April 12. 186 7 Apiil 15. 186 8 March 25. 1860. April 8. The Chippewa Falls was the first boat through from St. Paul to tbe head of the lake OB Ba*rFaac*t VH3 the 15th, end returned on tbe 16th of April. Several efforts were made by different boats to pass through tho lake before the NORTH IOWA TIMES. Sucker State succeeded. The we in the lake was unusually thick and solid, and but for tbe high winds which prevailed for a few days preceding the 19th would have held several days later. The Phil. Sheri dan undertook to come through on tbe 15th, and reached within a mile or two of Lake City, bat the darkness of the night indueed her to abandon the effort. Other boats, the Countess, Mollie McPike and Savannah also made efforts to get through on succeeding days, but finally turned back. ARRIVAL OF FIRST BOATS. The following table gives the year, and the day of the month, on which the first boats have arrived at St Paul since 1843: 1844...Otter Harris April 6 1845...Otter Harris April 6 1846...Lynx Atchinson...March 31 1847...Clara Throckmorton..Apr. 7 1838...Senator TTnrri* April 7 1849...Highland Mary, Atchinson..April 9 1850...Highland Mary, Atchinson..Apr 10 1851...Nominee Smith April 1 1852...Nominee Smith .April 16 1853...West Newton...lIarris .April 11 1854...Nominee Blakely.......April 8 1855...War Eagle Harris April 17 1856...Ladv Franklin..Lucas April 18 1857...Galena Laughton May 1 1858...Gray Eagle Harris.....March 25 1859...Key City Worden....April 19 1860...Milwaukee Cochrane..March 28 1861...Ocean Wave ....Webb... .April 8 1862...Keokuk Hatcher... April 18 1863...Keokuk Hatcher.....April 5 1864...Hawkeye State..Mason April 14 1865...Burlingtoa Rhodes.....April 15 1866...Sucker State Hight April 19 1867...Itasca Webb April 21 1868...Sheridan Hutchison..April 4 1869...Sucker State. Hight April 19 TBI WATER. After tbe opening of navigation the water remained well up for weeks when it began to decline, aad the sandbars at dif erent points caused some trouble. The Government Dredge Boats, the Montana and Caffery, under the charge of Col. II. C. Long, however, did noble service and we believe through the aid rendered by these boats, evefy steamer made its regu lar trip to this port. The latter part of the season was^marked by unusually high water, atid we believe there haa never been a season when boats came through with more regularity and found u better uni form stage of water than during the sea son of 1869. THB ICE IN TMB MINNESOTA broke ap in April and the Ellen Hardy left St. Paul for Carver on the 11th, and returned on the 12th, being the first boat to leave and arrive at oar wharf. The St. Croix broke up later. NUMBER OF TBIPS AND HDLU VOVNAOB OF EACH BOAT. The following list of boats, the names of which are arranged alphabetically, ex* hi bit what boats have been here, the bull Unnage and tbe number of trips V MARCH WITH THI FLAO AND KIEP STEP TO THE MUSIC OF THE UNION. Xennnge. Trips. Armadillo 2t 1 Addie Johnson. 220 Belle Vernon 287 Bannock City...*..220 Chippewa FallsM.....Mw....... 80 Countess......... ........... .445 City of St. PaaL 327 Canada .,..»».,.^13 Dubuque ...364 Davenport 340 Diamond Joe 193 Ellen Hardy 80 G. Be KDfipPa a a 60 Glasgow.. 262 Oo II* \Vll80Da a 100 Ilawkeye State 405 Idft FultODea*a**ifM* e 220 James Means 99 Janette Roberts ....112 Jennie Baldwin...... ...193 Kev City ••••••o««*«eaa 358 Lady Pike...... 200 Little Giftot****e•••••*•••••••••«* *170 illwaukee, *.. 302 M^&Dk&tOe««*e*a 127 Messengef. ...M....M....,.270 Muscatine 298 Minneapolis 409 Mollie McPike 330 Minnesota 286 Nellie Kent 59 Northern Belle ....288 Phil Sheridan. 383 PioB6or*«e**«** k«. 75 Reserve 173 Sucker State.. 394 St. Anthony Falls 40 Sligo 40 Savanna Tom 551 Tiber.... 115 Tig«r **ee*e*ee**ee*»*«ea«e*ee*e 18 War Ea^lc........ 296 Wyman 92 Will S. Hays ,...230 Total Number of Boats Hull Tonnage Arrivals 47 3 1 17 S3 2 13 15 17 84 9 15 7 15 46 1 9 16 1 3 49 70 2 ....... 415 ....9,948 .... 7,92 tabid we In connection with the above publish another, showing the number of arrivals at this port from the fetr 1844 to the present: 1844 47. 1857 965 1841 48. 1858 1,068 184| 24. 1859 808 1841 47. 1860 775 184| 53. 1861 927 IMS 85. 1803 1416 I860 104. IMS T48 1861 IIS. 1884 481 1863 1T1. 1846 8» 1US SSS. 1844 H7 ISM HO. 184? •98 MS 643, IMS T» 185S TM. 1848 792 The total number of boats that arrived at this port in 1868 was 59, showing a falling off this year of 14. Yet while the number of boats is less the tonnage of the boats during the two years, was about the same. Tbe total number of arrivals is leee than during the two preceding years, which is aooounted fer in a measure by the increased railroad facilities for trav 22, eling and carrying freight, as well as to the system of carrying freight in barges, of which latter there were 161 arrivals during the season. STEATFKOATI.VO SEASON TBROUGH TBE LAKE EOR TWENTY TEARS. The following table «hiwp the arrival of the first boat at this port, the departure of the last boat from this port, and the length of the season Arrival of Depart'r* Length Year, first boat, of last bo't. seas'n 1849 April 9 Nov. 19 224 1850 April 10 Nov. 18 214 I85|- April 4 Nov. 20 230 185# April 16 Nov. 10 208 185ft April 11 Nov. 22 SSS) •«4, April IS Nov. 23 229 185ft April 17 Nov. 19 216 185$. April 1ft Nov. 10 206 185| May 1 Nov. 14 198 185f Mrch 25 Nov. 16 236 1S5» April 20 Nov. 29 222 I860 Mrch 28 Nov. 23 240 1861 April 8 Nov. 26 232 I86» April 18 Nov. 15 211 1864c April i Nov. 24 233 l»64 April 14 Nov. 11 211 1865 April 15 Dee. 1 231 1866 April 19 Nov. 23 219 1867 April 21 Nov. 29 222 1868 April 4 Dec. 1 240 1869 April 19 Nov. J® 216 WHARFAGE. The following table show« the amount of wharfage received by the city since 1S55, together with tbe increase or de crease of each year. 1855 1.272,6# 1*56 1,691,00 increase..^ 418,40 185 7 185 8 185 9 I860...... 1861 1862. 186 3 186 4 1X65 1866 7,486.30 2,008.85 3,917.67 893,45 1,530.92 108.99 4,518.64 864,41 8.579.61 9.177.30 ... 11,185,23 ..., 7,269,05 decrease... 6.375.60 9.915,52 increase.*., 9,806,64 decrease.., 5.288.00 4.418.59 ... 12.998,20 increase... 10,443,77 decrease 2,555,44 1867 12.635,11 increase 2,192.23 1868...... 10,635,11 decrease 1,954,75 1869 12,827,75 increase 2,192,64 From the above table it will be seen that the amount of wharfage collected this year is greater than that collected in any one year, with the exception of the year 1S65. A very gratifying exhibit indeed, and in this connection we desire to pay a deserved compliment to Mr. Patrick But ler for the efficient manner in which he has discharged hie duties as Wharf Mas ter during the year* STEAMBOATS AND BARGES ENBOI.LED HEBE. We are indebted to Mr. George W. Moore, (J. S. Deputy Collector of Cus toms at St. Paul, for the following etatis tics of the enrolled and licensed tonnage of this port: There are 65 steamboats and 86 barges enrolled with a tonnage of 20,204,,28. The boats and barges of the Northern Line and also of the Diamond Jo Line are enrolled at Galena. During the year there has been $933,20 collected as a hospital fund, nnd $967.60 expended for the relief of 42 seamen, of whom three have died. But one now re» maines in the hospital, and he cannot re cover. CASCALTIBS DVRINO THB TEAR. The year has been one signally fortun ate, as regards accidents of any kind. The steamer Itasca, belonging to the North western Union Line, was burned at Padu cah, Ky., last December, while lying at the wharf undergoing repairs. Loss, $15, 000. The steamer Ariel, belonging to the same line, woe sunk a few weeks ago, ac Clinton. Total loss, $5,000. The War Eagle also met with a slight accident on her last trip down, and was sunk in the St. Croix in four feet of water. She was, however, raised in a few hours. Damage slight. The same line sunk three barges during the year, but the damage was slight. The steamer Cutter, belonging to the La Crosse Packet Company, was sunk at Still water, in the month of October. Her ma chinery was recovered. Loss, $5,000. The Northern Line have been still more fortunate. Aside from the unfortunate riot and outrage upon the steamer Dubu que, their entire list of accidents and casualties may be summed up in the sink* ing of two barges, one at Dubuque and the other at Clinton Bridge. With one exception not a single life has been lost during the year by any accident to anj of the boats running to this port. THE DIFFERENT LINES. Three regular lines of steamers have been running to this port during the sea* son, vis: Tbe Northwestern Union Pack et Line, tbe Northern Line, and Diamond Joe Line. Beside these, however, a num ber of email steamers, belonging to differ* ent individuals, have been engaged in the carrying trade on the Mississippi, the St. Croix and the Minnesota Rivers. The Northwestern Union Packet Lint. The officers of this company are as fo lows: President—William F. Davidson. Secretary and Treasurer—Wm. Rhodes. Superintendent—Peyt. S. Davidson. Assistant Superiutendent—W. E. Well ington. Tioket Agent—Charlee Thompsoa. Freight Agent—B. K. Johnson. Tbe following is tbe list of the boats and their commanders, belonging to this company, that have beea operated this year Ariel— Addie Johnson—Capt. C. H. JewelL Chippewa Falls—Capt. Jas. Houghton. Countess—Capt. C. E. Seueerbox. City of St. Paul—Capt. T. L. Davidson. Damsel—Capt. C. H. Jewell. Flora—CapL John Hay cook. G. II. Wilson—Geo. W. Duncan. Jennie Baldwin—Capt. Sam. Key City—Capt. Isaac Brysos. 1869.1 WHOLE No. 688. Mankato—Capt. James Houghton. Milwaukee—Capt. E. Y. Ilolcombe. Northern Belle—Capt. Isaac Brysoa. Nellie Kent—Capt. Kent. Phil Sheridan—Capt. Judd West. War Eagle—Capt. Tom. Cushing. Tom Jasper—Capt. Frank Burnett. Victory—Capt. A. La Mont. Mollie McPike—Capt. Mons. Halt* Keokukr—Capt. J. H. Moulton. Cutter—Capt. John Griggs. The wages paid this year show a slight falling off from last year. The following are tbe prices paid this year: Captains per month $175 00 First Pilot per month 250 00 Second Pilot per month 200 00 Fiist Clerk per month 140 00 Second Clerk per month 60 00 First Engineer per month 110 00 Second Engineer per moath 70 00 Mate per month 110 00 Steward per month 70 00 deck hands per month $30 to 60 Some changes will be made in the boats of this company the next season. Two or three of the old boats will be disman tied and their places taken by new boats, of which there will be four placed on the river next spring. One of these is al ready built, and will be called the Alex ander Mitchell. Another is under way, and will probably be called tbe City of La Crosse. The other two are not named as yet. All these boats will he very large and elegant. One of them will have the same tonnage as the Tom Jasper, and the others srill be about the size of tbe Phil. Sheridan. THE NORTHRN LIIOL This is the other leading cOfpeflftBli running to this port, and forms the only serious opposition to the Northwestern Packet Company. It is a powerful organ isation, sustained by a large capital, and managed by shrewd, daring and energetic men, who comprehend the importance of the Northwest, and are determined to at least make an effort to divide the busi ness of transportation. It is a St. Louis organization, nnd is officered as follows: President—Capt. James Ward. Secretary and Treasurer—T. II. Griffith. General Superintendent—Thomas II. Buford. General Freight Agent—Captain J. Ma son. General Ticket Agent—E. B. Byington. Agent at St. Paul—J. II. Sanders. The boats belonging to this line that have run to this port during the season, together with their commanders, aire as follows Bill Henderaoa. Charley Cheaver. Canada, Captain M. Green. Davenport, Captain John B. Rhodes. Hawkeye State, Capt. Jones Worden. Muscatine, Capt. G. W. Jenks. Minnesota, Captain Tom. Hill. Pembina, Captain Jim Campbell. Reserve, Capt 51 Pierce. Savanna, Capt Sherwood. Sucker State, Captain W Ilight. Minneapolis, Capt Rhodes. Little Giant, Captain E Lee Bra$y. Ih addition to the above this comptmy will also put from two to four new, large and elegant boats upon the river next sea son. DIAMOND 30 LINB. This line is owned and managed by Cnpt. Joe. Reynolds, of Northwertern Union Packet Company 90 N rrhem Line 50 Diamond Jo Line 16 Total 1*5 THB SEASON'S BVSINBSt. Steamboating during the season has been a remunerative business. While there has not een, perhaps, as heavy a business done, there have been uniformly better rates obtained, both for freight and passeugers. While there has been no consolidation of the dificrcut lines, the rates for freight and for ^passenger travel were agreed upon at fair prices, and there has been no cutting uuder. Add to this the usually exuellent^tage of water dur ing almost the entire season, ubd it will readily be preceived that if the boats have not done as heavy a business as during some previous years, they have made more money on what they did do. Altogether the yeay 1869 will rank as a very success-' ful one, in every sense of the word, for those engaged in steamboating on the Upper Mississippi. One fine day, some time ago, three English ladies visited the studio of Ran* dolph Rogers, in Rome, one of them thin, weak-voiced, and nearsighted another equally slight and deaf the third, a stout, heavy female, with deep masculine voice, who evidently played the interpreter for the parly. Stopping in front of one of his statuettes, Mr. Rogers said "This ie Nydia, the blind girl of Pompeii." "What is it?" squeaked tho near-sighted one. "Hey I hey what did he eay chimed in the deaf lady. "Nubia, tbe blind girl of Bombay thundered the accomplished end well-read interpreter, thus thoroughly posting her friends and petrifying with astonishment the sculptor. THE FREE-LOVE TRAGEDY. Correspond once Between Mr. Ronnrr and Mr. lleccher---A Card from Horace Greeley---Letter from a Female Biira- Mist* BONNER TO BEECHER. OFFICE OF THE LEDGER, NEW 11th, 1869.—My Truly yours, Mi*Gre»or, and the boats ply between St. Paul and Fulton City. S. II. Sanders. Esq., has been the a^ent for this line at St. Paul during the season. Tbe line ooasiate of the follow ing boats: Ida Fulton, Cupt A Mitchell. Diamond Jo, Capt Jerry Wood. Bannock City, Capt Wm White. John Gault, Capt Wilcox. BARGE TRANSPORTATION. This branch of transportation has as sumed, within a few years, a magnitude and importance far beyond anything here tofore expected. They are now so gener ally used that nearly every boat is accomi panied with one or two of them, and the regular freight boats take a still greater number. The following is the number of barges employed in freighting to and from St. Paul by the above companies during tlie season: Yon*, Dee. DEAR MR. BEECIIER According to the corrected report in the Tribune of your remarks at the Astoi house, you seem to charge McFarland with the only offence which is a scriptural ground for divorce. His friends most emphatically deny the truth of such a charge. From my many years' acquaint ance with you, I know you to be incapa ble of an act of intentional injustice toward anyone, most especially toward a man about to be tried for his life. If, in the baste and excitement of tbe occasion, you took this statement without time to investigate it, on mere hearsay evidence, and without any legal proof to sustain it, is it not a plain matter of duty on your part toward the accused to come out and say so publ^y I never saw McFarland in my life-^never expect to see him—but I know that you would be as unwilling as I to be the cause of any unjust prejudice against him at the time of his trial. I know, in common with your other friends, that if you have been misled in regard to any one circumstance, it is owing to the warmth and readiness of your sympathy for suffering, however caused, even if by a man's own sins. Yoar friend, ROBERT BONMIB. MR. BCECMTR'S REPLY. BROOKLYN, Dec. 11th, 1869.—MY MR. BONNER DEAR I took every statement of every kind respecting the affair of which you write me, "without time to investi i ate." The man was dying. Was that a time for sifting evidence? What was to be done must be done quickly. I asked only such things as should determine whethei I had a right to go forward. It was for my own sake, therefore, that I hastily inquired, and not to inculpate or to exculpute anyone. But as you now call my attention to the fact that wlmt I did for my own justifica tion is hanging over McFarland to his injury, and tends to forestall a verdict against him, I agree with you that I ought not to let it remain uncorrected. I should be as unwilling to do an act of in justice toward him as toward anyone else. Concurring therefore with you, that it is now due to McFarland for me to state that I know of no legal proof against him on that point, I do so unhesitatingly. At tbe time that I stated what I did, I thought of its relation only to other par ties. I did not dream of its bearing upon McFarland. HENRY WARD BEECHER. A CABB FBOM HORACB 0 REE LEY. To the Editor of the New York Sun— SIR I thought I might be allowed te keep silence with regard to the circum stances preceding and attending the mur der of ny late associate and friend, \lbert D. Richardson but one of your reporters, who called on me on Friday, and concealed from me the fact of his connection with the Sun, has given an account of our interview so full of errors that I connot leave them wholly unnotic ed. Passing over many, I desire to assure vour readers that no name of the Supreme Being was used by me in that conversa tion, whether profanely or otherwise that I said nothing about the morality or immorality of the World, unless an allu sion to its animus in this matter can be tortured into that that I did uot say "I will have to testify" on the trial of Mc Furland (that being a matter over which I have DO control) did not say "I don't want to hurt Mao.did not—but I must stop correcting somewhere, and will stop here. What I did say with regard to the main controversy was substantially this. That this marriage on a deathbed, besides giv ing the women a legal right to be a mother to Richardson's young and doubly orphaned children, was operative mainly in giving her a right, throughout her black und bitter future, to be called by the name of him who for her sake was so foully murdered, ratber than that of his stealthy, cowardly assassin and this small mitiga tion of her immcusuiable woes I regarded as humane aud just. That is my opinion, and I propose to stand by it. Yours, HORACE GREELEY. New York, Dec. 11th, 186& LETTER FROM A WOMAN IN FRISON TOR BIGAMY. To the Editor of the New York Sun— Sir: Why should I be sentenced to be shut up in prison here for three ye»rs for doing the same thing t!.at the Rev. Henry Ward Beecher says is a holy thing for another womau to do? I went out of the state, sent my husband notice of the fact that 1 was getting a divorcc, and know that he received it. But, when married to another man, I return to the state, I am arrested, and, after a brief but partial trial, I am brought to this korrid prison to expiate the sin of bigamy, as it is said, and am looked upon as a debased woman whom my fellow-convicts hardly respect. If Mr. Beecher will pray for me as be did for Mrs. McFarland, it would do me a world of good—for I am as good as she is. MRS. THAT WAS. Female Department, Sing Sing, Dee. 2. The two crops which in Connecticut pay the farmer best and require the least labor are grass and tobacco. Tho son of a clergyman was delivering a college valedictory, when, in pulling out his handkerchief, he pulled out a pack of ca*ds. "Hello!" he exclaimcd,"I'vegot father's coat on!" It is said that statistics show tbat a large majority of the gradnates of Yale aud Harvard never marry. Ifo Singing, No Preaching. A story is told of an old New England pastor, Dr. Emmons, who, it was said, was no great lover of sweet sounds, an4 religiously excluded from his meeting!! bouse all instrumental musio, except little mahogany colored wooden pitdfc' pipe of the size of an "eighteen mo^ book. A member of his choir had learnt1 to play the bass viol, and anxious to el1" hibit his skill, early one Sunday morningf most advisedly introduced his big fiddla into the singing gallery. After the first prayer won ended, and the doctor begoa to handle his "Watts," the bass vioffc: lifted up his profanation, and trying hljh strings, instantly attracted the doctor^ attention. lie paused, laid down h)| hymn-book, took his sermon from tllP cushion, and proceeded with his discourse^ as if singing was no part of public wor» ship, and finally dismissed his congrega~ tion without note or comment. The whotib choir were indignant. They stayed aftt®^ the meeting, and all the girls and young men resolved not to go into the "singinj| seats" at all in the afternoon, and thU elders who did go there bore the visageHf of men with minds made up. ServicH began as usual in the afternoon. Thlr" doctor took his book in his hand, looke(P over his spectacles at the gallery, and sai|H only a few there but, nothing daunted! read a psaliu and sat down. No souno^ followed, no one stirred, and the "reader" looked up in utter unconsciousness. After a long and most uneasy silence, the goof Among the bills introduced in the fed* era! house of representatives, on Monday, was one "to authorize the building of a 'railroad from Fort Wayne, Indiana, to 'Ottawa, Illinois." Against this sort of legislation by the federal congress, the states of this repub« lie cannot too speedily or too emphaticab ly enter their protest. A more mischiev or dangejous usurpation of the reserved rights of the states lias not been attempt ed, or suggested, since the centralization of political power in Washington became a fashionable project. In his first mes sage to the Illinois legislature, Governor Palmer discussed the subject at soma length, and set forth in earnest language the reason why Illinois should set her face against all 6uch mischieveous at attempts to undermine tbe very founda* tion of our federal structure. Tbe at tention of tbe constitutional convention is now earnestly invited to the subject. Let Illinois affirm her right to remain ft, State in the federal uuion, and not silently submit to become a mere outlaying prov ince of a political sovereign ty at Washington which may vote away her local political supremacy to a private corporation. Wife or Widow. The Richardson-McFarland case pro mises to assume a new phase. Tho C«rauJ Jury charged with the iuvestig^ tiou of McFarlaud's guilt iu shootiuj Kichardsou was also instructed by th* Court, Judge Ilackett, to iuquire iuttp the subsequent marriage rite solemnize^ by Rev. Messrs. Beecher aud Frothing, ham. Were the latter gentlemen aideft aud abettors of bigamy If so they a# answerable to the law for a penal offense^ It all turns upou a name. Was thMF« woman taken by the late Mr. Kicliardsofc, as his lawful, wedded wife, Mrs. McFa®* land or Miss Sage In other words, had she been divorced, and thus restored to the freedom of maideuhood That she was divorccd according to the lavti of Iudiau is unquestioned. If Hoosicrdom had tugged at the matrimo nial chain it would not have been moist effectually broken. But the question still arises, has a State divorce rights which other States are bound to respect It would seem so at fir^t blusli, certainlj, for the Federal Constitution says dis tinctly, '-full faith aud credit shall ha given in each State to tho public actjL record and judicial proceedings every other State." This is very plain English. The only escape from its ap* plication is to say that one court is uot bound to acccpt the interpretation pu# upon acts, records aud proceedings by another court. Accordingly, New York courts, and the judiciary of some of th$ other Estorn States, have insisted that decree of divorce which Indiana mighjb hold valid might, in fact, be invaliif? This, it is urged on the other hand, is a practical evasion of the evident intent of tho Natioual Coustitution. We published some days ago what an Indianapolis paper said of Mrs. 31 cFar laud and her divorce, from which t§ seems that she resided there temporarily for the purpose of getting a divorce, aud a divorce under thoae circumstances New York Judges euuteud is void. It is quite possible that the clergy men named laid themselves liable to the law, and that the ungodly judiciary of New York city may jump at the chanot to make them trouble, lho end is uot yet. W« certainly hope that whatever may befall the parties immediately con cerned, the atiair will serve as a check upon the present villaiuous custom of granting divorces on frivolous pretext!^ aud without giving both parties a fair hearing. That a marriage should bt annulled without the knowledge of both parties, is slanderous in the c%» treme. If "divorce without publicity" attorneys should lose their occupation it would be a great blessing to society. In this particular case, however, we hop® for the woman's own sake that sW «l ft widow and not a wife. The product of a single grape vine of the Scuppernong variety in Jacksonville Florida, this year, sold for $192. 2 man, his face somewhat orerflushed, hi1-' manner rather firm, read the psalm again, paused, then re-read the first verse, and pushing up his spectacles, looked inter rogatively at the gallery. The leader could bear it no longer, and, half risings said decidedly "There won't be anjpu' singing here this afternoon." "TbeH there won't beany preaching!" said the doctor, quick as thought and taking his oocked hat from its peg, he marched down the pulpit stairs, through the broad aisle, and out of the house, leaving his congr$ gation utterly astounded. Wc need ntg| inform our readers that the big fiddle was not used in the "singing seats" after« ward. A fop stepped off the train that just arrived aud asked if the train was Xft time his answer was No sir. on wheel®, He had business up street. It does not follow that two persons afa fit to marry because both are good. Milk is good and mustard is good, bitt they t|K not good for each other.