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For the North Iowa A WINTER LYRIC. BY "HAM*." Thehoarne wind maVeth a mottn O'er the face of the day that ii dead— AIM, for the glory and gladneaBgdBe: for tha heaves of the gleaner* •••attered and atrown If the reaper that reapa when tha rammer Is dona, Audih* harraat of deatl If fed with the awful sign Or the blood of the sacrifice, fkt withered roae, and the wasted _wlna JChat bloomed and bluthed on the ruined thrtM an miner of heauty half dlfina Ik the light of her cloudless sklelt Sat the rammer is over nnd dead, pw garlands are faded a lid gone, And the winter glidea with a ghostly tread, O'er, the fallen flowers at her feet and head* Where she lietb In peace in her dreamlcaa bed, jfn the void black night—alone. 4)$i,for her dreatn of dreams Ijpr the prophecy of her flewersl As a Wan, wild star of the twilight beamsi ID the van of the tempest with fitlul gleMM, The glow of her lost young glory strtama, O'er the graves of her buried hours. City Win bright with the buds of the heart, they were fair with the lillies of youth, They blunht-J in the quiet of homes apart, Tliey glowed in the ruth 01 the ringiug Mtt, WMJI the beauty of Natute—thu glory 01 Art, And the trtuoip ha of Justice and Truth. »W aims and thohopes of tho woild, Hi* beiiutiful dreams of tit e young, When the billows of lite 'neath the soA VtM curled, With glare'in tha ntltgM Md peinona unfurl ad, tta fervors of youth in tha combat were hwflid And the peana of victory sucg 1 W Ji •lit they passed with the light of her smite, JThev foil from U-x listless hand, Keath thecare of the toller they blosromed awhile, "•at (he trinmph was crownless, the sweetness wai guile, ••IfCmy turned to dross at the touch of the vile, And her |*aa were but idle sand. 3U [•••Inquire Within. The lady flounced out io a rage. Two young damsels and a spinster followed, and after a lengthy inspection of tbe premises, came to a state council io the parlor. "I like the house vsrfmaoh," said tbe spinster aunt solemnly, "and with a few alterations, I will engage it for my bro tber'rf family." ''Very good, ma'am," said Nahum, rubbing his hands, and scenting a speedy termination to his trials. "Name 'em." "The door handles must all be gilded, and I should like the house newly papered In velvet and gold, and repainted, and the partitioa between the parlors taken down and replaced by an urch, and an exten sion diuing-room built on behind, and a new style of range in the kitchen, and a dumb waiter put in, and new bronze chandeliers throughout, and another fur nace in the sub-cellar, and— "Hold on, ma'am—just hold on one minute," said Nahum, feebly gasping for breath. "Wouldn't you like the old house carted away, and a new one put in its place? I think it woi^ld bo rather less trouble than to make the trifling altera tions you pugpest." "Sir said the spinster loftily. "I don't thipk we can agree, ma'am." '^tTery well—very well—come, girls." With prim dignity the lady marshalled her two charge* out, muttering something about the "extortionate ideas of landlords now-a-days." While Nahum, wildly rumbling his iron-grey hair with both hands, solilo qu:fd: "Well, if Job bad beaa aliva, and had a home to let, there never would have been any book of Job written. There goes that everlasting bell again I'll haul it out by the roots, if this thins g"es on much WJ £*9P longer. I'll tear down the bill, amd put up the place at auction." Another lady, but quite different from the other—a slender little cast-down lady, with a head that drooped like a liij of the •alley, and a dress of brown silk, that had been mended, and turned, and re trimmed, and even Nahum Briggs, man and bachelor though he was, could see bow shabby it was. Yet she was pretty, with big blue eyes, and shining brown 9iair, and cheeks tinged #ith a fair, fleet ing color, blood, WM where thn velvety roses of jtQtb had once bloomed in vivid carmine .And a golden*haired little lassie clung to her dress, as like the tiny lily buds to a Jsloomirig chime of flower bells. A» Naliuui Briggs stood looking at her, there (Miie back to him tbe sunshiny days of youth field of blooming clover Wifrtfi'ned the June light like waves of and it blue-eyed girl leaning over the fence with her bright hair barred with level sunset gold, and be kwew that he standing face to face with Barbara Wf lie, tbe girl be had quarrelled with j^|ra and years ago, and whose blue eyes had kept bim an old bachelor all his life ''This bouse is to be let, I believe she asked timidly, with a little quiver in ••'•ts, hir mouth. believe it is, Barbara Wylie." She looked up, starting with a sudden flush of recognition. And then Barbara turned very pale,and .began to weep, with the little golden haired girl clinging to her skirts, apd wailing— "Mamma, mamma—what'^ the matter, -mamma "Nothing now," said Barbara, reso lutely brushing away tbe tears. "If you please, Mr. Briggs, I will look at the house 1 am a widow now, and very poor, and I think of keeping boarding-house to earn my daily bread. 1 Jiope tbe rent is not very, high "We'll talk about the rent afterwards, said Nahum, fiercely swallowing down a big lump is bis throat that threatened to choke bim. "Come here, little girl, and kiss me I used to know your mamma when she wasn't much biggei than you are." Barbara with her blue eyes still droop Jof, went all over tbe house, without finding a word of fault, and Nahum Briggjs walked at her side, wondering if it was really fifteen years since the June sunshine lay so brightly on the clover field.' "I thiuk tbe lioyse is beautiful," said meek Barbara. "Will you rent it to me. a i u "Well, yea," said Nahum thoughtfully. "I'll let you have my house, if jou w*nt ft, Barbara." "With' the privilege of Xpeping a &w boarders?" "No, v llgpSSiS Barbara stopped and looked wistfully at him. "But I don't think you unfley tiftdbqgr very poor I am, Mr. Brigge." "Yes, I do. "And that I cannot afford to take the house, without tbe privilege of boarders.'? "I tell you what, Barbara," said Mr. Briggs dictatorialy, "I'll give you the privilege of keeping just one boarder, and bim you have got to keep all your life long, if you once take him." "I don't think I quite understand you, Nahum Briggs," said Barbara, bnt she blushed very becomingly, and we are rather inclined to think that she told a naughty little fib. "What do you Bay to me for a boarder, Barbara?" said tin* old bachelor, taking both the widow's hand* in his. "Barbara, we were young fools once, but that is no reason why we should be old fools BOW. I like you just as well as ever I did, and I'll do my best to be a good husband to you, and a good father to your little girl, if you'll be uiy wife." Barbara blushed again, and hesitated, but Nahum was not to be eluded thus. "Shall I take down the sign 'To Let.' Barbara "Yes," eh« murmured, almost under her breath. So Nuhum went deliberately out, and cooily tore down tbe bill, to the great as tonishment and disappointment of a party of rapid house hunters, who were just ascending the steps. "And when shall we be married, Bar* bara?" he next demanded. "In the summer, perhaps,'' eaid Mr*. Barbara shyly. "To'morrow," said Nahum decisively, and "to-morrow" it was. "Upon my word, Barbara," said Na bum, on the first day of May, as he watehed bis wife's blooming face behind the coffee urn, "you can't think how much jollier it is with you for a house-keeper than that hag, Mrs. Parley." Barbara only laughed, and Mid "h# was a dear, good old stupid." So the probabilities are that neither Mr. Nahum Briggs nor his brown stone house will be in market again as "To Let—In quire Within." Compulsory Education* The Sparta Eagle, in commenting upon that portion of Gov. Fairchild's message which recommends compulsory edueatioB, very forcibly says: "And finally, we would ask, is the injury to the state under the present sys tem greater than the injury to individual liberty under the proposed compulsory system There is no one who will, who can, judge so justly as to the interests of a child as a parent, and to punish a par* ent, through a judge and jury, for failure to send a child to school, is a proposition worthy only o those countries where the advantage of education are not apprecia ted or understood, and is comparable only to those uncient laws which compelled men and wtnen to marry under pena ty of fine or imprisonment. The people want no school committee-man tleuianding the reason for the absence of thei chil dren from school no surgeon examining their little ones to ascertain whether their constitutions would bear six hours duily imprisonment in a close and ill-ventil tted schoolroom. Such thinirs belong to the family, and the state should ntver intrude at the hearth stone except upon the most urgent and tremendous reasons. The absence of 4 or 5 per cent, of the children who possibly might attend, from the pub lie schools, does not «ive the state a just pretext for the invasion of family rights, and we believe that should the measuie proposed become a law, it. would meet with such general reprobation that it could not be enforced, but would bring contempt and ridicule upon all connected with its passage or execution. We trust rhat -tb* legislature will pass no sawh law." Mistresses. Do out let this aaptioa fri«^on Propri ety from her seat. fTis no uncommon thing to hear of men of weakness as well as of women similar in non«re9istant pow ers. In the short article below, from the pen of the graceful Mrs. Stanton, the whole question of social or matrimonial morals is condensed. If man may kill his fellow man for disturbing tbe pool of his happiness, why—in these days of "equal rights to all, without distinction of race, sex or color"—why may not woman shoot her sister woman when—when well let sister Cady Stanton tell her mind and spare us farther comment: Elizabeth Cady Staaton writes of the Richardson-McFarland case as follows "This wholesale shooting of wives' para mours should be stopped. If Gens. Sickles and Cole had been sentenced to pass the remainder of their days in Sing Sing, as they should have been, McFarland would never have desired the same kind of notoriety. Suppose the women should decide to shoot their husband's mistresses, what a wholesale slaughter of innocents we should have of it! I wonder how long justice would halt in our courts in their case, and how long publio linnliaint would sustain Buch action?" Nathan Mathews, who returns the largest income in Boston—seven hundred and thirty thousand dollars—according to an exchange, failed in business a few years ago, but got started again by indus try, and paid every eent of his indebted ness. He then got a little capital, which he invested in suburban building lots, selling whenever he eould realise tbe smallest profit, ile also built houses, selling them whenever he could get the smallest advance. By steadfastly pursu ing this polioy, at one* beneficial to the community and to himself, he has gained bis immense wealth. A St. Louis husband applies for a di vorce on the ground that his wife wade him fast continually fur religious purpos es, .' HMHHM NORTH ©he limes. McGREGOR, CLAYTON COUNTY, IOWA. A. t. RICHARDSON, JOHN H. ANDRICK, One Copy, for one year .fa $2.00 In adTaMS. RATES Of ADVERTISING: Space. lw 2w 4w 3m Cm 1 y'r 1 square fl 50 [fTfTo"| $3 50 f5 50 $8^5(^1121)0 2 squares 2 50 3 60 4 W) 7 50 10 00 la 00 3 squares |~3 00 4 00 5 00 10 00 15 0« 20*00 col. 4 00 5 00 8 00 15 00 25 00 35 00 £col. 7 60 10 00 16 00 1 25 00 40 0O"| 70 00 lcolnmn U 00"| IS 00 25 00 40 00 70 00 125 00 0 lines of Nonpareil make a equar*. Bti-inee* cards of 6 lines $S per annum ench additional line 50 cts. C. E. BERRY, Attorney at Law, Creoco, Iowa. •36 TBOMAS UPDEGRAFF, Attorney at Law, (424) McORKOOR, IOWA. ELIJAH ODELL Attorney aad Coonaellor at .w McQRfiOOH.IOWA J. C. HOXSIE, Jnatlce of tha Pcace. Office with T. Updegraff. DOUGLAS LEFFINOWELL, Attorney at Law, McGregor, Iowa. Office Block., 311 la Baak UNION HOUSE, -x MAIN STRBET McGRBOOK. IOWA BKX. II. Fun, Proprietor. WINNESHEIX HOUSE. Daeorah, Iowa. General Stage OSce JOHN SflAW, Proprietor. 660 McGREGOR HOUSE. Broaina A Helltierg, Prop*. (G6tt) McGregor, Iowa. B. HOLLXNGSDTORTH, Physician ami Surgeon, National, Iowa. Allcalll promptly attended to. R. C. AMBLER, Attorney at Law,Cnlmar, Iowa. Wftl practicetn tha Court* of the State. 648 "OUR HOUSE," (Late Mason House.) Menonn, Iowa. Refitted ant Kunmhed. Good Livery. 648 WILL1AM9 A WISH,Proprietors. H. BRUNNER M. D. Office, Bank Corner, Smith's Block, tip stair*. 641 McGRKGOR, IOWA. A. J. JORDAN 639 Attorney at Law, (office in Hunk Block) McGREGOR, IOWA. B.Nobla. L. 0. Hatch. G. llunry Frese. NOBLE, HATCH & FRESE, Attorneys at Law, MoGHEOOK, IOWA. 639 DR. ANDROS, Physician and 3ur) )ii. Kuidenct «v«r Peterson A Laraon'aStoru. Office in Bunk Block. 678-99 R. HUBBARD & CO., Jeweler* and dealer* in Musical IiiHtruraents, Main Street, (4D4) McGItEGOK, IOWA. NATIONAL HOTEL Pastrille,Iowu. General Stage Ullke. C. YaoHoo*ar, Proprietor. 6u JAMES DAVIS* Sheriff of Clayton County. Office with T. Updegraff, two doura below tlie Bank, McGregor, Iowa. 779 GEO. L. BASS, Commission, Storage aud yorwttrding Business, Pub lic Square, McGKKGGH, IOWA. WHITE SPRINGS HOUSE, West McGregor, Iowa. J. R. COVEY, Proprietor. Farmer* will do well to try the HCCuiuniudutions of this house. Good Shad* for Stock. 688 P. H.Larkiu. T.Carrall. LARSIN & CARRALL, Ianufnctur«rs tt agouti, Sleighs, s»eedern. Plow* Had llorse shoeing doue to order and General Black smitLine. lyOS7 VOLGA CITY. IOWA riw HSNRT HEN EL, Miknufacturer of l»ei)t aui latest styles of Wagons, ltn- ii'8 and gleiglis. Repairing done well, promptly and durably. Clayton, Iowa. 640 LOUIS M. iLNDRICE, Attorney at LHW, Reynold's Block. Entrance be tween 14Uaud 14V Dvai ni ii Hint.Hl.uc.il Mudison street and Custom House (P. O.) plitce, C'lllCAOO. BOARDMAN HOUSE, Washington). ElkHder. Iowa. Lafayette BigeUar, Proprietor. Good Stabling. 660 MURRAY HOUSE, Main Street, McGregor, IOWH. A desirable home for the traveling pii!lic, with good l.in ns und Sheds at taclied for the sale protection Imrses auil wagous. 442 M. MURRAY, Proprietor. J. McHOSB & CO., Storage, Forwarding and Commissioa. Warehous* No. l.on the Levee, McQREGUU. Coiisiguuient* solicited. JOS. Sic HOSE. G. McORUGOR. McGREGOR FANNING MILL. DICKKY A WELLIVER Mauutacturers of tho Mciregor Fanning Mill aud Grain £eparMtor,oii West Market Square, center Main asd Ann Streets, 416y McGRKUOK. EVANS HOUSE, Opposite Terry Landing, McGregor. Bo-furnished aud tilted up iu good stvle for guests. Patronage respectfully solicited. II. KLANDKKS, Propri etor. 474 MURDOCS & STONEMAN. Samuel Murdock. John T. Stonenian Attorneys and Counsellors at Law, will practice in the Supreme and District Courts of this State. Office opposite 1st National Bank, McGREGOR RATHBUN & GILL. Dentists, McGregor. Iowa Office on Main St., »»or Post Offiro. Nitron* Oxid* administered as a speciality. WEST UNION HOUSE, Corner Tine and Elm Sts., West Union, Iwwa, II.J Ingersoll. Proprietor. Good stubling nnd charges moderate. Stages goiug east. West, north and south, call aud leave with passenger* morning and evening. y532 Holds i ts Regular Communications on Monday evening preceding the full moon in each month. HUBBARD, W. M. GKO. B. McCARTY, Sec'y. John T.Clark. Charley Allen. O.J.Clark. JOHN T. CLARK St CO., Attorneys aud Counsellors at Law and Real Estate Agents, 1st door east of Wlnnesheik House. Decoriih Iowa. Will practice in the several courts of the Statu also attend to collections,and thepayiueut of Use*iu il'ipntsheik county. CITY HOTEL, "*'i (Lati) Allen Uouse,) MoOftEOOR, IOWA. T. AT WOOD, Proprietor. This house will be kept as a first class house in ev ery respect. Farmers uru particularly invited t0 nail. Oharge* reasonable as any other houso Good Stahliug and good caro. Boarding by tbe da* or week. 641 THOMAS ARNOLD. Real Bstate Broker and General Agent, Conveyancer, Notary Public and OoimuUsioner of Deeds, Ac., lor the Northwestern Stales. Will attend to the pur chase fnd sale of Farm Lan s.City Property, Stocks, Ac., Ac. y Office iu Auction Storo, Main 8treet, MeGregor, Iowa (659) LICKNSKD AUCl'IONKhR. riAVB BmozBzam, I»^ilOT GUNS, Rilles.Revolveis, Pistolk, Game Bags, Klasks, Cartridges, l'owder, Shot, Lead, Capi, Gun-wads, Cutlery, Ac., uear National Bank, McGregor: Iowa. ^Rtpalrlug of all kinds belonging to ths guti aud locksultta Una done ptomptly. A CARD* Dr-J. HUNT late of Syracuse, New York, ra spectfully i ul'ornts-the people of McGrogorand vicin ity that lie has opened an Ufttae in Church A indwell's block, where his sons have their D. utistry Kstablisli ment. Dr. HONT is an old practitioner. He can be found day and uigUt at his oftice except wheu profes sional!* absent. All wild wish to be treated upon PUKB U i^iepathic principles will please call on him. AU euiaiu or Chrouic iseatas treatad a HOC asaiall«. ^cGrejor, Iowa, Jund '^2d, 18«0. M^tf SZiSA9BR CAMS. OR. A. B. IIAXNA, Phyclcisn and Surgoon. All eall* promptly attended to. Blkader, Iowa. D. BAYLK8S CO., dealers in Drags and Medi cines, Fancy Goods and Sundries, Elkader. 6S7 P. GARAGHTY, dealer in Harness, Saddles, Bri dles' Ac. Cash paid for Hides at highost market prices, Elkader. 687 PRICE A COOK, Attorneys and Counselors at Law, and Reai Estate Aj i ut*. Elk.vler. Iowa. Pay Taxes, Examine Titles and practice in the Court.-* »f the 10th Judicial District, and Suprem* Court of Iowa. 8.T. WOODWARD, AtttrMf at fcftW, Elkader Iowa. CS7 A. W. DAUOHF.RTV A CO dealers in Dry Ooods, Groceries and General Merchandise. Uighest Mar ket Prices paid for Produce, Elkader, Iowa. 687 E. KALTENBACII, Watch Maker, dealer in Jewl ery, Clocks, Watches, Dry Goods, Ac., Elkader, Iowa. DR. J. W. STOUT, Office opposite A. W. Dangherty A Co.'* Store, Elkader, Iowa, W. A. WHITNF.Y, dealer in Iron, Hardware, Stoves, Tinware and Agricultural Tools., Ac., Elka der, Iowa. YOUNG A COOK, Attorneys at Law. Office over C. Ryan's Store opposite the Boardman House. Elka der, Iowa, will practice in the 10th Judicial District, and in the Supreme Court of the State of Iowa. 8pecial attention paid to collections of all kind*. WOT*. S-A-XjE Toand From all the Large Citiesin EUROPE,by Steamer and Fast !*ai1ini Vessels. All Kinds ol OOVERNM ENT SECURITIES bought and ould. 645tf BISBBW A 00., TEAS, TOBACCOS AND CIGARS. 235 Randolph Str«et, Geo. nibben,Chicago. 1 Lewi'Maddux, New York, IOWA WE MARCH WITH THE FLAG AND KEEP STEP TO THE MUSIC OF THE UNION, VOLUME XIV-No, 17. McGREGOR, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, FEB. 9, 187Q. WHOLE No. 695. G90 D. W. CHASC, M. D., coraer Main and Iligh Streets, Elkader. M7 f. SNRDIOAR A SONS, dealer* in Hardware, Stoves and Tinware, Agricultural Implements, Crockery and Glassware. Elkadt r. 687 T. BALLER, dealer In General UorchandUe, Hardware, Drnga A Medicines, Elkader. W7 XOWA. ovTvammo, JOHN LCTIIER BRO., manufacturers of Wag on*, Sleighs aud Cutter*. FLECK A RRO., dealers in Dry Goods Groceries, ate,etc. Forwarding aud Commission Merchant*, and proprietors *f the Guttcnberg Flour Mill*. CRAWFORD HOUSE, near Steamboat Landing.— M. Crawford, Proprietor. WM. SULLIVAN, dealer iu Dry Goods, Groceries, and Forwarding and Commission Merchant. JEFEKRSON HOTEL, Schiller street, between 1st and 2d streets, Henry Thaman, Proprietor. 4^Thls House has a large yard and good stabling attached. WASHINGTON HOUSE, near Steamboat Landing. U. H. Frese, Proprietor. Goed itabjL^a^ s^tached. J. H. Merrill,Prest. Wm. Larrabee, Vice Pra*t. feSulverson Cashier. W. R. Kinnalrd, A**t.Guktor. FIRST NATIONAL BANK or McaKsaoii. Capital $100,000. At currontrate* for *als on all the PtincipalCUlajat England, Ireland, Germany, Norway, France, Sweden, And Other Parts of Europe. ALSO Fassenger Tickets CHICAGOi W. B. Maddnx.Cincinnati, S19y K. SEXTON & SON. Wholesale Dealers in IRON, STEKL, NAILS, FOREIGN AND AMERICAN CUTLERY. Builders' & Carpenters' Hardware & Tools, Tinners' Stock, Agricultural Implements aud Blacksmiths' Tool* 339 Saat Water Street* MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN, PEOPLE'S MARKET. Williams & Bro.( In William'* New Brick Block Main St., McGregor, Iowa, believe In fair dealing and will always be found on hand re dy to ileal out the choicest cut* ol all kinds of meat that tl e country affords. Uighest market price paid for all kinds of DURAND BROS, i POWERS, Wholesale Grocers, 131 S*nth Water street, ut BEZER LODGE No. 185. CHICAGO, ILL. FRANK KERZMAN, Opposite Peartsull A Church's Livery Stable, Main Street* McOreg-or, Zowa* I* ready to furnish ALL KINDS OF TINWARE FOR HOUSEHOLD USE, Have Troughs* Tin Fipei, And in fact everything in Li« lino of business will be well made and promptly put up. STOVES AND 3TOVK PIPES furnished and *et tip to order. GERMAN LUMBER YARD. Stauer & Daubenberger, Dealers in Lumber, limber, Lath, Shingles* Doors* Sash and Blinds* WE SUPPLY CITY AND COUNTRY TRADE ON THE MOST LIBERAL TERMS. Have unquestionably the largset stock of SA9H, DOCKS and BLIND ever kept ill tho West—every style aud form to suit any huildiug that can be erect ed. «*-Ours is the ONLY LUltER YARD on the north side of Main Street, McGREGOR, IOWA. MEAT MARKET. OAWB&T A CAWELTI'S BLOCK, Having Ie* Boom and everything whloh eonvonieaoe aud neatues* sou Id suggest, aud determlnM always to Secure the Very Finest Animal* fitr the use of our Patrons, We feol aisured that wo aro offering tho peoplo of this city a* grout inducements as ever, to patmuizo tho Uueeu of Mf limniUf At Uw hlsbett price. Ethel Romcr's Mistake. Valentino's day! as sod and sweet a day as any birds could wish for mating in primrose of violets in its breath— promise of roses in its sunsbino. Tho', to be sure tbe boughs were bare as yet, and there were no green things growi ng, save in the pots which Ethel Romer had been putting out upon the broad window sill to catch the sunshine. The thin that savored most of spring was Ethel Itomer herself, as beautiful a wo* man as ever artist painted, or poet sung of. Within, near the fire, eat Dr. Ralph Romer himself. Spring had left him long before. If winter frosts were not upon his bead, aotumn had touched it with gray. Ethel's musing was interrupted. The postman's rap did it. An envelope, with pretty border and faaciful seal, and her name upon it, was put in her hand. At the sight she blushed rosy red, know ing well what lay within, and went back to the fireside with tbe thing in her hand. "For me?" asked Ralph. "No," she said "for me." If be had only shown some uirioifoy then—if he had only looked at her jeal ously had there been some shadow of her lover in his face or mein, all might have been different but he went on with his book, and she carried her valentine to her own room to read it there in quiet. Yes it was a valentine. Three times had thai day returned since she married Dr. Ralph Romer, and each time had it brought just such an envelope, with just such passionate lines upon the page with in, written in the same leigned hand. Again and again she read it over—again apd again—just as she bad tho others, and thought, oh, how bitterly what a beauti* ful thing life might have been to her, blessed with such glowing love as this— life that must always be cold and wintry, having only the calm, quiet,Jcommon-place affection which her gray'haired husband, gave for all the wealth of golden spring time warmth that she felt within her soul—for all the beauty thnt many an ar. dent youth had coveted in her girlhood. Could it be the t'air haired student who sat near them in church or tho dark eyed soldier, with empty sleeve, who pnssi ed their garden so often? On whom had she made such an impression, while he whose life she shared saw in her only a good little woman, who had silly ideas on abstract subjects, and needed much sage advice and counsel Iler poor heartached as her head did. She felt wicked and ashamed, and very, very miserable and forgot how her house» wife duties pressed upon her, until the sinking sun reminded her of them. Even then she took one look in the glass, and thought, if she did not say it, that a great deal of beauty had been cast away on quiet unfortunate Ralph Romer. After tea they walked out together, and stood beside the pond in the garden, and saw the gold fish in its depths and he told her of the geniiU habits of gold fish. The writer of the valentine would have spoken so—so thought Ethel—of her gold en hair. The stars came out, and ho spoke of them and not her bright eyes. She wanted to turn upon him, aod suy. ''What are all things worth, compared with warm and living love?" She longed to ask him why he had given her that woful fate—why he had caged the heart he did not care for. "Any woman could have made your tea, and listen to yeur talk of astronomy and natural history," were the words of her lips. "I was made to love, and to be loved again." But she said nothing. He saw her be side him a little paler and a little stiller th:tn of yore, that was all. But from this time on, the little happi ness that had still lingered in Ethel's life was at an end. She grew desperate, and seized upon the only possible relief to the monotony of her lifs. Very beautiful, very lively, much courted by the village toterie, she found no difficulty in becom ing that most detestable of creatures, a married flii t. Ralph Romer never sought to keep her at home, but be seldom went out with her. More thvn once the goldenhaired student or the dark-eyed soldier had found it the most Batural thing in the world to act as escort home after some social meeting, and no harm was done only there were too many blushes, too lingering a clasp of parting hands, when it was remembered that Ethel Romer was a wife. Home waB neglected but Ralph did not complain. So the long year rolled around and Valentine's day came again. Ethel had watched and waited for its coming—not quite the $amc pure-hearted Ethel. Thoughts she dare not utter had crept in to her soul. The soldier with the ^reat bla-'k eyes and soft voice, who made his empty sleeve only another charui to win hearts—who had told her all be dared with his tongue, and more with glance and sigh—must, sho had long ago decided, be the writer of those valentines, so full of love and pathos, so tender, so different from anything that Ralph Romer ever felt or uttered. She had given him hint, and if it were he, then Ethe! Romer knew that it had been better for her never to have been born for, for the sake of him who wrote those love poems, she was willing to forsake home aqd husband, and wifely name and fame, ana be the scorn and flout of all the village. To be loved for a lit tle while, and then die, was all 6he asked. "If it comes to she eaid, answer ing her own thoughts, "how my name will ring! I shall be blacker than Satan. Do they know—thoee proper, frozen vil lage women who will scorn me so—what it is for a loving woman to load a loveless life It withers one as neglect and oold have withered those poor flowers there." For Ethel iiad set for^h no flower pots io the sun to-day, norr for many days. That morning sho had watched her hus TIMES. band ride away on his great brown horse —thinking how grave and serious ho was, how odd in all bis ways—how eld-manish was his gray overcoat, and his broad brimmed hat—saying to herself, "if I were to leave him, and he were to find tbe house empty, he would go on reading, or comfort himself with a new insect or a new planet. No need to wonder how he would take it." And since then she had watched at the window guiltily and miserably for tbe valentine, so sure, she thought to come. At last she saw a figure coming straight and fast toward the house, and the blood flew to her cheeks, and her heart beat fast but it was not the postman—only a neighbor with blanched fact and frighten ed eyes, that told her bad news before his lips uttered it. She went out to meet him, and they stood there looking at each other for a moment. Over tbe hills a little crowd was coming slowly, something in its midst. "Don't be too frightened, Mrs. Romer," gasped the man at last. "It may net be as bad as they th ink. The horse shied, just before the post-office and the doctor was thrown. He hasn't come to yet. Oh, no, no!"—for she had thrown herself on her knees and cried out that he was dead "not dead—not dead yet, Mrs. Romer." But the wretched woman knew that death was very near, and the flood of agony that swept across the heart told her she had not ceased to love her ^uiet hus band. Tbey brought him in—and from that moment for long days and nights, she kept watch beside his bed, thinking of no other thing on earth, praying only that he might lie spared to her. She suffered ag« onies of remorse. Every false thought pursued her with a revengeful stab. The gray overcoat hanging on the wall, which she had thought old-manish and like him, as he rode away, seemed to taunt her with the thought that it would never be worn again. She could not bear the sight of it longer and so one day she took it softly in her hand to hang it in a certain closet. As she lifted it, something fell from one of the pockets—a letter or a paper. She stooped to recover it, and saw a fanciful envelope, with a bright seal, and her name upon it, such were the valena tiues that came to her. This was surely one of them. What did it mean? Had her husband discovered the writer Had there been some cause for the accident, of which she knew nothing? She looked at the valentine again. It had never been posted. Ethel began to tremble violently from head to foot. She sank down upon her knees, clasping the valentine between both palms, and held it thus awhile. Could it be ?—oh, could it be She open ed it. The glowing verse, but sadder and more hopeless, telling of love unroturned. The same measure in the same feigned hand, yet not all unknown. Had she never before seen that little flourish—that peculiar foimation of a letter? "Oh, heaven make me sure I" sobbed Ethel, and she found her way somehow to her husband's desk and opened it. Within lay envelopes like those upon the valentine, a little box of such gay seaU, and fragments of verse—the proofs that the writer of those passionate poems —e( those wild protestations of love—was no other than Ralph Komer. She crept back to his bedside, and kiss ed bis face and unconsious eyes. She prayed heaven to give him back to her. She prayed to be forgiven, with a sense of remome and shame such as she might have felt had she been much more wicked, and heaven listened to her. The crisis passed in safety, and Ralph Romer's eyes opened on a face pallid with grief and worn with watching, but beautiful with holy love and constancy. When one day, her head upon his bosom, she told him all, he also had his tale to tell. "I am old and gray, you see," he said, "and such love seems only to belong to youth. I could not speak it but I felt it, and I put my thoughts into verse—and I sent them to you, my darling, with a hope that you would know whence they came some time, though hardly with a hope that you could give me more than a child's re spect and duty." But she had given him all a womas might, and this she told him. They are together still. I think they have forgotten that one is young and the other old, in the immortal youth of both their hearts. After that one long talk, they said little more but their love was an assured thing. He tells her as of yore, all his scholar's dreams, and talks of the stars and the flowers rather than of them, svlves. But Ethel is content. She has but to remember those treasured valen tines, which lie bound together with blue ribbon in her most sacred hiding-place, to feel assured of her happiness. There is no empty nook in her warm heart, and the angels of love aud duty clasp hands beside her hearthbtone. THE true gentleman is Clod's servant,the world's master, and his own man virtue is his business, study his recreation, con tentment his rest, and happiness his re ward God is his father, the Churoh is his mother, the saints his brethern, all that need him his friends devotion bis chaplain, chastity hisobamberlain, sobrie* ty his butler, temperance his cook, hospi tality his housekeeper, Providence his steward, charity his treasurer, piety his mistress of the housf and discretion his porter, to let in or out, as most fit. This is his whole family, made up of virtues, and he is the true master of the house, lie is necessitated to .take tho world on his way to heaven, but he walks through it as fast as he can, and all his business by the way is to make himself and ethers happy. Take him in two words—a Man and a ChristUo. Railroad Taxation. Hon. Samuel E.' Rankin, Treasurer of State, in his late report makes tho follow ing pertinent suggestions respecting the taxation of property belonging to rail* roads The tax collected upon the gross re ceipts of railroad companies for the years 1867 and 1868, and including delinquent tax of 1866, and penalty on delinquent tax of 1806 and 1867, was $141,511,61, one-half of which was placed to tbe cred» it of the general revenue, and tbe remain ing one-half paid to the several counties entitled thereto. I would here suggest that the law fixing a tax upon railroad companies be so amended as to cause the burden of taxa tion to rsst upon the property of all—up on the property of the railroad company, as upon the property of the farmer, the mechanic, the manufacturer or the mer shant. To shi w the great inequality un der our present law, take, as example, the tax of 1868 On the 31st day of Decem ber, 1868, there were 1,448 miles of main track of railroad in the State, the gross receipts of which, for that year, were $8,i 040,651,21, upon which the tax of one per cent, was $80,406,51, the one-half of which—$40,203,26—passed into the gen eral revenue, the one-half being paid tu the counties entitled thereto. As this tax of one per cent, on gross receipts is "in lieu of all taxes for any and all purposes on the road-bed, track, rolling stock and necessary buildings for operating the road," to estimate the roads including the "rolling stock and necessary buildings'' at an average valuation of $20 000,00 per mile, would be, perhaps, fully as low as other property in the State was valued for assessment, in that year, and would make a total valuation of $28,%0, 000,00, which at two and one-half mills— the levy for State tax for 1868—would yield to the State alone for tbat year, a revenue of $72,400,00, instead of 40,203,* 25, the amount collected for that year un der the present law to this add county, school, insane, town and city taxes, which, in counties in which railroads were built is 1868, were not less than an average of one and a half per cent., mak ing the additional revenue to the counties of $434,400,00, instead of $10,203,25, collected under the present law, and mak ing an aggregate revenue for State and county purposes for that year of $506,800, 00, instead of $80,406,51, collected under the present law. Had the property of railroad companies been valued as other property, the aggregate valuation would have been increased, and the rate per cent, of tax diminished and the burden of tax ation would thus liave fallen more equally upon all. I do not wish to be understood as suggesting, by the foregoing estimate, that an average valuation should be placed upon all railroads in the State, and the taxes levied upon that valuation. Some have, perhaps cost much more than others some may bs better constructed than oth ers some may have better buildings, or more or better rolling stock than others and some, doubtless, are paying their owners a larger profit than others. I only desire to call attention to the fact, that under our present law there is great disproportion between the tax collected from the property of railroad companies and that collected from the other real and personal property iu the State. There was a time when we were on the Western border—when beyond us was a wilderness—when the resources of our State were almost entirely undeveloped, and Western railroads were not the pay ing investment they are now. Then it was perhaps sound policy on the part of the State to discriminate in their favor, but that time is fast passing, if not al ready past. Our railroads have bccome not only safe, but profitable investments, and with every year are becoming more so, and do not now require exemption from the payment of a fair and equal pro portion of the State and County revenuo and besides such discrimination disturbs the public peace and quiet, by causing dis sension and strife among the people, for laws discriminating unjustly either in fa vor of or against any class of persons or property, of necessity creates and fosters a spirit of antagonism. In all laws r«gu» Iating the assessment of taxes on any community, due respect should be had to justice and equality in reference to the interests or property to be taxed, and BO one kind of business interest or property should be taxed in undue proportion to any other. ASIIES FOR WNUAT.—A correspon dent of the Rural Gentleman says: 1. Wood ashes operate as a manure upon wheat even in the limited quantity of eight bushels per aero. 2. They push the wheat forward several days, and in time to escape the hot, sultry days, which often prevail about the time of the "heading out" of the wheat, and, 3. They strengthen the stom, giving it substance and solidity. I may here add one or two more prop erties to the ashes. They afford just the kind of pabulum or food which is best for the ^evelo^mont aud perfection of the grain, and will, in my opinion, also prevent the ravages of the fly in wheat. I would here venture to remark that whoever tries this experiment will hereafter spread his wood ashes upon his wheat as above indicuted and in so doing ho will effectually guard against and prevent the rust in his wheat. At a Sunday School concert at Mel rose some time since, as was the custom, all present were invited to recitc some passage from scripture. A youug fel low, who wished to crcatc some merri ment, responded by risiug and saying, "Judas went out and hung himself." A young lady immediately rose and re cited the selection, "Oo thou and do likewise.** "Bled Poor." "It was a sad funsral to me," said tb| speaker "the saddest I have attended for many years." "That of Edmonson?" "Yes." "IIow did he die "Poor—poor as poverty. His lifs wM one long struggle with the woVld, and al every disadvantage. Fortune mocked hitt all tha while with golden promisee th# were destined never to know fulfillment." "Yet he was patient and enduring," re marked oae of the company. "Patient as a Christian—enduring as a martyr," was answered. "Poor mani lie was worthy of a better fate. H§ ought to have succeeded, for he deserve! success." "Did be not succeed f" questioned the one who had spoken on his patience and endurance. "No, sir. lie died poor, just as I have stated. Nothing that he put his hand to ever succeed. A strange fatality seemed to attend every enterprise." "I was with him in his last moments," said the other, '"and thought he died rich." "No, he has left nothing behind," was replied. "The heirs will have no concern as to the administration of his estate. "He left a good name," said one, "and that is something." 1 "And a legacy of noble deeds that were done in the name of humanity," remark ed another. "And precious examples," said a third. "Lesson of patience in suffering of hope in adversity of heavenly cenfidenca when no Bunbeams fell upon his bewilder ing path," was the testimoi^ of another. "And high truths, manly courage, he roic fortitude." "Then he died rich," WSS tie emphatic declaration. "Richer than the millionaire who went to his long home on the same day, miserable in all but gold. A sail funeral, did you say? No, my friend. was a triumphal procession I Not tjM burial of a human clod, but the ceremo nies attendant on the translation of an angel. Did not succeed Why, his whole life was a series of success. In every eon"* flict he came off the victor, and now the victor's crown is on his brow. Any grasping, soulless, selfish man, with a moderate share of brains, may gather in money, and learn the art of keeping it, but not one in a hundred can conquer bravely in the title of life, as Edmonson has conquered, and step forth from tha ranks of men a Christian here. No, no he did not die poor, but rich—rich iA neighborly love, and rich in eeleetial afffr fectiops. And his heirs have an interest in the administration of his affairs. A large property ha9 been left, and let thodk see to it that they do not lose precioua things through false estimates and ignor ant depreciations." "You have a new way of estimating tha wealth of a man," said the one who ha(| first expressed sympathy for the deceased'. "It is not the right way?" was answer ed. "There are higher things to gain in this world than wealth that perishes! Riches of princely value ever reward tha true merchant, who trades for wisdom buying it with tbe silver of truth and the gold of love. He dies rich who can take his treasure with him to the new land where he is to abide forever, and he who has to leave all behind on which he place^ his affections, dies poor indeed. Ou|^ friend Edmonson died richer than a Girari or an Astor his monument is built of goo^. deeds and noble examples. It will abide forever." An amusing paragraph states that in Yanderburg Co., Indiana, one of the rei children of tho forest is officiating as a Methodist minister. After ho has finished his sermon, he delights the congregation by giving the war-whocp and executing a seaip'dance, with which benedictory per formance the brethren are dismissed fttil of pugnacity and piety. Isn't this just the kind of misBionaryembassador to send with the pipe of peaee to'our rebellious tribes To be sure, he would have to be gin with the whoop and scalp-dance. This would touch the native heart and prepare it to acquiesce in a good solid treaty on Christian principles. The Quaker agents may whoop, but they cannot in conscience dance and the Indiana man might be had uncommonly oheap, Benjamin F. Kwplinger, of Rush COUIM ty, Indiana, who is fifteen years old, six feet high, measures forty-six inches around the chest, weight two hundred and thirty-five pounds, and wears No. 12 boots, accepts the challenge of George W. Crawford, of Sciota county, Ohio, who is fifteen years old, six feet and one inch high, forty«one inches round the chest, weight two hundred and eightyeight pounds, and wears No. JO cowhides, to a trial of strengt^ for one thousand dollars a side. The state of Illinois now has more than five thousand miles of railroad, of which more than four thousand are open for business, casting, with their equipments, one hundred and sixteen million dollars. A Miss Pitts, of Fort Bend county, Texas, last year eultivated with her own hands seven acres of cotton, making fiva bales, worth five hundred dollars. She supports several young children. So sha ouiiht to I There is a preposition before tha Illi nois State Constitutional Convention to abolish the Senate, and to vest the legisla.' tive authority of the state iu a single body, to be called the Legislative Assem bly, composed of three hundred members. A singlo hour in the day given to the study of soiuo interesting subject brings unexpected accumulation of knowledge. The Chicago Tribune says there aro .towns iij Illinois now which "have voted railroa4 debts amounting to 56 per cent1, of the assessed value of a^l the real aud personal property therein. When the the day of taxation comes, capital will be moved ou,t of tliese towns to some other place not thu8 overwhelmed by debt farms will be for isle for the ac cruing taxes aud towns and villages will be sunk in a financial desolation from which there will be no redemp tion." It is rarely that people arc will ing to receive lessons from the exper ience of others. Thoy must go through the mill themselves, aud be grouud "exceedingly small," before they wilj IWWif'*: .'