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A. a. CUM] A F. X. ZIEBACH, SzaprUtoifc
VOL. 1.
We question whether, in the history of
"hair-breadth escapes," a parallel to the
following eau easily be found. The story
was told as by an old and valued friend,
now residing in the country near this city,
but whose early days were spent near the
tragic adventure here recorded.
We give the story as related to us, in the
words of the here.
It was about the year 1805 that I «et
tled iu Virginia, near the falls of the Ka
nawha. The country at the time was an
unbroken wilderness. But few settlements
had been made then by the whites, and
they were so far apart as to render vain
all hopes of assistance in case of an at
tack from hostile Indians—numbers of
whom still infested the neighborhood.
I lived there aloue with my wife for sev
eral mouths unmolested, and by dint of
perseverance,being then young and hardy,
I succeeded in making quite a large clear
ing io the forest, which 1 had planted with
corn, and which promised an abundant
One morning after ire had dispatched
our humtile meal, and I bad just prepared
to venture forth upon my regular routine
of labor, my attention was arrested by
the tinkling of a cow bell in the corn
"There !"eaid my wife, "the cow is in
tbe core field."
But the ear of the back-woodsman be
comes, by education, very acute, especial
ly so from tbe fact that his safety ofteu
depends upon the nice cultivation of that
sense. I was not so easily deceived. 1
listened—the sound was repeated.
"That," said I, in reply to the remark
of my wife, "was uot tbe tinkle of a bell
upon the neck of a eow. It is a decoy
from some Indian, who desires to draw
me into ambush."
Believing this to be the case, I took
down my old muaket, (I had no rifle,) and
seeing that it was properly loaded, 1 stole
cautiously around the field toward the
poiul from which tbe sound seemed to pro
ceed. As 1 had suspected, there, in a
cluster of bushes, crouched an Indian,
waiting for me to appear in answer to hi*
decoy bell, that he might send the faUl
bullet to my heart. 1 appruuc-heil, with
out discovering myself to him, until with
in shooting distance, then raised my piece
and fired. The bullet sped true to its
icark, and the Indian tell dead.
Not knowing but that he might be ac
cempanied by others, I returned with all
speed to tbe cabin, and having firmly bar
racaded the door, I watched all day from
the port-holes in anticipation of an attack
from the companions of the Indian I had
kiiied. To aiM to tbe dangers and seem
ing hopelessness of my situation, 1 discov
ered that 1 had but one charge of powder
left, and could but make one shot then,
if attacked by numbers, 1 should be en
tirely within their power. Determined to
do lb? best with what I had, I poured out
the last charge of powder and put it into
my musket and waited tor tbe approach of
night, tueling conlideut of an attack.—
Right came at last. A beautilul taoohght
night it was too, and this favored we great
ly, as 1 could thereby be able to observe
the uioiemcuts of the enemy as they ap
proached *my cabin. It was some two
hours after the nightfall, and as yet I had
neither seen or heard a sign of the Ind
ians, when suddenly I was startled by the
braying of my dog at the stable. 1 knew
that the Indians were coming. The sta
ble stood a little to the west of tbe cabin,
and betweeu tbe two was a patch of clear
ground, upon which the light of the full
moon 'ell unobstructed. Judging from
the noise at the stable that they would ad
vaace from'that direction, I posted myself
at the port hole on that side of the cabin.
I had previously placed my wife on the
cross-pole in tbe chimney,so that ineaseour
enemies effected an entrance into the cabin,
she might climb out through the low
chimDey and effect her escape. For my
self I entertained no hope, but determined
cot to he taken alive, I resolved tasell my
life as dearly as possible.
With breathless anxiety I watched at
the port hole. At last 1
saw them emerge
fiom the shadow of the stable and advance
across the vacant ground toward my cab
iu. One—two—three—great heaven I six
stalwart Indians, armed to the teeth, and
urged on by tbe hope of revenge, and 1
alone to oppose them, with one charge of
Mylase was desperate indeed. With
quick yet stealthy step, in close single file
they approached, and were already within
a few yards of the house, when a slight
change in the movement of the forward
Indians changed the position of the entire
six, so that a portion of the left side of
each *M uncovered. They were in a
range—one aim would cover all. (juick
as thought I aimed and fired. As the
smoke cleared away, 1 could hardly credit
what my senses showed me as the result
of my shot. 'I he fifteen slugs with which
1 had loaded my musket had done their
work well five ol the six Indians lay
dead nfkn the ground, and tbe sixth had
Although uo enemy wsi no* in sight,
1 did not venture forth nntil morning
There lay the bodies of live Indians un
disturbed, together with the rifle of tbe
trim* SNttriag tht arm and MU»wi-
tioii of the fallen Indians, I followed up
the trail of tbe missiug me until it reach
ed tbe river, beyond which point I could
discover no trace whatever. From the
amouut of blood which marked tbe trail,
together with the unmistakeable evidence
that he had picked his way with difficulty,
I was led to be^eve that he was mortally
wounded, and in order to prevent his body
from falling into tbe bands of his eaemies,
be had groped his way to tbe river an 1
thrown himself into the current, which bad
borue him away.
The Indians had killed my cow,and that,
you can rest assured, was no trifling lo»s,
yet, in my gratitude tor my esoape from
tbe merciless savages, I would have been
entirely willing to have made greater sac
rifices. I was well provided—by means
of arms and ammunition taken from the
six Indians—in case of a second attack,
but this, fortunately, proved to be my last
adventure with the savages. Not one of
the band had escaped to tell tbe tale and
iucite bis brethren to aveuge the death of
his other comrades.
"Ah I'* exclaimed the old man, while the
tears gushed from his eyes at the memory
of that eventful night, "that was
Our friend Davidge, of tbe Southern
Statesman, recently received
letter from
a subscriber, requesting him to discontin
ue the Statesman because it was badly
printed. The editor thereof responds
The first pass we made at getting a
printer in our otlice, wax a venerable look
ing individual that caine through town
some time ago in search of work. He was
ragged and tattered, giving indubitable
evidence that he bad seen the up* and
dowos of life. His uame was Wallace.
Wallace obtained our sympathies and af
fections we needed Wallace we employed
Wallace. The second day after Wallace
Kent to work, he asked us for a dollar
we gave Wallace a dollar in specie. We
thought when we gave Wallace the dollar
that it wouldn't buy bite a suit of clothes,
nor was it sutficient to stake bim iu any
kind of business of which we could form
a conception. We were at a loss to know
what kind of a disposition Wallace would
make of that dollar—but we bad a vague
idea. In an inexpressible short space of
time Wallace was drunk, very drunk.
Wallace raised a row in tbe office be
cursed everybody, be called us bad names
he told us to go to bad places he de
manded more shcckles. We suggested to
Wallace the propriety of taking a nap
Wallace grew indignant, lie went into
our sanctum and violated its sanctity by
tearing up oar editorials he went into
our press room aud knocked everything
into pi—Wallace aud we fought—Wallace
made a sudden digression from our ofhee.
down stairs, on the pavement. We spent
3^00 ob Wallace for which we have no
The next printer we got was Roberts.
Roberta did not understand tbs art of
printing. His type when set up occupied
the position the stage hrse does to the
driver when going down hill. Roberts, in
regard to whiskey, was what Mr. Toombs
says the South is in regard io tbe Union
—"He loved it not wisely but too well.''
Mr. lloberta never drew a sober breath.
It took all the black boys in town to keep
him oft' the pavement. At length Roberts
disappeared—not like Roland, tbe son of
tbe mist, in a blue blaze, (we wish it bad
been.) But he disappeared between 12
o'clock at night and 4 o'clock in tbe morn
ing. We owed Roberts $2 25, which sets
us even. Well, the weather was cold,our
ink froxe, our subscribers wouldn't pay,
our creditors made us pay,our devil struck
for higher wages, our family was sick, and
other things occurred which we will not
mention, (among those things we will not
mention waa our trip to Marion, etc.)
These are some of the reasons why our
paper kas made so bad an appearance.
We write very distinctly, but can't help it
if the printer sometimes don't sit it up as
We can't let our subscriber off. We
will promise bim hereafter to give no rojm
lor complaint, and ha will please sand us
92 U0 as soon as ks can
We don't
care about it any sooner.
19* An old lady, possessed of a fine
fortuue and note! for her penchant for
using figurative expressions, one day as
sembled her grand children, when tbe fol
lowing conversation took place:
"My children," said the old lady, "I am
the roct aud you are the branches."
"(irau-ma," said one.
"What, my child
"1 was thinking how oiuoh better the
branches would flourish if tbe riio)^.Wops
in the grouud."
MT A Mrs. Ludwick Snyder dtet late
ly in Clearfield couuty, Pa., at tbe advanc
ed age of 1 OK years. Her husband, who
survivM Mr, ii 111.
Valwe «f laylt/maat.
We are greatly pleased to perceive indi
cations in various quarters, that the fash
ionable do-nothing customs which have
been so fatally prevalent for a few years
past, are beginning to be regarded in their
true light The Carlisle Democrat says
that it is a great mistake to suppose that
true happiness is to be found in having
nothing to do. To he good and to be
happy, the bands, the ht n-t, and the h«vt
must all be employed.
that they b» en^ag i
cuting srhemes ior r. eii-n^graii iize
ment or promotion we must take a wider
range and look abroad upon the things
of others."
Engagement," *a Parley, is evi-ry
Aing the more significant, however, our
engagements are, the better such as the
planning of laws, institutions, manufac
tures, charters, improvements, public
works and the endeavoring, by our inter
est, address, solicitations, and activity, to
carry them into effect, or, upon a similar
scale, the procuring of a maintenance and
fortune for our families by a course of in
dustry and application to our callings,
which forms and gives motion to the com
mon occupations of life training up _i
child prosecuting a scheme foi his estab
lishment making ourselves masters of a
language or a science improving or man
aging an estate and lastly, any mgage
trie lit which is innocent is better than
none as the writing of a book, the build
ing of a house, the laying out of a garden,
the digging of a fish-pond—even the rais
ing of a cucumber or a tulip."
ous shot—the best I ever made.''
The hero of this adventure lived to see
tbe rude wilderness, where he had pitched
his lonely cabin, transformed into smiling
fields and peopled by hardy and enterpris
ing pale faces, among whom his last davs
were passed in peace and plenty, undis
turbed by tbe presence of bis oM time
Trials mt a Coaulry BSItsr.
While the mind is entirely and exrla
sively occupied with the business before
us, we are happy it matters little what
we may be engaged in. It is when the
thoughts have no pleasing channel io which
to flow, thnt disquietude and unrest take
possession of our minds. Tbe great secret
of human happiness lies in being con"tant
ly employed in prosecuting some useful
enterprise. Idleness or inactivity begets
eunui that state or condition of the mind,
above all others, least to be desired- The
wealthy merchant who retires from the
active duties of his calling, excepting to
enjoy the fruit of his toil and anxiety in
the seclusions of a country residence,
without turning his attention to any use
ful pursuit, must be disappointed. There
is nothing in a state of inactioa to give
rise to these much desired emotions of
heart called happiness.
One of the lirst impulses of the child's
nature is, for something to do and if pa
rents do uot furnish them useful, or at
least innocent employment, they will seek
some other suitable to their own taste.—
One of the most fatal errors into which
parents are likely to fall, is that of leaving
their offspring to choose their own amuse
ment. Thousands are to day in our pris
ons and alms-houses, who, had they been
properly employed in youth, would have
made useful and respectab e citizens.
There is nothing so detrimental to the
morals of our youth, female as well as
male, as the want of proper employment'
While the latter resort for amusement to
the race-course, the card-table, and the
billiard room, the former sigh for tbe
dance, the social party, and the novel—all
sources of the worst ol evils. Where there
exists any social arrangement, forbidding
tbe young to engage in any useful physical
or mental labor there is invariably found
a deficiency in the scale of morals.
Such social regulations exist in almost
all wealthy und aristocratic communities
hence we may observe many pim-tices,
which if subjected to a so j.ture test,
would be found utterly subversive of tbe
ethics of Christ and his Apostles. To
teach the young tbe sentiment, that it is
not respectable to work, is to teach
them a miserable falsehood, and start thsm
in tbe highway to ruin. We always feel
like pitying young ladies and gentlemen
who feel ashamed to be found usefully
employed. We instinctively predict for
them some bad end. Parents should never
permit wealth or position to prevent them
from teaching their offspring some useful
art or trade. Their time cannot be em
ployed to greater advantage. It will tend
to fortify them agaiast 'he fatal inroads
of .ice and dissipation, and should they
ever be reduced to tbe necessity of resort
ing, for their support, to manual labor,
they can do so with eaae. But, even in
the absence of all pecuniary necessity, all
should work either with beads or bands.
"Hillo, Mister Postmaater I is there
And will you be so kind as to read it
to me, seein' I had tbe mislortuns to be
edicated to rade niver a bit?"
To be sure," said tbs accommodating
He tbeu opened and read the epistle
which was from the old country," con
cerning his relations there, etc. When he7
bad finished, I'enuis observed:
A nd what would you ba axin for the
postage on the lctther
Fifty cents."
And it's chape enough, Jff Donor
but as I niver think of axin ye to thrusj^
me, just kape the letther for the pay and
say, MHtz it I'd cat! in one of these days,
would j* mrit* wtw to
nrDipnrsm democratic jotutal.
America 1M Hysterias."
Paneh, at the request of numerous A mar
ican friends, devotes a portion of bis space
ta the immortalising of a fcw of the ad
dresses transmitted from tbe various States
to New York in honor of the Atlantic
fw thdnax N—sdhofc
I salnte ye. The deed is dona. A new
heart etr'ajr forgotten at Creation, has
been inserted into the world, and benoe-
Nor is it enongh I f..rh i»« r»u!e* will keep time to 'he ft*»•
devising and .-xe ping of tbe wings of our almighty and in
extinpuUhahte eagle. May the bl«od of
freedom eoarse along that giant veia with
the rush of Niagara, and sweep away be
fore its mightiness the mouldering cere
monies ef antiquated hallucination.
Fiun the of NawaMiiHti.
The golden harp of civilization and pro
gress needed one chord of iron to snstain
her sterner harmonies, and it has been
added by Cyrus W. Field. May it sound
in glory and vigor nntil tbe end of time,
and five and twenty minutes later.
Prow th* (tovxreor of Wwnurt.
Whan the heart would speak in piwence
of a miracle, the words are feeble but
our souls rush out in song and we sing
to you, mother, in the strain of our native
and inimitable land:
London If T«ry blf,
America In btpjrrrt
I)t n-'t l*f ue eere a flg
Which rat* the tatter flgvtv*,
Send the current to and fro.
The hnttl# round the U'le,
Noihlng In crHittoa. no
Lick* the AtUotk Cable*
from the Oofinor ef Ahban,
Bfelt Columbia, flippy land Now fast
linked to England's sand. Let us jine
with heart and hand. Oeean is repealed.
To her eoral rocks and shelves. Lo the
cable dives and delves. Let as drink our
noble salves. Likewise Cyras
Proei tlx Covarner of Ohio.
If England has given as no more toward
our great American sea triumph, she has
given us a thought in the name of ber lit
tie vessel which waited upon our giant
fleet. The Agamemnon's name is
ruption of Memnon, the ancient Hebrew
warrior, whose statce on the plains of
Thessaly sounded out one note when the
morning sun shone upon it. So now,
when the sun of enlightenment dawns
from America upon occidental darkness,
the electricity flashes from us to the Hi
bernian shore, may tbe inexpressive slaves
of feudalism for the first
time raise
music note of liberty.
Froa tb* flovernor af Mstitaska.
We salute you. Give old England rope
enoagh and she will hang herself, but not
in despair. No, tbe aged and effete island
ties herself to the apron string of vigorous
young America, and looks to her for sup
port and succor. Shall England look in
vain, my brothers?
From the Governor of New HMBpehir*.
Y»nk«e loodt# ined to rite
On Uttle pony.
Mow he Ulk* to 'tMberstde
ID minute* tm'f.
From the Uonnor of Mivin,
b'hoys must have their amusements,
and so we've tied England to a long string,
und we'll fly l.er like an almighty great
kite. When we've tired of tbe sport, and
want to lie quit of it, we calculate we'll
just haul her in, and hang her up on one
of the monster trues of oar unfathomable
forests. Guess we've utilised the tarna
tion old caution at last yes, sirree.
Frru the Oofenot of Pemylvinii.
Friend Field, thee have, according to
worthy evidence, doue a part of thy task,
and it is well. When thee bast fastened
lioth ends of thy string, aud the Axings,
aud hast greatly and fiually reduced tbe
price of the messages, we may see cause
for further communication with tbee.—
Meantime, friend, we wish thee success,
but decliue to burn mouey in fireworks,
melt it in strong liquors, or waste it in
wasting time upon idle demonstrations.
Amen I
This is all the room Mr. Punch can this
week spare to these remarkable praduc
lions, aud he will only add that it does not
appear to him wonderful, that uuder such
terrific pressure and strain of compliment,
tbe unfortunate nable, being of English
make and unused to hyperbole, give way,
and seat dowa shares from £915 to £260.
The Ltil Anasat.
Siaee the commeacameat of the search
remains of
iver a letlher here for Dennis O'Frather
I believe there is," said tbe poetmas
ter stepping back and producing tbe letter.
Mr. Thantoa, tbe loot
•eroaaat, in
swamps of
correspondent of the Detroit
Free Press, reflecting on his sad fatm, has
been induced to compute tbe time he
would be in felling to the earth his mean
velocity, as well as the momentum with
which be would strike tbe earth. His el
evation was thought ta be three miles
when last seen, and assuming this to be
the distance he fell, it would July require
thirty one aad
hrlf secoada (or
reach the earth,
r'ft "in"'ii rtt
Peryttasl laaihlae.
Bayard Tayler, who last summer made
a journey Io North Cape,
writes from Ham
merfest his impreesion of tbs continuous
polar daylight of the Aretic latitudes, from
which wa extract the following
**I am tired ef thie unending daylight,
aod would willingly exchange tbe pomp of
the arctic midnirhl for the starlight dark
nese af heme. We are confused by tbe
loss of night we lose the perception of
time. One is never sleeiy, but simply
tired, and alter a sleep of ei^ht hours ly
sunshine, wakes up as tired as ever. His
sleep at last ia broken and irregular he
substitutes a number of short naps, dis
tributed through, and finally gets iuto a
state of general uneasiness and discom
fort. A Hnmmerfest merchant, who has
made frequent voyages to Spitzbergen, told
me that in tbe latitude of 80 degrees he
oever knew certain whether it was day or
night, aad tbe Look was the only person
on board wbo could tell him.
"At first the nocturnal sunshine etrikes
you as being wonderfully cotiveuient.—
You lose nothing of the scenery you can
read and write as usual you never need
be in a hurry, because there is time enough
for everything. It is not necessary to do
your day's work in daytime, for no ni^ht
Cometh. You are never belated, somewhat
of the tress of life is lifted off your ahoul
ders. But, after a time, you would be
glad of an excuse to stop seeing and ob
serving aud thinking and even enjoying.
"There is no compulsive rest, such as
darkness brings—na sseet isolation, which
is the best relreshment of sleep. You lie
down in the broad day, and tbe surainou*
arise' attends on the re-opening of your
eyes. 1 never went below and saw m\
fellow passengers asleep all around me,
without a sudden feeling that something
was wrong—that they were drugged or
under some unnatural influence, that tbey
thus slept so fast while the sunsbiuc
streamed in through tbs port holes.
"There are some advantages of this
northern summer which bare presented
themselves to me in rather a grotesque
light. Think what an aid aod shelter is
removed from crime —how many vices
which can ouly flourish iu the detective
atmospheres of night must be checked by
the sober reality of daylight 1 No assas
sin can dog tbe steps of his victim uo
burglar caa work io sunshine uo guilty
lovers can hold stolen interviews by moon
light—all concealment is removed, for the
sun, like the eye of tiod, sees everything,
aud the secret vices of the eitnh must be
bold indeed if they cau bear his gate.—
Morally, aa well as physically, there is
safety ia light and dauger in darkuess—
and yet give me ditrUuess and danger!
Let the patrolling sun go off bis beat for a
while, and show a little confidence in my
ability to behave properly, rather tban
worry me with this sleepless vigilaace."
OmS ta k« Lost.
Two Suckers came to talk at one of our
city restaurants tbe other day, and were
regaling on-a "long nine" beside a bloom
ing hot stove, when tbe mud and had roa s
became the topic of tbe cou\ersation. Oue
observed that several coal teams had stuck
in the mud axle-tree deep, and that he saw
twenty yoke of oxen straining every nerve,
but without effect. The other uo doubt
thinking that a pretty tou^h yarn, replied:
"lbat when he came to the city, be saw
a man sitiing on tbe feuce cracking bis
whip, and yelping aud bellowing at a most
furious rale, be approached him and en
quired what was wrong.
"Oh, nothing much, "answered the team
ster, "only (pointing to the road) 1 have a
wagon and four yoke of oxen in thc.t mud
and the darned brutes won't pull a bit 1"
At this moment an old Iloosier euter
ing, wbo only beard the wiuding up part
of the story, drew up a chair snd com
menced a yarn about what he bad seen.
Says ba: Friends, were you ever on the
American Bottom? 1 crossed it yesterday
evening, and wading through the mud,
which as a matter of course waa not tbe
bast walking, I kicked oat a bat when a
voice which said—
Quit that, old fellow," saluted my ear.
Looking around aud seeing nothiug, 1
concluded to give it another, which 1 did,
when the same voice was beard to say
"Slop, you are kicking my head 1"
I discovered that a man was sticking in
the mud aad observed
"Old fellow you had better ba getting
out before night or you will be sure lo freeze
Canada, two bodies have been found, but
neither was idoatified as that of
Ha hollowed up "1 dou't care a darn
—I've got a good mule under me!"
mean velocity of 465
feet per second. Assuming his weight to
be 150
he would strike
earth with
a momentum equal to 160,MM) pounds, or
a little aMtre than HO tons—a power suffi
cient to scatter his body, boue aud lausela
into atoms so
as eeareely to be
perceptible, if not to bary
tbe earth.
deep iaio
u Women are foad of telling as they
landsoma man bat yoa may ba sere
|tlMlilb mtf «flj mm Iboj Uffa
A Cincinnati paper notices tho last
solitary banquet of a 'last man's" club in
that city. In the cholera season of lb^2.
seven gentlemen agreed to meet annually
and diue once together as long as they
lived, a bottle of wiue to be sealed aud
drank in memorials, by the last survivor.
Tha first reunion was held on the tith of
October, ltK2, and on the tith of October,
1058, Dr. Vattier, sole survivor of the sev
en, draak from the bottle, and pledged the
six daad friends whose empty plates were
bis only society at tbe last melaucholy
"Sammy, 8ammy, my son, don't
stand there scratching your head stir
your stumps, or you'll tnaku no progress
in life." "Why, father, I've often heard
you say that the only way to get along in
iMt worU waa to scratch a htai."
What la Lib!
Once I was not, and now I am. This
is a great thing to think of it is a great
thing. Up and down Syria the patriarchs
wandered, and in their tents talked with
their wives, in the valleys pastured their
cattle, and here and there built altars for
sacrificing on to Aud but in their way of
life there was uo part for me. At the buil
ding of the Pyramids, laborers crowded
and toiled and shouted and there was great
enruestaess, but there was no feeling of it
for me. The hundred gales of Thebes
opened and shut, but there was no going
in or out for me. Thousands of millions
of men and women were born, and loved
one anoiher, and died, b"t iu all that kind
ness there was uo share of it for me.—
Rome grew and grew vast, and decayed,
but there was no place in it for me. In
Knglaud, Britons dwelt together, and the
Saxons sat arouud their blazing hearth,
and Norwegians and Normans had houses
in which they enjoyed themselves ami age
after age men talkd with one another, and
worked together, aud rested together, and
were merry and sad together, and I was
not anywhere. The sun shoue on this ve
ry spot, and it wts cloudy here and it
rained, and just as it does now, time wore
on but was not in it. And what thou
sands of years birds had been sinking, and
dowers had been flowering, and rivers had
boen flowing, and day and night had been
while I was nowhere I Nowhere? Alive
I was not. But I was a thought iu a
thought in tbe mind of Uod, and now 1
have been made, and now I am what Prov
idence ha care of. liut when I lb ink of
the time, the eternity past, iu which I was
not, and then I think of the day in which
I was born, fresh from the bauds of God,
1 feel as Adam may have done when begot
up from tbe earth, aud kuew himself that
momeut made out of the dust of it.
Craalrr P*p«r» -X hair t's*.
Country papers are of mach more ase
than the people imagine.
They aid in directing public attention
to matters iu which every citizen ol the
country is more or less interested.
They aid ingiviug character and impor
tnnce to tbe county in which they are pub
They contribute, in a variety of ways to
the formation of public opinion on subjects
of public interest.
Tbey stimulate a taste for reading, and
disseminate, iu tbe course of one year, a
vast amount of useful information which
would uot reach a portion of their readers
through any other channel
Tbey are of essential use in a family in
fostering a taste for reading among chil
dren. Country papers enjoy an advan
tage in this respect over papers published
at a distance because many of their items
are of a local interest, which naturally at
tracts a child's attention. The advertising
columns of these papers are particularly
attractive to this class of rtadcrs.
Country papers by the local information
they contain, are often the means of draw
ing new and valuable citizens to tbe coun
ty in whicti they are published.
To the objection we do not unfrequent
ly hear argued against tbe support of coun
try papers, that the price charged for them
is too high, it may be replied, that the
price at which the paper can be afforded,
depends mainly Upon the number of sub
scribers. The chief expense in the publi
cation of a paper consists in setting np
the matter, one thousand, or even ten thou
sail copies cau he furnished at a very
small addition to the cost, over and above
tbut of composition.
WSf A notorious individual, Colm Le
Bleu, who had long been the terror of St.
Landry and Calcasieu, Miss., was killed
recently at the latter place. As he was
approaching the hotel, four heavily loaded
guns were discharged at him, lodging for
ty shot in his body. Three young men
were arrested for the deed, but subsequent
ly released, "the deed having been doue
by the consent of the community." Le
Uleu, ou one occasion, forbid the judge to
hold court in Calcassieu, and actually, by
pointing a pistol at him, made him leave
the bench.
TaAsarLAKTiko.—A young lover haviug
obtained the consent of his beloved, un
dertook to gain that of the father. To
that end ha began by asking his consent
to "transfer the lovely dower from the pa
rent bed lo Here he broke down in
his set speech, but managed lo wind up by
saving."from the parent bed to—my own!"
I be old gent couily took his pi|e from bis
mouth, and replied: "Well, young man, 1
don't know as 1 have any objection, pro
vided you marry the gal first!"'
guyrTbe following is one of the best
epigrammatic relorts on record
"Yoa turn ancrU wlivn you won tho mkiSy
liut Ut when tag uiArrtatfv vow U mild."
The lover, not to be outdone, replies as
"Tt,« rhanf*, tmr flrt. I« for*lv»o—
e flo4 oiiraelree to hell ImUmI of heovoa.
MT* I have lost my appetite," said a
gigantic Irishman, and aa eminent per
former on the trencher, to Mark Supple.
1 hope," said Supple, no poor niau has
found it, for it would ruin bim in a week."
fgf If you'd learn how to bow, watch
a mean man when he talks to
a gentleman
of torn wealth.
o eaj c« e
A Word For Crinoline.
The Philadelphia Bulletin points out
the following advantages resulting from the
use of crinoline "It frees wom^n from a
needless weight of skirts, it strengthens
the system by exposure to cold, and aids
manufacturers, stimulates the whnl? fish
ery, improves figures, displays ankles to a
delirious extent in getting up sta'rs, ard
gives editors subjects for articles. All
things ensiderod, *e see no great reason
:o grieve over the institution. It is not ev
ery fn.ihion wiiicL develops* so mujli of va
ried industry as crinoline."
Palptl Aueudote.
A minister, preaching on the subject of
misrepresentation and slander, said:
"When professors of religion so far da
grade themselves and their profession si
to attempt to injure others by lying a'.d
misrepresentation, they should renjcmb -r
that when the devil was disputing wkh
tbe archangel abo:it the body of Moses,
the Lord would not permit the archangel
to bring a railing accusation against the
devil and until they can provi that th«
individual they wish to injure is worse than
the devil, and that they themselves aiM
better than the archangel, the liib!e r«
quires them to hold their tongMs (ml
mind their own buMiticas."
B9_In a jolly company, each one was
to ask a question. If it was answer'"!,
the proposer paid a forfeit, or if he could
not answer it himsblf be paid a forfeit.
I'at's question was
"How (iocs tli? little ground squirrel
dig his hole without showing any dirt
about tbe entrance
When they all gave it np, Pat said
"Sure, do you see, he begins at the Oth
er end of the hole."
One of the rest cxcluimed
"But, how does he get there .'''
"Ah," said Pat, "that is your ^neation
—can you answer it yourself?"
Foon FOK CANARD:*.—Personswbohive
pet canaries, will find that they are ex
travagantly fond oftlioseed produced from
the plantain, which may be found in ai
most every yard, the le ifof which is kno».n
to every schoolboy as an excellent re-nedy
for the effects of a bee sting. The biros
will eat these seed veraciously, when th y
appear to have a decided distaste to eveiy
other kind of food offered th«in.
STBCUC Detr.—A London letter writer
says, "there is in that city a young ladv,
from Baltimore, who is the most beautiful
woman in the British dominions. She is
the dream of the poet—the beau idea! of
the painter, the uneqna'led, heaveuiy
mould of the inspired sculptor. Her eyes
reflect both beaveu and earth, and ar»
more brilliaut than either." The fellow
must be in 'luv.'
Wplu Sauiivel, Samivel, bevare of the
viinmen as reads no newspapers. Your
father married a voman as read none, and
you're the sad consequence. You're as
bignorant as a 'orse. Hignorant people
say it's throwing money away to take pa
pers, and foolin' awav lime to read 'em 1
Men of power are seldom wordy or
diffuse—ihey indulge not in tbe decorative
truppiugs of rhetoric—but, by a few bold
master strokes, give determined expressiou
the essential aud central idea, to which
all uiinor thoughts are subordinate.
The cradle is a wotai'i's paMot-
box. Yes, and .some of the n deposit in
it two ballots at onee.—Ex.
Yes, and some of thsm have been known
to ga to the poles before reaching tweuty
And others have "deposited," balldt
lie fore they were h,ja1 voters.
As "UPI'SB TEN'" CVVVWT.—Hunting
don, the Wall street forger, now keeps the
acei u books of Sing Sing prison, smokes
twenty cigars per day, and s-eeps oti a
comfortable feather bed in tbe prison hos
m.. You must travel through a despot
ic country so as to fully understand wh:it
the inappreciable luxury of liberty means
iu the same way as in order appreciate
the real blessing of health there is nothing
like walking thrn£h a hospital.
Kjr After tho cler^rman hid united a
happy pair not long ago, an awt'ul silence
ensued, which was broken by an impa
tient youth exclaiming: "Dou't bo so uu
speakably happy
know 1 am a perfect beat in my
manners," said a tine young l^imor to bis
••No, indeed, you are not, John you
have never hugged me yet. You are more
sheep thau bear.''
g^-'Tapa, does the logwood they put
in the wine give it the red color?"
"Yes, certainly."
"Well, paps, is it the logwood Iu the
grine that makes your nose so red
"Hush your nonsense, child—Hetty, get
Candle and put this child to bed."
Mb. An Irishman being askud, on a late
trial, for a certificate of his marriage, bared
his head, and exhibited a huge *cir, wh.cti
looked as though it might have been uia le
with a fire shovel. The evidence was sat
ML A vary poor lookoat—A Jail wia-

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