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tmiriensa tract* of Mining aad AfrKnitnral
Lands tilt* per cent. of Port daw, ImpArte aad
Taxn, in the ?tatee of Tamaullpaa and SanLuia
potoai and tha plighted faith of tha aaid Sl»l»i
and iie (ivtioral Uuv«w»mo»t ara all tor
tha rapanpilM
Of
tbsse »*®4» *M pa/ataat of
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THE SECURITY IS AMPLS.
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Bund of
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Bond uf lion.
in .8. Currency will boy a par cant Qald
Bond of |500.
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JulJ Bond of ll.iNNi.
Let a VERY !"TW of Ropablieea Inatltntleaa
'buy at leaat US BoND.
Gircalara forarard^l, and •nhaortptiona received
by JuHM W. COM.1AS A CO., aad
N. Tirrr, Klnan-ial A cant of tba RepublieoT
Huk*, K Broadway, Haw Turk.
40»Stibacrlption« aim received by Balk* aad
Bankera gea -rally tbr^agbuat tba D. t. ta
NEW GOODS I MM
Jmnes Hutchin#,
MERCHANT TAILOR
lltai €l(y, Iowa.
M'
R. H. wonld reepectftilly anii»an«a ta thecltl
sen* of diem City, Dakota Territory, and
NWlh-WMtrrn Nebraaka, that having an autira table OD
keattuck of
flotfct,
Castimeret tnd Vesting!,
Haia now prepared to •nltfl'rnrding to tha want!
«f tha moat faatidintw. aFQaraMticnt, and ra
pairlni neatly done. Store ana door uorth ml
Kaat'a Drug Store.
JAMRR MUTCIUHR.
B|o«| Qltyy Se*teabor,tK ISSt.
P. B. WfiARE it CO.,
Commission Merchants,
118 South Water St^
p^'i. Bat l». JGHIGAOOI
TlOR tha purchase and aaia of all kiada of Pre
r* dura and Merchandiss. Partlau'.ar attaatiaa
paid to tha aala of
BSfBRirtia
WaaveA Alliaon,
Tootle A Char
lee
D. T, Bramble A Co....
B. B. Ayera, K»q
Firat Rational Raak.
Produeer't Bank
gHHJl CITY
—...SleM City,
...~m......Sioax City, I«»a
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-..Vert Dodge,Iowa.
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B00TISH0E STORE,
Saxn'l. Krnmmann.
aay oa I
'a aad Mo
'•, Cblldrea'a, Boa'
eaatom aaade BooU and those of all stass
kinds. Alao, Laathar, Lasta, Taaka,
JPaga, be., toaapyly tba tnUk. Caatom Work aa4
Bapali lag daw toordor, aad la tba baa* atyla. AH
work warranted.
4VStora oa Paarl Street, eaa doer aoalb af |r.
Kaat'a Drag Mora.
R. KRUMMABM.
Moaz City, Iowa, R^t. SO, MM.
0. QRABBR'I
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MH&C1ZT terr. K4WAU.
Tba proprietor will
raaalag aa Rapraaa aa abate oa or
tore prpteatbar lat, IMI liariag IImu City, aa
follow*
Un Mundaya, for RANDAI.IJ, and fnteraadlata
point*, raturninn on Friday of aald waak.
Packagaanntat be delivered in tbeaO#aar|a9
to leafing for the above.
Off Packagea anA Pareala tenet ba pat aala
t« prevent damacinc by traaaportatUa.
A. OBABBB,
Proprietor.
4
Cw*«. it RHITN, Agrai.
liaatf City, Iowa, AU| Wtb, m*:
jifpnifniiippp
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LL».
Li(«ia tela ainple meaaara
In fnai eternal song
AD4 W« bal ita griaf ar pleaaara
Aa the ttaoRa moves alotif.
When the silast tomb raoeive* us
Then the flowing strain we hear}
Naaght alarm us, na«ght deceives
And to yield aa once befofi^
Every serious matter o'er.
Age ia like the daj-god. setting
In the West, beyond the plain
Life's fnint-measure fast forgetting,
Listening to another strain
Firat it murmurs, faintly stealing
Through the portals of the tomb,
Than 'tis heard, ita aoul revealing,
Aa the spirit passes through
Sweet in cade»cer varied—new,
Chasing every aeuae of gloom
Prom the aoul, and placing there
Spotteaa robes for it to wear.
A 4VUft#COl'RTIHII.
It was a wild winter's sight, and we,
six in number, were seated around a gen
ial bright (ire in my uncle's cosy sitting*
room. We bad come from oar homes to
spend Christmas with him. aad a merry
time we had paaaed. Chriatmaa had gona,
aad oar viait had been protracted far ba
J«w»d 'oar anginal intentions.
Uncle Richard and his wife, Aunt Jen
ny, were great favorites with as. They
had no children of their own, and were
alwaya glad to have any 'yoaag people
visit them, and happy euough were we to
avail oureelvia of the privilege.
0.1
the night in queation, after ten was
fionRied, we were gathered in the sitting
room. Autit Jenny wns Bitting by the
which rested the lamp, sewing,
and Uncle Richard was gazing abstract
ed I into the fire, and listening to the
storm aa it bowled around the house, and
shook it to its foundations.
"What a fearful night,'' said A/ijBt Jen
ny, afur along silence.
PRBSriT^ Mllihtr aad Proprietor.] Afl DKJf9£|lA%&C ^piRjiAfc,
(,I
VOLUME VIII. SIOUX CITY, IOWA, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1866.
BR,
Never shall th' atar»al straia,
With angel-born refrain,
Uttered to the fpirit-ear,
Ceasto to olmi',m ns with itstRn«
A
While we kneel aroand the tkroRB.
InfancT was bat ttie iMamiog
Of the life's morn's blushing ray
Eaoh weak thought, prophetie areaisiag
Of the fatnre Car awaj
How alike theee childish Ikodai
Is the certainty of BOW
How the memory backward daaeaR
To the distant fairy past—
Seemin* e'en from thence t« east
Childish dimples on the brow,
wad tliiolin^
just uow how we should make it pleaaan1
for yon, my dears. hut thail we do?"
'"I have it," 6&id I, quickly, "Uuole
Richard shall tell ue a ttory.''
"A story,*' aaid my uncle, looking up
from the fire, "I an afrnid 1 shall have to
refuse jou, Nettle, !"have no talent for
story tailing."
"We can't let you off," I exclaimed.
"A story wa mast have, uncle. Tell us
9°t ?f jour 9WB »dr«ntur«s. You know
foo have been a perfect Sinbad in adven
tures."
Uncle Richard scratched his bead, Inf
langbed.
"How woald yon like a love ary ht
asked.
"The vary thing. Let as have-one, by
nil means," was the unanimous reply.
"Well, then," he said, with a eomical
glance at Aunt Jenny, I'll tell yoa bow 1
won my wife.H ,,
"Now, Richard—" began Aunt Jenny,
blushing.
"Nevfcr aind, Hty daM,'' «aid aMf una!a,
"it will interest tbein, and," be added,
with aftlaagb, "it may give thea some
feints by wbich they may profit hereafter/
Uncle Ricbard stirrad the firo, and
then settling bimaalf soafottRbly ia bis
chair, told us his story.
"Yon must know, say dear ehildren,
that when I was a yooag man I was what
is generally termed 'very fast.' I don't
think I was as bad as aaany yonng men,
or even as the majority of thea but
nevertheless I wae looked upon by good,
atsady people, as a dangerous companion
for their sone. 1 Baa not kmg in acquir
ing thie reputation, aad it eluug to ase
long after 1 deserved il I began to mend
ay ways wbea I wns abont tweaty-lve,
bat I wae more than thirty before I got
credit for a better man, and it wae daring
this time that I firat aaat year aunt. It
was ease of love at first sight soae~
thing, by the way, of which yon young
ladiee ara foad of hearing, bat which I am
powerlees to enplain. It was real, honeet,
trne loee, though, and ahe wae worthy of
if
Uncle Richard's ayes wandered over to
where hie wife was sitting, aad meeting
there an nnsweriag smile, wnndered bach
to the fire, and be weat oa.
"We first aet at a pert?, and after that
nc4 bt
better man, and to fit myself for the new
!i£a to which 1 aspired. Jeunv aaw my
efforta and encouraged then. Her father,
however, did not believe iu my good iu
tentioua, and when he fouud I wanted to
marry bis daughter, was very severe on
me. I had a hard time with him before
I was married, but after I became his son*
in-law, I never bad a better, truer friend.
The old man ia gone BOW, and I hope he
is happy.
"The old gentleman had been a soldisr
In the war of 1812, and bad earried his
military diacipline iato bia family, where
be was very etrict. He was. in addition
to this, an elder in the Presbyterian church
and was not nt all di«noaed to regard aay
shortcomiags with leniency. One morn
ing I was sitting in my office, getting
ready for court, when in walked eld Major
Shorter.
'"Good aorniug, aajer,' said I, Hake
a fleet.'
"He returned my greeting, and took
the chair to whieb I pointed. He sat
at Isaat five minutes, regarding me with a
fixednesa that made me feel uncomfort
able. When he had finished his ialpee
tion he placed his stick in front of him,
aad leaning his chin on it, looked at me
steadily, and said in an abrupt manner:
'"Richard Siurgis, 1 have ealled this
morning on a matter which is unpleasant
to me, and which we had better settle at
once. Tell me frankly what is your mo
tive iu visiting my daughter ao frequent
'y*'
'To be frank with yon Major Shorter,'
I repiird, boldly, 'I am eery auxioua to
make her my wife.'
"'Humph I' muttered the old man,
shortly, *1 thought ao. I auppose yon in
tended to speak to me about this matter
'I did, sir, but not for aome time yet.'
'"Well, then, yoa may aave yourself
any further trouble about it, for I'll give
yoti^ my answer uow. Yon can't have
"I rose to my feet in nstonishment.
*1 suspected your motives,' continusd
Major Shorter, 'and I thought it best to
come here end let yon understand the
matter before it is too h.ts. 1 love my
daugbtsr, Mr. Sturgis, asd I have no idea
of sseing her rnin her happiness by mar
rying a dissipated ami.'
"I aasured him that I had abandoned
my old babila and was lending a new life,
but it wae in vain the old man would
not believe me, and our interview ended in
a quarrel and my being forbidden bia
houae. 1 had certainly made a bad be
ginning, but I was by no means' discour
aged. 1 liad not aaid anything to Jenny
about the atate of my feelinge, and I de
termined to do so at once. I had an en
gag na:ul to meet her it a friend's and
accompanying her home that evening.
Duriug the walk, I udtlresaed her and was
acc*ptc:l. I told her all that had passed
between *r father and myself, and she,
dear girl, traa indignant at her father's
source. It was plain that I could not
visit Ikt u. l.vinc usuai, and we set to
work to devise a plan for our future meet*
iiig*. The ui-jor was a regular attend
ant upon the Wednesday night prajer
meetings of his church, and waa generally
absent about two Bcsiis# meet
ing at ht? houses of our frienda, we agreed
that I sh"uM visit her at home while her
father waa abseut at prajer meeting.
"This plan worked admirably for a while,
bnt, like every thing human, broke down
at ntlt. Out night Jenny an? 1 were cozt
ly chatting in the parlor, when we heard
the rattle of a latch key in the ftent duor.
Jenny sprang up in alarm.
'There's papa,' she Exclaimed, 'what
shall we do You can't get through the
back way, and he ia nt the front door.
"My firat impulae waa to rush by the
major, and upset him if he got iu tuy way
but a moment's reflection convinced uie
that this would never do, aad just then
1 heard the frout door closed and locked.
My resolution was taken ia a momeut.
'"Opeu the parlor door,' 1 aaid to Jen
ny ta a whisper, 'abd do oothfag te arouse
his suspicion,'
"Jenny opened the door, aud I placed
myself behind it. Aa I did so, the major
entered the room. trembled in ever*
joint if be ehowld shot the door I should
be discovered. I bad not thought of this
when I selected my piece of caneealmeut.
'beat the dwr jenny,' said ths yor,
aa he came in.
'O no, papa,' aba esclaiaed harriedly,
'it's so warna ia here that 1 want the air
and she pushed the door bach so far that
ahe nearly crnshed sae.
"'Warm!' aaid the eld man, ahnrply,
'warm Yon must he dMaaing. It is
free sing oat of doors.'
Ta g^ae,' I thought,
aad
I prepared
aayeelf for a scuffle.
'However,* said ths major, It may be
warm here, foryou have a terrible fire io
thnt stove. Yoa any leave the door
open.'
"A load wae taken froa my nuad. The
eld moo eat ia the parlor fur at leaet hall
an hoar, end that time he devoted to
abating aa, and telling Jenny eboat ay
impedance in wanting to marry her.—
Sometimes I waf iuulgnaniat the injus
tice of his remarks, but as a general thing
1 could scarcely restrain my laughter.
My pontoon was a trying one. 1
waa pot?
palled to get up us close to the Hall 4s
possible, in order to avoid aUrt^fag the
major's atteution, aud to breathe aa Ughl
ly aa I could. The eoJd draught whitli
caae in through the eraok of the door
produced a ee
as
tent inclination to emt"*'
.nd I«. io nr«4 ,houl4 I
f,ui w 't«4 ^f«« jk* Mil
1
hour seemed to me like thirtr fears in
stead of So many alt nates, and 1 was elated
beyond description when I at last aaw the
old man get up and leave the room. Aa
he went out .he cloeed*the dear after him,
and aa we heard him ascending the ataira
te hia chamber, Jenny and I broke into a
hearlv Iaagh.
'Yon are safe for the present,' ebe
said, 'but you muat go away at once. It
will not be prudent to let yon oat at the
front door, as papa wiH bear at, sf yoa
must go out at tbe window.'
"The window was raised softly, and
r'vingscarcely
Jenny a kiss. I sprang out of it.—
had touched tbe groaed when
I was seised by the cellar, aad a rough
voice demaaded to know wby I had left
the house in that way. Looking up I
found ayaelf in the hands of a watch
aan:
'It's alt right, policeman the front
door-key has been miaplaced, and ths
gentleman had to leave the bouae through
the window.'
'Who are yon asked the watchaan.
"If vou say so, miss, I auppose it's all
right, said the watchman, releasing me,
'but,' he muttered, aa he turned away, its
very qaeer to do business in that style.'
"Tbe next morning, beforo I left my
office, I received a viait from Major Short
er. Declining my offer of n seat, the old
man came up in front of mf desk, nnd
looking me straight io the face, said,
sharply
"'Richard Sturgis, yoa were at my
bouae last ngihf. I'm sorry I did net
know it. for I would have given yoa the
punishment your impudence deserved.'
"1 began to explaiu the matter, but he
out me short.
'Never mind,' he said, 'it's over now,
and it can't be helped. Don't try it
again, for I warn £pu 1 shall bs on ths
watch for yon.'
"He turned abruptly and left me. I
certainly felt rather sheepish, but I deter
mined not to be outdone 1 was deter
mined to marry Jenny, and be was resolv
ed that I should not, and from all appear
ances, ths^truggle bade,(air to be a hard
one.
"For several days I did my best to get
a message to Juuuy but failed. At laattI
hit uponaplan of communication. Maj or
Sborter s bouse was built directly on tbe
street, aad as he had forbidden me to
darken his doora, I reaolved to make use
of his windows, which, as somebody very
justly remarks, sre just aa good as doors,
provided they have no nails in tnem to
tear your breeches. On the ucxt Sunday
niget I stationed myself in the shadow of
the door way of the church, and as Jenny
came by accompanied by her father, I
managed to slip a note into her hand.—
In it 1 revealed my plan to her, and as
she passsd out of church, a bright look
which she gave me signified hsr willing
ness to adopt H.
"Every evening after this, at dusk, when
I passed Major Shortsr's house, 1 found
ene of the parlor window* slightly raised,
and Jenny aitting by it, hidden in the
heavy curtuin. I would slip into her
hand a note with which 1 had provided
myself before leaving home, receive one
in return, pres* her band, and be off be
fore her father could see me. This con
tinued for abont three weeks, when it was
broken np by a rather unpleasant occar
rsnce.
"One evening I bad gone with my note
as usual, and had placed ay hand in
through tbe window, when it waa andden
ly seised in a vice-like grasp, and the old
major thundered, as he threw up the win
dow
'Now, you scroundrel, I've got you,
have 1 I'll make you remeoaber me, yoa
impudent villain.'
Vnd with that he aUnost cruahed mj
hand. I yelled with pain
"'It hurts, doeait? prowled the old
man aavagely. "Not so aoft aud tender
aa the baud you expected to squsese, you
villian.'
"Before this I had been too much sup
prised to speak now I cried ont angrily
'Let my baud alone Major Shorter.—
What right have you to treat tue in thia
maimer
'Right 1' be ehoated, 'right! Zoaods,
sir, what right have yen to stick your hand
in at my window I've a notion to have
you arrested at a thief.1
•"Take care, air,' i eeclaimed, trying
to wrench my hand froa him. 'Yoa may
regret thia.'
"'Wait till I jpl oat there, and I'll
asake you regret it.'
"He reieaaed my hand, and started to
come out after me, bat I did aot wait for
him. I bad no desire to get into n fuss
with him, so I took to my heels.
The neat dey I received a note from
the major. It was short aad tweet, aad
eomewbat to this effect:
"'Sin:—You are an iapndent btaek
guard.
In chaaing you laat night I fell
and hurt my leg, wbich prevente me froa
eeeing you (his morning. I write now to
inform you that if 1 catch you lurking
aroanf my bouse agplo, 1
shall certainly
ehootyoa.
'Very respectfully yours,
I
Beniftet
ling waa an alley. The hack building
extended to thia alley, and in tbe second
atorv was a window overlooking it. I
asked Jenny in my note to tie her letters
to a string and lower them from thia win
dow, after dark I would then get tbem,
and tie my letters te the string in rsturn.
This plan worksd admirably for awhile,
but, like the other, was not to last long.
One evening I had just tied my latter to
the string, when 1 was startled by a loud
'bang' from the window above, and a
smarting in my handa. Away 1 aped, fol
lowed by another report. I heard the old
men ahoutiag after me, bat did not wait
to bear what he bad to aay. Wbea I got
home I examined my handa, wbich tmar*
ted paiufa!!j, but toe wounds were very
slight the major had evidently loaded
bis gun with salt, which, while it waa
quite painful at first, was aot dangerous, ^laughing.
I was sorely teapted to retaliate upon
him, and give him a threshing, but the
reflection that such a courss might lose
me Jenny, determined me te take it as
quietly as possible. I encountered the
major on the street the next day, but al
though h4 cat ed to me that he wished to
see me, I avoided him. I bad had enough
of him for soms time to come.
"I did not see or hehr froa Jenny for
at least a mouth after this. At last I re
ceived a note from her ooe morning, tel
ling me to come to the house that night,
that her father bad left the oity, and
would not return until the next day.
"When night came I hastened to the
house, and watuiet by Jenny at the door.
I spent a pleasant evening with her, end
was just rising to go away, when we heard
tbe froot door open.
"Oh, dear, there's papa, now. What
shall ws dof" exclaimed Jenny in alarm.
"We had no time to lose, so I told her
to be quiet, and cencealed myself behind
the sofia.
"The major came in directly after, and
seeing Jenny's anxious and flurried look,
at once suspected the cause of il He
seated himself on the sofa behind which
I waa concealed, and I bear him give an
angry grunt. It waa clear my preaence
was knowa to him.
'Jenny, dear,' be said, 'go into the
kitchen aud tell Tom to bring me a buck
at of water.'
M*Shall
I tell him te take it up to
yoar room, papa asked Jenny, tremu*
iously.
"'No, dear, tell him to bring it here.'
'In the parlor, papA?'— ahe began.-—
He cut her short, and replied, sharply
"Yea, in the parlor. Tell him to be
quick about it. Q) along, girl. What
are you hesitating about
"Jenny %ft the room, and as she went
out I beard ber orying. I was confident
that the old man wanted to scald tne, and
I had no idea of waiting quietly for him
to do so. Still it was no easy uihtter to
retreat I glanced up over the sofa, to
take a look at tbe state of affairs. The
major was sitting with his back to me,
and bis face to the door through which
Jenny had disappeared. He knew well
where I was concealed, but he paid no at
tention to me, so sure was he that be
had me in his clutches. My position was
desperate, and so waa tbe resolution I
formed.
"While hia back was still tun ed to me
I sprang to my feet, and giving the sofa
a push, sent the major rolling over on
the tloor, and before he could regain hia
feet,
had passed through tbe
u'Well,
JOHN SHoaTica'"
"Tfei* letter, especially after my experi
ence of (he previous night, made me feel
very uncomfortable, but I consoled myself
with the reflection that you must catch a
man before you c^n hang hitn. I set to
werkto devise another' plan, and when I
had arranged it to ay salisfaotion, com*
manioated it to J«r £7 b* tl'pP'og a note
iatob«b»pdat«fru^M*-
purlyr
E S 0 9 I n v a i a y a a i i
door
and locked it on the outside. Calling to
Jenny to oome and releasa her father, I
left the bonse and returned home.
"Feeling assured that the major would
call on me in no very amiable mood the
next morning, 1 left towu to avoid seeing
him. When I returned, I learned that be
had been to tny oflice, and had vowed
vengeance against me. I continued to
keep out of bis way, however, uutil his
wrath subsided, for it was not to my in
terest to meet him.
"After this I did not see Jenny for a
long time. At last, I could stand tbe sep
aration no longe-, so I wrote to Jenny to
stay at home the next Sunday morning,
and I would seo her while ber father was
at church.
"On tbe appoints4 day i was at tbe
house, fully intending to go away beforo
the major should return. Unfortunately,
however, I overstayed my time, aa uaual,
aad the major came ia ao suddeoly that
he cut off my retreat It was useless te
attempt to hide in tbe parlor, for he knew
my tricks too well by this time, so I hur
ried out of the door leading to the back
part of the honse, and teeing the door to
the cellar open, bolted into it. I was too
late, however. Tbe major saw me as I
went into the cellar. I had hardly got
down the stairs whsn he camq to the
door.
Mr. Stargie,' eaid be, 'to yoa
are here again.'
'It aeems so, sir,' I replied, aithnow*
Ing what else to tsy.
'How long do yoa expect to ttey 7' he
athed.
'I was about ta go as yoa caae in,' I
eaid. 'I aay as well do so new.'
'"Not yet,' he said, sharply. *Yoa
seem so foad of my house that I'll give
you more of it than you bargained for.—
I warrant you, however, you'll not find
my cellar as comfortable a my parlor.'
With thia hs turned off and looked the
door on me. I looked around the cellar
for some other aode of egress, but eould
find none. It waa a close, well built cel
lar, lighted by only one grated window.—
It was clean and well arranged, but quite
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escape, I seated mgaelf on a box and tried
to make the best oi my condition. In a
short time I discovered t^at the major's
stock of wine was storsd in the cellar.—
Selecting a bottle of prime old Port,
took out the stopper with my knife, and
paid ray respcots to it. I bad no idea
now long I was to be kept there.
"About four o'clou ia the afteriioon the
door at the head of tbe steps opened, and
Major Shorter made his oppearance.
'Well, Mr. Sturgis,' said he, mocking
ly, 'how do you like your qnartert?'
"'Very much, sir,' I replied, wilji aa
air of unconcern. 'I say, msjor, this it
capital old Port you havs here.'
"'Thunder!' shoutsd ths major, 'yoa
have not been to my wine, have you
'1 have taken that liberty to enliven the
lonotonj of my position,' 1 answered,
'You have the advantage of me there,'
said the major, after a pease. 'You are
not worth a bottle of good Port Come
up, and 1 11 let you go home.'
'I assure you 1 am very well satisfied,
sir,' I replied.
'Come up, aad be off from here,I say,'
exclaimcd the old mm, angrily.
"I went up stairs, carrying wiih me the
bottle from which I had been drinking.—
As I reached the head of the stairs, the
old man broke into a laugh.
'You've been too much for me to-day,
Sturgis,' he said. 'Go home how, and
don't repeat yoar visit'
"I went out of tbe house, and returned
home. A fow days after this I received
a nete from Jenny, telling me that her
father was about to take her to Europe,
with the hope of getting rid of me. Thia
brought matters to a crisis, and we deter
mined to set aside her father's unjast op
position, and take the reepousibility of
marrying.
"Everything was ia rsadinsss. Tbe
carriage was at the cross street near Jen
ny's home, and I waa waiting near tbe
door for her. She came out aoon, and we
hurried to the carriage It waa quite dark
when we got there, and helping Jenny in
to it, I ordered tbe driver to take ua to the
Rev. Mr. 'a house. I bad hardly got
ten into the carriage, when some one oa
the front ssat, whom I had not noticed be
fore, said, quietly:
'Upon my life, this is coal-'
"Jenny gave a scream of alarm, and
I expected ao angry retort, bat the
old man speke very mildly when he re
plied.
'1 have been thinking during the last
half hour, Mr. Sturgis,' he said, 'that I
have not acted right about this matter.
I will be just towards you. Get out now,
and let the carriage take us home, and
come to see me in tbe morning. I prom
ise you shall have no cause to complain
of me.'
"He held out his hand to me I took it
most gladly, and bidding both partiet
'good night,' left the carriage.
"The next day called on the major,
and before I left him we arranged matters
to our entire satisfaction. He agreed to
put me on probation for six months moie,
aud promised that if at tbe end of that
time I was steady and deserving, Jenny
should be my wife I passed the ordeal,
married Jenny, and never had a better
friend than her father proved. Thia, dears,
is how I won my wife. No doubt you
think it rather a queer courtship and so
it was, so it was but it broagbt me a
dear, good wife."
Uacle Richard fell to poking tbe fire
again, and we all listeued to tbe storm
ones more.
Aa Bugllsk Herewlss.
The following story of an English peer
is going the rounds. Lord S is aa
ameteur boxsr, who prides himself upoo
his strength and dexterity in pugilism:
"Dining one day with the great banher,
ai
I
recognized the voice of Major Shorter.
He had discoiered our plans, and had ta
ken bis seat in the carriage for the par
pose of thwarting thsm.
'And so you two fools are going to be
married, and without my consent?'
'You have unjustly withheld it, Major
Shorter,' 1 said, 'and we have determined
to set for ouselves You have no right to
act towards us from such groundless prej
udices.'
Lord S bearing soae storiea
of the prowess of a farm laborer oa the
estate, at once made a note of the man'e
name and addreas. Nsxt morning his
lordship mounted his horse, and rode off
in search of the celebrated atbitte. B+
found him digging in his ganton.
"My good fellew," said tbe peer dis
mounting, and pulling off hisgleves, "I've
heard a great deal of ytor strength and
skill i let us havs a fight.''
The laborsr looked at bis visitor for a*
moment without speaking, then suddsnly
grappled with him aad lung him ever the
hedge.
"2 say ar hood oaqr,? cried Lord S
as soon as be recovered hie eeasee, "will
you do me a favor V
"What, havn'tyou bad enough yet?"-~
exclaimed tbe laborer, sulkily.
"Oh, ves, as far as I am peraonally e*h
eerned, bat please throw my horse over*
toe."
Base-baU en skaiss is the latest notion
carried out in Philedelpbie. A game hat
batn played by two riral
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