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OTTAWA PKEE TRAD Eh ; SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1875.
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TIIK LITTLE FOLKS.
Training Tlnii-.
Supper Is over,
Now fur the fun,
This i the season
CliiMreu must run.
Tiip" Is reniliur.
mivs of MiofC boys:
' 1'ruv, illil you ever
Heal- Midi a uolsel
KiJIiiir " ounieis"
Over the Jioor,
Sop! one's u squirrel
Cllmijinj; the door.
Tliero toes tbc baby
Flat oa his nose, .
Brother was trying
To tickle liis toes.
Little he minds it;
Thnmrh he would cry,
Cluinired It to laughter
As Lyn galloped hy. t
Order U nowhere,
Kun i Uio rule,
Think they nre eliiUien
.lust out Of school.
Home is their pulnre,
Tney am tho Kinxs
Let them he mnstois
Of ju.l .i few things.
Oaly one huur
nut of ull ('.;iy
Give them full liecil.mi.
Join in their J'h'y-
Do not he cruity,
I)o not forget
Vou likii to !n.ina
Sometime ilo yet.
Ilmiie wiil be sweeter
Til! lift) Is done
If vou will (five them
One hour of fun.
r.-iNSY,
VVhut blossom have you liroulit to cUy,
Lcside my pillow, de.i:-, to liiy ;
Come, let me fee my yrizi?.
A velvet pansy, )ur:;o and fair,
AV'itli petals yellow as your hair,
And purple at your eyes. , .
I tliink I Inow the Very epot, .1
Where, bordered wiUi joret-me no',, '
Tlii lovely blossom fc'rowf
We knew tha, paosy heil of old,
A swift, sweet story then! was tultl.
between blaek eyes and blue.
It seem but yesterday we stood,
K.u-h unto eaeli God's greatest t-o.i 1,
Ilcmath the morning nky!
We stood ns lovers stood, to part
(But hand from hand, not heart from l.curt),
With litigerin;; gooil-Oyc.
i '
I pon the siiow-wliite dress you v.-i.r-.-
(Jim Ido.oin, plucked au hour In fo; j '
Wliiln :-lill the dew v:H wet.
A purple iian-y, fair as this,
I took it, with your first shy 1;:;
I have that !i'lojoui yet.
We lliouu'lit our fate was hard that day,
ISut, darling, we have learned to a.iy,
' Whatever Is, is be-t."
That far-u'I parting which Is o'er,
Foretold one lotiKur, on before.
Anuiliujf which wo rest.
V.Vit us friend? and Idvym do,
K;i"li rustling tru-; heart tlirou-'u and through,
Until that parting come.
Then if you speak 1 shall not hear, 1
( elmll not feel your presence near,
Nor answer. "Deaili Is dumb.
You may bring pansies, too, that il.iv,
To spread abo e the eliseless clay,
llnl none so sweet as this;
And never on like that dear llower,
l'oo (fave me in love's dawning hour
With your shy, charming kiss.
I uriv not srlve you courage strong,
Ami help anil compel all life long,
As once I hoped to do.
Itut, love, be fer.rless, faithful, b'JVe;
The pa-isles on my quiet irrave
May bring beari's ease for vol.
Tlll.ltl; C'OMKS A TIMM.
There comis a tiuis when we trrow old,
And like a sunset down the sea,
Slope gradual and the niglil wind eohl
tonus whispering, sad und chilling!
And locks nre gray
As winter's day,
And eves of saddest blue behold
The leaves ull weary drift away,
And lips of faded coral say,
There comes u time wheu we grow old.
There conies a time when Joyous benrti.
Which leaped as leaped the laughing main,
Are dead to ull save memory.
As prisoner in Ills dungeon chain.
And dawn of day
Hath passed away,
The moon hath Into darkness rolled,
. And by the ember warm and gray,
1 hear a voice in whisper say,
There come a tlmo whoa wu grow old.
There comes u time whan manhood's prime
I shrouded in the mitt of years,
And beauty, fading like a dream,
Hath passed away In silent tears;
And then how dark!
lint oh! tho spark , : -That
kindled youth to hues of jrold,
HUH burns with clear and steady ray,
And fond affections lingering, say,
There comes a time when we grow old.
There comes a time when laughing Spring
And golden Summer cease to be, 1
And we put on the Autumn robe . " j
To tread the lust declivity, , '
But now the slope,
With rosy Hope,
lieyond the sunset we behold
Another duwn, with fairer light.
While watchers whisper' IhroHuu the night,
There tomes a time when wo grow old.? ; , 3 , ,
i J
THE WIFESJVilSTAKE.
Mrs. llxjigixij prided herself oo being one
i.f the best housekeepers. She was one of
those rapid housewives who pursue an atom
of dust us u hunter mUlit pursue a stag. No
hoM natured fiv uiiroit to buzz within her
dainty walls. .No cat puncd upon her hearth
stoiic. I 'Junta were tabooed because their
leaves would fa'!. Canary-birds were ruth
b'bsJy excluded least they should scatter Heed.
huusbini: was regarded us un arch enemy
"It brings flies, and fades the carpets," said
Mr. Jiooirood.
As lor Air. IIopHd and the children, they
lived mofe'ly in tuf Kitchen, i t
"I can't have tUe boys' muddy hoots tramp
iag over the carpets, and the girls sewing in
the parlor," said Mrs. Ilopgood. ''As lor
llopg'ol, he don't care where ho sits. One
place is as good as another where he Is con
cerned." , '
The Ilopgood family also took their meals
ia the kitchen. '
Ttc got a dining-room as nice as any
body's," s. 'd Mri. Hop;ood, "with a real car
Teo oak iue-board, with a marble top, and
ailvtr, polihhed till Ifa better than any look-lag-glai;
hut Where's the u of turning
things all upside down, Just for one's own
family ? Common crockery ware and good
bonc-bandlcd . knires ar just as good for
rery-day oae.' I
Mamtna," said Elsie Ilopgood, a cherry,
eheckeu girl of sixteen, "I should like to sit
so the parlor sometimes. ' Mrs. Montford and
her daughters use theirs every evening, and it
looks so pretty and pleasant there."
"Stuff and nooscLsel'' aaid Mrs. IIopgod,
sharply. "I keep house myself, after my own
fashion, and leave others to do the same.'
"Hut. mamma," pleaded Elsie. "I was think.
iag bow I should like to lorite all the girls
bere some evening, ana bare te. and after
ward a little daace. I're been asked out so
many times, without ever responding, that
I'm reJJy ashamed to go."
"Then yon had better slay at home," said
Mrs. HopgooJ, polishing vigorously away at
the stem of her silver -mrd receiver. "I
think I see myself, with nil the young folks
in t wn, dancing on my Brussels carpet, and
cake crumbs una melted cream daubed over
everything."
Elsie made no answer, but her countenance
fell.
"I wish mamma was like any cue else,"
she said to herself, the tears obscuring her
eyes. "1 wish she was like Kale I'nckctt's
mother, who lets her huye company every
Thursday evening. John Elton wants me to
many him. If I was married I could have a
house of my ow n and do ns I pleased."
"Motliei," said Mr. ilopgood, a week or
two afterward, w ith a troubled iace, "is it true
that our Elsie Is out walking with John El
tou, evening after evening? lie is a worth
less, dissipated fellow, nml no fit associate for
aDV girl."
"Mercy ujiot us! I don't know,"' said Mrs.
Ilopgood, with a belurbed face. "I suppose
she as with Kate I'rickett or Cl.tra Mont
fort. I'm a ureatdeal too busy with pickling
and housekeeping to run at a giddy girl's
heel tli'e whole time. Hut I'm going to com-nieut-e
cleaning to-morrow, ami then I'll war
rant I'll give her enough b do to keep her
out of mischief. ".! 1
"Mother," said Isaac Ilopgood, gravely,
"soiiU'lliiii'M I think Unit if we made home
little more attractive to our children "
"(), nonsense!" pctiilenly interrupted his
wif ' I suppose you d like us to have t'lb
leant, like Mrs. Montfort, or a magic lantern,
like the little Micfords. Otir children haven't
been brought up that way."
And MrTllixond siid no more.
. Mrs Ilopgood ii", to me her own expres
sion, "in the tliiclc of house-cleaning'' the
next day, w'r.h Ike carpel lolled into heaps,
the floors sputtered with toap.BUds, and her
herud tird up in a pocket handkerchief, when
the door suddenly opened.
"Take care of my pail of soapsuds and so
da!" cried she, shrilly. "O! as you, is it,
Ally?"
" Yes, mother, it's me," said Alexander, her
eldest sou, who had just gone Into business as
junior partner to his father. "I say do leave
oil washing a minute, and attend to me! Kv
erson's in town--niy old chum, you know-
only lor one uav, and 1 ve uskeu hun to din
ner." - : ' '' i .
"To dinner!" almost screamed Mrs. Hop-
good, dropping her brush in her cousterna
I ion. "Alexander Ilopgood, are you crazy?
Of course I can't have him to dinner. Just
look at the confusion the house is in."
"(), he won't mind that, mother. Kyerson
is a thoroughly good fellow. Just let him sit
down to pot. luck with the rest of us, aiiy
"1 shall do nothing of the sort. Alexander,"
said Mrs. Ilopgood, severely compressing her
1 1 pa. "lull know I do not approvsol you in
Viang conipuny.at any time, still less at such
a period us this. If you have been fool enough
to ask him, you may get out of the scrape tin:
best way you can ! '
"Hut, mother "
"I dou'l want any more disctissioi, on the
subject," said Mrs. Ilopgood, dabbling away
with the brush.
And Alexander went out, slamming the
door. "Hy George!" quoth Alexander Hop
good to himself, "if I can't ask a friend to my
home, there's at least the alternative of invit-
lug liitu to a hotel. I never did such a thing
beiorc, but I don't see how else I can manage."
bo poor Alexander Ilopgood entertained
Mr. Itycrsou ul the hotel, and cave an un
limited order for iced champagne and desert.
And the upshot of it was that Alexander
Ilopgood was brought in at eleveii o'clock at
ulght, by two or the w alters, hopelessly in
toxicated.
"Don't bo 'fflraid, mother!" stuttered he,
brandishing an empty bottle,&s he became dim
ly conscious ot her white, scared face bending
overhini. "Go ou with your washing! lis a
deal jollier at the hotel than it is at home.
Freedom forever! Jloo-oorny!"
"), what shall I do?" sobbed Mrs. Hop-
good, when thewalters were once more out
of the house, ami the roll ol the cab wheels
had tiled away.' "To think only think that
a son ol mine should ever disgrace himsell
thus!"
"It's your own fault, mother," said Benny,
the second son. "lou wouldn t let Alley
bring his friend here."
"Hold your tongue," sharply retorted Mrs.
Ilopgood, wincing beneath the prick of this
home truth. "Uall Elsie,- 1 a cud her help.'
"O, mcther!" pitied Fanny, tho youngest
girl, running down, stairs iu lrantic haste,
"idsle ain't here."
"Not here!"
"No, mother; she hasn't been to bed at all
and there's a note on tho table directed to
you."
"Open it, mother," said Isaac Ilopgood,
huskily. "This is a doomed night tor our
household. My God! has our home become
so distasteful looui children that they fly
from It like rats from a falling house?"
Elsie's note was short enough. It read ;
"Drah Motiieu: I am tired of living in the
kitchen. I have run away with John Elton, and
before you sue me aguin 1 chall hare entered up
on a new future. - Elsie."
Mrs. Ilopgood broke out into wild, hyster
ical sobbings.
Mr. Ilopgood read the hurriedly scrawled
paper with a face cold and set like steel.
, "llun away with John Elton!" ho repeated
slowly.1 "Poor Elsie! then God help her. For
lie Is as great a villain and scoundrel us ever
lived; and she has sealed her own doom.
Mother, mother! this comes of your house
keening." Vlt wasn't my fault, Isaac," sobbed Mrs.
Ilopgood, rocking herself backward and for
ward on a chair Into which she had dropped.
"It was your fault," retorted her husband,
almost savagely. "Vou made the name of
home a mockery to your children ; yoM shut
up your soul inside of a scrubbing pall; and
now you are reaping tho bitter harvest."
Ofcourso poor Alexander Ilopgood was (li
able to lift his throbbing head from the pit
low the next day, and hu mother never Sett
him until ulieruooti. . 5
When nt lust she Cuaie dowu utalrs, the par
lor blinds were thrown wide open, a Mood ol
sunshine streaming in, the table neatly set In
the pretty dining-room, with (lowers on the
tabic, and new hooks, games and puzzles
scattered around.
Mrs. Ilopgood gazed around w ith a bewil
dered air., She hardly knew her own home.
-V.'This is the v.y we must live hencefor
ward, mother," said her husband, cheerily.
"Let in the light and sunshine; teach Hen and
Fanny that 'home' is something more than nn
empty name, and try, in so far as wc can, to
retrieve Iho errors of our past life."
And Mrs. Jiopgooa mnteiy oowcu her
head.
"I will try, husband," she answered.
A Journal ssys that goods made entirely
from cotton are called merino, and have the
look of merino, owing to the wooly surface
imparted to them, bucu goods are sold both
la the United States and in tbespanlsh youth
American markets In large quantities, espec-
tally in the fori or men s undershirts and
drawers. To cause the cotton to resemble
wool it is scratched and the surface raised by
a particular process. A thread or two may
be drawn out and burned in the flame of a
taper; if the material be cotton it will con
sume to a light, Impalpable white ash, cotton
being a vegetable fiber; but if. on the con
trary, it la wool, and therefore an animal fiber,
it win twist and curl in the flame, ana show
a black ash, accompanied by a smell which
will speak as to its orlgla. Cotton is now so
cleverly treated that It Is frequently taken for
slik, also an animal fiber, and this simple test
is always resoi ted to when there ia any doubt
npon this point
WHAT A Y03MG MAN SAW IN A STREET
TELESCOPE.
I saw avd heard him as I was going lioire
the other evening. A big telescope was
pointing heavenward from the publle square,
and lie stood beside it an I thoughtfully in
quired :
"Is it possible, gentlemen, that you do not
care to view the beautiful works of nature
above the earth? Can it b! true tha' men of
your intellectual appearance will sordily
cling to ten cvnis rather than t ike a look
through this telescope and bring the beatitic.i
ol heaven within one and u lull milt
voor I'Vi'H V
"'
The appeal was too much. lor one yiing i
man to resist, lie was a tall young man with
a long lace, hlu'h cheek-bones, and an anxious i ()t- ujj tl rsv t . He delights in still wa
look. He looked at the ten cents and then at , u,rs j,.., eddies, ami t:ic cover of drift
the telescope, hesitating for a sintrle instant, Wo()d except that pale, lean fellow who fre
and then took his seat on the stool. Iquents the brakbih waters ot the coast, he U
"Here is a young man who per for, to feast , j roV-r n. s omuivcrous as a shark,
his soul with a sck'Utille, knowledge rather j (.rU(.i n!) fa;e, soft, slow, oily, undulating iu
than become a sordid, grasping, avaricious hi s moiloni, .cunning , crattv and greedy, tiar
capitalist,' remarked the astronomer, as he
arranged Hie instrument. "Fall buck, vou
people who prefer the paltry sum of en cents
to view the gates of paradise, and give this
noble young man plenty of room !"
The noble young man removed his hat,
placed his eye to the instrument, a cloth w as
thrown over his head, mid the astronomer
continued :
"Behold the bright star of Venus ! A sight
of this star is worth a thousand dollars to any
man who prefers education to money "
There was an instant of deep siler.ee, and
then the young man exclaimed:
"Hy gosh!"
I stood behind him and knew that the tele
scope pointed at the tilth story ot a building
across the square, where a dance was in pro
gress. "All of them indulge in fcxclamat ons of
admiration ns they view the beauties ami
mysteries of nature," remarked the t.strono
mer. "Young man, tell the crowd what you
see."
"I see a (Viler hugging a girl!" was the
prompt reply "turned if there isn't a dozen
of them!"
"And yet,'' continued the astronomer,
"there are sordid wretches in this crowd who
hang to ten cents in preference to observing
such sights as these in ethereal space. Venus
is millions of miles away, and yet by this tele
scope, and by paying ten cents, this intellectu
al young mini is enabled to observe the in
habitants of that far-olf world hugiring each
other just as naturally as they do in this!"
The instrument was wheeled around to bear
on the tower of tugiiie house No. 7, live
blocks away, ami the ustronomer continued:
"Behold the beauties and the wonders of
Saturn ! Thisslar, tothe nuked eye, appcariiii!
no larger than a silver halt dollar, and yet tor
the paltry sum ol ten cents this young man U
placed w ithin one mile of it."
"By Jerusalem and coons!" murmured the
young man as he slapped his leg.
"Tell them whatyou see, my friend."
"I see two lellows iu a small room, smok
ing cigars and play lug euchre!" was the
prompt replv.
"Saturn is 80,000,000 of miles from this
town," continued the astronomer, "and yet the
insignificant sum often cents has enabled this
progressive young man to learn for himself
that thu celestial beings enjoy themsclvei
pretty much as wo do in this worlJ. I ven
ture to say that there is not a man iu this
crowd who ever knew before that the i lhah
itants of Saturn knew anything about ejehre
or had cigar tactories."
The instrument was changed again, mid as
the interest of tiie crowd increased nn 1 Un
people bugan to press nearer, tho professor
said :
"Now behold the planet of Mars, tin sec
ond largest planet in the heavens. It s 73,
4GI,f!o4 miles from here, and appears to the
naked eye hi be nothing more tnan a ri','ht
star, and yet let this young man tell you what
he sees.''
Haifa mile up the street in the top stry of
a big building was un evening school, i The
telescope got the range of one of the winjows,
and the young man almost leaped froii the
stool as he shouted
"Hokey to alligators!" i
"It has been asserted by collego gstrouo
mcrs that the planet of .Mars is not inhab
ited," remarked the professor in quite cut-
ting tones. Some of them, pulled up with
their arrogance, have called me a swiidler.
and have abused this instrument, whicl was
constructed for me by order of the late Em
peror Napoleon at a cost of f 75,000, but let
this observing young man tell you wLat he
aces.' I
"Whetstones and whifflctrees!'' exclaimed
the young man. I
"Tell them tell them, my young ftlend,
what you see," urged the astronomer.
"There's a feller sitting on a bench beside
a girl. I saw him pinch her ear, and she hit
him with a book. Durn mr button but
she's all-fired purty!" f
"Uenliemen, l am no blow-hard," said the
professor in husky tones; "I do not wnt to
tell you what this telescope can do. You
have the word of one of your fellow towns
men, and I do not believe that any of you will
dispute him. I have been called a switdlcr,
gentleman, because I go around tho ctajntry
tearing away from astronomy the veil of mys
tery with which so-called professors, draw
ing heavy salaries, seek to cover it. Fpr the
ridiculous sum of ten cents I am givug the
public more astronomical knowledge In half
an hour than any college professor can give
you in six mouths. I demonstrate to you
that thu planet of Mars is not only inhabited
by human beings, but by beautiful girls with
red nair, ana iy stylish vounir men wearing
the best kind of store clothes."
Once more be wheeled the instrument
around. This time it got the range of the up
per story of a tenement house on the hill.
The young man had scarcely taken a glance
inrougu me tube when he yelled
"Great guns! But what planet is this?"
"lou are looking at I'ranns," replied the
proiessor. "i ranus is y7,nuvl04 miles dis
tant Irom the earth, and yet I warrant that it
doesn't appear over eighty rods away to you.
Will you bo kind enough, my friend, to tell
mis crowci wuai you see? '
"Give it to him! Whack him back I Go
In, old woman!" shouted "the young man,
siappiug one leg ana then the other.
"Speak up, my friend. What do you see?"
"That's it! Got him by the hair nowl I'll
bet Oily to one that she'll lick!"
"Won't you be kind enough, my fricnJ, to
nuay me curiosity oi your iriends?'
"hoop! that's it; now she's got him;
puruesi lamiiy light I ever saw!" cried the
young man as he moved back and clapped
ma unuus.
i ne proiessor covered up ihe Instrument
slowly and carefully, picked np and unlocked
iMiuri wnicn nan oeen lying near his feet,
auu nu n nouijr aaiu :
"Gentlemen, will vou cause, h
raenl. hen a man tell you after this that
the planet orSaturu is not inhabited, tell him
that you know better that it Is not only In-
uauut-u, uu m.ti me uiarricn couples up incre
uaiciimu; ujjirn me same as they uo In
this mundane sphere.
In about len minutes I will be ready again
to explain the wonders and benuiir r n.
sparkling heavens to such of you as prefer a
million dollars' worth of scientific knowledge
u ivu teuis iu tiic uross. jieanwhiif, per
mit me to call your attention to mv cHebra
letl tooth ache-droDS tho oulv rw-rfert rnniK
dyyt-t Invented for aching teeth!"
Ana yet 1 have reason io believe that the
proiessor was earnest, honest and sincere
Jd. yfif," in the Urophie,
CATFISH
'I lie ( lutriK U-r and
I iiiihiiH or n I'iini-ioiluv
At1"' l
i ron, tho NUw!ric.,.Ti,M.
From the bull pouts of the brook, up to tho,
:r
it wolfish, n compact chain, witu
wolltlsh, n compact cnaiii, wiiu no,
mlssiiiL' link, connects the great tamiiy oi
cat li.slies. Why cat fish, we shall presently
M-e. His favorite seat and homestead is, un
doubtedly, Ihe iuland sea of the Mississippi,
but he can live anywhere, and in point of
tact docs live every where. His services are
iinllspcnsib'.o and his adaptation to his busi-ni-si.
net feet, lie is found ill the rivers of
lAsia. and bus relatives liviua in
the North
seas, lie range
i-s the waters as widely as man
d. l'imehnlu t'utus is a true
. .ilt! j.luj
(.0smonolitan -in fish society. He is the sly
, , . f kind forms his diet, and doubt
less his little, beady eyessparklo with delight
when he chances upon n particularly odorous
bit ofi'..
The first rule of the cat-fish philosophy is,
that there is nothing which it is impossible
io swallow. No cat tish is in good standiug
among his fellows unless he can bolt his own
weigiit in moat and bones without winkiug
or stretching his neck, lie is impudent and
brave, resisting capture with the greatest de-
i termination, dies slow aud dies game. He
never takes his prey with any ot the switt,
fierce eagerness of "the trout, pike or bass;
there is no dash, no dun about him. Ilo ap
proaches the bait deliberately, clasps it in his
vice-like jaws, and moves away so gently at
first, w ith such a soft strain upon the line,
that you are in doubt whether he is fastened
or not. Ho is loth to exert his Immense
strength mid will not do so until he finds
himself firmly hooked. Then he rouses
himself, aud struggles with a stubborn, angry
courage, quite In coi'trast with the fright and
terrorof other game fish.
He is, among lish, what the owl is among
birds, very wise, very still, very independent,
and always hungry. Though a night-prowler
by profession, he is very much in tho habit
ot lunching at all boms of the day. lie bus
no scales, his skin is softer thau satin, as
smooth as ivory, ami his whole organism
the perfection of elasticity, compactness and
strength. You never see him idly frisking
about nor spending his time in foolish gam
bols. Ho never flirts himself out of the wa
ter, even wlieu seeking his prey, much less
from any nonsensical ambition to show his
agility. " lie hugs the ground closely, avoids
swift currents, or, when in them, seeks the
eddies and tin: shelter of the rocks at the bot
tom; winds in and out along the shoie,
solemnly, mysteriously, stealthily, always on
the lookout for something to swallow, yet
never disappointed If he finds nothing.
Though always graceful in ins movements,
bis geueral appearance carries with it the
impression of a laughable mixture of cuu
niug, malevolence and drollery. He is a wag,
a rogue, a tyrant, a glutton.
He i-oinetinies attains the weight of 200
pounds, and then he is as ugly a customer as
one could wish to see. His head is as wide
as a road-scraper aud pretty much the same
shape. His ponderous jaws set together like
a steel trap, and, when out of water, his eyes
have a vicious, metallic luster which they "re
tain till he lias breathed his last gasp.
Tho poetical ju-:tice of being swallowed
by another fish, has never been meted out to
the cat-fish. The three poisonous thorns
which stand out lrom his body, one at eaeh
side and one above, nH'ord him ample pro
tect ion. Altogether, the cat-fish is a very
queer fellow, a fellow ot infinite originality
and humor. If you ever have an opportunity
to observe him in his native element, you
will find lii man interesting study. You will
never find the great leviathans ot the fish
market id water clear enough for an observa
tion, but tho smaller members of the lamiiy,
the horued pyut of tho brook, for instance,
you may often see. His palpi droop grace
lully over his muzzle, not unlike a moustache,
and as he moves leisurely about, the almost
incredible phenomenon of "tho tail that wags
the dog," is clearly illustrated; for the tail of
tho cat-fish certainly does wag his body. He
seeks no companions, is the most self-contained
of all the fishes, yet is no misanthrope.
He delights in punching his broad nose un
der chips and sticks, and sometimes a merry
freak wiil siezo him all at once, and hi will
double himself up, seem to touch his nose
with his tall and bend himself into scollops L
In the very exuberance ot bis muscular elas
ticity. Then away he goes again, wagging
his head at all the other fishes, seeking, with
all his wjntcd and industrious solemnity, for
something to swallow.
As au article of diet, cat-fish meat is popu
lar in western hotels, whero it figures as
"baked trout." It is dauby, but (hen it is
cheap nothing so cheap. The supply is in
exhaustible and the price unllorm never
any cheaper or any nastier at one season than
another, Boiled, it makes a very good salve
or poultice. His general utility In life de
tracts from his acceptability in death with
many people. As a standard dish, he ranks
a little lower than hash, a little higher than
rat pits.
A poor man with an empty purse came one
Jay to Michael Fcncbcrg, the godly pastor of
seeg, in iiavaru, Bnu begged three crowns
thai he might finish his journey. It was all
the money Feneberg bad, but he besought
him so earnestly in the name ot Jesus, in the
name of Jesus he gave it. Immediately after
he found himself in ereat outward need, and
seeing no other way of relief he prayed, say
ing: j,oru, i lent i nee three crowns ; I hou
hast not yet returned them, and Thou know-
est l ow I need thein. Lord, I pray Thee give
them back." The same day a messenirer
brought a money-letter, which Oossner, his
assistant, reached over to Feneberg, saying:
"Here, father, is what you expended." The
letter coutaicetl 2X thaler (about $1G0,)
which the pour traveler had begced from a
rich man for the vicar, and the childlike old
man, in joyful amazement, cried out: "Ah,
dear Lord, one dare ask uotlnng of Thee, for
straigntway inou mittest one leel so ailnm.
edofit:'
How to CoMPt TE Interest. The follow
ing method for computing inserest is coin
iiuuu.-i, nun iuj oe lounu a convenient
method :
Four percent Multiply the principal by
the number of days, separate the right hand
figure from the product and divide bv nine.
Fivo per cent. Multiply by number of
uays aou umoe oy seventy-two.
Six per cent. Multiply by number or days',
separate right hand figure and divlJe by six-
r.lEfct per Cent. Mullinlr hv nnmrwr nf
dars ana divide by lorty-Dve.
iSine per cent. Multiply by number of
days, separate right hand figure and divide
uy iur.
Ten per cent. Multiply bv nnmlif r of divs.
and divide by tbirtv-six.
Twelve per cent. Multinlv bv number of
uuys, separate ngui nana cgure and divide
by three.
Fifteen per cent. Muttinlr bv number e-f
uays anu umoe oy twenty Tour.
Eighteen per cent. Multiply bv number
.1 I . .
of days, reparate right hand figure and divide
oy i w o.
TwenfT m-r rent Muhtnlv lir nnmhrr t
i ft-. . . . v J "
uays ana uiviae oy eighteen.
The coming man is he who owes you.
How to Meen .V Iieovery
Frank Buckland has an essav in Land aud
Water on the "Best way of getting asleep aud
L- i,i.,,t n ir un " u-liW'li ,,1'ti.r rtimlilinir Ml'r.mul
with dilfusivo i.umo'r, closes with a aiigges.
. a ,iltI(. 8hckinK pf.riana. which may
d b M ol, .
1 now venture to suggest u new but simple
remedv for want of Bleep. O males in anv
form, even the liquor opisedai, chloroform, j
will leave tracTs ot their Intluenco theiiexii
mi-ruing. I therefore rescrlbe for lnyself.aud
have frequently done so for others onions;!
simply common onions raw, but Spanish on-,
ions stewed will do. Everybody knows ;.he
taste of onions; tins is due to a peculiar, es
sential oil contained in this most valuable
root. Tne oil has, I am sure, highly sopujiric
powers. Iu mv own case they never lad. It
1 am much pressed with work, ifud I tool I
shall not sleep, I eat two or three bttull on
iocs, and the effect is magical.
Onions me also excellent thiugs to eat
when much exposed to intense cold. Mr.
Parnaby.Troutdale, Fishery, Keswic, informs
me that collecting saIu.oii and trout eggs iu!
winter, he finds that raw onious enable-him!
and his men tu bear the ice aud cold of the.
semi-frozen water much better than spirits,;
i.i r. Tl.ii relii- pvoedlt ions ftlK'lllu
"V ' , , ntOIw
F'inallv. if a person cannot sleep, it is be-
cause tho blood is in the brain, not in the
stomach; the remedy, therefore is obvious,
call the blood down from tho biaiu to the
stomoch. This is done by eating a biscuit,
a hard boiled egg, a bit of bread aud cheese
or something. Follow this up w ith a glass of
wini or milk or even water, and yon will
sleep, an! will, I trust, bless the name of the;
writer.
Women who Never Wnsli,
A Spizza correspondent of the Loudon
Standard writes: "Those of your leaders
who have travelled in Spain have certainly
remarked the dirty stripes on the necks of
the lovely senoras ; no devout Spanish wo
men dares to bathe without tho permission
ot her c mfessor. This aversion to cleanli
ness has come forward from the time of the
anchorites Sadinus, i'achomins, Besarion, and
othtr saints of the desert, aud indeed whole
sects of that epoch condemned all ablutions
as beatheui.sh, and were lauded because they
wore their clothes so long that they rotted to
pieces and fell oil them, or becaus their skins
became as "pumice-stone from the crust of
dirt oil it. The superstition that cleauiug
the body soils tho soul exists this day among
tho women of those Christian nations w ho
have long carried on couflicts with the Mo
hammedans, on whom the Koran enjoins fre
quent ablutions. Atemaio jjuiganan is per
...!o...l t.. ......I. 1. . .7 I :, . .1
lumen iu i nan i-ui v mux 111 i.ci iiiu uu i lie
ilny before iier wedding;
Sclavonlan lamilies the
and in most South'
,r.,.. , ,.,.,,!,. .,, I
lowed to bathe, tho
.iijf tu
women
rnover. I recall:
with a shudder tho interior of tho Moiiteue-!
K'i" nuts, niieiiii woiiil-ii ouereii mo wine1
she always dipped her fingers into it, tho same j
fingers which had just been engaged in the,
i. ... . Wl - . .1 l . -
chase on her children's head, or which had
been gently scratching tho pig, the pet of the
family, which are always addressed by en
dearing names. The adults squat or lie down,
the children tumble about iu the liquid man.' m
ure which covers tho lloor of tho hut, and!j3
many women i.rj blear-eyed in consequence'
o: tho creosote causeu by the smoke, which
can only escape through the door. Tho Prin
cess Milcna, as I should have said, forms an
exception.
Yesterday afternoon a sweet faced woman
with the smile an angel and a voice softei
and sweeter than tho sound of flutes upon
the water, was walking up Fifth street. Shel
was walking very slowly, enjoying tho cool
autumn breezes, and the delicious shade ol
those maple trees jusl below Division street.
Her languid motions were the perfection of
grace, aud she was the admiration of every
pair of eyes on the street, when suddenly she
threw her parasol over the steeple of the
church, yelled till she rattled tho windows
in the parsonage, jumped up as high as the
fence three times, and whooped and shrieked
and wailed aud howled aud kicked until ev
ery body thought she had suddenly become
insane. But when they ran up and caught
hold of her and poured water on her head and
$15 bonnet, and shook her until she quit yell
ing and began to talk, they found that one of
those green worms about an inch long, had
dropped from the maple leaves and slid down
her back. And they didn't wonder that she
yelled and made a fuss about it. Burlington
Haicketjc.
Fly-Catching lUta.
From the Newhnrgh Telegraph.
Air. U. IS. Udell, at bis hotel on Front St
is the happy owner of a fly exterminator,
which tor thorough work is unsurpassed by
anything we have ever seen. Iu one of the
wiudows, fronting on Front street, where
samples of his wares are occasion i.ly shown.
a rat begau several weeks since u nuke slvj
visits, and secured a good meal a tieti as he
came by catching the many Mies which are
on the panes of glass. He grew very expert
at it, and though at first quite shy, soon be
came emboldened wheu he found he was not
disturbed in his foraging expeditions, and
would pursue his business not ia the least in
timidated by spectators who were onlvsep
arated from him by a pane of glass. He ob
tained entranco by gnawing a hole through
the wooden base, coming from below. For
weeks he has pursued his fly-hunting business
undisturbed. Un Sunday one of the waiters
discovered him in the act of introduciug a
friend or member of his family to his forag
ing ground. Ihe new comer was very shv
aud would only put his head through while
the old habitue tried to coax him in the win
dow. He would catch a fly, gravely hand it
to his lnend, who would as gravely eat it,
and look for more. By degrees he lost a little
ot his fear, walked out, and soon because an
expert in the new business, hither one or
both may be seen elm ist any day by any one
who may be patient enough to wait for their
appearance a short time. It is certainly a
very novel sight, and well worth a few min
utes' time to see.
An Ingenious acamp in Philadelphia l'
possession nf acomplete suit of clothes tLe,
other day, by calling at a dwelling house
a id informing the lady that her husband, who
was a wholesale grocer, had fallen Icto a hogs
head of molasses and needed a change of rai
ment- His story was false, and the explana
tion that followed the husband's teturn in
the evening caused amusement and anger
mingled In equal proportions.
F.D.SWEETSER,
Deakr in and Manufacturer' Aitent
lor all the heat
Farmiflg Implesients
SWda ai4 W rap plot Paper In the country,
OTTAWA, - - ILLINOIS.
IF" It-rhral crjh prlw pM for all kinds ofSe-da, A fuU
la or raper Uaf at SaMtacturer'a Price. autfU
LMK K.niiIN1l ANUFHKICH
r aTAl'lONAKV-plalnandlntaiatrd at
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OSVAS HAl'KSI
(ffattiagc jFartoti).
CJA-lillLAUIC FACTOIIV.
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No. 57 Columbus Street,
All Styles of Carriages, Buggies,
Sl'IilM! 1V.U10XN, Sc.,
Constantly on Hand nml Made to Order.
Thi-y do their own wood anil Iron work, trh'4 uwurtn
heller nd ciieupcr wurk limn m.y oilier e, ;di' aiio,, line
tlinclty.
Impairing neatly siul promp'.ly u.-ii.-, i-!tia vin low
H. W. JOKSEJ
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.HOSE IN WANT OK
Good lamanes, 'J! aid Open JiucfWK,
Slide
Sent lluKitle,Twonefttecl open Implied, Dcmot-rnt Woi)
Sulkies, &c, chii flml tliem at t!:ia Kaetery, all of Ain,rn
wuiAAef the V'tiii-if" in' ami In tli mm. nw'"ir ityiti
(HilIHIAfl. Al.i II -ln.i. J r.,..,u i,u i. m i.-w ib.
ii,n mi4ki" in nnUr -.'-
unite I. lU-imlrinK done
promptly Palntlnir.Trlmmlui, Wood and Iron Work.
Ottawa, March 18. lfll.
O'JTAWA
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(ycl XVl clCf Q JT 9.C lOFV ;
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Otrz' sc Porter,
I'KOI'KIKTOKS,
Manufacture and keep conntan'.ty on tmnd the varloua
styles ol oaa and two foaled I'liietonB. ltockawayft, binsle
and DouhleiluaioeM, wnh or without tops, and the various
tvlr-ot beuioci at aud Sprtiitf Waoim called lor lu tills
market.
We also manufacture a Jump and Slide Seat, wnlch for
npatnesi and convenient: an a one or two-eated carrhice
l uii'iirpawprl hy any yet Invented. Our work U atrlctly
KliiST CLASS and lully warranted. Orders aollclted.
jr end fur catalogue aud price list.
J. G. OAT.
Nov.31.lBTI. B. 8. POUTER.
OTTAWA CENTRE
Wagon and CarriageManufactsry,
JOHN D. VETTE, Prop'r,
On Superior Street, near the old "Fox
River House.
Ha1ns Introduced many Important Improvement In hla
establishment, mafclnu It (lie lament and mot com
plete In the elty, the underatfrned Invite I arm
, era and other deslrlnx uew wagont or
Old ooes repaired, or wlnhiug
Flue Family Can-lane, Hukr-Ic, rhmtons and
Democrat Waif-uua,
or anything In his line, toelvehlm a call. All work war
ranleU and price that dtfy conipeUtlon.
Ottawa, May 15th. 1SI5. JOHN I). VETTE.
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OTTAWA, IlIS.,
Is the Only German Paper
In La Salic County,
Also between Chicago and Davenport, and
therefore well adapted as an
ADVERTISING MEDIUM.
PHE8COTT,
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Manulactarer of and dealer la
BOOTS AND SHOES.
A U kind of vork done to order.
A Go.yi Fit Warranted.
Repairing Seatl) Done.
Orer S;a? ft Ctamt'i Sat Store,
On La Salle Street
Ottawa, November lt. l3.
Co?it)MKHH wim, finn it pn-at
ab: to eel our price before wrfrrui tehere.
O.SJM.V HAP KM AX.
Stationer, lumen a Bookarller.
Weat o(Um Conrt Hoaacotuwa. 111.
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