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T.i ,,!, VVKllY Batiboat Morning, At Nm. UO and Ul L.u Balle Btroi-t, (W TAIIU1.) WM. OSMAN As SOTS'H. IToprU-torH WM. OSMAN, Kditob; JOHN' J.KWKKNKY.UTY KulTim. Terms of Subscription: n Klviico, per minimi If not pia till ctul ef three mount If Bot pai'l till end f 'x nmtitlix - . . i..- flft nty Vtl'll. ,ro .Tf5 i.OO jiy viu m-i, a ,-,., u mMi'il lii ihiikts will o"1 of the rillL'l-U M I"1" ) ' tratity, I" COTT piTpaj tn.Mit nf p..M.ii;i-. These term will 1 wtrlrtly mllien-d t. TO SIAlLHL'ltSClill.KIW. Plciwc be certain th.it tl.eJ.uo mi th.i m.mo IhI.H . ., i.... t,. winch vni Imvo P on paid Tour papor iii"i"t ,,, . our iubKriptlon. If It Uu. m.t. I-- W 1 ' ... ..riinnU witllBolllllliyilll nie IT.r OWCiy. r. ....I take ent8UMcrli)crerriiriiri; n: , ,,,,,, In wMli lilllll Bllll thl met lou to Keep sum. VM . - . . . . ...I . llt.lK (U'lllt'1 tcrlbert If the latiel i w - - ftcr we UiouUl have received payment pleium uotify .1...,- kan vim tu have the . 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Lord Granville has sent a dispatch to Russia that amounts al most to a ultimatum, demanding the with diawalof the Rusilan troops, but Russia replies coolly that she lias no troops on Afghan soil, ami there will be no attack on Afghan outposts unless Russia is first at tacked. The gratifying news comes irom Egypt that Gen. Ruller and his little army have got back to Gakdul in safety Glad stone made a narrow escape from a vote of censure in the Commons on the '27th ult. f.n nf-imnt of his KirvDtlan policy, Lord Northcote's motion for uuch u voto being defeated by but 14 majority In a vote 01 5!K) uiemlcr8. But Gladstone said, with a sigh: "It Is enough." The Prince of Wales goes on a visit to Ireland, April 2d. After a round of festivities in Dublin he will sojourn In the south as the guest of the earl of Kenmore, at Killarney. Congress wound up its business by noon on Wednesday, having indeed prolonged Its existence somo 13 minutes beyond its legal life by the cheap device of turning back the clock. All the appropriation bills except the river and harbor bill were got through, so that the necessity for an extra session Is ljapplly avoided. The last act wa the . passage by the house, through adroit management on the part of Randall, of tlie senate bill to retire Gen. Grant with the pay aud title of General of the Army. The bill was promptly signed by the presi dent, who also, In prompt compliance witli Its provisions, appointed Gen. Grant to the position designated in the bill, and the sen ate as Its last act before adjournment, con firmed tho appointment. He senate-, immediately upon adjourn ment, was reconvened by priH lamation of the .president in extra session to act on Cleveland's appointments, etc. Miscellaneous. The inauguration ceremonies at Wash ington cu Wednesday were on too massive nnd elaborate a scale to admit or even nn attempt at description in these columns. It must BUffi.cc to say that tho day was beauti ful and that 200,000 strangers, besides the people of Washington city, witnessed this pngeaut Hendricks was sworn In as vice president In tho senate chamber at 13 o'clock, und then President Cleveland and President Arthur, heading a procession of tho senate and diplomatic corps, repaired to the huge platform erected at the eastern front of the capltol, ffmn which Cleveland delivered his Inaugural address and where Chief Justice Walte administered to him the oath of olllce. Cleveland is said to have spoken with ease and grace, w ithout notes, in a clear, distinct voice, but of course not loud enough to be heard by a tenth of the 50,000 people w ho composed his audi ence. After tho ceremonies onthe stand, the procession was formed, headed by the presidential party In carriages and escorted by 20,000 military in line, consisting of northern and southern troops, white soldiers and ueirro soldiers, commanded by (Jen. Blocum, aided by Gen. Lee, und so through out a Jumble of ex union and ex confeder ate oflkers. Thu oillec of the procession was to escort the new president to the White House, which done, It dissolved. The Inauguration ball in tho evening was attended Uy 50,000 people, and was tho grandest affair of the kind ever witnessed on the continent. The inaugural of President Cleveland is simply tin easy and graceful address, w 1th out any particularly striking passages or foreshadowing of the policy of Ids admin istration. 'Even the silver men are relieved to find in it no allusion to the " daddy dol lar," though they must admit that the omls clon was from no lack of courage on the part of Mr. Cleveland, who but a week ago iad given them very plainly Lit ideas on that head In tho letter from Albany ad- k dressed to Mr. Warner. Tho president si wisely concluded that the inaugural was t&no place for controversial topic, such mat- tors being appropriately reserved for form al communication with tho law making power after duo deliberation in cabinet. Public anxiety not only in New ork, hut throughout tho country, has been great ly aroused during tho past week with ref erence to the condition of General Grant. There is no doubt he is a very sick man, and his "taking oil" very probably a mat ter of a very few nioinhs. His- trouble is from a cancerous growth at the root of tin tongue, which Is steadily increasing, but which no surgery can reach nnd for which there is no euro. Dr. Douglas, his family physician, says: "He may live fora month yet, out thorn is no hope that lie will ever recover." The physicians aro not agreed whether the cancer was caused by Grant's ovifssivn siiiokitiL'. but ho has shown his remarkable will power by not touching a cigar, or tobacco in any form, since last October. CLEVELAND'S CABINET. On Thursday morning Cleveland sent to tho Senate the following nominations as members of hi cabinet: Secretary or State Thomas F. Iiayard. of Delaware. Secretary of tho I reasury Daniel .Man- rung, or iew i oik. s'eeretarv of War William C. Endicott, of Massachusetts. Secretary of tho Navy William C. Whitney, of Isew York. Secretary or the Interior L. Q. C. Lamar, of Mississippi. Postmater General William F.Vilas, of Wisconsin. Attorney General A. II. Garland, of Ar kansas. Tho expectation was that, pursuant to all previous custom, the nominations would be at once unanimously confirmed; but Rid- dleberger rose and objected to the confirma tion of Iiayard on the ground of his anti dynamitic resolution in tho Senate n month ago, and as he threatened to shame the Senato further with his indecency by making a long speech, the senate at once adjourned. Tho cabinet, substantially as foreshad owed for a week, is unijuestionably a very strong one. Its members need no introduc tion to the American people, to whom their names have been familiar for years. Senator Iiayard is undoubtedly tho fore most statesman in the Democratic ranks. Manning, who rose from u poor boy, through all the grades from printer's devil in tho ollice of tho Albany Anjus to chief editor, and then, as president of vari ous banking Institutions, became noted as an exceptionally astute nnd clear headed financier, Is an admirable man to be placed at tho head of tho treasury. Endicott, though not much known as a politician, won an honorable fame in the olllce of chief justice of his stato, as one of New England's ablest and purest men. Whitney won Ids fame through his successful light against corruption as corporation counsel of New York city, and his title to the navy portfolio by his Intimate knowledge of the conditions and needs of our navy. Lamar is unquestionably the ablest, as he is one of the purest southern men In public life, and n a recognition of the claims of tho southern Democracy no selection could have been more appropriate. Vilas is honored by all western people as Wiscon sin's favorite son a man no less conspicu ous for his purity of life than command ing talents; and A. II. Garland has won fume In a brief service In the United States Senate as one of the country's ablest constitutional lawyers. Cleveland starts out well. With such men to plan and advise with, his adminis tration can bo relied upon to make no seri ous mistakes. ILLINOIS LEGISLATURE. Tho acts and doings of tho Illinois legis lature can be summed up in few words. Friday, Saturday and Monday there were not over a dozen members present in either house, and no business was attempted be. yond at mxin of each day meeting in joint convention and going through the formali ty of voting for lr. S. senator. On Tuesday, however, all tho Democrats of both houses were present, except three Bridges and Hummel, who were sick, and Mcllule, who hud stolen off to Wash ington. About thirty Republicans were absent. As no Republican, however, is ex pected to vote for senator until the vacancy caused by tho death of Representative Logan is tilled, of course there is no need for tho Democrats to vote with a single one of their members absent; and as Mcllule will probably be absent all week, no actual vote on Senator need be looked for before next Tuesday, if then. Mean time, Morrison himself left on Tuesday night for Washington, to bo gone a week. On Wednesday, however, in the joint session, Speaker Haines concluded to change the monotony of casting a solitary voto for Morrison and voted for Richard Rishop. He said he had stuck to Morrison as long as there was any hope of his elec tion, but now that must be given up. He seemed to bo offended because Morrison had gone away without consulting him. Mcrritt replied to Raines, saying until Morrison received the entire Democratic vote his name would never be withdrawn. As the joint session dissolved, two Demo crats, Campbell (a strong Halnesite)" and llaker, got into an altercation in the house over Merritt's speech, and finally came to blows. Of course there was a tremendous uproar, but the belligerants were parted before either had Buffered serious bodily harm. The only legislation of the week worthy to bo named was the passage of a bill by the Senate, rrn, Tuesday, requiring that the pupils in the public schools shall be in structed in physiology and hygiene, with sjieclal reference to tho effect of alcoholic beverages and tobacco on the human sys tem; and ordering the bill to a third rending by the same body to elect judges In each Judicial circuit. Verymrmy of Tiik Fiikk Tiiadi.u ox changes are appealing for help from their delimiuent subscribers. This story is in variably repeated after every county, stab or national election. The average reader imagines that the campaign is a fat thing for the newspapers. -Now, tho truth is nine cases out of ten and that solitary om exception is when a candidate is liberal enough to pay for tho work which tin newspapers that supports him do fir him --campaign years are thi! very hardest tin newspapers experience. They frequently go into thecampaigii full of vigor and fight for the ticket, use up their space in th protection und advancement of the interests of some special favorites, to tho neglect of oilier matters, and they come out of the contest with a few hundred less sibserib- ers. While it is a matter of consolation to be on the side that wins, it is often found bv newspapers that tho candidate who ' gets there" is ns remiss in remembering his promises to pay us tho defeated one It has got to such a pass that with new s paper publishers ante-promises i.naccom panied by the cash are regarded with ex treme Indifference. There is not a paper in this county whose publisher hiu not on the debit side of his ledger very inmy such unbalanced accounts. This is absolutely tine of papers labeled " Demociatic " or " Republican." It is erroneously supposed that these publishers are bound to sur render their space to a whole array of a convention's nominees and tight their po litical and personal squabbles, making bitter enemies of friends and pirtrons on tho other side. Why a newspapir should lie expected to do this, and do it for noth ing, is not exactly clear to ordinary com prehension. There is no business man in the country that is so long in reaching a competence ns tho newspaper publisher. Let any other business man devote his time aud attention tu his occupation for a period of ten years und lie finds hiu self, it not aide to retire, at least in a state tf inde pendence. Nobody asks or expects liim to do anything for nothing, and he wiuldn't if they did. It Is all well enough for a paper to work for tho party when thi party is honest enough to work for it, oth'rwise it ceasesio be a labor of love. Few readers of the Furor. Tuauki may know that a son of Daniel O'ConnelJs was alive until a few weeks age, when tie pa pers announced his death. Morgan 0'Con nell, tho Liberator's second son, was a col league of G rattan's in 1S:)0, nnd lgured twice in his father's memorable controver sies. When O'Connell called LordAlvau ley a "bloated buffoon" and refused him satisfaction on nccount of tho rulo le had made after killing D'Esterre, Morgai took up the (piarrel and three shots wee ex changed, when his lordship said hi had enough. When O'Connell denounced Dis raeli as a miscreaut, a wretch and allar, and a lineal descendant of tho blasphenous thief who died impenitent on the iross, Disraeli retorted by calling O'Coniell a Yahoo, and desired that he, Ids son, ononie one would give him an opportunly to avenge the insult. Morgan prompty ac cepted the challenge, but both principals were arrested and hound over to leep the peace, and the duel was declared S. The senato passed what is knovn as the Tubb's bill, last Saturday. It proides that tho pupils of tho public schools shall bo taught from proper text books riiysiology and hygiene, with especial referoice to the effects of alcoholic drinks upon tie human ystem, and that rafter January 1st, 1880, any public school neglecting togive such instruction shall forfeit its proportion of the state school fund. Toadies are bv tho bill debarred from being graued certifi cates unless they puss a satisfactiry exam ination in the above branches will refer ence to the effects of liquor on the system. l'he bill passed the senate, Formal, Riue- hait and Seiter voting against it. "he bill was framed by Mary Allen West, pesident W. C. T. I. A bill has been introduced in tin Illinois legislature, providing that a verdie by nine or more members of a petit juryshall bo sufiicient to decide a case. Shotikithis bill become a law it will be a great stving of time to tho courts, besides beiig a vast saving of money to tho tax-paye.s. The one or two members who freipienty hung a jury through pig-headed obstinicy will have lost their occupation. A billto abol ish the grand jury system is just in much, if not more imperatively demandet. There will be a meeting of tin school teachers of Central Illinois, at Rhoining ton, on the lth and 1 1th. The citrons of liloomiiigton propose to entertain ill who notify tho local committee of their -oming. Mr. J. K. Moller, of Morris, shipied his household effects on last Monday to Dos Moines, Iowa, where he will reside in the future. The family will leave the 3rst of next week. Mr. Moller Is a very worthy man. While there he made soae fast friends who wish for him unloundd suc ln his now home. He was formerdj one of the principals cf the city schools of La Salle. Can :ny one evolve from his inter con sciousness what will be the panurount is suo In the spring campaign? Willit be fit ness or uulitness for ollice ? Will he tick et be a half -breed stalwart mugwimp-re-publiean democratic prohibition atortion, or a straight out ticket defining part lines? Will there or will there not bo a c bingo of administration? Will any of the coilldates be provided with a platform or Et? Is there to be a change of policy ? Ae taxes to be lower or higher ? Will the Iepubll- cau candidates be afraid to run uoler the .1 1 i ii ...Gn.l lil nnrtw " nnil will ttlmll rn an mlimtnrl ns to relieVn tlift neo. I banner of tho " grand old party," and will tho Democratic candidate ask his Repub lican neighbor for support? Who will rise and define tho Issue, or, If there Is no Issue, who possesses the political courage to make one ? Cleveland's Inaugural Address. Fr.r.i.ow CITiKNs: In the presence of this vast assemblage of my countrymen, I urn about to supplement and seal by the oath which I shall take tho manifestation of tho will of a great and free people. In tho exercise of their power and the right of self-trovernnient thev have committed to one of their fellow citizens a supreme and sacred trust; nnd be here consecrates him self to their sen ice. This impressive cere mony adds little to the solemn sense of re sponsibility with which 1 contemplate tho ilutv I owe to all the people of the land. Nothing can relieve me from anxiety lest bv any net of mine their interests may sut fer, and nothing is needed to strengthen niv resolution to engage every faculty und effort in the promotion of their welfare. Amid the din of party strife the people's choice was made; but its attendant circum stances have demonstrated a new strength and safety of the government by the peo ple. In each succeeding year it more clear ly appears that our democratic principle needs no npology, and that in its fearless and faithful application is to be found the surest guaranty of good government. Rut the best results iu the operation of a government wherein every citizen has a share largely depend upon tho proper limi tation of purely partisan zeal ond effort and a correct appreciation of tho time when the heat of the partisan should be merged in the patriotism of tho citizen. To-day the executive branch of the government is transferred to new keeping. Rut this is still noue the less an object of their affec tionate solicitude. At this hour the animos itiesof political strife, the bitterness of par tisan defeat, and the exultation of partisan triumph should be supplanted by ungrudg ing acquiescence in the popular will aud solier, conscientious concern lor the general weal. Moreover, if from this hour we cheerfully and honestly abandon all section al prejudice and distrust, and determine, with manly confidence in one another, to work out harmoniously the achievement of our national destiny, we shall deserve to realize nil the benefits which our happy form of government can bestow. On this auspicious occasion we may well renew tho pledge of our devotion to the (institution, which, launched .by the foun ders of tho republic, und consecrated by their pruvers und patriotic devotion, nasior almost a century borne tho hopes aud aspl rations of a great people through prosperi ty and peace and through tho shocks of for eign conflicts and the perils of domestic strife and vicissitudes. iy tue lamer oi iris country our constitution was commended for adoption as tho result ot a spirit oi am itv and mutual concession. In that same spirit it should lie administered, in order to promote the lastlmr weliure ot tlie country, and to secure the full measure of Its price less benefits to us and to those who will suc ceed to tlie blessings of our national life. The large variety of diverse and competing interests subject'to federal control, persist ently seeking the recognition ot their claims, need give us no fear that "tlie grea test good to tlie greatest number" will fail to be accomplished If, in tlie halls of na- tional legislation, that spirit of amity and mutual concession shall prevail in which tho constitution had its birth. If this in volves the surrender or .postponement of private Interests and the abandonment of local advantages, compensation will be found in the assurance that thus the com mon interest is subserved and the general welfare advanced. In the discharge of my official duty I shall endeavor to be guided by a just and unconstrained construction of the constitu tiou, a careful observance of tlie distinction between the powers granted to the federal government and those reserved to the states or to tho people, and by a cautious appreci ation of those functions which, by the con stitution and laws, have been especially as signed to tlie executive branch of the gov ernment. Hut he who takes tho oath to-day to preserve, protect and defend the consti tution of tho United States only assumes tlie solemn obligation which every patriot ic citizen on the farm, in the work shop, in tho busy marts of trade, und everywhere should share witli him. The constitution which prescribes the oath, my countrymen, is yours ; the government you have chosen him to administer for a time is yours; the suffrage which executes the will of free men is yours; the laws aud tho entire scheme of our civil rule, from tlie town meeting to the stato capitals nnd the natio nal capital, is yours. Your every voter, ns surely as your chief magistrate, under the same high sanction, though iu a different sphere, exercises a public trust. Nor is this all. Every citizen owes to the country a vigilant watch und ( lose scrutiny of it's public servants and a fair and reasonable estimate of their fidelity nnd usefulness. Thus is the people's will impressed upon the whole framework of our civil polity municipal, state and nation! 1 and this is the price of our liberty and the inspiration of our fath in the republic. It is the duty of those serving the peo ple iu public place to closely limit tlie pub lic expenditures to the actual needs of the government, economically administered, because this bounds tho right of the gov ernment to exact tribute from the earnings of labor or the property of the citizen, and because public extravagance begets ex travagance among tho people. We should never be ashamed of the simplicity and prudential economy which are best suited to the operation of a republican form of government, and most compatible with the mission of the American people. Those who are selected for a limited time to manage public affairs nro still of tlie people, and may do much by their exam Hie to encourage, consistently with the dig nity of their ollicial functions, that plain way of life which among their fellow citi zens aids integrity, and promotes thrift and prosperity. The genius of our institutions, tho needs of our people in the home life, and tlie attention which is demanded for tlie settlement and development of the re sources of our vast territory, dictate the scrupulous avoidance of any departure from that foreign policy commended by tlie history, the tradition and tho prosjierity of our republic. It is the policy of inde jieudeuce, favored by our position, and de feuded by our know n love of justice, and by our jHiwer. It is the policy of jence suitable to our interests. It Is'the policy of neutrality, rejecting any share in for eign broils and ambitions upon other con tinents, and reddling their intrusion here. It is the policy of Monroe und Washington and J efferson " Peace, commerce and hon est friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none." A due regard for the interests and pros perity of all the people demands that our finances shall be established upon such a sound and sensible basis as shall secure the safety nnd confidence of the business In-J terests, and make the wace of labor sure and 6teady, and that our system of revenue I shall be so adjusted ns to relieve the peo ple from unnecessary taxation, Laving a 4ue regard to the interests of capital in vested und worklngmen employed In American industries. and preventing the accumulation of a surplus in tho treasury to leuipt extravagance and waste. Cure for the property of the nation und for the needs of future settlers requires that tlie public domain should lie protected from purloining schemes and unlawful occupation. The conscience of tho people demands that tho Indians within our boundaries shall bo fairly and honestly treated ns tho wards of tho government, and their education nnd civilization pro moted, witli a view to their ultimate citi zenship, und that polygamy in the territo ries, destructive of tho family relation und offensive to the moral sense of the civilized world, shall be repressed. The laws should bo rigidly enforced that prohibit tlie immigration of a servile class to compete with American labor with no intention of ncquiringcitizenship and brin ging with them habits and customs repug nant to our civilization. Tho people demand reform in the admi nistration of our government anil the appli cation of business principles to public af fairs. As a means to this end civil service reform should bo in good faith enforced. Our citizens have tlie right to protection from the incompetency of public employes who hold their places solely as tho rew ard of partisan service and from tlie corrupting inlluence of those who promise, and tho vi cious methods of those who expect, such rewards; und those who worthily seek pub lic employment have the right to insist that merit and competency shall be recognized, instead of party sul s;rviency or tlie surren der of honest political belief, iu the admin istration of a government pledged to oo equal and exact justice to all men. There should bo no pretext for anxiety touching tho protection or the freedmen in their rights or their security in tho enjoy merit of their privileges under tlie consti tution and its amendments. All discussion as to their fitness for the place accorded them ns American citizeus is Idle and un profitable, except as it suggests the necessi ty for 4helr improvement. Tlie fact that they aro citizens entitles them to all the rights due to that relation and charges them with all its duties and responsibilities. These topics nnd the constant and ever- varying wants of nn active and enterprising population may well receive the attention aud tiio patriotic endeavor of all who make and execute tho federal law. Our duties are practical and call for Industrious appli cation, an intelligent perception of tlie claims ot public office, and, above all, a firm determination by united action to secure to ll l. . 1.. .. J . 1 1 1 .1... 4-..1 I 1.4'..,. an ine jieojue oi ine lauu ine iiui ui-iit-ms ot the best form of government over vouch safed to man. And let us not trust to hu man effort alone, but hunibly acknowledge the power nnd goodness of Almighty God, who presides over tlie destiny of nations, and who has at ail times been revealed in our country's history. Let us invoke His aid aud His blessing upon our labors. The Gosaipei'. El Mahdi nm I, boss of Sandy Soudan, And I hardly think a more competent man Could be found between Tennessee and Japan, To bounce the bold British Invaders. I'm a twelve-lingered, bow-legged son of a gii". I'm a prophet from way-back a child of the sun, I'm a dnudy, a lnl-luh, a durlin', a hun', I'm a red-headed ripper and raider. My followers number two million or more, And every man of 'em equal to four. They're not much for style, but .uey're dan dies for gore , They're bad men from Keshir-el-Wadlr. El Gordon I've captured, I'm happy to state; El Stewart has met his well-merited fate ; I'll butcher El Wolseley if he only wait, And Queen Vic will tliiuk luck has be trayed her. So strike, shirtless sons ot the shimmering sand, One more blow for your prophet (that's me, understand), Disembowel the Insolent infidel band! Vivisect tho infernal invader. This is Lent and the yum-yum sociable will have to take a back pew for a while. - There were many acts of patient heroism, noble, daring nnd polite gallantry born to blush unseen and waste their fragrance on the frig'd ntmcsphere during tho late snow-storm. One of these has just como to hand, ns the saying is. Some evenings ago a party of three young men, with their respective best girls, went out to enjoy a sleichimi serenade. On the return the sleigh broke down a half mile beyond the corporation line, and the young men carried tlie girls home in their arms, or, to give tlie story of two of tlie young mon, they say that they carried their girls, and that the other fellow was so small und weak ho couldn't hoist his, and so site curried him through the snow drifts. Noble girl, tliut. While attending the rink, occasionally, in tlie character of a spectator, the question has been so frequently put to the Gossipeu as to why he didn't skate, that it isdeemed incumbent on him to rise and explain. His feet are so big that he could not afford to pay for skating surface. That's the why. . The Tinas says that " a savage bull dog bit a gentleman on the west side, near the Burlington depot, Sunday. He pulled the man down and bit him severely in tlie leg." It seems that after biting the gentleman orr his west side the dog concluded the re past by making desert of the man's leg. There Is an ordinance prohibiting dogs from using up a gentleman's west side or leg in this manner, and it is just as well to have an understanding altout the matter before his dogship bites him on the south side. My friends, this is that portion of the year when The Fkee Tuapeii subscribers are apt to contract serious colds, it is well, then, for you to be somewhat circumspect and hold on to tlie winter edition of j-our flannel under clothing for a week or two longer1. So den't be in a hurry regarding tho matter, and if you take tho Gossiter's advice you may yet rise up and call him blessed. . It was a sad day for Earlville when it got uown to a ginger-aie uasis. me cue, this radical change is noticeable in glancing over the columns of tho fcathr. The papor no longer sparkles with pungent scintilla tions from the pen of its witty editor. There is an air as of a mournful reveille pervading its articles. It editorial vertebra is out of plumb, and there is a dismalness In the place where it was wont to bo so lugubrious. J. W. Turner Is practically In sackcloth and ashes, und he doesn't take kindly to cider nnd gingcr-ulo as a tonic. The ideas that he transmits to his paper are dull, Insipid and heavy, and that don't-care-lf I do-liko smile has departed, leav ing in its wake a settled melancholia. Tho young lady with whom he glodo so grace fully at the rink misses him from her side, and ho has fenced himself in from society. Tho ginger alo basis has wrought this sad change. A Lazy Man's Club has been in practical organization in tills city for some time past. Tlie follow iug mimed persons are tho prop erly constituted officers of tlie club: Win. Fowler, Pres. ; Geo. Rugg, Jus. Holmes, Ira Nelson, W. S. Hell and Jas. K. Meigs, Vice Presidents; Jas. Holmes, Keeper of tho Privy Seal; R. J. Montgomery, Sec'y.j John I). Morgan, treasurer of spondulicks; Jay Rlodgett, spiritual director for tho gang. In view of tlie close of W. E. Row man's official career, he has asked permis sion to join the club aud his application is now under consideration. The autograph of tho supervisor on a bank check in favor of the paper that he has been taking for tho past year, would balance a long-felt want just now. Verhum sup, etc. A Streator "girl telephoned to Deputy County Clerk McKeon, one afternoon re cently as to what legal steps she would be required to take to get married. J. C. re plied that the first formula necessary was to obtain a proposal. What In all the world is the matter with tho Utica iWir now ? He must have had an attack of gangrenous bile, or his liver or kidneys are out of tune, or maybe it is a mild attack of the glanders or epizootythat nils him. Last week he wrote "us" fel lows up in nil the glowing colors of the rainbow, for which there is neither time nor space or genius adequate to give a fit. ting acknowledgment. It is entirely too bad that such a bright mind is hopelessly hurled in tho sand-bars and mud-holes of L'tica. Tlie Old Democratic Clock. Editors Free Trader : We have a " staunch " democratic clock one that wouldn't run under the republican admin istration. No matter how much it was oile d or cleaned, taken apart and set up again, the obstinate clcck refused to strike; but on the day and very Jwurth&t President Cleve land was being inaugurated, the clock struck the hour appointed, and has struck every hour since up to the present writing I and no one was near it. I was about my household duties, and as soon as I heard it strike I thought, " Well, there, that is a democratic clock, and that was the reason it refused to strike." Democrat. Marseilles, March 5. 1S83. JolniHon's Cyclopii'dla. The best! The cheapest! Answers more questions than any other, and gives later and more accurate information than any of its competitors. It is a really American work and while It neither neglects nor ignores any part of tlie world, is particularly full on all subjects relating to the United States. 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