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The Mountain Signal.
Publlshod Evory Friday.
MT. VERNON. - KENTUCKY
SCHOOL-HOUSE ON THE HILL.
On a windy height of u country roari,
The stood. In teeth o' thoWnst;
Summer and winter It thiverud unit croaked,
In tlm wildest gulo that liurtled past.
Summer and winter, its front to the ncrth,
Unshuttered l.y trees from cloudless sky;
"While tho urchins played in sand or snow,
In track o' the wheels, as teams went by.
The clumsy old blackboard, the rusty stove,
The whittled benches, tho traps forllics.
.And thu books on tho master's inky desk
I see them all when I shut my ejes.
AVo lived in n world of our school-days then
"I'm up r.t tho head! I spelled that way!"
Ro proud of our victories, wo could faco
The Otfro of Composition Day!
And wc learned (to bo suro wo learned) to
Ciphered our sums, or wc felt the rule,
And spoko a piece in our starchiest clothes
When trustees came to visit tho school.
Like the gladiators in brave, old Home,
Soldiers besieging a 'leaguered town,
Wo stood In tho ranks of tho spelling-school
Till the fatal word had knocked us down.
Of course wc grew older, and quite of course;
Wc rhymed u verb to tho gentle dove,
Had it mood or tense? Ah ! our skies were blue
So was our Ink us wo played at love!
Uncuitnlncd tho windows, with maps between,
Of countries, peoples, vague und dim,
Tho Caliph of Ungdad v. e better knew,
Wo had often walked the streets with him.
And wo climbed Jack's Beanstalk every day;
Danced while the fairy godmother led.
What delicious fright vthen the grim wolf ato
Tho dear, little maid with hood of led!
What was tho dizziest Alp to tho slide,
Risking our necks on tho Hying sled:
Or the court of kings to tho beechy wood,
When thu trees their wealth of nuts had shed!
Wo longed for old Sinbad's diamonds and gold,
And all the treasures that pirates hido;
Wc knew tho secret, tho scsamo spell, t
And tho magic door for us How wide.
O wonderful glamour of childhood days,
With all of thulr innocent make-believes;
Peopled by fairies and" giants a ha.e
Of magic carpets and forty thieves !
Wns there over a glen like our hemlock dell?
Red berries grow by its tinkling rill ;
Or ever such talcs of wonderful times,
While hours Hew by with delightful thrill?
When tho master rapped with rule on tho sash,
Wo know the signal to call us in.
"The school is dismissed," they wero wclcomo
And out wo rushed with u headlong din!
Smile, if it plcaso you, at ways,
Tho lessons we learned hnvo sorved not ill,
We've a smile and u tear for days,
Tho diar, old up on tho pill 1
Wh.culcshtis and life are over at la
. ItuKio Hud us
Wnt MblUT ktf.w.iin'T MW,
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A GAIMNT DEI
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Mado by a Party of Whites Whou
Attacked, by Indians.
'sniliilsrrnpo of tho Great Indian Uprising
in illluiicnotii A Nlntt Days' Stugo
IZOn the morning of August 18, 18G2. as
1 was carrying a pail of milk from thu
cow yard .to tho house, on tho farm of
William Miller, seventeen miles from
New Ulm, Minn., 1 saw a covered
wagon coming across the prairio as fast
as two horses could pull it. I handed
the pail into the house, called to Miller
and his wile, and by tho time wo wero
out of doors tho wagon had stopped at
tho gale. It was a vehicle belonging
to a man named Saunders, living about
nine miles away, and lie his family
wore inside. Wo had not yet reached
tho gate when ho shouted:
Fly for your lives, the Indians are
on the warpath!"
llo would have driven olV with
that, but one of his horses fell
down in tho harness from exhaustion,
Tliero was Saunders, his
wife anil four children, and I never
saw people so broken up. It was fully ten
minutes before wo could get their
storv in a shano to understand it. The
Sioux rebellion, which many pioneeis
had predicted had broken out at
last. Foi tho past three mouths wo
h'.ul noticed a change in the demeanor
of the Indians, some of whom called
at tho house almost daily. Tlioy hail,
become impudent and threatening,
and many of tho older settlers
wero beeoiuinir alarmed. Sorno would
have given up their farms, but there
woro a few smart Alecks who rode
about tho country saying there was no
dtinor and that tliero wore enough
soldiers in the forts in the Stato to
thrash all tho Indians jn tho West.
These men wore, as two afterward
found out, interested in the sale of real
estate, and of course they did not want
any sensational reports sent East. But
for tho civ.il war then raging there
would have been no uprising of tho
Indians. Uncle Sam had Ids hands
full in tho South, and hundreds of our
young men had enlisted to light tho
Saunders had rocoived warning at
.drylight from a settler on horseback,
'whoso whole family had
ercd. He was a toamster.d his
viigon then contained it, part i load
oi stores which ho was hauling out to
a storekeeper In a new settlement.
Ho had unloaded some of the stttil'aud
Hung in household goods and provisions,
and had driven at such a pace
as to exhaust one of Ids hor.o. Miller
and his wife wore Germans, cool
and phlegmatic. Their all was invested
right there. While they knew that
trouble avus at hand, they did not want
to abandon every thing at a move
alarm.' We had three horses in the
stable, and Saunders begged hard .for
one to take tho place of his exhausted
beast. IIo was bound and determined
to got on, oven if he had to go on foot,
and Miller consented to let the horse
go. While ho was being harnessed in
Saunders asked us to throw out come
of tho merchandise and lighten tho
vehicle. We took out four kegs of
powder, about 0110 hundred pounds of
lead, fifty pounds of shot, three
shot-guns and some groceries,
and the horse wa3 no sooner in tho
traces than Saunders drove elV at a
"Well, what shall wo do?" asked
Mrs. Miller, as we stood looking after
"Stay and tight," replied the husband.
1 was then a boy of sixteen, and had,
been with tho Millers over a year.
There was never a day but that some
of the Sioux came along, iund in many
instances they had eaten of our food.
Miller did not question the uprising,
but ho did not think it as serious a
matter as it turned out to be, and with
true Dutch grit he proposed to stick.
Wo went into breakfast, ato as heartily
as usual, and when we wero
my eniploj'cr said:
the house. Avitli
"Now we will got ready for the Indians."
As wc went out doors wc saw three
columns of smoke in different directions,
showing that the murderous redskins
wero at work. Miller had one
hundred and sixty acres of land, almost
every acre as level as a lloor. We had
just finished building a milk-house
over a spring, about three hundred
feet from tho house. Around the
spring was about two acres of broken
ground, underlaid with rock, and we
had blasted out suflicient of this to lay
up tho walls of the milk-house. Miller
was a stone mason by trade, and his
work had been well done. The house
was pretty large being eighteen by
twenty-four inside the walls, and the
walls wore perhaps n foot thick. The
rrf liti1 lnmi nlnnl'fiM i 11 d flmn irwlflswl
lUUi II4HI Mtl JMillUYl'it til Hi. 111111 OUUULM)
and, the (W of heavy pi auk. The
pi AuvdSvoV Wiko a oj?ipitnl"teort, and
Mo fevvrying hit olt giWnft Vg
cd 11 crowbar to iiiaRo loopholes in
the walls. In the course of an hour
ho drove five or six, and then he bored
two in the door with a big auger.
Wo carried in all the provisions in
the house, followed by tho clothing and
tho bedding. While wo worked we kept
our eyes opened for signs of Indians, but
it was eleven o'clock before wo saw
them coming. Thoy were not more
than a mile away whou we retired to
our fort and barricaded the door. All
the live stock had been turned loose
and driven away, while the fowls wero
ilying about on tho prairie. Tliero was
very littlo left in thu house, and tho
worst they could do was to burn it.
When we shut ourselves up 1 missed
two of the kegs of powder, but to my
query us to what had become of them
Miller made no reply, except by a laugh
He had been working by himself all tho
forenoon, digging holes and running
trenches, but I had been loo busy to
notice what ho was up to.
There wero thirty-two mounted Indians
in the band which came up, and
among them they had livo fresh scalps.
Evory 0110 had plunder of some sort
from the settlers' cabins, and two or
three appeared much the worse for
liquor. They had probably seen us
enter the milk-house, for they rode
right up to tho cabin without
fear. Wo could see thorn very
plainly, and among tho gang
we picked out several who
had ofton.beeii supplied with food and
ammunition. Tlicro were yells of rago
from those wvho dismounted and onto)
ed the house to find it stripped, but
pesontly a council was held in tho 0110
bir room. After a fow minutes an In-
round tho corner ot
iwmto rag lieu 10 a
stick, and avIiou lie intdwuved it a foAV
times ho called out UiivtJj0 wanted a
"talk." Miller shouted to hhn to come
on, and ho advanced to Amhin fifty
feet of tiio fort before- he stopped and
"All como out. Indians nd hurt
"Is thoro Avar?" shouted Miller
"No war no Avar... Young inbnlgot
drunk and rule around, but no war,
Indiansall like Dutchman."
"If Vou liko us. then ro iiAvay :vnl
leave us alone!" r.liouted Miller.
"Will you como out?"
"Then avo burn houso and kill.
Tho Indians ware- too anxious tj
at their. bloody work to "vVJ
timo in parloyiiiir. Tho nicssfl
no sooner under sholter thnnl
began to howl and whoop,
some opened tiro on us from tho windows,
others mado preparations for a
bonfire. In about ten minutes tho
house was on i$and, the Indians
crowded togtloi;c)n the far side. It
was 11 log Inmsl'.Qml the roof fell in
before tho Mdo were hardly ablaze.
The slight wind blow tho smoke and
sparks directly over' us, so that, we
could not see livo foot. The Indians
continued to yoll and dance for a time,
but suddenly there was a terrific explosion
and a dozoli sirroams of terror.
I was looking into tho smoko cloud.
which now and then lifted for an instant,
and I saw the burning logs of
the house scattered to the four winds
by tho explosion. Miller knew the
reds would set tho building on fire,
and he had placed one of tho kegs of
powder where it would do tho most
good. Wo counted livo Avarriors killed
or disabled by the explosion, and Miller
killed two" others before the crowd
got out of range. Tho house aviis tho
best shelter from which to worry us,
and they had lost by destroying it.
Tho strength of our fort could be seen
at 11 glance. TJ10 Indians AVro wise
enough not to attempt a rush, and the
whole party vcrc also impatient to
push on to other scenes. Six or eight
more arrived soon after the explosion,
and presently wo saw them making
ready to move oil'. A general volley
was tired at us, the Avar whoop Avas
sounded, and tho brief siege was raised.
It Avas half an ho.ur before avo ventured
out, and not an Indian was in sight.
Wo could, however, sea 'all columns of
black smoke yhiehcverAviiyAvo looked,
and it was plain that the Avholo section
was in the hands of the Indians. We
could not at first make out why they
had left us, but Miller soon concluded
that they knew what they Avero about.
Wc had no means of escape loft to us.
The savages Avero on every side, and if
avc attempted to Iciia'o the neighborhood
we should fall into tho hands of
some of them. It aviis quito safo to
leave us tliero whilo they pushed on to
butcher the defenseless ones.
An hour after dinner avc Avero joined
by three young men who had been hiding,
dodging and traveling since the
eA'ening before, and who hud come a
distance of twenty miles. Thoy Avero
bachelor homesteaders, and all had
rilles, revolvers and plenty of ammunition.
It Avas n Avelcomc addition to
our part', for avc now felt that avc
would havo to stand a siore. Mrs.
no ono co
,'.! r .,
Ol.-V W ,lf
it out tho pots" and kettles.
1 '"-' CK'.
blS I I H .
inner ou 11 lire in the open
was estcm 3.1(0 bogap
Torino iWnze;. rrtirk.
r stirred infoc.ikey. ao(-
jftlt into jugs, and before
mil food enough to last a
dozen men a Aveok. Meanwhilo the
rest of us had not been idle. Some
largo poits Avero sunk in tho earth
the door, leaving space enough for
only ono person to come in at us at a
time that w;jy. Four more loopholes
wero made in the Avails, and then tho
planking of tho roof aviis loopholcd
by moansof tho auger in at least
twenty places. I now siiav Avhat Miller
had boon up to the day before. IIo had
put in no less than threo powder mines
in the vicinity, running a slow match
to each one. Tho only coA'er the
Indians could havo in tho neighborhood
Avas ill the rear of tho fort. Avlioro
avo had Vjiied tho rock. Wo had left
a big lioleVwjiich wns a natural rille
pit, ana our loopholes did not command
it. They AA'ould be sure to occupy
this place, und tho men prepared a
.torpedo holding fifteen pounds of powder,
and hid. "It under the rocks and
dirt on the brink of tho pit. A trench
aviis then dug to and under tiio Avail of
tho milk house, and In' 'moans of
of poAvdcr was laid.
id been filled in again
e told that it had been
ready as Avp could bo at
tho sun avhs just going
down AvncTf 'i 1 siiav tho Indians ap
yfti that timo more than
three thouViuiusottlorshad been butchered
or driven from their homos, and,
tho Avar Avhich was to sweep over an
extent of country two hundred miles
long and lyktyhroad, and alarm thirty
thousand syRfi, had opened in all its
fioreenoss. ' The band Avhich hoav
approached t ntimbired only sixtoen
Avarriors, and its soon as thoy saw our
strength theyfirod 11 few shots at long
rango amlf'flKYd on to tho east. At
dark avo ouHd the fort, arranged the
goods and JBivisions to give us all tho
r r v .. . -
room i)ossii)?;anil by unit by turned
in 10 sloop whily one man
Avatch. TIiHsJaus Miller.-
ono or tlio yl
o'clock ho qn
number of J
was loft on
IIo aviis to
and then call
ijt men, out at oiovcn
y aroused tho garrison
ho news that a largo
ans Had nrnved. Wo
l'il.r Iwtfmv lwmirr mnrlr.
..,n www.w ...n .....WW
fort aviis boing closely
iilos, When avo had
10 nluirs from the
U 'ha and hoar them
largo numbers. By
t,:i number of them on
Iioav to burn us out.
rom Minor avo toou
the muzzles througU tho loopholes
in tho planks, and at another signal till
fired. Wo killed or AVoundod two
by tho volley, unStho others
hastily departed. Half an hour later
tAvo or threo of tho reds crept up to
the barricado in front of our door Avitli
arms full of light Avood and started a
fire. The posts Avere only half sea-
soned, and all that afternoon I lmdl
kept them Avot with water. Thoy
charred a littlo under the llamcs, bud
tho lire Avould not take hold. From
the number of Indians Ave could see,
and to judge by tho yells of those out
of sight, our enemies numbered at
least fifty. After trying us Avith liro
they drew oil' to wait for daylight, and
tlio most of them probably Avont to
When daylight camo our enemies
Avere re-enforced by a baud of twelve,
and these newcomers brought "with
them tAvo settlers' teams and Avagons
and threo prisoners. Two of tho prisoners,
a man and woman, Avero killed
soon after coining up. I kncAV the
man. He lived about eight miles iiAVivy,
and had frequently called at our house.
The third prisoner aviis a settler none
of us knew. About an hour after daylight,
the Indians sent him forward Avith
a white Hag to demand our surrender.
He came up within thirty feet of our
barricade, and then halted and told us
what ho had been commanded to do.
A dozen or more Indiaiis had their
rilles 011 him, ready to shoot in case he
attempted to play them false. Ho avus
a big, powerful felloAV, audi noversaAv
such grief and anxiety in a human
countenance. In a A'oice loud enough
for tho Indians to hear, ho demanded
our surrender, but in whispers he
Avarned us not to, us every ono of us
Avould bo butchered. Miller replied to
him from 11 loophole, telling him to go
hack to the Indians and ask their bust
tonus. When lie returned ho aviis to
come as close as possible, and at a signal
bo aviis to spring forward, and the
door would be open for him. Ho
was a pretty cool fellow, in spito of
all his sull'erings. IIo returned to
the Indians, consulted for a few
minutes, and Avhen he camo back to us
ho approached within twenty-five feet
before they shouted to him to halt.
Then he told us that avo Avould be permitted
to take one of tho teams and
leave tho country; that the Indians all
loved us; that all they wanted aviis
their land. Wo had our "runs rcadv to
cover him, and I siiav him draw a long
breath before tho signal came. As
Mjjlei'uttorod a Avliistle one of the vuen
fpSr$Mopcil uvHhi lnino
instant the strangw nuido afpring for
shelter. It aviis a veritable spring for
life. The Indians fired at him, but too
late, and ho pitched in among us without
Then began a siege which lasted nine
days, and in which over forty Indians
wero killed or wounded. Thoy gathered
in tlio quarry, as expected, and
Miller exploded the torpedo and killed
four and badly wounded a dozen. Thoy
tried every possible Avuy to burn us out,
and on ono of these occasions, Avhilo
they wore- congregated together, Miller
sprang another of his mines and killed
several of them. Five or six different
times tlioy displayed a Hag of truce and
sought to coax or threaten us into surrender,
but Miller aviis Aviso enough to
refuse to trust them. From first to last
theyfirod about four thousand bullets at
our fort, over a hundred of Avliich
lodged in the door, but, none of us Avero
AVoundod. The besieging force no'or
numbered less than thirty-live, and ono
day tho number aviis over one hundred.
On tho ninth day troops camo and
droA'o the fiends oil", and it avus only
then that avo learned of thoAvidespread
devastation. Not a house nor a barn had
been loft standing for miles and miles
in any direction. Crops had boon destroyed,
stock shot down, and settlers
butchered or oil' all oA'or a great
section of the State. Wo'had been tho
only oncsoutsido of the towns to nrnko
a fight, and by our standing a siege we
kept a largo forco from going against
tho settlers. N. Y. Sun.
A Thoughtless Father.
"What is your son doing now?"
asked a merchant of ono of tlio senior
"IIo is in a real estate oillco."
"That is good. I'm glad to hear that
he is in tho way of milking money."
"Yes, l'vo taken great pains witli
that boy. Trained him up to bo strictly
honest, always tell tlio truth, and
never take advantage of anybody."
Tlio old merchant looked at him and
then walked away, muttering:
"And then put 'him in a real-estate
oflicc. Some fathers havo no- judgment
at all." Merchant Traveler.
Leprosy is said to bo alllicting
many Scandinavian immigrants in
Northern Minnesota and Dakota. It is
brought from tlio old country, and
seems 10 sproaii out ntiio iioiu.
A good mess of cookctl turnips, fed
warm, will co of moro bonctit to tfte
pigs on cold days than any quantity of
NERVE TON C.
THE GREAT STRENGTHENING AND
FOR THE POSITIVE CURE OF
RTcrvononeM, 1Veiiknci, Nci'voun Ilelilltty,
NoiVoii II ml lliytlciil KxlmtMllon, Nervous
l'mntrutloii, Nlceplcoaiicu, l)cml
oncy, l'tirul)'!, Aumlmci". Trent nlinir.
Neiiriilicl", ltliviiniutUm, 1'alti in Mlio
mid JIj ileiln. I'plleptlc Fltt, Nt.
Vltua'N Dance, l'nlplt iitlou. Norvoim mid
Hlclt Heiulticlic, Tired iVellni, Muliirin,
Dynpcpoln, Iiidicestlon, ,nai l'Aipv(lte.
Cuimtlputlon, llllliinc, Itlduey und
Weak mi Nmus,
Tliejo aro tho feclliiK'f of which bo mnny complain.
Thoy nro weak, tlrcil ami exliauatuili thujr lmvo no
appetite, iiostrt'iiK'th, 110 life ormnbitlon to work!
tliuy hecomo Irritable, cross, liluo anil illbcouraped;
In sorno cases thoro tiro pains anil aches In various
parts of tho body, and there Is often
cat, dull head andgcneral dispirited lcollnp.
KEHTI.ENS AXI Sleoplii,re$tleB8and
Sr.KKl'l.ESS NlOlirs. vrakuful nlKhts
Nculectof Microsymptoms results In excess-Ivo
nervous proJratlou or paralysis, with
cold feet and Ions, prickling senra
Hon and weakness and wcarlmws of the limbs.
Thousands become pros- lMtOMTKATION
irated. paralyzed or In- A.V1) IVWIEAIl'NIS.
sano by ncKlectltiK tho tlm symptoms, not knowing
that tho norrous Irritability, kIooiu "f the mind, lo?s
if memory, nervous wculcm and (lopre Ion show
.UEXTAI. lH:ritr.NSION nn exhaustion of
AS It IXS.VNITY. nerve lorco which
will, unless tho proper restoratlvo remedy Is used,
result in utter mental collapxo and nbsoluto prostration
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time by tho use of that wonderful norvo invlgorator
and hoa'tli reitoror, Du. Onr.KNK'rt NcitvuilA
Nkhvk Tonic. It Is n purely vegetable remedy,
nud may be used by children or tlio most dcllcato
Invalids with absolute certainty of cure. Its clleuts
uro truly wonderful, and It Is only iucesnry to uo
It to bo convinced of Its marvelous restorative nnrt
powers. It AtiUAKAXTEEU
Is an absolute spoclllo for CL'IIK.
nervous debility and physical exhaustion. Pcrsonff
with weakened nerves and r.xhaustod vitality can
their strength and vigor by Its use. Slfoon't
fall Uiuo tills remedy, which Is thejjroatest medical
discovery of thu eenturr, and an iibAiflutcly certain
euro will result. All lruRzlts keep It. l'rlce. sjl
per bottle, llo sure and get Dn.fSKKKVE'sNKIirtHIA
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West lttli Street, New York, thu great specialist In
curing nervous and clironlo diseases, ciii bo consulted
free, personally orby letter. f1"l'sr HIS nitKAT
iii:ir.iv and witin: him AiiofT vocit case.
0VA3!t. 11113 1'Al'Hl cttt, titni;u.hc.
Tho only lino calf : Nenmlcs Shoo In tlm
world made without cickn r nulls. .s Kyllsh
and durable us thoso coning 55 or 51;. and havliiguo
tucks or nails to wear the Stocking or hurt the lect
ninkus them as comfortable und well fitting us
hand sowed shoo, liny tlio best. None genuine unless
stumped on bottom "W. i,. Doustlus j.l fchoe.
V. I.. IlnTTlT.AU SI filim tl,o r.rlHnnl
1 nnd only hand sewed weltM shoo, w.ucli equals
1 custom-made shoe costing from Jn to p
I xv. i.. itov;r.As su.r.o tmur, u
colled for lieavv wear.
1 W. J.. DOlOI.AH n HIIOi: ! worn by all
1 JIoVK, and is tho best school shoo In the world.
; All tho nbnvo goods are mado In Cntwres, Hiittnn
1 ...! t 1. .. ...I.I I.. .. In t..t.l.&
Him J.UII. Ililil 11 llilb 1-11111 i -'jut it, iivi, n.iitr
IV. 1.. IIO IIO I. AS, UtocUton, Mum.
air MAUL THIS I'AI'l.ll mrj inn. j.... writ..
iOMM PACIF C. "N.
1 a uuitauuuu a snxKSuu avsia
LOW PHSQE BiELROAD LAHDS 0
FREE Government LANDS.
nrilll.l.IONS ol'ACKi:s orvncli In 51m H'sota. North
D.ikotn. Montana. Idaho, Washington uad Oiim.
Cr7Un ISflW I'liMlcatjonswitliJIap. Ic-i i.tilnTHH
I andJiiow open to Settlors, SENT FfiCiE. Adilicss
CHAS. B. LAMBORN, ' M'r
NAMi: 1IIM V.WYM ..r tlm )...i r,n.
Ely's Cream Salm'
tSrHiitt 7U13 VMltt im; il jou nu.
AflCTlfttfft A MONTH. 3rnfjirantl. 0' best M
mmjy n M? fl in nit- -i m.
veswwAUUrCks J&r vitvaavji .v i..u
pnoriT nnii PA5f "r.Fq Kiirr,
DffllH nmilto men canvnneis fir Dr. Si-mi'
WlU 0EN1 Ocnuli.e 1IIU,
etc. Lady ngonts wanted forKlcctrie orris. Qnlot
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