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TUST ABBIV EP i Ladies, Read the News! CAMILLE ROOS Having just returned, by last boat, from New Orleans, with a FULL and BEAUTIFUL STOCK OF MERCHANDISE, invites all, both Ladles and Gentlemen to call and examine Iiis stock, which they will find complete in every article they may need. GENT'S FINE READY-MADE CLOTHING, GENT'S FURNISHING GOODS, HATS, GLOVES, ETC., LADIES' VERY FINE DRESS GOODS, such as FINE GRENADINES, BLACK AND COLORED ALPACAS, MOURNING GOODS, JAPANESE CLOTHS, (all shades and prices,) A FINE ASSORTMENT OF HOSIERY, LADIES' MISSES', AND CHILDREN'S TRIM MED HATS, LATEST STYLES OF SHOES, Also a full stock of PROVISIONS, GROCERIES, HARDWARE, WOODENWARE, TINWARE, TOBACCO, CIGARS, WHISKY, ANISETTE, &C. At very low prices to suit the times. FINE JAPANESE CLOTHS at from 15 to 25 cts per yard. CHOICE ELOUR (guaranteed) at 114 per barrel Highest prices paid for COTTON, HIDES, WOOL, And all other produce, at CAMILLE ROOS', Cor. Main and North Streets, Opelousas. april5-tf R 8. WII.KINN, WASHINGTON, LA. Receiving and Forwarding Merchant, and dealer in WESTERN PRODUCE, Hay, Corn, Oats and Brail. B EST JUTE RAGGING. ARRAW TIES, TWINE, LIME, and SALT, For sale by R. S. WILKINS. H AY, CORN, OATS AND For sale by BRAN, R. S. WILKINS. CO» FISH, MACKEREL in Half Barrels, MACKEKEL in Kits. For sale by R. S. WILKINS. F OR SAI^E.— FLOUR OF VARIOUS grades and brands by R. S. WILKINS. KINK EVE POTATOES ON HAND hand and for sale by R. S. WILKINS. M OSASSES AS» SUGAR. For sale by R. S. WILKIN S. I1TTSRURG CO Ali KEPT CONSTANT ly on hand and for sale by R. S. WILKINS »ORK KEPT CONSTANTLY ON HAND and for sale by R. fl. WILKINS. TOHIS IS NO HUMBUG ! LOUIS DESMARAIS pretends to keep the cheapest Fancy and Fam ily Grocery in Opelousas. Look at the following list of prices : . Coffee, prime.. 25 cents per pound. H fair 20 " " " Lard, the best : 15 '• " ' Sugar 2 pounds for 25 ets. Rie«, the best 2 " " " " second quality 2 pounds for 15 cts. Fine cut smoking tobacco.. 75 cents per pound. Sardines 25 cents per box. Oysters 15 cents per can. Canned fruits 30 cents per can. Good wine 25 cents per bottle. And everything else in proportion. He has on hand, and is constantly receiving by every boat, a choice assortment of all kinds of fancy andfamily groceries,consisting of Flour in whole and half-barrels; Sugar Cured Hams, Smoked Shoulders, Breakfast Bacon, Pork, Crackers, Rico, Vermicelli, Macaroni, Teas, all kinds of canned Fruits, Fishes and Vegetables ; French Cognac, American Brandy, Jamaica and Louisiana Rums, Gins, favorite brands; Whiskey, Old, Bonrbon, Old Rye, Monongahela, Dexter, &c. ; Bitters, Hostetters, New Found land, Sazerae, Russian, and all other kinds, Fresh and Dried Apples, Oranges, Lemons ; and in fact, anything that you may call for, in the line of Fancy and Family Groceries. Choice Liquors, Tobacco, Cigare, &c., &c., &e., will be found at LOUIS DESMARAIS', Corner of Market and Bellevue Streets, Opelousas, I.A. F IAKCT GROCERY STORE. C. B. ANDRUS, conxer main an» lakdry streets, Always has on hand a full assortment of choice, family groceries, and particularly flour in bar rels and half-barrels—Cheap ; also : TINWARE, CODFISH» WILLOW WARE, MACKEREL, HARDWARE, HERRINGS, SHOT, SALMON, POWDER, FANCY SOAP, CARDS, STOVE BLACKING, FLUTING MACHINES. Also,a full assortmentof FineLiquors, Brandy, Rye and Bourbon Whisky, Peach Brandy, wines and Bitters, Fine French Cordial, Dant zick, Old Irish Wi»e, Madeira Wine, Port Wine ; and in fact, every variety of Liquor and Wines all for cash and Cheaper than the Cheapest. Will commence the New Year by selling ex clusively FOR CASH AND CHEAP. dec. 28-ly. jj^EW STORE ! NEW STORE ! ! (Under the Courier. Printing Office,) main street, opelousas, la. CHEAP FOR CASH! A. MARKS Informs his friends and the public in general that he has opened a store at the above stand, where he is always ready to sell them— DRY GOODS, CLOTHING, HARDWARE, CROCKERYWARE, BOOTS, SHOES, SADDLERY, PROVISIONS and GROCERIES. As a proof of his determination to seU low, he to offering the best brands of Calico at 124 cents per yard. Call and examine his new stock and judge for yourself. Highest prices paid for Cotton, Hides, Wool, ice. dec. 2i-iy. p J. LEFERVRE, AGENT, Corner of Court and Landry Streets, OPELOUSAS, LA., Has always on liand and offers to his friends, for cash , at such low prices as will fully satisfy them: DRY GOODS, Staple and Fancy. ciiothing. BOOTS, SHOES AND HATS. NOTIONS. HARDWARE AND TINWARE. CROCKERY. GROCERIES, Staple, and Fancy. WINES AND LIQUORS. BAGGING AND TIES. CORN, OATS AND BRAN. SMOKING AND CHEWING TOBACCO. June 8. jf you want to buy anything AT A GREAT BARGAIN, Such as CLOTHING, HATS, BOOTS and SHOES For Ladles and Gents, STAPLE GOODS, COTTONS and WOOLENS, And more especially Dress Goods , Which are offered at a SACRIFICE! Call and sec for yourselves, at the store of P. J. LEFEBVRE, JanJStf Cor. Landry and Court Sts N OTICE to tax payers of THE TOWN OF OPELOUSAS. Ten days after the publication of this notice, all persons owing taxes to the town of Opelou sas for the year 1873, are requested to pay the same to tbo undersigned Treasurer, at his office or suffer the penalties imposed by law. JOHN POSEY, Treasurer. Opelousas, La., June 21,1873. postage stamps and stamp. Jt ed Envelopes.—The Postmaster at thisplaci takes pleasure iu announcing to the public that the post office is at present supplied with a full assortment of postage stumps, envelopes stamped and unstamped, newspaper wrappers, et«. Therefore, those wishing any of the above, in small or largo quantities, can have them by calling at the post office. may 31-tf t|issoi«ution .-THE FIRM OF BLOCH Aß & Dupré is dissolved by mutual consent,, to take effect from the tlrst day of January, 1873. The busluess is continued by Joseph Bloch and Simon Bloch, under the name and stylo of apl 5-tf] J. BLOCH & CO. VOLUME 6. OPELOUSAS, LA., FRIDAY, AUGUST 22, 1873. NUMBER 34 drug stores. o PELOITSAS DRUG- STORE. SIGN OF THE BIG MORTAR! Opposite the Court House, OPELOUSAS, LA. The undersigned in returning his sincere thanks for the very liberal patronage with which he has heretofore been favored, would respectfully call the attention of all needing anything in his line, to Iiis LARGE AND COMPLETE STOCK of everything belonging to the Drug Business. Physicians, Country Merchants' and Planters' orders solicited. Prescriptions will rçeeivc particular attention at all hours of the day or night. CLAUDIUS MAYO, Pharmaceutist. A COMPLETE ASSORTMENT OP PAINTER S' M ATERIAL! SNOW WHITE ZINC, WHITE LAED, TURPENTINE, BOILED LINSEED OIL, RAW LINSEED OIL, PATENT DRYER, COPAL, DAMAR, AND JAPAN VARNISHES. I'aint and "Varnish Brushes. SASH TOOLS, &c., &c., &c. AT.T. COLORED PAINTS, PIGMENTS AND EARTHS IN OIL AND DRY, At C. MAYO'S Sign of the Big Mortar, Opelousas, La.. A CHOICE ASSORTMENT of STATIONERY! RECORD, LEGAL CAP, CONGRESS CAP, LETTER, INITIAL NOTE, AND MOURNING NOTE PAPER! ENVELOPES, INKS, (of all colors,) PENS, SLATES, AND PENCILS, &c., &c., &c., &c., &c., &c., At C. MAYO'S, Sign of the Big Mortar, Opelousns, La. ITTERS! BITTERS! RITTERS! B HART'S, HOSTETTER'S, NEWFOUNDLAD, ARGYLE, PLANTATION, HOOFLAND'S GERMAN and ENGLISH FEMALE BITTERS ! At C. MAYO'S, Sign of the Big Mortar, Opelousas, La FULL LINE OF STANDARD DRUGS! QUININE—French and American. CALOMEL—English. BLEE MASS—English. RHUBARB—Turkish. &c., &c., &c., &c., &e., «fee., , At C. MAYO'S, Sign of the. Big Mortar, Opelousas. La. SUPERIOR WINES AN» LIQUORS for M E DI C A L PU R P O S E S I " VIEUX TEMPS " COGNAC, FINE OLD BOURBON WHISKY, SHERRY, MADEIRA AND PORT WINES, <&c., &c., &c., At. C. MAYO'S, Sign of the Big Mortar, Opelousas, La. 0ONGRES8 WATER, EMPIRE SPRING WATER, VICHY* WATER, &c., &c., &c., &c., &c., At C. MAYO'S, Sign of the Big Mortar, Opelousas, La. ^HEWING TORACCO, SMOKING TOBACCO, CHOICE HAVANA CIGARS, SNUFFS, &e,, &c. At C. MAYO'S, Sign of the Big Mortar, Opelousas, La. EVIL A REMEDY FOR EVERY to which HUMAN FLESH IS HEIR— "POVERTY NOT EXCETTED." At C. MAYO'S, Sign of the Big Mortar, Opelousas, La. J^HEAVY STOCK OF APPROVED SCHOOL BOOKS, At C. MAYO'S, Sign of the Big Mortar, Opelousas, La. JUST RECEIVE»! A Fresh Supply of SHAKER Garden Seeds, At C. MAYO'S, Sign of the Big Mortar, Opelousas, La. H° GARDENERS! Fresh Garden Seeds, Landreth's growth 1871.. At. C. MAYO'S, Sign of the Big Mortar, Opelousas, La. Garden seeds : at C. MAYO'S, Sign of the Big Mortar, Opelousas, La. 24 TH YEAR! 34th YEAR!! POSEY'S MEDICAL EXPRESS DISPATCH. Read ! Read ~ Read ! . . XT!OR RENT.— that desirable place I DRUGS AND MEDICINES, the FRESHEST AND PUREST TO BE HAD, can always be found at the old and well known ST. LANDRY DRUG STORE and ihedicaii depot. (Established Anno Domini, 1848.) All the popular Patent Remedies of this " Pro ressive Age." Chemicals of every description. Eclcctlc Medicines. Paints, Oils, and Window Glass. School and Blank Books. Stationery of every variety. Toilet Articles, and New Choice Perfumery. Pure Wines and Liquors for Medical Use. Garden Seeds. Tobacco, Cigars, Snuff, &c., &. The proprietor devotes his entire time and stud}' to compounding and dispensing RELIABLE MEDECINES. ractlce and Twenty-Three Years of dally practicc experience, with unremitting efforts and unfeigned desire to please, will serve, he hojn-o, to keep alive and perpetuate the esteem and patronage of his numerous customers. Physicians' and Planters' orders respectfully solicited. Prescriptions carefully filled night and day, with the most approved ingredients. JOHN POSEY, Apothecary. Opelousi^ miscellaneous. H/rEmCAL lvi : NOTICE.— A REGULAR Meeting of the St. Landry Medical and Surgical Association will be held at Opelousas the tirst Monday of every mouth, at 10 o'clock a. m. VINCENT BOAGNI, M. D., President. J ames R at , M. D., Secretary. July 22, 1871-iy. SO BEWABD .-I WILL PAY THE A bove reward for the arrest and conviction the parties who broke Into my store, In the night of the 29th ultimo. - LOUIS DESMARAIS, Opelousas, May 9d. 1873-tf J? of business now temporarily occupied by Bloch & Dupré, in Opelousas. Possession given on first January next. For farther particulars, apply at next door to „ „. T ^ dec. 21-tf. CHAS. N. EALER. . HATS H AT * ~ Dress Hats of snperb quality finish. All the nobby styles for young men. Youths', Boys' and Children's Hats, in the newest designs, at may 10-tf JOS. BLOCH & CO. lumber—lumber. 'r3S»E»î IilJMBJB»! IIJMBKB Choice Cypress and Pine Lumber, of every dimension, and in unlimited quantities, sup plied by the undersigned at Mount Pleasant Mills, near Washington. We are receiving a large lot of chain logs, and will till with prompt ness and dispatch all bills entrusted to us. Orders addressed to the undersigned, at Wash Ineton, will receive immediate attention. All kinds and any anount of Seasoned Lumber always on hand, at Reduced Prices. Terms—Cash at the mill. FRANK McNICOLL. Mt. Pleasant Mills, July 8, 1871. Your Mothcr-in-L.aw. her side of the story—and a pretty good story, too. A good many things, some of tliem good, many sharp and occasionally cruel, have been said of mothers-in-law, and now comes one of this much talked of class and tells her side of the story. That she tells it well, will be admitted by all who read it : Left a widow, after a few years of most unhappy married life, I retired, with my two children, to a small towu, where I intended to devote myself to the care of their education. I think the enjoyment we have in our children before they reach the age of ten is very great. All faults and evil tendencies seem so sure to be eradicated with time, we can scarcely believe the pains we are taking will ever have any but the desired result. These early promises are so beautiful ! Every child ish liking seems a talent, lacking only opportunity to develop into excellence. My girl and boy went to school in the morning. In the afternoon we walked together, and we all three enjoyed those long, rambling walks. Then our tea table, and our evenings, when I read to them—how delightful was our compan ionship ! How I tried in every way to sow the good seed. I have said that my means were small, but my wants were few, and I considered it a duty to make them fewer, for my children's sakes. I took care that they were always well dressed, often working until late at night at their clothes—my own were plain enough. They never knew, of course, the sacrifices I made that they might have pleasure. That my children loved me, respected me, I need not repeat. Their first thoughts always seemed to be of me. At Christmas they presented me with horrid little daubs, which I still treasure, tied up in little packages and dated. Ah ! happy, happy days !—days when a paper of sweet cake is sufficient for hap piness. The day came when they grey tall and less dependent on me. James left school, and, as my means did not admit of his ?oing to college, I obtained admittance .or him into the place of business of a friend. One day I heard an acquaintance say that my son admired a Miss Benson. Then first shot into my heart that acute pang of jealousy which I had heard a woman feels when another woman dares to lay claim to her son—a bitter unreas oning feeling, but strong and fierce, trample on it as you may. I asked James about it; he laughed at the idea. A year later he announced that he was engaged to this very girl, and asked me to go and see her. 1 went. She was veiy tall and very thin, and stylish look ing with reddish hair, and long, thin hands and feet. She wore a great many flounces, anda great deal of jewelry of the palegoldkind. Her manners were very gracious to me, but some how or other there was something about her that seemed to say she was the one who had always had a right to James, while I stood out in the new and awkward light of one whose claims upon him were very trifling and quite recent. When I went home I sat in my rock ing chair for about an hour, thinking. I had understood every kite he had ever had, fathomed the capacity of every toy cannon with which he had ever missed committing suicide, overcome the misteries of marbles of every degree, loved every puppy and kitten he had ever adopted and taken to his heart—why could I not at least try to love this red dish haired girl ? People congratulated me. "0 ! yes, I was very much pleased, of course, not losing a son at all—0 ! no —only gaining another daughter !" De lightful, certainly, and early marriages are, as you say, so very desirable. A year afterward they were married, and remained some months with her family, during which time I saw her of ten, and cannot say that I ever had any fault to find with her. Then James sought and obtained a very good posi tion in a town distant about one hun dred miles. At first the news was very satisfactory. "Charming little house, the perfection of servants and then later, "the lovliest little baby," my grandson. Then, some months later, things were not so bright. The baby had the croup, my son himself a touch of the intermittent fever, servants were great pleagues, housekeepers a dread ful trouble. Disturbed beyond meas ure at the reiteration of these lamenta tions, I decided to go and see for my self how they were circumstanced, and be of what assistance I might for a short time. So one winter morning, leaving Fanny with an intimate Mend, and intrusting house and all it contained to one ser vant, I left home alone. Arriving after dark at my destination, I found the two younger servants enjoying a comfortable meal in the kitchen, and the baby asleep alone in a chilly nursery. My son and his wife were out spending the evening with some friends. Their surprise and Eleasure at seeing me on their return ome was very great. Upon conversing with Maria next day I found her to be very ignorant as regarded baby's re quirements. "He does cry so dreadfully," she said. I stayed there a whole month perhaps it was too long, but there al ways seemed something for me to do. I took charge of the little creature whenever Iiis mother wanted to spend an evening in company, which was pot seldon. Many and many a lonely hour I spent in that dimly lighted room rather than trust him to the awkward ness of the young girl who professed to fulfill the duties of a child's nurse, I did a great deal of sewing for Maria of whom I became fonder than I hat. ever expected to be. James had a relapse of his intermit tent fever. His wife knew nothing about sickness, I nursed him—I who had never known fatigue when he needed any thing in former years, would surely not fail him now. 1 sat up with him night after night, and showed the cook how to prepare nice little dishes for hi'm, such as I knew he liked—that is to say I prepared them while the cook looked on. Whatever was needed now, up stairs or down, I was the one to plan and do it. At last I began to think I I ought to return to Fanny ; and seeing James fairly convalescent, I sought the train for my journey homeward. Sit ting in the railroad car, a party of young people had places in front of me, laugh ing and talking with eager animation principally about persons I knew noth ing of, except by name. Presently one of them began to speak of my son T wife. "I used to see a great deal of them at one time," she said, "but—" "Oh ! well, you know how they have had a mother-in-law raging round late ly, so I have kept away. "So have I." Here followed a laugh of derision "A mother-in-law !" exclaimed anoth er ; "that is hard ; I do pity them in deed." But I understand she is off now, luck ily." "Glad to hear it. Have you heard the new opera ?" I was the mother-in-law on whose ac to a count friends stayed away. I remem bered the weary nights in that sick room ; the weary days when, suffering from the loss of sleep, I struggled to keep my eyes open that I might attend to various little household duties. I remembered the nice little dishes, the neatly arranged rooms, the carefully tended baby. Which of all this was the "raging round" which excited the risible muscles of those young people ? I thought of Fanny, of her good looks, her intelligence, her affectionate na ture, and found myself wandering what her nature was to be. But here we are. There she was waiting to meet me, dear child ; but there was some one with lier, a most insignificant looking indi vidual, with very prominent eyes and larce whiskers. Why did my heart sink with a melancholy foreboding. How glad she was to see me again ! She introduced her companion to me as Mr Jenkins; and whereas I was all anxiety to be alone with her, Mr. Jenkins, with à great flourish of politeness, walked all the way home with us. Before I could un tie the strings of my bonnet he told me that Fanny had promised to marry him ! I was thunderstruck, having iu the an noyance of his presence forgotten my forebodings of a half an hour before. I had read with much attention, in va rious highly lauded books, of the great and imperative duty of bringing up î girl to be a helpmeet for a noble man Was this my Fan ny's noble man, this dap Eer little mannikin ? He seemed amiable, ut so utterly insignificant. He had uninteresting parents, and weak, plain sisters, all of whom made a perpetual amusement of the engagement. My parlor was given up to them—that is, to him and his sisters. I seemed always detrop when I entered, judging by the sudden silence which followed the ani mated task. My coming was an inter ruption. I began to sit up stairs ; I al ways walked alone. Having avoided all society and all ac quaintancesliip when my children were young, that I might devote my whole time to them, I found myself now des olate and friendless. Friends, like plants, must be cultivated. I found no congeniality in either of the two fami lies with which my family were connect ing themselves. After two years they were married ; and after a year of boarding aspired to the dignity of keeping house. After looking at many dwellings one was se lected, one which required a great many repairs, and now my services were in very great request; I attended to all the directions Mr. Jenkins wished given to the workmen ; I stayed in the cold, empty rooms all day, when there was nothing to sit on but an empty candle box. I did the necessary quarreling with the plumbers, and bore the snub bing of the upholsterers. I put the fur niture in the places I thought best by degrees, and by degrees changed all to suit his tastes. I washed all the china and glass; and sometimes fancied, when I got dirty doing all this, that I was hap py. I had so long been accustomed 5 to work for those I loved, that it was hard to learn there might be any reproach connected with it. I must do Fanny the justice to say that she was very kind and grateful for all this trouble. On the last day, after having some cold tea out of a pitcher on the corner of a mantlepiece, I overheard Mr. Jenkins, who had brought a friend to admire his new dwelling, say : "Well, the carpets are down, the fur niture is all here, and I think now when we get our servants, and engage a baker and milkman, and are rid of the mother-in-law, we shall be ready to move in." Both my children married, I had my solitary little home to myself, and very solitary it was. I tried to get up some spasmodic friendships with my neigh bors, but being hollow, these forced in timacies fell through. But I ought not to complain ; it is the way of the world. I only wonder if, considering the love we women have for our children, young or old, the world is not apt to be a little hard upon the mother-in-law. Advertising the State .—The State agent of the Louisiana Immigration So-. ciety announces that he is in almost daily receipt of letters from abroad con taining inquiries with reference to the jrice, location, and products of saleable ands in our market. These inquiries are elicited by the fre quent publications of newspaper ar ticles setting forth the advantage which the State affords to immigrants. It will thus be seen that the press is a valuable motive power, and if for a time the press should subordinate the discussion of political topics to that of immigration interests, the State would be advertised and good results would follow. The Stat« to prosper must do as all successful business men do, advertise freely and often in the columns of the press. We suggested the other day that one of the first steps, after the organization of parish branches of the Immigration Society, should be to place small farms in the market, and to advertise these lands particularly in the parish news paper, and in at least one in New Or leans. The wisdom of such a systema tic policy is sustained by the character ana number of the letters addressed to the State agent, who at present appears to be the only medium through which strangers may apply for reliable infor mation.—[Crescent City. How Money Goes .—-In our country every good workman can get ahead, if he knows how to deny himself, and to save. Much money is worse than wast ed in poor families, An exchange says: A hard-wording man—as for instance a bricklayer, mason, or blacksmith drinks about eight glasses of beer daily, at an expense of 40 cents per day, or $2 80 per week. Eight glasses of beer daily, at five cents a glass, cost each and each year $146. We suppose this is more than one-sixth of the yearly earnings of the average "hard -working man." It is probably two-thirds as much as the "hardwork ing man" pays for rent, and twice as much as he*pays for clothes. It would enable him to take a six weeks'rest each year, if he saved it, or pay Iiis expenses to New York and back three times, and almost to Europe and back. It would buy him a good lot of ground not very far removed from the city, or if put out, at interest would bring him as much | as he gets for two or three days' labor. It would buy him three times as much bread as he could eat, or woukl prob ably suffice to pay his meat bill. A witness in a late divorce case kept saying that the wife had a very retaliat ing.disposition j that she retaliated fop every little thing, "Did you ever see her husband kiss her ?" asked the wife's counsel. "Yes, sir, often." "What did she do on such occasions !" "She alw ays retaliated, sir." Where ?—A man who had had a severe fall was asked by the surgeon : "Have you sprained yourself near the fibula ?" "No, sir," answered he ; "near the mar ket place." week I — "Ji m Smile y." [As related by Simon Wheeler, Esq., of Angel's Camp, Calaveras county, California, on be ing askéd for information concerning a cer tain Rev. Leonidas W. Smiley.] There was a fellow here once by the name of Jim Smiley, in the winter of 1849—or may be it was in the spring of 1850—1 don't recollect exactly, somehow though what makes me think it was the one or the other, is because I remem ber the big flume wasn't finished when he first came to the camp ; but, any way, he was the curiosest man about always betting on anything that turned up you ever see, if he could get anybody to bet on the other side ; and if lie couldn't he'd change sides. Any way that suited the other man would suit him—any way just so's he got a bet, he was satisfied. But still he was lucky, uncommon lucky ; lie almost always came out winner. He was al ways ready and laying for a chance ; there couldn't be no solitary thing mentioned but that feller'd offer to bet on it, and take any side you please, as I was just telling you. If there was a horse race, you'd find him flush or you'd find him busted at the end of it; if there was a dog fight, he'd bet on it ; if there was a cat fight, he'd bet on it ; it' there was a chicken fight, he'd bet on it ; why if there was two birds sitting on a fence, he'd bet you which one would fly first ; or if there was a camp meeting, he would be there regular to bet on Parson Walker, which he judged to be the best exhorter about here—and so he was, too, and a good man. If he even saw a straddle-bug start to go anywhere, he would bet you how long it would take him to get wherever he was going to, and if you took him up he would follow that straddle-bng to Mexico but what he would find out where he was bound for and how long he was on the road. Lots of the boys here has seen that Smiley, and can tell you about him. Why, it never made no difference to him—lie would bet on anything—the dangdest feller. Parson Walker's wife lay very sick once, for a good while, and it seemed as if they warn't agoin' to save her. But one morning lie come in, and Smiley asked how she was, and he said she was considerably better— thank the Lord for His infinite mercy —and coming on so smart that, with the blessing of Providence, she'd get well yet; and Smiley, before he thought, says: " Well, I'll risk two and a half that she don't, anyway." This yer Smiley had a mare—the boys called her the fifteen minute nag, but that was only in fun youknow, because, of course, she was faster than that—and he used to win money on that horse for all she was so slow, and always had the asthma, or the distemper, or the con sumption, or something of that kind. They used to give her two or three hundred yards start, and then pass her under way ; but always at the fag end of the race she'd get excited and des perate like, and come cavorting and straddling up, and scattering her legs around limber, sometimes m the air, and sometimes out to one side among the fences, and kicking up m-o-r-e dust and raising m-o-r-e racket with her coughing and sneezing and blowing her nose—and always fetch up at the stand just about a neck ahead, as near as you could cypher it down. And he had a little, small bull pup, that to look at him you'd think he wasn't "worth a cent but to set around, and look ornery and lay for a chance to steal something. But as soon as the money was upon him he was a different dog ; his under jaw'd begin to stick out like the fo'castle of a steamboat, and his teeth would uncover and shine savage like the furnaces. And a dog might tackle him, and bullyrag him, and bite him, and throw him over his shoulder two or three times, and An drew Jackson—which was the name of the pup—Andrew Jackson would never let on but what he was satisfied aud hadn't expected nothing else—and the - j'int of his hind leg and freeze to it> bets being doubled and doubled on the other side all the time till the money was all up, and then all of a sudden he would grab the other dog jest by the not chaw, you understand, but only jest grip and hang on till they throwed up the sponge, if it was a year. Smiley always come out winner on that pup till he harnessed a dog once that didn't have no hind legs, because they'd been sawed off by a circular saw, and when the thing had gone along far enough, and the money was all up, and he come to make a snatch for his pet holt, he saw in a minute how he'd been imposed on, and how the other dog had him in the door, so to speak, and he 'peared surprised, and then he looked sorter discouraged like, and didn't try no more to win the fight, and so he got shucked out bad. He give Smiley a look, as much as to say his heart was broke, and it was his fault, putting up a dog that hadn't no hind legs for him to take hold of, which was his main de pendence in a fight, and then lie limped off a piece, and laid down and died, It was a good pup, was that Andrew «— : — | believe him ~ Jackson, and would have made a name for hisself if he'd lived, for the stuff was in him, and he had genius ; I know it because he hadn't had any _ opportun i - ties to speak of, and it don t stand to reason that a dog could make such a fight as he could under the cireum stances if he hadn't no talent. It al ways makes me feel sorry when I think of that last fight of liis'n, and the way it turned out. Well, this yer Smiley had rat-tamers and chicken-cocks, aud all them kind of things, till you couldn't Test, and you couldn't fetch nothing for him to bet on but he'd match you. He ketched a frog and took him home, and said he cal'kla ted to edercate him ; and so he never done nothing for three months but sit in his back yard and learn that frog to I jump. And you bet he did learn him too. He'd give him a little punch be hind, and the next minute you'd see that frog whirling in the air like a doughnut—see him turn one summer set, or maybe a couple, if he got a good start and come down flatfooted and all right, just like a cat, „ He got him so up in the matter ot catching flies, and kept him in practice so constant, that he'd nail a fly every time as far as he could see him. Smiley said all a frog wanted was education, and he could uo most anything; and 1 believe him. Why, I've seen him set Daniel Webster down here on this floor— Daniel Webster was the name of the frog—and sing out : " Flies ! Daniel, flies!" and quicker'n you could wink he'd spring straight up and snake a fly olFn the counter there and flop down on the floor again as solid as a gob of mud and fall to scratching the side of his head with his hind foot as indiffer ent as if he hadn't been doing any more than any other frog might do. You never see a frog so modest and straightforward as he was, for all he was so gifted. And when it came to fair and square jumping on a dead level, he could get over more ground at one straddle than any animal of his breed you ever see. Jumping on a dead level was his strong suit, you understand; and whfen it come to that Smiley woulc. ante up money on him as long as he had a red. Smiley was monstrous proud of his frog, and well he might be, for fellows that had traveled and been everywhere all said he laid over any frog that they ever see. Well, Smiley kept the beast in a little box, and he used to fetch him down town, and lay for a bet. One day a feller—a stranger in the camp, lie was— come across him with his box, and says: " What might it be that you've got in that box?" And Smiley says, sorter indifferent like, "It might be a parrot, or it might be a canary, may be, but it ain't—it's only just a frog." And the feller took it, and looked at it careful, and turned it round this way and that, and says, " H'm ! so tis ! Well, what's lie good tor?" "Well," Smiley says, easy and care less, " he's good enough for one thing, 1 should judge—he can out jump ary frog iu Calaveras county." The feller took the box again, and took another long, particular look, aud gave it back to Smiley, and says, very deliberate : " Well, I don't see no p'nts about that frog that's any better'n any other frog." "May be you don't," Smiley says. "May be you understand frogs, and may be you don't, understand 'em ; may be you've had experience, and may be you ain't only a amature as it were. Anyways, I've got my opinion, and I'll risk forty dollars that he can out jump ary frog in Calaveras county." And the feller studied a minute and then says, kinder sad like, " Well, 1 am only a stranger here, and I ain't got no frog ; but if I had a frog I'd bet you." Aud then Smiley says, "That's all right—»that's all right ; if you'll hold my box a miuute, I'll go and get you a frog." And so the feller took the box and put up his forty dollars along with Smileyls, and set down to wait. So he set, there a good while, thinking and thinking to liisself, and then he got the frog out and prized his mouth open, and took a teaspoon and filled him full of quail shot—filled him pretty near up to his cliiu and set him on the floor. Smiley he went down to the swamp, and slopped around in the mud for a long time, and finally he ketched a frog and fetched him in, and give him to this feiles, and says : "Now, if you're ready, set him along side of Dan'l, with lus forepaws just even with Dan'l, and I'll give the word." Then lie says, " One—two—three—jump!" and him and the feller touched up the frogs front behind, and the new frog hopped off, but Dan'l give a heave, and liysted up Iiis shoulders—so—like a Frenchman, but it wasn't no use— lie couldn't budge ; he was planted as solid as an anvil, and he couldn't no more stir than if he was anchored out. Smiley was a good deal surprised, and he was disgusted, too, but he didn't have no idea what the matter was, of course. The feller took the money and started away ; and when lie was going out at the "door he sorter jerked his thumb over his shoulders—this way—at Dan'l, and savs again, very deliberate, "Well, I don't see no p'nts about that frog that's any better'n any other froj Kmilpv. Ii« stood sm-ftt,cliiner hi Smiley, he stood scratching his head and looking down on Dan'l a long time, and at last ne says, " I do wonder what in the nation that frog tlirowd off for ; I wonder if there ain't something the matter with him, he 'pears to look mighty baggy, somehow." Aud he ketched Dan'l by the nap of the neck and lifted him up, and says: "Why, blame my cats, if he don't weigh five pounds !" and turned him upside down, and lie belched out a double handful of shot. And then he see how it was, aud he was the maddest man. He set the frog down and took out after that feller, but he never ketched him. And Here Simon Wheeler heard his name called from the front yard and got up to see what was wanted. And turning as he moved away, he said, " Just set where you are, stranger, and rest easy —I ain't agoing to be gone a second." But the stranger did not think that a continuation of his history of the en terprising vagabond, Jim Smiley, would be likely to afford much information concerning the Rev. Leonidas N»Smi ley, and so I started away. M ask Twain. it A Wife's Power .—The power of wife, for good or evil, is irresistible. Without one, home must be forever un known A good wife is to a man wisdom, courage and strength ; a bad one is con fusion, weakness and despair. No con fuson is hopeless to a man where the wife possesses firmness, decision and economy. There is no outward pro priety which can counteract indolence extravagance and folly at home. No spirit can long endure bad influence Man is strong, but his heart is not adamant. He delights in enterprise and action, but to sustain him he needs a tranquil mind ; and especially if he is an intellectual man, with a whole head, he needs his moral forces in the con flict of life. To recover his composure, home must be a place of peace, of com fort. There his soul renews its strength, and goes forth with fresh vigor to en counter the labor and troubles of life. But if at home lie finds no yest, aud there is met with bad temper, sullen ness, jealousy and gloom, or is assailed by complaints and censure, hope van ishes and he sinks into despair. Such is the case with too many who, it might seem, have no conflicts or trials of life ; for-such is the wife's power. The man who has begun to live and work by artificial stimulant never knows where he stands, and can never count upon himself with any certainty. He gets into his castle a servant who becomes the most tyrannical of masters. He may resolve to turn him out, but will find himself reduced to the condi tion in which he can neither do with nor without him. The use of stimu lant to the brain-power brings on dis ease in whose paroxysms a man is no more his own master than in the raving of a fever—.a disease that few have the knowledge to understand, and for whose manifestations the world has no pity. ^ Applying Ashes to Potatoes .—My experience in applying ashes to pota toes, with the best results, has been to put on a single handful to each hill soon after they are planted, and before they get out of the ground. I have increased my crop one-half by so doing. By mak ing an experiment in the same field, by leaving a row without ashes, I have seen the result. I consider ashes bet ter than plaster for potatoes ; worth to me twenty-five cents per bushel.—[J. D. Kandall. A Medical Journal estimates that the people of the United States pay $125,000,- i 000 yearly for physicians' services and for medicines. They spend a good deal more than that for liquors and other things to make them sick. —-— • — An old Scotchwoman termed De Quincey "a body wi' an awful sieht o' irnnk.'' and declared ho. wrvnlrl mnl.-p n. The Humorists' Column. A little nonsense now and then, Is relished by the wisest men. " Is Pat Flannigan onboard this ship?" roared Nelson, during a lull in the firing at the battle of the Nile. "I'm here, my Lord," said Erin's son, showing himself on the deck. " Then," said the gallant Nelson, looking satisfied, "let the battle proceed." That story is Pat's. "I hope you will be able to support me," said a young woman, while walk ing out with her intended during a somewhat slippery state of the pave ment. " Why, yes," replied the some what hesitating swain ; "with a little as sistance from your father." There was some confusion, and a profound silence. The wife of a Methodist minister in Tennessee lias been seriously ill for some time, but, says a Southern paper in announcing the fact, "hopes are en tertained that she will recover." And then it adds "Let him (the husband) have the sympathy and prayers of his brethren in this hour of affliction and discoura gement." That was a good, though a rather se vere, pun which was made by a student in one of our theological seminaries (and he was not one of the brightest of the class either), when he asked, " Why is Professor the greatest reviva list of the age?" and on all "giving it up, said, " Because at the close of every sermon there is a great awakening." Surgical Operation.—A gentleman writes to us as follows : " My yungest boy, three years old, playfully put a but ting up his noze, and after triing to ex stract it with instruments, and failing, I then placed my finger on the child's >«oze opist to the butting and my mouth to the mouth of the boy. i then blew into the mouth of the boy and the butting come out of his Noze." A damsel fresh from Ireland, who proposed to perform certain household services for a lady of Brooklyn, made the following inquiry: " And plase, ma'am, will ye be afther telling me if it's Croton water that ye ve got all oyer the house?" "No," replied the lady; "we do not have Croton water iu Brooklyn." "Och! Shure, then, Tin not afther stay in here, havin' been always used to it in Irel and !" Be careful vhen you make some sug gestions oof your landlady dot you dond make some mishdake like myself did on roosjay. 1 find it oud iu dher rsoos Ledder last veek some receipt vot you make cake tings oof. 1 cut it oud and gif it to mine landlady, but 1 vos so extonislied like tunder af terwards when 1 find 1 cut dher wrong piece, and I gif her instead, a piece of paper vot say, "how to manage a vi cious cow"— und now I haf von tooths der lesser, my head aks oufully, und she dond took oft my board pishness not tirty cent a veek oud. Dis vos convi den shall. An old negro named Pete was very much troubled about his sins. Perceiv ing liim one day with a very downcast look, his master asked him the cause. O, massa ,1m such a great sinner!" But, Pete, said lus master, "you are ioolish to take it so much to heart. You never see me troubled about my sins." i know the reason, massa," said Pete, when you go out duck-shooting, and kill one duck and wound another, don't you run, after the wounded duck?" i es, Pete; and the master wonderèd what was coming next. " Well, massa, dat is de way wid you and me. Dé tlebil has got you sure ; but as he am not sure of me, lie chazes (lis chile all de time." It was at the second battle of Bull Kun that a cannon ball carried ott" a poor soldier's leg. " Carry me to the rear !" he cried, to a tall Yankee companion, who had been fighting by his side. The Yankee caught the wounded sol dier up, and as he was about to put him across his shoulders, another cannon ball earned away the poor fellow's head. The Yankee, however, in the confusion, did not notice this, but pro ceeded with his burden towards the rear. , " }.y iia . t F« you carrying that thing for ?" cried an officer. " Thing /" returned the Yankee. " Its a man with his leg shot off'." " Why, lie hasn't any head !" cried the omcer. „ T' 1 « Yankee looked at his load, and tor the first time saw that what the offi cer said was true. Throwing down the body, he thundered out : "Confound him! he told me it was his leg!" An Indiana editorlaysdownhis shears tor a few minutes to write a double leaded editorial, in which he plaintively remarks: "We are the recipient of nali a peck ot nice onions, two water melons, and a hottlo of ginger beer trom one of our subscribers. The rifts were like the shadow of a rock in a weary land. We are glad some one re membered us in the midst of our labors and cares, and evinced that remem brance in so delicate a manner. We dote on onions and love melons dearly ; and so long as the fragrance of the former and the gripes of the latter linger about us, we shall hold the kind donor in affectionate remembrance. Of ginger beer we have never been able to sneak enthusiastically, but may say that our children enjoyed it greatly, while the empty bottle added not. a little to the effective force of our office armory. These little acts inspire us to renewed exertions, but our subscription price will remain the same." Here is a new outburst of the Western salutatory mania : " With our publica tion we want to please everybody, but never having acquired the knack of placing each person's advertisement at the head of the first column, we don't expect to. We don't mean to be very "touching" in our personal remarks, hut. it as a reform educator, or anything of the kind, we displease any parties, it may be well for them to consider the tact, before taking means of summary vengeance in their hands, that our weight is always over one hundred and fifty pounds, and that in the many lei sure moments we have had the pleasure of entertaining in our earlier career, we went heavy into the practice of hoisting two hundred pound anvils over our head, holding bags of flour at arms' length, and other feats for muscular development. This is not told as a dampener to any of the pugilistic spirits of this community, but to let people know that we are "independent and fearless," Among the mourners for the ones lost on the steamer Atlantic was an Irishman. He crowded into the office of the comnany in the city of New York and asked— " I say. sir ! To the devil wid ye ! I say, sir! where is my brother? He came over to New Y ork on vour ship, and is drowned. Doyou hear that? An'I'm drunk ! I'm I'll stay drunk, an' I'll get drunker, if I sell the very shirt on me j back. An' I'll be drunk every minute of I me life till I see me brother. Mind that, j now ! " ,, a : nes VA' 1 -*'* * ie a PP ea ^ed again at i , ® office of the company, drunker than ! .['JV 6 ' an " about half dressed. Said he: , . Has me brother come ? If you don't I ?, nn o , , n j ,i 8 * a y drank till you do ! " a " °i Me clothes for whiskey. i An the other half will 'last me the morrow, just. If ye don't bring him till j me to-morrow I'll stay drunk till ye /Iapk fliwl mov Kr» irM 1.^ —