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lowa County Democrat.
•./ VOL. XII. FAILED! 7r*. 1 um u ruined num. Kate! everytbine pone at hint: Nothing to show for the trouble nml toil of the weary rears that are past; Itonses and lands and monev hare taken ivinps and Bod: This very ■mrnimr 1 signed away the roof from over my head. t ihonldn't eare for myself, Kate, t’m used to the world's rough w ays I've dug, and delved, ami plodded along through all my manhood days; But I think of yon and the children, and it almost breaks mV heart. For 1 thought so surely to give my boys and girls a splendid start So many years on the ladder, I thought I was near the top— Only a few years longer, and then I expected to stop. And pnt the two hors in my plaee. Kate, with an easier life ahead, Bnt now I must give the prospect up; that com fortlng dream is dead. “ I am worth more than my gold," eh? You're good to look at it so. But a man isn't worth very much. Kale, when hia hair is turning to snow; My poor little girls, wilh their soft white hands amt innocent eyes of blue. Turned adrift in the heartless world-what cun and what will they do? Au honest failure?" Indeed it wan, dollar for dollar paid. Never n creditor suite rod, whatcvei people have said. Better are rasa and a conscience clear than a pal aco and tlusli of shame. One thing I shall leave to my children, Hate land that is au honest name. What's that? “The hoys arc not troubled? They are ready now to begin And gam us another fortune, ami work through thick and thin ?” The noble fellows! already 1 feel I haven't so much to hear. Their courage has lightened my heavy load of misery and despair. ' And ttie girls are so glad it was honest? They'd rather not dress so line And think they did it with money that wasn't honestly mine. They're ready to show what they’re made of, quick to earn and to save?" My blessed, good little* daughters! so generous and so brave! And you think we needn't fret, Kate, yy liile* we h *ve each other left. No matter of what possessions our lives may be bereft You are right. With a quiet conscience and a wife so good amt true. i’ll put my hand to the plow again, and I know that We'll pull through. Xlnttv-Otean. DKSIMSKI) AM) KK.MUTi;i) OF MI N. After all. it is not easy to lit’ sympa thetically interested in u boy to whom you have explained fifty times that two and two can't make live, and then to say fo* the fifty-firs I time, that it does: or, if he catches the warning shake of your aching head, as he is droning out "Fi—to have him droop, in his dull way, and say, ‘‘l d’nknow.” Then, too, when his clothes are so dirty that, per sons with delicate stomachs turn away from him with a shuddering “Ugh I” how can any one think of him, Tom Dolan vnd his like, all over the world, as any portion of (hose the Master neant when hesaid, “Feed my lambs?’’ Dear, no! It seems almost irreverent to think of lambs in such a connection. ()ne might think of a enr. or whelp, or brute, hut never lamb. So it's not to be wondered at that Miss Wilton, the teacher, did not love Tom; especially, as studying being a thing utterly beyond his com prehen sion, and playing, something he did measurably understand, he was a troublesome hoy. Don’t yon see mat when a hoy has no idea what yon mean when yon say “study,” and yet litis a very definite idea of the manufacture and use of paper wads, he is much more likely to neglect the studying, while lie make the hoys in front“hop lively”—an exhilarat ing process to him ? Asa had name sticks, when once it is fastened on a hoy or man, all the mis chief that could not he directly traced to some other scholar, was laid to Tom's charge. So he was punished many a lime when he had only been asleep, or stupidly drawing pictures on his desk with a forefinger dampened with saliva. One day James White scattered snuff around so that the occupants of half a dozen benches were set to sneezing vio lently. Nothing could exceed the falsely ac cused, martyr-like expression of Jim's face, when asked if he knew anything about it. lie never said Tom did it. lie was above telling tales of a school mate. Dnt he glanced at Tom, who sat near by, as much us to say, “1’oorTom! He don’t know any better than to do such things.” So Miss Wilton asked Joe Smith, who didn't know nothin' about it; and Tim Benton, Jim White's crony, who didn’t know, but guessed Tom done it. She went back to Torn, and finding a paper of snuff in his desk, she whipped him severely—first for bringing the snnll tn school, and then for telling a lie. After the punishment, vicariously yet unwillingly borne, Turn rubbed into his face still more dirt from his filthy jacket sleeve, to which he always transferred las tears. Perhaps this made him look more ag gravating than nsnti 1 when, school being dismissed, he dooned his very dilapida ted straw hat. At any rate Joe Smith thought it would be rare sport to set on fire the loose straw sticking up from Tom’s frowzy head—“so as to let some light into his skull,” he said. When Tom found where the smell of smoke came from, ho snatched off his hat with a wild scream of terror, and ran into the woods, where flowed a noisy nrook. The idea that the silly creature MINERAL POINT, \VK. FRIDAY. JANUARY •■>;. IS7S. j could really moan to try and save the : "rock, which at first was scarcely more : than a head-hand, so unused the boys j that their shouts ofjccringand laughing ! penetrated even his dnl’ brain with a | sense of being miserably vrouged, and, | tossing the still smoking fragment of a j hat inti) the brook, lie vatchcd it float , away, through fast falling tears, i __ There would only be more torture | from the boys, if he ventured out of his hiding place till they were all gone home. Added to this reason for delay was the moral certainty that his mother, herself a hard-working, often ill-used woman, would beat him for coming home hatless. So he staid, watching the merry water dance over the stones, soothed by it, though he didn’t know why, till hunger forced him to brave the whipping and all the rest. He stayed his steps a little as he drew near home, meditating on how he might reach in. at the pantry window and help himself to supper, if only he had a jack knife to cut away one of the laths that were used to bar live open w indow iu hot weather. Ho was walking slowly, whim his bare toe received a prick from something ly mg on the ground. 11 is start of pain kicked the cause directly into sight. That breast-pin, with the golden beetle on it, surely never belonged to any one but the teacher: for had he not ga/ed on it, wondering all the time she was ex plaining. his geography lesson to him that very morning. He had a vague sense of <|ueerness that a beetle—a mere hug should lie cut of gold and allowed to till so honor able a place. Why. he was not so dirty as a beetle: yet would she even smile at him, much loss ask for bis tin-type, as he had heard her for several of the hoy’s photographs ? If Miss Wilton had read bis wonder about the golden beetle, and told him that the reason for its being on her pin was in imitation of ancient jewelry when beetles were worshiped even, what would he have said then’/ Tom picked up the pin, with an eager look around to see if he were ob served. What! Had he not heard Thou shall not steal ?" (), yes. Itnt things were rather mixed up in poor Tom's mind. The teacher had whipped him when Jim White sprinkled thv snnlV about, and again for telling the truth, and not a lie; and here was her pin in his hand. She would miss it, he knew, and be sorry to lose it; but be could buy a jack-knife and maybe a bat, 100, with the value of it. " Mann wouldn't lick me thou." ho reflected, wilii u sense of relief that showed ho appreciated i-or|>rul pun ishment as an argument when it was to ho escaped. Hut whon it occurred to him, a niomonl nftor, to Imy oil' that sovoro mother of his hy an iminadialo present of tho pin, something matte 1 11111 hositato. Sho would koop ii lio felt too sure, to ho willing to risk it in hor liands, unless his mind was quito nnulo up not to re store the pin to its owner. \ little fold ing of pity, perhaps, for the teacher for it must have, cost a deal of money —a little shame at the thought of not doing as he would ho done hy, mayhe, made him pause; hut more than all else a dread of what the consequences might he, should tho teacher, after all, lind out he had her pin. “ Folks has seoh ways of set in' through things," pondered Tom. Hut he was in luck as to supper, for hahv Jimmy, the mother's pet, had dropped in the yard a huge piece bread molasses. Tom spied this, in the midst of his meditations, and easily hid it, with the pin, under his jeakel, while he skurried away out of sight from (he house. If he stayed out till pretty late, his mother, tired with a hard day's work, would he ahed and asleep, and he was safe for the night, at any rate. So he walked toward the village eat ing (irst the bread and then a green ap ple, that he had picked up on the re id side. At length he heard the sound of music, Toni dearly loved to listen to the singing in the chapel when windows and doors were open, so he could not he seen, though he ventured close hy. Hi' even sat down on the upper step. After the hymn was over, a rattling cart drove along the street, so for a minute Tom could not hear anything going on inside the chapel. When it wa- quite again, he heard someone saying very tenderly and softly: “ Ih l was despised and rejected of men." “ Why, that’s me they're talking about ’ exclaimed Tom, surprised into speaking aloud. Hut nobody heard him. and he leaned forward eagerly to see what else was going to he said about himself. To his utter amazement, he soon gathered that it was Christ Jesus, the Lord, and not poor Tom Dolan, son of the washerwoman and of the drunk en bricklayer, that they were talking abom. Remember, 1 said Tom was very stupid. He went out into the dark, where nobody could see or bear Idm, and dropping cn his knees, said: “If you could stand it I will." It was a prayer, if it did sound all wrong. Poor Tom never did know how to ‘put things;" though he did know' how to \ut himself on the divine side of life, fhe didn’t know the usual ways. And Wnshenot und.'rstood ttsso placing timself, and, therefore, worthy to reeeve the blessings'.' You would have beieved it, bad yon sc at the hoy's face h'ighter, mote up-looking, more manly 'ban anybody had seen it before. He lad learned the l.ord's Prayer. This le repeated; and then, rising front his knees, he ran, as if lor his life, to Miss Wilton’s hoarding-house. As l e drew near, he heard sonic cue say : " Its that dirty little stunk of a Tom Dolan." Then a lad's voice spoke sharply "Ho away, child ! What do yon mean hanging about here?” He dared not cuter the gate, under these circumstances; but be said, with a boldness that astonished Miss Wilton, accustomed, as she had been, to his stuttering, blundering ways: " I w ant to see the teacher.” A lady, wrapped in a delicate white shawl, gave a sigh of mingled weariness and disgust, as she canto down the gravelled walk. She had heard of the straw hat episode, and looked for nettl ing else than an irat > message (rout Mrs. Holan. What wa* her surprise to see her own lost pin, ti e gift of a dear friend, glistening in the moonlight, as Tom held it toward her ! " 1 low good of you, Tom, to bring it to me!" Her voice faltered a little as she spoke, for Delia day. one of the big and big-hearted girls, too, had been oil'ered sittill, since school, by dim White; and she told him she'd bet poor Tom Holan didn't have anv till he (diml put it in his desk. And dim didit' deny it. only laughed, and said Tom was used to be ing licked and didn't mini it at all. Delia bud waxed indi'iiant, as she went on, and bad made her ti aeber rather uncomfortable. Tom was so pleased to have Miss Wilton praise him, that he didn't rim away directly, as he had ]danned to do, but stood pulling at a rag on his jacket till lie pulled il oil', while Mi-s Wilton considered whal todonex;. She couldn't apologize for having whipped the wrong boy. That would never m>, of course. Money was (he best balm for bis wound ed spirit if., indeed, he \ere not, as .lint While said, too used to blows to eare. "\Vli;ll shall 1 pay yon'." she asked, fumbling fur 1 1 <• r purse. Inn- once she was stupid, in her turn. Toni answered steadily, and with a ring in his voiee she had never heard heli ire: "Nothin’. I didn't bring it hack (or yonr sake, lint heeanse he was treated had, was despised and all dial; and. if ne could stand it. I'm going to Irv to.” He. broke into a soh and tried to run away, lad Miss Wilton caught him la the arm, and said: "Forgive me, ehild, lor not under standing yon,” She won him to (ell her the whole story, and then she did one or two strange things for one in her position. She went home with Tom; paeilled and even delighted the poor ignorant moth er hy her aeeonnt of her son; and left money for a hat. and for more he sides. The next morningsheehanged Tom's seat "for meritorious eondnel,” she told die scholars. Then looking straight at Jim While, who eowered beneath her glance, she said: "1 helieve 1 made a mistake in whip ping Thomas yesterday; hut he wished me to forgive 'he real ollender, he eanse of Him who said "Love yonr enemies." The whole school fell thereafter that Tom Dolan was not the same hoy in the teacher's view that he had been,and that it was no longer safe to treat him as heretofore. lie never was a brilliant scholar, hut did his best, and Miss Wilton found her best for him was a dilfereftt matter from what it had been. hater she got a position for him as errand hoy in a store. And <n he went on step by step. Never into any lofty place m the world’s esteem; but tho world’s judgment is not always just, and ‘'there are last that shall he* first,’’ and such as Tom Dolan w ill he found to he of that blessed company. A Curious Wager. IVrhap- one of the most curious wagers on record is one that was made by two sporting men in January, IK"7. One of tin* above bet £‘JO to £lO that of the lir-t thirty men who should pu-s a shop in wliich they were to station them selves, twenty would at lea-tone hand in the breeches or coat pocket, and that fifteen would have both hands so placed. New street, < 'o vent Darden, Loudon, was selected for the place of scrutiny, ns, from its being an extremely narrow foot oath and being a very public thorough fare, it would afford the best example of tile inconvenience of this prevalent ens tom. The result of the examination, was that of the first thirty men who passed eighteen bad both hands in their pockets, and five others had one hand so situated, the proposer of the w ager thus winning it easily. t'eylniou (ainnen Fields. Our morning was as usual on a tirst arrival taken up l>y visits; iutho after noon we drove in Sir K. Hai nes'sociable through far-famed cinnamon gardens, which covered upwards of seventeen thonsaiul acres of land on the coast, the largest of which are near Colombo, The plant thrives best in a poor sandy soil and in a damp atmosphere; it grows wild in the woods to the si/.e of a large apple tree, but when cultivated is never allowed to grow more than ten or twelve feet in bight, each plant standing separate. The leaf is something like that of the laurel in shape, but of a lighter color; when it tirst shoots out it is red, and changes gradually to a green. It is now out of blossom, but 1 am told the (lower is white, and appears, when in full bloom, to cover the whole garden. After hearing so much of the spicy gales from this island, 1 was much disap pointed at not being able to discover the scent at least from the plants, in panning through tin' gardens; there is a very fragrant smelling (lower growing under them, which at tirst led ns into the be lief that wesmelt the cinnamon, but we were soon undeceived. On pulling oil a leaf or (wig you perceive the spicy odor very strongly; but 1 was surprised to hear that the (lower had little or none. \s cinnamon forms the only eonsidei able export of Ceylon. it is, of course, preserved with care; by the old Hutch law, the penally for ending a branch was no less than the loss ol a hand; at present, a line expatiates the same of tense. The neighborhood of t'oloiuho is parlieulary favorable to ils growth, being well sheltered, w ith a high equable temperature, and as showers fall fre tpienlly though a day's heavy rain is uncommon the ground is never parched, as in most other places it not unfreipicntly becomes, by extreme drought. The Minister's Wedding l ee. The Hamilton tN. V. ) /Vmiierude lit pnW/eiia has the following account of a wedding at-the residence of (lie clergy mini in that villiageon New Year's Hay “Thereverend gentleman was 1 at home 1 to all callers, and miring the day a gentleman and lady called. They sal down and accepted the attentions of the minister, who, w ell kno,\ ing their errand before they announced it, was try ing to make them led at home. After con siderable skirmishing, the candidate for groom managed to tell the secret. They wanted lobe married. The clergyman could do that lot them, and do it he did, (hen and (here, m approved style. The newly wedded pair desired a eerlilienle, and that was duly made tail, executed and <l<'lix eri and. Then came the fee. ‘How much do yon ask for the job?’ asked the youth. The clergyman re plied that the amount was always left to the generosity of the groom. ‘Well,' said the groom, ‘ limes are very hard and money scarce, Ini; I guess 1 can find dd cents.' So lit* lis-hed in his pocket awhile and liimlly produced what he called dtl cents and handed it to the pas lor. Then the happy eonj 1" took their leave. <hi looking at the change re ceived, the pastor found that i ne piece which had evidently been taken for 10 cents was a cent piece, and, therefore, his fee had been reduced to the maguili cent sum of-I.'! cents. Vet there was consolation even in that. The .certifi cate had cost lint ‘Jd cents, so it left him a clean prnliit of IS cents outlie trans action. An llloiiiient Discourse lnbTrii|ilel. I( is strange how ■uini i men like to hear themselves talk; stranger how they will persist in tin* ominous hnhit lifter they see the mi ery it eattseH. A justice of the peace m t’aseyville, 111., was subject to llii' tiee, and, having slowed away a few law phrases and high words, used luihitdally to inflict them upon persona whoeould not escape the torture. One day a yi umg man and woman came to him to he married, lie began with deliberation, cool, premeditate, fiendish, as if he had never been married himself and hail no idea of the impatience of young souls in that trying hour, I’onderoim words, long sentences and profound dogmas fell from his lips. Causes for rheetorial effects increased his complacency and the agons of the helpless man and woman. They were becoming desperate. No prospect for relief appeared. On went the justice, when he was snddei ly interrupted by a spasmodic ery. I'li able to endure him and the suspense any longer, the twain sashed into each other’s arms and i mbraeed rapturously, (’unfounded and amazed, the justice, after collecting himself and lamenting the rhetorical ruins, remarked “We will omit the rest of the ceremony, I pronounce you man and wife.’’ A WKonrvi announcement startled all Indianapolis high life a few days ago. Mrs, flora Stewart, the widow of a bravo colonel in the late war and the aee.ojnp lished daughter of one of the wealthiest citizens, mol at Munich where sho was prosecuting her musical studies iu IB7n, William K. Wulsehuer, leader of the. king's hand, and an ardent attachment sprung up between them. She wrote to her parents about it, and they replied that if she married they would disown her; hut she married the musician, nuU withstanding, and kept tlu> event a secret. They both came to this country at the sumo time. ami Wnlsclmncr oh taincd a lucrative situation in Indianap olis as a salesman. As soon as ho ho oamo independent his wife announced to Ivor startled parents her rolat on to the popular young Havarian, ami re marked that the time had oonvo to disown her. Hnt after a little fuming the stern patents eoneludod not to do it, and acknowledged (heir handsome son-in-law with milter more pride than otherwise. Hank of Kiiglauil Notes. Few of the persons who handle Hank of Kngland notes ever think of the amount of labor and ingenuity that is expended on their production. These notes are made from pure white linen cuttings, never from rags that have been worn. They have been manufaetnred for nearly ‘JtKI years by the same family, tin' Portals, Protestant refugees. So earefullv is the paper prepared that even the number of dips into the pulp made bv each workman is registered oil a dial by tnaehinery, and (he sheets are carefully counted and booked to each person through whose hands they pass. The printing is doin' by a most curious process m Mr. foe’s lie parlmenl within the bank building. I’here is an elaborate arrangement for seem ing that no note shall be like any other in existence. Consfapienlly there never was a duplicate of a Rank ol ’ Fug land note, except by forgery. Accord ing to the ('ilii l‘ns.i the slock of paid notes of seven years is about P 1.000,000 in number, and they till IS, OOO boxes, which it placed side b\ side would reach three miles. The notes, placed iu a pile, would be eight miles lu> It ; or if joined end to end. Mould form a ribbon lo.tHHI miles long ; their superlicial ex lent is more than that of Hyde Park I heir original value was over $15,0(10, IKK • and their weight over 11- tons. The Postal Savings Hanks. Inter Omni. The views of the secretary o( the treasury, asset forth in the letter of onr correspondent published yesterday, up oil (he subject id savings deposits with postmasters and the issue of small popular bonds, cannot he 100 soon acted upon. In onr judgment they are of the most immediateh practical character affording safety ol deposit, and availahil itV of use, to the great mass of Un people, which they not been able to have heretofore. This is a proposition upon which all should unite. It will aid most those needing aid, without in juring others, h will hriugour indebted ness home, and in case of need allord a tangible substitute for a delicienl cur renev. The Unjs f Women, Ni'W t in k Nun. Pel us mile the ways of some women whose alleetions have been slighted, and look al the story of Lew is and lleekwith, the faithless managing clerks of Hahhit. the si hi ll maker. Having been east aside by Lewis, (he woman in this ease made advances Iu lleekwith that were rejected. Thus doubly slighted, she made known facts (lint have consigned lleekwith, who, throughout his secret peculation, bad lived no outwardly blameless life for ten years, to n striped soil and a ex-11, and may compel the dashing Leins to follow him. * • ♦ He bought a guitar and practiced for six long weary months. Hut at the end of that lino a. smile of joy lit up his wan and weary face, and Ids brow grew radiant with joy, as lu* inspected the corns on the tlmmli of his right hand. The hour was HI p, m ., and he wan dered llirungli the stilly night to the hoarding house where she lived, and directly under that window which had been so often sanctified by her presence he commenced lu (not; (Twang, twang, him.) " I wandered h-i-i the lirooksiife (kling, clang, boo). I wandered by i-i the mill” and the sash was gently raised with a crash, and a deep base voice yelled out; " 1 visli as yu fall into your brook olf your hrookside nod frown yourself in dose mill, order I plow my vissiland call a poliz,eld idler." It was c ruel of her to have changed her room without letting him know, -♦ • ♦- An exchange says anew way of fast ening on ladies’ lads is to bore the lops of their ears, put in gold hoops and have the hat strings lied through them. Tims, step by step, we (read the path way to perfection, and ere the darkness of death envelopes all the world man will have utilized Ids nose in holding up his pants op pulling on his hoots. h niton Timet. Uin.s' it you iix | dint or, two iuoiillh in arreani on bin board bill, Haem bin landlady with a vinegar-liko exon* nion Heated in the front pow, it emit be expected that bin Hennon will pon hchm that eloquence which apringH only from a mind unenibamuwed by earthly cure*. Since tin* cold miap eiawtical team hUtm rniy that terra in a blamed night tinna tlmu it War —Oil Lily Dmnriak. NO. sW.