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f/ VOL. XII. mv WIFE. My little wife is mu lieyoud the burn. I sec her purasel behind the Hr. And here am 1 inditing verse to her Kre she return. That pretty bird is happy there conceal'd. This fragrant t hatnber smiles a peaceful smile - What joy to sin.'the joys of home the while ■My Joys a Held! My spouse is mild—she's meek as any nun. And yet her spiritual calm is sttch- Somehow one's always feeling she is nun h Too good for one. She thinks I'm wise ami handsome- lis her creed. I wonder am I either! On my word Sometimes I've wondered •• an tin honnie bird " Thinks so indeed. Terhaps! for she my homage ne'er repels; Perhaps I might have loved her half a life. Perhaps- hail site but been the little wife Of someone else. Uni why should i complain of cross or cures? While entertaining her (who won't complain) It may he I an angel entertain And unawares. /'Ac Conihill Mnijtiziiie. MV WIFE’S NEW Fill EM). Mrs. Jones has quite a habit of culti vating new friendships, which have every appearance of blooming eternally, but which soon wither in the world's cold blasts. 1 used to think this char acteristic was confined to school-girls, who swear immortal fidelity in letters crossed and recrossed, but forget each oilier as soon as they have caught a lover. My wife's lasi acquisition in the way of a bosom friend is Mrs. Mortimer Mowbray, with whom she became ac quainted last summer, while we were I hoarding out of town. Mrs. Mortimer Mowbray had her carriage with her, and created quite a sensation in fact, every lady in the house was eager to become ' her confidante; hut the amiable deport-i mentofMrs. Jones, combined, 1 doubt I not, with her intellectual accomplish-; incuts, rendered her the favorite, and | she it was who daily occupied the spare seat iu the coach, and had the honor of | advising Mrs. Mortimer Mowbray in those thousand grave perplexities under which women suffer. \V e returned to the city after thcMow hrays: but my wife, though usually very linn on questions of etiquette, waived her privileges on this occasion, and made the first call. She was gra ciously received, and came home in high spirits. All that evening she could do nothing but talk of Mrs. Mortimer Mowbray, “ Such an elegant estab lishment,” she said. “ A footman, with manners like a prince, waited at the door. The drawing room was the perfection of luxury and taste. Mrs. Mowbray had on such a sweet cap, and altogether looked so lady-like. Her manners were, indeed, most aristo cratic, just what those of a countess are supposed to he." In a few days Mrs. Mortimer Mow bray returned my wife’s call, coming in a shining new carriage, and w ith anew span of horses. Her equipage created unite a sensation in our street, Mrs. Jones, soon after this, began to act as if brooding over some vast de sign, which not being matured, she deemed it wisest to he silent respecting. At last the mighty secret was broached. “1 was thinking. Jones,” she said, one night, just as 1 was composing myself to sleep on my pillow, “that we ought to give a party. Nut a regu lar hail, indeed, but a select entertain ment, where a few congenial minds may he brought together. I should like to introduce my dear Mrs. Mow bray to some of the choicest of our set. Now, 1 detest parties, small or large; but, as the dolicacv of my wife’s nerves does not allow of her being thwarted, I made no objection to the proposal though I sighed to myself. “Of course, my dear." I said. “You know best." “Well, about thirty," continued my w ifi warming with the subject. “There’s Mrs. Wharton, and Mrs. Horace Shinn, and Mrs. Price, and the Misses Trelaw ney,” and thus the dear creature ran on, until she had mentioned about forty names, and I saw that her “ select party of congenial souls " was going to be, after all, a crowded rout. “ You have forgotten the two Misses Howell,” I said at last, when my wife stopped for want of breath. The two Misses Howell were amiable, intelligent, and pretty girl*, in whom I took particular interest, because their father had once been an extensive Mop ping merchant, but, having become re duced and died bankrupt, the sisters were obliged to earn a livelihood by standing in a store. They bad numer ous rich relations on whom they might have billeted themselves, hut with a spirit of proper independence, they preferred to work for their rnaintenence instead of eating the bread of charity, I had long nourished a romantic idea of -eeing them married well, and had con sequently made it a point always to invite them to our parties; to praise them highly to the young gentlemen there, and. in every other indirect way. to assist in realizing my pet scheme. My wife, heretofore, had seconded me in my benevolent plan: but on the present occasion she hesitated to reply, and I knew at once something was the matter. “ Atiem I" she -aid at last clearing MINERAL POINT, WIS.. FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 1878. hot' throat, " Altom ' Tho Missus Howell are very nice girls. to ho sure — that is, in their place hut as it is to Ih> a select party, ami as 1 have already mentioned rather too many, and as Mrs. Mowbray may not want to meet all sorts of people, and as " "Stop, my dear," said I. with a sigh, for I saw that my favorites were not to he invited, "you have goen good rea sons enough. It is a great pity though." And I sighed again a sigh eloquent of passive resignation. My wife heard my sighs, and her ten der heart was touched. She paused a moment in embarrassment, and per haps even revolved the idea of yielding to my wishes; hut in the end site raised herself on her elbow ami said: “ Mr. Jones, do listen to reason. Yon don't know how foolish you make yourself about those Howell girls. They've been unfortunate to he sure, and they're very passable, indeed: hut there's a prejudice, yon are aware, tigains' girls who stand in stores; ami who knows hut Mrs, Mowbray would take otlenccat my inviting such persons to meet her, 1 shouldn’t like to do it. indeed, without first asking her; and 1 can’t do that this time. She is very particular, and so excessively high fired," "Then I don't think she'd regard yon the less, my dear, " 1 ventured to say. "for being acquainted with two such excellent girls as I’attv and l,i//v Howell. " “Mr. Jones, don't he a child." re plied my wife, Hinging herself to the other side of the bed. "At your age yon should know something of die world. Kxelnsive people, like Mrs. Mowbray, don’t care to meet nohodies. She was very choice as you saw, whom she admitted to her acquaintance this summer; 1 may say, indeed, that lam the only one, of all she met, whom she recognizes now. " To have protracted the conversation would have < xited my wife’s nerves and deprived her of sleep, so I said no more, hut closed my eyes and courted slumber anew. 1 have no recollection of anything after that till I woke up next morning, and leaving Mrs. Jones aboil, as usual, went down to sec that the fires were all right and to do the marketing while breakfast was being prepared. The invitations to the party were is sued that week. Mrs. Mowbray grac iously promising to attend. When the important evening arrived my w ife was all nerves. At every ring of the bell the color cost to her face with expectation, but guest after guest entered without Mrs, Mowbray appear ing. Her nervousness soon began to change to anxiety, and this, ns (he hours wore on, to disappointment and dismay. She delayed the supper for a full hour, thinking that the new friend might yet arrive, hut in vain. " What can the matter he?" she said to me, its soon as we were alone. “ I hope the dear ha.be is well. Perhaps, however. Mrs, Mowbray is herself sick. Dear me, I am afraid 1 shall not sleep for anxiety. The first thing I'll do to morrow will he to call on Mrs. Mowbray and see what is the matter. " “Wouldn't (hilt lie against etiquette? " I ventured to ask. “It seems to me that Mrs, Mowbray should send yon a note or message, or something of that sort, to apologize for her absence. " Mrs. Junes did not reply in words, hut she gave me a look. And such a look! It expressed all the indignation which her outraged bosom fell at ha ving the slightest suspicion east upon her friend. When 1 came home to dinner that day 1 saw at a glance that something had oeenred to rutile my wife'- nerves. She had nothing whatever losay tome, j hot she scolded the servants and ehild | ren incessantly. I was too wise to en ! quire what was wrong. I knew that j M is. Jones, if she thought proper, would I tell me : and if not that idle questions j wwuld only aggravate her secret : trouble*. .i the in-xI day, ha\ mg heard some thing that cast light on Mrs. Mowbray’s absence from our party, I could not contain myself when I came home, “ Did you ever hear, my love,” said I as I began to carve the turkey at din ner. “that the Misses Howell had a married sister?” Mrs. Jones looked sharply up, as if she suspected 1 meant more than 1 said, and than answered laconically : “ I heard it casually, but never asked further. " “It seems," I continued, “that Mrs, Mowbray is that sister. " “I've heard so since," -aid Mr-. Jones, sharply ; and turning to our sec ond child, who was a-kiii" for the wing bone, rapped him over the head, ex claiming. “ Haven't I told von to wait till’you're helped ? Take that, now. and learn manners. I allowed a minute or more to < lapse, in ord-r that my wife's ebullition might subside, when i remarked : “ Mrs. Mowbray, it seems, expected to meet her sisters here. ” “1 shouldn't wonder if she did," snappishly -aid Mrs. Jones, looking down into her plate, and apparently absorbed in parting a wing joint. “When she found," 1 continued. “ that her sisters were not asked, she! grew indignant. She heard the reason. | it scorns. Your friend Mrs, Wha."ton. whom yon have made a confidante, told some lady, who told her : and hence her anger." " I'm sure 1 don't care if 1 never set' the proud thing again, " said mv w ife, reddening very much, but still without looking up. "One would not have sup posed that she was a sister to the Misses Howell. After another pause passed 1 said Hid yon call on Mrs. Mowbray, as you intended ? " Mrs. Jones was silent for a full minnfe. and seemed half disposed to decline answering altogether ; Inn finally she blurted out her reply as follow s " Yes, 1 did, since you must know. She was not at home so, at least, the footman said ; hut if I didn't s,-,. her at tin' window, " and here she hurst into tears of mortification and rage. " may 1 never eat another mouthful. " 1 saw it would not do to continue llf conversation, so 1 quietly ate my din ner. kissed tin l children, and went my way. Ol course the intimacy ofm\ wife with Mrs. Mowbray ceased from that fatal party ; and 1 am sorry to my that the Misses Howell have, as the phrase goes, "enl onr acquaintance." \(iiM(n;n kk. I''aumi:i;> in Ireland eon.uler barley the lu>>i grain crop with wiiieh to sow grasses; oats next, while wheat is the least, suitable of the three. In laying I lan 1 ofgood average quality down to permanent pasture, the following mix ture of seed is sown there with a grain nop Italian rye-grass, ti pounds; per nntial rye-grass, p potnnls; rock's foot, and pounds; timothy, I! pounds; rough stalked meadow grass,,’! pounds; mead ow fox tail, 'J pounds; eotnmon fesette, ] I pounds; hard fescue, I pounds; red clover, I pounds; yellow clover, 1 - pound; white clover.‘J pounds, ltnn'i\ Xnr Yorhr. t 'ai;t; or Stock. Farmers who look after the comfort of their cattle hut rarely stiller pecuniary loss by disease or death. In the stable cleanliness and ventilation are, with an occasional cur rying, the important requirements that promote health, Kxperiiuenls have proven that cows in milk and old oxen retain their condition in eonllned and warm quarters during the winter, while animals under three years thrive better in a well ■ hellered yard with shell at tached, the Moor of which should be cover'd with dried leives or refuse straw, which would all’ord them a rest ing place during the night, (lirniau toii ii 'Myrii/ili. tini.Ns' Ivons. ,\s soon as spring opens, our bees should all be examined by lifting the frames of each hive, and if the stocks are weak, the bees are sent to one side of the hive by means of a division hoard, so as to keep up the necessary heal for lirood rearing on as many combs as they can cover. As soon as the queen has tilled these combs with eggs, we spread them apart, inserting an empty comb between those occupied with brood, and in a few days' time the queen will till this one also; and so we keep on until every available eel lis occupied with brood. Thus it will be seen that instead of the queen lax ing her egg on the outside of the cluster, she lays them in the center of the brood-nest, where they should be. After the hive is full of brood and bees, it does not make so much diHerence, a the weather i- warm and bees are plen ty. so that the queen can deposit her eggs anywhere in the hive. As soon as the strongest slocks are full, lake a frame of lirood just gnawing out and place it in the weaker ones, giving the strong one an empty comb for the queen to till again, and so keep on un til all are full. -Anirrivnn Hn Jnnriiil, 1, iutv Alli-;.\j>. 10very farmer who has timber, should get a few logs to the mill for drag-limber, wagon tongues and the like. Have them sawed and piled under cover so that next season, when work is crowding and a piece of seasoned timber is needed, you will know just where the desired article can he found w ithout being obliged to spend the whole day in a search for it. Kach one should have a chest of common too 1 -, such as are necessary for repair work on the farm. It is much easier if we have the materials, to repair a brok en harrow or other utensil, than to trav el four or five miles to a shop for the purpose of hlrinif done what we could do just as well ourselves. Any article that are liable to break, had better be attended to at once, and not laid aside with “ I guess I can make that last this sea-on, well enough." It will be sure to break when you are in a hurry. There is a world of wisdom in the old maxim, “ I’rocra-lination i- the thief of time,” and to no one is thw -o precious as to the farmer at the busy season. Ito rut Xen Yorhr. Th-tixo Mm.k. The h'iliiij* tii XriJnnif refer- to I)r. Julias Lehmann's new method of testing milk, a- being at least an approach to a simple and easi ly applied form of analysis, so long a desideratum. A little of the milk to be tested is diluted with an equal quantity of water, and poured out in a thin lay er upon the surface of a poious earth enware slab of very done grain, The water, holding in solution the* milk, sugar, album on, and a part of (he salts, is at once absorbed by tin'earthenware, and thus is quickly elVeeted that stage ot the process ol analysis which oeen pies a long time when evaporation and similar means are resorted to. I’hg whole of the fat and the casein remain upon Uii> surlaee of the slab in the form ol a thin skin, and can easily hi' remov ed with a spatula and dried for exami nation. I’he amount of fat present can readily he delermitu and by either process, and lints the two chief constituents of the milk are at onee estimated. In main instances it is quite sntheient to know the sum ol the chief solid constit uents. and the proportion of water in the milk, to form a fair judgment upon it, and this can he aimed at with ease in less than two hours. The method has the further advantage that a great number ol samples can he operated on at onee with very little extra trouble. M ANI'KI'! COK t hit’ll MU'S, \\ ood asiies are doubtless excellent for orchards, hut instead of being tail around the trees they should he spread over the whole land. Uni where are the ashes to come from in this region? We have little or no wood, and of course little or no ashes. In onr limited experience we have learned one thing in regard to orchards as well as fruit trees of every kind that we have cultivated, and we believe the principle can be applied pretty much to every thing that grows upon the earth, which is. that the an plication of manure benefits them all. liroimd occupied with fruit trees should be manured as llberallv as are oilier portions of the land used for the raising of wheat and corn. It is the neglect to do so. in connection with the general negligence with which orchards are treated in many sections, that makes them unprofitable and to he come worn out prematurely, And as to the kind of manure with which or ehards ought to he treated. While anv kind, almost without exception, will prove ot advantage, there is none m the world to lie compared to stable or barnyard manure. A liberal applies lion of this only even third year, w ith careful priming, scraping and washing of (he trunks of the trees w ill make a prodigious change in an orchard. This top dressing can he applied at any lime when lh(> ground is not frozen, and it not bestowed in too heavy lumps so as to injure the (orchard) grass, will yield in addition to the fruit a couple of tons of good \mv. \\ e have known three full crops of grass to he cut from an orchard. Uormnnhum Ti'h’ffniph. II Millin', " i nln't a-takin’ no Ini<)<* dollars now." remarked the tramp to a henev • >1( lit olil lady. “(live ns a greenhaek, or n itliin ." Tin Turk lias ceased " dreaming of llii' hour," and has been suddenly rail ml out of hrd to hr told that *' his lionr lias come." Thrrr is a woman who works aiming the Krmirhrr liiiiihrriin'ii, driving logs down thr river. \nd Mr. Heeehersays, ‘■Hurrah, she doesn't hrlirvr in a mis rrahlr hr-rallrr I" Thr Saxon (Ippressor; Saxon Tourist " I sn|i|iosr (hr Knglish laiv all (hr pigs that yon wish to sell!'" Irish I’ras anl They do. Had lin kto ’em, (hr toirants "Whirr did this hahy romr froin asked a thrrr-yrnr-old yjiil of (hr niirsr, wiio was washing thr sijuealing little stranger, “ W by, from hravrn, of course." icoliril (lie Illll'M', *• Well, if it screamed like that thrrr, I don't won di r lin y sent it oil was the stunning rejoinder. Thr Nevada man who had seven homely daughter's, for a hox of cigars got the (oral editor to publish a minor that hr was a desperate old miser who had seven barrels of gold lairinl in hi cellar, and all his daughters were mar ried oil in four months from that dale. Il is when a hoy linds himself, without any solicitation on hi- part, assigned to a position between the ruler and his teacher's knee, that he (eels the imper ative necessity, or at least the desirabil ity, of ordering the immediate mobiliza tion of all his force-. A loin of mutton was on the table, and the gentleman opposite took the eaiverin his hand. ‘Shall I cut it -ad dlewi-eijiioth he, Von had better ent it hridlewise," replied hi- neighbor, “ for then we shall base a chance to get a hit in onr months." Not 11 nile the same thing: mnall child I whose favorite aunt i- '* engaged ") tirandma, where i- Auntie May'''’ (irandmamma ‘She i- sitting in the parlor with Captain Herbert, my dear.’’ Small child (after a moment s thought; -‘‘tirandma, eonldn’t yon go and sit with Captain Herbert, and Anntii May come and play with me? I‘unih. A Vicksburg negro fell from the deck of a teainhoal, the other day, was -licked under a coal-barge, came no in time to catch his breath before he slid under a raft a mile long, and finally scrambled ashore down at W’arrentow n, -even miles below, with the remark, “X o use try in', ye kaint drown a deep water Jlaptis’ T As yet no one can tell whv it is that the most substantial pair of stairs will creak and creak like a night shirt on a clothes imo in the wind, whenever ;i fellow tries to climb thorn noiselessly late at night, hut thank goodness thorn is an average of ton philosophers hon ovi'iy day, and this darkness will ho dis polled some litno,- Fulton Timet. " W hat oahlo nows doos that roiuind yon *t asked Spilkins yesterday, pointing to a man oafrying a keg of lifM across (In' sidewalk. " Hive it up, said (ho other follow (it's always well to give up Spilkins’ oounndrnms at the > 'lavl. No one over guesses 'oml. "Why," said l.oandor, " it reminds mo otlireeoein Arms." (Vmmcreiu/ ti/in fiscr. lion. John I. Maker raised a great laugh in the House the other day. In tin 1 course of a speech he suggested that some of the mouthers prohahly wanted logo to Congress. 11 The gentleman must address (he ehair," interposed Speaker Long. "It was the chair I had specially in mind," retorted Mr. Haki /forfeit Tnurlln-. tl.wv item 111 an lu'avl l I lie mnu of my I'lillit hmnl, Wlirn I'oml m'ollci'llim* |nenenl him to mi>. Tin l tiemitlliil liens! Mhti'M \vtiene'ei In- wns rlleil would M nko o' entiling llv h orn Ihr (irenem-e of hr Mi miHi'hlnoa* genl Mils Ihr Iroivlrst Imnn I hut rvn- dill Inn II mono lenee till u frit; Hr i| urn It n rumiiiir nse remit hr won lit alter Thru hi m r his linn' toils, mill go in n |n>ll moll, o. lion Ini muntil hark n ! An Inn; hum il luu kri. Hr unco trlrd tuliiirk II Hint dint In (hr writ “ W hat is your religion, my friend? asked a clergyman of a tramp with a calcium nose. "Me? 1 belong to the >fcilhiuarian denomination." " Indeed" 1 never heard of that seel. What are its tenenfs?" earnestly impured the parson " Why, we believe, ye see, I hut w e helie ,(• 11 111 1 wall we he lieve, tout wlmtever he/, happened wn to he, whether il come to pass or not. \ voung woman in Toledo, after re ceiving ten notes in as many hours from a lover whose addresses she had reject ed, sat down with fnrv in her eye to write an answer which should eHeetual ly pul an end to his love making. Mnt the errand hey who had brought the note said, in some trepidation, " If you please, mum, don't write anything that will scare him so he won't send any more notes, 'cause I’m makin' live cents every trip in this had weather." The logical capacity is one of the most heaiitifnl and touching things to he semi in (he modern small hoy. At the conclusion of a festival last summer an excellent teacher, desirous of admin isieriiiK a trilling moral lesson, hnpitred of the hoys if they Inul enjoyed the re past. Willi th<> ingenuous modesty ol youth they all responded, " Yes, sir." "Then," asked the exeellent teacher, "if you had slipped into my garden and picked those strawberries without my leave, would they have lasted as good as now?" Kvery small hoy in that stained and sticky company shrieked, " No, sir !" "Why not?" “’Cause," said little Thomas, with the cheerful ness of conscious viilne, “then we shouldn’t have had sugar ami main with ’em." Diogenes In Texas. Not long since a parly of visitors in spected the poorhonse, Among the inmates was a venerable looking old man. w hose face indicated perfect hap piness. Ile seemed Si he perfectly con tented. Said one nf the visitors, " Von seem In he satisfied with your lot," "I am," he replied. “ I have a source nf consolation that is denied to most men. "Ah I" said the visitor, "you look forward to a blissful future beyond the gras i." " Yes," responded the nld man, “hut i also find miieli comfort in the proverb that says one man's loss is another man's gain. If makes me happy to think (lull. I never lost, cm nigh to do the feller that found it mm h good -Sun iihmiii I ’i/iii ,c. Theology in the Hull. Once mi a lime my cousin's child, a four-year-old hoy, had to “try on” some garments. 11 is admiring mother, find mg she had made a had muddle of the cutting, naturally vented her own irrita limi on the restive little figure wriggling under the infliction of “taking in here and letting out there." It ended in her giving Ine poor child a slight slinking. At night, as Ids mother was preparing him for bed, he said, ‘ 1 was so naughty I you had to shake me, mamma, didn't j you,’e,ms* I wouldn’t stun’still when [you was u-inakio’ my new close, would I?" Then suddenly, "Hay, mamma, tell me wind (2nd has to do to the | naughty little hoys op in heaven that i won’t stall’ still when he’s a-inakiti of I ’em ?” Mni liiielon //niifci/n Corres ; poodeiiee. A Ni.w You,; child drank kerosene ! the otlu r day, and his mother, being ol ’ a saving disposition, ran a wick down his throat, and used him that night in stead of a lamp. Albany Ar/jtu, The child was unite light-headed all night, and longed for the time " w hen the wick ’ml cease from troubling." ■/'/<// HuUeliu. Tim Rochester Democrat asks what a political offense is, anti the Danbury Newt suggests that taking the drink and then voting for the other man would not be a had definition. NO. 31.