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lowa County Democrat.
VOL. XII. SIX LI TTLE FEET OS THE FESTER In my heart there tiveth a picture Of a kitchen rude and old. Where the firelight tripped o'er the rafters. And reddened the roof's brown mold. Oildinir the steam of the kettle, Thai nutnmed on the tool-worn hearth, Throughout all the livelong evening. Us measure of drowsy mirth Because of the three light shadows— That Ircscoed that rude old room— Because of the voices echoed I'p'mul the rafters’ gloom Because of the feel on Ihu fender. Six restless, white little feet The thoughts of that dear old kitchen Are to me so fresh and sweet When the first dash at the window Told of the coming rain, 01 where are the fair young ( ices 1 hat crowded against tue pane' While hits of firelight stealing Their dimpled cheeks between. Went struggling out in the darkness. In shreds of silver sheen. Two of the feel grew weary, One dreary, dismal day, And we tied them with snow-white ribbons, Leaving them by the way; There was fresh clay on the fender That weary, wintry night, Vor the four little feet had tracked it Krom the grave on the bright hill's height. Ol why. on this darksome evening, This evening of rain and sleet. Rest mv feet all alone on the hearthstone* O! where are those other feet? Are they treading the pathway of virtue That will bring us together above? nr have they made steps that will dampen A sister’s tireless love? MVS 01.I> HEAP. How a Hague was Foiled. The recent revelations concerning deed forgeries at a criminal trial at Chicago, remind me of an incident that occurred a few years ago, in the vicin ity of St. Louis, which seems to me to he worth relating. Clara and Mary Merwin, sisters and orphans, were in the sitting-room of their pleasant home of a village near the Missouri. Their mother had been dead several years ; their father had lately died, leaving them an estate, as they supposed, of the value of some forty thousand dollars, but they had learned quite recently that the property was encumbered to such an extent that they were likely to be deprived of it all. This discovery, as may he sup posed, filled them with sadness and anxity, and they were seated in silence, unable to read, to converse, to work, or to do anything hut brood over their great misfortune. While they were thus occupied with sombre thoughts, a buggy drove up in front of the bouse, a man alighted, and the buggv drove away. The man must have been on the shady side of fifty, to judge from his grey hairs, although his face was fresh ami unwrinkled, lie was dressed with remarkable neatness, and bis manners indicated briskness as well as precision. In one hand he carried a small valise, and in the other an umbrella, and he stepped quickly to the door and rang the bell. In a few minutes he was ush ered into the presence of the young ladies. “ I’m obliged to introduce myself," he said, smiling and bowing in a courtly manner. “ Abner Fierce. Here is my card—professional card. You will per ceive I am a lawyer in St. Ismis, and presumably a respectable man. Don't be afraid: I'm not here to hurt you but to help you. I have the honor to call myself a friend of the family—that is to say, although it is many years since 1 have seen any member of said fam ily. I always had the highest possible regard for your now sainted mother, and nothing would please me better than to be of some service to her children.” ■* We are happy to meet you,!’ mur mured Clara. “Thank you, I happened to hear — no matter how—that you are in trouble —and I have come up here in the be lief that I can assist you. lam actu ally an honest man, although a lawyer, and I mean well, although I may ex oress myself clumsily.” “ 1 am free to admit,” said Clara, •‘that we need assistance, and that we have, not known to whom to look for it.” "Very well. It is a good thing, no doubt, that I have come. Now sit down and tell me all about it.” Clara Merwin, who was the elder of the orphans and leader in everything, told how she and her sister had taken out letters of administration upon their father's estate, when a man of whom they had never before heard put in an appearance, and presented a mortgage, with bonds included, executed by the late Mr. Merwin, upon all bis real estate, for the sum of forty thousand dollars. Not content with prohibiting them from attempting to sell anything, he had tied up their money in bank, leaving them absolutely penniless. They had used their credit, but tradesmen were bo oming impatient, and some had re fuse*! to supply them any further with out pay. “This is a bad case,” said Mr. Pierce. “ You need money—that is the first thing to attend to. You must let me act as your hanker until I get you out of this’scrape, and that won't be long, I hope. How much do you owe!”' More than one hundred dollars.” answered Clara. The old gentleman counted out two hundred dollars from a well-filled pock et-book and handed it to her. “ For your mothers sake." he said. MINERAL POINT, WIS., FRIDAY, MAY IS, IS7S. when she refused to receive it, and he forced it upon Iter in such it way that she could not help taking it. He then accepted the voting lady's invitation to make their house his home during his stay, and went in to dinner with thorn. *' Is there any place where 1 can smoke?” he asked, when they hud ro turned to the sitting-room. “ You can smoke here,” said the im pulsive Mary. “ l’a always smoked here, and we are used to it." So he took a meerehaum and some tobacco from his valise, and was soon pulling away w ith an air of great con tent. “ I can think better when 1 smoke," he said. " Hid you have any legal ad vice in the matterofthat mortgage* Miss Merwin ?” *' Yes sir, replied Clara. " Onr lawyer said it was a plain ease against ns, al though it w as strange that w e had never heard of the mortgage before," "Very strange. What is the name of the man who holds it?" * Alexander Campbell." Hum. A good name, but a bad man, lam afraid. When and where can 1 see him?" “He will he here this afternoon," answered Clara. “He proposes, if we will make him a deed of the real estate, to give up the bond and mortgage, leav ing our money in hank and the rest of our personal property." “ Very liberal. Introduce me to him when he comes, as an old triend of the family, and not as a lawyer," Mr. Alexander Campbell called in the course of the afternoon, and was made acquainted w ith Mr. Abner I’ieree, tit whom he lookod suspiciously; hut his eyes fell when he met the old gentle man's intense ga/e. Mr. I’ieree glanced but slightly at the deed w hich was of fered for the consideration of the ladies, being occupied in studying the count enance of the man in whose favor it was drawn. “ I can’t decide upon it just now ," he said at last. Asa friend of these young ladies—standing, as I may say. in loco pannli*,— I must make a few in quiries concerning the value of the property. Suppose you come after supper, Mr. Campbell, and suppose you bring that mortgage with you. I have no doubt it is all correct, but would like to see it.” Mr Campbell assented to this and withdrew. Abner Fierce tilled his pipe with nervous haste, but also w ith tobac co, and Mary brought him a light. “ 1 know that you have some good news for us,” she said. “ I can see it in your face." “Not bad. my child. 1 hope anil trust that it is very good. A good mine, but a bad man, 1 said, and that is true. 1 think I see my way out of (his difficulty, and the money I lent yon is safe, lint yon mustn’t interfere with me young ladies, or be surprised at anything that I may say or do. or object to it. You must trust me, and let me work in my own way." After supper, when Abner Fierce had enjoyed another comfortable smoke, and conversed with the girls concerning their mother as he had known her in her youth,—a subject upon which he grew quite eloquent,—Alexander Campbell came in, bringing the deed and mortg age, both of which he handed to Mr. Fierce for examination. “ I have made inquiries eoncorning the property,” said the old gentleman, “and am satisfied that it is not worth more than the amount of (lie mortgage. This appears Pi be correct,” he contin ued. when he had examined the instru ment. “It is properly acknowledged, and the signature is undoubtedly that of Fhilip Me rwin. I suppose the young ladies will have to go to the country seat to execute the deed.” The girls’ countenances fell at this sudden surrender on the part of their chamoion. “This reminds me," said the old law yer, picking up the mortgage again, “of an occurrence that fell under my ob servance in Tennessee. Not that the two cases are alike, as the Tennessee case was undoubtedly a fraudulent af fair; but there is a similarity in the cir cumstances. Don't look so down-heart ed, young ladies. What will be must be, and it is useless to cry about what can't be helped. As 1 was about to say, a man died in Tennessee, leaving a wid ow and one daughter. The widow was about to administer upon his estate, when a man who was unknown came forward and presented a mortgage sim ilar to this, and for exactly the same amount. It was examined by lawyers who were familiar with the signature of the and pronounced correct. Although there was something strange about the affair, they could find no flaw in the instrument. It was particularly puzzling to one of them, who thought that he had transacted all the law busi ness of the deceased. He got hold of the mortgage and brought it to me when Iwas in Nashville. I happened to have in my possession a very powerful mag nifying glass that had been presented to me—the most powerful single lens I have ever seen. With this I examined the paper, and soon discovered that forty had been raised from four. There was no mistake about it. I could easily t see the marks of chemical erasure, and the difference in pen and ink. between the ‘raised’ and the rest of the instru ment. How the rascal got into the Register's otl'tce 1 don’t know ; but tin* record there hud been altered m the same manner, lit' ran away, and it was not considered worthwhile to follow him. Strange circumstance, wasn't it, Mr. Campbell?" Mr. Campbell was fidgeting uneasily in his chair, and made in reply. *• Here is the glass," continued the old gentleman, taking it from his pocket, "and yon can see for yourself how well it magnifies. Now, as I look at this ■flirty' why bless me thesame signs are visible that 1 saw in my Tennessee mort gage! I think you w ill be obliged to drop this. Mr. Campbell. My Tennessee man's name was Alexander Hell, and he has added a Camp to it since he came to Missouri.” Campbell, his face red as ilame. reached out his hand for the docu ment." “ 1 believe 1 will keep this, Mr. Camp bell. for fear of accidents. What, do you think you could take it by force?] Here is something that shoots live times, lining are yon? Very well, 1 don't think i yon will be molested, if you will leave | this part of the country and never re turn to it. It is barely possible that the estate of I’hillip Merw in may really owe you four thousand dollars. Ifso, 1 ad vise you not to try and collect the debt, as such an attempt would laid you in the penitentiary, Hood-night, Mr. Camp bell, and farewell." “ W hat is it? What docs this mean?" asked Clara as Mr. Tierce, rnU'ing his hands and smiling bustled about to till his pipe. “ A • you so dull, my child.’ Why, the fellow is a swindler, and ms been found out. I guessed as much when 1 first heard of the affair, and was sure of it when you told me his name. You will soon be able to pay me my two hundred, and we w ill straighten up mat ters. Thank you, Mary, you rc very kind to give me a light." “Don't you mean to punish him!" asked Mary. "It would hardly pay. We eotlldput him in the penitentiary, but you might lose four thousand dollars by the job. Ily trying for forty thousand he lost the four that may have been justly his due. He will be far from here by morning, I have no doubt, and good riddance to him. Ah! This is comfortable. I know that 1 feel better, and I hope that you do." The girls were sure that a great weight had been lifted from their minds and hearts. Alexander Camp, alias Bell, decamped, and Aimer Tierce stayed a week with the orphans, during which lime lie arranged all their lasting grati tude and love. “ How can we ever thank yon for all you have done for us?" said Clara, when he was about to leave “It was for your mother's sake, my child. And for her sake, if I can ever help you, all I have is at your service." Abner Tierce has made v isits to the orphans frequently since the event above narrated, and they have always had a cordial welcome for mil’s old bean. Erehunye The Famine In Ctiinn. A letter from the famine districts of China brings information up to Fehru ary 10. The latest intelligence from Shansi shows that “ not only Inul the inhabitants there to miller want, hut lln> winter had been unusually severe, | This appalling calamity is attaining greater dimensions than any one previ ously known in modern limes, for die area included and the number of people involved; and it has been coming on throughout the southern parts of the province of Shansi during the past three years. All this time the rainfall has been less and less, and last year up to September ceased. What fell after that could of course ripen nothing. It is beyond the power of tin 1 Chinese government to reach and rescue their subjects from death to anything like the extent of the demand upon their re sources, but they have already done even more than was expected of them, considering their poverty and the necu lation of their officials. Two millions I ! of dollars probably underestimates their outlay up to February 1. “There is every reason for helping! these starving people, and there is a ! stronger call to stretch out a helping hand just now in order to tide them t over the dearth till the next crop can be cut—about the middle of June. < her thousands of square miles no seed was sown lost fall, because there was none in ' hand to sow; and these region* will not! produce anything till August, except kitchen vegetables.” i )nk of the most remarkable things in i human nature, however, is this will ingness of women to sacrifice a girl's’ life for the chance of saving the morals of a scapegrace man. If a pious moth er can only marry herson Beelzebub to some “ good religious girl,” thu chance of his reformation is greatly increased. The girl is neither here nor there, when one considers the necessity for saving dear Beelzebub. —Kdtiitrd tan. Whkn a girl is too stupid to earn her own living, the oriy thing to be done with her is to get her “married to some good man." riiiiun) graphs. The Russians will immediately order several thousand barrels of Minnesota | flour for the torpedo service. (Viiiiiiniiti | CbmaawW. i “Tom, what in the world nut matri mony into your head?" “Well, the fact is, Joe, 1 was getting short of shirts." A man in Maine applied for live gallons of rum for "ni'chanical pur poses." “ For what mechanical pur poses?" " For raising a barn," was the reply. A man is never so emphatically em braced by the spirit of economy as when lln> church contribution box stares him in the face, Fulton Timm. Young man. that spring suit may not be last year’s, steamed and pressed; it may be original with IS7S; but why is there a peach stain on the northeast corner of the vest ? Tuck. I.title null's from oroililors, l.lllli' Mils on hm>. Make tin 1 Mink rashlei lti'h,v|>oiln'i'iilo, " I didn’t know," said an old lady, as she laid down her newspaper, "that thieves were so scarce they nad to ad vertise for 'em, and oiler a reward for their discovery." A young lady correspondent (poetic) • desires to know it we have seen any thing sweeter than “A Chaplet Alone," I Certainly, we have seen a chan let ill girl kiss him which was ever so much ' sweeter. < 'oiinnnvinl Itulletin. At ‘_’o a woman searches for the trail ing arbutus. V. ‘Jo she is after horse radish. At ltd she digs roots for her blood. Such is gentle spring in the various stages of the feminine life. “ Dad, have you ever been to the museum?" said a ten-year-old, "No, my son." “Well, go and mention my name to the keeper, and he’ll take you round and show you every thing." The young man whose fancy lightly turned to thoughts of love, about a month ago, had better begin to buckle down to business, and provide a sinking fund against the advert of the ice cream season. I‘nrk. Cnniing from the headquarters at t'hicagu, as it dues, tieneral Sheridan's report of PJS Indians killed and .V> wounded during the third quaiti r of 1577, sounds like u commercial report er's paragraph on the hog product. I 'liiii D/wmr. “ Who shall we trust?" is the anxious inquiry over a newspaper article. We shall gel to the front rather than hang hack and let someone tear our coal trying to get ns (here. Fulton Tiinrs. It makes a stuttering man awful mad ito he drawn into a discussion aland | " the remonel i/.at ion of the dollar of our fathers,” and the ‘‘ necessity of an in troeonverlihle bimetallic, currency." lie may he just bursting with ideas, but the Mow of language in the titleof the bill is what throws him. When yon here a country church choir singing. "There will be no more sorrow there," you conclude at once that either the aforesaid choir will not be there, or they w ill not be permitted to sing. Oil <'ihj Ihrrick. The fashion reporter who wrote with reference to a belle: “Her feet were encased in shoes that might be taken for fairy boots," tied his wardrobe up in a handkerchief and left for parts unknown when it appeared the next morning " Her feet were encased in slioes that might be taken for ferry boats.” In a recent case for assault, the de fendant pleaded guilty. “ I think 1 must be guilty,” said he, ‘‘because the plaintill and I were the only ones in the room; and the first thing I knew was that I was standing up, and he was doubled over tic fable. S’on'd belter call it guilty.” " Is it becoming to me? ’ asked she, as she paraded in the costume of one hundred years ago, before the man who is not her lord and master, but is her husband. “ Yes, my dear," said he, meekly. "Don't yon wish I could dress this way all the time*?" she asked. “ No, my dear," he replied; hut I wish you had lived when that was the style.” An editor narrowly escaped having bis pocket picked of SIO,OOO in a crowd m Philadelphia last week. The thief got off with his wallet, hut fortunately it contained only .Extern cents and a recipe for making paste that will keep six months without souring. Swrintotvn llirahl. Kansas is a lag state, and no one de nies it, hut the story that a Kansas man had his hand crippled the other day by being struck with a bail-tone is open to doubt.— Hfttbm Tran hr. The 7 ran hr could easily verify the fact if he will come west. It don't “play hail” out in Kansas like it does in Massachusetts; it comes kerchunk, and a man wants at least an inch board ever his head. I) I,l* sunflower limy rise above lit; modest ‘later vfta*. An. hrait shunt tl Sunday < lothea, Ah' pul on sir* ao tlim; Hut wb' h ii' j winter howls mould, Ah' He show lies h! the* doith. J) hie sunflower, oh 1 whar mil he? Dc Inter h”/ de float! An india-rubber baby, that squeals like a human infant, has been invented. And now every old bachelor can erjoy the felicities of married life without any of its torments. He can get up at oVlook in tho morning, and parade ' tho room with squealing lathy in his arms, and. if In' fools so disposed, oan I smash the baby’s head against tho slovo j without foar of an angry mother's in i torforonoo. A sorawny-looking individual oamo into tho olhoo tho othor morning to ad I vortiso his wife, who had loft him. that people should not trust hor on his ao oount. Ho askod tho hookkoopor tin' prioo, and whon told, said, in some sur nriso "Is that so? Why, that’s what I I paid to advortiso my first wifo. 1 thought prioos might have oomo down." .Votes. A inror in St. l.ouis snort'd so loudly that no awoko tho judge, and tho latter was so indignant that no finotl him sh> and sent him out of tho hox, after whiohtho oaso was adjournod. tho do fondant refusing to proceed with only olovon jurors. Snoring, accordingly, >s oonl mot of oourl, unh'ss tho judge doos it himsolf; so that about tho only thinn tho average juror knows how to do woll is takon away from him. HuftUlo KrpiYM. "tiirls," said a worthy old lady to hor granddaughters, " whenever a fol low pops tho question don’t blush and start' at your foot. .Inst throw your arms around his nook, look him full in tho faoo, and oonimouoo talking about (ho furnitnro. Young follows aro mighty uorvous sometimes. I lost s> voral piod ohanoos hoforo I caught your fond, dour grandfather by putting on airs, hut I loaniod how to do it aflor awhile." Tho oasluorof (ho Indiana bank, who ran away leaving #t!(Ht,tKH( in his safo, is undoubtedly a violim of t'lnolioiial in sanilv, hosido being absont-miudod. Wo tliink of that man with t xtromo sorrow. What a spoolaolo it must havo boon, when, suddenly clapping his hand to his forohoad, ho romomborotl that tho inonoy ho so noodotl was not. thoro. hut undoubtedly at tlu> disposal id’ its rightful owners, Wo shall hoar of his suioido tomorrow, lie oannol all’ord to survive. Hiiff'ulo liul Kill*. lutin' school, as in tin l world, far linin' rust out Ilian wear tail. Study is most tedious mid wearisome to those who study least. 1 hones always have the toughest time, (irumhlers make poor scholars, and their lessons are uniformly “ hard" and " too long.” The lime and thought expended in shirking would he ample to master their tasks. Sloth, gormandizing and worry kills thousands, where over study harms one. Theeurse of I leaven rests on laziness ami gluttony. My the very constitution of onr lieing they are tilled to beget, that torpor and despondency which chill the blood, deaden the nerves, enfeeble the muscles, and derange the whole vital machinery Fretting, fidgeting, ennui, and anxiety are among the must common cause of disease. Outlie other hand, high aspi ration and enthusiasm help digestion and respirat'on, and send an increased supply of vital energy to all parts of the body. Courage and work invigorate the whole system, and lift one into a purer atmosphere, above the region of contagion. The lazy groan most over their " arduous duties," while earnest, workers talk little about the exhausting labors of their profession. Of all erca lures, the sloth would seem to be the most worried and worn. AI larked by Wolves. Hi. I lon.l i Mum,) .Innrnitl. AI >< >i 1 1 10 o'clock last Sat on lay night, as Mr. Miner, of tlie town of Cangoliu, Iteiiton county, was driving from his own house to Mr. Morrill’s, having with him his wife and three children, he was attacked hy live large tiinher wolves. The tierce heasts sprang at his horses, and when Mr. Miner struck at the near est one with Ins whip, it made a leap to gel to him, hot struck against the wagon-hox. At this moment Mr. Mi ner’s dog bravely attacked the wolf, and was set upon hy the whole pack ami killed, and almost devoured. This nave Mr. Mineral) opportunity to whip up his horse, and make oil’, which he did at a full cal lop, calling out loudly for help. Mis cries altrncked the attention of Mr. Jocelyn and family, who came to the rescue, and the wolves were driven off. Hut ror the fortunate inter ference of the dog, the result might have been much more serious, Ati at tack of this kind, hy wolves, is almost without precedent in this part of the state, and it must he that (lie animals were driven to it hy ravenous hunger. -• • * Total population of the earth, 1,300,- 702,000; under Christian governments, 080,400,411; under non-Christian govern rnents, 71 1,.‘18.‘1,0K!; total area of the earth in square miles, 02.002,470; area of Christian governments, 32,410,016; area of non-Christian lands, 1t*,042,500. I’r I iff tutor Scltrm, lv reply to an inquiring friend the Christian Union says: “The Hahbath was made for man ; whatever method of use will tend to send the community hack to the week better fitted to live high and noble lives for God and their fellow men is appropriate for the Hal>- hath. ’’ NO. 10.