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lowa County Democrat.
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?
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
“ 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.
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
“ 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
“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
“ 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
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.
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
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
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
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
" 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
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
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."
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
"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
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.

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