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VOL. XII. SMILE WHKXEVKk YOU CAN. When things don’t go to suit you, And the world scorns upside down. Don't waste your time in fretting, But drive away that frown; Since life is oft perplexing, ' 1 is much the wisest plan To bear aU trials bravely. And smile whenever you can. Why should you dread to-morrow. And thus dlspoi! to-day? For when you borrow trouble. You always have to pay. It is a good old maxim. Which should often bo preached: Don't cross the bridge before you Until the bridge is reached. You might he spared much sighing, If you want to keep iu mind The thought that good and evil Are always here combined. There must be something wanting Ami though you roll in wealth. You may miss trout your casket The precious Jewel—health. And though you're strong and sturdy You may have an empty purse; And earth has many trials Which 1 consider worse I But whether Joy or sorrow Fill up your mortal span, Twill make your pathway hrightei To smile whenever you can, BILL ANBTHE WlllOW, A Story That Will Make You Laugh. + BY J. A. SMITH. *• Wife,” said Ed. Wilbur one morning as ho sat stirring his coffee with one hand and holding tv plum cake on his knee with the other, and looking across the table into the bright eyes of his lit tle wife, “wouldn’t it he a good joke to get bachelor Bill Smilov to take widow W atsoit to Barnaul's show next week?” “ You can’t do it, Ed: ho won’t ask her, lie’s so awful shy. Why he came by here the other morning when 1 was hanging out clothes, and he looked over the fence and spoke, hut when 1 shook out a night gown he blushed like a girl and went away.” “ I think I can manage it,” said Ed. hut I’ll have to lie just a little' Bu ttnen it won’t he much harm under the cir cumstances. for 1 know she likes him, and he don’t dislike her; but just as you say, he’s so shy. I'll just go over to his place to borrow some hags of him, and if I don’t bag him before I come hack, don’t kiss me for tv week, Nellie.” So saying, Ed. started, and while he is moving across the tields wo will take a look at Bill Smiley. He is rat her a good looking fellow, though his hair ami whiskers had some gray hairs, and he had got in a set of artificial teeth. But every one said he was tv good soul, and so he was. He had as good a hundred acre farm as tiny in Norwich, with anew house and everything comfortable; and if he wanted a wife many a girl would have jumped at the chance, like a roost er at a grasshopper. But Bill was so bashful —always was—and when Susan IWryhottle, whom ho was so sweet on, though he never said “ hoo" to her, got married to old Watson, he just drew in his head like a mud turtle in his shell, and there was no getting him out again, though it had been noticed that since Susan had become a widow he had paid more attention to his clothes, and had been very regular in his attendance iit the church the fair widow attended. But here comes Ed. Wilbur. “Good morning, Mr. Wilbur.— What’s the news your way?” "Oh, nothing particular, that 1 know of,” said Ed. “ only Barnum’sshow that everybody and his girl is going to. I was over to >ld Sockrider’s last night, and I see his son (his has got anew bug gy. and was scrubbing up his harness, and he’s got the white faced colt of his as slick as a seal. I understand that he intends taking widow Watson to the show. He’s been hanging around there a good dctil of late, hut Id just like to cut him out, 1 would. Susan is a nice little woman, and deserves a hotter man than that young pun of a fellow, though I would not blame her much anyhow if she takes him, for she must be dread fully lonesome, and then she has to lot her farm out on shares, and it isn’t half worked, and no one else seems to have the spunk to speak up t<> her. By jingo’ If I were a single man I’d show you a trick or two.” So saying, Ed. borrowed some hags and started around the corner of the barn, where he had left Bill sweeping, and put his ear to a knot hole and list ened, knowing that the bachelor had a habit of talking to himself when any thing worried him. “Confound that young Sockrider," .—tvid Bill. “ What business has he there, I should like to know ! Got tv new Buggy, has he? Well, so have I, and a new harness, too, and his horse can’t get in sight of mine: and I declare J ve half a mind to, yes I will, I’ll go this very night and ask her to go to tin show with me. i’ll show Ed. Wilber that I ain’t such a ealf as he thinks lam, if I did let old w atsoii get lie Start of me in the lirst." , , , . Ed. could scarcely stop laughing out-right, hut he hastily hitched the hags on his shoulders, and with a low chuckle at his sucres* startled home to mu the news to Nellie, and about •• o'clock they saw Bill go by with hi* horse and buggy on his way to the wi dow's. Hej ogged along quietly think ing of the old singing school days, and what a pretty girl Susan was then, and wondering inwardly if he would have more courage now to talk to her, until it a distance of about a mile from her house he came to a bridge—over a large MINERAL POINT, WIS., FKDAY, JUNE 11, 187S. j creek—ami it so happened that hist as \ he reached the middle of the bridge, he ; gave a tremendous sneeze, and blew the i teeth out of his mouth and clear over 1 the dashboard, and striking on the plank they rolled over the side of the bridge and dropped into four feet of water. Words cannot do justice to poor Bill j or paint the express! m on his face as he ; sat there —completely dumfounded at I his startling piece of ill luck. After a while he stopped out of his buggy, and | getting down on his hands and knees, looked over into the water. " Yes, they were at the bottom, with a crowd of little fishes rubbing their noses against ■ them, and Bill wished to goodness that his nose was as close for one second, i His beautiful teeth that had cost him so much, and the show coming on, and no | time to get another set —and the widow i and young Sockrider. Well, he must j try and get them somehow—and no time to loose—for someone might j come along and ask him what he was fooling mound there for. He had no notion of spoiling his good clothes by wading in with them on, and besides, if ho did ho could not go to the widow’s that night, so he took a look up and down the road to see that no one was in sight, and then quickly undressed him self, laying his clothes in the buggy to keep them clean. Then he ran down the bank and waded into the ice-cold water, but ids teeth did not chatter in Ids head —he only wished they could. Quickly he waded along so as not to stir n|> the mud. and when he got to the right spot he dropped under the water and came up with his teeth in his hand, and replaced them in his month. But hark!—What noise is that? A wagon, and a little dog harking with all his might, and his horse starting. “ Whoa! whoa ! Stop, you brute you, slop.”— But stop he would not, but went oll'af a spanking pace, with the unfortunate bachelor after him with the little dog yelping after the bachelor. Bill was certainly in capital running costume, I but (hough he strained every nerve, he j could not touch the buggy or reach the lines that were dragging along on the ground. After awhile his plug hat shook off the seat and the hind wheel went over it, making it as Hat ns a nancake. Bill snatched it as he ran, and after jam ming his list into it, stuck it all dusty and dimpled, on his head. And no* he saw the widow’s house on the hill, and what, oh, what will he do ! Then his coat fell out; he slipped it on, and then making a desperate spurt, he clutched the back of the seat and scrambled in, and pulling the buffalo robe over his legs, stuffed the other Hungs beneath. Now the horse hap pened to be one that he got from Squire Morse, and he got it from the widow, and he took it into his head to j to siop at the gate, which Bill had no) ] tower to prevent, as he, had not posses sion of the reins, besides he was too busy buttoning his coat up to his chin to think of doing much else. The widow heard the rattle of the wheels and looked out, and seeing that it.was Smiley; and that he didn’t oiler to get out, she went to the gate to see what he wanted, and there she stood with her white arms on the top of the gate, and her face right toward him, while the cold chills run down his hack clear to bis bare feet beneath the buffalo robe, and the water from his hair and the dual from his hat combined to make some nice little streams of mud that came trickling down his face. She asked him to come in, “ No, he was in a hurry,” he said. Still he did not go. Ile didn't like to ask her to pick up the reins for him, because he did not know what excuse to make for not doing it himself. Then he looked down the road behind him, and saw a w hite-faced horse coming, and at once surmised it was <lus Sock ride. Hi* re solved to do orHlie, and hurriedly told his errand. The widow would oe de lighted to go, of course she would. But wouldn’t he come in? No. he was in a hurry, he said; had to go to Mr. I ireen's place. “ O,” said the widow, ‘‘your going toj Green's are you? Why, 1 was just going there myself to get one of the girls to help me quilt more. Just wait a second widie I get my bonnet and shawl, and I'll ride with you"—and away she skipped. “Thunder and lightning!” said Bill, “what a scrape!” And lie hastily clutched his pants from between his feet, and was prepared to wriggle into them, when a light wagon, drawn by a. white-faced horse, driven by a boy. came along and stopped beside him. The boy he'd a pair of fools in one hand an a pair of socks in the other, and just as the widow reached the gate again, he said: “ Here your hoots and socks, Mr. Smiley, that you left on the bridge when you was in swimming, “ You are mistaken," said Bill “they are not mine," • Why," said the hoy, “ ain't yon the man that had the race after the horse just now?" “ No. sir. lam not ! You had better go alsait your business,” Bill sighed at the loss of his Sunday hoots, and turning to the widow, said: “Just pick up the line-, will you, if voii please; tins brute of a horse is I forever switching thorn 't of my J hands. ; Tho willow complied ad thon ho pulled ono oornor of tho rob cautious j ly down ami she got in “ What a lovoly evening’ said sho | and so warm 1 don’t think v> not'd tho | roho ovor ns. do wo?” (Vim soo sho had a nioo ross and a ! now pair of gaiters. ami sho wantovl to show thorn.) “Oh, my 1” said Hill, earustly, you’ll I tint! it ohilly riding, and wouldn't liavo you oat oh cold for tho orld. ' Sin' soomotl pleased at lis tender oaro of hor lioallli, and oononlt'd hor solf by sticking ono of hotlittlo foot out with a long silk nooktiooor tho too of it. " What is that. Mr. Smilty. a nook tit'?” " Yes," said ho. “ 1 hoigbt it tho othor day, ami 1 must hav loft it in tho buggy. Novor mint! it." “ Hut." saitl sho, "it was si oaroloss;" and stooping ovor sho piokoi it up ami math' a. motion to stnlf it n hotwoon thorn. Hill foil hor ham! ping down, ami making a. divo aft or, le olntohod it in his hand and hold it hard ami fast. Thon they wont on ipiiit' i distanoo, ho still holding hor hand ii his, won tloring what ho would tlo wh n thoy got to Ureen’s and sho wondorng why ht> did not say somothing nioi to hor as well as stjnot'/o hor hand, aid why his ooat was buttoned up lightly on suoh a warm ovoning, and what m.tlo his hat and faoo dirty, until thoy voro going down a littlo hill ono oftho traooa oamo nnhitohoil. ami thon tioy had It * stop. “Oh. murdor 1” oxolaimedllill, “ what next.’’ " What is tho matter. Mi Smiley?” said tin 1 willow, with a sari whioh oamo near jerking tho nbo tdf his knot's. "Ono of tho traoos is oil’,’ answorotl ho. “ Why don’t yon got out uni lix it,” said tin' widow. “ I can't,” said Hill. “ I’vt got that is I haven’t got—Oh, dear, Tin so sink ! What shall 1 do?” “Why Will," said she temhfly, “What is the matter? Do tell me.” She gave his hand a little squeeze, and looking into his pale fact' she thought he was going to faint, so she got out tier smell ing bottle with het left hand and pulling the stopper out with her teeth, she stuck it to his nose. Bill was just taking a breath for tv mighty sigh, and the pungent odor made hint throw hack his head so far that he lost his balance and went over the low-hacked buggy. Tin little wo man gave a scream as his Imre feet Hew past her head, and covering Iter face with her hands site gave wi.y to (ears or smiles, it is hard to tell which. Bill was “ right side upp" in a moment and was leaning over the hack (f the seat humbly apologizing and explaining, when Ed. Wilber, with his wife and htihy, drove tip behind and stopped. Boor Bill felt that he would rather have been shot than have Ed. Wilber catch him in such a scrape, hut there was no help for it now, so he called Ed. t<* him ami whispered in his ear. Ed. wanted to hurst with surpressed laughter, hut he beckoned to his wife to draw up, and after saying something to her, he help ed the the widow out of Bill’s buggy in to his, and the other two women went on, leaving the men behind. Bill lost no lime in arranging his toilet as he could, and then with great persuasion Ed. got him to go home with him, and hunting tip slippers and socks, and getting him washed and combed, had him quite presentable when the ladies arrived. 1 need not tell how the story was all wormed out of bashful Bill, and how they till laughed as they sat around the the tea table that night, hut will conclude by saying that they went to the show together and Bill has no fear of this Sockrider now. This is a true story about Bill and the widow just us I had it from Ed. Wilber, and if there is anything unsatisfactory about it, ask him. “ When the Swallows Homeward Fly.” Frankfort < Midi.) Kxprc**. Near the Buckan school uouse in Homestead stands a large hollow tree, which has been chosen as the general headquarters for the chimney swallows of this part of the country. At about J o'clock in the afternoon the swallows commence to congregate; coming in immense numbers from all directions, they continue to assemble for about two hours, win n the lu-t bird having ap parently come home, at alsait H they form a circle, one side of which comes close to a hole in the side of a tree, which is about four inches in diameter, and which has been selected a* the main entrance. As the birds fly past they be gin to go in as fast ns they can, two or four at a time; at this rate, flying in as fast as possible, it takes iibmt two hours for them all to enter. After they have all entered, the tree, on inspec tion, appears to he perfectly full. Tun mining and manufacturing of the phosphate rock in South Carolina has become one of the leading and most important interests of the Mate. FARM AM) 110 MK. Hakko Ktitis.- Huttera dish, break in the eggs, poppt'r, salt, and butter thorn, ami bake in a slow oven (ill well sot; servo hot. Stkvmku 1.0 vk. Two oups of Indian meal, oneouptlour. halfoupmolasses, salt, ono oup swoot milk, ono of sour, toaspoonfnl soda. Steam from throe to four hours. Ihioit.KU 11am. If the ham bo salt, parboil it in shot's, lay thorn on a highly greased gridiron; plant'it ovor a i|tiiok tiro, anil broil a nioo brown all over. Observe tho shoos are out thin, just enough for one person. Servo on a hot dish. Hkkmus, Onooupof butter, one and onr-half oups of brown sugar, throe eggs ono oup of ohoppod raisins, ono tablospoonful of sot la dissolved in two tablosnoonsfnls of milk, all kinds of spioo, and Hour enough to roll out; out as oookios ami bake. Torero Oakks. Take mashed pota toes, Hour, a little salt and melted but ter (to make them sweet, add a little powdered loaf sugar,! mix with just enough milk to make (he paste still to roll; make it tho sire ami thioknoss of a mullln, and bake tpiiekly. ('•ookku t’AiniAiiK. t'ul lino as for raw; pul into a kettle and add water to cook until tender; thon add out'hall oup of sweet oroam; ono-hulf oup of vinegar, in whioh mix ono tablespoon ful of Hour; season with pepper and salt to suit the taste; let it boil up and serve. A i,A Mom; lha:r. Take a pit oo oil’ tho louder side of the round, say eight pounds; out holes through il with a sharp knife and insert strips of pork, tho size of your thumb; and a stulling oomposod of dry bread orumbs, flavored w ith chopped onion, cloves, popper and salt. Yon may pour a glass ofolarot ovor, ami lay some shoos of pork ou the top. Make throe hours, with water in (he bottom of the pan. with whioh make your gravy. Knumsii I’i.i-m I'rni-iN., Take one pound of raisins, the same of currants, tln< sumo of breadcrumbs, half u pound of oitrou, tlio same of snot, tliesume of (lour, eight onus, half a pound of sugar, soino civndiod Innon pool, a teaspoon f\l 4if oinni\i)inn, tlta uamo of and nutmeg; an upplo chopped lino and added to the mixture helps to make it light. Scald your pudding cloth, ami Hour it well; thru lie it up in a pot of boiling water, and let it hod fast for six hours; just before putting it on the ta ble slick a piece of holly ill the middle, pour some good brandy round it, and set lire to it. Tuk chief industry of New Mexico is sheep raising, and is highly profitable as a pursuit, while in Colorado and Wyoming Territory it is but little less so, though by no means as fully devel oped. The number and value of the, sheep in these three divisions are esti mated as follows: New Mexico, 1,000,- 000 head, value ♦1,150,000; Colorado, 050,000 head, value * 1.000,000; Wy oming Territory, ‘J'Jo.ooo head, value $400,000. It is said that though each of the forty cows kept on the Illinois farm of Israel Moies could “ rise up and call him blessed” as a feeder, the cost of their support during the past winter was only 11i cents per day per head all the feed being “ thoroughly steamed.” it is also stated that there is no place in America where farmers feed as high as within live miles of Klgin, and no farm ers who make so much money from milk. Tin: potato hugs are in large mini -1 hers in Staten Island, anil have mined iiiany potato Helds. The farmers say the hugs are on the, surface of the ground, and destroy the sprouts as soon as they come up. In some sections the farmers arc preparing to plant corn where the potato vines are destroyed. Kuos hatch much belter if the nests are made by placing a cut turf, and a shovel of mould, sand or ashes in a box or basket, and on this a little short straw, than if straw only is used. In this way a convenient hollow is obtained, that prevents the eggs rolling out from under the setting hen. In coo! weather the eggs are kept of much more equal tem perature than in nests made simply of loose straw' FKKTII.r/.KKS FO|( (iIIAIK VINK-. Bone dust, wood ashes and such like fcrliliz.- <-rs arc best for grape vines in low ground. Stable manure applied in large (planties on damp soil will produce diseased vines. On dry ground the ef fect is henelicial. The best soil for grapes is dry, light, warm and rich. On such a soil apply top-dressings of wdl rotted manure, alternating every third year with a dressing of slacked lime. Where grapes are being raised on damp ground, care must he taken to keep the roots near the surface. B ut lem It mid. Bkokitahkk Bkkkdino. Tin Mark Lane Ktprmn says breeding is profitably carried on in England on land worth *“10 per acre. Another journal says that in England farmers make money hy raising steers on land that pays a rental of sls to S2O per acre. One man who pays s7,Of*) a year rent and 'axes on a farm of HOO acres, pays his hills hy NO. 14. raising Hereford stools, which, when 1 two yours ohj, s'll for about s‘-W each to the butchers. A correspondent re cently wrote the / Voo-ic b'ormrr that ho | won Kl liko to "soothe I Inures to show how iv nuvn can raise cattle on ♦(*o land so ns to make it profitable. ’’ We pro suiue any uumhor of brooders oonld show him how to food stoors profitably on sf<o land in llhnois or other woslorn oattlo states. It is done by raising tin proved stock, not necessarily tine or lancy stock, but high grade steers for beef. Insix'cs in Winvkk, It does not no cessariK follow that we will have an nn usual number of injurious insects be cause of the mild winter. Insects bib ornate in either the pupa or the chrys alis state, and instinct has been so strong in them that they can generally pass with certainty the winters of the section in which they are found. There is just as much reason In believe they will be destroyed by a mild as a severe win lor, as in the former the pupa or ehysa lis may be warmed into an imago Ivy the premature spring-like w eather, and then killed by a sudden change of tem pi ralnre. Again when the winter is se vere, and warm weather does not come until it conies to stay, the insects will not be wanned into life until the proper time for them to enter upon the aeons lomcd summer career, Fimnrr’n Hoiur ,/oiumi/. K.VIStNO SIIKKf AN l> IkhlS, It Hilly he regarded as a settled maxim, says h'urm oihl I'iirmiii\ that a good crop of both dogs and sheep ran not he raised in tln> samo neighborhood at tho Hatin' time. Meg husbandry requires Init little skill, and having the advantage of tlu> law, tlu>y multiply with a rapidity that would astonish tin' lightning calculator him self. A comparatively roeeul investi gation shows that there are over 100,000 dogs in tieorgia, which annually destroy nearly NO,(KHI sheep valued at ♦BO,OOO. At this lime there were only thirty-one dogs to every sheep, il is estimat ed that while only six per cent are de stroyed hy disease, tilteen per cent, are annually killed hy dogs, 1 1 is further estimated, that the dogs require as food, which, if fed to hogs, would produe# haeon enough to atl'ord an annual sup ply sutlleient to feed ‘JO.tHKt laboring men. Kansas, though one among the best adapted states for wool-growing, lias 71,010 lid ••• e• *-••• y every stale in the Union. Hardly a wee|| passes that we do not see an account of sheep being killed by dogs. The ag gregate number thus slaughtered ex ceeds over 1,000,000 head. There are, in the United Stales, alxmt 1tU,000,000 sheep and H.tMHt,OOO dogs, or about one dog to every live persons, II is estimated that these dogs eat enough, aside from tho sheep they kill, to feed and fatten 5.000.000 hogs, each worth sl-or SOO,- 000,000 in the aggregate. To the average farmer, sheep-raising is more profitable than dog-raising, in spite of the combined opposing influ ences of dogs ami their allies, political wire-workers. In the cotton growing Hiatt's il has been demonstrated that it costs no more to rais a pound of wool than one of cotton, and the msrkel value of the wool is three times Il is es timated that the annual value of the wool flip in the United Slates is valued at ♦/>(),UU0,000. There must and should he a more persistent and united effort made hy wool-growers to properly pro- Ulet their interests. Will diey make the necessary effort. Mini Cnclimber. Tile, Russian secret police has its hands full to keep t hings straight in that, cmuilry, and sometimes its excess of caution causes very ridiculoim mistakes. One of the professors of the Vlmlimir (•ymnasium received from itHlndent in Mi meow a letter, which came somehow into the hands of the fiinetionaiy in blue. It contained this mysterious phrase: “The reign of the cnciiinher lias coinnieneed with ns.” This struck the man in blue as highly suspicious. What was meant by "111“ reign of the l ucumher?” A plot against the statu may he browing, lie immediately sunt policemen to take the professor into custody and bring him to .St. Petersburg, and the feelings of the professor during the journey may he readily imagined, [On his arrival in the capital he was ae i eommodated with comfortable quarters in the “ third section,” and fora whole fortnight remained without seeing a soul, wondering what he had done and what would become of him. At last he was brought before the great func tionary and interrogated as to the mean ing ol this mysterious phrase, lie re plied that it was the custom of the stu dents of Moscow to feed on raw encum bers while preparing for their examina tion, and on inquiry, this having turned out to tie the ease, he was sent hack to | Vladimir to resume his duties. The (irontest blessing. A simple, pure,harmless remedy, that cures every lime, and prevents disease by keeping the blood pure, stomach regular, kidneys and liver active, is the greatest blessing ever conferred upon man. Hop Hitlers is that remedy, and its proprietors aro being blessed by thousands who have been saved and cured by it. Will you try it. Bee other column.