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lowa County Democrat.
t/ VOL. XII. HAMLET ON THE DEATH OF HIS MOTHER. o. Unit this too. too solid lleah would melt, Thaw, mid resolve itself into it stew! How weary, slide, list, round, square. Oblong, three-cornered, and unprofitable Seems to me all the uses of this world I Pveon’t! O fve! 'tis an unweeded g rden That grows tit seed; things rank and gross in nature Possess it merely - potato-hugs, grasshoppers, currant-worms, tleld-mioe. Jnne-hngs. And other entile, too numerous to mention U. that it should eome to this! Hut too months dead-nay, not two; Not until the II glu of time brings Tuesday ronn-’ So excellent a king, that was, to this, Hyperion to a satyr: so loving to tm mother That he might not let the winds of heaven Visit her fare 100 roughly. Ureal gnus! Musi I remember; wily she would hang Around him. as if she thought him Sweeter than n enndyinan. w hen, as the sequel show s. she was. to use the vulgar parlance ol the street. Pulling the wool over his eyes. Within n month let not think on't - A little month, or ere those shoes were old With which she followed my poor father's body Like Nlobe. all tears, and for which he Paid seven dollars mid llfly cents A few days before he died • ), heaven, a woman that had the sense of a cock roach would have mourned longer. If for nothing else than to show her Mourning sun married with my uncle lieorge, My father's brother; but no more like my father Thun 1 am like a last year’s bird’s nest —Oil ('Hu /V/TiVt. THE 01,1) SQUIRE'S MISTAKE. •Triir In-arts nro inure than coronets, tint simple faith than Norman hlooil.' - Squire Atherton owned a fine place, and had a plethoric rent roll, so that money need not have been tin object in the selection of a wife for his only son, Cyril. Not being of a romantic tempera ment, he had given but little thought to the matter, merely looking upon it as essential that tit some distant time Cyril should form some suitable alli ance, so that the name need not die out; but there need be no haste, and a fortune must be among the lady’s ad advantages. What, then, was his surprise and dis may, when Cyril came to him one morning and asked his consent to a marriage with a poor young girl, the orphan niece of a small farmer, who lived some three miles from Atherton manor. A stormy scene ensued. They parted in anger. Cyril mounted his favorite Madcap, and rode at once to Deepdale farm. Hilda saw him him coming and met him at the door. The rash young lover had not waited for his father’s consent to woo her, and they had been betrothed for several Weeks Ho bi><) .1 ), v’.VJ-loCi* W" inn home, and given a daughter’s portion of love. It was hard to tell her the bitter truth, and in his anger and disappointment he did not soften one harsh word his father had said, even to calling Hilda a milk-faced doll, whose pearly teeth and bright eyes had captivated him in spile of his better judgment. “but we ll be married in spite of him, Won’t we, darling? He’ll come to his senses then, I’ll warrant. He’ll think it all right when he can’t help himself.” Hilda’s roses paled as she listened to the eager boy, and the happy light which iiad made her dark eyes so bril liant had died away in sombre shadows, but she answered with gentle resolu tion: “ No, Cyril, two wrongs never made a right. It doesn’t sound Ike you to say such a thing. We are young and we can wait until your father changes his mind." “That’s what he’ll‘never do," said Cyril, gloomily. “If ho takes a notion, an earthquake wouldn’t move him. If we wait for such a thing, we’ll wail for ever." “Tin'll it will bo with a clour con st ionoo. Your father is an old man. audit shorten his life, if you—-his only son—should prove disobedient and ungrateful. I cannot come between you and your father." Cyril listened to her with Hashing eyes. ’"Then you will throw me over, I who worship the very ground your feet have touched. <, Hilda, 1 did not think it of you. My father was right.” he con tinued, gloomily. ”He said all women are alike—selfish and mercenary.” *■ Don’t, Cyril: I know you cannot be lieve it of me ! Hear me*! If you were to he crippled in mind and body, and miserably poor, and no one else hail a prior claim to you, ! would work my self to a shadow for you, and consider myself happy in doing so. It is because I love you better than myself that I will not let you do wrong. But I will prom ise to go solitary and alone, so far as human love is concerned, to my grave, if it so he that we cannot marry. Dear, dearest Cyril, go home to your father and do as he wishes, fully and entirely. < tod’s blessing will surely rest upon the dutiful son. Her voice broke. With a wild im pulse she threw her arms around his neck and kissed him again and again, between h'r sobs, h was her farewell. The next moment Cyril was standing alone in the porch, and the heavy door was shut and bolted between them. After a few moments of bewildering hesitation he mounted and rode away. He could not but think forgivingly of Hilda as he recalled her anguished sole*, and felt her kisses burning upon his forehead—she who had ever been so chary of her caresses. Strive as he might, he did not see MINERAL POINT, W18.,v FRIDAY, JUNK *,>S, IS7S. Hilda. It seemed ns though some im scon messenger was ovor on the altar to warn hor of his approach. At last ho grew desperate, and determined to leave homo. His father procured him a commission in the army, lie wished for active service, and, as it was the time of the Crimean war, lie had no ditlienlty in carrying out his purpose. His regiment was one of the lirst sent out. Hilda heard of his departure with tearful eyes. Still she did not regret tho course she had taken. Following the noble example of Florence Nightingale, she went to one of the hospital training schools to lit herself to follow her sol dier. if necessary. and nurse some poor victim of the war hack to life, or to soothe his dying moments if he was beyond help. But other work was in store for her. A letter from home brought news of an epidemic of the worst type of typhoid fever in iter own village. The inhabi tants were so alarmed that they were leaving the place, and nurseseonld not be obtained, so great was the fear of the contagion. The concluding item was this: “Sillin' Atheron is down with it. and •of all tin' indoor servants at tiio manor, old Hannah who took can* of the mis trc<s in her sickness, is theonlyone loft. She declares if she leaves the master in his sore heed, it’ll only he ‘feet first.' Without, a moment’s hesitation, Hilda went to the matron, telling her she was needed at home, and procured her dis charge. Then, laden with her preci ous, newly-trained knowledge, she took the first homeward-hound train. Old Hannah was seated at her mas ter's bedside, looking worn and weary. As Hilda came softly in, dressed in her clinging gray flannel dress, with her glossy hair hidden hy a close-titling muslin cap, she looked at the surprised old woman like an apparition. Hilda smiled and held out her hand as she whispered: “Don’t you know me—Hilda, of Deep dale farm? lam here to help you. ! know what to do, so don’t he afraid to trust me. I’ll watch the master faith fully if you’ll go and take a rest " Something in the girl’s quiet, reso lute manner impressed the faithful old servant that she was making no idle boast, or she would not have yielded up her post. As it was, weary human nature asserted its claims, and she went gladlv. n.inu rtuuji. it la.Mfu KUIH’IIIIIV to lilt' young nurse, as she had not broken her fast since the reception of the letter. After this Hilda was left alone with the sick man. The night wore wearily away, the silence only broken by the restless moans of the sufferer, when Hilda would straighten his pillow and pass her cool hand with a magnetic touch over his forehead, thus giving him a momentary relief. After old Hannah was thoroughly rested she and Hilda divided the time in till' sick roon , and by that means kept their strength from giving out. It was a weary light with death; but a strong constitution, aided by careful nursing, carried the squire through. The delirium passed away, and a deep sleep came upon him. It was the crisis. “ If he awakens rational and com fortable he is saved,” said the doctor. “ If, on thecontrary, he falls into a state of coma nothing can holt* him,” Hours passed on. Every tick of the silver-tongued repealer on the mantel seemed to find an echo in the hearts of the anxious watchers. The squire awoke free from fever, though weak as a child. He was saved. At iirsl Hilda kept as much as pos sible out of his sight, shrinking into the shadow of the heavy damask curtains when lie was awake. But he did not seem to notice her. and she gradually forgot her caution. During his long and tedious convales cence he was often querulous and in tractable. Then Hilda would take a hook and read to him in her low, musical voice, and thus soothe him to sleep. She was only waiting until her pres ence was not absolutely needed logo hack to her self-imposed duty at the hospital. One morning she had been reading the Tniws, until the squire was, as she thought, asleep. Then tlie paper dropped listlessly in her lap. Her thoughts, unmindful of time and space, were with him sin; loved so faithfully and self-sacriticingly. A trembling voice suddenly roused her from her reverie. | '■ Hanah tells me you aregoingaway. Is it necessary? Can any olhei sick person need you ns much as I d.>?” Hilda looked at the old man in sur prise. A cadence, born of loneliness and sorrow, in his voice, touched her | unspeakably; and as sin* recalled the hale, hearty squire, who often rode by (the farm in the pleasant old days, cal ling out a cheerful good morning to her uncle in his stentorian tone, tors came !to her eyes to see what a wreck of his former self he had become. After a brief hesitation she said soft liy: “If you need me I will not go away ■ for the present.” “ i do need you very much,” was the reply. “So that matter is settled. 'Now, nurse. I want to ask you a ques- tion. Have I ever Veen you before? Somehow vour faee seems familiar, 'nit 1 cannot place it." Hilda felt tl>e blood dyeing her faee. I even to the border of her cap. She 'turned away, ostensibly to adjust the folds of a eurtaiu. in reality 1,0 avoid a reply. Just then Hannah eaiue in with the mail. Important news from the army was exneeted. there having been rumor' of an engagement, Hannah caught the words and passed on her way out. In her way she was as mneh interested as the squire. Was it not her nursling who was far away on the battle-field striving to win tns spurs? Hilda took the papdr and ran her eyes over the eohnnns. One pitiful moan eseaped her lips; the next moment she lay apparently lifeless on the floor. The heavy fall loosened her eap. and her hair rolled in all its Inxurianee around her —a kindly mantle tha* hid her deathly faee from even old Hannah's pitying eyes. A dash of eold water soon revived her, ami as soon as the fright oeeasioned by her sudden illness had subsided, the squire look the paper, and saw facing him in startling letters: A Itl.oonv KNU.UiKM I S 1. (ireat loss of officers and men t’vril Atherton, of the Grays, mortally wounded, while endeav oring to silence a battery. The letters swain before his eyes. H,. could read no more, lie rose feeldv and dragged his shaking limbs to Jid da’s side. “My poor girl." he said, brokenly. Hut In' did not finish the sentence, for at the sound of his voice Hilda opened her eyes and looked at him, lirst in a dazed, bewildered way , then she put out both (lands and motioned him away. “Wc have killed him between us! l>o you hear? You and I! <•, my dar ling! my darling'." "The squire turned to Hannah." “ Who is tin 1 young woman?" “ Lord bless us, sir. Didn't yon know it was Hilda, who has heen risking her own life to save yours''’’ Hilda’s voice interrupted them. " The grave is (he lonely conch wc have given your bonny head, and your father may think it a hotter one for yon than your low-horn 11V*l^Vu 11 " tVm door in your face, and sent yon to your duty; tint you never, never will he the wiser! Yon hive gone forever, and thinking, too, that Hilda was cruel and liearth-ss. O, cruel Hilda' and more cruel father! " It made the old man's frame quiver like an aspen leaf to hear the herein ed girl. He tell himself almost a murder er, as the low, plaintive tones made their accusation against him. "My poor girl, forgive iue and help me to hear this hitter, Idler punish ment. From this nmmeit, he Cyril alive or dead, I will maki amends to you for my unthinking erielly both to you and him. Yen shall mto me as much my daughter as thotsliyou were Cyril's wife, lint as long ai Cyril was not reported dead, there nuy he room for hope. He may come hack to ns vet." Hilda <;i i eagerly si* I lit* ray <>f hope. ‘mi, ti ll mo truly," she sad, >ini lior hands in her intense eai-nu-rs, un til the nail-? aim oat out intnilio tender skin, '■ could it Ito possihlotlmt there wa a mistake? Dolin'/ et-r nut the wrong name down ? ” “ I have known of instates of one iillieer being taken for am tier in the haste and confusion of a hallo, and this telegram was sent while ,e eoiilliet was still raging.” ho they tried to hone -ven while everyone else wvs thinklngnrrow fully that the kind, hrighl-faeed (mug'mas ter was lying with his face I the stars, no longer ignorant of the voiceless mysteries in his solemn sleu. Hilda remained at the junior. It was a comfort to the old utito make, ai he thought, this expialfn for his fault. In order that Hilda’s portion in his household might he fully (iderslot id, he announced her to he h sou's be trothed wife, and invited lady liar-1 grave, his widowed sister, (dome and lend the sanelion of her pr<|iee to the ! young pirl’s resilience in hiijoine, I The next telegram brougj cheering news. Cyril had lost an 115, but wa doing well, and was as soon the would he aide to hear the journeys he sent home, wearing on his hreasi decora-1 tion rarni'd by hi* own bravy. After this there wan a bay house hold at Atherton Manor, idy Har grave wa* verged in all thwomanly accomplishments, and she fnd Hilda an apt pupil. The squire could hardly *lv enough fondues for the gentle girvbo had been no patient and tender r are of him through hi* lediou* ilh-. The *ight of her pretty face being over; her embroidery, or ingaged weaving Home delicate crochet patle: neetned , to him like a tangible prorn that he '■ was not to be left a lonely, cli*h old man. So the day* wore on mdiie pale, young soldier came home, i’hou there was a quiet wedding (lie festivities con sequent upon the marriage of the heir of the manor being reserved until the return of the bridal pair from a lengthy tour in Italy, when it was fondly hoped that F\ril would be fully restored ;o health and strength, so that the tenant ry eonld ho made happy by his presence. VIHUFFm lul l'll k cherry crop is one of tl.o i>es; paying fruit crops in i'alifornia, accord ing to the < 'hronU'h. I'm; lowa Agricultural college is issu ing a quarterly publication ” m the in dustrial progress." Fow l s like newly cut grass, giv e them all they want ol it. The clippings from a lawn mower are just the tiling for them. Om: hundred part' of Indian corn contain 11 parts water, 11 parts nitro ■genons matter, *> 1.7 of stureli. 0.1 of I sugar, S.l of fat ami 1.7 of salts. I imr has heen used for apple or i ehards with great henelit at the rale of ! twenty bushels per acre. One who has ■ tried it for many years deems it very I henelleial, as his trees have heen very i nr< dnetive I I'm nr: i' no occupation which is so sure of a return for labor us agriculture. The risk of manufacturers and middle men is three-fold that of farmers, tint their enterprise is so great that they seldom suecuinh to pressure till it he comes crushing. i M \n\ growers tie not consider a very early and vigorous growth ot the hop vine as indication of a bountiful yield, as the vine often becomes hollow, and sends out unhealthy arms. Some pro ducers are in the habit of n moving the earliest shoots to give place to later and more solid vines. Coin is rut: 11 1 \i. This can he cured at once if taken in lime. Dissolve a lahlespoonlnl of pulveiiv.ed borax in a pint of hot water; when tepid, snulV some up the nostrils two or three times a day, or use the dry powdered borax like snuff, taking a pinch as often as re quired. A Dki.icioks llkkksikak. Have your frying pan very hot. wipe the steak dry place in and cover tightly; turn fr , *i••' tly and covered. Wh<-< 11,1,1 to the gravey one lahlespoonfnl hot. cob fee a. wood ■ rV '<‘f me steak and serve hot. I" Maki: \ Wmitk Four on \ stak in v 1 1 musk's Foil Kill Ml. Take pickled mackerel and coniine it mi, m anv shape you please, three or four days re pealing. aiyl it will produce a white foot or a. white snot. Knh the white saddle spots on a horse's hark a few times daily in the springofthe year, hetore the coal is shed, with Imeon grease, and it will restore the natural color. To Kill, TIIK Cl IRKA NT WoliM. I see a number asking what will destroy the gooseberry and currant worm. I will give them a sure remedy, although a little too late to save them this year. ■Make a strong brine, strong enough to keep meal, and sprinkle the hushes well. Ihi brine kills the worms almost in stantly. I his has been the result with mine, and others have fried it and call it a sure cure. I‘hiUuii'lfihin I’nuliriil Farnur. Ih.i 1 Sore. Three pounds beef, three carrots, one turnip, one hnneli celery, four onions, two hunches leeks, tahle spooful salt, pepper to (asm; cut the meat into pieces the si/,e of an egg; vegetables washed, scraped and cut in to small pieces; put all into a large saucepan, with four or liv ■ (punts of water; hoi I very gently one whole day; lei it stand all night; carefully lake oil the fat next day; add one pinch cuv I line pepper: make boiling hot find serve. (li-.iiAMi Ms. Cuttings should he taken from hardy plants m .lime or July; they should he planted in small pots filled with a compost of loam and sand, hav ing at least two inches of loam at tin top; insert the rutting about half its length, and keen the composite soaked with water; when one or two large h aves appear transplant the geranium ito a larger pot filled with rich loam. Shrubby geraniums are the most lender, and should he shielded from strong winds, and have plenty of sunlight in the morning; these plants grow very rapidly, and they should he newly potted twice in tin- summer. < Hfier geraniums limn the shrubby kinds repine shelter from the frost only, and should have plenty of air when the weather is not very severe. Tin; J'liKi'HKKi) Don. The shepherd j dog naturally loves the care of stock, especially of sheep, and their natural instinct, heightened by training, make* 1 them among the most intelligent and I j UHefnl dog* that we now have any i knowledge of. Large flock* of sheenj .are often guarded mile* away by one or two of lbe*e dog*, and a “ingle dog a*-) i*ling a man can drive the Hock coaler than half h dozen men. From thi* edit-, cation it ho* no wish to leave the (lock, and j tint as another dog will defend its master, man, so will this the sheep. On the npproaah of a stranger, the dog immediately advances barking, and the sheep all cluster in his rear a* if around the oldest ram. Away from the flis k they seem timid with regard to other dogs, Imt whoii with their ehaige, neither 1 domesticated nor wIKI dogs time venture ito attack them. I'hese dogs can he j readily taught to bring homo the lloek at a eerlain hour in tin* evening. Their most trouhlt'soiin* f.mlt, when young, is their th'sire to play with the sheep, | ami in doing stv, they sometimes gallop | their charges nnmereifully. In train | inv; the sht'phertl dog, eommenee when i not more Ilian -i\ months old. Tho j host nlaet* to train a pup is tin the roatl. i Teaeli him first ti> mini! yonr worth : Nearly all tlinvlions t the imp shoultl | In* given hv motion of the hatul in the I tlireetion you wish him to I*o. anti al j ways aeeotunany the voiee hv motion iifthe haiul. After vour pup has j learned to inintl thewtml ami is trained 1 to mart'll haek ami ftirth from one side j of tin* tloek to the other at the sweep 1 of your haiul, eommenee to teach him to pass up the side of the lloek. To do this make a motion with your haiul up the side you w ish him to go, throwing your arm out as you would to direct a man beyond (he reach of your voiee, and call out " Away up mild he gels hold of vour meaning. To tench him to go clear round 11 thick and so turn them towards yon, repeal the motion of sending him up the side until he gels partly round tin* head of the lloek and then call him down on the opposite side. After ho has out e learned to go round the (lock, a sweep of the arm hack and when he has got to his place; keep an eve on him, and sing out at limes, l>rive them up!" To train him to hark w henever yon w ish, make a fuss yourself and so get him excited and then sing out, "Speak to them!" We are often surprised that there are not more of these valuable dogs on all our western farms. ( jniiu'ii HVjferu .I* iriftil tiuint. lliiiiiaroiis. Hay windows are safe harbors at night for little smacks, ‘'brilliant and impulsive people have black eyes.". If they don't have them to begin with, they get them sooner or later, tic snl him (tawn apnli tin* Itiiit hint lionll mm ly puliilcil. \ti 1 1 wlhmi In* ii/. up I** lrnvt‘l Mini ;nl f li hlm* '•xviilskey i yonr greatest enenij," said a. minister to Deacon Junes, "lint." said JpneiL, Invo our cue* Ifni'K'.'"" 'tffi, yes,deacon Jones ; but it don't say we are to swallow them." 1 on eiin’l plant eats too early, nor is it possible to get too many in .1 hill. You may not raise anything else tins season where the eat is planted, bill in the meantime the eat would not have raised anything either, and Hint is where the enormous profit entires in. An innocent young woman entered a dry goods store the other day and asked lor a pair of stockings. The clerk po litely asked her what nnniher she wore. “Why, two, yon fool! I>o yon (think I am a centipede, or Hint 1 have a wood en leg?" l>o you not liUi> In go to church ? ” suiil a lady to Mrs Partington, " Law me! I do,” replied TVIi-H, I'. "Nothing dor* mo Modi good in In get, up early Sunday morning, in id go in glmreli and licur a popular mini,-tier dispense with till' gospel,” Two young men were nut lishing (lie oilier day, mid on returning Were going past a (arm house and tell, hnngrv. They yelled to tint fanner's daughters ”Hills have you any buttermilk?” The reply was genlly wafted hack In their ears: “ Yen hut wo keep it for onr own ealvcM.” Way (to preacher) •“ Uevenaid air, can yon 101 l me. whether the fatted calf of (lie parable yvau male or female?" I'reaeher " Female, to he surd, lor 1 see (he male yet; alive in the tlesh be fore me.” A Jersey widower, who had taken an other partner, was serenaded on his wedding night. The parlies brought a phonograph, in which wan preserved some of the ahjiirgalions of his first wife, and when they set it going under bis window, the happy bridegroom broke out into a eold sweat, and crawl ed up the chimney on a bridal tour. | Scene in a horse mr. Seals all occu pied Koler a person dressed as a lady, bright little hoy risen and offers her his seat, irfidy drops into it with an air of slight disdain. Hoy “Oh. I beg yonr pardon, did yon speak?” Lady " No. 1 didn’t, sav anything.” Hoy "Oh, ex cuse me, thought yon said ‘thank yon.’ ” Lady in high dudgeon—“ You may have your seat.” Uoy (resuming ii) "Well, I’ll thunk yon.” f’ussen gers convulsed. Lady disappears at the next street crossing. "Kophronia, dear/' he began, an lie led iii i new wife out through tin; garden, I “ twenty-five yearn ago, when I wan a young chap, mother gave me a ijuinee noial which aim dweovered inthecropof a pigeon, and I planted it here by the wall. l ids great rjuinee tree in the re null, 1 buried mother near it at laat, you nee, and now ev< ry year the pi geonn come and make their no*U in it in preference to any other spot." Hophronia broke into a long, aoft, gur gling laugh, “ What arntiHen you, deur eal?” he aaked, “Hahahaha! hohoho* hoho! Ilehehehehe! ” ahe annweretl him, ‘‘l wa* huha thinking what a hehehehe atrangcqumce-noeu-ence! ” ISO. l().