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lowa County Democrat.
J VOL. XII. OM-: WORD. And so you are going to he married, and your face is us bright as the day. To look at you now. one would think you dreamed that file was a 1 mg. long play Do you ever look further, 1 wonder, th an the tlrst goldeu hours. The* weddiug bells and the music, and the scent of the orange Ihnvers ? Do you deem that life, at its best, no tears from your heart w ill wring ? Ah! this is the season of blossom: what fruit w ill the blossoms bring ? No, I do not conic with Die hackneyed talk that the world is not what it seems— I bring no dire forebodings to spoil your glow ing dreams; And yet one word of warning 1 have for your ear, 1 own: The great mittake a/tht many it living for mlf, alone. When first your uew-loimd happiness is losing us rosiness, And tlio workaday world creeps on with ils bur den of prosiness, Can you meet with patient courage tin* wear and ’ tear of life, Knowing that often a man's soul rests in the frail hands of a wife? lie is out in the world’s fierce turmoil —he is rasped with its toll and eare; Canyon think of this, and remember to make ' ills home-life fair, To let him see one face shine out with a light Time cannot dim? II ho learns for sutisniue or sympathy forever to turn to you. He will fall ai your feet amt worship—it w ill keep him strong and true. 'Tts only a woman's mission, but a great one on tlie whole. Requiring some self-sacrifice, a world of self-con trol ; 'Tie only a woman's mission; is the end worth all the cost— To keep your sunlight, and to save the blossoms I from the frost v Then those blossoms will be tho emblem the Saracens held of old: When they wreathed their brides with orange blooms, **Prosperity ” was foretold. NAN AM) 1. 11Y K.N IV. O, that blessed salt lishl 1 shall al ways love its species to the end of my days. For if 1 had not the fish, 1 should not have tried to cook the dinner, and Hicks probably would never have asked me to have him. Hut 1 bad better be gin at the beginning anil toll you all about it. Sister Nancy and I were twins, doubt less intended by nature to grow up ‘‘as like as two peas.” Hut with a total dis regard for nature’s kind intentions we had come up to womanhood as unlike as a barrel and a beanpole. Hut wo loved each other dearly, and being en tirely out of relatives, excepting a cousin or two, (who might be living in Egypt for aught we knew of them,) wo were all tin* world to each other. Ours had been no life of sunshine, for wo had been toilers in tbe factory for as many years as wo could remember, where, by dose economy and a “strict aUtention to business” we had amassed a consid erable sum of needful. For years the desire of our hearts had been to some time retire to country life, and our plans had long laid in this direction. We were past thirty, and weary and worn, longing to leave behind us the whir and buzz of machinery, and the many distasteful associations of factory life. At last the time had arrived when we fell that we might venture in our new life. We purchased a modest lit tle cottage far away from the dust and din of the city, and fell that we bad earned the right to take all the comfort in a quiet way that it was possible for two old maidens like ns to obtain. We were foolishly troubled with the fear that our neighbors would eay of us, | “ that two okf maids lived there.’ We never allowed anything to look prime about the place. If a flower attempted a stiff look, # we gave it an extra twist, and if obstinate we uprooted it. We would not even indulge in a cat, that universal pot of lonely old maids. Hut there, if I go too deep into details I never shall gel to the tisli. On one of those lonely days with which September abounds, we had been on a weary tramp in the woods, and coming home as hungry as wolves, had sat down and eaten ourselves entirely out of victuals; not ajgreal achievement 1 suppose, for like most of homes, to men unknown, we were rather sliu k 1 about keeping a lot “cooked up.” We , had made our arrangements fur the af-, ternoon, and sat down to rest awhile,; when Nan, who was always on the lookout for tramps, called out, “ Myra, 1 here comes a pooler, let s lock the door.” 1 looked out, and saw on the carts, as it halted at the gate, “Goods at wholesale only, ’ Nan who was al ways in a tremor when strangers called, pushed me ahead to the door, as the driver had already knocked. .So to the door I went. “Good afternoon ladies, (for his sharp eyes had detected Nan, who was more in -ighi than she imag ined,) “ can you furnish a pour half starved fellow with a dinner? I’ve been on drive since four o’clock this morn ing. and so busy that 1 forgot that I had yii~v debt* to pay to my inner man, til! here 1 am, ready to faint.'' I looked at Nan who made excruciating gesture fur me to say no; and of course my lir-t thought was, “how can we when we are so cleaned out entirely. But somehow 1 felt just like trying to accommodate the man if such a thing were possible, so I stated the ease, and asked nim if he could give me half an hour to get him up some sort of a dm n% ves.” said he, “I fed like sitting ‘down here and resting that length of time.’ So I told him he could put his horse in our diminutive MINERAL POINT, WIS., FRIDAY, AITUIST J), IS7S. barn if he liked. while wo would see what wo eon Id do in the kitohon. After Nun had shut us in, she hurst out," " 1 should think, Myra, you was ‘ clean daft’ to undertake this thing, now where’s the beginning of it." '• Uet some small potatoes, wash and trim them, and put them in to bake; also bring up that quarter of salt cod, and after the potatoes are in the oven I give that batter a pinch of soda, and start some griddle cakes, meanwhile I’ll attend to the fish.” This was all 1 said in one breath. So 1 stripped my lish, put it in the tray and choppe lit line, then I turned it into tho spider and noured in boiling water, stirring it a little to start the salt out, then changed the water again and again, and set it to cooking. After cooking it as many minutes of the half hour as I could spare, 1 added milk, butter and one beaten egg, with a little Hour thickening. In the meantime how that sister of mine had worked, and such a pile of griddle cakes as she had fried made me laugh. “ Do you calculate. Nan. that we are going to sit down and help Mr. What’s his-name eat them !’’ “ Don’t you worry, Myra, that man has got a mouth hidden somewhere un der that mustache of his, and I’m pre pared for anything." So she covered them to keep them hot, while we pre pared the table for one. Nan had gone to the hen-house and found three eggs which she boiled hard, as she said “ to lay a good foundation ’’ in that hungry stomach. She had also found a good remnant of cake in the cake box, so that our table looked quite bountifully supplied, and we called our guest to ins repast, “ Ladies, you have done well, and have three minutes to spare,” as In l looked at his watch. “ Now I'll see if 1 cannot do justice to your viands.” Well the man could have only told half the truth when he said he was fam ished. Nan winked me into the kitchen and shut the door. “ Myra. I’m going to stir up another pan of griddle cakes, while you go to our next neighbor's and borrow a pie or two, or anything else they mav happen to have, or we shall set* our dishes and table cloth going.” Of course 1 did no such thing, con cluding he was doing well, as he passed his cup for the fourth time to he filled, (which I accomplished by the friendly aid of the teakettle.) Said ho, “ladies I was very hungry, ami nn.-iTi I >L > f At last he was done, nothing was left lo tell the title, hut the butter and sugar. He leaned hack in such apparent con tent with' 1 himself and all the world, that 1 could not help thinking what a blessed thing it was that we were horn to eat. Ido not know what had got into me, but it seemed as if I could have gone on cooking forever in his behalf. “Now, ladies, I will settle with yon, it you please.” 1 told him he was welcome to what ho had eaten. He insisted, but i could not accept the money any how. “ Well then allow me to present you a trille from my cart, I will bring in a few samples, and yon shall select for yourselves.” Ho he brought in a pretty assortment of fancy goods. \\ e selected a plain linen set of collars and cuffs, to which he insisted in adding an handkerchief I apiece. “I must add a trille now for the mas iter of the house, or he’ll he jealous, said he, looking at me search! ugly with his clear bine eyes. Nan quietly re plied ; “We’re master, mistress, and maid, on these premises, my sister and I. We are two lone old maids, sir, if you please.” “ Well, whieli of you concocted tlmt savory dish of fish for my repast. U ninkes my mouth water for more every time 1 think of it.” (Here Nan made eyes.) Nan again spoke up. “O, that’s one of Myra’s messes, she can cook any thingout of mere nothing. Learned to he an economical cook in our facto- I ry days, when wo hired a room and I hoarded ourselves. If you would like I ! a few of her famous recipes to carry to I your wife. I’ll write them oil' in wel come, for you have paid us tripple for ! your dinner.” Said he, “ I'm really ashamed to con fess it, ladies, hut I've not got any wife, and here lam past forty. But I’m get ting weary of my roving life, and often think I would like to settle down to a home and a wife. Hut there, 1 must say good day ladies, hoping to see you again soon.” j As he and his cart passed out of dght, Nan stood at the window and Sung: • Too liail tlmt horn- so lUi-ck und Kry. our bachelor's body has home away." As for me, 1 am ashamed to confess it, I was terribly out of spirits, and Nan declared that that night I did nothing hut toss and turn in bed and murmur, “ Ves, if he were mine, I'd gladly cook him six meals a uay.” Don’t believe tiie latter part, for she is always bub bling over with jokes. But a few days had passed when to our surprise, I received a letter. Saul the irrepressible Nan, “open it quick, for 1 feel that a rich old uncle has died. ” I did so. and what do you think ? Can you guess? It was a proposal of mar riage from our peddler. It was a mau- ly, straight-forward affair, just whfu 1 should have expected fiom him. And signed, “ Yours, if you wii! it. Hicks Hurton." 1 handed it to Nan. who after read ing it burst out crying, laughing and talking all at once, “O, Myra, I see how it will be, and 1 shall be cut adrift from your love and society. He never j mentions me, and Ia twin. O, dear, why did he come to disturb tin* quid ]of our peaceful dwelling? I’ll go buck to the factory and got out of your way, for there’ll be tu> room for me any more in your heart. O, Mvra, bow can yon love a man with such a name. *O. HIoUh was hitched om* autumn day, To tho £iil he loved, called Myra imv Vs that concluded her oration, 1 ven tured to speak, ami confess that 1 felt I more like saying yes than no, to him; so 1 sat down and wrote ju>t what my i heart dictated, and in a few days my ! hero appeared on the scene. I told him that whatever arrangements we j made for the future, Nan was to he one with ns. So after mature deliberation, to my delight the one lover of my lift: concluded to settle down right where we were. He purchased a large tract of land adjoining our house, and mak ing such other changes as were neces sary for a farmer’s life, “ married and settled down ” in deep content that our lot is cast in such pleasant places. Only Nan pretends to be constantly on the lookout fot heraflinity. One day mi old razor man came along, a lid called at our door inquiring if the master would like to have his razor ground. As 1 had taken liberties with Hicks’ razor in behalf of a miser able corn, 1 thought it would be a good idea to have it sharpened. In (he meantime he and Nan were holding a conversation. “ Which of yon hoes the missus?" “ O, she’s llii* mistress, I’m nothing hut the hired help.” “ Has ye a follower?" “Nothing but the hens and turkeys." “ Would ye like to marry, did a de cent kind of maw ask ye?” “Well, 1 diumo, I'll ask my grand mother.” “ I’m a widower tl .*se ten years with six children in the >ld country, and 1 want to make them a home. I have four line h’ys in Lancashire." Nun saw what a claim*,e she had •'•id, sal down on the hack stairs loMmik it over. There were tears ip ,lor '“.ves, hut whether caused 1 y excessive laugh lor In liiM'gnll' ImnulV'd I*ol Ill'll it yearned toward the h’ys, do not say. Hut she concluded to disippear, and leave me to finish the case As I paid him for his job he inquire! for my gi’l. 1 toKl him he must not Link of her, for she had crazy spoils. ID looked shocked as ho said with a sth “ The poor gi’i," and went oil’, and sowe leave you. Slurs on Women. Of all evils prevalent anion,young men, we know of none more lighting in its moral effects than to speallightly of the virtues of women. Nor there anything in which young meiare so thoroughly mistaken as the low innate they form as to the integrity of omen. Not of their own mothers aud isters, hut of others, who, they ftfrjf, are somebody else’s mothers audisters. Asa Mile no person who snrreiers to this debasing habit is to hq trust! with an enterprise requiring inleiiy of character. Plain words should)! spok en op tliis point for the evil is a noi al one, and deep rooted. If yom men are sometimes thrown into the eiety of thoughtless or depraved wonielhey have no more right to measure nother women by what they see of thosthan they have to estimate the charier of honest and respectable citizens' the development of crime in ourolice courts. Let our young men renuher that their chief hanpiness in i de pends upon their utter faith in Mien, ffo worldly wisdom, no misanphic philosophy, no generalization, caover or weaken truth. It stands li the record itself—for it is nothing loiian this—and should put an everting neal upon lips that are wont to eak ; slightly of women. Tin* IMk Bonanza. A Nevada newspaper Hays th< in but links over five years wince tßig Bonanza Mims wasdiscover*d, anoit, in tlial time, not far from $100,(MO of ore haw keen taken from it. 'Lie velopnient of the Big Bonanza wa*d ual. No great noise attended ilis ( every, and some time had elapnf-i ter that event before the iniii’asl thought to he very rich. A fold j heads bad tlieir private opinion be. subject, looked wise, hut hekltir, peace, wo far aw the public was con ed. The find miners struck wmaltiw of ore which gradually led up to thst treasures that have wince madie; name Big Bonanza world-famous, n onvm for untold wealth, or rareid , fortune of any kind. If the Big In ia had very little in it, its oug would have been heralded far and*; an office would have heenopenn Pine street, and particular friends and have been taken in (in a double t) lon the ground floor. Mines weenie like streams. Those that are du are quietest. It is the shallows, alone which make so much nois- | FUMI \M) HOME. Only. i Only H m'v'ii; tint vhiinfv'vi to lull llt M lilt 10 I'lofl Of A Oil* WHil. Amt, laklni; root. BIX’M bravely 111* | Till a titty blossom clowned Us top. Only a slower; Ptit il chatted dial cay I That a hardened lu'sil passed hy the wav ; I Attd the message that thixni-h Hie (lower nils 1 sent lirttught tho weary -mil a swoel eoiil 'iu; For 11 spake of the lillios so ually clad, And the vexed heail ipow slramrelv vlad Al the llumchl ol a I tt ler eare over .1 1 Thai noted even a spanovt s tall. Only a thought; hut tho work il \tnight l int never hy longue or pen he taught ; s For U ran through a life like a thread of gold, \ud the life here frail a hundred lold. Oulv a word ; hut ‘(was spoken lit I >ve. With a whispered prayer lo the 1 ord above ; ’ And the angels in heaven rejoiced once more, For a new-born soul entered in Ivy “the Door." The striped hugs which attack melon and squash vines may he settled in a satisfactory manner hy showering the plants a few times, morning and even ing with a solution of coal tar. Ink Stains. 1 have removed the very worst ink stains front carpets of very delicate colors by rubbing them with skim milk, and when they are al most effaced washing litem with a cloth wrung out of boiling water without soap. Then cover the same with boil ing water and let il remain so for a tiny. A mono foreigners lately arrived in Helginm from America, creating a genuine sensation, arc the “ potato , beetles," and they proceed at once to business, notwithstanding the hard times. How they ever crossed over to Helginm the public is not informed. Tiif. San Francis t Alta says: "The crops of wild grass hay, heirics, grapes, nuts and tree fruits generally are abun dant this year; those of wheat and bar ley are good; those of wool amt honey will show a decline of at least twenty live per cent., as compared with last year, large numbers of sheep mid bees have been killed hy the drouth. The yield of wine will probably l>c 0,000,000 gallons about the same as for tlu* last two years, though many ournals report much larger figures without undertaking to account foi the fact Miatno 5,000,000 or 10,000,000 gwihuis have ever reached the 'mar ket. ' Dkranums \m> Snakes. Snakes, il is said, may he driven away from the garden hy plant ing plenty of gerani ums. The gwrautum genus, ns U well known, possesses* a volatile ml in greater or less proportion and also a variety of odors. 'I hose art* said lo he obnoxious to serpvnts. A missionary of South Africa hail his parsonage sur rounded hy a narrow hell of geraniums, which elleelnally protected the resi dence from all varieties of snakes, and I in South Africa the Callir people thus rid their premises of snakes. Never theless, in temperate countries (here are very few venemons serpents, and tin* innocent species are not only innoxi ous hut of great use from (he insects they live on. So don’t plant geraniums to drive away snakes, hut plant them for their intrinsic value and beauty. Wll at \ Farmer Siion.i) Hk. Some’ body lays down the rule that every farmer should he as follows; “ Not only an accomplished tiller of Hie soil, hut also an excellent mechanic, a fair har ness maker, and mender nf shoes, a tolerable carpenter, pretty good Ma/*k smith nr machinist, and also a wide awake, thorough judge and breeder of slock, knowing ami earing for their ailments not only horses and cattle, hut sheep, hogs, poultry, or anything that money can he made out of. With all this he should he a civil engineer, acquainted with levels and hydraulics, and repairs of pumps, and if in addi tion to these requirements, he under stands laving stone and hrick, and put ting on plastering, as well as mixing and applying paints, ho will find plenty to do, to say nothing of what he ought to know about grain and milling it.” Aboi.isii tiik I’aki.ou. What horrible associations crowd into our mind when the word “ parlor” is mentioned. We immediately picture our imagination the terrible oppress! vem if that best room, where the sun is never allowed to shine for fear of fading the carpet and furniture; where the chairs have all a stately, polished and, stiff look about them; where the children are i never allowed to enter; where what little air there is will never he allowed |to change; and where the smell | is something akin to that of a family j tomh. Thin is the best room, and is only kept for pm pose of ceremony and for the convenience of those people for who we do not r are a rush. People whom we like and with whom wo are on familiar terms, come right into tho living room and have a good dial in a pleasant way; hut tho ceremonious visitor, whose departure gives relief, is ushered into the parlor. The principal upon which this room ; is founded is all wrong. Lot ns have' no such room in our house. Open the' shutters and windows. Admit the sun light and air. If the carpets and furni ture fade let ns enjoy their use in that condition. Let us not have any tomhj in onr house where all should ho cheer- 1 fulness and brightness. Abolish the parlor and enjoy tho home, “A soft answer turneih away wrath," but you can’t fool a tramp that way. Humorous. \ dry dock V thirsty physician. Coinin' through the rye as the pnneti said to the straw, Hoes Judge Hilton know how to keep a hotel" is a question for a woman's eougress. The quickest way to destroy weeds is to many a widow* It is an* agreehle species ol hnsbanday. I’reaelu r: “ My sou is your father a Christian Hoy: “ Yes, sir, hut he ain't working at it tnneh lately.” NVomeu faint op tho slightest pre texts. Mis. Miller, of West V irgiuia, fainted after ehopping otV Mr. Miller’s head. I’igs feed on.looms. This reminds ns that lard jokes from these same ueorns grow’.- Krohik (hinUihitioH, " There! that explains where my elothesdines went to!” exelaimed an lowa woman as she found herhnsltund hanging in the stable. V woman may not he aide to sharpen a .polled or throw stones at a hen, but she nm pack more articles into a trunk than a man can in a one-homo wagon. “ What’s llu> man yelling at ?" asked an Illinois farmer of Ida hoy. “Why" chuckled the hoy “he’s veiling at ihe lop of his voice." “ Are you the mate of thisship ?" said anew ly arrived passenger to the cook. " No, sir. lam the man that cooks the mate," said the Hibernian. A girl in Waukegan, 111., on (ho Konrlh of .Inly, swallowed twenty per cussion-caps, 11 or mother refrained from smacking her for four of an ex plosion. Mr. Ilngg, of Norristown, is eontinn ally alllieted by the girls of his vieini'y, who insist on remarking whenever they see him, “(io away, sir! I shan't do it. you ridieulous creature.” lUiffulo Hr press. The man who has never seen two women in Shaker bonnets trying to kiss eaeh other, lias never experienced the rejuvenating power of a laugh that eon Id throw hint down and kick him in the ribs. When a bridegroom finds all the clothes he owns in the world hung one over the other on a hook behind the pantry door, he realises for the first, lime that the honeymoon is over. - Andrew'* Iktmr. The things which people are willing to give ns are thu things which we do not want. When Lincoln was sick with the small pox lie said to one of his at tendants; “Send op the olliee-seekers. At last I've got something for them.” fhis is circus week. Now when the lemonade fiend squeezes between the seals, tramps on your toes, mashes your hat, deafens you with his yells and sits down on your girls lap, brain him and do ymir snll'ering fellow citizen a serv ice. Wlicn tin l immortal gods look down mill see a lull young mini at a church sociable, Hitting on a low hassock, and trying to hold a plain of cakn, a saucer id' inn nreani, and a cup of no(li*n in his lap, they knit. Ilinir lirows and think them is a mistakeHoinnwlinrn, and that, a young nnin’s knnna should havn hnnn made like a heaver’s tail, Hal as a shin gle, night inches wide, and turned Hal aidn no. lln had niiidn a hearty meal at a restaurant, and getting up he said to the waiter, "I declare, if I haven’t for got my purse.” The waiter llred uji and hurled hig swords at him for full three minutes la fore pausing for hreath. When a ehanee eame the stranger eon tinned, ” Ihil I have a live dollar note in my pocket.” The waiter couldn’t smile to save his life. A farmer lining poorly provided with material of sustenance for his men, fed them with pork cooked with the rind on it. A young man of the com panv, not liking the outer portion of the food, was observed hy the host to he carefully removing the outside covering, where upon the latter said: “Young man, we eat the rind and all here,” To which the youth replied; "All right, I’m cut ting it oil for you.” A young man in an Aualin, (Nev,,) | barber whop wan particular to have hia l mouatache nicely perfumed. ‘(Join); j to call on a young lady, I auppoae?” the ; burlier nuked. The young man, with much dighily, replied, “See here, my i friend, do you auppoHo I put perfumery j on my moußtaehe becauao J'm going to I nee a man, or a hoy, or an old woman, lor a halm in arm/' Ito men gather ( guinea of thorim or (iga of thiatlea? 1 ’ loirmer Jonen painted hin harhed wire fence (due, plain blue. Kariner SmithV wife Hwore ahe waan't going to be out done, and the fence around the Smith i farm soon bloaaomed out red, picked I with white, Mra, Join* wasn't going to have any of theSmilh family putting on air* over her and their blue fence wan noon trimmed with gold leaf atripea. Smith trumped over by putting a gilt ball on every barb and Jonen, when Inal heard from, waa planting weather vunea, gilt liontca, peacocka and lightning-rod tipa all over hia fence, and awearing hc'il heat the Smith family if lie had to put uji a cujKila and a hay window at every poat and hang a chroino every two feet along the line. WoellOUid all pay more attention to the decoration of bur home**. no. r>2.