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   Fort Atkinson Standard (Newspaper) - November 15, 1860, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin                                THE STANDARD is PUBLISHED EVBRT THURSDAY, at Fort Atkinson, Jeffersdn Co., Wis> BEPCBUCAN I'N 'POLITICS. TKHMS. The STANDARD -will be furnished -to Subscribers at a yearr jn advance. RATES OF ADVERTISING. One column one year, ?45 Gt> Half column one t 2500 Quarter of column one year, 15 00 one year, (1Q 10 00 "iSqxiareone week, 00 3 insertions, 1 '50 Business Cards, one .year, 5 00 JOB PRTXTIXG. Cards, Handbills, Circulars, Wanks, and every kind of plain and orna- Taental printing done at the STANDARD office in. a neat and workmanlike manner, and at Cur prices. All letters should be addressed to J. C. KEEXEY, 'and Pfvprielor. Bravely. The world is half darkened with croakers Whose burdens are weighing them dovt n. They croak of their stars and ill And grope in the dark for a crown. "Why folk to the wind of thy fortune, Or clutch at distinction and gold If them canst not reach high on the ladder, Thou" canst steady its base by thy hold. Tor the flow er, though hid in th'e corner, Will as fautless finish its blborrt ill re.ich for a sparkle of sunshine That clouds have- not chanced Ami would thou be less a flower With thought, and a brain, and a hand? wait for the dribbles of fortune, hen thei u's something that these may com- mand Therc'< food to be won from the furrow, And that want to be hett n Tin re s marble untouched by the chisel, Days that bieak not on the forehead of June. Will you let the plow rust in the furrow I'nbuiMcd a house or a hall NOT hid the stones awake from their silence And fret as if fretting were all 1 Go learn from the blossoms and ant-hill, There s something your labor must give, Like the benooii that pierces the tempest, Strike the clod trom thy path and live. Lhe not trail thy face in the dross heap, in the track of the brainless and proud Lift the cemuents away from thy manhood; Thou rt robbing the dead of a shroud. There are words and pens to be wielded, There arc thoughts that would die if unsaid thou saunter aw ay amid roses, Or sepulcher dreams that are dead No drag the hope to the pyre, Dreams dead honi the ashes rise, Look not do-n n ou the eaath for its shadow, There is sunlight for thee in the skies. AS YOU HAVE OPPORTUNITY. BV T. S. ARTHUR. Mr. Frazier sat reading in his counting- room. He was in the midst of a piece of interesting news, when a lad came to the floor and paid. Do you want a boy, sir Without lifting- his eyes from the paper, Mr. Fraxicr answered u to the appli- cant, and in rather a rough way. Before the lad reached the street, con- had compelled the merchant to listen to a rebuking sentence. You might have spoken kindly to the poor boy, at said conscience. This is an opportunity." Mr. Frazier let the paper fall from be- fore his eyes, and turned to look at the lad. He was twelve years old, to attired, but clean. The merchant tapped against one of the in the counting-room, and the boy glanced back over 'his shoulder. A bigu from the merchant caused him to re- turn. What did you say just now Do you want a boy, sir The lad repeated the words he had spoken, hesi- tatingly, a few moments before. Mr. Frazier looked at him with a sud- denly awakened interest. He had a fair, girlish face; dark brown eyes and hair; :iud though slender and delicate in appear- stood erect, and with a manliness of that showed him to be already con- scious of duty in the world. But there did not teem to be much of that stuff in that is needed for the battle of life. Take a said Mr. Frazier, an involuntary respect for the lad getting pos- session of his mind. The boy sat down, with his large, clear eyes fixed on the merchant's face. How old are you I was twelve, sir. last replied the boy. What splendid said the merch- ant to himself. And I have seen them before. Soft, dark and lustrous as a wom- an's Away back in the past the thoughts of 3Ir. Frazier went, borne on the light from those beautiful eyes; and for some mo- ments he forgot the present in the But when he came back intp the present again, he had a softer heart towards the stranger lad- f' You should go to school for a year or two he said. I must help my replied the lad. Is your mother very poor Yes sir; and she's sick." The lad's voice shook'a little, and his soft woman's eyes grew brighter in the tears that filled them, Mr. Frazier had already forgotten the point of interest in the news after which liis mind was searching when the boy in- terrupted him. I don't want a boy said Mr. Frazier, may be I might good word for you, and that would help you, you know. I think you would make an honest, useful lad.' But you are n'ot strong." yes sir. I am strong And the hoy stood up in a brave spirit. The merchant looked at him with.- a steadily increasing interest. J. 'C. kEENEY, Editor Proprietor, EQUAL RIGHTS AND JUSTICE TO ALL. 50 A YEAH, IN ADVANCE. Vol. 2. FORT THURSDAY, XOYEHBER to, I860. is your he asked. Charles Leonard, sir." There was an instant change in the merchant's manner, and he turned his face so far away tha't the boy's eyes could not see its expression. For a long time he sat still and long that the boy won- dered. Is your father living Mr. Frazier did not look at the boy, but still kept his face away. His voice was low and not very even. No sir. He died four years ago." Where The voice was quicker and firmer. In London, sir." "How long since you came to Two years." Have you been in this city ever since No sir. We came here with my un- cle a year ago. But he died a month aft'er our arrival. What was your uncle's name Mr. Hoyle, sir." There came another long silence, during O ?O which the lad was not able to see the merchant's countenance. But when he did look at him again, there was such a new and kind expression to the eyes which seemed almost to devour his face, that he felt an assurance in his heart that, Mr. Frazier was a good man, and would be a friend to his mother. Sit there for a little said Mr. Frazier, and turning to his desk he wrote a note, in which, without permitting the lad to see what he was doing, he enclosed two or three bank bills. this to your mother." he said, handing the note to the lad. You'll try arid get me a place, sir, won't you The boy lifted to him an appealing look. O jes. You shall have a good place. But stay, you haven't told me where you live." At Xo. Melon street." Very well." Mr. Frazier noted down the street and number. And now take that note to your mother." The merchant did not resume his news- paper after the lad departed. He had lost all interest in its contents. For a long time he safe with his hands shading his face, so that no one saw its If spoken to on any matter, he answered briefly, and with nothing of his usual in- terest in business. The change in him was so marked that one of his paitners asked if he were not well. I feel a little was evasively an- swered. Before his usual time MT. Fra- zier left the store and went home. As he opened the door of his dwelling, the dis- tressed cries and sobbings of a child came with an unpleasant shock upon his ears. He went up stairs with two or three long strides, and entered the nursery from which the cries came. What is the matter, darling he said. as he caught the weeper in his What ails my little Maggy "O papa! sobbed the child, clinging to his neck, and laying her wet face close to his. said Mr. Frazier, looking at the nurse, and1 speaking with some stern- ness of manner, why is Maggy cryjng in this manner The girl looked excited but pale. She's been was her answer. No papa! I aint been said the child indignantly. lt I didn't want to stay here all alone, and she pinched me and slapped me so hard O, and the child's wail rung out again, and she clung to his neck, sobbing. Has she ever pinched and slapped you before asked the father. She does it most every answered the little girl. Why haven't you told me She said she'd throw me out of the window if I told Oh dear oh Don't let her do it, It's a exclaimed the nurse, pas- sionately. Just look at my poor leg, papa." The child said this in a whisper, with her lips laid close father's ear. Mr. Frazier-sat down, and baring the child's leg to the hip, saw that it was cov- eted with blue and 'greenish spots, all above the knee; there were not less than a doz- en of these disfiguring marks. He exam- ined the other 'leg' tad found it in the same condition. Mr. Frazier loved that child with a deep tenderness. She all to love. Her mother, between whom and himself there never had been any sympathy, died two years before; and since that time, his pre- cious apple of his been left to the tender mercies of hired nurses, over whose conduct it was impossi- ble for him to have any right observation. He had often feared that Maggy was neg- troubled himself oa her ac- a suspicion of cruelty like this never came into his imagination as possi- ble. Mr'. Frazier was profoundly disturbed; but even in his passion he was calm. he said sternly, I wish you to leave immediately." Mr. Silence He showcdrhimself so stern and angry, even in his suppressed utter- ance of the word, 'that Jane and left the room instantly. Mr. Frazier rung the bell, and to the waiter who answered it, said, See that Jane leaves the house at once. I have discharged her. Send her trunk wherev- er she may wish it taken. Here is the money that is due. I must not see her again." As the waiter left the room, Mr. Fra- zier hugged his child to his heart again. and kissed her with an eagerness of man- ner that was unusual with him. He was fond, but quiet in his caresses. Now the sleeping impulses of a strong heart were all awake and active. In a small, back chamber sat a pale, sweet-faced, patient-looking woman, read- ing a letter which had just been left her by the postman. Thank God she said, as she finished reading it, and her soft, brown eyes were lifted upward. It looked very dark, but the morning has broken she mur- mured. A light, quick step was on the stairs; and the door was pushed hastily open. Charles, The boy entered with an excited counte- nance. I'm going to have a place, moth- er he cried to her, the moment his feet were inside the door. The pale woman smiled and held out her hand to her boy. He came quickly to her side. There is no necessity for your getting a place now, Chailes. We shall go back to England." Oh, mother The boy's face was all aglow with srinbeams. Here is a letter from a gentleman in New York, who says that he is directed by your uncle Wilton to pay our passages to England, if we will return. God is good, my fcon. Let us be Charles now drew from his pocket the note which Mr. Frazier had given him, and handed it to his mother. What is this she asked. The gentleman who promised to get me a place, told me to give it to you." The woman broke the seal. There were three bank bills, of ten dollars each, en- closed, and this brief sentence written on the sheet of paper God pent your son to a true Take courage. Let him come to me to- morrow." Who gave you this she Her pale face was growing warm with sud- den excitement. A gentleman, but I do not know who he was. I went into a gieat many stores to ask if they didn't want a boy, and at I came to one where the gentleman was who bent you this letter. He spoke roughly to me at first, and then called me back and asked me who I was ancPabout my mother. I told him your name, and how father had died and jou weie f-ick. Then he sat a good while and didn't <-ay anything; and then he wrote the note, and told me that he Mould get me a place. He was a kind-looking man. if he did speak roughly at first." "Did }ou tee what name was on tho sign I never thought to look." replied the boy. I was so glad when I came away. But I can go straight to the place." will write the gentleman a note, thanking him for his kindness, and you must take it to him in the morning. How light it makes my heart feel to know that we are going back to dear England. God is good_ to us, my son, and we must be obedient and thankful." Just a little before the evening twilight fell, word came up to the woman that a gentleman had called, and wished to see her. Go and see who it is, she said to her son. Oh, mother It's the gentleman who sent the exclaimed Charles, in an under tone, coming back quickly. And he wants to see you. Can he come up There was a hasty glance of the woman's eyes around the room to see if everything was in order, then a few slight changes in attire. Ask him to come up, my she said, and Charles went down stairs again. A man's firm tread approached the door. It was opened, and the boy's moth- er and his new-found friend looked into each other's faces. Oh, Edward fell from her lips in a quick, surprised voice; and she started from her chair, and stood before him strongly agitated. He advanced, not speak- ing until he had taken her by the hand. Florence! I never thought to see you thus." He said it in a calm. kind, evenly modulated voice, but her ears were finely enough corded to perceive the deep emotion that lay beneath. But I think there is a providence in our he added. They sat down and talked long together times gone by, of the causes that separated them while their hearts beat on- ly for each the actual present in their lives. I have a motherless he said at a tender little thing that I love, and to-day I find her body purple with bruises from the cruel hand of a servant. Florence, will you be a mother to that child You have a noble boy who is fatherless, let me be to him a father. If the old love fills your heart as it fills mine, there are golden days for us in the future." And so it proved. The lady and her son did not go back to England, but passed to the merchant's stately residence, she becoming its mistress, and he finding a home there, and a truer father than the one he had, in former years, called by the same name. Do good as you have an opportunity." Only a week before the lad's application to the merchant, had this injunction been urged in his hearing, by an eloquent preacher, and the words coming to his thought, led him to call back the boy his cold, almost unkind, repulse. Many times aftei wards he thought of the incident, and of the small event on which such a life-long issue hung, almost trembling in view of what he might have lost, had that slight opportunity for doing 2'ood been neglected. A Chinese Wedding. The following description is given by a China correspondent of a Pai'is paper I was lately invited to attend the weddins of a young Chinese, a relative of a high functionary of Shanghai. You are aware perhaps that polygamy is not sanctioned bj the laws of China; no man can have more than one legitimate wife, but he may have as many of what are called little wive-, as his moans enable him to keep. The position of these infe- rior is little better than All the female1- of the upper clashes are kept in complete seclusion till their mar- riage, which is invariably settled by tlrc'r parents, and generally through the medi- um of a meijin. or kind of female matri- monial agent, whose profession is consid- ered very respectable. Tins agent makes all the preliminary inquiries respecting the fortune and position of the parties, and then consults a soothsayer as to the ad- visability of the match. This person casts the nativity of the young couple, and if he declares the stars to be propitious, the future bride and bridegroom are intro- duced to each other in the iDresence of their families, but the lady is always close- ly veiled till alter the marriage ceiemony is performed. To return to the wedding I have just witnessed. On arriving1 at the residence of the bridegroom's father, 1 foaud all the family assembled in the ancestral hall, an apartment consecrated to religious festi- val5. When all the company had arrived, the meijin, who appeared to act as mis- tress of ceremonies, requested the head of the family to take his place on an elevated at the end of the room, and ordered the bridegroom to be intioduced. The young man on entering; saluted the com- pany with crcat respect, and prostrated himself en the -floor. On rising, in obedi- ence to his father's orders, the youth ap- pioachcrl the table in the middle of the room, took up a of -R ine, spilt a few drops of it. and diank off the rest of it at one draught. He then knelt oa the floor and listened to a long speech from his fa- ther, acknowledged by bowing- to show his respect and obedience. When the father ceased speaking, he and accompa- nied by his friends and retainers, went to fetch his bride. As he stepped into a pa- lanquin which was waiting at the door, an astonishing concert of gougs and brass in- struments of all kinds began, accompanied by loud explosions of fireworks. This deafening noise was kept up till we reach- ed the lady's residence, where everybody alighted and entered the court-yard. As soon as the biidcgroom had been formal- ly announced, his father-in-law, leading the bride by the hand, came out to receive him. I happened to be in a favorable po- sition for seeing the lady, who wore a long cloak of blue silk, ornamented with coloied embroidery. She had on also. I perceived, bracelets and necklace. Her head was covered by a veil, but I could distinguish her features, and plainly saw that her cheeks had been painted white, and her lip? tinted with carmine. After a short prayer, the biicle was conducted to her pa- lanquin, the bridegroom entered his, ?nd the whole cavalcade was soon in movement. As the bride ciossed the threshold there was another fearful outburst of gongs, trumpets and fireworks. Her palanquin advanced in the midst of the musicians and a crowd of persons carrying lanterns and flags. On reaching her future home, she and her husband knelt down in the ancestral hall, while the marriage contract was read. The bonze then performed the religious part of the ceremony, which terminated with, a prayer repeated in chorus by all present. The newly married couple were then conducted to the nuptial chamber to receive their friends. The day concluded with a grand banquet. The first act of the newly married couple at the table, was to drink out of the harne cup. The bride merely touched it with her lips, the bride- groom then drank of the contents and broke the cup. After partaking of a great variety of dishes, the company withdrew, and I returned home, well pleased with what I had but stunned and stupefied by the horrid din, which had assailed my ears with but little respite for so many hours. WE don't know exactly what the "height of ambition" is, but we have seen many fussy little specimens of it, not more than five feet hiah. a poor woman thinks she can do nothing without a husband, and she sets oae, finds bhe can do nothing with A Chat about Could tho census of the rats be taken, it would undoubtedly show that their num- bers greatly exceeded those pf any -other stock kept. This, too, in spite of cats, terriers, traps, poison, and all the contriv- ances with which they are hunted, for by universal consent the rat is voted an out- cast, whose life to be forteited at sight provided you can catch him. Other races of animals have almost disappeared under like persecution. To say nothing of larg- er black and gray squir-- rels. the hateful rattlesnake, and copper head, and many minor creatures have long been unknown in the more thickly settled districts. But the rat takes up his bed and board under the roof of, his enemies, he forages boldly in the kitchen and lard- er, confidently rears his young in ,the par- tition adjoining our living rooms, and leads them forth in nightly and right merry gambols through the wainscoting. This persistence of the race is due prin- cipally to two causes. Hats are outrag- prolific. They commence breeding at the age of three months, and bring forth a litter of from eight to fourteen, and even more, five or six times a year! At the ordinary rate of increase, a single pair and their progeny, if all should live, would in throe years number Truly, but for the vigorous crusade continually car- ried on against them, there would in a few years be nothing left but rats. An- other fortunate is their easy adaptation to every kind of life. A rat is. a true cosmopolitan. He can feast with a lord, or with a peasant. He revels in the tempting luxuries of a pastry cook, but will with equal gusto feed on a flitch of bacon in the store room, or a sack of corn in the barn nor does he hesitate, upon good opportunity, to attack the poultry, the feeble lambs, and in nu- merous instances even children have been mutilated by these daring marauders. He is not particular as to climate or he nibbles at the fruit in the tropics, and shares the train oil of the There was no necessity that the progeni- tors of the existing race should receive special command to seek shelter in the ark; long before its completion, no doubt, they had found snug quarters, and laid in their sailor will tell you that his berth in the forecastle has been their favorite lurking place. You will "clcloni see one of these animals lame or diseased, or in any way infirm. When one is injured by any accident, his companions fall upon him. kill him with- out mercy, and make a complete finish of the work by eating him. The anxious mother rat has continually to watch, not only against the prowling cat, for her young are favorite morsels with the insa- tiable male, who frequently feasts upon his own descendants. Although the veriest coward when alone and when there is a chance to run, the rat when driven to a corner, or emboldened by numbers of his tribe, is quite a formi- dable enemy. A cat will hesitate to attack one unless sho may take him at a disad- vantage by springing upon him unawares; several instances have occurred of an at- tack upon persons by a horde of rats, from whom escape was made with diinculty; and it is related of a poor pie baker in London, that having missed a quantity of his pas- try, ho one night set himself to watch for the thief, and was overpowered and par- tially devoured by them. The tools of the rat, which also serve as formidable weapons, are four long sharp teeth, two in front of the upper, and two in the lower jaw. These are set like wedg- es, the outer part is covered with hard en- amel, the inner is a softer, bony composi- tion. This softer part is worn away in gnawing, which gives a sharp cutting edge to the front, with which the animal can readily make his voyage through the hard- est wood. Indeed, he must keep gnawing from necessity; for tho teeth grow so rap- idly, that if unemployed, they would soon protrude far beyond the mouth and be- come useless. A rat was -caught which had lost one of his upper teeth, and the lower had continued to grow until it formed a curved tusk reaching over to the side of his ear, and threatened to pierce his head. Until within a few years, excepting among the Chinese and a few other Eas- tern nations, the rat has been turned to no account. Some genius at length discov- ered that the skin of the rat could be tan- ned into a pliable and very fine leather, little inferior to kid, sines which, the skins have in Paris, and London also we believe, a regular market value; and, the capture of these animals has been quite a profita- ble business for that class of inhabitants "who are not above descending to the sew- ers and other vatty places in pursuit of a livelihood. We might include also1 in the profits of the ratting business, the sales mude to fancy who purchase large numbers for training dogs, particularly the terrier, to destroy so much w ith a view to exterminating' the species, as to afford vsport to the roughs that gather around the rat pits and bet upon the rat- destroying powers of their favorite dogs. The usaal methods of keeping these vermin within bounds, are too well known to need description. We can hardly hope to be entirely rid of them, bilt a faithful cat kept in the house, and two or more at the barn, will usually make the quarters too unsafe to allow any great increase. Without some they will make Seri- ous inroads upon the grain- mows and bins of the farmer, and a terrible annoy- ance to the careful, cmi Agriculturist. 1 Odd People. A new book by Capt. TM'ayne Reid, pub- lished under the title of'" Odd Peonle''' t t t gives a description of some of the sipgular races of rnea in the world. Here is one: Docs everybody know that the little republic in South' takes at its name from the Fairy City of the Venice? Such is the fact. When the Spanish discoverers sailed round Lake Maracaibo, they saw to their amaze- ment not only single houses, but whole villages apparently floating on the water. On approaching nearer they perceived that those houses werfe raised some feet above the surface, and supported by posts or piles driven into the mud. This sug- gested Venice-, and the discovered gave to these superaqueous habitations the, name Venezula, or 'little Venice, which was afterwards applied to the entire prov- ince. The "Water 'Dwellers, as the occupants of these houses are called, have a good reason for liviag in this manner. That reason be understood by word musquitoes'. Thongh too thick on shore to render existence .bearable, thesfe pestif- erous insects 
                            

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