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   Fort Atkinson Standard (Newspaper) - February 21, 1861, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin                                Co.; Wis." ,lJi The StASbATro' "wiA W furnished to ajyear, in advance. RATES OF ADVERTISING. "One'edfunm one ye'Ar, 00 JfcUf column t 2500 .jiQimrter of Column (rte year, 15 00 one year, (16 lipqs) 1000 Square one week, 91 00 3 insertions, 1 50 Business Cards, one year, 5 00 JOB PHIXTIXG. Cards, Handbills, Circulars, Diariks, and every kind plain and orna- mental printing clone at the STANDARD office! a neat and 'Workmanlike matuiec, nnd at fiiir nrkis. All letters should be addressed to J. C. KBENEY, Editor and A Winter Picture- The rnill-Tvheers frozen in the stream, The church is decked with ho'ly Mistletoe hangs from the kitchen beam, To fright away melancholy: Jcic'es cling to the milkmaid's pail, Younkers ekrtte on the pool below, Blackbirds perch on the golden rail, And hark, how the cold winds blow. There goes the squire to shoot a snipe, Here rung Dick to fetch a log; You'd swear his breath was the smoke of apipe In the frosty morning fog. JlodgC is breaking the ice for the kine, Old and roving ccragh as they go The round red snn forgets 'to shine, And hark, how the cold grinds blow! JAMES SMITH. Courtship and Cleaning House. BY HELEN FOREST GRAVES. It -was the most golden and glorious of J. G. KEENEY, Editor Proprietor. EQUAL RIGHTS JUSTICE TO ALL. A TEAR, m ADVAff CE Vol. FORT ATKIffSOIV, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 31, NO.' en. olcd September days. The vail of blue haze hanging like a canopy over the hills, seemed absolutely to quiver in the radiant glow of the autumn sunshine, and tise grapes, whose arnethestyne clusters blushed through the- trellis of clinging leaves, grew deeper in color and more blooming, as if they had stolen the impe- rial dye of a thousand p.urple sunsets and brilliant days, as the sun mounted higher suid higher in the cloudless dome of heav- Xo frescoed ceiling, hung with jew- pendants, was ever more beautiful tlwu this arbor of grape leaves, where the lisihl aud shadow danced in fitful ara- with every moving so thought, Hi chard Mayfield, as he came j-Kiwiy up the garden path that led to his I rotlior's house. The mansion itself, however, was far from presenting the gala aspect which per- all uature, and our hero's counte- nance underwent a ludicrous transforma- tion, as he eyed the yawning windows and doors. Ry all the said he to himself, Isabel isn't cleaning house again women arc the most unaccountable CUT I do believe they delight in turning things upside down, and making thcHiselvet. and the rest of the world un- t-niifortable. What's the use of choking ponple with dust and deluging 'cm with s-oap and water twice a year However, let the dear enigmas have their own way. I'm sure I'm the last person in the world to object." With these philosophical reflections yet iu his mind, Mr. Mayfield deftly threaded way through a colony of whitewash pails and lime kettles that surrounded the f'ftfriT door, and the scene of notion. It was quite plain from the shout which the children greeted his ap- pearance, that he was ajgeneral favorite. Uncle Dick, we're cleaning house V cried Master Henry Augustus Mayfield, who was mounted astride of a doubled-up feather bed, castigating it fear- fully with his mother's best silk parasol. "Ain't it splendid, Uncle Dick ex- claimed Miss Julia, who was endeavoring to pry out" the principles of sound from a thirty-dollar music-box, by intro- ducing- a carving-knife into its interior works, while Mrs. Mayfield, half distracted by calls from all directions, was totally un- conscious of the mischief being wrought. Dick, I am so puzzled and ihe said. Here is John called to the by a pressing lawsuit, and the whole house upside down." "Thought that was what you ladies said himself upon the top of the din ing-table, and rescuing a shell basket from the destructive grasp of the smallest Mayfield of all. And my cook has gone, and the fire won't burn, and the wall-whiteners haven't come this morning, and the parlor-ceiling is half unfinished, and you know the sew- inn--society is to be here to-morrow and Dick, what will I do Don't said Richard, soothingly; i: I'll make the fire burn, or I'll know the reason why; and I can finish the ceilin for Yes, me. Didn't I whiten my own room at college, when the Boys had smoked it into the color of an old snuff-box And then I'll tack the carpet down, and see about putting those dislocated bedsteads together.' But, Dick, you must be too tired after dancing iill twelve o'clock at the pic-nic --.Me tired? Fiddlestick! Where's the refractory stove .1 The very fire -was not proof against Dick's sunny, .determination. It broke into a cheerful .blaze the momehj; he at- tacked its citadel, and'Isabel's face bright- ened simultaneously. The_skill with which he next erected a scaffolding, and mounted thereon, with'; a' panoply bf-'Vhite-wash pails and brushes, waa perfectly astound? rather pale complexion, aristocratically small feet and hands, conveyed the idea of one who was adapted only to Broadway pavements ball-rooms. I suppose the workmen didn't leave their wardrobes, when they went away last evening, Bell he asked, when he had sqaled the rather perilous height. said his sister-in-law, laughing. Then just hand up that old sheet, and a piece of bed-cord, yonder. Now, don't you admire my tout cnscmulc Uncle Dick looks like a said Master Henry Augustus. No he don't, he looks like the old mil- ler down at the stuck in Miss Julia. Upon my word, I don't know which of you is the most ob- served Richard drily. Now. then, clear the track, every soul of you, and give rue a And he worked on, now breaking into a a clear, merry whistle, now pausing to sur- vey his achievements, but oftenest of all. relapsing into thoughts of the beautiful young damsel at the pic-nic last night, who had been so studiously cold and re- served towards him. She won't like thought he, aud I can't for the life of me tell why. Well, as I said before, women are unaccountable concerns." said Miss Brownleigh, to her pretty young cousin. I wish you would just run over to Mrs. Mayfield's with this childien are at school, and I have no one to send." Oh. said Amy, while a fresh tinge suffused her delicate cheek. I don't want to encounter that superfine young collegian." Nonsense, he isn't is stay- ing with Harry Franklin." Oh, then I will take the said Amy, rising, and looking around for her golden-rod, yet for all that, Amy was quite surprised when Mrs. Mayfield came in sight, carrying a little basket of rosy- cheeked peaches from a pet tree beyond We believe it is one of woman's special and incontrovertible privileges to change her mind; therefore nobody was much astonished when, three months subsequent- ly, there was a rumor of the engagement of Mr. Mayfield and Miss Still, however, Pick always declared that it was an insoluble mystery to him that, perfumes had all failed to win an entrance to the maiden's heart, a whitewash brush should have been the unromantic weapon which, at last, brought down the barricades. the more so, as his slender figure coquetish little gipsy hat. u You are the strangest girl, said her cousin. What can be the reason that you dislike Richard Mayfield He is so handsome and so talented." _ I don't fancy these merely ornamental said Amy demurely. My hus- band must be of some use in the world." How do you know but that Mr. May- field is Can't be said Amy, archly shaking hex curls. His hands are too small for anything but lemon-colored kid gloves. I'll wager a new bonnet, Alice, that he never did anything more laborious than to carry a box of cigars in his life." Miss Brownleigh laughed, and Amy massed out of the vine-wreathed porch, wondering within herself whether Mr. Richard Mayfield had been very much vexed because she had refused to dance with him the evening before. Mrs. John Mayfield's house was at no jreat distance, and as Amy was quite in- timate with that lady, and understood the domestic saturnalia, that was at present transpiring within her domains, she did not think it necessary to knock, but opened the door and walked in without ceremony. There stood Dick, the apex of a pyra- midal scaffolding of boards, his fine .broad- doth raiment obscured by a lime-splashed heet which was girded around his waist jy a ponderous knot of rope, and his black overshadowed by a coarse old straw bat, working away as if for dear life. His back was towards the door, and supposing the step to be that of his sister-in-law, he said, gaily, without turning his head What! is the carpet ready so soon, Bell I'm just through here, and I'll come back and tack it down in one min- ute." Not receiving any answer, he threw down the brush and turned round. Miss Brownleigh He never had looked so handsome in his that was the first thought that rushed thrdugh Aniy's mind, in the midst of all her 'embarrassment; for Diek had the advantage of the young lady in this was embarrassed and he was not. He sprang, laughingly, to the ground, and threw of his ghostly appearance. You must think I have a curious taste in .said he, archly, but the truth is that Isabel has been disappointed in her work-people, and my brother is away from home, so I am helping her clean house." did not thought you had stammered Amy, unconscious- ly speaking out her thoughts. You supposed that I was nothing more than an ornamental piece of furni- ture Ask Isabel about said Dick, half piqued, half smiling. r But can I be of any use to you now I had a note from my cousin for Mrs. said Amy, speaking scarce above her breath. "She down .to the farther said Dick. It is some dis- tance, and not a very straight path. If you will wait un'til I remove a little of this lime, I Shall be happy to escort you down there." The Census of 1860. Mr. Kennedy, Superintendent of the Census Bureau at Washington, has furnished for publi- cation the following table of the population of each of the States and Territories, and the num- ber of Representatives that they wil ly entitled to in the nest Congress, representation being Free Slave Pop Pop. New Massachusetts. Rhode New Delaware Maryland North 32S.37T South Georgia Alabama............ Mississippi.......... .Louisiana.......... Texas........... Kansas 143.64o Ohio Illinois Wisconsin........... Iowa...............6S2.902 Minnesota...........372.793 Oregon be several- tlie ratio of 37th Cons. Kep'tivi's 5 U 3 10 1 4 30 23 5 1 ti 11 T 4 7 1 C 5 4 3 4 8 2 8 19 11 13 Total pop. States, OF THE TERRITORIES. Nebraska Xen Ltah "Dekotah............ District; of Columbia.. Total pop. of RECAPITULATION'. Total free population of all States and Ter- ritories o! the L'nited Slave There are several suggestive facts illustrated by the above table. In the first place it will be seen that the free population of the Slare States is less than eight ani a half millions, 'while that of the Free States is twenty-three millions, nearly thrice as much. Even including the slaves, the total population of the Slave-holding States is but 1-2.433.968, against 23.213.374 in the .Free States and Territories. It, is worthy of note, in the next place, that while almost all of the old States more or less in their representation in. the next Congress, the North West gains largely; Wisconsin and Michigan doubling their present number and Iowa increasing fi om two to five. Lastly, it is gratifying to our State pride to know that WISCONSIN, though one of the youngest States iu the Confederacy, now sur- passes nineteen of hT sister sovereignties in pop- ulation; ranking fifteenth in the family roll. The growth of Wisconsin his indeed been rap- id. The U. S. Census for 1S40.1S50. and 186CK indicates the rate of our own progress. Tears. Population. 1840 30.0no With the hoped-for return of peace in our Na- tional Councils and a continuance of such pro- pitious seasons our State has been blessed with during the past two years, we confidently anticipate large accessions to our population from the Eastern aud Southern States, and the Old Sentinel. A Storm of Locusts. As we went quietly through the streets the two soldiers by whom I was escorted laised a sudden cry. exclaiming, Allah Allah turn away from us this plague by which we aie thieatened, and direct it toward the land of the unbelievers." Wherefore this cry asked I of those who uttered it. Turn your eyes toward the said one. I looked in that direction, and perceived that the horizon wrapped in gloom, the stars appearing as it obscured by1 a vail; on asking my attendants the cause of which, they said Do you riot see the locusts coming Allah protect us Now a drowsy tumult began to vibrate in my ears, increasing in loudness until it broke out into a deafening noise. In ev- ery dii action the Marcbeys were to be seen issuing from their dwellings, armed with. all such utensils of iron and copper as they could lay their hands on. Men, women, and children, now began to beat upon their pots and pans with all their might, piercing shiieks in accompani- ment, and crying at intervals with astound- ing louduess, Jluddid! Haddldl" (iron! iron In spite of this fearful din, how- ever, the locusts kept steadily advancing. The black vail by which the east was ob- scured, kept enlarging and spreading out until it came over our heads; the air be- came thick and murky; the sky disap- peared from our gaze as if a great sheet had been spread out above us, with holes in it here and there, through which a few stars were visible. Then I felt a pelting as if of elastic hailstones, which rebounded from me, aud in a few moments the earth was thickly covered with a dense layer of the Fortunately, the easterly wind on which they came now ceased to blow, a gale from the north beginning to whistle wildly up. carrying the plague away with it toward the tribes encamped to the south of us. Once upon the ground, the locusts com-! menced devouring everything they could feed upon; but as their fall was of short duration, the devastation committed by them was not very great, and the people were comforted. "The grace of the Prophet and the power of the word haddid saved us this said my guards; in- stead of being an evil, in fact, this visita- tion will be a gain to us. for the locust is as useful when dead as he is destructive when alive. He eats up our ciops now and then; well we eat him iu our turn." The scene was a striking one as I ad- vanced into the camp. Each tent was lighted up to an unusual extent, while ev- ery member of the caravan, armed with a torch and having a bag slung round his body, was occupied in catching Satisfaction beamed on every lace, so that one might have supposed these good peo- ple were picking up the Arabs arc remarkably fond of locusts, which they dress in several ways. Some boil or broil them, having first cut off their feel, legs, and heads. Others dry them in the sun and grind them to powder, which they mix with milk or knead up with flour, seasoning with butter and salt the paste thus made. But it is not the Arabs them- selves only who love this curious manna, for the apes, camels, oxen, and poultry, all do equal honor to it. The camels, in par- ticular, devour it greedily. It is dried or cooked for them by being heaped up in a large hole between two layers' of burning the Desert. Moorish Ladies. It is rarely that Moorish ladies of rank ever leave the precincts of their own hab- itations, Whenever they do so, it is gen- erally for the purpose of attending the' buth, and their transit thither from, their, abodes is effected in a closely covered car- riage, their faeces at the same time being studiously concealed from the vulgar gaze. There was one respectable old lady who had been seventy years in Algiers, and be- ing one day persuaded to pay a visit to a European lady, waa utterly.astoundedrajt the size of the town and the appearance of the country around, of which she more than if she had passed her life in an iceberg. The most they ever do is to walk on the housetops at dusk, and enjoy for a short time the serene beauty ,of the evening and the dazzling magnificence of the planetary orbs above. And, how ,can minds, wild and untutored as theirs, enter into the magic poetry that breathes around in every wavelet of the scarcely concealed blue of the atmosphere Dead alike to the external world, and knowing naught of the unexplored recesses of the inter- nal, they live a life of unconquerable ennui and die like expectation, no hope for them, of aught save the dark eternity of nothingness. Yet the Moorish lady has one object in as fat as she possibly can. The more she makes the better she is pleased, as the Algerians look upon beauty in a particu- larly solid point of view, judging it in a great measure by the conapartive number of pounds avoirdupois or troy, which it may contain. The larger her proportions, the more chance has the Mauresque of se- curing her husband's by no means inferior consideration in a country where wives form, a staple article of com- merce. To attain this object, there are few things she will shrink from eating and drinking, and a legend (rather dubious I am afraid) is afloat concerning a Europe- an lady, who actually succeeded in making a Moorish woman swallow a teaspoonful of cod liver oil, which she had with truth in- formed her would fatten most wonderfully. The poor barbarian made a terrible face after it, and appeared as if were about to call for the and, I need not say, preferred ever after her own dietary principles to the most skillful pharmaco- poaian. piescriptiou. THE DIVINE Author of nature has shown that it was not beneath His care to provide for the gratification of sentiments precisely similar to those which are addressed by the arts. The world, composed of hill and dale, mountain and valley, not one boundless plowed field to yield food dressed in gay and bright liv- eries, not in one sober-suited color filled the music of its streams and groves, not doomed to endless monotony or ever- lasting silence; such a world, the dwell- ing-place of nations, the school of their discipline, the temple of their worship, plainly shows that they were not destined to be pupils of cold and stern utility alone Louis NAPOLEON'S la- IN the Paris court of correctional po- lice, recently, a lady, by no means young, advanced coquettishly to the witness stand to give her testimony. What is your name 1" Virginie Loustatot." Your Twenty-five." [Exclamations of in- credulity from the audience.] The lady's evidence being taken, she regained her place, still coquettishly bri- dling, and the next witness was intro- duced. This one was a full grown young man. Your name said the Judge. Isadore Loustatot." Your age Twenty-seven years." Are you a relative of the last wit- ness c  A, fin, leaviftg theilady fortunate enough Id lose her, sabie boa, ob- before, her, an aged indi- vidual-., dressed" in an antediluvian; style, with a sable boa i round her neck, .which, she immediately recognized-as very much resembling her quite forgotten boa. following the old woman, she discovered'her place of abode, intend- ing to call the'next day and make inquiry i about'the missing article. However, oth-- her doing tbis. fast day-she> was again at church, and, as: before; saw -the old woman with tbe boa. Waiting till she came out, the lady went- up to-'her and said, "May I ask where you got tbat boa, for I think it is very like one I lost The old woman indig- nantly replied, brought wl' jne frae, Glasgow, and I've.had it mony The lady said, "1 know you may-have bad it many-years, for it is ten years since- Ii lost I'm sure it is mine from a'par- tieular joint in it." Na, na, it's no yours; it's mine ain buoy I've had, this twelve returned the old woman, walking indignantly away, leaving the la- dy more convinced than ever that the boa was hers. Proceeding to the'town house, she sent a policeman to the woman, de- scribing tbe marks'that he would know it by; also, if the lining was opened, he would see her name on the skin. The po- liceman "went, and tbe old woman, seeing that the evidence was too clear to admit of a doubt, confessed that she had found it exactly ten- years before; and, as tbe man walked off with it, said she hoped he wo'd tell the lady to give her two shillings and sixpence for having taken such, good care of it. ONE DROP AT A you ev- er watched an icicle as it formed You noticed how it froze one drop at a time un- til it was a foot long or more. If the wa- dv, writing from Paris, savs I received ter was clean the iciclo remained clear and almost imposing document'the other day, sparkled brightly m the sun; but if the admitting me with a party to the Empe- was1 but slightly muddy the icicle ror's stables, and so went, although hardly Ilookcd ffll  A GREAT poet says that the 'moun- tains .stand ,We, know, however, that no uneominon thing for to slope. t and the follies be reviewed by, memory, and called up for evidence some clay. SOME men's minds are so badly tumbled that they can't be made up. that all remembered this! SOME men, after reaching the summit of ambition, pull up the ladder by which they climbed, and look down with scorn upon those who held it for them. IN most quarrels there is a fault on both sides. Both flint and nec- essary to the production of'a spa: of them may hammer on wood ft no fire will follow. either forever, and LITTLE drops' of rain ..brighten, ,the meadows, and little acts of kjndness'bright- en the world. MOST actors, however anxions to make a full of eyesi thsin-the feyes full of tears, MANY persons are11n advance of their age, abput .tenvyeairs behind it's tlie'jsame with if-. ''i PRAY te if afl'ytfor trUst'-weWmiProv- work'.ks''if all'your in yourrliands.Sf'   

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