Prairie Du Chien Leader, January 9, 1858

Prairie Du Chien Leader

January 09, 1858

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Prairie Du Chien Leader (Newspaper) - January 9, 1858, Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin VOLUME I. PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, CRAWFORD, CO., SATURDAY, JANUARY NUMBER 26 'Imtirieiui Cfjint -grafter QUKER STORIES ABOUT CHICKENS HILL GHKENK, moi'iut-rous lu Ho well Block, THK DKrOT Or THC M. >t. K.ULHOAD, TIJK LAIIGKST 1'Al'KK IX THK STATE WEST OF 1'IIE CAl'ITAL. Tm tvAucN li imbltshed every Saturtlny, at the fol- I'.! 00. 1 CMy BuiMcrlbcrs, dcllrtmt, one year, To Ofllcc ami Mull Hubscrlbvrii, ftubfcrllHrrd u purlod of tlmo will bv utmrgcd lu MJIIU uroiMirtluiii OF ADVERTISING: 3 I M 1 30 1 IS A A TM 1 f lhi, iun, u r t ii CM-fourth cf ft to bed early, but bad for those who are compelled to" sit up till mid- night. Tin: latest case of absence of mind is that of :i lady who, on returning from a walk with si lover, rapped him on the face nnd bade good night to tho door. Tin: tradesman who dacs not advertise liberally has been very appropriately com- pared to a man who has a lantern, but is A correspondent furnishes .the -3ST. Y. Tribune, with the following remarkable history of n. truly noble woman SIB a noble deed erty is never recorded on earth. Let us rescue one too good to be lost. In dark scenes to come it may waken some racsscn: songcr of. mercy, or cheer soine broken heart. At the close of a long, hard winter, more tlian two years since, we were summoned from the institution one morning, past li- quor-stores, junk-shops, and fish-carts, to one of those vile imitations of tho Tower of Babel, a rear tenant house in the low region between tho Five Points und the Bowery. In a small even in misery, was the patient. She was the young wid- owed mother of lour hclplcss: ones, a deli- cate, lady-like woman, beni'as.with sufler- ing, with brown hair, eyes red with weep- ing, and thin, pale features, once handsome, but then the picture of despair. There was a strange, .timid reserve. Having giv- en up to die, as she afterwards said, she "only wished to have a Coroner's inquest." She had neither flush nor neither fever nor consumption. A horrible suspi- cion flashed upon mo. It appeared that she lived by sewing; that she was of no wealthy charch to help hcrj but only of a Tract Ward Mission; and that, after her rent was paid, she'had left from her scanty earnings loss than ;fivo cents n day, for each, in those axpensive times, to clothe, warm, and feea live persons. Except an occasional better meal from friends, without meat, butter or vegetables, she had lived, at times, for months, on dry bread. Mod- est to a fault, she would die rather than beg. There she was, the very shadow of the Song of the Shirt." At length, forgetfully, there was suggest- ed to her nourishing food." It was too much. She answered with a gush of tears, and a fond look at her children, like that a consumptive mother sometimes gives in parting. Just as Arctic or African travel- lers, long famished on scanty food, at last faint to rise no more, in tho plenty of a great city, she was sinking ation. of gradual sturv- Some kind laillen nursed her to life, and helped to win her history, it TOns full of sadness. Left early a lone orphan, she iiua. afterwards sacrificed the good will of rela- tives and some property expectations in her marriage; and the young couple had left their home in a distant seaport, to bury themselves in Now York. Misfortunes had still followed. Just before the birth of their fourth child, her husband had gone to New Orleans for employment; where, delirious with fever and unable to send a message, he had died a few days after his arrival, leaving his destitute family in a dark New She "said, It was so strange 1 She .had secretly prayed to' Heaven a whole year, that her children might be taken from that vicious neighborhood. Eighteen months have passed since her first venture in trade. All-tho mother has been roused. Her little shop is full of taste- ful devices quite Parisian. With special tenderness to the poor, she is kind and obliging to all. She is prudent, strictly honest, and willing to sell cheaply, and wait patiently for success. Before the financial crisis, she was slowly gaining. She has striven in more trying seasons till she has fainted from exhaustion till, toiling by her dim light shining through crevices long af- ter midnight, she..has brought watchman for- burglars to her' doors; till pressing monthly bills have been paid by Icavitig oil' meat for dinner. These sacrifices have told. They haveslightly dimmed her sight, threatening that palsy'of the nerve of vis- ion, the blind drop serene" of Milton, or the amaurosi of .surgeons; and they have caused repeated and tree, raising of blood. They will probably keep out the sheriff, but we fear the .undertaker. About: five., minutes' .walk east from the Bowery, in a wide, newly-opened street, on the south at the first corner from the commencement, stands a neat, 3'ellow cot- and stretching beneath the eaves is the sign Cheap Fancy Store." It has been tilled with that" last loaf.V AVe have dreamed that in the trials of a panic Win ter, the patronage of the good neighbors who may recognize this portrait, and its claims, may possibly turn the scale between the sutl'cring that may crush, and the com- fort that may restore. She has won her freedom, and she de- serves to live. Entirely wltlteut her knowl- simple humanity, we .present this strange history for publication, partly as a prescription to keep off blindness and con- sumption. And the circle around her, to whom it is thus addressed, orany one else, can easily test its entire truth. A Wall street President, and a leading firm in the her neighbors have kindly offer- ed, as soon as this shall appear and bo known to her, to save deeper questions that might wound her by acting as references. But from the larger-world beyond, we have treasured these incidents from real life, hoping that they may influence many who may never sec the Heroine of the Half touch the hand that carried it with their triUui.0 trade. In a crisis when thousands arc facts illustrate great principles in benevo- lence. That busy home With its tears of joy, around which but one storm has yet gathered, is eloquent with the thought, that the way. to raise the downcast, is to help to help themselves. The divided loaf pleads with the poor to bless the Havings of hunger, and a poison cup, warn the rich with velvet pews, that the nu- Yo 'bascmont unconscious of his fate for 'hnt. n'1' months, mid wondering why thc poor dead ked' and 'sick'whom the baviorrcmcm- nnt write and send then monev. m .vision 0 Judgment, way be J. WIIITISKY, Jr., OT. rhyilclan an.l Suwon. Olllcc In Sinner's Hnllillliji, front Street, (near the I'rnlrlc uu Clpfcn. Wli. ____ K. P. WOOD, M. to iir-ioHro In "II the of nrofiM- Olllcc lit Drug Stun-, Klines not write and send them money. The embers died on the hearth, and Ihe last crust was gone. Terrible gloomy days followed. Her little ones came like the children of Ugolino in Dante, and crazed her by crying for bread. Her brain throb- bed, and she reeled to and fro with maniac wildncss. She calmed. It was dark night. By the dim light she saw on the mantle a cup of poison ready mixed. She tried to nerve herself to give, and drink, and quiet all. Starting back with a suddor, she pray- ed for deliverance, as she thought, for the last time. the door. but with a strange impression of somethin wrong in that room, a Ward Missionary of the City Tract Society, tho Rev. Mr. I., ac- cidentally calling late above, groped his way to the basement below. Till the good-man left for a charge in the country nil was changed for the better. Then, by a sort of too stiniry to buy a candle. "Well, Augustus, you have been apprenticed now three months, and have seen the several departments of our trade I wish to give you a choice of oc- cupation." "Thank'cc, sir." Grocer "Well now, what part of the busi- IH-SS you like1 Augustus, (with a sharpness beyond his "Sluittin' up, sir Suddenly a knock was heard at Ignorant of what was passing, ftiniishing, while his followers are sleeping But the faith that starved its own to feed the stranger, only to reap a reward no mor- tal could foresee, has for every human be- ing a sublime moral. As is on a rainbow, skirting dark clouds is inscribed, "Oust thy bread upon tJte water; for tliouahalt find it after muity Jayx." A DISPENSARY PHYSICIAN. The following bird gossip is selected The San Francisco Price Current N. P. Willis' marks as' follows of this interestin" proi; I should riot do justice to the birds of our neighborhood, however, without, mention- ing that, on an adjoining farm, was born, last week, a yuadrupctl caiclm Whether such caprices of nature occur very often, un-clironicled, I know my neigh- bor thinks his foiir-leggcd fowl quitc.a mir- acle. Tho nearest we to it in our hennery, was a chicken, Half-duck (we called it the "CulpritFay by which waddled about in a newly-hatched brood at Idlewild for a week or two; and, of its pa- rental resemblance, the poor thing evident- ly was very much ashamed. It made for a bush and hid its webbed feet and horizon- tal tail whenever it was looked gcne- ological sensibility which was curious, at least, in one of that family. While speaking of fowls, by the way, I may as well record, for our friends the spir- itualists, some evidence that has turned up at Idlewild within a few days, on the sub- ject of posthumous recognition. It may be remembered, that.'ina letter of two or three months since, I mentioned a demonstration of remarkable attachment and constancy between a bantam cock and his hen Polly. Polly died, as I pathetically narrated the particulars. But, from the almost human interest she excited amongst the children, it was thought best to conrer upon her the nearest approach we could make to human her to tho city, that is to say, to be stuffed for what future there might be in salt and spices. Polly's purgatory was unexpectedly long, (so long, in fact, that we had almost forgot- ten all about but a day or two since, she and no more to as natural as life itself, though in thc blessed ornithology of a glass case. She was set upon the dinner table, (though stuffed, not to be eaten but admired but presently there was an acclamation among the children, (a table moving of the liv- liest to introduce this apparition to Jake. What would he say to her Would he lur V In three months had he forgotten her? The glass cover was removed, and Polly was taken out upon the lawn, (where with the square block to which her feet nailed, hmelon in the grass') she stood erect, and apparently in thc lull feather of life and beauty. They went to the stable for the meantime.I had my The experiment involved curi- ._ ous questions is magnetism AND BRANDY. re produc- tion. The brandy spoken of is quoted at gallon: California brandy, distilled from the na- tive grape, can'now be bought in market, and of a quality equal to the average brands of Cognac imported here, and greatly supe- rior to the RocheHc brands. James T. SIcDougall Co., were thc pioneer man- ufacturers ot California grape brandy, and have for some months been makiiiii regu- lar sales to the trade from their distillation of last season, which amounted to the very respectable quantity of 500 octaves. Soma of their brandy was shipped to New York, where it met with favor, and realized for a first consigmncnta.high figure. From the grape crop this year, it is estimated gallons will be mnde, or 300 and 400 per. cent, more than last year. At this ratio of increase we do not hesitate to say three years hence fine brandy will be one of our exportable products. For two years past various classes of wine, made from the native grape of Los Angelos have been growing upon popular notice and favor. The Alia California, (in an article on the Methods of making Cal- ifornia says it is estimated that gallons of wine were made in the State last year, and from the grape crop this year it is expected gallons will be manufactured. Wo see no reason to question thc accuracy of these figures. It is notorious that a great number of new vineyards have been planted in the vicinity of Los Angelos since 1S53, and the annual ;rape crop since then has increased enor- mously that tho bulk of thc grapes have been used in making wine, and that the business has proved profitable, We have ev- idence in thc fact that last year, and this present one, fewer grapes have been sent here for sale than in 1853. Thc Alta says, that thc grape chiefly grown in California for making wine is of Spanish stock, and was introduced bj the priests when they established their missions between the years 170'J and 1780. The vine is hard and healthy, and the berry juicy and strong. An acre of vines is cal- culated to yield gallons of wine, and never less than 800, although 400 is con- sidered an average yield in Ohio and Eu- Almost every variety of grape is, however, being cultivated at va- futtihty, time after time, came long sickness and sore trials, relieved, so far as they were known, by the unsought, kind attentions, and public appeals of her friends lor years, Ihe ladies of Ihe Home of the Friendless." But she grew weary of troubling. To one sensilive, it was easi- er to fast than to beg, easier to hide than complain. Three sorrowful years had passed from the poison scene to the time of our first vis- it, and the commencement of our NOT AT hen tibber once went yncc morc given up to to visit Booth, and knew that he wns at jt was n dark hour before dawn. Friends home, a female domestic denied him. Cib- bcr took no notice of it at the time, but when, in n few days afterwards, Booth paid him a visit in return, ho called out from the first Hat that he was not at home 'How can that answered Booth, 'do I not hear vour voice 'To be sure you 1 A: VAN V.KH, ImpnrltM an.1 Druirs I'lilntJ, Olli Window Ulivi, Iiye-Sluflii. unkeo Notions rnKiit Uinimlle Dcnot f your pelt. It is sometimes necessary to lutin two or more braces, to hold the side; >f thc bow firm and wide enough apart to tretch the skin into a good shape, and to he utmost tension, which adds to their alue. It is not necessary to stretch skins fu side out to show the quality. A good judge can tell a good pelt as soon as he sees thc iesh side. The prince in rcturn: doubled thc quanti- on the pressure of the atmosphere; and al- ty and sent him forty bottles. This is the joke about -Rochester nnd Oharles II.'s crew of rakes, writing pieces of poetry and handing them to Dryden so that he might decide which was the prettiest poet. Rochester, finished liis piece in a few minutes, and Dryden decided that it was the best. On reading it the lines were found to be the .following: "I promise to pay to the order of John D'rydcn twenty A GOOD story is told of :a country gen- tleman who, for tho first time, heard an Episcopal clergyman, preach. He had read much of the aristocracy and pride of .the Church, arid when he returned, home he was asked if the people -were stuck up." "Pshaw, replied he; "why the minis- ter actuallV preached in his shirt-sleeves." so by means of long continued magnetic observations, that it exerts an influence on the declination of the magnetic Jloiton Courier. A GOOD story is told of a Michigan man who recently wont down into Indiana tc buy a drove of horses. He was longer ab sent than ho intended, and failed to meet a business agreement. On being rather re preached for not being home, he made du apology "I tell you how it is, squire; a every little darned town they wanted m to stop, and be president of a WOMAN'S Stono refuse to pay her taxes at Orange, N.. Y-, on th old Revolutionary principle of no taxatio without Hid the collect? is about to levy on THE NEW ENGLAND DINNER. The New York papers contain long' lints of thc late Enrfand dinnn. England dinner in that city, together great many prominent persons, who wens invited, but were unable to attend. Of tlw latter we present a few brief extracts. As tins celebration is not without its political MglniK-ance they may not be without inter- est to our readers. Henry A. Wise, of Vir- 1' then, decline. But it is not for want of any respect or gratitude to tho of ew England. Thc v wcro 1 men, who looked to the real and not to the shadow of thin-s ivcre men of God, whose walk and conversation was founded on the monuitv of thc Gospel. Thev were 1'hey w ong iuffenng for the cause of religious t. ccdom. 1 hey were brave and earnest and honest, and manly andVerse- vcring in maintaining human righls by tho observance of law and order and decency n all things. If ound themselves and their heirs forever. Lime, events, other struggles, renewed cov- enants, more bloodshed, greater interests ughcr responsibilities, weightier trusts! grander prospective scenes, greater dread of worse disasters than could once be con- everything which has grown up or come after, or is gone, or now is, or s hereafter to be. binds us, the heirs, co- icirs and descendants of the forefathers of this republic, to each other more than they were bound together." From ex-Governor Walker's letter, which drew forth a good deal of applause, we take the following specimen of grandiloquence As your Fathers landed on your rock- bound shores, there dawned the flrst faint glimmering of the great principle of sclf- ;ovcrnmcnt, which rose upon enfranchised Humanity, in all its meridian splendor, on thc 4th of July, 1776. That great princi- ple of self government is about being sub- cctcd to a fearful, and, perhaps, a final in an unhappy western territory. If this principle can be subverted there, and such JURYMEN SHOULD SOT BLOW THF.IH NOSES. following story is told of the cele- brated Sergeant of the English bar: >n one occasion he was counsel ior a poor girl who had been charged with robbing icr master. It happened that just before AVilkcns rose to address the jury, one of the latter had been blowing his nose so pow- erfully, as to produce a red and watery ap- icarance about the eyes. The incident was ;urncd adroitly to account by thc learned advocate, who exclaimed, 1 perceive one of the jury has been and follow ing up thc words in a tone of sympathy for the accused, he so worked upon thc feelings of the jury, that veritable tears at last did respond to his appeal, and the con- tagion quickly spread through the court. The consequence was the acquittal of the prisoner, (guilty or who never imag- ined before that she had been so wronged. SEWAUU'S OPINION or HABD ator Seward is a shrewd observer, and who makes this prediction to which he is will- ing to stand." ?l In my judgment the acceleration of bus- iness is going to bo rapid just m propor- tion to the rapidity with which business has declined, and I expect to see CTCry day and every hour of the day, marked by a nse in the prosperity of tho country, graduated just exactly by the suddenness of the de- pression. Tho causes of the disaster are gone. I think there is nothing before us but a groat revival of business and plethora of money to revive it in all I may be mistaken in this, but I a.m witting jj ,tS titIXt truths have been promulgated in thc Dec- laration of American Independence, the blood of the Revolution will have been wasted on a soil where military and des- potic power will soon resume their swav, as under our suicide the freedom of our coun- try and the world forever sank, with its last bubbling into that great deep whenr it should remain until the sea give up their and man shall answer for his crimes, at the dread judgment scat of his creator. "Asa I have no claim or ancestry on New England, and presume that for thk kind invitation to your anni. vcrsary dinner I am indebted to mv v.ifc, who is n descendant of the illustrious Bos? ton printer boy, Benjamin Franklin, in whose principles and virtues I have endeav- ored to rear my Public business at Washington detained Senator Seward, and he transmitted tho subjoined excuse for non attendance: AL-BCTN, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 1857. DEAR SIK: I have the honor of the invitation of thc Xcw England Society, for which I pray you to them my grateful acknowledgement. Inasmuch as the festival will fall on a dav when I shall be in attendance on public affairs at Wash-, ington, I can hardly promise myself tho pleasure of participating ir. iU celebration. Cut I certainly shall, if the indulgence shall not conflict with official engagements. A native of Xow York, proud of her present position, and hopeful of her future great- ness, I am sensible, nevertheless, that her. fume dates from the revolutionary age. On the other hand, I think most enlightened men will agree that Xcw England has an important history reaching back and con- necting with thc great civic revolution of England. Others may detract from Eng-. land in modern times, but for myself I con- fess that I regard her policy as the surest guides to that national pros- perity and eminence which we all arc am- bitious that our country shall attain. I ani, dear sir, with sincere respect and esteem, your friend and humble servant, WILLIAM II. SEWARD, To Hoy. E. D. MOUGAN, GETTING OVER A class which graduated not over a thousand years ago, embraced among its members one Tom ElHott, an. incorrigible wag, who was not noted for any particular and marked atten- tion to his studios. Mathematics was a par- ticular object of Tom's disregard, and this caused him an occasional jeu d'aprit with the dry professor of conies. On one occa- sion, thc professor, during tho recitation, asked Tom to explain the horizontal paral- lex of the sun. Tom replied, "I don't know how." said thc professor, "suppose you were appointed by thc Gov- ernment to ascertain it, what would you gravely responded. Tom, amid the conclusive laughter of the lass, and even thc professor actually pcr- ictratcd a grin. Pi.E.vsunEor all thc amu- jcmcnts that can possibly be imagined for i working man, after daily toils, or in tho nterrals, there is nothing like reading s icwspaper or a book. It calls for no bodi- y exertion, of which already he has had nough, perhaps too much. It relieves his ionic of dullness and sadness. Xay, it ac- companies him to his next day's work, and ;ives him something to think of besides tho nechanical drudgery of his every day oc- cupation; something ho can enjoy whilo ibsent, and look forvrard to with much plea- sure. If I were to pray for a taste that would stand by me under every variety of circumstances, and be a source of happi- ness and cheerfulness to me through life, and a shield against all its ills, however things may go amiss, and the world frown upon me, it would be a taste for Sir John IIcrtdM. A KNOWING beggar posted himself at the door of the Char.ccry_ Court, and kept saying" A penny, please, sir! On- ly one penny, sir, before you go in." "And why, my man inquired an old country gentleman. "Because, sir, the chances are you will not have one when you come the beggar's reply. WASTING Arnott TFM one day while panting with the astmah, looking out of his'window, and was almost deafened by thc noise of a brawling fellow, who was selling oysters, Said he, "That extravagant feUo'w has wasted in two conds as much breath as would tejlji, for ft month." ;