Saturday morning, April 16, 1864

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"We are constantly in receipt of what its authors call poetry, with requests to 'insert in your very valuable and widely circulated paper,' etc., etc. Many of these communications are written by very amiable and kind-hearted friends whom it would greatly please us to oblige if it were possible for us to do so.

The fact is, however, that poets do not everywhere abound; and we don't believe that more than half the people in Jo Daviess county can write first rate poetry.

To be serious about it, we think plain prose is generally preferable to commonplace poetry. Some people seem to think it their duty, whenever a friend dies, to write out a string of verses on the occasion, and have them published in some newspaper. Now, we have not the slightest objection to any poetical feeling that may be indulged on such occasions, nor to the writing of verses prompted by such feeling, but the publication of such productions, are a general rule, is in exceedingly bad taste. Such poetry is often no credit to the living, saying nothing about an insult to the memory of the dead.

And what shall we say to young people wo fall in love, and straightway attempt to ventilate their 'pheelinks,' in print? Don't do it, young folks--don't! Don't put your hearts in the newspapers, we mean."


"The subject of mining for the precious metal is attracting unusual attention throughout the country. The high price of gold, the vastness of the public debt, and the exaggerated reports in regard to the richness of the Colorado mines, combine to produce the highest excitement.

We observe that no less than a dozen 'Mining Companies' have been lately formed in the eastern cities, with a capital (proposed) for each of from one million to five millions of dollars. The amount is divided into shares of ten dollars each, and flaming advertisements are published in the newspapers setting forth the brilliant prospects of the company. In this way vast fortunes will be realized by the financial shapers who form the companies; and poor men by tens of thousands will be induced to invest their scanty earnings, to find in the end that they have lost 'only ten dollars.'

Any legitimate movement to develop the vast mineral resources of the country should meet with the hearty approval of every citizen; buy many of these mining companies, we fear, are buy organized schemes to rob the people.

Let professional financiers invest in such enterprises if they choose, but let honest laboring men do their own digging and they will find themselves on the safe side.

After all that may be said about the countless wealth of our western mineral regions, the safest and surest place to dig for money is on the farms of our fertile prairies. With provisions at their present high prices, an honest, industrious farmer can make money fast enough for all practical purposes. Let the agricultural resources of our county to be fully developed, and we can live and prosper without mines."

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Passed at the First Session of the Thirty-eighth Congress


"An Act reviving the grade of lieutenant general in the United States army."


"An Act to extend the time for the withdrawal of goods from public stores and bonded warehouses, and for other purposes."


"An Act to authorize the appointment of a warden of the jail in the District of Columbia."


"An Act supplementary to an act entitled 'An act to provide ways and means for the support of the Government, approved March third, eighteen hundred and sixty-three."

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"On Saturday, April 30th, instant, J. DEAN & Co. will sell, in front of our sales-room, the Fine Family Residence now occupied by J. L. JOHNSON, Esq., adjoining the residence of Dr. J. S. CRAWFORD, on Bench street. The house is 2 1/2 stories high, with a two-story brick Kitchen and contains Double Parlors, Dining Room and Kitchen on the first floor, five rooms on the second floor, and two rooms on the third floor. With a good cellar under the main building an iron fence in front, and a good cistern in the back yard, The house is furnished with closets, and every other convenience necessary for a complete family residence. On the rear of the lot, which is terraced, 125 feet in depth, is a good stable. The lot is 25 by 200 feet. This will be a fine opportunity for any one wishing a complete family residence convenient to business, and easy of access in all kinds of weather.

Any person wishing to examine the premises before the day of sale can have an opportunity of doing so by calling at the residence.

Possession given on the first of June.

Terms made known at the sale"


"Notice is hereby given to all persons interested that I shall present an application to the Circuit Court of Jo Daviess county, Illinois, at the next term thereof, commencing on the third Monday of May, A.D.1864, for an order of said Court for the sale of certain real estate belonging to the minor heirs of Samuel E. PHELPS, deceased. Angeline PHELPS, Guardian, &c. April 14, A.D. 1864"

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LOST ---$20.00 REWARD

"Strayed from the premises of the subscriber near Hanover, Ill., a dark brown mare colt, with one white hind foot, star on the forehead, three years old. It was last seen near Weston, Ill. Any person by bringing said colt to the subscriber will obtain the above reward." Jan MARTIN.....Hanover, Ill.

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"Mr. William HOVER has bought the Melville Mills, formerly owned by J. BURBRIDGE & Co., and is fitting them up to do all kinds of milling in the best manner possible."


"Several men, with horses and carts, have been busily engaged during the present week, scraping up and hauling away the mud and dirt from Main street which causes the thoroughfare to present a more attractive appearance than heretofore. Some of our citizens who came to town during the past winter have just ascertained the fact that our streets are macadamized."


"The Mineral Point Tribune says that Mr. Francis MORRAN, an old citizen of the village of Highland, Wisconsin, was murdered at his residence in that village, on the night of Saturday, the 2d inst. Mr. M. lived alone, and is supposed to have been murdered for his money. No clue has yet been had to the perpetrators on the deed, though property belonging to the deceased has been found in the possession of certain individuals, which may lead to further developments."


"Mr. Joseph GORDON, of the township of Thompson, in this County, has recently lost 10 hogs out of a herd of 19. They died of distemper."

"Abram SWACKER, of the same town, lost 12 head of cattle last winter, from the effects of the cold weather."

"Rev. Mr. KALB, Postmaster at Houghton P. O., is about to remove from town and a petition is in circulation for the appointment of P. PARKIN as his successor."


"Some five or six Clerical and Legal gentlemen of this city went out to GEAR's Ferry the other day on a fishing excursion. On arriving there they found old Mississippi rather stingy with her treasures, she utterly refusing to yield up to them any of her finny tribe. The aforesaid 'tribe' also refused to come in out of the wet. They coaxed with food fastened to a piece of steel, but they evidently saw the point and wouldn't eat. The fishing party finally traveled home and the fish swam."


"A new M E. Church building is to be erected in Warren this season--size 42x60, with basement."

"It has stormed every day more or less during the last three weeks."

"The Freeport Journal says that large members of fish are being caught in the Pecatonia every day. They were never more plenty, or of finer quality. A pickerel was caught last week weighing 24 1/2lbs., and a wall-eyed pike weighing 12lbs."

"Butter is worth, in Freeport, from 30 to 40 cents per pound."

"Catherine KEARNEY, a servant girl, was burned to death in Dixon, a few days ago."

"Small Pox is reported in Amboy and thereabouts."

"F. R. DUTCHER, Esq., near Amboy, manufacturer of spirits, pays more tax to the Government than all the rest of that county. The first ten days after the sixty cents per gallon tax law was in force, his tax was $4,386--at the rate of $13,458 per month, or $161,496 per year. This enormous sum is paid by one distiller, but does not affect his business in the least, as the money very properly comes wholly from consumers."


"The amount of merchandise arriving in Dunleith this spring, has not been equalled since the flush times of '56, when this was the most northern railroad terminus on the Mississippi. Then the goods were, for the most part, for up-river--now for the West, and not a great ways west either. It taxes the best energy of managers here to take care of it, so great is the quantity, and still it comes."

"A number of buildings, of various descriptions, are to be built here this Spring--some of which are already under way. ROSE, of the 'American,' has the foundation dug for a two story brick 25x40. of neat architecture. MEYERS is building a brick residence on Jordon avenue, back of the Post Office. McFARNAN is building a foundation on which to remove the Advertiser building, on the Avenue opposite the ST. CHARLES, and Fred REBER is doing his utmost to get into his new frame. There are improvements of some kind at every hand."

"A man from Dubuque, 'Big Sandy,' got an ugly bullet through his instep, to say nothing of another through the fleshy part of his thigh, at the hands of Marshal PITTMAN, the other day. 'Sandy,' I hear, was pretty drunk, thought Jeff DAVIS a fine fellow, and resisted the officer. Verdict, served him right, of course."

"A well, sunk by town authority, near SWITZER's hay depot, has been supplied with a capital pump. It is a popular institution, considering it only furnishes water, and is in Dunleith."

"Ida-hoers are plenty--with horse, ox and mule teams--yet in numbers no way to compare with the rush to Pike's Peak three or four years ago. Jake SHARFFLE, of this place, left on Monday morning with his family, and there are several others soon to follow, though this is the only family to go from here, that I know of. May their troublous journey be rewarded."

"The season of navigation, though opened, thus far has made poor show for business, in the steamboat line. The boats are, I believe, soon to make daily trips to and from Lake Pepin. Until the ice gives way up there, little is to be expected."