Thursday morning, April 21, 1864

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"Many of our readers are aware that a Great Sanitary Fair is to be held in Dubuque on the 24th day of May next. Fairs of this kind have been held in Chicago, Cincinnati, New York, and other cities at which large sums of money have been raised for the benefit of our sick and wounded soldiers. No one but the suffering soldiers themselves who have received and will receive the benefits of these Fairs, will ever realize the vast amount of good they are accomplishing.

All the fairs heretofore held have been at such distance from here that the people of Galena have had but little opportunity to participate in the good work, buy now one is to be held right here, almost at our doors, and the Executive Committee are anxious that Galena should be represented. H. A. WILTSE, Esq., President of the Fair, says in a letter to the Soldiers' Aid Society of this city: 'We desire that Galena, the nursery of Generals, shall have and superintend a separate department in the Fair. We of Dubuque expect to contribute liberally and do all the drudgery without stint or pay. Our only ambition is to raise as large an amount as possible.'

All articles sent to the Fair from Galena will be taken to and from by the illinois Central Railroad, free of cost.

The following extract from a Circular issued by the Executive Committee will furnish instruction to those wishing to contribute:

In enumerating the donations needed for the Fair, it was thought best to arrange them in classes, as follows:


All kinds of summer clothing for me, women, children; infants' frocks, aprons, bibs, caps, &c.; varieties of useful and ornamental articles in fancy knittings, shawls, sontags, capes, tripods, collars, undersleeves, baby socks, carriage blankets, and Afghans; foot-cushions, sofa-pillows, gentlemen's dressing-gowns, smoking caps, slippers, shirt bosoms and collars, embroideries, &c.


Useful and ornamental articles in wax, leather, shell, bead, hair and cone work, fancy vases vases, preparations of autumn leaves, sea mosses, hanging baskets, drawings and paintings, cabinets of minerals or single specimens, shells, stuffed birds, Indian curiosities, winter bouquets, &c., &c., work-baskets, needle-books, pin-cushions, emery balls, &c., inevery variety.


Articles to be donated by manufactures and dealers, such as musical instruments, sewing, knitting, washing, wringing, reaping and mowing machines, cabinet furniture, carriages and saddlery, jewelry and silver work, fancy China and miniature sets, toys of all kinds, fancy dry goods, millinery goods, books, stationery, pictures and photographs.


Agricultural and dairy products of very kind, apples by the barrel or basket, oranges, lemons, raisins, figs, &c.


Evergreens for decorative purposes, made into wreaths, shields, stars, crosses, mottoes, &c. Small evergreen trees will be much needed. Flowers and floral designs, green-house plants in pots.


Drugs and chemicals, patent medicines, and such fancy articles as properly belong to a drug department, embracing brushes, combs, perfumery, soaps, toilet sets, flavoring extracts, &c., &c.


Supplies for the tables: turkeys, chickens, hams, tongues, beef, mutton, fish of all varieties, pork and beans and oysters, &c., &c. Tea, coffee, chocolate, broma, sugar, cream, so put up as to insure its sweetness for two or three days, butter, eggs and cheese. Plum and other cakes that will keep, all kinds of pies that can be put in racks for transportation, preserves, jellies, marmalades, jams, canned fruits in sealed jars, pickles, sour and sweet, without vinegar, vegetables of every kind; and of these there can be no surplus.


Battle flags, federal, and rebel, mementos of the war, battle relics, shells, swords, balls, sabres, guns, or missiles of any kind; papers and documents of peculiar interest. These will be arranged by themselves for exhibition and sale.

All articles in the above classes (except those in the sixth) should be sent in at least one week earlier than the opening of the Fair. Articles of the sixth class should be sent at such times as are fixed upon by correspondence between the donors and officers of the Fair.

In addition to the articles for sale, it is proposed to receive for exhibition, pictures and works of art, specimens from cabinets, historical societies, other organizations, or individuals, loaned for this purpose. All due care will be taken of them while on exhibition, and afterwards, they will be carefully packed and returned to their owners.

Donations of money are especially solicited, and should be sent to the Treasurer of the Fair, Geo. L. MATTHEWS, Dubuque, Iowa, by whom they will be promptly acknowledged.

All articles designed for the army, will be immediately shipped South.

The German ladies throughout the surrounding country are most cordially invited to lend their aid in this Fair. This department will be under the supervision of competent German ladies, and as their articles won the admiration and praise of every one at the Northwestern Fair, it may be expected that they will also add a most interesting feature to the Northern Iowa Fair.

Every Aid Society, Loyal League, Good Templar's Lodge, and any and all other loyal organizations in the North and West are requested to appoint a committee to canvass immediately, its neighborhood, and secure laborers for this work. Clergymen, too, are earnestly urged to interest their parishes in this matter and arouse the people to the necessity of instant action in the noble cause of hospital relief. Postmasters, it is hoped will act as though they were especially appointed agents of the Fair. Any organization can have a separate department, if so preferred, by notifying the Executive Committee previous to the time of the Fair, and also by sending the proper persons to take charge of its department. Notice of the number of those to be sent must be given previous to their arrival.

All packages should be marked 'Sanitary Stores,' 'For the Northern Iowa Sanitary Fair.' This will ensure their free transportation by every means of conveyance.

It would greatly facilitate the labors the committee if lists of the articles promised, could be forwarded so as to be received three weeks before the Fair. Then all deficiencies could be supplied. Letters may be addressed to any of the Corresponding Secretaries, Mr. D. K. CORNWELL, Mrs. J. CLEMENT, Mrs. D. N. COOLEY.

The Fair will be opened Tuesday. the 24th of May, in suitable buildings selected or erected for that purpose, and continue one week. Dinner will be served from 12 1/2 to 4 P.M. from Tuesday, thenceforward every day at the same hour during the continuance of the Fair.

Arrangements are in progress for evening entertainment's during the week of the Fair. The programme will consist of Lectures, Concerts, Tableaux, &c.; but it is not sufficiently perfected to give the particulars. Notice will be given hereafter in the papers.

This appeal for action comes to all. Let us all them work for this grand object. Let no one remain satisfied until he has exerted himself to his utmost to secure something for the Soldiers' Fair. If the loyal men and women of the Northwest manifest the energy and zeal that has characterized our veteran fathers, husbands, brothers and sons, then indeed will this Fair be a pecuniary success."

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--"Some ten thousand or fifteen thousand pounds of cotton were raised in Carroll county, Ill., last season--and an enterprising firm at Carrolton have purchased an improved patent power gin, for the purpose of ginning it out."

--"It is now definitely ascertained that Longstreet is no longer in East Tennessee, and Knoxville therefore ceases to be a point of immediate interest. The hosts are now gathering for a conflict near the old battle ground of Chicamauga, and soon there will be active work in that quarter."

--"Bacon is selling at Raleigh, at $5 per pound; butter $6; corn $27.50 per bushel; eggs $3 per dozen; flour $250 per bbl; molasses $30 per gallon; potatoes $15 per bushel; salt $1 per pound; sugar $12 per pound."

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"Diphtheria is raging fearfully in the village of Weston, in this county. There have been nearly forty cases of it in that village during the last ten weeks. Two persons have died with it, viz. Miss Martha GREEN, and a little son of Mrs. PHILLIPS."

---"For the benefit of those who do not find Copperhead in the dictionary, we give the following analysis:"
C onspiracy
O pposition to the war
P eace on any terms
P iracy
E nmity to the Union
R ecognition of the C.S.A.
H atred to the Government
E arnest sympathy with traitors
A narchy
D isloyalty