Monday morning, Jan. 25, 1864

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---"A Chicago Physician, who has treated a number of cases of Small Pox, states that if light and air are excluded from the exposed skin of the patient, the "pittings" will be entirely prevented. He accomplishes this by applying and ointment of lard and finely pulverized charcoal. The lard excludes the air and allays irritation, and the charcoal excludes the light. The prescription is well worth trying."

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Dayton, January 22

"James PERVIN, and old and well-known merchant of Dayton, died this evening, after a brief illness."

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"We understand that the old MARSDEN diggings have opened bigger than ever. The new opening which was discovered last week promises to be one of the richest in this region. We shall visit these diggings in a few days and shall then be able to say more about them."


"An affray took place a the Kenosha Depot, Rockford, on Wednesday evening of last week, by which Patrick DRISCOL was so seriously injured that he died shortly after. John BAILEY, Terrence MURPHY, Ann BAILEY and Johanna MURPHY have been arrested, as being the cause of his death."


"Last Friday afternoon, we put on our very best clothes (the only suit we have), and joined a party of some forty persons in a sleigh ride out to the TYLER House. Now, this ride was not gotten up by a lot of fast boys, for the purpose of going out on a tare, without ladies. We didn't stop for cold water at every hotel we passed. We didn't sing "Here's to good old wine, drink her down." On arriving there, we didn't "select partners for a quadrille." We didn't pay TYLER any large sums of money for warm drinks. Oh, no! The party composed of members of the First Presbyterian Society. But as "A little nonsense now and then Is relished by the wisest men," the whole party enjoyed a free flow of spirits (not ardent), and the affair passed off in the pleasantest manner possible. One team of four horses, several two-horse teams, and some single sleighs took the company out. Wishing to join the strongest party, we rode after the four horses. All were inclined to be social, and the sky being clear, the conversation soon turned upon the appearance of the moon, -each one stating how large it looked to him or her. To one its diameter appeared to be about that of a tea plate- to another that of a dinner plate- to another that of a tub- to another that of a wagon wheel; finally, one individual said it looked to him about as large as a quarter of a dollar. He being the only one present who could recollect the size of a silver quarter, the conversation soon took another direction.

When a few rods this side of TYLER's, one runner of the sleigh sunk down into deep snow, and the whole load must have been spilled out had not two limbs of the law thrown their immense weight of sin upon the upper side of the sleigh which restored the equilibrium. On arriving at the hotel, appetites rendered keen by a long ride were soon satisified by a feast of good things, after which the party returned to the parlor, and spent an hour in pleasant, social intercourse.-Nearly all present were old acquaintances and friends, and nothing occurred to mar the happiness of the occasion. At about 11 o'clock the company were on their way to the city of lead, cheered by the light of a clear full moon. Would that such good times were strewn thicker along life's journey."