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Carrollton, Feb. 1840

The “Cotillion Party,” at J. Frost’s Hotel on Friday evening of last week was truly a brilliant affair. We have never seen better taste displayed in the method and arrangement anywhere. “Asmodedeus” gives us a description of it below; due allowance, however, should be made for his flighty imagination, as he is apt to become a little “wild.”

For the Backwoodsman

The Cotillion Party passed off with great eclat on Friday evening, and notwithstanding the warring of the elements of the day before, the effects of which were to make it almost impossible to travel, and although it was enough to cause the stoutest heart to quail to look out upon the ground flooded with the recent rains, notwithstanding all these things conspiring against them, the lovers of pleasure, true to their country moored safe in the mud and mire of Jerseyville. A small, but genteel and cheerful company assembled early in the evening, and were regaled with good cheer while soul stirring music, enlivened their sprits. The decorations of the Ball Room and Supper Table were beautiful and tastefully displayed. Too much justice cannot be done to the entertainment, the table literally groaned under the load of sumptuous fare with which it was crowned, but of this, enough, mine host and hostess of the Rising Sun are famous for the Quality and Quantity of every delicacy to please and tickle the palate. Nothing occurred to disturb the festivities and merriment of the occasion, but, “all went merry as the marriage bell.” Indeed how should it otherwise be when woman, lovely, enchanting woman, reigned supreme and threw over the whole spotless robe of moral influence which she possesses in every circle.


The town of Fieldon is situated about ten miles west of Jerseyville, Jersey Co. Illinois. Its vicinity is settled, and is increasing, with enterprising and permanent citizens, and is a desirable location for mechanics. The timber in this vicinity is inexhaustible. Any person wanting to locate in this place shall have a good chance. Its location is much that it has induced the proprietors to make it a center place for the Richwoods, which that situation demands. There is now a good chance for a store. Lots can be had at private sale at any time at moderate prices. BRIDGES & TERRY, Fieldon Dec. 13


All persons having claims against the estate of William Cresswell, late of the County of Jersey, deceased, are requested to present the same to the subscriber on or before the first day of April next for adjustment and those indebted to the said estate are requested to pay the same without delay. WM. D. F. Slaten, Adm., Feb 15, 1840


On or about the 20th of January 1840, between Jerseyville and Darcys branch, a bundle containing the following articles:One Madarine lawn dress, a small worsted shawl; a roll of muslin and insertion a breast pin and a lace collar. Whoever may have found these articles will confer a great favor by leaving them with Esq. M’Gill or J. Harbert’s Store. Paulina Judd. Feb. 15


Mr. E. D. Walkers boy, about two years old, was attacked and nearly killed, on the mourning of the 16th inst. on Mr. Tiff’s farm, one and a half miles south east of Jerseyville, by a large Poland and China sow, belonging to the latter. The child was heard to cry very feebly, and the folks going out to see what was the matter, beheld the child lying on the snow bleeding, and the faithful dog standing between the child and sow, keeping her off. The vicious brute was snapping her teeth and still trying to get at the child. The child was hurt in both thighs, its side, right arm, neck and head. In some places the flesh was horribly gashed. It would undoubtedly have been killed before aid could have come from the house, if it not been for the timely interference of the dog. He pronounced it seriously, but not fatally injured.


A young lady friend of ours, confidently told us the other day a little bit of her experience during the late “spell of sleighing.” It seems that coming home from a wedding, or a donation, or a party, or something of that sort, the sleigh was overfull, three on a seat, and she was obliged to sit between two gentleman. As the night was extremely cold, gentleman No. 1 quietly passed his hand (a remarkably small hand by the way) into the lady’s muff. As the muff was not very capacious, the lady quietly removed one of her hands for the same. In a few moments she felt a movement on the other side, and found gentleman No. 2, attempting to pass his hand into the muff on the other side. She then quietly drew her other hand from the muff. What took place in the muff afterward, she is unable to say. But each of the gentlemen privately reported to a small number of friends how warmly the lady had returned the pressure of his hand in the muff, while the lady as quietly reported to her friend the story we have just told.

From Marty Crull.

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