A Lisbon merchant, who has not been able to keep a lady cashier over two months at a time, owing to the great demand in that city for female life partners, now advertises for the ugliest girl in America, and the Star tersely adds: "Dakota is rightly named the poor man's paradise. It might also be called the Eldorado for girls who do not wish to die old maids. The pretty ones go off like hot cakes—can't keep a large enough supply on hand. And, in fact, girls and young ladies of all classes, high, low, righ, poor, slim, stout, short or tall, cannot do a better thing than to come to Dakota."
Cooperstown Courier, 2/9/1883