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Meriting of the Donrd of Pnrervisor.
Wednesday, Jan. Cth, 1S5S.
The Board of Supervisors of Vau Buren
County, convened at 11 o'clock, A. M.,
pursuant to adjournment. Tho Board
was called to order by E. Barnum, Chair
man, and tho following Supervisors found
to bo present. Almeua, Silas Breed;
Antwerp, John Hunt; Arlington, K. 0.
Briggs; Bangor, W. II. Ilurlbut; Bloom
ingdalc, II. Cooley; Decrfield, W. A.
Dell; Decatur ,Gcucva ,
Hartford, F. Mills; Hamilton ,
Keelcr, C. Duncombo; Lafayette, E.
Barnuui; Lawrence, N. Howe; Dorter;
A. Bryant; Dine Grove, X. Nash, South
Haven, A. S. Dyckman; Waverly; It. J.
The committee previously appointed to
settle with tho County Treasurer, report
ed through their Chairman, K. 0. Briggs.
The report was accepted, the Committee
discharged from further consideration,
and the Clerk instructed to enter the same
cn the Journal. rlhe report is as follows:
J. M. IIidlon, Treasurer of Van Bu
rcu County, Mich., in account with said
county for the year 1807.
To amount of cash in Treasury,
Jan. 1st, 1807. 8870,19
Dec. J1, To amount received for
Taxes and int'rest during year. 301u,oS
Dec. 31, To amount received for
Office charges on Tax Receipts. 103,03
Dee. 31, To amount for expen
ses of pales on land advertised.
Dec. 31, To amouut received for
Redemptions of laud sold for
Dec. 31, To amount of Primary
School money ree'd of State
Dec. 31, To amount received of
State Treas. on acc't of Taxes.
Dec. 31, To amount received of
Town Trcas. on aee't of taxes. 108,19
Dec. 31, To amount received as
Tines collected by Justices.
Dec. 31, To amount received on
debts due the Co. Poor Fund.
Dee. 31, To amount received on
orders received of I. W. Wil-
lard, (ft romps Collaterals.)
Dec. 31, To Total am't received.
Dec. 31, By amount paid out on
Co. orders during the year. 3000,40
Dec. 31, By amount paid on Co.
orders fur Wolf Bounties.
Dec. 31, By amount paid on Co.
Poor orders during the year.
Dec. 31, By amount paid
To.nis on acc't of , taxes re
turned. Dec. 31, By amount paid
towns on account of Primary
Dee. 31, By amount paid
towns on account of Library
Dec. 31, By amount paid
Town Treas. for making re
turn?. Dec. 31, By amount paid for
Insurance on Co. Buildings.
Dee. 31, By amount, paid Van
Biuvn Co. Agricul'l Society.
Dec. 31, Iy amount paid for Ju
ror and witness ices at Circuit
Pee. 31, By amount of Refun
ded Taxes ; twice paid.
Dec. 31, By amount in Treas.
SI 109 G. 09
J. M. Ripj.ox,
To the Honorable Board of Supervisors of
Van Buren County.
The undersigned Committee appointed
by your Honorable body at your ai.nual
.scs.mou held in Oct. 1857, to settle with
the County Treasurer, have the Jionor to
report that they have performed that
duty to submit tho within and foregoing
as a statement of such settlement for
A. 1). ls?57.
Paw Paw, Jan. Gth, 1858.
r . ' S ( on.'mittee.
L. O. Bnnnis. j
On motion the Clerk was instructed to
make a duplicate of all Wolf Bounty Cir-
titicates that have not previously been journincnt. Quorum pre cut.
made and sent to the Auditor General', j The committee ou claims reported sun
and deposit the same with the County dry claims, which were accepted and al
T re". Mirer. (lowed.
The Board adj ourued to meet at 1 o'clk j The wolf claim of John Woegfin and
P. M. John E. Morg an being deficient in form.
The Board convened pursuant to ad- weie ail owed on condition they weie re
journment, the roll called and a quorum j turned to the County Clerk Amended ac
present. cording to Uw, within thirty days.
Nelson Rowe presented hi3 certificate of Mr. Dell offered a resolution rcccm
appointment as Supervisor of Liwrencc, mending. John 11. Baker for Pros. Atty,
to fill the vacancy occasioned by the re
moval of Enoch .Souths. 11, from that
township. Mr. Rowe was admitted to a
g at as Si p rvisor from Lawrence.
yt. cf p-j eVsc of n f t of
Probate Records tor the Probate office, as
presented by the Judge, was referred to a
Special Committee appointed to by the
Chair. The Couimitteo were as follows,
to wit: A. S. Brown, A. Bryant and
31 r. Rowo was appointed to fill all va
cancies in Standiu" Cominitties occasion
ed by his predecessor.
The Chair also appointed Charles Dun
combe to fill the vacancy in the Commit
tee on Claims occasioned by the absence
of Robert Nesbit.
The Board adjourned to meet at 81
o'clock to morrow morning.
Thursday, Jan. 7th, 185S.
Tho Board convened pursuant to ad
journment, roll called, and a quorum
The Special Committee on the subject
of purchasing Probate Records, report as
follows, which was excepted and adop
The Special Committee to whom was
referred the subject matter of Judjre
Nash's request for the procurement of a
set Finley's improved Probate Record for
his office, would respectfully report that
in the judgement of the committee it is
inexpedient for tho present Board to au
thorize the purchase of said books.
Notwithstanding your committee arc
convinced from the condition of the af
fairs of the office and from other conside
rations equally urgent, that such a set of
books for that office is really desirable and
will soon become necessary.
A. BllYANT, ")
A. S. Bitowx, Committee.
H. Cooli:y. j
The Superintendents of tho Poor pre
sented the subject matter of a Poor House
in this county, and tho importance of it.
And recommend to the Board the appoint
ment of a Committee to take some pre
paratory stops for the ultimate accom
plishment of that object. They recom
mended at present the renting of a suita
ble farm until something further could be
done towards establishing a Poor IIou.cc
in this countw
Mr. Ilurlbut presented tho following
resolution, which was adopted.
Jin"linf That tho Superintendents of
the Poor of this county, are hereby au
thorized, and empowered to rent such
promise.'?, not exceeding eighty acres, as
in their judgment may seem necessary
and suitable for the keeping and main
taining of the poor of this county ; and to
employ a keeper, and such assistants as
may be necessary to take the charge and
supervision of the V'tV fyr 11 tr"i "f
On motion of Mr. Miles a. Committer
of three was appointed by the Chair, to
examine and receive proposals for the pur
chase of a farm, for the erection of a Poor
House, and make their report at the an
nual meeting of the Hoard of Supervisors,
The Chair ?ippointed cn said Commit
tee, Fab: us Miles, A. S. Brown and John
Mr. Mile.; offered tho following resolu
Jir.,f,fci,f, That the time for the collec
tion of taxes in this County, for the year
1857, be ami the same is hereby extended
to the fir.;t Monday of March. 1858, and
that the several Town.-ddp Treasurers of
this county, who wish to avail themselves
of the b: : iielit of said extension, are hereby
authorized and empowered to proceed,
Mil collect said taxes, as fully as they
could do in the life tunc of their warrants,
and make their returns at any time, on or
before the .said lir.-t Monday in 31 arch
next, ami said warrants are hereby renew
ed and continued in full force and virtue
for tin; purposes aforesaid, until the said
first Monday of March next."
It shall be the duty of any Township
Treasurer of this County, before ho shall
be entitled to the benefit of the forewin
resolutions, to pay over all moneys collec
ted during the Hie time of his warrant, as
is now provided by-law, and renew his
official bond to the satisfaction of the Co.
fl he Yens and Nays were called.
Yeas Miles, Buncombe and Rowe. 3.
Nays Breed, Hunt, Briggs, Ilurlbut,
Cooloy, Brown, Dell, Buncombe, Bryant,
Nash, Dyckman and Mycr. 12.
The Board convened pursuant to ad-
which was laid on the table.
Tho Board aljourncd to meet at C P.M.
Tho Board convened pursuant to ad
journmet, roll called and a quorum pics-
It was moYcd by Mr. Brown that five
dollars bo allowed Mr. Martin by tho
Board, in consideration of the fine that
wa unjustly imposed upon him lor break
ing the Sabbath, on which tho yeas and
nays were called.
Yeas Brown, Miles and Nash. 3.
Xays Breed, Hunt, Briggs, Hurlburt,
Cooley, Dell, Buncombe, Bainutn, Rowe,
Bryant, Dyckman and Myers 12.
Mr. Dell moved a reconsidera ion of tho
vote taken on the extension of time for tho
collection of taxes in tho Townships of
Lafayette, Lawrence and Ilaitford.
The yeas and nays called for.
Yeas Hunt, Briggs, Dell, Miles. Dun
combe, Itanium Rowo and Dyckman 8.
Xays Breed, Hurlburt, Cooley, Brown
Bryant, Xash and Myers 7.
It was then moved that said extension
above alluded to, bo granted, on which
the yeas and nays were called.
Yeas Briggs, Dell, Miles, Buncombe,
Barnum, Howe and Dyckman 7.
Xays Breed, Hunt, Hurlburt, Cooley,
Brown, Bryant, Xash and Myers 8.
The resolution in recommendation cf a
Prosecuting Attorny, was taken from the
table and the introducer peimittdJ to
withdraw ihe same.
On motion, tho Chair was instructed to
confer with different Attorneys and rec
ommend to the Circuit Judge some suit
able person to he appointed as Prosecuting
Attorney for Van Buren County.
On motion, the members of tho Board
were allowed 75 cents each for the even
ing session, alter which they allowed
their accounts as follows :
PA VS. EVE. MILES AM X.
2 1 8 84,71
2 17 4,59
4 1 15 8,55
,21 18 5Ji
2 1 18 5,01
2 1 18 5,01
2 1 28 7,11
2 1 14 5,43
2 1 18 5,01
4J 1 2 7,74
2 1 9 4,83
2 17 4,59
2 1 10 4,95
2 1 32 7,59
2 1 8" 4,71
E. O. Briggs,
W. H. Hurlburt,
A. S. Brown,
W, A. Dell,
O. D unco rube,
A. S. Dyckman,
R. J. Myers,
The accounts of tho pevcral Supervis
ors for spreading the taxes of 1857, were
allowed as follows, to wit:
Almena, S. Breed,
Antwerp, J. Hunt,
Ulintrton. F. ArArr' n, He !
Bangor, V. II. Hurlburt,
Bloomingdalo, II. Cooloy,
Columbia, A. S. Biowu,
Decatur, Geo. Bennett,
Decrfield, W. A. Dell,
Geneva, X. Tubbs,
Hamilton, Robert Nesbitt,
Ilaitford, F. Miles,
Keeler, C. Buncombe,
Lafayette, K. Barnum,
Lawrence, E. Southwell,
Porter, A. Bryant,
Pine Grove, X. Xash,
South Haven, A. S. Dyckmau,
Waverly, R. J. Myers,
Sundry claims that were audited ami
allowed during the session aieas follows:
E. G. Butler fc Co.,
articles for jail, $10,17 $1G,17
Thos. Galligan, 10 cords
wood, 15,00 15,00
A. U. Beard, 20 cords of
wood, 30,00 30,00
B. D. Thompson, sawiog
G cords wood, 4,50 4,50
Win. Young, sawing 10
cords wood, 5,28 5,28
S. F. Breed, postage and
stationary, 4,73 4,73
E. M. Gliddcn, Jailor
fees and board of pris
oners, 54,02 54,02
E. M. Gliddcn, sheriff fees 2,25 2,25
J. M. Ridlon, postage, ex
press charges, stationary 14,75 14,75
Hiram Green, justice fees,
criminal cases, 11,05 11,05
Calvin Cross, fees on Cor
oners inqnest, 4,25 4,25
T. A. Granger, Jury fees
on cor. inquest, 1,00 1,00
S. 0. G limes, do 1,00 1.00
D. E. Dean, do 1,00 1,00
Chas. O. Ocobock, do 1,00 1,00
O.P.Gorton, do 1,00 1,00
Edwin S. Snii'h, do 1,00 1,00
T. W.Melchor, do ,31 ,31
It. U. Clapp, do ,31 ,31
Josiah Andirws, do ,31 ,31
J. W. Emery. do ,31 ,31
L. C. Woodman, do ,31 ,31
J.L. Mavin, do ,31 ,31
E. J. House, do ,31 ,31
Elizabeth Hay, do ,31 ,31
II. B. Sinclair, do ,31 ,31
A. T Norton, do ,31 ,31
Wm.Durkee, do ,31 ,31
S.T. Conway, taking
down testimony, at
A. R. Ward constable
fees aim. caes,
J. F. Parmeter, do
- A. W. Bishop, justico
J. R. Showerman,
const fees do
Township- of Porter,
expense for burying
poor person, C,37 6,37
Richmond tfc, Backus,
Blank Hook for Co.,
Ezra Bryan, one wolf,
Saml Longstreet, Jus
tice fees in crim. caseB
A. G. Xigent, justico
and const, fees,
J. R. Baker, Atty fees
X. II. Bitelv, do
J. W. Emery, making
poit mortem exam
ination, II. C. Clapp, do
J. Andrews, do
L. Woodman, do
William Hill, Sheriff
do for use of team,
8. F. Breed, tli years
salary as Co. Cleik,
Chas U, Cross, justico
W. S. Camp, const fees,
C. Coon, wit. fees,
Mich Gei ler, do
John Abbott, do
Calvin Cross, Justice
Jacob Boiee, Const,
R. M. Brown, Just, fees,
1. S. Packard do
I W Yan Fosscu,
Wm. X. Paidee, Just.
S. Reynolds, const fees,
R. G. BoUford, do
J. Chevalier, witness
M. Melchcr, do
A. Rogers, do
Breed it Yan Fosscn,
J. M. Ridlon, -th years
salarv as Co Treas,
Wm. Storey, wit fees
P. A. Granger, Supt.
pool, ' '
James Crane, Justico fees,
H. C.Taylor, do
A. Boa man, do
,L F. Withey, const fees,
Orange Hayes, do
Edwin Belong,, wolf
Tho certificate in this case not b?ing in
proper form to draw State bounty up
on, and tho timo being past for cor
recting the same, the committee recom
mend the allowance of iho amount
with w hich tho county alone is properely
A. Sherman k Co.,
for jail aupplios, 0,00
J. li. Monroe, services
as Supt Co. poor, 7,10
A. Palmer for amount
paid Atty in prose
cuting for tho people, 10,00
C. Duneome, Atty fee, 5,00
S. T. Conway, do 5,00
H. R Nichols, assist,
W. X. Pardee, Supt poor 4,50
After a vote of thanks to the Chair for
the able manner in which ho had presi
ded over their deliberation, and receiv
ing the thanks of the Chair for the able
manner they had discharged their duty,
the Board adjourned sine die.
S. F. Breed, Cleik.
I'or the; True Northerner.
Lawut.nti:, Dec. 30. 1857.
To the Fahmkii or Lafaykttk.
Dkar Silt; I am well pleased with
the courteous, candid, manly tone of your
letter, but done wrong in withholding
Your name. You wonder 1 did not reveal
i, 6ooiier. I told you the reason, why,
last spring's paper called mc an old foolj
another paid I had a vacant apartment in
my upper story; Chicago Tribune said. I
was a tit subject for the asylum. You
said I did not make my theory manifest,
you did not tell mc how. Would you
mean mc to publish it too one or two pa
pers, or call a few together and tell them
all about it. In that case how would the
farmers, tho mariners in Europe and
America know it. Did Franklin or New
ton Fend their theory to bo published in a
newspaper? Did Lieutenant Marcy send
his theory on Navigation to newspapers?
not at all, he published books, you see.
T called cn tho press to help me to living i
this matter to the notice of the National
Government, will they do so?
Last spring I called on tho Governor
and other authority of this State to point
out the way, they took no notice. I wrote
to Washington, Dec. 1S54, ttating that I
could give the state of the weather each
I season in advance and show how much
the weather each month would differ from
tho past, the letter was signed by the
1W T)r ri,mVM. .Turhro Wilkin. Editor
Aih-crtUer, and other gentlemen. The
letter was directed to Secretary Mc Lei
laud, he said his department had nothing
to do with such things, ho Kent it to
Lieutenant Marcy, of the National Obser
vatory, he said I proposed to do that
which he was in duty bound to consider
as much of an imbosspability as to judge of
the mass of the universe before Newton's
t'uiie, but recommended mc to meet the
American Association, at Albany next
summer, '55, and submit my theory fur
their consideration. I wrote back to Lieut.
Marcy if he wish to order me in his pre
senee, I would lay tho matter before him,
he answered and said he had no official
jurisdL'tim, there the matter stands at
present. Will the people of Michigan
bring this matter to the notice of the Leg
islature? I would pledge my life, my for
tune and reputation to support my theory
if neccssarr. Honor to the first move.
W. W. Ryan.
P. S. The change for January's Lunar
and Calendar first and seventh will gov
ern the weather for the mouth. If there
is not a fair prospect of sleighing, nothing
left till the 14th. W W. Ryan.
BLACKMAIT S. BREED, Editors.
THURSDAY, JAN. 14, 185S
Subscribers receiving their papers with
tho above mark placed opposite theii
names, will know that the time for which
they subscribed has expired.
TUc Latest I'hfisc of Popular Soxcrcia'j .
The doctrine of Popular Sovereignty,
as practically and theoretically illustrated
by the Slavco -racy, a--sumes as many differ
ent aspects as Proteus had shapes. Tho h- t
explanation of the doctrine which we have
seen, we find kith:1 lat number of the
Paw Paw Fir.n 7Vm; in an article head
ed "Popular Sovereignty" from which
we quote the fallowing remarks cxpro--ive
of the Editor's vIctts as to the mnn-
77 T ri
Kansas is to bo ascertained :!nd deter
mined in reference to their State Consti
tution. Speaking of the doctrine of Popu
lar Sovereignty, tho Editor remarks r.s
" The whole democratic party are united
'in their views in support of this doe
" trine. President would never sanc-
'' ti )ii the forcing of a Constitution upon
'the people of Kansas against their will;
and whether the Lecomj ton Ctmstitu
' tion is in accordance with, oc opposed
t the will of the people of Xan-as, is a
'question for Congress to decide, and th"
President hai left it to tludr discretion.
Here we have it, in fo many word-,
that the question whether the people of
Kansas are or arc not in favor of the Le
eompion Constitution, is a question for
Conyi'mx to decide. The editor of the
I'ree Prcs is no generally remarkable
for clearness in stating his doctrines, nor
is ho noteJfor being very explicit
in defining hispositions ; but surely no
one can complain that the above is
not suffieientlyclcar and explicit.
Wo had supposed, and we have no
doubt that the people of Kansas supposed,
that " whether the Lecomptou Constitu
tion was in accordance with, or opposed to
tho will of the people of Kansas," was a
question for the people of Kansas them
selves to decide, by their voters upon that
direct question; but it seems that editor
Yan Fossen and President Buchanan take
a different view of the subject.
The President will not sanction the for
cing of a Constitution upou them atnuts?
titir u-il. O no. But then "whither
the constitution is in accordance with or
opposed their will, is for Cwjm.s to
thriilc" and if the President, by tho
force of the patronage at his command,
can induce Congress to decide it in favor
of the Lccomplon Constitution, as he is
endeavoring to do, then, of course, the
people have nothing more to say; for
Congress will then have decided that tl at
Constitution " is in accordance with tho
will of the people of Kansas j" and that
being a question for Congress to decide,
their decision musV, of course, be conclu
sive. This is the latest phase of tho doctrine
of Popular Sovereignty, and perfectly in
accordance with the course pursued by
the Administration, and the democratic
members of Congress generally, although
very different fiom tho views expressed
by Senators IVdgta and Stuart.
mm . A 1 ...t t i?fi mi fin d Fidd
iwrori i "'- " "
The Committee ou Farms and Field
crops, .report tint there were no Farms
entered for exhibition.
No wheat entered except some speci
mens. it ., i i...c!...i wi.vi J. C. Markle. 50
2d " " J. J. x oouukij,
Best acre corn. George Lerkin, 3,00
nr 1 r.
JohuByh'Jr., , 2,00
bush; ears," " ' " 50
2d " " u " corn, Helen Babcock, 25
No oats or barley entered.
Beit bush, buckwheat, M. U-ighty, 50
" u acre potatoes, Geo. Lerkins, 2,00
No second best entered.
Best J bushel beans, John Lylo, jr., 50
The number of bushels of com grown
by 31 r. Letkins, ou one acre of ground,
was 101 bu.diels of ears. The number of
bushels of corn gruw.i by Mr. Lylo, on
one acre of ground was 110 bushels of
ears measured in a basket.
The number of bushels of potatoes
grown by Mr. Lerkins on aero of ground,
was 121. Executive Committee.
The Executive Committcj of tho Yan
Buren Co. Agricultural Society, wili mett
at Lawrence on the la.t Saturday of Janu
ary inst., to take into consideration, the
locating of the Fair of said county for the
next five years, or, for sueh time as may
be thought lest.
All who are interested in the prospealy
of the Society, are invited to meet and
discuss the question.
O. II. P. Sheldon,
Oar members, it l gratifying to ob
serve, are already moving with energy, in
x i . i . j" ... . .!,....-. ... J l
uiv uiieciaouoi appioiui itviu wi im-iiu
improvement in M:'bb.r.n. Soon after
tho holidays were over, Hen, Pi. WITT C.
Lr.Aon introduced a bill making appro
priation for th' improvement of St.
Mary's Falh ship can d in the State of
Michigan; which was read a fr.-t and
second time, t::d referred to the Commit
tee on Commerce.
lion. Pavji S. Yat.t:iw;k, on tho
same day, introduced a bill m:-kij;.r ap
propriation for the cOHtrretion rf n har
ror at tho mouth of Omul Liver, in the
St:; to i.t" Michigan ; v hh-U was read a first
; rid seco'ul iimo by its title, ami retired
t.) tho Committee cn Commerce.
On the s.v.m day, Mr. Y : r.T::t;p';r.
akel have to introduce another bill, but
Mr. Letcher, from t!m !Uh district of Vir
ginia, objected, of course, and tho motion,
requiring umudmou.i consent, was with
drawn. ro introduced a bill making Appropriation
for the harbor at Morroe, Michigan.
Mr. Smith, of Virginia, objected.
In the Senate, on tho s.rae day Hon.
C'iiaulks E. Stuakt submitted the. fol
lowing resolution ; which was considered
by unanimous consent, and airrced to:
J?.,fn?, That tho Sef ritary of War
be directed to cemmuuicato to the Senate
such surveys of harbor on Lakes Supe
rior, Michigan, Huron, St. Clair and Erie,
in the Stata of Michigan, us have not
been hitherto communicated, together
with such estimates as may have been
m ado for the improvements of said har
bors. Jkf. A.h:
Sr. Louis;, Jan. 11.
The Kansas correspondent of the Jhm
nrrat says, that tho Fret! State L-'glslature
and StatJ ticket received an average ma
jority of 15 at Wyandotte. Majority
against L"eompto:i Constitution, o7b
Tho Lcavcuvorth TIuva of the 5th,
states the average majority for tho Fret;
State ti'-ket in that city, upwards of
1100; majority against Lecomptou Con
(ienthuiien from the Territory, state
that there is little doubt the Free State
ticket u elected by a large majority.
No disturbance is reported thus far.
lioolutions have been introduced in
the Nebraska Legislature, deprecatiag the
action of the Lecomptou Constitution, in
failing to submit it to a vote of the peo
ple, and expressing that the establishment
of such precedent may have an importMit
bearing upon the character of their domes
Be.olutions indorsing Ferguson to a
seat in Congress, in preference of Chap
man, pas.-od both Houses by a decided
Tub Mi;iur.hi:n. Younu. The Jc
7v.ss that "don't go out of town for
news" a few days since g:ic a long ac
count of the chase and supposed drowning
of the murderer Young. As is common
with everything in that paper, a cloven
foot stuck out of the article. The whole
tiling stirred up tho folks over the river,
and the Windsor Herald thereupon comes
out as follows :
" Had the account been written an a
matter of news fcimply, wo might have
given credence to it; but it is so mixed
up with the prejudice always shown in
that paper to the cause of abolitionism,
that little reliance can be placed upon the
statement. It assumes Young to be a ne
gro, which is not the facias there is no
nejiro blood in his composition ; and that
he bad been protected by tho negro-worshipers.
Young was convicted on col
on d evidence, and uonc were more disap
pointed at his escape from jail than the
colored people. Wo must, therefore, have
further information before wc can believe