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HANNIBAL DAILY JOURNAL.
terms, or TSi daily jourhal.
la Advance . . $9 for three month.
ti SATURDAY EVENING, MARCH 19, 1853.
O. CLEMENS, EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
LOCATION OF THE RAJXBOAD,
The course pursued by the editor of the
Blootnington Republican it traceable to one
cause alone Hie fact that the railroad did not
paw through hu town, to the perpetual injury
at the interests of the road, and at an enormous
present addition to tlitr expense of construction.
The country around Blootnington is rough, and
it was necessary to fall three miles south of that
village, in order to obtain a good location. It is
unreasonable to expect every petty locality to
be accommodated, regardless of expense, dist
ance, or property.
The counties named by that paper have been
'virtually released from their subscriptions by
the Legislature, and consequently the Company
hat lost nothing on that score, by the course
adopted by the Board of Directors. It is true
that Macon hat paid her subscription; but the
majority of the people of that county are as ful
ly benefited by the present location, as if it had
gone directly through Blootnington, and it is
they who subscribed the stock of the county.
The peopte of Hannibal are universally and
entirely satisfied with the course of the Board
of Directors. They would not have the route
varied an inch from its present location. It was
the only route recommended by the Engineers,
and consequently the only one that could have been
agreed upon at that meeting of the Directors;
and had the Board then dared to adjourn with
out making a location, thcro would have been
an excitement from one end to the other of the
Road, which would have towered far above the
"furor" of the interested Blootnington landhold
er who figures so prodigiously in the Republican.
RAILROAD BOOTES TO THE PACIFIC.
This article is written by a gentleman whose
sound judgment and practical scientific) knowl
edge entitle his opinions to much weight; in ad
dition to this, he speaks, to some extent, from
personal observation, having once made the
overland route to California.
THE WORK ON THE RAILROAD
Will be commenced at this end about the first
of May. Two thousand laborers will be wanted
along through the summer one thousand here,
and one thousand at St. Joseph.
. BROKE JAIL.
Wc understand that Morgan and Clarke alias
White, confined in the jail at New London, for
robbing Mr. C. Wellman, of Savcrton, escaped
lost night bj getting through the first floor into
one of the upper rooms, which was insecure.
There were some gunt in this room, of which
the villains took one apiece.
A letter came by roiul, yesterday, written on
a slip of birds-eye maple.
"RAILROAD OiTIOEB, . .
Three rooms over Shoot & Davis1 Livery sta
ble have been rented temporarily, for offices for
the Directors, Engineers and Draftsmen of the
Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad.
A poor widow was asked how she became so
much attached to a certain neighbor, and replied
that she was bound to him by several cords of
wood, which he had sent to her during a hard
Itev. Thomas Fuller once said, in reference to
written and extempore sermons, that he prefer
red to give hit friends cold meat well prepared
and on the table, to new meat warm from the
spit, half roasted.
"Ike." said a rusty old bachelor of the desk
'how do astronomers measure the distance to the
'Why," replied the young hopeful, "they
guesses ai one-iourm uio uisiance, ami mum
plies by rour.
Rabbi Joshua once met a boy who carried
something in a covered vessel. "My boy," said
the Habbi, "what nave vou in your covered ves
" If it wat intended for you to know," re
plied the boy, it would not be covered."
An honest Norfolk grazier, who had seen
Richard III. performed one night, waited upon
the manager, next morning, to say, that if the
gentleman who wanted a horse on the previous
evening held hit mind, he had got an abundance
of cattle in hit meadow, anifi thould bo happy
to deal with him. '
HANNIBAL AND ST. JOSEPH RAILROAD.
? Madam Rumor, (and this it all that the Stock
holders and the community have ever '.been ablo
to obtain, of the acts and doings of their agents,
these directors,) has it that the. report of the
Ship Engineer, is in favor of the Southern route
by ninety thousand dollars. The Captain, in
the forecastle, with his tpirii level, is quito com
petent to decide ; his instrument is of fine scien
tific construotion, being composed of a flask of
But it is now eiidcntthnt the Engineers have
been under the influence of Hannibal and St.
Joseph, and that the main object has been to
leave Palmyra out of the line of the survey, and
they have done it.
Six weeks were spent on the middle line from
Hannibal to Blootnington, while the Southern
line was run from Blootnington to the grand
curve, near Palmyra in eight days. The grade
lino has been raised m the scale ol the ijoulhern
line, above that of the line by Shelbyvillo and
Bloomino;ton : numerous curves were mado on
this line where thero was no neccessltv for
them. Madam Rumor has it that a much bet
ter grado was found on the Southern line ; this
we know is false. The elevation of the coun
try is the same, and this giving out proves the
fact that the grado lino has been raised in the
promo scale. liy doing this, anj running near-
y on a tanccnt as thev have done, hills nnd
hollows to tlio contrary notwithstanding, will
give data from which to show a favorable re
port, on cither route.
wo Know, mat. by this kind of manncmcnt
the result can bo varied to suit those who con-
trol it upon any two lines having the same gen
This has been done before, and has been done
here. The southern line has been run nearly
upon a direct lir.e from Hannibal to St. Joseph,
and comes wil bin about eight miles of running
the whole route. Opposite to l'.ilmyra, two
sudden curves tire made forming tho counter
part to eacn oilier, nnu running up to Palmyra
like the sides of a Church Steeple.
This company has not stock sufficient tn
build ten miles of this road, which they have
subscribed ; one und a half millions r.re l'urn
ished by the State, through the inlluenee of the
pcoplo on the supposed lino ; and about ono mil
lion moro given by the people, which, in ull
probability, could bo realized from the grant of
and. I ho means of tho pcoplo arc to bo used
as engines to shatter, and destroy what property
they have left. Two prominent ohjocls tire in
view, by tins board : No 1. To leave out Pal
myra, or lay a track across that Church Kii.pt.1o
No 2. To run the road so as to ruin the Counlv
Scats, that thereby they can speculate in the
building up of new towns upon the very land
which the people gave them.
lhe new locutions they can control most ef
fectually, by the location of their depots. This
also, has been done before, nnd ill ho dun
here. And not only so, but after building up
one place so as to sell out all their lots, oilier
companies have removed the Depot to another
place, ana piayca me same game over again.
The charter of this road is wretchedly defec
tive, has been made worse, by amendment, and
has not organized this coinnanv upon a iudiciou
Ihorood has been mado to nlav a farce in
politics, and all sides of a political triansle : has
served as a Hob-Horse to ride into office, upon
the back of which ono certain Bob Stewart has
been mounted for the last six years.
The action of the board, so far as tho secret
conclave can be understood, has betrayed weak
ness, servility and selfishness nt every step, and
will ultimately ruin the road, scnuiiider the nuh-
lio lands given to it, oud plunge the State in debt
about half a million, nnd let the work fall jpon
the State in the end, not ono tenth part finished.
They have lost two hundred thousand dollars by
Seventy-five thousand dollars of stock sub
scribed by the counties of Shelby, Macon nnd
Linn, lost. And the Swamp Lands in these
counties which would have been subscribed,
worth at least one hundred and twenty-five
thousand more; -all losttothe ruad.by the most
unjust, iniquitous conduct which ever a set of
men were guilty of.
This board has committed a breach of faith
which amounts to little less than downright
swindling. These counties subscribed seventy
five thousand dollars upon the condition that the
road should not be located prejudicial to their
county seats. The company accepted it with the
condition annexed, and received two or three
thousand dollars of the money.
Hence, good faith requires that they (hall comply
with the condition. The Pacific Railroad Company,
under precisly the same circumstances, decided that
good faith required them to fulfill the condition. To
act otherwise is a fraud for which an action will lie
to recover the money back. Although a Corporation
bos neither a soul to be damned, nor a body to be burn
ed yet, if its officers commit a fraud, aid the Corpor
ation receive the benefit of it, it will be held liable.
Tbe Cbilicotbe Convention "indicated" the county
seats of these counties as being points upon the line; one
Bob Stewart made a certain survey which was never
reported anywhere, and taxed the people and counties
with the expense and Ihev paid it. This self same
survey "indicated" these county seats as being upon
the line of the road. Every argument, every act and
every moment has went to induce every body to be
lieve it would be so , end tin impreuion was sought
to be made, and so wetl did it succeed that the people
That delusion is about gine j for outseir, we have
not been deceived in all this, except tlio mere location;
we did not think these sapient directors were as soil
as they are.
But what shall be done? Give them what they de
serve, llain aiier iiasn oi your aDnorrenc oi ineir ex
ception; hold public meetings and resent the insult;
withhold from the road all your means and break them
down; this do ; never compromise with a treacherous
foe, no never. They cannot build the road without
you. Drive mem to the wall ; tins you can uo, ana
nothing leu than this will preserve your self respect.
Say we bave an indignation meeting a. Bloomington,
as it is a central point j what say you?
We cannot vrite any more now but we intend to
Knock the tcalcs otT of this Black Fort, in (he dark
folds of which this secret conclave is wont to sit, call
ed tho "Board of Directors."
THE TWO CARPENTERS ;
OR, P AS TIME SEAL OR UNREAL.
A SKETCH FOR MECHANICS.
DT SYLVANUS C0D1I, JR.
Nearly three weeks rolled away, and Charles
bejan to tear that Ins labors had been useless
It was just after dinner, Mr. White and his men
bad commenced work, when tour gentlemen cn
tered the shop, whose very appearanno at once
bespoko them to be men of tho highest standing
'Is there a Mr. Charles Bracket hero ?' asked
one of them.
That is tho man. sir,' returned Mr. White,
pointing to where Charles, in his checked apron
and paper cap was ut work.
The stranger seemed a little surprised as he
turned his eyes upon the youth, und a shade of
duubt dwelt upon Ins Icalures
'Is your name Bracket, sir?' he asked, as he
went up to where tlio young man stood.
'It is, sir,' replied Charles, trembling with
'Did you draw this plan r continued the stran
. ttltlt 1 1 1
ger, opening a roll lie nciu in ins naiui.
I did, sir,' answered Charles, as ho at once
recognised his work.
'Did you originate it?'
'Every part of it, sir.'
The stranger eyed the young carpenter with
a wondering look, und so did the gentlemen who
accompanied him. Mr. White nnd Ludlow
Weston wondered what it all meant.
Well, sir,' nt length said he who held the
plan, 'I am not a little surprised that ono like
you should have designed and drawn this, but
nevertheless, you are a lucky man. Your plan
has been ucccptcd in every feature, and your
recommendations have all been adopted.'
Tho effect of this announcement upon Charles
Bracket was like an electric shock. Objects
seemed to swim before his eyes, and ho grasped
tho edge of bis bench, lor support.
'Gentlemen,' said Mr. While, 'I do not un.
derstand this. What does it nil mean?'
'It means, sir, that this young man has de
signed a complete and perfect architectural plan
for the new State House, und that it has been
unanimously chosen by the committee, from
among fifty others which they have received
from different parts of the country, preferred
'Charles,' ultered the old carpenter, wiping a
pride-sent tear from his cheek as he gazed up
on his former apprentice, 'when did you do
'Three weeks ago sir.'
And that's what kept you up so la'.e every
night lor a whole wcck.
'There's a powerful genius there, sir,' said
the spokesman of the vi.-itors.
Ay,' returned Mr. White, 'and there has
been deep and powerful application there, too.
Charles Bracket has been with me from a boy
sir, and every moment of his leisure has been
devoted to the most intense study.'
Tho gentleman looked kindly, flatteringly,
upon the young man, and then turning to Mr.
White, lie said
'lie has not onlv Given us the design, but. as
you can sec, he has calculated ton uiccfVlhe till Monday, i
numoer oi uticks, uio sunuce oi stone, me
quantity of lumber, the weight, length, size
aud form of the required iron, as well as the
quantity of other materials, mid tho cost of con
struction. It is a valuable document.4
Ludlow Weston was dumb. He hung down
his head, and thought of the contempt he had cast
upon his companion's studies.
'Mr. Bracket,' continued tho visitor, 'I am
authorised by the State committee to pay you
ene thousand dollars for this design, and also to
offer you ten dollars per day so long as the buil
ding is in course of construction, for your ser
vices as superintending architect. I he first
Before the delegation returned to S
Charles had received hit thousand dollars cash,
and accepted the offer for superintending the1
erection of the State House.
Ah, Charles,' said Ludlow Weston, after
they had finished their supper, you have indeed!
chosen tho wisest part. I had not thought that.
a carpenter could be such a man.'
And why not a carpenter at well at any.
one ? It only requires study and application.!
'But all men are not like yoa.' t !
'Because all men don't try. Let a man set
his eyes upon an honorable point, and then f ol--
low it steadily, unwaveringly, and ne whi be
sure to reach it. All men may not occupy, the
same sphere, and it would not be well if they
should t but thero are lew who may not reach to-
a degree of eminence in any trade or profession,.
no matter how humble it may be.' ,.
'I believe you are right, Charles but it it too-
late for mo to try now. I shall never be anything.
but a journeyman.
'1 will own Ludlow, that you have watted the -
best part of your life for study ; but there it yet
time and opportunity for rctnevement.'
Ludlow did try, and he studied, and improved!
much, but he wat unable to recall the time he
had wasted. He had now & family upon hit.
care, and as he had to depend altogether upon
his own hands for support, he could not work,
much with his mind. . '
Charles Bracket saw the buildin? he had-
planned entirely finished, and he received the
highest encomiums of praise from the chief offU
ccrs of the State. Business flowed in upon
him, and ere many years, Bhacxet, the archi
tect, was known throughout the Union. When he
led Alary Waters to the hymemal altar, he did
own one of the prettiest houses in his native
town; nor did poor Mary have to wait long:
There is a deep moral in the foregoing for
our young mechanical readers, and we have ne
doubt they have, ere this discovered it.
The proprietors of the St. Louit Democrat'
have bought out the Saint Louis Union, so that
the publication of the latter will of course be
discontinued. O'd Bullion's foes seem to be fast
Woodbury Bank, Eastern Bank, and Bank of
North America, all of Connecticut, have sus
pended nccordins to Wall street reports Cin
Philadelphia, March 15. Arthur Sprint-
was fully committed for the murder of Hannah
Shaw and Emma Lynch. The principal wit
ness was his own son, a lad of 17, who identi
fied the sheath of the dirk which beloneed to
the son, and was taken from him with the dirk'
it contained, by the father. The son details the
particulars of the murder, as to'd him bv his
.... ...... iiiumiug micr mo luuruer ine sqn.
was sent to buy a new thirt, ond changed s
half-eagle, one of the stolen pieces. The fath
er's trunk contained his bloody shirt, a portion
of tho stains were washed from the waistbands.
The elder Spring was represented bv his
counsel, who under instruction from his client,
attempted to show on cross-examination, that his
son was tho murderer, and that he had confess
ed as much to him, giving him part of the plun
dcr, The boy stood the examination witheut
flinching from his origiual statement.
the Grand Jury will examine the case to dy, anil
the trial will go on next week.
PlIILAnr.r Pltll . Mnrith 1ft Tk. n 1 T r
v.. . w. 4u uiiiiu jury louna a '
true bill sgainst Spring his trial is fixed for Monday.
Taov, March 10 The machine shop of N. B. Star
buck, together with the stock, was burned this mora
ine. T.m nun. tfift Ann
13" " - 1 iv;iw,
B. F. Dulton, a lieutenant during the Mex.
man war, fell live stories through a hatchway..
He is terribly injured, and his recovery is hope
named turn 1 will pay you now, and before
leave, I would like to have from you an answer
to the committee's proposition,'
very is hope
Boston, March 16 Private letters from
Honduras of February 19lh confirm the accounts'
of trouble on the Mosquito Coast but give no
Washington, March 17 Senate. Asbury
Dickens was elected Secretary of the Senate
D. K. M'Nan, Sergeant-at-Arms, and immedi
ately took the oath. Isaac Holland was re-elected
Doorkeeper. The Senate then adjourned
The Scientific American sayss
''We make this assertion, that in three years,
perhaps less, a hot air er.gine in a ship will be
among the things that were." ;. '
Ameimcan OrricuL Saiamei. Several
amendments were made to the Civil and Diplo
matic Appropriation bill, the most important of
which are as follows: The salaries of the Vice
I resident and heads of departments to be raised,
to eight thousand dollars per annum j six thou
sand dollars, in addition to their resent salaries,
was granted to the American Ministers to Great
,am;o, opainana Xvusats to pay for
nnniA vent Br 1 . i . . . F . .
u,, 01)U Iour mousand additional it