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WEEKLY ARIZONA MINES
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PRESCOTT. ARIZONA. FP1DAY I VEXING, CCT, 12,1877.
ST. CKOIX AXI DULUTH.
There arc but few things written or spo
kcnthat will hear much repetition; and the
speech of J. Proctor Knott, of Kentucky,
delivered in Congress in 1871, when the St.
Croiv and Superior land grant was under
consideration, is one of those. As a speci
men of elegant anil eloquent ridicule, and
the keenest kind of satire,
Hera are some extracts:
it is 4 way up.'
"Years ago, when I first heard that there
was somewhere in the vast trrra incognita.
somcwlierc in the bleak regions of the great
Northwest, a stream of water known to the
nomadic inhabitants of the neighborhood as
the river St. Croix, I became satisfied that
the construction of a railroad from that
railing torrent to some point in flte civi
lised world was essential to the happiness
and prosperity of the American people, if
iibir absolutely indispensable to the perpe
tuity of republican institutions on this c n
tin'u'nt. (Great laughter. I felt intui.t
ivcly'that the boundless resources of tlut
prolitic.region of sand and pine ahri!ny
wiultl never be fully developed without a
railroad constructed and equioiifd at fie
the guano to manure the public lands ou
the St. Croix. Clrcat laughter.
Xow sir, I repeat I have been satisGed foi
vears thct if there was anv nortioii of the
inhabited globe absolutely in a suffering
condition for want of a railroad it whs
these teeming pine barrens of the St. Croix
Laughter. At what particular point on
that imble stream such a road s-hould be
commenced I knew was immaterial, ami mi
it seems to have been considered by the
draughtsman of this bill. It might be up
at Uie spring or down at the foot-big. or the
water-gate, or the fish-dam. or anywhere
along tne bank, no matter where. (Laugh-
ter, I5ut in what direction ihould it run.
or where it should terminate, weie always
to my mind questions of the most painful
perplexity. 1 could conceive of no place
on "God's green earth" in uch straitened
circuin stances for railroad facilities as to be
likely to desire or w dibit: t accept such a
connection. Laughter. I knew that nei
ther Bayfield uor Superior City would have
it, for they lioth indignantly spurned the
muni licence of the Government when coup
led with suoh ignominious conditions, and
let this very same land grant die on their,
hinds years and years ago rather than sub-
wand, it ho could be psnnitted to behold
the vast avumulage of grand and gluioU
productions of the lyric art called into be
wig by his own itispir-d trnia, he would
weep tear of I4tt r -tui!i that instead of
lavishing atl tin stoie ins nugiiiy guuiu
Imnrciion, a I presume other
have, that Ju the rcjriou amunii UtTl
riorit was wild enough fort jT
. - . ... "ic
siacK cn a iocobhuiif (Jrem l,
- - -- tmj
Hut I Wre it ratircitrnted or It... J?!
upon llutfaltof lliou it had not been hismerv ; Duluth is situated exac ttrbttlf wlL!
biosttl lot to cry.inlu iu letiilr ongthe latitude of Im nod VenkiT?
- . -. r i us a., (i . . i .
the riMiiu clones of l)t uU. Ilfieat and
continued laughter. Yt. ir, had it not
la-en for tlii- map, kmdij furnished mo by
the Legislature of MiHm-s t, I might have
gone down to my bM-rw and humble grave
in an agonv of despair, Iterance I couitl no
where tind Duluth.
Had such Ixreii my me
thoe who have lahaM the cjWU
of fficfitbor mar te at ii..i.,.."!
itufet be a jbce f unto d dttvlu
twr.) tmrctrwl jHira.hM', latietj'Cy
balmy zpiyr of an ctrrml kw.
... . i . i . .. .. m
cAiioiisif iii me uovernmoiit, ami jt ru.:p- 1 n.it to tfteteniuation m u direct cmnniu
not then. Lauijliter.) I had an a bid in 4 : nication by niln!id with tle piny wood f
treseutment that, some day or ther, tin th St. Cr.'ix; ami I knew tliat what the cut r
leoplc oHIjis wh:Ie country, irresj:tive of J pn.in in habitants oftlHMegbwtyouns titles
jmrty atliliations, rerurdles of. -tiimal H.u!d refue would have few charms for
prejudices, and -'without ditinctiha of race i ortiers, whatirer their itecessities or cu
eolor, or previous roadition of servitude," I jwlity otiudit lie.
would rise in their majesty ami d-nu'id a:i . H"nre, I have said, s;r, I was uttcrlr
ouUct. for the eaormous asrrkal'turat pro at (- t . df-miine when; the terminus of
due ions of Uiose v.t and fertile uiv iwr-) tlii "Ti:t m in)i-Miislie imm1 mltuitki be,
rens. drained in the rainv Ms.n In iu- I until 1 urcidemallv orerlimtrtl vim imiiIo.
purging waters of the turliti St. Crvix. man the other dav mention the n nine of
Great laughter. . "Duluth." Grwt Inughter. Duluth I 'Ilie
. I won I fell upon my ear with peculiar ami
Who will have the hardihood to ri-e in ' indest rib ible chariii, like tlie geulie mur
his sera on this flour mid Mwsert that, ex-mar of a low fountain stealing forth in the
Cepting the pine bushes, tlie 'entire rlm mklst of nwrs. or the soft, sweet accents of
would not produce vr-etnti.m 'enn-itt in nn an'i ls whiser in the lright, jorous
ten years to fatten a grsliopuer f ; Great rinum' f sleeping inocene. Duluth!
laughter. Where is tbe patriot wl.o i.-. wi!- Twi the name for which hiv sonl had
ling that his country hU incur, t! ? p ril f pinted f ir v;ar-. a the hart pinteth for the
of remaining auoUter day with-mt tii -;ai-j water-brooks. Henewed laughter. Hut
plast railroad connection with sa li n in-1 wber. whre was Dnlnth f Xerer in all
e,Ymustnble mine of agricullnrHl w.aih f j mr tiuiifr! rftMling. had mr -ision been
Lnughtcr. Who will answer for tlv j giadden.l bv .-ing the eele:ial wrd in
C4nseiueac5S of abandoning a iv.if nnd print. Laughter. And I felt a rof.Kind
warlike pople, in wtsses--.in of t. eountry haniliatii;i in my iaontnee that tts dulcet
ltke that, to brood uwr the iiniitf -ritacc j srllaitb-s h id never Iwfore rariKSed mr le
and neglect of tlieirGovenimaift f Luigii-' limited ear. (Hoars of laughter. I was
ter.J How long uowld it to lfiire tiiev : esrrniu this dranifhtsman of thi bill lm!
(lnewnl laughter. Jn thtt g)rgi hooof rrr boollSJ
tiau sut.ii itcoii tri wwijt "in., iiwiu r, aim vvcai huh ltr hiiXftV aAtt I
no tloubt that with the t !uliie putiattoii iwtHtcs rtMticet untru e J.au-W
of my breaking heart, with the out f .i it fWirnW ,m 'V Jaf7
wonlit take to stwlying the pjciarati.m -.f . never Iwird of it, ir it wnld hare len des
Independene; anil hatcliing oiit too dim ia- iguated as iw ..f the termini of Uiis'mxT
ble heresy ot mjcvsmoii How Ue.ig lvi.re I asked mv friends about it, but thev knew
again his horrid he.ul in oar miUt, "nn4i
loud his ir n fangs a id sliake ,mh etvt of
bristling bayonets P Laughter.
Then, sir," think of the loa and painful
process of rec.-wstrtir.tion that mii f.ll w
with its (ncimitant ami.Mlm mts j. the
Oonstitutioii: Uie seventeenth, eighteenth,
hikI ninetieth articles. The sixteeetii. it is
nothing of it. I rushed to the librarv ami
examined all the maps I could find. I dis
covered in one of them a delicate. Iwir like
Hue, diveri:ig from the .Mississippi near a
place marked I'rescoU, whirh I snpjMwwl
W4S inteodetl to represent the river St.
Croix, bnt I could nowhere find Dnbith."
"Nevertheless, I was confident it existed
somewhere, and that its discoverr wnnhl
of course undertond, is to Ikj Hppr:iriaft-. ' constitute tiie crownimr iHorr of ! nr5.
t Uiose blushing dam3ls who ar. .lav ) rnt. centtirr, if not of ail modern times
after day, beseeching s u let tliesn v .te, . Ltu-hter. I knew it was bound to etist
h dd othce, drink cock-taiU, n le nMntddie, j in Uie verv nature of things; that the sym
and d everythinu' els the me 1 do. IIo,rs j metry arid perfectmn of our planetary v
ot laughter. Rut abov nil, bir. let m- iu,. j tern would be incomplate without it ("re
pore you to rcfl3ct tor a niomcat m the dr-- ! iiew.l laugliter; that the elements of ins
pb.r.ible condit: 1 of o ir country in ca of : terir.i n-ituw w.Mild longsince have resolrwi
a t-.retgn war. with all o.ir ;io.ts blockad I, ' tli-mlve bwk into original chaos if there
U.1.M in hsk 01 ;,iee., ute gaunt ai iwen such a hiatus in creation as wouli
spscter of famine brooding like a hun-ry have resulteii from leaving out Duluth
vulture over our starving land; our fm. ' I U.,i-- ,.r ii.i..... 1 t i. ...
,1 , ? 1 , v I 1 vi. in ihci, sir, 1 was
' 1 , ana our lam- overwiietmeil with the wmviction that Du-
... ..,,nr. "...ic.ni- iar in uie iieui, a mill not only existed somewhere, but that
..cij.m ,im-t w uie ins uiaie oemon 01 nun- wiierevcr it was it was a iet ami .rt,.r;...
gr: oar Aravy rotting iu tlie locks for
want of provisions for oor gallant seamen,
and without any milroid communication
whaterer with the jirolific pine thickets of
tlie St. Cndx. Gr&tt lm 'htar.
And besides, sir, this discussion has rc
i;.......i .. . .. . .
' 'i mv oiiou 01 u mystery mat Mas
weighed up ui it like an incubus f.ir years.
I could never understand before why there
was so much excitement during thc last
Congress over the acquisition of Alia Vela.
I could never understand why it was that
some ot our aolest statesmen and most dis
interested patriots should entertain such dark Jiai
1 whs courinced tnat the greatest
calamity that over iKjrel the Iwnighted nn
tions of the ancient world was in thoir Inn
ing passcl away without n knovvIedfrC. ,,f
wieaoJUHl existence ..r Duluth; tint their
fabled Atlantis, never seen save by the hal
lowed vision of inspired poesy, whs. in fact.
oiuanouier name lor Uuluth; thatthegohl
en orchard of the Hesperides was but a
poetical synonym for the Iwicr-gardens in
the vicinity of Duluth. Great lauHiter
I was certain that Hcroditus had "lied a
miserable death because in all his travels
and with all his geographical research he
tmvir limitl mv rr ... t . .
foroIioditlM of the untold UmM Ci T - . 1. r , " . . "iKIcr.j
were to befall our beloved country unless
wc should ta'ce immediate jwssession of
that desirable island. But I sec now that
they.wcre laboring under the mistaken im
pression that the Government would need
Sllirit of Humor
1,1-1, .1 ...v.
eouui iook down irom another heaven than
that created by his own celestial genius
upon the long lines of pilgrims from everv
nation of the earth to the gushing fountain
of poesy opened by the touch of his ma"ic
exhalation of mv tfest ng breath, i
Imve whispered, "Where i Dtirwtb I
ot btughter.j ;
Hut, thanks to t' tK t tH.w-r oS thtt I
band of ministering uv tbtr '
bright abodes in the fi-.4f c.pitni of ilin
nesota, juta.s the agimy of my aaviety ws ,
about to cnitMinate in the ftva.y oi disr,
this bloseil map mi pieced .1 n.v u!;
mid as 1 unfolded it a re-pienl.wat Mfur .! i
inetfable glorv ojienwl iaf uv, oucu i
iuiagtue bum tiim the rnrpiitrei t4w .
of the wandering 1 wii hnui the oia-uiir
gates of land i tie. Renewed Uugiitrr., .
'Iliere, there for the Drat time, tuy eactuin e,j -eve
rested utHM Uh rviahia v...ja "Du
ite 1 a
nits map. sir. h wie.'ii ii, a i pieu
trout its title, 10 tliM&traie th. jn-si'Ka
Unluth in the tnited Mate; i.-n it '
tlemen will examine it, i fhink ti- ii!,
ctmciir with me in the opinion that cH
too matet in ita pretension. It ! 00 i
illustrates the poJtioe f Dautii in tu ,
United States, Intt exhilau it r.-Uiiu wiili ;
ail created thing. It ir.-a foes forties
tiMR this. It lilts th xnadoay teit of U
turity and atfonls ns a view of" tli &hii a
prospects of Duluth far along the diln x'iata !
of ages yet to come. j
If gentlemen will examine it I her wi
.! n..i..,i. . it...i '
hhu uuiiitii n,H orit hi wi icmrv :j sirs
of concuntric circles i!ie hunurj uile .
apart, ami some of them as much a four
thousand miles in diameter, fUi!r. -ing ;
alike in their trnnadou sweep ibe fretaat .'
1.1 S . K .
sarannatroi ion sun-ui sawn ami the e!i f
nal wititudcj, of sjow that mantle the ie
uouihI North. Ijmghtw.j How Ur cif
cles were produce) is p'rtiH ,nc f tttvm
iriaioniial mysteries Unt the mt akalitui
leologiit will nervrlteaJ.lt t, .t,L.in.
(Kenewl laogiiter. But the fatia, .r.
Duluth in pre-eminently a centra piac. f.ir
1 am toia iy genueinen who have l n mi
reckless of their own tersoeal safety n In
wntare awar into those awfhl regiBs where
Duluth is snppoaed to be that it is ex
?tly in the center of the visible Ditivrc
that the sky comes down at prectey the
same distance all around it. Hoars of
I tind by reference to this mun lli.t n. I
1 . . . . K 1
mi . situmeu Miniewnere auar tire western
end of Lake Superior, but as there is no dot
or other mark indicating its exact location,
I am unable to say whether it U actualU
confined to any particular smit, or whether
'it is just lying around titere Ioom!.' f K...
newed laughter.! I reallv ennrikl ii.ll
whether it is one of those elherial ere ition.
of intellectual frwt.HWj. , ,rp lnt. tultUif.
tl..... . I. . . 1 . . - 'S
"no uie n)M-unrei ciomis ot a summer
sunset ; one ot Uxise airy exhalations (f the
soernlator's Imiin. whirh I am told are ever
nitting in th- form of towns and cities
aiong innse iini-s ot railrosd, built with
uovernment snosKlies, luring the unwary
seiner as tne mirage of Uie desort luroa tlie
iiimiMiiiigiraveforon. anil everon, until it
ladss a way in the darkening horizon, or
u u is a reai. om jMe, substantial
".'V . , with the lots markwl
with their owners' names, liko that proud
ejiTnmi.rr-iol ............ .! .. i
..".... ...vi. wjH.,,3 recently discovered
in mil-uesirauie s iot-oi nf i
Iiuchtor. But, however that innv Iwf t
un snlisfied Duhit!! ic ii,r.. n. , ..v..
Kit ('II A NTS OF AlUZOXi
V t Ll3Bb
- Mil FHHMC Mill
M Through Ffeiglit life
; hf whleh to hli your filcht bojj
, 'HaSt&t cEto.c3L "Wei
Kansas City or Leavenworth
Bl Koro, Colorado,
"Ifflil w-.'l xjtle
SPC!AL LOW RATES
We pois Unrivalod Facilities for it
Yiit H MIM:S3.
Care Kaiisas icinc Kaihraf.
C&ri Itwlo ad aMrlsfcrwH sa4Jrm
arenal rMpkt Agtrt. Kwu C, Si
.x ctly thirty-nine hundrcil and ,,incf
;:'T Viwriiooi. laughter; though
axe ,0 doubt, for the sake ol convenienc
; ...:n t . . v"";"ieiicc
it will he moved back ,,,a.. , ... .
;ke the distance an even fPtlionSid
Hcncved laughfer.l Ul
Hien, sir, there is the climnfo or n..i...
ItglltfUl tO bfi fnnnil n 1 .. , '
t-artn. Jiow. I liiiv.. ni..,..., 1 , .
" ""jswen unucr thc
DENVER & RIO GUM
SANGRE DE CHKISTO KAKC-II
Th illrrsil arst Jy rent from Secf
COLORADO, NEW MEXICO AHD ARB
To all PohiU North nnd Eat.
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n.-. . I. . . 1. ' t. .in. snJ rl
nil Sant IV Hullnm.1 frall mint. i tlH ralH.' I
II. J. SIMI'SO.V. ApMit, U. C DOI,GL
riaBd. on'l v npui nu i -;"'-
A (flit, UeTr,Ct
LA HUE. A E W, COMIM-KTB
WAGON AND BLACKSMITH Sm
Gurlcy Street, Fronting on Graniti
A kind of niAfknnlthtBff'. Woa-BiAl? "
rIilae dope In Rood .tjrl, br n R,csT