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Craigrant liil Stinrnol, .4. w. Macdonald, EDITOR AND PROPRIETOR, IS ISSCED EVERT OTHER WEEK AT THE CITY OF MXINGtiR, Dakota Co., 91. T.. AT TWO DOLLARS A YEAR, IN ADVANCE. rates of advertising : Eight lines, one time, - - - - - - - - - - $1 00 “ “ three times, 200 fi@T’Bpeeial contracts will be made with those desiring to adverti.-e by the ve;tr 4 New Yorker in Ylinuesola.—Tlie Grass- The observations of disinterested travelers on Mih- j uesota must ever be useful to all, both at home and abroad : at home, as they show us how matters and places are viewed by strangers ; and what habits and customs we are adopting, and what their influence is ' judged to be on our future welfare. To those abroad they present everything in so many aspects, that the ; lights and shades so variously drawn impress the ful picture on the attentive reader. We may thus learn many lessons of usefulness, to improve hints, aud avoid pernicious tendencies; while others may learn the fit ness of our Territory to afford them the requisite enjoy ment as a place of permanent abode, or to invite their skill or capital. We design to give all such views as may have any originality about them, not caring to question statements from which we might somewhat differ. Some of these writers may haVe more of inter est than others, but we shall endeavor to have them all from responsible partie*. The following we extract from the correspondence of *he N Y. Tribmwe, tbe writer having made our Terri tory a visit this summer : “ Were I the first voyager on the Mississippi, I would try my hand at describing some of those grand bluffs between which it more or less leisurely Hows; I would speculate upon the history of the columns of limestone which give almost every one of these bluffs which they crown the appearance of half-overgrown castles, and would try to set forth how neatly, whenever the hills recede, a village is dropped into the plain which they leave. The worst thing about the Mississippi is its Water ; but for which it would be perfect, But pure, i. e. im pure and half-and-half mud Mississippi in tumblers, or quite as bad, decocted into tea, is intolerable. We were surprised to see so little characteristic Mississippi life on the boats. No racing or gambling ; emigrants and tourists have taken away the romance of the river, and the high -pressure engines merely puff along from one stopping place to another, the boats running their huge fiat bottoms on shore when occasion requires. St. Anthony Falls are not what one would expect of the Mississippi. They are little more than a continua tion of the Rapids, a series of irregular jumps with some foam and noise. And now they are so crowded by saw and flouring mills as to make a much poorer show than they must have done years ago. The Falls of Minnehaha, on a small creek emptying into the Mis sissippi about midway between St. Paul and St. An thony, inspires fresh interest in Hiawatha. The full is about seventy feet, and remiuds one of the Catskill Falls, except that Minnehaha is more exquisitely beau tiful.. .literally laughing water she is, a merry girl, tripping down hill. She does not surprise, she charms you, and you linger and linger to make her better ac quaintance. St Paul is finely situated upon two plateaus, the lower whereof is used for business streets, while the other is beginning to be dotted with handsome residences. The whole town rests upon a bed of limestone, lying in layers, so that cellars are perfect. Much has been said about the climate of Minnesota, I can vouch for it as most excellent in summer. In the neighborhood of St. Paul the air is as bracing as among mountains, and keeps one in a constant state of exhilaration The winters are, by universal testimony on the spot, though long— the river is usually closed from late November to early in April—and cold, very dry, so that the temperature is less severe in point of feeliug, though lower by the thermometer than in New York. Prof. Maury has recently stated that but eight inches of snow fall a month, on the average, deduced from official observations. In summer, the rains mostly come in the night, accom panied by magnificent displays of lightning, one of which wc had the good fortuue to sec on the Mississippi; it was certainly one of the finest things of the kind upon which I ever set eyes. St. Paul is worth seeing, for it epitomises the West. In its business streets, land offices alternate with grog shops. The clerk in a hardware store has saved some thing out of his five hundred a year, and put it in real estate. The German, only a year in the country, whom the stable keeper sends as your driver, has a claim of twenty-five acres up river. Everybody is a freeholder, and almost everybody borrows to become so, though money is at 40 per cent. In the town, which was offered less than a dozen years ago, to a Dutchman down the river, for two barrels of whisky and a half barrel of peach-brandy, and refused at those terms by him, a little dog-hole of a store rents at five hundred dollars a year, and corner lots sell at incredible prices. Splendid hotels arc full eaves with one class, while another lives on a corner of its property and drives its own carriage. The horses are as fine and the ladies as showily dressed as in any place one can name. And when there is sleighing, l am told, the handsomest turn-outs in the world are to be seeu here. Stores are open almost all night, and people give themselves little or no time to breathe. In so fast a place there is, of course, no leisure to attend to tie streets. The stranger who strolls up the principal business avenue running along the river, is warned not to walk ofif “ the cliff," and in his anxiety to avoid that result, finds himself precipitated down a chasm which yawns in the midst of the street and through which a little brook ilows as though used to it. The streets would, indeed, throughout, challenge comparison with those of New York. In taking the customary drive to St. Anthony and Minneapolis, which lie ou opposite bauks of the river, some eight miles above St. Paul, and are—the latter, which is only three years old, especially—very fast grow ing towns, one cannot but wonder bow these townspeople are to be kept alive : where their food is to come from. On the magnificent plateau, comprising an area of from & H hoppers. twenty to thirty square miles of the finest arable land, which lies between Minneapolis and Fort Snelling, there are not more than 25 farm houses away from the villa ges, aud the disproportion between the town and the country is almost as great near St. Paul. Throughout the west l was struck with the tendency to run to villages, even on the prairies the isolated houses appearing to be few and far between The Michigau famine will not long be without its fellows if the consumers are to out number the producers to so alarming an exteut as they would seem to do now in the west of the West. The mania for possessing land will soon, it is earnestly to be hoped, give place to a mania for tilling that already in possession. Speculation in real estate is meaniugless in the highest seuse if the real estate speculated in be not used for the purposes for which it was created. The greatest agricultural country in the world—in parts of which, corn dropped into the fresh-turned turf as it lies, and not hoed at all, yields one hundred bushels to the acre, must speedily meet with him who will not subdue the soil, but use what he finds subdued to his baud. What has occurred in the older western States makes such a result a matter of course in time. Will it arrive soon enough ? One would say yes, judging from the emigration that sets'thitherward. In the day and a half that we were coming down the Mississippi we met half a dozen boats, every inch of which'was filled by a pas senger. A Milwaukie paper estimates this year’s emi grants into Wisconsin at one hundred thousand, and in Minnesota and lowa they will doubtless be twice as many. At the table this consumer-aud-producer question stares one in the face fearfully. Who shall feed a people that eats like this Western people ?” The Destroying Army —From another correspon dent we give the following account of the grasshopper which has proved such a fearful scourge to the farmers iu the north and western part of our Territory. It will be seen that these insects are migratory, and are no more peculiar to Minnesota- than they will be to lewa, Wisconsin, Illinois, aud other States, when they leave here to enter their borders, no doubt next season. ‘l**o first place, then, a slight description of “ the animal” is necessary, as they differ in their habits ma terially from the insects bearing the same name in the Eastern States. When full grown they are about one and a half inch long, of a brownish-green color, with four wings, which enables them to % as easily as a hawk. They deposit their eggs in plowed grouud in the autumn, about an inch below the surface, in bundles of six or ten in number, where they remain through the winter perfectly safe, until the warm sun and genial showers of spring, when they seem to roll out of the ground like the rising of yeast. W 7 ith their fore legs they grasp the nearest object, and commence kicking until they are free from the shell that has protected them througii the months of winter. When first batched they are nearly white and about, one-fourth of an inch long, but soon turn to a dark brown. They are not great eaters at first, but seem to get their subsistence from the moist earth. In about two weeks they double their size, and their wings begin to develope, although they do not use them until they are nearly full grown. When they are about half an inch long they commence feeding on the young corn, wheat, or other grains, and if they are very numerous they refuse nothing green that comes in tbeiw way, but show a preference to those plants which are cultivated. They commence their onward march early, and do not always destroy every thing as they pass along, provided they see fresher and greener feed beyond. For instance they have passed over a field of wheat a distance of thirty rods, and have not eaten over two-thirds of it Whether this is in consideration of the younger brood which is coming, or j whether they prefer the young barley which they see in | advance, is hard to tell, but perhaps it is the latter j cause; for the advance guard, which have already ! reached the barley and young clover, show no such con sideration, as they now eat clean as they go, and have in three days taken two-thirds of the field. Beans, turnips, onions, cabbage, and most of the garden veget ables, with the exception of peas thus far, seem particu larly suited to their taste. Like the universal Yankee nation, they seem to be forever on the move, except the ' one is traveling west, the other east. These differ from the common grasshopper in this j particular; they seem to like a wet season as well as | any, as the unusual wet spring here would demonstrate, j Oue of the settlers, who is, by the Way, a pious Catholic, | says the Almighty has tried ail the usual means of de | struction this Spring without effect, viz., cold, backward j and wet spring, late and severe frosts, and frequent : thunder showers From all the information gathered, these grasshop pers have traveled from Mexico through Utah, over the , Rocky Mountains to the Red River of the North, where j they destroyed the crops for two years in succession. <So thorough were they in their work that the inhabi tants of Pembina and vicinity were obliged to go down to Prairie du Chien for seeds. They have the past sum mer made great havoc along the Upper Mississippi River as far south as St. Anthony. Ilere accounts differ. . Some say they came to Red River within two years ; others say they have been seven years in making the ' journey. About 36 years ago, as lam informed by a Frenchman, who lived at Red River at that time, they 1 | destroyed the crop so that the settlers in that infant L colony did not save their seed, but were obliged to live Iby hunting and fishing. You see how difficult it is to 1 come at a correct history of them; those who may be | visited by them ip future, farther south and east, if continue their Wanderings, may know something of 1 their antecedents They came here last August in such : numbers that the air bad the appearance of a snow storm. So thick were they in some places that the sun | was darkened. They came after most of the wheat crop | was harvested ; the of it, was too hard for i them, although they devoured all the leaves, leaving the ' bare stalk and ears.” f i > " 'a , A grand national trial of mitring and reaping ma r chines, got up under the manieement of the United i States Agricultural Society, was I?ed upon to come off I at Syracuse, N. Y., on the 13th list. The affair prom > ises to be ahead of anything of the kind -ever before 3 attempted. No less than 93 reapers and mowers, or the two combined, were entered on the lat of July for com -1 petition. ; ~ The inventive geuins of the country hae been devoted , in great measure, for some years, to the benefit of the •' West. The distinguishing merit conceded to odr ooun e | trymen in the national exhibitions abroad, has been i. mainly in the production of superior agricultural im a ' piement for saving labor. CITY OF NININGER, DAKOTA COUNTY, MINNESOTA TERRITORY, JULY 18, 1857. The Glorious Fourth at Mninger. The Fourth of July, 1857, was a great day for Ninin ger ; the greatest it has ever seen. Who that walked over the farms of Messrs. Caleff, Bassett and Stone in July 1856, would have belcived that one year afterwards such a scene could be enacted on the same spot. It was a glorious triumph for the tvwu and all interested. The day was rather warm, but clear and bright.— Early in the morning the visitors from the adjoining towns and country began to collect in. The proceedings were delayed by the late arrival of the Steamer Wm. S. Nelson, which under charge of Capt. LJillhouse was bringing the excurtionists from Minneapolis, St. Anthony and St. Paul, and did not arrive until about 3 o’clock P M. instead of 11 A. M. as expected. The interval however allowed time for visitors to wander around and view the improvements in the town. It also afforded an opportunity for a committee of our sterling, public spirited mechanics to put up a stand under a grove in front of the hotel, and decorate it with drapery in the National colors. A large flag was also raised high above the surrounding trees. At length the arrival of the boat was anummeed and a large (Relegation of citizens went down to the levee to receive the excursionists. The Nelson came steaming around the bend of fhe river, as it approached the town, waking the echoes every now and theu by the discharge of a cannon placed on the bow. The boat was literally black with human beings. Cheer on cheer welcomed her as she approached, which were heartily reciprocated from the passenges. Upon reaching the shore the dense mass began t® turn their faces towards the Hotel, and after some little delay the soul-stirring tones of Hail Columbia vtef& "heard' from the platform 7 David G. Bfirnitz, Esq., acted as chairman of the meeting. He called it to order iu some very appropri ate remarks aud concluded by introducing Geo. H. Burns, Esq. who proceeded to read the Declaration of Independence in a style,which for force, vigor and at the same time finished delivery we have rarely heard equalled. He recounted the wrongs of our country in a manner which would have goue straight to the heart of Jefferson on the day he wrote it. it was received with hearty applause. After sonic more national musio from the band, the Orator of the Day, Ignatius Donnelly, Esq. was introduced and proceeded with the following Address. As we publish it cutire we leave it to speak for itself. 4DD2USS Delivered by Ignatius Donnelly, Esq., at Kin* inger, ill. T« July 4Hi, 1857. Fellow Citizens :—Since that day when the great bell in the tower of the Philadelphia State House rang forth “ Liberty unto all the land aud unto all the in habitants thereof,” upon every annual recurrence of the occasion patriotism and independence have been the themes of a thousand tongues in every city, town and hamlet of our country. Nor are such themes exhausti ble. The love of country and the love of liberty spring eternal in the human breast—they never pall on the car or heart of man. Teu thousand changes may be rung upon them, yet are they never hackneyed. They are as fresh now as in the earliest days of society, and they will go down to our posterity the object of increased zeal and veneration. On this day—at this hour the morning sun lights up over our whole wide land,from the Atlantic coast to this the western-most verge of Atlantic population—yea,even beyond it the mountains and valleys of the Pacific— | a great ana undivided nation raising their voices in ac iclimations of praise for the greatest of all earthly bles- I sings—Peace and Liberty. Peace on golden wings filling our fields and our firesides with plenty. Liberty leading lus abroad on the face of the wilderness, giving to com munities and individuals the natural exercise of every natural right—and bringiug us here together on this national holy day to commemorate her presence in our midst. Nor is such liberty an empty word. To estimate its J full value, we have but too look back to the condition ! from which the war of the Revolution brought us. The j dependencies of a country which bad exiled us into ex- j istence-a collection of incongruous colonies limited by the ' Alleghanies —without a national position—our commerce ' made tributary to the interests of another country j our | people taxed to support a government in whose councils | they had no voice—humiliated before the arrogant pre- ' tensions of British superiority-—clouded by the influence of an aristocratic system, the results of the rudest style ' of human barbarism-and degraded by a thousand pet- j ty exactions and oppressions. What has the love of! liberty done for us ? It has made the buckskin colonists a powerful nationality, before whose slightest frown the British lion stills his roar. It has united the scattered provinces into one great Union of governments,the miracle' and the wonder of modern times. It has increased our numbers until every barrier formed by nature or by the , adverse action of the savage has gone down before the swelling flood of our population. Our commerce no longer confined by a narrow and ruinous policy to a few ports, now courts the wind of every clime and bears our flag wherever a keel can invade the deep. Our enter prise, our spirit, our name, and our strength, are omni present in the world. And all this within the range of a moderate human life ! Truly wo should never lose sight of that figure of Liberty which has led us on to :the attainment of so much greatness It has been our ! I cloud by day and our pillar of fire by night. It has stood by us when the darkness came and even in the 1 j times of light it hath not deserted us. 1 How can we of all men be insensible to the blessings 1 contained in that one word liberty. In three-quarters of a century it has brought uSiialf way across a mighty con- j tinent. Minnesota, in fact the whole groat West, preaches with her thousands tongues the glories of our j national freedom. Without it the buffalo would still be , 'drinkingat head of navigation on the Mississippi, j I Without it Juie tepees of the red man would still glisten ! “over the Mrhole length and breadth of this beautiful 1 | land. Where now the surveying party mark out the j j line of, giant railways, the fur trader and the voyageur j would ytL be pursuing their painful way. Without it ; the war;ißMpp aud the rifle would still be echoing far i back of ns nkung the rocks of the AUeghanies. Liber ty —personal, memj, national liberty,—has beep the soul ■ and life of mainspring of all its move* I ; ments —the vitality of all its greatness. It has called |to our shores the oppressed of other lands ; it has in j fused strength into our commerce and manufactures ; it ! has given character to the massess of our people ; it has urged on the boundless and resistless waves of our emi ' gration ; it has swept tbe wilderness before it, region ■ after region, and it is even now forcing its way to the j base of the Ilocky mountains. Iu its hands miracles have become natural, and impossibilities common-plate. We have heard of great migrations in the world’s history j —inroads of Goth,Hun,or Ottoman—but where save in our 1 own land,has there everbeen known so steady and unbroken ! a flood of emigration; advancing with the regularity of a ' seige,marked by no excesses; the migration of civiliza tion ; bearing in its hands peace and refinement; filling up the wilderness in? harmony and proceeding to all *■ the details of self-government with more than the good | order of an old country. And all this, who will doubt, i flows from that spirit of republican liberty, infused into all our institutions from the lowest to the highest, and best manifested in the great Declaration you have listei.ed to this morning. The leading principles of that document are recognized and acted upon in every organization and corporation, municipal or otherwise, over our whole land ; no manufacturing ! company, no town conncil, no state legislature, but is ' based upon and enforces them. That great Declaration ! was, is, and we believe ever will be, tbe mouth-piece of j American sentiment. It contains tbe mottoes of our ; nationality —the essence of our governmental existence. It is not an unprofitable task to contemplate from this ■ vantage ground of prosperity and peace the struggles in t which that great instrument was born, and the dangers ■ and darkness through which it passed. What was the I condition of our country on the 4th of July, 1776? I Let us look at it. \Ve stood on the verge of a■ great experiment; the future was not clear to our fathers, as the past is now to us; all was gloom and uncertainty. The struggle had been one which had gradually arisen. The colonies were isepsibly led on until they found themselves committai _j rebellion and revolution. ‘They were rising agauliib old England —the parent of their adoption, to whom all their alfections as children were united. They were rising too against great and mighty England, the mistress of the seas and the arbiter of Europe. Neither bad they prior to the Declaration any consent position They nice the Parliament of England with submissive and reverential petitions at the very were encoun tering the armies of England on the fields of Massachu setts amid the thunder of cannon. Even when the Declaration of entire independence severed the connec tion between the two countries and removed this double and absurd position, how gk>omy was the prospect. The scattered colonies Were brought together for the first time; they occupied distant and half peopled tracts ; they bad no common sentiment but that of com mon resistance to oppression; in origin, pursuits, charac ter and religion their people were different; jealousies even at that early day and sectional ill-feelings existed among them ; for we may trace in very many incidents of the Revolutionary war the same elements which have since expanded and now threaten the separation of our Re public. What must have been the feeling of distrust with which Massachusetts, for instance regarded her sister colonies. She was herself farthest committed in the struggle and what security had she that in case of reverse, in the very hour of need, they might not all fall off from her. Common oppression and the intellects of such men as Washington, Franklin and Adams, were the only bands that knit together this loose, novel and diverse organization. Look next at the implements with which they were compelled to work. A peasantry unused to the sounds of war, undisciplined and by their hardy independence unfit for discipline. For officers,the adventurers of Europe such as Lee and Conway; the veteran bush fighters of French and Indian wars, such as Putnam, Stark and Allen, or that numerous and more worthy host, the men born for the occasion from the bosom ot' the country, untried and yet once tried, stamped with the perpetual gratitude of their country—such were Knox, Green aud Hamilton. Beyond all this might Dot the patriot stand and doubt what was to follow when success had crowned our ban ners ? What dark abyss might not lie before us ? Into what anarchy, or despotism might we not rush when free to act for ourselves ? W bat Cromwell or Caesar might not arise in the turbulence of the tempest that the after peace would be unable to subdue ? And then the hosts who did not believe the cause of Congress a just one ; at first holding mere political dissent, then thrown by circumstances into opposition to the republi cans, and finally, in their defeat and overthrow; flying from their country renegades and refugees. Novelty, doubt, gloom and danger heralded the ad vent of that great state-paper we this day celebrate. How changed all now. Its principles have been asserted by a successful war, they have been tested by years of trial and are now sustained by the forces of the greatest gov ernment of the age. Who can doubt that the same divine Providence which in the words of John Adams “ filled the minds of the British with folly aud those of the Americans with wisdom,” and led us safely through the many trying passages of the revolutionary war, is still with us, guiding us forward in the career of one great mission as a people, , Let us, as we conclude, for one moment contemplate! mrselves. We.are at peace with the world ;no sound >f strife, no smoke of battle, rises within our midst. Mo oppression here levels the unfortunate with the dust. Education builds over the land her thousand temples, md morality and virtue live honored in the hearts of the people. Everywhere advancement and improvement go, m around us. What Edmund Burke said of us h)ng igo, is doubly true now. “ Your children,” said he, n the English Parliament, “ do net rise faster from ihildhood to manhood,than these people from villagosf to somuiunities and from communities to nations.” What a contemplation for the patriot; the serenity >f peace and plenty over the whole broad land ? God ;rant that it may long be so! That it may be long ere ir- 1 testino discord or external force shall shake ns from the possession of so much happiness. God grant that as the years roll over us they may bring with them increased repose, and increased strength ; and that our land may, in the coming centuries,like a ripe oi l man,wear around its brow the serene content of a well-spent life—blest in the calm of a settled purpose, glorious in the accomplish ment of an ennobling purpose. - The various delays that had taken place made the Banquet very welcome. About one hundred people, ladies and gentlemen, sat down to So excellent dinner. An excellent Band of Music, employed for the occasion, discoursed many favorite and fashionable airs during the repast, much to the satisfaction of the company.— We append the bill of fare, as a specimen of what Nin inger City, at nine months of age can accomplish. THE HANDYSIDE HOUSE *\\.V *1 Uto*. 1176 JULY 4Tlfe 1857 1776 ffiOXUBQ, Mutton, Beef, Tongue, mmm$ 9 Pat6s de foie gras, Salmis de veau, a la fransaise, Becasses, a la chasseur Langue de boeuf, sauce Robert, Meat Pie, Veal Pie, Bird Pie. ffidDASTS,* Beef, Veal, Mutton, Pork. vxqsvainubb m mr-mt&m. Lemon Pie, Custard Pie, - Mince “ Rhubarb “ Fruit .Cake, Croquettes de riz, Meringues, mai, Port, Sherry, Bourgogne, Champagne, St. Julien, D’Epernay, Rudenstein, Hochheimer, Rhein Mr. Jillson of the Handyside House deserves great credit for the public-spirited manner in which the whole affair was conducted. The Banquet was served in an arbor, gotten up especially for the occasion, and covered witli the green boughs of trees. It was presided over with dignity by Geo. O. Robertson, Esq., late of New York city, now a citizen of our town. After get ting through the various substantials, the following list of toasts was read. REGULAR TOASTS | 1. The Day we Celebrate —The Natal Day of Ameri j can Liberty : May it, in the language of John Adams, i “ never cease to be celebrated by our posterity with ' shows, pomps, bonfires, and illuminations,” and—good ; dinners. Music— u Star Spangled Banner.” Major Clitherall was called upon to respond to this j toast, but being unavoidably absent, much to his regret, lit was replied to in a brief but happy manner by a | young gentleman from St. Paul, whose name we did j not learn. 2. Memory of Washington.— (Silent Honors.) Music —Dirge. 3. The Union of our States —The Brotherhood of ' Love and the Communion of Common Interests. Music —“ Hail Columbia/* Responded to Mr. C. E. Clarke. 4. The President of the United States —As Ameri cans, independent of party, we join in venerating and I respecting the head of our Republic. Responded to by Mr. Nininger, who rejoiced that we ! could partake of these festivities under a government ! whose head was made the peer of the mightiest sov ! ereigns of the earth, and again to-morrow he would ‘be come but the simple citizen, by the .will of the whole people; it was proper then to celebrate the day that | gave us such glorious principles of government, and to honor it by honoring onr representative head. 5. Minnesota —The land of our adoption : Blessed in Climate, in Soil, and in the Character of its Population: Long may it continue in the prosperity it now enjoys. As the thirty-third star in the national galaxy, it will add brightness and beauty to the whole constellation. Music —” Home, Sweet Home.” In responding to this toast, Mr. Robertson alluded to the various points contained in it, each of which, he dwelt upon at some liengtb, calling his hearers to witness that #e rejoiced, as citizens, over the varied blessings of the itnd,abd codld commend them in sincerity toothers who ought desire to come within onr borders. 6. Our Town. —Beautiful and prosperous Natnre and Art have conjoined to make it one of the great points of the North West. - Musie.^ w Grand March.” In reply to this toast Mr. Donnelly spoke as fol lows : Ladies and Gentlemen : There is scarcely auy necessity for a response to this toast. The town speaks for itself. Look around you and while you consider the present, recollect the past. One year ago the morning of the 4th of July dawned over the farm lands of Messrs. Galeff, Bassett and Stone. .Nowit rises upon a town of five hundred in habitants. He that would have prophesied one year ago that ou this day such a.sight as that before u 6, would have been regarded as u false, perhaps as a crazed pro phet. This banquet, this Hotel, the beauty and wit around us, the housetops greeting our eyts in every direction, the throng, the multitude, the proeperity, izi BESSIE?, Charlotte Russe, Blanc-rnange, Ice Cream short everything evidences a transitson for which few in 1856 could have been prepared.* What does if lead as to expect for the 4th of July, 1858? What can we not, from such a commencement, expect from the future? There is one thing that gives me especial pleasure to-day;—l refer to the presence in our midst of various ladies and gentlenien from Hastings; especially my friends Dr. Foster and lady. To-day is the commencement of an union which will yet be in violable. Nature has pointed ‘out the necessity for a ! great town near the mouth of the St Croix, tapping the extensive agricultural region back of us, and on the ; direct road from our great shipping port, Superior City,, to the lowa line and the bead of the Minnesota River. The boundary lines of Nininger and Hastings even now touch each other. With their mutual growth they must eventually become one, and united they will form one of the greatest cities of the North West. All petty rivalries must eventually sink into the bosom of common interests, and with commingled advantnges, enterprise and intelligence they will march on.to supreme greatness. With such aa union there is no town in the Territory possessing superior opportunities, and certainly none by which those opportunities will be turned to better account. What is it that makes great cities but great enter prise. is Chicago, Chicago? Not the lake, for hundreds oT“niiles of co.ist share that advantage ; not the rich fields OT'JLUinpis, for they thousand outlets. It is her fiffekn- IdtflrWlS lias built and concentrated them there, but seeing,—far-reaching enterprise. The multitude perceive the great forces at work. They sec only the results. That both Hastings and Nininger have done much there is no doubt. That they will do still, more there is less. The towns of Minnesota are now approaching a crisis. The building of the proposed railroads will change the whole relations of things. River navigation will sink in importance, and the future of our cities must depend upon the concentration of trade and travel 'Vvithin their boundaries. Those who halt in negligence now can never regain their lost advantages. Hundreds of succeeding years will feel the effects of a few years of effort now. Let us therefore joiu hands aiid work to gether. Our object is a noble one; one that will live long after we are gathered to the dust. It may be that the historian who in another age will chronicle the growth of the great City, Nininger or Hastings, or by whatever other name it may be known, will point to this day and hour as an era in our early history ; —as the occasion when rival interests were joihed, and when combined energy and intelligence starting forward with renewed vigor advanced with rapid pace on the road to greatness. 7. Our Sitter City Hastings —May the conviviality of this occasion be but the commencement of continued friendly intercourse. Neighbors in locality, identical in interests, they should be rivals only in honorable emu lation. M usic.— 11 Come haste to the Wedding.” In rising to respond to this sentiment, -Dr. Foster, of Hastings, said he rejoiced to meet with the citizens of Nininger on such an occasion as this. He had no feelings but those of pleasure in the prosperity of Nin inger, as he looked upon their two towns as mutually depending upon each other, whose interests were iden tical, relying upon the same influences for their in creasing prosperity. Tie viewed the time as not distant, when the unexampled growth of the two towns, so happily alluded to, must merge them into one, and then, with the magnificent position they possessed for the cen tering of railroads from every point, we will become, not perhaps & Chicago, but as able to contend for the palm of the Chicago of the Upper Mississippi- He had no interest in any town out of Hastings, he felt to re joice in the indications of prosperity be here beheld be fore him and around him, as hastening that happy time. He came into Minnesota about five years ago, and found it but a wilderness, divided between the red man audtbe roaming beast j but three years ago, he said, his native town had but half a dozen houses, now it hag become a city of 8000 inhabitants, governed .by a Mayor and Common Council. One year ago, ins friend below him here, Mr. Henry -Caleff, was the sole occupant of the farm that has now given place to this prominent, city. He hoped to rejoice in this continued prosperity as long as he lived ; he believed the just emulntion of the two towns would but reflect and redound to' the good of each, but prayed that no jealous rivalry might spring up to mar the harmony and cordiality hf feeling this day, witnessed, and which whs destined to afford the people of Hastings and Niuinger unlimited gratification for ages to come. 8. The Nininger ari<? St. Peter Railrdad —With every, assurance furnished by effort and energy, it prom ises soon to bring wealth to our town and, honor to our Territory. Music—“ Bailroad (Jallopade.” Mr. Miller replied to. this toast in some appropriate remarks about the fabled origin of railroads, as the most perfect As one familiar with railroad the posed, rushes 9. ;fl nent of civilisation, apd tbg, highest acmfc of 10. The Lumber —One of the great sinewa of the land— througfr it teeftramuivo Ufe * NUMBER 4.