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last century as a nucleus for their rude
but extended traffic, but lias already as
turned commercial importance, or is rap
idly becoming a centre of extensive busi
ness. And there is an obvious renson I
they selected none but such as command*
•d a wide scope of country, and were easy
of access then
"Tlio Itroml Wont was nil untrod
a vast territory lay unbroken before them
iind in the establishment of their few busi
ness centres, it was necessary to fix upon
tfeoae points which would supply the great
est extent of territory. Tradition informs
UB that "Prairie du Chien was the great
mart, wrhete all the adjacent tribes and
even those wlvo inhabited the most remote
branches of the Mississippi, annually as
sembled, bringing with them furs, to dis
floge of to the traders and that it fur
pished supplies and enjoved the traffic far
k the West, as "the route of the voya
reurs of that period was from the neigh
rhood of McOregor's Landing. through *tion
*lhe country of the Aiowez. (lowas) to
iflhe Missouri River."
A glance at the map and a knowledge
jfef the peculiar formation of the country,
Avill convince any one of the adaptedness
lf this point to the traffic of the aborigi
nese, and still more to the commerce and
busi noes of the future for though many
j«f our business necessities were unknown
to them, everything advantageous then is
still more so now. There are a number
"of ridges radiating from Prairie d«j Chien,
forming excellent natural highways, but
^difficult to cross, from both sides of the
.Mississippi and Wisconsin rivers, these
ridges centre here, like the spokes of a
cart wheel. Over all of these, the Mis
sissippi is easier reached at Prairie du
Chien than at any other point. Around
these a rapidly increasing population is
gathering, not the gold, but what is far
better, the golden grain, and pouring it
into this common centre, as fast as facili
ties are extended for its exchange. Situ
ated on the banks of a stream whose ton
nage and travel more than doubles every
year—whence steamers can make semi
weekly trips to the head of navigation,
"and weekly to St. Louis, an advantage, by
the way, which no. other town on the Up
per Mississippi enjoys—surrounded by
every variety of agricultural reeources,
with abundance of timber and living
springs, and water-power without limit—
'•is there anything required, Jet me ask, but
a proper application of industry and art,
to render Prairie.du Chien one of the
principal cities of the North-West, and
the first on the Upper Mississippi.
mile that it has progressed has been
a triumph to the foresight of its projec
tors and while developing the resources
of the country, has created a liberal in
come for itself. With this road complet
ed—as it will be in ninety days, a citizen
of Minnesota can reach Chicago Via Prai
rie du Chien, as soon as he can get to Ga
lena by steamboat, and eight hours soon
er than he can get through via Dunlieth.
At Milwaukee will be a pleasant exchang
of the rail, for Steamers across Lake Michi
gan, varying the fatiguing monotony of
travel, and with no loss ot time. From
Grand Haven, will be a continuous rail
road to the east, by far the shortest and
pleasant route.
When it is recollected that the bulk of
emigration is now bound for Minnesota,
Northern Iowa and Northwestern Wis
cousin, it will be perceived that Prairie du
£hien will the toll-gate through which
|t must all pass.
The heavy freight alto bound for the
dame region will take this route, as it now
eomes a round the Lakes, and time and
distanoe will be savod bv stopping at Mil
waukee. A road thus situated, passing
nearly through the centre of the State,
taking the Capital on its way, and connec
ting at Milton with the Southern Wiscon
sin, and its many other important feeders
cannot fail to increase the busiuess of the
towns through which it passes, and par
ticularly at its termini, Milwaukee and
Prairie du Chien.
A line of steamers are also building to
run in connection with the railroad, from
Prairii du Chien to St. Paul. From the
west comes another important tributary,
in the McGregor, St. Peters & Missouri
River R-iil Road, now in progress. All
that thickly settled region through which
it is to pass will pour an immense amount
of busiuess upon our shores
The extension of the Railroad to Hud
son, along the bank of the Mississippi, is
no distant or visionary scheme, but a fix
*d fact, and its goodly tribute only a ques
tion of time. Home estimate of what can
reasonably be expected of the future, can
ic. formed by observing what has been and
is being done. Two new brick hotels have
been completed, ,and two others remod
dled two steam ferry boats are purchased
to connect Praire du Chien with Iowa one
new cjmrch erected throe splendid brick
blocks nineteen stores and about one
hundred dwelling houses, besides the ex
tensive works of R. R. Company, offices,
Three brick-yards, two stone quarries,
two lumber-yards and one saw-mill, have
been in adequate to meet the demands for
iroprov merit and much more Mould have
been done, had the facilities been at hand.
The population has doubled in a year, and
the county, aside, three years.
These ure some of the reasons for the
faith that is in us," aud stimulus for great
exertions to prepare for the irood things
in store. XL.
RICHES.—^Let us not forget that the
time will soon come, when our poverty or
our riches trill be matters of perfect in
difference. The great question will be,
what moral character we have formed,
how for ire discharged our duties to God
we have to expect
and to our fellow beings, and what ground to its weight. We are almost daily receivin
a joyful entrance into
oternal life. Worldly possessions, dis
tinctions and pleasures dwindle into in
significance in the opening lights of cter
iHty. It is greatly wiser now to take the
view of things earthly, which at the close
of life we shall certainly take for that is
itfac true view.
MW" IJaker, of Poole murder notoriety,
jkocidentally cut his haud oa Saturday
last, severing an artery, so that he was with
«ai from bl«nii«g to death.
$flfoa times.
Mctrrecfor, Iowa, Friday, Jan.
without wrappers, can be had ajthis office
In a ihort article on the Tonnage and Passen
ger Trade of tlie Upper Mississippi, we mention
ed some facte calculated to impress our readers
with the immensity of the traffic that has sprung
up in the North West within a very brief period'
The improvement of a country, ntid the demand
for Steam Propulsion, seem to have their origin at
the same birth. The one is the effect of the other,
we admit, but in the very expressive language of
the day "it wont pay" to indulge in a long disser-
to thc
n rnimtrv nf thl Aim™. i Iinprovement.Meam would be valueless,and with
out Steam, Improvements would be slow. We
may as well conclude that they come in the same
train. At all event1!, both these clement? of ac-
P^orityofthetwofaets. Without
tivity are here, and it is thc business of the resi
dents to advance the one, by availing themselves
of the advantages of the other.
In our estimate of Tonnage at Tlircc Hundred
Million Pounds, we arc satisfied we arc too low,
but when the different Towns on the River take
the trouble to report, we will be correctly advised,
and our readers shall have the facts. Of this
large amount of business, MCGREGOR furnishes no
inconsiderable share. Taking our weekly reports
since October 1st as a guide, and thc season will
show a Ware-IIouse delivery of over 10,000,000
pounds this docs not include thc shipments of
Grain, Flour, Pork, and other articles of Produc
tion, nor docs it take in thc Merchandize deliver
ed to owners and not passing through our Ware-,
Houses. If all could he summed up we have lit
tle doubt that our Steam Boat business in Freights
alone for 1856, would amount to near 20,000,000
pounds or one eighth of the whole trade from Du
St. Paul.
What circumstances induce the belief be done through this locality. Thc Cars
that this prosperity is at hand—what is will be within 20 minutes of our Public Houses,
the present doing more than the past, to Imd.say what you will about thc pleasantness of
justify these expectations? First: Hefe -Steam I|piit traveling, when a man starts East for
terminates the Milwaukee & Mississippi {Goods or for pleasure, he makes a straight line for
•Rail Road—a thoroughfare, with its nu-'
merous feeders, and extensive grasp, the
most important in the North-West.—
Well, now think of this it is aotorious that thc
Ware-House conveniences of McGregor are totally
inadequate to store one tenth part of the goods
already in
the hahit
of coming here—the
confirmation of this statement, a gentleman just
from the Minnesota country tells us that the tra
ders of Preston, Carimonn. and other towns in Fill
more county intend doing their River business the
ensuing season, at McGregor. Towns farther
West in that line of latitude, will, of course, make
this a point in the line of travel to Milwaukee,
Chicago and farther East.
In view of the business which is approaching,
is it advisable to make no effort to meet it Can
our village maintain its reputation as one of the
first freight stations on the River, if no prepara
tion ia made to accommodate those whose interests
and inclinations bring them to us?
Wc have a point that possesses more natural
advantages than any other. It requires no wind
or gas to satisfy any man of this fact, but this
should only stimulate us to secure still further
benefits by improvement With a levee twice as
large, and Ware-House conveniences four times i
as great, we can probably accommodate half the I
country depending on us for the reception and de- i
livery of their Freight. If we do nothing before
fcpring it will be too late to commence.
Our business men have the making of this place
in their own hands. A neglect of one vear may
plant the seeds of ari val Landing that possibly
may be very troublesome in the future.
SERIOCTB AociDtNT.—On Friday Jan. 3d, the
roof of Egbert's Steam Saw Mill at Monona fell
in while thc workuicu were sawing lumber. Mr.
Slitor and his son were badly hurt, the latter dan
gerously, though it is hoped lie will soon recover.
We sincerely sympathize with our friend Slitor in
this affliction.
It would be well for all persons to notice their
rooS just now. The rain which fell a few days
siuce all loilgod in the snow and materially added
"..wv ""'O*** »'»v miv if nu** UIUWIIAII
and sound as you may conceive jlWr roofb to be,
they oan not stand every thing.
The H}*toryf McGREGOR
Judge Potter's article on our outside
ierc were several items of interest omit
ted. The preparation of a report like this
requires time patience and a free access
to all the sources of information. The
writer had the patience, but the work was
only thought of a few days before the New
Year came in, and it was impossible to get
up an elaborate statistical report, and have
it printed in time for January lst.1857
Another year w« can exnibit a record that
Vitlbe art ftstorlisher. Notwithstanding
our resident population is a little short of
700, it must be remcmbcrec ihat McGreg
or only began in May last! Had the census
been taken in October we could have re
ported nearer 900 inhabitants. The ab
senteeshaveprepared houses for their fam
ilies and the opening of navigation will
find them swarming back, each one accom
panied by "a wife and weans" to swell
the population in Doc. next^ Of 3
times its present number.
not large enough to give them a convenient rest- or articles of clothing will be gratefully
iug place, and if too small now, what will become
of us in the spring when the completion of the
Milwaukee Road precipitates four or five times thc
amount of Freight upon our shores Any amount
of Merchandize hauled last year from Dubuque to
tht Cedar Vallev, will come
Janesville and
Madison to this point, tlicncc to be teamed to the
interior. TI.C IWugc.•business dn of the
extreme West, all South-Western Minnesota,
thc Locomotive. In addition to the advantage of
location at the farthest Northern Rail Road ter
minus, we are admirably situated relative to the
country North West of us. We arc teld by a
gentleman at Forest City that Winona, Lansing
and some other River points are several miles
nearer to that vicinitv than McGregor, but the
absence of hills and the general excellence of the I
ground enables the teamster to haul nearly twice o&n not command respect if they indulge
thc load from this place, in the same time that it in party warfare and there seems to be an
takes to perform a trip to the nearer points. In intention manifested by the Clergy to quit
it. We are glad of it. Every body is
glad of it.
This able Democratic Journal comes tS^MWOf
fice about as irregularly as can be imagined, but
thc road it chooses to take in its trips up the Mis
sissippi, is a matter for which its Editors are not
accountable, and wc have no complaint to make
counts ONE when it does come. We value it
very highly among our Exchanges
and if our advice
is worth any thing wc say to all those who are in
terested in Chicago (and what Western man is
not?) 'subscribe at once for the Weekly Times.'—
Clubs of Ten are furnished the paper for One Dol
lar a ear. You will never find its conductors
asleep. It dreams of no balderdash like concess
ion to an enemy—it courts no favor by dodging an
issue—it purchases no applause from the opposi
tion by omitting an exposure of humbuggery. It
is a bold, able aud reliable paper it is more valu
able to thc commercialist, the fanner,the mechan
ic, the family and the political), than all the "bed
quilts" with patch-work of poetry and "Miss Nan
cyish'1 stories that the Eastern Cities produce.—
If you want a paper made up without saw-dust or
bran, "go in" for a Western Journal that will be
of real use to you. We have read the Times
"from the beginning" and though not fancying a
trifle of its '-copy" just before the National Con.
ventioii, wc have forgotten it all in our admira
tion of its course in the canvass. May it yet have
the pleasure of contending successfully for the
elevation of "Little Steve" to the Presidency.
Rev. E. Emerson, Jr., Ageut A. M. As
sociation, Rev. M. M. Wakemau, of Farm
ersburg, Rev. D. B. Davidson, of Mono
na, aud Rev. L. L. Rid cliff, of Prairie du
RELIGIOUS.—A Congregational Church
was recently instituted at M'Gregor, by! himself is incapable friyhtejiiuff ibem
Ecclesiastical Counsel, consisting of
We have taken the trouble to ascertain
how much money has been invested in
goods at this point the present season.
The Invoices of our Merchants will show
purchases to the* amouht of 9260,000.—
Put our trade aud our voters (295 out of
662) in comparison with many towns of
1500 people and it will be found we are
far in advance of them. Qur Arrivals for
thc season have'beon 1352.-'—Wait till the
curtain rises on 1858
There will be a Donation party on the
Afternoon and evening of Thursday, Jan.
16th, at the house of A. C. Buch in NA
TIONAL, for the benefit of Rev, John Webb
and W. C. McCormick. A general invi
tation is extended. Any kind of produce
received from those who can more con
veniently contribute in that way.
Wc publish the above by request and
we trust that the friends of morality, or
dec and Religion, will turn out en mome
show their appreciation of the Minis-
(ry b(JstowaI of
see UlCm
ries of life. A little money will not come
amiss, for Preachers require cash at times
as well as other people. They are not
etherial beings capable of subsisting on
compliments and expectations notwith
standing their devotion to spiritual mat
ters, their digestive organs are quite as
good and their susceptibility to freezing
quite as great, as any of the laity. We
like Preachers well, but we dont want to
If any gentleman at National will pay
Two Dollars to the Committee for us on
the 15th, we will send him the North Iowa
Timet for one year from the 2d Jan. with
a receipt for the money.
Let us make one suggestion to those
who contemplate attending this party if
you carry one chicken to the Minister do
not stay long enough to eat two
We expected to give a detailed report
of the Balls in this region on the evenings
of Dec. 31st, and Jan. 1st, but upon in
quiry we find there were entirely too
many of them to admit of individual de
scrip tion.
The California Hotel was favored with a
very pleasant company, but owing to
the lateness of the day on which it was
concluded to have a party at all, many had
made arrangements to go to other places
and hence the company was not so large
as it otherwise would have been.
At Frankville there were about 100
couples the popularity of Lathrop, and
the feast of "bear" meat undoubtedly had
a tendency to draw a crowd. It is said
that Lathrop's receipts were not less than
$500. Times are not very hard out that
At Prairie du Chien several companies
were engaged in the worship of Terpsi
schore, but we have no account of the
number of devotees.
At Monona, a twelve hour notice bro't
to the Egbert Hotel 40 or 50 gent'emen
and twice that number of ladies, and if
we—they we mean—did not enjoy the
dance that inaugurated '57, our recollec
tion is badly at fault. The music was
not brought from a great distance but it
was good in the beginning, better at mid
night, and glorious before morning!
MONONA ia an awful place for social en
joyment. We always lose our piety when
business calls us within range of its in
NouMANofThe New Albany (Ia.)Led
ger copies our "Bear" notice of a week
back and gives unmisbtkable signs of
fear in contemplating the situation of his
friend, the Editor of this paper. The idea
of a death's taking place in the Bruin fam
ily within "40 rods" of his sanctum, tears
John's nerves all to pieces Pshaw man,
thats nothing at all out this way. Dem
ocrats iu Iowa have been so infernally
thrashed for a year or two that the devil
N. B. That "Bear*' was a tame one
JSTlllinois is now the 4th and Indiana
the 5th in the Union. Paririe will
^eaiof 'i tmber stake way for fcma
We learn that the Milwaukee and Mis
issippi Railroad has stopped business on
tbf Western Division. The Snow and ice
are irremoveable. The stages from Prairie
du Chien to Muscoda have stopped. This
state of things can not continue long, but
a Rain, a Freeze, a Snow and a Blow al
ternately, will keep up trouble uatil there
is a change in the Programme.
St. Louis.
A census
Thc Whites number,
Free Blacks,
hM just Be oomaletod of St Louisa-
In 1850 St. Louis
Excess of 8t» Louis*
In 1856
St. Louis numbMtt
Excess of St. Louis. 92,201
St. Louts has grown wanterrtfly In trfx years,
but Chicago is too fast a place to admit of com
parison with any City in the Union. One more
count, and the commercial centre of the North
West "will show her heels" to St. Louis.
Thc Chicago Times in looking at the above re
port, expresses surprise at thc small number of
Slaves in the Southern City, and it predicts that
but few years will elapse before Missouri will be
come Slave-less. The Times very properly re
marks that Negro labor, bond or free, cannot com
pete with wliite labor:
And to-morrow, if Kansas were swarming with
slaves, if it were profitable for free labor to go
there, slavery would Boon be banished. Slavery
has been driven out of St Louis it has fallen
back into the country where it con yet find means
to supiort itself. White labor is following it rap
idly. Missouri has her half million of farmers,
each owning his quarter, half or whole section of
land. As these men raise families around them,
and free laborers can be procured, slave labor will
cease to be profitable. Kansas, filling up with men
who cultivate (heir own farms, and men accustom
ed to labor either for themselves or others, must
become a free State. Whenever there is white
labor to be had, there slavery must cease to be
profitable, and there slavrey must die out. Thc
number of slaves in Missouri at this time, does
not, we suppose, exceed 100,000. For a State of
such immense territorial extent, thc number is
small. Her white population is incroasiug tenfold
more rapidly than her black. Her slave populu
tion, in ten* years, will form but a small portion
cither of her wealth or her people. It will cease to
bo the all-govering property. It will not be pro
ductive, and means will be taken to remove it al
If thc Abolitionists would only allow Missouri
to attend to her own institutions for herself, Mis
souri would adopt that policy which would be most
productive of fetatc wealth and expansion pay
more attention to the encouragement of white
settlers upon her lands, and let slavery work out
its own destiny.
A Hoax.
The Indianopolis Journal started a yam that has
been extensively copied, to the effect that every
Township in the State had an applicant for the
post of Messenger to Washington as carrier of
thc Electoral Vote of Indiana! There are 2000
Townships in Hoorsierdom.
must have
imbibed very deeply (we wish we had been there
to assist) before he could have woven so immense
a web out of a little material.
He doubtless thought the story would "go down"
with a
Mr. Shuster of Galena will offer a large
amount of Goode at Auction at the Ame
rican Hotel, commencing on the evening
of January 6th and continuing every
evening till sold. Sales made during the
day and clothing exhibited.
We have no doubt of the excellence of
Mr. Shuster's stock, and to those in want
of something to protect their persons
against the extreme coldness of tho weath
er, we urge an attendance of this sale.—
Clothing is often sold ruinously low by
travelling Merchants.
Mr. Harding is the Auctioneer*
I TIIK "NORTH WEST."—We have receiv
ed in all about half a dozen numbers of
this spirited Democratic paper. We re
gret to see that Mr. La Cossit is too un
well to attend to his Editorial duties.—
Mr. Mulkern, the Junior partner and Edi
tor will have exclusive charge of its politi
cal columns. We wish Mr. La i
speedy recovery.
JtW The Weather last Saturday was a
stinger, Sunday not much better, Monday
quite decent, Tuesday decidedly nice,
Wednesday morning 16 degrees below
zero, Thursday morning ditto. It will
not hold this way long—we hope.
The friends of the great Fillib&Bter, Gen.
Walker, have recently held a meeting and
shipped him men, munitions of war and
provisions. It is said that in a recent
battle, he was highly successful. A late
report contradicts the whole of it and
leaves him in extremis.
J&"FROZXN.—We learn from
a gentle­
man residing near Red Rock or Browns
dale east of Austin, Min. Territory, that
twelve persons have perished in the snow
storms this winter, between that place and
West Union. It is reported that two
boys were getting wood with a yoke of ox
en when the drifting snow filled up the
track and blinded their sight, on the re
turn. Believing the cattle would go
home, they fastened themselves to the
sled to prevent falling off when too far
frozen to help themselves on again. The
cattle came home sure enough, but the
brave little drivers had perished in each
others arms u
CASSVILLS.—This neighbor#otnw !a
minutely described in the columns of the
last Grant Co. Herald, by J. W. Angell.
Its population in May 1855 was 149.—
Now it is 421. The value of produce pur
chased iu the last two years is 9264,460.
The goods purchased by throe firms for
Retail during the past season is 9101,000
as exhibited by their Invoices. The Riv
o a-1
er Towns of the Mississppi are going
Oronooo Courier.
We have received tf this fine
looking sheet published atOronoco, Olm
sted Co. Minnesota. Its Editors are Dr.
Galloway and E. A Powers. We were
advised some months since by T. A. Olm
sted Esq. of an intention to establish a
Newspaper at that place, and we have been
waiting its receipt with some anxiety.—
The Courier will compare favorably with
any Western Newspaper and we wish it
unbounded success. A new paper to be
valuable should have the moneyed, as well
as the commendatory support of all who
desire to be benefited by its establishment.
If its advertising columns are used, every
advertiser should make himself an agent
to extend its circulation. In this way
he makes thc paper strong, and increras
es his own opportunities to become favor
ably known to the public. We hope the
patrons of the Courier will see the philos
ophy of this. Next week we will notice
the town and County of its location.
It affords our opponents much pi
to state that Mr. Buchanan waa defeated
in Lancaster Co. Pennsylvania, the coun
ty of his residence, and notwithstanding
he reduced the old fashioned whig ma
jority ot 5,000 to less than 3000 aud car
ried the City of Lancaster against a large
political opposition, yet they are gravely
informing their readers, that he is infer
entially, not an estimable man in private
How will Col. Fremont's friends prove
At* personal popularity/ He was born
in Georgia, raised in South Carolina,
adopted by California, and at the time of
the election ho resided in the City of Ne
York—In Georgia he got no votes—In S.
Carolina, ditto—in California 18 out of
104, in New York City, Buchanan beats
him about 25000 How do the records
Robert Carty presents the "Eagle Sa
loon" to the consideration of our
NA readers, and the public generally.-—
Carty has a nice place, conveniently loca
ted near two of thejliotels and from th e
observation we took we concluded he was
doing first rate business. If you want a
cigar, a dish of oysters, a glass of Bour
bon or any other luxury, just drop in at
Bob's Corner. He is very attentive and
his charges are reasonable.
COMMUNICATIONS.—-'National," ia in
formed that a connection of his article for
the Press will require more time than we
can devote to it. In the main it is well
written, the subject is all right, but a pub
lication of it without very material change
would not look well in type. A note ac
companies the communication aud the
signature to the note we are familiar with,
but we are not informed as to the author*,
ship of the article—this is an omission
which must always be fatal to any com
position designed for the Times. We ad
vise "National" not to neglect the pen,
success will reward your efforts.
"Hon. Ethan Spike" will fiud a place
when our columns are lesB crowded.
man son of Major D. B. Herriman,Indian
Agent at the abovo place, called to see us
one day last week. The Major is an In
diana acquaintance of ours and if reports
may be relied on he is the best Agent the
upper Mississippi Tribes have ever had
among them. The young man informs
us that but 4 inches of snow had fallen at
the Agency up to Monday December 22d,
the day ou which he left, and that there
were ouly 8 inches at St. Paul as he came
through. He makes the universal state
ment that the dryness of the atmosphere
far north renders it more agreable, though
colder, than the climate of Indiana.
Hon. JKSSK D. BRIGHT.—This distin
guished Statesman will almost certaiuly
be Secretary of the Interior. We have no
such information as would be required
by a jury, but very reliable circumstan
tial testimony is before us and we are con
vinced. Gov. Wright will take his place
in the Senate provided the Republicans of
the Indiana Legislature consent to a Joint
Ballot. Indiana may well be proud of her
BRioHTand WRIGUT "Buckk Bright"
wtll work in the same team admirably
JY EXCHANGES.—We have received
this week the St. Joseph Valley Register
published at South Bend Indiana and Ed
ited (when he id at home)by Hon. S.Col
lax the Congressional Rdpresentative of
the "Bloody Ninth." The Register is
very creditably managed in the absence of
Mr. C. by A. Wheeler. It continues to
be as spitefully anti- democratic as ever,
but we have grown accustomed to Scuy
ler.s scolding in the last ten or twelve
years and we dont mind it all now. Tho
Register and The Forum are very wel
come. We want to see you both. There
arc several names iu your advertising
columus that we have a recollection of
having seen somewhere. Hurrah lor old
St. Jo if she did go for Ma ry Posey.
£&*FIRK.—We regret to learn th#t the
large and well assorted stock of Merchan
dise owned by P. K Beard Euq. of Frank
vill was destroyed by Fire one day last
week. Loss 910,000 on which an Iusu-
ranee of 94,500 was effected only a fewigjx revenue cutters which government is
bffow. place on the lakes.
Correspondency |gs
Fillmore Co, Mi*.
Ah allusion a few w*eks 8?nco to 111e
flourishing County whose name head# this
article, has stired up the recollection of
friend up there and he comes back at us
with the following brief account of the
town of Preston.
After giving an account of the activity
of trade and the general satisfaction Bu
chanan's election has given, he telle
Tho town of Preston is situated ontlte
South Branch of Root River nearly in the
Geographical centre of Fillmore County.
Its location is in Section Six Town 102
Range 10. It is not the largest town in
the County, but it is the County Seat, and
with its geographical and other natural
advantages, to back a rapid and substan
tial growth, it will scarcely find a rival
sufficiently strong to move the public bus
iness away from it. The idea of its per
manent location A the legal centre of so
large and valuable a body of country as
is embraced in the boundaries of Fillmore
County, gives it an importance of which
all acquainted with it are already con
The Water Power at Preston is less ex
pensive in its application to machinery,
than can be obtained at any other point
on the River, and there is an abundance
of it. Kaercher's jlfill has been in ope
ration but a short time, and its business
already exceeds all anticipation. It is
said to be the best mill in the Territory.
Flour sells at 93,00 per sack and the busi
ness of this mill is an average of over
Five Thousand Dollars per week What
do you think of that for a country from
which the footsteps of the Indian are
scarcely obliterated.
Notwithstanding tlffe aiflottnt of busi
ness in the Flouring line, the present fa
cilities are insufficient to supply the de
mand. Mr. Kaercher is preparing to
build another Mil! in the Spring. The
latter is to be used exclusively for Cus
tom Work. It will be three stories high
and the intention is to run three ox four
pairs of Burrs.
A gentleman from Elkhart near our old
home in Indiana, has let the contract for
laying the foundation of a Woollen Fac
tory. It will go up during the next sea
son. Mr. Preston assures me that a very
large number of buildings will be erected
next summer. Lumber is high here,
owing to the immense demand for it. Tin
country is filling with settlers from all
parts of the world almost, and this cli
mate will not admit of living in half fin
ished houses, heuce building materials
always command a ready market.
Among all the beautiful and advanta
geous locations of this unrivalled Nort
Western country, I know of none which
promises a more profitable investment to
the Trader the Mechanic or the Specula
tor than Prezton.
Yours Truly,
December 16, 1856. •./
We cheerfully publish the following let
ter and trust that our Exchanges may find
it convenient to copy.
CASTALIA F. O. WIN. Co. Iow4»)
Dec. 29, 185^1
i -W I
Dear Sir :—Please to publish in your
paper for the favor of friends the appa
rent loss of a young man, and ask«notice
of it in your Exchanges.
About the 25th Oct. last a young man
left in my care, a Bay Horse, with white
(ace and glass eyes, one small wagon, one
wooden trunk or box, some clothing,
some bedding and a few other articles.—
He was going to M'Gregor after a brother
to render him some assistance. Since
then, he has not been heard of. En
graven on the inside of the Trunk lid,
and on a letter envelope found in the
trunk is the uame of CHARLRS HILL.—
All his equipage denotes that he has been
out west and had been living a campers'
JSTRev. M. M. Wake man, of the Con
gregational Church, at Farmersburg, will
preach at American Hall, on Sunday the
18th inst., at o'clock A. M., and at
6$ P. M.
begining to read becomes delighted with
a newspaper, because he reads the names
of familiar things, aud will make progress
accordingly." A newspaper in one year is
worth a quarter's schooling to
a child, and
every father mustcousider that substantial
information is connected with advance
ment. The mother of the family, being
one of the heads and having a more im
mediate chargc of children, should herself
be instructed. A mind is thus fortified
against the ills of life, and is braced for
emergeucy. Children amused by read
ing and study are of course more consid
erate and most easily govereued. How
many parents who have not. spent twenty
dollars for their families, would have giv
en hundreds to reclaim a sou or daughter
who have ignorantly or thoughtlessly fal
len into error.
(New Albany Ledger.)
It is s ucl, that Hon. Samuel Craw­
ford, of Mineral Point, will be a candidate
for the appointment of Governor 4 ^Min
nesota, under Jfr. Buchanan.
A 12£ pound pickerel has been caught
at the mouth of the Agawam river at
Mr. Gray, a ship builder at Milan, Ohio,
has procured the contract for building the
Now is the ftidst dangerous season hf
Fires. A neglect of an hour may cost
yott thousands of dollars. Keep your
stove-pipes clean, notice how they enter
your chimneys, let no wood come in con-'
tact with heated iron. When this is done1
go to C. F. Remick and get your prep*
erty insured. All the safe companies1
have Agents here and you should not
negfect to insure. It is a duty yon ow»
to yourselves your families and your cred-'
Hon. See our Advertisements.'
In a late No. of* tlhe Republican we find
a very flattering general description of
this giowing village- We expect to give
its substance to our readers in a future
number. Two years aggo it ia said there
were scarcely 200 inhabitants at Decoaah
—it now numbers 1200
The North Western Rai Road is leCft
ted through it and the work is expected
to commence in the Spring.
SPRING.—The departure of
Winter Kflf'
be the signal for a universal stampede
from the East to the West. At Sioux:
City, Osage, Fort Dodge, Council Bluffs,
Kansas and thronghout the entire West
Mississippi conntry, large amounts of^
valuable Lands will be offered for Sale.—'
The Fortunes made by persons already ia
the Land trade will stimulate thousands to
invest. Pepare for a crowd. *t« f*
tW Our friend H. C. Hayt, it willbe
seen, has associated with him iu the Lum
ber business, a partner in the person of
O. Burdick. Their, office oppo
site the P. O.
O:- H*
L^N^FILILS.— W i e K
Henshaw, Laud Brokers, r-port their
business for the year at 924,075. That
is, they have sold lands and Town Lotitto
that amount. This firm has two busies
houses, one at Independence and one at
Sioux City. This report is going the
rounds of the Press as something remar
kable. r»
Orlando McCraney Esq., .uveitises of
Clayton Co., and an advertising patron of
the Times has sold during the year TWKX
TY THOUSAND DOLLARS worth, without
having a Bauking or Brokerage office at
have received iwo numbers of litis excel
lent Agricultural paper. We will notice
it particularly hereafter.
CHANGE.—The Eg&to! HM at
Monona has been rented by its proprie
tor Paul Egbert Esq to Mr. Atwood Sack
rider of The Union Hotel, and Paul Eg
bert jr. now of the Egbert House. The
Advertisement of the New Firm will
pear next week.
JSTHuntington, the Forger has beea
sentenced to Five years Imprisonment.
JSTBaker is not yet convicted—-tha
•tury have again failed to agree. '"HI"is
out on bail.
£7*Graham of the Peru (lnd) Senti
nel sends us his admirable ppaer. We
are greatly obliged, and may St. Patrick
forget us when we cease to exchange with
him. Graham says, "The mercury bps
been very low, but it is now better."
JarThere are Twenty Indian Treaties
before the Senate. Amount of Land to.
be ceded 122, 000, 000, acres,—Consid
eration 911,000,000. The tribes with
in our limits have a population of300,000.
J^The Madison Patriot claims four
Central Cities for Wisconsin. Milwau
kee is the Commercial Ware-house, Wa
tertown the centre of an unrivalled gifin
region. Madison, the Legislative and Po
litical Metropolis and Paririe dn Chien
the Western Granatin
J9*Mr. Buchanan's election has pro
duced great sensation at Madrid the Cap
ital of Spain. The Hidalgo's affect to fear
that Cuba is lost to the Spanish Crown.——
What a pity it will be if the European
Governments protest to Buck's taking
his seat.
#irThe Clermont (O) Sun stated Alt
a Mr Isaac Kelso ran off with another
man's wife. The Cincinnati Enquirer
copied the statement from the Sun, and
Kelso has sued the Editor of the Enuuirer
Tor libet5ibi/, tmf.
jy'fhe Bank of Parlr^'du ($»» will
shortly go into operation.
J3rThe Chinese Sugar plant bids fair
to divide the prairies of the West in their
Corn-culfure. It is reported U) to easily
raised and very profitable.
A man puts out 9100 at &per contains
pin interest and 950 at compound iivter*
est. He wants to loan each mttn fur a ^*4
sufficient to make the amounts e^ual..
What is the time
£9^"Charlie*' of Prairie du Chien^K
swera the first question in last week'apa~
Ptjr.—A 4 are 32..S mil£p apart.
"B" tells us the side of the cube- will
be 6.92 inches.
"Governor Grimes" is th* answ.eft to
the Enigma,—so says A
/y COUNTERFEITS.—5s on the- Wi»
nebago County Bank are! in eirculatiofc^*
Look out for them!
136 horses perished by Fir# kvi
week in Phitadfixihia.

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