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131 Mr. Emtor: The article in your paper of the 11th Aug., making som strictures upon trie course ot Major vvoou m wierence to the disposal of the public ftl ids in his hands, iriay have the effect intended to jn-ctent a wrong. The press is looked to for pubUc in formation, and when wrongs are about to be committed by a public officer a warning to the people through it may enable them protect themselves in time. The Major has replied to that article and treats me as the writer. That is all right. In the outset, I will say that I extremely regret the necessity of a controversy with him. He says that I am actuated by per sonal ill will towards him, and am aiming at political effect. He is entirely mistaken in that view. My sole object is to have him do right with the funds in his hands. If he is disposed to turn the controversy I have with him as county commissioner into a per sonal matter, I do not know that I can help it. Whenever and as often as he attempts to do acts as county commissioner that are illegal and unjust, and prejudicial to my rights, I shall resist him or any other man who attempts them, let personal relations be what they may. In my strictures on his conduct, I have called things by their right names, and have intended nothing more. I have paid but little attention to the cultiva tion of the art of saying one thing and mean- ing another, and therefore hope the Mujor I 1 1 1 1 ; a" x a. T rfnK- is sufficient mnnf of the necrssi t v nf tile public understanding the true state of the case. If the people of Perrysburg con-! eider it any object to have 731 expended for the benefit of this road in their township now is the time to pitch in while the Major rides at anchor. If we neglect to protect ourselves, who will do it lor us? wilinot draw on his imagination that I mean any more or worse than I say. In his attempt at reply he pronounces my article a " whole tissue of misrepresenta tions,'' and then apparently forgets himself and attempts to avoid it by several special pleas, and then starts off upon a run, crying ctop thief, and " if you pleas, between Esq. Way's farm and town," and the like. I ad yiit I wrote that article, and I hold myself ready to prove to the tax payers on the Mc Cutchensville road, whenever it becomes ne cessary, the truth of what is there stated, and also the truth of the facts that 1 may state in this communication. I will begin by asserting that every cent of the jSlcCutch ensvillt road fund now in the treasury, in law and justice uhould be expended in Perrysburg township. But Major Wood, in our private conversations, has told me that he must spend most of it near the Ten Mile House that the people of Perrysburg are able to re pair the road in their township without it. Being desirous to bring the Major to anchor and have an investigation of the matter be fore it would be too late, was the inducement to write the article in question. His own The Major, in his reply, seems to reason that because the McCutchensville road was .once a state road, no part of it can ever be anything else. If he will take the trouble to acquaint himself with the history of this road, he will find that it was originally es-in tablished as a state road Irom Perrysburg to McCutchensville. That subsequently, in in order to provide means to construct that portion of it between Indiana Avenue, in Perrysburg, and the south line of Freedom township, the citizens of Perrysburg procur ed the passage of an act providing for a spe cial tax on a contiguous district of country, including the town of Perrysburg. After the passage of that act, and I think in the same year, a general free turnpike law was passed. The county commissioners then in office, having charge of the construction of this road, and the auditor, were governed by this free turnpike act, so far as the same was ap plicable. The act providing for the construc tion of the tindlay road, was passed the same year, and that road was also subjected to the earne government. All which will I appear from records in the auditor's office.! to'sou In 1850 there was an amendment to the free turnpike act, (and a very wise on too) re quiring all the moneys collected on free turn pike roads to be expended in the townships where collected. These, laws and proceed ings under them made that portion of the ate j road between Indiana Avenue and the h line of Freedom township a free turn- j Kvith Maior Wood in reference to that fund . J . . . . . ...'! nikft mnrl in flip nP in whtrh tliPV nrn mi.! derstood, ond subject to the amended clause! of the free turnpike act. Maior Wood is the! first man, to my knowledge, who has ever! disputed it. If he should attempt to expend the money on hahd in Montgomery or Perry townships. there not be a dust kicked lip at once?! Yet it would be no more illegal and unjust to do that than to do as he now proposes i to expend it in Wrebster township. It is I un awful and wronsr to do either. 1 be eve.; on the verbal statement of the county audi tor, it is admitted on all hands that a great deal more money has been collected in the township of Perrysburg than has been ex pended therein. I think it safe to say that in the town of Perrysburg alone, nearly as much has been collected as has been expend-; ed in the town and township together. If any one doubts these statements, the proof in the books at the auditor's office, In personal interviews that I have had I have presented to him facts something like! the following: That by the construction of, the McCulchensville road, water is brought from a great distance south to and emptied into Crane Creek by the construction of ai side drain. From this side of that point, the water is taken into the main branch 0f Creek, cutting across the south branch1 South Boundary street, and carrying water along. That in high water, the road South Boundary street and adjoining! land are overflowed. That Crane Creek some-! times vises so high as to empty its waters the way of the road ditches into GrassyCreck, and that the waters in Grassy Creek at the time overflow the road and adjoining' lands, and even run in the road ditches into Third street in Perrysburg. That near the school house the road has very much settled the ditches become partly filled up, that stagnant water remains there some time after a rain, to the detriment of the health the near inhabitants. I have solicited him to repair the road near the school house! and at Grassv Creek; to make a side drain South Boundary street, (probably along the south side of the street is the. nronerim I nlnr.p.. snffinipn t tr carrv rvfF Mir nrnnpr sharp, of water that should be discharged down the! south branch. I have also called his alten- tion to the necessity of extending the outlet ,i down Crane Creek. I have done this to show ; him the necessity of using the money on: hand in Perrvsbnrg townshin. and aemmint him with our wants. To all of which replied as I have above stated. One of the Major's special pleas why he should not make a side drain at South Boun dary street is, that it will cost three or five hundred dollars to do it. If he is in earnest that assertion, he is either not familiar . with the cost of that kind ot work, onsen- i tirely unacquainted with the ground. hundred dollars will accomplish all that is required lor that place. By way of special plea, he again says, that no loss has accrued by his delay in not let ting out jobs before this time, because the summer has been so wet that no work could have been done. This plea is like the Tex ian's for never having a roof on his house. I have been credibly informed and believe, that one or both the supervisors in Perrys burg have been kept back for a long time in their work, waiting to know what Major Wood will do on the road near the school house, so that they can apportion their work according to what they have to do. lhey i know that that piece of road should be re paired by them if he does not do it. The road l'iere and at Grassy Creek and the ground at South Boundary street, have been in good condition to work for some time. There is one more special plea that I must notice, as he introduces it with a flourish of trumpets as though it would triumphantly sustain him and knock me into BlackSwamp. jife says that he has made a proposition to the owners of lands on Grassy Creek, that if ! road Pitches shall be discharged as near as it LT. iL. t 1 i ... I. ...... they will do SO Blld SO, he will do SO and SO. uiul w'Ul nis trumpeters at their posts, asks that f he living ten miles irom Perrysburg can cl so rnuc" lor 'issy Ureek, what will Ksq. Way as director in the plank road do ? Gracious "Heavens ! Is he about to kill the Sood Pe0Pl " Grassy Creek with his liberal would Uy. provided they furnish him the means to do il ? MaPr I will accept your challenge 011 lhe following conditions. And as we bolh profess to be governed by that code of nonor Known 10 miiuia omcers, l uusi mere will be no backing out. The conditions are these : If the directors in the plank road com pany think proper to divide the funds on hand between themselves for expenditure, I will put my share to deepening the outlet drain on the Skinner farm, and extend it far enough into Crane Creek to clear the water from the plank road at that point. I will jals0 deepen and extend the Devil s Hole out is let far enough to clear the water from the : roatl at lnat P01nt so tnat tlie water 111 the practicable into trie natural streams where the water hY natue 3 wont to flow. By doing ?o, I can help the people on Grassy , Cre,el the m03 effectual way. INow you raake lhe sie ral at South Boundaiy street, i and extend sufficiently the outlet ditch into i Crane Creek, and we shall obviate the neces Grassy Slfr.v of doing anything on our part in our re near UsjSpecUve official capacities towards clearing out tlie main Grassy Creek. These improve near men Is would be what ." Black Swamp" calls rnmnS water down hlU according to law, yttin8 the creeks and drying the roads and lands. If you please, "just stick a pin there, As to the bridSe fund, I have never claim same ed but what the commissioners can spend it anywhere in the county they please. But I jd claim that the interests of those who pay the taxes "Sht t0 be consulted in the expen and So!diture- If one. township pays more taxes than another, its interests and wants are probably greater and therefore should be con of sidered. There may however be cases, and they frequently occur, where il is right and I proper to expend all the bridge fund collect near ed 111 several townships to build a large bridge one township. In such cases, it 18 sup- posed that all the townships have an infer est m that bridge. But where the bridges to b.p constructed are small and on local roads, the case is different. There is a rule for these expeuuuuresi wunueu in reou ana ju&uce. Hie law creating the bridge tuncl anclplacing it at the disposal of the county commission- he!ers contemplates they will be governed by reason and justice. Perhaps Major Wood is influenced by these considerations in expend ing the amount in his hands. If so, as he has appropriated but $75 in Perrysburg, he ought to be able to account for the balance satisfactorily. As Perrysburg township has been assessed 8291.94 on the bridge fund for OneexPendUure in 1855, if she can have but 875 out of it, some account ought to be given to her tax payers for the balance, whether ex pended on local or public objects. Unless some better explanation is given of the use of this money than is contained in the Ma jor's statement of last week, he ought not to complain of publications like the one head ed What will become of it V W. V. Way. No Rot There. At Newburg, on the Hudson River, 2,000 bushels of fine pota toes were sold by a single dealer, on last Sat urday, for 28 to 31 cents per bushel. There are tens of thousands of bushels in the riv er counties ready to be contracted at very low prices. So in varions parts of New Jer sey this important crop has matured in per fect order.