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LUTE A. TAYLOR, Publisher- >
VOL. V.l
ynscott lournal. 1
The union of lakes —the union of lands—
I he union of States none can sever—
The union of hearts—the union of hands—
And the Flag of our Union forever.-Afiorr is.
local and miscellaneous.
Prescott. Wisconsin- August 14 1861-
.’"or Litt <>f Banks. Market Report and
li-Mt News. see Fourth page.
Newport, R. 1., August 6, 1861.
Dbaß Elder: Feeling languidly in
dolent and wicked ibis afternoon, I have
concluded to punish you with a short
epistle. I would not do it, but lam in
capacitated for any active service—l’vo
had an experience.
Bv the way, nty dear fellow, your cog
fared, contemptible,Junction City.seven
by-t ine paper comes tome with astonish
ing irregularity. If you serve ail your
friends as well, you may become hugely
popular some day.
There is a very pretty girl just
over the wav. She is sewing by the open
window, and rather draws my at ention
from the biz in hand. By Dido! she is
lovelv! If we were staying here long
enough. I should try to scrape her ac
quaintance. 1 wonder if she is fond of
peanuts —but of course she is. I tell you,
Lute, the consumption of th s fruit by
the young folks of New England is im
mense. 1 conjecture that the offer o’ n
"handfull of peanuts is considered an evi
dence of sincere affection.
I averted that I had had an experi
ence. It carae of my love for fishing.—
We are enthusiastic on the piscatorial
aubj vt in all its 'branches, and off South
of R. I. Island is a “mighty place to take
’ein.” We had previously fished in the
sheltered parts of Nariagansett Bay with
great success, but this morning we sailed
for deep sea fishing. No more of your
little minnows for us! no more scup, tau
tog, or old maids’ we were fishing for
the leviathans of the ■Great Deep. In the
stilly night I had visions of it—nibbles,
that made my arm bones Tattle in their
shoulder sockets—bites, which whirled
me in a complication of somersaults (or
as Worcester writes, somersets,) over the
yacht’s deck —yanks, that made the firm
timbered vessel quiver from keelstone to
Texas—and 1 bad a vision of my victim,
tfonstrum, horrendum, ingens, informe,
cut pelagus ademptus est, as Virgil would
say if he was drunk, lying prone upon
the deck and panting for his accustomed
Hydrate of Oxygen with Chloride of So
dium in solution.
“Don’t fret the cattle,” Elder!
I’m coming to my experience shortly,but
as it left me somewhat weak, pray let me
titillate the salivary glands with some
mild, genial, and innocent beverage.
The scenery fringing this arm of the
sea is very hard to look upon, being
mainly solid granite*, but tho boulders
are covered with groves of sorrel and
mullen stalks which tend to mitigate the
solidity of the scene. Some people pre
tend to account for the stony appearance
of this vicinity by saying that when the
country hereabouts was building, bis Sa
tanic Majesty being employed as mas er
mason on the job, was one day carrying
bis apron full of stones from White Mts.
to build a pier around the outer extrem
ity of Long Island, and while flying over
Massachusetts bis apron string broke,
scattering bis burden far and near, and
his Majesty took the aceidet t in such
high dudgeon that he positively refused
eit er to pick up h's load or build the
pier. Sailing down the bay, it looks as if
this tale might betrue, but there are ob
jections, and I will adduce one. Satan al
ways flies without wing;; now would the
vibratory motion of bis caudal appendage
sustain and transport a cargo of granite
boulders sufficient to plaster nil New
England south of the White Mts ? The
assumption is absurd. Dear Elder, we
are both aware how prone people are to
resort to some ingenious and fanciful ex
planation of great problems m Nature,
rather than rely on patient, scientific re
search. With this sage reflection, let us
dismiss this idle tale.
lou have noticed how a thoughtful
man, cast amidst new and strange
scenes, for a long time tracing effects to
causes, seems to learn anew the lesson
that all things were created for man’s
comfort; to raiao his thoughts from com
mon trivialities to higher thingsand turn
reflection upon bis inner life. So I, bav-
gazed upon the surroundings of
>arragansett Bay (and this is written in
humility) turned my attention to mv
“m ards.” The turning occurred as our
gallant boat, } arting a roll of foam, swept'
i n»t a rocky point into the open water.—
e were “rocked in the cradle of the
* rather violently, for yesterday there
tr EM P ' and t 0 da ’ v * b«owapret-
We stretched away three or four miles
from land to a reef “famous” as cur
skipper said, “for fishing.” The yacht
rode the waves right regally. She would
stop an instant on the summit of a tall
one, and gracefully bow to right and left
and then glide smoothly down the liquid
slope. Our course led us obliquely across
the waves—we were beating oft' with a
heed wind, and though, as 1 said, the
yacht rode down smoothly, she bad an
ugly way of pitching in at the bottom.
It was glorious sport, but just the least
trifle uncertain.
To keep my spirits up, 1 dampened
the Esophagus and took a port on the
starboard and looked out for breakers.—
New scenes, or the beverage, drew my
thoughts from that contemplation of self
of w hich I have before spoken. 1 locked
upon the great plain of the Rea, studded
with sails. Sloopsand ships, brigs and
barques, nnd indeed, all kinds of vessels,
with great clouds of canvass lay on every
hand. Tm'y, Elder, there is but one
more beautiful sight than a vessel under
full sail. Your susceptible heart will
readily suggest what that other more
beautifu; spectacle is. Ono moment a
giant wave would heave up a big ship
until I fancied I could see her keel, and
in an instant her hull whs buried in the
waters and I only looked upon a cloud
of snowy canvass. Agnin my thoughts
reverted to myself, and my life, beside
these fleecy majesties, shrunk into vapid
listlessncrs. I was somewhat nauseated.
Meus Amicus had long before this
sought a resting place. He lay flat upon
his back on a pile of cushions, intercept
ing the rays of the sun with a huge um
The trip out was splendid excepting
those occasional reveries which returned
to me qu.te frequently in spite of my
persistent efforts to avoid them. They
finally amounted to n isgivings as to the
result of our undertaking, and were ren
dered more hateful by the sympathizing
voice of our skipper, enquiring if I bad
anv notion of being sea sick. However
I managed to average pretty jolly until
we came to anchor.
To fully appreciate the complications
of the case, you must know that yester
day the wind came very fast from the
East, coi tinning all night, and this mor
ning it veered around and blew from the
South with renewed xigor. Well, when
we came to anchor, our cratt, swinging
around into the hollows of yesterday’s
wave, began to roll and pitch in fearful
fashion. Dvwn went one side of the
boat accompanied by a clinking and
smashing in tho cabin, as if some mer
men were trying the merits of our kind
ly liquids. “D ’’’said the skipper,
“boy, go below and secure them traps.”
Next, the other side rolled smash in;o a
big wave, and tire present dignified wri
ter performed an undignified acrobatic
feat, extending pretty much all ovei the
yacht’s deck. Another tremendous lurch,
nnd back came your humble servant,who
then incontinently squatted and made
fast to the side of the boat.
Meus Amicus feebly arose to bis feet
and supported himself as best lie m’ght.
His face was a study for a painter.
“How do you feel,’’ enquired our kind
hearted skipper, addressing him.
“1,” hesitatingly began Amicus, “feel
a little giddy, but—a—oo”
The remainder of Amicus’ reply was
lost in a series of wretebings and groans
which defy description; while the poor
fellow Lung by the yacht's side, as nerve
less as a yard and a half of Gov.
Sprague’s sheetings. I assured him of
my profoundest sympathy, and that it
would afford me very much relief to ac
company him in the exercise. The good
skipper (pax oeterna Uli) assured him
that “he would be better when he got
over it.” I deposited my breakfast in
the trough of the sea, yen. freely placed
it a votive offering upon the altar of Nep
tune, but the old heathen god would as
ford me only temporary relief.
For a long time we tried to shake oft
this sickness, as we either lay upon our
backs, or languidly crawling to the side
of the boat, gave dissolving views of Ni
agara Falls. At length, completely ex
hausted. we held the following dialogue
in faint under tones.
Prof.—Atnicus, do you consider this
a favorable day for fishing?
.Amicus, refering to a former experi
ment of mine.— I think it is a good dav
to hunt ducks by torchlight.
Prof., dolorously,— Atnicu®, preter
mit thv fooling; turn thino enr towards
me. The angered deities of the Great
Deep look frowningly upon our enter
prize, else would we see Neptune, “an
gry. observing the tumult of the waves,
lift his placid countrrance from the sum
mit of the highest billow.” Then would
the waters be stilled, and the winds be
driven back to their abode over beyond
Enston's bench. I can pump ship but
little longer; my hatches are unbattened
and the ballast thrown overboard. Am
icus. let us anchor our craft under the
guns of Fort Adnms in Newport harbor.
Amicus. —Perhaps ’tis best.
Prof. —Then, skipper, take us home.
There, Elder, you have my experi
ence. I find the prediction of the skip
per verified; I “feel better when I’ve got
over it.”
That you may also feel better when
you get over it, is the sincere desire ct
yours ever, but now
¥■ Weakly Profbssor.
Joe Wiggin turned up.— Our city read
ers are acquainted with the gentleman whose
name is at the head of the article. I.ast Spring
he went to raising garden vegetables in Min
nesota, and was frequently seen in our streets,
but for some weeks past he has been missing,
and we began to fear that some summer dis
ease had been the death of him, when we found
the following mention of him in the Chicago
Evening Journal. Joe was not very war-like
when last here, but we suppose the Bull Run
affair fairly dragged him away from his corn
and cucumbers. Here is what the Journal
says. Every one will recognize the identity
of Joe by the confidence in the young man.
“Joseph Wiggins came to town to go for a
soldier. He brought his bundle along, and a
sm 11 sum of cash which his good mother gave
him when she kissed him good-bye, and bade
him be a man. whe ever he went. He had an
old shot-gun also, which she. put into his hands
with stern injunctions not to disgrace its ven
erable proportions by presenting the muzzle
the wiong wav in the presence of an enemy.—
He went to a firs'-class boarding-house on the
recommending of a young man whom he met
at the depot. The boarding- hou-e was in a
cellar on Water street, but he thought it was
rigl.t, or the young man would not have said
so. He went to bed with the gun under his
] illow. The end stuck out; and a fellow,
boar er insisted that it would shoot somebody,
and pulled it away from him. Tlr-.t was the
1: st ne saw of the old gi n. and he had dreams
about his mother on the strength of its sudden
loss. He got up in the niorni-g. and found
his | antaloons on another man, who reluct
antly gave them back, but forgot to return the
little bund eof money which w-s done up in
a | a;>- r and deposited carefully in the watch
pocket. His • oots Fad disappeared entirely,
and he discovered his , > k-handkerchief peep
ing from the pocket of the hostess. Be came
io town in his shirt-sleeves, so he did not lose
his coat, bn’ ail he had after breakfast was his
pantaloonsand shirt He concluded there
was no patriotism in the souls of b> aiding -
house-keepers, and went home with the de
termination not to enlist until ’hey learn to
treat a fellow better when he comes down
with a heart full of enthusiasm to serve his
Miss Eliza Wilscn.-Not a little curiosity
and wonder is expressed at the announcement
that Miss r liza Wilson, the accomplished
daughter of Capt. Wilson of Menomonee,
Dunn Co. goes as vivandiere to the sth Regi
ment. She is attended by one female servant,
furnishes her own camp and equipments, and
defrays her own expenses- She leaves her
Lome in which she is surrounded by every ele
gance and luxury that wealth can bestow, and
goes loith upon her mission of humanity. This
is heroism. Henceforth, the name of Miss
Wilson is to pass to history, perhaps to re
Being stornj-bound o! a Sunday, some six
weeks ago. we passed the day at the hot.se of
Capt. Wilson, at Menomonee. The site is the
most marked and picturesque ot any inland
town in the State. The residence of the Cap
tain, in style and appointments, far exceeds
any north of Wisconsin river. Here we met
Miss Elisa. She appears not over 24 years of
age, of fine figure and medium size, brown
hair, dark blue eyes, and of must engaging
and expressive features. At home and among
her neighbors she is almost idolized. She has
been l ightly and Highly educated. She takes
little interest in fops and fashion plates. She
will give her hand to a sun-browned, red
shirted raftsman, sooner than those who set up
fur their belters. Her sympathies are with
the wronged and her faith in the right. She
will neither betray the one, nor compromise
the other. News of the “Great Bethel” disas
ter had just reached her, al the time of our vis
it. and her whole soul seemed to go oi t to the
brave fellows who were sacrificed. She was
particularly grieved at the fate of Winthrop.
For a long hour she talked of the r- bellion,
with the causes that led to it, with a degree of
intelligence, we have seldom heard equaled.—
She expressed her determination to give her
service, and her life if need be, to her country.
Miss Wilson goes to the wars, not because a
“lovycr” may have gone before, or may be fol
lowing after. She is no moon-struck enthus
iast. She is a girl of rare sense and the no*
bl< st impulses. In the day of trial her pris
eixa will be found to strengthen and inspire;
in the time of suffering, to succor and to
LP>s*.— Correspondent of the La Crosse Jlepub
Attention Eight Regiment.
Robert C. Murphy whose name has been men
tioned in connexion with the Colonelcy of the
Bth Win. regiment, the same Robert C. Mm
who is the reported author of the secession and
disloyal letters that appeared last spring in
the St. Croixan over the signature of “Orient
al?” If so his application for that office sho: Id
be treated as was that of his adored friend
Caleb Cushing.— La Crosse Republican.
The same man, but we understand that the
bombardment < t Sumpter wrought a whole
some change in bis feelings. He is vouched
tor by a good man—Augustus Gaylord Esq.
An Editor Courting a Lapess.—Lute
A. Taylor of the Prescott Journal was in La
Crosse recently, when a ] arty of emigrants
arrived from Lapland. He was deeply smit
ten by the beauty of a wholesome Lapess and
before they separated he procured a minature
picture of his lady Jove, and ordered, at the
clothing store of Isaac Cantrovitz in this city,
a pair of fashionable Lapland pants, the waist
of which buttons closely around his neck,with
slack room in their rear, of a storage capacity
of about four bushels, sufficient for a week’s
forage provisions, baggage and exchange.— La
Crosse Republican.
You forget Seymour, that we objected to
the pants and called for Christian clothing, but
we were assured they were fashionable and ac
cepted them. We suppose the reason of such
pants being fashionable in La Crosse, is that
being a sand town, the people are accustomed
to forage into the adjacent country for provis
ions. The Laps likely knew their peculiari
ties, and so steered for La Crosse, where they
would be received as "to the manner born. ”
Six.h Regiment Correspondence.
Camt Cutler, near Harrisburg. Pa., ?
August 2d, 1361. $
Farrxn Lute :—The 6th left Madison Sun
day morning, 28th ult. and went to Milwaukee,
stayed three ho rrs for dinner, then off to Chica
go, arrived at 9 p. m„ stayed there three hours
then to Pittsburgh, arrived at 5 a. m. Tuesday
morning, stayed there three Lours then off to
this place, arriving here about midnight.
I joined the 6th at Pittsburgh and cai no*
of course speak of mv own personal knowl
edge of the reception the boys met witlion the
route, but to hear them speak of the luxuries
and sulie'antials furnished by the good citi
zens of Milwaukee you would thir.k they had
never before i,or ever will be equalled either in
qua; fity or quality. So too with the wel
come extended to them on the whole route by
the numerous assemblages of ladies and gen
tlemen. At Mv.nroeville, Indiana, a flag was
presented to .the Prescott Guards and was re
ceived by Mr. W. W. Hutchins in due form
and in Charley Barnes’ approved style.
Fiom Pittsburgh here our rote was a con
tinued triumphal journey. I write in great
haste as we have orders to st ike our tents at
3 o’cock to-morrow morning. (Saturday.) have
them rolled up by 4, breakfast at 5. and leave
here at 8 for Harper's Ferry via Baltimore. —
We go through Baltimore without arms, but
Gen. Dix, in command at Baltimore, has tele
grapheh in reply to Co’. Cutler that he will
secure us a safe passage through.
Our boys are all getting along pretty well
save a few attacks of diarrohea caused by an
undue Indulgence in the good things obtained
at this point. I was in the Hospital Wednes
d y. Thursday and to-day, but am now get
ting better and will goon with lhe regiment.
On Trursday night at 9 o’clock the first death
occurred in the 6th Regiment. It was a man
belonging to company E. who was injured by
a fall and died from Erysipalis. I was in the
second cot from him and listened to his breath
ing, and noticed its cessation, and in five min
utes was told he was dead. Two of his com
rades sal w itb him, each holding a hand while
a third fanned him. When they told tne he
was dead. I rose from my cot and held the
candle while they closed his eyes, placed cop
pers upon them and tied up his jaw. He was
buried to-day in a burial ground in the city
withall the ceremonies attendant upon a sol
dier's burial. Ido not know his name.
The general health of the Regiment is good
there a dozen cases of the measles in the Hos
1 did not intend to write anythin;-, Lute,
save and except to give you our address.
Direct to Company B. 6th Wiscon
sin Regiment, Harper’s Ferry. Virginia.—
Publish this address with the caution to be
sure to have 6th Wisconsin Regiment, as there
are one or tv.O Wisconsin Regiments there al
ready, and it may be there are also other 6th
Regiments belonging to other States. I will
write again in two or three days if I have the
opportunity. Yours truly,
B. N. M.
Fourth Wis. Regiment Correspondence.
Pikeville Arsenal, Md , )
August 4th, 1861. )
Drar Lute :—Bless your soul. 1 meant to
have written you before this, but it is so hard
for me to write, and I have felt as though I
must write to my wife every time 1 felt like
writing at all, and so you have been neglected;
but without saying a thousand words 11l
pitch in. ,
In the first place I am hearty and my pro
portions i. main as heretofore, “ Falstaffian.”
I believe the secret of a soldiers life and sac
cess is to take things easy and 1 t the molas
ses run. It is rather dull times with us at
present, lying on our oais waiting for some
t .ii gto tuin up. The 4th Regiment is scat
tered—some on the line of the Railroad and
some five or six companies at the Relay
House and t«o companies here, a first rate
place —a Un.ted States Arsenal with a maga
zine i rnm cted with it. The place is laid out
tastefully, with an acre or two enclosed with
armory buildings, dwellings for officers and
high wails etc., with walks paved and shade
fives in abundance, and we are just lolling
away our time, drilling a little every day and
going through the motions. We receive our
homily rations (or rather I should say plain
rations) < ady, and we interlard tht Debarring
the la t,) with blackberries tomatoes, pies,
cakes and green com, so that we live very
well .-o long as our money lasts. The sth
Regitae. t .ame to Baltimore a day or two
since, an I 1 learn the 6lh came in last night.
We are eight or nine miles Noith. I shall try
tosse them, (the Prescott boys) soon.
Our band of Field Music has been pro
nounced the best that has been through Balti
more this season, unless better has been along
within a week past. A part of that of ccuise
will bt long to the old “he parrot.”
Regiments of men are moving to and fro.—
It is not stiange to hear of five or six passing
through in one night and never wake you up-
All the way coming here at er try place we
stopped they had victuals all ready, and it
didn’t seem to put them out any more than it
dots Ly man’s folks when you and John Dale
and one or two more drop in to tea on an elec
tioneering spree.
Hoping to hear from you, and receive the
J.urnal, I am Truly yours,
i 1 ***■ *
Seethe new advertisements in to-day
There is a good opportunity for a bar
ber to locate in this city. There is none here
at present, and Mr. Smith, will give one room
and board at the Kilbouru House, for waiting
on the table. No better chance could be de
A Sporting Expedition. Last wee -,
in company with some gentlemen from Chica
go, wo dispersed ourself around Trimbelle and
River Falls, seeking trout and prairie chick
ens, with a primary desire to procure their
demise, and a secondary and subsequent res
olution to eat them aftei wards; so that in this
respect, (we bust not in any other) we literal
ly imitated the example of that not very repu
table personage, who is said to be going about
Seeking something to devour.
“Armed and equipped as the law (of sports
men) directs,” and a’taehed to a buggy, which
in turn was attached to Smith’s bay ponies,
we started for the Trimbelle woods. And here
L t a tribute of respect be paid to those ponies.
They are prolific in the horse virtues—patient
and plucky, full of resignation and resolution.
Peace to their manes, by which word we mean
not the long hair on their Freneby necks, but
such slight shadow cl a sentient soul as a
moral and respectable pony may be supposed
to possess.
Passing over the journey, which was over
land n ainly, we arrived at Trimbelle, and
searched for bait. This securing bait is intei -
<sting business. Worms, grubsa-.d grasshop
pers assume an importance at such a time
which is rarely accorded to them. You feel a
serene oatisfaction in securing a sedate, mid
<;le-ag< d, well-developed worm—the pleasure
deepens when you seize a real old paternal
grub—it amounts to little short of ecstncy
when you capture a fat, sleek and rob-st grass
hopper, and as you impale him on lhe ho' k
and see him beckoning with his hind legs to
the reluctant trout, you almost love him for
the zeal he manifests to secure your success.
Just here it is proper to say that many ama
teur fisherman do not understand the theory
of the art. A professional fisher of course
wishes to catch fish.— it is Lis trade, but a
sportman should be more indifferent about
the matter. Yo.i should take it leisurely,
keep an eye out for the beauty of scenery,
keep your ear open to the musical murmur of
of forest and stream, think of Matilda Ann
and other pleasant things, and then when you
catch a trout, you are joyed at the unexpected
succrss, and by degrees you become interested
in the sport, until unconciovsly it al sorbs all
your attention. One of our friends was a lead
ing broker in Chicago, ;Wkl pitched into the
trout business fashion. The other Icing a
hardware d<akr naturally took a little mor?
time, and though Broker caught the most
fish, Hardware an 1 ourself insisted t.iat our
theory was the most perfect. Wheu you once
got interested, trot ting is eager sport. You
are 1 able to have a bite any hour. You drop
into some place as a mere matter of form, and
almost before your bait touches the stream,
there is a swift, sudden ruah in the water, a
gleam of golden speckles, a bite that lias an
electric thrill in it, a jerk, and the most beau
tiful creature that God ever made lies panting
in the grass, /gain the process takes time
and patience. You see a favorable eddy in
the stream, and stealthily creep up and th:o w
in your bait. You work quietly and skillfully
on the assumption that a half pound trout is
under that bank. Again and again the bait
float temptingly part him. till at last his sus
picions are lulled and he takes it. How your
eyes snap, and the pliant pole bends under the
struggle, but he is safely hooked, and surely
but slowly “comes in out of the_ wet.” You
have snailecl him.
But enough of trout—a word about chicken
shooting. These bipeds are commonly hunt
ed by a dog and shot with a gun. You find
the chickens by watching the dog’s tail. When
he stops, and his whole body quivers, and eve
ry hair stands erect, and the tail assumes a
true perpendicular, you may reckon fun is
nigh. “Steady ” you say, and urge him on,
‘•Steady,” steady, ’ - W-s-c-h-h Lang
W-s-c-h-h—bang—go the chickens and the
guns. I'erhap’S you have killed some, and
perhaps not. It depends a gieat deal how
the hollow irons were held. The experienced
shooter leisurely takes down his two birds;
the inexperienced one, gazes in amazement at
each rising bird, and finally fires without tak
ing any particular aim. it is fun for the
Sportsmen; how the birds like it we cannot
say, but in the shooting season, prairie chick
ens have no -rights that a white man is bou:.-
to respect.”
Hotel Wanted —ls the business interests
of this town urgently demand any thing, it is
anew, large, commodious Hotel. There is
not a town on the Mississippi, between D.n
1k th and St, I'ai.l, half as large as this that
has not twice as large a Hotel, and no town
meds one more. Look at the “Tremont” at d
• Herndon” houses in Hastings; the “City H<-
tel” and-‘Hoyt House” at Hudson,and this
place, the outlet of the St. Croix Valley, the
Gateway City fora vast, wealthy country, the
point where a large travel must always change
its conueyance, has not a single commcdioi s,
first class Hotel. Those here are good cum gh t
well kept, tables well supplied, but no one
is nearly large enough. Every bisiuess man,
ev-.ry piopeit v holder in the city suffers f.om
this want.
It has lieen suggested to vs that an elegant
and commodious hotel might be built at c -n -
paratively small cost, by puttir g up a brick
front where the wooden building now occu
pied by Beardsley & Lyfoid on the Levee
stands, and using a portion of the upper sto
ries of the brick buildings owned l>y N. 8.
Dunbar and Beardsley & Lyford. vVethink
the plan is a good one, the location is good,
and large, elcgfcnt rooms could be secured.—
Will these ir.o t interested canvass the mat
—Gov. Randall has been appointed Minis
ter to Rome.
—Tho pay of privates in the army Las been
increased to fifteen dollars a mouth.
—Reichert has a billiard table in bis Sil
Notice to Joo Elwell, of the Star.—
Have you any property, chattels, or other
worldly effects sufficient to satisfy a judgment
of several thousand dollars, for slandering the
editor of this paper ? If so, please state, and
how much, and whether you wish to settle,
and also whether the hint about a lady of for
eign extraction in the Star of the 7th, was in
tended as an offset against the “ Oad ?”
County Printing.—We have received an
article from H. P. Ames, Co. Treasurer, in re
ply to the article in the last Transcript on the
Co. Printing. It was received too late for in
sertion this week, but will appear in our next
issue. Meanwhile, it is but justice to the
Treasurer to sax, that the tssertion in the
Trantcrijt, that lie, (the Treasurer) has a por
tion of the profits of the advertising, is entirely
Treason. — Here is a passage from Riche
lieu, which is appropriate to the times:
■> * * * * This treason
Assumes a feaift l aspect, but once crushed
lis very athes shall manure the soil
C's pouer and ripen full sheaves of gr.at
That the summer of (my) fate sha.l seem fruit
less L’tsiue the autumn ”
Dix's Epistle.— A Sunday school
scholar, a lad ut u>< ven, on being request
ed with other ii.ru Leis if bis mass,io re
peat from the B I L- a vvise of his own
selection. promptly gave the following
“It any one attempts to haul down the
Ameticnn Flag, shout him on the spot.”
Well Put. — While one of the chap
lains of the army repeated this hue of
tho Lord’s prayer, “Give u? this day oir
daily biead"—a soldier added with a
loud voice—“fresh.”
In every great man’s soul there
is a tinge <»f melancholy; as in the re
cesses of the thick branches and leaves of
the mighty oak, twilight lingers even
through the mid day.
Of ail tho fine arts, the finest is
that of painting cheeks with health rath
er than rouge,
g.3s~ Smiles are the blossoms of joy;
tears, of sorrow ; kisses, of love.
Council Proceedings.
Council Hall, Aug. 10,1851.
Mayor In the Chair. Present—Aid. Scha
scr, Barnard, Cheeny and Haviland.
This being a called meeting more especially
for levying tax for 1861. all other business
was postponed ami the business of the meet
ing was taken up.
On motion of Aid. Barnard, the tax for 1861
was fixed at $l5O0 —the san e being the ain’t
of City indebtedness at this time—all the Al
dermen present voting in the affirmative. On
motion adjourned
W. T. HATCH. City Clerk.
July 28, 1861. at the residence of Rev. L,
Shelly, Mi. CHA FILES F. MILLER, to Miss
MELISSA DAVIS, Loth of Pierce county
O-T/ i/ I' n County Orders, down, and SIOO
Cash, on time, will buy 160 acres
of first class Timber Land, 3 miles East of
Walker’s Saw Mill, in El Paso, on the State
Road. There are 1000 or more large sized
Sugai Maples on the land and
Three Improved Forms
adjoining. Title perfect. Description—nw
EC Section 2, Town 25 Range 16,
Prescott, Avgust 12, 1861. nl6w4
\TTE are now manufacturing Nash it Cutt’s
Grain Separator. This Mill defies all
competition for speed and
thorough (leaning of Wheat!
At the National Fair in Chicago this Mill took
the pren ii.m of SSO, awar. ed by the Board of
Trade to the best Mill. For further particu
lars enqv ire of thv manufacturers.
Prescott, Argust 12, 18'1. nl6tf
N'OTICE is hereby giveh that thecopart
neiship Lent fore ex' a'ng between A.
D. Andrews and B. Wlcox under the firm
i it e <>f A. D A fs <. Co. is this day
dissolved bv mutual consent.
River Falls, Jt ly 29, 1861. nlGw l
Resolved, Ry' the the City Council of the
City of Prescott, that the City Tax for the
year 1851 shall be Fist en Hundred Dollars.
J. M. WHIPPLE, Mayor.
V,’. T. Hajci.'. Citv Clerk.
HAS ’ocated permanently at Prescott.—
Rooms next door to Griffin’s Store.
Business solicited.
Prescott, July 31st, 1860.
ni l ts.
(Successors to Wetherby L Gray, and to
Hsmpbrey Wilson.)
Attorneys & Counselors at Law,
Hupocr*, ....... wiscosstx.
< TERMS: $2,00 per Ann nrn
I NO. 16.
County Matters.
Fribxd Lute :—The Tramcriwt I see has
not'Ced my article on county matters and still
“dares to broach the subject,” and for a won
der has quoted one part of a section of the
statute in relation to some of the duties of Co
officers corrctly. But he stops when he Ins
quoted enough to suit his convenience, and
then goes to work to construing to suit bis
convenience. He probably saw, but did not
wish to call attention to snbdivison five of the
same section which says they shall have pow
er to apportion and order the levying of taxee
and this not at a regular meeting only, but at
any legal meeting of the Board.and after hav
ing ordered the levying of a certain tax, I
suppose according to his construction, tlvy
hove a right to issue orders up to the amount
of tax levied.
As to the “ Board having no right tu issue «
single county order except upon a regularly
audited account,” I must beg leave to differ
with him although it should happen to hurt
the “ oldest lawyer.”
If such a construction of the statute is the
right and only correct one, the different C>>.
Boards In this State I suppose without excep
tion have been grossly ignorant of their duty
or dishonest in its performance, for I presuu e
every one of them who ha'e erected /ounty
buildings at all have proceeded iir the same or
a similar manner to that of the Pierce county
Board namely : vote an appropriation or or
der the levying of a tax, which is the same
thing, and then authorize the amount to be
disbursed by issuing and paying outordeis
in siieh sums and at such times as they mav
deem for the best interest of the county. —
Who could build a court house for a county
and then hand in his account to be audited,
which would be the manner of proceeding ac
cording ’o his construing of the statute.
Again he says in relation to section 69, in
order to excuse himself for making a faLw
statement, that it must be taken in connec
tion 58, and then goes on and states that they
both together provide how the clerk shall is
sue orders on audited accounts and shall " not
sign or issue county orders until the accounts
are audited." Alli have to say is, that ns I
read both sections, there is nothing of the kind
in either of them, If the sections referred to
Lave any reference at all to the duty of the
Go Board it would come much nearer estab
lishing the fact that the Board may issue or
ders, by a simple resolution or recorded vote.
As a tax-payer of this county I have no
disposition to mislead any one as to the situa
tion and financial condition of the county, n<»r
do I wish to be myself misled. It w ill un
doubtedly cost the county something morefo
build county buildings this year than it wo'l
under more favorable circumstances. Times
are hard, but what of it. I venture to say
that the city of Prescott herself, could and
would raise by voluntary contribution more
money than would be necessary to build such
a building as would be required by the coun
ty if any worthy object should demand or re
quire it at their hands, and f-el no poorer for
so doing, Clifton, Oak Grove, or River Falls
could do as much. Now vhat is the use of
all tLis nonsense about the suffering ofthe peo
ple because of their enormous taxes. Pierce
county has some time or other got to have
county btiildinss. Is there any certaintv
that we are going soon to be so very much
better off, or is it probable that we shall gain
anything by delay whew we take into account
the expense and inconvenience of a continual
series of temporary accommodations fw thu
different cotintv offices?
I understand that there has been an injunc
tion served cn the Beard injoining them from
issuing ordets on the ground that they are ac
ting illegally, the sole object of which is t*
cause delay, so tint the building will have to
be deferred till anoth- r year, This they mav
probably effect, because the officers piobehiy
will not be willing to su'< ject themselves to the
penalty by disregarding the order, nnd by th*
time a hearing is had it will be too late to pro
ceed with the building the present season.—
The whole cost of Contesting the matter be.
sides damages to individi als having contract*
and the expense of | rd vid ing otherwise fir
the different offices will have to be paid by
somebody, and it reems to me the t by the
time the bills arc-all footed up the people will
find themsilves outot p<>cket quite anicelit
tle sum and the county b ildinga still to build.
If the movers in this injunction mait-w had
really cared for the interests of the county
they might easily Lave pointed out the illegal
part of tin ir proceedh sto tna Bna.d time
enough to have all m. i;: try corrections made,
as the issuing of or ; .a was based upon tho
published action of th-- Board ; so that which
ever way we look at this action it will be Lard
to belie.e them altogether disinterest- d.
Attention.— We understand that the b»
Croix Riffes, Capt. Samuels, lacks about twen
ty men, and if any of the boys of Pierce Coun
ty wish to go thi# will probably be the last
chance, and they had better fall in at once.—
Our townsman Mr. Wise is connected with
the Company and you can make arrange
ments with him in regard to the place of ren
We learn that the w heat crop waa
consideiably damaged Ly the hot weather.—
The grain ripened so fast that the berry has
consideiably shrunken.
Land Sale.— Oliver Gibbs Jr., to
Hermann and Bernard Kohremann 200
acres Lazel brush prairio in Triruboiio for
SSOO. __
The weather has beea very coo] for a
few days pa t.
Three interesting lettersfroQ camp in
this paper. Rend them. 1

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