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superior, noroLAS CO., WISCOXSIX
TERMS: - - Per Annum.
We send the present number of the
Superior Times to a number of our non-res
ident property holders, and would request
themto assistus by giving us their patron
age. We would assure them thatthe Times
will be always found advocating the best
interest of Superior, and will endeavor to call
theattcntion of the business community
of tbe country at large to the commercial
ad vantages of tins point, as compared with
any and all others on Lake Superior.
On the 20th day of October next all the
Icgai voters ot the County of Douglas are
called upon to adopt or reject by their bal
lots what is generally known as the “bond
hill;” in other words they arc then to de
termine whether the County of Douglas
shall become a stockholder in the Superior
and State Line Railroad Company.
No person of ordinary intelligence can
deny that the building of this line of rail
road communication to its proposed inter
section with the Northern Pacific Railroad,
is a matter of paramount importance to Lite
interests of this town. That, when com
pleted, the easy grades, uniform straight
course, and shorter distance of this road,!
will give to it decided advantages over the |
steep grades and sharp, abrupt curves of
the Lake Superior Mississippi Railroad
between ihe Junction and Dultuli. and thus
enable us to successfully develop the great
natural and commercial advantages of Su-i
perior. In order to obtain these advanta
ges the people ot Douglas County may rea
sonably be expected to contribute their j
share, and the chief question is whether the
bill is sufficiently guarded in its provisions
to protect the County from imposition, and
to secure the investment of the funds thus '
raised to be appropriated to the construc
tion of an enterprise so beneficial to us as a
The enemies of Superior are fully alive to
the importance of defeating this measure
and are busy day by day in disseminating
the most unlikely an 1 unreasonable stories
in Yegard to that question. The act as it
passed the legislature, appears in
our columns this week, and will re
main there until after the vote is taken.
Every elector therefore can see and judge
for himself We shall now merely attempt
to correct some of the most prominent.ob
it ctious, the most flagrant misstatements,
which seem to be urged in secret upon our
voters by the enemies of that measure.
In the first place then it must be borne
in mind that the bonds to be issued are not
a donation to the State Line Railroad or to
any corporation or person whatever. It
has been said that if the people vote in fa
vor of issuing the bonds, Mr. Stinson will
get hold off hem and never build the road.
f fhe proposition is absurd. The law pro
vides that the lion Is to he issued shall be
sold for cash, at not less than eighty cents
on the dollar. It Mr. Stinson gets hold of
the bonds he must m v them ; for the three
hundred thousand dollars of bonds he must
pay not loss than two hundred and forty
thousand dollars in cash. Should the road
not be built that, cash will be amply sutli
cient to purchase back all the bonds, and
leave the Countv a handsome profit out ot
the transaction. The County then invests
that cash by subscribing to the stock in the
Stale Line Railroad Company to t he amount
of not less than two hundred and forty
thousand dollars; in other words the Coun
ty becomes the owner of tour thousand
eight hundred shares of stock in tl it cor-
[•(•ration, and has one vote for each share
of stock. It c..sts therefore 4,800 votes in
the election of Directors, it casts 4,500
votes in directing and controlling the man
agement of the road. Mr. Stinson owns
only one hundred thousand dollars in the
road, Messrs. Corcoran, Higgs, llright,
Scott, Cass, and others will, under the
agree ment entered into, subscribe and he
tin* owners of three hundred thousand dol
lars more. The County of Douglas there
fore will east two votes and one-half near
ly, to Stinson’s one, and will own consider
ably more than one-third of the whole
stoek. To a great degree therefore the
mating* ment of the road, the pushing ahead
of its construction, and the selection ot its
will he in the hands ot the peo
ple of this conntv; who hy the selection
of proper agents, can control the road as
against Mr. Stinson or any other ot the
stockholders, against whom the enemies
of the project seek to inspire our voters
with such distrust.
Again it is urged that the Corporation
will take the money produced by the bonds,
build the road therewith, and not pay any
of the expenses out of their own pockets.
Whit nonsense! The law makes the
C unty to all intents and purposes a Stock-
VOL. 1.
holder in tbe Corporation, it has the rights
and privileges of all other stockholders, and
is subject to tbe liabilities of all other
stockholders, and no moke. At the time
of subscribing stock, the County pays into
the treasury of the Corporation precisely
the same percentage that any other stock
holder is hound to pay, and no more.
When an assessment is made all the
stock the County pays its assessment
like all the other stockholders and no more.
Persons who urge such puerile objections
only show, that they are either ignorant of
the provisions of the hill, or else willfully
misrepresent matters for their own sinister
However, when wc reflect that all the
other stockholders, Corcoran, Riggs, Stin
son, Cass, Height, Scott, are large property
i holders in this place, that they pay a very
i large proportion of all the taxes levied in
lliis County, that not only are they paying
up their own assessments upon the stock in
that Corporation, hut are in addition there
to compelled to pay their full proportion of
these very bonds and the interest thereon,
while the benefit and advantages of the
road will not go to them any more than any
other tax-payer and resident in this county,
in proportion to the property owned by
them respectively, then the proposition that
the entire road should he built by the
county loses much of its seeming hardship.
But no such proposition is made by the
bill. All the other stockholders must pay
every assessment upon every share of their
stock as fast as the County of Douglas
pays its assessments. The county stands
merely on the same footing as any other
Why then this opposition, if it be con
ceded that the advantages to be derived
from the construction of that road, will jus
tify the county to issue the bonds. As we
said before, the bonds must be sold for
cash, or else remain in the hands of the
County Hoard of Supervisors. The con
struction of the Superior and State Line
Railroad is the only thing that will make
those bonds valuable. Nobody will pur
chase those bonds and pay the cash, ex
cept the other stockholders of that Corpor
ation, all largely interested in this county,
and themselves the heaviest tax-payers
therein; and they will not buy them unless
thev intend to build the road. Hence it
the people of this county vote in favor of
issuing the bonds, and it is not the inten
tion of the present stockholders and owners
of that corporation to proceed with the
construction of that enterprise, they cer
tainly will not invest their money in the
purchase of Douglas County bonds at
eighty cents on the dollar to any very dan
gcrous amount. The bonds in that case
will remain unsold in the hands of the
County authorities, and the people will not
sustain any loss. On the other hand should
the bonds be sold at the minimum rate
fixed by the act, then it is a certain pledge
that the purchasers will forthwith proceed
to make their purchase valuable and pro
ductive, and as that can only be done by
the construction of the State Line Railroad,
it secures the building of that line at the
earliest practicable time, for the owner of
those bonds would unite his votes with the
votes of Douglas County, and push the
road to completion.
We are unable to perceive, bow Douglas
County can possibly lose by issuing the
bonds, but know that the building of that
road will be an ample equivalent and ad
vantage to every voter and taxpayer.
Hence we are decidedly in favor of the
Bond Bill.
Throwing Away Advantages.
From the New ork Timet,
The opening of the Lake Superior Rail
road I'rom Su Paul to Duluth has already
begun to atfeet llie grain trade from Minne
sota to the East, and in a very brief period
much turn the entire volume of that trade
through the great lakes. It seems, however,
that New York capital and enterprise has
over-looked i4ie great prospective ad
vantages of this route, and permitted Phil
adelphia and Baltimore to obtain an advan
tage which may prove a very important one
in the future. The Lake Superior Road is
owned ami controlled in the interest of the
Pennsylvania Centra!, and of course ail its
travel and trattic will be directed, as lar as
possible, over the latter road by way ot
Erie, across the State ot Pennsylvania.
Wry little, if any of it, vvi.l liud its way
to tins city.
It miyht have been supposed (hat two
such la rye and interested corporations as
the Kr e and c \ ork Central Jiailroad
Companies would have discovered the ad
vantage which (he Pennsylvania rival was
obtaining, and (hut (hey would have striven
to checkmate the movant nt.or at least to hart
controlled it in the common iiittresis of all.
Perhaps it >s not too late now.
As an evidence of the rapidity with
. which this new trade is being developed
it may be stated that, although the elevator
at Duluth is still unfinished, and the Lake
j Superior Road has been opened little more
| man a month, a propeller has already been
freighted with grain to Erie, Penn, and
that large consignments are to follow. It
is also announced that a line of six iron
propellers is being built to run regularly to
Duluth, each to he of 1,200 tons burden,
and to be ready for business the opening of
navigation in 1871. A number of other
propellers have also been transfered to that
route from existing lines, sufficient to make
a daily arrival and departure at each end
of the route. Considering the immense
trade which mast speedily come from th:it
region , it shows a lack of enterprise on the
part of the people of the Empire State *
permit it to he thus diverted from our canals
and railroads , without an effort to share its
Waking up at last! Better late than
never. The attention of the Eric and Cen
tral R. R. Companies was long since
called to this section and the immense
trade destined to flow through it which
might be made tributary to New York
roads, hut those Companies seem to have
been so absorbed in their own local squab
bles that they could not see beyond their
own State.
The Philadelphia capitalists have laid
hold of a magnificent prize in this country,
and thus far have had the field all to them
selves. But New York capital and enter
prise can yet get a foothold here, ix Wiscon
sin’, by uniting with us in building our pro
jected lines of railway and in making Su
perior the great entrepot of the trade of the
country west of us, in opposition to Duluth
in Minnesota, the city of the Pennsylvania
Capitalists. Our advantages in the way of
harbor, position and accessibility by rail,
give us decided preeminence over any
other point in the West for a great com
mercial center, and New York should not
be slow to grasp the prize here offered.
We are open for bids.
The great grain fields of the continent
lie north south and west of us, and as the
millions of bushels there to be produced
will naturally flow eastward via Lake Sue
perior, the cheapest channel, it becomes
the capitalists of New York and the Past
to take a hand in the great trade, and thus
direct to their canals and "railroads at least
a portion thereof. It will indeed show a
lack of enterprise on their part if they do
Sauh St. Miiiic Correspondence of the Pittsburgh
Railroads make great changes and cause
great freaks in channels of commerce.
Fortv-five years ago Chicago received its
supplies of flour, pork and whisky from
Pittsburgh, via Waterford, Erie, and Mac
kinaw. Who would think of carrying sup
plies of that kind from the smoky city to Chi
cago at the present day, or any kind of freight
by the route indicated ? One month ago the
steamers plying between Chicago and Du
luth, and Detroit and Duluth, carried all the
provisions consumed on Lake Superior up
ward - The railroad from St. Paul being
completed, the same steamers which a month
ago carried flour to Duluth are now laden
with flour from St. Paul for the eastern
makets, while already vessels laden with
coal for St. Paul whiten the face of the
waters of Lake Superior, and merchandise
which formerly found its way to the north
west via Chicago is now passing through
the Sault canal for country around and be
yond St. Paul. The shipping trade this
season, as shown by the amount of 101 l col
lected on the canal, about double that of
1 80S, and exceeds that of 1860, by one
There are now really but two places on
Lake Superior which are worthy of men-1
lion, namely, Marquette and Duluth. The !
former is a* place of some 1,500 inhabi j
tants, is situated on a bay which furnishes I
a commodious harbor, and is to become a!
town of vast importance. It is some 20 j
miles from the iron mines, and is surround- i
ed with some 40 iron furnaces, most of i
which iron will have to find water trans- j
portation at its docks. The place has sev
eral rolling milN, two bai ks, gas and wa
ter, and a number of tine buildings, and a
busy, energetic, and go-a-nead population.
Duluth, the rival of Chicago, is the other
place, and is situated at the extreme end
of lake Superior ; and, although but one
year old, has some a,OOO inhabitants; a fine
hotel capable of accommodating at lea>t l-*0
iruests comfortably ; a mini her of splendid
churches, a grain elevator, and from 75 to
100 whisky shops. The great drawback to
the place is the want of a safe harbor,
which they never can have, and the want
of a good country around it. As the ter
minus of the Lake Superior and Mississippi
railroad it will always be a place of some
importance, but that it will be the great
mart at the head of the lake I cannot be
The extract from the Pittsburg Commer
cial given above, which we find copied by
the St. Paul Press of Sept. 2nd, is evident
ly written in a spirit of friendliness toward
Duluth, a fact which makes one statement
i which it contains all the more remarkable.
We refer to the expression “the great
drawback to the place is the want of a
safe harbor, which they never can have.”
Whether the correspondent of the Com
mercial lias hit the exact truth or not, is
a matter we shall not discuss at present,
but we take occasion to remark that no
such “drawback” as “the want of a safe
harbor'’ has ever been imputed to Superior
by any man in his senses whether friend or
foe. No one ever argues the question as to
whether Minnesota Point will ever be
swept away by Northeasters in the fall, or
icebergs in the spring. And it is the com
mon impression received by unhiaseO visit
ors to this section that when the Creator
made such a harbor as that formed by the
hay of Superior in front of such a magnifi
cent plateau as that on whichSupcrior stands,
it was meant to be used by all the shipping
of a great city, for a glance of the eye
shows that the tonnage of the lakes might
lie there in safely. One hundredth part of
the money wasted in constructing artificial
harbors would quickly prepare this fine
Bay in all its land-locked expanse of one
mile by seven to receive the largest vessels
at any point along its practically endless
water front. As it is, the largest steamers
even now come to the docks at Superior
and certaiwJy never think the want of a
safe harbor a “drawback” to the place.
We are pained to notice the recent
death of Hon. John L. Dawson of Pennsyl
vania, who has been so long and well
known to this community. The unexpect
ed announcement of his decease fell upon
as, as that of an old and tried friend, sud
denly taken away.
He was a man of fine culture, of warm
sympathies and fast friendships.
Of noble proportions, physical as well as
intellectual and apparently strong in con
stitution, he seemed to promise the full
measure of existence. And this, no doubt
he might have attained, had it not been
for the malignant occasion of the public
dinner at the National Hotel in Washing
ton some years ago, from which so many
well known men dated their death, or an
impaired and lingering life—and among
the latter probably was Gen. Dawson,
who was present.
He was a prominent and able advocate
of the extensive system of railway and oth
c improvements directed towards this
Lake, and urged in public and private those
wise and effective measures, which he
thought most conducive to their best ac
His speeches in Congress, nigh twenty
years ago, upon the Homestead, were of
the ablest delivered upon that subject and
abounded in illustrations of his thorough
knowledge of the immense, and then but
little known territory now opening to the
Northern Pacific Railway, and of almost
prophetic insight into its grand aud illimit
able future.
Under the fervor of his clear •loquence
became visible the outlines of new states
and communities in the Northwest, which
in the full H*ht of later events have been
made manifest to the ordinary vision.
From his pen came the most complete
and graphic sketch we have ever seen of
the natural Lake and River routes that
traverse this continent, east and west, and
of the great harbor of Superior with its
surroundings, as wonderful after its kind,
as are the maritime channels of which it
is, so to speak, the head and center.
Gen. Dawson first took his place in Con
gress in 1882, we believe, and sat for
three consecutive terms —afterwards re
turned in 1864 and held until 1868—-a period
of political service—as Representative from
Pennsylvania, which evidences the public
estimation with which he was regarded.
We close this brief reference to the dis
tinguished dead, with heartfelt sympathy
for those his near kindred and neighbors,
to whom the deprivation comes home with
peculiar weight.
From gentlemen who have recently come
in from Twin Lakes we learn that the work
of surveying the route of the State Line
Railvoad is progressing finely. As the line
heretofore surveyed between here and the
State Line, about fourteen miles, will not
be altered, the parly commenced work at
the Slate Line and on Tuesday evening
was- encamped on the Fondulac road,
having run out over six miles of line. The
instrumental surveys prove that the route
is more favorable for a railroad than even
its advocates insisted could be found. Thus
far the country examined, from the State
Line lo the Fondnlae road, and a distance
beyond the latter, is gently undulating with
no steep hills nor deep ravines, requiring
only the plainest engineering skill to devel
opc a line that is all that could be dt sired.
The land is covered with a thick growth of
oak, hard and soft maple, yellow and white
birch, with now and then a tall pine, and
but little underbrush. The soil is a sandy
loam with clay subsoil, and exceeding rich
for farming purposes. At Fitzpatrick’s,
Stull’s, Dunpby’s and other farms along and
near the lino, corn, barley and oats, pota
toes, turnips, cabbages, onions, &c. of re
markable size and fine quality are raised
in groat abundance. Our informants say
hat a field of Norway oats at Fitzpatrick’s
was the finest they ever saw in any coun
As the road approaches the Lake Supe
rior & Miss, and Northern Pacific R. K.’s,
the country becomes more broken and
hilly, but yet presents no particular obsta
cle in the way of a good railroad line. At
the present rate of progress the party will j
reach the Northern Pacific junction in a
few days, but after reaching that point I
they Will likely spend a week or ten days!
longer in the woods, definitely locating the
Great is the difference between the route
of the State Line 11. R. and that of the
Lake Superior & Miss. R. R. from the
Lake to the Northern Pacific Junction.
The latter is over two miles longer, fully
one-third we should think, is built either
through deep cuts or over high trestle work,
and in the last seven or eight miles, be
tween Fondulac and the St. Louis crossing,
the rise of land, some 500 feet, has to be
overcome, necessitating a grade of f>o and
70 feet to the mile. In this distance the
road runs over one of the roughest pieces
of country to be found anywhere. It is a
succession of high hills with precipitous
sides and deep ravines, rocky gorges, and
chasms grand and terrific to the beholder.
Here are long and gigantic trestle bridges
150 feet high, and cuts through the rock
of equal depth, with many sharp curves,
several of them on the trestles and iu the
cuts. The building of this short piece of
road cost millions of dollars, and occupied
more time than the whole of the balance
of the road, it being the last to be finished.
One of the contractors informed us some
time since that the simple grading of the
line in this place cost over 1-50,000 per
mile! Although the road is in very good
condition, passengers have a mortal dread
of this part of the line, and nothing could
induce them to travel over it, were there
another and safer route.
That other route will be found in the
State Line R. R. which will run on an al
most east and west line from the Northern
Pacific Junction to the liny of Superior,
being, as it will be, a direct continuation of
the N. P. into Superior over a compara
tively level country, following the “divide”
between the Nemadji and St. Louis Rivers,
with a grade nowhere to exceed 30 feet to
the mile, no curves, and a shorter line !
Who then can deny that Superior has
advantages superior to any other point at
the head of the lake? In addition to her
fine natural facilities for railroad connec
tions she has a splendid natural harbor ca
papable of floating the shipping of the
world, a magnificent site for a great city,
a surrounding country' rich in timber, min
erals, and agricultural capacity, and a cli
mate unsurpassed for health; and what
more need she ask ?
We answer: capital, energy and emi
gration, to assist us in building our rail
roads, in starting manufacturing, and in
developing our land an i varied resources.
Let these be induced to come into the
country and our prosperity is assured.
hare associated themselves together, under the
provisions of Chap. 73 of the Ivevised Statutes of Wis
consin, for the purpose of publishing a newspaper in
Superior, in said State, under v'he name of the “ Su
peiior Tunes Printing Company. Now therefore,
Notice is hereby (mm, That the first meeting cf
said corporation wiff be held at the office of E. W.
Anderson, Jr, No. 317, West Second St., in Superior,
Douglas County, Wisconsin, on
at three o’clock r. for the purpose of formally sub
scribing stock in said corporation, and organizing the
same by the election of five Directors, and transacting
such further business as may lawfully come before
such meeting. S. S. Wakbaxk,
H. S, Sttekr, K. V. Becker,
I>. G. Morrison, IF. W. Shaw,
Jos Cirra.x, James Barron,
Jf. M. Peyton, E. W. Anderson, Jr.
All orn e y at La w ,
Probate Registrar and U. S. Court Commissioner
for Douglas County, Wis.
Removed to Ho, 282 Second St,
SUPERIOR • • - Wisroxsix.
A.clvei'tising- Scale.
lw. 2w. 4w. 3m Cm lyr
1 square, | 1,00 | 1.50 | *.OO | 4.00 | ~<) slo.*>O
2 squares, 2.00 3.00 4.00 7.00 10.00 15 *>o
3 squares, H.OO 4.**o 6.00 I** 00 15.*X> 2'* <>o
i column, 5.00 750 I*M*o 15.*m* 22.00 3'*.****
i column, B.<*o 12.00 16.00 24.00 35.**** 5*.00
I column 12.00 18.00 22.00 30.00 50.00 80.00
A square will be counted tbe space of eight lines of
this kind of t< pe.
Business cards 5 linos *>v less |5.00 a rear.
Legal advertisements charged at the raies prescrib
ed by Statute.
Special notices 10 cents per line for each insertion.
Transient advertisements mast be paid for in d
-vance; all others quarterly.
NO. 4.
Real Estate bought and sold on commission.
Titles Examined and correct abstracts furnished.
Taxes Paid for non •osidents.
Land Warrants Located, and all business in con
nection with Real Estate promptly attended to.
Desirable Lota and Lands in and around SI'I’K
RIOH, DULUTH, and FONDULAC, for sale.
Several Tracts of Choice Pine Lands on naviga
ble streams and very accessible, for sale.
Foreign and Domestic Exchange bought ami
Passage Tickcte frow nil ;wrts of Europe
for sale.
With an espent*net* of mrrrrEt\ years in this sec
tion. I aiu thoroughly ported l in a!T that pertain* u*
real estate, am!> parties desiring to invest in or around
Superior or I>lh,. or having property to sell would
do well to confer either in. person or by letter with
E. W. Anderson, Jr.,
Summon City, Wisconsin,
Peter E. Bradshaw. John W. Bradshaw.
F. E. Bradshaw Go.,
2nd St., Summon, Wis.,
We have recently received a large and well selected
stock of
which we arc selling at the LOWEST MARKET
RA TES. Wc do not claim to sell goods at, or below
cost; but wc do claim to sell them at prices which*
will give satisfaction to our customers.
lu this department will be found ;i general assort
ment of DR ESS GOODS, and trimmings of the
taifft nitfl'X and patterns and also a large variety of-
Our stock of clothing has been purchased w ith spe
oial reference to the cliiuae and to the
and we think we can si it u.l w!k> may Sawor us with
a call. In th'm line will be found a good selection of
RE&RER GOODS, consisting of COATS, BLAS
KE.T t LEG (JISS, Ac., and also, OIL CLOTIIISG
of variotbfrsizes.
Carpeting and TJTall Paper :
PKH, we have many handsome and excellent vani
ties to which we iivite attention.
Jf w* are OTKRSTOCKtn in anything, it is in Groce;*
tea and Provisions, of which we keep a (rood Stork,
consisting of OJIO/CE and E. 1A 6’i (f It OC Kit IES
as well as .S’TVI TLES. In this liife wo would call
Special attention to our TEAS, which wo think nr--
not excelled by anything in the market.
fs~Whcn visiting our ore, if you d<> not f< e wl *
'Ten v. -i",t, .! Sh Foil IT.

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