Democratic State Register, February 21, 1853

Democratic State Register

February 21, 1853

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Democratic State Register (Newspaper) - February 21, 1853, Watertown, Wisconsin I) ITO C R A YlClTiHTifilS'T II. E B. QUINEE. WATERTOWN.WISf MONDAY, FEBRUARY THIRD YEAR-NO 155. inrrnfit jRTBIJSHEi> .EVERY MONDAY MOHNING 1 -Al Watertown, Jefferson Co., Wisconsin. TERM S: Per advance, or within 3 An additional ii5 cents will be paper is left by the Carrier. HETNo paper daeoalmued wntil arrearage! ar faid, exapt at the option of the pulluher. AUVRHTISISO one square (12 lines first insertion, 50 Jfot each subsequent insertion, 2S column, 00 of a column, 25 00 Hall column, 20 00 Quarter column, 12 00 With privilege ff changing Quarterly.] Professional antl Business Cards, (4 00 Medicines advertised at the above tatts, A deduction when stereotyped. Communications and Remittances by mail be postpaid to ins-are attention. JONES' BRICK DLOCK.--WEST WJtRD. Dimtorq. igent for procuring Bounty LamU, Pensions. andJBack Pay for services rendered in any o the Wars of the United Stat cafromthe Revo- lution until the present time. AJ.SO Agent for the settlement of 'faxes, in the coun- ties of JelFerson and Doilge I, 0- of 0. F, Kegtilar meetings of Wiiterlown No. 31, every Saturday evon- g, at their Hall, in Peterson (f Mai taper's brick block. J. W. SPEKCKK, N. G. B. S. CUHTIS, U.S. S9tf WILLIAM T. .tlitije e, .5 necessity for the use of the proceeds, and that the worx shall not progress in vance of the fund, in such way, as to en- cumber or pledge the proceeds of the sales an accumulating indebted- ness to a much larger amount. The truth is. ilut the avnilab'lity of the fund has always, hitherto, been over-estimated; and each successive Board have been disappointed in the amount of sales, and the advance- ment of the work; while now, we find ourselves with the fund exhausted or plrdcred lo the payment ot an indebtedness, in about ihe middle of the estimated works. The prurient Boaid think that in twenty yearn the of the improvement bu siifficx'.'it to the debt, while paying the annual iniurpit, winch they estimate at per year, und the cost of repairs. Piorn what bus aireatly been shown, as tlie levenues ol l.'ie worn, t.o fir, and from any iciisonable estimate of what it will be when the present contracts are Completed, if they more pay cost of repairs, I shall bt- gieatly disrp- pointed; and I cannot but think that if the Slate relies upon this source to pay off the ultiinnte in the of time, it will be demonstrated, that the amount is greatly increased instead of diinin shod. By the law of April 14, 1852. the in'.erctt upon the stack ceitificatt's is payable at the Trensiiiy, on tho lirst of Jan. in each yea-, upon the warrant ul '.hi- Governor. Warran's have been drawn bv me for said ir.terrst, upon :Ue a'lil have been prutesli'd for noil payment. because there was no money in the Treasury belonging to this fund. Many of these stock certificates are held by persons out of thi-j Slate, who have lecL-ivud in good faith, and the understanding wrong- ly is immaterial) that ihe fai'.h of the Sutc of Wisconsin WHS pledged for the [Jiymnnt of this interest, and lur the ultimate pajmenl rf the principal, nnd thus our Slate credit has been made to suffer in the mtukels abroad. In disposing of this question, what shall be done? Certain considerations relating to the rights of the fiist cnsb contractors, should not bu overlooked by the Legislature. At the time these contracts were made with the State, the fund was supposed j to be amply sufficifnt to meet them; and perhaps by its judicious management, it will nppear it was sufficient. At have not these contrac- tois a right to insist, that when they have performed their contract in respecl, the Stato shall pay them, aa she has contracted lo do, and that too in gold and stiver without delay? Has not the State, in effect, warranted sufficiency of the fund, out of which these contractors are to be paid, by entering into these con. tracts? Or is it to be nrgued that the Stale is excused from the full performance of those contracts on her part, because the fund she has set apart and devoted to their payment has failed, and failed, too, through Uie mismanagement of the offi- cers of the State? Again, will the State be excused from performing her written contracts to pay for work and labor, actually performed; by the plea that to pay them from the general fund of the Slale would be unconstilulional? If the Co'nstitution is violated at all in this matter, it violated by the Sttito herself in entering inlo these contracts, and passing laws authorizing them. And it would appear to be a very insufficient and pitiful excuse, for a sovereign State, to refuse to perform her written with individuals, because, forsooth, in making such contracts, she violated her own Constitution. Imean this to have application lo those contracts, which were made without any condition or proviso, in relation to the sufficiency of the fund; where the contractors have not agreed to IOOK to ihe trust fund alone tor payment, but have contracted generally, to do certain work upon the Improvement at a certain price, to be paid for in gold und silver. There is a broad distinction between these contracts and those made subse- quently, that provides thut the contractor shall look to ihe trutt fund alone for payment, and that to. subject to all pre-existing contracts, and claims upon the fund. I cannot view the maltpr in any other light, than that Ihe State bound and pledged, ns effectually ns she and pledge herself, to perform inviolably these first contracts, whether the Im- provement fund shall finally prove suffi- cient or not, But as I before intimated, I thiiiK it will appear that at the time these contracts were made, the fund was sufficient, and if it is now not sufficient. it has been owing entirely to n diversion or mismanagement ol thu fund In- the i State. The stock certificates so far, have been delivered only, to those firsl runtractors, which ihey have received ns so much j payment upon their contracts, instead ofj money, the only payment contracted nnd there is, therefore, pood reason why the Slate should make these stock cer- lificatesas near an equivalent for money as possible, mid there is no other in which the Stale can muintain good faith, with thisclnssof contractors. I would recommend therefore that means be adopted, to fully indemnify this class of contractors. If ihey are to continue to do work upon tho Improve" ment, until their contracts are fully completed, some means should be nt once provided for iheir payment in the future. Or perhaps the bctier course woufd be, since it is ascertained that the Improvement fund will be wholly in- sufficient, to meet th'jir estimates in the future, to provide for making imme- diate sel'.lemenl wi'h them, the surrendering o! their contracts to bf cancelled. II is certainly to be much regretted, ihe means are like y lo be to the full completion cl this important improvement, and that it seems almost nceessiaiy to tirn-id the t- the State from a public debt. Bui while the Constitution remains ns it clots, I no other way, for the completion of ihe improvement, txcopt to obtain another grant from Congress, or submit ihe work's io piivite enterprise. Whatever quemon there mnv he a- bout thin or tlutt. claxs of indebtedness on account of this Stats in- i (Ifblcdness, one quc'Slion, at nou> seem to be of gient iinpoiuuoe, and that Whether, inasmuch it a'-certain- ed, thai Ihe trust mud (or thiti purpose, will not be, sufficient, if ilu- Slate con- tinues the protor mioi) of the work, the direction :iml of hiv fific'-rs and she lines not, thcu'hy become diiectly Jiab't1, for ibe mi-nl for such works. The importance of Iho subject, nnd j the complictt'ej questions arising out of Us consideration, must bo mv :t] ology for the length of t'ns communication. With iht- fnlletl confidence, thai vour wisdom will dovisu the proper leg-islu- tive measures upt.n this subject, I sub- mit it to your discic-timi. LEONAHD J, FARWELL. Shark Fishing. It was in November of llip year. I thitiK, that a dead wh.iie flouted by some acci'lent within L'oit JucltMirt, ;iiid j was picked up and "tried out" by s-ome spcculaliny fKlien.icn. A troop of MUIIKS must havu followed the dead and, having disposed 01 its carc.iss, remained f'-rajjiny; near ihe s! ores n round Joey, (New Suuih One ilay, a hirue Newfoundland il Di-rvmln'r, a poor man the Kiij-irec wns attacked by a huge m ne'ir iho btilhino place, lliut another person repeatedly struck the (Uh a houk, thereby :l to releas-e lit- victim. The unfortunate man so dreadfully torn (h.u he bled to death in few minutes nfiei wards. A few later, I s.nv a f'.ol'ianly fellow M-, inniiin-; about 'n the same [jlaco, wilh a on hi? head ami cigat in (us mouth! Boon nltur the destruction of the man in the Wooloomooloo Buy, somu fisher- men feporled that a p.irt of the whale navintj been carried by the liile into Botany Bay a detachment of sharks liad followed it Ihere. An evpeditior iigainst these liters of the deep organized while the desire of was still vivid, and 1 accepted mi mviia- tion to join it. Anchoring llie bouts in about thirty feet water, tho first operation was ihe baiting of the termed burnt fuh, and with the t'gjr.s of sharks they have been caught. Lints weto ihen thrown in as far us possible finin ihe boat, and the hecks fur ihe sharks being bailed at first with pieces of afterwards, when somv of these lira! been caught, with huge, junks of sharks flesh. The latter seemed peculiarly lemplmg to the sharks themselves. The huge hool.-s to which it ivas attached, together with a yard or two of dog-chain, were swallowed as an accompaniment too trifling to less to damp appetite. When one of the sportsmen feels a tug at his line, nnd judges by its energy thai he has a shark for his cus- tomer, all olhcr lines if possible, hauled aboard, in order that there may be no confusion nnd ravelling. If the fish be strong, htavy, and active, no liule care is rcquiri'ie lo save your thclcle from breakage, und your quarry escape. He who has hooKed ihe fish holds on like grim death to his victim, and if you waich his face, you will see powerful indicalions of excitement, la! and muscular. His teelh are set, his color is heightened, the perspiration starts on his brow, something like un oath, sl'ps through bis lips, ns the cord strained toilsutmosl cuts into ihe skin of his empurpled fingers. He invokes aid, and wilh his feet jammed against the stretcher, thwart, or gunwale, gradually shortens his hold. Meanwhile the seizing Jtmce and guff-honk, "stand to ansist the overtasked line, as the monster, darting hither and thiih- er in silvery ligiilning boncalb ihe trans- lucent 'vave. is drawn nearer and nearer to the surface. "My eyes, he's a ciics the young boatmru. "He's iho.ila another. The shark makes a desperate jjlungc under the boat, and the line, dragged through hands of the bolder, ia again suddenly slackened- "He'i right, never fear __belay your line a bit, sir. nnrf look hero. And, sure enough, there the- clearly visible, about feet under the Keel of the boM, from stem to stern, about the inme length herself. "Now, sir, let havp him up." On the instant th an t shaft, sunk to the ' ofn'ie litr.nlri .tml twenty feel, the lo.ii'th ti rtppoared to li.ive eoiir'e.iUil with care, further oXiiinin.itirn levialed Inteinl oplorn- tioiih to the extent of about lilteon bun. dr-'d feet. !K the rjiciidicnlar stdO'l a den idi r. apparent- ly .is un I lie iliy it wu-- pLiced perfect, nidi'id tliai men :tre now making USD i I it. Ii'on drills were fuunil al too bottom, bill rninod by uori'Dt-ion Fiom tlie tippeitrunce of the work, ni'.'ii, are ;it present d tin re, are of opinion that it dime by their country- mrn. The question if, when the shaft SUIIK? i> no truce of it in iho town leconls, arii! the oldesl inhabitant has not I vi d lotif to recollect il. el'il'i fiile ,nti( h.'.ve been pub- on the subject in the Middlolown Sentinel, tin; ivil'M of whx'h is disposed io1 ascribe llie .shaft to ivc.vernnr Cm.r. 'rlieiu in 1050, who is haiil t" li.ivc been ,.u i'l nietnllurtry, iiiula coil'spoiuli'ni if Sir ivonolm Uijf- bv -V later uranil.Kin ol llio fi't-i of cluJPfit0, ili.'i! in KIM.l.inj in IIN4. ami to limn llie foi'ii'lh ol tin1 PllltO llpllll'll Fie puli'iihet) cilal of thi> ores and mini'iiils of Connecticut, Suit of uiriev. It must have been wor'.ifd before would tl-iiiK I so entiieiy firjm ihe rec- ollection of tin; conntiy. The ore con- laiiilti'" tin' silrei is an nraentiferoiis S.ik-iri; ihr vein stone is nnct lit ra! ehaiarier of the rock a sili- liillns Lonleiiiii! on much lllce the all ruck's Whoever may Live, idij, sb ill. foil i'oniinui I. The vi< M b'th f silver ind 1'M'i it. Mill ID be font. FA.VNY Frus. iy its well tell llie ucil'l v.'ho .iiiil Fanny we Know like who is lilling so miny with fun ami siMer to N. Willis :iho to "Dick" Willis, of thi New ork Times. She in this oily, and is mother of three as preiiy childtcn as ever made a mother's heart, is plump to 40, and just us Keen, smart nnd pay as a of In conveiCation we know no soil ofinateli for her She jfnos the curls and has much on her elieek us Loasled twt-nly vcurs njjo. She is fr.'rjtii'iitly seen on Washinyn n slrwt, with two of her daiifjluers, and is n hirly lakes Llio eye at ibe first illanee. Sucli is Fanny Fern; a live, bristling, leaping of (ire. full of poe- full of everyt'iinir. You chould know her, but very likely you Motion Bee. rF'Licul. G.bbons, of the U. S. sur veying corps on the Amazon river, whose companion returned some months since, arrived ;it Paru on the tiOlh uli., He not been heard from for 18 months, and anxiety was enter- tained for hi-< safety. Hi; will probtbty li'ave Para in the next vessel for New York. A report of researches discoveriss of this oxpediiion will looked for wilh great inlercst. tVThe POM .Master Genern! is about touubmit subject of the hiifhraioof on AmericM lellersanil papers through the United Kingdom of Ore it io the Secre- tary of SfatCj foi iho urgency of imme- diate reduction. New Jt-rvy T.c'gijiitture has bill bet'oic it providing tlmtncommission may be issued in rose of habitual rtrutiUard, la prevent him from wasting hia propoity, in a mnnnT hiimlar to com- mission fcr lunacy. will you have j-ome of this "Tl.anlc you ina'm, I ran'i take tbin? I belong UM he Temperance Society." "Well, John, I nm (foinp Kaet, what shall I tell your folkst" "Oh, nuthinp, only if they "ny anything HnoHt I've tome." A vehicle menus of piTssed nir been invented in PHTIS. ;