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Logansport Canal Telegraph (Newspaper) - February 13, 1836, Logansport, Indiana Tit dolby s. Lasselle amp j. B. Dillon. , saturday , 1886. No. 81. Or. Thompson of Lawrence from a select comit Pittee made the following report the select committee to who n was Rof cred l Williams principal the letter of Jesse Engineer of a Wabash and Eric canal Requie tongan Iravea ligation into certain charges made against his official conduct together with the petition of Jos. Holman and other citizens o the county of Miami preferring charges against David Burr canal commissioner and tie said Jesse l. Williams accompanied by a publication in the Logansport Telegraph of Date August 2�th, 1835, giving notice that said petition would be presented praying for the removal of said officers a for speculation and oppression quot and also sundry remonstrances of citizens quot residing on or near the line of the Wabash and Erie canal quot have Lead the same under consideration and have directed me to report. The committee proceeded to examine the charges severally As set Forth in the petition Feind examined upon oath Joseph Lollman the Petitioner. The sri charge contained in the petition is that the Wabash and Erie canal was located at the quot Mouth of Sala Nionia River in a manner to defeat the design of nature with a View to speculation at Wabash town to the great injury of Lagro and its the testimony of Holman in relation to tills chair go is that the canal was Laid so close to tic River opposite the dam As to leave no room for tie use of the water Power on the Lagro Sid quot yet it is not pretended by or. Holman that tie water Power cannot be used on the opposite Side of the River from Lagro so soon As the Indian title thereto shall be extinguished which event will most Likely take place As soon As the country will Sci quire it. In whatever Light the before it is viewed by the committee it is difficult to perceive How a location could have been made at this Point with a View to Benefit Wabash town especially As it appears that neither that town nor Lagro had been Laid out when the canal was located. But for further evidence in relation thereto the committee refer the House to the letter of of or. To oldies. Marked a ii Are a 2d.�?changing the line below the Mouth of missis sinew from the Prairie route a where the u. S. Engineer run it to the River Bank where it has been constructed. Tie committee Are convinced that t object which induced this change was to secure an adequate Supply of water. By reference to the report of the chief Engineer of dec. 6th. 1833, which was made Long before any of the transactions alleged As the ground of the charge it will be perceived that a feeder was then considered necessary not far l Clow the Mouth of the missis sinew and that the River was gauged for this purpose one and a half Miles below the Stream near tie spot where the feeder dam has been erected. See report of commissioners of dec. 24th, 1833, Page 14. But for further and More conclusive evidence of the necessity of this change the committee refer the House to the letters of we. Gooding no. 1. A Iquiel Force with concurring notes of Howard Stansberry and Francis Cleveland no. 2. We. H. I Rice no. 3. and Nath med Berry no. 4. And from j. B. Jervis no. 5. The last of which letters was written Long previous to the location of this line in answer to an official letter from the Engineer. Charge 3d.�?that a dam was built near Peru on a Sand Bottom when a Rock Bottom could be found three or four Miles below. The refutation of this charge might be found in the answer Given to the last one which shows a feeder to be necessary As High As practicable. But to show the assertion that the dam is built on a s ind Bottom so be incorrect the committee refer the House to the affidavit of John p. Terry no. 6, and the letter of s. Fisher no. 7. The principle which governed the location of the dam appears to the committee to be this Viz to introduce the feeder at the first Point after the missis sinew where a Good Ottom could be found for a dam. Charok 4th.�?that the canal has been improperly located at Miami sport in running through the lots of the town and across the Fields of Holman and Rayburn when an equally cheap location could be had along the Bank of the River. This charge the committee have examined with much caution and refer the House to the estimate and letter of or. Fisher no. 7, in which it will be perceived that the adopted line is five chains Shorter than the River line and is estimated to Cost $4,333 50 less and can be constructed with an average exc ration of 6.90 feet deep Ali areas upon the River line the average excavation is 9.5u feet. I a letter of or. Fisher no. 7, with accompanying statement from or. Gooding. Upon this Point or. Holman admitted that the adopted line was the Shorter of the two by teemed to think that the Engineer had evidenced a disposition to destroy the town of Miami sport for the purpose of building up and increasing the value of property in the town of Peru. This conclusion he came to from Hie fact that or. Williams was one of the proprietors of the town of Peru. The committee however from the whole of or. Hol than s testimony could not avoid the conclusion that no feeling of personal interest was manifested in the conduct of the Engineer i quot the location of the canal at this Point but that he was influenced by an entire regard for the selection of the Best route and the promotion of the interest of the state. His interest in the town of Peru could not certainly have operated upon the location As it was acquired after the line was run and established. Charge 5th�?that the canal was improperly located through the farm of Jesse l. Williams destroying two state Road Bridges. For evidence that the canal is properly located at this Point the letter of or. Fisher with concurring notes of or. Gooding no. 7. Are conclusive. The excavation through the farm of Jesse l. Williams is much less than upon any other route that could be procured in the neighbourhood and the committee know of no reason Why the chief Engineer should have changed the course of the canal to a route of much augmented Cost because he owned land upon its margin. Charge 6th.-�?building a Culvert on or. Williams farm for his Spring. This Culvert was built at the expense of or. Williams As will appear from the deposition of v. Armitage no. 8, and his receipt. No. 9. See also or. Fisher s letter above referred to. The committee has thus recapitulated the charges in the petition upon neither of which was tie testimony of or. Holman conclusive. The committee think that or. Williams so far As any developments have been made during the investigation has always manifested an anxiety to accommodate the landholders or proprietors As far As the interest of the state could permit. As evidence of this the com mite refer the House to the testimony of l. B. Wilson no. 10. The House is so Well acquainted with the professional standing of the several engineers whose opinions Are referred to in this report that any lengthened remarks on this Point May be deemed superfluous. By reference to the Ohio canal reports it will to seen that or. Forrer or. Price or. Ringway and or. Medberry have stood at the head of canal operation in that state since 1825. Or Jervis is now one of the principal engineers of the state of new York. All the other gentlemen Are in the service of this state and their quaribcati6n8 Are fully known. The committee May Here remark that upon questions of location like those presented in this investigation no testimony can be so important or so conclusive As the professional opinions of experienced and competent engineers the committee therefore taking into consideration All the facts set Forth in the petition regardless of the immensely larger number of individuals who have signed the remonstrances and even admitting the testimony of or Holman o have been substantially supported have directed me to Lay before the House for their adoption the following Resolution resolved that the conduct of David Burr canal commissioner and Esse l. Williams principal Engineer on the Wabash and Erie canal have been such As is consistent with the strictest integrity As Public officers and private citizens and influenced by an anxiety for the welfare of the state. The Resolution was unanimously adopted. An act providing for the holding of the terms of the circuit courts in the 8th judicial circuit for the year 1836.�?approved february 4, 1836. Section 1. Be it enacted by the general Assembly of the state of Indiana that the circuit courts of the several counties composing the eighth judicial circuit for the first or Spring term of the year 1836, shall be Holden on the Days and at the times following to wit in the county of Cass on monday the 8th of february in the county of Miami on monday the 22d of february in the county of Wabash on monday the 29th of february in the county of Huntington on monday the 7th of March in the county of Allen on monday the 14th Day of March in the county of Lagrange on monday the 4th Day of april in the county of Elkhart on monday the 11th Day of april in the county of st. Joseph on monday the 18th Day of april and the said circuit courts at the said Spring terms thereof May each sit one week if the business thereof shall require it except the circuit courts of the said counties of Cass and Laporte which May severally sit two weeks if the business thereof shall require it. And the said circuit court of the county of Allen May sit three weeks if the business thereof shall require it see. 2. The said circuit courts for the said circuit for the second or fall term thereof in the year 1836, shall be Holden on the Days and at the times following to wit in the county of Cass on monday the 8th Day of August in the county of Miami on monday the 15th Day of August in the county of Wabash on monday the 22d Day of August in the county of Huntington on monday the 29th Day of Aust in the county of Allen on monday the 5th Day of september in the county of Lagrange on monday the 19tb Day of september in the county of Elkhart on monday the 26tb Day of september in the county of st. Joseph on monday the 3d Day of october in the county of Laporte on monday the 10th Day of october amp and the said circuit courts at the last mentioned term thereof May severally sit one week if the business thereof shall require it except the circuit the said county of Allen which May sit two weeks if the business thereof shall require but Sec. 3. That the counties hereinafter named be and the same Are hereby attached to and shall form a part of the said eighth Judi Cial circuit to wit the counties of Porter Marshall Fulton Kosciusko Noble and Adams and the circuit courts in the said counties in this Section named shall be Holden on the Days and at the times following to wit in the county of Porter on the monday succeeding the court in the county of Laporte in the month of october in the year eighteen Hundred and thirty six in the county of Marshall on the monday succeeding the court in the county of Porter in the county of Fulton on the thursday succeeding the court in the county of Marshall in the county of Kosciusko on the monday succeeding the court in the county of Fulton in the county of Noble on the thursday succeeding the court in the county of Kosciusko and in the county of Adams on the monday succeeding the court in the county of Noble and each of said circuit courts in this Section mentioned May sit three Days if the business thereof shall require it except the circuit court in the county of Porter which May sit one week if the business thereof shall require it. Sec. 4. The Petit jurors summoned to attend at the Spring terms of the said circuit courts of the said counties of ass and i it Porte shall serve is such jurors during the whole of said Spring terms if necessary and the Petit jurors which Are or May be summoned to attend the said Allen circuit court for the second week of the said Spring term shall also serve As such jurors during the third week of said term if necessary. Sec. 5. All writs subpoenas venire rules orders of court recognizance and All process whatever which May have issued from any circuit court in said eighth judicial circuit Sinf a the last sitting thereof or which May hereafter Issue previous to the taking a Lect of this act in the several counties in said circuit shall be deemed and taken and Are hereby made re term Abl in it the Day of tiie Jyh term i several circuits courts to be Holden by virtue of this act and All suits pleas plaints prosecutions recognizance actions motions or other proceedings either civil or criminal which Are now pending or which hereafter a Hall be pending prior to the taking effect of this act shall be taken up and acted upon at the term of such court to Beholden under this act and be disposed of in the ame manner As if no alteration had been made in the times of holding such courts. Sec. 6. All acts and parts of acts coming within the Purview of this act Are hereby repealed. This act to be in Force from and after its passage and the same to be published in the Indiana journal and Democrat. Gen. Harrison. From the Cincinnati whig we copy a description of the medal awarded to Gen. Harrison w Congress for his valor at tie Battle of the thames. The of the nation thus invested him with the proud title of the hero of the thames and shewed the High estimation in which his services were held by an admiring people. This tribute of Gratful acknowledgement for a Briliant achievement is Strong testimony in favor of Gen. Harrison. The medal which is of solid Gold and Cost about two thousand dollars is thus described quot one Side contains simply a bust likeness of Gen. Harrison in military dress with the words major general William h. Harrison in a circular line Over the head which is uncovered. On the reverse the goddess of Liberty appears in bold Relief leaning upon shield and Spear. On her left Side a Cluster of military implements consisting of a Stock of muskets Bow quiver drum &c., is beautifully arranged amid the folds of the quot Star spangled Banner quot and a Small Tablet in the Centre of the Cluster bearing the words quot fort Meigs Battle of the Over the head of the goddess of Liberty Are the words and figures quot Resolution of Congress april 4th, 1818." on the same Side on the lower part of the medal Are the words and figures quot Battle of the thames october 5th, 1813." from Battle was fought on the 31st ult. In which Many on both sides were slain and wounded. The Battle on the Wyt Lacoochee River about 35 Miles from Camp Lang syne and within a few Miles of the Indian Warrior Powell s town where it is supposed the Indian women and children Are assembled. The officers and men engaged on the 31st behaved with great bravery. Inflict such was the disposition of the Indian forces their boldness and desperate Figi iting that nothing but the determined spirit with which the men fought and charged into the swamp put the indians to flight and silenced their firing. The engagement lasted one hour and five minutes. At the first Onset the indians on one flank leaped from their hiding places and in front of the thickest formed boldly into line with Powell at their head. At this moment the fire of the Whites did execution the indians broke taking to their Covert again. It is thought that Powell is wounded in the hand. The Post master general makes the following suggestions it is worthy of consideration whether it would not be expedient to change the rates of letter postage making them conform to the National currency in graduations of 5,10, 15, 20,25, and 30 cents. Such a provision would save almost half the labor now required in the examination of accounts in the department and prevent numberless errors. It would also much simplify the system if the number of Miles to which these rates should apply were doubled at each increase of Rato from the lowest to the highest. It is estimated that the Quantity of Coffee consumed in new York by the recent fire was about 20,000 bags of which about 12,000 were in first hand. Nearly 2,000 Hhd. Sugar in one parcel Are said to have also been loss in French goods was Peru it liar or heavy. Female politicians. The Hon. George Thatcher of Boston on the opening of the municipal court on the first monday of dec., it being the Day of the first meeting of the court in the new court House delivered a Learned charge to the grand jury a for the Especial Benefit of the ladies his Honor thus spoke of female politicians quot it is beginning to be fashionable Here and in Europe for women who nature formed to temper Man by her quot gentler Virtues to desert her Domestic altar and fireside and to engage with fanatic Zeal in the work of political reformation. For the Sake of the peace of society and to prevent those collisions which would acquire a tenfold degree of virulence were they mingled with the passions of the sex the constitutions of our own country in imitation of All Wise systems of legislation an a Meiji and modern have excluded women from a share in the administration of government is it not quite sufficient that she has an a it Rop Riate sphere of action and an Empire of Ler own the author of nature has not formed her to engage in the strife of party for that would convert our Homes into scenes of Domestic discord and rivalry. Nor is she qualified by her physical conformation and torn per Ament for the defence of the state. But weapons thrown by feeble hands stir indicate the martial spirit of the warriors a and i fear that some recent events in our own country will not Well Tell in history for the modesty of the . A Good conscience is to the soul what health is to the s col All Are not just because they do no wrong. A jest should be Short and perfectly Innon cent. All die who have lived All have not lived who . The latter part of a Wise Man s life is employed in curing the follies prejudices and false opinions which he had contracted in the . Cowards die Many times before their death the truly Wise taste of death but . He who wants Good sense is unfortunate in having learning for he thereby has More ways of exposing . Pierre. All Reading is vain which tends not to make us Wiser or better. Some arc so foolish As to in erupt or anticipate those who speak instead of hearing them out and thinking before they answer which is Bot i a breach of Good manners and a sign of Penn. Never marry but for love but see that thou Lovest Wiwat is . Modi ration is the Wise Man s Voltaire. Narrow minds think no thine right which is above their capacity lord Kaimis. Our Good and evil proceed from ourselves. Death appeared terrible to Cicero indifferent to Socrates and desirable to . A have heard and read a great Deal about dwarfs &c., of late but we will venture to say that there is now living in pit Sylvania county not More than seven Miles from this Village one of the greatest curiosities of the kind any where to be found. We had an Opportunity a few Days since of beholding this Lupus natural As it May be termed in the person of a Young lady about Twenty one years of age. She May be strictly called a Mammoth Dwarf being not More than three fiet in height yet weighing two Hundred and thirty three pounds. She is free from deformity of any kind except from obesity but walks with difficulty on account of the shortness of her legs her legs and arms not being longer than those of a child six or seven years old her face and head Are Well proportioned being very Little if any larger than Ordinary her features Are regular and not unprepossessing and though not very intelligent she is not wanting in sense. The Young lady s name is Glassy both her parents Are living and have several other children of both sexes who Are not different from Ordinary by reporter. To quacks. A quack doctor recently died in Paris says Talignani s messenger Worth five millions francs. He had never entrusted any one with the secret of his Panacea which he called elixir of life or some similar title in French. On his death bed he requested his son to continue the business stating that his Medicine was composed of nothing hut a Little filtered water mixed with some useless ingredients to make it taste agreeable. Quot but quot added he quot you must always recommend it with diet and the Young Man did not see fit to take the advice As his father had already gulled the Public sufficiently for his genteel sup port. By a re enactment of some old and obsolete Laws in Massachusetts the people Are required to drink vinegar at dinner on saturdays in order that their faces May have a becoming sourness and Gravity to enable them to get through sunday without out raging the con science of sanctified hypocrites worm it not be better to get the face within the Turlieu of the Law and glue it there. Discipline of the Young men require Are books Learned and profound and even Sonie what difficult that they May become accustomed o encounter difficulties and that thus they May Servo their apprentice ship to labour and to of energetic minds arc formed by energetic studies. Those Young men among you who feel the importance of futurity should leave to and to children Little books and elegant trifles. It Only by the exercise of Manly thought that Young men can Hope to Rise to exalted destinies in the nineteenth . A remarkable instance of the sagacity and feeling of a she Monkey happened to two of our officers while shooting. Coming Home a ter a Long fag the pursuer saw a female Monkey Runninger a .3,and at he quot Liv. . Item quot he Jim up by a Edh chill Brt in Aad with a to the wound Wei in the Uail and made and which h entered above the least. Dining Hei Imper m the blood and then holding it up she seemed to reproach him with being the cause of her death and consequently of that of the Young one to which she frequently pointed. I never said sir William Felt so much As when i heard the Story and it selves to show How strongly the parental feeling Are implanted in the brute s letters. The Rochester Democrat says that a Mechanic of that City has invented a machine for making clothes which will quot hereafter take the place of fingers and if such he Theca a we Hope that the machine will find its Way to the Bottom of Lake Ontario and its inventor be handed Over to the disposal of a jury of females each of whom has a family of destitute children depending upon her quot fingers and thimble quot for support Albany Jour. A Man in Ohio was pursued lately by a Black Snake. All at once it occurred to him just As the reptile was preparing to jump at his Throat to run around a Small Beach tree which stood in his path As tight As he could Spring he did so till he got the creature in a. Snarl when stopping suddenly he threw a Back Sumerset and the Snake trying to follow him tied himself in a hard knot. In cd sequence of the Scarcity of Lead in Texas one gentleman took up the pipes of his Aqueduct amp run them into bullets. Many had converted the weights of their clocks to the same patriotic use and even the ladies were engaged in moulding bullets and other operation calculated to facilitate the great object the colonists have in View. Or. Thomas p. Barton of Philadelphia United states charge d affair at Paris Maried the daughter of or. Livingston late a Inister. A few years ago at Hoboken he shot Young Graham of new York in a Duel and soon afterwards went to France. Steamboat left new Windsor n. Y. Last week with fourteen Hundred Firkins of butter for the new York City Market. The proceeds amounting to about 28,000, went into the pockets of the Orange country Farmers. An eccentric wag used to say that it was not wicked to lie swear cheat or steal and that he could prove it from scripture. Thus it was not wicked to lie in bed to swear the truth to cheat the Devil or to steal off from bad company. The merchant seamen of England including the fishermen Are computed at 350,000� besides their families

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