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Bad Roads

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The present loug season of rain, mud, nml bad roads puts onc in miiul tlmt tlie most of tbc roads in this county are not as good as tliey uiight be or should be. Thero are two roads loadlng itito the city which are a credit, for the most part, to the people living along them, but the rest are a disgrace to tlie coinmiinity. Where good gravel is so easily obtuinuble there is no excuse for haring clay or sand roads, when, by i Httle judicious working they might be transfurmed into highways over which a heavy load could be broiight to the market in any weathcr and at any scasou. At this season of the year when heavy Work cannot be done upon a farm, lt is just tlie time when the crops can be well marketed lf the roads are passablc. Bo, they who live along good roads, by getting into market when the others cannot, are able to command a better price. For lt is a natural rule in town trade tlmt produce is lilgher wben tlie rainy lea son comes, because there ia less of it brought in. No better inrestment 'enn be made by farmers than by putting in a little extra time making good roads. It is "the laying-up of something for a rainy day." The Aun Arbor Courier approves the blowIng up of the Andre monument ereetod by Cyrus V. Felld, as the aot of a patriot! Hy mauy Americana wbose love of country does not permlt them to becomo outlaws or vandais, that act Is esttmated in quite a different ilght; and public journals do no service to American civilizatlon In upliolding such lawless outrages. There would be notjusltrlcatiou for the act, even lf Major Andre's characterand blstory had been Justly offeuslve to American sentiment, wulch was uot the case.- Ypsllantian. It is not a question of vandalism and lawlessness. Ie Is a quc6tlon or resentlng an insult to the American people. The magnitude of the insult, accounts for the magnitude of its resentment. It is a mystery how the patriotlsm which the people of that sectlon of New York must have inherited from their ancestors.could have brooked the gross indignity so long as they did. Ño matter how brave a man Maj. Andre may have been, in acting as a gobetween to execute the trenson of Benedict Arnold, he stooped to dirty woik, and nis name can but be associated with that man's whose crime is second to the crime of oniy one other person of luim history makes meution, and that person Judas Iscarlot. Wliat would the English people think of an Englishman who would in London erect a monument to Beiiedict Aniold ? How long would their "delicate sense of propriety" or even gratitude for Arnold's treason allow such a monument to sUnd ? And yet the name of Arnold and Audre are synonomous in the ininds of true Americana. What would be thougoi of a northern man who would erect on northern soil a monument to the memory of one of Jeff Davis' spys? And yet many of those spys were proably as honorable and noble in private life is Maj. Andre Is reputad to have been. We have not heard of a marble shaft being erected and inscribed to the memory of Williams, Paulding and Van Wert, yet their noble deed, their manly action in spurningthe tempting and great bribes of gold offered them, shines out with a lustre scarcely equalled by any in h story. How grandly they cast aside temptations that would in the least goil their own honor or jiopaidize their country's cause 1 What a warm place Mr. Field would have made for btmself in the hearts of the people, had hesought to perpetúate their memory with a montluiiKiit instead of one to Andre, the British spy. The blowing up of the monument was not done for the purpose of destroylng rroperty, but to give vent to feelings too itrong to be pent up. In fact, the deitroyed property was of no particular valué, but simply a pile of stone erected :o gratify the vanlty of a toady to English aristoeracy. As long as we celébrate the Fourth of Julv and honor the name of Washington, let "no monument to Andre stand on American soil.


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