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A Trip To Lansing

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We visited Laneing last week for tho first time since the winter of 1858- 59. Adopüng the motto that " the longest way round is tho nenrest way home," we went via Detroit, Owosso, and the " Kams-horn Railroad." Go. ing west from Dalroit, wa noticod that the crops along tho line of the DetroJ1 and 'Milwaukee Eailway wera loeking wel], Wheat and early Corn especially so. From Owosso to Lansing the country ia ncw, much of the and low and inclined to swampy, and tbo Coro Iook8 as though it had come up through much tribulation and might ' silk out" befare tho early irosts - provided their coming is postponed long enough. By tho way, we fotind tho " Ramshorn" a great inatitution. As its couvse for this section ia a direct lino, wo found tbe significanco of the term in its ups and downs and its docided disindination to preserve a horizontal condition. In fact, it is a primitivo roïïway, rivalDg the best days of the Erie and Kala. mazo:, of t!i3 Pontiac in tho palmiest days of " Salt Williams." The luxurioua accomodations furnished first class passengers consist of an nxpress O:igguyo tui, auwJ ; tK ' --J compB.;trr.ent for twelve passenger?, ana ií thero are more uníortunates they ar6 privilcged to occupy trunks in the baggage compurtment - decidedly the most pleasant room of the two. The locomotive- a little " one-horse" concern, was íed (rom the roadside, and watered (rom a li swump ditch" by passing up buckets "hand over hand," the operation íurnishing a shower bath for the lnborers and amusement for tho pusseugers. Truth compota U3 to say, however, that when we returned, a tank had been erected at tho Looking Glass, and that hereafter that part oí' the sport is spoüed. The " Rams-horn" ie in running order to within 6ix miles of Lansing, but to mako this sis stages must go around the big marsh incroasing tho üi&tance to nine. The grading ia nearly completed into Lansiug, but no seer ventures to predict - or even " guets" - when it will be finished and tlie track laid. To every inquiry echo answers " when !" It is a shame to the State that a Railroad has not been completad to the Cspitul years ago, and now tbat the iron horso is eo:Tplled to stop almost within hearing the shame is more apparent; but we suppose it must be endured until the " crisia" U over, the "crisis" which is lilcely to cover a multitude of sin, etpecially those of a short coming type. We tound JLansing " at home," and improving slo-Aly but surely. Since it becnme a City the streets have been graded, and- tax payers have grunted Mueh building has been done within two years, and we noticed some fine dwclüngs comüleled and in process of erectiou, de!!i"gs which would do credit to any of our.Stato Citien. Business was reported dull, and in whai place is it not? Our stay was short, and our time devoted to the object of our visit, for " brief mention" of which see anothor article. Eeturning, we spent two or three hours in Oivosso, and took a partial survey of that City. It ia a beautiful town, and gives evidence of general thriving. The looation is fine, the er power abundant, and when lts prospect i ve Railroads are completed it will be one of the rao6t prosperous Cities in tho State. So much, or rather so hule of our " notes by the way."


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