Fort Coli.i.ns, Maroh 24. Me, J. M. Cole- Dcar Sir : I have ast returned from a proapecting tour and was agreeably 6urpristd toiindyour very interestingletter awaiting me. In peaking of the changps and eventsthat ïave taken place in Ann Arbor sinceiny absence, 700 mention the f'act that Lu,her James presented the oounty with a magnificent clock. It is a present that will greatly benefit the city, and one that will keep oíd ancle Luther iu the ninds of the people of' Ar.n Arbor long alter he shall have passed away. Although it has been several yenrs since I made Ann Arbor my home, I still think of it aa such as it is my birth place and ïome of frieuds and relutives ; still, I eould nevor content myself to live there. Chere is a greatdiil'erence in the people of the two sectiems. We havo no poor leople hero ; everybody is employed. - ?eople do not look at the cost of things and wonder if they eau affoid it. If hey want it they buy it, without letting he thought of paying for it take away all the pleasure of using it. Thpreis no beating down. Business men are liberal ; 5 cents is the smallest chauge used. We have neitherthe miser or aribtocrut; of course we are not without loafersand grumblers such as exist iu all couimun:ties. Times are comparatively dull here as you willfind in all othor portions of the U. S. The uiining excitPiucnt of Colorado is not placer diggings ; it is carbonates of silver, black, looking liko fine slacked coal. It has been proüpeeted by miners and regarded as worthloss, not mowing what it was. It assays as high as .?r2,0l 0 per ton. People are flocking in here daily, by hundrods. Wages are good and work plenty, but it is hard to teil how long this condition of things will continue. I think Colorado the best stato in the union. lts mines are lieh, and hasgreat atnnlr rans-es. eood farining lauds, and delightful climate. I have been South as fas as Alamosu, on the Eio Grande. One of the best stook ranges in the world lies between Pueblo on the Arkansas river and the Sangre De Cristo Mountains. I have just returned fr m a prospecting tour incompany with Mr. Morris Zimmerman, a brother-in-law. - We started forthesnowy range crossing three ranges of mountains, and reached the summit of the fourth, when we had to turn back on account of snow and ice. The scenery was grand I assure you. On one the snow would sparkle in the sunlight, while on another terrific storms would prevail which would often strike us lasting but a few minutes. Deer, elk, mountain sheep, beur, and niountain lions are plentiful; the mountain etreams are full of speckled trout. I am acquainted with the uiining country trom here to tno Paoiüc. Over one-half of the Placer country can no be worked on account of the gold being so fine. What is wanted is something to save it. The Snake ri ver country ha been staked offfor miles this winter ex pecting to commence washing as soon a spring opens with a new and very ex pensive process of sluicing through cop per troughs, galvanized with quicksil ver. In sluicing through them the gok adheres to the quicksilver ; it is then scraped off, and the process repeated. I ain in the best of health. Yours respectfully, J. L. Kiekstead. Uov. Urosweü though mucü averse t the bill oreating two new, and re-or ganizing three oíd, judicial circuits, ha signed thobill. He believcs theroexist a, necessity for reducing Judge Huntiug ton's circuit, but knows of no good rea Bonsfor changingthe others. There ai too many uow. Louisiana is the only state in the un ion where lotteries have been within th past year conducted under color of law Her legislatura has repealed the lawam Gov. Kichols has signed it.