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Michigan Judges

George G Bates

At Coldwater there was one house, kept by the old man Marsh. We passed through a splendid country in our journey, and when we came to those magnificent islands of timber on the prairie which formed a gothic door in the approach to Laporte I thought the beauty of the scene unsurpassed, and I wondered if this magnificent country would ever be occupied. Finally, the next Saturday about 11 o'clock a. m. we reached Chicago. There we met Lieut. Kirby Smith, who was then stationed at Fort Dearborn. The entire population of the place consisted of 600 white people and over 6,000 Indians. The only hotel was kept by a half breed, Mark Beaubien, who told the truth when he said, " I keep hotel like the devil." For three weeks I staid in Chicago. The 6,000 Indians had been gathered there for treaty purposes. There was no school-house and no church. The site of the present magnificent city was an immense swamp, which looked as if civilization could never occupy it.

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