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Michigan Judges

George G Bates

As I was there to seek my fortune I went to buy a lot, and finally selected one just a little below the old Tremont House, for which I paid $200. I then contracted with a man to build me a law office for $400 more. Had I taken a Rip Van Winkle sleep from that time to this, and never argued a case, I might now be a millionaire; but I did not, and I am only a widower. Thus we change! After completing my purchase I decided to go to New York and buy a library. In company with Sheldon McKnight and Capt. Morrill, who was a member of the Fifth Infantry, I went down to Lake Michigan to take a boat, which was lying some distance from the shore. Capt. Morrill and Lieut. Kirby Smith were both killed while gallantly fighting under Gen. Worth at Molino Del Rev. The boat on which we took passage was called the Pioneer. She was very old and shaky, and there seemed a good chance to be shipwrecked. I did not believe there was any such fate in store for me as drowning, and so I took passage. We were nine hours in making the trip to St. Joseph.

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