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MICHIGAN, MY MICHIGAN

MAJ. W. C. RANSOM, 1871

From there westward we journeyed to Ann Arbor (called after the buxom helpmate of John Allen), then a mere opening in the woods, but now a city of no mean pretensions, and the seat of one of the foremost institutions of learning in all our goodly land. From here our road degenerated into a narrow trail, by the side of which was just springing into a place on the map the now enterprising cities of Jackson, Marshall, and Battle Creek. At the latter place its first-born citizen entered his appearance on the evening of our arrival there, and, in the exuberance of their pride, the fond parents christened him Michigan. He still lives to see his namesake hale and hearty, a bright and shining light in the constellation of states. The morning of the eleventh day brought us to Kalamazoo, "Sweet Auburn, loveliest village of the plain. " The same journey now is performed in the palace coaches of the Michigan Central railroad "in four and a half hours. So much for now and then. I could, my friends, consume the balance of the night in relating the adventures of that first winter in Michigan. But the swift-flying hours admonish me that I must hasten to a close. Suffice it to say that wolf fights, merry-making of every description, and social festivities among the settlers helped them to while away what would have otherwise proved many a weary day. We went to sleep at night with the howl of the wild beasts ringing in our ears, and from the windows of our cabin we saw the smoke of a hundred wigwams. curling gracefully away in the bright light of the morning sun. Michigan, as did Kansas at a later day, became a member of the union under previous difficulties, arising partly from dissensions among her own people, partly from the greedy exactions of the Buckeyes, and partly from the jealousy of that restless section of the country since so effectually hoisted by their own petard.

MY MICHIGAN


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