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MICHIGAN, MY MICHIGAN

MAJ. W. C. RANSOM, 1871

For thirty years she struggled along, barely holding a nominal position as a State, until, one day, she parted company with her twin sisters, and sought, in another direction, to better her uncertain fortunes. Michigan muskets helped her back to a position of respectability, from which she now bids fair to realize a career of enlightenment and prosperity, which otherwise she could have never known.
Michigan, like Kansas, was blessed with numerous conventions preparatory to her admission to the union; that known as the frost-bitten convention lending the most lustre to her early renown. It was the good fortune of the peninsular State to secure at an early day the assistance of men of more than ordinary ability, in shaping her business affairs, among the more prominent of whom stood the youthful Stevens T. Mason, who first assumed the helm of State. Governor Mason had but just passed his majority when called to the duties of the executive chair. Indeed, it it said that only the day before his inauguration, he chanced to be down by the Detroit river, where a number of rollicking boys were coasting in a jumper, down the steep banks for a slide on the smooth ice beyond. The Governor, inspired by the spirit of the occasion, sought and obtained the high honor of piloting the frail craft for a model trip. Down sat the Governor, on piled the boys, and, with a whoop and a cheer, they started on their swift career. Now, unfortunately for the success of their voyage, it happened that a Canuck huckster and wife, with pony and pung, were just wending their way to market along the road that threaded the foot of the river bank.

MY MICHIGAN


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