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STORY OF ANOTHER PIONEER

BY C. B. STEBBINS
June 7, 1882.

One or two persons passing heard him at work, but concluded that he was making a coffin, and it was not till somebody "Saw her in the garden hanging out her clothes" that they learned how the laugh was against them.
My brother had been living in Buffalo, and the peace of Palmyra was to him "a great calm/' and in a few weeks he moved to Adrian, where he is still doing the largest business in the furnishing line of any one in the southern Michigan. My building and lots had cost me $1, 400, about $1, 000 of which I had "laid up" in the four years. I afterward sold the whole to Volney Spalding for $150 in dicker trade, and thought myself well out of it.
RUNNING FOR OFFICE.
In the spring of 1840 the Whig caucus gave me the nomination for justice of the peace. The Democrats had no man who would take the office whom they thought as competent as I was (from which you may judge how hard up they were for timber), and they made no nomination against me. Such a nomination, you will say, was surely tantamount to an election. But you know the adage about the cup and. the lip. I was not destined to wear judicial honors.
There was a liquor seller who feared my election would interfere with his humane business, and the miller was apprehensive that it might embarrass his free agency in running his mill on the Sabbath. Both of them were Whigs. They got possession of the printed tickets and destroyed all that were for me. They then went to the Democrats and told them to nominate the tavern keeper and they would help elect him.

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