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STORY OF ANOTHER PIONEER

BY C. B. STEBBINS
June 7, 1882.

any were now going west to make a new home, and speculators were now investing heavily in Michigan lands. Late in November, 1836, I took my way, like Abraham, not knowing where I should cast my anchor. A day's stage ride to Burlington, a night's ride by steamer to Whitehall, another long day's stage to Saratoga, passing the scene of Burgoyne's defeat, and the third day by rail brought me to Utica. West of this, the only railroads in the country were from Buffalo to the Falls, and from Toledo to Adrian, Mich. At Utica I took a canal packet, and at eleven o'clock the next morning we reached Syracuse, when the captain announced that ice was making so fast he could go no further. In an hour, the passengers were loaded into two stage-coaches for a ride of nearly two hundred miles over newly frozen roads to Buffalo. The next morning we reached Canandaigua. The presidential votes of Vermont were canvassed a day or two before I left, and I wanted to call on Mr. Granger and give him his first notice of his exact majority for vice-president in the Green Mountain State; but it was too early in the morning, and he never knew that my first vote was for him. Here we had a re-arrangement of passengers. Among my company was a Mr. T. J. Nevins, a lawyer of Buffalo, and uncle of Hon. J. M. Kevins, senator from Barry county in 1865, and a Mr. L., with his wife and daughter. Mr. L. sat all day with his cap drawn over his eyes, as though trying to sleep, hardly speaking during the day. I voted him an old bear. But his wife talked enough for both, and we soon knew their whole history. He was a lawyer, and in the previous spring had left eastern New York to establish himself in Buffalo, taking his son, a lad of fourteen, with him.

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