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STORY OF ANOTHER PIONEER

BY C. B. STEBBINS
June 7, 1882.

While waiting for the "railroad to go, " as one impatient passenger expressed it, I visited the court-room. The sheriff was trying to make up a jury for some criminal case, from the thirty or forty spectators in the room; but they all had some excuse. At length he reached me, and politely asked me to take a seat with the jury. I told him I was not a resident of the county. "How am I to know that ?" he inquired. I replied: "Really, I guess you will have to take my word for it, for I am like Washington, and can not tell a lie. " He passed on to an old man sitting by my side. Said he: "Will you take a seat there?" "H-a!" said the old man, with open mouth. "Take a seat there?" pointing to the opposite corner. The old man walked off and took his seat with the jury, evidently with no more idea of the reason therefor, than if the sheriff had said: "Open your mouth, and shut your eyes, And I'll give you something to make you wise. " Of how much better material are juries often composed now-a-days ? Echo answers: How much! In an adjoining room, lying on a bench, was a man whose face looked as though it had been clawed by a tiger. It seems that the previous evening he and a confederate undertook to rob a young farmer, who had just sold a lot of produce. They demanded his money. He put his hand in his pocket to get it, but by some mistake, gave this fellow his jack-knife, slashing his face most fearfully, and taking him prisoner; while the accomplice fled. Such was Toledo in 1837. I was satisfied it would be a good place for business, if business was the only thing to be considered; but I would as soon have settled in the vicinity of a pest-house.

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