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McLeod, Donald / History of Wiskonsan, from its first discovery to the present period, including a geological and topographical description of the territory with a correct catalogue of all its plants

Chapter XIV,   pp. 235-254 PDF (3.3 MB)

Page 248

248           1118TORY OP WiISNONBAN.
sions in succession, to grant them an appropriation, to
complete a work so indespensably necessary for the
convenience and security of the shipping, especially in
the autumnal storms, which had hitherto proved so
destructive to the commerce and navigation of this
lake; but they petitioned in vain. As soon as it was
ascertained that Congress in its appropriations for the
improvement of the navigation on lake Michigan, made
no provision for the Harbor at Racine, a meeting of
the citizens immediately took place, when arrange-
ments were made, and books opened for a subscription.
In twenty days ten thousand dollars were subscribed,
and the Harbor immediately commenced. This town
was not laid out until 1835, and its settlement and
growth were retarded in consequence of the site being
a disputed claim, until 1839, from which period it has
risen to its present importance. When we consider the
recent origin of the place, and the embarrassments it
labored under from the commencement, we are amazed
at the largeness of the amount subscribed. This of
itself speaks volumes, not only in behalf of the spirit
and enterprise of its citizens, but of the productiveness
of the surrounding country, and the ease and rapidity
with which industry and perseverence can accumulate
property in so highly favored a land.
  That Congress should neglect to appropriate a por-
  :ofb n-lwi     rnt n    h   nclstrnefnhr
tion o0 the public money vor the cMnstructIon oi a har-
bor at this important point, and in its appropriation
deal so penuriously with the territory, is a matter of
great surprise and deep regret. Wiskonsan. young as
she is, has already paid into the treasury of the Uni-
ted States, from the rent on its mines, upwards of

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