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The Wisconsin lumberman, devoted to the lumbering interests of the northwest
Volume III. Number 6 (March, 1875)

Inspection law. A bill to amend the Michigan inspection law,   pp. 497-498 PDF (754.3 KB)

Matches to come to an end,   p. 498 PDF (363.0 KB)

Uncle Billy's objections to civil rights,   pp. 498-499 PDF (745.8 KB)

Page 498

'The Wisconsin Lunberman.
turer, upon-the head of the barrel, cask,
or package, the weight prescribed for such
barrel cask or package by the inspector,
when such weights are in conformity to
the rules and regulations prescribed by
the inspector in that regard, and if such
weights do not correspond to the rules and
regulations, he shall cause the same to be
repacked so as to conform thereto.
(1480.) Sec. 23. The inspector and
his deputies, in tWeir daily examination of
the several salt manufactories, shall exam-
ine all bins of salt for the purpose of as-
.certaining whether any salt is packed con-
trary to the provisions of the foregoing
(1496.) Sec. 39. In case of any vacan-
cy, from any cause, in the office of the in-
spector, the deputy who has been longest
in office shall possess the power and per-
form the duties of inspector until such va-
.cancy shall be filled; and the bond of the
inspector and his sureties shall continue
to be liable for the acts of all the deputies
-until such vacancy shall be filled.
(1500.) Sec. 43. In case the inspector
Shall, at the time of making any annual
report, have a surplus of money arising
% om the inspection  fees in this act
provided for, in his hands, he shall appor-
tion back and pay such surplus to the per-
sons, firms or corporations for whom salt
has been inspected during thle last pre-
.ceeding year in proportion to the amounts
Paid by them respectively for inspection
fees: provided, that in no case shall the
state be held liable for any obligation or
exnenditu;!e in consequence of any of the
provisions of this act.
Matches to Com= to an Emnd.
The Paris correspondent of The London
Daly News has been shown a simple ap-
paratus which will probably sweep away
the match trade. It is called the electrical
tinder-box, and is small enough to be car-
xied in a cigar-case. Opening this box,
you see a platinum wire stretched across.
Touching a spring, the wire reddens suffi-
.ciently to light a cigar. At will you can
introduce into a tiny sconce a mesh of aot-
ton steeped in spirits of wine or petrole-
um, which, taking fire, does service as a
nurse's lamp. The hidden agency which
heats the wire is a very small electrical
battery, set in action by the touching ol
the spring. The trade price of the "elee-
trical tinder-box" will be half a franc, ol
fivepence. Its inventor promises that it
will be an economical substitute for thi
lucifer match.
Uncle Billy's Objections to Civil Rights.
I "interviewed" Uncle Billy, a good old
colored friend of mine, the other day, on
the question of civil rights.
"Don't want nuffin mo'," said Uncle Bil-
ly. "Got too much already fur dis nig-
"How is that, Uncle Billy? Is it not a
good thing to be equal before the law?"
"Now, Marse Boss," grunted Billy,
plaintively, "dar's just wnar the misery
comes in. We're ekal befo' de law, and
dar you hit our weak pint. Befo' de waw,
ef niggah stole chicken an' pig, yer jerked
him up, guv him thirty-nine lashes, an' let
him go. But jist let a culled pusson try it
nowl Yer hauls him 'fore court, and sen's
him to de penitentiary, jist like he was
one of yer poor white trash. Dat's what
'tis to be ekal 'fore de lawI
I suggested to IUncle Billy that this
might be obviated by being a little more
"Marse boss," interrupted Billy, "we
can't run agin natur'. It's nat'rul for nig-
gah to steal pig and chicken, fryin' size.
Yer knows it is, an' 'tain't no use tryin' to
stop us. Now, we uns are willin' to let
you uns alone, and you all jist let us alone
on 'his pint. We're powerful weak on dis
pint, Marse Boss."
Just here a perverse and disloyal spirit
tempted me to hint to uncle Billy that the
colored people were indebted to their re-
publican friends for this change in their
"Well, den, Marse Boss," said he, "all
Ise got to say is, de law's got to be
changed. Mus' hab a law for de white
man and a law for de black man."
Strange as it may seem, some of our
best citizens echo Uncle Billy's sentiment.
They are inclined to view the negro's
minor transgressions in a lenient light, and
I know that some of our democratic judges
impose lighter penalties upon colored men
for small offenses than they would do in
cases where the guilty parties were white.
Before Uncle Billy left I asked him how
he would like to sit down at the table with
white folks in the hotels.
"Great Goddlemighty!" exclaimed the
good-old man. "I allow youse tryin' to
I make fun o' dis ehila. Why, you knows
yourself dat no cullud pusson ebber lets a
white man see 'em eat ef dey can halp it!"
This is strictly true. The ordinary
Southern negro will not eat in the presence
Iof awhite spectator.
"Well, Uncle Billy." I said, "it is very

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