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truth and nothing but the One of the principal points relied upon by Senator Howard to deceive his brother Senators Senators was the vast admiralty business transacted transacted in the United States courts here. " Whoever looks upon the map will discover," discover," he said, "that our lake coast is nearly thirteen hundred miles." This is true, but whoever will examine the records of the Circuit and District Courts of the United States for the District of Michigan will find that, of the cases tried, not one in ten we believe we should be within the bounds of truth if we said not one in fifty originated in that portion set off into the new district, and of these, if the parties litigant now had the choice where to carry their actions, not one in a hundred would be brought in the new court, which will hold its sessions at Grand Rapids. So far from relieving the present Judge, all the civil business which will be devoted to the new court will not sensibly affect him. We think we are within within bounds when we say that, unless Judge Withey prolongs the sessions of his court for the purpose of giving his officers the per diem allowance, the average terms of his courts need not exceed one week each, to perform all the civil and admiralty business business which will come before him in the next twenty years. Again the boundaries of. the Western District District prove beyond all cavil or dispute that the public necessities and public convenience did not demand this additional burden to be thrown upon the treasury at this time. More than nine-tenths nine-tenths nine-tenths of all the commerce of the territory of this district never reaches Lake Michigan in any shape. If the people of the southern tier of counties of this State, or the next tier bordering on the Central Railroad, had Any business before the United States Court, they can reach Detroit easier and cheaper than Grand Rapids. A considerable part of the coast of this district lying north, can only reach in ordinary course of conveyance the seat of this new tribunal by first coming to Detroit, and then passing over the Detroit and Milwaukee Railroad to Grand Rapids. We are aware that, in exposing this fraud, for fraud it is, we may be charged with sectional sectional feeling in favor of Detroit, but we protest against this in advance. We have no idea it will sensibty diminish the business the which sits nor do we

Clipped from Detroit Free Press14 Mar 1863, SatPage 2

Detroit Free Press (Detroit, Michigan)14 Mar 1863, SatPage 2
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