From our archives: ‘Let Dixon grow, and let us grow faster’
What we thought: 125 years ago
Note to readers – Sauk Valley Media reprints editorials from the past as a regular Monday feature. The following editorials appeared in the Telegraph on March 5, 1888.
Neighbor Cobb has often expressed his good feeling towards Dixon and urged that he agreed with The Telegraph that our little jokes pitched at each other were intended only as blank cartridges in a mock war; and so they were.
We copy from a recent editorial in the Gazette:
“Envy never helped any man or community. While the envious man sits still, brooding over the good luck that has chanced to some individual, the big-spirited man, if he does not rejoice over his neighbor’s prosperity, he at least makes it a spur to activity on his own part.
“Our neighbors at Dixon are just now felicitating themselves over the new condensed milk factory about to be put up. Let our neighbors have their good luck; we don’t envy them, except so far as that we’d like to have all that they get and much more, also.
“Let Dixon grow, and let us grow faster. Let us carry out the projects we have in view, utilizing all agencies at command, and thanking God our lines are cast in such pleasant places.”
The Canal Bill introduced by Gen. Henderson in the lower house of Congress appropriates $500,000. The route for the canal as proposed is from the Illinois River, at or near the town of Hennepin, to the Mississippi River, at or above the mouth of Rock River, in said state, and also a branch canal or feeder from Rock River to the main line of said canal.
Said canal and branch canal or feeder shall be known as the Illinois and Mississippi River Canal, and shall be constructed on one of the routes as heretofore surveyed. Then comes a provision for securing right of way.
Section three provides that the canal and feeder shall be 80 feet wide at the water line and 7 feet deep, the locks 170 feet in length and 30 feet in width, and with a capacity for vessels of at least 280 tons burden “for safe and convenient navigation of said canal and branch.”
There is much time wasted in reading the large amount of swash printed in Chicago daily papers, and it is a wonder that people pay their money and spend their time on such an immense amount of nonsense.
Many columns of type it required to give the full particulars, as was given by the enterprising (?) Chicago papers, of the tracing of Tascott, the Snell murderer, through the Northwest and into the British possessions. The story was a very stupid one, but it was read eagerly.
Eight or 10 days after the murder, the reporters had the young man Tascott visiting newsboys and leading railroad men of his acquaintance, making changes of clothing at second-hand stores, and performing other bold tricks that only an idiot would for a moment indulge in, under the circumstances.
Now it appears that these stupid dispatches were entirely false, made up by the Chicago local editors for the purpose of selling their papers.