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    “Kansas,” New York Daily Times, 3 August 1857, p. 3.
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    St. Louis (MO) Democrat
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    The mayor of Lawrence Sends in a Message- The City Government to be Sustained.

    Correspondence if the St. Louis Democrat.

    LAWRENCE, Friday, July 24, 1857.

    On Tuesday the Council met and received the message from Mayor BLOON. If Gov. WALKER determines to proceed, this document will become a bone of contention. It will be evidence of treason-whether high or low, or middling, I really don’t know. Here it is:


    Gentlemen of the Board of Alderman:

    I shall enter upon the duties of my office with great distrust of my ability to meet in a proper manner the responsibilities of the position; but with an earnest desire to discharge its duties faithfully and impartially, relying mainly upon your kind forbearance, cooperation and support.

    Trusting, gentlemen, that we are all have for the single purpose of promoting the public good, and that we are actuated by an earnest desire to achieved the highest moral, social, and pecuniary good for the community, whose municipal interest is our duty to observe.

    It will be our duty to give our attention to the rants of our enterprising, prosperous and rapidly increasing community. It should be our aim to give the most inviolable security to property and life, and adopt such measures as will best secure health and happiness to the people- so far as these blessings depend upon local institutions. The community look to us for the passage of proper and necessary ordinances, and their firm and impartial enforcement. Let us hope that the reasonable expectations of our constituents may not be disappointed.

    I would urge upon your attention, as a matter of the first importance, the duty of providing at once for the removal of nuisances, as the best means, of securing the general health of the inhabitants. I would also recommend that suitable grounds for a cemetery be secured and inclosed at as early a day as practicable. The cemetery should be laid out on suitable leis, which probably could be sold to our citizens for enough to defray the cost of purchasing and inclosing the grounds without resorting to say tax for the purpose.

    I would also call your attention to the importance of protecting the public grounds within the city from trespass or injury. By a proper improvement and arrangement of the public grounds, provision will be made for the recreation and enjoyment of all, and the general beauty and health of the town will be promoted.

    I would also recommend the speedy erection of suitable bridges across the ravines on Winthrop and Puckney streets, and opening and improving those streets from their intersection with Massachusetts street to the Western limits of the city.

    I would also suggest the propriety of grading improving Massachusetts street. These desirable improvements will require considerable outlay. In order to meet this inevitable expenditure it will be necessary to levy a tax. To this proposition I am confident our fellow citizens will cheerfully respond.

    In consequence of the great exposure our property to destruction by fire, it becomes necessary to take prompt measure to protect ourselves against its ravages. I would recommend for your favorable consideration to the construction of two reservoirs or wells of water, to be located on Massachusetts street. I would also suggest the propriety of encouraging he formation of the companies, and in some manner procuring suitable ladders, fire-hocks and leathern buckets, as well as more fire engines, and the erection of suitable buildings for the same; at the same time every precaution should be taken to provide for the prevention of fires.

    While adopting such regulations as shall give an air of neatness, cleanliness and health to our young but rapidly growing city your attention will doubtless be called, as conservators of the public peace and morals, to that provision of the charter that authorizes you to retain and prohibit tipping and disorderly houses.

    In order to successfully carry out our municipal regulations, I believe it will be found true policy to pass only such ordinances as are demanded by public necessity, and are clearly proper and are just, and are to see that they are firmly, impartially, and promptly enforced. C. BLOOD

    LAWRENCE, July 20.

    After appointing the usual Committees, the Council adjourned.


    It will meet at the time appointed by the charter, pass ordinances, and put them in execution. The Mayor told me that, in case of refusal to pay the taxes, he would be in favor of selling property to collect them. In is improbably that there will be any opposition. But if there is any opposition, I have no doubt that execution will be enforced.

    Now, what will Governor WALKER do? Wait till an overt act is committed? Why, then, did he march on Lawrence before the officers took oath? Now that they have taken the oath, why doesn’t he proceed against them? Has he found that there is no cause of prosecution, or is this inexplicable and apparently ridiculous movement a pretext fir preventing a large vote in favor of the Free State Constitution on the 3d of August next, by throwing a division of soldiers into the most prominent Anti-Slavery precincts?
    Yours, truly, JACOBS.

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