Events In These Days March So Quickly That They Leave Men
Behind; And Our Dear Old Protectionists At Home Will Have Grown
Sleek Upon American Flour Before They Have Realized The Fact That
They Are No Longer Fed From Their Own Furrows.
I have given figures merely as regards the trade of Buffalo; but it
must not be presumed that Buffalo is the only outlet from the great
corn-lands of Northern America.
In the first place, no grain of
the produce of Canada finds its way to Buffalo. Its exit is by the
St. Lawrence or by the Grand Trunk Railway as I have stated when
speaking of Canada. And then there is the passage for large
vessels from the upper lakes - Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, and Lake
Erie - through the Welland Canal, into Lake Ontario, and out by the
St. Lawrence. There is also the direct communication from Lake
Erie, by the New York and Erie Railway to New York. I have more
especially alluded to the trade of Buffalo, because I have been
enabled to obtain a reliable return of the quantity of grain and
flour which passes through that town, and because Buffalo and
Chicago are the two spots which are becoming most famous in the
cereal history of the Western States.
Everybody has a map of North America. A reference to such a map
will show the peculiar position of Chicago. It is at the south or
head of Lake Michigan, and to it converge railways from Wisconsin,
Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana.
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