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continuous thread the story of former generations, for the instruction of ages yet to come, must be governed in the methods of his work by one invariable rule, which is : the acceptance of such facts, and only such, as have become established, either by written evidence or by undoubted verbal testimony transmitted in consecutive order and bearing on its face the impress of truthfulness, from its consistency with known facts.
The historian who writes of the near past finds, oftentimes, more delicate questions arising for him to decide than does the contemporary of the musty pages.
While the latter has but his own sense of consentaneousness to satisfy, the former has a wider constituency to win over to his mode of thinking. The writer upon ancient events is stimulated to careful research by the hope of discovering that which will subvert the theories of his collaborators, and vindicate his own claim to literary fame. The man who treats of the early deeds of a generation yet living can have no such ambition. His duty is to tell the tale in a simple manner, leaving to those who shall come after him the more agreeable task of embellishment.
The historian has endeavored to adhere to the rules which should govern all volumes of this class. Rumors have been given only as such ; traditions find their appropriate place, and assumptions are treated with lightest stroke. Indisputable facts, based upon definite dates and corroborated by testimony admissible in courts of justice, alone stand recorded as facts.
Herein lies the greatest danger: the impartial observance of this rule plays havoc with individual claims in more than one instance. It is just to ourselves that we say: We have been actuated by no motives but the highest in the discharge of our duty. If statements made within these pages conflict with personal assertions, let it be remembered by the critic that majority judgment has, in every case, prevailed with us on all disputed points. We do not expect to please every subscriber; that would indicate a millennial condition of unity between the writer and the public which has never been attained, even in sacred history. We have tried to give a truthful record of events as the facts have been made known to us.
To those members of the county Press, those numerous Clergymen, Instructors, Pioneers and friends who have so generously aided in the preparation of this work, the heartiest thanks are publicly expressed.
The papers on “ The Geology of Linn County" and " The Mound Builders" are from the pen of MR. GEORGE W. BETTESWORTH, of Cedar Rapids, whose familiarity with the topics treated upon is recognized by all who know him. They form an especially interesting feature of this work, advancing, as they do, several original ideas in relation to the respective subjects.
When the present generation shall have passed into the silent grave, and the historian is no longer able to converse face to face with them, the value of this history will be conceded.
THE PUBLISHERS. AUGUST, 1878.
History Northwest Territory......... 19 History of Iowa:
History of Lion Connty :
Early Explorations............... 20 Early Settlements............ ..166 Judiciary.....
Source of the Mississippi.
63 Great Iron Bridge of C., R, I. & P.
23 | Tecumseh, the Shawanoe Chieftain 69 R. R., Crossing the Mississippi at
29 Captain Jack, the Modoc Chieftain 83 Present Site Lake Street Bridge,
Pontiac, the Ottawa Chieftain ........ 43 Lincoln Monument..
View of the City of Chicago..
ABSTRACT OF IOWA STATE LAWS.
Adoption of Children....
Bills of Exchange and Promissory Chattel Mortgnge
.298 Limitation of Actions.
.275 Confession of Judgment..........290 | Landlord and Tenant,
.289 Lease ....
.296 Married Women.......
.294 Marks and Brands....
Charitable, Scientific and Religious Notice to Quit....
.203 Mechanics' Liens.
.290, 297 Roads and Bridges
.290 Surveyors and Surveys..
Damages from Trespass.... 284 Quit Claim Deed..
.299 Suggestions to Persons Purchasing
.290 Books by Subscription.... .303
.283 Wills and Codicils...
.293 Support of Poor
Articles of Agreement ..........291 Fences ..........
.284 Wills and Estates..
Bills of Sale
.275 Weights and Measures
Bond for Deed...................... .299 Intoxicating Liquors.....
.301 Wolf Scalps........
Bills of Purchase....
.290 Jurisdiction of Courts...
Map of Lion County... Front. Surveyor's Measure
... 269 Population of Fifty Principal Cities
Constitution of United States......... 250 How to Keep Accounts
.269 of the United States.....
Vote for President and Vice Pres. Interest Table..
.270 Population and Area of the United
..264 Miscellaneous Table.
Practical Rules for Every Day Use..265 | Names of the States of the Union Population of the Principal Coun-
.268 Population of the United States.....272 ) Population of Lion County ...........304