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HISTORY OF RAILWAY TRANSPORTATION 187 Purpose No special purpose named. Route From New York along south shores of Lakes Erie, Michigan, up the Platte, through South Pass, down Lewis Fork of Columbia. 5. Author Dr. Samuel Bancroft Barlow, 1834, Westfield ( Mass. ) Intelligencer. Means Annual appropriations of the surplus from the duties and taxes continued at existing rates after public debt was paid. Route Virtually identical with that suggested by Judge Dexter. Purpose Settlement of Far West would be facilitated, commerce would be stimulated, and sections of coun- try would be bound together by stronger ties of common interest. 6. Author John Plumbe, 1836, memorial against Whitney's railroad scheme. Means Alternate sections on each side of route turned over to company ; reserved sections at double price would prevent any cost to Government. Wide distribution of stock, twenty million shares at five dollars each. Purpose No data. Route From Lake Michigan, across Wisconsin and Iowa, over the northern route to Oregon. 7. Author Dr. Hartwell Carver, August 11, 1837, Morning Courier and New York Enquirer for the Country. Means Varied. Twenty miles either side of the road, or eight million acres, to be sold him at cost of $1.25 or 50 cents an acre, to be paid for in stock of company. Purpose Commerce of Asia and the Eastern Isles. Route Lake Michigan to the South Pass with branches to San Francisco Bay and the mouth of the Columbia.