George Pickard


There is a strange and quite unassembled story to be told of the part played by the administration of justice in the development of civilization out of the wilderness that surrounded the great Lake Michigan basin. This vast body of fresh water that now serves as an inter-communicating medium for great centers of modem life, was once only a great separating sea between long reaches of forests, infested with Indian tribes. Here and there were little clusters of cabins, inhabited by an adventurous people, who, within the span of two centuries, were submitted to the successive sways of three great nations,-France, England and the United States. Mostly there were to be heard only the wild sounds of the woods.