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Entered, according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1857, by

KEEN & LEE, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Northern

District of Illinois.

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Dedicated

TO

THE BRAVE AND INDUSTRIOUS CITIZENS OF

ILLINOIS,

AND

TO ALL THOSE WHO INTEND TO BUILD A HOME THERE,

MAY THE FLOURISHING AND FERTILE

PRAIRIE-STAT E

UNFOLD, FROM YEAR TO YEAR, MORE AND MORE GLORIOUSLY;

AND

MAY VIRTUE, WEALTH, AND HAPPINESS,

FOR EVER

HAVE THEIR ABODE WITHIN

HER BORDERS.

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CONSTITUTION

138

GOVERNMENT - JUDICIARY.

...................................................... 164

FINANCES .......................................................................................... 166

LAWS – LAND TITLES ................... ...................................................................... 168

EXECUTION OF DEEDS AND MORTGAGES.......................................................... 172

FORM OF ACKNOWLEDGMENT ...................

173

RECORDING OF DEEDS AND MORTGAGES

174

WILLS OP REAL ESTATE........

175

THE PROBATE AND RECORDING OF WILLS

177

TITLE TO REAL ESTATE BY INHERITANCE ........

179

LEVY AND COLLECTION OF LAND TAXES..........

LAND TAX FORFEITURES AND REDEMPTION ......

.............. 184

LIMITATION OF ACTIONS

....................................................... 184

LIMITATION FOR THE RECOVERY OF REAL ESTATE................................................. 185

EXEMPTIONS .................................................................................................... 186

HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION ...................................................................................... 187

LIEN LAW

188

CHATTLE MORTGAGES..................................................................................... 189

CONTRACT ........

189

COLLECTION OF DEBTS

189

RATE OF INTEREST

191

LANDLORD AND TENANT

191

PROMISSORY NOTES AND BILLS OF EXCHANGE

193

APPRENTICES......

193

RIGHTS OF MARRIED WOMEN AND WIDOWS ......................................................

194

ESTRAYS

195

GAME LAW.......

..................................................................................................... 197

GEOGRAPHY

................................................................................... 199

STATISTICS.................

...................................................... 218

CLIMATE, SOIL, PLANTS, AND ANIMALS

230

STATE OF HEALTH AND DISEASES

259

THE PRAIRIES

271
SOIL .......

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AGRICULTURE .....

289

AMOUNT OF BUSHELS RAISED PER ACRE

290

PROFITS OF FARMING..........

293

309

BREAKING THE SOIL...........

310

FENCING...

............ 311

DIVISION OF FARMS, ROTATION OF CROPS, AND MANURING...

......................... 312

LABOR, WAGES, AND IMPLEMENTS .............................................................. 316

INDIAN CORN

319

WIEAT ........................................................................................ 324

328

BARLEY

828

RYE

320

BUOKWHEAT

320

HOPS

330

POTATOES...

330

SWEET POTATOES....

.......................... 332

FLAX ..........

.................................................. 333

BROOM CORN ...............

336

CHOCOLATE CORN...........

CHINESE YAM.............

338

GRASSES ....

389

FRUIT CULTURE - APPLE

341

PEACH

312

PEAR

343

QUINCE.....

.............................................................................................. 344

PLUM.............................................................

344

PRUNE .......................................

CHERRY .............

345

BERRIES.

............... 345

GRAPE CULTURE

GROWING OF TIMBER....

852

THE MACLURA HEDGE...

355

MAPLE SUGAR......

.... 363

CATTLE BREEDING....

365

MARKET PRICES

..................... 372

GEOLOGY AND MINING...

.................................................. 376

COMMERCE AND MANUFACTURES OF CHICAGO

.... 388

LANDS AND THEIR PRICES

401

THE LANDS OF THE ILLINOIS CENTRAL RAILROAD

BANKS

419

RAILROADS

127

PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS

..................... 436

NEWSPAPERS

439

WEIGHTS AND MEASURES............

..................................... 444

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