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nces. Young folks want enjoyment. Merchants want to flourish. Mechanics want constant employ. Farmers want high prices for their produce. Politicians want bones to knaw. Lawyers want clients. All classes want money. The wheels of Amofkeag Lottery are on the trot and they want to gallup. Tickets and quarters warranted undrawn, to be had of S. Gilbert, Centinel Office. It ought to be mentioned that many have bought, with the noble view of aiding the canal. Go thou and do likewife. Nov. 14th. From the foregoing extracts it seems that people had wheels, even in that time; but the growth of cities and towns of the Merrimack valley was assured by the building of these locks and canals, thus bringing the vast power of the river to turn the legitimate wheels of industry, even though assisted by these fortuitous wheels of chance. Such were the difficulties with which this eighteenth century enterprise had to contend in the early years of its nineteenth century history. Nor w