The west shore. (Portland, Or.) 1875-1891, July 01, 1878, Page 161, Image 5

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fession may be, it is Impossible for any 1
impartial observer to deny that it has '
been a complete failure. Outside of'
he Caucasian race there does not at 1
present, nor ever has existed a race of1
people, or any material portion of a '
race, which has embraced the doctrine 1
of Christianity, or voluntarily become 1
-amenable to the laws of civilized life.
And is it not to our advantage is it
not our very duty to take a lesson from
the past? How many of the hardy
pioneers brave men, gentle women
ana innocent children have been cru-'
cllv slaughtered, ton frequently after
SufieHnff torture; tlio m -.,1 1 !
0 . ihvi iviivhihi
of which is sufficient to make the blood
curdle in our veins and cause every
white man to swear eternal vengeance
against the perpetrators, victims of a
policy which, the whole history of the
world tells us, has never once been suc
cessful? While begetting a morbid and
sentimental sympathy for a race of men
who arc themselves utterly incapable
of either sympathy or gratitude and in
whose nature we find scarce one re
deeming trait, people are apt to lose
entirely that far nobler sympathy, which
should exist in every breast for those
of their own race and color, those who.
forced in the hard struffffle for exist-!
ence from the over-crowded centres of
civilization, boldly and manfully, with
unflinching courage and determination,
face the uninhabited wilderness, willing
to give up every comfort, to sacrifice
every enjoyment in the effort to make
by their honest industry a home for
themselves and their descendants. Ex
perience teaches us that the red man is
tain tamable the inherent wildness of
Ins nature cannot be eliminated. Like
the caged hyena, ever pacing back-
rewarded by an smr
e page 1(4.
wards ami forwards within the narrow
limits of his prison walls watching an
opportunity for escape, and snarling
and showing his teeth at the very hand
that feeds him; so the Indian on his
reservation broods silently o'er his fan
cied wrongs, until driven by his own
dark thoughts to a state of desper
ation, overcoming the natural coward
ice of his nature, he rushes madly forth,
and like the savage beast, thirsting for
blood, wreaks his vengeance on the in
nocent and unprotected.
For how long is this state of things
to be endured? How long arc we,
one of the foremost nations in the
world, to be held in cluck-fot, it is
true, by a handful of Indians, hut by a
band of puling sentimentalists who
have eyes and ears tor nothing but the
wrongs of the poor red man, even at
the very moment that same red man is
engaged in an indiscriminate butchery
of the unprotected frontiersmen and
their families!
The missionary has had his day the
church has proved powerless, religion
of no effect in its futile attempt to
change the blood-thirsty nature of the
lavage or restrain him from deeds of
violence and crime. Then let the priest
give way to the soldier let the hand
of iron crffch that which kindness and
gentleness has failed to suUluc. No
longer let a mistaken mercy dictate
terms of peace with an enemy that
has never bccnj known to miss an op
portunity to break a trcatv, no matter
how solemn and binding that treaty
may have been. No longer let the In
dian escape unpunished for crimes
which, if committed by a white man,
would surely 1
minions death.
Ami when, in the not far distant fu
ture, the last of the "noble redskins''
shall have taken his departure for those
hunting grounds where the buffalo and
elk are ever plenty and the white man
never intrudes when the Indian is a
creation of the past and lives only on
the page of history or novel when the
stories of his misdeeds and atrocities,
though mellowed down by time, will
still be sufficiently 'arrowing to excite
the dire indignation of their readers;
then our descendants will thank us that
we have blotted out from the face of
this beautiful country a race that from
the first landing of the pilgrim fathers
on Plymouth Rock until the present
time have blurred the pages of history
with one uninterrupted succession of
bloody outrages and murders.
This is a remarkable and exceedingly
i a'uable plant, sectls of which can be
bought at our leading florists, 01 pegged
from the Government seed-shop at
Washington, or what is still better,
gathered on the Blue Mountains, es
pecially on the route from Cayuse Sta
tion to Pelican's, where it tis found
growing wild in great profusion. For
reclaiming sandy wastes, nothing w ill
equal the lupine. The Golden Gate
Park at San Francisco, once a sandy
waste, has been transformed into a
blooming garden by this plant.
The yellow lupine starts slowly and
even matures slowly, hence it has to
be sown with rye, winch grows faster
and makes a rank stalk to protect the
young lupine from the encroachments
of the sand.
lint once the lupine gets above the
ground, it can not only protect Itself Hi
all hazards, but it absorbs all the life of
the rye, and soon turns it yellow. In
the fall the lupine .ieds its old leaves
and new ones begin to sprout, while
the old ones form a rich paste like muck,
and cover the ground. At the end of
five years the lupine dies having fulfilled
its mission. The ground must now be
sown with grass and harrowed over,
for no plowing is needed. lp comes a
rich crop, and the once barren plains
glow with verdure. Such is the his
tory of Golden Gate Park, the greatest
pride of San Francisco; and such too
will be the history of the lands along
the Columbia from Hood river to Fort
Colvllle if our people only take bold of
the matter with a determination to go
in and win.
The subject of this biograph ical "kotrh, one of
Oregon's eurly plonetra, di'servoa mow extended
notice than Die limited space of the WxaT Siiokk
can accord. Mr. Adams, who is a brother of Dr.
W, L Allans, whose biography we have already
published, wm lwm in Huron county, Ohio, July
M, 1694 removed to daleshurg, Itllnoii, in 18,17,
ami received tun education in Knox College, ft
mom for iU thorough disciplinarians at teachers.
After finishing his education, he dewted hit time
to teaching. Ilia wonderful faculty of imparting
instruction, tonrie him no popular ui a teacher that
his services arete always in demand, He removed
to Oregon in jjUO, and assisted his brother, Dr.
W. I, Adams, in the conduit of a school in a log
hut in Yamhill county, which, 111 the language of
Wendell Phillips, "turned out Governor and
great men." Of the (moils in this school, one,
John It M' llt idu, was sent to Congress from Ore
gon, was afterwards Cl.iuf Justice of Idaho, mid is
now one of the ablest attorneys in Utah. Another,
L, I. ltowlaiid, became I'resident of a College, and
is at present the very popular Superintendent of
Public Instruction for Oregon. Another, James
S In-lti 11, Itecame the editor of a medical journal,
and is now a succosifuliy practicing physician in
Salem. Thomas It Mcltride, a young lawyer of
tine promise, who is now practicing law with his
brother, the Hon. J. K. Mcltride, in Salt Lake
City, was alto educated in this sniuky log but in
Yamhill-noUmnus for "great men." Another of
the Adams pupils who Ss trained in this school,
Oeorgo L. Woods, bsSSSM the Governor of Ore
gon, and the writer of this article was informed
by Oovernors, Senators, and other leading men in
New Knghnd, that Woods was considered " one of
the Hurst stump orators on the American con
tinent." In mentioning these facta, wa write down a part
of the history of Oregon and give our reader an
idea of soma of the influences eiarted by the sub
ject of our biographies in developing the intellect
of this State, of which every old Oregoniau is ao
proud. Mr. Adams was marriod to Martha K.,
daughter of Dr. James Mcltride, Minister to the
Hawaiian Island in IU1, In MM, he look charg
of McMinnville College, lu 1802, he Wat olected
County Clerk of Yamhill county, and inch wat hit
popularity, owing to his efficiency and accommo
dating manner, that he was thrice elected to the
tame office. In 1868, he was called by the SMSSN
of Yamhill to serve them as State Senator, for a
period of four yeart. During all the period in
which Mr. Adams was teaching school or aerving
his State and county, he was continually impressed
with the idea that while the facilities for acquiring
knowledge in other tielda had been much no
proved in modern times, the student of history
entered dark labyrinth of disconnected and
jumbled Ji out ul which be emerged, aflat ywnre
of study, with less knowledge than he might have
attainod 111 a tvvr weeks. His great mind ttruek
upon a plan for building a grand, luminous turn
pike from A lam to our time, aet all along with
mile posts, on which the student could read not
only the history of all the nations, tribe and king
doms that over oxisted. but see the program of the
world in its architecture, its arta, its inventlona,
SBjft -Ton in the change of form and expression
given to the human head and face by the appli
ances of a slowly developed civilisatu.n. The re
mit of this reflection was " Adams' SvnchronoloB-
ical Chart, or, Illustrated Map of History," whioh
I baa given the author not only a national but a
world-wide fame. To describe this chart. Would
' occupy too much space. At we gaao at It, it teemi,
1 in the language of Homer, to Iw the labor of u
I god " The Itev. Mr. West, who had it on axhi
I bition at the Centennial Fair, assured us that lit -I
orary men expressed themselves that it excelled
everything on the fair grounds - that it was, in
I fact, " the greatest invention of the age." To give
j the readers of the Wkst Siiohr an idea of the St.
I tlmation In which it Is held, we give three teati
( mutiialt out of many thousand w might quote,
to thow bow the literary world receive this Oregon
production :
The Hon. S. C. Adams' " Map of History," ia one
of the moat ingenious productiont wa havo over
Law JK: ' '
eon. . . . The ingenuity which mark Its
comjKisitiou and cona'ructlon is something almost
lieyond praise. We can not Imagine anything
which could mora interest a student or clam in
history than this chart. It would form an in
valuable means of iustriirtion in most school
. . . A detailed description ia impossible, but
its implicity, and the manifold fields whioh are
opened for tnought by it use, give it all claim for
commendation.- Ilmtim Trarflrr.
Pram iron kkwtox iutkmak. LL 11.
Stair Piiritiilrfiilrlt Ml luttrui t N. I 11(11 M 111.
Having examined the "Chart of History," by H
0, Adams, and being impressed by its originality
and )eauty, and mora especially by ita useful net
and value, I commend txdh it and Ita aatimahla
author to the confidence of evary community and
enpln. Many have experienced the difficulties
attending the effort to eliminate the great aalient
facta of general history from the rolumlnoui net
work of suUtrdinate facta and details with which
they seem entangled. He who contribute to th
meant of doing tint, deserve the grateful recog
nition of srholara and toachara. No one ran
glance along the graphic and pfctureaqua linaa of
Adams' Chart without realising that in it Juat
such a service baa been rendered.
We have lately received an educational novelty,
which, after examination, we can recommend to
teachers and students a a valuable and useful aid
to study. It is a Otftft handmelv mounted and
printed in colon, '.U teat long by W Inobaa wide.
The plan adopted i it very Inganfoua ona. . . ,
The arrangement of the maps is such, that the
student . nice exactly the condition of
the world at any given daU, and by tba aid of
oolora, picluras. tc., ba la siren an idea of the
progre of at u, namee and succession of rulers,
andsimiUr facta, important k he rnmembared
We need not point out the obvious utility of this
remarkable production . . . Tba execution of
the work ia atcelleut sod indicate an immense
amount of labur and reeearrh on the part of th
author, which should not go unrewarded , , ,
-..'.. Amiriemn.
Mr Adaau It one of tha few pioaaan to this
roeat who haa contributed to Oregon's fame and
Oregon' glory, and it ia In keeping with th
xaltad poaition tba VYar Haoaa aims to take a
an exponent of tha profreaa of our MUU and an
impartial record of tha deeds of the llloatriout
one who have helped to make ua what wa are,
that wa dovoU this muck of our space t tba biog
raphy of ona member of a family, which haa so
onaplcnoualy figured ia tha history f tkU BUta.