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THE OREGON AKGUS,
rviuMiKO evtar satvsdat .oasixo,
' BY WILLIAM L. ADAMS.
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rim Room in first story.
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each la clulu of ten at out nlUe:
tlT Tiea Uollarifor ait montluNo lubicriu-
Horn reeeired for a leu period.
flf No paper diieontwued until alt arrearage
mmroa ai ins npnort oj the pulrtither.
Astoria, June 3, 830.
IT.Z. Adami,Eq., Dbah Sibs You
will rejoice with tlio friends of Temper-
once in Clutaon count v in ilia result of tU
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v...Mt-i uiu-u LiuMtTL. il is nmn pifiv in -
ump.nnl, not only In tl.oeloct.onofallour
candidates, but in compelling the self-styled
ucurncy oi u.ii couniy, unuer gov.rn.
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mem paironage, to uiick down, ana v.ciu
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icmpcrnnco man, ana even one nini is in
Tavorof a prohibitory liquor law, is a guod
MiiinnArul nml n r rnrtAK mnn in us. 1
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.he democracy of Clat.op In the Council,
hs well as to attempt to indorse somo of
tmrTeinpernnco League candidates. Our
Temperance Lcnguo committee, as you
nro aware, called tho friends of temperance
o make their nominations in advance of
hnd irrespective of nny other party or an
ticipated nominations. The self-styled de-
Hwcracy did not exactly approve of our can
didates; they thought they could do tel
ler. He as temperance m?n chiill.ii.d
tliem to do so, and in case they made a but
ler nomination than we did, we woul J be
euro to elect rhe men. They met, and
nominated 11. W. Morrison, one of our
standing committee men, as their council
man, a man that lias not R dishonest or
intriguing thought or action in his heart or
Jife, and that would not turn to the right or
left for party when a principle of truth and
right U involved, if he could discover tho
object of tho measure. Out he is slow to
see or detect evil and to see through politi-
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move made , the matter, merely brought
luinuiu iu uiviuu nnu uisiruci 110 leuiper-
nco vote. In doinjr this: the pure, un
iidulteruted, self-styled democracy of this
couniy adopted for their candidate tho very
man they rejected ono year ago from being
a delegate to the county convention from
Cla'sop precinct, because ho said he was
"favorablo to a prohibitory liquor law for
Oregon." Tliis very man was taken up
by the entire peoplo of the precinct, in a
subsequent meeting of tlio people, (less
hut five votes,) and sent with a remon.
fctnince against adopting the principle, that
rejected him from being a dclgate to tho
The democracy, as assembled in con
vention, by maneuvering nnd chicanery,
rejected Morrison and his instructions from
being a delegate. Put a single delegate,
and that was W. II. Grav, opposed l lie pro
ceeding in a manly and open manner, and
told the convention that in rejecting Mori i
son and his instructions they adopted a
principle (for it will be remembered that
the first set of delegates came with their
instructions to go against any temperance
man for a candidute, in the party, and
AGAINST A PROHIDITOKY LIQUOR LAW,) as
opposed to temperance. Gray was the
flllK- nun tti.-ll rl-n-.wl In nr.nr.tu ...-.-. tl... I
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Kum luHuenco being adopted as a plank iu
. uUur.iH,uurUUou or pariy. un a
'division and final vote ono half the con
vention voted with Gray one outside per
son's voto w-as counted, and the president
of the convention declared Morrison and
his instructions rejected, and inaugurated
tho Rum plank as a permanent principle of
This year the temperance plauk floats
smoothly upon pure cold water, and not a
drop of rum in the candidates elected.
Put this in your paper, Mr. Editor, and let
ovcry friend of temperance from Maine to
Astoria take courngn, and nover, no, never
yield ono inch till the "Home of the Free
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uu ..., uuuu o, me Urmve sua.l conquer
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conoi, auu-uumocracy, or any otner
nntttemperanceocracy that shall oppose the
best .utcrestsof any country.
The democracy or rumocracy of our
county made two better nominations than
we did, or rather placed two of our men in
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bettor nnsi inn In l..lr . .1 .i I
.. uip UUI i;;luSu iuuu me
league did, and brought a true man, for a
.'lii.Or tp os, in our county commissioners,
'bo vera cleeted unanimously, while the
unan the tecsperance party nominated was
'defcBtod in taLing a nomination from the
other parly the same as Morrison was in
the first, Tho Temperance party wished
'to give Morrison the nomination of Probate
Judge, or of county commissioner, or rep
resentative, lie staled frankly his reason
'for declining to receive a nomination,
which was not from any disposition not to
act with us, but from his privato affairs.
As a last resort, and tho only hope to get a
'single man that would be elected on the
Kum ticket, they put Morrison's name
'upon their ticket without his consent, and I
-believe he has tied the temperance candi
date for Probate Judge. If the ticket has
got any roan or the smallest particle of a
point which the temperance men were not
tlisposed to contest abont, it is-in this way.
Please give all these facts to the public
for the cause of temperance and truth,
which must and will prevail Truth.
Zf The remembrances of past
Bj are the wrinkles of tLe soul.
a n'. -l.i.. xt ,u..l t. a. l e T.iv.
ii. h'ki iM;nhjH4i-r, uviutw iu niu x riiicijucs oi j I'liersontan .Lrt'iiiocrncy, ana nuvociuing
Frm Chicago Tiints.
kwal. war ov m.
cnngrmcBi beiweca tbc Hhaanoa ana
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. iiftvinir ii-cn nil ncuir in nini lArriiu..
balll0i ncarly forly.tirco yeri ago; end
hll.,In enrerMv rpnfi ,iIA ... ,lf
BritaiuHnd the United Slate., James Na
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NW, History of ihe United States: and
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I Know i ff tl i rit a and nr h or tliip mi Imn
ticg abound ,. error, , )ec
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I mrnt. nnrl rnrninllv tt'i.lnnnr in miu In
of tribute ,o illustriou. worth the
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U'ritnr Of tins IB imlnnnll In llimut iini.
light on i hut fceno in tlio following disjoint
ed reminiscences :
On or uLoul tbo 1st of March 1813, the
DritMi frigates Shannon and Totiedus were
ordered to cruiwi oTDoston. Each of these
ships rated thirty eight guns. The Shan
non mounted fifty guns anil two twelve
pounder steru clmscrs in Hll fifty two
L'u in. Among the fifty guns were two nine
pounders and two twelve-pounders j the
remainder were long eiglitcen-nounilers
and thirty-two pounder carronades. The
Toiicdoi mounted forty-nino cuns. The
U. S. shins President nml Coiiffress were
aying to their anchors iu flobton harbor at
the same time. The cruihing ground of
the British frigates toy between Montauk
Point, Long Inland, and Cape Cod, Massa
On the Sd of May, in a dense fog and
henvy gale of wind, the frigates President,
sea and sailed for tho Banks of Newfound
nd nd from llienco l0 GroenlunJi ad
mado sevoial prizes of British whalers, but
left the British frigates blockading the port.
At the same period the frigate Chesapeake,
Captain Evans, arrived in the harbor of
Boston, with the loss of a topmast iu the
same gale. Captain Evans was disabled
from comuiaud by a scvore disease of the
eyes, and Captain James Lawrence was ap
pointed in his placo to the command of the
Shortly nflor tho arrival of tho Chesa
peake in Boston harbor the Captain of the
Shannon, P. B. V. Broke, ordered the Ten-
odos off the station, nud wrote by fishing
boats to Captain Lawrence, that as thero
was only his frigate now blockading the
port he expected Captain Lawrence would
come out and try the ordeal of battlo in
honor of their respective countries. Some
of the fishing boats brought word that he
would come as soon as he w as ready.
I'he month of May had ncarly elapsed
when Captain Broke, apprehensive that
the Chesapeake, would not venture out, for
fear that other British vcsscls-of-war might
be lurking jn the neighborhood, wrole an
other challcngo and sent it by a fishing
boat, proffering to sail with the Ctiesapenk
five hundred miles under a flag of truco,
and commence an encasement at a inven
8ig1B to b mutuy agreed UJ)on by boh
comnmnders. This last letter
about the 30th of May, and it is believed
that Captain Lawrence never received it.
On the morning of the 1st of Juno the
Shannon being closo to the Boston light.
house at 8 o'clock A. M., the Chesapeake
undtT .,,. and camft .... nf .,, ,,,. nr
wind light, in breezes, making a slight rip
ple on the water. Meanwhile the Shan
non under easy sail, made an offing from
the coast, thinking that privateers or gun
boats might come out and assist the Chesa-
At 4 o'clock p. m. the Chesapeake hove
to and fired a gun, being then about four
mi,ei dis,ant fnm ,he Shannoll
non immediately fired another and hove to ;
up0D .vhich lhe Che,apeiike mado tM aud
bpan ,Q shor.,.n lhe Jistaneo bctH,een lLe
The ches'nneake approached with five
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1 o pi
was an immense while silk flag with "Free
Trade and Sailors' Rights" inscribed there
on in largo letters, which could be read by
the naked eye at a considerable distaucc.
" The Chesapeake carao within about two
miles, and was swiftly nearing the Shan
non. Captain Broke now turned the bands
up, and mado a short oration la the men,
nearly as follows :
"Recollect, and bear in mind, that the
Americans aro a proud nation that they
have sunk or taken several of our vessels of
war; and they say lhat Englishmen have
forgotten how to right! Remember that
they have Anglo-Saxon blood in their
veins ; and you have not French, nor Span
iard, nor Dutch to tight to-day 1 You
must either take her or go to the bottom 1"
Upon which the crew gave three cheers.
and simultaneously tho crew of tho Chesa
The Chesapeake came on beautifully
under her royals, top-gallant sails, topsailt
and courses, and when within less than
half a mile gradually shortened sail, stand
ing in the wake of the Shannon until she
approached so closo that Captain Broke
supposed she was going to lay athwart the
Shannon's stern aad rake her fore aud aft.
Decmiu iliis to be the ol jct of Captain
Lawrence, he ordered the men to lio down.
During the whole of these proceedings the
perfection of naval discipline was so com
plcto that you might havo heard a pin
The Chesapeiiko came so clnso that her
flying jib-boom nearly touched tho laffrail
of the Shannon, w hen Captain Lawrence
immediately luffed upon the weathorquar
ter of the Shannon, and at the same mo
ment Captain Broke whispered to the quar
ter-master at the wheel to put the helm
down ; when the Shannon shot suddenly
round the awful command by Captain
Broke was given, "Fire when your guns
bear!" and the whole broadside of tho
Shannon, at half pistol shot distance, was
poured into the Chesapeake more destruc
tively than if it was exactly raking, the
Chcsapntkc being tillable to return n single
gun. -The broadside was very destructive.
One hundred men were killed and wound
ed j most of tho officers belonging to the
Chesapeake were struck down, cither killed
or wounded,' and five guns on the side of
the Chesapeake engaged were dismounted
and rendered hon dc combat.
Under theso serious disadvantages the
Chesapeake ranged alongside and delivered
her broadside, ono half of which was point
od at the water line, and the other half at
the rigging and masts of the Shanuon.
Several shot penetrated below the water
line, and every Bhroud of the foro, main
and mizzen rigging of the Shannon was cut
to pieces. Tho Chesapeake was 'hen verg
ing ahead, when tho best bower anchor of
the Shannon caught in tlio lanyards of her
main rigging ; grnpplings from both ves
sels were thrown aboard, when the vessels
were both lashed and made fast in that po
sition muzzle to muzzle 1
The quarter-deck guns and part of the
main-deck guns of the Chesapeake played
upon the bow of the Shannon, aud the fore
castle guns and part of the bow guns of
the main-deck of the Shannon played upon
the nfterpart of tho Chesapeake. The sec
ond, third, aud fourth broadsides of lhe
Chesapeake were very destruciivj. Num
bers fell ou board of the Shannon, and the
guns in the bow had to be manned several
times from tho aftermost guns, caused by
the number killed and wounded. The
fourth gun on the bow of the Shannon(
where the writer was stationed, was left, in
momcut of time, with only one man
standing out of twelve; tho remainder
wero killed aud wounded.
The engagement hud lasted now about
eight minutes, and four rounds were the
most that had been fired by cither vessel ;
when the order of dipt. Broke called the
boarders away, and about twonty or thirty
followed him and First Lieut. Watt on
board tho Chesapeake. A few seamen" and
marines fought gallantly on the forecastle
of the Chesapeake, until they wero over
powered j some were supposed lo have
been lost ovorboard, and some gained the
main-deck through the bow ports. Capt.
Broke was severely wounded on board the
Then a number of the Shannon's crew
huddled around in the Btcrn of the Chesa
peake, and in undertaking to hoist the
British flag over tho American, they mado
a mistake, and hoisted the American flag
ovcr'the British. Iu the meantime, Second
Lieu'.. Wall is, who commanded the Shan
non in the absence of his Captain and First
Lieutenant, ordered the filing of two thirty
two pounder carronades, loadod with grape,
which killed his owu First Lieutenant and
ten or cloven of his own crew. A short
time previous to this the vessels had separa
ted. At tho expiration of eloven minutes from
tho commencement of tho engagement, tho
Chesapeake was taken complete possession
of. At the same time, the Shannon had
about six feet w ater in her hold, and in five
minutes more would have sunk, had the
battle lasted so long.
Atahoutlhe second or third broadside,
First Lieut. Ludlow, of the Chesapeake,
had called boarders away and boarded the
Shannon, expecting to have thirty or forty
men at least under his command, when a
Portuguese boatswain's mate ran down be
low like a coward, and the men following
his example, only One or two accompanied
Lieut Ludlow, who was wounded on the
deck of the Shannon by a bayonet stab in
the breast, which afterward proved fatal at
Halifax. It is confidently believed that at
the time Lieut. Ludlow boarded the Shan
non, had he been supported by his boarders,
ho would have taken the Shannon in the
confusion which prevailed on board in con
sequence of the number of killed and
Lieut. Wallis was promoted for his gal
lantry to be a master and commander. He
commanded the L'Epervier subsequently,
which was taken, after a short engagement,
by a United Stat-a brig-of war of inferior
force. Bo much for the brave Second Lieut.
Wallis, who was promoted for killing bis
own First Lieutenant and Lisowo into.
Master's Mate Eatoogb. Paae, cum-
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O.T.. JUNE. 21. 1850.
matided i lie first division of cuns in the
bow, upon the main deck ; and when they
began to full, killed and woundod, he
dodged under tho lee of tho foremast. Bo
lug recommended for his bravery, in the
olhcial account, ho was also promoted.
Capt. Lawrence was slightly wouudvd by
the first broadside, nnd mortally wounded
about tho third broadside. The last words
he spoke will be a rallying cry of seamen
while lime lasts "Don't givo up tho ship !"
Tho writer of this was severely wounded
about tho fourth broadside from the Chesa
peake. The American navy suffered 110 dis
grace oo account of tho loss of tho Chesa
peake, especially taking into consideration
tho nwful destruction caused by tho first
broadside of the Shuifnon. The hitter's
thirty-two-pounder enrronades wero loaded
as follows : A round shot, a stuud of grape,
and a keg of musket balls, eight hundred
and seventy-five in number thus trebly
shotted ; and similarly loaded were the long
cighteen-pounders, only the keg of musket
balls continued but six hundred and fifty.
There were four of these keg, fitted to
the guns, for every gun in tho ship.
1 havo already given tho armament of
the Slianuou. Her crew, previous to the
engagement, numbered three huudred and
thirty-five men nnd boys. Thirty or forty
of theso were boys or old men.
The Chesapeake, according to the muster
rolls found on board, had three hundred
and ninety men, of whom ouly oue or two
were boys, and the remainder in the priino
of life. She mounted long twenty-four
pounders nnd thirty-two-poundcr carrot
ades, and had twenty-five guns on the side
she engaged the Shannon. Every shroud
in the fore, muin, and mizzen' rigging was
stoppered, diamoud fashion, from the chain
plates to the catharpings. The bulwarks
on tbo quarter-deck and forecastle were so-
cured by a strong spun yarn, nailed in
small squares and beautifully painted to
save tho officers and crow from flying splin
ters, which are very destructive in battlo.
There wero far more rejoicings in Hull
fax when tho prize was brought in than if
ten soil-of-the-line of the French fleet hod
been captured, nnd England herself could
hardly contain hersolf for joy. A Yankee
frigato of equal force was taken at last!
Tho destruction of human life was awful,
considering the short time theongagemout
lasted, nnd the number of men engaged on
both sides. I he battles of the Nile, Tra
falgar, Waterloo, Sebastopol, or Mexico, are
no comparison. The only modern battle,
by sea or land, which approximates nearest
on the scale, is the battle of Bridgowater,
Lundy g Lane, where about one-fourth of
those engaged on both sides wero killed
and wounded. It is said and believed thnt
eigh'y-four of the Chesapeake's crew were
hove ovorboard dead; and four British de
serters, who were in tho maintop when the
ship was taken possession of, ran out on the
mainyard and drowned themselves, sooner
than be taken prisoners ; end one hundred
and ten wero received into Halifax, wound.
cd. Total, one hundred and ninety-eight,
out of a crew of three hundred and ninety,
more than one-half of the crew. The
Shannon had thirty. five killed, or died of
their wounds, and seventy. six wounded.
Total, one hundred and eleven, or about
one-third of her grew.
The wounded of both crews were min
gled indiscriminately in the hospital, and
were actually like brothers. Wero any
nice delicacies received by one class, they
wero shared by the others. Speaking the
same language, worshipping the same God,
the wouudod seamen were endeared to
each other. The attention of the surccuns
civil, military, aud naval aud the hos
pitality of tho citizeus of Halifax wore be
yond all praiso. The writer of this had
been impressed into the British navy, aud
certainly has no affection for her govern
ment. A leading object of his, in giving
these disjointed reminiscences, is to placo
beyond the Vile reach of reproach and in
sinuation the name of Capt. James Law
ue.nce. A mora chivalric and gallant offi
cer never lived. He was accused of oom
ing out before tho ship was ready of
mustering a heterogeneous crowof being
drunk. No ship was ever better prepared
for action; no crew excelled them in youth,
manhood, and bravery, (always excepting
the cowardly Portuguese boatswain's
mate;) and the lie about drunkenness
ought to have blistered the tongue that ut
tered it, and, if it was ever penned, wither
ed the hand that w rolo it. He was buried,
with the honors of war, at Halifax.
Captain Broke was almost adored by his
crew for his humanity and kindness to his
Very few of the actors in that secno sur-
From the public prints I perceive a speck
of war io tho horizon, between both na.
In Cooper' sod James' Nvul Histories the
km OB board Un Chesapeake is wt down at forty,
sersn killed and Biiwly-iglit wouuded ; on board
Ui Stun non il ajnouoU-d to Iwentjrcur killed
and fifty tfns wounded E j . .
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inc picio or irutu m every wsito.
tious, which may the Almighty avert!
Should war commence, I would recommend
that Palmerston, Clarendon, nnd the nobles
of England in favor of it, lead the van on
their side; and lhat our legislators, etc., in
favor of il, leaJ the van on our sido. In
that case we should hare no war. or a
mighty small one. "Shannon. "
Important News tmui Mi-iU-o forty Mtt
lions of c.burcu Vruuorty l.oua.cmta to
Tho newt fiom Mexico informs us of the
lose 6f the late revolution in the country.
President CoinonfoM has been triumphant
at Pucbht, where the rebel nrmy bus sur-
rendered at discretion, and where the rebel
generals, chiefs and officers have been re
duced to the ranks as privato soldiers.
Whether this decree will bo practically
cariicdout, may be doubted ; but from
tho public honors showered ou tho l'rcsi-
dent on his return to the capital, on the 3d
of April, it is evident that that blow, struck
st the privileges of tho military, hat been
received with universal favor. We may
expect a large number of these rebel officers
soon to visit our country, as it is said swniu
fifty have been exiled.
But tho most important decree is that of
tho 31st March, dated at Puchlu, iu which
the Clergy are accused of having taken
part in tho revolution and tho ecclesiusti-
cal property ol that Dieeeio, amounting to
thirty or forty millions of dollars, is seized
to pay the expenses and dunm-'ci of the
war, aud topeusion tlio widows, orphan.,
and wounded. Thisis tho first blow struck
directly at the church property, and as such,
is one of the most important acts ever re
corded in tho history of Mexico.
The decree dated at Puebla. March 21,
by President Coinonfort is a daring meas-
ure which will meet with still moro favor
and support. In that decree it is declared
that the clergy encouraged the revolution
in every manner possible, nnd that "when
tho classes in society who exorcise- the
greatest influence through their wealth, ",'m:8 "f'lurty dollar, be applied to pur
nBp,n;t.hpmB(.lvn.iol,n lrJ ..... h. ih J c,'aw 1,10 "u,,,lllr hM Kecord, for diMri-
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spirit 01 seuuion, iney cannot tie suppressed
except by measures of State policy, since
otherwise they would elude nil punishment
and subjection to all authority. To let
these classes know that (here is n just and
energetic government to which their sub
mission is due, as well as'respectand obedi
ence, it is decreed that the ecclesiastical
property of the diocese of l'ucbla shall be
seized and placed in the hands of commis
sioners appointed by the Government to
pay the damages nnd expenses of the war
as well as pensions to tho widows, orphans
This decree, or rather two decrees of that
date, were intouded only for the States of
Puebla and Vera Cruz, and the territory of
Tlaxcalla, and wero first published iu these
province!. I vould suppose at the most
moderate culculatiou that the church prop
erty of the diocese of Puebla, which can
be made available under this decree, must
exceed forty millions of dollars. It is said
lhe expenses of this revolution will run up
to six or seven millions. Jr. 0. Delta.
Wohk of an American Army. A wri
ter thus ulludes to Scott's achievements in
"He sealed the Cordilleras, bore the
eagle of his country in quick succession
through tho strnots of Jalajia, Pcroto mid
Puebla ; with 8,000 men, swept resistless
through the pass of CerrO Gordo, defended
by 12,000 Mexicans with tho s.iuio num
ber of men defeated 32,000 at Contrerns
and Cherubusco with 7,100 stormed Clio-
pultepeo, defended by 20,000 with 8,000
took the city of Mexico, occupied by an
army of 35,000."
Aud yet when ho came before the Amer
ican peoplo as a candidate for the Presiden
cy, he was ignomiiiioiisly defeated re
ceived the electoral voto of only four states!
His youth had been signalized by glorious
achievements on our northern frontier, und
his old ago illustrated by magnificent suc
cesses in Mexico. Ilis'reward was to be
spurned by those ho had nerved faithfully
through half a century of arduous
labor. And who was preferred to him I
Why, an individual whose most important
exploit was fainting on the field of battle !
Grateful country this. X 0. Craecnt.
Statistics of Coi.on. The ensus of
1800 shows ilia' while more than one fjurlh
of tho colored propleof tho north are mu
lattoes, only one-thirteenth of the ilave pop
ulation of the slave States are mulaltoes!
Among the 3,203,314 slaves iu the United
States', 210,050 where found to ha.o white
blood in them, and not all of these could he
considered mulutlojs; while of 193,000
colored people of tho free States, 57,000
wero mulaltoes ! In Ohio, out of 25, 000 of
colored population, 14,000, or more than
one-half, are mulattos 1
A gentleman of Worcester, named
Stoddard, hat invented a patent machine
for making steam-music. It can be heard
for a distance of five miles, aud all the pop
ular tunes are produced. The ears of the
performer are screwed up to the highest
pitch br its powerful mtMf.
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I Tho Oregon Bible Society, auxiliary to
American Biblo Society, hold its Ninth
Anniversary at, tho McthodU Episcopal
Church in Salem, May 1 1 1 It, 1966; the
PresiJetit (Rev. D. Leslie,) in the tl air,
and Rev. II. l.ymau, Secretary, pre tern.
Religious services, at the opening of the
morning session, by the President, nud Rev,
T. S. Condit ; afternoon, by Rev. W. F,
U est ; and evening, by IUv. Q. If. Atkin
The recor.Is of iho doings of tho Society,
for the past year, the attendance, and in
terest ut the Anniversary, lure eneourng
ing to Bib'.o lovers.
Thirty-six mitral members, nnd 811 75
Rev. P. Lrlie wai elected l'itijut ;
Rev. T.S. Condit, Vico President; Rev.D.
Bagh-y, Secretary Hon. G. Abernethy,
C.Pope, jr. P. II. llatth.Rcvs I), E. Bluin,
Win. Rbeiti, G. II. Atkinson, and P. B.
Chamberlain, Exccutiti Committee; and
R. II. Broughton, Auditor, for the ensuing
The following resolutions were passed
Raoh'td, 1st. As a standing regulation
" So.ii-ty, il shall bo the duty of ite
Secretary to present a u i it ten report, to ho
read at its annual meeting ; of the opera
tions of the Society, aud its nuxilliarics,
during his term of office.
litsolttd, 2nd. I he A '-rut of the Ameri
can Bible Society is hereby requested to in
struct the nuxiliiaries of this Society to
lorwarU written reports ottlieir operations
iu season, to enable the forei;oiiiir resolu
tions to be carried into effect.
Jiaolved, 3J. That the Aswil of the
American Bible Society be requested to or
ganize County Societies, auxilliary to the
1 to tho Executivo Committee of the Orenoa
Uregon uible Society, and report the same
, wwtf, 4tli. 1 lint the Auxilliary So-
cmwt ? rt'lu 8la. 10 ,r""ra"; 'Miriuna-,
llauhcd, 2th. That the money reoeived
for our annual memberships, within the
I hiiftiin nnd 1 1 t ilw (.nttni-nl
tu ju distribution.
The Report of the Agent of the Ameri
can Bible Society, (Rev. L. C. Phillips,)
was given nnd heard with interest.
Upon cull of the President, Rev. F. S,
Hoyt introduced and foreibly sustained the
Jiciohid, Thnt the success of the Bible
causo is essential to the prosperity of 4ho
American churches, and universal spread
of the gospel, and therefore tistntiul to the
well being of man.
After which it was unanimously adopted.
Rev. P. B. Chamberlain followed with
au address of interest upon the tuffiuieucy .
of the Bible to meet the wants of man, at
tested by its trials mid results. He was
succeeded by tho Rev. D. E. Blain, in a
short, terse, and npprnpiiaia addres,
I'he thanks of the Society w ere given to
the speakers for thuir utile addresses.
Tho utmost efficiency of the American
Biblo Society was declared to depend upon
uniting the support of all Its friends.
It Was madu the duty of the Secretary
to furnish the papers of the Territory with
an abstract with u request for publication.
Society ft'ljonrrji d to meet at Oregon
City on tho second Wednesday of May,
1857, at 10j a. M. inch feeling strength'
ened in his purpose to circulate the Bible
as it if, without "note or comment."
IUnikl Barley, Seo'y.
Serfage in Russia. The Independence
Beige of the 30th March, says a project for
tho abolition of slavery in Russia has been
much talked of for tho last few dsyt. A
St. Petersburg correspondent assures ui
that the plan has b'eii submitted to the ex
amination of the I'm per or Alexander, and -
that before ho h fl the capital for Finland,
the Czur issued a ukase, by which, hereaf
ter, the serfs will have the privilege of suing
their masters for their freedom, bcfo.othe
tribunal of the realm. Former laws grunt
ed tho serf this power, but it was almost si-
ways impossible for him to mnke a practical
use of it. , Henceforward, the nobles can
no longer transfer their serfs to another
distiict, or incorporate them into the army,
without being authorized to do so hj the
decision of a competent tribunal.
A Man with Niisb Wives. The ne'o
rious Nathan Brown, the most rcmaikable
bigamist ever known in America, wet
brought by officer Elliott the other day,
from near Jcflursonvillo, Indiana, under a
requisition from Gov, t'ha'-e. lie is re
puted to have iiino living wives! Ilia
practice has been to live with each about
three months, g-t hold of their properly
and desert them. He is now safe iu Butler
county jail, at lhe instance of his seventh
wife, a resident of this city. The old sin
ner is fifty -three years of age, and Las mar
ried three wives within two jenrs. Ham
Man O.) Intelligencer.
The R'-v. Dr. Wayland, in an aril
tide on the principles and practices of the
Baptiit churches, cuiideiuDs the practice of
sitting in frsrr, ani rccornOierlt knetlin j.