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FRIDAY. JUNE . 1S73.
ComlvHl of Crime
It is blood-chillh g t vead
numerous cans of suicide and assn--sination,
the cases of wholesale
murder almost constantly coming
to liglit in some quarter of our do.
main. It would seem that tlie
enemy of mankind was holding
higli carnival over tlie minds of
our people, leading them to tragic
ends, or tlie commission of atrocious
deeds of heartless crime. A tew
days of misfortune justifies with
some a self-sought exit from time.
A plunge, a shot, a poisonourdrng,
snd the victim of" self destruction is
lost to human activities. A shock
of soul-agony, maylie thrilled by
falsity of friend, or betrayal df ite
or husband, or lasting hurt to repu
tation or li'e indicted upon them,
or self, is sufficient cause to arm
some souls with fatal, deadly re
solve. Two shots, two p'unges of
the vital seeking dagger, and stark
and stiff lie the betrayer and the
betrayed, the injuring and the in
jured The agonized soul immo
lates itself, with its procuring vic
tim, upon the altar of life-ending
revenge, (ireed insatiate, mind
absorbing, soul-eomiding thirst for
power, for gold, seeing no virtue or
humanity in anything save gratifi
cation of self; looking upon human
ity as a rich cordial to drink, or a
golden fleece to pluck, ora soulless,
unfeeling thing, like itself, to use;
thoughtlessof God, of destiny; with
fceling, only such as tarnished
wolves display; such human devils,
iu defiance of law, entrap and kill
in cold blood their fellow men for
money. Human fiends, they are,
dripping with human gore for lust
of money. Texas has had litem;
North Carolina; Virginia; Missouri;
Kansas; New York where have
Uiey not been within the last twelve
months? And now comes Mrs.
York, of Kansas, with her dying
rtory. Last September she poisoned
her son-in-law, A. W, Drake, at
his home near Moanegua, 111. She
poisoned her husband in 1865; she
administered the fatal dose to her
own daughter, Mrs. A. V. Drake,
and her two children; she poisoned
the wife of E. R. Drake. Then
he went to her son's prepared a
mixture for him, but by mistake
took it herself, which resulted in
her own miserable death. These
things are horrible. Drag the pur
lieus of crime and reveal any in
iquity more hideous and revolting
in its atrocity than the above, or
than the Render murders, in Kan
sas, it you can. False ideas of, or
reck 'ess disregard of human re
sponsibility and destiny, is mainly
the cause of these tragic events. A
more thorough enlightenment in
the direction of duty and responsi
bility will alone stop this rising
tide of crime. In proportion as t he
average moral sentiment of mankind
is elevated, will its bloody waters
fhe Koble Aborigine UabOflomlng.
On the 11th inst., Captain Jack,
Scar-faoed Charley, Boston Charley,
floonohin, Mono, William, Princess
Mary, and Liusie were taken to tlie
office tent of the camp to be intor
ftewed by Judge Steele. Tlie 1st
t, after tone pieuwinarv eonver.
sit'run, questioned them about the
disposition of the property of the
Modocs' victims. At first they
denied any know'edge of 'I nomas'
watch or I ient Cranston's ring.
They told different stories and then
re'erred the judge to Hooka Jim,
fhacknasty Jim and ! teamlnat
Frank desiring to implicate these,
they being hated by all ti e Modoc
on account of their treachery, and
who say they will kill them or have
them killed if it takes years. Judge
Meel in a half hours talk obtained
but litt e satisfaction out of them
He then told them that unless
they gave up the watch and ring
he would abandon them to their
tiite and not trv to ret the ear of
Tyee Davis. He gave them until
next day to answer. When the
afternoon of the 12t h arrived, the
Indians sent for Doctor Cabinet
and made the following statements:
Black J im acknowledged that lie
stole $18 from Aleaciiam ami passed
in that amount Boston said he
hail Meacham's pistol hidden in the
rocks and would return it if lie had
a chance He said a squaw de
stroyed Meacham's memorandum
book. Steamboat Frank said he
knew where the coat and vest of
Di. Thomas were, and could obtain
them in ha f a day. The lie',
gentleman's gold watch was carried
off by a Warm Spring Indian, and
Cranston's ring was lost. The
leading braves, including Jack, said
that thirty or forty shots were fired
during the massacre of the Peace
Commissioners, and actively shifted
the responsibility for the murder
from one to another. All agreed
that Bogus Charley did not partici
te in the massacre.
California journals estimate that
tiie wheat crop in that State will
be in excess of the one of last year.
The prospect for a large yield iu
this State is very fine. That the
prices will be nearly if not quite as
good this year as last, is indicated
by the expected tailing off- of the
crop in some parts of Europe, com
pelling her to look to other sources
tor supplies. It is estimated that
England alone will draw on other
countries tor not less than 100,000,
000 bushels of wheat.
The election for city officers in
Portland took place last Monday.
Three tickets were in the field
Republican, Democratic and citi
zens'. The electiou was warmly
contested, a larger vote being cast
than ever before. The citizens
elected Failing, Mayor, and Going,
Assessor. The Republicans elected
Denny, Police Judge, and Lewis,
Treasurer. The Cotincilmen elect
are George Hoyt, (cit.,) J. H. Lyon,
(Rep.,) and L. Hesser (Rep.) The
water proposition was lost by a
The election in East Portland
last Monday resulted as follows:
Recorder, R. E. Bybee; Treasurer,
W. S. Gordon; Assessor, O. M.
Barnard. Councilmei Long
Terms Cyrus Ruckman, J. S. M.
Van Cleave, Jas. B, Stephens.
Short Term P. V, Stevenson, R.
Pope, A. J. Hoyt. All the above
were Republicans except Van
Cleave and Stephens. The latter
were nominated by the citizens
We are glad to read that official
reports have been received by the
Governor showing that none of the
Oregon Volunteers were near the
late killing of the Modoc captives,
and denouncing the report connect
ing them rth the, transaction as
malicious. We hope Gen. Davis
may be able to ferit out and-arrest
ttm real criminal.
of the Mle
The Oregon State Temperance
Union met iu Hie Pacific Opera Ho ise
iu this city lat Friday at 10 o'clock
A.M. Befhiw Ifce formal opening of
the I'nion an amateur autre ang sev
cral stirring lenieran(V songs fur the
edillcaiiuu nf tiMaM inhling delegates.
By the time the hour arrived for the
opening of tUe Union the liou-e was
partly tilled with ladle and gentle
men.' mostly from di-Mi,ee.
Promptly oil time, President Ryan
called the Union to order. Secretary
H. 0. Clement iu hi place. A song
was tiling iv the (jrtorr. Prayer wan
offered by Rev. Dr. Dawn, of Salem.
President Byan arose mid said: '
"We have met for the purpose nf
perfecting tlie organization of the
State Temperance Union. As we do
here, as we are guided by sound judg
ment and wisdom, will oin cause he
covered witji honors or with disgrace.
It is a well established fait that the
distillery, the rum shop and grocery,
control the destiny nt the Nation.
Through their perverting Influences,
every tie is sundered; kindred am;
friends are covered with shinue and
di grace; homes and families are made
desolate. Society and individuals have
the right to regulate the terms on
which they shall exist iu usefulness
and happiness. God has endowed us
with certain functions which we can
all t'rc!y exercise without injury to
other; hilt the moment we exercise
I hese to the injury of society or any
member therein, that moment we have
the right to stop and end these evils.
Our happiness and well-being is so in
terwoven with the relation we hear to
oneauofher. Ill society, that no one
can commit a social wrong, or abuse,
without injury to a greater or less de
gree to all. Nhieflfc'iiths of the qrttr-
reis mat emmtrer lire; nine-tentus oi
the miseries of the world, are produced
bv the evils of the drinking custom.
If we do not mean what we say, our
words ami acts are as powerless as the
empty air. But if we do mean what
we say. we should he fully determined
to carry out the principles we advo
cate. Let us assist with all our power
those who desire to place the strongest
and highest bars against these evil
that are filling the laud with wild
laments and wailing low, and turning
the bright and beautiful glories of our
iiiud into hitter ashes."
Applause, followed these eloquent
Tiie Committee on Credentials was
then announced, consisting of II. C
Clement, . Hayes, L. belaud, E. J
Dawne, J. 0. Spencer.
A resolution on order of business
was adopted. It called for the ap
pointing of a committee, which the
President designated as follows: J B
MiClane, S W Lemon, G Hoi man.
A recess was liere taken to allow
the Committee on Credentials to make
up their reiioit. The time was occu
pied by Father Newsom iu singing
several "lively ' temperance songs,
which the audience applauded.
The report of the Committee on Or
der ot liii-iness being ottered was en
tertalned try the rresident. It was as
1st Opening by music and prayer
2d Heading of the minutes.
3d Report ot Committee on Cre.'
4th Admission of members.
5th Appointment of committees.
tith Reading of resolutions and
7th Report of committers.
Nth Miscellaneous business,,.
The report was adopted.
The minutes of tlie preceding meet
ings were read by the Secretary, but
were not acted upon.
Here the Committee on Credentials
offered their report. Persons signing
the pledge ot the union, taking the
obligation and paying!, were admit
ted as members. Tiie following is the
Pledge. I pledge myself to abstain
forever from the use of intoxicating
liquors as a beverage, and to use every
honorable and legitimate means to
discountenance their use and sale In
the community and to place tiie high
est, and most stringent barriers against
the growing evils to intoxication and
the liquor traffic.
Which received about seventy sig
natures. Adjourned until 1 o'clock P. M.
President Ryan in tlie chair. Com
mittee on Credentials reported addi
tional delegates, who were received.
A number of persons signed the pledge
and took the obligation. The Presi
dent announced the following com
mittees: CmwtitiUUm and Ify-tmcs.R. Reed,
Levi Lcland, W. R. Steward, Jacob
Conser, D. C. Underwood.
Besolution.s.W. S. McMeen, W.
II. Iewls, J. B. McClane, E. F. Heroy,
J. L. Johnson.
rolitiml Action. J. B. Garrison,
W. R. Dunbar, .L W. Johnson.
A report ou Political Action from
tlie Grand Ixxlge of Gootl Templars
was read, and on motion referred to
Committee ou Political Action.
A short recess was taken to allow
Committees to make up reports.
. On being called to order the report
of the Committee on Resolutions w
The cbMowing resolutions were rec
ommended hv the Committee :
By C. F. Finlayson :
Jiesnlreil, That the temperance men
be requested logo into tlie political
primaries and endeavor by all honor
able means to secure the 'nomination
of tempernnce men for tlie various of
fices iu the gift of the people. Adopt
ed. By H. C. Clement:
ftwtfra?, That a committee of three
lie appointed in each county to receive
members in the organization, and as
certain as near as possible the number
ot legal voters who are willing to
make their temperance principles gov
ern their actions in political matters,
anil report tlie same to the Executive
Committee of this Union, on or liefore
the 2'2d day of FebraarT, 1874. Adopt
ed. By David Newsom:
leKoleed, By this Union, That total
prohibition of the liquor trade and
licence system by legislation and all
prudential means, shall be its para
1 his resolution was carried by a ris
ing vote, unanimously. '"
Volunteer remarks were here made
by Mr. Levi Leland. His effort was
to show the real cause of high taxa
tion. He found it iu tlie liquor traffic.
A letter to President Ryan from O.
S. Phelps, ot Portland, was read to
the Union, It was somewhat sopho
morian iu style, but probably was a
relief to the writer. There 'was an
attempt at poetry at the end of it.
Tiie Committee ou Political Action
through its President reported. The
following is the report a amended and
perfected afterwards :
lo the President and members of
the Oregon State Temperance Union.
We, your Committee on Political
Action, beg leave to report as follows:
That we cordially concur in the ac
tion of the Grand 'Lodge of I.O.G.T.
of this Slate, as embodied iu 'be re
iort of a like committee appointed by
that Grand Body, on the political ac
tion necessary to procure wholesome
legislation on the subject of Temper
ance. As said Grand Body desired
and requests our co-operation we
would recommend the appointment of
a committee consisting of E. W.
Byan. J. B. McClane, W. B. Carter,
Syl. C. Simpson and A. B. Cosper,
whose duty it shall be to secure the
services of a comietent person or per
sons to draft a stringent Prohibitory
law, with the principle of the "civil
damage" law incorporated therein, and
have the same presented to onr next
Legislature for enactment as the law
of the land, and to secure the services
of a competent person or persons to
appear before the said Legislature and
to argue in favor of the passage of
said law its legality and the necessity
of the same and all points necessary
to secure its adoption as the law of tlie
State ; and also to have drafted the
"Local Option" liquor law, and also
a law containing such amendments to
the law at present on our statutes as
may be necessary to render its provis
ions thoroughly effective, and such
other laws as may seem best adapted
to the cause of temperance ; and that
copies of said law be retained iu the
hands of said Committee, subject to
such use as may seem judicious and
advisable; and that it shall lie the
duty of said Committee to inaugurate
and carry out plans for solie'ting con
tributions for the purpose of remuner
ating said person Or persons, and de
vise such further ways and means as
may be essential to the accomplish
ment of these objects. And further.
that said Committee be authorized to
drait and have circu.at.ed In each coun
ty petitions to our Legislative Assem
bly, praying that all laws licensing
the sale of intoxicating Honors iu this
State be repealed, and in place there
of that just and binding laws be
passed prohibiting their sale forever as
a beverage in the State of Oregon ;
and that this committee shall confer
with said other committees as have
been or may be appointed for similar
pnriKises, and that they report to the
Union at its next session. And your
committee would further suggest that
necomiany invite an religious and
moral societies and all temperance
workers throughout the State to join
with us and assist in aceomnlishiiur
these desirable and important objects.
John B. Gaiiiuson,
Wm. R. Dckbab,
J. W. Watts.
A eriod of delay occurring, await-
nix. nuiiiii v viiiiiiiucv, -i-ri,u
delegates volunteered remarks. One
mr I hi. . f i . . i r.t j urn 1 1 .it ........ .. .
suggested that, part of the proceedings
of Fourth of July celebrations be de
voted to temperance.
Hie following amendments to tlie
Constitution were offered and passed .
First, mat Article m ot the Con
stitution be amended by striking out
all of said Article after the word Ore
Second. Tnat that nart of Art. 3d
which reads "can become a perpetual
member bv navinir Into the Treasure
die sum of ti annually," be changed
to read : can become an annual mem
ber by paying into the Treasury the
sum of $1 yearly.
Htnoived, TJiat the Union earnestly
recommend the formation of temper
ance societies in the different cities,
eotutiei iudctmnimitlta in this State.
wMcfe ibsli stead lutbt relation of
auxilliary societies to the Union, and
shall be represented in it as provided
for by Article 2d of the Constitution.
A resolution was passed that the
committee to circulate iietitions, etc..
be requested to prepare separate peti
tions for the signatures of those ad
dicted to habits of in tempera uce, to be
presented with others to the next Leg
islature praying for the passage of a
prohibitory iiquor law.
A motion was passed Hmfting mem
bers to two speeches on each question,
not to exceed five minute- each.
A resolution that the Committee on
Constitution draft a Constitution for
Auxiliary Unions, was passed.
A resolution on statistical informa
tion was passed appointing a general
committee of one, and a committee of
one iu each county, the latter to col
lect statistical Information and report
to the general committee, the same to
lie reported at next session,. ,
A resolution providing for the ap
pointing, of a committee to draft by
laws and necessary resolutions was
Mr. Levi Leland addressed the audi
ence with his usual force. Among
other tilings he spoke of the respect In
which a temperance pledge is held
even by those who are notoriously in
temperate; instancing a drunkard's
boy. who. atter he liad taken the
pledge, was uo longer required by his
father, as was bis wont, to go for liq
uor. Father Newsom made some remarks,
expressing his determination to con
tinue in the work of striving to drive
King Alcohol from our land, so long
as life endured ; and exhorted others
to do so. Adjourned until evening.
By 8 o'clock P. M. the body of the
Opera House was well filled with at
tentive people. Singing, by a select
number ot voralists. greeted the audi
ence as they assembled.
On the Union being called to order
by President Ryan, a resolution was
offered and passed, providing iu effect
that ladies, favorable to the muse, be
invited to assist, in circulating petitions
to be presented to tlie next Legisla
ture to influence their action in the
direction of a temperance law.
A resolution offered by David New
som was passed, pledging the Union
to an endorsement of the doctrine of
total prohibition of the liquor traffic
and the liquor license law, and to an
endorsement of tlie doctrine of a life
time pledge to abstinence from all in
toxicating drinks as a beverage, and
iramc in tne same.
M, V. Johnson, Ellen B. O 'Donald.
Minnie Stone and Win. Jones signed
tlie pledge and were obligated.
IHK. S. T. M1I.I.ER
Was called for and addressed the
Uniou. After boasting some of his
own experience in attending temper
ance meetings, urged tlie importance
of uniting all temperance people
have been too much scattered, giving
control to whisky ring. Now more
concert of action needed. Farmers'
Clubs have been meeting to relieve the
money pressure ; but the Temperance
Union was doing more to relieve the
pressure than they. Would build a
fortification of moral character around
the -young by temperance agitation.
Called upon parents. to make temper
ance paramount. Support no man
who is not pledged to tlie cause.
A resolution, That the altogether
too prevalent practice of drug stores
throughout our State, selling Intoxi
cating drinks as a beverage oil all davs
of the week, under the miserable dis
guise of for "medicinal purposes,'" de
serves, and should receive the hearty
condemnation of all temperance men
and women, and that suitable legisla
tion should be had to restrain this wolf
in sheep's clothing.
The Committee on By-laws submit
ted the following report:
AKTIC1.K I. The session of tin
Union shall be held annually upon such
day and hour and at such place as may
ue designated at each previous session.
AKTICLE II. Tiie Board of Direct
ors, annual members, lite members
and life directors shall constitute those
who shall be entitled to act in organ
izing each session ot the Union.
Article Hi. The President. Treas
urer and Recording Secretary shall be
elected by ballot. The remaining offi
cers contemplated in Article VI. ot the
Constitution, by a majority vote.
Akticle IV. The Recording Secre
tary shall keep complete and separate
lists of life directors, life members,
annual members and delegates.
Article V. Section 1 There shall
be appointed by tlie President at each
regular nieetiugthe followingstaiidinu
committees, vk: On Credentials.
Resolutions, Political Action, Speech
es, Ways and Means.
Akticle VI Section 1 No person
shall be allowed to speak more than
twice nor longer than five minutes on
the same question, except by special
permission of the Unfon.
Article YII.-6efton 1-Tbe Union
may, at any annual meeting, adopt
by-laws, rules of order, or older of
business, which may be found neces
sary. 1'mMai, Such by-laws, rules of
order, or order of business do not con
flict with the Constitution.
A motion was carried that the next
meettnit of the Union be at Astern on
tne nowiax preeetnne uw meeting t