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By request, we publish lite subjoined Poem, written
and pronounced by Geo.L.Curby, on the occasion of
the celebration of the 72d anniversary of American
Independence at Oregon City:
The joy of tlie free heart is swelling,
The voice of a nation is telling,
In sounds of rejoicing that echo through earth,
Of the day and the deed of her freedom and birth,
That made her illustrious in story,
And crowned her with unfading glory;
When our fathers stood up in the face ol the strong
And declaring man's rights, won the triumph o'er wrong,
As they rushed into battle contending,
For the cause U'hich they died in defending.
And millions this day have united,
Thiiir hearts' highest principles plighted,
In love of that land of the brave and the free,
Of the stars and the stripes Columbia, of thee!
Whilst the roaring of cannon is blending
With jubilant murmurs ascending.
And we who are here, on a far distant shore,
Forget we our country, do we love her no more?
Are the sons ol our sires cold-hearted?
lias the pride of their being departed?
By the memory of patriot martyrs!
Of Concord and Lexington slaughters!
By the sulTering and blood of our fathers who warr'd,
That their sons might inherit the rights they adored;
By their high, unexampled devotion!
That awakens the brightest emotion;
By all that is sacred! we swear, to this end,
Our country our freedom, to love and defend;
That the cause which they held so unshaken,
Shall never by us be forsaken.
Spirit of Jefferson, glorious!
W hose genius o'er error victorious,
Imprinted that scroll, with the letters of light,
Declaring man's worth his inviolate right,
Wtiose power the old world astonished,
And her hard-hearted despots admonished
As man, in his dignity, breaking his chain,
Sprang forth to the contest, Jits cause to maintain:
When kingdoms were shook to their center,
As such knowledge of truth sought to enter;
Ye spirits of those who, undaunted,
Signed that record of truth which implanted
In down-trodden man a sense of his worth,
That instead of the slave, he was lord oHhe earth
Oh spirits, immortal, draw near us!
Thy children beseech ye to hear us!
As we swear opposition eternal to all
Forms of tyranny lending the mind to enthrall,
That the freedom of thought we inherit
Shall be guarded as proof of our merit.
A voice in the wilderness cryeth !
Alas! only echo replyelh,
Away f om the world, 'm d the vallies and dells
Of a beautiful country where nature excells:
' l is Ihe voice of a people, lar-reaching,
For political justice beseeching ;--'Tis
OitKfiON, lonely, while millions rejoice.
For a place 'mid the nations, lifs up tier voice;
Kor her rightful and qualified station
In Columhia's bright constellation.
The descendents nf patriot sires,
Impelled by the loftiest desires,
Over deserts and mountains journeyed abroad,
And reared in ttie wilderness altars to uod
With manifold dangers contending,
The area of Freedom extending.
The roses or culture now bloom in the waste,
And Oregon, highly distinguished, is placed
Her thousands, to-dav, arc expressing
Thanks, heartfelt, for liberty's blessing.
Hurrah ! for a nation hath spoken
The fetters of tyranny's broken.
Their clank, as they fall, resounds through the world,
And the spirit of freedom defiance hath hurled.
Republican France hath arisen!
And shattered the bars of her prison
And this time, undeceived, o'er fragmented thrones,
Whose ruin for previous disasters atones,
With mildness, her cause that enhances,
Triumphant to Freedom advances.
Oh! thus, for all lime, be it ever
Man's triumph in worthy endeavor,
That the br'ght sii i of Freedom shall never go down
That earth shall abolish the throne and the crown,
And nations, as one, be united,
In love, truth, and happiness, plighted,
That man may inherit the rights of his birth,
That the spirit of God may abide in the earth,
And error and wrong enter never,
Heaven grant it! forever and ever.
Volunteers. We understand that efforts are being
made to raise a company of volunteers to number
about 20 men, to go by the northern or Mt. nood route
to meet the approaching immigration. The 10th insl.
is fixed as the lime of departure from this Cily.
Mr. Curry: In my communication published in the
Free Press of 2Uh June, in relation lo Ihe conduct of
one A. D. Smith, there was a mistake, as he was re
ferred lo as Adam Smith. I make this correction to
exhonorale. Mr. Adam Smith, because he is nol the man
alluded to but A. D. Smith, living in Yamhill county,
formerly the proprietor of the Ferry across the Yamhill
river, now belonging lo Mr. Cooper. This A. D.
Smith is better and more generally known as Mormon
Smith. With respect, I remain yourob't serv't,
Polk county, 1st July, '48. M. GILLIAM.
MARRIED On the 29th ult.,by Rev. John McKinney,
Mr. Thomas F. Leggit to Miss Nancy Zummallt, both
of Polk county.
A MEETING of the citizens of Clackamas county,
and vicinity, will be held in Oregon City, at the
City Hotel, on Saturday next, at 3 o'clock, p. m., to de
cide on the most judicious measures to be taken in re
lation lo the protection of our land claims. A full rep
resentation from the county is desired,
uregon City, July 8, '48. MANY CITIZENS.
FOR THE ISLANDS.
THE fast sailing coppered Brig Eveline, Goodwin
master, will be despatched for Oahu, S. I., about
the 15th inst. For passage, only, apply to the master
on board at Portland, or lo H. CLARh, Oregon City.
NEW GOODS AGAIN.
JUST received per Brig Eveline, and for sale, in ad
dition lo Ihcir former stock, at Couch and Crosby's,
Oregon City and Portland :
Blue and fancy prints. French silks. Bro.and white
drill. 3-'f and 4-4 bro. collon. Irish linnens. Gent's
and ladies' hose. Silk, grass, linnen, and colt, bdkfs.
Coll. and welch flannel.
Shirls, gloves, buttons, suspenders, thread, tape,
pins, needles, plates, dishes, tea setts, cups and sau
cers, iron pots, enamelled fry pans, lea keltles, tobacco,
axes, medicines, coffee, tea, sugar, molasses, syrup,
bl'k pepper, vinegar, paint oil, turpentine, pilch, nails,
glass, shaving and bro. soap, locks, files, buckles, etc.,
etc., etc. 14s,
OFFICE IN OREGON CITY.
Will be pleased to attend to all professionat.calls.
June 19, '48. 12s.