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uiu boat-yard," wcU caulked, gummed, and even
ri)Mrd, with !? P?.1 I& (or ""f ""
if mat in tlm punctuality & theee boat, that " ua lima
wait for no man, the boats will do Ihn name."
Now, in candor, Mr. Kditor, wide from all jeetiug,
und without Ibo atighleat wiah It wcnad any one, I do
think we abould apeak of our Oregon faahlona, thea
tre, ainuaemenU, boat, and Improvement with be
coming diffidence, lent other ronimunitlm might jurt
y my of Im Hint wn had indulged in"outrngroiM und
lidiculouii rucr-m." X. Y.
For Hi a Nptctntor. I
Mr. Editor Our fnond, Mr. Douglas, in
tlio Sjicctutor of (ho 1 ltd insl., iloriien, in the
most tmqiiuliliwl loriiH, tlm diurgc of rum
bulling nt Vaurotivrr, uml clmllohgrw me to
ihn prcxif of the assertion, by bKliinjf, indi
vidually, on ail of our fi'llow.dtizenx for ten
timony, und no nthequltfriiativo i left mX.
hut tTproi:od in ucoordiinci) to his rcoticst;
ho will, 1 am Hiiro, pardon mo if I wit lliiH
amoWxt tlm highest millionth;. und I will
produce one at least, whoso vcrarity will not,
I am Huro, bo enlleil in qucsti'm hy our friend.
When I, in my kim-ocIi, adverted to tho fact
that rum uim wild at Vancouvdr contrary to
law, the htati'iiicnl wan bawd on thr thousand
tongued "Iiiiki, and I no qualified my re.
inurltN ; hut in Mr. Douglas's ennfcHsjon,
found in the paper alluded to, tint nrattcr of
iloitbt is fettled, arid w arc now furnixhod
with tho authority of no Ii-m a pcrMonngn than
Mr. Douglas hiuiKulf :a IIkau uis Tkstimo.ny!
"If," Kays he, ''witlrcff-rcirfo'to th"uil'
plies, he had told his hoarer that Hit .Ma
jesty's Ship MlMi' now stationed at Fort
Vancouver, had, with other supplies for ship
use, from the stores of the 1 IihIvhi'h Ituy Com
pany, received xexeral vault ol rum; or if,
referring to the H. II. Company's own hhiH,
he hud mated that a tonall nllnivnue" of spirits
is daily served out to the crews of the com.
jinny's vustuie, and tliat other classes of the
company's m mints, according to long estah
hshed linage, receive on certain rare ovca.
iions, u hiinilar indulgence, he would have
told the plain and simpfe truth," Ate. These
fuels, Mr. Douglas, who has charge of th
nulling pst et Vancouver fully admits, and
upon his tvHtiiii'in; m the matter, I place the '
most implicit conli hiiic. It was not my in
tention to charge. our triend with having kept
a tippling shop at iiuenuver, and I wish to
correct .such, if anywhere av, who may have
come to Mich a conclusion ; but i confess, I
had not supMU4 that the law in relation tc
ardent spirits (and which may be found in
the first number of the Spectator) hud been
so wantonly dUreparJcd. Wo knew, from
iivrMjnul observation, that ruTT,it.voiisidera
lili! quantities, bad found its way amongst
our citizens from some quarter, undhoditf.
clo.surcs hero made. furnishes a key to the
mvstery, and we ire now broadly told that
ca-ika of this article have been furnished to ,
Her Majesty's olliccrs stationed in Oregon, '
but that in "their high character wc enjoy the
fullest security against its abuse," iVc.
And now, my dear sir, having heard much
of the hollow and ceremonious professions and
hyx)critical grimaces of courts and men in
high places, and disgusted with every thing ,
which savors of uristocratieal or monarchal i
parade, and smitten with tlm love o'f repuh-1
lican simplicity und honesty, I cannot admit I
that runk or men in high places are guaran
tees against the abuse of our laws, nor are
they so framed as to justify such a conclti-
sion. liaised, as I was, under these s!mp!o
institutions, which tend to bring all on an I
(quality, 1 cannot perceivo those high guar-1
hntees or pledges of honor which aro said to
nmunato from rank or station in high places
in society. With us, men givo pledges of
honor and character alone from their moral
conduct, und the bacchanalian carousals
which camo oil' in tho Tualaty Plain on
Vancouver rum last winter and spring, at
tho expenso ol tho good morals of our farming
community, gave mo abundant and addi
tional ovidonco to admiro our simple and re
publican usages, whilo it sorves as a moral
worthy of tho consideration of a prince or
the strongest appendage of nobility. Our
laws mako no distinction in 'favor of the offi
cers on board of Her Majesty's ship Modesto,
nor of tho Hudson's Bay Company's servants.
If their ships visit our ports, our laws will
protect them, and according to the usages of
all nations, we expect them to submit to their
provisions; but should those officers, through
the plenitude of their power, determine to
disregard our laws, it cortainly could firid
no justification with one filling the high ju
dicial station which Mr. Douglas occupies.
IJe has sanotionedour law-making authori.
ty by accepting ono of the highest judioial
offices under our organization, According
to his own confession, he has disregarded the
law, not only by giving in small quantities,
but by selling ardent spirits by the cask; nor
can ho find justification by dealing it out ub
dor pro-oxiatlng contracts to the servants of
tho Company. To admit that principle, deal
ers in this article would only be required,
when tho prohibitory; law was about being
passed, to contnxt for tho supply of all their
old customers, and thus defeat the object and
intention of the law by a pre-existing con
tract; and as for tho argument of long exist
ing usages, that pays the poorest tribute of
till. Why, the very toper may plead his long
indulgence in tho use of this article, with as
much propriety. I should not httve noticed tho
subject Wan, but ff r my anxious desire that
the mattershould be fairly placed beforotho
public. SAMUEL PARKER.
For the Spectator.
Mr. Editor You have invited discussion
upon the propriety of "taxing litigation. If I
understand you correctly, too cloar position
) ou advance is thU, that there should be rais
ed u tax ujon litigants for the purpose of cre
ating a fund to pay jurom. It is not stated
whether this fund shull go to pay grand or
petit jurors. 1 presume the fund intended to
he raised is to be appropriated tO'the pay of
all jurors, and in this light I shall discuss It;
but cry briefly. The services of grand ju
rors go to the benrft of the public generally,
and tlio money topty them shoulaba raised
like any other general rcverfue for public
purposes. Petit jurors tervo for the benefit
of the particular cuse they try, and as' their
services are made necessary by the particu.
far act of the parties to that particular suit,
statesmen have considered it iusl to tax tho
losing party with the pay of the jury in that
particular case. A man cannot rightfully
object to pay the cotta occasioned in un indi
vidual case by his individual act. But let
us consider the proposition to tax individual
litigants to pay grand jurors, who sc,rve for
the w hole community. Our laws tell us- that
when wv consider ourselves injured by our
neighbor, vo must not take justice into our
own hands, hut must appeal to the laws and
courts of our country. Our'country hoR laid
a general tax upon all its citizens for general
purposts. Wo will suppose A to have, like
othcn, paid his general tax; but he is injur
ed ami must uppcal to tho law for redress.
You tell him in suhstnnce that your courts
will give him justice; hut if he fails he must
pay a second general tax, in addition to what
he and others have paid, because he has been
unfortunate enough to get into a law suit
that our country lias two ways to raiso a re
venue for general and public purposes which
concern us all alike, to wit : first, by a gen
eral tax upon property ; and second, by a
chnrgc upon those who apply to it for the
administration of justice. In other words,
our country makes money by a sale of its
justice. Can any bhc say that our country
should make a speculation by tho sacred ad
ministration of justlco? Is there any reason
why u man, who is invited hyourlawto
apply to the legal tribunals of tho Country
for redress of his wrongs, and who aWs so;
but because ho has not Deen able to foresee
a failure of his suit, should be doubly taxed?
But if tho fund intended to bo raised be ap
plied to tho payment of petit jurors alone, the
hotter plan is Wax up the pay of tho jury
in the particular cause against the losing par
ty in that case. And tho reason is this, that
if you raiso such fund, your tax will fall un
equally, for some litigants will pay nothing,
befng unable, whilo thowholo expense of all
petit jurors will fall upon the few litigants
whoNaro able to pay; and who, in such case,
must pay other men's jurors, as well as their
own. I think that when this matter is un
derstood distinctly, there will bo no difference
of opinion as to its'injuatice br inexpediency.
Ono word as to costs in general : Tho idea
of high and exorbitant costs in a young and
poor community would seem to bo erroneous
atonco. Cheap and ready justice, as hear
men's dodrs as you can get it, is the true
rule. In some countries all men are allow
ed to sue; but the costs are so heavy that a
poor man is practically excluded from the
courts, for the reasearTnaVI costs mutt be
paid in advahoe, where the officer chooses to
demand it, exoept. nethaps, Jn a lew instan-
. For tha ayatatar.
Launch. S4dom has Vanoouver exhibit
ed such a state of excitement as on the 8th
inst., whan numbers Had collected from dif.
ferent parti of tha couatry to what tb ta
posinecene of; tho launch of the new vessel,
fwmo from curiosity?' other halibut it as a
prosperous, omen, vof 0jo flourishing state of
tho country, comparing it witft a few years
past, when all was a wilderness. Mr. Scarth,
the Company's ship builder, was not a little
proud to see such a concourse of people as
tumbled, to whose politeness I am indebted
for tho following measurements. 70 feet 10
inches keol, 76 feet over all, 18 feet breadth
of beam, and 14 feet below ; tonnage regis
ter 74. Judging from her appcaranc, she
will carry a largo cargo on a small draft of
water. At hair past 4 o clock a signal gun
was fired ; in anjnatant flags were seen to
fly from tho masts of tho different vessels in
the harbor, from tho eataWUbmcnt, and down
tho dock-yard. A platform had been erect
ed at the bow, and there stood the amiable
Miss Douglas with a few yclcct friends, who
had been invited to assist her in the cere
mony of christening, escorted by Capt. Bai
lie, who had that honor conferred on him, and
I could plainly percsivo many a gallant en
vied him his sow fortune. The roasic words
being pronounced, "Success to the Prince of
Wales, was loudly reiterated from hun
dreds of voices ; the dog-shores were knock
ed away from their deposit, and with a bottle
suspended by a colored ribbon .from the stem,
she glided majestically on the bosom of the
magnificent Columbia, amidst th deafening
cheers of the surrounding spectators. ' Too
much praise cannot bo given to Mr. Scarth
und the superintendent of the dock-yard for
the arrangements they had made for the safe
ty of spectators. Not tho slightest accident
happened to mar the truly pleasing and ani
mated scene, and I have only tp express my
best wishes that not only all' expectations
may be fully realized, but as tho country ad
vances in prosperity, we may bo often invi
ted to witness -similar scenes.
- For the Sjwctator.
Welcome the day that God bath bleat,
" The type of Heaven' eternal reat"
Mr. Editor What indeed can be more
pleasing and gratifying, than to. witness the
great improvements that are now almost dai
ly taking place in our infant settlement?
Among the rapid .strides wo aro making, one
of the greatest, a; tending to our salvation
hereafter, is that of our moral and religious
improvement. It is but a short time since
we were present at tho consecration of the
new Roman Catholic Church at Oregon City,
and on Sunday last wo were again invited to
witness a similar scene here, und when we
take into consideration tho infant state of our
settlement, and the great difficulty of provi
ding the necessary ornaments required, re
flects great credit on all concerned, and when
finally completed, will equal, if not surpass,
anv in Oregon; its dimensions are as follows:
Length 81 feet, breadth 36, height 20; gal
lity," width 80 feet, breadth 12. There is
also a neat parsonage house, 20 by 30 feet,
attached to it, nearly completed. Tho Rev.
Father Do Vos officiated in tho ubsenco of
Bishop Blanchett, having been duly delega
ted to act. Having delivered a most impres
sive and solemn discourse, most appropriate
to the occasion, he dedicated ft to St. James.
Another discourse followed, in which he call
ed the attention of his congregation to the
great facility now afforded them of attending
Divine Service, compared to a few years
past ; and he implored them to avail them
selves of it, and haying invoked a blessing
on the new church, tho ceremony waa con
cluded. The church can accommodate about
800 persons'; on tho present occasion about
ono hundred and fifty were present.
eahre wa fesvs fiartilii
wa Imm Ihsywa
tsjMafthba as lathis
laty kavs ban saaiNsi.
sasssa. assavwiSK SMa
aauiaW, sssy sasM
f fifes per-
MAMUED-By tka lar.J.S. Orssai, iaTsali
fMat,,at4 s'elsek, P. H, a tse 4 ist,JAVJ
HUX, I, Cilssiili, Urn LUCIlf SsVlsV
BON, lata tfMiaMsxi. . ir
Br the ssaaT. ft tffUA. r.ti.aaiiMi u..
Mr. ALAMO HlNMAN.stjasatesf tk state sf.
Nj;.Y,! Ji5w ia HmOmm IssMlli,'
to MM MAKTHA ELIZABETH JOUlf GEJt-
SUBH, u per raswa raaMeaas hi Tsalssy flslsa.
ALL paiBoas iaMt to ,. u, WkMsMSksia as
aatosjafcaiijs rUwassaat M-,
fan Ike - - ' 11 is. in nis iililiir
regain usaattM, a legal eesae wil fcs 'teksa tm aet
leetioa. Wheat, Mrre4 at OimCily.wHbtfta.
. . a NOV MITH, At.
Oregon City, J 85, 184MH1.
The CsUlspMiak far
. jk Caytehi Asr Cask isihsj asf
asBsstaaaam mai i in iMisI nlig Haasa -C
Mtbaard. If aoarirateiaJatoaslelsasiisssiihiilJUi
(nn, tae aaore niiu etsft wm, sa' ttaay.W
May 8t), 184Vtia .
BY H. M. KNIGHTON, "
Tba tmeBfif eosBssaakv sis leaaaatMy
ti'SH iarited to caQ. Tke City Hatel ia tsali
Jttal. fag repain, aad the tnarinar fcehaafcut
aayeagthat whea eawalilaa, his easiaaaasi wsl fast
mew comfartaale, as aviary aicaawuy ajtassisa wM s
rendered to make tbera aa. Hie teste aaal aat W
tuipaaMd la the territory. Tboaa who fcvar hfaa with
a call float .the west aide of the Hver, wU'reOrta
horae ferriage, free. Jaa.S, 18W-Hf
Tartrm ui Tvamj.,
- NOTICE is hanhy gJtwitesX
Tuin ongos, that Uw saiJsssgaaiisi
dawag laa atasa iisbjwj aayc i
fac&oa to au was aaay eaa sa ata.
pay,25 eeataaersaaaL Woo far 1
75 ceala, AB klaoVof awsaai wM so
Alaa, l,w HialeB Waualetl, whieh ha wat
lan oa aliano, or caaV or otara say wfll ko gifsa.
C. D. SMIT&(
Multnomah City, April 30, 184-7tf-. VV '
XEiJiOn McDOW AUb
grgTAVING rented Mr. H. kW oU
KM. MuUnomah City, oa the west aide of the WaV
lamette river, are now ready to stiffly their fasais
and cuatomen with all kiaoa.of aaaaufacnirad am
and cteeL They have a large atook of aoairtaii iraa
and atcel on Land, which wil aaahle thoaj tesafft
all crdera in their foe with daay lalah. Tfcoyhavoaasr
on band a naaber of Diasaead aaw Cry flswa ofaao
beat quality, axaa, drawiag kaivss, saartamagf.fkiaw
and edge took of all kinds, warraatod to.oerv a'aasd
edge, or no charge. Ail of wkia wfT hTssUwU
moderate price for good pay. -'-
, D'Cnatoreeta coming from tho east side of thoKTi
lamette river to our ahop for boa work, wil ha Insist
free of charge. Fob. It, lMCltf
JOHN TRAVERff & WM. GLA8ER,
JTbTatlho Baaoclated themnrrto togotharia
facturiag Hata at Oregon City, as asw
to ailpply their friends and eawjaaass with aoa i
factured.ia Oragea. Althoneh tho
they confidently hope, by their prompt
bmiueaa, to be able to fnmiah hats to tho
aamsml m maultaam1 analmoi t
Wool, beaver, otter, nceooa.1
prairie wolf, and fox skiaa will bo toaoa ia
far hats. Fobraaiy,Mtw4
Plows! Plows!. Plows!
For the Spectator.
Shocking ileadeiii(tlmoil) d narrow escape.'
'An accident occurred on the 18th inst. in
the Columbia river, for a time alanning, but
happily resulting only in a good soana; in
our sweet waters. While two of the junior
officers pf H. B. M. S. "Modeate," wtb a
friend from the shore, and three of the craw,
ware enjoying a pleasure sail in the pinnace,
a auddea squall oaughi her, and instantly
upset her. The party wore for SO miautea
in imminentdanger, immersed in the water,
hanging by the boat, until the ship'e cutter
(wnien fertunateiy was sailing m.ooanr
nmiuiU tn arul Maauad them all from
brink upon which they hung between tas aid L;
the next woria. ne pinnace was wwaup
.t ft t J .... J i Vm.oa dcWwaanavAWJ
IMlDOJVi M two wwnuw w iw yij
-l. 7 r asf r- - mm I r .
10,000 Reward for everyone Mastoid Aar
oam outkteM. 'J "
THE sabacribar begakavoto IssmWwtfpasMsja
large, that ha has Hihnaaii saawatf si lao
BiarsanHarag la general, u uraaaa.usf.waaas a
not bo aorpaaaae ia tho Stotoa
oaaae piowa, eaa bo aece
As.aaa all kind, of lasssaalsftoah. Asenosaa-
seriber has had long eiperJease ia ssaaUaoty, M Jbob
enwffmwWsi VWBlsPvWfH W WMsaWsti Wmt sasssasaW "aV emsBBB) wwWsJ
I'H' Til ' I llln IIiji 'Til if fill r
BfHotWfataals. . . ' tt i .rfe ,
GaatlemoB? wiahism-to psMhaas say. sf ll)s.assv
arijeks. will do yAHJtmmMt
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