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Fof tlm Oregon Mpcctator.
Mk. KniTon At h public meeting of th
mzt'iiH (if Clackamas county, held at thu
City Hotel on Friday evening hint, some res.
olutioim worn adopted expressing the ititcti
rioiiHiit tlm meeting with regard to trespass
nig on land claims or to tis tin: more topu
In r phrase ctiim jumjnnt!. Now Hi r, I tuke
tlm meaning of tlm word claim jumping u
embodied in those resolutions, to bo this ; '
trespassing on u person's claim of luml, ulio
has complied with tin- provisions of the laws
if Oregon, as they weru understood by tin
liegisluture, uml tho people, when made and
adopted ; lit tin: opinions of our legal men
wliut they may, with regard to tlm Mriet
construction of thu present lund law, and if
I hit vii rightly construed them i give them
my iljt-i'rful usscnt. Hut sir, then; arc oih.
t oviln existing in Oregon almost u.s p'-rni-
ions as Cluiiu jumping; one is it person tak
ing, and making two or three different claion,
ilieu reiuotu from each other, thuttli" fraud
(lur what else can it Ik- called) cannot he de
teetnl by those wanting locations, without
uiiHiiiiTuiiM expense arm loss oi nine, or
even if they could be satisfied thut tho per
son hold nioro than one cluiin, and should lo.
cuto uikmi ono, they must expect to receive
the odious appellution of claim jumper, in the
hroucl sense in which it is generally applied.
Another evil it, pernont taking large tracts
nf the most valuable land in the country for
their wives and children, in necordanooVith
a bill which died a natural death in the Con-
rcss of the United States some live years i
pirn; ami inose cuse.s are uv no means un
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I uijmi; will bo published in the ncilflMi
bi:r of tlm Spectator,) that has called fbrth
the feeble onergicH of tho undersigned In the
justification of his own proceedings, together
with thoHo persons placed in similar dream
stances with your hurnba servant. .
May 17, IS 17.
For the Ortfw gptetater.
Ma. IjIjitok I am one who have long
an observant oye upon tho advancing ii
ests oi urcgon, naving waiched the program
of the colony from itrt nrsdln somofime
fiom a distance, and anon aa Baear speeav
tor. Recently I have iwrused milh mush
interest the periodical summary ofBteliU
gence which you superintend, and wh
fleets credit uiton the enlightened enteral
i me cmens to wnoso patronage it owea
ao fW beveaJaedy dene for the whfc? nan
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existence. Korbcwral reason I hava Mai..
treiuent. .Now every cundid man must see " "" ' 'i i"3' ' woraa, tnougn put
the pernicious consequences of such proceed. frard with much difTidence, will be per.
mgs. .Some huc taken elaima lor their ' "l",l rw". twr bo deemed' muplaced ia
children in the SlMes. if lliev should evi.r ' .V"r columtlH.
iiniiiiirrnte lo this irolintrv. lint tin. r-tiilln.1 nf ' hull lirst
i In I 111 iiiiimer. st.-irinrr liniii ut nu-ti in llir. f'in. are ll'iW
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lliev often leave the holder to einov the fruits
..I ins own imnudenco and seek a location in I i''' inhubitauts and the comparatively ffcw
-ime le.sH dpNirublu part of the country, for " Hnropean descent altractod thither by
I visited thctfo scenes 'which
are now alivo with an industrious populatfo;
they w ere frequented by none, save tae ariaa
should he attempt to nettle uikjii one of those
wife or children a cluiins although the for
mer may yet be enjoying a state of single
hie sMslneHs and the latter never saw light, he
is denounced us a claim jumper; the judg
ment is rbiidurrd, the sentence is passed and
the stigma is fixed on the head of the aggress
or without a hearing.
Sunh has been the case with the under
signed, hut after facts are stated, let the pub
lic judge, and I abide tlm decision.
The person who holds pretensions to the
location 1 have mude, surveyed his claim in
l"l.'!, commencing about one fourth of a mile
below tho Falls of the Willamette river, on
the west side and ran up the river utar two
miles and a quarter, thence fur enough west
tu include about one thouxaud acres, still
warning all persons not to coum near his
wv.st line, as he vet tlioiiL'lit he had not
views il commerce; whero now tho disk of
tlm anvil or the grating of the 8awmeetetbe
ear, there was little to awake the. eoaoea of
those deep xolitUucs. bovnnd tho
ditty of the'naiito Canoo JNkM, ajhrvasl efe
ctuionally by lew ttenfal aottliiia. TJwilbta
effected wonders, aad as. (hbsv juiViMepl 'a
doubtless must improvement keep wfthtit
hand in hand. holcsomo and in the mala
equitablo laws, have been promulgafnl, aad
un enlightened press now exists to restrain
by the appeal to public opinion, all thosovi.
oliitionsofihe hr non xcriptcr which areame
nahle solely to that unsparing tribunal.
This premised, I hnvo a few remarks to
odd. In pcniMiig the abstract of tho "Or
ganic liiiwji," I nbservn certain restrictiona
in regard to the validity of Indian and other
evidence-, but discover nothing, on tho other
hand, tending to utloru reciprocal ptriectlon
noiiL'h. probubly for his wife ami children.! to1'"-' Indian the only pany, because 1 cob.
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ive in Urcgon. ceive, me ukmi ueienceiess, in wnoae lavor
should they ever urn
Kor two years he was repeatedly urged
by those settled around him to survey his
claim, so as to include the customary quant i
ty of (MO acres; at length despairing of the
arrival of his wife and family, he reluctantly
surveyed his claim, less than half u mile
wide, and two and a quarter long on the
river, contrary to uny law ever passed in
regou regulating land claims ; including
all iho valuable, water privileges and ferries
of tho Willamette ami I'liality rivers on the
premise and tho Island adjacent thereto.
I have made a locution on the north side of
tho Tuality river, near tlm mouth, with the
honest conviction, that if he will aliiiie by
his western lino, us first surveyed, I shall
obtain '.120 acres, which amount I Imvo in
i ludoil within my lines us recorded in tho
recorder's olTico. In the menu lime, sever
al persons have made locations on tho south
end at dilferciit times, hut had abandoned the
place rather than contain! with a mtperanuu
ted old man, who would command respect,
but for his contentious, child-like disposition.
The assertions I huo made hero am eu.
sily proved by tlm mast substantial evidence;
the facts are well known und tlm records will
show for themselves on thrio dillerent pages,
j (corded at different times.
Now sir, if public opinion will award to
nnv person tho right to extend his claim to
w liat length ho pleusos along tho margin of
n rivor, including u narrow strip of lund so
loluublo for its town site and water privil
egos as tho ouo ill question, when ho limy
take it in a inoro sciuuro form, 1 will desist
from further oporatious uuloss a legal pro
cess is instituted against mo.
it is now iiiv intention to appeal. Indeed. I
cannot but consider this, though it may arise
Mmibly from oversight, as a very grave oniia.
siou. Nay, in so fur as legal enactment ex
tends, I see nothing that affords in any way
protection to tho Nutivo from those harraaa-
iug infractions vwn his liberty, and that ty
rauical oppression, which in a mixed com
muiiity, unrestrained by stringent Laws, are
daily and hourly manifested. Let ui re
llect that thesn oor peopio, howbeit low in
the scale of humanity, and withal the orig.
inn.K)ssessorsoftho fair reciona which thev
see occupied by others, and what they may
be now said to inhabit upon sufleranoe only
a despised and unprotected race, debarred
from the privileges nf citizens, and virtual
ly outcasts upon the very soil which belong
to them by the indefeasible prescript of our
Common Maker. Are wo, liko the unprin
awed hpumsii colonists at a tanner day to
look upon theno regions as vnothor land of
Canaan, and to consider ourselves as the oho
sen iustiiiments nf tho Almighty to execute
the judgments nf His wrath upon the doomed
inhabitants. Wo may gloss our concienoea
with tho precious pica, and deceived by the
glare may connive ut, if wo do not practice,
injustice ; but let us not forget that in a
wider sense, tho same ruin hold good in ro
gard to nations as to individuls, that a day of
retribution will sooner or later arrive, and
the sins of tlm father be visited oondlgnly, if
not upon themselves, upon their ohiidren, to
tho third and fourth coneration. Let
hope, tltorofnre, that through the mediant of
your respcctaoio paper, tuo provisional JU.
gislnt'ure may bp urged to enact jutt and tpe.
Far Um Oragw Bprtaiet.
.,. M, JU1 '"ft " Uiroagh the mo
d4am f yew valuable Maer. to make some
"h eaWt liatfMiMil is Clackamu count v
mm el; man' of ieaj iatueat. It b ru.
awredl 'wM f -aai of ofWoa with a pretty
fwd CaMMMniatnita, tkat aetoral persons
win have laid oet taradry town sites within
refused to re-
the taaac, as
force in this
; by wMeh the streets, alleys, and
ww awe MM oat amafrytown
tM eoaaty. bare neglected or r
?!,; P "W of I
fWed by tee ajatatea sow in :
would rest in the corpo-
e oi aoon town, and
j iataad.of rwaainiMr
private aroperty of the
air. firoea what I can
at lean with two town
to wit: Oregon and
a thee towaa, par
wae laid out aorae
Mr iaaueii oaaet
ICleekamaJ, if not
abjeotl call upon
aay other officer
h your pa
whaae duty it
urea, Jbr pabUa.ii
par, ay whieh the aeaala aetv.s infomiwl
or the ohatrtMtioB if aay there be to the col
lection of the aaaae, to the ead that if the law
ia deacieat aad will not cover such rases.
tketmeaeureapaay be taken to remedy the
evii. ay auntweaag we statute, ine consc
Ma. Emtoi The'
certain J. II. P. hatw
tion of late, aad jeetly Jar W
the duuu, tUgmi mi mm9..
of the Satrap Itedao toliJe eMM
are certainly the beat that.
tae Spectator. The i
contain are good and are i
"av ByicB-su. wHwnjyn
tor the reputation or their
and the honor of Oregea, they 'i
eign growth. The one whiah I
thr. OOJ mink.. Jit L. "
... u IIHIHUH VI M-O .f III ,
"I wiU knra her ao BMt-ai a weal M f
Is Irom the pen of C. F. ,
firat published in the fifth j
vcr, a Magazine publiehed' ia
iiew iorx in iom, unaer iae
Seba Smith, the well knowB i
Downina's Letteia. AiHr as
Um truth of thia aseertioa, eaa he i
by calling at the Salem Mill,
Magazine may be sees. It
surprising when these. prodaetioaiti
pearca, mat ao pure a eTiraai a
from ao foul a sfmrrr tad ao it'"
but it is certainly more o thai
snouia have the audaomr to
on on an intelligent
piece oi poetry wrucA m -rbbim
an author with whom wr atw laV
less acquainted. Did
such impudence and such a
plo too asjs here di
thor of hia.ideas ia
beauties from hia
superlatively base. What!
of him who like J. H. P.
whole production aad
praise due alone to the
tent with building on aat
tion or even usuur hie
take pnaseeaton of teal
Aa to Mr. J. H. P'e
can only aay that I de,i
author ot aay oae .. oC-j
ablo to "Touch the-
with we're darkly boaad
ing heart and a frukM.1
common eenee. Now k. !
who know J.'H. P. thatlaV hatjj
deed he has any one dt'jimmk
And furthermore, the aaathat
ctry himself, will nerer Lraa,the i
tection, exposure and
as J. H. P. has done hr
own that which belonc to I
poet would as aoon "tiria the i
most ardent afTections. as he saawel
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himself, of or te the atraeai and allevs bv ,Iar attempt and with
vnUttfji Ua wa !. i r- .t . ,u .. I
" ih" mi arune, in oiiui-
ting or reAteiag to raeord hb town plat, may
ufvti tssntua ceeauageaeiea preve very disas
terouaia a aiiiiaisnr aoiatbf view to tho
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iadividaahit helasW araaerty in auoh to
y" wsawpieaiieBBBit -am rightly in.
fonaed has already pat hlaaaalf upon tho law
to avoid the paymeat of hieprivate tax as
" ey u aswporat authorities thus
to nap at ao early a parted ere of the advan
tage that will probably mult to him from
the withholding te record Jh town plat.
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father lew ia funds, weaH it not appear to
be the beaadea daty of tkVoficers to whom
the fiaanoial aad basin affairs of tho coun
ty are latoweUd to exaaaiae thia matter and
set the laiad ef the people of this county
straight, wkh regard to k, by a public state,
meat of facta; Jer sir, if the honest but poor
er elans of eiUeen. anf oomnellfsl to nn
their tax aad pahlic daet, I am at a loss to
know by what prooeas ofjeasoning the more
wviuiy mam asauem proprietor of a town
it i exeaatd. altbouah mrhsM nn.b.r
si r "
oi government such
the sanction of law:
should think a nopula-
JnHucnce of a rcnubli.
partfcularly under tho
t great emblem of Anier
be dull scholars indeed,
a principle with those
aad human liberty
weir miaa while
la riaer vears.
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benl McCsrrer and we sarsai it
for their comidermtioti, wak NN am
morinl to the U. S.
othti mlijecU included tUs.
Nbw Yobk, Feb.
uear jir m oompaay with
I despatch to you by theaaaal
tun nuna puiiers seieriea n
tions of the Union, for the p
ing you somo notion of the state af i
tion relating to your region 'fa tajf'
ment of tho country. tj
Along with this lotter and
also forward you a copy of-'
.National Kail Road, from a point on
sissippi nvcr tome raotno ooaat.
solicit your strict personal aftaal
plan and if you think it feasible i
ent, would beg the' assistance of ;
enco to despatch a petition in it!
next uongress, at as early an
possible. A bill cmbracina ka
ready, on the eve of prcsentatiea'j
ixxiy and it may perhaps be
own, uui huh u is wen io oe I
emergencies and it may be i
vcring in the balance; I
inhabitants of Oretron til
Trusting that you will leal
anco to the enterprise that lava
nr, I beg to assure you that afc
neglectod to advance it tUaBBBi
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