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I Mm Bcveller.
WSM Ml, lk llftta
A, (M) raMy wise wu
tMr ayas wan bright,
whk k ml. 4 cried, "away
UtawtolMffT y " e,B Mi for to-"
M'mT ssaha, ay afca ww ate, aatl akaaaar dep
AmI Wi tewa f JmhSmj fM. !
I aw a.aasasariav, a aU a nifhty
atiaaraa dairy er, witk floss of
aaaaaa'iaaa 1WJto taste thin li-
kyfrWf aaatdaat, tha dissolute
Btaar-ayed dd men, and reckless youth, and paUicd
"Gba, give 1" Ihey cry, "pre, gnre as dnnk to drown
If are are happy fat f-dmy, wa ear aot fopio-mer-fs"
It fir 4o? warn their ahtaring alias , and drives
away weir aadaesa,
The Mfni UfBts their sunken eye, and fill their
-- !!. akjlsaaaaaa
Tbt tAM drop taakei thrm shout aad roar, and play
MB IttfisMM aaBUCa
TbeaartA drop Mb their very Wood, the A drop
utiriMlr " mm tint dexaaa. "drink your fill! dniik of
They'll make your bright eyea blear and dull, ond
taravoar white tkiaa yellow,.
TbeyHttl year home with care and grief, and clothe
roorback with Utter,
They'll till your heart with erd thoughts, but nrrrr
mini what matters 1"
"Tnoagh virtue aiak, and reasoning fall, ondsociul ties
rii ha wax friend in hoar of need, and find you homes
For 2 have bcwH three mamtoiw high, three strong ntid
A JEhtmu far tha jolly aoul, who all h'u life ca
Aa fteqrif! to lodge tha aot, cppreasM by pain and
A wrSnttmm dangeoaa deep, where hopeless felon
the cm aad drain again, and drown all
thought of aorrow,
Be happy if you can p-oay and tvr mtna lo-mor-
But well he knows, this demon old, how vain is all his
Even as they bear his fearful words, they cry with
shouts of laughter,
"Out on the fool! who mars to-day with thoughts of
an ktrtafttr, ,..,..
Wa care aot for thy house three, wc live but for the
ABd Merry will we make it yet, and quaff our bump.
Loud laugh tha fiend to hear them apeak, and lifts hi
"Body Wtdaoul are mint .'" quoth he "I'll have ti un
La far Haaor!"
Vnr ih Omron Spectator.
Mr. Editor Permit me to trouble you
liU - u Mmsplra in renlv to a COmOlUni-
cation of Peter H. Burnett, published in the
Spectator of the 30th September last, in
which he reflects upon my language in cer
tain communications published in your pa.
per relative to proceedings had at Oregon
City to prevent trespass upon land claimM, as
imputing to him opinions that ho "neither
oxpressed nor entertained.' This I beg leave
to dispute most heartily. He has in his com.
tnunication, labored hard with words, per
haps in a different form to establish the stfrne
doctrine which I imputed to the orator of the
Utt evening. Though he has attempted to
qualify bis position by saying, that ho does not
mean that a few, but that a majority, have
tha ."legal right" to amend the constitution
in any way they think proper, regardless of
tki provisions therein stipulated. That the
amiority in order to self protection, have the
UM to throw off their laws, and abrogate
vmt government whenever it "becomes gre--viaejf
aad too intolerable to be borne," 1 do
W'fJtapHto. But this is a natural, not as
ftir.TBvrnett would have it a legal right, for
how-"sOsa be get his legality from un act con
trarytuvind destructive of the-law, it is one
of ttaaaaJUKural rights too that are given up
by tWpitfb in the establishment of society
and tl rationof political institutions, in
order to fMure protection and permanence
of.riaAtiVrf import; wnon8 r,.',oh
Vm K3saaa&tS of property, life, liber.
tv s. thOwtWit of happiness," in all rca
sonabl 1tyS ' I believe it to be a long es.
tshliahiwl nrinninln tA rommon annaa. anil
common law, witn which the gentleman is
very inniiuur, inai buiiio ui our natural
rights of minor import aro given up, in the
formation of constitutions and tho establish.
ment tt laws in which those or the greatest
mnntont am siMMirfwl In nvrv mAmhar nt
such society, and that tho former of these
rignts arc never resumcu uv mo ih.-uuio wim
out destroying tho protection of the latter.
Now is tho cxerciso of tliut right called for
in Oregon at the present time, appears to bo
tho point at issuo. 1 maintain that it Is aot,
but should it be, tho act would bo mitutkm,
tho policy and justice of which would bo
IaA alnnn in iKa twn e,( tlin (ut urn historian
to dcliniato. Our land law has onco ,bcen
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amviiucj ill miu iiiaiiuui pvuiit-u mx wj mu
constitution, sinco the adoption of our com
pact, and it can bo dottn again should tho
people uecm it necessary, uui mr. utir.
nett would advise tho policy of rcolmion,
1L"M IIIU lUVUiltl'Illl'IIVl- llillll OII.1U ukiimu .
could ta iiccoinplthed in tlmt way. Now he
would have n sanle of war iinnicdiatcly, h-st
a btatc of war ini.lit urise iik a certain
contingency. Like tho mnniuc patient ho
would commit suicide under tin npprehen.
sion that his phy.sieiun tni'ht kill him. In
his attempt to throw u shade of injustice over
our Ian 1 Law, he says, the words "any per
sin" in that document gives to every one, of
whatever colour, from the infant to the adult,
the right to claim 040 acres of land. Now
"any person" in terms of law, Mr. Burnett
well knon sal wins signifies persons of law.
fill age, representing theiuwUo, and that
where infants, minors, llmules and others,
not known to the law arc included in any
act, they are always expressly stated; com
mon sen-e and all the statute books teafch us
this. As to the injustice of this law in re
quiring those who had mado and recorded
claims under tho former temjioriiry arrange
ment, to record them upon the proper books
under our compact, it is certainly imaginary;
it propose fi deprive them of no property
aciiiirtd under that arrangement, that laud
.w which indeed i nearly the same as the
one we new have, hcintr the onlv arrange
ment of imjiortancc then adopted by the pco
pie, is not however directly referred to and
taken up i:i form, hut all those making cluims
under it were fully protected as all must uc.
knowledge from the fact that twelve months
time was allowed them to put their claims
upon the records, where all might bo conve
nient and in proper form, anil that too at the
small cot of iifiy cents, paid to the Re
corder, whiln new claimants were allowed
only twenty days to make their records.
This arrangement was made by tho majori
ty of the people adopting tho constitution
now in force, and I am loth at any time to
admit that the majority have done wrong
and who can say that an expenditure of fifty
cents to one holding a valuable claim ut the
time of the compact, together with 1 months
time in which to accomplish it in order tose
cure such claim is a hardship to him, or is
depriving him of the legal right or means to
continue to hold it. I am not aware but that
most of these claimants have complied with
the requisitions of our present compact with-
mil ntii nnnli filtStllt tlin n ill It I Ifllin I fiftv
cents paid for putting their cluims upon tho
proper records. Those if any who hove not
complied have had over two years timo to
do so. There may bo a few however who
would join Mr. Burnett in a convention for
a new constitution in order to avoid the con
sequences of their refusal to record their
claims. But which is tho more convenient
mwl diront rcmndv a now constitution or the
payment of fifty cents to tho Territorial Re
corder ? Those concerned can answer.
Mr. Burnett would mako tho impression
that I hud become excited with him in conse
quence o.f tho legitimate exorcise ol his pro
fessional duties in cortain cases to which 1
was u party, but in this ho is in error. With
regard to his dutje as un attorney I have
iwilliinrr In uiiv. nnr hia fitlliractor 08 a DriVBtO
gontloinan, anything to impeach, nor do 1
wish to allude to his puimo opinions, or mi
nf nnv n'lior individual farther than is neces
sary in the illustration of principles under
discussion, llu says, "in rotation m wa
s.nun u-iiind Xti- Tlnll dinnnaed was under
consideration 1 was careful to express no o
pinion." Now 1 did not in my corntnunica.
tinno aa will bo found, refer to any case liti
gant between parties, but to tho caso or nub.
ject matter of trespassing upon land claims,
men unucruiscusmuii uuiuiu ii;wmb,
why ho should suppose that I ulludcd to any
nnriieular case. I do not know, unless nor. I lNcuiK.vra of tiik Hi.AcKrr.KT. Tho Black
hat, from a consciousness of one Military feet generally aro accounted bravo, though
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case neing inn wnuia cuiimi ui nu iuu uuinu
and doings of tho said meetings upon the sub
ject in question. Now his refurencu to tho
case which ho says I supposed was under
consideration, togethor with other subsequent
circumstances, probably makes it proHir for
him, as well as for myself, and is due to tho
community, that wu' narrow this difficulty
down to the one and only caso that origina
ted it, namely, thu caso litigant, John Mc
jLaughlin against A. J. Vickers, myself and
others, with regard to a land claim at this
placo. In tho full of 1840, said Viokcrs
found in this vicinity 274 ucres of land, un
incumbered by the laws of Oregon or thu
improvement of Indian, or whito man. lie
made, and occupied it, as his claim, mid hud
the same recorded as the law directs; ho was
forbid by the said McLaughlin to cut timber
or mako improvements upon said hind; usuit
at law was enmmenerd ntrninst him and im-
mediately abandoned. In the mouth of.Mav
instances h:tvo hcrih known of threo or four
whiles defeating large parties of them ; on
diie occasion, threo trappers fell into an am
husendo of theso Indiana, and two of them
were iiistuntl v tliut from their horses, but tho
third was left untouched, and spurring bin.
animal to-tho height of its iecd, broke thro'
tho whole throng and was soon out of reach.
Four mounted Indians immediately start,
cd in pursuit, and guined rapidly uixm hint
until they cunni within shooting distance,
when tho lonu trapper turned upon them, and
with his doiible.burrel rillo picked oh" two ol
their number, uinl again tied.
Confident of seouring their intended viu.
tim, now that thoy supposed hia firearms
wcro uncharged, tho remaining two hurried
after him, and in a (aw moments wcro within
rnnge of pistol-shot. Tho trapper then again
halted, and the discharge of a pistol brought
the third to tho ground.
Drawing forth a second Irom his licit, the
ust. said" Vickers proceeded to inclose a liel'l . work of hhiuuhtt r would have been comnlu-
upon the land, during the process of which ted, had not tlm terrified sJivugc, in hia turn,
vari us rumors were current about town that Hod w ith the utmost precipitancy. Tho trap
Mr. McLaughlin was preparing to raise a per pursuud, but was far in the rcur when
mob in order to stop Mr. Vickers and eject . ihe Hhtokfoot regained his comrades1, and
him from the premises; nt the top of the e-' hurriedly exclaimed :
citement, the meetings alluded to were had Music, yc! lieu! It was the Big Medicine
and a suit in chancery commenced ugainst I we pursued, and at his wool three of our war.
Mr. Vickers, myself, and others. Of these riors brrittho not. and of lour I only havo c.
suits I do not coiiipluin, nor of his attorneys, ' uaped! His Miiglu rocdicinc-irou twico sjmke
hut it is that for a single case meetings iiitit i tho death-word, und ut the amo time ; then
Irs called, committees npKiiuted, resolutions i with his jiipp.stcm he bode a third one go to
passed, tho doctrine of Judge Lynch'sM.hool i thu Spirit Laud ; and us he drew forth his
und et en tlio uhrogutKui of our govurumeut hutcher-knife to Mioot me, I lied beyond reach,
iiilvornted. to nrot.ct iho suniKwod rielits of' that 1 iniiflit toll you how to iscaiie ! Haste.
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Mr McLaughlin. That gcntlemuns leual c!llcc: It is tlm llig AlMlinuo that comes
and juv. rights I am willing u)id an.ximis lie Irom j n ! Mcc leAl he kills us all !
should have in co 101, will his fellow citi-1 l-ullnw mg his udvice. ihu astonished snvn.
.ens, though not at tbi c.jenhe of the ex- i ges immediately lied with iho gritest con
citement and sUiina oKa wiole cominunity. slernation, fully per0nS.d it was their only
Un refering tithe 5th article, 1 think, of the ' uwde ol reaping from certain destruction nt
land law, underwhioh ho made his claim or ' lie hands of the Bio Mkiucim:!
attempted to makeit at ibeWilluuietto fall, i . ,,r .rr T . . .
in l J. 1 find a lirccrProhlbitiii to claims ' X ' .D-Tl1 W l i1" V d'xa S,cat
being held hv anv person u.i all such mm.. ' 'a.v ,S hw world ; for "wtancc
ations as thai, at 'this place! Then it is evi- j II '' f " '.l-,.ounce false teeth ... the
dent that he could have constituted no law-1 1'J"'"; "f .IfiiliaU, nor in the presence o
ful claim upon the land in question nmor !-d ...aids who have not hud a srmnd t.K)th m
the system, und an he refuses to .h so under J lllc'r ,","I," 'r u 'iu;rter of a tury.
the present organization, but still claims (Mil ! ' ,wo l d - 5o ulk b,ut llur n',s .a",
acres of land at this place, und to .arrv tin, ' "" n''8 when there are C o.mecticut
law und evcrv other ohMaele' lu1,""x.."-
it won t ui to imagine u icgisiuiuro win
comp'-l tin luniks to resume when three
fourths of the members ure umong thoso who
will sutler the moat if forced to pny their
It won't do to cut soup witli u two.pronged
fork, or must. In-'ef with a spoon, when anxi.
oil' in dine in gnat haste.
It won't do Id pull a man's uo.sn until yon
out iiiramst law und evcrv
wcro originated the said meetings, with their
doings and consequent excitements and prop-
ositioos to change in an unlawful manner
our present laud law. Another mode of pro-
ccedurc to client thi, though in u more peac-
able way is discovered in the resolution of
Mr. l'lie'sl, which was uppended in the Spec.
tator over the signatures of numerous iudi-
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VIIHIUIS WHO IIUII UIIUI.IIUll UlUM IIUIIIl.l II, I ui-- r ,, .. i- I L I . I L
preamble and resolutions of the comn.i.lce, 'uru fully batW.i-d JK has not spunk enough
evidently in un utten.pt in that way to bind l0 V"1 !l 'X Wwiig ynur brains out.
them to Vote for certain individuals at the . U ,tt0 l lo ll,r ,l lfw "li w,1,,nk
oolls. who would not scruple to carry out the ,lial ''f cannot see u hole through a ladder,
principles that would best suit tho exigencies "",, '" Ma .' ,,,l! '! "'P-po'
of this troubled land lui.n, But the total , "r "a-plti". and maku u speech to the multi.
failuro in this respect leads us to Ibllow the
aamo channel still further nud uoiu the re.
port of tho refusal of tho r-ocretuiy of the
Territory to attest und deliver u coiiuuihsiou
to an individual presenting a certificate of o.
lection to the ollice of u Justice of tho I'eaco,
within our county. Yet air this proceed uro
cannot avail, as tha people know too well
their best intarests to sutler tlioir luws to lie
subverted in this way.
And finally as to Mr. Burnett s principles
of returning gooJ for evil, 1 should desire to
fed lhankful, yet 1 would rcminu nun t.iut u
is un assumption of principles fur abovo our
human natures, and that while tho white veil
is held boforo tho enchanted vision, poison
inav bo scattered through tho social field.
' (i. W. BKLL.
Oregon City, Nov. 12, 1847.
(r A rather laughablo affair occurred a
few days ago, in ono ot too uosion liotcis,
showing thu (K-culiar regard which some men
have to rank or title in ofiieo. Several nicni
bora oftho Houso of Bcpreaentatives were
Footed at tho dining tnblo, (feeling rather
dignified wo supposo) when ono of them said:
" Will tho gentleman from Audovqr plouso
nass tho buitcr this way ?" IVotty soon an
other spoko, "Will thofcntman from Wor
cester nlcaso puss tlw salt this way ?" when
ono of our city wags taking tho Ami, turning
round to tho black waiter, and Bald distinctly,
" Will tho gentleman from Africa please to
pass the bread this way t"
It won't do to throw ofi'llannal shirts on a
warm day in January, in full belief that them
will be no more coid weather until another
It won't do for an editor to wait for a mail
until niL'ht before he commences tho preparn.
tion of copy.
It won't do to go too near the hind heels of
u jackass who has been taught to kick ut
It won't do for a lady to presume that ov.
cry man is in loetilJi her who trcuts her
It won't do for a man to hump his head
nguinst u stone wall, unless he is completely
convinced that his In nil is tho hardest.
Kinully ; it won't do to draw tho cnnclu
sion that our Mock of "won't do's" is cxhaiis
ml, just becuttso wo happen to think it won't
do to givo our readers n. lurge doso at this
timu. N. O. Picayune.
Goon IIumok. Good humor is the clear
hluo sky oftho soul, on which every star of
talent will shino more clearly, and the sun of
genius will encounter no vapors n his pas
sage 'Tis tho most exquisite lrcauty of a
fino face u redeeming grace in a homily
ono. It is liko tho green on a landscape, har
moni.inff with ovurv color, mellowing tho
9 lories of the bright, softening tlio hue oftho
ark ; or, liko a fluto in a room full of Instru
ments, a sound not at first discovered by tha
oar, yet filling up breaks in tlio chord by its