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VOLUME XI, .NO. 10.
TORtlND,OREaQN,.THURSDX 17, 1881.
IER YEAR f 3 tX).
FROM WASHINGTON TERRITORY-; '
QvpiVlA DEPICTED THE LEOI8LATtTKE 81T8 FOR
. ITS PICTCKE IS NK -THE SEMOK AS
AN ARTIST A VISIT AT TEIXO. '
j . Tenino, November 10, l&f.
To thi Rudiwi or thi Nit ohtuwuti
At the head of the Mediterranean of the pacific,
sits Olympia, the capital 1 "Washington Tprrl
- tory, keeping, guard like a queen over the grand
inland sea upon which the ships of the wide world
""aretyet to rtde'at'anchorrwhile-recetving- the
v mighty cargoes agricultural, mechanical and
mineral wealth which are already, known' by
gam plea distributed from time to tinwin every
native and JoJrelgoj)ortupon-the earth. Olym
'pia's ample skirts are unevenly spread over the
wide area of her undulating pereonTand terminate
gracefully In, a pretty-blas fl, with scalloped
edges that border her feet as they dip water In
the edges of the bay. Business has received a
new Impetus within the past year, many evi
dences of prosperity being observable that were
. wholly wantlpg a twelvemonth since. Some of
the stores are quite metropolitan in style and
make-up; the sidewalks on the principal thor
ing houses are pretentious in style and architect-
u re, 'and pretty cottages, abound at every turn,
' surrounded by neat, gardens bordered with white
' fences. ': r
3ut we know-out reader arejnore jleepjyjnter-
J' ested with the Legislature at this present writing.
than with any other feature of Olympian life or
looks ; so we asl yeu all to visit the Capitol and
- linger while the Ilon'orables sit for their pictures
In Ink. -' ' - -'S ' : r
Imagine ah -unpretentious - two-story- wooden
- building, nestled away in the suburbs at the edge
-of a clearing, to which a broad sidewalk leads. A
neat picket fence surrounds a pretty block, inclos
ing an area of perhaps an acre. A broad porch
stands guard over the front entrance, from which
. a door leads Into a wldeliall, carpeted with heavy
; drugget, with a stairway at the right leading to the
Council Chamber, and a doorway at the left lead
ing -ioa clerk's or committee's' room. -Another
door swings wide at your approach, and you enter
the Hail of Representatives, a well-carpeted, com
fortably seated and' superlatively warmed apart
ment, elaborately furnished with necessary spit-
of men In withstanding the poisonous breath and,
-consuming "heat of the close, unhealthy atmoa-
pnerer 7. - .
"What do you think of our Legislature ?" asks
a lady friend, in a stage whisper. r
'Can't Judge them accurately by their side
whiskers and back hair," we answered, cautiously.
"Wish they'd turn and .lookU8 squarely-In the
"Who la, that little roan with the loud voice and
nervous JlianneJVthat opposes the bland' gentle-
man in gray whiskers so vehemently ?''
"That's a man's rights man."
"How do you think hel vote on the suffrage
"Against it, of course.1 "" ' -' t
'Whr Hn win thlnlr '' '
. "Oh, 'cause! Little men of his organisation
always think they need the aid of human legisla
tion to keep men In their divinely appointed
sphere aaJheads of the family.'" '
- And how w;lll that good-looking man vote,
who wears side whiskers and sits near the corner.
and looks like he enjoys good victuals?"
"Oh, he'll vote all right. You can depend on
"Who Is he?" " "'
"Major Rees, of Walla Walla.'
"Ahd tho8Ptttier happylookingmen A lien, -
Hteen, Burk, Holcomb, Clarke, two Smiths and a
Taylor r don't know the others but 'howvwlll
they vote?" V -
"I guess they're all right. They're men of good
physique and happy faces ; look as If they were
oTafrald wolhTn wom
even race. Such men are on our side every time."
"Then I do believe our bill will pass the House,
for the major part of these members are not under
site; and they show by their genial faces that
-they're not hen-pecked and unhappy."
How about that thin, tall man with grlrily
whiskers and towering back head 7"
"Oh, you can't count on hlmf His bump of
self-esteem Is only equaled by his firmness. The
combined egotism of a peacock, and obstinacy
of a donkey always fears equal rights for women."
"What's his name?"
"Kh-h.h t TWt tnnw .
.friends?" " .
you tell our opponents from our
make mistakes, but not often. A very little man
Is opposed to us because he thinks, 'if women vote
they must fight,' you know. A very bigoted man
r : .
objects because be thinks God made a mistake in
creating woman, which he must "rectify by stalt
utes. A vicious, dissipated or sensual man form
low and corrupt Ideas- concerning womaripartly
from association with women as Immoral as him
self, and partly from the. coloring he Imparts to
all womanhood through his own soiled mental
spectacles." ' -5 '
" "Well, Judging the Assembly by your standard,
we have a majority.- Now, let's see what you
thi uk of the Council.'.' r: , . ;
The loud-volcedt member who comes out strong
ovTdTghUy has Just finished a speech,tn which he
has 'delivered his mind of the brilliant Ideathat
"farmers ought not' to" be legislators, and "only
lawyers should-occupy law-makers' seats," and
we leave the Hall of Representatives while his
amazed co-workers are recovering their composure
after this strange bombardment of common sense,
and ascend the stairs to find ourselves gazing in
mute reverence upon the dignity assembled in a
smaller chamber, where Wts the Council in session.
, "What's'the prospect here?" asks our friend.
u-"Good; very good. The bill may fall, but if it
does it will be on account of the obstinacy of that
tall man with a thin face, the stupidity of that
blonde man with a red nose, the bigoted pars!-
hands, and the y yote of that Senator in Burn
sides. You can't depend on him, though he's a
good-hearted fellow and would; make a grand ally
if his outside associates would let him." , -.
"Butthese are not our'only opponents. 11
only,-but alf wbuld gladly vote on, the questions
that most vitally concern them. AW hope Mr.
Long will change his mind before the next elec
tion, for he's a grand good fellow and deserves a
better fate than to be his own grave-digger. But,
for that matter, we like then) all, Mr. Graden In
cluded, and the Joke of It Hthey can't help it;
though It must be admitted that-all wis women
like those men who are willing to grantthem lib
erty .much better than they can like these who Mre
afraldtojrust them with the use of their Inalien
able rights. A.lis-.
It is adjourning time-now,- ami this portrait In
Ink cannot be finished until the solons have had
another sitting. So we leave the Capitol, and
with raised umbrella hurry down the streets and
into the city, where we stop at- the Bon Ton res
taurant and engage In a pleasant chat with Mr.
,&nd : Mrs. Rawson, proprietors, mii "enterprising
couple who preach and practice equal rights.
Then we call at the elegant home of Barnes the
banker, and look Irr upon Mr. and Mrsfratherln
their handsome cottage, and cross the long bridge
and visit MrandMrsJDobblns lh Swantown,
and have a grand good time and get all tired out,
and spend an evening at Mrs. Sylvester's with
Mrs. Baldwin, and another with Mrs. Crosby and
man with beaCTikTTMrs. Smllb71riSeattle, and address the Temper-
toons. You take a seat in the lobby, near the red
hot-stove- ami wonder-ai the-physlcal.endiirance chamber and returned to Mre Sylvester'spUa
a 1 tit.... 1! I iL 9 I I - .
"No; but they hold the balance of power, and
the other objectors, If any, will be ruled by them."
"Then you've' no hope?' - -
.'Yes; I have hopei The majority, of men In
both Houses are well-meaning, and some of them
exceedingly intelligent. There are a few states
men among them, too."
"Are all' the talented men on our side?!.' '1
"They'd all like to be. .All smart men know'
that Woman Suffrage is Inevitable, but all smart
men are not heroes, and comparatively few men
are brave enough to take a step In advance of the
mass of ignorant voters whom they credit-with
placing them In office, That's the reason we have
so' few men ,who become really great. The ad
vanced thinker and actor of the present day Is
always the hero of to-morrow. But It takes both'
comprehension and courage to grasp this fact and
appropriate It to personal advantage."
With these observations -we left -the -Council
bfeTiome to await thif tardy tedium of legislation,
of which the jtulUaalreadyknQWJXto pur featlera.
-.On Tuesday, after the bill was lost in theCoun
cil, it was still, hoped that the frlehds'.o'f Woman
SuffVage would be able to resurrect and reconsider
It. In accordance with this hope, your corre
spondent pleasantly asked Mr. Uraden, of Spokan
countyf to move a reconsideration.. We did not
ask him to vote "aye" or "no," for this is a pledge
which we never attempt to exact from friend or
foe; But the allies of the cause were sure that a
rehearing. would-bring them - at -least a gain of
one vote, and it was thought best to reqapst that
it be had. The reader may Judge of the terrible
disappointment we'd have suflered If we'd been a
widow; for the" Honorable member notib'nly re-
fused to move to reconsider, but told us "frankly"
we quote him carefully that he wouldn't, wish to
marry a woman who wtfuted to vote 1 ' We could
only restrain our' tears because we were not in the
market.- - ;
How we did Inwardly admire the sublime ego
tism of that voting sovereign J It never occurred
to him to think it possible that such a woman
might have higher aspirations than the liea of"
marrying him. He misrepresented the Intelligent
women of Spokan county, too; though we think
wouldn't be unjust even to an onnonent. He said
the women of his county, "thought themselves In
suited" by) ur Fourth of July address, given In
their presence on the Fourth of July upon the
Declaration of Independence! This will be news
to the largciiDfflberrieTiBlbte"ladteiTindTreiitl
men at whose Instigation that address was made,
and who are already planning for a Woman Suf
frage celebration In that county next year. A
man oughtn't to be. blamed over-much for what
he don't know, but we're awfully afraid Mr.
Graden will never be chosen again to govern the
women of Spokan county. For alas t we reraem
ber the fate of BradshaF of Oregon and .pike of
Wyoming, and ail the other enemies or equal
rights who have buried themselves out of slglg,
from time to time through their opposition to
Mr. Long made a similar mistake, for he de
clared that "the ladic$ of his Thurston county
did nnt want tn Tffff,'? therrhjr arraying that iltn
"By their gPTiPtnl upprun. Romptlmps T dt-rpd class airainst him in artlvn hnstlllfv, Thi
wives of the Governor and the Secretary, and all
other ladles of Intelligence and standing In his
county, wish to vote, some of them on temperance
ahce League. .. .
. Finally we' depart for Ten! no, fifteen miles, on
the homeward way, where we stop over till even
ing In the .wayside Inn kept by Mr. and Mrs.
II ueston,. rela 1 1 ves of r.jnjlMrsCourjjhel
Esmond In Portland. Tenluo Is a little place, but
It has whole-souled and . progressive Inhabitants,
of whom the parties above named, Mr. Brown, the
merchant, Mr. Reed,' the telegrapK operator, and
Mr. Davenport, capitalist, are leaders. Mr. Hues
ton cleared the dining-room for the lecture, and a
goodly company from the region round, about
came out to hear the gospel of liberty, which they
listened to with Interest and accepted with enthu
siasm. Every man and woman present was a suf
fragist, and a happier. Jollier set of pioneers we
never saw anywhere. It was a great pity that the
Honorable Mr Long, Council member from -this
county, before alluded to, could not have been
there. The pins of his "ladies don't want to vote"
argument would have been knocked "from under
htm In a twinkling. We found ourself compelled
to take the part of our opponent In the presence of
his-friends, before the evening was over, and we
venture the assertion that when the suffrage bill
leoiues up agjUnJorouderaUonJiejllLbeproudJ
to vote for It. ., '
-iWomciLare-Often to blame for their apparent
their own enfranchisement.
lack of Interest In
That it Is only an apparent lack is readily: proven
whenever opportunity Is given them to Investi
gate the question, or when they are called upon to
express an opinion upon It in the presence of a
man, or vwoman accustomed to,, defending .It.
Women who fail to Instruct Legislators-elect In
the right way to vote In their Interest should hot
complain wben'hien who are so chosen fall to com
prehend their wishes. - . A. H. I). s
- THE QUESTION NOT DEAD.
of the cause.
A growing feeling Jo favor of annexation to the
United States Is reported In Canada. .
THE TERRITORIAL' PRKBS.
The newspapers of Vashington 'Territory at
least, those which have reached the New Noktii-
'west have treated the Woman Suffrage question
In a fair manner, and several express disap
pointment at the Council's failure to endorse the
House bill. We give condensed opinions of some
of them on the woman question in eeneral and
the. Legislature's action tn particular.
The stcttulant, or Ulympla, says of the passage
of the.blll by'the House : "Whlle a majority .of
the-members-and-the-lobby -'gave-way- to -the"
wildest demonstrations of delight, those who
opposed the bill seemetl satisfied with the result,
a condition which would not have followed the
enactment of a law at any former stage of our
political history. This Indicates the gradual but
irresistible change of publio opinion an
acknowledgment of the truth of the arguments
which have been reduced to axioms by the irre
pressible logic f events." Those who
voted aye on this proposition will be remembered,
and no amount of sophistry of those who op
posed the measure, "or profession of devotion to
the Interests of humanity,, will erase the record
made deliberately and with a full knowledge of
the facts and the Justice of the cause."
The GoldeudaTe Sentinel expressed Its regret at
the failure of the measure In the Council, and
advanced these Ideas : "As Woman Suffraire is
comparatively an experiment, and as it Is claimed
by many that a ij9HyjofomenjJpnoJLdeslre.
the right of sulfrage and would not exercise It If
permitted to do so, it would have been fair and
wise to give the experiment a test while Wash
ington Is a Territory. If the experiment proved
satlf factory and in the Interests of good govern
ment, our constitution could then have been
amended so as to admit women to permanent
arid full citizenship.".
The Tacoma Ledger briefly stated the work
done by friends of the measure (but Its Inform
ants were wrong In charglngjdrs. Duniway with
invective" In hetpeech before the Legislature),
and concluded with this paragraph: "The final
struggle took place on Saturday. . Hon. El wood
Evans made a stirring appeal for the bill. Coun
cilman Calhoun of Whatcom, a sturdy granger,
and a man of good, hard, soTidsense, came to the
rescue, and other members did' the same; but a
vote of seven against the measure to five for It
left the question Tor future Legislatures to wran
glfoYe&Ir&Jlu,nlway anil other t rlende-of-the-
cause addressed a large audience at the City Hall
In the, evening and gave notice that they were de
roatodut BOt vanquished, and that the question
Wyuld be carried beforeUie people, that high
court of errors and appeals, for a new hearing,
and) they hoped and confidently believed, :a re
versal of Judgment as rendered by the Territorial
Legislature of 1881."
The Olympia Courier followed a very 'compli
mentary notice of .M rs.: Djj n I way 'i lecture In that
city with these remarks: "We hear a general
expression In reference to the equality of women
before the law, tliat there Is no argument against
It only prejudice. We are aware of the strength
of old habits and customs, and are endeavoring, to
let patience have her perfect work In the case;
bujt welo 1k to live long enough to see-so aim--
pie an act of Justice as this done, and government
deriving lt Jus powers from the consent of the
governed, expressed by the ballot of women upon
the same terms as man."
The Columbia Chronicle, of Dayton, gave the
votes by which the bill was passed In the House
and defeated In the Council, and. added; 4The
reason gtveii Jjir.lts defeat probably, is 'because.'
This Is theonly reason that exists." ,-r
The Spokan Ctronlrle. was the only per we
saw which seemed to oppose the passage of the
bVTl, arid even It ajieared more concerned In giv
ing a slap to a correspondent of "a paper outside
the Territory" than In hindering the progress of
the woman movement. -
Many of the papers, announced the votes In the
f Legislature-aa-inattera oLe wiuwl t hout stating
any opinion as to the merits of the bill.
Olympia Corr"pondenc,f Orrgonlan, Novemlier 111
From what I 'can-leam,-tite-great-question -of
Woman Suffrage will soon be brought up again
In such a shape that the legislative assembly will
hardly fail to vote for It; and by this means they
will not 6n1y enact fc'Just law, but will make 76r
themselves a most enviable record In the future
hlstorv of this Territory.
In my communication on this subject In refer-'
efice to the action of the Council,!! casually, re
marked that1 owing to the, "over-xealous efforts"
of the friends of the bill It was defeated. Owing
to the haste with which my letter had to be pre
pared,'! find I was not sufficiently explicit on the
subject, and the result Is that some of your read
ers have taken It Into their heads that I referred
to Mrs. A. S. Duniway, the able champion of
woman's rights; but In this I need only say that
they are completely-at-fault. MrSi-Duniway-by
her long experience has shown legislative assem
biles and other important bodies that she not only
works In f he right direction, but that she knows
how to work also; but I regret to say that others
do not work in this way. The plan of threatening
Instead of coaxing those who have the power to
do or undo la not the best at any time, neither has
It done any good In the present case, which Is to
be regretted. It Is, I believe, generally conceded
that Mrs. Duniway showed a most amiable dispo
sition throughout the entire action on this bill.
neither being too highly elated over Its passage In
the lower House, nor depressed by Its defeat In the I on In tbe Territorial Legislature. Its advo-Councih-
Therefore In her generous aflbrttnAliata prikntty rUim nfrit tATsfion without
tain the liberty and equality of .her sex, she baa
shown herself a true woman and an able advocate
From last Friday's Telegram: "One hundred
and twerity-elght persons In Clarke county, W. T.,
pay taxes on $2000 and upward. Of these the
heaviest tax-payerf are the Sisters of Charlty.T
their assessment being $28,7). Mrs. A- Win tier
cornea next with, an' assessment of f 23,4307
The. list contains the names of fourteen women
whose aggregate assessment amounts to $100,805.
These and kindred facts are Interesting in view
of the Woman Suffrage agitation now going
representation is tyranny and prove the same by
tnTTaratlbrr of ImJ cpcTnfi?rice.' :-- """
There Is trouble between the Connecticut and.
the American Bible Societies, the former, charg
ing large discrepancies In the account of the latter.