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Notwithstanding some mistakes and
more omissions, Mr. Jewell has great
ly improved the postal service. For
this reason we bhonld bo slow to
criticise his shortcomings, and should
complain- not too loudly, perhaps,
that he does not see that all his mail
contracts (here in Oregon, for instance-are
rigidly .enforced. Mr.
Jewell has done so well in many re
Bpects that we hope for still further
improvements at his hands, some of
which are in the nature of the correc
tion of abuses that ought to have
occupied his attention long ago.
One of the reforms needed is the
transmission of unstamped letters.
Under the present system such letters
are sent to the dead letter office, and
a circular note is sent to the per
son forowhom the unstamped letter
is intended, saying that a letter awaits
him in Washington which will bo
forwarded on receipt ef a stamp. He
must return the note of advice with
a stamp and a request for the for
warding of the letter, and thereupon
the letter about which there- has been
all this ado will be laid away some
where for preservation. The New
York World, commenting upon the
ibsnrdity of the system, permits it
self to be misled by its blind faith in
the promises of the official circular
note, and says that upon receipt of
the stamp asked for, the letter will
belnailed to its proper destination.
We do not in the least blame the
World for its credulity, or wonder
thereat. We ourself was in a like
state of simplicity until we read in
the Now York Post that a due exper-.
iuient was made in that ofiice, name
ly, after thoy had sent the desired
stamp, the letter was not mailed.
Even if the unpaid letters wero sent,
according to the promise of the cir
cular, it is cloar enough that a better
und less circuitous way than this of
ou forcing the prepayment of letters
might bo devised. Tho trouble here,
as in most other such cases, arises
from the inherent tendency of official
human nature to fall into ruts aud to
ndhere to routine. This tendency
Las always been especially strong in
the Post office Department, and it has
been illustrated pretty sharply in
When it was made lawful to send
seeds cious, cuttings, and other
such things in scaled packages (be
cause they could not bo safely sent in
any other way) at a rate lower than
that of letters, the law was defeated
practically, not because the depart
ment was hostile to its provisions, but
merely because a wooden application
of wooden rules to such packages
defeated it. First a sealed package,
about which tho postmaster could
know nothing, mnst bo presumed a
Utter, and inrt bo charged for at
letter rates. To obtain this thesend
ers of such packages write upon them
for tho information of postmasters,
"seeds," "cious," or "cuttings," as
tho caso may be. This brought an
other rule into operation. Any writ
ing on the wrapper, the postmaster
held, must bo looked upon as a mes
sage addressed to tho person to
whom the package was to be sent,
and so converted it into a letter. In
a word, if it Lad no writing on it,
tho package must be charged at letter
rates because tho postmaster could
not know that it was not a letter;
whilo if it had a word of explanation
written on it, that 'word made it a
letter in fact. After paying two or
threo dollars in extra postage on each
package received for a time, tho per
sons interested hit upon a device by
which to avoid the difficulty. In
stead of writing the magic word
"seeds" upon tho covers of their
packages, they had it printed and
pasted on. The letter of tho law
which seems to bo tho only part of
tho law of, letters which is held in
esteem in departmental bureaux
was satisfied. Could there bo a pret
tier illustration than this of tho gen
ius of cd tape? And tho practice
with respect to accidentally unstamp
ed lettera is like unto it, certainly.
Mexico is again troubled by in
testine commotions. Several revo
lutionary pronunciainontos have
boon issued in different States.
Several Generals with very musical
but nnrecolleetable name., aro on
the warpath and endeavoring to en
list recruits under their banners.
The old robber chief, of high souud
ingr titles, Cortina, is also in sympa
thy with tho revolutionists, and his
friends" near tho Rio Grande are
ieady to mount and away at the
proper time. But they are wily as
Avell as dosperate men, and will not
make a general strike- until they see
what proportions tho movement is
likely to assume. President Lerdo
does not think the different insurrec
tions at aU formidable, at least at
this time, nd is in favor of reduc
ing instead of increasing tho regular
army. Surely he must have wonder
ful confidence in his troops, when
nearly every day brings us news of
,thc defeat pfjiis supporters by gangs
:of bushwhacking bandits! We pre
sume ho mates this stand for politi
lonLcapifal, for the election for Presi
do:it in Mexico is coming on- apace,
and nothing makes a sweeter morsel
for the gullible public than economy
and retrenchment pills. The church
question is also entering largely into
public affairs in that country and
complicating matters to a consider
able extent. Demagogues, wo pre
sume, have excited the prejudices of
thi lower classes, and they 'are be
coming troublesome in the cities and
towns. But the authorities are
taking decided steps to stop all
demonstration founded upon re
ligious intolerance, and they are
supported by all the lovers law,
order and advancement in Mexico.
Each year the revolutions grow more
feeble, and eacn year it is uecomiug
more difficult to get up revolutions
in the Mexican republic. Tho peo
ple aro growing tired of. shedding
eaih other's blood in order that some
ambitious leader may rise to com
mand. . Railroads and telegraphs are
doing their mission and pushing the
sword and spurs into tho back
ground. If Lordo will free the Rio
Grande region of the robbers who
imperil the peace of the two nations,
he can then turn his whole atten
tion to weeding out bad men and
bad movementsfrom Mexico.
The Advisory Council.
The Plymouth Advisorj' Council
has come and gone, and has left the
scandal about whore it was found,
only a little more so. There is to be,
or at least it is to be recommended
that there shall be, an investigation
by five discreet persons, but there
arc so many conditions, so many ifs
and buts, in tho programme that we
cannot feel very sanguine of its re
sults; and as the proposed inquest is
to be held in private, nobody will
ever know whether it is really inves
tigated or only skimming over the
surface and we presume nobody
Red Tape. Apropos of our
heavy postage bill every month, is
the Senate of tho United States so
hampered with tho traditional legal
wrapping twine that it cannot pass
tho bill adopted in the House of
Representatives, for the repeal of
tho blundering act whereby the rates
on third class postal matter were
Washington, Marcli 20. With
ers, from tho committee on appropri
ations, reported tho House bill to
supply the deficiency for feodiug the
Sioux Indians. He moved a substi
tute: for the words "hundred thou
sand." insert the words "hundred
and fifty thousand" dollars; agreed
to, and the bill passed.
On motion of Allison, tho Senate
took up for consideration, the Senate
bill providing for an agreement with
the Sioux nat iou in regard to a portion
of their reservation and for other
purposes. Discussed at length and
Morton offered a resolution
tho committee on privileges
elections have power to sit during
the session of the Ssnate, while they
are investigating the cade of Senator
Spencer, agreed to.
The Senate eleetorial bill was then
Randolph briefly addressed the
Senate in support of his amendment,
providing that should the two houses
of Congress, feting separately, fail
to a?ree as to which are the true and
valid returns cf the State, then,
aud in that event only, the President
of the Senate shall render a decision
of the question, and such rendition
shall be in favor of that return of
the State which shall have received
tho majority of all the votes cast in
both houses of Congress, considered
as if both houses had cast their votes
in joint meeting assembled.
March 21. Allison called up Senate
bill No.5!K, providing for an agreement
with the Sioux, and pending its consid
eration the morning hour expired, and
the Senate resumed the consideration
of the bill tocount tho vote of President
and Vice President. .
After debate by Morey and Jones, of
Florida, the question wiis taken on the
amendment offered by Frclinghuvsen
to tho amendment proposed by Cooper,
viz.., to insert the following: The diU'er
rtnc to be at once referred to the Chief
Justice of the Supreme Court, the pre
siding ollioor of the. Senate and the
Speaker of the Jfou.se,. whoso decision
shall be final; rejected 30 navs, 21)
yeas, other amendments; were pro
posed, and the debate was continued
bv Stevenson, Thurnian, Withers, and
Maxey proposed an amendment,
which Ho asked to have printed, pro
viding that the President of the Senate,
acting as tho presiding officer of the
two houses in joint session, shall decide
which is tho valid return, etc.
Pending the discussion, tho Senate
went into executive session, and soon
petitions of various distillers of
Ohio, Kentucky, Indiaua and Illi
nois, protesting against change in
the plan of collecting the tax; refer
red. Tho Speaker called the States for
bills and tho following were refer
red? By Hopkins, to regnlato commerce
and prohibit unjust discrimination
by common carriers.
By Townsend, of Pennsylvania, to
amend the national banking act.
By Tucker, to regulate the cur
reucy. lie said it was presented at
the request of distinguished citizens
Atkins moved to suspend the rules
and pass the bill repealing all pro
visions of the net of the 11th of
January, lS75for the resumption of
specie payments that authorized the
Secretary of the Treasury to redeem
and cancel U. S. notes and to sell
DV S. bonds for the accomplishment
of that parpose.
Payne desired to offer an amend
ment, but it was ruled by the Speaker
that no amendment was in order.
llolman called for the yeas and
navs, and they wero ordered.
- The mot ion to suspend the rules
and pass the bill was rejected yeas
aif, najo, uut twu-iairus iu
March 21. lirieht offered a resolu
tion instructing the committee onex
penditnres in the Treasury Department
to inquire into the management and
disposition ot the captured and aban
doned property : adopted.
l.eagan. from the committee on com-
K'TlCd a, 1,511 to ane"d the
law tor tho regulation of commerce
and navigation, and for the reflation
ot steam vessels, which was n"ade h"
spcr-m order for Tuesday next.
His'ory of the Congregational Churcli
of Oregon City, Oregon.
Concluded from 1st paged
The lumber cost 80 per thousand.
Labor Of carpenters was $10 per day.
All the flooring, ceiling, weather
boarding and seats had to be planed
aud matched by hand. The front
double- doors, uupainted, cost 50
and the windows $2-L each. The
blinds, imported from New York,
cost 8 each besides the hangings
The seats ; Alone cost; $300.
painting was proportionally high.
It devolved on Mr. A., the acting
pastor, to get all the subscriptions
and collect them, ' to 'make all the
bargains for bench timber, sound
lumber, work, finishing and furnish
ing; to clear the lot of stumps 'and
stones; to measure and stack the
lumber; to carry brick and mortar
for the chimney, and to borrow the
money on bis own credit, and see
that the contractor, Mr. Welch, was
The brethren aud A
friends, for tho most part, were in
tho gold mines, or in stores, or. on
farms, or abroad on their business
tiips or speculations.
TboMvork was begun in prayer
and faith that the Lord would pro
vide, ine members gathered
their own sanctuary in August
hope that it would be the dawn
new era of religious prosperity.
evening expository lectures upon
the gospel of John, 'in tho winter of
18-1S-0, had proved a profitable ser
ries, enlisting increased attention to
and study of the Bible, and it was
lioped tliat a similar evening service
would bo soon revived; but the
mania for gold digging, that swept
over tho community annually', aud
the various business enterprises set
on foot, with the unsettled and
changing population, made it hard
to placo auv set lessons or work in
religious affairs. ' "'
An attempt was made to help pay
for the pews by renting half of them
for two or threo years, at $13 to $20
apiece, leaving the rest free. Three
were rented, but one Sabbath morn
ing a gentleman camo in and was
takirg a scat, when the renter
whispered, '"This is my. pew." He
tried a second with the same result.
He then turned on his heel and went
out muttering: "I paid something
for this church, but if they rent tho
scats I won't come here auy more,"
and ho never has come, except to
fuueral.3 to this day. That was the
end of pew renting; all the 2,evvs
have been free to all comers ever
Much 'outside work was done dur
ing tho building of the church.
Preaching' stations at the house of
Robert Arthur, Esq., the older, near
Clear Creek, at the settlement near
Phillip Poster'?, at Clackamas City,
at the bouse of James Barlow, on
Hoggs' prairie, on Baker and Marks'
prairie, and at Linn City were ap
pointed and attended somewhat regu
larly as early as 1810 and '."0. Pre-,
quent visits were made to Portland
and Milwankie to preach on Sab
bath and begin to piejKivo for chris
tian work in those places. Lots were
selected anil secured for the Congre
gational church in Portland in July,
1810, whereon their first house of
worship was built, and where their
second beautiful sanctuary now
Education was a subject of early
thought and care and prayer with
the young pastor, and it gradually
became so to the church and congre
gation. The commission given to
Mr. Atkinson by tho American Home
Missionary Society, having tho
preaching of the gospel as tho prime
object, included also Bible and- tract
distribution, and the establishment
of schools, with a special commis
sion from the Secretary of the Ameri
can College Society, Rev. Thcrou
Baldwin, "to establish an Academy
that should grow into a College."
Accordingly the first act dono for
this object was in July, 1818, to
plan with Rev. Harvey Clarke to
organize the Oregon Association of
ministers and churches for council,
with tho immediate view to estab
lish such an academy with collegiate
powers. The brethren on call met
with tho church at Oregon City in
September, 18-18, organized the Asso
ciation, and, after consultation,
chose by vote a board of trnstees for
the Academy, advising their incor
poration. The friends in the church
and congregation gave over ono hun
dred dollars among tho first dona
tions to that institution, which was
styled Tualatin Academy, and which
has become "Tualatin Academy and
Pacific University." Deacon P. H.
Hatch, a trustee, moved to Tualatin
Plains and for awhile as its agent,
helped to erect the first hewed log
house, and do other needful work
for its success. Frequent were tho
visits of Rev. Mr. A., its Secretary
from tho beginning till now, oil
horseback through tho woods in
summer and winter, for the 15 years
of his first pastorate, to Tualatin
Plains to attend tho trustees' meet
ings, aud to help Bro. Clarke, its
General Agent and President of its
Board of Trustees until his deatli in
Early in 1810, a short time after
General Joseph Lane arrived with a
commission as Governor to estab
lish tho U. S. Territorial Govern
ment, the pastor of the church con
sulted with several citizens, among
them Hon. Geo.. L. Curry,- upon
forming a school district and taking
measures to establish a sys em of
free schools. A public meeting was
called in our room hired for worship.
Tho subject was discussed, one
prominent citizen, the town 2rprie
tor, arguing the right and duty of
every man to educate his own chil
dren, as; was done in Canada, his
country, and the wrong of imposing
taxes on one man to educate the
children of another. - ... . - ,
Instantly Mr. Smith, of Chehalem
valley, happening to be. present rhe
who had the vnlgar soubriqnet of
"Blubber-mouth" blurted out :
"That's not the way we do iu our
country, doctor. In America,schools
are free; we educate every child.
That's tho way we preserve our liber
ties." " V .
The question was put, and tho
whole audience, which filled the
room, voted aye for free, schools,
with only two or three nays.
Gen. Lane's message to the first
Legislature in July, 1839, recom
mended the establishment' of the
system of free schools,- which, with
modifications, has been extending
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I tho blessings of public education into
i every settlement of Oregon, Wash
ington and Idaho ever since.
The pastor of -the Congregational
church was appointed the first
School Commissioner, to district
Clackamas county and encourage
the establishment of freq schools.
He divided the whole county as the
law required in 1850, from the
Marion county line on the south to
the Coluinbia'on the north, and from
the Willamette river on the west to
the summit of the Cascade moun
tains on the east, drawing an outline
map for deposit and reference in the
County Clerk's office.""" Tho law
1 called for the districts, though some
of them had not then ono inhabitant.
The later modified law calls for dis
tricts where the people need them.
.The plan of a graded free school
for the city was suggested in 1819 by
tho pastor of the Congregational
church, to several citizens and mem
bers of his congregation. Ib was
deemed too : costly for our means,
and perhaps premature. A plan for
a female seminary was nest suggest
edbyhim, and favorably received,
especially by Gov. Geo. Abernathy,
who pledged funus 'and his best
counsel, for the enterprise. Several
gentlemen signified their willingness
to become incorporated as the trus
tees of such a school, among whom
were Hon. G. Abernathy, Hon. A.
Ij. Lovejoy, Col. James Taylor, Hon.
W. W. Buck, Rev. 11. Johnson, Rev.
Wilson Blain, Rev. G. H. Atkinson
and threo or four others.- They wero
incorporated by the first U. S. Terri
torial Legislature in September,
18VJ, by the name and stylo of the
"President and Trustees of tho
Clackamas County Female Semin
ary." It devolved on Mr. A., who
had been chosen Secretary, to solicit
and collect the subscriptions, which
amounted in all to over 81,000. Mr.
Abernathy having given at iirst
81,000, added to tho gift 8500 more.
Several hundred dollars were given
by the members and attendants at
the Congregational church. Dr.
John McLaughlin generously gave
tho block on which the Seminiary
now stands. Mr. Morrison, the
architect, gave the drawing and plan
of tho building, with its jrartial ar
rangement for a family and boarding
school. One bid to build and com
plete it was $10,000. It was .finally
let to Messis. Welch it Hanna for
$11,000, but left incomplete May,
1831, at a cost of over $10,000, in
cluding seats and furniture. Mr.
Abernathy loaned $tJ00 to pay bills.
The Secretary had sent to Gov.
Slade, of Vermont, for teachers for
tho State, and five ladies arrived
early in 1831, two of whom, Miss
Lincoln, from Portland, Maims, and
Miss Smith, from Now lrork, were
employed at once to open the Semin
ary. Members: of the church and
cougrcgatiou shared in its trials and
rejoiced in its progress as a foster
child. Iu 1832, ono of the teachers
having engaged . in a home school,
which all the lady teachers were-'ut
length led to do, and the debt being aa
added burden to the failure to keep
teachers, Mr. Atkkiso.i was allowed
to go East for ten months to get
teachers, .ami funds for this Seminary
and Tualatin Academy.
The church meanwhile was occu
pied by Aan'ous ministers, among
them Rev. Mr. 1'acklc r of the Epis
copal church. Deacon Hatch con
tinued his faithful charge of the Sab
bath School. Hiram Ciark, Eaq.
took on himself about $1,700 of the
church debt, and the pastor took the
rest, leaving the property free.
With the new teachers. Prof. E.l).
Shuttuck and wife, the Seminary at
tained a high btanding and a largo
measure of prosperity in 183o--4-3..
. The church received new helpers
in 1833, among others the families of
Cant. Aiusworth, Mr. Holbrook, Mr.
Preston, Mr. Tlios. Pope and Mr.
Ferguson, which increased its effi
ciency very much, and which would
have done more for it and for the
people, had not thePortlaudchurch,
left in 183-4 without a pastor, re
quired Mr. Atkinson a third or half
the time, to keep it alive. Iu 1851-5
our church enjoyed a revival and re
ceived about -0 new members.
The work at ontstations was re
vived and extended to threo or four
new places, visited mostly on week
days, besides frequent trips to Port
land until Rev. P. B. Chamberlain
arrived in 1830 or '37.
Work done in other places by the
pastor left more for the few members,
in sustaining the Sabbath School,
prayer meetings, ami aud sewing
circle, which they did vigorously.
Missionary efforts begun by Mrs. A.,
with the young ladies' sewing circle
in 1848, continued in various ways
for 13 years. Contributions were
regularly made to tho Bible Society
and to various Missionary Societies,
and tho subjects wero as regularly
presented from the pulpit and at tho
monthly concert of prayer for the
conversion of the world to Christ.
In the few years before 1800, many
families returned to tho East, or
moved to Portland or othor parts of
the State. The town declined. Farm
ing began to take tho place of min
ing, and the prairie lands of the up
per valleys' drew away the new as
well as the earlier populations. The
civil war proved to be a divisive
power, separating strong frionds for
In 1861, Rev. Mr. Atkinson was
invited by the city school board to
take charge of the Seminary, which
had at first been sold to the Method
ist church for its debt, and then re
purchased by tho city for a graded
free school. He took it for one year
and with Mrs. A. and Mr. Randall as
assistants,' established the grades on
the usual plan, as far as the progress
of tho pupils would admit, mean
while, preaching regularly, as usual.
Schoof teaching for six terms aided
him in getting free from debt for the
first time in 13 years, but caused the
exhaustion of energies. The change
to tho Portland - church in part re--stored
him. i 1 ;
His 15th anniversary sermon gave
the following statistics: June 28th,
1803, 82 names had been enrolled on
the church record, 7 of whom were
members June 21st, 18-18. 37 of the
members had been received on pro
fession since 1818, and 38 by letter.
24 had been dismissed by letter, 4
had died, and six had been excluded.
18 names wero on the roll June 2SKh,
1803, 15 of "whom were absent, leav
ing 33 to attend church. .Of those 12
or 14 could with difficulty come to
the meetings, or even communion
The contributions of the church
and congregation to church building I
and repairs, improvements ami cur- J
. rent expenses for 15 years were $9,-
i. vjumnuiuioas ior missions,
Bible Society, and Tract Society,
$1,5G1. Subscriptions for salary of
pastor for 15 years, $4,073, averaging
$271 53 per year. The average paid
by the church and congregrtion for
all religious purposes for the 15 years
was $1,043 92. The. aid received bv
the-church from tho American Homo
Msisionary for salary of the pastor,
was $7,G00, during 14 years, or
$342 S3 per year. No aid was asked
or received of that society d-uring
tho time the pastor was employed in
teaching. It will be seen that the
people raised two dollars for relig
ious purposes for every one invested
here by the. Missionary Society
During 1857-S. the front ten feet
with, tower and bell, were added to
tho church building at a cost of
The mortuary statistics of tlio city,
including a radius of two miles, for.
15 years, were 155 deaths besides
the 30 killed by the explosion of tho
"Gazelle," au average of 10 or 12 per
year, or about one per cent. 84 f un
erals were attended by the pastor,
and 03 couples married, in the time.
The churcli having suffered with
the depression of the city, and the
absence of the pastor except on com
munion Sabbaths, had only its Sab
bath School and weekly prayer meet
ings, until Rev. P. S. Knight became
acting pastor from 1803 to 1807. It
had dismissed some members, but
had revived and grown from 30 to 51
under the earnest and faithful labors
of Bro. Knight, with fair prospects
of steady further Rain in members
and usefulness. Hi3 call to Salem
dampened the ardor of some of the
friends, and put more work on oth
ers. Yet the Sabbath School and
prayer meetings were held regularly.
Rev. E. Gerry became acting pastor
i n ovembcr, 1SG8, and continued
four years, working faithfully iu and
out of the city, witli the increasing
respect and confidence of all classes,
as an able atd earnest minister of the
Gospel. The church roll lost some
names by dismissal and death, and
added other names, leaving about 46
on the list,. when he returned to Ver
mont in November, 18.' 2.
His departure recalled Rev. G. II.
Atkinson, "General Missionary" of
tho American Home Missionary Soci
ety, to be aprilin acting pastor from
November, 1872, to the present data.
Public worship has been held once
or twice per month by the pastor,
besides a term of reading of sermons
by Prof. Macinm. The prayer meet- ,
ings have been held part of the time,
and the Sabbath School regularly,
while the members and congregation
worshipped in the other churches.
An increase of subscription was
made for the pastor's support under
brethren Knight and (Jerry, and a
spirit of Christian benevolence has
been shown in many ways during all
these years. One feature of value to
tho honor of tho Christian spirit of
tho place, was the union meetings
held on communion days in 18G3-4-5,
when Rev. C. C. Stratton was pastor
of. tho M. E. Church. He and his
congregation united with us in the
ordinances in the morning, and we
with them in the evening. The same
union meetings were revived later
and made a special feature of work
between tho Baptist, Methodist and
Congregational churches in 1873-4-5,
and especially iu these early months
The result has been large additions
to all the churches, and a marked
jrrowth in tho nobler and more effec
tive Christian qualities on part of
the members of all the churches. 57
have been addd to tho Congrega
tional church during tho last three
years, 33 of them on profession with
in the last month. Some have been
dismissed, leaving on the list March
1st. 1870, 100 names.
We engage in the service of our
Lord in this Centennial "year with
new joy, and hope that greater tri
umphs of His grace may be seen.
The 'classes of workers have been
reduced to more system, and the
calls for effort in various wavs are
and our joy in
Our fellowship with
is without a discord,
their success in win-
souls to Christ is heartfelt. It
may bo said that the community, the
county and the State nave felt the
good done by this church during all
these j'cars in education, in morals,
aud in true religion.
It is due to tho ioople to say in
conclusion that they have manifested
a growing interest in the welfare of
the church, and at no period more
than the present. , '
It is proper for the undersigned,
who has for more than twenty years
been its acting pastor, to acknowl
edge the manifold grace of God to
himself and family, in our work and
cordial fellowship with this church
and people, from the first day until
now, and to express a more profound
faith and joy in the Gospel, and in the
growing kingdom of our Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ among us, and
over our land, and in all the world.
Geo. II. Atkixsox.
HalUcdoor and Shuttlecock.
The editor of the Snohomish Star
recommends to his lady eontribulors
that they first try their hand at prose.
An Oregon paper suggests that a wash
tut) would bo pretty good too. Seattle
If that Oregon pqier man don't look
out, some fair one will try her hand at
the rolling-pin. I Vancouver Indepen
dent. That Oregon paper man knows where
of ho speaks, and neil her the fear of t he
rolling-pi n or any other kind of a pin
will deter him from telling the truth.
That P.ee evidently does not go much
on honey, or it wouldn't slur the "pin
backs."! Albany Democrat.
Not so, Mr. P.rown, it is siniplv an
evidence on our part of a greater love
for a good dinner or a clean shirt, than
for poor poetry. 1'ce.
In thanking tho Deo for its high esti
mate of our valor in the cause of truth,'
and in taking up the cudgel in our de
fense, we , cannot refrain advertising
the fact that at all times wb are prepar
ed to take charge of anything in the
rolling "pin-back". Order without assis
tance. . .
The Democrat says: Since the pos
itive information that the person 'who
recently committed suicido at the
depot in Albany was not, as suppos
ed, John Frost, of B.ena Yista, vari
ous conjectures have been afloat as to
who the unfortunate man was. It is
thought to have been O. M. Mitchell
who left his home near Cloverdale,
Lane county, several weeks ago in a
demented state of mind. lie was
last seen about the date of the suicide
near Tangent; sinco which time no
trace of him can Ie obtained,
TELEG It A PHI C 'EHS.
New York, March 18. Ex Min
ister Schenck has arrived from Eng
land. ' '.
Tho Spauish minister and other
prominent Spaniardslast night cele
brated tho proclamation of peace in
Spain, by a banquet at Delmouico's.
E-ubenstein, sentenced to be hung
for the murder of Sarah Alexander,
has been granted a stsy'of proceed-"
ings till his case is reviewed by the
- Washington;"" March " 18. Steps'
have been taken to bring Marsh back
to testify, which will probably be
successful. All he asks is exemption
from punishment, which "will be
granted. - ' ; ; v - . t'
Washington, March 19. Offices
established : Soda Stone, Linn coun ty,'
Oregon, Isaac Hntchins, P. M.;
Williams Creek, Jackson county,
Oregon, Jno. A. Newman, P. M.
Postmasters appointed: Mrs.. Ruth
E. Hilar, Brooks, Marion county,
' Tho judiciary' committee expect
to formally report tho articles of
impeachment against Belknap, and
the testimony supporting ' them, in
cluding that of Marsh, . within ' a
CiiAKnssTON, S. C, March 20. A
tiro which broke out this morning
destroyed $250,000 worth of property
und rendered 100 persons homeless.
Memphis, March 20. Since 7
o'clock last night to 10 this morning
ten inches of snow have fallen and
it is still snowing. The streets are
full of improvised sleighs. Such a
htorm was never known heretofore.
Boston, March 20. A memorial
lias been signed by the presiding
officers of both branches of the legis
lature and members, nearly unani
mously, irrespective of party asking
the U. S. Senate to confirm the
nomination Hon. R. H. Dana, Jr.,
as U. S. minister to England.
Washington, March 20. Bradley
Barlow, of the firm of Barlow & San
derson, is again under examination
bv the House committee to-dav. He
testified that the firm 'had, in several
instances last year, bought offthe low
er bidders for mailcontracts in order
to obtain thcni at high figures, but
denied that any money had been paid
or loaned by him or partners to any
official in the Postoffico Department.
He gave some details showing how
lie had secured certain valuable con
tracts last year. He paid to Grant
fc Taggart, of California, to Corbett
itBeekman, of Oregon, and to a Mi
Blanchard, several thousand dollar
to withdraw their bids ior service
between Redding, California, and
Roseburg, Oregon, and paid to Gov.
Thompson, of Idaho, .15,000 for
relinquishing his lower bid on the
long route from The Dalles, Oregon
to Kelton, Utah. - '
Stillman A. "Dan forth, formerly
confidential friend of Sanderson &
Co., testifies specifically to abandon
ing a straw bid for .-90,000, whereon
they got a contract ot $200,000 for
the sumo service., 'Ho also says
Sanderson told him in May last that
the firm had paid 63,00i) quarterly
to a certain official in the Postofiice
Department for : services, besides
carriage, horses and diamonds pre
sented to others influential there.
The Treasury Departemnt will
receive during the present, week; from
San Francisco, 11 tons of silver coin,
in anticipation of the' period for
commencing the circulation of sil
ver. This will amount to a half
The IT. S. Supreme court this af
ternoon delivered through Justice
Miller, an unanimousopinion revers
ing the decision of the California su
premo court in the so called Chineso
case, and ordering Foy Hung Chung
to be released from the custody in
which she is held under the foreign
passenger act of that State. This
decision sustains the ruling made by
J nslice Field in similar cases brought
before him in the U. S. circuit. Tho
supreme-court accompanies its decis
ion wit I.i a severs criticism of the law
of California on the subject.
1 ho President sent the following
nomination to the Senate to-day:
John M. Coghlau, of .California, to
be chief Justice of Utah.
'New Yokk, March 21. Frank A.
Dockery, the American arrested iu
Cuba and sentenced to death, w hich
sentence was commuted to imprison
ment in Spain from whence he escap
ed to this country, was arrested here
to day on an indictment found by
the United States Grand Jury, at
Jacksonville, Florida, in 1870, charg
ing hini with embezzling 35,000 in
loO, wliile collector of the port of
St. Johns, Florida. Dockery, who
says the indictment is purely a polit
ical move, waived an examination
and starts this afternoon for Florida.
Chicago, March 21. A Washington
dispatch says to-day the Senate com-;
mittee on foreign relations had a
long session to-day on the subject of
Dana's nomination. Senator Bout
well handed in the memorial of the
Boston bar in favor of the confirma
tion and immediately retired. The
remainder of the session wus strictly
private. The members of. the com
mittee positively declined to state
explicitly what action, if any, was
taken in the case; but from their man
ner and certain intimations, there
seems to be no doubt that the ma
jority have determined to report on
tho nomination adversely, unless it
be withdrawn - , .
San Francisco, March 10. En
tries for the. two mile and repeat race,
to come on? next Saturday, closed
last night. Joe Daniels enter's Gol
den Gate; M. Little, Foster; Mark
Walden, Revenue, Jr.; H. Walsh,
Chance: R. C. Simpson, Ilockliock
ing. The race' will be for $2,000.'
Foster is the favorite; Hockhocking
second. ' ' - - i : : . :
Jackson, Cal., March 19. The
noted stage robbed, Joaquin, ? alias
Autone was arrested liere this morning.-
i ' - ' t ' . t- .-:-'rr.v -.i
San FnANcisco, March 20.A.cG."
Mappa, of Sau,Diego, -whcT-vvas-'dis
charged a year or so ago from ! the
internal revenue department as em
ploye, was indicted by U. S. grand
jury last week for embezzlement of
public money. He has given bonds
to appear before the U.' S. circuit
court. . ;
San Fkancisco, March 21. Capt.
Moore, owner of the race horse
Foster, left Sacramento yesterday,
for Oregon. Foster remains at
Sacramento during the summer. The
Record-Union is authority for stating
that Foster will not take part in the
two mile and repeat race at the Pay
District course on Saturday, al
though reported entered in it. The
same paper says the match between
Foster ; and Springbok has fallen
through on account of the friends of
tho later horses haveing failed to
Campo, March 12. Information,
deemed to be reliable, has been giv
en to Gaskill Bros, by a Mexican
the raid! of December 4th, is now at
Tecarte, just below the line, forming;
A-Jand for another raid '
Foreign. f r
London, March IS. The Prince
of Wales and suite -arrived at Aden-,
on his ret urn from India. ? ,.. , Y . r . ,
A1 telegram from Naples reports
that the ' long expected 'eruption of
Mt. Vesuvius,. commenced , Friday
night. The lava is flowing toward
Pompeii. Vast quantities. of lava is
The steamer Isabel from .TNewf'i
Rochelle for Bristol is reported
wrecked in the English channel. Tho
crew, thirty in number were lost.
LoxDON,Marcli 18. It, is, feared f
the British ship Kate StClair; froni'
Xe w . Yflr k for Q lasgow- and, the bark
Walton, from New York for London,
were lost wjth all oh board.
, A letter from Ragnsa "states' lha0
& Turkish surgeon places the losses
of the Turkish army in Ilerzegovinia
at not less then 3.500. q
Rome, March 18. The Ministry
resigned and the King intrusted , to
Signor De Prites of the Left the task
of forming a Cabinet.
London, March 21. Four hundred-wind-bound
vessels 'left "the Meriaey
yesterday, including 193 bound to
foreign ports. The ' 'spec aclel was
unprecedented. The vessels formed
a procession, sometimes ten abreast, '
which, occupied two hours in pass
ing. The papers tn the Winslow matter
are probably delayed by . the discus
sion between the United States and
England regarding the offenses for,
which prisoners may be tried after
extradition. The discussion grows
out of the Lawrence case. .
SUMMAIiY OF ST ATM XEWS.'
The body of John Craig, the mail ,
carrier, who perished between Bel-'
knap's and Ocheco, has been found.
The prisoner confined to the Lane
County jail, pined for society. Last ''
week, he opened the door with his
jack knife, and left for parts un
known. ' - ; ' ' i i f i
The Dallas Baptist' Church is'
without a pastor.
The Eugene City government was
run on 2,283,13 last year. .
. A man has been prospecting a '
"mine" near Albany salted with
brass filings, and is on his way to
San.Fransisco with the proceeds : , ,
More grain has benn sown in
Umatilia county this year than ever1
before. . ' '
" Totseb, chief of the-Clatsop-triW
of Indians, died at his home on Clat
sop plains last week.
Tho, Lafayette Courier says' the
Efocli in that vicinity has -but just
commenced to- die and - Hi is stormy
weather continues the loss will be
enormous. : " '
The escaped prisoners, Shepard--
son, Watson and LJurke were camur-
ed ten miles ,bevend :St. .Joe, oo.
Saturday night by Sheriff Dale of
j. am hill county. p I "I " n '
W. S. Newberry. Esq.. of Portland
has discontinued the practice of law
and gone into the hardware" business.
Tho steamer Idaho, f rora ian !
Francisco brought to
i J s-.
200 Chinese! c
Milt. Sbepardson-'is nowjiraderin-
dietment by the U. S. Grand .Turv'
and his bonds are fixed at 810,000. -
The Salem Statesmau tells of several
persons, at Monmouth, having died
lately from eating fresh pork infest- (
eu wiin mcninne. -
has - re-appointf'tli
G. W. Bailey, of
, a Notary Public for
J u'dge Powell , of, Alba n v. is talk- .
ed of as a republican candidate fun
judge iu that district
There are 41 cases on the Jackson
county circuit court 'docket.- Eight
are criminal twenty-, threo-. law. and
thirteen equity : 'case's: w
There-vsrs shipped' from Portland'
to San Francisco during the month of
February: Gold notes n-nd currency,
817,113 15; coin, $105,G70 75; bullion,
$13,100; silver, S,72bf .
Mrs. L. F. Groyer, . the estimable
wife of our chief executive' Las' been
an invalid for several, months, and
is at the present time confined to her
room. - .. . -,
Brownsville is overruawith should
er strikers. ' .......
Mining ' prospects ' 'in :Eastern
Oregon are good, .-
' ' ' -
It is said hat Judge Burnett of
the third judicial d jstrict. mill ; be a
candidate for re-election," " 1 " '
John Eppiuger is taking, a large
band of horses and cattle from Baker
County to Winnemucca. " c. -
Capitalists are estimating the coast
of bringing the Santiam to Salens T
Hancock Lee Jackson,' "Ex Gov
ernor of .Missouri, died ni Salem on
the lOth' inst.," in the SOth year of his
age. r ; :
Daniel -Doley, sentenced,- at the
last term of Circuit Court in Jackson
county, to four years in the peniten
tiary, was taken there on the 21st.
"The Statesman has learned that
Judge Sliattu'ck fefasOT to? have his
photograpli placed oh' the 'Centen-
mal rnap.",, ;, .:; 0 'T
A vacant 7dwelling,T3rv'rAlbany,
owned by-i Mr. "Lister was burned on
last f$un"day morning; loss $16,000,
It is said that Hon J. W. Nesmutli
will orate at Portland cri. the coming
4th of July. .
j ' -; ' :r : it .
A youth named Gili3,' spn of J. Mt
Gilis, living near the foot of the Bine.
Mountains, in UinatiUa county, was.
kicked by a horse at the race ground,
Sunday last and badly injured. Both,
Jxncs of the leg, about midway be-t
tween the ankle and k.nee, were brok.
en producing a very bad wound. . .