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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (Aug. 19, 1903)
THE SUMPTER MINER
Wednesday, August 19, 1903
One Thing to Make a Charge,
Another to Prove It.
Speaking editorially regarding tho
orlmo of unfair comment- -and it in
u crime from which Sumpter Ih not
entirely free tho American Mining
It would l)o an altnont hopoletm
tank for any one to attempt to ana
lyze the oharaotoristleH of human
nature. Hut certain of them crop
out in hucIi a eoiixplcuouB manner
ofteutimcH in everyday IiuhIiiohh life,
that it Ih impoHHiblo not to be Im
preHned by them.
There Ih one peculiarity of tho
human mind to which the failtircH of
many good ontorpritteH are due. Wo
refer to tho total lack of common
MMiHO and reasoning power which Ih
evinced by tho public in general, but
more particularly by tho iuvoHtliift
It 1m a fact too woll known to need
corroboration, that tho daily proxH
iihoh an unlimited llcenne in tho way
they talk about varioiiH affaire, and'
that they, apparently, do not carol
whether their Htorlcn pohhohh tho
merit of truth or not, providing theyi
fiirulHh intorcHtiug reading matter. I
Tho dcHlro and habit of poaklug
111 of Homothlug or Homebody Ih not,
however, coiillued to tho prow. There
are a vast, nunilier of iudividualH
wIiono chief delight Ih to malign
Mimothliig or somebody.
It Ih Junt at (IiIh xtago that the
lack of rcuHoniiiK power in nhowu by I
the public mind. It might even be
called lack of common justice which
the public hIiowm to tho party in I
If any individual or corporation
in found guilty of libel, tho lawn of j
the country provide adequate punlnh-
ineut for the guilty one, but ho, of
couivc, uiiiHt Hint bo proven guilty. I
TIiIh can only U done through the I
courtH, by ineaiiH of a law unit.
Hut how doen tho public look
upon hucIi proceeding Doch it re
serve itn iIcoIhIoii until evidence Iuih
all lioou Hiibuiltted by both widen,
and Ih IIh tlual (IccIhIoii I Mined upon
an impartial, uubiiiHod view of tho
xallcut partH presented? Unfortun
ately thin Ih hoIiIoiii almoHt never
Tho very fact that it Iuih become
ncooHMiiry to carry tho matter to tho
coiirtn to nettle, condomiiH it lioyoud
recall in tho eyes of the public. Vet
how fearfully unjust all thin in.
Furthermore how it openn tho gate
for blackmail, and worno than black
mail, to enter in.
We know of a cane very recently,
where tho clieutH of a certain tlrm of
promoter received a letter from a
man in which he made tho must re.
dlculoUH MatcmcutH about thin tlrm. ,
In fact, the letter wan ho completely
component of lien that a jury could
bring in but one verdict.
To Hccuro Hitch a verdict it would '
Im uocoiwary to go to the court, but,
thank to the unfalrucHH of the pub
lic mind already mentioned, hucIi an
action would Hound tho death knell
of the llrui, for their clieutH would
fall away, all hccatiHo an injured
party thought ho had the right to
rcHcut tho imputation put upon him,
and to prove IiIh entire innocence.
When the cane Ih prcccutod in cold i
type ho that it can be reviewed in itn,
entlit'ty, no argument in needed to1
nhtiw tho injiiHtico of tho practice. I
Hut in actual occurrence the public
Keen from the mi lug party like rain
from a Hinklng venne!.
Again it Ih only necccunry for a
daily paper to print a derogatory
article about any enterprise, bo it
good, bad or indifferent, to mark it
80 that its chauceH for huccohh are al
most completely blunted.
Within tho past year one of tho
Now York daily pattern printed a
moHt venomous attack upon a com-
! puny which wan at tho moment
' lug itn Htock upon tho market.
' proportion wiih an excellent
1 and wan Iteluir handled in a
Hcrvativc, hiiHiucHS-like manner by
cotiHervativo people. Hut, owing to
tho Influence wioldod by tho iiowh
paper, this ncaudalous attach practi
cally put tho company out of exla
tence, for it became impossible to
raise tho necessary money by public
Cau a more unhealthy condition
of affairs be imagined thau thla? Yet
such are the facts.
In a word, it would seem that the
public mind Ih much more ready to
bollovo had news thau good news,
and it seems to stand ready at all
timoH to desert to the enemy without
waiting to nee if the allegation can
bo proven truo or not.
Wo leave it to tho sober judgment
of our readerH to decide whether this
Ih justice or not. Hut wo slnceroly
hope that tho day is coming when
tho public will remember that there
are alwayH to sides to a ipiestiou,
and that it will base Its tlual deci
sion upon the merits of the evidence
Do not jump at conclusions, for it
Ih 0110 thing to make a charge and
another to prove it.
CALL FOR BIDS.
XOTICK IS IIKItKIIV UIVK.N
that tho City of Sumpter, linker
County, Oregon, Iuih authorized tho
Issuance and offers for nalo $15,000
worth of Hh bonds, tho same to be
known iih newer bonds and to bo
issued in amounts of One Hundred
Dollars or any multiple thereof, up
to $1,000, with interest thereon at
six per cent per annum payable semi
annually. Bald bonds to tto made
payable $1,000 annually principal
and interest to bo payable at the ottlce
of the City Treasurer in the City of
Sumpter, linker Couuty, Oregou.
Any and all prospective buyers of
said bonds are required to send sealed
bids addressed to the City Recorder
of the City of Sumpter, accompanied
by a certified check of $750, made
payable to the order of the City
Treasurer of the City of Sumpter, hs
evidence of good faith of the bidder,
said sum of 9750 to bo applied upon
tho purchase price of the bonds in
case of said bid boitig accepted.
All bids shall be ill the hands of
the City ltccnrdor on or before the
hour of eight o'clock P. M. oti the
'J.'ith day of August, ltlOll, at which
time the same are to Ih opened by
the City Council of said City for
acceptance or rejection.
In case any firm, person or corpor
ation, to whom said bonds are
awarded, shall fail, neglect or refuse
to pay to the City Treasurer of the
City of Sumpter, the purchase price
of the same, within ten days of tho
acceptance of said bid, tho amount
of tho certilled check so deposited
with said bid shall be forfeited to
said City of Sumpter as liquidated
onmagcH for said failure or neglect.
All other checks so accompanying
will be returned to the unsuccessful
The City of Sumpter through its
Mayor and Common Council reserves
the right to reject any aud all bids.
Done by order of the Common
Council this t!8th day of July, 1003.
C. H. McCOLLOCH, Mayor.
Attest S. S. START, Recorder.
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