Newspaper of The Washington Standard, December 15, 1860, Page 2

Newspaper of The Washington Standard dated December 15, 1860 Page 2
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THE WISHIMiTOV ST.lMi.lll 11. SATURDAY, DKCK.MRKR I;*,. lwiO. '• Tilt' people of tln<e 1 iiiti'i! ? ; i.ti» - i'.' tin* tightflll IIIiIMIT- (if liotll ("otivrri -si Mini l'ot:r' '. Hit to overthrow tin' t'oii.-tiltiiion. •.uI tu i vcr throw till- mi'ii who pervert the t'oiiMitutioii. A MI AII \II t.IXCOI.N. The Governor's Message. We have perused carefully the Mes sage of Acting (Jt»vernor McCiill to the present session of the Legislative As sembly. It reflects great credit upon its author, nnd we regret a want of room to spread it at length before our readers. Every person in Washington Territory should he possessed of a copy, and give itaeareful reading. Dis plain, straight forward and practical; details matters of interest to the people in a business like way, without attempt at rhetorical display, ami is entirely divested of any matters foreign to the Territory and its peculiar interests. It opens with a brief notice of the present condition of the Territory, and may be considered as treating,/'/'*/ ot subjects suggestive of memorials to Congress or the Departments; M/. subjects suggesting amendments in the laws of the Territory; /AV«/, ;t general view of the present condition of the Territory, based upon the oilicial acts of its various officers. Considerable attention is devoted to Military Roads. This part of the Mes sage is entitled to special consideration. The smrgestious made are rcallv valu able. We may be excused Co!'referring to the following extracts: "It affords me nnicli pleasure to state that the military road from Fort Den ton to "Walla Walla is now so far com pleted as to allow the passage of wag ons over the entire route. On the 4th of October last, a military command under Major Dlake, arrived front Fort Denton by this road, making the trip in fifty-seven days. lam informed by Lieut. Mullan, the able and energetic officer in ehnrge of the construction of this road that with the work of two seasons more it will be .completed. In connection with this road, I would call your attention to thiit proposed by Lieut. Mullan, from Fort Laramie to the Deer Lodge Valley. Capt. Reynolds, under instructions from the War Department, made an exploration of a portion ofthis line during the past summer, and it is reported that it traverse^an eminently easy and beautiful region. If opened, it will shorten the present emigrant route several hundred miles, enabling the emigrants to reach their new homes at an early season. I would suggest t'uit the \Yar Department be memori alized to direct an examination of this route." The importance of communication lictwcoiiPi)get 8011 inland AValla Walla. via the Cascade Mountains, to connect with the road from Walla Walla to Fort Kenton, and a road from the Sound through one of thejmsses of the Cas cades to Fort Colville, is developed. Itoads from Steilacoom to Vancouver, and thence to the Dalles; from Steila coom to Bclliiighaui l»av, and from Steilacoom to the military post at Cray's Harbor, arc all urged as essential to the proper defense of the Territory, and arq recommended as proper sub jects of memorial. The recent massacre at Salmon Falls is alluded to, and in this connection the Legislature is requested to adopt a memorial urging the immediate estab lishment of a military post in the vicin ity of Fort Boise, with the view to the protection and security of immigration. The discovery of gold in the Wenat clice, Similkameen and Clearwater re gions, which must in the coming sea son draw hither a vast number of miners, is properly commented upon as an urgent reason for Congress at once to extend its aid by suflicient ap propriations to secure and protect the settlers in those regions, by building proper and necessary rords, thereby af fording facility for transportation and the movement of troops and settlers. The Governor thus alludes to the progress during the year towards the erection of the public Buildings of the Territory: "In February last. Governor (iliol son received information from the Treas ury Department that the .title to the site selected for the Capitol had been ap proved by the Attorney-General ot the United States, and that a portion of the funds appropriated for the erection of the building had been forwarded to the Chief .Justice of the Territory to be de livered to his Excellency, on his execu ting a bond as 1 >isbursing Agent. The net of the Legislature of January f>, 18- 58, having declared the Governor to he merely the treasurer of the fund, and placed its disbursement entirely under the control of a Board of Com mission el's, Governor Gholson deferred the ex ecution of the bond as disbursing agent until he could obtain the instructions of the Department as to the control which he was to assume over the disbursement of the fund. L'pou the departure of tlio Governor from tin' Territory in May last. 1 lie duties «»t" the Kxecutive devolved upon me. and entertaining no doubt that, under the provisions of the organic act, tlie moneys appropriated l<»r the jml>lif buildings were like all others entrusted to that officer lor the territorial purposes, to he disbursed by h'ln, under the instructions of the Secretary of the Treasury, 1 executed the proper bond, and adopted measures for an immediate commencement of the work, and so I advised the Depart ment. I was notified by letter from the Ac ting Commissioner that "he did not propose to proceed with the building until alter the meeting of the next leg islature, unless such delay would in my opinion justify the appointment of an other in liis place." Ry the act of the Legislature of Jan. 1858, it is made the duty of the Commissioners to con tract for the erection of the building without delay, and 1 deemed it incum bent upon me, sis Acting (.iovernor, to see that the law was executed, and so informed the Acting Commissioner. On the •s< | tli of July that gentleman published a notice inviting proposals tor the clearing of the ground selected, as the site, fixing the -I'tli of September following as the day for opening the bids. At the date to which the work was thus postponed, it would be greai- Iv retarded by the inclemency ot' the weather. For this rea on, therefore, 1 requested the ('oiiiinissiouer to reduce tin' time allowed for making proposals, and upon hisdccliulugtodo so appoint ed another in his stead. The title to the site selected for the Penitentiary has been since also ap proved, ami by a letter 1 received from the Department in October last I was instructed to cause the sites for both buildings to be cleared. A portion ot this work had been done before the re ceipt of these instructions, and it is 'now completed. liy the same letter, I was requested to forward a statement of the price of building materials in the Territory, and was informed that plans, specifications, and working, drawings for both buildings would be prepared at the Rureati of Construction in Wash ington. I had previously adopted i 1 if plan for the Penitentiary agreed upon by the Commissioners, and have for warded it to Washington with the re commendation that it lie appioved by the Department. The stone for the foun dation of the Pcnitetiary has been de livered on the site, and paid for, and both buildings will be commenced im mediately upon the receipt of the plans." The Legislature sire recommended to adopt a mcmori.il caiiin:>;attention to (he fact, that the Indian title lvinains unextinguished to tlu* lands occupied by the Cowlitz, Chehalis, (5 ray's Ilarhor, Shoal water I Jay, Cheiiook Indians, to gether with several other tribes Ka-t of the Cascade mountains. The pos.-ihility of difficulties between miners on < 'loar-watcmvermid IrtdianK" growing (ml of ascertaining the proper boundaries of the Xez l'erce Rcscrva tion, is reeoniinenilctlas a subject for me morial tothe Department of the Interi or. The Governor siiy iiests the appoint ments a Commissioner to <h line the honnilaricsof saiil Reservat ion, anil to ac quire a cession of the lands in which the mines are contained. The extinction of rights of ]'ugot Sound Agricultural Company, at. the earliest moment is commended as a matter of vital interest to American settlers in the Territory, and especially to those w ho are now oc cupying portions of the laud claimed by said Company as the Xcsqually and Cowlitz Farms. A renewed effort is urged to secure the Geological survey of the Territory. As proper subjects of Legislation, the Governor suggests the speedy location of the two Townships ot land Donated by Congress for l T niversity purposes; the erection of anew County in the Vi cinity of the Hitter Hoot River, now in cluded in the County of Spokane; the organization into a County or Counties of the Territory lying at the Eastern base of the Cascades, and west of the boundary line of Walla Walla County, (thcTorritory thus referred to, embraces some 4,008 square miles); the revision of the County and Territorial Bevenuc laws, making assessments uniform and regular, on land as well as other proper ty; to secure to the Territory, a pay ment of the Territorial tax; and ma king it the duty of the Prosecuting At torney to enforce the collection of de linquent taxes. "We comment! as another admirable surest ion the modification of the law creating a "Court fund" so that the Comity Treasurer slinll pay over to the Clerk of the 1 )istrict Court tliis fund, to designate by law wlmt expenses shall he paid out of it, and to direct its dis hnrsement hv the Clerk of the Court under the approval of the Judge of the District. These suggestions may re move the visible defects of the present system, hut were our opinion asked, we would say repeal it altogether. The Counties are liable for these expenses iii their proper share. Why make any preferred debts at all, or complicate mat ters, by creating separate funds? In the present condition of thingsthis creation of a Court Fund is attended with incon venience, and no substantial benefit. An ainendnrent of the Klection Law is also reeonnnended, in the following jiartieulars. More specific definition of the qualifications of voters; positive statutory provisions as to the time and method of correcting mistakes in the poll lists, and in counting ballots, and the disposition and safe keeping of the ballot boxes and poll books. \Vc trust these suggestions will be acted upon. ' iuardingthe integrity of the ballot box. cannot be too strictly enforced, andthe investigation of the two contested scat* by the present House of Representa tives has exposed the fact, that under the present law, opportunities for fraud might readily occur. The (Joveruor proceeds to give his views upon the Common School system, and recommends the creation of the of fice of Territorial Superintendent of Public Instruction, with sufficient sal ary to j listiIV exclusive attention to its duties. Thesuggcstious ;is to the revis ion of the law are worthy of serious at tention, and we fervently trust that the present Legislature will lend their ef forts, to secure what we so much need, a good " Common School System. " It is usele.-s to patch up the present law. Repeal it, begin anew, and let m start afresh. The Coventor speaks our mind in the following truthful paragraph: " I cannot forbear to notice the ruin ous effects <>f this rs.tes of i it crest exacted for the loan of money, on credits, an«l (lie extension of time for the payment of dibits. I think Ihe lime lias arrived when the best inter of (lie Territory demand some leg islation upon tin- subject, and as the most elleetiial remedy lor tlie c\il I would urge t!ie passage of an I'snry Law. Such a law, if rigorously cn foreed, would he most beneficial in its results." The attention of the Legislature is next called to the subject of the confine ment of felons until the erection of the Penitentiary. There being no place of confinement except in county jails, and the counties not having any authority of law to pay the expenses of such pris oners, Sherilts are obliged to hear the Inn «h 11 of the expenses and trust to the Territory for th ir reimbursement. There is no law hy which the Territorial Auditor may audit and allow Mich ac counts, ami in consequence of defective legislation the sentence of felons to l"ir<l is in a great measure ill<<p el'atiVe, 10 say nothing of Hie "facility" atfortled for escape. The shcritf of Pierce county now lias charge of the convicts of the Second District, and an appropriation is a.-ked to meet his ex penses. The (iovernor also asks that the Executive he authorized, under proper restrictions to offer rewards for tin* arrest of prisoners escaping. Among tin; remaining suggestions in the message are, the modification of the law in regard to the printing and distribution of the laws and journals so as to diminish the number of the latter and correspondingly increase the tor nier, and thus allow a greater number of the pamphlet laws for each county; the appointment of a l T nitcd States Consul, a commercial agent at Van couver's Island or in ISritish Columbia, and the stationing of an otlicer of Cus toms at some point on the northern boundary line, in the neighborhood of Fort Coivillc. A passing notice of the present con dition of the Northern boundary, of the daily overland mail service; ot our claim upon Congress for an early pay ment of the war debt, close this inter esting Document. The Legislature attested its appreci ation by ordering ft,f>oo copies printed for distribution. This will secure its dissemination among our people. LUMBER, MARKET IN CALIFORNIA. —From a late California paper we make the following quotations: The demand is still active. "Wo advance our quota tions all around about $2 Mby the cargo. The jobbing trade is active, while every cargo that arrives is read i ly taken by the trade at s'2o 21 per M for Oregon : for Mendocino Kod Wood "f* M for rough, and M for dressed. LADIES' FA in.—The ladies of St. John's Episcopal Chapel, of this place, intend holding a Fair for the sale of fancy and useful articles, on Thursday and Friday evenings of the coming week. The preparations have been made an extensive scale, and the cause being a good one, the support of the Episcopal Church of this town, we be speak a general attendance. The Capitol Question. The question of the removal of the Capitol from Olympia to some other portion of the Territory was agitated at the last session of the Legislature, and as we had hoped the question was at rest. As all things are subject to a eh:. •?, we see that this is 110 exception to the rule. As will appear in the pro ceedings of the Legislature reported in another column of the paper a bill has

passed both Houses removing the Cap itol from Olympia to Vancouver, and another to remove the Penitentiary from Vancouver to Port Townsend. The question of the policy of this act. of the Legislature, as a matter of course will be reviewed according to the inter ests of different localities. We had al ways supposed that Olympia was as centrally located as any place in the Territory. The question of the expen diture of the public money in this place, or that ought not, and we trust has not had any influence in the case. If such a question could have influ enced the minds of communities, and thereby beget a spirit of rivalry amount ing to a d.'isre of extiiu t on ( f any one locality, we arc surprised that it has not heretofore displayed itself in the expen diture of money by the location of mil itary posts at Vancouver, Stcilacoom and Port Townsend. No such feeling lias ever been exhibited by any portion of the people in any locality in this Territory. I»v tin' report of the pro ceedings it will be seen that the mem bers ol the House and Council from Port Townsend voted to effect this change. .At this we arestirprisedfrom the fact that we had understood they were specially instructed to vote against the removal of the Capitol to any other place than to Port Townsend: and from the further fact that flic mimthlr ' member of the Council from that place ; had volunteered the solemn assurance to s 'Veral respectable gentlemen from different localities, th:.t he should vote under ho circumstances to remove the Capitol unless it could bo located at Port Townsend. It' the quest ion can be considered to as sume any political character, it will be seen that every Uepublican member of the House voted against the removal, as also did many Democrats. IJoth bills passed both Houses the same day, and whether by a preconcerted plan or not, it would seem to be too hasty lcgisla lation on so important a question, ami one so matciia!ly affecting the general public interests. I N i'i.\x Orn.ISIUK.—The Portland j> iVi ,. iiV<c . 4>y night's boat we learn that a rumor had reached tin- Dalles to the ctfcet that the Indians upon the Warm Spring Res ervation had broken out in hostility against the whites, and killed a man named George Wunnels, hotter known as "Cayuse George." Great excite ment was caused by the report, among the settlers along the I'matilla and Ty hee rivers ami other settled portions of the country east of the Cascades. Many of the settlers have moved into the Dalles, and even at that point there is considerable excitement. AVe also learn that Indian .Agent Cain of the Xez I'orcos Reservation, had sent an express to Major tSteonat Walla Walla, notifving him that a party of miners had located themselves within the lJes ervation boundaries, and refused to leave. Ho required military aid to drive them off. Major Steen immedi ately dispatched an express to the par ty of miners, ordering them to leave within a limited time, and subsequently dispatched one hundred dragoons to enforce bis orders. Later dates contradict the death of Uunnels, but corroborate the news of an outbreak. —»«* gzi- It is rumored tlint two vessels are ashore near San .Juan Harbor —sup- posed to be the ship John Murahall and bark Vickery. Ihtrk fjcoitcsd arrived at Miller's mill on Tuesday, lltli hurt., to load with lumber lor San Francisco. JBo™ .Tohu F. Damon, Esq., editor of the North UV.v/, called on us yesterday. gfjr-To have delightful hard butter in summer without ice, the plan reeoni ended by that excellent and useful pub lication, th vSrlnitiJir American, is a good one. I'ut a trivet, or au open Hat thing with legs, iu a saucer; put on ibis trivet the plate of butter; fill the saucer with water; turn a common flower-pot up side down over the butter, so that its edge shall be within the saucer and un der the water; plug the flower-pot with a cork, then drench the flower pot with water; set it in a cool place until moru in, or if done at breakfast, the butter will be very hard by supper time. LEGISLATIVE PROCEEDINGS. UEPOIITEO EXPRESSLY I on THE STANDARD. Council. SATURDAY, Dec. B.—Mr. Ilubbs pre sented petitions signed by citizens of Clalam county, and also from citizensof Port Ludlow, in regard to location of capital at Port Townsend. Read and referred to committee 011 Public Build ings and ({rounds. Air. Denny made a majority report of committee 011 Governor's Message, he dissenting. Mr. Simms introduced a bill to or ganize the county of Missoula out of that portion of Spokane county in Bit ter Root and St. Mary's Valley. Mr. Hubbs introduced resolutions in relation to the Pnion, lull of patri otism and deprecating European influ ence. Adjourned. [For Monday's proceedings sec first page.]— En. TI ESDAY, Dec. 10.—Mr. Hubbs prc scnted the instructions of the citizens of Jefferson, Island,andClalm counties in regard to the location of the capital, and urging the claims of Port Town send. Read and referred to committee on Public Buildings and Grounds. Mr. Ilubhs introduced a bill estab lishing pilotage on the waters of Juan de Kin-a Straits and Paget Sound. Read the fiivt time, laid upon the table and ordered printed. Mr. Simms of Walla Walla, intro duced a memorial praying ii!i appro priation to explore a wagon road from Fort Laramie to the Deer Lodge t<» in tersect the military roa<l from Fort IJeuton to Fort Walla Walla, also mv ing tlx* establishment of a military post at Deer Lodge. Memorial ordered to be printed. This we consider one of the most important measures of the session. My it the emigrant route, nineh shorter than the one used, will be secured. A message from tl e Ib n-e reported the pns-age of the aet locating the cap ital at Vancouver. In an incredible short space of time, it was on its final passage, the ayes and noes being called stood: Avi:s—Messrs. Caples, Clark, Denny and Simms. Xoi:s—Messrs. liiles, Hurbank, Mil ler and Woodard. All eyes and ears were on Paul K. Tfnbbs, President of the Council, lie briefly announced his reasons forvoting —"That his people wanted the capital at Port Townsend, but he saw no chance for that, and so by the vote about to be given, he expected to secure something for them." lie voted aye, and the bill passed. Before the result was an nounced, another bill came from the House, the bill to locate the Penil'iitia ry at Fort Townsend. The vote of the I'resident on the Capital was now ex plained, and of course the Penitentiary lull passed by the same vote. Mr. Ihirhank in a manly speech cen sured hasty legislation, and warned the I.eniili- nt'llie Territory ;i"piil>st toll me. ing tlit» example ul' Oregon in setting our public buildings on wheels*. President Huhhs spoke about the last-born twin, under the French juris prudence l»cinn' the oldest, conveying the idea that hero was the motive for vole on the capital. Port Townsend was more eonvenieut of aceess th:ui any point in the Territory, and his people had more occasion for such an institu tion than anv other. Mr. (Mark followed asserting his con victions that the locations now made were right and just, which was the rea son why he had voted for the removal of capital and was about removing the Penitentiary. A motion also passed to erect an ad ditional Laud OHice at Port Townsend. Mr. Clark introduced a bill to indem nity E. 11. Tucker, Sheriff of Pierce county, for expenses in taking care of Penitentiary convicts. The hill calls for some s*l4oo, and was referred to committeeon Claims. Then adjourned. "WEDNESDAY, Dec. 12. —Mr. Shunts' Memorial for the Fort Laramie and Deer Lodge ltond passed unani mously. The committee on Counties recommended the passage of the Coun cil hill, organizing the county of Mis soula, which recommendation was adopted. (This is the territory now in cluded in Spokane county, east of the 1 Jitter Root.) Mr. Burbank of the committee on claims reported an amendment to the bill, paying Joseph AVaterhouse, for services in arresting George Simmons, who had escaped from Olympia Jail, while awaiting his trial tor the murder of Seth Dullard of Chehalis county. The amendment proposed paying him the sum of SSO. Mr. Clark moved to amend by inserting $lO0 —lost. The amendment of committee being adopted the bill passed. A message from the House an nounced the passage of a bill locating the University at Seattle. After an unsuccessful attempt by Mr. lhtrbank to refer it to committee on Education, it was passed by the following vote: AYES —Messrs. Caples, Clark, 1 )enny, Miller, Sinnns, and the President.—o. NOES —Messrs. Piles, Burhank and Woodard—B. Council adjourned. ■louNe. TUESDAY, Dec. 11. —Mr. Bowles, in troduced a memorial praying for an ap propriation to complete military Uoad from Fort Vancouver to Fort Steila cooni. Memorial passed. Mr. llvatt—a memorial to establish a Land Office at Port Townsend. Pugg, cd. The Connnittee 011 Rules reported tlie llulos of last Session, Mr. (j un „ ninghatn of Pierce, read a minority l{e. port, recommending tlie striking out of the Utile requiring a vote of two thirds to suspend the Mules. The minority Re port was adopted, by a vote of 20 to l>. (It may not be our business, but this effectually deprives the minority of every right.) Mr. Van Vleet—now introduced the Bill locating the Capitol at Vancouver, under the operation of the new Rules] and the previous question—the BHI passed, by the following vote— AYES. —Messrs. Bowles, Bozart, Can ady, Chapman, ('line, Coupe, Cunning ham, Ferguson, Foster, Hastings, II v att, Mc.Cary, Settle, Stone of Kitsap, Taylor and Van Vleet—lo. .NOES. —Messrs. Anderson , Be rry, Briscoe, Hide, Hurt-Is, Jfm/s, Pengree, Phillips, J'urdi/, Ruth , Stone of Coiclitz, Warbass and the Speaker.—l 3. [Republicans in Italics,] — ED. Mr. Hastings' introduced a Bill for the location of the Penitintiary at Port Townsend, and it passed, similarly quick, by the decisive vote of 18 to 11. Messrs. Briscoe and Pengree, who vo ted no, on the Copitol voted for the Penitentiary to be removed to Port Townsend. Several new divorce Bills were intro duced, and "a Hill by Mr. Canada to au thorize Lycurgus .Jackson and James Huckjev to establish a ferry across the Snake' River. Bill was laid 011 the ta ble aud ordered to be printed—theu ad journed. WEDNESDAY.—DEC. 12— Mr. Ilyatt, introduced a Memorial for a military Road from Olympia, via. Grays Harbor and Shoalwater Bay, to connect with the military Road iroiu Astoria to Sa lem, Oregon. Mr. Ferguson introduced a Resolu tion for the appointment of a Commit tee to wait upon Geo. Galaghcr, Esq., and receive his reports as acting Ckpi tol Commissioner.—Adopted* Mr. Stone of Kitsap, introduced a Bill locating at Seattle, the Territorial uni versity; under the operation of the pre vious question this Bill passed by a vote of 18 to 11. Mr. Coupe introduced a Hill amend ory of the act increasing the County revenue. Mr. Howies—a bill to amend the City Charter of Vancouver. Much time was spent considering the Oregon Steam navigation charter. It proposed :20 years. On motion of Mr. Hale amended, so as to be subject to future legislation. Mr. Hays failed to amciidfbv striking out "Oregon" and inserting "Washing ton." Mr. Hays moved to strike out SI,OOO, 000 and insert $.">00,000. —Lost. The Hill was then read a third time and passed. Some other Hills were referred and House adjourned. Later from the Atlantic Side. Sr. LOUIS, NOV. 10, 1800. The excitement in the South contin ues, accompanied with a general depres sion in the markets and trade amount ing to a panic. There has been a general decline in stocks in New York, great increase in the rates of exchange at Chicago, tight ness at St. Louis, ami complete derange ment in the monetary atliiirs of the South. The South Carolina and Georgia Legislatures have prepared for a sus pension of the banks. In no banks has suspension yet tak en jdace anywhere. Kentucky and Tennessee bank notes sell at five per cent discount at Augus ta, Georgia. Many of the telegraphic reports from the South are contradicted and others greatly exaggerated. Keitt's remarks are not believed to have been correctly reported by his friends. The President never made any sucH pledge as was charged nor uttered any such sentiments.. Tho President is said to know folly all tho schemes of the seceders, and will meet tho responsibility when the hour of action comes. The idea of issuing a proclamation has been abandoned, in veiw of the early meeting of Congress. The Captain of the steamer Keystone did not haul down tho American flag and hoist the Palmetto, at Charleston,, lie merely dipped his colore. The report that the cargo of the steam er South Carolina was taken from tho ship is probably a hoax. The report of the taking of Fort Moultrie is also unfounded. The Governor ot Alabama is about to call a Statu Convention, to meet on the 6th of December. He writes tho people to prepare fer secession. r J he Union men of Alabama earnestly resist his views as expressed in liis pub lished letter. A dispatch has been received from the Governor of Florida, at Charleston, stating that Florida goes with South Carol iua. The only arms which had gone South are those purchased at Washington for the use of the State of Virginia. The sloop Macedonian has been or dered torthe home squadron. Tho St. Louis and Sabine are nearly completed. Enthusiastic Democratic meetings continue to be held in Kentucky with a determination to adhere to the Vnion.