Newspaper of The Washington Standard, March 30, 1861, Page 1

Newspaper of The Washington Standard dated March 30, 1861 Page 1
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IlMlmgfm Wm Sfxalwl. VOL. I. THE VASHI\GTO\ STANDARD IS ISSL'KD EVERY SATURDAY MOUXINCJ BY JOHN M. MURPHY, EDITOR AXI) PROPRIETOR. Subaciipllon Rates: l*er Annum " Six Months 2U) Invariably in Advance. • Advertising Kates: One Square, one insertion $3 00 Jiach additional insertiou 1 00 Business Cards, per quarter. 5 00 jjjy A liberal deduction will he made in favor x>f those who advertise lour squares, or upwards, liy the year. gtff- Notices of births, marriages and deaths in sorted free. jgT Blanks. Bill Heads, Cards, Bills of Fare, Circulars. Catalogues, Pamphlets, &c., executed ut reasonable rates. Omen —In Barnes's Building, corner of Main and l'irst .Streets, near the steamboat landing. communications, whether 011 business or for publication should be addressed to the edi itor of the WASHINGTON STANDARD. An Appeal to South Carolina. The I'nion speaks to thee—'• My child! Thy mother's heart is bleeding; And list! in accents pure and mild ller voice with thee is pleading "1 cannot part with thee. Alas ! Why do>t thou seek to sever Those sacred liomls. those holy tics Which should enilurc forever? Ilavc I not nurtured thee with core, With all a mother's duty ; Till thou art now exceeding fair In glorious trengthand bciuty? Thou and thy sister States hast grown With love and friendship plighted ; Thv life was theirs and theirs thine own, While thus ye dwelt united. Their blood is mingling with thine own, Drawn from the same pure fountain ; Thy children's ashes rest with theirs, fly Northern vale and mountain. Their blood and thine has freely flowed, To consecrate securely The shrine where Freedom's flame lias glowed So brightly and so purely. fee ! At that shrine 111 angel guise, l'right as the beams of morning. Stands Freedom's form, with tearful eyes, To lift the voice of warning. . Oh! heed in time that voice sublime, In pity. 1 implore thee ! Thrust not aside that angel guide. And I'cace shall brighten o'er thee. The Cowitiliition speaks to thee, That compact wisely given, That boon thy sires bequeathed to thee, A sacred trust from heaven. It is the glorious beacon light That glows unditnmed before us— Our guide, our compass, when the night Of discord gathers o'er us. Thy Filter'* spirit culls tn tlice— Tliv Wanhinuton immortal See ! where his form appear* to thee, From out the grave's dark portal; List to the voire from VrrncH'n mound, In solemn tones ascending ! Echoing. umiil the iiills around, With Nature's music blending : ' Pause ! oh. my children, pnuse, and think Of this once glorious Nation, Now sadly standing nil the brink Of woe nnd desolation ; Can ye so soon forget the past That great and wondrous story 1 Whose deeds by peril overcast, Those scenes of strife and glory? Look upon yon starry flag ! Emblem of Freedom's power: Each star and utripe appeals to thee In this momentous hour. Post thou with sacrilegious hand One glowing star dissever ? No ! Let it still wave o'er onr land, Our country's pride forever' " A FRENCH VIEW OF SECESSION —The Journal des Uebais, the most influen tial paper in France, says of the South ern Confederacy : " Let it pursue its way; but once "more it must be an nounced that there is not a corner upon the face of the earth where it will find sympathy and assistance." ANEMOGRAPH. —Levi Burncll, of Mil waukie, has just perfected what he calls an "Anemograph." It writes 011 a strip of paper, which is moved by clock work two inches an hour, the force and direction of the wind. The slightest change of wind is recorded with unerr ing accuracy. BST" Somebody advertises in au Eng lish religious newspaper—"An unfor tunate woman wants a home where contact with believers would be an at tendant circumstance. A line to 'A sinner saved' will be called for and gratefully acknowledged." BSP" Harper's Weekly contains por traits of all the seceding South Caroli na members of Congress. They are not as well executed as they ought to be. —Louisville Journal. Wealth does not always improve us. A man, as he gets to be worth more, may become worth -less. tPST Why are fixed stars like wicked old men? Because they sciutillate (sin till late.) B®=* It is asserted that England will not recognize a Southern Confederacy. The right man in the right place —a husband at home in the evening. B®°* Manv husbands spoil their wives by nuiking »/''J.* of them.— OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON TERRITORY, MARCH 30,186]. Murder of Wha-lathl, or "Swell,;' one of the Mackah Chiefs, by the Elwha Indians, near Old Dungeness. The recent murder of Swell, one of the Cape Flattery Indians, is worthy of more than a passing notice. This Indian, so well known by the citizens of this portion of the Territory, as well as by the Indian Agents, for his faithfulness, honesty, and firm friend ship to the white man, was shot about midnight 011 the 10th of March, while proceeding from Port Town send to Xeah Bay, with a large eanoe tilled with valuable goods belonging to 11. A. Webster & Co.. of Xeah Bay, (.'apt. W. W. Windsor, keeper of Tatooche Lisrlit, and other persons connected with the light-house department and Webster's settlement. There was also in the canoe all the Mail matter for the light-house keeper and others at the Cape, that had been accumulating for two months or more at Port Townsend. Swell had been at Port Townsend expressly for the goods, and left on the 20th of Feb. for Old Dungeness, where lie took in a quantity of potatoes, and some more packages that had been left at the house of Messrs. Holmes and Thompson, to be forwarded to Xeah Hav. After taking in his load he lift Old Dungenesss at 7 V. M., on the evening of the Ist of March, and proceeded down the Straits as far as Crescent Bay, which place he reached about midnight, when, seeing a tire on the beach, he went on shore, thinking that a party of his people were camped there, but hardly had he landed on the beach, when he discovered that lie was mistaken, and turned to go to his ca noe, simply making the remark, " 1 thought that Maekah's were camped here." No sooner had he turned his back, than one of the Elwha Indians named Met-so-naek, and known as El wha Charley, shot him through the back, and he fell dead instantly. His people pulled him into the canoe and put off. lint the Klwha's followed them, and tired another shot, which took effect in the back of one of the men, wounding him severely, but not disabling him. The Makalfs then, finding it impossible with their heavily laden canoe, to make their escape, ran ashore and, their canoe striking the rocks heavily, (for there was a long rolling swell breaking over them,) split in two parts and all the contents went overboard. There were four squaws, two men and a hoy in the canoe, beside Swell, who all succeeded in yetting- into the woods and made their way home to Neah Buy, where they arrived in three days after the disaster. The Elwhn Indians, on the following morning, seeing the goods belonged to white men, became alarmed, and sent word to Messrs. Holmes and Sampson, who dispatched Mr. John Dunn on the 3d inst., with n party of Clallam*, to recover such goods as they could find. They succeeded in getting a portion, hut in a very damaged condition, from salt water, and being beaten in the surf. They also recovered Swell's body, which they brought back, and a box being made for it by Capt. Thompson, it was rolled up in two new blankets and nailed up in the box to be sent to Xeah Bay. On the evening of the sth of March, I received information of the attack by the Elwha's on the canoe, and immediately made prepara tions to go down, and if possible recover some valuable letters and documents which 1 had forwarded by Swell. A gale of wind from the north-west how ever prevented my starting until the morning of the 7th, when I left Port Townsend in a canoe, accompanied by the Duke of York, head chief of the Clallanis and three other Indians, and proceeded with them to the Elwha set tlement, stopping on the way at Dun gen ess, and the camps at Yennis, and Chewitsen on Old Dungeness bay, for such information as I could gather con cerning th£ affair. I arrived at the Indian village at the mouth of Elwha river, on the morning of the 9th. We left our canoe at Old Dungeness on account of the heavy surf beating on the spit, and walked to Elwha, some four or five miles dis tant. The Indians had been apprised of our coming and were assembled to meet us. The Duke of York then told them the purpose for which I had come, and made them a speech to the effect that they must give up any and all of the goods tliey had in their possession, particularly the mail matter. Charley, the murderer then got up and made a speech. He said that he shot Swell for two reasons, one of which w»«, that the Mnkah's hs»d killed two of the Elwlui's a few months pre vious, and they were determined to kill a Jklackah chief to pay for it. And the other reason was, that Swell had taken his squaw away, and would not return either the woman or the fifty blankets he had paid for her. lie was particular in telling me all the circum stances of the affair, and added that he was sorry there were white men's goods in the canoe. The Elwha's then protended to bring me all the tilings they had saved from the wreck, which consist of a couple of kettles, some buttons and other trin kets, and a couple of squaws petticoats. As I had no authority to make them disgorge any other plunder, 1 was con tent to take what L could get, but I suggested to them the propriety of their pnynig fny Indians for the expense of our visit, which they demurred at, but finally added to the heap, a few blankets and a dozen yards ot calico, to "nwuu oke close tumtunis." They were the most frightened set of rascals I ever met with. Their fear arising from the expectation of an attack from the Maekah and Xittinat Indians. I how ever quieted them down by promising to lav the matter before the Indian Agent, and to advise the Makah s to do the same. Charley's fears were so much allaved, that he consented to sell me a bow and a couple of beautiful copper headed arrows, which this villainous rascal kept at his bed side, ready to use should his musket miss fire, or he lie suddenly surprised. He told me that, the green paint (verdigris) that would come on them when be dipped them into salt water, would make any one /tins .sir/:, if they got scratched with the arrow, and if it went into them it would kill them. I could not help feeling while stand* ing up alongside this murderer, sur rounded by the residents of the village, (some T."» persons,) that 1 would gladly ifivo a pull at the rope that should hang him, and if I bad not been tully aware of the consequences that might ensue, I would have shot him where lie stood, surrounded by his people, lint my object was not to punish or kill Indians, but to recover property, and I knew that any hostile expression on my par', particularly as they were 1 >oking t<> me for advice in the matter, would pre vent any further negotiations, so I was fain to gather up such articles as they were pleased t<> give me, and return to Port l'ownsend, where I arrived on the morning of the 11 tlu Shortly after mv arrival, Mr. .1. S. Maggs came in from Neah Bay wilh some Macah Indians, consisting of two brothers of Swell, and five other Indi ans, and on the following morning 1 went with him in the Mackali canoe to the Puyallup Reservation, and laid the matter before Col. Simmons, the Indian Agent. Although Col. Simmons has been removed from the Indian service, he has not yet been relieved, and is therefore in office as the de faeh agent for this district. Col. Simmons said that this outrage was one that the de partment, as well as the citizens, felt bound to see redressed. Swell was too good an Indian, and too valuable a man both to the department and the white settlers, to have his murder go una venged. The many ads of kindness he has done the white men, the ship wrecked mariners he has relieved, and the peculiar tact he had in imparting the information of the whites to his tribe, made him a person of the first importance, particularly in the coining of the payment of the annuities. Swell was the Indian who saved the ship-wrecked crew of t he Brig Swiss Boy, wrecked some two years or more since, at Nittinat, at the entrance of Fuea Straits. lie saved them from bondage, and landed them safe among their friends. Our government in acknowl edgement of his services, made him a handsome present through the Indian Agent. In fact, said Col. Simmons, Swell was the nearest to a white man, of any Indian on Fuea Straits. But Col. Simmons could do nothing about the matter. True, ho told us how to place the claims for damages, and loss of the goods in the canoe, so that they should be paid from the Indian annui ties ; but, he said that now his hands arc tied. Although the appropriations for the Indian service have been made, not one dollar has came to hand, or if the money lias come, no one knows

where it is. The annuity goods have come, but ho has neither nor goods, to pay the expense of distribut ing them, nor even enough to hire an Indian to go in a canoe, without • pay ing him out of his own pocket. If such things are true, and I have no reason to doubt Col. Simmons' word, it is disgraceful and disrespeet- i'ul to all the officials connected with the sefvice in this section, be they whonithey may. Far better for us to liave "no Indian Agent or Superintend ent., than to have the service conducted in the teeblc and imbecile manner in which it is and has bceu conducted for the past two years. In this instance, an Indian peaceably passing on his way home in his canoe, laden with white men's goods, to the vakio of a thousand dollars or more, is foully murdered, and the white men's property destroyed, and yet the agents of our munificent government have not the means at their disposal to defray the expenses of going to arrest the murderer, or to attend to the matter in any way. It is right that the public should know something about this mat ter. Who is to blame? We know that Congress has made the necessary appropriation for the Indians service, and for all the treaties. And yet, I know of several instances where bills against the Indian Department for goods furnished the agents in this vi cinity have been left unpaid for the last two years. The published laws of Congress lor the last session, show that the appropriation for the Duwamish, and allied tribes, the Clallams and the Maekah's, were all made. And it is very generally believed that the money, or drafts for the money, have been re ceived. Why it has not been applied as intended by Congress is a matter for others to answer. In relation to this matter of Swell's murder, the Maekah's have evinced a proper spirit. They said to Mr. Maggs " our custom is. to avenge the murder ers of our people ourselves, but Col. Simmons has told us if we would not retaliate when other Indians commit depredations on us, he will redress our wrongs. If you will go 'and see Col. Simmons we will wait. Weean now tell whether he has talked true to us, or lied. If he has lied, and will do noth ing for us, we will go ourselves and kill the Klwhas." I SIK.II return with Mr. to Capo Flattery, and take with us the IMMIV of Swell. If we can induce the M aekah's to leave the matter for the fu ture action of a department which has already, in more than one instanee lied t » theiu, wo shall ilo so. Hut if they carry out their threats to exterminate the Klwha's, the hlnme must rest on the inettieienev of the agents of the Indian service in this Territory—an inefficiency, created almost solely by the neglect of superior officers in the (leiiartuient, in not furnishing the funds re(|itisite for the service. Whether that Maine rests on the head of the de partment in Washington, or his subor dinates throughout this Territory and Oregon, the public certainly have the right to inquire. It is to be hoped that a radical'change will be made by the new Administra tion iu the liulian affairs, so far as re gards this Territory. I believe the blame rests with the officials in Wash ington, and that their neglect, their peculation, and their want of official capacity, has been tho sole reason why the agents in this Territory, have not been provided with the means to promptly execute the requirements of tie I ndian service. .TAJIKS G. SWAN. Port Townsend, March 15th, 1861. JOLANR. —This veteran, who fought, bled and— lived to tell of if, in his coun try's cause, is at Now Orleans. lie has written a letter to his wife, which ap pears in the Kankakee (III.) Gazette, from which we copy: Nu orlens, jan 10, 1861. Pere Gane: I rite to tell you that i have dissolutcd and see seeded in kom moti with the Sowth. We are afcard of.l coins Buchanan, hois 2 korruptfur iii-, & wo have resolved to thro him 011 the tender Mursy of the North. I can't tel when i wil ce you, the kuntry needs my services, & i won't giv hur up. IT rite, sol tho kow & git sum muuny, fur i expect a office now. . Your husband, Jolane. " RESPECTABLE" PERSONS CAN 00 TO SOUTH CAROLINA. —The following bona Jii/e advertisement appears in tho Phil adelphia Inquirer: Respectable persons wishing to visit. South Carolina on business, or for le gitimate purposes, can be furnished with proper certificates that will be re spected by the proper authorities of that Government, on application at this otflce. DAVID B. BIRNEY, South Carolina Commissioner, resid ing in Philadelphia, Pa. OFFICE OF THE COM'II FOR S. C.,) No. 37 South Third St. V Pmi.ADEI.RUIA, Dec. 31st, I860.) Later from the Atlantio Side. ST. LODIS, February 27th.—The U. S. Senate yesterday concurred in the House amendments to the Post Route bill, and passed the bill, thus securing a Daily Ceutral Overland Mail to Cali fornia. Mr. Gwin introduced a supplemen tary Post Route bill, which was laid over. An amendment to the Army bill, appropriating fifty thousand dollars for the protection of emigrants to Oregon, was adopted in committee, and the bill was reported to the Senate. The Xevada Territorial bill has pas sed the Senate. The appointments of Conference Committee on Stanton's force bill, was, on motion of Mr. Corwin, postponed, till Thursday, by a vote of 100 to 74. This is equivalent to a defeat. The report of the Committee of Thirty-Three was brought before the House for adoption, at this stage of proceedings the House adjourned. The next proposition to be voted upon is that of Burch and Scott, recom mending Senatorial Convention. The Peace Congress has done no thing yet. To-day the Senate Conference Com mittee on the Tariff bill agreed to re cede from their amendments on tea*and coffee, which will probably insure the passage of the bill. Mr. Lincoln is receiving great atten tion at Washington, and has been for mally presented with his Presidential certificate. All is tranquil at Washington. It is rumored that Gen. Twiggs will be proceeded against for treason. This movement has greatly damaged the se cession cause. The Secretary of War and Gen. Scott favor prosecution. Secretary Holt hasdcmaiudcd of the Governor of Louisiana restitution of the public property. The California Legislature has ad journed to March 19th. No IT. S. Sen ator elected. Fourteenth ballot result ed as follows: McDougal 2!}, Denver H5, Nugent 21, Phelps 19, Walker 8, Washington 2, Iloge 2, Khodcs 1. Ax IXCIUKXT OF TIIE MEXICAX WAR. —As General Scott's army was march ing triumphantly into the city of Mex ico, says an exchange, a procession of monks emerged from the gate of a con vent situated on the eminence at the right, and advanced with slow and measured tread until they met the ar my at right angles. The guide or lea der of the procession was a venerable priest, whose hair was whitened bv the frost of many winters. He held in both hands a contribution box, upon which there was a lighted candle, and when within a few feet of the army the procession halted. As the army proceeded, many a true believer in St. Patrick dropped some small coin in the old priest's box. And, when it was observed that a soldier was searching his pockets for something to bestow, the old priest would step forward and hold his box to receive the donation. Ultimately there came along a tall, gaunt, limber-sided, gander-looking Yankee, who on seeing the poor priest, thrust his hands into the very depths of his breeches pockets, as if iu search for a dime, or something of the kind. The priest observing this movement, advanced as usual, while Jonathan, holding forth a greasy looking roll of paper, commenced very deliberately to unfold it. The old priest anticipated a liberal donation, and put 011 au air of the most exquisite satisfaction. Jon athan continued to unroll piece after K'eee of tri-twisted smoking tobacco, e next thrust his hands into another pocket, and drew forth a clay pipe, which, with the utmost deliberation, lie proceeded to fill by pinching oft' small particles of the tobacco. When this was done, having replaced his to bacco in his breeches pocket, he stoop ed forward and lighted liis pipe by the old priest's candle, and making an awk ward inclination of the head, (intended, perhaps, for a bow,) he said, " Much obleeged to vo Squire," and proceeded on.— Nashville Patriot. THE FIRST CHECK TO THE SECESSION FLAG. —The Portland (Me.) A<lcertiscr, Jan. 30, says: "The master of a brig just arrived at this port from Havana, "reports that on the day previous to her sailing, al>ont 10 A. M., a small brigau tine, from Charleston, came in past the \loro Castle with the Palmetto flag fly ing, or rather the Stripes with one star, but immediately, by order of the officer in command at the Moro, was brought to anchor under its guns, and kopt there until 8 p. M., when tho flag of the Union was hoisted, and she was per mitted to proceed up the luirhor. Thorlow Weed on the Duty of Republicans. The Albany Evening Journal thus closes an article vindicating its course in urging Compromise on the slavery question ior the sake of the Union : "If our Republican friends would but turn their attention from the 'dead past' to the 'living present,' with an intelligent appreciation of all that the lesson teaches, our differences would cfiasc. We only differ in this, viz-. That with the election of u Republican President, the issues upon which his suc cess teas mainly based, became obsolete— obsolete, because until we acquire more territory, the conflict between freedom and slavery is over. The moment the ballot boxes closed, on the 6th day of Novem ber, the freedom of Kansas, Nebraska* Washington, New Mexico, &c., was as sured. The work was finished, and however vehemently our friends may keep stumping, their iires will go out, and until fresh fuel is furnished, can not be rekindled. The idea of sustain ing the Republican party upon ques tions that have been argued and deci eided, is as preposterous as to expect to reap wheat or harvest corn from fields in which seed was neither sown ol' planted. Let lis, then, gather instruc tion from the 4 dead past,' but as men of sense, deal with the 'livingpresent.' With such a fugitive slave law as the Constitution demands, freemen would be protected and the necessity for personal liberty laws would no' longer exist. We are reminded, constantly, of the perfections of the Chicago Platform/ J t was and is a good strong, broad Plat form, one on which all might stand, atid one on which more than a million ot electors did and do stand, lint while it was J list what the occasion re quired, it was not omniscient, and cqnld not foresee all that might Occur. Shall wo, then, because emergencies arise and issues Offer, not provided for in our Plattorm; refuse or hesitate to meet them ? Shall we ignore startling facts, and neglect to prepare for scenes which are to deluge the country in blood,car nage and rapine, because we do uot find the line ot duty marked out upon oni* 'Platform?' What we moan by pre paration is, to set ourselves voluntarily cheerfully, and wholly RIUHT, on tfie question involved, so that when the shock come-: the whole North will meet it, shoulder to shoulder, all hearts re sponding to the cry of "UXIOI*, tiow and FOKEVEK." TIIE FEELING.— At Laura Keen's the Union sentiment finds vent when ever opportunity presents-. A few nights ago, when Mr. Burnett, as Cuf fee, sang the negro song in the " Seven Sisters," und introduced the name of Ms\jor Anderson, at the sound of which the audience, a large one, gave nine cheers for the hero of Fort Snmtei'. Hut when Cuffee quoted the words, "Bv the Eternal, the Union intist and shall be preserved," the enthusiasm reached its height. "Jt shall ! It shall!" resounded from all parts of the' house. Huts and ladies handkerchiefs were waved, and it was some moments before the cheers and cxcitemCht could be subdued sufficiently to allow the business of the play to proceed-. Such demonstrations are freqyeut at the the atres.—J\ r . Y. Tmies. THE DEATH OF FUKKDOSI.—WHAT hopes, exclaims the Lynchburg Virgin ian, would perish with this great Repub lic! "When the spirit bf freedom is again driven cut to be li weary wander er o'er the sea and land, where can she hope to find rest ? And if we, unfaith ful to the great trust committed to us, shall destroy our nation and its liber ties, when can we hope to restore them 1 When the sun goes back on the dial of Aliaz! Then they may be ours once more! We will search the pages of history 111 vain for a parallel to our folly; and iu vain seek through all the records of national humiliation, degra dation, and. final overthrow, for an went so stupendous in results as those that will follow the dissolution of thislTnioit and the extinction of American nation ality. EUCHBE—AN EXCITING GAME.-— South Carolina and James Buchanan agaiust Maj. Anderson and Gen. Scott. South Carolina deals and turns up the ten of spades (niggers); Gen. Scott [Hisses ; James Buchanan, haviug the ►est bower, assists South Carolina; Scott says he cannot assist the Major; South Carolina pusses 5 Maj. Anderson turns down hearts reluctantly j James Buchanan passes again; South Caroli na passes ; Maj. Anderson makes clubs trumps, and says he plays it alone> The hand Is played, the Major makes u march, and South Carolina and Jamea Buchanun are skunked-— Boeton Allan* NO. 20.