Newspaper of The Washington Standard, March 30, 1861, Page 2

Newspaper of The Washington Standard dated March 30, 1861 Page 2
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THE VIIIIIITII STANDARD. SATURDAY, MARCH 30,18G1. Union Beaolves of Washington Territory. WHEREAS. The present appalling conjuncture of our puldic affairs is calculated to excite in the heart of every loyal American, feelings of the most anxious solicitude and profound alarm, prophetic of the direst calamity that civil liberty has ever yet been called upon to endure ; we, therefore, representing the present Legislative authority of Washington Territory, an integrant portion of our common country, deem it our privilege and solemn duty, on so momentous an occasion, to give ex pression to the following sentiments : Retoleed hy the Legislative Atttmbly of Wnthinjton Territory— First. That we consider the preservation of our existing national Union as the first of all patriotic duties, and the chief of all political blessings, by which alone can be secured the identity of the American citizen and the fulfillment of our mission us the great exemplar of free institutions. Second. Tint it is the bounden duty of all good nnd true citizens, and especially of those who guide and govern popular sentiment, to counsel harmony and conciliation, and to effect and main tain, by all necessary concessions and compro mises. the integrity and perpetuity of that holy brotherhood of States under which wc have be come the admiration of the world. Third. That we utterly discountenance —as fraught with incipient treason, and the insidious offspring of reckless aspirations, disappointed am bition. or culpable ignorance—all projects for a Pacific Confederacy. Washington Territory covets only the distinction of exhibiting, first and la*t, her devotion to the entire l.*nioti, as created by our ancestors, consecrated bv their blood, and be qiUMtlud to us, the palladium of civil and popular rights. Republican Territorial Convention. A Territorial Convention will be held at the Town of Olympia, on SHIXUAV. MAV 20, |Bi>l, for the purpose of iiomintitlnKu Hki'l hi-ican Caxdi i»atk roil Dki.kuatk to Coxubbss. to be supported nt the general eleetion, on the second Slomliiv of July next. The basis of apportionment adopted is two delegates for ea h Representative in the Ter ritorial Legislature, according to the apportion ment of 18U1, but securing to each county at le tst one delegate in the said Territorial Convention. This will slightly increase the number of delegates above sixty, but*will secure a more general repre sentation of sentiment. The respective counties will lie entitled to the following number of delegates : Whatcom 2. Island J. .Snohomish 1. Clallam 2. Jefferson 4. Kitsap 5. King :i. Pierce S Sawamish 2. Thurston 8, Lewis 2. Chehalis 2. Cowlitz 2. I'a cilic 2. Wahkiakum, I. Clark H. .Skamania 1. Clickatat 1. Walla Walla 8. Spokane 2. Missoula 1. Shoshone 1. Tii" committee agreed that Sawamish was enti tled :<» a member of the Legislature, and have therefore given to that county the Representa tion to nhichshe isjustly entitled. Kepuid'cnns arc urged to perfect their county organizations nt once, and to hold their county meetings at an early day in May to nominate dele gates. While all counties are urged to send dele gates in person, proxies may give the vote in the ■Convention to which the county is entitled. llv order of the Republican Central Committee ELWOOI) KVASS, Chairman. — " Republicans of Fierce County, Organize! The Republicans of Pierce county a-e invited to meet in Mass Convention at Steilacoom, on MON DAY. AI'RIL 1. 1801. to perfect a thorough coun ty organization, and select Delegates to attend the Republican Territorial Convention**-to meet at Olympia. Monday May 20. Maxy Rkitiiuiaxh. - - To the Republicans of Lewis County! The Republicans of Lewis county are invited to meet in Mass Convention, at James I"rguehart's, ou Saturday, the titli of April, 18i!l.to perfect a county organization, and select Delegates to at tend "the Republican Territorial Convention, to meet is Olympia, ou Monday. May 20. Maxy Heitbucaxs. LINCOLN INAUGURATED. Heaven be praised! ABRAHAM LIN COLN* is President of the United States! The exposure of the plans of the con spirators against his life lias foiled them in their undertaking. We have received but a brief synop sis of President LINCOLN'S Message, which indicates firmness and decision. He acknowledges no right in a State to secede, and declares all secession or dinances void, and will so treat thefn. He will enforce the laws without bloodshed, if possible; but the revenue must be collected, the Government property restored, and declares that the majority must rule. The postal routes in the seceding States will be continued. Obnoxious officers will not be forced upon them. Fugitive slaves shall be delivered up, by Xatioual or State authorities. Such are the leading characteristics of-the Message. Wc sincerely believe they will meet the approval of the whole party. The seceders will agree to no Compromise. The Union must be preserved, and if necessary, at the point of the bayonet. By His own Word* is He Condemned. The Pioneer of last week seems to have awakened from its lethargic state, superinduced by the shock upon its nerves caused by the late Presidential election, and assumes a bold and defiant tone which is truly refreshing, coming as it does from our cotemporary, who " wouldn't be drawn into a controver sy." We hail this symptom as the re turn of a wandering reason, and anx iously await for that editor to define his " position," and not keep us in longer suspense as to whether he belongs to the Douglas or the Democratic party. T! o Pioneer says that we, "in an Arti cle that shows but little knowledge of the English language," (!) take it to tusk for garbling Mr. Seward's speeches, and so elated is it over the fact that we took for granted that which it had said was so, that it exultingly announces that "its information was obtained from Helper's Impending Crisis , a notorious abolition work, which has NOT been en dorsed by the Republican party* that ehoet's abortion to the contrary notwith standing. This confession was most unfortunate for our eotemporary. He should exercise more discretion. In the Pioneer's article Mr. Seward is accused of being an advocate of a " higher law" than the Constitution of the United States. How does this statement compare with Mr. Seward's conservative stand in the present crisis ? While the leaders of your party are striving to sever the Union, who is it that unflinchingly stands by the Con stitution and the Union, and extends the olive branch to your rebel party? Who favors compromise and concession but William IF. Seward, who but a few months ago you branded as "raving and ranting abolitionist"? Does this resemble the advocacy of a " higher law to end the " irrepressible conflict"? Again, we are infinitely rejoiced to learn that that editor has finally con eluded to support Mr. LINCOLN'S Ad ministration, at least not to "secede" until some "overt act" is committed, lie says: "If the present Administra tion is highly conservative, —if it for sakes narrow, partisan interests, —if it otters a reasonable compromise to the South, —if it causes the North to re turn also to a sense of its Constitutional duties, — we ore triHiny to yice this A'f ministratioil a fair trial." Just so! The Union-loving citizens of Washington Territory will rejoice with us at tliis declaration. Henceforth the Siamese twins of secession, .Mane and If, will have no advocate of their peculiar views in this Territory,—un less the above conditions are ignored! ; May we not expect to have the Pioneer read out of the Democratic party? It will be remembered that we liavc frequently taken our friend to aeeount for the base charges inside by him agafiist the Republican party, to which be never deigned a reply. AVe claimed that its silence was virtually an admis sion of guilt, lie being unable to prove bis accusations. A sentence in the last issue of that paper proves that our sur mises were correct. It says certain charges "must not go unrefuted, or it would be, on our part, a confession of judgment." So the charges then made were either the offspring of our eotem porary's fertile imagination, or were taken from campaign documents, se cession newspapers, or Helper's Im pending crisis—the text-books of the Democratic party. TIIK TRAITOR TWIOGS. —We had thought tliat tlie higher officers of the IT.l T . S. army, honored as they were by mention in their country's history, would he the very last to desert their flag. Although we still have unshaken confidence in our military, wo have to note one instance in which an officer, holding a no less rank than Major-Ucn eral, is guilty of treason —of delivering the military property of the United States in Texas, to that State. It has heen shown that early in February he had entered into negotiations with that State for the surrender of the property, and late accounts say (Jen. Houston was privy to the affair. Col. White had been appointed to succeed Twiggs, hut he did not arrive there before the surrender. Twiggs' name lias heen stricken from the army roll as a traitor, and should the report that had been shot prove untrue and lie be taken, he will undoubtedly be compelled to perform his evolutions on a tight-rope. SOUTHERN " INDEPENDENCE." —The word "independence" has lately under gone a radical change, if it is not mis applied by the fire-eaters of South Car olina. They declare themselves " free and independent," but arc quite trilling to allow the United States to carry her mails; her "chivalry" delight in sport ing the tri-colored cockade, while the button, in the centre of which is the Palmetto tree and a secession motto, has on the reverse the imprint of the Scoville Manufacturing Co., of Conn.; and while our neighbors threaten to thrash Uncle Sam out of his boots if "coercion" is attempted, that State " coerces" her citizens, under penalty of confiscation of property, into paying dearly for her "independence." C A I;SE TO R EJOIC u.—N otwithstandi ng despair broods over the nation, we have occasional tidings which should cause us to rejoice. The passage of a bill pro viding for a daily overland communica tion ; the information concerning our war debt; and the disposition shown by Congress for the protection of emigra tion to this Coast, are matters which should cause ua to feel exceedingly comfortable. GARDEN SEEDS. —Geo. W. Corliss has e large rssortment of fresh Garden Peed? for "ale. AI«o onion "Rets." Jeff Davis'a InangnraL "NVe have neither space nor inclina tion to give the Inaugural Address of Emperor Davis entire, but as a matter of news we give a brief synopsis of its ! leading characteristics. Mr. Davis said, he approached the discharge of his duties as President of the Southern Confederated States with an abiding faith in the virtue and patri otism of the people. This hit was thrown out to stifle the upbraidings of conscience of those somewhat loyally inclined to the Union, and who left it with reluctance. He looked forward to the establishment of a government to take the place of this, which would be better able to contend with the con flicting interests of nations. What is the meaning intended to be conveyed by the above clause'! Is it not intend ed to sound the people upon changing the form of government? Asserting the "American" idea that government rests with the consent of the governed, and that the people have the right to alter or abolish the same whenever it become destructive of the ends for which it was established, lie claimed that the Constitution had been subver sive of its intent. lie asserted the right of a State to resume the authority dele gated to the General Government, at any time; gave the North a stab for "wanton aggressions;" and asserted that he was now anxious to "bury the hatchet" with the North, as " mutual interest would invite good will and I kind offices." They had entered upon |at career which should be maintained, | and if need be must be decided by the arbitrament of the sword, lie advised the enrollment of a large standing army —the first step to royalty. Mr. Davis said that should they be involved in war there would be no con siderable diminuation in their exports! He congratulated his flock, the North, in case of war, could not do ought so detrimental to herself, as to destroy the commerce of the South , and asserted that if she (the North) did do so "a terrible responsibility will rest upon her, and the suflerings of millions will bear tes timony to the wickedness of our ag gressors"! "And there will remain to us the well-known resources for retalli ation upon the commerce of our ene my." This harangue was intended to reassure those who were reluctantly drawn into the secession movement. This is about the gist of the whole address. Our readers enn judge wheth er our surmises are justified or not. Out FI NNY COTKMPOUAUY. —The ed itor of the Pioneer often savs fuunv things—just for the fun id it. His jokes are very witty, and in tact we might say, very ludicrous. Joking is said to be his forte, and we must occasionally expect a shot. In his last paper we find an obituary on the Republican party. It was so funny we really could not suppress a smile when we read it, although we were aware that such con duct was very improper. Death is a grave subject, to say the least, but we verily believe that were the "devil to claim his due" our cotemporary would declare he had made a mistake and di rect him to another Lodge, just for the sake of making a pun, notwithstanding ywt-ishnient stared liim in the face. Some plan must be adopted to ease our friend of the surplus "gas" or aeolapse may follow. When ho attempts anoth er funny ism, however, we would advise him to select another subject. This " laughing to show it don't hurt," was " played out" long ago. STRAWS SHOW THE COURSE OF THE WIND. —The innate principals of a peo ple, when incited by fancied wrongs to revolution, may be totally changed in a short space of time. The confusion and excitement attending such an event would but hasten the attainment of an object, although it might be in imme diate conflict with the sentiments for merly cherished. It might startle our reader were we to assert the bare possi bility of the South favoring a mon archy; yet what other opinion can we form when we take into consideration the fact that a theatre in New Orleans, recently, our national air, the " Star Spangled Banner," was performed amidst hisses, while the "Marseilles Hymn" was greeted with applause! Napoleon may yet rule the " chivalric" South, unless the North takes care of her! EDWARD OIDDINOS, ESQ. —This gen tleman, the obliging Purser of the steamer Multnomah, has placed us under obligations for a package of late papers. THE WEATHER. —We have had dis mal, rainy weather during the past week. We are in hopes it will "dry up" soon. Southern "Chivalry," A NORTHERN LADY TARRED AND FEATHERED IN ALABAMA. —We are not surprised that any Northerner should prefer a dissolution of The Union, rather than a compromise with some of the brutes who iufest the South. In a late number of the N. Y. Illustrated News we find the particulars of an out

rage, which makes the blood boil with indignation, perpetrated upon a young and accomplished lady, in the chivalric State of Alabama. The account says : "It appears she fell under suspicion from her humane sentiments, and with out accusation or trial of any sort, she was seized by a gang of ruffians, who acted under the sanction of the Com mon Council of the city where the out rage was committed, was stripped na ked, tarred and feathered, and ridden on a rail to the depot, escorted thither by a committee appointed by the Common Council. And, as if she had been some dangerous and powerful enemy, the same Council ordered her strictly guard ed till after she passed Mason's and Dix ou's line. Incredible as this may ap pear, it is, nevertheless, strictly true, and we only keep back the names and dates from reasons of policy." Talk of compromise with these fiends ! Much as we desire peace with the Southern States, we say, if the perpetrators of the above fiendish out rage are a fair representation of the whole, No compromise but extermi nation, no peace till the stain bt; washed from our national fame with their blood. We can scarcely accredit the state ment. We believe that even Satau himself could not find heart to perform the task. We hope for the sake of hu manity it may be untrue. 1 —• ■ ■ RKTUUN OF THE KXIM.ORIXO PARTY.— Messrs. ])c Lacy, Illaukcuship, Long myrc and Paekwood, have returned from their expedition to discover a route to the Wenatehee mines, and made a report to a meeting of our citizens on Wednesday evening. They reported that their provisions becoming low they were compelled to return. They had succeeded in penetrating farther than before attempted by white men, and found as fine a section of country as is known upon the coaet. The meet ing adjourned to meet to-day (Saturday) at 1 o'eloek, to take further steps in regard to opening a trail. Every body is earnestly requested to attend. The proceedings of the meeting were fur nished by the Secretary, W. 11. Pope, Esq., but too late for insertion. CAN IT 11K TRUE. —The later news from the Atlantic Side bring us au item, taken from the Charleston Mer ruri/, in these significant words: " Fort Sumter, on the 2 'hi Feb., breathed forth a saury salute of thirty-four guns." Is it possible that that people have forgotten every emotion of patriotism, and all reverence for the loved and honored hero who reposes 'neath the soil of Mount Vernon ! Can it be that the memories ot a struggle for the liberties which they have enjoyed are totally ob literated? We sincerely hope that the dispatch may prove incorrect, —that notwithstanding their party-leaders are deep-dyed traitors, that the great mass of Southern people reverence the mem ory of WASHINGTON. jfcg" In some of the seceding States, secession was not by vote of the people, but by the machinations of the Demo cratic party-leaders. In Florida, the Legislature ordered an election of del egates to take place within five days, this did not allow time for a circulation of the notice, and consequently thou sands of country people were debarred from voting. 46^Mr. Brady's subscription has born received and placed to bis credit.— l'ionttr. It will be perceived that the above is an unusual occurrence for our cotom porary. We have thought all along that Democratic literature was on the " decline." CORRECTION. —We stated last week that Mr. Thallheimer was soon to start for the mines. It should have been, Mr. Hugh Wilhclm. Wo believe that neither of the gentlemen considers him self insulted. THE " NATIONAL REPUBLICAN." —We have received the first number of a paper bearing the above title, from Washington, D. C. It is to be the or gan of the present Administration. FIRE. —We learn that a fire occurred on Hawk's prairie on the 26th instant, burning the houscof Mr. Thomas John son. Loss, $2.10. tSr Capt. Fleming never neglects the acts of courtesy which only an ed itor can fully appreciate. 10°* Republicans of Lewis county! Read the notice in the first column of this page. Gen. Scott'a letter. The following letter of Gen. Scott, written to the President and Secretary of War in October last, will show that had his suggestions been acted upon, secession would have been next to im- possiple. Of course it is now plain why President Buchanan did not act upon the General's advice: "If I might presume to address the South, and particularly dear Virginia— being " native here and to the manor born"—l would affectionately ask, will not your slaves be less secure and their labor* less profitable under the new order of things than under the old ? Could you employ profitably two hun dred slaves in all Nebraska, or five hun dred in all New Mexico ? The right, then, to take them thither would be a barren right. And is it not wise to " Rather bear the ills wc have Tlian fly toothers that wc know not of?" The Declaration of Independence proclaims and consecrates the same maxim : " Prudence, indeed, will dic tate shat Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes." And Paley, too, lays down as a fundamental maxim of statesmanship, "never to pursue na tional honor as distinct from national interest but. adds: " This rule ac knowledges that it is often necessary to assert the honor of a nation for the sake of its interests." The excitement that threatens scces ion is caused by the near prospect of a Republican's election to the Presidency. From a sense of propriety, as a soldier, I have taken no part in the pending canvass, and, us always heretofore, mean to stay away from the polls. My sympathies, however, are with the Bell and Kverctt ticket. With Lincoln I have had no communication whatever, direct or indirect, and have no recollec- tion of ever having seen his person ; but cannot believe any unconstitutional violence, or breach of law, is to be ap prehended from his administration of the Federal Government. From a knowledge of our Southern population, it is my solemn conviction that there is some danger of an early act of rashness preliminary to secession, viz: the seizure of some or all of the following posts: Forts Jackson and St. Phillip, in the Mississippi, below New Orleans, both without garrison ; Fort Morgan, below Mobile, without garrison vForts Pickens and Mcßea, Pensacola harbor, with an insufficient garrison for one ; Fort Pulaski, below Savannah, without garrison; Forts Moultrie and Sumter, Charleston har bor, the former with an insufficient garrison, and the latter without any; and Fort Monroe, Hampton lioads, without a sufficient garrison. In 1113* opinion all these works should be im mediately garrisoned as to make any attempt to take any one of them, by surprise or coup de main, rediculous. With the Army faithful to its alle giance, and the Navy probably equally so, and with a Federal Executive for the next twelve months, of firmness and moderation, which the country has a right to expect— moderation being an element of power not less than firmness —there is good reason to hope that the danger of secession may bo made to pass away without one conflict of arms, one execution, or one arrest fortreason. Iu the meantime it is suggested that exports should remain as free as at present; all duties, however, on im ports, collected (outside of the cities,) as such receipts would be needed for the national debt, invalid pensions, etc., and only articles contraband ot war be refused admittance. But even this re fusal would be unnecessary, as the fore going views eschew the idea of invade ing a seceded State." WHAT DOES IT MEAN? —We have re ceived through the Post Office some lines, written in a feminine hand, which we publish for the benefit of "whom it may concern." Of course they must he sent by a beautiful young lady, altho' they contain a sentiment at variaucc with that usually entertained by those who have had but moderate experience in life. They show profound investi gation of the subject: " llow delicious is the winning Of a kins, at Love's beginning, When two heart's are fondly sighing For the knot there's no uitjiing. " Yet remember 'midst your wooing, Love has bliss, and love has rueing : Other's smiles may mnke you fickle, Tears for another's charms may trickle. " Love he comes, and Love he tarries, Just as fate or fancy carries. Longest stays where sorest chidden, Laughs and flies when pressed and bidden. " Can yon keep the bee from ranging, Or the ring-dove's neck from changing? No ; nor fettered love from dying, In the knot there's no untying." The above is only a portion of our correspondent's communication, but sufficient, we think, to condemn her as a heartless flirt. We turn her over to the tender mercies of " whom it may concern." OUR WAR DEBT.— We learn from the Portland Times, that the Confer* ence Committee agreed to a ten per cent, discount from the amount of the original Senate bill, leaving the amount $8,060,000, and in that manner the bill passed both Houses, aud only awaits the signature of the President. 18" Messrs. Thayer and Sheil left on the la«t steamer for Washington. later from the Atlantic tii&. ST. LOUIS, March Ist.—Besides Ihtf proposition for a Daily Overland Mail by the central route which passed both Houses, the Senate yesterday adopted an amendment to the Post-Office appro. I>riation Bill, giving one million ot dol ors to the Pony Express and Cefttfal Route. Yesterday the propositions of the Peace Convention were presented to the Senate, and Senator Seward ottered an amendment by substituting a call for a National Convention.—Tyler, and others of the delegates, on their return to Richmond, stated that all efforts to obtain justice from the.North were un successful, and that the Convention was a failure. No disposition was manifested by Congress to pass the propositions of the Peace Congress. President Davis had an interview with Maj. Anderson, and it was given out that there would be no fight The bill stopping the mails in the seceding States, passed both Houses. ST. LOUIS, March 2d.—The House Committee rejected the Senate amend ments to the Post-Office Bill transfer ring the Butterfield Mail to the Central route. The rules of the House were suspended, and the amendment was made the special order for to-day, when the House adjourned. In the House, before adjournment there were reports by the Committee of Thirty-three on amendments to the Fugitive Slave Law, which require States to return fugitives to the Mar shal, who shall deliver them to the United States Courts in the States whence they escaped, where they shall have a jury trial. This amendment was passed by a vote of 92 to 80. Several ineffectual attempts were made to take up the report of tlie Peace- Convention by the House. In the Senate the same matter was discussed yesterday. Crittenden was willing to make any and many sacrifi ces of private views, tor peace. Mason denounced the plan as subversive of the rights the South already possessed. Maker urged the submitting of the question to the people. lie was willing to give up a great deal to the border States, but nothing to secession. Green pronounced the plan a mere twaddle, but said there was something in the Crittenden Compromise. No- 1 action was had upon the subject. Yesterday the question pending was the motion of Huutcr to substitute the Crittenden Compromise for the Peace Confernnce plan. The report of the Committee of Thir ty-three was made the special order of to-morrow at 11 o'clock. The debate in the Virginia Conven tion yesterday indicated that the Peace propositions were acceptable to the people generally, but obuoxious to se cessionists. \Viurtal 1 aiul Hcmpfield gave notice yesterday of their intention to with draw from the Senate, satisfied that the secession ordinance was adopted by the people of Texas. Returns of the North Carolina Con vention leave the result in great doubt; ST. LOUIS, March sth.—All the force hills, and the hill suppressing mails iu the seceding States, have tailed. The Nevada Territory bill has been approved. Crittenden's proposition was lost in the House by a vote of 109 to 20. Corwill's resolution has been adopted by a constitutional majority of 24 to 12. No important business was trans acted. _ Lincoln was inaugurated without any difficulty. In his ina igural address ho declares in favor of preserving the rights of each State to control its do mestic institutions; fugitive slaves should be delivered; not material whether by National or State authori ties; but a law for their delivery might provide against kidnapping, and seizing citizens of each State. The immuni ties of the citizens ot the several States suggest that it would be safer to obey the laws than resist them; and also said the Union is perpetual, and cannot pos sibly bo dissolved except by all the States. The Union is older than the Constitution. No State of itself could leave the Union. Secession ordinances are void acts, are insurrectionary or revolutionary, according to circuits stances. He considered the Union QQ» broken, and will execute the laws with out bloodshed, unless the Government is forced to shed blood. The power of the Government will be used to hold or keep in possession Government property, and collect duties, nothing more. Obuoxious officers will uot be forced upon States, nor mails cut off. No Constitutional right will be denied them; but while the Government lasts the majority must rule. The Supreme Court cannot fix the policy of Govern ment irrevocably. lie then discqssed the disadvantages of separation, and closed by invoking calmness and pa tience, and love of the Union, confi dent that no wrong will resnlt there from. tST If petticoat government is not more oppressive now than formerly, it is certainly double in extent, and in connection with this it is said that a celebrated comic writer is getting up a work of some extent, called " A Jour ney Round my Wife." Stiggins, re murks, also, in connection, that it is no easy matter for some men to "get around their wives," whether they are enveloped in much crinoline or not.