Newspaper of The Washington Standard, April 16, 1864, Page 2

Newspaper of The Washington Standard dated April 16, 1864 Page 2
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ways sought to impress mc with the idea that he had plenty besides this, and from his in timacy with the Secretary, that Mr. Chase would not he annoyed in meeting tin: chum. He stated he had some 810,000 in the States, but it was not all immediately available, the debt due from Mr. Chase, he would not press because of his great friendship and long in timacy with the Governor. The above is substantially the purport of many conversations. I am very respectfully. Your obedient servant, J. M. Winn:. 2d Lieut. I". S. 11. S. h :(F irfroin O-t. Cm", E IJ., to <! >r. /'■ 'vm /. OLY.MPIA, Sept. -'Till, ISC J. To His Kxrßi.i.rxrv, WM. Pu Ki:tti\ii, Governor of Washington Territory : Si-: At your request, I respectfully sub mit my views as to the proper localion ior the Custoin-llojjse of the District of l'uget Sound, 'Whilst one port of entry may be deemed suffi cient fo'r the whole of those waters known as the Straits of I'uca, Admiralty Inlet and I'u f;et Sound, embracing the very many arms, pays, inlets, &e., constituting the magnificent inland sea of this Territory. In response to your personal inquiries, 1 would state that 1 am a native of Martha's Vineyard, Massachu setts, nowiii the sixtieth year of my age. I have followed the sea since IS2O, and have been master of a vessel and ship ownM' since 1830. I own two vessels, a brig and it bark, and have a ship almost constantly under charter. These three vessels have been en gaged in the l'uget Sound trade, since 185(5, plying between San Francisco, my fo.'iuer res idence, and some of the ports on tin s • waters, or in carrying lumber, spars, or piles from ports on l'uget Sound to China. My first visit to the Territory was in July I am at present running a monthly line of packets be tween San Francisco and Olynipia and Steil ncoom, in this Territory, in w Inch are em ployed my own vessels, the bark A/tn Purr//, and the brig Kolou, and the chartered >ll ip Gcorgiana. 1 have entered a claim in Si wamish county, in this Territory, 13 mdes from Olynipia, upon which lhavc c mnnenevd the erection of a dwelling house, to which I shall surely remove my family, noxv residing in San Francisco. I have been familiarly acquainted w'th the Lay or harbor of l'ort Tow user id. Till re cently, I never was inside of the bay of I'ort Angelas or False Dunguness. 1 spent two dnys in and about the latter harbor duiing the present month, and since the commencement of the building designed for the new Custoin- Ilouse of the District. For :i coni]):irison of the respective harbors, their soundings and geographical description, let ine refer you to the Coast Survey lteports of 18»s-o9, page 415 and 440, and sketches No. 31 and No. 30, in same volume. As a ship owner, with nt least 835,000 of capital embarked in trade upon this Sound, I earnestly protest rgiinstj the removal of the Custom-House from l'ort Townsend to l'ort Angtlos. If not too late, 1 urge Your Excellency to u*c your■ whole inllu ence to secure the repeal of the Act of Con gress of last session, whereby the said remov al was effected. I cannot but believe that Congiess, when advised of the evil so hastily consummated, will undo the injury to the ma terial commercial interests ot this Territory. Such unfortunate legislation must have been the result of misrepresentation, and there is i too much reason to fear was prompt-id by self ishness and private speculation. 1 have not now nor never had a dollar's worth of proper ty in either town. My only interest in this ! matter is to see the Custom-House properly [ located, convenient of ace -ss to the shipping ougaged in business with the trading settle ments now established in the Territory. Let ino give a practical illustration of the effects of such removal upon vessels compelled to en ter or clear at the new Custom-House. While at Fort Angeles, for two whole days, ten ves sels outward bound, which had sailed from Port Townsend two days before I had left that town for Fort Angeles, were trying to beat out the straits with light easterly winds. They were unable to stern the cur rent, and were drifted towards Fort Town send by every succeeding flood tide. These vessels could not get into Fort Angeles, nor near enough the shore to clear. V'ou will readily see the reason of this, by a glance at •chart No. 34, before referred to. Tin re was probably a light breeze in the middle of the straits, but between the headland of Tongue Foint and the New Dungctiess Spit not a breath of air. From my own knowl edge, for several months of the year this would be likely to be the case. At the time I refer to, had both vessels been obliged to clear at Port Angeles, the delay in getting in and out, apart from the labor of working without wind, could not have been less than one week. Again, sine.) Victoria has become so {imm inent a town, and British Columbia (by the discovery of gold) has grown into a populous province, a trade in cattle, flour, lumber, pro duce, bay, &c., has commenced between the Sound settlements and mills and Victoria and (he ports of British Columbia. Now by the map, you will perceive that Port Angeles is almost directly south of Victoria. 11 is a fact that tho winds almost invariably draw up and down the straits. In severe weather, a trough of the sea is of necessity formed. For this reason, vessels in that trade being compelled to enter and clear nt the Custom- House—it being at P»rt Angelos—you must readily sec that great difficulties are entailed by the necessity of going directly across tho straits. In several months of the year, the delay thus occasioned adds greatly to the ex pense of shippers, to say nothing of an in creased risk and liability to damage by seas, to the cargoes of vessels subjected to such voyages. Again, a vessel at Victoria, bound to any will 01 town upon the Sound, with the wind south-west, (a prevailing wind ou the straits,) could not get to l'ort Angeles without a delay, under the most favorable circumstances, of from six to twelve hourt, and with my knowl edge and expedience, I do not hesitate to say, it would be more frequently from four days to a week. There ore no buildings at Port An geles adapted for Custom-liouse, &c. It is true, as Mr. Davidson remarks iu his invalu able •' Directory tor the Pacific Const of the United StatHS," page 419, Coast Survey Re ports, 158-59, "The Hook (Ediz Hook, the termination of tbc long low laud spit bound ing the north of the bay of Port Angeles) is covered with coarse grass, and in many places with drift wood, shoring that the sea tome times washes over it, /ilthOiigTi it li mil out \ i of vessels bound either in or out of the straits. It would he advisable to mark it with large, cas'lv recognized beacons, or to plant trees along part of it, <m it run nut he snn, rrcit in if f if til iri'if/icr, Hi-til a reuse! is close lijiun if. I'm. u the miih/lc of the straits, it ran not, fx' nun!' out iin/ix.i the ajiprtirwicv of the !>!'(// is /■ooirn.'' While a light-house or. Fdiz llook will very materially aid, yet fog-bells and beaccftis are necessary to indicate the localion of the harbor, and the entrance cannot be properly defined at a less expanse to (iovern inent than 510t,,000. This does not include buil '.ing Custoni-House, Warehouse, Marine H >s|)it il. and otlier necessary houses to trans aet the revenue business of the District. I have 110 hesitation in asserting that I'oit Towusetid is the proper point (or the Custom- Jlouse, to suit the business and trade of the settlement* and thriving mills n> n Admiral ty Inlet, l'uget Sound and 1 loon's Canal. It is well remarked ii. the Coast Survey iteport, page 111), article entitled Port 'loir/isn/J, "This barb iris favorably .situat ed at the termination o( the Straits of Fucn, as the outlet of the waters of Admiralty Inlet, l'uget S tnd m l Hood's Canal, and in pn>\- imitv t» the great inland waters nf British Co luuiiiia." There arc no settlements or niiils near I'ort Angeles, no settled back country to support a town or en-ate a trade, and no justi fication f>r establishing a Cut an-House at present or for years to come at I'ort Angeles, except for purposes of private speculation, at the expense of the best interests of the peo ple resident upon and interested in the devel opment of the l'uget Sound region. 1 am, Very llcspectf'nlly, (! I'.O.'CIIASE. Ct-rfii I* ' of ('t/)*. I. UH'K ()|,\ Ml'IA, W. T. Oct. Ist, IS< I, Jamesl, unb, M aster of the Hrij? Ivoloa now engaged in running; as a packet between this port and San Francisco, have read the wiihin li tter of Capt. George C'iias •, wlio ii I know to be an experience Ship Mister, uml cordially concur in a'l the opinions expressed theivin. lam now twenty-nine years of ago, have follow, i »;•<• sea sin.-o IKI7, having bv< li a Si,ij> M.i-U rni i • yearn ; during which tinv I liave Killed from San Francisco to ports oa l*ii;_r« t Sound since IK)8, commanding the following nanii d vessels, to wit : Sh'p ('<>• ijiiiinlm, Harks Areittlii anil Or/; ; ltrigs l\o ton aid Vaster. I own no property either at Port A'ig.les or i'ort Townsend. J. 7* front P -"i f I\- //"'Av ft (i >r. /V k. ritiy. I'llltT TIIWASKV l», May Irtth lHt>3. Ills K\ei:u i M Y. U'M. I'lCKrauxo, Ci'iv. »;• WASH VUTON »'l:uitl rouv : Jy.lrrwnl Sir : —li is with great reluctance that 1 have a word to SJIV relative to the two ex'raordin try envoys to this coast. Victor Smith and Tli mas Drown. The one bent on uiakinga rapid fortune out of the wild wood and waters ol this Territory, and the I'. S. Government, the other iollowing with brush and lime to cover over excrescences protru ding from every turn of the wheel. McGilvrv, l ! . S. Attorney, appointed me to act 1' ir him as such in this Judicial District. Mcrrymaii, as Deputy Collector, presented to me proofs of flagrant violation of law and dcprcdntions upon the Treasury, on the part oi Smith. Familiar with Admiralty and Hcvenuc laws in New York and l'hilad ljdiia, 1 could gi'asp at a glance what MeGilvry knew nothing ab Hit, and Drown still less. As for instance, they both decided inslanter that "a Collector ot Customs could engage in commerce," and " c >uld tradj in Public Lauds,''uml that it was error to indict for any such conduct—Diightly 3-1, Sec. 13 —S>Bl, Sec. 41. Act. yd Sept., l?Si). Then again Drown said to me that us " Mr. C/iaw ten satisji A, " tho courts as to I'liihi zzlamiit should be nolle /irossal, and he (Drown) was satisfied as to the charge of suhornutiOH o/j'iijmi/. "lie had examined and was satisfied with Smith's hooks.l told him plainly that he was lifting tint veil that covered his mission; that as a lawyer lie should know that the Executive cannot con trol the Judiciary—the l're.sid. Nt himself has no [tower to direct the meanest .1 ustice of the Peace to release a man charged with grave crimes. 1 hit one man of sixteen (hand Jurois had any knowledge personally of Victor Smith. They were ten days engaged iu in vestigation, and finally one ol his strong sympathisers in the (hand Jury said to the foictuait " there is enough evidence to send any man to h—!1; 1 \ote for the bill," and that made it unanimous, nud iu compliance with the Act of 2t»th of Feb., 1553, as (o joinder of offences, I put all the count.-! iu one indictment so far as the Treasury Department was concerned—Drightly S-c. 117. Tho witnesses were all at couit, summoned nt considerable expense to the U. S., but Smith who was there si day or two before the finding of tho bill, had to lie reached bv a lunch warrent, 150 miles off, by row boat or sail and only eamc smte (lays aftrr tlie court adjourned, lie did not dure to go to trial as an honest man would do, and 1 acknowledge that I felt proud to see the indignation mani fested by every other Government officer nt his conduct. lam no Republican, but your Excellency knows that my " Union Resolu tions" offered in Cornell each session since this hateful rebellion commenced, were body and soul to crush it out by every means that GSod and our country and the civilized world can command. Mr. brown showed mo his instructions on first coming to my office. I noticed tlio first (I tliink) wns to inquire into the cause and propriety of the removal of the Custom-1 louse from Port Tou itseud. That subject was not touched, though lie remained with me from half-past 6 till half-past 12 at night. The next day 1 reminded him as to that portion of his instructions. " Well " he thought" there's no necessity, what vessels please to, coino to l'ort Towusend. What morn is wanting ?" This was another of Mr. Brown's beautiful il lustrations of his knowlndgo of the ltcvcnue Law. On my suggestion that it would bo u violation of law, ho said Smith and his Depu ty hud both to!d him they could do so, nnd applied to Mt. Gitchell who confirmed it, he insisted on hearing nothing as a reason why l'ort Townseud made no opposition. I told him to speak with Capt. 1- owler, Dr. O'Brien and others, with whom Smith on leaving pledged only to ask a Port of JJe/iv cry at Port Angeles. This hr declined to do. Two such men us Smith and lit own, abusing tliu confidence of the Government, cau do more with the industrious and commer cial people of'tin's Territory' to O'rLvd revolt, ,lA*. I.AMit. Master of Drig l\»!ua tlian could a rebel army 50,000 men backed by 50 millions of dollars fur distribution. Your obedient servant, I*AI L K. HI'UBS. Virtur Smith in iff. trit/i I'. S. of Inrettigatrd by Lieut. J. M?rri/iiittn. Victor Smith in act. with U. S. 1812 Dr. Cr. April 39, ns Collector of Customs $8784 27 Disbursing Agent 18477 80 17752 30 Superintend of Lights 8613 40 7803 40 Agent M irine Hospital 128.30 14'J3> 50 Collector of • 'iistoms be ing net proceeds of sale of Itcvenue Cutter Jctr. l)a\is 3241 22 H ilmoo due to United States 113(13 22 $5lOlO GO aioio 00 NOTE. On the first day of May then- was in the treasure eh.'st in gild ami silver slß2l 35 Mudsill's liny Cos' ccr tilie 'I " of deposit for 1000 00 Hastings 3207 00 Treasury notes 2)0 00 II ilauee' in cheek hook ngainst Assistant Trens er U. S., at San Fran cisco 1182 18 $7523 53 D 'duet Ilundson's Hay Coinpanys' out which they re fuse to cash SIOOO and a nit. c'rawn by Victor Smith from 1.. 11. Hastings' certificate of de posit 318 40—1318 40 $ i'2os 13 The It il nice due U. S. on li'ltli April was $11305 23 From which deduct bal. eiioh on hand 0205 13 leaving deficit, of sjl(l3 O'J Which is made up as fol lows, viz: Vict or Sm i th's over di aft #4354 08 Dal. unaccounted fur 805 00 #>lo3 00 Cu. IS.il. April 18, llv cash $ 101 00 " 30, Amount of fees to date s''l3 !01 " 3), Salary Ml 12 Nov. C mi. on disbiirsmeuts IS 17 Dee. 31, Salary to date 250 (!•> Fees 537 00 1802. ] .tail. Cash 05 00 j Keh. 28, Cash 25 5J Mar. 21, Com. on disbursment* 12181 •' " Salary 250 00 Apr. 30, Cash' 30 50 Com. on di ■biirsmcnt 100 41 Fees to date (107 45 Salary 8:1 33 Com. ondi .bursments 45 82 2707 13 ' 1.l i I 00 | Ily anit. overdrawn $7288 01 Statement "f sums it mn from public moneys and of emoluments received : n V. Smith. . . . 1 Sep'. 7, To cash paid Flying Mist S~> 00 •' 10, I'aiil self ' |UO (10 " 17, s. MeCurdy 2i 00 ; " 25, Frei ''it • 2 50 ' Oct. 2, Drall fav. of Chersman 50 IK> " 2, Draft fav. of Wyclie 55 Oil " 3, Draft fav.of Win,or 50 00 " 3, l'aid freight for liorso 5 IK) " 3, Hothsi'hild 200 00 : " I, J. F. 1). (Damon) 25 1)0 I " 15, For printing paper 18 00 " 15, Mrs. Smith 500 " 15, Seidell, lot ill Cherbourg 150 00 I Nov. 11, Taxes 5 i:0 ! " 22, Moore 3 00 i " 20, Henry 5 (HI " 30, Oliphant 20 00 , Dec. 2, Self liKI 00 ' " 2, Share in Cherbourg 130 47 " Hi, 1 pair of Oxen 200 00 I " 18. Seidell 40 0.1 ! " 23, llliint, Boy 21 88 { " 24, Lent Deiinison 20 00 i " 27, Self 10 (H) " 28, Dutiea, (I'restou) 2 17 1852. Jan. 3 Armstrong 25 00 " 1», Self • 100*00 " 18, Henry 20 (Hi " IS, Taylor, loan in August loi) 00 " 18, Taylor, i Icrk hire 200 00 I " 20, Fees of Oen. Ilarnry 5 (10 , " 30, Judge Hewitt 307 50 I Fob. 7, Self 100 00 j " 7, l'aid assessment at Cher bourg 200 00 Mar. 4, Fees, Thorndike 3 .V) < " 4, Hill 25 00 i «' 7, O'Brien 300 00 " Self UN) (10 •' Assessment at Cherbourg 200 O'J I •' 21, Orennan & Crauey 500 00 " 27, Illuuiberg 151 00 ! Apr. 7, Cash, Toys in Drawer 3J2 21 ] " To balance of Kothuhilds' draft 310 00 " 12, I'aiil fees of Thoriiiliku 300 I " 13, W'insor, freight 8 500 " Freight on stove 4 50 ■I 15, For goods at sale ofCuttcr 10 75' " 10, l'liillips 500 i 41 Illuuiberg 130 DO i " lliu ris 7 83 ! " 23, Chalmers 20 00 28, (ierrish 48 (hi " Hastings 18i! 00 *' Hastings 318 40 " 30, Anit. charged John Al lyn, but not paid to him 405 00 " Ami. lodged with Hud bou.s Bay Co. in his own inline 1000 00 ! " l'aid duties on goods im ported into Cherbourg 00 10 " Sliain 25 00 : " Taylor'* salary (Ml 00 ' •' niuiiilierg 300 (Ml " Amt. retained by (Jitchcl 240 05 " l'aid Chalmers 70 00 I " Amt.overcharged Allyn 29 08 | #7288 27 Ci sroM-Itoi si:, I'UHT I'OWMKMI, W. T. May •_>.», 1802. Tho undersigned certify that the copies and <|iu>ta tioiu of the papers embodied in Lieutenunt Merr) man's report to the Secretary of tho Treasury of this date, are true copies of the original documents now in this ofli.'e, and that the statements contained in said reports arc true to the host of our belief anil knowledge. [.S'lyiWJ J. W. \Viil'i'K. W. 11. CIIAI.MKIIg. 11. A. Moimi;. CONNI'I.ATR OF THE IT. 8. OK AmKIIICA, i VIOTOHIA, V. I„ Aug. 13, 18(12. I the undersigned, Consul etc., do hereby certify that the statements and document* herewith attached arc true und faithful conies of tho original* which have been carefully examined by inc and compared with said originals, anil found to agree therewith word for word, una figure for figure. (Jiveu under uiv hand und seal of this Consulate, the day und veur first above written. , ALI.F.N FHANCIH, i.. H. > U. S. Consul. l\ S. to JJ. -4. (loldsborowjh Dr. The United Suites to H. A. Golds orough Dr. 1801. Dec. 31, For salary a* Inspcrtor for Colville, from Oct. 1, to this date #276 00 I. 11. A. Coldsborough, Inspector of the Custom! for the District of I'ngct Sound, W. T., do hereby certify on mith that I have performed the service stated in the annexed account. That I have received the full am mount herein stated to my own use and benefit, that I have not paid, deposited or ussigncd any part of such compensation to the use of any other persons, nor ill any way dircctlv paid or given, or contracted to pay or give any reward or compensation for any office of em ployment or the emoluments thereof: So help me God. [Sir/iutl] 11. A. Goldhhouocoh. Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 31st day of December, 1801. I certify the above account is correct and just. [Njiy/irv/J Victor Smith, Col. A substitute having been allowed for a portion of August and September, as stated to the Secretary of the Treasury, under date of April 9th, 1802. Received Oustom-llouso l'ort Townsend, Jan. Ist, 180 », of Victor Smith, Collector, two hundred and seven ty-six d' liars in full of the above account, for which I tavc signcdltw)'"**-?- rrvelpts. >7i//i(rf| 11. A. Got.nsnoitot oil. [Now.—The fiscal report of the Secretary of the Treasury for the vear ending June3oth, ISI3, shows that the sum of .$>'13,0,0 51, was expended in the I'uget Sound District, for the first quarter of the year ISO 2, mi rrti-m briny ninth of the three fast quarters. The r< port also *how*, under til ■ head of Hospital expenses for the fiscal year ending 30th of June 18(13, that $28,120 55 WHS expended; TIL ing S'7lS 21 mure than was expended for the great Hospital of San Francisco; und SIO,IOO. 28 more than was expended under Smith's predecessor for the same period. Wheredoos Special Agent Brown get the S-7,0'.W1 he credits Smith with having saved to the Treasury r ] OI.VMI-IA Sept. lOtli, 1802. ' Pair Sir: Owing to the the cxtraordi | nary management of tin* I'nited States Ma i riuc Hospital at Port Townscnd, by Victor Smith, KM|., Collector of Customs of Puget Sound District, allow me to state the facte councctc 1 therewith, Juno 18(11,1 made the ! acquaint-.ice of Mr. Smith, while on our passage from New Vork to San Francisco, j Meing on my return to California with my i wife, and out of business, I was desirous of ; forming au eng-igometit. Mr. Smith stated to inn that the Treasury Department was dissatisfied with the Marino Hospital at l'ort Townscnd, wished to cm tail its expenses, and soon to raise it from a third to a second or first-class Hospital. Iu order toasci r aiu the exact cost of keeping Hospital p itieuts, with this view, lie proposed to me to proceed to Port Townscnd, take from him a contract iu the usual firm to provide for the sick and disabled seamen of Puget Sound District, with the following verbal ngrecmeut between ourselves. That I should -ict as general superintendent of the Hospital ; purchase supples; net as steward, and my wife as matron; that lie would meet the hills at maturity, so that I need n it employ any capital, ami tint I could have the place or otto as good during tin; .V,- miuistration. As a compensation for th*se services he was to furnish provisions for my self and wife front the Hospiial stores, tho us,• of our rooms, and ply one thousand gol -1 us per annum, ii: cash. The profits arising umli r the ceiitrict were to be disposed o( a- billows : < Inn hundred dollars were to hp given t > A. ,1. D u i<, as a Newspaper fund, per mouth. Tho rema: ing profits M ere tn b. 1 i!o;:a\d to the (ioverument for wa" expenses. According!*' 1 execute I a c infract with the proper secttri'ies, on the l.'hi.J Sept. Is(il, to furni-h r.-lief to the sick and disabled sea men of Puget S mud District, No lo;>, a copy of which is on file in the oiUce of the Treas ury Department. As 1 proceeded to lill the c uitiact. Mr. Smith paid me installments from tint" to time, and also some hills certified by me t■> be cor rect. He also interc-ted himself in hiring a Mll genu of the Hospital. During last winter lie purchased stores, probably t the amount of six hundred dollars, (>(><)0,0() •) sometimes with very bad judgment. The cuotofth. se were charged to me. About the first of March he brought me four hundred dollars ( JOO 00) which he had charged to me, and requested mo to remit it to A. .1. I »avis. About this time he requested mo to draw a draft on the Hospital fund not yet received, iu favor of L. Is. Hastings and with it borrow the money for his, Smith's, private use. This I declined to do. On the lOili of April, lSfi'2, we settled for the quarter ending Dec. ."Ist am! Api 51 "0:h, which showed a profit <>f sixteen hundred and thirty two dollars and seventy five cents ( Sl,- fi.'l'J 75) above the four hundred aforesaid. This piolit 1 left with Mr. Smith and took his receipt as a donation to the war fund sub tect to tb»i draft of the Secretary of the Treas ury, to whom a copy of this receipt has been transmitted. About this tiino I have reason lo think that Mr. Smith iu his report to the Secretary of the Tie i-Mirv, stated that he had conducted i th<» llnspitnl as if it had been out; cf tiic first paving tlie contractor eighteen hundred pur annum, am! flu* matron six hun dred. As tliis report is 011 file in tlic ollico ] oft be Secretary of the Treasury, I refer you | to it tor its contents. From time to time, Mr. Smith purchased ' supplies from the store-, for his fam ' ily, to tin l amount of about one hundred and twenty (bdl.'iis, (SI "JO CIO) 'for which ho lias failed to pay up to this date. About the first of May, he requested mo to let him take five hundred and fifty dollars of Hospital funds tt. purchase medicines, etc., iu New York, for the Hospital. After much importunity, 1 reluctantly receipted to liiin for the amount as a payment on my contract, i ami took his r eeipt to account lor it at the I close of the tjuartur ending June !Joth, lKt»2. I I liavo re'eived 110 account of this except an I invoice of about seventy dollars worth of goods, shipped to inu by an expensive route, inelud j ing eighteen dollars worth of medicines and : ten boxes of washing soap, which is not worth tin* ftvigh: I hail to pay 011 it. I At the expiration of inv contract, June3o:h, I ISti'J, no provision had been male by Mr. Smith to meet bills for Hospital expenses. From the fiist 1 had ncssessarily incurred these expenses 011 my own credit, as parties i very properly refused to furnish supplies on I the account of Mr. Smith, the Murine Hos pital, or the United States. These parties de manded payment of inc, and knowing I was both legally and justly bound, wishing to avoid c >st, I mortgaged my real estate and borrowed the money to pay the most pressing j bills, paying interest at the rate of two per cent, per month. The wages of the Hospital cook and nurse, and a bill of medicines in all about five hundred dollars remains unpaid. Mr. Smith has charged 111 c with four hun dred dollars as money paid to t )wen Thomas, M. 1)., Surgeon of the Hospital, which sum Jlr. Thomas assured the Deputy Collector, over his own signature, he had not received. There remains still due and unpaid by the United States on my said contract, three thousand four hundred and forty-nine dol lars and fifty cents. These facts are respect fully submitted that justice may bo douo in the premises. Verrv respectfully your obt. sevt. JOHN AI.I.YN. Ho.V. W.M. PICKKRIXM, Gov. of \V. T. CunclUOal next week. The correspondent of the Sacramento Union, under date of March ad says, Cant. Crawford, who has so often and so successfully taken across a military escort, wilK leave the Missonri River with his command, on the first of June. |y We are indebted to (Japt. Finch for late Victoria papers. Xo News. —Nothing later from the Kurt isncc our last issue. ——... {The oOla.'jhington Standard, r.s. ORI'IEIAI. PAPNN FOR THE TEititrroitY. j'lic t iiion—lt Shall be Preserved Agents for the Standard. The following named gentlemen are authorized o receive and receipt tor money due oa subscrip tion to the STANDARD : 1.. I'. KI-UIUR, Sail Francisco, Cal. Tims. P.OVCE, .San Kraneiseo, Cut. I'. .1. i'lti.Mßosi:, l'ort Madison ; A. I!. Vol NO, " A. It. Itrii HANK. Montii-ello; AI.KX. S. AIIKKNKTHY. O.TK Point; JOHN WUIISTKR, Seattle ; MARSHALL HLINN. Seaheck. A. i!. PATRICK, Port I.udlow. r;-./>""Money can !>e sent through the mails at our risk. SATURDAY MORNING, APRIL 1(5,1861. Tim A.VMAL EI,I:C:TIO.\.—BY net passed ;it tin* last session of the Legislature, the first Monday in June is established as the day fir holding tin* annual flection in this Territory. Xo time should b<» l'jst, then fore, in taking the preliminary steps to draw out the entire Union vote in each and every county. Al ready we are advised that the opposition— whose ranks are nude up of Constitutional or lVace Democrats avowed sympathizes with the rebellion, and every covert enemy of the Government—are marshalling their force*; hut with an early and united movement 0.1 the part of I nto:) nun, we fed confident that they wiil experience an overwhelming defeat at t it- ballot-box in June next. The Union organization in Oregon have made thrirjiom itiations. State and count., at.d we presume that measures will at o.icc l>u luki 11 l.y the pioper jttnlioritv to have meetings held by the Union voters in each county in the Terri tory to nominate candidates for the several o!:i;-rs to he filled. Let these nominations emanate from the people. Seh ct staunch and uncompromising Union men, friends of the Government ami supporters of the war— without regard to what may have been their shade of politics in times of pca/o —a id then ' "go in'' heart and hand, and elect them. We ; can do it, an 1 we will. A friend has handed us a copy of th«- P. S. lli iuld, (10m which wo take the above timely paragraph. The election day having been changed from July to the first Mnndrv in June, there is a pressing necessity for prompt action, if we arc to concentrate our strength 011 Un conditional Union men. We would suggest, therefore, to our Union friends of the several election precincts the propriety of at oneo calling precinct meetings at the place* of bidd ing dec/ions. These conventions should be held by the first Saturday in May, and should elect d« 1 'gates to attend a county convention to be held at tlm county-seat sty a week fol lowing. The b isis of representation can ie main as heretofore—om delegate for every t"U vo eis i.i the precinct at the last election. The (lay we propose for the county conven tions —the first Mond ly in May—is the 7ill day of the month, allowing but littlo over three weeks for the canvass. The calls for the primary conventions in this county, could, we believe, be sent in in time for publication in next week's STANDARD and Press, which would give timely notice to all portions of the county. We make these suggestions with the hope that our I'nion friends will appreciate the im portance of prompt action. THE SOI,NINT's VOTE. —It will be remem bered by our readers that the Supreme Court of California recently pronounced the law al lowing the soldiers to voto unconstitutional. A soldier in the California regiment, in the army of the Potomac writes to the S. F. Alt a as follows : Welearn by telegram the- Supreme Court of California has pronounced as uncon stitutional the law allowing her soldiers to vote. We know not the points on which this decision is based, but certainly it cannot be as to the general features of the law or the abstract principle. Now, iu our battalion, a majority of its members have left property in California, on which they pay taxes, and therefore should have a voice in the selection of officers that are to administer to the Gov ernment of tho State or County. But take the other ease : even if they had no property there, no one will deny that they arc citizens >f the State of California, and as such they are entitled to ccrtaiu rights. Now, are they to forfeit these rights of citizenship because the General Government called for their as sistance, and they, actuated by patriotism aud love of country, responded to that call ? Such cannot bo tho case : the piinciplo of allowing soldiers to voto is right; if tho old law needs any amendments, let these be passed by the Legislature now in session. So, Messrs. So lons, pass tho law, aud let tho California lloys in Uncle Sam's army cast their votes for their favorite— Good, llonc.lt Ohl Abe. • • • Sali: ok Lots in I'oiit Angeles. —lt should bo remembered that a sale of lots to the highest bidder, will take place from the Custom-1 louse door in l'ort Angeles, on Wednesday, the 4th Any of May next, the proceeds of which will go into the the Treas ury of the United States. Wo understand that our moieyed men of this vicinity intend to be persent and make investments, which w* hope will prove profitable to them and the Government. The sale will be conducted by our Register and Receiver under instructions from the Land Department. It is our mis fortune to have no money to invest. Victor Smith's " Savings " to the Treaiitiy In looking over the Fiscal Report of th ß ' Treasury, wo observe tho following very gig. nificaut facts, and wliich go far towards sub stantiating the charges prefered against Victor Smith and confirm the opinion we expressed some time ago, that after all his boasted" sav ings "to tho Treasury, he had spent double that of his predecessor for a corresponding period. Under the head of money expended in each Collection District during the fiscal year ending June 30th, 1863, we find stand ing against the l'uget Sound District, in the column of expenditures for tho year, the sum of $13,670 51. Observing the refcrance mark at the end of the word Territory, * e found it ri ferred to a note at tho bottom, say ing "to September 30th, 1802." This ex plained the mistery. The amount 813,670 51 lias been expended in the the first quarter, which multiplied by four, would show an ex penditure for the wliolrt year of 854.682,04. The Oregon office expended in three quar | ter; 85112,70, only at (berate of §1,704,26 I per quarter, or 80,810,92 for the year, i The hypocracy of the cry of"savings" to | the Treasury with which Smith has thus far Kitcceded in diverting enquiry into his frauds, is more strikingly shown under the head of expenditures of the Mariue-llospiial fund, for relief of sick and disabled seamen, for the fis cal year ending June 30th, 1863, pag» 248 of Fiscal report. • This shows an expenditur« of $28,120 53 for the year, against the sum o£ 817,!>51 25 far the last year of his predecessor,, lit iiig 610,109 28 more, instead of $24,000 /< *«, us i'aimed by .Smith and his friends. It wili be seen by tho evidence against Smith, we publish this week, that "his savings" in Hospital expenses, cut quite n figure in his transactions. It is not a little surprising, that Smith expended 8718 21 more than was expended in the Marine-Hospital of San Francisco, fur the same period, where five or six times the number of patients were no doubt received. The number put down as received iu San Francisco is 038. Smith is careful not to report the number. He is equally careiul not to settle up his account at the Treasury. lie ifu know that notwith standing he had not settled his account for the quarter ending December 31st, 1862, he was, in pels in, permitted to draw from thn Treasury near $70,000 00 in January follow ing. It seems from llie report of the Treas ury that h<> had made no report on the 30th of June, 180:). He remained in office uutil September, 1 but his uame docs not ap pear in the report of June 30th. Why all these omissions and discrepancies if all is right with S.nith ? Fiscal Report of the Treasury. A friend lias favored us with the loan of this interesting Report, we not having beeu comj liuicnted with a copy from Washington. Wo learn from it that the total expenditures of the Government for the year ending June i)o.h, IbGJ, was $570,8-11,700 25; and fur tlie war i n 79ti.<>30 G > —.o.ik'iujr a total for the first two ve.".rs ol the war of 5>1,1GG,G38, 330 90. The revenue from customs, taxes', and other sources, amounts f»r the two years to 519(5, ■ 571,590 05, leaving a debt of 51,270,0GG,- s:JI 85, on tlw 30tli of June, 18G3. The in terest upon this debt at G per coat, amounts t> a little over $7G,000,000 per annum. It will be seen, therefore that tho revenue de livod fVoiu customs, taxes, etc., amounted to 5144.G35.7G9 29 for the l ist year, and left a remainder of 5G8,000,000 for the expenses of the Oovennent. This shows the finanres of the country to be in a flourishing condition, for so long as the revenues ary sufficient to pay the interest and the ordinary expenses of the Government, and leave a million to apply to a reduction of the principle, no leirs need be indulged of bankruptcy. We do not enter tain a doubt but that the Government "prom ises to pay" will be equivalent to gold the very day it is officially announced that the war is closed and the Union restored, even should the debt reach the sum of three thousand mil lions. and which would require one hundred and eighty millions annually to pay the inter est, as it is estimated that the revenues for the year ending June 30ih, 1864, will reach two hundred millions'! By the time tho debt would reach the three thousand millions, the revenue, under tho new law of Congress, would probably be About two hundred and fifty or sixty millions. In this estimate, how ever, it is assumed the whole debt draws in terest, which is not the case. The note cir culation, not bearing interest, a much larger sum is accessible to pay the original indebt edness, as it may become due. THE TKBUITOBIAL LAWS.— The fable of my ox anil j our bull was probably never better Illustrated than in the printing of the la* B of tho last Legislative Assembly. "Puds Printer," as our friend Watson rtyles the anti greenback schemer, has now been engaged nearly halt the time required by the former Printer in publishing tho " codified" laws, w piiuting a volume which will be scarcely one fourth as laige—" index and all"—(Cumtux.) and no one appears to know how much more time it will be "in press." We don't wish it understood that we are anywise anxious about the mutter; if the people and the par tics interested can stand it, we can; but we do think that if people refleot a moment, they will discover tho true source and object oftue avowed as well us secret opposition to the tor mer Printer, Mr. Dames. We will not, how ever sink ourself so low as to organize a so callcd Printer's Union to retard the work, oe base Unci- Sam's currency, or pursuade otu cm to put the present incumbent" out of sort*-

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