News of the Week, October 9 to October 15.

Oregon Spectator, October 15, 1846
The emigrants continue to arrive, almost daily, generally in good health and spirits, with their wagons and teams in very fair condition. By our next issue we shall be able to form something like a correct estimate of the size of the emigration, of which we have now no reliable information.

Three pieces (32’s cannonades) of the late U. S. Schr. Shark’s ordinance, have come ashore, on some portion of the wreck, a few miles below Killamuke (Tillamook) head. Means were being taken to preserve the pieces if practicable.

Proposals for Locating the Seat of Government.
Pursuant to a law passed at the last session of the Legislature, I hereby give notice, that sealed proposals, endorsed, “Proposals for locating the seat of Government,” will be received at the Secretary’s office, until Monday, the 30th of November next, from all persons who may desire to give donations to the Government for the purpose of erecting Public Buildings and locating the seat of Government. Said proposals to state the amount proposed to be given – the kind of property in which it is to be paid, and the object for which the donation is intended, together with all the conditions connected therewith.
Given under my hand, at Oregon City, this twelfth day of October, 1846.
By the Governor, Geo. Abernethy.
Frederick Prigg, Secretary.

Oregon Argus, October 11, 1856
Seat of Government.
The vote last Monday, in this precinct was meager; little interest was manifested.
The vote stood, Eugene City 90, Salem 25, Corvallis 3. We have not heard from other precincts in the county. At Butteville the votes polled were principally for Salem. We learn that in marion County the polls were not opened in some of the precincts and the vote was remarkably light.

The vote at Portland, stood, Salem 67, Eugene City 65, Portland 5, Corvallis 1.

On Tuesday night of last week a cooper’s shop a few miles east of this city belonging to J. L. Stout was burned, destroying all his tools, and a lot of shingles. Mrs. Stout was severely injured by running against a stump in hastening to the assistance of Mr. S. who was trying to extinguish the fire. Supposed to have been the work of an incendiary.

Oregon City Enterprise, October 13, 1876
Williams and Lane addressed their fellow citizens at Pope’s Hall last Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Lane complained of being indisposed, and we therefore make some allowance for his feeble effort. Mr. Williams made an excellent speech, and was greeted with much enthusiasm. Lane was laboring under considerable disadvantage – only seven Democrats turned out to hear him, and they failed to even applaud their candidate during his whole speech. Lane’s chances for re-election are very slim, and he will be beat in Clackamas County by about two hundred.

ONE of our Democratic friends who had listened to Lane for about ten minutes, left the hall in disgust, and this is what he thought of his candidate: “I am not much of a speaker, never had much of an education, to tell the truth, I can’t make anything of a speech, but I only want two minutes training to get away with Lane.”

On November 7, 1876 Richard Williams was elected to the House of Representatives from Oregon, defeating Lafayette Lane by a vote of 15,347 for Williams and 14,229 for Lane. Lafayette Lane, son of Oregon Senator Joseph Lane, was running for re-election, having served since October 1875.

Oregon City Enterprise, October 9, 1896
Complaint is made that boys are recklessly coasting on their bicycles down the sidewalks on Seventh Street. As the grade is quite steep the wheels come down at a terrific speed and several narrow escapes have been reported of children as well as grown persons being seriously hurt by these careless riders. It will be be well for the boys to be more careful or the city authorities will prevent their riding on the sidewalks at all.

A GHASTLY SIGHT – In his desire to allow the remains of the man killed at the Clackamas River bridge to be viewed by the general public that the man might be identified, Coroner Godfrey rather overstepped the bounds of prudence and good judgment. Saturday and Sunday he had the corpse on an inclined table in the front room of his office, facing the entrance, the double doors of which were thrown wide open and as the foot of the table was within six feet of the sidewalk people passing by could not help but see the ghastly sight whether they intended to or not for nearly every person will instinctively glance into an open door as they pass along the street. All day Sunday the morgue was kept open and the corpse exposed as though a free show was being run. A sheet was thrown over the corpse, but that only added to the gruesome spectacle, and much of the time the face was left uncovered by careless persons who after viewing it failed to replace the cover. To sensitive women and children the sight of a murdered man is horrifying and would give a shock that might leave a lasting and injurious impression. As Mr. Godfrey is a new man to the business of handling a morgue it is to be hoped that he will be more careful in the future and not make any unnecessary show of corpses that may come into his charge as coroner. (No other report of the crime or of the identity of the victim appears in the newspaper.)

Oregon City Courier, October 12, 1916


William S. U’ren
Political activist, agitator, lawyer and politician. Best remembered as the
“Father” of the Initiative, Referendum and Recall.

It is not within the province of a newspaper to attempt a dictatorial attitude in connection with a voter’s actions at the polls. We were granted, thanks be, by a far sighted ancestry, that wonderful liberty of voice and pen that has made America THE nation of the world and all the printer’s ink in the world and all Webster’s words rightly combined could not in a thousand years deprive us of that right.

But the newspaper fills a peculiar field in each community when it is properly provided with honest minds and motives. There are newspapers that dictate – or attempt to – but their dictation is more laughable than serviceable and their motives are too often mean. The honest press is closely in touch with the feeling of its field. It is in a far better position than the individual to gather the sentiment of voters in its community and it is only fair to the individual that, having gathered that sentiment, the newspapers should discuss with its readers its findings.

For that reason alone and without any idea of attempting to dictate or sway the personal feelings of its readers the Courier here presents, as concisely as possible, what it feels to be the very general sentiment toward the proposed amendments and measures upon which Clackamas County people are asked to vote at the election November 7.

Oregon has in the past few years taken entirely too much advantage of its liberal privileges. It has catered to cranks and special interests in ballot hall and legislature until it is in an unenviable position as an experiment station for the analization of all freakish and foolish brain storms of every political dreamer and schemer who cares to hoodwink the public with catch phrases and nicely worded laws, whose purposes are so different from their promises.

Eastern capital frowns on Oregon. This is a fact, though it sours our hopes to think of it, and eastern capital refuses to consider the purchase of Oregon securities, except bonds, because eastern capital, eastern business men, are afraid of Oregon. They are afraid of Oregon legislation and voters, they have no confidence in the future because the past has seen so much radicalism enacted within the borders of the state. This is a condition that must be remedied by the exercise of the utmost care and precaution on the part of the voters. The voter is duty bound to correct the evils that already exist and to avoid contaminating the state constitution with further scheming dreams. November 7 is the day to start the house-cleaning in Oregon that will reestablish the confidence of the nation in this great state and its voters. November 7 is the day to kill the ridiculous ambitions of those who would pollute our constitution and statute books with their damnable rot and November 7 is the day to show these triflers that the voters of Oregon are done with the degrading efforts, repeated at every election for ten years, to defile the intelligence of the people of the state.

There are several measures upon the ballot that are supported but such an evenly divided sentiment that the Courier will not attempt to discuss them. They must be decided by the individual voter after a careful study of their meanings. We have our own opinions, but every voter has his own opinion and, withal, must exercise his franchise right as that opinion dictates. Because it appears to be the most radically vicious legislative machination that has been attempted in the history of this state, the Courier is frank in flatly denouncing the so called people’s land and loan law, or the Full Rental Value Land Tax and Homemakers’ Loan Fund amendment. Even Socialism has denounced this foul measure. It is supported by single taxers and is out-and-out single tax. Read the proposition. It spells confiscation in large and glaring letters. It takes everything and gives nothing and, according to the most capable authorities, it spells ruination for the state of Oregon if it is passed and permitted to remain on the books. Indications are that it will be voted down by a heavy majority. It is fathered by W. S. U’ren, the crank whose dreams and schemes have caused so much trouble in this state in the past. Mr. U’ren is due for a heavy setback this fall at the hands of intelligent voters who have tired of his criminality. Vote 307 – No.

For Pendleton Normal School and Ratifying Location of Certain State Institutions. The first part of this amendment provides for the creation of a normal school at Pendleton. Its need is not denied. The state is all too poorly equipped to produce teachers for its own school children. But it appears that Pendleton has assumed the role of the plutocrat. The state has a heavy investment in normal school property at Weston, the same county as Pendleton, which has been out of use for years. It would seem foolish to create a new property at Pendleton when the school at Weston would fill every need of the eastern part of the state. The need is there, no doubt, and sentiment is divided. It would seem far more sensible on the part of voters looking to their own pocket books to utilize the investment at Weston, in place of creating a new investment in Pendleton.

The second part of this bill is a joker. Pendleton has sought to play upon the fears of the voters by making them believe that, if Pendleton does not get the normal school it demands, other state schools, such as the agricultural college and the state university, will be declared out of place because they are not located at the state capital and that trouble may arise. As to the Pendleton normal school – its fate seems to hand in a balance which seems to favor voting 309 – No.

Anti-Compulsory Vaccination bill. Compulsory vaccination is unfair. It is in opposition to God-given liberty. Authorities of equal worth and thinkers generally are divided upon the subject. Some say that vaccination is absolutely dangerous. Education is as essential as inoculation for the prevention of disease when such chances with danger are taken as under compulsory vaccination laws. We honestly suggest and recommend that voters ballot 310 – Yes.

Bill Repealing and Abolishing the Sunday Closing Law. The Sunday closing law is an antiquated chapter in the Oregon statutes. It is discriminatory and, therefore, unfair. Take local conditions: The fair minded person can instantly picture the discrimination that is worked, by the present Sunday closing law. It is contrary to the rules of religious liberty which we were supposedly permitted to practice under the constitution of the United States. To eliminate religious strife and to be absolutely fair with all the Sunday closing law should be repealed. The Courier is a strong advocate of the plan of one-day-rest-in-seven, but when it comes to naming that day as Sunday and then not playing square with all concerned, we are against it. The Sunday law and the one-day-rest-in-seven idea are not the same. Religious and personal liberties have too often been tampered with and the evil could be largely corrected in Oregon by the repeal of the present Sunday closing law. Vote 312 – Yes.

Permitting the Manufacture and Regulated Sale of Four Per Cent Malt Liquors. This amendment and the one which will follow it on the ballot, Prohibition amendment Forbidding Importation of Intoxicating Liquor for Beverage Purposes, should be voted down. The first is crammed to the guards with jokers, and would bring back, in all its awfulness, the saloon. It would permit the sale of liquor to little boys and girls – to anyone and at any place. It is the dishonest scheme of Paul Wessinger and his pack of brewers to make of Oregon the tippling house of the Pacific coast. It is is intolerable and absolutely criminal. For the love you bear your homes and families this bill should be killed. Vote 314 – No.

The second amendment is unfair. It attempts to throw an additional burden upon the state, which has just adopted prohibition and has not given it a fair trial. Absolute prohibition is untimely this year. There is no demand for it and the sentiment of the state seems to ask that the present law be given a fair and proper trial before further experiment is indulged in. Vote 317 – No.

State-Wide Tax and Indebtedness Limitation amendment. If private business was limited to six per cent increase in expenditure each year there would be very little private development. Business men hire competent managers for their affairs and thereby bring about the greatest development with the least increase in expenditure. Private business ideas should be in vogue in the state government. Elect the right men to office and tax limitations would be unnecessary. This bill seems impossible because we can never foresee the emergency expenditures of the next year, yet there are many things in favor of it. Taxes are not increased by public officials as much as they are by the voters themselves. If voters would censor their expenditures and disregard emergencies they will favor this bill. Sentiment is so divided that there can be no outright recommendation.

The Single Item Veto amendment. This is undoubtedly a progressive proposal and should receive the hearty support of every voter. It permits the governor to strike out a single objectionable feature of any bill without throwing out the entire bill, which may otherwise be worthy. It does not give the governor any greater veto power than he has at present. Vote 301 – Yes.

Watch for election results in November…


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