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THE COLUMBIAN FOUNTAIN.
TUESDAY MORNING, NON. 4, 1645. Woe unto him that giveth his neighbor driuk, that puttest the bottle to him, and makoat him drunken.?Holy writ. No proposition seems to me susceptible of more satisfactory demonstration than this?and I am ?ura no person can give it one hour's serious thought without assenting to it?that, in the pre sent state of information on this subject, no man can think to act on Christian principles, or do a patriot's duty to his country, and at the same time make or sell the instrument of intoxication.?Hen ry n 'arc, Jr. Can it be right for me to derive a living from that which is debasing the minds and ruining the souls of others, or that which is destroying forever the happiness of the domestic circle, and which is filling the land with women and children in a con dition far more deplorable than that of widows and orphans ; or which is causing nine-tenths of all the crimes, or nine-tenths of all the paupers in the community.?Francis JVayland. I am deeply convinced that the evils of intem perance can never cease, till the virtuous in socie ty shall unite in pronouncing the man who attempts to accumulate wealth by dealing out poison and death to his neighbor, as infamous.?John Pier pont. I challenge any many who understands the na ture of ardent spirit, and for the sake of gain con tinues to be engaged in the traffic, tp show that hg is not involved in the guilt of murder Lyman Beechtr. They who keep these fountains of pollution and crime open, are sharers, to no small extent, in the guilt which flows from them. They command the gateway of that mighty flood which is spreading desolation through the land, and are chargeable with the present and everlasting consequences, no less than the infatuated victim who throws him self upon the bosom of the burning torrent, and is borne by it into the gulf of wo*.?Samuel Spring. 53" We wish the reader to bear in mind that this is our first number. The time allowed us to " get it up" has been considerably shorter than we anticipated. We pray you, therefore, to "pass our imperfections by"?many, no doubt, will meet your eye. You'll like us better when we're better known?when we grow older, and can stand alone. We'll soon begin to creep, and then to walk? : meantime, we will improve and learn to talk--**1 then we will run, ha, won't we, by and by?then, old King Alcohol, then?thou shall die Temperance Princi^^.* Triumphant.?When an individual, who, has been engaged in the traffic of ardent spirits, whether retailed by the glass, gallon, quart or pint, from a conviction of its bane ftil tendency, refuses longer to deal in the article? from principle, sacrifices the profits which would accrue from the sale?banishes from his place of business the fiery liquid, Which, he is aware is sought after by many, who universally deal at places where the stuff is always on hand; and who, he is perfectly aware, will desert him, and carry their custom elsewhere?the man who, firmly carrying ^ out the total abstinence, principle ? neither to " touch, taste, nor handle " the unclean thing?un der such circumstances, freely relinquishes his gains, and cheerfully submits to a loss; should not only be cordially welcomed to the Temperance ranks?but should be held in remembrance by I Temperance men. Such an instance, with sincere pleasure, we now record. J. M. Peerce, whole sale and retail grocer, Massachusetts avenue, west of seventh street. May his loss prove his gain. What Temperance man will not respond?Amen. SONS OF TEMPERANCE. / A public meeting of this Order and of the Or der of the United Brothers of Temperance, was held on Thursday evening of last week, by invita tion of Equau Division, No. 6, at the Methodist Church on Massachusetts Avenue. Harmony Di vision, of Alexandria, and Potomac, of George town, participated in the exercises of the evening. Brethren from the different Divisions of the Sons and Associations of Brothers of Terpperance of the City, including the G. W. P., officers and mem bers of the Grand Division, clothed in the regalia of their respective Orders, met and formed at the Hall of the. Sons of Temperance, on C street whence, accompanied by an excellent hand of mu sic, they marched, in procession, to the church. The exercises were commenced by prayer by Rev. S. Tuston, after which the W. P. of Equal (C. Bishop,) introduced to the audience, brother Davy, of Alexandria, who delivered a very ani mated and excellent address. He was followed by Rev. Mr. Miller of Texas, Rev. S. Tuston, and bro. Sneibly, W. P. of Pledge Division, Hagers town, Md. Brother Tuston made a feeling appeal to the sympathies of the meeting in behalf of the j Female Orphan's Asylum, many of the children being present. Fifteen dollars were collected. I Brother Sneibly related several anecdotes in a I most felicitous style. His delineation of the un happy sufferer, afflicted with that most horrible of diseases?delirium tremens, was given with a faith fulness wich could not fail to impress the minds of his hearers with conviction of the unutterable wretchedness and wo which the habit of intemper ance is sure to entail upon its victim. Equal Division (to which by the by the public we indebted for the evening's entertainment) was instituted some three or four months ago, with only fifteen members. She now numbers over forty, and i? nightly increasing in strength, and usefulness. We embrace the present opportunity to express our disapprobation of the course pursued by a por tion of the audience (boys we presume) who, al t ough requested to desist, persisted in annoying p alters by their uproarious style of cxpress They should have remembered that they were in a church and not in a theatre? * n.0?1 tn,th ." *om?tirnes Granger than fiction. i ic meetings of this description, must, we think, exert a highly beneficial influence upon so ciety, the more, especially, when, as in the present instance, the ladies (who are after all, most inter ested in the promotion of Temperance principles, because they are the greatest sufferers from intem peranee) enhance by their presence, tie interest ef the scene. A friend asks, ? When does Crystal Fe?t intend to invite the brethren to a similar TO THE PUBLIC. The Columbia* Fountain, in this, the first Dumber, makes an appeal to the public, to which, no doubt, a favorable response will be given. It is to be published three times a week, for twelve months, (at any rate,) and we have 110 doubt that it will continue, tor many years, a journal of interest to the community, and profit to the cause of which it is intended to be the advocate. The con trol of its columns will be in the hands of a committee who are appointed by a delega tion from each Temperance association in the District of Columbia. The contributors will be men of ability from every section of our country who feel an interest in the great cause of I emperance, which is rising and advancing to bless our world. To such we make this, our appeal, for early and constant contributions, to be directed to the Colum bian Fountain, Washington City, D. C. We wish them also to obtain as many sub scribers as they can, and send their names and the direction of their papers, with the amount of their subscriptions. Where one hundred copies are sent to one address and the money paid, there will be a deduction of one-third from the subscription price. We appeal to the whole moral community to sustain this paper by receiving and paying lor it, and by advertising in its columns. The terms of advertising will be very moderate. The circulation will be greater in the District than that of any other paper. It will contain all the important news, and be a source of egneral information. It will be free from all sectarian and political matter, farther than the publication of such facts as may be of gen eral information and interest; in a word, it is to be conducted on such principles as to meet the approval of the whole community for while it will maintain an uncomprom ising war with all intemperance, it will still treat its subjects with kindness, and not abuse ?going upon the ground that the cause we advocate can be sustained and advanced by arguments addressed to the reason and in telligence of men, and that it is only neces sary for us to have access to the understand ing, to convince every one that the use of all intoxicating drinks as a beverage is hurt ful ; and that community should discouragc, by all rational means, the use and traffic in an article that has, and still is, doing so much evil. The profits arising from this paper are to be applied to the erection of the Temper ance Hall, the foundation of which is already laid, and is only retarded for want of funds. The committee receive 110 pay for their ser vices. They devote their time and talents for the good of the cause. It is confidently ex pected that a like spirit will actuate the com munity, and thus cause the Columbian Foun tain long and successfully to transmit its heal ing and preserving waters throughout our happy land. WHAT'S IN A NAME? Pompey, Caesar, and Scipio, are quite fa miliar names among dogs and niggers. Wc have never heard of a dog called after the honoured name of Washington?but we are of the opinion, that there are "individuals" among the canine species, who would honor the name as much as a certain George Washington Dickson, author of a hoax called "Coughs' Confession," in which an attempt is made to cast ridicule upon the Temperance cause. This " individual" is a most persevering seeker after notoriety, and it is a fact, that in every thing he has under taken, he has svccccdcd in rendering him self notorious. Shakspeare says? " Come what come may, The cat will mew, and dog will have his day." . For the Colombian Fountain. X. Good morning neighbor W. Is it a fact that we are to have a new Temperance pa paper ? W. It is neighbor, and I wish you to ex ert all the influence you possess to promote its success. Encourage it yourself, and in duce others to do so. I tell you there will be no mistake about it. X. I will do so; nevertheless, I doubt its success. There have been so many failures in this city that I have lost all confidence in them, riiey come into existence, flourish a short lime, and then go out as naturally and unconcernedly, as though they had ac complished their mission, defeated King Al cohol, and driven him from our shores for ever. W. It is true, there have been failures, but 1 anticipate no such result in the present in stance. This paper is got up upon a plan entirely different from any that has preceded it. The publishers have pledged themselves to continue the publication one year, trusting for its after support to the public spirit of the citizens of the District; their known liberal ity, and the acknowledged necessity for such a publication as a vehicle for the dis semination of useful information; as a cheap advertising medium, and an advocate of the cause of Temperance, which ia emphatically the people's cause?" the came of all man kind." X. One Temperance paper has just peawd to exist; and lo, another rises as fVom its ashen, and expects to obtain that support which was denied to its predecessor ? How is this ? W. Thus it is.?When it was announced that the Washingtonian had ceased to exist, a few individuals consulted together, and de termined to make an effort for the establish ment of a Temperance Advocate upon an original plan, which was, simply, to prevail upon a certain number of citizens to agree to pay so much per year for its support?they succeeded, and this paper is the first fruit of that success. X. That's the plan is it; well, I like that. I will take the paper, advertise in its col umns, and encourage it as far as I can. W. Do so neighbor, encourage it in every way, for in so doing, you support a press that is destined to prove a formidable instru ment in the suppression of Intemperance, and the consequent advancement of the tem poral and eternal interests of the citizens of this district. Let the people know that it is not destined to a premature death; that those are at the helm, whose object is to make it an instrument of good; who will not scruple to put their hands in their pockcts, and give of their substance to enable it to accomplish the end in view?the regeneration of this District. X. The regeneration of the district! a Herculean labor indeed. Easier to talk about than to accomplish. W. Yes, sir, regenerate the district; com mence with the Capitol of the United Stoles^ wipe away "the plague-spot of Intfjfr.iper ance from her halls of legislation?abolish the traffic in intoxicating drinks, carried on under the very noses of our Senators and Representatives?purify the Temple of Lib erty, now desecrated by this abominable practice, and the Herculanean labor is ac complished. X. Notaccomplished, only begun, friend. W. Accomplished, sir. Let as achieve this; and the remaining rum-selling, grog distributing, poison-vending shops of the Dis trict, great and small, from the shilling a glass houses down to the two ccnters, will soon disappear, for the simple reason; that grog drinking will be out of fashion?a con summation beneficent to man and beast. X. To man, I grant you, most benefi cent. I do not see how it will advantage the brute creation. W. Straw will be cheaper when mint ju leps cease to be compounded?when men no longer suck liquid death through straws, cattle owners can feed higher, and litter bet ter. That is a true saying??" straws show which way the wind blows." When I see men making such use of straw, 1 cannot help thinking the wind is blowing hellward, and that is always a lee shore. < X. Well, friend, success to the cause, and success to the paper. Here, in this pure ele ment of God's own brewing, man's natural invigorator, sparkling water*. I drink success to the " Columbian Fountain." W. I cheerfully pledge you. O that the citizens of this District would awaken from their lethargy, and take action in this all im portant subject. ? The cause of Temperance is Jehovah's cause. Who battles under its banner, fights for that grand consummation, the destruction of the Powers of Darkness; when the evil spirit that now roams the earth, filling it with drunkenness, misery, disease, and death; shall be enchained in the unfath omable pit, where dwelleth the blackness of darkness, despair, and eternal wo; when this beaatiful earth, freed from the blighting influence of the curse, shall again bloom as the garden of Eden; and from her prolific bosom, spontaneously spring those golden fruits which nourished and sustained its first inhabitants?when man shall slake his thirst with the pure water of the running brook, and know no want which these cannot sup ply. This is what the Temperance Refor mation is to accomplish. Is not such a con summation worth striving for ? X. Yea, verily. I do believe this cause to be one of universal philanthropy, and that the great I AM, will vindicate his attri bute, carry on his cause to a successful issue; and verify in this, his power, his mercy, and his loving kindness, for his chief attribute is love. Reader, we ask you to co-operate with us in our endeavors to banish Intemperance from our city and District, from our country, and from the world. You can do much; your example will influence others ; they in their turn, will exercise an influence, which will be continually increasing, until the amount of good accomplished will be incal culable. Remember, that the time is ap proaching, when you will have to stand be fore the tribunal of Jehovah, and give an account of your actions here, whether good or evil. You have now an opportunity of exerting an influence for good?embrace it. A habitual flatterer, rarely proves a true friend ? T. H, STOCKTON'S ADDRRBH On the occasion of the premutation of the bible, ?? behalf of certain ladies, to the " Hierophant Division, No. 91, of the Sons of Temperance of Pennsylvania; delivered in the First Presbyte rian Church, Northern Liberties. Philadelphia, June 2, 1845. r I appear before you to night, in discharge of a pleasant dnty; and yet, my performance ot it requires an explanation, which may be given delicately and, I trust, without offence even to the most sensitive. It is known, perhaps, to some who are pre sent, that I am not a member of this, or any similar association ; that, under suitable cir cumstances, lam in the habit of stating some objections to such institutions ; and, more over, that while I carefully refrain from any disparagement of their professed objects or denial of their success in promoting them, I am, at the same trine, convinced that there is k a more excellent way," and engaged in an effort to make it known. It was suggested by your committee, gen tlemen of the Order! that I might address you, on this occasion, simply as citizens. But the principles on which I proceed, in prose cution of the plan to which I have alluded, are not peculiar. They are common to all who duly honour their God and respect them selves. They are the two great, distinctive principles of our Holy Religion : one of them essential to Divine Glory, and the other, to human dignity. The first is, that the Bible is the Word of God?the second, that Private Judgment is the Right of Man. Rememberng these noble principles, there fore, I am under no necessity to address you merely as citizens. I am at liberty to ad dress you as " Sons of Temperance." I do address you as ? Sons of Temperance." In your social capacity, you acknowledge the principles I have stated." You Severe the Bible, as the Word of God. You maintain Private Judgment as the Right of Man. In so far, we are one; and, although I am not numbered with your chaplains, you will join with me, lam sure, in this hearty invocation that the God of the Bible, may so enlighten our Private Judgment, that we may clearly and fully understand the obligations^of the Bible, and be directed to "the best methods of fulfiling them all. f Permit me, gentlemen ! to fclicitatc myself a moment on the position I now occupy. In this house of our common Father, I am honored with the place of an elect brother, between these, my sisters, on the one hand, and you my brethren, on the other, to transfer from them to you, with every assur ance of the tenderest and strongest sister ly affection,this present o fa new and beautiful copy of the Good Old Book?our Father's Book?His OwnandOnly Book?the School Book of Earth and the Home-Book of Heav en?the Catechism of Time, and the Prin cipia of Eternity. Permit me, rather, gentlemen! to congrat ulate you, and this whole assembly, on the obvious and glorious fact that the Bible is this moment the first power in the world. Great Britain may be styled the first power among states ; and Roman Catholicism may be styled the first power among churches ; but, believe me, brethren .'?believe me sis ters ! believe me, one and all, the Bible is before either, and before both, before all states and all churches combined, the might iest, and most majestic and magnificent au thority under heaven. The high counsellors of every State on earth, pause in their deliberations. State af fairs are not managed as easily as they once were. A strange voice has called new ele ments into action, and variously disposed them in a thousand commanding forms. Old political energies are overawed. What the rulers would, they do not, and dare not: while what they would not, they do, and cannot but do. What strange voice is it that thus disturbs them ? To them only, it is strange. 1 o us, 'tis as familiar as our moth er's voice. It is the voice of the Bible. The high coi^isellors of every Church on earth, pause in their deliberations. Church affairs are not managed as easily as they once were. The same voice is exerting its influ ence over them. To some of them, it is almost as strange, as it is to the counsellors of state. They have hushed it for ages. They have permitted tradition to speak. They have spoken themselves. But the voice i ol the Bible, they have suppressed. Others among them hare invited the Bible to speak; but made tradition speak at the same time', and in a louder tone ; or, if tradition failed, have confounded ihf; melody of the heavenly messenger with their own jargoning. So it was suffered for the time; but so it shall be suffered no longer. Every other voice is fast dying in the distance. Tradition is growing dumb. The doctor is growingdumb. The Bible has rebuked them?and now asserts its own supremacy. So say /?said tradi tion. So say we?said the doctors. But I " 7 hus saith the Lord!"?says the Bible and tradition and her doctors are stijl as | children hushed by a thunder-clap. Even the ghostly counsellors of ffeathenim have heard the noise fromuf&r. The super* stitiona and idolatries overlooked by the Moon-mountains of Africa and the Himalayas of Asia, tremble at the sound. The priests of the farthest islands catch its echoes as they float in upon the evening sea-breeze? and feel that their hour has come. Not a liend from perdition lingers among the shrines of pollution and blood, but knows that his time is short. Meanwhile the People are waking. The long night having at last worn away ; the red dawn glowing with the scintillant promises of coming glory; they have been startled and roused by the reveille?The morning beal of the true "Thunder-Drum of heaven"? rattling out and rolling off the glad intelli gence that the hour has come for the army to arise and the " sentinels to forbear challen ging." We might be more happy to see them rise in greater numbers, and with a more elas tic spring; but we rejoice that they arc rising at all, and that already they may be counted by myriads on myriads, and millions on millions. 4 God has concentrated in the Bible, the harmony of the four winds; and now that it utters its voice freely, it resembles the out going of the winds?ever turning to the east, and to the west, and to the north, and to the south, breathing like the breeze, singing like the gale, shouting like the storm, and | diffusing its living and quickening music | from clime to clime, and from pole to pole. God has concentrated in the Bible the light of the world ; and now that it shines freely, it illumines the world! Behold I not the red dawn ; not the fading day-star; not merely the pale and lingering moon ; but ?the bright segment?the burning semi-cir cle?the dazzling glory of the separate and full-orbed sun?throwing its rays from moun tain to mountain, from plain to plain, across the green and dewy earth, even to the wes tern horizon?shooting them up to the azure magnilicence of its meridian throne? and, from every sea and shore that shall ever wave or bloom beneath it, challenging already its clouds for tribute, and its fra grance for incense. . \ Sons of Temperance ! ye are of the peo ple. Then listen to the story of the people's relief. Long had the masses thirsted in the desert. The rock of mind stood barren in their midst. It cast a shadow ; but yielded no water. God pitied them, and sent the Angel of Revelation to their help. Nearly three thousand five hundred years ago, that angel first struck the rock with her rod; and the five fountains of Moses poured forth their living waters. Other centuries passed by, and fountain after fountain was opened. Eighteen centuries passed by, and the foun tains of the Psalmists, and Prophets, and Evangelists, and Apostles were all opened. Eighteen centuries more have passed by. During part of this time, the fountains seem ed to be exhausted. But they were not; and could not be. They were only sealed ; but ?hll sealed?and fast sealed. Scarcely a drop oozed out from any crevice. Man had seal ed them; and man, therefore, might unseal them. God called Luther. The purple au thorites that had sealed them, gathered frowning around him. He seized the rod. They forbade hir.i to use it. They threat ened him with death, if he dared to use it. He looked up,?and saw the pavilion of God on the top of the rock. He looked a around,?and saw the people ready to perish. I stand here for this purpose?said he?God help me ! and smote the rock. The sixty six fountains all opened at the touch. The living waters leaped into the sunshine. . The streams, the torrents, gushed from its very heart, fell in floods upon its base?threw up their thousand vapors all kindling with in stant rain-bows in gratitude to Him who sat in the pavilion above ; and then surged a way through the camp of the Lord, saving a life by every ripple, and waking the voices of the singers, the harps of the harpers, and the trumpets of the trumpeters in myriads of blending anthems of thanksgiving and praise. Sons of Temperance ! See !?the sixty-six fountains are still open. Hark! theirstreams are purling all around us. If any man perish ?its is his own fault. The Angel of the Old Testament stands here?and exclaims : ? Ho, every one that thirsteth ! Come ye to the waters !" The Angel of the New Testament stands, repeats, and prolongs the strain?''The Spirit and the Bride say come. And let him that heareth, say?come. And let him that is athirst?come; and who soever will, let him take of the waters oflifo freely." Sons of Temperance! while ye are stri ving to save the bodies of your fellow men, by cold water from the fountains of nature; let me besaech yo^to repair yourselves, and to persuade all ?witirwhom you have any in fluence also to repair to the fountains of revelation for th? salvation of th* soul. Sin