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FEIDAY NOVEMBER 3, 1S71.
Owing to tbc absence of Mrs. Duni way soveral subjects deserving editorial mention are not noticed, as it takes some little time for mail matter to reaehherand return. They will most likely receive attention in tlic next issue. THE TAMMAITT C0BBTJPTI01T-A NEW PAETY. The corruptions perpetrated by the Tammany King in New York city eolipso anything of the kind in the his tory of our Government. Each succeed ing day but serves to ferret out new frauds, and the developments made have sent a thrill of indignation through ev ery honest heart. Most disastrous has been the effect of these disclosures upon the Democratic party, and the honest, conscientious members of that party, in stead of longer excusing or endeavoring to palliate the offence, now join as hear tily as any In demanding that justice be done. There Is a reasonable prospect that some of the principal parties con' cerned In perpetrating these frauds will come to grief, but In so corrupt a mu nicipallty as New York it is not easy to anticipate. The elections since the discovery of these frauds have all told one story. variably have they been carried by tbc opponents of the Democracy. But the people may well tremble when their trust for honesty In office is confined to the Republican party. Tiie recent over whelming defeats which tho Democracy have received may, indeed, in the long run, be but the precursor of a like fate to the Republicans. In the event that the Democrats, becoming discouraged and demoralized, should conclude to put no Presidential candidato in the field and of this there is some probability there will most likely be a grand combi nation against tbc Republican candi date of all the opposition elements. In such a contest a Republican victory would be by no means easy. A new po litical organization, freshly sprung from the people, would have no faults to excuse, no corruptions to clear up, and that is more than the Republican party can boast of. The fact is that both po litical parties are corrupt to their very foundations, and a change is badly needed. If, however, the Democrats concludo to run a candidate the Repub licans will achieve an easy victory, and their already accumulative corruptions in office will be doubled and quadrupled, while the disastrous defeat will put to rout the Democracy and forever preclude the hope of their again rallying on an other political battlefield. In reference to the possibility of a new party appearing in tho Presidential canvass of 1872 the sagacious New York Herald lately gave an outline of the probable programme and platform of such n party. We have room bore only to mention a single item the incorpor ation into the platform of a Woman Suffrage plank sufficiently broad and distinct to win the support of all who believe therein. We mention this as one of the signs of the times. The great political questions arising out of the Re bellion are virtually settled, and there is nothing to fight for between the Demo cratic and RopubliKfrT parties except the spoils of office, while woman's de mand to vote is thrust contemptuously in the background. They will not be able much longer to keep this all-cn-grossing subject from a test aMhe polls, and once fairly before the people for their suffrages its triumph will be sure and swift. WOMAN STTITBAGE. Tliei?uWeiH of this city republishes the views of a correspondent of the True Woman (what a misnomer), a seven-by-nlno anli -Woman Suffrage sheet, pub lished at Baltimore, and commends them to the attention of the Woman Suffrage advoeates of this State. It would seem that this correspondent has been circu lating an anti-suffrage petition: I find intclligentand respectable ladies willing to sign, and many say they would not vote, even if the laws allowed them i to. Now, wo sny that this correspondent, by the ingenious wording of the lan guage, endeavors to convey a false im pression to the world of tbc result of her labors. It is not said that the majority of women were unwilling to sign, and as that is omitted it is fair to presume they -wore willing. "Many" is the word used. Wo submit that, under the cir cumstances, if a majority of the in telligent, respectable women had been opposed to the exercise of the voting power it would most undoubtedly have been so stated. So much for that. This correspondent further says: But the ignorant are anxious to vote. In one house, the most filthy place I ever entered, I found six women. The old girl of the house sat leaning back in a window chair, looking half asleep, with her hands folded across her breast, hair uncombed, bare feet unwashed, a Kiuuxy caueo uress, that looked as if It nau not seen a soap-suds bath for a ! : Z "" S uaF. anS a? er uress. wnen i : ,,-nVi IS a"",c,xl"'w the ictit on as SM C : "Xo-1 wallt to vote: 1 and to malf. ffe1 W I.lntl to vote anu to make the laws than half of tbt men are." Another said, "i L?r 7 vote, and I have as good n r!. i I 1 asthe,.." Tl,a'8te much the same wav. aiulnii viV 1,1 "could make better'iawsVlluXme This looks strongly susniolm,. , ing been penned for effect. T..t ... at the other side of the iiictiin hold the husband of tho "old girl" men- tioned. His right to vote is not ques- tioned, although wc dare snv his plntiio. i are just as unkempt, his person as dirty and himself just as lazy as his spouse. In all candor, are not these ignorant women as well qualified to vote as their ignorant husbands,, fathers, brothers and sonsj Thoargumentof ignorauccehould per tal nly bear with as great force against man's qualifications as a voter as it does auinst woman's. That there arc ignor ant women we do not deny; and, con trary to the statement made by .the cor-: resiwndent of the True Woman, they I are generally tho very ones who most strenuously oppose the granting of po litical rights to their sex. A YIEW OF WOMAN SUFPBAGE. Gall Hamilton is one of the most pun gent women writers of the day. In tbc New York Independent she presents for the consideration of readers the follow ing, and -we should like to hear Miss Anthony or any other champion of the Woman Suffrage folly respond to it. Gail says: "Wiien women are cursed wiin ineir granted prayer, the hardest lot will fall to tiiose wnosc lot is Hardest now. it is the workingwoman for whom all is asked: but it is the workincwoman on whom the sword will be turned. She is the unfriended or the insufficiently be friended. Workinirwomen are chiefly those whose male relatives are unable or unwilling to support them. "The lov ing and beloved wife," the "ctted and caressed daughter" of the strong and successful man will be scarcely con scious of any chancre. In her well guarded home it matters little to her whether she is loved by law or trracc. But the unguarded woman must light her fight with the same real and relative .It 1111 . 1 . - A Til. 1 uisuuiiuy us hum , uui wiui mi ussuuilh, a legal equality, winch precludes privil ege, though it cannot disann futc. When she has no vote, no defined lxjwer. her position is a constant appeal to chivalry, a constant rebuke to brutality When she has seized the suffrage, her urutai euipioj-er and tlje not-too-nentle bystanders will not fail to sav. "ISow you have got your long-sought equality. maicc t ne most of it. ask no ravors, and look out for yourself." Alas! but women are women still. Change thy laws, thy state is still the same. Good men will be good, but the bad and selfish will have no cloak for their sin. With women somewhat deferred to, with greed somewhat held in leash by shame, the life or the weak woman is hard enough. Is it likely to be easier when she has dismissed the ad-antagcs while retain ing the disadvantages of sex, challenged her foes to combat, and dulled the swords of her defenders '." Wc clip the above from the t'orvallis Gazette. Is the "chivalry" alluded to above ac corded to women in obedience to any law? Is it obligatory upon men now to show women deference and respect? Will men, simply because woman may possess a political power to-morrow she does not to-day, refuse to treat Iter with respectful consideration? AVe have more confidence in human nature than to believe that. But there is a kind of false reaped we know not wnat else to call it which every woman of sense would like to see abolished. What is that "chivalry" worth to woman which to-day gallantly tips the hat on the street or surrenders the bast seat at the parlor entertainment, and on the mor row pays her one-half the wages for her services that men receive for the very same kind of work? If the price of such "chivalry" as this is half-wages, down with it. The sooner it goes by the board the better. Wc speak the sentiments of every thoughtful woman in the land when wo say this. It was argueTl that the negroes would not be protected by the ballot; that in stead of redressing their wrongs it would array them in hostility to their old mas ters. This in substance is tho argument above quoted against Woman Suffrage. The writer believes that the ballot will array woman in opposition to her for mer lord and master, man. The argu ment in reference to the negro has been proven fallacious. The one in regard to Woman Suffrage will, in the march of events, share a like fate. AVe have no fears that men will ever be lacking in courteous conduct towards women. AVe sec not but that those la- dies who most strenuously urgo the right of women to vote and hold office are just as respectfully treated by men as any. AVe have traveled considerably; our views are well known ; and yet, de spite this, wc meet with as much genu ine courtesy as any woman who "has all tbc rights she wants." Is the Gazette satisfied with the re sponse? Now, Bro., come out from your retreat behind the absurd inanities of Gail Hamilton, and speak for yourself. It looks just a little cowardly to put Gail forward to fight your battles and she a woman, too! THE M0BM0NIMBB0GLI0. The Mormon imbroglio in Utah brings the question of tho legality of polygamy squarely before the courts. One of the prominent Mormons has been found guilty of bigamy, fined five hundred dollars and sentenced to three years' hard labor in the penitentiary. An appeal has lecu taken to the higher courts, where doubtless the action of the inferior court will be sustained. Nearly all the prominent personages among the Mormons, including Brig ham Young, have been arrested and held to bail. AVhethcr this course of action will break up tbc abominable in iquity so long Haunted in tho faces of the American people, and which has so long defied the law, remains to be seen. Chief Justice McKeau, who has juris diction of these cases, seems to be a fear less, Impartial administrator of the laws, and transgressors will not likely ue ablc to evade the plain provisions of the statutes in that Territory as hereto- ; , . , fore. AVhatever the result of the pres ent imbroglio may be, there cau be but little doubt that polygamy as an insti tution has seen its palmiest days. The most benign result attending its over throw will be the liberation of many an enslaved, heart-sore woman from a bondage worse than death. I'oiygami Is an anamoly in progressing civiliza- Hon. Like every other off-shoot of barbarous and feudal times it must pass awa"i ad the quicker the better, PBOGBESSE.G. The West-Side a short time since pub lished an article against AVoman Suf frage. In the last numlcr there is an enthusiastic laudation of Universal Suf frage. Bro. Hundley is progressing ra-idly. EDITORIAL C0BBE3P0NBEN0E. Leaving Olympia on the evening of the 23d, we took passage in the United States mail steamer North Pacific, re tired to our state-rooms, and the steamer weighing anchor, wc proceeded on our "journey down tho Sound. The water, which at the time of sailing was as I placid as the AVillamette on a midsum mer morning, gradually grew turbulent and furious, and by the time that we i had ploughed its depths for a dozen hours, the waves had lashed themselves into a frenzy and disturbed tho meals ol most of us. AVe touched for a few moments at the various ports Ludlow, Gamble, Town- send and so on and reached Her Majes ty's Dominion about 5 r. M. on Tues day. The rain was by this time pouring down in a heavy Oregon fashion, delug ing the streets and sidewalks, bringing into requisition long unused umbrellas and causing the use of lumbering vehicles with ewe-necked, ratish- looking and half-asleep horses, whose services we were glad indeed to sum mon. AVe drove to the Driard House, a branch of the Colonial Hotel, a building recently opened, after a Rip ATan AVinkle sleep of half a dozen years. This hotel was built when Vfc toria was in her palmy days when mines wero good, and miners with pock ets full of dust were far more num erous than now. AVe learn that our friend Mr. Jacobs, the present proprie tor of the St. Charles hotel In Portland, was once "mine host" in this establish ment. The house is being thoroughly repaired ami refurnished. Two addi tional stories arc being added, and the prospect is good for the new proprietor to realize a handsome income from fu ture probabilities. As a sample of de preciation in ATictoria's real estate we may mention the fact that this building, which was originally erected at a cost of $15,000, was bought tho other day, lot in cluded, for $5,000. Victoria has evident ly once been a very flourishing place; but, like all towns that owe their prom inence to mines, its success was short lived, and it to-day has many tenant- less houses that arc rapidly falling lode cay. At eight o'clock, on Tuesday evening, we repaired to the lecture room, a com fortable and well lighted hall, whoro probably were assembled a hundred men to hear a woman lecture. But three women were out, the meu having come, as Miss Anthony aptly and archly ex pressed it, to hear women scolded. If the lecture had been intended for men the women would have been out in force. AVe were struck with the regular Johnny Bull features of the really Intel ligent audience. There Is an indescriba ble difference of nationality that is ev erywhere palpable to the understanding, but it is not possible to tell just why it is or what it consists in. AVe congratu lated the people in a few opening re marks upon the privileges they enjoy under the rule of a woman. AVhile these people of Her Majesty's Dominion really revere their Queen, wc find that they rejoice in the belief that they arc virtu ally free from the mother country. The Canadian and British Columbian Gov ernments having recently been united, the grown-up daughters of Queen VIc toria have a strong desire to form a mat rimonial alliance with Uncle Sam, and wc predict that they will soon cither set up for themselves in a national house keeping establishment of their own or ally themselves with us if we arc will ing to assent to the union. Miss Anthony's first lecture was upon the Power of the Ballot, in the hands of both men and women, and the fact that it was so well received by the citizens of Victoria was plain proof to us that all the men as well as all the women of British Columbia hope some day to vote. Her second lecture was devoted main ly to answering objection that are usu ally urged against the exercise of suf frage among the masses, particularly by tho women. The audienco was about the same as on the first evening, except that instead of three women there were seven or eight in attendance. AVe jKirlicularly urged the gentlemen to bring their wives on the third even ing, which, as before, they signally failed to do. Miss A. told the men that a half dozen women had visited her at the ho tel, and they had all told her that wife whipping was very common in A'icto ria, and she proceeded in her ieculiarly facetious style to give vent to her opin ions in a way that finally waked up in the newspapers letters from imaginary correspondents, after the manner of the Portland Herald, showing plainly that at hist the stolid sons of Britain arc awakening to tho fact that women some of them at least know their rights, i and knowing, dare maintain them. The colored people came out in force to ev ery lecture. AVe find them intelligent, : Industrious and law-abiding. While there seems to be no desire upon the part of tbc races to intermarry or min gle socially, there is not that prejudice of caste existing hero which we sec in Portland. A colored man Is spoken of as Mr. and a colored woman is always addroscd as a lady. Mr. Higgins, of the Jlrithh ColonUt, seems very much a gentleman. He was out to our meetings every evening, and, in the main, reported them quite fairly. But he, as well as all other men who publish newspapers to satisfy the public demand, only dared to give in his report of Miss Anthony's fourth and mojt phil osophical lecture of the series, a coarse outline of her premises, without at tempting to elucidate, by explanation or metaphor, any of the really vital prin ciples of which her logic is constructed. She announced on the third evening that her fourth lecture would be, as the Irish man said, "free, gratis and for nothing, and not a cent to pay at the door." This announcement "brought a dense crowd of men, among whom, of course, were a number of rowdies, who evidently assembled. to end the meeting in a roar ing, laughing riot But they were checkmated in the very outset by her naive remark that there must boa strong interest in the very important subject which she had come before them to pre sent, as surely nothing but a desire to investigate the subject would bring out, from comfortable firesides and pleasant homes, such crowds of intelligent faces on such a stormy, forbidding evening. mere was much merriment over some or her sharpest hits, but, several times when we feared the hilarity would grow uoionu restraint, some bomb of truth from her plethoric store would settle them, and quiet would be restored. c start to-dav for Port TowiisumuI and other points along the Sound, and will endeavor, dear readers of the Xcw NoirrmvEST, to keep you posted if pos sible. Victobia, A'. I., B. C, Oct. 27th, 1S71. WOMAN SUFPBAGE CONVENTION. A AVoman Suffrage Convention will be held at Olympic Hall, Olympia, AV. T., Nov. 8, 1S71, at 10 A. if. The friends of AVoman Suffrage, from all parts of AVashlngton and Oregon, are cordially invited to be present and par ticipate in the deliberations. The object of this convention is to arrange some plan by which to secure concert of action among the women voters of the Territory. Miss Susan B. Anthony and Mrs. A. J. Duniway will bo present. Signed by M. O. Brown, S. T. Denny, A. 13. Bigelow, J. II. Hall, S. 13. Chapman, Mary AVheelden, 13. T. Munon, A. B. A'oung, M. II. Elder, A. A. Manning, Jane AVylic, II. Maldment, J. B. Allen, S. F. Coombs, C. A. Sands, A. M. Brown, M. A. Barnes, John Pike, M. J. Baldwin, M. McD. Smith, S. DolUemeycr, II. Gray, O. B. Manning, Richard AVallis, C. M. LittleJohn, D. L. Smith, Jane Pattison, C. 13. Sylvester, M.M. Ruddel, 13. C. French, A. R. Elliot, M. P. T. Snyder, M. R. Denny, L. P. Smith, M. S. Hyde, 1-1 Peebles, L. E. Hall, F. B. Keys, M. J. Atkins, D. M. Crane, M. J. Moore, It. McLaughlin, S. B. Yeslcr, S. E. A arreu, I. Monahau, F. La Barte, A. D. AViggin, P. A. Moore, H. Andrews, F. M. Axtel, M. Morris, L. S. Smith, A. E. Mitchell, A H. AViggin, A. AV. Kelly, Emma Peebles, M. J. Pike, S. Smith, O. J. Bcttis, A. J. Atkinson, S. 13. Hull, Agnes Smith, R. Coombs, S. F. AVilson, F. AV. Keyes, Levi AVhelden, A. D. Atkinson, L. M. Winans, II. A. Young, Mary A. Lotz, II. C. Pike, J.T. Kenworthy, I. R. Bngley, F. E. Mcnan, H. O. Brown, J. L. Denny, C. Thornton, M. A. Kelley, J. B. Moore, A. Brown, J. F. Damon, L. A. Denny, P. 13. Hall, Sarah Denny, J. H. Munson, F. M. Sar gent, L. D. Jacobs, C. C. Perkins, N. L. Moore, H. S. Pike, Mary Damon, D. Maydenbancr, L. K. Arey, John Denny, M. A. Smith, John Buckley, Daniel Bagley, P. D. Moore, J. AV. Denny, M. U Frost, S. L. Chapman, E. M. Satin tiers, P. 13. Elder, Agnes Tallentire, P Hoski ns, 13. T. Grimm, A. D. McKecknie, 13. A. AVallace. THE WASHINGTON "STANDABD." The AVashington Standard is doing noble battle for woman's cause. Bro. Murphy will never regret the noble stand he has taken In favor of the great mod ern revolution. He is more than a match for all his man's right's contem poraries, and he comes oil unscathed in every encounter. We give the follow ing from his pen: The Tribune elevates our frank avowal of what have been our profound convic tions for many years into the dignity of leadership, and attributes to us the gushing enthusiasm of a new convert, anxious before many witnesses to pro claim our devotion to the "new depait ure," as it calls woman suffrage. 5 Seriously, we are for woman suffrage because it is right; because it is in ac cordance witli the spirit of our institu tions, and because it is recognized as a part of our fundamental law. If the Republican party, in socking to do a great wrong actually did a great right, wc accept the latter fact though we pay no honor to the men who "huildcd wiser than they knew." AVoman sullrage? Aye, we glory in the oportuni(y to declare in its favor, and we hope (forlorn hope though it be) to be ablc yet to hold out the hand of fraternal fellowship to the old conserva tive of the Tribune and welcome him to the ranks of the new party of progress, which is re-ally now, us it ever was in the glorious past, the sterling old Jack- sonuiu democracy. WHO'LL T0JTHE BESOUE. The editor of the Tribune, since his conversion to the gospel of Equal Rights and his hasty backsliding therefrom, seems to be in a most deplorable state of monomania on the AVoman Suffrage question. Hear him as he desperately shrieks forth this frantic cry: AVliere is the leader of might and mind around whose banner endangered men may rally and rear defences against the advancing hosts? Pantaloons, to the rescue! Swallow-tails, to arms! "Now's the daj and now's the hour." Alas, he cometh not. Pantaloons and swallow-tails arc alike powerless before the advancing hosts of AA'omau's politi cal kingdom. Though all day and night long our stricken brother may cry aloud for the leader of "might and miud" to rally the scattered and defeat ed squadrons of man's rights, his ago nizing appeals will be unheeded. The leaders of "might and mind" are all en listed in the cause of Universal Suffrage, and not a single talismanic name is lea around which our badly worsted oppon ents can rally a respectable corporal's guanl. "GOING ASTBAY." The Olympia Tribune is "mortified that many of the very susceptible people con verted to the new faith" in AVashlngton Territory arc "wavering, and betray ev idence of backsliding." The only nota ble instance of this kind is the editor of the Tribune. AA'hilo Miss Anthony was at Olympia ho was as devoted aAVomau Suffragist as even Theodore Tilton ; but alas! for the frailty of human nature no sooner had the good evangelist of the new gospel of freedom to woman departed than he hied him back quickly to the husks of man's rights political doctrine. In his case the good seed fell upon stony ground, and sprang quickly up. But because it liad no "depth of earth, when the sun was up it was scorched ; and because it had no root it wjthered away." Alas! alas! that it should be so! MBS. J. FEOST. This woman is now lecturing at various points in this State against AVoman Suffrage. She appears to meet with indifferent success. If the op ponents of AVoman Suffrage rely upon her to destroy the good work per formed by Miss Anthony they will be badly disappointed. Strange, isn't it, that Mrs. Frost should be opposed to woman's transcending her "sphere," and yet practiceone of the very things speaking in public she so strongly con demns in others? Why doesn't she delegate some man to. go around and lecture for her ? It would be just as log ical as to delegate a man to do her vot ing. Apropos, we append the following not very favorable criticism of the Oregon- iun on her lecture at the court house in this city last Saturday evening : An intelligent auditor expresses the opinion that there are many good argu nientsagainst women suffrage which she did not present at all, and that some of those sue did use might have been bet ter nut. From all we hear wc are in clined to think her decidedly a talkative woman but not remarkably argumenta tive; rather smart, but scattering, and uiwn the whole not calculated to do a great deal of harm either to her own or her opponent's cause. MBS. F. F. VICTOB. This well-known lady writer is now in San Fracisco superintending the publication of a work which she has recently written. To all who have read the "River of the AVest" and what Oregonian has not? it is needless to state that a rich intellectual feast may be expected when this work is put forth before the public. Most heartily do we wish Mrs. Victor the greatest of success in her enterprise. THE ANTHONY PABTY. Mis Anthony and party are now iuAVashintonTerritory, having returned lroni their tour to A'ictoria, an account of which will be found elsewhere. They are to be present at the AToman Suf fragd"Jonvention at Olympia on the Sth Inst., after which they will return to Portland. Woman Suffrage. T1IS SPICIEST KVESIXOOF THE HEKIES VICTO UIA A CITY OF WOMAN-WHII'I'KliS I Last evening at Alhambm Hall Mrs. Duniway spoho for about 30 minutes in support of the cause of woman sufi'rage, clearing away many of the objections uiai are urged against the principle. Mrs. Dunl way's delivery is not so forci ble as that of Mis3 Anthony's, but her styie oi argument is sound and convinc ing. After Mrs. Duniway had retired, and the audience had applauded her remarks, Miss Anthony came forwanl and delivered the most telling lecture of the scries, bhe claimed that by the ad mission of women to the franchise wars would cease. Every stcn of science had been obstructed by the prejudices of the world, which had to be met and over come. It is true there is nothing about women voting in the Bible, nor is there anything about men voting. All are subordinated to kings and natriarchs. Wives are told to submit themselves to their husbands, but not to drunken. miserable, tyrannical fellows only to good meif, laughter. There was the curse on man that he was to earn his bread by the sweat of his brow. The minister who delivered two or three sermons ofaSundaydidn't sweat much. The doctor who prescribed boluses and imtions didn't sweat a great deal; and the iKditicians only sweated just before eleetion-time, roars of laughter. Then there was the curse of Ham his chil dren had had it removed by the aboli lion oi slavery. And what is woman doing to-day? Laboring to have her curse which is the heaviest of all removed, applause. She was striving to free herself of the curse of having man to rule over her. It was said that the women who were agitatiu; to-day were in favor of free love. Men of libertine, depraved habits were afraid that, if woman got the same privileges they have, they would be just as aban doned, j, ui an mat woman claimed was the right to separate herself irom n drunken, brutal, libertine hus- uaiui, anu reiuse to bear him children and thus pass down his viees and degra datiou to future generations. (uheersY i The speaker claimed that when Laura air was tried, she was not fairly tried because she was a woman. Mrs. Wood hull was villified and abused beeau.-c sue is a dealer in stocks and a spiritual ist, and she, Miss Anthony and Mrs. htauton are abused by tho press of America because they have extended their hands to assist an erring sister. In concluding, Miss Anthony said that she had been called on bv a minister nml several ladies, and had been told that she made a mistake in charging a fee for admission to the lectures; that the peopie oi ictona were not accustomed to pay for intellectual entertainments only for negro minstrelsy and cirenses. Laughter. She was also told that the women of A'ictoria, poor things ! wore content with their lots and didn't want iberty! AVas it possible? It was said that there was no town in America in which wives got so many Hoggings as in Aictoria, the audience here became convulsed with merriment, and they are content to take them quietly ! She again asked if it were jwssible that the women of A'ictoria were so contented and happy that they would continue to be whipped and never even murmur? Laughter. Now, she asked the wom en to come and hear her on Thursday evening, the last evening she would be here, and she asked the men to como and to be sure to bring all their women. She had somethlngof importance to say. and the entrance would be free: the dnnr-4 rnntf! lio llimu-n widft niwu. Rlin wanted to see u the women or ictona had so sunk their womanhood that they were happy even In their degradation. (Laughter and applause). Mr. Llneker moved a vote of thanks to Miss Anthony. Mr. Nuttall sec onded and tho vote was accorded unani mously. Miss Anthony asked all who were in favor of AVoman Suffrage to hold up . , t . rr- i ... ineir nanus-, .every nuiiu was neid up. "Be sure and como to-morrow night," said Miss Anthony as the audience filed out. Colonist, Oct. 20. BITER IMPROVEMENT. Portland, Oct?20, 1S71. Editor 2ew Northwest: If your valuable paper is not too ex clusively devoted to the AVoman Suf frage movement, I desire to beg space to eall attention to a subject matter of very great importance to Portland, and Oregon in general. And my sugges tions are voluntary offerings, and not in the nature of fault finding. I desire to say a few word about river improvement in the AVillamette. It is not so difficult to lay hold upon currents of water and make them serv alory of our wishes as it has proven to be of currents of the air, though the study of the latter has conduced much to navigation. I will not say anything, either, about tho plan upon which the expenditures being made on the AVillametto river are disbursed. It will be sufficient if the results are satisfactory to those having the matter in charge. Swan Island bar, the mouth of the AVillamette and the bar opposite St. Helens are impediments to navigation from the ocean to Portland at this time, and these impediments are each ascrib able to natural causes. Swan Island, two miles below Portland, and the prin cipal, main or most-used channel is on the east side of it. Either Swan Island should be removed, or one of the two channels closed. If the island is re moved it will throw the two channels Into one. Some may think the expe diency oi removing nwan island a strange idea. But the island may be on the best channel for the river. An old root of a tree lodging there may have been the eause of the formation of the island, and it may be that it is situated, really, in the best channel for the river. A century and a half ago an old stump of a tree may have anchored itself there, and from that time on drift, with sand and debris, lodged and col lected upon and fastened it harder and harder in its place, and there grew upon it an island. As it now is, the island so divides the river that when the water is high, in winter . time, the current is mainly on the wast side of the island, and when it is mediocre or low the principal channel is upon the cast side. It is a question why the water does not itself cut the deeper channel upon the west side of the island. The most probable supposition is that the river bed is too hard there. Rock or other hard substance may render it impossi ble for the water itself to make the channel deeper upon the westside ; and, for that matter, such reason may exist for not attempting to deepen the west channel by labor. And if it be the case that the iccal channel cannot be well opened or tlcejiencd, nor the island well removed, then the west channel ought to be closed effectually, to high water water current as well as to mediocre or low water current, and all the current of the river turned into the cart channel. The current of the AVillamette river is sufficient to make a channel bed for every purpose of navigation for all ves sels that can enter the mouth of the Columbia. The AVillamette is a large river. The Tualitan empties into it just above the Falls and the Clackamas just below. And if confined to one channel it will certainly make a body of water in its natural How sufficiently hirge for good-sized ships. Confined to a single bed it will make its natural channel, muallg, of the proper depth. If the bed of the river is of unusually hard sub stance, then labor will fulfill what the usual force of current fails of in making the channel of sufficient depth. Again, the AVillamette has three mouths or outlets, instead of but one. Two of these should be closed, and the Columbia Slough as well. Yours, Ax Auvexturek. In six counties of Iowa at the recent election the Republican candidates for Superintendent of schools were women. Four of them were elected and two de feated. All hail to progressive Iowa! Woman's Riciiits. Last evening Alhambra Hall was crowded and Miss Anthony was more than usually elfec tive. She began by examining the Common Law of England and said that by it a man may whip his wife with a stick no bigger than his thumb. She wondered whether A'ictoria wives had been whipped with anything thicker than a thumb. Missionaries ought to go about and enquire. (A laugh.) If a wife rebelled against a whipping and tried to run away she might be re strained. She knew a man who tied his wife to a bedpost to keep her from running away, it had been done liere, two. (Cries of No!) Oh. Iv'c had half- a-dozen wives to see nie to day, so yon needn't talk. In England a man may sell his wife. The present condition of woman is similar to that of slavery be fore the war. She could not even have the custody of her children. Drunkards might apprentice their children to rum- sellers and brothels and the wife could not prevent them. A father, even, may will an unborn child. And yet you men laugh this movement to scorn. The women of England and the United States arc slaves, and this movement is designed to break the very last link in the chain of slavery. The lecturer lauded the American system of Govern ment and said it is a shame that biacK men are not allowed to sit on juries in this Province. Talk of woman's sphere! Man hail choked up all the avenues of employment lormeny open 10 women. Thev are in Government olllces, millin ers, "tailor-shops. Go and look at your A'ictoria dry goods stores where great, big six-foot men are measuring ofi tape. Laughter. You ought to be ashamed of yourselves for crowding women out of work. Not a woman in A ictona is satisfied with her lot. If they say they e. don't believe them. ie women are not satisfied. Laughter and hear. hear. Miss Anthony couiimcu ai some length in the same strain am i the cheers and merriment oi me imiu- ence. Colonist. trow shameful It Is that you should -.,, ilnll nreacher to a drowsy audience, "while that poor idiot is awake and attentive." "t would have been asleep, too,-- taiu me iooi, "if I liad not been an Idiot." How was Jonah pu nished ? Whaled, of course. Oregon's great bard, Joaquin Miller, writes to the New A'ork Tribune, thank ing journalists for their many kindly notices and courtesies, and thus alludes to the criticisms on his poem entitled "Kit Carson's Ride:" "As Kit Carson was allowed to die in obscurity, without so much as a six-line paragraph to chronicle the event, it strikes me as a little strange that meu now cry out against my attempt to pre serve the memory of this truly brave and good man. No sincere, impartial man, can read my allusions to Carson and say I have represented him as any thing but a true man. The Indian girl is permitted to perish becuase it is in the order of things. She represents a race that is passing away. It would have been contrary to the order of things to have allowed her to escape. There is not one Indian in all my songs that survives, not one Indian woman that does not die a violent death, because this is as it is. I have done my work advis edly, such as it is, and if I have created a sympathy for the Indian girl that com pels an outcry, it is surely more perfect than I had thought." Mr. Miller has certainly writtensome very beautiful poems, and lias deserv edly won a high niche in the Temple of Fame, and wo will not deny that there are some very beautiful passages in "Kit Carson's Hide;" but we venture to say that if the following extract from this poem were read to one of his former companions on the border, he would in dignantly stigmatize it as a base libel on the famous mountaineer: We lay low in the gram on the brod itlain lev Old Revels ml I, ami my fctolen brown VrWe. "Forty TuII mile ir foot lo rWe, Forty full miles Ifsi foot, nml the devils of red ('uiimnclieti are hot on the Cruet When once they strike It. It the sun podown Soon, very' soon," muttered bearueu oiu uev- eis, As lie iM-ered at the sun, lying low on his back, HoMlns fittl to his liiwu; then lie Jerked at hU hieeii. And .-pranc to liix feet ami glaneed swiftly around. And then dropped, as If slwt, with Ills ear to tin- "mlllid. Then asain to his feet and to me, to my bride, Willie ins eyes were nice lire, in lace ime k Khroud, Ills form 11 Ke a kins, and his beard like a CHim, Ami his voieo loud and hriU,aj If blown from "Pull, pull In your lasso, and bridle to Meed, Aim Keeu you ll ever ir ill you wohhi upeeu. And rule for your llve for your liven you mmt ride: For the plain U a flame, the prairie on Are, And 'eetof wild horses, hard flying lieStre, I hear like a sea breaking; high on the shore, Willie the btllliilo eome like the surge or the sea. Driven far by the Hume driving fast on us three, As a hurrieane comes, crushing palms in 11b ire." We drew in the lasso, slezed saddle and rein, Threw thcmou,gluehed them on, stttehed them over again, And again drew the girth, cast aiWe the inn cheem, Cut away tupidaro, looked the sash from Its fold. Cast aside the eantenas ml and spangled with gold, And gold-mounted Colt's, tree eompanloiis for years, Cast the rvd silk sei-apes to the wind in a breath; And so bared to the skin, sprang all lmste to the horse. As bare as when born as, when new from the hand Of God without word, or one word of com mand. Turned head to the Brazos in a red race with death; Turned head to the Brazos with a breath In the hair Blowing hot from a king leaving death in his course; Turned head to the Brazos with a sound In the air Like the rush of an army, ami a flash In the eye Of a ml wall of Are reaching up to tlte sky. Stretching tleree In pursuit of a black rolling sea, Bushing fast upon ns as the wind sweeplngfree And ararfrom the desert, bearing death and des pair. Now Kit Carson would never have at tempted to run a race of forty miles with a prairie fire, even if "Old Itevels" was fool enough to advise him to do so. "Why, the young squaw would have had more sense than that! Kit Carson, in stead of throwing away his weapons and stripping himself naked, would have quietly kindled a fire in tliegrass, which wouiu nave mane a sale tracK for liis advance to the Brazos over the burnt territory the herd of wild auimais be hind would have obliterated tho trail and the pursuing Indians would have ocen tnrown oil the pursuit. This is the thought that would naturally have occurred to the merest tyro on the bor der, much less to a veteran frontiersman like Carson. Carson's fame rests on his skill and experience in all the vicissitudes and exigencies of a border life; and a poem, avoweuiy mienucu to perpetuate it. should have some incidents tending to uiusiiiiii; iiiui. sivui uiiuer trying cir cumstances. Instead of this, Mr. Miller has sacrificed all that was natural and" reasonable m the incident to a desire to burn "Itevels" and the squaw to death, and let Carson plunge naked in the Bra zos with no companion but a blind and singed horse and a million or so of half roasted buIIUIocs. The violent death of the Indian girl is all well enough, for the reason Mr. Miller assigns above; but he could just as well have drowned her in the Brazos after the escape from the fire, or gotten up a first-class fight with her red kinsfolk and let her meet her death while trying to stive her lover (in the approved fashion) by the hands of her irate father, while Kit, after per forming prodigies of valor, and offering half the tribe as a sacrifice to her manes, filially runs oil" on Pache. He would havepreserved the "unities" (we believe they call it) at any rate. Jacksonville Times. A lady at Long Branch excites a great deal of amusement by taking her daily bath in the ocean, arrayed in a water proof bathing suit, India rubber shoes, and oil-skin cap, India nibbergloves, and a wire mask over her face. Said a fop to a young lady, "Thatgold ring on your finger is emblematical of my love for you. because it has no end." "And it is emblematical of mine for vou," said tho lady, "because it has no beginning." Fond Father "I see ye've put my son into grammar an' jography. Xou, as I neither mean him too bo a minister or a sea captain, its no use. Give him a plain bizziness eddication." A man named Pepper gave a party, and one of his guests on entering the room exclaimed: "My dear Mr. Pep per, now giati you must- oe to see your friends mustered ! A lady asked a punil at a nublic ex amination of a Sunday-school, "What was the sinof the Pharisees?" "Eating camels, marm," quickly replied the child. iiWIu-ilnvnii ....It ..... ......l.,-oi, ....j j uu vail jiic uiiuai lii lit:.,. ilUlllired .1 wlfn nf 1i,,r Inil.-nnl "T!n- cause," was the answer, "you are al- ussociaieu in my mum wuu u bill." The only liberty-cap, says a clever and witty author, is the night-cap. In it men visit, one third of their lives, the only land where they are free and equal. A 'WVsrr'm nanfr accuses a COtltein- "and frankly adds: "We want him to understand that two cau play at that game,"