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THE OHIO ORGAN OF THE TEMPERANCE REPOtlM
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known kind husbands and fathers,
whom it has turned into monsters. I
have known honest men, whom it has
made villains. I have known elegant
and Christian ladiet, whom it has con
verted into bloated sots,
: , Is it not notorious that under the
ravages ' of drunkenness the land
mourns that it is this which, I may
almost say exclusively fills our pris
ons, our work-houses, our lunatic asy
lums, our dens of pollution, and our
hospitals -which causes most of the
shipwrecks, fires, fatal accidents,
crimes, outrages, and suicides that
load the columns of our newspapers p
which robs numberless children of a
parent's fondness which strips thou
sands of homes of every comfort, de
prives scores of thousands of children
of education, and almost of bread,
and turns them on the streets ; which
leaves so many places of worship al
most empty, and so many Mechanics'
Institutes languishing, whilst the pot
houses are crowded, which brings
down, it is estimated, 60,000 of our
population every year to a drunkard's
grave. .
And of all the victims of intemper
ance, be it remembered, there is not
one who did not begin by moderate
drinking, or who had the remotest
idea, when he began, that he should
be led to excess.
Murder Conviction.
The Lowry case has again been
under consideration in the criminal
court of this county. On a former
trial the Jury returned a verdict of
guilty of murder in the first degree.
The court, on the motion of the de
fendant's counsel, set aside the verdict
and granted a new trial. Judge Flinn
did not think the testimony warranted
such a verdict, and in that opinion we
fully concur. During the present ses
sion of the court, ft new Jury was im
pannelled, and after a full investiga
tion, they returned the same verdict
as the former Jury, viz: murder in the
first degree. The prisoner's counsel
renewed the motion to set aside the
verdict, on account of improper con
duct on the part of the Jury. It was
proven, that other persons were in the
jury-room conversing with them when
they were considering the case, and
that they had a supply of liquor for
the night, and partook freely of it.
The Judge, without hesitation, set
aside the verdict and granted a new
trial. What are we coming to in this
county? Not only is crime increasing
at a fearful note, but there is a reck
lessness on the part of those who are
called to discharge great public duties
and trusts, which is alarming. The
case before us is a signal instance of
flagrant outrage, second only to that
of murder itself. Twelve men charg
ed with the duty of deciding a ques
tion involving the life of a fellow be
ing, retire to their rooms to examine
and review the testimony, and de
liberate upon the case, spend the
night in drinking and carousing,
and come into court in the morning
with a verdict, the judgment upon
which is death I We feel incompe
tent to comment with sufficient sever
ity upon the conduct of this Jury ; but
comment is unnecessary. We com
mend Judge Flinn for indignantly re
jecting the finding of such a Jury. Of
all placfs on, earth, the Jury room is
the last where liquor should be intro
duced. '' '"""' "J ' '
"Moral Questions In Politics; .
The Cincinnati Gazette has quite a
lengthy editorial under the above cap
tion. We are glad to see this, and
hope the editors of that paper will
discuss the subject in other numbers.
Nothing but good can come of inves
tigation. If the articles are full of
errors, intelligent readers will be able
to detect them, and we have no fears
but that the truth will ultimately pre
vail. As the uncompromising friend
of the great Temperance reform we
shall be most happy to consider care
fully and honestly, all suggestions
which may be made to further the
good cause. We will just as cheer
fully abandon any cherished scheme
for arresting the progress of the de
stroyer, when convinced that we are
in the wrong road. The Gazette ar
ticle has one merit, at least it admits
that the question is not one of mere
morals that is no more "a mere mor
al question than the tariff, or land
reform. - ' ' 1
It is not true that Temperance men
virtually admit by going for the Maine
Law, that their efforts hitherto have
proven a failure. . All the work that
has been done was necessary, in order
to prepare the way for this advanced
step. Nor is it true, that the Maine
Law is "tyrannical Legjilation." The
writer of the Gazette article is evi
dently not familiar with the subject
about which he writes, but there is
ground to hope that he will do better
next time, and we are) so thankful for
small favors from that qif&rter, that
we will not complain.
Drunkenness among Catholics.
It would seem from the following
extract of Archbishop Purcell's ad
dress to'hut'Tatty, that the! rice of, in
temperance is a crying sin in their
Church. It is hoped that this strong
appeal by the Archbishop will be
heeded by those to whom it is ad
dressed, and that they will not only
refrain from this unholy practice dur
ing Lent, but that they will put off the
" old man with his deedi" altogether,
as "drunkards cannot inherit the king
dom of God." He says :
" To the unhappy victims of intem
perance we particularly desire to rep
resent the aggravated malice and
enormity of all sins of excess at this
holy time of penance and expiation.
We are pained and afflicted every
year by the scandalous exhibition of
drunkenness in the streets and private
houses in the first and last weeks of
Lent. May we, this year, at least, be
spared this humiliation. And if all
who are prone to this degrading vice
would generously resolve to refrain
from everything that could intoxicate
during the present Lent, we may hope
that by receiving the holy Sacrament,
they will obtain grace and strength to
subdue the degrading passion and break
the shameful chains that now hold
them in cuptiviiy to Satan."
B3T We are pleased to learn from
the Tiffin Whig, that at a regular
meeting of the Temple of Honor, No.
23, of that place, on Wednesday even
ing, 26th ult., it was unanimously re
solved, that a publio meeting of the
friends of Temperance be held in that
place on Friday evening, the 4th of
February. Our brethen in Tiffin, we
are gratified to learn, are beginning
to see the necessity of going to work
out doors, and it is only as this is prac
ticed that we need expect much good
to be effected.'
- Our Movement on the Reserve.
In no portion of the State of Ohio
are the people more earnest in their
opposition to the liquor business, than
in the Northern Districts. In no part
of our State, has the sentiment so
widely and firmly taken deep root,
that the liquor traffic must be abolish
ed that society must be emancipated
from its great evils, as in that region
known as the Western Reserve. , 1
The people of the Reserve are a
progressive people, and they are now
moving for Temperance Reform with
a determination which cannot fail to
bring fruits. Dissatisfied with the un
profitable labor of sending petitions
to a Legislature which holds, that it
will be for its interest to "dodge"
the Temperance question the voters
of Northern Ohio, supported by their
wives and daughters, (who, could they
vote, would carry the Temperance
questional once,) are determined, if
the present Legislature does not grant
its masters a prohibitory law, to make
a great effort next year for a Legisla
ture, composed of men whose "lives
and acts" testify that they know what
Temperance can do for public welfare,
and what burdens intemperance, now
imposes upon society.
Having recently traveled in Medina,
Summit, Portage, and Cuyahoga coun
ties, I know personally the sentiment
of Temperance men of their towns
and neighborhoods; and I have direct
reports from friends in other counties
of the Reserve.
' Temperance Leagues, with active
male and female members, designed to
uphold the "abolition" movement, are
everywhere being formed, and the
" abolitionists " without getting up
factions, resolve, that political parties
shall support their measures or lose
their support. Whigs or Democrats
they will be, only when they can be
Temperance men. Their example is a
good one for all parts of the State, and
when carried out, will fill the new State
House with Temperance men. It will
be a great triumph when the abolition
of the liquor traffic is accomplished
in the great corn-raising, hog-growing.
whisky-distilling, State of Ohio; and
Temperance men, who devoutly wish
this consummation, must ever bear in
mind that
. "Though their toils be blest
' The j may not rest"
longer than to take a fresh start.
' '." W. T. C.
' We copy the following flattering ac
count of a friend's lecture in Akron,
from the Akron (Summit co.,) Stand
ard. We are truly gratified to see
our talented townsman devoting him
self to our glorious cause, and espec
ially are we gratified with the glow
ing account which he gives in another
place, of its progress on the Reserve :
V The Temperance Meeting,
On Sunday evening, at the Baptist
church, was attended by a large and
attentive audience, notwithstanding the
inclemency of the weather.
W. T. Coggshall, Esq., of Cincin
nati, formerly a resident of this village,
was the Lecturer, and with a power
of argument and eloquence rarely
surpassed, he maintained that the na
tional arm should be stretched forth,
in the shape of total prohibition of the
sale, manufacture, and importation of
intoxicating liquors, to protect com'
munity at large, upon the same prin
ciple that tow abstinence from its use,
will alone ensure the safety of indi
viduals. 1 ' ' .. 1
Mr. C, who traveled through the
U. S. with Kossuth, as reporter of his
speeches for. the ps, has, we under;
stand, been for seme time past en
gaged in preparing a work, upon "Kos
suth and his Mission," and as he was'
to the fullest extent, in the confidence
of that great man, his book, when is
sued from the press, will meet with a
ready sale and eager perusal. . .
We also learn that he has now
nearly ready for publication, a series
of Tales mostly Temperance enti
titled "Pen Portraits of Modern Mar
tyrs," and from the well known tal
ent and versatility of the author, we
may expect that other vices and follies
than tippling, will receive proper and
appropriate consideration from nis pen.
, Meeting la Clark County, 4
,The Editor made three addresses
at New Carlisle, on Saturday and Sun
day last. The attendance was large,
and the deepest interest manifested in
the discussion of the subject! There
are a number of large . distilleries, in
the neighborhood, some of which are
owned by members of the "Newlight
Church," and the corn interest has
kept many from opening their, minds
to conviction. s '
The Editor examined this subject at
length, and demonstrated that the
farmers' interests would be greatly
promoted by destroying all the distil
leries in the State. The Rev. E. R.
Johnson, of the Presbyterian church,
is very devoted to the good cause,
wide awake and in earnest against the
manufacture and traffic. His congre
gation are with him, and when the day
of trial comes, New Carlisle will do its
. Meeting in Sutler County. ,
i The Editor addressed a large au
dience, at the new Presbyterian
church, in Hanover Township, last
week, on the necessity of the Maine
Law in Ohio, and its adaptation to
the present condition of things. Many
intelligent men who have never been
identified with the Temperance cause,
avowed themselves converts to the
proposed measure, and said they would
vote accordingly, without reference to
party ties. '
A club will be formed for the Organ
in that neighborhood. The people of
this town voted "Zcwe,M when the
constitution was adopted. They would
now vote for the great law of prohibi
tion. '
' ,The "Presbyterian of the West,"
edited by Rev. Dr. Rice, and one of
the ablest conducted journals of our
country, thus speaks of our new vol
ume: ' ,y ' '. ' '
Tbs Organ or ran Tempuuxoi Rxroaif.
The first number of the second volume has
been published. Samuk, F. Cat, the de
voted and successful advocate of Temper
ance Reform, continues as its editor. There
has never been a time in the history of our
city and country when Intemperance, in all
its forms, put on so bold and open a front,
and defied moral sentiment to the same ex
tent, as now. It becomes, therefore, a mat
ter of stern necessity on the part of every
sober citizen, male and female, to bring to
bear every legitimate influence for the sup
pression ana extermination of the evil In
its legion-form. Through the press very
much may be done, and we are glad to find
the " Oboan " entering its second year, en
larged in form, improved in appearance,
and under the editorial conduct of the able
champion of the cause Gen. Cait.
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