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The Ohio organ, of the temperance reform. (Cincinnati, [Ohio]) 1853-1854, August 05, 1853, Image 3

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j EpwarKnowing,()that: you
wish to knpw what is goipg on in dif
ferent parts ibf ,'the country,' aj to the
prosperity of temperarice,' Y will 'send
roa 'short account 'of our proceed"!
. mgt acre.) j-vwo ii tici.in.f -nlj
-fWe!W- ;iip ?n(T doing in this,
grp& and ; good ,cause, and expect to
make Our mark at the ballot box this
fell;' if 'Nothing happens'1 The rum
l&lerar beginning to get scared and
to think seriously: that .their craft is
in danger. If I am not very much
disappointed 'they will ' find the 'de
struction their 1 nefarious business
dreadful reality to themi' ' J i:iM :
'ioAJtbough we daily see the evil, ef
fects of their trade in our community,
and the misery and degradation they
are bringing upon many,1 yet in spite
of all this, we are sorfy to find 'many
who profess Christianity, take ' sides
with them. They .boast of ; their
temperance principles, and can go to
church and pray as long and loud for
the ' temperance cause, and the ' de
struction of the evils of ' intemper
ance in all its forms, as any. , , To
hear them, you would think the salva
tion of our country depended upon
the promptness with which the tem
perance men acted at that moment.-
After prayer, they lave nothing to do
but find fault with our proceedings,
and stand aloof, afraid to say any
thing lest they should injure the busk
ness of the dram-seller.! ) i ,! ; w '
,i You may think this an extravagant
assertion especially concerning pro
fessing Christians, nevertheless it is a
fact, and I am not done with them yet.
Last spring the temperance men here
determined to use what law they had,
and selected, as they supposed, trus
tees that were temperance men. In
due time one of them presented an
ordinance for the suppression of the
liquor traffic in our1 township, to the
other two for their signatures. Une
of them, in all his wisdom, had just
discovered that the law was not con
stitutional, the other (a Methodist
class-leader, and a professed temper
ance man by the way) stated that
he could not sign it as he did not wish
to be made a laughing-stock in the
neighborhood. So much for cowardly
temperence men; as ' for Christians,
God tave us from such! ' " f ' '
-i Our Alliance is progressing finely.
On last Thursday we had a meeting
jn the street and had a large audience,
which was addressed by George Fish
back, Esq., of our county. He is a
young man, and right side up on the
temperance question.: His remarks
were plain, and pointed,, and well-received
by the audience. We are
looking forward to the time when
there shall not be one distillery or
dram-shop within the limits of our
county. The ladies are strong in the
pause and cheer us on with their pres
ence at every meeting, and they tell
us to seoure the Maine Law, and say
if We can not enforce it, they will.
And I tell you they will, so sure as
they have an opportunity. Still con
tinue to give the rum advocates a
."little grape" through the Organ, and
the victory will be ours.' , ' '
" Maine Law.
Bichland Co.
. Etract of a letter dated July 20th,
.1853.; ..
, I have spent only a few moments
this morning, in procuring these
name s and the necessary cash, which
leads me to think that, with a very lit
tle exertion on the part of the friends
of, the cause you are so nobly, and 1
may say, tuccessfulli advocating, the
J'Organ" may send forth its soul
cheeri ng notes, ' to make glad the
hearts of many of those who, having
"passed through much tribulation,"
have been permitted to see the dawn
ing: of ,fhe dayM ,,'their emancipation
r i ii 1 . i ' Tf il 1 1
irom ine .inraiaomj qi .rung Aiconoi.
Tesl and thunder ltd "double beia!
in the ears of the rumseller, and cause
him to quaked a ' did Belshaziar, in
vie W;flf , the, .crime, misery, , wretched
ness andnwoe caused, by ; his hellish
traffic,' ' . ' "," ;': '"' ' ;"
t T saWi''so'me'Vm kmce' an article
in your ' paper, from "a correspondent
in this place, giving the action of the
ladies of our village in circulating per
titions asking the town council to sup
press the sale" of all kinds' of the
"kritter.""- ' Suffice it to say, the or
dinance was duly passed, and for a
time it seemed to work well, notwith
standing the rummies did all in their
!ower to make the. "measure unpopu
ar with the Germans and many oth
ers who are in the daily habit of using
strong beer and ale. (This ordinance
prohibits, the sale of. beer and ale.)
i say for a while, because, notwith
standing the head of the viper is
bruised, the tail is yet alive, and will
sting as deadly as ever, all those who
are blind enough to come within its
reach; and the tail will .live, in spite
of all such legislation, and squirm,
and coil about its poor, miserable vic
tims until the bloody sun of alcohol's
day shall set to rise no more, and the
glorious sun first seen in Maine, shall
usher in the day of total annihilation
to every thing that will intoxicate.' "
Our young ladies, determining not
to be foiled in this attempt to drive1
the monster from among us, have re
cently addressed letters to each one of
the liquor sellers of the town, in
which, after setting forth some of the
evils resulting from the sale of intoxi
cating drinks, 'make an appeal to
their cotuciencei, (?) in the name of
humanity, lustioe, virtue, religion,
philanthropy, and by the love they
cherish for their Own wives, children
and mothers, not to make fiends of
their fa1 hers, brothers and husbands.
by deahng out to them the damning
cup of intoxication. I have further
been informed, that they suggested to
them that, if this modest request was
not complied with, means might be re
sorted to similar to those so signally
efficient at the "spiritual rapping"
demonstration in our neighboring
town of Ashland. We will see what
we shall see. ; We have here a thriv
ing Division of the Sons of Temper
ance, also an Alliance, auxiliary to
the County Alliance, which is doing
very good work, by distributing tracts,
procuring lecturers, &c Of their
doings, and, the workings of : old
whisky, I will tell you somewhat
when I send you the next installment
of subscribers, which shall be soon.
Truly Yours,
-; ' ; 7 Wm. Cask.'
Tnm the Ctyn(t Chief.
New York. Now for the Straggle!
There are few, we presume, who
are disappointed in the action of our
Legislature upon the temperance ques
tion. When people cling to party,
and send tipplers and demagogues to
the Capitol, they must expect an utter
disregard of the best interests of the
State and wishes of the people. Well
for the reputation of our State and the
honor of its legislature, if the course
of the latter, for a year past, were
never written. It is broadly stamped
with the most flagrant .personal and
political intrigue, and has brought
shame upon the good name ol tne
commonwealth. Two sessions, with
few exceptions, have been squandered
in mo6t dishonorable political schem
ing. We trust those party temper
ance men who stood with the rum in
terest at the polls and helped to elect
a rum Legislature, will make a note
of the success of their Maine Law pe
titions, and henceforth . burst away
from the bondage which ever binds
them to wrong and dishonor.
: We regret to say these things. But
the facts stand puj nmiliating re
lief. Unless there is a 'reform in
these' matters, and 'we 'have '' tear of
Common : Council dinners, and.' Bac
chanalian festivals,; and; Railroad; ex
cursions, ,and more attention, to the
interests of' the, people,' tlie Legisla
tive branch of 'o'ur Government will
become a etlrse to the fitati. r r.ii
-' Twice thai peoplethe' better por
tion of jthe, peoplehave,, asked pro-.,
lection of their . servants from the
wide-spread evils of ' the rum traffic!
But1 such servants,- while" Voted into
their position by those- who petition
them, turn from their .prayers with
scorn., Bum and demagogeuism, two?
foul and overshadowing . iniquities,
have very naturally allied themselves
together for' mutual support. Their
united strength ; has, thus far, been
Bumcienuy poweriui to aeieat us. i
The ballot-box, is ., found to be the
strongest hold of this alliance. There
met and defeated, the rum traffic falls
in ruins.- -:i" 4 ' "
The cry of temperance and politics
has lost its terror , When rum and
party combine, for wrong, as they
have for years, it ii time for an hon
est people to combine for the right.
Ice issue has been steadily tendered
at the polls, and should be met as be
comes freemen and not slaves. Eve
ry man wholoves country, home and
neighbor, more than mere party, will
choose promptly, for duty is plain. All
the interests that enlist the blind ef
forts, of party are nothing in com
parison to those involved m the
Maine Law question.
it is folly to hope more from peti
tions. Such has long been our opin
ion. The blow must reach the root.
The people must speak in this matter
as they do in others. They can cre
ate a legislature which will remember
the higher and holier interests of so
ciety without unceasing prayer at the
door or tn apiww -,.
We know the right, and let us pur
sue it. , The campaign has already
opened, and with brilliant promise.
The popular heart never answered
more quickly to the truthful appeal.
Every man must give money and
time to the work. The spirit now
kindling, must be made to sweep the
whole land. With unceasing energy
and zeal, the struggle must be kept
up until the election. If our friends
are firm, acuve and true, November
next will proclaim such a triumph in
the election of Representatives, as
rum-fuddled politicians have never
dreamed of. The weapons are in our
hands. With the calm, yet unyield
ing determination of freemen, let us
use them, and the Empire State is re
deemed from the accursed wrong of
the rum traffic.
Who that has a friend or home
that has a stake in society that loves
his country, race, or heaven will
falter in the struggle? May all be
Fof tb Oru.
Meigs Co.
Long Bottom, July 23, 1853.
Mr. Editor: In accordance with
the request of some of the friends of
temperance in a part Of Meigs county
from which you have probably had no
intelligence, in regard to this subject,
1 shall attemnt to state brienv the suc
cess it meets with in this place; pre
suming that any such news wul be
gladly recoiled by the friends of tem
perance and good order elsewhere.
Until recently, there has been but lit
tle interest manifested here, in regard
to the present reform; but the people
are now becoming interested upon the
subject, and are beginning to inquire
whether man has the right to make,
sell or give to his brother an article
which is in itself a poison, and which
will destroy his health, weaken his
mind, and degrade and reduce him
below the brutes that perish; and af-
ter having fmrestigat4 the 'Wbjept, "
they4hoTa ldelermihktioh tolsdue
chus, and to rid our State of the dis-.
gracefy JEoTraffic; which,' with fhe'
cohcurrAcice o'fAbeL frietids 'of jfemper-..
ance generally, can but result in the
happiest of consequences. -' Dr. A.
Wl fsbn.: who' "UZ hot .'Vcanvassini?
'Athens,. , and f the 'northern'' part of1
this county lectured , in this place on
the 20th inst. 1 His subject was the ne
cessity and" constitutionality" of "thr
Maine Liquor CLawj: the'. xlkims of
which he set forth so eloquent y,
clearly and logically that all were eon'
vinced that he possessed the ability to '
'Tell where the' bolt Will strikel and
how.",, At the close of the lecture,,
he requested the assembly to express
their-sentiments by pledging them
selves to rote at the ensuing election,'
at. the sacrifice if " necessary bf
party , politics and ' prefei'ehce8,''l foi,j
men who would male every effort to
obtain a prohibitory law, ' similar to
that of Maine,, which, pledge, waa al-'
most unanimously susUineiCuUhe.
opponents of the; -Maine Law, when
called upon to express their opinions,
were like the "sheep, du nb before
their shearers," and looked almost aa
insignificant as some of the genua ca
nis when caught in the act of killing
those animals.
Your obedient servant,
F. Bar'io! Reed. '
MisKttABLE Death of an INTixt'
pkbatk Woman. Last night a , wo
man named Mary Kane, was found
dead tcellar No. 54 Annst. under the
followilg circumstances: One Patrick'
Kane, with the deceased, his wife, oc
cupy the cellar; they have three chil
dren, one eight, another four, and the
third about two years old. Two girls
also occupied the cellar, one of whom
said that she tended bar, and the other
did the house work and danced with
the customers. In one corner of the-
cellar was a smalt bar, where cheap
and poisonous liquors were dispensed
to sailors and others who visited the
cellar. Adjoining was a small room,
which was entirely filled up with two
small bedsteads upon which all the in
mates of the cellar slept. This bed
room had no window or means of
ventilation and light, except what
came in the door leading into the main
room of the cellar. It appears that
the husband and wife had been con
tinually drunk since Sunday last and
that on several occasious the deceased
has been beaten by her husband.
Yesterday afternoon they were so
drunk that they staggered to bed and
there laid. A t about eight o clock in
the evening the husband roused up,
and called S his eldest son to bring
him a mug U1 beer which he did. fie
then managed to get out of bed. and
called upon his wife to get up, but she
made no answer. 1 he son then looked
at his mother and cried out she is
dead. This proved to be the case.
The limbs of the unfortunate woman
were drawn together as if she had
died in a sudden spasm of pain, her
head was drawn upon one side and
her face was of a purple color. Cor
oner Sanbo.n was called, the husband
sent to jail as a drunkard ind Dr. Green
requested to make a post-mortem ex
aminatian of the body of the deceased,
to accertain the cause of death. ; The
sight of the crawling vermin, with
which the bed and body were cot
ered, was almost too much for those
hardened to such scenes, ' though
about fifty of the associates of the wo
man, as soon as they learned of her
death, crowded into the cellar, and
it was with some difficulty that the
body was taken from them. Bottom
Singular Fact According to the
New York JMraX of Commerce, no
ship ma le of iron or propelled by .
steam was ever struck by lightning,

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