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Letter from Dr. Jewett.
We extract the following from' a
letter from Dr. Jewett, dated u&lsitill,
N. Y,uly8,1853:
Fbixnd Williams : It is a matter
of the first importance that the law, as
it is, should be enforce! with energy
. and perseverance in Massachusetts,
The hopes of humanity hnng now on
that point. Will Massachusetts be
able to enforce the lan; ( i j a question
now put to me at every turn. If the
law is permitted to be a dead letter on
me -statute book oi ..uussacnuseits,
woe, woe to the cause elsewhere. The
people of our State must be made to
feel that an awlui responsibility now
rests UDon them, and it must Kn mot
and discharged, if it rost a million of
our treasures and a thousand of our
heads, I here must be no delay, but
the friends in every town and every
neignDoruooa, must iaae counsel to
celier. and brinsr the law down with
crushing weight on ev-rry reckless and
obstinate violator, until they shall be
tauffht that no hw on our statute
book, not even those nga'nst theft,
burglary ana murder, are to be moro
thoroughly enforced than the law
asainst the liquor traffic. The eyes
of millions are now turned to New
England, to see how laws against
grog-shops and tippling houses work.
It is their practical working thut is to
settle the question of their permanency
and their adoption by other States.
Michigan lias spoken in a tone not to
be misunderstood. Wisconsin will ut
ter a stern condemnation of the poi
soning business on the 8th of Novem
ber, and the great state of Ohio is
now being shaken from centre to cir
cumference, on this great question ;
but ever and anon they pause in the
midst of the conflict, ana turn their
eyes anxiously toward the east to
learn how the battle goes there. What
they shall see and hear of our strug
gle, will depress or encourage them.
Oh, what a crisis in the history of our
country and the world ! Let us but
pass this point in safety, and a glori
ous future opens before us. -Thegiant
scourge and curse of our country will
be annihilated, and the millstone that
-1 Wasrg bcut thenecY oHiumanity,
will be taken therefrom and cast into
the bottomless pit. There are noble
spirits battling on the side of truth and
temperance iu the great West, and
they work in a style worthy of the
cause, and their great and glorious
home. No where have I witnessed a
more vigorous campaign than that
which has just closed so triumphantly
in Michigan. Brothpr Ynta
1 C HI. . --iiumiw-
ly of Maine, has rendered most es
sential service to the cause there, and
nis energy, perseverance, sound judg
ment and entire devotion tn il
has secured for him an pnvioHla 1nA
in the affections and confidence of the
people. Forbes, of New Bedford,
was one of our most efficient laborers
in Michigan. Of the kind of service
rendered by Hale of Connecticut, Neal
Dow of Maine, Gen. Cary of Ohio,
and your humble servant, your read
ers will need no particular description
as they are all pretty well known in
New England. The Press in Michi
gan, with the exception of one daily
paper in Detroit, and Ollfin I
weekly, took their position in favor of
me law, ana sustained it nobly. The
liquor traffic got its death blow in
Michigan on the 20th of June.
With the results of the Ohio State
Convention, which met at Columbus
on the 29th of June, the press of that
State Las undoubtedly made you ac
quainted That was a glorious gath
ering of the good and true. The Hon
Chauncey Olds, of Circleville, who
presided over the deliberations of that
body, is one of the most eloquent ora-tors-el
the State, and one of the most
accomplished gentlemen I have ever
mei -frith. Gen. Cary, of Cincinnati,
you AmbWi I was pleased to have
-isHii) so
unmistakable evidence of hi populari
ly at nome. Whenever ht arose,-to
address the Convention, ha Lao
r " a tL . vi;.-
edwitha perfect storm ofjapplause.
e nuiaer oi our great reform
in Ohio, while OVJs is the Mdancthon.
uurs in naste,
v. Jewett
IToral Suasion without taw. .
Mb. Emtoh.v-The:preseit is an
age of indefinite improvement nd un
precedented wonders. Then? never
was a period in the history of our
world fraught with such thrilling in
terest as the present. The beautiful
orb of day nerer shnnn
important era in the history of our
beloved State, than it now An Tk
enactment of a law similar in . tnn
Maine Liouor Law. i tmidt .J
neatedlv ca led fnr hv .
Of the Citizens nf" tha Rtata f rku:
bhall that request le complied with ?
ui juame juiquor t.aw a vrise law?
is it a mst law ? la it a nnnA la... J-
its aim good in the end and good
m its adaptau'bn to the Wants of civil
society? I answer, yks. ' ;
I am well aware that, f nam ;' i.
Ot Vile misrenrfisrn ten J
demagogues, who hav th hrn vaw -v'
call in question those truths which we.
uoia to ne e f-evidpnt Tn,,
nounce the Maine Liquor Law on the
111 t i .
ucen repeatedly urged by a set of
ppy son oi -would be" great ones,
"that prohibitory laws are net.
cient to control or effectually stop the
evils of intemperance." This I deny.
nuuioiwry laws nave controled, pro
hibitory laws have erWinnllv
the evils Of intamnernnoo in ih A
old State of Maine. Shamo UDon the
me norse iniei dt civu power ana in
carcerate him m the county Jail or Statd
nriann T vvnvfln vnn suiva and rta.
stroy the implements for counterfeit
ing T , I answer, because the public
ffdod reauires it. AW nrnhihftnrv law
Q I -f ' J '
are based upon the good of civil so
ciety. society nas botn the natural
and moral riirht to nrotort itself. This
she essays to do. in the passage of a
nroniDiiorv law."
One othej thought and I am done
for the present. The prominent rea
son why moral suasion has so signally
failed in ttooDincr the ravage of in
temperance, is simply this "the uso
of a luxury that calls for a biveragb."
no iuug as any uauuii in nnowu iu in
dulire in the freounnt use of the abomi
T . . .. . . . .
name cigar and loathsome quid, just
so lonsr will moral suasion prove abor-
tive. : Citizens of Ohio, if we wish to
be a temperate, free, independent and
konnu ' itAnnlfl M.A ntiint flt.A.M AmaM
IrJ puviC no muew uiivvr avraj
our smoking apparatus and out with
our nuny nauseating quids.
Yours in the battle until victorv is
. . . : . . .
shouted. ' 1 ,
New Gottingiw. Ouernsev Co.. O.i
i . , ' : . ' '
August ota, iao3
, ; For the Ohio Orfin.
.tnsfthO vrYi. ,1.
minister of the gospel who dares to
arise m the sacred desk tn nnntn
tize the Maine Law as unjust and
lanaucai, wnue others contend that
prohibitory laws
evils of intemperance." If prohibito
ry laws have not. dn not
prevent the crying evils of intemper-
nuvca IV I IUO llltS OI TYl A I Pflnnf can
what. wjU.' ,.Sto?r ait,. xtea oneybu
should make moral . suasion - your
oirung ueiense. i wonder. W by , sir,
do you not know that there are hun
dreds and thousands in tha xanAA
" iwMy ww iUv
make the civil law their standard of
morals. jNow, what are you going to
do with this class of degenerate, two
legged ajnimals, for moral suasion will
never reach them as long as they oc
cupy the ground they now do.
1 believe moral suasion alone, will
never, no never rid the world of drunk,
enness. Moral suasion, without law,
will never annihilate the liquor traffic,
as a beverage. The glad tidings of
the Gospel of salvation have been
preached for eighteen hundred years,
still the damning stream of intemper
ance flows through our country.
You might strive with as much suc
cess in effectually stopping the Bos
phorus with a bulrusfi, a8 to remedy
the evils of intemperance without law.
And in spite of the most blooming an
ticipations of the most sanguine sua
sionists, unless opposed by the strong
arm of legislation, this river of rum
and rum will flow on to eternity.
should be the means. nA
means, employed for the preventive
crime ? I answer, no. The Gospel
openly recognizes and sanctions the
cvilrule orlaw. It is passing strand
indeed, but it is nevertheless True that
modern suasionists presume to ac'com-
I ? evTrV l(t. w, tZ
was ever achieved in the days of the
Apos. es, by the power of L law
and the gospel combined. (
If moral suasion is t h , r. . ,
means of nWv. Z. T' ei,.ectual
1 ""uuo iaws ' vvhy do you seiee
With what utter aversion conserva
tives regard the word. How does it
suggest to their dreamy, distorted
fancies, civil war with nil tin Wmr
At the mere pronunciation of it, huge,
fierce, fiery, gorgon shapes emerge
from the eloomy regions nf stroian
night, and stride the earth with fear
ful rapidity. Fraternal hanrl ATA lln.
lifted in a belligerent attitude, and the
fairest and most peaceful portions of
this "mundane snhere" are immersArf
in a erimson sea of human gore !
Dreadful indeed are the visions which
they behoia. To uhint.r h to
-f - av W k V&
stnkin? word in these dav nf nnrtv.
( w - j - j
ISO! and offirA.Kuntinnr la rnnlr fvna.
I wave-
son ; and to agitate, is open rebeJUou.
t&fte"pbwera that be." .... , , . .
I was forcibly impressed with the
uuimi uuiiiuua ituu UllJUallliaoie m
Consi8tenrv nf
cident that recently occurred in our
(jommuniiy., , uur village post-office
Was the scene. iRnmn fnnv nr fiftv
copies of a Campaign . Temperance
of a Bro. who was distrihntinor t.hpm
among eager bystanders. After the
subscribers were supplied, the remain
ins Nos. were offered oratuitonslv tn
..f'. o --v
omers wno were, present. Among
inose w wnom the paper was tendered,
were a notorious, heartless rumselW
and an oily-tongued, professed friend
oi me temperance cause.
Boniface commenced nerusinv th
little shept with an appearance of the
utmost, nrmncss ; but as be was read
inc a certain dialotrue between n
farmer and a landlord, I noticed a
restlessness stealing over him, which
became more and more marked n h
progressed through the article. At
lengm, unaoie to withstand the argu
ments which the former addurprl
against his compeer with ponderous
weigni ana stunning lorce, he cast the
paper from him as thougli it were a
thing of life and terror a venomous
viper and rushing through the door,
hied to his den of infamy and nolln.
tion as if pursued by a host of yelling,
shrieking, infuriated, vengeful de
mons : and who can vouch thai he was
mutual foe? Far from Jt..f. He re
fused "to tale the paper," folding his
arms with complacent coolness as he
did io, and apologetically saying,
"I'm as much a ; Temperance man as
anybody, but I jam opposed to aqila
on."; The secret of his opposition
ill not be difficult of comprehension
when I inform you that he holdt one
and egrtgioutly detiru another !
Svlvau, Ohio, Aug., 1 8.53.
But how was it with the smooth
faced, pretended advocate , of our
cause T ' Did he carefully' read tlm
paper offered him. and zealously de
fend the assertions therein made thus
adding his mite to the side of sobriety,
and encouraeinir hnv hrnthei
" while he aided in disheartening their '
Is he an Assassin!
, 8 crime of the assassin is one of
the blackest attrocities that can -stain
the page of human nature. We re
vo l at the veryidoa ; the blood stands
sua m our veins, or else rushes with
impetuosity upon the heart and brain,
cut we Would 5
principle is not largety at work in the
, wlttk man who deliberately
adulterates and
everyday . use. The man who would
u. .ouu iu me cistern ot his nefch
or, or m a well, would -i a
' oci, UUWa'
asi'a wholesale assassin. The law re
cognizes him as such, and the people
look upon him in the name. i;L
We are all agreed upon this point!
And in what better light can we view
that man who knnwino-l rA Av.u
f'J hum uciiut;-
rately nuts arsenic in whisky, or Sugar
of lead-in wine, or other, elements of
poison in brandy or beer? And nt
these thines fire of known OfViirrpnn
. U , VHUV
in this city ,; and done, tod,' by men
who understand perfectly the
effects produced... ; . H
We heard a man positively assert,
last week, that he knew men who
could and did manufacture whisky in
this city at a mere cost of twehty
cents a barrel. And this is the stuff
purchased and dealt out by planters
to their negroes all over these south
ern states. This is the stuff snlrl nnA
drank daily by hundreds of black and
These men know full well that tha
vitals of those who use these villain
ous drinks will be destroyed, and that
sooner or later death must bu thn m.
suit, They know that they are stab- .
Vhr- meff irfthe dark': for their custo.
mers are hot aware, or else do hot
believe, that it contains such deadly
ingredients. ...
if any of these' whisky cr rumsel-
lers should give a neighbor a glass of
wine mixed with prussie ' acid, and
death,' should ensue,' without hesita
tion we should pronounce him an as
sassin. , How, then, does it come to
pass that he is stripped of all venality
when he puts the poison into "hU bar
rels or casks of liquor instead of
single glass ? i In the one case only
the life of one man is in jeopardy, in
the other hundreds are exposed to
sickness and death. It is'a matter of
profound astonishment how these men
dare lift their heads in respectable so
c ety after employing . such deadly
agencies against the peace and safety
of mankind ; and yet, strange to tell,
they are the very men who are so
full-mouthed against the temperance
reform, and denounce its zealous ad
vocates as fools and fanatics, and find
many sympathizers among resnecta-
ble people, and even professors of re
Yesterday we observed a mis
erably clothed old woman, with a
Ii om ted, wrinkled face, and larg, ea-
I'pr. hnlliiiv vcw ln.cii'infr in lifer hjllifl
p. . - - .... . . . J " J V. I . I I 1 ..u, .."..Mai
a cmoked an l knotty stick, goiftg from
gro-shop to grog sho, along the lund
ing, begging whisky. T Slid was rude"-1
ly thrust from e&-,h door, yet she tot-"
k red jn at each d"n and plead for the
filth V nn'm.m miwt nitpoUMlv ' A mum
----- j , r-j-r.. -
loathsome spectacle never passed our,
r e hn i wo; trust never may.
Commercial 'li.ul -ru"'
Where is there any hnne for tsnch a
' f IT.'
ierson, if it ba not in, a. prafUbiiory m
' A :.J) v.,)

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