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THE OHI ORGAN OF THE
TEMPERANCE REFORM
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What it going on.
Ohio.-
We hare reports of. decided action
in behalf pi prohibitory law in the
Northern part of, the. State.
Recently a great convention was
held at Atwater Portage county, 0.
It was convened on a .call signed by
a majority of the leading men of the
county. , There were over 3,000 per
sons present. The Maine Law was
declared for decidedly.
Week before" last there was an en
thusiastic convention at Akron, Sum
mit county.- Addresses were made
by Messrs. Sperry, Sawyer, , Wilson,
Wield, Goodhue, Voris; Schuyler,
Berry, Hadley,' .Robertson, : Edgerton
and Teosdale. " The principal subject
of debate was the proposition tononv
inate for the Legislature on the ground
of the Maine Law; 'to: which it was
objected that the call of the Conven
tion did not specify that as an object.
It was finally determined to . call
meeting for that purpose. . 'We, quote
some of the resolutions adopted.,,-, . . j.
Resolve,".. That the manufacture,
sale and ue of intoxicating bever
ages, as such ought to be wholly pro
hibited by taw. 1 -" " ',.'"
Resolved? That we' will never cease
to demand and insist that amyrig the
- statutes of Ohio hereafter and forever
shall be engraven the essential fea
tures of the Maine Law. (
1 Resolved, That at the coming elec
tion, we will vote for no man for Sen
ator or Representative who is 1 not an
open and reliable friend of the Maine
Law or its equivalent, for Ohio. ',' ",
' Resolved', , That 1 the ' temperance
question is at this time, Vastly supe
rior to nil Tinrt.ir pnnsidpi-Bt.mna nnrl
it is the sacred duty of all friends of
virtue and sobriety to combine their
strength, so as to secure beyond all
doubt, the election of .trusty "men to
the Legislature.55 ',; 1 " ri .
At Wooster, Wayne county, there
was a convention a few. days since.
Nearly every township' was represen
ted. The voice of the convention
was, "Let the Maine Law be tried."
At a convention in Dalton,' Wayne
county, on 'the 6th' of August, the
following resolution was adopted: ,v .
We, as Temperance men, pledge
ourselves one to another that we will
use our best endeavors to secure the
election of members to the Ohio.Le-
fislature, pledged to Vote for a'pro
ibitory law;1, l) V: .,'
In Ashland county, a', call for . a
Convention had been, published., We
quote from it.".- 'I f . ; i , ..,
We wish it distinctly understood,
that this is not & party movement, it is a
Temperance movement; and we have a
right to demand the cheerful and ef
fectual co-operation of every true
lover of this cause, v., We . repeat . it,
this is not a party movement, it is the
people' t movement, and who have a
better right to speak than the people?
Are they to be so enslaved by , party
obligations that in this age of freedom,
dare not express their wishes in re
ference to the greatest question of the
day? We wish not to operate against
any party the very language of the
Constitution of the Alliance being
'We will not resort to separate nomina?
tions, unless compelled to do .so by
present political parties refusing pr ne
glecting to present men for these offi
ces worthy of .their ; suffrages in .this
respect.' '.'''.'!.. .v );' w v
We therefore invite all Democrats,
Whigs and Freesoilers to unite with
us and elect such, men, ,ti , , ai ,.-;
Countt Central ' , Commutes. ?
Hugh Burns, P. Rieser J. D. Stubbs,
Jos. Mc Combs, W; Simans, J. Crall,
S. A. Bradlev. i '-''' vt n ocim
Th8 peoplef Indiana are not sat
isfied with , what legislative action
they have secureXiri behalf of tem
perance. We find. V several of the
papers of that State, Kcall for a con
vention to be held at Madison on the
28th of September.;, The Central
Committee of which John McLung is
Chairman declares: di !, s-, cs
"Nothing short of prohibition, ab
solute and entire, will secure our State
from the evils of .drunkenness. . Let us
bring before the public such in array
of facts as will satisfy the people that
prohibition is the true--only true pol-!
cy for Indiana,." , ,.,;.,-y."
VrV1, ; South Carolina. '': '' 1 "'
.j The Grand Division of. South'. Car-',
olina met at -Chester; on the 27th of
July. " A ' Very ''interesting" public'
meeting was held In ' the' Methodist
church. Addresses taking the1 Maine
Law,'ground, i were made. "'"Chester';'
is the Bnaner District in South Caro- 1
liria. There are six 'Divisions within ;
iw muii. wmer divisions are soon
to be opened; .' 5 - : 5 nyJ'!'':K!
t , jAtara itecora about Town. , M
' 'A few days ago as a police Officer
was, walking along Congress, street,'
near the, Deercreek bridge, ha observ
ed a man named John Wright, step up
to his wife who was standing in front
of their residence and give her a blow '
in the face, felling her to the ground.1;
He then kicked her in ' the head with
his boot," inflicting several deep cuts,
and rendering her Unsensible, - .l ;
,iThe neighbors - who represent her
to be a quiet,' inoffensive,' peaceable
woman, went to her assistance, and
conveyed hen to bed. "The officer'
hastened to arrest Wright, and after
much difficulty ' and : resistance on his
part,' got him as far as' the'1 corner of
Congress and Butler streets," where a
party of men come to his rescue.-
Wright commenced ah attack .upon
the officer, and in the affray the latter
was very badly beaten? ' The officer
finally succeeded in lodging his pris
oner in the Watch House, and yester
day, in the Police Court, he plead
guilty to both charges, and was sen
tenced to pay two fines, of $25 each
and costs, and confinement in the dun
geon twenty days, to be fed on bread
and , water. ; Of course the wife re
ports that Wright treats her well when
he is sober, but then when drunk he
abuses her shamefully. ''" ',
One evening last week Robert Al
corn while driving his horse and dray
down Walnut 'hill, was beset by sev
eral drunken rowdies, who jumped on
the dray, took the reigns out of Al
corn's hands and started, the horse at
full speed down the hill.' Just as the
horse passed the toll gate, Alcorn was
violently thrown from the dray, strik
ing his head against some large stones
which produced several serious thou gh
not mortal wounds on the' 'scalp.
Th fall likewise broke botbfbones' in
the right leg, about one third below the
knee, the wheel of the dray passing'
over the same leg some distance' be-
low the . above wound,;' completely
crushmg it. , 1
'i.j1 Looking1 ' over " the Police reports'
for a week past, we hnd pne fman ar ;
rested because when drunk he drove
his wifainto the street another be
cause he abused his children when
drunk, another because he whipped
his wife, another because he struck
his wife with a club, another had
been drunk 30 days etc., etc. Out
of sixty other cases, forty-four tvere
consequent upon intemperance. , v
fc These are "arguments" which the
people must consider, when they have
any doubts about tho justice and pro
priety of abolishing the liquor traffic.
It is said the temperance m3n- would
disturb a great coitimercial Interest
let those who fear to disturb it calcu
late the cost of intemperance, which
grows out.'of "Commercial interest"
in the liquor, business. " Let them
lookover the criminal calender, let
them cast , up their taxes, and ; see
whether. "C imraercial interest" had
riot better be disturbed. V .. ,,j
More Tragical Event than that' of
. - , Niagara ralh.: 'i;
! It was twelve o'otock at night,, and
the entire population of a quiet, little
rural village .in Ohio, were kept in a
great state of ; excitement, i deep and
intense feeling,' by the frequent dis
patches transmitted to them by trum-pet-tongued
male and female messen
gers,; that passed to and fro with al.
most eclectric speed, attempting a de
scription of, the horrible and perilous
situation of poor , Tom Torrence, the
blacksmith each ; report fluctuating
between hope and fear now express
ing confidence of his safety, and now
despairing of his recovery. - A large
number. of the villagers were already
gathered around, and others coming
to rescue, if possible, poor Tom from
the awful and impending gulf over
which he was unconsciously suspend
ed, and witness the wild, delirious,
mental and physical . struggle he was
waging with the ' unconquered king
of terrors delirium tremens. Men,
women and children still continued to
flock to the drunkard's home. Tom's
poor, distracted wife and little child
ren stood near the husband and father,
crying in the" most piteous and pa
thetic tones to those around them
"Save, 0 save my husband ; Save, 0
save my father."
A deep sensation was produced
upon those present, by the waitings
and lamentations of the family, until
all were moved to tears.
The man stood on the slippery rbck
just above that awful gulf, with the
turbulent current flowing against him
with a resistless, maddened fury, " He
was a raving maniac, foaming at the
mouth, his eyes sending forth fright
ful flashes upon those around him
deafening and hideous yells burst from
him at intervals he was struggling
desperately with the imaginary imps
of hell.! ' At last a man spoke up' and
said, "We must save Tom he always
was a ' good fellow." : A' raft 'Was
launched, life boats and life preservers
procured, and every thing that 'could
be thought of was done to rescue him ;
but they were compelled to! wait the
result Sometimes he seemed to be
relieved by the relaxation of the cur
rent, But gradually he was borne back
into the fiercest1 part of it slowly at
first, and then'more rapidly." Swiltly
and more swiftly he approached the
brink of "tha'awful preoipice the de-s
mon elements had him at last," their
undisputed victim, and madly, they,
whirled him ' on to death, as though i
enraged at his persevering efforts to '
escape their fur)'. ,. A sickening feel
ing came over the spectator, when, -just
on the brink of. tho precipice, the
doomed man sprang up' from the in
furiated elemants clear from their
surface raising himself upright as a
statue, with, his arms flung wildly '
aloft, and with a piercing shriek that -rang
loudly above the mocking roar
of the cataract, , fell back again into lw
the foaming waves, and was hurried ' 1 (
over the brow of the fatal precipice , '- '
We have no heart j for -comment
Upon the melancholy and awful eventj- ! '' l 'f
The fate of. poor -Tom will add another , J51'" ' tl'
to thb many thousands of such fearful ' ' '
incidents already related by the ffuidei1 3fi ' "
aUhe 'Fall, and for years his oriticaf i!
situation, his hard struggles, : his fear1 X n !
ful death, will be the thema ofrnany0; i ;,;J
a harrowing tale.'; And visitors to 'the t,fc
mighty cataract will seek' the scene of C I
the terrible catastophe with ' a shud- I
dering curiosity and the timid and -
imaginative will fancy, in the dusk 6f
the evening, that they still hear above
the waters' roar, the . horrid shriek,
the dreadful groans, the glaring eyes, '
that' preceded the fatal plunges , v u
)I Batler County. , r ;
1 On last Wedaediy weak th publisher
accompiaied Bro. Joha R.' Williams to
Hamilton, whare he leotntad m the street,"
at hilf-pist six o'clock, to quite a crowd,
(and a pretty hud one toj,) with a very '
happy effict. In the evening he addressed
a very large and respectable audience in the
Methodist Church! We found thin in
Hamilton and Bitler County, much better
than we expected. We leirned from that
ever-devoted friend of the caute, Bro. J.
W. DwU, that a decide! interest wa be
ing evinced throughout the entire county - .
on presehttttioi of the M tine Law to the
consideration of the people. We ' were
gratified to rind the ministers of nearly all -the
religioin deao.nlnatioas fully awake
the importance of the movement, and ,
among whom.wi mike honoraole mention
of the Rev. Mr. DarU, who has canvassed '
the whole eounty.and addressed the people '
on the Maine Law. , We predict that old
Butler will foot up right in Oatober.,! ;
; We received the other day, 'from t'3" ' "
the hands of Mrs. J. P. Reznor,'pay ' '
for ten copies of the Campaign Orga n,''' u .' (
which she requested should be distrj- "
buted among those not able to sub-'
soribe for it. Such acts of benevolence
are very commendable indeed ; ' and "
if mothers, who are abundantly able,
would make small contributions in .
this way, it would give a great impa- f .
tus to the temperance movement.
L-t 1 , 1 -
A. A. Stewart, General State Agent. '
Bro. Stewart dropped , in npon us on ;'
Wednesday, and spent atenb an hour with, , 1
ua. He did not intend it (as an official vis- '
it. He informed us that wherever he had ,
been he succeeded insecuring the amount of
the assessment, and : soma counties had .
promised to do more if neoessary. Bro. . r
S. finds the labers more arduous than ha
expected, but his indomitable energy, and ,
devotien 'to the glorious objects of the mis
sion, impels him to pres9 on to success.' 1 ' ',.
We hope the friends in' the Counties wher ' J
ae has not been will bestir themselves and Ut
be ready to receive him with an open hand, :; - .
heart iai poeket, for we must hare men and
money for the War;
Bro. John R. Williams wili return to, the. ,
city again the first of next week.
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