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THE OHIO ORGAN OF THE TEMPERANCE REFORM.
258 fro tha Weil tn Ennjclut, -iwa TTivma. Ky Co' 6V r saown. I immei a irea tha other aight, ' 1 (taught I hi mf cotUgi whit Uaoa yoa lloVry hill Xfce fraaa-plot greea belor the floor, Tha porch with viaea o'erprowa, Were tajtfj u they were Wore, When that noma waa ray ow. Oh I HnntaUer, That homo, that home of thi na. That pleaaaat homo, that happy home j That cottage homa in nine. , , The graveled walk, to white 4 atraijht. With Dowar hanki on each aide, , That led down to the wickat ata Where Willie tted to ride The kMoata e'er the path that grew,. Tha willow bongha that ivaved. All told me with a tongue e'er true, That there my Utrj played. . Oaf &mseUr,ao. The silver take, ao ealm and clear. Along whoae banki I've atrayed So at tea with my Lucy dear, Towatehtheaunlightlade; ' The brook that, purling, aweetly ran The garden toot along, And murmuring fount, aa bright ai then, Still aung the tame loved aong. Ohl Rurateiler.kc The window toward the garden gate That looked out on the weat, Where that tov'd being need to wait, Who made my home to bleat, ' Wu eloaed the eombre curtaini hung, And no loved lace wu there -, Nor voice, the evening aong that lung. Or breathed the morning prayer. Oh I Jtumaeller, lie. Silence hung round that huppy home, Where once 10 light and tree, My laughing children ueed to come And dance upon my knee ; Where ahe who wu that home'a dear light, In oonatant beauty ahono Around that cheerful hearthatona bright, All now waa atiU and lone, Oh I Rumadler, dec. Tea, that loved wife haa gone to reat. In death her heart ia bound s Her babea are alerping on her breaat, Beneath yon grauy mound; And I am wandering lone and etranged, Nor muter of my will, My home, my cottage home ia changed To a hut behind the atiU . Oh 1 Rumael'.er, dec. A Man Buried in a Well. Ia readies; recently an excellent article from the pen of Mrs. Gaze, entitled, " A man in the well," we were reminded of a startling incident that occurred in this city a few1 months since, and that we had made a minute of at the time, with the design of fanner comment. We were passing from our office to our residence, and noticing a few people gath ered in a yard on Main street, out suppos ing the cause matter of ordinary interest, mad mo stop. A hand from the office soon "came in With the Btartliug intelligence that f a man was boried in a well. We shall never forget the sensations that crept over us like a freesing chill, and then Into the heart, with a choking, almost suffocating force. Twelve feet of aandy earth upon the victim ! Hone died within us. and we in voluntarily shut our eyes upon the scene which flashed across the mind. Buried alive 1 The tale was too horrible, and yet clung like a nightmare to every thought. The news spend with lightning speed, and on our return, dark masses of people were wedged around the spot And still the brief but terrible words flashed from lip to up, ana me wiiaiy excited living mats poured into the yard and broke like waves around the dense crowd. We leaned upon the fence and watched them aa they came, for we have not the brass to run over men, women and Children, when we can accom push no good by such rudeness. Old and young, the officer and the citizen, the cold featured land-shark and the laborer moth ers, wives and children, gatered with a startled look. Little was said, but the compressed lip and the eager eye told how much all felt. A son of the buried man was walking the yard in restless agony. It waa a scene which we never wish to look upon again. In the mean time, strongr arms were plv tag the shovels with that energy which ever honors our common humanity on such oc casions. The hot sun beat fiercely down, and the sweat rolled from the bronzed fea tures, but hundreds of hands were ready to relieve, and every man's soul throbbin? in the blade. The yielding; sand would often break in, and an audible sigh would stir me silent crowd. limbers were put in and the work continued unceasingly. So eager were the frenzied and foolish people to obtain a view of the spot, there there was constant danger of filling up faster than the shovels could throw out, and no efforts could beat them back. After hours of hard digging, there was a low, yet strangely distinct murmur ran . through the crowd, and the dense mass swayed like waves lilted by some magic power, we snail never torget tbe moment. , " tie's alive they hear Aim tpeak!" We lu voluntarily straightened op from tbe fence where we were leaning, and with a glance heavenward, drew a deep, long breath. "He' alive!" The excitement waa still more intense. The son wept afresh as he strode backward and forward acroHa tits yard, and we found warm tears fa.' ling upisn our own hand. v And so the scene continued until the mass pave back ani a shout rent the air. "lie's out kt'i alive!" That excited crowd would have borne that saved man with wild and frantic joy in triumphant procession through the city. He was saved from hit living tomb. . On - r laved! Mis family would wel come him as one from the dead. Our thoughts were busy as we wended our way to the offioe. How ready people are how happy to save one life. When danger comes upon a citisen like the swoop of an eagle from a clear sky, all gainer as one man to the rescue. The same people look unmoved upon the footprints of blood which thicken at th-ir very doors. At noonday, a plague stalks before them, dragging its victims to a worse than living tomb. Men have had their vitals eat away by incites, and aiea in chaius, helpless, uncared for. Girded with demons and writhing and trothing in a worse than a demon's hell, men of mind and manhood have thrown out their arms In convulsions, and died at their own fire sides with their teeth tearing their own flesh. Their maniac howl came up like tbe despairing wail of the lost. And was there any gatnenng to tne rescue I Any excited populace eager to save? Before God, no With a passing remark, the corpse of a citizen a hatband and father was borne to the church-yard, and the marble shields him who was kuled by xncht. But one such rase T Father in Heaven 1 maqy have died thus in Auburn. . Since our brief residence, we have seen their blood smoke like an incense of wrath upon the iron track and in the public highway. There was one who wrestled wim atunum ire-mans upon me sidewalk in-broad day. He would have lived and died a sober man. But, said he, and the tears coursed in a flood down his bloated cheek, "I must die a drunkard. There is not a rumseller in the city who will refuse me rum so Ions as I nave money Poor G 1 He was robbed, degraded and killed by the rumeUert of Auburn, and is at rest in his grave. Did his neighbors rally to save him T Was there even a re monstrance against his murder ? We might pursue tne record and invoke from the past a spectral train who have died by law in a Christian community, The followers of Christ even, have passed by the other side. They have not only beld t e garments of the murderers, out have themselves cast the stones. And ail this time children have gone about sorrowing, and wept in vain. At the desolate home, woman has been tortured witn a cruelty more refined than hell can boast. Hopes bread, . .heart's blood all have been wrenched out day by day as years have eone slowly by. . And did men and women ever father around that accursed home to save the lost one from the elutches of licensed fiends, or beat them back from their human prey? Never. Thus the innocent and the defenceless the child and the mother have been robbed of parent, and busband, and bread, and happiness and means for long years, and no shout of indignation has ever gone up from a darken ingcrowd against the worse than heathenish wrong. . We love humanity better when we see it stretching an eager hand to save a victim from a living tomb. But we turn with a tear from that cold and cruel barbcrish which slumbers quietly while citizens and neighbors, with all their hopes of earth and heaven, are slaughtered in open day. And the deepest, basest damned ene in wo must turn with loathing from the human fiend whose hand is raised by vote or official act against his brother man. Vayuga Lhuf. For the Organ. Sketches. , Temperance BY MEZEQTJ.E. 'The Bight of Prohibition. The first grand objection which the friends of temperance meet with, in at tempting to use legal means in put ting down the liqujr traffic, is that it is an infringement upon liberty; and so strenuously is this objection op posed to the work of reform that it becomes a serious impediment, and candor and fairness require that the objection be fairly met, in a spirit of kindness, but firmness; for if there ever was a case of public policy that required a desperate remedy to reform it, we hare that case. . One thing is very certain, and that is, that the right to enact a prohibitory law either exists or does not exist. If it does not exist, then the whole fabric of hu man laws and governments is without foundation. But, in order to arrive at conclusions in a shorter and plain er way, let us inquire a little into the nature ot this thing called liberty following aDmiRse. with regard to i "I he absolute Hunts of man, con sidered as a free agent, endowed with discernment to know good from evil, and with, power of choo ing those measures which appear to him to be the most desirable, are usually summed up in one appellation, and denominated tie natural liberty of mankind. . "This natural liberty consists prop erly in a power of acting as one thinks fit, without any restraint or control, unless by the law of nature; being a right inherent in us by birth, and one of the gifts of uod to man at his creation, when he endowed him with the faculty of free-will. But every man, when he enters into soci ety, gives up apart of Ids natural lib erty, as the price of so valuable a purchase; ana in consideration of re ceiving the advantages of mutual commerce, obliges himseli to con form to those laws which the commu nity has thought proper to establish. Ana mis species oi legiu uoeiueme and conformity is infinitely mote de sirable than that wild and savage lib erty which is sacrificed to obtain it. For no man, that considers a mo ment, would wish to retain the abso lute and uncontrolled power of doing whatever he pleases: the cousequence of which is, that every other man would also hare the same power; and then there would be no security to in dividuals in any of the enjoyments of life. Political, therefore, or civil lib erty, which is that of a member of society, is no other tnan natural iid erty so far restricted by human laws, . . .. . 1 ' r. ,i ' ' 3 i ana no tanner, i as is necessary ana expedient for the general advantage of the miotic" Now how far a prohibitory law would be for "the general advantage of the public," we will show in the course oi tnese papers. On the 6ame subject Paley says;1 "Civil liberty ia not being re strained by any law, but what con duces in a greater degree to the pu lie Welfare." ' The archbishop of York, says: "Civil or legal liberty is that which consists in a freedom from all restraints except such as established law impo' ses for the good of the community to which the partial good of each Individ' ual is obliged to give place " . ' Upon the very foundation of liber ty, as set forth in these definitions, the whole fabric of our government is based. In view of this fact, is it not passing 6trange, indeed, that the wise legislators of Ohio, with all the en' treaties that have gone before them, can not find it lawful to put a stop to the liquor traffic, when common sense prescribes it not to be within the den nitions just given, of civil liberty? The liquor traffio is the only busi ness which affects the public, to which the nght of prohibition is denied. lhe right to abate public nuisances has never been questioned. We have laws to protect sheep from the ravages of dogs. Who questions the right to enact such laws Who denies their salutary influence ? Are the lives of sheep worth more than the lives and happiness and general welfare of man kind 1 " 0 but," says one, " it is the wool interest to which the raw looks Well, if the matter is to turn upon dol lars and cents, regardless of every other interest that is near and dear to the hearts and hopes of mankind (and which latter interest is above all other interests), we will take it upon even tnat score, and, show conclusively. that the liquor traffic is not for the in terest, even in a pecuniary point of view, oi tne public, l hen, we have in our cities, our police laws to guard against hydrophobia. Nobody, for a moment, doubts the propriety of such laws, in times of danger, to guard against this terrible malady. On this Blackstons holds t' subject, tha Secretary of the Hartford (Jounty .temperance Society, after stating that 82 in the county and 475. ' in the State (Connecticut) annually die of delerium tremens, says t Sup pose it were capable of demonstration that 82 individuals in this county and 475 in the State were annually cut off by hydrophobia; would a single doe 1 i-l L.J ! .L . rii-i- a vrr P. . ue wientiea ia ins oiaie f w ouid there be found an individual so regardless of the lives of his fellow-men that he would contend for the liberty to re tain his dog? In what estimation would the man be held who should assert and vindicate his right to let his dog live and run at large 7 ' And yet delerium tremens is far more to be dreaded than hydrophobia, for it is of more frequent occurrence ; possesses all its terrors, and none of its apolo gies. ' One victim in a family to the former often tyrings upon it pov ertyand disgrace, while the latter is never followed by such conse quences. tlyaropnoDia may and does produce death ; but it cannot shroud the memory, which is lelt behind, in opprobrium. If it were the case that as many deaths occurred from hydro phobia as from intemperance, the cry of "death to the dogs" "death to the doos!" would be borne upon every breeze, until the whole canine . via . i 7 . 1 i race would Decome exunci. wouia we go to our neighbor and plead with him and entreat and implore him to part with his favorite "Colonel,", or Rolla." for the common cood and safety of the people ? Would we say, O, sir I for the sake ot sutienng Hu manity, let us kill your dog." See how the victims to hydrophobia are falling all around you ; leaving widows and orphans to mourn their untimely loss I" ' Would we call meetings and consult together and resolve to petition the Legislature to raise the tax on dogs, and then wait patiently from year to year to year to see our pray ers disregardedi No, Sirs, we would not stop to do any ot these tmngar but with gun in hand, ana our nearts throbbing with the warmest pulsations for distressed humanity, we would rush into our neighbor's -yard, and in defiance of all law upon the subject, (and at the risk of afterward eating him n sausages) we would put an end to the i le a. J : ..ti.. existence ui auo uug hi ucouuu. Such would be our course in a case of this kind. But it is intemperance and not hydrophobia, that we have to contend with, and because the former has more show in its work, though equally fatal, in its consequences, than the latter; it is countenanced and tol erated. The one comes to his death, through the instrumentality , of those claiming to be men, (I allude here to the dram seller,) thereiore, bad mo tives are not to be imputed, nor the right and sanctity of the traffic ques tioned: the other comes to ms aeatn a less disgraceful one through the in strumentality of a dog: therefore, the dog must die. "'. Several years ago, in tha city of New York, several persons were bit ten by rabid dogs, and died from the effects. This was enough for those philanthropic citizens, and an ordi-i J. L t J nance was immeaiaieiy passeu wr me total extermination of dogs from the city, and yet at the same time, there were thousands groaning under the weight of sorrow and affliction, brought upon them through the death of fathers, sons, husbands and bro thers, and all this through the instru mentality of those engaged in the liquor traffic. No one looked into tiiis matter. A poor dog passed from his kennel at midnight, and bayed the moon, and instantly he was put to eternal rest by a policeman; and the proprietor of a grog-shop, at the same hour, turned a band of robbers and cut-throats into the street who set fire to the city , and the dram-seller felt no harm.