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THE OHIO ORGAN OF THE TEMPERANCE REFORM.
,261 men who have a feeling for thorn ; who seek to bolster up their smother ed reason by starving into subjection their debauched, unruly passions. But to return' to the subject from which we have a ' little digressed. That man certainly cannot be con sidered otherwise than a poor thirty, a bubbling, noisy pert upon society, who is eternally trumpeting his feeble and vaporous objections to every enter-1 prise that comes up, however impor tant, when his own brainless cranium j is not the mother of one iota of origin ality, not even enough to concoct the meanest and most trivial enterprise. But unfortunately we have such men amongst us; and they seek to barb their exasperated opposition to the modern temperance, reform with' a double-edged pretence. You ask one of thm his views on this subject, and ' he will very piously say, "Oh I I am heartily in favor of temperance re formation, as a moral movement, but am opposed to legal enactment upon the subject." Yes, they are willing to, see the angel of the moral law standing upon the mount of God, with outstretched arms, beckoning, forever unheeded, the children of men ; they are willing to see thattholy image flout ed and desecrated still, by the bloody wrongi ana torments of the liquor traffic, but are shocked, Oh I bow shocked, at the strange idea of at tempting to regulate this parent sin by human law. But in the name of all reason, if the laws of man' ever oper ated in holy conjunction with the laws of heaven, who, let us ask, Would not consider this case a parallel to any in the history of the world? Itwquld seem as though human legislation had blocked up every other loophole of iniquity, as though it had presented a bold bosom to all the other crimes of man, but left this wild, infernal chasm, yawning from the very depths of hell, to swallow up the ever-flowing tides of humanity as they sweep down its purgatorial steeps. 7 And those men who profess to be in favor of the tem perance reform, as a moral movement, but are opposed to having this main passage, from earth to . the regions of death, blockaded by human law, are, in our opinion, the most dangerous instrumentalities that now obstruct the temperance cause ; for in the case of those who avow open hostility to temperance in all its forms, their in fluence is completely identical ; it ex tends not beyond themselves ; other wise with the former class. The "Commercial," we regret exceedingly to say, has turned out to be one of the men of only half faith ; and among the numerous objections he has con jured up to defeat the Maine Law, ap peared the following in an issue of last week. He says in the first place 'The law deters some from crime by its threats of punishment j but it it not con clusive that they are thereby reformed. It punishes others ; but the cases of decided reformation resulting from the infliction of - jegal penalties, are exceptional rather than -common. It would teem from this that the , law haa its province, within which it is ' available for the good of mankind, and that outside of that province it has little effi ' ciency. To Invoke it illegitimately, is to tax its powers to an extent to which it can not respond, and it is not Impossible that , injury rather than good will be the effect." , Well, now that argument is cer junly very futile and inconclusive as to a prohibitory law. Does any one suppose that the whisky population of our State would hanker eternally after a beveisge, were it removed from their reach ? Would they not become entirely weaned b a very short time ? Most assuredly they would. And even the trafficker in liquors would,, after a time, settle down in new business, and remember his old trade only wiifi feelings of profound horror and regret. But so far as he is concerned, no mat ter whether he reforms or not, if he persists in his nefarious business, it is the very design of a prohibitory law to make him suffer for the injury he does society, the same as the black leg, the hprse-thief and robber. The "Commercial" should remember that it is the liquor consumer and society at large, that are the sufferers in this matter, and that nearly every drink ing man in the State would be glad, ; from his very soul, to have the cause of all his wretchedness removed from him. In regard to his latter clause, we have said so much hitherto, that we will now leave it with the good sense of every individual, and the un mistakable evidence he may gain in respect to that part of the subject from those States where a prohibitory law is in operation. Let us examine an other of his objections. He says ' "It Is the destiny of man to exist by the side of temptations, which assail him through every one of his senses, and seek to obtain control of him by means of each of his appetites. These appetites and senses are to remain the property of the race, so loner as it exists, and under the constant pressure of their Influences, the course or humanity is to be completed. To divest him of these attributes might ensure a rigid observance of the letter of the laws of the aecond table, and give great temper ance at well as uniformity to his habits and practices ; but it would, at the same time, deprive him of hit free agency, and leave no opening lar tne exercise or his moral being." True enough, man is destined to struggle with temptation until he quits this earthly scene, and in his power to resist it, rests his hope for the eter nal world ; but if be neglects to call into requisition all the means within his reach to narrow the dominion of temptation, he becomes accountable for that neglect of duty. If our citizens were to permit gam bling dens, and houses of ill-fame to flourish in this city without the re straint of law, and the penalty thereof, they would most ' certainly commit a flagrant sin. But according to the ar gument of Mr. "Commercial," to re move these devil tempters from our midst by law, would destroy our free agency. Alas 1 society would indeed present a sad spectacle if all men were so scrupulous about encroaching, by human regulations, upon the free agency of man, as you are, Mr. "Com mercial." 1 JtW In noticing the appointments of Speakers by the State Executive Committee, the Piketon "Journal" says : "In addition to this, almost the entire press of the State is raising its million-tongued voice for a pro hibitory law. The result of all this movement cannot be doubtful. The cause of humanity, morality and reli gion will be triumphant, and the mil lennial dawn will be upon us. Who can withhold his influence in the ad vance of such a glorious cause ?" Our Editor. ; A few weeks ago, the Editor of the Cin cinnati Enqtirer made an unjust asaault on the character of the Editor of the Organ, which was fully In keeping with the past history of the man. 1 The charges have all been refuted in the Organ, to the entire sat. isfaction of every honorable man in the State. 1 ' True to their instincts, all the little euri of the Whisky Press of Ohio have taken up the charges, and paraded them to their readers in CAPS, shall caps and Ualict, at something terrible and revolting. A citizen of Ohio, an honest man. and one that does not couutenanerthe liquor traffic, aspires to a seat in theUnited States Senate, or the Gubernatorial chair 1 1 ThU is a se rious charge, or would be, if true 1 1 Now, suppose Gen. Cary does have political aspi. rations, whose bnsiness U it f Is it not praiseworthy in every American citizen to be ambitious of honorable fame, if he pos testes sufficient talent to sustain himself f Which would reflect the moat honor on a man the elevation to office on strictly tem perance principles, or solely by the influ ence of the liquor traffic, as a large majority are ? But there is no probability that Osn. Cary will ever fill any political station ; he does not desire it, and he should be allowed to speak for himself. The secret of the whole matter is, these little eurt are all op posed to the Maine Law and having failed to convince the people that the Law U un just, oppressive, unconstitutional, and, if adopted, can not be enforced, they have commenced an onslaught against the leaders of the temperance hosts, hoping to gain by vituperation what they could not by argu ment. But It will not answer. Farmers, merchants, mechanics and laboring men are too intelligent now-a days to have the " wool pulled over their eye;." by any such attempts. How patriotic and democratic would it be, if these " mighty men " "the tentiuels of freedom" would gracefully yield to the known wishes of three-fourths of the people of Ohio I Whenever the advocates of a cause com mence slandering private citizens, who have the confidence and esteem of alt who know them, their cause is hopeless, and thus it is with the opposers of the Maine Law. Here it a sample taken from the Marietta Republican : " A few weeks since, S. F. Cary, editor of the "Unto Urgan or tne Temperance Re form." took occasion to attack Lester Bliss, the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor, and at the tame lauded Isaac J Allen, the Whin candidate for that office. The pretext for his course is that Mr. Bliss is not known to be in favor of the Maine Law ; but it it well known that he Is a tem perance man. It is a notorious fact that many of the Whig nominees fur State offi ces are not temperance men ; yet tnis " no party" temperance Urgan does not point then out as special objects for the opposi tion of its readers. The truth of the mat ter is, Mr. Cary cares less for temperance than he does for whlggery and self-aggrandizement, and uses it as a means of gaining political distinction." This article was written by the Junior Editor, the Senior being absent. The fact that he is just from the wildt of Virginia, and belongs to that class known as the Cohea, (who do not, of course, belong to the "first families,") alone excuses him from a severe castigation at our hands. The Editor of the Athens Messenger com meats on the article in this wise , " Now, it requires a degree of- boldness not often met with for a man to undertake to say that Lester Bliss Is 'well known to be a temperance. man'! '"The pretext it that Mr. Blis is sot known to be In favor of the Maine Lawbut it is well known that he it a temperance man" I Now. Mr. McCormick,you had better go right straight back to Virginia, and grind your organ to a community more in accordance with your taste and intelligence, than you will be likely to nod in unio. taster hum a tem perance man I If tor were to tell, such stuff to a stable of horses, they arould kick ut to death for lying. Why, dear air, this same Lester Bliss, when in the Legislature last winter, with mora than two hundred thousand petitions before him from the men that he now expects to vote for him for Lieutenant Governor, praying and suppli cating for the Maine Law, made a speech in favor of an insulting amendment to the bill, providing that iust such liquor-loving men at himself might be permitted to in- J.dulge i by virtue of Jaw "on sheep-washing occasions i , . . Neither is it true that " many of the Whig nominees for State .offices are not temper ance men," nor is it true that Gen, Cary, as editor of the Organ, neglects or refuses to point out as special objects for the op position of it readers " those of the Whig candidate! on the State ticket who are not temperance men. We are a constant reader of the Organ, and know what we assert. ' ' Neither is it true that Gen. Cary "cares leu for temperance than he does for Whig gery and self-aggrandizement." The world will write that declaration false without a moment's Hesitation. When Mr. Can first entered the temperance field it was an un- pujjumr measure witn me masses, ana du ring the past ten years be hat been spend ing his lime, talents and fortune ia the cause, without a deaire or expectation of any other reward than that which belongs to every philanthropist and benefactor the Consciousness Of havinir linen Inilniirunhl In bringing about a moral triumph that will uj-iiTo uj puuutu preiermeni, ana tnat will place his name high among the great and good of earth." , . - Delegates to Hamiltoa County Tem perance Convention. . ' The friends of a prohibitory law in this county, similar to that in Maine, met in the various wards and town-. ships on Saturday night, and appoint ed the following named delegates to a Convention to nominate candidates for the General Assembly, pledged to en act a Prohibitory Liquor Law in Ohio, to be held at Smith & Nixon's Hall, on Wednesday, the 14th day of Sep tember. 7 First Ward E. M. Gregory, J. F. Cunningham, J. S. Crouse, Jos. Her ron ; Third Ward R. II. Stevenson. John Kinnan, B. F. Stewart, Thomas Casey ; 4th Ward H. H. Martin, W. W. Higbee, Wm. A. Willshire, Geo. W. C. Johnson ; Sixth Ward Alex ander Webb, R. B. Moore, Dr. Coop er, Horace G. Bigelow ; Eighth Ward Ebenezer Hulse, Archibald M. HUT, Dr. J. Wadsworth, HortonEnsjgnj Ninth War3CoirArM7Robinson, A. M. Garout, Ira French, A. Pea cock; 13th Ward J. W. F. Smith, Israel T. Moore, John Elliott, S. Mil ler ; Fourteenth Ward D. B. Lupton, John Hilton, Geo. A. Wheeler, Samu el Trevor; Fifteenth Ward Caleb Clark, Rev. J F. Conrey, J. H. Hoole, Ira S. Center; Sixteenth Ward . James Murray, Willard Coleman, Alexander Seal, Wm. B. Fisk; Ful tonThomas Morse.A braham Clark, Samuel Free, Edward Jones ; Spring field township J. G. Allen, Dr. E. S. Close, P. Dom, E. R. Glenn. Carroll County. Oen. E. E. Eckley has received the nom ination for Representative In this county. He it an able man, and will do good service in the Legislature for the Maine Law. Warren County. .We learn from a friend just returned from this county, that a Maine Law ticket for Senator and Representative is in the field, with every prospect of a triumphant elec tion. . E7 The members of Fulton Temple of Honor feeling disposed to aid in the glori ous campaign now going on in Ohio, order ed 500 Tracts for gratuitous distribution in their village. We learn from that devoted friend of the cause, Samuel Free, that quite a number of their best temperance men be long to Fulton Temple. , . ; . We are happy to learn that, Losantville Temple it doing effective work for the Maine Law. They hold meetings every Sunday morning at one of their ship-yards, which are well attended. ' Fulton will, as heretofore, come out the banner town. BT We expect our Editor to be at Us post about the 12th Inst.