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Jackson County News: 1876


    W. C. M. [William Cortez Myers], Ashland: Remittance received and paper sent as ordered. Will be glad to hear from the lady named. Mrs. D. will probably not visit Southern Oregon until the roads are vastly improved.
"Answers to Correspondents," The New Northwest, Portland, February 4, 1876, page 2


    Mr. James Sutton will, at the earliest practicable day, commence the publication of a weekly newspaper at Ashland, to be known as the Ashland Tidings.

The New Northwest, Portland, March 10, 1876, page 2


    W.J.P. [William Jasper Plymale], Jacksonville: Remittance received and credited. The liberty of remitting for the lady is undeniable and to the publisher inestimable. May you long live to enjoy it.
"Answers to Correspondents," The New Northwest, Portland, April 14, 1876, page 2


TEMPERANCE WORK.
To the Editor of the New Northwest:
   
I am pleased to be able to report that the lodges of I.O.G.T. in this part of our state are generally in a very prosperous condition. The one that meets here is one of the finest that it has been my good fortune to visit. The attendance is quite large, and the interest in the literary exercises, conducted under the management of the Lodge, is good indeed.
    At Phoenix I addressed a large and and attentive audience, and, after the lecture, seven of the best citizens made petition to become members of the Lodge there.
    Last night, with the aid of State Deputy Rev. J. S. McCain, I succeeded in again planting the standard of our Order in Jacksonville. Alpha No. 1 was established there nearly eleven years ago, but years since ceased to work for the reclamation of the citizens from intemperate habits, and has been numbered with the lodges that were. But, thanks to the devotion of some old veterans and a few new recruits who are determined in this matter, we have another band that bids fair to do effective service in battling the rum demon.
    F. Kasshafer is W.C.T. of the new Lodge, with Elva E. McCain W.V.T., Dora L. Cardwell P.W.C.T., and John Dollarhide L.D.
    At Canyonville I found Brother E. W. Dixon, Dr. Whittemore, and a host of others making the influence of the Order felt in that locality.
    Stage comes, and I must close.
Yours fraternally,
    W. R. DUNBAR.
Ashland, May 5, 1876.
The New Northwest, Portland, May 12, 1876, page 2


INTOLERANCE ILLUSTRATED.
    [A woman, and an ardent friend of woman, handed us a few days since the subjoined statement, which, in accordance with the request of numerous friends, and illustrative of the ungodliness and intolerance of sectarianism, as well as the bigotry of some persons (or parsons) who, with "impious piety," declare themselves called of the Master to do His work, we publish, leaving those who believe that "women should keep silence," as well as those who believe that God, Creator wise, gave women tongues wherewith to sound His praises, to form their own conclusions.--Ed.)
    On the evening of May 30th, I attended a Methodist camp-meeting on the banks of the Rogue River. After preaching was over, "mourners" were called for, and the call was responded to by four or five persons, who knelt, asking prayers. After about an hour had passed I went to the pastor in charge, Rev. J. S. McCain, and asked permission to speak to those who knelt at the altar. He replied, "Say on." I then quoted the thirty-eighth verse of the second chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, which reads as follows: "Then said Peter unto them, Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." "Only this, and nothing more," I said, and took my seat. On the evening of June 1st I again attended the meeting, and, by invitation, took a seat inside the altar, participating in the worship of God with true purpose of heart by mingling my voice with others in singing praises to His holy name. After preaching, repeated prayers were offered asking God to come down right now and bless and save these poor sinners who had been persuaded and pulled down into an attitude of supplication at the mourner's bench in the hope to get religion. Two hours passed in prayer and exhortation, and the meeting was dismissed without any manifestation of pardon on the part of seekers. Before leaving the ground, I felt it my duty to speak to a mourning sister who stood near, and, approaching her in love and solicitude, I quoted again the text above referred to. No sooner had the words of Peter fallen from my lips, than Parson McCain rushed up to me, exclaiming, in angry tones, "You hush! This is our meeting, and I won't allow you to interfere! I will have you arrested!" at the same time waving his hand in my face, and gave me a slight push backward. He then mounted the mourner's bench and called for his officer, gesticulating, and threatening to arrest any and every one who should disturb his meeting. The reader will bear in mind that all this occurred after the meeting had been dismissed. If his religion prompts him to have a woman arrested for quoting a verse of Scripture that she considers applicable to the case of those who are seeking the better way, it might perhaps lead him to pull on the end of a rope in order to help hang an innocent man. My reason for making this statement, and asking its publication in the exponent of equal rights is that I have been maligned and misrepresented by this preacher, and wish the people to know the facts in the case.
ANN M. GRIGSBY.
Jacksonville, June 3, 1876.
    The names of some twelve or fifteen persons attesting the truth of the above statement, we omit for want of space.
The New Northwest, Portland, June 30, 1876, page 2


    There is one peculiarity in which Ashland differs from most other small towns. It has neither church nor saloon; however, whiskey is sold by the bottle and preaching is done in the schoolhouse, and therefore, the people are generally happy.
Ashland Tidings, July 17, 1876


    The oration delivered by Mrs. C. Goodchild on the Fourth at Ashland was, says the Tidings, "an able effort, and received the highest praise by everyone who heard it."
"News Items," The New Northwest, Portland, July 21, 1876, page 3


LETTER FROM SOUTHERN OREGON.
To the Editor of the New Northwest:
     Situated as we are in a secluded corner of Josephine County, I thought perhaps might write you a few items that would be of interest to the many readers of your valuable paper. Although women are but few here, we find some that have the stamina to openly advocate the right, and are making inroads upon the prejudices of some of the people, that awakens them to think of things that apparently never entered their minds before.
    I am pleased to see the steady and firm progress the Woman Suffrage question is making in the different states and territories, and the consideration it received at the hands of the late national conventions of the two great political parties of the day. It is conclusive evidence that ere the dawn of another Presidential election, our mothers, wives, sisters and daughters will stand side by side with us, and will have an equal voice in the nominating and electing of the persons (not men) who fill the various offices of our country.
    The principal interests of this county are the mines that are being developed in quartz and gravel ranges. There is a company now incorporated that have commenced work on the Great Yank Ledge, and from present prospects, it is destined to become the bonanza of the Pacific Coast. There are many other ledges that prospect well, and will doubtless be valuable in the near future.
    The great gravel range and ditch formerly owned by J. H. Reed, of Portland, is now in the hands of an English company that have expended seventy-five or eighty thousand dollars in bringing in a ditch and putting on machinery. It is paying well, and will do much toward developing the gravel ranges of Southern Oregon. Also the claim of Courtney & Co., on the same range, has yielded well. Though not worked on so large a scale as that of the English company, they have moved a great amount of gravel and opened up an old channel from two to three hundred feet wide that prospects better than anything I have seen in Southern Oregon, and the owners deserve great credit for the energy they have displayed in opening up their mine, and they will undoubtedly be well remunerated, as they have a splendid water right and plenty of good ground to last them for many years.
    The farming in this county is very limited, but crops, so far as they go, look well.
    That the time will soon come when the immense resources of this locality will be made to add to the wealth of enterprising laborers, is the wish of
A MINER.
Galice Creek, July 17, 1876.
The New Northwest, Portland, July 28, 1876, page 2


    ROBBERS DISAPPOINTED.--The chief of the Bureau of Statistics received, by this morning's mail, several returns from the collector of customs at Puget Sound, enclosed in an envelope which bore marks of rough usage, and contained the following endorsement: "Torn by robbers on Siskiyou Mountain, Jackson County, Oregon, August 10, 1876, 8:30 o'clock p.m." The robbers were, no doubt, in search of facts, not figures.
Evening Star, Washington, D.C., August 21, 1876, page 1


    The amount of travel overland to San Francisco is increasing. The stages of the California and Oregon stage line leave Roseburg every morning at 6 o'clock, loaded with travelers, principally from Portland.
    Freighting by team to Jacksonville still continues uninterrupted, with roads materially improved. Twenty-one teams were dispatched from the railroad depot at Roseburg last week, and yet there is a hundred wagonloads waiting shipment.
"Home News," The New Northwest, Portland, November 24, 1876, page 3


FRATERNAL CHEER.
    We remember, and it was not so long ago, that editors in Oregon who possessed the moral courage to come boldly out in the face of obstacles with which the New Northwest each week contended--calumny, misrepresentation, and ridicule--and dare contend for the political equality of woman, were few, few indeed.
    In noting the change in public sentiment on this living issue during the past five years, we can now point proudly to many of the journals of the state as exponents of the principle of human rights, where erstwhile not one was found. Inasmuch as it is both good and pleasant for members of the fraternity to live in unity, we rejoice at the great change and appreciate the kindly sentiments expressed from time to time by our brethren of the quill. Under these circumstances it is with pleasure that we give the following extracts from a letter from Brother Sutton, of the Ashland Tidings, to our readers: "It is no idle words with me when I say to you that my most heartfelt sympathies are with you in the noble cause you advocate. Should I succeed, and I doubt not that I will, in establishing the Tidings on a permanent foundation, you may count it as a helper to the extent of its ability in the battle for right which must ensue between the present time and the next session of our Legislature. Southern Oregon is a good field for labor in that direction. There is a latent love for liberty in the breasts of many good men and women which will spring into action almost at the bidding. Mrs. Duniway's torch could set the field ablaze and lock the gates of the next Assembly against any man who could not rise above the traditional prejudices of the forefathers'."
    We sincerely welcome the Tidings to its place in the proud ranks of those who demand universal freedom for all who are born to its fair heritage, and trust that the hopes of its editor may be realized, the paper be established on a permanent basis, and the message it bears ever be glad Tidings of liberty, peace, and good will.
The New Northwest, Portland, December 8, 1876, page 2


WHY WOMEN WANT THE BALLOT.
    The following closing sentences of an able editorial upon Woman Suffrage, which appeared in the last issue of the Ashland Tidings, we commend to the careful perusal of women who have all the rights they want, and to men who oppose with irrelevant bluster and nonsense the demands of women for the ballot:
    "It is not the mere formality of the ballot that the women want. They want the ballot as a means to protect themselves; they want the ballot as a means to abridge the absolute power of bad men; they want the ballot as a means to repeal all unjust laws against their sex, and they want it as a means to assert the individuality that God has given them. Had man, the present lawmaker, so framed his laws as to grant woman the justice due, she would not today be demanding the ballot. But this could not be. All history in every age of the world, among the most enlightened as well as the most debased races of men, show, without a single exception, that human nature will not accord to a dependent equal or just rights. Then let us profit by the lesson history gives, and elevate woman that we may elevate our race. Let us avail ourselves of an opportunity to avert the calamity that is awaiting some of our daughters, for most assuredly some of them are destined to fall into the clutches of bad men.
The New Northwest, Portland, December 22, 1876, page 2


LETTER FROM SOUTHERN OREGON.
To the Editor of the New Northwest:
    Although somewhat secluded from society in this southern mining district, we still take a deep interest in the work which your journal--a regular visitor to one of our number--so earnestly advocates.
    Prior to coming here I was a resident of Walla Walla, where I had the pleasure of hearing Mrs. Duniway lecture two years since. I will not say that I was then and there converted to the doctrine she so ably preached, that conversion having long before taken place, but I subscribed for the New Northwest, and have since read it regularly. Besides reading the papers myself, I have sent them around through the camp, and have lectured at home to the old bachelors who abound, until I have had the pleasure of seeing many of their prejudices against equal rights vanish, gradually, it is true, but still vanish. Here, as elsewhere, I am sorry to say that some of our most bitter and unthinking opponents are among members of our own sex, but then we cannot wonder that long years of serfdom will give persons the spirits of slaves. We must wait, nay, we can afford to wait, for a gradual change is sure to be permanent.
    I shall indeed be happy and proud to do all I can to give circulation to the "People's Paper" in this camp and elsewhere, when opportunity offers. It is with me, however, as with hundreds of other women in the land; the cares of a large family, struggles with poverty and want of education prevent myriads of women from aiding as they otherwise would be glad to do in the advancement of just and equal opportunities for their sex. I will, however, do the best that I can. (And who shall say after all that though its results are slow it is not first best?) I will train up my girls and boys to be strong in the doctrines of universal liberty, and use whatever influence I may possess to bring those around me to see and bask in the light of freedom.
    With now and ever best wishes for the cause, and its earnest exponent, the New Northwest, I am respectfully,
ADNI.
Galice Creek, December 16, 1876.
The New Northwest, Portland, December 29, 1876, page 2




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