The Oregon Statesman

Vol. 14 - No. 50 Salem, Oregon Monday, Feb. 13, 1865


General Sherman - is described by a Captain as "a man who has a gaunt look - about as if he got hungry when a boy and never got over it. A nervous man, never quiet, pulling his whiskers or buttoning his coat, or twisting a string or rubbing a finger - but with a kind of look in his face that reminds one of a panther, if he got angry, fiery, keen, powerful and a genius."

The Oldest Voter In The United States. - Seth Marvin, of Conneaut township, Crawford county, Pennsylvania, aged 105 years, deposited his vote for Lincoln and Johnson, in that place on election day. He has ten grand-sons in the Union army and insisted that his name be placed upon the roll by the enrolling officer. He was in the battle of Monmouth, in the Revolution, and retains all his faculties but his sight.

Sent To Jail - Two young men [what a pity] called W.J. and H. Follis, were tried yesterday before Justice Stevens for stealing a carpet bag belonging to a blind man, who was stopping at the Astoria House, and convicted of petit larceny. they were sent to jail for three months. - Marine Gazette.

An Attempt- was made in San Francisco, lately, to assassinate Robertson, who exposed and caused the arrest of Michael Hayes, the would-be pirate. Two men dragged him into an alley on Market street and assaulted him with a knife and pistol, but he managed to escape from them.

"When a Superior Race - like ours," said one of the chivalry to a modest looking federal soldier, "comes in contact with an inferior race like negroes, what do you think will be the result?" "I guess the contact must result in a hig crop of mulattoes in your State, judging from the complexion of a good many of your people," retorted the soldier."

Quick Trip at Sea. - The bark Samuel Merritt, Capt. Wiggins, left San Francisco on Saturday, Jan. 28, and arrived in the river on Thursday, Feb. 2d - only five days from San Francisco. This is the quickest trip of the season. -Marine Gazette.

Gone Into The Service. - Mr. Samuel J. Dennis, a pretty fair comedian who has frequently amused a Portland audience on the boards of our Theatre, has "changed his base," and gone into the active drama life, as a Cavalryman in Company F. He was joined yesterday by "Reddy," the famous bill poster and "property man" of the same troupe. We wish the boys good luck in their chosen characters. -Oregonian, 10th.

Extra Billy Smith, - of Virginia, says that "the negroes are found co-operating with the enemy, and occasionally indulging in the utterance of treasonable sentiments and threats against our fellow citizens." The idea that chattels can utter treason is radical. Wonder if any of the horses or cows of the Confederates have been known to "utter treasonable sentiments?"

The Fenians. - A National Convention of the Fenian Brotherhood is to be held at Cincinnati, January 17th, and it is expected that there will be one thousand delegates present. The call for this Convention announces that this will be the last general Convention to be held in this country - that before the necessity exists for another Convention, the fires of liberty will be rekindled upon the altars of Ireland.

The Voice of the People the Voice of God. - It has been truthfully said that the voice of the people was never more unmistakably the voice of God than in the recent election. It was in this faith that a clergyman of Middletown, Ct., at a recent torchlight display, exhibited a transparency over his door, with a quotation from Genesis xxii. 15 - "The angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of Heaven a second time."

Off With Their Heads. - The House yesterday passed, by a vote of 98 to 38, the bill to drop from the rolls of the army all Major and Brigadier Generals who are not in service corresponding to their rank, and reducing to their legitimate rank all of such officers as may belonging to the regular army, but who now hold commissions in the volunteer service. This bill is a pet measure of Schenck's, and was introduced by him at the last session. It now has, however, another clause, which provides that on the fifteenth day of every month hereafter, beginning with the 15th of February, a mustering out of the unemployed shall take place, which has since been added. The passage of the bill was originally opposed with great bitterness by Cox and his compatriots, who were anxious to save McClellan, but now that he has resigned, their motive for opposing the bill has gone, and, to keep up a show of consistency on their former record, thirty-eight of them voted against the bill, but a majority dodged the vote, leaving the Unionists to vote solid in favor of it; thus once again exposing the hollowness of the "democratic" professions of a desire to see economy practiced in the military power of the government. - Cor. Sac. Union.

If this bill passes the Senate, as we hope and presume it will, it will have the effect to dismiss the following officers: Major Generals David Hunter, Ambrose E. Burnside, Franz Sigel, Samuel P. Heintzleman, James S. Negley, John M. Palmer, Julius H. Stahl, Carl Schurz: Brevet Major Generals Wm. A. Averill, George A. Stanard; Brigadier Generals G.W. Morrell, Sam'l D. Sturgis, Eleazer A. Paine, Adolph Von Steinwehr, Jacob G. Lanman, S.S. Fr, Mahlon D. Manson, Fitz Henry Warren, Francis B. Spinola, Alfred W. Ellett, Thos W. Sweeney, Robert O. Tyler, Alexander Schimmelfenning, Frank S. Nickerson, Gabriel R. Paul, Walter O. Greshman, James B. Ledlie,A.B. Underwood,Cyrus Bussy, Wm. F. Bartlett, John B. McIntosh, George H. Chapman, Selden Conner, Eli Long.

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