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CON TENTS. [Newspaper Article] — Pacific Appeal — 5 April 1862
CON TENTS. Page I—Prospectus Column 1 Salutatory 2 Our Proprietor 3 Our Name 3 Correspondents 4 " 2—Government 5 The Events of the Day 6 Mockery of Justice 6 Almost Another Victim." 7 Right of Testimony 7 Our Petitions 7 Our First Number 8 Our Object 8 " 3—The Lunar Visitor* 9 Selfishness and Mouopoly 9 To Advertisers 9 San Francisco Literary Institute... .10 Business Notices 11 Meetings, &amp;c 11 Marriages and Deaths 12 Advertisements 12 " 4—Poetry \ 13 Domestic Summary .14 The News .15
SALUTATORY, [Newspaper Article] — Pacific Appeal — 5 April 1862
SALUTATORY, 'Tis now more than a quarter of a century since we first assumed editorial duties. During that period nearly a generation of mankind have been born, lived and pqpspd away, and we are spared, by the mercies of God, to renew again our labors in a land then only known in geography, or in the talcs of travelers and distant voyagers. We were then the humble assistant of that father of Colored Editors, the late Rev. Samuel E. Cornish, whose vigorous mind and friendly council guided our otherwise inefficient labors. We were afterwards joined by that ripe scholar and finished gentleman, Dr. James McCunc Smith, who still continues to enlighten the world with his earning and experience, wit and judgment, through the columns of the Anglo-African and Frederick Dovglatf Paper. On the retirement of our senior Editor, Rev. Charles B. Ray joined us in conducting the Colored American, who was not far behind Messrs. Cornish and Smith, and whose ability as a writer, and efficiency as an ed...
Our Proprietor. [Newspaper Article] — Pacific Appeal — 5 April 1862
Our Proprietor. We havo said abovo so much about ourself, the Editor, that we cannot refrain from introducing our Proprietor to our readers. Stand forth, Mr. Proprietor. Reader, we will introduce Mr. Peter Anderson, an old and well-known Californian. lie is likewise acquainted with journalism, having been, for some years, Correspondent and Agent for our Eastern papers, and was one of the founders and a contributor to that pride of Colored Californians, " The Mirror of the Times." lie is known in the Eastern States, under the nom-de-plume of " The Tall Son of Pennsylvania." With such a team we must go ahead.
OUR IVARIE. [Newspaper Article] — Pacific Appeal — 5 April 1862
OUR IVARIE. A name should be indicative of some principle or design, should be of itself sufficient to explain some object or purpose, to express some attribute or quality, or commemorative of some event or circumstance. A name which docs none of these things is a misnomer, or it apparently intends to disguise its object and mission* We have nothing to disguise ; wo enter the field boldly, fearlessly, but with dignity and calmness to Appeal for the rights of the Colored Citizens of this State. As we say in our Prospectus, our paper '' is devoted to the interests of the Colored People of California and to their moral, intellectual and political advancement." It will advocate their rights, their claims to humanity arrtl justice ; it will oppose the wrongs inflicted on them, and the disabilities under which they labor. It will urge the repeal of all oppressive laws, particularly that law which deprives them of the right to testify in courts, in cases in which a white person is a party....
I Correspondents* [Newspaper Article] — Pacific Appeal — 5 April 1862
I Correspondents* We have not made any arrangements for correspondents, but we will before the issue of our next number. We have friend* In all parts of the State, as well as in Oregon, the Territories, and in British Cplumbia» many of whom corresponded with the Miror of the Timet, and spmo wHo labored with us in the days of the Colow4. A»er&gt;We shall pxpect, not only their cooperation, but we shall call upoo all whet ftfl an interest in ottr cause. :
GOVERNMENT. [Newspaper Article] — Pacific Appeal — 5 April 1862
GOVERNMENT. THE PACIFIC APPEAL. SAN I'KANCIiSCO : SATURDAY, APRIL 5, 1852. The great problem of human government is yet unsolved. Since the earliest ages of the world, mankind has been experimenting and planning, without success, to produce a perfect form of government, and the experiment is still going on, and probably we will be no nearer a solution when the millenium arrives, than we are at this present time. Families, tribes, kingdoms, nations, each havo governments suited to' their peculiar condition or requirements ; so likewise must governments be varied according to the circumstances of the people, their hab" ltd of life, the country in which they I've, (the latitude and climate having probably considerable influence,) and, above all, their advancement and progress in civilization. Thus the form of government which is best calculated for the North American Indian, with his active life and predatory habits, would be.wholly inapplicable to the inert Egquamaux, who, like his co...
$HE EVENTS OP THE DAY. [Newspaper Article] — Pacific Appeal — 5 April 1862
$HE EVENTS OP THE DAY. The all absorbing topic is the war which is now waging for the overthrow of our government, the ruin of our country, tffe perpetuation of slavery, and the inauguration of anarchy and despotism on one side, and on the other, for the restoration and • preservation of peace and order, the integrity of the Constitution, the inviolability of ; our institutions and the maintainance of the government of our common country. The Government have not as yet declared that with the termination of this war , must come the termination of slavery, but to this conclusion must they come at last ; for war and slavery are one and insepera- ■ ble—they must end together. Pcace can no longer exist in ihis fair land unless , slavery is forever banished frofn onr soil. Hcnoeforth the battle cry will be " Peace to the Country, Freedom to the Slave 1" The end is fast approaching. Victory after victory perches on the banner of the Union ; and when on those banners are inscribed " Freedom...
MOCKERY OP JUSTICE. [Newspaper Article] — Pacific Appeal — 5 April 1862
MOCKERY OP JUSTICE. The trial of Schell, for the murder of George W. Gordon, the colored barber, on the 29th of October last, was a complete mockery of justice. The faet is well known that it was one of the most deliberate and cold-blooded murders that ever disgraced California, even in her rudest and most lawless days. Arid what was the result? The only witness|for the prosecution was, by direction of the Court, subjected to a private examination by two pretended experts in the now-fangled science of hairology, (we know no other name by which ta designate it) which professes to trace the ethnological descent of an individual, from an examination of the hair and nails, and to determine the race from which his ancestors sprang, for countless generations back. This witness was excluded from giving his evidence, because two M. D.'s, both from the Sunny South, believed he had one-eighth negro, or African blood in his veins. After that, the trial a mere farce. The only witnesses examined...
ALMOST ANOTHER VICTIM. [Newspaper Article] — Pacific Appeal — 5 April 1862
ALMOST ANOTHER VICTIM. As long as those unjust laws which exclude our testimony in courts remain on the Statute books of California, so long will we be fitting subjects for assaults on our persons and property, by knavish and brutal white men, who, knowing we have no protection in law, think they can rob and murder us with impunity. Mr. Edward Cain, a colored man, who is well known as a respectable citizen, and as highly respected by all classes as any man in the community for honesty, sobriety and uprightness of conduct, was assaulted and dangerously wounded, 011 Saturday, 22d March, by a white man, named Legar. The following account we transcribe from the Bulletin of that date, which we believe is a correct version of the aifair; Serious Cutting Affray.—Edward Cain, a colored whitewashes was seriously cut with a hatchet by a man named Legar, on the comer of Jackson and Mason streets. It' seems that Cain had been doing some work for Legar for some days past, when to-day a misunders...
OUR PETITION. [Newspaper Article] — Pacific Appeal — 5 April 1862
OUR PETITION. Before the date of our issue our Petition for the right of Testimony will probably have passed both houses of the Legislature, and will have received the signature of the Governor, and the Statutes of California will be cleansed from the foul blot now disgraces the State and brutalizes us. In that case the paragraph in the article headed "Our Name," which says: "It will urge the repeal of all oppressive laws, particularly that law which deprives them of the right to testify in courts, in cases in which a white person is a party,"— may appear superfluous, but we were obliged to print our paper before the final action on our petitions, and as it was written while the bill was pending in the Assembly, we concluded to let it remain. The prospects of success now look clear, and our hopes are joyous and bouyant.
The Bights of Testimony. [Newspaper Article] — Pacific Appeal — 5 April 1862
The Bights of Testimony. The daily papers of this city, with one exception, have nobly advocated our petition for the right of oath. The Morning Call, from whom we scarcely expected as much, merits our especial thanks. That paper, which we supposed was exclusively Caucasian, honestly admits that we are Americans and Christians, and, as a class, are as truthful and as reliable as any others, and credence should be given to our testimony. The Herald and Mirror, the Bulletin and the Alta are also favorably disposed to- wards oar petition, for which we likewise j tender them our thanks. The Evening Journal is the exception. That paper is as deeply imbued with Negrophobia as the most violent slave-driver from Secessia. Arguments are thrown away on to heap burdens on an already over-oppressed class, will pervert facts, falsify history and wholly ignore the infallability of the teachings of Christianity and the examples of civilization. Ihat paper of March 20 rebukes the Morning Call for i...
OUR first number. [Newspaper Article] — Pacific Appeal — 5 April 1862
OUR first number. Reader I Our first number is before you. Will you sustain us in our infant enterprise ? We have engaged in an undertaking which requires pecuniary outlay, energy, perseverance and ability. We have " Set our boat before the blest, Our breast before the gun," and while there is a breeze to swell our canvas we will continue our voyage ; — while we have a hand to wield a weapon (the pen,) we will battle against oppression and injustice. Will you support us ? Wo wish no aid on account of sympathy and friendship alone ; we claim it because we intend to merit it. Neither do we wish any to withhold their support because they dislike the Proprietor or Editor, but if we merit your support, give it irrespective of personal considerations. We do not present this number as an example of what we intend doing, nor of what our paper will be, but only as an evidence of what we are capable of doing.
Our Object [Newspaper Article] — Pacific Appeal — 5 April 1862
Our Object In publishing the Pacific Appeal is to be_ come the organ and representative of th e Colored popnlation of the Pacific Coast. We shall not confine ourselves particularly to California, nor to the States and Territories of the American government, but we include- within the sphere of our drfties the British Possessions. Wherever there is a Colored man, there we claim to I have a brother : whether he suffers from the oppressive and unjust laws which American slavery has forced into the otherwise Free States, or whether he is annoyed by the prejudice which the same infernal institution has introduced into British America. Wherever there is a philanthropist whose heart beats responsive to the calls of suffering humanity, there we claim to have a friend. Our object is to form a bond of unity among the Colored community of this country, to bind them together for one common purpose —for our mutual benefit. In an object so laudable who will not support us?
THE LUNAR VISITOR. [Newspaper Article] — Pacific Appeal — 5 April 1862
THE LUNAR VISITOR. We enter the field of journalism as the co-adjutor of the Lunar Visitor. There is sufficient room for us both to occupy successfully. The Visitor is a monthly periodical, or more properly speaking,a Magazine, which position we hope it will soon acquire, as we need a representative here in the higher walks of periodical literature, and Air. Moore is better calculated than ourselves to conduct a publication of that kind. Ours is emphatically a newspaper—a journal of general information—making no pretensions higher than that. The Visitor tld be, (and we know Mr. Moore is ble of making it so,) didactic, ethical, and reasoning. We will be perceptive, sententious and argumentive ; the sphere of each will be in a different direction, and there is space, and we hope patronage enough for both. We recommend The Lunar Visitor to our readers as an instructive, useful and well conducted paper, and it is well worthy support. The Visitor is published monthly by Rev. John J. Moor...
SELFISHNESS AND MONOPOLY. [Newspaper Article] — Pacific Appeal — 5 April 1862
SELFISHNESS AND MONOPOLY. Yes ! reader, we plead guilty to the charge of selfishness and monopoly made against us by our worthy Proprietor. We, the Editor, have selfishly monopolized the whole of our little sheet, to the exclusion of, perhaps, more important matter ; but it is so long since we have had control of types, that, like the man in Douglass Jerald's story, we " couldn't help it." First, Mons. Cuisine, the French restaurant keeper, wanted us to insert a communication on the antiquity of clam chowder ; but we couldn't do it. Next, Dr. Psharlatan, the great Arabian physician, sent us an advertisement of two and a half columns, of his Panacea for, the cure of all the ills which human or brute nature'is heir to, and various other diseases, for which he promised to pay us by making our hair so straight that the most expert expert could not tell whether we were of pure Anglo-Norman-Saxon extraction, or were one-twentieth Negro. But we had not room, much to the chagrin of our Prop...
DIED. [Newspaper Article] — Pacific Appeal — 5 April 1862
DIED. On Wednesday, March l'2th, Mr. liueben McGowan, of Mobile. Ala., aged 28 yenr». On Wednesday, March 16th, Mr. Charles T. Mitchell, of Baltimore, Md, aged 28 years. t, S " nda y- March 23d, Mrs. Jane Tavlor of Buffalo, N. Y„ age*.' 47.