History of Oregon; The Growth of an American State Volume 3

History of Oregon; The Growth of an American State Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...which greatly hastened the movement of the country south of the Columbia toward American Government. The first was occasioned by the death of Ewing Young, at his home on the Chehalem, in February of 1841. He was associated at this time with Sidney W. Smith, by whom he was nursed in his last illness; which was of a painful, and even terrible nature. By pressure on the brain of a sac of watery fluid--as shown by autopsy--he became delirious, and in the chill of an unusually cold period, the dampness gathering on his brow, as he expired, was turned to frost. On account of his former business of distillation, Smith, who occasionally produced liquors by means of old gun barrels for his worm, was regarded somewhat superstitiously by the Indians; and was himself anxious that the death of Young should be duly attested, and that his property should be probated. Thus was encountered a situation which might at any time occur; probating and disposing legally of the property of the deceased. As Young belonged neither to the Hudson's Bay Company nor to the Mission, who had their own procedure, this could be done only by some sort of public meeting, and suggested the necessity of some civil authority. The funeral was held February 17th, and was attended by almost the entire settlement. After the religious services had been concluded, the need of some civil authority to administer the estate was mentioned, and a meeting for the next day to conclude the business was appointed to be held at the Methodist Mission. This was well attended, and the sentiment was strong, especially among those not connected with either the Mission or the Company, that some sort of civil authority should be established. After discussion it was decided to appoint a committee to form a...show more

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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236594029
  • 9781236594020