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Memoirs of Orange Jacobs   By: (1827-1914)

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[Illustration: O. Jacobs]

MEMOIRS OF ORANGE JACOBS

WRITTEN BY HIMSELF

CONTAINING MANY INTERESTING, AMUSING AND INSTRUCTIVE INCIDENTS OF A LIFE OF EIGHTY YEARS OR MORE, FIFTY SIX YEARS OF WHICH WERE SPENT IN OREGON AND WASHINGTON.

SEATTLE, WASH. LOWMAN & HANFORD CO. 1908

DEDICATION.

To the Pioneers of the State of Washington, whose privations nobly borne, whose heroic labors timely performed, and whose patriotic devotion to the Republic, gave Washington as a star of constantly increasing brilliancy to the Union this book is gratefully dedicated.

CONTENTS.

I. My Autobiography.

II. Incidents in crossing the Plains in 1852.

III. Pen sketches of events, amusing, interesting and instructive of a Pioneer's life on the Pacific Coast, extending over fifty six years.

IV. Indian civilization, its true methods, its difficulties.

V. Indian customs, legends, logic and philosophy of life.

VI. Religion and reasons for some fundamental doctrines.

VII. Official life and some incidents connected therewith.

VIII. Game animals and birds of the State of Washington.

IX. A few public addresses delivered by me.

X. The result of Pioneer patriotism and energy.

Introduction

I have often been requested by my friends to write a sketch book, containing, first, my autobiography, with some of the incidents of a life already numbering eighty years and more; secondly, some of the addresses and papers made by me as a private citizen or public official; and, thirdly, some of the impressions, solemn, ludicrous and otherwise, made upon me in my contact with all the forms of the genus homo , principally on the Pacific Coast, where I have resided since 1852 in Oregon for seventeen years; in Seattle, Washington, thirty eight years, plus the dimming future.

I have finally concluded to undertake the delicate task. If it is ever completed and printed, I fondly hope its readers, if any, may be interested, if not instructed, by these extracts from a long experience of contact and conflict with the world.

I say "conflict," because every true life is a battle for financial independence, social position and the general approval of one's fellow men.

If an autobiography could be completed by an accurate and simple statement of facts, such as one's birth, education and the prominent and distinguishing events or acts of one's career, it would be a comparatively easy task. But, even then, too great modesty might incline to dim the lustre of the paramount facts, or to narrow their beneficence; while a dominating egotism might overstate their merits and extent, and exaggerate their beneficial results. Both of these are to be avoided. But where is the man so calm, so dispassionate and discriminating as to avoid the engulfing breakers on either hand? If there could be an impartial statement of the facts I have suggested, still they would be but a veil encompassing the real man. The true man would but dimly appear by implication. Character, that invisible entity, like the soul, constitutes the true man. Any biography that does not develop the traits, the qualities, of this invisible entity is of no value. Character is complex and compound. It consists of those tendencies, inclinations, bents and impulses which come down through the line of descent and become an integral part of the man, and are therefore constitutional. These are enlarged and strengthened, or curbed and diminished or modified, by education, environment and religious belief. Education possesses no creative power. It acts only on the faculties God has given. It draws them out, enlarges and strengthens them increases their scope and power and gives them greater breadth and deeper penetration. By education I do not mean the knowledge derived from books alone, for Nature is a great teacher and educator. The continuous woods, the sunless canyon, the ascending ridges and mountain peaks, as well as the sunlit and flower bestrewn dells and valleys in fact all of the beautiful and variegated scenes in Nature possess an educational force and power very much, in my judgment, underestimated... Continue reading book >>




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