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In One Ear: Almost shanghaied in Astoria

Crime and punishment
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on May 11, 2018 12:01AM

Court note from The Daily Astorian, May 11, 1883:

• A petition is being circulated asking the governor to pardon William DeLashmutt who was sent to the penitentiary from this county last January for an alleged attempt to shanghai a gentleman of leisure named James Cannon.

Note: Earlier in 1883, DeLashmutt, owner of the Ford Saloon on Ninth and Bond streets, “… feloniously, and without lawful authority, forcibly seized and confined, and kidnapped James Cannon with the intent to cause James Cannon to be sent out of the state of Oregon against his will …” A “spirited defense” didn’t save DeLashmutt from the shanghai charge, nor did the petition. He wound up serving three years in the state penitentiary. (


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