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OCT. 30, 1903
a new Land policy.
The statement of the attitude of
the Interior Department toward re
cent withdrawals of public lands in
Oregon, which appeared in the Orc
gonian of October 23, is the sanest
.that has been given out. It shows
a reasonable motive for the with
drawals. This puts the whole
matter in a different light and forti
fies the people with confidence, white
before they were indignant and
Secretary Hitchcock has become
convinced that our land laws need
revision in the interest of the pub
lic. He thinks the way is now too
easy to get valuable laud for some
species of speculation. It docs not
benefit the state or the nation to
have land titles pass from the gen
eral government to private persons
or corporations, there to be held
indefinitely until they can be dis
posed of at a satisfactory profit. It
U the use, not merely the posses
sion, of land or its native products,
that counts. Use of our timber
and stone aud soil will make this a
great country. If these are not to
le used they might as well remain
in the hands of the government, so
far as the industrial development of
the country is concerned.
The position of Secretary Hitch
cock tends toward making use of
the land a condition of its owner
ship. This doctrine in short is:
If you make no use of the land you
Jiave no right to it. Of course,
tbcre is no contention that present
Jaws will bear that construction,
tor they plainly will not. Hut Sec
retary Hitchcock evidently thinks
ivc are approaching a time and a
condition that call for putting this
spirit into the laws.
With the object of keeping the
land for those who will make pro
ductive use of it, the recent numer
ous withdrawals were made. And
they will stand until congress shall
have a chance to revise the laud
laws. It seems that the secretary
is as much in favor of repealing the
lieu land laws as the timber and
stone act. This would do away
with the sharaele&j abuse of scrip
ping. There is justice and good
sense in that position and the sec
retary will find many friends in it.
The scripper is the chief offender of
them all, though he does operate
within the letter of the law.
The new land policy thus indi
cated is a marked departure from
present practice and it opens a wide
field for discussion. There is com
fort, however, in the knowledge
that it will be inspired by an honest
purpom and that the reform will be
in the interest of the humble citizen
who will make good use of the land
rather than in Jhc interest of the
The United States land office at
La Grande is in trouble again, Asa
R. Thompson, receiver, lias been
indicted by the federal grand jury
at Portland for soliciting bribes to
pass proofs desired by three sheep
men, and the department at Wash
ington has suspended him and thus
practically closed the office for all
business but filings, for the concur
rent action of both officers is neces
sary 'to the discharge of land office
business. Thompson was appoint
ed only seven nioaths ago at the
"special request of Senator Mitchell
as a reward for his service iu the
legislature. He wan elected to that
body as a pronounced Corbett until
but ut the critical moment he switch
ed over and led the Miunpedc to
A lawyer of Yrekn, in Northern
California, recently wrote the
general laud office at Washington
to learn its construction of the term
"speculation" as it aptwars iu the
timber awl stotw act of June 3,
1878, wishing to know whether it
restricts claimants to act mil personal
use of the timlicr or not. The re
ply received a few days ago in
dicates' that the general laud office
has not changed its ruling 011 that
point. Acting Commissioner Pirn
pie's letter said
Yott ar adrtawl that If yw mit a Mlbfcctorjr
tMwc thai J-var rkttj- m ma4e ft ywu tm
an4 tomfrt ami thrfr ii ntHMnc khhc tabu
jxach ywtr tvutl rHh than, Ihr HMtr tact that
jroai nadc the entry fur lHr.mil with Intent
to Kit th tan4 at wax Attar ImlffiHMr ttmt
ami In tht manner frlt a pr4rl the nieery
tutrrttrf, tntnflkarkohl4 that wh an rntrV la
MK ata4e In vlnUUan tf law aoJ tbouttt be l
nt t patrut.
This routs the impression that
has gained currency lately to the
effect that the department would
insist upon actual personal use of
the timber as the only escape from
the prohibited "speculation" of the
statute. A claim shown to be tak
en for speculation, would, of course,
fall down. The question has been
as to whether intent to sell the land
at some future indefinite time would
be construed us speculation under
new rulings. It appears from the
letter above quoted thut it would
not. Of course, if there were other
weak points in the proof the whole
might justify rejection, but the
mere recommendation of a special
agent is by no means conclusive,
aud honest intentions aud lawful
conduct will not be defeated iu that
A specimen of old style survey
ing in Oregon is township 32 south,
range 9 east. The Inud office has
the duly approved plat, showing
the township to have been survey
ed into sections, and the full field
notes arc doubtless iu the surveyor
general's office. Hut the only line
actually surveyed within the bound
arics of the township is on the
north side of the south tier of sec
tions. That line was run aud the
section aud fractional-section points
marked upon it. No other cast
and west aud no north aud south
lines were run iu the township.
Consequently it is a difficult matter
to locate claims properly and it will
be absolutely necessary to have a
survey before cutting timber. A
survey may bring surprises to a
nuradcr of claim holders. That
surveying contract was passed 30
or more years ago and it is a
monument to the ingenuity and
economy of the contractor.
Cleve Donkel now has a chance
to prove the wisdom of the jury
that acquitted him of the charge of
murdering his father. He can re
deem himself by leading a square
life, and everybody -with a spark of
humanity would be very glad to see
him do it.
Mayor Harrison, of Chicago,
has announced himself as the har
mony candidate for president on
the democratic ticket.
Free (fall for Church Services.
The Rev. Zelotus W. Commcr
ford, of the Presbyterian church,
who recently arrived at Prineville
to take charge of the church work
in this field, spent Saturday, Sun
day and Monday in Hend. While
here he called on most of the fami
lies of the place and received a fav
orable impression of the communi
ty. Sunday morning and evening
he conducted religious services in
Grant's hall and the announcement
was made that for the presfcnt the
hall would be given for such ser
vices free uf charge, including heat
and light. Mr, Coinmerford ex
jwcts to arrange with the Rev. O.
W. Triplott, of the llaptM church,
who will alternate with I1I111 in the
meeting here, for mi order of ser
vice that all can understand and
follow, and which wilt give better
form and mote iutensts to the nsr
There was a largn attendants! at
church Sunday morning uitd
iitg and Mr. Com iner ford got
cordial reception. life sermons were
of the common mmim? order and he
I impressed lus hearers with his
sincerity us a man us wU as lus in
dustry for the church. His next
service here will be on November
22. Hend gives him as large a
congregation its Prineville does.
In Mr. Commerford's calls at the
homes he found u sentiment iu
favor of moving Imck to the school
house rather than pay $10 a mouth
hall rent. When this was made
known, Manager Grant, of the
Itend Mercantile Company, offered
the hall, including heat and light,
free of charge for the present, and
011 this basis the mietiugs arc now
When Rugcuc Field was doing
the "Sharp and Flats" column of
the Chicago Record, some one sent
iu a query asking whether Tenny
son, Lowell or Hrowuiug wrotu the
poem of "Sir Galahad", and to
make sure of identification the first
verse was given, as follows:
My goo4 MmI mm Ike ci, f awn,
Mjr txigfa lanrr tarnMctn tmtr
Mr Min(h M tlw rti ofl.n.
ltan My ktart N
The ahaUcrlnc trawl ahrtthHh high.
The haul bmMU afclnrr cm Ih tt.
The apHMKrol fMr-haftemck awl flr.
The brt and naVr rial.
They tt4,thy roll in tUnilo Ht.
And whan the tt4e af torn tut itan.lt,
r(nmc ami Aimer Ml In afcvwtta
That llfhtly ram from UiHea' hand.
Kield replied that he thought
Tennyson wrote the poem on Sir
Galahad, but I.owcll had written a
similar one entitled "Sir Sullivan",
My geot Sit hdta the anoola of men.
My right arm rruuch.lh aure.
My tftocth la ap the alretiKth uf ten,
Ikauw my whltkey'a pure.
I arolle to find a aluggrr nigh.
Ami for the fray I quickly peet.
Then at hit bread-la. kt let fly.
And make the darter rttt;
lie reel, he f ropea alieut the rnpet,
And while hit backer rub Mm dvwn,
liach thlrtty hum filla up with runt
That freely (Iowa In flerien town.
Lowell was to visit Chicago the
succeeding week and this was one
of Field's jokes, and it made much
merriment for the Uoston poet.
School Ilullctin is the name of a
monthly journal devoted to the
educational interests of Crook
county which has just made its
appearance in Prineville under the
editorial management of County
Superintendent William Uocgll.
It U a creditable eight-page publi
cation and ought to do well.
I'AnnltKOHK TKAIN TIMIS OAKO,
lKTrdlre I'eiruary 14, iw.
. Hay Canyon Junction.
Dally ataee raiiiieetlona al Hhanlko fur Antel
ope. I'rlurvllle Hend, lturna, Silver I.ake, I-uke-view,
Mitchell, DayvlJU, Anlnne, Aaliwood, Can
yon City, John Day City, and Vvasll.
V I), WPOOIIIIKKY,
C. . I,VTU,
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Z. R MOODY,
General Coiiimission Forwarding Merchant
LARGE AND COMMODIOUS WAREHOUSE.
Prompt attention paid to those who favor me with their putroungc.
THE PILOT BUTTE INN,
A. C. LUCAS, Proprietor.
llooth & CorutU Stugea top at the door. Only
I.ivury lturu 011 the ncK'huten, run iu coiinactlon
with the Holul. 'PnblbK .supplitrtl with all the
lXflkacien of the SenMjn. l'lrMalas.H miulpmuut.
Pine Rooms and llads.
Wholesale and Retail Liquor House
Pineal IlrnniN of l.lquora nud Cltsarit. Two dmirs South of Hank.
A. H. LI PPM AN & CO.
Furniture and Undertaking
Sto.cs, Wall Taper, Building Materials, I.'lc
MAIL OKDLIIS PROJimV ATTENDED TO.
BOOTH & CORNETT,
Stock boarded by the day, week or month.
Fine Teams and Rigs, and Reasonable Rales.
Pirst-clavs Facilities for Handling Locators and Commercial Travelers.
Quick Service and Satisfaction Guaranteed.
If you want a deed or mortgage drawn
or acknowledged or any biiMiiasi papers
.prcparal sec J. M. Lawrence about it.
If you wish to know what the publta
laud laws, instructions and rulin,;s arc,
or what the state or United States statu
tcs say you can find out at his oflico.
He has full sets of all these lx)ok,H.
ROUGH AND DRESSED
ALL KINDS AT
PILOT BUTTE DEVELOPMENT CO'S. MILL
Columbia Southern Hotel.
R ATI'S FROM 1.50 UP PHU DAY. ' . (
Hot and cold water on both floors. Uaths for the use of rucMs.
livery modern convenience at hand.
The dining room, under the direct supervision of Mr. Kqeney, is' a '
very model of tasteful, spotless elcgnnce, and the surviec is eiual to any, -'
in the state.
All stages arrive at and leave the
Hoard by (lie
Day or Week.
& Redby Feed Barn
Columbia Southern. '
J. M. KUUNBY,ropr!ctorv