172 THE WEST SHORE. THB QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY. Annually on the twenty-fourth of May, the loyal sub ject of Great Britain, in whatever quarter of the globe they roiJu, ooiuliitiU) iu some furiu the birthday of Queen Victoria. Even in America those nativeg of the " tight little Me " who have tranHforred their allogiance from thtt British erown to the government of the United SUiles, meet on this anniversary occasion to testify to the regard they feel for the land of their birth and the queen who preside over ita destinies. These olmervan oos of the day in the United States usually bike the form of a banquet by the British Benevolent Society, an or ganisation which is maintained in every city of oonse quenoo in the union, for both charitable and sociable uroMfl. Throughout Canada the queen's natal anniversary is oWrved as a genoral holiday. The citizens of Victoria make HMoial effort to show their retqect for their queen, in whose honor that beautiful city was namod, more than forty years ago, and tho tweuty-fourth of May is annually mado a day of festivity ami enjoyment The men-of-war in Esquimalt harbor and the School of Gun nery fire the royal salute, the bands play " God save the Queen," and the pooplo dovote themselves to ploas uro iu numWIesa way. Hi engravings on pages one hundred and eighty-four and five. Sjmcial features of the recent observance of this anniversary in that city were horse racing, an athletio tournamont and a gamo of base Imll Iwtwoen the Red SuwkingH, of Seattlo, W. T., and the Amities, of Victoria, in which the latter were victorious by a score of 12 to 4. The grounds are located on Beaeon Hill, overlooking tho Straits of Fuoa, acroes which lie the Olympian mountains, ou the American side. The ectators, instead of staring at a high lard fenoe, as is usual in this country, when not alworbed in tlie varying fortuues of the game, can fonst their eyes ou a Umlitcape of great leauty. Another popular form of amusement is races and pleasure tripe on tho "arm," as a long, narrow and placid inland ex tension of the harbor is called. This passes through the city and iuland several mile. It ia one of the finest ratiing ooursea in the world, where steamboat do not in trude and interfere with either the racers or the multi tude of aooompanying boats. On every gala day and on Saturday afternoons, the arm is thronged with boat, ca noe and barges of every description, their occupant en joying to the fullest extent the pleasures that surround boatiug with a peculiar charm. At one point, known a the "gorge," the inlet passes through narrow, rocky ohannel, apanned by a bridge. This ia a favorite spot with both watermen and equestrians, and a aplendid drive oouuecU it with the city. The arm is a delightful bathing place. It depth is not great, and the sun suf ficiently warms the still water to take off tho chill which all but the tuit experienced bathers object to iu the ocean surf. It is also free from undor-tow, and as safe for bathers a an artificial pon.L Victoria is in many wsya a delightful summer resort, and is rapidly acquir ing the reputation among tourists of being one of the most beautiful, pleasant and comfortable spots to be found in the course of a journey round the world. EASTERN LINN COUNTY. Of the foot-hill region lying in the eastern portion of Linn county, a sottler writes as follows to the Albany Herald-Disseminator: Thinking the subject might be of interest, perhaps benefit, to immigrants and others seeking homes among us, I would like through your columns to give a short sketch of this section of the county: Eight years ago, settlers through this region were few; not a schoolhouse was to be found anywhere from Waterloo to Browns ville; but great change has taken place within the past five years. Many families have moved in and made comfortable homes; nearly all have erected good and substantial buildings. A number of new school districts have been formed, neat and commodious school houses built as in older settlements. In our district the number of school children is thirty-three, and in the district adjoining us on the east as many more. The soil is rich, easily cultivated, and produces almost every thing that grows in this latitude. Of water we have a never-failing supply, and of the best quality. Our tim ber is principally fir and oak. All kinds of berries and small fruits do remarkably welL We have but few bearing orchards as yet, but have some as thrifty young orchards as can be found anywhere. If, as we hope, a part of the land which is now held by the Willamette Valley A Cascade Wagon Road Company will be re stored to the publio domain, as it should in justice be, and thrown open to the publio, the change would be far more marked in a few years to come than it has been in the past Many, no doubt, have been deterred from sottling among us by the hard stories in circulation re garding the terrible falls of snow we have. We do, oc casionally, have a winter so severe that we have to feed stock from four to six weeks during the entire winter. During the past winter there were ten days on which snow felL The deepest snow was seven inches, January 21st; by the 24th it was all gone. Cattle were in good order the entire winter without feed. Thi famoua Chicago, Milwaukee k St Paul, whose lines of railway ramify the whole oountry north and west of Chicago, is a favorite route for travelers between that city and 8t Paul and Minneapolis It ia thorough ly equipped with everything required for the safety and oomfort of passengers. Travelers over the Northern Pacific or Oregon Short Line will find that at Omaha or Ht Paul they can reach a greater number of points in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin by the lines of this com pauv than by any other road. Ita fast train from St Paul to Chicago is of special convenience to travelers who desire to see those cities when enroute through them. Mr. W. H. Marshall is the agent of the company in Portland, and has his office at the oorner of Ash and ront street.