The west shore. (Portland, Or.) 1875-1891, September 21, 1889, Page 39, Image 7

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    WEST SMOKE.
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to the recent constitutional convention. Ho a fm.
ful speaker and a tireless, worker. He linn nhvnys been
an active republican anil has had a wide experience
Mb in politics and in bitumens matters.
HON. THOMAS C. GRIFFITTS.
SHE nominee of the democratic party of Washing
ton for national representative of the new Mate
in lion. Thomas C. Grillitts, senior inemlicr of
the law firm of Griflitts, Moore A Fcighan, of
Spokane Falk Mr. (Irillitts wan Itom near Carthage,
Illinois, IVceuiber ", IS"7. lie spent his youth on the
farm and in the printing ollice of the (Viwjr llipuh
limn', educated himself and was admitted to the bar at
the age of twenty-three. In 1SS1 he moved to Salt
bake City, where he practiced his profession success
fully until about two and a half years ago, when he
U nfed in Spokane Falls. Mr. (irillitts took a promi
nent position among the members of the local bar and
when the time came for choosing delegates to the con
stitutional convention he was elected in a district ad
mittedly republican. In that convention he served
with distinction on the committees on judiciary and
mi city, township and county organization, and his
minority reports submitted in two or three instances
were approved. Though always a democrat he had
taken no active part in politics until nominated for
delegate to the constitutional convention, lie is a
ready speaker and live worker in whatever enterprises
engage his attention.
BLACK COD, SKIL OR BLECIREL.
A COLONY of twenty Swede fishermen and their
H families, under the leadership of Captain I.und-
lsrg, have Is-en engaged in the catching and
curing of skil, erroneously called "black cod,"
mi the coast of llritish Columbia the present Heas.ni.
The set tlcnient is known as " I.undlicrg," "d is hauled
on Saunders' harbor, which oilers many advantages.
The two great necessities of a new home are to Is' had
i i i . ii. . t ii...
in aliinii tince wood am water, wi me mime.
from shore, mid at a depth in no place less than '.'.Ml
fathoms. Fish arc- plentiful, and of splendid iiiality,
while their weight runs everywhere from live to thirty
HHinds. After being properly cleaned, ami the heads
and haeklN.iicit removed, the fish on king landed are
taken to the salting house, which is fitted with com
plete and modern machinery. Here they are first
treated to a light salt hath, mid are afterward im
mersed in a refined Swedish pickle, made from the fish
theniHelves. This pickle, which is also plentifully
used in packing the barrels, is guaranteed lo preserve
the fish in good order in any climate. ly placing the
fish in frchh water, with the tlcsh side down, the salt
can all be removed and the tlsh made highly palatable
for table use. If the skin side is down the milt doc
not have so good an opmrtnnily to rscaie. Captain
l.umllierg is of the opinion, that so long as the name
"black cod" is used no market can lie found for this
fish. It is not a cod and is far Hticrior to that l!h,
being like Uith the mackerel and pickerel, hut N iter
than either. Neither docs he like the Indian Word
"skil," though that is the name given it in the Smith
sonian reMirts. lie prefers "hl.vircl," and will brand
all his fish with that title.
ALASKA COAL FIELDS.
TV1 A , has Is'en found in vast ipiautitics in Alaska,
V ho extensive in fact as to tme the day In
definitely when a substitute for that great fuel
must be Might. On the east shore of Cook's In
let, for a distance of two hundred miles these gnat coal
measures have Is-en traced, and tbeireitent Is unknown.
Three veins have Ihtd eiamined, which vary In thick
ness from four to eight feet. The top one lies thirty
feet from the surface beneath a covering of blue clay,
ami Is tween the Vein are strata of fire clay four or
live feet thick, which has Istii used In the canneries In
the place of tire brick and found to be most excellent.
From the water the coal vein are easily accessible,
the highest elevation f. r from thirty to ninety mile
from the inh t mi the cast ling but '.til (M At
, , . it.. ;,,.,l,,,niil,le 1 ( iial wir s.r the iissiau liave taken out cihiI In siiiall
great pine forest oiler an apparently inexliaustii.ie , oai
... . i ii i. ; .i,i fr..i,, iniHhtilies for veurs luist, ami government veeU
supply j the latter, clear and cold, conies straight from .planum i r , ,
, . n . .1 i...,U. lime lined It to Mnc extent. Jolill IniMWcl organ-
th ountain MreaniH. In addition to the twenh , Haw " ' . i, , I
... i ii .u i,., a comtmnv hist vear to work (lose mine, ami
lisherineit now on the snot. Captain I.undls-rg experts
seventeen newcomers shortly to swell the numbers ..f
the little settlement. The weather this season has imt
altogether favorable for fishing o.erations. and
i.. a... .......I. l,u ,,t I.I...H what it would
'iii-nin'iuijr mi. run h imn
in a company
several cargo s have U-eii sent to market Coal har
bor is a larg- and cure haven, completely laud
locked and sheltered from slorun from any direction,
Vessels mil v lie t tl wham ..r at anchor Iii rf" l
l .i . :l . ! I 1 1 - ...
uritv A rallrmi'l Wirec nine in imikwi w in roiiuri
.i . . . I II...... I, m tint mi set
.;u,crw,se have m. i.pia.., , , i ,,. ,,,! .!,wh.irvc, .hi. I. .nu.t runout . I,,,,
IW market l,(XK) barrels of fish, a little of tins fo h, m ; U . f (
.mHuinption, but the greater part for exH,rt. .i- . .
it will find a market in Austral.a.or m the , r ,m any other i.-. known.
Mates. The fishing is done from three t vc, nob s M.r. . of I J