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About The west shore. (Portland, Or.) 1875-1891 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 27, 1890)
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SATURDAY, 8KPTKMTIKK 07, 1HOO.
Fuktkr la s bogus count.
Tint rich man may wear rags, but the poor man can not afford It.
Monky Is tight, and many ascribe It to the intoxication of congress on
Die silver question.
Kaiskh Wiliiklm kissed the czsr snd has just osculated Francis Joseph.
It is now plsin why the IJueen ol Shebs visited King Solomon.
Tin poet laments that tills is a world of chsnge, but, as a poet, his
exrience ought to teach him that l lack of change is bad thing, too.
Tin world's fair at Chicago, no doubt, but so little an sdjective as that
would miserably fail to do justice to Oregon, the loveliest region on the
(inATiiMu and Salvador stopped railing Cain to pick coffee. When
we have reciprocity with them they can send us the coffee and raise the
other thing for their own amusement.
Tin organization In New York of the National Single Tax League seems
to have been formed by a number of worthy men who, if their theory be
adopted, will not have a single tax to pay, while the real estate owners
whom they single out for taxation will have a double tax.
Tint gentlemen who are putting in their spare time trying to Injure their
own stale by writing to the census olllcs that the ceneus of Oregon was cor
rectly taken, would not do so except for the fsct thst their services are so
valueless to the communities In which they live that they have a great deal
of spare time to put in.
IIowkvkk much temporary success msy attend the efforts of stalwart
democrats to kick down the doors of the house of representatives, they will
learn eventually that brains win more political battles than feet. The party
should retire the present pedal champions to obscurity and send men of
mental capacity to take their places.
Wt Smmi haa purchased t round trip ticket to Tacoma for one of its
artiste and has an alarm attachment to the telephone In hit bed room, so
that he can be aroused at any hour for a flying trip to higet sound, for the
purpose of sketching the remains of a steamboat disaster that is certain to
occur there soon unless this criminally reckless racing is stopped.
Tin refusal of the census bureau to recount Oregon ii dictated by the
Instinct of self preservation. They fear the second enumeration would
prove jiiit what the people of Oregon claim-that the census taken here was
Inaccurate and worthless, and that to prove this would discredit their work
elsewhere. This fear is well grounded, tor there is a growing belief every
where that Porter's cemui of the I'nited Slates la utterly unreliable and
worthless aa a itatiitical authority uKn any subject.
Tin site of the World's Columbian Exposition at Chicago has been def
initely chosen and embraces nearly 1,000 serve of ground. Oregon ought
to have ten acres of this and cover them with an exhibit that will attract
universal attention. Those who think the delay in selecting the site has
been so much time lost take a superficial view of the subject. The Chicago
committee has been using thii time to good advantage. If there has been
delay it ihonld be chanted to the national committee's slowness in organis
ing and appointing a director general.
Fiiom the ignorance of Oregon snd her geographical, social and indus
trial condition on the part ol Washington officials we have suffered much to
the past with but little complaint, but this census affair carries it beyond
endurance. So self evident is it that Oregon has been deeply wronged by
the June census, that nothing but a reckless disregard of justice can account
for the refusal of the census bureau to recount the state. If it be more im
portant that the botch work of the bureau be upheld than that justice be
done, we will have to submit, but will not do it without vigorously protest
ing against such official disregard of equity.
Mayor Toni), of San Francisco, democratic nominee for governor of
California, is having a merry time trying to explain away the fact that he
is president of the company claiming the Oregon military wagon road grant
a fraud that smells to heaven in the land of the Webfoot and the further
fact that he committed deliberate perjury by making an affidavit that be
personally traveled over the road and found it in good condition, when it is
well known in Oregon that the road was never built and no one but a sur
veyor could follow its proposed route. Pond would make a good governor
to add to the two Oregon governors whose certificates helped the fraud
along, so as to make three of a kind when they shall meet again.
A nw words about the state fair. The managers and many editors
seem to think that horse racing is all that is necessary, and under the guise
of a state exposition seek to conduct simply a speed meeting. The general
attendance this year was larger than last year, but the attendance at the
races was not Increased. This fact is tortured into an argument for more
and better races, when, in reality, it proves that there are thousands of
people who care nothing for horse racing, but who can be attracted to the
fair if there is something else for them to see or do. Instead of an argu
ment In favor of making the races still more prominent, the experience this
year points unmistakably in the opposite direction. If the fair is to be a
genuine state institution and attract the people, there must be less of the
jockey and more of the exposition in its make up.
PowntHLY seems determined to prove himself an unscrupulous dema
gogue. Not satisfied with the scandalous revelations of the arbitration
board, which showed that he was laying plana to paralyse the railroad
traffic of the country during the World's Fair, he has now issued a circular
in which he states that the Central strike was known by him to be a fail
ure the first week, and that he kept it up to make the company lose as
much aa possible, gloatingly setting their losses at from 15,000,000 to $20,
000,000, though he fails to call the attention of hia victimized anbordinatea
to the amount of Ihtir needless losses and misery because of his continuance
of a hopeless strike for the "good" (to Powderly) it would do. Wist
Siiorx is unalterably opposed to the Pinkerton police system, and the only
possible good it can see in the etrike is the opportunity it gave of again call
ing the attention of the people to this growing evil. All armed bodies of
men not belonging to the regularly enlisted forces of the states or nation, or
under the command of sheriffs or United Statea marshala, should be pro
hibited by both congress and the varioue state legislatures.
Okkiom has had a lesson she ought to profit by. A few months ago
two of her citizens were selected, for political purposes, to superintend the
taking of the state census. Although their utter incompetency for the task
was well known, no one objected. There was not sufficient interest felt in
he matter to cause any one to think twice on the subject. So lethargic was
the condition of the people that they utterly failed to realize the importance
of what was about to be done. Resides that, they had become so used to
he system of paying political debts with offices, that, even had the magni
tale of the question been appreciated, it is doubtful if any effort would have
trough the state like a charge of electricity. Protestation, went np from
everywhere. Oregon was aroused, and, fortunately, the matter had not pro
gred beyond a stage where the wrong could be righted in part.
Is not thli enough? shall we remain awake, now that we have been
2 iTr UI int0 H.mbe T HilryZ
1. bad habit of repeating itaelf. Already it i. ,t work on the same plctu "
eu at theW o Id s fair, with the Important difference that there will be then
high a. they are esteemed personally, everyone who ha. the faintest eon-