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About The west shore. (Portland, Or.) 1875-1891 | View Entire Issue (Nov. 1, 1890)
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8BTUBDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1800.
We ought to have an Oregon Exhibit association.
The census is rapidly being transformed from a farce to a fraud.
The man who demonstrates hli affection for his wife by baying her a
seal skin sacqne this year will find her twice as dear as before.
Every day's delay In organizing an association to manage Oregon's ex
hibit st Chicago lessens the chances of securing an appropriation.
The census shows that the national rate of increase since 1880 has been
only but what Is the use of speculation? The census shows nothing except
that it shows nothing whatever.
In view of the recent discoveries of (he value of nickel as an alloy with
steel, Oregon may well congratulate herself that she possesses the greatest
body of nickel ore yet known In this country.
Electric execution is now before the supreme court of the United States.
It is doubtful If that body can be sufficiently impressed by dramatic nar
rations of the Kemmler episode to Induce It to declare that mode of execu
It la a pitiable tiling to see papers purporting to be genuine American
newspapers appealing to race prejudice to gain votes for the candidates they
support The love of money lies not at the root of half as many evils that
alllict this country as doe politics.
It Is raid that Mr. Porter heard there was " something rotten in Den
mark " and went to lee it; but he soon learned that neither there nor any
where else In Europe was there anything as rotten as his census bureau;
Item's bis sieedy return to bis first love.
Calculations of silver men cf the quantity of that metal available for
coinage seem to bave been wildly unreliable. Notwithstanding the pur
chase by the government of 12,270,478 ounces, the visible supply is larger
than It was when the law went Into effect; hence the decline In price.
Idaho adds ber voice to the general complaint about the census. Boise
City has been recounted by the board of trade of that place, with the result
of finding that one-third of Its population has been omitted from the census.
Many mining districts were not visited at all by the enumerators.
A man has a hard time of It trying to be elected according to law in
South Carolina, Haskell, the Independent candidate, has been notified that
If he Is elected by means of the enforcement of the registry law " the temper
of the people " la such that they will not submit. It is difficult to under
stand why they have any elections at all In that state. A nominating con
vention is sufficient.
The wonder la that men will fight for, and commit murder for, claims
In Oklahoma that olfer them little beside an opportunity to starve to death
upon them when secured, With all the opening still exiatlng in the north
weal tor settlers to secure valuable land for a song, nothing but an Ignor
ance that borders upon lunacy can be pleaded In excuse for such conduct
as Is bring daily telegraphed from that almost desert land.
Count of Taris is cutting a splurge among the French Canadians. It
may gratify his vanity a little, but it is difficult to see what other good he
will derive from it. His chief claim to consideration in the United States
is that he helped McClellan play at war on the peninsula, but, somehow,
the people have never admired the game played by that great procrastinator
and his brilliant f taff, however much they honor the brave army they need
as their plaything.
As the cartoon on the back page shows, the erroneous impression that
the Oregon World's Fair commhsioners are charged with the duty of mak
ing a state exhibit has been dissipated, knocked from the track by the ex
hibit train. In this connection West Shore desires to extend a hand of
welcome and congratulation to Commissioner Klippel, who has, as a private
citizen, placed himself squarely upon its platform of an exhibit association
and an appropriation of 250,000. Verily, the grain of mustard seed sown
by West Shore has grown to a great tree, and Its branches may yet afford
shelter to the twenty-thousand-dollar commissioner from the " forks of the
The attention of the farmers and capitalists of the northwest is called
to the beet sugar industry. The government now offers a bounty upon all
sugar produced in this country, and this, with the wonderful soil and climate
of this region, ought to render the cultivation of the sugar beet by our
farmers and its manufacture into sugar by our capitalists, mutually profit
able; California is preparing to go Into the industry on a large scale, and
we ought not to be far behind. There Is no danger of overdoing the busi
ness, for with all that we can possibly produce for many years to come,
millions of pounds of sugar will bave to be Imported annually. Here is a
channel through which agriculturists may reap a direct benefit from the
legislation of the last session of congress. The subject should be taken up
by the boards of trade and thoroughly investigated.
The director of the mint talks like s school boy on the question of min
ing. He predicts the early exhaustion of the great silver loads because of
the Increased activity In working them, as though it were but a matter of s
few months to work out a great quarts lead. He also says there have been
no new silver bonanzas discovered within the last year or two. If he would
take a trip through the northwest, visit the Cicur d'Alene, Colville, Koot
enay, Okanogan and a dozen other comparatively new and unknown silver
districts, be would learn that the silver bonanias now being prospected and
soon to pour their store of white metal upon the market are as ten to one to
those now being worked on a large scale. Railroads are being built to tap
these districts, millions of dollars of capital are being invested in them,
and great preparations are being made to open the mines on a large scale.
Never in the history of the country has there been so many silver districts
or so much capital invested in silver mines as st present, and new discov
eries are constantly being made.
Her majesty's war ship ConkUa has shelled a number of villages in the
Solomon Islands in consequence of recent massacres committed by natives
upon white settlers and traders. This is the tenor of recent intelligence
from New Zealand. The truth of the matter is that English and German
vessels are engaged in an Infamous slave trade, or, more politely, " contract
labor" trade, by which in the past few years 10,000 natives have been
transported from those and adjacent islands to the plantations and forests
of New Zealand, New Guinea and other places, where they are held In bon
dage more revolting than that of the African slave in this country before
the war. Some of the conscienceless traders engaged in this horrible busi
ness hsve been killed by defrauded and indignant natives, and her maj
esty's war vessels, ss well as those of the great potentate of the " Father
land," have been punishing the natives and asserting the power and honor
of their governments. Thus the march of civilisation keeps up its steady
tramp in the island-dotted waters of the South Pacific.
Stanley is suffering a little just now from the attacks of friends of the
late Mayor Bartellot, whore stories detract somewhat from the rosy hslo
surrounding him. The facts are that the journey through Africa was a
cruel thing, sccompllshed by force, and left a trail of blood behind it But
it was done in the name of civilization, and we, looking at it from our side,
applaud as a hero the man who invaded the country of peaceful tribes and
forced his way through at the rifle's mouth. How the outraged natives
view It, or how many fresh graves they have near their villages, can not
concern us, the apostles of civilisation. Of course, If some other race, far
ther advanced In scleiiee than we, should send an expedition to blast its
way through the United States, and filled the land with mourning for those
who were slain in the hopeless effort to stop the Invaders, we might feel
differently about it ; though, to be consistent, we ought not, since It would
be simply for the advsncementof the cauie of " clviliiatlon," and, of course,
for our own good. What are we, that we should oppose the msrch of science.