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VOL. 1, NO. 3
VALE, OREGON, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1909.
PRICE 5 cent
TO BE BUILT
City Council and Railroad Engineer
Meet to Dispose of
R.R. WANTS GUARANTEE
Prosecuting Attorney McCuIloch says
that Beverage Called Soft is Hard
and Will Have Hard Time
Company Not Yet Decided Whether
Depot Will be Built on West
or East Side of Main St.
The Vale City Council is ready to
guarantee that main street will be op
ened and straightened provided the rail
road agree to give enough ground for a4
road around the depot to connect with
the street North of the tracks. Engi
neer Ashton of the railroad attended
the meeting with maps which were
carefully examined and a long discus
sion ensued as to which street should be
kept open. Finally Main street was
definitely decided upon and the guaran
tee was offered on condition that the
railroad promises to build within a cer
The company has not yet decided
whether to build the depot on the East
or West side of the street but the mat
ter will require only a very short time
FOR THIS CITY
Woolen Mill and Scouring Plant
May be Expected Here in
Said by Authorities to Contain 3 1-2 to
4 1-2 per cent of Alcohol and to
SHEEPMEN TO AID WORK
Those Who Will Establish Plants
Coming to Wool Growers Convention
That a woolen mill and sheep scouring
plant will be erected here within a
short time is more than a probability.
The men who intend to establish the
plants will attend the wool growers con
vention at Ontario on the 15th of the
present month and will be brought to
Vale which is conceeded to be the very
best site for a scouring plant owing to
the presence of the hot water springs.
-George McKnight, president of the
State wool growers association, when
asked about the matter says that the
p'ar.t i will almost certainly be construct
ed here and the sheepmen of Malheur
and Harney Counties will support the
movement to the limit as the success
of the undertaking will mean a tremen
dous advantage to. all concerned. He
also said that half a million sheep can
be scoured here and the advantage to
be gained may be guaged from the fact
that the wool now must be all shipped
East in the dirt, which causes a shrink
age of three fourths. "There are three
pounds of dirt for each one pound of
wool," said Mr. McKnight, "and all
this dirt must be shipped East, after
- which it is shipped back at the sheep
man's exjiense in the shape of blankets
etc., instead of having the money spent
tht way given to local people in wages."
P. 0. RECEIPTS
MAKE BIG JUMP
Are the days of near beer doomed in
the regions where Prohibition holds
J. W. McCuIloch, prosecuting attorn
ey for Malheur, Grant and Harney
counties, seems to think they are and
on next January he will exhaust the
whole armory of the law, if necessary,
to bring down the curtain on the only
existing substitutes for the real thing
that was dear to the heart of him who
imbibed not wisely but too well.
"Can we prove that near beer violates
the regulations?" said Mr. McCuIloch
when in Vale last Thursday, "Well, I
guess so. In the first place we know
that men who drink Tnear bear, have
succeeded in cultivating some most en
viable jags and surely there must be
something in it in the near beer, I
maan. Can we prove anything direct
ly by a chemical analysis? Well, listen;
we have had near bear analyzed and
the analysis has demonstrated that it
contains from 3,lg to 4 per cent alco
hol." More than this the Prosecuting at
torney could not say, but he re-iterated
the firm belief that the beverage is in
toxicating and that the fight to be put
up against it will be to a finish.
Alterations Will be Made in the Ar
rangement of Grades and Teach
ers Next Monday
A new teacher will be added to the
staff of the Vale schools. next Monday
to handle ' the increasing number of
pupils. Miss Ford of Bully Creek has
received the appointment and Principal
Seeley will arrange for a substitute to
take that lady's place in the school
formerly taught by her.
New arrangements will be made in
the classes and teachers also.
Miss Mulkey will have the seventh
and eighth grades, Miss Piatt will
teach fifth and sixth, Mrs. Jacobs and
Miss Ford will preside over second,
third and fourth, and Miss Raymond
will have charge of the first and prim
.ers. There will also be a and b class
es which are sub divisions of the others.
Principal JSeeley, who teaches the
hig'h school says that the number of
pupils is now approximately 200 and
The class of Mrs. Jacobs now con
tains 60 .children.
R. R. RECEIPTS ''
SHOW BIG GAIN
Last Month's Freight Nearly Doubles
That of Nov. '08 and Passenger ,
Traffic 50 per cent Larger
The business transacted in the Vale
post office during Nov. exceeded the
volume for ' November I'.MW by more
than 40 per cent according to Postmas
The summary of the business for the
past month is as follows:-
Receivcd 419 sacks of ordinary mail.
Received 133 locked ouches of first
Dispatched 2!K) sacks of ordinary
Dispatched 131 locked pouches of first
class mail. I
Separated 414M5 pieces of transit mail !
for tithe r offices.
Recorded 511 transit registers for
Delivered XMli pieces of mail to pat
rons of the Vale 1. ().
, Dispatched '21 ll't piece of mail de
MHitvd in th.'s office. j
Ihui-d 'Alb money order, received for
Mine 2.'mia- ,
Stamp gale for the month $.K, la. 1
Beautiful Ixxika of m m Mini novel
of ihu world' Ut writer, full leaitur
1 hi Hi I. tmip I'livi-m, in tfill, I n Jleil. y
at 'IU DrvAtl l'ruk' (.'v.
The freight receipts for Novemler,
1909 on the local railroad nearly doub
led the receipts for November 1908 and
the passenger traffic for last month ex
ceeded that of the preceding November
by 50 per cent.
The number of pounds of freight for
Nov. 1908 was 1,641,329. For last month
it was 2,517,022. The freight charges
Nov. 1908 were $6,350.15. For last
month they were $11,773.74.
The ticket sales Nov. 1808 amounted
to $1,029. For last month they amount
ed to $1,473.
Twenty three carloads of freight
were received Nov. 1908. Thirty-seven
came in 1909.
In Nov. 1908 one immigrant car came
Last month the numbar waa 6. No
immigrant families came in November
lat year, Eleven came last month.
The rash remittances sent by Agent
R. B. Hoyt for November 1908 amount
ed to 7,65.31. Last month the sum of
12,74.75 wa remitted.
Dig Fight Arranged
Trs Kukard ami G!aon have ob
tained th privilege of staging the
J ffrict -Johnson fig-iil on July 4.
The amount given i $101, mi and the
bis? half of the moving picture receipt.
Tde f k lit may take pUcV dear fcan
r raiautJ or In Utah.
Excursion Trains Will be Ran From
Vale to Ontario on 15 and 16 to
attend Wool. Growers Meeting
The Wool growers of Malheur and
Harney counties' will meet in conven
tion at Ontario on the 15th day of the
present month, and matters of prime
importance will be brought up for discussion.
On the following day a fine stock ex
hibit, as well as an exhibit of poultry
and pet stock, will be made and on both
days special trains will leave Vale about
8:30 a. m., on which special excursion
rates will be obtainable.
On the sixteenth a big free dinner
will be part of the program as will be
the formal opening of the Snake River
Ex-governor Gooding and Senator
Borah, of Idaho, will address the wool
growers on the evening of the fifteenth
and a banquet will wind up the proceed
ings of the day.
At the convention the question of the
leasing of the public domain will be
taken up and discussed. It seems sure
to sheepmen that they will succeed in
having some grazing law enacted by
the coming congress and as Malheur
and Harney counties occupy almost the
entire public domain of Oregon. It is
onsidered necessary that the sheepmen
of these counties should all attend.
HAS FAITH IN
THE OIL FIED
Prominent Civil Engineer Who
Worked in Florence Fields
Visits Local Ones
That the indications in thej Vale Oil
fialds are as good if not better than
those of the rich Florence, Colorado,
fields is the belief of civil engineer
David H. Ashton who paid a visit to
several of the properties in this vicinity
during the past week.
Mr. Ashton was occupied profession
ally in the Florence fields "for quite a
considerable period and gained a some
what extensive knowledge of the in
dustry. On the whole he seems to be
inclined to the belief that the Vale
fields are superior in every way except
in the fact that this Camp is not yet a
producer and the Florence fields con
tain wells that pay. Mr. Ashton is not
in the slightest way interested in oil
property here and volunteered his opin
ion with the air of a man who was
much surprised to find oil conditions
here so promising.
Mr. Ashton is in Vale in -charge of
the proposed construction work on the'
O. S. L. railroad.
MAN SHOT DEAD
AT JORDAN VALLEY
Frank Clarke was shot and killed by
Lewis Franklin in the Jordan Valley
Hotel last Thursday evening about 6:30
The killing is said to have been done
in self defense and only after Clarke
had attempted to kill Franklin. Ac
cording to the reports Clarke butted in
to a conversation in whichJFranklin and
Borne other men were engaged and re
sented the efforts of the others to get
rid of him when he became a nuisance.
He went away stating that he . would
get Franklin and soon afterwards re
turned to the hotel where Franklin was
dining. As the latter left the dining
room Clarke fired, the bullet grazing
Franklin's breast. Franklin then pul
led a gun and shot his assailant fatally
through the neck.
Clarke had-lived for 20 years in Jor
dan Valley and was peacefully inclined
except when under the influence of
drink. Franklin is a new arrival Sher
iff Bob Odell was summoned to the
scene and left immediatly afterwards
by auto. He will probably place Frank
lin under arrest.
One Day Deposit $150,000
An idea as to the banking business
transacted in Vale may be gained by
the fact that the sum of $150,000 was
deposited in the U. S. Bank on one day
last week- Nov. 24. The depositors
were mostly small ones and the list was
consequently a long one.
WILL MEET AT OCDEN
The wools-rower have been summon
ed to meet at Ogden, L'Uh, by the
Nstionel President on January 4, 7 and
S. The principal subject to be taken
up are Waffle and Und conservation.
R. R. TO BURNS
WILL BE BUILT
Engineer in Charge of Construction
for 0. S. L Says Preparations
Are Now Being Made
TO BUILD IN CITY SOON
Track From Ontario Will be Made
to run Straight Through Heart
of Town towards Burns
MAY NOT CLOSE
"We are now getting our engineer
force ready and preparing the potes
and other necessary preliminaries and
just as soon as we shall have them
completed we will begin the work of
construction on the railroad between
Vale and Burns."
Such are the unmistakable terms us
ed last Wednesday, morning to a report
er for the Malheur Enterprise by no
less a person than David H. Ashton,
engineer in charge of construction for
the Oregon Short Line.
"It would be impossible at the pres
ent time" continued Mr. Ashton "to
arive definitely the date upon which we
shall be ready to begin work but it is
certain that the tracks and yards
through the city will be built within
three months. The only matter to be
settled is securing of the right-of-way
through the townsite.
Mrfc Ashton at the present time is in
charge of the construction work on Jthe
line from Huntington to Lewiston
which will soon be completed to Home
Prospectors Preparing for Spring
Rush Into Remote Idaho
Boise, Idaho, Nov. 29. Prospectors
throughout Idaho are preparing for a
Spring rush to the Bruneau country, a
somewhat isolated district, where one
of the famous "loBt mines" of the
West has just been relocated.
For 30 years there has been a tradi
tion of a sheepherder who came to civi
lization with samples of qnartz yellow
with free gold and told his friends of a
great ledge from which the samples
were taken. Starting back alone, he
disappeared and was never heard of
The finding of a skeleton recently in
the region where the shepherd ranged
caused a revival of the storv and a re
newed search for the storied ledge. The
search is said to have been successful.
D. A. Bourne, one of the pioneer dis
covers, has returned from the Bruneau
and gives details of the developments
there. He says the ore carries values
as high as $80,000 to the ton. The smal
lest return from a random sample was
$86 a ton and there is in sight on the
surface ore of the value of $175,000.
It can be quarried like (building stone
the prospector declares.
. TOJOME UP
Commissioner Meet Next Mon
day to Hear Views on Ques
tion of Forming District
Commissioners Mallet and Scott
will sit in the County Court house next
Monday, December 6, and will ascertain
the views of those concerned on the
question of forming a new district un
der the Owyhee high line ditch.
It is expected that a tremendous op
position to the idea has been developed.
Hostility is said to have been created by
the doubt felt as to the ability of the
projectors to carry out the work successfully.
City Council Refuses to Take Any
Action In The Matter Of
PETITION DEALT WITH
Protracted Discussion Shows Majority
Of Fathers Inclined To Make
Merchants Keep At Grind
The petition signed by the business
people of Vale some considerable time
ago asking the council to enact an ordi
nance making it unlawful to conduct
business in Vale pn Sundays was resur
rected at the meeting last Monday eve
ning but again laid on the table to
await the presence of a full council.
Before being re-committcd to Limbo
the petition caused a very considerable
discussion, during which it became evi
dent that the majority of the members
of the council were opposed to a day of
"Why do they not close voluntarily?"
asked Mr. Moffitt. "They have all
A merchant who was present stated
that combined voluntary closing is prov
en by experience to be impossible.
"Let the merchents who are here
agree to close," he said, "and the new
man comes and keeps open."
Another member of the council sug
gested that the petition was intended
to affect the closure of the soft drink
"You cannot close hotels, drug
stores, etc.," said Mavor'Mulkey.
"A mighty hard thing to do," said
Dr. Taylor. "It would surely cause
Judge Wilson interpolated the opinion
that the matter is ultra vires.
Lawrence and Taylor argued that the
f armera must have stores in which they
may purchase supplies on Sundays.
"How do Baker City, Boise and other
places where a Sunday law is in force
get along?" asked Moffitt.
"Oh, well," said Lawrence, "it
would be all right after a. time, but
Vale isn't boken in yet." '
Another merchant at this point butt
ed in with the statement that tho peo
ple they were talking about never
showed up in the city on Sunday any
how. "I only know one rancher that
buys anything on Sunday," he said.
"Enact a closing law," said Moflitt,
"and the new conditions will not be
noticed in six months." t
"They got used to early closing,"
suggested Business Man No. 1. "Why
should they not get accustomed to Sun
But the Fathers .were as adamant:
" 'Tis a move to close the soft drink
places," said Mr. Lawrence.
"It would be a nuisance' to close the
banks," suggested Dr. Taylor, appar
ently as a reward for the supjiort of
At this point every member of the
council appeared to Uave borne home
to him the disastrous results to bo ex
pected from the closing of pleasure re
sorts, and what might be called a howl
of terror and indignation aroKo.
"Nothing doing. No, sirrce," seem
ed to be the unanimous sentiment al
though it was, of course, couched in
language that was a little bit more
chaste and worthy of the dignified lody
that gave it utterance.
"Close the pleasure resorts!" cried
Mayor Mulkey. "You cannot done the
drug stores. Think of the fortunes the
druggists would make out of iced drink
The council did think of it with awe,
and Mr. Lawrence again Ix'gged that
the question be Ktponed until the full
; council Is present. Dr. lay lor again
, a rreed,
j "The first time saloons were cloned
hrc," said tho Mayor, "a very consid
erable number of men could be seen
I iboring under the influence of the
1 fjrbidden juice on Sundays."
That ended it. The excuse for the
' presence of the full council prevailed
I ami back to the archives went the
Mayor Mulkey expect some hun
dreds of strangers to come to Vale on
Monday to attend the High Line ditch
district hearing and suKgeats through
the Malheur Enterprise, should the ho
tils be unable to arroiiuit'adate them
all, that ptxple having vacant ruorns
might leave their name at the htrl
and so direct lite visitors to ttLcff they
caa find ludfti.gi.
OUT OF DEBT
And the Fathers Contemplate Inaufur
ating a Riot of Cement Sidewalk
NO ACCOUNT OF FUNDS
Months, Almost Years, Pass by and
Even Members of the Council know
not City's Wealth or Poverty
"We are practically out of debt, and
within two months we shall begin the
onstruction of cement walks right
lown to the depot on main st., and
along Fourteenth street. We shall be
fully cleared of debt next summer al
though we owed more than $3000 three
These words are a sort of a condens
ed and unified expression of the opin
ions of some members of the Vale city
council last Monday evening after ad
journment. The speakers appeared to
feel by no means a small amount of
pride in their Rockefellerian achieve
ments and it was nothing less than a
ihame when some ordinary store-keep- j
ing citizen asked them a question as to
hen the last financial report of the
council had been issued. The nearest
iny member of the council could go to
answering waa to say:- sometime
The city fund is divided into several
funds and of course to gather the ac
counts of all the funds together and
ive one grand total would be altogeth
er too Herculean a task. Especially
would this be bo when the City's finan
ces involved such huge amounts as
Vale's municipal treasury usually holds.
Anyhow there was no accounting,
they said, and those walks will be
built. A city council is not expected to
know anything about a city's filthy
lucre, anyhow. They did not exactly
say so, but
One member did take a flying shot
and commit himself to the statement
that the Citv's indebtedness did not
reach one thousand dollars. He may
be right. Who knows?
$6000 IN SEED
FOR 40 ACRES
Mart Hansen raised $G0O0 worth of
alfalfa seed this year on 40 acres of
ground. The net profit from the seed
amounts to $125 per acre; In addition
he raised one crop of hay which pro
duced a tons to tho acre.
Iiuys 110,000 lbs. seed
Cashier Clark of tho U. S. Nat. Bank
purchased 110, (MM) ids. of alfalfa seed
yesterday at 15 cents per pound.
Judge William K. Jxiwcry will speak
in the Methodist church Sunday eve
ning Dec, 12. His theme will bo "An
experiment in Ejector making."
The usual services will be held morn
ing and evening.
THREE GREENS WED
IN VALE ONE DAY
I No less than three people hearing
the name of (Jrecn were married in
Vale last Thursday morning, and in one
hous by one Judge.
I The bride and bridegroom who were
; joined by Judge Kicharditon fimt were
bth (Sreens but bore no blood relation
ship. A few hour after the flrt nmrii
S'tother took pUce in which the bride's
rmrne was also (iieen. htie wss ('r
H (irven id was marrivd Vi Juli
Cattle and Horses of Malheur County
Undergo a Tremendous
BLOODS REPLACE DUBS
Many Men Are Now , Importing toe
Best That Money Caa Boy and
Expect Big Results
Beginning with the summer just pas-.
sod a remarkable evolution began in
the horses and cattle of Malheur coun
ty and its neighboring districts and the
improvement which is expected to make
itself manifest in the near future will
be very large, according to Charles
Thebaud, one of the most expert cattle
and horse men in Eastern Oregon.
Mr. Thebaud himself has just return
ed from New Plymouth where he suc
ceeded in purchasing some of the' best
blooded cattle and horses in the market.
He obtained cattle of the' best descrip
tion from Illinois and some splendid
horses of the French Coach breed. "
Several other men, amongst them -
High Brothers, have also imported fim?"
stock and others in districts further
away from Vale have done likewise.
The movement received its only real '
impetus last summer but it is increas
ing in momentum as the time" goes on.
David Ashton, constructing engineer
for tho Oregon Short Lino has begun
the bulldiriK of a residence at the corn
er of B and Smith streets.
Utiyli and company are the contrac
tors and the building niunt be finished
within !!0 days. The home will be used
as a residence by Mr. Anhton during
the work of extending tho railroad up
tho Malheur valley.
Cuttiss Company a Suuccess
TheCurtiss Dramatic Company which
has been appearing at the Grand Opera
House during the past Week has afford'
ed a very great amount of pleasure to
crowded houses every night. Mr
Curtiss himself and some of the mem
bers of the caste arc very clever while
of none can it bo said that ho or she
failed to portray the character allotted
City Treasurer Will Quit
W. J. Douglas will hand in his resig
nation as city treasurer at the meeting
of 1 1 city council next Thursday. The
sHlary attached to the office is $100
On his resignation Mr. Douglas will
present a report on the finances of the
c;ty covering his term of off re.
Monday Church Service
I There will he an Kpiscopal service on
Monday,' 7;.'M) p. in. at the Methodist
( l urch, by the Itev, J. Neilion Kerry,
lCe oor of St. Stephen's Church, Baker
! tank Fxumliu r Here
(". H. viltfiMi, haitonal Ksnk Ki
amiiii r, arrived tiUy In VaU on the
, UUI Ivur of Jij; Doll.
CITY MEN FAIL
IN DITCH WORK
Know Nothing Abvut Conditions in
West But Think They Know
VIVID EXAMPLE GIVEN
Successors cf Canyon Canal Co. up
to their Necks in Trouble and
State Aid Is Sought
That men who have lived their lives
in the East should be satisfied to supply ,
the necessary, money and let men who
know the conditions in the West do th
work, has once more received a striking
illustration by the appeal for relief and
damage just made by the water user
under the Canyon Canal to the stat
I ind board of Idaho.
Tho water users have asked that th
Trowbridge and Niver Company, th
s iccessors of the JCanyon Canal Com
piny, be compelled to live up to th
t rmi of their contract with th atte
of Idaho, which contract Is said to hav
been violated. It is alleged that th .
construction work already completed ia
inferior, that the capacity of the Can
al Is insufficient ami that by reason of
the delay on the part of the company
the lands under the project have de
preciated $500,000 in value within a
period of five months. Ixsa of crops,
discouragement of settlement and th
restriction of improvements wer
charged to the failure of the company
to proceed with the work.
Chairman It. B. Wilson of th Water
Oners Committee of five, which wa ,
accompanied by a delegation of 30 or
more Emmett citizens and settlers,
presented a resolution to the board last
Saturday asking its member to secui
the necessary relief.
Several of the men affected have giv
en expression to tho conviction that th
builder, not being familiar with th
conditions prevailing in the irrigable
lands, should have leen content to sup
ply the money and to let the actual
work be performed by those who hav
made irrigation a profession. It seem
ed also to bo the concensus of opinion
that work performed directly by East
ern capitalists may be compared with
that accomplished by either Stat or
Federal Government, neither ever af
fords the satisfaction found in work
done by men or companies who do vote
all their time and efforts to a study of
the question and who convert th know
ledge so obtained into result that al
ways prove beneficial. One member of
1 1 delegation summed the matter up
a i follow :-
"lt the land owners and the ditch
b lilder who understand the work gt
t igether and work together. That I
t'i only method by which th West
ran he rt-clsimed satisfactorily,"
For a uwful Xmaa gift, rail at th
Dreiitd Drug (o.
Itoll lop deks, flat top dcki, ate, it
T. T. NsUit's.