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Crook County- Journal
A WHEELING ACROSS
The Cassatles From Cor
vallis to Prineville.
College Boys Abroad.
A Journey Full of Incidents.
Grand Scenery Along
About eight o'clock on a day in
Junn wieh promised to he at leant
warm enough to form a markefl
contrast to tlie rain ami cloudy
weather to which nine months of
school work lmd accustomed, us,
Jack, Dave and I started on oir
wheels from Corvallis with a do
termination not to let many days
pass before we should have crossed
llio Cascade, natures dividing
lino between eastern and western
Oregon and would he enjoying ,a
change in climate which these
mountains make possible and
which can .be fully appreciated
only hy those who have had a simi
The town of Corvallis, as its
name indicates, is near the heart
of the Willamette valley. In every
direction for many miles is rich
productive land of which Oregon is
justly proud and whose equal every
Mate cannot boast.
Our first ten miles wus up the
Willamette to I'coria, which we
reached in about an hour. A mile
past the town we visited a friends'
cherry tree and the fact that this
was probably our last chance f
getting free fruit for some time did
not decrease our appetite in the
least. The first mishap of our
journey was experienced when Jack
found a puncture in his tire, but
with the loss of a littlo rubber
cement, moro patience and some
time we wero again on the road.
Dinner time found us at a cosy
little farm house almost hidden by
shade trees where everything, but
the dog seemed inviting. J5y two
o'clock we were again spinning
along the smooth gravelly roads,
which in cool weather mike bi
cycling in the Valley very enjoy
able. Hay cutting had commenced and
with the proper amount of rainfall
the grain promised a good yield al
though somewhat retarded by the
late cool spring.
In climbing a fence after a drink
of water, and incidentally to look
for cherries, Jack had the misfor
fortune to entangle his lower gar
ment with a barbed wire which re
sulted in a sad parting his second
accident and surely his unlucky
We leached Coburg early in the
evening and decided to remain for
supper. The lumbering industry
of this small town employs about
forty men and with the exception
' of Portland, is one of the largest in
. After supper, and a much needed
rest on my part, and during
the most pleasant time to tra
vel some interesting sights were
passed. First a massive railroad
bridge across tho MclCenzie river,
which at this point is wide and
deep, affording a good passage for
logs. Next a covered wagon bridge
high above the water, and from
; which the river looked grand and
majestic, aad latit a lanjj shady
avenue through a winding lane.
Homo of the characteristic mud-
loles of tho valley, extending
the width of the lane, were passed
that evening, but in general the
roads had been smooth, dry, and
We left Springfield to the right
and just before dark stopped at a
farm house to stay for the night.
There being company from town,
as the best that could lie done we
wero allowed to take blankets and
sleep in the barn, but even there
company in tho form of
some insects was not obscnt.
Shortly after four o'clock our se
cond days journey was commenced
as wo cxjiecled to ride seven miles !
to Walterville for breakfast. This'
seemed to be Dave's bad day, for J
only a few miles on the road at a
sudden turn he and bicycle slid off
the grade, but not being a high one
tho only result was the loss of
some breath and considerable bal
ance. Jack ke'it ut) the excite-
ment by knocking a small mud-1
hole dry, but tho marks did not,
show when he was sitting down.
Wc were now out of the Wil-1 k'ta, Washington and Oregon, be
lammette valley and the country j ginning with the fiscal year ending
was more rolling and wooded to, June .'30, 1002, excepting money
such a degree that the farms showed
the result of much hard labor in I
clearing. Large hills that tho dav
before appeared almost as mists in
the distance, were being passed
ami the scenery was fast changing
from a peaceful and almost monot
onous valley to the dashing, rugged
and ever changing mountain views.
The McKcnzie was crossed on I
the free ferryboat, old and small,!
but which will soon be replaced by
a much larger one now in course!
it construction. Breakfast was
eaten at Walterville, 1 miles from
the ferry and the ride of about
fourteen miles' since the last meal
had so sharpened our appetites
that there was surely no profit for
The road now followed the Mc-
Kcnzie river closely and the high I
hills on cither side were so near !
that expensive grades were neces
sary. Small farms wero fenced in
tho wider portions of the valley
and along these openings many
signs of the logging industry were
seen. Long chutes on the moun
tain sides, deep tracks on tho level
where the logs were dragged to the
river's bank and huge piles ready
to be pushed an to the water when
they were needed at the mills
many miles down tho slream.
Further up the stream these signs
decreased, showing conclusively
that the timber resources of that
section would not be exhausted for
Several wagons loaded with re
duced ore were passed on tho road.
This ore was being hauled to a
smelter from the Blue river mines
several miles off the main road.
During the afternoon, mudholcst
caused by the recent hard rains in bill is that any state accepting
that region, Wamc more numerous. !tiWprovision o't)e act mny ge1
fancy dismounts were made tol,. ... , , ., " . ,
avoid shower baths nnil . in complete works to the actual
consequence tho rate of traveling cnmm of the water only, the
was rather slow. After eating proceeds of such sale to be credited
supper and resting, at the Upper j to the arid land reclamation fund
McKcnzie bridge, we decided to : of tl0 Ftnte or territory construct
rule on to the Dclknnn Springs fori , ,
tho night. The start was made and' lng wh WOrks
our dissapointmcnt can be imagined ,
when we hoard that the hotel there I Cool In Oregon.
had been burned during the winter , .
and no accommodation could hJ people hav Wen living
had. As these springs ace one mile
from the main road our only policy
was io proceed witnout seeing one
of the natural
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CROOK COUNT V, OREGON. JULY 11, 190.
ARID LAND BILL.
Meeting Held for Pur
. pose of Drafting One.
Will Likely Become Law
Fund to be Established For Rec
lamation PurpVe in the
A dispatch of last week from
At a joint meeting of congress
men and state engineers who came
here to discuss the best methods
of reclaiming arid lands, a bill was
drafted which, with perhaps some
minor changes, will be presented
to congress at its next session.
The proposed measure in part is as
followt: ' ,
"That all money received from
the sale or disposal of public lands
in Arizona, California, Colorado,
Idaho, Utah, Mofttani, Wyoming,
Kansas, Nebraska,' Nevada,. New
Mexico, North Dakota, South Da-
jct aside by law for educational
purjaiscs, and excepting also the
salaries of the registers and receiv
ers of the United States land of
fices, located within said states
and territories, shall be and are
hereby reserved for the! benefit of
the state or territory in which
said lands arc sold to'bc kept as a
special fund to be known as the
'"d land reclamation fund,' and
h& be under the direction.of the
secretary of the interior for the ex
lamination, survey and construction
of reservoirs and other irrigation
I "Any of the states or territories
desiring to avail themselves of the
provisions of the act shall enact
laws accepting the conditions of
this act and organize and main
tain a state engineer's office with
authority to plan hnd make esti
mates for reservoirs to be paid for
out of the reclamation fund. The
officials shall also arrange for the
establishment of rights to water
"It shall be the duty of the sec
retary of the interior to examine
plans and surveys submitted by
the state engineers for proposed
reservoir and ii rigation works and
approved the plans, tho secretary
shall cause to be set aside a suffi
cient sum of money from the recla
Provision is also made in the
bill for the segregatian from entry
of all lands upon which storage
reservoirs or others irrigation works
are to 1ms built as soon as tho ap
plication is filed with tho secre
tary of the interior. One of the
vital provisions of the proposed
, off bv the hundreds in the eastern!
states we have been having weather1
l,ere too cool for actual comfort,!
but it looks as if we aro to lave
some aummvc alter all
M. A. Moore Kills Himself
About four o'clock Tuesday af
ternoon those persons in the vicin
ity of the bowling alley were start
led by the sharp report of a gun
and almost instantly thereafter
George Cyrus rushed out of the
barber shop and ran for the doc
tor and informed the bystanders
that Mr. Moore had shot himself.
The news spread like wildfire and
it was only a few minutes until
the streets were full of people, but
life was extinct before anyone
reached the body.
The shot was fired from a Sav
age rifle that Mr. Moore had re
At the time of the occurrence no
ono was in the store, lio was
found sitting in an officechair back
of the partition that is placed across
the store between the stationery
and candy department and the
bowling alley and must have been
leaning over the gun when it was
discharged as the ball came out
lower than where it entered. The
ball entered a trifle below tho left
nipple and passed directly through
the heart. His death -comes as a
shock to the whole community.
The body was taken to Portland
early Wednesday morning where
it will no doubt be cremated as
that was his desire. '
A coroners jury was immcdiatly
summoned as soon as he was found
to be dead and the following ver
dict rendered: We the undersigned
having been summoned by M. II.
Bell, Recorder of the City of Prine
ville, acting coroner, as a jury to
inquire into the death of M. A.
Moore, find as follows: That he
came to his death on the 9th day of
July in the city of Prineville, from
a gunshot wound inflicted by his
own hand, whether intentionally
or accidentally we are unable to
T. M. Baldwin, Wm. Draper, C.
W. Elkins, John Combs, J. U.
Claypool, L. .N. Liggett.
A Good Showing.
To give a slight idea of the mam
moth proportions attained by
various branches of business in
this city, we append the following
items which were gleaned from the
different firms by a personal can
vas. We shall only give the sales of
machinery that have been made up
to tho first of July. Wurzweiler &
Thompson have sold fifteen mowers
and as many rakes; Elkins & King
have disposed of twenty mowers
and eightesn rakes, while a dozen
mowers and nearly as many rakes
have been sold by other firms,
making a grand total of 47 mowers
and 45 rakes for the season and it
is not over yet. When it is taken
into considesation that this is
rather an off year for hay it will
readily be seen that the business
for this season has not been more
than an average years sales. When
the great bodies of land that are
within the range of the water
from the ditches that are now be
ing tken out of tho Deschutes, are
placed under cultivation this will
be only a starter for tho business
of a season.
With cheap transportation rates
to the sea, Prineville could more
than double her present business! determine' who should be ap
eapaeity and would then be one 'pointed a cadet from the second
of the best business points in the j Congressional district tothe Unite!
northwest. Under present dis-! states Naval Academy at Aiuv:i pa
advantages it is doubtful if there is, lir Ernest Durr, of Baker City,
a town on the ewist that does a stood iirst and will lie- nominated!
ninch business proportionately as
is done in this place and that too
without an effort as the luaiues
eomes to us as naturally as duck'
i take, to, wa.t.
Items of Interest Gath
ered Here and There.
Somo Stolen, Others Not
Dulling From Our Exchanges
News Notes of the Weelc
Six mild cases of smallpox are
reported at Athena, four in one
home and two at another.
Secretary Hitchcock will soon
present a report to the president,
strongly endorsing a system of
irrigation dams for the arid lands
of the west and recommending leg
islation by congress along this line
Miss Portia Knight, the Ameri
can actress, has engaged Sir Ed
ward Clarke, the former solicitor
general, as counsel in the suit fop
breach of promise which she ha
brought against tl Duke of Man
chester. At the Wasco warehouse Mon
day, 100,000 pounds of Prineville
wool was sold on sealed bids at 11 J
cents per pound and 50,000 pounds)
of John Day wool was sold at pri
vate sale at 11 and 12 cents,
Experience with a steam shovel
in mining iron ore in open cut in
Georgia shows that five or six men
with a steam shovel can do the
same amount of work as fifty men
with a pick and shovel, and do it
much cheaper. It is claimed that
iron ore can be- mined, washed,
and loaded on cars all by machin
ery for less than 50 cents a ton.
Mrs. Percy T Morgan, oC San
Francisco, formerly Miss Daisy
Ainsworth, who christened the bat
tleship Oregon seven years ago;
recently presented that Tessel
which is now at San Francisco,
with a loving cup, engraved with
picture and emblem of the glory
that has !een the Oregon's since;
she was launched and christened.
The Oregon and Washington
editors in New York city are creat
ing much interest in the Lewis
and Clark Centennial, to be held!
at Portland in 1905. The badge
and banners of the editors attract
attention. Many favors are being;
shown the party. It was enter
tained by the New York Pre
A few days ago one the fish
wheels of Seufert Bros, eaught a,
40-pound chinook salmon with th
adipose fin missing. This, Mr.
Frank Seufert says, is one of tin
5000 young salmon, so marked,
that were turned loose in the
Clackamas river five years ago. It
affords confirmation weiv needed,
of the value of salmon hatcheries.
In the competitive examination
Congressman Moody, an't
I Hugh Bellinger
r of Portland.
statins second, will htr attentate
Dnrr won 434 and Bellinger, ill
I VuioXi da tsiLk ilk.