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The Cascades From Cor
villi is to I'rineville.
College Boys Abroad.
A Journoy Full of Incidents.
Grand Boonory Along
It w;u now dark and tho nearest
house was at Lint creek, three
miles up ((rado tlirough dense
forest. The ilue wan reached and
the second duy hud nded with 57
in i leu and a nuinhcr of novel
experiences t') its credit.
Mountain climbing was to he tho
principal feature for the next day
And we started in good spirits,
nfier securing n lunch, n it was !!0
miles of rough road to tlie next
hoiiM'.ut Sislers. Thi! scenery was
becoming more stately at we caught
our first glimpse of the snowy
peaks and high cliffs on cither Hide.
After several hours of lending our
wheels up nandy slopes the ground
became more level and large snow
Lanka were frequent naar the road.
Tho level prairies that wo passed
were almost transformed into lakes
by tho melting snow. A email
prairie was crowed and a mountain
stream' jumped and we chose a
grassy hillside on which to eat our
lunch. The meal was somewhat
less than wo had been acciiHtomcd
to and our principal diet was
melting snowball and mountain
scenery. It was only a few miles
to the drc.ided lava and an we
passed onto it, on? last look at tho
glistening water nud frosty snow
hanks, with a helt of stately trees
in the background and the Three
Sisters with their chilling, hut
beautiful attire hovering near was
fiu ITkient to energize us for the
work. The road on th? lava rep
resents a vat amount of work and
although rough we were thankful
that it was so differcut from tho
jagged waste about vis. In several
places the road was covered by
deep snow drifts, making early
traveling across thumountains dan
g;ro'i. It was only a few miles to
Windy point, which truly justifies
its name name ami as. tho wind
shucks past a hat in the hand is
worth two in the dir.
Down grade and plenty of sand
wore indent gratifying, for the
grade insured easy locomotion and
the deep sand prevented a run
away, the thoughts of which were
sufficient to cause a quiver of ex
citement. The sand, useful on the
mountain, became troublesome as
we neared Sisters and but for pre
vious experience, when nearly all
of the air was allowed to escape
from the tires, our ride would have
resulted in a weary walk.
Unmistakable signs of un earl
cm Oregon desert were now seen,
for the country was exceedingly
level and covered with small sage
brush and tho pine timber ex
tended as far as the post office,
where we slopped for the night.
The next morning a number of
largo irrigation ditches, carrying
manvinches of water, were crossed.
As witnessed at the ranches along
the road, this water is capable of
trausforming tho wastes of desert
into good yielding clover und rye
fields and affording water for pas
Several largo hands' of sheep, on
their way to the mountains for
for summer range, were punned.
A few miles out from water the
typical bunch grass was seen in
After riding seventeen miles of;ExDrt MaJw3 Examination and
sandy road wo camo in sight of the
Deschutes river at Telherow bridge.
This stream is as beautiful as the
McKenzie, but apparently not as
useful to mankind. Tho time seems j
not far distant however when the!
greater part of it will be traiudorm-
ing desert plains into fertile farms,
This is a good trout stream and ;
we succeeded in catching 52 in a j
short time with some borrowed
More desert after dinner until
we came to tho Crooked river val
our whole view was
HiKh rim-roeks, green
alfalfa fields, healthy grain and a numlxjr ot companies are acquir
sleepy river formed a pleasing pic-j ing Govermcnt lands and leasing
tnre. Thence up a, widening val-j considerable tracts, upon which
ley and a twelve mile irrigation j rmtnt have bec-n obtained by the
ditch to I'rineville which we reach-' , ., ... ... ,.
1 dustv and tired and well satis
fied with the change and with our
ndo across the Cascades.
Fmtn our rairular cirrmiwiuilpnt.
The pleasant and much needed
rain, which visited our comunity
last week did a vast amount of
good to tho growing crops.
Mr. Wm. Cusick, tho noted
botanist of Union county 4 accom
panied by his son Oscar, passed
through our vicinity last week.
lien I'ettijohn passed through
here recently with a band of fine
looking horses, on his way to Long
Creek where ho expects to dispose
Henry Bruner has taken up a
place at the mouth of Coylo creek
near tho Oc hoco mines, where he
expects to locale, in the near future.
Claude Wright and Orlie Leach
went to Summit Prairie the first of
last week where they expect to
commence work in the hay field
Joe Hawkins and family intend
moving to Maury in a short time.
Jack Brogan recently returned
from Antelope, where be has been
attending business matters.
There are whisperings of a wed
ding to take place here in the
near future! How about it Art?
Sf.N FLOW Kit.
. In response to the letter recently
roeeived v (leer from the crmi1 nf
the battldship Oregon regarding P'if'i" wa s determined by.chemi-
the arrangements for the "Home- cal analysis,
wardbound colors" of that vessel, "Asphaltum and othfr forms of
the governor sent a telegram sug- l,jtunu.n arti ,,rfsely distributed
gesting that if convenient to them, ! . ,
Ti i i . i i ,'Over the entire sur ace. The as-
they come here about Julv 18. .
The official delegation wish to I Plmlu,m Ilt"' 1,1 detached particles
couie us soon ns soon as possible,1, and in small nodules in the float
as they may be transferred to some I rock. In some cases the croppings
other ship and then be unallei0f applialtum are quite extensive,
rpi j . . , . and the indications are that de-
1 he program Is not vet eomplet- , ... , , ,
ed but among other arrangements VflopmeiU would prove these beds
it is planned that the ceremonies! to be of considerable commercial
be held in the afternoon, ut which value. It might be well to ex
an address and sune patriotic! ,,iun t,.lt j,otraleuni passes by
music, precede the Hag raii-ing, i . i ,1
which shall be as follows: From ! I"se,w,b1,e Z int0 asPh:lU
the north flag staff at the state! um a,,d hat tu0 IiroseIR'e of 8
house the ensign shall be unfurled,! class of bitumen on the surface and
from the south staff the Union throughout the underlaying shale
Jack and from the dome the 420 Mmlstoiie is probably due to
feet pennant, all to lie unfurled, . , . . , , i
miiltan.!.MK'.wilJ,tl,.rminni. Itro,cum LaV1g ,,een frCeJ UP
ment of band music and the na-
tional salute of twenty-one guns,
CROOK COUNTY, OREGON. JULY IP,, I'M.
JrcXamara Reports Indi
cations Very Good.
Asphaltum Is Abundant
EoportH Outlook Best la
George Gordon McNamara, the
Portland mining engineer, thinks
the recently discovered oil fields in
Crook County aro far ahead of
any other find in Oregon and that
wells can be sunk upon them with
assurance of profitable working,
says the Oregonian. He has just
returned from an examination of
the district. To a reporter he said:
"Pursuant to instructions, Ivisit-
'cu me mucn-iaiKca-oi on uistrict
of Crook County, and I find that
farmers and stockmen in this dis
trict. After spending nearly two
weuks investigating the country,
my deductions arc that the indi
cations will amply warrant the
expense of sinking wells for petro
leum. The oil indications I found
distributed over reveral miles in
extent. The country is mainly
arid. However, there is occasion
ally found a fairly good growth of
pine and fir timber. v , , :
"The geological conditions are
most interesting, the country being
almost entirely covered with diato
maceous formation, proving con
clusively that it has, at some per
iod, been an extensive ocean bed.
There has been some slight erosion,
probably the result of local glaciers.
The altitude above the sea level is
about 3500 feet, and the country is
rolling, and in somo places hilly.
Tho surface is intersected by num
erous narrow gulches that have
eroded their way through the
diatoous fomation into beds or
argillaceous shale and sandstone,
affording an excellent opportunity
to study the general character of
the formation. These beds, as a
rule,1 show no signs of displace
ment by internal disturbances,
and the shale found in the ravines
and gulches seem to belong to the
Miocene and Pliocene periods of
the Tertiary era, and are, there
fore, fossiliferous in their character
In many instances they are highly
charged with different classes of
hydro-carbon. The presence of
i through the formation by hydro-
"From my examination, I
hesitatingly pronounce the indica
tions the most favorable that I
have seen in this state for petro
leum, and, in my judgment, they
compare favorably with Southern
California districts, with which I
am very familiar. In my opinion,
thie body of government land ly
ing within the borders of our state,
the character of its geological
structure being entirely unexplored
except by fofsil hunters, shows ev
ery indication that it can be de
veloped into a great oil-producing
region, Although considerable of
this land has been appropriated by
oil companies, there still remains
a number of tracti, which, in my
judgment, are even more desirable
than the lands already filed on."
Accident at Camp Beebe.
While the Governor's salute was
taig fired in the afternoon a small
mortar was discharged pre
maturely, probably by a defective
fuse, and four members of the firing
party were burned. Sergeant W.
II. Barrett, of Company D, Wood
burn, was badly burned on bis
right hand and about face and
neck, and it is little less than a
miracle that his eyes were not put
out. Privates John Oliver and
Albert Abel of Co C and Arthur
Purdom of Co G were painfully
burned. The latter's injuries were
confined to his hands. Register.
From mir retailor enrrenpondent.
Miss ihroop, ot uiwornia, is
visiting her brother Lewis Throop
at this place. She has come to
Crook Co. to engage in teaching.
A number of our young people
went up to Maury to calebrate "the
I). Koopmann sold all his sheep
about a month ago, but he soon
got lonesome without them and
went above and bought a band
which he brought in this week.
F. J. Kinchelve, after a ten days
visit with his cousin W. H. Lyons,
returned Wednesday to his work
with the B. S. & L. Co. at Hay
Henry Beck and family, and
Miss Lilly Knox, are taking an
outing on the Deschutes.
Doctor Osborne and wife of Cal
ifornia have been visiting the fam
ily of George Gibson.
From nr regular crrtsmJi'iit.
Hot weather still continues,
much to our discomfort.
Link Stivers had the misfortune
to cripple one of his horses while
gone to The Dalles.
Mrs Geo. Morgan has gone to
Portland to uttend the grand lodge
D. of II.
Hugh Lister has gone up to his
Ryegrass ranch to put up hoy.
Hay crops are short, k the farmers (
The fishing paity that spent the
Fourth on Crooked river report
having bad a fine time.
Mr. Craig and family, formerly
of Prineville, have gone to Izee
He did a good business here in the
Charlie Morgan is back on Beav
er creek once more.
There was a funeral on the
'Fourth at tho Beaver creek, cehie -
J tery. It was that of a stranger
' i l.:., t l i .u . i.
Him ins unit-mi tnuweu iiiui no
had no friends here.
Items of Interest Gath
ered Here and There.
Somo Stolen, Others Not
Outlines From Our Exchanges
News Notes of the Week.
The second annual Harney
county fair will be held September
Several miners were shot and
two killed during a riot in Colo
rado last week. The riot was tho
result of a strike.
The Columbia Southern is con
sidering the matter of building a
branch road this season to tap the
count'y between Condon and Fos
sil, in Gillium and Wheeler coun
The jury in the case of Manny
Howard at Baker, charged with
horse cteeling, on Tuesday night of
last week, brought in a verdict of
guilty. This trial has been of
great interest to stockmen, since
Howard has been suspected of horse
and cattle stealing for the past 15
years, but a conviction could never
belore be secured.
The entire block, bounded by
Morrison, Yamhill, Thirteenth and
Fourteenth streets,- in Portland,
which was the home of the lato
Frank Dekum and subsequently
occupied by the Oregon Road Club,
has been bought for 155,000 by the
Scottish Rite Masons, who will
erect thereon a magnificent Cathe
dral. President Lusk, of the American
Cattle Growers' Association, has
appointed the following committee
to draft a bill to provide for tho
leasing of the public range: John
"P. Irish, of California: M. K
Parsons, of Utah; Bartlett Richards
of Nebraska; Henry M. Porter, of
Colorado, and A. B. Robertson, of
Texas. The cojimittee will meet
in Denver next September,
The Bridgeport stage, in charge of
David Holden and scheduled to
arrive in Baker alout 5 o'clock in
the evening, was held up at 2
o'clock on the afternoon of July 4th
by a lone masked highwayman at
a point 12 miles from Baker. Tho
highwayman got 145 and a silver
watch for his trouble, but he ex
pected a larger haul.
New soundings are now beinc;
taken of Crater Lake by Prof. J. r.
Oilier, of the U. S. Geological de
partment, who will also make a re
port on some new features of this
nature s wonder for the scientific
department of the government. It
is understood that Prof. Diller
will be occupied one month With
'Economic Aspects of Recipro
city," comprising two lectures de
livered by John P. Young, before
the College of Commerce of tho
University of California, has jv.st
been issued in document form bv
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