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OREGON CITY, OREGON, FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 1904.
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To Build the Panama Cana?
E and Hundreds of Millions
Z, of Money.
Washington, D. C, March 8, 19C4.
If John Bharp WillianiB can't compel.
His scatteied flock to "get together"
When skies are clear and all is well,
What will he do in stormy weather,
When they niuetbuilda platfoiuo Equare
With skill and art, of toughest timber.
To draw apphmding millions there
And catch the ballots of November?
In Congret-B things are drifting serene
ly. The Democrats, having joined the
White House brigade, and having helped
the administration to obliterate the
whole Panama issue, are now in a wait
ing attitude. They do not speak hope
fully of the future. They cheerlessly
admit that they have too many candi
dates and few issues. Some of the
leaders think that the wisest thug they
could do would be to nominate 80 Be
man who is bo widely and favorably
known that he himself would be all the
platform needed. Die Republicans in
Cabinet and Congress are very tranquil,
and are looking to the future with per
fect contidence, as if there were no such
thing as breakers.
Senator Lodge baa become conscious
that much work in the departments is
duplicated. He objects to it. The va
rious surveys duplicate each other aB
the Land Office, the Geological Survey,
and the Coast and Geodetic Survey.
There is a biological survey whioh trots
all over the country to study plant dis
tribution, and to discover wher birdVj
nest ana uem mice ourrow. men wee
is the botanical survey which is Bur
posed to be making a study of plant?
distribu'ion also. Thsn there is the
graBs survey in the 6ame business, with
an agrostologist. The strtistical bureaus
quadruple each other in the most con
fusing manner. As their conclusions
differ, everybody i8 laughing and won
dering how long the farce will be kept
up. Senator Lodge says some of the
various surveys have cost so far the neat
little Bum of $150,000,000 and we have
not as yet got a correct map of the
United States. Ot course we never Bhall
have as long as the government votes
supplies to keep the bureaus running.
What the departments here need is a
vigorous shaking-up and weeding out.
And that reminds me that the empir
ical Professor Langley has inherited
125,000 from laet year's appropriation in
the 'War Department with which to
produce during the coming summer that
engine of wt.r sometimes vulgarly called
a balloon. The money therefore will
continue to fly, anyhow, in divers places
and will probably be accounted for under
the head of "flying artillery."
Admiral Walker, the President of the
new Cana Commission of seven men,
says that at leaBt eight years will be
consumed In "scratching dirt" after the
Bhovel has begun to operate in Panama.
It will be several years before even this
can take place, The commisiioners
must first come together, shake hands,
get acquainted, rent an office, employ
clerks, and talk affairs over. They must
exchange such opinions as they have,
then go to the spot and look over the
erodnd and plan what ought to be done.
Then thev must adopt and enforce vig
orous measures of sanitation and water
supply, which will take two or three
years. Thin they u.ust decide where
the artificial lake shall be, its level, how
many locks shall be built, how the tor
rential Chagres can bs made to behave,
and bow the Culebra can be got out of
the way or surmounted. When they
havededided on the plan, they must
advertise for contracts, and enter upon
the work. The ruins must be cleared
away, the machinery must be invented,
manufactured, and delivered, and an
army of men must be brought from
somewhere who are willing to work.
How manv hundreds of millions ot dol
lars? How many thousands of deaths?
How many decades of years? But some
progress baa been made, for the Attor
ney General has decided that the Canal
Company can give a good title.
The U, S. grand jury in session here
having indicted four real estate specu
lators to California for conspiracy to de
fraud the government by obtaining gov
ernment lands in forest reservations in
Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington, and
Nevada, your correspondent called upon
Land Commissioner Richards for par
ticulars. The commissioner said that
the actual loss to the government will be
small ; it falls heaviest on these states.
These speculators bribed clerks in Wash
ington to notify them where the reser
vation was to jje before public know
ledge of the lact, and thus they obtained
assignments in the names of fictitious
persons and secured large tracts, which,
when the reservation was drawn from
the market, they exchanged for other
lands elsewhere in the Hatss, The al
leged bribers are out on bail.
The improvements of the White Howe
which cost if 000,000 and complexly
transformad that historic residence, aie
the subject of much eatire and derision
in Congress and out. The President's
architect, McKim, came in for haid
knocks on Tuesday in the Senate. Till
man declared his work to be au abomi
nation, (senator Cockrtll declared that
the President's office was no better than
the ofhcls of second-class lawyers in his
state; Henator Gal linger said it was no
better thuti the. offices of third-class
doctors, henatoia Allison and Lodge
thought it a very bad j h, and Senator
Hale declared that "if the Appropria
tions Committee bad not called a halt,
the White House would have been
stripped, ransacked, dismantled, and
destroyed." After McKim's decoration
of the White House he received a dec
oration from King Edward, probably in
consideration of his attempt to complete
here the work begun by the British in
tU war of 1812.
a large agricultural report from last
year, containing the pictures of all the
bugs known to buaology, and tell him
that this is Mitchell's compliments also.
Now you see that book willte'.l him how
to chase all tje butter-flies and bumble
bees off from the clover and knock
every cut worm off from the potato
vines, and scare every ant out of the
cellar,and if that wout make him vote as
Senator Browned wants h'tn to, he
surely can't be a good Republican.
No you Bee he wants every delegate to
come into his office so that he can put
his arm around his iueek and confident
ially tell him that he has always bad
the highest regard for him, his wife
and his little child p en, and that if be
does the rijjbt thitg be will give h'tn
the deputy-ship that he has had piclad
out for him these many years. N w
there is only one other thing that he
asks of me and that is that when I : m
ordered to do anything in the convi n-
tiou that 1 will not aBk any questions or
pay any attention to Clark of Olaekanas
but uo exactly as his captains tell me to
do. When ym take all ttiese thimis in-
t j consideration, 'you will have to agree
with mo that Brownell hail been very
much abused and that he has never
asked for aiiyhiu; unreasonable. You
can't blame that man fur trying to keep
ihe bovs in line and now Rufus in order
to laud me that deputy-ship do all you
can out iu jour prioiuc to get the r'ght
fellows in that Convention. Uoodhye.
by m 6yeh$h
Exciting Election of Officers -for
the Volunteer Fire
Pays His Taxes, Eats a Free
Lunch and Tells a Few
.' Mr. Editor: I came to Oregon City
tin first of this week to pay my taxes,
and transact some other business that
Zieeded a little attention, and after my
business was attended to I Btarted to
the hotel for my dinner, but happened
to think that the tax collector took all
of my spare crbI) and as I did not feel
like asking the hotel keeper to make an
extra entry on his book, I went to the
saloon to get a few crumbs at the free
lunch counter. While in the saloon two
brother farmers were there on the same
mission as myself, and while I was not
acquainted with either, I listened care'
fully to their conversation. Farmer J.
said, now Rufus what do you think of
this ' local option business that' the
preacher talked about the other even
ng? (Farmer J) I don't feel like ex
pressing any opinion about the matter
until I see George Brownell, as I am
thinking of coming out for a daputyship
and he has promised to help me, and if
I should express myself he might not
like it, for he has often told me to strad
dle every question thai had two Bides to
it. (Rufus) Oh don't pay attention to
what lie tells you, for he has straddled
so many of those questions now until
half of the grangers out' at the grange
dinner the other day said that they
would not believe him under oath.
(Farmer J) Now Ruf. don't you ever
think that you can tell me anything
about that fellow, I know him like a
book. I will admit that I did not like
him when I came to town today, but I
mot him on the street and he treated
me so nice that I can't forget it. lie
told me where the whole trouole was,
and when he mentioned it I could see it
in a minute. You Bee Ryan, Dimick
and Hays are always trying to down
him, and they turn eo many people
pgainst him that he has almost become
discouraged. He put me next to another
thing, you see each road district only
got if 100 laet year. Now you go and
look at Ryan's assessment the first year
he went into office, and look at it now,
and then you farmers ask Tom how he
got so much properly on $100 a month
salary. Don t you know that Hyan is
slick as a fish, but I have got Brownell
to watch him like a hawk. Now, he
also informed me that very near all the
fellows around town who failed to call
at his office were stealing from the
County and City, and that is one reason
why taxes are so high la this county.
You see that man Dimick has held
down the Mayorship of Oregon City for
four long years, without any salary, and
he tells me there surely must be some
thing wrong Now, there is only one
little favor that he has ever asked of me
and1 that 1b he wants Brownel 1 men sent
to the County Convention from my pre
cinct. And you'll have to agree with
me that this isn't very much . Of coure
he says if we can't get all good Brownell
men, be sure and get some poor fellow
who hasn't any taxes to pay, then be
can get him into bis office just before
the convention and give him half a dcz
en packages of garden seeds with Mitch'
ell's name on the wrapper and tell the
delegate that Mitchell sent those seeds
clear ironic Washington expressly for
him. He will also load him down with
Rev. E. M. Neil, an evangelist from
Tennesse, who hns been laboriug with
great success for the last few weeks in
Portland has been secured by the Bap
tist church to work with them a week
or two. He will begin his special ser
vices on the coming Sunday. He is
a fine speaker and au earnest worker
and it will be worth the while to hear
him. us often as it is possible.
The banquet at the Congregation il
Church laet Friday evening, of the Me is
Club, was an affair that will not soon be
forgotten. The banquet was attend; d
by a large number of the best people in
the city. ,. The viauds that went to make
up the banquet were piepared for the
most part by the ladies of the city, and
were par excellence. Governor Cham
berlain was present and delivered a
most timely addiesa. A number of
local orators also spoke. While the
banquet was a 25 cent affair, it could
not have been produced by a caterer fo
three times that sum.
The election of officers for the vol
unteer tire department last Mondav was
One of the most exciting city elections
ever lielil here. Hie candidates for
chief of the department were mingling
with the voters fpsora the time the polla
opened until iliey closed. Howard M.
Brownell finished lir.it by the narrow
margin of one vote. Georae Brown waa
second, while Lawrence Ruccmich was a
Bond third. Tue vote stool? Brownell
50; Brown 49, and rtuconich 34. A total
of Li3 voies out of a post-ibU lot) were
polled. Win. Lewthwaite, of N. 3,
was elected assistant chief, while Clar
ence limner, E. J. Noble hiipI t'dwin L.
McKarlaml were elected as member of
the board of commissioners
Tuesday evening the Ca'aracta held a;
jolitifation meeting t' celebrate the .
victory of Browned, who is a member ot
the Cataracts, speeches were delivered
and a general good time waa enjoved.
At this meeting it was decided to hold,
a banquet in the near future, and Ed'
Reckner, Dr. C D. Love anil Howard
M. Browuell were appointed conunittee
The home of August Ilolden was the
Bcene of a very pretty wedding at 8
o'clock last evening, when George G.
, Guild, of San Francisco, and Miss Hulda
j:.. Ii'i:ui:u, Ul liiisiity, wtna ipuilsu pei
matiimouv by Rev, F. 11. Mixselk, pas
tor of the Presbyterian church. Mr.
Gilbert Hedges ac'ed as groomsman anil
Miss Blanche liolden, a sister of the
i bride, as bridesmaid. As dbe bridal
party took their positions Miss Veda,
Williams rendered Mendelssohn's wed
ding march. Besides the family of the
bride, only a fear of the trieuds were
present, and every arrangement was
characterized by the utmost simplicity. .
Many beautiful gills were received.
The newly married couple left on the
overland lor California,
Mrs. Ellen Fiuloy, wife of Robert Fin
ley, died of blood poisonfug here Friday.
She was 54 years of age, and was a native
of Ohio, and had resided here for ttte
past 20 years. She is survived by a hns- -
band and two daughters: Mrs, J, H.i
n,ji;., mofi....,; ...i xr. ..... 1
Finley, of this city. The luneral ser
vices were conductee Snnday at 12:30 p.
m., by Rev J. H. Beaven, of the Bap
tint Church, from the home, and inter
ment took place in tho Mountain View
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