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THE MOENING- OREGONIA1S, WEDNESDAY, JAmiAKY 24, 1900.
Portland Syndicate Has It in
PROPERTY IS RICH IN MINERALS
Coal, IronCliromfe of Finest Quality,
and Perhaps Galena and Silver
To Be Dm eloped.
ST. HELENS, Or., Jan. 23. The Orego
aian's annual number made mention o
apaint mine and Iron deposits, near Scap
poose, In Columbia conniy, -which led Port
3and capitalists to investigate- After a
careful survey of the country "by compe
tent engineers and expert mineralogists,
a half-section of land owned by Frank
Payne, on the north fork of Scappoose
creek, -was bonded for $53,000 by a Port
land syndicate. An amount sufficient to
satisfy Mr. Payne that the investors
mean business has been paid, and if the
weather shall permit, work on permanent
Improvements will soon be started.
Frank Payne, who has made mineralogy
a life study, settled -on this ranch of. 220
eeres, covered with valuable fir and cedar,
seven years ago, with his family. He
gave "up The advantages of schools and
eociety found in Portland, where for years
ie had been conducting an Iron works for
himself, and took up his abode in this
vast wilderness-fis -wild that boys raised
JBrbm' babyhopjL to Tnanhood within five
miles had notpenetrated its depths. Mr.
3?ayjie cleaned up a little plot of ground,
built a residence, and prepared to live
at ease on the fat of the land in country
style, butheing somewhat of a prospector,
lie commenced to drill holes in the rock
And kept his eyes open for anything that
Mother Earth might hold in store.
He Was rewarded by the discovery of
Iron. How to enlist capital and develop
2hs find was the all-important question
for his solution. After five years of fruit
Jess endeavor, he hit upon the plan of
starting up a paint mill.
He purchased an engine and boiler,
made a crusher, prepared a kiln, burned
the rock, crushed it, pulverized the pig
ment, which when properly applied makes
the most durable metallic paint now in
-use. A few barrels of this was taken to
Portland wholesale houses, and finding It
a good commercial article, the W. P.
Fuller Company, of Portland, contracted
for all he could manufacture.
He has drilled seven holes into the rock
Tanging from 70 to 12 feet in depth. A
17-foot vein of lignite coal, a eeven-inch
-vein of bituminous coal, a mountain of
brown paint ore, a field of chromium
ffrom which chrome colors of all Ehades
may be made), and several ledges of iron,
almost pure (from which a good steel
ingot or a high-grade plgiron may be
manufactured) have rewarded his re
search. Among the possibilities Is a ledge
of galena, bearing a large per cent of sil
ver. It is an Inexhaustible mine of raw
materials. All this is found right at Port
To develop this mountain of wealth will
require a smelter, for the manufacture of
iron and steel; a large paint works to
manufacture the different colors of paint,
and a. railroad to transport the manufac
These factories and works will employ
Jiundreds of men, and will add greatly
to the wealth of Columbia county.
The most important find thus far is the
chromium, a metallic chemical element, a
rare article in nature. The alley termed
chronnisen is hard enough to serve for
cutting glass. An extremely soft steel can
be made by employing it Instead of spleg
eleisen. These compounds are required
for a great diversity of purposes. Free
chromic acid and potassium, blchromite
are used in printing calico, and In bleach
ing tallow. The unfused salt is the well
known pigment, chrome yellow, which,
-when ground in oil, retails for 50 cents
DETERMINED TO STAITO OUT.
Qineowners Take Positive Stand
Since Strikers Refuse Compromise.
SANDON, E. C, Jan. 23 The Silver
Jjead Mineowners' Association, since the
refusal of the striking minere to accept
the offer of compromise for the payment
of 53 25 for eight hours' work, Is deter
snined not to accede to the demands of
the strikers for $3 SO a day. This evening
52 men arrived from "Vancouver to work
in the mines. They are all non-union
men. and come under contract, at the
Lead Furnace Bessmcs Worfc.
ROSSLAND, B. C, Jan. 23. The re
moval of e duty on pig lead, resulting
from Canauian bullion helng refined in
the United States, has already had Its
effect in the "blowing in" of the lead
furnace at the Trail smelter. This smel
ter has a stock of ore sufficient to keep
it in operation for two or three months,
Independent of any new purchases.
Quotations cf Mining: Sfoeks.
tSPOKAXE, Jan. 3. The closing bids
intoius stocks today were: --Biaektail
?0-09 iKoWe-"-Pire $0
jiuite ab Boston. n pthjcces iiaua ..
7 Reservation .....
68 Ttossland Giant .
Deer Trail No. 3
Evening Star ...
Jlpi Blaine ....
Xone Iln Sorp.
If ornlnff Glory ..
2!Toru Thumb .....
SAK TRAKCISCO, Jan. 23. The -official clos
ing quotations lor mlnlnjr stocks today were:
Alp&a Con .
$0 02itady Wash. Coa..fO 02
ABtteB ... ........
Best & Belcher...
Caledonia .. ...
Challenge Con ...
Sesr. Selcher ......
Sierra Xevada ... 49
Con. Cal. & Ta.... 1 CO
Standard 2 50
Crown. Point l:
Gould & Curry...
Hale & Norcross..
23 TJnioir Con 30
40Utaii Con 4
S ! Xellow Jacket .... 23
KBW TORK, Jan. 33. Mining stocks today
closed as follows:
Chollar $0 15 Ontario ?8 00
vrown .point .....
Con Cal. & Vs.... 1
Gooid & Cany..
Hale & Xorcrose..
504Qulcxallver 1 75
do pref ......... 7 50
Sierra Nevada .... 45
Standard 2 50
iron silver ...,
C5l Union Con 20
BGSTOK, Jan. 23. Closing quotations:
Boston A Mont..$2 70 IParrott $0 3S&
Butte & Boston. 45 j
Vancouver's Streets to Be Improved.
"VANCOUVER, Wash., Jan. 23. The
Btreet committee of the Vancouver city
cpuncil has been considering for some
time plans for the Improvement of Main
and "West B streets. Both thorougfares
are In a deplorable condition, the cedar
block pavement put down on Main street
bine years ago having given out almost
entirely, and B street, which was mac
adamized" about the same time, Is covered
with a coating of mud about six inches
deep. The question now perplexing the
members of tlfe. street committee is what
kind of pavement to select, that will be
satisfactory to a majority of their con
stituents, taking Into account durability
and cheapness. It Is proposed by the
committee to make a visit to Portland one
day this week for the purpose of Inves
tigating the different kinds of pavement
Two Divorces Granted.
VANCOUVER, Wash., Jan. 23. Two de
crees of divorce were granted by Juage
Miller in- the superior court today, as fol
lows: To Parthena Cook vs. W. J. Cook, on
the ground of abandonment and failure to
provide, plaintiff being permitted to re
isurne jier ""najden name .of Parthena
Stamp;, Charles, prg.; Qoraline Baker, en
the .ground of ligsetJlDnv 7".
THAT DAWSON FIRE.
Destroyed Property Estimated to Be
Worth About $400,000.
SEATTLE. Jan. 23. Advices from the
north received today substantiate tho
report of a. biff fire in Dawson. It oc
curred" onjanuary 11 "and destroyed
buildings and merchandise to the value
of $400,000. The news came by telegraph
from Dawson to Skagway. The fire was
supposed to have originated from a de
fective flue. The flames- burned about 400
feer'-along the principal street, laying in
ashes many of "the costliest and most
suestantial structures in the Klondike
metropolis. Tie "fire extended along First
street, from Sam Bonifield's saloon and
gambling house to Thomas Chlsholm's sa
loon, wiping out these two well-known
landmarks and all intermediate buildings.
These included many saloons, restaurants,
the opera-house and grocery and general
stores and branch of the Canadian bank
of, commerce. There -was no loss of life,
but very little of the contents of the
buildings -were saved. All of the burned
buildings faced the Klondike river. On
the opposite side of the street and nearer
the water front are located the big ware
houses of the transportation companies.
Judge Davis, a Montana man, sustained
the loss of the best log block in Daw
son. Its original cost was 550,000. There
were, however, frame structures erected
at an even greater cost. Nothing ap
proaching a reliable estimate as to indi
vidual losses can be obtained. Three of
the most handsomely furnished and heav
ily stocked saloons in the city burned.
The opera-house property is said to have
been worth $75,000, as Klondike prices go,
It was a comparatively new building,
erected upon the ruins of the old opera
house, which was burned about 18 months
TURNED OVER. THEIR STOCK.
Compromise of Suit Against Oaksdale
Banlc Managers 530,000 Lost.
COLFAX, Jan. 22. The suit of J. Ogle,
trustee for the stockholders of the F.rat
National ban, of Oaksdale, vs. Samuel
Brown, president, and Charles A. Brown,
cashier, for mismanagement and misap
propriation of the funds of the bank, has
been compromised and dismissed. By the
terms of the compromise, the Browna
give to Ogle, as trustee, all their stock in
the bank, of which Samuel Brown had
58000 and Charles A. Brown 1000. In con
sideration of receiving the stock, the case
against the Browns Is dismissed.
The First National bank," of Oaksdale,
was organized October 1, 1889, with a capi
tal stork of $50,000, and "went into volun
tary liquidation February 1, 1897. Mr.
Ogle says that when the business shall
be finally settled the stockholders will re
ceive between 40 and 50 cents on the dol
lar of capital stock. No interest or un
divided profits were declared during the
life of the bank, except one dividend of
18 per cent In January, 1S92. Charles A.
Brown, the cashier, left this country for
Mexico soon after the bank closed, and Mr.
Ogle charges that it is not known now
just where he Is, but he Is said to be
living in Southern California. His father,
Samuel Brown, president of the defunct
bank, is living on a farm near Oaksdale.
It is estimated that through mismanage
ment or dishonesty at least $30,000 nvas
MAJOR TVYGAXTS DEPARTURE.
For a Time at Presidio, Then to 31a
nila A Court-Martial.
VANCOUVER BARRACKS, Wash.,
Jan. 23. Major Henry Wygant, Twenty
fourth infantry, left here today for San
Francisco, in compliance with orders re
ceived a few days ago ordering him to
report there with a view of joining his
regiment. Major Wygant returned from
the Philippines two months ago with a
severe case of rheumatism, and, while
his health has heen much improved, he
has not sufficiently recovered to be fit
for active service, and it is thought he
will be assigned to temporary duty at
the Presidio until it shall be deemed
safe for him to return to field service.
Private Emmett B. McElwain, troop A,
Fourth cavalry, was tried by a general
court-martial at this post and found
guilty of desertion. With one previous
conviction standing against him, he was
sentenced to be dishonorably discharged
from the service, to forfeit all pay and
allowances, due him and to be confined
at hard labor at Alcatraz island, Cal
ifornia for one year.
The wind storm last night blew down
one of the three fir trees which had been
.standing or over half a century on the
site of the old Hudson's Bay Company's
stockade, now on the flat inside the reser
Quarantine Agrainst Smallpox.
SPOKANE, Jan. 23 Nelson and Ross
land, in British Columbia, have estab
lished a quarantine against all Eastern
Washington and Northern Idaho points,
on account of the prevalence of smallpox
throughout this territory-
Tacoma is receiving daily about 500,000
feet of logs.
Port Angeles is to have a new bank.
Pennsylvania capitalists are Its promot
ers. Postmaster Topping, of Fairhaven, says
the receipts of the postoffice of that city
for the past year aggregate over $5000.
The erection of a salmon cannery in
Port Townsend Is now an assured fact.
The cost of the cannery, when completed,
will be $69,000.
Sneak-thieves are working industrious
ly at Puyallup. A number of the promi
nent citizens have placed bear traps about
their premises and are sitting up nights
to see what they will catch.
The city clerk's statement for the year
ending December 31, 2S99, shows that in
Sedro-Woolley not a cent of municipal
taxes was levied, and yet, after all ex
penses of running city affairs were paid,
there was a snug oalance lef fin the treas
ury of $705 20.
At Pomeroy last week SI horses were
duly Inspected, and purchased by the gov
ernment. About as many were rejected.
The weather continues "soft" through
out the western Big Bend, says the Wat
erville Empire. The depth of snow on the
ground varies in different localities from
six. inches or less to 12 and IB inches. It
is reported that at Pleasant Hill there
are 16 or IS inches. The snow does not
extend to the Columbia river level, hence
the stage from .here travels about half
way by sleighs and the rest on wheels.
Many people are thinking that the weath
er will continue this way for the remain
der of the winter. f
Germany's Xesv PostOfre Stamps.
The latest news in connection with the
new issue of German postage stamps is to
the effect "that the stanips will not be
ready January X. 1900, but April 1, when the
new German colonial stamps will also in
all probability be finished. A decided ef
fort is being made to do away with the
Wurtemberg and Bavarian stamps, and
to get these, states to adopt the "united
Tvro Remarkable Cities.
Two of the most remarkable cities in the
world are KImberley and Johannesburg;
the one producing two-thirds of the
world's diamonds, the other one-third of
all the gold mined- Twenty -years ago
the present sites of these cities were graz
ing grounds for the Boers' cattle; now
KImberley has a. population of 3o,000, while
Johannesburg Is a modern city of 100,000.
HILSTROM TOTHE ASYLUM
MURDER CHARGE, HOWEVER WAS
- - "SOT-DISMISSED. J
One of the Doctors Filed Opinion
That Patient Ought iever Again
to Be at Large,
ASTORIA, Jan. 23. It is now definitely
settled that Matt Hilstrom will not be
prosecuted on the charge of murder for
killing Lake Moore. Today he was ex
amined in Judge Gray's court,. was ad
Judged insane, and Sheiiff Llnville left this
evening with him for Salem. This puts a
stop to all proceedings on the criminal
charge, but the complaint has not been
dismissed, and should Hilstrom ever be
released from the asylum lie may .be prose
cutedr At the examination today, Drs. Fulton,
Beckman and Kinney comprised the medi
cal board. L. R. Abercombie, who swore
to the original complaint, was not pres
ent. The first witnesses examined were
neighbors of the defendant, living on the
Lewis, and Clark river, all of whom told
of Hilstrom's queer actions the past few
weeks, and how he appeared to think a
number of people were plotting against
the lives of himself and family.
The defendant was next placed on the
stand and told the story of the shooting.
He admitted killing Mr. Moore and shoot
ing at Abercrombie. He spoke without
hesitation, and his features were con
tracted Into a fiendish grin as he related
the details. He displayed no feelings
of sorrof over what had happened, and
apparently thought he had done nothing
wrong. When asked why he shot at Mr.
Abercrombie he said R. R. Cole and Cap
tain Rich had told him Abercrombie had
a gun set for him. He thought Aber
crombie was crazy, and when he met hjm
that morning on the road, feared he would
be shot, so fired with his rifle. He also
stated that a Mrs. Dyer had told him Lake
Moore Intended to kill him and his family
at the first opportunity. When Moore
came to the house on the day of the
shooting he was shaving himself, prepar
atory to coming to town. He saw Moore
make a rush toward the door, so grabbed
his rifle, and, as his wife opened the door,
fired. As soon as he found the two men
with Moore were officers, he made no
attempt to shoot them, as he had no desire
to harm any one who was not trying to
injure him, and whom he had .not been
ordered to shoot. When asked who had
ordered him to shoot these men, Hilstrom
replied: "Charlie FultOn." He also stated
that he was coming to town, as Mr. Ful
ton and Alex Grant were going to have
him elected state marshal.
Mrs. Hilstrom and two of the children
testified that Hilstrom had never attempt
ed to liarm them, but was always talk
ing about some of the neighbors coming
to take them away.
By other witnesses it was shown that
when Hilstrom. was born his mother was
insane, and other members -of the family
had aso been confined in asylums.
Dr. Beckman filed a minority opinion to
the effect that Hilstrom should never
again be allowed to be at large.
ASSASSINATION WAS ATTEMPTED.
Chohcd a. "Woman Xearly to Death
and Fled at Her Screams.
COLFAX, Jan. 22. The sheriff's investi
gation of the assault made early Sunday
morning on Mrs. M. Saxon, at her home
southwest of Colfax, disclosed the fact
that It was not a burglary, but an assas
sination, that was attempted. When Mrs.
Saxon fully recovered her senses, which
was -not until late Sunday afternoon, she
told the following story of the assault:
Shortly after midnight Sunday morning
she heard some one enter the room In
which she was sleeping, with her little
son. The man, reaching the bedside,
seized her by the throat,, at the same time
saying: "You won't escape me this time,
vou ." chokinir her and aDnarent-
ly feeling at his side fdr a knife or other'
weapon. Mrs. Saxon says shd struggled
desperately, striking at the man's face,
and endeavoring to tear his hands away
from her throat, but does not think she
marked him in any way. Finally, for a
moment she tore her throat from the
man's grasp and screamed for help. Ap
parently her assailant--recognized her
voice, as he at once loosed his hold,
sprang back and ran from the room and
house. Mrs. Saxon and the little boy were
the only persons sleeping on the lower
floor, and a rainute or more elapsed before
one of the older bojs ran down the
stairs. Then, by the time a light was ob
tained, Mrs Saxon fainted, and, recover
ing, remained conscious only long enough
to say: "He choked me," pointing to her
throat, which was torn and swollen, with
the marks of the fingers plainly showing.
The shock and her injuries brought on an
attack of heart failure, and for several
hours her death was momentarily ex
pected. No motive for the attempted assassina
tion is apparent. Mrs. Saxon, the. victim
of the assault, is a woman of mature
years, who, so far as known, had not an
OLD MAN HANGS HIMSELF.
Rheumatic Fains Temporarily De
ranged His Mind(
THE DALLES, Or., Jan. 23. Samuel W;
Nealy committed suicide by hanging him
self last night about 5 o'clock. He was
found hanging by a rope to a rafter of the
barn by F. H. Wakefield, his brother-in-law.
Life was entirely extinct For
many years deceased has been a sufferer
from rheumatism, and a short time ago
was brought here from Monmouth in
hopes of improving his health. The deed
was done during temporary derangement
resulting from suffering. Deceased was
78 years of age and unmarried. Besides
Mrs. Wakefield, he leaves another sister,
Mrs. Jane Wolverton, oC Monmouth. The
burial will take place here.
TOOK A DOSE OF LAUDANUM.
Old Man of Tillanioolc Tries to Com
TILLAMOOK, Or., Jan. 22.-Henry Her
rington, who left his home on Sunday
night was found this morning in the lumber-house
of the Tillamook Lumber Com
pany, having attempted suicide by taking
laudanum, a four-ounce bottle being found
on his hat. Dr. Hawke managed to keep
him alive all day, but this evening he is
not expected to live. He is about 70 years
of age. '
MISREPRESENTATION OF A FARM.
Jury Awards Ncbraskan $1500 to
Make Trade'VVith Orcgonlnns Good.1
TOLEDO, Or., Jan. 23. In the circuit
court today the suit of J. A J. Fleming
vs. Parllla Smith and W. E. Smith, for
damages on account of the exchange of a
farm of plaintiff's in Nebraska for a farm
of defendants' in Lincoln county, Oregon,
was tried. The complaint alleged mis
representation of value by defendants.
After three hours' deliberation the jury
awarded $1500 to Fleming.
Iris in Bloom, Frnit Buds Bursting.
MONROE, Or., Jan. 23. Fruitgrowers'
In this vicinity are somewhat worried
about the spring-like weather of the past
week. Fruit buds on several varieties of
trees are swpllen, and a few more warm
days would cause them to break open.
Several specimens of the beautiful Iris
(commonly called the flag or flag lily)
are in full bloom, while instances of
fully matured small fruit are not uncom
mon. It has been several years since
such an open winter has come upon us.
Yesterday, the government thermometer
here registered 57 degrees In the shade.
In Oregon Supreme ' Court.
-SALEM. Jan. 23 Cases were argued In'
the supremp court today as follows:
T. T. Burkhart, appellant, s. R. C.
Hart, respondent; appeal from Multno
mah county; argued and submitted.
W. C. Stltes et al. appellants, vs. James
O. McGee et al., respondents;, appeal from
Josephine county. George W. Colvig was
heard for appellant, and Judge David
Brewer for- appeUapt, and Judge J. R.
Neil for respondent, to be heard later.
CLACKAMAS COUNTY DIVORCES.
Contempt of Court Alleged Improve
ment of the Country Roads.
OREGON CITY, Jan. 23. In the circuit
court today, Adeline G. McElsander, of
Clackamas county, was granted a divorce
on the ground of desertion. Nettie E.
Hair, of Multnomah county, was granted
a divorce from James T. Hair on the
ground of cruelty, but a provision was
made by the court "that neither party Is
capable of contracting marriage with a
third person until this suit is heard and
determined on appeal, and If no appeal be
taken herein, until the expiration of six
months from the date hereof."
In the divorce suit of Lydia D. -vs. John
Howlett, the plaintiff made complaint that
the defendant had sold property contrary
to the restraining order of the court, and
had not delivered over to said plaintiff
certain chattels according to the order of
the court The court ordered a bench
warrant issued for the arrest of the de
fendant and ordered that he be brought
In at once to answer the charge of con
tempt as set forth.
County Commissioner Mqrtdn, of Dam
ascus, states that he and his neighbors will
liave three-quarters of a mile of plank
rocid completed to the Multnomah county
line in a day or two. This work was all
done by private subscription, without ask
ing any aid from the county. The cost
of the Improvement will be about $700.
No less than $50,000- was spent on tho
roads of Clackamas county last year. This
money came out of the road fund, general
fund and considerable of it was raised by
subscription. Already many improve
ments are contemplated for the coming
year, and warrants have been issued for
almost one-half of the road fund that will
be collected by the tax levy. The 5-mill
levy will producft about $21,000 for the -road
fund, which will make it necessary to
draw on the general fund to a considerable
extent to keep up the improvements begun.
SALE OF TIMBJEr' LANDS.
A Transaction of Considerable Im
portance to Coos County.
The largest sale of Coos county timber
lands for some time was consummated
this week. The North Bend mill, through
its manager, L. J. Simpson, purchased
in all 2080 acres of ol6growth timber sit
uated on ."Daniels creek, in township 26,
range 'll .west. The company already
owns 640 acres la the adjoining township
and this, with its recent purchase, gives
it control of one of the finest bodies of
timber In Coos county. This timber can
all be reached by a railroad up Daniels
creek, which road, we understand, is to
be built right away. There is enough
timber on the traQt to keep the mill run
ning for 15 years. The following are the
names of the parties whose claims were
purchased: C. A. Metlin, 320 acres; S. S.
McAdams, 1G0 acres; W. . Sinclair, 160
acres; C. W, Tower, 320 acres; D. L. Rood,
160 acres; W. B. Curtis, 320 acres; C. M.
Hollen estate, 320 acres; John C. Pierce,
160 acres; W. C. Lund, 160 acres. The
price paid was from $7 to $9 per acre.
Manager Simpson Is evidently a firm be
liever in the stability of the lumber trade,
and also shows an abiding faith in the
bright future of Coos bay, evidenced by
the many permanent improvements which
he is making around North Bend.
APPORTIONED CITY REVENUE.
Astoria- Council Mates Saving on at
Least Two Items.
ASTORIA, Jan. 23. At an adjourned
meeting of the city council held last even
ing, appropriations were made for the
expenses of the different departments for
the year 1900. The, estimated receipts are
Liquor licenses $14,000 00
Sundry licenses 2,500 00
Fines and forfeitures 6.000 09
Road tax at 4 mills 6,290 32
Taxes at 10 mills on $1,572,581 15,725 41
Total $44,916 63
The appropriations are about the same
as last year except that for the police
department, whfc'h was reduced $840, the
salary of one patrolman, and the $2500
heretofore paid to the water commission
for the annual Tental of fire hydrants
was cut off. The total appropriations
made for the different departments
amounted to 40,763 50.
Work is in progress today stretching a
telephone wire between Ilwaco and Fort
Canby. When this shall be completed
the life-saving crew will forward infor
mation with reference to shipping at the
mouth of the river.
"WIND AND SLEET STOR3I.
Of Benefit to Fruit Hopgrowers Feel
the Need of Money.
GBRVAIS, Or., Jan. 23. This section was
treated to an unusually heavy wind storm
last night, commencing about 6 o'clock
and lasting into the night. It uprooted a
few trees and laid low some fencing, but
otherwise no damage was done. The
weather turned off cold, and sleet and rain
fell profusely all night, while this fore
nbon cold, rains) accompanied by snow,
fell. It is beneficial, inasmuch as it re
tards the development of fruit buds that
were beginning to enlarge.
There is much complaint of hard times,
and the sections most affected are those
lying between Aurora, this county, and
as far south as Salem the hop-producing
belt. It is a case of "carrying all the
eggs in one basket." Other sections are
affected, but In Southern Oregon they have
their fruit crop and mines, while in East
ern Oregon wheat and stock Influence
financial matters favorably. The hop men
are In a bad way, and there appears to be
no prospects of prices improving; at least
that Is the result of President Jones' East
ern visit in the interest of the hop crop.
Will Visit Several City Schools.
SALEM, Or., Jan. 23 Superintendent of
Public Instruction J. H. Ackerman went
to Portland this morning. He expects,
during the week to visit public sQhools in"
several places, and has the following Itin
erary planned: Hillsboro schools, Wednes
day, January 24; Forest Grove schools,
Thursday; McMInnvllle schools, Friday.
Superintendent Ackerman desires, if pos
sible, to attend an educational meeting at
St. Johns, next Saturday.
Sebastian Aicher, of Nervals.
GERVAIS; ' Or.., Jan. , 23. Sebastian
AlcKer, a promtfient German resident of
this section, died at his home, north of
Gervais, Saturday afternoon, after a brief
illness. The funeral occurred today from
the Catholic church. He had been a res
ident of this Section for the past 20 years.
He left a family of grown-up sons and
' G. W. Nicholson, of Wilhoit.
MARQUAM, Or., Jan. 23. George W.
.Nicholson, of Wilhoit died last night, of
pneumonia, aged -about 40 years. His
parents were old pioneers, settling in this
place about the year 1847. He left a wife,
several brothers nd a sister Mrs. Ema
llne Larkins, of this place.
Delegates From Tillamook.
TILLAMOOK. Jan. 22. The McKinley
Club has chosen the following delegates
to the state league: George A. Fjdmunds,
H. H. Alderman, J. W. Maxwell, J. S.
Stephens, B. L Eddy, T. B. Handley, W.
H. Cooper, F. C. Baker and R. M. Wat
son. It is s)tfd that 'successfill trials of a
telephonic apparatus without wire have
been had jln Italy. The Instruments were
installed on movingvtraiqa
GETS SCALPS AND FIRS
THE WAY A LAK& COUNTY MAN
"-MAKES "HIS LIVING.
Hunts Alone and Never Lnchs a Mar
ket for His Wares Some of
LAKEVIEW, Or., Jan. 18 When the
716 bounty scalps were cleared up recent
ly by the county court, It was found that
the largest number captured by any one
person in the past 30 days was 58, and
William Hammersley was the lucky hunt
er. For these 716 scalps the state will
have to pay 1432 and William Hammers
ley will draw $116 of this sum.
But Hammersley was the least jubilant
of any one present. There were those
present who had only captured three or
four scalps and were full of reminiscences
and advice as to how to succeed In coyote
hunting, but Hammersley looked on with
disgust and listened in. silence. When tho
last of the scalps had gone up in the big
bonfiie kindled for destruction and Ham
mersley walked away toward the black-
smith shop, where he was having some
tiaps repaired, it was remarked that he
had had rather poor luck this month.
' tJpon inquiry it ""was found that he is
the most noted trapper in Southeastern
Oregon. He has been in the world just 27
years and all of this' time he has lived in
Lake county. During all of this time he
has followed nothing else but trapping.
He knows every mountain and desert trail,
every canyon, gulch, stream and nook and
corner of Southeastern Oregon. Winter
after winter he has. spent In some lonely
camp miles and miles from any human.
being or habitation and laid schemes' to
capture, and succeeded in capturing, his
neighbors cougar, marten, lynx, fisher,
wildcat, catmount, coyote, fox, beaver,
otter and mink. Of these he has caught
scores, and hundreds of some of the
Six years ago he began trapping for
coyote. The sheepmen of this section em
ployed him on salary and sent him into
the desert for the "winter. The first spring
following he showed up with 219 coyote
scalps and since that tirtie he has been
Improving as a trapper for that par
ticular kind of animal until he has lost
count of the number captured, but they
run up Into the hundreds. Now that the
state is paying $2 bounty, Hammersley
considers that he has the softest snap of
any man living, and to bring in only 58
last month was a great disappointment to
Prices Paid for Raw Furs.
Within the few years just past he re
'members'tb liave captured, "besides hun
dreds of coyotes, 7- cougars, 250 marten,
150 wildcats, 5Q fisher, 150 foxes, 200
minks and 50 beaver. He makes his living
solely In this way, and a good one at that.
A New York firm has been buying his
furs for a number of years. The biggest
prices are paid for the furs of full-grown
animals, and the skins with "winter coats"
are demanded. This firm pays the freight
all the way to New York, and pays Mr.
Hammersley the net sum of $15 for mar
ten skins, $1 50 for minks, $10 for fisher,
$40 to 200 for silver foxes r $0 to $18 for
cross foxes and $2 50 to $3 50 for red foxes,
$4 50 per pound for beavers, and. In fact,
pays him a good price for all of his furs.
-Ho has recently had demands made on
him from San Francisco for furs.
He has learned the haunts of the vari
ous wild animals like a book, and he goes
and gets them when others say they are
about all cleaned out,.
The coyote, is found everywhere in this
part of the state. Fisher and marten are
found In ,heavy timbered countries. The
timber Is called "tamarack" here, but It
is nothing but black nine. Wildcats and
lynx, as well as the smaller fur-bearing
animals, are found in the rocks and
among the juniper ridges bordering the
desert. Of course, the beaver and otter
are found on the streams, and on all the
streams flowing into the great inland sea
of Lake county Gocfse lake.
Of all the wonderful experiences of this
young Oregon trapper, he regards-the one
with a mule deer, a large buck, about a
year ago in Goose lake valley, as the
most remarkable. He was walking along
the foothills and saw one of these large
animals within range. He drew a bead
and fired. The animal fell at the crack
of his rifle. The hunter went, as was his
custom, to "stick" the animal, and talc
ing the supposed dead animal by one horn,
he started the knife into its throat.
Quick as lightning the animal rose, and
with Hammersley hanging on to its
horns with one hand and pressing the
knife against its throat with the other,
it lunged at him. He turned the animal
down a steep incline and the two battled
for supremacy, Hammersley still holding
on and the animal trjing to gore him
with Its horns. At last the hunter saw
the deep banks of a gulch yawning be
fore them and thought to lead the deer
to this and throw It over the precipice.
But the deer saw it, too, and turned and
backed against a tree and made a final
lunge for the trapper. Hammersley, find
ing that he could neither insert the knife
nor manage the deer with one hand, re
leased the knife and seizing the other
prong of horns with this hand, threw the
deer with such force and with such a
wrench that he broke its neck.
Persists in Trapping Alone.
While there are hundreds now trapping
in this county, and hunting for the "bounty-catchers"
and using every means
Imaginable to catch and kill the pests of
the sheepmen, Hammersley Is still using
his old scheme of trapping aloae. He goes
tojitheispot selected and. starts out In a
circular course from- camp' and goes en
tirely around his camp, connecting with
the llpe started out on in returning. He
sets traps along this line, according, to
the lay of the country, from 1Q0 yards
to a quarter of a mile apart. He visits
these traps once a day, and in doing so
travels 12 to 18 miles. He says by setting,
the traps In a circle he only goes over the
line once a day. while those who set them
In a straight line, with the camp In the
center, have to travel over the rond
twice every day. The wary animals soon
get afraid of a trail so extensively trav
eled and seek new quarters. The bait
used in these traps is squirrel or rabbit
or other fresh meat. For coyotes, cats,
beaver and mink,, the traps have to be
hidden under leaves or grass or loose dirt,
but the marten and fisher will fall into
Those who use poisons mix several
kinds. In some of the baits prepared
there are nearly a dozen ingredients.
Every man has his own recipe. It is said
that they are so mixed to keep the animal
from detecting them easily and that they
kill quicker. One drug store in Lakevlew
alone has sold over $250 worth of poisons
this season already.
The most successful plan in using pois
ons is to find the carcass of a dead animal,
and around this every night leave pois
oned fragments of tallow and lard, and
the coyotes, which never quit visiting a
carcass nightly, even after the bones are
dry, find these fragments or baits and
devour them, and often fall dead within
a few yards of the place. Two Inexperi
enced hunters killed 23 coyotes in one
night in this way last month.
Arteilan Water at 300 Feet.
PRINEVILLE. Or.. Jan. 20. While bor
ing their first well, from which to supply
the city with water, H. V. Gates & Co.
struck artesian water this afternoon.
Whep down 200 feet a continuous flow
of clear, cold water was obtained.
Umatilla populists are reported to be
against fusion this year.
Oakland beat Wilbur at football on the
20th, by a score of 53 to 6.
Mormon elders are holding meetings at
points in Wallowa county.
Baker Citj 's special tax to continue her
schools was carried by a vote of 50 to 1.
Eagle valley has a "whisky wagon"
presumably a concern that peddles fire
water. William Brawnlee, a 17-year-old lad.
has been held at Eugene In $750 bonds to
answer a charge of grand larceny.
Dr. Lon Cleaver, formerly of Portland,
Is reported to have been highly success
ful in mining operations near Sumpter.
At Mohawk, on the 21st, Marcellus Ar
nel is reported to have stabbed Alex
Lewis In a fight, Inflicting three serious
Another sawmill will soon be in opera
tion on the Siuslaw. It will be owned by
Saubert & Co., and will cut about 30,000
William P. Dunnavin died at Myrtle
Creek, the 20th Inst. He was a son of
James Dunnavin, aged 27, and leaves a
Brakeman Harvey, who was held to an
swer for assault on Winnie Thorn, was
promptly discharged by the Southern Pa
The Marshfield Sun understands that
the Western Union Telegraph Company
will extend Its- line to all points in the
county the coming summer.
There will be no debate this winter be
tween the state universities of Oregon
and California, but effort will be made to
have a "meet" next winter.
John Heffron, a veteran prospector,
died at Baker City on the 20th, aged 60.
He was a veteran of the civil war. and
was burled by Hooker post, G. A. R.
Three horses belonging to the mail
carrier on the Roseburg-Myrtle Point
route fell off the grade last Saturday. A
Marshfield paper says that most of the
mail was recovered.
The big flume across Olalla canyon,
says the Roseburg Review, only carried
the water from Byron creek, and its col
lapse does not interfere with the main
ditch from Olalla creek.
Hon. J. U, Nosier, of Cbos county, who
was elected as a populist, but co-operated
with Senator Mitchell's forces In the no
session legislature of 1897, was recently
married to Mrs. Henrietta Sovereign, of
Hon. Steele L. Moorehead, of Junction,
is mentioned as a nepubllcan candidate
for joint senator of Lane, Douglas and
Josephine. The Roseburg Plalndealer
(Hermann's organ) thinks his nomination
would be satisfactory.
A barrel of whisky, supposed to have
come from the wreck of the Brother Jon
athan, which was lost off Crescent City
in 1865, was washed ashore last week, says
the Marshfield Coast Mall. The barrel is
In good condition, and tha whisky should
be of rare quality.
A river steamer is being built on the
Coqullle by T. D. White, Alex Snyder
and John Moomaw, which is to have a
speed of 14 knots an" hour. The Coos Bay
News says It is the- intention to make two
round trips per day between Coqullle
City and Bandon during the summer
C. M. Minter, Lewis Rapp and Theo.
DImick, while trying to take a ferry cable
across the Umpqua at Elkton in a small
boat, were thrown Into the water by the
boat's upsetting. Two of them reached
the shore, but Minter was carried down
Into rapids and drowned. He leaves a
wife and seven children.
Ira E. Smith, of Polk county, has been
referred to as one of the members of the
legislature of 1895, who was disloyal to
Senator Dolph and plotted for his defeat.
A well-known supporter of Senator Dolph,
Who was a member of the-house at the
time, expresses his conviction that tho
support given by Smith to Dolph was
earnest and steadfast.
A ferry Is reported by the Marshfield
Coast Mail to have been established by
the county authorities- at the site of the
fallen bridge, near Myrtle Point. The
ferryman is paid $50 per month to fur
nish free transportation. A contract has
been ,let to recover that portion of the
bridge which fell into the river and put
it in shape for rebuilding, the contract
price for the salvage being $350.
A Texas man is the Inventor of a coffee
pot so arranged that with the necessary
attachments It can be converted into a
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FRUITGROWERS TO MEE1
ANNUAL SESSION AT AGRICULTURAL
COLLEGE NEXT 1VXEK.
State Horticultural Society Will Hold
Its Election Then FulL Pro
gramme for the Meeting
CORVALLIS. Jan. 23. Preparations are
complete for the fruitgrowers convention,
which will be in session In this city on
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of next
week. The convention Is called in pur
suance of the following resolution, adopt
ed as the fruitgrowers convention. hea
at the college, last year:
"Resolved. That we request the presi
dent and faculty of the Oregon agricul
tural college, if it is convenient to them,
annually to prepare for and call a con
vention of the fruitgrowers of this state
to meet here during the time of the lec
tures of the farmers short course."
During the session, the state horticul
tural society will hold Its annual meet
ing for the purpose of electing officers
and for the transaction of such other
business as may come before the society.
This meeting will occur at D A. M. Feb
Railroads will allow reduced rates. Full
fare will bo collected to Corvaliis. for
which a receipt should be taken from tho
agent. These receipts, when properly
signed by the college authorities, will en
title the holder to greatly reduced rates
for the return trip. The programme,
complete. Is as follows:
Wednesday. 2:30 P. M. Organisation;
"Hybridization In Flower and Fruit Cul
ture," George Coote; discussion, C. E.
Hoskins, W. S. Failincr. Evening session.
7:30 Music; address of welcome. Hon. J.
T. Apperson; response, M. O. Lownsdale;
music: address. Dr. M. G. Blalock; mu
sic. Thursday. 10 A. M.-"The Italian and
Its Shortcomings," E. R. Lake; discus
sion, Professor E. B. McEIroy, J. R.
Shepard: "Varieties of Prunes Suitable for
Oregon." TV. K. Newell; discussion J.
H. Rees. W. C. Winston. Afternoon ses
sion. 2 P. M. "How to Predict the Oc
currence of Frosts and Prevent Injury to
Orchards Therefrom," Dr. A- Sharpies;
discussion, E. C. Armstrong. E. J. Lea;
"Evaporation." W. K. Allen: discussion.
J. H. Fletcher, S. D. Evans. Evening ses
sion, 7:30 Music; "Fruit Products and
Their Chemical Make-Up," G. W. Shaw;
discussion; music; "Interest of the Fruit
grower In Pure-Food Laws." H. M. Wil
liamson; discussion: music; "Education
for Horticulturists," Hon. J. E. Baker;
Friday. 10 A. M. "Marketing Fruit."
J. T. Brumfield: discussion. C. L. Dalley.
L. B. Clough; "Co-operation in Marketing
of Fruit." Albert Brownell: discussion. C.
B. Graves. H. L. Bunnell: "The Grape
In Southern Oregon." A. H. Carson: dis
cussion. Emile Schauno. E. J. Broetje.
Afternoon session. 2 P. M. "Apple Can
ker. Anthracnose," A. B. Cordley: discus
sion, M. O. Lownsdale, Asa Holaday;
"Some Mistakes In Pruning." L. T. -wey-nolds;
discussion. E. H. Skinner, Oharlese
Long. Evening session Music; "The Fin
ished Product." C. A. Tonneson; discus
sion; music; "Up - to - Date Fruitgrow
ing," Emory E. Smith: music.
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How He Is Improving His Ranch
at Warren, Columbia County.
ST. HELENS, Or., Jan. 23. Last fall.
W. C. Noon, the tent and bngmaker of
Portland, commenced the improvement of
hii ranch at Warren, where he has 140
acros of fine farming land.
He has erected a barn 10S.S2 faet. 46
feet from lower floor to comb of roof.
It will accommodate 100 cowt, sfcc horsf3
and a number of calves. On the lower
floor in one end is a large harness room
and a granary. Occupying the north end
is a feed-gr'ndlng room and an ensilage
cutt'nff room, with the necessary ma
chinery In each. Bptween thasaf rooms are
tna circular silos. 2&d& feet, capable 6t
holding several hundred tons of ensllago.
The stanchlors for holding the cattle aro
I so arranged that when the cow puta her
head In to eat she drops & weight, which
closes the stanchion. These stanchions
are swung on pivots, allowing the ani
mal more freedom than the- old stationary
or fixed stanchion.
Mr. Noon has erected a hotel or bunk
house 18x40 feet, two stories, with a ca
pacity for 32. men. A blacksmith shop, ixx
26 feet, with one forge, has Just been com
pleted. The chicken house, which is a
model one. Is 34x50 feet
The foundation is laid for a creamery
40xtw feet, two stories with a water tower
45 feet high. There he intends to man-
ufacturo both butter and cheese. Soon
as the creamery is completed. Mr. Noon
will commence the erection of a fine coun
He- has donated a large lot to tho M.
E. society; of Warren, who are preparing
to erect a neat chapel 32x24 feet.
The Improvements now completed and
under way will add several thousand
dollars to the wealth of this locality.
New Church for St. Helens.
ST. HELENS. Or.. Jan. 23. Rev. D.
; McLachlln, pastor of the M. E. church, has
secured $1000 to commence the erection of
a new church la St. Helens.
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