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PORTLAND, OBEGOtff SUNDAY lOENING, MAECH 4, 1900.
PAGES 13 TO 24
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Tills Is the forest primeval. The murmuring
pines and the hemlocks,
Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens,
came to Vancouver from Montreal, and
with the aid of a band of Sisters of Mercy
; cuardlne the fort and the carrlson like
andln?tTneJllli?t.SannCntS ETta' I Krlm. senUncls- II ls a xIevr that Ins?13 . built a chapel. They scattered the gospel.
....... ..... .7? . mate onrt nrtlefs nnd rnitnps frhn sordid- I mlnlstftrnd tn thnw "whn TrerA stole nnd
poets and artists, and causes the sordid'
minded to dream of romance.
In 1S49, United States soldiers occupied j
tho Territory of Oregon. A Teglment of
militia rifles had marchel overland and
was stationed at Oregon City. This ar
rangement was made In consequence of
I a svn .0 a UiMffAn'a Tn w Prtrwnn nw
that year the Valjey i TTnJtod Rtnf Rnvornmont nnd
Stand like Druids of eld, with voices sad and
Stand 4lke harpers hoar, with beards that rest
on their bosoms.
HUS was historic
Vancouver in 1S24. In
A J ' S N
of the Columbia was
unsettled and unex
plored. It was a
wilderness, vast and
unknown. It was then
that the Hudson's
Bay Company select
ed on the right bank
of the Columbia,
about 110 miles from
its mouth, a site
where It built Its
chief factory and en
trepot on the Pacltic
Coast The company's
choice was doubtless
Influenced by two reasons the expediency
of penetrating as far as possible Into the
fur country and the necessity of sustain
ing ocean communication with the moth
er land. That the confluence of the great
"Willamette was only six miles away, per
haps had something to do with it. The
few settlers who had built rude cabins in
the boundless wilds were caused to feel
discouraged, and this spirit was carried so
far that squatters were forcibly repelled.
It was the business of the Hudson's Bay
Company to get furs. Settlement and civ
ilization Interfered with this business, and
it is no wonder that they failed to flour
ish In the beautiful Land-of the Columbia
for many years.
Such was Fort Vancouver until a half
century ago. Today It Is the most beau
tiful military post in the country, perhaps
In the world. It is also the most healthy.
Its altlude is from 50 to 100 feet above
tho level of the sea. The military res
ervation extends one and a half miles
north of the river, and three-fifths of a
mile along Its bank. A great part of It
ls yet In heavy fir timber, affording re
markably fine driving and bridle paths. In
the extreme northeast corner of , the reser
vation are the waterworks, and, Just out
side, on another plat of ground, ls the
burylng-ground. The buildings are ranged
along- the water front, and not very far
From the Oregon Shore.
Take the wings
Of mornlr.gr, traverse Barca's defert sands,
Or lose thyself In the continuous woods
Where rolls the Oregon, and hear no pound
Sae his own dashlngs j et the dead are there.
The river Is the soul of the land to
which It belongs. Fringing Its banks,
floating upon Its waters, now placid, now
turbid, are the Interests, the history and
the romance of the people. Vancouver's
chlefest Importance comes from tho
mighty Columbia, and from Its wido ex
panse and from the Oregon shore do the
beauties of Vancouver show to best ad
vantage. The view Is simply sublime.
Along the bank are the drilling-grounds,
with their covering of perennial green;
Just above, on higher ground, are the long
an artillery companyr under Captain
Hathaway, took temporary possession un
til the militia rifles arrived.
Autumn of '40.
This was in the Autumn of 1S49, and on
arrival at Vancouver the rifles laid out
and built Fort Vancouver, nearly on tho
site of the old fort of the Hudson's Bay
Company. The same reasons actuated
them In selecting this site that Influenced
the Hudson's Bay Company in 1S24. Until
a dozen years ago the old stockade fort
was standing, although it was in Tuins.
But little use was made of It after the
British Company abandoned It. But for
23 years or more the governor and chief
factors of that company resided there.
They nominally held joint possession of
the whole of Oregon Territory with the
United States Government, but really, for
the greater portion of that time, the com
pany held it alone.
At Vancouver lived, In bachelorhood, or
with Indian wives, a little colony of re
fined and educated men, who, by the con
ditions of their servitude to the London
Company, were forced to lead an existence
of almost monastic seclusion. True, It
happened sometimes that naturalists, ad
venturous travelers and others, drifted
to this comfortable haven in the wilder
ness, and that by their talk, they broke
the dreary monotony and created a little
variety for the recluses. Very hospitable
they found them, ready to provide any
civilized luxury their fort contained, and
without price, so long as it suited the vis
itors to remain.
About Vancouver Town.
Shades of the mlght, can It be
This ls all that's left of thee?
Vancouver Town was first called Colum
bia City. It was considered a place of
much Importance, and wii a promising
hamlet. It even threatened to obscure tho
rising glories of Portland. It was found
ed the same time the fort was built. De
fective land titles repressed Its growth,
however, and the years make little
changes In Its development. It will prob
ably never be more than an appendage to
Fort Vancouver. For a long time. It de
pended chiefly on the sale of liquors to
soldiers for its existence. Of late years,
owing to the great beauty of Its location,
Its proximity to the Metropolis of Port
land, and tho salubrity of the climate,
retired army officers, and military people
generally, select ltfor a place of residence.
Every inch of It Is historic ground; it has
been the seat of warlike operations be
tween white and red men.
On the COth of May, 1550, the Hudson's
Bay Company vacated Its site within the
limits of the reserve of Fort Vancouver,
in accordance with the treaty of 1S49.
Congress passed an act in 1S54, giving to
ministered to those who were sick and
needy, and later instituted a claim for
6(0 acres of land, including much of the
military reservation. A considerable
amount of tedious litigation followed and,
by a decision of the Supreme Court, the
Catholic Church was given a clear title
to .43.999 of an acre, located at the old
Catholic Church, and Including the site
of the church and the graves where the
good Sisters were burled.
This old church was burned In 1SS9. On
the same night occurred a conflagration
was only a Lieutenant in the Fourth In- j from Vancouver Barracks. "While he was
fantry, and again after he had conquered stationed there, then a lieutenant just
the armies of the Southern Confederacy " out of West Point, the post at The Dalles
and had twice been ruler of our great '
country. It was while returning: from his 1
trip around the world that ho last visited
the post, Harney was at one time sta
tioned at Vancouver, and there is a spot
called Harney Hill, named in his honor.
Among others who lived et the post may
be mentioned: Jefferson C. Davis, Gen
erals Otis, Gibbon, Miles, Merriam, Kantz,
Carlln, Longstreet, the brave Pickett, O.
O. Howard. Brooke, Shafter, Schofield,
McDowell, Pope, "Wheaton, w ho Is now re
tired and In England, and "Wright, who
that practically wiped Vancouver from the was drowned when the Brother Jon
face of the map of Washington. The fire I athan was wrecked. "When the Impetuous
Is still a mystery. It originated in the Picket was In charge at Vancouver he De-
church and was the work of malicious came entangled with the British authori
ties at Vancouver Island, and had to be
called away by his superior officer to save
tho Government from embarassment.
Before the advent of the white settlers,
Vancouver was an Indian burying ground.
"Where the" Post Hall now stands ls the
spot where sleep many Indian braves. In
making excavations there, workmen have
found many beads, skulls, bones, etc
Now glory guards with solemn round
The- bivouac of the dead.
Gibbon's "IHsher Authority."
"While General Gibbon was in command,
he Issued an order that alone would keep
Wo tnomorv irreen In army circles. It Is
persons. Coal oil was smelled, -when the
fire was first discovered. The firemen soon
did their work and the citizens and sol
diers returned home. One hour later, the
whole town was In flames, and the fire
raged In fury until there were only a few
houses left In the center of the place. This
was the year of the Johnstown flood, and
General Gibbon, who was in command,
held a bazaar and festival, on the Fourth
of July, for the benefit of the flood suffer
ers. This will long be remembered by
many Portland people, as enough of them
visited Vancouver to swell the receipts
of the celebration to $SG00. The transpor-
was manned by a sergeant and a half
dozen or so men. Indians crept up on
them and soon had them surrounded.
They made a rush for the blockhouse,
but they were in great peril and could not
long hold out unless help arrived. They
made a gallant fight, but the Indians were
not perceptibly lessened. A fialf-ireed
mounted a pony and. In an lnovlllbly
short time, reached Vancouver, with the
Sheridan was standing by on his arri
val and at once begged to be allowed to
lead the rescue party. His request was
granted and ne was given an old schoneor,
25 or DO men and two old howitzers, besides
small arms. Tho soldier's were nearly
exhausted In getting the boat to Tho
Dalles, but arrived there finally and quick
ly scattered the Indian assailants of tho
post with shells from the howitzers.
Bottom Story on Top.
On the lower side of the path that leads
from Vancouver village to the reserva
tion, stands a plain, ramshackled old
wooden building that was framed in New
York and brought to Vancouver In pieces,
by way of Cape Horn. There were no
expert carpenters and builders In Ore
gon in those days, and the house was
put together by private soldiers. They
got the timbers shuffled and placed what
tation from Portland to Vancouver was j generaliy known, that all officers detailed was Intended for the top story on tho
Its Present Occupancy.
Vancouver ls considered a regimental
post and was used as such for a long time
previous to the Spanish War. At present
it Is occupied by only one company Com
pany B, Twenty-fourth (colored) Infantry.
under the command of Captain Henry C. , causes of compiaInt
tnr- mirf-mnrt:lnl duty are expected to
report. Officers at Vancouver had begun
to get careless, and often several members
of a court-martial would fail to show up.
This caused much delay and annoyance
and greatly exasperated General Gibbon.
He then Issued his famous order, contain
ing this sentence, after an. outline of the
Keene, jr. Lieutenant Sweeney, of the
Twenty-fourth, ls at the barracks, but ls
under orders to go to Manila. At the
commencement of the present war, many
of tho troops were sent to the Orient and
others to Alaskan posts. Since 1S7S the
post has been tho headquarters of the
military department of the Columbia. Pre
vious to that time, Portland was the
headquarters of the department.
Vancouver Post must largely depend on
-naturp for Its beauty, JT.h.egtlflclal part J
Is relatively Insignificant Tho buildings
are all of wood and of limited pretensions.
They consist of 12 sets of two-story tar
racks, all on tho same general plan, and
37 sets of officers' quarters, all framo
buildings. Some of the officers' quarters
are very pretty, and their attractive ap
pearance is enhanced by the beauty of
the surroundings. Besides these are the
department headquarters, post headquar
ters, hospital and the clubhouse; several
sets of married soldiers' quarters, the
army canteen building and the library.
The bath-house ls the pride of the post.
This is modern in all its appointments,
with hot and cold shower baths and con
crete floors, and has a capacity of bath
ing for SO men an hour.
Apropos of the health of the post, when
tho Eighth California volunteers were at
Vancouver they brought typhoid fever
with them. There were 21 cases, all told,
and all of them recovered. This ls some
thing remarkable In army history. Very
bottom and the bottom story on top. It
is standing thus today, with the hlgh-est-celllnged
room on the top floor.
The famous Confederate guerrilla. Col
onel Mosby, has visited the post, but, of.
course, was never stationed there, as ho
was never in the military service of tho
United States, and many famous civilians
have spent some days In -the historic
spot. The son of General Howard, and
the daughter of General Miles, who was
recently married to Lieutenant Keber,
wero partly reared at this post.
PEN AND PENCIL.
Hard nuts to crack bolt nuts.
Some people frown at the oyster, yer
smllo at a pound of tripe.
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f A j 71 , All lines of buildings and officers' quarters.
Is 1 1 k
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d .Howara save a re- girls andTto?ewlUpgaphln are allkaa
GrantTa Fhlch wasffinone'waySthr both uselKKmr""-
all missionary societies that established
and on the higher mesa, or table land, are permanent missions in the "West, a section
beautiful walks and drives and tlie tower- of land of 610 acres. This was allowed
tag trees of the virgin forest. Between the'Methodist Church at The Dalles, and
and below are the broad waters of. the Or- a 'similar grant was made to the pioneer
egon, that gleam and glisten in-'hf sun preachers ia "Walla "flealla Valley. "While
light like a sliver lake, and f arJaVay la. the Hudson- Uaj' Company was in pos
the distance stand lofty Mount 'Sood, UwuJnn abisKbp of the Catholic Church
few men die from disease contracted In
Vancouver. Most of the people who are
burled there owe their death to accident.
Few posts in the covlntry have been the
homes of more famous soldiers than Van
couver. Gallant Phil Sheridan was here,
when fresh from the military academy at
"West Point. Grant was here, when he
Officers detailed for general court-mar
tial cannot be excused from duty, except
on the spot, by the department command
er, Pro Idence or higher authority."
General O. O. Howard, who was once
in command of the post, was very pre
cise and a great man to adhere to red
tape. It was during his administration
that General Grant revisited the post In
1ST9, on his return home from his famous
trip abroad. General Howard gave
ceptloirJ "to "Genera
gathered the elite of two states. In and
about the barracks, were a number of
private soldiers who had fought In Mexi
co with Grant. "When they heard of his
arrival, they sent a committee to arrange
with him for a reception of their own.
General Grant visited them and soon be
came greatly Interested In their conver
sation. Old soldiers' relations of experi
ences In the haunts and halls of the Mon
tezumas were much more to his taste
than the dress parade affair of the even
ing, and Grant forgot to return to Gen
eral Howard. As minutes grew Into
hours, Howard was on pins and needles,
and messengers to the great commander
followed each other with great rapidity,
but Grant kept up his talk with the boys
who fought in the trenches.
At length, after the greater part of the
evening was spent, and some of the guests
had departed, he came Into the reception
room and said: "I have been visiting
with friends from Mexico. Tell Howard
to go on with his show."
Grant and Major Eclcerson.
General Grant and Major Theodore J.
Eckerson, of this city, met at Vancouver,
after many years' separation. They
fought together in Mexico, when Ecker
son was In the Third and Grant was in
tho Fourth infantry. The two men took
a great fancy to each other. Years after
ward Grant was walking through the pa
rade grounds and was saluted by an ar
tillery sergeant. He said: "I've met you
before somewhere, sergeant." Eckerson
then made himself known.
At that time. Grant, Sheridan, Ingalls
and McFeely were at Vancouver. Grant
told his comrades of Eckerson, and they
decided to do something for the latter. He
was made storekeeper, with the rank of
captain In the regular army, which
brought him to their own rank, and ho
was placed in charge of the'ar3enal.
After Grant had become Lieutenant
General of the army, he received a letter
from Captain Eckerson, at City Point,
Va., to the effect that there was little op
portunity for promotion as military store
keeper, and making application for a cap
taincy on the staff. Grant Indorsed his
application, and Eckerson was made a
captain In the quartermaster's depart
ment by President Lincoln. "While Grant
was President Eckerson was promoted to 1 lemon pie, etc ""Well, you'll find a few
his present rank 1 cords in the woodshed. Suppose you fa or
me with an obllgato." "Pardon the pro
Gibbon Shocked Methodists. I nunclation, madam." remarked Perlpatlc
r0, p... . ! Padroosky; "but Chopin Is not popular
General Gibbon, who was a fine officer .jth me "
and a strong man, was very popular with In Eas't Portiand. a short while ago, a
civilians as well as with the army. While ' youn wroman took a dese of patent med -he
was In command of the post, a Metho- j cine, guaranteed to remove freckles, and
dlst conference was held at Vancouver. 1 It took three doctors, a high-pressure
Just previous to this. Gibbon had said, stomach-pump, $2 50 worth of drugs and
half the old women in ine neij"""roou j
pull her back to earth from the borders
of the land where freckles cease from
troubling. V. L C.
! 3 U
Eastern visitor In Seattle You hava
about 70,000 population. I believe. Seattle
man Yes. counting me.
Funny thing about the telephone. If you
swear Into it, they cut you off, and if you
don't swear, they never hear you.
Two articles given away with more
cheerfulness by the possecsor than any
thing else on earth tobacco and matches.
I have known a man to order champagne
for his dinner In ordet xo appear swell,
who had to reverse h!s cuffs so as to
show" a clean shirt.
Th! world Is full of song by writers;
Still they claim It does not pay.
But we think there's money In It,
If thej'd all go pitching hay.
If some men worked as hard trying to
make a living as they do in pounding tho
bass drum cf come religious army, they
would be a great deal better off.
Some people who never go to Church, or
even pray, for that matter, are just as
good to those In sorrow and distress as
the folks whose knees and teeth shake,
overy time they hear a church bell.
"If that locomotive were over In Brit
ish Columbia," said a bystander at the
Union Depot the other day "It would bo
arrested and Imprisoned, sure." "What
for?" we asked. "For having a 'crown
sheof In its precession," he replied. Then
we kicked ourselves.
A woman Is like one of the big trusts.
Tho instant she acquires a controlling in-
1 terest in you. she becomes a regular
' ringmaster. She will make jou Jump
1 through, lie down, roll over, walk lame
I nnd play dead. And don't think for a
i minute you won't do It. either.
During a storm In South Carolina it
I rained erls, some of which were over six
1 feet In length. Ex. We presume the col
ored population thought the Lord wai
I sending more rope to the whites, and that
that is tne reason it maae such a. vicui
tous flight to the open country.
You are blinded to a fault:
You are raising up a barrier
Your ambition cannot vault'.
If you'll Join with us for freedom.
Then the lofty heights jou scan
Will be yours, with all the glory;
You can be an alderman.
Some young men will go to the race
track or gambling halls and lose $25 or $30
and think nothing of It. But If their
hard-working mother or sister would ask
the samo young man for a five-dollar bill,
he would rave, tear and make such a fus3
about It that even the color In the carpet
would fade In shame.
"A musician out of work, are you?"
said a lady in Portland to the hobo who
asked for the usual hand-out of turkey,
or done something that brought him prom
inently before the public, and the Meth
odist brethren thought It would be a
gracious thing to pay their respects to
him in a body. This was done, and tho
long line of black-coated clergymen, head
ed by their -venerable bishop, marched
in solid file from the Methodist Church
to the army barracks.
Gibbon was playing billiards with an
officer and had his coat and collar off,
when the ministers arrived. A soldier
went in and said: "General, some gentle
men wish to see you." "All right," re
plied the commander, and he rushed into
the presence of the clergy, billiard cue In
hand, hatlcss and coatless.
The ministers and tho bishop were
shocked. Not so, Gibbon. He soon donned
his regimentals and showed the visitors
through the garrison. When the bishop
and his flock left they were strong parti
sans of General Gibbon.
General Sheridan went to his first fight I
The Old-Time Chimney.
These here steam-het bulldln's
Ain't a-sultln' me1.
"Want the ol'-tlme chimney.
With the sparks a-flln' free I
'Tater In the ashe
Fine as fine kin be;
Fire Jest a-tellln"
The ol'-tlme tales to met
Want the ol'-tlme fire
Chimney Jest so wide
Fam'ly in the middle.
An room on either oldel
Fiddle In the corner
Watchdog on the mat;
Greasy griddle smokln'.
An possum top o that!
Take yer steam-het bulldln's
Don't kcer fer jer steam;
Want the ol'-tlme chimney '
Whar I Ioys to drtamt