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About The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current | View Entire Issue (Aug. 4, 1912)
PRNDLETON ROUNDUP THIS
BY ADDISON BENNETT. i
HAT Is the Round-Up? Mind. I
do not ask what U "a" round-
nt. hut the round-US. for I
taka It as an undisputed and undis-
putable fact that there is now but
one round-up, and that is given at
Pendleton every season, the dates for
the coming event being September 26.
27 and 28. '
To answer iar own Question, I will
say that the Round-Up is not a circus,
not a wild west show, not an out-door
theatrical performance it is the best
features taken from all of these, with
a dozen other thrilling fsatures thrown
in. making a performance lasting fromr
three to three and a half hours with
out a single dull moment and every
day different, x with interest growing
as the climaxes of the last day are
reached, for then the three-day races
and various other contests culminate.
During 362 days of the year, the
Round-Up belongs to Pendleton; during
the other three days Pendleton belongs
to the Round-Up. During the 362 days
the Round-Up committee or managers,
or promoters, or whatever you may
choose to call those who have charge
of the event, are aa a chosen few
against the population of the town;
during the other three days, some 20,000
to 25,000 strangers Invade the city, and
these guests, and the "game" that
brought them there, I. e., the Round
Up, dominate and control Pendleton.
, Pendleton is only a small place, com
paratively speaking. The populatioii,
during the 362 inert and inactive days,
is about 4500. Maybe a few more or
a few less. During the other three
days the population jumps 30,000. will
perhaps this year go well beyond that
number, and each succeeding year the
number will increase.
But to get back to my question
"What is the Round-Up?" It is a game
played by wild horses. Intrepid riders,
cowboys, Indians and wild cattle. The
game is played v in the open, the races
are over a Quarter-mile track, the
roping and lassoing, and marching and
counter-marching, are done in the
arena formed by the inner fences of
the track, ared around this great con
course are seats for 25,000. Usually
every seat Is taken.
. Rear Cowboy I Disappearing.
The cowboy, like the Indian, is a
declining and decadent species. It will
not be a great many years until an
Indian will be difficult to And I mean,
an Indian who lives as did his fore
fathers, who dresses as did his fore
fathers, a real son of his tribe, and a
real believer In the doctrine -that labor
is degrading. And even before the
Indian become a curiosity, the cowboy
will have disappeared entirely from
field and range. The alleged cowboys
of the future will learn the business
through correspondence schols. as many
of those in the circuses and wild west
shows of the present have learned it.
Many of them never saw a branding
iron, don't know a quirt from a rodeo.
Perhaps they think both some special
dish prepared by the cook.
But there are on the Western ranges
still some real cowboys, some of those
who ride the range for wages and
not for show, some who would scorn
to do any sort of manual labor that
cannot be done on horseback; and at
the Pendleton Round-Up you will see
many of them in their gaudy trappings,
riding their favorite horses, or "bust
ing" some of the wild and outlaw cow
ponies, gotten together by the Round
And there you will see the greatest
assemblage of Indians, both bucks and
squaws, that has been gotten together
for many, many years within a very
few years the gathering of such a
band of Indians will ba impossible.
These Indians .re the pick from
several trlbes such as the Bannocks,
Yakimas, Blackfeet and Umatillas, with
the latter predominating. And only
those who can "dress the part," are
allowed on the grounds. As the Uma
tillas ar very rich they give lull play
YEAR WILL BE GREATER THAN EVER
to their love of fine apparel, and con
sequently the Round-Up will bring to
gether the finest dressed band of red
skins ever assembled In this country.
EIU Tooth Coat Worth S30,G00.
During the Elks' carnival in Portland
last month one visiting Elk received
great renown from - a coat he wore,
which was covered with elk teeth, ar
row heads, etc The owner claimed It
was worth 110,000. Perhaps it was, or
will be some day. But there is a squaw
up on the Umatilla reservation who has
a coat covered with elk teeth, elk teeth
that are elk teeth. This coat is worth
over $30,000, and good Judges say it is
not only cheap at that figure, but worth
several thousand dollars more. This
coat was? seen in the parade last year
and will be seen again this year. And
other squaws and many of the bucks
will ' wear garments almost beyond
What is the round-up? Well, I'll be
dinged if I can describe it. I thought
I could when I began this article; but
when I hark back to the round-ups of
last year, and the year before, I seem
to see but an artistic blending of color,
Indians and whites in gay and gaudy
raiment, bosses elaborately caparisoned,
all marching and counter-marching,
r.a ami T-lrltnsr events of treat daring,
ronlnir of steers, bucking bronchos.
whirling stage coaches, Indian war
HontLG effunw rapes three hours of
events so swift and so entrancing as to
make each visitor swear he will never
miss the round-up a single year.
, I have said that Pendleton wakes up
in the morning a city of less than 6000.
and goes to bed at night a city of
30,000 or more. And yet the arrange
ments are so perfect that there is no
friction, no inconvenience, no trouble
of any sort. Everybody gets enough to
eat at a moderate price, and a good
bed to sleep in wnuuuw uvwv,iw6c
During the entire three days of the
show" last year 1 naa noi Been
drunken man. There were no robberies
or hold-ups and no fights or melees of
any sort. But a Jollier' crowd I never
saw, or a crowd better satisfied with
I think it speaks well, for Oregon, for
Oregon civic pride, when it is shown
that the round-up belongs to Pendle
ton, to Pendleton the city, and yet it
was given to that city by those who
originated and first staged it. It cost
these splendid citizens of Pendleton a
6y 4?. a. 4Cf
lot of money and great labor. They had
to dig deep into their purses and draw
heavily on Drain ana r.. untie. j.mcj
at first went heavily In debt for
-..w)o ami crrnnriKtandS. for building
track and fences and they also offered
thousands of dollars in prizes, anu
charged no entrance fees to the con
testants in any of the events.
Ground Owned By City.
When the returns from the first
, 'ooma in t h committee wired
out the debt on the grounds and then
deeded the entire piani ii
And somehow, I think this magnanim
ity has had much to do towards making
the round-up 4 success, and much to do
with making it an institution that be
longs solely, entirely, exclusively to
Pendleton, never to be taken away or
So the round-up is not a -snow put
on to fill the Durses of the managers
.wi .n.yi,.inr, Thur n.m a few men
who give all of their time to the
round-up, like the caretakers qi me
grounds and the secretary, who get
11 ..i.rUa Tin t. the men who are
responsible for the round-up, the men
who give at least one day eacn ween
the year 'round towards making It a
t nnt a rpnt for their labors.
Not a cent returns from the money they
have given. They buy tneir sf
tickets the same as any m"" "
witness the "shows."
If that is not a splendid spirit 01
1 n.. nn4 HMrnttnn tn one's' town,
then I do not know how one could dls--1-intraitv
ann riovotinn. And I am
sure it is a spirit that will win. Jt will
this year make me rounu-up uc-
ter than ever before. The grounds win
h far more beautiful ana Decier
adapted to the events. The grand
stands will be added to Dy a muim
a third. The street leading irom u i
1 , Mtv to the srrounds is
being paved, so there will be no dust
thereon nereaiter, mus em"i"-'"o
about the only disagreeable feature of
a visit to the snow.
Not a name have I mentioned in m'
article. I would like to mention many.
would like to give credit to inose
have stood by the round-up from the
beginning, those who by labor and
money have made it what it is. But 1
fear to attempt the task for fear of
omitting one or more names that should
1 ..tinnnH 'inn t wniiin ICBUll ' l
OC men uuiitu.
bad feelings, so I will simply say that
almost everj crtizen 01 "
done something, more or less, aecord
, . - nr. h,r oHllltv to make the
inc lu 110 " " ' .
0 1 Uaa ... V. have,
round-up a success; miu mvo - -
not had the opportunity to ou
fre to give credit to those who have
. . v. rx 0-fvA the round-UD to
Done i"e jiivou, - - - t . ,
Pendleton, and make It what it is the
most entertaining yearly event that
takes place in tne west.
WORSE THAN A PRISON
Thus Arnold. Bennett, Englishman,
Dismisses Our Sleeping Cars.
We returned from Washington, D. C,
. train, we mltrht have taken
a day train, but it was pointed out
to me that I ought to get into "form"
for certain projected long Journeys into
the West. At midnight I was brusquely
Introduced to the American sleeping
car. I confess that I had not imagined
anything so appalling as tne cumiueu.
stifling, malodorous promiscuity of the
. . 1 BiAAnincr far where men and
Allieiiau o.--.-e. ,
women are herded together on shelves
under the drastic control 01 an 01
ficlal aided by negroes. I care not to
j 11 h siihieot. ... I have
seen European prisons, but in none that
I have seen wouia sucn a. nysiem u
tolerated, even by hardened warders
and governors; and assuredly if it were
public opinion would rise in anger and
destroy it. I have not been in Siberian
prisons, but I remember reading George
Kennan's description of their mild hor
rors and I am surprised that he should
have put himself to the trouble of such
a tedious Journey when he might have
discovered far mora exciting material
on any good road around New York.
However, nobody seemed to mind, such
Is the force of custom and I did not
mind very much, because my particular
friend, intelligently foreseeing my ab
surd European prejudices, had engaged
for us a stateroom.
This stateroom, or suite for it com
prised two apartments was a beauti
ful and aristocratic domain. The bed
chamber had a fp.n that would work
at three speeds like an automobile, and
was an enchanting toy. In short, I
finH nn fnnlt with the accommo
dation. It was perfect, and would have
remained perrect nad tne train re
mained In the station. Unfortunately,
the engine-driver had the unhappy idea
of removing the train from the sta
tion. He seemed to be an angry engine-driver,
and his gesture was that
of a man setting his teeth and hissing:
"Now, then, come out of that, you slug
gards!" and giving a ferocious tug.
There was a fearful Jerk and in an
instant I understood why sleeping
horih, in America, are alwavs arranged
lengthwise with the train. If they were
not the passengers wouia spena rausi
of the night in getting up off the floor
and climbing into bed again.
The Best Slip Covers.
For coverinsr furniture in Summer
crash toweling makes far more artis
tic slip covers than the ordinary linen
so long used for that purpose. This
ordinary linen, however practical, is
unconsciously associated with hotel
furniture and theater seats in tne
minds of most of us. Surely we can
be a little original. The gray Russian
crash harmonizes with almost any
color scheme and does not wrinkle
easily, but it Is narrow. That is Its
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rashes, itchings, sunburn, wind
irritations, redness and roughness
of the face and hands, Cuticura
Soap, assisted by Cuticura Oint
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the complexion, hair and hands.
Cntiourm Soap and Ointment fold thrfraffhout the
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