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Dcbroth Demorra t.
J. M. S H E P H E R D . E d ito r .
B A K E R C IT Y ,
L a rg e st C irc u la tio n
P a p e r P u b lis h e d in E a ste rn O r e g o n .
O F F IC IA T , P A P E R .
F or the Counties o f
B a k e r and G r a n t .
T H E B E D R O C K D EM O C R A T ,
The Old, Reliable and Well Established
E a s t e r n O re g o n ,
Can and trill furnish more pood reading
matter and reliable l.ocal and Foreign news,
than any other paper in Oregon,
F or Less M oney.
We will send the
Godey’s Lady’s Book,
W ood s Household Magazine,
To one address, ONE YEAR, for
Nix D o lla r» in A d v a n c e .
The D emocrat contains 3 8 columns every
week; it is the Official Paper for Baker and
Grant counties, and the Lady’s Book and
W ood’s Household Magazine are two o f the
best Magazines published.
the Time to Subscribe.
You are certain to get your paper and maga
zines, and need have no fears o f either of
them giving out or dying before the end o f
The BEDROCK DEMOCRAT now Las a
larger paying subscription list than any other
two papers published in
and is constantly and rapidly increasing in
circulation, and is the best
East o f the Cascade Mountains. It Ì3 tho
Live, Peoples’ Pajier—It is owned by no
Ring or Clique----- and works for tho inter
ests of tho People, tho Democratic Party,
and o f Eastern Oregon,
ANNOKMiieut E q u a liz a tio n .
The Salem Mercury says: “ We
publish in to-day’s issue the Report
of the State Coard of Equalization.
This paper is one of a great deal of
importance, and should be perused
by our readers with care. The sub
ject is a new one in this State, but
not so in tho other States of the Un
That taxation should be equal and
raniforra through the State according
ito actual value is not a debatable
.question. It is a mandate of our
Article 10 Sec. I. provides as fo l
low s: “ The Legislative Assembly
shall provide by law for a uniform
and equal rate of assessment and tax
ation; and shall prescribe such reg
ulations as shall secure a just valua
tion lor taxation of all property, both
real and personal.” Although this
provision had been standing since
our Constitution was adopted, no ac
tion bad been taken on it. Up to tho
time of the last session of the Legis
lature no law had ever been passed
to comply with this important and
positive requirement of our funda
Every new subject of legislation
presents its difficulties and embar
rassments, and this subject is not
exempt from the general rule. The
best method of a just and fair assess
ment of property for taxation is a
problem in political economy which
has not yet been solved in any gov
ernment. The State of New York,
after an experience of near a centu
ry, a few years ago cheated a Board
of Commissiouers, consisting of the
best talent which the country afford
ed, including the distinguished name
of Daniel A. Wells, to report upon a
method of assessing property for tax
atiou. The result of this action was
enacted into law, but still we find
the problem unsolved io that State,
and debate still going on.
The present report of our State
Board of Equalization may not reach
perfect results, but the paper shows
ability and conscientious labor; let
it be considered and studied as au
effort to meet the requirements of
our Constitution and to reach results
which no one will deny should be
reached to do exact and equal jus
tice to all.
But let us here remark that there
has been much misapprehension ou
this subject, and some misstatements
relative to it by some of our cotem
poraries. We bespeak care in treat
ing this matter, as it is an important
one, and its purpose and end noth
ing but justice.”
G o o d w i n '* M u r d e r e r * C a p t u r e d .
Two or three weeks ago we had an
account of the murder of Wallace W.
J Goodwin, of Pendleton, which took
’ place on the 17th of October, near
Fort Hall, Idaho. The Deer Lodge,
Montana, New Northwest, of the
15th inst., has nn extended account
of the arrest o f Gash and Matz, at
or near Stevensville. in that Terri
tory. It appears that Gash and Matz
were two of four men who stole and
ran off some thirty head of horses
; from Bitter Root valley two or three
j months ago. They took their share
to Utah, and having sold them, were
on their return to Montana, when
they fell iu with Goodwin on the
road. Since his arrest Matz has
made a confession to his father and
the officers, stating that while camp
ed one night they carried into effect
a plan to rob Goodwin, who they
supposed had a large amount of
money iu his possession, that he shot
Goodwiu once and tLen fled into the
willows; that while there he heard
two more shots fired, and that Gash
then called him out; that he found
Goodwin dead, and after robbing
him of $2G0— all the money he had—
they dragged the body to the river
and threw it in. He does not know
whether Goodwin died from the shot
he fired or from the two shots fired
by Gash. Matz also says the entire
benefits he has derived from the
stealing of horses and the murder of
Goodwin was $G0 in money and a
suit of clothes. It appears Matz was
working on a farm in Bitter Root
Valley last S immer when Gash came
and enticed him awaj to engage in
these lawless acts. There is some
compassion for Matz, whose father
is almost distracted by the affair, but
a general denunciation and even
threats of summary vengeance upon
Gash. It is also probable that un
less the authorities of Idaho speedily
make requisition for tho prisoners
they will be held iu Missoula for the
S u ic id e . — Horace W. Myers, edi
tor of the Corinne Reporter, formerly
Sawyer & Myers, publishers of the
Salt Lake Mining Journal, commit
ted suicide on Monday eveniug, Nov.
24th, at Corinne, by taking lauda
num. Financial troubles are assign
ed as the cause. He was a brother
of S. K. Myers, of Eldorado, in this
He left a letter for his
mother, who lives in Woodford coun
ty, Illinois, in which he stated
he was tired of life.
D a i l y M a i l . —The citizens of
Canyon City are badly in want of a
daily mail. It is the county seat of
Grant County; a great deal of busi
ness is done there; it is the depot for
Camp Harney and Warner, and it is
no more than right aud justice that
there should be a daily mail to that
point, which could be run from Bak
er City with ease. We will have
more to say about this at another
T he R o s e d a l e T r o u p e .— This fa
vorite troupe is amusing the people
of Walla Walla. Thus far they have
given most complete satisfaction,and
have been well appreciated, and pat
ronized fairly,considering the times.
It is hoped they will visit us during
“ D e b a u c h e r y .” —The man who in
so low down in the scale of morality
and debauchery as to be compelled
to send to San Francisco for reme
dies, has license to accuse other peo
L ondon , N o v .
from Madrid agree in representing
that the late interviews between Min
ister Sickles and the Spanish author
ities were of a stormy character.—
Sickles barely escaped mobbing by a
crowd which congregated in front of
It is rumored that the insurgents
intend to surrender. This will leave
the entire fleet of iron clads at the
service of the Government in case of
a war with the United States.
An Iowa newspaper correspondent
tells of a County Clerk, in a rural
town, who had a pet calf which he
was training up in the way of au ox.
The caif walked around very peacea
bly under one end of the yoke while
Mr. Clerk held up the other end, but
in au nufortuuate moment the Clerk
conceived the idea to put his own
neck into the yoke, to let the calf see
how it would seem to work with a
partner; this frigbteued mister calf,
and elevating his tail and voice, he
struck a “ dead run” for the village,
and Mr. Cleik went along with his
head dow n and his ping hat in his
haDd, straining every nerve to keep
op, aud crying at the top of his voice:
H o t e l C h a n g e . — Mr. J. B. Spren “ Here we come, blast our fool souls,
ger, formerly of Albany, Oregon, has head us, every body?”
leased the Oriental Hotel at Walla
Ball o f the blank sheet, at La Grande, has
W all», and took charge last Monday. bad another fit.
A D ay A m ong
th e C h ic k e n * .
E d it o r D e m o c r a t : —Things
pen sometimes in these days of dull
times and little business.
And It came to pass that the D oc
tor and myself, after a gfeat deal of
talk and much preparation, finally
got ready to take a day's shooting
among the prairie chickens of W olf
Creek, in this Valley.
There is nothing more character
istic of the prairies than their sod
den change of appearance as the
summer passes intoautnmn.
To day yon may walk, mile after
mile, through grass knee high and
of the richest green, and beautifully
spangled with variously colored
flowers, still in their summer bloom;
but to morrow, after a single heavy
frost, yon move over the same scene,
treading, at every step, on tho grass
that has withered, and the flower
that has faded away.
In place of the beautiful shades
of richest green nothing greets the
eye but one vast expanse of a yellow
ish brown herbage, relieved only by
the whiter tints of vast stubble fields
of already harvested grain.
The change in the appearance of
nature is not more remarkable than
in the fealhered denizens of the prai
The grouse— or shall we say chick
ens, as the custom is?—which yes
terday lay in the stubble, right und
er the nose of your dog and gun and
which, in the grass, you could hard-
ly kick up with yonr boot, now
er into flocks of from fifty to five
hundred, and under the warniug
spring and cackle of some old drum
mer, rise and fly booming on for
miles, before either man or dog has
suspected their presence.
The distance being so great, to
walk was out of the question, so with
Frank and a oue horse shay to do the
distances and the burden, we started
early.ou Friday morning, the 21st
nit., for our hunting ground.
The morning was dark and lower
ing, and as it had rained some little
our ardor was slightly dampened,
but the sun appearing about 10
o’clock our spirits revived and we
flew briskly along, and arrived at
North Powder about 11 o ’clock, A.
M., where we expected to have some
fine shooting, iD this we were how
ever sadly disappointed as we failed
to flush anything but a single old
cock who was too wary to allow us
to come within gunshot.
Pursuing our way, we arrived at
Mr. Bozark s, a well to do farmer of
Wolf Creek, at 2 P. M. After put
ting our horse in the stable and tak
ing some internal refreshment iu the
shape of several sections of ginger
bread and half a dozen apples apiece,
we buckled on our accoutrements
and sallied forth.
Crossing the creek we started into
a stubble field, and traversed it from
one end to the other, but without
raising a single bird. Proceeding to
a small shanty at the upper end of
the field,we were greeted by a woman
surrounded by about half a dozen
tow headed responsibilities, aud, in
answer to our questions as to wheth
er there was any game iu the coun
try, said—"N o, I guess as how there
haint any” —and shut the door.
This cheering intelligence did not
completely reassure us, and we start
ed off, not feeling certain that we
would be able to fill our engagement
for five dozens of chickens promised
to various and sundry friends in Ba
We started down the creek through
a field of rye grass, not in the best
of spirits I assure you, when—whir
r-r—whir—r—r about a dozen rods
in alvanee raised a flock of about 50
the gnus, but. taken l»y surprise and
at quite a long distance we both
miss. Hastily reloading, (the Dr.
had a Maynard breech loader, I a
double Greener muzzle loader), we
mark down the flock on a foot hill,
a quarter of a mile away, and start
Separating, the Doctor raised the
flock, aud, by a fine, long shot, bro’t
down a great, large fellow, who was
flying off, cackling defiance as away
he swept over the top of the grass.—
We were unfortunate in having no
dog. so we had to trust entirely to
our own senses in following np the
flock, which seemed very wild.—
Chasing them into the stubble field
again I raised a tine fellow, bat I am
ready, too; and a moment for raising
my gun, an explosion, he fails heav
ily to the ground, and as the flecked
feathers came floating dowu the wiud,
another, stilted by the report, raises
quite close—an instant—the trusty
trigger is true to the touch and, he
Crossing a slough after a bird, a
large jack rabbit uncovers and
springs away, but alas—for poor
bnnny—jnst a moment too late, for
quickly bringing my gun to my face
he rolls over and over—gasps once,
and, before I reach him, is dead.—
Following np the birds till dark we
meet with varying success, bagging
10 birds and a rabbit. Going to camp
a bird is hastily dressed—or undress
ed rather—and roasted on a ramrod
before the coals, and with the addi
tion of sweet rnsk and butter with a
enp of good coffee, makes u dish fit
for a king, especially when seasoned
with that most piquant of all sauces
After discussing the merits of prai
rie chicken to our heart’s content,
we sit around the fire, relating hunt
ing and piscatorial experiences until
time to retire.
Making up a bed in a hay mow I
retired and waited for the Dr. until
at last becoming impatient, I call
out, “ What are you doing?” “ Put
ting on my overcoat!” is the laconic
I ’ve often heard of fellows putting
on a r o b e d e m eit , but never heard
before of a man putting on an over
coat in which to go to bed. After
arguing the point awhile he came to
bed, and. after cogitating upon the
mutabilities of things generally, and
chicken hunters in particular, we go
to sleep— to dream, perchance, “ Ol
the girls we left behind us.”
R.ising at break of day we ate a
hastily prepared breakfast and start
out, fully determined to have a day
of good shooting, going a few hun
dred yards in the stubble we raise a
fine flock of birds, bang go the guns
and another brace are added to our
trophies, hastily reloading we follow
on, but becom ing excited at our
prospects, we both miss close shots
most inglorionsly- Hunting along
up the creek I secure several shots
at birds sitting on the fence and
Crack shots rather look
down upon pot shooting as they call
sitting shots, but we came too far for
birds, to miss any chances like these,
so we bang away at every thing with
in shooting distance, both sitting and
Tramping around the foot hills I
secure 14 birds, when, hearing the
Dr. firing at a rapid rate I go in his
direction and find bim doing good
shooting, having already brought
down II birds and a rabbit. Whilst
amusing the chickens and ourselves
at the same time we come across a
party from Baker, consisting of Mes
srs. Foster, Cleaver, Jackson & Schell-
worth out with a full complement of
Breechloaders, dogs and the various
paraphernalia of good hunters, how
ever they were not in the best of hu
mor, as the birds had been stirred
up by my companion and myself un
til they were very wary and difficult
to get a shot at.
Crossing the creek towards the
house I flushed a bird which was
quickly taken in. Reloading I was
walking slowly along when I heard
a man sing out: “ Lookout, Ramrod,
here tlmy come!” looking up I see a
large flock bearing dowu upon m e.—
Here they come, flapping their wings
for a few strong strokes, and then
sailing on with set wings as if in very
glee and wantonness of motion. It
is a very poor shot who cannot get
one with each barrel, and I am not
“ Plugged them, didn't you?” says
the fellow who gave me the warniug.
Picking up my birds I go to the
house where I find the Dr. awaitiDg
me. ready to start home. The Doc*
tor could hold in no longer, but ex
plodes with, “ I tell you what, we
have more than we went for, haven’t
“ You bet!” is the sententious re
ply. And, loading oar game, which
amounted to 39 chickens and 3 rab
bits, into the buggy, we start for
home, which we reach safely at 9 P.
Here ends onr day’s shooting aDd
this sketch also.
Wo are glad that the blank sheet o f La
Grande and the ‘ •Top Dirt” o f Baker Ci!y
have informed the public who the fellow is
that owns the ono at La Grande,and has the
other, at Baker City, subsidized. Hurrah
for “ back pay?” It is right that “ carpet bag
gers” should fall in line -th e two naturally
There is a lean, lank, cadaverous looking
creatur perambulating Baker county seeking
to have an office catch him.
The new District School House, in this
city, is being rapidly enclosedand com peted.
F bed S alade is authorized to act as Agent
for the D emocrat at Umauila.
G eo . V i . P almer is authorized to act as
Agent for the D emocrat at Marysville.
The party at Cleaver’s Hall ou last Thurs
day evening w»g a complete suocees.
In an article on the Virginias ques-
tion the New York Times declares
that if American citizens were shot, |
B A K E R C IT Y , OREGON,
only one course is open to the Gov
ernment. It says furtlrer:
BROKER AND ASSAYER
They were not amenable to Span
ish laws, since they were captured
on the high seas, in violation of in
ternational law. Spain has no right
to seize them at all—still less had
she any right to take their lives. If
she has done this, it is a crime for
which d o explanation or apology cau
atone. There will be nothing left
for the United States Government
but to declare war against Spain.—
The latter power may, indeed, con
demn the action of her agents, and
consign those agents to severe pun
ishment. It will then be for Con
Office— First door north Odd Fellow » U»;;B
gress and the Government to consid
er what further steps may bo neces
sary on onr part. But hitherto Spain
has offered no explanation of her out
rageous treatment of many American
citizens. She has simply proceeded
on the theory that the United States
would submit to any insults, because
it was not worth their while to de
clare war against her. If, however,
a Government is incompetent to pro Town Property, Lands.
tect its own flag and its own citizens
it ceases to be worth calling a Gov
A I la r e C’h a u c e to In v e s t Cap
ernment, and may as well announce
ita l P ro fita b ly .
to the world that anybody may slap
its face without fear of consequences.
.W IX G D E T E IO IIN E I) T 0
It is needless to say that our Gov
make au eutire change iu uiy busines«,
ernment occupies no such position as 1 uesire to seil all m y Real Estate in and
that. If any of its citizens have been neur Baker City, cousisling ot LOTS aud
included in the recent massacre, BLOCKS in the’city, und Land by thè Acri
adjoining the Original Town Plat
Spain will have to account for the Lots
a r be sold at from $10
s ia to
outrage to the United States. Wo
Blocks from $100 to S5U0 each, and
Laud by tlie Acre at from $25 to $100. |
shall have to protect our own people
in Cuba at auy cost, and the Spanish
Government must know perfectly
I will sell my Fine Residence and other
well what that means. If Americans improved property in the Citv, at QRhUl
are to be murdered publicly in Cu BARGAIN¡3.
erms :—One Third Cash down, balanci
ba, at any time the authorities there in T two
equal Yearly Payments, with Legal
may think fit, we shall have to take, Interest. Warrantee Title Given.
J. M. BOYD.
possession of Cuba, a work which
Baker Cit", Nov, 5, 1873.-n26in2
would cost us very little trouble.
JA S . W. VIRTUE
GOLD AYD SILVER BARS,
EXCHANGE ï GREENBACKS |
G R E A T SALE
H a y .—T hose of our subscribers
who have premised to pay in hay.
wood aud grain had better bring
those articles pretty soon or they
will not be needed.
F r e s h D r u g s .— H e n r y McKinney, at the
City Drug Store, has a full assortment of
the very best Drugs anil Medicines, also, a
good supply o f Stationery. Give him a call,
It is a pleasure to trade with him, he is gen
tlemanly, polite and accommodating, and is
very correct in putting up all orders and
W eat R f r .—Yesterday m orning was the
coldest o f tho season—everything froze up.
It was clear and pleasant during the day.
Linn county, Nov. 22, to tho wife of Bonj.
Walling, a son.
Benton county, Nov. 22, to the wife o f Jo.
Hazle, a daughter.
M A K K
Salem, Nov. 16, S. H . Friendly, of Eugene
Citv, to Miss Matilda Alds-r, of baleni.
Folk county, Nov. 16, Milo liubbart to
Miss Martha fhigood.
Folk county, Nov. 2, B. B. Doming to Miss
Nannie A. Oneal.
Mai ion county, Nov. 18, W . M. Dickonson
to Miss Mary Swegal.
Jackson county, Nov. 16, Joab Robertson
to Mrs. Margaret J. Woods.
Fortland. Nov. 25, Terrence Monaghan to
Mr . Mary Anne Anderson.
Yamhill county, Nov.
C. B. Wiley to
Miss Emilv T. Pria toe.
B usiness Directory
E astern W ashington ,
E astern O regon , and
N orthern I daho .
r p l I E P H I L ,I .S H I R K S O F THE
JL Walla Walla Union will issue a Direc
tory o f the above named sections in January
The work will embrace a general sketch oi
the counties of Walla Walla, Whitman, iie-
vens and lakim a, in W ellington Territ.rj;
Umatilla, Union and Baker, in Oregon, ul
Nez Force, Idaho and bhoshoue, in ltliho
Territory, together with their Productumi,
Resources, Climate, aud ail otbur suhjtcj
upon which information is required.
The Directory of each town and city will
be complete; and tlmr, with sketches oietc.
placo, should make it invaluable to the ni«-
chant, farmer, and mechanic.
As an advertising medium, it will bo oi
best yet introduced, as u will be of suck a
portance that it will always bo retained ui
prominent position for retereuce.
r a t e s o r a d v e r t is in g :
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Advertisers taking on* page will.ij
cetve a copy of the book gratis.
P r ic e o f th e D ir e c to r y w i l l b e
We will use our best endeavors to rr,u
the book complete iu every respect.
A thoroughly competent person will nv:
make a tour o f the country to be embrw.
iu the Directory and gather all the inforu
K. M. SM ITH & CO.
Walla Walla, W. T.
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Portland, Nor. 22, Mrs. Ada M., wife of
Charles E. Sit ton, aged 26 years.
Lane county. Nov, 23, Martha Louisa,
twin child o f C. and M. J Mulligan, aged 2
years and 2 months and 2(ldays.
Jacksonville, Nov. 14, Mrs. Celia M. Brown,
agod 70 years.
Jacksonville, Nov. 8. David McLain, a na
tive o f Missouri, aged about 45 years.
East Portland, Nov. 26; Wm. P . Abrams,
aged 53 years and 3 mouths.
Portland, Nov. 26, Capt. Alexander Dodge,
aged 47 years
Washington county, Nov. 8, Israel Mitch
ell, aged 60 years.
Umatilla county, Narcisse E . Cornoyer,
aged 3 years, 1 mouth and 26 days.
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Special terms and extra inducements to
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