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WEEKLY mm GAZETTE.
OFFICIAL PAPER OF THEJTATC
OFFICIAL PAPER FOR BENTON COUNTY
Corvallis, Feb. -14, 1879.
W. B. CARTER,
ENFORCEMENT OF UW.
Judging from the tone of onf State
erenariges, the great question nm?
tiefbre the people of this state, ami
which seems to lie absorbing public
attention, is whether Brown ami
Johnson, the Portland robbers and
imircfcrervshotHJ meet the sentence
pronounced upon them by the courts,
after a fair and impartial trial. Like
all questions, there are two sides to
tbn, anir- arguments, pro and con, are
found in editorial.? and correspond
ence in nearly every paper in the
In discussing this question, many
perrons lose sight of the law in such !
cases, and claim that the killing of
young Joseph, was "accidental" on
the part of the robbers, Brown, John
eon and Swards. It may be true
that tire shot fired was tinl y intended
to scare the boy away but the law
provides that a'person, while commit
ting a robbery, intends to commit any
feeJ, even to the taking of lite, that
may be necessary to accomplish that
purpose. The O'Shea robbery wa
one of the most daring and cold
blooded attairs that ev r transpired
in our stale. Three ruffians, in broad
day light, enter a place of business,
an inoffensive old man is brutally and
murderously assatfked, and left for
dead;-his safe is- robbed, and while
fbe robbers are escaping with their
booty, shots are fired by them, one of
which instantly kills a little boy, who
happens to be across the street at the ,
time. The offenders are caagbt, and
instead of being lynched, as they
richly deserved, are given fiiir and
. . '
impartial trials, in two courts, with
able counsel. After the announce-'
Brent of the deisioir of the supreme 1
court, Gov. Thayt-r granted a re-:
prieve, or rpspite, of the sentence of
death until the 21st day of March, in
order to give the doomed men lime
to prepare for death.
"Xaw is a ' terror to evil doers,"
only. And, although the abrogation
of the death penalty finds many sup
porters, we are inclined to doubt its
propriety. To such lawless, hard
ened wretehes as are now flocking to
enr state, the penitentiary even for
life, has but mile terror. Tlirs has
been fully demonstrated in the cases
of Brown and Johnson. So long as
they had hope of escaping punish
ment, or at least the probability of
getting nothing worse than the peni
tentiary, they were bold, impudent
and defiant. Should they, by any
quirk of law, or misffoncei vtd Sj'mpa
thy, escape the death penalty, it
would embolden others of their kind.
The rigid enforcement of law is the
only safeguard to the commonwealth.
The execution of its penalties is not
vindictiveness not for the benefit of
the condemned but as a terror to
others, and for the prevention of sim
If the law is wrong, or too severe
in its penalties, amend or repeal itf;
but while it is upon our statute
books, let it be enforced. Petitions,
numerously 6igned, we understand,
have been presented to the Governor,
asking him to commute the sentence
of Brown and Johnson to imprison
ment for life which is equivalent,
jbdging from tire past, to only a few
years in the penitentiary. A letter
from His Ex-cellency to the friends of
the doomed- men, indicates, clearly,
that they need not make any calsnbt-tkns-
upon receiving commutron of
8entencer and will, in all prability, ex
piate their guilt upon the gallows on
the 21st day of March 1879.
A patent outside consumptive, published
by the Radical State Printer, criiigingly flat
ters the Oregonian in a two fine puff, and the
rusult is that Scotty has a spasm of delight,
and-forthwith puts such a big head on the
startling. statement that the substance is en
tirely lost, reminding one of the froth in a
picnic glass of beer. Portland Standard:
The above is in keeping with the snarling
tone and truthful (?) statements of- the pres
ent editor of the-above paper. We have no
interest in the pesrmal right waged lietween
the Standard and Oregonian. Recently we
gave the Standard as complimentary a notice
as we could, consistent with facts, for which
we receive the above ungenerous thrust.
We consider the source, however. The Ga
zette goes regularly to- the Standard, and
the editor, of course, knew that the above
"fling" about "patent outside" was fake.
Railroad Map. Mr. W. T; Webber,
civil engineer, of this city, and chief engin
eer of- the Willamette Valley railroad, is
busily engaged in preparing an official
map of the -Oregon Central railroad (west-
aide) from Portland to Eugena-City, under
direction of Mr. Koehler. It-will be relia
We, as well as artistic in execution, as Mr.
"Webber has few superiors in this line. The
managers of the west side road mean business.
LETTER FROM PORTLAND.
Portland, Feb. 9, 1879.
Editor Gazette: The regular
Oregon mist is again triumphant, and
the average "Web-foot is happy. The
clear, cold; Weather, which has pre
vailed so much this winter, it?' not
healthy,-and ttn the "low hung clouds
have dropped their garnered fullness'
in such copious showers for the last
twenty-four hours, we all feel better.
You can tell a new-comer on his first
remark about the we.rtlier. Meet
him of a cold, frosty morning and h
will be sAte to say something about
the splendid weather, while- the gen
uine web-foot will draw up his coat a
little closer about his neck, and mut
ter something about the cold, and
sigh for rain.
THE DEATH PENALTY.
Portland is all agog with excite
ment on this subject. Friday was
the day set for the execution of John
son and Brown, but Gov. Thayer
respited them until March the 21st.
Ii was generally supposed, at first,
that this was but a prelude to a com
mutation to imprisonment for life,
and as such was almost universally
condemned by the better class of
community. But it is now under
stood thai at the time Gov. Thayer
gave this respite, he wrote letters to
be shown to the condemned men, in
which he nssured them he could not
do anything more for them. That
the time, between the affirmation of
the judgment in the Supreme Court
and the day for their execution was
so short, that he granted this respite
only for the purpose of allowing them
lime to prvp.ire for their doom. That
their crime had been a heinous one;
they had been fairly tried, and the
law most now take its course. Anil
as the Governor's motives and rea
sons are ln.-ing understood his course
is approved very generally. But this
people are very thoroughly aroused
on this subject. No execution has
taken place for twenty years. Men
have been murdered in cold blood,
lime and again, and yet the mur
derers have escaped. And to-day
there is not one of the many murder
ers who have been sent from this
place to the Oregon penitentiary lot
life, for murders for which they ought
to have been hung, now in prison
except one sent a month ago. Mur
ders are increasing. Life is not safe.
Ait innocent boy is shot down on the
streets, iu broad daylight, by robbers
escaping with their booty, leaving tfee
victim of their robbery weltering in
his own blood. Shortly before this,
a man is found murdered, when the
only cause is the paltry sum of fifteen
dollars. In another case a China
boy is brutally murdered because he
has made some thoughtless remark
about Joss not being anything but an
ugly piece of wood. Thus murders
followed in quick succession. And
can you wonder that justice, so often
cheated, so often blinded, is assert ing
its power, and the people are demand
ing, with a voice, that is unmistaka
ble in its meaning, that the law shall
be enforced and its majesty vindicated.
Our Circuit Court closed only two
weeks ago, but meets iu regular term
to-morrow, witha lorrg docket. Judge
Bellinger has hardly had time for a'
breathing spell ; but thus far has
proved himself equal to every emer
gency, awl1 is making himself a very
popular judge. lion. J. F. Ca?ples.
as Prosecuting Attorney, lias won
for himself golden laurels, and great
popularity, by his indefatigable efforts
and great success in bringing crimiu
als to justice. Multnomah county
alone furnishes busimss for one judg,
and will, ere long, have to be consti
tuted a district by itself.
The liee, under its new editor, S.
A. Clarke, has very greatly improved.
The Oregoieian, however, continues
to be the newspaper of Oregon, and
H. W. Seott, the best editor of the
Si ate, albeit some of his personal ar
tides do not iircivase tire value of his
paper, and reduces somewhat of M.
influence. And here allow me to
congratulate yog, Mr. Editor, on the
improvement of the Gazette since
you dropped your "patent" outside.
These are abominations to any news
paper that can avoid them. I hope
you will receive the reward of your
TJit ro never has been a time when
the business prospects of Oregon
looked better than aC Resent. The
extension of the west, side railroad to
Coivallis, will be a great thing for
your town as well as a benefit to
Portland. Large preparations are
makinu for extensive and valuable
improvements here. Real estate is
advancing in value. Immigration is
pouring in, and from every part of
the State come cheering reports for
the future. ' . . '
FROM THE CAPITAL.
Salem, Feb. 10, 1879.
Editor Gazette: I've deferred
writing one day this week, vainly
hoping something would turn up
worthy of special mention; but I'm
not one whit better ofF for so doing,
and I commence my weekiy epistle,
on this occasion, not exactly in the
nude condiilon in which the poet has
immortalized the name of Miss Flora
McFlimsey, but while she poor girl
had nothing to wear by the way
she should have consoled herself with
the truth of that oIF adage which
reads, "Beauty unadorned is adorned
the most," and made the best of it
I, this evening, have literally nothing
to write about. I might, perhaps, ex
patiate on the weather but then yon
know the average Web-foot knows
how that is himself and would not
refer to your "Letter from the Capi
tal" for knowledge on that score. I
might, however, remark, by way of
parenthesis, that it is inclined to be
moist down here, and if it keeps on
the probabilities are that we may
have some rain. And now comes
forward he who, a month ago, proph
esied that we would have to pay
dearly for all that fine weather, and
wags his woolly head, with the com
forting remark, "I told you so;" and
ti nts oft imagining himself a peer of
"Old Probabilities" himself, while we.
in sheer dismay, search out the "old
est inhabitant" and learn from him
that rain in February is by no means
an unusual occurrence in Oregon, and
our feats of a Bond are materially
lessened by bis kindly assurances.
I say, Carter, were you aware that
your humole correspondent "Ned''
is on the high road to health, wealth
Mid happiness? The former is the re
sult of regular habits of course, the
latter the inevitable companion of un
tarnished virtue, as personated by
'yours truly;"' but I'll wager a brick
watch you will be lost in surprise
when you endeavor to comprehend
how I ever managed to become
wealthy or even secured prospects of
anything like ultimate independence.
Well, now listen, and I'll tell yon just
how it M happened. Something like
three years ago I purchased 100
shares of Lucky Queen Mining Stock
for which I paid sonic 15.00 and at
the next regular meeting of the stock
holders my munificent contribution
to the general fund was the cause of
much congratulation, and I was pre
sented with thirteen additional shares
as a slight token of their regard and
esteem for me and mine. It is true,
I've been called upon to pay several
slight assessments, the frequency of
which has excited the earnest admi
ration of our better half but that is
nothing, and we notice that the regu
lar annual meeting that's where the
assessments are made was held at.
Iioseburg a few days since and we've
been expecting a note from the Sec
retary ever since. We've given up
expectations, however, for the note
has arrived and vrV are invited to con-
i rib lie. We arc geing to do so, but
shall endeavor to keep the wife of us
in blissful ignorance of the fact. We
have unlimited fkilb in Lucky Queen,
and feel almost confident of becom
ing a "billionaire" on the strength of
it. When my dreams conic lime I
intend to build that breakwater or
harbor of refuge for your Corvallis
chaps,- and I'll locate it just where
you dictate, and then, "by gum;" we'll
have the drop on' them Portland
chaps; provided you will, out of your
profits on the State printing contra,
under the law of '78, contribute suffi
cient to build' the narrow gauge rail
road to the sea coast. The above
plan is copyrighted and patent ap
plied for, so look out.
The Supreme Court has just been
rushing things since I wrote you last.
They have refused Brown and John
son, the Portland murderers,, a new
trial, and the Governoi has interposed
executive clemency and granted them
a reprieve until Friday, March 21st,
to afford them further time in- which
to prepare for the doom pronounced
upon them ly the law. A petition,
to which'is nttachedabont 600 names,
has been-sent to the Governor from
Portland praying' him to commute
their sentences to imprisonment for
life. A glance at the names, howev
er, convinces us that the plea of com
mutation did not meet with very gen
eral approval, as but comparatively
few of the influential citizens of the
metropolis signed their names to the
document. Such being the ease, it
will have but little influence on the
Governor and the chances are that,
they will meet death on the day nam
ed. The eafio of J. D. Whitney, tin
der sentence of death in-1 his county,
came up for final decision on Satur
day last, and he was granted a new
trial, Judge Boise dissenting. The
decision lias not given- very general
satisfaction in this county, where the
circumstances of the case are best
known. The attention of the Court
has, to-day, been devoted to the man
damus suit brought by B. F. Burch',
Esq., against the Secretary of State
Hon. R. P. Earhart, in which is in
volved the payment of the deficiency
accounts against the State for the
last two years. There is something
like 40,000 involved, and the case is
one exciting no little comment. Al
though the sum claimed is but about
$450, all deficiency accounts binge
on the result hence the interest.
Knight & Lord, and Bonham and
Ramsey are attorneys for plaintiff,
and J. A. Stratton represents the
State assisted by Governor Thayer.
Social life has been very quiet in
Salem for several weeks, little or
nothing transpiring to amuse or entertain.-
An occasional church socia
ble is the only redeeming circum
stance. The Christian Church held
one at Andrew Kvlley's, last Wed
nesday evening. To-morrow evening
the Presbyterians hold one at John
G. Wright's. Wednesday evening
the young folks connected With' the
Congregational Church give.an ama
teur dramatic entertainment at Reed's
Opera House. Lots of the young
folks are preparing for the masquer
ade, announced for the evening of the
State taxes "are coming in pretty
fast, considering! the lightness of the
money market, and State Treasurer
Ilirsch has managed to pay off a large
number of outstanding warrants.
The ensuing two years promises to
greatly reduce the Slate debt. The
State printers contemplate finishing
composition on the report of lire In
vestigating Committee during the en
suin week. We understand that
Mr. Waite will print a number of ex
tra copies to supply the public de
mand. It will prove rich mental
pabulum and will do to refer to for
generations to come. Since we wrote
you last, His Excellency Gov. Thayer
has made the following appointtmnts:
P. C. Renfrew, McKcnzie bridge ;
M. M. Melvin, Norfolk; J. G. Chap
man and Paul Schulze, Portland ; A.
S Walt, Forest Grove ; T.' L. More
house, Umatilla; and George Wil
liams, Salem, Notaries Public. Mil
itary commissions have been issued
as follows : II. II. Learned, Oaptain :
Frank Jackson, 1st Lieut.; Zach S.
Russell, 2d Lieut. Co. C 2d Reg., 3d
Brig. O. S. M , with headquarters in
UmatiHa county. E. H. C. Taylor
of Portland on the Governor's staff,
with rank of Lieut. Col. Articles of
incorporation have been filed for the
Oregon Pocahontas Tribe No. 1 I. O.
R. M. at Jacksonville; Mountain
View Lodge No. 23 I. O. O. F., at
Prairie City; First Baptist Church at
Halsey; Eureka Lodge No. 32 L 'O.
O. F. at Pendleton; Baker City
Lodge No. 25 L O. O. F. at Baker
The City Council have laken initial
steps toward the erection of a new
fireman's hall and engine house in
this city. It is sadly needtd. War
ner Breyman, Esq , has been elected
a member of the Common Council
vice James Fisher, resigned.
At Albany five men are now in jail charg
ed with felonies.
The Santiam canal is likely to become the
subject of a lawsuit.
Wild water fowl are not so plentiful on
Coos bay as formerly.
Linn county has paid in her State taxes,
amounting to 33,000.
Albany warehouses now have only about
45,000 bushels of wheat.
Wheat is worth 80c per bushel at Inde
pendence. Several head of catt'e died in Polk coun
ty during the recent cold weather.
Wol ve3 are troublesome in the country
about the forks of the Luekiamute.
Farmers. Call and see the latest im
proved LaDow Wheel Harrow, at Woodcock
& Baldwin's, Far superior to any ?ver offered
in this county before. Remember, also,
they have a few of those old reliable Gor
ham Seeders, for thi3 spring trade.
Anniversary. Rev. A. Simpson and
wife celebrated1 their 25th anniversary of
wedded life yesterday evening. We ac
knowledge a neatly printed invitation to be
present. As it takes place after we go to
press, we will not attempt a "report."
May the happy couple live to enjoy many
more anniversaries of their wedding.
Literary Vidette. This is the title of
a new literary paper, just published by E.
0. Norton & Co., of Salem, Oregon,
and printed by Himes the Printer, of
Portland. The number before us is a mar
vel of typographical neatness, and well filled
with original-and selected stories, pithy edi
torials, and general news. Success to the
enterprise. E. O. Forton is editor and busi
Temperance Alliance. The Oregon
State Temperance Alliance, C. H. Whitney,
Secretary, meets at Albany, next Wednes
day, 19th inst. The following delegates and
alternates have been elected to represent
Excelsior Lodge No. 9. I. O. G; T., at the
coming session ; Misses. Clem. Tuller, Re
becca Wrenn, Alice Burnett, Mary Withers,
Edith Tuller, Lucinda Allen, Mrs. Elmira
Carter, C. H. Whitney, Fred. V. Vincent
and W. B. Carter. Lodge is entitled to six
Publication Completed. With this is
sue of the Gazette we finish publishing the
General and Special L.ws, and Joint Memo
rials, Resolutions, etc., passed by the last
session of the Legislature of Oregon. We
have published the same, at great cost and
sacrifice on our part, as a favor to our read
ers, and in compliance with a general re
quest for the same, and not for the munifi
eent (?) sum allowed by the State for their
publication. Economy and retrenchment
seems to fall principally on the State
Have a cheerful word for the pastor. He
" uuiAtciuj iur otners. Sorrows and eares
are poureel out into his soul which he, as the
servant and representative of Christ Jesu3,
strives to alleviate. Give him a smile, a
hearty hand-clasp when- you meet him on
street, or in lane, anywhere, at any time.
He needs the sunshine of happy spirits
every day. Bless him by your loving words
and acts. Methodtt Recorder.
essrs. S. M. Penninaton and O. O. Ben
son have purchased the Pendleton hotel.
Enlargement of the public school build
ing at Albany, the Democrat says, will soon
be a necessity.
The Dayton narrow gauge is steadily go
ing on toward Dallas. At this season the
work is necessarily slow.
Gen. E.L. Applegate has purchased pro
perty in Albany, and wiil soon move his
family to that place.
There is four feet of- snow on the Green
Springs mountain, on the Southern Oregon
On last Friday there was 20.000 bushels
of potatoes on one dock at Seattle awaiting
shipment to San Francisco.
U. S. troops are collecting straggling Indi
ans in the southern counties, and fatfeiwg
them to their reservations.
Younj; Lafooiv, the boy who was recently
nearly frozen in Wasco comity, is now in
the hospital at the Dalles and is doing well.-
The revival at the M. E. church at Alba
ny continues, and over twenty conversions
are reported. The meetings will b3 continued
through the present mouth.
Mr. John McFarLnd, who resides near
Tangent, received a kick from a horse,
which broke and badly shattered his right
arm. He is recovering slowly.
The taxable property, according to the
Reporter, within the corporate limits of the
city of McMinnville is valued by the assjs
sorat about S2-15,'000 above indebtedness.
Sheriff Sperry, of Umatilla county, has
made application by requisition to the gov
ernor of Washington territory for Indian
" Sam." one of the supposed murderers of
Chas. L. Jewell.
The people of " Tie Meadows," in Uma
tilla couuty, held a miss meeting last week
for the purpose of making arrangements to
build a fort for the better protection in case
of another Indian outbreak. Resolutions
asking the governor for a redistribution of
arms were passed.
Jame3 McGarvey, who lives about twenty
two miles up the Katamath from W. S.
Tucker's place, was shot by an Indian in
the back. The shot, it is thought, will
prove fatal. The assault was caused by
McGarvey 's refusal to piy the Indim some
money which lie claimed was due him.
A letter from Sublimity to the Oregonia
says : The cold wjather has retarded the
work on the farms in the Waldo hills, so it
will be impossible to get as large an acreage
sown as was contemplated ; yet, as there
was more fall grain sown than there ever
was before, you may look for a large surplus
from these hills. Fall sown grain looks
well. Never in the history of these hills
was pasture so scarce. Sont 3 stock dying,
mostly sheep ; and nearly all stock is pour.
When will our farmers learn to provide ?
The Riverside of Polk county says : "Nev
er have the prospects of an abundant crop
been better than they are at presjnt. The
winter has been very mild and open, and a
much larger area of ground has been sown
to fill wheat than in any previous year
within our history. Not only does the
fall sown grain look well, not being in any
way injured by the freezing weather of the
winter, but our farmers are still engaged in
plowing and sowing, thus making their
springs work very light, ana laying the
foundation tor a bountitul harvest. JNot
only have, our farmers sown large quantities
of wheat, but a very large acreage has been
sown to fall oats : and they are flourishing
eqaally well with the wheat."
Capt. John Smith, Indian agent at the
Warm Springs reservation, writes to a rela
tive that recent reports of disaffection
among the Indians there are untrue ana
without any foundation whatever. He says :
1 he Indians are farming and well-to-do in
in cattle, hogs, etc., ami they in council the j
other day authorized me to say to the
whites that they will put their lands, their
stock and all they have as security to the
white3 that no Warm Spring Indian will
ever go on the war-path against the whites.
All they are able to hear about my coming
trouble in the spring comes- to them from
the whites." And further adds : " I have
thought of making a public denial of any
an ) all charges made against these In Hans
recently, but have refrained from so doing
from tlie fact that I know there are a class
of people who if the Saviour of mankind
were an Indian agent would not believe
RESOLUTIONS OF THANKS.
The following resolutions were unanimous
ly adopted by Young America Engine Com
pany No. 1, Corvallis, at the last regular
Whereas, It has been our good fortune,
through the officers and agents of the Ore
gon Steamship Company, the firm of Allen
& lewis, Oregon Transfer Company, U. B.
Scott & Co. , and last, but not least, the Cor
vallis Truck and Dray Company, to have
shipped, free of charge, our new lire engine
from San Francisco to Corvallis ; therefore
RjsrHied, By the members of Young
America Engine Company No. 1 of Corvallis,
that by so doing they have conferred upon
us a lasting favor ; and that the thanks of
this Company are due and are hereby ten
dered to the gentlemanly agents and repre
sentatives of these S3veral lines of transpor
tati n ; and also to Al'en & Lews for their
kind and generous acts, by which they have
shown themselves the firemen's friends.
Resolved, That we appreciate the kindness
thus conferred ; and that we hold ourselves
in readiness, at all times, to return the fa
vor by any acts in our power.
Resoload, That these resolutions be spread
upon the records of this Company, and that
a copy be forwarded to the different newspa
pers of the Stat-j for publication.
D. Cari.ile, 1
John Bcrnett, Committee.
S. H. Look, )
Editor Gazette : It i3 well known to all
the early S2ttler3 of Oregon, thatfor many
years from 1831, here, the month of Febru
ary was mild, dry and open, and grain and
gardens were put into the gronnl with hap
py results. But, for half a score or more of
years, February has been one of our worst
mouths for bad weather. Now there is a
first rate prospect here for a good February.
Already the plow3 are running lively, and
the lands are in a first rate condition for
a spring crop. The late freezes have fertil
ized the plowed lands in early winter, and
no doubt but that we shall have a first rate
crop this year in Western Oregon-. We
have the best country in North America,
and we need one btmdred thousand good,
temperate, enterprising people to come to
our highly favored State and help us to build
up a mightv State. David Nevvsome.
February, 2, 1870.
MONTHLY WEATHER REPORT-
Kept at the State Agricultural College,
for the month of January 1S79 :
Date. weatiikk. thermometer.
I HIGUES 1 IaAVI SI
Jan. LCIear. 32 20
" 2 j Snow 31 20
" 3 i Ciear 29 23
" 4Cear 31 20
" 5 Foggy 23 22
" dl-'le r 37 24
" 7 i Cloudy 32 28
" S Rain 3G 24
" 9 Rain 39 3G
" 10, Rain 38 33
" lllCleir. 39 30
" 12l Uaiu 37 30
" 13Rain 37 30
" 14 Rain. 38 30
" 151 Rain 37 30
" 16 Stormy 38 29
" 17! Clear 4G 30
" 18'Cleir 44 32
" 19; Clear 44 32
' 20 Clear 41 39
" 21 Rain 39 33
" 22 Rain.. 44 33
" 231 Rain 42 3(
" 24 1 Rain 40 36
" 25i Clear 40 34
" 26fRain 39 29
" 27 Light snow 34 24
" 28 Foggy. . 34 24
" 29C!eir 33 26
" 30 Clear 34 22
" 31 Clear 34 22
Rainfall, 2 inches.
A Queer Board. In speaking of
some of the transactions of the state
land commissioners under tlte Grovcr,
administration, as unearthed by the
late investigating committee, the Or
It is claimed by Grover, or in behalf of
Grover, that he knew nothing whatever
about the Chad wiek-Cann- Walker transac
tion. He was president of the board, but
Chadwick and Cann were the parties to the
job, which was doiie without his knowl
edge. And Chadwick in turn says he had
no hand in Grover 's West Portland Home
stead transaction. Grover did it all him
sef. It is evident that " board " was man
eged in a peculiar way. Each member took
his turn at it when he had a "speculation "
Eds Gazette : Rain arid snow, ahd mud
Our school is oat, and no prospect of any
more till spring.
We now have a daily mail from Junction;
Uncle Bob is on time, and those ponies are
as full of life (?) as ever.
Our farmers improved the few day3 of
good weather, and a good deal of plowing,
and some sowing has been done.
The wolves are very troublesome in the
hills, and are kflling many sheep. The ear
ly lambs are dying, this stoimy weather.
Valandingham & Nelson have a large flock
of goats near the Alsea mills ; they have
lost, thus far, over one hundred head.
Wm. Woodcock has also lost a large num
ber. Wm. Boen has traded his town property,
consisting of dwelling-house and drug store,
to Mr. J. Aiken, for a farm. We like this
as Mr. Aiken and family will be quite an
addition to our society, and we won't lose
"Billy," as he will move on the place
bought from Dr. Mahon, near town.
The second quarterly meeting, for Monroe
circuit, will be held at Simpson's chapel, on
the 22ud and 23d inst.
The Gazette has improved very much
since discarding the patent outside ; now
hurry up the R. R. , we want to see the
Monroe, Feb. 8, 1879;
A CASE OF POISONING.
Mob mouth, r eb. 8, 1879.
To the Editor of the Statesman :
A gentlamail here (T. O. Waller) has just
received a letter from Eastern Oregon giv.ng
an account of a case of poisoning which oc
curred there, near De?chutes. It seems
that a Chinese cook at a stock ranch got
mad about something and put strychnine in
the coffee, and when the " boys" tasted it
they discovered something wrong, and fail
ed to drink enough to do much harm ; they,
however, suspecting poison, compelled the
" moon-eyed Celestial" to drink a portion
of the coffee, which was not long in sending
him to " that bourne front which no good
Chinaman returns." The boys, though made
very sick, recovered all right. W. W.
A Rascally Chinaman. "A boss
naman." says the Salem Statesman,
name of Ge Hiu, has been working a
of about, thirty Chinamen in and
Howell Prairie for nearly two years past.
He professed to have considerable capital,
and to own some fifty Chinamen. Last fall
he leased 150 acres of brush land of John
Newsome for six years, and built on the land
and drove his mnn ahead in good earnest.
Being a settled man, he obtained credit for
money. He obtained' of Mr. Newsome .$154
mostly in cash, S300 of Mr. John Wolford
in goods and S60 of a Mr. Dickson for plow
ing and other work on the land. Suddenly
this fellow disbanded his grubbers, several
of them unpaid, and leaving alt his creditors
minus, except Mr. Newsome who will be
banetitled to the amount of perhaps $1,000
woith of grubbing and clearing up and plow
ing on the land. This Ge Hiu turns out to
be a gambler and a scamp. Some suppose
that he has gone to China. His Chinamen
here are full of wrath, and are left to seek
out some other boss."
Scaffold Shadows. Notwithstanding
the publication of a respite haying been
vouchsafed to Johnson and Brown, and a
stay of proceedings granted to the two
Chinamen condemned to death, quite a num
ber of persons were yesterday gathered in
the neighborhood of the court house in con
templation that the death sentence was to
be. after all, carried into effect. During the
day a rumor was circulated that Johnson
and Brown had been quietly brought out of
their celis and hanged, and the publication
of the news of respite having been granted
was only a ruse hrought into service to pre
vent any excitement or the gathering of a
large crowd. It is not definitely understood,
as yet, whether the sentence of the murder
ers of young Joseph will be commuted to
imprisonment for life or not, though a peti
tion is to be circulated for such a purpose.
In the ease of the two Chinamen, a certifi
cate of proper cause, and an appeal for a
new trial ha3 been filed in the supreme court,
and under a rule of that court the case can
not be taken up until the next term, save
by pulation. Final judgment in the case
is in abeyance, and should the case go
over until the next term of court, jt will be
several montlis before its final disposition,
whether a new trial be granted or not. The
same steps have been taken iu regard to
the case of Jackson Grant, lately convicted
of murder, and with the others a further
lease of life granted him waiting the chances
jor a new trial. Oregonian-, 8th inst.
C. M. McCrarey, porter for Hodge, Davis
& Co., druggists, rortiana, managed to
COMPILED PBOU TBI DAILY ORKGOSrAU.
eit-lfr' 7-Te Hungarian gov
PoTuno, lthfP4atcha nfi&b- tD're-
Cma.i tBe,PU,?lic ia
melia. Thpw Bulgara and Rou-
measures on a iSe sea e on Z V f'.
eLtwarl Wn, f jaes in RoumanL
eastward behind a double cordon
tarJ"aHVXGTN' ?e!- 4:-The Senate mili-
ablv f?Su'mttM t0-A "ported favor
ably n a bdi for pavment t h
Hesnrt chrtiam0U,,t eX,PTleJ b? "nthori.
A ?ml,cltlzeiis in aid of the suppression of
180 000 amUnt fl0m 8223:000 t0 about
The same committee also took favorable
action to-day on a bill to appropriate $50?
000 for ' improvement of the military Wagon
Or andT:fn h(X P Stewart.
v5 Z referr.e? lt to a comrmttee- en ap'
proptiations with a recommMirfc'it;
i"nPbill3i0n m ne f the Seneral aPPrPri--
t J J "?etlaLso a3ree'1 to recommend
the i passage of the bill giving the court of
clanns jurfs, hction of tie claim of Robert
Dunbar fr josse3 occagion t b breach f r
contract on the part of government regard,
mg the possession and care of buildingl on
Port Orford imhtary reservation.
w?fV J-RK' ?eb- 6 Surrogate Coffin, at
White Plains, m this state, yesterday de
med the application of Jackson & Co. for an'
order for the sale of Ben Holladav's farm in
i' -on heie'-county- to satisfy a claim for
. ' . i,o' pr.e?ent vah,e of the farm is
about $130,000, less than half its valuation a
tew years ago.
Washington, Feb. 8. The house com
mittee on invalid pensions will authorize a
report to the house with favorable recom
mendation for a bill restoring all invalid
pensioners dropped from the rolls on account
of residence during the rebellion, and pro
viding for payment from the passage of the
bill. The bill enables Mexican war pen
sioners, residents in the south during the re
bellion, to receive their pensions as before
Salt Lake, Feb. 8. At a meeting of the
anti-Polygamy Society to day the following
memorial to congress was adopted : While
Delegnte Cannon and representatives of the
Mormon church are petitioning for amnesty,
and promising obedience for their people to '
the anti-polygamy law, the expressions and
actions of the Mormons in Utah give no evi
dence that this promise will be fulfilled.
Apostle John Taylor, president of the Mor
mon clrareh, declares that revelations enjoin
ing polygamy came direct from God ; that it
is his religion, and that neither congress nor
the supremo court had a right to interfere ; ;
that the supreme court decision would have
no effect except to unite, confirm and
strengthen the M-.rmons in their faith.
Thie same Taylor, when in France, in
1S53, he having then five wives, denied the
existence of polygamy among the Mnrmrns,
and had a denial published in pamphlet form
in French and circulated. It is a matter of
common notoriety that Mormons are con
tracting unlawful marriage the same as ever.
John W. Young has married a fifth wife,
James vVclch a second wife, and John
White a third wife since the decision. The
Deseret AVtrt, the Mormon church organ, de
clares that the decision of the supreme court
was rendered under popular pressure bythe
feeble-witted, cloudy-minded judges, and in
ward meeting houses violent diatribes are
uttered against judgc3 and judgment of the
Therefore we respectfully ask congress,
during the present session, to so amenrl the
act of 18!i'2 that it may become operative by
making general reputation of the conjugal
relation, proof of marriage, and living
together in polygamy, to constitute the
offence unless the prosecuting officer of the
government is enabled by some such legis
lation to prosecute and punish such offend--el's.
DR. L. L ROWLAND-
The following handsome.complimentary
notice of out late School Superintendent, -which
we heartily endorse, is from the Sa
lem Statesman. We shall hail, with pleas
ure, the Doctor's return :
" Dr. L. L. Rowland, of this city, in ac
cordance with a long cherished purpose, will
start next Saturday On a protrected tour of
the old world, taking m British and Conti'
nental Europe, Egypt and Palestine: He
expects to be absent about, a year and a half
or two years. Much of thai thne will be
given to the critical study-of specialties in
medicine ; the arts ami sciences in general,
as well as the different systems of education
in the old world will receive careful atten
tion. The Doctor will be able to improv
opportunities thus afforded him te good ad
vantage ; he being already a thorough classi
cal graduate in one of our best eastern col
b'ges, as wed as a regular graduate in medi
cine. The Doctor has ever been a close stu
dent and has filled important positions,
among which we note, the Deanship of Wil
lamette University, Superintendent of Pub-'
lie instruction tor the btate ; lie is aiso a
member of the college of " Natural Histo
ry," of the Marion county Medical Society,
the State Medical soeiety, in the last of
which lie has served in several offices; during
the last year he was President of th Soci
ety. On resigning recently the Pofessor
ship of Physiology and Microscopy in the
Willamette University, p-eparatory to his
tour, he was elected cmei Hum professor of
He goes fully accredited to the great cen
ters of European education ami learning fey
the most satisfactory testimonials . froih' the'
State University, Willamette University,
Governor Chadwick, Archbishop Blancl et,
etc., under their respective seals. With
such credentials the Doctor will doubtless
enjoy many great advantages and immuni
ties so invaluable to a scholar in the accom
plishment of his purpose in going abroad.
The Doctor's many friends will join in wish
in" him a pleasant and successful tour;:
heming that his fullest expectations may be
realized and that he will return to us in due
time, bearing his treisuresof lore with
abundant strength to turn to some useful
purpose-the accumulated powers."
Obstructiorfs (three heavy plank) were
recently placed upon the railroad track be
tween Harrisburg and Halsey, and but for
the timely discovery of the same by the
engineer, Phil. Corkin, the train might have
been ditched, and many passengers crippled
or killed. The wretch who put the obstruc
tion on the track, deserves severe handling,
which he will receive, if caught.
China clay is used in stereotypine in
France. The matrices obtained by its adop
tion are stated to present sharper outlines
than these made by the paper or plaster of
Pari3 process. The proportions are one kil
ogramme of paste made with starch, one of.
China clav, and teu grammes of yellow Atx
trine, which have to be thoroughly well
mixed and passed through a small sieve of
fine muslin. When it has stood for about
two hours, the composition is ready-for use.
The application of the composition now gen
erally in use, but, -3 stated, the greater
sharpness of the matrices more than pnakes
up for the necessary care and trouble.
plunder the store to tne amount oi ii.wu
in opium and pills, and took his leave by
, i .1.1.1 n4- Aorinn
steamer, out waa uawuvu v
Fine Material. The West Side Rail
riad Company, desirous of laying a first dark
road, have purchased steel faced mils in New
York, also large and powerful locomotives
and rolling stock. The rails were completed
at the Philadelphia Rolling Mills and will
be shipped to this port at once. The ship
that was chartered to bring the material was
wrecked, and in consequence, another one
I will be engaged for the service. Standard.