The Plaindealer. (Roseburg, Or.) 1870-190?, December 22, 1904, Image 1

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ROSEBURG, DOUGLAS COUNTY, OREGON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1904'
Vol. XXXVI
No. 101
Pmnocolcr.
CONFESSIONS IN
LAND FRAUD CASE
The Defendants Meet in
Executive Session
MARIE WARE
BOLTS CAUCUS
Mays, Kribs and Smith Are All
Implicated by Puter
and Watson
Portland, Dec. 21. It has he
lean it that on tlie evening of Monday,
December 12, the defendants in the first
case went into executive session and did
not finish their arguments until Toes
day mornim. The story of that wwt
ing is bail) " have been as follows :
Pnter. Kmma Watsou, McKiuley and
Marie YVie and perhaps Dan Tarple
met to talk the situation over. It was
argued uy all of them that they were at
a disadvantage ; that they had all lieeD
couvk-tid, with the exception of Miss
Ware: that there was a great deal of
trouhV ahead from which they saw no
way o' escape.
"Pi I"'. VT'nn aril McKinlev did
not i- why iliey shonld suffer in silen"
whil ihe i igv"r ones rested in peace
They lecided to tell w'-a-they knew.
"Miss Ware, however, bolted the cro
cus. She called to mind that the gov
ernment attorneys were not particular
friends of hers. She remembered the
way they had talked about her in the
courtroom, and did not think that th-y
would deal kindly with her. She was
not under conviction and had nothing
to fear- For all of thee reasons she re
fused to agree with ih rest of the de
fend "lit-, and reminded them of a loca
tion to which they coold journey prt
vided lliey did not like her decision "
New Characters introduced.
Confessions by S. A D. Puter and his
accomplices in the land irauds involve
among others. Attorney F. P. Mays,
member of the Upper House of the leg
islature from Multnomah county ; Fred
eritk A Krihs, a well kt.own local tim
ber dealer and witness at the recent con
spiracy tiial; at.d C. A. Smith, a
wealthy timber man of Minneapolis,
Minn.
Miivs is said to have become implies
tel with the cjnspiratois in the capacity
of their attorney ai d the timber men as
accessories to the fraudulent schemes
against Ihe Government. Rej-ort has
it that the confessions directly impliiate
sll three, and that they will figure le
fore the grand jury in its investigation
of the laud frauds.
Kribs and Sana.
It has been indicated that Frederick
A. Kribs, a well known timlter dealer in
this city, will figure 1 e ore tbe gran .
jury, and the lejjort has gone out that
the coll ection of Pu er involves Kribs
deeply. For some time th- report has
been in the air that the timberman who
appeared as a witness at the last trial
would become a subject of inquiry by
grand jury.
Nan Patterson Tells It Ail
Naw Yore, Dec. 20. Nan Patterson,
the pretty actress accused of the murder
of Caesar Young, her married lover,
took tbe stand today. She answered
counsel's questions in a faint, con
strained voice. She told of her first
marriage and her divorce and of meet
ing Young, their goiug to California and
subsequent intimate relations. fc he ob
tained the divorce at his suggestion
She acc mpauicd Young to various race
tracks, to Chicago and New York. Was
with Young the evening of May 3 ai the
Hotel Navarre, r-everal drinks were or
dered, then she took the drive witl
Young.
She denied that Young struck her in
tbe face in fr nt of the Pa bet restaurant
on the evening of the third, when she
and Young took a cab ride in the park.
Young aeked her to take a slow steamer
and meet him at the Hotel Cecil in Lon
don. He gave her $200, I tit she did not
give him a decided answer. Witness
then recited the events leading up to
the cab ride. She said Young was very
much wrought up and told her he
wished she could go with him, but
knew it could not be. He said: ' K
you do not come it m ty be thre i months
before I see yon and it may le never."
Young was excited. Then w.tness
heard a report and Younz fell" over in
her lap. To the dire t question as to
whether she killed Young the witness
replied : "I did not."
A prominent witness in this case tes
tified Monday that he saw Young draw
a revolver, hold it in both hands ami
shoot himself when in company with
Migs Patterson.
Portland, Or., in 1904, cut more lum
ber than any other poiut in the world.
Minneapolis second and Tacoma third.
These three centres manufactured more
than one billion feet of lumber.
Charles W. Fairbanks, United Mate
senator and vice-president, is to be made
a Mason while at his home for the holi
days. His initiation will take place in
the Scottish Rite temple in order to ac
commodate tile crowd that is expected
to be present?
4
A Doll's
Christmas
Copyright, 1901 by C N. Lurte
ONE Christmas eve n was doll sat
on n chair in a pretty room in
which a number of children
were in bed. A lire was burn
ing on the hearth. Stockings were
hanging to the mantel to be filled with
toys for the children who were sleep
ing soundly, doubtless dreaming of
what they were to receive In the morn
ing. The face of one of them, a deli
cate, fair haired boy. was turned to
ward the doll, and she did not tire look
ing at it, for the face, though pale and
thin, was very delicately molded.
On the mantel were two figures in
porcelain. One was a boy in an old
fashioned coat and knee breeches, with
u sash around his waist and a cooked
hat and fontlier. Ills right hand was
thrust into his coat in front, and he
looked like a figure of Napoleon. The
other was a girl, with a short dress
and a sailor hat. Her head was poised
one side, and she looked very well
satisfied with herself. Indeed, she was
very pretty. '
"How do you do?" said the girl im
age to the doll. -'Don't you think this
a pleasant room?"
"Indeed It is. but I've not see many.
I was only bom" She paused to
WBITENG TO DEAR
think again, when she was born, but
couldn't remember, so sbe said Instead,
"Isn't it a beautiful world?''
"Do you think so?" said the boy.
"My sister and I have had a hard time
getting Into it We were baked in a
furnace, and it was so hot"
"Well, dqp't tell me about it" Inter
rupted the doll. "I'd rather hear about
pleasant places."
The figures told her a great many
things, but the girl was very vain of
ber beauty, and the boy was taken up
with what he knew about the world,
of which the doll knew nothing at all,
so she didn't listen long, but fell asleep
while they were talking.
Suddenly she awoke with a start
What was that noise in tbe chimney?
She bad scarcely time to think about
it when out on the hearth popped a lit
tle figure in fur. He unstrapped a pack
he carried and filled all tbe stockings
with toys. Then be Jumped back into
tbe chimney and was gone In a twin
kling. This set the doll to wondering
more than ever.
Everything was again silent except
the clock, which ticked very loud.
There were tbe children asleep In bed,
the little pale faced boy with la head
resting on his am., the girl ha -e on
the mantel with her head on one side
thinking how pretty she was and the
boy thinking bow much he knew about
the world. The doll soon went to sleep
again.
In tbe morning sbe was awakened
by a shouting. The children were run
ning about in their night clothes, tak
ing their toys from their stockings and
chattering like monkeys. The fair hair
ed boy sat up in bed and looked on, for
he was too delicate to get up like the
SENATOR MITCHELL AND CONGRESSMAN HERMANN TO FACE CHARGE
Washington, Dec. 20. Senator Mitch
ell and Representative Hermann left
Washington Sunday night on the 7:45
train for Portland, to appear before the
federal grand jury and face the charges
which, they have been advised, have
been m-ide implicating them in Oregon
land frauds. Both Mitchell and Her
mann declare in most positive terms
that they are absolutely innocent, and
have nothing to fear from returning to
Oregon. Both assert with equal posi
tiveness that the time has come when
A Quaint Tale of
Life In the Nurs
ery When Little
Boys and Girls
Are All Sound
Asleep
By LAWTON JOHNSON
other children. The doll noticed that
he had great blue eyes, which seemed
ever so large ns he looked wonderlngly
at all that was going on. Then thert
came a knocking on the wall, and the
children knew that it was a signal fot
theaa to get back to bed and not take
cold, and back they scrambled, laugh
ing and tumbling over one another,
and covered themselves up.
Presently the father and mothct
came In and distributed the toys. Tht
doll was for one of the girls, but tht
boy Insisted on having it himself. Then
when all were loadtsl with presents
they carried them down to the break
fast room.
What a day It was: The children
were racing about, playing with theit
t"vs. and people were coming in con
tinually to see the presents, and the
sun shone brightly on the snow out
side, and the fire shone brightly with
in on the brass andirons and fender,
aud after dinner stories were told the
children till they were all astonished
by the number of wonderful things
that happen. The boy with the light
hair and blue eyes lay In his mother's
nnns. bugging the doll with her breast ;
pressed against his. so tliat she ouid
I
OLD SANTA CLAUS.
hear hb heart beat and she wondered
why there was no such beating in her
own heart This was the happiest mo
ment she bod ever known. 8he was
only a day old, but something told her
that nothing In the world could ever
make ber happier.
When the children went upstairs the
boy Insisted on keeping the doll by
him till be got into bed, when his
mother persuaded him to part with It
till morning. Sbe placed it on a chair
before the fire where he could see It
till be should go to sleep and the first
thing on awakening in the morning.
When the children were all asleep
the doll looked up from the chair at
the images en the mantel. She wus
too happy to go to sleep.
"What a lovely day I have had," she
said
"Just waif replied the boy imnge.
"till you have been knocked about the
world awhile and you'll see." He look
ed as wise as an owl.
"I think It very nice," said the girl
Image, "so long as you are young and
pretty, but I don't like tho Idea of got
ting old and cracked, perhaps having
my arms or legs broken off."
The wind was rising without and
suddenly the fire blazed with a cheer
ful warmth. It was very pleasant for
aw hile, but presently it seemed to be
too hot. Tbe doll thought she began to
feel a softening In her feet. She didn't
know what it meant but It frightened
her. It extended to her legs; then she
felt it in ber arms and at last in ber
face and neck. A log of wood fell
down on tbe coals, and tbe Are blazed
higher, hotter than ever. The doll felt
herself melting away.
"You're going," said tbe boy figure
"this outrageous persecution must
stop."
They insist upon their right to go be
fore the grand jury and make answer to
all charges that may be made against
them, confident that they will be able
to establish their innocense. They will
arrive in Portland Friday night and ex
pect to have a hearing on Saturday.
Yesterday and today Senator Mitchell
received telegrams from friends advis
ng him that it was currentiy reported
1 n Portland that 8. A. D. Puter and
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I i tbe mantel. "It's Just as well; the
BlM Isn't all like this household."
"It's just as well." echoed the girl
I affe. "Your beauty will not have to
lade."
"I don't want to go." cried the doll
moi.rt:ftilly. "I want to stay with my
blue eyed boy. The world may be full
of sadtn-ss. but there must be pleasure
ns well, for It Is here"
There was something so plaintive in
ber voice that even the lninces refrain
ed from any further remarks. The fire
blared hotter, and the wax. which had
as yet only softened. 1-egan to melt
Something spattered on the floor. It
was a drop of invited wax.
Oh. that her little boy wonkl get up
and move her back from the tire: But
he slept on peacefully, and as she had
no rates for real children she couldn't
rail to him.
So the doll felt that she was melting
away. Drop by drop she fell on tbe
floor. The room, with Its rich hang
inc. the children sleeping, the firelight
flickering, the shadows and. above all.
I the memory of her brief existence for.
I after all. a doll can only exist- seemed
to !e crndtially fading away. She sigh
ed to think that she couldn't have been
born with u soul, to be loved and go
on loving forever; that she could not
grow up like a real child to see the un
folding of all the wonderful things in
he world passing from one existence
to another Instead of eolng out alto
gether. Then she thought that she
might never have been born at all.
never have had the one glimpse of the
happy household, the one f'hristnias.
The Gift I
A Christmas Poem
Copyrlsht, 194.
HE
"Pipes
There's
A Girl Who Calls Me Friend
Emma Watson an I others recently con
victed of conspiracy in the Oregon land
fraud case had ma le contessionB impli
cating both himself and Hermann, and
advising him to hasten to Portland to
defend himself, lit determined to do
so at once.
HKBM ANN DBCI0IS TO COMB
Similar telegrams were sent to Her
mann, but it was not until this after
noon that he concluded to accompany
Senator Mitchell and appear with him
beforje the grand jury.
HAS BEEN HEBE."
the blue eyed boy and ber single day
of love. So sbe said: "I can't under
stand It I will try not to murmur, but
trust that It Is all for tbe beat"
And then and then she awoke! Tbe
horror of melting had only been a
dream. She had fallen asleep before,
the hot fire, but some kind hand had
drawn the chair back, and in a few
moments she was again clasped in the
fond arms of her blue eyed boy.
CHRISTMAS IN MEXICO.
How hr Day la Celebrated la Ike
Uad of Dlaa.
In Mexico Christmas eve is observed
as In Spain, with the Noche Buena.
Tl.e streets and plats are thronged
with people. Of all the shop windows so
gay and brilliant In their holiday at
tire none Is so bright as the confection
er's. Nowhere is the confectioner's art
carried to a greater perfection. At
midnight of the Noche Buena all Mex
ico forsakes Its pleasures and repairs
to the Mlsa del Gallo. or mase of the
cock, a high mass of the most Impos
ing character, which. In every one of
the magnificent temples reared by tbe
Catholic church In the City of Mexico,
is celebrated exactly at midnight on
Christmas eve or morning to commem
orate the Saviour's birth. All the
churches have an augmented choir and
a large orchestra specially engaged for
the occasion. Tbe mass is celebrated
with every concomitant that can
heighten its effect and grandeur.
Didn't Get
by Peter Mc Arthur
by Peter Mi Arthur
HA V present by tht dozen.
Meant to maKe my Christ mas glad.
F rom each uncle, aunt and cousin
Hert a ftllotv etfer had.
There' a KeepjaXjt from my mother.
Father sent a checand yet
I am thinH.injf of another
Of the one I didn't get.
HE are gifts from all the fellotme.
and things a chum tnill send t
a tie. all reds and yellotes.
From a girl teho calls me friend,
ifou tvould thinK. me far from slighted
If you sate them all and yet.
I confess. I'm most delighted
With the one I didn't get.
Cf told me tt teas ready.
She'd prepared it long before t
I'd been calling on her steady
For at least a year or more.
She told me all about it.
Ana her eyes teith tears teere teet,
Anf I'm happy. ne)er doubt tt.
For that gift I didn't get.
TJEH attitude teas altered
" When I called on her last night.
"But my tale of loie I faltered.
Ana guess I did it right.
And this little rhyme is teritten
'Cause I'm full of joy you bet I
For a frosty little mitten
Was the gift I didn't get.
Both Mitchell and Hermann are sat-
isfied that the move against them has
been directed by Secretary Hitchcock,
from Washington, and attribute it to
his personal hostility toward them. Up
to the time he refused to go to Portland
as a witness against Puter, no public
effort has been made to implicate
Mitchell in the land frauds, but so far
as Hermann is concerned, it is declared
that the present effort to bring about
his indictment is a culmination of sys
tematic campaign which has been di
The
Christmas
Tree
Copyright. 1404. by American Press Association
THE Christmas tree goes so far
back into tbe night of time that
it is quite Impossible to tell
where or by whom it was first
introduced. Almost every country has
Its legend claiming for its own tbe tree
which bears such generous fruit. Id
Scandinavia It la said to have sprung
from the "service tree," which germl
nated from soil soaked by the blood ot
two unfortunate lovers, u claim sub
stantiated by the statement that at
Christmas tide inextinguishable light
gleamed from Its green branches. In n
French romance of the thirteenth cen- '
tury a great tree la described whose
branches are covered with burning
candles and on whose top is the vision
of a child with a halo round Its head,
the tree and candies representing man
kind and tbe child the Infant Saviour.
A beautiful German story credits St,
Wlnfred with giving the Christmas
tree to the world. The story is Illus
trative of the gospel supplanting pa
ganism. Before a group of convert
St Wlnfred felled a great oak which
had been an object of the worship to
the Druids. A fine young flr tree im
mediately appeared in its place, on see
ing which St Wlnfred said: This lit-
TAXING HOME THE
tie tree, a young child of the forest
shall be your holy tree tonlgbt. It Is
the wood of peace, for your houses are
built of flr. It Is the sign of an end
less life, for Its leaves are ever green.
See how tt points upward to heaven.
Let It be called tbe tree of tbe Christ
Child. Gather about it not tn tbe wild
wood, but in your homes. There It will
shelter no deeds of blood, but loving
gifts."
Many Germans hold that Martin
Luther first conceived the Christmas
tree. One of the most popular of Ger
man engravings represents him sitting
in the bosom of his family, with a
lighted Christmas tree on the table
before him. Luther was traveling
alone one Christmas eve. The snow
covered country and the trees gleaming
at every point with tbe reflected light
of tbe winter moon made upon the
great reformer the deepest impression.
Going home, he went Into the garden
and, cutting a little flr tree, brought it j
Into the nursery, put some candles on
Its branches and lighted them to re- j
produce the effect of the beautiful ;
moonlit trees in the forest
Antiquarians connect the Christmas
tree with tbe great tree Yggdrasil of
Norse mythology or with the pine trees
of the Roman saturnalia, the pagan
forerunner of our Christmas. Others
look to tbe ancient Egyptians as orig
Inators of the idea. These men were
wont to decorate their houses at the
time of the winter solstice with
branches of the date palm, emblems of
Immortality and of the starlit firma
ment In mediaeval times there was a
tradition that holiness Invested an Il
luminated tree. Candles were used by
tbe Jews tn their Feast of Lights,
which was celebrated at this season.
rected against him for the past two
vests, senator mtciieu was wu m oo
was taking the train tonight.
"This afternoon," said he, "I tele
graphed Francis J. Heney, assistant attorney-general
and United States Dis
trict Attorney Hall as follows :
"I will be in Portland next Saturday.
I demand a thorough investigation be
fore the grand jury of all charges, if any,
against me."
CONVICT TESTIMONY
Portland, Dec. 20. Humors are cir
culated that Puter, Watson et al, of the
I '9B Lfp fig B ' PH alaiP aSf B J
How It Originated.
How ft Is Secured
For the Market, and
Some Interesting Leg
ends of the Dim Past
By
WALTON
WILLIAMS
Tbe Greeks also call Christmas the
Feast of Lights.
The Itomans In their saturnalia dec
orated trees with Images of Qomnr
gods as well as with candles and bur?:
ed Yule logs in honor of these gads
Tbe early Christians, however, town
ed upon all such pagan adjuncts to tht
Christmas celebration. With them tht
Feast Of the Nutlvlty was the extr m
of solemnity, and they were as mu.li
opposed to Christmas trees and lights
music and laughter, as were the Puri
tans. The first authentic account of tbe
Christmas tree Is not recorded until the
sixteenth century. It appears in a Ger
man manuscript and, as tbe Germans
responded least to Latin Influences of
all the nations which fell heir to the
Itonian empire's lands, to them rather
than to the Itomans must be ascribed
the honor of introducing it It was
the marriage of Queen Victoria to a
German prince which brought the mod
ern Christmas tree to England, and a
German immigrant started the custom
in America. The first Christmas tree
In France was lighted in the Tuileries
tn 1S40 by the Duchess Helena.
To view the great beans of Christ-
CHRISTMAS TBEE.
mas trees which line tbe market streets
of our big cities Just before the holi
days one would fancy that scarcely a
tree could be left standing of the mur
muring hemlocks which constituted
Ixmgfellow's forest primeval. Every
hard timber state in the Union Is call
ed upon by Santa Clans for Its tribute
of redolent balsam that be may hav
plenty of places on which to hang his
presents.
There Is only one true Christmas tree
the balsam flr. The hemlock proper
has branches too drooping and flexible
to hold a great weight of Christmas
gifts, and the spruce, while otherwise
suitable, lacks the spicy odor of the
balsam. This Is fortunate, for the tree
most prized for Christmas purposes Is
utterly despised by the lumbermen.
Before the Christmas tree industry be
;an the flr lands of Maine were actual
ly exempted from taxation as worth
less. Now they are worth from $10 to
$1o an acre.
The Christmas tree cutters begin
work early, usually about the middle
of October. While some of the men are
e;ittln.r others follow them and drag
the trees to the nearest open space.
where they are bunched and tied so
that they will not come apart in sbip-
r!ng. At the nearest depot they are
loaded on cars. 2.500 trees to the car
The men receive $1.50 a day and
baud. It t:'kes seven men working
five weeks to get out three carloads.
The Christmas tree output depends a
go'xl deal on the weather. With an
open fall, when the trees are easy to
get nt. the crop will be much larger
than when the snow falls early and
heavily. If the snow melts and then
freeres on the branches it makes them
brittle, ami they break In transit
land fraud cases, have made a confession
to the government officials, implicating
Senator Mitchell, Congressman Her
mann and other leading men in the
conspiracy to rob the United States of a
large amount of 'and, and that they
will be freed from all punishment fs a
reward. Mitchell and Hermann are
both on their way back to Oregon to
testify before the grard jury now in ses
sion, but rumor also says thst Deputy
Prosecutor Heney will not allow them
to appear before that body wlten they
arrive
LATE TELEGRAMS
BOILED DOWN
Northern Pacific To Pay
Its Timberland Taxes
SUPREME COURT
RAILROAD DECISION
Young Woman Murdered Russian
Soldier Survives 17 Bullet
Wounds-War News
A diphtheria quarantine trill stop
Grants Pass holiday festivities.
Hills bo ro, Oregon, young ladies have
organized a band.
Attorney A. C. Woodcock has with
drawn from the land fraud case and will
have nothing more to do with it
A Rogue River Valley gra peg-rower
marketed 3000 crates of fruit this year,
for which be received $2000 and made a
handsome profit.
Fifty people were crushed by a brick
rail of a burned building toppling over
on the Crocker Hotel and demolishing
it at Minneapolis, Tuesday.
When railroads are tbe cause of delay
ing live stock in transit they must pay
the owner for injury resulting to tbe
stock for such delay, says the verdict of
a Denver jury.
Commissioner Richards ot the Gener
al Land Office has ordered the with
drawal of 46,080 acres in the Lakeview
land district on account of the Silver
Lake irrigation project
Linn county is after tbe Northern Pa
cific for its timberland taxes in that
county. Tbe land is now being adver
tised at sheriff" a sale. The big corpora
tions should be compelled to shell oat
the same as private individuals.
Dr. Lyman Abbott in a sermon before
Harvard students renounced belief in a
personal God and tbe religion founded
on the bible. "My God is a great and
ever present force which is manifest in
the activities of men and workings of
nature, the science and outreachings of
the human heart," he says.
A Russian, Kirincbeneko by name is
probably the most thoroughly shot-to-piecee
man who has survived tbe pres
ent war. He arrived at Moscow recent
ly from Harbin where, after weeks in
tbe hospital tbe doctors extracted 17 bal
lets from him, amputated one leg and
discharged him as cored.
In a decision handed down by Chief
Justice Fuller in the case of Johnson vs
the Southern Pacific Railway Company,
the Supreme Court of the United States
today practically held that all cars, in
cluding locomotives, should be equipped
with uniform automatic couplings. The
court also held that dining cars cannot
be exempt from the requirements of tbe
safety-appliance law when in use, even
though emptv.
Tbe body of a young woman was found
lying across a log on Mount Cutter, near
Colorado Springs, Monday, by two sur
veyors. From appearances tbe girl had
been dead about a week. The body
absolutely devoid of clothing, and an ef
fort had been made to prevent identifi
cation by destroying tbe features. Den
tal work in tbe mouth of the murdered
girl will afford sure identification if its
description is seen by tbe 'dentist who
did the work. Tbe work was worth at
least $150.
The Japanese fired an immense mine
under the north of Fort Kekwan mount
ain at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon. The
Japanese immediately charged and oc
cupied the fort with a heavy force. Ik
is reported that the Japanese have
trained a strong position about 1000
vards southeast of 203 Meter Hill, pre
paratory to assaulting the new town and
pushing between Liao Ti Mountain and
the Russian headquarters at Port Ar
thur. Witnesses say that Senator Smoot has
been through the "endowment" noose
ot Mormons. Charles M. Owen, of Salt
Lake, testified that Apostle John W.
Tavlor is generally reputed to have five
wives, and that he had taken two with
in three or four years. Apostle Cowley
has three wives, two of whom he mar
ried since the manifesto. J. R. Tanner,
superintendent of the Mormon Sunday
schools, has four wives. One of the four
he married two years ago. Thomas
Chamberlain has seven wives, and had
his 50th child in his 50th year, rterl
the witness. He told of a number of ar
rests and convictions for polygamy and
in no case, however, did conviction re
sult in changing the habits of life of the
guilty persons.
Charles Altschul, proprietor of the
Willamette Valley A Cascade Range
Wagon Road Company has paid $8829.29
the amount of taxes due on his timber
holdings in Linn county. Of this money
$7604.53 was tbe tax awssaSM for the
past year, and $1824.78 was the penalty
for non-payment This large amount of
money was paid very grudgingly by the
wagon road company, who made every
effort to have the amount reduced. Tbe
company owns over 110,000 acres of line
timber land in Linn county, and;tne as
sessor valued the land at $3 per am.
In years gone by the land has been val
ued at but $1.25 per acre, and tbe taxes
have amounted to a trifle over $1000. In
addition to this the wagon road company
has bad but 40,000 acres of timber land
oo tbe assessment rolls in the county.