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About The Madras pioneer. (Madras, Crook County, Or.) 1904-current | View Entire Issue (April 5, 1906)
MADRAS, CROOK COUNTYf OREGON, THURSDAY." APRIL 5, 1906.
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LADIES' Hummer Nockwenr, Ilntidkorclilefs, Stockings, Shoes and
MIIN'S Heavy Work Shlrta, Hose, Shoes, Gloves, Susponden., Titc.
CHco, Co t Shining, Co to 12jo
Fancy Wulstlnce, 16c,to26c Towles, I0oto85o
Oullng Flannel, 10c to 12jc Ladles' Muslin Underskirts, 85o
PorcalcB, 7o to lOo. Cor8ct CovoWi gjj,, t0 m
Apron fJlnliama; lOo Indian Gloves, 75o to $1.00
1 MADRAS, ORECON
M'TAGGART & BYE
Turkestan Alfalfa, Garden and
Flower Seeds Cheaper than you
can buy them elsewhere.
Special For Two Weeks
Working and Drive Harness, Collars, Hames
and Everything In the Harness Line.
BARB WIRE $4.50 PER CWT.
The Coach Stallion "COACH"
AND 11- -
"PRINCE," Roan Percheron
Will mako the iwmhou from April 1 to July I, 1906, lu Madras
Culver and II ivMaok vicinity Will tie ut Oilmrn & Wileon'
Imrii oil Monthly and Tueaday of each week Thuraday and
Friday at O. O. Ilalu'a place nnr Culver; Saturday at the
McCoTn ranch at lirey Unite. TERMS, $10 by the season;
$3 single service.
J. S. McCOIN, Owner.
Capital Stock $2!,0tX) Deposits, $250,000
J, W, PEENOH, Pres.) fi, A, MOORE, Vice-Pros. P. T. HURLBURT, 0uW J
FOREIGN EXCHANGE BOUGHT AND SOLD
3Draft bn Jll F.rt of tH "-u.
Cornett Stage & Stable Co.
DAILY EXCEPT SUNDAY
Hk)IhI atli'titlon Klven to nurrylng Bxpreas Mutter.
Far $4.60 Round trip,
Agent at MADRAS HOTEL,
GOODS A SPECIALTY
ASSESSMENT S RAISED.
Property Being Assessed at About 50
Per Cent Increase Over Last Year.
Deputy Tax Assf ssor Lafol
lette has been in Madras during
the week, assessing the prop
erty of this neighborhood for
the 1006 taxes. Mr. Lafollette
is authority for the statement
that it will be the policy of the
county tax assessor this year, to
assess the property at a higher
valuation than it was assessed
last year. One instance of this
is in the assessment of cultiva
td wheat lands, which last year
were assessed at $4 an acre but
will be assessed at $0 an acre
This policy of assessing prop
erty at something like its rea
value and lowering the tax rate
uuuoruiiigiy is unquestionaDiy
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the correct way, provided this
reform is carried out all through
the county and the heavy tax
payers or the county are not
permitted to dodge taxes as
they have done for so many
years, iie Pioneer has been
advocating this reform in taxa
tion, for the reason that our tax
rate, while low when the low
valuation of property is taken
into consideration, yet appears
to be very high to investors
coming into this section of
country and who are not famil
lar with the past methods of
assessing property at irom
fourth to a third of its value.
Mr. Lafollette sa3's that, there
is considerable complaint in
this section over the assessment
of lands at practically 50 per
cent, increase over their last
assessment, but he thinks the
objection will cease when it is
found that the tax levy is low
ered coiresponditigly, and that
taxes have not been increased
February 29, 1898, there was
just such another dust storm as
passed over the Inland Empire
this month, March 10, 11, 12, '06,
only the storm of 1S9S was man
ifest in every portion of the
United States, covering plate
glasB windows with a paste like
mixture wh eh, when it became
dry, ballled the genius of wiu-
dow washers. Some of it en
tered the Observer olllce, and
lodged on type in cases, where
nothing but use and age effaced
it. The oust ot the storm tins
month was very much the same
where it lell moist. The dry
particles were so very fine and
high that objects were obscured
a quarter of a mile away, and
where it fell to the ground cov
ered everything with fine yel-
ow panicles to the depth of the
10th part of an inch. All along
the line from Edmondton to
Klamath, our clippings show
the same mysterious guess as J
to whence it came. In 189S the 1
Scientific American said it was!
not of the earth, nnd one cos
mogonist convinced the writer
that this little Hphere of ours
had passed through a comet
just then. It may be that this
episode may be accounted for
in some similar manner.
WHEAT WAS DAMAGED.
Farmers of this locality we
pretty generally satisfied now
that the recent cold weather de
stroyed the growing wheat, and
that a large area will hjivo to be
reaowu. It was thought at first
that the tender Bprouts only
were injured, but subsequently
it was fouud that a large amount
of the Fall-sown grain was
frozen out, and preparations are
under way to have all of that
which was frozen reseeded to
wheat or oats. In some places
where the wheat was sowed on
stubble, it was not killed by the
cold, as the stubble held the
snow and protected the grain.
One difficulty which is being
experienced by those who are
compelled to reseed is in getting
seed grain, which is very scarce
in this section. Many are ex
pecting to sow oats, and some
of those who expect to reseed
to wheat may be compelled to
put in oats on account of their
inability to get wheat.
THREE NEW POST OFFICES.
Eight poBtoffices established
and five discontinued is the re
cord for Oregon since the begin
ning of the year 1906. In the
establishment of new offices
Crook county leads, with three
to its credit. Umatilla county
had two postoffices closed. In
nearly all cases of closing rural
delivery was the prime factor,
new routes serving many of the
patrons of the offices discon
tinued, The offices established since
January 1, 1900, were: Dee,
Wasco county, served from
Hood River; O'Neil, Crook
county, served from Prineville;
Kings Yalley, Benton oounty,
served from Airlie; Lower
Bridge. Crook oounty, served
from Prineville; Taft, Lincoln
county, served from Kernville
urooic, urooic county, served
from Prineville: Hamlet, Clat-
sdp county, served from Push.
The office at Carnation, Wash
ington county, had been ordered
discontinued in February, but
the order was rescinded on
showing made to the depart
ment by the patrons of the
The offices discontinued were
Adams, Grant county; My rick,
Umatilla county; James, Clack
amas county; Ridge, Umatilla
county; Tipton, Baker county--Evening
BIG REPUBLICAN LEAD.
Large Registration In Kutcher Pre
cinctRepublicans Double Others.
The registration in this preciuct up
until yesterday morning had reached
a tot4! of 224, of which number 145
were republican voters, this heiug
practically two-thirds of the entire
registration. Kutoher precinct will
probably lead all other precincts iu the
county in the number of republican
voters registered, if not In total regis
tration. Prineville being the only com
petitor for first place. The democratic
vote, in numbers, comes next to the
republican in this preoinct, with the
prohibitionists third. The hint count
showed the following registration in
Republican ........ 145
No party 8
Fred Fisher is reported to
be convalescent from his recent
Very severe spell of pneumonia,
and to be gaining strength slow-
ly, although it will still be
several weeks before he will
be able to get about. In spite
of the fact that Mr. Fisher has
been unable to make an aotive
campaign in his candidacy for
the republican nomination for
county commissioner, owing to
his illness, his candidacy is
making good progress and very
encouraging reports come from
a nutnbor of precincts in the
BRIDGE WAS f DANGER.
High Water In Willow Creek Would
Endanger New Bridge.
During the hard rain which
lasted for several days the lat
ter part of last week, consider
able uneasiness was felt here,
lest the big dam on the Phillips
place break, and the new bridge
across Willow Creek be carried
out by the large volume of watr
er which would come rushing
down the creek bed. Mr. Phil
lips has built a large dam across
a narrow place in the gorge
above his ranch, in order to
store np water in a reservoir for
irrigating purposes. While
there is not enough water stored
up to be a menace to other par
ties further down the creek, it
would be dangerous to the
bridge should the dam give
way. During the rain ' men
tioned, the water came up tQ
within a foot of the top of the
dam, but it was strongly con?
structed and was able to with
stand the strain.
The new bridge is "built as.
strongly as any bridge could be
built with the small amount of
money available for the purpose,
and jt will no doubt withstand
any ordinary strain, but old.
residenters of this neighborhood,
say that the water gets pretty
hip;h in Willow Creek during
some of the spring freshets, and
a sudden flood might take out
AT TRAIL CROSSING.
Engineers at Work on Mysterious
Project In Crooked River Gorge.
A survej'ing party in change
of A. C. Palmer is at work at.
Trail crossing in Crcoked river
gorge. At present the party is.
camped at the Mrer place. Nq
one sfems to know what the
surveyors are doing, except
that they are very bu.sy with
transit and level doing something-.
It might be another
railroad, and it might be an
electric power plant, for which
at that point there is plenty of
water and a good head. The
engineers don't tell. Review.
TO DESTROYJESSIAN FLY.
Insect Discovered in Montana Which
Is An Enemy to the Pest.
Montaua has wou new famo and if
the expectation of experts ofthe de
partment of agrioulture is fulfilled, the
state will have the distinction of fur
nishing an insect enemy of the Ilea-
siau fly, the great wheat pest, that
will save $100,000,000 a year for the
farmers of the United 8latea, says tho
Rooky Mountain Husbandman of
The discovery of the parasite also
proves that the wheat fields of Mon
taua are perfectly protected from the
ruvngea of the dreaded fly.
The tiny Insect upon which tho gov-
eminent entomologists are depending
io check and possibly destroy com
pletely the Hesslau fly Is the polygno
tus heimills, aud it is Indigenous to
Motitaua, Northern Dakota and Idaho,
where it w&b discovered during the
summer of 1005 by G. I. Reeves, of
the bureau of entomology of the de
partment of agriculture while on field
woik onuneoted with the Investigation
of tho IleB&lan fly.
Miss Myrtle Banta is making proof
today upon her homestead in the Hay
Sam Collins, candidate for the republi
can nomination lor sheriff, is In town
today in the interest of his candidacy.
Mtss Anna Belknap is in town from
her homestead six miles south of Madrasi
upon which she is making proof today
before Commissioner Rea.
B. V. Scott, representing the EilerS
Piano House of Portland, accompanied
by Rufus Cqchran, was in town over
Sunday, Mr. Scott is an accomplhhed
musician and entertained several Madra
people with his pkasing performance bit
the guitar while httfc