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CANYON CITY", OREGON, SATURDAY, JANUARY 17,1880.
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VOL. 1. NO. 41.
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C. W. Pahrkii.
ATTORNEY AT LAW
Canyon City, Oukoon.
JM. L. OLMSl'KAiX
.-ATTORNEY AT LAW,
Canyon City, Oregon,
Geo. B. Citrkey,
Ja.ttox,xa.oy cvt 3jaw,
Canyon City, Oregon.
Attorney at Law,
Canyon City, Oregon.
F. C. HORSLEY, M D.
Graduate of the university of penn
eylvania, April 8, 1848.
Canyon City, Oregon.
Office in his Drug Store, Ma'-n
Street Orders for Drugs promtly filled.
No professional patronage solicited
unless directions at e s'.rictly followed-
J. "W. HOWARD, M. D.,
Caxyou City, Grant Co., Oregon.
0. JL D0DS0N, 31 Dv
airio City, - O aa..
N. H. BOLEY,
X E N T I S T,
-Dental Booms, Opposite tht ethodist
Canyon City, Oregon.
CANYON CITY, OREGON.
O TST OIT
The best of Milk furnished to
r.hP. citizens of Canyon City ev-
zry moving, by the gallon or
quart; at reasonable rates .
A. H. Grotii.
Canton City, Oreoon,.
RULISON & GROTII, - - Proprietors
Beg loavo to inform thir frien J
And the Puljlio Generally1
That they o&n bo found at the
OLD STAND, ,
And are alwaws ready to furnish gocd
Board and Lodging
AT MODERATE PRICES.
PRAIRIE CITY, OREGON,
J. EL Eardman, Proprietor.
The aocomcuodationB at the above Hotol are
good, and every care will be taken to make
guests feol at home.
ST-Comfortab'e bode, and aa good a tablo
ai the market affirds furnished at reasonable
Fort Harney, Oregon.
tf. OLIVER. Proprietor.
Having completed my Hotel
I am prepared to entertain the
traveling public wjth care and
comfort. The table is supplied
with the best the market allbrds.
The beds arc neat and clean.
MOItEHEAD & CLEAVER
Manufacturers and dealers in
Flour of the Best Brand, Gra
ham Flour, Corn Meal, Shorts,
Bran and Feed. For a
( f flo u ii ro the Si ra.wberr v
Mills. These Mills are local ed
in Strawberry Valley, in the
upper John Day Valley, Grant
Countv. J&2 Accommoda
tions a specially. Reasonable
prices. Give us a call. g2T
DALLES AND BAKER CUT
Vailc & Co., Proprietors.
Departs from Canyon City fur The
Dalle3 and Baker City, Daily.
Arrives from the same points, Daily.
R. C. "Williamson, Sup't.
CANY OK CITY it McDERMIT
Departs from Canyon City
on Monday, Thursday, and Sat
urday of each week.
Arrives at Canyon City on
Sunday, Wednesday and Jb n-
day of each week.
t v Ti
Put up expressly for Family
Use, in three pound cans.
Warranted, finer, better and
cheaper than the imported lo
matoes.l By GL W. Houston,
Canyon City, Oregon. For
sale by rhil. Metschan & bo.,
Gundlach & Bro-. and the Pro-
AS IT IS jStOW, AND ITS
It is the purpose in this article to
furnish the readers of the News with a
concise statement of what Grant Coun
ty is, upon every material point, con
cerning which those who contemplate a
removal "westward usually seek to be in
formed. Details will be entered into
fully than has been the case in any pre
vious article of like character, and We
ask a careful, candid, perusjl of it, giv
ing the reader assurauco that every
statement therein made is warranted by
the facts and the public records. We
shall at first consider the County as
a whole, and follow with the historical
and statistical information of each town
From the note-book of Supt. Mack.
Though Monument Postoffice ii al
most isolated to itself, an oasis in a
desert, apparently; its inhabitants are
not ijinorant nor comfortless. I had
known the lady in chilbhood and. knew
she was as full of music, naturally, as
a bird. I was not at all surpri?ed,
then, when she sat down to the organ
and proved herself a master hj-nd, but
I was very agreeably surprised when
h-r husband brought forward a violin,
at playing which, I found him an adep
and for'more than hour, until ashamed
to urjie them to continue longer, I list
ened to as fine'inusic as it has been my
lot to hear for many a year. Thenceja
few miles aeross and down the Nurth
Fork to the home of Mr. Franklin, one
of the direc'Ors of the district who kind
ly showed u.e the way by trail over a
m luntain ridjroto the residence of a
very intelligent Enli-h couple with
whom I passed the night. These peo
ple have lied from the hard times in
England in goo 1 time, and for much
less than the annual rent in England,
have become the hnppy owners in fee
simp'e of one hundred and sixty acres
osion farming land
and possessors of a largo extent of bunch
urass on the hills and table-lands
around. There is no doubt, no Provi
dential hinderance occurring, a very
few years will find them coinparitively
wealthy. The next morniug I return
ed to the North Fork at the residence
of Mr. Cochran whore I found one of
thu finest place on the route. Hero
apples, pear, peaches and everything
almost, that is good to eat arid produc-
aldo from tb soil, grew profusion. He
expected to gather homo hundreds of
peaeho . It was still July and ripe
pears and apples were set before me, and
were luscious and refreshing. From
hero a wagon road continued down the
river to the lower6 settlement but to
reach Hay btack Valley, necessitated
leaving this road some two miles below
Mr. Cochran's and for fifteen miles over
nothing but a trail, climbing mountains
and plunging through deep canyons
without a human facoora human dwell
ing to gladden the sight. This was
one of the hottest days of the summer
and years will not efface the memory of
that ride. The river bottom was nar
row and the blufi was soon reached up,
which went the trail heaven-ward.
"Tue merciful man is merciful to his
beast." Boing a very merciful man. I
dismounted to relieve my weary steed
from my weight while climbing that
mountain. But I soon nndo a discov
ery. That was, that I could not possi
bly climb a steep ascent and drag an
able bodied horse up after me. So after
''WE CLIMBED THE HILLS TOGETHER;"
that is, I climbed ou him and he climb-
td the hills. And as we went up, the
pitiless rays came down. How hearti
ly I sympathized with those Hebrew
children with jaw-breaking names woo
xronf fbrnnoh film fierv furnace. I ria-
lized just how they felt. The trail, too,
appeared to take a malignant pleasure
in leading me over the highest peaks
and steepest acclivities It surely whs
not trained up in the way it should go.
I learned afterward, it was an Indian
trail which, of course, accounted for its
waywardness. This trail, impractica
ble f'r wagon?, is the only means of
communication eastward from Hay
Stack Valley, save by a long journey
around by the north. Upon the table
land over which it passes, buuch grass
grows luxuriantly and it must be a
grand stock country. A great maoy
cattle and horses were then grazing up
on it and were very fat. The mount
ains rose gradually on my right, covered
with timber while to the left the table
slopad gradually to the river eight or
ten miles away. The laod was levol
enough in many places to afford good
farms if not too high aud it water
could be obtained. The experiment
has, probably, never been tried and
some adventurous pioneer may yet
FIND A "BONANZA.
in that country r.ow left a tenantless
wilderness. The soil appeared as ferti'e
as any, anywhere, and with but very lit
tle rock to interfere with the plow. A
few miles brought me to the brow of the
bluff overhanging Bmoui Creek whicti
I reached after a seemingly endless
seriee of dive aud rolls and slides al-
ternatinc; with a constant dread banc-
in" over me of bein' "squelche i" should
my horse fall upon me, which appeared
immincut. Thi.i stream flows along toe
bottom of a very sharp V without a
spot of level land on its banks large
enough for a "tater patch." Its waters
looked clear and cool. I was leartuily
thirsty. 1 know the Bible eays: "Ho !
every one that thirsteth," but arxious
as I always am to fulfill every injunc
tion of Scripture, nothing could be seen
to hoe or to hoe wit'ij s all I could do
to quench my burning thirst was to -reverently
get down ou my hands and
knees and drink. It answered the pur-
pose. The water was delightiully cool
Another desperate struggle over an
other high ridge, and another plunge
into unknown and immeasurable deptus
divcloaed West Benoni, a twin sister or
brother of the other. Another climb
and journey over the intervening table
APPEARANCE OF CIVILIZATION
beirantobe aeen, one being a wagon
road from the timber on tbe mountain
to the right. Following this down to
a drv branch of Hay Stack Creek, thence
directly across a low bench, I soon came
in eiirht of the settlement on the main
croek. Soon after climbing the bluff of
the John Day, clouds had for a enort
time obscured the sun aim anoweu w
heated atmosphere to cool. But they
were coon dissipated and old Sol shone
fiercer than ever. flow clouds naa
mmin overspread the sky and their
thick blackness, the way they rolled and
tumbled in ceaseless and violent commo
tion and the flaahei of lightning that
darted athwart their lowering tront,
showed plaiuly that thb time they
Coaxing my steed to greater effort,
I hurried forward. I did my coaxing
with the halter rope. It had a knot on
the end of it and it was wonderful to
see the persuasive power that existed
in that knot. It nerer failed to start
him if laid down with sufficient empha
sis. Just before the residence of the
Carothers Brothers was reached, the
storm burst with overwhelming fury.
Holding my hair ou with one hand, I
succeeded in opening the gite with the
other and leading my horse around io
the lee ot the barn where I found a
shed to shelter him from the wind and
rain. The storm, having chased me t
cover, amused itself by decapitating a
hay stack close by. Lifting two or
three tons of hay from the top, it over
turned it and deapoaited it on the
ground on tha leeward side of tfca fiitarok
and thenrushed on with a bluster and
KOAR AND SOLLICKING HA 1 HA r!
as if it enjoyed the fun. It ought to
ho indicted for malicious mischief.
had intonded calling upon Mr. Caro
thers, but I had no idea how badly I
wanted to see him till that storm came
.1 .1 i j . ,
on. i could not oeen muuceu iu pass
him then by any consideration. Here
were found hospitable, pleasant people,
with plenty of everything around them,
reaping the beautiful harvest nature
had provided for them and when their
work was done, enjoying ttuir leisure
with books and muio as in larger and
raoder named communities. Hero
the field extended well up the slopes of
the "bench" along the crutk Outudo
the fence was sago brush desert, as dry
and barren, apparently, as any land in
the world well could be, outside of Sa
hara, yet inside of the fence within a
yard of that sagebrush, wheat was grow-
in" as rauk anl thick as it appeared
possible for anythiog to grow. It did
not seem possible for a single stalk
more to grow on an acre, than grew
there, yec uo water had been used than.
had fallen directly upon it in the form
of rain and dew. Aa at Long Creek,
excellent crops of grain were raised
without irrigatioo. I think no richer
soil lies on earth thau is found in all
the little valleys nehtling amid these.
Blue Mountains. I found similar evi
dences of fertility the next day io every
farm in this cliHrming valley. Mr,
Fisher's, especially, h.wigg been occu
pied for some time, exibited a very fine
"arded and orchard where
FRUITS OF EVERT KIND
known here grew in abundance. Here
and at. Mr. Cochran's on North Fork,
were petch trees but two years old from
the bud, bearing fine fruit. Grapesalso
were growing in large bunches and giv.
ing promise of luscious ripftness in the
near future- But alas ! tome theyX
were ' sour grape?
My visit was pix.
weeks too soon. I will know better
anothor time. Expectant visitors should
take warning by my fate and go lata
in September. Down Hay Stack to
the river; the main river; for all 'the
principal folks meet above; thence
across and up Pariih Creek by a road
made by Mr. Parish for his own con
venience and night found rue at the
summit of the mountain, at the head of
Pariah Creek and at the summer camp
of the gentleman after whom tho creek
H-aa named. Mr. Parish is a large
shnep aud cattle owner aud occupies
this camp in summer where an exten
sive range of grass covered hills and
slopes and high inountaiu glades furn
ish abundant pasturage. I was made
welcome by this hospitable family and
uavor was welcome more gladly found
or better appreciated than by this tired
out individual. Since dinner at the
heuae of Mr. Mawiker, for seven long
hours, not a human form bad come
within my vision. The country was
beautiful, the day delightful, yet lonely
weariness wai the distinguishing fea
tures o this long afteruoou's ride.
is tho lowest valley on the north side
f of the Johu Hay river in Grant County.
I was uow on my way south to the set
tlements along the Dalles and Canyon
Citv road. These I firet reached at the
Mountain House on Mountain Creek
after crossing an immense flat country
on top of the mountain. Immediately
after leaving Mr. Parnsh's camp, the
road led throu.h a low, wide gap, and
eiitened an immense flat oo the very top
of the mountain , This flat is miles in
extant, well watered by iprings, cover
ed with grass and immense herds of
horseis c-ttle and sheep. It slopes very
grapually to the south towards Monnt
ain Creek, has a rich soil, arid if cli
mate permitted would furnish sple&did
farms. Like Fox Valiey and Bear and
Silves Valleys, on the Harney road, it
is pecidedly too high-toned to submit to
have its bosom harrowed up by the
toils of the husbandman for bread. It
will .nrobablv, ever remain a stock conn
try is which it cannot be excelled.
(To be ;-edrftatftf ntiti Kfiikj