The Oregon daily journal. (Portland, Or.) 1902-1972, November 26, 1906, Image 6

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IN A NEW BOOK entitled "The
Railways, the. Trusts and the
; People," Professor Parsons pre
dicts in the near future a practical
consolidation of all -the railroads of
' the country, and the domination of a
' railroad emperor." .
The Railway Age recently said that
five men now rule the railroads of the
- United States, though some would say
even J. IX Rockefeller, A. J. Cas
aatt, G. J. Gould, W. K. Vanderbilt,
. J. P. Morgan, E. H Harriman and J.
J. HilL . Harriman, Hill and Gould
appear to be far more powerful than
all the others, because they Tare in
sight more; but. Rockefeller with his
thousand million of dollar or so is
" the one man7more powerful ,than
them all. Finally, what he says must
' -go.-... .,.-..
And so it is not very unreasonable
to foresee John D. Rockefeller Jr., 20
years hence, with three thousand mil
lion dollars, a veritable "railroad em
peror." ;'TheNone' big fish will eat up
the smaller ones, or make them sub
servient to him.
If this happens, will it be a good
thing? Perhaps. It will be easier
for the people to deal with one em
'peror" than with 20 "barons." t. '
N APPROACHING session of
a legislature, like an ap
proaching election, is always
said to be a very important one, if
1 not the most important in a state's
history, and though there may be
room for exaggeration, it is certainly
true that the forthcoming legislature
-will have a considerable number of
very important matters to consider,
and that deserve the best thought of
able and conscientious men. -"-
" It is presumed that the election of
senators will be a -merely formal af
fair and will not distract the atten
tion of members front the other busi
ness of the session a" very good re-
Sult of the primary nomination law.
.io Lewis and Clark fair is coming
on," a wa the ease two years ago, but
appropriations for the Jamestown ex
hibition next year, and for the Seattle
exposition in 1900 will have to be con
sidered. "
" j Perhaps the subject of most in
terest will be means of compelling or
inducing the railroads to supply more
cars and locomotives, for the situation
is, has been for months, and appar
ently will continue to ber without leg
. islation, simply - intolerable. ;The
losses, direct and indirect, already
amount to many hundred of thou
sands of dollars. If a demurrage law
and a railroad commission law prom
ise relief they should be passed as
soon as possible. After making alt
due allowances. and exduifes ftr the
i . ranroaas, it is inereaiDie tnat tney
i have done all thev could or should
have done to relieve the situation.
jHtejcj.s.imot expexcuheeople-irf -,
Oregon to endure these tremendous
losses? if any means can be found to
.compel the railroads to do the peo
ple's transportation business. '
The report of the commission ap-
. pointed to frame a new tax code will
- be another large .subject -requiring
much thought and that will evoke
' rnuch debate. Some, perhaps most,
of the recommendations appear to be
wise and worthy of adoption, but
- whether the report is wholly tr
r principally embodied in new laws or
not, various phases of the never-to-be--
; settled tax problem - deserve earnest
. and careful consideration, especially
franchise and inheritance taxes. We
. , now have an inheritance tax law, and
. it should be retained if not made to
yield a larger revenue; and the policy
of taxing franchises for public util
ities is one coming into general use
and should be viewed with approval,
' care being taken to see that all such
franchise are taxed on as fair and
v equal a basis as may be.
The jtietinn of state aid for the
rivers , and harbors, particularly the
, freeing of the . Willamette river at
.."' Oregon City, wttj come' up, and will,
be warmlvadvocated and opposed.
j"hie is., a vitally important matter,
and which westcriLOregonJ
pfoioundly. concerned. ' The employ-
ment of the convicts, and in connec
tion with that tlte proposed jute mill
the normal schools, the reapportion
ment of the legislature, , and many
Other questions of public interest will
give members plenty of employment,
and the people expect or hope .for
good service. :
Among 90 men selected by popular
choice there are always some not very
competent for such a position, and
sometimes if not always some who
don't care what happens if they can
come out ahead somehow; but it is to
be hoped that these will be but a
small minority next winter, and that
the pressing business of the state will
be fairly, well done. 1 . .
H E-SUCCESSoi-iaihrre-f-a
railroad commission ' law , de
- pends scarcely less, perhaps
not so much, on the law itself as op
the men chosen for commissioners. A
successful execution of the law will
require superior men in several re
spects men of ability, of affairs, of
business acumen and experience, of
industry -and vigilance, of inflexible
integrity, of genuine fidelity to the
people. ( 7 '
Politicians are not wanted; that is,
men who play politics with personal
ends- in- view. - Nor would it be wise
for the legislature to appoint the com
missioners; for then the lawmakers
would be beset with applications and
petitions and appeals, and this busi
ness wouid inevitably ' be entangled
with legislation and be made the basis
of various objectionable deals.
- Appointment by the governor"; with
power of removal, is one of the-nrost
important tnd most valuable features
of the proposed law. 'The governor
is then largely responsible for the
commission, and the people will have
this in view in making nominations
for governor and in voting for the
nominees. This would be in line with
the quite generally approved policy of
Concentrating power-in "one respon
sible head, as in the mayor of a city.
The only alternative worth consid-
enng and it is open to grave objec
tion - is 5 that the commissioners
should be elective. The principal ob
jection to this plan is that it makes
the commission a political affair, and
it ought to be kept apart from par
tisan politics. . A broad-gauge gov
ernor, with an eye single to the in
terests of the people, w6ud subordi
nate party prejudice ' to the public
good. .-. :
A' former commission was not a
successful experiment, but underlhe
proposed law r perhaps , another one
may give better results. Something
must be done, and this plan seems to
be the only practical one giving any
hope of relief.
NE REASON given for the
rise during the past few
months, in the price of silver
is the purchase by India this yeamp
to October 25 of 103,586,208 ounces,
while during the same period last
year London shipped to India only
43,874.201 ounce. r Within a few
years, in the opinion of the director of
the mint, the development of interior
China will demand an enormous in
crease In its silver coinage. In the
United States the mints have bought
about 5,000,000 ounces during the past
few months, and the director of the
mint says that the demand for small
coinage will be from 7,000,000 to 10,-
000,000-a year. Then there has been
and will be. a great increase in the
demand for silver to be used in the
arts. A large, proportion of our
silver-bearing ore will not minerat"a
profit under 70 cent per fine ounce,
but at 76 cents or even a little less can
be mined very profitably. Within
llMjqiaatJljrearajthtu.cPst oLmining
and smelting silver has been reduced
nearly 50 per cent, so that if the di-
rectox's prophecy a to price be ful
filled, a great deal of lowgrade ore
will be worked. A revival of the sil
ver industry would do much to pro
long prosperity.- 1
Senator Beveridge has shown a
number of symptoms lately of getting
next to the people. He verbally an
tagonizes the trusts; he squints(a1-
most , heretically in the direction of
tariff revision, and he proposes to
champion a child-labor law. Is he
seeking to furnish an answer to the
growing query: Who is most like
RooVaVelt that we can nominate in
1908? : .
We do not know why it has been
recommended by the state insane asy
lum authorities that the law requiring
the relatives of patients to pay $10 a
month for their support, if able to do
so, should be repealed; but we sus
pect it is because the law is not ob
served and perhaps is difficult' to en
force, Yet it is. a reasonable law, and
ought to be enforced, unless it would
"A" Little Out
Apple Picking Records.
From th Kanraa City Journal. ,
How many applea can a man plrk .ln
one day? tfva jaara aso U wai atated
that Onrit Blnkley of Pottar pfeked,
10 barrela, or 150 buahela, In a day.
The statement waa .senerally doubted or
dlaputed at the time. The tollowlnn
are the facta a riven by William Bel!
of Mount Pleasant, In whose . orchard
the pick Ins waa done:' Mr. Blnkley
nicked Mr. Bella aDDlea. which were
aaaorted and packed as faat as they
were sicked. From one day'a picking
Juat ' 40 barrela of sound apples were
packed. The culls were not measured.
but Mr. Belt believe that they com
prtaed nearly one third, of . the apples
picked, so that the number of . barrels
picked by Mr. Binkley In one day was
between (0 and 0. ..'Mr. Bell aaw the
apples picked aqd packed, and hie word
with all who know tilni t a ood eaao
affidavit, ao that Mr. Blnkley picked
over ISO bushels In a day. maybe ao
eepted as a fact. 'He picked the trees
clean aa hewent, using a ptefclnr eack
and a ladder. ,
Compressed Facts.
Bailor euffer moat from rheumatism.
Spanish theatres have no programs.
Swltserland'a revenue from tourist
last aaummer wa tlS, 000,000.
Over 4.000,000 bottle of pickle are
eaten weekly in the United Btates.
In a man and woman of equal height
and weight the woman's tongue . 1
mailer than the man'.
In southern Egypt there 1 no dew
fall, and sometime only to minutes of
rain for the whole year.
Every employe of the English poatof-
floe get a wedding present from the
a-overnment when he marries.
.-No bird, can fly . backward. The
dragonfly, beeldea . outatripplng the
swiftest bird, flies backward with ease.
A church in London atlll draw an
income which wa bequeathed it for the
purpose of buying wood wherewith to
burn heretic.
There are etars ao distant that a fly
ing machine moving at the rate of tOO
mile an hour would require $00,000,000
yeara to .reach them. -
November 26 in History. "
1 77 WililamCowper. English poet,
born. Died April SB, 100.
J 12 J Karl August Hardenberg. Prus
sian tatman. who conducted success
ful realstance to Napoleon, died. Born
May 11. 1750. , ' '
18l Fire in Lynn. Massachusetts,
destroyed $4,000,000 in property. .
1SS0 Charlea Francis Adams resigned
presidency of ITnloii Paclflo railway.
Ill Marshal Blanco realgned the of
fice of cfptaln-general of Cuba,
.18 Britlah defeated Boers in bloody
battle of Modder River.
1(01 Great Britain and Germany
united to preaa their claim upon Vene
zuela: .
Birthday, of Queen Maud of Norway.
' Queen Maud, the pretty consort of
King Haakon of Norway, wa born No
vember J6. ISO. It wa Just on year
ago this month that ber husband, then j
necessarily cost more to do so than
the amounts collected. The state
must care for all its insane, of course,
regardless of thejpecuniary condition
of themselves or their relatives;-Tut
if the latter parent or child, brother
fsTsTerTTiusba.ndTpf L wife ere able
to help maintain the unfortunate, they
should be obliged to do so.
In Professor Horner's story "The
Appian Way," published yesterday in
The Journal, appears the word "lu
canthropy,' which does not occur in
many if any of the dictionaries.
The word is composed of the two
Greek words, "lucos," wolf, and an
thxopoijnajtelheoltmra man
with the tendencies of the wolf; a
Nebuchadnezzar whose tastes' have
degenerated into those of the brute.
"Lucanthropy" is the contrast of
strenuous effort to be at one's best
Therefore, President Roosevelt in ex
tolling the strenuous life, cautioned
the American people against all forms
of "lucanthropy." , If the word has
not yet been coined, it ought to go to
the mint at once. . . . ..
A visiting water expert declares
that Bull Run water has saved or pro
longed a great many lives,, and he is
no doubt correct. Vide Portland s
exceedingly low death rate, though
other causes contribute to this result
O yes, we who are alive and kicking
have much to be thankful for.
That Oregon is wholly out" of debf
is no reason ior icgisiairvcrxTTwr-
agance, but the state In this agreeable
financial condition can regard quite
large, if " necessary, expenditures
cheerfully. ' '
The Play
By Johnston McCulley.
"What's the use of lying when you
ar all aloner Act II. .
'There Is In every man the making
of a great raaral; time and opportunity
alone are needed to bring It out"
Act III.
Max Flgman is a star. We have seen
it declared on billboards and programs;
It ha been shouted to the heavens by
the hired sgents of John Cort and ber
sided in a hundred different way. But
It has remained for Firman to be his
own greatest advertisement. Last night
when he appeared at the Hntlig In "The
Man on the Box," a delightful drama
tisation of Harold McOrath's novel, he
gsve evidence In the first few minutes
of play that he Is a star in spite of
press agents and 'advertising money
well spent. He Is a natural-born star,
and John Cort had an eye to business
when he took Flgman under his mana
gerial wlr.g.
Flgman made a hft here In "The Mar
riage of Kitty" two seasons ' a"gK He
,made, anothr hit InnU aesaon with the
Florence Roberts company. He makes
, the greatest bit of aU af Bob War-
6f tkc Common
Prince Charles of Denmark, waa ehosen
as ruler of Norway. '. he queen 1 the
daughter or King Edward and ' Queen
Alexandr.. of England. It waa during
the vtalt of the Prince Maud and ber
alster to their grandparent at Copen
hagen that . . he friendship ' between
Prince, Charlea and Maud waa. begun.
Their marriage took place in July, 1195
In Buckingham . palace chapel. Queen
Maud is the mother xf a 1-year-old son,
who wa christened Prince r Alexander,
but is now known as Crown Prince Olaf
of Norway. ' ;;,y,. . .
. A The Author Turned. ' ...
Here is an effective piece of dramatic
criticism, said to have been printed In a
rural paper In Indiana, . A raw com.
pany on the "kerosene circuit" played
"Hamlet," and the next day the editor
wrote: "Mr, Soandso and hie company
played 'Hamlet' in the town hall last
nlnht. It-waa greet social event' and
an tn em ox our fair village attended.
There ha been a Jong -discussion a to
whether Bacon or Ghakeapeare wrote the
piayrcom.moniy "attributed to 0hakeH
pear. ' It can be easily settled now.
Let the grave of the two writer be
opened. The one who turned over last
night Is the author."
This Is the Reason. ,
. Why ar we unable to see- when we
turtf from a bslght light to a darker
object? Because when wa look at. -a
bright light, the Irla, or colored pro
tecting curtain, contracts around the
pupil (which 1 only a window), thus
keeping too much light from striking
the retina or sensitive part of the eye,
Aa soon a the eye turn to a darker
object, the pupil la so small thst It does
not admit a sufficient number of. rays
to enable use to see.' We must wait a
few seconds for It to expand.
. The Regiment of God. . .
-From the Technical World Magaslne.
Every maaon in the quarry, every
builder on the shore.
Every woodman In the forest, every
boatman at the oar,
Hewing wood and drawing water, split
ting stone and clearing od.
All the dusty ranks of labor In the regl-
. ment of God,
March together toward his temple, do
the task hi hand prepare;
Honeat toll 1 holy eervlee, faithful
work la praise and prayer.
i Letting by Pin and Candle.
From the London Evening Standard.
The old custom of letting premises
by the aid of a candle and a pin has
been observed at Padworth, a village
between Reading and Newberry- The
eandle was lighted and a pin stuck Into
It. Then bid were called for until the
pin. .owing" to the heat of the candle,
dropped out. J. T. 8 trange, secured the
tenancy with an offer of IS 5.
r Free From Microbes.
The air I eo pur tn the polar re
gion and so free from harmful mi
crobe that throat and lung diseases are
unknown there That section 1 also
free from contagious dlaeaaea.
burton In "Th Man on the Box." It la
not difficult to determine to what qual
ities Flgman' success should be cred
ited. It 1 to hi vivacity, hi attention
to detail and hi demand of realism in
Leverythlng. He doesn't burlesque any-
thlng to. make It runor. uia xun-roax-Ins
la natural, th result of art ratber
than ridiculous exaggeration. Cort has
given the atar-a: uppoTtinf company
that la above the average. Last night'
audience showed It appreciation by
generous, applause, and at tb close of
the second act tantalised Flgman Into a
cliaracteristlo curtain speech tn which
he declared that hi ambition wag to
pleas hi tfubllo rather than to e
his nam In big letter on th billboards.
"Th Man on th Box" 1 a faithful
dramatization of th novel wherein a
Washington society man disguise him
self a a coachman, to frighten hi
later, get on th box of th coach of
the girl be adorea by mistake, is arrested
for fast driving, become her coachman
in fact In order to carry out the decep
tion, develop a great love story,' keeps
an old soldier from disgracing himself
by selling the plan of hi country'
fortification. I disclosed In th end
saves th girl's father from poverty, and
take th girl In hi arm and motion
for th curtain to fall. Th play Is
three hours' of delightful dash and go.
The play la good in-Itself. Add Fig
man' personality, which seem to affect
every other member of the company, and
th a tag dressing that John Cort has
glvvn. tb production, and yon hav.4 as
oenoious an entertainment as one eouid
ask for.
In addition to Flgman. good work I
done by Mis Helen Holme, hi lead
ing woman, whose work is natural and
artistic tn a great degree. Morgan Wat
lace, who waa In Portland with the
Belaaoo force,' I 'In th company and
play with hi usual skill. His Charles
Henderson I spontaneous and dalight
ful. John C. Brownell Is excellent aa
Count Karloff. -eat rice McClure, a
Seattle society girl and dramatlo reader,
has minor role In which ahe acquit
herself with some degree of merit. Th
other of th company ar up to th
"The Man on tha Box" will he a-ivan
by-ihfl.Flgmu company Uomorraw and
weonesday nights, with a matins Wed-
nesaay. ,
"A Temperance Town."
Tou can't reform a man by treat
ing him like a fool." Act II.
It I difficult to determine ta whom
thv blue ribbon ahould go in thi week's
Baker bill "A Temperance Town."
Perhaps It Should SO to Jlmm niaaarm
for his delightfully tru rendition of
tn cnaracter or Kneeland Fray; perhaps
it ahould g. to William Harris, who'
does Uncle Jo Vlall so well; perhaps
to Howard Russell as St. Julian Jones,
and perhaps to William Dills as Mink
Jones. Anyway, there ought to be a
blue ribbon and It ahould go to aom
Yesterday afternoon "A 'Temperance
Town" pleased a big audience. ' Last
night It plessed again. It Is a Hoyt
satire 'on tb prohibition situation In
Vermont as It wss some year ago.
There are good qualities In It, and some
bsd one. Thst there are about 100
good laugh In It no sane man Will
deny. - .
The ' bill la parttcutsrly spproprlat
to Thanksgiving week depicting, ss 1t
does, scene about Thanksgiving time.
There I a vacant chair or two, a hard
hearted father, a down-trodden saloon
keeper and th usual. Ingredients of the
usual Hayt satirical fares. There I a
love story, which Is subdued somewhat
by the funmaklng. There is a bewild
ering mass of character, few of which
are -very distinct, But .then averyon
knowe the play. . '
The honors ar well distributed among
Keep Control of the
I. JrVaterwayg
' Tb Dalle. Or... Nov. 14. To th Edl
tor of Th Journal I am heartily In
favor of tha state purchase of th Ore
gon city locks, either by condemnation
or In any other reasonable way. and
not turning them over to the federal
government, leaving th state to hold
and own them for all time. If th fed
era) govsrament wants to aid th state
we certainly should b willing to aocept
uch aid, but w should never turn tb
ownership over to th government -
Th atat should . Improve It own
waterway and a th Willamette river
I wholly Inside our state w should
lose no time In making It free to com
meroe to Its vary source. Wa ahould
los no time Improving every stream
within th atat when a few dam and
lock will open water courses to trans
portation of freight and passenger, As
to the Columbia river her our atat
should never hav transferred th title
of the canal to th government. Oregon
should ' hav retained this title, asked
b atatea of Washington and Idaho to
help, -and a much money as the three
tateat agreed to spend yearly on th
Columbia river the federal government
ought willingly. to have spent each year.
In si years th' Columbia ought to be
free from Lewlston, Idaho, to th sea
for any amount of commerce and any
sort of craft
One needs onl to look at th Celllo
eanal to realise how long It will be be
fore a river steamer will see it, way
clear ror a passage through it
If w want free rivers and .a bigger
Oregon let ua do something for our
selves Instead of donating to advertise
ment bureaus with literature telling
Bow big w are. . Let us tax ourselves
and those that ar coming to reap where
w sow. and expend a reasonable
amount annually on our rivers; let us
hav tb finest tat . engineer In the
country, and let ua expend a half mil
lion annually on our rivers, and In
a few year w will not have to ao out
and lead people to our state by the hand.
They--wl---floclt"to-oe-o quickly that-
tn Willamette valley will be forced to
move It mountain aide east and west
to give place for them to find standing
room. Tb Columbia river valley, while
a larger project when the government
get the look In will open plenty of
new land foi th grown children of th
overflow or th Willamette valley's
population, but by all means keep con
trol of our Willamette river In th
hand of th atate. and let our legisla
ture buy the -Oregon City lock without
delay and let us make them as free as
th water, that run to all our people.
President D. A. and C Club.
What Is Stand Pat?
Stuart Maclean. In Atlanta Journal.
"Stand patr
What, that
I to do a you're told;
Uphold ,
Everything that your leader has said;
Drop dead . ..
Inatead .'. i
-ftf-thlnfclng- at alt '
That alL
"Stand patr
: Oh, that
l I to walk, np and vet
By rot.
And swallow heroic .
Llk Stolo -
Everything that was thought
W ought
That wa aom tlso ago
TOD know. .
"Stand patr
Well, that
B IB a tianee 1
And danc "
When th boss pulls th string,
. . , ,
Ann vuflf
H-WHh a Tatta most aubllme"
(This la all apropos)
To th thing
That w know
Ain't so. -
So we're glad that you think
Th term's on th blink.
That from it you shrink;
And on that
We'll tand pat
th member of th Bskerlte. Ml
Anne Singleton, the new see end woman.
hasn't much of a part but she gives
indication or msaing good. Mis Law.
rence and Donald Bowles work out the
love Interest in their usual good form:"
but they really haven't a chance to take
a big share of the glory. Bowie wa
particularly good yesterday afternoon.
Howard Russell ha a role that anlt
him, and he produce laugh by th
dosen. William Dill and William Har
ris are also active In th laugh produc
ing Una, Jam Oleason succeeded In
getting himself roundly hissed, which I
saying he made good In his role. Wil
liam Oleason plays with his usual skill.
Leo Lindhsrt a local actor who hss
been making rapid strides with th
Bakerite,' doe a wee bit of characteri
sation that I above the average, It
only last a minute, but It' good. . Th
other member of th company play
"A Temperance Town" 1 en of those
puszllng bills that make a good Impres
sion and th averse person cannot tell
why. It Isn't a good aa th average
Hoyt play, but It'a worth aeelng, and
you'll like It.- It will be the bill all
week at the Baker with a epeclal mati
nee Thursday and the regular matinee
"Uncle Josh Spruceby."-
"I started that man In business
1 - bght- hl- flrVt r gold-rlckU'
Unci Josh Spruceby.
(-"Unci Josh Spruceby," which mad
th people roar year ago, ha been re
vived again, and yesterday opened for a
week's run at the Empire, starting In
with two large audiences. Unci Josh
I there with the good when It come
to being a laugh-producer. ' He I get
ting ratber .old now and oth"oT th
Joke which were delightfully new when
the ahow first appeared are now gray
whiskered snd cause laughter on ao
eount of their age, but Just the asm w
sit through It all and ar willing and
ready to laugh a th eternal atory of
th green farmer and th eity sharper
unfold Itself before' u. . Uncle Josh
may exist snd plssse for some years
yet and then the email stock oompanies
will revive it again.
Ths production at th Empire this
week la a good one, th player ar
above the average and th acenlo effects
ar all that oou;d be desired. Bright
specialties are Introduced to add to th
bill attractiveness. William Lee ha
the title role and doea well In th part
Th supporting compsny la of consider
able merit. "Unci Josh Spruceby" I
on of th best show that has been at
the Empire this season. Tou won't be
wasting your time If you see It It will
be th bill all week, with matins Wed
nesday, Thursday and Saturday. .
An Indiana authority has declared that
the only articles of food not adulterated
ar cheese and root beer, W don't know
or car anything about root beer, but
have always believed that llmburaer
Bhses eould net be adulterated.
i I t'hl th beginning of th predloted
hard winter T '' ' , '
e e- . i
Nobody la asking for a .rals In th
wage of sin.
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; Seattle Ja ahead of 'Taeoma again
can ahow. more storm damage. .,
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Th prtc of pipe has gon up, but
pip droame ar as cheap aa ever.
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How to get. a cheap Thanksgiving
turkey; bby It after Thanksgiving.
' In a criminal eas the prosecution In
variably "weave a net" or ela Vforgss
a Qbaln.".'.- , "! r
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fliere are a aood many day In th
year when you can b thankful that you
llv la Oregon.. ..-'IL.,.' :
In these degenerate times a, heresy
trial, auvd-lia. result don't arouse muco
Interest :
Dnnl Beams to hav played to perfec
tion the part of killing th goo that
laid golden eggs.
- Is Unci Sam going to get into a war
with San Francisco or California on
Japanese account; . . . :.
Perhana after awhile there Will be SO
many teachers'-Institutes that children
will have vacation most of. th school
W were going to publish a Ht of
remedies for colds, but seeing that it
would fill this half-column all winter
gav It up. . t.
Mr. Harriman may tunnel Into Icon-
gfesg"prtty"aay; ' bnt- h la 11 finding
that tunneling through cap Horn la
no easy job.
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It'a queer If a great musical artist
can't be Just a llttl bit funny one In
while, especially when he la In a
monkey bouse.
Bom preacher ar resorting to mega-
phones and brass bands, realising, per
haps, that what a great many people
want la mar noise. - j-
A very Strang thing about a very
aged negro who died recently I, that
he did not claim to hav Been George
Washington when a pickaninny. ..
Perhaps Unci Adlat Stevenson will
never be mentioned, cgain In th dla
natche until It cornea time to look
-around for a Democratlo candidate for
vlc-prldnt - . '
Now It la Jim Ham Lewis whom some
on devoid of originality allude to aa
I "an nlmatMt foatliap duateY." But
even so, Jim Him is aiwajs srtianc 1
and ornamental. -1
For dispensing poisoned milk th Pull
man company was fined th large sum
of 150. . .Whit an outrage! Everybody
knowa a corporation can't put poison in
milk, and that Bob Lincoln wouldn't
I there no Juettce in the (and for our
enterprising business interests? '
Xnataaity aad Immortality.
Portland. Nov. 24. To th F.dltor of
Th Journal: Tour correspondent, "In
vestigator," two days ago, aald: "That
tb soul Is capable of existing In a con
scious condition after th death of th
body can likewise be demonstrated."
I hope your correspondent Is not In
rror about this. Th world ha been
waiting for a long time for thi "dem
onstration." and It Is still anxiously
waiting. If a "demonstration" I avail
able It ought to be brought out at one,
to be welcomed by million of aad
hearts and thoughtful winds, . No other
discovery eould so thrill th human
eonsclousneee, or so oothe th terrible
wound of lacerated affections.
Of eourse. Intelligent people, know
what ha been said about this question,
la ancient and modern times, and th
claim that hav been set up respecting
it. They know tb tbeorle. th guesses,
th surmises and report about It, his
torical, acientlf lo ' and otherwise. But
they also know that theories and
guesses and belief and hope and feara
never settle questions, of fact In the
slang of tb day the' question I not
"what do you bllve." or "hop,", but
"what do you knowr That . I th
aueetlon. .-..-
Doe 'Tnvtlgator" know that th
consciousness continue after th death
of the bodyT If o. let us have th
"demhMtration." -The whole world will
bear him gladly and hi nam will go
to th highest place on th world
scroll of f am. But no "monkeying"
about It. None of th common clap
tran and guah, and aentiment and
elalm. that w usually havs doled out
to us. together with assumptions of
nremises. snd tha llk.
What million sigh for Is "demonstra-
tion.':JLt u hav it student.
. . Ta Baal Issue, ,
Portland. Nov. t3. To Jh Editor of
The Journal Th real lasu 1 not
men. neither 1 it newspapers, though
both-r Involved. An evil spirit fear
ing that It 1 losing prestige wher
one It held almost unquestioned sway,
van In It peculiar Ideas of religion, as
It vainly thought select on wno ooiq
officially and ethically represents rock
bottom Christianity, and makes him,
without any provocation, the target of
Its newspaper attacks. I say without
any provocation, unless being finan
cially interested In a successful rival
publication, l a provocation. When
nvy attack character with word It I
cowardly as well- as despicable. , But
when Ita attacka assume th form of
cartoon ' It i at on and th same
time puerll and atnic. But thi as
sault 1 not on an Individual merely,
who I an untarnished representative of
Christian oltlsenahtp, but it la virtually
an sssault on that Christian cltlsenshlp
It doea not matter that that honored
phase of cltlsenshlp Is in th majority
In tha city of Portland and tha north
west U has its rights, and one of them
is Immunity from Injustice and slander.
Th spirit that undertakes to defame
character, even "though It b for eonv.
msrolal purposes, and makes ua of th
pages --of a newspaper to accomplish it
cowardly purpose, deserves th unquali
fied condemnation of all good eltlsens;
and sooner or later It will get that
desert Moreover, a nawapeper t 'de
scends to surh onwsrdly vilification of
worthy citlsena la unworthy a place ln
Jefferson baa bo hotel' in operation.
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Many real eatate sties around Mr
nit . ... . . . .
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Old-fsshloned revival meetings ia
Lebanon. .
Worklngman ere In great demand In
Klamath county.-' . r-
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Now is on of th times to apray and
improve orchards. . . '
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The recent flood caused th Milton
aursery a los of $1,400. ' t
' Indian arrowhead ar ' atlll founS
along the river near frrlgoniV- t . -
e e - t , - r
Gervala ha had ho city- Ux for year,
licensee funrlshlng enough hriDst,"
A Corvallls man, asked what h waa
seachlng for with a lantern, said he waa
looking for a street light
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Th HUlsboro Argus allude to Sena-,
tor Fulton aa "Oregon' IdoL" Thought
Idolatry wag out of data,
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A Strang thing happened In Baker '
county i a man thawed dynamite and
though- pretty well torn-to pieces. 1
alive. ... ' . ...
;-. e e .; '; - -Polk
Hood of The Dalles 'has been
paralysed for IS yeara and la blind, and
though suffering great pain never com.
plains. , -
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A Sllverton man butchered flv 10-months'-old
pigs, four of which dressed
1.800 pounds, and th fifth weighed over
400 pound. .
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Heavy erop of corn were grown la
the Rogu River valley last aeasoa
without Irrigation and without enough
rainfall, to wet th ground from th
time th corn waa planted until It waa
: . - - ' v ; v. .
Th new saddle road recently conw
pleted by th rancher In th vlotntty
of Frulta, In Wallowa county, at an
expense of over 11,900. I practically
ruined by the ston wall eliding down.
It will bo rplred
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A Pendleton man went down on the
Columbia to hunt geese; got off tha c
train on a dark foggy night at Pollock,
where he told the baggageman to put
off his gun, overcoat snd blankets; and
he is hunting yet for them.
Th Journal having mentioned a 15
pound turnip, the HUlsboro Argus say
that 3. C Miller, of beyond Glen 00,
raise them weighing tl pounds, while '
John Loftls of th same section raised
one a few seasons ago that tipped th
Woodburnl going-alonrnlclyr"
smoothly and welt aaya the Indepen
dent There 1 mora harmony tn thi
than many another community. . It la
wisely suggested that we tmprov tha
present satisfactory arrangement by
carefully refraining from speaking 1U
of a neighbor. -
e-on .topics -0
th horn of orderly people.- The Indl-
vtdual ba right which It is not th
privilege of public men or Institutions
to assail. Against such unwarranted
attacka an Indignant publlo will at
length arise and protest and th pro
test will b heard and heeded. -
If Unjust assails ar quietly endured
there la no security for th good nam
of tha Individual or th escutcheon of
the family. The publlo Is, In a vary
practical sense, th custodian of Indi
vidual reputation. Let not th victim,
in thi case give himself . any concern.
When nondescript religion assail a fol
tower of the Nasarena it Is a repetition
of Paul's experience with the viper on
th island of Mel Ita. it faatened It
poisoned fang, to his hand, and th '
barbarian thought the apoatl was ..
doomed. But Paul calmly "shook It eft
Into the fire and felt no harm.
lanlsluBeat of Colored Troops.
To the Editor of the Journal There
Is a curious coincidence between the
Brownsvlll outbreak of a battalion of .
th Twenty-Fifth colored infantry and
the Walla, Walla mutiny of a battalion
of th Fourth cavalry It yesrs ago.
A Wall Walla gambler named Hunt
shot a soldier of troop C Of th
Fourth ravalry. Th bight aftr th
oldler died, ighty man of th regi
ment took tholr carbine, and marching '
In a body to the town, forcibly took
Hunt from th Jail and hot him t
death in th publlo square. Th turn,
ber of soldiers engaged In the affair
I Inferred because to bullet wound
were found In Hunt's body. .
The- department commander. General
Kants, and hla two senior post com
manders were ordered to Investigate th
killing and th mutiny at a oourt of
Inquiry. After a searching Investiga
tion it was found" that not intfe ot
dler stationed at Fort Walla Walla at
the time would acknowledge thst h
knew anything or th attack on-the
Jail or of the killing, of Hunt
Strang ss It may seem, th secret
has been faithfully kept to this day.
The troop to which th murdered sol
dier belonged had before taken part tn
a banging bee at Rancho Davis, Taxa.
and again at Fort Stanton, New Maxloo,
and with thi knowledge, it 1 said, th
oourt conatdered th advisability of ug ,
gesting the mustering out of th troop. .
Thi at Jeast is a rumored tradition.
What they, did do wa t advise the
trial of the colonel of the regiment
There la thi dlffereno, however, be- '
tween th Brownsville and Walla Walla
affair. In th latter ease th sympathy
of th eltlsens waa with th soldier.
Phonograph aad Orapaopnon.
Estarada, Nov. 14. To th Editor of
The Journal: What 1 th dlffereno
between a phonograph and a grapho-phrnieT-
Pleas answer in th editorial
page of th Journal, and oblige.
There la no difference except in nam.
Both machine ua th cylinder and dlse
records. Th machine are controlled
by two companies who probably found
a chang of name necessary before they
could file their organisation papers for
tha purpose of Incorporation. Editor
Journal. . " . -'. ' 1 ' .
' Mr. Harriman seems .to be trying -
lately to rival Mr. HiU la talkativeness.
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