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The Dalles Daily Chronicle.
The only Republican Daily Newgpapei
DEC. 16. 1896
EASTERN OFFICE 230 to 2S4 Temple
Court. N. Y. City. E. KATZ, Agent.
The Oregonian, answering a criti
cism as to its publishing news that
turns out to be false, very properly
says that it cannot vouch for the
truth of dispatches furnished it by
the Associated Press. That it prints
news it distrusts, but which may pos
sibly be true, and which it has no
means of verifying. The criticism
is unjust; the answer correct. But
id the next column to this editorial
it has this :
Judge Bellinger was very right in
setting aside ,the judgment of the
jury as to the value of properly and
damage thereto on the Columbia
river, through construction of the
proposed boat railway from The
Dalles to Celilo. Juries often have
no sense as to values, when the dam
age is assessed against the public
The indignation of Judge Bellinger
was very just.
Neither Judge Bellinger nor the
editor of the Oregonian has been on
the grounds at laffe s the juries
have ; nor does the editor know any
thing of the case. The indignation
of Judge Bellinger is entirely un
called for, and the commendation of
the Oregonian unjust.
WHAT ARE JURIES FOR?
We are not disposed to be unduly
critical of United States courts, nor
of Judge Bellinger in particular; but
it strikes us that the habit these
courts have of setting aside verdicts,
usurping the powers and duties of
the jury, and jumping the job of the
distiict attoraey, is not now, and
never was, a part of the duties of the
office contemplated by the framers
of the constitution. The power of
setting aside a verdict is given the
judges to be used, not abused; to be
used in furthering the ends of justice
not abused in subverting them.
The trial of the Taffe case has
brought out some of the characters
tics of the federal courts, the chief
of which is, as we have intimated, to
jump the job of the jury. Twelve
men, under oath, found that Taffe
had been, or would be, damaged in
the sum of $14,200 by the condem
nation of his land. Judge Bellinger
was not satisfied, and granted a new
trial. Another jury of twelve men
heard the sworn testimony and
probably .taking into consideration
the extra expense Mr. Taffe had
been put to, raised the sum to $17,
ouu. ut course Judge .Bellinger is
more dissatisfied with -this verdict
than the. other, and after berating the
jury for not finding a verdict for
smaller sum, stated that he would
set the verdict aside if a new trial
was not asked tor.. We do not for
moment doubt the Judge's honesty,
but we do think his judgment is
"warped by his zeal.
The government of the United
States is more illy served by a judi
ciary over-zealous in its favor, than
one with leanings the other way.
The government can better afford to
be wronged than to wrong its citi
zens, and the judge who is broad
minded enough to see this is the one
who is least liable to permit either to
suffer wrong. Up to date a grand
total of twenty-four out of a possible
twenty-four have united in saying
they were right in the amount of
damages given. Against their de
cision is the dictum of one man, hut
Suppose the case is tried and re
tiied with no decrease iri the amount
of damage, is there any point in the
remote future where Mr. Taffe could
feel that the litigation would end ?
How many times may be be called
upon to prove the amount of his
damages, and how many juries may
there be impaneled only to have
their verdicts set aside? A reason-
able interpretation of the facts that
two juries had practically agreed on
the, amount of damages, would sug
gest that that amount was approxi
mately correct. -
If the verdict of a jury is of no
value in the United States courts,
why continue the system? "Why
continue the expense? vvhy not
turn the functions of the jury over
to the judge at once, since he sets
aside verdicts until a venal panel
can be found to -agree with him ?
When United States judges dictate
the verdict, what is the jury for?
The Spokesman-Review of Spo
kane is making a vigorous fight
against the system of legislators and
state officials riding on "free passes."
The system is certainly objectiona
ble, but not more so than the use of
the word "free" in connection with
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For Sale or Kent.
The Grant hotel, close to the depot,
will eell cheap, or rent for $10 per
month. Lee Kee,
decl6-lm Grants. Or.
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ONE NIGHT ONLY,
Wednesday, Dec. 16,1896.
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And her large and talented com
pany in the delightful Comedy-.
"Love Finds a Way."
An Idylic Play, with bright, brisk com
edy ; a beautiful story ; pretty
eongs and dances.
Prices..... 75c and $1.00
Seats now on sale at Snipes-Kinersly
Drug uo. 8 atore.
Note Curtain rings up at
Pan Kake Flour,
MAIER &; BENTON
Merry Christmas and a
Happy New Year to all.
Now is a good time to lay in your nice things for
Oranges, Lemons, Figs,
Canned Wild Blackberries
Choice Creamery Butter,
Hams, Bacon and Lard.
Leave orders for Dressed Tur
keys. Chickens and Eggs
bought and sold.
'All of which, will "be sold at BEDROCK PRICES
for CASH at ?
Corner Second and Union Streets.
Japanese Curios, Dishes,
Ladies' Underwear, Wrappers,
133 Second Street, Next
Call and See
"The Regulator Line"
Tie Dalles. Portland and Astoria
Freigpj ana Passenger LIhb
The company's elegant steames give
daily service (Sundays excepted) between
The Dalles and Portland.
Steamer "Reealator" leaves The Dalles
on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at
7 :30 a. trf., arriving in Portland atop,
hi. Returning leaves Oak-street dosk
on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at
6:30 a. m., arriving in The Dalles at
5 p. in.
Steamer "Dcllea City" leaves The
Dalles on Tuesday, Thursday and Satur
day at 7 :30 a. m., arriving in Portland
at 5 p. m. Returning leaves Oak-street
dock on Monday, Wednesday and Friday
at 6:30 a. m., arriving in The Dalles at
5 p. m.
One way .$2 00
Round trip 3 00
Freight Rates Greatly Reduced.
Shipments for Portland received at
any time. Shipments for way landings
must be delivered before 5 p.m. Live
stock shipments solicited. ,For rates call
on or address
THE DALLES. - OREGON
Reesidence, Tenth and Liberty Streets
The modern stand
ard Family Medi
cine : Cures the
ills of humanity.
ALSO A CHOICE ASSORTMENT OF
Garden and Grass Seeds
for Early Planting.
Hay, Grain, Feed, Flour.
Oats, Rolled Barley,
Bran and Shorts,
and Grocery Store,
to Snipes-Kinersly's Store
Choice of Transcontinental Routes
, VIA -
Low Rates to all Eastern Cities.
STEAMERS Leave Portland
Kverv Vive Dm for
SAN FRANCISCO, CAL
For fall details call on O. R & Co. s Agent
Tha Dalles, or address
W, II. HUBLBURT. Gen. Pass. Aet
E. M'NEILL President aud Manager.
New Schedule. .
Train No. 1 arrives at The Dalles 4 :45
a. m., and leaves 4:50 a. m.
Train No. 2 arrives at The Dalles ia:15
p. m., and leaves 10:20 p. m.
Train No. 8 arrives at The Dalles 11 :55
p. m., and west-bound train No. 7 leaves
at 1 p. m.
Train 23 and 24 will carry passengers
between The Dalles and Umatilla, leav
ing The Dalles at 1 p. m. daily and ar
riving at Tne Dalles 1 r. m. daily, con
necting with train Nob. 8 and 7 from
.Portland. h,. it,. Lrrnx,
Before going elsewhere, call on
LCOMINI, The Dalles, Or.
For a Tombstone. Warranted
to stand for all time, regardless
of wind or weather.
74 Second Street.
POULTRY, FISH and GAME'
. . IN SJEABON. . .
69 TELEPHONES 69
: ATT0KNEY - AT - LAW.
COLLECTIONS A SPECIALTY.
Office next door to the First National Bank
The Dallas, Oregon. - uov!9
00 oc j -lis!!
Fall Assortment of
DRY GOODS, FANCY. GOODS,
Boots and Shoes.
to examine our
which we personally selected !
in New York City and Phila
delphia. We guarantee the
lowest prices in town.
Cllines and Cigais.
"beverage, nnequaled as a tonic.
STUBLING & WILLIAMS.
Buys a god BOYS'SUIT at C. F. Steph-
j v- ens.' Intermediate prices up to $4.50.
Remember, all these goods are latest made, warm, serv
iceable and fashionable, and at prices never before ap
proached in The Dalles.
Leave your orders for
Dressed Chickens, Fish,
Fine Dairy Butter, Eggs,
Fruits and Vegetables of all kinds,
COAL AND ICE,
THE DALLES COWIISSIOS GO.'S STORE
Corner Second and "Washington Sts.
175 Second Street,
Country and Mail Orders will receive
" 'There is a tide. in the affairs of men which, taken at its flood
leads on to fortune? r
The poet 'unquestionably had reference to the
Closing Out Sale of Furniture and Carpets
AT CRANDALL & BURGET'S,
Who are selling these Roods out at greatly-reduced rates
MICHET.BACH BRICK. - - UNION BT.
- BUSCH and
BEER and in Dottles.
Nutrine, a non-alcoholic
Is all C. F. Stephens asks for a servicea
ble suit of MEN'S CLOTHING. The
best Black Diagonal for $12.00.
An elegant assortment of
. 1896 styles just received,
' a part ot which may be
seen in show window.
The Dalles, Oregon