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.- The Weekly SwSpriseT7
Ths Weekly Enterprise.
AX tStiPSDEST PAPER,
Business Man, the Farmer
Jw thtPAMILV CIRCLE.
OFFICE Corner of Fifth and Main streets
Oregon City. Oregon.
J). V. IRELAND, Proprulor,
THE ENTERPRISE lias bca wry well re
reived daring the time of It publication,
jjr gentlemen of distinction in the Sf"l,e,
v-,vlio"Tecomniend ft as a joorn' valuable for
;Ka.tm;3kc.fia'tion. f"uch we shall endeavor
.no'utaue t in?ke it.
THE WrZAUil OF OREGON shall at all
tizies constitute the paramount interest to
which our columns will be devoted. Every
rcea-ure for the good of the State, whether
,r private or public intereH, irrespective of
party, will find m a" a3yocate aml a de
fender, to the extent of our ability. We
sliall aim to attract the attention of the
r.'U'l'LATIOX AND MONEY" seeking profit
able phces, t0 that channel which is now
making this the yioti of the globe, and ren-
tiering Oregon wiuioinei i .u-iuu outm.s.iue
graneiies f t!ie world, with a centre of
trade second to none.
Aii:lClE'f I'RE wi'l continue to receive that
attention which it merits, at the har.tb of
t-verv intelligent Journalist. " The Farmer
fttb th ull.
THE MAUKETS will be watched carefully,
and such information as we .shall be able to
compile will be published.
MAN'UKACTI'UEIIS are earnestly requested
.to inform us with respect to tho.se various
interests, to the end that we may be able to
make the Extkki'kisk as near an enojclo
pa;.!i i of the business of Oregon as caa be.
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BOOK AS J) JOB PRISTJSG.
e" The Enterprise office is supplied with
beautiful, approved styles of type, and mod
ern MACHINE IMlESiiES, which will enable
tlie Proprietor to do .I,ib Piinting at all times
Seat, Orich and (.'hi up .'
t(T Work solicited.
1). C. IRELASD, PrcprU tnr.
UisIXJ-JSS C I RD S.
Oregon Ci(j', Ort-gon.
OFFICE hi Charman's Brick Block, up
J) It. F. UAH CLAY,
(Formerly Surgeon to the Hon. H. 15. Co.)
OFFICE At Residence, Main street Ore
K'iii ity, Oregon.
I M V El II AL MILLS.
Savier, LaRoque & Co.,
Ojveep constantly on hand foi sale, flour
MitlluigH, Bran and "Chicken Feed, Parties
l"irc!iinn feed must furnish the sacks.
Contractor and Builder,
Main st., OREGON CITY.
ty Will attend to all work in his line, con-M.-ting
in part of Carpenter and Joiner woik
training, building, etc. Jobbing promptly
Succor to SMITH d- MAE SHALL,
Elack-Smith and Wagon Maker,
Corner of Main and Third streets,
Oregon City Oregon.
ft ni r-l-amitliinr ..nii-i. . .
, . " -....lis mi 11 uranenes: was-
1 to give satisfaction.
ntiin .inn lej.'amu;
All work warraiit-
os 1 1 land Biiol:iilFrTsT"
PORTLAND AUCTION ST0EE,
07 First st., Portland,
Xext Door to Post Oiurp
Importers and Jobbers of Staple and I
Pitney Pry tJoods. Grain bags. Burlaps, furn
Wiinji (;tiods. yu We pay the highest cash
pree for Wool, Furs, and Aides.
M ES & DALLAM, "
mror.TEits and jonnens of
Wood and Willow Ware.
Brushes, Twines, Cordage, etc.,
AX1 MAXCFACTCREUS OF
Vro'Viis, Pails, Tubs, Washboards, c
-i a -'17 Sacramento st., San Francisco.
113 Maiden Lane. X. Y. City.
WATKINS, M. D.,
.SURGEON. Portland, Oregon.
f'FFICEva Front street Residence cor
'" M.iin and Seventh streets.
James l. daly,
'.Eate Dalv & Stoven-s)
O !: S E R AL AG EX T,
Ivi Front street, Portland,
PDecial attention in fVdlwt.inr
N 1 "'-justment of accounts, bills and notes;
t-'otiating Inland bills; effecting loans;
'.n? selling and leasing real estate; house
and to the general atreucv business
John Nestor, Architect,
OFFICE IX CAE TEE'S EF1LDING,
Front St., Portland Oregon.
t-'F-SCHlFTl., . ' -r..
buildings Designed and Planned
. W ith aieutM,.,- .. ,
-..a scrupulously and taitii-
'Ivd. l-nore' ;.-,:-.Jf
JADD & TILT ON,
BANKERS, Portland, Oregon-.
TTiil give prompt attention to collections
and other bus.ness appertaining to liZuug.
bight and Telearanhir Fh,?
Francisco and the Atlantic States for
Safe. trr-'rnYm. vj. .
BROKER, PoBxraxn. Or'koon-,
Cor. FROXTund IVanhington Sis.
Pays the Highest Price for Gold Dust
Legal Tenders and Government securities
bought and sold.
Q P. FEIUIY,
BROKER, Pomxaxi). Okegox.
Cor. Front and Washington Sis.
Agent North British and Mercantile
Insurance Company, and Manhat
tan L,ite Insurance Comnnnr.
547 Government Securities, Stocks.Bond.s
I ' '
uiu nuai iaiaie Dougut and sold ojq Com
MACK & HATCH,
The patronage of those desirinjr First Oat
Operation, is respectfully solicited.
Satisfaction in all C:lSs crunvarit fnA
N. L. Nitrous O.ctjde. administered for the
rainless Extraction of Teeth. Also : the
lihifjole.ne Spray used for those who prefer it
Office Corner of Washington and Vmn
.utrauce on Washington
During my 'our of two yea: 3
in the Eastern States I "have
spared neither time nor
money to make mvse'f per
fectly familiar with and master of my pro
fession. Those desiring the best work that
the nature of the case will admit of can rind
me at my oftiee, 107 front street, two doors
above McCormick's Hook Store, Portland,
DR. J. G. GLENN.
W. C. JOI1NSOX. V. O. M t'OWN.
JOHNSON & McCOWN,
Oregon- City, Oregon.
&S Will attend to all business entrusted to
our care in any of the Courts of the State,
Collect money, Negotiate loans, sell real estate
etc. Particular attention given to contested
J. II. MITCHELL. J. X. nOLPlt. A. SMITH.
Mitchell, Dolph & Smith,
Attorneys and Counsellors at Law,
Solicitors in Chancery, and Proc
tors in Admiralty.
JT-Office o-er the old PostOffice, Front
street, Portland, Oregon.
A. C. lilniJS. C. XV. PARUl.Sif,
Si'tary Pultlic and Cimi. of Deeds.
GIBBS & PARRISH,
Attorneys and Counselors at Lau
OFFICE On Alder street, in Carter's
JOHN M. BACON,
Justice of Ike Peace & City Recorder.
OfTice In the Court House and City
Council Room, Oregon City.
j&IT Will attend to the acknowledgment of
deeds, and all other duties appertaining to the
business of a Justice of the Peace.
Boots with Wire Quilted. Bottoms
These Boots are made on the American
standard last. They never fail to fit and feel
comfortable, and require no "breaking In."
The Wire Quilted Soles
liave been proven by practical experience to
last twice as long as the ordinary soled. A
splendid assortment just received at
II. I). WHITE & Co.'s,
Boot and Shoe store.
54.1 1 SI First st. Portland.
JJILDBUUGII, 131lOS.,'& Co.
P. If. Ill LD BURG II, )
LOUIS KIXSTEIX, j Portland.
L. HILDKCRUH, tan Francisco.
Importer and Yl1in!eale Dealers in
AH Kinds of Coiasics !
Scotch and Irish Whiskies,
Rum, Gin, Domestic Liquors, Wines,
FOR TLA SD Opposite Failings, Front
Street, next door to A. R. Richardson's.
iiutvtsxor to Gradoib d: Co.,
Wagons & Carriages,
201 and 203 Front st., Portland, Oregon.
0O Wagons of every description
made to order. GcncralJobbing done
with neatness and dispatch.
A LARGE jNVOICE OF NEW
Sunday School and Gift Books !
"T?ROM THE AMERICAN TRACT tSOClE
JL1 ty and
Various other Publishing Houses !
ror sale by the subscriber, on Jeflerson st.
between -2d and Sd, Portland, Ortgon.
O. H. ATKINSON, Secretary,
."2.1 y and Treas. Oregon Tract So c
toS- On EG OX CITY.
ti. All orders for the delivery of merchan
dise or packages and freight of whatever des
cription, to any part of the city, will be exe
cuted promptly and with care.
W. F. HIGHFIELD,
EstiJblished since 1919, at the oht stand,
Mim Street, Oregon, City, Oregon.
An Assortment of Watches, Jew
elry, and 8c tu Thomas' weight
Clocks, all of which are warranted
to be as represented.
liepamngs done on short notir.A
ind thankful for past favors.
A. II. CELL.
E. A. PAHKEK.
BELL & PARKER.
AXD DEALERS IV
Chemicals, Patent Medicines, Paints,
Perfumery, Oils, Varnishes,
And every article kept in a Drug Store. Main
Street, Oregon City.
Robinson & Lake
WLL CONTINUE THE STOVE AND
Tin-ware trade as usual, at the estab
lished EMIGRANT STOUE,
Cvrdcr ot Front : th.,
OREGON CITY, OHEGOIV, SATUinAY, NOVEHBEK 28,1868.
KEVEK LOOK SAD.
Never look sad nothing's so bad
As getting familiar with sorrow;
Treat him to-day in a cavalier way,
And be'll seek other quarters to morrow.
Long you'd not weep, would you but peep
At the bright side of every trial;
Fortune you'll find,is often most kind,
When chilling your hopes with denial.
Let the sad day carry away
Its own little burthen of sorrow,
Or you may miss half of the bliss
That comes in the lap f to-morrow.
When hope is wrecked, pause and reflect
If error occasioned your sadness;
If it be so, hereafter you'll know
How to steer for the harbor of gladness.
Tribute to Printers. The chap
lm of the New Hampshire Peuiten-
try, in reviewing the e??nts -ot nis
A 1 n
fe since his connection with that in
institution, pays the following com
pliment to journeymen printers:
I have the happiness to number
amousr my mends manv nrintprs Lnt
nougu it may seem to imply either a
, . - j r-
ot aouity on the part of the m
the want of the qualities
are necessary in order to nnnrppinto
good preaching on the other part, yet
I will reveal "the fact, that I have
never succeeded well with that class.
For the nine long year?, with all the
inducements offered, not one of that
trade has connected himself with my
congregation aud I do not think a
man could be found, of all who ever
tenanted our prison, -who could set up
a column of type. I leave the reader
to make his comments, only remarks
ing that this cannot be accidental, nor
can the explanation be that the em
ployment keeps them ignorant of the
prevailing vices and immoralties, nor
yet that young printers are removed
from the large masses where corrup
tions engender and spread. In all
these respects this class are exposed.
It is evident, we think, that the em
ployment has an elevatiag tendency,
and is favorable to intellectual and
Mountains Around Jehusalem.
Jerusalem docs not lie in the hollow
of an Amphitheatre ; it is situated, on
the contrary, on an eminence, having
deep valleys running nearly all around
it. But is true, notwithstanding, that
the mountains girdle it about, as the
Psalmist describes. On two sides.
! the north and east, it is enfolded by
the Mount of Olives ; on the south,
the Hill of Evil Counsel the rvputd
jsite of the country palace of Giinphas,
ine Jligli-l ne&t, where the conspira
tors against our Lord met on the
night of his seizure in Gethsemane
overhangs the valley of Ilimmon and
looks right over it on Mount Zion ;
and although upon the west the hills
are at a great distance, they are on
that side the highest of -all. In that
direction are Kamah and Gibeon ;
and not farther away than five or six
miles is the remarkable height known
by the name of Neby Samwil, upon
which height tradition tells us that
Samuel, the prophet, was buried.
Standing on the top of Neby Samwil,
the eye ranges from Jafft on the
Mediterranean Sea on the west, to
Jordan valley and the mountaius of
Amnion aud Moab beyond it on the
east. Jerusalem is thus in the heart
of a mountain land. For nearly 20
miles on either side there is nothing
around it but hills.
Earthquake Pictures. - Besides
the many sketches, photographs and
drawings which have been made of
the Earthquake scenes in our city and
vicinity, says the California Farmer,
there are others which have not yet
been taken and to which we wcu,d
call the attention of our best artists,
for we esteem them the best views,
and they are important, too. We al
lade to cur streets at the present time,
where the numerous buildings are
being propped up while undergoing
repairs. Ve think if our artists
should take pictures of several streets,
just now, it would give a better view
of the general effects of the earth
quake npon our city than any de
scription that could be written. Take
for instance, California St., Sansome
st., Sacramento st , and a few others,
and they would be worth preserving.
Amone; recent " hints to travel
ers" we find the following : " Insist
upon smoking whenever and wherever
you choose. This is a land of free
dom, where every one may annoy his
neighbor in an independent manner.
Old prejudices are dying out. If
you are seated near a deaf person,
insist upon carrying on a conversa
tion with him. By so doing you will
not only entertain him, but also the
rest of your fellow-travelers."
It has just been discovered in
Rondout, New York, that one of the
hotels has for twelve years been steal
ing its gas from the gas company.
The proprietor long ago erected
works as if to manufacture his own
gas, and then ran a pipe nnder ground
and tapped the main pipe which sup
plied customers of the company.
Old Crabtree, the father of Miss
Lotta, the actress, advertises in the
New York papers that he has opened
a rum mill at No. Broadway,
where he will be glad to receive the
patronage of " all admirers of his tal
California 13 shipping potatoes
From Hours at Home, for October.
I have an aunt in the country
one of the nicest women in the world
a widow, a little past the prime of
life, prim, precise, a good Presbyte
rian and the mother of two pretty
cousins of mine. She lives on the
banks of the Geuesee river, near the
beautiful city of Rochester, and reg
ularly every Sunday rides into town
to listen to her favorite pastor. Her '
week-days are usually spent among
her chickens, pigs, cows and other
poultry, or in putting up pickles and
preserves. Occasionally, however,
she is obliged to go to the city Jo
make purchases, and it was on one
of these occasions that she was re-
entiy inveigled by CC:? mei),
mijLa little speculation by means of
whicn she lost a few dollars, and
succeeded in bringing nie in contact
ith a number of" Gift Enterprise "
windlers, whose tricks to entrap the
unwary I propose to write about.
Rut first let my aunt tell her own
story, which she does in the following
letter, and then I'll tell what came of
' Rochester, Nov. 22d, 1S07.
,:Mv peak Nephew: l'y reading this
letter patiently through you will discover
that I have some queer business on my
hands, and need your assistance to help
me out. Some time since I thought to
make my evcrlastin' I'orhm' ' by invest
ing the sum of one dollar in a Gift Enter
prise, the proprietors of which advertise
that their headquarters are ia that iniqui
tous city ia which you reside, at No.
Broadway. I was going to be- very sly
about it.so I assumed the name of" Mrs.
Sarah Dutton. V. ben they sent me my
ticket mey also sent sixteen others, with
assurance that if I would dispose of
thorn they would guarantee to make me a
present valued at S1"0. in case my ticket
did not draw a valuable prize. Being a
credulous body I put faith in their protiv
iscs. and induced some of my friends to
buy the tickets. Yon will probably laugh
at the idoa- of your aunt Sarah becoming
the agent of a Gift Enterprise, but it is so.
Well. I sent th money for the tickets, and
have just been notified that one of them
has drawn a prize valued at $200, and that
I can have the same on payment of five
per cent, of the value. 1 understand that
tho prices sent out by this concern are
mostly petroleum stock, and as I am nei
ther an til dealer nor a Wall street specu
lator, I do not propose to send them $10
until I know what sort of a prize I have
drawn. Now, I want you to go and pee
these persons, and if I am really entitled
to a valuable prize, pay the charges, and
send tho same, together with tlj- bill, to
your affectionate aunt. Sarah.
'P. S. Address me in my right namer
as usual, and don't let the girls know that
I have an alias.
Enclosed with the above letter were
the tickets w hich aunt " Sarah " had
purchased, and the letter which hud
induced her to invest in the gift Spec
ulation. I insert the letter tt show
by what shallow devices unsophisti
cated persons are induced to part
with their money. With the excep
tion of the name of the enterprise,
(for which the reader may insert that
of any gift scheme known ) and the
names of the persons signing it, (the
real ones are omitted to avoid legal
annoyances the truth being some
times considered libelous) the letter
reads as follows:
Office of thr Garroters and EMers'
Grand Premutation Enterprise.
So Broadway, N'. Y. )
Jlrs. Sarah Dutton Madam: Yours re
ceived, containing one dollar. Your tick
et is correctly registered. Enclosed
we send you sixteen tickets ana a propo
sition that we think will prove satisfactory
to you, and a great beneOt to us and our
enterprise. It is this If you will send us
thirteen dollars for the enclosed sixteen
tickets, we will register them to you with
tho understanding that. rr case the tickets
do.uot have a valuable prize awarded
them, we will send you a present valued
at $10, if you will agree to exhibit it to
your friends, and state that you received
it from the " G. and It. P. E. Go;'
Bakk, Bite & Co.
This absurd proposition is found
by the gift enterprise people to work
so well that it has been neatly printed,
and scattered through the country
broadcast. Their theory of human
credulity appears to be, that when a
person is foolish enough to put one
dollar's worth of confidence in their
advertisements, by purchasing a single
ticket, he or she can be easily induced
to swallow a few more dollars' worth
of eztra promises, and pay for them
accordingly. As their deajintjs are
mostly with country people, this the
ory is found to work well practically,
aud to bring many dollars to their
On receiving the above letter my
nunt Sarah was overcome with visions
of a speedily acquired fortune, and
forthwith bestirred herself, as became
a duly accredited agent of the Gar
roters and Robbers' Grand Presenta
tion Enterprise," to dispose of the
tickets which had been entrusted to
her. In the course of a few days she
discovered several female friends quite
as credulous as herself, who" hastily
seized the opportunity to squander
their husband's money, and thirteen
tickets were 6pecdily disposed of, and
the proceeds duly forwarded to "Bark
Bite & Co." Scarcely a week elapsed
before the good lady was thrown into
a great flatter by the receipt of a let
ter, neatly printed, which read as
Office or the Gareoters and Robeeks'
Grand Pukskntatiov Enterprise,
,'o. Broadway, N. Y.
Mrs. Sarah Dctto.v : Madam You are
hefeby notified that one of your tickets
has drawn a prize valued at $201). Five
per cent, on this amount will be $10. This
amount tf assessed per centage must in
all cases be sent on receipt of thw notice,
with directions by what express you wish
the prize sent.
Bark, Bite & Co.
This was the notifkatiou which ruy
aunt forthwith sent to me with her
letter, and now commences mv con
nection with " Bark, Bite & Co"." i
had lived in New York long enough
to know that the scheme was a
swindle from first to last, bHt I de
termined to recover, if possible, from
the swindlers, at least the value ot the
thirteen dollars which mv nonnfrv
friends had invested. First calling
upon a police magistrate with whom
I am acquainted, and obtaining his
signature across the back of one of
my card?, I proceeded forthwith to
the office of- Bark. Bite & Co. I
found it as designated in their adver
tisements and circulars, located in the
lower part of Broadway, surrounded
by the offices of bankers, brokers, in
surance companies, &c. Their rooms
were handsomely fitted op, in the
manner usual to Lrokers and bankers.
An iron railing, behind which were
several desks, separated the maniru
latorso. tue 'Sir roters and Robbers'
Grand Presentation Enterprise" from
the ordinary mortals having business
with them. At each one of the six
or seven desks sat a sickly looking
clerk, engaged in entering names in
ledgers, addressing circulars to con
fiding victims, or preparing fresh an
nouncements to catch new ones.
A brisk young Englishman, who
spoke with a truly British disregard
for his " hY' and who pronounced
"g" like "k," bustled up to the
counter and said :
" Can hi do anythink for you, sit 2"
' Is Mr. Bark in ?" I asked.
" No, sir," was the reply, " 'ees
gone to Washiukton,"
" Is Mr. Bite in ?"
" No, sir, 'ees gone to Boston and
won't be back till Chewsday week.
Can't I attend to you, sir f pressed
the young gentleman.
"is Mr. Co. in?" continued I.
" Mr. '00? sir
4t Mr. Co., the other partner, or
any other partner or agent, or man
ager. I wish to see some responsible
" Oh, no, sir," said the clerk,
" there's none of the partners seldom
'ere, you knowthe business 'ere is
hall done by a manager, but 'ees hout
gave the young man ray card and
said 1 should be very happy to see
the manager at my office at bis earli
est convenience. The clerk looked
at my name and then at the signa
ture of the Police Magistrate, with
which he seemed to be particularly
impressed. 1 1 is manner changed in
stantly, and dropping his half impu
dent, self-important " chaffing tone,
he said respectfully, that the man
ager would be sure to call on me at
I may here rerairk that 1 have
since called at the office several times
and have never been able as yet to
see any one ot the gentlemen who
are announced as the directors of the
scheme. The business is always
transacted through the medium of
cheap aud impudent cleiks, who are
employed principally on account of
the readiness with which they can
badger, blackguard and bully persons,
who, like mye'f, call to " obtain sat
isfaction.'' In nine cases out of ten
they will so abase the seeker for in
formation that he would rather aban
don his claim than again ran that
gauntlet of profanity and obscenity.
Baik, Rite & Co. may possibly exist
in the flesh, but if so, they keep so
completely in the background that
one is led to believe that " there ain't
no such persons."
In accordance with the promise
made to me, a person styling himself
" the New York manager lor the
Garroters & Robbers' Enterprise,"
called to see me. He was a sharp,
3hrewd, business Iike.Tbquacioosyoung
man, and we soon got int-y a general
conversation regarding the Gift En
terprise business, during which he
gave me some information regarding
that particular branch of swiudling
which I deem it worth while to re
peat. The name of my friend, the magis
trate, was undoubtedly the key which
unlocked Mr. Manager's tongue
Although the gift enterprise busi
ness has been in existence for many
years, it was never more successful
than at the present time. The many
"gilt concerts," " presentation festi
vals," etc., which were conducted
during the war by patriotic ladies and
gentlemen, for the benefit of sick and
wounded soldiers, or for the widows
and orphans of those who had nobly
perished on the battle field, in de
fence of their country, served to pop
ularize such schemes, and apparently
to rob them of that gambling ele
ment which would otherwise have
rendered them obnoxious to the pub
lic. The holy and patriotic purpose
to be served caused people to over
look the means by which good was
to be done. And even those who did
stop to consider, thought that in such
a caue it was well to ' do a little
evil that good might come." While
these truly honest, charitable schemes
were really the meaus of gathering in
many dollars that otherwise would
never have reached soldiers, they
created a sort of lottery mania
throughout the country, and opened
the door to swindlers and rascals.
There was not a city, town or viU
lage in the land that did not present
some scheme to raise money for the
benefit of the soldier, and the princi
pal attraction of all of them was a
lottery whereby some fortunate tick"
et holder was to be made wealthy for
life by a simple turn of the wheel.
Elegant and valuable prizes were often
distributed fairly and to the satisfac
tion of the ticket-holders. Those
who "won were of course rejoiced,
while those who , lost snapped their
lingers and consoied themselves with
the idea that their contributions had
done some good to the soldiers.
But these honorable managers of
charitable gambling schemes were
speedily pushed from their ilbote by
speculative sharpers; who hastened
to cater in their own fashion to that
depraved public appetite which had
been unwittingly aroused by these
patriotic pioneers. These swindlers
imitated their predecessors in an
neuncing their " gift concerts," " dis
tribution enterprises,'' etc., for the
benefit of soldiers, soldier's widows
and orphans and the like,but followed
no further in their footsteps. For
valuable prizes they substitute in
some instances galvanized jewelry,
fictitious petroleum stock, or some
equally worthless , but far more fre
quently absconded entirely, after
having sold as many tickets (and as
many people) as possible. Notwith
standing all the exposure s which have
been made of these swindling con
cerns, and the large" sums of which
the public have been robbed by gift
enterprise sharpers, they still flourish
and thrive in our land, receiving
thousands of dollars dailv, for" which
they give no equivalent whatever.
The gift enterprise business has come
to be recognized as an ordinary
calling, and the men who are princi
pally engaged in it are recognized in
Wall street as are other business
men, and hold their heads aloft, ac
cording as they have money in their
pockets. Their nefarious transactions
have been exposed - and denounced
time and time again by the press,
they themselves have been frequently
arrested and confined in jail, but still
the business goes on, the number of
dupes is the -same, and the money
still flows into their purses. The
gambling spirit invoked by the war is
still abroad in the land, and any
scheme which promises to give a for
tune to some one who has not earned
it, or offers two dollars for one, "netr
lamps for old ones,'' is sure to find
plenty of people credulous enough-to
invest in it as did my exceedingly J
The manner of conducting these
swindling schemes is pretty well in
dicated by the letters received by ray
aunt. The concoetors of the " En
terprise" by liberally advertising in
the rural papers, and sending circu
lars to every person whose name can
be found in the Directory of every
city Jand town in the country, find
purchasers for their tickets. An in
dividual having bought one ticket,
various means are sought to make him
or her purchase still more. Promises
of presents are unsparingly made, and
not unfreqnently .the individual is
quietly informed that the managers
have so arranged matters that they
can control tie drawings of the prizes,
and if the individual addressed will
beitrr himself and sell one, two, or
three hundred tickets, he shall not
only have a liberal commission on h s
receipts, but the managers will gna -antee
that his own ticket shall draw
such a priza named in the schedule as
he may most desire. Ibis bait fakes
well i is so natural for one person
to wish to have an advantage over
others it is like betting money on a
certainty. Of course such promises
are never kept to the sgent any more
than are those made to ordinary
tickst holders. The agent is put off
with promises or with some almost
worthless " prize," which is booked
to him as ,; valued" at $200, $300 or
$500, according to circumstances.
There is no law prohibiting a person
from putting such "value" on his
troods as he pleases. I received from
Bark, Bite & Co., for my aunt's tick- j
et, a "fine gold watch, valued at!
$200'' the same watches C8n be j
bought at wholesale for $20 each
and if the purchaser grumbles at that
price, the manufacturers will throw
in a barrel or two of them. j
These Gift Enterprise swindlers j
conduct their business so as to heep
within the law, and although the at- i
tempt to panisb them has frequently
been made, it never has succeeded.
They have been arrested by the po
lice authorities, their places of busi
ness entered, their mails, consisting
of hundreds of money-letters, have
been seized, yet in every instance
the rascals have escaped punishment,
and in the end succeed in compelling
the authorities to restore all the prop
erty seized. The reason is this
every ticket which they sell claims to
be a ticket of admission to a " Grand
Concert," and this is held to be a val
uable consideration for the money
paid, and hence a perfectly legitimate
transaction a simple case of buying
and selling goods. The tickets which
my annt purchased read as follows :
"Ticket, Gurroters & Robbers'
$1. Grand Presentation Enterprise.
Capital, 1 1,237,14.
. This ticket entitles the holder to one
; share in the
12 GRAND DISTRIBUTION
' At Irving Halt
Bark, Bite & Co.,
6 Bankers and Managers,
? No. Broadway, New York."
These are printed front a nicely
engraved plate, in all the gcrgeous
ness of blue ink, with a vignette rep
resenting the Goddess cf Plenty,
scattcrirg her favors broadcast over
the land. " Yoa pay your money
for that," said the New lork manag
er to me." " It promises nothing,
and you get what it promises. You
may be notified that jorj have drawn
a prize, valued at $500, and you send
us the five per cent, asked for we
send yoa a watch valued at 50OO,
but worth 5U wnat are you going
to do about it ? v hat does yonr
ticket call for ? We admit the
swindle, but what are yoa going to
do about it ? You've got no .claim
on us beyond an admission to Irvine
Hall come to Irving Mall and we'I
admit yoa when we agree to we
haven't fixed the time yet."
. Nearly all. the prizes given out by
-barK, .bite & Co., consist of what
purports to be shares in the "Thieves
and Burglars' Petroleum Stock Com
pany." These are valued at $100
each; . but, it scarcely necessary to
say, they are utterly worthless. There
is no such petroleum company, and if
there is it don't own any land, and if
it does it hasn't got any oil in it. Tbe
whole thing is simply and purely a
nction, having no better foundation
II Al. J i-' - t
man i,ue pruuea scrip, wnicn is a
wicked waste of white paper. These
bogus shares are sent out by the
thousand, and not one in a hundred
of the number who receive them ever
takes the trouble to complain or de
nounce the swindle. He has been
victimized, first to the amount 6f one
dollar paid for his original ticket; sec
ond, to all other tickets he has been
induced to purchase, and third, to the
amount of the five per cent, assess
ment of which he was notified.
Recognizing the swindle, he is
chary of prosecuting the matter fur
ther for fear of being bitten strain.
When the New York manager
(whom I afterwards ascertained was
but an ordinary clerk) had learned
from me that I held a number of
tickets which were said to have drawu
prizes, he did not hesitate to inform
me that they never intended to give
prizes of any value, and jastitied such
a course by saying that every person
who bought a ticket did so in the
pe of gaining an advantage over
some one , else of getting a prize
worth five, ten or fifty times the
amount cf money he invested. To
use the expressive language of the
manager, " they hope to ' beat us
so we make sure of beatino-' them
they want ten dollars for one, while
we take ten for nothing where's the
difference between ns 1 They try to
overreach us and we do overreach
them morally considered which is
the worst ?"
The answer to this it simply that
the chances are not equal or, rather,
that there are we chances. The Gift
Enterprise people so conduct their
business that the person who invests
money in their tickets does so with
the certainty unknown to him) of
losing it, not with the chance of
doubling it. During one of mv visits
to the office of Bark, Bite & Co., a
farmer looking man entered, and pre
senting a notification to the cleik de
manded the prize which it informed
him he had drawn, valued at $000
The obliging clerk offered him three
shares in the " Thieves and Burglars'
Petroleum Stock Company." The
man didn't want them, aud after con
siderable talking refused to take
them, threatening to call in the police.
He said that he lived in Connecticut,
had bought a ticket, had been notified
that he had drawn a prize, had sent
the five per cent, demanded, amount
ing to $15, and not hearing from it
had come down to see about the mat
ter. The clerk denied having received
the $15, and refused to do anything
for the poor man but give him his
petroleum stock. A detective police
man was summoned, but he couid do
nothing the farmer had no ground
of action ogainsC the swindlers which
would legally warrant their arrest.
So the victimized farmer returned to
his pigs aud poultry in Connecticut,
adding the expense of his trip and his
lost time to the other sums to be
charged against Bark, Bite & Co.
Perhaps the most notable instance
of Gift Enterprise swindling was that
recently perpetrated by the Gettys
burg Asylum Company. This com
pany proposed to purchase, on the
battlefield cf Gettysburg, a large
tract-of land and erect thereon a
home for disabled soldiers. To secure
the means to do this a " gift" scheme
was institated. An individual in
New York having been victimized by
a diamond broker found on his hands
a lot of bogus diamonds for which he
had paid full price. These he pro
posed to put rnto the scheme for a
much larger sum than he had paid,
and consequently for an amount equal
to five or six times their value. An
other person put in a farm for $00,
000, the assessed value of which was
$5,000. A great variety of other
prizes were put m the schedule, all
bearing a greatly exaggerated value,
(excepting the principal prize, which
was 5jiuu,uuj in grcenoacKsj ana tlie
company was ripe lor action. A
charter was, by some means, obtained
from the Pennsylvania Legislature,
and several prominent generals in the
army were induced to lend their
names to the scheme. The total
value of the prizes, aacording to the
advertisements, was about $700,000,
and they were to be distributed
among 1,200,000 persons, provided
that number of persons could be found
to buy tickets at cm dollar each.
Having acquired a quasi legal recog
nition from the State of Pennsylvania,
the company commenced the sale of
tickets. By a liberal course of ad
vertising a large number were dis-
pnsed of, and finally the day of draw
ing was announced. 1 his produced
quite a farore, and the rush for tick
ets was immense. About this time
it was discovered that the managers
of the scheme were well known lottery
swindlers, and consequently the 1 enn-
sylvania Legislature withdrew the
license previously given, the whole
management wa3 denounced in Con
gress, and by tho press, and the
prominent men who had lent their
names to aid it withdrew their eap-
port. All tbia denunciation nly
stirred the. swindlers to renewed ef
forts, and their advertisements became
more glowing hi their descriptions
and more brilliant in promises. At
length a concert ,was given in this
city; hd Irting Hall was unable t
hold one half the ticket holders who
sought admission. Speeches were
here made; the golden , promises re
newed, and those who had been dis-
posed to be suspicious came away
satisfied. For a week longer the
company , flourished; their business
office on Broadway being thronged at
all hours with an eager crowd, who
jostled and hustled each other in their
efforts fo. obtain the Coveted tickets.
One bright morning the' greedy vic
tims awoke to find, the showy offica
closed and the landlord's sign of "To
let" conspicuously posted on the wiu
dows. The mafinorpra t.Kft rlrnmnnr?
the desirable farm, the ' $100,000 iu
greenbacks'" had all disappeared
"all at one fell swoop" with up
wards of $1,000,066 6f the people's
money. From that day to this no
trace cf the Gettysburg Asylum
scheme has been found; , althongbk
many anxious ticket holders have
made ; serious endsa-rofs to', obtain
some information regarding it: ,
It is somewhat remarkable that
barefaced aid gigantic a swindle
could be carried on so publicly, and
successfully too, in spite of the'liitter
opposition to it, and that a million of
dollars could be thus easily taken
from the pockets of confiding victims,
most of w hom were uneducated,- igno
rant men and women. But such are
our laws :: the fact that each ticket
sold entitled the holder to an admis
sion to a concert, enabled them to1'
evade the laws against gambling, and
was, legally considered; a valuable
consideration for the money paid.
These same Gettysburg managers
are still in the Gift Enterprise busi
ness, and niay be seen promenading
Broadway almost any day, enjoying
their ill gotten gains. But as they
conduct their business thron 'h the
medium of impudent clerks, and are
never visible to ticket buyers, they
are known to but few,- and conse
quently escape that well-merited per-
sonal chastfsrmsni which many of their"
victims would cheerfully administer,
did the opportunity and the eaan pre
I trust I have given sufficient illus
tration and explanation of the Gift-
Enterprise business to convince every
one of my readers that each and eveiy
such scheme is nothing more nor less
than a swindle a deliberate fra'pset
by unscrupulous, sharp, designing?
scoundrels to rob the ignorant and
unsuspicious cf their hard-earned
money. . Their viJlany n the more'
atrocious in that in most cases they
assume to be acting from patriotic or
philanthropic motives, and by ap
peals to" the popular love for oaf
brave soldiers,or onr soldiers' orphans
autT'widows, extort money from thoso--who
can illy afford to lose it.
For all of my aunt's tickets I re
ceived a ' pinchbeck'' watch and
the foregoing information. The lat
ter my readers have without baying:
a ticket, and the former they are bet
ter off without.
MotKTAIX CuSiBlXCi IX TIIE CAU
CASUS. Referring to the late ascent
by three Englishmen' of the Elbrsa
and Kasbeck mountains,, in the Cau
casus, a German paper remarks tbat
it is a mistake to suppose these moun
tains were then ascended for the first
time. In 1820 Adolf Knpffer, the
mineralogist, K. A. Meyer, the bot
anist, and other philosophers, were
sent on a scientific mission into the
Caucasus by the Academy of Science
at bt. Petersburg, and asCetided El
brus with some Circassian! guides.
The history of this expedition is civen
iu KupiTcr's " Voyage dans les Envi
rons da Mont Eibroiiz dans ie Cau-cas-5,
enterpris par odre de sa Majeste
-L.mpereur en IS'J. liapport fait
a FAcad. Imp. des sciences lie St.
Petersbourg," St. Pet. 4to., t830;
and also in Klaproth's Nouveau
Journal Asiafique'rfor Jannary,1831,
.No. 37. As for Iasbeckr it was as
cended by the ceocrrapher Moritz
Warner, brother of Puidolnh Waff-.
ner, about the year 1844. The same
paper describes the4 central ridge o5
the Caucasus as a hog-e mas3 of black
porphyry, specked with white, Usq
summits forming a vast plateaa. from
eight to ten thousand feet high,
which stretches for several miles from
east to west, with deep valleys on
both sides,and a narrow ridge covered
with eternal snow rnDning alonp; tho
whole of its length. About the mid
dle of this ridae is a very wide but
not deep chasm, out of the centre of
which rises a bold peak almost en
tirely covered with snow. This 13
the Elbrus, called bv the natives
llbordsh (a watershed.)
Bishop Heber had a brother who
Fpent his entire life io collecting
books. A journey of several huadoed
miles was often taken to secure a
single copy. He rented houses in
Paris, Antwerp, Brussels, and other
European cities, and filled them from
basement to attic. When he died,
his library, which numbered five
hundred thousand, volumeswas dis
posed of at auction the sale lasting
two hundrtd and twodaysyrndtlie Dt
returns being over a million dollars.
Men called Mr. Heber eccentric.
William B. Astor,of New Yor.
reported to be worth one hundred
and twenty millions of dollars. lie
pays a tax on one-half of that sua,
and his estate is worth double its as