The Weekly enterprise. (Oregon City, Or.) 1868-1871, February 06, 1869, Image 2

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5EI)t toeckln (Enterprise.
Oregon City, Oregon ,
: : Feb. 6,1869.
The State Agricultural Society.
Last week we spent three days
with the Board of Managers of the
State Agricultural Society, at Salem.
The list of premiums was arranged;
committees and judges appointed, and
much other business transacted. The
Society have increased the premium
on Beef cattle, and have assurances
from parties east of the Cascade
mountains that stock of this nature
from that region will next fall carry
off the premiums. Judging from an
interesting letter in another column,
from Grand Eonde Valley, perhaps
this may be true. We know that
Eastern Oregon and Washington
Territory afford the best range for
stock at this time, and that climate
is equally as good as this for the pur
pose of raising mutton and beef.
Increased premiums wero also of
fered in various other classes. And
a more close attention to the tricks
of unprincipled men who come to the
Fairs for the purposes of Jockeying
was advised and acted upon.
The time fixed for holding the next
State Pair was six days, from the
20th to 25th of September, inclusive.
Putman Smith of Portland, owner of
Pathfinder and other fine blooded
horses, has charge of the grounds of
the Society until the opening of the
next fair. The Society seem to re
gard Mr. Smith as the Bonner of
Oregon an admirer of good stock,
and a gentlemau every way worthy to
be trusted.
In the Pavilion the display at tl e
coming fair will be larger, undoubt
edly, than at any previous time in
asmuch as the Society have offered
as additional premiums, a silfer cup
to any lady taking six or more first
premiums in class ten.
During the present season a con
tract will be let by the Society for
the sinking of an artesian well of
seven inches diameter on the Fair
Grounds. It i3 thought that by
sinking to a depth of from 250 to
300 feet a sufficient stream can be
had to supply the grounds with water
for all purposes. The experiment is
well worth a trial, and if successful
the Society hate established a fact
that will be worth, in money alone,
many thousands of dollars, to the
counties of Marion, Polk, Benton,
Linn, and Lane.
Many people look upon the State
Agricultural Society as only entitled
to credit for getting up an exhibition
in tha fall of each year at Salem,
never looking forward to other mat
ters which occupy very much more
time and attention. The State Ag
ricultural Society of Oregon is the
only organization in this State de
serving of the least credit for efforts
put forth for the public good. And
if the Society were to receive its just
proportion of credit that class of onr
citizens known as the farming com
munity would be better represented
everywhere. We were pleased to
see the Society so ably represented
as it was at Salem last week, and it
did tts godd to hear of its plans for
flttufa actioti, most of which were
The Society have collected and
complied most valuable statistics,
through its late President, Mr. A.
J. Dufur, of Multnomah county, and
have ordered 5000 copies for gratuit
ous distribution in the Eastern
States; have authorized the publica
" tiort of a weekly journal at Salem, to
be devoted to these self same in
terests; have recognized the value of
the arts and sciences of our young
State taking a front seat in the De
partment reports at Washington, and
done much mere thau we can here
enumerate, in the short space of one
article without other data than our
memory of he proceedings of the
Board. We trust that the efforts of
the Society may be better appreciated
in future, and that grumblers will be
less numerous. The business of the
Society is almost a gratuity on the
part of those entrusted with it, and
that they perform their work so well
urely shows that they have a heart
in it. The officers fcr 1869 are as
President. T. L. Smith, Kose
bur?, Douglas County.
Vice Presidents. T. L. Davidson,
Salem Marion county. Wm. Elliott,
Needy, Clackamas county.
Corresponding Secretary. John
Minto, Salem, Marion comity.
Recording Secretary. Alfred Lu
elling, llillsboro, Washington connty.
Treasurer. J. H. Moorcs, Salem,
Marion county.
Hoard of Managers. J. W.
Lewis, Oregon City Clackamas
county. J. II. Douthit, Albany,
Linn county. Benj. J. Stewart,
North Yamhill, Yamhill county. A.
J. Dufur, Portland, Multnomah coun
ty. C. P. Bacon, Portland, Multno
mah county. J. G. Basket, Dallas,
Polk county. Win. Wyatt, Philo
meth, Benton county.
The small pox in Jacksonville is
Beriah Brown's Press will appear
in Salem to-day.
The North Pacific Association
of Congregational Ministers will meet
in Portland on Wednesday next.
The third monthly installment
of $10 with assessment of $2 is now
payable at the office of the Portland
Homestead Associaiton.
James Bothwell has been ex
pelled from the Portland Fire De
partment for insubordination and in
suit to the Chief, Mr. Ilarry Weed
The schooner Louisa Simpson,
building at Yaquina Bay, is about
ready for sea, and will run regularly
between that place and San Fran
cisco. The Guard has been somewhat
agitated about a report that a"hurdy
gnrdy dance house'' was to be estab
lished at Eugene City, but learns that
the report is unfounded.
Up to this time there has been
no snow in the Wallamet valley, and
very little on the hills within sight
of the valley. There has been no
freezing at all. We believe this is
the mildest winter ever known in
The Eugene Journal says: We
hear it reported that another saloon
is to be opened in this place in a few
days. This one will make five fa
loons, besides a brewery and distill
ery, which will probably be run
ning before long.
Th j Gazette says that on the
western borders of Benton connty,
toward the coast, there are large
tracts of valuable lands which are un
surveyed and even unexplored. Quite
a number of claims have been taken
there recently, and others will be
taken in the spring.
Butter is very scarce in Oregon
and commands unusually high prices.
It retails in Portland for 621 cents.
In the towns up the valley there is
almost no butter at all. This is ab
solute improvidence. We see little
change for the belter in this respect
since fifteen years ago.
The State Agricultural Society
will make an attempt to bore an ar
tesian well on the Fair Grounds. As
Beriah Brown is establishing himself
at Salem, the Commercial suggests
to the Managers of the Society, to
engage him to bore it with some of
his interminable articles about " our
self" and the " resolutions of 98."
The Committee on Statistics of
the State Agricnitural Society, have
recommended that five thousand
copies of the report on the resources
of Oregon, presented by A. J. Dufur,
be printed in pamphlet form for cir
culation in other States.
A most ridiculous statement ap
pears on page 394 of the Depart
ment Report of Agriculture for Oc
tober 1868, concerning Oregon. We
are free to admit that last )rear was
an exceptionable one in this State,
but if a man had puzzled his brains
for a half a century to throw odium
on the State he could do it no better
than thus report all the dross with
out any of the gold. As the para
graph relates only to Marion county
we give that portion of the State the
preference in correcting the effects
of the paragraph.
Following the rumor that an
opposition line of steamers tfas about
to be put on between this port and
San Francisco, says the Herald, we
hear another rumor that Ben. Holla
day designs puttbg on two additional
steamers, making four steamers a
month. Whether either one of these
rumors has any foandation, we afe
of course not advised; nevertheless,
there are some grounds for both. It
is a very evident fact that more
steamers are needed, even at the
present time, and this demand will
increase as the spring opens. We
look for an influx of population and
a corresponding increase of trade next
spring and summer, that will astonish
even tb most sanguine among u4
Letter from Grand Ronde Valley.
La Grande, January 24th, 1S69.
EL Enterprise :
Having leisure to-day, aDd as thi
beiDg my first winter visit -and trip
over the Blue Mountains, V thought
it might interest some of 'your readers
to have a little sketch ot the upper
country, winter scenery, &c.
I will not attempt to describe the
trip np the Columbia, as that has
heen eulotrized so often, by better
writers than I claim to be, so I will
commence at Umatilla Landing,which
we left at two o'clock in the morning
with as jolly a set of fellows as you
will wake up at that time of night
anywhere, all bound for the foot-hills
for a chicken hunt. But of course
we could see nothing for four or five
hours excepting the flashes of" loco
foco matches" as they were applied
to the Ilavauas or big merchaum
pipes, which soon made a fog in the
coach which would have made a
ground hog leave his house; but, as
we all had a band in it, of course we
stood it cheerfuHy.
Presently day dawned, and the sky
was clear and serene, and as the suu
began to peep over the hill tops it
opened out to view a vast extent of
country not covered with snow as
you may expect, but with a heavy
coat of the most nutricious grass that
ever grew from the earth, and con
tinued the same until we struck the
snow line high up tbe Blue Mountains,
which continued to deepen until we
reached Meacham's station, near the
summit, just as it began to get dark.
All this time we had been traveling in
a coach, -very comfortably, making
good time, as the road was (as it is
here termed) well broke, but when
we jumped out into fifteen or twenty
inches of snow we began to think that
ne were in a high northern latitude
as well as altitude.
We were soon very comfortably
seated around the cheerful fire of our
hospitable host, Mr. Mcacham, (broth
er of our should have been Elector),
and in a short time supper was an
nounced, when of course we all moved
forward to the scene of action, well
prepared to do ample justice, particu
larly to such a bountiful repast ns
Mr. Meacham always spreads. Suf
Gee to say that wo passed a very
agreeable night, both as to eating
and sleeping, and in the rooming,
after a hot breakfast, at about six and
a half o'clock a fine four horse sleigh
was in waiting at the door ; and now
comes the finest part of the whole
I was raised in a snow country, and
thought I had seen some sleigh riding,
but it was hardly an introduction to
this from Meacham's to Pelican, a
distance of twelve or fourteen miles,
which was made in a little over an
hour. After we passed the " eum
rait" it was all down hill, and the
horses had to " git," to use a slang
phrase, to keep out of the way of the
sleigh. It appeared sometimes as
though we were sitting iu a chair of
a steam swing. But away we flew,
and trees and hills vanished from our
sight until we arrived at Pelican sta
tion, where M as exchanged onr double
geared jumper for the irksome old
coach again. It was still still down
hill, and we soon came in sight of
the most picturesque scenery the eye
of man ever rested upon. Before
you opens Out a valley from fifteen to
twenty miles in width and thirty to
forty in length, which the eye takes in
at a single glance, walled in all
around by snow capped mountains
that lift their boary heads in majestic
grandeur; and still in the distance
another range towering higher and
higher as though, they were vieinjr.
with each other for the supremacy.
On their lofty peaks stand the shiv-
ering tamarack, tbe towering fir, and
majestic pine, all glistening like pyr
amids of living lsicles, which makes
the traveler think be is in the midst
of " Greenland's icy mountains," and
at the same time he is standing on
the warm naked soil, where the sun
looks down from the blue firmament
above as though a cloud never ob
scured its rays, and where herds of
cattle roam the year around without
taxing their owners a dollar for food
except in very rare cases of an extra
hard winter.
Right here let me give the relative'
difference in cattle raised here and in
the Wallamet Valley, at the present
time. Mr. Foster, a butcher of this
placej and a person who has the repu
tation of being a reliable man, told
me that be had killed an April calf
in November which netted over 400
lbs.; also that the common weight of
three-year old steers bred in this val
ley, killed the fall following, was
from nine to twelve hundred lbs.
while those raised in the Wallamet
Valley till two-year-olds and driven
here would go from seven to nine
hundred pounds.
While I have nd donbt that this is
the finest stock country in the world,
and while this valley, and Powder,
and other valleys are full equal to
the Wallamet for grain of all kinds,
and while they are surrounded with
gold fields in every direction, still it
has a great many disadvantages, in
comparison with the Wallamet.
These valleys will be liable to failures;
they never can raise good fruit or
fiuejregetables, because the seasons
are. too short. Mr. Khoades tells me
that he raised about six bushels of
apples this year, but they do not
look like apples ; they do not mature;
they look like apples that have grown
on5 a tree which had been " girdled"
when the apple was half grown. Then
again rails delivered will cost from
eight to ten dollars per hundred.
And there is no outlet for the surplus
produce at present and never will be,
unless there should be a railroad
built throuffh the valleys. And no
countiy can prosper so long as the
supply is greater than the demand,
with no outlet for the surplus, w hue
the- demand waB greater than the
supply this was a fine country in
which to make money. 1 think,
however, there will always be a de
mand for stock about equal to the
supply, for there will always be a
foreign demand, and they find their
own transportation and live on God's
bountiful viueyard.
Iu conclusion I will relate an old
anecdote of Oregon's earliest history,
when marriageable women were very
scarce. It seems that there were two
old pioneers payinp- their respects to
a verv fine vounir ladv, both of
whom arc now married, but neither
of them to the vomic ladv in miestion.
O J '
so there can be no jealousy, as neither
obtained the prize. Une ot them
lives up here and tells the story him
self with a great deal of good humor,
beinc: fond of" jokes. The e-entle-
men's names were respectively Fruit
and Bacon, and the young lady we
will call .Miss C , pretty and wit
ty at that. Fruit becoming impa
tient and anxious to bring the mat
ter to a close so far as he was con
cerned, one day accosted the young
lady in the following manner:
" Well, Miss C , there is an
important decision to be rendered,
and you have the casting vote."
" Well; what is it, sir?"'
" FrWit and llicmr Miss, two arti
cles of very common use, and both at
your disposal; decide which you v i . 1
After a moment's hesitation she
calmly replied :
Well, sir, for constant use as the
staff of life, I prefer Bacon ! but for
a variet, Fruit is very delicious."
So with respect to this regio:i. For
constant use as the staff of life, Web
foot is the place; but for a variety,
occasionally, this upper country is
very deliciou?.
Yours reiiectfulty, B. W.
The amount of the State taxes
for the year 1868, from all the coun
ties is 101,446 09. A part of this
sum has been paid in already, and
the balance is receivable. For the
rext year the amount will be an
equal sum at any rate, so by the time
the Legislature meets in 1870 there
will be at least $322,803, in the
treasury on which sum the people are
paying interest at the rate of ten per
cent., and that too without any fault
of theirs. It does seem as t Lough
this great leak should be stopped.
An Albany pnper explains the
cause of the reduction of the assess
ment of property in Linn county. It
says that farming lands in that coun
ty have been rated too high hereto
fore, higher in proportion than in
any other connty in the State. A
reduction has beeu made of from S5
to 810 per acre, which has largely
diminished the amount of property
relumed oii the assessment roll. The
reduction was made in order that
Linn county might not pay so much
State tax. If this sort of thing be
comes common, it may be necessary to
provide a remedy, the Orcgonian
Tobacconists Take Notice. All
dealers in tobacco having on hand
more than twenty lbs. and dealers in
cigars having on hand more than five
thousand, are required by the inter
nal revenue laws to deliver an inven
tory to the V. S. Assistant Assessor
on the first day of each month, until
such tobacco or cig-irs are stamped
according to law. The attention of
dealers is directed to this requirement
of the law, the penalty is quite severe.
We have the act at this office for
sale, at the low price of 25 cents per
copy. Its provisions should be well
The Tribune's special says that
Senator Conness continued the de
fense of himself on the 28th, against
a supposed Imputation of certain
Senators, that his letter to the Land
Commissioner regarding the McGar
rahan case, was written for the inter
est of a California mining company.
He grew warm in his speech, and
closed by pronouncing that what
Fessenden had said to be false. After
the close of his speech, he added,
" that's it, sir." Fessenden replied
to Conness, and cut him through and
through with some of the keenest
sentences lately heard in the Senate
William Scott, nephew of Sir
Walter, is a pauper at Montreal.and
saws wood at the poor house, where
he lives.
It has been discovered that Mrs.
Segnndi's husband has carried off
$750,000 belonging to a charitar?
institution at Madrid.
Wo take the following telegraphic newi
from dispatches to the Oregvnian. v
An invitation has been tendered
to Keverdy Johnson to dine with the
corporation authorities of Glasgow
in February, and the invitation hat
The Government Commissioners
have accepted another section of the
Union Pacific Railroad, ending at
the thousandth mile.
A private telegram, dated Sydney,
Jan. 2d, has been received by way of
Gaul, representing the grain harvest
in Australia as abnndant, and quoting
wheat at 16s Gl per 100 lbs., an on"
usually low figure.
Manton Marble has bought ij'tit all
the other owners of the New York
World and is i:'ow its sole proprietor.
Ore hundred thousand dollars was
paid for one-fourth of the stock, ex
clusive of any real estate.
The Post denies that Grant intends
to publish anything in regard to the
report that Banks was authorized to
supersede him. Gen. Grant thinks
it don't concern him or affect his
The girl,, Minna Ransache, at Tur
lington, st'ul lies in a state of
which began January 10. The phy
sicians tapped a vein on the 29th,
from which blood flowed as it would
from a living person.
California wheat is wOrth $2 50 to
$2 GO per 100 iu New York ; flour
from $0 to $11 per bbl. In Liver
pool on the 30th wheat was quoted at
lis 01. There is still a demand in
San Francisco for Oregon oats
other grains nominally low.
The California Clear Like Water
Company have commenced suit
against Jacob Bowen and one bun
dred and seventy seven others for
200,000 damages, sustained by the
destruction of mills, dMms and dwell
ing houses by defendants at Clear
Lake in November. Bowen was
" Captain" of the mob.
The Army Appropriation bill con
tains an item of $1,000,000 for re
pairs and improvement of the armory
at Hock Island, half of which amount
is to be devoted to' the construction
of a bridge connecting Rock Island
with the cities of tlock Island and
Uavcnport. lhe total array appro
priations are $10,000,000 greater
than last year.
The Arkansas Senate, on the 28th;
tabled a resolution to furuish protec
tion to persons driven from their
homes on account of politics. The
House rejected a resolution to investi
gate charges of lawlessness in War
ren and some other counties. Tbe
lfou?e also rejected a resolution ap
pointing a committee to go to Wash
ington to confer with Congress, with
a view to allowing Ufgroes in the
News from Central America states
that the expedition that went in
search of gold to the Occos Islands,
has returned unsuccessful and dis-
gusted. Frequent earthquakes oc
curred in Guatamala during Decem
ber. War is probable between San
Salvador and Honduras. Nothing is
known in Honduras of the projected
railway talked of in New York. An
unsuccessful attempt was made on
the life of President Guaman, of
N icaragua. Nothing is known of
Cushing's mission.
Mrs. Ann S. Stephens proposes
to amuse Horace Greeley with a libel
Wendell Phillips has beeu re
peating his lecture on the Lost Arts
23 years.
Some say that it in of uo use tor them
to advertise, that they have been in the
place in business all their lives, and every
body knows them. Such people seem to
forget to take in consideration that our
country in increasing in population nearly
10 per cent, every ten years, and no mat
ter how old the place may be, there are
constant changes taking place; some
move to other parts, and strangers fill
their places. In this ape of the world, un
less the name of a business firm is kept
constantly before the public, some new
firms may start up, and, by liberally ad
vertising, in a very short time take the
place of the older ones, and the latter rust
out, as it were, and be forgotton. No
man ever lost money by judicious adver
tising. DIED.
In Oregon Citv, on Thursday, Februarv
4th 1669, MARY HELEN, wife of William
II. Vasukuvobt, and ODly daughter of Joh.v
and Mary Wolfahd, of this city, aged 21
$5,000 REWARD Z
From the house ot the eubscriber on tbe
evening of the 21st of January, 1869, io Ore
gon City, Oregon, a quantity of (J. S. siiper
cerit. Bonds ; Oregon .War Bonds ; Oregon
Bounty Bonds ; Coin Check on Ladd & Til
ton for ?1,000; County ,nnd City Scrip one
Land Warraut; $3,S0O Legal Tender Notes ;
cm if iu voia com; together with private
papent, notes, mortgages, receipts, etc., etc,
a list ot which may be seen at the office of
Johnson A AlcCowu, in this city. A
Reward of 5,000 Dollars
will be paid in gold coin and currency to
proportion to the lunda token, for the return
ot all the property stolen, or I will pay ONE
THOUSAND DOLLARS for the return of
the naperd.
Oregon City, Feb. 5ih, lb'GD. 13tf
Tbe undersigned take this method of in
forming thefbstife citizens of this place, that
they tvill on the eye ning of Friday; February
12th, give a ball in honor of St. Valentine n
day, at the Phoenix llotel, and would respect
fully solicit the attendance of all.
12.2t) 1'roprietor?;
Hew Advertisements.
73 Flit ST St., PORTLAND
bet. Stark and Washington.
Dealers in
BRtfGS,MEI)ICINES Chemicals,
Fancy and Toilet Articles,
Fine Wines, Brandies, and Whiskies,
For Mtdicinal Purposes.
BrUshcs and Perfumei les,
Of the Latest Styles and
Finest Qualities.
Cooking Extracts, Essential Oils;
. Herbs, etc:,
And an Assortment of all Popular
Iteiit Medicines;
Everything Kept in a
First Class Drug Store
At Greatly Reduced Prices !
Soothino Struv 25 Cents.
Citrate Magnesia 25 Cents.
Brown's Bronchial Troches 25 Cents.
And Otlicr Articles in Proportion.
Medical and Surgical Aid
Patients Visited at their Ifvvses.
Physician's Prescriptions Carefully
Compounded, under the Special
Supervision of
ceo. t. wrrRs.
25 Front street and 26 First street, Portland.
ers in Groceries and Produce. Agents
for the Champoeg, Commercial and Lafavette
Flouring mills. HTe ample Fire-proof
Storage. Consignments solicited. 13. Jy
J. McHenry,
lias on hand, and in constant
ly receiving direct from the East.a large and
carefully selected stock of
Crockery, Glass Ware, Plated Ware,
Lamps, etc., all of which be offers at prices
to suit the tin , at Wholesale and Retail.
tTm Dealers will do well to call and exam
ine his stock, and learn his prices, before
purchasing elsewhere.
From 25 cents to $150 00.
of the above named market, keeps op
band au assortment of Corned, Pickled
and Fresh Meats. Will also buy and
sell game fcfetery description.
internal Revenue Xottcc.
the provisions of
AN ACT imposing taxes on distilled
spirits and tobacco, etc., approved
July 20, 1808.
Are liable to heavy fines and penalties! there
fore all dealers, draymen, etc.. should Dost
themselves as to its provisions. The Act
is contained in TWENTY closelr printed
and will be mailed post paid on receipt of 25
cents postal currency.
Address: 1. C IRELAND,
Oregon. City, Oregon..
In Large Quantities can hi Found
5. W. corner of Morrison and Front
tireeis, roriiana, Oregon.
Also Can of rirv n - .
Girls Hats in larg varieties. Give uB a call
and examine.
Am II Riclistrcl.soii,
Corner of Front and Oak streets, Pvrtltnd.
Of Real Estate. Groceries, General MercLan
die and Horses,
Every Wednesday and Saturday
A. B. lticDAitDsox, Auctioneer.
English refined liar and 1'undle Iron ;
English Square and Octagon Cast steel ;
Horse shoes. Files, Rasps, saws ;
Screws, Fry -pans, febeet iron, R. O. Irn ;
also :
A large assortment of Groceries and Liquor.
A. B. Richardson, Auctionif'i
Dealer in
Dry Goods and Clothing;,
119 Front Street (In Whites New Block,)
sive stock Goods in the above line, and
The Latest Styles !
Viain and Cfiangealle Dress Silks;
Silk and Wool Poplins;
All Wool Poplins and Tartan Plaids)
and a large rarietj- of other !'ress tiooda.
Gents' and Bojs' Custom-made
and Ladies' and Gents' Under Wear and
Furnishing Goods, which bifjrrj
zrt invited to call and inspect.
Sixteen Years in Oregon.
KtW3Sicl THS
Pioneer Bookseller and Publisher
Of f his Stat, desires to inform a?! IiTs 1J
customers (and as many new onus tii :nar
not be acquainted witti the fact) that he stiil
continues to operate at tbs
105 Front Street,' Portland,
(kxactlt opposite kocnt noon)
Where be is prepared to furnish
IXSTIil'CTIOX BOOKS for al' kinds cl
Musical Instruments.
Photographic Albums,
And every other article in the above line.
New Firm!
Diller & Miller!
Proprietors of tbe long established
"West Side Main Street,
Oregon Cit j Oregon.
Tale pleasnrt instating to the public
that Ihey have formed a copartner'
ship for tht purpose of belter
Accommodating1 their Patrons!
And that they ttilt continue the Mann
fatlnrt of Bread, Pies, Cakes,
Boston, Butter, Sugar and
Soda Crackers, j-e. tj-c.
Has heen Doubly Increased by this
ctangt., ana will be kept complete
In Every Department.
Goodi will be Delivered in the City,
Free of expense to purchasers, and or.
ders from a distance will becarefubj
filled and promptly dispatched.
"We Sell as Cheap as the Cheapest!
Call, Examine, and PRICE our stock
Before Purchasing Elsewhere.
The highest Cash prices paid for couii'
try produte.
"Yy4H. W ATKINS, M. D.,
SURGEON, Portland, Oregon-.
OFFICE 05 Front street Residence cor
aer of Main and Seventh streets.
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