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U U O IO V I BEB VICES I I DALLAS
r T h e L yceum .
We have paid a couple 01 visits to the meet
Proceedings of Circuit Court.
adril term .
ings of this body, but must acknowledge that
we have not been much edified by the proceed
ings. We think the system adopted in most of
our local debating clubs radically wrong and
injurious. No truths can be elicited or new
ideas eliminated from a person who argues
against his convictions, and we are supported in
this opinion by many able men. The New
York Evening Pott advocates general discussion,
not set debates, in literary and other organiza
tions, and insists that it neither “ makes phil
osophers nor candid men out of young persons,
to place them on one side of a question and
require them to argue that side strictly without
regard to their own convictions or to the facts
of history or experience.” Let the name“ de
bating society” be dropped; let the idea of
debate be discarded, aud discussion take its
place. Debate sometimes develops partizansbip,
falsehood, subterfuge and personality. Dis
cussion develops argument, analysis, love for
truth and balauceof judgment. Let therefore
the question or the subject be proposed, and let
each man speak bis own convictions upon it.
There will be sufficient difference of opinion,
•ays the Pittsburg Pott, on any subject in any
club, and tho speakers who differ should alter
nate, to give spirit to the discussion ; but it
should be the object of each, not to get the ad
vantage of his opponent, but to find out the
truth. The world is sufficiently divided about
questions of religion, and questions of public
policy, or if thise are excluded—as it is very
proper that they should be in .purely social
gatherings—about questions of science, of art,
of metaphysics and history; to give enough
variety of sentiment and opportunity for do
bate. One who believes what he says speaks
earnestly, and is not apt to iudulge in mere
words devoid of thought. Many of our debat
ing societies, as now conducted, give simply
an education in false speaking, bigotry, aud
D angerous . —A portion of the mill race lies
uncovered on Main street, between the store of
Mr. Lee and the Union Market, endangering
tbe limbs if not the life of persons walking
along that side of the street after dark. A gen
tleman, a few nights ago, on returning from a
meeting at the Academy, stepped off the side
walk into the man-trap referred to, and had he
not been accompanied by a friend to whom he
clung in his fall, the result might have been
serious. We do not know who owns the prop
ert v fronting <>n the place in question, but the
defect ought to be remedied forthwith.
B uena V ista . —This little burg in our county
is rapidiy thrusting itself into prominence by
the enterprise of its citizens and is destined at
no very distant day to be one of tbe manufac
turing centers of Oregon. Large quantities of
carthottiware of a superior quality have been
manufactured there for somethin past, and we
see by the Portland Herald that a consignment
of fine brick had been received at tbe Iron
Works in that city from our Buena Vista
neighbors. This looks like business. Keep at
it, neighbor, and success is sure to crown your
W riting S ceool . —The second term of tbe
writing «lass established by Prof. W. S. James,
closed on Thursday last, for the season, on
which occasion prizes were distributed to the
most meritorious pupils. Numerous lady visi
tors graced the occasion with their presence,
and quite a number of gentlemen. This school
has been quite a success, the proficiency dis
played by rnallj pupils who before attending
the class could hardly scrawl their names
reflecting much credit on cue accomplished
teacher, and giving general satisfaction.
H orse S how . —On Monday last many of
the horse men of this county brought their
stallions to town and paraded them arouud
Court House Block for an hour or two. Among
them there were one or two fine looking ani
mals, but it strikes us that our breeders wil*
have to raise larger stock if they want to share
tbe large profits of the California market,
most of the horses exhibited were too light to
satisfy the demands of stock men.
P icture «.—Mr. W. S. James has purchased
the photographing apparatus and mateiialof
Capt. Lafollctt, and will conduct the business
hereafter at the old gallery, on Main street,
where he will always be found ready and wil
ling to furnish mirrored eounterparts of them
selves, in any style of the art, to all who may
favor him with their patronage. Mr. James is
an amiable and courteous gentleman and will
no doubt give his patrons satisfaction.
T he C rop s . —The prospects for an abundant
harvest of cereals never was more favorable in
this ccunty than the present season, and the
rep irted drouth throughout the southern por
tion of California gives our producers some
encouragement to hope that their enormous
yield will find a ready market at fair prices.
Fruit—all the varieties—throughout this county
are reported as promising an abundant crop.
P ersonal . —Among the numerous visitors
in town during the past week, in attendance on
Court and otherwise, many of whom have
called on us, we notice Messrs. Curl, Bonham
and Lawson, attorneys, Mr. J. C. Bell and the
inimitable “ Bascom,” of Salem ; Hon Bpnj.
llaydea, and Dr. Jeffries, of Eola; there were
also several commercial gentlemen present from
S elling O ut .— Mr. J. H. Lewis, popularly
known ss “ Uncle Jack Lewis,” is anxious to
close out his present stock of goods to make
room for a new stock that will shortly arrive
from Portland, and to this end offers greater
bargains than this community is used to. All
who wish to procure such bad better call on him
The Circuit Court for Polk county—R. P.
Boise, Judge—convened in the Court House,
Dallas, on Monday, April 26th, and adjourned
yesterday. The following is a list of the cases
disposed of during the term :
State of Oregon vs. Win. Shepherd—contin
ued on motion of prosecuting attorney. \
State of Oregon vs. J. L. Williams—case
State of Oregon vs. II. P. Rankin—settled.
State of Oregon vs. Fred. Miller—no arrest;
State of Oregon vs. Jno. Way—bonds for
Norman Scott vs. David Rohrer—motion to
strike out the answer; demurrer sustained as
to that part of answer setting up a disclaimer;
reply to be filed by May 10th; H. Y. Thomp
L. J. Knifong vs. J. R. Sites—action at law;
verdict for plaintiff in the sum of $78 75.
James Brusie vs. J. II. Robbins—action at
S. Tillotson vs. Robt. Ford—actim at law ;
dismissed, each party paying his own costs.
N. L. Butler vs. Win. Jones—continued.
A. M. Miller vs. Win. Cecil—continued.
A. M. Miller v*. Y u . Cecil—judgment by
M. C. Rawlins and E. A. Rawlins vs S. B .
Waite—dismissed at cost of plaintiff.
A. II. Whitley vs. E. W. Carlisle—settled.
A. II. Whitley vs. A. J. Wise—continued on
order of publication.
A. II. Whitley vs. Wo. Cecil—continued.
E. W. Carlisle vs. A. II. Whitley—settled.
Harry Burbank vs. A. Williams et al.—F.
Remain, S. T. Burch and II. Ilii.' appointed
Anson Kimsey vs. J. F. Kimsey—judgment
as prayed for in complaint.
R. W. Hill vs. A. A. Miller—jury trial; ver
dict for plaintiff.
Tbos. Munteith vs. II. J. Bevins—settled.
Robbins A Weaver vs. D. G. Pumpelly—
appeal from County Court; verdict for plaintiff.
J. S. Harris vs. E. F. Lange—judgment for
plaintiff in sum of $64. ,
L. A S. Baum vs. John Waymire—judgment
A. L. Stipp vs. D. McDonald—continued.
G. E. Ueehell vs. G. B. Ashby—action at law;
J. M. Son vs. E. J. Son—suit in equity; di
Cathrine Berry vj. John Berry—suit in equity
Melissa Miller vs. Fred Miller —suit in eqnity
Wm. Howe et al, vs. Wm. F. Clingan—case
S. Rosenblatt ct al. vs. II. Linville—contin
II. Failing et al. vs. II. Linville et al.—contin
ued ; Mr. Mycr, referee.
State of Oregon vs. J. 0. Shelton— Msmissed.
W. n. Beckett ct al. vs. II. F. Smith—ordered
that notice be served on tho defendant; con
State of Oregon vs. W. F. Clingan—fined $50
State of Oregou vs. W. F. Clingan—fined $10
L ively . —A coupleol young men about town
on Thursday last agreed to disagree, both of
them stripping off their coats and “going into”
each other in rough -and-tumble style. It was
rather one sided, however, .one of them receiv
ing a severe bruising about the frontispiece
while the other received “nary a scratch.” We
commend to the young gents in question the old
school hymn: “Let dogs delight to bark and
bite,” etc., hoping they will refresh their mem
ories for the balanccof it, and profit thereby.
N ew F irm . —J. C. Bell, Esq., of Salem, has
closed out bis business at the capital, aud Das
entered into copartnership with Mr. W. C
Brown of this place, in the general merchan
dise business. A 1 irge stock of goods of every
variety adapted to the country trade has been
laid in by the new firm, at their brick store on
Main street, which they offer lor sale as low as
tbe lowest. Call and examine their stock. Seo
M a t -D ay P arty . —We were informed that a
May-day pic»nic was in contemplation by the
young folks of Dallas; but whether they suc
ceeded in their arrangements or not we have
thus far been unable to learn.
his saddle and harness shop to the store adjoin
ing the Bank Exchange, on Main street, where
be will be found at all times ready and willing
to attend to the wants of his old patrons, and
all others who may favor him with a call.
C onvention .— We understand there will be a
convention of Good Templars held in this place
on Thursday next. All third degree members
are urged to attend.
who will continue the business at the old stand If you want to make rapid sales, advertise
in the F olk C ount * T ikes .
an til further notioe.
which, if it be not good, is, at least,
cool: “The poor man’a purse may be
empty, but he has as much gold in the
sunset and silver in the moon ns any
ffgfA cofemporary thinks the rain a
strange powor. It ke<ps thousands
away from church on Sunday but wout
deter a single man from attending to
his business on weekdays.
Methodist Episcopal Church (South ).— A. E.
Scars, pastor. Services the First Sabbath in
each month at the Baptist Church, southwest
«orner Jefferson and Court streets.
M K. Church (North). —G. tV. Roork, pastor.
Services at their church, north side of Mill
street between Main and Jefferson, as follows:
First Sabbath (in each month) in the evening;
2d Sabbath, at 11 o’clock a. m.; Id Sabbath,
in the evening. Regular prayer meeting each
Wednesday evening. Sunday School every
Sabbath at 9J o’clock a. m.
Baptist Church. —J. W. Osborn, pastor. Ser
vices at iheir Church, corner Court and Jeffer
son streets, the Third Sabbath in each month.
Christian Church. —H. M. Waller, pastor.
Services at the Bapri«t Church second Saturday
and Sunday in each month.
A G ood J ok e . — Quite an amusing practical
joke was perpetrated on a waggish citizen of
this county, not many days ago, by a profes
sional gentleman* of this place. The victim
alluded to ^whom we will call Uncle II. for
convenience), had been sojourning in town for
a few days on business, and during his leisure
time had been entertaining delighted audiences
of his friends with sprightly anecdotes and
witty repartees to such of them as had the
temerity to cross question him. One evoning,
while such an entertainment was progressing,
the professional gentleman aforementioned
was suddenly attacked with an agonizing pain
in the side of his face, supposed to originate
from a deoayed tooth which he said had troubled
him before. Several bystanders volunteered
to fetch ¡k doctor; but Uncle II. scouted the
idea of callings doctor for such a trifle and
pcremtorily called for a strong piece of twiue,
having obtained which he told the sufferer to
slip it around the offending tooth and make it
securely fast. This being done. Uncle H. or
dered bis patient to open his mouth as wide as
possible, when the amateur dentist—bracing
himself with one foot against the round of tho
chair and his left hand against the forehead of
the patient—made a terrific lunge, the patient
uttered a terrible roar, and forth came the
offending tooth—but not alone ! “ My God !
boys;” exclaimed II., “ I’ve ruined him—I’ve
yanked the whole jaw off him ! What shall I
do?” When his ears were saluted with a volley
if laughter, and ou looking more c'osely at
the end of the string he comprehended the
whole situation—attached was a cuiupltt* set
of artificial masticators, the professional man
not havii.g a natural tooth in his head, but bad
gotten up the “ tell ” on Uncle H. in retaliation
for a joke in which he was the victim. If you
want to see Uncle H. look “cheap,” tell him
you have the toothache.
T he S tock T rade . —The business in differ
ent kinds of stock has been very lively in this
region during the past month. The cattle dro
vers have been so assiduous ¡3 foe prosecution
of their calling to supply the demands of more
thickly settled comnr unities, that our butchers
fiad difficulty in procuring sufficient beef to
supp’y the demands for home consumption.
However, as the season has been particularly
favorable for loose cattle, and the grass is now
abundant, the beef market will soon be replen
ished. Several horse dealers have also been
raiding through the county lately in quest of
large horses for the California market, and
numerous bands have been driven off to supply
the wants of our tar-head neighbors.
A S uggestion . —We have heard several of
oar citizens discussing the propriety of incor
porating the town of Dallas, and the express
ion of opinion has invariably been favorable to
the project. We fully coincide. There are
many minor regulations necessary in a town
like Dallas that hardiy come within the prov
ince of the County Court, and yet must be at
tended to for the public good. A municipal
government co tld manage such affairs system
atically, and the coet would be comparatively
nothing in view of the benefits that would ac
crue. Let a meeting of the citizens be called
to take this matter into consideration.
T he W eather during the week nas been
delightful, and all nature seems to rejoice
therein—from the tiny flower that struggles
to show its gay petals to the god of day, to the
majestic monarch of the forest that is just
donning its graDd robe of green ; from the
feathery songsters that warble the universal
chorus to nature’s grand anthem, to the lowing
kine ; from the prattling infant that chases the
sunbeams across the floor to the old folks in
life’s decline—all, all seem to imbibe the influ
ence of the balmy weather and feel happier and
better for it.
R eal E state . —Real estate in this county is
steadily increasing in value, being held at fully
twenty per cent, ahead of the figures of one
year ago. Several sales have been made lately
wfaieh substantiate this fact. Mr. Richmond—
familiarly known as Tom Richmond—bought a
fine farm of 100 acres, near Monmouth, week
before last, and a few weeks previous the sam«
gentleman purchased another a few miles north
•f this place, for which he paid in the neighbor
hood of $15,000.
N ew B uildings . —The lumber'for the new
M. E. Church South is being hauled to the lo
cation selected for the edifice—Levins street,
between Main aod Washington, and the work
will be commenced forthwith. We learn that
Mr. J. H. Lewis is about to erect a substantial
two story building on the lot between the Dallas
Betel and Phy’a building, on Main street.
These are flattering indications of the perma
neat improvement of our beautiful town.
N ew G oods . —Mr. G. B. Stiles is now receiv-
ing at bis store, on Main street, opposite the
Court House, a fresh and extensive stock of
•varything in the grocery line, tobacco, prints,
etc., which h« offers to the public cheap as the
cheapest, for cash or produce. Call on him
C ovet W eek . —The week just ending being
Circuit Court week, the town of Dallas has
been unusually lively,the streets being thronged
with visitors from all parts of this and adjoin
C bawoe or F irm .— Mr. Crawford has sold
eat his tinware and stove store to Mr. Tucker,
a n d t iie
P acific R. R.—
Brigham Young ¡6 said to pooh-hooh at
the effect which is predicted upon his
religion from the railroad, and is report
ed to have exclaimed, when spoken to
on tho subject,—“ Mine must be a d—
poor religion if it won’t stand one rail
road.'’ He has a large contract on hand
in grading the main line—employing
none but Mormons—and it is estimated
that about two million dollars of the
money raised on the lands of the United
States by the company, will go into his
pocket as net profit By the road,
every pound of grain, oats, barley,
wheat and corn, every ton of hay, and
every ox and sheep belonging to this
strange people is quadrupled in value
The contractors on the railroad arc
paying from twenty to twenty five cents
a pouud for grain for their horses.
Probably no community iu the United
States is so prosperous at the present
time as the Mormons.
V&F* Somebody has given utterance
C hange of B ase .—Mr. Stiles has removed to the following scrap of philosophy,
the grain ciop of 1869 will be fully thirty-three
per cent, larger than that of any previous
The Sabbath Schools of Albany intend to
have a pic-nic on tbe 1st of May, in which
other Sabbath Schools throughout the county
are invited to participate.
The farmers of Lane county are talking of
forming a County Agricultural Society.
It is reported tl at the steamer Shubrick will
soon visit Yaquiua Bay for the purpose of se
lecting a site for a lighthouse.
D. Froman, of Albany, is building a large
grain warehouse. The building will be rigbty
feet long, forty feet wide and forty-two fee*
Messrs. Simmons A Kiger, of Corvallis, pro
pose to trot thoir horse, “ Live Oak George,”
for $1 000 against any horse of his age in the
The Roseturg paper says : Mr. John Persh'
baker, proprietor uf the Marshfield lumbering
establishment, at Coos Bay, was in town this
week. He reports business lively at Coos Bay.
Twelve vessels were in the harbor loading
when he left.
Pengra has got up a new map which shows
the line of tbe Oregon Branch from the Hum
boldt to Portland. This map locates the road
a crossing the Cascade mountains in Douglas
county, and coming into this valley on the
east side of Coast Fork, crossing the Willamette
abovo the junction of tbe two streams, and
continuing down the east side of the river to
A man by the name of Mr. Norton, died
near this city, says the Oregon City Enterprise,
on Wednesday last from injuries received by
.1 rifleshot which was accidentally discharged
when he threw the carcass of a deer into his
wagon. The hall passed through the end gate
of the wagon box and entered the fleshy part
of his leg, carrying splinters and wadding with
The Salem Lumbering Company are building
a largo saw mill in South Salem, which will be
completed about the 1st of May. It will be
30 feet wide by 100 long, exclusive of furnace
and boiler house.
The Circuit Court for Lane county was in
session last week. There were eleven divorce
cases on the docket. Solomon Landes has been
indicted by the grand jury on a charge of set-
tiug fire to Jos. Stevcntoti’s house, some weeks
since. It will bo recollected Mr. Stevontou’s
wife and three children were burned to death.
Landes is under arrest.
Presley Hall, who killed his father some time
ago, was convicted ot manslaughter at the late
term of the Circuit Court, in Yamhill county,
and sentenced to the peniteutiary for teu years.
The Guard says a race has been closed be
tween Henry Mulkcy’s bay mare “ Lizzie Stew
art,” and Tibbits and Comstock’s bay horse,
known as the “Hall horse,” for $500 a side, in
goto; jiistanceJ^ a jT j^ f .ju a i^ ^
Oakland, on the Sth of May.
The citizens of Salem arc about organizing
another fire company.
The Unioniet says: “ We learn that the
steamer Ann sunk last Saturday (IGth ult.),
three miles below Harrisburg. She was tied
up to the bauk for the qight and all on board
were asleep. Tho first intimation of the sink
ing was given by the rattling of dishes as the
boat careened over. We learned no cause for
the sinking. She had on a thousand bushels
An accident occurred on tbo 10th inst., a
short distance above McMinnville, In the in
stant death of a lad aged 17, whose name was
Gant. It appears that he came into the house
late in the evening, where his mother and
sister were sitting,took down a double barreled
•hot gun and said he was going out to shoot
some birds. They endeavored to persuade him
from his purpose, but he still persisted. A few
moments after his departure from the house,
the report of a gun was heard; and on their
repairing to tbe spot, they found the son and
brother lying down with the entire top of his
head blown off. From appearances the con
clusion was, that he had carelessly placed his
foot on the hammer, and was blowing in the
muzzle to ascertain if the piece was loaded,
when it was discharged.
Tho Washington correspondent of the Eu
gene Journal writes: “Senator Corbett’s bill,
which passed last winter, provided for the
construction of a building not to cost over
$100,000, to be used for a United States custom
bouse, court house and post office, at Portland,
Oregon, and appropriated $50,000 to commence
tbe work?' Mr. Corbett got an amendment to
the miscellaneous appropriation bill last week
appropriating an additional $50,000 to complete
the work. The amendment went to a confer
euce committee, and was finally agreed to and
passed by both Houses. A piece of land has
been purchased Dear tbe center of Portland,
for $15,000, leaving $85.000 to be applied to
the construction of the building.”
The whole amount of tbe State, county and
school taxes assessed to Marion county for the
year 186S, is $54,408 65. Of this amount the
Sheriff has collected $18,056 28. The amount
of taxes remitted by reason of double assess
ments aud other causes, is $2,682 03. The
delinquent list is only $3,750 41.
During the week, says the Corvallis Gazette,
Mr. Isaac Flint, of Canyonvillc, left a piece of
what purport» to be tin ore in our offiee. He
suys that a vast mine of this ore has been dis
coverei five miles west cf Canyonvillc, on what
is known as Big Pine mountain, croppings ot
which seem to be diffused over about two sec
tions of land. Samples have boon scut to SaD
Francisco for assay, and prove to be very rich.
A new city has been laid out two miles below
St. Helens, on the south bank of the Columbia
river, aud named Columbia City. Tbe site
contains about a thousand acres, aud is intend
ed for tbe terminus of a railroad from Hillsboro
Tbe Washington correspondent of the State
Journal writes: Some years ago certain parties
“jumped" the Carutbers’ donation land claim
at Portland, and succeeded in getting a patent
for it. The case was decided in lavor of those
who “ jumped” tbe claim by Judge Shattuck,
and that judgment was affirmed by the Su
preme Court ef Urcgon. The ease was annealed
to tbe Supreme Court of tbe Uuited States, and
Mr. J. II. Mitchell, the attorney for tbe Cam
thers’ estate has succeeded in getting a unani
mous decision from tbe Court reversing tbe
judgment of the Courts below, and declaring
in favor of the estate. There being no heirs ol
the estate, the land, which is said to be worth
not less than $ 100 , 000 , will go to tbe State of
Mr. F. Hcber has purebassed the old Davis
claim near Jacksonville, aad intends to sow a
large quantity of alfalfa or Chile clover, and
to raise fat beef instead of wheat.
A young man named Peter Geer, who owned
mining ground in Tanuer’s Gulch, Grande California and the Territories.
Roude River Mines, was accidentally killed on
Steam plows are working successfully in
tho 27th ulL, while working in bis claim.
places iu California. The Butte Record
The Portland and Boise telegraph line has
been completed to Umatilla. Tho tariff for gives sn account of a plow uf this description
messages between Portland and Umatilla is which was timed while running across tho field,
fixed at $2 for ten words, and seteuty-five and made four hundred feet in three minutes,
plowing a strip twet vo feet wide. This is for’y.
cents for each additional five words.
thousand superficial feet in three minutes
Real estate in Portland has advanced from eight
rate of three acres per hour, or
fifty to one hundred per cent, withiu the past «thirty-six the acres
per day of twelve hours.
year, and is still going up.
\ l n Sonoma county, California, many farmers
A cooper and barber needed in La Grande. are
setting out almond, walnut aud mulberry
Uriah C. Knight, a native of B.irron county, trees; and hops are attracting attention in
Kentucky, aged about 39 years, was found dead that county, and also iu Napa. Several of the
in bis bed at tbe Franco American Hotel, in hop fields north of San Pablo hay have been
Jacksonville, on tho 12 th inst., under circum very profitable.
stances that led to the supposition tba’t he A Montana paper reports that the agricul
committed suicide. The coroner’s jury render tural products of Montana this year promise to
ed a verdict in accordance.
be immense. In all the great agricultural dis
Col, Hudnutt’rf surveying party are engaged tricts—Gallatin, Madison, Prickly Pear, Boul
in laying out the route for the U. P. Railroad der, Ilell Gate, Deer Lodge, Bitter Root, and
across the Blue mountains. It is probable the other valleys—the most extensive preparations
road will cross by Meacham's Pass and not by are being made.
Birch creek, the former offering a much easier The Montana Putt of March 19th reports a
severe fight between a company of soldiers and
Mr. Constant, of Jackson county, has a colt a party of Sioux Indians in Gallatin valley.
of “ Sampsou” stock, rising three years old, Four Indians were killed.
which stands seventeen and a half hands high Colorado newspapers are now published on
and weighs fifteen hundred pounds. Mr. Caw papor of four colors, owing to the transporta
ley, of the same county, started for San Fran tion on the Uuioii Pacific Railroad. The Cen
cisco week before last with nine heavy draft
horses, combining speed and strength, and tral Herald prints on a bright green ; the
averaging thirteen hundred pounds. Large Tranicript on dirt color, which feels as though
made from sand; the Timet on manilla, and
bands of fine horses are loaving Southern Ore the
rest are still fortunate to have white.
gon for the California market almost daily.
Why can’t the farmers of Polk county turn Two Indians, one a Flathead and the other
their attention to this branch of the business? a Spokan, fought a duel near Helena a short
It certainly is a profitable one, and good horses time ago. Cause, woman. Both combatants
always find a ready market in California.
Idaho Statesman says that labor is wants
The Linn county Teachors’ Institute will hold ed The
aud other points in that lerritory.
its next semi-annual session at Albany, on the Some of the quartz
mills cannot run for want
4th of May, to continue three days.
A farmer in Marion county has received About three wooks ago four men herding
from the Eastern States a package of Norway cattle on tbe Yellowstone were murdered by
oats and intends to test thoir adaptability to the Indians.
Oregon climate and soil.
Walla Walla has $11/00 in greenbacks on
The Albany Fire Company have challenged hand
be applied to paying the indebtedness
Capital Engine Co. No. 1, of Salem, to meet of that to county.
them at Albany and have a trial of their en
gines. The challenge has been accepted by A terrible eatastrophe occurred at Gold Ilill,
Nevada, recently, by which about forty lives
the Salem boys.
From the Sentinel we learn that farming is, were lost. It appears that the timbers in tbe
being vigorously prosecuted on tbe Klamath drifts of one of the companies mining on the
Comstock ledge took fire, the strong current of
Reservation and on Link River. A number of air
passing from shaft to shaft causing th** con
wagons have crossed the mountains on the flagration
spread with terrific rapidity to
Emigrant road lately, mostly bound for Goose the mines of to adjoining
Mr. A. J Uufur, who, more than any other in tbe disastrous calamity above recorded.
man, has devoted h imself to learning aod pub- Grizzly bears are killing cattle in Suata
liahing the resources of Oregon, estimates tbat ' Cruz county, California.
A man named Simeon Walters is senteaeed
to be hanged at Isabo City on the 12th of
May, for the murder of Joseph L. Bacon in
At Carson City, Nevada, several little boys
got into the pest house and went to romping on
tbe bedding. Nearly all are down with tbe
There are a number of compan*»s and par.
tic* making preparations to common«« mining
operatiors in Klamath river during the coming
A great stampede was lately made from near
the Flathead agency, in Missoula couaty, to
to tbe Goose creek mountains in Idaho. Re
ports arc that the placers of that district yield
from ten to one hundred dollars per day to tho
Tbo recent census of Salt Lake shows a pop
ulation of 38,000 Mormons and 8,000 Gentiles.
The Seattle paper sneers at the pretension*
of Olympia as a railroad terminus, and inti
mates tbat it is fifty miles above the head of
Tbe exodus from Owyhoe to tho Whit« Pine
country, for tbe last three of four months, has
caused a slight stagnation in business of every
character at the former place.
Tbe I. O. O. F. Celebration at Salem*
The celebration of the semi-centennial
anniversary of the introduction of the
above order into America has been
looked forward to with much interest
by the brotherhood in this jurisdiction,
so we append the following description
of it in full,from the Unionist of Tues
“ The Odd Fellows in the jurisdic
tion of the Grand Lodge of the Inde
pendent Order of Odd Fellows, for
Oiegon, and Washington, and Idaho
Territories, celebrated in this city, yes*
terdav, the semi-centennial or fiftieth
anniversary of the introduction of the
order into America. Almost every
lodge in the jurisdiction was represent
ed. The celebration consisted of a pro«
cession, oration, pie nic, dinner, and a
reception at the Odd Fellows’ Hall in
the evening. The attendance, though
large, wou'd have been much larger
had it been certainly known that the
steamer Continental from San Francisco,
on board of which was lion. Nathan
Porter, the orator, would have arrived
in time to allow that gentleman to reach
this city by the time set for the celebra
tion. The procession formed on Com
mercial street, with its left resting on
Griswold’s block. .JTbrr^.were in the
-.lue between six and seven hundred
members wearing regalias. The pro.
cession was led by Mechanics Brass
Band of Portland, after which followed
the lodges in ihe order they were or
ganized, beginning with that lodge of
the most recent date. The subordinate
lodges wero followed by the Albany
Brass Band, then came the Encamp
ment, and finally, fhc Right Worthy
Grand Lodge. Prominent in the pro-
cei^ion was a large car, drawn by lour
horses. On the platform of the car a
tent of purple eilk was stretched, in
tho door of which sat P. C. P- F. S.
Schwatka, the oldest Odd Fellow west
of tho Rocky mountains, who wa* dress
ed in magnificent regalia, and sup
ported on either hand by* members of
the Encampment. The procession
marched up Commercial street to State,
up State to High, down High to Center,
«long Center to Liberty, d«.wn Liberty
to Marion, and along Marion to Mariou
square, where a stand and seats had
been arranged for the oration. The
exercises were comme Deed by an over-
ture by the Mechanic’s baud, when the
opening ode was sung by the who'e or.
der to the good old tune of Greenville.
Prayer was offered by R»*v. P. S. Knight
the Chaplain, after which Hon. Nathan
Porter delivered the oration, which was
highly commended by all who heard it.
The "orator began by giving a short
history of the Order, from its rise in
England to its introduction into Amer
ica. fifty years ago He then recounted
how.at that period.many 1 adieu 1 changes
were made in the objects of the Order,
by which, it became the first temperance
organization in the land, and one emi
nent for it-» morality. The latter part
of the oration was devoted to the sta
tistics of the Order in America, and to
explaining the cardinal virtues taught
and practiced by its members. Beforo
the speaker closed he became so hoarse
that he could with difficulty be heard ;
nor was this strange, as he, within a few
minutes after landing in Portland, got
into a buggy and rode a greater part of
the night, and then speaking in tho
open air with scarcely an hour’s rest.
After the oration the members of the
Order repaired to the tables aod partook
of a bountilul repast, spread under the
thick shade of the trees. The tables
were arranged in the finest style of soy
we have ever seen for » like occasion.
After dinner the procession reformed
and marched back to the Odd Fellowa’
Hall and were then disbanded until
evening, when they either attended the
ball or spent the evening hours in a
pleasant reunion. Altogether, the cel
ebration was the most pleasatt affair of
the kiud ever.had in the State.
££?*■ The Boston Transcript gives
Mrs. Lincoln “the m“8t unkindent cut
of all” whou it says: “It is now gener
ally believed that Abraham Lincoln was
a martyr a long time before he wm
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