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CORVALLIS, RENTON COUNTY, OREGON, TUESDAY, . FEBRUARY 14, 1905.
HISTORY Of RL1C.
B. F. Curtis, of Cneney.'Wash.,
Gives Full Account of Copper
A couple of weeks ago we pub
lished an item regarding the cop
per gun barrel found on, the shores
of the Long Tom river, this coun
ty, several years back.. The ar
ticle referred to was furnished by
B F. Curtis, a gunsmith at pres
ent in business at Cheney, Wash.
Mr. Curtis has just , sent us the
following interesting write-up of
what he knows relative' to this
'copper-barreled gun, as follows:
In regard to the . copper barrel
that was fouud some fonr or five
years aao, three ox four miles
from Monroe, Oregon, I will give
the hi tory of this relic. The
history ot tne eun, was tola me
in 1883 4 by a man named. Price.
Mr.: Price had his feet frozen sb
badly while coming from the
Salmon River mines to Oregon
in 1862 that it was found nece-s
, sarv to amputate them. I believs
that he lived in Corvallis about
the last mentioned date. ' -
The story of the gun. as told
me fn 1883, is that he deserted
from the American Fur -Co. in
1832. He then came to the Wil
lamette river, which he ascended
. as far as the Long Tom. Up to
this date there had never been a
white nun trapping on the Lonj;
Tom. . Mr Price and his partner
trapped there until 1835, and se
cured all the pelts tiiat they
could take down the stream In
two cauoes. ; " -'
. They were nearly naked and
had lived on beaver meat and
roots tor nearly a year. The cop
pergun : was worn out and Mr.
Price threw it away, where it was
discovered a few years ago. I
thiuk'he told roe that it was the
only-owppef-barrel gun thai kost; important' businesses - of
. had ever seen, c-We "were talking
in my ; shop .about the improve
ment in fire arms and by- chance
lie told me about this remarkable
It may be that some of the old
timers will remember Mr. Price.
The last time that I saw him he
was in Sookane. I think he had
relatives on the Okanagan River j
N in Wash.- "He must be dead now.
Should he be a live, his age
. would be close to 100 years. . I
think it probale that Henry Wat
son came down with Mr. Price
from the Salmon River mines in
1862- Mr. Watson lives near
Albany, Oregon. -1
There were two guns left by
Mr. Paiceaud his partner on the
Long Tom only one of copper.
Mr. Price also told me that they
had only four beaver traps, but
captured four beavers every night.
They went to French Prairie with
. the intention of disposing of their
furs. But the Hubsoa Bay peo
ple would not buy them, nor
would they sell them anything to
eat. as they were renegades from
the American Fur Co.. Mr. Price
said, to them, "We must have
something , we are nearly naked. ' '
Then the manager told ; them to
throw their pelts into, a log shed
and - go to.the store, where there
"was , a man who would let them
. have all they needed. The man
ager explained that he dare not
. purchase anything of them, as
they were renegades. ; In this
way Mr. Price and partner receiv
ed every thing they required.
If you coald find the gun or
part of it, it would be a great
, thing. In the meantime I shall
endeavor to ascertain if Mr.. Price
is living. If he is I shall have
him at the Lewis and Clark Ex
position. He was art illiterate man
but posessed a splendid memory
, that ran far back. . ..
When he left the American
Fur Co.' he was in the Crow In-
; dian country." He then5 followed
the route of Lewis and Clark to
the Willamette river. : Now , who
: has the copper' gun barrel?
A Trifle Chilly.- -
Last Friday night ' was what
our citizens call cool. Early in
the afternoon indications i oiiHed
to a cold night, arid by sundown
it was freezing. To make mat
ters worse, about 5 o'clock in the
eveninguhe wind came up from
the north and its effect was quite
Saturday m jrning it was worth
the time spent to walk along
Main street and examine the large
windows of our business . houses.
On some of them Jack Frost had
been at ' work ' in a truly artistic
manner. On come windows there
were frosty forests most beautiful
ly wrought; scenes fantastic, sug
gesting goblins, fairies, gnomes,
and the like. . Scenes unvea!, but
seemingly familiar, caught the
eye -one instinctively felt a nat-
Luralness about this work send yet
through it all there was a con
sciousness of something elfish.
Nice pictures for the eye, but sat
isfying in no other way. ,
Saturday there . was' a ' strenu
ous demand for. plumbers about
town, as a large number of water
pipes were frozen up. In some
places considerable damage , was
done as the result of this. The
thermometer did not get very low
all the way irom 16 to 20
above zero. But our citizens are
not accustomed to cold .weather
and this made them appear very
frisky. The cold weather will in
all probability prove a hardship
Has Good Prospects.
During the. latter part of last
week A., C. Miller paid us a call,
and spoke quite hopefully of the
prospects of his home section,
Kings Valley. He says that it
is many years since they had such
fine winter weather ver there
and everybody is taking advan
tage of the present satisfactory
conditions, and are busy.
Mr.. Miller says that one of the
this section is the logging indus
try. The Spaulding logging com
pany work from 20 to 40 men on
the Luckiamute river rightalong,
winter and summer, and in the
! course of a year " float down this
stream millions of feet of logs.
These logs go to the various saw
mills on the Willamette. Near
ly all the white fir logs go to the
pulp mhls at Oregon City and are
in time converted, into paper."
The large dam on the Luckia
mute renders it possible to run
logs at. almost any season of the
year. Mr. Miller had a contract
to log for the Spaulding Co. last
year and put in something above
2,000,000 feet. . He says that a
man can get work at the camps
at almost any time, and at good
wages, from $1.75 to $2.50 per day
and board. One of the men now
putting in logs is just placing a
new logging engine in operation.
V; Such an industry as this can
not help being of material bene
fit to the inhabitants of the en
tire valley. tThe opportunity is
presented ; for a small farmer to
spend what time he can spare
from home in one of the camps
and at good wages, too.
' Home Savings Bank.
The First National Bank, of Corvallis
Oregon, has been in possession for the
last ten years of the small home savings
banks ,the same as advertised- through
out the Willamette. Valley. The custo
mers of this bank can obtain these banks,
and take them home at any time, by call
ing for them.
r All efforts have failed to find a better
remedy for coughs, colds and lung trou
ble than Foleys Honey and Tar. ' It
stops the cough, heals the lungs and pre
vents serious results from'a cold. J. N
Patterson. Nashua, Iowa, writes: "Lata
winter I had a bad cold on my lungs
and tried at leaBt half a dozen advertised
cough medicines and had treatment from
two physicians without getting any ben
egt. . A ' niend recommended Foley's
Honey and Tar and two-thirds of a bot
tle cared me. I ' consider it the greatest
cough and lung medicine in the world.
For Bale by Graham & Wortham,
Items of Interest In and Around
the O. A. C.
The senators and representa
tives were entertained at the col
lege Saturday. The Tuesday af
ternoon classes were carried on.
The boys drilled and the girls
gave their physical culture drill.
Lunch was served for them in
the lecture room of the Agricul
tural hall by the members of the
faculty r -K. v-t:::. ;-: v, ; " '
The Sophomores had their an
nual: party Friday evening in
Miss Snell's room ' It was a val
entine party. There was a liter
ary program ; the principal fea
ture of. which was an Indian Powwow-.
Lieutenant Qumlah told
some very interesting stories In
guessing advertisements Agnes
Sweek carried off first prize, and
in the search for hearts "Mrs
Quinlan was winner. A bounte
ous supper was served, in wiss
Crawford's room . The chaper
ones were Commandant Quinlan
and wife, Prof. Horner, and Mrs.
Next Monday the students and
faculty of OAC are to have a
holiday to repay them for hold
ing school last Saturday-
The girls' basket ball team are
to play., the Albany girls next
Friday evening. A very excit
ing game is expected, .as both
teams are determined to win.
There is a large crowd of rooters
coming over from Albany to wit
ness the game. v , . (
The Feronians entertained the
Amicitians in Miss Snell's room
Saturday evening after the
basket, tall game., The Chemawa
girls and their chaperone and
officials were invited to the party.
The principal feature of the pro
gram was a burlesque patomime
of Maud Muller. After the pro
gram -there was a number of in
teresting games, one of which
was trying their skill at shooting
a red heart with a bow and arrow.
J. ILOt - lJVO - - TV V.J- V C VV CU VAVVl. . jJ
Mr- Reed, Letha Rickard
nne nf fho basVf Hall -nffiiola
Dainty refreshments were serv
ed, after which a number of in
teresting stories were told.1 The
chaperones were Mrs
and Mrs- Keady.
Tho mwr nn tbp nl-blAtiV fiolrl
. . . .
was put up Friday evening-
The faculty " chartered the,tim- "u0 JournaL
bowling alley Thursday . evening I
and had a very merry party. '
Miss Dora . Lindgren, gradu
ate at OAC, is to be married fche
i8th of this month to Mr." Carrol
The Eutopians entertained the
Jeff ersonians in the library Satur
day evening with a ' . valentine
party. There was a program of
music and recitations. Refresh
ments were served and all pro
nouned it a merry evening.
Shot in the Leg.
Thursday evening, James
Lewis was brought to- Corvallis
with about 25 bird shot in his
right -leg . just above the knee.
It was an accidental' shooting
Mr. Lewis is a real estate agent
and had driven a prospective pur
chaser cut to the farm of Spencer
Bicknell with' a'view. to negoti
ating a sale, as Mf. Bicknell had
listed ' his r place 'with the real
estate dealer. , , . - .
On arriving 'at" the Bicknell
farm about five miles north of
Corvallis, the gentlemen found
no one on the place and Mr.
Lewis, in order to give the pros-J
pective purchaser an opportnnitv
to inspect the house, effected ; an
entrance. As the" door swung
open a gun was . discharged and
a portion of the charge entered
Mr. Lewis' leg. Mr. Lewis and
- w .. . . '
the gentleman with him at one
cn.e to town and Dr Pernor ex
tracted about a dozen of the shot.
Another effort will be., made U
remove more of the shot f'.om
Mr. "Lewis' leg. .
From what can be . harried,
it appeais that Mr. Lewis was
hot with a gopher gun. The
gnu was piacea on a cnair and 1
fixed in such a way that it would
l-e difchargerhby the opening of
the door. -Mr. Bicknell is much
di.stresscd over tbe affair and it is
said that he had set the gun . for
gophers. The nutter'. is under
investigation and it mav be found
i case of "criminal negligence. "
Even then, whether the. C4se be
comes one of action depends
iaTgely on Mr. Lewis', disposi
tion in matter. The injured .man
is reported to be- doing niceiy
and no serious" results are predict
ed. This is an unfortunate affair
ell around .
Gun-setting recalls an incident
of more or less interest couiii-ct-ed
with the cil's past history..
Some 8 or 10 ears sgo G. Hocks.
now deceased, was, as he had
been for many eaT.s, 1 mining a
gnu store and about every quarter
of the moon his place of' busi
ness was burglarized. This busi-.
ness is now carried on by his sou,
K.-E. Hodes. , .
The old gentleman .became
weary of these onslaughts and
without savins: a word to' anv
one set a gun for the thief, or
thieves. Tbe gun set was an
old army musket and it was load
ed, to kill. Mr. Hcdes forgot
about setting the man-killing de
vice and one morning when he
opened for business he found it.
There was an explosion that
made the earth tremble and the
gunsmith .had a close call to be
ing wafted to the arms of his
Fatfierf No more did he set this
Domeatic Peace Assured.
Wife And so you got your life in
sured for my benefit. That's lovely.
Husband Yes, my dear; but just
remember, if you drive me to suicide
you won't get a cent. N. Y. Weekly.
Doubts and Difficulties.
. He One cannot always tell wheth
er a girl means what she says.
a l. Ajt 1 'i x n
whether a man . cares whether she
I means wnat sue says.
Well, Way Not?
She Do you think love always find
a way? v. .
He No. Very-often it's tha girl.
Chicago Ke cord-Herald.
v A Severe Criticism.-
' aow do you thmk Kdith Many-:
-summers looks with her "new beau?"
A if he might be a mother tc
. to know who is doing one of the largest businesses in town, just take a peep at our
store and see what WE are doing. - There are whys and wherefores to everything.
The people trade with us, first, because they like our way of doing busines; second,
because they admire our broad, liberal , policy, and third, because they know we
keep everything in the House-furnishing line and at prices within reach of every
one. .. .. -
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Our new spring stock of Go-carts will arrive about Feb. 15th. To make room for
'i them j we will sell those on hand at greatly" reduced prices. Easy payments ask
for terms. ' - . ' -
I .Prompt Service and Courteous Treatment. .
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Get your t-alu-o! hooks '.wi school
uj)jlie6 nt Graburri fe WViie.
Lpwts find Cini'b snuveni? plates
at 1'. Al. Zierolf's
Si.k and woolen fjaoiiri (i specialty
at Corvallis Steam Laundry.
dishes at P. M
Send your luce curtaics to Cor
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Patronize "home industry
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Standard A cedar shingles for
$1.50 per thousand at the Corval
lis Saw Miil. 10 tf
Second grade fir lumber, almost
any dimension, f r only $6. '50 per
thousand feet, at Corvallis Saw
Mill. ' . 10 tf.
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Feb. 25. 11-18
Thirteen hundred shares Great
Eastern Mining company etook for
pale at 10 cents per share. Ad
dress Box 62, Corvallis, Oregon.
Reduction in Fare.
Commencing 'Nov. 7, rates between
Corvallis and Portland, ,via C. & E.,
Albany, and S. P. will be reduced to
$2.60, same as West Side 'rate. Tickets
on sale by C. & E. agent and all offices