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Corvallis. Benton Couxn , Ori: . . Ttjkjsoaw August, SI. liJOG.
THE OVERLY CURIOUS.
Attend Funerals as a Pastime and
Ask Questions That Offend.
You find them in every avenue
of lite, the people whose bump
ot curiosity is abnormally devel
oped, who meej you with a ques
tion and leave you with a ques
tion, while all their conversation
is punctuated with interrogation
These people do not stop at the
ordinary affairs and happenings
of life, but they pry and question
onlsubjects that are not'a particle
of their business; if they fail in
one question they come at you
from another quarter; they ask
about your business affairs, the
price of your hat, what you paid
for your dressgoods, the sort of
shoe polish you use, how uch
your false teeth cost, what size
shoe you wear, if your husband
or wife is agreeable to get along
with: how much vou spent at
the coast, how old you are and
of what nationality in short,
they pry into your private affairs
much as a hungry flea bores for
blood when he lands on the hu
man anatomy in dog days, and
their attack is just about as un
comfortable. This is vulgar curiousity, and
it is certainly bad enough, but
some people go still farther and
carry their over-developed nerve
even into the sacred presence of
the dead, intruding in the hour
of deepest heart-anguish, and
thrusting themselves to the front
at the very brink of the grave.
Tne friend or neighbor who
goes in a spirit of love and help
fulness to offer assistance in the
hour of sorrow and death is a
boon to humanity and such are
not the ones referred to in this
article. Rather isit the one who
goes to see and to find out, that
she may tell her neighbors later
just what was done, and how the
family acted; what the mourners
wore and how long the preacher
prayed, who brought flowers and
just how the choir performed.
Then, at the grave, these curi
osity fiends crowd to the very
edge of the circle and with eyes
that see everything, stare first at
one and then at another of those
whose hearts are almost breaking.
Do you think the picture over
drawn? Do you doubt that such
people reside in Corvallis, and in
every other town on earth, for
that matter? Then you are rnis
taken, for they are ever present.
There are those who never miss
a funeral if it is possible to go,
and why? Not from love for hu
manity, -but from vulgar curios
ity, for io'many cases they have
nothing in commou with the af
flicted family and do not even
have a speaking acquaintance
with the members, usually be
longing to an entirely different
There seems to be no remedy
for the aggravation, uniess some
one has the temerity to sometime
inform these hangers-on that their
presence is offensive in the hour
What is It?
This is a question that is asked
by some in regard to a new house
that is about completed out on
what is known as the Johnson
tract ot land, about ten miles
southwest of Corvallis.
The house is not of the ordi
nary sort, but is large and roomy
and finished in fine style. It is
said that 35,000 shingles will be
required to cover the building,
which gives some idea of the
This tract of land was pur
chased about a year ago by R. S.
Hughes, of Portland. It seems
that there are 1,500 or 1,700
acres in the tract, and according
to report a wire fence is to be put
around the place. In winter it
is said that feed will be put out
for docks and other wild game
and that no hunting will be al
lowed, which fact leads to the
idea that the intention of the
owner -is to maintain a private
game preserve, and that the
handsome, roomy mansion is to
be a modernly-equipped club
bouse for the owner and his
friends to enjoy during the hunt
Mr. Hughes is a man of means.
He came up from Portland, Fri
day, to visit the place and to at
tend to business connected therewith
Might Have Been Serious.
An accident that might have
had a most serious termination
occurred on Main street Saturday
morning. E. R. Rice and wife,
lately from California, were rid
ing along in a carraige and when
opposite the place where work
men were engaged at the task of
tearing down the old building
occupied by the Centennial Meat
Market something frightened the
animals and they shied suddenly
and broke the carriage tongue.
In an instant the mischief was
to pay; the frightened horses be
gan kicking and attempted to
run. Mr. Rice kept his head
and did his best to control the
excited animals until several by
standers went to his assistance.
Finally, after quite a struggle,
the horses were subjugated with
out greater damage than a broken
buggy tongue. Mrs. Rie pass
ed through the ordeal with the
appearance of outward calm, but
quitted the carriage at the first
favorable opportunity. It was
fortunate that the outcome was
not more disastrous.
Who Will Win?
Two Benton county girls are
bending every energy these days
to the task of securing subscrib
ers for the Pacific Northwest,
the reward for the largest list be
ing a free trip to the Jamestown,
Virginia, exposition next May.
The contestants are Miss Alda
Metcalf and Miss Anna French,
who have been endorsed by the
Benton County Citizens' League.
Miss Gretta Harrington was one
of the first to enter the race, but
she decided to give it up and her
place was taken by Miss Metcalf,
who is doing splendidly in spite
of her late start. The subscrip
tion price of the Pacific North
west is 50c per year, or three
years for $1. Bach aubscription
counts one in the contest, there
being no "point" system to the
One young lady trom each
county in Oregon will go on the
free trip, and each winner will
carrv literature from her own
county, and do all in her power
to advertise at Jamestown the re
sources and attractive features of
her particular section of Oregon.
It is to the best interests of
every farmer, every business man
and every loyal citizen to sub
scribe for this magazine which
is published in the interests of
the West exclusively, and to aid
in sending a suitable representa
tive from Benton county to the
Card of Thanks.
We desire to extend our heart-felt
thanks to the neighbors and friends, also
Friendship Lodge A. O. U. W., for their
very kind assistance and sympathy dur
ing the sickness and death of our beloved
eon and brother. Tnere will ever be a
warm spot in oar hearts for the dear
fiiends who have bsen so kind to us in
our bereavement. J. Senger,
Maky E. Sbxgek,
Ivax P. Senger.
Ona C. Senger,
A. B. Senger,
Don't Be Blue
And lose all interest when help is with
in reach. Her bine will make that liver
perform its duties properly. J. B.
Vanghn, Elba, Ala,, writes; "Being a
constant aunerer from constipation and a
disordered liver, I have found Herbine
to be the beat medicine, for these trou
blee, on the market. I have used it
conatantly. I believe it to be the beat
medicine of its kind, and I wiah all
Bunarera lrom tbea trouble to know
the good Herbine haa done me. Sold
by Graham a WorUuun.
People Flee While Stricken
New York, Aug. 17. The
city of Valparaiso, the metropo
lis of Chili, was destroyed by
earthquake last night. Firts
immediately burst out in a score
of places and are raging un
checked among the ruins of the
city. Hundreds of people met
death in the crumbling buildings
and the loss of life is appalling
Alon? the narrow strip of shore
on which the business part of the
seaport was built and upon the
steep hillsides where clustered
the thousands of villas and homes
the devouring flames are stilt
consuming the fragments of state
ly structures that but yesterday
were the pride of Chili. It is a
repetition of the San Francisco
disaster. Panic reigns among the
inhabitants "who are madly flee
ing into the hills.
The earthquake was felt in all
South American cities, and it is
feared that many remote towns
have suffered , extensively. It
was heaviest along the west
coast, Valparaiso suffering worst.
At Washington the seismograph
was violently agitated for -four
hours. The tremors were slow,
covering from eighteen to forty
seconds and finally ceased about
midnight, but indicated the sev
erest disturbances of the earth's
surface since the San Francisco
quake. Practically every build
ing in Valparaiso was severely
damaged, many of the palatial
government structures being de
molished. The quake , began in
the early evening and the shock
continued at frequent intervals
throughout the night. Cable
operations have been interrupted,
but are now restored. All night
flames raged among the ruins
and hundreds of the dead and in
jured were burned where they
lay pinioned beneath the debris.
Burned His Grain.
A breeze of excitement swept
over the town Saturdav afternoon
when a phone message announced
that Off Wilson's wheatfield was
on fire and that fears were enter
tained that the handsome coun
try residence of Mr. and Mrs.
Wilson would go up in smoke.
A number of men were sent to
the scene by August: Fischer,
and several others, hurried . out
from town, and by hard work the
flame were soon under control.
Fortunately the Roy Rickard
thresher was in operation ib a
nearby field, while the Bodine
hay' baler was running in another
close at' hand. The two crews
went to the fire and to their time
ly aid is probably due the triumph
over the conflagration.
In the field that was fired there
was a pile of grain, including
105 sacks ot wheat and 30 sacks
of oats. The flames swept over
these, burning the sacks entirely
off, excepting 50 sacks of wheat.
The grain was somewhat charred
but is not thought to be seriously
-Besides this a quarter of a mile
of fence was consumed by the fire
and the straw stack went up in
smoke." The damage,-however,
was trifling, and the affair cer
tainly ended well. ; -The origin
of the fire is unknown.
Terrible Forest Fire.
Many Corvallis " people spent
the Fourth this year at Breiten
bush and Detroit, but they will
never see the same 'scenes again
that they saw on that trip. The
following trom the Lebanon Cri
A strip of timber seven miles
long and a mile wide, the village
of Berry, two logging camps and
several mountain cabins have
been destroyed by a fierce forest
fire which is raging in the . Cas
cade Mountains : near the termi
nus of the Corvallis & Eastern
railroad. The town of Detroit
is now safe, and. the railroad
bridge across the Breitenbush ha
escaped destruction. The flame:
aie running eastward on both
sides of the North Santiam rivei
from ridge to ridgr, , through
canyon a mile wide, and a brand
ot the big fire is running up tht
Breitenbush river. It is the
woTst. fire ever experienced in
ibat part of the mountains, and
nothing butrain can stop it.
The fire started Saturday after
coon and swept four miles of
timber in two hours. Every
thing in the station ot Berry,
near the mouth of the Breiten
bush river was soon destroyed
except the big hotel. The build
ings burned include a store, some
dwelling houses, two old saw
mills, not in use, and a bunch of
deserted houses and cabins form
erly used by a loeeinsr camp.
Fanned by a strong wind, the
flames ran straisht toward the
town of Detroit, the termiaus of
the Corvallis & Eastern, and a
village of 200 people. The town
is surrounded by a large clearing
and this saved it, but lor hours
smoke was so thick in Detroit
that one could net seen twenty
eet-j and the citizens had a hard
fight for their homes.
Claud Senger, aged 22 years
and 8 months, died at the home
of his parents, Mr. "and Mrs. John
Senger, in this city, Thursday
The young man came home
rom Newport a week ago last
Friday and was at once confined
to his bed. He had been ill two
weeks before his return but was
able to be about The ailment
was at first thought to be typhoid
fever, but symptons of uraemia
appeared and death resulted from
uraemic poisoning. ' s
Deceased was born in Browns
ville and came to Corvallis with
the family three years ago; th e
past year, however, he has been
at the bay
Brief funeral services were
held at the residence of the par-
ents at 10 ociock oaturaay
morn in sr. Rev. C. I. McCaus-
l&nd officiating. The remains
were then taken to Brownsville
Claud Senger was an unassum
ing young man and had many
friends by whom he will be
The immediate survivors are
the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Johu
Senger, and three brothers.
Real Estate Transfers.
Mt Union Cem to S C Dixon,
lot 46 in Mt Union cemetery;
A A Vincent to R O Vincent,
551 acres acres. Kings Valley;
T T Vincent to R O Vincent,
133 acres Kings Valley, $1.
F W Jones etal to V E;liot and
wife, 118 acres N W Pnilomath;
N Castle and wife to J W Law,
lots 14Q and i;6, block 38,
Browns Addition to City of
Mt Union Cem to L W Hill,
south of lot in, Mt Union
S H Moore and wife to Ole
Paulson, blocks 18 and 23, W lis
& McElroys Add Corvallis, t-nd
lot 20 College Hill Add Corv i
J E Banlon and wife to W A
Whitney, 100 acres in AL. :
Mrs Katie Hanson to J E Po: '
40 acres near Summit ; $1.
Board of Equalization.
The Equalization Board of Bentoi
uoouty will meet iu the office of tb
county clerk of Benton county, at th
court house ia Benton county, Oregon,
on Monday, the 27ih day of August
1906, for fix ?! from anii date. to cor
rect any err r or double aaKaameota on
aid roll. T. H. Davib,
Aeaeaaor of Benton Conaty.
Dated Aarort 3. 190& 6S-7Q
A Terrible Accident.
Clifford Nye, ot Bellefount&in
met with a shocking accident
Friday morning, which may yet
ivir. in ye is a single man, and
nas been employed with the
Kyle- Persinger-BeUknap thresher.
The machine was at work in the
Belknap settlement, and early
Aridity morning Mr. Nye was
iiitiug on the engine, putting on
his shoes. Something caused
him to jerk his foot, by which
he lost his balance and it II,
aiignting on a blunt piece of
iron which penetrated the groin
:o a depth ot three inches.
Dr. Bennett was summoned,
and the injured man .was remov
ed to the Bradley home, where
he is resting comfortably. The
physician stated that had the
iron gone a halt inch deeper
death would have certainly re
Mr. Nye has a brother residing
n the mountains about eight
miles southwest of Bellefountain,
and as soon as he is able to be
moved he will be taken 10 his
It is thought the injury will
not prove serious, unless blood
poisoning results, but it is litt'e
short of a miracle that the young
man was not jcilled.
Fat al Accident.
Horace B. Gedding, aged 15
years, shot and killed himself at
Shotpouch, Saturday morning.
With Mrs. Pittman, voung
Gedding was in search of the
cows that had straved away in
the mountains. With a shot gun
in one hand he made his way
through the underbiush and over
logs, until suddenly in drawing
the gun over a log there was a
deafening report, and the boy
fell, the, blood gushing in tor
rents from the right side of the
neck which had been completely
torn away by the load ot shot.
Without a word or a struggle the
injured lad lay wHere he tell un
til death resulted from lo s ot
Horace Gedding was living
with his brother, his pirents be
ing in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
The elder Gedding is a laud
speculator and recently purchasr
cd 5000 or 6000 acres of land be
tween Corvallis and Ycquin.
The family will move soon t Al-
for Job Work
ISIOOSs AfB It Will Cost 1
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FOR A FINE LINE OF
Guns Fishing Tackle. Baseball Good
Go to Gun Hodes'
We Carry the Famous Bristol Fishing Rod
bany to reside.
The verdict returned by f ie
jury was that death resulted fic .n
the accidental discharge ot a gun
in the hards of disceased.
The remains will be buried at
Albany today, the services to he
conducted by the Methodist min
ister of that city. .
You're Sure to Crow
Over my set of Shiit Waists Sets like tloe
now on sale at this store.
Shirt Waist Sets
for July are just as goofl for August or Septem
ber, or ary other month, if bought, here, if
VOU Wnnt whttt'S exouisitp. t. a. mnrlpst n-rit-a
buy a set. We guarantee they're the Kveatest
value for the sum invested tuat can be had
See them and buy a set.
Albert J. Metzger
Occidental BuildiDp, ... Corvallis
And Dandruff Eradicator
V4 VTHDROT3Y-. "
Trait Ivt registwtd. "
Price, Fifty Cents '
The Vegetable Compound Company
Corvallis, Oregon 9t
Foley's Kidney Cure
You to Buy a
From the Stock
Now on Hand
First come, first served.
We only have a few at this
o price. If you want a high
grade Baler, now ie your
chance. Order today.
Works corvallis, or.