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UNION, OREGON, FRIDAY, DECEMBER (4, 188S.
The Oregon Scout.
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store, Union, Oregon.
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trusted to us.
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Abstracts to Itcal and Mining property
furnished on short notice, at reasonable
Sales of Ileal and Mining property nego
tiated. Collection business promptly at
Olliee next door south of Post-othcc. Un
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Physician and Surgeon,
North Powder. Oregon.
Uns permanently located and will attend
all professional calls day or night.
Oflice: Drug store building: residence,
one door west of Uodgcrs' hotel.
J W. STRANGE,
La, Grande, Oregon.
Will visit Union regularly on tho
first Monday of each month.
ALL WORK WARRANTED
Wm. Wilson, Tuov.
The Finest of Wines, Liquors
and Cigars always in stock.
FIRST CLASS BILLIARD TABLE.
Drop in and be sociable
Practical Horse Trainer,
Will always be found at Jlootue ifc Camp
bell's livery stable.
f Take your vicious horses to him and ho
will break them. Charges reasonabb,
Leaves Union daily at 2 p.m. arrives at
Cove at :i:Jp. in. , . ,t i
Leaven Cove at 8 a. in , arrivus at Union
Conncotioiu made with KHJott' ooache:
running " the depot, currying passenger
for east Hndftvtt. bound trains.
H ATI'. for ltfeSlWniHUi,I.MOOAi:
unit llfUlftHT, ItHAKON.lUU'..
KOWXtfOX LAYXK, Prdprlwur. '
to to Cove.
Written for the Scot T.I
ItSJNKATH Till: OLi)
Now shall I toil thee, my darling?
What'' it by verse for thef.'
fan we paint Mich dclieate pictures
As Iiiand and the .spreading old tree?
Yen think -o Alt, never! No Artist
Could give you the eurve of her cheek!
No crayon, nor colors, nor brushy
Could thrill if .she happened to speak!
The non. e'er it crreiis n'pr the lvures.
Vi.i f.., ..t t, ,., .,
1 And the oyes of the poet would glimmer
In thinking once more of her grace!
j Her soft hand at eae was reclining
And weaving a garland so neat.
i It seemed as my heart-chords were twining
I Amongst the fair (lowers at her feet.
! What, lovely? Can words tclljtho sweetness
i 1 hat banned in her passionate eyes?
Like the echoes of music enchanting
Her voice seems to speed to tho skies I
Her form, like the sculptured Madona,
Was graceful; she treads o'er the grass
Like a fairy of midnight, in visions.
And her snille would an angel's surpass !
Hcrfingcrs? Ah, John, could I tell you
How my soul in its ecstaey beats 1 gers,
Just to tip with your hand those fair fin-
Your fear in confusion retreats! lure,
For it th'rills you and tills you with pleas-
And the love that rebounds in your breast
Seems to leap like a warrior in triumph,
For the spoils, tho reward, and the rest!
Her accents? Is niuMe a rapture?
Is the song of the wild bird as free?
If my poor mind can imagine,
'Twas heaven beneath the old pine treel
For a harp, though its string be golden,
Could never seem music again,
For her voice lias wove strains in my hear
That I listcu for others in vain! ing
Was she kind? Can a lover be patient?
Is the fawn on the mountain afraid?
Her actions were graceful and loving!
Her temper of loveliness made!
To know that her soft eyes were beaming,
And stealing a side glance at you,
Would place you at the outposts of heaven
Where happiness sparkles like dew I
15. W. Huffman.
Written for Tin: Scout.
T11K KMIfiKAXT'S C.KAVK.
A pilgrim weeps, for his good wife sleeps
The sleep of death that we all must know,
In her earth abode, by she dusty road
On the sage-brush plains of Idaho.
A feeling of sadness o'er him thrills hills,
As he looks around on the bare, brown
On the distant peaks of the Sawtooth range,
And with aching heart and quickening
He thinks of his partner cold in death.
Oh cruel thought, he must leave her here
Mid the solitude of the desert drear,
Where the rabbits play o'er thasamlymound
And the coyotes wail is the only sound
That breaks the awful solitude,
as it roams the plain in search of food.
Silent the traveler passes by,
With a thoughtful brow and an anxious
He glances to the right and lat, eye
And sorrows not for hearts bereft.
Hut hopes in Oregon, fair and brave,
For a better land beyond the grave.
THE IMlKSinUXT'S MKSSAGK.
TIio Tnrlll Kol)I)iry Again ICxposcil--Tlio
tlovtirnincnt in J)niij;er-- Private Claim
anil Interests Control Li'KlsIatloii--l''or-rlffii
Affairs I'oii'.lonH Atfrlciilttiro
To tho Congress of the United States :
As yon assemble for the discharge of tho
duties yon havo assumed as tho repre
sentatives of the free and generous
people, your meeting is marked by an
interesting and impressive incident.
With tho expiration of tho present
session of tho congress, tho first ceuttir
ry of our constitutional existence a3 a
nation will be completed. Our survi
val for one hundred years is not suffi
cient to assure us that we no longer
have danger to fear in the maintain
ence, with all its promised blessings,
of a government founded on the free
dom of the people. Tho time rather
admonishes us to soberly inquire
whether in the past wo havo always
closely kept in tho course of safety,
and whether wo havo before us a
way plain and clear which leads to
happiness and perpetuity.
When the experiment of our gov
ernment was undertaken, tho chart
adopted for our guidance was the con
stitution. Departure from the lines
there laid down is an admission of its
failure. It is only by a strict adher
ence to tiio directions they indicated,
and by restraint within the limitations
they fixed, that wo can furnish proof
to the world of tho fitness of the Amer
ican pcoplo for self-government.
Tho equal and exact justice of which
wo boast as tho underlying principle
of our institutions should not bo con
fined to the relations of our citizeni to
each othor. Tho government itself is
under bond to tho American people
that in tho exorciso of its functions
and towers it will deal with tho body
of our citizens in a manner scrupulous-
, ly honofct and fair, and absolutely just.
U has nfrtfod tliut American citizen
ship shall be the only credential nec
essary to justify tho claim of equality
before the law, and that no condition
in life shall give ri.o to discrimination
in the trgtmeut of tho people by this
The citizen of our Republic, in its
early days', rigidly insisted upon full
compliance with the letter of this
bond, and saw stretching out before
him a clear field for individual en
deavor. His tribute to the support of
his government was measured by the
cost of its economical maintenance,0!
and hujWas secure in the cujoyment
of the rwniaiiiing recompense of his
steady and contented toil. In thoso
days the frugality of tho people was
stamped upon their government, and
was reinforced by tho free, thoughtful
and intelligent sutlrago of the citizens.
Combinations, monopolies and aggre
gations of capital were then avoided,
or sternly regulated or restrained.
The pomp and glitter of government
offered no temptation and presented
no delusion to the plain people, who
side by side in friendly competition,
sought for the ennoblement and digni
ty of the country, for the solution of
the problem of free government
incut, and for tho achievement of tho
grand destiny awaiting the land which
God had given them.
THK lUNHKItS OK Till! I'KKSIDHNT.
A century has passed. Our cities
are the abiding place of w.ealth and
luxury. Our manufactories yield for
tunes never dreamed of by the fathers
of the republic. Our business men
are madly striving in the race for
riches, and immense aggregations of
capital outrun the imagination in tho
magnitude of their undertakings. Wo
I view with pride and satisfaction this
bright picture of our country's, growth
and prosperity. While only a closer
scrutiny develops a somber shading,
upon more careful inspection we find
the wealth and luxury of our cities
mingled with poverty and wretched
ness and unremunerative toil. A
crowded and constantly increasing
urban population suggests the impov
erishment of tho rural sections and
discontent with agricultural pursuits.
Tho farmer.s son, not satisfied with
his father's simple and laborious life,
joins tho eager chase for easily ac
quired wealth. Wo discover that tho
fortunes realized by our manufacturers
are not measured solely by the re
ward of sturdy industry and enlight
ened foresight, but that they result
from tho discriminating favor of tho
government, and are largely built up
on unduo exactions from the masses
of tho people. The gulf . between the
employers and the employed is con
stantly widening, and classes are rap
idly forming one comprising tho very
rich and powerful, while in another
are found the toiling poor.
As we view the achievement of
aggregated capital we discover the
existence of trusts, combinations and
monopolies, while the citizen is strug
gling far in the rear, or i3 trampled to
death beneath au iron heel. Tho cor
porations, which should be carefully
restrained creatures of the law and tho
servants of the people, arc fast becom
ing the people's masters.
THK CITI.IiN'H DUTY.
Still congratulating ourselves on
tho wealth and prosperity of our coun
try, and complacently contemplating
every incident of change inseparable
from these conditions, it is our duty as
patriotic citizens to enquire at the
present stage of our progress how tho
bond of tho government made with tho
people has been kept and performed.
Instead of limiting tho tribute drawn
from our citizens to the necessities of
its economical administration, tho
government persists in exacting from
the substance of the people millions
which, unapplied and useless, lio dor
mant in its treasury. This flagrant
injustice and this breach of faith and
obligation add to extortion the danger
attending diversion of tho currency of
the country from tho legitimato chan
nels of business. Under the same
laws by which these dangers aro pro
duced, the government permits many
millions more to bo added to the cost
of living of our peoplo and to bo taken
from our consumers, which unreason
ably swell the profits a small, but
Tho pcoplo must be taxed for the
support of the government under the
operation of tariff laws, but to tho ox
tent that tho mass of our citizens
should not bu inordinately burdened
beyond any useful public purpose and
for tho benefit of a favored few.
The government, under protest of
an exercise of its taxing innwr, on tor
gratuitously into partnership with
those favorites, to their advantage
and to the injury of a vast majority of
our people. This is not equality be
fore the law. The existing situation
is injurious to tho health of our entire
body politic. Itstillosin the favored
class all tho patriotic glow of tho
country, and substitutes in its place
selfish greed and grasping avarice.
Devotion to American citizenship for
its own sako, as a motive to our nu
tions's advancement and tho happi
ness of all our people, is displaced by
tho assumption that our government,
instead of being the embodiment, of
equality, is but the inrtruinentality
through which especial and individual
advances aro to gained. The arro
gance of the assumption is uncon
cealed. It appears in the fordid dis
regard of alf but .persona! iutcrect, in
the refusal to abate for tho benefit of
others one iota of selfish advantage,
and in combination to perpetuate such
advantages through efforts to control
legislation and improperly control tiic
tut lira go of the people. '
11I.IX1) TO TlUUIt 1NTK11K.STS.
Tho giievancos of those not includ
ed within tho circle of these beneficia
ries, when fully realized, will surely
arouse irritation and discontent. Our
farmers, long, sufloring and patient,
struggling in tho race of life with tho
hardest and most unremitting toil, will
not fail to see and estimate misrepre
sentations and misleading fallacies,
and to understand that they aro
obliged to accept, such prices for their
products as are -fixed in foreign mar
kets, where they compete with the
farmers of tho world, that their lands
aio declining in value, while t'iieir
debts increase, and that without com
pensating labor they aro forced, by
the action of tho government, topay
for the benefit of others such en
hanced prices for tho things they need
that the scanty return's of their labor
fail to furnish their support, or leave
no margin for accumulation.
Ourworkingmcu, enfranchised from
all delusions, and no longer frightened
by' the cry that their wages are en
dangered by a just revicion of the
tarifi' Jaws,' will reasonably demand
through such revision steadier em
ployment, cheaper means of living in
their homes, freedom for themselves
and their children from tho doom of
perpetual servitude, and au open door
to their advancement beyond the lim
its of a laboring class.
Others of our citizens, whose com
forts and expenditures are' measured
by moderate salaries and fixed in
comes, will insist upon tho fairness
and justness of cheapening tho cost of
necessaries for themselves and their
When, to llu) selfishness of tho ben
eficiaries of unjust discrimination
under our laws, there shall bo added
to tho discontent of those who will
Btifier from such discrimination, we
shall realize the fact that tho benefi
cent purposes of our government, do
pendent upon tho patriotism and con
tontmont of our people, aro endangered.
Communism is a hateful thing and
a menanco to peace and organized
government. Hut tho communism of
combined wealth and capital, the out
growth of overweening cupidity and
selfishness, which insiduously under
mines the justice and integrity of freo
institutions, is not loss dangerous than
tho communism, and oppressed pov
erty und toil, which exasperated by in
injustico and dUcoutcut, attack with
wild disorder the citadel of rule.
IIo mocks tho people who propoes
that the governmoiit shall protoct tho
rich, und that they in turn will euro
for tho laboring poor. Any interme
diary between tho people and thoir
government, or tho least relegation of
tho caro and protection tho govern
ment owes to tho humblest citizen in
tho land, makes tho boast of free in
stitutions a glittering delusion and the
pretended boon of American citizen
ship a blameless imposition.
THK TAIUKF HHOUM) JIB JlKfc'JOKO.
A Benbiblo revision of our tarifT laws
should bo made for tho relief of those
of our countrymen who sufier, under
tho present conditions. Such a re
vision should receive tho support of all
who love that justico and equality duo
to American citizenship; of all who
realize that in this justice and equality
our government finds its strength and
its power to protect tho oitizon and his
property; of ull who bollova that the
content, comjwteuce ami comfort of
I the nianv ncoord ln-tter with the si iril
i of cur institutions than colossal for
tunt'i, unfahly gathered, in tho hands
ofafovvjof nil who appreciate that
the forbearance and fraternity among
our people, which lecognize tho value
of every American interest, are the
surest guarantee of our national pro
gress; and of all who desire to see the
product of American skill and ingenu
ity in every market of the world, with
a resulting ittoration of American
The necessity of a reduction of our
revenue is so apparont as to be goner-
ally conceded, but tho means by which
thin end shull bo accomplished, and
the sum of direct benefit which shall
result to our citkyis present a contro
versy of tho utmost importance
Thero should be no scheme accepted
as satisfactory by which the burden.
of the proplo aro only apparently re
moved. Extravagant appropriations
of public monoy, with all their demor
alising consonurncos. should not bo
tolerated, cither as a means of reliev
ing tho treasury, of present surplus, or
as furnishing pretexts for resisting a
proper reduction in tarifl' rates. Tho
existing evils and injustices should bo
honestly recognized, boldly met and
effectively remedied. There should be
no cestution of tho struggle until a
plan is perfected, fair and conservative
toward existing industries, b .t which
will reduce tho cost to consumers of
tho necessaries of life, while it provides
for our manufactures the freer raw
materials and permits .no injury to
the interests of American labor. The
cause for which the battle is waged is
compiisod within linos clearly and dis
lineUv defined. It should nover be
compromise. Tt is the people's cause.
PItlVATK t.VrnitHRTS CONTUOb CONdltKSH.
It cannot bo denied that tho selfish
and private interests winch are so
prominently heard when ellbrts aro
made to deal in a just and comprehen
sive way with our tarill' laws, are rc
luted to, if thoya-o not losponsiblo for,
tho sentiment largely prevailing
"among tllC pcoplo that tho general
government iH tho fountain of indi
vidunl and private aid; Unit it may bo
'expected to relievo with .patctnal cate
the distress of citizens and communi
ties, and that from tho fullness of its
treasury it should, upon tho slightest
possible pretext of promoting tho gen
eral good, apply public funds to tho
benetTt of localities and individuals.
Nor can it be denied thot there is a
growing assuination that as against
tho government and in favor of pri
vate claims and interests, tho usual
rules and limitations of business prin
ciples and just dealings should bo
waived. Thoso ideas have been, un
happily, much encouraged by., legisla
tive acquiescence. Relief from con
tracts made with tho government is
too easily accorded in favor of the
citizen; the failure to support claims
against the government by proof, is
often supplied by no better considera
tion than tho wealth of tho govern
ment and tho poverty of Uio claimant;
gratuities in the form of pensions are
granted upon no other real ground
than the needy condition of tho appli
cant, or for reasons loss valid ; and
largo sums are expended for public
buildings and other improvements
upon representations not claimed to
bo related to publio needs and necessi
ties. Tho oxtont to which tho consid
eration of such matters subordinates
and postpones action upon subjects of
groat public importance, but involving
no special private or partisan interests,
should arrcfet attention and lead to
A mV n.MlftTKATIONH.
Afovvoftha numerous illustrations
of this condition may bo stated. Tho
crowded condition of tho ealander of
the supreme court, and tho delay to sui
tors and the denial to justice resulting
there-from has boon stongly urged up
on the attention of tho congress, with
a plan for the relief of tho situation ap
proved by thoso able to judge of its mer
its, While this subject remains with
out effective consideration, many laws
have been passod providing for tho hol
ding of terms of inferior courts ut plarcs
to suit the convenience of localities, or
to lay tho foundation of an application
for the erection of a now publio build,
ing. Itupuatod recommendations havo
beau submitted for tho amondment
and chango of tho laws relating to our
publie lauds, so that their spoliation
and divvrtloii to 'other umm than for
homos at honast Bottlers might bo pre
vented, While a measure to meet
this conced.-d necessity of reform re
mains awaiting the action of congress
many claims to public lands and ap
plications for their donation in favor
of states and individuals have been al
lowed. Apian m aid of Indian management
is rccominened by those well informed
as containining valuable features in
furtherance of tho solution of the In
dian problem, has thus far failed of
legislative sanction, whilo grants of
doubtful expediency to railroad corpor
ations, perniiting them to pass through
Indian reservations , have greatly mul
tiplied. Tho propriety and necessity of the
erection of one or more prisons for tho
confinement of United States convicts,
and a post office building in the nation
nl capitol are not desputed, but these
needs yet leinain unanswered, while
scores of of public buildings have been
erected where the necessity of public
purposes is not apparent.
Revisions of our pension laws could
be easily made which would rest upon
just principles and provide for every
worthy applicant, but whilo our gener
al pension laws aro annually passed
which are tho sources of unjust discri
minations and popular demoralization.
Appropriation bills for tho support of
tho government are defaced by items
and provisions to meet private ends
and it is freely asserted by responsible
and experienced parties that a bill ap
propriating money for public improve
ment would fail to meet with favor un
less it contained more local and private
advantage than for public benefit.
These statements can bo much em
phasized by ascertainment of tho
proportion of federal legislation
which cither bears upon its faco
its piivato character, or which up
on examination, dovelopes such a mo
tivo power, and yet the peoplo wait and
expect from their chosen representa
tives such patriotic notion us will ad
vance the welfare of tho entire country
and this expectation can only bo an
swered by the- performance of publio
duty with an .unselfish purpose
WHAT THK l'HOI'U: KXl'KCT.
Our mission among tho nations of
tho earth and our success in accom
plishing good, has given tho American
peoplo a desiro to require of those in
trusted with the making and execu
tion of our laws perfect devotion abovo
all things to tho public good. The de
votion will lead us strongly to resist all
inipatiencoof constitutional limitations
of federal power, and to pcrsistantly
check tho increasing tendency to ex
tend tho scope of federal legislation in
to tho domain of state and local juris
diction, upon tho plea of subserving
tho public welfare. Tho preservation
of tho partitions between proper sub
ject of federal and local euro and regu
lation is of such importune under tho
constitution, which is the law of our
very existence, that no consideration
of expediency or sentiinont should
tempt uh to outer upon doubtful ground.
Having undertaken to discovor and
proclaim tho richest blessings of a freo
government, with tho constitution as
our guido, lot us follow the way it points
out, let us hopo it will not mislead us,
and surely no one who has taken upon
himself tho solemn obligations to sup
port and preserve tho constitution can
find justification or solaco for disloyal
ty in tho cxciiBO that he wandered and
disobeyed in search of a better way to
reach tho public welfaro than tho
publio afforded. What has been said
is deemed not inappropriate at a
timo when, from a century's height,
wo view tho way already trod by tho
American people, and attempt to
discover their ftituro path.
Tho sovoiith President of the United
States, the soldier and statesman, and
all tho time tho firm and bravo friend
of tho pcoplo, said in vindidicalion Of
his cMiirse, as tho protector of popular
rights and the champion of truo Amer
ican citizenship: "Tho ambition
which leads me on is an anxious desire
and a fixed determination to restoro to
the people unimpaired tho sacred trust
thoy havo confided to my chargo, to
heal tho wounds of tho constitution
and preserve it from further violation;
to pursuado my countrymen so far as
I may, that it is not in a splendid gov
ernment supported by powerful mono
polies und aristocratic establishments
that thoy will find happiness and liber
ty and protection, but in a plain sys
tem void of pomp, prorecting all and
granting favors to nono, dispensing its
blessings like tho down of heaven, un
seen and unfult, save in tho frethnecs
CVad'mMf 0H (nit pnff