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UNION, OREGON, THURSDAY, JANUARY
The Oregon Scout.
An indcppnilrnt weekly journal, Kucd cv
rry Friday mornliii; liv
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Scout, Union Oregon.
It. E.VKIN, J. A. Kakin.
EAK1N, & RROTHER,
Attorneys at Law,
JSTPrompt Attention Paid to Collect. ons.
JOHN R. CRITKS,
Attorney at Law.
Collecting and probate practice special
ties. Olliee, two doors south of post-olliec,
J N. CROMWELL, M . D . ,
Physician ami Surgeon.
Office, one door south of ,T. 11. Eaton's
store, Union, Oregon.
Q II. DAY, M. D
Physician awd Surgeon.
A LI. CALLS 1'llOMITI.Y ATTKNDKI) TO,
Office adjoining Jones Hro's store. Can
be fciiiiul nights at residence in South
J. W.Sur.i.TO.v. J. M. Caiiroll.
gllELTON & CAUKOI.L.
Attorneys at Law.
Office : Two doors south of post-ofllce, Un
Special attention given nil business en
trusted to us.
Attorney at Law,
Ollicc, one door south of Centennial ho
tel. g F. WILSON,
Conveyancer and Abstracter.
Abstracts to Heal and Mining property
furnished on short notice, at reasonable
Sales of Heal and Mining property nego
tiated. Collection business promptly at
Olliee next door south of Post-ofllce. Un
A. L. SAYLOR, M. D.,
Physician and Surgeon,
North Powder, Oregon.
lias nennancntlv located and will attend
all professional calls day or night.
Olliee: Drug store building; residence,
one door west of Kodgcrs' hotel.
J W. STRANGE,
La Grande, Oregon.
Will visit Union regularly on tho
first Monday of each month.
ALL WORK WARRANTED
Wm. Wilson, Pitoi
The Finest of Wines, Liquors
and Cigars always in stock.
FIRST CLASS RILLIARJ) TABLE.
Drop in and bo sociable
Practical Horse Trainer,
Will ahvnvs be found at Iloothe it Camp
bell's livery "stable.
Take our vicious horses to him and he
will break tli m. Charges reasonable.
lm Line I: Civ:,
Leaves t'nioudlly nt 2 p. m, arrival at ;
U-avos I'-ove at a. m . arrive at Union
at 0:30 a. in.
Connections mudo with Klllotf woaehe
runiiliiK to the dmt. t'rrylng wunirfc
for rust ami muit UkiimI train.
Htui nu.ioiii, iiiiamonaiii.i.i
UQIIIKlWN I .WM I'roprMors
Proposition to Extend it Through
Grande Konde Valley to
Direct Line From Union
A SUMSIOY OF ONLY SslSO.OOO ASKED.
A Most Advantageous Offer to
the People of Union and
Enthusiastic Mass Meeting
at the Court House.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE APPOINTED
livery Precinct in the two Counties Ear
nestly Solicited to Call Meetings and
Take Immediate Action.
MnsH Mectlnic Culled Thr Coinmlttcn'H
Atiilrcxs to the People.
Hunt Addresses the People in Mass Meeting
THE SUESIDY AV1LI. SOOXltEItAlSED.
Over IS 10,000 Hurriedly Sulmcribre a
We stated in onr issue of the 11th,
from what information wo were able to
obtain, a proportion would soon bo
presented, by Mr. G. W. Hunt, the
railroad magnate, to tho people of Un
ion county, with tho object of the ox
tension of the Oregon and Washington
Territory railroad from Ccntcrville,
Umatilla county, to this city, via. Sum
merville. The proposition wan re
ceived on tho lllh inst., and on Sat
urday evening a mass meeting of
our citizens was held at the court
house to take the matter into consider
ation. Much interest was manifested,
and the house was packed with repre
sentative citizens, many ladies being
among the number. Following is tho
secretary's report of tho proceedings :
Meeting called to order by Mr. qA.
K. Jones. On motion Mr. J. B. Thom
son was elected chairman and Mr. J.
M. Carroll secretary. Hon. L. B.
Rinehart was called upon to Bt.ite the
object of the meeting, and said that
ho had recently had several long con
ferences with Mr. Hunt in regard to
the extension of his railroad to this
city; that Mr. Hunt had submitted a
proposition to him to he put before the
people of Union and Wallowa counties,
and that tho meeting was called for
tho purpose of bringing tho matter be
fore tho people, for them to act upon.
The proposition of Mr. Hunt, togcthci
with a letter from him were handed to
tho secretary and read. The following
is a copy of
Wallula Junction, Jan. 8, 1889.
Hon. L. B. Ilinehart, Union, Or.,
Dkak Silt: Agreeable to your re
quest, I herewith enclose you proposi
tion to tho citizens of Union and Wal
lowa Counties, Oregon, which will ox
You will seo by my propsition that
the time is extended for the comple
tion of the road to the first of Septem
ber 1890. Tho reason for this is to
protect myself and givo myself plenty
of timo in thccvcnt of anything occur
ring that would cause me to lose' my
subsidy. Nevertheless if my propsi
tion is accepted and Mihsidy raised and
everything satisfactory so that I can
tret to work in tho carlv nart of Anril
ioxt, I expect to and will in all prob
ability get road completed to Union
in timo toako out next fall's crop, so
you will sec the necesiity of your peo
ple acting promptly in this matter.
Thin might eeem to souio of your
people quite an amount to donate or
givo rwuy, hut yoir will hoc after care
fully examining the situation, and
what you are going to get hy tho com
pletion of this road that you will not
ho giving mo in one tense of the word
anything, hut on tho other hand I will
ho placing your jwojilo in a portion
that tliuy will make twice thUnmutiiit
back this llrit year, ami that they will
only bo giving luu hunk part of wlmt
I am helping llioiii to iimke, and dirt
lier Unit tlivy tlii'ii will liuve it for nil
time to come. Besides will add largely
to the value of their properties, as well
as to bring into your county qmto n
largo amount of additional taxable
propctty which you will readily see.
All of which I hope will bo satisfactory
to you and your people. 1 remain
Pres. and Geu'l Manager, Oregon and
Washington Territory Railroad Co.
Following is a copy of tho
Wallula Junction, Jan. 8, 1S80.
To the citizens of Grande Hondo Val
ley, and of Union and Wallowa conn
ties, all of Oregon :
In regard to your enquiry of extend
ing the Oregon and Washington Ter
ritory railroad from Ccntcrville, Uma
tilla county, Oregon, to Union, Union
county, Oregon, 1 hereby mako you
the following proposition, to-wit:
1 will extend and build tho Oregon
and Washington Territory railroad from
Centreville, Umatilla county, Oregon,
to Union, Union countv, Oregon, for a
subsidy of ($1SO,000.00,) one hundred
and eighty thousand dollars and the
right of way and difyot grounds at
Summervillo and Union, and at all in
termediate points, wherever tho com
pany sees lit to locate depots, and you
citizens to get the right of way from
the summit of the Blue mountains to
Union, including in and out of Union,
all this to ho on the company's line, or
wherever they may locate their rail
road. Bond to be completed on or be
fore the lirstof September, 1890. Sub
sidy payable and to bo paid as follows :
The first half, ninety thousand dollars
($90,000.00) to ho paid On laying tho
track into Union, and tho company
ready to take freight and do bu.-iness;
and the second half, ninety thousand
dollars (.90,000.00) payable twelve
months after thocompletion of tho
track into Union, with good negotiable
notes bearing interest at tho rate of six
percent, per annum, until paid.
In consideration for tho above sub
sidy, will transport, or cause to be
transported to some convenient harbor
at tidewater on Pugct sound, all ship
ments of produce of the country, after
the construction of tho said railroad,
at a rate not to exceed tho prices that
the Oregon Railway & Navigation Co.
charges to Portland. This odor to bo
accepted or rejected by your most wor
thy citizens on or before April 1, 1889.
G. W. HUNT.
Pres. and Gon'l Mnn'gr Oregon and
Washington Tcr. Railroad Co.
On motion a committee of seven was
appointed by the chair, for tho pur
pose of considering the proposition of
Mr. Hunt, and to report their views on
the samo to tho meeting. Tho com
mittee consisted of T. II. Crawford, L.
B. Rinehart, A. 13. Eaton, A. K. Jones,
S. A. Pursel, G. M. Irwin and A. J.
Goodbrod. Tho coinmitteo repaired
to tho clerk's oflico, and after duo con
sideration of tho matter, submitted a
report, which, on motion was unani
mously adopted. This report was pub
lished in our last issue.
The meeting was then addressed hy
T. II. Crawford, I,. B. Rinehart and A.
13. Eaton, who reviewed tho advanta
ges that would inure to tho people of
this section of the State by the build
ing of this raihoad. Tho eloquent and
stirring speeches mado hy these gentle
men were listened to with interest, and
elicited enthusiastic applause.
On motion an executive committee
was appointed by the chair, as follows:
R. Eakin, J. H. Hutchinson, A. E.
Eaton, W. T. Carroll, G. W. Ames,
Jos. Wright and T. II. Crawford.
On motion tho executive committee
was instructod to present each of the
Union and Wallowa county papers
with a copy of the resolutions, for pub
lication. On motion tho meeting adjourned,
AIJWtKHB OK THKJ.'OM.MITTKH.
To tho people of Union and Wallo
Tho. proposition of Mr. G. W. Hunt
to extend hU railroad from Ccntcrville
to Union, Oregon, via Summervillo,
merits your most careful and earnest
It is truo that this subsidy demand
ed, at a first glance, appears large, hut
when you consider the bouelHs to tho
pcoplo tributary to said road upon its
completion, you cannot fail to see that
they are Immoasurubly larger than tho
subsidy demanded. ThU road when
completed will place you in easy freight
communication with tldo water on
PiiKeUouiid, wxl tliugicut irmloiiiurU
of tliu world. On owy (on of frolglit
j that you ship to tide water yon will
save in friight at least two dollars, bo
sides you will save at taist two dollars
per ton in hauling and deliveiing your
freight at the railroad depot. Here is
a clear profit to our people of at least
four dollars per ton on all their pro
duce raised for market in tho section
of country tributary to this road. Tho
amount saved to our people from this
source alone in two years would more
than pay tho subsidy demanded.
Mr. Hunt binds himself, his compa
ny and its assigns to carry your height
t6 tide water on Paget sound for t lie
samo rate and pi ice charged by com
peting lines, on the same class of
freight to Portland, Oregon. How
does this eireet you? Take tho item of
wheat alone. At the town of Center
ville, whore this contract is in opera
tion between Mr. Hunt, and the peo
ple, on his depot platform wheat is
worth four cents per bushel more than
on tho platform of the (). It. A, N. dc-
ppt-nttho same place. In other words
Hunt's railroad has enabled I he fann
ers ofthnatilla county who are tribu
tary thereto to realize for their last
year's wheat crop, foureentsper bush
el more than they would have other
wise realized, hut for said road. An
advance of four cents per bushel upon
all the wheat grown in 18S!) tributary
to this proposed road when completed,
will go a long way toward paying this
Again, tho completion of this road
will open up a market for all of the
surplus hay, oats and barley grown
upon our fertile valleys; it will en
hance tho value of our agricultural
lands at least five dollars per aero; it
will render acocssablo a largo area of
our finest timber; it will encourage
immigration, develop our latent re
sources, sot in motion the wheels of
numerous manufacturing enterprises,
and mako us an industrious, thrifty
and progressive people. It will large1
ly increase our taxable property, light
en tho burdens of taxation, and in a
fow years make Union tho second
county in tho State, in point of wealth,
population and influence.
Tho completion of this road will
prodcuo a lively competition in freight
and passenger Iralic in Eastern Ore
gon, which must necessarily result in
reducing transportation charges to a
basis of just compensation. This will
save to our people in a few years a vast
sum of money.
Mr. Hunt's proposition boars upon
its face tho ovidenco of good faith on
his part. Not one dollar of this subfi
dy is payablo until tho entire road is
completed and ready to take freight,
and then only one-half, and the bal
ance in ono year from tho completion
of tho road, with interest tit six per
cent, per annum ; ho that if tho road
is not built, you will not have any
thing to pav. Hit is built you will
save in freight tho first year more than
enough to pay ouo-half of your share
of tho subsidy.
Wo bolievo this subsidy can and will
bo raised. To that end wo urge every
man who is to bo bcnelited by this
road to aid tho untorprieo to tho ut
most of his ability.
Wo urge tho people to call meetings
to discuss tho proposition, and orga
nize for tho work.
It. EAKIN, Chairman.
O. W. IIL'.VT ADDUKMKH A MASS M,".lJTJNa
In response to to tho call of tho
committee, tho people) gatheied in
mass meeting at the court house in
'this city last Tuesday at 2 o'clock I', m.
to hear what Mr. Hunt had to say,
personally, concerning tho proposition.
Representative citizens from every
portion of tho county wcro present,
and tho court house was literally
jammed full, standing room in tho
aisles and corridor being at a premium.
Tho meeting was called to order by
Hon. It. B. Rinehart. Mr. 13. P. Mc
Dauiel, of tho Cove, was elected chair
man and B. V, Wilson secretary. Mr.
T. II. Crawford then nddrefltd tho
meeting at length, and reviewed tho
situation in all its bearings. Ho was
followed by Mr. A. E. Eaton and W.
T. Wright, whon Mr. Hunt was callud
iiK)u and stated his proposition, tho
samo as is oihboditKl in hid oomiuunl-
cations given above, 11 preswntod to
I tho ponplt in tt cluar and concise
manner tho advantages tha0 would
i mioruo to tlinin, as well as himtolf, by
raming tho subsidy of .f fl),0M uekwl,
and ox pi ui nod his proportion in nil Its
' pilau, and niuvvurdtl wititfautorlly u
number of quottluiiK propoiimM ui
1 Mill iiullceriiinir it IJuMatwl that hu
was in hopes tho jcoplo would see tho
gtvat advantages of such a road, and
raise the subsidy. If they did, they
might rest assured that his part of the
agreement would be strictly carried
out, and the road completed in tho time
specified any way, and in all proba
bility tho oars would be running hy
Mr. Payne, of Walla Walla, a mem
ber of the boaid of trade of that city,
was then called on and explained tho
workings of Mr. Hunt's road in that
country, and tho great benefit it had
been to the people there. Ho said
that tluy were greatly elated over Mr.
Hunt's road, and had received, the
first year, benefit-' greatly overb.illan
eiug all they had given liim in the
way of a subidy. He thought this
was a golden opportunity for tho peo
ple of Union count , and ono which
they should lose no timo in taking
Mr. Taylor (lioon then spoke at con
siderable length, reviewing tho prog
ress of the country from the time when
it was a great sea of waving grass, and
tho homo of innumerable herds, and
when tho only met hods of transporting
freight was by the crawling ox team,
to tho present. He expatiated on tho
great necessity that now existed for a
competing line of railroad, and ox
pressed his willingness to contribute
generously to tho subsidy.
The moating was then addressed by
Hon. 1. 1. Rinehart, S. L. Mclvinsey
of Siimmerville, Hon. Dunham Wright
of Medical Springs, and others.
On motion Mr. Hunt, W. 'P. Wright
and T. 11. Crawford wero appointed to
draft a t'unporaiy contract.
Motion made and carried that tho
precincts of Cove. Island City, Sum
mervillo and 131gin each appoint an
executive committee to confer and
work in conjunction with the execu
tive committee of Union precinct.
On motion tho meeting adjourned.
The greatest enthusiasm prevailed
throughout tho entire mooting, and it
has been increasing over since. A
hurried circulation of tho subscription
paper was niau'e yesterday, morning
before Mr. Hunt and party left for
Summervillo, and some !'10,000 was
subscribed, mostly by small property
owners. A number of our largest
property owners were absent and could
not bo seen, but all will subsciibo lib
erally. Union ptoposes to do her part,
and if tho oilier portions of tho county
will do as well, the subsidy will bo
raised in a very short time. It is a
matter of iutoicat to every man in tho
county, and every man should aid to
tho best of his ability.
Tnu La Grande Gazelle cxultingly
Tho O. R. it N. road holds the key
to Grande Rondo valley and could
and no doubt would have cars running
to extremes of Wallowa before a
permanent survey of a competing lino
could bo mado, if there was any neces
sity for it.
No ono will dispute tho statement
over which the Gazelle seems to
chuckle witli so much self satisfaction.
Tho people havo boon fully awaro of
the fact for a number of years past,
but-thank God tho day of doliveranco
is near at hand. When tho 0. II. &
N. Co. alighted tho best interests of
this valloyby building their road along
the mountain side to please La
Grande, they wero "monkeying with
tho combination" and tho "key" tho
Gazette speaks of will bo rendered use
less. That "key" remark is suggeativo
of conlinemeut, tyranny and tribute,
and comes very appropriately from tho
Gazelle. Mr. G. W. Hunt will, how
ever, opun another door at Hummer
ville a wide, free door for everybody
Io,uho, and it will then mako no differ
ence about tho La Grande door or who
holds tho "key." As for tho road to
Wallowa wo hopo it wi'.l bo built nt
once. It will hurt nothing but La
Grande. When it is built and La
Grande ij transfonned from a shipping
point for u largo area of country into
a switching ttatiou it will begin to
wish it had never heard of a "key."
Tim mad would greatly benefit Hum
mervillo by making a junction at that
place, TJie star of Summorvillo is in
tho aneundancy, and while wo expect
soma day to havo u brush with our
friondg thuro on tho county seat ques
tion, wo aro glad to note tho bright
noss of its future prospects.
Wo want ovi ry purmni Indebted lo iu to
eull ami ftoltio by lliu ArQt lliti year. Wo
will tube ouU. wheat or Urley-or tlut
uult, o ooriiu to tliu front without iMuy.
Wo uiwu uliicti mid uitat bivVi NvVirt U
Somen lint In Mm Manner tif lie rlu
Nmotrtlie Ifnnit that Knto Mini llrend.
Union, Jan. 20, 1889.
Editon Orkho Scorr:
Ate dreams in order? if so I will re
late one I had tho other night. I
dreamed that 1 lived in a little town of
eight or nine hundred inhabitants,
situated very near the geographical
center of tho county, and it was tho
county seat; having good, comfortable
buildings, and the county very nearly
out of debt. The inhabitants thereof
being about evenly distiibutcd round
about, so tho said county seat was also
situated as near the center of popula
tion as could be. And everything was
Now I dreamed that there was a
citizen of this county who was a phil
anthropist, who had a line intellect
and unbounded business qualifica
tions, the only man, perhaps, who was
really capable of doing business for tho
county. 1 dreamed that this philan
thropist offered to sacrifice and de
scend from, and abandon the higher
plain of society which justly and legit
imately belonged to a man of his lino
intellect and classic education, and
take his1 place in the lower walks of
life among the meek and lowly. And
I also dreamed that he did so love tho
dear people that ho, with aforethought
and mature deliberation, did agree to
sacrifice and utterly squander all of
those brilliant opportunities and spend
the balance of his natural life in their
service, for and in consideration of tho
mere pittance of a county olliee, for
instanco the olliee of county clerk or
sheriir, he didn't care which, but
would prefer tho former; any way so
the dear people would receive tho
greatest possible benefit from his valu
able services. This valuable oiler was
mado from timo to time, that is to say
every two years for a long time, but
through stupidity or lack of apprecia
tion tho dear pcoplo didn't seem to
reciprocate, or in plain English they
evidently didn't want him. Now tho
very efficient and benevolent county
otlicials, through sympathy for his
feeble and delicate condition not be
ing able physically to perform manual
labor, his emaciated form scarcely
tipping tho beam at 225 pounds did
from tilne to time give him odd jobbs
about their offices whereby ho might
honestly earn bin bread and butter.
And I dreamed that this long-winded
philanthropist, after long suffering
and repeated failures togthrust his val
uable services upon the pcoplo of this
county, and when human nature
could no longer stand tho pressure,
his wrath and indignation knew no
bounds, notwithstanding tho many fa
vors and tho aforesaid broad and but
ter, but did then and there determine
and resolve, with tho aid of a neigh
boring hamlet on tho hillside, to utter
ly destroy, tear down, knock out, bust
up, raze to the ground and blot out from
the face of tho enrth tho aforesaid
county seat, and carry tho mangled
and bleeding remains to the hamlet on
tho hillside. With this intent upper
nfost in his mind, with blood in his
eye, and the prospect of a speedy re
venge, ho did, notwithstanding his
attenuated and debilitated condition,
face tho rigor of midwinter and hie
himself to Eagle and Pino valleys,
armed with written documents and
engines of death wherewith to procure
aid and authority to consumato tho
aforesaid demolition. I further
dreamed that this belligerent citizen,
with slender constitution and fine bus
iness qualifications, on Icing informed
by some kind friend that his gooso was
cooked and his scheme a failure, ht
having no more raw goose on hand
very wisely arrived at tho conclusion
that ho might as well step down from
tlio candidate's block whore ho has
boon standing for tho last six or eight
years and retire from tho political
At this juncture I awoko to find tho
sun high in tho heavens, tho teakettle
singing merrily on tho stove, and my
dream a reality. If the above coat fits
anyone hereabouts let him put it on.
W. F. Davis.
IIcicm It Pay?
riircc-fourths of our people are troubled
with Dyspepsia or hirer Complaint in samo
form or other, which by nature ot the dis
ease 1i:ih u depri'sxiiiglnfiiienco on the mind
or body, preventing them from thinking or
acting clearly in any matter of Importance.
Indigestion, coming up of food after eating,
dyspepsia, sick headache, acidity of tho
Ktomuch or any derangement of the stom
ach or liver (upon which tliu whole action
of our syscm depend) arc speedily and af
fectuiilly overcome by tho uso of Green's
August Flower. Tho most stubborn cases
have yielded to its tnlhicnce, as thousands
of letters received will testify. Tho lm
liienso sale of tliU medicine N another utiar
antce of Its merrlts, (over a nilllon and a
half bottles sold lust year.) So wo ask. will
you suller from any of tho above dii
canes when you can havo Immediate relief
In tho August Flower. Three doses will
prove Its worth. It is nold by all drugglsti
and generul dealers In nil parts of tho world.
Buy of Frank Bro'a Inipllmont Co.,
of Inland city who arry tho finest
stock of standard ImplimenU found in
Eastern Oregon. Tlwlr rm wl
prlccn will tftiii ttnyoiM. Thy nlwy
hiiva on baud wctru ! rnplr for
good thvw)l wbMi U u ufcttW l