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UNION, OREGON, THURSDAY, MAY , 1883.
The Oregon scout.
An Independent weekly Journal, Issued ev
ery Thursday mornlne hy
JONES & C1IANCEY,
l'ubllibers and Proprietors.
A. K. Jones, t
( II. Chascky,
' Three niontos
Invnrlnlilv Cns.li In Advance.
bv thance tubici iptiuns are not paid till
ttnd of year, tiro dollars will be charged.
' Rates of advertisln; made known on ap
plication. tSrCorrespondencc from all parts of the
Adrcs all communications to the Oiieoon
Scout, Union Oregon.
B. Eakin, J.A.Eakin,
J EAKIN, & BROTHER,
Attorneys at Law,
Prompt Attention Paid to Collect.ons.
Attorney at Law.
Collecting and probate practice special
ties. Office, two doors south or post-othee,
N. CROMWELL, M. D. ,
Physician and Surgeon.
Office, one door outli of J. Ii. Eaton's
itore, Union, Oregon.
p II. DAY, M. D.,
Physician ami Surgeon.
ALL CAMS lT.OHl'TLT ATTENDED TO.
Office adjoining Jones Uro's store. Can
be found nights at residence in South
J. W. SllELTON. J. M. Cahkom..
O HELTON & CAKKOLL.
Attorneys at Law.
Offlec : Two doors south of post-ofllec, Un
Special attention given all business en
trusted to us.
Attorney at Law,
Oflicc, one door south of Centennial ho
Conveyancer and Abstracter.
Abstracts to Ileal and Mining property
furnished on short notice, at reasonable
Sales of Ileal and Mining property nego
tiated. Collection business promptly at
Office next door south of Post-olllce. Un
A. L. SAYLOR, M. D.,
Physician and Surgeon,
North Powder, Oregon.
Has permanently located and will attend
all professional calls day or night.
Office: Drug store building; residence,
one door west of Hodgers' hotel.
J W. KIMHUELL,
And Deputy U. S. Mineral Surveyor,
North Powder, Oregon.
Attorney at Law,
Land Business Promptly Atten
ded to Before the U. S. Offices.
ISTMlnlng claims bought nnd Hold on
commission. Mines examined and repor
J W. STRANGE,
La Grande, Oregon.
Will visit Union regularly on the
first Monday of each month.
ALL WORK WARRANTED
wv w w a
Wm. Wilson, Phop.
The Finest of Wines, Liquors
and Cigars always in stock.
FIRST CLASS BILLIARD TABLE.
Drop In and bo sociable
llouutlful Crnp Aurcit Xew Saw
JIlll.-O. X. ft. N'utot.
ray Gth, 1889.
Mr. Harry Hughes, of Boise City, is
Another concert is contemplated,
soon, for church benefit.
Work is progressing finely on the
new stone building, Fiist story about
Most everybody here has been fish
ing for salmon, latelv, which are plen
tiful. Mr. Clarence Wilson is finishing up
Mr. 0. D. Thomlinson's store building
Mr. Geo. Venablc, station ngent,
will leave the present week for an ex
tended visit to the Willamette valley.
A bountiful crop is assured to farm
ers this season by the recent general
The low, vile nature of the dirty dog
who left his hand writing, in disguise,
on the wall during his onemv.a ab
sence, only confirms the coarse ba
tard's true standing in society. Secre
sy, alone saves his dirty carcass
Mr. Roseberry, formerly of the mills
lias taken up a claim m Long valley
Idaho, and will shortly send for hi
tanmy to loin nun. immigration is
rapidly pouring into that vallev am
all available land is now mostly
Mr. II. II. Spencer arrived on Mon
day from Montana, bringing with him
a portable saw mill of 15,000 feet ea
pacity per nay which will be set up
and utilized in sawing into lumbe
some 2,000,000 feet of logs lying in the
river just above town, belonging to the
The Oakes Comedy Company,
traveling troupe, are billed here for
Saturday evening next. We have
surplus of entertainments at present
which varies the monotony and is all
well enough provided one's exchequer
is adequate to meet all demands,
o. n. n. NOTES.
"H" company, of La Grande, had
the honor of bearing the regimental
colors during the parade. They
turned out 'in greater force than any
other company east of the Blue Moun
tains, and is composed of a fine body
of men, generally.
"ii," "iv" anu "i companies re
turned to The Dalles by boat, having
a line trip. On their arrival they
were tendered a banquet by Col. C. E
Morgan at the Umatilla house in the
evening. A general good time res lt-
Wo were pleaded to note tho frater
mil feeling existing among tho men of
the regiment on becoming acquainted
When it is taken into consideration
that many men of tho regiment were
raw recruits, never having been in line
before, they certainly acquitted them
At a meeting of "K" company held
on Saturday, tlie following nen-corn-
missioned officers wore elected: 1st,
Sergt., Joe Sanders ; 1st. Duty Sergt.,
Wm. Sanders; 2nd Duty Sergt., V
Plummer; 3d. Duty Sergt., C. An
thony; -1th. Duty Sergt., P. J. King;
1st. Corp., .1. Harrison; 2nd. Corp.,
T. F. Gray ; 3d. Corp., Wm. Reynard ;
4h. Corp., M. Anthony; Q. M. Sergt.,
"K" company have secured the ser
vices of Lieut. 0,Brien, of "F" compa
ny, Baker City, who will hereafter
make regular trips hero on each Sun
day and put the boys through the
school of the soldier. The Lieut, is
highly spoken of as an efiicent drill
master. Col. Chas. E. Morgan, commanding
the 3d regiment, mado nvery favorable
impression upon tho boys (but very
few having met him before) and all
speak of him as tho handsome nnd
gallant Colonel being "the right man
in the right place."
"" company, of Baker City, are
drilling two nights in the week, under
Lieut. O'Brien, nnd nre making rapid
advancement in tactics. Uniforms
have been ordered for both officers and
men, which aro daily expected. They
have a fine armory fitted up in style.
Lieut. Col. Robley and Major Ivan
hoe of the regiment attended at tho
celebration. The latter gentleman
was unfortunately disabled by the kick
of a horse during tho parade, 60 also
Dr. Hugh Logan, surgeon, in a similar
manner. Neither gentlemen, however,
were seriously injured.
A Woman' Dlicortrjr,
"Another wonderful discovery has been
made and that too by a lady in this county
DiM'Ukc faMteued it clutches upon her and
for i-evoti years hu withstood Im severest
testti, but her vital organs were undermined
and death seemed imminent. For three
months she coughed Ineesmntly and conld
not sleep, She bought of um a bottle of Dr.
King's New Discovery for Consumption
and wai so much relieved on taking first
dose that xhe lcjt all night and with one
bottle has leen miraculously cured. Hit
nanie i Mrs Luthur Lut-" Thus write
W. P. HanHckt Co.. of Shelby, N. C
Get a free trial bottle at Brown's drug
More, I'liion, Oregon.
Ore that is White and Yellow
With Gold and Silver.
THE VISIT OF MINING EXPERTS.
Result of Recent Work Probable Mining
Sales Intercstiuji Notes.
April 20th, 1SS0.
Editor Okkgon Scout:
Since my last missile was fired at
The Scout on long range, my piece
has been loaded with a milder charac
ter of projectiles nnd lest some one
should drop in more of the grape and
cannistcr, I will touch tho trigger and
here she goes.
We have had a visit from n mining
expert, armed with pen and ink and
authorized to report. Mr. Lacouricr,
ef Spokane Falls, paid our district a
visit last week. Mr. L. is an old miner,
and has probably tested and exported
as many ore dumps as any other man
in the State. He is, withal, like most
mining experts, inclined to be rath
er reticent in conversing with the in
naoitants ot a new district, jus im
pressions, however, about Cornucopia
were so strong and so favorable that a
slight word would now and then escape.
While here he paid the "Slate," "Sim
mons" group and "Red Jacket" a visit.
He brought from the "Slate" some
specimens picked up at random, which
he remarked were good enough for
him. He did not see all of the "Sim
mons" group and from his history of
the trip on the mountains, I would
infer that it was an examination of the
"Simmons," with the "Simmons" left
out. Tho "Red Jacket" was in a con
dition to rcceivo company. He re
ports having found the "Jacket" with
three veins aggregating eighteen feet
in width, and all these veins rapidly
converging. Tho lower tunnel is rap
idly nearing the main ledge and will
hit it by the first of next week. In
fact it is now reported on tho the
street that the tunnel is already in tho
ledge. I know that a streak or depos
it of ore j has been struck, of almost
fabulous riehnesB. I know some par
ties brought down, last Wednesday,
from the mill, some specimens literally
white and yellow with the two precious
metals. It assayed $15,000 per ton.
Mr. Lacoii6icr pronounces the "Jacket"
to be an immcneo property, and it is
expected that a handsome dividend
will result from the present run.
The mill is running steadily nnd
very satisfactorily. Last week several
sacks of ore from the "Champion"
were sent by way of Union to the An
aconda works in Idaho, and n salo is
predicted. The "Comet" and "Gorge"
nave nuycrs in nana, on witicn mines
Uncle Bill Usher, with a force of men,
started work last Saturday. The
"Stein" group is rapidly improving in
appearance under tho renewed work of
that company. Tho grading for the
"Last Chance" mill will bo commenced
during the present week, and will be
steadily prosecuted to completion.
Thcro will bo an influx Portland capi
talists before tho month numbers its
As I am writing this letter, Mr. Sul
livan just comes into tho office and
ays bofore me a specimen of galena
from tho "Jctt" mine on East Eagle,
about nine miles in a southwesterly
direction from Cornucopia. This is
the old Eaglo mining district. There
was a proposition at one time to
change the name of the district to Al-
dersly, but I bulievo it still goes by tho
name of East Eagle. Here are several
mines all with more or less develop
ment. Tho "Jctt" is, on an avcrago,
four feet wide, and on tho hanging
wall is a streak of galena carrying gold
which, by mill test, showed ?17..r0 in
gold and $2.80 in silver. Assays from
this mine run from $8-1 to if 110 in gold
and silver. The walls aro limestone
and can bo traced four or five miles.
This mine is the property of Dr.
Woodi, of Cornucopia, A. T. Neill, of
Union, and John Sullivun, of East
Eagle. South of this mino aro the
"Gold Mint," "Sheep Rock" and
"Marshall." These mines assay high,
and the "Gold Mint" is claimed to go
up into the thousands. On the east
side of the East Eagle are the "Ore-,
gon," "Ross" and "C. W. Woods,"
"Thursday" and "St. John." Mr. Mc-
Goe has a claim culled the "Bradlev."
The "Sheep Rock" belongs to McGce
it AUWsly the "Gold Mint" to Judd
Cook, John Younger nnd Jack Davis.
Other parties have locations near by.
The location of these mines shows con
clusively that the belt from Cornucopia
to Sanger is continuous. There are
also quarries of marble on Eagle,
above the mines, sonic of which was
sent to Vermont and reported of lcmg
susceptible of the highest polish.
PKOltAltl.K J11NINO SALES.
Several largo sales are now on tho
tapis which will bring into camp new
mon and new enterprises, and our old
residents are looking about to improve
in outward appearance. Tho Main
street has missed largo slumps the
remains of several monarch of the
forest, the interior of several houses
is undergoing required changes. Our
boys arc also alive to the triii-m that
"all work and no play makos Jack a
dull boy." Banner Lake will echo
with tho merry laugh of tho devotees
of the rod and gun. Clint. Dully and
Col. Gilmoro aro the leading promoters
and builders of the new Banner Lake
fleet, to bo heralded by tho launching
of the "Nipsie," a vessel of a few small
guns, or glass lubes, and many fish
hooks. She goes into commission un
der tho colors of Commodore Gilmore.
Banner Lake was so nnmod from
tho stars and stripes which were
thrown to the breeze on its shores on
the -1 tli of July two years ago. There,
in the midst of untamed nature, tho
songs of birds, and tho trackless wil
derness, was repeated that immortal
announcement that all men wero cre
ated equal. But enough of this until
tho next '1th of July. Wo are hunting
gold mines now, and are looking on
every stage from Union for tho en
trance of several Portland capitalists,
who have telegraphed their intention
to start as soon as tho snow is well ofl"
On looking over the columns of n
Webfoot paper J find au important
and very significant coinbinationuf j
one of Baudin's growls and n Clatsop
plea of guilty. Under tho heading of
"Mineral Wealth" tho Orrgonian refers
to the hen scratching ou tho surface,
calling it mining development, and
says that recent developments on
Powder river and vicinity point to tho
future of quartz mining there as very
promising. Tho work, says tho Orego.
nittM, done on Grant county mines in
tho Granite district "has failed to re
spond" and as an inevitable sequence
of that failure work has been aban
doned, hope is loft behind the shafts
aro filled up tunnels grown into
seepago ducts, and dump pilos look
like ant-hills or gopher holes. Tho
burden of the argument in tho article
to which my attention has boon drawn
seems to have been, that thore has
been no necessity for nioro energetic
prosecution of mining enterprises -that
no one is specially interested in
the development of Oregon's resources,
while tho Sound country is so necessa
ry to tho fortunes of great corporations
that they all grasp and struggle for the
uscciidancy, tho one over tho other.
These corporations have appetites
which can not bo easily satisfied : I
hence to satisfy them, now fields must
bo opened, now venturos had and tried,
and in tho mean time the depths of
the earth, the hard and resisting rook,
must bo importuned to give up its
treasures. Tho sum and substance of
all this is, that the old settlors iu the
old agricultural districts of Oregon
found the needs of life so lavishly
spread out beforo them tho bounte
ous and never failing crops- tho
healthy and balmy atmosphere a
broad and constantly increasing mar
ket for all their produce that there
was no inducement to labor and toil
as miners toil some to wait for tho
"clean up" on tho placer, or thoretuuis
from a favorable crushing.
Yet here and now wo havo it all.
Tho "Now Oregon," like the "New
South," must be met kindly and liber
ally. Whilo we point with prido to
our mines and agricultural interests,
wo had better distribute with almost a
profligate hand our kind and liberal
accommodations. California does that
and iu the mean limit "gathers Ilium 1
in" as the spider does the fly. There !
is no need of our retorting to unfair !
means. Wo have a mild and equable j
climate, n fertile soil, a healthy atmos-1
phcrc, and all that is requisite for us 1
is to let our claims and iiidiioeni' uts ,
be known. lUt'ois
Vivid Description of a Magnifi
PROOUCTION3 AND PR08PECT8.
Its Greatest Drawback the Lack of Rail
Tho following interesting description
of Indian Valley, in tho northern por
tion of Union county, we take from tho
letter of Mr. K. R. Burko, correspon
dent of tin EjsI O.-t'iion'mn :
At the low er or north end of the
famed Gram's. Rwnde valley low, rocky
hills approach tho river of that name,
which mear.di v. through a narrow
gorge for a distance of two miles, when it
enters a beautiful little valley of about
five miles in length by two miles wide,
backed ou the west and north by hills
of easy ascent, which ate well clad
with pine fir and tamarack timber.
Along tho eastern edge of this valley
flows tho Grande- Rondo river, into
which empty Indian oieok and Clark's
creek from tho southeast, Philip's creek
from tho west, and Gordon from tho
northwest, each of which carry a con
siderable volume of water ; while the
latter named passes through thousands
of acres of !ho finest quality of saw
timber, of wry easy accoss, and in
which there are now located a saw
mill mid a shingle mill at tho valley's
Another well app.iutod shinglo mill
has just been constructed on Philip's
creek, noar tlio town of Elgin. Tho
valley proper is all fenced, nnd nearly
the whole area is in cultivation, pro
ducing oqu.d to any portion of the
TtUM is IXWAN VAtr.UY.
Adjoining it to the eastward and
south eastward are rolling prairie up
lands, skirted with lino timbor, and
watered by numerous brooks and
springs as m 11 as by Chirks creek and
Indian crook, beforo mentioned. These
lands occupy un area of seventy equarc
miles, nearly nil of which is tillablo
and highly productive. Melons, fruits,
tomatoes, etc., are grown thereon with
out special caie, and tho wheat products
equals that of any other portion of
Eastern Oregon per aero.
Another flaw mill is situated in tho
fine body of timber, near tho head of
Indian creek, at tho southcu end of
this plateau, which is sectionizod
local parlances and known as Cricket
Hat, Elk flat, Clarks crook, Indian
oroek and Pine grove.
The major portion of these lands
has been settled upon, though I tun
advised that many desirable locations
' aro still vacant.
The nearest shipping point is La
Grande, SO miles from the center of
this tine farming section ; and this fact
has been greatly retarded its growth
But it seems patent to a casual
observer that this state of things can
not long continue, for with shipping
facilities this locality is capablo of
producing a million bushels of wheat
annually for export, besides thousands
of head of live stouk; and further a
railroad tapping tho inexhaustible hods
of fine lime and inurblu iu the gteal
Wallowa country, and tho numerous
vcina of Ijuho and rufracloiy oro which
how up woll and assay high, but
which can never lw developed without
shipping facilities, must of nocossity
pass through this valley and tap tho
immense body of fine timbor that lines
the only feasible routo between it and
Wallowa to-wit: along tho Grande
Rondo river, above tho confluence of
the two stream.
Jt is not at all improbable that tho
O. & W. T. road will be built from tho
Wulla Walla valley via this routo to
Union, nnd the engineers reports are
tending toward that assumption.
Capital is sadly needed to develop
UiU section and establish enterprises,
tho want of inducements for which aro
Wat' i pu-v i. are plentiful, the oli-
oiwtii;. it ltd health-giving, the
. il l an I an intelligent ohws of
. e . .
WLon road, over
which tliouc ueU of tons of merchandise
are aitiiu illy hauled and daily stages
run Mini, r and summer, trnvmes the
country described and a good rond it
A flouring mill is among the most
needed of enterprises here at present,
the btondstufTs consumed by two
hundred families now having to be
hauled from eight to twenty-miles to
The present population is about
1500 there being about 300 voters.
Good schools are maintained and
law and order prevail.
Till: TOWN OK KI.OIN.
is situated on the Grande Rondo liver,
at tne eonflueuco of Philip's creek on
the one side and Clark creek on tho
other, about midway of the valley
proper, and on the main road from
Grande Rondo valley to Wallowa, the
location being such, topographically,
that a railroad through tho country
must necessarily pass by it. It is
located in Miction In, in township I
north of ning 30 oast of tho Willam
ette meridian, and was plattod in 1SS0
by R. E. Stevenson, town proprietor.
Two fine water powers exist within
The town consists at present of ono
general store, one hardware store, one
drug sore, ono millinery shop, one
hnrncss shop, two butcher shops, two
blacksmith t-hops, ono barber shop,
ono saloon, two hotels, ono livery
stable, one agricultural implement
house, one public hall and twenty
throo dwelling houses.
Representing tho professions aro
four physicians, four clergymon and a
The school census shows ninety
scholars in tho district.
Although little or no cilbrt has over
been made toward horalding to the
world tho beauties and inducements
this town and vicinity ofier to homo
seekers and business men, a glance of
tho locality and its productiveness can
hut convince the skeptic of tho safety
in making investments here.
A Willi: AVATUIt-WITCH.
tlio night I'laet) tn ii Wll Ik
KiiiiuiI on llurelcii Klnt.
The Milton Eagle tolls tho following
about the way water is found by Messrs
Watson nnd Dean, who havo been ex
perimenting on Eureka Flat:
"Watson seated hiniFclf in a buggy
with a steel wiro rod grasped in his
hands. On each end of thiB rod woro
two copper wiro handles, ono for each
hand, and tho rod itself was composed
of various kinds of wiro twisted around
tho main piece. Tho shape of the rod
was something liko the letter "U," tho
tho two ends forming tho handles and
tho bow turned upward. Speeding
along in his buggy, Mr. Watson hold
firmly to tho handles of his rod un
til tho first four miles woro passed
over, when suddenly tho rod began to
turn, not iu a strait direction but diag
onally with tho road iu a twisted man
ner, Tho team was directed in obo
(liouco to Mr. Watson's directions anil
very soon tho rod bent straight down
and he signified his willingness to
guarantoo water at no great depth bo
noath the spot on wh'o'i they stood.
Many farms woro visited, on somo of
which tho rod refused to turn and on
others it would quickly bend over.
Mr. Watson claims that it will not turn
over stagnant or seepago wator. but
only whoro live underground currents
exist. He states that a number of his
wolls along tho Northern Pacific woro
discovered whilo riding on a passenger
train at 30 to 40 miles per hour.
Mr. Watson has obtained iflO.OOO
worth of contracts from prominont
farmers on tho fiat, among them being
Mitsfcrs. Upton, Laman, Woodworth,
Morehoad, Henry, Tompion, Welch,
Bradbury, Painter and others. To
many of them he has guarntccd 500 to
1000 gtillous per day or no pay for his
work or expenses. Ho sent for his
machinery plant and work will com
mence in a few weoks, and tho effici
ency of his divining rod will soon bo
known, although it has proved au un
failing servant at many points along
tho Northern route."
A Hound I,i.'ul Opinion.
K. Iluinbrldgo Munduy Ksq County Atty
Clay Co., Tex., ays : "Havo used Klectrlo
Hit tors with niont happy results. My broth
er alio was very low with Malarial Tovcr
and Jaundice, but was cured by timely imo
of this niediuluc. Am natlslled Kicctriu
Bitters suvod his life."
Mr. I). I. Wlluoxson, Horxo Cave, Ky.,
ild a like testimony, saying: llo positive
ly helluvos ho would have tiled, hud it not
been for Kleotrlo ISIttcr.
Have you exa mined the fine assort
ment of Watches, CI
ocks and Jewelry, ju st received by A. N.
Gardner & Co?