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Amos K Joxns. ... Kmtiiii
THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 1S01.
With this issue of Tun Scout my
relation with the paper censes. I havo
sold nil my right, title and interest in
the paper, with tho exception of the
hook accounts to date, to Mr. Ohan
cey, who lias bneii my partner in the
business since it wa started, nrarly
tcv.in years ago. This lias not been
do. 10 without much reluctance on my
part, as J have learned to lovo the
work and have formed many attach
mcnts for persons and things connec
ted with it, and regret to part -villi
them. But, I find it necessary to do
so on account of ill health, and will,
ill il IUIV WUCK8, UIKB III uujmiuuu JUI
C alifornia, accompanied by my wife,
in the hopes that change of climate
and the balmy breezes of that sunny
land will restore health, which is more
to bo depired than anything cite.
Every buildor has a pride in the
structure he lias reared, all tho more
intensified if it receives the admira
tion and plaudits of his fellow men ; to
1 may be permitted to feel a pardona
ble pride ju the record made by Tin:
Scour: the success it lias secured, mid
tho esteem in which it is held. That
i, has the eonlidenco and good will of
the people at large is evidenced by its
immense and ever increasing list of
patrons and subscribers, which far ex
ceeds that of any of its competitors.
Wo have been able to make the state
ment on several occasions in tho past,
years that there never had been a
week, hineo the first issue of Tin:
Scout was published, that its list of
patrons was not larger than it was the
week before. I am still able, on this
the last week of my connection with
it, to say tho sanio tiling, and must
express my pleasure at tho popular fa
vor which this fact implies. That it
will continue to grow and prosper un
der tboj! guidance of Mr. Chaneoy, 1
do nob doubt. To him is due much
of its success in the past. During my
relationship in business with him for
tho past seven years I have found him
to be strictly honorable, conscientious,
unassuming, industrious, considerate
and obliging. Theso are qualities
that must win success in any business,
and deserves it when won. Being an
expert in every department of nowspa
por work, Turc Scori, under his exclu
sive management, will not retrogadu
from tho high position it has attained.
Mr. Chancey is a young man who has
lived and worked in, and for, this city
from his childhood up, and desorves
tho support of its citizons. Wo trust
it will bo given him, particularly by
tho business men.
To our exchangos and the editors of
tho Stato 1 send greoting, and will say,
farewell. I havo been in tho business
long enough to sympathize with all
of you in your never-ending fight for
progress and your struggles with de
linquent subscribers join with you in
your "opinion" of the alleged business
man who might to help hiipsolf and
tho paper by advertising, but who can
,not bo niado to see it in that light
'squirm with you when wo learn that
some big bruiser is hanging around
your premises bent on "taking satis
faction outon your hide" for some
thing that appeared in tho paper be
glad when you were merry, and sad
dened when your work failed to bring
its just reward, and, weary of the
thankless strifo, you got knocked out
yourself, and tho plant and delinquent
Bubseriptions wore sold by tho shoriil'
to satisfy some heartless creditor.
Yes, I have u deep fraternal feeling for
all or you, made stronger and kinder
by your daily and weekly visits. No
matter how busy 1 havo been 1 have
always found time to open tho wrap
pers on the papers and say, "1 low do
you do?" as each familiar heading ap
pealed, and always with a feeling of
satisfaction if it had upon it a look of
prosperity. 1 shall miss you all, and
if my good wishes can anything avail
you will all ride over tho breakers tliat
onconipaBS you on every side, safely
into the harbor of Success.
To our correspondents, among whom
are some of the brightest intellects of
tho Stato, I dosiro to roturn my sincere
thanks. To you must ho credited
much of tho interwt in Tim Scout
that has beau shown by its patrons.
I hope that not one will relax in his,
or her, support of tho paper, but con
tinue your favors as heretofore. While
I phnU not have tho pleasure of open
ing your coinmunioittiouM and perusing
their bright (.enteuces in mamuoript,
I will road them when printed, and
.thoy will bo nil the morointorosting by
reason of old Riwoulutionn.
r Change is tho iuumituble law of Na
ture and in this brief life of ours no
living thing remains tho same. Each
change brings us one stop nearer to
tfiat viewless goal which all must soon
or later reach, and this thought brings
with it sadness. "Good-by" is tho
most pathetic word in any language
and is often uttered "a word that has
been, and must be; a word that makes
us lingor" yet, it must be said. Good
by. AMOS K. JONES.
&T3JtmV?J -1-9' U'J
THIS VllVJiH AM) TIIK COUKTS.
The Han Francisco Examiner says :
"Ex-Judge Mnguiro is asking the
Legislature to pass a bill protecting
the liberty of the pres against judicial
caprice. The measure which has been
introduced in the Assembly by Mr.
Wcntworth amends the Code of Civil
Procedure by forbidding judges to
treat any speech or publication as
contempt of court unless made in the
immediate prosenco of the court while
in session, and in such r. manner as
actually to interfere with its proceed
ings. Jt is also proposed to put a
bimiliur provision in the State consti
tution. This is a reform to which there
should be no opposition. Tho latitude
ais'umed by courts in the punishment
of oll'ences against there own dignity is
an anomoly to which there is no par
allel under our system of government.
Tho president of tho United Statco
may bo lampooned, pilloried and ac
cused of stealing Indian rations and
appointments in tho civil service all
without any more summary means of
retaliation than bclonga to the hum
blest inhabitant of a tenement house.
Ilis only course is to suo his traduccr
or procure an indictment for criminal
libel, to be duly tried by a jury. But
any smootheboro lawyer who may
havo drifted to the bench through ina
bility to make a living at tho bar has
the power, according to tho decision of
the supreme court, to punish any crit
icism of himselfathisown discretion
acting at once in the capacity of vic
tim, prosecutor, judgo and jury.
It is needless to say that this is a
dangerous power for anybody to po
sess. It abolishes the salutary old rulo
that no man should be a judgo in his
own case. It allows personal animos
ities to sway judicial decisions. It de
prives the unfortunate object of a
judge's enmity of tho constitutional
right of trial by a jury of his peers. It
encourages incompetenco and corrup
tion on the bench by screening them
The legislature should abolish this
perilous judicial license Thoro is no
divinity that hedges a magistrate.
When a judgo feels aggrieved by criti
cism outside of his courtroom let him
take his chances in a libel suit like
Hero is a chance for some of our
legislators now at Salem. Such a re
form should bo made in Oregon. This
must bo apparent to every thinking
man since tho sotto of tho Valley Rec
ord and his High Mightiness, Judgo
Webstor, of Jackson county.
Hows of tho Wool: ns Notod uy Our Ros
Si'auta, Jan, 10, 1M)1.
Dr. Jay Guy Lewis has gone east for
Wo do not receive our Scours until
Monday and not always then.
Sp.irta is wrapped in a mantle of
snow about eighteen inches deep.
lion. J. A. Wright has gone to Sa
lem to look after tho interests of Un
The Messrs. Longloyaro hero tonight
with .100 head of lino beef cattlo, on
thoir way to Dakar City, Cap. Craig
Tho Dol Monto hoisting works havo
shut down for tho second time. Cause:
llendorson does not pay up. Tho mon
havo gone to attach for thoir pay.
Dave Hedmau is on tho sick list,
with erysipelas in tho head, but is im
proving slowly under Dr, Kullor's care.
Mrs. Clara Waldron is also improving
Sparta has boon a very rich placer
mining camp and she has a good
many quartz mines and prospects that
look well, and 1 think it only needs
Bomo capital to develop thoni and
Sparta will bo one of the richest min
ing camps in Oregon.
Mr. 1). 0. Dilworth of Detroit has
boon appointed superintendent of the
Eastern Oregon Mining Company, of
Detroit, and is horo pushing work on
tho mines formerly owned by Moratt
DroV, at tho foot of Daldy mountain.
Mr. Dilworth is very well liked by all
and pays for every thing. Ho does not
tuk the storekeeper nor his men to
wait awhile for thoir money. What
has hurt Sparta more than anything
else 1b having mon count hero with no
nionoy any trying to dovolop minos,
hiring men and not paying tliom.
That "Mare's West."
I Umo.v, Ore, Jan. 10, 1890.
Editor Oi:i:gon Scout:
I The public have been duly informed
l bvN. Sclnonovor and others, that I
have been the chief instigator in stir
ring up tho tax-payers of Union coun
ty to investigate tho matter of the
1,200 appropriation made last June,
for a road between this city and the
The records show that on tho 7th
day of Juno 1890, the county court
made an appropriation of 12,000 for
the purpose of straightening and
grading tho county road leading
from Union to Union depot, and that
N. Schoonover was appointed super
intendent to draw said warrants for
said purpose etc. (correct as to draw
ing tho warrants that part was at
tended to) but, it being now nearly
seven months and a half sinco the
orders were drawn, and not a mouth
full of dirt thrown on tho said road, i,
in common with other tax-payers, be
came interested in knowing what had
become of tho .$1,200 of the taxpayer's
money; hence the petition to the
county court to investigate the matter.
N. Schoonover, in his attempted
explanation says that tho appropria
tion, and his appointment was made
without his knowledge and that ho
"immediately" drew tho warrants and
made preparations to commence work.
Ho must have been stationed not
far from the court house or tho news
of his appointment would not havo
reached him with such lightning rapi
dity. Tho lecords show tho appropria
tion and appointment of Schoonover
was mado on the 17th of June and
that the warrants were drawn on the
same day. This fact agrees with
"Nels"' explanation in regard to draw
ing tho warrants "immediately" (if not
sooner.) Ho goes on to say that the
road scrapers Leing in uso on the mo
tor lino delayed him soveral days.
Mr. Schoonover was working on the
motor lino about this time, I think
as superintendent and should have
known whether the scrapers were at
his disposal before ho drew the county
orders. If they were not, and if his
harvesting prevented his working on
the road, what business had he to
draw the warrants? That is the ques
tion that concerns tho taxpayers.
Mr. S. has had other appointments of
tho kind would like to know whether
ho always draws his pay in advance.
In his explanation if it can be called
such he says, he had now concluded
to wait until spring, but still does not
explain why ho drew the warrants,
llo further says "if the people of Union
say 'turn tho money back' back it
goes," The tax-payers had virtually
said, even before his explanation ap
peared in tho papers "turn tho money
back," and Mr. S. having it seems, dis
posed of tho county orders, could not
when called upon by the county court,
return tho samo,'but finally, upon tho
third trial, gavo a bond which tho
county court accepted, agreeing to
return the money at anytime ho may
bo called upon to do so.
In this so-called "explanation" Mr.
Schoonover in no place explains why
ho drew thowarrants and presented
them so that thoy would draw interest,
and then it appears sold them unless
this extract from his "explanation" is
explanatory: "In tho month of
December, IS90, a gentleman, tho first
letter of whoso namo is Samuel A. Pur
sel, was a candidate for mayor of tho
city of Union. 1 felt that tho interest
of the city would ho best subserved by
the election of his opponent. 1 think
if 1 should say nothing more this
would bo sufficient explanation of tho
mare's nest referred to."
Now, what kind of an explanation
do you call that? Are wo (and by wo
I mean tho taxpayers) to infer from
tho above that tho 1,200 was ex
pended to defeat mo in tho city elec
tion? I think and bolievo tho tax
papers will think that S's explanation
is rather thin ami far-fetched and a
long timo getting hero after the war
rants were drawn, and no telling how
much longer it'would havo been had
not the matter been investigated.
Taxpayers of tho county are not gener
ally much interested in such small
matters as the election of a mayor for
tho city of Union, but thoy are, in this
Sf 1 ,200 matter. 1 have not accused
Mr. S. of using this appropriation for
his own benefit, and as he has inti
mated that if pressed he would tell all
ho knows about this matter, 1 think
tins would he tho best thing ho could
do for himself, as it might, throw sumo
light on tho subject, wo do not know
that it will, but it might, to call tho
attention of the taxpayers to tho fact
that in May. 1800, there was a motor
line (or was it a motive lino?) building
from Union depot to tho city of Union,
and that on or about tho 7th day of
Juno might havo been pay-day, and
thai the company might lmvo been
short of funds, and to quote from
Schoonover "I think if I should say
nothing this would be a sufficient ex
planation of the mate's nest referred
to," or at least more plausablo to tax
Ujiyers. Mr. S. speaks of not being able to
do the work as soon as it might havo
been done by some one who had "less
business of his own and moro of other
people's to attend to." Very true, it
was other peoples, biz ; every tax-payer's
and my own in common, and
whilejic could not, as he says, find
time to do the work, ho could find
time to draw the warrants as the re
cords show, and we close with the
query that presents itself to the mind
of every taxpayer then why did you
draw the warrants?
S. A. PURSEL.
Jottlng3 From the Note Book of an Oc
Jan. 11, 1891.
We aro enjoying the very loveliest
of weather here now. Cold frosty
nights and pleasant warm days. Wo
havo not seen a snowllako yet.
Everyone is talking politics at pres
ent. The State legislature meets to
morrow and everybody wants an office
or a clerkship, but somebody will get
left, badly. Linn county will be well
represented in both houses this term
by senator's J. K. Wcathcrford and
Jcir Myers; representative's Hansard,
Henry and Shedd.
Business in Albany is reported very
gbod in all mercantile lines and the
only ones to complain aro tho real es
tate agents, but as they seem to have
about all they can do, wo see no rea
son for complaint.
Albany's charter will be sent to tho
legislature for some changes and
amendments, which in our opinion aro
very badly needed ; some moro espe
cially than others.
We have not seen a river steamer at
this city this winter. Tho highest
stage being reached yet was only 1 feet
9 inches above low water mark.
The Swedish Ladies Concert Com
pany played to a fair house here last
evening. They are reported as being
Baltimore's new three-story block is
now occupied by two of our leading
firms, on the first fioor. We aro un
able to say whether the upper lloors
have been rented or' not. Price and
Robson and The Albany Furniture
Company occupy the lower iloor.
There are several revival meetings
going on here now, among them be
ing tho Baptist and Mctllod.st, the
latter having just dedicated their new
and haudsomo church.
Albany still continues to be the lead
ing city of the valley. Improvements
for 1891 are almost without number.
Somo are already begun, namely, tho
orphan's homo and city hospital and
Plans brewery. Albany will have a
handsome steel bridge begun this year ;
soveral largo brick business blocks,
and residences without end. There
aro also several improvements that
could well bo enlarged among which
aro our street car line. Theso should
bo lead out into tho suberbs and given
a chance to make something for tho
stock-holders. As it is it barely pays
expenses. Other cities aro lengthen
ing their lines, why not we do the
samo with ours? It could bo run to
South Albany, Goltra.s park and also
with great advantage to tho eastern
part of the city.
Dev. Dr. Hill, an old resident and
pioneer settlor of Albany died at an
advanced ago on Dec. 31st. llo was
very highly respected by all who know
One hundred and soventy-nino mar
riages were committed in Linn county
tho past vear. Pretty good for an oft"
WRIGHTS' HALL, UNION, OR.,
Friday, Fi 13, 1
Tho Dost of Music and a Good Suppor.
Prizes of Value Will be Given.
Tho city 'bus will run all night to
connect with trains, for tho accomoda
tion of those from a distance.
Further particulars next week.
New FALL 'Goods.
-Just Received nt-
S. C. MILLER'S.
'kml) Not to lie found elf ewhero
U!f:m 1,1 Eastern Oregon.
Parlor Suits in Mohair and Wool Plushes. A Pine Line of Up
holstered Chairs, Office and School Furniture,
CARPETS, MIRRORS, ETC., ETC.,
In fact, everything to be found in a iirft-clnss furniture store.
PICTURE FRAMES Made to Order. 'VXr" SASH DOORS
and BLINDS. S. C. Miller, MAl,
Our Entire Stock of
Orders from a distance solicited and
E. M. MITCHELL, Proprietor.
The best of accomodations for tho care of
stock. Charges Reasonable.
An Klccnnt Assortment of
High Novelties in
XjijaJjjpo in XVI. Antique it Mahogony
at Cost and
of the opportunity.
promptly attuatlcd to.
J;NES 1JKOS., I nion, Oregon.