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The Dead Democracy.
Our Radical friends have had much
to say about the "dead Democratic
party." It appears from the returns
received of recent elections that this
"dead" party has yet a great deal of
vitality, and following the success in
yew Hampshire, we record the fol
lowing to show how 'Mead" the par
ty is throughout the Eastern and
Western States. Credit Mobilier
and salary stealings are doing their
work iost efie'etually and the people
false promises of a party so utterly
unworthy of their confidence and
trust. Radicalism and corruption
ltave about run their race, and its
doom at the hands of the people
whom it so grossly betrayed is close
at hand. Grant carried Connecticut
by 8,000 majority. Now we have a
Democrat io Governor carry the'Statc
by 1,000 majority :i change of 12,000
vom sine. the November election.
We give the dispateV-s as they have
been received, and ask our Demo
cratic friends to take new courage at
thP bright prospects presented by
tjiicgoo.l omen. The dispatches are
certainly encouraging to those -who
have so steadfastly adhered to a par-
which has been pronounced 'dead'
37 oftcnj) and unless our Radical
friends change their course materially
they will find that this 'dead corpse'
has vitality enough to take the reins
of Government from their hands.
Bead the following dispatches, and
then let us hear no more about the
"dead Democratic party":
rr:oM conn kcticvt.
Hartford. April 7. Midnight
The lure ulna
I'osi has returns from
1,VJ towns, which show's an opposi
tion gam over last Spring of i ,oSo,
of which 1,877 is for Smith, Temper
ance candidate for Governor. Inger
Koll's majority for Governor will bo
ubt 4. )(().
Hartford, April 7. Two a. m.
The Sena.o will probably stand 11
Republicans to 10 Democrats. Last
year it was 11 Republicans to 7 Dem
ocrats. The House,,, is very close.
The charlecs are that'll is Democratic
by a small majority.
Hartford, April o. 1 U-turns from
evorv town iu the State give Haven
(Rep. fV for Governor, o.,2!0; Ingcr
uoll (Dem.,, U.'dOO; Smith (Temper
ance), 2,0'Jl. IiigersoU's majority,
Toi-r.DO, April S. At the city elec
tion, yesti rday, Jones (Dem.) was
probably elected Mayor by a small
maioritv. ThtoCitv Council will be
Republican, and most of the Repub
lican city ticket is elected.
Cincinnati, April 8. Johnston
(Dem.) is undoubtedly elected May
or, nil 1 probably the rest of the Dem
ocratic ticket, with perhaps one or
CoO'Mnrs, Aoril 8
tion ye-terd iv went Democratic. They
ejected their Mayor and seven out of
Dliji-t-e' April, 7.--IVas!ee (Dem.)
is elected Mayor by 5,700 majority.
A Democratic gain of 1,800.
q FROM LOUISIANA.
Baton; Rouoe, April 7. The mu
nicipal election parsed o.T quietly.
The MeEnorv t icket was elected With
Tijardcr will Out.'
When tho Representatives from
this county were nominated by the
Radicals, it was understood that two.
were for any person Mr. Holladay
might designate, and tho other two
were strong for M: Corbett. But
Mr. llolladay captured the entire
delegation in the Rower House, and
all voted for Mr. Mitchell. This ap
pired to the friends of Mr. Corbett
a mystery at the time. But time tells
a-l things, and there is and old say
ing that "murder w ill out," and so
it seems in tiiis instance. A report
has recently come to our ears which
states that a certain Representative
from this county has stated that lie
' was either to have a position for
his vote or a surveying contract."
He has, eris, about to secure the
latter, and has made arrangements,
when it is awarded to him, to sell it
for a bonus ofs61.-n0 to other par
ties, as. he is entirely incompetent to
do the work himself. This may not
be regarded as a purchase by men
who belong to a party which endors
es the corruption perpetrated in this
county last June, but we are of the
opinion that the honest voters of the
county will view the actions of the
individual with suspicions and with
corrupt designs, and that he sold
himself for this little "job." A
former Surveyor General of Oregon
charged in a sppech at Eugene City
list fdl that 73,00; was used from
the Surveyor's office at that place to
s-ecure the election of the U. S. Sen
ator, and this appears to be 83,000
of the sum, and we shall probably
hear of other members securing
"purveving contract." provided they
are not indiscrete enough to "blow
it." The talented member from this
county has let the " cat out of the
big," and we hope a strict watch will
bo kept by tho people of this State
an 1 snot the members w ho voted fcr
Mitchell and are receiving as consid
eration either Federal offices or
' snrveving contracts." In due time
we may give the r.ame of this " sur
Tho Pioneer O d Mill of Salem con-
tains 2,0 JO bushels tl -x-eed, which
""ill b3 -'vnt Li"n ---!r- for
Letter and Newspaper Postage.
. Ths Girard Press speaks its views
in regard to the repeal of the law
which has heretofore allowed news
paper publishers to mail their paper
free and the postage collected at the
delivery office. It says there will be
one good thing in this law to pub
lishers; they w ill be likely to send
fewer dead head papers, and be sure
to stop a paper when the subscrip
tion is out. This will be a great sav
ing to country publishers, who are
inclined to keep sending their paper
after the subscription is out, to those '
they know to be good, and afteiwvar I
bv sad experience, "find that their
know ledge w as not well founded, and
they have been the losers by their
confidence and credulity. Thus, one
who tries hard, may find some good
to result from this law.
But we think the whole thing, in a
general view is calculated to abridge
general intelligence among the peo
ple, and one of the most fatal steps
taken against republicanism and in
favor of a government by the few and
not by the many.
The government conld better af
ford to carry newspapers to evcry
part of this Union free, than thus at
tempt to cut down their circulation.
The members of the last Congress
seem to have acted like a family of
spoiled children, who have had free
access to Uncle Sam's larder: but
because the newspapers of the coun
try have raised the inquiry as to
where Uncle Sam gets his biscuit
and butter, and to hint that the peo
ple, the consumers and tax-payers
furnish all, they have gotten extreme
ly huffy, and some of them, the
great ones, have made long speeches
against the newspapers because they
mistrusted their honesty iu their
dealings with Credit Mobil ier U. P.
It. It. Bonds, fc Sec, and they raise
their hands in holy horror because
the newspapers did say there was
something w rong in the transaction
and asked for an investigation.
The investigations came and doz
ens of them were proven guilty, all
covered over with whitewash, but
full of rottenness within, stood up
and denounced the journalism of the
country for insulting the dignity of
the American Congress; and so for
spite, they undertook to come down
on the newspapers, and the country
papers in particular, which may have
less influence, but greater honesty,
than the city journals of New York,
Philadelphia and Washington.
But the members t f the last Con
gress will find out in good time that
they were the creatures of the press,
arid that they have made nothing by
their denunciation, or their grave
statutes, calculated to stop the circu
lation of newspapers among the peo
ple. The first act of an autocrat, or a
tyrant, is to suppress the journals of
a rotate or
the means of general intelligence
among the people. The last Con
gres with the aid of the new Senate,
have attempted something they know
not what. It is hoped for the best
but we doubt it. We think perhaps,
it may be an advantage to the pub
lishers of papers which have a cap
ital to go on, and a reputation to sus
tain them; but we do seriouslv doubt
the benefit to the iieople from such a
law. Thev had much bitter left let
ter postage w here it was, and rather
encouraged than discouraged the cir
culation of intelligence generally
throughout the country
Three cents for a letter is ehoan
enough, and nobody but the rich,
who have thousands of letters to send
out annually, demanded a reduction.
But crippling the poor country pub
lishers, and forcing the publication
of newspapers into the hands of the
wealthy, is a trick worthy of the last
Congress and the prenent Senate.
Destructive Fire. Jacksonville
was visited last Friday by a destruc
tive lire, oestroying roperty to the
value of about 30,000, on which there
was no insurance. We regret to re
cord the fact that the Times printing
establishment was destroyed with all
the material. We hoje our Demo
cratic friends in that locality will
aid Messrs. Hull & Nickell in getting
started again, as they have made the
'Ijmcs worthy of their best support.
The following arc the suffers by the
P. J. Ryan, store, $30,000. "Louis
Home, hotel, 610'P); KubJi A: Wil
son, stable, 6-l,0lM; Ah-. Brentano,
millinery store, 67(!0; Dr. Aiken,
books and instruments, 8400; Hull &
Nickel 1, Times office, 81.500; Crone
miller v. Co., blacksmith shoo s-'ooo-
Mrs. (laming, dw
lling house, etc
ci.imw; James C:
, 1 -I , . "'"ilJlM, LUt t
aSCV ri in.r ..11
"""""Hi "Avnio: Hie Al K -i, 1"-
iiuasi-nom goo..ls,etc.,M. Oat on
saved most of his tools, as also did
Cronemihcr - Co. Jacob Mover Pat
Donegan and others, some of theirs;
John Miller, John NolanJ. Mrs.
ar.lt, Mrs Kinney. W. Million
and several others also lose consider
able. Mucu loss was also sustains!
1..,: .. i. . i , .
- - " VV. Ill I W.-1
v "wuu-nwsiroiu nouses
jured bv lire.
"Do Me rRouiE."The " nom-!
inal " of the II raid finds ability ''
enough in our editorials to attribute i
them to another writer than the ed-
itor of this paper. This we take as '
a compliment, and we see he shows i
good judgment by republishing j
some of them entire, so that his rea.b !
ers may have something worthv of ;
iiJir mue auii iiiii-uuoa. e can
assure the "nominal" of the Ifcmtd
we have not the least doubt in
tho world but what hewriies"af!
j n rtoriffis " in that ra'ier. Don't
think any other person n-ouhl ll'io
'. to claim "there.
enpied by Mrs. T'Vault. 81.000; Jacob J Orcjonian and IhiUelin to see
ll::r ulTlTir ? i000' P;lt- !n- should get the School Director.
V? -' ''Jimth Sh(1 SUM); 3)r, , , -r
Dantorth, otiiee aimnrn-iv, i-,o. Orrgoviau s candidate, Capt. J
Communication from Sand-.
Saxdt, Anal, Gth, 1S73.
Editor Oregon City Enterprise.
Dear Sir: Seeing a favorable no
tice in your valuable paper 3Iareli
7th, 1873, about our section of coun
try. I take the liberty of sending you
a few lines in regard to what we are
doing here to help the settlement of
this part of the county.
The citizens of this precinct and
vicinity feeling desirous to have this
section of country settled more rap
idlv. have organized a society
through which we expect to be able
to extend knowledge to those desir
ing "cheap homes." That there is
a vast section of country here that is
yet unclaimed, awaiting the strong
arm of industry to make it yield and
bring forth its golden harvest. This
society does not intend to publish
any thing but facts, and a truthful
description of this part of the coun
ty, and the inducements and advan
tages which it possesses.
To those who want rich bottom
or prairie lands, to those who ex
pect to get rich in a year or sos
farming, or to those who never work
or never w ill, we w ould say, go else
where. But to those who have a few
dollars to start with, and plenty of
energy and perseverance to carve
themselves out a home which will be
a prop to them in old age, we say
corae and look at this section of
country. The climate is good and
healthy; the soil is good and will
produce any grain, grass, vegetables
and fruit, adapted to the climate of
Oregon. We have also, a store here
and will soon have a post-office,
Richard Gerdes, having been ap
pointed postmaster, in a central lo
cation, '20 miles from Oregon City,
and 2G miles from Portland, where
farm produce will find a market and
merchandise cau be purchased at
reasonable rates. The Cascade Bridge
an 1 Road Company's wagon road to
eastern Oregon passes directly
through this section of country, and
the little town just started.
Building lumber can be had here
at 80 per thousand feet, at the mill,
and with more population, the roads,
schooling, and milling advantages
can be made as good as could be de
sired anywhere. Those who desire
farther information in regard to this
part of country, can obtain it by call
ing on, or writing to Mr. G. W.
Sharrock, the corresponding Secre
tary in English, or Richard Gerdes,
the corresponding Secretary in the
German languages and it will bo an
swered promptly. Mr. Gerdes has
opened a store at this point, and
buys and sells the products from the
farm. Yours, Sandy.
Comflimf.ntary. We take the fol
lowing notice of Hon. Jas. H. Slater
from the Boise Statesman, a Radical
paper. It is truly gratifying to the
people of Oregon that the opposition
must give a favoable notice of our
Congressman when they are unable
to do so in behalf of those represent
ing their own party. It says:
Mr. Slater has made a fair Repre-
tentative, and applied himself faith
lullv to the interests of his constitu
ents, and we are pleased to say re
turns yvith that credit due to an hon
From the Modocs. We give full
dispatches from the Modocs this
week in order that our readers may
judge for themselves the ridiculous
ness of the farce which is being play
ed by the Peace Commission and the
Federal Government, under whose
instruction they appear to be acting.
The Indians seem to be the most
sensible of the two. This little farce
will cost the people thousands of
dollars, if not many more lives. The
thing could have been brought to an
end long a.
Returned. From the La Grande
Sentinel we learn that Hon. Jas. II.
Slater returned last Saturday evening
from Washington. His arrival was
celebrated by the booming of cannon
and a serenade by the La Grande
brass band. Mr. S. returns w ith the
consciousness of having performed
his whole duty towards his constitu
ents, and it is gratifying to reflect
that his efforts in their behalf are
known and appreciated.
Of.eoontan Ahead. A spirited
contest was waged in Portland bv the
! Amsworth was elected Director and
i T?.O.f T o, 1.1 rUki-I.- TTfli 1rt... rmn.
ll'JUt. XJtMll X-iXiV. JL'l.H Hi .'W ' 11
tlemen are good men and will make
efficient officers, and they are both
Democrats. We believe polities was
not a question at issue, however.
The Hera! I is still being printed
j by the " Oregon IL-ratd Publishing
i Company," notwithstanding the
President t f said Company sometime
; since announced its suspension.
lucre seems to be a mystery in the
matter which its few remaning pa
trons would like to understand. Do
the Democrats who compose the
Company propose to give their sanc
tion to the course it is pursuing and
give their influences in its behalf?
In the town elections recently held
in New York, the Democrats have
gained ninety -four "towns and the
Republicans have gained ten, leav
ing a net Democratic gain of eighty
four towns. Fifteen counties out of
t.nrty-seven have been won over from
the Republicans, and now have
pcrratj? p3ir,T, of Sarrvisor.
News from the Modoc War.
Headquarters, Lata Bed, April 1.
The troops broke camp yesterday.
300 strong, and marched to the
upper end of of Little Klamath
Lake. To-day they moved to Tule
Lake and lava bed. The Indians re
fused to falk that day, but waited
until the next day. Parties who
came from Langell Nalley to-day
bring bad news. On the 22d of
March Hooka Jim and party were
seen near Alkali Lake, where they
had corraled from fifty to s'evenfy
tive horses. On the Tuesday night
following they were at Yainax, and
talked all night with the Modocs and
Klamaths, trying. to get them to join
Captain Jack. He said five tribes
had promised to join Jack as soon
as he left the lava bed. He also
told the Reservation Indians it would
be safe for them . to remain friendly
to the whites. During the night he
sent two squaws to Jordan (a squaw
man) with money to buy powder.
They told Jordan Jack had lots of
goht to buy powder with. Jordan
refused to sell them any.
Tho people of Sprague River Val
ley are fearfully excited, and are
leaving or preparing to do so. The
Modocs and Klamaths on the Res
ervation sire also seriously alarmed.
Hon. E. C- Mason 'and' Captain
Barnes presented a petition of the
citizens of Goose Lake asking the
Governor of Oregon for protection.
April. 2. The Peace Commission
had a talk with the Indians. The
Indians made the same old speeches,
and refuse the proposition to be re
moved. Thev want to be let alone,
and want the military to go home.
Captain Jack was as insolent and
overbearing as ever at the last inter
view, and said he had already stated
his terms; he knew no other country,
and would go to no other. Seonchin
talked violently in the same manner.
Colonel Mason's com pan v was order
ed to move to the camp two miles on
the opposite side of Jack's cave.
Yreka, April 7. Judge Rosebor
ough arrived from Tule Lake camp
On Friday Judge Meacham, Fair
child, Riddle, Bob Whittle ana Co
quan met Captain Jack, John Scon
chin, Curiey Headed Doctor, Shag
nasty Jim and other chiefs, according
reappointment. Roseborough open
ed the council by explaining to V e
Indians their present position. JacK.
and Scon-chin then spoke,, reiterating
their determination to remain in the
country. They first wanted their
old home on lost river, when Rose
borough told them it w as no use talk
ing about Lost River; they had sold
it, and could not have it. Jack said
it was all right; if they could not
have it they would talk no more
about it, but would be satisfied to re
main on a small reservation within
California, on Willow, Cottonwood
and Hot Creeks, including the lava
beds. Meacham made them a speoeh,
which they listened to with indiffer
ence. The council lasted five hours,
when the Indians started off, saving
to Roseborough that if they changed
their minds they would h-t him know
the next day. Yesterday Boston
Charley came in, ami the Judge aiked
him what he wanted if lie was hun
gry. Charley said no; Jack wanted
to talk some more. The Judge "You
talk too much; wo don't want any
more talk till von settle what von
want to do.' Charley then said, "'We
go back to night; may be all the bovs
will come in to-morrow.
says Jack is evidently alarmed, and
thinks they will surrender uncondi
tionally in a short time. The Com
missioners will telegraph to Wash
ington for further instructions. Old
Scon-chin, from Yainax, was present
at the council. He said very little,
except that he hoped that the' whites
and Indians would make peace.
Yesterday morning Colonel "Ma
son's command moved up near Jack's
cave, from the east; and Colonel Ber
nard, with cavalry, would make a
ruoonnoitcr from the west. Thev
were both ordered to act cm the de
fensive, and not attack the Indians.
McKay, with the Warm Spring In
dians, is hourly expected.
Thomas MeMillian, Assistant Sur
geon of the Army, and Chief Medical
Officer of the Modoeexpedition, died
yesterday morning of heart disease.
Headuartkkos, ijAVA-RF.il, April !.
Boston came in to-day. His message
is for the three Commissioners, Gen
erals Canby and Gilk-m to meet Jack
and seven others at the second cave;
no others to come. This was refus
ed, as treachery was evident. Then
he said if thev would meet them and
have a talk, then Jack would come
to neutral ground and talk again to
morrow. This tempting proposal
was refused. Ife then promised on
behalf of Jack tli.it if they would
come and hold the talk to-morrow
all the tribe would come in anil go
with the Commissioners wherever
they wanted them to. This bait also
failed, and Boston returned. It was
seen that 23 warriors were at the
proposed place, of meeting, where
only eight were to be, and they re
turned to tho cave seemingly disap
pointed. Boston and Bogus Charley
came asrain, and were told to inform
Jack that if he wanted to t;:lk at a
suitable place, and on equal terms
the Commissioners would meet him.
We are momentarily expecting
trouble, as Colonel Mason was to
move his force at one a. m to-morrow
near Jack's cave. He was in
structed if the Modocs fired on him
to return the fire and hold the ground.
Should guns be heard, the troops
will attack at once from this side.
It is ten p. m. now, though we may
be awakened by the rattle of mus
ketry before daylight,
April 7. All quiet. Mason mov
ed his troo-ns yesterday, or rather at
one o'clock p. m. No opposition.
Boston came in said Jack would meet,
at ten o'clock to-morrow, five men
on each side. The Commissioners
will meet them and make one more
effort for peace. The Commission
will give a final proposition and a
reasonable, time for the Modocs
to decide on accepting terms. They
are having a big council talk among
themselves to-day, debating the pro
positions to be made. It will be in
sisted bv the Commissioners that
thev surrender and leave the lava
bed', and no other terms will be ac
cepted, for any other course would
be indefinite war. The state of the
question was telegraphed to Wash
ington to-day, wliich states the ul
timatum offered and to be discussed
to-morrow, and which does not vary
from the first projiositions made by
Steele, though no place is designated
for removal and no particular local -
: " 1 -1
1 ir ii
p ini?t-t on. ,irm?stT
was first promised in case of surren
der, and the Commission will strictly
maintain - their first promise. We
hope the terms will be received and
the question settled without delay.
If they refuse these terms General
Gillem will then do his duty. Mc
Kay and his Indians are expected to
morrow, and then the force will be
When a hostile Indian comes fo
the Peace Commission he is treated
with the 'greatest consideration, his
horse fed, and le loaded with pro
visions and presents, while the
friendly Indian endeavoring to aid
in making anil preserving peace to
become disorderly and thieving like
the hostile Modocs. Probal dy jack's
men see that they will be treated like
the friendly Indian when peace is
An effort was made on the part of
outsiders to induce the recent grand
jury in session here to bring bills of
indictment against the Peace Com
missioners as accessories to the In
dians in stealing stock and killing
citizens, as a fair offset to the Orego
nians of Jackson County in their
efforts to hang the Indians.
Gus. Mcamber has a contract fcr
delivering sixty thousand pounds of
oats at headquartars at ten cents per
Telegraphic News Summary.
.Sr. TjOuis, April .'. While tho pas
senger train of the St. Touis ami South
eastern Railroad was standing at
French Village, sevt-n miles from East
St, Ij-juis, this afternoon, a eonstruc
lijii train ran into the rear coach, kill
ing Mrs. J. l'. busk ami.John 11. Watts,
and more or less injuring live or six
New Vouic, April Stokes express
es hiiusi it" eoiiiiuent that the et'orts
ht-iiig made to save him from the gal
lows will be successful.
l'lioyieEM K, April 2. the annual
tlecliiiii for Slate oilicers ami members
of the Legislature took place to-day.
lierny Howard (Rep.) was dieted
Governor by 3, SO;) majority, with tho
remainder of the State ticket, excepting
the Lieutenant overtior, for whicli
there was no choice. The Legislature
New York. .April 3. Harrowing de
tails of the scenes attending the loss of
the Steamship Atlantic continue to l e
received. All the Women who wen;
asleep at the time the ship struck, were
drowned in their berths. Toe heavy
seas which constantly- jH.ured over the
vessel and Idled lie?, prevented them
from reaching the ilei-u. Some of the
women who showed remarkable pres
ence of mind and appreciation of the
situation, only reached the deck to be
washed into the sia and drowned soon
after. Six men on shore wrote ana
blackboard, "Cheer iq! boats are corn
ing to your assist a nee !" The an
nouncement was responded to by
hearty cheers from the ship. After
half in hour of awful suspense men
were seen on land carrying a boat
over the rocks, and soon it was
launched. It took oil" three boat loads
from an outlying rock. While rescuing
these men Captain Williams and tin
passengers called loudly to tho crew of
boat thai they were in the most immi
nent danger, the Captain saying, "I will
give five hundred dollar's for eveiy
boat load rescued." Tne boat after
ward made for the vesst 1 and took oil'
two boat loads. Half an hour later an
other boat came and rescued many of
those clinging to the rigging. Tiord
oliicer l'.rady, who hail siteceedi i in
reaching shore over a line carried
from the vessel by himst 1:', organize I
a crew aid materially aided in tiie work
A Herald specid .states that John
I.iinky, Li-.es L; vison and Miss Ran
dom passengers by the Atlantic lio:n
Liverpool, disembarked at ;u-ens-town.
aid so are not lost.
Ni:v Yonif, April .". The Post's
Washington pecial says ii is under
stood the Administration has deter
mined to suspend for the present dl
proceedings ag-iiisst persons indicted in
the Southern States for violating the
Knforceiiient Act an, I enrolling ln-m-selves
as members of the Ku Klux.
There are more than one thousand oi
these cases now neiding in the United
Slate's Courts. The Attorney (Jeneral
says if affairs remain quiet and no fur
ther attempts be made to violate these
laws, prosecutions will be entirely sus
pended, but if on the contrary the law
is not respected, prosecutions will be
Tiit; society of Alsace and L irraineof
(his city have forwarded an address to
President Thiers, felicitating him on
his successful efforts to secure an early
liberation of the 1'iench Territory from
Jen na n oci-u pat ion.
Cii'.o.voo. April S. A Peoria despatch
says that Mrs. Workman, wife of the
Riroka M !h 'dist Minister, has con
fessed to having killed Mrs Hedges.
She says she did it in sl '-de Tense.
Jvsios, April s. M ; s. Cnms" was
murdered by'her husband in Smithton.
a snl urd of this ci;y. ( 'rouse was ar-re-ted.
He had been drinking hard,
and coming home brutally beat hi-"
wife. Croiise's father interfered, and
was himself severely cut and lieateii.
Nf.w "Youk. Aprils. There is a heavy
llood in the (.Jenessee river. At seven
o'clock this evening the water was
within two feet of high-water mark of
U;, at the time of tho gnat flood.
Considerable damage has been done
along the river to bridges, etc., and all
railroad lines in Western New York
-'iifcr consid rat ly. Pius evening the
foundation wall on the river side, on
Front street, of the new city buiUinir
for the Police and lire department, fell
out while twenty ( r thirty persons were
looking at the rise in river.
From the Strrfe-'mrni of the 8th
iust. : The line and costly residence
of Mr. P. Ij. "Willis the house built
by Rx-Gov. Woods, on Piety Hill
was destroyed by lire last evening.
The lire was discovered about half
past six o'clock P. M. The engines
were on hand in a f -w minutes, but
as there are no cisterns or hy
drants in that part of the town, they
had to take water from the wells of
the neighborhood. These w ere pump
ed dry'" in a few minutes, one after
another, ami tin; Fire Department,
though the hoys worked splendidly
found it impossible to domuch prac
tical good. The lire caught evident
ly in the att-tc, and was for a hig
time, cordined to the attic, and
Mansard roof. Just when there seem
ed a good prospect of subduing the
tire here, before it had communicated
to the body of the building, the iirst
wells gave out, and before the en
gines could be moved to others, tho
llames got under good headw ay again
and the building was therefore burn
el. really, for the lack of water.
"With a good firo cistern or hydrant
near by, all but tiie roof could have
been saved. The family was absent,
Mr. AVillis and wife having h-ft on the
2:L" p. ?r. train for Oregon City.
The general judgment is that a defect
in the kitchen t'ue was the cause of
the disaster. Mr. Vf illis had 64 ,000
insurance on the house, in the Home
Mutual, and 62.000 on the furniture,
wearing apparel and provisions, in
the Phoenix. His 1o5r. over and
above insurance, will be from 6 AY)
to S-i.000. " '
The T)mr-ritt is assured by Mr.
riiillip Ritz that in the course cf six
months the Northern Pacific R xilwav
Comnany yvill commence the con
struction of a branch road from Wal
la W-illa, W. T-, to Bikor Citv nr-
Summary of State News Items.
The county school fund in Marion
amounts to 1 47 per scholar.
Eugene City sends to Portland one
thousand dozen eggs each week.
J. C. Fairchild has assumed charge
of the Siletz Agency, vice Gen. Pal
mer. A young lady at the Dalles poured
a pot of glue on her lover to-naake
The Statesman editor wants a mil
itary company or brass band organ
ized at Salem.
Vv II. Andrus and Geo, B. Cook
are noyv conducting the Occidental
Hotel at Portland.
It is reported that S. X". Arrigonitf
Astoria will return to Portland to re
sume the hotel business.
The land recently purchased for a
site for the State University has been
surveyed and staked off.
Mr. A. J. Dufur, Contennial Com
missioner for Oregon, will go East
on the next steamer but one.
A new postoiiice known as " Mil
lers," Linn county, Oregon, is noyv
established and in working order.
A petition has been freely circulat
ed and numerously signed for a road
from Cole's valley to Rostburg.
A small boy of S. Wolf, at the
Dalles was run over by a hotel coach
and killed, last Friday evening.
The residence of Rev. S. Rowers,
at Salem, w as burglarized to the ex
tent of twelve or iiftoen dollars.
Corvallis will put up saloon licens
es to jer annum. It is said the
eil'ect will be to close them all out.
Joseph Xoah, of Douglas county,
was thrown from a horse last week
and his arm was broken by the fall.
C. IL Dodd of the firm of Hawley
Dodd it Co., has been elected Pres
ident of the Willamette Iron Works.
At Corvallis they talk of a joint
stock company to erect a hotel on
the site of the one burned down last
The Sheriff of Marion countv has
collected about 6.S0.000 out of $V0,
000 taxes due for the current fiscal
Rosoburg noyv has an ordinance
forbidding the sale of spirituous
liquors in her corporate limits on
Tho epizootic has reduced the
mail faculties from
roise Cry to
to every other
Umatilla from a daily
There are five men noyv in the Yam
hill county jail. One for murder,
two for attempt to murder, and tyvo
for theft and arson.
Samuel Mansfield yvas fined 610 at
Albany the other day for sidling
liouor on Sundav
lav, and 6100 for sell
ing to a minor.
Hides and fat cattle constitute the
bulk of frdght down the Columbia
river noyv. The up freight i.s a va
riety of merchandise.
If Andrew Tarienx is in Oregon,
he is rei-piested to write to his sister,
Mrs. J.W. Hohner-, Alleghany, Sier
ra county, California.
Mr. Wm. M. Smith, lately appoint
ed Postmaster at Jefferson, vice H.
A. Johnson, resigned, has qualified
Tho rem;-'ns of Dr. 13. W. Mitch
ell, late of Dalles City, yvere- brought
to Portland Monday, en route to
Marvsville, California, for final inter
ment. Tho surveyed public vacant lands
of Southern Oregon are becoming
rapidly exhausted, settlements in
many instances being in advance
of the surveys.
Apjilica ion lias been ma "!e to the
Raiirrad Company to 7c.1t in a switch
opposite Springfield for the accom
modation of that place and the ad
Tt is sta'ed that I ham T. R-e-sp
f Walla Walla has hon pushed into
bankruptcy bv the Porthml credit
ors. His liabilities are 6-,000; us.
Th Eugene Jma-u tt learns Hint
(lie Packard brothers yvill run a mil
lion feet of the sugar rdc they are
engaged in cutting on tiie Willamette
some time in May.
Past Grands W. C Twee.lale and
Fred. Oraf in the Grand Dodge, I.
(. O. V.. have been elected to rep
resent Albany Dodge, which meets
in Dalles next month.
The average wheat cron in Umpqua
Valley is '2-" bushels fo tho n-ro. and
on some bottom lands last year it ex
ceeded 00 bushels. The' quantity
sown this vear is larger than ever be
fore. The Orogenian savs: The report
is pro'ty veil confirmed that Joe
Teal, yvho i now East, has made ar
rangements to put on two large steam
ers between San Francisco and Port
land. Coos county has alwav.s imported
breadstuff's from San Francisco. A
ilouring mill is noyv in com s of erec
tion on Coquille River, and a great
deal ef grain is being soyvn in that
On Saturday evening ciiizens of
Denton county were to m ike final ar
rangements for paying oft" the indebt
edness on the Agricultural College
Farm. Rut a feyv hundred dollars
remain to be raised.
During the week ending March
2-"th, patents were issued to Douis
Sachs. Monmouth, for a "Wheel
Plow." and Adolph Luquet, Mon
mouth, for a device for ageing wines
The tetal losses by the Corvallis
fire foot up 67.4H.1. Tho yvhole in
surance yvas 62.000, J)r. Raitey hftd
a policy- for 61,500 on thr hotel and
Mrs. Knight one for 6500 on her
stock of millinery.
At 11 o'clock A.M. last Saturday
the jury in the case of the State of
Oregon vs Elias Keenev, pending in
the Circuit Court for Einn county,
returned a verdict of not guilty, and
the defendant yvas discharged.
Thore arrived on the Ajax, Mr. C.
W. Murphy, of Illinois, accompanied
bv eighteen members of the family.
They come to put up with Oregon
accommodations in preference to
freezing to elegth in the frigid North -y
The ilouring mills at McMinnville
are both running under full head.
Considerable grain has been bought
during the last week at the Rangess-
er mills, oeyeniy-iive cents
bushel yvas the price.
The following are the pcrmane-r.t
: officers of the lamhill 1 armors' club:
1 President, Henry Ileyvitt; Vice Tree
I idents, D. C. Stewart and A. T.
' Ilenrv : Recording Secretary, Get .
11. Curry ; Treasurer, T. Martin.
Governor G rover during the last
week, appointed I. N. Smith tf
Peoria, J. M. Morgan, Ilalsey, Lii a
county, and A. J. Sturtivant, of
Pilot Rock, Umaflla county, Notarh s
Public. All except Mr. Morgfn
The Young men's Christian Ass -ciation
of Portland has elected ftr
the ensuing year, the following offi
cers: President. E. J. Northrup; Vice
President, II. H. Northrup; Secre
tary, T. H. Hatch; Treasurer, E. T.
The approximations for Oregon, I y
the last Congress, were: Indian bi I
615:,850; Legislative purposes. ST'J.";
River and harbor improvt ments, 622,
000; Sundry Civil apprnpriatioi ,
$188.o00; Deficiency, 6UC0 tX. - Toti 1
for Oregon, 6o03,olO 58.
The title to the State Capitol
grounds lias been settled. Tho
Willson heirs yvill sign a deed. It
yvill include the grounds oceuph tl
by the noyv Court House. If th
weather continues favorable excava
tion fer the foundation of the Cap
itol will begin this yvcek.
May, the forger, convicted at the
late Einn County Court, yvas escort
ed to hotel de Watkinds last Sunda .
He had in his posession a large num
ber of newspapers. We suppose
they contained notices of his oonvh -tion
and yvere needful as a remainder
of the errors of his way.
The folloyving resedution yvas
adopted by the Dane County Farmers'
Convention: R. paired. That e ex
tend to the Willamette -Transportation
Company our thanks and support,
believing it to be the dav.'n of a neyy
erea in ji rcductiem of freights, giv
ing the pnxlucer a large margin of
the profits. Q
A little son of Mr. Joseph Bernard i
of Salem, was terribly injured on
Thursday by being hit on the head
by- a sharp, heavy ax yvith yvhiclf' his
brother yvas i-hopping yvood. A gash
yvas cut 011 the little felloyv's forehea-l
about three inches long, laying it
open to the skull bone, lie yvill
The Capital Lumbering Company,
at Salem, are. busily engaged in con
structing a large building for tho
purpose of manufacturing ployvs by
steai-i. An engine will be set up in
it and the steam carried yvith pipe
from the boiler at the saw mill. This
yvill lie an important addition to our
manufacturing interests, ami yvith
staunch and energetic; men
head must prove a success.
It arrears that we are to have an
other Pia?e Commission within oi r
borders, as yve see by private a lvicts
from Washington received by an ex
change, that a " Commission, f
yvhich Gov. Bennett, of Idaho, is a
member, has bet-n appointed with
7ower to arrange the difficulties be
tween the W.
dlowa Indians in Wal
Oregon, and the set-
A manufactory f burlaps in Ore
gon yvonld be of - a t benefit in the
yvay of covering 1 ah-d goods yvhich
are designed to be shipped. There
can be no doubt that an institution
of this kind yvill pay yvell in Oregon
at the present time, and yve hope that
some enterprising capitalist wiltn-gag-e
in this much needed manufac
ture, and by doing so he yvill be in
strumental in saving thousands of
dollars to the State of Oregon every
year that are noyv being sent away to
The Raker Citv T'?tto-raf savs:
' On Monday, March olst, the follow -ing
parties yero arrested for tho
murder of Mr. Geo. Horner, who
mysteriously disappeared some three
months since. The parties A. Bus
by, Alex. Cay in and Robert Hoyvard
yvere arrested upon an affidavit
made by Geo. W. Day. and brought
before Justice Abbott for a prelim
inary examination, yvhich took placn
yesterday, but yvas not concluded as
yve yvent to press. This case created
considerable excitement in our c ir-2
The Sf.ifer?'iH says: " As tl e down
train came thundering along through
the pasture of Mr. Litchfield, a short
distance south of the Salym depot,
three, unfortunate hor.'es took their
stand on the track, refusing to move
for either the screaming yvhistle or
ringing bell. On came tlie train at
a rapid rate, and before it could bo
stopped, the lifeless remains t f th
three horses yvere scattered around
promiscuously. Tho horses wePo
owned by Mr. Jackson, a guard at
the State Penitentiary. A similar
occurrence happened once beforo
near the same place."
The Oseoon- Hi talp. It was ar
nouneed by telegraph last week th.-t
the Oregon Jfendd a Daily Demr -cratic
paper published at Portland
ha l ceased to be published. This an
nouncement, it seems yvas prematura
though the old publishers of the ILr
atd have retired. Some kind of ar
rangement has been made by yvhich
its publication is to be continued.
It is surmised and late articles inO
the IL'rald give plausibility to the
supposition that Ben llolladay iws
become the moneyed power on yvhich
it relies for support. It is not im
probable that Ik-n has captured tho
llrnld by some such financial coup
de t-t' if as that by yvhich Stanfoid
took in the Sacramento Reporter a
year or two ago. If so it yvill havo
but a short- and sickly existence.
What the Reason. We receiv
ed the lafayctte Corie of March
28th last Sunday, April th. It
usually reaches us the second d: V
after publication. Where is tho
Good Ffatcre.- One of the fe.
tures added to the Commercial R
porter is a traveling correspondent
who is virdting the various parts of
1 our State and noticing the poin')
isited by him.
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