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Astoria, Obegon, Saturday Morning, Dec. 13, 1873.
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TUESDAY, THURSDAY AND SATURDAY,
.Monitor Uuildinfe-, Astoihi, Oregon.
I. C. ZZLYsImXS Proprietor
One Copy one y
One Coijv sit miiilii
"One Opy three months 150
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One TnForlion per" snare, 10 lines or les...S2 .10
Each additional Insertion, jHr square 2 00
Yearly aJv't.s per month, per square 1 10
L.P.FiSHKR,20nnd4JlXeK Merchants Ex-j
chunjre, i"-:iutwiri.ed to act as Agent fur the
AsTnitUN in :n I'lanci-'co.
Any friend who feei an interest in the pros
perity of this lojrion. is nsithoii.ed to act as
Agent for thn paper, in proem ing siibJciibers.
The Eoswell Spragc has arrived
at San Francisco.
San Francisco for
Hera sailed from
Astoria on the Gth.
Tin: Astoiuax av ill be printed
only twice a week during the freeze.
On Tuesdays and Saturdays.
The weather is lovely notwith
standing the ice-o-lated situation of
Astoria at the present date.
Skates, Skaters, Skating every--where,
on all the ponds, but no
where more excellent than on Smith's
lake at Skipanon.
"We wish some Colossus of Roads
would come along here and construct
and equip about sixty-five miles from
Astoria to Cornelius.
In this little game of freeze-out
in Oregon the "Walhunot valley holds
the stakes; Portland holds the best
liand, but Astoria has got the s(c)hips.
The Yarn n a and Annie Stewart
from Brookiield and Oak Point on
Thursday report "Woody Island chan
nel closed with pretty stiff ice. The
Akbar was left at Oa)c Point by the
Astoria is outside of the world in
more than one way at present. She
is frozen out, you understand, but
most emphatically is she outside be
cause the Globe is within her corpo
rate limits. Ask Fred Colbert about
The barkentine "Webfoot arrived
at San Francisco on the 7th. She
ezqierienced heavy gales and confus
ed sea the entire passage down, stove
boat, and lost and split sails. The
Hival and Orient also arrived, on
The Oriflamme arrived Friday
ifrom San Francisco with about SO
passengers and an average cargo.
She was unable to proceed to Port
Hand, and will return to San Fran
cisco. This will probably be" the last
J la?c I
3 S j
steamer, until the ice blockade
"Wni. Ileadington took a plunge
Ibath.at the Farmer's wharf Tuesday
pretty much after the style of Jay
Cooke t Company going into bank
ruptcy involuntarily. lie resumed
operatons on the dock soon after
wards, however, but little worser
for the mishap.
Thinking of our iwcsent condi--tion
and prospects we are reminded
of that anxiousness throughout the
East lately, when people were wait
ing ior ban lis to resume. Ask a
tsteamboatmen when he expects to
resume, and he will tell ycu: "Idun
lafy" with serious expression, such as
ii man might be .expected to wear on'
liis face 311st after he had found out
that he had been eating a wormy
One of our ice-o-lated correspond
ents says the only thing which agi
tates his District this "Winter is the
delinquency of the party who was to
haul the first cord of wood to the
sciiooi nouse 10 Keep uie ieeb 01 u i Portland to-day on horseback, via M eha
rsing generation lro:n freezing. II is , i.M11 vniw
failure to keep that agreement makes
things a little unsettled, and a dis
trict meeting and neigh borluod row
is Ukelv to srrow out of it.
iseib:ox.2 the spectacle i"
The vessels in Astoria harbor at pres
ent, December 12th, noon, arc the St. Mi-
; chel, TongoyT" "Wm. H. Clever, Mary E.
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jiiiy, -tvruuco, ami oiuiaw, uuunu u) mi;
Cutwater, bound out. The latter is nearly
loaded, but has two more lay days, and it
the balance of cargo does not reach here
which is not possible, by the wtfy she will
ba fr Liverpool. The balance of the ves-
.('. rn nnr mt nrn in t k u.l nmot. M-
copt the Akbar, which is at Oak Point.
Communication with Portland has been
cut oft' since Tuesday, the 9th, and there
is at present no prospect for resumption of
business soon. Experienced persons in the
river trade, predict that it will remain
closed six weeks, and quite probably two
months. A time sufficient at all events to
bring people to a realizing sense of the sit
uation of a State like Oregon extikkly
cut oil from communication with the sea.
when foily miles of telegraph, and sixty
miles of railroad would place her commer
cial status on a par with the world. "Well
may anyone exclaim: " Behold the .spec
tacle." State KoJiFil of Eqsmliza&iozB.
It will be seen hy the following letter of
the Secretary of State to Col. E. E. Sped-
den, that the State authorities at Salem
have concluded, in view of the facts of the
case, and certain exigencies, to allow the
assessments of the various counties to
stand by the decision of the various County
Boards of Equalization. This letter has
been placed on file in the Clerk's office for
Clatsop county. It will save this county
Oftick ofSi:cki:takyoxState, 1
Salkm. Oim:gox. December 1st, i7:?. j"
It. It. Si'Kddkx, Esq., County Clerk of Clatsop
Sir Owing to the recent decision of
Judge Mosher at the Benton County Cir
cuit Court, annuling that part of the work
of the State Board of Equalization which
increased the assessments of various classes
of properety above the rates established by
the County Boards ox Equalization, and
the exigencies of the State and county fi
nancics. admitting of no delay in the" col
lections, I am compelled to charge up the
amounts against the several counties ac
cording to the original assessment rolls.
The assessments, therefore, so far as the
State is concerned, will stand upon the
action of the County Boards of Equaliza
tion. Yours Ecspeettully,
S. F. CILADWrCK,
Secretary of State.
Home Packets, Etc. The steamer
Annie Stewart, .started up the river
"Wednesday with a vessel in tow, ex
pecting to get as far as Oak Point;
the tug Sedalia and Mcrrimac are at
the docks in Astoria; the Yaruna is
running to the Cape, and the Astoria
on the bar. Yesterday mornimr
there were eight vessels at anchor in i
the harbor, seven of which are here i
for cargoes for foreign ports. Twen- j
ty-five or six others are en route here
from different ports. The schooner !
Eough and Ready left Knappton on j
Tuesday with a cargo of lumber for
Brookfield; the Elnorah went to ;
Skipanon yesterday for a cargo of,
cattle for llobson c0 Warren; the
sloop Mary II. is now run bv Mr. AY.
J. Franklin; the schooner 'industry
is here again with another cargo from
Charles Stark says Deep
T !- 1 TO Ti- s-m srmfl I V r. Mslis-k-. i--h
Euckeye arrived Tuesday from the
Cape half full of water, damaged on
a snag and will be hauled out for
Council Meeting. At a meeting
of Common Council held last evening
Mayor Kippen, Recorder Stevens,
and Councilman F. Ferrel were pres
ent The meeting adjourned until
half past six o'clock this (Friday)
evening, no quorum being present.
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Smoked Salmon, plenty of fresh !
beef and mutton, and lily u potatoes
and muck a muck at Gray and Don
aldson's. Call and take a look at the
Washington Market, whether you
buy or not.
Inasmuch as Mr. Sinister has not yet
got away for Salem, he has concluded to
remain in Astoria, and will take pictures
until the ice breaks.
-Capt. J .H.D.Gray expects to leave for
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The AsToitiAN,for this week at least,
will reach "Wallamet valley readers via
THAI) BARK'S !.
Now hat Astoria, the Astorian, and
Astorians a.re shut out from the world for
a season by an extraordinary winter, it is
a good time to think of matters local a
good time to write up deferred items ; and
we. know of nothing more interesting for a
subject than Thad Barr's dog, "Boxer."
Boxer is about four years old; he is a
yaller dog, but yet he is true blue. Last
summer we were one of a party to go on an
elk hunt where Boxer was expected to do
the "treeing," but the cussed dog would'nt
tree worth a scent. In fact he stuck to the
trail of the man detailed to carry the grub,
and on no pretence would Boxer desert
his companions and take to the' brush to
hunt after Elk, Deer, Bear, Coon, Beaver,
Eabbit, or other game. lie was not fool
enough to leave his sniff of grub in our
possession for a "bird in the bush," to use
an old. expression. One of the party who
was considerably on the shoot thought
Boxer ought to be shot; and so long as
grub was a scarce article on Grays river
vowed " he'd not feed the cussed dog for
A. L. Marshall did'nt think so. ITe had
seen Boxer in a tight corner, and darned
if he'd see Boxer injured for one apparent
lazy day's hunt. As tor ourself, we were
"nuld augsine" with the Judge, and Thad
was the son of the Judge, and "all things be
ing equal." with only a slight acquaintance
with Boxer, we did not exactly feel like
condeming the dog for his action on the
occasion ; so, after due consideration the
tanial iool was permitted to return to the
settlement with us.
Boxer was a silent listener to this trial
on his impeachment, and though he did
not utter an audible sound to show his ap
proval or disapproval of the auguments
pro or con at the time, there was an evi
dent preference on his part for "his friends"
during the latter portion of the journey,
lie would stand in with us on a bad count,
and when we got swamped in a Beaver
dam slough or some other dam slough
that dog knew the best way out to his
favorites. Ho proved himself qualified: to
act as guide for those he respected, or quite
the reverse for those of the opposite,
lie would work for hours at a time to carry
his points and was very successful showing
himself to be possessed of that principal of
At length home was reached and Box
er came in for a share of the comments of
the trip and that unsuccessful hunt, lie
carefully listened to it all, and seemed to
understand it. lie seemed to realize that
grub was a precious thing on Gr.i3Ts river,
and he seemed also to realize that if he
partook of it he must do something by way
of compensating his keeper for it. From
that day he has been the most industrious
dog on Grays river, as a few instances
Only a few weeks ago we published an
item detailing the incident of a "hair
breadth escape" of Thad with a. black
bear. "We onl' knew at that date that
Thad had met the bear in the timber and
had a rough and tumble fight with itjinal
ly coming out firt be-t ty killing the
monster with his pocket-knife. Eecent
advices show that Boxer figured extensive-
j bT in the hunt. J
I )lcad ehi'v in "?
I bear, and fhad li
It seems that Boxer was
the scrape. Ho treed the
fired his first shot without
" ;"S f - uie situation barely
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O Jn '-' -v . i v arftvift& ' vll ,V
sensed him that he came right awav down
out of the brush and made for Boxer with
outstretched arms, clasping the dog in a
fond embrace, at the same time tearing :v
way at his vitals with hio hind claws as if I
to siiult out the last spark of existence with
out much ceremony. Thad then fully
realized the situation and went for the
Bear's hindmost legs, holding them off
while he piunged his knife to the heart and
made a corpse of the beast. It was indeed
a rough and tumble man. ro? and bear
together, transferring the scene of the
slaughter several yards from the com
mencement of the struggle.
Since then Boxer has treed several Cou-
itoiv itwl ntlmr niuniii ! On inft onrminn
flc ot a panther up a tree and after almost
exhausting himself, belore assistance ar
rived went back and ccazed'his keepers
out with a gun to slay the animal, follow
ing it from tree to tree, and point to point,
in tho jungle, until it finally es japed; then
he went home worried and worn out with
the fatigue, so badly disgusstd with the
operation that he could scarcely be in
duced to eat his supper.
These frequent fi eaks have proven Boxer
to be more than a mere animal, and to-day
he rates first class as a dog in that settle
ment. He was from Astoiia, and while
here was considered of n particular ac
count, but his talent had no means of
development in the city, proving that the
country is the best place for a good dog
alter all, even if he Las to go hungry
AerivaS of the Oriflarnrne.
FourDaijs Later yews from the
The Steamship Oriflamme, Capt.
Francis Connor in Command, ar
rived from San Francisco yester
day bringing- news from the Atlan
tic States four days later than
we had by the last steamer from
Portland, from which we collate
the following summary:
The telegraph of the Gth says, the
Democrats have carried Texas bv
Eufus Mallorv has been confirmed
by the Senate as District Attorney
for the State of Oregon.
Senator Mitchell has introduced a
bill providing for the erection of a
Custom House at Portland Oregon.
Fifty members of Congress have
declared their intention to make
speeches on the bill to repeal the
back xay law of last session.
Flour is firm in Xew York at $'6 50
(ft $9 per barrel. Provisions strong.
Gold 109A on the Sth. Prices in Chi
cago are active. Wheat 2 2 cents
The machine shop connected with
the extensive Eessemer steel works
at Baldwin, Pennsylvania, was burn
ed on the 7th. The other buildings
It is said there are no United States
ships near Cuba and in case of a riot
the American residents would be
massacred. The Volunteer Council
has come to a decision to surrender
the Yirginiusand the remaining prisoners-to
a neutral arbitration. But
no reliance can be placed on what
the Council decides, as the volunteers
will act on wild impulse.
A Havana dispatch says: General
BurrieLlttft Havana on Sunday for
Santiago do- Cuba,, to resume chaige
of that department. Harmony has
been restored between Castelar and
Salmeron. It is saiil that the Ha
vana steamer City of Merida,' tho
fastest vessel on the coast, has been
altered to a gun boat and transport,
to bo used in case of war. The Iler
akVs Havana special says-the Ameri
can Consulate is quietly guarded by
troops. An attempt w.as made on
Thursday night to burn the Virgin
ius, and regular soldiers have been
sent on board to protect her.
A later dispatch- reports that the
Virginius would bo delivered up in
a few days. The Masons arc taking
the most energetic steps to repairthe
outrages committed on their broth
ers m Liiba. ucncral (iuesada has
written a sterling letter to President
Grant. It is an appeal of the Cuban
Republic to the United States for
recognition of its belligerent rights.
The action of the Administration to
ward Cuba is-reviewed, as also is the
whole history of the revolution, lie
expresses his confident belief that if
Caban rights as belligerents- were
recognized, the early termination of
the war would follow.
The Spanish question continues
to agitate the public The matter is
becoming, rather a grave affair.
Minister Sickles Is reported to have
tendered his resignation in conse
quence of a disagreement with Sec
retary Fish. The Cuban authorities
demand that the Virginius be deliv
ered in Spain or at Porto Eico, at the
discretion of Solar, the Colonial Min
ister, there to await arbitration.
I The Spaniards in Ilavaivi are greatly
incensed, anutue volunteers tnreat-
c.i war to the knife.
11 pv wi rn-
fuse to submit to the orders of the
Madrid Government to surrender the
Virginius. War is imminent, and
the populace of Spain will succor
Cuba and defy America. The news
that America would nut press-- her
claim for the surrender of the Vir
ginius has-been received.
The death, ot Bishop Armitage of AVis
consin is announced.
Congress will bn asked to pass a bill of
relief lor the Polaris sufferers.
An unprecedented snow storm commenc
ed in New York city on the 6th, and still
continued on the Sth.
The Customs officials at New York re
cently seized a 4,000 bridal outfit from
foreign parts, for non-payment of duties
The New Bedford whalinstbark Courier,
Capt. "White, was run down by a .British
steamer from Liverpool, off the coast of plalc or Female to teach in the Di-tric-Chile
October 26th. Vessel and cargo a g j , - Di trfct x 3 q, ,m
total loss, ci-ew all saved. J ' .
m -ui i :. ; , -i -v C at-op county, Oregon. CommaaiCiU i
Terrible destitution prevails in N ew L;, rl. l -i. :,rJ. ' i
York city, and it is reported that hundred t Ut unaLWonwl' pArK,?n
of houseless people walk the streets nights
unable to gam admission to. the station
houses and other places of refuge, which
T5se Px'ice of Gold.
Sax Francisco, Dec.9 Gold in 2scv
York to-day, 109k Portland Legal
-90.V buying,, and 9U
Inexcusable and Brutal. Concern
ing the disaster which sent the French
steamer Ville de Havre to the bottom,
and caused the abandonment and loss of
the Lochean, which ran into her, from
absolute want of discipline, the Alta of the
9th sas :
The loss of life which followed the sink
ing of the Villa de Havre is chargeable,
to a great extent, to the same cause, and
apparent indifference, on the part of the
officers and crew of the. steamer, to the fate
of the passengers and the remainder of the
crew leit struggling in the water. The
ciptain of the steamer, instead of sinking
with hi ship, and then rising to the sur
face and escaping, got on board the Loc
hean with dry clothes, showing plainly
enough that he did not wait for his ship to
sink before.he took good care to save "num -ber
one." Altogether, from first to last,
the whole affair, on the part of the steam
er, her officers and crew, was as disgrace
ful as it was disastrous. There would
seem also to be no excuse for the responsible
parties of either vessel, for tho collision.
There was plenty of warning. They were
in sight of each other and seen fifteen to
seventeen minutes before the meeting.
Nothing but gross carelessness or indiffer
ence could have allowed the accident to
occur, unless it was ignorance, and that is
scarcely supposable. That disaster is said
to be the first that has ever occurred to any
vessel of the line to which tins
Villa de Havre belonged. But if we may
believe the reports as to the conduct of the
officers and crew ot that steamer, and
accept them as a sample of the others
their freedom from collisions and disasters
may be put down to good luck rather than
to good seamanship. "We have never
known, heaid or read of so unnecessary
and inexcusable a disaster, nor of such a.
total want of humanity displayed, as l)y
those officers of the steamer, llow diflei
ent the conduct oi the brave and heroic
Captain Herndon, of the Central America.
No- more boats will be got through the
Erie canal this winter. Over 200 boats
loaded with grain are frozen in at various
The weather at San Francisco has
been so rough that large vessels could
neither discharge or load.
King Coffee, the African whom Great
Britain is puttingforth her.might to crush,
drinks, at festivals, from the skull of Sir
Charles McCarthy, whose head w.-ta cut
off in 1S24, when the Ashantees whipped
Mexico is anxious to join in the Amer
ican Centennial celebration. If she would
come up and lasso a few Pennsylvanian
polititions she would get a royal reception.
Cotton, sugar, rice and tobacco can be
purchased in Mexico almost without a lim
it. Mexico cannot become a large buyer
until she becomes also a large producer.
At present, the trade of Mexico i largely
in the hands of foreign merchants.
School Books. I have lately re
ceived all the different kinds of New School
Books required to be used in this State, that
can now be found in San Francisco. Abo,
Slate pencils, Blotting pads, a good as
sortment of Stationery, Drawing papei,
CARD BOAED, Perforated board, Ink,
(Carmine, Purple and Black). Likewise a
new stock of Crockery, Clock and a largo
assortment ot Lamp Chimneys, all of
which will be sold chap for cash.
1. W. CASE,
oltf Chcnuimis rt, Astoria.
AVhen "Wilkie Collins was about to
step in front of the curtains at Syra
cuse one Saturday evening, he said
, S0 -Hr: iiancnew, wno was t
I (lUcG hmir . ?.)o.n fc mtrodiio
ce me as
the grea est living novelist. I've
been introduced so a number of
times, and I'd rather be simply Mr.
CoilLns. You know everybody is the
iireatest living something."
tTast Received, A naw stock of
AYaterproof, Flannels, Prints, alt varieties
of Hoaeing, and all kinds of Gloves; also
a new stock of Oil Suits, suitable for Win
ter wear, and Rubber Roots, fitted for
wear and tare, and the celebrated. Mack
intosh Rubber coat--.. All of which sha.t
be sold as cheap as the cheanest.
A. VAN )CTSEX.
Corner Main amlCheniiiuus streets.
Teacher Wanted--A Teacher,
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tt&r For. fresh Oysters, in every stylo, call at
1 the PakkmlUousk J.tKSTAUs.vyfr.