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ASTORIA, OREGO N:
3. f. IREEAXD Editor.
ASTORIA - Dec. 20, 1873
We are in receipt of a pamphlet
from the State Capitol detailing in
extensio the work of the State Board
of Equalization. In fact it is a tabu
lar statement and report of the whole
proceedings of that Board, together
with rules for the Assessment, and
for county Boards, addressed to the
tiovernor, and signed by the individ
ual members of the Board Messrs.
N. H. Gates, Geo. L. Curry and W.
Much information may be derived
concerning State finances from a pe
rusal of these pages. We learn that
this is the first year in which the
assessment rolls of Oregon's counties
have been made uniform. Eor the
first time the different kinds of prop
erty are shown in detail in appropri
The Board takes the view that
when all property is completely list
ed at ithe true value, inequality and
unfairness in taxation will no longer
be experienced; that, to illustrate:
If the taxable property of tke State
could be returned sxt $100,00Q3000,
which they estimate to be nearer
the cash valuation than the amount
actually returned, there would be no
necessity for a further continuance
of the State tax at 5 mills, as it
could safely be reduced, under such
circumstances, to less than one half
that figure, with a corresponding
reduction in the taxatio 11 for county
In connection with the subject of
taxation the Board suggest the ad
visability of paying all County offi
cials a stated salary yearly, instead
of fees as at present, and that the
fees for services be collected as usual
and tranferred to the County Treas
ury. They advise that .a sufficient
salary be paid to Assessors to insure,
for a position of such importance!
that talent and competency so essen
tial for the work. They hold that
there is no County official, whose in
telligent and energetic service com
prehends more beneficial results, ox
whose duties are of more vital conse
quence, and that the term of office
.should be extended to at least a pe
riod 0 four years, to make the in
cumbent more independent of inter
ested influences, and to enable him
jto secure to the public the value of
his experience, at a compensation
graded according to the work to be
performed. They show that the
revenue system of the State is very
defective, and urge its thorough
.amendment as a matter of the first
importance. The report says:
The necessity of the case is so im
perious as to demand a complete re
vision of these laws as soon as possi
ble. They were enacted from time
to time without reference to the pres
ent system of equalization, seem to
have been created without regard to
the revenue laws, and consequently
.difficulties are constantly arising to
retard and embarrass the action of
these organizations in the exercise of
It was undoubtedly the intention
of the Legislature, in making it the
duty of the Assessor to deduct from
the taxable property of the taxpayer
his indebtedness within the State,
that the indebtedness so deducted,
in the form of obligations to pay in
the possession of the creditor, should
be subject to taxation as the property
of the creditor. If otherwise, the
law is invidious and unjust, and
should be repealed, as many of our
merchants, having liabilities due
elsewhere, are precluded from the
benefit of the law. The Board have
therefore directed Assessors hereaf
rur in ail cimas not to deduct indebt
edness unless the names of the cred
itors are given
iii. It was compelled to Uf Judge Williams, for the removal of
as a matter of right tof.jj. -,., , - Al
.the State and to the taxpayer, as
well as justice to those who are ex
cluded from taking advantage of the
law, and more particulaziy because
f.the enormous amount of indebted
ness avearing as an offset to assess-
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ments. The asirrearate indebtedness
throughout the State, which taxpay-
't iVi110 be"?tit ainouuts to
M3, di'I, 114, while the column ol
monev, notes and accounts," where
said indebtedness should appear, ag-
jregntes only $),030,(72, which is
$ oo suiiicieutly significant of itself to
OsJ o I
need further comment. The assess
able property of the State for the
present year was returned at$57,6S2,
691. Deducting indebtedness and
exemption amounting to $16,682,532,
the total taxable property amounted
to $40,700,159. The result of equali
zation increases this sum to $45, OSS, -924
Four very important statistical ta
bles are presented in a compendium,
showing the resources of the State as
1st. A table of the acreage, aver
age value per acre, and gross value
of land, exclusive of grants to corpo
rations, in each county of the State,
and per cent, of increase after equal
ization. It shows an aggregate of
3,489,394 acres, and the assessed val
ue of $19,010,50S, with the value as
equalized of $22,220,3S1 40.
. 2d. A table of the number and
gross and average values of stock in
each county of the State, and per
cent, of increase after equalization.
It gives 65,7S9 horses; assessed value,
$2,5S9,617; equalized value, $3,0S0,
227; cattle, 232,132; assessed value,
$3,416,946; equalized value, $3,783,
061; sheep, 3SS,241 assessed val
ue, 8965,461; equalized value, $1,
041,199; swine, 72,825; assessed value,
$145,641; equalized value, $212,354.
3d. A table of the property of cor
porations, showing description of
property owned by each company,
the assessed value thereof, the per
centage added or deducted, and the
equalized value. This exhibit gives
427 miles of telegraph line; assessed
value, $27,950; equalized value $42,
750; 257 miles of railroad, equalized
at $5,S03 SS.3 per mile, or $1,494,
500; 192,514 acres of land of Europe
an and Oregon Land Co.; assessed
value, $146,69S 93; equalized value,
$26S,121 49; 484,562 acres of lands of
wagon road companies; assessed val
ue, $365,461; equalized value, $477,
925. 4th. A table of the aggregates of
property in each county of the State,
with the values as assessed and equal
ized, showing the total taxable prop
erty of the State as equalized to be
In looking through these tables we
find that Clatsop county has a great
er valuation of town lots than any
counties of the State except five, and
three of the five have but very little
more than Clatsop. In the matter of
indebtedness but five counties of the
State show less than Clatsop, but
when the actual estimate is reduced
pro rata this county stands second in
that respect. In the matter of mer
chandise, implements, and monej',
notes and accounts, Clatsop county
rates 'equally as well as any county
in the State, proportionately consid
ered. There are 36U miles ot telegraph
in Oregon, but nary inch in Clatsop
The Independents have got the
Salem Statesman, and Installed Sam
A. Clark as editor of it.
The Albany Democrat -was in
jured by a fire in the oflice on Thurs
day morning of last week, to the ex
tent of $1,000.
Rev. Gustavus Hines is no more.
His death occurred in Salem on the
9th. In his death Oregon has lost
one of its.most gifted men.
A destructive fire occurred at Port
Gany, Canada, on the 4th, by which
the Parliament building was totally
destroyed, with all the books and of
J. J. Henderson has been con
firmed as consul to Anioy, China.
The telegraph changed his name to
Joseph Johnson, but he probably
won't stand the alteration. His
wife in now en route to China.
The House of Representatives
lias agreed to report a bill to repeal
so much of the postal law of the last
Congress as prohibits the passage of
newspapers through the mails with
A great howl has. been raised in
Oregon, and on both sides the poli
tical organs teem with vitiine ration
-inuisun vjrjkDus irom tne oince oi
United States Attorney for the dis
trict of Oregon If Judge Williams
is guilty as charged it is to be regret
ted that he has been appointed to
the high position of Chief Justice of
j the Supreme Bench. If Gibbs is
! guilty as charged it served him right.
-f,n v. u j n .. L-
When we- have heard aU the testl"
;mony we shall publish an " opinion"
for the benefit of the public, on this
It is reported that at the time the
Tirginius was lying at Santiago de
Cuba, the British war steamer Niobe
and her commander, Lorraine, left
Jamaica in such haste that several of
her crew, who were ashore on leave,
were left behind. He hardly stopped
to cast anchor at Santiago before he
hastened ashore and protested against
the killing of any more of the Yirgin
ius crew. General Burriel answered
him saucily in a letter, saying that
every execution that had been order
ed would be proceeded with. Com
mander Lorraine instantly returned
a reply that in the absence of an
American man-of-war he would pro
tect not only the interests of his coun
try, but those of the United States,
and that if Burriel harmed a hair of
another prisoner he would bombard
the city. It was generally believe at
Santiago that this action of the British
Commander saved the lives of the
rest of the Yirginius crew. Comman
der Lorraine afterwards obtained five
copies of the process of the Court
martial condemning them to death.
Elkhart, Indiana, has a first
class somnambulist, Mendenhall by
name. He works in the locomotive
machine shops there and his latest
feat, while asleep, was climbing by
devious and dangerous ways to the
top of the chimney at the works,
which is one hundred feet high.
After walking about on the top he
descended, swinging down by the
posts like a trapeze performer, often
head first. He regained his board
ing house and his bed without recov
The recent snow-storm was par
ticularly severe in Marys ville, Cali
fornia. Snow fell to the depth of five
inches. The weight of snow demol
ished a barn 100 feet by 80 feet. The
eight telegraph wires leading from
the city were demolished in every di
re ction . It afterwards rain ed so h ard
that fears were entertained of a flood.
Fir em cms9 JBaH. -Astoria Engine
Company No. 1, will give a Grand Ball,
at Spiritual Hall, Astoria, on Christmas
Night, December 25th, 1873. Good Music
will be provided. Tickets, including sup
per, $3. A general invitation is extended
to the public.
Committee of Arrangements W.P.Gray,
Foreman; J. G. Coe, 1st Assistant; 13. F.
Stevens, 2d Assistant.
Floor Managers C. S. Wright, I.Stevens,
"W. P. Gray, N. S. Welch. td
DRILL. Astoria Fire Company No, 1, will
meet THIS (Saturday) EVENING, at
o'clock for drill. By order of tho
BY VIRTUE OF AN EXECUTION issued
upon a decree of tho Circuit Court of tho
fctate of Oregon for the County of Clatsop.mado
on the Kith day of August, lb73,in which James
Taylor is L'laintitf, and John M. Shively is de
fendant, commanding and directing mo to soil
lots two (2,) three (H), ten (10), and eleven (11),
in block numbered ono hundred and fifteen
(ll"), of Shivoly's Astoria, in tho County of
Clatsop, in tho Stato of Oregon, or so many of
them as may bo sufficient to pay and satisfy
the several sums of money in said decroo,
specified, to-wit: Tho sum of thrco hundred
and twenty-eight dollars and seventy cents
($;J2S 70), in United States gold coin, with in
terest thereon in like United States gold coin,
at the rato of ono nor cent, per month in favor
of said plaintiff and against said defendant
John M. Shively. together with costs and dis
bursements taxed atninetecn dollars and forty
cents (S1H -10), and other costs to accrue on said
execution, I have this day levied upon all tho
right, title, interest and estatoof tho said John
M. Shively, in and to tho said lots two (2),
thrco (3), ten (10) and cloven (11), in said block
ono hundred and fifteen (llo), ir said Shivoly's
Astoria, in Clatsop county, Stato of Oregon,
and shall proceed to sell tho samo at Public
Auction to the highest bidder for cash inUnited
States gold coin, on SATURDAY, tho 17th
day of January, 1S74, at two (2). o'clock p. m.
of said day, at tho Court-house door, in tho
County of Clatsop, and State of Oregon.
W. 11. TWILIGHT, Sheriff
Clatsop County Oregon.
Dated at Astoria, Dec. 20th, 187.5. d2U 4w
Fashionable m a ke r i
Chcnamus street Astoria, Oregon.
x3 Manufactures to order tho best quality
of iioots and Shoes Repairing of all kinds'
Astoria Truck and Drat Co,
Office at J. AY. Gem-hart's Store, Astoria.
OPDERS LEFT WITH MR. GEARIIART
for any kind of Teaming will bo promptly
attended to. ood of all kinds constantly on
hand. Orders solicited. oc4tf
Main St.,(llolladay's Wharf,) Astoria, Oregon.
CHARLES 13INDER, PnorBiETOK.
FRESH RREAD, CAKES, PIES, CRACK
ers and Pilot Bread, always on hand.
is kept in connocticn witli tho Bakery, whoro
meals can bo procured at all hours.
Kr-iUy iters in every stylo in tho season.
FRANK FABRE, at the Central Market,
Portland, has enlarged his COFFEE stall,
and added such improvements aa will enable
him to provido Epicures with the best in the
Market. Parties furnished with Hot Coffee on
short notice. Give the Central Market Coffee
Stand a trial ocltf
Fancy Poultry 1 Sale.
THE UNDERSIGNED, ABOUT TO RE
movo from Astoria, offers his stock of fan
cy Poultry for sale, at the following reduced
Silver Spangled Hamburg? 7 50 per pair
Ruff Cochins 5 00 '
Light Rrahmas 5 00 "
Duck-Wing Game 3 00 "
lltiJ- All Chickens are warranted to be Puro
blooded. A. J. MEGLEK ,
n2itf Astoria, Oregon.
THEWKOIiESAIiE OYSTER CO.
A. 8. Gross, Agent,
nnHIS COMPANY IS NOW READY TO
X deliver from one to ono thousand sacks of
Ircsh Oysters, direct from their native element
thrco times a week; we can furnish all kinds,
In any Quantity, at prices Defying Com
petition. Customers can rely upon regular tri-weekly
supplies, either in sunshine or storm
We never Fail, and Always labt the Sea
G. W. WARREN & CO,, .
oc2tf Astoria, Oregon.
$Sb 20 GARMENTS !
A PAIR OF SOCKS IN THIRTY MINUTS
Knits Hosiery. Mittens, and Gloves of all
sizes, complete, without a seam.
K5T Send for Circular. Agents Wanted.
A. VAIL, General Agent,
F. OPITZ, Proprietor,
First Street, near Vine, Portland, Oregon
ANUFACTURE all kinds of Fancy Eis-
euits. Crackers. Pilot, Ship and Naval
Uread. Orders addressed as above promptly
attended to, aulltf
U. S. MAIL AND EXPEESS.
From Astoria to Clatsop Bead !
Past HOUSES! Good CARRIAGE!
LEAVES ASTORIA EVERY TUESDAY,
Thursday and Saturday Mornings.
Arrive Samo Mornings at tho
And SEA SIDE HOUSE.
RETURNING Leaves those nouses every
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, connecting
with steamer to Poitland each way.
JJ'd" Distance twenty-four miles, faro 31 50.
11. B. PARKER. Proprietor.
The Steam Tisg Vamna
"Will leave Astoria every
TUESDAY and SATURDAY
Carrying Mails, Passengers and Freight.
ft2u Other days of the woek she will be ready
to go anywhere that business may justify. Is
prepared to lighter cargoes, freight, hay, cattlo
and wood. J . II. D. GRAY Agent, Astoriu.
Tho f:ist sailing Sloop
W. H. TWILIGHT,
R M LOWE Master
Is now in readiness to Charter for Pleasure
Partios, Freight or Passengers. Headquarter
Corner Main and Jefferson streets, Astoria.
only regular: PACKET BETWEEN
ASTORIA AND CLATSOP.
Carrying the U. S- HVIail!
no well Known sloop Jt
W, J. FRANKLIN Master
Leaves Clatsop every Monday, Wednesday
and .Friday, on arrival of Stages, connecting
at Astoria with tho steamer .Dixie Thompson.
Returning, leaves Astoria every Tuesday,
Thursday and Saturday, connecting with the
Coaches for tho Beach. Extra trips made to
accommodate tho traveling public
G-EORGE B. McEWAN,
TS PREPARED TO CONSTRUCT BOATS
X of every description, of tho best materials,
on short notice, and guarantees to give satis
tttfBeforo sending to San Francisco or else
where, give mo a call. oHtf
COLUMBIA RIVER PILOTSI
n. A. SNOW,
M, M. GILMAN,
C. S. WRIGHT, Agent.
BST Office Corner of Main and Chenamus
streets, Astoria, Oregon.
Established iu Astoria in 18-19.
NEW GOODS. CHEAP GOODS.
A. VAM DTTSEtf,
"Wholesale and Retail Dealer in
Corner of Main and Chenamua streets,
Jrf NOW OFFERING FOR SALE ONE OF
tho largest and most complete assortments
of General Merchandise over before brought
to the country, and to buyers
For Cash will offer the Most nallering Inducements
In tho lino of
HATS, AND CATS,
BOOTS AND SHOES
LADIES' DRESS GOODS,
A CoijIe$c Stoelt of Every Article,
TOO JfUMEKOL'S TO MENTION.
5TGivo mo a call, and bo convinced that
my poods are of tho best quality, and as cheap
as can bo bought of any houso in tho State.
A. VAN DUSEN.
GOODS F0RTHE SEASON
Gnat EEDUCTM in Prices !
THE EITIKE STOCK!
A T THE STOKE OF THE LATE GEORGE
XJL bUxAliuEllh, deceased, Astoria
HAS TO BE
And in order to settle up tho affairs of the es
tate, tho undersigned, administrator, is now
offering tho entire line, embracing a very de
sirable quality of goods at prices below actual
KST Call and Examino for Yourselves.itU
AST All persons having bills against tho es
tato will please present tho same, with proper
vouchers for payment. And all persons ewing:
tho estato will plcaso como forward and settle
or make arrangements to settlo tho same, and
save costs. C. S. WRIGHT,
Headquarters ! Headquarters I
I. W. CA-SE,
Chennmus Street, Abtoria, Oregon,
Wholesale and Retail Dealer in
Dry Goods, Clothing. Groceries, Provisions, Notions
Asd General Merchandise
HATS AND CAPS,
BOOTS AND SHOES,
BLANKETS, FLANNELS, &c.
"Which is being ojFered
Cheap FOR CASH or PRODUCE !
S-g..All the New School Books, that can
he had, and a great variety of Stationery
just received. " jyl tf
Millinery and Fancy Goods.
E WISH TO CALL THE ATTENTION
of the Ladies of Astoria and vicinity to
our now stock of
Millinery and Fancy Goods I
Which we offer at reasonablo prices. Ladies
living at a distance, favoring us with their or
ders, will lind thorn promptly attended to.
Miss H. M. MORRISON, Propr.
Main street, Asjoria, Oregon.
PETER II. EOX,.
Corner of Main and Jefferson streets Astoria..
made to order.
ALL KINDS CUT A2?D.
Cleaning and repaying.
Main Street - - Astoria, Oregon
ITrATCHES AXD CLOCKS cleaned and re-.
YY paired in tho best
manner, at rooms in
TUNER & REGULATOR..
Prom the Houso of Matthias Ghay
G23 and 62o Clay street, San Francisco, Cal.x
and Odd Fellow's Tomplo, Portland.
THE ONLY TUNER, WITH ONE EXCEP-,
tion, to whom Mr. Gray ha3 over given a
" ritten recommendation.
JR5T Mr. Schoen will soon yisit Astoria, and
orders loft- at tho AsTor,rAJ Offick will bo
promptly attended to, n2fctf
ENTR AL MARKET, Stalls No. 27 and 28,
JOHNSON & SPATJLDING,
Dealers in all kinds of FRESH MEATS, and
packers of Beef and Pork. Tho highest prico
paid for all kinds of fat stuck. j:fltf