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Astoria, Oregon, Tuesday Evening, Dec. 23, 1873.
TUESDAY, THURSDAY AND SATURDAY
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Agent for this paper, in proem ing subcribers.
Santa Clan- ha- opened his Astoria
Budget at I. AW Case's.
Gray & Donabon have a Christmas
goose or turkey saved for you.
The new AYo-tport schooner Ettie
May has arrived safely in San Francisco.
eaBTor fre-h Oysters, in every style, call at
tho 1'akkkk ILorsi-: Kkstausaxt.
II. B. Parker is in receipt of a fine lot
of chestnuts, ex-Ajax, for the holidays'.
Poultry, and game of all kinds, in the
AYashington market, for Christmas !
fXSS'A neat, clean, coscy place, for gcntlc
jnen and ladies to enjoy a dish of fresh Uystcrs
is at the Parker ilorsi-: Kkstauraxt.
Job Boss, not to be behind hand with
Christmas toys, Isas fairly loaded down
bis shelves with seasonable coods.
Miss P. A. Owens, a well known lady
of Bcseburg, will shortly start for Pliila-
-delphia, where she proposes to graduate
as an 31. D.
The Origonian says that the plans and
specifications for the new Agricultural
College atCorvallis have been completed,
mid were accepted a few days ao. Messrs.
Kruinbcin and Gilbert of Portland, pre
pared the plans.
Divine service will be held at Grace
(Episcopal) Church, on Christmas day, at
0.30 and 10.30 a. m. Christmas eve., (to
morrow), there will be a Christmas Tree,
and exercises consisting of singing, and
recitations, commencing at 7 p. m.
AYe hear of a claim, in this count,
for 4,500 damage, caused by laying out
the Astoria, Nehalem and AYashington
-county AVagon road through a 'arm valued
at $5,000, Query is any damage done !
until the road is constructed ?
As the AYindward had been caught
below the mouth of the AYallamet and
above the mouth of the Slough, we pre
sumed that part of the blockade to be
broken on her appearance yeterda.y, but
we have since learned that such is not the
KS" Oysters in every style, at all hours of
day or nisdit, at the I'arkrr IIousk Hkstau
rant, Main street, Astoria.
The social reunion last evening at Odd
Fellows' hall was a very enjoyable affair.
The hall and refreshment rooms were dec
orated by the cheerful appearances of very
many of the most social and genial ones
of Astoria's blest, and music, singing and
conversation lent a charm to the scene long
to be remembered.
The steamer Mary Bell, Capt. J. N.
.Fisher, with a barge in tow loaded with
.Hour from the Salem Mills for the Cut
water, hence for Liverpool on the 2Sth., to
.-complete cargo, arrived on Sunday. She
left Portland last Friday, fighting her walk
through the ice. All these Tittle annoyan
ces, and a good main' larger ones, are
-arguments in favor of the railroad and
telegraph. Astoria deserves a better con
nection with the valleys than the fickle,
;unstable, frozen up and dried up rivers.
TheAltaofthe 0th., informs us that
"the ship David Brown is awaiting the
arrival of a bark from Portland, with
wheat, to finish loading her." AVe pre
sume the Oregonian would not have been
. surprised to see the item in the Astouiax
if it read about the same, substituting for
the arrival of a bark from Portland with
wheat to finsh loading her, the words for
jinstnnce : awaiting a steamboat from Port
land." The fact of a ship like the David
iBrown awaiting in San Francisco thcarri
wal of a bark from Portland with wheat to
finish 'loading her, tells its own story.
The Portland and San Francisco trade
may demand such expedient, but we are
not of those who think the btatc can lose
nothing by the operation.
Thirty tons of Astoria freight
were discharged from the Ajax yes
terday. AVe understand that storage room
has heen engaged at the Farmers1
wharf for one large cargo, at least.
The loser of a package of calico
and toy horn, will find the same at
this office. It is supposed the arti-
! cles belong to Santa Clans.
Great preparations are being
made for Christmas in Astoria. The
Fireman's ball will be one of the
grandest a flairs of the season.
The Ajax arrived yesterday and
'left for Portland. The Gussie Tel
! fair also arrived at the same time,
and left with the Fleur dc Lis for
Ernst Papmahl at the Gcrmania,
in this city, has secured a fine lot of
ictas for the holidays, lie has
choice schwitzercase, limberger,
pickles, etc., etc., and the best Ale
and Lager in Oregon.
One of the most efficacious remedies
in the world for all kinds of business de
pressions and troubles, is a liberal use of
The pan-cake season has got around
to Astoria again, and John AY. Gearhart
has some excellent buckwheat flour to sup
ply the people with batter ibr flapjacks.
Speaking of pan-cakes reminds us of
a story told by the Danbury man . A hired
girl employed in a family there, while
baking cakes the other morning, stepped
backward to a chair in which reposed the
batter, and deliberately sat down in the
pan. As she subsequently refused to sit
down on the stove, the breakfast was fin
ished with bread.
George Flavel, jr., who has chosen to
follow the sea, and just completed a voyage
to Bolivia in the AYhistler, arrived here
on a visit, in the new barkentine Portland,
with Capt, Gage.
On thclSth. inst, Mrs. AW A. Tenny
presented us with samples of geraniums
and roses, in bloom, from her conservatory
in this city, which are as fine as any that
can be produced in like climate thcworld
over. The boquet consists of monthly
roses, and five varieties of geraniums.
Capt. Baughman, so long and well
known as a srenmhont. mnn in Ornnmn wn
ters, has returned to the State after an j
absence of several vcars and will re-umn
hi calling here in th employ of the AVal
lamet J liver Transportation Company.
The Captain will take charge of the Com
pany's now steamer upon its completion,
and run between Albany and Astoria.
Airs. John Douglass, of this cit-, has
a memento of the stirring days of the revo
lutionary war, in the shape of a flute,
which one of her ancestors used in those
days to inspire the patriotic to noble deeds
of action. It is in a good state of preser
vation, considering its age, and was the
property of Thomas and Benjamin Hall,
of lthode Island, in 177G.
The Forest Grove Independent is
growling at the Portland dailies for appro
priating its items without credit. The
Independent, after awhile, will only won
der when credit is given, as it occasionally
will be, for some valueless item. Crandail
says it is beneath the dignity of a metro
politan journal to admit that it has pro
cured any of its news from the country
press it's all original with them. AVhy
don't the Independent quit its growling
and do as we do steal in turn from them,
without siint or conscience ? All we hav e
to say is, steal away, and " damned be he
who first cries, hold! enough!"
The proposal to construct an inter
oceanic canal in accordance uta aid plans
of Commander Selfridge, was discussed by
th American Geographical Society, and
endosed by that body, lleports on three
inter-oceanic canal routes will be present
ed to Congress mid if no plan be then
adopted, the subject will have a more
thorough investigation than it has hitherto
received. It was claimed at the New
York meeting that the canal could be
constructed for the sum of 00,000,000,
and that the first year of its opening it
would pay nine per cent, on the outlay.
It may not be many years before the vo'
age to the Atlantic States or Europe can
be made without rounding Cape Horn.
The New York Central Railroad
expects to have its four tracks ready for
use, on the whole line from Syracuse to
Albany, by January, and partially so fjr
much of the distance west of Syracuse.
To be sung at Grace Church Festival, 1873.
As Joseph was A-iuallcing.
As Joseph was a-walking,
lie heard an angel sing,
" This night shall be the birth-night,
Of Christ the lleav'nly King;
Ilis "birth-day shall be neither
In housen nor in hall,
Nor in the place of Paradise,
But in the oxen's stall."
lie neither shall be rocked
In silver or in gold,
But in the wooden manger
That licth on the meuld:
lie neither shall be clothed
In purple or in pall.
But in the fair white linen
That usen babies all.
He neither shall be washen
AYith white wine nor with red,
But with the fair spring water
That on you shall be shed,
Then be you glad good people,
At thi time of the year,
And light you up your candles,
For llis star it shineth near.
As Joseph was a-walking,
ThiK did the angel sing,
And Mary's Son at mid-night '
AY as born to be our King !
JIarl:! A Burst of Heavenly Music.
Hark ! a burst of heavenly music,
From a band of seraphs bright,
Suddenly to earth descending
In the calm and silent night;
To the shepherds of Judea,
AYatching in the earliest dawn,
Lo ! they bear the joyful tidings,
11 Jesus, Prince of Peace, is born !"
Sweet and clear those angel voices,
Echoing through the starry sky,
As they chant the heavenly chorus,
" Glory be to God on high !"
Slumbering in a lowly manger,
Lies the Mighty Lord of all ;
And before the holy Stranger
Sec the trembling shepherds fall.
He has come, the long-expected,
Full of wisdom, love, and grace,
To redeem His ruined creatures,
To restore our fallen race.
So let angels wake the chorus !
So let ransomed men reply !
Chanting the celestial anthem,
" Glory be to God on high !"
And this joyful Christmas morning,
Breaking o'er the world below,
Tells again the wondrous story
Shepherds heard so long ago.
Who shall still our tuneful voices,
AVho the tide of praise shall stem,
AVhich the blessed angels taught us,
In the fields of Bethlehem.
Hark ! we hear again the chorus,
Pinging through the starry sky,
And we join the heavenly anthem,
" Glory be to God on high !"
Lo! lie Comes.
Softly they come, a bright and shining
Swift thio' the air their eagle pinions fly ;
Glory to God their welcome, welcomesong;
Hallelujah, God is love, let earth reply :
Daughter of Zion, oh ! banish thy tears,
Lo, in its beauty thy morning star appears,
Lift up thine eyes, thy srcat Deliverer sec,
Lo,he comes a mighty Kiiig,to ransom thee
Break forth, ye hills, ye mountains catch
Break forth ye hills, and swell the choral
Let ev'ry heart with eager transport bound,
Christ the Saviour promised long, is born
Daughter of Zion, a captive no more,
Pise in thy splendor thy dreary night is o'er
Lift up thine eyes, thy great Deliverer see,
Lo,hc comes a mightyKingto ransom thee.
Peace like a dove, her branch of olive
Mercy and truth in holy converse meet,
Heav'n with a burst of loud hosanna rings,
Ancient prophets worship at Messiah's feet.
Daughter of Zion, no longer oppressed,
Nations unnumbered shall flock to thee
for rc.-t ;
Lift: up thine eyes, thy crown Imperial see,
Lo, he comes a mighty King, to ransom
Christ, the Lord, is Born.
Christ is born, Christ the Lord,
Holy angels sang;
O'er the earth bathed in sleep,
How the ceho rang;
AYave to wave in chorus bright,
Star to star with answering light,
Sang through all that glorious night,
Christ the Lord is born.
Christ is born, Christ the Lord,
Still the angels sins ;
O'er the earth far and wide,
As of old on Bethlehem's plain,
Judah's harp awoke the strain;
Join we now the glad refrain,
Christ the Lord is born.
Chime away loud and clear,
Bells of Christmas morn;
Joy toall, joy to all,
Christ the Lord is born;
Dear Pedeemer at thy feet
AYe would blend our carols sweet,
AVhile our grateful hearts repeat
Christ, the Lord is born.
Hark the song, hark the song,
Hear its tones of love;
Polling on, ever on,
From the choirs above.
A Telegrnpli for Astoria.
The Oregonian submits two proposi
tions from the AYestern Union Company
for a telegraph line to Astoria. AYe were
hopeful that this freeze would be product
ive of some good, and if the mild weather
of Spring does not soften the ardour of the
agitators of this movement the wires will
be stretched to this sea side city ere the
Astoriax is one year of age June 30th,
1S74. Those propositions are as follews:
1st, The Western Union Company will,
upon the guaranty of the payment of a
uonus or suosiuy or $iu,uuu, uy a respon
sible corporation of Portland, agree to
furnish material, build, equip, put in op
eration and maintain at the expense of the
company a line of telegraph between the
points named; the said 10,000 to be paid
to said company upon the completion of
the line. Under this proposition the com
panjr would, of course, own the line and
would be required to give security to
maintain it, lest the revenues from it
should fall below the running expenses
and it be allowed to fall into disuse and
2d. That a corporation shall be formed
hereof like responsible men, to be known
perhaps as the Portland and Astoria Tcle
giaph Company, for the purpose of build
ing and maintaining such a line, and the
AA estern Union Company will build and
equip the line, and upon its completion
will turn it over to the Portland and As
toria Company, at the actual cost of con
struction and equipment, the latter .com
pany thereafter owning and maintaining
and conducting it as they might see fit.
The Western Union men estimate the
cost of the proposed line at 10,000 or
The tug Merrimac succeeded in get
ting the Hera as far up as St. Helen's, and
returned for another vessel.
During the course of repairs to the
Yaruna, the mail for the Cape and inter
mediate points, is carried on the pilot boat
The present trip of the new barken
tine Portland was made in ninety-six hours
from San Francisco. She is a clipper-ship
before the wind.
Hon. S. I. Kimball, Chief of the
Revenue Marine Service, asks Congress
for an appropriation to build a steamer to
be placed on the Columbia river.
The " barge'- brought down by the
Alary Bell, was the hull of Fred Condon's
new steamer. It was loaded with 110 tons
of wheat and flour for the Farmers' ware
house. During the passage of the British bark
Toftcombs to this port, while hove to, she
was struck with a heavy south east gale,
which shifted her ballast and caused sev
eral hours hard labor to upright the vessel
Nine steamers arrived at Astoria yes
terday as follows : Ajax from San Fran
cisco, Gussie Telfair from Puget Sound,
Oneonta, Dixie Thompson, Emma Hay
ward, Alary Bell, Merrimac, Shoo-fly and
Sedalia. from points above Astoria.
The bark Helen W. Almy, Captain
Freeman, was at Melbourne on September
2(th, and the Oregonian. Capt. Houdlett,
at Valparaiso on November 1st, each with"
lumber from Humboldt. The AYebfoot,
Capt. AYheehvright, has gone to Umpua
to load lumber.
In consequence of the freeze, and no
wheat being at Astoria, the Andromeda
and Sophia D. will load foreign from San
Francisco. Our San Francisco correspon
dent informs us that several charters have
been cancelled for the Columbia river, at
least for the present.
The Shoo-Fly, Capt. John Harlow,
(A.J.Knott's steamboat for the new mines
in British Columbia), arrived here yester
day from Portland, with the AYindward
and a barge load of lumber in tow. She
returned "with the Sylhet in tow. The
Shoo-fly is an odd looking craft, built low,
of very light draft, intended for the upper
AYallamet trade. AVhen her new owner
fits her for the north she will be ballasted
with lumber, and betaken in tow as far as
Puget Sound by the Sitka steamer.
Exchllkxt Thoso Sugar Cured Hams, and
that Fresh lloli Butter, Fresh Buckwheat,
(this year's crop), Corn Meal, Cracked Wheat,
llominy, etc, at Cask's. 12tf
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. Also,
Slate pencils, Blotting pads, a good as
sortment of Stationery, Drawing paper,
CxVPD BOAPD, Perforated board, Ink,
(Carmine, Purple and Black). Likewise a
new stock of Crockery, Clocks and a large
assortment of Lamp Chimneys, all of
which will be sold cheap for cash.
I. W. CASE,
oltf Chonamus sU, Astoria, ,
JLETTER FROM SHOALWATER.
The Weather Mill Sola 2f ysteriou s
Brtjceport, Dec. 17th., 1873.
AYe have been enjoying ten or twelve
days cf as lovely weather as it has ever
been our lot to experience in this misty
climate at this season of the year. Bright,
sun-shiny days, and clear, frosty nights
being quite a rarity. There has also been
quite a full of snow, which, combined with
the cold, made us sigh for the " days of our
youth" with its open fire-places and sleigh
rides. But we did not intend to write an
essay on that interesting subject, the
weather, so will turn our attention to other
The sale recently effected of the steam
saw mill, previously owned by Messrs.
Simpson and Piddell, to Messrs. AVoods
and Company of Knappton, has excited
considerable interest on this side. The
mill, which is a very good one, has been
laying idle for several years, owing to
some trouble between the previous part
ners, but we are in hopes that under the
new management it will prove a great
benefit, for a good mill in operation can
not fail to make livlier times in its imme
diate vicinity at any rate.
An event of a very startling nature to
our quiet community is the disappearance
of a miner, by the name of Green. He
was living in a house four or five miles
from Bruceport, and one, or one and a
half perhaps, from other neighbors. No
light has been seen, nor has any smoke
been observed to issue from the building,
for about a month. Last week a party of
hunters called at the house, but could dis
cover no trace of Mr. Green, and since
that time he has been inquired for at all
the residences around, but no one has seen
or heard of him, and there is now a party
organizing to scour the forest around his
dwelling. Mr. Green was suffering from
heart disease, and it is almost a certainty
that he ia lying dead some place in the
woods. AVe do not know that the man
has any relative3 or friends anywhere, as
we never heard him mention any. AYe
will apprise you farther if anything is
discovercdof the man, so that his friends'
can claim his effects. AYe certainly hope
that all fears or groundless, but fear they
are too true. Mr. Green was a very quiet,
and peaceable person, and all that know
him will be truly sorry if any thing has
occurred to him. But we will drawthis
overlong letter to a close, lest the welcome
so kindly extendedto us will bewithdi awn
and so in the language of the inimitable
Artemus, will bid you, " adoo."
A. X. E.
Mr. John Crellen, of Oysterville, re
turned by the Ajax, yesterda.
AVe hear frequently of deaths 'on
the real, while of deaths at sea but
little is known or said. Among the
vessel in 1S72 the wrecks were 1,95S,,
or 3So more than in 1S71. Some of
these were collisions in which one
vessel escaped unharmed. The num
ber of ships actually involved in loss
of property was" 2,3S1, or 45-i
more than "in 1871; of these, 1,S7S
were British, 430 foreign registers,
73 unknown. Of the 1,958 wrecks'.
i 409 were the result of collisions, and
j of the remainder, 436 wrecks, involv
ing total loss, ob arose irom aeiects
in shins or eouinment, 40 foundered
'from unseaworthiness, and 109 by
inattention, carelessness, or neglect.
This tonnage represented 5S1,000
tons, but the principal loss was amon
coasting vessels, the total comprising
59 fishing-smacks and 1,097 colliers.
The east coast was more calamitous
than the west, as the highway to
America. In all the wrecks, only
622 occurred when the wind was at
or above a strong gale. A,s many as
647 took place when the wind was
such that the vessel should carry her
top-gallant sails, and 364 happened
in a moderate gale. The lives lost in
these cusualties were 590, or less than
in any year since 1864, but the ma
jority took place in the Irish sea.
The" National Life-boat Institution
has 235 life-boats on the coast, and
since its establishment has saved
more than 20,000 lives. Besides
these, there are 58 private life-boats.
The case of the steamship Sap
phire vs. Napoleon III., Emperor of
the French, No. 133, from the Cir
cuit Court for California, was heard
on the 9th in the TJ. S. Supreme
Court at AVasb:igtM,