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ASTORIA, OREGON, MONDAY EVENING, MAY 8, 1876.
. NO. 7.
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rt37 Advertisements inserted by tho year at
the rate al si 00 per square per month.
Transient advertising, by the day or week,
fifty cents per square first insertion.
The Centaur, a German bark 68
tons register, arrived tliis morning, 49
days from Hongkong. She brings 224
Chinese passengers, and 250 tons mdc.
consumed to Allen & Lewis.
Rev. J. D. Eaton, the popular
pastor of the Congregational Church
of Portland, having resigned his pas
torate, left last week for the East,
much to the regret of a large part of
Mr. Einbergcr caught, ninety fish
at one drift, hist Friday night, and on
taking up his net found six ducks in
it, which had become entangled in the
meshes while diving, and were drown
ed, so says a fisherman.
"Wilson captured 100 fine salmon
hist night, for Kinney's Fishery; 1150
fish were taken in :it that fishery be
fore noon to-day, and the3r were num
bered b- hundreds at all other fisheries
along the river, so far as heard from.
By the courtesy .of Thos. L.
.Davis, Superintendent of Booth's
cannery, we were to-day enabled to
inspect a curious piece of mechanism
for the labeling of cans. The affable
3'oung Superintendent explained that
one thousand labels can be attached
to as many cans, in one hour, after
the operator shall have become used
to it. It consists of two parallel rods
on an incline wide enough apart to
allow a can to roll between them.
Midway of the incline is a pack
et of labels, at either end of
which is a reservoir of pre
pared paste, self feeding. By
the time the can has passed these la
bels it is neatty covered and ready
for packing, avoiding the daubing
of the paste on the glossed labels and
requiring a man to remove them
who cannot allow grass to grow un
ier him. Appropos of the imitative
genius of the Chinaman, it was cu
rious to note how readily a heathen
mastered the intricacies of this
really complicated machine.
The San Francisco Daily Com
mercial News, referring to the de
parture of the ship Samuel "Watts
from Astoria saj's: "The draught
of vessels loading at Astoria has been
gradually becoming greater until now
it seems that vessels of almost any
draught can cross the Columbia
river bar in safety. ."We would ad
vise our friends at Astoria however,
that some improvement might be
made in the system of towage as very
many complain of unnecessary de
lays passing in and out." In the
matter of towage it must be admitted
by all who are fully aware of the facts
that the system at Astoria is as per
fect as can be made. There never
has been any unnecessary delays,
either in or out. The pilots and tug
owners are careful men, of sound
judgment, and the complaints to
which the News refers, are solely
from predjudice and come from a
blind ring of Portland manipulators.
The fact that all losses on the Colum
bia river bar, put together, would
not amount to $5,000 in the past six
3'ears, ought to be .sufficient evidence
of the truthfulness of our statement.
Current Euents of the Day.
There is no longer any doubt
but that several centuries ago an ex
pedi 'tion from China approached
these shores for the purposes of set
tlement. It is supposed that the
expedition was composed of those
who were " fenced out" of China by
the building of the wall. But they
never landed here, or at least never
made a sure foot-hold, and all the
evidences of the expedition that are
to be found are in the shape of
trophies occasionally washed up by
the surging billows from the briny
deep. The latest of these is a bees
wax figure head of a dragon, petrified
into wood, and now on exhibition at
H. B. Parker's ArtGallery. A party
of distinguished Scientists from
Europe are expected to examine this
curiosity if any such should ever
come this way.
A resident of Clatsop county
showed us a Postal card mailed to
him from Buena Vista, April 24th
from gentleman, on his way east, who
wished an interview at Astoria or
Portland, before sailing. The card
4i lodged" in the Portland office, and
was delivered in Portland to the right
ful owner, on the 4th inst., not com
ing to Astoria at ail. "We think the
Government should be compelled to
refund that postage, and the clerks
be reminded to iuspectaddresses more
Capt. Ashton, sojourning tem
porarily at Astoria, expects to enter
the list of journalists in Oregon in a
short time, and will have control of
one of the leading daily papers of the
interior.. His visit to Astoria has
been one of pleasure. He has been
fortunate in finding several old-time
acquaintances here, and has literally
been " making hay in. the sunshine"
by storing his note book with useful
memorandums and data for future
benefit, both to himself and the
readers of the journal he is soon to
take -charge of.
The Pioneer and Historical So
ciety of Oregon have in press a pam-.
phlet of 32 pages, containing the pro
ceedings, etc., of the fifth annual
meeting held in Astoria, February
22d, 1S76, and also the able address
of Rev. Dr. Atkinson, delivered on
the occasion as a " Centennial Paper,"
devoted to the subject of ihe Ameri
can Colonist in Oregon. The pam
phlet will also contain a letter from
Hon. A. L. Lovejoy, of Oregon City,
narrating the eventful winter trip of
Dr. Whitman across the Rocky Moun
tains in 1842. Mr. Lovejoy was" with
him and writes this letter by request.
A number of the river boats are
lying idle waiting for traffic to in
crease. The Dixie Thompson and
several other steamers in the O. S.
X. line, besides the Ohio, Gov. Gro
ver, Champion, "Willamette Chief, and
Orient, and the barges Columbia and
Columbia Chief are at Portland. The
Dixie Thompson and "Willamette
Chief both have fractured shafts and
are awaiting repairs.
The barkentirie "Webfoot, with
two new boilers for the.Knappton
mills, reached Knappion yesterday,
and will load with lumber there for
San Francisco She has been to Port
land and discharged considerable
merchandise and other freight, and
was returned as above in tow of the
If you should wish to see a bee.
hear a bee, be where a bee will rec
ognize you and be friendly as a bees
maybe and you have'nt got any bees
of your own, send a dollar to the
Portland Bee-Hive Co., for some of
their lively little Bees.
The fire in the slab pile at Knapp
ton made a dense smoke yesterday,
which, asseen from this city, circling
and winding its way heavenward in
such dense black volume, reminded
one of the portrayals of Vesuvius
in an active state.
Soon after the steam whistles
about Astoria sound the notes for
41 quitting time," the streets are
thronged with people. At least five
hundred white laborers are employed
nere uany upon various works in
process of construction, and in the
canning establishments now in opera
tion. Dr. F. W. Sparling, late of Ft.
Canby, has been appointed U. S. Pen
sion Agent at Seattle. Pensioners in
the Territory will no longer be obliged
to send to distant cities for their al
lowances. . Brarael is serving fresh McMur
ray oysters in every style, direct from
Baltimore, whilst our Oysterville pro
duct is in the, 'fipjlky way."
New Counterfeit $5 Pieces.
The San Francisco Chronicle of a
late date, has the following notice of
some new bogus com tliafc may likely
drift up this way.
The skillfully executed gold five
dollar pieces which have recently
been creating considerable excitement
in New York, and also at the "Wash
ington Mint, have' finally turned up
on this coast, and were a few days ago
refused at the Bank of California and
sent up to the Mint to be assayed.
"When the piece came to the Mint
it was pronounced genuine by several
parties whose experience with coins of
all descriptions entitles their judgment
to consideration. The piece was some
what lighter in color than the piece
corned here, but this was supposed to
be accounted for by its having been
coined at the Plriladelphia Mint,
where for quite a number of years
past the process of working the metal
gave it a light color without in the
slightest degree detracting from its
value. The counterfeit was also care
fully weighed and found to come up
to the standard.
"Look inside," suggested somebody
and accordingly a piece of coin was
sawed off, and the fraud was at once
apparent. "While the piece resem
bled gold to all intents and purposes,
it was perfectly 'white inside, 'sinrply a
piece of platinum plated with gold.
The platinum gave it the weight, and
in fact a piece of platinum the size of
a gold five would weigh more than the
gold. This difficulty was obviated by
making the piece a trifle thinner than
the genuine coin, but the difference
was not noticeable. The specific grav
ity of gold is 19.30; platinum 31.15.
The peculiar properties of platinum
have often given rise to the fraudulent
admixtures which have deceived ex
perienced assayers. Experiments by
M. Vanquelin, a French Chemist, de
termined the fact that where the pla
tinum does not exceed thirty or forty
parts in the one thousandth of the
alloy, the presence of the platinum is
not determined by ordinary test.
In this instance, however, no at
tempt was made to mix the metals,
but the gold plating covered the pla
tinum. Platinum is worth from $8
to $12 an ounce, and gold $18. GG.
The coins were presented at the
Bank of California by a sea captain,
who bought them at the usual rates of
exchange. He had several hundred
dollars to dej)osit at the bank and
their light color first attracted at
tention. There is no foundation to the report
that the counterfeiting was executed
on this coast. The government offi
cials here know nothing of it except
from the "Washington dispatch, and
have received no orders to investigate
Postage on the Weekly Astohian
is two cents a paper to any part of
the United States, when sent by peo
ple not connected with the newspaper
office. We will will send four copies
(separate dates), equivalent to one
month, to one address, in one wrapper
(post-paid), on receipt of 25 cents.
jTAny person inquiring for a fine
quality of liquor, and Can appreciate the
same, can find the genuine J. H. Cutter
Whibkey and Millers eitra Old Bourbon,
at the " Columbia 13:ir" saloon Astoria,
with Geo. TJVhurwood late of Portland to
cater to their taste.-. Gentlemen will please
give us a call. Cigars ot a line quality
also on hand. Jas. M. Lyxch, Prop.
iS Everybody goes to the Novelty
Barber .shop to get fixed up in ttyle. Eveiy
person may come, and more too, fori have
employed a first-class artist who will smil
ingly manipulate-your chin, gracefully curl
your mustache, nicely puff your hair, and
la:tof all, butnot least, will perfume your
clothes with the most popular perfumery in
use, "Patchouly" if you don't believe itjust
try it. Hair cutting, shaving, and bham
pooing. Hair dying done and warranted
not to turn red, break or split. Parker
- J. If Campbell, Proprietor.
Synopsis of Press Dispatches.
Dom Pedro in the East.
Suit to Stop Cars from Run
ning in 'Chicago.
Politics in the M. E. Confer
The Indian Resolution and
Six Mills in Western Mass
One Million Dollars in Lia
bilities with Unsaleable
Twelve Hundred People
Thrown out of Employ
ment. The Democratic Candidate
John M. Palmer of Illinois.
The House Door-keeper
Writes a Letter.
"Who would'nt be a Door
A New Anferican Consul for
Dom Pedro arrived in Chicago
Saturday and after a trip to the crib
which supplies the city with water,
left at 9 o'clock via Pittsburg and Fort
Wayne- He will stop at Pittsburg
and Oil city and thence proceed di
rectly to Philadelphia.
A question was brought before
the Circuit Court of Cook county Illi
nois, by a suit begun between promi
nent members of the board of trade,
as to whether the new rules of the
board, adopted in September last,
have effectually put an end to the
running of cars in Chicago. The suit
will probably last some time, and be
an interesting test case.
At the meeting of the Methodist
Episcopal Conference on the 5th, in
Baltimore, the resolutions of J. II.
Wilbur, of Oregon, relative to the
transfer of the Indian Service to the
War Department, were taken up and
Wilbur advocated the passage of the
resolutions. Judge Lawrence, held
that the present pdiicy had put an
end to Indiau wars and elevated the
condition of the Indians. Now it was
proposed that the dominant party in
the House cared very little about
either civilization of Christianity.
Neither was material to "its success.
If this General Conference represent
ing a million and a half of people
shall send a committee of five to the
Senate its voice would be heard and
respected, and the bill would not
pass, for there was some regard for
Christianity and civilization at that
end of the capital. The President
was not a Methodist himself, but his
wife was, and she could appeal to !
him in behalf of peace policy which
he had inaugurated. Judge Cooley,
of Iowa and Gen. Fisk, of St. Louis,
regretted that political issues or per
sonal references should have been
made, which was also the unmistaken
sentiment of the conference.
The heaviest mill failure that
Western Massachusetts has yet seen
is that of Henry Arnold fcCo., of North
Adams, print works, shutting up
their mill, and that of Gallup, Hough
ton fc Smith, and E. H. Arnold & Co.,
North Adams ; the Williamstown
Manufacturing Co., at Williamstown;
the NorthPownallManufacturing Co.,.
ofPownall, Vermont, and Arnoldville
Mill, at South Adams a total of six
mills, with aggregate liabilities of
probably over one million dollars,,
and assets of most unsaleable prop
erty, costing, probably, $1,500,000.
The mills ran in all over 4,000 looms,
some on print goods. Some S00. peo
ple are thrown out of employment.
The failure of Henry Arnold &
Co., of North Adams print works, is
even more disastrous than it at first
appeared The liabilities, it is
thought will rise over rather than
fall below the estimate of $1,250,000
and not less than 1,200 men, women
and children in the six mill haye
been thrown out of employment.
The movement looking to Judge.
Davis, as a Democratic candidate for
president has about spent itself. The
chief objection to him is that he is an
old whig. There is an strong opinion
among western Democrats, of nomina
ting Gen. John M. Palmer, ot Illinois.
He was an old Democrat before the.
war, became a Republican and fought,
with distinction; became a Republican,
governor and finally became a Demo
crat on account of Grantism.
A letter was published in Wash
ington on the 5th, from Fitzhugh,
doorkeeper of the House, to a friend
in Texas. The following are a few
characteristic extracts: "I wish you
coidd be here with me-.. Do try and
come. Tlse government furnishes me.
with a fine turnout and a spanking
pair of horses, and before and after
the House session, and at recess, I
have the exclusive use of them. I
have mora invitations to frolics with
members, and Senators than any man
in Washington. I am a bigger man
than old Grant. I cannot put my foot
on the floor of the hall but that they
make a break for me, ?nd sometimes
there are a dozen trying to see me at
once for a place for some friend. I
have a boy to take my hat and cqat,
and I cannot turn round without some
one at my beck and call, and when I
get all my new appointees broken in
I shall have a nice time. Good night. ' '
Dispatches were received at San
Francisco from Washington, displa
cing Foster, the American consid " at
Samoa, .and appointing in liis place
Jas. M. Cave, who arrived on the
oth at San Francisco from Fiji hav
ing been taken there from Samoa a
prisoner on the British war vessel
Barracouta. The Jispatches arrived
in time to go on the schooner Ada
May which sailed a few days ago; but
owing to some misunderstanding she
left without them A tug was sent
out with them hut failed to overtake
the schooner. They will go by the
The Washington Correspondent
of the Boston Herald says the next
President, if he be chosen, from
among candidates now prominent, is
not likely to be a poor man. On the
Bepublican side, Blaine is richest;
Bristow and wife are worth a quarter
of a million; Hayes is stiil better off;
Colliding is believed to possess over
100,000, while Morton and Wheeler
have smaller fortunes. Tilden, on the
Democratic side, is the wealthiest, he
being put down at 4,000,000 or 5,
00:000; Davis owns more than 1,000,
005, and. Thurman has a large fortune;
Bayard is well to do, while Hancock
is in comfortable circumstances. '
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