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Astoria, Oregon, Saturday Morning, March. 17, 1883
CREDIT AT THE BAR.
kHe bad been refused credit at
Nothing could be more blight
ing to a man's business reputation
in the community of Turbot Town
than the circulation of the above
made statement. Had ho been
black-balled by a secret society;
expelled from a local troop of
horse; defeated as a candidate for
Hayward, or hung in grotesque ef
Ggy, his reputation might hare
withstood one, if not all, of these
humiliations, but a refusal of
credit at the bar was simply and ir
revocably a loss of character. Thus
we see that the commercial stand
ard was very elevated in the whal
ing and coasting community of
Turbot Town, where everything
smelt of fish and oil, and every
body of tobacco and spirits. So
long as a man had credit at the
bar that length of time he was
solvent and reputable, and the ca
pacity at a moment's notice to treat
a crowd was sufficient to conse
crate a man's name in the hearts
of his Turbot Town countrymen.
Turbot Town respected such a
man, and humbly touched its tar
paulin to him.
Francis Torrent, the luckless
mortal who had been shorn of his
good name by simply the nega
tive shake of the bar tender's
head, had collapsed into an ob
scure corner, and was. moodily
contemplating through the win
dow the mixed prospect of land
and sea. Even for a prosperous
man it was a dreary prospect.
The cold, surly sea, wrapped in
its gray mantle of mist, and en
livened only by the straggling flight
of a sea fowl; a Norwegian bark
lay in quarantine, with a yellow
flag languidly flying; a lighthouse,
with unextinguished lantern loom
ing whitely through the early
morning fog, like a giant somnam
bulist, witk burning lamp, and ad
vancing noiselessly; and ashore a
burial lot for unindentified mari
ners, with little wooden crosses
upon the uncouth mounds, as if
some day in those parts it had
Nine years ago Francis Torrent
abandoned his home for a voyage
to Greenland. He spent his first
and second year's earnings frivo
lously in foreign ports, reshipped,
and after four more year's of sail
or's fare returned home with a
weather-sheathed cheek, a light
heart and a pocket jingling with
gold pieces, to find however, is
many a gay rover has found before
him, that the hungriest of all ro
dents, Time had destroyed or ef
faced eyerything that his boyish
fancy had clung to. After much
and varied suffering, his aged
parents had sought rest from the
cares of earth beneath the church
yard cypress sleeping within the
sound of the sea that bore their
wayward boy upon its stormy bo
som; his schoolmates were scat
tered, as the wind separateth and
scattereth the fleets of the home
fishermen, and his sweetheart had
married his boastful rival.
Surely, thought the disappointed
sailor, there are cups of drink
deep enough to drown the mem
ory of all this; therefore Francis
Torrent roamed about, throwing
away his pieces of gold among
sharking men and unprincipled
women as heedlessly as the sum
mer stroller plucks the yellow
dandelion heads and tosses them
to the passing brezes. The result
of this prodigality was the positive
shake of the. bartender's imperial
As Torrent gazed disconsolately
upon the dreary scene without, he
felt that he would like to fling
himself from "the black cliff out
there into the sea and let his life
end, as he had ended his hopes, in
bubble and foam; but without his
wonted stimulant, he lacked the
physical nerve to do it. The early
bar-room birds -were gathering up
on their perches the sturdy toper
with stomach of brass, who drank
his undiluted tipple without a shud
der, and with a crack of the lips
like the explosion of a pod of tram
pled rock weed, and the tremu
lous two-handed inebriate, whose
head shook in remorseful rhythm
with his shaking: hands. Suddenly
there enters with great tumult
Captain Caleb Rudge, bringing in
with him the fused odors of pipe,
grog and herring. The captain
was a veritable marine monster, or
monster marine a human ceta
cean of the cachalot species, moist,
breathful and blubbery clad in a
stark, pilot-cloth garment, with
nakeful, white bone buttons, very
wide and very blue trousers, and
a glazed, sun-cracked cap of ex
"Shipmates!" roared the cap
tain in speaking-trumpet tones, as
if addressing men at the mast
head, "let's all hands splice the
inow in ruroot l own, a general
invitation to drink was like the
beat of the reveille drum to dis-,
ciplincd soldiery. Every man
sprang to his feet, but one, and he
was Francis Torrent.
"Come, young man," exhorted
the ruddy captain, "take suthin'
and cheer up. You look too heavy
"Excuse me, with thanks, cap
tain," was the courteous reply.
Eagerly athirst as were many of
the captain's bibulous benificiaries,
and as proximate as were their
glasses to their lips, 3'et no one
ventured an indulgence, for Tur
bot Town had its exacted statutes
upon the subject of drinking, and
at no time were these unwritten
laws so inviolate as on the occa
sion of a public treat. Therefore,
all Turbot Town that is, such
portion of Turbot Town as was
formed into a green oasis and
separated from the great desert of
general thirst by the Captain's
invitation silently awaited the
inviter's motions. Slowly the
oaptain threw back his head and
laxly let fall his under jaw, and
with a semi-circle action of his arm,
like that of the sword-swallower at
the circus, curved his tumbler to
his mouth. Turbot Town imi
tated each motion, and then all
hands cried in chorus, "Here she
goes!" and the rites of Bacchus
were duly celebrated.
"Gentlemen," demanded the
doughty captain, "ain't I allers
did what I could for the good
name of Turbot Town? Don't I
allers put down suthin on 'scrip
tion papers for new guide boards,
for liberty pole, for a town clook,
for Fourth of July fireworks?"
A moist murmur of assent
steamed from a score or more
mouths, moistened at the captain's
"Well, then," continued the
captain, taking a soda cracker from
the yellow dish on the counter,
and eyeing it sternly as if it was
his manuscript, and its shallow
dimples were the heads of his dis
course. "I'll tell you that the
good name of Turbot Town is at
stake. We shall be looked upon
as uncivilized and barbarious.
For forty-eight hpurs the Norwei
gian feller has been showing a
signal of distress and not a bit of
notice has been taken of him. I
have beeu nigh enough to hear
groans aboard on her, and no man
knows how much human misery is
'twixt her decks, specially if she's
got the yellow fever. This very
morning the port doctor says to
me, 'Captain Caleb, ain't there no
way I can be put aboard that
foreigner? I can't get a steam
craft to set me -aboard. They all
make one reply yellow fever
aboard, and we won't have another
ton or passenger if we go nigh
"Now, then," declared the cap
tain, after again consulting his
annotated cracker, "I'm going to
set the doctor aboard myself, and
what he wants is a good, true man
to go with him and nurse the poor
"I'm your man, and I'm ready
now," said some one outside the
company that were grouped about
the great hearted captain. They
all turned to look upon Francis
"Gentlemen," said he, with his
hand upon the rude latch of the
bar room door, "I have learned
this morning that I have lost my
credit at this bar and my good
name in this community. When
I return I hope to have regained
the latter. Good-bye, all."
The whole bar room adjourned
to the beach, and watched the
little expedition of mercy embark
jupon the upheaving waters, and
continued to watcn tno narrow
sharpee lifted along on the shoul-
ders of the swelling waves until
the brig was reached, and the doc
tor and volunteer nurse had strug
gled up the rolling vessel's dusk
sides and disappeared below.
Twice a day thereafter the doctor
visited the plague-visited brig, and
from him there went abroad the
most sorrowful accounts of the sit
uation, and with these reports, to
a praiseworthy degree, the name
of Francis Torrent was mingled,
until men began to speak of it in
an undertone, and with uncon
scious respectfulness. And before
the week closed there was circu-
lated through iurbot 1 own a most
touching and beautiful story
Even from mouths that were often
foul with oaths and alcoholic odors
tainted with tobacco smoke and
distorted by the phrases of a vul
gar dialect there went forth the
self-purifying .and soul-thrilling
How Francis Torrent the iden
tical one that Turbot Town bar
had disowned and dishonored had
behaved nobly between decks and
in the lurid and infected atmos
phere of the Norwegian brig; how
he had forgotten self in the awful
scene of woe around him; how he
went about in that dismal fore
castle bearing cooling drinks to
men with death tokens on their
discolored faces and death thirst
on theirblackened tongues; how he
answered every cry for comfort with
cadenced footfalls and an exquisite
carefulness of touch that made the
dying think the angels had come
to their relief; how ho read from a
Norwegian Bible (he had passed a
winter in Norway) the most radi
ant passages of Divine promise
which his mother had marked to a
dying Norwegian lad, -who once,
like himself, had left a pleasant
home for the privations of the sea,
and how at last, himself stricken
by the dire contagion, he had sunk
exhausted, his helping hand help
less, and his warm heart that never
felt a chill before growing chill in
It was evening time, and land
and sea wee tranquilly receiving
the purple benediction of sunset.
A little group was on the stand,
observing the brig and incoming
sail. Presently the brig's colors
were dipped and then a shotted
canvas sack was lowered into the
"They are paying a tribute to
poor Frank Torrent," said one.
"The doctor sent word ashore that
he was dead."
"Peace to his ashes!" said
Captain Caleb, as without a sound
he closed the four cases of his ship's
glass a case to a word and then
the little group of seafaring men
lifted their tarpaulins and together
said "Ameu." Providence Star.
Sriif gps fill
Neuralgia, Sciatica, Lumbago,
Backache, Soreness of the Chest,
Gout, Quinsy, Sore Throat, Swell
ings and Sprains, Burns and
Scalds, General Bodily
Tooth, Ear and Headache, Frosted
Feet and Ears, and all other
Pains and Aches.
No Preparation on earth eqn&Ut Sr. Jtcoti Oil.
s a safe, sure, simple and cheap External
JUmtij. A trial entails but the ctwparatiTelj
trifling outlay of 0 Cents, and fiery ono suffer
ing With pain can bare cheap and paitire proof
of its claims.
Directions in EJeren Languages.
A. VOGEU3R & CO.,
Baltimore, 2Cd., XI. S. A.
SYMPTOMS OF WORMS.
The countenance Is pale and leaden
colored, with occasional flushes of a cir
cumscribed spot on one or both checks;
the eyes become dull; Iho pupils dilate;
an azuro semicircle runs along the lower
eye-lid ; the uoe is irritated, .swells, and
sometimes bleeds ; a hwclUim of the upper
lip; occasional headache, with humming
or throbbing of the-enrs; an unusual se
cretion of saliva; slimy or furred tongue;
in; appetite variable, sometimes vora
oreain very tout, particularly in tuc morn
cious, wiui a gnawing sensation or mc
stomach; nt other--, entirely gone; fleeting
nains in the stomach : occasional nauscii
mid vomiting; lolent pains throughout
the abdomen; bowels irregular, at times
co-4ivc; stools Mirny, not nnfrequeutly
tinged with blood : belly swollen ami hard ;
urine turbid ; ropinUionoecaMonally diffi
cult and accompanied by hiccough ; cough
disturbed sleep, with grinding of the teeth;
temper variable, but generally irritable.
Whenever the above symptoms are
found to exist,
)H. C. XcLAXE'S VERMIFUGE
will certaluly effect a cure.
In buying Vermifuge lw sure you :.:
the genuine OK. C. Md.ANK'S VKIirill
KUK, manufactured by Fleming Urn-.,
24 Wood Street, Pittsburgh, Pa. The
market ! full of counterfeits. You will
be riulit if it h:u the signature f Firm
ing Uros. and C. Mrfcuit.
If your storekeeper does not ha.c i:e
genuine, please report to us.
Send us n three cent tamp for I !t nl
some advertising cards.
FLEJIi.Ntt BROS., Pittsburgh. I'.i.
' kSA tl tafi1
KF a u iZ
Tills powder never varies. A man el of
purity, strenptu and w uolesomcncs. .More
economical than the onl.nary Kinds, and
cannot do sold incomn tltion with the mul
titude of low test, short weight, alum or
ItOVAI. ItAKIXOroWDKIlCO.. 1UJ "Wall-St.
Meriefl Attention !
Sutton's Genuine Cape Ann
Double Long Coats. Half Peas,
Aprons, Sleeves, Itnbhpr Kootn,
Blanket Shirt. Socltx, etc
At San Francisco Prices.
A Liberal Discount lo the Trade.
Ship Masters Supplied.
II. P. OUADBOUItXE, Agent.
On the Itoadway, near Water Street.
f (fill I
C. II. STICKELS
A. M. JOHNSON & Co.,
CROCKERY &. CLASS WARE.
ALso "Wholesale Dealers In
Paint.. Oils. Varnishes, Glass,
Pultj-, Artists' Oil and IVater
Colors, I'aiut and "ftalso-
Constantly on hand a full and choice stock
of Staple ami Fancy (Irocenes Only tho
Our stock of Crorkery and Glass
Ware is the Lnrjrest and most Complete
Stock eer oppned in Astoria.
Coasts! ing of
Tea and Dinner Sets, Toilet Sets. Glass.
Fruit, and Water Sets. Bar Fixtures. Ale
Mugs. Tonles, Hustle Bottles Goblets, Tum
blers Lemonade Cups, &c , &c.
E ery thing sold at Lowest Living Rates.
An Examination will more than repay you.
Read Carefully 1 1 1
Hereafter all our
Pure Coffees will be
put up under our own
Unless bought of
A. M. JOHNSON & CO.
N. 13. All goods bearing our
label are guaranteed to bo strictly
Pure and of Best quality, and
are sold by no other House.
33. 33. BARKER,
ETayr Oats, Straw.
Lime, Brick, Cement and Sand
Wood nellx'cred to Order,
Graying, Teaming and Express Business.
Horses ana Carriages for Hire.
WINES, LIQUORS AND CIGARS.
MQSUH C. OILOSBY,
HARDWARE, IRON, STEEL,
Iron Pipe and Fittings,
PLU 31 BERS AXD STEAM FITTEEP
Goods and Tools,
SHEET LEAD STRIP !LEAD
SHEET IRON TIN AND COPPER,
CaBnery anfl FMermBns Supplies
Stoves, Tin Ware and House
JOBBING IN SHEET IRON, TIN, COP
PER PLUMBING and STEAM FITTING
Done with i.eatness and dispatch.
None tint flrst class workmen employed.
A lanje avtortnient on
constantly on hand
LOBB & CO.,
AGEXTS FOR THE
Best San Francisco HousesTand
ESAH goods sold at San Francisco Prices.
Opposite Parker nouse, Astoria, Oregon.
W. E. DEMENT & GO.
ASTORIA, - - - OREGON
Cany in Stock,
DRUGS, CHEMICALS, TOILET
Prescriptions carefully Compounded,
A M. .lOHXhOX.
Doors, Windows, Blinds, Transoms, Lumber.
All kind of
Boat Material, Etc.
I Boats of all SLads Made to Order. 1
"Orders from a distance promptly attended
S. ARNDT & FERCHEN,
ASTORIA. - OREGOX.
The Pioneer Machine Shop
Doner anop M?SJ(CX
All kinds ol
Promptly attended to.
A specialty made of repairing
FOOT OF LAFAYETTE STREET.
ASTORIA IRON WORKS.
Brntox Stkket, Neak Parkkk Houhk,
ASTORIA. - OREGOX.
GENERAL MACHINISTS AND
Boiler Work, Steamboat Work,
and Cannery Work a specialty.
Of all Descriptions mode to Order
at Short A'otlee.
A. D. TVass. President.
J. G. IIusTLRit, Secretary.
LAV. Cask, Treasurer.
John- Fox, Superintendent
ASTORIA, ... OREGOX.
Cigars, Tobacco and Cigarettes
Meerschaum and Brier Pipes,
Stationery and Optical Goods,
Joseph Rodgers and Wostenholm
GENUINE ENGLISH CUTLER
Revolvers and Cartridges.
waithaiw and ixgia
Gold and Silver Watches and Chain
Fine and Coarse Liverpool
Tin Plate, Block Tin, Caustic Soda,
For sale ex "Warehouse at Portland
or Astoria by
B AIiFOUIZ, GUTIIIIIE & CO.
dtf Portland, Or.
No. 40 I2-Ply
COBK JND LEAD LIKES,
A Full Stock Now on Hand.
HENRY DOYLE & CO.,
511 Market Street, Sau Francisco
Sole Agents for the Pacific Coast
to, and satisfaction guaranteed In all cases.
"C C. IIOLDEN,
AUCTIONEER, COMMISSION AND IN
Q.ELO F. PARKKK.
Clatsop County, and City af Astoria
Office :-Chenamus street, Y. M. C. A. hall
Room No. 8.
TCT D. WILTON,
Attorney and Counselor at Law.
KS-Offlco In Pythian Building. Rooms 11, 12.
ASTORIA, ... - OREGON.
TAY TUTTHLE, 31. .
PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON,
Office Rooms 1 , 2, and 3. Pythian Build
ing. Residence Over J. E. Thomas' Drug
"O P. HICKS.
Rooms In Allen's building up stairs, corner
of Cuss and Sqemocqhe streets.
I Q. A. BOWLBY.
ATTORNEY AT LAW.
Clienamus Street. - ASTORIA, OREGON
Plain and Fancy Sewing,
Suits made in the best Style aad
Guaranteed to Fit
Mrs. T. S. Jewett.
ROOMS OVER MRS. E. S. WARREN 'S.l
G. A. STINSON & CO.,
At Capt. Rogers old stand, comer ol Cass
and Court Streets.
Ship and Cannery work. Horseshoeing.
Wagons made and repaired. Good work
Over Arndt Ferchen's Shop.
Call and examine the work we are doing
and see the wood we are using, before mak
ing a trade elsewhere.
FIRST-CLASS "WORK A SPECIALTY.
FOR SALE i
I offer for sale my ranch near Sklpa
non in this County; it consists of
Eighty Acres iinproTed, with
gpotl livelliix House;
Two Barns, Out Souses, etc.;
A Fine Orchard.
Everything is well improved and in
good condition. A. large assortment of
Three l'asscngcr Coaches.
Nine Head Horses,
Cattle, Hogs, Etc.
This affords a rare chance for a man to
gei a good home in the oldest settled
section in the state.
Terms favorable to one meaning busi
Scarf Pins, Chains, Watches,
Of every description.
The finest stock of Jewelry in Astoria.
S3yAH goods warranted as represented.
6USTAV HANSEN, JEWELER.