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ASTORIA,. OREGON, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1883.
PRICE, FIVE CENTS.
THREE FORTUNES IN CALIFORNIA.
Colonel Houston's Experience Washing
Clothed and Keeping Hotel In the
Gold Mines Back From the
States The Lost Fortune.
"A man can always inako money if
be really -wants to," said CoL James
Houston in the Inland hotel, as -sve
talked of wealth and its uses. "I
know what I say," ho continued, "for
I have made three fortunes myself,
and would start out for a fourth if I
had a single incentive: but what
difference does it make to a man of
my age, without a family, whether he
is rich or poor? I am content, but I
repeat my original proposition, if a
man does not get rich, it is. his own
fault. To keep money is far more
difficult than to get it"
"I think I could manage to keep it
if I once got it,,' I replied.
"You think so; but its far more of
a science than you think. All your
friends and enemies conspire to rob
you, and a man who holds i$ tight
must make up his mind to be a cur
mudgeon. The rule for getting rich
is easier to learn than the rule for
keeping so. There is but one for the
former and a dozen for the latter. I'll
tell you how I made three fortunes,
and you will see for yourself the
To look at the speaker no one
would have dreamed that he was a
man upon whom the Goddess of For
tune was frowning. He puffed a
Havana and watched its smoke curl
'When people talk of self-made
men they talk of what never existed,"
ho began. "If ever a man could be
called a truly self-made man, I am
the one; yet I can see distinctly the
combination of circumstances that
helped me to my success, and to these
I owe thanks just as much as if some
one had started me by setting mo up
in business. Yes, more; for these
helped mo to help myself, while the
latter might have made me weak and
indolent It is tho man who knows
how to use the adverse circumstances
of his life that is sure to win on the
homestretch. Most boys think work
an evil and hate it I was brought
up to work, and though it is some
time since these hands were soiled by
labor" glancing at his well-formed
hands "I have never forgotten to be
thankful for the farm life that made
it a necessity. A box of tools locked
up is not half as useless as a man's
hands when untrained to labor. Boys
hate a flogging, but if I had not had
one just when I did I should now be
plowing the fields, piling up stones,
and living on a farm in the western
part of this state. It came just at
tho right time, roused every energy
into action, and made me leave home
at 16 to seek my fortune. I had read
of hundreds of boys who had done
the same thing. Why should I stay
at home, and be the slave of an im
patient man? I worked my way to
this very city and found myself in the
same condition of all I had read
about, foot sore, alone, and without a
"To be in the wilderness among
wild animals, alone and unprotected,"
he continued, "is not a desirable posi
tion, but it is delightful compared
with that of. being in a crowded city
without friends or money. I found
myself after a few hours opposite the
Astor house. Guests were just leav
ing the dining room and sauntering
on tho piazza. I was terribly hungry,
and the odors from the kitchen drove
me wild. I went to the office and
asked for work and something to eat
I now see -what a small chance I had
of being successful, but then I did
no know enough to realize my good
luck. I stayed there two " years,
serving in many capacities, some
times as porter, sometimes in the
laundry, at others as general help. I
learned many things which afterward
made me a rich man. Best of all, I
learned tliat 1 must save my monev.
and a cent never left my hands un
less u orougnt a usetui equivalent.
"When I saved enough to take me to
California I bought a second-class
ticket and started. I had no longing
for the old home, though my mother's
race was ever before me. I knew
that she was happy in my freedom
and tho knowledge I sent her of my
"After a long, tedious voyage we
landed in California. San Francisco
to-day and San Francisco twenty-nine
years ago are two entirely different
ernes, xt was tuon a place ol fabu
lous possibilities; crude, energetic.
undeveloped. It is now a finished
city, already having left its first stage
of development and far on toward the
ripeness that brings art, learning and
culture. As 1 walked up from the
wharf I was struck with this aspect of
newness, .everything had the appear
ance of being hastily done until the
time might come that the finishing
up might be done. No one seemed to
stop to speak, but worked as though
tho avenging furies were watching,
The spirit of tho place suited me. J
felt that I had found my proper field,
imd already l could see mvself work
ing as fast as the rest at the building
of a future fortune. Had I been
asked how or in what way I could not
have told, but I felt my success in my
bones. I walked up the street, looked
at the new buildings going up, and
wondered whether I should not meet
anyone I had ever known. No sooner
had the thought passed through my
mind than I heard my name shouted
from a little wooden building in pro
cess of erection. Hooked again. A
young fellow had stopped hammering
and was coming toward me. He was
a boy who had left home a year be
fore me. I have been glad many
times in my life, but never as glad as
then. I shook his hand as though I
could never stop, until he broke
away, saying: 'Over there's my tent
Come to-night and -we'll talk. Can't
stop now. I get $16 a day for driv
ing nails in these boards. Try a
M Not to-day, Jim. Thanks all tho
same, but I never could drive a nail '
"I found my way to his tent that
night It was a rude affair, but he
iasated on my sharing it with him,
and I ' carried my trunk there.
'"What's the reason no one wears clean
law here?1 1 asked.
" 'No one has time to wasTi,' he re
plied. 'Do vou know what if costs to
have a biled shirt washed, without
touching an iron to it:
" 'Can't guess. Mebbe twenty-hve
' I should say so."
" Tin going for a bit of a walk. Til
be back presently.'
"'All right louredeud broke oi
course. Everyone is when he gets
here. Take these till you get start
ed," and he pushed into my hand five
pieces of money that felt like silver
They were twenty-dollar gold
pieces. 1 looked at tnem wnen l got
under a lamp. Then I wrapped them
in a piece of paper, put thorn in my
pocket, and said to myself, Til never
touch you, rav beauties, except I am
starving. Now for business.'
"I walked on till I fonnd a little
store where household thing3 could
be boucht I walked m, picked out a
washtub, a washboard, a boiler, and a
cake of soap. 'How much for thesor
I asked of the man who owned the
"'All right; I'll pav for them to
morrow;' and I put thorn on my
shoulder to carry off.
"Not so fast We don't do busi
ness that way. Pay as you go is onr
" 'In this case the rule must have
an exception. Jot I shall take them,
and bring the monej' for them in tho
"The man laughed, said lie liked
my pluck and let mo carry off my
spoils. Before bedtime I had a pile
of clothes to wash that amazed me. I
made $120 next day, wore my fingers
sore, paid for my outfit, aud engaged
a Chinaman to help me. Jielore a
week was over I had women to iron
the clothes, and was running an ex
tensive laundrv. Here my experience
at the Astor House came'in, and I
was known far aud wide .as tho New
York man who had started the San
Francisco laundry. I built myself a
tent, put out a shingle, bottgata don
kev and cart, and made money hand
over fist At one dollar a piece it did
not lake long to wash shirts enough
to make a hundred, and then a thou
sand dollars. In two years I was
carrying on an immense business, and
two Vears later sailed for New York a
"I am not telling the story how I
lost my money, so I'll merely say that
before nine months had passed 1
found mvself acain bound to Califor
nia in pursuit of money. To tell the
truth I did not feel bad at tho pros
pect of going over tho same experi
ence again. There is an enjoyment
in making money far greater than in
spending it I had sold out my old
business, so was forced to look for a
new -way of getting rich. When I
landed the gold fever was at its
height Men were leaving ior the
diggings by hundreds. I look it into
my head to join a company and start
ed for the Stanislaus river. The rough
journey overland somewhat dam
pened my ardor, but I pressed on till
I reached tho camp. I found a good
claim worked by two men. I he third
man had just gone back sick.
'What'll vou take for his share of the
claim and let me in?' I asked.
" 'Three thousand dollars,' was their
"'But I have no money now am
dead broke,' I rejoined.
'"No matter. We like your looks,
and you can soon make enough to pay
us. Pitch in.
"I took a pick in my hand and went
to work. At night the msides of my
hands were covered with blisters and
so sore I could not move mV fingers
but I had had an unusually good day
and had made $500 in dust If it
had been $5,000 it would have made
no difference. I could not sleep my
hands hurt me so badlv. Next morn
ing I said to my partners: 'I'll give
you the dust and claim if you'll
call it a square deaL'
" You're welcome to the dust; but
why not stay and make a fortune?1
" 'Because I can't dig. Never could.
If a fortune can't be made in any
other way, I shall be poor till I die.
Look at my hands. I would not work
another day with pick and shovel for
ten times as much. You're good fel
lows, and I hope to see you again.
I'm greatly obliged for tho dust, and
will leave you tho claim to divide be
tween you '
"So we parted. I found a crowd
going back to Sacramento, and joined
it Half way there provisions ran
out, and we were in a bad fix. Some
one said a few miles further wo would
find a sort of tavern where we could
rest, fill up and take a new start Of
all the vile cooking that we found,
there was tho worst -Hungry as we
were, we could scarcely swallow tho
food, that cost us its weight in gold.
A happy thought struck me. I would
not go on, but would buy out this
man and set up a tavern where man
and beast could get good food. Ho was
glad to sell, took my ticket, and "went
on with the crowd. I was a good
cook, thanks to my experience in
New York, and caravans soon made it
a rule to stop both ways and lay in
provisions. I was obliged to build
larger, and at the end of five years
sold out to a man, pocketed half a
million, and sailed for home. I often
think of those time3 and smile at my
life, but it was full of enjoyment, and
one of the most peculiar features was
my difficulty in hiding my money.
There was no banks then, and men
were rough. I used my small must
ard boxes for packing away all twenty-dollar
gold pieces. As fast as I
had one filled I would dig a place un
der some tree and bury it My brains
were constantly kept busy, trying to
remember wherfl and how many there
were. When I was paid in dust I
filled small buckskin bags and did the
"Again I lost all Again I started
for tho old place, where money had
come so freely at my bidding. I
could not hope to begin a new indus
try, for the city had mado giant
strides toward perfection. My old
laundry was sending its wagons
throngh the city by scores, with my
name upon them, but the business
was now so great that it -was held by
a corporation. I knew why I should
not try a hotel again, though why I
could never have told, and I won
dered to myself what next I would
turn my hand to. As usual I landed
in 'Frisco and looked about me.
Banks were insecure. I was well
known and honored, and urged to go
into banking. This brought me a
third and greater fortune than ever.
You will see in even' case the same
law followed, leading to the same re
sult It its now many years since I
came back, sought my friends, went
to ihe old farm, found father and
mother gone where those who had
lived before them were laid, had a fine
monument placed above them, and
then set my two brothers up in busi
ness. They failed, and I lost a pile.
They feel bitter because I won't re
peat tho kindness, and never come
near me. Iam poor, comparatively,
compelled to go down town daily,
do not dare to go back to old Califor
nia again, Tor the spirit of luxurv has
so taken possession of her that I can
better live hero than there. Every
one calls me a lucky dog. Suppose I
am. But I am freo to own that the
happiest day of my life was when I
had built a tent for my laundry,
bought my donkey and cart, and in
the light o'f the setting sun seated my
self at the door to meditate on the
name I should paint on the cart
That was the proudest moment of my
life, for it was the first assurance of
future success. It was not that I was
proud of my establishment, but I saw
in the difficulties overcome a certain
ty of mastering others, and the pleas
ures this gave me words cannot do-
"How many failed where you suc
ceeded?' I asked.
"Because they did not laiow the law
that governs riches."
'To meet a want, and meet it well.
To make money and save it"
'Well, when I went to San Fran
cisco the first time, I saw at a glance
that every one was crazy over gold.
As a consequence they did not take
tune to be cleanlv There was no one
wise enough or sharp enough to seo
that money could be made just as
rapidly washing clothes as in any
other wav. While my old friend was
rejoicing in being able to earn $16 a
day driving nails, I saw an opportun
ity of doing better, and increasingly
better, filling a great need, and giv
ing -work to others, when started
the hotel it was on the same princi
ple and with like result With bank
ing the same. It has never failed
will never fail. Of course in an older
country the possibilities are not so
great, because fewer needs exist, but
always there are niches to fill by those
fitted for the place. Another element
of success is to know how to work.
You smile. It is years since I have
been called on to labor, but my hands
could do at one time of my life any
thing I wished. I have grown .indiff
erent to ambition, and am content to
live as I do." jY. T. Sun.
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HOTELS AND RESTAUKANTS.
II. B. IM.RKK2C. Prop..
ASTORIA. - OREGON
E.P. PARKEK. - Manager mid Asi-a:.
Al.CROSDY. - - Day Clerk,
Phil. BOWERS, - - Night Ulerk.
las. DUFFY, has the Bar and Billiard room.
First Class in all Sespects.
FREE COACn TO THE HOUSE.
IT IS A FACT
JEFF'S CHOP HOUSE
Concomly Street is the Best in
lie lias Always on Hand FRKSXI
Shonl Water Bay anil East
"JEFF" IS THE BOSS CATERER.
He has breu Proprietor or the "Aurora
Hotel" la KnapptoH seTrnjrarv
OPEN DAY AND NIGHT.
A New Departure.
At Frank Fahre's, is daily set a
TABLE D'HOTE from 6 to 7 :30 P M
A FINE FRENCH DINNER,
With Half a Bottle Wine
"Will bo furnished for 50 cents.
Board by tho Month, - 23 to S30
Lodging? can be procured by the day,
week or month. My establishment is fltted
newlv throughout, and everything main
tained in the best stvle.
A Good Cup of Coffee
MRS. TOWEI.L HAS OPENED AN OYS
ter stand and Coffee House on Main
street next to the Oregou Bakery.
Everj attention paid to patrons.
Chop House and Restaurant.
OPEN DAY AND NIGHT.
3Ieul 25 cents and. upwards.
Announces to the public that he lias located
In the rooms formerly occupied by the City
Book Store, where he will keep a
Restaurant ant Chop Honse
Furnishing meals to order at all hours.
Ills patrons will find the tables supplied
with ten or twelve of the best newspapers.
His reputation as former proprietor nf the
N-w England ltestaurant is a .sufficient
recommendation for his new house.
Boarding and Lodging House.
Chas. "Wallman has ooened a hoardineand
lodging house south ot O'Brien's hotel, near
me gas woncs.
The table Is supplied with the best the
market affords ; good food and clean beds
wm De iurnisneu at tue regular prices.
Give me a call and satisfy Yourselves,
CKAS, A, MAY,
New Store, New Stock,
Toys, Fancy Goods,
Tobacco and Cigars.
FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC
A PINE ASSORTMENT.
Squcmoo.ua street, next door to the Empire
S.ARNDT & FERCHEN,
ASTORIA. - OREGON.
The Pioneer Machine Shop
Boiler Shop 5
All kinds ot
Promptly attended to.
A specialty made of repairing
FOOT OF LAFAYETTE STREET.
Croup, Whooping Couch and Bron
chitls immediately relieved by Shlloh'i
Cure. SoldbyW.E. Dejnent.
Attorney and Counselor at Law.
Room No. C, over "White House,
Attorney r Lair, and Notary
Odd Fellows Building, AstorhvOregor
C. W. FULTON. O. C. FULTOJf.
ATTORNEYS AT LAW.
Rooms 5 and c.Odd Fellows Building.
J BOW LBY.
ATTORNEY AT LAW.
Cheiiamus trret, - - ASTORIA, OREGON
K. MrACIIK AX.
Attorney at Haw.
Room 4, White House.
Q J. CUKTIS,
ATT'i AT LAW.
Notarv Public. Commissioner of Deeds for
California, New York and Washington Ter
ritory. Koonu 3 aim uoa teuows uuiiuing, As
X. B -Claims at Washington. D. C, and
collections a specialty.
.V. AIjIiK .
FIRK INSURANCE COMPANIES.
jg O. HOJjDF.X
AUCTIONEER, COMMISSION AND IN
Q.KLO Jr PAKKF.R.
Clatsop County, and City of Astoria
Office :TChenamus street, Y. M. C. A. hall
JR. X. C. BO ATM AX.
Physician and Surgeon.
Rooms 9 aud to. Odd Fellows Building,
JAY TUTTIiR, 21. I.
PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON
Omen Rooms 1, 2. and 3. Pythian Build
Residence Over J. E. Thomas' Drui
P. MICKS, u
ASTORIA, --- - OREGON
Rooms in Allen's bulldinz up stairs, corner
oi uass ana bqemocque stret .
JC. J. E. LaFOIlCf,
Room 11. Odd Fellows Building, Astoria, Or.
Gas administered for painless extraction
PROF. T. T. MEYER.
Graduate of Ileldelberg Unlyerslty.
GENERAL STEAMSHIP AGEHCY.
Bills of Exchange on any
Part oi Europe.
1AM AGENT FOR TIE FOLLOWING
well known and commodious steanulilo
STATE LINE, RED STAR.
NATIONAL, and AMERICAN LINE.
Prepaid tickets to or from any European
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sailing days, etc, apply to
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OEO. I WHEELER.
T T,. F.0UB.
WHEELER & R0BB.
Heal Estate I lung Agents.
"We have very desirable property In As
toria and Upper Astoria for sale. Abo, fine
farms throughout the county.
Accounts carefully adjusted and collec
"We represent the
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thirc Insurance Co'a.,
With a combined capital of 830,000,000.
Traveler Life and Accident Insar
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C. H. BAIN & CO.
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1 1 if mi v 1
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Oak, Ash, Bay, and Walnut lumber ; Ore
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All kinds ot boat material on hand.
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Till I Return.
INCREASING BUSINESS DEMAND
TILL MY RETURN FROM SAN FRANCISCO
The Following Prices Hold Good:
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Arm Chair, Family Story Paper, Boys of New York, Weeks Doings,
Texas Siftings, S. F. Chronicle, Call, Oregonian, News and Astoriax,
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Police Gazette, Police News, Illustrated Times, Puck, Wasp, and
Judge, Harper's Bazaar and Weekly, Leslie's Weekly and Chimney
Corner, Argonaut, and many others.
I have printed tickets for those papers to make exact change.
Back numbers always on hand.
QK PynO Leslie's Popular Monthly,
AO IS, young Ladies Journal, etc.
30 CeiltS. Harper's Monthly, etc.
Having made arrangements with all publishers I am enabled to
give the public a benefit of the above named reductions 1 have also
REDUCED the price for Subscriptions, which will bo as follows:
Harper's Weekly, per year $3.75 not $ 00
" Bazaar, " 3.75 " 4.00
Monthly 18 3.50 " 4.00
All three for 10.00 " 12.00
Leslie's Weekly, per year ... v 3.75 " 4.00
LeslieVChimney Corner, per yoaf ... . . . , 3.75 " 4.00
" Popular Monthly . " " 2.85 3.00
Fireside Companion 2.75 " " 3 00
New York Ledger ' 2.75 " 3.00
Saturday Night 2.75 " 3.00
Family Story Paper 2.75 " 3.00
Arm Chair 2.75 " 3.00
S. F. Argonant 3.75 u 4.00
Puck 4.50 " 5.00
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Boiler Work, Steamboat Work
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at Short Netice.
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I. Vi. Case, Treasurer.
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