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About The daily morning Astorian. (Astoria, Or.) 1883-1899 | View Entire Issue (Feb. 12, 1884)
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TUESDAY FEnmiATlY 12, 1SSI
THE BILL Jilt. GEORGE INTRODUCED
The Astoriax, in referring to the
bill introduced by Mr. George to de
clare forfeited the laud grant between
Forest Grove and Astoria, and pro
viding that all moneys received for
the sale of those lands within the
next ten years shall be paid to any
person or company first building a
standard gauge railroad between
those two points, says: "As to the
bill that he introduced, it would, if
passed, constitute a richer grant than
the one which congress proposes to
forfeit, and wilL"
It may be a richer grant, and there
fore something of an inducement to a
company to build the road. It will
not be in the shape of franchise to
some particular company or to any
company to hold so as to prevent the
company that may first build.
If it is not desirable to have any
government aid, or, if no road is
wanted, then we are content to have
the land grant forfeited uncondition
ally. If the products of the valley
cannot be taken down the Columbia
river to the sea, they can be sent by
Puget Sound or via Yaquina. "We
should he quite unwilling to force a
road to Astoria, if it is not wanted by
our friends down by the sounding
sea. Salem Statesman,, 7.
It is desirable to have govern
ment aid; the road is wanted; the
products of the valley can be taken
down the Columbia river to the sea,
and no Astorian will manifest any
unwillingness to accept aid in the
matter of a railroad, from any
quarter however unexpected. Prob
ably the best rebuttal to the re
marks of our capital contemporary
would be to cite the vote in the
house on the 21st of January as an
exemplification of just how much
Mr. George is in favor of land graut
It is amusing to notice that there
are several of our friends just now
very much interested in Astoria's
welfare that never were befora They
are the most numerous around the
railroad company's office in Portland,
however. These friends of ours are
shouting as of one accord, "What
fools those Astoria people are that
they should want the land grant for
feited. They will never get a rail
road if the grant is taken away. If
we can not build a railroad nobody
It may be that our friend of the
Statesman has been listening to
some of this. The people that have
been holding the Astoria grant do
not want to build any railroad to
Astoria. They are opposed to it be
cause the development of the coal
fields along the line wbuld, they
think, interfere with their Seattle
ooal trade. They are opposed to it
because the road would, they think
greatly reduce their profits in tow
ing and lightering between Astoria
and Portland. They are op
posed to it because of their interests
in from 10,000 to 15,000 acres of real
estate adjoining and in NewTacoma
and Portland. If they had been half
inclined to build the road they could
have done so long ago on the pro
ceeds of the mortgage bonds or on
the land grant itself.
These people are now holding the
grant for the sole purpose of keeping
others from building the road. Thev
publicly abandoned the building of
the road last fall. When ex-Senator
Mitchell appeared before the public
lands committee in opposition to the
forfeiture he was forced to admit
that ho did not know that the rail
road would ever be built if the grant
was not forfeited.
The people of Astoria and Clatsop
county have therefore petitioned con
gress for the forfeiture of the land
Petitions numerously signed have
gone forward. The chamber of com
merce of Astoria also forwarded a
memorial to congress asking for the
forfeiture. The same body also drew
up a bill providing for the forfeiture,
which was adopted after being read
at a meeting of the chamber. This
proposed bill was drawn up by Hon.
O. W Fulton and Hon. F. J. Taylor.
A copy was sent to Hon. M. C.
George and Hon. Jas. H Slater and
Hon. J. N. Dolph These gentlemen
were asked to introduce the same in
congress. Mr. George did not intro
duce the bill as aent to him. This
we think was an act of discourtesy,
no matter what his own opinion
might be as to what legislation was
But the amendments added by Mr.
George were objectionable, inasmuch
as they would have certainly killed
the bill if he had succeeded in getting
them adopted by the committee. The
people of Astoria know perfectly well
that it has been useless to try to get
any continuation of the subsidy or
change of subsidy, and any such
amendments mean defeat This
amendment business is a favorite
plan of the railroad combinations to
defeat any legislation in the interests
of the people. The amendments pro
posed always have ear-marks, how
ever, by which ownership is easily
A good many will watch closely
the fate of the forfeiture bill in the
senate as well as in the house, and
note what amendments are added
and who proposed them, and what
-was said for and against us, and by
whom, and, doubtless, all action,
whether fa7orable or adverse, will be
accompanied by subsequent and elab
Ik Villard's collapse the Union
mm possible benefit for Walla Walla.
OUR MAIL SERVICE.
The Oregonian copies and endorses
our remarks concerning the present
inefficiency of the river mail service.
It seems to us that the only adequate
remedy is to make proper represents
tion to the postal authorities at Wash
ington. We shall lay the matter be
fore the chamber of commerce at its
next meeting, and expect to get the
Portland board of trade to indorse
the move. The annoyance is too
great to be longer borne. . The mali
cious insinuation of a party who has
temporary access to type, that what
we have said on this subject was in
the interest of the O. B. & N. Co.,
needs but passing allusion to illus
trate how characteristic it is of the
case of arrested development which
utters the snarl. Ignorance is ex
cusable, bnt ignorance combined with
impudence is insufferable.
Axt one knows that $16,000 is none
too much to carry a mail six times a
week between here and Portland and
make decent time between the two
cities. We are in hopes that when
U. B. Scott gets his new boat finished
he can be of some assistance in solv
ing this problem. Talking with him
one day last July about the feasibility
of a fast mail service between here
and Portland he said that unless in
creased pay could be secured the
thing was impossible.
"Why,' said Scott in his earnest
way, "a boat that carries freight and
makes landings can't make good
mail time. It isn't in the nature of
things. Something has got to be
neglected. I couldn't carry the mail
at the price the O. R. & N. steamers
carry it and make anything. Pd be
out of pocket every month I had the
contract." And he was right.
The fact is that the Washington
officials have a very erroneous im
pression concerning the needs of this
country. We are growing faster than
they realize. When Postmaster
Chance sent to headquarters last sum
mer for what he wanted, they sent
him just half of what he ordered
and a lecture on the irregularity
of ordering more than his office
required. The result was that Astor
ians were out of postage stamps and
stamped envelopes for several weeks
in the busiest season of the year.
That clerk knows better now, and has
found out that the Astoria postmaster
knows a little more about what the
Astoria postoffice needs than he does.
A little more light would do consider
able good. Proper representation will
result, we hope, in giving us better mail
service. If the clause in the next
mail contract for carrying the mail
between here and Portland can be
made to read that the time shall be,
say eight hours, it will cost "Uncle
Sam a good many dollars more, but
it is our right and we should have it
A MAN OF DETAILS.
The complaint that Villard waa too
big a man to understand the details
of railroad management and that he
really never knew anything of Ore
gon and Transcontinental, outside of
making mortgages, brings to mind
the case of an Ohio road, says the
Wall Street News. It had president
after president, and each one cocked
his foot on the office desk and let her
rip. She had "ripped" until the
directors finally got together and de
cided that the right man must be
found pretty soon or the road must
go to the walL They were consult
ing in a room looking out into the
passenger depot A train came in
eighteen minutes behind time, and
the train dispatcher booted the con
ductor out 'of one door, fired the
engineer out of another, and run the
fireman under a freight train. He
then baoked the train out and mis
coming back from the yards when
the directors met him, and one of
"Mr. Thomas, can you accept the
presidency of this roadf '
"Wait a .minute," was the reply,
and the man shunted three cars,
cuffed the watchman, drove two loaf
ers out of the yard, and returned and
"Why, yes, I suppose so and the
first thing I shall do is to fire you all
out o' herel Don't let me see you
around here again for six months."
In a year this road "was paying a
The astounding fact is telegraphed1
from Victoria that at the recent Sul
livan exhibition a judge was present.
What of it? When Sullivan slugged
in Astoria therefore two judges and
a minister of the gospel present, but
they seemed to enjoy it, and had as
good a right there as anyone else.
Don't bar the judges from having a
Dzatjb JaiiOoketv, of Conaho
hocken, is under arrest for trying to
burn the place down. Well! he is
not wholly 'culpable. If your name
was Jalockety and you lived in a
place called Conshohocken you'd
burn the place down, or try to.
Ok Saturday -afternoon the Port
land board of trade passed'a resolu
tion asking M. O. George to oppose
the forfeiture of the Northern Pa.
cific railroad grant He'd do it any
how. The San Francisco board of trade
recently refused to adopt a protest
against the forfeiture of the lapsed
Oregoa and California railroad grant.
THURSDAY, FEB. 21, at 2 P.M.
Instructed by MR. THOS. E.WOODFIELD.
I will sell at Public Auction, on the prem
ises, at the l'nlnt Adams Packing Co.
in Uppr Astoria,
Two 25 ft. Fishing Boats, 7 ft. 2 In. beam,
with complete outfit ot Masts. SjIIs, An
chors, Oars. Lunch Buckets, etc
Two- Vets. GOO fathoms, 45 mrsh deep, In use
last season only for even weeks.
One i-roomed Frame .Building. 16x26 ft
Also A lot of Household Purnltur. con
sisting In part of One Bedroom Suit com
plete. Chairs Tables. Carpets. Parlor and
UOOKiDg Mores, etc., etc. ..
One Weed Sewing Machine in good run
ning order and nearly new.
. C. HOLDK.V.
CAN LEAVE THIS.MORNING
At 9 o'clock, on the GEN. MILES, for
CANBY' and ILWACO.
FAUE for Hound Trip. - - - ! 85
Or Parties of SO can secure tickets for
1 e each.
Returning, leave Canby at 3 P. M.
J. H. D. GRAY.
B. S. Worsley,
tyOfflce and Ware Rooms on Squemoqua
Street, next door to corner of Olney.
Advancements made on Consignments
BTe CUftrgf tor Mtorage of Goeda.
ONE NIGHT ONLY!
FRIDAY EVN'G, FEBRUARY 15th
H. C. WYATT'S
ConrtrittM & Hawiins Minstrels
NEW ERA IN MINSTRELSY. NOVELTY
O OR MOTTO. ENTIRE NEW
Around the World in One Hour
and Twenty Minutes.
Illustrated by 10 Beautiful Pictures, visiting
England, Ireland, France. Germany, China
Italy. New York etc.. Interspersed
with Songs. Jokes, etc. by the
and our Great Company, introducing
MB. WM. MULDOOIt.
Champion Wrestler of the World. In hli
great Roman and Classic Statuary.
Bead the JLIst f Performer.
. Bobby Gaylor,
Greatest of all Irish Comedians.
COGILL BKOS. HARRY P. BURTON.
STANLY and PIXLEY.
The BUY ALTO,
Without a RivaL
D. B.Hawklasand Wa. Coartrlft-fct.
Augmented Orchestra and Sllrer Cornet
Rand, making this the Strongest Combina
tion erer offered to the Public.
Prices as aaaal.
Reinred Seat at New York Norelty
Fast Sailing Schooner
158 tons register, will leave Astoria, on, or
FEBRUARY 13tky 1884,
She will take freight at Portland, and on
her return from Portland will leave Astoria.
For further particulars apply to
J. H. D. GKAY. Atorla, Oreuon.
Cigars, Tobacco and Cigarettes
Meerschaum and Brier, Pipes,
GENUINE ENGLISH CUTLERY
Revolvers and Cartridges.
JORDAN & BOZORTH,
A FULL LINE OF
Crockery and Glassware.
0, Tell Me Vhere Is Fancy Bre(a)d !
WHY, AT THE
Astoria Bakery & Confectionery
only SUPERIOR BREAD AND
ND PASTRY In great Variety, but
THE LARGEST STOCK OF CANDIES
Weddings and parties supplied with the
most elaborate ornamental work on the
shortest notice and on reasonable terms.
..This is the most complete establishment In
ED. JACKSON, Prep.
Mrs. R. ftUINN,
GROCERIES AND PROVISIONS,
Crockery amsl Glassware,
-A. Full tOOljL.
NEW GOODS CONSTANTLY BBCEIVED.
Northwest eoraer Squetaoqua and Main
You Are Sure
Leading Furniture House
Office, Library, Parlor, Chamber
and DINING ROOM, in
WALNUT, CHEERY, ASH, AND MAPLE.
We are without a doubt showing- the Largest and Most Complete
line of CHAMBER SUITS in this city, unequaled in Design, Work
manship and Finish.
We Carry an IMMENSE STOCK OF CARPETS of All Designs
and Colors in
Body, Roxbury, and Tapestry Brussels, Three Plys,
Extra Supers and Ingrains.
Are not excelled by any
north of San Francisco.
Nothing but the best
dispensed, and every
convenience for the com
fort of guests.
Imported Wines, Liquors and Cigars.
The Most Complete Establishment in Astoria.
AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE 0. R. & N. DOCK.
Has iust received DIRECT from the EAST,
the LARGEST and FINEST stock of
Sentimental and Comic VALENTINES
that bave ever been displayed here.
Besides selling them CHEAPER
than any other bouse In Ore kou
we also furnish STAMPS and
ENVELOPES with each
Remember the Place
New York Novelty Store
Opposite Parktr House,
Mai Straet, Astoria. - - - Oregon.
to be Suited
and Club Rooms
SMALL MUSICAL 1NSTBUME
OF ALL KINDS.
FINEST VIOLIN STRINGS,
Piano, and Organ Instructors-
STECK & KNABE PIANOS 1
President of United States"
"Governor of Oregon,"
Astoria Musical Society,
Mrs. J. W. Conn, of Astoria,
And other prominent persons. Pianos and
Organs of many leading makes,
wholesale and retail,
CELEBRATED TABER ORGANS.
LITTLE GIANT STECK PIANO
Largest House on TMi Oout.
165 First St., Portland, Oregon.
The Portland and Astoria
Is prepared to contract with masters and
consignees of vessels for the
Loading and Unloading of Vessels
AT EITHER PORT.
Promptness and satlsfactloa guaranteed
la all caws.
TEU apply to the Captain, or to
Fine Goods - ReducedPrices
Ladies desirous of procuring Goods
unequaled in Style and Tinisji will
take pleasure in examining our
SUES, SATINS and DRESS GOODS.
GENTS' FURNISHING DEPARTMENT,
Everything is Complete
and.of the Desk
John A. Montgomery,
Tin, Sheet Iron and Copper Ware.
A General Assortment of
Magee Stoves and Eanges
The Best In the market.
Piumblng goods of all kinds on hand. Jot
work done In a workmanlike manner.
PLUMBING, GAS FITTING, AND CANNERY WORK
Attended to Promptly on Reasonable Terms.
Chponmns Street, Xext to C X. Parker's Store.
ASTOHia, - - OREGON.
THE N E W MODEL
DE3. JE.. TT
Two doors east of Occident Hotel.
MARTIN OLSEN & CO.
EALEKS IN LE
FURNITURE 25 BEDDING.
Corner Main and Squemoqua (Streets. Astoria, Oregon.
WINDOW SHADES AND TRIMMINGS: WALL PAPER
A Complete Stock.
PRICES AS CHEAP AS QUALITY WILL AFFORD.
AI.I. KITTOS OF FITOIOTTrRF: REPAIRKD AW1 TAR WISHED.
TAKE THE CAKE!
F. B. ELBERSON'S
You will be sure that
It Is worth talcing.
Every Variety of
Fine Cakes and Confectionery
For the Holiday Trade.
Candies, Christmas Tree Trim
The Best Quality of
Delivered every Morning
F. B.F.XiRF.RHO.V. Proprietor,
That Hacking Cougn. can be so
quickly cured by Shiloh's Cure. We
guanatMit. Sefdby W.E.DawiL
Eben P. Parker, Master.
For TOWING, FREIGHT orCHAft
II. B. PAIIKEK.
RANGE CAN BE HAD IN AS
TORIA ONLY OP
B. B. MAWBB,
CALL AND EXAMINE IT,
WILL BE PLEASED.
E. R. HAWES is also agent for the
M patent (Mil? Store
And other first-class stores.
Furnace Work, Steam Fit-
rises etc., a specialty
ALWAYS ON HAND.
The best of California and Foreign
Wines and Liquors
Kept Constantly on Hand
Domestic and Foreign Clears af
the beat .Brands.
NATIONAL BREWERY BEER.
On Concondy between Benton and Lafa
lm GEOEQE GOEUEB
1 "W. CASE,.
IMPORTED AND WHOLESALE AND KB
TAIL DKALER m
Corner Chenamus and Caaa streets.