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THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 18, IBS
The Coast Review for August has
an interesting collection of notes and
facts relative to the insurance busi
ness on this coast. Talking of the
recent legislation in this state regard
ing a tax on insurance polices, a Port
land correspondent says: "Insurance
companies are neither children nor
fools, and "when some rise granger
got a law passed in the Oregon legis
lature, calling for a 1 per cent tax on
the premium of every policy issued,
vfe (meaning the companies) simply,
in our generosity, called on the as
sured to pay for this little luxury or
else go without insurance." This ap
plies to the mortgage tax law as well
as other monuments of legislative
In an article on "City and Country
Bisks," the Review takes the ground
that property-holders outside of the
large cities should -not grumble at
high rates. It says that lower rates
are charged in large cities like San
Francisco because "the favorable loss
ratio of the latter is the result of
superior fire-extinguishing facilities.
The steam engines and other appli
ances, the electric alarm system, the
short interval between the alarm-and
the arrival of the firemen, the abnn-
dance of water restrict the
losses and keep the risk within rea
sonable bounds." The weak link in
the argument is the assumption that
none but metropolitan dwellers pos
sess these safeguards. Astoria, for
example, has "steam engines and other
appliances, the electric fire-alarm sys
tem, the short interval between the
alarm and the arrival of firemen, the
abundance of water," all of whioh
our contemporary cites as arguments
for low rates, and yet Astoria pays
the highest rates of any city on the
coast There are several reasons why
Astoria pays such high insurance rates
Th principal reason is just because
she does. Our city is looked upon as
a bonanza by insurance men. "When
a little $25,000 blaze in Spokane Falls
or Walla "Walla, or elsewhere in this
northwest, causes the board compan
ies to lose, they console themselves
with the reflection that they "play
even on Astoria.
This has been denied, but the mat
ter is susceptible of proof. As a
prominent insurance agent in this city
said to us about two months age:
"I've done my share of insurance in
Astoria for nearly eight years and
$300 would cover all the loses to my
companies occasioned by fires in this
oity." Insurance rates are higher
now with all our costly aDDliannpu
tnan when we had nothing but an old
hand engine and a few feet of leather
hose. Of course justice suggests the
statement that risks are rated on
higher markings, but the fact remains
that in the belief of many there ex
ists in this city in the important
matter of fire insurance an onerous
and unjust tariff in the rates charged.
An article "Fires in the Pacific
Northwest," in the same number,
takes for argument that we of Oregon
and Washington Territory are a pack
of swindlers who do nothing else but
sit up all night to put up a job on the
poor insurance men. Of course the
article doesn't say this; it is written
solely as a justification of the high
rates charged, but is to say the
least suggestive. In the course of
the article referred to the following
The fire insurance companies have
been compelled to come to the rescue.
They have afforded an unfailing mar
ket of last resort for unprofitable
buildings and unsalable merchandise. '
xney nave a barrier between disgrace
ful bankruptcy and many a merchant
of flexible conscience. The facts
abundantly sustain this charge of
commercial immorality. Fires have
been far more frequent since the hard
times began, and the most of these
fires have occurred in the new rail
road towns which were most affected
by Villard's failure and the suspen
sion of railroad improvements. In
our Portland letter this month,
will be found a case right
to the point There is no
other reasonable explanation for
these unsual fires. The weather has
not been dryer than it ordinarily is.
There has been no increase in the
number of fires in towns equally in
flammable elsewhere. The spirit of
improvement in Portland did not
wait for the impulse of bad times to
sell undesirable property to insurance
companies; for, during the past two
or three years, including a"periodof
great prosperity, ambitious owners
of frame ranges in thct city have been
replacing them with bricks at the
expense of the companies.
Underwriters have made no money
on business in the northwest, but the
compact has most opportunely help
ed them at a critical period. Yet it
is doubtful if 1884, even with the aid
of the compact, will show any profit
on the Oregon business as a whole.
If the business is to yield a profit,
there must be very careful surveys.
Inspections must be made with spec
ial reference to the moral hazard.
Skilled judgment should be exercised
in determining the value of stocks
of merchandise. This is a point upon
which too much stress cannot be
The argument of the above is so
manifest as to require no comment
but The Astobtan protests against
it going broadcast as a fair expression
of facte concerning the northwest.
That there is grounds for the covert
allusion is true, but no just writer
will use isolated and doubtful cases
to establish a charge against a busi
ness community. A paid' advocate,
with bis retainer in his pocket,
whether he be in a court or a news-
paper office, may use his opportunity
to the disadvantage of others, and
such -we believe the editor of the
It is with due humility and a prop
er understanding of its rashness that
The Astobiak ventures to suggest to
its contemporaries on the Sound that
a little less spite and malice in their
columns would be of mutual benefit
to their prosperity. To the ordinary
mind it is difficult to see what good
it does a man to make faces at his
neighbor and call him naughty names.
"When the Tacoma Ledger character
izes Seattle' as a sawdust heap and
vfllifiea the dwellers thereon, it is
but human nature on the part of the
Post Intelligencer to do some un
seemly sneering at the outlook of the
"Terminal Oity" and throw ice water
on its schemes, and, yet. en passant At
seems more the province of ordinary
judgment to stop such silly efforts at
belittling each other and "pull togeth
Our friends on the Sound have a
magnificent country, but they are all
in the same beat: what hurts or helps
Seattle, hurts or helps Tacoma. Their
interests are bound together. How
muoh more benefioial it would be for
Seattle to say a kind word about Ta
coma, and Tacoma acknowledge
the kindness by reciprocity toward
her sister city.
Purely as a matter of business, as
a matter of commercial policy, the
newspapers appear to be injuring
their section by such wholesale on
slaughts .against eaoh other as occa
sionally appear. People will get to
believe all that after awhile and will
act accordingly. There is room for
both cities and one or two more.
Seattle can!t make $100,000 without
Tacoma's making $10,000, and vice
versa. Every honest, energetic man,
every thousand dollar investment,
every project of progress, every plan
of development in Portland helps As
toria; every dollar of capital brought
to Astoria, every new street laid out,
every new house built, every honest
business started in Astoria helps
Portland and the state. We are all
"in together" in a reciprocal relation
ship, and no man, however insignifi
cant he may be, can help or mar his
own fortunes without his action hav
ing corresponding effect on his neigh
This argument is either true or
false, and we commend its considera
tion to our friends and fellow laborers
on the Sound.
The New York Produce Exchange
Reporter gives the figures at which
wheat from -Chicago can now be laid
down in London as follews: Chicago
prime cost, f. o. b., 78o; lake freight
to Buffalo. VA insurance to Buffalo.
o; canal freights, Buffalo to New
York, 3j; miscellaneous, )c; cost
Lo. b. at New York, 85o; equivalent
at the par of exchange to 29s 2d per
quarter. Add to this sum the freight
to London, which has recently been
engaged by steamer at lc per bush
el, and a J of 1 per cent insurance
New York to London, and the cost
freight and insurance, Chicago to
London, appears to be 80s Gd per
quarter, or about $1.46 per cental.
As the cost of raising wheat in this
state is $1 per oental, it will be seen
that at present prices in Chicago our
farmers are not able to compete with
those east of the Bocky Mountains.
The American Miller estimates
that the loss on a bushel of wheat
from holding it from July, 1883, to
the present month amounts to fifty
five cents, making the loss on the
whole visible supply in the eastern
THERE "WILL BE A QUARTERL? Ex
amination for those tlshinr County
Teachers' Certificates, at the courthouse, on
Friday and Saturday. September 2Cth and
27th, beginning at 9 o'clock x. u.
J. R. HTfJRTVS
Notice of Application.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE
undersigned will, at the next meeting of
the Common Council of the City of Astoria,
Clatsop county. Oregon, apply to said coun--ctl
for license to retail win, malt and spir
ituous liquors in less quantities thau one
quart, for the period of one year. In the
building on lot 4 in block 21 and frontiug on
Main street. In the city of Astoria. Clatsop
uuuuit, vrrguu, as uuu out ana recoraea Dy
Notice to Contractors.
NOTICE is hereby iven that bids
will be received at th nffirA nt fh Aud
itor and Clerk of the city of Astoria,
until Tuesday September 23, 1884, at
two o'clock v. xl, for the improvement
of the crossings of "Main anH ri.tTiH,
streets ; Main and Seventh streets ; Main
ana uourc streets : Main and Jefferson
streets; Main and Squemoqua streets;
Main and Chenamut isf-rentc n f ho man
ner provided by ordinance G45 of the
VllJ Ul XX.3MJ110.
Jiidsnust state the price per cubic
vnrri f.ii- filltnrr anil m.n!nn i: i
foot for planking, and per lineal foot
Lyii p.w,Pi; r P8 riKQt ro reject any and
all bids Is hereby reserved.
ay oraer or the uommon Council.
Committee on Streets
Auditor and Clerk.
THERE WILL BE A MEETING OF THE
Stockholders of the Washington Pack
ing Co.. at the company's office, at 1 -J30 p. x.
on Friday, the 19th Inst. -.
A FIVE HUNDRED DOLLAR PIANO.
an eighteen dollar music easel, a twenty-Are
dollar rocJdngchair and aflfteen dol
lar flower stand. Apply at P. Blankholm's
cigar store. Will sfi the lot lor w.
GOOD GENTLE HORSE.
. Inquire Of ALEX. CAMPBELL.
Jefferson Street Assessment.
NOTICE is hereby given that the As
sessment made bv Ordinance No. C70 of
the City of Astoria. Clatsop County,
Oregon, and which Ordinance passed
the Common Council of said city on the
ninth day of September. 1884, and was
approved on the tenth day of September,
1884. for the DroDOsed imnrnvHment nt
Jefferson street, in the City of Astoria
as laid out and recorded by John Mc-
viuju, Hum lut-tiisi, cuaoi saia street
to the webt line of Washington street,
in the manner nrovided bv nrriinniir.
No. 656, and which Ordinance passed
the Common Council of said city on
the 12th day of August 1884 and was
approved on the 13th day of Aiurust,
1884, on each of the following described
lots fronting on said portion of said
street, is now payable at the office of
the City Treasurer in U.S. gold coin,
and unless nald within fivQdnvsnf th
final publication of this notice, viz: Fri
day, uciooer 3, issi, tne uommoa Coun
cil -will issue warrants for the collection
thereof. The assessment is as follows :
C.Boellinff. Lot 8 Block 29. cost of
clanking $55.00, grading $5.75; total
U. Uoelling, L;Ot 7 Block 29. cost of
lanking 555.00, grading $17.25; total
C. Boellinir. Lot 6 Block 29. cost of
planking $55.00, grading S28.75; total
C. Boellinff. Lots Block 29. cost of
planking $55.00, grading $40.50; total
M. Meyer. Lot 1 Block 40. cost of
planking $55.00, grading $5.75; total
M. Meyer. Lot 2 Block 40. cost of
planking S55.00, grading $17.23; total
M. Meyer. Lot 3 Block 40. cost of
planking $55.00, grading $28.75; total
M. Meyer, Lot 4 Block 40. cost of
planking $55.00, grading $40.50; total
Geo. Flavel. Lot l Block 41, cost of
planking $55.00, grading, $4025; total
Geo. Flavel, Lot 2 Block 41, cost of
planking S55.00, grading $38.50; total
" Geo! FJavel, Lot 3 Block 41, cost of
planking $55.00, grading Sll.50; total
Geo. Flavel, Lot 4 Block 41, cost of
planning goo.oo, grading 10.00; lotal
Clatsop County, Lot 8 Block 28, cost
"of planking $55.00, grading $5035; to
Clatsop County, Lot 7 Block 28, cost
oi pianKing $oa.uu, grading ?hu.; loiai
Ciatson Countv. Lot 6 Biock 28. "cost
of planking S53.00, grading, $23.00; to
Clatsop County, Lot 5 Block 28, cost
ot planking $55.00, grading $11.50; total
A. Montgomery, Lot 8 Block 27, cost
of planking S55.00, grading S18.50: to
. A. Montgomery, Lot 7 Block 27, cost
of planking $55.00, grading, $17.25; to
A. Montgomery, Lot Block 27, cost
of planking $55.00, grading 28.75; total
A. Montgomery, Lots Block 27, cost
of planking $55.00, grading 30.00; total
Geo. Flavel, Lot 1 Block. 42 cost of
planking $55.00, grading S12.50: total
Geo. Flavel, Lot 2 Block 42, cost of
planking $55, grading $8.75; total $63.75.
M. Rogers, Lot 3 Block 42, cost of
planking 55.00, grading 1135; total
M. Rogers, Lot l Block 42, cost of
planking $55.00, grading $21.00; total
E. C. Holden, Lot 1 Block 43, cost of
planking $55.00; total $35.00.
J.G.Uustler, Lot 2 Block 43, cost of
planking $53.00; total $55.00
J. G. Hustler, Lot 3 Block 43, cost of
planking $55.00; total S55.00
S. G. Ingalls, Lot 4 Block 43, cost of
plauking $53.00; total $53.00
J. A. Jordan. Lot 8 Block 26. cost of
piai.hiitK OOO.OU, grading 28.75; total
A. Montgomery and C. L. Parker, Lot
i xjiock. zo, cost oi piaiiKing !j.w, grau
M. Rogers, Lot C Block 26, cost of
planking $55.00; total $55.00.
M. Rogers, Lots Block 26, cost of
pianking 555.00; total 55.00.
Mrs. E. Brown' Lot 3 Block 44, cost of
nlankincS92.00: total $92.00.
Kinnej', Lot 4 Block 44 cost of
planking 127.00; total $127.00.
Morey & Co., Lot 1 Block 04 cost of
ulanklnc S92.00: total S92.00.
Methodist church, Lot 2 Block 64. cost
of Dlanklnn $92.00: total S92.00.
T. A. Orcutt and L. Manser, Lot 3
mock 64, cost of planking $127.00; total
T. Broemser, Lot 4 Block 64, cost of
nlankinc $92.00: total $92.00.
A. J.Megler, Lot 6 Block 64, cost of
planklne $127.00; total $127.00.
A. J. Metier, Lot 7 Biock 64, cost of
planking $127.00; total $127.00.
M. J. Kinney, Lot 14. Block 61, cost of
liiiiiiKim:. .ii.uu; toiai izi.w.
M. J. Kinney, Lot 13 Block 61, cost of
plankinc $127.00.' total $127.00.
M. J. Kinney, Lot 12 Block 61, cost of
plankine $127.00; total $127.00.
M.J. Kinney, Lot 11 Block 61 cost of
planking $127.00; total $127.00.
R. Carrutners, Lot 9 Block 61 cost of
planking $92.00; total $92-00.
G.W.Warren heirs. Lot 8 Block 61
cost of plankinc S92.00: total $92.00.
A. C. Finney Lot 8 Block 62, cost of
pianking $175.00: total $175.00.
A. C. Kinney, Lot 7 Block 62, cost of
planking $17500;-total $175.00.
Clatsop Mill Company, Lot 6 Block 62
cost of planking $175.00; total $175.00.
Clatsop Mill Co. Lot 5 Block 62, cost
of planking $175.00; total $175.00.
Clatsop Mill Co., Lot 1 Block 66, cost
of planking $175.00; total $175.00.
A. riinman, .Lot 2 iilock 66, cost of
planking $175.00; total $175.00.
"Clatsop Mill Co., Lot 3 Block 66, cost
of planking f 175.00; total $175.00.
By order or the Common Council.
Attest: T.S. Jewktt.
Auditor and Clerk.
Wilson & Fisher
HEAVY AND SHELF
Paints, Oils, and Varnish.
Salem Flouring Mills,
Portland Roller Mills,
Capital Flour and
W. E. DEMENT & CO.
ASTORIA, - - OREGON
Carry in Stock,
DRUGS, CHEMICALS, TOILET
Prescriptions carefully Compounded
Carpets! Carpets! Carpets!
We beg to call the attention of the public
Eastern manufacturers, of the largest
for sale in this city, comprising an graaes, irom tne
FINEST BODY BRUSSELS
In the Newest Tints and Shades.
To the lowest priced article in this line. "We
vsorpeu wiinm me next iour weets, ana 10 mat enu uuer special maucemeucs, precluding
tne possibility of Betas Undersold by any of oar Competitors.
Furniture and House Furnishing Line
We can show von the verv BEST GOODS at
to receive a call for Inspection whether you
FURNITURE. FURNISHING GOODS,
Carpets, Matting, Pictures, Mirrors,
PICTURE FRAMES MOULDINGS, ETC., ETC.
At Greatly Reduced Prices,
ASTORIA FURNITURE CO.,
Cor. Chenamus and Hamilton Sts. II. Da BUISSON, Manager.
lie Mil ED.
LARGEST AND FINEST
SASH AND DOOR FACTORY
In Western Oregon.
A Full Stock on Hand and
Made Up to Order.
AND SATISFACTION GUARANTEED.
Sashes, Doors, Windows,
Of Best Material.
Bias rurmsnea Oontractors, Carpenters
All bills due and payable at the end ol the
month, unless otherwise agreed upon.
Wm. HOWE, Proprietor.
Proposals for the Coustrnction of
Cottajrcs for Keepers cf Iilfc
H a vine Stations.
Office ok General Sup't. i
U. S. Lifk-savixg Service, f
Washington, D. C, Sept. c, lg4. j
SEALED PROPOSALS WILL BE RE
celvea at this office until 2 o'clock p. m.,
of Thursday, the 9th of October, 1631, for the
construction or three frame cottages for
keepers at the following named life-saving
stations on the Pacific coast.
One at the Shoalwater Bay Life-saving
Station, near light-house : one at the Cape
Disappointment Station, Baker's Bay, both
in Washington Territory; and one at the
Golden Gate Park Station, San Fraucisco.
The proposals may be for one or more of
Bidders will state the time within which
they will agree to have the buildings com
pleted. Each bid must be accompanied by a boud
in the sum of Ave hundred dollars, with two
good and sufficient sureties conditional that
the bidder shall enter Into contract without
delay, and give such bonds as security for
the faithful performance thereof as may be
required if his bid be accepted ; or by a de
posit of five hundred dollars U. S. currency
or bonds, to be returned to the unsuccessful
bidders alter the award of the contract, and
to the successful bidder alter his contract
and bond for the faithful performance of
the terms thereof shall be approved by the
Secretary of the Treasury.
Specifications and plans, forms of proposal,
contract and bond can be obtained at the
offices of the Collector of Customs at Astoria,
Oregon; Captain J. "W. White. Assistant
Inspector of Life-saving Stations, East Oak
land, California, and of T. J. Blakeny. Su
perintendent Twelfth Lire-saving District,
Room 25, New Appraisers Building, San
Francisco, Ca ifornia.
All proposals must be endorsed "Proposals
for the Construction of Keepers Cottages."
and addressed to the General Superintend
ent of the U. S. Life-Saving Service, "Wash
ington. D. C.
The right to reject any or all bids, or to
waive defects if deemed for tho interest of
the Government is reserved.
W. D. O'CONNOR,
Acting General Superintendent.
ASTORIA LIQUOR STORE,
AUG. DANIELSON, - - Proprietor.
Rebuilt aad Refitted Throughout.
The Best of
For a Good Cigar, call for one of
Comer "West 9th and "Water Streets, Astoria.
The Gem Saloon.
The Popular Resort for Astorians.
Finest of Wines and Liquors
Go to THE GEM SALOON.
ALEX. CAMPBELL, - - PROPRIETOR
STOCK AND WORKMANSHIP
Boats of Every Description Built.
Shop over Arndt & Ferchen's.
B. IK. EEATHEBS.
are determined to dispose of our stock of
BOTTOM FIGURES. :.nl nhall be oleaaeil
purchase or not.
to our latest Importation, direct fi
invoice of CARPETS ever offered
BOATS AND TENTS
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Manufacturers and Dealers in
Lumber, Salmon Trays,
OFFICE AND MILL, CORNER SALMON
AND CEDAlt STREETS,
ASTORIA. - Oregon.
Leinenweber & Co.,
ASTORIA, ... OREGON
TAMERS Al CURRRIES,
Manufacturers and Importers of
all kinds of
LEATHER AND FINDINGS.
Wholesale Dealers In
9Highest cash price paid for Tildes and
Wheeler & Kipp,
Plmnta Gas ail Steam Fitters
Warranted, and Estimates Given.
Iron and lead Pipe, Balli Tubs,
TFator Closets, and Gas
Jobbing Promptly Attended to.
A SPECIALTY Is made of Tap
ping Water Mains and Running
Water Pipes, as We have Su po
or facilities for doing this work.
Corner Squemoq.ua and Hamilton Streets,
Royal Brand Flour
Manufactured by the
Is of Superior Quality, and 13 Endorsed
by all who use it.
THE HOUSEKEEPER'S FAVORITE
Of Superior Rising Quality.
Guaranteed to Give Satisfaction.
WYATT & THOMPSON
Sole Agents for Astoria.
For Tlie Finest Groceries.
For The Freshest Vegetables,
For The Most Complete Assortment,
For Absolute Satisfaction,
In Filling and Delivering All Orders,
Family Grocery and Provision Store,
Corner Benton and Chenamus Streets,
Opposite Custom House
eM ' tM3 M a i urn. 1
TER apply to the Captain, or to
Exclusive Dry goods House
Our Stool Is The Most Coijlete, Our Prices At Root Bottom
And Our Anxiety To Sell Is Unequaled!
We Are Always al the Top of the Market
And With Us You Will Find
THE LATEST NOVELTIES IN OUR LINE
As Fast As They Appear In Eastern Markets.
WE INVITE INSPECTION OF OUR LATEST IMPORTATION
Ladies' and Infants' White Goods, Skirts, Parasols, Silk Mitts, Gloves in
Lisle, Silk and Cotton, Fans, etc., etc.
John A. Montgomery,
Tin, Sheet Iron and Copper Ware.
A General Assortment of
Magee Stoves and Ranges
The Best lu the market.
Piumhlng goods of all kinds on hand, .'ob
work done In a workmanlike wanue
PLUMBING, GAS FITTING, AND CANNERY WORK
Attended to Promptly on Reasonable Terms.
Chenamus Street. Xext toC L Parker's Store.
ASTORIA, ... OBEQON.
THE NEW MODEL
tlnCs. otc, a specialty
A FTJIiI, STOCK ALWAYS ON HAND.
MARTIN OLSEN So CO.
FURNITURE 35 BEDDING
Corner Main and Squemoqua Streets. Astoria, Oregon.
WINDOW SHADES AND TRIMMNCS; WALL PAPER, ETC.
A Complete Stock.
PRICES AS CHEAP AS QUALITY WILL AFFORD.
AIX HINDS OF FUKX1TURE REPAIRED AND VARIMSIIED.
FOABB & STOKES.
A. FULL LINE OF
Just Finished In Bear ol Store.
Toys, fancy Gooils, Stationery,
Fresh Fruit Received Daily.
A Full Stock of Smokers Ar.lcles.
NEW GOODS CONSTANTLY ARRIVING.
CHAS. A. MAY,
Chenarans stwot, sooth side, one door
fben P. Parfser,Master.
Fi.rTuWING. FRKIOHT orCHAK
II. tt. PAKKJBK.
SSI f AjFwS
HANGE CAN BE HAD IN AS
TORIA ONLY OF
E, R. BAWB8,
CALL AND EXAMINE IT, Y I'
WILL BE TLEASED.
E. K. IIAWES Is also agent for ti'e
Bncl patent Cooiiugr Stove
And other first-class Sto7es.
Fnrnaoo "Work. Stoam Fit-
THE LATEST STYLES
B. B. FRANKLIN'S,
NEXT DOOR TO ASTOEIAN OFFICE.
A very large Stock from which to select.
Window curtains made to order.
My patent Trimmer to cut Wall Paper
will be lound convenient to my patrons.
Hardware and Snip (Mlery
VAN DUSEN & CO.,
Hardware and Ship Chandlery
Pure Oil, Bright Varnish,
Binacle Oil, Cotton Canvas,
Hemp Sail Twine,
Cotton Sail Twine,
Wrought Iron Spikes,
Galvanized Cut Nails,
Paiatts and Oils, Cfrri, etc,