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FRIDAY.... .. AUGUST 20, 1SS7
A PLAIN ISSUE.
In yesterday's Oregonian the edi
tor of the Portland Journal of Com
merce has a statement -which is a
fitting wind up to his false editorial of
the 20th. In that he made implica
tion as direct as it is possible for the
English language to make, that the
charges for towing the American ship
Merom in and out over the bar were
750. The Astokian in its next issue
courteously stated that the charge
was not $750, but $425.
It makes very little difference what
such an irresponsible sheet as the
Journal of Commerce says, except
that its utterances may be quoted 5n
other papers who delight to injure if
possible the commercial interests of
the Columbia, and it was to show
the Journal of Commerce's inaccura
cy that The Astobian noticed the
matter at alL
But now the editor of our not-at-all
esteemed contemporary adds mendac
ity to inaccuracy and demonstrates
bis ignorance anew in the assertion
that "the Merom paid more than
$425." Here he shows his contempti
ble desire to juggle. If charged with
downright lying, he may say.
"Oh, in the Oregonian I only
said "the Merom paid more than
$425: 1 didn't say what for." This is
so evident as to deceive no one who
ever wrote five lines or devoted five
minutes to the matter.
The case stands this way: The
Journal of Commerce tried to make
it appear that the Merom was charged
$750 for towage in and out over the
bar. The Astobian distinctly and
unequivocally denied this and said
"the charge for towage of the Merom
in and out over the bar was $425."
That is the exact fact That is the
charge in the bill which the captain
signed and which the editor of this
paper saw and examined before he
wrote the article denying the Journal
of Commerce's statement
It is bad enough to lie ignorantly,
but to insist and repeat the lie after
being so courteously set right is evi
dence of inability to be truthf uL The
Journal of Commerce now occupies
the unenviable position of an alleged
newspaper guilty of wilful and con
Probably in its next issue will be a
lame attempt to justify itself by ref
erence to "hawser charges."
The Journal ought to know that a
lie has no future to it, while the truth
is the same yesterday, to-day and for
ever. It would be amusing, were there
not a painful side to it, to hear men
talk about abolishing poverty by
shifting the bearing of one of .the
lightest of our burdens. At the out
side, what the workingman pays in
taxes, direct and indirect, is not a
fifth of his expenses, and a large part
of it comes in the rent of his dwelling,
which would cost more were all the
taxes laid on land. Of course, the
men who talk this nonsense about the
abolition of poverty by a device
so inadequate are either fools or
knaves. Generally, we presume, they
aim at abolishing their own poverty
by talk rather than work.
In a very excellent article in yester
day's Oregonian on the timber re
sources of Astoria and vicinity, the
writer says that but little of the tim
ber is worked up here and the profit
of manufacture is lost to the city;
which is true; and he adds that the
cause is that the capital and produc
tive enterprise of the country is other
wise engaged. Not the least among
the causes, however, may be men
tioned the fact that but little is really
known to the outside investor of the
extent and value of our great timber
resources, a state of affairs which such
an article as the one we approvingly
quote will grandly aid in changing.
It is estimated that the wealth of
the following countries is increased
annually by the sums named: Ger
many, $200,000,000; Great Britain,
$325,000,000; France, $375,000,000,
and the United States, $875,000,-
000. The United States is already the
wealthiest nation in the world, and, as
the above figures show, its wealth is
increasing the most rapidly.
' ' '
EiiECTBicrry has entered sport.
For the angler who wishes to let his
line float gently with the stream,
without the trouble of watching it, a
little electrical arrangement has been
devised whereby a pull upon the line,
oloses the circuit and rings a bell.
The Philadelphia News told ita
readers early in the summer that
keeping the elbows perfectly straight
would prevent sunstroke, but there
appears to be as yet no decrease of
sunstrokes in Philadelphia.
New Yobk prohibitionists claim
that they will poll 50,000 votes at the
next presidential election.
THE TIMBER SUPPLY.
The Districts Adjacent to the River Above
On or near the river on the Orecon
side above Astoria for a distance of
forty miles there are many fine ranges
of timber. In fact, the whole region
1b covered with one continuous for
est. To a visitor there seems no ra
tionality in the enstom which speaks
of localities as districts since all to
gether form one district with rarely a
dividing fine. But each stream along
which logging is prosecuted, gives it?
name to a "district." It should be
understood that all of these districts
draw from the same general body of
timber. The first district above As
toria (that is the first navigable
stream) is John Day's river, a short
distance above Tongue Point This
stream is navigable for small steam
ers and rafts four miles from its
junction with the Columbia, and
reaches into the heart of a magnifi
cent yellow fir district At this time
there is one camp on the John Day.
Its product this year will be about
2,000,000 feet (this is the average out
put of a camp) and it-will have about
four moreyear's'timber supply avail
able for skid-road work. Further
away from water within a radius of
five miles there is a prodigious
quantity of timber, millions upon
millions of feet. To get it out will
require a railroad of cheap construc
tion. The next district is that of Bear
river and" Farra3 creek, nine miles
eaBt of Astoria, where two camps are
now operating. Here, it is estimated,
there is four million feet of yellow fir
available, like the remote supply in
the John Day district, only by the
use of rails.
At Minniker's slotfgha mile further
up stream, there is a snpply of from
six to seven million feet available for
At Bear creek, a mile further up
stream, there is a fine supply of logs,
one camp being employed in getting
them out At this place logs are
hauled to the creek in summer and
run down to the river during the
winter floods. The creek is very
large and logs have been driven for
twelve miles. The available timber
supply here is prodigious, simply in
calculable by the ordinary methods
of computation. For twenty miles
the stream passes through majestio
forests and with the aid of
steam and rails many millions
(or perhaps it would do to say billions)
of feet could be brought out The
prevailing timber here is fir, but in
the bottom lands near the river there
are extensive bodies of spruce.
A bigger district than any of those
yet mentioned is that of Knappa
slongh, about fifteen miles from
ABtoria. Eleven camps are now op
erating along this slough, and the
out-put of logs will equal that of last
year, 22,000,000 feet There is still a
large body available by skid road,
while for eighteen miles back from
water the trees stand like wheat
stalks in a field, awaiting the con
struction of railroads before they can
be brought out. As to the quantity,
nobody can more than guess; but it
will easily run into the billions of
The Westport district further east
is even larger than that of Knappa,
and logging is pursued here in a
wholesale way. It is estimated a
good 20,000,000 feet of fir, spruce and
cedar yet remains available for skids,
while an almost unbroken forest ex
tends inland for twenty miles. It
would be idle to estimate quantities,
for no estimate could be more than a
guess. The bulk of this great district
is easily available by railroad.
The limits of what in general terms
may be called the Astoria district on
the Oregon side of the river, is Clats
kanine, forty miles. Here, as else
where, there is an abundant supply,
the country hereabout being es
pecially rich in cedar.
Anything like a close personal in
spection of this extensive forest belt
would be praoticably impossible.
There is perhaps no one person who
has actually seen it all from the
river back to the high mountains,
and no careful survey to estimate the
quantity of standing timber has ever
been made. It is known, however,
to be enormous, running into the
many billions of feet A man who
has been in all the camps and who
has ranged over all the country be
tween Astoria andClatskanine and as
far back as three miles from the
river, estimates that the supply
available for skids is from 90.000,000
to 100,000,000 of feet For railroads,
the supply is incalculable. "A. H.,"
The Verdict Unanimous.
W. D. Suit, Drugelst Bippus, Ind.,
testifies: "A can recommend Electric
Bitters as the very best remedy. Every
bottle sold lias given relief in every case.
One man took six bottles, aud was cured
of Rheumatism of 10 years' standing."
Abraham Hare, druggist Bellville,
Ohio, affirms: "The best selling medi
cine I have ever handled in my 20 years'
experience, is Electric Bitters." Thou
sands of others have added their testi
mony, so that the verdict is unanimous
that Electric Bitters do cure diseases of
the Liver, Kidneys or Blood. Only n
half dollar a bottle at W. E. Dement &
Co.'s Drug Store.
Have the following to say of Wis
dom's Robertine, the great beautifier
and preserver of the complexien:
Pobtiasd. Or., June 4, 1887.
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have tried your Robertine. It is excellent,
and I shall be pleased to recommend it
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yours trulyf Hhea. '
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. To Mr. W. IS.. "Wisdom.- The "Rober-
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It is the finest preparation I have ever
uocu, uuu ia u uuciueu acquisition to
every lady's toilet Yours truly.
Pobtland, Or.. April G, 1887.
DflM Mr. WiRflbm? ThnvAtriflr? tnnr
"TtrkVwrKnO- mr1 if. ctittoo ma mnnh
pleasure to say that it is excellent for
articles of the kind I have ever used. Be
lieve me, yours sincerely,
ForaalflhvW. "R. DflTTinnt k Hn..
druggists, Astoria, Oregon
Why Astoria is the Best Place to Mann-
The local advantages at Astoria for the
manufacture of lumber are very gret,
and it is only because the capital and in
dustrial energy of the place have been
employed in other channels that they
have not before now been nnrrrv
grasped. First, Astoria is in the center
or tuo nnest body of timber on the Pa
cifio coast. The tidal currents lead to
wards here from all directions and tho
raft haul to her booms is not only short
but invariably down stream. Being near
tho source of supply, mill men at Astoria
are naturally better informed of logging
operations than those in more remote
situations, and through the relations of
acquaintances and proximity are able to
supply themselves at rates a little better
than those paid by Portland and other
As to milling and boom sites, no situa
tion could be more favorable than As
toria, At the mills here, logs are taken
m at one side of the mill -while ships load
at the other. There are no floods here.
The tides are moderato and regular and
logs in boom are absolutely safe. Loss
through storms or from other cause was
never known, and with ordinary care
would bo impossible.
The manufactured product at Astoria
is on the seaboard, ready for shipment,
acd since the largest market demand is
by ocean, Astoria manufacturers have a
big advantage over rivals at up river
At Astoria the water is fresh and logs
may jib inmost any lengm or time with
out deterioration. On Pncet son ml.
where the water is salt, sea worms, and
especiuny me roreao, is an enemy to logs
in the water, and they cannot long lie in
tho water without being damaged. In
stances are very common where a raft
has been made utterly valueless in a few
weeks. At Astoria there is no such dan
ger. The toredo is unknown and a lot?
looses nothing by even a protracted stay
in tho water. Thosamois true of piling
so necessary for wharves. Mill men at
Puget sound are taxed in considerable
sums to keep up their wharves, boom
lines, etc. At Astoria there are piles in
a perfect state of preservation whioh
were driven thirty-five years ago. This
aavniuage is oy no means a siignt one,
as the mill men at the Sound and in the
various salt water bays along the coast
Practical men need not be told
tho value of a situation at tho base
of supplieswhere provisions may bo
nougat aauy in open znaritet, wnero men
may be had on an hour's notice, where
tugs and barges aro at call and whero
there aro shops for the prompt supply or
repair or machinery, now otteu it is
that a great mill must shut down, at tho
loss of hundreds of dollars per day, or
iuu uueu. ul u repair wuicii, wim macnino
shops available, might be accomplished
in an hour? Mill men alone know tho
value of a situation like that at Astoria
in respect to these items.
Another point in favor of u situation at
a point of general commercial import
ance is the convenience of regular mails
and of the telegraph. "A telegraph line
from ban xrancisco to my mill," said a
man who operates in a remote bay, to
me, "would havo made me blO.OOOlast
year. I am compelled sometimes to shut
down for a week and to send a tug on a
special trip to Astoria to fix up some
thing which I could do in half a day if I
wero not buried in a hole."
In the whole list of practical considera
tions there is but one item in which As
toria does not excel as a point for lum
ber manufacture, namely, with reference
to eastern overland shipment The Port
land mills being on the railroad aro bet
ter situated to command this business
than the mills at Astoria; but this is a
very small pd vantage when it is con
sidered that logs for the Portland mills
must come from tho Astoria timber dis
trict It costs but little more to boat
lumber from Astoria than to tow rafts
and when the railroad is extended to
Astoria, as it must soon be, she will bo
on an even footing even in this respect.
As it is now, she is in a better situation
for the eastern market than the mills on
Puget sound, since they must boat their
lumber to beattle or Tacoma just as sue
must to Portland. This matter is so
trifling that it cuts small figure and is
much moro than overcome by the ad
vantage for coastwise and foreign ship
ments which oontinue to be the biggest
end of the lumber business. VI. ti.
Young Men's Christian Association
TO YOUNG'S RIVEil FALLS,
Oh Tuesday, Aaaast 38fli.
Gov. Newell leaves Main Street wharf at 5
a. m. Lunch, at the Falls at 12 noon.
DIXXEB IS CASEY'S MEADOW
At 4 :S0 p. m. Boat leaves for return trip at
o r. m.
A Special Committee will take charge of
i.uncn easKets ana serve me uouauons.
Young Men will be provided for.
Tea, Coffee aad Milk will he provided.
TICKETS, 81, Children, GO Cents
Tickets may be had at Griffin & Heed's,
J. O. CLINTON
CIGARS AND TOBACCO,
Candies. Smokers' Articles, Etc.
New Goods Received Dally.
Opposite City Book Store.
It l . it
Cas& or Installments.
145 5th St-, P.O.
f EKD FOR CATALOGUE.
Tell The Cook
Acorn, Argand, and Magee
SPLENDID NEW STOCK
Are to be seen at
JOHN A. MONTGOMERY'S,
Tt will nnv nnv rna roVin Ima tmr
Stove or Range. Tinware, Granite Iron or
Pressed Iron orTinware to examine ourstock
Inst received from Eastern Manufacturers.
We can suit anybody from our Stock and
with our Prices.
WE ARE NOT DOING IT
And we aro sorry if others don't like it: have no
time to stand on ceremony, but everybody lias
come to the conclusion that we mean
Our Removal Sale
Is the talk of the town
and you will he sorry if you don't lay in
some bargains; after we are gone it will be too late.
Goods will be Slaughtered
;3r0Nl.Y A FEW WEEKS MORE AT
The Crystal Palace.
A. V. ALLEN,
WHOLESALE AND RETAIL DEALER IN
Fine Groceries, Provisions and Mill Feed.
Crockery, Glass Plated Ware.
The Largest and finest assortment of
Fresh. Fruits and Vegetables.
CITY BOOK STORE.
Of iyfi ItZlTn
We carry the finest line of Writing Papers and Writing
Material in the Cit y.
MUSICAL MERCHMDISE AND INSTRUMENTS.
Agents for the Celebrated
CENTURY ORGAN AND DOMESTIC SEWING MACHINE
GRXFFXX? & HEED.
Strike It Rich!
Foard & Stokes
Their largely Increasing trade enables
them to self at the very lowest margin
or pront whllo giving you poods
that aro of first class quality.
Goods Delivered All Over the City.
The Highest Price raid for Junk.
OF SAN FRANCISCO.
Ravel's Wharf and Warehouse,
Cannery Snpplies at Lowest Prices.
Storage and Insurance at Current Rates.
Drafts on the leading Cities of the World
JOHN F. McGOVERN,
It. II. Coleman, Accountant,
W. F. Armbruster
Clocks, Jewelry and Musical
Repaired on the Shortest Notice at Rea
Chenamus St., next to Spexarth's Gun store.
Neat, Quick And Cheap at The
ASTOBIAN JOB OFFICE
v r w
MURRAY & CO.,
And Dealers in
Special Attention Given to Filling
A FULL LINE CARRIED
And Supplies furnished at Satis
Purchases delivered In any part of the city.
Office and Warehouse
fn Hume's New Building on Water Street.
P. O. Box 153. Telephone No. 37.
Are You Insured?
J. O. Bo'zorth
"Writes Insurance Policies In Reliable Fire
Insurance companies that give Absolute
rroiecnon in caso oi tire.
Deposited in Orepn, $300,000
S s s- sol, a e o.
Royal, NonvIch-TTnlon and Lancashire Com
blnatlon Joint Policy.
JInlon of San Francisco.
Gcrmanla of New York.
State Investment of California.
Anglo-Nevada Assurance Corporation,
MAKIXE INSURANCE COVERED BY OUR
Elmore, Sanborn & Co.
P.K.BEAOir,Pres.. J. MoORAKEN'. Vico Pre
J. K, EL.DE1UUN, L.OUI3 Z.UKflTENBERG
The Northwest Fire & Marine
No. S Washington St., Portland, Or.
It. Tj.BOYI.I5. Astoria Agent,
Office at I. X.L. Packing Co.
J. McOraken. F.K, Arnold. F. E, Beach,
Krank M.Warren. C . H. Prescott. V. Eggert.
J, Lowanberff, J . K. Elderkin. D.D, Olipbant
Money to Loan on ApproTed Eeal
Bargains in Ready Made Clothing.
25 Men's and Youths' odd suits marked down from $16 and SI3
to Sf I and $13, and are all wool desirable suits.
V carry a full line of Black Dress suits which are sold for the lowest cash
Our Line of Dry g Fancy Goods
A fin lot of Embroideries just opened.
tt u7e hST!Ltlle JMfipst and finest lot of Silk Thread and Twist, Embroidery and
Knitting Silk m all shades and colors, to be found in Astoria.
W. T. PARKER
tvt a :sgr.A.ca-:E:Ei..
BOOTS and SHOES
Genuine English. Porpoise Shoes Tor Gents.
Ladies Flexible Sole Shoes in French, Kangaroo and Dongola Kid
P. J. GOODMAN.
H. B. PARKER,
Hay, Oats, anil Straw, Lime, Brisk, Cement, Sand ui Plaster
Wood Dellrered to Order. Drajlng, Teaming and Express Btishtesi,
TEK apply to the Captain, or to
Hereafter, daring tho Summer Season JZVie
Alaskan will leave Astoria, O.K.& N. Dock,
Ob Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 A. 2f.
Connecting with all Afternoon Trains out of
Portland, " v
The Alaskan will leave Astoria at 4 P. X.
TROUPE St. D1LLSNCHAM,
City Livery Stable.
SHER3IAN & WAKD, .Proprietors.
Comfortable Carnages and Buggies
By the day or hour at very reasonable rates.
Saddle Horses for Hire.
Every thing new and first class. Oiir a'm
Is to please our patrons.
Horses Boarded by the day, week or month,
Stable and office two doors west of The
GUSTAY HANSEN, Prop'r.
A Large and Well Selected Stock of Fine
Diamonfls t Jewelry
At Extremely Low Prices.
All Gooda "Bought at This Establishment
Watch and Clock Repairing
Corner Cass and Squemoqua Streets.
I. W. CASE,
ODD FELLOWS' BUILDING.
Does a General Banking Business
Drafts Drawn Available In' any part of
G.A.STINSON & CO.,
t Capt. Rogers old stand, corner of Osa
and Court Streets.
Ship aad Cannery work, Horseshoeinsr.
wagons made aod repaired. Good work
Is on deck and prepared to build boats
that lift will cniarnntaA oa tn vnrlr onrl itn..
ablllty. Befers to all who have used boats of
ma couairuciiQn, aii wonc guarameea.
Eben P, Parker, Master.
For TOWING, FREIGHT orOHAU
H. B. PARKEH.
New York Novelty Store
In Books, Stationery, Fancy Goods, aad
General Notions. We are satisfied with a
small profit over original cost, and want
you to buy what you need In our line of us,
It Is for your Interest to do so.
A full line of Novelties. Playing Cards,
Blank Books, Musical Instruments, Toys,
A Large Stockof Baby Carriages.
New York Novelty Store.
HOLT & CO. Proprietors.
BALUSTERS, NEWEL FGBT&
Scroll and Turned Balustrades,
Bdat Material, etc.
Orders solicited and Tromptly attended to.
a Satisfaction Guaranteed as to StyleJuall
ty and Prices.
Mill and Office cor. Polk nnd Coneomly
streets. Astoria, Oregon.
Astoria Iron Works.
Concomly St., Foot of Jackson, Astoria. Or,
Machinists aifl Boiler Merc.
Land and Marine Engine
Steamboat Work and Cannery Work
Castings of ali Descriptions Madt
to Order at Short Notice.
J. Q. HU8TIB, .......,
L W. CASE,
JOHN FOX .
. Boat Building.
MANY YEAE3 EXPERIENCE IN
building boats on the Columbia river
and hundreds of fine boats of my build
make my guaranteet for good work. Head
quarters at the old Astoria Iron Works
building. Will build boats at any point oa
the Columbia river where my services may