Polk County observer. (Monmouth, Polk County, Or.) 1888-1927, December 25, 1903, Image 1

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At night we encamped on the
bank of the river, sometimes on the
north and sometimes on the south
side. , I remember especially, a
camp we made on the south shore.
There was a narrow strip of sand
and rock, almost level, between; the
river and" a' high bluff, with a
mountain . rising above it. . We
must have landed here quite early
in the afternoon, for the unusual
occurrence, which underscored this
camping place oh memory's tablet
"took place before the sup was low.
Now, at a venture, I will say
that our people, for frontiersmen of
those days, ;were "unusually ' free
from superstitious whims. I never
had seen a horseshoe over the door;
they never spoke of looking ' at a
hog's melt for a forecast of the
weather; did not believe in lucky
or unlucky days, nor that dropping
the dishrag was a . sign that the
family would have company at the
house; but mother, meaning to make
sport of superstitious notions ' ho
doubt, sometimes spoke of a belief
among the people that seeing the
new moon over the right shoulder
was an omen of good-luck; and, to
be candid, I must admit that if I
know the new moon is out, I some
times put myself to a little trouble
to get first sight of it over my right
shoulder. Ghost stories, stories of
haunted houses, of goblins, witches
and fairies were current among the
people in those days, but were not
told for facts by our folks.
The unusual occurrence referred
to was this: Although'we.had now
been' several days' on t;ur voyage
down the river, no one had heen
heard to complain of hardships or
express fear of dangers to be en
countered, and for my part I had
come to feel as safe on the water as
on the land. But at this camp I
heard a remark that renewed my
apprehension of danger. A drift
wood camp-fire was burning, and
the women were about it doing the
kitchen work (quite a roomy
kitchen it was) and talking. I
don't remember what they said, ex
cept that my Aunt Cynthia (Uncle
JesseApplegate's wife) said: "There
is going to be a death in the family,"
or words to that effect. She pointed
upward and added: "See that
raven flying over the camp."
I was lying upon the sand, and,
hearing the remark, looked up and
saw a black bird, a raven or crow,
flying about 100 feet over us and
going in the direction of the river.
This thing of reading the future
from the flight of birds was then
new to me, and, as my aunt's
countenance, gesture and tone of
voice bespoke alarm and distress,
the event made a lasting impression
upon my mind. And yet the pre
diction must have been passed over
lightly, for, at the time the calamity
overtook us a few days later, I
never thought of the omen and did
not hear anyone speak of it.
Occasionally we saw Indians on
the river in canoes. Their canoe
was wrought out of a single log,
cut from a pine, cedar or fir tree,
and was excavated mostly by burn
ing; but the finishing work was
done with edged tools, originally of
stone and bone, but now of iron
and steel. The canoes on the upper
river were shapely and neatly
finished, but quite plain in ap
pearance and generally large enough
for only two or three persons.
I was wide awake when we came
in sight of Mount Hood. When
we had reached a point on the river
where they said we would get a
first sight of it, I was on the look
out for it, but was scanning the
sky in the direction where it was
supposed to be and did not see it.
Someone said to me, "What are
you looking for up there?" "Mount
Hood," I answered. "Well, it ain't
up in the sky," they said. Hooked
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rinzton, Dallas. Oregon.
" . a
Juvenile Mem
oirs of JESSE
an Oregon
neer of 1843
toward the earth and saw an im
mense mass of snow, as wide across
as the biggest cornfield I had ever
seen. The mountain appeared to
be only a few miles away, and yet
the wide expanse of snow could
frequently be seen through gaps
between the hills as we passed dowp
the river: - ' '-; A, -
Mount Hood was, after all, only
a snow covered hill.' How did I
account for the hill's being always
enow-clad? Well, I didn't account
for it at all. It may be I never
thought of that, or it may be that I
thought H was God's white throne
or footstool, or that it was a miracle
God had provided to show men his
contempt for the laws of nature.
Remember now I was looking at
the scenery through the inexper
ienced eyes of a six-year-old boy.
The realization of what we see de
pends very much upon what we
already know. Of course, I was
yet a novice in perspective." I saw
it as a child, and my understand
ing was at fault.
We had an Indian pilot, probably
selected by McKinley at Fort
Walla Walla, although I do not
positively, remember noticing the
pilot before we entered the rapids
we were now approaching. At the
head of these rapids the river bears
from a westcourse a little northerly,
making a very gradual curve. As
we approached this bend, I could
hear the sound of rapids, and
presently the boat began to rise
and fall and rock from side to side.
When we began to make the turn,
we could see breakers ahead ex
tending in a broken line- across the
river, and the boat began to sweep
along at a rapid rate. The pilot
squatted low in the boat's bow, an
old red handkerchief around his
head and his long, black hair hang
ing down his back.
There were now breakers on tfie
right and on the left, and occa
sionally foam-crested waves swept
across our bows. The motion of
the boat had never been so excit
ingly delightful before. It was an
exaggeration of the cradle and the
grapevine swing combined. I be
gan to think this was no ordinary
rapid, but felt reassured when I
noticed that the old people Bat
quietly a their places and betrayed
no fear.
But did the babes in arms,
rocked on the heaving bosom of the
great river and lulled by the med
ley of sounds, fall asleep, they soon
awoke to bear their mother's shriek.
Our boat was now about twenty
yards from the right hand shore,
and, looking 'across the river, we
saw a smaller boat about opposite
to us near the south bank. The
persons in this boat were Alexander
McClellan, a man about 70 years
of age; William Parker, probably
21; William Doakt about the same
age; three boys, Elisha Applegate,
aged about 11, and Warren and
Edward Applegate, each about eight
years of age.
This boat, it would seem, should
have followed our own, as the pilot
was with as, and this was the
dangerous part of the river. But
there was little time to consider
mistakes or to be troubled about
what might be their consequentes,
for presently there was a wail of
anguish, a shriek, and a scene of
confusion in our boat that no
language can describe. The boat
we were watching disappeared, and
we saw the men and boys sprawling
in the water. Father and Uncle
Jesse, seeing their children drown
ing, were siezed with frenzy, and,
dropping their oars, sprang up
from their seats and were about to
leap from the boat to make a des
perate effort to swim to them, when
mother and Aunt Cynthia, in voices
that were distinctly heard above
the roar of the rushing waters, by
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and Indigestion, makes you eat. sleep,
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ClwuTUxtott. Dai, Oraarea.
commands and entreaties, brought
them to a realization of our own
perilous situation and the madness
of trying to reach the other side of
the river by swimming. This was
fifty-seven years ago, and yet the
words of that frantic appeal by the
women, which saved our boat and
two families from certain and
speedy destruction, are fresh in my
memory. They were: "Men, don't
quit the oars; if you do, we will all
be lost."
The men returned to their oars
just in time to avoid, by great ex
ertion, a rock against which the
current dashed with such fury that
the foam and froth upon its apex
was as white as milk. I sat on the
light-hand side of the boat, and the
rock was so near that I could have
put my hand on it, had we not
passed so quickly.
Having escaped the present
danger, the next thought was to
effect a landing at the earliest
possible moment, but the shore was
rock-bound, rising several feet per
pendicularly and presenting a
serried line of jagged points against
which the rapid current fretted and
frothed, and the waves, rearing
their foam-flecked heads aloft,
rushed to destruction like martial
squadrons upon an invincible foe.
Ah! This half-hour's experience
this scene so wild, so commo
tional, so fearful and exciting, were
worth years of ordinary life, had
not death been there!
Lower down the river, there was
a break in the line of the shore,
and here the boat was landed, the
women and children going ashore.
It has often been said that "Truth
is stranger than fiction," and it is
true, for an author manufacturing
a story will avoid what would ap
pear to be absurd; but in telling a
true story, facts must be stated re
gardless of appearances. This is a
case in point, for it is a fact that
just as our boat touched the shore,
father grabbed his gun fro&l its
place' in the boat to shoot" our
Indian pilot, but he had disap
peared, a fact which, under the ex
citement of landing the boat, father
had not noticed. In fact, it seemed
that no one bad noted his dis
appearance or knew what had be
come of him. . We never knew.
A suspicion seems to have been
aroused only a few minutes before
our boat landed that our pilot
meant treachery, intending to lead
us into these rapids with the ex
pectation , that the whole party
would be drowned. If there was
evidence to justify this suspicion, I
never heard what it was, and can
only attribute it to the delirium of
excessive grief and the natural in
clination to blame someone for the
great calamity. I presume that
the first impulse was to hold the
pilot responsible and execute ven
geance upon him; and, carried for
ward by the intense excitement,
which amounted to frenzy, there
was no time for reflection.
From the south shore of the river
And Overwork
Caused Nervous
Prostration Com
pletely Worn Out.
Dr. Miles Nervine Cured
Dr. Miles' Nervine will cure nervous pros
tration. It will brinf sweet sleep and rest;
it will relieve the mind ol the tendency to
worry; it will make the nerves strong and
the patient well It has cured thousands. It
will cure you. Try it to-day.
"Some years ago I was- stricken with nerv
ous prostration caused by overwork and
worry. I was in such a weakened, exhausted,
run down condition that I was unable to do
my housework. I felt too weak and tired to
even make calls on my neighbors. Fre
quently when out driving I would become so
exhausted that it seemed that I would die
before I reached home. I was also troubled
with sinking spells at night which left me so
weak that I thought I could not live until
morning. I was in this deplorable condition
when one day Dr. Miles' Nervine was
brought to my notice. I had little faith in
proprietary remedies but determined to give
the Nervine a trial. After the second dose
of the Restorative Nervine I was able to sit
at the table and eat a meal, something I had
been unable to do for many days. T have
since taken a number of bottles of Nervine.
I consider mvaeif cured. I am doing my
own work and" give Dr. Miles' Nervine credit
for my general good heaith. My object in
writing this is to recommend your medicine
but 1 cannot write as strongly as I feel."
Miss AwinB. Vakilx, 405 E. Marion St,
Guthrie, Oklahoma.
AH dr;i?ts sell sad guiraritee first bot
tle Dr. Mues' Remedies. Send for free book
on Nervous and Heart Diseases. Address
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there was a level tract of ground
ruuning back to the hill probably
fifty yards wide ' and extending
along the river a considerable
distance. Many Indians were seen
there a few mounted on ponies
and some in canoes along the shore
were seen to put out after the float
ing bedding, clothes and various
articles of furniture from the
foundered boat. It was said that
the Indians did not show any de
sire or make any attempt to assist
the people in the water.
William Doak could not swim,
and had taken hold of a feather
bedtick which carried him 6afely to
the foot of the rapids, between
which and what was called the
main dal.es there was a short in
terval of quiet water. Here Mr.
Doak floated, clinging to the bed
tick. The Indians passed by him
in their canoes, and, though he
called for help, did not offer any
assistance. He was picked up by
one of our boats as he was about to
enter the second rapids.
The appearance of so many
Indians at the time may have en
couraged the suspicion of treachery
against the pilot, but I learned
afterwards that there was a large
Indian town in that vicinity, so
the appearance of many-Indians
was not significent.
A fact favorable to the good faith
of our pilot is that but one boat
was lost, and if it had followed the
pilot it would have been safe. It
is very probable that those who
had the management of the boat
intended to follow in the track of
the pilot boat, but at the time they
entered the rapids their boat was
caught in a strong current bearing
toward the south shore, and, when
they saw they were being swept
away from the safe channel indi
cated by the pilot; boat, were un
able to pass across to that side on
account of the intervening shoaly
bed of the rivtrr'
While we were walking along the
river bank,-someone came and told
us that Parker, Doak and brother
Elisha were safe, but that Mc
Clellan and the two boys, Warren
and Edward, could not be fouud.
Looking from where we were, a
person could get but a very im
perfect knowledge of the tragic
scene on the other side of the river,
but those who escaped said that as
their boat was being swept down
the rapids it was caught by one of
those currents, which, whirling like
a cyclone in the air, increase in
velocity as the radius of the circle
diminishes, until with a roaring
noise it seems to sink, forming an
open, funnel-shaped vacuum in the
water to the bottom of the river
often called a whirlpool. After be
ing spun around for a few seconds,
the boat was swallowed up in the
roaring vortex.
The boat came up presently and
all the crew except Warren Apple
gate succeeded in getting into it;
but very soon it was caught by
another whirlpool and swallowed
up again to be seen no more. The
last lime the boat went down end
foremost, the boy Elisha climbed
to the upper end and leaped as far
as he could to avoid being taken
down with it. When he rose to
the surface, he struck out boldly
for a rock island a short distance
below, and avoiding the force of the
waves by diving under them,
reached the island in an almost ex
hausted condition.
The boy Warren was never seen
after the boat went down the first
time. The old man McClellan was
last seen trying to reach the head
of the island where Parker and
Young Applegate were. He had
placed Edward on a couple of oars,
and, carrying h:m this way, was
trying to reach the shore; but, be
ing hampered by a heavy coat and
boots, he could gain no headway,
and man and boy disappeared
under a projecting cliff and were
Been no more. The brave old
soldier could have saved himself,
but would not abandon the boy,
and both went down together.
This Is the end of Mr. Applegate's
memoirs. Feeling assured, however,
sold on a positive guarantee. Cures heart
burn, raising; of the food, distress after
eating or any form of dyipsla. Ost
little tablet rives Immediate relief.
eta. and W eta. Belt Cherrington
Dallas, Oregon.
that the readers of the Observer will
be desirous of following the fortunes
of this band of pioneers through to
Polk county, we have asked Mr.
Applegate to contribute one more
chapter, covering the trip of the party
from The Dalles to Oregon City and
then up into the Willamette Valley.
If the old gentleman's eyesight has
not failed so that he is unable to use a
pen, we feel confident that he will
comply with our request at no distant
date. Editor.1
Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Clark, of
Rickreall, were in Dallas, Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. Otho Williams
were Portland visitors over Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Stiles went
to Portland Thursday morning to
spend Christmas with relatives.
Presiding Elder Henry Spiess
will preach at the M. E. Church,
South, on Wednesday, December
30, at 7:30 o'clock.
Chester P. Gates, who was in
Albany Friday to represent Dallas
College in the formation of the
Intercollegiate Basket Ball Associ
ation of Oregon, and who was
chosen President of the Association,
returned to his home in Dallas
Saturday, Albany Herald.
Thomas S. Ilunsaker, temperance
lecturer and 6inging evangelist,
will speak.atthe Christian church
in this city Monday evening. His
subject will be "Uncle Sam's Gold
en Calf," and the admission will be
free. On Tuesday evening he will
speak on the subject of "Heroism,"
and an admission fee of 15 cents
for children and 25 cents for adults
will be charged. Mrs. Ilunsaker
accompanies her husband, and will
take part in the singing.
The W. O. W. boys who went to
Dallas Tuesday night report a very
good time, with a good house, but
on the way home, when within
one mile of town one of the springs
on the wagon in which they were
riding broke, and they were com
pelled to walk the remainder of the
distance. Too bad, but it was good
exercise and they will enjoy being
home that much more. McMinn
ville Telephone-Register.
At the regular session of Lyon
Lodge, No. 29, A. F. & A. M. held
Saturday evening the following
officers were elected: W. M., A. S.
Locke; S. W.,H Hirschberg; J. W.,
Clarence Wagner; Treas., II. II.
Jasperson; Sec, R. R. Parrish;
Tyler, I. H. Ingram; S. D., O. D.
Butler; J. D., Chas. Iliff; Stewards,
E. L. Ketchum and Mr. Dickinson.
Independence Enterprise.
Don't forget the old man
with the fish on his back.
For nearly thirty years he
has been traveling around the
world, and is still traveling,
bringing health and comfort
wherever he goes.
To the consumptive he
brings the strength and flesh
he so much needs.
To all weak and sickly
children he gives rich and
strengthening food.
To thin and pale persons
he gives new firm flesh and
rich red blood.
Children who first saw the
old man with the fish are now
grown up. and have children
of their own.
He stands for Scott's Emul
sion of pure cod liver oil a
delightful food and a natural
tonic for children, for old folks
and for all who need flesh and
SCOTT St BOWNE, Chemists,
09-415 Pearl Street, New York.
50c. and $1.00; all druggists.
Eastern Financial Panics No Longer
Effect Middle and Western
For long years the West has
been recognized as the hewer of
wood and the drawer of water from
the East. It has grown to be
recognized as the granary of the
whole country. But like all new
sections it was a borrowing section
which depended upon the East for
its financial sustenance and with
out that it could do little. But in
the past three or fouryears a change
quite as significant in its way as a
revolution has come. The West
has paid off its debts, it has money
in the bank and it is standing on
its own financial bottom. The test
and proof of its financial stability
and its right to recognition upon
equal terms with the older com
munities, has come during the
present financial stringency in the
East. Whether considered from
the standpoint of periodicity or the
outward and evident signs of com
mercial reaction, the country should
now be undergoing the dislocating
throes of a panic. Stocks have
gone to pieces, confidence insofar as
it receives its impulse from Wall
street has been destroyed and some
of the mighty Dames of finance,
names we were wont to conjure
with, have been dragged in the
mire and bracketed with the coars
est and rawest of stock gamblers.
Arid yet there is no panic. It is
because of the financial stability of
the West. It has been making no
hypothetical fortunes based on
watered stocks, it has been indulg
ing in no wildcat speculations and
whatever it has it possesses in the
coin of the realm. TV backbone
of the country, the farmers, are out
of debt. They have products on
hand and they have money in the
banks. They are asking no odds
of anyone, and if there are favors
to extend many of them are extend
ing them. Therefore the West in
this emergency has 'become the
financial balance wheel of the
country; it has earned its right to
stand squarefooted and face to face
with the East on terms of perfect
equality. In the vast forward
movement which is now in progress
and which is preliminary to and
has forced the building of the
Isthmian canal, it is the South and
the West which will be most largely
stimulated, Portland Journal.
Has Furnished More People to Ore
gon Than 'Any Other State.
The last census returns show
that of a total of 413,536 people in
Oregon in the year 1900, 4.19 per
cent were from Missouri; 4.09 per
cent from Illinois, and 3.80 per
cent from Iowa. Next in point of
contributing to Oregon's population
was Ohio, while California, New
York and Indiana were not far be
hind. Florida has furnished us
less people than any other state in
the Union, her contribution being
only 86. The territory of Alaska,
with 84, was at the foot of the list.
The large percentage of people
from Missouri is not surprising
when it is remembered that Oregon
was first settled by Missourians,
and emigration from that state to
the Pacific Coast continued heavy
until late in the '60s. Oregon also
received large additions to her
populations from Iowa, Illinois,
Ohio, New York and Indiana in
the early days. Later the tide of
immigration set in from the
Northern states, and the last ten
years have shown surprising gains
in the number of settlers furnished
by Wisconsin, Minnesota and Mich
igan. At the present time, these
states as well as Kansas, Nebraska
and Oklahoma, are contributing
heavily to our population, while
the influx of settlers from the older
states continues steady.
Rev. II. L. Pratt, of Portland,
and Rev. Guy H. Phelps, of Hills-
boro, attended the meeting of the
Board of Trustees of Dallas College,
Take Laxative Bromo Qulnlnt Tablets.
All drursrtsta refund the money If it
fail to cur. E. W. O rave's alg-nature
Is em each box. ISO.
Absolutely Faro.
Postoffice Department Wants Bids
For New Postoffice ;at
Last week the postoffice inspector
was in Independence and author
ized Postmaster Merwin to secure
bids for a furnished postoffice, with
all new improvements, according to
contract specifications, for a period
of five years. The building is to be
supplied with a fire and burglar
proof safe or vault, closets, heating
and lighting apparatus, free de
livery furniture, chairs, etc. Several
parties are figuring on the proposi
tion and it is hard to tell where it
will be located. The location will
be decided by the inspector who
will again be here in a few days,
and make his decision as to the
most satisfactory and best bid.
Independence Enterprise.
In the city election at Monmouth
Monday three tickets were in the
field. The contest was largely over
the office of marshal. The follow
ing were elected: Mayor, J. H.
Hawley; Recorder, J. E. Simpson;
Marshal, W. O. Meader; Treasurer,
Ira C. Powell; Councilmen,"E. II.
Hosner and M. Mulkey.
At LaGrande last week a minia
ture war took place between 150
Greek? and the citizens of that
town. The Greeks had been in the
employ of the O. R. & N, Co., and
on account of incompetency, 50 of
them were discharged. The re
maining 100 quit work and with
the others demanded railway passes
to Portland. This was refused by
the officials and they then attempt
ed to storm the depot, but the city
marshal, aided by citizens, drove
the mob to their camp outside the
town. Nineteen pistol shots were
fired, two of the Greeks being
Kodol Dyspepsia Cure
Digests all classes of food, tones
and strengthens the stomach and
digestive organs. Cures Dyspepsia,
Indigestion, btomach 1 roubles and
makes rich red blood, health and
strength. Kodol Dyepepsia Cure
rebuilds wornout tissues, purifies,
strengthens and sweetens the stom
ach. Gov. G. W. Atkinson, of W.
Va. says: "I have used a number
of bottles of Kodol Dyspepsia Cure
and have found it to be a very
effective and, indeed, a powerful
remedy for stomach ailments. I
recommend it to my friends." Sold
by Belt & Cherrington.
II. Hirschberg, the Independence
banker, transacted business in
Dallas, Monday.
One Hundred Dollars a Box
is the value H. A. Tisdale, Sum
merton, S. C. places on DeWitt's
Witch Hazel Salve. He says: "I
had the piles for 20 years. I tried
many doctors and medicines, but
all failed except DeWitt's Witch
Hazel Salve. It cured me." It is
a combination of the healing prop
erties of Witch Hazel wilh anti
septics and emollients; relieves and
permanently cures blind, bleeding,
itching and protruding piles, sores,
cuts, bruises, eczema, salt rheum
and all skin diseases. Sold by
Belt & Cherrington.
Played Out
Dull Headache, Pains In various parts
of the body Sinking at the Pit of Uta
Stomach, Long of Appetite, Fevertehness,
Pimples or Sores are all positive evidences
of impure blood. No matter how it be
came so, it must be purified In order te
obtain good health. Acker's Blood Elixir
has never failed to cure Scrofulous cr
Syphilitic poisons or any other blood
diBcae. It Is certainly a wonderful
remedy and we sell every bottle on a posi
tive guarantee. Belt & Cherrirrton, Pal
las. Oregon.
Acker's Dyepepsia Teblcts. One litUe
Teb!t w'U tfv TYrrAi rlief or ce
refunded. Sold In handsome tin bciea
at XS cents. Belt ft Cherrlnrtoa, PaUaa,