Independence enterprise. (Independence, Polk County, Or.) 189?-190?, August 29, 1901, Image 1

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    ENTERPRISE
INDEPENDENCE
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KK5HTH YICAR.
New Htorw.
Tli CHiH'r hiiililing, which was
occupied by J- I Blockton, ha
been rented to 8. M. Daniel, the
Monmouth merchant, who Is now
moving A stwk of merchandise
from Hiio hern.
On calling at thu Monmouth
Htor thin week we found that Mr.
laiel km at 8cio. ami were tin
ablu to learn anything further than
the. above. A to whether ho will
run both tre or not could not he
"ascertained, but that seems to he
the general impression. Just when
the utore will be opened is also not
stated.
Don't Want the Hartli.
The following ia part of a letter
received by a ho man of thin city,
from a prospective picker. In
stalling out he nay:
"Now I wish to HtaU) that 1 can
bring a few families of fair, stortdy
pickers who would like all day
work and not b chut oil' half a
day two or threw limes per week.
Please inform me by hater what
you will do by theiu.
"First Probable rates paid and
constant work.
"Second Camping privileges ; do
you furnish any shanties, and their
condition; part, of us have good
tenia.
"Third vVill you carry us to
and from our homes free of charge?
"Fourth Do you furnish wood
fur camp ftrea or cooking?
"Fifth Vo you furnish potatoes?
&veTralTnip laeiTi.ftM! m oftered to
sever! ol my friends.
"Sixth Can you supply grating
around for cows and horses.
"Seventh If there is another
inducement, state it.
"We don't want the earth, but
some bop men are making it hard
lines for me to hold 2.) pickers un
less I have something in black and
while fro.n a reliable source to
show them; then I can keep them
united."
Suuriay's Storm.
Htwclnl from Crowloy.
After several days of threatening
weather, we were not surprised
Sunday evening when it began to
crow dark in the southwest and
everything indicated that a storm
was approaching. But wu were
somewhat surprised at the severity
of the storm when it finally reach
ed us in all its fury. Old timers
sav they never saw its equal in
Oregon or elsewhere. Shortly be
fore seyen o'clock in the evening
the liehtnintr. killed a horse for
lion. Seth Itiggs, the horses being
near the center of his pauure ad
joining Crowley. At 11:20 P. M.,
the lightning struck a telegraph
pole about 75 feet from Linn Gay's
house. He was awake at the time
and sprang out of bed, saying to
his wife that he believed it had
struck the warehouse engine, but
discovered the next morning that
it had struck a pole directly be
tween him and the engine. Seven
telegraph poles were struck and
split at Crowley. Mr. Gay felt
the shock, but having never been
struck by lightning he did not
know at the time what made him
have such a peculiar sensation
He' say be doesn't care U learn
anything more about it, he never
M. j. . . W M
INDEPENDENCE,
having much taste for electricity
anyway.
Hop I'hUera Arriving.
All this week people could he
swn moving toward the various
hop yards. They go early so as
to secure choice camping spots ana
to enjoy a short season of recrea
tion previous to settling down 10
hard labor. Pickers are still very
scarce and bier placards are hung
up along county road inquiring
for help. Harvesting will not ne
through, prune gathering will soon
ho in full blast and hop picmng
will reouire so many people that
fully 10,000 additional people
pould find employment in tins
county during the next mouth.
Competent men to express an
opinion, say that fully 150.000
will be paid out during the next
thirty or forty days.
Tliiuuler Hliower.
Sunday afternoon, quite unex
wctedtv. the weather changed
from a sultry warmth to a chilly
temperature, with a strong south
wind which soon caused a nice
little shower to fall. Later in the
evening, the same conditions came
about, and about seven o'clock a
terrific ram storm came up. At
about 9 P. M. a tremendous clap
of thunder was heard, causing tele
phoiie bolls to ring as loudly as
though central was doing it.
Forked lightening, something rare
indeed for Oregon, it being some
thing vei four' years since" we'
were treated to similar display,
played about in the heavens and
made the night, at times, aa light
as day. The storm has cleared up
the atmosphere, refreshed things,
caused the dust to settle and made
it much more pleasant if it only
stops right where it is. If not,
look out for long faces.
SCIO FLAX MILLS.
About Sixty Hands Are Now Km
ployed Over 3000 Acres
ot Flux Grown.
Ira A. Phelps, editor of the
Santiam News, who was in Albany
last week, says the new flax fiber
mills at that place are now in
thorough ruuning order. About
sixty hands are employed and the
mills are busy working on this
year's crop of flax. The amount of
flax grown in the vicinity ofScio
this year was over 3000 acres- It
yields from one and a half to two
tons per acre. The long fiber flax
sells for 15 per ton and the short
flax for $2 per ton. James Bright,
the new manager, is an experi
enced man and is making a Buccess
of the business. The flax com
pany is distributing a large amount
of money around that section of
the country these days. They
haye a large crew of men at work
at the mill and also a crew of men
and women at work in the field
spreading flax that hs been
threshed. They have installed a
new kind of threshing machine
which consists of smooth rollers,
running together and H,( does
much better work and more of it
than the one employed last season.
A 'large amount of flax nas been
delivered and there Is more yet to
come. Herald.
POLK COUNTY, OREGON,
Hcliley-Hampson Olapute.
The next two or three months
the Hchley-Hampson dispute, to be
investigated by a committe ap
pointed by the secretary of the
navy, will absorb public attention,
in fact, it will be the principal sub
ject of discussion by the daily news-
papers. That our readers may
understand every phase of the dis
pute we publieb this precept, given
by the secretary of navy for the
board of inquiry, and the replies
ps made by Admiral Schley in the
past, and as compiled by the Chic
ago Record-Herald:
1 His conduct in connection
with the events of the Santiago
campaign.
1 An affirmation that Rear Ad
miral Schley'B conduct was in the
line with his duties as a gentleman
and an officer.
2 The circumstances attending,
the reasons controlling and the
propriety of the movements ol the
flying squadron off Cienluegos in
May, 1898.
2 Admiral Schley remained at
Cienluegos instead oi , moving to
Santiago under general instructions
from Sampson to remain there un
til satisfied that Cervera's squadron
was not there. He was not fur
nished with the code of signals
whereby he could have ascertained
that lact, and when furnished it
moyed rapidly to Santiago.
3 The circumstances attending,
the reason controlling and the pro
priety of the movements of the said
squadron in proceeds from t en
fuegos to Santiago.
8 Admiral Schley took with
him the Eagle and the collier Mer
rimao on his way from Cienfuegos
to Santiago, and this being a slow
boat retarded his movements. He
had to stop to repair the Merrimao
several times. These vessels were
assigned to him by Admiral Samp
son and he could not abandon
them.
4 The circumstances attending
the arrival of the flying squadron
off Santiago, the reason for its
retrograde westward and departure
from off Santiago, and the propri
ety thereof.
4 Schley was informed by Sigs
bee, Jewell and Wise, who had been
off Santiago for a week, that they
had not seen Cervera's squadron
and was also informed by his pilot.
The sea and weather prevented
coaling and he started toward Key
West, but finding that he could
coal later, did coal and returned to
Santiago.
5 The circumstances attending
and the reasons for the disobedi
ence by Commodore Schley of the
orders of the department contained
in its dispatch dated May 25, 1898,
and the propriety of his conduct in
the premises.
5 Admiral Schley was instruct
ed that the navy department be
lieved that Cervera was at Santiago
and looked to him to ascertain the
fact aud to see that Cervera did
not leaye without decisive action.
Schley telegraphed that his collier,
the Merrimao,. was disabled; that
he was unable to coal the Texas,
Marblehead, Vixen add Brooklyn,
owing to a yery rough sea, and
could not remain on that account.
In.hia dispatch -be-said : "Muoh
to be regretted, cannot obey orders
of department." '
AUGUST 29. 1901.
6 The condition of the coal sup
ply of the flying squadron on and
about May 27, 18'. ; its coaling
facilities: the necessity, if any, for,
or advisability of, the return of the
squtdron to Key West to coal, and
the accuracy and propriety of the
official reports made by Commo
dore Schley with respect to this
matter.
6 Admiral Schley said he
would need ten thousand tons of
coal on arriving at Key West from
Santiago. The coaling facilities
were a broken down collier, ar.d
with no other base of supplies Key
West was the proper station. Ad
miral Schley's report, he being on
the scene, cannot be attacked for
accuracy and propriety.
7 Whether or not every etlort
incumbent upon the commanding
officer of a fleet under such circum
stances was made to capture or de
stroy the Spanish cruiser Colon as
she lay at anchor in the entrance
to Santiago Harbor May 27 to 31.
inclusive, and the necessity for, or
advisability of, engaging the bat
teries at the entrance to Santiago
Harbor, aud the Spanish vessels at
anchor within the entrance to said
harbor, at the ranges used, and the
propriety of Commodore Schley's
conduct in the premises.
6 The Cristobal Colon lay well
up in the harbor, and not at the
entrance. Schley made a recon
noitssance on the afternoon of May
31 with the Massachusetts, Iowa
and New , Orleans to develop the
fortifications and their character,
his intention being to destroy the
Colon promptly. His fire was re
turned by heavy batteries east and
west of the entrance, by large cal
iber and lo-.ig-range guns. After
this reconnoiesance the Colon re
treated into the harbor behind the
land. Schley fired at 7000 yards
range on account of the land bat
teries. 8 The necessity, if any, for. and
advisability of, withdrawing at
night the flying squadron from the
entrance to Santiago Harbor to a
distance at sea, if such shall be
found to be the case; the extent
and character of such withdrawal,
and whether or not a close or ade
quate blockade of said harbor, to
prevent the escape of the enemy's
vessels therefrom, was established,
and the propriety of Commodore
Schley's conduct in the premises.
8 The Colon having disap
peared, and the strength and dan
ger of the batteries having been de
termined, Rear-Admiral Schley
withdrew out of range, still main
taining a blockade of the port
without the risk of disabling his
squadron. At the time of the
withdrawal the Brooklyn and
Texas were not with his force of
reconnoissance, but were coaling in
the offing. N
9 The position of the Brooklyn
on the morning of July 3, 1898, at
the time of the exit of the Spanish
vessels from the harbor of Santiago.
The circumstances attending, the
reasons for, and the incidents re
sulting from the turning of- the
Brooklyn in the direction which
she turned at or about the begin
ning of the action with said Span
ish vessels, and the possibility of
thereby colliding 1 with or endan
gering any other of the vessels of
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the United States fleet, and the
propriety of Commodore Schley's
conduct in the premises.
9 The turn of the Brooklyn, or
the loop,- was ordered by Captain
Cook, as a matter of tactical judg
ment. In'his official report he ex
plains it simply, thus: "We
opened fire on the leading ship in
five minutes from the discovery
(that they were coming out.) The
port battery was first engaged, aa
we stood with port helm to head
off the leading ship and giving
them a raking fire at about 1500
yards range. The enemy turned
to the westward to close into the
land. We then wore around to
starboard, bringing the starboard
battery into action. The enemy
hugged th shore to the westward.,
The Brooklyn, leading, was fol
lowed by the Texas, Iowa, Oregon,
Indiana and Gloucester' The
secretary of the navy, it will be
shown, never criticised the loop of
the Brooklyn. Captain Philip" of
the Texas does not allege that
there was any danger to his ship
or any others from the turn of the
Brooklyn. He does say, however,
that the fire was for awhile blank
eted by the Oregon.
10 The circumstances leading
to and the incidents and results of
a controversy with Lieutenant Al
bon C. Hodgson, U. S. N, who, on
July 3, 1898, during the battle of
Santiago, was navigator of the
Brooklyn; in relation to the turn
ing of .the Brooklyn; - also the
cot'oquy lllxt ume betn on
modoru othlty uid - irtikoMi
Hodgson and the ensuing corres
pondence between them on the
eubject thereof, and the propriety
of the conduct of Admiral Schley
in the premises.
10 It will be shown that there
was no personal or official impro
priety in Admiral Schley calling
on Lieutenant Albon C. Hodgson,
navigator of the Brooklyn, to dis
prove a statement derogatory to
the admiral, namely that be
(Schley) said he was too near the
Spaniards, that he gave orders to
get out of the way, and that he
said: "Damn the Texas, let her
take care of herself." This report
ed language of Admiral Schley was
investigated, under orders from
Sampson, by Captain Chadwick,
and no action was taken, although
Lieutenant" Heilner, navigator of
the Texas, stated that Hodgson
had Baid that Schley used the lan-
guage attributed to mm.
Only two women in the United
States may use the mails without
paying for the privilege. These
women are widows of former presi
dents They are Mrs. Julia D.
Grant and Mrs. Lucretia A. Gar
field. All -mail matter sent by
Mrs. Garfield and Mrs. Grant
under their respective written
autograph signatures, and all mail
matter sent to these two ladies will
be carried free during their lives.
No signature or marks are neces
sary to the free carriage of mail
matter to either of these ladies, the
address being sufficient. Mrs.
Garfield has enjoyed the privilege
since 1881 and Mrs. Grant since
1886. Exchange.
There to nothing better than pure
soda tor a eool drink when everything
used In the syrups is pure. Wagoner's.