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NINTH YEA 1 1.
I N D E 1 'E N I) E N C E , I'OLK COUNTY, OREGON, AUGUST 21, 1902.
, History f ! Founder
the- Nw Corporation.
The (runiKiT of lb People'i
Home Building, Employment
Investment Associal ion at in th
steaming Interior (ll It tug lent itll
the corner H ventli and Everett
yesterday talking ti several In
if rental workmen. Mr, 0
Keller m a hale hikI prosperous
looking lit it ol genial countenance
Hid blue eye steadied into i riHi
nes when lie summed up hi
mission. "I nm backing the unde
xli'K " lie And hi whole lift
Im been consistently teiidinii to
ward bis present attitude.
(,'. F. Roller was born in Lock
Haven, a town in th very center of
the manufacturing section of Penn
eylvania. 1 1 i'h father was a butcher
mid thii trade young Keller learned
thoroughly. Hi education here
vivfid from th ti 11 i? school and
frmii ''rubbing tip aga! nst people,"
a he put it.
In 1H0-I, in the month of Feb-
ruary," Mr. Keller continued, '"1
joined the Seventh Pennyl vania
Calvary. That I have to confess
was more of a frolic; than any
thing else, hut I served through
the war. Then I went to Calilor
iiiu by way of lbs illnniM. binding
in Sun Fraiicimo in S(Ji. The
first thing I diil alter I got' off the
steamer wk to hoy Pnr ii'"'""'' "f
hr and for that beer 1 paid
'-iff ?: 7!
fH I ' - lii 1 Si
employer. Truttta are a her.jficent!
institution and the man whotriea!
HTItL'CK IT HICII.
THE INDEPENDENCE NATIONAL BANK EUILDING,
One of the best structures in Polk County.
to fight I hem in ailly. Labor pay a
more tribute to the fear of want in
Hie to innurmiee, fraternal to-
cietiea, etc, than would be audi-
cient to (oiever put them beyond
the ned of employing; capital. Let
laborers control their own indus
try, intttead of denying the preaent
want for fear of future insecurity."
Mr. Keller etated that he bad
alwayn made hie own money, and
plenty oi it. ma whole aim waa a
aelfifh one, aimply to advance him
elf, and to do that he had to ad
vance his fellows. "Self-interest
rulea the world, and were I Morgan
I would do preciely what he is
doing. I would pay the same
wages and require the same hours.
The only difference would be that
the dividends which are the un
paid wages of the workman should
go to him, the workman."
A tremendous megaphone is pat
of the stock In trade and a magic
lantern is one of the advertising
ieneo while instructive. Mr. Keller lands for a national park. This
' i .i . i 1 1 1 t . . .
uropjea our uuooie oursieu n
wide open. We lacked and the
considered anything but pleasant.
When we were within hailing dis
tance of the wharf the jam of men
on it yelled with all their lungs,
Fresh fish." The poor devils had
come just as I hud and were stran-
ed there without a cent. Those
that could went back, but I'm not
that kind. I bought land nd
i T l ranched it from '77 to '79. Then I
greenback. That witilied my
third. Then I went directly to
San Bernardino, the worn plnee
in th" state. It wn absolutely
-without ready cih. for the store-
returned to the town of Kureka and
opened Ja meat market. During
this time my ideas took shape. I
rend Henry George's 'Progress and
Poverty 1 I began to agitate. 1
though we changed tne war cry
from opposition to religion to green
backs. Yes, sir, I was a Oreen
backer. Now, in thost days,
Denis Kearney and the sundlotters
were advocating Chinese exclusion.
I never did believe in that sort of
business and I don't now. What
I work for is the enfranchisement
oflubor. It's not the man that is
itl full It but the system. I helped
organize the International Work
man's League. Among the Sun
check system was in vogue. I took j worked under the Liberal League,
a contract for builtling a sawmill
Iam and with the money went to
Los Angeles and ttied to operate a
lirewery. My partner hat! the ex
perience and J put up the nion-y.
When my partner had got my
4h (00, which was prett soon, I
left that business. In those days I
was a red-hot Uepublican-none
tiotter. Why, I cant my first vote
lor Abe Lincoln at the ago of 18,
' Well, after I lost the money in
the beer business 1 went to ranch
ing in Santa Iturbara and in 1870
and 1871 that was good husinesa.
It was all home conumption and I
got as high as .' cents a pound for
toy barley. Then I tried Ilusian
Uiyer until the Spring of '7(. Hy
that time I was married und so
vent buck to Centenniil ami spent
n year in old Pennsylvania.
Mere it was, .ir, ivei mt hmu, r.
ted, "that I got my lii ( 'iht.
It was the time of th' Tildcn Hayes
cainpaiin and I never in all my
life saw business more stagnant.
The railroad employes are working
in four-hour shift-' at half the usual
pu. I figured that .the laborer
should not be affected by political
conditions to that extent and I
saw that the capitalists were using
their influence to alter market con
ditions by political movements.
Wry, Clinton county, where I win
born and raised, could not even
pay the state tax. I wouldn't have
taken the biggest farm in the state
to stay. I wasn't clear awake,
though, for I voted for Hayes.
After this be returned to Califor
nia and found that '77 was a dry
year in the lower part of the state.
So he went to Eureka. His exper-
soldiers put us off the place. This
was in 1.SS8, and the case is still
hanging fire in congress.
"When we were tun out of Ka-
weah we accepted the invitation of
the Government Land Office and
took up homesteads. We spent
20,000 on improvements, built a
little city and were booming once
more. Well, sir, the Southern Pa
cifio one day stepped in and took
our whole outfit up as lieu land.
You eee the railroad gets every
other section for so many miles on
either side of the right of way, but
with the provision that any sec
tions previously held by good title
shall be made up to them out of
the next 10 miles. Ours was the
the Seaside and
Tickets are now on sale at all
Southern Pacific and Corvallis &
Eastern II. H. offices, through to
Newport and Yaquina at reduced
rates, southern Pacific trains con
heel with C. K. at Albany and
Corvallis. All tickets good for re
turn until October 10, 1902.
Passengers for Detroit, Ureiten-
bush and other mountain resorts
can leave Albany the same after
noon, reaching Detroit in the even
ing, tickets are on sale from Al
bany to Detroit at Jfo, and from
Corvallis at 3.25 eood for return
until October 10th. with privilege
to get on train returning at any
" " " Tk. ...! i.-:c- r,
our natenta trnrn th Knited StRts. , uu,w" company
it did us no nxxl We were in. ve now on sale round trip tickets
f.,r..,...l !, ,i. it. c.i.. puoiio ou meir lines in
guaranteed no titles m.der nat., t Oregon to either Newport or Ya
That Wi.inn L-imrlieii not. 231! aft- ". : P"vueg return Via
hci0.ou Mieoniy recompense was in connection with the C. & K
a paltry 200 on each homestead three-day Sunday excursion tickets
Francisco unions that I organized I from the government. I wasn't good going Saturday and return-
were the tinsmiths, the plumbers j half so gfHd a republican after that ing Monday are also on sale at
as l hud been belore. verv low rates from al! S. P. und
'In 1891 I vacated the land and C. K. points
spent, a year in San trancisco. I Full information can be obtained
farmed in Contra Costa three years, S8 to ratepi time tables, etc., by ap
in Santa Cruz three rears, and rn plication to any t. V. or V. iL
and the sailors.
At this time Mr. Keller also
tried the scheme that wai tried be
fore in the famous Brook Farm,
immortalized by Emerson and
Hawthorne. He described this at
tempt with a good deal of feeling
against the forces that rendered it
auortive. "it was a sort ot com
muiie," he remarked, reminiscently.
' I had discovered and surveyed a
forest out in Tulare county. Fifty
six of us started the Kaweah col
ony. Kaweah means 'here we rest.'
We took up a quarter-section of
land and worked it with the idea
of dividing the proceeds equally.
I was manager of the enterprise,
and we cut timber and built a road
18 miles long from the valley into
our firest Then w secured right
of way for two railroads from Tu
lare C'ty. The farmer all prom
ised us 1 an acre for all land
within five miles of the road, and
we were just going to be prosper
ous. They held a big ratification
meeting full of good California en
thusiasm. A week after congress
passed an act setting aside our
a bakery in San Jose. Three dry
years put all the farmers in Cali
fornia out at the elbows, and we
came to Oregou. I am living now
in Tillamook, which is a mighty-
prosperous place. The laborers
there are not vet divorced from
their tools and they haVe no kick
From 1892 until 1899 Mr. Keller
held a position from the Knights
of Labor and was a very active or-
Another successful band concert
was given Saturday evening.
The cool weather kept a
larger attendance from being
present than usual. The boys
furnished good music, however and
were enthusiastically applauded.
Xext Saturday evening's program
March .."Union Forever". .Sconton
ganizer. ow tie is promoting the Overture. . "Brun8wick"...Pu.i;inson
People', Home-Building, Employ- March . ."Tenth Regiment" . . Hall
me'jt & Investment Company, -i. -i. ..r ri,i t.-
I Vl C.4V. ...... ..IV VIU JVITII"
which is incorporated with a possi
hie capital of 10.000,000. ' When
some surprise was shown at the
size of this figure it was explained
that it was a trust. To this per
fectly satisfactory explanation Mr.
Keller kindly added: "I am a
little different crank from the rest.
I believe in trustifying labor, in
making the laboring man his own
tucky Home." (By request.)
Schottische. . ."You and I". . .Hall
March "Red Men's". .... Hall
Andante and waltz "Troop"
Roll in son
March . ."The Imperial". .Anthony
"Yankee Doodle and Dixie."
(Prof. Lucas, musical director.)
TJie HerreiiN Have a Fortune In
Salem Statesman: E. C. Herren
was showing to some of his friends
OU the streets yesterday a sample
of coal, and also loineoi the borings
of a diamond drill above the point
where the coal was struck.
The sample of coal came from
near Ileppner. Some twenty-two
miles east of that Eastern Oregon
town Mr. Ilerren and eleven other
people have a tract of 1920 acres
of deeded land. Mr. Ilerren has
one-twelfth interest. They have
been drilling there with an 8000
diamond drilling outfit for two
years. Finally their labors have
been rewarded by finding a ten-
foot vein of cannel coal at 700 feet.
The quality of the coal is as fine as
any in the United States, and the
patient twelve of the company have
a fortune. It is understood that
they have refused 250,000 for
They expect to go on drilling
until they are down 2000 feet. A
ten-foot vein of cannel coal of good
quality at 700 feet would be enough
to satisfy most people; but these
men want to know what else there
may be down under the surface of
their holdings. At one point t e
drill brought out a quantity of
stone such as is used in making
whet stone.- - - -
Mr. Ilerren is the well known
hop grower and dealer, and his
many friends will be pleased to
know of his good fortune. Other
members of the Herren family are
The surface cropm'ngs 0f this
vein of cannel coai in Morrow
county are much the same as those
found in the Forward mine in the
Waldo Hills, where the diamond
drill is working, now being at a
depth of nearly seven hundred
feet; and some of the borings are
similar. What a revolution the
j finding of a ten-foot vein of cannel
coal in the Waldo Hills would '
work in Salem whether at 700
feet or yery much deeper. And
much stranger things may happen
when people are determined to see
what the earth under us is made
Shatters All Itecords.
Twice In hospital, F. A. Gulledge,
Verbena, Ala., paid a vast sum to
doctors to cure a severe case of piles
causiug 24 tumors. When all failed,
Bucklen's Aruica 8a vie soon cured him
Subdues Inflammation, conquers
Aches, kills Pains. Best salve In '.he
world. 25c at Kirkland Drug Co.
At the opera house, Indepen
dence, August 26, Sweeney Alvido
Big White Minstrels, an attraction
composed of artists of Eastern
reputation introducing strong first
part, a strong olio and many
novelty featu res. The press in
speaking of Sweeney Alvido Min
strels say they are a success artist
ically as well as financially, one of
the big winners in minstrelsy.
Don't tail to see the Golf parade
headed by Prof. Maurers band at
noon on day of arrival in this city.
Reserved seats now on sale at
Locke's drug store,
and 50 cents.
Prices, 25, 35