i M. UiriJ twice a wee Qttw WlVJW I? TQTD TQM INDKl'KNDKNCK. l'OLK COUNTY, OREGON, SKITKMIJKU 14, 10tx;. NUMBEU Z: THIKTKKNTil YKAH. POLK COUNTY BANK MONMOUTH, - OREGON. PAID CAPITAL $30,000.00 TmiPiK-U general banking t,iiloi-a. IhiIU received, l.'mua made, Draft mUi, Careful and eurLui atte mioii given nil accounts. Omt'ttUt ANO I!dKPT"lti J, II. JIawly, I'm., I. 1.. CampHeli, VI.-. I're., Ir C. Tow!!, Ciwhler J. II. V, I Jul lor, F.H.Powell, J. JJ. Htuiup, J. A. Wltlirow, I. M. Hinii. UNIQUE MINING Slcel Hails Eoried ty Drill Ing Sand Is Brcuglil lo Surface Aficr 40 Ycnrs HE GOES TO JAIL THE INDEPENDENCE NATIONAL- BANK An Enterprising TcIIow Conceives t!u Project and titans op More than $300,000 on Use Scheme ii oapitalstook:, $50,000.00. HIRSIIBERa, J'mUtrnt. A1SIUM JiEUOJf, Vke 1'mS.ien 0. w,KV2N!Lr ' DIRECTORS. H. Hire7ibe7j 1. W. Mm, H. K. Pmith, J. E. Hl-odea and A. Nelson. discounted. Commercial credits granted. Depoaiti receUed object to check. nnulA. ' Hilli on current account Citile Palace Rotel Independence T. W. Crcaner, Prcprlcier Carefully Supplied Ca&ki. Special JUtcntlon Id Commercial trade. J UNDERTAKING- Day or Night Calls Promptly attend ed to. Fine Parlor In Connection. Au Experienced Iady AwMant. nm, mm m R. u W. L. DICK, Embalmer and Funeral Director. Licensed by Oregon Btate Hoard of Health. INDEPENDENCE BKE & CdLBRElTH OREGON II Simpson iro$.- POPULAR PRICED STORE THE dIRLIE STORE Largest Country Store in Polk County HUH 444444 44444-eJ ; GENERAL MERCHANDISE Dry Goods and Groceries, Men's and Boys Clothing, Boots, Shoes, Hardware and a general line of merchandise COUNTRY produce:handled Butter, Egg, Poultry, Wool, Mohair and Farm Produce Generally Bought. OUR PRICES ARE RIGHT Simpson Bros, jfirlie, Ore. LIVERY, FEED AND BOARDING STABLE I. W. DICKINSON, Prop. Good Rigs for Commercial : Men a Specialty. Good accommodations. Horses well fed. Fine rigs. Horses boarded by dayweek or month. Telephone 2To, 293 Independence, Oregon W. R ALLIN D. D S. ...Dentist... Fftlnlesa Extraction Independence, Cooper Building, Oregon JE. T. 1IENRLE, Barber Shop. MAIN STREET, One door aoutk of PosKOffiee. Fine Baths in coBnectionwith shp Independence, Oreco Tonsorial Artists-- If UTCH TiflYLSR Next door to Little Palace Hotel Sharp Eazors, Prompt Service, BOOT BLACK IN CONNECTION, W. G. (SHARMAN Merchant Tailor Bank Building, Independence, - Obeggb Mining I ir steel rails Is a new industry. It is king carried on profitably at Liberty, Texas. Forty six years sgo 10.0SX) tons of steel rtils were purchased in England hy ayiidicate of wealthy planters of that section and a rum bur of New York men who were associ ated with them in a proposition to build a railroad up the valley of the Trinity river. The rails were paid lor and were brought to Gal veston by water and shipped up tho Trinity river by barges. They were unloaded jutt below town and piled upon the low bank of the river to await their use. The civil war came on just at this time and the project had to be abandoned. The members of the company were either killed in the war or lost their property and were scattered about until the whereabouts of not one of them has been known for more than a quarter of a century. A big flood in the river occurred a lew months after the rails had been piled upon its bank and they were covered with a deposit of sand. The river shifted several hundred yrdri and more than SO feet of sand and soil were deposited upon the piles of rails, leaving no trace whatever of them. It was left to T. E. Nichols, an enterprising citizen of Houston, to bring the rails to the light of day. j Several months ap,o he was in Lib trty on a business visit when he chanced to meet an aged negro who was a slave at the time the valuable cargo was brought over and who was employed in unload ing the barges. He told Mr. Nich ols the story of the abandoned rail road and said thct the rails were buried under many feet of sand, but he believed he knew the spot where they could be found. Mr. Nichols made a quiet investigation i and found that the etory of the lost rails was true. He could find no claimants to the property and he made a proposition to the town of Liberty that if it would grant him the franchise to recover the rails he would give the town $1 for every ton he mined and sold. His prop osition was eagerly accepted. No one thought he would be able to locate the rails. Under the guidance of the old negro Mr. Nichols began prospect insr for the hidden' wealth. He used ground augers in boring test holes. He bored eighty-eeven of these holes before he found the rails. They lay 35 feet beneath the surface, and some distance from the present channel of the river. The discovery of the rails proved to be but the beginning of the labor of recovering them. The sand was difficult to handle, and when the excavation had reached a point near the rails the water from the river broke through and pumps had to be employed to clear the hole of water when the break had been stopped. The piles of rails have finally been uncovered, and they are now being taken out at a rapid rate. The rails are 24 feet long and are of a good quality of steol. As an evidence of this fact, Mr. Nichols has accepted a bid Man Commits Theft of a Watch end Is Caogfit volver In Assisting Officers to Quell an Insfplcc! Bio! on of (bp big ite-l pUnti of Itiii '.u'itry. j At pic lh rail will brin I Mr. Nichtil j,sOO0, U alxiut, UMU.CXAI which he will hav e pende.ii,, local!,, and removing jljg tJIUer AITCS! fl IUUIiy them, and an aJJitioiial f lU.lifMJ to b paid to tlio town of Libtrly. The price of per tun (it which lis has old tha rui! J th price on thH bank of tha rivr. The pur chasers bear all io t of loading and shipping them. 1 Ii Law Mini Lly I'ttiont Mao Snppoe a woman makes it so hot for her husband that l can't lite with her, and he leaves her, what can she do? Lawyer Hue him for support. Patient Man Suppose she has run him ao heavily into debt that he can't support her because his creditors grab every dollar as quick as he gets it, besides run, ing his business with their suits? Lawyer If lor any reason what ever he fails to pav her the amount ortlered, he will lie pent to jail for contempt of court. Patient Man Suppose she drives! him out of the house witu a flat- iron, and he's afraid to go back? Lawyer She can arrest him for desertion. ratient Man Well, 1 don't see anything for me to do but go bang myself. Lawyer It's against the law to commit suicide, and if you get caught attempting it, you'll be fined and imprisoned. Ten dollars, please. Good day. o.liff, i iru-' r, h't i'l i ' .1 y kaa not l"-f ulJiited up ! tn l.ftur. i tut rUlly .m,i,,!i d, i.d Alfred Lsiul rti, tf M. l'u!, nt of lh Mjtrlir i a e, i li6 !u tli arm, Tf lber tlranr art shut, but tho mints ar 1 l 'nature of tl.eir ii.jutln ar H"t ! known h-re Hheriff Culver wad ! fxitifli d and et iln! ',( h fc-n ' itririHHlialely by Ira n. John I Cooper Erandlsfics Big Be-!''"" "iIOf"J 8,,I :e "0 u , The l.oppii krs wcrsi ffuiu ttci Hess-Itaymoud yard, under lease by Jm Hniri. a bupUujer ot ud , city. They had !- on n eprrtj all day and tuadu tronblw In t.'iO aulooii at night, kt u thd Marilil and pofeo, coaipoeed of Alfred Lam bert and Norc Manavit?, went in l quell the dtnlurbai.ee. TnmLle to- ' sued and the. hoolii:g Lcguu. Maimcio and several others m also badly beaten up in the uiclew. TO BUILD NEW COAST LINE Soiitbcrn Pacific Making Preparations for a Second Bail Route from Sao Fcancisco to Portland San Francisco, Cal Sept. 11 The Call says: "The Southern Pacific has de cided to build a coast line railroad to Portland at once. It will run direct from Drain, Organ, to Coos Bay and from Coos Bay to Eureka. It will run over the Santa Fe line to Camp Five, over the new line hich it is constructing jointly with the Santa Fe to Sherwood. and over the line of the California Northwestern to Tiburon. "The announcement of the de termination on the part of the Southern Pacific to build a coast line to Portland at once came as a surprise to railroad circles. The announcement was made that the preliminary survey north had been completed and that the coast route to Portland had been determined upon. Locating engineers have been in the field for over a month, and part of the final alignment has already been completed. The fece of engineers has been increased so that the construction work may be begun before the winter closes. "It is generally believed in rail road circles that the determination on the part of the Southern Pacific to build at once is to head oil a possible hostile movement by the Goulds, who are building the West ern Pacific into San Francisco, and who are looking with eager eyes upon the Oregon Coast country. Another Republican Paper For Corvallis Willis Smith, for years a news paper man in Utah, and Milton Morgan, a local job printer, will be partners in establishing a new Re publican paper at Corvallis. A 2,000 utfit has been ordered in the east, including a two-revolu tion, high speed Campbell press. It will be a seven-page, eight-col nmn weekly in beginning and transform to a daily later. This is the third paper in Corvallis. It will be called the Willamette Cur rent. The first issue will be some- A drunken row which occurred in Cooper' saloon Wednesday f ven j ing came near ending srriously. j Two young A llows, Henry Cor-: ley and K. B. Henderson, strangers here, were engaged in a slogging match for the championship of light-weight hoppiekers, w hen dep. uty sheriff Belt and special police man Tupper swooped down on thtm and proceeded to gather thtm in as recruits for the city baetile. Both parlies bad a number "of friends present, and the room beicg crowded, Henderson gave the of ficer the slip, while friend j of Cor ley grsthered around him and the officers and attempted to prevent hrtn being taken to jail. Tupper was compelled to draw bis revolver for protection. At this stage of the game John R. Cooper came from behind the bar with an old, rusty pistol swinging in the air and de dared war on all who tried to interfere with the officers. He meant business and cleared the house in short order. After getting their man in the lockup, Tupper discovered that in the melee he had lost his watch Fortunately Belt saw Corley pick up the watch from the saloon floor, -but at the time thought it belonged to Corley. Proceeding back to the jail they accused him of having the watch, but he denied it. On being told he was seen to pick up the watch, be dug down in the lower regions of his clothes aud produced the watch. Henderson was later hunted up nd taken before Recorder Sbar- man, where he pleaded guilty to fighting and paid the usual fine. Corley elected to fight his case and asked for a trial, which was had before Recorder Sharman yes terday afternoon. No use. All the evidence tended to prove him guilty of the charge, and so the Recorder thought. It was five and costs, making the total $7.50, which Mr. Corley 's friends dug up and paid iuto the city's exchequer. No sooner paid and released than spec ial policeman Tupper had him in tow on the charge of petty larceny. preferred against him in Judge Wilson's court. It's easier to plead guilty than to go to the trouble of hiring an attorney (especially when there are no attorneys to hire) so Mr. Corley wajtzed up to the lick log and asked the Judge "how much." Twenty-five was the minimum, so the young man could do no less than take his medicine, which will have ample time to show its good or bad effects while he takes advan tage of the next twelve days of leis ure to ruminate while sojourning at Dallas and partaking of Sheriff Grant's hospitality. CONTINUED WINS ARE OA!) Critical Conditions facing Hop Grow ers It It Turns Off farm Alter Present Rainy Spell No very great damage has yet been done the hop crop by th rains ol the past few days, jet growers are on the anxious seat, dreading the possioiiity of heavier rains, or a clearing up Iwith warm weather to follow. Some few re port vines down, but to no consid erable extent. All the yards urn picking right along, though the conditions are not favorable for pickers and le?8 progress is mad than if the weather had remained clear. There is no report of pick ers leaving in any numbers, except from the Krebs yard south of town, and those are moiliy Portland peo ple, who become easily discouraged when the conditions are not en tirely to their liking. Most growers are trying Jo remain cheerful under rather a gloomy prospect, though, you can see they are apparently "whistling to keep up their courage." Rural Mail Route Growing in Favor Mr. A. Parker furnishes a few figures and data illustrating tho popularity and growth of the rural ronte service in Polk county. His route covers 25 miles and Mr. Parker went out on the first trip from Independence about threa years ago, remaining on the same route ever since. His sales for the first month amounted to only $6.80, while the sales for July, this year, were more than $16.00, which is an average at this time. In the thno months of hib first quarter he han dled an average of 2000 pieces of mail per month, while the report for the last quarter shows that he handled more than 14,000 pieces of mail, more than double the amount handled three years ago. Theie are now eight routes in Polk coun ty, besides two routes which extend into Polk from pobt offices in Mar ion county. of $38 per ton for the rails from 1 time the last of September Bloody Tragedy at St. Paul Tuesday Salem, Or., Sept. 11. One man killed, another dyinsr and three more or less seriously injured is the result of a shooting affray wbick took place in the saloon ef William Murphy, at St. Paul, this county, about 9 o'clock tonight, the out come of a drunken brawl in which a crowd of toughs from Astoria, hoppickers, and Town Marshal J. A. Krechter and posse figured prominently. Marshal Krechter is killed; an- Plenty of Warmth Tom So you've been married a yearl Now, say Gus. honest Injun, does your wife greet you as marmly as she did at first? Gus Warmly? She fires up every time I open my mouth. Possible Explanation "I wonder why the editor prints the marriage notices directly under the death notices?" queried the typewriter boarder, as she glanced over the local paper. "I don't know," rejoined the fussy bachelor, "unless it is to re mind us that the fools are sot all dead yet."