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About The Maupin times. (Maupin, Or.) 1914-1930 | View Entire Issue (May 7, 1915)
OF CURRENT WEEK
Brief Resume of General News
From All Around the Earth.
Portland experiences heavy rain and
Editor Blethen, of the Seattle Times,
is reported seriously ill.
The English house of commons votes
to double the tax on spirits.
A Medford, Oregon, woman, aged
74, is cutting a new set of teeth.
A German air craft dropped several
bombs on Ipswich, England, setting a
fire which burned three dwellings.
Witnesses for John R. Lawson tes
tify that deputy sheriffs started the
battle of Ludlow in the Colorado strike
A Gold Hill, Oregon, couple motors
to near Medford, overtakes a minister
and are married beneath a large tree
by the roadside.
Colonel Roosevelt is still making
explanations of his political affiliations
in the suit for $50,000 libel, for which
he is defendant.
Grand jury of Portland indicts three
election board officials for altering 126
ballots at a recent election. They are
all in jail in default of cash bail.
Women in session at The Hague de
mand that people have voice in foreign
policies, and oppose cession of terri
tory without consent of the inhab
itants. An infuriated divorcee fires several
shots at her ex-husband in the Port
land municipal court room. One shot
strikes the stenographer, while the
rest go wild.
An immense bridge in Vancouver, B.
C, is burned, and public sentiment ac
cuses foes of Great Britain as the in
cendiary; the authorities, however,
place no blame.
A German life bouy marked Kolberg
has been found on the Scotch coast,
and is thought to confirm the report of
the sinking of the cruiser Kolberg in
the naval battle of January 24.
The millions of crickets in the army
which invaded Grant county, Washing
ton, early this week, has split into
four divisions. The crickets eating in
the wheat fields cover a strip four
miles long and 12 feet wide.
Twenty-day-old twins in Marion
county, Oregon, are the largest bene
ficiaries of the state compensation law,
being posthumous heirs. The mother,
who is 20 years old, if she lives to be
42, the age of expectancy, will receive
a total of $ I8,tg0,
Captain L. D. Hockersmith, 82 years
old, who is reputed to have dug his
way out of the Columbus, O., peni
tentiary during the war between the
states and to have liberated his com
mander, the Confederate general, John
H. Morgan, with a number of his men,
died at his home in Madisonville, Ky.,
Friday. Morgan and a remnant of his
command was captured near Pomeroy,
O., in July, 1863, on a raid through
Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.
Germany is purchasing foodstuffs for
a siege of four years' duration.
David Warfield has appeared in the
play "The Auctioneer" for the 1400th
Twenty-one jitney bus drivers in
Seattle are arrested for doing business
without having bonds.
Ex-president Taft is scheduled to
make several speeches in Oregon and
Washington early in the fall.
A plague of crickets is reported in
Grant county Washington, and much
damage to crops is the result.
One of Villa's major generals has
resigned, at the request of his mother,
and joined the British forces.
A holdup man in Spokane, Wash.,
kicks his victim on the leg and breaks
it; secures $2 in cash and flees.
The commerce investigation in Chi'
cago protests an increase of freight
rates on meats, which is proposed by
Theodore Roosevelt, who is being
sued for libel, admits on the stand that
he was on easy terms with New York's
All records for April heat are being
broken in the Eastern states, and in
some localities the thermometer regis
ters 97 degrees.
Governor Johnson, of California,
signed the Meek convict labor bill,
permitting prisoners of the state peni
tentiaries to build state highways. A
statement was issued by the governor
in which he said that apprehension
that free labor will be affected is
Four masked men make raid of
Eastern Oregon ranch, killing 30 head
of sheep and destroying farm house
and barn by fire.
Methodist ministers from many
states are meeting in Chicago for the
purpose of establishing a $10,000,000
fund to be used for old age pensions
for members of the clergy.
The allies are reported as having
landed large forces on both shores of
the Dardanelles straits, and are at
tacking the forts and positions of the
Turks who are defending the city of
AUSTRA-6ERMANS SMASH RUSSIAN
BATTLE LINET10UGH GAIICIA
London An imposing Austrian vic
tory in West Galicia, in which the
Russian front of 60 miles has been cut
to pieces, was reported Tuesday from
Berlin and Vienna.
As though timed to take place simul
taneously, a sweeping advance has
been made in the Russian Baltic pro
vinces by the Germans, Berlin and
Petrograd agreeing that the invasion
on a 160-mile front is unchecked.
An attack in West Galicia has been
predicted in Petrograd dispatches as
an offset to Russian efforts farther
east on the Carpathian front. The
direction in which this new and sudden
stroke has been made, evidently in
great force, lies to the south of Rus
The line along which the Austrian
advance was made runs for aboutJJO
miles north and south through Galicia,
something more than 50 miles east of
Vienna also reports great gains over
the Russians who had succeeded in
sweeping over the crest of the Carpa
The reports announcing a great vic
tory in the Carpathians led to the en
tire city of Berlin decking itself with
flags. The central telephone stations,
the newspaper offices and hotels were
besieged by crowds seeking details.
The excitement began when the
German authorities received orders to
fly the flags "on account of a great
victory in the Carpathians."
The official German report says :
"In the presence of Austrian com
mander in chief, Field Marshal Arch
duke Frederick, and under the leader
ship of General Von Mackensen, the
allied troops, after bitter fighting,
pierced everywhere and crushed the
entire Russian front in West Galicia,
the Dunajec riverand the Vistula."
Labor Leader Lawson Found Guilty
of Murder in Coal Strike Battle
Trinidad, Colo. John R. Lawson,
noted labor leader, was condemned to
spend the remainder of his life at hard
labor in the Colorado penitentiary. He
was found guilty of first-degree mur
der in connection with the death of
John Nimmo, a deputy sheriff, killed
in a strike battle October 25, 1913.
Under the Colorado statute, making it
the duty of the jury to fix the penalty
at death or life imprisonment, the
jury in the District court fixed the
Lawson sat immovable as the jury
filed into the .courtroom. There was
only a sprinkling of spectators. Judge
Granby Hillyer had announced lunch
eon recess until 2 o'clock, and it was
not quite that hour when the jury re
ported. In the midst of a tense silence the
clerk asked :
"Gentlemen, have you reached a
The foreman replied, then handed
the written verdict to the clerk, who
passed it to the judge.
Lawson sat beside his counsel, his
eyes fixed on the jury.
Judge Hillyer glanced at the ver
dict, then handed it back to Bowdery
Floyd, the clerk. The clerk read
"We, the jury, find the defendant
guilty of murder in the first degree
and fix the penalty at life imprison
ment." A gasp, a sharp intake of breath,
ran around the still '.crowd. Lawson
did not move. A kslight smile played
over his features. There was silence
for a few clock ticks, then Horace N.
Hawkins, chief counsel for- the de
fense, asked that the jury be polled.
As the clerk read the names, each man
assented to the verdict. Then there
were brief legal formalities and the
crowd filtered out the door.
Thirty days were given to file a mo
tion for a new trial and Lawson was
released temporarily in custody of his
counsel. He went to his hotel with his
conusel where, until the court fixed
bail, he was theoretically a prisoner,
although at liberty to come and go as
Kaiser Looks Much Older.
London Telegraphing from Amster
dam, the correspondent of the Ex
change Telegraph company says that
Emperor William and Prince Henry,
of Prussia, his brother, were at Ant
werp the end of last week and inspect
ed the harbor fortifications and the
submarine yards. Subsequent to this
they returned to Luxemburg. The lo
cal newspapers were forbidden to men'
tion this visit until the emperor was
back in Luxemburg. The few persons
who recognized His Majesty say he
looked well but much older.
Wireless To Be Repaired.
Vallejo, Cal. The repair ship Pro
metheus was designated by the Navy
department to take the.Mare Island
navy yard wireless party to Alaska,
where it is said $50,000 will be spent
in overhauling the navy radio stations,
It was announced the Prometheus will
come here from San Francisco soon to
be fitted out for the cruise. The gun
boat Annapolis previously was desig
nated for the trip, but later was sent
to Mexican waters.
2000 More Britons Strike.
Londofi Two throusand laborers
who were engaged in constructing
houses to accommodate the workers at
the Wollowich arsenal, the largest in
Great Britain, went on strike Tuesday.
The men demand higher wages.
Insurance Companies May
Increase Rates in Oregon
Salem State Insurance Commis
sioner Wells issued a warning to prop
erty holders of Portland that unless
they co-operated more extensively with
Fire Marshal Stevens they could not
expect a reduction of losses from fire.
Declaring that the insurance com
panies were operating at a big loss in
Oregon, Mr. Wells said he believed
they Boon would ask permission to in
crease their rates.
"The annual statements filed by the
various fire insurance companies show
that the net premium income for 1914
was $3,858,212.90, and the losses were
$2,590,359.65," continued Mr. Wells,
This leaves a balance to the insur
ance companies over losses of $1,267,
853.25, and it is estimated that the
average expense for companies to
transact business in this state will av
erage 40 per cent. The expense of
doing business is made up by agents'
commissions, taxes, license fees, sup
plies, advertising, salaries and clerical
'The already extremely heavy loss
ratio for 1915 has caused the insur
ance companies to become nervous, and
all companies operating in Oregon
with Pacific departments located in
San Francisco at a recent meeting dis
cussed the abnormally excessive losses
Still Unpaid by County
Salem Through an oversight of the
Multnomah county officials or the State
Tax commission there will be no money
in the state treasury this year for the
payment of interest on the interstate
The county court places the blame
on the Tax commission and the com
mission delcares the county is at fault.
At any rate, no levy was made for
the payment of the money and it has
none to pay.
State Treasurer Kay received a
check from the county treasurer of
Multnomah for $294,000, the last pay
ment of the first half of the taxes, and
the announcement that $31,250 had
been retained for paying interest on
the bonds. The annual interest is
$62,500, and, unless a settlement is
reached, the county will retain the
balance out of the last-half tax pay
ments. Under the law providing for the
bridge, notification of the interest on
the bonds must be made to the State
Tax commission by the county court
before January 1 each year. Notifi
cation was mailed to the commission
the last day of December, but the tax
levy had been made and the various
counties notified of it. It was then
too late to make a change to include a
levy for the payment of interest on the
Horse Show and Wild West Stunts
Are Scheduled for Philomath Fair
Philomath May 21 and 22 have
been set for the big horse show here.
The committees have been selected and
are at work, arranging the program.
There are to be roping contests, raw
hide displays, a grand parade, barbe
cue, a free-for-all public sale and other
The two days are to be filled with
stunts calling for red blood and a dash
of the old Western life which has not
altogether died out. The days of the
rolling stage coach and the round-up
are to be recalled. Spacious grounds
are being prepared and a grand stand
will be erected.
Every effort will be made to take
care of the crowds which are expected.
The first day will be given to the
public sale and sports. Among the
first events is to be a drill by one of
the Corvallis fire teams.
The public sale will be open for all.
Colonel Stevenson has been secured to
act as crier. Anyone having stock to
dispose of can offer it for sale to the
On the second day there will be a
parade of all the blue-ribbon stock in
this part of Oregon. Cowboys and
cowgirls will participate in roping con
tests and other events.
Fishermen Will Build.
Bay City The Tillamook Bay Fish
company, a co-operative company of
the fishermen on this bay, is preparing
to drive the piling for its new build
ing. A. Ramsay, the company's
manager, says it is undecided whether
a cannery will be built this year or
not, but that with the evident low
price of canned goods for the year, he
believes they will handle the catch
Arrangements have been completed
to open wholesale establishments in
Boise, Butte and Portland for handling
the fresh fish.
It is believed that the whole catch
can be disposed of in this way, making
a cannery unnecessary.
Teachers Have Session.
Clackamas The regular session of
theClackamas Schoolmasters' club was
held at the Clackamas schoolhouse on
Saturday. A picked club of the school
masters went down to defeat in the
morning in a game of baseball with
the Clackamas school by a score of 22
to 7. A banquet was served by the
school at 1 o'clock. A discussion was
led by Supervisor Vedder on the topic,
"Industrial Follow-up Work," and an
address on "Standard Schools" by
Assistant State Superintendent Wells
made this session one of the best.
in Oregon, and as a result a committee
was appointed to visit this state and
investigate conditions. This commit
tee probably will ask the Insurance
Commissioner to allow an increase of
"No business concerns care to con
tinue business at a loss, but while the
raising of rateB would amount to more
income to the companies, under the
present conditions, losses would con
tinue regardless of the increase.
"If the citizens of Portland would
assist Fire Marshal Stevens and listen
more to the warnings he and his depu
ties are giving, they would be better
off. They should pay more attention
to cleanliness about their premises, as
well as those of neighbors, instead of
passing everything up to the marshal.
"Mr. Stevens has the right idea, but
when he steps on the toes of prominent
property owners he finds himself in
"The property owners of Portland
have never been compelled to keep
their premises in order, and those who
would object to doing so seem not to
realize that their property might be
the next to be destroyed. They should
also bear in mind a possible loss of
lives of occupants of the .buildings, as
well as firemen who are called to save
"No levy having been made for that
specific purpose, the county clearly has
no right to withhold money with which
to pay this interest," declared Assist
ant State Treasurer Ryan. "This de
partment cannot be held responsible
for the mistake, for it needs every
cent for specific appropriations.
"If the county insists upon retain
ing the money the only thing I see to
do is for the state treasurer to demand
interest on it. That probably would
result in the filing of a suit to deter
mine whether the state has to pay,
lhis office will make a demand upon
the county treasurer for the money
which he is withholding."
The law providing for the building
of the bridge empowered Multnomah
county to raise the money for building
it by issuing bonds, the state to pay
the interest on the bonds. After
certain period the county is to start a
sinking fund to liquidate the indebted
State Treasurer Kay said that he
would notify the members of the Tax
Commission of the action of the Mult
nomah county treasurer, and it is
probable that Attorney General Brown
wil be asked to advise the commission
regarding what steps it should take to
collect the money,
Four Masked Men Kill Sheep
On Eastern Oregon Range
Prineville Appearance of four
masked men on the ranch of Isadore B.
Meyers, of Tost, on Crooked river,
near Pauline Butte, in Crook county,
and an attack by these men on Mr,
Meyers' sheep gives rise to a belief
that the old range war between sheep
men and cattlemen has- flamed forth
with its old time vigor. Mr. Meyers
reported to the sheriff's office that the
men had entered his range, burned his
sheep camp, stolen the guns and am'
munition and then shot and killed at
least-30 head of sheep and wounded
M. Montgomery, a sheepherder for
Mr. Meyers, said he was ordered to
stand aside while the men fired about
100 shots into the flock, Some of the
bullets passed dangerously close to the
herder. Wounded sheep were killed
by the employes of the sheep camp.
Belief that the attack is the outcome
of bitterness between sheepmen and
cattlemen is fostered by an incendiary
attack on the sheep ranch of J. N,
Williamson, ex-representative to con
gress. At that time Mr. Williamson
lost 80 tons of hay,
The majority of the ranchers in the
Pauline Butte district are cattlemen.
Fruit Warehouse Sold.
Medford By a deal completed Sat
urday, the Oregon Fruit company, of
Portland, takes charge of the Medford
Warehouse company and will operate
the plant under the name of the Med
ford Fruit company.
The company will maintain branch
houses in Roseburg, Eugene, Corvallis,
Albany, Salem, Baker, Bend and Pen
dleton, with main offices at Portland,
Charles S. Lebo will remain as man
ager of the local branch. The officers
of the company are : President, W. B
Glafke, of W. B. Glafke & Co., of
Portland; vice president, T. E. Ryan,
of Pearson, Ryan company, of Port
land, and S. C. Dalton, manager. Mr,
Dilley, manager of Page & Son, of
Portland, and Mr. Yule, president of
the Pacific Fruit & Produce company,
Bishop Visits at Seaside.
Seaside The'occasion of the visit of
Bixhop W7; G.Suinner, bishop of Ore
gon, was the cause of a double rejoic
ing to the congregation of Calvary
chapel. On this, his first visit of the
new bishop to Seaside, Bishop Sumner
held outdoor exercises and blessed the
parsonage at the celebration of the
wiping out of a debt of $250. Bhjhop
Sumner, accompanied by Archbishop
H. H. Chambers, arrived from Astoria
on the noon train. In the afternoon a
church reception was held, and he was
the dinner guest of Mrs. G. McMillan.
Washington Stirred by German
Attack Off Stilly Islands.
CAPTAIN AND TWO SAILORS ARE DEAD
Seriousness Is Admitted, and Note to
Berlin Speaking of "Strict Ac
countability" Recalled Dam
ages May Be Demanded.
London 'The American oil tank
steamship Gulflight was Bunk by a
German submarine Saturday at noon
off the Scilly Islands, according to a
dispatch to the Central News agency.
The Gulflight sailed from Port Arthur,
Tex., April 10, for Rouen, France.
The captain died from heart failure
as a result of shock, and two seamen
jumped overboard and were drowned.
The other members of the crew were
taken off by a patrol boat and landed.
The vessel was towed into Crow sound
Washington, D. C. Press reports of
the torpedoing of the American
steamer Gulflight and the loss of her
captain and some members of the crew
created a stir in official circles here,
where the seriousness of the occurrence
In the absence of President Wilson,
officials made no comment as to the
probable action of the United States
government, beyond saying that a
thorough inquiry as to the manner of
the torpedoing and the responsibility
for it would first be required before a
decision could be reached as to the
kind of representations to be made.
If firBt reports are borne out, the at
tack on the Gulflight constitutes the
first case of an American, Bhip struck
by a torpedo, with the consequent loss
of lives. Two American vessels have
been sunk by mines, the responsibility
for which never has been fixed, and
one American, Leon C. Thresher, waB
drowned when the British ship Falaba
It was generally recalled that in the
note sent by the United States to Ger
many in answer to Germany's procla
mation of a war zone around the Bri
tish Isles and Ireland, the Washington
government asserted that it would hold
the German government "to a Btrict
accountability" for the loss of any
American lives or vessels, the phrase
ology being so drawn as to cover at
tacks on belligerent vessels on which
Americans were traveling.
America's Right to Ship Arms Con
ceded, but Food Should Be free
Philadelphia Dr. Bernhard Dern-
burg, former colonial secretary of Ger
many, protested at Sunday's session of
the annual meeting of the American
Academy of Political and Social Sci
ence, against a declaration at a recent
meeting of the academy that Germany
had declared aganist the right of the
United States to sell and distribute
arms to belligerent countries.
Dr. Dernburg came here as a listener
to the discussions on the effect of the
European war on America's interests
and at the close of the session made a
brief speech in which he said the
declaration was "absolutely false."
The address in which the statement is
said to have been made was delivered
by Charles Noble Gregory, of Wash
ington, D. C, who spoke on "The Sale
of Munitions of War by Neutrals to
Dr. Dernburg explained that Ger
many had only complained of the in
equality of the treatment that his
country is receiving in that foodstuffs
are shut out of Germany, whereas
there is a free transit of arms to Great
British Win in Africa.
Cape Town The following official
statement regarding the operations in
South Africa was issued Monday:
"General McKenzie's mounted forces
which were designated to cut off the
Germans who, after the evacuation
of Keetmanskop retreated northward
along the railway, inflicted serious
defeat on them in the vicinity of
Gibson, captured a whole railway
train, several transport wagons, a
great quantity of live stock, two
field guns, several Maxims and 200
Flirt Recruits Tommies.
London Flirting can be made an
effective recruiting expedient. At
recent recruiting rally a girl held up
her hand and announced that she had
sent five young men to the front. At
the end of the meeting she indicated
the young man at her side and de
clared, "Here's the sixth!" This
caused the speaker to say, "Flirting of
that kind iB the right sort. " Head
vised the young girls of the audience
to use their wiles in behalf of country.
Hail As Big As Baseballs Falls.
St. Louis Hail stones as large as
baseballs were hurled upon scattered
sections of Missouri Sunday. 'The
damage to crops and livestock will run
into thousands of dollars. At Stur
geon, Mo., boy was killed by light
ning. In St. Louis the streets were
flooded in places by several feet of wa
Portland Wheat Bluestem, $1.32;.
forty-fold, $1.27; club, $1.26; red Rus
Oats No. 1 white feed, $33.25.
Barley No. 1 feed, $24; bran, $24;
Millfeed Spot prices: Bran, $26
ton; shorts, $28; rolled barley, $30
Corn Whole, $35 ton; cracked, $36.
Hay Eastern Oregon timothy, $14
15; valley timothy, $1212.50; grain
hay, $1012; alfalfa, $12.5013.60.
Vegetables Cucumbers, hothouse,
$11.50 dozen; artichokes, 75c; toma
toes, $5 crate; cabbage, 2J3ic pound;
celery, $4.50 crate; cauliflower, 75c
$1.25 dozen; head lettuce, $2.25 crate;
spinach, 6c pound; rhubarb, lj2c;
asparagus, 75c $1.10 dozen; egg
plant, 25c pound; peas, 78c; beans,.
12J15c; carrots, $1.50 sack; beets,.
$1.50; parsnips, $1.25; turnips, $1
Green Fruits Strawberries, $2.
crate; apples, $11.75 box; cranber
ries, $1112 barrel; gooseberries, 8
Potatoes Old, $1.75 2.25 sack;
new, 68c pound.
Onions Oregon selling price, 75c
sack, country points; California, job
bing price, yellow, $1.752; white,
Eggs Fresh Oregon ranch, case
count, 1818Jc dozen.
Poultry Hens, 15c; broilers, 25
27Jc; fryers, 1820(y turkeys, dress
ed, 2224c; live, 1820c; ducks, 12
13c; geese, 89c.
Butter Creamery, prints, exiras,
25c pound in case lota; jc more in less
than case lots; cubes, 2122c.
Veal Fancy, lljc'pound.
Pork Block, 1010ic pound.
Hops 1914 crop, nominal; con
tracts, 11c pound.
Wool Eastern Oregon, medium, 25
26c; Eastern Oregon, fine, 1618c;
valley, 2830c; mohair, new clip, 32 J
Cascara bark Old and new, 44Jc
Cattle Best steers, $7.60 7.75;
choice, $77.25; medium, $6.757;
choice cows, $6.256.75; medium, $5
5.75; heifers, $56.25; bulls, $4
5.75; stags, $56.50.
Hogs Light, $78.05; heavy, $6
Sheep Wethers, $6.757; sheared
ewes, $5.50 (ft) 5.75; sheared lambs,
$7.768; full wools $1 higher.
Tacoma Apples Winesaps and
Yellow Newtown Pippins, $1.661.75.
Comb Honey Yakima, $3.50 crate;
strained honey, $5.50; Idaho, $3.50;
Strawberries $1.35 to $2.25 crate,.
according to size.
Vegetables Cabbage, Winningstadt, .
$3.25 cwt.; carrots, $1.501.65 sack;
beets, home grown, $11.25; turnips,
$1.25; potatoes, Yakima, $3435ton;
Idaho, $3; sweets, $4 cwt.; new po
tatoes, 6Jc pound; tomatoes, $4.50
6.50 case; onions, green, 20c dozen;
Walla Walla, $1.75 box; Oregon Yel
low Danvers, $1.50; Yakima, $1.50;
California, $1.60; garlic, 80c pound;
radishes, local, 20c dozen bunches;
California, 25c; parsley, 30c; lettuce,
head, $2.25 crate; spinach, local, 5c-
pound; Walla Walla, 75c box; cucum
bers, local hothouse, 50c$1.25 dozen;
celery, $4 4.60 crate; rutabagas,
$1.85 sack; artichokes, 75c dozen;
rhubarb, local, Sc pound; asparagus,
Washington, $1.151.65 box; green
peas, 8Jc pound; green and wax beans,
Fresh Meats Steers, 12(ftSl2jc
pound; cows, 12c; heifers, 1212Jc;
wethers, 14 Jc; dressed hogs, lljc;
trimmed sides, 15Jc; combinations,
15c; Diamond T. C, 16ic; ewes, 13c.
Poultry Ducks, live, 1012c; hens,
dressed, 1618c; live, 16c; springs,
dressed, 22c; live, 1415c; squabs.
live, $2.60 dozen; dressed, $6; tur
keys, live, 18c; dressed, 28 80c;
Butter Washington creamery, 24
25c; Oregon, 24c.
Eggs Fresh ranch, 1720c.
Quick Digging I Urged.
Spokane, Wash. Immediate action
in digging many miles of trenches ex
tending through the center of Wilson
Creek valley will be the only means
of saving the south half of the valley
from the devastation from the Coulee
cricket, declared Cecil W. Creel, cereal
and forest insect expert, connected
with the United States department of
Agriculture, who arrived here from
the cricket-infested district. Trenches
three miles long have been plowed on
the 6000-acre farm of W. C. Mading
and a patrol of six men is being main
tained in the destruction of millions of
the wingless insects.
Wallowa Crop Outlook Good.
Wallowa, Wash. The recent rains
have been a great help to the Wallowa
valley and the outlook for crops is ex
cellent. The fall grain has never
looked better. The acreage of spring
grain will be large, owing to the high
prices. The season is at least three
w.eks earlier than usual. The fruit
trees are blossoming and unless un
favorable weather conditions prevail
the prospect is favorable for much
fruit, as the rains have not damaged
the buds. The spring so far has been
quite free from hard frosts.
Douglas Sends First Berries.
Roseburg, Or. C. E. Henry, a well
konwn rancher of Dillard, has the dis
tinction of shipping the first crate of
strawberries from Douglas county to
the Portland markets. The berries
left here Saturday. They were large,
of excellent color and were well fla
vored. They met ready sale at fancy
prices in the Portland markets.