T H E W A S H IN G TO N C O U N T Y N EW S, Old John Harding’s M oney l X Í ü h e [C o p y rig ht, 190!. by C. B. L e w la ] There was a buzz of excitement throughout almost a Whole county be cause old John Harding was dead and a search of the house had failed to re veal his money. He was an old bach elor, living on a farm with his broth er Henry and his sister Hannah, and It was known that he had been hoard ing for forty years. He died in his bed without giving an alarm and without leaving any message us to where he had hidden his wealth. 1 was Interested in the case as a dis tant relative, while scores became In terested through curiosity. We had to hire men and arm them with guns to keep the searchers off the farm, and there were many among them who would have kept every dollar of the treasure had they stumbled upon 1L Where to search after the house had ' been fruitlessly gone over was the question, and it was a puzzling one. Put yourself In old Mr. Harding's place and tell me where you would hide that money. Not in the bouse, for fear of robbers first and a search later on; not in the barn, because the build ing was liable to be struck by lightning and burned. He wanted to keep it away from his relatives, and yet ho wouldn't want it lost for good and all, nor would he wish it to fall Into the hands of strangers. That is simply hu man nature. It is a paradox, but it is human nature as well. You wouldn’t throw- it down the well, because the wedl would be searched. There would be tile same objection to sheds and stacks as to the barn. Both Hannah and Henry felt sure the old man had buried the money. I felt just as certain to the contrary. He had brought It home in installments, and he would not run the risk of open ing and closing a cache seven or eight different times. Much of the lost mon ey was drawn out of bank two weeks previous to his death. Whenever he went to town, he wore a pair of boots. On all other days he wore a pair of old shoes, which were soft and easy on his feet. He did not change back to bis boots as soon as he reached home, but only after he had returned from walking about the farm; hence it might be inferred that he had to pass over bad ground. The woman brought me his boots Just ns he had pulled them off for the last time. There was dried mud on them. It could not be mud from the highway, because when he went to town last the roads were dusty. The sole of the right boot was considerably worn, and in a crevice I found a little sand. Again, on that same boot, stick ing to the mud, were several blades of grass. She brought me the suit of clothes he had worn that day and for three or four days subsequently, and I found cockles and burs on the trousers and bits of rotten wood in one of the coat pockets. To the west of the house and half a mile away was the forest. To reach it he had to pass through the orchard. Between the orchard and the forest was a creek. On the east side of It, where, I judged, he would naturally cross, was a bed of sand. On the other side was a muddy spot, but with a log to walk on. The forest covered eighty acres of ground, and but little of it had ever been cleared of underbrush. In going from the house through the orchard and across the creek and back I got plenty of cockles and burs on my clothes, and had I made n misstep at the log 1 should have fallen into the mud and water. Granted that the old man had hidden his money in the woods, what particular spot should I look for? The brother had not hap pened to see him go beyond the or chard. but on one occasion, when he had need of a certain tool and went to the shed to find it. it was missing. Two hours later It had been restored. It was a mallet that he wanted. Going on the theory that the old man had used the mallet, 1 went to the shed and looked at all the tools. Most of them were rusty with the dampness. There was rust on a certain auger and on a certain chisel, but it was fresh rust. The point of the auger also re tained some bits of the last wood it had been bored into. These bits I was assured by several persons had a beecliy taste. Therefore I reasoned that the auger had been bored into a beech tree. I had no doubt that he had Used mallet, chisel and auger to make r hiding place for his money. The first move was to go through the forest In search of what might be call ed eligible beech trees. I marked off twenty within ten minutes' walk of tbe creek and then began a close inspec tion of each one. I did not look at tops or trunks, but on the ground. There were plenty of brush and limbs and dead leaves, but at the end of two days' steady search I found chips and splin ters in pawing around and then knew that the quest was ended. Never did a man hide his money in t safer place or with more skillful hands. The tree was a double one for the first four feet from the ground. Where the two came together was a decayed spot. It wasn't larger than a man’s fist when Harding discovered IL and funguses had taken root and were thriving. Everything looked so per fectly natural that I was a good hour getting at the keyhole of the treasure box. Had I not found sure evidence« of his work in a few chips and splin ters the tree would have been put down on the list of failures. He did not in tend to leave those evidences behind him- As fast as he cut out the wood be placed it aside, and as be crossed tb« -rock on hla way home he threw tbe chips into tbe water, as I after- a-nrd ascertained. Well. I have nothing more to tell, t'-.e money was found and divided a c ording to law. M. QUAD. FOREST GROVE, O R E , J U L Y 31, 1903. Pag« T h rM Guardianship of W. L. Curtis, incom petent. Guardian authorized to sell real estate at public auction, and re quired to give bond for 31600. Estate of Mary J. Wilkes, deceased. Final account, and report filed. Mon day, August 2?. 196s. at 10 o’clock A. M., set for hearing objections to final settlement. R E AL E S T A T E TR A N S F E R S . C IR C U IT C O UR T. Judge McBride held court until Tuesday of this week, when the court was adjourned until Friday. The fol lowing cases have been disposed of since the 23d inst.: Friday, July 24, 1903. A. W. Ocuback et ux to H. E. Noble. S. E. *4 sec. 20. W. V4 of S. E. >4 Sec. 26. T. 1 S„ R. 6 W. W. M.; *5. Christian F. Kempin et ux. to Aug ust H. Kempin et al., 60 acres in T. 1 N„ R. 2 W. of W. M.; $2,700. B. F. Purdy et ux. to Nellie B. FOR T H E M OST POPULAR LODGE W A S H IN G T O N C O U N T Y . Storey. Lots 1, 2, 3. 8. 9 and 10, in block 2, in Purdy’s Add. to town of This beautiful gavel, bearing the emblem of the order and appropriately engraved, will be presented by Dilley; $250. Lavlna A. Nelson et al. to J. M. Cof The News on September 1 to the lodge receiving the largest number of votes from its paid subscribers as their fee. Lots 3 and 4, in block 1, Weh- choice of the most popular lodge tn Washington County. The word lodge is intended to Include granges, courts of Catholic Foresters, camps of the Woodmen, posts of the G. A. R., and every local branch of any secret, fraternal, rung’s Add. to Hillsboro; $575. M. Bisbee et ux. to Riley Boyd, lots benevolent or insurance order represented in the county. The gavel is of ebony, of finest workmanship, and costs $30.00, so that it will be worthy to be used by the 7 and 8, block 20, in S. P. Add. to For- est Grove; $250. ! presiding officer of so distinguished a lodge. Every subscriber who has paid, old subscriber who pays up or new William W. Beardsley to Helen paying subscriber, is entitled to vote for the lodge he designates as follows: Five votes for a yearly subscription; Beardsley, S. half of S. W. quarter of two for six months; one for three months. These may be divided among different lodges if preferred. Send your S W quarter of Sec. 8, T. 2 S„ R. 2 name and postofflce address with your votes, so that it can be seen that you are entitled to vote. The News has W.. W. M.; 20 acres; $1. .passed the thousand mark in actual Washington County subscribers, and takes this means of hastening the time Carl Schmid to David and John when It shall have 2,000. Tschabold. 38,175 acreB in E. half of ________________________ S. half of S. E. quarter of Sec. 33, T. 2 N.. R. 2 W.; $2,000. W. N. Barrett et ux. to Philip Mas ters. Lots 4 and 5, block 1, North Side Add. to Hillsboro; $175. | Philip Beal et ux. to Eva Beal. 30x 200 feet in lot 4, block 8, Forest Grove; ' Edgar A. Milner vs. Margaret Mil ner. Demurrer to plaintiff’s petition to modify decree, sustained and peti tion dismissed. Christian Rosenthal vs. Mary A. Jackson et al. Decree of confirma tion rendered. Annie M. Seaman vs. Jas. A. Sea man. Decree of default entered against defendant. Cause referred to Chas. E. Runyon to take and report the court. Sarah E. Crow vs. Samuel T. Crow. Decree of divorce rendered. Christian A. McMillan vs. Ernest Grandgenge. Dismissed without costs to either party. $ 1 . 00 . | Herman Boehme vs. Maria Boehme. Philip Beal et ux. to Eva Beal. Part Decree of divorce granted. of lot 1, block 8, Forest Grove. | Saturday, July 25, 1903.— Fifth Judicial Mary Wilson et al., to Jennie Day. Chapman, acreage in Fairview Add. to David Fisk vs. J. S. Hare. Set for Hillsboro; $150. j trial Tuesday morning, Nov. 24th, John Zois to Carl Schmid. E. half 1903. of S. half of S. E. quarter, Sec. 33, T. Oliver C. Hiatt vs. Thomas Brown. 2 N„ R. 2 W.; 40 acres; $200. S--t for trial Friday morning, Nov. 27, 1903. For fine work in enlarging, Pacific I Elizabeth Shute vs. E. L. Thomas et Gallery. al. Set for trial Saturday morning, Nov. 28th, 1903. A D M IN IS T R A T O R ’S N O TIC E . I Sylvester Vaughn vs. L. J.Glshwiller. Notice Is hereby given that the un The use and occupancy of the property dersigned has been duly, lawfully and in question fixed at the sum of $7.00 regularly appointed executrix, with per month, pending appeal to Supreme will attached, of the estate of Philip Court. Beal, deceased, by the County Court In the matter of the estate of Wm. of Washington county, and State of Or Porter, insolvent. Assignee authorized egon, that all persons holding claims to sell hal finterest in real estate for against said estate will present them $55.00. to me, legally certified to, at the of A. E. Maxson vs. J. N. Hoffman et fice of W. M. Langley & Son, my at ux. Plaintiff allowed $200; Pete. torneys, at the City of Forest Grove, West. $125 in full for all services per Washington County, Oregon, wi formed for plaintiff. Said $200 to be six monthB from the first publication of paid to plaintiff within 90 days from this notice. this date, and to be lien on the prem Witness my hand, this 14th day ol ises until paid. Sale of the premises July, 1903. to be confirmed, the purchase price CLARINDA BEAL, ! of said premises having been wrong- Executrix of the Estate of Philip Beal, fuly paid, the $125 to be deducted from Deceased. the purchase price of the premises. ar.d that neither party recover costs. J. B. MATTHEWS, Rothchild Bros., a corporation, vs. Artistic Paperhanger and Painter. R. and C. Nellie E. Smith. Confirma Varnishing. Sign tion. Forest Grove Tuesday Morning, July 28, 1903.— Sixth work a specialty. C A T T L E IN T H O U S ANDS ON T H E HILLS. Ten thousand cows, fifteen thousand sheep and six thousand goats have their home In Washington county. As sessor Wilcox has re cently stated to the Im migration Bureau at Portland that the aver age prices are cattle $30 and sheep $5. The manufacturers of Car nation cream at Forest Grove are making prep arations to largely In crease the number of dairy cattle, as their condenser wants milk from 3000 cows while It has but 1000 now con- contributing. Judicial Day. Jessie Niles Burness vs. James Bur- M. F. Nixon. R. P. Nixon. ness. Default allowed against defend NIXON F O R E S T GROVE BIG “ S M A L L F R U I T ” ant. L A N D C OM P ANY j — OREGON GOOSE B. Scholfield, assignee, vs. Alex. Large and Small Farms, City Property BERRIES. Chalmers. Judgment for plaintiff. and Timber Lands for Sale. J. A. Abbot vs. Albert Friday. De Loans Negotiated. Though they are murrer overruled by consent of de Main Street, Forest Grove, Oregon. classed among "small fendant's counsel and defendant al fruits,” three gooseber lowed until first day of the next term J. J. WIRTZ. ries, by no means excep of this court to file his answer. tional, which are on the Confectionery, Cigars and To Michael Rahn vs. Henry Dick. De editor’s desk as he bacco. Fancy Soft Drinks. Ice cree for plaintiff, each to pay one-half writes, measure 2 % , 2 % of reporter’s fees. Cold Soda Water. and 2 % inches res pec. t- F'ine New Ice Cream Parlor. | ively. Five acres in the Forest Grove county produced 10,000 P R O B A TE C O U R T. ; quarts this year. Guardianship of Guy F. and Cora May Wilson, minors. Report and resig nation of the guardian filed, and ap Dentist. proved. Resignation accepted. Guar dian allowed $30 for his services, and Upstairs. Wagner Building. Forest Grove, Oregon. thhat he turn over $250 balance on hand to the County Clerk. Guardian ship closed. MAYNE A B B O TT Estate of Asa Williams, deceased. Graduate of Parson’s Horological In Petition filed for order to sell real stitute. estate. Citations ordered issued to per EXPERT OPTICIAN. sons interested, requiring them to ap pear at court house on Monday, Aug. Eyes tested and fitted 31. 1903, and show cause why order Forest Grove, Ore. should not be granted. Guardianship of Wm. H. Lee. Sale BALDWIN & KING, of real estate confirmed. Guardian Real Estate Exchange. authorized and directed 1o execute a convervance for said Jremises. Choice Homes and I-ands in every par» Guardianship of Bessie Woodham et of the County. als. Inventory and appraisement filed Pacific Are., off Church Square. and approved. Valuation $600. Report Forest Grove of guardian filed showing that Bessie Woodham is of legal age. and that her share has been paid to her as per re DR. 8. T . L I N K L A T E R , ceipt. Report approved. Guardian discharged from liability as to Beast* Physician and Surgeon. Woodham. Estate of W. E. Smith, deceased. Hillsboro, Oregon Final account filed and approved. Ex ecutor required to pay clerk of court «1 earh for S^arin Turner. Alva Tur ner and Edmund Maxln. That she pay to Mrs. T. R. Cornelius $166 20. Resi due to be turned over to widow, and estate closed of record. Estate of I-eopold Fuchs, deceased. H -adqua t t n F o r Final account approved. Property on LU M B E S IN ROUGH hand ordered turned over to legates according to will. Executrix dis R. F. D Route I. ForestOrove, Ore. charged and estate closed of record. I W. H. Williams <2b i Son I 1 S U R F B A T H IN G A T Y A Q U I N A .