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THINK OF IT! TWO RAILROADS STAMPING FOR US AT THE SAME TIME AFTfeR. ALL THESE YEARS 6t WAITING frOR EVEN ONE
THE BEND BULLETIN.
lll(NI) Itn more resources
(rum which to ImlM n city
than any other luwn In
Ceii trnl Oregon,
500 NKW BUnRCRIDl'.RS
Will You Be One of Them?
I1HNI), ORHOON, WKDNKSDAV, JULY 28, 1909.
HILLS CREWS ARE AT WORK ON DESCHUTES
WILL BUILD RAILROAD
INTO CENTRAL OREGON
Porter Bros. Unload Large Construction Out
fit at The Dalles and Rush Crews to Con
tested Points in the Canyon Harriman's
Forces Are More Than Busy.
Porter Hros., believed by all to be In the employ of Hill, arc mov
ing construction crews and equipment from The Dalles into tlie Den
chutes canyon, and the fight is on. I.ait Friday railrond grading equip
incut, consigned to Porter IJroi., was unloaded nt The Dalles from the
steamer, Ilalloy Gatzert, and bright and early Saturday morning four
horse teams began transporting this equipment to Shcrar's HridKC on
the Deschutes. It was not until late In the evening thut the lant of .o
wagons, piled high with equipment and supplies, wcuded its way out of
Sixty horses aud mules and 40 wagons were unloaded Friday night
at The Dalles. IJcsldcs the horses, there were scores of wheelbarrows
in knock-down form, 12 new Sludcbaker wagons knocked down and
nearly 30 other wagons, steel rod for rock drilling, tents, blanket!1,
scrapers and alt kinds of construction tools. Much of the food supplies
were purchased at The Dalles, and the new wagons were put together
on the dock and loaded to capacity. Hnroutc over the North Dank
road to Grand Dalles, from whence it will be ferried across the Colum
bia to The Dalles, was another shipment of camp supplies and equipage,
mot of which is scattered along the Deschutes by this time.
The Co head of horses and mules shipped to The Dalles by steamer
were insufficient to haul out all the camp equipage, and the local liver)
stables were called on for drivers, teams and wagons. 1'toiu these liv
ery stables It was learned that men and teams were engaged to trans
port supplies to Miller Bridge, at the mouth of the Deschutes; to Prcc
Bridge, ta mites up the river; to Shcrar's bridge, 35 miles tip the river;
to Grass Valley, 40 miles up, and to White Horse Rapids, 75 miles up
the stream. Camp sites had been selected only in a general wav, but it
is believed from these indications that at least five camps will be estab
lished at once. Hundreds of men are being put to work and more are
arriving at The Dalles every day. The fight is on nud Porter Bros, say
it will be fought to a finish.
"We are going to build a railroad along the Deschutes," said John
son Porter, "and it is not going to stop 'in the canyon cither, but will be
built into Central Oregon. Wc think
couutry, and our railroad is going to
A dispatch to the Oregonian un
der date of lost Friday told what
was going- on at The Dalles as fob
This is regarded here as the first
move in a titanic struggle between
Ilarriman and Hill for control of
the Deschutes grade into interior
Oregon, and a repetition of the
tactics carried on four years ago
when Hill bested Ilarriman for
control of the only route down the
ttorth bank of the Columbia river.
Race Up Deschutes Now Oh.
Johnson Porter, member of the
firm of Porter Hros., contractors,
is in the city anil superintended the
unloading of the grading equip
ment. Mr. Potter will not admit
that his company is working for
Mr. Hill, but insists he Is uot in
the employ of Mr. Ilarriman,
Mr. Porter Is the contractor
militant who built the North Hank
for Hill in the face of Harriman's
active and sometime!! forcible op
position, "Do you expect to beat Mr. Har
ridan in this race as you did when
working for Mr, Hilt in construct
ing the North Dank rond?" Mr.
Porter was asked,
"We arc not here to make our
boasts; we are here to build n rail
road up the Deschutes canyon, mid J
if there is any race we expect to
win, of course," was Mr, Porter's
Room for Ilarriman, Too.
"There is plenty of room up the
that section is a very productive
Deschutes canyon for two roads,"
continued the railroad contractor.
"There is plenty of room for us
aud Mr. Harrimuti, too. Our stir
veynrs have found it is possible to
parallel the O. U. & N. between
The Dalles aud the mouth of the
Deschutes river, aud the grade up
the canyon will not be difficult.
"Our surveys have nil len made
and everything Is in readiness for
actuul construction. If xmlblc,
wc hope to get the men to work
within n week. Work will l
rushed us fast as men and teams
am tic supplied. I shnll start lor
Shcrar's bridge in the morning,
where wc expect to do our first
work. The first camp will lu es
tablished n little this side ofShernr's
bridge. Another camp will Iw es
tablished on the Charley U'Hcn
ranch, above White Horic rapids,
opposite the mouth of Warm Spring
river, about 75 miles from The
Hundred Men Are On Hand.
"Wc have now too men who
arc ready to go to work, but wc
need more men mid teams, Wc
have sufficient equipment here for
use by 500 or 600 men. Our first
move after getting the constructicn
camps established wit be to pro
vide supplies far the men aud
teams, They enn't live on sngc
brush, you know, aud it will take
some little time to get all in readi
uess for an active construction cauv
Mr. Porter smiled when the qttcs
(Coiltltnlcd oil lust pnge,)
HILL IS BELIEVED TO BE
BEHIND PORTER BROS.
(lencrally Admitted That the (Ireat
Northern Magnate Is the flcncral
Who Is Conducting the fight
for the Oregon Trunk Line.
There Is every reason to Iwlicve
that Porter Hros, are representing
the Hill interests. Two of the
brothers were closeted with Hill's
confidential representative, John I'.
Stevens, for several hours in Port
land only n few days ago. Stevens
lias sicnt most of the past mouth
looking over the Central Oregon
couutry aud his friendly relations
with the Hills is too well known to
admit of doubt, white Porter Bros,
have always been Identified with
any large railroad construction
project undertaken by Hill, includ
ing the North Dunk road. In that
memorable contest Porter Hros.
won their fight on the conflicting
locations and Hill's lawyers won
the legal battles in the courts.
Ilarriman was completely routed
on every point.
One of the first acts of the Ore
gon Trunk Line promoters was to
employ, as engineer, N. W. Ikthel,
who was right-of-way man and en
gineer on the North Dank. Beth
el's connection with the North
Dank extends back to the days
when a railroad down that side of
the Columbia river was hoped for
more than it was anticipated by the
In addition there has recently
become attached to the Oregon
Trunk engineering corps, T. II.
Hunford, who was construction en-
cinccr on the North Dank. It is
stated at Portland that all of the
Oregon Trunk's legal business is
transacted by Tames It. Kerr, of
Portland, attorney for the North
Dank. So many former Hill men
encaged in the building of the Ore-
Kou Trunk Line up the Deschutes
causes people to believe that the
orders under which Porter Hros
arc working emanated from Hill
father lilckcy Coming.
Rev. I'r. M. J. Mickey wrltci tlmt he
will t in Bend to hold services on Sun
day, August 8, aud Mill arrive in Bend
the I'rlday previous.
father Hlckey requests bis parlshon
ers to notify all whom they can.
WHAT PORTER BROTHERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE FIGHT.
"We're going to build a railroad up the Deschutes river Into Central Oregon," said John D. Porter, senior
member of the railroad contracting firm of Porter Hros., as reported In the Oregon Journal. "We have purchased the
Oregon Trunk Line's right of way. It antedates anything that Ilarriman has. Our survey have been accepted. All
we have to do is to build and we're going to build quickly. The rosd will be of the bet possible construction. Every
consideration of expense, every detail of construction has been provided for. During more than a year wc have been
quietly preparing lor this move, but in every instance secretly o that 110 knowledgeof our plaua could get to the
"We expect a fight that will make, new history In railroad construction. Tills, because In place the Ilarriman
survey overlies oura, unnecessarily, too. Ours, though, is the senior right. We will hold what we have.
"Ikldges will only need be built across the Deschutes In about three places. The cost of construction will be
entirely reasonable. At all place along the narrower part of the Deschutes canyon, there is room for both roads.
The llurriiiun people have been doing the dog-in-the-manger act in affording Ceutral Oregon transportation facilities.
Tills is the teal fact. Ilarriman never Intended to build up the Deschutes. He stalled the people with fake surveys,
intending all the time to enter the stale from the south by Klamath I'alls and turn all Interior Oregon traffic and
business to California and San I'ranclsco, Condition now have changed, We have gotten In there ahead of him.
We have everything absolutely our way and we will build our railroad without reference to any other. Ilarriman will
build, too, now that the great richness of the Central Oregon country ha been fotced home to him."
"Porter Dros. are building the new line," declared T, I). Porter emphatically when asked if Hill was not lack
of the enterprise. "That announcement is enough for the present," he added. "Porter Bros, have control of the kit
uation and will build for the people of Ceutral Oregon a railroad tlut will bring busines to Portland. Neither have
we decided on a terminal. We arc going to get out in the country where uuyoue can build a railroad aud we can go
as far a we like and as fast as business justlBra, We kuow that opening up the new eonulry will be certain in results.
We don't ask any guarantee of n stipulated prollt ou tlie investment mane.-
WHAT ARE HARRIMAN'S
Are Rushing Additional Men and
Uqulpment Into the Coveted Ter
ritory Crew Is Now at Work
at Mouth of Trout Creek.
First they have built a switch
and sidetrack on the O. R. & N. at
the mouth of the Deschutes with
which to unload equipment. Mon
day night tbrec carloads of mules
and wagons were unloaded at Sharj-
iko and transported to Cove, 25
miles southwest of Shaniko on the!
Deschutes. Freight teams, haul
ing supplies for the railroad crews,
arc coming and going at Shaniko
all the time.
Wotk was begun last week on
Trout creek about a mile and a half
above where it joins the Deschutes.
Harriman's survey runs up Trout
creek. Stanley Grewell, who owns
a ranch at that point, told Madras
people he was notified that blasting
would begin on bis place, and was
asked to move out of his house in
order to be out of danger from the
blasts. They told Mr. Grewell to
move out of his house and they
would pay him for any damage to
his property. He purchased'a tent
and pitched it beyond the danger
rone. It is reported that later 150
men went to work at that point.
Meantime there is intense and
added activity in the construction
department of the Ilarriman lines
at Portland. Alt the engineers
that can be scraped up arc being
hustled into the interior and extra
crews of men are being rushed for
ward as fast as they can be assent'
bled. Although General Manager
O'Brien stated a fortnight ago that
there would probably not be more
than 200 mcu with sufficient equip
ment sent into the Deschutes can
yon, Twohy Dros. are already scat
tcrtng between 000 and 700 men
along the 130 miles of the proposed
It is reported that Ilarriman offi
cials will at once carry the fight in
to the courts and call for a restrain
ing order against Porter Dros.
Teachers' examination for htate
aud county papers will be held in
Princvillc, dt the new court house,
on August 111213.
WORKING ON POWER
DAM AT CLINE FALLS
Redmond Company Starts Men on
Construction of Project That Will
Develop Many Horsepower,
at a SmaH Expense.
Redmond, July aj. Thr Crook Coun
ty Water. Light and Tower Company,
with headquarters at Redmoud, have
started force of men to work on a dam
cross the Dcschntes about one mile
south of the Ctine I'alls bridge. The
dam will be 35 feet in height. After the
dam is finished a flume one and one
quarter miles in length and 30 feet on
the bottom with nix-foot sides, will con
duct the water to a power plant capable
of developing more than 15,000 horse
This company has had several com
munications from Portland and Seattle
parties looking to the purchase of a con
trolling Interest in the plant, but it is
the intention of the present company to
develop It themfcelves, having probably
the best location on the river to develop
a large horsepower with low cost of con
The completion of the Ilarriman road
notv bnilding up the Dctthule canyon
will soon add thouands of new people
to the imputation of Crook county,
whose Immense resources in timber.
water power, millions of acres of fertile
soil for the homesecker who is looking
for the best either in wheat laud or on
the largest irrigation project in Oregon
with its more than 114,000 acres, besides
several smaller private and public irri
If, I'. JoNXS.
Tumalo, July 35. The hot days the
past week were great for growing crops.
Claude Smith of rrinevilte (ussed
through here today.
John Kdwards was at Bend yesterday
A good many of our farmer are cut
ting clover, timothy and alfalfa hay and
all report a good yield. A large acreage
of sucn grasses was seeded this year,
which is doing Cue. There will also be
a good yield of grain to thresh in this
Break la Fhhho Repaired.
The break in the D. I. & P. Co.
flume will be repaired so that water
may be turned in this evening or
early in the morning. It is esti
mated that it will take 24 hours for
it to reach Redmond.
One chestnut sorrell mare, five
years old. Well broke. About
moo lbs. weight. Price, $125.
1720 J. W. Hakaduk,
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A LIVELY MEETING
Settlers Confer with Represent
ative of Desert Land Board.
HOLD TWO HOT SESSIONS
Several Contested Point ht Contracts
Were Vlzereualy Discussed, Chief
of Which Waa the Queetlsa
of Cxceta Acreage.
A very spirited and lively meet
ing was held at Redmond yester
day when Attorney-General A. M.
Crawford, representing the state
desert land board, met the settlers
on the D. I. & P. Co. lands In
raas-t meeting. Two sessions were
held, morning and afternoon.
The principal subject discussed
was one relative to excess acreage.
In many instances, settlers bave
I been able to clear a larger acreage
on the tracts bought thata toe tract
was listed for at tbe time of sale,
and also larger than they paid) for.
They maintain that they are en
titled to water for this excess acre
age by merely paying the yearly
maintenance of $r.oo per acre.
This question comes up regarding
land sold under the first contract,
contract No. 1.
The settlers base their claiat oa
the argument that the accredited
agents of the company held out
this arrangement as a snap to pros
pective settlers, rotating out how
on many tracts, they could clear
more land than they would be re
quired to pay for, and would get
water therefor by merely paying
the yearly maintenance. They
claim that J. O. Johnstoa, general
manager, aud P. C. Rowlee, super
intendent, and many of the com
pany's other agents held out this
as an inducement, and therefore
this agreement is an iutegral part
of the contract, They also claim
that certain of the company's em
ployees bought some of these
"snap" tracts with this agrecraeut
Ob the other hand, the compauy
maintains that the contracts which
the purchasers secured and signed
stipulated a certain acreage and no
more, and hence they are not en
titled to' the excess acreage. The
company takes the stand that if the
settler wants water for this excess
acreage, he must pay the Ilea price,
$40 an acre. It is up to the desert
land board to pass upoa the point
involved iu this controversy.
The Bulletin Interviewed Attorney-General
Crawford while In
Bend previous to the Redmond
meeting, and he said at that tiate
that lie was of the opinion the
settler should pay for what he got
any other arrangement would be
attempting to get something for
nothing! aad to beat the company
out of what belonged to It; also
that the company should be
required to refund money where
the acreage was overestimated. He
stated that he would so recommend
to the balance of the board.
Tlie settlers also questional l lie
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