Rogue River courier. (Grants Pass, Or.) 1886-1927, February 28, 1908, Image 1

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    VOL. XXIII.
GRANTS PASS. JOSEtHINB COUNTY, OREGON, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28. 1908.
No. 48.
JOSEPHINE WOMAN AL-
"ROSE PLANTING" DAY
CITY AUTHORITIES ARE
STAMP MILL PLANNED
FOR COMSTOCK MINE
THIS SECTION EXCELLENT
TIMBER LOCATORS AND
HOST TURNS TO STONE
OBSERVED GENERALLY
WANTING AN EXPERT
FOR GROWING WALNUTS
MINERS MAY CLASH
Body Upon Being Exhumed Alter
Ste-te Metropolis Had e-n Inter
Councilman Looking Into Muni
cipal Ownership of Water.
Works Question.
Owners of this Property Contenv
i plexte Making Many Im
' provements.
Both Soil nd Clime-te Are Ad
mirably Adapted for This
Profitable Industry.
Lsxtter Declare Thcxt Many Peo
Seven Years Found to Be
Almost Petrified.
esting Time in This Import
ant Direction.
ple Are Being Fooled in
This Matter.
This week J. F. Garliok, a former
resident of JosephiDe county returned
to this locality from MoMiunville,
where be now resides, for the par
page of haying the body of hii mother,
who died some seven years ago, ex
humed and shipped to their old home,
back in Nebraska. Qeorie Oronk,
who has bad charge of many inch un
dertakings, was engaged to open the
grave, which was located oat on the
old homestead, on Jones Creek and
after digging down some five feet, he
was astonished to find (hat the casket
bad beoome unsealed and that the
body was almost petrified.
Speaking with the Conrier man about
the strange occorrenue, Mr. Cronk took
occasion to say : "Yes, it was a very
strange find. Why the body was as
lieflike as ooold be, the skin appear
ing as fresh and solid and lifelike as
though the interment had taken
place only a few days ago, instead of
seven years ago. There was only one
alight discoloration. Otherwise the
body was very well preserved and we
ooold take hold of the limbs and lift
the body up without ita bending,
fhowing the body was petrified.
"How do I account for it? Why,
imply by the fact that the casket
must have been full of cold water all
this time and the body was thus kept
practically in cold storage, as it
were. This Is the only iqstanoe of the
kind I have ever had, although I do
recall where tbs body of a little girl
was partially petrified. I have had
charge of the removal , of a great
many dead bodies, toe." '
The body was shipped to the He
braska borne, Wednesday morniag
and instead of there only being" a few
bones and some hair, as the son fully
expected to find, it required a good
sized casket to oootain the remains.
MORE GRANGES FOR
JOSEPHINE COUNTY
An effort will be made Saturday
evening, February 29, to organize a
grange out at the Dimick . school
house. Mrs. N. M. Perbam and
others in that neighborhood have been
busily engaged in secaring names
for the charter list and they seem to
have been quite successful.
District organiser W. J. Dean, of
Talent, Jackson county, will be pre
sent to oonduot the proceedings.
There seems a strong likelihood
that granges will also be established
at Williams and Missouri Flat, as
well as other points in Josephine
county, for wherever this organiza
tion is known it is liked and found to
be very desirable.
The granges out at Holland, Wilder
ville and Dryden are flourishing
and are now accomplishing much
good in their respective neighbor
hoods. Already that one at Holland
has over 100 members and is regarded
as one of the strongest! and most pros
perous in Oregon.
The movement is widespread and is
meeting with very general approval
-wherever it appears. The objects of
the organization are such as to greatly
benefit tne entire neighborhood where
thv are organized and when Oregon
has granites all over the state they
will exert a vrry wholesome in
fluence upon mutters which have to
do with the best interests of the
great commonwealth.
Do You Belong to the "Rooster"
Club?
No. I didn't say Boosters Club; 1
said Roosters' Club, and I meant it.
If you don't know what that meoos,
joBt take a walk along Sixth street,
almost aoy day, and you will see the
members in good stauuius (?) roost
ing on the park fence, or on piles of
lumber near the sidewalk, suioking,
chewing, spitting and uiafcintt irritat
ing or insulting remarks about un
protected la lies who hve to pass
along down the row staling at them
till the laliee are "almost persuaded"
to foriake the new concrete pavements
and go away arousd anywhere, to get
away from this unnecessary ordeal of
rnnning the gauntlet. Can't this
nuisance be abated or abolished?
A VICTIM.
(Speoial'Correspondenca)
Portland, Ore., February 24th, 1908.
The Oregon National Guard is very
active in its efforts to obtain a suit
able and permanent rifle range near
this city. Besides being immediately
vailable for the nse of six com
panies, including those stationed at
Vancouver, Washington, the range
would attraot aDy United States
cruisers and other naval vessels to
this port, since this practice is re
quired of the Navy as well. The
matter has been taken up with the
United States War Department and
strongest possible endorsement has
gone forward from the Portland Com
meroial Club and other organizations
of Portland.
In celebrating the opening of the
new electric interurban line betwees
Portland and Salem on February 18th,
the latter oity entertained numerous
delegations from the various cities of
the Willamette Valley. Over hun
dred business men went from Port
land in two special cars. Great en
thusiasm was aroused by the speeches
of both visitors and Salem men, and
all united in emphasizing the neces
sity for wideawake, aggressive ad
vertising to develop both city and
country. Salem contemplates an im
mediate campaign as a result Wash
ington's Birthday had twice its nsual
interest aad significance in Portland
this year on aocount of this being also
the city's first observance of "Koie
Planting Day." Archbishop Christie
partioipated,in the exercises in con
nection with planting the thoosands
of roses whioh were borne to the parks
by the school children. Vigorous two
year old bushes were ret oot, which
will bloom generously by the first of
June, for the . Rose Festival A dis
tinctive feature of the grand parade
planned for the Fes ival will be the
entry of floats from different cities in
the Stated-several have already de
signed floats illustrating some par
ticular product of their section. This
attractive representation will doubt
less attract many visitors to these
communities.
A branch sf the work ofthe Port
land Commercial Club wbioh many
people know nothing about is the,
maintenance of an Oregon Informa
tion Bureau io Los Angeles, v-hlch
has been wonderfully successful in
its efforts to so interest Californian
tourists that tbey may return to thtir
Eastern homes by way of Oregon.
Oregon literatore is distributed from
several of the most centrally located
offices in Los Angeles, and it is
eagerly taken. The colonist rates,
and particularly the $:10 fare from the
great middle West to all stations in
the Beaver State is emphasized io
every publication given out. Eastern
lectures are also emploved to a limited
extent', aod Mr. Robert J. Weyh, Jr.,
of New York City, has just reported
a most successful series, with aud-
isnces frequently numbering iu exces
of 1000 adults "They take in every
word about Oregon," he writes, "and
then fire questions at mi."
' Colonist Rates.
As bat been the custom for several
vears cast the Railroads leading to
the nonet have aari-ed cn a colonist
i
rate, a little higher tha in yeais
past, but st ill a very attractive rate,
and it ought to Itate the effect of
hrimiior a large number of immi
grants to Oregon tbis erring. The
rate Is effective from March 1st to
Atiril 80th aud is substantially as fol
lows: from Chicano-from Mis
souri rivfr common point, Council
Bluffs to Kans..s City inclusive, St
Paul. Minneapolis. Denver, etc., 130;
St. Louis, $35.60. Usual stopover
privileges will be gien on these
ticket". . 1-M "
rnnirh Medicine for Children
The ieaaon for coughs and colds u now at
hand and too much care cannot be used to
. . .i.. ,k;Mnn A rhild ia much more
ikely to contract diphtheria or scarlet fever
when he hai a coia. ine ijuitier juu tu.
i: u .k. I... ilia riak. Chamberlain's
uia cum uw -
Cough Remedy is the sole reliance of many
mointn, nu i" - - -
are willing to ose any other. Mrs. J. r.
Starcher, of Ripley, W. Vs., says: " I have
neTer used anything other than Chamber
lain's Cough Remedy for my children and
it has alwavs given good satisfaction. This
remedy contains no opium or other narcotic
and may be given as confidently to a child as
to an adult, Sold by M. Clemens. .
Messrs. Kinney, Coborn and Tnffs,
the committee appointed by the oity
council to take bold of the matter of
having the water works problem
thoronghly investigated, are alive to
the importance of the matter.
One member of said committee
informed the Conrier that the com
mittee was just now on the lookout
or a competent consulting engineer,
one who has the ability to pass upon
the plant offered by the Regue River
Water Co., and yet one who would be
entirely unbiased in the matter.
They have been looking around for
such an expert and find that they
are none too common. However, they
are on track of just such a personage
who resides at Los Angeles,
Engineer Chase was thought of, but
owing to the fact that he has bee)
more or lsss identified with the old
management of the plant, it was not
regarded. as proper to call for bis ser
vices in the matter, besides, judging
br a news item to be found elsewhere
in today's Courier, from MoMinnville,
Mr. Chase is a pretty sick man and
it may be some time before he can at
tend to such matters as this. Hie
committee proposes to go ahead and
carefully investigate this proposition
and one of these days they will be
ready to submit their findings for the
consideration 'of the taxpayers of
Grants Pass
The condition of Mrs. E. V. Winch,
the aged mother of Mrs. H. O. Ein
ney, who bad the misfortune to trip
over a little hassock, while moving
about her room, the other day, is re
garded as quite seiions and it seems
doubtful if she will ever again re
cover complete control of herself.
She is now 87 years of age and this
breakiog of her right hip is a dan
gereas matter.
FORESTRY MEN HAD A
THRILLING EXPERIENCE
J. E. Gribble, a guide in the for
estry servioe aod F. M. MoDuff.
Forest Assistant are baok from a tour
of inspection over into Curry coutry,
aod they report having had the "time
of their lives."
They left Grants Pass early in the
month of December and walked almost
all the way, encountering all kinds
of weaihs', and they htd some de
cidedly exciting experiences, over in
that county which is larger than the
state of Rhode Island and yet which
has not a single mile of railroad within
i's boundaries nor has it a single bar
bershop, bakery, drugstore, saloon,
aod but one doctor and one under
taker 1
As they attempted to go out to Cape
Blanco, the most 'western pol.it in the
United States they eucooDtered a
wyid that literally swept them off
their feet.
All the time they were on the long
joornsy they wt-re either in a rain
storm or had their clothing wet from
the damp shrubbery through which
they passed. Their journey was im
peded by falling trees and the like.
At one point, the last three -miles
from Port Orford, they found nine big
trees lying; arross the public highway
This delayed the stage a day or so.
There, .a but one county load ai d
it is none too good, eithrr. Th- stage
is not a Pullman coach nxperieuce,
tor it is said that at times it become
necetsary to tie the passengers iu so
they will not be thrown out aa the
vehicle tumbles aroond the hills.
Of course the travelers are glad to
get "out of the woods" again, al
though they (report having had a fine
time tif it and say they found the most
optimistio class of citizeos they have
encountered in this er any other
country. The people are happy aod
fsel sure that a new railroad will be
built in that way "next week," and
are as happy in tbe'r ignorance as
though tbey wets out in the bounds of
civilization.
The pulpit of the Bethany Presby
terian chrcb will be filled during the
month of March by Rev. W. O.
I Smith. at one time pastor of a flourish
I ing church at Lima, Ohio, and later
I at Klamath Falls, where be built up a
I strong, self-supporting 'church by bis
I earnest, effective labors.
J. Monroe Layman arrived from
Drbana, 111., last week, to look after
bis mining holdings in Josephine
county.
He is owner of the Lewis & Clarke
mines, located near Eerby, as well as
of the "Comstock," situated some
three miles from Grants Pass. He
also has what is known as the Felix
groups over the Una in Jackson
oouoty. Mr. Layman is a member of
the Amalgamated Metal Co., which
owns and operates rich copper proper
ties adjoining the famous "Clarke's
United Verde," copper mines at
Jerome, Arizona
In conversation with the Courier
reporter Mr. Layman talked very in
terestingly regarding the properties
which be owns in this region,. He
plans to put a stamp mill in operation
on tbs "Comstock," in the near fa
tare, where a rich strike has re
cently been made.
They have over 120o feet of de
velopment work done on tbis olaim,
tunneling in 85 feet and drifting some
40 feet. All along they have had an
abundance of low grade ore, but re
cently they struck a six-foot vein that
assays f 1U8 to , the ton. This is a
nice "find," and enoouragss the
owner to go ahead and put in the
proposed stamp mill. '
This will give Grants Pass a new
mining property right here near the
city, as the Comstock is only three
miles away. Owing to its being only
threequarters of a mils from the
railroad aud one-half mile from the
oounty road, Mr. Layman believes
that it is by far the best mining
property hereabouts and thinks its
showings will surpass those of any
other mine in this region.
Hare will be a practical demonstra
tion of successful mining, in operation
at the city's gate and will prove to
be quite an interesting object lesion
for the newcomers.
Mr. Layman incidentally remarked
that he had visited mauy countries
and had been all over the United
States, but that be had failed to find a
finer climate than this and he likes
Grants Pass, very much. Sinoe he
was last here, about one year ago,
be i otioes many valuable and sub
stantial improvements in the oity,
such as the nice walks, crossings, big
arches, uew residences and business
hous'S and a general air of prosperity
pervades the community.
He says that this country is well
dvertisd throughout tbs east and
as regards the ruiuing interests, he
predicts gnat things for this section.
'If the people can produce the good,
they will hud plenty of inouet back
east, waiting to be invested oot here.
All the people want is to be shown
that the properties are sure to pay,
and then ther will come forward with
the nectwary cash," said Mr. Lay
man.
Word coms from Ma Minnville to the
e fleet that the condition of Engineer
W. B. Chase, of Portland, is much
improved the last two or three days.
Ho can talk so as to be understood at
times arid eeius to recognize anyone
with whom he is acquainted. He is
being cared for at the Hotel Yamhill
in that city. He was attacked with
paralysis thure last week.
O. 1'. Atolnson, custodian of' the
mineral exhibit iu the Commercial
Club rooms is of an inventive turn of
mind. ' Just now he Iras prefectod a
rowboat, the oars being reversed from
the ordinary ones, permitting the oc
cupants to look io front of the boat
and hunters, especially, will greatly
appreciate this convenience. The oar
lock are so arranged that they will
not fall out but they can be detached
in a half minutes time. He has ap
plied for a patent and will manu
facture the boats somewhere on the
ooast. Recently, while ill and kept
in the honse be devised a new idea
in the shape of a star wheel revolving
sulkey barrow and has found that a
large one made from his pattern has
proved to be a great success. His
sons, G. P., Jr., Ariow aud Otto take
very much after their father aod bave
evolved very striking new ideas aloog
these lines. Arlow has a minature
automobile on exhibition at the Com
mercial Club rooms which baa at
tracted much attention and elicited
favorable comment.
That this 'section of country Is, by
reason of its rich soil and mild cli
mate admirably adapted for the culti
vation and glowing of walnuts, is
being clearly demonstrated right
along.
Already the experiments have been
so entirely satisfactory that many per
sons are . becoming interested in
tbis new industry aod all Indications
point to the fact that erejoug Euglish
walnuts will have beoome quite an
ootput of this valley.
P. B. M. Burrows, who has a choice
tract of orohard land at New Hope,
on the Apples-ate is going to plant
no leu than 10 aores, using the nuts
from the Major Britt nursery, of
Jacksonville, whioh are pronoonoed
extra fine seedlings.
O. H. Sampson, the well known S.
P. engineer aod who also poses as a
successful bortlcultori t, has three
acres of Entlish walnuts already in
bearing, and he has sent to Mr. Britt,
for soma of the seedlings, but finds
that the demand has been greater
than Mr. Britt could supply, reserv
ing all bis oetput for the persons
planting the grovss.
There is said to be but one object
ion to these walnuts, and that is
the fact that they are rather bard
shelled. But inasmnoh as they are
very thrifty and hardy and have never
missed bearing in the past 22 years
and are otherwise perfect, this slight
defect can easily be over-looked, when
the fact that the kernel Is pronounced
superb and far superior to that of the
thin, paper shelled nuts.
Many ether growers In Josephine
county have either begun to put io
walnuts or will soon do so and ere
long this will become one of the
staple produots of this region.
DEBATERS DECIDE FIRE
WORSE THAN WATER
Tuesday evening the members of the
Bethany Fraternal Club Indulged in a
big joint debate, of their own and
judging from reports they most have
bad an interesting time of it
They eettlled forever that old and
heretofore ansettled question, "Re
solved, That Fire is More Destructive
than Water, "and the facts npon whioh
they came to their oonolusions must
Have been very conclusive, for the
jodgss were .unanimously in favor of
the "Fire Side, " as one member ex
pressed it.
Mssars. Perry (Junniag and Ernest
retson bad the affirmative, while
their opponents were Henry Ahlf and
Grover Herzioger and all the speakers
acquitted themsslves Iu fine stjle.
One debater advanoed tbs argument
In favor of water being most de
structive by contending that the
flood in Noah's time swept all the
people and living creatures, exoept
those fortunate enough to be in the
ark, off the face of the eartb, causing
great destruction. But bis opponent
Attention Ladies
We will give a demonstration at the store
Saturday afternoon at 2:10 to 4 o'clock f the
Neostyle Washing Machine
The machine that doeg the washing will wash 12
ordinary pieces in 5 minutes, seeing is believing
COIE -A.INI I
Furniture and Car
pets, Llnottume,
Lace Curtains, Por
tlerts, Mattresses,
Pillows, Cota, Wall
Paper, Clocks,
Mirrors, Window
Bhadea, Picture,
Picture Moulding.
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THE HOUSEFUWISHER
front St.,
Aa the demand for more timber
lands iooreaaes, naturally enough
choice claims become all the soaroer
and cruisers are having to scour the
woods for any tracts of land that may
havs been overlooked in former days.
Quite naturally enough tbis condition
of affairs has led to some friction be
tween the owners of mineral claims
and the hunters after untaken lands.
L R. Sheaffer, who has two promis
ing mining properties, the "Apex"
and "Tenderfoot," both situated in .
the Dry Diggings district, and show
ing good gold and copper ere, in-
formed the Oourier sorlbe that already
timber cruisers were bringing and lo
cating strangers on the mineral lands
and he predicts that there is going
to be considerable trouble over this
very matter.
Mr. Sheaffer states that In many
instances the mining claims have
been located for the past eight or 10
years and that In many instances tbey
have been successfully worked and
now the timber men would foroe
them out and have the newoomera
file on the same.
"But," said Mr. Sheaffer." they
find that they are tackling a mighty
big undertaking and seen there will ,
be something doing and somebody
ill wish that they hadn't meddled
in these matters. But I am not go
ing to mention names, although I
oould do so, if I so desired. We are
merely waiting to see bow far this
thing is going to spread before we
take a decided stand and put the in
truders to route.".
stoutly contended that it was indeed
great benefit to humanity to have
all these wicked people swept away.
The argaments brought forth the faot
that the speakers had been studying -the
history of all. the great floods
and conflagrations ef every age of the
world and proved to be interesting aod
highly entertaining f
Vooal selections by Mrs. W. E.
Willis and reo tations by Miss Helen
Love added very materially to the
pleasure of the evening.
The program for the evening's en-
tertainmeut was con eluded by a four-
round boxing bout by Messrs.
Teed" Field and Alfred Leigh,
which proved to be quite a drawing
card. The men were veiy evenly
matched and there was a generous
rivalry for the mastery and after thsy
had triad conolunious fur some time, it
was seen that they were about even
in honors. '
On the whole the "B. F. O." mem
bers covered themselves with more
glory by demonstrating that they
can entertain in a most lively and
fascinating manner. '
While olearlng some of his grape
laud, the other day, Herman Horning
had the misfortune to have one of his
optics come too closely iu touch with
some of the shrubbery and ever slnoe
he has been nursing the Injured mem
ber, although it is getting much bet
ter right along.
Btovee and Ranges,
Oranlteware,
Agteware, Iftiware,
Woodenware,
WUloware, Cutlery,
Crockery, Lamps,
Glassware, Fancy
China, Uo-Carte,
Baby Carriage.
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bet. 6 and 7
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