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GRANTS PASS, JOSEPHINE COUNTY, OREGON, FRIDAY. JULY 17, 1908.
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IN OLD OREGON
'ot the Coy Creature the
Poet Paints Her.
WAITING TO BE TAKEN
No Place Like Rogue River
Vo-Hey for Those of Intelli
The following editorial which ap
peared in laHt Saturday'! Portland
Oregonian in so muob to the point
and so locally applicable that the
Conner is glad to give the comment
space verbatim. The mention of
Grants Puss io the editorial also in
dicates Josephine connty's signifi
cance on the map as well as the mag
nitude of possiblities in this section
of the state! The Orsgooian says :
"Opportunity is not by any means
the fitful, fugitive creators which
some of the posts have said she is.
Nor ii it true that she has no hair but
i forelock, being bald on the top and
teik of her bead, so that, if you do
not grab her as she pranoes op you
on never get bold of her afterwards.
The truth ia that opportunity is a
kindly, patient matron, at least in
Oreogn. Her head is covered with
abundant locks not only in front, bat
11 over the scalp, and she does not
ran past one like a frightened ghost,
bat advances placidly, holds oat her
bands invitintily and waits unvexed
while one makes up his mind about
her.; In all the world there is no such
accommodating person as Opportunity,
that is, Oregon Opportunity. Else
where she may be somewhat more coy.
"That is all very well, sighs some
timid soul as be peruses these re
marks. Of coarse, The Oregonian
most be expected to boom Oregon and
paint roseate pictures of the delights
of the Willamette, the .Rogue and the
Crupqua Valleys. Bat what are the
facts? Is it not true that farm life
there is a hard, dismal struggle with
much pain and little pleasure, just as
it is ever wy here else in the world?
'e are about to set forth a few of
the facts, but not for the benefit of
discouraged old cynics who will
probably lose their tempers when
they get to heaven because they will
find nothing to grumble a boat. This
message is addressed to the young
the hopeful and the energetic ; to the
man who can think, plan aud ac'.
no matter what his age may be
There has been much gloomy preach
ing of late years that all the op
portunities of the country have been
grabbed by the trusts. ' A man has
no chance any more,' it it said. 'Let
him toil never so strenuously, le can
not accomplish anything. The pluto
crats will rob him of all his profits.'
They will rob him of all they can,
there is no doubt of that. But after
the truits have reaped their harvest
there still remains a tidy remnant of
profits for the toiler himself if be man
ages his affairs threwdly.
"Witness the tale of the man not
far from Rose burg who bought a half
i ii t real in a praue orchard in the
Teir 1907. The orchard contained 20
acres and the half interest in it cost
13750. for which the man gave his
note at 8 per cent. He was not a
capitalist, either lare or small, one
perceives. He was only a man with
sturdy muscles and gool, oM-fash
ioned American will. Ke possessed
nothing bat Ins 'labor power, 'and a
fair stork of common nee.to mate it
tt-11. He had not even a teatu of
bones, bos had to buy one before he
onnld enltivaU his tr-es, and this
plugged him still deeper into debt.
WoM yt, there was no drier on the
nlac. and he had to boild one before
prunes wer ripe that fall. The team
and drier cost him $S00, for which be
gave another note at 8 per cent Tboa
when he was ready to et his plow
and harrow at work aiiong the trees
his account with the world showed on
one side his brain, his muscle and a
half interest in a 20-acre orchard; on
the other more than ittJOO of debt
"But he did not sit down and oe
ail the iniquities of the trusts,
went to work. He plowed, he
rowed, he sprayed and cnltivated, and
in the fall the Lord of the harvest
rewarded bis labors. He nathered and
sold from his trees prunes enough to
pay off his debt all of it, inolnding
the prices of the orchard and the cost
of the team and drier, with hnit.
some surplus to bay a new dress for
his wife and some other luxuries.
Here opportunity met with a man
who knew how to use it; and he is
not the only one. There is a true
story of a man near Grants Pass who
arrived there from the 'East' with
out a penny in his pocket. He hired
out to work on a farm and saved
enough before spring to buy a span of
horses and a wagon. With this capi
tal he went in debt for a quarter sec
tion of frnit land, some oi it already
set with bearing trees.
Id five years he bad paid for the
whole and had a new orchard mature
enough to produce fruit the next sea
son. Such are the rewards of industry
combined with common seune in this
part of the world.
"These two cases are not excep
tional They are typical. Men are
doing similar things all over the state.
And the beauty of it ia that there are
hundreds of thousands of acres in on
part of Oregon or another, which will
make fortunes for the the men who
will bring them into tillage. Some
of this land is adapted to prunes,
some to walnuts, some to apples.
There are great areas which are more
suitable for grazing than anything
else. The climate of the state Is so
varied in different portions, the soil
so diversified and the climate every
where so pleasant that a man who
wishes to earn a competence from the
soil can find an opportunity, whatever
bis taste may be. There are bat few
places in Oregon where five acres of
land properly tilled will not support a
family in abundance. Small farms
give enormously greater returns than
large ones in proportion to the capital
and labor invested. In all onr val
leys, on every hillside, there are
homes waiting for new owners, homes
by the hundred thousand where gar
dening, dairying, fruitgrowing, all
the rural trades, will prosper. Where
are the people who will grasp the op
portunities and reap he destined re
wards?" COMMERCIAL CLUB HOLDS
Reports of President and Secre
tary Show Good Work Done
Election of Officers.
An enthusiastio quarterly meetiug of
the oommeroial club was held last
Tuesday eveing at which 29 memliers
were present. The presidents and
secretary's reports were read, fhowiug
that much good work hai been ac
complished during the past quarter.
including tho organizing of a Ladies'
Auxiliary, the holding of a first an
nual Rose and Flower Festival and
prelimfuaiy steps looking to an elec
tric rail road to the Illinois valley
had been taken. The tecretary's
report contaiued the interesting fact
that upwards of 1000 letters of in
quiry were being received monthly;
that there was still more demand
for booses to rent than coo Id be met;
a large number of houses were being
erected in all parts of the city, con
siderably more than in any year iu
the previous history of te city.
County Judge Jewell presented a
letter urging the holding of a good
roads couvention aud a committer
was appointed to arrango fir the
same. The eleoiou of officer" wa
held and Geo. S. Calhoun v. re
elected rresideut; Elmer Sank,
treasurer. Exeootive committee J
Mess. O. S. Blnnohard, Isaac Bot. M.
J Anders m, O. H. Durhsm, S epheit
Jewell. F. M. Sontb.
Cramer Bros., hardware duelers
bate a nniqoe and most inviting win
dow display this Jweek In the wav of
a camping outfit. A tent has been
erected in the north window, inside of
which lay the old Winchester, a belt
of cartridges, and other tilings, while
outride the tent are the camp stove.
cookidg utensils, ax, eta, then there
are the fishing rods, tackle and all
that It really makes one want to
hie away to the bills In these days
of the good old saramer time.
The Grant Pass Canning factory
started np for the season yesterday,
beginning on cherries. Despite some
conditions Manager Herb
I Sampson is expecting ;beevylpack
BE MARKET DAY
All Details Have Been
IT WILL BE GALA DAY
Mevx Zimmerman Here With Hie
Fine Teo-m Predict
Yes, Max is in town.
Colgate is here with their fine team
to head the procession.
Yes, everything is reaady for Market
Mr. Zimmerman said they had a
splendid day at Rosebnrg laBt Satur
day, but that the first monthly Market
D ay which will be' pulled off here
tomorrrow will be "greatly more so. "
Mr. Zimmerman Is enthuBiaetio over
the protpects for tomorrow's Market
Day in Grants Pass, though be does
say that things in the matrimonial
line do not portend a real wedding on
Market Day. After a careful canvas
be finds that the dear girls are coy
and the young fellows are somewhat
indifferent. However, he has a few
prospective on his little note book and
advises the Courier that there is an ex
quisite little couple on the list whom
he expects to be ready tomorrow after
noon. Mr. Colgate arrived io the city Toes
day with Mr. Zimmerman's handsome
chestnut sorrel team aud buggy which
will head the parade. In a brief inter
view this morning Mr. Zimmerman
stated that he thought his Orants Pass
engagement would be one of the most
enthusiastic held io the Rogue River
Farmers are earnestly requested to
bring in their live stock on this day
anything they may have to sell There
will be no auctioneer's fees. Then
the merchauts of the town have re
sponded nobly in the matter of making
special prices you'll find bargains in
nearly every store.
BRUTAL ASSAULT OF
WOMAN AT GALICE
Masked Man Bents Aged Lady
Near GeJice and Makes
The following special appeared in
last Satuidays evening's Portland
Miss Emma G. Robinson, who is
holding down and handling a mining
claim near Galice, was perhaps fatally
beaten last night. Some person as yet
unknown broke into her cabio, beat
her fearfully with a revo ver, tied
her and toro all her clothing off.
She is in a serious condition. The
sheriff and a potse have gone to ar
rest a man who is suspected. The
community is greatly excited.
"The crime occurred near the Galice
mine, which is 20 miles over the
mountains from Merlin, and Is sup-
K)fed to have been tha reult f
t uble oter mining claims
" Miss Robiusou is about SO year old.
mid taught icbool in Portland is
uearly 25 year.
"Emma G. Robinson, fir nerlv
tlire) decade was an instructor iu t e
1 'cal school department in a id was
hell io high esteem She resign d
from the educational staff of the
Coach School two years ago aud de
voted her attention to real estate, in
which line she is said to have been
successful in accumulting a small
For many years Miss Robinson
taoght io the old Harrison street
school and afterwards was assigned
to the Williams avenue school. Her
brother-in-law, Professor Henderson,
who was formerly one of the faculty
of the West Bide High School is now
connected with the University of
Idaho, at Moscow."
Sheriff Russell was notified of the
! assault on Miss Robinson about 9
o'clock Satudray morning and im-
j mediately left for tbe scene, reaching
jtnere at p. m.
On being questioned
by the sheriff, Miss Robinson wa,
ostensibly due to extreme modesty,
very reticent about the matter and
little conld be learned npou which to
basse"a Jtheory or establish a clue as
to the identity of the author of the
Miss Robinson described the man
who entered her home as of small
stature, wearing a light hat and dark
clothes, with a mask over his face.
Upon entrance, at about 9 o'clock
Friday night, Mi's Robinson sus
pected that be was bent on robbery
and withoot delay handed out her
pocket book. The masked man re
marked that it was not money he
wanted but it was she he was after.
He then attacked Miss Robinson with
his revolver, hitting her over the head
and also scratched her about the face.
She finally made her escape by
jnmping through the window when
the fiend caught her skirts and
pulled them off. Her so reams at
tracted people of Galice, nearby,
who came to her resoue and the
masked man made his 'escape in the
dark. Search was instituted imnie
diately but without avail. A young
man in the district upon whom some
supsicion seemed to rest, soon ooo
vinced Sheriff Russell that he was
not the author of the assault, and
after a trip to Silver creek, bs re
turned to Orants Pass at 11:80 Monday
day morning without having dis
covered any clue. Deputy Sheriff
Guthrie who is an assistant to
Supervisor Anderson of the Forest Re
serve here, who was doiag some work
at Galioe, happened to be there at the
time, but was uoalle to get anything
tangigble to work upon. There is
still a posaibility that something may
yet develop which will aid in the ap
prehension of the fiend of last Friday
Steals a Wheel.
A young fellow giving his name as
J. R. Crowe, arrived in tbe city last
Friday a la bioyole. He had not been
in town long when City Marshal Mo
Ore w received a telephone Inquiry
from Redford about a man answering
Crowe'l description who was wanted
there fwt stealing a bicycle. The
mambsl promptly baggel his man and
notified the Medford authorities and
the owner ef the "bike" came and
got his wheel. The Mod ford author
ities thereafter wanted the fellow
proswjate.a' here, notwithstanding that
the theft had been committed lu Jack
sou county. Of course tills would not
work and, Instructed by the Medford
police to release the man. Crowe had
not been nut of the city jail mors than
an hour when the Medford authori
ties again called up the niurshal here
stating that they wanted Crowe.
Maishal MoGrew told them that the
man had been released an J if they
wanted him to come down here and
find him. This closed the episode.
Nothing more doing with Crowo. He
did not state whether or not he was a
relative of the notorious "Pat"
NEW RAILROAD PRO-
Promoter (J. A. Collins
Pl.ased With Outlook
Glenville A. Collins the engineer
and promoter whom it was mentioned of much impoitanoe to the local fish
in these ccluuina lat week was in the lug industry here.
oitv with a view to uuuning an t-ieo
tiic line btw en Grauts I n
Illinois Velby has b"eu 1 ki
the proposed r mi t ed aud the
i ontiglous to the proposed 1
a brief interview with aCour
io d in
sentative yesterday afteurooi , confi
dently stated that there was i doubt
about the construction of t e lm.
Dnring the week Mr. Collins, in
company with Elmer Shank, the real
estate man, viatod Takllma, Althoone,
Swede Basin, Selma and Waldo and
Mr. Collins Is Immeasurably 'pleased
with tbe sentiment of the people whom
he has met and the general outlook
for the road.
Though a young man he hss had
exceptional experience in railroad en
gineerng. He ia exceptonally frank
in his statements and one feature of
his preliminary observations which
seems to impress the people of Grant
Pass is tbe fact, that in spite of his
own enthusiasm in the new road he
has dispensed none of tbe "hot air"
species of promote be asks nobooos
nor is he promising anything io the
way of construction which is beyond
the scope of physical possibility.
None of Four Criminal
Cases Taken Up.
WATER CASE DISMISSED
The Ordinance Under Which
Frits Schaumann Wa Ar
The July term of the Josephine
county circuit court oonveued Monday
with Judge H. K. Haona on the bench
and Prosecuting Attorney B. F. Mulk
ey and Stenographer F, M. Calkins In
attendance. According to Jurispru
dence In this state the four criminal
oases on the doaket could not be taken
np at this term and 'hence no jury
was impaneled and only equity cases
were considered. Following are the
oases thus far 'disposed of :
T. K. Anderson, administrator of
the estate of H. A. Williamson and
Andrew Phillip, contestants, vs. Grant
Phlegley and . Emma Robinson, de
murer taken nnder advisement at last
term of ooort overruled ; defendants
granted ten days in which to file an
swer. Involved In this case is the pos
session of mining property at Galice
aud the Emma Robinson mentioned is
the woman assaulted at her borne on
the property in litigttion last Friday
night, mentioned elsewhere in this
City of Grants Pass vs. Rogoe River
Water Co., dismissed ; Court decides
that neither party to the action shall
recover costs from the other.
E. T. McKinney vs. H. H. Triplett,
suit to recover oommission for the
sale of land, motion sustained and de
fendant granted right to file second
Ray Wood vs. Siskiyou Sunset
Mining and Development Co. sale of
Fritz Schaumann vs. olty Grauts
Pass, demurrer to answer sustained.
This was the result of an action
agaiust the plaintiff by the city for
taking orders for teas aud coffees in
the city without a license and the de
elision of the circuit court amouuts to
a declaration that the ordinance uu
der which Schanman was arrested is
Isaac Custer vs. W. lv. Whipple, de.
fault, judgment for plaintiff.
Frauds Belle Borchert vs. Carl Dor
chert, divoroe, decree granted.
Walter Talinadge vs. Maude Tal-
niadge, divorce, decree granted.
C. L. Barlow, vs. D. L. Smith, ao
tiou for money, default considered
aud plaintiff glveu judgment for 7S0
01, cuats aud disbursements.
Jo ha C. Olds vs. Ira P. Olds, decree
of divoroe grauted.
John P. Rauzaa et al vs. S F.
Clybarn, iujnuctlon, dissolved. This
was a cas') wherein the plaintiff sought
to estop fishermen from using a cer
tain island below Grants Pass as a
landing place in the course of
fishing operations and the outcome is
many other useful articles for the warm wave season.
GOOD OLD SOLID COMFORTS
Try Them at Our Risk
O'NEILL THE H0IY1EFURUISHER
Geo Peter, et al va 8. B. Pettin
gill, injunction, deoree for plaintiff.
Mary Cobel vs. Alfert J. Oonel, di
vorce, dismissed for want of prosecu
tion. Jos. Sams vs. A. M. Jess, et al,
suit in equity, dismissed on motion of
Jas. Neeley vs. A. D. LeRoy, fore
closure, settled and dismisied.
Petition of Morris Marks an alien, a
Russian. Jew to become a oitizen of
the United States, dismissed in de
fault of petitioner.
Court adjourned last evening.
Disastrous Hevll Storm.
One of the severest if aot worst hail
storms recorded in the history of this
section of Oregon occurred between
7 aud 9 o'clock Monday morning. The
heaviest part of the storm was between
Glendale and Tuunel 9 on the South
ern Paoifio road north and west of
Every orchard and farm in the path
of tbe storm was devastated and or
chardists particularly lost heavily.
Many of the hall stones, which were
flat and irregular in shape, were aa
large as lemons, and not only rained
all the fruit bnt aeriously injured the
B. W. Rings one of tbe engineers
who came down on No. IS Monday
morning said that near Tunnel 9 there
was a regular cloud bnrst and that a
stream of water and hail stones came
over the banks on either side of the
road at the entrance of tbe nortb end
of the tnnnel Ilka water over a dam.
Water was also running over the
track at this point aud the rainfall was
io dense that he could not tee the seo
t'.on house at the side of the track.
C. W. Trlpett, one of the leading
orchard is ts near Hugo sustained a loss
of at least tJOOO on his fruit drop. He
had gathered about half of his ohurries
and had intended to piok the balance
for the cannery this week, bnt the hail
literally stripped the trees of fruit,
loaves and a portion of the limbs. Ho
also lost between 800 and 900 boxes
of applea and all his pears, peaches
and other small frnit.
P. Peterson was another fruit
raiser who lost heavily aud another
farmer in tbe vioiuity lost all hia
chickens besides frnit aud garden stuff.
All the gulches in the vicinity were
roaring torrents and when the storm
abated hail stood on tbe ground from
two to six ioahos deep, while the
mountain sides resembled a winter
scene with their blauket of hailstones.
A Greevt Sale.
Of five aud 10 acre tracts, two
miles from Medford, Tuesday and
Wednesday, July 14 and IS. Prloee
flOO to $160 per acre. Terms one-third
cash, balance I, 3 and 8 years at S
per cent interest. Free trannportntion
from the olty.
O. H. PIERCE & SON, Owners.
Waldo Meeker son of F. O. Meeker
of Merlin, 'entered the Courier office
last Monday morning with a purpose
to learn all tbe various crooks and
turns of journalism aud tb "art pre
servative." Waldo, is a grand nephew
of Ezra Meeker the pioneer and tha
author of numoraos practical works
on the western country and Its re
source. Pocket knives, Hanting knives.
Kitchen knives, at Cramer Bros.
Jos. Wolke and family left Thurs
day by automobile for Gasquet, on the
Crescent City stage road, where they
will spend tbe coming two weeks.
They will also visit Orescent City.
my pretty maid?
"We're coins: to O'Neill's sir,"
We're going to see the Hammock
For which they're coming around for
And they are the Hammocks you'll
want to see,
So get thee going right merrily.
Forget the Poetry
but you won't forget the new patterns
in Hammocks, Hammock chairs,
Porch chairs, Porch screens, and
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