The Hood River glacier. (Hood River, Or.) 1889-1933, June 08, 1889, Image 2

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HOOD RIVER, OR., JUNE 8, 18S9.
equaled in the northwest, and in acces
sibility the Hood river glaciers discount
all others. Three hours ride by rail
freni Portland to Hood River, and from
four to five hours staging over a mag
nificent mountain road bring the traveler
GOOD MORX1NG. from the heat of the city to the region of
I nornotiml fsnou- Th trin is a delieht-
Inissuing the 0, vc.EK the publishers
are n9t urged thereto by the deajre to SC- J v- l .J w
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cumulate great wealth, ft6r Are th6y in
stilled with a hankering after glory. If
the little Glacier will elide along slowly
and grind out its own expenses we shall
be satisfied. There is no long felt want
to be filled, and we hope no early grave
for the newspaper bantam. The Gla
cigu will be independent in politics and
it will be its earnest endeavor to furnish
all the local news, as much general news
as its space will permit, and such in
formation on fruit culture and matters
of interest to the neighborhood as cir
cumstances may suggest. Hood River
is at the. beginning of an era of progress
and prosperity, and it shall be our pleas
ure to grow with her growth, and to re
Lord from time to time her increasing
stature. Asking our citizens for a gen
, erous support, and (hat they criticise
not too harshly our modest efforts, we
present the first number for vour
perusal,
SKA1TLE DESTROYED.
basaltic cliffs tower thousands of feet
above the river, with beetling crag, and
terraced bluffs ; with gloomy gorge and
laughing water fall ; with the graceful
spire of Rooster rock and the magnifi
cent dome of Castle rock, the tinv drip
pings of thread like streams down the
dizzy heights, and the magnificent rush
of the grand Columbia at the Cascades
with these and hundreds of other of the
master pieces of . nature's handiwork
swiftly gliding by the car windows a liv
ing panorama, the trip is one never to
be forgotten. The time occupied 19 less
than it takes to get to the seaside, and
surely the mountains are incomparably
preferable lo the monotonous beach.
Messrs. Ladd & Wood are performing a
labor of love in making known the beau
ties of Mt. Hood, and will receive the
gratitude of those who come, and see, and
realize the lavish magnificence of nature
in this favored region.
The Orcgonian this morning contains
a full page of n atter descriptive of
the destruction of Seattle by fire Thurs
xlay. The fii;e started at 2:30 o'clock
Thursday afternoon at the coiner of
Madison and Front streets, being
caused by the accidental upsetting of a
can of turpentine in a shoe shop. The
flames spread rapidly and soon got
beyond the control of the fire depart
ment. Portland Astoria Tacoma and
I'ort ITownsend were telegraphed for
aid all but Astoria responding by
sending engines and hose. Before help
arrived however flames had broken out
in hundreds of places caused by flying
cinders. Sixty-four acres have been
burned over, thirty two business blocks
be'.ng entirely consumed. During the
fire two men were caught stealing and
. ropes were thrown around their necks
and they were promptly hanged. The
loss of property is immense being esti
mated at from $35,000,000 to $43,000,000.
Outside of those lynched whom latest
reports say were five in number, it is
not known whether any lives were lost.
Tacoma bakeries run all night preparing
bread for the homeless, and Allen
Mason, had a hundred beeves slaugh
tered Thursday night and sent forward
yesterday morning. Coast cities are
taking up subscriptions for thu relief of
those left destitute, and it is probable
that the call for relief at Seattle will
prevent further aid being sent to Johns
town. The eastern cities can easily
take care of all the penniless by the
floods, and the money of the charitable
in this country should go to the Seattle
sufferers.
It is only a question of time, and a
short time at that, until the waters of
Hood river are brought in a ditch down
through the valley for irrigating pur
poses, While most fruit docs well
enough, there is no doubt that irrigating
would add largely ' to the yields. It
would be of immense benefit in bringing
the whole valley into cultivation, as
with plenty of water big crops of alfalfa
could be grown, the soil being particu
larly adapted for its growth. Three
crops would be grown, and the yearly
y:eld per acre would be from six to ten
tons. When the valley is all under cul
tivation, which it will he in a few years
it will be one of the most beautiful
places in the world. The fruit farms
wiil be of from ten to 100 acres in extent
and with alfalfa growing whwe now the
pines and oaks have possession, it will
be the finest dairy country on the coast.
There is no reason why the Hood river
valley should not produce, besides vast
quantities of fruit, enough butter to sup
ply the state, or at least to stop the im
portation of the article from Iowa and
California.
YESTERDAY'S DISPATCHES.
HOOD ItlVEIt.
The first settlement at this place was
made by McLaughlin in 1S52.
i uu Hmowmg winter Deing u very
se
vere one and Mr. McLaughlin losing all
bis cattle, he moved to The Dalles.
The next settler was Nathaniel Coe and
wife Mary W. and four children, all
boys of whom the eldest L. W. was one
of the founders of the O. S. N. Co., hav
ing built with Mr. Thompson the "Uma
tilla winch went over the Cascade
rapids by accident; Charles who died in
1S72; E, F. who is at present living
here with his brother the youngest of
the family, Captain II. C. Coe. With
the Coo family came William Jenkin
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nnu o uiuwneu in me l olumbia at
the mouth of Hood river, together with
bis son mid James Laughlin iu ISGo, and
James Renson (now of The Dalles) and
wife, and A. C. "Phelps also of TI13
Dalles settled here. During early days
wnen uie trail along the river was about
he only route from- Portland to Walla
Walla, it was a welcome stopping place.
The Coe donation land claim on which
the town is built is one of the oldest
this side of the mountains. Just now
the town is becoming justlv famous as a
summer resort. The heat is pleasantly
moderated by the cool breezes which
sweep up the Columbia from the ocean,
and the surrounding mountains with the
big peaks of Hood and Adams crowned
with everlasting snows. Th building of
a commodious hotel near the Mt. Hood
glaciers wiiich is now progressing rapid
ly will furnish the only thing needed to
make the Hood river country a paradise
for tourists and sportsmen good accom
modations. The scenery cannot be
See IIoo shot Ah Kow at Walla Walla
Monday killing him instantly.
Die Salmon pack is 25,000 cases short
of the pack at this time last year.
The aggregate amount of money sent
to the Pennsylvania flood sufferers Mon
day was $1505,000.
The latest church fad in London is to
put telephones in the churches and take
the sermons at home.
The Connecticut legislature has ap
propriated $25,000 for the flood suflerers
and Massachusetts, $110,000.
The estimates of the number of lives
lost at the Johnstown flood are now
placed at between 12,000 and 15,000.
Five railroad officials wore indicted at
Chicago last Saturday, the offense
charged being illegal discrimination in
freight rates.
Two hundred million feet of logs and
foity millions of feet of sawed lumber
were carried away from Williamsport,
Pa,, by the recent floods.
m . nt . 1 m i
me Lmesapeaae anu unio canal is re
ported so badly wrecked as to be bevond
the possibility of repair. It cost $11,
000,000 and has had more than forty
millions expended on it.
Thirteen persons were drowned at
Corning, New York, six at Williams
port, Pa., twelve at Nippenose, six at
Baker's camn, and many other places
report losses of from one to six lives.
Locki'okt, N. ., May 20 Great
damage was done by last night's frost in
this vicinity. Nearly all the young
plants in the gardens are wilted to the
around. Grape vines are badly fosted
as high as six inches above the roots
A distinguished lawyer of Brooklyn
said: 'Not long ago I was talking with
-hi. .limine auuui ijiiiuiici ivooeri U.
Ingersoll, whom we both very g-ieatlv
aum ire for his wonderful talents. I
made the remark that it was my belief
that Colonel Ingersoll would ultimately
renounce his agnosticism. Mr. Blaine
said: 'I think so, too, and I shouldn't
be surprised to see him some dav in the
pulpit.' "
Tiscoi.A, 111., May 29. A party of
male and female Mormon missionaries
is creating great excitement in this
vicinity. They have broken up families,
separated husbands and wives, and in
duced several young ladies to travel
with them. Last night one of the
preachers was knocked down with a
stone by Samuel Davis for having his
two danghters lockedjup in church late
1 night, and this morning Davis sound
ly thrashed another preacher on the
street.
INCIDENTS OP THE DISASTER.
By an Associated Press Ksporter.
These are some little odds apJ ends
of the happenings that they told me of: ,
A beautiful girl came down on the roof
of a buildiug, which swung in near the
tower. She screamed to the operators
to nave her, and one brave fellow walkel
as far out into tlu river as he could, and
shouted to her to guide herself in to the
Bhore with the butt of a plank. She was
a plucky girl, and stood upon her frail
support in evident obedience to the com
mand of the operator. She made two or
three bold strokes, and actually stopped
the course of the raft for an instant, and
then it swerved and went out from undei
hr. She tried to swim ashore, but in a
lew seconds she was lost in the swirling
water. Something must an ner, iur buo
lay quietly on her back w ith her face
nallid and expressionless.
Men and women in dozens, in pairs,
and sindv. children, bovs big and little,
and wee babies were there in the awful
current, gasping, struggling and lighting
desperately for lite. . ,
Two men on a tiny raft shot into the
swiftest i.art of the current. They were
crouched stolidly, looking at the snores,
while between them, dressed in wr.ite
and kneeling with her face heavenward,
was a girl (i or 7 years old. When she
came opposite the tower, she turned her
face to the operators. She was so close
that they could see the big tears on her
cheeks and her death-like pallor. The
helpless men on shore shouted to her to
keep up her courage, and she resumed
her devout attitude, and disappeared
under the trees of a projecting point a
short distance below. ' We could not
see her again," said the operator, "and
that was all of it."
"Do vou see that fringe of trees?" said
the operator, pointing to the place where
the little girl had gone out of sight. "We
saw scores of children swept in there. I
believe that when the time comes they
will find a hundred bodies of children in
there among those bushes."
James M. Walters, an attorney, spent
the night iu Alma hall, and relates a
thrilling story. One of the most curious
occurrences of the whole disaster was
how Walters got to the hall. He has
bis office on. the second floor. His home
is at 135 Walnut street. He says he was
in the house with his family when the
waters struck it. All was carried away.
Walters' family drifted on the roof in
another direction. He drifted down
several streets and alleys until he came
to the hall. His raft struck that build
in!! and he was thrown into his own
oflice.
About 200 persons had taken refuge in
the hall, and were in the second, third
and fourth stories. The men held a
meeting and decided upon some rules
which all were bound to respect. Wal
ters was chosen president and Rev. Mr.
Beale put in charge of the first floor, A.
M. Hart of the secmd floor, and Dr.
Matthews of the t..d floor. No lights
were allowed and the whole night was
spent in darkness. The scenes were
most agonizing. Heartrending shrieks,
sobs and , moans pierced the gloomy
darkness. The cries of children were
mingled with the half-suppressed sobs
of women- No one slept during all of
the dark night. Many knelt for hours.
in prayer. Their supplications were
mingled with the roar of waters and the
shrieks of the dying. In all this misery
two women gave premature birth to
children.
An utterly wretched woman named
Mrs. Fenn, stood by a muddy pool of
water trying to find some trace of a once
happy home. Mie was hall-crazeu with
grief and her eyes were red and swollen.
As the writer stepped to her side she
raised her pale and haggard face and
remarked, "They are all gone. Oh God
be merciful to them. My husband an !
my seven dear little children have been
swept down with the flood, and I am
leit alone. We were driven by the rag
ing flood into the garret, but the water
followed us there. Inch by inch it kept
rising until our heads were crushed
against the roof. It was death to re
main, so I raised the window and placed
my darlings on some driftwood, trusting
to the great Creator. As I liberated my
last one, my sweet little boy, he looked
at me and said: "Mamma, you always
told me that the Lord would care for
me ; will he look after mo now ?" I saw
him ilritt away, with his loving face
turned toward me, and with a prayer on
my lips for his deliverance, he passed
from my sight foreyer. The next mo
ment the roof crashed in and 1 floated
outside, to be rescued fifteen hours later
near the roof ot a house 111 Momville
If I could only find one of my darlings I
could bow to the will of God, but they
are all gone. I have lost everything 011
earth now but ny life."
A handsome woman walked through
the depot where a dozen or more bodies
were awaiting burial. Passing from one
to another, she finally lifted a paper
covering irom tne lace of a woman
young and with traces of beauty show
ing through the stains of muddy water.
With a cry of anguish she reeled back
ward, to be caught by a man who hap
pened to le passing. In a moment or
so she had calmed herself sufficiently to
take one more look at the features ot her
(load. She stood gazing at the unforta
nate as if struck dumb. The dead wo
man was a sister of the mourner. The
body was placed in a coffin a few min
utes later and sent away to its narrow
nouse.
Nkw York, May 30. The J ft-mid'.
Montreal dispatch says: A well-autheri
ucaieu report, conies nere that tlie
steamship Lake Ontario foundered iu
th gulf and sank with all hands. She
sailed on Wednespay for Liverpool,
witn a inn list 01 cabin passengers.