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5ood Jiver Slacier.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1S90.
The Dalles Chronicle, lit its Issue of
Wednesday, says "the people of Hood
River are still 'chewing the rag' over
the recent lease of the river to the lum
bering company," and further says:
Two or three corporations have heretofore
been organized for the avowed purpose of Im
proving the river so as to make It fit to trans
port the timber of the valley to market but
none have ever attempted the work because It
required too much capital to make that tur
bulent stream a highway for floating logs.
Now that a company Is actually threatening
to do what will be of greater benefit to that
turbulent little town than any enterprise ever
before started there, there Is wild excitement
and abitie oftho county court for entering In-
to the contract of. lease. By the way, the
- whole scheme was warmly supported and
.heartily approved by the Hood River end of
i the county court.' We would suggest that
Hood River let the people who have the
courage to spend money In their community
in Improving their stream alone. At least
JCO.OOO or 830,000 will be required to make the
proposed improvement, and that amount of
money turned loose, even In that rich com
munity, will help everybody out a little.
The ;hronicle editor, tor some iea-
fton, persists in misrepresenting the
elate of affairs in our town. If be
wants to be fair in the matter, let him
come down here and interview our cit
izens on the lease question. There
never was much of a sentiment here in
favor of the lease, and he will find
there is none now, outside of the par
ties directly interested. Talk is cheap,
but it will take money to improve
Hood River and keeo up the improve
tnents for the driving of timber at all
seasons down the stream. When the
company owning the lease have ex
pended $ 20,000 or $30,000 for Hood
River, our town will be a great city
find Hood river will be bigger than the
A mass meeting is called to meet in
Hood River, tomorrow, at 2 p. m., for
the purpose of extending the organ iza-
tion of the Valley Improvement Co.
It is hoped that everybody in the val
ley who is interested in having a ditch
and flume built will be present at this
meeting and make a bona fide sub
scription to ns many shares of Stock as
be is able to carry. If matters had run
smoothly until the completion of the
first mile, the original plan would have
(wen carried out and no money have
been asked for until after the mile had
been built; but 'as matters now stand,
before there is any further progress it
will be necessary for every one inter
ested to manifest such interest in a
substantial way at once. Those who
Attend the meeting will get the benefit
of a full explanation, and if a sufficient
number of people give it their support,
the ditch will be pushed ahead, and if
not it will be dropped, and such rights
s are now acquired will be forever
lost or regained only after a desperate
struggle. The place appointed for the
meeting is theMt. Hood hotel, but it is
hoped more commodious quarters will
J. found to be necessary.
The Hood River Water Supply Co.'s
notice, published Jn the Glacier du
ring last month, stating that on Feb.
0th applications for water would be re
ceived and preference given to old cus
tomers, drew a large and eager crowd
to the company's office last Saturday.
All day long the crowd kept up, each
man waiting his turn to give security
for the payment of rent for the num
ber of inches he required, while others
not fortunate enough to be old custom
ers, hoped the water would hold out to
allow them to come in for a share. But
many were turned away disappointed.
The interest taken in the water ques
tion at this meeting showed plainly
that an irrigating ditch that will
supply our fanners and fruit growers
with sufficient water is of more im
portance than any other enterprise ever
projected In the valley. Any scheme
that will in any way hinder the build
ing of the proposed, flu me and ditch is
Dot worthy the support of our people.
Mr. R.D. Cameron of White Salmon
was a caller at the Glacier office
Wednesday. Mr. Cameron owns boom
privileges at the mouth of White Sal
mon river. The state law of Washing
ton allows him 75 cents per 1,000 feet
for booming saw logs, and other tim
bers iu proportion, but he says he
. has never charged cordwood men any
thing for using his boom. He ex
pressed surprise at the terms of the
We give up mot of our space this
week to correspondence on the lease
question, and several letters on the
same subject are crowded out. This
questiou has crfused more comment
than anything that' ever aflfected the
Interests of our citizens. The people
talk of nothing else, and it would be
a hard matter to gather items on any
other subject. , ,
Do not fail to attend the water meet
ing tomorrow. Everybody is expected
to attend and help give the new ditch
a grand starter.
Thinks the Winans Didn't Get Enough.
Mt. Hood. Feb. 30, 1896. Editor
Glacier: I feel it my duty to protest
gainst this terrible kicking against
Winans Bros.' grand scheme for mak
ing u all rich. I think the court has
not given them enough, considering
how liberal they have been in giving
the right of way for ditches and other
improvements demanded by a Butter
ing public; I am in favor 'of giving
the devil his duty Logger. ,
A Tale of Several Woes.
Ono woe Is passed and there comes two more
It seems that while Hood River is
free from tornadoes, cyclones and yel
low fever, it has more than its share of
other "woes" woes that drive tax
payers nearly to madness are fast driv
ing settlers from our midst and pre
venting others from coming in. We
will mention a few of our woes as be
walled by some of our "chronic kick
ers:" - ,
Woe I. (Remember, these are only
the "woes" as .. enunciated by our
"chronic kickers.") Every man in
Hood River has to toil with his wife
and children from early morn till dark
to make enough to pay his taxes, his
children going barefoot much of the
time. About $ 17,000 tax money, more
or less, has gone into the drawers of
Dalles saloons and other dens and never
credited on the books. Taxpayers hav
ing lost their receipts, are called on to
pay again. A special agent is appoint
ed to hunt up such "delinquents" as
have lost their receipts. This agent, or
emissary, is to be paid for his services,
The taxpayer . who has lost his receipt
for $50 is asked to pay it again, and
shoves perhaps several dollars into the
pockets of the agent for collecting it.
The son of toil, with bended back, fur
rowed cheek and callous hands, goes to
his labor encouraged by the county
commissioner who assure him "We
will hunt these thieves to their holes
and make them disgorge." The poor
man waits for months and reads the
papers in vain to see what luck the
court has had in getting his money
back. He expects a calcium light to
be thrown across their path and a pho
tograph, or at least the names of the
thieves. He finally settles down, sat
isfied that the "court" has hunted the
thieves to their holes and made them
pull the holes in after then- And now
comes ' ,
Woe II. The "chronic kickers"
charge that in order to justify the
malice of certain parties, after failing In
an effort to throw a poor widow's sand
bar open as a public highway, the
"court" ran the taxpayers to heavy ex
pense by sending the county surveyor
nere to snow mat tne state road ran
through her premises in order to ena
ble the road" supervisor to tear down
her, fence, when the court knew, or
ought to have known what every in
telligent boy 15 years old knew, that
there was not and never had been a
state road running through Hood
River. The expense of this useless sur
vey was paid by the "chronic kickers,"
wl do not seem yet to know why the
tax collector had punched a hole in the
lower end of their breeches pocket.
Woe III. The, "chronio kickers"
charge that a poor pettifogger, at the
install ee of a few who had an ax to
grind and a gang of irresponsible hood
lums, got up a petition to incorporate
tne town or Hooa Kiver. This petition
was withdrawn and another presented
without names, taking in farms ad
joining without the knowledge or Con
sent ui tuc uwiiuis a uiosi uisiiouor-
able transaction that this incorpora
tion was voted in in the main bv hood
lums, Indians and office seekers, and
that the incorporation 'officials, while
they have driven many home-seekers
away, have only covered themselves all
over with glory by impounding a few
of the neighbors' horses and cows and
running down perhaps two or three
dogs. The county commissioners al
lowed themselves to be led into this
trap, passed the Incorporation act in
spite of the wishes of most of the tax
payers, and said (or one of them, at
least,) "Well, .we couldn't help it!"
But now comes .
Woe IV., which has so enraged the
chronic kickers" that thev teem to
be going through the combined mo
tions ot an enraged bull, hornine defi
ance at a red rag, and a bucking cayuse
tortured oy a pair oi r-punisli spurs.
The "kick" isauainst the total trans
fer of Hood river, with its water power,
its fish and all privileges thereto be
longing, to an organized monopoly for
a period of five years as per charter
(they claim it ought to read fifty years.
but it doesn't). We hope the taxpay
ers will not be called on to pay ex peine
of a called session to change the 5 to 50
or iuu, wnen. it can be fixed up on Uie
telephone. This franchise has been
granted by Wasco county without any
vaiuaoie consiaeration wnatever ironi
the grantees. Our court gave this mo
nopoly the- privilege of nnlliwt.tnir tnll
on all cordwood, posts, ties, telegraph
poles, lumber, logs, shingle bolts, etc.
me company is allowed two rates.
Booming rates to be collected when
the boom near the bridge is completed.
Raw logs,' ?1 per thousand, filing,
telephone and telegraph poles 2 cents a
foot, or 80 cents for a pole measuring 40
feet. . Cordwood and shingle bolts, 40
cents a cord. Fence posts, $1 a hun
dred. The transportation rates to be
paid whenever the company announces
that 1 mllos nf tl,o vitro U V,
"improved" to the satisfaction of them
selves the court having such confi
dence in the honor and disinterested
benevolence of the lessees that it was
not thought necessary to say what
work is to be done, or appointing any
one to receive the work and report it as
done according to the contract, before
being allowed to collect toll.
Transportation rates to be added to
the above: Transporting cordwood and
shingle bolts, 85 cents per cord. Fence
posts, l cent eacn. These rates are for
12 miles, with an additional tax for
every mile above 12. Now we have
got the posts, ties, saw logs, etc., In the
boom, what are you going to do with
it? If you fish your own lumber out of
the river, have you any right to leave
It on the sand bar without paying an
other toll? You may think so, but the
contract gives you no such right. If
the boom is a poor affair, breaks away
and you lose your property, the con
tract says you are alone responsible for
the loss, and besides, the lessees, In
stead of being allowed a week to repair
it, are allowed one year to do it. In
the meantime, the man who has con
tracted lo deliver 1,HI0 cords of wood
aud has lost 500 cords by a break in the
boom, stands on the bank beside his
wood pile ami ."telephones'' down:
"When will the boom be fixed?"
He is answered:1. "Dear Sir You
ougut io kuuw we nave a year 10 uo
that work in. You signed over your
riparian rights. We own this river.
You cau go fishing, but be careful not
to put a hook iu any waters you signed
over to us." , ,
The poor man' goes home, wet to the
skin, "covered with sweat and honor
able mud," and says, "Old, woman,
we're ruined; we have been damnably
sold out." i
But the contract does not require the
company to build any boom or any
dam. It incidentally mentions a dam,
but what it is to be like, where to be
placed, and of what material, is not
mentioned. ' The contract in a very
lucid way describes it as "the dam or
boom the party of the second part pro
poses to construct."
"But," says a corporation capitalist,
"the company has giveu a bond of
$2,500 to complete the work according
to contract." This is an extravagant
bond even for a straw bond. A bond
of 50 cents, signed .by old man Keizer,
would have as well answered the pur
pose, because the bond requires the
company to do nothing only what it
"proposes" to do. '""'..
We are told the whole thing was
rushed through iu a hurry. "Mr. Wi
nans did not hand iu his contract until
a very few minutes before the court
adjourned, when we looked hurriedly
over it but had uo time to take action."
The court ought to have the credit
of examining a paper so vital to the
interests of the community, as to know
which side was up. Our commissioner
has washed his bands of all complicity
in this scheme. He telephoned to the
juage as toiiows: - ,
"I advised him to be very careful not to
give a monopoly- whereby interested parties
could be injurea," etc.
The fact that there was such a mo
nopoly given throws -the whole re
sponsibility on other parties. We have
corroborative evidence that our com
missioner is innocent of the conspiracy
in the fact that many of our citizens
heard him say he was at first opposed
to the whole scheme. , -
Again, upon stepping off the cars
after Winans had come back to The
Dalles aud reported that "every one
was iu favor "of the project," he stepped
square into a hornet's nest of "chronic
kickers;" . .
' "I was informed that a report was being
circulated to the effect that this whole scheme
was being carried out on the part of Winans
Bros, and myself to thwart and prevent the
building of a proposed ditch or canal, beside
any amount ol ouier nonsensical rumors."
That Winans Bros, did not regard
this as a "nonsensical . rumor," the
kickers offer the fact that . Air. Bell
holds a type-written proposition to
Mr. Davenport, offering the ditch com
pany 4,000 inches of water for irrigat
ing purposes, but positively pr6hi0it
ing Uiem frouf carrying the water in
side of the incorporation.
"Iu hell he lifted up his eyes, being
in torment, aud begged of l azarus to
put a drop of cold water on his part-bed
tongue." By the grace of Heuld and
some of his tools, 1 am surrounded by
an "incorporation" wall. - Between
tuat wall and the water we expected
to get of the ditch company, have Wi
nans Bros, dug a "great gulf": beyoud
which enough Hood river water cannot
pass to cool a man's parched tongue? ,
After 48 years' residence in Oregon,
and 19 years in Hood River, I have
found that when au enterprising man
comes here to spend money, and build
up the country, up rises a set that tries
to put him lu hell or a hole. The
"proposed ditch", is the only sensible
move toward supplying the town with
irrigating water, afl'ordintr water power
to run mills and manufacturing estab-
iisnments, employing a Hundred men.
building up a large town, and enhanc
ing the value of property 100 per cent.
Have our county commissioners armed
a company with power to crush out
Wis enterprise? Winans Bros, aud
"chronic kickers" say yes. The rec
ords say uo. y
"It is further expressly understood that this
lease contract confers no rights to said Durtv
of the second part so as to exclude or interlere
with the use of water from said stream and
branches by any other person, company or
corporation for Irrigating purposes or power
lur operating machinery oi any Kina.
This ditch scheme offers us mills.
useful, permauent, substantial. The
"chronic kickers" can see in the mo
nopoly scheme little else than wind
mills, and more wind than mills.
1 his monopoly will lie defeated. It
hasn't enough sound legs to stand on.
though helped to hobble by a pair of
new crutcnes, made to order and pa
tented by our worthy county commis
sioners but it is a great pity that our
already overburdened taxpayers should
be driven to the necessity of defending
their rights by expensive and annoy
ing lawsuits. W. L. Adams.
Hood River. Feb. 10, 1896. Editor
Glacier: As kicking seems to be in
order, I would like to put in my pro
test and be on record as well as our
honorable 'county court. And I think
I have some reason to complain, for I
am the only man that ever went on
the west fork of Hood river and lived
out a -homestead,' staying there five
years and keeping my family there
two winters, then moving back and
forth, spring and fall. If I read the
contract given by Wasco county to 'the
Hood River Lumbering Co. rightly, I
am practically debarred for a term of
five years from receiving any benefits
from my timber. The discrimination
in prices is so rapid that timber will
have to become very valuable before it
will pay for transportation, as any one
can see by the contract. . To illustrate;
In the winter of 1888-89, a party of us
cut and put in the river 50,000 fence
posts. That winter there was no snow
in the mountains and the water did
not rise in the river, and without im
provements or high water, the posts
were put here for 3f cents, allowing
every man wages that helped drive the
posts. In the spring of 1894 there were
40,000 taken from the same ground.and
it cost one-half of one cent per post to
put them in the town of Hood River.
There was plenty of snow in the moun
tains that year and the water was suffi
cient to make it very profitable to bring
posts 18 miles; but under the present
contract with the lumber company it
will cost, after the river is improved.
5 cents per post to get them from my
place to Hood River, regardless of whut j
is said by those interested about the
cost being only 1 cent. It is 1 cent for
booming, 1 cent for the first twelve
miles, i cent for each additional mile
meandered, which is six mi.es, making
3 cents, and 3 and a are 5. Now thev
will say this is not to go into effect un
til the first l'z miles are completed.
Granted, but said company can collect
boomage after said boom is completed.
That is what the winans are alter.
They have been at Hood River ever
since I have been in the valley, extort
ing tribute Irom every post, every cord
of wood and telephoue pole that came
down the river, and now the county
court has made it possible for them to
string that old boom with Mr. Tucker's
chain, and at once collect l cent tor
every fence post, 40 cents for every
cord of wood, 60 cents for every tel
ephone pole, and they need not do one
cussed thing to the river. But grant
ing thev nil the letter of the contract,
which is for 12 miles, that only takes it
to their own timber, and then they
control the price of timber for five
years to come. No one else can get
their timber to market, for they own
the timber for four miles above the
specified 12 miles, and as the rates ad
vance 25 cents per mile for each addi
tional mile, it will cost $2 per thousand
to get the timber to Hood River, and
$1 f r booming, making $3 per thou
sand which will go to said company
betore the man owning tne timoer can
get pay for even cutting, let alone any
thing for the timber. And as I am
two miles further up the river, I can
add 50 cents more.
A few words in regard to looking up
the law, whereby "Justice" refers us to
pages 105 to 107 of laws of 1889. But
few of us have said book. As for my
part, 1 do not believe any set or men,
even republicans, ever passed a law
whereby thev intended it should con
fiscate any man's property. Now, if
"Justice" will sigu his own name so
the people of Hood River can know
who he is, they might get him to ex
plain of what justice consists. - .
.-,.. CD. Moese.
; In Doubt. - "
Hood River Valley, 1896. To the
glasher Edditer: I seed tother day that
evry body was runnin for the glasher
and gitten sort o' exsited. , my old
woman sed it wus about sum bloted
bond holder and corporation ristocrats
that hed gobbled up hood river and all
its rites privleges and herditiments
what ever that menes. A feller cum
along here yisterday with a big bundle
of papers and asked me ef 1 tuck enoy
in treat in publick impruvements. I
sed yes i hev jist bilt a pig pen at my
own expense. He sed you are the
most intelligent est man i hev struck
in iiood river, if all our honest and
noble suns of toil was jist like us, times
wood be flush and we wud see the last
of monuoppolistick bloted bond holders
and ristykrats that sentyment struck
in to my hart, and bra kin out iu teers
i sed giv us yer hand old feller, thems
my centiments, and i thank god i hev
at last struck ile aud a christen com
bine in won. . jist then he run his
finger into the butten houl of my coal
and sed brother i am gitting intelly
gent men and men without gile to sine
their riparian rites, i first thot i'd sine,
as it would be all rite of course to sine
for a prayer meetin or euuy thing else
a christien wanted sined. i told him
so and he sed yes you are rite, and
that's jist the vew taken by the court,
i told him i thought well of his skeme,
as it seemed to nock the wind outen
all the monnoppylists. i promised to
see him agin, but the old woman sed
she thot she smelt suthin, and she was
afeered i mite sine away our spring, &
she wood hev no wotter ferdrinkin or
waslien dishes, she sed if heald com
tiack & tuck us in to the sitty limmets
ve inout lose our Spring.
me to sine or not to sine jist for a hon
est christen rember? . i've alters bin
agin Monnoppolyes ever sence i left
Thinks the Contract too Hard to Fulfill.
In the.Forks, Feb. 8, 1890. Editor
Glacier: Some people up this way
are growling about Winans Bros.'
lease, because the court has given them
about a hundred thousand dollars priv
ilege without requiring the enterpris
ing company to do anything on their
part. This charge is false, for I find fn
theirontract: "The said party of the
second part hereby undertakers and
acreer?s I that it will secure the riirht of
way and other necessary rights from
tne laud owners along said several
streams," etc. Is that not imposing a
burden on these philanthropists which
they, cannot carry? Let. the county
commissioners call an extra session and
lighten the load by striking Out the
above and substituting the following:
. You shall move Mt. Hood.
. ' Scatter it all around,
' And leave nothing there -...
i But a hole in the ground.
- : ' - - Justice.
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it is guaranteed to give perfect satisfac
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r "Wasco County School Districts.
Mt the 62 school districts In Wasco county,
56 have held tne requisite number of months
of school to entitle them to an apportionment
of the school funds, while six retain their or
ganization, but will not be entitled to any
part of the apportionment to be made in
April. Twenty-three of the districts have
found it possible to get through the coming
year on the amount to be apportioned to
them from the general school fund, while the
remaining twenty-three have found it neces
sary to levy special school taxes. Those that
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No. 63 .
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In cases of habitual constipation. Elec-
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tone to the bowels, und few cases long
resist I he use of this medicine. Try it
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sale at the Hood River Pharmacy.-
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Staple and Fancy Groceries,
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And All Kinds of Game.
ALSO, DEALERS IN
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Wall Paper, Paints, Oils, etc., etc.
All the best variety of Apples, including Yakima, Gano, Arkansas Black, etc., and all
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TO CREDITORS. - -
Notice is hereby given that the undersigned
has been duly appointed by the honorable
county court of Wasco county, Oregon, ad
ministrator of the estate of Martha Purser, de
ceased. All persons having claims against
said estate an notified to present the same to
me in Hood River, Wasco county, Oregon, ,
within six months of the date oi this notice.
Dated November 11, 18H5. ,
A. 8. BLOWERS,
Administrator of the Estate oi Martha Pnrser, '
Bargains in Land.
200 acres of unimproved land for sale.on the
East Bide, 6 miles imm town, U7 to KIO an acre.
Other land, about, half cleared, S20 nn acre.
Well Improved land, $V) an acre. Plenty -of
water for irrigation. Will sell iu 20 or 10-nore
tracts. Inquire at. Glacier- office. Je22