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M’M INN VILLE, OREGON, DECEMBER 28, 1886
WEST SIDE TELEPHONE,
SVEKY TUESDAY AND FRIDAY
eirrisois Building, McMinnville. Oregon,
Pnbliilwr« and Proprietor«.
Entered in the PostofHce at McMinnville, Or.
as second-class matter.
Northweet corner of Second and B etreeti,
May be found at his office wnen not absent on pro-
LITTLEFIELD & CALBREATH,
M c M innville
ottico over Yamhill County
J F. Galbreath, M
Bank MoMiunville, Oregon
D.» office on Main streut,
M R. Littlefield, M. Ê
S. A. YOUNG, M. D
Physician and Surgeon,
M g MINNTILLK
Office and residence on D street.
•aswered day or night.
All calls promptly
DR. G-. F. TUCKER,
of Bingham's furniture
Laughing gas administered for painless extraction.
Up Stairs in Adams' Building,
CUSTER POST BAND,
The Best in the State.
Is jrspared to furnish music for al’ occasions at reason
able rates. Address
N. J. ROWLAND,
Business Manager, McMinnville.
LOGAN BROS. & HENDERSON,
dww SO«d(t) Church number, to the contrary not
Fini 4oor south of Yamhill County Bank Building.
M c M innville , O regon .
H. H. WELCH.
«lying in Poverty After Being Rich Half a
aid of his foal and his wonderful home
mail« thread, he climbed up the glass
to the surface of the water. There he
attached some threads above the water
to the glass, leaving some below.
When the little spinner felt like having
a breath of fresh air, he “hauled in'
on his upper guys, and rose above the
When tired of that, he
An Ancient Spinner Which Comea i surface.
“slacked off,” and took a turn under-
of Good Family.
' neath, thus making something like his
Watching these little animals in
In the “goodold days” before the in their daily movements, one grows to
vention of the spinning-jenny and the have a fellow-feeling for them. Some
steam-engine, when workingmen were of their actions seem almost human,
«laves, and the rich had not the luxur | and they form a part of the household,
ies they have now, spinning was the just as the cat, the dog, or the canary.
One day a conscienceless sea-pirate
work of the mistress of the house. I known as a dog-whelk settled on this
Many good stories begin with an ac little spinner, and begau to bore
count of a fair maiden at a spinning- througli his shell with murderous in-
wheel, and a very ancient rhyme refers ' tent. The whelk was taken off, and
to the days “when Adam delved and j removed to another part of the aquari-
| um. On the morrow, he had found his
Eve span.” When a young lady was way back and settled down again on
growing of a marriageable age, in the the innocent little victim, so he was
days of the spinning-wheel, she made sentenced to death as a murderer, and
preparation for her nuptials by spin paid the penalty with his life.
This mussel has inherited the spin
ning the material for sheets, table
ning business from a long line of an
cloths, napkins, and all manner of cestors; for when the coal-forests
household necessaries, hence she was bloomed where the iron furnaces now
called a “spinster.”
roar, in the “Black Country” of Eng
Words change in their meanings land, the forefathers of our little spin
with the changing fashions of a change ner were inhabitants of the fresh-water
ful world. There is one class of spin pools in the carboniferous forests.
Ages have come and gone since then;
ners, however, to which the whir of the stony remainders of tjie ancient
the loom and the steam-engine has ' spinners are dug from out the deepest
made but little difference. “Men mav coal-mines, but the clever little fellows
come, and men may go, but they goon still spin their simple threads along
forever.” All the changes of our com our shores as of old. We sometime«
plex civilization make but little differ weave their threads into gloves and
ence to these littlo spinners. They hose, as a matter of curiosity; but few
live in their dark little houses; spin ever seem to have time to listen to the
their threads; live their lives; die in wonderful story that can be told to
peace, or else get eaten up, and pass listening ears by this Ancient Spinner.
off the scene, making no fuss, seeking —Chamber's Journal.
no honor. Some people call them
mussels; scientific naturalists call them
Mytilus edulis. They deserve a good Limekiln Philosophy Dealt Oat in Multum
name, for they are an ancient and hon
in l’arvo Doses.
orable family, that have fought a good
I long ago dun made up my mind
light in the fierce battle of life, and dat aiverage humanity expects too
have endured through long ages, while
much on dis airth, an’ dat we am all
many others have perished..
Every one who has visited the sea too selfish to really injoy ourselves.
shore must have noticed at times a lit
If we plan fur a huckleberry excur
tle mussel forming the center of a tan sion we look fur dry weather, no mat
gled mass of threads, shells, stones ter how much our naybur’s co’n an’
and all sorts of fragments. These are taters want rain.
bonnd together by the labor of the
If dar am any danger of spring frosts
black-shelled spinster. Instead of an we expeek dey will fly ober our garden
choring to a rock, as a well-behaved an’ light down on somebody else’«
little mussel ought to have done, this truck-patch.
one has gone far ofTj and anchored to
We expeck cyclones now an’ den in
•11 sorts of rubbish, and been driven de natcral order of tings, but we doan’
and tossed by the waves of the sea in expeck ’em to hit our eand of de
all directions, until it has formed the county. We am sorry fur sich people
center of the tangled mass we find on as was in de way, but dey orter bin
the beach. In the natural way, a mus som’ers else, you know.
sel settles between high and low water
If we take in a tramp over night wo
mark. When covered by the tide, he expeck him to be honest an' grateful.
opens his doors and angles fpr a living If anybody else takes in one an’ gits
with his wonderful fishing apparatus, beat, our vardict am dat it sarved em
for the spinsters of the sea arc all born right.
fishermen. When the tide is going out
We expeck to git de big eand of de
the little angler closes the valves of trade when we swap hosses wid a man,
bis houso as tight as a steel safe, and but if we diskiver dat we hev bin
keeps his mouth shut, with a lot of cheated we want de law to punish him
water inside, until the tide covers him for a swindler.
Moas’ of us am willin’ to take our
How the Frenchmen have learned chances on matrimony, if de gal am
the habits of this well-known little good-lookin’ or de young man has
spinner, and cultivated him, and made cash, but when de rollin’-pins begin to
of him a cheap and nutritious article fly we blame our friends dat dey didn’t
of diet for the French nation, is well warn us.
known. How the little fellow builds
If we lose our pocket-book we argy
his house and weaves his ropes, is not dat de pusson who find it am as bad as
quite so well known. The house itself, a thief if he doan’ return it. If we
with its black outside, and the beauti find some one else’s pocket-book we
ful sky-blue, pearly inside, is a work well, it comes like pullin’ teeth to let
of the greatest skill, while the mechan go.
ism by which it is opened and closed
We respeck our naybur, but we want
forms a chapter in the world's wonder our beets an' cabbage an’ onions to
lore. The little spinner lives in a soft, keep about a week ahead of his.
fleshy “mantle,” inside of his stony
We doan’ know of any pertickler
house. On the edge of this mantle are reason why lightnin’ should strike our
tiny fingers (cilia) and little pigment ba’n, but we Kin furnish half a dozen
cells with which he builds. The mate reasons why it should burn ba’ns all
rial—carbonate of lime—is extracted around us.
from the clear sea-water by a simple
We begin in October to predict s
process in the life of the animal. Just miW winter, an' if we happen to git
as onr food goes to form blood and one we kick like a steer de nex’ sum
bone, muscle and sinew, so does the mer beka.se we hev to pay mo’ fur ice.
food of the little spinner go to form his
I tell ye, my frens, when I come to
delicate tissues and his hard sbellv realize jist what a queer piece of clay
bouse. The mussel-house is as much we am. an' how much workin’ ober
a part of the mussel’s life as onr homes we need to come out perfeck, I can't
are part of our lives, and the processes wonder ober de shoutin’ and hurrahin'
of building are not so very different in Heaben when one of us grown folks
either; both are simple, both are mys finds his wav in.— Detroit Free Press.
To watch this little spinner make
his thread is very interesting. From
A check seems to have been given to
one side of his house protrudes a very
curious little pad of flesh, a quaint, the destruction of birds with beautiful
pointed sort of a tab. This is called plumage for the adornment of wonr-n't
bis “foot,” though it might just as well
headgear, and it was none too soon, for
have been called his hand. He touches
the rock, or whatever he desires to at the annual destruction of these inno
tach himself to, with his foot, then cent and beautiful denizens of the ait
with draws it, leaving a tiny thread, was something enormous. According
whichhe has made by some mys to the published statistics. Ragland im
tic process, in his own body, just ports front India, Africa and America
as a spider makes her silken ten million dollars’ worth of feather«
The foot comes out again and birds every year. One and one-
and again, always leaving a thread half million exotic birds, including
until a strong rope is woven, 2.'>0,0lO humming-birds, are annually
which binds hi* securely to his chosen imported to France and England. St a
borne. He can shorten or lengthen tistics are not available showing the
this cable by a simple contractile mo bird slaughter for the whole world, bnl
tion. which allows him a little play: were it known, the figures would be
but he may be said to be fixed for life, startling. Of all the plumage worn by
once ho settles down. After a severe women, the ostrich feathers alone dr
storm, some of them will generally be I not represent the actual destruction o'
found on the shore, driven from their the feathered tribe.— Demorest's Month
moorings, helpless and homeless on the
strand: but they can stand the storm ly-
ribbons flying, gown awry,
panting breath and boots unlaced,
to her vowa of yore »lie’s beeu,
uow and ever—in ue “>n haste.”
Julie K. Wet tier ill, in Century.
The recent death in this city of
“Chicken Bill” Lowell adds another to
he long list of mine discoverers who
lave died in poverty and without
riends. Chicken had a vein of orooked-
less in his make-up, and this may ac
count in some small degree for his for-
orn condition in his later years, but.
Institute as he was, he would not have
lad many sympathizers, anyway.
Bill was one of the first settlers in
California Gulch, where Leadville now
Hands, and some of the best properties
here were once owned by him. Like
nost of the great prospectors, he had
nt capacity for keeping properly or
uoney. Once in possession of what
romised to be a paying cla m, he was
i it easy until it was disposed of, and
ae money that he received burned his
»ckets as long as it lasted. During the
1st iifti en years tie was rich half a
I izen times. When in funds hs> lived
ke a lord, buying every thing that he
aw, treating everybody who came
v thin reach, and in general squander-
ig money in every conceivable way.
Then he had exhaust 'd his purse and
■is credit he would go back to the mines ■
md begin over again.
For a long time Bill was confident
hat all he had to do to make a fortune
vas to sober up and go out and look
lor a lead. His faith in the country was
irodigious, but his dependence upon
limself was even greater.
,'ortune had been bo conspicuous, and
die men who had bought his claims had
nade so much mouey, that his opinion
vas eagerly sought for, and some cap-
talists were always willing to pay him
i round price for any thing that he
vould say had mineral in it. A few
fears ago, having squandered his last
jenny, he returned to Leadville and re-”
turned prospecting with a sublime con-
idence in his ability to locate some-
lliing that would lie of value.
watched jealously by many fortune
lunters, but as he d d not appear to
hake much progress, he was soon left
After many weeks of un
satisfactory search lie became impatient,
ind hear ng that there were several cap-
talists in town, ho secured considerable
nineral from a m ne that was in suc-
:«nsful operation and “salted” his claim
n great style. Then, going into town,
le culled attention to the strike that he
lad made, and invited bids.
ifterward Lieutenant-Governor and
Senator, inspected the property, and,
nfluenced to some extent by Bill’s
rreat success in the Little Pittsburgh
ind other projects, offered h m two
.housand dollars for his cla m. The
>id was a small one, as things were
roing, but Bill was desperately short,
md for a salted mine he thought the
turn was ample.
The transfer was
|uickly«n:ide, and nightfall found Bill
n town liquoring up.
Before morn ng Bill was suflicently
iommunieative to expla'n to some of
lis new-found friends what an elegant
oke he had played on Tabor, and by
he next day the news had spread
hrough the camp. When Tabor heard
if it lie was at first inclined to take
lummary measures, but a further in-
<pect ion of the claim convinced him that
¡here was something m it, and putting
i force of men at work lie sank the
•haft fifteen feet dia per and came upon
1 body of m neral which was of re
markable richness. This was the be
ginning of the Chrysolite mine, from
>vh ch millions of dollars were taken.
Bill heard the news of Tabor's big
trike in Denver when lrs two thou
sand dollars was nearly gone, and he
hurried back to Leadville for the pur
rose of convincing Tabor, if possible,
hat he ought to have a share in it, but
lie did not succeed.
made him some donat ons from time to
¡me. but, remembering the “salt,” he
jave him nothing else. After that epi
sode Bill was not himself. He u-ed to
my that Tabor’s strike “queered” him.
He knew, he said, that there was big
money in that claim, and nothing but
tis uncontrolable thirst had ever in-
luced him to salt it.
“1 couldn’t wait,” he -aid. “I might
save known that when I located a claim
I ere would be mineral there, if I would
>niy go after it I had never failed up
o that t me. and I wonldn' have failed
■hen if I hadn't been too dry to work.”
After that he never made any more
noney. Fortune had come to him
nany times only to be cast aside, and
n hfs extremity it would not respond
o his bidding.— Denver (Col.) News.
—Th« N< w Haven Register says: “In
article on Yale yesterday, for 'alum
water’ read 'alma mater.’ ”
—The United States have nearly
three times as many doctors as En
gland, and nearly four times as many
as France in proportion to the popula
—A Chinaman recently arrested at
Grass Valley, Cal., for running au
opium joint committed suicide the
night following by hanging himself in
the prison cell with his cue.
—A private coachman can not be
blamed for marrying an heiress for her
money, but when a man in society
stoops so low as to do such a thing he
should be kicked.— N. O. Picayune.
— Most of the hair that is made up
in this country into bangs, braids and
twists come., from Europe, Germany
and Switzerland sending thousands of
pounds of it every year.— Chicago Sun.
—A female in New Orleans recently
caused the arrest of a policeman for
calling her a woman. The judge de
cided that she was a woman and dis
charged the policeman.—A’ O. Times.
—A novel summer tour along the
Erie canal is advertised as “possessing
the risk, of an oce.-m voyage, free from
the cinders of a train, and less arduous
than a balloon trip.”— Buffalo Express.
—An English advertisement reads as
follows: “A young man, sober and
reliable, who has a wooden leg and
cork arm, is willing for a moderate
salary, to allow his false limbs to be
maimed by wild beasts in any reput
able menagerie, as an advertisement.
No objection to traveling.”
—In these days, when two-headed
and four-legged chickens are hatched
on every farm, it is a positive relief
to read that Owen Craven, of Ran
dolph County, Mo., has a one-legged
Plymouth Rock chick that is perfectly
healthy and hops about on its one log
with apparent pleasure. — Chicago Her
—An albino baby was bom recently
at Harrisburg, l*a. It has a shapely
little head, luxuriously covered with
hair as white as snow, of fine texture,
and softer than silk, and the indica
tions are that it will have similar eye
brows. I'lio eyelashes are long and
white and beneath them are pink eyes
of wonderful brilliancy.- -Philadelphia
—Virginia for a time taxed sales of
liquor at two cents a drink, and re
quired barkeepers to be provided with
bell punches for registry. The State
bought the instruments at five dollars
each and sold them to the rumsellers
at ten dollars. They were afterward
taken back upon the repeal of the law,
and the State has now sold them at
auction for six cents each.— Chicaqo
—It is estimated that twenty-five
acres of grass land are necessary to
keep an animal the year round in Ari
those inefface- zona. The total acreage of the Terri-
We can not go tory is about 48,000/
On thia basil
Young father, it is < easy to estimate its capacity for
you are you cattle —
®ut * icr’ou* drawback
Be therefore is water. T
'lnia will bare to be supplied
ir child to Im.— by artesian wells if at all. As yet only
about half of the grazing area is occu
pied.—»7. Y. Telegram.
—A mammoth gum tree in the woods
near Cambridge, Md., has for years
been used by an eagle for the rearing
of her young. Tho tree has been cut
down after great labor. The nest at
the top was found »:• large as a cart
body, and contained two young eagles
nearly full fledged. The birds sur
vived the shock, and have been cared
for as pets. Th« old bird was ont on a
foraging excursion at the time.
—A special committee on railroad
axles has reported that iron axles are
safer than steel axles; that all cranks
should have the webs hooped; that as
iron cranks appear to fail after run
ning some 200,000 miles, and steel
after 170,000, it is highly desirable that
they should be taken oflr and not again
used on passenger engines; and that
crank axles, properly constructed, are
as strong as straight axle«.— Chicago
—An enterprising young man of
New York City abandoned the beaten
paths of industry a short time ago and
invented a new occupation. He hired
small boys i break store windows, and
then offered to protect the windows
for twenty-five cents a week. He was
clearing eight dollars a week when
ambition led him astray. He struck
for double pay, and failing, broke a
window himself. For this indiscretion'
be was sent up for six months.—AT. Y.
A sailor for .««a,
And* «pinater lor taa.
A lawyer for talking and a ««Idler for Sgbt-
A baby for nolae.
And a ctrcus for boya.
And a typewriter man to do autograph
A banker for chink
A nd a pr oter for ink,
A leopard for «poll and a wafer for «Making!
A erack baoa ball flinger.
An opera alnger,
A shot-gun. a mill« ud a choir for klektngj
—The velocity of light is so tre
mendous, th at as the^Buffalo Commercial-
Advertiser figures it out, “it moves
round the earth's surface, a distance of
nearly twenty-five thousand miles, in
one-eighth part of a second.” We re
peat these figures, says the New York
Tribune, for the benefit of the mes
senger-boy of the period. He would
do well to cut them out and paste then
in his hat Not that he can ever I. pe
to cope with light in rapidity of mere-
ment, but that the contemplation of the
feat of traveling twenty-five thousand
miles in an eighth of a second may
stimulate him to break his own record