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About The Telephone=register. (McMinnville, Or.) 1889-1953 | View Entire Issue (Nov. 1, 1889)
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SAMOANS AT PLAY.
ing, Spinning the Cocoanut.
The natives of Samoa, who are
noted for their very fine physical
development and intelligence, are
the most ardent lovers of all kinds i
of sports. Like all tropical races,
they are of an indolent disposition,
hut when engaged in their native
games it is truly surprising to note
how quickly this lethargy disap
Boxing and wrestling are consid
ered with them, as with more civil
ized races, the most engaging of all
athletic sports. As a consequence
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a large majority of the men are ex
perts in one or both of these exer
cises. On festival days, tourna
ments devoted entirely to these
branches of athletics are held under
the auspices of ruling chiefs. Prior
to the introduction of Christianity
women frequently entered the ring
and strove for pugilistic honors,
and it is a matter of record that on
many occasions they proved their
muscular superiority by defeating
stalwart men. Since that time,
however, they have been taught to
engage in more womanly diversions.
The Samoan method of wrestling
differs greatly from that to which
we are accustomed. The usual
plan is to choose Bides, say four
against four, and the party who .
loses the greater number of falls is
compelled to furnish a feast of
roast pig, served up with taro, or
else some other variety of food, as .
naturally agreed upon prior to the
commencement of the contest.
A peculiar style of wrestling
called “clasp and undo” is very
popular among these islanders.
One man clasps another tightly
around the waist, and the second
does the same with a third. The
three thus linked together lie down
upon a mat and challenge any sin- .
gle man to separate them, promis
ing a forfeit if he succeeds. If he
proves unequal to the task, the ex
pense of such forfeit must be liqui
dated by the loser.
Another game much relished by
the young men is spear throwing. '
The young bucks of one street in a
village, or of a whole village, are
matched against these of another.
At the appointed time they meet, I
and after fixing a mark at a dis- •
tance of thirty or forty feet, one of
the contestants throws a small
wooden spear so that it may first
strike the ground and then spring
upward and onward in the direction
of the target. He is followed by
one of the opposing party, and so
on alternately until all of the spears
—one to each contestant—are cast.
Those who come nearest to the
mark are declared to be the victors. taining the largest number ofj leave the portals of the tomb and the blue glare deepened into a great
impossible to get trusted for a sack
As in the majority of the games in pigeons is accounted the hero of the raise high jinks among the black ghostly flame and the Jersey men Queer Antics of Western Cattle of flour or a ham at the grocery
dulged in by the Samoans, the for day and is honored by gifts of the ened ribs of lost ships on the beach. were horrified to see a long proces
Kings and Lucky Miners.
stores of the camps where they re
feit is a grand feast at the expense choicest bits of food from his com The beach was deserted by all save sion of women and children made
Denver boasts an unusual num sided, and who felt it a luxury to
of the vanquished party.
panions’ stores. These he usually the life-saver's, who patrolled their to “walk the plank” into watery ber of citizens who belong to those have sugar in their breakfast cups
A more dangerous variation of distributes among those of his usual beats hollow with fear and graves. The light, infernal as it classes termed “bonanza kings” of coffee, now make a regular diet
this amusement consists in one of friends who have proved less for trembling.
seemed, was so intense that every and “cattle kings”—men who have of the luxuries of the market, and
the young warriors placing himself tunate in their endeavors. Many
Merrily the inquiry for ghosts line of the ship and every mover struck it rieh in the mining regions have so much money that they do
a certain distance from his compan of the pigeons thus trapped are was sent by telephone from live- ment of her crew were plainly vis of Colorado, or who have rapidly not know how to spend the interest
ions and permitting them to cast kept to be trained as decoys, while saving station to life-saving, from ible. Not a sound was heard by
amassed fortunes on the broad on it.
their spears at him. He is pro the remaining ones are baked and Sandy Hook to Cape May Satur the awed and horrified Jerseymen
One often has the opportunity
plains of the state in the cattle
vided with no shield, but is armed eaten.
day morning, and as a result Supt. who, perfectly petrified with terror, business.
here of observing how a sudden
with a club with which he wards
The bonanza king who has be transformation from comparative
“Spinning the cocoanut” affords Havens assured the anxious that made no outcry, but silently
off the blows aimed at him. Some an inexhaustible fund of amuse the spooks and specters had re watched the minutest details of the come the most prominent in Denver poverty to affluence affects different
of them exhibit a wonderful degree ment, and is thus played: A num mained within the shadowy pre tragedy.
is ex-Senator Tabor, who acquired people. That it “turns the heads”
of dexterity in parrying spear after ber of natives arrange themselves cincts of the tomb. In every place
The scene was enacted, so the his honorable title some years ago of a majority of them is no question
spear as they are hurled at him in a circle, and one squatting in the along the coast where Capt. Kidd Spauldin story goes, in a silence by a sixty days’ service in the and the desire to live “as good as
with all the force of athletic arms. center spir.s a cocoanut around and buried his gold they say that like that of the grave. The last in United States senate. At the time any of ’em” seems to be first and
Fishing matches are also very around. When it ceases its gyra not a single avaricious phantom the line of victims were two girls of the first great mining excitement foremost with all. In the greater
popular, the party taking the larg tions the others immediately ascer came to steal the hidden treasure. with lovely faces, who clung to at Leadville Tabor was running a number of instances, when a Color
est number of fish winning the tain toward whom the three black These facts all go to prove that each other in terror, but were small grocery store in a log cabin ado miner taps nature’s till in the
stake of an elaborately cooked marks, or eyes, on the end of the there has been a general reform of shoved down the plank and into the and his wife, from whom he is now mounta'ns and secures a bag of
nut point, and impose upon him this particular brand of ghots, for water. Everything was motionless divorced, did laundry work for gold he comes to Denver, purchases
In June the islanders indulge in some trivial task or forfeit, such as heretofore on the night of Octobe for an instant afterward. The si miners of the camp. After Tabor a home situated on Capitol hill, has
pigeon catching, a sport in which unliusking a hundred chestnuts or 11th, in every year, spooks were lence was broken by the ship’s bell made a strike he went to Denver, it furnished with absurd elegance,
all take especial delight, but more carrying a load of cocoanuts for the seen digging up and dragging off tolling solemnly three times, a and has resided there since.
casts aside his duck mining suit
especially is this the case with the benefit of his partners in the game. buried gold all along the coast, thunderous report sounded over
He has invested a large amount and dons tailor-made clothes and
chiefs. The most elaborate prepar
This is also the Samoan method while in some places doubloons cov sea and shore, the bright glare of money in property in Denver, dresses his family in extravagant
ations are made, and on such occa of casting lots. If any of their ered with green mold were found.
faded away into the black vault of among which is the Tabor Grand style. He purchases for his daugh
sions all the pigs in a settlement number is unwilling to perform
Around Barnegat Friday night the Bkies and then the ship sank. opera house, one of the finest places ter, should he have one, a “piany,"
are often slaughtered to furnish a some specified duty, the question is was termed “Wrecker’s Night,” This tale was told all through Me- of histronic entertainment in the and after she has become proficient
grand feast for the hunters and question is decided by spinning the and a different variety of specters deconk and will be told there until United States. Tabor procured a enough on the ivories to render
cocoanut to see to whom it turns enjoyed the evening air and haunt Jerseymen are no more.— Phila divorce from his first wife, who was “The Maiden’s Prayer” he is cer
The food is prepared a few days its “face”—as they term it—when ed the lonely shore. These ghosts delphia Press.
his helpmate during his years of tain that she has learned all that is
before the appointed time and then it rests. At one time it was used thereabouts are those of the victims
Drew the Line.
adversity and who, during the early possible for any one to learn in this
the entire population of a village in a similar manner to detect a sus of the old-time marauding Jersey
A good story is being told about days in California gulch, shared country, and discusses with his
starts off for the pigeon grounds in pected thief, or one who bad other men, who by false beacons decoyed
town of an old gentleman who had his frugal beard, his hopes (which wife the advisability of sending her
the bush. There they erect huts wise broken the established laws.— vessels to wreck and ruin on the
lived for years at one of the Stam at that time were not very high— to Germany, or to Boston, or “some
and very often remain for several Detroit Free Press.
coast. The appearance of these ford hotels with his family. Several he rarely aspired higher than a full other for’n country” to complete
weeks engaged in this peculiar
specters seems to be better authen years ago his eldest daughter, who hand or a flush) and assisted the her musical education. He is a
No Phantom Appeared.
ticated than those of Kidd’s kind, was married, died. After a suitable domestic coach up the hill of pros long time learning not to eject to
The ground is first cleared and
The night of Friday, October 11th for the notorious “Wreckers of Bar
time the bereaved widower asked perity by taking in washing. Ta bacco juice on the velvet carpet and
the chiefs station themselves at cer was what is familiarly known negat” are figures in local history
for the hand of the next daughter. bor, after obtaining a divorce, to feel comfortable in a “biled
tain distancss around a large circle, along the New Jersey coast as and their descendants live in Ocean
Not long afterward he was left alone married a young lady of consider shirt,” but by observing the ways
each being concealed under a low “Capt. Kidd’s Night,” when, ac county at this day with hereditary
again, and again he sought for the able beauty, the ceremony taking of others he learns in time to grace
shed, or brushwood covering, and cording to local song and story, the evil propensities, kept in subjection
hand of the third daughter of his place in Washington, attended by his elevated sphere with perfect
provided with a net attached to a victms and all the accursed crew by fear of the law. The memory of
old friend. At last, when he came congressional and other official satisfaction, especially to himself.
long bamboo pole. In his hand of that bloodthirsty pirate rise from the “oldest inhabitant” is not over for the fourth, the old man exclaim
guests. On this occasion Mr. Tabor Such are the men who have been
each holds a stick with a crook in their graves and along the shore re hauled in vain for tales of rapine ed:
exhibited a two-hundred-and-fifty elevated to the top story of for-
the end of it, upon which is perched enact scenes done while in the and murder by night in the storm
“Yes, take her, but, hang it all, dollar night shirt which he intend- tune’s temple by a single pull of
on the shore.
a tame pigeon fastened to the crook body.
when she’s gone, what’ll you do?
ed to don in the bridal chamber.
by means of a light but tough cord
This is tradition, and to many
Jonathan Spauldin, of Metede- You can’t have the old woman, too.”
these fortunate gentlemen
secured to one of its legs. It is seafaring Jerseymen truth. They conk, alleges that on the night of —N. F. Press.
circumstances, owning considerable came to Denver a few years ago to
trained to fly around and around as believe just as much in well-regu October 11th, away back some
The greatest banquet ever known valuable property in Denver. She live. He built a showy residence
directed by its master.
lated ghosts, specters, and such where in the last century, his great to profane history was that which
is living with a son in one of the in a neighborhood inhabited by na-
The hunter gives his decoy the gruesome things as they do in their grandfather, Cyrenius Spauldin, the mayors of France sat down to
prettiest residences in Denver. Ta- bobs and fitted it up in elegant
word; it circles about in the air and own identity. According to their and Job Hulit saw a strange sight,
de l’industrie, as one of the features bor has a political ambition, and, style. After the operation of fitting
soon the wild birds are attracted to gospel, the seashore Friday night j a sort of blue glare at sea, off Man- of the celebration of 1889. Think
as in these days, when a man with up and decorating the interior of
the spot. The nets are now brought should have been thronged with ill-' toloking. That the blue glare ex of a formal banquet at which 13,000
a bar’l has only to want an office j the house was complete, the atten-
The hunters conditioned ghosts, poorly-clad tended and showed in the center of people were regularly seated, and
bad enough and it is his, he may tion of the owner was directed
emerging from their concealment skeletons and a heterogeneous ag- the great circle of the flame a great which required the provision of
represent Colorado in the Unit- to adding attractiveness to his ex-
quickly gather in large numbers of gregation of supernatural horrors., ship-of-the-line. The vessel came 80,000 plates, 52,000 glasees, 27,000
ed States senate or occupy the terior surroundings. He observed
the birds, who thoroughly frightened I But it wasn’t.
close into shore and the movements waiters and scullions! It was a gubernatorial chair.
that his most showy neighbor had
It was the sort of night when any of those on board were plainly seen feast that paled old Rome and the
by their sudden appearance fall an
Many of Denver’s citizens, who i statuary in his front yard, so he
easy prey to them. The chief ob-L well-meaning ghost would like to by the wondering fishermen. Then Caesars.
' from three to ten years ago found it engaged an acquaintance who was
THE FINEST PROPERTY IN McMINNVILLE ! STRICTLY "INSIDE” PROPERTY. BUT ALSO
LEVEL! PURE AIR!
TITLE ABSOLUTELY PERFECT.
I TERMS LIBERAL;
This ma nificent property comprises 460 lots and lies in the very heart of the residence portion
of McMinnville. It is high, commanding a beautiful view of the valley. Many of the most prom
inent residents of McMinnville are now purchasing property in “Oak Park Addition,” and many
elegant and substantial residences will be constructed tnere
there during tne
the coming year. Wuter-
works and electric lights will be put in this summer, giving all the comforts of the choicest villa
Lots are from 50x100 to 50x150, and blocks 200x215, with a 15-foot alley down the center of
each. The advantages of having an alley in each block are obvious.
“Oak Park Addition” adjoins the depot of the Southern Pacific Railroad, the new county court
house, the elegant public school building, and is three blocks from Third street, the business
thorouhfare of McMinnville. “Oak Park Addition” offers superior inducements to investors,
the settled policy of its proprietors being to steadily advance prices with its growth, rendering
investments absolutely safe and profitable.
“Oak Park Addition ” will be planted in shade trees; cross and sidewalks constructed and streets graded. The proprietors are turning in 10 percent of all
sales as a fund for this purpose. This property is being offered for from to 25 to 50 per cent less than any other property in McMinnville of half the advan*
ages. Prices of lots range from $25 up and are sold either on the cash or installment plan.
A plat of this growing addition can be seen at Jas. Fletcher & Co.’s and J. I. Knight & Co., where all further information and price of lots and blocks wiM
je furnished. Also at office of Barnekoff & Co., McMinnville Flouring Mills.
PORTLAND INVESTMENT COMPANY, PROPRIETORS.
F. BARNEKOFF, LOCAL MANAGER
going to New York to order him a
half-dozen pieces of the finest stat
uary which could l>e procured in
the metropolis. In due time the
statuarj' came. He employed a
man to take them from the express
office and artistically arrange them
on his premises.
Coming home on the evening of
the same day the bonanza king
viewed his fine new bronze statu
ary, but not with pleasure, how
ever. The statuary of his neigh
bor, whom he was imitating or try
ing to excel, was of stone, and that
was the proper thing. He retired
that night in a mood of great dis
pleasure. The next morning, be
fore the sun was up, he went forth
upon his lawn, paint-bucket and
paint-brush in hand, and painted
white each piece of the new bronze
statuary. He was at work upon
Venus at her bath when his friend
who had purchased the artistic
images for him happened along
and inquired in dismay what he
was doing. Said the man of sud
denly acquired wealth:
“Do you suppose I want any
Ute squaws in my yard. Not by a
The friend amusedly watched the
artist until he had completed the
job of giving the shapely Venus a
flesh coloring, and then fainted
away when the gentleman stepped
back, viewed the effect of his work
critically a moment, theu went into
the house, and, returning with a
pot of colored paint, commenced to
decorate the limbs of Venus with
red garters. The effect, after he
had completed his work, very much
pleased the manipulator of the
brush, because, he said, it made it
appear more “nat’ral like.” The
bonanza king transferred his resi
dence property to a gentleman who
evidently admired female beauty
without garters. He employed an
artist to erase ‘.hem on the staue of
Venus. So she stands to-day in al)
her nude and adorned beauty.
head and monstrous sword at his
side. An aid told Gen. Dow (per
haps he was only Col. Dow then)
that the commander wished to see
him. Gen. Dow strode down the
line, the soldiers laughing at the
“Gen. Dow,” said the command
er, “you will march out into that
opening yonder, take a position on
that knoll and hold it until further
orders”—something to that effect.
In sight of the entire right wing
of the army Gen. Dow went march
ing out into the opening, his long,
heavy sword clanking on the
ground behind him, his big hat
making him look like a grasshopper
under a toadstool. The command
er heard the army laughing and
looked for the cause.
“Who is that walking acroee the
opening?” he asked.
“That is Gen. Dow," said every
An aid was sent to bring him
“Gen. Dow,” said the command-
er, “why did you go out there
alone? Why did you not take your
command with you?”
“Dear me, general,” said Dow,
“I beg a thousand pardons. I
didn’t know you meant for me to
take anybody with me. You didn't
say so. you know.”— Washington
Says a Bostonian;
who watches the movements of the
big iron jaw of Gen. B. F. Butler as
he sits in court and manages an im
portant case would infer that ho was
an inveterate tobacco chewer, so dili
gently does he masticate. Still the
old general does not smoke or chew.
His jaws for the past four years or
more have been exercised on the
mild and exclusive bark of the slip
pery elm, of which he always car
ries a supply in his pockets. This
is due to the fact that his physic
ian told him he must give upsmok*
ing. Feeling the need of something
to take off the “hanker” for tobacco
Obeyed Orders Literally, g W he resorted to the elm bark and
The federal and confederate forces chews it constantly.”
were preparing for a battle. The
federal commander and his staff,
seated upon their horses, were con
sulting near the right of the line
drawn up in the edge of the woods. BOXD A WEBB,
Gen.Neal Dow was standing in front Frnli Meat, of *11 kinds constantly oa
Highest price paid lor Butcher s
of hie command, a very small man hand.
with a tremendiously big hat on his
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