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Feat of th® Divining Rod.
The question as to the magical or the
scientific value of the “divining rod”
has just been reopened by the success
which has attended its use at the Fiet
ton wagon works of the Midland Kail
way company, England, with reference
to the discovery of a permanent supply
of water. According to The Sanitary
World «London), the company requires
to use about 500 or «00 gallons of
water every day, and the well on their
premises yielded only one-half of that
quantity. It was necessary, therefore,
to supplement the supply by the sinking
of other wells or by the construction of
an expensive system ot piping. The
former plan was preferred, and two
new wells were sunk to no purpose.
The services of a gentleman of the
district, who bore the reputation of be
ing skilled in the art of discovering
water by means of the “divining rod,”
were then called in. This wizard or ex
pert employed for his purpose a forked
hazel twig, holding one prong of the
fork in each hand, the points of the
fork being directed to the sky. After
walking about the premises for some
time, the point of the fork suddenly be
gan to bend down, purely, as the best
evidence goes, of its own accord, and to
point to the earth. The wielder of the
wand declared that here would be found
a plentiful supply of water. The same
indications were repeated at another
from the violenco of its spontaneous
and sympathetic motion, and the same
confident assertions were made with
reference to the occurrence of water—
assertions which the results obtained
by actually sinking wells amply justi
fied, the quantity of water to be ob
rained being apparently inexhaustible.
Other persons essayed to use the wand,
but it rebelled against the usurpation
of its owner s functions, and remained
contumacious and irresponsive. If any
persons, adds the writer, require water
in unlikely localities, it might be well
to secure the services of this diviner be
fore he volunteers for a patriotic mis
sion in favor of the troops in the thirsty
wilds of the Soudan.
Picturesque »nil IiupreHMive Scenes In the
Praetlcal Suggestion® That Have Been
Tested With Unvarying Sueeeaa.
On descending the range into the
lovely San Luis Park, the most south
ern of the four great parks of Colorado
i —North, Middle, South and San Luis—
we pass along the flank,almost, of Sierra
Blanca, the highest mountain in Colo
rado, which boasts forty different peaks
ot 14,000 feet altitude and over. Blanca
exceeds them all, however, by a few
feet. Pike’s Peak is one of the forty,
but is over-topped by several beside
Blanca. The view of the last-named OUR MOTTO IS SMALL Prof-
mountain is much liner, however, from
the farther side of the park, which is
its and quick returns. Hoil*
here about forty miles wide by seventy-
<‘st Goods, Honest
five in length. In looking back at it
the eye takes in all of its grand propor
Weights and Full
tions, and when its cap of perpetual
snow, which gives it the name of
“White Mountain,” is lighted by the
setting sun, it is indescribably glorious Upon which we hope to win
in its varying tints of pearl and ame
your esteem and patronage.
thyst and pink, deepening into crimson
and purple as the shadows lengthen.
Our connections with East
On the west side of the park we begin
ern and Pacific coast dealers
climbing the Cornejos range, making
headway slowly in our ascent for many
and manufacturers are such
miles, as would seem from our zigzag
course. We look back from a slight
that we are enabled to
elevation at the route just traversed,
and it looks like a whip-lash just after
buy these goods as low or
it has been cracked. Indeed, it is called
lower than our competitors,
“the whip-lash.” A little farther on
we pa«s the same station-house three
whether general or special
times, once on a lower level and twice
on a higher, circling around it from the
dealers. Buying goods in
first to the second level.
greater quantities than most
On the way to Leadville, one passes
through the “Grand Canyon” of the
competitors, and when hand
Arkansas, which begins above Canyon
City and extends for a distance of
ling business of any kind the
twenty miles, if one count both the
volume of business enters
canyon proper and the gorge beyond,
which is almost as m.rrow. For six or
largely into the account in
-even ini'e- the train seems to be sweep
ing through a rift in the surface of the
determining the profit or
earth, a very narrow, tortuous rift at
margin to be realized out ot
that, from which one looks tip at the
ribbon of the blue sky above, between
it. Therefore all General
bare and rugged rocks rising abruptly
for a distance of over two thousand
Dealers do have an ad
feet on either side, with less abrupt
mountain walls beyond, towering to a
vantage over special dealers,
height of three or four thousand feet.
and the greater quantity of
A narrow shelf beside the rushing tor
rent. blasted for almost the entire dis
goods sold or the volume ot
tance from the rocky walls, sometimes
forming a corridor, as it were, with the
business done, the greater
rocks overhanging, serves as a road
that advantage and the less
bed. Men had to be let down by ropes
from above in many places to drill the
the pric* ought to be. Hav-
holes for the blasting powder, during
the construction of the road, there
ing a ihll and Complete
being no foothold at all and no possible
Stock of the following
way of descending. Where no human
being had ever trod a few years back,
lines of goods from the lead
the adventurous railroad now bears its
ing driers and best mana-
hundreds daily. In one spot the wall
is so precipitous that the whole moun
facurers, which we replenish
tain side would have had to be blasted
with new fresh goods month
away in order to make a passage. Here
instead a longitudinal iron bridge is
ly or oftener as the trade re
swung from iron trusses anchored in
quires, to wit:
the rocks above on either side of the
stream. It is difficult to imagine a Dre** uik I Pane} Goods Genii»
person so stolid that his heart would and Hoy» Clothing and FnrnGli-
not be 'tirred with awe in traversing tng Goods, Hat* and Cap*. Bool»
this mighty chasm. — Cor. Rochester
and Shoes, Crockery. Queens
ware and Glass ware.
llio i.rgsiaturc rrt i-ed to add the
History of Tenue-see to the list of books and a full line of fresh grocer
for public s hool*. The idea see ns to
ies, so our customers do not
piTva.il with some that the schoolbo)
shonYil learn nlore about Greece and
have to deal at half dozen
Home and other ancient countries and
places to supply their wants.
people than about the history of his own
While we do not propose to i
country and State. II'<J£
ll h tft.
be undersold, yet do not and
The * hrislian Advocntf says:
not put these goods in
"There are signs of .the total break-up
<»t the, Salv.wam.krmy in <hi'-c<¥intry.
competition with Auction
Soiuetbifg has taken »wav <ibe measure
or Short Weight goods I
of sympathy w hich waa freely given at
first. The opinion expressed when their
sold to the trade by unscru
work first opened in. ibU.-eou^j -that
pulous dealers. We fear no
the churches go^ld and »oou would do
all the work the Army proponed to dp,
honest competition. Thank
» still held. No organization outside
ing people for past patron
the Church is called for when the
and favors, will be pleas
Church is alive. The one lesson ot
value which the Army teaches is tbjit
ed to have you call and de
the Church may safely ao outside the
termine for yourselves what
churches to do its work. Methodism
For cl-aning bottles put shot into
them along with hot soap suds.
A little soap applied to the hinges
of a dobr will prevent their creaking.
A few drops of oil of lavender or of
cloves will prevent mucilage from
The warmth of floors is greatly in
creased by putting newspapers under
To clean willow furniture, use salt
and water, apply with a coarse brush
and dry thoroughly.
Honey should be kept in the dark or
it will granulate The bees, knowing
this, work in dark hives.
< Tuckers that have been softened by
exposure will become crisp and fresh
again l>v being heated again in an oven
a few minutes.
<'over house plants with new spapers
before sweeping; also give them a little
ammonia ouce a week in the water
you pm on them.
To prevent children losing their niit-
tens^or gloves, -ew on each one a long
rihlxip mid fasten the ribbon to the in
side of the coat sleeve.
When cook.ng cabbage or onions
pvt a small quantity of vinegar in a cup
on the stove. This neutralizes ifi a
greaV rm-.isnrc the disagreeable, odor
from tfic cooking vegetables.
I valhers slightly uncurled by the
damp air may be restored by holding
them over a hot stove, then shaking
andyrcu' sting ppljj uiUjltih < meshould
tw ludafidlj to ;iiur> do IfeaUicr.—
Good filth stkcc/iinn.
—Bowleg, the English poet, was noted
for bi* abtent-mindedneM. He was in
the habit of daily riding through a
counlrv turnpike-gate, and on« day.
when he was on foot, be preMnted. as
usual, his tWOpCrtOe to the gate-keep
er. “What is that forF” ne asked.
••For my horse, of course.” “But, sir, has known that for a long time. Bui
you have no horse." “Dear me!" ex latterly
we have bdfcn t<fo much afraid
claimed the astonished poet, “am I of eccentric
h 1st: Talk Business a Little.
merit is in our modest claim.
A. J. APPERSON.
CHAS, N. SCOTT, Receiver.
Portland and Willamette Valley Railway.
AR Ar pan
Lv a.in LV
915 Portland, PWV*
Ft. Jefferson St.
. Elk Rock .
. Newberg ..
1 10 ewv Dundee jix
. Davton .luneton
Sheridan Junc n
6 50 .... Dallas.
7 10. . Cochrane
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8 15 i
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Receiver ORC( Ld > Line.
W illiam R eid .
Ample room to care tor horses.
team- at p . s reasonable rates as any where in
Oregon. New stab.e Third St.. McMinnvillo.
Late of Independence, having purchased the
TEAM* ANI) TRUCKS
Of Logan Bros. A Henderson, offerfl his
services in that line to the public, and will
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J ? • •
lo all who favor hnp with thejy patronage.
He will keep a wagon specially Adapted to the
delivery of parcels, trank« ratchefa. etc., for
the accomodation of the public. 'Orders left
at the stable will be promptly attended to at
LIVERY FEED AND SALE STABLES
Eine<’arria¿b*, Hack« and
And everything in the Livery hire,
in good shape
At ltcaNonable Rates.