Newspaper of The Washington Standard, April 29, 1876, Page 2

Newspaper of The Washington Standard dated April 29, 1876 Page 2
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.Vasltwiyton OFFICIAL TAPER OF THURSTON COUNTY. Oar Agents. L. P. FISHER. Newspaper Advertising Agent, Rooms2oand 21 Merchants' Ex harigu. California Street, San Franeisc-o. Messrs. PETTIXGILL & CO., 37 Park Row New York. ■II ■ MMMAMMMMMMMFMMMTMAMMI —H—A OLIIPIA SATUIDM Mm APRIL gjf 1576. THE SKAGIT RIVER. Very few of our readers are a-tvare of the size and length of some of the rivers flowing into the Sound, or of the : large tracts of fertile land, wLich he on j their borders, a. a ble for settlement, . soon as natural obstructions are re moved. The Skagit river, according to the report of the editor of tho tSuiihern Shir, who has recently visited that dis trict, an l consequently formed his im from personal observation, can be made iavigable for light-draught steamers, a distance cf seventy-five miles. It rises c-ast of the Cascade mountains, and re ceives much of its water from streams draining Mount Baker and other high peaks. Its waters are consequently higher in Summer than in Winter, rise slower and do not ordinarily overflow the banks, as in rivers subject to freshests whenever a prolonged season of rainy weather, extending over a wide extent of country, saturates the earth and taxes to the utmost these natural drains. The Skagit flows into the Sound by two mouths, called the North and South Forks, forming a delta, on which the new town-site of Skagit City has been laid out. It is located upon bottom land, abovo # the reach of liigli water. The North Fork is about five miles long and enters the Sound about five miles from La Conner, and the Sivinnomish flats are considered part of the river valley. The South Fork is tho main channel, about eight miles long, and can lie easily ascended by light-draught steamers at any season of the year. The peculiar feature of the river is the " Jam," about two miles above Ska git City. Tho lower portion of this ob struction is about a quarter of a mile in length, and the river is clear for three fourths of a mile to the upper jam, which is half a mile long. It is com posed of drift-wood, the accumulation of many years, which Ins become so firmly interwoven that its removal is an engineering problem of no small magnitude. The jam is t,e great bar to an extension of settlement and the progress <>f civilization to the head of the river. Unly two families have s>-ttlo<l above the jam. All of the set tlement;- are crowded within the delta or along the forks of the river, while a magnificent country along a fine navi gable stream, for over sixty miles above the jam, is by ibis means prevented from being opened to settlement and cultivation, to say nothing of the nniu beilcss mines of the best coal found on the S'iiin 1, or the great amount of the finest timber that th is o1 istaclo ju'cvep ts i - - —I m w—» coming into market. Logging can lee r.trried on only to a limited extent un til after their removal, as the high land is too far back from the ricer to haul lumber from. Even the most favorable town site, Skagit Cfty, was located on the bottom land, near tho forks, for the reason of there being 110 high land on the river below the jam. Perhaps no river in this Territory of fers greater inducements than this for settlement, provided this jam was re moved. Its bottom land, timbered main ly with alder, vine-maple, Ac., is more easily cleared than the Stillaguamish, Snohomish, or most other liver bottom lands in the Territory. The timber, 011 the high land, is of excellent quality, as well as easy to get out and float down, there being few obstacles in run ning logs, after tho removal of the jam, to what arc found on other rivers, the ourrout of the Skagit being steadier and slower than the Snohomish. Several coal mines are prospected, and some work done toward opening them; two of the mines are situated below the jam, and between the South Fork of the river and the Stillaguamish. The rest are above; the removal of the jam is neces- j soy to secure their early development. ' Can wc wonder then that the whole en- j (-cgies of the people are directed towards j obtaining tloveinment aid for the re-. m> vn! of this obstruction: or is tliei'e ( an object on which tlie people of the 1 dVnitorv can more proper!v unite ? " ' Centennial History of the Terri- Torial Press (i. 11. A.." in the /' ■< [tl>- Triht'n -1.1 ■ ■ubtless l!. v. il. Atkinson, who . manif< sts :i lively interest in all projects which servo to commemorate as well as to <toii-.l oar Territ. i:al progress,) slig ht -is that some one of our local scribes I t authorized to write up the history of journalism in Washington Territory, as an accompanying document to the ?s --?avs prepare 1 for tin Centennial history . the country, contemplates! ly the managers of the Philadelphia Exposi tion. Wo heartily approve of tho pro j. ct. ami trust that the duty will be as sigiu 1 to some competent person at as < a;!y a day as possible, that ample time m:>v lie afford al to obtain full statistics and accurate dates on which to base this interesting contribution to frontier progress. The early history of the press <>f California, Oregon and Wash- ! i» .ton - reph'e with interesting iuci d nts; tlie- difficulties of publishing an I ;n intaining newspapers, win re sup pi*. ; were so limited and patrons so few: the market! peculiarities of frontier jo urnalism, which partook in some de gree, of the wild and rugged nature of the country and people, would afford materal for a chapter of surpassing in-1 terest to the general reader, while it would serve to perpetuate the mo.M in teresting portion of the early history of the coast. A PARAMOUNT DUTY. It will be seen by reference to the freight list of the steamship Dakota that the enormous amount of three and one-half tons of freight were received ° by our business men, on her last trip, ■ amounting to about S2O revenue to her , owners. This is not a creditable show | ing, when we consider the difficulties encountered in establishing the line, the extreme reluctance of the company | to extend its route beyond the railroad j terminus, and that the sailing of the steamer was duly advertisedand known ' to all parties interested. "We are not of those disposed to grumble at small failings, nor do we expect of our people things beyond the power of their abil ity to perform; but we do feel chagrined that some of our merchants should on l tinue to patronize sailing vessels which never come above Seattle, and subject . their freight to reshipment, merely that they may save a few cents on each 1 ton —an immediate gain of a few dol lars per month, if they are so fortunate as to sustain no damage from the se vere handling all freight receives car ried by connecting routes, and a pos itive loss of thousands if tlio Pacific j Mail Steamship Company should with draw their steamers from the head of ' j the Sound. We need not expect that or any other company to do anything by * grace or favor. It is all business with | them, and if a route, after trial, fails to pay a profit, it is at once abandoned. This will be precisely what will occur in the present case, if the " penny wise, ' pound foolish policy," is adhered to by 3 i our business men. r j The rates, under the new freight tariff, are cheaper than ever before af j ! forded by any steamship line to the Sound, and are known to be reasonable ; and just; still Mr. Freeman, to place I the result of the extension of route be ■j # i yond conjecture, and to secure a com : moil interest in the line he represents, proposes to contract with our business 1 men to carry all their freight i steam i ships toOlyinpia, for the period <>f one ' ! year, at a still further reduction of ten . per cent, from present schedule rates. 1 The tariff for this place, on many arti ' | cles, is no larger than that to Port | ! Townsend or Seattle, and in somo iu- S stance precisely the rates charged to 1 j Victoria, in a colony which pays a heavy ' ; annual subsidy to secure low rates of f | freight and passage; and the excess is " l in no instance greater than a reasona ble allowance for tho longer distance traversed and the increased expenses .of each trip. It is, we hold, an im perative duty of our peopc to guard J and strengthen the bridge which carries us over the chasui, aud to do this suc cessfully requires the aid of everybody. A division of the amount paid for } . 1 freight bv the merchants of a small i i town like ours, would lie, literally, , making two lutes of a ch'-ri v. The i ; * I benefits to be derived from direct coin- I | munication, not only in time, but as an i outlet for many products which would | not otherwise find a market, is too ap ; parent for argument. "We submit tiie i . : question for careful consideration. I j \DVKKTISI.\Ci AS A FIXE ART. The Seattle Tribune makes some very sensible suggestions in reference to ad vertising as a fine art, which we heartily commend to the attention of the public. The object to be sought is to interest the people, to spice business announce ments in such a manner as to conceal | their distinctive character and make them tickle the fancy of the reader, just as the proper condiments add a ! relish to bean soup or boarding-house j stew. When this is done, no part of j the daily paper is read with more avidity | than the new advertisements. They i are perused for pleasure as well as pro { tit, and the wide-awake salesman and ' his bulletins are the subject of street i talk if he deals in sugar or syrup, or tca i table gossip, if his business runs in the : line of lace and ribbons. One or two of our merchants struck this lead a few i davs ago, when thev inaugurated the j » o » o 1 calico war, but they have not yet come I too close enough quarters to make the 1 i contest interesting. The loss of a few yards of cotton is trilling compared i with the notoriety resulting from this mode of attracting public attention, i Scores of people go to purchase calico, ; and when the victim ■ figuratively speak ■! ing) is in the net, he must indeed be an unskillful salesman who cannot land his : fish. As a rule, aside from a business card, : which serves the purpose of a directory merely, advertisements should be speci fic, and not general. They should em ; brace but a single idea, and it should be presented in the most forcible and attrac -1 tive form. Such ideas, like lath-nails or shoe-pegs, should be driven by a single blow, and immediately supplanted by , something else fresh and sparkling. These witieisms, unlike the jokes of the circus ling, will not bear unlimited re petition, and soon pall the taste, unless the change is rapid and incessant. To keep this up requires skill and patient study, but there is no investment of time or money which will pay a better percen-, tage of profit. Tiie instances are in numerable, where advertising has been j a literal bonanza"' to bold and cuter prizing prospectors. The axiom for busiuess men is something like cooking ' the hare: First obtain something of merit to advertise, and than di.-h up boldly an l season to taste. We started out to tell what the Tri bune knew about advertising, but hav ing warmed up ou the theme, have giv en our own views instead. Next time we will endeavor to be more courteous wLiio | handling the J OUR WASHINGTON LETTER. \\ ..-IITSGTON, I>. April .*. E-7-.. OXXEU7ICUT DEMOCRATIC. There i. a feeli .g of quiet satisfac tion over the result of the Connecticut election. It was thought certain that the State would go Democratic, so there is no room for great rejoicing, as in the case of a doubtful election; still there is some satisfaction in knowing that our anticipations were correct. THE NEW YORK REPUBLICAN NOMINEE WHY COXKLIXO IS PUT FORWARD. It is evident that the power held by the combination of corrupt me n, who, with Grant at tiicir head, control the Republican party, is not shaken by the disclosures of mal-adrninistration re cently make; and it becomes every day more and more certain that the Cincin nati Convention will nominate any man this ring shall i hoose. It is admitted here that the State of New York, with her thirty-five electoral, votes will de cide the next Presidential election; it being certain that neither party can win without the vote of that State. The endorsement of Roscoe Conklin, a member of the Grant ring from the first, by the Republicans of New York, was, therefore, particularly grateful to the Ring, and may be accepted as an j evidence that the decent men of that party will have no voice in the nomina tion. Conkling ln.s held absolute pow er over the office holders of New York , State, and has controled tho patronage jof the New Y'ork Custom House, for I eight years; and his strength, derivc-d from " the cohesive power of public : plunder," should not be under-c-sti- I mated. The great issue of the coming Presidential campaign will be Honest ! Government; and the Democratic par : ty is placing itself squarely on that is- I sue. While it is, as I liavo said, evi ! dent that the Republican nominee will | represent the existing corruption, it is | equally apparent that the nominee of the Democratic pari v m -/ represent 1 .. . , Administration reform. Platforms the people have learned to distrust, as be ing merely premises too often broken. I The character of the aiulidatcs will j weigh more with the people than any i pledges. These questions are freely discussed among leading men here, and there is a healthy tone developed which ; bodes well for the party. FRAUDS! FRAUDS! MORE FRAUDS! j i Henry If. Finlev, of St. Paul, Minn., who was employed by the Interior De . partmeut as an attorney to work up the j frauds in tho Land Office, has discov i ered evidence of the most start lin ; i character, implicating ex-Secretary De lano, ex-assistant Secretary Co wen. j and two United States Senators. Fpon i reporting these facts, a few days ago, Finlev was notified that his services I were no longer required, as tin' '?<■<•. n - ; illCnt tlnl nut think it neco'Si//•_■/ to niiifin j the iitnxtii/alt'Hi (in;/ trrthr. A witness before a committee of the House, several days since, stated that Treiior W. Parke paid J> hn Delano, ) son of Sfclelaiy Delano, s!>2.uuo f..r the patent for the liauna mine tract, ; and that the patent was issue.l upon fraudulent papers now on file in the Department. John Delano has been | subpuuiaed, and further developemoni may be looked for. Si a RFTARY ROUES! >N is also implicated in the most gigantic as avcll as the most petty kinds of frauds —from depositing $1,.>00,000 of Government funds with the bankrupt house of Jay Cooke A Co., to bolster up their fallen fortunes, to having arti cles of furniture for his own mo made iu the Navy Yard shops, at Government expense. All the investigating committees are hard at work, with every prospect of more work to come. A POINT IN THE REPUBLICAN ..AMI , iu both Houses, is to provoke, by taunts and jeers, the members who were identified with the late Confideratc States Government, especially those | who served in the Southern many. into i unguarded utterances. In the Senate, | their target, for some time, has been I General Gordon, of Georgia, than ! whom a more courteous gentleman in I debate does not occupy a scat i:i the Senate. Senator Gordon, as is gener ally known, laid down his arms with Lee at Appomattox, and has never violated i his parole, and yet, Morton and his brother Radicals have hurle l their en venomed shafts at him repeatedly, hope ing to provoko him into on angry and unguarded reply. ''The devil on two sticks," as the witty Don Piatt styles the senior Senator from Indiana, re : cently called Gordon " a living monu meut of the magnanimity of the Rcpub , lican party," fondly hoping that tin Georgia Senator, in reply, would say something which he, Morton, and Li followers, could quote from the poli tical stump, to prove that tho Southern people are still uurepentent and unre j constructed. The Georgia Senator was wi-e enough to treat Mortou'sgibe as i deserved to be treated, with dignified silence. MOKE INF. IRA ATION WANTED. Gen. Gfcmi Las been suspiciou-ly ill, of late, but is now better. About this time, "die old mail," as he is called in Washington, is beginning to cast wist ful eyes in the direction of the sea-beat shore. The prospects of his getting away early this Spring are not all 11. t tering, as the session of Congress may bo prolonged into the Summer months. The House has adopted a vo sola lion cub ing upon him tor inf. rmttlan as t whether the executive functions of the President have at any time since 18G9, been exercised at any other place than "Washington, and if so, for what length of time, and by what authority. Tho reply of the President i- awaited with interest for a pensive pufolie. That the executive functions have been exercised at Long Branch, ami other points out side of Washington is a national fact. It is also conceded that three <s no au thority foi* (he exercise of rati functions at any other place than the Capital. I ly ses, however, left a loop-hole for escape by dating from, although not ai ash ington, all official documents actually prepared and signed at Long Branch, Postmasters, for instance, received their commissions from the "White House in "Washington, where they were forwarded fov the President, who signed them at *■ O Long Branch. Ail of them, of course, have the official legend, ' Done at the City of Washing .I,D. C., Ac., Ac., as witnessed by n hand," Ac. Whether ' this loop-hole is sufficiently large to i permit the escape of Ulysses from, at least, a severe reprimand, remains to foe SCO 11. IUN". B. A. WILLIS, of New York, who introduced the ' com promise" financial bill which has at tracted such general satisfaction, is one of the most energetic and efficient mem bers of the the House. Few men suo succee.l duirng their first term in Cou gress, in attaining so prominent a posi tion as Mr. Willis has already achieved. Whatever may be the final action upon his bill, which is one of the most im portant before Congress, there can be 110 question as to the ability and thought displayed in its prepa •atiou, and should it bo adopted as a means of compromise 011 the money question, by both parties, as Mr. \\ iliis expects, it will confer an honorable fame upon its author. CHEH.VI.IS. Loi*::! A News Items. I K I ! Til I VII V OF SATURDAY. Tin. ( HIM.-: SCHOOL.— The school for instruction of the Chinese, in the Cushman building, on Columbus Street, is in an ex ceedingly i' • i roil, condition, since the advent of Rev. Dong Cong, the Chinese mis sionary, who is of course better able to im ]> ift the iu• lilll ■ ntary elements of cducation a! ami religions training than anybody tins uciiuaincd with the native dialect. There are now eleven pupils, mostly of middle aged men, all of whom manifest much in terest and already considerable proficieiuv in spelling English w mis. Dong Gong is a regularly ordained minister of the Baptist Church, i- a man of considerable intelligence, and his z- al in the cause appears unbounded, lie has charge of the mission school in Port land, but is now on a brief toured instruction to his benighted brethren on the Sound. Cr< at credit is due to the zealous Christians who have inaugurated the word, whether it rc-ults iii any permanent improvement of the " Heathen Chinee" 01 not. Tin: X. Y. Sun notes the fact that Ham mond, the revivalist, has been laboring in Washington with all his enu -y for two or three months pa-!; hut he meet- with no SIICCE.-S in l.is efforts to regenerate Congress men. Hi- converts arc numbered by the thousand, according to the reports, and in ciude -on,e vt rv hard eases, but nut a; ingle member of either House. How can this state of things oe accounted for ? Congress men have souls, like other people, and they have certainly no immunity from the penal tics of there misdeeds. Grottier Hammond , -iii to make a special stu ly of the men tial condition of some of the more notorious -iniu rs-,u.ani;: them, and lind out why it is that the revival can get no foothold among them, and why the arguments which have i ached thousands of the ordinary people of W-: hington fail to reach the Congressional mind. TII:.v have novel expedient- to "draw a hobse" at Seattle. It was announced a few weeks ago that Mr. Y-sier would sing "Old Grimes" in cost tunc. A large audience as -embied to witiK ss tliis feature of the even ing's entertainment, but it was omitted, and the audience very magnanimously regarded the affair a- a good joke. This week it was adverti-ed that Mr. Yeslcr and Mrs. Duniway would positively appear at an entertainment to havt been given last evening,and sing "Old ! Grimes." Probably with this icinforcenient Mr. Yeslcr may muster up courage to face an audience. When the ice is broken, we ex pect our citizens will invite him to appear in • "lambia Hall for the benelitof the < tlympia- Tt niuo llailroad, or some other charitable object. Tin; committee of the centennial celebra tion in Portland, manage to keep up an in : crest by inviting di-tinguished individuals to " honor the occasion"'by their presence, rimy begin with G vi. Lane, an 1 have gone through all the military and civic heroes of the State, and begun on the editors. Several of the frat'-rnity have kindly consented to he pre-'-:;,. The iptestion now is, after every ;b >..ly el- ff complimented, who will in cite the managing committee ? Mm Mann's drug -tore i> now ornamented with two signs—one reading " Pugct Sound Drug Si-ire.'' and the other "Olvmpia Drug s'-ore. It depends upon whether you.are go ing up or coming down the street, which you sec tirst, and the arrangement i- likely to eon :n-e strangers of limited knowledge of our local tonography. THE Court is engaged to-day in hearing ea-r- of minor importance. The liquor deal ers who plead guilty of selling liquor to mi nor- w ere bound over to appear at the next term. Several important eases are continued, as to dav ends the term of court by statuta ry limitation. DAUM v" JONES, the convict who ESCAPED fr an the ('■ uinty Jail a year or more ago, has been returned to his old quarters. She-rill Hilling-visited Victoria the last trip of the North Pacific, and cs< >rted him to 11 Ii- place with the ho :or- I>._tilting lii- stati in. TTTR. arm :- X-uth Paciti • arrived last evening fr «m VI-'oria several hours ahead of in r :;-uri! time, which is always less than lb.'.ve-,1 by »he ... hedule for transportation of th mail -. The service was never better per rme Ith ;n p, now. Tit:: tearner Z -plgyr. since the improve tn>s ale upon her cabin, is one of the ne coinf rtallc boats on the Sound, and Capt. Wright feels a pardonable pride is ex hibiting her neat appointments. Tin::.; will be services in the Congrega tional ( Lurch tomorrow, morning and even ing, conducted by Dr. Atkinson. C'ommun i elo.-e <■!' morning service. Prepara t try - rvice in tin-church this evening at 7.30. Tiv "i. iu-.ri;- - i- informed that an Indian • v. the >at.— >p a :-. wd us ago killed eight elk In <•:. • 'ay lie d-d not wantonly destroy tie. m put dried and saved every pound of the meat. Worth beget -, in Lase minds, envy : in great souls, emulation. THE lots of J D. I.anian, corner of Fourth ami Washington Stieets, which were disposed of by public auction, on the 12th instant, for *425 dollars, have been sold at private sale fur sbOO coin. Mr. Fix was the purchaser. b. P. WASHULUX, George Pratt and Chas. Powell, have been sent to McNeil Island, to serve out a term of three month's imprison ment for selling liquor to Indians. THE Willamette river recently reached the highest point ever known at this season of the year. At Albany was twenty-one feet above low-water mark DAXIEL BACGH.MAX, a brother of Capt. Baughman, the well known pilot, was drowned near Cathlamet, last Wednesday, by the capsizing of a skiff. THE Emperor and Empress of Brazil have -tarted across the continent. They intend visiting San Francisco and other places of in terest on this coast. THE wharf fever has reached Steilaeooui. The Panama, it is announced, will land there, ■ if the wharf is renovated and made more se cure. A coitKEsi-oxDENT writing from the Black Hills, Wyoming Territory, expresses the be lief that the mint s in that district are a fail ! lire. Tin: Democrat thinks that Albany is the | only place of :J,OOO inhabitants in the United I States tiiat has 110 Catholic church. | ANEW vessel was launched from Ham ; mond's ways, at Port Ludlow last week. ' She was christened the Corsair. THE Zephyr on her last trip carried down i lumber for the new Snohomish steamer from I tlie Tacoma mill. IIORSK-RACIXU and rowing matches are ad vertised to attract a crowd to Portland on the Ith of .July. OSCAR BELLINGER lias been appointed a cadet to the Naval Academy at Annapolis 1 from Oregon. An effort in the lowa Legislature to rc | store the death penalty recently failed by a | single vote. MR. E. 1). Warbuss, of Sin Juan county, j is on a brief visit to our city, j I'\U:MERS on the Columbia river are plant | ing large crops of potatoes. IT costs sOO to go from Victoria to the 1 Cassiar mines. FROM THE DAILY OF MONDAY. THE following curious ease is reported from Los about Lewis (I. Cabanis, ; a notary of that city, who lias just been j granted a pension by the United Stales Gov ! ernnient. During the var he was stationed | as quartermaster at Walla Walla, Washing i ton Territory, and during an oflieial f rip was thrown from his buggy, landing on his head 1 and producing concussion of the brain. ! When after two months, he partially recov j ered consciousness, he was asked to sign the | regimental report, he found that he had for ! gotten Ids own name in consequence of the ! accident. Asking a short postponement be | managed to crawl out of bed, and in his | cainpschest found some papers which liad his name written upon them. Before the ne '• cidcnt he was a good linguist, speaking four ' or live language-, but has not been able since I to recall more than one or two of them. THE Victoria Luluuist, of the 10th inst. j contains the following: On the btli of last | January there appeared in the columns of | the < '"'oil i>t a card signed by George White, | which card reflects injuriously upon the ; private character of Mr. John Collins of ! Seattle, Washington Teiritory. Since the | publication we have been assured that the | charges contained in said card are untrue; | that the writer was and is laboring under an | hallucination, and that this paper was made the vehicle ot ar unjustifiable assault on Mr. Collins' character that had been refused in sertion in the press of Washington Territory. Under these circumstances we have no liesi tatiou in saying that we regret the publica j lion am! are extremely sorry that the card reached the public eye through these col umn-. THE dispute about the Maynard claim in I the citv of Seattle has been before the Land - j office for some time. Anew element in the S contest now appears. The City of Seattle I made application to enter the land under the ! Town site Law, and a letter from the Com ! missiotier was recently received directing the Register and Receiver to take testimony in the case. Notices were sent down for publi cation last night, and the case will come up for hearing sometime next June. ACCORDING to the telegraph the Provincial Legislature, now in session at Victoria, has gone to legislating against '/lack cattle. They never had any prejudice against people of that color, and for the life of us wc can't understand tins sudden animosity to the sombcr-hued bovines. Maybe it was stock cattle. MAKRAGES.—Yesterday Mr. Chas. Clark and Miss Ida Thalheimer were united in marriage by Squire Marsh. In the evening, at the New England Hotel, of the same day, Mr. Geo. E. Smith and Miss. Ida Guess were joined in marriage by Rev. J. T. Wolfe, J A PRIVATE letter from the Head of Hood's Canal informs us that they organized their tirst school meeting in that district on the Ist of April, ISKJ, by electing A. Whiteman, L. Eraser and 11. Jackson, directors, and Alfred Jones, clerk. BEARING the stock of Pacific Mail con tinues. Last Friday the coal and stores of the Company in San Francisco were attached by the Panama Railroad Company. ACCORDING to a Seattle paper men shoot at each other in the business part of the town and the authorities make no efforts to punish the would-be murderers. MR. ANDREW CUILBERG, a brother of the gentleman of that name in this eitv, made this place a visit Saturday. He came out recently from lowa. MR. E. L. Finch, of South Bay, lias been unloading, to-day, a scow-load of very line ce dar lumber, brought up for different parties in town. THE lki-ahFi Washington special of the JCth inst, says there is a prospect that the Indian bill will be passed by e fair majority. J HF. waters of the Willamette are unusu ally high for litis season of the year. A damaging freshet is feared. THE bond of Mr. C. B. Mann as Town Treasurer, was approved by the City Fathers, last Saturday night. Tin; fruit and grain crop in C alifornia is unusually promising this year. J FROM THE DAILY OF TUESDAY. ANOTHER PIONEER PASSED BEYOND.—At quarter to six o'clock this morning, the spirit of EDWARD GIDDINGS, winged its flight to the Great Unknown, lie died peacefully and without a struggle, after a prolonged and painful illness, under which he wasted away un il the once vigorous form was re ductal to almost skin and bone. During his illness he has been the subject of uniemitting attention of his friends, and his pathway to the grave has been made smooth by many kind acts of those who have ever held him ia high esteem. 3lr. Biddings was born in Niagara county. New York, May 20,1822. lie sj ent IPs boyhood near home. hea he airived at the age of majority, lie went to A 1 I , bany, and served several years under Sib,- j Wright and 3lillard Fil'more, in the odiee of j State Comptioiler. In 1819, he came to this j coast; returned in August, 1840, and «> • ! married in September, of that year to the in estimable companion who survives him. In December he again came with 1 is family, j to this Coast, and after three years' residence ; in California came to Paget Sound when he j has since continued to reide, mainly in WJlympia, but for a time at Whatcom, and J for a short period ia Portland, while in com ! mand of the steamer Multnomah on the Co lumbia river. While Dr. Henry was Sur veyor-General of this Territory from 1 5 42 to 1805, Mr. Giddings ably and faithfully dis charged the duties of Chief Clerk in his office, lie was subsequently several y«ar» engaged as Deputy Surveyor, and tin-illy re ceived the appointment of Collector of In ternal lti-venue, which poiuion he h id a' ' his death. In every public capacity, Mr. Ghldings has discharged his duty acceptably i to the people a al with credit t > himself, j while his genial social qualities have en deared him ! a lar_e circle of aoouaintaai a s i " 1 ] all over the ('oast. The funeral will take place Thursday next tit 2 o'clock, in the M. 11. Chureh. Tile remains will !.-• inter;- -1 in tlie Masonic Cemctary. FitEqi ENT complaint c..' mail irregularity have been iionl by the p;a >s at Stcilai oom Seattle and P >rtland over the rottie by rail road, from Kal una to Taeoma. As onr mails have generally come through without deten tion, or miscarriage, we have hitherto re frained from comment. It appears, however, that the evil is growing wor.-e, if the Kalatna • correspondent of the Oregouian, writing under date of the 22d inst., is reliable. He i says: A great many times onr California pa | pers pass through here, go down the Sound 1 and then come back. Sometime -it looks as i if the newspaper mail for Washington Ter ' ritory was all jumbled together and sent to Puget Sound to be distributed. The frequent I changingof route agents is another bad thing, as every new man makes a lot of mistakes | before lie learns the route. We are patient ! sufferers, but we are getting tired of these things, and hope that the spirit of reform ! that is pervading other departments of the public service, may shed its benign inlluence . over our postal agent and his subordinates, and correct the evils herein complained of. Wi; inadvertantly omitted to allude, at the proper time, to the entertainment given by the Washington Literarv Soviet v in Columbia Hall, last Saturday night. It was, on the whole a very creditable exhibit of the musi cal and literary proficiency of the members . i composing it, although one or two of the I I songs and some of the parts in the farce, i were not quite as well tendered as they might . I have been w'nli more practice and study. , I One objectionable feature we observed in the . j after-piece, which doubtless only needs this . j allusion to be corrected in the future, was the . use of "cuss woul-," in the lines of a play. . | They should be cut out, whether the writer I j authorized their use or not. They do not add ; to the effectiveness of the representation, and . j positively mar the enjoyment of many re , lined persons. The net proceeds of the exi bition were s-10, one-half of which goes to : the society an l the remainder to a fund for i improving the Public Square. " THE item in the OI.YMIMAN yesterday rc r I 1 j luting to a loss of memory caused by a fall ' j which produced concussion of the brain, j. : is corn#oratcd by the following note from j Dr. Steele, who was personally conversant ! with the circumstances: Your statement of j the case of L. G. Cabanis can be verified and ' ' enlarged by staling that after his recovery | from the injury at Walla-walla so far as i enable him to aJicu'l to duty, he was sta tioned at Fort Dalles, Oregon, where he was again injured by being thrown from his i horse, st!iking on the top of his head, J producing concussion of the brain and e\- I j cesstve bleeding from the ears and nose, | with ether symptoms of fracture of the bone •of the skull. He was many weeks confined j to his room, often wandering or unconscious, I and finally, w hen mustered out of of service, | was but able to travel. , | ONE of the most important luliugs for , ; Puget Sound shipping was recently made by i the French Lloyds, who have determined . hereafter to rate vessels built o r our fir tim , ber, as high as tin>se constructed of the bc>t wooden material u-ed i:i naval architecture. , This action will, at once, place our shipping ! on an equal fooling with that constructed in I the most favored ship-building di.-uiets. l! . . lias long maintained a high local standing, . | founded upon the rating of San Francisco j- underwriters, and it only remains for such t recognition as has been received from abroad, to establish a wide-w ide reputation. As an indication of the " money" there is in land on this coast we cite a recent op • ; eration of David Jacks, of Monterey county. , ; Cal., who owns a farm of ten thousand acres, which was purchased a few years ago for SIO,OOO. He last year planted it in . 1 wheat. The yield was fifteen centals per acre. At one dollar per cental this gives a crop worth $150,000, of which twenty five 1 per cent., or $57,500, is net pioiit. , j THE body of a white man was found in the ! Columbia river near Cascades, last week. I which from appearances had been in the water some weeks. It is supposed to have been the remains of the blacksmith. MeNal j. lv. who was killed by the accidental cxplo- I sion, of dynamite, at 1 matilla lUpids about the first of March. ( Tin: plaintiffs council in the New World ease, have prepared a bill of exceptions to 1 the rulings of the court, and the ease will probably take the same course as that of the Oregon Steam Navigation Company vs. C. If. Hale ct el. It will probably end in the | Supreme Court of the United States. THE weather has been exceedingly un pleasant the past few days. Dark clouds ob scure the horizon and a constant drizzle of rain has prevailed for many hours at a time. The Spring is the most backward of any we have experience for many years. Mil. A. 11. Chamber-, of the City Market, brought from the Dalle- this week a fine lot of work and beef cattle. The average girth of the former wa- seven feet three inches. . The total weight of the band of eighteen was ; 25,000 pounds, an average w eight of 1,4231 pounds. MR. (JOSS, of the firm of Goss A Sawyer, of Hath, Maine, will not arrive on the Sound tiii some time next month. He was detained by an unusually active season in his yards— the construction of several larg : ships by a specified date. THE " Woman's band of Helper:-" is the | name of an organization of ladies ot the , j Baptist denomanation in Portland, whose j mission it is to reclaim fallen women. No I nobler life-mission could enlist the tender ' heart of woman. TiiEAlida leave-" for Seattle to-morrow morning at 2 o'clrn k. She carries the Odd Fellows, of this place, who visit that city to participate with the order in the celebration ; of the 57th anniversary of Odd Fellowship in America. Ladies of Snohomish City design giving a May Day ball. j PEUSOXAI.. —Capt. I.av.-on arrived in Wash ; ington on the 'itli inst. Mrs. Lawsoi, re ! mained in Madison, W iseonsin, and was to I have joined her husband, o.ailie .111, in Plula i delphia. Tut: edit >r of the Seattle Tribune i> . worried because the giiis don't propose. lie thinks as leap year eoutes but once in fuur years the damsels, sk-iulJ not let n. grass grow. Asntii 1 of land ic-Cently sold in Sci Fran ci=co for 8250,000, which twel> e y ..rs ago ; was bought for SS.OOO. It is ah it toe size of two of our town lots. Carr. ile-sie, of Bath, Maine, contem plates sending one of his vessels to Puget Sound, Tor a cargo of 1:1 i->ls and spars THE Atkins wharf, at Seattle, was sold a few days ago for 84,200. It was bought by a company. • • TILU L».\*!.v OF \V::ILM>DAY. % 15. Pi.rsiME!t, or as he once liked to he cdhd, "Yankee Piummer," was in Sacti." incut- >, a few days ago, engaged in giving en tertainiiieiits. lie is now called Carl 15. Piummer. The /■' •/;</ says he has rare mimetic powers, and' is possessed of much dramatic ability. His readings are of an order to which lie is peculiarly adapted, in feature, tone and facial expression. lie places himseif on good terms with his audience at once, and sends the people away impressed with having been well and intelli gently entertained by a man of line humor and natural wit. THE Dakota arrived Monday morning in Esquimalt harbor, bringing about 200 tons freight and 212 passengers; reached this place to-day, at noon. Wehave been furnished the following memoranda: There we*e 15 pas sengers for Olynipia, A. I.isclio and wife, Mrs. G. ('. Hewitt, !5. Postal, F. McMurray, Owen Meliiroy, Mrs. Clendenning, J. It. Wheat, J. 8. Forslrom, Jas. Walker, Mrs. Hsteriy, Mrs. A. 11. Stuart, Mrs. Forslrom and 4 children and G. W. Whitney. No great amount of freight came. LATE San Francisco papers report the coal market there in a dull, overdone condition. Very low prices have recently been accepted for cargoes of Scotch and English to arrive near summer and fall; for instance, SSgyS 45 for Welch steam coal: 88 ?se/!)for Scotch splint, and 810 for West Hartley. Anthra cite is r.ow quoted in the city at 8 12(0 15 per toil, and Lehigh a dollar better —-just about half the rates of six mouths ago. A Philadelphia paper has been at pains to calculate tiiat if the Centennial exhibition costs 5T,500,000, the amount claimed to com plete it, in order to realize this sum it w ill be ncees-aty for 15,000,000 people to'visit it once, at the price of admission, 50 cents; and a> the time is confined to 158 days (from May 10 to Nov. 10, deducting Sundays, on which . it will be closed.) it will require the daily at tendance of '.11,000 people. MAUSII U, MOSSMAN cut his left hand very severely, Monday evening. He was holding a stick in one hand and using an ax with the 1 other. I»y some means the handle of the ax ! caught and threw the blade upon the injured member. It will be disabled for sometime. Tin: propeller St. Patrick, which we nien ' tioned sometime ago as having been pur chased at Portland, has been brought around from the Columbia River in safety. . : and will soon be placed on the route between i Poit Townscnd and Seabock. i IxroiiMATiox fr-un Arizona states that Matt j Bledsoe, wiio was for eight years a convict in the Oregon Penitentiary, but was pardoned 1 for the benefit of his health, was shot and I killed in a saloon at Preseotl, in that tcrri ' - tory, a few weeks since. 1 Tin: «-arly fruit crop in this region promise* to he abundant, ("lierry, pear and peach • ' tree- are brilliant with blossoms, and should ! ; j no heavy 1 lost visit lis there will lie cheiry ■ j pics, peach-cobblers ami—Harriett pears uii • ' numbered. '•WHAT'S use play L'oker," remarked an 1 almond-eyed denizen of Arizona, the other ' | day. "Me hold four kings and a lace; Mel j ican man hold all same time four lace* 1 'and a king; whoio week washec gone life woodbine. THE sensational Mormon exodus story, which was telegraphed on the Ist inst., all ' over the United States from Salt J.ake City, proves to bean April fool's canard, made up out of whole cloth. A I'uii.ADKi.rui A jury last week awarded sIOO damage to a person whose tiower beds had been invaded and injured hv a neighbor's chicken.-'. Daniels come to judgment. , C'.it. lkOi:u!;u's new schooner Mary Tay , lor came into port last night. She has a cargo of wheat on hoard for Tumwater and w ill In towed up to that place to day. TUK Vivian-Kolder troupe gave a perfor mance in the Dalles hist Monday night. They are wending their way eastward by wav of Walla Walla and Idaho City. i | ' RKV. C. I„ FISCHKR, pastor of St. John's church in this eitv intends to leave for Phil ■ adelphia to-day, where he has accepted ;i call i for ministerial labor. . Mi; It. L. DOYI.E, an old and well-known settler, a.id fellow typo, gave us a call to-day. <leorgc 1". Smith, at present of the Suohoinish t>'tiir, is also in town. TIIE pile-driver is now lying near Marsh ville bridge and preparations are making to construct a new pier under the draw. LAST week, at Nanaimo, K iw. 11, Michael shot himself with a pist d and at la.-t accounts was not expected to recover. Mas G. If. FOSTER will leave for the East | em States to day, intending to he gone on a 1 vi.-it st vi ral mouths. Tin; Je:d's farm, lying some miles down . the bar, has recently been purchased hv a Mr. Sherwood. Tin; Chinese missionary, Dong Gong, I preached in the IJaptist church, last night. Tin; steamer California arrived at Nanaimo Monday, on her return from Sitka. Tin; County Commissioners will meet, next Monday, for the regular May term. THE big Centennial canoe reached Sun Francisco on the Dakota insafctv. IIMU THE DAH.Y Or THfIISOAY. 'i nt: \\ inkmixc.v Railroad—lt Appears that tlie propot-ilion of the Central Pacifc to build a brunch to Portland, provided suf ficient State and municipal aid could be ob tained, lias been rejected by the Portland Hoard of Trade. 'I iie result of its delibera tion-> having been telegraphed to Mr. C. E. Tliton of New York, that gentleman, in the -1 ' instant, returned tlie following urgent telegram: ".Mr. Huntington, the Vice President of the company, will not charge the bill. I tried my best. He is disposed to withdraw his offer, but will wait official re ply. lie docs not say he won't accept your bill as to taxes, &c., but the time and in terest he must have. No doubt will com plete the road in the time you mention. It is nothing to the State to pay compared to the benefits it will derive. California with better railroad facilities produces sixty mil lion bushels per year; Oregon, with better resources, raises six million bushels. You know no one else can build this road I and make such favorable eastern and southern

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