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TO START CAN A I,.
Channel at Three JVIile Ilapids to
The first work in connection with the
construction of the Cehlo Canal will be
com . enced about May 1. Major W. C.
Langfitt, United States Engineer De
partment, will advertise for sealed pro
posals for removing the submerged
rocks and deepening the channel of the
Columbia River at Three-Mi. e Rapids.
Sealed proposals will be received at the
office of Major Langfitt until until 11a.
m., March 22. 1904, which will then be
Accoiding to ttie contract, work on
t lie channel must commence within 30
days after the award of the contract,
and the commencement of the improve
ment of the channel will depend entire
ly oq the time consumed in abstracting
the bids and deciding which will be the
most advantageous, which will probably
be done within ten days after the pro
posals are opened.
The improvement work according to
the contract, must be completed iu May
The improvement will consist of re
moving submerged rocks and reefs
from the channel that are dangerous to
boats, espectally during low water and
the channel will be opened and made of
sufficient deplh and width to insure the
safety of boats that will necessarily nav
igate this part of the river during the
low water when the construction of the
canal is in progress. The completion of
the contract will open the channel from
The Dalles to the point where the canal
will be constructed.
For the Celilo Canal $199,073 is on
hand with which to do the work, nearly
all of which will be consumed in clear
ing the Three Mile Rapids. Major
Langfitt stated that nearly all of the
available fund would be used on this
improvement of the river, and while the
work could be postponed until a later
date that as long as the money was
available, this part of the work might
as well be done at the present time.
The recommendation of Major Lang
fitt that the channel be cleared, was
submitted to the Engineer's depart
ment, in Washington, some time ago
and met with the approval of the department.
vai,ui:s a hi: iiiuiiuic.
Speaks f or Chief Joseph.
Carlise, Pa., Feb. 18. Several thou
sand persons witnessed the commence
ment exercises at the Carlisle Indian
school today, when diplomas were pre
sented to the largest class in the his
tory of the institution, the graduates
numbering 43. General O. O. Howard,
Dr. Sheldon Jackson and Chief Joseph
of the Nez Terces, were among the
General Howard feelingly referred to
old Chief Joseph, against whom he bad
warred, and demanded that Congress re
pay the Nez Terces for the losses in
"Nothing," be said "is ever settled
until justice is done."
Taxable Property Increased 25.
000,000 In the State.:
Salem, Or., Feb. 17. An increase of
$25,000,000 in the assessed valuation of
the taxable property in Oregon is shown
by the assessment summaries which
have just been filed in the ifice of the
Secieiary of State. The total value of
taxable property in 1902 was $148,000,-
000, and according to the rolls of 1903 it
is $173,000,000. There has been an in
crease in the assessed value of eyery
class of property showing the heaviest
advances. In round numbers, tillable
land has increased $5,000,000, non-ti li
able laud, $9,000,000; city lots and im
provements, $4,000,000; railroad bed,
$3,000,000; merchandise $1,000,000.
Railroad bed shows the greatest per
cent of increase, the advance being
nearly 42 per cent. Unimproved land
has gone up 34 per cent on the assess
In per cent of increase Clackamas
County heads tbe list by almost doub
ling its assessment Gilliam County
shows an increase of 98 per cent; Bea
ton, 72 per cent; Umatilla, G2 per cent;
M'.now, 54 per cent, and Clatsop 44 per
cent. Two counties show decreases,
Tillamook and G rant, but Tillamook
had nearly doubled its assessment the
year before. Much to the surprise of
everyone, Multnoman County shows the
smallest rate of increase, although it is
known that rents have adyaaced and
many new buildings have been erected
The average increase throughout the
state is 17 per cent. Multnomah's in
crease is y2 per cent.
The figures show that the advances
lave been more in the amount of prop
erty. Ihere has been an increase of
I(i0,0o0 acres in the area of tillable land,
but the rate of valuation has increased
rom $10 to $11.50 per acre. Iu 1902,
there were 2,809,327 acres of tillable
and assessed, and iu 1903 there weie
2,971,343. The area of non-tillable land
assessed has increased from 13,122,168
acres to 14,389,140 acres, and the rate of
assessment has .increased trom $2 per
acre to approximately $2. 50 per acre.
1UO lUUICilOC 111 HiO liUIUUCI JI IJJ11CO
of railroad bed has been from 1,6S0
miles in 1902 to 1,704 miles in 1903. The
rate of assessment has increased from
$3469 per mile to $4630 per mile.
The number of livestock has grown
as follows :
Horses and mules. . 150,346
Sheep and goats. . .1,953 011
though the whole neighborhood was
snun apprised and there whs a scrambl"
to get in line and obtain a enveted qua
ter section in short order. Over 200 ap
plicants to purchase were in before thw
supply was exhausted.
What brought about the stampede
was the dinclosure of certain factH in
possession of the law firm of McKniuht
i c:v r
Located in Old
Rooms 5 and (5.
& Seabrook relative to the title of the
famous Coos Bay wagon toad lands. It
is claimed that this immensely valuable
tract of timber is still held in trust by
Southern Oregon Company for the
people, the clause in the original grant
to the State of Oregon from the Federal
Government being operative in which it
recites that the land shall not be sold to
individuals other than citizens of the
United States and in tracts not larger A. K. HIGGS,
G. W. Phelps
ATTORNEY AT LAW.
ilu ein Odd Fellows Bldg Heppner, Oregon
G. W. REA
u. s. commissioner
Homestead Filings ami Proofs made. Oflice
one door east of P. O. Borg's Jewelry Store
Heppner, - - Oregon
IVotlce of Sale of Impounded
Notice is hereby given that I have
taken up within the corporate limits of
the town of Heppner, and impounded
the following described animal to wit:
One three-year-old red heifer with
white face, no ear marks or brands vis
ible. That I will on Wednesday, the 2d day
of March, 1904, at the hour of 2 o'clock
in the afternoon of said day at the City
Pound, in Heppner, Oregon, offer said
animal for sale at public auction to the
highest bidder for cash in hand, unless
claimed by the owner before said time.
Dated this 19th day of February,
1904. D. C. GURDANE,
Townc Drop Free Silver.
New York, Feb. 17. In a speech be
fore the Democratic Club, ex Senator
Charles A. Towne has declared, in dis
cussing the next platform of bis party,
that the Democrats of the West are will
ing to relegate the silver issue. The
free-coinage question, he is quoted as
having said, has been settled by an in
crease in the world's gold supply, and
while matters remain as they are the
people do not care anything about it.
than 160 acres, and at a price not to ex
ceed $2.50 or less than $1.25. This land
has always been held as a whole by a
corporation. Upon this point hinges
the fate of the 200 applicants to pur
chase the land, and they have put up
$3000 to prosecute the case. Applica
tion to purchase at the top figure was
served upon R. E. Shine, secretary of
the company on the same day.
There is no end to the excitement oc
casioned by the bringing of the suit.
Coos county has long been troubled
with this company that will not sell a
foot of land to settlers at any price, and
public sentiment is very strongly in
tavor of those who have applied for the
lands. In all events this means the
starting of a long legal battle.
The Baltimore and the Home
fire insurance companies of Balti
more, have applied for receivers
which will be at once appointed.
Albert Beekman, the murderer
of his sweetheart, Helen Kelly,
was sentenced to 99 years impris
onment for the crime, at Butte, on
Elbert Wilson, who was report
ed to have been drowned in the
Yamhill river, at Forest Grove, is
thought to have left the country.
For Me Next 20 Days
All 5o tablets 3 for lOo
All 15o tablets 20o
Box stationery, former price 25o,
Box stationery, former price 20c,
Box stationery, former price loo
All our stook of Lee's Egg
Pioducer for Ohickf ns : :
AT COST Pititi:
Non-secret patent medioines, for
mer prioe $1 a bottle, reduced ttn
Heppner Drug Co.
PHYSICIAN & SURGEON.
Office new I. O. O. F. building. Rooms
3 and 4. Residence at Palace Hotel.
RedfieJd & VanVactor,
ATTORNEYS AT LAW
Office on west end of May Btrec
Frank B. Kistner,
PHYSICIAN AND, SURGEON
Office hours when not professional iy
Office in Patterson & Son's drugsto e-
C. E. WOODSEN.
A TTORNE Y A T-LA W
Office In Palace Hotel Heppner, Oregon-
Following the announcement
that the shingle mills on the Puyet
Sound had consolidated, comes the
announcement of a raise in the
price of shingles.
The editorial pare of th Weekly Or
gonlan elves a broad treatment to a wld
-anee of aubjecta.
HAINES FURNITURE CO.
Successors to Wells & Co.
Oak, ash, fir and maple
$18 to $45
The most complete line
ever shown in Heppner.
Fine, pillows and'eom
forts. All wool blankets
made at Union Woolen
Nice new patterns of
Floor Oilcloth at
35 and 40 cts.
Fine line Linoleums at
60 and 65 cts. '
New Home Sewing Ma
chines, the best on
$32.50 to $50
Organs ranging in price
$8o, $95 to$i.io
Stoves, Ranges and
Cooking Utensils cheap.
Crockery, Lamps and
A. Rogers' Sil-
Carpels, Mattings and
Anything not carried in stock, cheerfully ordered cheaper J
than you can send for it. 1
Bruce Haines, Prop. j
Leading Eastern Oregon Hotel
ELECTRIC LIGHTED . . .
Under New Management. Thoroughly
Renovated and Remitted. Best
Metds in tbe City.
PHIL METSCI1AN', Jr., Prop.
and want ads of all descriptions will
hereafter be published in a column by
Halr for f.ornl Ads.
Ten cents a line for first insertion and
5 tents a line for each subsequent inser
tion. All notices pet in brevier type.
It u li For Timber Land.
Marehfield, Or., Feb. 17. Marehfield
experienced genuine excitement yester
day in a scramble for timber land, the
like of which was never eeen bere be
fore. It was not scheduled nor herald
ed in print, bnt started on tbe quiet,
T. R. Howard for tine groceries
Howard's grocery ptore is a very pop
ular place for the purchase of supplies
for farmers and outfits for outing in the
way of extra fine uroceriea. Almost
everything imaginable kept in stock.
It's handy where you can get anything
Poor man I He can't help if.
He gets bilious. He needs a
good liver pill Ayer's Pills.
They act directly on the liver,
Want your moustache or beard
a beautiful brown or rich black? Use
Of the Heppner Flood
g & & SL & ;-2 j55 jJ5 -5 -2 ;-S . f
These dishes were made especially for Gilliam .Sc Bisbee
in Germany and came too late for the Christmas trade. The
pictures are all glazed and will wear forever.
FOR A PRESENT
to your friends, nothing would be more appropriate. They
are selling fat. It costs you nothing to inspect them.
SEE THE LARGE DISPLAY
IN OUR SHOW WINDOW
6illiam k Bisbee
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