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THURSDAY DKCEMItElt IS, 18SS
DECLINE OF THE AMERICAN SAILOR!
Some statistics latch furnished
from Washington serve to show what
was already known from general ob
serration, that the American sailor, so
prominent of old in history and in
fiction, is now almost extinct. There
are not many American ships, io be
sure, but even upon these not one in
five of the seaman is American born
Nearly the same thing is true of the
navy as of American merchant ma
riuc, and it plainly is not the decline
of American shipping alone that is
driving our countrymen from the sea.
The reason of all lhis is not far to
seek- The decline of American ship
ping has something to do with it, of
course. There are fewer opportuni
ties and fewer inducements to a sea
faring life than in the days when the
skipper had an interest in his ship
and the cabin-boy looked forward to
being a skipper. But even the idea
of commanding a vessel has not the
same attraction to an American youth
as it had a generation or two back.
Then the sea was the one alternative
to the farm. He turned from the dull
drudgery of the field and barn-yard
to the supposed romance of a sailor's
life, which held out an alluring prom
ise tuat was sumcient to man our
ships with hardy American sailors.
But times and the whole current
of American life have changed. The
boy is no longer restricted io this
one choice, but finds a multitude of
more tempting pursuits open to him,
in which he can make money faster
and at less hazard than upon the sea,
if with less romance. When ho breaks
away from the farm it is not to go to
sea, but to go to town, and instead of
looking forward to the command of
a ship he aspires to be superintendent
of a factory or partner in a dry goods
house. In the New England fishing
towns, for example, where formerly
au tne young men went to sea as a
matter of course, they now go into
the mills, and the fishing crews are
made np of foreigner?. At other New-
England ports, like Salem, the docks
are deserted, but immense shoe facto
ries give employment to the children
of the old sailors.
It is not that the modern American
youth is less daring or less ambitious
than his fathers, but that his circuni
stances are different and his ambition
therefore, lakes a different direction
Life is less simple than it was and
the desires of youth loss readily satis
tied. Perhaps the old wav was bel
ter; certainly it was different? but
this is not to be complained of. The
American sailor that we read about
is as much a thing of the past as the
clippor ship whose masts he olinibsd.
He remains a picturesque figure in
history and is still more a pictur
esque figure in romance, but that is
A 1'ITTILE IDEA.
There is no boom in Mr. Blaine's
letter proposing that the revenue
from whiskey received by the genoral
government be distributed among the
states. The proposition is unconsti
tutional and unjust. Mr. Bhrine has
not been in the habit of damaging
himself by letter, and it is strange
he should have been led to do so
Under this arrangement the state
of Maine would receive a large
amount or money because of a kind
of traffic in other states which it will
not permit within its borders. It was
proposed by Gerrit Smith just before
the late war that the North should
help pay the expense of liberating
the slaves that it should raise money
to half the amonnl of the value of
the slaves and give it to the slave
holders; but all New England cried
out against tho proposition, and the
extra virtuous declared that it would
be equivalent to a purchase of human
flesh and blood. Maine, as represent
ed by Mr. Blaine, would be very glad
to receive the proposed divvy, as
would other localities; but the plan
to secure it is far more absurd than
was Mr. Smith s plan to get rid of
The presidential aspirants may be
expected to do a deal of tinkering
within the next few months. Butler,
for instance, wants, like Blaine, to
use the liquor question for his own
benefit, and would havo the states
regulate the liquor income and dis
tribute it each according to its own
judgment. But a great deal of legis
lation, national and state, will be nec
essary before any plan of this kind
can bo adopted; and meanwhile the
presidential election will have come
and gone, and the tinkers will have
lost all interest in tho matter.
In the Senate last Tuesdav, Sena
Vor Slater introduced a bill for the
relief of the state, providing that she
be paid S257,109, her quota direct tax
levied under the act of August 5,
1SG1; also a bill for the relief of citi
zens of Oregon, Washington. Idaho
and Montan, who served in tho Nez
Perces war, providing that soldiers
get $3 per diem, and that the injured
or disabled receive a pension; also, a
bill fixing the prices of lands in Bit
ter Hoot valley, Montana, -within the
limit of the Union Pacific grant at
1.20 per acre; also a bill requiring the
commissioner or the land office to
.state the acconnt between the United
Stales and Oregon for 5per cent of the
minimum price of public lauds now
included in the Imders of all Indian
reservations in the state, and direct
ing the secretary of the treasury to
pay also an old bill, conferring upon
the orphans of Bottlers in the terri
tory of Oregon, prior to the vear
1855. who did not obtain land rights
to pre-emption, an equivalent amount
ty which their parent; .would have
POSTMASTER GENERAL'S REPORT
Tin: report of Postmaster General
Gresham states that the revenues of
the department for the fiscal year
ended June 30, 1SS3, amounted to
$45,003,G9i The disbursements for
the year, not including credits to the
Pacific railroads, and including $406,
243 paid on account of liabilities for
previous years, amounted to $43,282,
944. The receipts exceeded those- for
the previous year by $3,032,282, or
8.0 per cent, being a ratio of increase ;
of 3 per cent less than the average i
rate of inoreaae-for the three preced
ing years. This, the postmaster gen
eral says, may be accounted for in
part, if not wholly, by tli fact that
the public were induced to limit their
pnrchases or three-cent postage
stamps and stamped envelopes in an
ticipation of the change of lettor post
age to two cents, fixed to take effect
on the 1st of October last.
The receipts for the fiscal year end
ing .Tune 30, 18S5, are estimated at
$47,104,9"8.31, and the expenditures
at $50,062,189.60, leaving a deficiency
to be supplied out of the general
treasury of $2,95S,11L29.
Thursday. December. 20, 1883.
At 1 P. M.. on the Premises.
T WILL SELL TO THE HIGHEST IJID
i. ders without reserve, for ca.su, !'5I acres
of land known as the P.fiearhart Faun, on
Also, :w cow.,47 head youns cattle. J horse
1 wagon, and other farming implements,
.t. v. oeai:hai:t,
E. C. HOLDEX. Auctioneer.
Astoria. Dec. 10, iss-j, w-lt d-tf
F1ITV 31INTTES DRIVE FROM SAN
lose. Cal.. on the ls Oatos Road.
Anewo-room dwelling house: lM:ween
." and six acres of choice fruit land. I well -iiic
built for saloon and .store.
The property will be sold at a bargain, as
I have loo much other business to attend to
it. Terms ?l,fitw-half cash; balance on
time with easv pavments. Applv to
Astoria, Oregon. ' diG-lin
XTOT1CE IS 1IKKEKY GIVEN" THAT THE
JL annual meeting of the stockholders of
the Scandinavian Packing Co, will beliold at
tli" Company's Offlee. on Thursday Dec. 13.
!kk;s. at o o'clock A. M.. for the purpose of
electing a Hoard of Directors for the ensuing
jyoar sum! the transaction of such other busi
ness as may come before the meeting.
ltv order of the President.
Astoria, N'ov. 29. 1SS3.
Notice to. Stockholders.
TTOTICE IS HEREP.Y GIVEN THATTHE
11 annual mectum of the stockholders of
the Pacific Union Yk'g Co. will be held on
Saturday Dec. 22 1SS8, at their office in As
toria for the purpose of electing a board of
Directors and the transaction of such other
business as may come before the meethur.
J. II. (iII.STltAI . .1. A. CARI.SON.
Astoria Nov. 23, 1S8S,
IX LOTS TO SUIT. FROM T, ACRES TO
40 acre tract in S. V. corner of Chris.
Stcnens D. C. Title perfect. For particu
lars inquire at ofilce of N". I). Raymond. City
nun ; or on me premises 01 u. it. ouug.
Astoria, N'oy. 8d, ikk;.
FOR SALE AT KNAPPA.
.VO. 1 COAV. Fresh, 2nd, Trice ".1
Half Dozen select Cows civintr milk mice
$TiO. per head.
One pair ueMing Horses, 7 vcars old, "a
rousing team," 500., with harness.
G. A. STINSON & CO.,
At Cnpt. Rogers old stand, corner of Cass
and Court Streets.
Ship and Cannery work. Horseshoeing.
Wagons made and repaired. Good work
The Astoria Passenger Line
WILL AFTER THIS DATE HAVE ITS
1 t headquarters at its Stables next to IL
B. Franklin's, two doors below The Asto
uiAXoflice. First-class Livery service. Carts
with horse furnished, for one dollar per
hour. Carriages on application
The Astoria Passenger Line Hacks will
leave for Upper Astoria from the stables.
Horses taken to board.
MRS. T. O'BRIEN.
FURNISHED ROOMS TO LET
I$y the XiRht. D.nj Week or aionth
WITH OR WITHOUT BOARD,
With use o rarlor. Libra ry and all the com
forts of a home. Terms reasonable.
Apply to MRS. E. C. HOLDEX.
Cor. Main aud Jefferson Sts.
Adjourned Meeting. '
TnERE WILL BE A MEETING OF THE
Stockholders of the Se.ulde Packing
company, next Saturday evening, the 15tn
Inst, at 7:30 o'clock, at the office of F. J.
Taylor, for the transaction ol .such business
as may come before it.
ASSIGNEE OF T. BAILY.
TVTOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT I
17 will annlv at the next term of the cir
cuit Court of the State of Oregon, for the
uounty oi 'Clatsop, to ne discharged from
urr uer Trust as assignee oi x. Jiailv.
I. W. CASE,
Astoria, Ogu., N ov. 2C. 1833. d-4w
Notice of Dissolution.
TWOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE
Vs. partnership heretofore existing between
Duck Fone under the firm name and stvtn
of Lung Wing as pawnbroker in the city of
Aiiuriii. is tins cay uissoiveu oy mutual con
sent, xne ousincss wm oe carnea on uy
the new firm name of Goon Wine Co.
Duck Fong will pay all the debts of Lung
GOON JTNG CO.
By LAM FAT,
LAM DUCK Manager.
Eleven Lots in Qlney's Astoria.
Thursday, Dec. 13. 11. A. M. at
IFoIiIon's Auction TCooms.
1 NSTKirCEI) I'.Y K.C. FJIKXCH,
Sister to ihp-late Cvras Olney. I will sell
to the highest tedders, without rcerve. for
cash, the following valuable lots In the city
of Astoria, viz :
Lot H, block X2 I.otr., block 53: IjotS. block
ue ; Lots S and 9. Mock 117 ; Lon. block 118 :
Lots 5 and n, block 121 : tot 4. block US ; Lot
11. block 1C2 ; and Lot 8. Mock 165. The title
to all theic lots Is legally vested, without dis
pute, in Mm. Ftench. and she will give a
special uuarantv deed to same.
E. C HOLDEX.
MRS. A. MALCOLM'S.
mO CLOSE OUT v INTER STOCK I WILL
JL sell for the next 30 days all goods at
a reduction oi m to 4U jK'r.ceni against
former prices. Now Is your opportunity.
ljuties. to secure iiargains.
Zook at the Folloivlnx Prire.s
Ladies' Fur Beaver Hats, now 2.08. for
Girls Moscow Beavers, mw 73 cents, for
merly SI 2.1.
Boys Caps, now 75c to $1.2.", formerly Si
to si. mi.
Misses' Hoods, now $1.75. formerly 2.25.
Infants' Hoods, now SI, formerly $l0.
Ilosierv.now .). formerly 75c.
I .ace Collars ana Fichus, now 25c to $l.ij0,
formerly 50c to 52.
Iulies" and Childrens Linen Collars, now
18 to 20c, rormerlv 25 to 3oc.
Infants' Wool Sacqnes and Boots at a re
duct ion of to percent.
Kn i?e IS El S V b
Proprietor of the Leading
Boot and Shoe Store !
Makes announcement tiiat his large stock of
goods is ottered for sale Tor the
next two weeks
Thh is to make worn for a large
stock for the Holidays.
Men's Heavy Boots.
Men's Fine Boots,
Ladies' and Children's Shoes
IN EVERY VARIETY
Noiv Ka'chance to itet cheat) bools am:
I.. I. ARNOLD.
X. W. CASE,
PKUM. It O'CLOCK A. M. UNTIL S
O'CLOCK P. M.
LIVERPOOL AND LOnoN AND
NORTH BRITISH AND 3LERCAN
TILE OF LONDON AND
OLD CONNECTICUT OF HART
COMMERCIAL OF CALIFORNIA
FIRE INSURANCE COMPANIES
Roproaentinc a capital of SG7,000,000.
A. VAN DUSEN. Acent,
Hardware and Ship (Mlery
A. VAN DUSEN & CO.,
Hardware and Ship Chandlery,
Pure Oil, Bright Varnish,
Binnacle Oil, Cotton Canvas,
Hemp Sail Twine,
Cotton Sail Twine,
Wrought Iron Spikes,
Galvanized Cut Nails.
PalnLs and Oils. Groceries, etc
SUN SING CO.
HAVE OPENED A CHLNESE STORE ON
Chenamus street opposite the Astoria
Bakery, where they will keep on hand
Tex, Sncrar, Iticc, Chinese
And FRUITS and VEGETABLES.
Astoria, December 1st, 18S3.
Gas-and Steam Fitting
tonebyiujddoce: & wheeler, at
xJ fair rates. Also a complete stock of
Kooas in our line. .Estimates given ana
Cass street. In rear of I O O F bnlldln
next to Gas Co's ofllce.
To Cannerymen and Fishermen
Ji. iiEATHEKS, lormeny over
Arndt & Ferclien's machine .shop has
leased, tiie snop on concomiy street, one
block wet of Hansen Bros.' mill, and after
the loth of Dec. will be prepared to buud
nrst-ciass ooats ax reasonable raxes.
- Give me a call before going elsewhere.
The public art invi'eil to call and examine our immense
stock of Holiday floods. conistin: of
Albums.. Scrap Books. Music Folios. Toilet Stands.
Dressing Cases. Fans. Picture Frames.
Oil Paintings. Chromos. Etc.
V THE W
ijrifi? VHDI X'
X JLM. JEWS i& .a,
STORE ! yf
We do not propose to inveigle the public cither ly
false rppresciftaiiuus or such pernicious clap-trap as the
purported purchase or an Eastern Bankrupt stock at 2."
cents on the dollar. All our dealings are legitimate and
above hoard. In proof of what we say and claim, we would
respectfully suggest to the public to examine and price the
goods in "Other Stores before coming to us. and thus
satisfy themselves of the truth of our representations.
The 2STew Torls STcsrelty Store
You Are Sure to be Suited
Hall, Office, Library, Parlor, Chamber
and DINING ROOM, in
WALNUT, CHERRY, ASH, AND MAPLE.
"We are without a doubt showing tfie Largest and Most Complete
line of CHAMBER SUITS in this city, unequaled in Design, Work
manship and Finish.
We Carry an IMMENSE STOCK OF CARPETS of All Designs f
and Colors in
Body, Roxlmry, :iml Tapestry Brussels, Three Plys.
Extra Supers and Ingrains.
Are not excelled by any
north of San Francisco.
Nothing but the best
dispensed, and every
convenience for the com
fort of guests.
Imported Wines, Liquors and Cigars.
The Most Complete Establishment in Astoria.
AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE 0. R. & N. DOCK.
and Club Room
TEU apply to ih Captain, or to E. 1. l'arkcr.
US " Si
Ladies desirous of procuring Goods
unequaled in Style and Einish will
take pleasure in "examining our
SATINS and DRESS GOODS.
GENTS' FUEKISHMG DEPARTMENT,
Everything is Complete
and of the "best.
B F. STEVEITS c& Co.
city ibooik: store.
HAVE J5TST R12CJKIVJ:i A HIA30IOTH STOCK OF BOOKS.
The yoiitii- anl old, rich and toor can all be accommodated.
Agents for ihe Kranich & Bach and Mandsfeldt & Notni Pianos and
Wesiern Cottage Organs.
Orders for all kinds of Music or Tustruments will be promptly filled.
B. F. STEl'EWS Os CO.,
City Book Store.
THE NEW MODEL
A FTJIili STOCK ALWAYS ON HAND.
S3- ZFLn TT.A 'WES,
Two doors east oX Occident Hotel. ASTORIA. OREGON.
M. or.SE.". .7. OUSTAFSOX. A. JOHNSON.
MARTIN OLSEN & CO.
FTJRNITTJRE S5 BEDDING.
Corner Ulnlii unci Sqncmoqna Streets. Astoria, Oregon.
WINDOW SHADES AND TRIMMIHGS; WALL PAPEfl ETC
A Complete Stock.
PRICES AS CHEAP AS QUALITY WILL AFFORD.
(SUCCESSOR TO JACKINS & 21IONTGOJIERY.)
PLUMBING, GAS FITTING, AftD CANNERY WORK
Attended to Promptly on Reasonable Terms.
CILElfcAJLCS STUJEET, A'ext to C Ir. Fnrker's Store.
GERSLAOTA BEER HALL
BOTTLE BEER DEPOT.
CEE.iii.TH Street. A3tokia.
The Best of Jbager 5 Cts. a Glass
Orders for the
Left at this place will be promptly attend
HP-No cheap Saa FrancLsco Beer sold at
WM. BOCK, Proprietor.
OL AHA PARKER
Euqem D. Biock, Master.
cr TOWING. FREIGHT or CHAK-
11. It. PAIIEER.
RANGE CAN BE HAD IN AS
TORIA ONLY OF
a if, SAWE8,
CALL AND EXAMINE IT, YOU
WILL BE PIJEASED.
E. R. HA WES Is also agent for the
Mil pteit CooliBf Stoye
And other Crst-clas3 stoves.
Furnace Work. Steam Pit
tings etc.. a specialty.
Tin, Sheet Iron and Copper Ware.
A General Assortment of
Magee Stoves and .Ranges
The Best in the market.
Piumblng goods of all kinds on hand. Job
work done In a workmanlike manner.
The best of California and Foreign
Wines and Liquors
Kept Constantly oil Hand
Domestic anil Foreign Cigars or
the best Brands.
NATIONAL BREWERY BEER.
On Concomly between Benton and Lafa
lm GEORGE GORLIEB.