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ASTORIA, OREGON: 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 all. 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 now. 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 slavery. 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. OREGON BILLS. 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 been entitled. 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. NEW TO-DAY REAL ESTATE ON 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 Clatsop Plains. Also, :w cow.,47 head youns cattle. J horse 1 wagon, and other farming implements, Title guaranteed. .t. v. oeai:hai:t, E. C. HOLDEX. Auctioneer. Astoria. Dec. 10, iss-j, w-lt d-tf Desirable Property FOR SALE. 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 li. YOUNO. Astoria, Oregon. ' diG-lin STOCKHOLDERS' MEETING 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. II. PLATII, Secretary. 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. Secy. I'res't. Astoria Nov. 23, 1S8S, FOR SALE. 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 $TiO. per head. One pair ueMing Horses, 7 vcars old, "a rousing team," 500., with harness. C-dw-lwk A.KXAPP. G. A. STINSON & CO., BLACKSMITH1NG, At Cnpt. Rogers old stand, corner of Cass and Court Streets. Ship and Cannery work. Horseshoeing. Wagons made and repaired. Good work guaranteed. REMOVAL. The Astoria Passenger Line WILL AFTER THIS DATE HAVE ITS 1 t headquarters at its Stables next to IL B. Franklin's, two doors below The Asto uiAXoflice. First-class Livery service. Carts with horse furnished, for one dollar per hour. Carriages on application The Astoria Passenger Line Hacks will leave for Upper Astoria from the stables. Horses taken to board. MRS. T. O'BRIEN. FURNISHED ROOMS TO LET I$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, Assignee. 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. SealEstateatAuctidn 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. Auctioneer. GREAT B1ITI0H IX- MILLINERY -AT- 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 merly S2JM. 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 ! OF ASTORIA, Makes announcement tiiat his large stock of goods is ottered for sale Tor the next two weeks OST ! 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: miocs. I.. I. ARNOLD. BANKING ANDJHSURAHCE. X. W. CASE, BROKER, BANKER INSURANCE AGENT ASTOKla, OREGON OFFICE HOUIiii: PKUM. It O'CLOCK A. M. UNTIL S O'CLOCK P. M. $67,000,000 CAPITAL. LIVERPOOL AND LOnoN AND GLOBE, NORTH BRITISH AND 3LERCAN TILE OF LONDON AND EDINBURGH. OLD CONNECTICUT OF HART FORD, AND 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., DEAI.KKS IX Hardware and Ship Chandlery, Pure Oil, Bright Varnish, Binnacle Oil, Cotton Canvas, Hemp Sail Twine, Cotton Sail Twine, Lard Oil, Wrought Iron Spikes, Galvanized Cut Nails. Agricultural Implements Sewing Mncliinetf, PalnLs and Oils. Groceries, etc WOXOSAStGEE. IIOXG FAXO 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 I'rpTlsions. And FRUITS and VEGETABLES. Astoria, December 1st, 18S3. PLUMBING, Gas-and Steam Fitting tonebyiujddoce: & wheeler, at xJ fair rates. Also a complete stock of Kooas in our line. .Estimates given ana work Ruaranteea. Cass street. In rear of I O O F bnlldln next to Gas Co's ofllce. NOTICE 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. CHRISTMAS CARDS. ONE PRICE 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. O u o m o O c 0 A B V THE W ijrifi? VHDI X' X JLM. JEWS i& .a, X s 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 STREET. ASTORIA. BIRTHDAY CARDS. You Are Sure to be Suited AT TIIE Leading iirciitiir 0P ASTORIA. CHAS. HEILBORN F U I T U E EOR 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. CARPETS, 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. FOSTER'S THE Billiard Parlors Are not excelled by any north of San Francisco. Nothing but the best dispensed, and every convenience for the com fort of guests. v Imported Wines, Liquors and Cigars. The Most Complete Establishment in Astoria. AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE 0. R. & N. DOCK. NEW YEAR CARDS. 3 ONLY ! Q P o rt- o V o 111 O !- WEDDHTG CARDS. i F U R N I T TJ THE EXCHANGE. and Club Room Le Fresh Emits FAMCY G-E0CEEIES, TEU apply to ih Captain, or to E. 1. l'arkcr. ineu-oo RE-OPE US " Si Ladies desirous of procuring Goods unequaled in Style and Einish will take pleasure in "examining our Stock of SATINS and DRESS GOODS. IN THE 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. DEALERS IN 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 AST) BOTTLE BEER DEPOT. CEE.iii.TH Street. A3tokia. The Best of Jbager 5 Cts. a Glass Orders for the ia Brewery Left at this place will be promptly attend ed to. HP-No cheap Saa FrancLsco Beer sold at this places WM. BOCK, Proprietor. PARKER. Vegetables .stealer OL AHA PARKER Euqem D. Biock, Master. cr TOWING. FREIGHT or CHAK- Agent. 11. It. PAIIEER. eaucearnces RANGE CAN BE HAD IN AS TORIA ONLY OF a if, SAWE8, AGENT 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. DRALKR I Tin, Sheet Iron and Copper Ware. A General Assortment of HOUSEHOLD GOODS. Agents lor Magee Stoves and .Ranges The Best in the market. Piumblng goods of all kinds on hand. Job work done In a workmanlike manner. California Exchange 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 yette streets. lm GEORGE GORLIEB. I