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The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised


Jackson County News: 1862


    ARREST OF BEVER, THE MURDERER OF KLINE.--George Bever, who killed Perry Kline at Willow Springs, Jackson County, on the 9th inst., was arrested here, by Marshal Barker, last Monday. He was recognized by Dr. McCully, who knew him in Jacksonville. Justice C. N. Terry issued a warrant for his arrest, and when arraigned Bever pleaded guilty. He was committed to the county jail, to await a requisition from Jackson County.
Oregon Statesman, Salem, Marc 31, 1862, page 2


    A correspondent of the Sentinel, writing from Josephine, occupies something over a column of that paper in attacks upon the officials of said county and finally winds up his tirade by saying: "And the crowning act of all is the order of the board of commissioners to publish the present exhibit of the county affairs in the Register." If that is the "crowning act," and "head and front of offending," we apprehend the country is safe as far as Josephine is concerned. As Josephine is a Democratic county, and as the Register is more generally circulated through it than any other paper in the state, we think it proper and right that the advertisements of the county should be given to us. Josephine stood by her party and principles in the last election and passed through the fiery ordeal unscratched, while other counties cowered and fell before the threats of the abolition horde that infests the state. She is the Gibraltar of Democracy of Oregon, and if the "crowning act" of her sins is the ordering of the exhibit of the county affairs to be published in a Democratic journal, heaven knows she is far above her neighbors in the scale of morality, right and justice.
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    The Sentinel seems very much disturbed about not receiving the county advertisements of Josephine and speaks of the Register as "an obscure paper in the Willamette," while the editor of that paper well knows that the Register has a much larger circulation than the Sentinel and is second in that respect to but one paper in the state. It seems just as impossible for Onager Jacobs to speak respectfully of a Democratic cotemporary as it is for an Abolitionist to get to heaven.
Eugene Democratic Register, August 23, 1862, page 3


    THE OREGON INTELLIGENCER.--This is the name of a new candidate for public favor, started at Jacksonville, Oregon, under the control of W. G. T'Vault. The typographical appearance is exceedingly neat, while its columns are well filled with news, local and foreign. The editor in his salutatory says:
    "The Constitution of the United States shall be our political platform; it has been and still is the great charter of our Union and liberties; by it we have lived; by it the Union has prospered, and under its wise and liberal provisions the citizens of the United States have enjoyed the greatest of human blessings in the form of government."
    The Intelligencer has our best wishes for a liberal support and long life.
Eugene Democratic Register, November 29, 1862, page 2


    FATAL STABBING AFFRAY.--A man by the name of William Riley fatally stabbed A. C. Humphreys, on Saturday evening last, at Kanaka Flat, some two miles from this town. The deed was perpetrated in a drinking and gambling saloon. Humphreys died about three o'clock on Monday morning. The blade of the knife was near six inches long. It struck on the right side of the abdomen, between the lower ribs and the groin, and penetrated through the intestines and entirely severed what the physicians call the "internal iliac vein." The circumstances of the case, as narrated to us, are briefly these: There was a heterogeneous gathering of Kanakas, negroes, white men and squaws, at the saloon, and gambling, dancing and drinking were the furor of the hour. Riley came in a little before ten o'clock, and in passing around through the crowd towards the fire, passed by where Humphreys was sitting on a bench, and intentionally or accidentally stepped on his foot. Humphreys accused Riley of doing it intentionally. Riley told him he might think as he pleased about it. A quarrel ensued; Humphrey struck Riley in the face with his fist, and Riley stabbed him as above. Riley has been committed to jail for trial. He is of medium height, thick set and rather forbidding in his personal appearance. It is said that Riley has served a term in the institution at Portland which, in punning language, is called a States Prison. The deceased has been about this place since 1858.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, December 15, 1862, page 3



    DISAPPEARANCE.--The Jacksonville (Oregon) Sentinel has received a letter from a correspondent at Browntown, Josephine County, from which it makes the following extract concerning the disappearance of an expressman well known in Southern Oregon and Northern California:
    "George M. Cornwall, an old expressman, well known as 'Portland George,' has mysteriously disappeared. The last that was seen of him was upon Althouse Creek, in the afternoon of November 21st, near the claim of Trimby & Co. He is supposed to have attempted to cross the mountain to Waldo, and, being lost, perished during the cold nights of that period. A fruitless search has been made for him. Any information of him would be thankfully received here. Mr. Cornwall was from Portland, Maine, and had been a expressman here ever since 1852."
"Oregon Items," Daily Appeal, Marysville, California, December 19, 1862, page 2


    JACKSONVILLE, Dec. 17th--Wm. Riley fatally stabbed A. C. Humphreys at Kanaka Flat, two miles from this town. The deed was perpetrated in a gambling saloon. Riley has been committed to jail. Rich quartz has been struck again in Gold Hill, near the old lead, the extent of which is not yet ascertained.
"Oregon Items," Daily Appeal, Marysville, California, December 19, 1862, page 3




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