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The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised


Jackson County News: 1863

    . . . A rampant secesher of Jackson County, named Dunlap, got on a bender at Phoenix on Christmas and let himself out in extravagant praise of Jeff. Davis & Co., and then denounced the United States government in such terms that the commanding officer at Camp Baker thought it best to cool him off in the guard house. He was kept in confinement a couple of days, and then marched out in the presence of the soldiers drawn up in line and obliged to take the oath of allegiance, which a correspondence says he took "with fear and trembling." Upon being released he left, on 2:40 time, and has not been heard of since.--Served him right.
    . . . The wire for the Oregon telegraph was shipped from New York, July 25th, but has not yet arrived. The southern part of the line cannot now be put up before the snows leave the Crescent City mountains, in the spring.
"Domestic Items," Oregon Statesman, Salem, January 5, 1863, page 2


    . . . A man by the name of Reese was shot on Butte Creek, Jackson County, on the 29th day of December, by a man unknown--supposed to have been a crazy man named "Dutch Henry." Reese it is supposed will die.
    . . . The Sentinel says there have been twenty-eight marriages in Jackson County during the past year, and one hundred and eighty-eight marriages recorded since the organization of the county in 1853. The Sentinel estimates that from 2,000 to 5,000 offers of marriage have been refused since that time.
"Domestic Items," Oregon Statesman, Salem, January 12, 1863, page 2


    . . . The wire for the Oregon telegraph was lost with the ship Noonday, which as wrecked near the Farallon Islands, by striking on a sunken rock. Wire must be reordered for at least a portion of the line. This will delay the construction of the telegraph for four or five months.
    . . . During the last year, according to the Sentinel, five men have been killed in Jackson County, out of a voting population of one thousand.
"Domestic Items," Oregon Statesman, Salem, January 19, 1863, page 2


    Three hundred miles of wire for the Oregon telegraph has arrived at San Francisco. Two hundred miles were lost on the Noonday.

"Domestic Items," Oregon Statesman, Salem, January 26, 1863, page 2


    TOBACCO CULTURE IN OREGON.--We take the following extract from the Bulletin's Oregon correspondent:
    "There is something of a ferment among the agriculturists of this state about raising tobacco. A few experiments were tried last year, and the result is claimed to have been very satisfactory. The proceeds of a large crop on paper have been ciphered up, and the product, compared with other crops, is astonishing. Before the advent of California gold and Atlantic trade, there was but little tobacco to be had in Oregon, except the 'Scotch twist,' nicknamed by the settlers 'trail rope.' It was kept by the Hudson Bay Company for their employees and the Indian trade, and was the vilest trash a man ever put in his mouth. Dislike to it, and the want of money, drove many of the American settlers to attempt to raise their own tobacco. They succeeded very well, so that in 1848 and 1849 much of the chewing and smoking was of the home production. War and high tariffs will probably drive us back to where we left off, 12 years ago, and I think we will be none the worse for it. 'Sweet are the uses of adversity.'"
Daily Appeal, Marysville, California, February 1, 1863, page 2



    "A MURDEROUS ATTACK AND ROBBERY."--The Jacksonville Sentinel of the 11th says that "a daring and cold-blooded attempt at assassination was made by some inhuman villain upon the person of an Italian miner in his cabin on Rich Gulch on Monday last. The following are the particulars, as related to us: The robber entered the Italian's cabin between the hours of one and two o'clock on Monday morning and immediately attacked him while lying in bed, with a large bowie knife, and at the same time demanding his money. The assassin dealt blows thick and fast, aimed at the miner's throat and breast. The miner, while warding off the blows from the vital parts with his hands and arms as best he could, received a number of severe gashes on the hands and face. On the victim promising to give up his money, the murderer desisted. The Italian then handed over his purse containing $65, with which the villain departed, but apparently not satisfied with the amount he again returned and threatened instant death to the man if he did not 'fork over' all his money. The miner persisted that the purse contained all that he had, and the villain again went grumbling away. The robber wore a mask, and was otherwise disguised. The wounded man says the robber was an American. Dr. Ganung dressed the wounds of the unfortunate man. He reports the wounds as severe, though not dangerous. The Italian is known as a hard-working, economical, honest man."
The Semi-Weekly Union, Yreka, California, February 14, 1863, page 2




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