The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised

Jackson County News: 1879

    In according the right to "bear arms" it is hardly probable that the framers of the Constitution contemplated the effect of the liberty. Could they have looked forward to this day and have seen citizens loaded down with pistols and munitions of war in communities where peace reigned, they would have been appalled at the effect of the license granted. The practice is to be deprecated. It is not only unmanly and cowardly but dangerous and provocative of violence. We do not believe that men fill their pockets because their hearts are filled with murder or a desire to cripple someone. On the contrary, we apprehend that it is prompted by a mere spirit of braggadocio or a desire to be considered courageous, and men often flourish their pistols to establish a character for bravery only when certain that a friendly hand will seize it and prevent its explosion. How often have men in the heat of momentary passion jerked their weapons from their pockets and when too late regretted that they had been within their reach? Only a week since, a shooting affray that will cost the taxpayers dearly took place, and it never could have occurred if the parties had been unarmed. Unfortunately this evil, verifying the saying "As the old cock crows the young one learns," is extending to the youth, and it is common to hear of boys under the age of sixteen brandishing their pistols and threatening to shoot off the tops of comrades' heads. It is useless to enlarge on this subject. The dangerous effect of indiscriminate carrying of arms in communities where there are neither footpads, Indians nor banditti will be recognized by all sensible people, and we will only add, as a notable fact, that last year there was more blood shed in San Francisco, a city of two hundred thousand, than in the whole of Ireland, with five and a half millions of inhabitants. An ordinance against carrying concealed weapons, if properly enforced, would enrich the city treasury and would undoubtedly shame many into the propriety of leaving their knives and pistols in their dwellings.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, January 22, 1879, page 2

    The Ashland woolen factory is again in full blast, with James Thornton as superintendent.
    Mrs. Brake, a woman revivalist, successfully conducted a "protracted meeting" on Wagner Creek, Douglas County, making a number of converts.
    Fears are entertained by many farmers that the weather will not permit them to plow until it be too late to put in as large an area of grain as they have been contemplating.
    The members of the Jacksonville Reading Room Association are considering the advisability of organizing a literary society, as an adjunct to which ladies may be admitted.
"Southern Oregon," Puget Sound Argus, Port Townsend, February 19, 1879, page 2

Southern Oregon.
    The Ashland Tidings says: Gray wolves are numerous in the mountains between here and Linkvile.
    Several parties at Yreka intend sending to Oregon this fall for a supply of winter apples, the crop having been frozen out there last spring.
    The Roseburg papers tell of a San Francisco drummer who unreasonably abused a Coos Bay stage driver aud got thoroughly whipped for his pains.
    The grape crop of Jacksonville county is very fair and of excellent quality. A considerable quantity of wine will no doubt be manufactured this season.
    Work is progressing finely at the Sterling mine. The ditch will be completed and everything ready for active operations when the rainy season commences.
    A Fort Klamath correspondent says: Some hoodlums started a fire in the woods last week, causing the garrison to be turned out to fight the fire two days in succession.
    The Democratic Times says: F. Luy received a lot of leather from Portland upon
which John Orth's brand could still be seen, he having sold the hides it was manufactured from.
    The fishing season is just opening along the coast. R. D. Humes, of Rogue River, begins operations with 150 salmon a day, and a 40-lb salmon sells at Siuslaw for twenty-five cents.
    Owing to the farmers bringing in more wheat last week than the machinery of the
Ashland Mill could dispose of, the proprietors chose the third story for a storing room and filled a large bin, the weight of which was too much for its support and down it came with a fearful crash, covering the floor of the second story with wheat six feet deep.
Puget Sound Argus, Port Townsend, October 9, 1879, page 2

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