The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised

Jackson County News: 1862

    THE WEATHER.--The storm god seems to have it all his own way this winter. On last Sunday morning there was about eight inches of snow on the ground, and some of our people were disposed to continue the exhilarating amusement of sleigh riding which they had been enjoying for a few preceding days, but before night it began to rain most furiously, and it has been raining, sleeting and snowing, with short intermissions, ever since. The streams were as high on Wednesday and Thursday as they have been this winter, and an immense amount of damage has been done. We understand that the tannery, at Phoenix, has been swept out, and that the fine flouring mill at that place stands toppling over the water. The roads are so impassable over the county that we have received no intelligence of the amount of damage by this flood. Friday morning the sun shone out clear and beautiful, but by noon the sky was again clouded, with indications of more snow, of which there is two or three inches in the valley and plenty of it on the surrounding mountains. Let this kind of weather continue for some two or three months, and beef cattle will be a sight that it will do a man good to look at. Numbers of dead cattle lie rotting on the hills and in the valleys surrounding. Farmers, take care of your stock. It will be worth something in the spring.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, January 25, 1862, page 3

    FROM JACKSONVILLE--ANOTHER FLOOD.--By last night's mail we received the Sentinel of Jan. 25th. Another flood has swept the valley, doing immense damage. On the 21st eight inches of snow fell, and it continued to rain and snow all the week. The streams rose as high as they had been this winter. A tannery at Phoenix had been swept away, and a fine flouring [mill] toppled over the water. The roads were impassable, and the amount of damage done in the valley cannot be ascertained. Cattle had suffered from the severity of the weather. Numbers lie rotting on the hills and valleys surrounding Jacksonville.
    Wm. M. Hand has withdrawn from the Sentinel, and O. Jacobs, Esq., has taken editorial charge. It will continue to be a staunch Union sheet.
    A meeting was held at Jacksonville on the 18th to ascertain the practicability of a wagon road to the Salmon River mines. One man said a pack train could go there in fifteen days. Messrs. McDaniels and Ballard were authorized to organize a company of volunteers to examine the route.
Weekly Oregonian, Portland, February 15, 1862, page 3

    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, March 31, 1862, page 2

    AN IRISHMAN UPON THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.--The Oregon Sentinel has a long letter from an Irishman who gives his views on the position of the so-called Democracy towards Irishmen as follows:
    "Three times in the last thirty years has this party committed treason against their Irish fellow citizens, by whose aid alone they were hoisted into power, and all those acts in the same city--Charleston, South Carolina. First, in 1832, when they nullified the laws of Congress, by which American industry and manufacturing skill would be developed, and a remunerative labor market opened to the Irish race; next, in 1860, when they rent asunder the great Democratic convention of the United States, and with less than a third of their whole number did, in the city of Richmond, place in nomination John C. Breckinridge, of Kentucky, and Joseph Lane of Oregon, practically nullifying the time-honored doctrine of the party, that "the majority shall govern."
Weekly Trinity Journal, Weaverville, California, May 24, 1862, page 4

    THE OREGON TELEGRAPH.--The Portland (Oregon) correspondent of the Bulletin writes: Mr. Strong, formerly of your state, is moving along with the Oregon telegraph between here [and] Yreka. The beginning pole was planted here during the spring, and now he is pegging along through the grass-shires of this valley, some 75 miles to the southward. It is expected that it will be up and in working order to the southern terminus this fall, and then we can shake hands with the Bay City by lightning.
Nevada Democrat, Nevada, California, July 17, 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.
    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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