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The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised


Jackson County News: 1872


    Boats do not reach Roseburg; but down the rocky Umpqua, at Scottsburg, was once a lively trade, and many steamers decked the river--a river rich in scenery, deep and dark from rugged cliffs in many places, and then overshadowed by the spicy myrtle. Two hours' ride from this little town, through rolling hills of oak, and we touch the advance of Holladay's railroad army. Farther on, we pass a town of tents. Thousands of men, it seems--and mostly Chinamen--are at work, like beavers, sweeping away the great fir forest that shuts out the sun the whole year through. Two hundred miles from Portland, and three hundred miles from the sea, by the line of travel, we take the cars. At present, the gap between the California and Oregon sections, that the traveler has to cross by coach, is three days' hard travel; but it is safe to say that, in another year, somewhere up about the Siskiyou Mountains, the last spike will be driven. The Oregon section has the heavier force employed, is displaying the greater energy, and will probably first reach the junction.
Joaquin Miller, "A Ride Through Oregon," Overland Monthly, April 1872, page 305


    THE ROCK POINT BRIDGE.--The Sentinel, in its last issue, exposes its ignorance in reference to the law regulating the leasing of county roads, and tenders some gratuitous advice to the public, which, if followed, would prove disastrous to those who accepted it. The Sentinel man recklessly assails the legality of the lease made of this bridge. The lease was executed, and the transfer of the bridge to the agent of Ella Niday was in exact conformity with the provisions of Title 111 [sic--III?], Chap. 47, General Laws of Oregon, page 873 of the Code. If the asinine editor of the Sentinel had ever read the law of which he prates, and had the honesty to tell the truth about it, he would warn the public against the litigation which would be sure to follow a violation of the lease, instead of counseling them to rush headlong into the expensive trouble and annoyance of a lawsuit.
    The Sentinel man asserts that the county court had no right to protect the bridge after it had entered into a solemn lease of it. For the information of the exceedingly ignorant editor of the Sentinel, we copy the section of the Code under which the right is given, and recommend him to study it attentively, as it may save him the mortification of making a fool of himself, and of misleading the public in the future:
    SEC. 61. The rates of toll that the lessee may collect and receive shall be the above in the lease, and none other can be charged; and any person who shall pass through a gate upon such road, without paying the toll legally charged thereat, or when traveling on such road shall go round such gate, with intent to avoid the payment of such toll, shall be liable to the lessee of such road for three times the amount of such toll. (Code, 874.)
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, June 1, 1872, page 2



    The dwelling house of A. H. Boothby, on Rogue River, caught fire last week, and burned to the ground, consuming its contents.
"Pacific Coast News," Albany Register, Albany, Oregon, September 27, 1872, page 3


    The grand jury of Jackson County recommend the people to build a new jail, courthouse and sheriff and clerk's office.
    The line of hacks heretofore running between Jacksonville and Linkville has been discontinued, owing to bad roads.
"Home News," The New Northwest, Portland, November 22, 1872, page 2





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