The citizen. (Honesdale, Pa.) 1908-1914, August 06, 1909, Image 3

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Interesting Letter from Mr. August
J. Rchbein.
We left Seattle, Washington, on
Wednesday evening at 10:45, and
arrived at Portland, Oregon, Thurs
day morning at 7 o'clock. After
breakfast wo went to the Tllford
building, where we met Mr. and
Mrs. William McClure, who are In
business here, and their neice, Miss
Lllabelle Finger, friends of ours
from the Hudson River Valley, N.
Y. We owe many thanks to these
people for their generous and kind
treatment to us while in their city.
Mr. McClure and Miss Finger gave
us their time for the whole day, and
in that period, with the aid of an
automobile ride, and several street
car trips wo were able to see and
form a very good idea of the City
of Portland.
At Council Crest, a twenty minute
trolley ride from the heart of Port
land, we were twelve hundred feet
above the city. It was a clear,
bright day, and here a panorama
was unfolded, embracing the City
of Portland, Oregon City, historic
old Vancouver, across in the state
of Washington, and the Willamette
and Columbia rivers. We could
see five white, glittering snow
crowned mountain peaks. Mt.
Rainier 14,526 feet high, and one
hundred and five miles away; Mt.
Helens, elevation 9,750 feet, fifty
three miles away; Mt. Adams 12,
470 feet, distance 74 miles; Mt.
Hood 11,220 feet, distance 51
miles, and Mt. Jefferson 11,000 feet,
seventy miles away. The central
figure of the scene from this point
is Mt. Hood, and it is a revelation
to those who have never feasted
their eyes on such a sight. Wo
cannot describe it. This fascinnting
picture will long dwell in our mem
ory when many others are forgotten.
We visited Portland Heights and
the City Park, two of the most
beautiful spots in Portland, also the
location of the Lewis and Clark ex
position grounds, which Fair was
held here in 1905. The unique!
Forestry building, the most noted j
feature of this Fair, has been left i
standing and is open to visitors. It
is a large log cabin, similar to the !
one at Seattle, 200 feet long, 102
feet wide, and 72 feet high, built i
of huge logs, fifty feet long, left!
in their rough state, and averaging j
five to six feet in diameter. Grand, ,
massive and dignified, it stands j
there in its glory, and fills us with j
awe and admiration as we walk,
through this building. Some of the j
other buildings are still there, but
fast going to ruin. !
Portand is a city of great charm,
superbly sot in a valley and among
rolling hills. Delightfully situated
upon the banks of the Willamette !
river, twelve miles from the junc
tion with the mighty Columbia, it
is a thriving up-to-date city, the
oldest and largest in size in the
northwest, covering an area of about j
forty-five square miles, a" has a 1
population or more than two hun-j
dred thousand. Portland is called
the "Hose City," and it is well de-.
serving of the name. Nearly every !
inhabitant has his favorite variety
and in every yard they are to be
seen blooming in great profusion. I
Wo were told that February 22d, !
Washington's birthday, was called 1
"Rose Planting Day," when every
citizen planted extra rose bushes to !
supply roses for the annual week of
festival, held early in 'une of each!
Portland's business district is
solid and imposing. The streets are
well paved and shaded by trees that
form a back-ground for the cluster
ing roses, and green, well kept
lawns of the residential district.
They have thirty-six public schools,
housed In modern buildings and em
ploying more than four hundred
teachers. A large public library,
has fifty thousand volumes at the
service of the reading public. There
are one hundred and twenty-one
churches in Portland, some of them
remarkable for their architectural
beauty. The day we were there
Baptist ministers from all parts of
the United States, north of the Ma
son and Dixon line, were Hocking
into the city to attend the annual
convention of the North Baptist As
sociation, that was to be held at the
famous Baptist White Temple, the
next day.
Portland can justly feel proud of
her hotels, they are first-class and
modern in equipment.
The distance from Portland to
the sea is 110 miles, and the largest
ships come up the Columbia river
to Portland's wharves. It is said
to be the largest fresh water harbor
on the Pacific coast.
We were very tired after such a
busy day, but wanted to meet our
former Honesdale friend, Mrs. Dora
Cady Smith, who is living in Port
land, with her husband, Mr. F. E.
A. Smith, who Is secretary of tho
Y. M. C. A.
We telephoned to her that we
were to leave on the evening train
and asked if she would meet us at
the station. Both Mr. and Mrs.
Smith were there, and we had a de
lightful visit for half an hour. They
both are enjoying good health and
like it very much at Portland. Mrs.
Smith wished to be kindly remem
bered to all inquiring friends, es
pecially to her former scholars of
the Honesdale High school. Our
train is waiting, the conductor is
calling "all aboard," we say "good
bye" and at 7:45 start for Cali
fornia. This trip from Portland, Oregon,
to California, can be made either
by Pacific coast steamers down the
Columbia river, southward upon the
waters of the Pacific, through the
Golden Gate to San Francisco, or
by the "Shasta Route" Southern
Pacific Railroad. We selected the
latter. It was nearly 10 o'clock at
night when we passed through
Salem, the capital of Oregon. The
next morning found us up early.
We weru passing through the Rogue
River Valley. A gentleman in our
car, an extensive fruit buyer, gave
us some Idea of the value of or
chard lands in this valley, brought
about by Irrigation. He said that
seven acres planted in Newtown
Pippin apples, yielded six thousand
boxes, bringing the owner fifteen
thousand dollars over two thous
and dollars per acre. A Mr. Young,
of New York City, told us a few
days ago, that a young man left
Johnsonburg, N. J., eight years ago,
with six hundred dollars, bought a
farm in the northwest, put out fruit
trees, and a few weeks ago returned
to his native home, and deposited
ninety thousand dollars In the
bank. We make no comments.
These figures speak for themselves.
Leaving the Rogue River Valley,
we pass through Klamath Valley
and soon come to the base of the
Siskiyou mountain range. The
usual features of mountain en
gineering are seen here, heavy
grades, trestles, bridges, a pathway
gouged out of the sides of reluctant
mountains. The view isincom
parable, and as we turn with a last
lingering look at the valley far be
low, there Is a darkening and wo
are In a tunnel, crossing the range.
In a few minutes we emerge. We
have passed tho summit at an eleva
tion of 4114 feet, and we go swing
ing down into the Sacramento Can
yon, the headwaters of the Sacra
mento River. All along this part
of the river are summer outing
spots, such as Shasta Springs;
Shasta Retreat, Castle Crag, Castle
Rock, Upper Soda Springs, Neys
Springs and they are crowded every
summer with visitors from the great
valleys below. Early In the after
noon, away to our left, we began to
catch glimpses of that grand, ma
jestic Mt. Shasta, whose snow-capped
peak pierces the clouds. Soon it
appears in all its glory and we have
It in sight some two or three hours.
Mt. Shasta rises about 11,000 feet
above the valleys at its base, and
its total elevation is 14.3S0 feet
above the level of the sea. It is
said to have five glaciers, tho larg
est being something moru than two
miles long, and the ice is several
hundred feet thick. Flanking
Shasta on the right you see a promi
nent black butte, conical in shape,
noted on the maps as Muir peak,
but known in general as Black
Butte. While not being particularly
noteworthy, either as to actual or
relative elevation, it is a very strik
ing and conspicuous object. Some
in our car were estimating the dls
tnnce from our train to the foor. of
Shasta. One fellow said he could
walk there in half an hour, another
said it was at least four miles away.
We guessed teu miles. Upon in
quiry at Sisson station, our nearest
point, we learned it was twelve
miles to the foot and about, twenty
eight miles to the summit of Mt.
Shasta. A stop of fifteen minutes
is made at Shasta Springs. We all
got out to take a drink of the noted
Shasta water. This water, gushing
up out of the earth, pure, sparkling
and charged with carbonic acid
gas, is fine. We were told that one
could drink it in large quantities
without fear of unpleasant conse
quences. As we pass on, a grand
spectacular procession of old crags
presents itself on our right; a sheer
wall of rock thousands of feet high,
pointing skyward with spires, turrets
and towers, like a mediaeval castle.
They call them "Castle Crags."
Seen from the train they form a
beautiful picture with the blue sky
as a background. Leaving the
crags, we follow the winding Sacra
mento river down through the val
leys as we retire for the night. Early
the next morning our train puils into
the station at Sacramento, the capi
tal of California. We can see the
dome of the State House in the dis
tance. After a twenty minutes'
stop we again proceed on our way.
At Benicia our entire train is fer
ried across the straits of Carquinez,
to Port Costa. We follow the Bay-
shore, pass 15th street station, Oak
land, to Oakland Pier, and cross
the bay by ferry to San Francisco.
We were met at the ferry build
ing by Mr. Charles Cortright, cashier
in the ticket office at the ferry sta
tion of the U. P. R. R San Fran
cisco. Mr. Cortright is a son of
Mr. W. C. Cortright, Erie agent at
Lackawaxen, Pa and at one time
assisted his father there. Mr. Cort
right invited us to spend a day with
him on our return from Los An
geles. We accepted, and a week
later had a delightful visit with
both Mr. and Mrs. Cortright at their
cosy home In Berkley. On our
first visit we had four hours at our
disposal, before leaving on the
Coast line for the south, so we made
use of this time by taking a ride
on one of thet sight-seeing trolley
cars. Starting from the ferry build
Ing at 1:30 p. m and wending our
way past large mercantile institu
tion, clubs, parks, hotels, churches,
city and government buildings and
a hundred other Interesting points.
We will only mention a few: Golden
Gate Park, said to be the third larg
est park in the world, four miles
long by two miles wide; the new
Cliff House, built on a rocky bluff
overlooking the ocean; the Seal
rocks. There were no seals out the
day we were there. Sutro Heights
and Presldo, headquarters of the
army. Here are located the great
guns defending the city and harbor,
Mission Dolores, the oldest church
In the city, founded in 1776, by
Father Junlpero Serra. The old
cemetery, In which the first Inter
ment was made in 1770, adjoins the
church. New buildings of the most
modern construction and artistic
architecture are rapidly replacing
those which were destroyed In the
disastrous fire of April, 1900. The
City Hall still remains, in ruins. Snn
Francisco practically dates from the
discovery of gold In California, and
no city has a more remarkable his
tory, except perhaps Seattle, Wash.
To begin with, San Francisco sits
at the head of a peninsula, upon
a score of hills overlooking a beau
tiful bay on the east, and the Gold
en Gate, and the wide expanse of
the Pacific on the west. It seems
like a miracle as the tale Is told of
the discovery of gold In El Dorado
county, on the south fork of the
American river, near Coloma, by
James W. Marshall on Jan. 24,
1S4S. San Francisco had at that
time a total population of 300 per
sons, and to-day they estimate its
population at 500,000. We returned
from our sight-seeing trip in time
to catch the 4 o'clock Coast line
train. A week later we spent a
day in and around San Francisco.
At Berkley, we called on Mr. and
Mrs. Alfred Schuller and Mr. Clar
ence Decker. Found them all very
well. Mr. Decker was about to
leave for the mountains for a rest.
He has been the chief architect at
the rebuilding of the Palace Hotel.
We also visited the University of
California with its thirty-two build
ings and its beautiful grounds, and
the Greek Theatres. Here is an
open-air auditorium with a seating
capacity of over 10,000 people, built
of solid concrete and patterned after
the ancient, classic structure at
In the afternoon we took a trip
to Mt. Tamalpais. Leaving San
Francisco at one-thirty we had a
fine ride across San Francisco Bay,
giving us a view of Goat Island,
Alcatraz Island, Angel Island, Fort
Point, Fort Baker, and the Golden
Gate, landing at Sansalito. From
Sansalito to Mill Valley by a third
rail electric train. Here observation
cars, pushed by a mountain climb
ing traction engine, take us eight
miles up the mountain, over the
crookedest railroad In the world,
around the famous double-bow knot,
where the track of the railroad
parallels Itself five times within a
distance of about 300 feet, to the
top of the mountain 2,592 feet above
sea level. The view from this point
In unsurpassed; to the west is the
Pacific Ocean; to the south the
Santa Cruz range, with Mt. Hamil
ton fifty miles away In the distance;
San Francisco, the Golden Gate and
the Bay at our feet; to the south
east Mt. Diablo 30 miles away,
pushes Its great bulk above the
Coast range; while to the north the
gray, volcanic cone of Mt. St. Helena
50 miles away, lifts Its graceful sum
mit to view. It was a beautiful,
clear day and the view was excel
lent. The Associated Press had this
Item In the San Francisco paper un
der date of July 9th, 1909: "Mount
Tamalpais, famous among tourists
as the location of the crookedest
railroad, and almost equally noted
as the most conspicuous scenic
point about San Francisco Bay, soon
will be converted Into a vast public
park. At the head of the committee
promoting the affair is Mr. William
Kent, who gave the great red-woods
to the Government for a national
Our next letter will tell of our
trip down the Coast line to Los
Angeles, and of our impressions of
Southern California.
splsed, and a north one, rare at
tills season, gives a pleasant sugges
tion of fall while the sun has still
all the fervor of summer. Choose
a sky that has clouds in it, too, for
you will feel their movement even
when you do not look up. Then
take your pall and set out. Do not
be In a hurry, and do not promise
to be back at any definite time.
And, finally, either go alone or with
just tho right companion. I do not
know any circumstances wherein
the choice of a companion needs
more care than in berrying. It
may make or mar the whole adven
ture, August Atlantic.
Going Berrying.
The pleasure of huckleberrylng
is partly In the season the late
summer time, from mid-.Iuly to
September. The poignant joys of
early spring are passed, and the
exuberance of early summer, while
the keen stimulus of fall has not
yet come. Things are at poise. The
haying is over; the meadows, shorn
of their rich grass, He tawny-green
under the sky, and the world seems
bigger than before. It is not a
time for dreams nor a time for ex
ploits, it is a time for for well,
for berrying!
But you must choose your days
carefully, as you do your fishing and
hunting days. The berries "bite
best" with a brisk west wind,
though a south one is not to be de-
Supervlsors of State Census
There are twenty-three excellent
positions in the State to be soon
given. They are those of supervis
ors of the census, and will be given
by the President, when the tariff
bill is disposed of.
While there is no hurry about the
matter, the politicians cannot let
good positions carrying $2,500 per
annum with them pass them. The
state has been districted, and for the
32 congressional districts there will
be but 23 supervisors. It Is said
that there are several candidates for
the office In this county, but they
are keeping quiet.
For Philadelphia, which contains
six districts, there will be but one
supervisor, and the same for Alle
gheny county. There will be one
supervisor for Chester and Delaware
counties, one for Montgomery and
Bucks, and one for Lehigh and
Berks, one for Lancaster and one
for York and Adams.
So it will go through all the dis
tricts In the eastern section of the
state. Supervisors will have an
army of enumerators to appoint, but
there will be one for each election
The number to be chosen will be
determined upon later. The super
visors will begin their duties practi
cally about January 1, next, while
the enumerators will not begin until
April 1 5 next. The patronage in all
cases will come directly under the
congressmen, and this plum will go
far toward helping some of those
in doubt of re-nomination next year.
Ilewaro of tho My.
Screen all windows and doors,
especially In the kitchen and din
ing room. If you see flies, you may
be sure that their breeding place la
in nenrby filth, it mny be behind
the door, under the table or in tho
cuspidor. If there Is no dirt and
filth there will be no files.
Hnvc The Citizen in your home.
Menner & Co's Store.
Thirty-day Anniversary Sale com
mencing Monday, August 2; great
est opportunity ever offered in high
grade shoes.
No approvals! No C O. J).'s.
No exchanges. No charging. No
regular prices. Every shoe in tho
store sold at a big reduction.
$4.00 Walk-Over Oxfords, price
now, ?2.98
$3.50 Walk-Over Oxfords, price
now, ?2.48
$3.00 Bllt-Well Oxfords, price
now, $2.25
... fl : v'
thrift -S
$4.00 Walk-Over Shoes, price
now, $3.48
$3.50 Walk-Over Shoes, price
now, $2.98
?3.00 Bilt-Well Shoes, price
now, $2.48
$2.50 Shoes for Men, price now $1.98
$2.00 Shoes for Men, price now $1.58
Reif's Red Stone Front.
53.00 Queen Quality Oxfords, $2.48
$2.50 Queen Quality Oxfords, $1.98
$2.00 Boston Favorite Oxfords, $1.58
$1.50 Ladies' & Misaes' Oxfords 98c.
$4.00 Queen Quality Shoes $3.48
$3.50 Queen Quality Shoes, $2.98
$3.00 Queen Quality Shoes, $2.48
$2.50 BoBton Favorite Shoes, $1.98
?2.00 Shoes In the store, - $1.68
$1.50 Shoe3 in the store, - $1.28
$1.25 Shoes in the store, - - 98c.
$1.00 Shoes In the store - - 78c.
1,000 pairs odds And ends way be
low cost.