“Mere Mention”: John Miller Murphy’s Column August 1889

AUGUST 9, 1889


Oh, my eyes!

Grouse are fat and tender.

Look to your fires before going to bed.

The summer is going, autumn is coming.

It is with difficulty that Luna pierces the hazy atmosphere.

Forest fires seem to be on the increase, if we may judge by the density of the smoke.

Mr. L.P. Venen reports the school population of Thurston County to be 2,202 against 1,723 last year.

The most reliable estimates by Portland insurance men place the total loss at Spokane Falls from $10,000,000 to $15,000,000.

Nothing short of a visit to the Gas Works will convey a just idea of the extensive enlargements and improvements now going on about the premises of the company.

The late fire at Spokane Falls is the topic of comment through the Territory, and the question as to where the work of devastation is going to end is assuming more grave significance.

The Tumwater Lumber Company have resumed business under favorable auspices. The firm is composed of Messrs. J.P. Allison and Willis Townsend. They are prepared to furnish rough and dressed lumber, lath and pickets.

The Swiss Bell Ringers performed to a full house last night, and fully sustained the enviable reputation they have achieved throughout the country. The most elaborate programme of the season was carried out to the letter and everybody was made happy.

The “NEW DETROIT” is the name of a small steamer that has just been launched from the Westside mill-yard by the Melany brothers. She now lies alongside the mill company’s lumber wharf adjoining where her upper works will be put on. Her owners propose running her between Olympia and Mason County ports.

Tenino is putting on city airs. She now has a barber shop, and its residents have begun to speculate in town lots. Billy Huston has bought quite an addition to his former land area and contemplates the erection of greater hotel facilities. Ragless has sold quite a number of lots in his addition to Tenino, and a project is on foot to erect a number of small buildings for rent. Mr. F.M. Bard will, this week, start up his new shingle mill at the northern part of town and make 125,000 shingles per day for export.

The steamer MULTNOMAH will leave Portland tomorrow for Astoria, enroute for Puget Sound, and will probably arrive at Olympia the first of next week to enter at once upon a route between this place, Mason County ports and Tacoma. She is quite a large boat, a stern wheeler and very fast. It is claimed that she will easily keep up with the FLEETWOOD in speed and her large and airy saloon will make her a favorite with those who travel for comfort. She is being placed in excellent order under the supervision of Capt. Willey, who with Mr. Leavenworth, are her principal owners.

A filling of about sixty feet will complete Third Street to Jefferson Street near the Olympia Sawmill.

The Gas Company are preparing to put ten new retorts in their furnaces. For this work, they have just received a cargo of fire brick.

A dray horse broke from his environments on the Eastside this afternoon and took a bee-line at the top of his speed for the stable.

Miss Marcia Bethel of this city had a pretty good reason for suddenly dismissing her school on Chambers’ Prairie last Friday. A slashing by the roadside was burning fiercely and before the children could be marshaled in good order, the wind drove flames across the street and in a trice the school-house was ablaze.

Mr. Alexander Howard is grading the premises formerly occupied by Mr. J. H. Houghton on Adams Street, where he will shortly erect a row of tenement houses.

During the present week, ashes and cinders wafted by the breezes from neighboring forest fires have been falling like snow-flakes upon the streets of Olympia.

The Second Street approach to the Percival Wharf has been closed to travel, and all business with the new wharf now goes and comes through Third Street.

To answer a question often asked, we state that the sixteenth and thirty-sixth section in every township of every County in Washington Territory is reserved for school revenue. It will be seen that the school sections comprise about one-eighteenth of the land area of this Territory.

The Olympia School Board have received, for use in Odd Fellows Hall on Washington Street, a patent blackboard that never cracks, shrinks, nor warps. It is made of several thick nesses of thin wood, cemented together, so as to cross the grain, somewhat analogous to the manner in which chair bottoms are made. It comes in any desired lengths and is sold by the square yard.

The fourth story is now being placed on the hotel.

Stump removal is actively going on in the southeastern portion of the City.

Captain Hatch has built a new sidewalk along the Sixth Street front of his residence.

Mr. G.A. Barnes is building a new sidewalk on the Adams Street front of his property.

Some of the finest rooms that the new hotel will contain have already been engaged by parties who propose to permanently occupy them.

As preliminary to the work of setting up the iron fence around the Public Square, the street workers are filling up the depressions with earth taken from the graded streets.

The Deschutes River is at its lowest stage and the mill men of that place are taking advantage of the situation by making repairs on their flumes and water conduits.

Mr. James Chambers now occupies his new dwelling near Maple Park. The building displays the beauties of Swiss architecture and is an ornament to that part of the city.

Olympia fruit dealers have begun to make shipments of early apples and plums to lower Sound points, where they find a good market and they are realizing a fair profit in the business.

Laborers are clearing the block on the southwest corner of Main and Fourteenth Streets, and when the work is finished, there will be an uninterrupted prospect from the Capitol Building to Main Street.

Remember that Governor Moore’s reception, Friday evening, will take place in the lodge rooms of Odd Fellows’ Temple, and not in Columbia Hall as originally contemplated. Everybody is invited to attend.

Contractor Roberts informs the OLYMPIAN that he has thirty hands now at work on the new hotel and he is making all diligence to get the roof completed before the fall rains set in. The last full story, making the fourth from the basement was begun this morning. It is thought that if the weather holds out favorable, the roof will be done by the first of September when work on the interior will be pushed forward to a speedy completion.

Tumwater is certainly renewing its age. A flying visit to that little city evidences that the old spirit of push and enterprise has received a new impetus. Mr. Geo. Golbach is doing a lively business in the real estate line, convincing the people that there is good policy in a frequent change of ownership of property. The upper sawmill is running again. Mr. Easterly is at his old work of fine wood turning and scroll sawing, and the hum of industry is heard all over the once quiet town.

There is no drink quite so delicious and sparkling, pure and wholesome as that made from Hires Improved Root Beer Packages. Did you ever try it? It is one of the good things of life.

Go to R. Airey— at the— GOLDEN BOOT STORE Fourth Street, next door to the Post office. Boots and Shoes Made to Order. Repairing Neatly done. Olympia July 19, 1889.

AUGUST 16, 1889

Eastside people claim that they are taking the lead in the building industry.

A new sidewalk is being built along the front of Mr. G. Kaufman’s residence.

That portion of Jefferson Street extending from Seventh to Eighth Street, heretofore an impassible swamp, is now open to travel.

Messrs. Cook & Crins have the contract for painting the large building just being erected on the Barker lot, corner of Washington and Third Streets.

An unusually large number of farmer’s wagons were in town today, a fact which is a pretty sure indication that the harvest season is drawing to a close.

Wood dealers state that they have great trouble in saving their wood from being destroyed in the fierce fires that are now prevailing in the neighboring woods.

It seems that nothing was made in vain, and so even the sandstone chips that fall from the workmen’s chisels at the bank building are made to subserve a purpose in the formation of concrete.

The Gas Company are preparing to use about a ship load of fire-brick in setting in position their ten new retorts lately received. Other extensive additions and improvements are also in contemplation.

The steamer STATE OF WASHINGTON brought yesterday a large party of excursionists from Tacoma. They spent a couple of hours apparently in a very pleasant manner in visiting objects of interest in this city.

As one of Foster & Laberee’s cabs was descending Tumwater hill last night, en route from this city to that place, the king-bolt broke, causing the body of the vehicle to pitch forward upon the team. One of the passengers was considerably bruised and scratched, and the vehicle was badly stove up.

Agent Percival reports that the O. R. & N. Co. are making preparations to run their ocean steamers, plying between Portland and the Sound, through to this city. In a few days, we may expect weekly visits from either the MICHIGAN, the IDAHO, or the WILLAMETTE, the vessels assigned to this route.

Longmire’s health resort, the medical springs at the headwaters of the Nisqually, are beginning to attract considerable attention, and there is an average attendance of twenty-five guests at this season of the year. The springs are situated about sixty-eight miles from this City and are reached from Yelm by horses over a good trail.

Mr. Arlie Van Epps was seriously injured this afternoon while assisting in taking the hose-cart of No. 2 to the fire. In jumping from a wagon to which the cart was attached to relieve the men at the tongue, he fell and one of the wheels passed over his hips. He was taken home and placed under the skillful care of Dr. Kincaid, who expresses the opinion that while the wound is serious, it is not necessarily dangerous.

A large concourse of people assembled in the vicinity of Eastside bridge at 4:30 yesterday afternoon to witness the rite of baptism by immersion. The candidate was McClelland Williams, a citizen of Tumwater, and Rev. G. A. Landon officiated. It seems that with passing years these time-honored services of the militant are growing less, and when one is publicly announced to take place a large crowd assembles.

Mr. James Longmire, of Yelm, called on the OLYMPIAN today and stated that the report published some days ago of the robbery of his son, at that place, was inaccurate in several particulars. The store was entered at night and the safe opened and $1,000 taken therefrom. Nobody was assaulted, and the same was opened without violence, although Mr. Robert Longmire is sure that it was locked on combination when the store was closed for the night. Two men, who had been at Yelm that day and who bought tickets for Portland at Media next morning are suspected, but they have not yet been apprehended.

A very fine picture of the steamer MULTNOMAH, soon to ply on these waters, is exposed in one of the show windows of the Pacific Drug Co. in this city. She is 143 feet in length 26 feet beam, and 5 feet 6 inches depth of hold. She has a fore cabin, a large main saloon, and ladies’ cabin on the upper deck, with several state-rooms and a large “Texas” with several additional state-rooms above. She is without doubt the best stern-wheeler ever brought from the Columbia, and it is claimed will rival the POTTER in speed. She is allowed to carry 300 passengers and 500 excursionists. She may be expected here tomorrow.

Some long-needed repairs are being made to Long Bridge.

A good many strangers came in today and yesterday to note the closing scenes at the Convention.

Some extensive additions and improvements are being made in the rear of the Schooner Beer Hall.

Captain Percival is burning a slashing of small timber on the brow of the hill in the rear of his residence.

The new addition to the Hospital is nearing completion and will be ready for occupancy in the early autumn.

The little steamer NEW DETROIT has been hauled alongside the Jessie’s Old Wharf where she is now receiving her upper works.

There was a large attendance of visitors at the Convention this afternoon. The closing debates are waxing warm and interesting.

By making her landings at the end of the Long wharf, the STATE OF WASHINGTON is causing an increased liveliness to spring up at the lower end of the city.

The Oregon Railway & Navigation Company’s wharf, at the foot of Third Street, is rapidly growing to be one of the principal business centers of Olympia.

Mr. A.E. Oleman of Tumwater has raised from a tract of ground, this year, enough blackberries to have netted him $2,000 per acre had that area been under cultivation.

A collision occurred on the Northern Pacific Railroad at Yelm Station a few days ago between a freight and a coal train, which resulted in the destruction of several cars and much damage to the locomotives.

Two peaches are exhibited in Talcott’s show window which measured 9 3/4 and 9 inches, respectively, in circumference. They were raised on the Bails place near Tumwater. Still peaches are not our “strong suit”.

The attic joist are in position at the Hotel Olympia and that means progress.

Laura Alice, youngest child of Wm. Billings, died last night of membranous croup, aged four years and eight months.

This is freight week with most of the business houses in the City, a fact quite evident from the piles of goods on the sidewalk.

In reading about the fatal shooting affray between Judge Terry and Deputy Marshall Nagle this morning, old Pacific coasters are reminded vividly of similar high-life tragedies in the old days of California.

The big sewer has reached Sixth Street.

Mr. John Miller Murphy is attending the Press Association at Tacoma.

About another million feet of logs will be shipped from the Eastside Bridge this week.

A number of cabins have been erected on the Westside to accommodate the wood- choppers now engaged in clearing in that vicinity.

The funeral of Laura Alice Billings was held today at 1 o’clock, p.m. at the family residence, Rev. W. B. Lee conducting the services. The remains were deposited in Odd Fellows Cemetery.

A number of the people of Yelm were in the City today to submit their arguments in favor of and opposed to a certain petition asking for the organization of a new school district in that vicinity. The case came before the County Superintendent and his decision will be confirmed at their next session.

The flames from two forest fires, last night, lighted up the whole southern sky. A column of red light streamed up in the southeast and another in the southwest until they met in a broad arch near the zenith. Farmers are burning their slashings at this season of the year and great caution should be exercised to guard against loss form accidental burnings in valuable timber tracts.

Council Chambers, Olympia
August 14, 1889

Mr. O’Brien introduced a resolution ordering the survey and establishment of grade of Union Street, from Water Street to Eastside Street. On motion, the resolution was adopted. Also the following: Resolved, That the Committee on Streets, Wharves and Bridges be, and they are authorized to advertized for bids for graveling the following streets, and let, the contract therefore to the lowest responsible bidder, to wit: Fifth from Columbia to Jefferson Street, Sixth and Seventh from the bay, west to Jefferson Street, Eighth from Main to Jefferson Street, Ninth and Tenth from Columbia to Jefferson Street, Union from Water to Eastside street. Washington from Second to Union Street. Adopted.

On motion, the Committee on Fire, Light, and Water were authorized and instructed to proceed with the construction of two cisterns, one on Main Street south of Eighth Street, and one at the corner of Fourth and Quince Streets.

Moved, that to complete the grades under his present contract, Mr. Gilliland be directed to take earth from Franklin Street between Fifth and Seventh Street. Carried.

AUGUST 23, 1889

With five hundred feet of hose, the Olympia Fire Department is ready for active and effective service.

Olympia milkmen complain that their cows are drying up, but there is consolation in the thought that the autumn rains are near at hand.

The “Salvation Army” have concluded to establish a post in Olympia. The have rented the Red Cross Hall for barracks and propose to “move on the enemy–sin,” next week.

One of the depressions in an up-town street has been brought up to grade, and now the sidewalk is on a level with the roof of a dwelling-house upon which the passer-by can easily step.

The steamer MULTNOMAH arrived last evening, having made the trip from Portland without starting a bolt. She was 22 hours in the dominions of Neptune, and although the roll was sufficient to make several of the crew ill, she rode as bravely on as the “long legged” craft which claim salt water as their special roadstead. The MULTNOMAH is a beauty, as all visitors testify, and there is no doubt, but that she will become at once popular.v

A sidewalk has been built on the north side of Sixth Street between Main Street and the water front.

The Constitutional Convention will probably consume the greater part of next week in winding up its business.v

A brisk business is carried on in the shipment of early apples from Olympia to the lower Sound and eastern points.

The Episcopal Church is rapidly approaching completion and is destined to be one of the most beautiful edifices in the City.

Mr. and Mrs. Billings are doubly afflicted. Only three days ago, they buried their little daughter out of their sight, and now two other children are sick with that scourge of childhood, the croup.

The arrival of the MULTNOMAH has opened a new era in the steam boating business between this port and upper points, and her owners should receive all possible encouragement from the people of Olympia.

Mullagatany may be a hard word to pronounce, but the soup that bears that name is exceedingly palatable and Mr. Richards at the Holton Restaurant knows just how to flavor it. He is, as everybody knows, the prince of caterers.

Mr. Pratt has introduced a novelty machine at his saloon in the form of an electrical machine, which will only perform when a nickel is dropped into a slot. When started, however, it “rattles” a person quite as actively as a ten- cent cocktail.

Thursday, August 15, 1889 at the Convention:

Mr. Cosgrove presented the following petition: That in the interest of harmony and unity it is hereby petitioned that the Committee on Schedule be requested to take into consideration the advisability of drafting a section directing the Legislature to enact a law forbidding children hereinafter born in this State west of the mountains being called “clam-eaters” and those east of the mountains, “bunch-grassers” and that hereafter such children be called “Chinooks”.

(Much more on the Convention proceedings above date and two later days).

AUGUST 30, 1889

Sheriff Billings’ two little children recently down with the croup are getting better.

Grimm & Co. will furnish the brick for the bank building and teamsters are delivering them.

The frame of a large addition to Mr. George Forbes’ new shop on Long Bridge was raised this week.

The Salvation Army has affixed a sign to the front of their barracks bearing the legend, “This hall is safe meeting tonight”.

Mr. Roberts began this morning to put up the rafters on the hotel building, and now that the rains may come any day, every effort will be made to speedily finish the roof.

The old crossing on the south side of Fourth Street spanning Washington Street has long been the terror of pedestrians, but it has been replaced this week by a new one which looks as if it would do good service a term of years.

For some time past, the brick and stonemasons’ occupations have languished on account of the small quantity of lime on hand in this place. About two hundred barrels have been received this week and the industry is as lively as ever.

Nothing more strongly suggests the metropolitan progress of Olympia than the fact that her restaurants and lodging houses are kept open all night for the accommodation of belated wayfarers, or the suburban resident who has been out to lodge meeting.

At a special meeting of the City Council held yesterday to determine the question of the purchase of another steam fire engine, the matter was negatived by the following vote: Ayes–Messrs, O’Brien, Murphy, and the Mayor; Noes– Messrs. Harkness, Mason, McBratney and Williamson.

While the first meeting was being held in the barracks of he Salvation Army, Wednesday evening, the Hall was densely packed and the floor cracked when there was a sudden stampede for the door, and the building having been relieved of its overweight, nothing further occurred to disturb the peace or mar the harmony of the evening’s exercises. The floor has since been properly strengthened.

Articles have been prepared incorporating a new banking institution in our City, under the name of the Citizen’s Banking, Loan and Trust Company. The organization is a very strong one, embracing some of the leading financiers of the Territory; the trustees for the first six months being: Hon. J.J. Browne, President of the Browne National Bank of Spokane Falls; Hon. Louis Sohns, President of the First National Bank of Vancouver; Judge John P. Hoyt, Manager Dexter Horton & Co., Seattle; E.S. Calendar, Esq. of North Yakima, formerly one of the leading bankers of Northern Ohio; Major J.C. Breckenridge, ex-Surveyor General; Hon. A.H. Chambers; Gen. T.I. McKenny; Hon. T. M. Reed; Hon., Geo.. D. Shannon. The stock has been fully subscribed, and it is expected to begin active business within a few weeks.

Few companies have visited our City who have been able to better entertain the people than Lawrence & Conners’ Musical Comedy Co., which performed at Columbia Hall, Wednesday and Thursday evenings of this week. Harry Conners in the part of “Widow O’Brien” fairly took the house by storm; and Frank Calburt as “Capt. Cranberry,” of the steamer Bristol; Frank Valerga, as “Count Managgio,”; Billy Courtright as “Jerry Thompson, the steward”; Annie Whitney, as “Dora McAllister,” and the other characters by the company, kept the audience in a roar during the whole performance. Billy Courtright as “Flewy-Flewy,” could not be excelled, and the specialties of Frank Calburt were as original and unexpected as they were ludicrous and entertaining. The company, should it ever return, will find a cordial welcome at the Capitol City.v

Every working man in town finds something to do.

Mr. John Brewer has built a tasty residence on Washington Street, near Tenth.

Let us secure the Capital first, and then it will be time enough to sit down and talk over “what might have been” at the Convention.

The long pull, the strong pull, and the pull altogether will secure the Capital. Let Olympians remember this, then go in on their muscle.

The steamboat wood trade of Olympia constitutes an important business industry. To supply this a large number of men are constantly employed in the woods, while a corresponding number of teamsters are required to convey the wood to the wharves.

Four wagons of immigrants passed through town this afternoon who came across the plains, direct from Dodge City, Kansas. They number 12 persons–two women, four men and six children. Their family names are B.S. Bellamy and M. Medsen. They have been on the plains since April 2nd, and are on their way to Gray’s Harbor. One of their party, Hans Medsen, died on the trip.

The rival steamers, MULTNOMAH and HASSAIO left this port for Tacoma today at the same time, and the last seen of them before they rounded Dofflemire’s point, they were engaged in a hotly-contested race. Yesterday, the MULTNOMAH and HAYWARD were timed over the same route, and the MULTNOMAH turned the point just five minutes and ten seconds ahead of her competitor. The distance is seven miles.

On several recent occasions, much valuable property in the suburban districts has been saved from the incursion of forest fires by the prompt, efficient action and efforts of the Olympia Fire Service. The alarm bell has only to sound, and whether the objective point be on Eastside or Westside, away goes the steamer, hand engine and hose car to engage in a sharply contested fray against the fierce flames that have come down out of the timber. Much credit is due the department for its promptness and dispatch in times of danger.

Thursday, August 22, 1889, 8 P.M.— The Convention met for its final session, the President in the Chair. (much on the closing meeting)

A careful estimate of the number of mechanics and other laborers now employed exclusively on new business blocks and residence buildings in Seattle show: Laborers, 936; Carpenters, 598; Bricklayers, 234; Stonemasons, 65; Stonecutters, 46; Painters, 52; Plasterers, 79; Total 2,012.

The total number of teams employed is 180. Laborers wages are $2.50 per day; Carpenters, $3 a day; Bricklayers, $6 a day.v

Work on Port Townsend’s new public building has begun.

It is proposed to build a sidewalk betweens the rival towns of Chehalis and Centralia, four miles apart.

AUGUST 30, 1889

The rain has thoroughly cleared away the smoke, adding materially to the luster of the electric light.

The local steamers and trains are arriving and departing with full passenger lists. Olympia is moving.

“Olympia, the Capital of Washington” will be the refrain of school children in the years that are to come.

Apropos to the absorbing question, it may be said that “Olympia has the long arm of the lever and the smooth handle.”

An old fashioned “prairie schooner” passed through town today from some down Sound point to a ranch in the country.

Mr. G.M. Savage has received information that a mile of rails for the street railway to be built by his company in this city has been shipped from Pittsburgh, Pa.

Talk as people will about the “City of Destiny,” the “Queen City” and the “Port of Entry,” the “City of the Gods” is going to knock them all out in the coming contest.

It is not the correct thing, in a logical point of view, to speak of Olympia securing the Capital. She already has it and now it only remains for her to retain the grip she has had for so many years.

Mr. Thomas Prather came in on the evening train last Saturday evening with his family and reports a slight mishap. When near Plumb station, the engine ran into a herd of cows, knocking three of them off the track and breaking a leg of each. No damage was done to the train or passengers. The cows were owned by Mr. D. Spurlock.

Olympia will be found one of the liveliest candidates for the permanent seat of government in the field.

It is reported that the steamer CLARA BROWN will soon be withdrawn from the Mason County routes and go into general jobbing.

H. Huden, the ginger-pop man who left Olympia without paying his bills several months ago is, it is said, working in a blacksmith shop at Fairhaven. If he ever turns up here he will be greeted with an “anvil chorus,” performed with the largest sledges.

Figures are now being made on a brick building to cover half a block of ground, and the prospect is that they will add up satisfactorily and contracts at once let.

The Olympia and Chehalis Valley Railroad Company have very generously tendered payment for the three cows which were killed near Plumb’s Station by the incoming train last Saturday night.

Every citizen of Olympia who is interested in the City’s claim for the permanent seat of government are requested to leave the names of their friends living in the Territory at the office of the Secretary of the Board of Trade so that a mailing-list may be formed for future use.

Prof. Martin’s tricks in legerdemain at Columbia Hall last evening were worthy of a much larger patronage than was accorded. The marionettes especially pleased the audience as many had never seen the very natural performance of the little figures when manipulated in a skillful manner.

The writer of this column rushed to the sanctum of the editor-in-chief, full of confidence and enthusiasm, with the announcement that we had secured a list of the beautiful and charming ladies of Olympia for his department. He seized the manuscript, and with a look so withering that it should have been seen to be appreciated, said: “Young man! do you think we can crowd out one-third of our matter for this? We don’t publish a blanket sheet!” and we subsided for the time being.

The OLYMPIAN will maintain its strict neutrality in party matters during the coming campaign. Its advertising columns are open, however, to both parties, at the same rate as to other patrons. Party calls or political announcements of any nature will appear in the business columns at one cent per word for each insertion. This arrangement, we trust, will be satisfactory to both parties.

On the lots immediately west of his, Mr. Lindley and Miss Janet S. Moore are making preparations to erect a commodious and handsome two-story dwelling and they have selected one of the most sightly and desirable locations in the City. In fact, all the grounds in the vicinity of the Capitol command an exceedingly fine view and are well-sought for residence property.

Talking with a group of friends on Main Street near the residence of Maj. Breckenridge (just S. of the nearly completed Hotel Olympia) and admiring the magnificent picture spread out before us by the artistic hand of Nature, the long line of snow-capped mountains constituting the Olympia range while to the right rose the majestic “Rainier”, towering 15,000 feet above the level of the sea. The bay literally alive with swift-gliding crafts, were viewing with each other in enthusiasm over the scene, when one of the party, a stranger to Olympia, remarked that we had not observed the most interesting feature and called our attention to a bevy of exceedingly beautiful young ladies approaching. The whole party forgetting all else in that silent worship of the beautiful, which is an index of one of the finest traits of human character. It is no wonder that the gentlemen were fascinated, for the young ladies in our immediate prescience, were a quartette delegation from the beautiful, healthful, rosy, joyous and happy feminine for which our City is justly celebrated and moreover one of the four was the belle of Olympia, and we leave our readers to guess her name.

The leaves of our maple trees are beginning to fade. The filling of the City Park block at the corner of Seventh and Washington Streets is going steadily on. A number of teams are now engaged, and their work is getting to be quite presentable.

Last evening a whole family of deaf mutes arrived from Montesano on their way to the Institution for Defective Youth at Vancouver. It consisted of the father, G.M. Wade, and six children, ranging in age from eight to eighteen years.

It is a mistake to suppose that the Capital will be removed from Olympia. The facts in the case are that the people of Washington as a whole are satisfied with the present location, and it is only those towns that want to boom corner lots in their own particular locality that favor removal. That argument is not strong enough.

Governor Moore, today, received a dispatch from Frank Haitian, Assistant Postmaster General and editor of the Washington (D.C.) POST, stating that “a movement is on foot for the removal of Gen. Grant’s remains from the neglected spot where they now rest to either the National Cemetery at Arlington or the Soldiers’ Home grounds near Washington. The POST will be glad if you will wire briefly your views.” To this Governor Moore replied: “It has always seemed to me that the appropriate resting place for Gen. Grant’s remains were with his old comrades in arms at the National Cemetery or at Arlington. The National Capital should gather about it not only the graves of the National illustrious dead, but whatever monuments, statues or paintings that will tend to stir the national pride or awaken patriotic inspiration.”

The District Schools begin their fall term next Monday.

Mr. X Hosneider will open his saloon on Long Bridge next Saturday.

A new crossing will soon span Fourth Street at its eastern intersection of Main Street.

Mrs. L.L. Talcott, and her son Grant, will leave Monday for a visit to the old homestead near Pittsfield, Illinois.

Olympia is not one of those towns that owes its existence to other towns or people. She was recorded on the maps of Washington before towns that now claim that they should be the Capital of this Territory had a name.

At the Democratic primaries last evening the following delegates were elected: First Ward – JK.N Squires, J.R. Wood, H. Hadlan, A.D. Glover, John Miller Murphy and J. Chilberg Second Ward – Milton Giles, R.B. Hoy, John V. Yantis, E. Giles, M. Scully and James Radcliffe Third Ward – R. Frost, Peter Cook, T.C. Van Epps and D.S.B. Henry.

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