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Tales of the town in November 1887
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on December 1, 2017 12:01AM

Tidbits from the Wednesday, Nov. 30, 1887 edition of The Daily Morning Astorian:

• City auditor Jewett has a dog that before the burning of the Telephone (pictured) was a valuable bird dog; but since then (the brute being aboard at the time of the fire) the sound of a gun makes the poor animal run, not having yet got over its scare.

Note: When the fire broke out earlier in November, Capt. Uriah Bonsor Scott beached the sternwheeler at 20 mph within three minutes of the fire’s start. No wonder the dog was traumatized (

• The government has been weighing mail matter that passes over the Oregon Short Line for the past 20 days. The mail is just three times heavier than it was at the same time last year … indisputable evidence of the increased growth of the country.

Note: The Oregon Short Line Railroad operated from 1881 to 1987, mainly as a subsidiary of the Union Pacific Railroad, and was touted as having the shortest route from Wyoming to Oregon (

• At the city council meeting last evening: A communication was read from Chief Engineer Worsley stating that it was the intention of Rescue No. 2 Engine Company to permanently place a team of horses in the engine building to draw the engine to fires. … The petition was unanimously granted.

• A Long Island (Washington) man recently ate 75 clams at one sitting, and won $100 (about $2,300 now) by the feat. After defraying his funeral expenses, there was $20 left.


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