The East Oregonian Saturday
Sept. 01, 1877


There is much ado being made at this time in the papers of the State in regard to railroads. Some are decidedly in favor of an extension of time for the completion of the North Pacific road, carrying with it the munificient grant or subsidy made by Congress. The Portland Oregonian is radically in favor of lengthening the already long time enjoyed by that company for the construction of its road, and principally so for the reason that Portland is to be virtually a terminus, and favors a route on the south side of the Columbia. In this the Oregonian we fear misses the mark, as that road will never traverse the confines of Umatilla and Wasco counties. However we may be mistaken, and do not oppose anything reasonable which will secure a road to any people. Grand Ronde valley wants a railroad to the Columbia river, and her citizens with outside capital are going to build it regardless of the people of this or any other county, and without asking any favors; hence our people are highly interested in having a through road, reaching from the Columbia to Kelton or some other desireable point on the Union Pacific, which will give us eastern and western connections. Pportland capitalists have always opposed an eastern connection via eastern Oregon - the reasonings and assertions of the Oregonian to the contrary. The attention of that paper is called to the year 1867, when the Pengra route was sprung and backed by Porland's leading men in order to defeat any important progress made by the Portland, Dalles & Salt Lake Railroad Company; and as an evidence of this fact the following paragraph, appearing in the report of the Board of Trade of Portland and signed by H.W. Corbett and George Reid, [the former an ex-Senator] is herewith produced:

The railroads, steamships, coasting vessels and river steamboats we now possess are adequate and sufficient for some time to come to meet the internal transportation of the various products of the State.

Thus it will be seen as long as Portland is satisfied with facilities for egress and ingress, a certain class or portion of her leading men ask nothing for Eastern Oregon, until the next political campaign shall roll around when candidates will be found all right on that question. Therefore, we feel very much like commending the following taken from the Mountain Sentinel, to the consideration of all who have the interest of this country at heart:

Whereas, It has been the custom of office-seekers generally, to pledge themselves to every enterprise calculated to open up and develope the resources of Umatilla, Union and Baker counties, and whereas locks at the Cascades, a railroad to the Columbia river, the Dalles & Sandy wagon road and many other measures of great importance yet remain in a most glorious state of primitive freshness, therefore be it Resolved, That we care develish little concering the political professions of any candidate for office, but give due notice that we propose to hunt out and support men who we have reason to believe will work for the interest of this locality until we obtain the long promised relief.

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