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of its rising value. It had to them a prospective
value, and they paid their money liberally
to cover all expenses on it. Now, strange as it
may appear, the suicidal act is attempted to cut
off this large source of revenue, by a little
trick of legislation—a proposition that even a
California legislator ought to blush at, and
certainly none other would entertain for a
moment. Like the goose that laid the golden
eggs, it, too, must be killed, not because it
failed to produce the golden egg when required,
but from a misguided avariciousness, or to
gratify a malignant and wanton spirit to destroy,
to injure somebody or something, without
conferring a corresponding benefit on any other
person or thing. We must set this down as the
work of old Busybody, who always prefers mischief to letting "well enough" alone.

These facts, of the condition of the county,
being thus stripped of all these sources of
revenue, naturally excites an alarm among the
bond-holder, scrip-holders, and, I presume,
office-holders, too (if they are not made of sterner
stuff than mortal flesh is heir to), and the
question among them and others is seriously
considered, "Can Del Norte, in this condition,
maintain her county organization, and provide for
the payment of her debt, amounting to not less
than $30,000, after paying her State and
Federal tax, which will probably be not less than
one dollar on the hundred in 1862?"

It is well to consider, in the event that she
cannot what is her fate and where is her
destiny. Bordering as she does on the Oregon
line, she cannot, of course, seek affiliation with
her Oregon neighbors. Her only California
neighbors are Siskiyou and Klamath counties.
Siskiyou is connected by a narrow strip on the
east, but ours would give an ill-shaped,
gourd-like form, addition to that county, and whether
Siskiyou would consider Del Norte a very
valuable acquisition, with her enormous debt of
$30,000, is a question. Her next neighbor is
Klamath county, of which Del Norte was once
a part. A proposition for an affiliation there
would be a humiliating concession; for, after
a separation without her consent, and a trial of
five years to maintain a separate existence, to
return, like the prodigal son, and acknowledge
our inability to do so, with a large additional
debt for her to assume, would, we think, be
received by Klamath with some hesitation.

Hence, no wonder that some should feel
alarmed at the establishment of an Indian
Reservation on the most valuable agricultural
lands in the county, and the attempt to
hoodwink the legislature into the proposed act for
the confiscation of the property of non-residents,
thereby cutting off, as they do, the principal
sources of our revenue. It is virtually severing
the main arteries of the county's existence.

A meeting was called in Crescent City
recently, to get some expression from the people
upon this subject; but the discussion took an
unfortunate turn. I mean unfortunate, in not
getting at what was most desirable at that
time—the views of the people of the county in
relation to the propriety, or impropriety, of
having an Indian Reservation established in Smith River Valley, as a matter threatening
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