Editor’s note: The following editorials originally appeared in The Bend Bulletin. The first three are from April 22, 1903. The fourth is from April 29, 1904.

The Columbia Southern Irrigation Company is fast transforming the west side of the valley from an arid wilderness into a settled and productive region. All encouragement to it. To get these lands occupied under conditions that will make them permanently fruitful is a great service for the country. People are coming in and taking the lands and the work of getting title for settlers is going ahead as fast as it can be pushed, as witnesses the advertisement of a list of 12,259 acres in a another column of The Bulletin.

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The difficulty of getting seed grain is greatly retarding farming operations. There is a large demand for rye but it is not to be had at any price. On some lands other grains will be substituted, but some acres will go without sowing because of the lack of seed.

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The Oregon rivers have been swollen to the damage point for a week past and they are still ripping out banks and flooding unwonted places. The Deschutes follows the spring fashion. It is now a full foot above low water stage at Bend and an empty oyster can was washed away yesterday.

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Hearst has failed in his campaign for the presidential nomination because he did not adopt the Hon. John Barrett as his running mate. That team would have constituted not only the Greatest Show on Earth, or elsewhere, but it would have been mighty diverting to see their effort to get ahead of each other in jackassticalconspicuosity.

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