The following historical editorials originally appeared in The Bend Bulletin. The first two are from Nov. 27, 1903. The second two are from Dec. 4, 1903.

People on the south of Crooked river ought to have better means of crossing that stream. There is not a practicable bridge on the whole of the river. At Trail there is a bridge but the grade is so steep that loaded teams cannot go that way. There ought to be a good bridge at Forests, where a large volume or travel passes, fording the river when the water is not high. At Prineville the river was choked by abuttments in order that the bridge might be short, and the inevitable occurred — the water would not stand the confinement and destroyed the strength of the bridge rests. The county court owes it to all the country south of Crooked river, as a matter of justice as well as good policy, to provide safe and practicable means for crossing that stream at all seasons.

With butter 85 cents a roll and eggs 4 cents a piece, and both hard to get at that, Bend people regret that they cannot go into winter quarters like bears.

Now Postmaster Bancroft, of Portland, is in trouble because inspectors found his IOUs for about $900 in place of good coin of the realm in his official money box. Politics in Oregon is getting to have quite a keen edge, thank you. But every federal office holder has ample notice that the greatest advantage will be take of any lapse on his part and he is entitled to no sympathy if inspectors do come when he least expects them. Be virtuous and you will be happy, though lonesome.

We hope the rumor that the Oregon Irrigation Company will begin active construction on a large scale in the spring is well founded. We want active development in this country and cannot have too much of it.

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