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LA GRANDE EVENING OBSERVER,
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1910.
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WILL THIS SAL YE HEAL!
Although the following editorial In
the Oregonlan la very true and state
menu made can be bourne out by a
little research, yet will this kind of
aire heal the lacerated wound In
Baker's pride? When Pollman, Bodln
on, Daer. Dllshelmer and the rest of
the crowd think of Bill Furnish, BUI
Thompson and E. W. McComas out
generaling them, we think they will
thet their knives anew for Bower-'
man. For it was a case of generalship
wholly both . with Baker and with
Pendleton. When It comes to merit,
If It ever should, then Union's flag
will proudly wave over all of them.
The Oregonlan, says.
Baker need not buy a salt of sack
cloth and a pile of ashes to mourn in
because a site for Oregon's branch
insane asylum was not chosen at or
near the seat of Baker county. That
institution would not .make nor its
absence break Baker. While it must
be admitted that all state institutions
bring In more or less "outside" mon
ey, it may be doubted whether the
real advantage to a city Is anywhere
near Its estimate In the popular mind.
As compared with creative, produc
tive enterprise it has small value.
Communities that depend on the
profit from Che expenditure of pub
lic funds are generally weak and un
progressive. Adventitious aid such as comes
from state Institutions often begets
and fosters a spirit of dependence out
of keeping with Western energy and
self-reliance. These build up towns
and cities. State capitals are not not- truthful and frank about this mat
ed for commercial activity. True ter we never have thought an asylum
there Are exceptions like Denver, St would do Union or any other city
Paul and Indianapolis. any good. Then why would the Ob-
Our own state capital has had its server take off its coat to assist in
greatest and most prosperous period ' preventing Pendleton having the lo
ot growth since It began to look up-i cation?
on the Institutions located there as
secondary and entered into compe
tition for homeseekers and enterpris
es on the merits of its natural re
sources and opportunities.
The other day Baker accepted the
challenge of a rival and will under
take to prove that her county has
more different resources more ways
of extracting wealth from the earth
than , any other county in the state.
That's something to be proud of, to
capitalize with human labor. Let the
asylum go where it will. Baker need
only continue to devote her energy to
Purely on humane grounds. There
are two classes of people which the
state never can do enough for one
class is those whose minds have he
come unbalanced, and the other class
is the children.
It is not in keeping with good
judgment to locate an Insane asy
lum in Pendleton, with all due re
spect to Mr. Bowerman"s decision.
The climate Is not good, the summers
are Intensely hot, the water is no
toriously bad and furthermore, if
this institution is . to serve Eastern
Oregon, Pendleton is not geographl-
securlng Industrious men to cultivate ; cally properly situated
the soil, open up the mines and mul-! Therefore, if this Is to be a fight
tlply the herds upon a thousand hills.
A statement at the head of a pros
pectus that Baker was the seat of
an insane asylum would not help one
whit to make such energy productive
Of the larger and truer results.
GEORGE PALMER, FRes. F. J. HOLMES, Ylee Pres.
IT. L. BREXHOLTS, As't. Cash. EARL ZO'DEL, 2d Asst Cash.
F. L. METERS .Cashier.
La Grande National Bank
of La Grande,. Oregon
United States Depository
Capital, Surplus and Undivided Prohls $200,000.00
GEORGE PALMER, VT. L..BEE5H0LTS
TT. J. CHURCH F. L. METERS
r. J. HOLMES W. M. FIERCE
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W. D. CLEATEU
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With enr ample resoarres and facilities we eaa render joa effi
cient service asd handle year bnsliess te year entire tutUfartlon.
OPEMXG THE ASYLUM QUESTION
It was but natural for both Baker
and Union to suffer disappointment
In the location of the new asylum.
Baker seemingly has as much in her
favor for such an lnsltutlon as Pen
dleton, and it Is a matter of com
mon knowledge that Union has the
best location of the three. This is
said advisedly and we can produce
he evidence before any unbiased
court In the land.
But, even with these facts appar
ent. It Is a question whether it Is
wisdom or not to attempt to open the
question. It may or it may not be.
This much we will say: The Observer
Is not fighting Baker's battles, but
I' Union decides after due delibera
tion to take any action In the prem
ises this paper will be found doing
what It honorably can to assist that
city. It will not be done as a matter
of "doing it for Union," neither will
It be done because we are anxious to
see an Insane asylum located In the
Grande Ronde valley, for to be
on merit, and it will be if it is re
opened, we would suggest that the
matter he reconsidered and if pos
sible leave it to the people of the
state as to where the asylum should
be placed and let them decide this by
We have confidence In the people's
Judgment when once the matter has
been brought to their attention and
all sides have stated their case.
BEWARE OF THE STRANGER.
After sizing the chap up we turn
ed him down. He was a stranger
without a recommendation in the
world, except bis face md manner.
But he succeeded in "catching on"
as a solicitor and every reader knows
the rest of the story.
The moral to this whole affair is:
Beware of strangers. La Grande is
too free to take up with the ne
"guy" who has a good spiel. Let a
shark come Into this city selling
stock in a chariot line in heaven and
he will be given the glad hand ar.d
plenty of money. Haven's we had
almost the same thing? Look at the
Wireless Telegraph and a score of
ether such enterprises. All worked
here by men who could not get ten
dollar's worth of credit from their
La Grande people make lots of
money. Palmer's mill and the O-W
alone, pay out enough money to keep
a good sized little city running. But
the trouble here is that innate desire
to buy some frog pond or mountain
peak miles away because a green eyed
solicitor with a phony diamond hap
pens in and makes the talk.
Cut out the stranger until he has
shown his credentials and then don't
get too chummy wlh him. For he will
do yon, sure.
are not nearly as popular' as they
once were la Oregon. .
Xotiee to Stockholders.
Notice is hereby given to the Stock
holders of the United States National
Bank of La Grande, Oregon, that the
annual meeting of the stockholders :
of the said hank, will be held at their
banking house In La Grande, Ore
gon, on Tuesday January 10th, be
tween the hours of 10 a, m. and 4 p.
m. for the purpose of electing a board
of directors for the lnsuing year and
for the purpose of transacting any
other business that may come before
Dated at La Grande, Oregon this
sixth day of December, 1910.
T. J. SCROGGIN, Cashier.
Dec. 6-Jan. 10.
Like all growing towns La Grande
Is continually Invested wit the sleek
tongued stranger. We had a sample
of It in the W. L. Grant alias Leonard
who forged several checks on Jack
Nice and then skipped the tral-la-la-
loo night before last.
This man had the appearance of
Frances Levlson In East Lynne. He
was well dressed and put up a good
talk. When he showed up at the Ob
ser offlce and Insisted that he go to
work, claiming he was a newspaper
man of extraordinary ability we look
ed hlnf over and this thought oc
cured to us: Mr. Grant (for that was
the name he gave) If you are what
you claim you are why are you out
work? There Is a strong demand for
such ability in the metropolitan and
Well, you cannot blame Senator
Barrett for making a deal with Bow
erman to get his son a position as
asylum superintendent. You know
blood Is thicker than water. But this
row that the transaction has raised
may cause a re-actlon. Pblltial trades
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