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About The Ontario Argus. (Ontario, Or.) 1???-1947 | View Entire Issue (Aug. 26, 1915)
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Editorial deetien cf the Ontario rfrgus
The Future of the Nation.
'Frisco Exhibit Must be Better.
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mI Aluier ;is ;i fool dieth ?" This was the
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ntfSHilott aaeii ny ixing I'iivm, iiiimmiiiii iik
rieatli of the irrest seneral who had been ilain
l5 a treacherous enemy. We know of few
I words ;hi wImic more lull of meaning. Aimer
well knew tne treacnery ni .man, ana jv uc uw
regarded all caution and paid the penalty with
Practically the whole country today is divid
ed into two croups, each insisting that unless
the country follows its views, America will die
as a Tool. One side insists that if we are to
avoid war and linal annihilation, we must he
gin now to prepare, and to become so itrong that
no nation will dare attack us. The other side,
with men who appear to us to be fully its wise
and capable as any on the other Bide, say that
the way to get into'the war is to prepare for war.
We are not expecting to add anything to the
arguments presented ly either side. Bui the
general situation is so Interesting and so full of
hope and menace to onr own country, that we
give some suggestions regarding what may bap
pen in the future and how to meet it, whatever
In ease the present war in Kurope ends in a
deadlock, it is likely that the power of the tili
ng elasses will he broken and that some form
Of democratic government will he set up. If one
side is finally retorioua, before state of ex
haustion is reached, there is a poaaibility that
the governing elasses will become more firmly
intrenched in their position. If the latter
should happen there would prohahlv he a great
danger to ajnerica from the winning side. If
America were defeated in conflict with the vie
tors, then the cause of democrat ie gOVernmeni
will have sulTered a sethaek of many deeades if
not centuries. If more democratic forms of
government come out of the war for the nations
in Europe, then America will, to a large extent,
furnish the building material for the new gov-
ernineiits. So it seems that no matter how the
war ends, that even more than the existence of
the nation will he at stake, namely, the principle
of democratic government. Any way it comes
out, the course taken by this nation will affect,
in a large degree, tin urses taken by the other
hut the situation is at once new and over
whelming in its significance. The point we wish
to make is that we as a nation are up against the
difficult task of choosing a coarse that will
affect the World in a most vital way, for many
years to come. Are we going to choose blind
ly Are we going to take any other course than
that demanded by our best reason 1 Are we go
ing to allow prejudices and biased views to con
trol the future of the nation ' If we do we can
not be hopeful of the outcome, and when all is
over. America will have died as a fool.
Our suggestion is merely this. It is a time
for the nation to think, to understand clearly
how large and complicated the situation is, and
SOW great must be our efforts to meet it success
fully. We must more than ever before be will
ing to listen to piod logic and to hold OUT Judge
ment in suspense as long M Important evidence
is not in. We believe that if the nation will
awaken to the vastness of the issues involved,
and then think and act, where action is ncccss
ary, that there will be but slight question con
cerning the final issue.
No greater opportunity ever faced the teach
ers id' the nation than that facing them today.
It is oft repeated and yet more true than we ever
realise, that the future citizens of the nation are
in the public schools. We arc seeing now some
of tin things which these future citizens will
have to face. It is high time t hat the schools
stopped coddling them along, and bragging
about the battle of Hunker Hill and the Spanish
American war. It is time that they were learn
lug something more than what the word 'let'
meant as used by Shakespeare or who wrote the
lirst Knglish liovel. The times now are alive
and lustoi is in the making. Science in all its
branches is progressing by leaps and bounds and
evervthiug is on the move. The opportunity is
not Fur the teachers to tell the students every
thing, but to inspire them with a thirst after
knowledge and a desire to be men and women
who have something to do in the world. It is
the duty of every citizen to think himself and
also to see that the future generation will be
equipped to think likewise.
Old) where there is vision, do the people live,
This is a land of great promise in its material
and idealistic prosperity. Hut the world crisis
now demands the best everyone has to give.
That best now means an active interest in mod
ern affairs to that intelligent aetion can follow
when the time for action comes.
The modern agriculturist the farmer of to
day -seemi to be better qualified than anyone
to go to the bottom of a proposition, analyze it
thoroughly, snd tell ua in short order what is
wrong, providing there is anything wrong. And
such is what (luy Johnston, a prosperous farmer
of the Big Bend section, has done with Eastern
Oregon's display at the Panama-Pacific Exposi
tion at San I'Yaiicisco. In a straight business
like manner, he goes to the bottom of the propo
sition, ami. with first hand knowledge, writes to
the people of Malheur '.unity from San Francis
co, telling what is wrong, and suggesting remed
ies. The letter, dated August IK, mid address
ed to the Argus, follows:
" I arrived at the fair the 14th., after being on
the way for several days. I feel that there is
a message that I should send back to my friends
through the columns of the Argus. The expo
sition is grand, big. The Oregon building is a
credit to our state. The Kastcrn Oregon exhib
it dos'nt conic up to the standard. While it is
good, it can be made much better with the tine
products just being harvested. Mr. Lackey is
doing his best with what means he has at his dis
posal. Malheur 'oiiuty can, and must, send him
more exhibits of the very best. Not too much
as space is limited. Hut send such aH fresh
fruits, vegetables, sheaf grains, sheaf alfalfa,
seed alfalfa, clover seed, COTn, honey, and litera
ture describing the resources of Malheur Co-
"I find that nearly all the visitors arc rout
ed over the northern railways, via Spokane.
Seattle snd Portland, and back via the Southern
routes, or, viea versa. Scarcely any are coming
or going by Salt Lake over the Short Line. If
we STB lO get our share of the hoinc-seekers, it
must come through our own efforts Sonic
counties in California have appropriated as
much as )f80, x M .( M to make their showing.
Willamette valley, Rogue River and others, are
throwing literature broadcast.
"This is a business proposition with the ex
hibitor: also with the visitor. He is here to look
the northwest over, hoping to better his condi
tions. "Fellow Citiiens, wake up, ask your County
Court to place sufficient funds and exhibits at
the disposal of your representative. If we do
as well as the other sections of the northwest,
in the next ninety days, we can interest millions
of capital, and thousands of home-seekers. We
can deliver the goods. Let us tell them how to
" Some and see the fair, and boost for Kastcrn
(Signed ) (luy Johnston.
Popcorn Eastern Oregon's Crop?
pines. If Baker wants to use it for a special ad
vertising feature, certainly no one could have
any sei 'i us objections. What have we got a
booth down there for, anyway t
Possibly the Baker editor would have been
better satisfied had we given away cattle, sheep
or horses instead of popcorn, cur goodness
knows we raise enough of all three, down here.
And BO far as gold we mean the pure ipiill is
concerned. Baker claims to have enough of that
to he able to stage a "big Kastcrn Oregon Day"
and give away a nice, neat gold dollar to every
body that visits the booth on that day. (lit to
it. Baker, we won't object.
The question of which college for the boy or
girl is a particularly difficult one, especially in
homes that are sending young men and Women
to college for the first time. As a partial answer
to this question, the Argus will print several
articles on tin lieges of the northwest. These
articles, one of which appears in this issue is
written by local students who have been attend
ing the different institutions. The arteles can
not, of course, give more than a brief sketch of
the institutions, but an effort will be made to
make them distinctive, and to give some sort of
an idea of the life of the students in the college.
More detailed Information may, of course, be
obtained from the college authorities, or from
the authoi's of the articles, or other students.
By K. A. Tmesdale.
(From the Baker Herald.)
They had an Kastcrn Oregon Day at the Kast
crn Oregon booth of the Manania-Haeitie Expo
sition last Saturday and what do you think they
gave away as representing the product of this
section of the state, so rich in grain, fruit, cattle,
sheep, horses, gold and lumber.
They gave away popcorn to UlMHHI people and
put a label on the bags saying Malheur county
produced 122 bushels to the acre.
We may now expect a stampede of people who
will want to plant popcorn and get rich at it,
that is If anyone ever went into a new country
to raise popcorn.
Those who have traveled over a great part of
Kastcrn Oregon never knew that popcorn was
the representative crop of this district, in fact
it has been considered among the "also rans. "
Why not have a big Kastcrn Oregon Day,
those men who are using the Eastern Oregon
booth to advertise their section of the district,
and give away pickles, cigars or washing mach
ines) They are about as representative as pop
corn and possibly as popular as the stuff they
can buy from the Italian vendors on the corner
for a jitney.
Why the sarcasm, dear brother editor? Hunt
you know that popcorn is especially hard to
grow And that a country that will grow pop
corn, will grow anything? Successful popcorn
raising is about the hardest test you can give a
country. Unless it be the raising of gold dollars.
Now, will you answer these questions 1 Tell
us how much the popcorn day at the fair cost
Baker. Tell us what Baker has actually done
not talked about toward paying ami arranging
for a "big Kastcrn Oregon Day" at the fair.
The Ontario Commercial club alone, paid for
the popcorn day. We did'nt ask Maker or any
one for a "jitney" to help pay for it. So far as
using the Kastcrn Oregon booth is concerned,
any city or section of Kastcrn Oregon has a
right to use it for legitimate advertising pur-
Heed ( 'ollcge in Portland, Oregon, is a new in
stitution having graduated its lirst class of -14
students last dune. Its funds are from the in
come of an endowment fund left by Mrs. Aman
da Wood R I who died in liM)f. The value
the endowment, which is chiefly in property in
Portland, is estimated at about $3,000,000.00.
Much of this property is not now income-bearing.
About 1600,000.00 had accumulated before
the college was started, and this amount has
been expended on grounds, buildings and equip
ment. The campus is composed of 8b acres, 40
acres of which was donated by the Ladd Estate
Heed College is a college of liberal arts and
sciences and has no professional courses. As
is usual with colleges, is in need of more funds.
for every college in the country sees more to do
than its resources will allow it to do. However
Heed ('ollcge rigidly adheres to the set prin
ciple of never having a debt or a deficit, and of
doing whatever it docs as well as it can be done.
The work it cannot do well, it docs not do at all.
It is for his reason that no new departments
will he added to the curriculum until new funds
are provided for the college, either through ad
ditional gifts, or through an increase in the In
come from the present property.
So much for a brief sketch of the material
side of the college, which, though important, is
lint the college itself. Although Heed College
has as healthy and happy a group of students as
can be found anywhere, the dominant purposes
of the institution are serious, and it offers no at
tractions for students who want a good time en
tirely outside of their work.
There is at the college a strong intellectual
interest mi the part of the students, and a love of
hard work either at books, athletics or physical
labor. Prohably a majority t the students are
partly self-supporting, and a number entirely so.
Although the entrance requirements arc rigid,
mere entrance does not guarantee permanent
residence, and a number each year are asked to
leave, after showing their inability to get into
the spirit of the school.
Reed College students have no interest in ath
letics from tlu- standpoint of winning teams, but
they are intensely Interested in making athletics
a part of their education, realizing that outdoor
sports furnish the best possible basis for a
healthy body and a cheerful mental spirit, two
essentials for success iii life. Acting on this
theory everybody plays at regular times and any
one who is not prominently interested in sonic
sport is listed as a deadhead. In fact, one must
have a dominant interest in something, if he is
to keen his standing in the college community.
Wide freedom is allowed in the matter of choos
ing interests, except the rigid understanding
that every student should do something and do
it well. It is in this spirit that the hope of the
future for Reed College rests.
The intellectual Interests of the students an
exhibited in the regular studies atid in the de
partmental clubs that are formed for the pur
pose of bringing a social atmosphere into the
curriculum and for making side excursions into
fields of knowledge that are reviewed perhaps
too briefly in the classroom. These depart
mental (dubs furnish the stimulus for the best
work done in the college, and also insure a social
life for those who do not eare for the more for
mal social activities.
Other clubs are for other needs. There are
social Service organisations for the men and
women: a drama club that has done excellent
work; a chorus whose concerts are musical
events of importance in the city. Class organ
isations and class athletic teams also furnish
means of forming groups of students where the
epirit of fellowship is developed to a high de
gree. Ft is easy to forget the faculty when one
starts on student activities. Studies go along
just as well when there are no teachers around,
at least the student council ran the college for
three days last year while the faculty went to
a scientific convention. Hut as a matter of fact
a great deal of care has been taken in selecting
the faculty members. In general, young men
have been chosen that is, men from twenty -five
to thirty-tive or forty men who have had suc
cessful teaching experience in the best univer
sities and colleges in the country. Teachers
have been secured from the Universities of
Washington, California, Whitman College, Yale,
Princeton, Bowdoin College, Williams College
and other places. Several of the teachers have
accepted Calls elsewhere. Dr. K. O. Sisson left
to take a position as Commissioner of Educa
tion for Idaho, a position that is probably the
most important educational position in the
northwest. One man left to teach in Stanford
and another to go to Princeton. Another is
teaching in Yale, while still another will go to
Brown university. Others have had calls hut
have chosen to remain at Reed. There is no
question regarding the standing of the facility.
Heed College, though with only a few more
than two hundred students, has so many sides
that it is impossible to give more than a few sug
gestions in an article as short as this. The col
lege has a tine system of student government,
interesting features regarding the curriculum
administration, an excellent chapel with a new
ten thousand dollar organ, and a chapel service
that is of extreme value to the students who at
tend, a tine gymnasium and comprehensive ath
letic system, and a host of other features that
make it an interesting place. Hut the largest
appeal that the college has made to all who have
so far been connected with it is that it is young
and growing, that it has the courage to do what
it thinks best regardless of whether anyone else
thinks so or not; a willingness to realize its mis
takes, and unlimited energy and enthusiasm for
the work it has to do in the education of the
young men and women in the northwest.
The Women and Greater Ontario.
(The third of a series of sermons by Rev. D. K.
Baker, pastor of the Baptist dbnrch.)
The humor of a well known man caused hm
to say, "man cannot get along with a woman,
nor can he get along without one" Young
man, "Ha, 1 want a goose."
When the book of ages is read It will reveal,
among other things, that woman has been equ
ally beneficial with man iii the architecture and
building of nations.
1. When, therefor, we raise the problem of
woman's share n making the greater Ontario,
we are certainly prepared to accord to her a
I have already discussed the part of men in
the greater Ontario, ami much said of men could,
with equal propriety, be said of the women.
shall endeavor to place the emphasis upon some
of the activities attributed to the women.
Women are usually more artistic then men, and
take the lead in such activities of life.
Women are usually more sympathetic then
men. It was a woman that had the prophet's
room built. It was a woman that sent for the
prophet after the father sent the lad to his
mother. Oh, for a christian mother for even
boy. It was a woman that amiointed .Jesus for
the burial, when men accused her for it. It was
a woman lirst to the toinb of Jesus, and the first
to tell the news .
2. Women can do much to beautify the city
and make it wholesome for homes in which to
We have hen- a beautiful spot where nature
abounds in beauty and splendor. Women's
dub's can do much to beautify and keep down
the gaudy advertisements that usually greet the
eye of the new-comer, of the passer-by.
Women's (dubs can do much more to the heaut'x
of our city by demanding the removal of the
Women by endowment are creatures of beau
ty and she OWSS this possible service to the
(Continued on page 7.)