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VOL. LXI NO. 19,3T6
Entered at Portland (Oregon)
Poatofflce & Second-class Hatter.
PORTLAND, OREGON, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1922
PRICE FIVE CENTS
.WITNESS IS FOUND
tO RESUME GAME
3 OF FAMILY SLAIN
BY REJECTED SUITOR
JOBS ARE PLENTIFUL
BRIGHT FOR WINTER.
RULES OVER CITY
lyill I CHRISTMAS DINNER
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'DIVINE" SARAH BELIEVED
TO BE OUT OF SANGER.
SEATTLE FERRY-BOAT OPER
OR TAKES OWN LIFE.
FAMILY GATHERING BIG AS
Identification of Prison
er Is Announced.
FARMER HALTED BY RAIDERS
Man Forced to Carry Water
i for Hooded Gang.
FACES BARED TO DRINK
Seizure of Men, Two of Whom
' Were Killed, Is Witnessed
While Djetained by Band.
r (Br Chicago Tribune Leased Wire.)
BASTROP. La, Dec. 26. Identifi
cation of T. J. Burnett, -who was
arrested by order of Attorney-General
Coco and locked up In Jail
here on a chaTge of being a mem
ber of the hooded mob which kid
naped and brutally murdered Fill
more Watt Daniels and Thomas F.
Richards, It was said here today,
will be established by the state be
yond the shadow of a doubt
Burnett will be identified, it was
said on reliable authority, by a
farmer whose home Is near Oak
ridge, in the southeastern portion
of Morehouse parish. The farmer
and Burnett are relatives and it
was said there is no possibility of
him being mistaken.
The farmer, according to informa
tion here, was on his way home
from Bastrop on the afternoon of
August 24, the day of ' the' kidnap
ing, when he was held up by a
masked orowd on the Bastrop-Mer
Rouge highway, about three miles
from Bastrop. One of the masked
men, the story runs, called him by
name and commanded him to halt.
Farmer Obeys Command.
The farmer obeyed and was told
to go over the hill to a ranch and
bring a bucket of water for the
thirsty mob. To make surelbat
ha returned with the water the
mob compelled htm to take off his
coat and leave it with them.
When he got back with the
bucket ef water one of the hooded
men offered 50 oenta to him for the
errand, but he declined to accept
the money. Thinking they were
through with him, he started to
leave, when he was again halted
and told he must remain because
he might give alarm further up the
highway. He was directed to take
jt geat on a log, where he sat for
some time and saw the mob seize
F. W. Daniel. T. F. Richards, J. I
Daniel, W. C Andrews and C C
Mask Raised to Drink.
While he was seated on the log,
o the tale goes, ho saw a number of
the hooded klansmen raise their
masks to drink from the bucket of
;water. This enabled him to recog
nize them, and among those whom
he recognized was T. J. Burnett, his
relative, and the man who is now in
the Bastrop jail, surrounded by a'
guard of soldiers. 1
The farmer, it was understood,
told the whole story to agents of
the federal department of justice
;when he was interviewed by them.
After relating all he knew, the
farmer was said to have informed
the secret service men that Burnett
had a homicide record, having killed
two negroes a few years ago. He
said his life would not be worth SO
cents if Burnett knew he had identi
fied him aa a member of the mob.
Protection Is Promised.
The secret service men assured
him that he would be given the
fullest protection and he was car
ried by them to a place of safety.
After he disappeared, klansmen
who are implicated In the murder
became greatly alarmed and at
tempted to locate him. Secret serv
ice operatives have Information, it
was understood, that the frightened
klansmen employed detectives, who
traced him to Baton Rouge and
thence to New Orleans, where they
lost the trail. To date they have
not been able to find him.
One or the secret service men,
when asked today If he cared to
disclose the present whereabouts
of the farmer, smiling replied that
he was in a safe place, was enjoy
ing himself and was free from any
danger. He intimated that he was
in Mississippi in the custody of a
government officer. He said the
witness will be produced in court
at the proper time.
Kidnaping plot Foiled.
Revelations from authoritative
sources show how members of the
Klan in this section plotted to kid
nap and murder two operatives, of
the bureau1 of investigation of the
United States department of justice,
who were working in the open, and
how federal under-cover secret
service men unearthed the plot, In
formed tneir comrades who were
operating in the open and thwarted
the plans of blood-thirsty klansmen.
Two or three weeks after depart
ment of justice men began working
on the case, the story runs, klans
men in this section became alarmed.
They trailed the Investigators who
were operating In the open and
dogged their movements, but they
eould not get any Information. The
Investigators were absolutely un
tCaaciudd 04 fag 4, Column i.
Miracle Medical Men Said Was
Necessary to Save Life of
Actress Has Happened.
PARIS, Dec. 25. Mme. Bern
hardt's condition continued to im
prove this evening.
Louise Abbema, the painter, one
of Bernhardt' close friends, said:
"The invalid has announced her
Intention of getting up and taking
a light repast in the company of a
few friends. You can state ihat she
is going to do so."
Pronounced Improvement was
noted throughout the day In the
condition of Madame Bernhardt.
While not attempting to minimize
the seriousness of her case, the at
tending physicians this afternoon
expressed the belief that she was
out of danger at least.
It seemed almost as though the
miracle which the medical men said
was necessary to save the life of the
"divine" Sarah had happened. Mau
rice Bernhardt, her son, said tonight
that the Improvement was so
marked that the doctors had permit
ted several intimate friends to visit
Reports that Madame Bernhardt
was dying spread throughout the
city yesterday, following her relapse
In the early morning hours, when
she suffered a fainting spell 'similar
to that with which she was first
stricken last Sunday during the
final rehearsal of the new Guitry
play In which she was to . have ap
peared the following evening.
These reports caused her home to
be besieged all day today by promi
nent social, political and theatrical
personages, all eager to know her
What aba needs is complete rest
for many weeks, her doctors say,
but to the energetic star the idea
of lnaotivity is most repulsive.
"Rest? I can't rest. If I did I
would die," she is reported to have
told her advisers.
Cable messages and telegrams
have been received from many coun
tries, including the United States,
expressing sympathy and hope for
Discussing his mother's condition,
Maurice Bernhardt told The Asso
"We bellev she is out of danger,
although at her age it Is unsafe to
make predictions until she has com
pletely recovered. She Is still very
weak and needs a long rest .All her
theatrical plans necessarily are out
of the question for a long time."
Madame Bernhardt's physicians
said tonight that they would issue
no statement In view of the change
for the better. One hopeful sign.
they added, was that their patient
again was taking Interest in food.
For the members of her house
hold one of the biggest problems Is
to keep Madame Bernhardt'! mind
off the theater.
MAN HURT IN CAR CRASH
W. H. Knapp Injured When Ma
chine Turns Twice Over.
W. H. Knapp, 658 Ladd avenue,
suffered injuries and the autqmoblle
In which he was riding turned twice
over in a spectacular crash at the
Intersection of East Twenty-fourth
and Harrison streets late yesterday
afternoon. Knapp Is employed by
the Phil Grossmayer company.
The machine was driven by Carl
Bruntsch, 798 Weidler street, man
ager of the Schmidt Lithograph com
pany. Going west and down hill
on Harrison street, Bruntsch struck
a car driven by J. I. Straight, 817
Main street, Oregon City. The force
of the impact was such that the
Bruntsch automobile hurtled twice
over and the Straight car was turned
directly about in its tracks.
Bruntsch was bound for the Union
station to catch a train.
The extent of Knapp's Injuries
had not been determined last night
He was taken to his home.
COLUMBIA CLEAR OF ICE
River Steamers Navigate Without
Difficulty East of Vancouver.
VANCOUVER, Wash., Dec 25.
(Special.) The warm, weather of
the last three days has cleared the
Columbia river of floating ice and
river steamers now have no diffi
culty In navigating east of here.
The Portland-Camas boats have re
sumed their regular runs and are
expected to start making regular
trips to The Dalles this week.
The river transportation east of
the mouth of the Willamette was
tied up for several days because
of the ice. Large floes passed Van
couver for 10 days or more and for
two days the river was frozen over
east of the interstate bridge.
HARDING PLANNING TRIP
Another Effort Will Be Made to
Visit Alaska Soon,
" (By Chicago Tribune Leased Wire,)
WASHINGTON, D. C, Dec. 25.
President Harding is again plan
ning to go to Alaska. He is most
desirous of getting there this sum
mer to make a study of conditions
with a view to intelligent legisla
tion relative to Alaska's problems
and the proper development of in
The president wanted to go last
summer, but was prevented by the
legislative situation. This summer
he hopes that Mrs. Harding will
be well enough for him to take the
trip and that the legislative situa
tion and international conditions
will not interfere.
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FULL LEADERSHIP DOUBTFUL
Some Activity in Public Af
fairs Likely, However.
EX-PRESIDENT SOON 66
Many Celebrations 'of Birthday
to Be Held on Thursday;
World Esteem Grows.
BY MARK SULLIVAN.
(Copyright by the New York Evening
roat. Inc. Published by Arrangement.)
WASHINGTON, D. C. Dec. 25.
(Special.) On Thursday, December
28, ex-President Wilson will be 66
years old, and the anticipation of
that event has been the occasion of
a good deal of discussion, some of
which will express Itself on that
day, not only In the shape of con
gratulations but in ways more for
mal and permanent
The opportunities for congratula
tion to Mr. Wilson are clear. The
definite Improvement In his health
Is euoh that during recent weeks
one has been able to hear persons
remark that they have recently seen
Mr. Wilson strolling in the neigh
borhood of his home. The recov
ery which enables everybody in
Washington to discuss it in terms
of cheered gratification is also seen
In Mr. Wilson's greater weight, in
the greater fullness of his cheeks
and in the greater freedom of ac
tion observed by the many persons
who see him from time to time, on
his occasional visits to the theater
Capacity for Work Grows.
His more intimate friends report
also that, this recovery Is marked
by a greater capacity for work, to
such an extent that they describe
Mm as now able to do some hours
of work each day without fear of
impeding the process of recovery,
lit fact, some of those who occa
sionally call on Mr. Wilson describe
the Improvement of his health in
almost superlative terms of gratl
That the partnership in the prac
tlce of the law between Mr. Wilson
and his ex-secretary of state. Bain-
brtdge Colby, should have been ter
minated during the present month
is believed to be due, not to any ap
prehension about the volume of
work entailed, but rather. In all
probability to Mr. Wilson's stan
dards of what it is proper for an
ex-president, in his private capacity,
Some Cases Hard ts Take.
That Mr. Wilson should have
chosen, of his own initiative, to take
up the practice of the law on the
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Shot Down ; Girl Who Spurned
Man Escapes Fussilade.
SEATTLE, Wash., Dec. 25. Re
jection of his advances last spring,
believes Helen Engel, 16 years old,
so crazed Em 11 Neurlter, 40, a ferry
boat operator, that he entered her
home here today and turned Christ
mas joy Into tragedy, by killing her
two sisters and one of her brothers
and then committed suicide. Neurl
ter, when he came into the house,;
asked for Helen.
Helen says that Neurlter at
tempted to shoot her when she re
pelled him in the spring. Neurlter
took to the iSngel home today three
pistols and two pocketfuls f car
tridges. Neurlter, according to the coroner.
ambushed himself in the woodshed
at the Engel home waiting until
D. C. Engel, father of Helen, came
out of the house, leaving his family
around the Christmas tree distribut
ing gifts. Engel says that Nsurlter
leveled two pistols at him and or
dered him Into the house. In the
house Neurlter ordered Engel to
lock all doors.
'Get Helen for me," Neurlter was
alleged to have shouted with the
pletol in his hands. "I'm hers for
business and I'm going to kill Helen
I'll kill you all."
Anna Engel, 17, sister of Helen,
sprang to the defense of the family
and sought to wrest th pistols from
Neurlter. A bullet tore through her
uplifted, arm and Into her heart
Leaping over Anna's body, accord
ing to the story pieced together by
Coroner Corson, who talked to all
the surviving members of the fam
ily, Neurlter began shooting at
Helen, at Ernest, her brother, 15,
and at Mr. and Mrs. Engel. Helen
and Ernest jumped out a window
and the parents fled through the
As the parents ran they saw their
daughter Lillie, aged 3, standing in
a chair with two dolls that she had
climbed to take from the Christmas
tree, hugged to her bosom. She was
found dead with a bullet hols In her
Hans, a brother, 14, was crouching
in a dark corner of his bedroom
when Neurlter entered. Here his
body and that of Neuriter were
found, the lad's with a bullet wound
in the left temple and the man's
with one In the chest.;.- ''
"Last spring while ws lived on
Bainbridge Island Neurlter used to
take us for boat rides," narrated
Helen Engel. "We thought It was
a lot of fun until he tried to make
love to me. I let him know plainly
that I did not care for him, but I
did not know how it affected him
until my brother aiui I were walk
lng along a road on the island one
day and Neurlter fired a shot at us,
After that my folks got silly letters
from him threatening our lives and
saying that he intended to take his
own, but we did not think much of
When Mc and Mrs. Engel fled
they went to the home of Fred Pla
galll, across the street. After Pla
galll had watched the Engel house
for a time from behind a stump
with a shotgun In his hands, Plagalll
and Mrs. Engel, the latter foremost,
entered her home. The first thing
Mis. Engel saw was little Lillie
lying dead at the foot of the Christ-
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WE CANT KEEP HIM WITH US
Improvement Over Last Year Is
Indicated hy Government
Survey of Industries.
WASHINGTON, D. C, Dec. 25.
The employment situation is en
couraging and prospects are bright
for the remainder of the winter, ac
cording to a survey just completed
by the employment service of the
department of labor. Nearly all
states reported a condition much
better than at this time last year
and the situation was described as
fair to good in most sections.
States affected by seasonal sus
pension of logging operations or
farm work and those where trans
portation la hampered by strikes
and oar shortages were the only
ones reporting unfavorably and in
all of them improvement wis ex
pected soon after January 1.
Building operations throughout
the country were reported holding a
pace almost unprecedented, only a
few states in the north showing a
slowing up because of the weather.
The manufacturing states, almost
without exception, reported short
ages of skilled mechanics. Textile
mills were running full blast and
needed labor. The automobile In
dustry also was running 100 per
cent but the labor supply about
equaled the demand. The steel In
dustry showed a general expansion,
with a demand for all kinds of labor
and the call for metal workers gen
erally exceeding the supply.
COUGAR CHASES, AUTOIST
Eugene Man In Car Escapes Big
Cat In Exciting Race.
EUGENE, Or Deo. 25. (Special.)
F. A. Roberts, local manager for
an adding machine company, told
today of an exciting and thrilling
race he had with a cougar on the
Paclfio highway south of Eugene
;ast Friday night. Roberts was re
turning from Roseburg In his auto
mobile when he reached a point
near the Anlauf automobile camp,
between Cottage Grove and Drain,
a huge mountain Hon sprang from
the high bank above the road, ac
cording to Roberts' story. '
IX appeared, said Roberts, that
the animal had intended to alight
upon the car, but evidently had not;
calculated upon its speed. Roberts
ooened the throttle and the cougar
gave chase. The cougar chased
him for half a mils or more be
fore hs finally dlstanoed it, Rob
YULE SPIRIT RULES SHIPS
American Fleet In Bosphorus
Give Cheer to Refugees.
CONSTANTINOPLE, Dee. 25. The
American cruiser Pittsburg, 11
American destroyers and two other
ships, lying In the Bosphorus, gave
Christmas cheer to several-thousand
refugee orphans, hundreds of whom
were picked up In the streets of
Constantinople by American relief
workers headed by Elsie White of
Orinnell, la. The warships were
gayly decorated. Turkey dinners
were served and there were gifts
for everyone from the Christmas
Tens of thousands of persons
gathered at the waterfront at
nightfall to watch the Illumination
of the fleet
THE YEAR ROUND.
Deal for North Pacific
Plant About Made.
NEW INTERESTS INVOLVED
Logging Syndicate Plans to
600 TO BE EMPLOYED
Local Institution, Expected to
Open in January, to Add to
The North Pacific Lumber com
pany's plant one of the oldest lum
ber manufacturing institutions in
the northwest, which has been idle
for several years, is to be taken
over by a syndicate of logging in
terests headed by Henry Turrish of
the Western Timber company. It
appears certain that negotiations
which have been pending for the
past month will be completed today
when signatures are attached to
The ODenlner of this nlant which
cuts nearly 350,000 feet each eight
hour shift and is located at the foot
of Sherlock street will add approx
imately 600 names to Portland's
payroll. The mill will doubtless be
In operation under its new manage
ment sometime In January.
Big Mortgage Held.
At the present time the Security
Savings & Trust company, repre
senting several interests, holds a
mortgage on the North Pacific Lum
ber company for approximately
$800,000. The lease, which Is being
made by the syndicate consisting of
the Western Timber company, the
Murphy Timber company and others,
will run for a period of five years,
subject to a possible redemption of
the mortgage. This mortgage was
placed upon the company by Donald
Mackay and his son, W. B. Mackay,
who, until several years ago, op
erated the mill. They have ten
months during which time they may
redeem the mortgage and gain pos
session of the property.
The North Pacific Lumber com
pany was organized by Donald Mac
kay in 1882. For many years he con
ducted the institution and it was
one of the leading manufacturing
plants of .the city, keeping several
hundred men In employment. A
number of years ago the company
met with financial reverses and In
1918 was leased to Charles F. Swl
gert and associates. For a time
these interests operated the plant
but It returned to the Mackays once
more In 1920 and since that time
has been Idle.
Mannfactnrtns Is Aim.
The fact that the Western Timber
company and the -Murphy Timber
company, the two main organiza
tions of the syndicate, are logging
rather than manufacturing concerns
is significant to lumbermen. It
means that these concerns, rather
than depend upon Columbia river
and Portland mills to purchase
and manufacture their logs, are go
ing actively Into the manufacturing
end of the game themselves. With
conditions In the lumber market as
they now are, and with Indications
pointing to an even greater demand
than that which has kept the big
mills in constant operation for the
past few months, the reorganized
North Pacific Lumber - company
should have little difficulty In book
ing orders that will keep it in op
eration Indefinitely for at least two
daily eight-hour shifts.
J. A. Ryan President.
J. A. Ryan, who is representing
Mr. Turrish In the new company.
will be president of the concern and
possibly Percy Allen of the Murphy
Timber company will be another of
The deal for the mill would have
been closed a week ago had It not
been for an urgent call which took
Mr. Turrish back to his home In St.
Paul. Saturday telegraphic orders
were received here giving others
the right to sign ,for Mr. Turrish
and all that is now lacking in the
completion of the transaction is the
signature of the parties involved.
WINNIPEG HAS BIG FIRE
Eleven Firms Out of Business and
Loss Aggregates $250,000.
WINNIPEG, Dec. 25. Eleven busi
ness firms temporarily are out of
business and property damage
amounting to approximately 3250,
000 resulted from a fire of unknown
origin, which destroyed the PuMord
block, Donald street, today.
Practically all losses are covered
NEW ZEALAND IS SHAKEN
Shock Opens Great Fissures on
Beach at Waikuku.
WELLINGTON, N. Z., Dec. 25. A
severe earthquake shock was felt
here at 3 o'clock today. It was
feared that considerable damage
was done in the country districts.
Great fissures were opened at the
beach at Waikuku, while at some
places the buildings swayed In
Carols an3 German Songs Sung, j
Servanls Being Allowed to
Join With Rest.
(Copyright by the New Tork Times.)
(Uv Chica! Tribune Leased Wire.)
DOORN, Dec. 25. The ex-kaiser,,
whose recent marriage appears to
have . had a subduing effect upon
him, blossomed out today in his
old-time festive spirit for the oc
casion of Christmas, so beloved in
the fatherland. Evidently striving
to make this anniversary as large
a family gathering as clrcum.
stances would permit, he included
his son. grandsons, newly acquired
A large family dinner was given
Christmas eve in the so-called Gob
lin hall, decorated by an enormous
Christmas tree cut by the ex-
monarch himself and atlornfld by
the bride. The ex-crown prince.
who arrived for the festivities from
Cringen island, was joined by the
crown princess and children in pre
senting the ex-kaiser a copy of hie
own book in do luxe binding. After
dinner, Christmas carols and Ger
man songs were sung by all In
which the servants were allowed to
join, standing at one end of the
William Hohenzollern led the
songs, singing lustily and shedding
occasional tears when strains of
"Tannenbaum" resounded through
the hall. A sumptuous Christmas
dinner was given the personnel In
the servants' hall. Special Christ
mas service was held today In the
private chapel when the ex-katser
dispensed with the chaplain and
2 CHILDREN SUFFOCATED
Bodies Found In Bathroom Fol
lowing Fire In House.
BATTLE CREEK. Mich., Dec. 25.
Two children, Wlllison, 10 years
old, and Barbara, 8, suffocated In
thetr home here early today shortly
after the parents. Waynard Watts
and Mrs. Watts, had finished deco
rating their Christmas tree.
A fire broke out In the basement
and spread rapidly through the
first floor rooms. Watts dashed
throueh smoke and flame to the
children's bedroom, but failing to
find them there ran from the house
believing the little ones were dead.
When the flames were checked
firemen found the bodies of the
children In the bathroom, where
they had gone to escape the smoke.
EUGENE STATE CAPITAL
Speaker Bean of University City
Now Acting as Governor.
EUGENE, Or., Dec. 25. Eugene
today became the capital of Oregon
and will continue so for another
day, by virtue of its being the
residence of Louis E. Bean, speaker
of the Oregon house of representa
tives, who Is acting governor In the
absence from the state of Roy Rlt
ner, president of the senate, who
has been acting in that capacity
since Governor Olcott has been In
the east for several weeks.
Mr. Bean said he would not go
to Salem, but transact all business
of the executive position In Eugene.
INDEX OF TODAY'S NEWS
YESTEBDAT'S Maximum temperature,
82 decrees; minimum, 4T degrees.
TODAY'S Occasional rain; southerly
Condition ef Sarah Bernhardt -hows
marked improvement. Page 1.
French reparations plan far from com
plete. Page 2.
Christmas dinner liven by ex-kaiser.
Peace or conflict to be decided soon,
thinka Ismet Pasha. Page 6.
England cheerful despite troubles. Page 3.
TJ. S. plan to help Europe Indefinite,
says Tardieu. Page 24.
Gravest events impending in Europe, de
clares Senator McCormick. Page 8.
Wilson expected again to take hand In
puMic affairs. Page 1.
Parley in Europe under Harding ban
America lagging behind with navy.
Storage of liquor Is heavy expense for
nation. Page 1.
Hopes of Smit'h-McNary reclamation bill
put In bonus. Page 6.
Government survey Indicates little un
employment in coumry. rag. x.
Klan mob is foiled In plot to murder
federal agents. Page 1.
Herrln slaughter likely to go unpun
ished. Page 4.
Health Institutes to aid children. Page .
Christmas caller kills three of family.
Gonzaga beaten by West Virginia, 21
to IS. Page 19.
High school fives to get week of prac
tice. Page 18.
Stanford gridiron squad hard at ' work
for battle witn ntisourg ranmers.
High school grid rules may be changed.
Commercial and Marine.
Ar-ronaut intercoastal service will be in
augurated at New Tork January S.
Portland and Vicinity.
Gloom is routed at orphans' party.
Preliminary sessions of Oregon State
Teachers' association will open to.
morrow. Page 6. . -
Gay Tuletide spirit prevails In city
Christmas, rage l.
North Pacific lumber mill may reopen
oon. Fage l.
Weir murder tale puzzles Portland jo
lice. Page 28.
Portland Elks play Santa Claus to
children. Page 8.
Rising Willamette held not dangerous.
Reform In state Irrigation code expected.
Tuletide brings grief to Portland home.
Child is kidnaped; father Is ought,
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PORTLAND ARISES EARLY
Children Up at Dawn for
NEEDY NOT FORGOTTEN
Bare Boards Heaped With Food
and Floors Strewn With
Toys by Thoughtful.
BT BEN HUR LAMP MAN.
The savants may not believe in
fairies and fays, in pixies and
gnomes. With the keen edge of
logic these they may demolish, until
the little folk find refuge only in
story books, and rainbow wings and
tinsel lie tattered on the field. But
when it comes to Christmas ah,
there we have them on the hip, to
the last meddlesome scientist of the
lot. For Christmas they must be
lieve In. It, follows them to their
homes, and bursts open the doors,
and enters like a wind of laughter.
It is as real, and far more potent, as
one of their own mysterious for
mulae. They'd best believe.
And so when Christmas dawned
for Portland yesterday, blinking
back the last obdurate star, you
might have sent a crier through the
town to seek In vain some wight
whose faith was not sufficient to
the day. And on his futile round
this functionary would have many
a time been tempted to pause before
homes whence Issued, in joyous vol
ume, the Juvenile welcome to the
best day of them all. For folk rise
early on the morning of the Tule,
and such misbehavior as grumpiness
is quite unknown. He had not gone
a dozen paces, this supposititious
crier of ours, ere the milkman had
hailed him from the deck of a clat
Tule Spirit Glad.
The awakening of a city on any
other occasion, on any other day
save this, 1b never so spontaneous
and chlld-llke. Usually the great
town rubs Its drowsy eyes and
blinks, and calls none too genially
for its breakfast, viewing the pros
pect with at least a trace of dour
suspicion. If they approach with
proper humility the task set for
them, one would very much like to
have those previously mentioned
savants, who do not Believe in
fairies, inform us by what other
agency the merry miracle Is
wrought. A fig for their logic! It
Is very apparent that St. Nicholas
himself has been about his busi
ness, with such lieutenants and
servitorn as hs did require call
them what you will.
How else. If It please you. sirs, did
a pervasive beneficence quicken the
town, until a thousand men and
women, representative of them
selves and of great organizations,
sought gladly for such luckless ones
as might need Christmas more than
others and found them.x and left
both luck and the gifts of the yule
at their thresholds? How else was
it made possible for every child in
Portland to laugh and laugh again,
and count such treasures as chil
dren find delisht in when fortune
had gruffly sai-3 that many of them
might find no joy In the day?
Against such proofs the shafts of
logic fall as barbs from armor.
To resume, it is only at the
Christmas-tide that people begin
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OREGON CROPS IN 1922
VALUED AT $73,827,000.
Though a state compara-
tively sparsely settled, Ore- ,
gott produced crops in 1922
which reached a total of $73,-
827,000 in value, according to J
the annual compilation of
F. L. Kent, statistician with
the United States bureau of
agriculture. Of this sum, ;
field crops were valued at
$61,631,300 and fruit and i
i x io me itaa
nuts at $12,195,700. ,,
The great need of Oregon
is settlers. The soil is un
usually productive. The cli
mate is mild. The markets
are becomirfg stabilized. The
opportunity is here. To bring l
that opportunity to the at-
tention of prospective farm-
ers and fruit growers is one
mission of the New Year edi- f
tion of The Oregonian. Avail-
able supplies of copies for
eastern distribution are fast t
being depleted by advance or- j
I The annual issue will be . 4
I included with the regular edi- J
lion on next;
January 1, 1923
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