The Oregon statesman. (Salem, Or.) 1916-1980, February 03, 1924, Page 14, Image 14

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clothes. coats 'the ' farmed ten
are: btfshelg'of. wheat tOda than1
1 9 1 3, or 3 1 bushels as compared
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bniltted to- President - Coolidge
Fecretary of -AgrlcuUnrfti Heri-
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A 4wigrt load which cost; '13
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M&J&te Now Selling
oneutriatics is commete
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235 S! : Commercial St. :v
would cost 166 bushels, and f he
cost of soft coal has risen from 9
Uosbelr their -to ! ttttsftell'' riW,
the report shows. j
Although ' the average farm
price of wheat of November 1 Was
above the 1 909-13 average for
November, It'ls equivalent to only
about 60 cents per bushel in the
pfe:war period, Secretary" Wallace
Baid. The cost of nearly every
thing the farmer buys is necessar
ily very high because freight rates
and' industrial wages, which enter
not only into the. cost of manufac
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Sedan has ttvo-door friendliness with
four-door faduiy pnlya fetibriof the
story has been told aboutf this amazingly
4 popular model Never before has there
been an enclosed car that combined so
much, comfort an'd;:wie utility, with
sound engineering a so lowt a :ffice.
Gingrich Motor and
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turing but also the cost of trans
portation, are far above their level
Before the wr With' the Novem
ber farm price of wheat only 107
per cent, of the pre-war average
price, the wholesale price of all
commodities which is generally
taken as a measure of the price
level was 153 per cent in October.
' On the basis of such a price le.v
el the average farm price of wheat
should. have been about SI. 35 a
bushel for November to give wheat
pre-war purchasing power st
whole prices, the secretary adds.
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Last fall a family' moved from
a central state to Salem as ia
cuptomary with the best Tamilies
lrom other states of the Union.
Everything was lovely! Salem
was so much more beautiful than
any other place in which they had
ever lived that it seemed that
nothing but contentment could
come to them'. Nevertheless,
something else did come: Home
sickness. A lifetime of habits of
socialibility was fixed upon them.
In the old home town they had
had a part in the continuous
round of social activities, and had
never before realized how largely
their happiness and contentment
rested upon the pleasant informal
ities of everyday life among peo
ple whom they knew. The man
quickly made acquaintances and
prospective friendships in his bus
iness intercourse with other men
and at the Monday luncheons "of
Salem's peerless Chamber of Com
merce. The male creature quick
ly fits himself to new environ
ments. But the lady could have
told a different story had she not
been so firmly resolved to not
tell it. She was bashful and sen
sitive although she had never
realized it- in - "the old home
.town." She' was entranced 'with
Salem, and knew that she would
love it more than any other place
she had ever seen if she did not
die of lonesomeness too soon. She
wanted to chatter with another
woman, but no likely looking
chattee came within her scope,
and durfng the hours of the day
when the children were at' school
and the man was "up town," the
quietness of the house seetiied u fa
bearable and she would sometimes
catch herself tip-toeing from
room to room as though trying to
escape from some pursuing hor
'ror. Sometimes she found her
self involuntarily looking out of
the window with' an unconscious
feeling that some tremendous'
cataclysm had suddenly rendered
the earth inanimate and bleak,
and could not have told whether
she was shocked or relieved to see
other people apparently cheerful
and happy. A few times she nod
ded in a friendly way from the
front porch to women whom she
had seen passing daily, and once
or twice received a doubtful and
almost imperceptible nod in re
'turn. Sometimes she had little
fits of hysterics all by herself,
and it became increasingly neces
sary to itfroke severaT extra dibs
of the powder puff especially
around the' eyes, to cambuflage
her facial ravages before the man
came home to dinner. She' en
viously watched neighbor women
gossiping in their back-yards) and
used to pretend to have errands
to the garage or garbage can in
her own back yard, hoping that
"something" might happen; but
nothing ever did. She and the
man went to church regularly,
but found that a hand-shake in
the vestry did not mean a friend
ship formed; and! a week between
hand-shakes is a long time. The
only people who seemed at all
like old acquaintances were the
actors at the movies, but they also
were silent. The lady especially
yearned toward a neighbor who
lived just around the corner and
whose back-yard was in close
proximity to her own. This
W. F. Watson Will Leave
This Week to Attend
W. F. Watson, local manager of
the Western Auto Supply, will
leave Friday morning, February
8, for Los Angeles to attend the
annual convention of branch man
agers and officials of that com
pany. The convention will be held in
the new three story main office
building which was just (Complet
ed in December. Approximately
90 managers are' expected to at
tend this convention of which
three are fromOregon and eleven
from Washington. The company
expects to open many new stores
in the northwest this spring and
summer and iave a- big expansion
program which will be discussed
during the convention.
Mr. Watson reports that his
company, in keeping , with Its us
ual custom of saving money. for
autoists and leading the field In
such matters, has recently re
duced practically their entire
stock approximately 10 per cent
The relative purchasing power
of the wheat farmers' dollar today
with the 1913 value figured at 100
per cent, as estimated by the de
partment of agriculture, is 78 per
cent in terms of all commodities
59 in terms of clothing, etc.. 71 in
fuels, 84 fn metals; 56 in building
materials and 67 in house furnish
tag roods.
The fact that the cotton farmer
Is far more prosperous than the
wheat farmer is indfeafed by the
tact that the pufchaslng'.power of
the former s dollar-hovers around
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neighbor, geemetf wholesome, bou
yant and. unaffected, had a cheery
voice for her "good mornirtgs"
to"" the other neighbors, and gen
erally lilted a subdued but rblicky
song' during her brisk "chores"
in her own back-yard,- "I'm sure
she's, nice" thouKht" the lady,
"and I'd love to talk with her,"
Desire inspired expediency, and
one day the lady thought: VITow
foolish I am. So many new peo
ple are coming to- Salem- all the
time, of course those who are al
ready here can't Keep track of all
of then and call on them, as we
used id do back home. I'll just
do the calling myself.' I won't
really dress up. for" one can't be
formal when begging for ac
quaintance. I'll just slip on a
nice street dress and : act a if I
was going somewhere. And I'll
ask her how'to get so some street,
and that will give me: a chance to
tell 'her that we are new people
here, and where we live, and Q,
I just know, it will -work." i And
she did it. She tripped eagerly
around the corner and rang the
bell at the coveted house. She had
seen her neighbor iii her back
yard not five minutes before, but
there was no response to her
ring.. She rang, again and. could
hear, (he bell in the house, but
still no one respbnded. A terri
ble thought came to her, but as
It brought a hot flush to her, face
she desperately pressed the but
ton again. Still no response,, but
she saw the curtains at a window
sway .gently. As the tears of
mortification and despair came
she turned and ran down the
steps. At the bottom she": half
turned and shot a glance of re
proach upward, and saw some
thing she had not noticed before.
On one of the steps was a neatly
enameled small metal sign: "No
Pedlers -or Agents."
This story has no moral.1 A
moral is -utilized" to embellish a
theory, while Jhis story deals en
tirely with a Condition.
. A man and a woman were look
ing -into a big display Window of a
Salem department store; that is,
the woman was intently looking at
the display while the man champ
ed the bit and marked time just
behind her and mumblingly ac
quiesced in her, spirited and de-
iigntea comment on the display.
The window contained three dis
play figures, two ladies and a
gent, and they were certainly
"togged up" in nifty, styles. Sud
denly the woman gave a subdued
shriek and whirled and grabbed
the man with both hands just
like a squirrel about to climb a
tree. One of the lady figures in
the '"Window had suddenly turned
its head and smiled at tier, and the
"gent" figure had also turned its
eyes upon- her with a" fishy stare!
The man was much startled also.
but he rwas the first to recover
himself, and as they wfflfced away
he was laughing at her and trying
to pretend that he had known all
the time that two of the figures in
the window were the store's win
dow dresser and his assistant,
A lady on South Commercial
street who is generally able to
hold her own" quite well under
any condition, admits that this
week a common book agent "got
her goat" for a few moments. In
response to his ring she opened the
door and gave him the severe look
wfiich she reserves especially for
agents. He was a sanctimonious
lookipg chap, and he took off his
hat and bowed gravely and asked,
ina solemn voice: "Madam, have
there been any burglaries or mur
ders in this block during the past
six months?" The lady experienc
ed a thrill, but answered in a
hushed voice that no such terrible
things had happened. "Ah!" said
the gentleman, as he pulled a note
book from his pocket and consult-;
ed it minutely, "and have any
children been kidnapped during
that space, of time?' "No-o-o,"
quavered the lady. "I am greatly
relieved to hear it," said the gen
tleman, "as rf eared from the atti
tude of most of your neighbors
that something of the kind must
have happened and terrorized
them. They seem to be afraid to
come to the door when one'rings
their bells. I congratulate you
on not being so cowardly, and I am
very glad to be able to show you
in this 'book the names of Salem
ladles of the best families who
have already given me their orders
for that wonderful and 'very neces
sary volume; Home Training in
Good Manners.' Your neighbors
need this book more than you do,
but, unfortunately for them, they
have missed their opportunity to
secure it. ,1 hope you ; will let
them read tyour copy of it when
we send it to you on our special
terms of only $1 on delivery and
50 cents per month. Sign right
here, Madam." And the lady ad
mits that she did.
In, his fliwer he was crossing
Center street on North -Winter. As
he neared the center of the street
he glanced casually to the left
and his casualness immediately
deserted him! Within f20 feet,
headed straight at him and com
ing right along was, a .truck that
looked about the size of the post
office building. Frantically he
stepped on the accelerator, ' and
the little car jumped ahead ; and
almost escaped; but not quite. The
protruding hub cap of the truck
struck the left rear" tire' and slewed
the little car perilously,; and only
instinctive excellence at the steer
ing wheel prevented It from upset
ting..; He. to the side of
the stteeV andT stoppeflr drew' a
long Jjrealh, took off fits hat and
wiped hs browt while the track
proceeded .unconcernedly .dowji
Center street. The Outlander ap
proached the man in the flivver
and, asked if his car had sustain
ed any damage. "O, no,'" he re
plied, "1 guess. Lizzie is all right.
The only damage 'is to my sense
of justice and my love for my fel
lowmen. 1 have lived in Salem
over .a year now, but am still in
danger of being run over. I have
driven autos for many years, in
many cities" and states, but some
how can't get used .to the traffic
customs in Salem- About the
same thing S3 you saw just now
has happened to me a half dozen
times before in Salem. You see,
all the traffic rules. 1 ever, saw in
any state give the right of way to
the car coming from the right. For
years I have always looked to the
right at crossings, so as to give
the other fellow all he is entitled
to, but I find that in.Salem I must
watch the left also or I may get
more than I aril entitled to myself.
The fellows in the little cars are
all right. There's no danger of
being, run into by a Ford coming
from the left, but gome of the fel
lows who have bis powerful cars
with heavy bumpers in front
don't seem to have much consider
ation for the meek and lowly.
Some of them act as though they
would really like to know just, how
far a Ford will bounce if hit i"1
right. And some of these fellows
who drive trucks say, they act as
though they are the fire depart
ment and it is Hp to everybody
else to get off the street when they
start. O, well, I am developing
a wonderful set of involuntary re
flex muscles and a universal joint
in my neck, and before the coming
summer is over I expect to be able
to spin my head' clear around so
as. to see in all directions at every
Over 8,000 Cars Produced
in United States in
January, .1924
An increased production of more
than 400 per cent over the first
month of 1923 is reported for Jan
uary by the Olds Motor Works at
Lansing, Michigan. This phenom
inal gain would have been even
larger If manufacturing facilities
had permitted, say factory offic
ials. During the month just closed
with the last three days estimated
the production was slightly in
excess of 8000 cars. During Jan
uary, 1923, before tne iBtrodtfctln
of the new six cylinder Oldsmobile,
the production was 1804.
"So farT8ince the introduction
of the new six our production has
Our Values are
Real Bargains
We sold
i Terms: Small payment down, balance on monthly; installments
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260 Kdrtrt'Higrf. t ,A J , 4
itoUkept pare-wjth current nale."
declared Guy If. Peasley, sales
manager of the. company. ;The
teftult is that-none of our dealers
so far. has been able to stock, up
with cars to meet the sprins de
mand. "Every day during January by
telegrams, long distance telephone
calls, and personal visits dealers
hSVe been bombarding the factory
for cars. Each day we are in
creasing'our productTonand hope
during February to be able to
Rhip dealers enough cars to build
a reserve for the early spring rush.
By the way in which the factory
department managers are cooper
ating, we are confident that .. out
output will at 'least equal the de
mand within a short, time and will
be sufficiently 'large to properly
care for the' spring and early siftn
mer trade." ,
The January production was
equally divided between closd and
open cars. Sedans and sport tour
ings led their respective classes in
dtemand. From present indications
the output .of closed cars during
1924 will exceed that of the open
Owing to the overwhelming de
mand, the factory isconfining it
r.elf exclusively to the six stand
ard body types." ' For that reason
it did not follow the umral prac
tice of exhibiting special models
si the national automobile shows
this year. '. . jg .
Correct this sentence: "I often
Kit near people who read sub-titles
aloud," said he, "but I havO
never wished to slay a fellow mor
tal." - .
We want to talk with the man who 'thinks' he 'cannot
afford to own a car. Our used car 'bargain .will make
him feel like a millionaire. Let usprove it to you.'
Certified PuHli
Motor Car Ivfer!l:ei
i, Block N. of Court House on Church St. -PHONE
Jr'tee Ag&roiQtilQ
Before you buy a used car let us tell you what its worth
. on the Market. " -
30 Reconditioned Cars
Act Now Before the Best Ones are Gone
565 Used Fords During
All Models in StocK
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Priced $65.00 and
Authorized Ford- Dealer ,
Home of Satisfied Customers
Secretary of State Shows
That Gasoline Taxes .
Cheaply Collected
Receipts of , the stat of Oregon
fh taxes on gasOliine and distillate "
for 1923 were ,$2,04(.94.33'. "spy.. 4
a ptatement; issued,, yesterday by I
Sam A. Kozert 'secretary df etateU
The statement snows further thai'
since the 'original law, went" tlntV
effect In February, lfl$. tha, rv
ceipts. haw totalled ..'i,(4'07fC.7iy, -
and the expense of collecting thin
has been only "$8780".353howlng
tint the overhead ha. been -con-
fined to about . 001 7 per cent". It '
is bejteved , that- tho admlnlstra- '
tive expense; or cellectlng the mo "
tor1 fuels taxes is less than that in
cident to the collection tf any.
other tax in the state. .
"Taxes were remitted ' on 72, ,
789,723 gallons of gasoline and
3.S14.155 "gallons of difltniate,"
said Mr. Kozer. "Of the total ook
lected the sum of .$74Ci9JJ8.08.Ti!-..,;.j,.
suited from. the operation, of, the ,
original law imposing a tax of'l . ;
cent per gallon on gasoline and
one-halt cent per gallon'on distil-'. -
late, while $1,299,996.23 was re
turned ....under, the" later tax law
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