The Oregon statesman. (Salem, Or.) 1916-1980, February 04, 1928, Page 1, Image 1

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    ! .Marion County Community Clubs Are Planning Greater Activities in the Development of the Rich Resources of Their Sections '
I " City Now Has Paving Petitions on Hand Calling for About the Same Amount of Surfacing This Year as Was Done Last Season
TTeather forecast: Rain; continued
mild; strong southeast and south winds.
Maximum temperature yesterday 61, min
imum 40, rirer 5.6. rainfall none, atmos
phere part cloudy, wind southeast.
One senator suggests that the entire
proceedings of congress be broadcast
erery day. There are some things which
are too serious to Joke about
SEVENTY-SEVENTH YEAR
SALEM, OREGON. SATURDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 4, 1928
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COMPETITION PROMISED
Bis Meeting; To Be Held At On
of Salem Theaters; New Con
stitution Adopted; Bank
Presents Movie Outfit
There is a movement to divide
the 35 or 31 community clubs of
Marion county into seven districts.
and to hold federation meetings of
all the clubs only twice a year, for
the purpose of transacting busi
ness.
There was a fine meeting of the
Marlon County Community feder
ation at Haysville on Wednesday
evening. P. O. RUey of Hubbard
presided. He is working up some
real enthusiasm on community
meetings. The movement men
tioned in the first paragraph above
was brought forward and adopted
It is planned that the officers of
the couuty federation will assist
the various districts in working
out constructive programs. It Is
desired to develop local talent and
get home folks to take more part
In the meetings.
Motion Picture Machine
Thp Ladd & Bush bank has
purchased a moving picture ma
chine for use in community club
work Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Stewart
of Salem are operating this ma
chine at the meetings in the var
ious communities.". There are edu
cational films on dairying, poultry
raising, swine, crops, etc.. pro
cured from the United States de
partment of agriculture; the' agri
cultural colleges, etcv ftlso'som
scenic films from the railroad
companies. The moving picture
idea is more than coming up to
expectations, because it carries
home a real message to the young
folks.
The idea was brought forward
of having all the clubs go togeth-
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ARREST OIL MAN
IN SENATE PROBE
PROM IX EXT EXECUTIVE TAK-
EX FOR DEFYING SENATE
Persistent Refusal to Testify Re
sults la Stewart Being Taken
Into Custody
WASHINGTON, Feb. 3. (AP)
Robert W. Stewart, one of the
foremost oil executiTes of the
country, was under arrest by the
senate tonight because of his per
sistent defiance or lta Teapot
Dome committee.
He was not taken to jail, hut
permitted to remain in his quart
ers at the Willard hotel in the cus
tody of a deputy sergeant at arms,
who is to take him before the bar
of the senate at noon tomorrow
unless he decides in the meantime
to sue for a wTit of habeas corpus.
While the chairman' of the
board of the Standard Oil com
pany of Indiana declined to make
any statement, it was said by his
close associates that be probably
would appear In the senate.' In
that event he would be directed to
answer forthwith questions as to
what if anything, he knows about
disnosition ofr Liberty bonds by the
Continental Trading company, of
Canada, which has figured so
prominently in the Fall-Sinclair
oil conspiracy trial.
Should Stewart again refuse to
do so. the senate would have open
to it two courses adoption of a
resolution directing his Imprison
ment in a common Jail or approval
of one referring his case to the
District of Columbia courts, as
was done In the Instance of Harry
F. Sinclair, who is now under
three months sentence.
Senator Walsh, of Montana, the
TMsot Dome committee prose-
-.itor. favors the first course and
y - vVLk.w will insist noon it. The
Chicago on operator iusn
have recourse to a writ of habeas
corpus and a court hearing to de
termine whether the senate has
the power to imprison for eon
tempt. ' i. "
The arrest'of Stewart followed
a day of dramatic events that
swung from committee rooms to
the floor of the senate and then to
the Willard hotel. There was the
anti-climax, however, for the sen
ate warrant bearing the signature
of Vice President Dawes; was
served in the privacy of tha oil
man's, apartment. Newspaper men
and photographers were locked
out.
MERGE 2 BOARDS
SAYS TAX GROUP
BOTH BODIKS OF REGENTS
NOT XEEIEI, CLAIM
Economy Through Elimination of
Dnplication and Rivalry
Urged at Meeting
PORTLAND. Feb. 3 (AP)
One board of regeat3 for the
higher educational institutions of
Oregon, instead of two, might
bring economy by elimination of
duplication. The University of
Oregon an4 Oregon State Agricul
tural college fire supported by
millage, based on the assessed
valuation of the sjate and the
higher the assessed valuation the
more money these institutions re
ceive. This was one of the most im
portant thoughts brought out to
day at the first meeting of the
committee on reduction of state
expenses, which is a part of the
property tax relief commission,
authorized by the legislature.
As part of this committee's
work, a study will be made of the
advisability of one board of reg
ents for the university and col
lege; the per capita cost; how
far the state should go in higher
education and the number of out
state students. Mergers of the
committee realize that they are
treading on delicate ground, but
they agree that their job is to see
what can be done about reducing
state expenses and the study may
prove of benefit.
The committee also intends to
study the twp-mill levy for ele
mentary school purposes.
Other subjects for considera
tion are:
The one-mill levy for state
market roads.
N'on-essentials in state govern
ment.
A cabinet form of government
such as is operating in Washing
ton, Idaho and California.
A comprehensive state auditing
system.
The foregoing constitute six
topics which will be 'sketchlly
submitted when the whole com
mission meets the latter part of
the month, and later the commit
tee will make an intensive Inves
tigation of each of the half docen
subjects,. with a. view to cutting
down state taxes.
JUSTICES TO MAKE TRIP
Coshow and Belt Will Study Wash
ington Court Process
Associate Justices Belt and Co-
show of the Oregon supreme court
will leave Monday morning for. a
visit to Olympia, Wash., wheTe
they will spend several days ac
quainting themselves with the pro
cedure followed by the supreme
court of that state in the handling
of cases on appeal before that tri
bunal. The two justices have
been assigned to this investigation
by Chief Justice Rand in keeping
with the recently announced pol
Icy of the Oregon court to speed
up cases on appeal before this tri
bunal.
"The Washington court handles
a much larger volume of business
than does our court and manages
to keep right up with its work and
we Just want to know how they
do it so that we can apply theii
system to our work here," Chief
Justice Rand declared Friday.
Justices Belt and Coshow will
spend at least two or three days In
Interviewing members of . the
Washington court and, leading
members of the bar in that state
as well as observing methods in
use in that court.
BOULDER BILL APPROVED
Measure Not to Be Reported
Formally Until March 15
WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 (APi
With an unusual provision that It
shall not be reported formally to
the house before .March 15, the
Swlng-Jchnson bill for construc
tion of a huge dam in Boulder
canyon on the Colorado river was
approved today by the house ir
rigation committee. The vote
was 13 to 4.
Similar in its main features to
the measure passed last year by
the house, only to meet death In
the bitter filibuster that tied the
senate in a knot rn tlie closing
hours of the last session, the pro
posal as approved by the commit
tee, carried two amendments re
lating to its power features and
one covering the navigsllty of
the river.
ARREST SAFE BREAKERS
Bob Coleman and Archie ;Eddy
Taken by Eugene Police ,
EUGENE, ..Feb. 3. (AP)
Archie Eddy and Bob Coloman,
wanted In San Jose, Cal.. for, al
leged safe breaking and burglary
were arrested here this afternoon
by Traffic Officer Delbert Farrow,
who had been watching, for the
car they were driving since yes-
terday when local police were In-
formed by San Jose authorities
that the men were headed this
way. Both men were armed when
arretted, but did" not resist the of-fleer.
PAVING GRAVEL
AND SAND BIDS
ILL BE ASKED
33,600 Yards To Be Pur
chased; Marion Street
Work May Start Soon
MUCH SURFACING ASKED
Regular Season Will Start About
April 1; City Machines Will
' Be Adequate This Tear,
Now Thought
Bids on 33,600 yards of sand
and gravel will be called for at
the city council meeting MondayN
night, if present plans material
ise. Alderman W. H. Dancy, chair
man of the streets committee, said
yesterday.
There was some talk a few days
ago of calling a special meeting
this week for that purpose, so that
a contract might be awarded, and
the materials made available for
use in paving Marion street, but
it was decided to forego the mat
ter until the regular meeting.
Parking strips are now being cut
on Marion street with a view to
immediate paving if good weather
continues.
Many Petitions In
The amount of paving already
petitioned for closely approximates
that on the books at this time last
year. A total of 139.642.24 square
yards of concrete was laid last
season at a cost of $295,339.56. In
addition, pavement on Capitol and
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REQUIRE PERMITS FIRST
People Who Put Up Signs First
- Due for Jolt, Declared
Merchants who erect street
signs and then petition for per
mission to do so are in for a jolt.
This has been a common prac
tice here, and has virtually made a
joke of the light committee which
according to law should pass on
the Improvement and recommend
for or against the grant of per
mission.
Alderman S. E. Purvine, new
chairman of the light committee
Intimated yesterday that this prac
tice must cease, or steps will be
taken to bring the violators to
time.
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Hickman; center, sunding, Jail Physician Benjamin Blank; seated, H. L. Barlow, fingerprint ex
pert; above and to right. Solomon .Laykin, Samuel Burnbam and Hale Sparks, former school com
panions of the slayer. All of these witnesses except Barlow were
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FIGHT LOOMS UP
FOR OHIO VOTES
WILLIS AXD HOOTER FORCES
AT OUTS IN" STATE
Series of Conferences -Fails to Ef
feet Compromise; Botli
Sides Claim Strength
WASHINGTON. Feb. S (AP)
The candidacy of Secretary Hoo
ver for the republican presidential
nomination in the Ohio prefer
ential primary was thrust forward
today by Representative Burton
of Ohio, and the challenge for a
contest In that state was imme
diately accepted by Senator Wil
lis of Ohio, who announced his
candidacy some time ago.
Coming on the heels of a series
of conferences between the friends
of Secretary Hoover and Senator
Willis seeking an agreement to
avoid a fight in Ohio, the declara
tion of Mr. Burton tonight was
regarded as an answer to the
parleys.
Although Secretary Hoover
maintained his silence about his
candidacy tonight the declaration
of Mr. Burton will force an early
showdown. The Ohio man asked
that Mr. Hoover be a candidate.
To enter the Ohio primary a can
didate must signify his willingness
In writing before the filing lists
close on February 24.
"I have made a careful survey
of republican preferences in the
state of Ohio," Mr. Burton said in
a forma! statement, "and as a re
sult conclude that the dominant
sentiment is for Mr. Hoover. If
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SMALLPOX CASE IN CITY
Adult Vaccination Need, Says
County Health Officer
The need of more adult vaccina
tions, as well as for children,
against the danger of smallpox, is
a thing which should be heeded
in time, points out Dr. Vernon
A. Douglas, county health offi
cer with headquarters at the
Marion county child health dem
onstration, in reporting that one
Salem residence, that of O. E.
Whitney at 1210 North Eighteenth
street, is under quarantine for
smallpox;-Mf. -Whitney baring
taken 111 January 29,. The source
of the case is not known.
Dr. Douglas is of the opinion
that the disease will be confined
to this single case as Mrs. Whit
ney and the two children, one of
whom attends school, have now
been vaccinated.
. Whitney is a carpenter and the
three weeks enforced absence
from work, as well as the isola
tion of his family, might well have
been avoided if the precaution of
vaccination had been taken b
for the disease had been con
tracted, the doctor says.
700 CREDITORS
FLING CHARGES
S T A R T L I XO DECLARATIONS
HURLED AT MEETING
Overbeck and Cooke Financially
Unsound for Past Two Years,
Says Accountant
PORTLAND, Feb. 3. (AP).
The skeleton in the closet of the
late Overbeck and Cook broker
age house was dragged out of
darkness before an excited meet
ing of some 700 creditors of the
bankrupt firm at a meeting here
tonight. . Four startling declara
tions were made before the assem
bled creditors by employes of the
firm and by those in a position to
know.
"The firm has been in bad fi
nancial circumstance bankrupt
is the proper term for a period
of over two years." This state
ment was credited to William G.
McRae, accountant, who had
charge of auditing the company's
books for seven years.
"James P. Cooke, president of
the company, drew, in addition to
his salary of $19,000 a year, a
sum between 1150,000 and $200.-
000 In a single year." This too,
was asserted by McRae.
"The firm bought long and sold
short in one instance on Under
wood Typewriter stock an absol
ute violation of the rules of the
New York Stock Exchange," Mc
Rae and others told of this.
"The New York firm of Logan
and Bryan suepected the local firm
of unethical transactions and even
sent detectives to check up on lo
cal brokerage practices" This
was testified to by McRae and by
several clients.
While the meeting concerned it
self mainly with a discussion of
these points, the main question at
issue among the creditors was that
of reimbursement. While it was
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HONEY MEETING MONDAY
Mead Company to Hold Annual
Session at Methodist Church
The annual, .meeting - of the
Mead Honey company will be held
at the parlor of the First Metho
dist church Monday, it was an
nounced Friday. A dinner will be
held in the evening.
The forenoon meeting will be
a business session for members
of the company only, but the af
ternoon session, is open to every
body interested in the honey in
dustry. The speaker will be H. A
Scullin of the (agricultural col
lege. The evening dinner will be a
"picnic" affair, everybody being
expected to bring their own food
called to testify that Hickman
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REQUEST SENT
BY PORTA RICO
Message Placed In Hands of
Colonel Lindbergh On
Arrival There
PATRICK HENRY QUOTED
Legislature In Special Session Also
Bestows Medal of Honor Upon
"Lone Eagle" From United
States
SAN JUAN, Porto Rico, Feb. 3.
(AP) The Porto Rican legis
lature paying a glowing tribute to
the brilliant achievements of Col
onel Charles A. Lindbergh today
took the opportunity to entrust
to him a message from the people
of Porto Rico to the people of the
United States, making a plea for
"freedom."
The message was entrusted to
the American air hero at a special
session of the legislature which be
stowed a medal of honor upon
him.
The colonel thanked the legis
lature for its cordial welcome, but
made no reference to the message,
instead he made an address on
cojnmercial aviation saying that it
would be easy to link the island of
Porto Rico and the United States
by air, and that figuratively it
would be done tomorrow.
The first part of the Porto Ri
can message was filled with trib
utes to the brilliant exploits of
the American airman, saying that
he had truly been a messenger of
progress and good will of the
American continent to the old
world, answering the message of
Columbus who once set foot upon
the soil of Porto Rico.
Welcome Hearty
Declaring that the flier, on his
epoch making trip to France, had
been guided by the wrathful spir
its of those Americans who died
upon the battle fields during the
world war, the message said :
"Welcome to our country, Col-
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'BIG BILL' IN CAR CRASH
Mayor Thompson Bounces Against
Top of Machine
NEW ORLEANS. La., Feb. 3.
(AP) Mayor William Hale
Thompson of Chicago, was slight
ly cut about his face today when
an automobile in which he was
riding with Mayor Arthur J.
O'Keefe of New Orleans struck a
rut in the road and threw him
against the top of the machine.
After being treated Mayor
Thompson said the injuries were
of no consequence and he and his
party Continued to the fair
grounds race track.
He arrived last night amidst a
noisy din of riverboat, locomotive
whistles heightened by the boom
ing of cannon to present the 150,
000 prize and golf cup to the win
ner in the New Orleans handicap
today and to witness the William
Hale Thompson handicap run at
the fair grounds.
He was accompanied by 830
Chicagoans and a brass band.
MINEROCOED BY-BLAST
Plant Was to Have Been Reopened
on Cooperative Basis
ATHENS, Ohio. Feb. 3. (AP)
The Luhrig mine of the New
York Coal company, six miles west
of here, which the owners had
proposed reopening on a cooper
ative basis, was rocked by an ex
plosion tonight.
The mine was unoccupied at the
time, and although houses in the
vicinity were shaken by the blast
no one was believed to be injured.
Mine Superintendent Charles
Fitxer expressed the opinion that
the explosion was the work of
anion sympathizers. A rumor had
been circulated that the Luhrig
mine would reopen on a non-union
basis,, and this possibly was the
reason for the act, he said.
SAWMILL FIRE AVERTED
Blase Breaks Oat In Boiler Boom,
Quickly Extinguished
That most disastrous type of
conflagration, a sawmill fire, was
averted Friday evening by vigil
ance on the part of employes at the
Charles K. Spaulding mill here and
prompt response by the fire de
partment to the alarm sent In.
Fire broke out in tho root of
the boiler room, but it was Quick'
ly extinguished with, nominal dam
age. .
HICKMAN'S CASE
BROUGHT TO END
rilOSKt I TIOX BEGINS EFFORT
TO SHOW SAXITY
Los Angeles lirnin Surgeon le-t-larrs
Coiifes!ed Slayer
Mentally Sound
II ALL OF JUSTICE. Los An
geles, Feb. 3. (AP) William
Edward Hickman made his last
gesture today in presenting his in
sanity defense for the confessed
killing of Marian Parker. The
first phase of the youth's battle
for life ended late this afternoon.
. Hardly had Jerome Walsh,
youthful counsel for the confessed
kidnaper, killer and mutilator of
the school girl, finished the words
which put an end to the defense in
the sanity trial, than the state set
in motion the agencies it had cho
sen to attempt to establish that
Hickman was sane at the time the
crime was committed and send him
to the gallows.
The first move by District At
torney Asa Keyes, when the last
alienist summoned by the defense
had left the stand was more or less
legal routine. He placed on the
stand Clark Sellers, handwriting
expert and adduced testimony
from him to show that ransom let
ters written Perry M. Parker de
manding $1500 for the return of
his 12 year old daughter were pen
ned by Hickman.
Writing Identified
Sellers' testimony was to the
effect that the handwriting on the
ransom letters was the same as
that in the confessions written by
the defendant.
Walsh had already called wit
nesses whose testimony spread
over the court records all the de
tails of the crime and the state be
gan what promised to be a long
drawn out effort to break down
the expert medical testimony of
defensthalienists, two of whom de
clared it their belief that Hickman
was Insane.
A swirl of medical terms eddied
about the court throughout the
day aa one alienist followed an
other to the witness box, told why
he thought Hickman sane or in
sane, and departed.
Dr. R. O. Shelton of Los An-
(Coatinutd on pig 10)
AUTO THEFTS CHARGED
Portland Youth Arrested Here;
Two There With Salem Auto
Buster Adams and Frank Riley
of Portland were brought here
Friday to answer a charge o f
stealing a Hudson brougham auto
mobile belonging to Ellis Cooley
of the Man's Shop, and the same
day Persha Le Roy Osgood of
Portland was being taken to that
city after being arrested here in
connection with the theft of a
Chevrolet car from that city.
Osgood, however, claims that he
had no part in stealing the car.
When a local police officer halted
this car about 2 o'clock Friday
morning, two youths got out of it
and ran away before the officer
could stop his own machine and
arrest them. Osgood says they had
taken the car and that he did not
know about it. At another time,
however, he said he had been
driving and that the others did not
know how to drive.
HOUSE PLEDGES JAILED
Police Object to Fraternity "Hell
Week" at Kansas
LAWRENCE, Kan., Feb. 3.
(AP). Determined to end the
outside activities of fraternity
pledges during Hell week, which
precedes initiation police last night
rounded up 34 University of Kan
sas freshmen fraternity pledges
and held them in jail over night
on vagrancy charges.
Three youths were released with
a warning today but city authori
ties announced the remaining 31
would be brought into police court
Monday and possibly fined on va
grancy charges.
University and police officials
recently warned the fraternities to
confine "Hell week" stunts to their
respective houses, as the practice
of sending roughly dressed
"frosh" out on secret missions was
considered dangerous and was
causing many reports of prowlers
being about with the possibility
that someone might be shot.
POSTAL RECEIPTS GROW
Steady Increase Noted In Post
master's Report for Month
Steady increase In . postal re
ceipts is shown In postmaster John
Farrar's report for January. The
total for January, 1928, is $1450.-
52 higher than January. 1927
and f 12,203.92 higher than the
figure for 19 20. Last month's to
tal Is $21,731.54. , ,;
January fell short.of tho Decem
ber tout, of $25,877.64. Which
waa high by reason .of Christmas
business. ;,-
FOUR PUT OUT
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AFTER 'PARTY'
Total of Seven Students At
Eugene Feature In
Liquor Scandal
ANNOUNCE BUT 2 NAMES
Two Men and Two Women Barr4
From Further Attendance at
institution; others Placed
Under Deans
EUGENE. Feb. 3 (AP)
Three University of Oregon stu
dents were expelled, another waa
disbarred from attendance at this
or any other institution, and three
others were placed in direct re
sponsibility to the deans of men
ana women today as the result of
an alleged "party" held Satur
day afternoon at which liquor was
served. Four men and three airls
were involved.
Details of the affair were re
vealed today after the university's
stuaent advisory committee had
announced the expulsion measure'
taken against the participants in
the party. University officials re
fused to announce the names of
those ruled out, but the names of
Adrian Marks of Santa Ana. Cal..
and George Chase, Portland, were
connected with the affair.
Two Girls Kxpelled
Two of the expelled were
Sirls. One of the men was ei
pelled and another, who "flunked
out" last term, was disbarred
from further attendance at the in
stitution. The other three, two
men and one girl, who were placed
In charge of the deans of men and
women, were not at the "party
hut were at the apartment where
tfie "party" was given during the
afternoon. s
The girls, who were expelled,
called at the men's apartment Sat
urday afternoon on their way to
the campus from the downtown
district, it was said. The men
brought out some "tonic" which
they drank. One of the girls be
came HI and a physician was
called. News of the affair reached
university officials and an 'in
vestigation was starte.
ESTIMATE FIRE
LOSS $15,000,000
FALL RIVER, MASSACHUSETTS,
MASS OF RUINS
Computations of Damage Vary
Following Tremendous Con- - f?
flagrailon In City
FALL RIVER. Mass.. Feb. 3.
(AP). For the second time in IS
years a large part of the business
center of this city tonight was a
waste of smoking ruins, the result
of a disastrous fire which swept
the area surrounding the city hall
last night and early this morning.
Taking toll of the' losses before
the embers were yet cool, residents
estimated the property damage
variously from 17,000.000 to more
than $15,000,000. Insurance in
vestigators placed the loss even
higher, In some cases at $25,000.
000. Tho damage was even greater
than that caused by the conflagra
tion of February 19, 1916, which
ravaged a similar section of the
city.
Items in the loss were:
Twenty or more buildings de
stroyed and as many more dam
aged. Approximately 60 stores and
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