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About The Oregon statesman. (Salem, Or.) 1916-1980 | View Entire Issue (March 18, 1928)
He is "Greatest Adventurer
In Human Welfare of
(Charles C. Greer ho? written a
remarkable brief akeh of the life
of Herbert Hoover, Salem boy who!
haa become the "greatest adven
turer In- human welfare of our
time;" touching only the high
apots;' the outstanding events and
accotnpltohments of Mr. Hoover's
.great career. It la worth reading.
It is as follows: )
May I briefly outline the story
of the "grteet adventurer in hu
l -amid welfare of our times' whose
jutme even now almost a house
bold word the world over, to re
fresh oar memories of his unique
The touchstone of his career
probably-lies In his Quaker ances
try of which oar latest contemp
orary philosopher "Trader Horn"
has this to say: "The Quaker.
Ma'am, I've always held to be
a bora par whether in trade or In
religion. or la ordinary life."
Born In the Quaker village of
West Braaclt, Iowa, his father, a
country blacksmith, died when he
six; Ale mother, a woman of
Mutual mentality, died when he
waa eight. Devoted Quaker rela
tives carefully brought him up.
-among them a farmer-doctor who
made possible his attendance at .a
small Quaker academy near Port
At fourteen he was earning his
own living, and. meeting a mining
engineer while an office boy,
learned from hhn something ot the
outside world and the opportuni
ties afforded for thjb study or sci--eace
and engineering. Leland
Stanford was just then being es
tablished in California and David
Starr Jordan became Its president;
on its faculty was also Joseph
Swain, a Quaker, later president of
' Entering as a member of Its
' first freshman class, majoring in
geology, which department then
included mining engineering, he
.graduated in 1895. In the lecture
room he not only became acquaint
ed with toe study of geology and
engineering, but also with a Cali
fornia girl, who later became his
wife and the mother of his two
Hi sheepskin not proving a
practical tool, he laid it aside for
a miner's pick. The, foreman ot
the Mayflower mine in California
dWighta to tell of tne days when
young Hoover was "just a common
laborer in his rang." Then fol
, -, iowed aa engineering job In west
;f5'if -tltxallk na of the
J 't ..xtgia&mo with water supplies
a transportation (unconscious
preparation for his future work,
- let us hope, in solving the problem
of rontrel of the Mississippi).
Then China beckoned; thither he
went with bis bride to develop its
mining interests, just in time to
be bottled up for four weeks in
the clege ef Tien Tsln In the
Boxer rebellion of 1900."
This was bis baptism! In war bat
also his Introduction to foreign af
fairs and diplomacy.1
It may . be fairly assumed that
the attitude of our government
through its great secretary of
state. John Hay. in insisting on
the 'administrative entity of Chi
na" and It I f1 icing the powers
'TP !W 1: . ? , - tor the "open
bh the young
ual irividlv reels-
oo, hUi memory as an exam-
-;Ww oi aipiomauo square aeaung.
" Leaving China he went again to
California, the agent of govern-
ments in engineering matters in
1 Australia, In Russia, India and the
. . .TI . . ,
tnited States. These undertak-
ings Included not only mining but
questions of transportation on
land and water, of housing and
feeding industrial communities, of
economic and social plans for im
provement in the living condi
tions of workmen and their fam
In Russia his work Included
"Everything from the extraction
of rare ores and lumbering to the
manufacture and sale of the fin
fohed product, the conduct of land
ed estatee. various dealings with
the Rnealan government with
' - for the community com
-.There in between."
' and similar experiences
a training for public serr
4 which flowered in his unparal
leled performances for all the em
battled peeples during the World
Were a slogan to be suggested,
none more fitting could be found
than "Hoover, the Humanitarian
one who holds that man's duty
-is limited to right doing toward
others and an interest In publlo
welfare. In the language of one
of his Intimates "a new kind of en
gineering and administration not
paid for in money but in the tear
ful gratitude of human millions
was to occupy completely the time,
energy, brain and heart of Herbert
Hoover for the next five years."
Happening to be in London
when in 1914 -the war broke,-he
found thousands of Americans
held up. as frontier boundaries one
after another closed; penniless
abroad although with unlimited
credit at home.
Organising a committee of Am
ericans, together they sent home
over 165.000 stranded fellow citi
zens in two months. Ambassador
Page will ever shine In the annals
of American diplomacy bat no
wiser action was ever taken, by
him than in making Herbert' Hoov
er head of the commission for re
lief in Belgium'. . -
Could practical statesmanship
and diplomacy be bettor exempli
fied than' in the "treaties" made,
:,X,-; .V- ' i
with both the Allies and Qenaany
whereby E, 90 0,0 00 ton of food
staffs, worth ft-00.e00.900 were
made available thromgk Rotterdam
into Belgian and northern Franco
to their 10.009.000 inhabitants
foUewed by aa accounting showing
the whole overhead cost of distri
bution to be lean than one per cent
of the money involved! This un
precedented performance has
rightly beeji termed the "first food
administration in the world."
Hoover has bnt one prototype
Joseph, the food administrator of
the Pharaohs, with the essential
difference that Joseph was not a
This great work, unique in the
annals 'of the world, continued
after oar entrance into the war.
Hoover remaining Its guiding hand
and brain, and eventuated In the
remarkable fact that 2.500.000
children emerged in health above
President Wilson drafted him
for. services at home. None of us
will forget our bran and middlings
rations, but we do not hold that
against its author, for it was vol
untary self-denial in which we
took perhaps too much pride. The
United 'States grain corporation,
Hoover's own creation, protected
us from profiteering and at the
same time protected our farmers
from foreign donJ nation.
The food problem -did not end
with the war. The territories once
held by the central powers were
all in seed of sustenance. Chaos
'such as we have no faint concep
tion of reigned in these war-torn
states. Humanitarian measures
were imperative if millions were
to be saved from starvation. Our
government 'f arm ed the American
tteiiei Awninlstratlan congress
appropriated ?f 100.909.000 loans
were later made by our own and
other governments in even greater
amounts to set the needy nations
upon their feet.
Hoover Missions under the
immediate direction of the great
organiser made quick surveys fol
lowed by administrative workers
all over Europe. Nice questions
in diplomacy, requiring constant
and instant solution, were met and
the needy of all nations relieved.
Mr. Hoover, as the leading mem
ber of the Supreme Economic
Council, saw to all the details and
was given by unanimous consent
carte blanche as to methods and
agreements affecting the whole
problem of transportation, finance
and distribution of foods. Again
quoting from an associate, "Oer
many ana Austria were in dire
need and fighting against bitter
war prejudice. Hoover broke down
the blockade, found them food in
nuge quantities, and lived for
months under the stigma from the
more bitter groups of being 'pro-
uerman. who was in reality pro
human, pro-women, pro-children
Provincialism may be our beset
ting sin in the eyes of Europeans,
but the term may never be ap
plied to Hoever; to them he is a
cmxen ot the world who knows
and sympathizes with Ihem our
ambassador of peace to 23 Euro
pean countries. In addition Hoov
er led In the administration of the
European children's fund, which
saved millions of orphans of cen
tral and eastern Europe.
These children are becoming the
men ana women of tomorrow
the moral Influence of Herbert
Hoover In these countries must be
enormous and the best guarantee
or iraternai relations in the fu
Called by President Harding to
nis cabinet as secretary of com
merce early In 1921 he gave to his
new position all the experience
samea in nis war and post-war
activities. The department under
his vigorous and farslghted admin
istration has resulted in bringing
about a complete reconstruction
which Is now recognized both at
home and abroad.
Late in the same year conditions
In Russia called again for imme
diate outside assistance. Nearly
20.000.000 were in danger of star
vation. Europe, busy in binding
up its own wounds, was unable to
give aid. America, under Hoover's
direction, stepped into the breach.
After getting the facts and obtain
ing assurances from the unstable
Soviet government that his work
would not be Interfered with con-
Lgress appropriated tzo ono nnn
ior nussias immediate relief.
which sum was supplemented by
private subscription, In this coun
iry oy Red Cross supplies and
irom otner sources, including no.
000.000 pledged by the Russian
government. Nearly 12,000,000
tons ot rood were distributed, an-
aer conditions rendered most dif
ficult because of Bolshevik rule.
(Contiaaatd on pf 16)
Klamath Falls Youth Bound
Over To Grand Jury
PORTLAND, March 17. (AP)
Isaac Larkey, 13, was bound
over today by Kenneth F. Fraser,
United States commissioner to
await calling of the federal grand
Jury when charges of breaking
and entering a government poet
office will be placed against him.
His father, Ronald Larkey. Is
a Klamath county logger and the
boy. had been living with his
grandmother In Klamath Falls.
About three weeks ago- he and
a nine year old boy are alleged to
have stolen an automobile and to
have driven It . six miles . beyond
Keno. There Larkey went! to
sloop, leaving she switch turned
on with the result that the battery
ran down and he could not start
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but a good handler of men. according to Lou Blue, former Detroit infielder. Here -are three views of
Cobb -as an Athletic, a huntsman
the machine. He was soon arrest
ed. Reprimanded by officers the
two boys were sent home but were
afraid to appear before their fam
ilies .and epent several days)
around Klamath Falls living by
selling Junk. They were again ar
rested and ordered committed to
St Marv'a home at Hillsboro af
ter they are said to nave broken
into the office of a Klamath coun
ty planing mill and stolen $4.50
from the cash register.
The confinement at St. Mary's
was not to young Larkey's liking,
so a week ago he left. Last Sun
day afternoon he Is said to have
entered the postoffice at Hillsdale
by way of a window and to have
Young Larkey's case presents
somewhat of a problem to Forrest
E. LIttlefieid. deputy federal at
torney to whom the prosecution
has been assigned. The prosecu
tor saye the prisoner admits
everything he is charged with. It
is expected he will be sent to one
of the approved reformatories if
he is found guilty.
LAUDS FBEE STATE
BALTIMORE. Md.. Mar. 17
(AP) The birth of the Irish
Free State out of years of tragic
conflict presents to Ireland a long
sought independent government
and an avenue to constant peace
between that country and Eng
land, said Sir Esme Howard.
British ambassador, in an address
tonight before the Hibernian so
ciety of Baltimore.
"I realise," said Sir Esme. "all
the tragedy that lay in the long
struggle of kings and parliament
it was as much the fault of the
one as the other to turn Ireland
into a country on the English
model, an effort which Ireland al
ways opposed and rejected. I was
only 21 years old when I became
an ardent home ruler before
Gladstone pronounced in favor of
home rule and formed the belief
that neither Great Britain nc
Ireland would be peaceful and
happy until Ireland was free to
govern herself In her own way
and according to her own ideals.
I may say I neyer swerved.
SOMEWHERE SOUTH One of
the most familiar figures of minor
league baseball is ready to start
his 24th year In the game at the
same old stand. That of umpiring.
That man is Ollie Anderson,
signed for another year on the um
piring staff of the South Atlantic
Anderson broke Into the game as
an umpire in 1905 in the northern
league. Since that time he has um
pired ball games from Winnipeg,
Canada to Galveston, Texas, and
from New York to San Francisco.
He has called balls and strikes
in the Pacific Coast league, the
American association, the Western
league, Texas, New York state,
and then of recent years the Booth
Atlantic. He also served a arbiter
in the Federal leauge during Its
short but Actio existence.
The first 10 years of his career
he umpired "single" the only of
ficial in the game. Then came the
doable umpire system, which
lightened his work.
The first six years he labored he
was the only man to complete the
season In Ills league.
But hero Is the most marvelous
part of his career.
He has not missed a single ball
game or oven one-half of a doa
ble header as he pats 1C
Getting tired of the game?
Anderson says not. As a matter
of fact he hfts Just added new re
sponsibilities to his dally duties.
STATESMAN. SALEM, OREGON, SUNDAY MORNING,
and in Tiger uniform. Inert is Blue.
He has broken into the develop
ment end of the game by design
ing new baseball plants for vari
ous minor league clubs. His latest
effort was that of laying out the
new park in the city of Augusta.
Anderson has kept up with the
game. He is now laboring to make
the club owners and officials ot
baseball see the logic of his solu
tion of the much discussed foul
Two or three changes have been
made in the rules governing long
hits over outfield fences or into
grandstands, which start fair and
may end in their fight outside an
The rule which left It to the um
pire to determine the nature of the
hit at the point at which it passed
over the fence was found to leave
too much room for discussion.
Then it was altered to permit the
umpire to determine the fairness
or foulness at the point at which
the ball disappeared from sight.
This solution has not proved sat
isfactory. Anderson urges the erection of
a 60 foot flag pole at each corner
of the field left field and right
field, at the junction of the foul
line and the outfield boundary.
These poles would carry a white
band on the side facing the home
plate. All balls passing Inside this
pole would be classed as fair hits,
and all passing on the foul side.
foul hits. Balls striking the poles
would be called fair balls.
Anderson urges as the principle
merit of this plan the fact that it
would at least eliminate all caus
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es for argument and relieve the
umpires a hard task.
The heighth of the poles, at that
distance from the plate, would pre
clude the possibility of balls being
hit over the "top" of the foul pole.
FORT MYERS, Fla., I'm go
ing to meet the Yankees at their
own game hitting!"
Such is the startling statement
of Connie Mark, leader of the
"The Yankees wound up last
season with' a team batting ave-
raee of .307." says Mack. "Wo
had a team average just 4 points?
below this .303. Well!
"The Yankees slammed out l.-i
644 hits, and we collected 1.606.
"The champs outclassed us in
home runs, of course, but we hit
281 doubles, within 10 as many
as they did.
Outside, of straight hitting we
topped them. They laid down 203
sacrifice hits and we had 217. i
Once 'on the sacks we stole more
bases than they did, 98 to their 90.
Ami What's More
"Since last season we have add
ed batting strength in the acqui
sitlon of Speaker, Hauser, Blng
Miller. Ossie Orwoll, and possibly
Bevo LeBourveau. There is every
reason to believe that AI Simmons
and French will bit as hard as
they did last year.
"Then there is Joe Hauser. If
he plays through the season as I
expect him to. he will improve the
batting strength of the team, as
well as strengthen the infield.
"With Ed Collins, Jim Dykes,
ind Young Fox on the bench. In
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Connie treats ne pm.iM, . wrsas. into a i - -kindly
In his discussion of W-fgirtji. He Is either ripe this year
hopes. He has had what appeared
to be a great delivery crew on
. ..Mrti vears. nm wuwi
more, Inst season, tne squau
ed to dick nt all.
Mack has hopes, but only nopes
for the comin gseason. s iar
Mthinr is concerned. He had add
ed Osslo Orwoll. all-around star of
the Milwaukee-team, orwon, vm
signed as a pitcher, was acquirea
partly because of Ms fine nailing
and general utility ability. He is
a left-hander, 'however, and
should be come through in the box
III aid Mack's tea mmateriauy.
Then there is "Jing" Johnson.
ho. at 33 .is seeking to do a
comeback after years .away from
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PRINCETON. N. J.. Mr. 17
(AP) Lehigh grapylers captured
tho Intercollegiate asaociaiion
championships today with a total
point score of 0. Cornell toon
second place with 15 points; r-enn
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BOSTON, Mar. 17 (AP)
Clarence Demar of Melrose, ve:
eran marathon runner today
ily won a 44 mile road race from
Providence to Boston. Nonn of
the other runners was in sight
when he finished.
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