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Pacific Homestead said: j
-wait till Christmas V
i3"fin packages. I eai4 ve
--i3ce' ln a blinding snowstorm
for three miles nearly ' froze
tJny hands because I had no
gloves on when I opened -that
darned thing I found a pair of
fux-iiRSd, gloves. 'Morale-open
4Tfiisr1 -Tl a A V at fffi 41 wKaii Wtftt
JAlEfA- REMINGTON, car-"
tier for rural route .No. 9, said:
"Take a' snap clothes pin, and
clamp your small change to
gether, or your several letters,
these frosty days, and see how
quickly and efficiently we car
riers can serve your box."
FRANCES McGILVRA, song
Queen at Willamette university:
"Thank goodness for Christmas
vacations a,nd water you can
EUKRELL M. MITCHELL,
electrical engineering senior at
C.CKoa State college, said: "Un
less both telephone lines and
povtr Hues are transposed fre
quently Induced voltage in the
phoiio lines will effect the phone
terries. That is onexrouble with
many cf the rural lines put up
Es-.eral years ago."
CHARLES L. OGLE, dealer
1p real estate and loans at
Wocdburn said as he produced a
I " If ,U11WU JUS VI WBLC&W A IK??
roup you get out of your water
faucets, so I brought this over
from Woodburn to give you a
real drink. Get your glasses and
I'll let you have a sample of
Eome real water that we get out
of our 212 foot well."
MARK POULSENJ, city re
corder, said: "The world Is
surely getting better when traf
fic law violators will send the
judge Cristmaa cards along
Trith their fine remittances."
HARRY LEVY, local market
proprietor, said: "In these mur
der trials, the result depends a
lot on who the murdered per
son was. If he didn't amount to
much, the defendant isn't
LLely to get a heavy Jolt."
LILLIE HERRINGTON, of
the Virginia, apartments, said:
"It strikes me some of the
placards displayed - In Salem
chop windows could be remov
ed before -the event they adver
tfe Is more than two or three
HOT BILL ID BE
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21. (AP)
A letter from President Cool
irUfs secretary of agriculture,
V. i'.liam M. Jardine, Indorsing the
IU Xary. farm bill before the sen
tie today started a drive for en
actment of the legislation at this
EcsMon. Chairman McNary, re
publican. 1 Oregon, of the sen
ate agriculture committee, an
rcurced he-would assemble the
committee to consider It during
tlx .holiday recess or immediately
Peking to avoid an extra ses
i'( n of congress, which was prom
ise. by Herbert Hoover" in the
eve t farm relief was not disposed
of at this term of congress, a
group of congressional leaders in
cluding Senator Watson of Indl
na. the prospective republican
Jf-r-rter of the senate next session,
Joi'ird In the drive.
Thf letter was regarded at the
F.i!nl as an expression from the
renMdge administration for the
if-' farm bill submitted by Sen-fc:oi-
McNary and as a desire of
th- presest administration to get
the legislation through at this
The 'fly in the ointment" is a
desire of many leaders to learn
he attitude of Herbert Hoover on
the bill. Feelers have been put
cstt to get an expression from the
rresident-elect, but without suc
c.kj, and it seems likely that emis
saries will be sent to him In this
rennection when be returns next
l ie nth.
Harry Emerson Fosdick s
New Church Building Hit
By Million Dollar Blaze
NEW YORK. Dec. 21. (AP)
iremen battled four hours in
fnb-freezing temperatures tonight;
to control a spectacular fire that
rinsed $1,000,000 damage to a
$'1,000,000 church searing com
r!?tidh on Riverside Drive to re
pl?ee the Park Avenue Baptist.
I'undreds of persons were driv
en from their homes In nearby
buildings in the fashionable Riv
erside Drive section and two ad
joining buildings were damaged.
The fire was one-of ' the, most
t ptct acular upper Manhattan has
een in years. Fed by scaffolding
end wooden timbers, ; the fire
burned to the ton of the Laura
f.pellmen Rockefeller memorial
tower, a personal gift from John
D. Rockefeller, Jr., In memory of
his mother. . At times the flames
leaped 400 to 500 feet in the air
Irom the. top of the 350-foot
lower. - - . - -
T thnntaM narsnna fathered
President of Brazil Greets
President-Elect of Unit
Warm Welcome Also Ex
tended to Lady Who is to
Occupy White House
By JAMES I WEST
Associated Press Staff Writer
RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec. 21.
(AP) A simple hand clas.p by
two sharply contrasting figures
today marked the renewal o f
bonds of friendship between two
great republics of the western
world. Bowing and smiling his shy
smile, Herbert Hoover, who is to
guide the destinies of the United
States after March 4, was received
and welcomed by President Wash
ington Luis, for the past two years
in charge of the administration of
the Brazilian government. '
Mr. Hoover, heavy, broad shoul
dered and clean shaven, topped by
half a head the slender figure of
the Brazilian president whose
moustache and goatee show more
grey than his thick shock of hair.
The meeting between these two
exponents of closer -relationships
between western republics took
place under a canopy at the cus
toms house immediately after Mr.
Hoover stepped ashore from the
battleship Utah to pay the last call
of his Latin-American good will
Two Women Exchange
The first lady of Brazil and the
first lady-to-be of the United
States also exchanged greetings
while a crowd of officials of the
two countries, whose frock coats
and high hats stood out in strong
relief against the gold braided un-C
iforms of naval and army aides,
surrounded the chief figures -of
The introductions over, Pres
ident Washington Luis with the
simple grace that is his pronoun
ced characteristic, offered his arm
to Mrs. Hoover and escorted her
to the "waiting automobiles. Mr.
Hoover followed with Mrs. Wash
Thereof ollowd rtf r three
miles to the Guanabara . govern
ment palace through a wildly
cheering crowd resembling that
which New York spills into Fifth
avenue to greet a conquering hero.
At the palace the president wel
comed the Hoovers to his home,
which is to be theirs during a
To Be Given Next
Tomorrow there will be a more
formal exchange of felicitations
with an official banquet given by
the president and honors which
congress and the supreme court
will confer at special session.
Their pomp and ceremony can
scarcely be more impressive, how
ever, than the first exchanges of
Mr. Hoover was as deeply Im
pressed by the spontaneity of the
welcome given by Brazil as he was
by the beauty of the capital and
the grandeur of the mountains
which hem it in on all sides, leav
ing only a gap of a little more
than one hundred yards for the
vast flow of commerce to and
from the world.
Miss Marvin Is
Resolutions commending Miss
Cornelia Marvin for her faithful
service In the capacity of state li
brarian during the past 23 years,
were received here . Friday from
the state library board.
"The library, under Miss, Mar.
vin's control," read the resolu
tions,' "has extended Its intellec
tual, light, comfort and help
throughout the entire state."
Riverside park to watch the
Fire alarms called all the fire
apparatus from Manhattan ana
unriA from Brooklyn and firemen
were hampered by .water freezing
as soon as it struck, tne street
The stream from the water tower
fell short of the top H the Diaz
In r church aDire. ? s- T
Fire Chief Kenlon said that the
11.000000 estimate of the uam
am wa conservative. The blaze
started in the5center -of the build
ing and was believed to hare oeen
caused by . a salamander used to
dry mortar. J . r
- The church was a Gothic struc
ture .-whose -exterior was nearly
- . - A w
completed. ; The name oi jonn .
Rockefeller, Jrrr has been asso
istd with it because of his con
tributions to its construction and
his close association in the past
with 'the 'Park Avenue Baptist
Church and Its pastor. Dr. Harry
Necessary Now In
Last Days' Sprint
Only Two Days Left Jn.Which
to Raise Remaining
' Good Will Fund
Previously rrportrd .flOMJSS
Street Kettles, Fri. . . 38.55
Salem Sanitary MUk
Co. .' 3.00
C. J. Jackson 5.00
P. H. Bell . 2.00
Bloch's Golden Rale
. Store .-. . . lO.OO
A Friend 8.00
Friends r. SJtO
Walter II. Kaufman . 5.00
, E. II. Bowman 1.25
Mrs. J. A.-Gibson . . . l.OO
Lion's Club 7O.0O
Thomas B. Kay . 10.00
No Name 50.00
Total to Date f 1204.63
WO DAYS RE-
M A I N I NG In
which to raise
$205.37 If the
Salvation A r
good will fund
Is to reach Its
goal t hat is
i h e situation
following an ex
cessful day Fri
d a y when
. $208.10 was
added to the previous day's total,
making this morning's report
The campaign continues today
and Monday; Friday's success
would seem to indicate that the
goal would be reached with ease
but that Is not likely to be the
case. The Friday receipts In
cluded some big donations, such
as the $70 turned over by the
Lions club, that will have no par
allels these two remaining days;
(hard scratching for a lot of small
contributions Is the only solution
Contributions other than money
are also coming in fast. Salvation
Army workers report. One more
school has turned over a large
amount of supplies; Doris Griff en,
Salem route 1, brought in a high
ly acceptable box of canned fruits
and vegetables; and the Capital
City Creamery donated ten
pounds of, buterior the Christ
mas boxes.' ;' . ' 4 ' -.- ' j
Discussing little recognized!
phases- of the Sajjation' Army's
(Turn to Page 2, Please.)
MURDERED BY FIEND
CARMI. 111.. Dec. 22. (AP)
The body of Miss Anna Preher,
about 45 years old, a grade school
of the White county teachers in
stitute - was found in her home
here late today. The tKdy was
nearly decapitated nd an effort
had been made to burn the house
by setting fire to a pile of bed
clothing. The body was found by Mrs.
Maude Chalfant, city superinten
dent of schools who went to Miss
Preher's home,, to find out why
she was not present at the teach
Part of the teacher's clothing
had been torn from her body and
her neck had been cut nearly
through. About the room were
evidences of a struggle, but the
house had no appearance of hav
ing' been ransacked for valuables.
A charred clock was round in
the stove with its hands stopped
at twelve minutes past six. Miss
Preher was last seen about six
o'clock last night.
Investigation revealed the slay
er had used a wash basin after
cutting the teacher's throat.
Bloody finger prints were found
on a dresser scarf and on some
lattice work on the outside of the
Miss -Preher lived alone In her
cottage near the business district.
Her only relative here was a sis
ter from whom she was said to
have been estranged.
Tonight authorities questioned
Isaac Austin, another school
teacher, with whom Miss Preher
was known' . to have argued yes
terday. Austin lives in the conn
try, and officers went to his home
to question him. They refused to
reveal anything they learned.
Be Lions' Plea
Retention of the Marion county
child - health demonstration
throughout the county, by provid.
Ing the county budget item for
Its ' maintenance asked by the
Commonwealth - Fund - directors.
was supported by the Salem Lions
club in a resolution passed at its
. The resolution Included a re-
ouest to the president of the club
that he appoint a committee to
attend v the. budget hearing De
cember 28. "at which It was ex
pected, this matter would be dis
cussed. ' 'v.v? , .
-The Lions held an auction sale
for the Christmas fund and raised
about $20, increasing their fond
for this purpose to 170. u. r.
Giese served as auctioneer. :
a LIEU IS
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'o Favor Svsayt Us; !fo Fear Shell
Salem, Oregon,; Saturday Morning, December 22,1928
WILL BE TRIED
Maximum' Penalty Demand
ed for KHIirjg Coach at
Fatal Quarrel Over Waitress'
Company to be Sifted
CORVALLIS, Ore., Dec. 21
(AP) Lanza Bryant, 20-year-old
slayer of Lewis (Hip) Dickerson,
former star tackle of the Oregon
State college football team, must
face trial on a charge of first de
gree murder. Fred McHenry, dis
trict attorney of- Benton county,
announced tonight that his office
will push the case and that he Is
determined that every effort shall
be made to obtain . he maximum
penaly death by hanging.
Dickerson died in a hospital
here today. He was stabbed five
days ago by Bryant who attacked
the athlete as he was escorting a
Corvallis girl to her home.
Bryant was taken to the Port
land jail yesterday when officers
became alarmed In the face of ris
ing community indignation against
Victim, McHenry Says
District Attornev McHenrv said
today that as further investigation
has been made into the circum
stances surrounding the stabbing.
it has been shown that Dickerson
was the innocent victim of Bry
ant's fancied grievance.
Bryant, the district attornev
said, had frightened Mae Troxel,
young Corvallis restaurant em
ploye, and had threatened her.
McHenry said he learned that the
girl feared an encounter with Bry
ant last Sunday night and had
accepted Dlckerson's offer to es
cort her to her home when she
was through work at midnight.
The two were nearing the home
of the girl's mother, the district
attorney said, when Bryant and a
companion appeared, and Bryant
struck Dickerson without warn
ing. They grappled and Bryant
plunged a sharp bread-knife
through Bickerson's back and Into
the left long.
Knife Is Wrested - ' " V
From ,mUer Man ... . 2
.uesperateiy wouncea as he w&tr. t-
McHenry- said, ' Diekerson, a giant
in size, succeeded in. wresting the
knife from his opponent and got
Bryant completely in his power.
He released him, however, when
Bryant pleaded for mercy.
At the hospital complications
following influenza from which
Dickerson had just recovered, set
in and gradually weakened the
former football star. He died at
4 a. m. today.
Dickerson played one year with
the rook team and three years on
the Oregon State varsity football
team. He was six feet, seven in
cbes tall, and had been nicknamed
Hippo." After completing his
course, he had taken a position on
the football coaching staff of the
college. He had planned to teach
Dickerson was born In Welser,
Idaho, in February. 1898. His
body will be taken back to Weiser
early tomorrow and funeral ser
vices will be held there.
Mr. Dickerson was a cousin by
marriage or Mrs. Margaret Dick
erson, mathematics Instructor at
Salem high school.
Mrs. Sarah E. Small, one of the
few remaining pioneers and well
known In Salem where she had
lived since 1852. died about four
o'clock Friday afternoon at a local
hospital following an operation.
Although 87 years old, Mrs. Small
had been In fair health up until
she was taken ill a few days ago.
Mrs. Small had made her home
with her daughter, Mrs. George J.
Pearce, 267 North Winter street,
for many years. She was born in
Burlington, Iowa, August 17,
1841, coming across the plains and
direct to Salem with her parents.
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Strang, in
1862. She had resided here con
tinuously since that time.
Mrs. Small was married to A. J.
Riley when she was. but 16 years
old. and to them four children
were born, as follows: Mrs: Pearce
of Salem, Mrs. T. G. Hopkins of
Albany, Charles S. Riley of Port
land and Mrs. A. S. Brasfield of
Berkeley, Calif., who survive. Mr
Riley died here about 1870. In
1889 Mrs. Sm all was again mar
ried, this time to E. C. Small, who
died In 1895.
Mrs. Small's Interest through
out her life were largely In the
home. She. was a member of the
First Presbyterian . church for
Besides , the three daughters
and one -son, she Is survived by
the .following grandchildren : Hel-I
en and "Dorothy Pearee of Salem
and Clifford and Robert Brasfield
of Berkeley, Calif. One great
grandchild, Robert Arthur r Bras
field of Berkeley, also survives.
She was a grandmother of Cerinne
Riley.- Barker, actress who. d led : In
New York several months ago.
Funeral arrangements are
charge of the Rigdon mortuary. -
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Mrs: Dorene de Silva Con
victed by Jury After Tell- H
ing Her Story
PORTLAND, Ore. Dec 21.
(AP) A verdict of manslaughter
was returned by a jury tonight in
the case of Mrs; Dorene de Silva.
slayer of Gilbert J. Pinto, yeo
man steward aboard the liner
Malolo, on Nov. 8.
The jury recommended lenlen
Manslaughter carries a sen
tence of from one to fifteen
There was no demonstration
when the Jury returned its verdict,
and the woman appeared unmov
ed. Circuit Judge Morrow will
pronounce sentence at 11 a. m.
The jury retired a few minutes
past 5 o clock this afternoon.
Mrs. De Silva had been on the
witness stand during the greater
part of the day. Pinto had Insult
ed her, she said, after .telling her
he no longer loved her. As he
turned away, Mrs. De Srlva shot
a bullet through his back.
Woman Tells Own
Story In Courtroom . '
Mrs. De Silva was the only wit
ness today. She repeatedly denied
that she had intended to take Pin
to's life. Instead, she said, she
had gone to the boat to bid him a
last farewell and then end her
own life. She met Pinto, she said.
last June in San Francisco. He
made ardent love to her. In Sep
tember they quarreled when, she
declared, he falsely accused her
of Infidelity. She bade him fare
well, telling him she was going to
Portland and that he might write
When the Malolo arrived in
Portland, Mrs. DeSIlva said, she
went aboard to hand Pinto a let
ter. Before going to the boat she
wrote a letter tohe coroner ask
ing that her body be given to
scientists. Instead of being buried.
She fully; intended. She declared,
taking her own life after she had
given Pinto his last letter.
Pinto was shot to death when
he taunted the woman.
By The Associated Press
President Coolldge signed the
Boulder Canyon Dam bill.
Secretary of Agriculture Jar
dine endorsed the McNary farm
A measure awarding distin
guished flying crosses to the
Wriht brothers was signed by
Secretary West rejected all
Salt creek royalty 'public bids
and later accepted a private
sale offer on two oil companies.
The Pan-American conference
turned from the Bolivian-Paraguayan
dispute to the prepara
tion of an arbitration treaty.
The senate Interstate com
merce committee Approved the
nomination of Clyde B. Atchi
son to the Interstate commerce
President Coolldge feels sym
pathetic towards an European
Invitation to the United States
to participate in a reparations
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 21.
(AP) Ruth McConnell, who said
she was born in Salem, Ore., and
educated at Portland and Mount
Angel, Ore., remained in seclusion
here tonight while David Meeker,
who chased her across the con
tinent by train and airplane, was
understood by newspaper report
ers to be seeking an interview with
her. Meeker arrived by mail air
plane early today.
Henry McConnell, whose daugh
ter; Ruth 26, arrived in San Fran
cisco Thursday from New York In
an effort to elude an unwelcome
suitor, - lived in Salem for a
number of years. Mr. McConnell
came to Salem from San Francis
co and In March, 1902 accepted a
position as secretary to Frank A.
Moore, then a member of the
Oregon supreme court. He after
ward was employed, in a similar
capacity by Judge Robert S. Bean
Mr. McConneu's first wife was
a resident of Corvallis.
Mr. McConnell attended Wil
lamette law school here, and after
his graduation went to Baker
where he practiced law with FTM
Saxton. He later moved to Port
land where he became a . law
partner, of Clarence Gilbert, re
cently 'appointed judge of the
court of domestic relations for
Mnltnomah county. 't
It was said that he obtained a
divorce from his first wife in
Portland and later remarried
there. He Is a brother-in-law of
Judge Will R. King of Portland
.Mr. McConnell wa3 interested In
military affairs and served In the
United States army during
di nuin v uumiLLU
Ten Year Struggle to Enact
ment of Measure Ended
Six of Seven Affected States
Must Ratify Before It
Becomes Law -
WASHINGTON. Tec 21.
(AP) The Boulder Canyon Dam
bill reposed tonight on the statute
books of the nation the newest
law of the land. Its long tempes
tuous journey with days of fili
buster and all night sessions was
brought to an official end today,
when President Coolldge affixed
his signature to the measure.
But one step, and that embod
ied in. the new act, now remains
to be taken before Its provisions
are set In motion for the construc
tion of the highest dam ever un-r
dertaken. This structure would be
placed In the narrow, natural
gorge which the swift Colorado
river has chiseled for itself at
Black "Canyon, on the Arizona-
Six States Must
The one step remaining to make
it effective Is the ratification of
the Colorado river compact by six
of the seven states in the river bas
in. Five of these state's, Wyoming,
New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada,
and California, have approved the
compact which was drafted at
Santa Fe, N. M., in 1922. The
two remaining states are Utah,
and Arizona, and ratification by
one of these is necessary.
Mr. Coolldge signed the bill to
day In the presence of a group
of those who long have champion
ed its cause. Among those gather
ed at the White House for this
final ceremony were Senator
Johnson and Representative Swing,
California republicans, co-authors
of the measure. The two were
smiling broadly as they watched
the chief executive slowly sign his
name, pausing twice as he did so
to change pens so that three act
ually were used to complete the
writing of his name.
Johnson Well Pleased
At Result of Efforts
"It was a happy ending," were
the words of Senator Johnson in
describing later what took place.
The. Senator received One of the
pens, Swing another while the
thrd is to become the property of
George H. Young, of the Los An
The BouldeT Canyon Dam act
calls for the construction at an
estimated cost of $165,000,000, of
a dam for the three-fold purpose
of flood control, irrigation and
The dam would be twice as
high as any now in existence. The
structure would rise 660 . feet
above the present surface of the
stream between thVTugged rocky
walls of Black Canyon and, as
estimated by engineers, would
hold In storage approximately 26,
000,000 acre feet of water.-
Boulder Canyon was originally
proposed as the site- of the pro
ject, but later, After investigations
by engineers, it was decided that
Black Canyon was a more suitable
site. The bill, however, continued
to be known as the Boulder Can
Construction of a canal to carry
water for Irrigation purposes to
the Imperial Valley of California
also Is contemplated In the act.
This water way would run entire
ly through American territory to
replace the present canal which
lies for a considerable distance on
the Mexican side of the Interna
Same Day Wife
Dies in Idaho
Mrs. Fjank S. Barton, about 48,
former Salem resident, died in
Lewlston, Idaho, at 11:30 o'clock
Thursday morning following a
short Illness of pneumonia, and
her husband, Frank S. Barton, was
injured in an automobile accident
in Portland the same morning, ac
cording to word received here by
R.D. Barton, brother of Frank
Barton and nvoDrietor of the Sa
lem Super Service Station.
Whether Mrs. Barton's remains
will be brought to Salem was not
known by the local man. She had
been living In Idaho the past six
or eight months.
The extent of Mr." Barton's In
juries was not learned, although
it was, said he was not badly hurt.4
Mr. and Mrs. Barton left Salem
about three years ago. While here,
he was engaged in electrical con
tactings. He originated the Ideas
of Illuminating outdoor Christmas
trees In Salem a number of years
ago, - since . which time the prac
tice . has been adopted - widely
throughout the country. . "
State Fair to
Begin Sept. 23
FRESNO, Calif.; Dee. II.
(AP) Dates for the California
State fair, the . Oregon State fair
and various California fairs to be
held In 1129 were ratified late to
day, at a meeting of the western
Zaire association here.' The Oregon
State fair will be held from' Sept.
ember 21 to 19 Inclusive, v
KS - I
If the bald-headed row can't ap
preciate Ann Moss, actress. In
conventional costume, it's Just to
bad. Protesting what has been
more or less of a regular practice,
she went before the Actors' Equity
Association to find out if a New
York show producer had the right
to make chorines disrobe for
"scar" 'inspection. She didn't.
Budget for Demonstration
Remains in Status Quo
Until Next Friday
Following a two-hour confer
ence Friday morning between Dr.
Estella Ford Warner, director of
the Marion county child health
demonstration, and the members
of the county court, the problems
of the demonstration are no near
er solution. The court made no
definite statement as to agreeing
to the demonstration's proposed
budget of $6,050 for 1929 and
eoTaxainea - ttseii in no manner
other than to infer that U was
waiting for the taxpayers' meet
ing December 28. '
Whether or not action of citi
zens or members of the budget
committee at that time could suc
ceed in putting the budget item
over above the court's disapproval
on the grounds that it does not
know if the public wants the
health service continued to the
extent of helping to pay for it.
is understood to have been put to
the district attorney, John Carson.
Marion county people are ap
parently- learning more about the
health demonstration with the
budget problem than they have
known in the nearly four years'
of its existence here and hardly a
day goes past that representatives
of some civic organization do not
call upon Dr. Warner to offer as
sistance in seeing that the rural
work is continued. Calls from
individuals .for the same purpose
are also reported.
Adherents of the county court's
go easy on the taxes" policy have
also sprung up, with a numbered
persons dropping into Judge J. C.
Siegmund'8 office to congratulate
him upon the stand the court Is
taking in the matter.
At State House
Singing of Christmas carols fea
tured the pre-Christmas obser
vance at the state house Friday.
Employes of several state depart
ments joined in the singing. State
deparment workers sponsored the
innnovation. Singing of carols will
continue each afternon until
Oregon Cities Planning to
Resist Encroachments on
Their Right of Home Rule
PORTLAND, Dec. 21. (AP)
Cities of Oregon. - through the
league of Oregon cities, which met
here today, will watch every pos
sible attempt of the state legisla
ture in January: "to encroach on
the " rights of the cities of the
fata "Tnt will fio-ht tt nrTnt
the restriction of home rule In the
state. ' ' ."v't:."
This was - determined .when J.
W. Melnturff, city -i attorney of
Marshfield declared that "the atti
tude of the state. Is that every In
dividual needs. a guardian, . and
this league . should go on record
as determined to flghtevery en
croachment of the state on the
rights of the cities of: the state."
The league instructed Its execu
tive committee; which consists of
the league of fleers,. to .watch every
bill that comes up at the session
of the legislature affecting muni
cipalities. - Studies of such bills
wilT be - made -by , the committee
and recommendations , forwarded
to the - member cities, which, then
will be asked to call on theirrep-
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PRICE FIVE CENTS
Property Offset to 90 Per
Cent Provided for in
Minority Report Supports
Graduated Scale With
PORTLAND. Dec. 21. (AP)
A personal income tax was re-
commended today to the proper
ty tax relief commission. Jn ses
sion here. The recommendation
was made by the "fourth subcom
mittee," one of the divisions f
the commission appointed by the
last legislature to delve into Ore
gon's tax problems.
FLAT RATE TAX
The personal income tax. asL.
suggested, would operate under a
flat rate, the same Tate to be us
ed as applied under an excise tax
on corporations, and would In
corporate a general property tax -offset
to 90 per cent.
Debate raged for hours over an
Income tax in the subcommittee
rooms late today. Finally, when
the smoke of battle had cleared
away, it was found to be geni
ally agreed that an income tax
should be provided for in Oregon.
Four Members Vote
Those who voted to recommend
such an income tax as was out
lined, were E. E. Brodie. C. E.
Ingalls, J. R. Coleman and A. C.
Opposed to the income tax were
L. B. Smith and A. R. Shumway.
Absentees were A. A. Smith, R. S.
Hamilton and Carl Shoemaker.
Mr. Shumway submitted a min
ority report that the committee
recommend an Income tax with
graduated rate, with exemptions
for single and married persons,
and with no offset. Smith, too.
submitted a minority report to the
effect that the income tax matter
should be left alone Until there
has been experience with the pro
posed, excise tax on corporations.
He believed that as the corpor
ations have opposed personal in
come tax measures in the paet, .
an experience of a 'few years may
enable a more perfect income tax
to be worked out..
Essentials of Ingalls'
Motion -Are Adopted
The first motion was by IngaUa :
for a flat rate of four jer cent " -with
a 90 per cent offset on per.
sonal property tax. This was sub.
sequently withdrawn, but has
adopted essentially in the final
vote. Brodie declared Oregon hae
defeated a graduated income tax
Shumway said he would accept
any sort of measure II the excise
tax and personal Income tax would
raise two million dollars to re
lieve property owners. He wanted
substantial results, he said, but
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Aid For School
W. F.fBond, state superintend
dent of schools of Mississippi Fri
day telegraphed C. A. Howard,
state superlntnedent of public la-
struction of Oregon, his apprecia
tion for money raised by the
school children of this state for
the relief of the Mississippi fleed
Approximately $825 was raised
by the Oregon school children for
the rehabilitation of the Louies
consolidated school in Humphrey
county. Miss. v
A. M. Patrick has been appeal
ed as local buyer for the Held
Murdoch company, which la -ex
pected to take over operation of
the West Salem cannery- early te
1929. He will begin his duties
resentatives In the legislature ts
fight for or against the measures. ,
Chris Schuebel, dty attorney et
Oregon " City, - was today elected ,7
president . of the organization. '
Other officers are: - . .
A. A. Hall, city attorney, TU3-,.
mook, first vice president; R. A,
Hammond, councilman, Medterd, -second
vice president; J. L. Fran
sen, dty manager, Oregon dty,
secretary; Mrs. Laura B. Harlow,
mayor, Troutd ale,--treasurer.
These officers, as the executive .
committee,' will determine on the
next place of meeting.
Melnturff today condemned the
proposals to establish state, build
ing, plumbing, housing and etee. .
trical codes as far as they weald
affect the cities of the state, and -said
"regulation of the cities) is
becoming a habit with the state
The following cities were re
resented at the conference: Baker, .
Oregon City. Tillamook, Newhera, . .
St. Helens, Medford, Ma.rshfieli,
Portland. Troutdale, Hlllsbore ms
Fairview. - ""'.-