The Oregon statesman. (Salem, Or.) 1916-1980, May 01, 1931, Page 1, Image 1

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Salem, Oregon, Friday Morning, May 1, 1931
No. 30
Official Pomp Lacking
But Many Hundreds
I- I Of Friends There
"Good Fight; Kept tie
Faith" Eulogy From"
. - i The Scriptures
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In a aerrlce derold of military
or i official pomp or ceremony,
marked only by tbo simple rjtes
of i the christian faith the funeral
of Thomas B. Kay, -first cUixen"
of . Oregon, was held at the, First
Chriitian church yesterday aft
eraoon. The spacious auditorium
was completely filled and many
were forced to stand. '
- Present, were the s;OTemorof
the state, justices of the supreme
court, state officers senator, a
congressman, leaders of business,
of party, of cItIc affairs from all
over Oregon. -The casket which
lay at tha front of the altar was
'completely lnrested with flowers,
i Her. ,D. J. Howe, pastor of the
i church, conducted tbo serrlces.
' Following his sermon which was
; a eulogy of the life and character
oflMr. Kay, B. P. Inrine, bliad
! editor . of the . Oregon Journal,
spoke briefly ' but touchlngly of
: his late friend.
Mrs. Rahn Slags
I Kay's Farorites -
Before and after the service
i QT-gan numbers were played by
; Miss Lois Plummer. Mrs. Arthur
Rahn. sang two farorite fayms of
Mr. Kay's: "The Old Rugged
Cross" andJ'Sweet By and By"
Committal serrlee at City View
r cemetery was, conducted by Rer:
rliowe. A large portion of the
; consregatlon-at the church ' at
i tended the interment. The fun
i eral' procession' ; was . a lengthy
; one, with city police and state
-traffic officers restraining traffic
and acting as an escort to the pro
cession which stretehed for ser-
eral blocks . along Commercial
I street,-,'.''r-,'-'-".'"r .-." '
"Foremost Citizen," . .
SUnlster Obeenres
! The hymns -by Mrs. Rahn, a
i scripture reading; a brief oblt
; uaxy, and then Rer. Howe began
j his discourse. He said in part:
A foremost ' citizen has been
i taken from the state and from us
i here In' Salem. A cloud pf -grief
i has oTerspread the entire state,
j Wherever Mr. Kay was known he
had friends.' I am safe in saying
that no man living has rendered
as long and as faithful and as
profitable a service to the state
as Mr. Kay.
"Mr. Kay was an extraordinary
man. He stood for something en
during abiding and worth-while.
Mere election to office does not
mean much, but how well he per
formed his trust l&V the test Mr.
! Kay served efficiently and hon
i estly at the first and the people
i grew to place confidence in him.
' He was a man of tremendous con
i Tlction. He was known as a
i fiKhter." 1 ; - - ;
Worshipper ' - .. .
Rev. Howe spoke of Mr. Kay
as a churchman, for he was long
an active member of the First
t Christian church. ,He pointed to
the pew which he was accustomed
I to occupy, and said that as pastor
' ho had known, him as a "quiet,
. j thoughtful worshipper." j 1
I He stressed too the benevolent
i spirit which he possessed. ,- Mr.
i Kay was generous with his funds
for home benevolences and mis
sionary enterprises of the church.
- Declaring "the agreesive spirit of
. Tom Kay lives on", Rev: Howe
! closed with the verse from St.
i Paul: " i
3 have finished the course, I
i have fought a good fight, I have
kept the faith. Henceforth there
is laid up for me a crown which
God the righteous Judge will give
In that day".' .
Irvine Touches i v.
B. F. Irvine, who -had known
Mr. Kay for a life-time, touched
deeply the hearts of all who heard
thim. Many eyes were wet with
tears as he spoke. Strong men
who had been associated with Mr.
Kay in private, business or in
public service. - women who had
known, him, were profoundly
i moved. : -
- Drawing the picture of the
canyon deep and wide, which the
j man Journeying ahead had stop
ped to bridge for the benefit of
those who came after, Mr! Irvine
i said that that was' the sketch of
: the-life of Tom .Kay one who
built to ease the. load for those
who would follow; He went on to
aay: :.'"
"Rugged, grim and stern was
Tom Kay, yet his nature was gen
tle and kindly. I see differently
; than most of you. I measure men
by their voices. I learned to love
the 'Hello, . Frank - from Tom
Kay. I can speak of him only with
that familiar, name of "Tom" be
cause he was so genial and
friendly in hisgreetlng and man
ner. .. .
"Since 1903 he has been called
and called to public life and the
best testimonial was that his pub-
lie service was perfect and com-
Nplet. ' .
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to page 2, col. JL)
Floral Tribute Kay
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Flowers banked about the casket
Bliss Lois Plummer, organist,
the funeral service.
Elderly J Cripple Shoots in
Self Defense, Story
v Told to Sheriff
SOUTH BEND, Wash., April' 3 0.
(AP) i Berry Everett, 5.
South Bend' manager for the Puget
Souud Light and Power company,
was shot and killed Instantly by
Joseph Aydt. 7. following an ar
gument over a water "bill here
. Aydt immedlattiy went to the
sheriff's office and gave himself
up.; ) - ' " '
Sheriff Trezlse said Aydt told
him the trouble between himself
and Everett began more than 15
years ago when 'Everett, who has
betn manager for the company
here for 19 years, attempted to
collect, money Aydt did not believe
he owed. !''.
The quarrel was renewed about
two weks ago, Aydt told the
sheriff,-when Everett visited Aydt
and accused him of stealing water
from a faucet near the houseboat
in which ATdt lived. r
Claims Everett
Threatened Him v
: Aydt. who is partly crippled, al
leged Everett chased him into his
houseboat and threatened him If
he did not stop taking water T6f
which he did not pay.
Aydt told Sheriff Trezlse he
was seated in a cardroom here to
day whea Everett entered and
again mentioned the alleged water
theft. A hJhted argument follow
ed and, Aydt alleged, Everett ap
proached and attempted to strike
him. Aydt drew a pistol and fired
one short range, the sher
iff saldXhe told him. The bullet
entered Everett's forehead, killing
him Instantly. -
Aydt was held without bail to
night, pending the order of . the
prosecuting attorney. No formal
charge had been filed against him.
Eoit Electric
Company Given
Contract Here
PORTLAND, Ore., April 30.
(AP) 7 ; Bids on several Oregon
highway projects, including the
proposed i Portland - Oregon City
super" highway, were opened by
the state highway commission
here today.
Bids for grading a total of 4.4
miles of the Milwaukle-Cladstone
section of the super highway were
received andTcontracts will be
awarded from Salem.
Wiring of highway machine
shops. - Salem, was awarded to
Eoff Electric company, Salem,
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Rumania Crowd
Wants Republic
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BUCHAREST,' Rumania. April
30. (AP) Angry crowds
milled . through the streets to
night, shouting pS4ses of the
new Spanish repul&ic. following
upon the adjournment of the Ru
manian parliament by Premier
Jorga. j '
mm compms
Th ree Schools to Offer
Health Programs Today
Three I of the Salem grade
schools, Garfield, McKinley and
Richmond, will present their an
nual May; day-Health day pro
grams today, the other schools
to follow next- week. ,The pro
grams are given not only to ob
serve the special day, hut to
honor the 992 grade children
who have earned the herald of
health button tor excellence In
health habits, t
The 992 children who will re
ceive the buttons represented
46:2 peri cent of the enrollment.
McKinley school has, the highest
percentage of I health heralds,
with 92 ouf of 160 or 57.5 and
Washington comes next with 108
out of 200 pupils, or 54 per cent,
v. Qther schools and the percent
ages are: Lincoln, 51.5; Eagle
wood, 50.4;. Highland. 45.7; Gar
field, 43.4; Grant, 42.9; Park,
39.1; and Richmond, 35.9.
Of , the programs to be given
, today, Garfield will start at 2
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of Thomas B. Kay, state treasurer, at the First Christian church.
played softly as the congregation estimated at 160O assembled for
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Elks Confer
Tribute Upon
Loved Friend
Beautiful aad impressive tri
bute to their fellow lodgeman and
friend, T. B. Kay, marked - the
regular meeting of the : Salem
Elks' lodge last night. Virtually
every gesture during the session
was fraught with thought of and
deference to Mr. Kay, state treas
urer who died suddenly Wednes
day night.
Resolutions of regret were una
nimously passed.- During the ses
sion the Elks' orchestra played
the music of Sir. Kay's favorite
"The baby daughter.VjpAterija
Ann, of Mr. and Mrs. Jts.mes1PrJ
ble passed away at a hospital here
Thursday morning, aer
ing since Monday fjcwtAf severe
burns sustained when she fell in
to a pail of scalding water at the
family residence, 63 North Liber
ty street. ' The little one was 15
months old. ' : ; : :, .
jMr. eorefoTmerljr'wfta con
nected with newspapers here and
attended Willamette university
law school. Mrs.. Preble was a
member of the domestic science
faculty at the high school several
years ago.
Funeral services will be held
this morning at 10:30 o'clock
from the Clough-Barrick chapel
with Dr. B. Earl Parker, pastor
of First Methodist church, officiat
ing. Interment will be In Jason
Lee cemetery.
I Approximately 100 men are em
ployed on construction work on
the North Santlam highway in the
Detroit section, - reported Judge
J. C. Siegmund, Commissioner
Jim Smith and Roadmaster Frank
Johnson last night upon return
from that section.
The men went up to look after
reported attempt of a Mr Dickey
to block construction on the right-of-way
which went through his
place. They said upon return that
Mr. Dickey evidently intended no
such course, as he met with the
court and was entirely agreeable
to the highway program.
He purchased land along the
right-of-way after the court had
gained right-of-way. , ! ;
Sheriff O. D. Bower accompan
ied the court members i and at
tended to some business in that
THE DALLES, Ore., April 30
(AP) Li C. Carson, Norwalk,
O., was injured,1 probably fatally,
and Otis Davis, Miami. Fla., was
seriously hurt when their auto
mobile overturned here tonight.
o'clock and will be held Inside;
and McKinley and Richmond's
events will start at 1:39 o'clock.
The Garfield program will in
clude the following - numbers:
Orchestra, first grade; "House
that Health Built", third grade;
folk dance, second grade; "The
Health Idea", fourth grade; pi
ano solo, Peggy Thompson; wand
drill, sixth grade boys; Highland
fling, Janet Robertson and
Helen Kestley; "Pled Piper of
Health", fifth grade; tap dance.
Virginia ? LaVell and : Eleanor
Swift; song, "Fairy Land
Queen", fourth grade: presenta
tion of health buttons by Miss
Grace Taylor, school nurse. - -
At Richmond, the program will
be in form of ft pageant, "May
Day In Healthland". with , the
principal characters to be: John
ny Erik so a and Billy Taylor;
guards: Richard Arslanian, her
ald; Glen Brooks, jester;- Jean
. (Turn to page 2, col. 2)
n mi is
Youth Known Here may die
Or Lose use of Arms;
Injured Jumping
MARTSVDLLE, CaL,; April 30.
(AP) Dr. Harold W. Fleming,
San Francisco nerve specialist,
said today It will not be known
for about 10 days whether or" not
Alvin Melvin, 22-year-old Tuba
county junior college athlete, will
recover from Injuries sustained
two days ago while high jumping.
Dr. Fleming and two local physi
cians made a thorough examina
tion of the injured youth today.
Contrary to earlier reports,' the
examination disclosed no definite
fracture of the neck, but fbowed
several spinal Injuries and torn
nerves. The physicians said if Mel
vin lives he probably will never
again regain full use of his arms.
iThe youth, outstanding In ath
letic contests at the college here.
last fall from his home In
Madprd, pre. -w
Alvin Melvin is well known In
Salem, having been an outstand
ing basketball player on the Med
ford - high school team in three
state tournaments. In his senior
year when Medfr rd won the state
chsmp1onBMp,e'wa choswr-on
the all-tournament team. He also
played football against Salem high
teams several years.
He was noted for his perpetual
smile in addition' to his exception
al athletic ability.
Raises Beans
Dating Back
To Year 1875
Great grandchildren 63 times in
the Bean family are boasted by
their owner, Mrs. Caroline Mc-
Cracken of 1395 Nebraska avenue,
who has been raising one family
of beans for 66 years.
When Mrs. McCracken was a
child in Ansonvllle, Pa., she was
in the village store-postoffice one
day when the mail bag was open-'
ed. Out of the sack rolled four
round white beans which later
proved to be pole beans. The post
master gave the young lady two
of the beans and kept two for her
self. That was 66 years ago.
Each spring since then she has
planted several beans from each
succeeding generation of beans
and has given a pair of the vege
tables to over 50 different persons.
She brought some pf the beans
with Her-to Oregon 40 years ago
and has "had three fires, but has
never lost her beans. In spite of
her age, -87 years, she again
broke the ground and planted two
beans this spring. I
Oregon Farmer
Degree Goes to
Silverton Boy
CORVALLIS. Ore., April 30.
(AP) The annual three-day ses
sion of the future farmers of
America opened here today. More
than 20 delegates from Smith
Hughes' agricultural high schools
had arrived' early tonight- and
about 300 are expected before
the session ends. ,
'The executive council tonight
selected nine boys to receive the
"Oregon Farmer" degree. They
were: Neil Hoffman, Ontario;
Howard Robertson, Forest
Grove f Cleo Latham, McMinn
ville; Palmer Tarvend, Silver
ton; Richard Carter, Newberg;
Mildred Magness, Dayton; Emil
Craft, Canhy; Wayne McFetride,
Enterprise; Hugh Hanna, Inde
pendence. King Consults
Eye Specialist
BALTIMORE, April 30 (AP)
A voyage around half the globe
brought King Prajadhipok of
Slam tonight to the threshhold of
the real purpose of his visit to
the United States the saving of
his eyesight, n ' U '- ?
The king came to this city to
consult Dr. William Holland WU
mer, eye specialist. . - .
Coronation Saturday to .be
On Campus Lawn First
Time Since 1924
Baseball Game, Track Meet
and Glee Club Concert
Are Today's Events
Tradition has it that "It always
rains May Day" no matter on what
date that event is scheduled for at
Willamette university, strictly in
accordance, a light rain was fall
ing early this morning, but the
forecast was ."generally fair" for
today and Saturday, and. for onee
tradition seems about to be ful
filled, only-in slight degree.
For the first time since, 1924,
If the weather man Is correct, cor
onation ceremonies and May
dances at Willamette will be held
on the campus lawn, where an
other tradition says It shall be.
For several years the campus was
in process of cultivation and, re
seeding, and the ceremonies took
place on the supreme court
grounds. In 1929 torrents came
down, forcing the royal court and
the dancers to flee to the gymna
sium; and in 1930 it had been
raining for several day and the
program was arranged for indoors
several days' ahead.
Officially the May day program
starts this afternoon at 4 o'clock
when Chresto cottage will be
open for registration of guests.
Today's program starts with a
track meet at : 1 o'clock between
Willamette university and Albany
Baseball Game
Today's Headline"
Immediately afterwards, Wil
lamette diamond men will play the
University of Oregon nine at 3:30
o'clock. -Court
activities for Queen Betty
I will commence at 8:30 o'clock
tonight at the Elsinore theatre
when a concert will be presented
by the . Willamette university
men's glee club. With them on
the program is the technicolor pic
ture, "Kiss Me Again-"
The May; Morning breakfast.
sponsored by the campus T, W. C.
A. will be served between 8 ana
10 o'clock. Saturday morning;
guests may register in Chresto cot
tage at this time.
A tennis match series with Reed
college will take place on the Wil
lamette courts at 9:30 o'clock,
Saturday morning.
Coronation Will be
Saturday Afternoon
The coronation of Queen Betty I
(Betty Lewis) will take place at
11 o'clock. Master of Ceremonies
will be President - Carl Gregg
Doney of Willamette university
and the king is to be Leslie Frew
Ing. May dances which are an
adaptation of "A Midsummer
Night's Dream" will follow imme
diately afterwards. A cast of 80
students will take part in this
phase of the program which in
cludes scenes of peasants, court
scenes, elves, fairies and a May
Pol dance. '
Student lunch Saturday will be
served at 1 with a Willamette val
ley track meet at 1:30 o'clock on
Sweetland field. A freshman-sophomore
tug of war will take place
across the mill race at 4 o'clock.
Climaxing the festivities will
be the junior class play, "A Scrap
of Paper,", at the high school au
ditorium.! San Francisco
Quint Leading
Tenpin Outfits
. PORTtAND. Ore., April. 30.
( AP) The MIneralites, San Fran
cisco - tenpin splllers, rolled Into
the lead In the 19 th annual north
west international bowling con'
gress here tonight by marking up
a total of 2943:
The 2721 mark set up by the
Imperial hotel five; Portland, last
night lasted only a short time. The
V ashington Hardware of Xacoma,
with 277.), and the Brownson Mo
tors, ' Spokane, with 2729. both
passed the Imperials.
Plane Falls in
Barn, Sets Fire;
1 Fliers Not Hurt
SEATTLE. April 30 (AP) A
plane fell 200 feet Into the roof
of a barn near Kent today, crash
ed through the roof and set the
barn afire, and the two fliers in
the plane escaped without in
juries. "
The two were Mrs. Dwlght D.
Hartman, president of the Wom
en's Aeronautical association of
Seattle, and Eddie Griffin, pilot
for the Coast air line. 1 Mrs. Hart
man is the wife of a prominent Se
attle attorney. 1 ', '
Sandino Aide is
Killed, Report
(AP) Two skirmishes between
NIcaraguan insurgents and native
troops were reported today to the
navy department.
The reports quoted a captured
insurgent as saying Chavarria, a
Sandino lieutenant, had ' been
killed in the first engagement. .
Van D
Herbert Gordon Another of
Leading Prospects as
Situation Viewed
Former Commissioner Held
Most Likely Because
Of Campaign Work
. Gov, Julias L. Meier announced
yesterday "that he would appoint
today a successor to Tom Kay as
state treasurer. Following; , the
Kay funeral yesterday Gov. Meier
left for Portland where he will be
tomorrow and possibly the remain
der of the week. i
While no Inkling as to his ap
pointee was given out. Informed
circles seem to think the position
will go to Rufus Holman or to
Herbert Gordon of Portland. Gor
don was a . house leader of the
Meier forces! in the last legisla
ture. He is engaged in the I real
estate business and has served
several terms in the legislature
from Multnomah county. Gordon
made a strong fight for ! the
speakership at the last session but
was, defeated by Frank Lonergan.
Rufus Holman, ex-county, com
missioner of Multnomah county,
was manager of the original Jo
seph campaign, and later was an
active manager of Meier's cam
paign. While he was appointed
as member of the Port of Portland
commission at the last session of
the legislature, through the insis
tence of Gov. Meier, the position
is a minor one. hardly in keeping
with the consideration - which
might be considered due to one so
active In the pre-election cam
paigns of both Joseph and Meter.
Will Not so to I "
Salem Resident
Two Salem men were mention
ed, E. F. Slade, president of the
First National Bank and Chas. K.
Spauldlng, lumberman. It is def
initely assured however that this
appointment will not go to a Sa
lem man. Both of these men
have been recipients of , guberna
torial favors, Slade being named
to the hydro-electric commission
and spauldlng as state senator
and later as member of the high
way commission. . A Portland man
is now to be chosen for treasurer.
The appointment is one of the
most Important which Gov. Meier.
(Turn to page 2, col. 6)
WASHINGTON, Aprif 30. -i
(AP) Bryan Untiedt is having a
"swell time" visiting President
and Mrs. Hoover.
.The Colorado schoolboy hero so
described his visit today to a clerk
who recognized him as he was
buying a present for his mother;
It was his first public expression
on his experience at the - White
House. . . 1 ' '.j
There were no kings around to-
! day to be watched by the 13 -year-
old boy and he gave, himself over
to sightseeing and chatting with
President and Mrs. Hoover and
other White House guests.
' In addition he found time to en
tertain Peggy Ann Hoover, six-year-old
grandchild of the presi
dent, and later other members of
the Hoover household with skilful
renditions of western' songs on his
old-fashioned mouth organ. Peggy
Ann was particularly pleased with
his variations of "The Lone Cow
boy." ; " . . . 'n
W. U. Student election
Void; Too
i Have political bosses at Wil
lamette university followed the
none too admirable examples of
their elders in certain large Ameri
can cities and in some South
American countries?
Regardless of what is wrong,
the election l for student body
president which was held Thurs
day was declared null and void
after an hour's hot discussion on
the matter on the part of the pres
ent executive committee. .
When the ballots were counted
by the executive committee at 4
o'clock Thursday afternoon, the
first count showed 148 votes for
Roy Harland and 148 votes for
Charles Campbell. This was too
close. - So the count was taken
Again the ballots were close In
number. A check showed that
there were three more ballots in
the ballot box than there were
Over Prison
iry W.
. Henry W. Meyers, superinten
dent f of; the Oregon state pen!
tentlary, will retire from the in
stitution today. In addition to
his itatutory compensation, he
will Receive two weeks' vacation
pay. This was determined at a
meeting , of . the state board of
control jheld' in the executive de
partment Thursday.
James Lewis was elected to
serve; M both superintendent and
warden jof tne penitentiary. Lew
is has acted as warden, of t.he
prison since early . in the admin
istration of. Mr. Meyers, and re
ceives a salary of $2000 per
year, and found. Compensation
for his II new duties will be an
nounced: at a future meeting of
the board of control. . . '
Colonel W. B. Bartram. super
visor i of the . state flax industry
for the past five years, also will
retire!, from the penitentiary . to
day. Leo DeMytt, employed as
foreman;; of the flax mills, for
several years, will direct the ac
tivity; or. tne industry under a
temporary arrangement. Any
ehangesij in the personnel of the
state i penitentiary staff will - not
be announced until Mr. Lewis
has hadj an opportunity to con?
fer wlthj members of the board
FOB its ue
Dust itorms, Cold Winds,
Rairj and Then Heat
Belong jn Record
Flckl Miss April has tucked
her showers and warm smiles
her traveling - bag and is
Again for 'another 12
months, hut she tearei behind
a (memorable 10. days of
rain, cold winds, dust storms and
warm sunshine. '.
In temperature her fickleness
varies from a maximum of S3
and a minimum of 27 degrees to
a maximum' of 82 and a mini
mum iofj 46. .
And put of the 30 days there
have ben 11 with rain. The
total amount of rainfall .for this
month has been 3.38 Inches
which is a bit under last April
with 3.95 inches recorded. .
Rainfall table for. April is:
April jl.
1.60; April. 2, .15; April
April 6, .11; April 7,
5. .41;
.41; April 8, .23; April 11, .16:
April! 12, .02; April 13, .11;
April 14
09; April 15, .09. j
. Maximum Minimum
AprilS 1
....... .56
,.... .68
...... .61
...... .65
. j 58
. 52
...... .55
...... .57
...... .59
1 .64
U .57
...... .65
.32 "
.36 i
.34 j
.30 i
I' A
- 10
" 11
" i2
- 13
t. 14
" 16
" 120
:2i .74'
" zr .... .75
" '2 3' .
. . . . .65
.i.i. .70
...i. .80
..... .83
... .77
.38 .
.44 i '
.45 L
.46 '.'I
BAKER. Ore., April 30 (AP)
L Carl Richard, '2-year-old son of
Mr. arid j Mrs. Carl Knutson,
drowned in the Powder river near
bis home in soutn Baker yester
Mdny Votes
students' 'names crossed off the
official I list. Each student who
voted! should have had. his name
erossed off a rbona fide list of
voting: .members of the student
body. I Si j i ! '
Then' It was? realized that the
constitution clares that ; there
shall! be three student election of
ficials At the polls for every cf O,
cial election. It was recalled that
several; times during the day there
there! was! but one and sometimes
there were only . two students
present. ir,,;!:., ' ' -"'S
Somewhere there was a slip:
Was 'it a slip on the part of offi
eials? iiWas It the Impossibility of
the flection being handled by one
person? Or was it a stuffed bal
lot hint and dirty polities?
The I executive committee does
not Know; "but it declares the vote
void aid schedules a new election
for riett Friday. !
Liewis an
Office Today
Veteran Chairman Dislikes
Prospect of Being "yes
Man" to Governor
Denial of ;. Resignation is
Made but Indications
Of Break-up Seen
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Signs loom of a break-up la
the' state highway commission
through the resignation of H. D.
Van. Duser, the chairman. Gev.
Meier, fearful of. jthe political
repercussion from the resigna
tion of Van Duzer who lias long
held the confidence of the people
of the state. Is In Portland today
seeking to bring pressure to bear
on Van 'Duser to remain on the
commission. ' , .
C The Statesman received infer
mation from high sources yester
day that the Van Duser resigna
tion had been placed In the gov
ernor's hands a week ago. An
other version is that- Van Duser,
who conferred with the governor
a, week! ago virtually served no
tice on him that the governor
would have to quit meddling
with, the commission's affairs or
he" would resign. .. 1
In Portland last night Van Dn
rer denied he had resigned.
In either event affairs on the
commission are now at a critical
point. Van Duzer refuses to be
ac"yes-man" for Gov. Meier, and
will step 'out rather than yield
to the governor's dictation.
Dislikes Meddling
In Department r f
?- ; The moves by the governor la
the direction of a complete over
haul of the highway .department
with Interference with - the men
now In executive positions there
have stirred the resentment of
the spirited , chairman who has
served under four governors.
Van,. Duzer is a prominent lum
berman of Portland who has giv
en) generously of his time in the
highway work. The demands of
his private business are such that
unless he finds bis political posi
tion congenial he will not stay
longer on the commission. '
Wednesday of last week Van
Duzer came to Salem and con
ferred with the governor, either
definitely turning in. his resigna
tion or ( making plain- the condi
tions under, which he will re
main.. The fact that the govern
or has kept the matter very quiet
Is -taken to indicate that he fears
the political dynamite, of seem
ing to force Van Duzer from his
place on the. commission.
Holman Probably -
Gets one or Other ' ,
: Some time ago Rufus Holman
was talked of for a place on the
commission, and while he ' was
shunted off on the port commis
sion, that local office Is hardly
regarded as satisfying to Hoi
man's political ambitions. Gov.
Meier may now seek to break
two eggs with one stone by nam
ing Holman as state treasurer
and making Jiis peace with Van
Duzerv " This will satisfy , Hol
man; hut whether, the governor
can long keep his hands oft the
highway department is a ques
tion. Terrific Blast !
Kills at Least
45; 70 Injured
April" 30. (AP) Firemen and
police tonight were searching the
ruins of the plant of the naval
laboratory at NIghtheroy where
at least 45 persons were killed
land 70 Injured in a terrific ex
plosion todayL j " L
Approximately 400 persons
were working in the two build
ings destroyed and it was feared
many more bodies will be found.
Tht .local press -estimated the
casualties at from 150 to 200. ,
Elderly Man is
Burned to Death
Near Mapleton
Y7,rTr17ATTG' Aka InrM A .
(AP) Clarence King jienry, ?,
burned to death in a j fire that
destroyed a house I occupied by
him and his cousin, George Ml
Stanley, 11 miles northeast of
Mapleton today. I .
Stanley had gone out to look
after stock and saw the house en
fire. He saw) Henry go Into the
living room of the house and
started after him but was stopped
by the roof's' caving in. I
' The fire was believed to have
started from Ithe kitchen stove
pipe s