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Fair today and Friday,
continued cold, well below
freezing; Max. Temp. Wed
nesday 30, Mln. 24, river
2.4 ft., rain .21 In. N. wind.
Salem, Oregon, Thursday Morning:; December 8, 1932
Winter Visits Valley
With Mercury Falling
To 22 Degrees in City
More Cold Forecast;
First Snow Noted
But Mere Trace
Ten Chimney Fires in
8:42 p.m. 33
4:42 p. m. 31
5:43 p. m. 29
C:42 p. m. 27
7:42 p. m. 26
8:42 p. m.
9:42 p. m.
10:42 p. m.
11:42 p. m.
12:42 p. m.
First traces of snow yesterday
and steadily falling mercuy this
morning were giving "Willamette
ralley residents ft taste of real
winter temperatures and the wea
ther forecast was for a continua
tion of them. Passing the freezing
point at 3:42 o'clock yesterday
afternoon, the thermometer in
three hours, reached the previous
low mark of the season, 26 de
grees, registered on Monday, and
kept on the downward course un
til at 1 o'clock tMs morning the
mercury hovered at the 22-degree
Firing up furnaces and stoves
to drive out the cold, Salem resi
dents in 10 instances last night
overdid themseivei with the re
sult firement had to be called in
to extinguish chimney fires. Al
arms rang in at central station at
five to 15-minute intervals dur
ing the early evening hours.
The first chimney blaze was re
ported at 7 o'clock at 1610 ' urt
street. Ensuing ones were: 7:10.
780 Highland avenue: 7:20, 1598
State; 7:25, 765 Court; 8:15,
1475 North Fifth; 8:25, 1155
Marion. 8:30, 479 North Capitol;
S:35, 970 Hoytj 8:40, 985 Cen
ter, and the last before midnight,
at 9:15 o'clock, 1570 North 15th
street. Only one of the chimney
blazes, that on Center streeet,
gained serious headway. All were
quickly smothered, with chemi
cals, where necessary.
Ice Forms at Night
In Pools on Street
Ice was forming In downtown
gutters before 6 o'clock last night
and soon moisture dripping from
marquees began growing icicles in
the brisk north breeze. Before the
skies cleared In the afternoon,
moisture in the air turned into
scattered flakes of snow which
melted on touching the ground. In
the early morning hours yester
day, 0.21 Inch of rain fell.
Mamimum temperature yester
day was only four degrees above
the freezing point.
PORTLAND, Dec. 7. (AP)
Winter, borne on a brisk, biting
ast wind, surged into Portland,
and established Itself as monarch
of the weather generally through
eut Oregon today.
The thermometer here, never
rising above 36 degrees, sank to
28 degrees tonight for a new low
tor the season, and the United
States weather bureau predicted a
further descent to 22 degrees dur
ing the night
Bend was the coldest place in
Oregon, reports indicated. The
eastern Oregon city had a tem
perature of 10 degrees above. The
region was covered with snow.
Meacham reported a 14-degree
temperature, and La Grande re
ported 13 degrees. An inch of
enow fell at Baker, where the
mercury dropped to IS degrees
Pendleton, with a minimum of
20 degrees, also experienced
At Prinevllle the winter's first
now covered the ground. Klam
ath Falls found ov oats In or
der with a temperature of It de
Snow alternating with a light
old rain, fell at Rosebnrg. Med
ford's official thermometer reg
istered 27 degrees. Comparatively,
the cold snap lessened at Eugene,
where a drizzling rain boosted the
temperature to 35 degrees.
PORTLAND, Dec. 7. (AP)
she Kaplan of New York defeat
d George Nelson, wrestling coach
it Utah State college, two falls
at of three in the main event of
tonight's wrestling card here. Kap
lan weighed 218 and Nelson 212
The Utah Instructor won the
first fall In the fast time of 41
seconds. Shortly after they step
ped to the center of the ring, Nel
on slipped under his opponent,
and sprawled him on the floor
irlth a half-nelson.
Kaplan responded with the see
end tall In 22 minutes, when a
flying wing-lock took effect. The
third fall went to the New Yorker
with a place-kick to the groin.
- Charles Sanen, 210, from Mis
souri, defeated Al Perisra, 229
Portugal, two falls out of three
ta the semi-windup.
Curley Woods. 141, CentraHa,
Wash, won on a tool from Spike
JUhby, 147, Flint, Mich., In the
Hopeful for Aid
To Labor Office
A telegram received from Sen
ator Charles L. McNary yesterday
renewed hope that federal aid for
the U. S.-Y. M. C. A. Employment
bureau here would be renewed.
R. J. Hendricks, chairman of the
Y. M. C. A. employment office
committee, who received the mes
sage, said that prospects were
brighter for regaining the badly
needed financial assistance.
Although the federal aid,
amounting to $100 a month was
discontinued on December 1, the
committee has kept the office
open pending developments.
CITY WATER BRIEF
To be Submitted to Higher
Court Next Week; Case
To go Into January
Preparation of the city's brief
n its case against the Oregon-
Washington Water Service com
pany, and others, is nearly com
pleted, City Attorney Trindle an
nounced yesterday. He expects to
ubmit the brief next week to the
state supreme court where the
city has appealed its action after
receiving an adverse decision In
the circuit court here.
The suit asks for a declaratory
udgment setting forth the legal
ity of the charter amendment vot
ed December 15, 1930, in which
Salem citizens authorized a $2,
500,000 bond Issue for the nur-
ehase or construction and exten
sion of a water system for Sajem.
lrindie was of the opinion yes
terday that the case could not be
argued before next year since the
defense must have time to sub
mit a reply brief. He was not cer
tain whether the city council
would ask him to go on with the
case or entrust Its continuation
to another attorney.
Trindle was elected district at
torney November 8 and will as
sume that office January 1.
City councilmen, who hare the
power to name a city attorney, are
considering a number of candi
dates. Fred Williams, former city
attorney, Chris Kowiti, now an al
derman nd former city attor
ney, George Rhoten and a num
ber of other attorneys are being
Planned in Cuba
HAVANA, Cuba, Dec. 7. (AP)
A school teachers' strike was
called tonight for 8 a. m. tomor
row by a committee of teachers
who said they had the support of
several organizations. A manifes
to called on all instructors to leave
their desks tomorrow In protest
against non-payment of salaries
over the last seven months.
PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. T
(AP) A resolution favoring a
retail sales tax as an emergency
means of balancing the state bud
get was adopted by the Oregon
Wool Growers association at Its
36 th annual convention here to
After passing resolutions urg
ing the Incoming president and
congress to abolish the farm
board, opposing adoption of a
proposed severance or yield tax
on timber to replace the tax on
standing timber, and commend
ing Secretary of Agriculture Ar
thur M. Hyde for opening a new
outlet for low-grade mutton by
granting a permit to kill sheep
for animal food and export pur
poses, the Oregon association re
elected all its officers and ad
journed. The state meeting was prelude
to the 16th annual convention of
the National Wool Growers' asso
ciation which will open hers to
morrow and close Saturday night.
PREACHER NOW SUED
PORTLAND, Ore., Dee, 7.
(AP) H. H. King filed a 125.
000 damage action la circuit
eourt her today charging Rev,
8. F. Pitts, pastor of the Gresham
undemonational temple, with al
ienation of the affections of his
former wife, Marguerite B. King.
The action revived the ease de
scribed as the "holy kiss" ease,
heard la circuit eourt more than
Virtues of 4 per Cent Brew
Extolled; big Revenue .
Estimate is Made
Budget Message Read, Both
Branches Mark Time and
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 (AP)
A congressional day devoted
mostly to talking about what
should be done saw a house com
mittee begin hearings on a beer
bill and senate democrats map
out a.n extensive program includ
ing prohibition repeal and farm
They decided, too, that meas
ures ought to be passed this ses
sion that would embody banking
reform, unemployment relief,
further economy, ratification of
the world court protocols and
Volstead act modification.
The house already has at
tempted to repeal the eighteenth
amendment and failed, perhaps
finally so far as this session Is
concerned, but It went ahead to
ward a vote on modification of
the Volstead act through testi
mony before the ways and means
There, two representatives of
brewing Interests, Levi Cooke
and R. A. Huber, of St. Louis,
extolled what they considered the
virtues of four per cent brew.
They estimated modification to
permit the Bale of beer would
return -bout 2330,945,000 yearly
on the basis of a tax of 5 per
Budget Message Is
Read, Solons Gossip
The president's budget mes
sage was read in both houses,
and there being no legislation
ready for consideration, talk be
gan which led far afield.
In the house, It Included criti
cism by Representative LaGuar
dia (R., N. Y.), of stern police
handling of the trek to the capi
tal this week by thousands of
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Probably not until the week
ends will Governor Julius L. Me
ier and his advisors, Including
the state tax commission, an
nounced their decision regarding
a special session of the legisla
ture to consider a sales tax for
1933 and 1934. The governor was
in conference here a considerable
part of Wednesday, discussing
with legislative and business lead
ers, the proper procedure to be
Laws governing the levying of
a state property tax and the legal
machinery for the substitution of
a sales tax for it are being care
The governor and Hansen were
both apprised late in the day of
the Marion county budget com
mlttee's refusal to include a state
tax 'In their budget but neither
Four members of the 1933 leg
lilature conferred with the gover
nor yesterday and a number were
consulted by long-distance tele
Wool Men For Sales Tax
"Holy Kiss" Case Revived
Sororities File Petition
Dealers Want $5 License
a year ago. The minister filed a
$75,000 damage action against
King for alleged libel. Pitts ob
tained a $5,000 judgment, but the
complaint filed today set forth
that the state supreme court re
versed Circuit Judge Duffy and
dismissed the case.
King charged that Pitts had
won away his wife by quoting
scripture and reciting such pas
sages as "greet one another with
a holy kiss."
WANT THEIR ROOKESSES
CORVALLIS, Ore., Dee. 7
(AP) Representatives of all II
sororities at Oregon State college
have sent a petition to state chan
cellor of higher education W. J.
Kerr asking that the mle forbid
ding freshmen pledges to live In
the houses he. sbrogated.
The petition bears the argu
ment that the sororities are faced
with financial instability because
of the falling off In registration.
The sorority girls pointed out that
a similar rule is not in force at
the University of Oregon.
OPPOSE MORE ROADS
PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 7.
(AP) The automobile dealers
association of Portland at a meet
ing here tonight expressed them
selves as favoring a $5 license
fee, a moratorium on new high-
war construction, no increase In
gasoline tax, no personal property
tax aad prohibition of further is
suance of bonds by the highway
Who Said Democracy? Next V. S.
yirst Lady Knows Her Stewpans
Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, wife
inary ability helped raise a big and brawny family, knows Just
how to season the stow as she is shown preparing meal for a
group of unemployed at a New York charity kitchen recently.
The future "First Lady" went about her job tn a workmanlike
manner, proving that she's Just as much at home in the kitchen
as she is in the drawing room.
AFTER MINE BUST
100 Others in New Mexico
Shaft Escape; Cause
MADRID. N. M.. Dec. 7. (AP)
From a stark hole in a bleak
hillside the bodies of 14 coal min
ers, victims of an explosion in the
Morgan-Jones mine almost a mile
under ground, were brought to the
surface tonight where relatives
were waiting to identify them.
Officials said they had account
ed for the 100 workers who were
in the mine when the blast oc
curred. All the dead were of Mexi
can descent. Approximately 100
miners who were at work when
the explosion occurred escaped.
Tfie explosion cause was unde
termined. It occurred early this
morning shortly after the miners
ent on duty. Throughout the day
the wives, children and other rel
atives of the entombed men hov
ered about the mine entrance
tensely waiting a word of hope
from within that never came.
Most of the women folk refused
to believe their husbands had been
killed until the bodies were
brought to the surface. Faced with
the bodies, a few cried but most
accepted the disaster calmly, re
signed to the tragedy that every
miner's wife fears.
Four of the bodies were recov
ered soon after the explosion and
nine others were brought to the
BALTIMORE, Dec. 7 (AP)
Forty-five prisoners, classed by
prison officials as ring leaders
among 200 striking Inmate work
ers In the pants factory of the
Maryland state penitentiary, were
segregated under heavy guard
tonight in an attempt to break
a strike which had continued
Penitentiary officials said the
removal of the men from their
own cells to others in the west
wing of the institution was ac
complished without trouble al
though knives were found In the
quarters of six of the striks
The 200 prisoners struck be
cause their pay in the pants
shop was reduced In accordance
with the terms of a contract be
tween the state and a manu
facturer. Their pay subsequently
was raised, as prison officials
tried to solve the situation by
compromise, hut the original
scale was not restored.
League to Seek
Reduced Tax for
Abolition of all "so-called con
tinuing appropriations' for high
er education In Oregon which
aggregate more than $400,000
biennially, will be sought from
the 1933 legislature, Henry Zorn,
president of the Marlon County
Taxpayers' Equalitatlon and Re
duction league, announced yes
terday. Zorn fathered the unsuc
cessful school merger bill.
we snail go beyond this re
duction," Zorn declared. "We are
going to ask that the millages
be cut 50 per eent. We may get
only 25 per cent redaction but
we want to see these millages
come down. I also thick there
will be legislative action to re
duce the board of higher edu
cation from aine to five mem
LEADERS IN PRISON
of the president-elect, whose cul
POSSE IS SEEKING
Lester Snyder Flees From
U. S. Marshal; Wasco
THE DALLES, Ore., Dec. 7
(AP) A large po3se was comb
ing the wild, rugged ravines
around Biggs, Ore., 25 miles east
of here, tonight for Lester Sny
der, convicted Dyer act violator,
who broke from his shackles and
leaped through a train window
tp freedom earlier in the day.
State, county, and The Dalles
city police authorities joined Un
ion Paeiflc railroad detectives tn
an Intensive search of the grassy,
treeless country for the fugitive.
Sheriff Harold Sexton said his
men had a line on Bnyder late
tonight and anticipated his ar
rest shortly. He said because of
the unusually cold weather that
gripped the section today Sny
der "couldn't last out the night,"
especially If he Is unfamiliar
with the country as he Is thought
With seven other prisoners
Snyder was being taken by Depu
ty United States Marshal H. O.
Pack from Salt, Lake City to the
federal penitentiary at McNeil
Island, where he was to begin a
five year sentence for transport
ing a stolen automobile from Bay
City, Wis., to Ogden last May.
Suddenly, as the train slowed
down at the little town of Biggs,
Dyer broke from the group,
leaped through the window, and
disappeared down a tortuous ra
vine before Pack could overtake
him. A search was organised as
soon as Pack and railroad auth
orltles could notify the Sheriff's
SLEUTH ON 111
OF SLAYER KILLED
PHILADELPHIA. Dee. 7.
(AP) Two days after he was be
lieved to have uncovered a "hot
tip" on the mysterious knife
slaying of Norman R. Bechtel,
young Mennonite church worker.
City Detective Michael O. Croskey
met a similar death tonight in
His neck and ehest slashed with
some sharp Instrument, Croskey
died without being able to reveal
the name of the assailant who at
tacked him In his private garage.
Bechtel was found stabbed to
death on an untenanted estate in
the Germantown section of the
city last January and all efforts
of police to solvs the case have
failed. Strange knife wonnas on
Bechtel's forehead and chest pus-
sled authorities but, they said.
there was no similarity between
them and the wounds which
caused the detective's death.
Rufus Holman. state treasurer!
was forced to return to Salem
last night when his automobile
struck a truck about six miles
north of here while he was en
route to Portlar '.. He was bad
ly shaken up bu apparently oth
It was reported that Holman's
heavy sedan rammed underneath
the rear of the truck and was
considerably damaged. According
to state police, who investigated
the truck was believed not to
have been carrying lights en the
rear. No arrests were made.
BUT NOT WED
Relief Parley at Capital
Lively; Cheers Greet
Gloomy Picture Painted of
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7. (AP)
Delegates to the farmers' na
tional relief conference today
shouted demands for a moratori
um on agricultural debts as one
way of easing their financial bur
dens. Before 232 rough-clad repre
sentatives from 23 states, a long
procession of speakers raised their
voices and pounded their fists as
they urged that congress act to
relieve tbelr plight.
They faced a responsive audi
ence. The various suggestions ad
vanced by state leaders precipi
tated tumultous cheering mingled
with hand clapping and stamping
An outgrowth of the farmers'
strike in the middle-west last sum
mer, the conference is to continue
three days during which a legisla
tire program will be formulated
for presentation to the house and
To Accept Petitions
ice - President Curtis and
Speaker Garner have agreed to re
ceive any petition the conference
wishes to present.
The focal point of the addresses
was a farm debt moratorium. Oth
er suggestions advanced called for
higher prices for farm crops to
pay at least the cost of produc-
ion and a ban against the evic
tion from their homes.
A gloomy picture of the condi
tion of agriculture was painted by
speaker after speaker who shout
ed that the present status could
not be continued without ruin.
Keynoting the addresses that
followed, Fred Strong, of Torrlng
ton, Wyo., declared farmers in his
state were unable to pay their
taxes, interest and mortgages and
were being "closed down and turn
ed out of their homes.'
Soap Line is Faced
By Wyoming Fanners
He added: "Farmers in Wyom
ing do not take kindly to bread
lines, but unless something is done
we will find ourselves going down
the road looking for a soup line.
This Is true all over the country."
Saying that it costs $1.25 to
produce a bushel of wheat in his
state, he added. "We can't get the
quarter, let alone the dollar."
TO NOTE ON DEBT
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7. (AP)
The American reply to Great
Britain's second request for a
moratorium on war debt payment
due In eight days was handed to
Sir Ronald Lindsay tonight a few
hours after Capitol Hill had rung
with fresh opposition to debt re
As has been customary In the
exchange of notes over the situa
tion. Secretary Stlmson called the
British ambassador to his subur
ban home, Woodley, to receive the
The note's contents were not
mads public, but It was assumed
that it followed the tenor of other
recent administration utterances;
that sole power to alter the debt
agreements lay with congress, that
President Hoover would recom
mend legislative creation of an
agency to consider the debt ques
tion, and that the December pay
ments from European countries
would be expected.
The White House has Indicated
that President Hoover would send
a special message 10 congress
dealing with the debts, which have
been the subject of a rapid inter
change of diplomatic communica
tions for weeks.
Grower Ptoblems Worked
On at Horticultural Meet
Vegetable crops will be discuss-j
ed at today's meeting of the state
horticultural society, which yes
terday morning opened Its 4.7th
annual convention at the chamber
of commerce. Attendance of the
society members was small, but is
expected to Increase today.
Clayton L. Long, of Corvallls,
president, In his annual address,
toached npon many problems of
growers, ranging from tariff to
transportation, costs of which
have not taken their Proportion
Morning speakers were J. R.
Beck, Polk county agent, who told
how Polk prunes were Increased
nine points in pruning experi
ments; Ray Glatt, of the Wood
burn Fruit Growers' co-op, who
emphasised locating crops for the
best drainage and eontrot of
pests: and Glenn Hogg, of Salem,
president of the Willamette Val
ley Cherry growers, who told of
experiments with syneta beetle
sontroL Harvesting of Royal Anna
General County Levy as Tentatively set Forth Thereby
Features $255,000 Reduction from 1932; Mandamus to
Compel Raising of 3y2 Mills for State Treasury Held v
Probable Unless Sales tax is Provided
Salary Cutting Left to December 30 Final Meeting but
Discussion Forecasts Considerable Reduction; Some
Officials say They are Willing but Plead for Jhcir
Employes; Other Items are Lowered
SALIENT FEATURES OF ANNUAL COUNTY COURT,
BUDGET COMMITTEE MEETING
Group refuses to adopt $172,000 item for general state pur
poses. Matter of general salary reduction not Incorporated in bud
get; Keith Powell, chairman, serves notice he will favor such re
daction at meeting when levy ts made.
Public meeting when county court votes levy, set for Fri
day, December 30.
General levy cut approximately $255,000 over 1932 budget.
Proposed levies for 1033:
Elementary school fund (state) 101,407.
General fund of county 143,695.
County school fund and libraries 175,972.
High school tuition and transportation 1 (Ml, 2 45.
General road fund 1)2, TOO.
Levied only on property In non-high school districts.
Levied on all assessed property outside of Ralem.
ONE century ago Andrew Jackson made the front pages
and later a score of history books with his remark:
"John Marshall has made his decision: now let him enforce
it." Jackson, a states' rights
the federal government.
A similar line of reasoning prevailed with the Marion
-ocounty budget makers and the
NOT GROWERS HEAD
Henry Crawford is Oregon
Of Irrigation Shown
Value of Irrigation, particular
ly on walnuts, was emphasised
by Arthur S. King of the ex
tension division, in the dosing
sessions of the 18th annual meet
ing of the Western Nut Growers
association. The nut men will
meet next year at McMinnville.
E. W. Woodford of Forest
Grove was named president and
C. E. Schuster of Corvallls is
sgaln secretary-treasurer. Henry
Crawford of Salem Is vice presi
dent for Oreron: snd W. H.
Quick of Chehalls, vice president
The growers passed a resolu
tion favoring the same, if not an
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Carry on Search
A halt came yesterday In the
wave of daylight housebreaking
that began last Saturday but city
police continued their Investiga
tions toward Identifying the
thieves who entered three houses
Tuesday afternoon and three on
Saturday afternoon. Officers said
ther had no sure leads on the
case but were hopeful of eventu
ally catching the perpetrators.
It was believed the thieves were
youths familiar with the habits of
the residents whose houses they
cherries was discussed by Earnest
H. Wlegand, Corvallls.
"In to per eent of the cases
la older orchards of supposed poor
fertilization, water requirements
are more essential than fertilis
er," C. V. Rusek, of the state col
lege, said in an address on fer
tilisers in the production program
His talk was the closing one of
the afternoon,' which program was
held Jointly with the nut growers.
Rnxek emphasised that fertiliser
should be need to cut down unit
cost of production, instead of an
der present conditions of increas
ing production as such.
R, S. 8tephenson. state college.
spoke oa the function of organle
matter in soil: and Arthur 8.
King talked on irrigation pros
Speakers today will Include
George H, Jenkins, of M arshfield.
ea growing peas for processing I
Kenneth a Mlllsr, of the S, P. A
8. railroad company, oa vegetables
(Tarn to page 2, col. 2)
believer, scouted demands of
county court yesterday.
Faced with a telephoned re
quest from the state tax commis
sion that a 3 mill Ux be levied
on all real property in the county
for next year a tax sufficient te
raise 1172,000 In this area the
budgeteers flatly refused to in
clude the sum in the 1933 county
As a result the county budget
to be published tomorrow will
contain items calling for raising
at least $355,000 less revenae
than was obtained by real estate
taxation In the county last year.
The decision came at 5:30 p. a.
Wednesday after a day-long ses
sion of budget making in which
every item in the 1933 proposals
of expenditures had been scanned
carefully and in some Instance
Likely to Result
The budget makers realized
fully that a mandamus action
might result in which the state
would compel them to make the
levy but meanwhile they look to
the state administration to reduce
the levy or better still to find
some other source than property
taxes for replenishing the state's
At adjournment, the budget
maker set Friday morning, De
cember 30, at 10 a. m. at the
courthouse as the time for final
adoption of the budget and legal
making of the country's tax lery.
Throughout the day came re
peated demands to the budget
group for a general salary redac
tion among all courthouse em
ployees, John Porter of SUvertea.
chairman of the investigation
committee of the county tax lea
gue, serving as spokesman for the
tax reductionists. Scattered re
quests for holding up wages la
the lower brackets also came te
the attention of the budget mak
ers. (Turn to page 2, col. 1)
The Day in
(By the Associated Press)
President Hoover's budget mes
sage recommending cuts of more
than $500,000,000 below current
appropriations was read to senate
Brewing industry spokesmea
urged beer of higher aleohotts
content than 2.75 per eent as
honae ways and means commit
tee began hearings on beer mTL.
Senate democrats drew up pro
gram, including votes en prohibi
tion repeal and modification, gen
eral appropriation bills aad farm
Senator Borah proposed re
peal of homo loan bank law.
Representative Treadway (R.,
Mass.) led house discussion op
posing war debts redaction.
Farmers' national relief
ference opened preparatory te
asking congress for moratorium
oa agricmltaral debts aad other