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The OREGON STATESMAN, Salem Oregon, Friday Horning. March 17, 1933
"M Favor Stray f; No FearStaB Awe'
From First Statesman, March 28, 1851
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,11 f I By Wiwic
Banks Makes Good His Threat
T . A. BANKS of Medford killed his man.
JLl Banks made good hia threat of bloodshed, his de
claration that he would not submit to arrest. The feud in
Jackson county came to a bloody climax yesterday when
Banks killed an arresting officer, Constable George Prescott.
His antipathy to Prescott dated from the time several weeks
ago when Prescott served attachments on the paper stock
in me pzanx 01 tne Meaiora .News, then operated by Banks.
The latter poured editorial vitriol on Prescott for hia seiz
ure of the paper stock, attributing his action to the attempt
oi tne "gang" to put him out of business.
J "The Jackson county discord had simmered recently
since Banks lost the News to former owners, and since some
15 of his followers were arrested on charges of ballot thefts.
It was when the grand jury returned the indictments and
service was attempted that Banks defended himself in his
home, by shooting the process-server. While state police
swung into the city to preserve order, the situation there is
still volcanic, with possibility of further violence.
To a considerable degree the civil strife there is a prod
uct of hard times. Banks was a man of means, a fruit oper
ator on a big scale. He was heavily involved and could not
realize enough on his assets to meet his obligations. From
the time he entered the publishing business he manifested
symptoms of delusion. He ran for the United States senate
against Charles L. McNary, denouncing the federal govern
ment particularly for what it did to pear-growers in its hor
ticultural control. He built up the journalistic bogey of the
"Medford gang", including in it all who crossed his purpose.
lie rallied to his cause hundreds of people who cherished sim
ilar bitterness, against conditions or against individuals. His
frequent phrase was a breakdown of law and order '; an
other, "rocking Jackson county to its foundations". Clever in
his use of words and with scant regard for news accuracy he
fomented the discord through the columns of his paper, cre
ating and fostering a division which has culminated in civil
strife and bloodshed.
Banks was long the butt of general ridicule over the
state. His parodies on reality were so preposterous to be
wholly unconvincing to those at a distance accustomed to
appraise the printed word. But the jest turned to earnest as
the situation grew more tense ; and for weeks there has been
fear that open strife might ensue. Long distance diagnosis
would class him as a paranoiac, one suffering from delu
sions of persecution; and this will undoubtedly be used to
save his neck now.
The condition illustrates however the social instabilities
which prevails in these unsettled times, even in a community
so fine and intelligent and usually so prosperous as Jackson
Clearing the Way for Branch Banks
YITHEN the smoke all blows away the country will find it-
Tf self delivered into the hands of the branch system of
banking. The president s declared policy has been to with
hold licenses until a bank was 100 solvent according to
strict standards. The result of this will be that a great many
institutions will not qualify. They may reorganize, but in
many cases there will be towns without banking facilities
and they will then be open for branch bank invasion.
Some people regard this as a step forward, and as giv
ing assurance of greater safety to depositors through affilia
tion with large institutions. It will mean of course central
ization of control over banking resources. The system has
possibilities both of good and of evil. The country needs to
have its banks operated more conservatively. But it needs
to have bank funds really used in productive business and
not just sterilized in government bonds.
When the federal reserve system was projected, Senator
Aldrich held out for a central bank. Pres. Wilson and Sen.
Glass resisted and the present group of 12 reserve banks
was organized. If under branch banking, control would head
up in a few big organizations there would be grave danger of
abuse of power. Government itself might be supine under
plutocracy. The conduct of the biggest bankers in recent
years was nothing to commend enlargement of their powers.
The best interest of the country would seem to be in
permitting branch banks under strict limitations of control ;
and to preserve at the same time strong independent banks,
which still have an important place to fill. The country
needs to be on guard lest the present bank reorganization
end in delivering the country into the hands of a very few
financiers; who put no limits to power and greed.
Prof. Albert Einstein refuses to return to Germany owing to
the change- in the government there. Hitler is a Jew-baiter; and
Prof. Einstein Is of the Jewish race. Resentment at the anti-Semitism
of the nazis doubtless accounts for the Einstein decision. Hit
ler is a demagogue who swept Into power by fanning popular pre
- Indices. When a government becomes so intemperate in its procla
mations of policy that It drives out men of Intellect like Einstein,
things get to a pretty pass. But governments are ruthless with great
minds. Enemy soldiers pat Archimedes to death while he was pon
dering the problems of the universe.
The bonus army which was violent a year ago in order to get
immediate payment of the bonus, has completely subsided; and now
Legion points are passing resolutions some of them endorsing the
Roosevelt stand for economy; others offering to take a 25 cut.
What a change In attitude in a year, particularly since the condition
among veterans is worse now than then. How much politics was
there In 'the bonus army anyway? Were there behind the scenes
marplots seeking to embarrass and discredit Pres. Hoover?
BozaO Med to talk ealmlr, with
out any prejudice r any gnashing
at teeth. Baft th fir within would
not be smothered. Els rabid mouth
began to snarl mad to declaim.
"Yes j they wars all there air,
with Turrell la the ehair. He had
his sneer at m directly I wtat in.
That s right. Mr. BoxaH, we wast
all the representative of the Press
hem Sit down sad put n all an
paper. We dost want say hole and-
business. Impartiality row
stick to that! Impartiality! 1 eouid
set most of them torn and took at
me. and their sulky, sneerinx faces.
They had eld Threadgold there, sad
they mads him get up and pomp
oat hi options. El opinions! The
man looked yellow, and all com
flat. He stuttered, and lost himself.
Too could see TurrtU biting at his
beard: he was savage. Ten could
feel the creed in the rows like a
raw fog. It stock la their throats.
BoxaH walked on his toes, his
whole body moving jerkily as
- tfinnorh it raa umi mechanism
worked by steel spring. His gas1
tores were grotesque, almost hys-
tericaL His wards Sew oat as!
though they were afraid of being!
. "Do anything? Net they I They
said openly Turrell himself said
It that the thing was a political
Job. Thsy refused to be talked
dowa at by the bigwigs In London.
Crump''s face! Running over with
smog, shrewd smiles. He'd prompt
Wolf felt a grave disgust for
BoxalL The man waa too venomous.
too wet about the mouth. His red
head might have been rolled eut
of a furnace.
"Then they refused to do any
They have sold themselves to
Wolfe's silence was more Imp:
sive than the journalist's spitting
They reached Peachy HID. and
the stone house by the Lombard
poplars. Josiah Crabbe was sitting
in his garden, his red handkerchief
across his knees, a frail black little
figure that watched and waited.
They told him the news.
"What else did you expectf" he
said with a flash of the eyes si
They have doomed themselves to
day, though it may take years to
prove their ruination. John Wolfe,
If I prayed, sir, I should pray for
hist one thing."
They looked at him in silence,
this grim old man who was ready
to let Death loose in order to prove
the virtues of clean living.
Soon after her return from
ibroad, Ursula Brandon decided to
ixplore Navestock's slums. For the
first time, she walked its streets . . .
bserving and observed.
The nest day she Sent for
Crump, and held him to his eyni-
tisms, under one of the cedar trees,
rhe borders below the house were
orilliant with tulips. The man and
the woman sat in their chairs and
"My dear lira, Brandon, 1 have
already explained that all this was
thrashed out and settled while you
"1 suppose that even a Brandon
(s allowed to have a conscience!
5fou settle mine for me in my ab
"My dear lady "
"I am not being sentimental, Mr,
Crump. I have seen dirty towns la
the South, but somehow, it seems
Afferent from English dirt. Per
saps .it is the greyness and slime
f a 'wet climate. I have come to
feel suddenly that the money we
ak from that oroDertv is doI-
When the beer bill passed members of the lower house of con
gress indulged in such rejoicing the sergeant-at-arms was called
out to quift them. One trouble with prohibition has been that the
majority of politicians were at heart opposed to it because they
like to indulge themselves.
Portland General Electrtc company reverses its name to Port
land Electric Power company, "Pepco" for short. This change Is a
nubile benefaction because it gives the political hash-slingers a
short and. easy name to abuse in running for office.
a man named Xsekiel has been appointed economic adviser to
the secretary of agriculture. He should know something about the
valley of. dry bones. - :
' Twenty-five 'years ago the politicians were talking about
"Roosevelt luck". Th sama old stagers appear to bo reviving the
-ohraseaow. . c .. . . .
All those who can make th twists la pretsels are looking tor-
, ward to steady work .soon.
1 want yen to draw up a report aw th state of my property and M
msk any suggestions ye please," lira. Brandos told Welfe.
He stared at her. sodding a
"If my stables were as dirty as
much of that Navestoek property.
do you think X should keep say
coachman? A horse Is a slssa
beast, and deserves to b bettor
treated than most men. But those
cottages! One's pride 1 piqrued. It
1 intolerable that these Inferior
people should have a just grievance
against their betters. No. W must
Crump reflected, and than glim
mered hia little eyes at hex.
"Of course, my dear madam, you
will have to persuade your trus
"I shall persuade them, if neces
No doubt, no doubt. But until
they have considered th mat
She betrayed a sudden kindling
anger that astonished Crump. He
had always said that she was more
Like a beautuul corpse tnaa a
"I have not asked you here for
you to collect all the objections you
can think of. I expect a lawyer to
legalize my wishes, not to contra-
Th very next morning John
Wolfe received a note from Mrs.
Ursula Brandon asking him to call
at "Pardons" that afternoon.
"I wanted to talk to you. That la
why I sent you that note," she ex
plained in greeting the young phy
sician. "I wanted to tell you that I
explored Navestoek a day or two
ago. Much of the place waa as new
to me as the Trastavere Quarter in
Rome. It is abominably ugly."
Wolfe watched her white hands.
They moved with a slow serenity,
very beautiful with their, flowing
"Wen, I want you to draw up a
report on the state of my property
in Navestoek, and to max any
suggestions that you please."
Wolfe looked at her searching'
ly. She seemed to have made up
her mind upon an impulse.
"It wul b a big business to
make the town what It should be.
Moreover, we shall need the co-operation
of such men as Turrell."
"Perhaps nothing less than the
plagues of Egypt wul persuade
soma of th people At all events,
on win do this for me?"
"Nothing eould please hw
And remember, I am sot a phU
aathroDist. I desire to hav noth
ing t do with th low order. !
only want them and their bouse
mad less ugly."
Wolfe rod Turpia horn .at S
walking pace, trying to decide a
his owa mind whether this woman
had worn a mask or sot. He stiO
looked slightly askance at her, like
a big barbarian brought before the
love-weary yot Impcriooa eye of
some Roman lady.
The trustees of the Brandon es
tate refused to sympathize with
Ursula Brandon in her hatred of
ugliness. "My dear chfld," said th
elder of th two, and it needed a
very pompous and purblind old
fogy to sail Ursula Brandos
"child," "I am a reasonable man,
but what Is th us of building
glorified pigsties until you have re
formed your pigs?" And ther th
project had stuck is the mire.
It waa is the thick of the sum
mer daya that Fate came and stood
upon the heights of Tar ling Moor
and looked down on Navestoek with
her ail-seeing and imperturbable
eyes. She saw the littl red tows
strung on the silver thread of th
river, with its rows of poplars and
its slender, soaring spin. Fate had
chosen her emissary. She sent him
into Navestoek, and passed upos
It was pathetic that such a 'vul
gar little tub of beery good-nature
should have been chosen as the
vessel of wrath. He arrived from
Wanningtoa In th "Whit Hart"
coach, with three beery and bat
tared leather cases, th baggage ef
a commercial traveller. Ther was
a ruddy robustness about him, a
fleshiness, a coarse self-confidence
that helped to impress shop-keepers.
His convivial and swelling
waistcoat floated in wherever drink
and gossip and gibes were to be
Th Commercial Room at th
"Whit Hart" had known him for
years. Gladwin, the landlord, and
he were old and leering friends.
"Glad to see you again, Mr. Gaw
CTe Be Con tinned)
GaerrieU. 1932, fcy tobert if. McBrid Ca
Dutrtboted T Cine Feature! Sndicate, las.
By R. J. HENDRICKS-
HIT ICE MEET
The Hayden Island amusement
company, operators or jantzen
beach near Portland, has sent a
letter to the executive department
here requesting that it be granted
a permit to operate a race track
under House Bill 541 approved at
the recent legislative session. The
letter was signed by Harvey
Wells, president of the amuse
The bill under which the appli
cation was filed legalises racing
in the state of Oregon, and cre
ates a racing commission. Gover
nor- Meier has not yet appointed
the members of th commission.
"If the commission will grant
us a permit", weus letter reaa,
it is our plan to construct a suit
able track on Hayden Island near
the east approach of the Inter
state bridge where we have ap
proximately 500 acres of land
available. Hayden island is an
ideal location for a race track".
Salem YM Board
The monthly meeting of the
board of trustees of the Y. M. C.
A. was held yesterday. Faced with
the necessity of reducing expens
es further a cnt of 25 a month
was made in the salary of the
general secretary. The services of
the physical director, R. R. Board-
man, will be terminated June 1.
Load of Smelt is
Brought for Needy
Many ' families living on -Red
Cross-Community' Service relief
provisions hero will hav a varia
tion in th daily menu this week
end. W. A Fits.- fish market pro
prietor, la .bringing Is a load of
smelt from Washington to dis
tribute to th seedy folk on re-1
I QUisition, from the relief office.
By OLIVE M. DOAK
Today Buck Jones in "Mo
Keuna of th Mounted".
WARNER BROS. EXSINORE
Today "Cohens and Kelly
in Trouble," Charles Mur
ray and George Sidney."
WARNER BROS. CAPITOL
Today Nancy Carroll in
"Th Woman Accused".
Today Laurel and Hardy in
"Pack Up Tour Troubles".
St. Patrick's day special. Pre
pare for a riot of merriment when
the famous comedy team George
Sidney and Charlie Murray return
to Salem In their latest comedy
feature, "The Cohens and Kellys
la Trouble." The new feature will
be th attraction at th Elsinore
theatre Friday and Saturday.
Having weathered the storms
of Paris, Scotland and Atlantis
City In the previous picture of
the "Cohens and Kellys" series.
f v nV g JtTlBft
.sw FN: .-v Wy
capitulating audiences with their
hilarious adventures. Sidney and
Murray now put their mirth-provoking
abilities to the task of
fighting off the depression. Ad
vance reports testify to their suc
cess in reaching heights of humor
that surpass even their funniest
escapades in former pictures.
Jack Dempsey, former world's
heavyweight champion of the
world will be seen in his first
talking comedy, "Th World's
Champ," as an added feature to
th program which also Includes a
screen snapshot reel which brings
informal scenes of the famous
stars of Hollywood at work and
Sixteen bushels of corn, a bush
el of sweet potatoes, a ham and
three corda of stovewood were
glvn on th minister's salary at
a church in Georgetown, S. C.
History of the court
house: Piper architect:
Called upon by prominent Sa
lem peopl to arbitral a dispute
as to who. was th architect for
th Marios county court hous.
th writer searched through th
records of th county eourt for
th year 18 7 0-7 S, and found it
quit a task, because during that
Urn so index waa kept, ana, oz
course, everything was in long
Th architects were Piper
Burton of Portland. It is appar
ent that W. W. Piper was the
mala member of that firm having
to do with preparing th plans
and specifications and supervis
ing th work of construction. All
th county warrants for the ser
vices were mad out to him.
Th Bits man believes th eth
er member of the firm was X. M.
Burton, a prominent early day
Booster or Portland, who took a
large part in getting railroad and
other enterprise started. But let
us go, through the records named
for matters connected with th
construction of th court hous.
Coming into office through the
Jun election of 1870 were C. N.
Terry of Balem. county Judge.
and John Gieey of Aurora and Al
Coolldg f SUverton, commis
sioners. Mr. Oiesy was chairman
of th board of head men or dl
rectors of th Aurora colony.- Mr.
Coolldg was afterward a prom
ineat Sllverton banker, one of the
founders of the bank of Coolidge
tt McClaine. Judge Terry waa an
abl early day Salem attorney.
A. B. Cosper was county clerk, J.
N. Matheny sheriff, W. S. Moore,
treasurer, T. C. Shaw assessor.
la the MarcbvlSTl, term of the
county court, the county treas
urer was ordered to set apart
$11,878.82, the proceeds of the
three and a halt mill tax with
which to start a new court bouse
fund. At the May term of that
year, the treasurer was ordered to
loan $12,000 of this fund to the
Ladd tc Bush bank, "at the best
rate per cent he can obtain."
For the same term, "In the
matter of the new court house
plan," the recgrd reads: "It is
this day ordered by the county
court' that the plan submitted as
draws by Mr. Piper, architect of
Portland, be and the same is here
by adopted and the said architect
to- complete th said plans and
In the June, 1871, term, a rec
ord reads: "Ordered that the
county judge proceed to settle the
title to the block uponwhich the
court house now stands by com
mencing action as he may deem
best." The judge. C. N. Terry,
proceeded against the heirs of
Dr. W. H. and Chloe A. Wilson,
townslte proprietors, and after -a
hot action at law, the title was
cleared; decreed to be la Marion
county. (The old court house,
built in 1851-52, stood where the
present one stands.)
During the October, 1871, term,
the old court house was sold to
tl. W. Law son and John 8. Hawk
ins, the terms being its removal
to lot 4 of block 22, which Is on
the northwest corner of High and
Court streets, and diagonally op
posite the court house block. Law
son and Hawkins were to remove
the old record vaults and to put
the building in good shape in Its
new location, and give the use of
it to the county pending the con
struction of the new court house;
to the extent of the needs of the
county. There was no other con
sideration. V S
A number of old timers remem
ber that "Deacon" Peter H.
Hatch, famous pioneer house mo
ver, made the transfer without in
terfering much with the business
of the county.
The record shows that in the
October 1871, term, there was a
four mill tax levy on real prop
erty to prorlde additional funds
for going ahead with the con
struction of the new court house
and tradition says there was a
good deal of groaning of the tax
payers, and abusing of the mem
bers of the county court; but in
a little while giving way to feel
ings of pride over the splendid
In the January, 1872, term, a
record reads: "It is hereby order
ed by th court that sealed pro
posals be received up to the 7 th
day of February, 1872, at 9:00
o'clock a. m. for building a court
house, and that th county re
serves the right to reject all bids.
and that th elerk giv nolle by
pubUeatlos ta Th Oregon States
man and tn oregosiaa xor in
same." It appears later that a
warrant for 5 was draws la fa
vor of Henry L Ptttock tor th
advertisement is th Oregonlas.
Is th case of Th Bta teaman.
8. A. Clark got th pay, along
with a warrant that covered other
services of a like nature.
Th record shows that in th
February, 1878. term the contract
was let. It reads is part: "is tn
matter of th erection of a eourt
house: This day com Messrs.
Boothby ek Stapletos, D. A. Mil
ler and H. R. Myers, and propose
to the eourt to erect a court house
according to th plans and speci
fications on file as prepared by
Messrs. Piper A Burton of Port
land, with certain modifications,
tor th sum of $89,150 gold cola,
which, upos consideration of th
court. It is ordered that a con
tract be entered into between said
Boothby A Stapleton and D. A.
Miller and H. R. Myers." It was
specified that th contractors
give a bond "with good and suf
ficient sureties," an of which was
done on February 9th, 1872.
It was provided that the speci
fication be altered by the use of
Inch and a Quarter flooring in
stead of inch flooring through
out; also instead of dressed stone
step cast iron ones be put in, and
that locks of the value of not less
than $5 be used. The structure
was contracted to be completed
by th first of November, 1878.
Th payments: 812,000 on ex
ecution of contract; 818,000 from
the taxes of 1871 or so much
thereof as might be collected;
810,009 September 15. 1872;
810,000 Oct. 20 of that year,
810,000 November 15; 810,000
December 15, and $10,000 in May,
1873; $5000 la August of that
year and a like amount Nov. 1,
1878, or when the building was
completed, and the balance April
The contract was signed by
C. N. Terry, judge, and John Gie-
sy and Al Coolidge, commission
ers, on the part of the county,
Hons of 25c Talkies
Mickey Moose Matinee
Saturday 1 :30 P. M.
15c Monday & 25c
I'M 7 Tuesday After 7
ANCE SUNDAY a TO 11
Is oar new president doing
all he can do, too?
"GIVE US BACK
OUR UNITED STATES"
Is the cry of
Also Mickey Moose Com
edy, News and Serial
'"The Hurricane Express"
TTEXTION MICKEY MOUSE
MATTXE3 DOUBLB FEA
, TURPI THIS SATURDAY
Alas Dinehart - Walter Conolly
and w th contractors aS ahov
named, and by thlr bondsmen.
the following: D. veuuujv . .
Moores, B, M, waosw a. ju a-
Cuuy, T. MCF. ration, as. .
Cook and Rev. A. F. WaHer.
- "sr. " " .
lir Aid timer win tell you that
was a' good-andstflcient set of
bondsmen -eom or tn inaina-
uals good for tn ran amount.
Th witnesses wer Rural mi
lory aad Johs J. Shaw, of th
law firm that evidently drew th
contract, then leading Salem at
torneys, and Maliory artarwaru
congressman from Oregon. Th
federal stamp was 25c
As th banks opened Wednes
day, Statesman reporters asked
thes questions: - "How do you
feel about business, now tnat
bank reopennlgs have been ac
complished? Are we definitely on
th up-grad?" v
A. C Burk, sheriff f "See that
truckload of "lumber going down
th street? Thst's one of th sur
est signs of business pick-up I've
Thomas A. Roberts, loan ana
investment baslness: "I think
things are picking up, sow that
the peopl are getting away from
fear. Signs of Improvement show
Earl Nutter, Salem visitor: "I
think business Is coming up all
Tight. At least Tva got a job la
G. O. Boyce, letter carrier: "I
hare been looking for th "up
turn" for ao long that now I will
reserve my opinion until I am
sure it is here."
Mrs. O. D. Loren, homemakert
"If there is anything in an en
thusiastic boosting tor good time
they should be here now, and I
believe that the action of the
president Is going to do much to
hurry us out of this horrid de
pression." A petition 20 foot long and car
rylng 808 student nsmes has been
presented to th Presbyterian
synod of South Carolina asking a
1 new church at Cleznson college.
TODAY and TOMORROW
ST. PATRICK'S DAY SPECIAL!
... A real, honest-to-goodness, human interest STORY
punctuated by the kind of laughs that make yon glad
to be alive!
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Also Jack Dempsey in "World's Champ"
Last Liberty Magazine AD 8t ar Story "Woman Ac
n . ned" by Ten Best Authors Nanry Carroll
Uay: Cary Grant
TOMORROW and SUNDAY
TWO BIG FIRST RUN FEATURES
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Oragoft. Girfsf W9 or sovedf
He cosjd take lot of psaWsj
W Swt gss seSsr So ae
Inaelor asoitsswdk. -
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Drama of a girl who found
decency had lis price . . .
True love marked her down
to a false value
SHOW SAT.. SUN.
2 TO 11 P. M.