The Boardman mirror. (Boardman, Or.) 1921-1925, April 07, 1922, Image 2

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    The Boardman Mirror
Boardman, Oregon
Mrs. Claire P. Ilarlcr, Local Editor
Entored as aeeond-rlass matter Feb
II, IMt, "i tfcfl post office at rtoard
Diaa, Or:'., under act of Mar. 1879.
Judge Frank Irvine, of Ithaca,
New York, formerly dean at the law
school of Cornell University, who
now Beeki a seat In Congress from
the Empire State, discusses the farm
bloc in a direct manner, expressing
his unqualified disapproval of org
anised minorities that seek to accom
pli h. for selfish purposes through
ail artificial balance of power. Quite
aparl froni any political afliliations
or considerat ion it seems amazing
thai so warped a vision could find
place in the make-up of any man of
menial training. If the distingu
ished jurist would bark back to hi'
Collage and review his logic surely
h' won 111 see that his conclusion'
spell (Ureal opposition to the ver.
foundation Ot the American nation
11 it bad not been for an organized
minority Here would be no Americai
r public today, llow si riking a con
trust io ie remark of Judge Irvine
is that of Orover Cleveland, who, ii
Hie midst ot ihe Venezuelan contro
versy when this country verged 01
v. ,11 vnii Ureal Britain stood lire
hi mi the principal thai "there is m
calartlty so great as supine submit
glOri io wrong". Judge Irvine know
thai the tiearl of ibis nation is iin
fanner. lie knows be would neve
blue had the opportunity to twiddl
his thumb; on the bench in drows:
ease while lawyers argued back am
forth Were it not for the farmer. II
must know Ihe American farmer ha
been the victim of gross injustice am
exploitation, ami if he will consldei
the political machinery of which hi
holies to be a part be will see thai
the farm bloc was born of oppression
thai It was nurtured in desperation
and that It has thrived In the sun
light of a more prosperous condition
from coast Io coast II will be a
sad day if America ever bows Io He
perpetual rule of the majority wllb
out opposition from an organised
The ipcetacular development or
(be wireless telephony commands
more serious attention than any dti
OOVery within the recollection of I Ii
present generation. Thai it is bound
to prove (he greatest civilizing Influ
ence of Hie OentUry there can be no
doubt it will far out sh ip i In talk
ing machine and even Hie million pic
(ure because us potentiality I lei
nearer to (he root of (hlngs. When
the American farmer can be brought
into conversational contuet with the
rcniotes( purl of his country, things
are going to move. What is to hap
pen lo Ihe local band when the boys
and gills of every town and hamlet
dance to Ihe music of the world's
greatest master ofja.z broadcasted
from a cenlral point. Business men
will bo well to give serious and im
mediate though! to this new deel
opmcnt. Already the effect of Ihe
wireless In being fell In the talking
machine induslry. True human mU
ure likes to pick concerts to its own
liking, to "put on" Ihe record ihul
(ileuses lor Hie moment, but when
(lie standard of (he ready made con
cert, as It will, (ukes into consider
at Ion the vuriety of tastes and wisbe
the home reproducer is destined lo
the discard.
Quite apart from Hs commercial
aspect . however, let us hope the go
eminent will not lot slip by unused,
this great potential service for the
people. Wireless communication
can he made to lower the death rate.
It can he made to check the growth
of insanity, It cult be the means of
making healthier and happier moth
ers and children, it can spot) the
spread of sanitation. It can cure the
cold and halt the fever Its bless
ings can be reflected In the remote
hamletH where pi. un Cod fearing
American people find (heir homes
and do (he work of ihe hour far re
moved from medical skill und simple
social science For the farmer the
ossihilitlen are llmltlesH Five
yearn or e en less should see in the
cabinet of the I'nltiHl States a Sivre
tary of Coinmunieat ions Ihe big
Kost Job in America.
Is your subscription paid in advance
iiomi: m ri -DING im;
All signs point to 1922 as a big
year for home builders, according to
the Department of Commerce. Be
fore the year is out the United States
w ill have began lo reduce its housing
Ik rtage of about one million homes.
Measured in floor space, the aver
age conlraCts awarded during the last
three months stands well above the
1921 average and very close to the
high year of 1919. With such a
start, the year 1922 could easily rank
ahead of any year since the beginning
of the war.
Residential buildings have ac
counted for 4 7 per cent, or nearly
half of all the new construction dur
ing the past three months, whereas
during the years 1919 to 1921 resi
dential buildings was only 31 per
cent, or less than one third of the
total. Homebuilders are having
first call on the resources of this
onstruction industry. This assures
lermanence to the revival of the
lumbering industry in the west
In the fall of 1 920, prices paid to
farmer for their products entered a
leriod of drastic decline. From
ben until a lew months ago the in
ns! rial depression was duo largely
0 I heshrunkon purchasing power of
he American farmer. Four months
he values of crops were calculated
iy the Department of Agriculture at
light billion dollars less than two
ears before.
While ihe Farmer's income was
blinking, the prices of Hie manu
factured articles lie needed did hot
i top in proportion, The farmer
OUld not afford lo .sell eight bushels
1 grain lo pay eight dollars for a
air of shoes. He sold the wheat
ause he had lo. Bui he found
he new .shoe--. In fact he got along
or a year or so without buying any
bing. Slowly bill surely Ihe wide
Ifferenee between the prices of farm
uoducts and of merchandise the
inner buys is being wiped out by
he law of supply and demand.
The business situation of Ihe na
ino is improving. The backbone of
ur prosperity is found in the fertll
tyof our soil. We are able lo pro
luce, moes than any other nation, a
vide variety of tilings the world
l eds When our farmers are given
i fair return on their Investment and
anor, they insure lo (he nation as
i whole, a fail- degree of prosperity,
The first and most Interesting sign
l better business is that prices paid
o the farmer are going up. It is
now plain lo be seen that these prices
fell below levels win rented by actual
lOndttlons. Downward prices were
issisted by involved COnditiOM in
Europe. A nation-wide at'ak in
train exchanges by ihe farming ii ter
sis Weakened considerably the
.lation's grain market. Then, when
armors expected $H a bushel for
heir wheal, they were Urged by Iholr
grange organ izul io is, and their lead
ers not lo sell. When prices fi II lo
some where near M a bushel, end
farmers were oblii.el to sell, (hey
came lo the rondos 0,1 lhat lie y had
been penalised for noli tig Revers
ing their methods, in the f.tll if l!tl
they marketed whe;l at a speed next r
equaled In Ihe history of Hie coilAtrv.
selves unprepared tO handle mr
.vh U,
W llob'
an I l his
sil iiatlon
I tige (iiuinl it les of
helped to make the
p 1'iiormal.
Confidence in Ib.j future ba in a
c lUvlderablc an n '. lie i r. . tori I
While the relative value of the
price the fanner receives and (he
price he pays for Ihe things he must
buy is still unsettled, much progress
s being made in (he right direction.
May Be Regarded as Encour
aging Signs of Returning
The disbursement of fifteen millioi.
dollars, most of which will be paid oul
in Oregon and Washington during
1 922, is one of the encouraging signs
of returning prosperity. The Union
Pacific System is to add largely to its
aquipment, to relay portions of its
track with rails of greater weight, to
ballast anew its roadbed, to replace
wooden bridges with structures of
steel, and construct a steel bridge
bridge across the Columbia River be
'ween Waila Walla and Kennewick,
his one project to cost $1,500,000.
An order for 4,500 new freight cars,
to coiit 810,000,000, and for 2,500 re-'.-iterator
cars at a cost of ?.S,750,00t
vtis made public several weeks ago
The refrigerator cars are for the Pa
:'.fc Fruit Express, one-half of which
s owned by the U. P. System.
General Manager O'Brien of the Ore
'on-Washiiigton Railroad & Naviga
ion Company (Western unit of tie
(Tnion Pacific System) has just an
liounced the selling aside of $5,000,001
for improvements and additions or.
this unit of the System during 1922.
Most of these millions will be ex
ponded in Oregon anil Washington
The forest and the saw mills wil
supply all of t: s e lumber which will b
used in car construction and the arm.
of railroad workers will be enlarsi"
until it will be of sufficient magnitu:!
to complete the work. The
paid for material and labor will be pi
nto general circulation. Service wll
he Increased, labor in demand an
business conditions improved by th
millions to be spent by the great tran.
continental railroad.
HP a i c ZICV
Spiritual perception which makes
possible physical healings seem to
be developed with more frequent
regularity of late years, as indicated
by newspaper reports in world ai
fairs. The most recent, is by Rei
Charles W. Dane of St. Mark's Co::
erregational Church in Brooklyn
N. Y., whose cures by simply lay
ing on the hanc's has aroused con
tiderable attention throughout the
The Smith-McNary bill is so fram
ed in wording that the Umatilla Ra
pids Power Dam will come under It
from the construction standpoint.
Every town and city which will come
under this project should be up and
doing. In 1901 the Imperial valley
was a desert. In 1921 it had a pop
ulation of 50.000 and had a valua
tion of $72,000,000. Yotr final
Shroud contains no pockets. bsg
your worldly acts live after you.
Messrs. Weston, Cobb, Shell, Ber
ger, Morgan, Dillabaugh, Warren and
Boardman went to Willow Creek to
meet with the State highway com
missioner and State engineer relating
to the proposed change of the O. W
highwaj from Rhea siding to Arling
ton. The final decision was that
the highway would follow down Wil
low Creek lo lleppner Jet., the orig
inal location.
Prom the Administration down to!
the economists of the Main streets j
is prayerful praise because farm pro
- Miss Sylva Thurlow, of Philadel
phia, has never failed to win frst
place every year throughout her
school life. This year she hps been
awarded a European scholarship a:
Bry n Mawr college. When she wa:
graduated from high school, she
won the Bryn Miiwr scholarship.
ducts are coming into their own.
With wheat out of the farmers
hands (farmers are now contracting
their wheat for 1922 crop at $1.00 a
bushel that they may have a dollar
to live on and get by) with cattle
liquidated into federal reserve tallow
(200 per cent profit, the 12 banks
show) with every wooly tagged with
a Columbia basin meal ticket, with
alfalfa manfully struggling to partly
pay taxes, why should not the farm
er join on in this praise. I tried it
and i hen I w ent out behind the barn
and said a plain "dam". I liked the
dam the best.
Poem ty?
Uncle John
In (he everlasting tussle with (he
literary jnix, we need a heap more
muscle than the average poet thinks.
I always have contended, that there's
nothing in a "gilt" when you want
to build a poem thai can punch as
well as lift. 1 never had much pat
lance with the literary hen, that
dreams of hatching custards while
she's setting on her pen. But the
verbal sausage staffer, with the devil
in Jiis arm, is the evrylasting duffer
that can boost as well as charm. I
couldn't play a dew dad, that a fellow
has (o pick, but l hey always hear
my hew-gag, when I welt her with a
slick and I've got a sneaking no
tion that the rhyme (he country
needs, ort to sparkle with devotion
and reVerbefatS: with deeds.
Spring Planting
and Tubes
Mighty Easy Riding
A. B. C.
Loose Wheels
While You
Expert Guaranteed Repair Work
at Reasonable Prices.
Service Car Any
Time Any Where
H Your CAR Is Sick, We Can Cure It.
No C ure. No Pay.
Townsite Co.
E. P. DODD, Pres.
City Lots for Sale at
Boardman is a New
Town But Not a
Boom Town
Ideally located on railroad and
Columbia river, far enough away
from any large town to naturally
become the trading center of a
wonderful growing country.