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cATHENA. ORE.. cTWAY 28 1909
Athena's new oity park came in for
a generous share of praise from all
who attended the farmers' picnio Sat
urday. Especially did the Pendleton
people enjoy the surroundings and bad
the day been warmer their apprecia
tion would undoubtedly have been
correspondingly greater. The faot
that pionios and oelebrations have
heretofore been held on the hot. dusty
streets, makes the new park doubly
inviting to all seeking a day of recrea
tion and pleasure. The East Ure
"Those who attended the farmers'
pionio at Atbena Saturday are loud in
praise of the enterprise shown by the
citizens of that little oity. The pio
nio was held in the newly acquired
park, one of the finest little groves in
eastern Oregon. It was this grove
more than anything else that made the
pionio a pleasant one. The acquire
ment of the grove by the town came
about as a reealt of the purobase of
the Ogle tract adjoining Athens.
This tract bus lain almost unused for
years and in order to convert it into
small homes a group of progressive
business men formed a company and
bought the tract. They sold the grove
to tbe oity for park purposes and will
soon have families living upon tbe
remainder of the land. The enterprise
shown by tbe Athena people in this
matter is certainly commendable.
Incidentally, tbe example I boy have
set might be followed with proflt by
those living in other owes within the
We have received a copy of the
first iesuH of tbe National Monthly,
the publication wbiob bai just been
launched by Norman E. Mack at
Buffalo, N. Y. Tbe magazine is of
fine appearance and is filled with
timely topics. It is a demooratio mag
azine for men and women and coa
tributions from tbe leading democrats
of tbe oountry will appear on its pag
es. Mr. Maok is chairman of the
national demooratio oommittee and is
also a publisher of much experience.
He has tbe ability and means back of
this ventuie wbiob will insure its suc
cess. Tbe paper will be issued month
ly at one dollar a year.
Miuing is coming into new life in
Grant county. Evidenoe of tbis faot
is now apparent on all sides. Tbe re
vival of tbis great industry is not
coming as a boom but is progressing
along conservative lines and is based
on sound business principles. Tbe
experience of boom days when tbe
wild-oat and tbe get-rich quiok schem
ers reaped a harvest at tbe expense of
a legitimate industry has bad its ben
efloial results and mining as it will
now te oonduoted will be similar to
any other businoss and tbe men wbo
have adhered to mining ic days of
plenty and times of adversity will reap
their just reward.
Wm. Glyndon, of Iowa, who has
served in prison longer than any man
in tbe United States of which there is
any record, was liberated last week
upon recommendation of tbe board of
parole. Glyndon was sent up from
Grundy county that state tbirty-one
years ago on tbe charge of having
murdered a young girl. He is now
seventy-one years of age and has never
seen n street oar or an automobile. He
has accumulated about 12,000 by em
ploying tbo spare hours allotted to
All sorts of theories relative to road
improvement are being advanocd.
Here is a specimen of the very latest
dope on tbo subjeot given by a good
roads fiend of oue of tho middle states :
"Nature never Intended roads to be
rounded up.'she intended them to be
soooped out," he said. "Tbe whole
tendency of travel is to hollow the
road bed and throw tbe dirt up at tbe
side. Tbo wheel do that, tbe horses
hoofs do that. Why then, should we
persist iu fighting against tbe ten
donoy of tbiugs and make road round
ing and rely on draiuago at tbe Bide?
I have deoided to work with nature
and make my roads hollow with the
drainage at tbe middle, and on one
farm where I have had such roads for
awhile I have bad oxoelleut results.
I put my drain tile iu I be middle of
the roads, 1111 the ditch with gravel
to get ready seepage and tben let tbe
natural tendunoy to have everything
ruu to the middle alone. My roads are
always dry, and always ready for
travel and need no crtidinu. Ah Ioub
as we oontiuue to grade our roads
high in the middle aud draiu off at
the sides we shall Have rutty roads
full of water, unless they are teuded
to all the time. But if we will drain
in tbe middle aud let nature do the
grading we shall have smooth aud dry
roads with but little effort."
President Hawks of tbe Commercial
Association has appointed tbe stand
ing committees for tbe year and the
organization is now in position for ag
gressive work in all interests that
affect the welfare of Athena. Sooial
features are to be added to the asso
oiation with tbe view of making the
organization popular with tbe young
er oluss of citizenship and each mem
ber has been delegated as a oommittee
of one to bring in tbe name of a new
member at tbe next regular meeting.
Tbe Central Point Herald tells of a
citizen of that tovrn that last week
"was showing well formed almonds
from his garden wbiob were not in
jured in tbe least by frost. When we
consider that tbe almond is about tbe
most tender tree that thrives here it
may be taken as pretty good proof
that most of the talk about frost has
been bunoombe. "
It is against the law now for a
Kansas kor to smoke cigarettes except
in the company of his parents. The
average youug Amerioan will take
chanoes on tbo law in preference to
tbe wood shed.
With three pionios iu a row, Atbena
aud Weston oan afford to look else
where for Fourth of July diversions.
Hero's to tbe farmer aud his annual
pionio. Long many they last.
Strayed from my plaoe north of
Athena, one brown filly, 3 years old:
one black yearliug filly with one white
hind foot. Will pay reward of 110
each for information leading to tboir
Oliver DioKenson, Athena, Oregon.
I LADIES HIGH GLASS SUITS ALL REDUCED I
. BEST TAILORED SUITS FOR A SONG
$17.50 Tailored Suits reduce to $11.50
81 of the very host f 17.G0 in panama Sorges aud Fauoy Suiting 80 aud 83
iu. ooats finished plain or with braid, go on. ealo at this
phenomenal low prioo. Alternations freo.
$30 Tailored Suits, reduced to $21.50
70 of our very best 30 suits strictly all wool mun-tailored garments of
tbo highest class, go ou sale at the extreme low prioe
All suits up to reducod to $37.50. There are 70 of these elegant
suitsin the most popular spriug styles and all
go on sale at the reduoed price of
Metis now spring suiU at half prioe
THE PEOPLES WAREHOUSE
Where it pays to trade.
Jt la an Instrument That la Pretty Dif
ficult to Handle.
The kettledrum has been so far Im
proved that It has a pitch; In fact, it
contains the large range of four notes.
It Is, as Its name shows, a copper ket
tle, or basin, covered over with skin,
which can be tightened or loosened by
screws placed around the edge. Drums
of this shape were used by tbe Rom
ans, and even earlier by the Greeks
and Etruscans. But they were not
known in western Europe before the
Although it may appear bo, the ket
tledrum is not at all an easy instru
ment to manage, for in order to get
each of the four notes the player baa
to turn all the screws and adjust the
parchment anew. For this reason ket
tledrums are often used In pairs, one
tuned to the keynote, the other to tbe
fourth below. In this way the drum
mer has always the two chief notes in
tho scale to work upon, and if the com
poser has not exacted much from him
he will bave quite an easy time. But
when a change of key is approaching
it is quite exciting to watch the drum
mer screwing and unscrewing the
tbe drum and lightly tapping to hear If
the pitch is true, and if we recollect
that he often has to tune bis drum
while tbe whole orchestra Is lifting up
Its voice we realize that be must be
no mean musician; that he must pos
sess an exquisitely sensitive and well
trained ear and a steady hand and
nerve as well. Jessie K. MacDonald
in St. Nicholas.
Hopelessly Handicapped by the Prog
reaa of Mankind.
What is a modern king for if not to
set a pattern of the brave, courteous,
urbane gentleman and make a comely
figurehead for state occasions? If be
falls there of what earthly use is he?
He cannot govern. He dare not at
tempt to rule. He is so outclassed in
professional training by his own gen
erals that he would never be tolerated
as an active commander In chief in
time of war. He is hopelessly below
tho requirements of the age if he
dreams of leadership in art or learn
ing, literature or science. If he cannot
make a brave showing of the virtues
and graces of more primitive times
when he gets a chance he falls utterly.
The truth is that modern royalty is
handicapped hopelessly by the progress
of mankind. The age is far too com
plex to enable a king to play tbe part
he Is cast for in tbe great drama of
tho world's work and struggles. He
would be more than human if he could
live up to the demands of bis birth
and the traditions of his vocation.
Kings were formerly tragedies when
they were evil and great benefactors
when they were both good and wise.
Now they are perilously near the bor
der line of comedy, which Blldes easily
down Into farce. Cleveland. Leader.
Sneezing has an extensive folklore
in many countries. Sometimes tbe act
is considered ominous of good and
sometimes of evil. Among the Jews
it has always been regarded at an ap
propriate moment, such as the conclu
sion of a bargain, as propitious, and a
belief still lingers in many parts of
the country that tbe regular habit of
sneezing, particularly after meals, is
conducive to longevity and a precau
tion against fevers. The old English
custom of saying "God bless you!"
when a person sneezed, so as to avoid
evil consequences, has its counterpart
in many far distant parts of the globe.
The early settlers in Brazil found the
sneezer saluted with "God preserve
you!" while in FIJI it was customary
to retort, "May you live!" In super
stitious Suffolk there is a sneezing tar
iffonce a wish, twice a kiss, thrice
a letter and four times a disappoint
The Water Clock.
The earliest application of the clep
Bydra principle to produce motion was
by Tslang Hung, A. D. 120, who made
an "orrery" representing the apparent
motion of the heavenly bodies around
the earth, which was kept going by
dropping water. In the sixth century
of the Christian era an instrument was
in use in China which indicated tbe
course of time by tho weight of water
as it gradually came from the beak of
a bird and was received in a vessel
on a balance, every pound representing
a one-hundredth part of the day of
twenty-four hours. About this time
mercury began to be employed in
clepsydras Instead of water.
Victim of Cireumttancts.
"That Englishman is a funny chap,'
romached the hat salesman in the big
hotel; "he hasn't been out of his room
"No; he is a victUin of circumstances,"
confided the coffee salesman.
"Victim of circumstances?"
"Yes; he put his shoes outsldo his
door last night, according to the Eng
lish custom, and sdmebody threw them
at a cat down tb area way." Chicago
A chill,, dark, autumnal morning. A
breakfast table with an overcrowded
tribe of clamorous children. A wor
ried mother and an irritable father
muttering something about "no decent
elbow room." A small child uplifts
solemn eyes from bis plate and says,
"Iladn't one of ns better die?" Lon
Knaw Hit Dad.
Teacher Several of your examples
In arithmetic are wrenjr. Johnny. Why
didn't yon ask your fr.tlier to help you?
Johnny Tause 1 wasn't looking for
trouble, thfjt'a why. Exchange. v
"BW WHERE PRICES Al
lunl MAIN 83
The Freshest and most Choice the Market affords in
e Best that Money can Buy Always Found Here
DELL BROTHER Athena, Oregon
PHINY BETS COLD STORAGE HIT
Shamrocks Paste Ft. Walla Walla In
a Speedy Game.
Those who traveled out to the bail
game Sunday, saw the best game of
the season. The boys in gray from
Fort Walla Walla showed much class,
but were not speedy enough on tbe
skirmish line to flank La Brasohe's
Shamrocks. And, by the way Athena's
nervy little pitoher won his own game,
by getting the only two bits aoquired
off Monroe, tbe soldiers elever pitober.
One was a home run smash which
pushed McFarland in ahead of La
Brasobe. The other bit came in tbe
ninth and was responsible for another
There was nothing doing until tbe
third, when the soldiers gleaned a
tally on a bunoh of errors and follow
ed the lead with another in tbe fourth
and ninth oantos. Pbinny oame out
of cold storage and got his first hit in
Athena sailed along runless until
the sixth, when Lieuallen and Niles
Booted, on misoues by Unole Samuel's
boys and the tie was not nntied until
the seventh when LaBrasobe relieved
tbe monotony with his homer. Ath
ena scored two in the 8th, Strauss and
The game was pitchers' battle royal
from start to finish. Only one hit
was given by LaLrasohe and two by
Monroe. La Brasobe struck out 11
men; Monroe 7. The score:
R H E
Athena 6 2 5
Ft. Walla Walla .814
Saturdays games resulted, Milton 8;
Athena, 7; Athena 8, Holdman 0.
The two games were fairly well at
tended, but complaint is made that
booze aud disorder was in evidence.
The Shamrocks play tbe Chicago
Ladies ball team at Weston tomonow
We repair all kinds of fine and com
plicated watobes, Repeaters, Chrono
graphs, Chiming aud "Caokoo Clocks.
Try us. H. H. HILL, Jeweler Palace
. Barber Shop .
for Face aud Scalp.
Shop South Side Main
Street. Athena, Ore.
ST. NICHOLS HOTEL !
J, E. FROOME, prop. X
Only First-class Hotel in
THE ST. NICHOLS I
li lb only one that can accommodate
X Canbaiaeomended tor lta clean and
J well ventilated roonn. I
Co. Mais and Third, ATBmxA.Or.
THE TUM-A-LUM LUMBER GO.
Lumber, Mill Work and all Kinds of
PAINTS, OILS AND VARNISHES ,
Posts and Blacksmith coal
A. M. Johnson, Manager
Paints, Oils, Glass
House Sign and Carriage Painting
E. T. Kidder, McArthur Building
City M eat Rflarke
J. II. STONE, Prop.
NORTH SIDE OF MAIN STREET
The Best Meat to be found in Town. Come and see
me. I will treat you right.
J. II. STONE, ATHENA, OREGON
"The Old Standbyr
THE AMERICAN NATIONAL BANK
Formerly the Pendleton Savings Bank
With which has been Consolidated The Commercial National
Bank of Pendleton; Total Resourses a Million and a Half.
Capital, Surplus and Profits, Nearly
4 per cent Interest
Paid on Time Deposits. Safe Deposit Boxes for Rent
T, J. MORRIS, President, A. D. SLOAN, Vice-President,
W. L. THOMPSON, Cashier, T. G. MONTGOMERY, Ass't. Cashier,
W. S. BADLEY, Ass't. Cashier.
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