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ATHENA. UMATILLA COUNTY. OREGON. FRIDAY. JUNE 6. 1919.
The lightest vote ever cast in an
election here was polled Tuesday in
Precincts Nos. 18. 1U and a0, on the
nine measures referred by the Legis
lature. The entire ballot of the three
precincts was overwhelmingly in the
Reports from county and state show
that the vote cast, excepting in the
coast line counties, which were affect
ed by tins issue on the proposed Roose
velt highway, was light in the ex
treme. The vote for Athena piecincls
Precinct No 18. County bonding
yes a, no 15: Reconstruction hospital
yes 3. no HI; Irrigation Guarantee
yes !, no 16; Five Million Amendment
yes 8, no 18; Lieutenant Governor
yes 8, no 14; Roosevelt Highway yes
4, no 11; Reconstruction Bonding Bill
yes 6. no 12; Soldiers Educational
Aid yes 5, no 11; Market roads yes
. no 9.
Precinct No. 19 County Bonding
yes 10, no 1I; Reconstruction yes H,
no 17 Irrigation Guarantee yes 7. no
IE; Five Million amendment yes 5, no
21; Lieutenant Governor yes 4, no
22; Roosevelt Highway yes, 8, no 17;
Reconstruction Bonding bill yes 7, no
80; Soldiers Eduaational Aid yes 10,
no IB; Market Roads yes 7. no 18.
Precinct No. ao. County Bonding
yes 8, no 24 ; Reconstruction yes 5, no
24; Irrigation Guarantee yes 4, no
aa; Five Million amendment yes 8,
no 24; Lieutenant Goverr.or- yes 8. no
a3; Roosevelt Highway yes h. no 21;
Reconstruction y.'s 4. no 23; Soldiers
Educational aid ves 7, no 20; Market
Roads ye3 8. no a2.
Last Sunday night the Rev. W. A.
Pratt preached his farewell sermon
at the Methodist church and in a few
days will be moving his family to
their home in Pullman, Wash. The
health of Mrs. Pratt being in a pre
carious condition, she is seeking rest
from the pastorate at present. Up
wards of two months of Mr. Pratt's
eight months stay in Athena his
church was closed because of the
quarantine, but during the six months
of a:tive service, it is reported that
more members have united with his
church than during the incumbency of
any pastor for several years. The con
struction of a pavement entrance into
the basement and the much needed
painting of the building, were the
work of his own hands, materially im
proving the building. Mr. and Mrs.
Pratt have made many friends during
their short residence here, who regret
Y. M. C. A. Drive.
The drive for the Y. M. C . A. fund
started Monday morning and will con
tinue until 11500 is raised in Umatilla
county. Of this amount, Pendleton is
expected to raise one halt, and the
balance of the countv the remainder.
Athena's quota is 1850 and Weston's
1(250. M. W. Hansell is chairman for
the Athena district and he will he
assisted in soliciting by several who
have taken part in other drives.
ALL SEdVICE MEN TO
GET 5 CENTS TRAVEL PAY
Soldiers honorably discharged from
service since November 11, 1918, are
to receive travel pay at the rate of 5
cents per mile to actual bona fide
home or residence, or place of original
muster into the service, at the option
of the soldier, according to word re
ceived at the Pendleton Red Cross
home service office.
The war department has been au
thorized to make settlement of all
claims for the 1 1-a cents difference
from place of discharge or entry into
the military service, also the claims
for additional allowance to actual bona
fide home or residence can be deter
mined from the affidavit of the soldier
and verified by information contained
in his original service record. Appli
cations should be addressed as follows:
Zone Finance Officer, Lemon Building,
Washington, D. C.
The Red Cross will have on hand
blank forms of application which in
elude the necessary affidavit for the
additional travel allowance. This affi
davit'must be accompanied by a true
copy of the soldier's discharge certi
ficate aa such by a recruiting officer,
or the original discharge certificate,
the latter to be returned with the
check for the travel pay. A certified
copy of the discharge certificate sub
mitted for payment of the $80 bonus
and now on file in the Zone Finance
office will be accepted in lieu of other
copy of original discharge certificate.
Standard Theatre Opened.
The Standard Theatre opened Wed
nesday evening to a capacity house,
showing twice at 7:80 and 9 o'clock.
Athena people showed a marked appre
ciation of the enterprise in opening up
a motion picture show house here. To
night, William S. Hart appears in
"Shark Monroe," and also includes
Fatty Arbuckle in "The Butcher Boy."
Tomorrow night, Douglas Fairbanks
will be seen in his popular presenta
tion of "In Again, Out Again." with
which is offered a Mark Sennett two
reel comedy. Sunday night. Pauline
Frederick comes in "Her Final Reck
oning," supplemented with "Some
Piofessor, " comedy, and a Pathe
Weekly, picturized news summary.
Admission for Fiiday, Saturday and
Sunday nights will be 10-30-SOc, war
tax included. The ventilation system
has been installed and is now perfect.
New Pumping Machinery.
The new pumping machinery for the
Athena water system has arrived
from the East, and is being installed
this week at the pumping plant, locat
ed north of the Preston-Shaffer mill.
The new equipment consists of a Deni
ing triplex pump and a 20-horse power
Westinghouse motor. The old steam
equipment, boiler and pump, was re
moved this week by W. E. Dobson,
to make room for the new machinery.
Mr. Dobson attached a block and tack
le to tbe big boiler and snaked it out
of the building on rollers, using bis
Ford at the pulling end of the tackle.
Bounty Now Is $4.
Female coyotes killed subsequent to
last Thursday will bring a bounty of
but $1, from the county, owing to the
working of the new law which took
effect 'Mm ,29. The females have been
.pail foiwt TO rate of $5 a head since
January 1, 19j9, the bounty during
1918 having been SI. The price of 4
is to remain until furthe- legislative
action changes it
The Whitman Masque.
One of the leading features of the
Penrose quarter centennial celebraiion
at Whitman College during commence
ment week, June H to 10, inclusive,
will be the presentation of a masque
by the students of the college. This
will take place on Monday afternoon,
June 9, in the natural amphitheatre in
i front of Billings hall. This masque
has been written by former and pres
ent students of the college and by Dr.
j Penrose. Miss Zola Keen of Athena,
a siuoent at Whitman, has been se
lected as one of the sopranos for the
At Standard Theatre, Sunday Mght, Jane 8th
The City Farmer
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JURY WAS LENIENT WITH
THIS RETURNED SOLDIER
Clarence Truitt, charged with as
sault in the first degree, was acquitted
in the superior court in Walla Walla,
Monday. The jury was out but a short
time. The trial grew out of the al
leged shooting at Constable L. C.
Jones of Prescott, while Jones was
escorting Truitt's wife to where she
was stopping in Prescott. The com
plaining witness alleged that Truitt
shot at him several times. The jury
which tried the case consisted of J.
LeRoux, George Ginn, R. J. Gibbons,
Thomas A. Martin, T. J. Stanfield,
R. T. Inman. William Garvey. S. D.
Kinman, Ralph Reid, Roy Lee, Arthur
Masters and R. A. Horton.
After the alleged assault, Truitt,
who had just been discharged from the
army, went to Freewater, where he
was later arrested at his mother's
home. . He appeared at his trial in full
Truitt and his wife had separated
and she bad sued for a divorce. An
injuncton had been secured to restrain
him from interfering with her and the
prosecution alleged that Jones was
with her to protect her from Truitt,
while the defense claimed Truitt
thought Jones was paying her undue
RATE FIXING RESTS
OREGON NEWS NOTES
OF GENERAL INTEREST
The tenth annual strawberry fair
and roBe festival will be held In Leb
anon thiB week.
Carl Whillock, 12 years of age, of
Medford, was drowned in the Rogue
river near Gold Ray.
Preparations for the erection of a
new $100,000 Presbyterian - church
building at Pendleton have beeii com
pleted. The extension division of the Uni
versity of Oregon will hold its summer
school in Portland from June 23 to
Lane county goat owners will real
ize about $30,000 on mohair this sea
son, according to N. S. Robb, county
The resignation of Colonel John L.
May as adjutant general for the state
of Oregon was received by Governor
Olcott, effective June 1.
The boys' and girls' clubs of Coob
bay held a pig meeting Wednesday In
Marshfield. Exhibitions of sewing by
the girls and cooking demonstrations
Following an attempt at reconcilia
tion with his divorced wife, Lee Pat
terson, aged 36 years, a resident of
Baker, shot himself through the head
with a revolver.
Roseburg will celebrate the national
holiday with a three-day program, July
2-4. The B. P. O. E. will sponsor tne
biggest celebration of its kind in the
history of Douglas county.
Oregon's lumber production has In
creased 60 per cent since 1915, accord
ing to figures compiled by T. J. Stark
er, forest examiner, office of products,
United States forest service.
Through a system of savings ac
counts the Umatilla public school chil
dren have earned and invested in war
savings stamps and liberty bonds the
sum of $720 during the school term.
Because of the belief that western
buyers are too cautious and that there
Is greater competition in the eastern
market, a considerable amount of Uma
tilla county wool is going to Boston.
Governor Olcott has announced the
appointment of V. H. Vawter of Med
ford as a member of the board of
regents of the University of Oregon.
He succeeds W. H. Gore, whose term
The wool pool of Yamhill county was
sold to Nisren Brothers of Bellevuc.
Competition In the sales was strong.
The entire clip la estimated at about.
50,00 pourds, and the accepted bid
waB 50 cents.
, Stockmen of Lane county are plan
ning a trip by automobile this week
from Eugene to the lower Willamette
valley points Jo Inspect herds of pure
bred cattle and study, methods of
Umatilla fount, now has $757,000,
received from the sale of road bonds,
for road work being done in the coun
ty. As fast as contracts can be let
she road construction planned Is being
S. M. Thomas, deputy game warden
of Coceouotv. has been, 1 formed that
wild pigeons are s"o numerous on sev
eral inlets of Coos bay that ranchers
are destined to suffer heavy losses
from their depredations.
With the election of delegates to the
supreme chapter which convenes at
Denver, Colo., from September 31 to
October 3, the fifth annual convention
of. the P. E. O: Sisterhood of Oregon
caine to a close at Eugene. ,
Prosperity seems to have struck a
number of school districts of Lane
county. New school houses are being
planned by, 'some and improvements
will be made generally this summer,
according to E. J. Moore, county super
intendent. Willis Caldwell, a farmer living
about two miles from Brownsville,
stalked and killed a huge bald eagle,
which he lays , he has been trying to
get for several years. The bird was a
male and measured 6 feet 4 inches
from tip to Op.
School superintendents and other
educators of the state will meet in a
series of four educational conferences
at the University of Oregon, June 26,
26 and 27, according to announcement
by Dr. H. D. Sheldon, dean of the
school of education.
A heavy frost wiped out the entire
crop of tomatoes, potatoes, beans and
corn in Lane county last week. Re
planting will be necessary in every
section of the county except a few pro
tected patches along the Willamette
and Mackenzie rivers.
After holding up three employes and
robbing the Bank of Haines of $3115
In currency, a lone robber gave his
victims their choice of being locked
in the vault, which might have meant
death by smothering, or of taking an
oath on a Bible that they would not
leave the bank or give an alarm for
30 minutes. The three took the oath
and kept It. The holdup occurred after
banking hours. The bandit escaped in
a taxi cab.
A '-wo weeks' short course for boys
;md girls in practical agrioulture and
home economics correlated with club
work is expected to bring many young
people to the Oregon Agricultural col
lege for the summer aesslou.
Articles of Incorporation of "The
American Legion" have been filed with
the secretary of state and transmitted
to Corporation Commissioner Schulder
man for approval. The American le
gion Is the new nation-wide organlz
tion of world-war veterans.
With the prospects for the largest
fruit crop in the history of the Ump.
qua valley, the Umpqua Valley Fruit
union has just closed a deal for a lot
50x180 feet at Roseburg, upon which
a modern structure of reinforced con
crete four stories high will be erected.
M. G. Nease of Portland, president
of the Central Oregon Oil & Gas com
pany; M. K. Baumiestcr, G. E. and G.
M. Lawrence were In Burns last week
getting leases from land owners In
the region of Dog mountain. It la their
purpose to start active development at
R. C. SEWING DISCONTINUED,
KNITTERS TAKE UP WORK
The Red Cross sewing rooms will be
closed during the summer months,
and no meetings will be held until
The local auxiliary this week finish
ed and sent in to Pendleton headquar
ters, 7f refugee garments, consisting
of boy's shirts. This unit has done
faithful service, and those ladies whose
names have appeared on the honor roll
ei c'l week are deservng of the highest
praise for their unfailing attendance
and faithful work done for the Red
Notwithstanding the sewing for the
summer will cease, the work will con
tinue in the Knitting Club. It is an
nounced that 000 pounds of .varn has
been received for work in the Umatilla
Chapter, and this must be knitted in
to childrens' stockings, men's sweaters
and scarfs, and women's shawls, with
in the coming two months. So the ac
tivities of the Athena Knitting Club
will go on, and new members and help
ers will be gladly received.
Chop Mill Building.
The chop mill building recently pur
chased of the demons estate by B. B.
Richards, was moved this week to the
Bite piepared for it at the Richards
mill on Current street. Mr. Groom,
the Milton house mover, had the con
tract for taking the building to its
present location, and transporting it
along the streets was easily done with
his equipment. Crossing Main street
was timed for Monday evening, when
the electric xires were out to permit
the building to cross over, along Sec
i To Represent Chapter.
McKenzie Chapter, O. E. S., will be
represented at the Grand Chapter ses-
l sion in Portland next week by Mrs.
! R. B. McEwen. Mrs. W. S. Ferguson,
' Mrs. A. B. Steele, and Mr. and Mrs.
I Joseph N. Scott, all of whom will
leave here Sunday. They will each
remain in Portland and the valley
for an indefinite visit with friends.
1 Mrs. A B. McEwen, who resides in
Portland but who is a charter member
of this chapter, will also attend the
grand chapter sessions.
A Splendid Monument.
Homer I. Watts has placed an order
with a Baker firm for a splendid rocn
ument to be placed at the grave of his
departed wife, in Athena cemetery.
The monument which iB of granite,
will bn of large proportions ami will
support a figure of life-size. Tie coHt
of the beautiful stone will be approx
imately 1. 000 aid it will bear the dis
tinction of being the only or.o of its
design in the Vest. One was recently
put up in a cemetery in the East. Six
ty days are required in which to cut
tymvever scarce money may be,
there seems always plenty to spend.
rigar-counter malches are coming
back to a cent a box, and they ureu't
More Rain Needed.
rowing wheat in Umatilla county
is snowing the need of rain. I be next
month will be the critical one for the
crop. The month of May fell short
of (he normal precipitatioiyfbut with
the normal quantity of moisture durin;
June, farmers generally predict a good
yield with a fair chance of a bumper
Today and tomorrow, the Umatilla
county pioneers are holding their an
nual reunion at Weston. A large
number of Athena people will be in
attendance and many automobiles,
loaded with people from the districts
to the west have been passing through
town today. An exceptionally inter
esting program has been arranged for
the entertainment of the members of
the Pioneers' Association and the
hundreds of people who are attending
Cases involving the right of Director
General of Railrdads Hines and Post
master General Hurhwon to Bet intra
state railroad and telephone rates were
decided in favor of the government by
the supreme court, Tuesday.
Although a number of states were
prosecuting suits directed at Burleson
the decision came in the case carried
UP by South Dakota in which the
state tried to force a telephone com
pany not to change the rates Burleson
had set up. The court held the power
of setting intrastate phone rates rests
The court decided that the director
general of railroads has the rigiit to
set intrastate as well as interstate
rates. This is a reversal of a North
Dakota courts decision, which held
that the setting of intrastate rates by
the director general was an infringe
ment on the powers of the state.
While the Oregon public service
commission is interested in the out
come of the test 'case brought by South
Dakota to test the jurisdiction of the
federal control of railways and wire
lines, it was not directly concerned, it
was explained Monday at the office of
,1 the commission.
the only test brought here was in
the ease of the increased telephone'
rates. In that case, the postmaster
general had suggested to the commis
sion that it make its investigation
rather on the basis of the merits of
the controversy than on that of juris-
diction. Following this course, the
findings were reached without the con
flict of authority that featured the
South Dakota case.
J. M. Hays has been ill at the home
of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Berlin,
for some time.
F. S. LeGrow informs the Press that
a portion of the Victory loan bond is
sue of the smaller denominations have
been received at the First National
Corps of highest-paid
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