Advertising The cAthena Press circulate in the homes of readers who reside in the heart of the Great Umatilla Wheat Belt, and they have money to spend Notice ! If this notice is marked RED, it sig nifies that your Subscription expires with this issue. We will greatly ap preciate your renewal 12.00 per year Entered at the Post Office at Athena, Oregon, as Second-Class Mall Matter VOLUME XLIII. ATHENA. UMATILLA COUNTY. OREGON. FRIDAY. APRIL 28. 1922. NUMBER 16 E Observes That No interest Taken In Fire Department or Fire Fighting Organization. Following is a portion of the re port made by deputy fire marshals to the state department, relative to con ditions as found in Athena' when the survey was made by them recently. The ?ity is built on level ground anr the surrounding country is al most level open farming land. The streets are wide and all paved in the business district, and graded in the residential district. The sidewalks are mostly cement. There are alleys one way in the business district. Practically sixty per cent of the mercantile buildings are brick, five arc two story. The chief conflagra tion danger exists in the frame range consisting of six frame buildings which are on Main street. The res idential district is slightly scatter ing and buildings frame. The spec ial hazards consisting of flouring mill, warehouses and feed mill, are so .far enough removed from the city to practically eliminate exposure hazard. The police service consists of a day marshal, no night service. The fire loss for some years has been comparatively small. Inspection re vealed electrical wiring to be general ly defective, house-keeping and other conditions fair, some rubbish in back yards and alleys. The water system is owned by the municipality and is a gravity system. It flows from springs by gravity to the reservoir, which has a capacity of 360,000 gallons and is located three miles southeast of town at an eleva tion of one hundred and twenty feet above Main street. Additional supply comes from a well ten feet square and twenty feet deep located at pump ing station near the flour mill. The fire department is composed of volunteers twenty-four in number, eight men to each of the two hosefl V Members .Ml.. companies and eight men to the truck company. The chief is Sam Haworth. There is no interest, however, man ifested in the organization as neither meetings or drills are held. The equipment consists of one hose cart, Main and Railroad, carrying five hundred feet of 2 inch hose, two open play pipes and one ax; Fourth and Main, one hose cart and five hundred feet of 2 inch hose and one open play pipe, 3rd and Current, one village hook and ladder truck. The fire alarm bells are located at each station. We recommend that the city use its police authority to cause the re moval of the old frame buildings oh Main street. If such a policy is adop ted and followed out with discretion, owners can be in most instances per suaded to improve the property b; the erection of fire resisting build ings. If not willingly, the city can require it. This action will very greatly improve the city in every way and will eliminate the conflagration hazard. We recommend that the city pur chase .a small motor car with chem ical tanks, hose bed, ladders, etc. There is no chemical equipment at the present. A city the size of Athena cannot afford to be without up to date equipment. The old hand reels have served their purpose but are now entirely inadequate. The motor rig should carry all necessary fire fighting equipment and paraph ernalia and be reedy to respond to a call at any moment. Athena's fire protection cannot be considered ad equate until such a car is installed. We recommend that the city im mediately proceed to reorganize its fire department. Without a trained department, Athena is surley taking great unnecessary risks. Water sup ply and fire equipment are of only limited value unless men are trained to use them. The department should be active and have regular drills, in order to know the use of apparatus and be able to cope with the emer gency when it arises. Roosevelt Highway Traverses Continent From "Portland Maine, to Portland Oregon" Representatives of the Oregon Tour ist and Information Bureau, an or ganization created by legislative act, were in the city Tuesday in the in terest of the proposed Roosevelt High way. They were: Jos. P. Jaeger and Sydney B. Vincent. The party left during the forenoon for Milton. The gentlemen were on a soliciting visit, desiring funds to defray cost of ad vertising the highway an apportioned Athena's share at $25. ' A branch office of the Oregon Tourist and Information Bureau will be opened in Pendleton, May 15th, according to announcement made by the party while in Athena. The fol lowing concerning the Roosevelt Highway is from the Oregon Jour nal. This week an expedition will leave Portland for Eastern Oregon cities. Its mission is to increase interest in the Theodore Roosevelt national high way. It will be headed by represen tatives of the Oregon Tourist and In formation Bureau. It is impossible to estimate the mo tor travel which would be attracted to the West by such a highway. Mul titudes would traverse such a route the first season. It is intended that ultimately the Roosevelt highway shall be such a paved thoroughfare. Its distinctive importance above other named high ways is that it leads from "Port land, Maine, to Portland, Oregon." Its constant influence is to define Portland, Oregon as the destination of all Western-seeking travel. The route of the Roosevelt high way is international. It leads through the placid and semi-rugged vistas of New England. It threads the Great Lakes, now on the Amer ican, now on the Canadian shore. It reaches to the rim of the horizon in the Mid-Western wheat zone, crosses the Rockies and via Spokane, Lewiston, Walla Walla, Athena, Pen dleton, Umatilla and the Columbia river highway, reaches Portland. WILL REGULATE CUTTING HEREAFTER AT CITY PARK of the Civic Club, who have interests of City Park in charge were disappointed to find that trees had been cut from the west end the park and removed for fire-wood purposes, 111 On investigation it appears that Charles McFarland was given per mission to fell tin trees, and to con vert them iito stove-wood for his use. it further developed that trees of healthy growti were among the number authorized for removal, a committee from the club, who met with the Hoard of aldermen found, Monday night. Inasmuch as a tree is a tree, in the estimation of the committee, and the depletion going on at the park does not ioeet with their approval in the leasyKe council"jgaK8 ffie' ttee to understand'that no more trees wouTdbe ordered cut at pre nt. The Club committee made it known that their organization had in mind permanent park improvement, and that it was contemplated by their members to add trees. to the park. The committee was informed that wa ter would be piped into the park and two hydrants installed. NEW RADIO MAGAZINE Radio fans will be glad to know of a new magazine on the suject called "Radio Broadcast,'' which has just been placed upon the tables at the county library. The May issue, which is the first one to be published, gives a great many helpful articles, includ ing the "Commerical Side of Radio." "How to Build and Operate a Very Simple Radio Receiving Set." "A Compact Portable Wireless Set" is the title of yet another, and radio notes from home and abroad are given. FRANK BOLING MARRIED Frank Boling, well known black smith of Athena, and Minnie Wickerd of Pendleton, were united in marriage at Pendleton, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Boling will reside in Athena. yPEN8 PB Dr. F. D. SHEEPSHEARING PROGRESSING Sheepsheanng u progressing throughout Umatilla county this week, and from reports received, an average clip of wcol of good quality Taylor Hardware Co., which have been if being realized by growvra, ' overhauled and equipment installed. PENDLETON OFFICE Watts has opened his office in Pendleton, for the treatment of eye, ear, nose and throat His location will be in rooms over the IDAHO ENGINEER IS DROWNED IN PAYETTE Ralph E. Thompson, engineer in charge of construction of the Black Canyon dam near Emmett, Idaho and representating the United States rec lamation service, was drowned in the Payette river Thursday afternoon. With one of his workmen he under took to cross the river in a small skiff. In mid-stream, the skiff was over turned by the rushing current and was hurled violently against an iron pipe casting of a test hole. The work man caught hold of the pipe and clung there until a fellow workman crawled out on a cable and threw a rope to him. By this he was drawn to shore. Thompson, a strong swimmer, struck out for the shore, but was drawn under by his heavy clothes and disappeared 20 feet from shore. His body has not been recovered. The drowned man was 36 years of age. He is survived by his wife and four small children. Their home is at Middleton, Idaho. MAY DAY ACTIVITIES The program for the May Day ex orcises at the school building are be ing carried per schedule. A large number of people attended the exer cises and greatly enjoyed the dinner served under supervision of the Parent-Teachers Association. This af ternoon Athena and Milton are con testing in the first ball game of the season between the two teams. This evening, beginning at 8oclock in High school auditorium, the evening program will be given. DISCHARGED GUN KILLS ' The accidental discharge of a shot gun which he had propped between his knees while riding in a wagon caused the death Friday afternoon of Trafton Doan, aged 25, a resident of the reservation for the past 18 months. The load of shot tore a hole in the victim's neck, almost severing the head from the body and causing instant death, according to Coroner J. T. Brown. MORE CINDERS PLACED e'(7 Another consignment of cinders of i , J ,L. V A. this week. This makes the second shipment of cinders received for this work, which was instigated by the Parent-Teacher's Association, When completed, the west and south por tions of the grounds will be covered with cinders. Car Driven By Ray McCarroll of Pendlenton Swerves Into a Collision, Head-on. Dr. F. V. Prim of Hermiston, was seriously injured Friday evening on the highway east of town, when a car driven by Ray McCarroll of Pen dleton collided with the doctor's auto mobile headon. The smashup from all reports is attributed to reckless driving of Mc Carroll, who was accompanied by Bruce Bender and Jack Miller of Pen dleton. McCarroll claims that Ben der who was drunk, grasped the steer ing wheel and turned the machine in to Prim's car. Both machines were badly wrecked, Prim's car was brought to the Zerba garage in Athepa, and McCarroll's car was taken to Pendleton. Dr. C. H. Smith of this city found Prim's injuries to consist of a cut over one of his eyes, scalp wounds, one at the base of the skull and a cut on one wrist, besides various bru ises. Mr. Bennett of Salem who was riding with Dr. Prim was not ser iously injured. McCarroll had one of his shoulders jammed up in the wreck, and Miller had a cut across the bridge of his nose. Bender fled after the collision. Earlier in the day he was fined $25 in Judge Richards' court for speed ing, having been caught at Weston on complaint of the traffic officer and brought to Athena for his hearing. A Pendleton paper says he was but recently released from the county jail after serving a term for bootlegging. He formerly drove the Troy Laundry delivery car; McCarroll has been in trouble be fore for reckless driving, and a year ago had his driver's license revoked at Pendleton. The district attorney's office announces that McCarroll will be prosceuted for driving the Bender car with only one light. ALFALFA IS FLOURISHING Reports are to the effect that al falfa fields have been greatly bene fitted by the winter and spring mois ture, and an unusally large crop is expected by growers in every sec tion of Umatilla county. KEEP YOUR LIGHTS BURNING State Traffic Officer Lleuallen was in the city Wednesday. He called at the Press office, and for informa tion of the public issued the state ment that hereafter all automobiles will be required to have two head lights and one tail light, as provided by law. LINE OF FISHING TACKLE R. A. Thompson has put in a line of fishing tackle at the Thompson garage on Main street. Dick says that he does not have time to do much fishing himself, but he has friends who have the time, and these are the felbws he likes to talk "tac kle" to. Athena-Weston Post American Legion Has Completed the Organization of Rifle Club MAY DAY EXERCISES ARE IN PROGRESS TODAY The Athena Higp School May Day exercises are in progress today in the gymnasium of the school building where there is a large crowd in at tendance. Practically the entire community was on hand at 10 o'clock 'this fore noon, when the exercises began, and everyone er.' - H the dinner served ;n cafeteria style by the Parent Teachers Association at noon. The May Day decorations are elab orate, and members of the different classes took especial pains and devo ted considerable time in the work. Evergreens from the mountains greatly freshens the decorative scheme throughout the gym and ev ery detail of the program is a suc cess. , This afternoon at 3 o'clock, Athe na high school plays Milton high school in their first conference base ball game of the season on the lo cal grounds. Tonight at eight o'clock the evening program, as published in last week's Press will be given in the auditorium. YAKIMA FRUIT CROP It is said that the Yakima district did not feel the recent depression and no wonder. Money is coming in for something or otherall the time. The forecasts of the 1922 crop, made by H. A. Glen, agent of the Northern Pacific at Yakima and a recognized authority, are as follows: 13,155 cars apples, 480 cars grapes, 334 cars prunes and plums, 2540 cars pears, 154 cars peaches; total, 18,263 cars of fruit to be shipped during the year. FERGUSON AND REID Two fine pictures will be shown at the Standard Theatre on tomorrow and Sunday evening. Elsie Fergu son will play "Sacred and Profane Love" tomorrow night, a Paramount picture. A two-reel Western and In ternational News is also offered. Sun day night, popular Wallace Reid comes in the "Love Special" also a Paramount picture of sterling qual ity. Pathe Review and Aesons Fab les, complete the program. EDITOR )' ; A RRA HERE Editor O'Garra, of the Helix Ad vocate was in Athena Tuesday on business. He reported his town to be in a flourishing condition, and the prospects favorable for a good wheat crop in his section of the county. Hfi estimated that the growing grain was further advanced in his neighborhood than here. GETTING READY FOR SHOOT Members of the Pendleton Red and Gun Club are making preparations to entertain shooters in the Northwest Tournament, which will be held in Pendleton, May 12, 13 and 14. Temptress The local post of the American Le gion have organized a Rifle club which will be affiliated with the Nat ional Rifle Association of America and have extended an invitation to the Local sportsman. The dues so far are $2.50 per year. This entitles the member to the use of the range and the use of a gov ernment gun anl 120 rounds of ser vice ammunition and 200 rounds of Sub-caliber ammunition. It also gives the member the privilege of buying a gun from the government at a very nominal cost of about six dol lars and ammunition for same at the rate of one cent per each shot. This is a wonderful chance for lo cal sportsmen to get an exceptionally good gun for very little money. This same gun would cost $75 to $100 were one to buy it elsewhere. Those who have been buying ammuniton for a rifle in the past will readily see that the price of the shells are only a small fraction of what they have been paying. The club intends to have a good time and good practice at the same time. The membership to date is as follows: Arnold Koepke, President; F. S. LeGrow, Vice President; G. S. Prestbye, Sec-Treasurer; Dr. C, H. Smith, W. E. Haynie, C. L. McFadden, M. W. Hansell, H. J. Hurd, Harold W. Haynie, Carl J. Sheard, Robert Proudfit, Omar Stephens, William R. Winship, Dean Dudley, Henry Dell, Glen Dudley, Forest Zerba, Amos Odell, Marvel Watts, A. W. Logsdon, Geo. A. Winship, Elmer Stockstill, Everett Zerba, S. C. Stone, Penn T. Harris, Ralph Haynie, L. E. Stiff, G. M. Thompson. IAL F The prosecution in the case of Charles Vonderahe, charged with the murder of Matt Jepson, recluse of Government mountain, last August, came into the open last Tuesday and began forging the chain of circum stantial evedence it hopes will lead the jury to voto for conviction of the accused. In the opening statement for the state Monday night, District Attor ney F. I. Keator gave no inkling of the character of the evidence which has been amassed against the defen dant. Tuesday it was made plain that no direct evidence was in the possession of the prosecution which would link Vonderahe with the crime and that the effort to convict would be based entirely upon circumstan tial case. The jury consists of the following persons: Percy E. Haskell,. Harry Ballou, Frank Garrett, Herman Roehlk, M. Harm:-., Bessie Wyrick, Wiliam Purchase, Norman A. Hum phrey, Ed Schanapp, Sterling Parris, Joe F. Fisher and Hugh Bell. NO SALMON CAUGHT A party of Athena men and women made a trip to the Walla Walla river Saturday, the gentlemen to fish for salmon, and the ladies to cook over the campfire. The fishermen found no salmon, but the ladies found plen ty of cooking to do. ATHENA HIGH SCHOOL TEAM DEFEATS OMAPINE 5 TO 3 With real baseball weather and both pitchers goinfc good, Athena an Umapine high school teams put u the best game of the season so fa on the home grounds, Friday after noon. Each team is credited with two hits, so there were no broken bats during the game. Hodgen got 14 strickeouts, fanning the first three batters to face him. Records for Umapine was only one strickeout behind Hodgen, thirt een Athena batsmen whiffing at his offerings. It wasn't a good day for bings, Athena scoring two runs in the sec ond on errors, and three in the third, when only Alton Hodgen's single fig ured in the run-gotting. Umapine scored a run in the sec ond, and two hi the eighth, when E. Records swatted one for three bases. A total of eleven errors fig ured in the result of the game. The score: 12345678 9 Athena 02300000 05 Umapine 01000002 03 Batteries Hodgen and Hodgen; Rec ords and Copeland. Athena and Milton will play their first conference game of the season today at 3 o'clock, on the Athena grounds. Last year these teams broke even with one game each, Mil ton being the . only team to defeat Athena High during the season. WITHYCOMB WITHDRAWS Philip Withycomb, of Yamhill, with drew as candidate, for the republican nomination for governor, stating in a letter he was requested by Mabel Withycomb, daughter of his deceased brother, James Withycomb, late gov ernor, to withdraw. Withycomb in dicated he had no personal ambition merely desired to give publicity to a platform embodying his brother's ideas. RESERVATION ROADS BAD George Lattin, truck driver for the Standard Oil company found roads on the reservation, southwest of Athena in bad condition, when he made country deliveries this week. Near the Frank Curl place, an oxcavaf tion nearly caused the truck to cap size. Only prompt assistance by Vert Muslin, who threw a fence post under the rear wheel, prevented the truck from toppling ovw. Apparently No Direct Evidence Is In Possession of Prose-cution-A Woman Juror. BUILDING ACTIVITIES New residences to be built in Athe na in the near future are one 'by A. A. Foss, who recently purchased a tract of two acres, adjoining city park on the south. Jim Ashworth'of Weston, has the contract to construct a modern home for Mr. Foss. F. B. Radtke will probably begin the con struction soon of a fine home on up per Fourth street, in the near future. lfl ACRES PER DAY Bert Honkins plowing for Sheldon Taylor, thinks he is making a fair plowing record with a two-bottom gang and 10 horses. Since beginning, Bert says he has averaged 10 acres per day. ADDITION TO BUILDING A corrugated iron addition has been uilt on the north end of Bert Log- sdon's meat market building on Main street. Y Other recent improvments have ybeen made lo the premises by Mr. jLogsdon. RAIL STRIKE THREATENED 900,000 Shop Craft Workers Asked to Ballot on Walkout. Chicago, 111. Threat of another rail way strike was Indicated here when the railway employes' department of the American Federation of Labor (shop crafts employes) voted at its biennial convention to send out strike ballots to Its 600,000 members. Seven unions are Involved, Including the six federated shop crafts and the 3wltchmen's Union of North America. The chief grievance of the men, ac cording to B. M. Jewell, president of the department, is over the alleged violation by the railroads of rulings of the railroad labor board through the "farming out" system of handling railway shop work. The unions charge that the roads, by contracting with outside shops to do railway repair work, are in reality resorting to sub terfuge to evade the rulings of the board. COLd LIGHT IS PRODUCED Princeton Professor Succeeds In Imi tating Luminous Insects. Princeton, N. J. Professor E. New ton Harvey, after eight years of ex perimental work with luminous bodied Insects, has discovered the means through which cold light may be pro duced, it was announced Friday at Princeton university. A form of light giving a continuous glow, like that In bodies of the Insects, has been developed by t li . professor. He is making an effort to Intensify and perfect the light so that'll will be of practical use. Will Pay Pensioners Monthly. Washington, D. C After July next everybody on the government pension roll will be paid monthly Instead of quarterly. The house agreed to senate amendments to the bill ordering the chtnge.