The Athena press. (Athena, Umatilla County, Or.) 18??-1942, February 26, 1926, Image 1

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Entered at the Post Office at Athena, Oregon, as Second-Class Mall Matter
. VOLUME 47.
Liquor Sales of Big Combine
Believed to Total Over
Half Billion.
Cleveland, O. More than two week
Of federal grand jury Investigation
here Into an alleged nation-wide con
spiracy to violate the eighteenth
amendment, have served to show how
extensive were the operations of the
supposed "ring."
The chain - of evidence now
reaches from San Diego to Providence,
and links up "ring" operations in New
York, Boston, Atlantic City, Baltimore,
Newark, Philadelphia, Chicago, Cleve
land, St. Paul, Minneapolis, Duluth and
other large cities.
Stories emanating from the district
attorney's office from time to time in
dicate the following operations of the
"rum ring":
The conspiracy was headed by four
Philadelphia millionaires.
Associated with the millionaires
were 30 others who controlled 75 per
cent of the alcohol business in the
United States, regulating the price
from coast to coast.
Fifteen distilleries were operated
by the "ring," producing $1,000,000
worth of alcohol each week at dis
tillery prices.
The output was sold to wholesal
ers for $140,000,000 a year, and re
tailing at $10 to $20 a gallon, brought
the country's alcohol bill for liquor
from this one source to more than
$500,000,000 a year.
Patent Applr
Seattle. Roy Olmsted, former po
lice lieutenant, and twenty other de
fendants were convicted on two counts
charging conspiracy to violate the na
tional prohibition act In a verdict in
United States district court here.
Olmsted and the others convicted
are liable to a maximum fine of $20,
000 each and four years in prison.
Among those convicted along with
Olmsted were Attorney Jerry L. Finch,
former deputy prosecuting attorney;
JE. H. Mclnnis, Emery A. Kern, Charles
S. Green, William P. Smith, Ed Eng
dahl, Z. J. Hedrick and Ed Erlckson,
charged by the government with being
operators and crews of rum running
Among those freed were Patrolman
George F. Reynolds, Mrs. Elise Olm
sted, wife of Roy; Wilbur E. Dow,
customs house broker; John H.
("Doc") Hamilton, colored proprietor
of the Barbecue Pit; C. V. Harvey,
former patrolman, and a Japanese
caretaker at the Olmsted home here.
The convictions brought to a close
one of the most spectacular and earn
est efforts on the part of government
authorities at prohibition enforcement
in the northwest.
Maurice Smith of Spokane Chosen by
Administrator Lyle.
Seattle, Wash. Maurice Smith of
Spokane is now an assistant federal
prohibition administrator for the 20th
district, comprising Washington, Ore
gon and Alaska.
"The appointment of Mr. Smith fills
a position hitherto vacant," said Ad
ministrator Lyle, "and completes the
organization of the executive force tor
this district."
Smith was police commissioner of
Spokane for five years. He is a law
yer, an ex-member of the legislature
and a veteran of both the Spanish and
World wars.
Hunter Confesses Slaying Warden.
Newport, Wash. Roland van Blarl
com, one of two brothers held here
charged with the murder of Edward
Jarrlsh, deputy game warden, confes
sed the slaying to officers. He said
be shot Jarrlsh accidentally while try
ing to frighten him. Confronted with
the confession of his elder brother,
Everett van Blarlcom, denied . any
knowledge of the killing. The confes
sion followed an exhibition of the rifle
found near the scene of the killing.
pioneer Spokane Business Man, Dead
8pokane. Waldo G. Paine, pioneer
business man of Spokane and vice
president of the Spokane A Eastern
Hallway k Power, company and .the
Inland Empire railway, died here.
fcJeath was the direct result of a heart
puck, ,
Dr. A. C. Froom, Athena dentist
has invented and applied for a pat
ent on a practical automobile win
dow silencer, which most effectively
puts a stop to rattling glass in the
doors of all closed cars from a Ford
to a Rolls-Royce.
. Associated in partnership with Dr.
Froom in the manufacture and
marketing of the Auto Window Sil
encer, as the simple contrivance is
called, is Cliff Culley, antomobile
salesman of Weston.
The first thousand of the window
silencers were received this week
from the firm making them in Los
Angeles, and at once interested
Athena owners of closed cars. That
they are destined to meet with ready
sale is demonstrated by the number
of inquiries coming by mail from
jobbers and accessory dealers.
The Auto Window Silencer is -a
neatly made appliance and very
simple in construction. ' It com
prises a piece of highly polished
nickeled metal, formed to carry a
rubber roller which is firmly press
ed against the glass and held at the
required tension by a screw insert
ed through a slot in the metal piece.
The silencers, two against each win
dow, are placed in position by re
moval of one screw in the window
sill for each, and insertion of the
screws through the slot. That is all
there is to installing them.
The Silencers have been tried out
on all kinds of cars and on all
makes of doors, and the window is
yet to be found that the little Ap
pliance doesn't immediately knock
out the rattle.
The Auto Window Silencer is
made to retail at 75 cents per pair.
Drop in and the doctor will he pleas
ed to demonstrate them to you.
Rev. D. Loree and family who will
leave Athena the first of March for
Pomeroy, Washington, were honored
Tuesday evening at a reception giv
en by the members of the Baptist
A splendid program consisting of
the following numbers was enjoyed
by the guests.
Violin solo, Kohler Betts accompan
ied by Mrs. O. O. Stephens; Reading,
Miss Juanita Woodruff; Vocal solo,
Miss Loraine Terry; Musical read
ing, Barbara Lee; Song, Junior de
partment. In behalf of the mem
bers of the church Mr. O. C. Had
ley made appropriate remarks and
presented the honorees with a beau
tiful Pendleton Indian robe.
The program closed with a pray
er by Miss Bamford, following which
a social hour was enjoyed. Unique
menu cards were used at supper
time causing much merriment.
Mrs. M. L. JVatts entertained a
group of friends Saturday after
noon in honor of Mrs." John Walter.
The rooms were gay with varl-color-ed
spring flowers and the hours
were spent with sewing and chat.
At the tea hour the hostess served
dainty ices and cake using a pink
and white color scheme. Out of town
guests included Mrs. Anderson of
Portland, Mrs. Merrill of Walla Wal
la and Mrs. Everett Eager of Day
ton. Others present included Mrs.
F. B. Boyd, Mrs. H. I. Watts, Mrs.
E. C. Rogers, Mrs. F. B. Radtke,
Mrs. O. O. Stephens, Mrs. B. B.
Richards, Mrs. W. P. Littlejohn, Mrs.
I. L. Michener, Mrs. C. M. Eager
and Mrs. R. B. McEwen.
Another air circus for Walla Wal
la this spring is regarded as prob
able says the Union, as the result
of negotiations being conducted by
the Chamber of Commerce with the
Clover Field Flyers of Hollywood,
California. Dates are now being ar
ranged in various cities of the North
west, and Walla Walla is likely to be
one of the cities visited by the air
men. The Hollywood aggregation
consists of six planes and nine performers.
Governor Pierce for the first time
has made a definite announcement
that he would seek re-election.
The governor committed . himself
in the presence of a small group of
people gathered around him follow
ing the entertainment at the armory
at Eugene, where he had been a
speaker at the Children's Farm
Home benefit performances.
In a confidential discussion Gov
ernor Pierce disclosed that he had
striven hard for the interests of Ore
gon during his incumbency, and
made the remark that he -would be a
candidate again.
"Governor, you have never made a
definite announcement, although it is
generally understood that you will
run again. Do you want to make
this your announcement?" he was
- "I will run again, you may say if
you wish," and the governor added,
"it's pretty well known."
While walking with 200 other
patients not far from the Umatilla
river on a regular jaunt for exercise,
F. E. Hickman, patient at the east
ern Oregon state hospital, eluded
attendants and jumped into the riv-
er before noon Monday.
The swift current carried him
downstream for half a mile before
one of the attendants was able to
lodge the body against a sandbar.
Authorities at the hospital ex?
pressed belief that Hickman was try
ing to escape from the hospital and
had no intention of attempting sui
Hickman was 34 years old and was
committed ' from La Grande about
two years ago. ' He has relatives in
Residents of Walla Walla countv
bought a million and a half dollar's
worth of stuff on conditional sale
during last year, according to fig
ures compiled by George B. Day,
secretary of the Walla Walla Valley
Merchants' association. Of this to
tal, automobiles represented $1,153.-
965 and furniture and musical in
struments $54,614.
Weston Leader: Nard Jones ought
to be able to give an inspired inter,
pretation of his leading role in "The
Copperhead" this Friday evening At
the Keylor Grand. The inspiration
comes from the fattest check he has
yet receieved for a story. It is a
novelette entitled "New York via
Hollywood," and he sold it to C. H.
Young for $105.
The Leader says because of Blim
attendance at Tuesday night's pict
ure show, which was given at a loss,
the Memorial hall board decided to
cancel by wire all further picture
show dates and this decision was an
nounced by Manager Barnes,
Harry L. Corbett, state senator for
Multnomah . county, is a candidate
for president of the senate at the
1927 session of the legislature, says
the Oregonian.' With this announce
ment by Mr. Corbett to some of his
legislative friends during the past
week, the struggle for organiaztion
has started, for B. L. Eddy, senator
for Douglas county, announced his
own candidacy recently.
Coincident with this senatorial ac
tivity comes the first two avowed
candidates for house nominations in
Multnomah county James : H. Cas
sell and Walter G. Lynn while
throughout the state candidates are
popping up like dandelions on a well
kept lawn.
There are 30 members of the stags
senate and 60 members of the house
of representatives. Scratch a sen
ator, as a rule, and you find a can
didate for the presidency, but the
desire to preside over the house is
not so widespread. In truth, John
H. Carkin, veteran legislator from
Jackson county, is the only aspirant
in the field for speaker. In the Pen,
ate matters are different and. many
have been and are pursing the presv
dency complex,
Following the announcement of
Mr. Eddy, Ed W. Miller of Jose
phine county was in Portland and
said he was considering the presi
dency, as "some of the , Portland
boys" had talked to him. A. W.
Norblad, who intends seeking the. no
mination in the primaries in Clatsop
county, has scattered the word that
he will be a candidate for president
if he is nominated and elected. Mr.
Norbad, hpwever, hps two barriers
to overcome before he. is in position
to go after votes, and in the mean
time holdover senators who are after-
the presidency have plenty of
time to work. Also there is talk of
R. R. Butler of Wasco county as
presidential material and Sam Brown
of Marion, who is seeking renomlna
tion and election, his first term hav
ing expired.
Tommorrow night a big, fine Para
mount Western photoplay will . be
presented at the Standard, when Jack
Holt and Lois Wilson, with Noah
Beery and Raymond Hatton and a
cast of Famous players, will be seen
in "The Thundering Herd," The
story Is by Zane Grey and deals with
the Western Wilderness of 1876. In
this picture 2,000 maddened buffalo
are seen in a real stampede. Sunday
night Tom Meighan, who has not
been seen at the Standard for some
time will be presented in "Old Horn?
Week," supported by Lila Lee.
The Leader reports Porter Graham
Sr., one of the Weston community's
oldest pioneers, suffered, a stroke of
paralysis Sunday and has since been
lying at his home in a helpless condition,
The annual oratorical contest was
held Friday. Mrs.' McPherson, Mrs.
Read and Rev. Hackett acted as
judges. The winners in the third
grade were: Barbara Lee, first, Fern
Carsten, second, and Aaron Douglas,
third. In the fourth grade Violet
Burgess, first, Maryjane Miller, sec
ond and Leo Sanchez, third. Fifth
grade, Marjorie Montague first, Rob
ert Lee, second and Helen Barrett,
third. Sixth grade. Betty Eager, first,
Arlene Myrick second, George Pitt
man third. Seventh grade Arthur
Crowley, firs'1 Herbert Reeder, sec
ond and Ror.ald T7'lon, third. Eighth
grade, John Kirk, first, Virgie Moore,
second and Jack Moore, third.
In the high school there were
three divisions, the dramatic, the or
atorical and humorous. The freshman
class winners were: Humorous,
Ralph McEwen, Dramatic, Alberta
Charlton, Oratorical, George Gross.
Sophomore class: Humorous Dorothy
Loree, Dramatic, Jessiedeane Dud
ley, Oratorical, Ethel Pittman. Jun
ior class, Humorous, Belle Anderson,
and Ronald Lieuallen, Dramatic,
Margaret Lee and LaVone Pittman,
Oratorical, Granville Cannon. Senior
Class, Humorous, Juanita Woodruff,
Dramatic, Genevieve Baker, Oratori
cal, Wilbur Harden.
These winners will speak in a con
test Friday evening March 5th, at
which time the school representat
ives will be chosen to take part in
the sectional contest which is to be
held at Adams, March 18th and. 19th.
The voice of Athena is to be heard
again over the radio Monday even
ing March eighth when the Com
mercial club will sponsor a program
to be broadcast from station KOWW
at Walla Walla.
Numbers by members of the Etude
club, Jolly Joy-Maker's orchehstra
and old time dance music will be
features of the evening's entertain
ment. Prizes will be offered to listeners
who wire in commenting on the pro
gram, The program presented several
weeks ago was highly appreciated
by listeners as the studio manager
assured the performers that the re
sponse by wire and mail was great
er than for any program ever broad
cast from station KOWW.
The sack of flour offered as a
prize by Preston-Shaffer Milling
company to the most distant listen
er wiring in was sent to Dan Thomp
son at Petersburg, Alaska.
Our neighboring town of Weston
is in the throes of an epidemic of
influenza. To combat the spread of
the disease the schools have been
closed and all public gatherings or
dered postponed for a time. The
disease seems to be in ft severe form
and members of a number of fam
ilies are quite seriously ill.
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The so-called grazing bill intro
duced in congress by Senator Stan-
field of Oregon is unfair to the fed
eral forestry department and is
out of step with the conservation
policies of the United States gov
ernment and the states, says F. A. El
liott, state forester, according to a
special from Salem.
"The bill," said Mr. Elliot, "is the
final outcome of the hearings of (he
sub-committee on public lands which
made a trip through" the west last
fall with the purpose of investigat
ing the situation. The committee
was openly hostile to the federal
administration of grazing in the na
tional forests and arranged the stage
so stockmen would have opportunity
to tell their stories. The questions
were frankly leading and designed
to fill the records with the utorv
which the stockmen wished to tell
and which the committee wanted
them tc tell,
"The outcome of these hearings
was the introduction of a bill, the
passage of which would result in
western stockmen being granted
vested or property rights to gracing
in the national forests. It practical
ly grants contracts to stockmen in
perpetuity and gives them the right
to sell, lease or bequeath these
rights to others. Furthermore it
places no limitation on the maximum
number of stock which can be grazed
and in this way will, in niany casus,
lead to over-grazing.
"The authority of the federal of
ficials is "practically nullified in that
the bill provides for appeals from
administrative decisions of forest
officials to state boards of three
men, who must have knowledge of
the range and who must be appoint
ed by the president of the United
States., An appeal to the secretary
over the board's decision would have
to be based solely on the board's
finding of fact, a provision which
practically nullifies the administra
tive control of the secretary of ag
riculture." ,
In a well played game on the lo
cal floor Thursday evening, Athena
high school won from Pendleton, 20
to 15. Thy game was fast and the
lightweight Athenaians put up a
wonderfully offensive game and their
defense effectually kept the Buck-
aroos away from the basket.
In a close contest Friday night,
Helix won from Athena 16-15 in the
hardest fought game of the season.
The first quarter ended 2-0 in favor
of Athena. The second string play
ers were sent In and Helix hooped
8 points against them.
The regular team gradually cut
down the Helix lead, and at the end
of the fourth period the score ritood
15-15. It took three extra three
minute periods to play off the tie.
Helix winning one point on a free
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The Helix girls defeated the Athe
na girls, 11 to 10.
Athena is at the tournament, and
this afternoon is paired with Mc
Laughlin High school, in the pre
limanaries, MacLAUGHLIN WINS
Playing a wonderfully good de
fensive game, until the last quarter,
when MacLaughlln High broke
through for eleven points, Athena
High lost Its preliminary game in
the district tournament this morning,
by the score of 30 to 16. The first
oeriod ended, MacLauglin 8, Athe
na 5. At the half the score stood,
MacLaughlin 14, Athena 8; the
third quarter, MacLauglin 19, Athe.
na 13. At the end of the last per
iod MacLaughhlin won out. 30 to 16.
A uhlpment of sixty elk from Yel
lowstone national park, arrived a'
Wallace, Idaho and was later releas
ed in tho. North Fork country, 30
miles north of Wallnce. Sportsmen
procured the animals after negotia
tions with interior department au
thorities at Washington.
A number of Athena basket ball
fans witnesned the game between O
A. r. and Whitman at Walla Walla,
Monday night. The Aggies nose!
out a victory by a scant margin, the
score being 30-29.
Measure Provides For Total
Reduction of $387,000,000
Below Present Law.
Washington, D. C -House and sen
ate conferences agreed upon a modi
fled tax bill to reconcile the differ
ences between the measures as pass
ed by the two houses of congress.
The conferees accepted the house
provision for a 20 per cent maximum
estate tax in place of the present 40
per cent and the senate provisions for
a lower levy on estate taxes for the
period 1921-1924, which are not yet
paid.- The senate voted to repeal the
estate tax altogether.
The total reduction of $387,000,000
is $69,000,000 below the amount pro
posed by the senate and is $56,000,000
above that voted by the House.
The senate's surtax recommenda
tions were adopted.
The bill as accepted will be present
ed to the house and senate for con
firmation. The automobile tax of 3
per cent as passed by the house was
accepted by the conferees. The senate
voted .to abolish this.
The theatre admission tax of 10 per
cent applies to admissions of 75 cents
and over, compared with the present
50 cent figure, which the house vot
ed to retain. The senate voted to
abolish this tax altogether.
The conferees agreed to the repeal
of the capital stock tax as voted by the
senate, but reduced the corporation tax
from 13 per cent as voted by the
senate to 13 per cent for 1926 and
12 thereafter.
Washington, D. C. The executive
committee of the national grange end
ed Its two-day session here without in
dorsing any of the farm relief bills
now pending before congress.
In a formal statement the commit
tee declared that it recognized "the ad
verse conditions under which agricul
ture Is lnboring and believes that be
lief legislation is desirable, but It Is
confronted by the fact that various
farm organizations and various sec
tions of the country are badly divided
on a method of bringing relief."
Many measures are pending before
congress dealing with this subject,
most of them having several points of
merit" said the statement, "but the ex
ecutive committee cannot indorse any
of the measures now pending In their
preanet form."
Other action taken by the commit
tee Included declarations favoring In.
creased applications for the eradica
tion of bovine tuberculosis to $6,000,.
000 In 1927; opposing Increased freight
rates on western roads; opposing the
Stanfield grazing bill, and calling for
amendment of the Watson-Parker bill
sotting up new agencies for settlement
of railroad labor disputes to protect
further Interests of tho public.
Cootldge Against Government's Taking
Over Liquor.
Washington, D. C President Cool
ldgo Is opposed to any proposal for
government ownership and distribu
tion of bonded medicinal liquor.
A terse statement of the president'!
position was made at the Whito House
disclosing that the executive's viewi
on the matter coincided with those
held by Secretary Mellon of the treaa
ury. Assistant Secretary Andrews of the
treasury, who Is in charge of prohibi
tion enforcement, Is conducting a sur
vey of the situation, however, with
the view that eventually the govern
ment must take over the bonded stock.
Advocate Withdrawal from Court
Chicago. Washington's birthday
was celebrated In Chicugo by the open
ing of a national campaign against the
world court and 'VntangliiiK alliances"
against which tho first prtmident warn
ed the nation. Senator William Borah,
Idaho, republican, and Senator James
A. Heed, Missouri, democrat, were the
central figures In the program.
Oregon Convict Rioter Dies of Wounds
Salem, Or. Albert Corley, 30, negro,
ona cf nina convicts ahol during the
riot In the slate prison dining room
here last week, died at the prison
hosnita) as a result of his wounds.