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ATHENA, UMATILLA COUNTY, OREGON. FRIDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 17. 1926
The House Committee
Against the Tax Bill
Treasury Surplus to be Ap
plied to Reduction of
Washington, D. C Thumbs - were
turned down by the republican mem
bership of the house ways and means
committee on all tax reduction legisla
tion, including President Coolidge's
tax credit plan, for the present 'ses;
As a result, by strictly party vote,
the committee adopted a motion, by
Representative Hfctrlfty of Oregon,
ranking republican, to table all rev
onu?) proposals ft tarried after brief
but sharp debate had brought out the
fact (hat the president's- suggestion
wo'ild be Included among those to be
Uioked away into a legislative pigeon
hole. .. V
.'i'liis means that, under existing law,
(lr) treasury surplus will be applied
to reduction of the public debt, at the
end of the fiscal year" June 30..
Such disposition was recommended
by the president as an alternative for
tax credit. In his message to con
gress he estimated tha surplus at
fc3S3,000.000 while democrats have
, placed it at $500,000,000. .
Prior to action on the Ha wley mo
tion another clear-cut party lineup re
jected a move by Representative Gar
ner pf-Texas, ranking minority on the
committee, to foolrt gearings on the
$335,000,000 democratic tax peduption
EECK 'REDUCES U. S, '
RLO WAR LOSSES
Washington, i). C.--A efisefuj re
clnek of American army World war
casualties shows that 50,510 soldiers
riv'iivRd battle deaths, Instead of a
number variously . estimated at up
. v.'fn-ds of 70,00!).
f These figures ware made puhlic in
tlrs (tir,al report cf U13 adjutant gen
oral cf tho army.-'
Those cctutlly killed In action to
taled 37,5fiS, while 12,912 died cf
wounds received in action.
The total number of battle casual
ties was 244,173. This includes' the
deaths and 133,683 non-mprtai wounds
which wero treated. Those wounded,
bpTvgyer, were only 182 674 individuals
as 10,980 soldiers were treated for
mere than one wound.
In a summary of the causes of death
some popular non-military beliefs were
eplpoe(. Tn.fi first is that gunshot
wounds caused the major proportion
of casualties, 127,228, or 61.6 per cent,
while gas accounted for 68,974. or 3if4
por cent. Shellfire casualties were
B48G, pr 4.59 per' cent;, air , raids 229
or ,1 per cent, Th9 bayonet, common
ly supposed to be the mpst handy wea
pon of soldiers, only caused 161 casj
f ualtles, pr'.07 Per pent,
ROAD CONVENTION HELD
Eastern Washington Body Demands
Equal Division of Highway Funds.
Spokane, Wash.' Resolutions de
manding an equal division of federal
highway aid. funds between eastern
apd western Washington counties and
favoring completion ' of the present
rtate highway program before any oth
er projects are' approved were adopted
by the Eastern Washington Highway
association at Its annual convention
Prank W. puilbert of Spokane, was
re-elected president and Fred L- Wolf,
Newport, and R. B. McFarland, pasco,
were re-elected vice-presidents. Poug-J-.s
county was given a member of the
board cf trustees in the person pf Joe
Stoddard, and three ether new mem
bers were elected Pat Walsh of Fer
ry county, B. M. Huntington of Walla
Walla county and W. A. Bollinger of
Okancgan county. Other members of
the board were re-elected. The 1927
convention was awarded to Spokane.
Science "O. K.'s" Pie
Tie 'is not so bad for the digestion.
Authority no less profound than the
editors of the Jouftjal ij tite American
Medical Association sponsor this idea,
quoting "food specialists" to back op
the contention. - -
Cake Is coming into Its own like
wise, and bears the stamp pf dietary
approval as a real food. To refute the
notion that it is Mtoo rich'' It is pointed
, out that It has only 25 per cent more
calories than bread,, while a slice of
tho latter spread with butter is almost
twice as rich in fat as' the correspond-
2 amount of chocolate cake
A Christmas Pageant
At the Christian Church
On Next Sunday Night
A Christmas Pageant, "The Nativ
ity" Will be given at the Christian
church, Sunday evening December
19th. The public is invited.
The pageant takes up the story of
the birth of Chirst, showing the
Shepherds, Joseph and Mary at the
inn, the worshiping wise men and
shepherds at the manger. Songs and
carols by a splendid chorus are in
- Cast f Characters
"JtfaryMr&TLloyd Michener; Joseph,
Mr. George R. Gerking; Gate Keep
er, Mr. M. I. Miller; Shepherds, Carl
Calvert, Lew McNair, Mrs. Floyd
Pinkerton, Miss Dorothy Rodman;
Angel, Mrs. Ernest Zerba; Angel
Girls, Betty Eager, Arleen Myrick,
Marjorie Douglas; Wise Men, The
Egyptian, C. A. Phillips; Melchior,
the Hindu, Floyd Pinkerton; Gasper,
the Greek, Roe Eager; The Prolocut
or, Mrs. C. M. Eager; Chorus Direct
or, Miss Lorraine Terry; Pageant
Director, Mrs. Clifton Phillips.
Athena High School
Hoopmen Start Season
This evening both the bbys and the
girls teams open their interscholastic
season against Pilot Rock. It is -expected
that both games will be close.
It is left fo scrimmage practice to
determine who WU 4 the game in
the boys contest,
Both the boys' and girls' teams
have been putting in much time
practicing and are prepared to play
gpo4 games. The strength of the
teams from Pilot Rocjf is unknown
this year, but judging frpm their
work in past seasons they may be de
pended on to put up a hot contest.
Athena High school opened her
basketball season with a game
against the Alumni last Friday night.
The men had had only two weeks of
jegular drill on passing, pivoting and
sheeting, and had not attempted to
develop any offensive system. Those
interested feel highly satisfied thut
the men were aple to hold the strong
Alumni team to a 20 to 18 score.
The line-up was as follow:
Stephens R. F. H. Geissel
Radtke L. F. Shick
Kretzer ' p- L- Geissel
Myrick R. G. Pinkerton
Taylor " L. G. Wheatley
The Public Health Report
For Month of November
The report' of Edna Flanagan,
county health nurse, for the month
of November shows that thirty cases
were handled during the month, five
of these were general cases, having
ten calls made; three tubercular
patients with a total of twelvo vis
its, eight of which were nursinp yis:
its; ten were Child Welfare with a
total of eighteen visits, and twelve
were Social Service cases with a total
of eighteen visits. One hundred and
seven business and professional visits
were -made,' making a totaj of two
hundred and five vists paring the
The sehocl work includes thuty-sbi
visits to schools, with a total of sev
en hundred and thirty-six boy and
girls weighed and measured. Of
this seven hundred and thirty-six
there were one hundred and five per
cent or more under weight. Twenty
nine per cent plus of the seven . hund
red and thirty-six children have cor
yisits to "office for all purpose-i
during. month, 87; Letters written,
81; Committee ' meetings and other
meetings attended,"2; Total hours on
duty, 275; Milage in interest of work,
Eight Days Work Will
Complete North Roadbed
iSnow stopped construction opera
tions cn the road leading north from
Athena this week, reports E. Worle
who is supervising the grading of the
Eight days more will be required
to finish the temoorary grading. The
low places are now on grade, and
eight days more work will connect up
the six miles of roadbed grade.
Mr. Worle has been operating the
county grader while Lowell Zerba
has been pulling the throttle on Alex
Mclntyre's big caterpillar, used to
draw the grader. It is understood
that the county will put the rock sur
face on this road sometime ' during
the coming year.
The drainage system of the new
road calls for four culverts, placed
at certain places on the six mile
Wm. McLecd Home
IS Damaged By Fire
Firemen Confine the Blaze
. to UDoer Story in
. . Fire came near destroying ' the
home of Mr, and Mrs. William Mc
Leod, on the West Side, Wednesday
night shortly after 10 o'clock, when
an oil stove,! placed in an upstairs
bedroom, set fire to the residence.
By the time volunteer fire fighters
arrived on the scene with hose carts,
the upper rooms on the east side
were all ablaze and flames were
breaking- through the roof.
The fire proved a stubborn one to
control, but fortunately there wa3 a
strong waer pressure, no wind, and
snow on he roof served to hold the
flames .. in check, once they broke
through. Practically all furniture
on the lower floor was removed with
out damage, and the flames were con
fined to the rooms upstairs.
Mose Banister, Herman and Leon
ard Geissel and Ivan Cox did splendid
service as nozzlemen. Drenched with
water, they worked manfully in the
heat and smoke in the upper rooms.
Afterward, the Geissel boys and
Mose Banister were taken in, hand by
Pr.' Cowan, and at hte home they
were plied with hot coffee, given hq
baths, a change of dry clothing and
a motor ride to their homes. The
welfare of Ivan was looked after at
the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. M.
Johnsgij. ; "
Lucy Small, Walla Walla,
In A Second Mystery
Lucy Small 18 year old girl qf Wal
la Walla, has furnished bar second
mystery in the past four weeks.
Walla Walla police are still puzzled
over finding the young lady after 1
o'clock in the morning in a vacant
house unharmed but apparently uti-i
able to explain her presence there.
She was found lying on a curtain
she had pulled from the window and
her coat was several feet away. A
physician was called and found her
physically unhurt. She clutched her
threat and seemed unnerved by the
chill and exposure.
Three weeks ago she was picked,
up at night alongside the Milton
hjghway about three rniles frprn
towq, her. pjothjpg qrn and hen body
bruised. She was taken to a hospit
al unable to explain her presence. It
was believed she was a "joy-ride"
victim, but nothing was found to in
dicate this. Physicians said no one
had molested her. I was asspmed,
that she was struck by a passing car.
After she had been,, missing for.
four hours her father, J. M. Small,
notified the police, who discovered
her in the vacant house. Her light
house dress was torn and her stock
ings rolled down. , She was extreme
ly nervous, but would not talk.
Mrs. Lockwood Dies
After Long a Illness
, At Her Home Here
Mrs.. Z. W. Lockwood died at her
home in Athena, Monday December
13, 1926, at age of 68 years, 15
months and 10 days. She had been
critically ill for several months, and
several weeks ago she was brought
home from Hot Lake sanitarium
where she had been taken for treat
ment. She is survived by her husband, two
daughters and one son, ( Mrs. J. S.
Bell, Miss May "Lockwood and Z.-E.
Lockwood, all of Athena; her moth
er, Mrs. Amos A.'Shick; brother, A.
E. Shick; and two grandchildren,
Arthur Bell and James A. Bell, all of
.. Funeral services, which were held
at the Christian church at two o'clock,
Wednesday afternoon, were largely
attended by friends of the family,
and were conducted by Pastor Phil
lips. . Ledora Shick was born at Monora,
Iowa, January 3, 1858. She came to
Oregon with her parents in 1876, and
was united in marriage with, Zephin'a
Lockwood on February 1, 1880. She
had been affiliated with the Christian
church for about 40 years. A kind
and loving mother, she possessed all
attributes of womanly kindness that
endeared her to all who knew her. .
Kretzer A Candidate For
Freshman Basket Ball
University of Oregon (Special)
Leon Kretzer, of Athena, is among
the candidates for the freshman
basket, ball team which will start
trairing at the. beginning of next
term under Coach Earl Leslie.
Freshman practice will be held in
the new pavilion, which will be com
pleted in time for the first practice.
Plans are. under, way tq play sev
era strong prep school teams of the
state as well as the Aggie rooks. The
squad will take a trip to Portland and
one to southern Oregon,.
Locking Over Normal Sites
The board of regents were in Uma
tilla county Wednesday, looking over
the proposed sites offered for the lo
cation of the new Eastern Oregon
state normal school. Sites at Milton,
Weston and Pendleton were inspected
by the board, which, looked pver the
sites offered at Baker, La Gran.dc
and Elgin Monday and Tuesday. The
board of control, which will select
the location for the tuberculosis hos
pital in Eastern Oregon, was also
members of the party,
Man Winter Is
Our Guest At Last
Real Winter Is Ushered In
With Snow Falling and
Entertainment O. D. O. Club
The O. D. Q. club was entertained
Wednesday aftgrnqon at the country
home of jVIrs. Jesse Smith northwest
of Athena with 15 members pres
ent. Plans were made for the an
nual Christmas box at the next meet
ing which will be held at the home
of Mrs. Forrest Zerba Tuesday De-r
oember 21. Delicious, refreshments
were served by the hostess and Mrs,
The first kick-in of real winter
weather with snow and zero weather
since 1923 struck Eastern Oregon
and Umatilla county on the wings of
a storm from the Arctic circle Mqn.
day, when a snowfall of three inches
and sub-zero waather temperatures
Thermometers in Athena register
ed from four to eight degrees below,
Monday night. Growing grain is in
fine condition to withstand the freez
ing weather Without damage, due to
an even blanket of snow covering.
Tuesday the weather moderated,
and Tuesday night and Wednesday
with the temperature at. 20 above, an
inch and a half of snow fell.
Winter weather is reported to . be
general over the mid West, the cen
tral states and the East.
Central Oregon also had sub-zero
weather with 7 below repoitad, at
Bend. Thermometers at some points
in mid-state registered 20 below.
More snow was expected in, the pa:
schutes country. Baker registered 10
Klamath Falls residents were shiv
ering in an, icy north wind. That,
city reported a minimum of 2 above
zero with thermometers, at; Fpt
Klamath and Chilqqujn, registering 4
below $nd 8 below respectively.
Newport had its first freezing
weather of thej winter and families
arose to find water pies clqgged with
Minhnum temperature of 20 above
was. reported at Salem, the coldest
weather in some time.
Stock raisers in the Wallowa fieo.
tion were drawing on their- reserve
stores of feed to tide their cattle
over the cold spell. Government
thermometers at Wallowa recorded a
minimum of 20 above. .
Medford reported the air mail serv
ice operating out of" that port on
schedule. A temperature of 19 above
recorded Monday night, was, the qw.
est since 1924. '
To Farm More Land
Weston Leader-. Otis Reynolds and
family have moved to town to re
side during ' the .remainder of the
winter. Mr. Reynolds has heretofore
been employed on the wheat ranch
of Will Ferguson nqrth of town,
which Philip Murtha has taken over
under lease to operate together with
his other holdings in the vicinity.
White Robin Appears
A white rcbin, the third reported
at Hoed River in the past ten yeara,
was sighted last week. Men follow
ed the albino bird through the or
chards for 30 minutes. The breast
of the bird was of a lighter red than
the ordinary robin.'
Event of the Season
Enjoyed Last Night
One of the outstanding musical
events of the season occurred last
evening at the high school auditorium
when the Etude club appeared in con
cert followed .by a humorous program.
The ensemble numbers by the club
were especially enjoyed. Piano solos
and duets were appreciated as alr.o
were the vocal and group numbers,
while the burlesuues and skits
brought down the house. The pro
Chorus, "Happy Song" Etude Club.
Vocal Solo, "Dawn" Lorraine Terry.
Piano Solo, (a) "Le Promenade de
La Marvellieus" (b) "Black Key Pol-
kc" (by request) Belle Hopper.
Original Poem, "Mayflowers" Amv
Vocal Solo, "Carissima" Adele Mc-
Piano Duet, "Salute a Pesth" Lor-
aine Pinkerton, Belle .Hopper.
Vocal Trio, (a) "Barcarolle" Her-
man Stone, Adele McEwen; (b) "The
Naughty Clock" Lorraine Terry,
Reading, "Mince Pies'' Mildred
Bateman. ' "
VocrI Duet, -O Sole Mio" Pearl
Ramsey, Edna Pinkerton.
Vocal Solo, "There's a Lark in Mv
Heart" Herman Stone.
Reading, 'Mia Carlotta" Lorraine
Piano Duet, "Moreen Stimmuner"
Evelyn Sellars, Herman Stone.
Selections, Jolly Joy-Makers Or
'Poor Butterfly" Solo, Herman
Stone. Chorus: Mildred Bateman.
Mary Jane Cornelison, Adele McEw
en, Edna Pinkerton, Evelyn Sellars,
"Etude Ballet" Verva Baker. Sadie
Pambrun, Edna Mclntyre, lone Cr-well.
Songs, Mary Jane Cornelison.
'An Onery" The girl, Verva Bak
er; The poet, Dena Hirsch; The peas
ant, Adele McEwen; The Rods, Mae
Douglas, Eva Richards, Loraine Pink
"In My Gondola," lone Creswell,
Edna Mclntyre, Alta Michener, Alma
Ames, Verva Baker, Dena Hirsch.
"Spare Ribs and Gravy."
"Mrs. Black's Pink Teat" Time.
any afternoon recently. Place, Mrs.
Black's parlor. Mrs. Black. Alice
Eager; Mrs. White, Alta Michener;
Mrs. Brown, Eva Richards: Mrs.
Gray, Sadie Pambrun; Mrs. Green,
Evelyn Sellars; Mrs. Red, Loraine
Pinkerton; Saratoga Washington. El-
ma Hadley; Rochester Lincoln, Alma
Amesi Pansy Black, Mae Douglas.
Selection, Hin'h School Ukelelt)
Ethel Stephens, accompanist.
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At the Filling Station
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Fog Is Deadlv Enemy To'
Pasco-E!ko Mail Pilots
Columbia river fop, welling up over
this section during the fall and win
ter months, proves tc be a most dead
ly obstacle to the daily flights of the
Pasco-Elko air mail pilots.
. Several days ago, one of the pilots
lost his bearings after passing tin
summit of the Blue Mountains, head
ed for Pasco. Descending into the
fog bank, he immediately became
lost, but fortunately made a safe
landing near Walla Walla. The rflail
was forwarded on to Pasco by train.
Shortly after the forced landing at
Walla Walla, J. W. Taff flying a
mail plane, was forced to land at
Helix because of the worst fog of the
winter. The mail was forwarded to
Boise, Idaho, by train.
This Is the second time that Taff
had been forced down within a week.
He was compelled to alight at Pen
dleton because of adverse flyim? con
ditions. Weston Memorial Hall
Is Closed To the Public
Weston Leadm-i The Leader is re
quested by the management of Mom
orial hall to announce that ull pic
ture show contracts have been i-ancel-led
and that the hall is closed to the
public the present management hav
ing decided to sever its connection
with the community Institution.
Exception as to public gatherings
in made only .s to vh grange meet
ings December 15. and January
IX, 1U27. The hall has already been
let for these meetings and will b
opened for the grangers on ttm dnfes
The manugomcnt explains that it
has been operating the hall at a con
stant loss and does not wish Ui give
any further time to an unprofitable
The Longview Bridge
Bill Passes Senate
Amendment by Senator Mc
Nary of Oregon is Voted
Washington, D. C The Longview
bridge bill passed the senate with a
scattering negative vote, after defeat
ing an amendment proposed by Sen
ator McNary to require "public neces
sity" tJ be' shown before it is erected.
The measure as passed is in the form
reported by the senate committee on
commerce, leaving approval of the
plans to the secretaries o war, com
merce and agriculture.
The McNary amendment was reject
ed by a vote of 35 to 19. Senator Me
Kollar, Tennessee, followed with a
proposal to limit the charging of tolls
to 10 years, but this failed by a viva
Those voting for the McNary amend
ment were: Borah, Brumon, Brous
sard, Cameron, Capper, Dale, Go:i,
Gooding, Greene, Howell, Johnson,
Keyes, King, McNary, Norris, Oddie,
Sackett, Schall, Shipstead and Short
ridge. Two hours' debate preceded the pas
Sage of the bill during which thero
was a marshaling of dictionaries ami
law books to support different theories"
of the meaning of "public necessity."
Under terms of the bill, W. D. Co
mer and Wesley Vandereook would be
authorized to construct and maintain
the bridno and collect tolls to pay tho
IBf AH 111 ATARI A A A I
Olympia, WaHh..--Prel!nilnary est!
mato3 show that" Washington's high
way budget for tho 1927-28 biennium '
will totul $20,650,000, exclusive of fed-,
era! aid, and th3 1927 legislature is.
slated for a stiff fight for control of
the road budget and over distribution,
of the funds. Both tlic pro-Hartley
and anti-Hartley factions, while pro
fessing confidsnce for nn "open-minded"
legislature, are moving for con
trol of tin road program. Tho faction
that handles the road bill is almost
certain to dominate the legislature.
Itever. uo3 for tha motor vehicle fund
In 1027 and 1928, ur.le:i3 tha leglshi.
turo incioase3 or decreases the motor
lieonsa fees and tho two-cont gaaolina
tax, will run about an follov.-w: 1927
gasoline tax, $3,400,0(10; motor Mcen: n
fees, 3,485 003.. 1928-gauoline tax.
S3 550,000; motor lieuiao foes, $7,15n..
000, This estimate r.iake.i a biennial
total of $20,500,000.
91rt's Casualties Are 1496
Rechcok of Casualties Show North
west Pays Heavily in Lives.
Washington, D. C Tho 91st or
"Wild-Went" 'division of thu Ameri
can expeditionary forces in thu world
war, recruited largaly from the Pa
cific northwest, sustained a total of
C108 Imttlo casualtltH, of which 1131
were man killed In action, according
to a re;hptW of all records made by
tho adjutant-general's deiHirlmuht dur
ing the last fiscal year.
OniKon soldlora In the war unfit rod
1214 casualties, Including 237 men
killed In action and 7'J who mibsc
Quently died of woundy, a total of lllii
Snldfora from the tilato of Washing
ton suffered 2667 casualties, Incltidin-;
696 battle deaths; Idaho soldier.
1170 casualties, Including 3 05 liattlo
deaths, and California troops 5791
casualties, including I2t'5 iattl
Farm Bill IntroduciJ by McNary.
Washington, I). C.The revised Me-Nary-Haui;en
farm relief I i ' I . propos
ing a S-"'0 0U0,('iO revolving fund In
ttabill.o American ngrh ell in e Ijy e.
jprting all sitrplin eroiu In cotton.
Wheat, corn, rlee ami tie,.:', wan in
troduced l the ta.-tr.il" In Sena'- r
McNary (rapublicnnt Or r? . t iiuii'
man of the s-jnate arieuli ur rom
Tllttee. The bill remained ma-iy
-hanM'H from the ni.!i nie defeated
in the s 'iinte iuMt soi'tng.
Heed fl.ver Apples Gr!nn rtig Prlc;.
Hood It'vur, );. - ;t r..ri prices fur
1926 an. I s f i r rece ived by the upp'.u
growt i ; - - -'. r-tiui for a car of Lady
applcH. It v :: M.'ii t!( at New
Ywrl; anf ;. n. l ie.'. a iaiu;ed fn i.i
Zi to 15; eer b; X. iW.li .t of the fi ll f.
was hlj'it' ,ilre I. 'Iiuiar b'ou.':,:i.t