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ATHENA, UMATILLA COUNTY, OREGON, FRIDAY MORNING, JANUARY 21, 1927
Basis . of Attitude Protection
- of Lives and Property
Washington, D. C. While senate
and house were debating on the Mex-
ican-Nicaraguan imbroglio, the White
'House took occasion to again outline
the attitude of the administration to
ward Mexico's land and oil regula
It was explained ' that President
Coolidge regards the controversy be
tween the United States and Mexico
over oil and land laws as boiled down
to the single question: ,
"Shall the property of American
citizens in Mexico be confiscated, or.
taken without being paid for?"
Coolidge feels that every step taken
by his direction in regard to the new
Mexican laws ha3 been taken with
that in mind,, and for the purpose of
So far as Nicaragua is concerned
the president feels that the Monroe
Doctrine has a specific place in con
nection with the administration's
policy. In-view of the fact that other
powers do not send forces into Cen
tral or South America countries to
protect their own nationals and their
interests, it is their custom to notify
the United States when they regard
thsir nationals as iij jeopardy, in order
, that the Washington government may
first determine, in the light of the
Monroe Doctrine, what action is cares
In the case of Nicaragua, two Euro
pean countries informed the Washing
ton government of fears entertained
ior their nationals In Nicaragua and
the president took the view that this
aspect of the question could not be
MERGER OF NORTHERN
St. Paul, Minn. Definite plans for
the merger of the Great Northern and
the Northern Pacific railways may be
ready for presentation to the inter
state commerce commission within 90
This information: was - given by
Ralph Budd, president of the Great
Northern, who said details of the plan
are being worked put'iiow'in frequent
conferences of the rail officials.
Through ownership of 97 per cent
of the stock of the Chicago, Burling
ton & Quincy railroad, these roads
also would control operation of that
line, effecting a system totaling 28,000
If the merger Is approved by the
interstate commerce commission the
consolidated system will have a capi
talization of more than $850,000,000
and a combined valuation of around
Work on the proposed merger plan
is progressing, Mr. Budd said, but any
announcement that it is complete "is
premature and inaccurate.'' .
When the plan is perfected, It is
the intention of the roads to make
its details known to officials in states
through which the three lines operate,
before seeking approval of the federal
Buddhists, Now Claim
Discovery of America
Five Buddhist priests from China
discovered America. This Is the claim
made by Scle Tou Fa, director of the
Chinese information service In France,
reported by the Pathfinder Magazine.
These priests In 468 discovered an "im
mense land" lying 3,250 leagues cast
of China. They named the land "Fou
Chang," and, according to Scie, from
the description which they gave of It
there Is no possible doubt that it waa
the American continent Nearly forty
years later Fou Chang was visited by
a Buddhist priest named Hul Shen.
Where he landed Is not known; but
there Is a legend In Mexico about
"Haipecocha," who, Scle, claims, wa
the Buddha priest who dressed in a
long robe and taught the Inhabitants
a new religion and philosophy. In this
connection Scie reminds scholars of
the subject that the first Spanish ex
plorers who landed In South America
and Mexico were strack by the resem
blance of the native architecture to
that of the Far East For Instance,
one god had an elephant head, which
certainly must have beta of Asiatic
origin. A figure of Buddha, saya
Scie. was found In Mexico; It waa
squatting In Oriental fashion. Even
In Colorado Chinese, legends were
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American Indians'1 Shields
The heavy ' Iron shield used by
knights In the days of chivalry had
its prototype in the, rawhide disk of
the American plains Indians. While
the design Imprinted, upon the iron
defender of the medieval warrior was
symbolic, It was not magical , like
those emblems painted upon the ab
original '-escutcheons now In the pos
session of the. University of Pennsyl
vania museum, says the Philadelphia
Art alone did not prompt the Amer-
lean Indian to embellish his defensive
weapons, but a belief In the supernat
ural power of color laid in designs
to ward off evil, according to Henry
Usher Hall, curator of the section of
general ethnology of the museum.
Shortening the Long Winter Nights
French "Independence Day
The name "Day of the Bastille" is
given in French history to the 14th of
July, 1780, because on that day the
mob, . assisted by the Gardes Fran-
caises, rose In Insurrection and de
stroyed the prison fortress of the Bas
tille. During the years 1790-1792, the
anniversary of this event was called j
"La Fete de la Federation." The Day I
nf the Eastille is also known as the
Day of July," and is celebrated by
the French as a patriotic holiday,
much as the Americans celebrate the
signing of the Declaration of Inde
pendence on the Fourth of July.
Marx Aoain Is German Chancellor.
Berlin Wilhelm Marx was dsslg j
nated by President Von Hindeubui j J
to succeed himself as German chac,
cellor. Marx was defeated in, thi
reich8tag before the holidays and re
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Old Hawaiian Custom
of Birth Celebration
In years gone by the Ilawailnns, n
primitive, nature-loving people, made
gods of mountains, trees and stones,
the "alii" or chiefs associated Hie
birth of a child with a specific -tree.
A'tamurind or a kon tree was planted
nt The-time -a chief's child was born,
And grew to maturity with the child.
On certain occasions the first fruits
f n young tree, coconut palm by pref
erence were plucked by a son of the
"alii." . ... , : r
When an heir was born to the "alii"
the ceremonial drum was beaten at
the temple mnd'a sacred hula per
formed. Oifc of . ' these ceremonlul
drums, taken from p Temple on Dia
mond head, In Honolulu, is of koa
wood (mahogany) and nearly four
feet lilfih.. Its ends are covered with
.sharkskin mid the Bides decorated
with human teeth.
As the great drum booms" out its
message that'a son has been bom to
the "hIII," the people' gnther to offer
sacrifices and' 'propitiate the gods. - A
feast Is given by the chief and the se
cred Imln-hula Is performed. Tills sa
cred hula Is more n historic panto
mime tlum a mere dance, and Is as
different from the hula-hula of today
as a symphony orchestra Is from o
inxz band. '
Twice Escaped Death
Plans Carefully Laid
Sorcerers In Papua, or New Guinea,
seldom attempt to employ their "purl
purl," as native magic is termed,
against white men, but twice one Mini
Oa rlid seek to avenge a funded wrong
by bringing about the death of Merlin
Moore Taylor, the writer relates In
"The Heart of Black Papua"
The first attempt was frustrated
when a native discovered that a coco
nut handed the white man contained
minute slivers of bamboo In the nut's
milk. If swallowed, these bits of fiber
would penetrate the delicate tissues of
I he vital organs, causing Inflammation
and eventually death.
Later Taylor narrowly escaped
death from a snake which charged
toward him while he was walking
along a narrow path. The sorcerer
had captured the poisonous reptile,
tied a noose of pliant vine back of Its
head, and placed it In a pot over a Are
with a handkerchief owned by Taylor.
Tortured by the heat, the snake asso
ciated the scent of the ImndUerchlef
with Its torture, and when released
sought to attack the person whose
scent was similar to that of the hand
kerchief, .; . .. ... rv.., :.
The witch doctor then became re
signed and disappeared Into the Jungle
until the white man had departed.
On the Trolley Car
On board the trolley enr which plies
between the Sixty-ninth street termi
nal and Kaston a man and wife were
In earnest conversation. The man
had born speaking In- subdued tones
when his' wife burst out with: "She
wasn't. She wasn't to blame. If
there's apv blame to be fixed It be
longs to the husband. I think she
was entirely Justified. Any woman In
her place would have done the same.
I don't care If the meals were late.
She loved him and that made it all
right." No, gentle reuder, this Isn't
the sort of marital dlfflcuily you sus
pect. The husband of the woman
who spoke the foregoing, exclaimed:
"Hut any woman that wastes all aft
ernoon on a Pekingese Is a good-for-nothing
bum, and any man who stands
for such nonsense, deserves to get In
digestion." Philadelphia Ilecord.
Court Orders State Board of Educa
tion to Appear January 26.
Salem, Or. An alternate writ of
mandamus was issued In ths Marion
county circuit court hore In proceed
ings brought by Row, Peterson & Co.
to compel the state board of educa
tion to enter into contracts with the
plaintiff publishing corporation for
furnishing textbooks for tho public
sdiocls of Oregon adopted at a meet-
ng of the state textbook commission
held In Salem last November.
It was set out In the complaint that
tho textbook commission awarded to
How, Peterson & Co. the contract for
tho Br.iwn-Eldrtdgo arithmetic, but
tint the stato board of education has
n-fiutd to (.xacuto or carry out the
terms of tho authorization.
Judgo McMahan has fixed Wednes
day, January 20, a3,the date upon
which tho stalo board of education
Khali appear In court.
, v. n r, , '
Asked for It
Said the teacher: "Now, boys, quad
ruped and biped, you know, are two
kinds of animals. Quadruped, animal
with four legs, such as cow, elephant
and horse. Piped, animal with two
legs, such as well, ah Yes, there
Is a biped" -pointing to a picture of
a goose on the wall "and I am a
biped, and you are all bipeds. Now,
what am I?"
A breathless pause, then one of the
bipeds answered. "A eooso. sir I"
Chairman Instructed to Ask
for an Early Vote on
Washington, D. C The house agri
culture committee approved the Mc-s
Nary-Haugen farm relief bill by a vote
of 13 to 8.
The vote was taken after a motion
to. substitute the Curtis-Crisp bill fail
ed, 16 to 5. The Curtis-CriBp hill re- .
ceived 10 votes against 11 for the Mc-Nary-IIaugen
i . The committee's action ended a
hard three day fight over the' pro
posal for an equalization 'fee levied
on basic crops to control crop sur
pluses. This principle Is included in
. Throughout the long struggle over
farm relief the equalization fee has
been the principal point of divergence.
Among thos8 who favor the fee are
southern democrats who do not how-.
ever, want it imposed upon cotton im
mediately because, they con tendon,
the Industry cannot stand it for two
Chairman Haugen was instructed to
ask ; the rules committee to provice
for an early house vote on the pro
posal, which is certain to face a bitter ''
fight if it is called upon before March"
A measure to encourage agrlcul-
tural extension work by states was
offered by Senator Capper, republican,
Kansas, providing for a federal appro- (
prlatlon of $480,000 for the first year'
to be divided equally between the
Each year tho appropriation wou'd
be Increased by 6500,000 until the end .
of the 11th year, when an annual ap
propriation of f3,000,000 . would be
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?: OIL: CONTROVERSY
Mexico City. -A temporary truce in
the oil laws controversy seemed as
sured after a conference between Sec
retary of Industry Morones and at
torneys for the petroleum companies.
While official comment was with
held, authoritative sources close to th ;
oil group said the controversy has
been temporarily sidetracked and dan
ger of further dispute removed pend
ing settlement by the supreme court.
It was understood that undor ihu
accord reached at the conference the.
oil companies involved In the dispute
have been assured that their demand-.!
will be temporarily granted "for all
practical purposes" of operation.
It was said Injunctions would bo
granted the oil companies by the gov
ernment which will permit the com
panies to operate without interference
under the disputed laws.
Whether such action would settlo
the issues advanced-by the United
States namely, that the land and pe
troleum laws of January 1 nre both
confiscatory and retroactive cannot
be determined at present, it was said.
CANADA EXPORTS RUM
$20,000,000 Worth of Llnor Sent to
United States Ports.
Vancouver, D. C That Canada ex
ported liquor to the value of $20,001),
000 to the United States since the
antl-smugsling treaty was signed, waa
the announcement made by Canadian
It Is Illegal to ship liquor to the Uni
ted States, but t lie laws of Canada
states that Cauadian customs officials
cannot refuse clearance to a ship loud
ed with liquor provided that ship
shows eery evidence of being able
to make 'he trip.
While ihlH announcement was riiad"
from Ottawa, local customs offiieiiU
Btated that If the Canadian custom
on the Atlantic side has been defil
ing lliiunrladen ships for Unit.T
States ports, It is more titan tho o? .
flcials on the Pacific have been do
ing. Not aince tin; treaty has bei ii
signed nor for soi-i' time before hi
the local cm-totus department cleaitd
a ship with liquor for the United
Co-Operative Berry Men Organize
Sumner, WaHh. Co-operative h?n',v
grower.-) an.! packers vt Washington
and Or?(.n j?aiik,!l h.'ru under th
name nf tin' Perry Growers' Fnuna.
tlou, and mi-do plena to Hpsmil $5;),0 it
a year tor tin- next tivo years In a
national advetis!ng campaign.