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    Entered at the Poat Office at Athena. Oregon, as Second-Claaalall Matter
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U. S. To Treat With
1 the Chinese Factions
If the Delegates Are Named
Secretary Kellogg Will
Discuss Treaties.
.Washington, D. C The United
States has notified all Chinese fac
- tions and the powers signatory to the
Washington : conference treaties that
; If proper delegates can be agreed up
: on in the war torn country it stands
ready to transact, either in concert
with other nations or alone, if neces
: sary, a new tariff and extra territor
ial treaties with China. '
However, until new treaties are ne
gotiated with "somebody representing
. China," and ratified by the senate,
existing pacts "cannot be abrogated."
These are the cardinal points in
; Secretary Kellogg'a long waited Chi
nese policy declaration, made public
in the form of a "statement," and mak
ing no mention of the British memor
andum on the subject,, to which it had
first been planned to be an answer.
It pointed out that American naval
forces will be held in Chinese waters
to protect American life and property
in event the "Chinese authorities are
unable to afford such protection," as
serted the United States has watched
with sympathetic interest the "Nation
alist awakening of China," and ex
pressed a desire to observe strict neu
trality as between Chinese factions
and to deal with that country in "a
most liberal spirit" as to unequal
treaties. .
Spokane, Wash. Washington farm
ers received a total of $125,000,000 for
their 14 principal crops in 1926, the
federal crop reporting board estimates
in a report made public here. This
compares with a total income from
the same source of $153,000,000 the
previous year. ... ,
Winter wheat, with an acreage of
847,000 and a yield of 23 bushels an
acre, showed a return on 19,481,000
bushels of 22,405,000 at $1.15 a bush
el as again.3t a return of $12,571,000
in 1925 on a 372.000 acreage at $1.28
a bushel.
Spring wheat showed a decided
drop, from 39,883,000 for the 1925
crop, on an acreage of 1,700,000 at
$1.81 a bushel, to $24,324,000 realized
from 20,790,000 bushels at $1.17 a
bushel, rai3ed on 1,260,000 acres plant
ed last year.
Total receipts from the apple crop
of 34,030,000 bushels were $25,522,000
at 75 cents a bushel. This compared
with $38,415,000 realized the year be
fore from a smaller crop of 29,550,000
bushels sold at $1.39 a bushel.
Rehearsals Are Directed
, By Mrs. Loren Basler
Rehearsals for "Once in a Blue
Moon" the operetta to be presented
Tuesday evening February 15th by
the Etude club are going .forward
with enthusiasm.
Mrs. Loren Basler who will direct
the production has arrived from
Boise and under her efficient super
vision solists and chorus are being
The setting of this musical ro
mance is strictly modern with touches
cf college youth and love making in
terspersed throughout : . ,
' Delightful dances lend a festive air
to the production and a complete
unity is displayed by chorus and so
An added attraction will be the
Style Show sponsored by Bond Broth
ers of Pendleton which will be pre
sented between acts. . ,
This company will also furnish
many of the costumes for those tab
ing part in the operetta.
Attractive lighting effects will be
used and from every standpoint the
affair promises to be the best ever
presented by the club.
Car Skids Off Highway
While returning from the basket
ball game at Helix Saturday night,
O. C. Hadley's car skidded from the
highway. The accident took place
at the turn from the Helix road on
to the hardsurfaced highway. Mr.
Hadley's Essex coach skidded up
against the embankment, and in do
ing so the left rear wheel struck a
rock and was completely, demolished
The running board was shattered,
and this was the extent of damage
to the car. 'Mr. and Mrs. Hadley,
little son and three high school girls,
occupants of the car, were not injur
ed in the least.
New Hospital Opens
Dr. Wallace Pratt, secretary of the
board of trustees of the" new genera!
hospital at Walla Walla, announces
the opening of the institution on next
Wednesday, February 9. ' A public
reception will be given at the hospital
Tuesday afternoon and evening Feb
ruary 8, the hours being 2 to 5 and
7:30 to 10. A brief musical program
is being arranged and a short ad
dress will be given, this talk to be
Cashier Locked In Vault as Cash and
Securities Are Scooped Up.
. Oakville, Wash. The Oakville State
bank was looted at 11:30 o'clock Mon
day morning of $10,000 in currency
and securities by two unmasked men
who entered the place while A. W.
Jensen, cashier, was alone. He was
ordered Into the vault at the point of
revolvers, while the robbers gathered
up all the cash in sight .
As. they were engaged in this, the
assistant cashier, Miss Leona Lera
roons, returned from the postoffice
and was forced to stand in a corner
until one of the men started a sedan
In which they fled in the direction pf
Aberdeen, 37 miles distant. - r
Government Offer Pulp Timber.
Washington, D. C To assist In the
establishment of. a paper manufactur
ing industry in Alaska, producing at
least a million tons of paper a year,
and to relieve to some extent the ne
cessity for American users buying
from Canadian . and Newfoundland
mills, the government offered through
the forest service for competitive bid
ding, two of the largest timber tracts
it ever had offered. Each embraces
5,000,000,000 board feet of pulp wood
Olive Long Known to Man
Olives are named In the earliest ac
count of Egypt and Greece. The tree
spread throughout Asia Minor, and
its fruit was one of the most valued
crops. The oil pressed from the fruit
was In general use throughout all
those countries. The olive was Bret
planted In Italy abont the year 5C2 B.
C. Cape Colony. Sovth Africa, has
rrnwo olives since 1730.
Mad Dog At Hermiston
. George Legler of Hermiston, found
his dog frothing at the mouth, and
believing something was fast in his
throat, lacerated his finger on a
tooth when he opened the dog's
mouth. Later the dog continued to
act queerly and it was killed. The
head was sent to Portland for ex
amination and it developed that the
dog was afflicted with rabies. Leg
ler was at once given the serum
Helix Takes Both Games
' Griswold high school of Helix took,
the boys and girls' double header
Saturday evening, from Athena high
school at the Griswold gym. The
Athena girls were defeated by the
close score of 9 to 6. The Athena
boys lost by the one sided scora of
32 to 11.
Dance Tomorrow Night
The Legion boys will give another
of their Saturday night dances tomor
row night. They are preparing to
entertain a big crowd. The Jolly
Joy-Maker's Orchestra will furnish
music for the occasion.
Billion-Doiiar Retirement In Prospect
for This Fiscal Year.
Washington, D. C -Public debt re
tirement of $1,000,000,000 this fiscal
year is in prospect, Director Lord of
the budget bureau informed the semi
annual business meeting pf the gov
ernment. General Lord reiterated that
the apparent surplus for this fiscal
year was $383,079,095 while the margin
for next year appeared to be $200,703,
863. He did not discuss tax reduction..
. Relating1 the results of the budget,
the director said that in the six bud
gets so far submitted to congress the
estimates totaled $22,741,082,295, which
was $1,492,458,996 less than was askec
by the executive departments.
Employer Can D ctste Trading, Rulec
Portland, Ore. Federal Judge Beat
has held that the Oregon state lav.
making it unlawful for a corporation
to dictate, under threat of discharge
as to what establishment its employer
shall patronize, or where they shall
reside, was unconstitutional because
It violated the right of contract and
such 1 authority was held not to be
within the police power of the state.
Umatilla Legislators
Present Unique Bill
Would Abolish the Office of
County Recorder; Boost
To Salaries,
An act to abolish the office of the
Umatilla county recorder, providing
for the transfer of the records and
duties of the county recorder to the
office of the county clerk and taking
the salary of the county recorder and
distributing it among other county
officials has been introduced jointly
in the state legislature by L. L,
Mann, S. A. Miller and J. S. Nor ell,
Umatilla county legislators.
The plan, which keeps within the
lines laid down by Governor Patter
son in his message, would increase
the salaries of county officials, and
at the same time make unnecessary
an increase for this purpose in the
budget of the county. The act
would become effective January 1,
1929. A copy of the bill follows:
"For an act to amend section 3621,
Oregon Laws, relating to the sal
aries of county officers of Umatil
la County, Oregon, and to abolish
the office of County Recorder of
Umatilla county, and io provide
for the transfer,, of the records and
duties of the office of County Re
corder to the office of the County
Clerk of Umatilla county. This act
not to become effective until Janu
ary 1, 1929.
"Be it enacted by the people of the
state of Oregon:
"Section 1. That section 3624,
Oregon Laws, be and the same is
hereby amended to read as follows:
"Section 3624. The county offic
ers of Umatilla county shall receive
as compensation for their services
the following annual salaries:
"1. County Judge, from $1,800 to
"2. County commissioners, $5 per
day for each day employed in the
transaction of county business.
"3. County treasurer, (1,500), $1,
800. ' . ' ; '
"4, County clerk, (2,000), $2,100.
"5. Sheriff (2,500), $2,756.
"6," All fees provided by law to
be paid to the constables in Umatilr
la county for services rendered as
such in civil cases shall be paid to
and be retained by the sheriff of
said county whenever he shall per
form such services, and shall not be
paid by him to the county treasurer.
All sheriff's fees for . mileage in
Umatilla county now provided for in
civil cases shall be paid to the sher
iff of said county and retained by
him, and not raid by the count;'
"7. Assessor, (1,500), $2,000; one
deputy (125) $130 per month, and
such other deputies as may be nec
essary but whose number and com
pensation shall be determined and
fixed by the county court pf Umatil
"8. County school superintendent
Big Medicine Dance
Causes Indian Death
Russell C. Wood of the secret serv
ice, who now guards John Coolidge
at Amherst and elsewhere.' Being
quite young, he will himself take
studies In the college.
(1,800) $2,000. In addition thereto
he shall receive , not to exceed $800
annually to defray his traveling ex
penses, which expenses shall be au
dited and allowed by the county
court in the same manner as other
bills are audited and allowed; pro
vided, that whenever one or more,
county school supervisors is or ape
employed in said county, then and in
that event no sum whatever shall be
allowed to said county school super
intendent for traveling expenses or
"Section 2. On and after January
1, 1929, the office of County Record
er of Umatilla county, Oregon, shall
be abolished and the records and
duties of the County Recorder shall
be transferred to the office of the
County Clerk . of Umatilla county.
"Section 3. This act is not to go
into effect until January 1, 1929."
Whitebird, Noted Nez Perce
Dies Participating
In Dance.
"Pals First" At the
Standard Tomorrow
First National's fine picture, "Pals
First" will be screened at the Stand
ard Theatre tomorrow night, with
Lloyd Hughes and Delores Del Rio in
the leading roles. "Pals First" has
to do with a man worth a million
but a hobo. It is from the st.u-y
written by Francis Perry Elliot and
the stage play by Lee Wilson Dodd -one
of First National's best pictures
of the year.
Sunday night Bebe Daniels will be
seen in a whopper of a crook story,
"The Splendid Crime." Nina DanMs
is supported by Neil Hamilton and a
big cast of Famous Players.. Good
comedies and news reels fit in nicely
with these two feature urograms.
The Standard has scheduled Jack
Holt in "The Enchanted Hill" from
Peter B. Kyne's greatest nowl for
Saturday, night week, and "The
Brown Derby" for Sunday following.
The Spokesman-Review gives the
following account of the passing of
Whitebird, noted Nez Perce Indian:
The first fatality connected with
the series of medicine dances conduc
ted at different points on the Nez
Perce resc: v' occurred Thursday
night at the hamlet of Webb, near
this place, when James Whitebird, 60,
in his desire to outdo all of his
tribe's people, danced until he be
came frenzied, then fell dead from a
heart attack.
These dances have been held at
Lapwai, Spalding and Webb and have
been largely attended, . the medicine
men coming from Montana. In these
dances the Indians, in order to think
they are being relieved of ills, real
or imaginable, go through the same
forms as practiced by their forefath
ers, throwing themselves to the
ground and writhing in seeming
agony until they think themselves
cured. On ft number of occasions, it
is reported, the dancers cause them
selves to enter a cataleptic state and
the medicine man is also adept a
practicing a hypnotic influence cm
his subjects, and tales, reaching here
tell of the men and women having to
undergo treatment after they leave
the dances.
With the passing of Whitebird the
Nez Perce's lose their outstanding
figure in history. At the age of 10 h":
fought in the war against the whites in
1887 and, according to persons know
ing history, he proved a valuable ac
quisition to his father, Chief White
bird, and Chief Joseph, and was the
youngest person on the side of the
Indians. He was captured in Mon
tana by General Nelson A. Miles and
later banished to Oklahoma. He was
a stately figure and was always in
demand at public gatherings. His
war-time regalia, was considered the
costliest and most elaborate on the
reservation. He is survived by n
8-year-old-son. Funeral will be at
Sweetwater Monday,
On Barnstorming Trip
Coach Stolzheise and his Athena
Hi hoopsters left yesterday morning
on their annual barnstorming teur.
Games will be played with teRms of
Clarkston, St John and Endicolt,
Washington. The boys were accom
panied on the trip by William Kirk,
O. O. Stephens, F. B. Radtke, Art
Douglas and M. I. Miller.
The Groundhog's Shadder
Mr. Groundhog came out of hi3
dugout Wednesday and for a short
tjme interviewed his "shadder". Mr.
G. H.'had no trouble in finding his
shadow, for the day was warm and
spring-like, with sun shining and
snow entirely gone.
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Useleszness cf War
ProvsJ by Voltaire
One of Voltaire's most poptilni
books, his history of Charles XII, 1
devoted to n prnctlcul proof of the
utter folly of war. The life of Charles
XII of Sweden is an example without
equal of the colossal futility of war.
Charles, one of the world's most In
spiring examples of n canahle. inde
fatigable ruler, In a life of self-denial,
had but one fault, lie spent his entire
life making war. Starting his career
at the age of eighteen with the sui
cessful defense of his kingdom ngiinst
the combined forces of several of tlie
greatest countrjes of Europe, within
a comparatively .short time he was
complete dictator of eastern Kurope.
Many times he overwhelmed forces
outnumbering his own live or ten in
one. Crowning and dethroning kings?
almost tit will, his aimg were usually
altruistic. lie sought always to hi?
impartial and just. He undertook no
offensive wnr with the Intention of bet
tering himself or his country. Yet
when he died he had done no lasting
good. He had Irreparably impover
ished his own and other countries, and
had wasted his great life, which mighi
have been so productive of good to tli
world. In telling this most signXi
cant story Voltaire Impressed upon tli.
world the terrifying uselessness of tin
thing hp so hated war. From "Tii
Vouna Voltaire," by C.' U. Chase.
Small Change cf No
Inisrect to Royalty
Louis Philippe of liourbon, the
French pretender, had n royal way of
shopping. When the World war was
nt Its height, be stalked into an ex
pensive boot shop In London and or
dered a dozen pairs of boots and shoes.
The bootmaker wanted to sagged
something on account, as the man
was n stranger, but his remark that
the bill would run to about .fl'.TO met
with no response. So his wife tact
fully asked for some money toward
the cost of buying leather. The
stranger pulled out n thick roll ol
treasury notes and handed It over.
A week later he returned and "Irled
on." The result was satisfactory and
the bootmaker Inquired us to where
to send the order.
"You may consign It to the king of
France." ho replied, anil named his
hotel. The order was delivered by
messenger with a flowery letter In
French, In which was enclosed ?2i!.,'l),
representing (be amount overpaid. A
day or two later a secretary appeared
ut the shop with the news that the
king was Incensed at the refund, add
ing affably that it would have beep
nil the same If the balance bad been
on the other side. Mam liosttr Guard-Ian.
The Blue Danube
,yenr Vienna on the Danube at the
Woti Gates the speed of (he current I
from 12 to 10 feet per second and tin
British nionllor the Glowworm go'
stymied halfway up It. couldn't g
either forward or astern, and bail d
hold down her valves to get n high
enough head of steam to struggle on!
of It. It was a question whether die
would go up or blow up.
It takes a special towing steamer,
pulling Itself up on a cable from one
and one-half to two hours, to up
this two-kilometer stretch. The Ger
mans used locomotives to (low ships
through It during the war. Down
below Orsova these dreaded Iron Gales
nre not one-half so sticky as the sixly
flve miles of rapids and submerged
ledges below Drencova. As a matter
of fact, the "Scbachlet" by Vllshofen
la one of the nastiest parts of the
river. Negiey Farson In Adventure
Pure Air on Market
In Amsterdam, Holland, the munici
pal electric light works sell air to citi
zens. This seems mi odd by-product
of the electric Industry until It Is con
sidered that the electric ozonation
process Is one of the most effective
means of purifying air Just as light
ning "freshens" a dank and humid at
moKpbere, stimulating thowo who
breathe It. The Dutch air Is drawn
down n chimney 100 feet high,
purified and dried by electricity and
compressed Into cylinders like those
used for soda fountain gas In America.
These are sold to homes In Ibe city
on an annual contract basis, for about
$21 a year. Slow release of the air
In bedrooms of people afllicted with
asthma Is said to bring relief U the
Slitting Parrot's Tongue
"It Is a widespread superstition that
to enable a parrot to talk (In Imita
tion of human speech) It Is necessary
to split the tongue," says Alexander
Wet more In the Scientific Magazine.
"This, however, has no foundation In
fact, and when practiced only Inflicts
sn unnecessary cruelty. Birds make
sounds In a llttlo organ known t th
syrinx at the lower end of the trachea
or windpipe, and as tho tongue has
little to do with the process, splitting
it has no connection whatever with
the ability to lmltato sounds."
Coolidge is Against
All Martial Gestures
President in Favor of Ade
quate Preparedness for
National Protection.
Washington, D. C An assurance of
"adequate military preparedness" was
coupled with a warning against mili
taristic gestures or acts leading to
competition in armaments, by Presi
dent Coolidge iu speaking before the
semi-annual business meeting of the
government. The president also re
ported a prosperous condition of the
treasury, but again withheld promise
of early tax reduction pending a study
of the producing ability of the new
revenue law.
Mr. Coolidge made no direct refer
ence to the struggle in congress to
override his stand against immediate
construction of three new cruisers, or
to the proposal to increase the budget
figure for tho army, but he took oc
casion to remind congress that tho
question of national defense is always
given "the most Berious thought in
my recommendations to the congress
in the budget message." .
"What we need, and all that we
need for national protection, is ade
quate preparedness," he said.
Pointing out that the government
had reduced its public debt below tho
119,000,000,000 mark and now is more
than $2,000,000,000 ahead of the debt-
retirement schedule, the president de
clared the nation was probably in the
most fortunate financial condition of
all tho great nations of the world.
But, from a financial standpoint
alone, he insisted, the United States
must refrain "from any gesture which
could possibly be construed as mi'.i-
Washington, D. C An increase In
population of 23,000 is estimated for
the state of Oregon during the fiscal
year 1927 by the commerce depart
Oregon on July 1, 1927, will have
890,000 residents, officials of the cen
sus bureaujbolleve, as compared with
877,000 on July 1, 192G. Tho official
census of 1920 credited Oregon with
783,389 persons on January 1 of that
year, so tho estimate made for tho
middle of 1927 would Indicato a gain
in population for tho stale of 106,011
over a period of Vk yean.
Tho estimates forecast an increase
or tha state of Washington from 1.-
538,000 on July 1, 1920, to 1,GG2,000 on
July 1, 1927, and for California from
4,310,000 in 192(5 to 4,433,000 la 1927.
Tho population of tho entire United
Stolen, estimated at 117,130,000 on
July 1, 1920, will have Increased to
118,(,2S,0U0 on July 1, 1927. says tho
census bureau. Sinco tho official pop.
ulation of the United Stales at the last
census was 105,710,020, It Is presumed
to have Increased 12,917,380 in Vz
Photophone Pictures Perfected to
Point of Practical U3e.
Schnectady, N. Y. The smallest
motion picture theatr.i in the cuunlrv
may now have the services of a K)1)
pleco orchestra to accompany its re U
If It desires, mid to the possible mys
tification of the audience, tho orchc.
tra will not be present, even though
its music Is heard as distinctly an
though It were.
This has been made possible by de
velopment, to the point wb ro It is
commercially practicable, of tho "talk
ing movie" by r search sck-ntists of
the General Fleet rk: company, it was
announced here, siimultaneou My with
a private showing of the new pictures,
which are called "photophoni s."
I3y this process, both action and
sound are recorded simultaneously, if
desired, or can he recorded separately
and later put together without destroy
ing the synchronization.
Washington State Banks Cain.
Olympla, Wash.- noports from tho
255 state banks iuiJ trunt conipnn'es
of this state to the Mate hanking di
vision as of Docembi-r 31, 1920, indi
cate rapid progress toward normal
conditions and reflect grout credit Ui
on the stability of the titute, Supervis
or II. C. Johnson said. An Ir.cruas of
fit 0S7.6fl9.37 in the total r; :.-ourcea
'it tho banks was mudo In 1925 over
tho previous year.