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A LOTTERY WITHOUT A WINNER
By W. R. MOREHOUSE
Public Relation! Commission, American Bankers Association
(There is presented herewith the first of a erie of article exposing the wile
v cnorjjer who are ajter your money.
I A LMOST unbelievable amounts are lost to the American people
-aa annually from unwise ventures. This loss, estimated at near
ly one billion dollars a year, is accounted for when you take into
consideration that practically all of the money
"invested" in numerous fake schemes and
half-baked projects is forfeited by the invest
ors. In presenting: this series of articles re
garding sharp practices and various kinds of
swindles we hope to prevent thousands of peo
pie from falling into the traps already set for
them by irresponsible and unscrupulous pro
Through the use of only actual cases se
lected from several thousand, it is hoped to
prove conclusively the futility of taking
"gambler's chance" with your savings, for as
in a lottery without a winner you are bound to
lose. Much of the material here used has been
supplied by the Better Business Bureaus
throughout the United States which are non
proht . organizations serving the investor
without charge and acting wholly in the
Dublin intprPRf.' T?onrJ thocn naaaa on1
. . ... - -wM vawj vuuva niiu
men me inSM away for future referent, fnr anrmor nr Into, vam
may find yourself on the verge of "taking a leap in the dark", of
opei-uiduiig mm your savings as the people here told about were
Inveigled Into doing. ?
A good front" has put over more
crooked deals than any other one
thing. Every irresponsible promoter
Bpeclalizes.in putting on 'a "good
front" in his dealings with those
whom he fleeces out of their savings.
Whether or not he is successful Is due
to a large degree on how good a front
he is able to put on. In motion pic
tures, the sets, or "props" as they are
called, supply the setting for the
scenes. They are used to portray
things that seem large, things that
seem grand and beautiful. Peer be
hind those seta and what do you see
there? You see that the attractive
fronts are supported by braces
made pf the cheapest, knottiest
and poorest timber imaginable.
They serve their purpose in the
world of make-believe, but in real
life you cannot afford to buy
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Satanic cunning they fall in line with
their intended victim's likes and dis
likes, his viewpoint and his hobby,
and when they have gained his favor
and trust they grow more and more
confidential, presently taking a great
interest in his welfare and happiness.
Before long they are offering advice
and pointing out how he can better his
own interests by making a new dis
position of his available cash or by
selling his present good securities and
buying others recommended by them
' Your promoter will draw upon your
imagination and paint a picture of a
scheme by which you can make thou
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only good fronts. Your
house must have real
rooms behind it, your purchases and
investments real values. In the field
of wild-cat financing if you peer be
hind the "good front" which the pro
moter puts on you will find that it Is
supported only by deception, dishon
esty and fraud.
Unscrupulous persons of" the "good
front" type are expert actors in the
role ot "big brother" to inexperienced
inventors with money at their com
mand. Ae protector and advisor to
the widow and the inexperienced,
which they claim to be, they are in
reality wolves in sheep's clothing.
Gaining the Victim's Confidence
In personal appearance they are
impressive. As conversationalists
they are convincing. As students of
the traits of human nature they rate
high. In short, they know how to
stalk their prey successfully. With
The Lure of Easy Money
sands of dollars without effort
or risk, he may describe
some invention soiling (or an astound
ing sum, or depict the prospects of a
fabulous mine or oil company that is
going to double and treble in value
pver night As a climax he may paint
the picture of a vine-covered cottage
which is to be yours in your old age,
with its radiantly burning lire on the
hearth and with all the luxuries that
go with a happy home. And finally, he
may paint you sitting before this fire,
happy and contented independent for
life, as the result of an investment
made according to his advice.
But there is a great difference be
tween what you get and what the
wild-cat promoter paints in the imag
ination of bis victims. By the lure of
easy money he leads them over the
precipice of financial ruin. Instead of
old-age ease and. comforts there usu
ally results poverty and privation.
(The next article in this tcrict will tell of a clever scheme practiced many
parts of the country by Khicli the ttuwury art robbed of their money.)
31 Years Ago "j
July 10, 1896 .
Born Near Athena, June 7, 1896
to Mr. and Mrs. Adam Raymond, a
Pendleton is endeavoring to raise
by subscription ?2000 for a new tele
In the 100 yard foot race at Pen
dleton, Austin Foss, of Athena, won:
time 13 2-5 seconds.
George Martin and bride have- re
turned from a wedding trip to the
Sound. They will reside in Athena.
Miss Mary McDonnald, arrived in
the city Monday from Prince Edward
Island. She is the guest of Mr. and
Mrs. Angus Gillis.
Charles Henry is again in Athena.
He returned the fore part of the
frcra his packing trip with one
tf the big sheep outfits.
In the ball game at Pendleton on.
the 4th, between Pendleton and Wes
ton, the score stood 13 to 22 in favor
of Weston. The Foss boys and
Charles Dunn, of Athena, assisted
The board of directors have secur
ed the services of Professor G. H.
Dunn, of Oregon City, principal; H.
H. Curtis, Mrs. Freeman and Miss
Winnie Hastings, as teachers in our
public schools for the coming year.
Justice Partes, of Pendleton, found
for the defendants iq the case of D.
St Dennis and Julia St. Dennis vs.
Matt Mosgrove, Mr. and Mrs. Stam
per and Hugh P.oby, in v.hicli the
plaintiffs charged the wrongful and
unlawful taking of 25 head of swiua.
The court, being advised that the de
fendant had secured judgment upon
the same in Athena, could not see
that the animals had been unlawfully
John M. Bentley, of Pendleton de
puty United States marshal, has re
ceived a re-appointment to his of
fice. " He never was out of the office,
but congress passed a law which
made it necessary for all deputies
of federal officers to be re-appointed
and Marshal Grady has sent Mr.
Bentley his papers again.
Miss Harriette Woodruff, 'who on
Monday turned over the keys of of
fice as county superintendent to J.
F. Nowlin, will remain in Umatilla
county until September, when she
goes to Portland to take her new
position as teacher in the public
schools. She will visit the East End
and spend a week in Camas prairie
visiting friends before leaving for
A. J. Parker, Eb, Waterman and
Mr. Winden have returned from the
Waitsburg Won 5-3
Waitsburg, county league champs,
took Fruitvale, Valley league leaders,
down the line to a 5-3 tune Sunday
afternoon at Fruitvale in an inter
league contest. Joe Webster had
the best of Blaine Hodgen ir. a
southpaw battle, the former striking
out 16 and yielding only four hits
while the latter was being touched
for six blows and whiffed nine.
Lindy Coming West
From Boise to Spokane He
Will Pass Over Air
Many Luminous Plants
Known to Naturalists
Glow worms are not the only living
things that are luminous. Several
plants and parts of plants have the
power of shining in the dark.
There Is, for example, a luminous
moss. It can be seen in crevices
among rocks and large groves by the
roadside, sometimes in patches meas
uring six or seven inches across. The
common torment!! elves off a llclit.
too just close near the roots. If the
roots are dug up and cleaned of soli.
they will be clearly outlined In the
darkness by a pale green phosphores
The light given off by decaying
wood Is common enough, but few peo
ple perhaps have noticed the Heht
given off by leaves during the fall of
the year. When beech and oak leaves
start decaying they glow with much
the same kind of light that comes from
This light is caused by tiny threads
that are Interwoven into the plants
and are essential to their health, al
though often they do not stnrt glow
ing until the plants are either dying
or dead. If the underside of a glow- J
Ing beech leaf Is . examined under a
magnifying glass, small yellow spots
will be seen. These are the centers
of the fibers, and If one Is disturbed
with the point of a pin It will slow
more brightly for a few minutes.
It is possible that Colonel Charl.es
A. Lindbergh will fly over or near
Athena sometime between September
1 and 15. Between those dates he is
to visit Cheyenne, Salt Lake, Boise
Butte, Spokane, Seattle and Portland.
From Salt Lake and Boise he will
undoubtedly fly the Pasco-Elko mail
Every state in the union and sev
enty-five cities will be visited by
Lindbergh, who will leave New York
in his monoplane Spirit of St. Louis,
on a three month's tour under aus
pices of the Daniel Guggenheim Fund
for the promotion of aeronautics.
Colonel Lindbergh will leave July
20, and between that date and the
end of the month, it is planned for
him to visit various Ne.w England
cities and Syracuse, New York.
Arrangements for a reception at
each of the cities to be visited have
been made with the respective may
ors. It is planned to have Colonel
Lindbergh speak to large representa
tive audiences with the intention of
building up support of air mail, es
tablishment of airports and increas
ing general interest in aviation.
Fag" Fully Reinstated In Kansas.
Topeka, Kan. Kansas has been
buying cigarettes legally for several
weeks, and now it can advertise
them in its newspapers. The state
supreme court ruled that advertising
of cigarettes In the state could not
be prohibited, and declared invalid
that section of the new law, legaliz
ing meir sale, which sought to nro-
hibit advertising of them.
Death of Thomas A. Purdy
The Weston Leader reports the
death of Thomas A. Purdy, member
of -a pioneer family formerly resident
of Weston and Athena, died July 6,
1927, in Denver Colorado, of pernic
ous anaemia. Mr. Purdy was born
November 8, 1875, and grew to young
manhood in this vicinage. The re
mains were brought to Weston, when
funeral services were held Sunday.
In the play-off tie in the Big Four
league, Weston defeated Helix Sun
day at Eound-Up Park, Pendleton, 1.0
to 9 in a well played game. Weston
was handicapped, Snider substituting
behind the bat for Raymond Banister,
who had an injured hand. The game
was close throughout, and was wit
nessed by a large crowd, many at
tending from Helix and Weston.
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