A BIG JOB, BUT ITS DEAD EASY It would be a big job to tell one hundred people any-. thing that would interest them in your goods, but its dead easy if done the right way. This paper will tell several hundred at once at nominal cost. - r NOT ONE DAY CAN BE FOUND in the week but that you do not need stationery of some sort or other. We furnish neat, clean printing at the very lowest rates. Fast presses, modern types, modern work, prompt delivery. Entered at the Post Office at Athena, Oregon, as 8econd-Claee Mail Matter VOLUME 48. ATHENA, UMATILLA COUNTY, OREGON, FRIDAY MORNING, AUGUST 5. 1927. NUMBER 31 Washington Legion Elected Alexander Army Officer Named Com mander at Spokane . Convention. ' Spokane, Wash. Major-General Alexander, retired, ex-commander of Camp Lewis, was elected department commander of the American Legion r this state at the concluding' se slon of the ninth annual convention here. Centralia was awarded next year's convention. General Alexander, .whose world war command included the famous "lost battalion," was unopposed lor the office of state commander. Other officers elected were William D. Welsh, Port Angeles, a navy man, vice commander;! Stephen M. Chad wick, Seattle, national committeeman; Captain Storrey, Fort George Wright, departmental chaplain, and Dr. Owen Taylor, Kent, Wash., departmental historian. . . . Delegates to the national conven tion at Paris will be Dr. S. B. Rosen thal, Spokane; A. F. Brunkow, Spo kane; Sol Zwang, Marcus; K. C. An gle, Shelton, and Past Commander Raftis, Colville. Resolutions adopted by the conven tion favored preparedness on the basis of the 5-5-3 naval ratio; increased per sonnel for the navy,- and immediate work on the battleship to be assigned to the Bremerton navy yard; , univer sal conscription of man power and wealth in the event of "another -war; adoption of a national code for flag salutes; exemption of legion property from taxation; greater interest in Memorial day, and fraternizing with . the" Canadian legion. Mrs. William Scales of Centralia was elected state president o the legion auxiliary. Mrs. John Walker Died at Her Home After a Long Illness ': Death relieved the suffering . of Mrs. John Walker, at her home south of Athena city limits, Saturday even ing, after a long illness. Death was due to paralysis. : Mrs. Walker was born in Ontario Province, Canada, August 12, 1862, and at death was aged 64 years, 11 - months and 18 days. She is survived by her husband, one son and three daughters as fol lows, Clifford Walker, Athena; Miss Jennie MAiWalker, Athena; Mrs.,. J, R. Booher, Pendleton; Mrs. R. Rich mond, Walla Walla. Also a sister, Mts. F. Snyder of Pendleton, three brothers in Canada and one brother in Montana, survive. Mrs. Walker had been a resident of the Athena neighborhood for 37 years, residing with her family oil a farm Northwest of this city until two years ago, when she removed to the present home. She had been in failing health for a long time and bore her illness with marked brav ery and fortitude. . Funeral services were held at the Christian church in Athena, Wednes day afternoon at 2:30, interment tak ing place at Weston cemetery.' Machine Fires From Grain Dust Curtailed Number of Explosions Have Been Reduced Since! . Cause' Known. PROF. K. D. .GLINKA ESCAPED MURDERER KILLEDJYSHERIFFS Kverett, Wash. Edward Sickles, 24-year-old murderer, who escaped from the Snohomish county Jail while un der sentence to be hanged, died here early Sunday from wounds sustained in a gun battle with two' deputy sher iffs who had been trailing him .for weeks. Sickles shot and killed Percy Brew ster, Sultan marshal, in the Sultan Jail March 2. He was convicted on March 23 and sentenced to be hanged May 13. He escaped 13 days before his sentence was to be carried out. Sickles was located in a shack in the woods 20 miles from Everett by Deputy Sheriffs Youngblood, Johason, Ryan and M. B. Waller. The outlaw had driven to the cabin in an automo bile which be had stolen in Seattle. As Sickles left his car after driving up near the cabin, Deputies Young blood and Johnson, with sawed-off shotguns trained on the fugitive, ad vanced and ordered him to surrender. Sickles reached for his pistol and both deputies fired. As Sickles reeled he succeeded in getting his gun clear of the holster and fired one shot, which was ineffectual. AUTO KILLING HEAVY Motor Fatalities for Eight Years Are Higher Than Army Casualties. Washington, D. C. More people have been killed by automobiles in the United States during the last eight years than the American soldier dead In the world war, according to (he National Automobile chamber of commerce.' From January 1, 1919, to December 31, 1926, 137,017 persons were killed by automobiles while the total casual ties of the war In the American army forces were 120,050. - The injured in automobile accidents, however, were 8,500,000 since the armistice. Twenty-six per cent of the killed and Injured were children under the age of 15 years, according to the fig ures.' Last year it was estimated 23, 000 persons were killed, an increase of 1000 over 1925 and the largest death toll ever recorded by automo biles for a year. , Dublin. Ireland paid unusual honor to Frederick Sterling, first minister from the United States. Sterling was given a military escort and proceeded tatwara raws of buildings decorated witi American flags, when ho went to present his oredsntiaia.to uoversor Lindbergh Comes to Standard Tomorrow As a special offering on tomor row night's program, the Standard Theatre will present a one reel feat ure picture comprising "important scenes .of Lindbergh's non-stop ? At lantic 'flight. ' This feature- will be shown promptly at 8 :15, ; preceding the showing of Peter B.' Kyne "The. Understanding Heart," with Joan Crawford, . Rockcliffe -Fellowes and Francis X. Bushman, Jr., In the leading roles." Itfi'-'- Sunday night the much talked of Cosmopolitan production, "Captain Salvation, stunning story of the sea, . starring Lars Sanson., uljiie Starke and Ernest ToTrence, will be shown. The usual comedies, news reel and Review, will appear on the programs. State to Buy Bridge Steps were taken Monday by Wal la Walla and Pasco citizens for a Northwest-wide celebration of the purchase by the state of the Pasco Burbank bridge. This bridge was built by Walla Walla and Franklin counties in 1921 and has been op-; erated as a toll structure since then. The last legislature , approved funds to purchase it and the last step in making the structure toll-free is ex pected shortly, - Superintendent Meyer Here Lee A. Meyer, superintendent of Athena schools arrived in the city Tuesday from Marshfleld, where he has been spending the summer. Mr. Meyer recently underwent a success ful operation for relief from ap pendicitis. Mr. Meyer' returned to Marshfleld today. . He has secured the Sherman residence on the West side to live 4n - and with his family will return to Athena about August 28. Once a half -million dollar farm hazard, grain dust explosion has been lowered in the past decade to a po tential damage of from $15,000 to $75,0OQva -year, the I United. .States bureau of chemistry vavers. . The bulk explosions occur in the Pacific northwest, during the thresh ing season, bometimes mere is a loss of life, the separator is destroy ed and large quantities of straw and grain are burned. While a number of causes are as signed for dust explosion, greatest danger lies in the threshing of smut ty wheat. Scientists advance the theory that small particles of smut, found more abundantly in fall wheat, become electrified when the kernels are broken up by the cylinder teeth. Supporting the theory, investiga- tion has shown that 76 per cent of the explosions originate back of the cylinder, or near it. .'- Explosions occur in separators of all types and sizes. Danger reaches a; peak from 1 P. M. to 7 P. M., and is present particularly on hot, dry days conducive to electrostatic igni tion. T Sometimes friction parks, caused by gravel, flint or metal Btrik the cylinder knives, are responsible for- explosions. -. . It generally is conceded -that dan ger exists chiefly when, grain. dust is dry, suspended in the "atmosphere, and so diffused that the mixture of dust and air will Ignite with . suf ficient rapidity and violence to prop agate explosion. - Frequently two de tonations are heard' The first is sharp and quick, the , second a . loud roar, giving rise to.. belief that heat Uuid- tlame-of-a. protkbhji. light.! ignition stirs up sufficient du various" parts of the type generally followed by, serious (ire. Machinery wired in grounding scheme tests have operated through entire seasons without an expio&lon, Blower fans to- keep the. separators dust-free are in wide use. "To prevent dust explosions," 'the department of agriculture says, "it is necessary either to eliminate the dust cloud, or the source of ignition, or to change the atmospheric condi tions in such a way that combustion cannot occur." Tests show that heavy charges of static electricity are present in many machines, not infrequently more than 50,000 volts, Meteorite Sets Forest Fire Umatilla forest rangers report that a naming meteorite set nre to tne timber in the Walla Walla district of the forest The meteorite broke off a tree about 20 feet from the ground; lodged in the remaining stump, and the fire, attributed to lightning, re sulted. Boy Keeps Pledge Roy Biggins, 17, arrested for utea! ing, upheld the faith County Judge I. M. Schannep placed in him when he reported that he has arrived safe ly at the state training school at Salem. He was placed on his honor by the' judge who allowed him to go alone to the school. ? ' A Miniature Waterspout The highway at Blakeley Station, west of Athena was under water for a short time Monday afternoon a? the result of a local cloudburst, which struck in that vicinity. Only nomin al damage to crops in a few fields where the water fell in .torrents, is reported. Cal Telia 'Era Here's what the world has been waiting for: ''I do not choose to run for president in 1S2S," was written on small slips ci paper and passed out to newspaper representatives at the summer capitoL by President Coolidge. Miss Jeanne Bell of Pendleton, won the eastern Oregon woman's singles titles by scoring over Mrs. Fox of Union,. 8-6, 3-6, 6-3, . ' r4 ? jl I - Prof, K, D. Glir.ka, director of the Soviet agricultural experiment station at Leningrad and one cf the foremost agricultural ee'entioia in the World, has been chosen president cf the In ternational Congress of Sell S;ience, composed cf delegates from 30 nations. Manual Training Will ' : Be Re-Established at . Athena High School Captain Sumpkin in a Portland Pow-wov The manual training department will be reTestahlished at Athena high school during the coming year The members, of the sohool board have decided to purchase additional equip ment for this department and estab lish it on a thorough, practical basis. . ; The board has secured the set ices of Harold Frederick of Chehalis, Washington to instruct the manual training . ' classes. 1 Mr. Frederick ajaut. au&htjmaJual trafnijjg at Newport, The ist on "'nENrnarria Atnena very nigmy reeqmmenfleq. Several years ago "Athena high maintained a manual training de partment, and there is at the pres ent time quite a lot of equipment available. With the purchase of ad ditional equipment by' the board, it will be possible to carry out this branch of school work very success fully, In addition .to high school students, it is proposed that schol. ars of the seventh and eighth grades will qualify in manual training. Wheat Theft Charged Two brothers named Maynavd, conducting a dairy et Mission, on the Umatilla rlvei are under arrest, charged by officers with the theft qf sacked wheat Some of the sacks qf wheat have been identified as the property of John Todd and Sam Bit-tner, Says Palefaces Not Travel ing on the Real Oregon Trail. Says the Morning Oregonian: Wearing two, shirts, smoking a cig arette, his white locks in two braids in front of his ears, his feet encased in moccasins-and a masonic jring on his little finger, Captain Sumpkins, 89 years oR had man of the Cayuse Indians, held ap-w-wow with the state highway commission the other day. ) "Tourists think that they are rid ing on the Old Oregon trail, but they're not. They step on the gas and rush along, not looking for the sections of dirt road at the side which was the real Oregon trail," spoke the sage of the Umatilla reservation, through Leo Sampson, interpreter., The highway commission wants to preserve the natural surroundings of the highway. A number of Indians, principally members of the SKiUal family, own the land along the road side, and they are Cutting the timber and selling it in Pendleton for $15.' a cord. The commission, through an arbitration committee, supposed it arrived at a settlement until in walk ed Captain Sumpkin, Allen Patawa. Tom Shallal and Leo Sampson. Tho arbitrators figured that $8 an acre, with $1 a 1000 for poor timber end (3 a 1000 for good timber, would be about right. The Indians refused these terms, nor would they consid er leasing the land to the commission nor exchanging the acreage for a similar body of land along the north east boundary of the reservations "I come with an open heart," spoke the venerable wiseman of tho tribe. "I come as a friend : not as an enemy. Indians do not want to lose .their ndrTfiS"Cnd Oregon Trail TeadVup to Cayuse and then down the river. Travelers do not know this for they step on 'er." And Captain Sumpkin should know, for' he was born in 1838, several years before the covered wagon, ox drawn, rumbled and creaked and boiled up clouds of dust through the Blue mountains. It has been a long, hard journey for a man of his years, but he took it because his friends asked him to. Negotiations were fctill in the air when the aborigines filed out of the council in the courthouse. Combine Engines Fires Grain and a Machine Near My rick Station A-grain fire started by backfiring of the gasoline engine on John Plant ing's combine, destroyed about 75 acres of grain near My rick station, west of Athena, Monday afternoon. Mr. Planting had cut about 40 acres on the Mumford place and the sacked grain .from this cutting was destroy ed in addition to standing grain on the Mumford place. The fire crossed the road and burn ed a small lot of the standing wheat on the farm of. Mrs. G. W. Planting. So rapidly did the fire "spread after starting that the stpek was released from the buning machine with dif ficulty. The machine was totally destroyed, as wus also 700 empty grain bags. , - . ' The grain was insured and was averaging about- 37 bushels per acre. Over a hundred persons responded to fight the Are, otherwise the loss would have been much greater. Tube Into Stomach Increases Appetite Frank Lewis, a lifer in the Wash ington penitentiary, is making oip for lost time in his eating. ' For several weeks Lewis has been unable to eat because of a cancerous growth in the aesophagus. At first his condition was not ascertained, but after an x-ray picture by- Dr. J. W. Ingram, prison surgeon, had disclosd the trouble, Lewis consented to an opera tion which permits his being fed through a tube in the stomach. Lewis declares his appetite is the greatest in tha 66 years of his life and that he thoroughly enjoys his meals. Lewis was sent to the prison from Spokane in 1921. Pendleton Girl Weds Miss Mildred Berkeley, prominent Pendleton girl, became the bride of Fred Merryficld, Instructor at Oregon Agricultural college. Miss Berkeley is a graduate of the University of Oregon and a member of a pioneer family of eastern Oregon. Pony Express Revived in Black Hills ' a til ; U nTV V- A I It v i ' Vt- A " 'A r " -N. ? I J' xa A B r - - It vf$ . : ' Shick-Whited Lorain Shick of Athena, and Miss Helen Whited of Portland, were united in marriage by the pastor of the Christian church of Walla Walla, at that church, Sunday afternoon. MisS Whited has been the guest of friends in the vicinity. of Athena for spme time. Tho groom is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Shick of this city. He is employed by the Pendleton Trading company, and the couple will make their home in that city. Coolidge Announces He 'Does Hot Choose' Decision of President Made in Statement at Summer White House. ' Rapid City, S. D. President Cool idge Tuesday issued a statement say ing: "I-do naif choose to run for presl deat in'' 1928.'' ' ' ' fThe statement, which was typewrit ten on small pieces of paper, was handed out at the summer White House by the president on the fourth anniversary of his becoming chief executive of the United States, with out comment. " Calvin Coolidge Tuesday ended four years as president ot the United States to which he succeeded upon the death of President Harding. One year and seven months remain in the four-year term to which Mr. Coolidge was elected as president in the fall ot 1924 a little more than a year after he first took office. In this period it. will be decided whether he will or can succeed him self for another election term of four years whtth would entitle him to the office of president for a longer period than has been served by any other chief executive of the nation and two regular terms totaling eight years added to the year and seven montha of Mr. Harding's term completed by him. ; - Round-Up Material Selected Returning from Frontier Days at Cheyenne, R. B. Chloupek, secretary of the Round-Up Association, reports that he was successful in contract ing for the appearance of nationally famous performers for the anrual Round-Up show nexc month. The Trwin and McCarthy racing and buck ing stock, riders, ropers, bulldoggers, bronc busters and trick riders have been engaged, in addition to a large number of independent rodeo stars. Grain Thieves Busy The East Orcgoniari reports grain thieves active in Umatilla county, ac cording to growers who have been missing sacked grain from stacks in their recently threshed fields. Under cover of darkness the thieves find it easy to back a truck into the fields unnoticed and take several sacks from a pile. One farmer renorts a loss of 47 sacks. Round-Up Queen Mabel Strickland, cow girl, skilled in relay riding, trick riding, bronco busting, who is the only successful woman steer-roper in the world, will be queen cf the 1927 Pendleton round-up on September 14, 15, 16 find 17, according to the announcement made by the directors. AIRMAN FLIES FROM DECK OF LEVIATHAN Curtiss Field, N. Y. The first dem onstration flight intended to : show how two days can be cut off the traveling time between New York and Europe succeeded here Monday when Flarence D. Charnberlln landed io a Fokker biplane at 9:30 a. m. Charnberlln took oft from the docks of tho liner Leviathan 150 miles out from New York at 8:14 and flew through fog to Long Islund. ,. Hnsbrouck Heights, N. J., was his original destination but because of tho poor visibility he found the field hero a better lauding place. "I was In the air before I reached the end of the runway," Charnberlln told officials of the United States Linos, regarding his takeoff. "I had no difficulty In reaching land and tho plane, after inspection, shows no ill effects from the takeoff or tho flight. Officials of the steamship line ex pressed pleasure at the hihtcss of the flight. Charnberlln arrived at tha field sooner than was expected. It was supposed he would not land before 10:14, two hours after his takeoff. Announcement will be mado later by stetimshlp officials of the exact ef fect Chnmberlln's flight will have on the inauguration of ship to land service. CHURCHES LOSE YEARLY The pony express of frontier dnys rcvlvnl In the lllsick 11:11 f Koutl pakolM V-l'i'ii htir iu'i deliver..' 1 an invitation from Cov. Frank O. Kinen-x it Wyoming to l'rehidcnt O'lldj,'', ut the Hummer White House, u visit the Frontier day celebration at Cheyenne Photograph nhows Clyde Jouvs, head of the t'U' ter Stale j;;irk r.iug.'i;, delivering the mcisage to the Presidcpt, , . . Athlete Killed John Mackenzie, 22, college athlete, of Spokane, was killed six miles west of La Grande on the Old Oregon Trail highway late Saturday. He was found dead beneath his overturned truck. Pool Hall Robbery The sheriff's office is investigating the robbery of a pool hall at Free water. Tlje , robbers left finger print; behind, them, and officers are working on that clue. Hunnish Invasion Units were u Mongolian race who Invaded Europe durina the Fourth century of the Christian era. They wu;,Td war Willi the (ioths, then In habiting central Ktiroio, mid druve them south Into Sm!n, Ituly urn) the CulkaO penlosulH, Urns Indirectly causing; the dext ruction f the West era Koumn empire. The Huns reucbcJ as fur wcht ait Gaul, now Frauce, An Alarming Drop in Membership Reported by Committee. Philadelphia. An "alarming" fall ing off In church membership in Pro tectant communions at the rate of 500,000 a year is noted In tho report of the continuation committee to tha Inter-church conference made public here by the offices of the Presbyter ian church In tho United States of Amerlcu. The conference was held hore April 19 last. The report of Dr. H. K. Carroll, Flainflcld, N. J., the committee secre tary, has been issued In anticipation of a movement In which all churches affected by the losses are expected to ola In an effort to relieve the situu- .Ion. "In 13 communions with a grand total of 15,100,170 members," tho re port summarizes, "the losses o?gre euto 2ii!i,060. As tho total of evau ?"lf'al membership Is upward of 2!V 'tOO.OOO, the total yearly loss, if other communions besides the 13 were in cluded, would approximate about half x million." High Court Seals Daath or Uames. OlympU, Wash. Wallace C. Gaines 3JUSI pay me ucaiu peuatiy iur vun .TiurJer of bis daughter Sylvli en tea .-light t,t June IS, 102C, tho suprwm ccurt held In an cn banc iIeeaion, written by Justice Jehu F. Mam. at firailos; jinlgm' nt of the Kin;j county ccurt, which Ccund him guilty of lir.t ilesroe murder.