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WM flf THE DEADLY DOTTED LINE
By W. R. MOREHOUSE
Public Relations Commission, American Bankers Association '
rITHDRAWING the family's savings account at the bank
where it i3 safe, and losing it through speculation is a
lenous matter. It may bring great hardship, especially to the
mistress of the home. It may force great
economies , in household management or
amount to actual privation. It may. mean
that the children will have to go to work be
fore they complete their education. The
loss of the family's accumulations may even
result in physical breakdown on the part of
the wife through worry over the loss of sav
ings which she helped to accumulate at the
sacrifice of home comforts, but was not con
sulted when it came to investing them. The
making of investments by men who are
heads of families and inexperienced in
finance should not be undertaken without
consulting her. But even if both agree the
venture should be talked over with the local
J banker or information about it obtained
Kmesifmnrt rom e National Better Business Bureau in
w R. MOREHOU6 wnicn serves witnout cost ana
purely in the public interest. If this is done
a lot of trouble and quite likely many regrets and heartaches
will be avoided. -There
is one point in the activities of the inexperienced
investor wuere ne Buouia nave aoove -
Wfuijk k - V
all a red light stop signal to cause him
to pause and investigate and that Is
just before be reaches the decision to
"sign on the dotted line." Before you
part with your savings In the bank by
signing a contract placed before you
by sharp promoters, stop, examine
and Investigate! It will ay to read
the contract several times, even read
ing it aloud, all the while weighing
every term. It will pay to be on guard
assa'nst the deadly fine print usually
incorporated In most contracts, so
small that it strains your ees and
causes you to skim over
It superficially. Do nut
sign blindfolded. It will
pay well to lake plenty
of time to study the
that it would soon erect a number
of downtown garages where busy
business men could park their cars.
As an Inducement for business men
to take out memberships, charges to
them for storage were to be nominal,
much less than a like service could
be obtained elsewhere. A Board of
Do not sign on the dotted line while $m
cpntract by yourself where all is quiet
and you are free from the personal In
fluence of the persuasive promoter, for
to sign without the calmest considera
tion may spell your Waterloo finan
cially. . - . .
Unless, dealing with a responsible
firm or individual, never sign on the
dotted line. If in the least doubt,
don't sign. Never sign on verbal as
surances that you are fully protected.
Terms stated orally but not incor
porated In a contract are not binding.
Glowing promises, wild exaggerations
and gross misstatements of facts are
seldom reduced to writing or made in
tfre presence of your witnesses. Your
failure to read and to understand a
contract before signing Is not a legal
excuse. When you sign .a contract
you proclaim that you agree with Its
terms and will abide by and endeavor
to carry them out.
Don't sign just because some high'
pressure salesman tells you that you
jr a wonder, or that you show good
judgment, or .'A0' Vtt ave a Iot f
sense, Blgn only when you arc fully
convinced that your interests are fully
Prominent Men Used as Scenery
A number of slick promoters re
cently organized in a certain city an
"automobile club" with the assurance
Governorj was organized with the
names of prominent local citizens,
among them two eminent Judges. No
sooner wa tfce organization, of tt9
board- complete than the promoters,
armed with the endorsement of these
outstanding men, went forth to reap
a great harvest by ' selling member
ships. They got the members but
the building of the garages remained
an Idle dream.
When the members of the Board of
Governors were later interviewed as
to how they came to consent to the
use of their names they stated that they
thought the additional storage facili
ties were needed in the downtown
district and they signed up without
looking into the proposition carefully.
Imagine their chagrin when told that
a reading of the by-laws of the or
ganization showed that the Board of
Governors had no powers but had
been used merely as scenery In order
to sell memberships in a fake proposi
tion! Because these prominent citizens
were careless with their .names and
failed to read and to investigate the
enterprise, hundreds of business men
bought memberships only to ose teir
money. Signing without reading ' is
about the most dangerous act of
financial carelessness that can be
Men of Genius Often
' in Pessimistic Mood
Some authors have had a sudden re
vulsion of feeling, usually brought on
by overwork, and have condemned
everything tlioy ever wrote. Lord
Byron Hew Into a rage one day and
ordered his publishers teJ destroy ull of
ffs poems they had in Imnd. Those In
bookstores 'he tried to forestall from
Jlterury channels hy the process of
buying every volume he could find
but found the expense prohibitive.
John UuUin, the Kngiish author, art
critic and social reformer, had u 'sim
liar morbidity overcome him while
Kitting for his portrait, a-wrller in the
Kuiigfjs City Times recalls.' Tunilnp
suddenly to Pante Gabriel ItosseUi.
for whom he Wis posing, he dec-lured
lie had lost isll faith in revealed re
ligion, that he regunled ail lie had al
ready written as bosh, that he should
write nothing for some years (one
biographer says ten), and that he
should then vigorously pull to pieces
all his previous writings
It is a fact that nearly all of Rus
kin's be&t books were Written prior to
the time of this alleged change of
opinion, 1302, but he published at
least two well known works as soon
thereafter as 1S35, when "Sesame and
JIies" appeared, and in 1S83-9, when
nVaeterita' saw the light A preface
to a book in 1S71 gave the first public
Intimation of his revised ideals.
"Common" Prayer Book
Didn't Suit Occasion
The late E. C. Dewilt, who Oied
unknown in New York worth $S5,0O0,
000 did not believe In climbing. . He
Wd one duy to a New York reporter :
"Climber are always coarse and
stupid, , Ajlix CUiStober -fied ,
to fuTn Episcopalian, for all the bang
up people in town went to the Episco
"So he visited a bookstore and
asked for the hymnals, Bibles and
other literature he would need in his
"The salesman laid a pile of black
bound books before him, and as he
read the titles he seemed well enough
pleased till he cams to the last title
of all, the Book of Common I'rayer.
This volume he handed back to the
salesman with a shake of the head.
" "This'iJ hardly do, brother. he
said.' 'Ain't ye got notliin' a little
more selecter?" Minneapolis Tribune.
Pn the St Andrews links on en
thusiastic player with a most Irascible
tcimper was faced with a critical short
putt lie addressed his ball, studied
the line, steadied himself carefully,
putted and missed. .
Instinctively he glared round but
the entire party might have Jbeen so
many statues not a caddie had
moved, uot a player had budged. His
eyes roved the horizon In vain. No
one outside the match was in sight.
Then he gazed aloft, while breath
less silence invested the scene. At
last the explosion came:
"D-n that larkrVf---. y
Oregon Inssne H.titnt Costs $8230.
Salem, Or. There is one patient In
the Oregon state hospital for tha iin
sane who has coot the taxpayers ap
prcxinia:ly ?G20D, icccrliu.-; to a re
port fikd with lie ttatc toard (,1 con
trol here bv Dr. It E. Lee Steiner,
suptrmtendfcut "of the institution. This
patient has been in the lioEjital ccn
tiaaouily for 49 years.
Radio Boosting -Music
Giving Nation Biggest Crop
of Tune Purveyors, Mu
J. F. Boyer.
Elkhart, Ind. Radio feared In Its
infancy as sounding the death-knell of
creative American music is really
giving the nation Its greatest crop of
This is the opln
of a large num
ber of music men
who have Just
ended their an
at the Conn Mu
sic Center here.
"It is the death
blow," many mu
sicians said five
years ago when
ened to find the
lusty r Infant Kadlo on its doorstep.
"Our children will cease to; create.
They will only listen."
But from the convention delegates
and they represented every section in
the United States It was definitely
learned that radio has done no such
thing. The music men submitted facts
in support of their new contention.
Heads of music schools report an
attendance 100 per cent higher than
that of the pre-radlo era.
Music house owners report a sale of
small Instruments more than twice as
large as that of five years ago,
The city of Chicago contributed
more evidence. Where In 1923, only
3,000 men and women were enrolled
in the Chicago Federation of Musi
cians, on the 1926 roster the 6,000
mark has been passed.
Follow Creative Instincts.
: "Every time n competent band or
orchestra broadcasts a radio program
another musician Is born," said James
P. Boyer, supervisor of the Conn Music
Center. "The normal boy or girl has,
above everything else, the creative
"What happens after the circus
comes to town 7 Why, Immediately
thereafter there Is a trapeze in every
shed in the town, and a Juvenile cir
cus in progress on every vacant lot
These youngsters are never satisfied
with the role of spectators. They must
"And so It has been with music.
The American boy hears an Instru
mental solo on the radio. Perhaps he
hears the player Is paying his way
through -college with his Instrument.
One of his playmates has had a horn,
for a few months and he is talking of
organizing a Juvenile band. Right on
the spot we have another embryo mu
sician. And once music enters a
neighborhood there Is no stopping It.
Shy of the Piano.
"Your average boy fights shy of the
piano and the singing lesson. He con
siders these the fields for girls. But
Just give him a horn, a saxophone, a
cornet, a trumpet, n trombone or any
of the other instruments of the 'brass
band and see what happens."
Baltimore Mayor's Home Bombed.
Baltimore. The home of Mayor
William P. Broenlng was bombed and
partially demolished. The mayor was
absent from home, having gone on a
vacation trip to Cincinnati, but his
wife and two children were thrown
from their beds and badly shaken up
by the terrific explosion.
The Church of Christ
August 14 marks the beginning of
of our second ministry with the
Athena church. Mrs. Hackett and
I appreciate the many words of wel
come from friends within the church
and from friends out of the church.
Bible school begins at 10 a. m., and
preaching at 11. Come and bring
your friends. D. L. HACKETT.
31 Years Ago
August" 7, 1896
Gussie, the second child of Max
Lewin's has been quite sick this
week. - .. ' '
J. B. Huntington, Athena's new at
torney, went to Dayton, Washington,
Monday on business.
Clark Walter's 170 acre field of
wheat went 35 bushels to the acre.
The open season for killing deer
began last Saturday, and will last
until December 1.
. Monday and Tuesday town was
lively, owing to the presence of large
Mr. and Mrs. G. M. Froome have
gone to Bossland, British Columbia,
for a two week's outing.
H. Mc Arthur visited several fields
of .wheat Tuesday, while he thinks
will turn out well in quality and
C. W. Hollis, W. E. Young and M.
M. Johns have been appointed ap
praisers of the estate of E. DePeatt.
Carpenters are now rushing the
work on Hamilton-Rourke Company's
new warehouse at Waterman.
Born In Adams, on Wednesday.
August 5, 1896, to Mr. and Mis. E.
J. Looze, a girl, weight 11 pounds.
Henry Kelsay, who has been visit
ing with his brother Charley, for the
past week, left for New Orleans, Sun
day. , -
L. J. Rouse, ex-clerk of Wallowa
county, was an Athena visitor Mon
day. He was the guest of his old
time friend, George Foster.
Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Boyd, Mrs. J.
W. Smith, Misses Grace and Beth
Bradley left Wednesday for a two
week's outing in the mountains.
The train on the W. & C. R. came
through Athena from Pendleton Sat
urday and took out aload of sheep
for the Sound Market,.
G. C. Oshurn will start next Sun
day evening for Helena, Montana, to
attend the meeting of the Grand
Camp of the Woodmen of the World.
W. H. Hawes, who has about 500
acres of wheat ' on the reservation,
started a new combine harvester yes
terday. He now has two of these
machines in operation on his place.
Mrs. Lake Prance and baby Mildred
returned Sunday from three week's
recreation at Woodward's toll gate
on the summit of the Blue mountains.
Mrs. France reports large numbers
of people at the loll gate. They are
having a good time.
T. M; McBroom of Ridge, this
county, called at the Press office Tues
day. Mr. McBroom says the people
of his section are for Bryan, and says
out there McKinley men are rare and
hard to find.
A petition was circulated among
the republicans of North Athena pre
cinct one day this week asking the
chairman of the republican county
central committee to appoint E. L.
Barnett, committeeman for North
Athena, vice E. DePeatt, deceased.
The condition of the weather the
fore part of the week calls to mind
the experience of three years ago,
when the finest crop of wheat old
Umatilla ever grew was almost whol
ly destroyed by a continuous rain of
two or three weeks duration.
Marble and Granite
A Hometown Business for
Special Prices for July
All Work Guaranteed
T. L. REEDY,
Successor to T. A. Wyle
You Always Have a
Good Time at
We Always Treat You
Dolph Thompson, Manager
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Hey! You Harvesters!
We Can Fit You Out
In Work Shirts, Overalls, Jumpers, Sox
The Kind You Want
at the Right Price
Good health is the greatest possession you and your family can have. Be sure
and keep it. "The best safeguard you can have is to eat good foods. When
your foods come from our store you can depend upon them being fresh
and pure. The quality will be. high but the price will be right down as low as
our good quality can be sold for. Give us your grocery order today.
Quality Quantity, Service. , Phone 171. Athena, Oregon
The Athena Hotel
MRS. LAURA FROOME, Prop.
Courteous Treatment, Clean Beds
Good Meals '
Tourists Made Welcome
Special Attention Given
to Home Patrons
Corner Main and Third
Athena, Oregon .
insurance, real estate
farm loans at lowest
B. B RICHARDS,
Continental Oil Company
Bryce Baker, Agent
Phones 761 and 31F11, Athena
. GERALD KILGORE, Proprietor
FRIGIDAIRE COLD DRINKS
Malted Milk, Sodas, Coca Cola, Root Beer, Sun
daes, Ice Cream, Bricks, Dixies, Eskimo Pies, etc.
Gerald Kilgore, Proprietor - - Athena,- Oregon
THE ATHENA MARKET
We Carry the
, . Pendleton
Main Street Athena, Oregon
Bell & Dickenson
Phones 452 and 21
Always At Your Service
City and Country
and Horse Team Work
We carry the best
That Money Buy3
Kippered Salmon, all tfihds of Salt Fish. Fresh
Fish, Oysters, Crabs, Clams, Kraut in' Season.
A. W. LOGSDON
Main Street Athena, Oregon.
Foley's Kidney Cure
I makes kidneys end bt&dJer right i
If you are planning alterations or ad
ditions to your building; let us give
you an estimate on the Lumber need
. ed. You will be pleasantly surprised
at the reasonble total we will quote.
Wood and Coal
Fence Posts .
Tum-A-Lum Lumber Co.
Main Street, Athena