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ATIIENA, UMATILLA COUNTY, OR EG6n, FRIDAY MORNING,' SEPTEMBER 30, 1927
Diplomats See Test
In French Parley
Complaints Against Tariff
'Involved in Treaty
. -i Washington, D. C European diplo
mats in Washington including those
of France, appear to view the tariff
- and commercial treaty conversations
between France and the United States
as virtually a test case of Europe's
complaints against . American high
tariffs, agricultural quarantines and
.similar restrictions on commerce.
One French diplomat who did not
wish to be quoted, even went so far
as to say that France for centuries
had been fighting Europe's test cases
in international relationships and that
the tariff discussion with the United
States was only the most recent in
stance of the historic fact.
A canvass of the privately expressed
opinions of diplomats and commercial
attaches from several European coun
tries shows them to .be in substantial
agreement that American commercial
treaty negotiations pending or in pros
pect with a dozen or more countries
are most unlikely to proceed with any
, rapidity until the French-American
controversy is settled. The one other
aspect of the French-American situa
tion upon which they also agreed was
that even the thought of a tariff war
was intolerable to the governments
pf all nations.
As some of the European experts
see the situation, the dispute with
France is certain to air not only the
irritation felt in Europe over the high
American tariff schedules, but also the
question of American agricultural
quarantines, which have vexed, rela
tions petwepn tjje United States and
Other countries at other times,
U. S. JUDGES CONFER
ON COAST PROBLEMS
Washington, fi. e,A meeting of
tbo senior judges of the nine federaj
circuit courts of appeal, presided oyef
by Chief Justice Taft of the United
States supreme court, is to meet here
to discuss judicial problems, including
the crowded dockets of federal courts.
The conference, provided for by con
gress in a movement to speed the
sometimes leaden heels of federal jus
tice, will seek means to expedite cases
to early decisions, eliminating Jng de
lays caused by appeals, which omef
times cost civil litigants much money
and sometimes delay for years the
eatving -of criminal sentences.
One of the obstacles to fast action
in the courts is the bob-tailed appro
priation for the federal courts' ex
penses, resulting from the failure of
the second deficiency bill in the clos
ing hours of congress last March. Due
to luck of funds between March and
July I, iny cases had to be post
poned, although efforts were made to
complete alL.jpenfug '..irajnaj cases.
The dockets, however, have many car
ricd over cases left this fall.
Back From an
, Mr. and Mrs. Homer I. Watts
have returned from an interesting
trip through Alaska. Their itinerary
took them as far inland as Fanmnks
and they enjoyed every mile of the
long journey, which was interrupted
lor a few days only at the stai t,
when their ship was requisitioned to
go to the rescue of passengers on a
south-bound stranded steamer.
Mr. Watts says his ideas of what
Alaska really . was.: , receive;! a jolt
once he arrived in the Northern ter
ritory. .Instead of barren ice fields
he found a country teemin,-? with
agriculture in the district contiguous
to Fairbanks. Twenty-five bushel
wheat is , , raised there. Barley and
oats average as high as oj bushels
per acre, while vegetables grow in
Crops are matured in a short sea
son of 110 days with a rainfall of
only 11 inches. Summer heat at
Fairbanks hovers around 00. Lleven
feet below the grain roots glacial ice
Fairbanks is a thriving little city,
the center. of a .vast territory, and is
reached by a government-built rail
road. The road ii not ballasted, and
trains making about 25 mile an
hour, operate in daytime only and
lay over at night.
One of the most impressive siglitn
recounted by 'Mr. Watts, was when
he saw a herd of thousands of cariboo
feeding on each side of the railroad
while he was en route to Fairbanks.
Mr. and Mrs. Watts returned with
a very favorable impression of Alas
ka. Mr. Watts may decide to return
there next year on a hunting trip
with the object of securing Alaska
brown bear trophies.
Chinese Puffs on His
Opium Pipe as Wife
Dies From Poison
MAYOR CONVICTED BY JURY
John L. Duwill Found Guilty of Cor
Indianapolis. Mayor John Duvall of
Indianapolis was found guilty of vio
lation of the corrupt practices act and
was fined $1000 and sentenced to
serve 30 days in jail.
He was convicted in connection with
his alleged acceptance' of a bribe of
114,500 from William H. Armltage, ln
dianapolis contractor, for three muni
cipal appointments. It was charged
that sum had been received by the
mayor during his 1925 campaign and
the mayor had falied to list the con
tribution. Mayor Duvall's trial was the first
to grow out of the Indiana political
scandal' precipitated by charges of
D. C. Stephenson a year ago.
Shanghai After geeing his wife
swallow a quantity of poison, Eu
Soong-sze calmly puffed away on his
opium pipe while she died in agony.
Today Eu is in jail awaiting trial
on charge of criminal negligence. The
deacl woman was 33 and the mother
of two children. , They had been mar
ried J2 years.
According to information obtained
by Police Constable Cumming, the
husband and wife quarreled and she
slapped his face. Neighbors were
present at the time and remonstrated
with her, telling he,r she should not.
strike her husband. The wife left in
a huff and came back after the. vis
itors had gone.
"Look," she said to Eu, displaying
some poison tablets.
Eu nodded indifferently.
The woman placed them in her
mouth and swallowed them. She then
went to bed. Eu got his opium pipe,
cooked a pill and calmly looked on
as hi? wife writhed in agony.
Two hours late? she was dead and
Eu informed his neighbors, The pc
lice came, questioned Eu, and tiok
him to jail. . ,
Qceah Not Lev si
Another popular belief lias boon
hntlered, says I'dpular Science
Monthly, by tlie report from Washing
ton, D. C, that, after all, the sea Isn't
level at all, but Is a "gently sloping
' hill !" H. G. Avers, of the coast and
geodetic survey, made this announce
nient after extensive experimenting.
The mean sea level at Biloxi, Miss., lie
soys, is two centimeters below that at
Galveston, Texas. Even more surpris
ing is his report that the mean sea
level at St. Augustine, Fln7, was fe-und
lo he 24 centimeters below that nl
Galveston, and 31 centimeters below
'iat at I'ortland, Maine. '
Democrats Hold a
Effect Permanent Organi
zation to Boost Smith '
Odgen, Utah Having completed
the objects f.or which they were called
together the delegates to the western
states - Democratic conference ad
journed subject to the call of the
chairman, with invitations to meet in
either' Butte, Montana, or Denver.
Here is what they did .
Endorsed the candidacy of Alfred
E. Smith, Governor of New York,
for the nomination for president next
Effected a permanent organization
of the "Al Smith for President as
sociation of the Rocky mountains nnd
Adopted a resolution declaring that
"if a tariff is an economic necessity
then the advantages should be equal
ized and made of uniform benefit as
far as possible to all sections of the
One other subject contained in the
call, that of considering the two
thirds rule, effective in Democratic
national conventions in making nom.
inations and responsible for the dis-
aster in the 1924 convention, got no
further than the committee room
where the ' committee on order of
business promptly killed it, declaring
later that this was considered a mat
ter for the national organization to
The endorsement of the candidacv
of Smith was not obtained without
opposition from Utah delegates. All
others attending the meeting and re
presenting at the final session, nine
states, favored Smith, John H. Moyle,
Salt Lake City, National committee
man, and former Judge Joshua
Greenwood, Salt Lake City, all de.
clared that they could not endorse th
candidacy of Smith and Moyle ex
pressed the opinion that none of
those present were voicing the unani
mous sentiment of their state "so
why kid ourselves and try to tell the
east there is a great wave of senti
ment in the west for Al Smith fijc
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Sea Captain Here
Captain and Mrs. George Seeley
of Seattle arrived the first of the
week and are being entertained at
the Bingham Springs summer home
of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Dudley. Mrs.
Seeley is a sister of Mrs. Dudley,
and with her husband makes an, an
nual visit to the Dudleys a.n4 a.lso.
her sister, Mrs. Will M. Peterson of
Pendleton, and her daughter, Mrj. S.
D. Peterson of Miiton.
Lloyd Darrett, twelve years old, of
Washington, D. C, who is considered
by authorities to typify the youth of
the future, Getting a standard of hon
esty, helpfulness, industry and thrift
Hodgen is Among
, College Grid Leaders
Who are Rated High
Eugene, Oregon Oregon's strong
est man is in the line that is llOW
they terpi Beryl Hodgen, eaptam. of
the Oregon football team this year.
Hodgen plays guard, a position
he was switched to after serving in
his freshman and .sophomore years
as a back.
Captain, John J. McEwan, former
West Point coach, caused the change.
One glimpse , at the big 195-pound
back was enough for McEwan to
break out with the statement that
Hodgen was a natural lineman, and
to the line Hodgen went.
Hodgen has just., turned 21, and
that gives him the distinction of he.
ing one of the youngest players ever
to captain the Oregon football team.
Rated as one of the best guards on
the Pacific coast last year, Hodgen
is expected to make a strong bid for
national honors this season.
Two students frqm Athena, who
are entering tho University of Ore
gon for the first time this year, have
been pledged to Sigma Nu, national
fraternity, at the close of the annual
rush week for- Greek letter frater
nities on the campus. They are
Kenneth Hodgen and Ray Dudley.
Entertain Chapter Official
McKenzie Chapter O. E. S. will
honor the visit of their Associate
Grand Matron, Mrs. Bess Felters of
Astoria, with a 6:30 dinner at the
Athena hotel after which a session of
the Chapter will be held at Masonic
Hall. Mrs. Felters is being enter
tained at the home of Mrs. F. B,
Radtke, Worthy Matron of the local
chapter during her stay in the city.
Bumps Into Service Station.
A car belonging to T. W. Cole of
Lewiston, Idaho, bumped into one of
the gas pumps at the Prestbye Ser
vice Station, damaged the pump,
crumpled up one of the fenders and
bent the front axel. A woman of
the party was driving the car when
the accident happened.
Umatilla Wheat sold
Between S5 and 60 per cent of
the wheat in Umatilla county ha
been sold, according to Henry Col
lins, Pendleton grain man. The yield
is thought to be close to 7,00Q,Q0Q
bushels for Umatilla county, An ex
ceptionol yield in the lighter lands is
the cause of a bumper crop this year.
102,450 Pay to See Big Chicago Fight
Washington, D. C. Paid admission
to the Dempsey-Tunney fight number
ed 102,450, Internal Revenue Collector
Mabel G. Reinecks at Chicago re
ported to the treasury department The
10 per cent ticket tax netted $252,065.
Alleged Liquor Ring Broken Up.
Indianapolis, Ind. With the indict
ment of 99 persons in Indiana, Illinois,
. Kentucky acd Missouri, federal auth
orities expressed the belief that they
had broken up one o( the largest liquor
rinen In the middle west
South Dakota Pretests Hill Merg:r.
Pierre, S. D. Declaring that the
proposed merger or unification of the
Hill lines .railroads would "adverse
ly affect the operation of weaker lines
serving South Dakota," and that the
"consolidation would not be in the
public interest," the South pakot:
board cf railroad commissioners has
filed a petition of intervention with
the interstate commerce commission.
World Series to Open October 5.
Chicago, 111. The first game of the
world'3 series will be played on Octo
bsr 5 in the city whose club wins the
Xatkriil Easelxll league pennant, it
was cce'ded here at a conference
among representatives of the leading
tlahs cl the. National and American
leagues and Baseball Commissioner K.
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Despite His Wealth
Russia Likes Ford
Big Manufacturer is Sov
iet Russia's Dearest
Moscow Henry - Ford is Soviet
Russia's dearest enemy. He repre
sents everything which Soviet Russia
is against, but there is nobody whom
the Russians would welcome more en
thusiastically if he should decide to
come as a visitor.
He is the n.oLt--noted and most ad
mired American, as well as the great
est example of the capitalism which
Soviet Russia detests so whole-heartedly.
The attitude toward Henry Ford
is one of Russia's most astounding
What would happen if Henry Ford,
master-capitalist, the world's richest
man-, with tens of thousands of em
ployes and hundreds of thousands of
persons dependent on him for a liv
ing, should visit Russia thi summer,
the land where wealth is confiscat
ed, where employers of labor are
hated and persecuted, where. Social
ism in all its might la flowrlng?
Would the Russians let him come?
Nothing official can be learned on
this point, but It is sure a"s any
thing can be that they would wel
come him. He would probably get
a visa faster and more willingly than
anybody else. It is conceivable that
a special train would be kept wait
ing to speed him triumphantly to
He, would surely be watched by
secret agents. But it is doubtful if
he- would be prevented from going
anywhere he chose and from inspect
ing anything he wanted to see. The
Soviet factories and farms and mills
would be open to him. Everything
would eertainly be shown to him, In
the hope that some comment falling
from his lips might suggest improve
ments or hint at ways of beter op
eration. That is the secret of Henry Ford'a
gigantic popularity in Socialist Rus
sia. The Soviet Union is daft about
machinery and Ford is the world's
greatest machinist. That makes him
a model for the leaders of Russia
and the Idol of the rank and file.
They think of him as a miracle-man
and they are in need of miracles.
They say that they are sorry he is,
so extremely rich but that does not
change their enthusiasm for him.
They love him In spite of his mon
ey. They want to see him. There
Is nobody on earth who would be
more stared at. They want to show
him everything they own and hear
him talk about it. And after he had
gone, they would enthuse about him
for the next 20 years, at least, and
what crumbs of words had coma
from his lips would become a sort
of superstitious law.
Would Henry Ford come to visit
It would be one of history's gigan
tic jokes if he would. It is no ex.
aggeration to say that a telegram
from Detroit, announcing that Henry
Ford was coming, would jog the Sov
viet newspapers into big headlines
and special editions, which anybody
who knows the Soviet newspapers
would be a very remarkable result.
There is no douht that he would be
shown every possible courtesy. The
world's first Socialist state would
turn 10 somersaults to do honor to
the world's richest man.
Would he be safe in Soviet Russia?
Would some anarchist throw a bomb
at his automobile or puncture his
coat with a bullet?
The Soviet government would sure
ly see to his safety. The chance of
being shot at would be less than it
is in Detroit. If Henry Ford should
visit Soviet Russia, he would have a
Athena High School
Makes Good Showing
Against Wa-Hi Frosh
Coach Toole's gridiron colts made
a very acceptable showing against the
Wa-Hi Freshmen team on the local
field, Saturday afternoon, when the
nervy little Athena eleven held Dim
mick's brawny lads to one touch
Wa-Hi gave everything she had,
and the 'Athena lightweights handled
it all through sheer pluck and en
durance, up until the last five min-
utes of play.- Then greater weight of
Wa-Hi, plus substitution of fresh
players, won the only touchdown of
the game. Conversion was made and
the game was soon over. Score 7
This, the first game of the season,
showed that Coach Toole will have
a rattling good team of lightweight
material. His team has had but lit
tle practice, and went against Walla
Walla without perfected signals. This
necessitated grouping of the playeri
for translation of plays from time
to time, and materially placed the
team at a disadvantage on offensive
Athena travels to Waitsburg today,
where it plays Waitsburg high school
A number of games have been sched
uled, and indications point to a good
attendance at the- contests to be play
ed on the local grounds.
Three Fine Pictures
at Standard Theatre
Three especially line pictuve3 are
coming to the Standard Theatre to
morrow, Sunday and Wednesday
Tomorrow night, Georgo Jessel and
Patsy Ruth Miller will be seen in
Warner Brother's production of tho
stupendous war comedy-drama, 'Pri
vate Izzy Murphy,"
Sunday night that intrepid West
ern actor, Ken Maynard, will have
the leading role in "The Devil's Saddle."
The Standard's big mid-week of
fering for next Wednesday will be
Ben Burbridge's "The Gorilla Hunt,"
taking you on a thrilling journey
through African jungles; a fine pict
ure tingling with tremendous inter
The market for both wheat and
rye held generally steady last week.
Barley and oats tended upward.
There was no material change in
the general wheat market situation.
Movement to market was about twice
as heavy as last year. Milta were
the principal buyers. Substantial
premiums were paid for high pro
tein. The supply of high grade soft
winter wheat continues below the de
mand in St. Louis territory and some
wheat is being shipped from Pacific
Northwest territory to supplement
the supply. . Reports of corn weather
were mixed and prices fluctuated
widely. Barley and oats tended up
ward on light receipts and an active
t Rcbckah Lodge
Mignonette Rebekah lodge met
Tuesday evening, the first meeting
since the summer vacation. Business
was transacted and important plans
were made. Next meeting will be
held October 11th, and all members
are urgently requested to be present
as much is to be discussed. Meetings
will start promptly at 8 o'clock hereafter.
Si-!iustr iiinl We!, German avtatvr?, who planned a flight from Iteilin
lo N.'w York In their all-metal Juaker plane. The inurhine has fuel ciipai-Hy
fur a 00-hour flight
Death of Brother
Mrs. Lila Kirk left for Spokane
Sunday evening, being called there
by the deqth of her brother, Charles
Bone. Mr. Bone's death was caused
by heart failure. He Is survived by
hid wife, one Eon and two bittertf.
Old Timer Returns
Sam Hall, who left Athena when
it was known as Centerville, 41
years ago was here for a few hours
Sunday. Sam had a hankering to see
the old farm home up the flat where
he lived as a boy. He drove up and
located the homestead at Tom Mycts
place, recently purchased by Jlomcr
Watts, from Rich Thompson. Sam
Hall's father was James Hall, who
sold the place to Tom Myers. The
only person he found here whom he
knew was Dr. Sharp. Mr. Hall went
from here to Weston, where his
mother rests in the cemetery at that
place. He is, foreman of the Union
Pacific steel bridge at Portland.
A Novel Contest
The Bible school of the Christian
church is engaged in an auto race
and car building contest for the pur
pone of adding new members and
having an increased attendance. Sides
have been chosen lo represent tho
Kuick, the Hudson and the Reo. The
leaders are Mrs. Eager for the Buick,
Mrs. Thompson for the Hudson and
Mrs. Michener for the Reo. The con
test will run for six weeks and the
completed car will be the winner.
Much interest and enthusiasm is be
ing created by the contest.
Many bets were made on the out
come of the Tunney-Dempsey cham
pionship fight A freak bet record
ed in Athena was won by Frank
Ames from Leon Miller. Mr. Miller
paid his wager in full by pushing
a wheelbarrow, with Mr. Amctt as
passenger down Main street, and up
Fifth Ktreet, to Mr. Ames' home.
Edward E. Spafford
Heads the Legion
New York Naval Command
er Named President of
Order in Paris.
Paris. Commander Edward E. Spaf
ford of New York, U. S. N., and Mrs.
Robert Walbridge, Peterborough, N.
H., were elected to lead the Ameri
can Legion and the American Legion
auxiliary, respectively, during the next
Spafford was elected national com
mander of the legion without opposi
tion, Mrs. Walbridge defeated Mrs.
Louise Fiscklen, Washington, Ga for
the auxiliary presidency.
The following were elected national
John T. Raftis, Coleville, Wash.:
Ralph T. O'Neil, Topeka, Kan.; Paul
K. Younts, Charlotte, N. C; J. M.
Henry, Winona, Minn., and Dan W.
Spurlock, Shreveport, La.
The Rev. Gill Robb Wilson, a Pres
byterian of Trenton, N, J was elected
national chaplain of the legion.
Pelham Blssell of New York was
elocted to the command of the "Forty
and Eight" organization within tho
legion which makes the fun for the
outfit. Blssell's title is Chef Do
Cheiuln De Fer.
The legion adopted a resolution urg
ing the organization of a national de
partment of aeronautics with cabinet
representation equal to that enjoyed
by the Army and Navy.
Another resolution opposed further
reduction of American naval strength
unless other powers reduced propor
Washington, D. C Secrotary Wil
bur of the navy has under considera
tion the disciplining of one of the
service's chief officers, Rear Admiral
Thomas P. Magrudor, for a recent
magazine article criticizing the navy's
Admiral Magruder, who Is command
ant of the fourth naval district, Is said
to have violated a naval regulation '
which stipulates that articles on mili
tary affairs by persons In the service
shall be submitted to the secretary
The article, which was published
under the title of "The Navy Econ
omy," charged the navy was over-organized
and failed to practice econ
Whether tho regulation of failing to
supply a copy of his article would he
Invoked against Admiral Mttgrtulcr has
not been disclosed by nnvy depart
ment officials and Secretary Wilbur
has declined to comment on the article
beyond a brief stntami'nt that no ac
tion had yet been taken,
TUNNEY DECISION STANDS
Boxing Commission Refuses to Consid
er Dempsey Manager's Protest.
Chicago. Gene Tummy will remain
undisputed world's heavy weight hex
Tho Illinois Ijiixinn conimlii.siiKi,
John C. Klghelmer, chairman, annumie-
fcd, will not consider a protest or tli i
decision of the Tunticy-bompscy boat
filed by Deim.ney'g manager. Tho de
clslon as rendered by Referee Have
Barry will stand.
Tunney's vh-fury was disputed be
cause It wan claimed the clmmplou
was saved from losing hi;- crown in the
seventh round by a count that was r.e-
tfially several seconds longer than tso
toll of nine.
It was uii'inestioiuihly a "long
count," from 12 to II Hecoml.i, in all,
to take tho varying count of rlngxidi)
observers but Its explanation lay In
the fact that Illinois boxing rules com
pelled the fighlr f.fir'ng the knock
down to go to hi:i comer before the
count starts. The time elapsing dur
ing DenipKcy'it backing off to a corner
accounted for the lale Mart of th;
count, boxing coinniisMioners explained.
8enator Clark's Eatats Sn.OOOXOO.
New York. K Y.-An ejttate of 4S,.'
000,000 wuh left by i'or::v.-r Vu'a l
States Senator William A!:drsws Ciar'c
of Iiu't Mont., who 'lied hri March
2, accc riling to an appraisal juct