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. 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 pressesmodern types, modern work, prompt delivery. Centered at the Post Office at Athena. Oregon, as Second-Class Mail Matter VOLUME 48. ATHENA, UMATILLA COUNTY, OREGON, FRIDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 9, 1927 NUMBER 49 The 70th Congress :.; Convened Monpay President Still Opposes the McNary Bill in His Message. The Coast Radio : , Contest Winner On His Way East Washington, D. C Facing a host of problems and a number of contro versies, political arid otherwise, the 70th congress convened at noon Mon-v-dar for lt tint aessloB.' ' ". 'h-'l Hardly had the bang of the gavels called both houses to order before the long impending Smith-Vare election battle broke in the senate and shoved into the background the consideration of a host of legislative tasks that the new congress will be called on to tackle. Even in the house, where stricter rules call for more regular procedure, came an indication of discord and po litical confusion ahead. After some debate a resolution was adopted to investigate the eligibility of one of its new members, James M. Beck of Penn sylvania, a republican, elected to fill William S. Vare's seat and chief coun sel for Vare in his senate contest. President Coolidge transmitted to a congress seething with political con jecture, a legislative message which revealed him as hewing to the line his administration has maintained on such all Important issues as farm relief, taxation, flood control, foreign rela tions and national defense. Self.Denlsl Asked Coupled with bis recommendations for action by congress on these and many other questions, the president called for a "stern self-denial" on the I part of the people so that national ex penditures may be kept within bounds Standing out in the message was a reiteration that the president still stuck te his guns In opposition to the McNary-Huten farm relief bill, with Us eqnallsatUra fee, pro v Won, but he suggested that, a federal frm.lcan board with a revolving fund wight be used te build up co-operative market ing and aid in disposing of the nation's surplus crops. ' Likewise Mr, Coolidge again pledged his complete support to Secretary Mel Ion's tax plans and 'took occasion to warn the makers of the fa Jaws against "special Interests, toe often selfish, always uninformed of the na tional needs as a whole, with hired agents using their proposed beneficiar ies as engines of propaganda," Expand Navy Expansion of the navy, development of the merchant marine, Mississippi flood control legislation, Boulder can yon dam, legislation, disposition of the Muscle Shoals problem, a railroad con solidation measure, waterways devel opment, and strict prohibition enforce ment, all were recommended by the president. Senators and representatives find now that the tax revision bill has been put in shape for bouse action, a nuro--ber of the annual appropriation meai' ures are ready to be reported and good start has been made on flood relief, one of the most Important of all . the problems that face the new con gress. Since house rules permit limitation of debate, there will be little difficulty in getting the important bills through that body, but there will be a wholly different story when they reach the senate. Many of the bills, including the tax measure, undoubtedly will be rewritten there. 1 Political questions will enter into the consideration of practically all leg islation, and in this pre-presidential campaign session political speeches, wherein the republican administration ' will he attacked and defended in turn, necessarily will slow up the legislative machinery. Reclamation Interests West Of foremost Interest to advocates of reclamation and more rapid land sef tfe'menf are the Columbia pasin jjr& focf in" Washington' and the ijeschiitejj project ii Oregon, which contemplates he expenditure of many millions of dollars aq( the opening o settlers pf tremepdogs new acreage. he pnja fila rapids power project is coupled with then) in discussions for through it water to irrigate Japds n both pre gap anfl Washington wpuld be provid ed, as weH as cheaper power. Oregon State College, Ted Roy of Pilot Rock, winner of the Far West ern division of the Antwater Kent radio audition contest in San Fran cisco, is a popular campus tenor. Roy now is assured of a trip to the national finals in New York city and will receive one of the five final prizes, the highest of which is $5000 in cash, together with scholarships and contracts. Congratulations showered in -on Roy and Professor Paul Petri, direc tor of the music conservatory here, who accompanied him, from friends throughout the Northwest. Roy has studied under Professor Petri in his three years here. His achievement in winning first place among the men in competition with nine other state champions, is considered par ticularly notable in that he carried both the popular vote and , the de cision counted 40 per cent in the final choice. ' j Roy will leave early next week for New York to sing in the finals Sun day, December 11, in competition with but four other district winners. Final decision will rest entirely with a group of nationally known music critics rather than upon popular vote, although the concert will be broad cast over the national network ex tending from coast to coast. Prizes in the final contest include $5000, $2000 and $1000 for first, sec ond and third places, respectively, as, well as two-year scholarships in some Eastern conservatory. In addition, each will be given attractive three? year contracts to sing fpr the At? water Kent company if the company so chooses, ,- - , "This contest is the . most con structive and democratic that hs ever been held among singers, to my knowledge,1 saM , Professor Petri. "Many contests have uncovered good singers and provided them scholar ships, jbut this is the first that actu ally launches the successful contest? ant on a career. That is something that takes money, and is not Pro vided in ordinary contests." Junior Class Will Share in Proceeds The junior class of Athena high school will share in the proceeds from a special picture showing at the Standard Theatre, next Wednesday evening, December 14, when the p olr lege play, "The Quarterback,'? featur? ing Richard Disc, will be presented. This is an annual custom of the Stan dard Theatre ;in presenting-" the juniors with funds to defray expenses of giving the senior class banquet. Tomorrow night the Standard presents those irrespressible screen comedians, Charles Murry and George Sidney in First National's screen knockout, "Lost at the Front-" Sunday night, Metro-Goldwyn s newest picture release, ''Reeky," starring Sally O'Neil and pwen Moore, will be the offering, in pro? gram combination with Pathe Re? view and other short reel subjects. Austrian CM Control to Eng. Paris The council of ambassadgfs has decided to end the civil control of Austria on January 31 1n view of the manner in which Austria has carried at her disarmament agreement Civil voutrol replaced interallied military Condon Slayer Takes Own Life Ray Ferguson Kills Miss Richmond, Wounds Her 'Girl Friend. After slaying Miss Viola Richmond and seriously wounding Miss Raimey, a girl friend, with a shot gun, Ray Ferguson a farm hand, was found dead by his own hand in a school house, west of Condon near where the crime was 'commited. In a jealous rage, Ferguson, who was riding with the two girls in his car, Friday night, attacked the young women with a hammer, after stopping the machine on J pretense that he had a flat tire. They es caped from the car and ran into a field. Ferguson pursued them and instantly killed Miss Richmond with his shot gun, and seriously wounded Miss Raimey. After shooting, Ferguson - ran his car through the field, deserted it at the head of a canyon, Posses hunted two days for. him, tracking him to the John Day river. Evidently, after eluding the posse, the murderer back' tracked to the scene, of the shooting, and went, to the school house ancj blew his brains ou. The body wag discovered on, the d$y funeral j services was held for hi? victim at Condon- Miss Richmond was the daughter of John Richmond, who formerly farmed ijl this county, near Myrick station, and the granddaughter of the fate Neil McDonald of the Pilqt RqcH district. The b,ody was brought t. Pendleton for entombment- It a thought Miss Raimey will recover since the buckshot have been sup: cessfully removed from, her back Mr. and Mrs,. Lee Jqhnsqn, fire spending the week at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Rqss Catron- Steiwer and Korell Take Oath as New - Solons of Congres , Washington, Walking arm-in-arm to the vice . president's desk with his senior colleague, Senator McNary, Frederick Steiwer took the oath of office as senator from Oregon short ly after the senate met today. Smith of Illinois, who was made to stand aside upon objection of Norris of Nebraska, came in the list of new senators just ahead of Steiwer, and proceedings were delayed for a time by the reading of the Norris resolu tion declaring Smith not entitled to a seat. As soon as this incident closed, Steiwer.s name was called to join a group headed by Shortridge of California, who is beginning a new term, newly-elected senators being mustered in groups of four to receive the oath. Franklin F. Korell, Portland's new member of the house, received the oath of office in the house without incident along with his reelected col leagues. Hawley and Sinnott. Hawley is beginning his Uth term and Sin nott his eighth, ' Pendleton Hospital , Gets 102 . Patients - Relieving the congestion in the population at the state hospital for insane at Sftlem, 10? patients from the institution there were transferred to the Eastern Oregan hospital at Pendleton last week;, the patients be ing taken 40 the eastern Oregon institution in three cars in the, care of a number of attendants from the Salem hospital, The transfer gives, the Eastern Ore gon institution a population of !Q3fl, the first time in Ha history that this population has exceeded J0Q0, and leaves little room fop the care of additional patients without crowding. The population Of the Salem institu tion, Whjph had reached, a high peak of 189Q is reduced Vfgg hy the transfer. Fiftyrtwe, men andBO worn, en were infludei, , ,.-. Alaska and Hawaii Jain at Jl 0 0, The New Maypr Takes OjtTce Kejns Two officials elected at the eity election November 8, Mayor Stephens and Councilman Shick, were sworn into office Tuesday evening, Coun cilmen-elect Dell and Rogers were absent and will be sworn in at the next meeting of the council. The outgoing mayor, Homer I. Watts, when he relinquished the office Tuesday night had served five consecutive terms. In his remarks on retirement from the office, Mr. Watts talked on practice of, economy in city affairs. When he took the office in November 1923, the city's indebtedness was over $100,000, and during his adminstration the indebted ness has been reduced o Approxi mately $57,0PP, according to figures given the Press at the city recorder's office. A corrmiete renort of the citv'a finances will be published in the rress in January, wnen toe annual report of the city treasurer is made. A Tduch of Winter. With a slight fall of snow on the ground and the thermometep regis tering in the twenties above, the Athena district is experiencing ts first touch of wiper. Snow' fe Monday night and was followed by a cold wave. In the middle west snow storms of .blizzard intensity, ac companied with zero weather, are prevailing over a large area. ' vuu $ : III 'I h 'Lwlt ! 4 ' J A I ft 'I lf 'X, ' "'r i If - " Group of Qregop ca-pds, Intruding op from HawaU a4 ene ?ro Alaska- Jft to right Eleanor foorman, Jtortland) aretaif Davidson, Waimea. Raual. Pm"l Ppr"nce hurley, Enterprise j MUdwd Carolyn iTehnson, Kpkekwiffl, Alaska, . CNIVfiBSITV OF OREGON, Eu-, gene. "East meets West" is common enough, but when the zero dress of northern Alaska appears alongside the ventilated grass garb of tropical Hawaii, we scent adventure. Here, at the University of Oregon, by chance, arc two girls, Dorothy Davidoon, born in faraway Waimea Kauai, and with her, Mildred Carolyn Johnson, of Butte, Montana, who recently returned from the desolate Eushokwim rive' cbuntry in tbe Alaskan interior." 1 Halfway betw'eeii 'tbe Alaskan and Seward peninsulas" the liU, "?0V marni labored, 't teaching an a Kskimo school the mysterious" po'-oolf of the English language.' ler . i story of glare-ice," aa,"b.Uodvi anftw, of Malamn'te og teaus, eol, fiiii)pif fan of :orther!u'lghjs, a, the (jeaih toll of spring tt'aws on 'the KUkokwim. Durotby's story deals with pineapples, with warm-colored hibiscus flowers, and tun-flooded sand dunes. The blonde bobs of both girls con trast viyidly with the sny black hair of the natives n bth. eftu,utt4es; and both stories tell of the white ma's economic aqd, cnHuraj M'Uggltf among hese hranrh-children of Ai. Miss Davidson's home is on the Hawi ian coast within sound of the conti nental lapping of wave, and always before her, she had a panorama of the varied blue tints of th wa'i. 6h Give Fanner Fair Deal, Says Capper Danger to Nation Seen in Continuance of Present Policy. Philadelphia, Sounding a warning against continuance of the "sectional disparity" of the east and west lest the whole United States become economically imperiled, Senator Cap per of Kansas, in an address here made a ' plea for congressional alleviation of the ills of the agri cultural western region. He spoke at a luncheon of the Rotary club, "There are two possible methods of relief for 'the present condition in the west," the senator said. "Either lower the tariff on what the farmer buys so he can get the bene fit of lower prices on goods made in Europe; or extend the aid of the government in disposing of our sur plus farm products abroad so that the excess will not disastrously de press the home market." There is no hatred among the farmers of the west against the in dustrial east and its "present era of prosperity," the senator asserted. Rather, he said the west wants a "square deal" from congress in the way of bringing the country to "an economical level, either up or down. "The west wants to raise its level to that of the prosperous east It has no desire to depress the busi ness of the east by bringing down commodity prices." The speaker claimed eastern in dustry must depend to a large de gree on the purchasing power of the west, and added: , "Sectional misunderstanding and lack of economic balance brought about the civil wor. Sectional dis parity In 192? threatens the position of America as the world's most favored, most prosperous nat'on United, the east and west stand, but divided against each other by lack of understandings they are bound to fall into economic peril, gravely menacing to both sections. "This country cannot permanently remain half prosperous, half un- prosperous, any more than it could continue half slave, half free. There Is no room in America for the clash of sectional political blocs and the farm problem is not a political issue, though it may become one." grew up, and went to Lihue, thirty miles away, to the high school that is farthest west of any in what is technic ally the United States. Here, tn the little town surrounded by plantation and sea, she and nine other white students clashed wits with 390 oriental) .. . .1- -M I 111 't 'i.V . uoroiny loves ine lanu o uirjn, the colorful Wainrea" gorge, like our own Grand ' Canyon, and the restless sugar-cane fields. She loves the vivid, short-nvea hibiscus, with Us aeiicate blossoms'tha live' only for a day,' id1. the. scnait Ce'reus' tyMW ftfil? The, petite Mldrd, lp,Vfl t.e Al atmosphere, 'Even, though her experi ence was one of hardp work and ecp,uom,ic dffcHy sueh as finding tfa.e water pitchers frozen tight of mornings something about the country grips her. In night school she bad old men and women who wore their stringy hair down over their shoulder; a dy school she taught the alphabet te un ruly ypungsUra with scriptural names. Many otter experiences make up the background of memories in tbe educa tion of the two blonde girls who are continuing their studies at the Univer sity .where they are both freshmen. "I should lovo to go to Alaska," Dorothy told her companion when the two net for the first time. "And I," Mildred replied with her courteous little smile, "hv always wanted to go to Hawaii." School Bndget Adopted By Narrow Margin LA GRANDE, In a close though quiet election, La Grande school vot er adopted the budget for 1928 and also sanctioned an increase of more than the 6 per cent limitation. The new budget calls for expenditures of $121,664.20 compared with $115,594 in 192?, The difference provides for pay ment of $5000 more annually on outstanding bonds. The budget cajf- ried 104 to 100 and 'the pur cent measure 101 to S, Veteran Loan System Is the Same as it Heretofore Existed "Clubbing a Husband"' Pleases the Audience The drama given by the Loyal Gleaners class of the Christian church Sunday school, at the school auditorium, last Friday night, was a success in every particular. Each character seemed t& wet) cast and the protrij of the parts was an anc uiftM mn could be ex pected, otT amateurs. The neat sum of jtt&.tM) was realised. A recent news statement from the army recruiting office in Portland has caused many World war veterans to believe that their adjusted compen sation and paid-up insurance certifi cates may now be used for loans up to 90 per cent of the face value of the policies. . ' To correct this misapprehension, Kenneth L. Cooper, regional manager of the Veterans' bureau, calls atten tion to the fact that there has been no change in the law nor in the manner of making loans thereunder. He Baid: ; "Loans values are divided into five age groups, and are printed In the face of each veteran's certificate, showing the exact loan value for the holder's age for each dollar which the certificate represents. . These loan values increase yearly." At the end of the second policy year the loan value ranges from 8 Jo 11 cents, according to age. "At the end, of the third year, be ginning '.next January in many cases, the loan value increases to a range from 11 to 14 cents a dollar.- "The 90 per cent loan value is not reached until the end of the 19th year. The policy matures and is pay able in full at the end of the 20 years from date of issue. "Oregon has a population of ap proximately 40,000 ex-service men and women. Up to June 30, 1926, the Veterans' bureau had issued 30,000 adjusted compensation certificates In the state, having a cash value on ma turity of nearly $32,000,000. "The Portland regional office has made 5700 initial loans, aggregating a little more than $600,000. Allowing1 for a few hundred loans made by banks throughout the state, it ap pears that about one in Jive veterans has borrowed money on their certificates.- From the figures obtained from the Veterans' bureau, the army re cruiting office statement that some 51,000 veterans in Oregon have failed to apply for their adjusted compen sation appears to have been widely in error." Jardine Opposed To More Projects Against Federal Reclama tion, Expansion, at . This Time. Louisa Winn Passes Mrs. Louisa Winp, e-f the late William, b., 'Wiiu, died of par alysis kivwmbw 2, 1927, at the home e,f her tan, Charles Winn, on Gouse- ereelt, reports the Weston Lead er, Although 92 years old she had been apparently in excellent health up to the hour of her death. An early pioneer of this aectjpK Mrs. Winn was held in high, ytem. She is survived by a, timber of song, among them Frnh and Charles Winn of tMe ereek. Funeral services were held Thursday forenoon in Mil ton and Interment was made in I. O. O. F. cemetery at Weston. Mrs. H. I. Watts pleasantly enter tained the bridge club ladies and two guests at her home last Friday after noon, at her home on Third street. Mrs. Dell held high score, and Mrs. Michener won the consolation. A very delectable two-course luncheon wa3 ccrved h j toe hoaUas. Washington, D. C- Secretary of Ag riculture Jardine has joined his cab inet cblleague, Secretary of Interior Work, hi opposing further expansion., of federaf reclamation at this time. Where new farm lands are to be pro-"" vided, the need for them should be very clear before the enterprise is undertaken, he says In his annual re port, j , ." 1 - " Jardine's comments Imply that much land now farmed would be better used by turning It back to the forest or em ploying it for grazing. The policy of giving settlers on federal reclamation projects from 20 to upwards of 40 years to repay construction charges without interest constitutes an exten sive subsidy to agricultural expansion, he believes. "Many bf the conditions which ap pear to Justify government promotion of land settlement in the other coun tries do not apply to the United -States," Jardine announces. "Yet our homestead laws continue to promote the settlement of land unfit for settle ment, and since the beginning of tho agricultural depression there has been continuous agitation for new irriga tion projects." ' 1 He believes that private capital should be able to promote reclamation where a project Is clearly feasible, and that federal funds should not be used, except under very unusual conditions, to accomplish what private capital will not venture to undertake on account of the doubtful profitableness of .the enterprise. Flax Industry. Continues Increase In Oregon State . Three thousand Willamette valley acres have been contracted for flax growing next year, Colonel .W, . Bertram of Salem, superintendent of the flax industry in th state, told members of the agricultural com mittee, Portland Chamber of Com merco, says the Oregonian, Thirty pulling machines said, to be more than are in operation in any district in the wferW will be used in Oregon nsxk year. Automatic scutching machinery, which will in crew the salvage 25 per cenfc.will b in use. Colonel Bartram said Oregon is the only place in the world where all three of the operations required for flax production and manufactur ing are done by machinery. Returns per acre V flax growers last year averaged $(J2, the speaker said. Riddle. Proa, of Monmouth had 80 fcwe, 80 of them formerly in vet, In flax, and their average quality flax brought them $79 gross per acre. The largest per aero crop in the state was grown at St Paul; 36 acres produced ii tons of first quality grain W brought $5600. "PreMMJg flax," said Colonel Bertram, teachea farmers good farming, because it, requires Inten sive cultivation,; and that brings the same good results with flax that It brings with other crops. Flax, in stead of being hard oi land, in creases fertility. One man got 40 bushels of vWat per acre on land following the previous year's sow in to ftox. "German, Austrian and Russian farmers do best with flax," Colonel Bartram went on, "The Mount An gel district seems to be one of the best for production. Most of the Oregon grain is twing grown around Salem, in Marion county, but it also is being grown in Washington.Linn, Yamhill and Polk counties." Colonel Bartram, said it would take 40,000 acres of flax to supply the amount that is now being im ported into the United States in va rious forms. This year 225 tons of the manfactured product were shipped to Belfast, Ireland, and 26." tons to New England states. COMMERCE CHAMBER RAPPEDBY MELLON Washington,' D. C.The chamber ot commerce of the United States waa charged by Secretary Mellon with hav ing presented a surprising misconcep tion of facts and an argument hardly worthy of a business men's report in urging ' a $400,000,000 reduction in taxes. Mr. Mellon wrote to Lewis B. Pier son, president of the chamber, In a continuation of the controversy that has arisen between the administra tion and the chamber over the ' size of the tax reduction to be made by the congress which began sessions Monday. The treasury favors a $225, 000,000 reduction, while a slash of $236,000,000 Is proposed In the revenue bill drafted by the house ways and means committee. ' In assailing the chamber of com merce program Secretary Mellon fol lowed the lead ot President Coolidge, whose view that the chamber was ad vocating an unwarranted reduction was disclosed recently at the White Houho. After this the chamber reiter ated its demand for a $400,000,000 tax cut and defended Its course In advo-. eating It. GOLD COINS DISTRIBUTED Million to Go Into Christmas Stock Ingt in United States New York. Hauta Claus will drop some $100,000,000 In gold coins into Christmas stockings in the United States this year, federal reserve bank officials estimated following the de mand for $20,000,000 In gold coins In New York. The custom of giving gold coins as Christmas presents puts a heavy strain on the federal reserve machinery and on the banks that supply their clients with tbe coins. The approach of Chrixtmas also means the appearance of $1,000,000 worth of $2.60 gold plucos. This coin Is not minted except on special occa sions, but becatiHM of the demand 400. 000 of them have beet ordered struck off for the Christmas rush. Because of their scarcity and the value placed on them by collectors, very few of the $2.50 pieces ever are. seen aaaln. The demand for them always exceeds the supply, officials say. ' Will Offer Filipino Independence BUI. Washington, D. C A Philippine in dependence, to follow tli holding of a cousrlcu'ltmal assoiubly ant the ne gotiation of International treaties for neutralization, will oe Introduced In tho 70th congress as early as rules ?er.nlt. .