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The 70th Congress :.;
Convened Monpay
President Still Opposes the
McNary Bill in His
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
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
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
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
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.
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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, .
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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. .