4 A BG JOB, BUT ITS DEAD FASY 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. -.1 - i the Hom Offices at Athena. Oregon, as Second-Class Mail Matter VOLUME 48. ATHENA, V M AT IU. COUNTY, OREGON, FRIDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 23. 1927 NUMBER 51 Kidnaped Los Angeles Girl Returned Dead V' i 19 Year Old Youth Identi fied as Slayer of : the Child. . '.' Hiekmaa Caught; at Echo r : William E. Hickman, arch fiend who murdered Little Marion Park . "er at Los Angeles, and sold he? . v :" mutilated body to her father for $1500, was captured in the west part of the county, shortly after noon yesterday, with $1400 of the currency on his person, by Tom Gurdain, Pendleton chief of police and Buck Lieuallen, state . traffic officer. Hickman was im- , mediately brought to the Pendle ' ton city jail. He admitted his identity, but until last evening had not confessed to commiting the awful crime. California re ports state that over $100,000 reward is available to the captors of the murderer. .I Los Angeles. The Los Angeles po lice announced that the kidnaper murdarer of little Marian Parker had been positively identified from finger prints. ' Police said that the Child's slayer had been identified as Edward Hick man, formerly an employe of the Los Angeles First National Trust & Sav ings bank, of which , Marian's father, Perry M. Parker, Is an assistant cash ier. The identification- had been made- after three fingerprints had been discovered on the rear window of an automobile identified as the one used by the slayer. Hickmai'a fingerprints on record itt the police identification bureau also were identical with those discov ered on ransom letters which had been sent to Parker. .. Parker Identified a photograph of .Hickman that of a man who had been discharged from the bank.' His discharge followed hie- arrest on a charge of forging checks. Hickman, who is 19 years of age. pleaded guilty in juvenile court and was released ' to the custody ot his mother, who then was living in Al hambra. . The motive for the atrocious crime, the police said, was vengeance. Perry M. Parker was believed by young Hickman to have opposed his parole. The mutilated body of Marian Park . er, 12, kidnaped on Thursday last week, was tossed out of an automo bile Saturday night at the feet ot her father, who had gone to an appointed street corner in the northwest sec tion of the city, carrying $1500 in ran som money demanded by the abductor.- J Parker received a telephone call inr structing him to proceed to the corner of Fifth street and Manhattan "place with $1500 in gold certificates and his daughter would be returned to him there. ' -. ,' A few minutes after he arrived a small roadster drew '" up - alongside Parker's automobile. The banker saw his daughter in the seat beside the driver and was told by the kidnaper that the little girl was asleep. According to the agreement, the man after taking the money drove ahead of the father a little way. Climb ing out of the car, he threw the body of the girl on the grass in front ofsa house a few doors up the street. As soon as the man had driven away, Parker ran frantically to- his daughter's side clasped her in his arms and found she was dead. First 'examination of themutilated child revealed that both legs had been cut off apparently close to the body. A wire had been twisted so tightly around the girl's throat that the flesh had been cut deeply into a gaping wound. v , Billion Dallar Farm Body Borah Plan Washington, D. C Creation of a federal agricultural corporation with a capital stock of $1,000,000,000 was pro posed in a bill introduced by Senator Borah, republican, Idaho. The board of director would )JjfcbmpoBed of the secretary of agriculture and eight in dividuals to be appointed by the pres ident, one ot whom would act as man aging director at a salary of $25,000 a year. Other members of the board would draw $20,000 salaries. Lindbergh to Mexico. Boiling FiUtt. V.'u-hington. Colonel Charles A. LsuirJ took off on a Cight Tuji-Ir j , :Ut" Mexico City as his goal. in n I f i r. n n . i v- i n MP I V' A r v . i I a .j I As, . , W I In i"" -4 kv"'' 1 i? ' rtiTJTiwr! ilppn in tlioiicht. seated at a broad desk, heavily laden . with papers which bore evidence - . of her many responsibili ties, planned and pondered the q,ue.s tlon at lengths S.i9 wiis of slight build, lier hair was tinged with gray, her complexion clear, her eyes brown and sparkling, her facial ex-, pression most pleasant, although one could not help but note at the mo ment a trace of worry. " There were exactly one hundred and fifty old people In the institution depending upon her care and "judg ment. Never was this fact brought so forcefully to her attention as it was at Christmas time. To be sure, people were generous and thoughtful in remembering this group. That was exactly IL How could one put this generosity into a form which would benefit the largest number in tire group? The agitation of the ques tion had begun but today, when Mrs. Barber had received a note and a do nation of fifty dollars from a croup of fine, public-spirited citizens who were endowed with the true Clirint ma.i spirit. The accompanying note merely stated that "1U use could !est bo determined by Lira, ISiirbcr, and so would be left entirely tv her good judgment She read the note once more as it lay on the desk before her, "Our group or aoclety has a little fund raised in various ways by its members. Each ""year at jbuteUsas time, we give, fifty dollars ot this fund to the head of some institution, and leave it to the Judgment of the per son in charge as to how it wilt be dis poned of to best adrantage In their particular or peculiar situation. It has occurred to us that the children art more apt to bo well takes cars She Read the Note Once more as It Lay on the Desk. of than are the Institutions such as j yours. ; We therefore wish to remem ber the OlcJ People's home with our small isQin." We luive enjoyed accu- mulating this money and lmpe It, add ed t your other yearly contributions, may help to bring cheer and happi ness to your home on Christmas day." The evening failed to disclose the adequate -solution for this problem.' However, on the morrow, Mrs. ISurber awoke with a radiant face. With the clearness of the morning, the crlsp ness of the air and the lnvitroratlon whicli had come through sound, rest ful slefip, the perplexities - vanished, fmd Mrs. 15arber saw her way clear; ly defined before her. Her feet ai:d iiancli couldn't work fast enough to comply with the w!sl:.j of her bra;:i. Time n-;is limited. Plans must ba drawn up quickly and executed im mediately. - ' v , Tho llrst day evt the tcKulionc ni a center of Interest. It w-w instant ly in use either fur outgoing or in coming calls. If Mrs. Carbsr hr.l realized how many pI:one operator: she wore out, ber kludheartedne-M would certainly Lave maJfe her .'.prca-l her phone calls, vtr twi, dajt.. hu was so enthusiastic and absorbed in her plans that she was not aware cf her excessive tax upon these girls. The la:t phone c:Il brought smile and added energy to Mrs. Barber as she hurried off Into the heart of the great smoky city. Shu pent perhaps an. hnur iwuind eiomid Cnuii iu CGB- ference witn tne matron tn cnarge or the large settlement house. At the end of that time she emerged with a piece of paper bearing the names of some fifteen young boys and girls. Glancing down the list she swallowed forcefully, uttered i peculiar sound and shook her head as she said: "Can't exactly say I am very apt at pronouncing these long foreign names," . . T The Settlement house matron put her hand on Mrs, Barber's shoulder in an affectionate manner, . "Don't worry. They understand and are vised to lt They will, help you and you v wiffrsoon learn their Americanized versions," The next two. days were 'spent In the city library. From the stacks of books which Mrs." Barber went through In her two days there, but one did shej seieqt to laue away witn ner. For some few days after this Mrs. Barber "occupied her time with the white paper with the list of unpro nounceable names, the book, and last but not least, fifteen vivacious young persons, grimy and a little crude, but how sweet, earnest, happy and eager they were. The training had to be patiently undertaken. The response was altogether what might have been expected from these kind-hearted, J'lgh-spirlted youngsters. Then, lastly, there were the hous? decorations to be attended to. There were willing hands in the home which helped hang wreaths, trim the tree and put up the little sprigs of holly and mistletoe, Melodies not familiar to the younger generation filled the hou.. The humming and quiet whis tling told of expected Joys not now far in the ofllng. There was shopping to be done and many preparations for the food which would be necessary. Busy days, but what happy ones. Mrs. Barber waa never too. busy or too tired to stop and have a friendly chat with anyone of the elderly people, to profit from their suggestions or abide by their wishes, if it was at all possible to do so. ; Christmas Day, the day, arrived. When the old folks came -down to their breakfast, they found a Christ mas tree laden with Tkt least one gift for each. They were ni pleased and happy as children With their pres ents. , ' , . At booh the festivities took on "pro portion. One .would never have guessed that the folks ranged any where from seventy to ninety-five, as they trooped In to Christinas dinner. The table was heavily laden with all the Christmas delicacies, especially good for. people of their age. They also had another little surprise. They had fifteen radiantly happy guests who ' wvre Introduced to them. It was indeed hard to judge which was enjoying the dinner the most, the young op the old. Suffice it to say, the young folks encored it the mosti Before the group left the table Mrs, Barber piade a little announcement, "Our guests have come out today not only to help us enjoy our Christ mas dinner, but to help us to have a delightful afternoon, They have come prepared to present a short Christmas play and to furnish us a little musical entertainment," From the chuckles, smiles, laughter and applause, there was no doubt fcn m Jhere Were Willing Hands Which Helped Trim the Tree. about the approval with which the entertainment was received. The young people were worth of all the praise which they received. The coaching had been successful. The day had been delightful and was a topic of conversation for a long time. 51rs. Barber was evea happier over .the occasion than the old folks, if such a thing could bo possible She realized that this. vision, her scheme, had been practical The fifty dollars had given pleasure to not only the old people but it gave these young for eign Scttlcmtnt-iousa children a chance to hare-laihe jo-isiif Christ mas, the joy of giving of their own talents, reaping the consequential re wards of pleasure, -praise and remu neration, the Joy of flndlug the true Christmas spirit in. giving freely oi tht-meclves, as well as having had a tumjAuouj Christmas dinner wbkh otherwise miht have Ken merely a thing of their dreams. (ffl, 1127. WMttra Nvwipaper Union.) Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Burke of Port land, arrived in Athena Wednesday evening and will spend Christmas at the J. C. Burke borne. - V BRUCE ' HERB is one jaunt I hope never , to deprive niy youngsters of," said a business man the ' other day, "agd that is the an- ' nual trip to the. woous after Christmas greens for the house. Every year since, we Mere married, my, wife and I have bundled ourselves up in warm toss and gone out a dny or two before Christinas and gathered nrmfmV of spruce and hemlock branches, 'sprays of ground pine, and occasionally some mistletoe, though this is rare in our part of the coun try. "After the children came, this ex cursion Into the woods became as much a part of Christmas as the tree, the stockings, and the dinner, When we were living out In the suburbs, near the open, woods, we used to go out and chop down our own Christ mas tree and bring It home on a low sledge. ' , A' "Then the time came when we had 'to move Into town, because of my having n good deal of night work, and it took too long to get way out into the country late at night. We couldn't bring home our own Christ mas tree uny more, of course, but we could, and did, take a whole, day to go out and get our Christmas greens, and we do It every year. If the weather is open and there isn't too much snow, we take the car and drive out to the woods, "If there Is a great deal of "snow and It Is impossible to take the ear out, we go on the train to a con venient country station, get off- and tramp through the woods, nnd; col lect our Christmas decoration, if we have too large a load to take Into the coach, I find that the baggage car will bring It in to town for a half dollar or so. The spirit of Christmas tomes back with us from the woods, undine twining of our own groen in to wreaths and festoons means a hun dred times more than if we bought them out of a wooden packing box at .ihe florist's." More Trees Distributed and Buying is Heavy With Local Dealers. Dealers say that there were more Christmas trees distributed in Athena homes this season than ever before. By the same toTven, more Christmas presents than usual were purchased to put on these trees. . Christmas trade is reported ex-, ccptionally good by Alhcna mer chants, -and while the toy trade lius been exceptionally heavy, there has been a noticeble demand for prac tical gifts, also. The rule to please the children ' with toys and elaborately decorated, trees is a common practice at Chriiitmas time, but more and more the practiral and substantial gift idea is being carried out. Clothing, footwear, furnishings, chinaware,.,artsquares, rugs, jewelry, beds, blankets,' and even stoves, wash ing machines' and cream separators have become common articles to be listed as practical Christmas presents. And dad. who is familadily carica tured holding a package of bills label ed "from the'-.wnole family," now fre quently turns": the table on the family by presenting them with the key to a fine automobile, which on Christ mas morning is promptly driven up to the front door by the P'ord dealer or the Rolls-Royce demonstrator, as the case and the size of dad's purse might be. Oh, yes, Christmas buying is chang ing, as is everything else. And by the way, it is a patent fact that more than ever, home people are finding out that Christmas buying can be done as cheaply" and with more satisfastion in their home town with the home merchants. The First Christmas W XJIOHT had descended upon si 11 the hills of Judeu. All ws hushed and still; the earth and heavens seemed resting in a great, deep calm, No sound came to break the stillness, Even the humble shepherd men who watched their flocks were silentthey, too, felt the deep thrill and mystery of the night. Humble and uneducated as they were, they could hot fathom what' it all meant, but in their hearts was a sense of awe and wonderment that kept them si lent. Then on the darkness of the f, night there came out of the jjl heavens a dazzling light and j the shepherds were frightened? Jjj But an angel of the Lord was 4ji standing beside them and In a ul voice that found Its way to their jjj very hearts told theni to fear .ij not, rather to rejoice instead, J for he vns bringing them tld- (. ln?R of great Joy, that the long- j' looked-for Savior had been born jj,' that night in Bethlehem of Jjj Judea. And when this angel had i; finished speaking the glory of j'l heaven shone brighter all tboiit them, and looking up they be- lr held a multltudd of the heavenly 'i host praising God and singing y the song that has echoed since Jtt through all the ages: "(Jlory to Jjj Ood in the highest and on earth J- peaco to men of good will." ?i After the ongels had departed S) and the dazzling light had van- jj Ished from the hillside the .nhep- Jj; herds whispered among them selves, and they decided to leave their flocks and go to the little town of Bethlehem, us the ongel had told them. Over the hills and valleys ihey went, never pausing until they came to the humble rtable where tho Savior There they prostrated IieniKelvps at 111k feet riiviMiifr X !od for the thing that had come to paf, and telling Mary, uls If, Jli mother, and Joseph of what Ihey jj .It had seen and heard that pight. -l TUnn ,!,. AnntA Til,. K v prefjenco and went their way, ? telin' all whom they met of the "Ji Savior's coming. 5 1, I'jV. Wettcra Nowtjaxf VfckD.) K hu X t he So was It at tho first Christ- :i 1 7 iXA.'V'iVvi In Spain tne ciinaren seen secret places among the shrubs and bushes in which to hide their shoes und on Christmas morning they g out to find tti-m filled -nii frulla and candles. I' dim and 1'aotU. Christmas Buying Good In Athena Long view Heroine After Long Fight Hears the . Summons . --fiX.. . Longview.--LuciHc ,J- Chamberlain, 17-year-old girl heroine and aquatic star, died late today after a fight of four months for her life. Miss Chamberlain,, who was cred ited with saving the lives of two others by her daring and prowess in the water, was injured August 1 when she dived 20 feet into the Columbia river and struck a sub merged log. "Goodbye, everybody, I hear ma ma calling," the girl said today when she realised that death was near. Her mother died two years go. For weeks, although she was to tally paralyzed, the girl had refused to give up hope for life. Last inght she had a relapse. She rallied, however, and when a physican arrived, she smiled at him and said: "Doc, I was awfully scared, but I -guess I'll pull through all right." The friends of the dying girl nevertheless realized she had not long to live and last night gave her her Christmas presents. At her bedside today were her father, Walter W. Chamberlain, Longview, railway employee, and her closest friends, Rae John son, a Longview boy, and Florence Tennant, freshman at the University of Washington. Miss Chamberlain was born' at Pacific City, Wash.. " After her mother's death two years ago, Lucille assumed the du ties of housekeeper for her father and a young sister and brother. The day before she was injured, August 1, she swam the Colum bia river here in record time, and saved Lila Mclvor, nine, from drowning. Turfman Must Pay In Damage Suit Walla Walla. George Drumhcller, nationally known racehorse owner and wheat man, must pay $10,000 to the woman who charged that he drop ped her to marry a younger girl, but his attorneys will take steps to appeal tho case, it was announced here. Mrs. May Kelly, who sued the turf magnate fjr JIOO.CSC, alleged that he p:aaiu;d to :v.a;-;- her. She had been tmploycd f years on the praarihcllcr ranch. Letters introduced as te.tirnony and purportedly written by Mrs.. ti Dfu.v.hcIIor and the irl whom , he later took for hit second wife, told ot a love, that had "lasted for years." Letters of Mre. Kelly to Lijlia Rook-;, the 25 year old girl whtpft prjmheller married, adited her t "think it over" before many. lag 5-rufl,he;:pr, "for he might treat you ii ha fcij me." Dry-sheller denied that he had proposed marriage to Mrs. Kelly, and said his interest in her was friendly. He had been a friend of her dead huiA'and, Jkrt Kelly, rodeo rider, ha zuid thr&u-! hia coa.uel, and promised only to "take care of her." House Coalition Passes Tax Bill Reduction $65,000'000 Above Maximum Set By Sec retary Mellon. Washinrton, . I). C The tax bill, passed by the house, reached the sen ate with indications that it would not oveii'bp considered by the senate fi nance committee until after t'hrisl nias. Out ot line with Ihe recommenda tions of the treasury, and calling for a. $290,000,000 decrease in rei-enue pas--ments more than the treasury, in President CooJidge's opinion, can stand It will be the subject ot '.brief hearings, then the senate will take It up, with predictions general that con certed efforts will be made to revise Its provisions. As approved by the houso, the meas ure would result in an annual tax re duction of $57,000,000 more than the amount recommended by its ways and means committee at least that is the estimate. The houso total was $S5, 000,000 above tho "safe" maximum, set by Secretary Mellon and approved by tho president, but more than $100, 000,000 below the figure recommended by tho chamber of commerce cf tta United Slates. Chairman Smoot of tho senate fi nance committee has expressed the belief that the senate may scale the bill down to somewhere near tho treasury total. On tho other hand, Senator Simmons of Nortli Carolina, the senior democrat on the committee, sees no reason why the reduction shouldn't he boosted to $400,000,000, and Is laying plans to that end. With a democratic-republican coali tion holding a whip hand, the house passed the tax bill with three major amendments, which were vigorously opposed By republican party leaders; On a final showdown, however, only 21 republicans were willing to go on record against the measure after ex hausting every parliamentary 'means to eliminate the three contested amendments, among them one tor re peal of the sales tax on automobiles. The vote on passage wbb 366 to 21. LINDY Will VISIT CENTRAL AMERICA Mexico City. Mexico safely cap tured, Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh made plans to extend the Lindbergh nir line to Central America. lie announced his acceptance of in vitations to visit Guatemala, Hondur as, Salvador and Panama. After leaving Mexico City he will fly to the Central American countries and then visit Cuba before pointing the nose of the Spirit of St. Loula toward Its home port, St. Louis. Mexico gave Lindbergh a reception that Impressed him more than any other he had received at home or abroad. "Vivas," flags and bunting In the capital of the southern republic vied with New York's ticker tape aud the bouquets and meduls of Washington, Paris and London in acclaiming Col onel Charles A. Lindbergh as the dar ling of the people wherever he goes. HERRIl'K CONTRACT VOIDED Oregon Timber Sals Deal Declared Off by Chief Forester Greeley. Washington, D. C Chief Forester Greeley canceled tho contract of F.rcl Hcrrlek of St. Mario's, Idaho, for the Bale of SS0,000,000 feet of timber on tho Malheur national forest in Oregon. Repret-ntativos of Hcrrick said they would appeal to tho seerctary ot acr! tulture. The sale to Hcrrkk occurred fe jvu'al yars age. Failure of tho turn paoy (.'-riiiCd ty Hcrrkk to tarry cat the terms of the contract aroused rui deou nl liakcr, Or., to petition the bee reiary oi' agriculture to tancel tho con tract. EepruscuUtlvea of Sir. HurrUk tailed to satisfy Chief Foresur Grve ley that prospoctivo associates or pur chasers were prepared to tako over and put li the lumber toject to com pletion as demanded by the govern incut. Pa.-i-Amerlcan Meat In Hana; Havana. Cuba. Preparations for tne sixth l'au-Auiriean cnnfrence, to be' Icld U'ira bcgintiiug Jjuiury 1J, are V:n', runUt-d in an otiur; to h-ivo bVwryUiui W rcaJiuubb ly uit UjU.