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F. B. BOYD. Owner and Publisher
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Athena, Oregon, February 10, 1928
DISCARD SHIFTY POLITICS
Advancing a Eton for one phase
of the tax question, one of our ex
changes says: The Amencan citizen
is one of the most heavily taxed in
L world. His home and property
are taxed, everything he eats drmks
or does is taxed. Worse yet, if he
owns a share he knows that for every
dollar he receives as a dividend prob
ably more than a dollar has been paid
out in taxes. And so it goes.
There is obviously a cure for the
tax evil, and it is up to the taxpayer
to correct it. Our national govern
ment is conducted with a fair degree
of economy-but as much cannot be
said for state and municipal govern
ments. Thousands of the citizens
dollars are wasted daily, when legis
latures are in session, by debating
absurd and unwanted laws. Thous
ands more are expended in trying to
put these laws in the already bulging
statute books. Bond issues are pro
posed, disastrous experiments in
municipal ownership are tried; and
the result is a few more millions on
the tax bill. . .
A good, well-balanced, municipal
and state government, doing away
with shifty politics and "red tape
combined with common sense, will
come nearer than anything else to
effecting tax reduction.
Tom Mix who rides back and forth
across the screen for Fox at $7500
per week, like all good movie actors
has separated from the wife. Mrs.
Mix asks the court lor a mommy ui
lowance of $1500 from Mix for sup
port of their 16 year old daughter.
Based on yearly expenditure, the
mother does not believe the daughter
would be spoiled with $1000 for danc
ing lessons; $1000 for vocal lessons;
piano lessons $1000; clothing $4000;
groceries and milk $1,200; rent $2,
400; tutor $1,200. Scanning the above
list, we would suggest that enough
is not allowed for the item of milk.
A New Yorker says the theory up
on which that state's anti-pistol
legislation is based is erroneous. We
do not prohibit automobiles, though
they are used in committing crimes;
nor pens because they are tools of the
forger. The real remedy for crime
lies in the courts. The Baumes laws
of New York have done more to re
duce crimes of violence than could be
accomplished by all the anti-pistol
legislation ever suggested.
Short skirts revealed the slightly
bowed lower extremities of Miss
Sadie Holland, a Chicago stenograph
er, so Sadie had a specialist perform
a "beauty operation" to straighten
them. Gangreen set in and the legs
had to be amputated below the knees,
and now the girl is fighting for her
life. Abas beauty operations; be
satisfied with what have you.
J. Ham Lewis who has been dropped
from public print for a long time, was
found critically ill the other day in
an Austrian hospital at Vienna. Time
was when J. Ham took up as much
front page space and as often as ia
now given Mayor Baker of Portland;
only George "holds" for the camera
better than the former.
The first of the "big three" com
manders in the World War has gono
west in the death of Earl Haig, who
to the British arni'y was all that Per
shing is. to the American doughboy,
Foch is to the French blue devils.
A carload of 24 Klamath county
steers sold on the San Francisco
market, brought C. J. Laird $3954.20,
or $164.75 per head, so Mr. Laird is
toying with the silver lining in the
stockmen's cloud, as it were.
Uncle Sam is sick and tired of sub
marines, and through Secretary Kel
logg offers to sign a treaty with the
powers of the world, prohibiting the
uso of these detestible water coffins,
R. Alexander, Umatilla county pio
neer merchant has fallen heir to
another well merited honor. The other
night at Pendleton, the Elks present
ed "Alex" with a life membership in
Comes the announcement that
Aimee will open a "light house" in
Portland. Will bo built on a four
square plan, we presume.
Resident Coolidge's buckwheat
cakes and sausage are good enough,
but we knew a feller who liked buck
wheat cakes and venison steak. .
Never a crirk in Lindy'a speedo
meter; he's always on time.
A FIRST STEP
"Radical changes in rules of pro
cedure, calculated to speed up greatly
the disposition of cases on appeal be
fore the Oregon supreme court, were
announced by Chief Justice Rand
Tuesday," says a Salem news dis
patch. It adds:
"Beginning March 1, the court will
set five cases for argument on each
of four days of every week, instead
of two cases per day as at present.
Three of the arguments will be
scheduled for the morning and two
for the afternoon. Immediately fol
lowing the afternoon sessions, the
court will go -into conference and the
cases will be assigned to the justices
for the preparation of opinions. With
only 250 cases now on the dockets, the
court expects, under the new order
to keep fully abrest of the accumula
tion of new appeals in the future.
"Another order of the court reduces
by 10 minutes the time allowed for
the argument of a case and assigns
to each side 30 minutes for argument.
"Still another rule adopted will
limit attendance upon the Pendleton
term of court to one department,
comprising the chief justice and three
associates, the other department re
maining in Salem to hear arguments.
In the event of a case from Eastern
Oregon requiring the attention of the
entire court, arguments will be heard
The high court is entiyed to credit
for this first step in bringing the
business of courts in Oregon out of
confusion into order. Judges in the
lower courts of the state may well
take notice of this disposition in the
supreme court to speed up justice.
It is the power of the courts to
exercise more lniluence than any
other agency in putting a check on
the rising and costly tide of crime.
Every layman knows that the
absurdities permitted by the judges,
high and low, in allowing -quibbles
and technicalities to delay trials and
judgements have gone to unreason
able and inexcusable limits. The
crooks know it even better, and
regularly count on escape from the
penalties of their crime from the
fact that "the adminstration of the
criminal law in the United States is a
disgrace to our civilization," as form
er President Taft has repeatedly said.
The Oregon supreme court has a
great deal of power that it can exert
to make judgments under the law
quick and sure. This is well known
and quietly said by many judges in
the lower courts who are not willing
to make the statement openly through
fear of reprisals in the higher court,
They know, and many laymen know,
that long-winded opinions in the
supreme court are a fruitful source
through which much time and energy
are lost in the body.
Everybody knows that something
has to be done and done soon to com
bat the intolerable crime carnival now
running riot in America and rapidly
growing worse. The crooks will go
just as far as the courts and officials
and people will permit them to go.
They have no more respect for law
and order and society of human life
than a hyena has for a wounded rob
in. They are the gray wolves of life,
and the kidnaping and slaughter of
little girls has become the pastime of
some of them.
The Strangler was a beast unspeak
able, and an example of the limits to
which the jackals of society are go
ing. In a Los Angeles court there
is the great farce of insanity plead
ed as the reason for Hickman. In a
Michigan prison sell is Hotellinz. a
church elder, and in her grave is his
little 5-year-old victim.
The reason for the Strangler and
Hickman and Hotelling are in part
the quibbles, the nonsense, the dod
dering, the dawdling of American
courts in dealing with the brutes and
beasts who flock to this country from
all over the world to carry on be
cause "the "! administration of the
criminal law in the United States is
a disgrace to our civilization," as was
said by Howard Taft, former presi
dent, now chief justice of the United
States supreme court.
(Morning Oregonian) i
lhere was an allusion in the
"Twenty-five Years Ago" nook on
this page recently to approval by the
senate of the treaty providing for a
commission to settle the Alaskan
boundary issue, on the heels of which
follows a news dispatch saying that
Canada now wants to reopen the
question. The incident is a reminder
that boundaries always have been,' as
they perhaps always will be, prime
causes of international negotiation.
This was pointedly illustrated when
the treaty of 1846 between the Unit
ed States and Great Britain un
wittingly left the Oregon question
partly unsolved. The dispute over
San Juan island brought about the
appointment a full quarter century
later of a joint high commission, of
which Oregon's distinguished citizen,
George H. Williams, was a member,
by which it was referred to the
emperor of Germany as aibitrator,
More than twenty-six years passed
between the signing of the treaty of
Washington and final adjustment of
matters on Puget sound. In point of
elapsed time, and in some other re
spects, there are analogies between
that situation and this.
The contour of the famous Alaska
panhandle peculiarly lends itself to
dispute. When discussion arose in
the early years of this century, a com
mission consisting of three Ameri
cans, two Canadians and one English
man was appointed, and in the settle
ment the Americans and the English
man constituted the determining
majority. The literal reading of the
Russian treaty ceding Alaska was
followed, it providing that ths line
should begin at the intersection of
the Portland canal and the 56th par
allel of latitude, and "proceed along
the summits of the mountains" to
the 141st meridian of longitude, ex
cept when the summits were more
than ten marine leagues from the sea.
In the latter contingency the line was
fixed at ten leagues inland and par
allel to the coast.
But the mountains were jagged and
so is the littoral. What in Scandi
navia would be calledfords abound.
The ridge of the mountains is ir
regular. Canada holds that the line
should extend from peak to peak,
which in several places would make
it extend across the heads of tha in
lets. Canada at present, by reason of
the zigzag character of the parallel
ten-league line, has no outlet to the
ocean north of the Portland canal.
Seaports, of course, are the crux jf
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NOTICE TO CREDITORS
In the County Court of the State oE
Oregon forUmatilla County.
In the matter of the Estate of Mar
tha J. Shick, Deceased.
Notice is hereby given that the
undersigned has been appointed exe
cutor of the last will and testament of
Martha J. Shick, deceased, by an
order of the above entitled Court.
All persons having claims against
the said estate are hereby notified to
present the same to me at Athena,
Oregon, or to my attorneys, Watts
& Prestbye,. at their office in
Athena, Oregon, within six months
from the date of the first publication
of this notice. AH claims must be
verified as by law required.
Dated at Athena, Oregon, this 13th
day of January, 1928.
ARTHUR E. SHICK,
Executor of the Last Will and
Testament of Martha J. -Shick,
Watts & Prestbye Attorneys for
Estate, Athena, Oregon. J13F10
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