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Camouflage of High .
Order Saved Convict
Extraordinary tales of adventure,
death and escape from .the French
islands of exile off the .Guiana' toast
are told by Blair Niles, the flrst wom
an to visit the prison islands.
"There was, for example," she writes;
"the convict stationed on one of the
Devil's Island group, who, gome
months' ago-was missing at the five
o'clock roll call. At that hour tho
keepers -are busy rounding up the
men and locking the correct number
, into each dormitory for the night
Number X was missing; he failed to
answer to his name. Search wasmade
of the three islands. 1 It revealed noth
ing. The mm was sinking; in a few
moments the tropical night would fall.
The canoemen were commanded, to
launch the boats ; far, .far out a speck
was seen on the deserted ocean. The
prison authorities focused their glasses.
But they saw only a dark mass on the
surface and above it the great spread
ing horns' of one of the water buffalo
which the administration imports from
French Indo-China. ' Only a tfead wa-
, ter buffalo floating out to sea. They
revoked the order to the canoemen.
Anyway, darkness had suddenly shut
, "But the prisoners, knew that, the
dead water, . buffalo wast' one of their
comrades, his body bound to aplank
and covered with banana leaves, while
with arms and legs he 'swam .deeper-'
otely. The buffalo horns-didn't a
buffalo die on the islands only last
week? The horns were the escaping
convict's camouflage." From the Fo
' " Arm Getting Wefl; I T,
Bryce Baker who accompanied Dr.
Geyer to Portland over the week-end,
is delighted with the progress his
fractured arm is making at this time.
Examination by the specialist who
performed operations in the past
when bone-grafting was resorted to,
revealed that the fractures were
knitting satisfactorily. The cast has
been removed and a small metal
splint substituted until such time as
the arm recovers strength. '
Mrs. Hansell Better
Mrs. M. W. Hansell sustained a
major operation at St. Mary's hos
pital, Walla Walla, last Friday. Since
the operation the patient has been" in
a serious condition, but a change for
the better has taken place and decided
improvement is noted. Mr. Hansell
came home Wednesday, the first time
he was able to leave the bedside of his
wife. " " - " "
Mail Service Older
Than Christian Era
Communications were' sent- from
town , to town by. more or less tegular
service in '. the,, reign of Cyrus, '.the
great Persian conquerer, COO years be
fore the Christian era., , Four centuries
later. Queen Jezebel wrote fetters and
sent them throughout the. Jewish king
dom, to which she affixed the name
of King A1iab, and sealed them "with
the king's seal. In the Book of Esther
mention is mode' of seeding letters by
post throughout, tho j-oyat provinces.
About the beginning of the First cent
tury Augustus, the great .Roman em-
. peror, established a 'system of com
munication throughout the empire.
Marco Polo, the Venetian traveler, re-:
ported that as long ago as 128P China,
had ho less than 10,000 post stations.
i The term post as "applied to a sys
tem of mail transportation had its
origin-in France in the Sixteenth cen
tury, where a general system of com
munication was set up by the govern
ment. Detroit News.
; Sowing Wild Oats . .
! To "sow wild -oats" means td com
imit youthful excesses," to spend one's
youth in dissipation. Subsequent re-form
is usually Implied. t Th express
sion, it is supposed, originated among
the country people of England. "The
wild oats a tall grass . resembling
the cultivated oat and by some sup
posed to be its original progenitor,
is a common weed in grain fields. It
was natural that a weed so common
and obnoxious should become the
subject of comparison among the
English farmers. At first "sowing wild
oats" meant sowing worthless seed or
seed which would produce a worthless
crop. The transition to the figurative
meaning was easy. He who wastes the
precious days of his youthful prime In
dissipation is sowing seeds which will
grow up Into obnoxious weeds. Path
finder Magazine. '
Marvin Hughltt, Railroad Man Die
' Chicago Marvin Hughitt Sr., whose
span of service to railroading in tt4
middle west stretched back 65 years,
died here after a paralytic stroke. He
was 90 years old. - Until his death the
veteran had a part in the direction ot
the Chicago & Northwestern railroad,
with whose destines he had been con
nected 66 years, 28 as president
Orphans Find Home
, A home ?for,; little ;. Francis ' and
Agnes Stamper; orphan children of
the late Ada Hopper Stamper, has
been found with Mr. and Mrs. Del
bert Barger who reside near Walla
Walla. . The children were taken to
their new home Sunday, after having
been at the Bert Logsdon home for
several weeks. , ; '
Mr. Woodward Improving
C., L. . Woodward, who has been
critically ill in a Walla Walla hospital
has been slowly i improving since
surviving a serious surgical operation,
several days ago, when it was found
necessary to remove one of his kid
neys. Mr. Woodward, previous to the
operation, has been in declining health
for sometime. '
: : Dr. W. Boyd Whyte
Stangier, Building,, Phpne 706
Pendleton. Oregon. ,957 J
DR. J. L. GEYER
' .' Dentist ;' ;-V "
Post Building, Athena," Phone 582
Sunday, Feb. 12
Admission: 10c, 25c, 35 Cents
22 Years Ago
February 9, 1906
D. B. Jarman returned home from
the east Saturday evening.
VroA Knnntz has returned from
Wo lit. Wnllo. Ha is somewhat bet
ter, but is still far from being a well
p.v stntA Senator Proebstel of Wes
ton is mentioned as a candidate for
the office again.
.Tampa Henderson returned Satur
day from his homestead in Franklin
county, where he spent several days.
Nantnn News: Duncan Mclntyre
arrived, from Athena, Oregon, last
SntnrHnw. morninar. Mr. Mclntyre,
like his six brothers, owns a chunk
of Alberta earth.
Mr anA Mrs. John Foss and. Mrs.
.Tamest Mitchell returned to their
home in Moro, Sherman county,
Saturday after an extended visit wixn
relatives in this city. '
Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Barnett ana
son, Rex and I. M. Kemp came up
this morning with the remains of Roy
Barnett. for burial in the lamuy vn
in, the Athena cemetery.
Tha Press is informed that MISS
Dolly Bloch, of Spokane, is greatly
improved in health. She is now able
for the "first time in two years to
walk,, with the assistance of a cane.
Her manv Athena friends earnestly
hope for her complete and permanent
After inrmirino' into the facts re
garding the death of T. Morrisette,
the cornor decided no inauest was
necessary. Saturday . the pioneer
Franchmen was buried in the Athena
cemetery. The funeral was a large
one the remains being followed "to the
grave by a large number of neighbors
and- friends. ,
Mrs. Chas. Norris and Mrs. T. J.
Watts were in Walla Walla Wednes
day."-, v ' :, ,. ' ;:!.
Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Kilcore. who
have been seriously ill at their home
near Weston, are recovering.
George Foster has completed the
construction of a dwelling house at
Union, and returned home. He re
ports windy, disagreeable weather in
the Grand Ronde. v
Rev. G. W. Rigby officiated at the
double wedding in Pendleton, Tues
day. The happy couples are John
F. Bentley ' and Minnie L. Trimble,
and Alva M. Moyer and Laura v P.
Baker, all of Adams.
Dr. Sharp reports A., J. Wagner to
be improving. Mr. Wagner was ser
iously injured last Saturday evening
by being kicked by a colt. Three ribs
are fractured and had Mr. Wagner
been struck a little higher up the re
sult would undoubtedly have been fa
tal. '--'. ;
DR. W. G. COWAN
PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON
WATTS & PRESTBTB
Main Street. Athena, Oregon
State and Federal Court Practice
For Sale Good horses and mules.
Also dry fir wood. Frank Watkins,
Wanted Hear from owner Ranch
for sale. State cash price, particu
lars. D. F. Bush, Minneapolis, Minn.
COAST RED CEDAR
Direct from Producer to Consumer
' . Buy Collectively
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ONE WEEK STARTS FEB. 10th
This your chance to get that Radio you have been wanting . We have a few
sets left in stock and we are going to clean them up. Come early and make
Your selection, for they will not last long.
Two 6 tube Kolsters
Complete Battery equipment with regular $25.00 Speaker, sold always at
$150.00, now $125.00.
Two 5 tube Grebes
Complete Regular "price $165.00, now $135.00. Several small secondhand
sets that wjll surprise you., -
One 4 tube R.C. A.
with';,TuW$15.06v;,'Just .the thin for, the boys. ,
WILlGIVE ONE EVENING FREE DEMONSTRATION IN THE HOME
ATHENA,. OREGON : : : : Main -Street .. Phone 471
,$43.20 IN PRIZES
To be drawn Saturday, March 10th, at
7:30 p. m.
1st Prize, Blanket, value $14.50
2nd Prize, Dishes, value 10.50
3rd Prize, Gent's Shirt, value 5.25
4th Prize, Men's Gloves, value 5.00
? 5th Prize, Necktie, value 3.50
6th Prize, Woman's Bloomers, value 2.45
7th Prize, Ladies Hose, value 2.00
With each $1 cash purchase, or for every dollar paid on accounts, a ticket
will be given, entitling the holder a chance in drawing for the prizes, Satur
day evening, March 10th, at 7:30 p. m.
Quality Quantity, Service. . Phone 171. Athena, Oregon
The Athena Hotel
MRS. LAURA FROOME, Prop.
Courteous Treatment, Clean Beds
Tourists7 Made Welcome
Special Attention Given
to Home Patrons
Corner Main and Third
"He that tooteth not his own horn,
the same shall not be tooted."
of every kind and
at rates and terms
Quick Starting Packed With Extra Miles
Motor Oils SL Greases
Bryce Baker, Agent
, .Phones 761 and 31F11, Athena
; We Carry the
Main Street Athena, Oregon
Bell & Venable
Phones 125 and 24
Always At Your Service
City and' Country
and Horse Team Work
GERALD KILG0RE, Proprietor
MEALS SERVED AT ALL HOURS. WHITE
HELP ONLY, EMPLOYED. GOOD SERVICE
Gerald Kilgore, Proprietor
THE ATHENA MARKET
We carry the best
That Money Buys
KiDDered Salmon all Kinds of Salt Fish. Fresh
Fish, Oysters, Crabs, Clams, Kraut in Season.
A. W. LOGSDON :
Main Street Athena, Oregon.
Foley's Kidney Cure
make kidneys end bladder rlzM
nni IT 1
If you are planning alterations or ad- .
ditions to your building, let us give
you an estimate on the Lumber need
ed. You will be pleasantly; surprised
at the reasonble total we will quote.
Wood and Coal
Tum-A-Lum Lumber Co. Main Street, Athena