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Athena, Oregon, August 10, 1928
The tax assessed in Oregon against
the capital stock of national banks
was recently declared invalid in the
federal court because other capital in
competition with national bank cap
Hal was exempt from taxation.
A contemporary cites from evidence
in the case eight financial institutions
other than banks that would have
paid large sums in taxes had they
been assessed as were national banks.
"Is it any wonder that real property
is groaning under the load of taxation
on it?" asks this contemporary.
Yet the income tax bill on the bal
lot for the November . election,, al
though it purports to remedy this
condition, would actually fail to tax
either banks or competing moneyed
capital, according to an argument
against the bill filed with the secre
tary of state by Oswald West.
The point is that the income taxi
bill would put a lighter tax upon the
income of banks than it would place
on the income of corporations, as
sociations and stock companies em
ploying capital in competition with
bank capital. It selects banks for
special consideration. It exempts
them as corporations, taxing only the
dividends paid to stockholders, where
as other corporations are taxed as
such on all their income.
The point, it appears, is that the
state constitution requires that all
property in the same class shall be
taxed equally and uniformly. A dis
tinction being made between bank
capital and other capital, although in
the same class, that portion of the
law would fail under test in the
If Mr. West's theory is correct, the
primary purpose of the income tax
bill is defeated by its own terms.
The Corvallis Gazette-Times sees
no reason for barbers objecting to the
law which requires them to conform
to certain educational requirements,
saying: "Everybody knows that a
barber knows more than anybody
in the world. He knows who is go
ing to win the pennant, the prize
fight, the football games. He knows
where the best fishin' holes are. He
knows who is going to be the next
president. He knows when the out-of-town
bootlegger is expected to ar
rive and where he will stop and who
are his best patrons. He knows which
stock car has the most speed, uses
the most gasoline and requires the
most upkeep. He knows when Byrd
will reach the south pole, what the
weather was the 10th of last August
and what it will be this year. He can
foretell a hard winter by the thick
ness of the beard and knows the best
remedies for colds, bunions asthma,
saltrheum, tetter, cold sores, poison
oak and baldness. He knows Babe
Ruth's batting average and that of
all other men in both big and minor
leagues. He knows the best way to
cook trout and who struck Billy Pat
terson and anybody who doubts that
a barber knows all of these things
and a lot more should just ask Doc
Motor Association. This decrease
was in the face of an increase pf ten
per cent in the number of fatalities
from all causes. It is estimated that
there was one fatality due to the
operation of motor vehicles on the
highways for each 984 vehicles in
operation, while the grade crossing
fatalities was for each 11,716 motor
If the power companies had made
effective effort to safe-guard the mi
gration of fish over their dams, there
would have been no opposition on the
part of the state fish commission and
sportsmen to dam construction for
power purposes on any river in the
state. But owners of power sites
have paid no attention to the rights
of those who demand fish propoga-
tion along with power development ot
the streams, and the result is that
four measures sponsored by the fish
commission, commercial fishing in
terests and the sportsmen, will come
before the voters at the next election.
22 Years Ago
Quietly, but vigorously, we are told,
representatives of Herbert Hoover's
national political managers are build
ing up an organization in the South
with attention centered on lining up
a group acceptable both to bolting
democrats and to old-time repub-.
licans of that region. Just how suc
cessful the effort will be, must neces
sarily depend on whether the "old-
timers" and the bolters will remain
hitched up until election day.
Chief executives of twenty-two
standard railroad labor organizations
have decided that organized labor as
a body would not endorse any pres
idential candidate, refering back to
the organizations whatever action
they might wish to take individually.
From which one might as well con
clude that they are satisfied with
things "as is."
According to a recent dispatch from
London, it seems as though Tommy
Atkins is having considerable luck in
finding his bride among the German
frauleins. Some time ago we rend
of the enormous surplus of marriage
able English maids, and now we con
clude there is a reason.
It is said that everyone in New
York, from the lowest to the highest,
has his hand out for a tip. A tip to
the wise is sufficient.
Earwigs have reached Goldendale;
more proof that the Columbia is the
natural gateway to Portland.
Foley's Kidney Cure
ake.s kidneys end b'.idunr HpM
August 10, 1906 '
Chance Rogers, the well known
young farmer of the Weston neigh
borhood, was in town yesterday.
Miss Irene Dudley is visiting rela
tives near Pullman, Wash.
A. L. Swaggart's wheat went close
to 50 bushels per acre, and is of splen
W. W. Jacobs the carpenter has re
turned from Waitsburg where he has
It is learned that the condition of
Rev. Geo. T. Ellis, who is at Baker
City, is not improving.
Chas. Betts, manager of the Mos
grove Mercantile Co., has been on the
sick list for a couple of days past.
Supreme Judge Hailey is in the city
today from Salem. Justice Hailey is
here to look after his wheat crop on
Joe Ringle with his six-horse team
is hauling 90 sacks of wheat to the
load. The roads are in fair condition
for wheat hauling.
A number of harvesting outfits were
put out of commission yesterday by
the members of the crews going to
Walla Walla to take in the circus.
The Pinkerton combine is at work
today on the Ogle place. Many Ath
ena people are taking advantage of
the opportunity afforded to see the
machine at work.
Owing to the low stage of water in
the Snake river, O. R. & N. Steam
boat service has been suspended. Un
til further notice passengers for Lew
iston will go via Garfield or Moscow.
B. B. Richards, agent for the Puget
Sound Warehouse Co., rode out to
Grandview station Saturday evening.
A considerable amount of grain is be
ing received by the company at that
Mayor Plamondon has appointed
C. A. Barrett, F. B. Boyd, T. J. Kirk,
M. L. Watts and A. B. McEwen dele
gates to the National Irrigation Con
gress which convenes at Boise City,
September 3 to ,8, inclusive.
A. M. Gillis and son Ralph left yes
terday morning for Prince Edward'3
Island, Mr. Gillis boyhood home,
where they will remain for several
weeks. Mr. Gillis goes for the pur
pose of benefitting his health.
Two big freight engines, No s 6 and
7, have been transferred from the
main line of the Northern Pacific to
the W. & C. R. These monster loco
motives are now making regular trips
to Athena, and are well worth the
walk down to the station for inspection.
As the result of a cloud burst near
North Fork station in the Blue moun
tains, a land slide occurred on the O.
R. & N. tracks Sunday night. At the
time a freight train was passing and
eight box cars were caught in the
slide and ground to splinters. No one
of the freight crew was injured but
it is thought two tramps arc buried
under the debris.
Maybe it would be just as well for
the highway commission to abolish
trailers on freight trucks until such
time as the present highway is widen
ed to accomodate passage of these
wide freight-hauling vehicles and
passenger motor cars. The narrow
surface of the highway together with
sharp curves between here and Port
land, makes it extremely dangerous
for one to meet one of these long,
wide outfits rounding a curve. Several
months ago the Danner car plunged
into one of these trailers on the high
way near Hood River resulting in the
loss of two lives, and now the deadly
trailer is responsible for the taking
of two more lives on the highway
The O.-W. R. & N. company has
put in the records at the hearing be
fore the interstate commerce com
mission at Portland, evidence which
goes to show that if the 50 per cent
reduction in grain rates as requested
by the public service commission is
granted, the road would be forced to
operate at a loss. Evidence was pre
sented showing the lowest possible
lawful rate authorized by the Hoch
Smith resolution is interpreted by the
raidroads to mean a rate that will
permit a maximum return of h per
cent on their investment, and tho
earnings of the O.-W. R. & N., are
far below that figure.
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Farmers Grain Elevator
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Phone 382 LEE WILSON, M'gr.
Although the number of autonto- !
biles in operation throughout the j
country increased five per cent in j
1927, the number of fatalities in
grade crossing accidents showed a de
crease of four per cent, according to
figures received by the Oregon State
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