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ATHENA, UMATILLA COUNTY, OREGON, FRIDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 28, 1928
Banks to Be Taxed and An
' Income Tax Is
Portland. The State Property Tax
Relief Commission has agreed upon
ten major recommendations to the
, legislature for the purpose of equal
izing the tax load; and to relieve tax
ation on tangible property. .The pro
s' gram deals with the problems of
.' both state and local taxation and pro
vides for equalization through a plan
of centralized control of assessment
under the state tax commission, mis
nrnnosal would encourage the equal-
nronertv - values within
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counties. . ..
- Banks would be taxed under the
fourth method prescribed by the
federal : law for the taxation of na
tional banks, following the plan
: recommended in California for an
excise tax of probably four per cent
on net income. Coming under this
tax would be competing moneyed
capital administered by financial
corporations and all business corpor
ations, including mercantile and
manufacturing concerns. Against
this excise tax would be an offset for
taxes paid on personal property up
to 90 per cent "of the amount. The
personal property of national banks
; cannot be taxed under the federal
statutes, so the offset would benefit
other corporations which v must be
brought under the tax scheme to
validate it. It is calculated that the
excise tax will replace to some ex
tent the loss of $650,000 annually in
' the taxes which have been collected
from banks under a capital Btock
''tax, but no longer collectible under
federal court decisions. , f
The commission has recommended
a personal income tax in order to
reach those doing business as indi
viduals and in partnerships. While
the details of this tax have not yet
been agreed upon, , the principle of
an offset for taxes paid on tangible
property has been established, leav-
i ing the rates, exemptions and off
Bets to be determined after hearings.
i It is expected that a personal income
tax with, moderate rates and with a
propery tax offset will decrease taxes
on real property at least $1,000,000.
In order to reduce taxes on tangi
ble property still further, the com
mission has recommended the repeal
of the millage taxes for market roads
and for elementary schools. Recogniz-
ing, however, the demand for these
revenues, it has been suggested that
inairept taxes, sucn as a tax on gas
oline and luxury taxes be substituted
for the taxes on property. It is pos-
. sible for local units, such as counties
end districts to levy taxes without
restriction, for the maintenance of
schools and the construction of mar-
- ket roads. ' " -
The general principle of consoli
dation of state functions has been
recommended. It is proposed that
all of the territory in each county
outside of cities be placed in a single
road district, and that the law creat
ing super road districts be repealed.
The. commission would compel county
courts to use the 25 per cent refund
from motor vehicle licenses for the
reduction of county road bonds and
interest thereon. Approval of the
princilpe . of commission-manager
government for counties has been
given by the commission, leaving the
matter to the legislature to submit
to the people a constitutional amend
ment which would be optional as to
application by the vote of the coun
-Recommendation is made of some
control of local bond issues. The
proposal for public hearings in ad
vance of the election is suggested,
along with a limitation of one third
of the assessed valuation in over
lapping territories. It is proposed
that the laws relating to state and
local budgets have more teeth in
them and that accounting practites
be standardized. A system of forest
taxation to encourage reforestation
is recommended for the purpose of
obtaining . revenues . from federal
forest lands legislation by congress is
This is the substance of the pro
gram of the Property Tax Relief
commission so far as its major
recommendations are concerned. The
bill drafting committee will bring
these suggestions to the legislature
in concrete form. Their adoption
will reduce taxes on real estate and
improvements and will give the state
a better tax system than that under
which it is now operating.
f 1 " " -"
Tree Strikes House
During . the high , wind early
Wednesday morning, one of the shade
trees in front of the .Boyd home oa
Fifth street was blown over, striking
ie front of the house. Fortunately
H little damage resulted except for
5 of the tree. The upper railing
the porch was slightly damaged.
Wilt - 'ffr
r y J tits
milt 7 I h-F
HE storm boj;au at four In the
nflwunnn. 1 nut th whirl and
"You can't go on tonight,"
said the woman peering out of her
window. "See how dark it is.; The
rain is like a sheet. You'll never be
able to keep in the road, Jf yon
make a mistake you'll drive over the.
edge of the cliffs, - Better stay here,
We'll give, you supper and a bed to
The man, a stranger in the email,
sea-coast village, stood silently beside
the window. He frowned. "I'm not
afraid," he said. "I must get on.
This is New Tear's eve, and I prom
ised to be home. I've been away a
The woman gave a grunt of disap
proval. "Only a miracle will save you
tonight," she mumbled. "But go if
"I don't believe in miracles," sale
the man, ''Keeping your wits about
you is. the only help from God,"'
The woman threw up her hands,
'Pon't say that," she cried, ''Perhaps
you have never been near death,, as
our men who go to sea , , , and
who have been saved suddenly as by
, "I have been to sea In my time,"
answered the man, "and I tell you, its
all wits and luck,
drown or . live.
I'll keep a sharp
eye out for trou
ble tonight, and
If I'm smart," he
smiled at the
"If God sees
fit," said the
"Here are your
hat and coat."
She gave him a
heavy brown pa
per. She offered
him an extra rug
which he refused. "I'll send you word of
my safe arrival home," said the mri,
l ought to get there late tonight."
" Good-by," called the. woman, "And
may a miracle save you from your
The door slammed. In a moment
the furious explosions of a car about to
Start penetrated the noise of the wind.
The woman prepared supper for
her husband and children. Then the
dishes were washed and put away.
She took np some mending, but the
thought of the stranger trying to drive
through the blackness of the storm
never left her. She was a pious wom
an and she prayed for him; her sim
ple faith knew no other way.
In the night there came a knocking
on the door. The stranger had come
back. The woman asked no questions
until he was wanned and fed. ;
Tour miracle happened," the man
said In a low voice, "The gas In my
car gave out three feet this side of a
bridge that had washed away. I could
see nothing In . the heavy rain. I
should have been killed. I was saved,
but not by mf pwn wits. And every
Jfew year's ?v I shall thank God
The woman smiled and wrusg the
water from his soddtr, ccp.
1(21. Wts tfewfpiper Vnlon.)
tyTOME along, come along," said the
, ' New . Year, "I've - no , time to
"You're one for hurrying," said
the Special Traveler, "but I'm
not a slow, one, either."
"Good for you," said the Nevf Year.
"That's the way to talk.''
The New Year just had to bo on
time. No -yeap had ever been late in
arriving, .; .
"I don't have to have a ticket,, do
I?'' said, the Special Traveler.'."
"Of course not," said the New Year.
"You can travel free. Come, Jump In
to my bag." .
The New Year carried a bag across
his back. The New Year was not very
big in sko. The New Year was not
very old. But he was strong and burst
ing with energy.
"IIow do I look?" ho asked, with one
last glance at the mirror of Time.
"Wonderful," said Father Time.
"Your snow costume Is most becoming.
Most appropriate, too, I'm sure you
won't catch cold, even thouglf you're
only wearing a snow . costume and
even though there isn't much of It ,
"But you're a healthy young year.
I can see that," .
The New Yea? was off,
The Special Traveler was with htm.
The bells began to ring, Jlorns were
blowing, bells were pealing,,. People
were singing, "
"Happy New Yaar," resounded
through the frosty air, through the
warm rooms of the houses.
Gay music was being played. Some
people were dancing. And then came
thes New Year.
One, two, three, four, five, six, sev
en, eight, nine, ten; eleven, twelve.
The Old Year vanished.
The New Year arrived, .. -"''"M
''Happy Jfew Year, Happy New
Tear, Happy New Year,"
Every one greeted every one else. Ev
ery one felt love In their hearts. Every
one .felt the glow of friendship, the
inspiration or romance.
"Ah, I must be rushing about," said
the Special Traveler, as he left the
New Year's great bag in which he had
traveled, quite free of charge, Into the
He went everywhere, He darted
here, he darted there. Sometimes he
Just threw his arrows of friendship,
sometimes ha threw his arrows of
piercing love. Sometimes he threw bis
arrows of devotion.
For Cnpld, or Love, carries many,
Cupid, or Love, Is always well
And all over the world he darted,
this way, that way, back again, faf
For it was Cupid, or Love, who was
the New Year's special .traveler.
And It was be who came quite free
of traveling expenses,
., ''Happy I'ew Yesr," said everyone.
"A very happy New Year," said some.
A happy New Year now and for
ever," said others.
The Special Traveler was bflsily at
work I . "
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! CiARA ACCC HayI
"THAT was one New Year's res,
VL lutlon he would keep I Frank
KW Harris sat on the edge of
bed, and stared , gloomily out
Y over lie frosty housetops.
He'd never see Myrtle again. Des
perately he shrugged off the quick
memory of her blue eyes and soft
voice, her tilted nose. Never I He
pulled on his , sox viciously. To be
treated the way she had treated
hira I And there couldn't be any mis
take. Night before last he had gone
there.- She hadn't expected him, but
from things she had said before and
had allowed him to say yes, allowed
him to say I He thrust his Jaw for
ward angrily he had supposed she
loved Mm.' Fool I That night he had
intended to ask her to marry him.
Had. taken along D nl ? He had
taken along flowers the way they do
Fool t How carefully he had tied
his new four-in-hand and brushed his
shoes. All the way he had smiled
and whistled in . the anticipation of
holding her, slim and surrendering,
and kissing her. The corners of his
mouth curled downward as he thought
of it. ; Lord, It was hard I He had
noticed a car out In front, so he had
slipped up the steps a little more
carefully thank heaven wondering
If company would intrude. : One look
through the window of the sitting
room had sent, hira away in horror,
disillusioned. He closed his eyes
miserably, now, as he pulled his coat
on to shut out, even yet, what he
had seen. Myrtle in the surrender
he had pictured for himself,, but to
some one else I
Oh, there wasn't any question. In
stories It might turn out to be a broth
er, but. Myrtle hadn't a brother, and
this was a lover's kiss, anyway. No
relative's. Next day, she had called
and invited him for New Year's din
ner! Beastly! He Jammed his hat
on and started down the three flights
and out for breakfast somewhere.
He'd been so darned credulous I He
Suddenly his heart Jerked. There
she was, and with that man! In
panic, he tried to dodge into a door
way, but she had seen him. She
emlled. Oh, well, he'd go through
With It -v- . -
"Hello, .Frank I" she called. He
tipped his hat and tried to brush past
She touched his arm. He shuddered.
"I want you to meet ray friend, Mr.
Lee, Mr. Harris." Lee bowed suave
ly. Frank nodded. One of those par
lor sheiks! "You met Mr. Lee's wife
at our house one evening when you
were there." Frank remembered. He
started to go. "I'm sorry you can't
come to dinner." Myrtle looked
troubled. She ought to I "Don't you
think you could, yet?" "Sorry. No."
Frank went on.
It was worse than he had expected I
A married man ! Frank groaned.
She had seemed so Innocent and
sweet I - There wasn't any question
about Its being anyone else that fel
low was klaslug. He'd seen both of
their faces clearly. He passed his usu
al restaurant and walked on.
The Wholesome Food . people had
changed their hlph electric sign on
the hill. It read "Start the New Year
right!" Frank smiled Ironically, ne
had. He Suddenly, he stopped,
frightened Maybe, he had walked
too far. He wns delirious! He
passed his hand across his eyes and
clutched the railing near him. It was
still there "a photograph of what he
had seen that night A picture of
Myrtle. Yes, It was Myrtle! In the
arms of that fellow. He raised hla
eyes. "The Community Playhouse
. . . may nignt" He found a
"When was that Dlcture taken?" ha
demanded of Myrtle's voice.
"Then von know?" Mvrtle lammed.
"I hoped I could surprise you Fri
day night when you'd go and discov
er me as leading lady."
"But when was It taken?" '
"Night before last We had re
hearsal at our house. Why V
"Say! Is it too late to come over
Frank whistled on his wav to Mvr-
tie's. ' Cr on the hill, the Wholesome
Food sign blinked "Start the New
Year Bight!" Frank laughed. He
felt his cnrefullv-tied new tie and
ran his lingers over the box of flow
ers and winked bark.
, A 1121, Western Knrnpaper Union.)
Old Iildian Is Killed
By a Hungry Cougar
Spokane. A hunger - maddened
cougar with two cubs attacked, killed
and mutilated George Solomon,
Welpinit Indian, a report reaching
Colville, Wash., says.
The aged Indian, who was partly
blind, was described as a brother of
Coyote Chief, Red Bones and Indian
Wilson of the Colville and Spokane
Welpinit, which is accessible to
civilization only by a lonely .trail and
a single telephone on the reservation
agency, could not be reached today
for verification. 1 The incident ; had
not been reported to Indian agency
headquarters at Nespelem.
The report stated that the big cat
attacked Solomon when he was alone
in his cabin the first of the week,
then to have chased Mrs. Joshua,
Indian woman, into her cabin on the
following day. When she slammed
and barred the door the cougar leap
ed against it, then reared up and
peered into the window, according to
the Colville report.
Indians on the reservation were
said to have become terrorized and
to have raised a fund of $100 to be
offered a bounty for the animal's
head. This is a large sum to the Col
villes and Spokanes, as these tribes
have been reported almost destitute.
Efforts are being made here to bring
pressure to bear on congress to pro
vide an allotment to keep them from
starving, according to one of their
representatives who was here recent
ly. Instances of cougars attacking hu
mans are rare, although there are
many in this part of the northwest.
Automobiles In Crash At
! Main Street Intersection
Cars driven by Donald Johnson of
Athena, and Carl Larson of Pullman,
Washington, collided at the intersec
tion of Third and Main streets
Wednesday evening. Mrs. Johns, of
Pullman and little son, were riding
with Larson. The child was thrown
through the car window to the pave
ment and Mrs. Larson's face was
slightly cut by glass when the cars
came together. The child escaped
without a scratch. Dr. Cowan dress
ed the cuts received by Mrs. Johns.
Larson entered the intersection
driving north, while Johnson came
down Main street. The cars came
together after both, drivers had slow
ed down to avert the collision. The
Johnson sedan struck the Larson
coupe broadside, but damage to both
cars was confined principally to fen
ders, and they proceeded on their own
power. The owners relinquished each
other from blame for the accident.
Larson is a school teacher at Pull
man, and when a member of Wash
ington State College football team,
was known as "Swede" Larson.
Fire Destroys Farm .
House on Koepke Place
. Fire completely destroyed a farm
house on the Koepke place near town,
Monday night. The house was on the
old LaBrasche homestead, just south
of the Koepke home, and was oc
cupied by the Downer family, em
ployes on the ranch.
The fire which started in the base
ment, was first discovered by a boy
in the family, who awoke to find hia
room filled with smoke. He gave the
alarm, and the family had barely
time to leave their beds and escape
from the burning house with their
The contents of the house were
totally destroyed, ' including the
clothing of the Downer family. A
number of persons were called over
the phone by the night operator of
the local telephone , exchange, ir.d
went out from town to offer assist
ance if possible.
' Goes On Cash Basis
Beginning January 1, Steve's Gro
cery will be on a strictly cash basis.
No books will be kept and credit
will be extended to no one. Mr.
Stephens finds that to compete with
chain stores his goods must be sold
for cash, and by eliminating over
head expenses, discounting whole
sale bills, with no interest charges to
pay, he can pass on to his customers
a great saving in their purchases of
groceries. He invites the continued
patronage of his customers, offering
the same high standard in groceries
and provisions he gave them under
the credit system.
A Nice Profit
In 1868 Charles E. Lawrence
bought a New York exchange seat
for $1,000. The other day his son
sold the scat for $530,000 and retired.
The Scout Banquet
The father and son scout banquet
held at the Athena Hotel Friday
evening was attended by about 85
men and boy scouts. The banquet
was enjoyed by all present. Short
speeches were made by M. I. Miller,
Rev. Dow, Jack Perry and others. An
executive committee was chosen for
the coming year and Jack Perry was
elected scoutmaster. The Athena
Boy Scout troop is in a flourishing
condition, and activities for the com
ing year will be outlined by , the
executive committee and the scoutmaster.
URGED ON SENATE
Secretary ?. Jardine Writes
Letter Showing Need of
'? Immediate Action.
Washington. A letter from Presi
dent Coolidge's secretary of agricul
ture, 'William M. Jardine, indorsing
the McNary farm bill before the
senate has started a drive for enact
ment of the legislation at this ses
sion. Chairman McNary of the senate
agriculture committee, announced he
would assemble the committee to con
sider it during the holiday recess or
Seeking to avoid an early extra
session of congress, which was prom
ised by Herbert Hoover in the event
farm relief . was not disposed of at
this term of congress, a group of
congressional leaders, including Sen
ator Watson of Indiana, the prospec
tive republican leader of the senate
next session, joined in the drive.
The letter was regarded at the cap
itol as an expression from the Cool
idge administration for the new farm
bill submitted by Senator McNary
and as a desire of the present ad
ministration to get the legislation
through at this time.
The "fly in the ointment" is a de-'
sire of many leaders to learn the
attitude of Herbert Hoover on the
bill. Feelers have been put out to
get an expression from the president
elect without success, and it seems
likely that emissaries will be sent
to him in this connection when he
returns next month.
In his letter to Senator McNary
the secretary of agriculture indorsed
the bill, which would establish a fed
eral farm board with a $300,000,000
loan fund, and declared: "I believe
that it should be passed as early as
possible in order to make it appli
cable to the 1929 crop."
"The main objectives of this meas
ure, in my opinion, are:
"1. To provide means of handling
recurring surpluses in order to stabil
ize prices of farm products, and
thereby to secure by orderly market
ing the maximum returns for the
crop as a whole.
"2. To enable the producer to get
a greater share of the consumer's
dollar by reducing the cost of mar
keting and by preventing speculation
and waste in handling farm products,
"3. To encourage producers to or
ganize effective associations under
their control for a better balanced
production, more economical distribu
tion and greater, bargaining power
in the market.
"I am firmly convinced that these
objectives are essential to a sound
program for permanent improve
ment in agriculture and that they are
attainable with the aid of the plan
proposed in this bill."
Senator McNary said if the legisla
tion were to be effective during the
approaching farm season it would
have to be passed at this session. He
doubted if a bill passed even late in
the spring could be put into opera
tion in time to be workable this year.
G. W. Bush Dead
G. W. Bush, who for many years
resided in this community, died at
Pendleton Monday, and funeral ser
vices were held from the Folsom
funeral parlor in that city, yester
day afternoon. Mr. Bush was born at
Jacksonville, Oregon on January 22,
1861. He is survived by two daugh
ters, Mrs. William Eldridge, Pendle
ton and Mrs. Ralph Shafer, Hermis
ton, by two brothers, T. M. Bush of
Pilot Rock and Willis Bush of Lex
ington, Oregon, also by a sister, Mrs.
B, F, Swaggart, Lexington, Oregon.
Short Christmas programs were
held at the Baptist church - Sunday
morning, and at the Christian church
Sunday evening, in which the Sun
day school children participated.
Owing to the influenza epidemic
which is prevailing generally
throughout this district, many who
would have participated in programs
which were earlier anticipated on a
larger scale, were unable to do so,
and the programs were necessarily
Scout Basketball Court
The equipment for the Boy Scout's
basketball court has been installed
and the scouts are ready for practice.
The court is at the boy scout hall.
w. E. Campbell, Jack Perry, Mr.
Edger and Will Campbell assisted
the scouts in assembling' the equip
ment for the court.
William Howard Dead
William Howard, a pioneer resident
of the Albce district, died Tuesday
evening at St. Anthony's hospital In
Pendleton. Bnght s disease and in
firmities of old age caused his death.
Mr. Howard crossed the plains in
1862 and was the first settler to make
a home in the Camas Prairio country,