The Athena press. (Athena, Umatilla County, Or.) 18??-1942, February 15, 1929, Image 1

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Entered at tJao Post Office at Athena, Oregon., aa Second-Class Mall Matter
Scott Would Pay Gasoline
Tax Only for Use On
Public Highways.
(Oregon Voter Reporting Service).5
State House, Salsm-One it the
principal differences between two in
come tax bills now before the legis
lature is the property tax off-set. In
H. B. 457, representing a majority
action ' of the Property Tax Relief
Commission, property taxes may be
used to off-set 75 per cent of the in
come tax. In H. B.' 459, introduced
by Senator Hall and Representative
Norton, of Coos county, no such off
set is allowed. Tax commissioner
Earl Fisher states that under the
off-set plan the tax-payer J having
; both property and income will pay
,:- little more tax than the tax-payer
having property and no taxable in
come, or the tax-payer having ; in
come and no taxable property. The
off-set bill is being opposed by the
Grange, Farmer's Union, and labor
organizations. The Hall-Norton bill
is being opposed by large property
' tax payers who do not like the idea
of double taxation that is, of being
taxed once on the property and again
on the income from the same proper
ty. Both bills- are being opposed by
f those who feel that Oregon should
get used to the income tax on cor-
. porgtions, as provided in H, B. 279,
the excise tax bill, which Is similar
to legislation now pending in Cali
fornia. The Grange and Farmers'
" Union committees express themselves
as favoring H. B. 279 at this session
in 'the hope that by establishing an
income tox on corporations, the way
will be paved for a personal Income
tax that will be accepted by the
people. C. C. Chapman is in agree
ment with this opinion. He believes
that taking one-step ata-time is
more likely to assure a satisfactory
Income tax, especially if that step
is in step with California. It Is re
ported at Salem that in Washington
the same feeling exists, so that at
last the opportunity presents itself
for having uniform income tax legis
lation ia all three' Pacific Coast
states, with the prospect that per
sonal incomes, as well as corporation
incomes, will also be taxed by all
three states within the next few
Representative Joseph N. Scott's
house bill No. 385, introduced recent
ly, has the effect of removing all tax
from gasoline used for any purpose
in Oregon except in . operation of
motor vehicles on public highways.
There is now a 3 cent tax on gaso
line used in operation of tractors,
stationary engines, and in cleaning
and dyeing business, but 2 cents of
the tax is refundable by the secre-
tary of state. The Scott bill has the
effect of authorizing refunding of the
entire tax. Thus all gasoline u.ed
as. fuel in wheat-growing operations
in the two counties that Mr, Scott
represents, Umatilla and Morrow,
will be tax-exempt. This will have
the effect of decreasing costs of
tractor, combine and stationary gaso
line engine operation. The Scott
bill, which was referred to the House
Committee on Automobiles and
Roads, adds the words "and or gaso
line" to the present statutes that ex
' empts distillate fuel used for farm
ing from payment of the gasoline
To combat an unknown sheep and
cattle malady prevalent In certain
parts of Eastern Oregon, an appro
priation of $5,000 from the state has
been asked in house bill No. 380.
The money is to be used for research
work, directed through the Oregon
State College experiment station,
R. J. Carsner of Spray, Representa
tive Earl W. Snell of Arlington, and
Wasco. A memorial will also be
sent to Congress to ask for federal
aid in identifying and fighting the
disease. '
.The disease, which started in last
April, has caused a loss of over 300
head of cattle, estimated at $30,000.
ft is contagious and is reported to be
unlike any other disease known ta
cattle and sheep. It has defied the
efforts of experts from Washington,
O. S. C. and numerous' veterinarles
of the state to analyze it, and find
either a preventative or cure.
To place motor vehicles by them
selves for taxation purposes, so that
the age of the vehicle may be taken
into account in fixing the tax, and
the proceeds be applied exclusively
to highway work, if desired, is the
purpose of the constitutional amend
ment introduced by Senator Kiddle
of Island City. If passed by the
Legislature this would be voted up
on by tha pibple at the n&t electron.
Pheasants Are Kindly
Treated In the Athena
Snow Covered District
From Marion Hansell the Press
learns that pheasants and Hungar
ian partridges have been receiving at
tention in the Athena "district by
snortsmen and farmers, who have
been feeding the birds.
Up the flat, birds are being fed
regularly at the Homer Watts and
Alex Mclntyre ranches, and others
iii that neighborhood ate seeing that
the birds on their places are getting
grain. v .. , . --: .
North of "town, the birdg.n the
Hansell place and the M.1 L.'. Watts
ranch on Pine Creek are being look
ed after. West of town, George
Gerking has a big flock of birds
under his care. ; At the J. N. Scott
place birds are being fed. Art Doug
las is feeding those on his farm, while
down on the creek, Ross Payne is
doling out grain. Louis Keen is car
ing for some birds on his farm, as is
Arnold Wood.
Up Wild Horse Creek, Glenn Dud
ley, McBride Brothers and Barney
Foster have given attention to birds
there. In fact others whom the
Press has not communicated with,
including Fay LeGrow, Lee Wilson
and the Preston-Shaffer Milling com
pany, are doing their share by con
tributing grain.
In a ride over the district Sunday,
Mr. Hansell found but one dead bird,
though he noted several in a bad
way for want of food. He stated
that a number of birds were being
killed by passing cars on the high
way at this time. The birds are
easily fed, for they congregate in
sheds, around stacks and in barn
yards, where they stay and consume
the feed given them,
Shull Found Guilty of
Manslaughter; 15 Years.
Pendleton, Ore, Ralph Shull faces
a term of fifteen years In the state
penitentiary following his conviction
Friday night on a charge of man
slaughter for the killing Of Robert
Linsner. After the jury had been
Out but four hours, it returned with
its verdict. Shull waived the ' time
allowed for the passing of sentence,
and Judge P. R, Parker sentenced
him to 15 years imprisonment, the
maximum allowed under the charge.
Dean Shull, father of Ralph Shull
who for weeks has been fighting to
secure sufficient evidence to free his
son, broke down when he heard the
jury's verdict, Ralph, however, re
mained firm as he has all during the
When asked if he had anything
to say in his own. behalf, Shull only
asked for leniency, but hi3 plea was
given no consideration by the judge.
Homer I. Watts, who was secai1-
ed to assist the state in the prose
cution of the Shull case, completed
his plea to the jury shortly before
three o'clock. After a short recess,
Judge D. R. Parker began with the
presentating of his instructions to
the jury. -
The jury was instructed as to the
statutes regarding different points
brought up during the course of the
trial. : The jury had three verdicts
which they might have brought in,
they were: guilty of murder in the
second degree; guilty of manslaugh
ter or not guilty.
At about four o'clock the case went
to the jury, and the twelve members
retired to the jury room where they
remained until about 8 o'clock.
Adams and Weston Games
The Athena boys lost to Adams
high school Saturday evening by the
score of 22 to 14. The Adams team
played a consistent game through
out. Athena developed stronger of
fensive in the last half. Athena
girls won from Adams girls by the
score 18-12. Wednesday night at
Weston, Athena won its second
game of the season from Weston
high, in a thrilling contest, 17 to 9
The authors of the bill are SenatorT'Pike" Miller's 8th graders played a
fine game in the curtainraiser, and
defeated the Weston graders, 20 to
9. Athena plays at Pendleton tomor
row night.
C. E. Roosevelt Passej
C. E. Roosevelt, an old time merch
ant of Pendleton, and a resident of
that eity since 1888, died Sunday eve
ning at St. Anthony's hospital. For
many years he conducted the Boston
store in Pendleton. He was a prom
inent member of the Masonic, Knights
of Pythias, Elk and Eagle orders. He
is survived by his widow and one
daughter. Interment took place at
Walla Walla.
Two Nights of Milling
Two nights of great milling is pre
dicted for the Pacific Coast amateur
boxing championships to be held in
Portland, Monday and Tuesday
nights, February 25 and 26, under
ausnices of The Multnomah Athletic
Club. The tournament will be stag
ed in the Portland Armory where
bWd jtafete tea? & kVafc&L
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All ready for flying is this University of Oregon co-ed, who accompanied
a group of University officials on a recent airplane jaunt over the campus,
She is Miss Glenna Fisher, who. is secretary to Vice-President Burt Brown
Parker, of the University, . ; . . .
Increase of Student Load
Cause of Serious Finan
. cial Strain.
University of Oregon, Eugene
(Special) To relieve a serious finan
cial burden created through a remark
able increase in student load and at
tendance coincident with only slight
gains in income, the regents of tne
University of . Oregon have adopted
unanimously a resolution proposing
that the legislature set aside con
tinuing appropriations totaling $00,
000 for the extension division and
the research program of the univer
sity. This request Is in addition to this
usual biennial appropriations of ?246,
607 for the medical school and f 170,
000 for the Doernbecher hospital, as
well as a continuing appropriation oJ
$73,000, ' asked for the establishment
of a pension fund, half of the ezpensd
of which would be borne by the faJ
Student Load Heavy.
The student load at the university!
has Increased 94 ner cent since thd
present millage tax was established:
while full time attendance has In
creased 86 per cent. The Income of
the university from public sources
during this same period has been only
1S.5 per cent.
"The university is unable to take
care of Its student load on Its present!
Income, nor to divert any of It to the
continuation of the valuable extension!
work that the university is perform!
ing, nor engage in any of the research
activities so necessary to the material!
development of the state," the resolu
tion stated. "The amount available)
per student is insufficient to give to
tne Doys ana girls or Oregon the train
lng comparable to that given the chll
aren of sister states."
Funds Are Needed.
Continuation and slight develop
ment of the extension work, which
reaches Into everv corner of the tatp
. would be carried on with the 660,000:
appropriation asked. The research,
program now proposed provides tcr
the following items; bureau of busi
ness research, $7500; foreign trade in
vestlgatlon, $5000; research In crlio
and criminal administration, $7960;
grant to the research committee of the
university,' $5000; research in school
administration, $5000.
All of these projects have received
hearty endorsement of men interested
In the various fields Indicated, but
without the special appropriations the
program must be drastically curtail
ed because of the necessity of using all
available funds for carrying on the in
structional functions of the university.
Research activities In recent years
have become one of the leading func
tions of great universities, and it has
become the hope of Dr. Arnold Ben
nett' Hall, president; 'ftfid"other lead
ers at the University of Oregon to get
a modest research program started at
the university which will give im
measurable benefit to the material
progress of the commonwealth, It Is
The pension project Is being worked
out in conjunction with Oregon State
Agricultural college, and it is likely
a joint bill will be presented to the
Prowler Breaks Into
Weston School Building
Stop, Look!
An excellent program ahead for
February 28. The Loyal Gleaners
class of the Christian Sunday school
will sponsor an evening's program of
excellent orchestra music, negro
songs by real negroes, musical read
ings and a one act play. Admission,
just one penny for every inch your
waist measures. Your measure tak
en by a clever couple. Every body
invited. Watch for further announce
Cully Completes Land Deal
Sim Culley. prominent farmer of
the Weston neighborhood has com
pleted a big land deal in Idaho. Two
transactions by which Culley acquires
2470 acres of farm land in Power
county, Idaho, involves in the trans
action about $80,000. Bert Scrim
sher of Roy, Idahor, is associated with
Mr. Culley in the deal and consequent
fanning tyferattol in ISaW.
The Weston school building was
entered and damaged Tuesday night
by some miscreant who pried up a
screen and then lifted a window af
fording entrance into a hallway, re
ports the Leader. The locks on nine
doors were damaged by twisting the
knobs in such a manner that the
catches are no longer of service. A
number of rooms were visited, as was
also the office of Superintendent
Brace, from which a set of examina
tion papers was stolen. Nothing else
was taken, In so far as has been de
termined, and aside from the dam
aged locks no acts of vandalism were
committed, as was the case when the
Athena school building was burglar
ized several weeks ago. No clues
have been secured as to the identity
of the perpetrator.
Baddeley Boys Are Heirs; !
The Weston Leader says Fred, Joe
and Robert Baddeley, all of whom
are residents of Los Angeles, Cali
fornia, are heirs to a trust fund in
England, according to ; information
received at the Leader office.- They
are sons of the late J. A. Baddeley,
who was ' one of Weston's leading
farmers in early years. He died in
December, 1910, and was buried in
the local cemetery Mr. Baddeley was
of English descent, and the trust
fund was created by one of his pro
genitors. The fund is now in pro
cess of settlement, and the proofs
are being awaited in England. These
are being looked after by F. S. Le
Grow, cashier of the First Nation
al Bank of Athena.
Wheat Shipments
The Farmer's Grain Elevator com
pany commenced shipments Saturday
of 75,000 bushels of wheat which was
purchased by outside buyers shortly
after harvert, and which has since
been held In storage. The shipment
which are poing out on an average
of four carloads per day, are billed
to Portland, but the fact that the
grain is being inspected at Pendleton,
would Indicate that a part at least
fWU Its Wa-y U e'a'sWra mKrVeti-.
Large Herd of Elk
Descend to Valley
In Search of Food
Walla Walla, Wash. Elk along the
Cottonwood have become a nuisance
and unless definite and speedy action
is taken by the authorities, stockmen
declare they will have to take mat
ters into ; their own hands to ' save
their winter pasture from the ani
mals. The stockmen of the district
have petitioned the Oregon Game
Commission to move the elk to some
place where the animals will . not
spoil the pasture, but, so the cattle
men say, they have received no sat
isfaction. Herds of from 250 to 300 animals
are said to have come down from
the mountain meadows, driven out by
the snow, one herd of that size hav
ing invaded the Reser and Lynch
places about 12 miles from town, it
is reported. Fencing does not keep
the elk out as they either tear up
the barbed wire fences with their
antlers or jump over or plunge
hrnngh Ihe hes.
If the elk are not inuved off the
range or fed, the stockmen say, they
will have to be killed. Most of the
men hesitate to resort to that action
as the splendid animals would be
wasted, the law forbidding the use of
game killed to prevent property dam
age. Elk have never before been driven
to the extremity of coming in so
close to the city, so the situation has
not been so acute in past years. The
animals, however, have been increas
ing" so rapidly under protection that
they are crowding the cattle, the
stockmen claim. They want the sea
son on elk opened in Walla Walla
county and declare that the immedi
ate killing of 200 of the animals
would not deplete their numbers
enough to make poor hunting or en
danger their existence. The situa
tion is, simply, that there are too
many elk.
Herding elk is a ticklish job, so a
rrroup of local men found yesterday
when they went out on horseback in
an effort to round up a number of
the animals. They managed, never
theless, to "cut out" a small herd
of nine bull elk which were diverted
to the U. S. Military reservation sur
rounding the Veteran's hospital and
left to browse in the back field of
the reservation along Garrison creek
where the brush ia. thick and there
is plenty for them to eat.
Cast Selected for
High School Play
' After careful deliberation the play
selection committee has chosen "Too
Many Parents" as the production for
the annual high sschool play. The
play is an uproarious three-act
comedy and is decidedly different
from anything Athena audiences
have seen for several years.
The predicament in which a brothei
and sister find themselves possessed
of two fathers and two mothers
promises to satisfy any fun seek
ing audience.
The parts are nicely balanced, and
with the selection of an excellent
cast it is hoped to produce the play
some time in March. ' Miss Mildred
Bateman will have charge of the
coaching. Weldon Bell, Wilford Mill
er, John Kirk, and Ralph McEwen
have all appeared before Athena
audiences in the past and have prov
ed their worth as members of any
play cast. The entire cast is as fol
lows: m
General Burton, on foreign service,
John Kirk; Captain Murdoch, of the
"Petrel", Stafford Hansell; George
Murdoch, bis son, Ralph McEwen;
Ned Stanley, a young lawyer, Edwin
McEwen; Carraway Bones, an under
taker, Wilford Miller; Mary Mur
doch's widow, Thelma Schrimpf;
Sylvia Murdoch, her daughter, Caro
lyn Kidder; Evelyn Burton, General's
only daughter, Betty Eager; Re-
medias, Murdoch's second wife (?),
Weldon Bell.
Whitman Lost to Willamette
Whitman lost its first conference
basketball game to Willamette Uni
versity, Saturday night, by the
score of 56 to 27. It was Whitman's
worst drubbing ' in basketbal' for
several seasons. Whitman defeat-
Willamette in the first game, Fri
day night."
To Our Customers
The Continential Oil company is
always prepared to meet competitive
prices on gasoline and oil products
offered at any time by any other oil
company distributing products in
this territory.
By Bryce Baker, Agent.
On Sports Program
University of Oregon is putting on
a sports program for the Boy Scout
of Eugene. Among the program
numbers are four bouts at fencing,
and Fred Radtke, sophomore, vs.
James Whitman, freshman, appear
in cue ci uie oouis.
Columbia Basin Growers
. .Demand Closing Quota
tions Over Air.
Arlington, Ore. Wheat growers
of the Columbia Basin Monday gave
extended consideration to the future
outlook of the grain industry, world
competition and crop and price re
porting in the first sessions of the
three-day wheat conference which
opened under the auspices of the
Eastern Oregon Wheat league and
the Oregon State college extension
On all these subjects the growers
not onlv want authentic, unbiased in
formation but they want it promptly
every day by radio, inis toiauy un
scheduled development followed ad
dresses by F. L. Ballard, state
county agent leader, in which he
gave the federal and state outlook
reports on wheat, and by W. A.
Schoenfield, Portland representative
of the United States bureau of eco
in which he described the
present governmental procedure in
Catherine and releasing woria-wiae
crop and price information.
K. M. Hulden of Blaloclc started
the matter by saying that the grower
needs market information m daily re-
norta from governmental sources Dy
radio, as even the daily newspapers
are too late to enable the modern
farmer in take advantage of SUdden
price trends. John Withycombe of
Arlington added to this demand
while W. S. Powell of Moro empna
sized the fact that a man with grain
to sell these days wants the Chicago
and Portland closing prices, not the
next day when the mail man gets to
his place, but that same evening -by
Representatives of the college and
the federal department reported that
a bill pending In congress sponsored
by Senator McNary will extend the
government leased market news wire
from San Francisco into the North
west, which, if passed will make it
possible for the college station as
well as some Portland stations to
broadcast such crop and market news
within an hour or so after released
from Washington.
Seymour Jones, state market agent,
added that his office will be glad to
cooperate with the college or other
agencies in helping to provide such
daily service. Regarding the future
outlook in wheat, Ballard reported
domestic acreage for the coming year
about the same as last year, with
possibility of somewhat better market
demand, especially for soft white
wheat which is recommended for
Northwest planting.
Latest reports from the Moro ex
periment station show hybrid 128
out-yielding Turkey red under most
conditions. Foreign competition in
the future is expected to increase
rather than diminish, it was said,
especially as regards Canada and Ar
gentine. Russian competition In wheat, now
widely discussed, is not expected by
Schoenfeld to be a serious factor
soon, partly due to lack of marketing
machinery. He made a personal in
vestigation of conditions there for the
rrvernment three years ago. W. W.
Harrah of Pendleton presided over
Monday's meeting as C. B. Cox, presi
dent of the Eastern Oregon Wheat
league, was delayed.
Camp Fire Conference
The Camp Fire Conference in Wal
la Walla on the 8th and 0th was well
attended in spite of the cold weather.
Miss Janet McKellor, national field
secretary from New York had charge
of the ; conference. Miss McKellar
was honor guest at a banquet at the
Grand Hotel Friday evening. Sat
urday morning the program includ
ed suggestions and discussions on
Camp Fire as a whole. Saturday
afternoon Miss McKellar held inter
esting and profitable lessons in hand
craft. Saturday evening a council
fire was held at Camp Fire head
quarters. Mrs. Hazel Fisher Bryant
who is acting Camp Fire executive
during Miss Florence Craven's abs
ence abroad assisted Miss McKellar.
Mrs. H. Wade LeRoy and Miss Hilda
Dickenson were present from Athena.
Tawanka Valentine Tarty
An enjoyable Valentine party was
given Monday evening, at the Ven
able home, when Miss Eloise Ven
able and Miss Myrtle Potts enter
tained seventeen young people, in
cluding the Tawanka ' group and
their invited guests. A feature of
the evenings enjoyment was a Val
entine box. Red hearts and other
decorations were used in the rooms
and delicious refreshments were
served which also carried out the Val
fntin'e motif.