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It would be a big job to tell one hundred people any
thing that would interest them in your goods, but its
dead easy if done the right way. This paper will, tell
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County Agent Reviews Sub
f ject of Crop Improve-
ment By Fertilizing.
To provide readers of the Athena
Press with a statement of the activi
ties of the county agent's office the
following report is submitted. , ThiaJ
review is of necessity brief, with the
full annual report of activities avail
able at the county agent's offices at
Pendleton and Hermiston.
' it is generally understood that the
office of the county agent and his as
sistant, the former at Pendleton and
the latter at Hermiston, represent
the extension service of the state agri
cultural college which cooperates with
the United States ; Department of
Agriculture. Practically all phases
of the county's agriculture are includ
ed in the activities of this program,
aimed as increasing the income and
otherwise improving agricultural con
ditions. f " Y ; '
The subject of crop improvement in
volves the larger classification of
farming in Umatilla County. ' There
are two major diyisions of the wheat
production problem in the county.
One . has to do with ; - the - at
tempts to locate a winter-hardy, high
yielding wheat to take the place of
varieties now being grown, while the
other problem deals with soil man
agement, the importance of the latter
becoming more pronounced as time
goes on. In addition to the work be
ing done at the Pendleton Field Sta
tion the county agent has established
field trials in the lower rainfall dis
tricts including five different varieties
of winter wheats. These are on suf
ficient scale to be harvested with a
combine. , ' : ' " '
For a number of years the extension
service has been conducting fertilizer
trials and in most all of these where
wheat was involved results have
shown that soil fertility may be im
proved. Fertilizer trials in 1929 con
tinue to demonstrate the need for
changes in soil management practices.
These trials showed an increase of
70 per cent in the case of continuous
cropped wheat, while in summer fal
low wheat there was an increase from
fertilizers amounting to more than
seven bushels per acre, both of these
in the Athena-Weston district. Trials
have been established with a view to
determining the practicability of
turning under all straw and stubble
as a step in stopping the rapidly in
creasing erosion or soil washing prob
lem and as a factor in otherwise im
proving the soil.
Another important subject now re
ceiving the attention of the county
agent's office has to do with the im
provement of grain storage facilities
within the county, both at the farms
and railroad sidings. This office is
arranging to supply suggestions as
to the most desirable types of storage;
to provide plans and costs of such
equipment and in other ways assist
growers to better meet the storage
problem. The United States Depart
ment of Agriculture has submitted
figures to show that the 1929 grain
.terminal congestion cost wheat farm
ers 10c a bushel for the wheat sold be
tween July 15 and the 1st of October.
Oregon State College
Will Take Crop Census
Oregon State College While Uncle
Sam is preparing to take a complete
census next year that comes only
once in 10 years, Oregon State col
lege is gathering some !'census" fig
ures in advance of some agricultural
phases not touched by . the 5 govern
ment's questions.
In an effort to find exact facts as
to growers' experiences with different
grain varieties and to get information
on acreages of the various grains,
county agents are this month mailing
out simple questionnaires- to grain
farmers in every county. These ask
only for varieties grown, month sown,
number of acres, and total yield of
wheat, oats and barley.
It is hoped from this informr.ttoa to
check growers results with thoae ob
tained at the experiment station and
help the growers to concentrate on
the highest-yielding varieties for
every district, 7 ....
One -Week Vacation
The Athena high and grade schools
will have one week of holiday vaca
tion, from this afternoon when school
is out until Monday, December 30th.
Instead of taking the regular two
weeks vacation now, school will be
shortened one week at the end of the
school year in May.
Indoor Baseball " "
Indoor baseball is attracting at
tention from the male population of
Adams, where the "school gymnasium
is utilized for practicing and playing
the game, which has become popular
Oregon Woman In Japan
Attend Pacific Relations
Conference Held In Kyoto
A foreign looking letter postmark
ed Kyoto, Japan, and ': addressed to
Miss Beulah Smith was received here
recently. Mrs. Lucy Perkins, former
ly Alpha Delta I'l house .motner at
University of Oregon is enjoying a
third trip to the Orient. She is ac
companying Mrs. Murray Warner,
donor of the Murray Warner art col
lection at the university. Excerpts of
her letter follow: ,, ,
"I am having a wonderful time.
It's like coming home to be in Japan
again. Mrs. Warner is a delegate to
the Pacific Relations Conference
which ODcns next Monday. There is
also: the World's Convention of En
gineers meeting in Tokyo, so Japan
is cram full of visitors. -
" "The foreign hotels are filled tc
overflowing, for foreigners do not
care to go to the Japanese inns.
F.vprvthini? is so different from our
customs and one's legs get so tired
sitting on a cushion, even tnougn it
h most beautiful one ' and one's
feet get" very cold in our thin silk
stockings and we could not step on
their beautiful fine matting or polish
ed floors with our shoes with heels.
"There are any number of celebrat
ed folks here. for . the conference.
Rockefeller's youngest son is coming
through Russia and will arrive any
day; and his sisters, Mrs. Aldrich and
Mrs. McFadden are here. There are
the most, interesting delegates from
England, Australia, India, etc. Did
you ever know anyone so fortunate
as I am?
; ."We have Judge Carey and Mr. and
Mrs. Charles Adams of Portland at
this hotel and they are much interest
ed, in the museum and the university.
"We attended a tea yesterday at
Doshisha University in honor of Dr.
and Mrs. Martin of the University of
Washington. Dr. Martin is sent by
the Rockefeller Foundation to lecture
in all Pacific countries, on any sub
ject that will help nations to under
stand each other. They are delight
ful people.- - - ;
"Tomorrow we are entertaining a
young Harvard student who is here
to study Japanese art for the Fogg
Museum of Harvard. After the con
ference is ovef we are going to Pe
king for -the winter and hope to find
some lovely things for the museum.
Our new building is started and no
doubt this will be my last visit to this
country." '
Wauna Camp Fire Girls
Will Present Play Soon
The Wauna Camp Fire Girls will
present a play at high school audi
torium some time in January, the date
to be announced later. The title of
the play is "Returning of Rosalia,"
and the plot has to do with a girl
who was kidnapped by gypsies and
later discovered and returned to her
home by a group of Camp Fire Girls.
Mrs. Blatchford, guardian of the
Wauna Camp Fire' group, is direct
ing the play. Rehearsals have been
under way for sometime. The cast is
as follows:' '
Mint Beatrice Hiteman
Rosalia Mildred Hansell
Nita ,........... Arleen Myrick
Aunt Maria ................Mary Tompkins
Vivian ..............-........Nylene Taylor
Viola .Helen Barrett
Miss Robinson ...-Velma Ross
Marguerite ., Marjorie Montague
Pauline -...Mary Berlin
Rachel .Marjorie Douglas
Susan Laura Ross
Betty ; .Valeria Cannon
Peisis Esther Berlin
Helen ....Rhoda Nelson
Jeanette Myrtle Campbell
Bess j ...Esma Hiteman
Eleanor . ..... -..-Roberta Cannon
Six Inches of Snow
Six inches of. snow greeted the
vision of Athena folk when they arose
from their beds yesterday morning.
The snow . followed rain ; during
Wednesday evening, and thoroughly
covers the growing grain, which is
now protected to withstand, freezing
temperature. In the mountain dis
trict east of Athena snow was falling
in the higher altitudes when this is
sue went, to press. ;-; 5
Cutoff Survey Ordered
It is probable that the Wallula cut
off will be completed next year. Word
comes from Portland that a survey
has. been ordered by. the state, high
way commission. The Wallula cutoff
has long been a part of the federal
aid map, and it is believed federal
pressure Is being urged for completion
of the work, notwithstanding the fact
that it ia known the state highway de
partment favors road construction at
this time which Is of more importance
to state traffic.
Athena Study Club
' Mrs. J. F. Kershaw entertained the
members of the Athena Study club
at her home on Fifth street, last Fri
day afternoon. Mrs. Dudley Rogers,
Mrs. W. S. Ferguson and Miss Beulah
Smith read papers on Oxford, the
study topic for the afternoon. Mrs,
Boyd will entertain the club Saturday
afternoon, December 25.
Virginia Indians Follow Custom 309 Years Old
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with the first game killed during the hunting season vrlileh the red mon presented to Governor Hyrd.. Col. Peter
Saunders, secretary to the Virginia governor (at HrM) accepted the game fur iJyrd. It has beeu the custom of the
Indians to present the first animal shot to the Virginia covenior since 1020. !
"The Shepherd's Vision"
A Pageant At Christian
Church On Sunday Night
The pageant, "The Shepherd's
Vision," (White Gifts for the King)
will be presented in the auditorium
of the Christian church, Sunday eve
ning, under direction of Mrs. C. M.
Eager, who for sometime has had
the cast under rehearsal.
The pageant is considered to be an
important undertaking and the pub
lic is evincing more than ordinary in
terest in . its presentation, which
presages a capacity audience. , The
cast of characters and ensemblies fol-
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; Cast of Characters
Shepherd Boy .....1 Aaron Douglas
Shepherds Carl Calvert Lowell Jenk
ins, Garth Pinkerton, Lester Towne,
Howard Reeder.
Angels Betty Eager, Arlecn Myrick,
Mildred Hansell, Mary Tompkins,
Myrtle Campbell.
The Madonna Mrs. Ed. Montague
Sage ...... Mr. Ed. Montague
Guardian Angel Esther Berlin
Rich Man -
The Laborer Walter Edger
The Youth...... Lee Crawford
A Princess .....Marjorie Douglas
A Little Child ......:.....Belva Mclntyre
A Maiden Mary Berlin
Gift Bearers Jewel Pinkerton (Lead
er), Gloria Garfield, Wilma Mcln
tyre, Joyce Pinkerton, Maurine
Edger, Fern Carsten, Marjorie
Martin, Esther Linfoot, Maxine
Martin, Doris Jenkins, Alberta Ball,
Rachel Smith.
Small Angels Virginia Eager,. Mel
ba Montague,
Torchbearer ...............Blllie Johns
Wise Men Milton Miller, Chase Gar
field, A. J. Garner.
Quartette George Gerking, C M.
Eager, Mrs. Floyd Pinkerton, Mrs.
I, L. Michener. ,
Reader -Mr. Bias
Pilgrims Wendall Shigley, Mrs.
Edna Mclntyre, Leo Sanchez, Mrs.
Lyle Gray, Carl Ball.
Director, Mrs. C. M. Eager, Accom
panist, Mrs. Laurence Pinkerton.
Pome Wanted For Boy
riniintv .Tiidca Schanneu informs
The Press that he very much desires
a permanent home ior Laurence
Stamper. The boy has lately been
with a familv residinsr at Tillamook,
and this family is returning the lad
back to the jurisdiction of the court.
Judge Schannep likes the boy very
much and does not want to send him
to an orphanage only as a last resort.
Any responsible person wishing fo
adopt this boy and who would be in
terested in his welfare may notify
the county court or the Athena Press,
Splendid . Lodge Gathering
The members of Wild Horse Lodge,
I. O. O. F. and Mignonette RebekaH
Lodge, their families and friends, en
joyed a splendid meeting Monday eve
ning. Members or lodges iron? sur
rounding towns were present to swell
the number at the gathering. After
a fine banquet dinner an impromptu
program, comprising short addresses,
readings, stunts and music was great
ly enjoyed by the assembled guests.
Lodge of Antlers
I The Pendleton Lodge of Elks
instituted the formation of one of the
first Lodges of Antlers on the Pacific
coast Tuesday eveping when some
thirty young men ranging in age from
16 to 21, were initiated as charter
members into the Lodge of Antlers
of Pendleton Lodge No. 288, B. P. O.
Elks." -(
Games With Pendleton and
Adams Have Close Scores
Athena has gone 50-50 "on her first
two scholastic games of the season,
in close scores. The Pendleton Buck
aroos tobk Friday night's contest 19
to 16. Tuesday night, in one of the
closest checking games seen on the
local court for-some time, the home
quintet won from Adams 11 to 10. .
- In the Pendleton game, Athena came
back in the second half Btrong enough
to overcome a lead and tie the score
at 15. Inability to hoop free throws
by Athena players allowed Pendleton
to come out in f ront again with the
above result,..,, -u.
At the end of the first half in the
Adams contest, the score stood 7 for
Adams, 5 for Athena. The home
team rallied in the third quarter, with,
the score tied at 8 all. In the last
quarter, opportunity for shots were
plentiful for both teams but players
were wild in looping the ball through
the hoop. .
"Piks" Miller's girls' team put up
an impressive game , against the
Adams girls and won handily, 27 to
19. This was the first game of the
season for the Athena girls and they
showed to advantage in both offensive
and defensive playing.
Coach Miller Is looking for a game
to be played on the local court next
Friday night, and may be successful
in taking on Eddie Buck's fast Pres
cott quintet. Touchet high school
will play Athena on the home court
Tuesday evening, December 31. This
afternoon Athena plays Wa-Hi at
Walla Walla, the tilt being in the
verpacula? of sports, a ease of little
'uns going yp against big 'una,
Case Dismissed
At the hearing before Judge Fee
in the circuit court, set for yesterday
morning at 10 o'clock the case brought
by Homer I, Watti, George Green and
C. T. Smith against members of the
board of directors of Union High
School District No. 7, was dismissed
on motion of Mr. Watts, attorney for
the complainants, Following dismis
sal of the case, word was at once
telephoned to Athena by Chase Gar
field, clerk of the school board and
everyone here was greatly pleased
that the matter had been settled
amicably, the general opinion being
that hereafter the school would re
ceive united support.
Voting Contest
The standings of the candidates
in the voting contest at McFadden'0
Pharmacy showed the following totals
at noon, yesterday: Dorothy Burke,
5960; Helen Barrett, 1715; Marjorie
Douglas, 5925; Betty Eager, 3438;
Mildred Hansell, 1640; Blanche John
son, 7153; Arleen Myrick, 15308)
Mary Tompkins, 15248; Rhoda Nelson,
2817; Marjorie Montague, 1985; Care,
lyn Kidder, 1945; Virgle Moore,1275
Marjorie Wilson, 978, .
In Portland Postoflice
Ralph McEwen has a position in
the Portland postoffice'as an extra
assistant to the regular force until
after the end of the holiday season.
Mr. McEwen held a position with the
office last year. On January J he will
enter the Portland branch automobile
license department of the state, where
he will remain during the rush period
following the first of the year,
Car? Calvert IU
Car Calvert, Athena high school
boy, has been seriously ill for the past
week. He took down with t relapse
of the flu, and for a while he waj
threatened with pneumonia.
Umatilla County Grain
Growers Will Organize ,
Marketing Corporations
As a result of the meeting of farm
ers which was addressed by F. J. Wil
mer, president of the North Pacific
Grain Growers Inc., at Pendleton, last
Saturday, a . grain growers associa
tion is to be organized for the Pen
dleton district at once. .
It is understood that the Pendleton
organization will function in the "en-
dleton district only, Other districts
including Athena, Weston, Helix and
Pilot Rock, will have local organiza
tions through which home grain grow-
en -may market their crops.
PA the Pendleton meeting, Roy
Ritner, director for this district of
Oregon, named a committee of twelve
farmers to investigate the feasibility
of forming organizations in the coun
ty. Mr. Ritner named the following
men on the committee: James Hill,
Pendleton, chairman; L. L. Rogers,
Pendleton; Carl Engdahl, Helix;
Thomas Hampton, Pilot Rock; Frank
Curl, Pendleton; Gundeu Terjeson,
Pendleton; Marion Hansell, Athena;
E. P, Marshall, Pendleton; Fred Fal
coner, Pendleton; Sim Culley, Wes
ton; David H. Nelson, Pendleton and
Will Steen, Milton.
Preparations 1 for perfecting the
Pendleton organization were taken
immediately by a sub-committee com
prised of Mr. Hill, E. P. Marshall,
Frank Curl, L. L, Rogers,, Gundor
Terjeson, Carl Engdahl, Thomas
Hampton, David H. Nelson and Roy
Ritner. ; w
Mr. Wilmer stated during the meet
ing that it has been found the best
policy to form these , corporations
wherever there is a natural trade or
banking center. Locally, no action
has been taken by farmers looking
toward an organization here.
Picture Program
A heart-stirring, authentic picture
of the World War, filmed on the bat
tie fields of France, featuring French
actors and soldiers, is what the "Soul
of France" is which comes to the
Standard tomorrow for one night
only. The picture Is the French epic
of the war, portrayed from the French
viewpoint of the thrilling part French
soldiers took in the major engage
ments on French soil. Through U
all runs a thread of mother-love and
human courage seldom depicted on
the silver sereen. For holiday show
ing, the Standard will present Clara
Bow In "The Saturday Night Kid" on
Christmas even and Christmas night.
On New Year's eve and New Years
night, Richard Dix is coming in "The
Love Doctor."
McEwan Will Stick
Captain John J. McEwan, who re
signed as eoach at University of Ore
gon at the expiration of his present
contract, January 1, 1931, says: "My
plans remain fixed to complete my
coaching at University of Oregon. Am
trying to arrange Intersectional
games for us for years 1931 or 1932."
The J. T. Club
Mrs. Vera Smith of Weston, enter
tained the J, T. Club last Friday
afternoon, when sixteen club members
met at her home. The next meeting
will be held at the home of Mrs, C,
L. McFadden in Athena, January 10.
Is Fraternity Man -
The Oregon Emerald, U. of Q.
paper, announces that George Gross,
Athena freshman has affiliated with
Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
George will be home for the Christ
mag vacation period. '
Union Pacific Ordered
To Build the Road From
Crane to Crescent Lake
1 The Oregonian's Washington News
Bureau says that a section of the
transportation act of 1920 which ap
parently confers upon the interstate
commerce commission power, to order
construction of new lines was invok
ed by the federal rail body for the
first time in requiring the Union Pa
cific .system to build a 181-mile link
across central Oregon. The largest
area within the United States Btill
without rail facilities. - - -i
inhere was some hesitancy -within
tne ranKS oi tne -commission about
auch use of its authority, for four of
;he 11 members dissented from the
report prepared ... by Commissioner
Frank McManamy, who earlier this
year held hearing on the complaint of
the public service commission of Ore
gon and recommended' to his col
leagues that they require construction
of the road.
The cross-state line, required by
the commission mandate would leave
the present Ontario-Burns branch of
the ' Oregon, Washington Railway &
Navigation at Lawen, near Crane in
eastern Oregon and extend westward
to a point on the Cascade line of the
Southern Pacific at or near Crescent
lake. Construction is ordered by the
commission to commerce by July 1,
1930. "" "
The new road would be completed
and in operation by July 1, 1933,
under the terms of the order. The
cost of the line is estimated by the
public service commission of Oregon
at $9,000,000, or about $49,000 a mile,
while the railroads say it would cost
at least $11,717,677, or approximate
ly $03,340 a mile. It was held by the
commission that neither figure would
impair the ability of the Union Pa
cific system to perform its duty to
the public, as its net earnings ap
proximate $40,000,000 annually. '
The efforts of the public service
commission to bring about the build
ing of a railroad across the central
part of the state have been bitterly
fought by the Union Pacific, Southern
Pacific and the Hill lines in combina
tion, on the ground that the sparsely
settled . section the line would pene
trate is incapable of producing traffic
sufficient to make railroad service
Christmas Program To Be
Given at Baptist Church
An event cf interest will be the
Christmas program that is being pre
pared for entertainment of the church
people and general public at the First
Baptist church, Sunday evening, be
ginning at 7:30. f
; ,Th program will consist of .two
parts. Part one will include songs,
recitations and drills by the primary
department of the Baptist Sunday
school, and part two embraces the
rendition of the cantata, "The Word
Fulfilled," with the following cast of
characters: r
Choir Mrs. Blatchford, Mrs. , Clar
ence Zerba, Mrs. Lee Hiteman, Mrs.
; Ross Payne, Mr. Kohler Betts, Mr,
Clarence Zerba, Mr. Lewis Stewart
and Mr, Jack Dow.
Pilgrims Arlene Foster, Roberta
. Cannon, Wendell Shigley, Genevieve
Barrett, Mildred Alkire, Laura
Ross, Annabel Payne.
Angels Helen Barrett, Jean Zerba
Mary Jane Miller, and Barbara Lee,
Truth ..Valerie Cannon
Shepherds Velma Ross, Bob Lee,
Marvel Zerba, and George Pittman.
Wisemen Monta Montgomery, Esma
Hiteman and Loie Hiteman.
Mary....". ...Bonnie Alkire
Joseph Dorvan Phillips
Accident Fatal To Minister
; Milton friends have received word
of the recent tragio ending of the life
of Rev, C. W. Park, former pastor of
the Milton Baptist church,, who left
there about two years ago reports the
Eagle. According to the reporca re
ceived Mr. Park was struck by a
motorcycle on the street in Portland,
November 7 and taken to a hospital
where he seemed to be recovering from
his injuries until unexpected compli
cations developed and the end came
almost without warning. It is stat
ed that post mortem examination re
vealed that death was due to the
formation of blood clots. Since leav
ing Milton Mr, Park has been located
In the west end of the state., .
K. of V. Officers
The following officers were elected
at a recent meeting of Pythian Lodge,
No, 29, Knights of Pythias, to serve
for the ensuing year: William Camp
bell, Jr, C. C; William Coppock, V.
C; W. J. Kirk, Prelate,; Lew Mc
Nair, M. of W.; York Dell, K. of R. &
S.; Bryce Baker, M. pf F.; F. B. Rad
tke, M. of E. Frank Williams, I. G.;
Jess Gordon, Trustee.
Teachers on Vacation
Athena teachers will spend the holt
days at their various homes. Miss
Brodie will gq to Oakland, California;
Miss Bryant to Marshfield; Superin
tendent Coad to Cove; Miss Smith to
Island City and Miss Thorion to Stan-field,
Temporary Permits May Be
Secured at the County '
Sheriff's Office.
, ( Salem. People buying new cars
around this time of the year and
dealers who have been waiting for
the 1930 license season will be happy
over the announcement made here to
day by Secretary of State Hal E.
Hoss, who has said that 1930 license
stickers may be used on cars register
ed for the first time on and after De
cember 20. In other words, people'
having new cars or old ones not regis-'
tered here in 1929 may apply for their '
idu registration and operate under
it at that time. This action will tend
to greatly expedite the giving of
automobiles as Christmas g'f ts and
will move a great many can from the ;
dealers' floors, according to reports ,
that have come into the secretary of
state 8 office from all parts of the
Another Important announcement
made by Secretary Hoss is that sher-'
iff s will issue temporary permits ef
fective commencing December 20th,
so that people who do not desire to
mail their applications to Salem may ;
secure temporary permits at their
county seats. These will be good
until the regular license Eticker ia '
sent to the applicant from Salem to ',
be affixed to the windshield m place '
of the temporary permit. . A fee of
25 cents is charged by the sheriff for
each temporary permit issued by him.
In Multnomah and Marion counties, :
the Portland office at 69 Fifth street ,
and the Salem counter in the State
Building will continue to serve those
who do not desire to apply for licenses
by mail.
People registering new can, or cars
not registered in Oregon in W29, will ;
be issued a windshield sticker and a
set of 1929 metal plates, while those ,
who are re-registering will retain
their 1929 metal plates and will re- ,
ceive only a windshield sticker as ,
evidence of having paid the proper
Purchasers of motor vehicle licenses
for the first six months of 1930,
which should be in the hands of car
owners by January 1, must retain
for the six months ending June 30 of
next year their present motor vehicle .
license plates. Plates covering the ,
full year July 1, 1930, to June 30, .
1931, will be issued by the state de-.
partment prior to July 1 of next year.
This procedure is necessary, the '
secretary of state explained, because
of a law enacted at the 1929 legisla
ture providing that hereafter the an
nual automobile license fees shall be
paid on July 1 instead of on January
1, as has been the practice in . the
past.,' ' .' .. , : . ... . ,
A Unique Reminder of
Holiday Fire Prevention ,
Salem. Recalling the regrettable
disaster in which three young girl
students of the Monmouth normal
school met a horrible death in a stu-
dents boarding and rooming house
last year, when a warm-hearted house
mother carelessly placed a ''welcome
home" candle in the window in too
close proximity to the Christmas tree,
and in the hope of avoiding the de
struction of property through holi
day carelessness, State Fire Marshal
Clare A. Lee has designed and is
sending out to the fire chiefs and .
press of the state a "Holiday Hap
piness Declaration" as a unique re
minder of the dangers that lurk in
holiday season decorations and festivi
ties. The declaration is prepared in '
the form of a resolution, in appro
priate holiday colors, pledging the
signatories thereto to exercise eare
and good judgment in their Christmas
preparations and observances. Tho
resolution is supplemented by a list of
things to avoid in holiday prepara
tions as a guide to a "Happy New
Year because of a Safe as well as a
Merry Christmas." ' :
Town Basketball Team
A town basketball team has been
organized in Weston and worked out
Monday night in the school gym
nasium for the first time. Arrange
ments are in progress for a practice
tilt next week with a team from Wes
ton mountain, and if this Is pulled off
the public will be Invited to witness
it without charge. Charles Hill is
coaching the Weston team and the
squad includes the following veterans:
Snider, Greer, Kirkpatrick, Banister,
Weber, Masters and Staggs. Wes
ton Leader,
December Rains
The Walla Walla Union announces
that precipitation at Walla Walla for
the first half of this month, totaling
2.69 Inches is greater that the total
for any month of the year, one of
the driest years in the history of th
weather bureau. : t .