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ATHENA, UMATILLA COUNTY,; OREGON, DECEMBER 26, 1930
Canadian Farmers Aroused
, By Low Prices, and
A United Press dispatch says the
farmers of Western Canada who
threatened to secede from the Do
minion; government' and set up a sep
arate government of their own, it de
veloped Monday night, really did not
They talked about a revolution and
saw that the talk got. into all the
.newspapers of the United States and
Canada merely to call attention of
federal authorities to their plight,
farm leaders in Winnipeg, wheat cap
ital of Western Canada, agreed.
All is not well on the vast, rolling
prairies of Manitoba, Saskatchewan,
and Alberta where wheat is king and
almost the whole populace labors in
the monarch's service. World's wheat
prices are out of joint. Canadian
wheat prices are near the 50 cents
per bushel level. .... 1
Farmers are making' no money.
Some of' them produced their enorm
ous crops this year at an actual loss.
The wheat growers with bumper
crops which are liabilities instead of
assets, are holding meeting in cross
roads halls, in village churches to
discuss their difficulties.
At one such meeting in Wilkie,
Sask., the assembled farmers an
nounced they had decided the prov
inces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and
Alberta would be better off if they
seceded from Canada and set ud an
independent commonwealth with a
central, government 01 its own. ,
Other meetings have resulted m de
mands for dollar wheat, of threats to
quit paying taxes until something ia
done by the government about the
The irrigated farmers believe that
the fiscal policy of the Dominion gov
ernment is responsible for present
conditions. The Canadian tariff, they
hold, is such that in addition to in
creasing the cost of the goods the
farmer must buy, it has had the ef
fect of closing many of the markets
of the world to the "produce of the
Western Canada farms.
':. Burning Wheat For Fuel
Last week the East Oregonian re
ported that Pete Weidert was burn
ing wheat for fuel at his ranch north
west of Athena, and that he contem
plated replacing coal with grain to
heat his residence in Walla Walla.
Monday the Press man for the first
time in his life saw wheat serving in
the place of wood and coal for heat
ing purposes. Down at Rogers &
Goodman's hardware store two sacks
of wheat that had been treated for
seed and left over from planting time
was, burned in the stove as a matter,
of experiment.' The grain developed
a strong heat and burned freely. .
' Informal Dinner Hostess -Miss
Helen Hansell entertained a
group of friends Sunday evening at
an informal dinner. Red tapers sug
gestive of the Christmas season were
used as table decoration. Preceding
dinner, presents .were dispensed from
a beautifully decorated Christmas
tree. Those enjoying the hospitality of
Miss Hansell included Kathleen Rad
tke, Jessiedeane Dudley, Alberta
Charlton, Lenore McNair, Dorothy
Berlin, Mary Cameron; Howard Whit
ney and Roy DeFreece of Walla
Walla; Dean Pinkerton, John Pink
erton, Fred Radtke, Leonard Geissel
and George Gross. .
t A Close Game
A closely contested game of bas
ketball was played between the Athe
na Athletics and the Weston Inde
pendents on the local court, Satur
day night; The -Athletics nosed out
in the lead by the score of 26 to 24.
Eldon Myrick played in the last half
for -the Athletics. In the first half,
Coach Pinkerton played his second
stringers. The Athletics play the
Adams league team in a regular
scheduled game tonight on the home
floor. A preliminary has been ar
ranged between former players of
the two towns.- - -
. Former Weston Pioneer
The Weston Leader reports that
Mrs. J. F. Killgore, former pioneer
resident of the Weston community,
died recently at her home in Cor
nelius, Oregon. Following the funer
al, Mr. Killgore accompanied his son
Robert to Hollywood, California,
where he will reside during the win
ter. ' ; :-, -
Drive T Hermlston
Mr. and Mrs. Siag drove down to
Hermiston Tuesday evening to wit
ness the Christmas operetta at the
schools where their daughter Miss
GIca, is teaching and handles the
music for all the grades. The daugh
ter returned to Athena with them for
the hobdtj season. "
If anyone was ever in doubt as to
the existence of old "Santa Claus,"
the time, place and occasion to be
come converted was at the high school
auditorium, Tuesday night. There the
"Spirit of Christmas" and all her
subjects held sway. '
The adventures of two youngsters
"Tommy and Alice Benson," charm
ingly impersonated by Teddy Miller
and Gloria Garfield, were closely fol
lowed by the capacity house. "Snow
man," Aaron Douglas, and "Jack
Frost," Tillman Taylor, assisted by
"Snowflake," Natelle Miller, and the
Snownake chorus, directed the ad
ventures to the forest where "Ice,"
Bonnie Johnson, and "Christmas
tide," Barbara Lee, dwell.
"Wabasso," Wilbur Smith, the
Christmas white rabbit and chorus of
white bunnies with pink ears volun
teered to guide the little travelers
further into the fastnesses of the
glistening woods. They were greet
ed by "White bear," Melba Montague
and saw "Northern Lights," Jewel
Pinkerton, who danced gaily, "King
Winter," Vernon Lawrence, and
"Queen December," Wilma Mclntyre.
assured the kiddies that their faith
in Santa -was well founded. "Christ
mas tree," Doris Jenkins with jolly
"Sleighbells," Donald Jones and the
chorus of Christmas Greens were al
so most encouraging. "Holly," Helen
Johns, "Mistletoe," Marjorie Wilks,
and "Poinsettia" Dorothy Martin,
sang - sweetly. "Ghristmas Bells,'
Helen Alkire, '.'Christmas Carol," Ar
leen Foster, "Christmas Candle,"
Beverly Barrett, "Christmas Pud
ding," Fern Carsten, "Christmas
Candy," Ira Alkire, "Christmas Stock
ing," David Lowe, "Christmas Gift"
Joyce Pinkerton , assisted by the
Christmas Candy chorus prepared
the way for "Santa Claus," Max
Johnson, and the doubting ones were
reassured that the old Saint really
The staee setting was lovely with
its glittering snow and the colorful
costumes, worn , by the characters
made beautiful scenes.
The music, directed by Miss Bryant
and accompanied by Marjorie Mon
tague was splendid. Miss Lee direct
ed the acting and Miss Clara Schan
nep the dances. Miss Thorson plan
ned the costumes.
The debut of the high school orches
tra was a high light of the evening's
entertainment and much credit i3 due
Dan Tilley, director.
Christmas carols and other num
bers of the Glee Club, directed by
Mrs. Bloom carried out the spirit of
the occasion. '
Christmas Programs At
Athena Churches Enjoyed
Athena churches were filled with in
terested audiences Sunday night when
little tots appeared in programs cele
brating the first Christmas.
Carols, pantomimes and recitations
were features of the entertainment at
the Christian church. A large Christ
mas tree with decorations accenting
brilliant red and two smaller trees
glistening with lights were the main
features of decoration. Christmas
bells and garlands of red and green
lent a festive air.
The Baptist Church was filled to
capacity and the program arranged
by Miss Helen Barrett and Mrs.
Emmett Lee was much enjoyed.
The little folks were assisted by the
grown-ups and a number of solos,
both vocal and instrumental were in
terspersed throughout the program. A
beautifully decorated Christmas tree
was the main decoration and a Santa
Claus treat for all present followed
the" entertainment features.
The Press last week was unable to
secure all numbers on the program
offered at the Christian church for
publication, and as a result it was
published in part, only; ; ;
' A Successful Trapper
Wayne Pittman is proving himself
to be a successful trapper. . He has
a string of traps in outlying districts
from Athena and has been successful
in taking quite a number of musk
rats. His biggest trophy so far is a
mink, large in size, with ' a prim
pelt of fine, dark fur. , Once in a
while in his rounds, Wayne is for
tunate in bagging a mallard duck or
two. He is putting in the winter
quite profitably, besides having a
whale of a lot of outdoor fun.
Tlaantifnl Ail Paintinm
Mrs. Dean Dudley, whose skill at
painting has before been mentioned
in The Press has recently completed!
three canvasses that rank well with I
her former productions. Lake Louise,
one of the subjects, is profoundly !
artistic; a second, Sunset on Venice, is
glamorously beautiful and the third
the ship Santa Marie, is ' skillfully
blended in ,, a riot of colors. Mrs.
Dudley paints for pleasure only, and
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I"JT WAS early evening and the
air was frosty In the forest.
The full moon shed a white
light over everything and the
eav little frost-stars twin
kled on every bush.
Only the trees seemed
alive; they stood sentinel
like, quiet guardsmen. The
huge out-of-shape spruce on the right
seemed to be the authority. To him
the others all looked for wisdom. He
had seen many, many winters come
and go, he had been buffeted by the
great North Wind until he was twisted
and bent,' he bad felt the cold strike
bo deeply Into his
heart that ha
time a breeze
etill he survived,
the greatest, the
most powerful pf
the trees there.
Suddenly the winter silence was
broken as a light wind rustled through
the forest and the old tree shook him
self awake. With the sound all the
other trees bent toward him alertly.
"Today,'1 said the old tree solemnly,
"Is the first day of December."
The pine trees, both big and small,
sighed in unison. Neither December
nor any other month meant anything
special to them. But the half-grown
spruces were attentive at once. They
were wise In the ways of the forest
and they knew that the oldest spruce
could be relied
upon to Keep in
touch with the
well what his an
nounce m e n t
merrily. Only the baby trees failed to
understand and join In the glee with
the others. Even the very beautiful,
perfectly-shaped, large trees were
moved to delighted expectancy.
"The first day of December," re
peated the very littlest baby spruce.
".What does that mean?"
t "Shy? cautioned fhs pines and the
J T , SOBDt
UO&bi w a v e
other trees nodded warnlngly. It did
not do to interrupt when the old
But the old spruce was kind, he did
not mind a bit "It means," he said,
"that exactly twenty-five days from
today is Christmas."
"Christmas?" again queried the lit
tlest baby spruce, "What .Is that?"
Patiently the old spruce replied.
"Listen, and I'll tell you the story. In
nearly all the
tries of the world
one of the sym
bols of this day
is the Christmas
tree. Now this
Christmas tree Is
a plain evergreen
tree, just like one of us, and on It are
hung brightly colored ornaments,
sparkling garlands and gayly wrapped
gifts. So much happiness and peace
does this tree bring that to be chosen
for this purpose, whether It be for the
richest or humblest homeis Indeed a
"Sometime soon, almost any day
now, men will come Into the forest
and picking out the best, wltf take
them away. Then the adventure be
gins. First the chosen ones will be
tightly and very carefully rolled up
and the branches tied to keep them
from getting broken, and then they
will be sent
many, many miles
to a great city.
In that city they
will be just as
and then stood
up so that people
"On Christmas eve they are set up
In the homes of those who have
chosen them and late that night the
loving hands of one who loves the
children will decorate tlicm."
The pine trees sighed sorrowfully.
"They never choose U3," they suld.
"No, nor us," whispered the birches
The half-grown cpruces and firs
drew themselves up proudly. "We
ere pretty sure fo be taken? said the.
most graceful of these. "Look at us,
all our branches are graduated so that
they make a nice point on which to
place a star. We all have straight
trunks, too. We'll
te taken, that's
baby spruce had
to ask the old
tree, one about
which he as rot
- , very clear: "Why
weren't you ever taken?" ho told.
."Shi" warned the tall plno? once
more. They were very much afraid
that the feelings of the old tree
might be hurt.
"Because," answered the old tree
sadly, "I wusn't beautiful enough. I've
never been straight like the rest of
you and who would want a gnarled
old thing like me to dress with bright
ornaments? Cut I don't mind. I
know there are a great many others
to do their share toward spreading
happiness so I am content to stay lu
The littlest baby spruce was silent
and all of a sudden he looked up,
startled, as the big fir towering above
his head began to speak. "I, too, may
go this season," he said with pride,
"now that com
munity . Christ
mas trees are
getting so popu
lar; even onc3 as
big as I get a
, "Oh, my, oh,
my!" walled the
spruce. "Suppose I'm not chosen 1
Maybe they won't want such tiny
ones l" " ' . ; '"
"Come now, never mind, don't wor
ry," soothed the old tree. "The houses
are so small nowadays that a great
many people' have to have table
Christmas trees. Perhaps you'll be
one of those. But I think we've talked
enough for now. Let us all go to
sleep, it's getting late. Tomorrow they
may come to look us over and we must
look our best."
So perfect silence once more fell
over Chrlstmus Tree Land. The full
moon, now low on the horizon, shed
a light over everything and the gay
little frost-stars still twinkled on every
bush. Everything was In readiness
and waiting for Christmas.
(& 1930, Wettorn Newipper Union.) -
. England Halted CLrittiuas
For twelve years, from 1644, Christ
mas was not kept In England. The
Puritans, deeming It a pagan festival,
passed un act of parliament abol
ishing It, nnd directing that Decem
ber 25th should be a day of fasting
and repentance, Charles IL restored
Nation in Child
Oregon mothers lead the nation in
providing their children with cod.
liver oil, a health factor so necessary
ire every state in the union, especially
in winter. ,
More little Johnnies and Marys of
the state are getting their daily "can
ned sunshine" than the average of the
children' in the country, according to
the home economics department of
Oregon State college.
i A nation-wide survey reported at
tne recent White House Conference on
Child Health and Protection at Wash
ington, D. C, showed that approxi
mately 50 per cent of the children in
the United States are receiving cod
liver oil daily, a practice which health
and nutrition authorities are acrreed
is essenial to the best well-being of
every child, particularly during the
winter when sunshine is neither as
plentiful nor as potent as in the sum
A similar survey carried on in Ore
Son by the home economics depart
ment of the state college indicates
that cod-liver oil is a part of the
daily program of 63 per cent of the
children m this state during the win
ter months, while 17 per cent also
have this added protection during the
summer, as compared with 10 per cent
for the nation as a whole.
In recommending that every child
be given cod-liver oil, the nutrition
specialists of the department point
out that it is not only, as most per
sons know, a rich source of vitamin
D, the substance manufactured in the
pigment of the skin when subjected
to direct sunlight, and which is nec
essary for the proper development of
teeth and bones, but is also, the rich
est known source of vitamin A, which
gives protection against such infec
tions as the common cold, and sinus,
bronchial and lung trouble.
The B. B. Club
The B. B. Club was entertained at a
Christmas party at the C. M. Eager
ucme last Friday night. Guests were
bidden for dinner, and found their
places at tables centered with minia
ture Christmas trees and further
decorated with red baskets and cards
suggestive of the holiday season. A
Christmas tree laden with gifts was
an interesting part of the evenings
entertainment. At bridge, Mrs. Lloyd
Michener and Chase Garfield carried
off first honors and Archie Mcln
tyre received the consolation. The
club will next be entertained at the
Chase Garfield home with the men
acting as hosts.
A Christmas Program
Given at District No. 2
An appropriate and well rendered
program was presented by the pupils
of District 2 northwest of Athena,
Tuesday 1 afternoon. A beautiful
Christmas tree and Santa Claus him
self to distribute the gifts rounded
out a charming entertainment. The
program follows: "Song of Wel
come," Roberta Cannon, Rachel Smith
Charlie Hoggard; recitation, "A
Christmas Eve Thought," William
Zerba; Christmas essays, "The Story
of Christmas," Rachel Smith; "Christ
mas Customs of Other Lands," Ro
berta Cannon; song "Jingle Bells,"
school; story "Why the Cat Washer
after eating," William Zerba; dia
logue, "A Christmas Disappoint
ment," Roberta Cannon, Rachel
Smith; monologue "Learning a
Piece," Charlie Hoggard ; song, Chris
tmas Carol," Roberta Cannon, Rachel
Smith; pantomime, "On Christmas
Eve, Rachel Smith, William Zerba;
song, "Goodbye" school.
Others who had prepared numbers
for the program were John Robert
and Marion Stewart and who are ill
and were unable to attend. School
reopens January 5 Mrs. Dick Swift
teaches the school and arranged the
Visitors included Mr. and Mrs. Jess
Smith, Mrs. Roy Cannon, Mr. and
Mrs. Virgil Zerba, Miss Lois Smith,
Mrs. L. D. Johnston, William Zerba,
Charlie Hoggard, Roberta Cannon,
Rose Marie Cannon and Rachel
Well Known Basso
Everett Craven was one of four
chosen as basso in the quartet of solo
ists to participate in the Portland
Symphony Society's production of the
"Messiah" conducted by Willem Von
Hoogstraten, December 28. Athena
people will remember Mr. Craven's
promising voice in the Willamette
Glee club, which appeared in concert
here several years ago.
The Girls' League
A very pleasant and successful af
fair of the holiday season was the
silver tea given by the Girls' League
at the home of Mrs. Arthur Douglas,
Saturday afternoon. An attractive
program was presented by members
and the prettily appointed tea tables
was centered with holly and red
tapers. A representatative group of
lakes' Ctflled tf urlffg XM tftttism.
GET A HUGE FUND
$724,000,000 Will Be Spent
During 1931 Roads To
A ajShington dispatch says that
moving-to the aid of its jobless, the
American government will spend
$724,000,000 on public works during
the calendar year 1931, the largest
peacetime construction program in its
The amount compares with the
average fiscal expenditure of approxi
Figures announced by President
Hoover showed the largest amount
for any purpose was the $219,922,000
to highways. . .
Running a close second will be pub
lic building construction with $173,
869,000 available. Rivers and harbors
Will receive $159,857,000 and ship con
Fifth on the list was an item which
20 years ago would have been con
sidered art impossible dream. A total
of $30,882,000 will be used for build-'
Of the $724,000,000, a total of $116,
000,000 was made vtiiluMo l00t ,oi.
by congress as an emergency unem-
f.ujuidb xciiei measure.
In addition to the appropriations
for public works the government will
expend $170,000,000 for agriculture
relief, $45,000,000 of which will be
used for seed and fertilizer loans to
farmers stricken by last summer's
New Telephone Official
W. J. Dodce has VlPPn n1nol in
v. . . ..H.V.Vt It.
charge of the business operations of
ine racinc .telephone and Telegraph
company in the state of Orporm if
has been announced by E. D. Wise,
vice president and general manager.
Mr. Dodge will report directly to Mr.
Wise and will have the title of gen
eral comrercUl manager,'. position -held
bv H. H. Rislev whn nnnr
sumes further responsibilities on the
staff of Vice President C. E. Fleager.
A western man by birth, a Pacific
coast man by education through both
school and university days, Mr.
Dodge; comes to Oregon with an ex
ceptional record of constructive
achievement in telephone work.
Weston-Athena Bank Messenger
Weston Leader: Banking in the
neighboring town of Athena, three
miles away, is made easy for Wes
ton people by the appointment of E.
C. Gentry of Gentry Motors as the
local representative of The First Na
tional Bank of Athena. Mr. Gentry
maices regular trips to Athena each
week day, leaving his place of busi
ness at 9 a. m., and takes "over the
hill" the deposists of the bank's Wes
A Social Dance
A group of friends residinir near the
La Fave ranch, southeast of Adams
were entertained there Saturday
night. The "Wranglers" orchestra
comprised of Wayne Lafave and Rod-
rick Larabce, violins, Clyde Larabee
piano, and Alva Potter banjo, furnish-
od music for dancing. Square dances
and other steps of bv-eone davs
were much enjoyed by those present.
supper was served.
"Has-Becns" Play Tonight v
The "has-been" basketball nlavera
of Adams and Athena will play the
preliminary for the Athena-Adams
league game tonight at Athena high
school eym. It will be a scream to see
in action, Lisle Gray, Jack Calder,
Lawrence l'mkerton and others for
Athena, checking Carl Christian, L.
L. Lieuallcn. Paul Lieuallen. Oti.i
Lieuallen and other Lieuallens from
Adams in the first game of the rous
Motor Fuel Taxes Huge
That taxes collected on motor vehi
cle fuels during 1930 will run well
over $6,000,000 ia indicated in a re
port for the first 10 months of the
year, says Secretary of State Hoss.
For the. period from January 1 to
October 31 $5,802,360.78 was collect
ed, of which $5,664,448.50 goes to the
state highway fund. The 10 months'
receipts were in excess of those for
the full year of 1929 by over $1,200,-
Wauna Camp Fire Girls
The Wauna group of Campflre girls
was entertained at the home of Mrs.
Bert Logsdon Monday . night. The
feature of the evening was a beauti
ful Christmas tree which fairly
showered gifts. Santa Claus, him
self, was present and remained as
honor guest at the taffy pull which
followed. Popcorn balls and other
goodies were in evidence.
Athena Beats Dixie
Athena high school defeated Dixie,
Wash., high school at basketball on
the local court, Thursday evening of
last wVeV. ScWe 2'8 to 17.