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County Committee to Meet
With Taxpayers at Pen
dleton Tomorrow. .
Taxpayers of Umatilla county will
meet in Pendleton tomorrow to per
fect the organization of a tax conser
vation league following the request of
Governor Meier for action upon the
tax problem. The county committee,
consisting of E. B. Aldrich and James
Johns of Pendleton and M. L. Watts
of Athena, decided upon this move at
a meeting last week, when the fol
lowing call was issued:
To the People of Umatilla County:
" In compliance with the request of
the State Tax Conservation league,
recently formed at the instance of
Governor Julius Meier, a county wide
taxpayers league is to be formed at a
meeting' to be held in the circuit court
room at the court house in Pendleton
at 2:30 p. m. on Saturday, July 25
All taxpayers of the county are invit
ed to attend the meeting. In addition
it is especially requested that repre
sentatives be present from the fol
Umatilla county court.
All the towns of Umatilla county.
All th school districts of the coun-
All grange organizations desiring
to be represented.
It is requested that the executive
officers of the various organizations
referred to take the responsibility of
seeing that their districts or organ
izations ae represented.
Umatilla county Tax conservation
committee appointed by Governor
. Meier. s,
Leslie M. Scott, president of the
recently formed Oregon Tax Conser
vation and Equalization League, will
come up from Portland to attend the
meeting. ,
At the meeting of the state execu
tive committee held in Portland, Sat
urday the following recommendations
were adopted in the form of a reso
lution. Resolved, That we recommend the
enactment of legislation, subject to
existing constitutional limitations as
to power districts and incorporated
cities and towns, vesting in the State
Tax Commission, acting jointly with
a county tax commission, consisting of
three members in each county, to be
appointed by the governor and to
serve without compensation, regu
- latory control over budgets, tax levies
and proposed future bond issues of
the several municipalities of the
state; and be it further
Resolved, That inasmuch as, under
existing constitutional powers vested
in the people or the Legislative As
sembly, a larger measure of effective
control over municipal tax levies and
bond issues may be provided by gen
eral law, we do not deem it expedient
at this time to recommend any con
stitutional changes; and be it further
Resolved, That (we recommend a
thirty-three and one-third per cent re
duction in automobile license fees, and
an increase of one cent a gallon in the
tax on gasoline effective July 1, 1932;
and be it further
Resolved, That Governor Meier give
serious consideration to the expedi
ency of calling an extraordinary ses
sion of the Legislative Assembly to
consider legislation designed to carry
these recommendations- into effect;
and be it further
Resolved, That we strongly urge up
on each of the municipalities of the
state and the officers thereof, a vigor
ous policy of economy, retrenchment
and tax reduction, to the end that, if
possible, 'at least a twenty (20) per
cent reduction in taxes for the cur
rent year will be made, and that tax
payers' leagues throughout the state
and in each county and tax-levying
district, be organized and maintained
for the purpose of studying the prob
lems of public economy, tax reform
and reduction, and through their act
ive and constant vigilance-aid in se
curing a businesslike economy in the
expenditure of public funds, to the
end that the inordinate property tax
burdens now resting upon the people
and property of the state may be
Columbia River
Boat with Cargo
of Wheat Sinks
The Dalles. The first Columbia
river cargo of wheat to leave The
Dalles this season,, lies in the hold of
the steamboat Cowlitz in 50 feet of
water at the bottom of the river, five
miles west of The Dalles. The Cow
litz was swamped by waves in a wind
storm Monday, which flooded her en
gine room and caused her cargo to
shift, sending the craft under.
Captain J W. Exon, 66, and his
crew of eleven men, were rescued.
The cargo., and ship 'was insured.
What turn salvage operations would
take was a matter of conjecture as
the depth of the water rendered oper
ations difficult. Captain Exon said
he' did not believe it possible to sal
vage the ship. v
The Cowlitz had left down from
The Dalles with the first cargo of
what was to be an extensive move
ment of wheat by water. Captain
Exon said he had arranged with pools
for several cargoes. .
A sudden west wind blew up, whip
ping the usually calm '.' Waters to
combers the size of-sea waves. Old-
timers on the river said it was an un
usually terrific blow. Captain Exon
tried to beach his craft in a small
cove on the Washington side, but as
he headed the boat she fell in the
trough and a large wave washed over
her low sides, flooding the engine
room. The crew started to jump.
Another wave pounded on the deck
and the ship keeled.
Boats put out from shore quickly,
and the crew of the Cowlitz were
picked up. Some were hanging to
pieces of the deck equipment.
Captain Exon declared the storm
was the most severe he ever saw in
his 45 years of steamboating exper
ience. He said neither he nor the
crew suffered any ill effects from be
ing thrown in the water.
Good Fortune Falls to
Reeve Betts in East
Lotsa Pickers; Few Berries
According to reports, there were
more pickers in the Blue Mountains
east of Athena Sunday, than there
were huckleberries, However, the
hundreds of people who motored to
the Blues for the day's outing, were
away from the heat in the valley
where the mercury soared around the
100 mark."
Tomato Crop' Good
Tomatoes are rolling out of the
Walla Walla valley at the rate of sev
eral carloads a day. The quality is
Word has been received from Reeve
Betts who is studying medicine at
Harvard that he is in line for the
Isaac Sweetzer schoralship of $450
for next year. He has received noti
fication from the chairman jsf the
scholarship board of his good fortune,
and assurance that as soon as certain
formalties have been completed, that
the scholarship will be his. This is
one of the largest to be presented and
Mr. Betts is to be congratulated up
on the award.
At present he is doing laboratory
work in the New England Deaconess
hospital and also has charge of a desk
at the Massachusetts' General Hos
pital. Both of these positions will be open
to Mr. Betts during the school year
and will aid materially in defraying
his expenses.
U. of O. Has Youngest Law School Dean
fa I i v ! y r , ? x
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Athena Golf Club
Organized, Offi
cers Are Elected
Wayne L. Morse, professor of law at the University of Oregon for the
past two years, has been appointed by the board of higher education as dean
of the lav school, succeeding Dean Charles L. Carpenter, who will leave
at the end of the term to accept a professorship of law at the University of
Southern California. Dean Morse is the youngest dean of a university law
school in the country.
University of Oregon, Eugene '-
Wayno L. Morse, professor of law for
the past two years at the University
of Oregon, has been appointed dean,
following tho resignation of Dean
Charles L. Carpenter, who goes-to the
University of Southern California, it
is announced here by Dr. Arnold Ben
nett Hall, president.
Dean Morse will be the youngest
dean of any university law school in
the country, as he is but 30 years old,
although both his teaching and re
search havo already made him nation
ally known. Dean Carpenter came to
the University in 1922 from Topeka,
Kansas, where he served as dean of
the1 law school of Washburne college.
In 1927 he became dean here, and
under his direction, the law school has
nade steady and consistent progress.
" is regarded as an authority on
many phases of law, and he has pub
lished, widely. His resignation from
the faculty here is regarded as a dis
tinct loss, not only to the school but
to the 4egal profession of Oregon aa
After extensive experience at the
University of Minnesota, Dean Morse
came here in 1929, highly recommend
ed by many outstanding educators. Ha
graduated from the University of Wis
consin, was- awarded the degree of
bachelor of laws from the University
of Minnesota in 1928, and has com
pleted his work for the degree of
doctor of jurisprudence from Columbia.
He has lately finished outstanding
research in the field of crime, and as
director of the Oregon Crime Survey
and through his work on the survey
of the grand jury he has achieved na
tional attention.
Pea Seed Cleaning Plant
Opens Work on New Crop
About forty girls and women are
employed at the local pea cleaning
plant, and about half as many who
were seeking positions were turned
away Tuesday morning when opera
tions began on the new crop.
It is thought that the present sup
ply of peas to be sorted will .last at
least three weeks, with perhaps a
longer run. On account of the de
mand for work there is great com
petition among those who are em
ployed and a higher standard of speed
and efficiency is being set as a re
sult. . :' " - ''
The sorted peas will be used for
seed and those discarded for this pur
pose will be ground and. used for
feed. "
Vets Give Endorsement
Further indorsement of Roseburg
as the new soldiers' home site, con
demnation of the Saber club activities
by C. A. Townsend of Portland, en
deavors to make pension require
ments easier, listening to reports that
showed 22 camps in Oregon, 29 vet
erans dead the past year, and other
routine business occupied the atten
tion of the Spanish-American War
Veteran's convention at La Grande
Wheat Advance
Wheat took, a turn for the better
Tuesday at Chicago and recorded an
advance of nearly two cents. Strength
of prices was largely due to word
that the United States had present
ed to the London international con
ference, a plan for maintenance of
American bank credits in Germany,
provided big banks of other countries
did likewise.
State Board of Control
Fires Howard, Head of
State School for Blind
Salem. The state board of control
has voted to dismiss J. W. Howard,
superintendent of the state school for
the blind, and his staff, effective Aug
ust 15, and elected Walter C. Dry to
the superintendency.', . 1 . .
Dry is a membet of the staff of the
Washington State School . for the
Blind at Vancouver. The motion to
dismiss Howard and elect Dry was of
fered by Rufus C. Holman, state
treasurer, and passed unanimously.
Holman said the change was de
signed for the welfare of the children
and charged that the blind school has
been operated "on an institutional
rather than on an educational basis."
Hal E. Hoss, secretary of state,
agreed at once to the dismissal of
Howard, but held up his vote for a
short time on thematter of electing
Dry, on the grounds that he did not
know him, and that he was not an
Oregon man. Hoss asked whether it
was necessary to go out of the state
to get a superintendent.
"The board of control has been
severely criticised for going outside
Oregon for executive heads," Hoss
said, and if it were possible to stay
within the state, he said, he would
much prefer to do so. Holman replied
he had considered the matter for sev
eral months, and that this technical
position was hard to fill. On the rec
ommendations of Governor Meier and
Holman, Dry's election was approved
by Hoss.
In addition" to his residence at the
institution, Dry will receive a salary
of $1500 a year, the same as now
paid Howard.
Oxman, Main Witness in
Mooney Bombing Case
Dead at Durkee Home
Would Limit to $3
A preliminary petition for an in
itiative measure to limit state license
fees on all automobiles and trucks to
$3, has been filed with Secretary of
State Hal Hoss by H. H. Stallard,
Portland. The petition was forward
ed to the attorney-general for a bal
lot title. Completed petitions bear
ing 17,088 names of registered voters
must be filed with the secretary of
state by July 8 next year if the mea
sure is to be placed on the 1932 ballot.
Couple Found Dead
Dead from three weeks to a month,
Mr. and Mrs. William Ross of Union
were found in their closed automo
bile Sunday night by sheepmen near
Pondosa. It was believed they had
stopped their car in the timber, neg
lecting to shut off the engine, and
were asphyxiated by the car gaises.
The bodies were taken to La Grande
Monday. The family had lived at
Union several years.
Fire at Campbell Ranch
The East Oregonian reports a grain
fire on the Rufus Campbell ranch
Mercury Runs High
Monday was the hottest day of the
season in Athena, when thermometers
scored as high as 109. The bulb in north of Pendleton, when 57 sacks, of
The Press office sent the red fluid up 1 grain were destroyed. Standing grain
to the 102 mark during the afternoon, j was saved by prompt action of ranch
Pendleton was also hot at 110 and ' ers in the vicinity. The loss was
good but so far the growers have had ! La Grande sweltered at 107, the high- covered by insurance.
no prices quotta on tneir iniptnents. . est heat retora eYer cstawiihed there. farmed
Durkee, Or. Frank C. Oxman, the
"honest cattleman," who testified
against Tom Mooney in the San
Francisco bombing trials and later
was tried for subornation of perjury,
died Wednesday at his ranch home
near here.
Oxman has remained much in se
clusion since his startling appearance
at the trial of Mooney 15 years ago
and at his own trial that followed.
Oxman gave positive testimony that
he saw Mooney and Warren K. Bill
ings place a suitcase on the sidewalk
at Market and Steuart streets, San
Francisco, a few moments before the
explosion. Largely on the strength
of this statement Mooney was con
victed of murder and sentenced to
Shortly afterward Mooney's defense
showed Oxman had written to Frank
E. Rigall of Grayville, 111., asking
him to support the suitcase testi
mony. Rigall testified to this letter
before the grand jury and Oxman
was indicted for subornation of per
jury. Then the defense offered evi
dence purporting that Oxman was in
Woodland, not San Francisco, when
the explosion occurred, and Oxman
was accused of perjury.
Oxman was tried and acquitted on
the subornation charge and the per
jury case was dismissed without trial.
Mooney and Billings are still in pris
on, although revelations in the Oxman
case indirectly resulted in a commuta
tion of Mooney's sentence to life im
prisonment. J
' Additional Stages
Union Pacific stages will put two
additional motor coaches to their
fleet now operating through Athena.
The additions will give a four coacli
service each way daily. The time
schedule, which becomes operative
Sunday is as follows: To Pendleton
7:50 a. m., 12:35 p. m., 3:55 p. m.,
9:20 p. m. To Walla Walla 8:55 a.
m., 11:10 a. m., 3:10 p. m., 6:50 p.
m. To Portland 7:50 a. m. 12:35 p.
m., 9:20 p. m. To Baker, Boise and
East 3:55 p. m., 9:20 p. m.
Steamer Hauls Wheat
Transportation of wheat by steam
boat down the Columbia river to
Portland is to become a reality this
week when the steamer Umatilla,
owned by the Willamette & Columbia
River Towing company, leaves The
Dalles with approximately 200 tons
on board.
Bees Sting; Woman in Esd
. Mrs. Harry Chadsey of Walla Wal
la is in bed as the result of an at
tack on her by a swarm of bees, A
girl, June Stewart, who came to Mrs.
Chadsey's aid was also severely
V Miss Gilliam Visita
Miss' Grace Gilliam, former treas
urer of Umatilla county, now resid
ing at Salem, visited relatives last
A group of fifteen golf enthusiasts
met at the office of B. B. Richards,
Monday night and organized what, is
to be known as the Athena Golf Club.
The officers elected are: president,
Gordon M. Watkins; vice-president,
E. C. Prestbye; secretary treasurer,
Fred Kershaw. s
' A grounds committee was appoint
ed, comprising the following mem
bers: Laurence' Pinkerton, chairman;
W. P. Littlejohn and Henry Dell.
Plans for a tournament were discuss
ed and the following standing com
mittee appointed, Justin Harwood,
chairman, Penn Harris and D. A.
It was decided to place a box at the
links in which members may deposit
their score cards for the next fort
night in order that an average may
be taken and handicaps given.
At present there are 36 members in
the club and a number of other play
ers are showing great interest. Early
morning hours and the cool evenings
are popular playing periods on ac
count of the recent hot spell.
Equestriennes To Be a
Feature of Round-Up as
Greeters to the Visitors
Pendleton. The directors of the
Pendleton Round-Up is this year
planning a new feature for the show,
and one which will bring in the en
tire district where girls are noted for
their horsemanship. The officials plan
to have a group of from 50 to 60 girl
riders here for the Round-Up to act
as greeters for trains, auto caravans
and to ride in the parades and add
much color to the events.
Under the direction of George
Strand, non-competitive director, and
John Hales, parade director, arrange
ments are being worked out to have
the girls from the various commun
ities in Umatilla, Morrow, Grant and
Gilliam counties enter this feature. A
committee has been named to get in
touch with equestriennes regarding
the event.
Girls will be responsible for their
horses and saddles and riding attire,
this latter feature to be decided later,
and the Round-Up will provide barn
space and feed for the horses. Stock
saddles will likely be used as most
of the women riders in the region use
this type of saddle.
The officials are selecting a list of
chaperones to be in charge of the
riders during their stay here, and
Mrs. W. D. McNary, Mrs. Herb
Thompson, Mrs. Berkeley Davis, Miss
Kathleen , McClintock, Mrs. James
Sturgis, and Mrs. Elmer McCorm
mach have been named.
The committee to get in touch with
women riders is composed of: Lowell
Stockman, Helix; Charles Hoskins,
Buck Lieuallen, John Kilkenny and
Ronald Rew, Pendleton; Marion Han
scll, Athena; Laurence Lieuallen,
Vetoed Bills Are
Expected to Come
Up At Session
Cunha. Jr., and Manuel Cunna of
Echo; Amy Bergevin, Heppner;
Frank Price, Weston; Robert Bond,
Ukiah; Walter Bonifer, Gibbon; Clyde
Cheshire, Milton-Freewater; Bill
Switzler, Umatilla; Henry Casteel,
Meacham; Vic Bracher, Pilot Rock;
Jack Biggs, Hermiston and Stan-field.
The Thimble Club
The Thimble club of the Neighbors
of Woodcraft met Tuesday afternoon
at the home of Mrs. Mary McKay.
The quilt upon which the members
have been working for several months
was completed and will soon be on
display in the window at the local
Red & White store.- The quilt is
beautifully made and is most attrac
tive, the popular "sunbonnet baby"
design having been used, Tho host
ess was assisted in serving refresh
ments by Mrs. Will Harden and Mrs.
C. M. McCuIlough. Those present
were Mrs. J. C. Burke, Mrs. Willard
Crabill, Mrs. Clarence Hand, Mrs, J.
A. Garner, Mrs, Scott, Mrs. George
Myrick, Mrs. Ad Pinkerton, Mrs.
Fred Pinkerton, Mrs, Louis Keen,
Mrs. Bruno Weber, Mrs. L. A. Cornell,
Mrs. James Huggins, Mrs. Frank
Coppock, Mrs, John Stanton, Mrs.
Henry Booher, Mrs. Henry Miller,
Mrs, Callie Sanders, Mrs. Starr
Charlton, Mrs. Frank Little, Mrs. W.
R. Harden, Mrs. Mary McKay and
Mrs. C. M. McCuIlough.
Salem. Should the state legisla
ture be called into extraordinary ses
sion by Governor Meier, as now
seems likely, the lawmakers will find
themselves confronted at the outset
of the session with the ghosts of 30
of their measures passed at the regu
lar session last winter but which fell
by the wayside under the veto of the
While there is no particular law on
the subject governing the presen
tation of vetoed bills, there is ample
precedent covering the presentation
of these measures at a special session.
The latest of these precedents is to be
found in the case of the special ses
sion of 1921 when vetoed measures of
the regular session held that same
year were not only presented for con
sideration by the lawmakers, but
were passed over the governor's veto.
Secretary of State Hoss said that
acting under this precedent, he
would snd to the two houses the ve
toed bills which are now in his pos
session. These include 20 bills ve
toed in their entirety and five which
underwent minor operations for ex
traction of items of which the govern
nor did not approve. In addition to
these 25 measures there are five veto
ed bills which, together with their
veto messages, still repose on the
house desk where they were placed
during the closing hours of the ses
sion and from which they were not
resurrected before adjournment.
No Water for Pool
With depletion in the flow of wa
ter from the springs at the source of
Athena's gravity water supply it has
been found necessary to discontinue
furnishing city water for the Legion
swimming pool at the city park. The
city water supply is now furnished al
most exclusively from the well at the
pumping station.
Weston Boy Is Killed
When Tunnel Caves in
; While at play in a tunnel they had
excavated in the creek bank at Wes
ton, Donald Ward, 12, and Virgil
Grover, 14, were buried when their
excavation caved in shortly before the
noon hour yesterday.
When they were rescued the Ward
boy was dead from suffocation and
young Grover recovered shortly after
being removed. .
The accident was discovered by a
lad who had been sent after the Ward
boy, and he gave the alarm. It is not
known how long the cave in took
place before the third boy arrived on
the scene; The Ward boy was near
er to the entrance and one of his legs
protruded from the dirt. The Grover
lad was found further in the cave,
but fortunately pieces of sod pro
tected his face from being entirely
covered by the fine dirt and saved him
Yields Reported Is Around
Forty Bushels Ditches
Hard on Machines.
from suffocation.
Adams: Kvlc Guerrant. Holdman: Joe K Willing hands worked over the
Ward boy, but efforts to restore life
werfr unavailing.
A Boisterous Party
Ends in Three Arrests
As a result of a boisterous party
late Sunday night at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. Ora Shigley, in the progress
of which the peace and quiet of the
surrounding neighborhood was dis
turbed, police officer Miller arrested
three of the participants, Shigley and
Mr. and Mrs, Andy Rothrock. Mon
day in Judge Richards' court Roth
rock entered pleas of guilty to the
charges against himself and wife. He
was fined $10 and cotits and Mrs.
Rothrock $25 and costs.
Shigley did not appear in court and
the judge entered a $50 fine against
him. It is reported that he lost his
job at the Preston-Shaffer mill and
left town before the hour set for his
appearance in court.
Calves Came Home
When II. IJ. Miller of Bollingham,
found, four of his nine Jeraey calves
niisbing from his barn, he didn't call
the sheriff. He didn't have to. Mill
er took a shotgun and visited all his
neighbors, told them about the theft,
and explained at length what he
would do when he found the culprit.
When he returned to feed the othe
five calves, the missing four were
A Jloosior I'lcnle
The Hoosiers and ex-Hoosiers of
Milton-Freewater' communities will
Writes Nature Story
In the "Wild Life Lines" section of
the Sunday Oregonian there appeared
a very authentic and interesting story
of Mr. Bob White, member of the
quail family from the pen of Mrs.
Ralph McLwen, reporter for the
Athena Press. Mrs, McEwen for some
time has been considering feature
story writing for metropolitan publi
cations and the quail story is the
first that she has written.
Harvesting the 1931 "wheat croD in
the Athena-Weston section is progres
sing, with favorable weather conditions.
Much complaint is heard retrardinff
numerous ditches in ' fields where
heavy rains washed deep into the soil,
making conditions bad for ODeratinff
the big combines drawn by caterpillar
tractors. In this resDect. Homer
Watts says that in all his farminsr ex
perience he has never seen a har
vest season harder on machinery. Tho
Roy Cannon combine overturned in a
ditch Monday. None of the crew was
injured and fortunately onlv minor
damage was done the machine which
this season is being operated by Bill
Hoggard. f
With the advent of hot weather the
grain is threshing much better and
practically all machines in the neigh
borhood are in operation. In the He
lix district grain in the swales is not
fully ripe. Henry Koepke's outfit,
threshing near Helix laid off for a
part of the week on this account.
A forty bushel yield is frequently
heard spoken of on the streets but
coming down to tacks it is believed
more yields are going way over forty
than under. In light soil district
north of Athena, indications point to
a general average of 25 bushels per
acre. '
Harvest Notes
A hundred and ninety acre field on
the Roy Cannon place north of town
is cropping around 50 bushels per
Wheat on Mrs. Lila Kirk's farm
south of Athena averaged 42 bushels
per acre.
W. S. Ferguson, who has a farm,
northeast of Athena, expects it and
his home ranch south of town to yield
aronnd 40 bushels per acre. Mr. Fer
guson has also a crop of peas that
will soon be ready to harvest.
A field of 150 acres on the W. O.
Read farm turned in 51Mi bushels per
acre. .
The yield from 76 acres on tho
place farmed "by Bruce Crawford,
west of town, made 51 bushels per
The top yield so far reported comes
from the Frank Coppock place where "
a plot of 15 acres netted 62V& busti
ers per acre, as given by Farmers
Grain Elevator company weights.
An Adams correspondent reports
the wheat yield in the Adams neigh
borhood to be ranging from 40 to bet
ter than 50 bushels per acre. w
The Read & Barrett threshing out
fit has finished harvesting the Bar
rett crop north of town and moved to
the A. L. Swaggart ranch.
G. N. in California
Realizing a dream of Jim Hill, the
Empire Builder, tracks of the Great
Northern railroad entered California
Monday afternoon when the huge
track-laying machine dropped ties
and rails across the Oregon-California
line, 25 miles south of Klamath
Dry on Butter Creek
Old residents of the Butter Creek
district in the west part of the coun
ty, say that it Is dryer at this time
than ever before in their memory. A
by insurance. The ranch is! week at her old home, the Gilliam- hold a regular Hoosier picnic in Mil-'short hay crop a short pasturage for
by L. Geinffer. ' ' McBfWio wncb, nv&t Pilot EWk. , ttfh city park, in the near futur. tltttck 13 toeing vxpc(?pwd ihwo.
Substation Completed
At a Cost of $12,000
The new 66,000 volt substation has
been completed here by the Pacific
Power & Light company at a cost
of approximately $12,000.
As stated in the Press during pro
cess of construction, the design of
the new station is of modern outdoor
type and is equipped with the latest
approved protective devices.
Hereafter transmission of power
for Athena and Weston will be inde
pendent of the substation at Pendle
ton and will tap 700 horse-power
from the 66,000 volt highline which
feeds through the local station, elim
inating entirely several miles of 22,-
000 volt feeder line which formerly
fed Athena from the Pendleton sta
The new service will greatly im
prove voltage for Athena and Wes
ton and the elimination of the 22,
000 line will be a protection against
interruption experienced in the past,
due to line trouble.
Irrigation Help Promised
Hope for a partial rehabilitation of
the Burbank irrigation district in the
west end of Walla Walla county was
given to Dr. John W. Summers, rep
resentative in congress, by Dr. El
wood Mead, commissioner of reclama
tion, after a visit to the project. Dr.
Summers announced. Surplus power
at the ProKsor dam on the Kcnnewick
high line bhould be available to tho
Burbank urea which for several yeara
produced good crops but which haa
practically been abandoned because of
water shortage in recent years.
Building Airplane
Two Pendleton men are building an
airplane. The model is a Heath para
sol type and will be powered by a
three cylinder Radio engine of 50
horsepower. .
' About 200 acres of standing wheat
burned in the field of Levi Eldridtfo,
new Pifot Rttrk, Batirrttn?.