A BIG JOB, BUT ITS DEAD EASY It would be a big job to tell one hundred people any thing that would interest them in your (roods, but its dead easy if done the right way. This paper will tell several hundred at once at nominal cost. NOT ONE DAY CAN BE FOUND in the week but that you do not need stationery of some sort or other. We furnish neat, clean printing at the very lowest rates. Fast presses, modern types, modern work, prompt delivery. Bntered at the Post Office at Athena, Oregon, as Second-Class Mail Matter VOLUME 44 ATHENA, UMATILLA COUNTY, OREGON, AUGUST 21, 1931 NUMBER 34 WALLA WALLA PLAN TO CUT SURPLUS Growers Urge Buying Farm Board Wheat and Cut-. " ting Acreage. Walla Walla. Hoping to get rid of the wheat surplus and raise the prices for grain at the same time, a group of wheat growers from Oregon and Washington met here Saturday and unanimously approved a plan which went forward by airmail to the Farm board. The plan in brief calls for substituting purchased wheat for next year's crop, the wheat to .be bought from the farm board on notes, and the amount of land necessary to raise this crop not to be planted. The wheat would be the surplus now own ed by the board. r The farm board would be asked not to dispose of the warehouse receipts (held as collater al) before July 1, 1932, and then at a price not less than the world price plus the tariff (the tariff is 42 cents a bushel). On present prices the farmer would have next year's wheat crop at a cost far less than that of raising the wheat "Many individual farmers express ea a willingness to sign up bu per cent of their acreage while others said they would sign their entire acreage under this plan," said Con' gressman Summers. "The success of the plan depends on prompt action by all parties concern ed. - - ' "A committee of five was dele gated to lay the plan before the coun try and the farm board. "I have submitted the plan by air mail to the farm board which con' trols the surplus at this time and have asked for early consideration. "Meanwhile it is desired that wheat growers individually and collective ly throughout the country write the Secretary, Farm Bureau, Walla Wal la, Wash., immediately expressing their views as to the desirability of pushing the plan in all wheat grow ing sections of the United States. "Local growers who have given the problem much consideration believe this plan evolved by a number of growers and business men is- the most feasible and practical plan that has come to their attention." Men Are Fight ing Forest Fires Northwest Woods Service Charge Necessary On Small Bank Accounts Starting September 1, the First National Bank of Athena will inaugu rate a service charge of fifty cents per month on all checking accounts with a minimum balance under $50. Due to overhead expenses such as taxes, clerk hire, cost of checks, pass books, ledger supplies, etc., the local institution is compelled in common with other banks to make this small charge for handling commercial ac counts where the balance maintained is so small as to occasion an actual loss to it. However, it should not be inferred that small accounts are not appreciat ed. The bank does appreciate them and its officers express the hope that all concerned will find it convenient to increase the amount of their credit balance, so that the charge, though small, will not be necessary. Comes Here for School Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Wood, their grandson, Hugh Steele and Walter Singer returned Tuesday from a visit to the Steele farm home near Selah, Wash., Hugh returns to Athena where he will live with Mr. and Mrs. Wood and enter Athena high school as a freshman. He lived with his grand parents here for a year and went through the fifth grade. He is a saxo phone player and will be a welcome addition to the Athena school band. Fire in Union County Union county's worstf forest fire of the last decade, Wednesday was rag ing uncontrolled in 1500 acres of tim ber east of Union. Three hundred men were fighting the blaze, 100 hav ing been recruited late Tuesday when the flames mounted to the tree crowns and leaped over their former boun aries and reached merchantable tim ber but reports said it had not yet en tered the Whitman reserve. - Mosier Tunnel Burned State highway workmen are re placing framework in Mosier tunnel, six miles east of Hood River, which was burned out when a gasoline trail er crashed into the rock wall and caught fire. The highway depart ment expected to have the tunnel open to traffic shortly. ; Wringer Injures Hand Mrs. Alfred Marquis of Adams re cently suffered injury to her right hand when it was caught in the wringer on an electric washing ma chine, Spokane. Approximately 10,000 men fought forest fires that glared in three northwestern states Tuesday night. . . ...... - United States foresters, state and private timber protective agencies and volunteers massed against more than 200 fires, some set by lightning, some by firebugs and some by care less persons, and several towns were menaced by flames. ' Bovill and Troy, Idaho, were threatened with destruction. Elko, B. C, near Fernie, had been raided by flames. Forest, Idaho, and Dia mond lake, Wash., were saved from fire only in the nick of time. An estimate of 50 ranches wiped out came from foresters and newspapermen. Hundreds of men, women and chil dren fled from their homes as the scarlet glare of fire crept closer. More than 1000 sheep and cattle were killed. . Incendiary fires, which became common in Idaho, Montana and Washington, spread 'to British Co lumbia, and many arrests have been made. United States forestry agents patrolled the timber, seeking fire bugs and arresting careless persons who started fires accidentally, haling them into federal courts. Three men still were missing, and two were injured seriously on ac count of forest fires. Two were kill ed. -: Weather bureau officials said the situation was hazardous, and pre dicted lightning storms and high winds for many danger points. " "Eyes" of the Blind Now Wears Boots hh II If f 1 V- 7 v j&i . iJmmJ.. -r2&iz: ,. s Fifteen Million Bushels of Wheat Has Been Shipped Brogan Orchard Woman Advises on Ked bpider Mrs. M. L. Allen of Brogan visited several days this week at the home of Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Cornell here. Mrs. Allen operates a large orchard at Brogan and is well infomed on the various pests which attack trees and vegetables. She believes that the falling of the leaves of Athena shade trees is not a sign of early fall but is due to what is known . as the red spider. ' The spider is hardly visible to the naked eye and when viewed under a glass is seen to have two white spots on its body, and is sometimes known as the "two spot aphis." This insect weaves a web on the underside of the leaf, meanwhile devouring all but the skeleton of the leaf and causing it to fall. Of course in time, a tree being deprived of its leaves or "lungs" will die. ' a " ' This pest also attacks other veget ation, plantOnd flowers. It thrives in dry weather because the dust collect ing on the leaves protects the web and allows the eggs to . mature and hatch. Mrs. Allen believes that a hard rain or series of showers would help the situation materially. The condition of plants and flowers will be improved if they are washed with wa ter, sprinkling from the under side. Great Northern Terminal Work is to soon start on a new $300,000 terminal at Bend by the Great Northern. The terminal will include yards, machine shops, en- ginehouse, power house, store houses, water and fuel stations. The Great Northern has been given permission by the interstate commerce commis sion to relocate and construct 14 miles of new main line trackage lead ine south from Bend to its intersec tion with the Western Pacific line in California. Reginald D. White, blind war veteran, and his faithful German police dog, Wicker. White has rewarded his "eyes," as he calls him, with four boots for his blistered feet that he may guide his master about Snn Fran cisco streets on his dolly duties. Wicker made his wants known to his charge by putting a hot blistered foot in the hand of White the other day when the mercury soared to nearly the hundred mark. YOUNG EXPLORER PI f I -V . of"" ' I ''"',',' 1 ' 1 pO r ft It Made a Difference Homer Watts says that it made a vast amount of difference in the yield of two seedings of spring gram on his ranch north of Athena. Several days intervened in his seeding opera tions and the part of the field seed ed first beat the part seeded last by a wide margin.? Homer took off better than a 40-bushel average from his total acreage, including fall and spring sown grain. . Leading Dairy Herd Charles A. Lynch of Hermiston, heads the list of dairy herds of over 20 cows in the county for the month of July, according to the official test er, J. E. Mansfield. In addition to heading the association in his class for the past month his was the high herd in the association for the past six months', with the Eastern Oregon State Hospital herd second. ) Prune Shipments With 58 cars of fresh Italian prunes moving out from the Walla Walla-Milton-Freewater district Monday, the total number of cars for the season reached 179, or about one-third of the total crop. Birthdays Celebrated The birthdays of Miss Hilda Dick enson and Henry Knight, son-in-law Dr. McKinney dressed the hv jof Mr. Dickensot tvere celebrated by jured hand, finding the fingers to beithe Sims Dicken&ua family Sunday badly lacerated. iwith picnic dinner.!; Laogdon Lake, "... - . V.-JB.MlWU.A.O.r.-..,.,.. 'ftlttttrtfii" Hartley De Gerald of Chicago, aged twelve, bidding good-by to his llttlo sister as he started on a 7,000-mile journey by himself through northern Canada and to the'Aretic circle. Hart ley la a veteran traveler despite bis tender years. ? Wrecks Car While returning home Saturday night from Pendleton, George Weath erly had the misfortune of wrecking his car. The accident happened about a mile below Adams when he struck a guard rail with such force as to turn the car around twice and wreck it to the extent that the back wheels were parted from the drive shaft and fenders and running board on one side demolished. George was thrown onto the pavement but aside from a few, scratches and bruises was un hurt. A fellow passenger from Adams also escaped injury. Gypsies Invade Athena A band of gypsies, driving big automobiles, invaded Athena for a short time Tuesday forenoon. They were not allowed to tarry long and buzzed out of town , toward Walla Walla. Athena bears no charm for the roving gypsy for the town is evidently down in their log as being a good place to keep away from, due to former stern treatment received from officers as a result of their pil fering habits. v Takes Her Second Cargo The river steamer Umatilla left The Dalles Wednesday, . bound f or Portland with 2789 bags of Balfour Guthrie and Grain corporation wheat. This was the second cargo of wheat to move by river steamer this month. McKay Lake Gets Fish This week the state fish and game commission planted 20,000 fish in Mc Kay Lake. The planting included bass, crappies, blue gills and cat fish obtained from the lower Columbia. Governor To Inspect Governor Meier will be in Eastern Oregon next week! He will attend the Round-Up and will inspect high ways and state institutions during a ten-day whirl over the state. Industrialized Farming Is the Plan of Man Who Farms in a Big Way Back from his latest conference with President Hoover about farm relief Thomas D.i Campbell expressed the belief that "industrialized farming" was the cure for the economic depres sion. Campbell, who grows wheat on 95, 000 acres of leased land in Montana, and runs his farm like a factory, en visioned a day when agriculture would be an important unit of "big busi ness." "Bankers and rich men must take over the farms," he said, "work them in economical units use the best of machine equipment, pay high wages to skilled men, and employ engineers as managers. ' . "We cant be a properous nation as long as agriculture is broke. And it's prostrate. It has dropped nine bil lion dollars of income in eight years. Agriculture is the nations biggest buyer, so you can see now what kick ed us down in the business toboggan. Business men and engineers have tak en over every other industry and put it on its feet. They must do the same with farming." State Grain Inspection Bureau Reduces Workmen The state grain inspection depart ment, with headquarters in Portland, has dispensed with the services of 15 employes during the past week, ac cording to announcement made by Max Gehlhar, director of the state agricultural department. Mr. Gehlhar has charge of the grain inspection operations. The reduction in the operating per sonnel was due to the business de pression which has . caused many growers to store their wheat pending a more satisfactory market, Gehlhar said that recent inspections indicat ed a healthy export business. He pre dicted an increase in the movement of wheat through Portland within the next few weeks. Since January 1, 1931, off-shore shipments of wheat produced in Ore gon, Washington and northern Idaho has totalled approximately 15,000,000 bushels, Henry W. Collins, vice president and general manager of the Pacific coast division of the Farmers National Grain corporation, tells the Morning Oregonian. The major portion of these ship ments has been to the orient, Mr. Collins said, while the rest went principally to Europe. Much of the wheat moved in the form of flour. During the next 60 days, Mr. Col lins said, at least 4,000,000 moro Dusneis or wneat will move out in export trade from Pacific coast points. This much grain has been sold by the grain corporation, he said, but is still stored in tidewater warehouses. Most of it will mov? to the orient. The grain corporation, a unit of the federal farm board, is preparing for the reception of the 1931 crop of about . 70,000,000 bushels of Oregon Washington and Idaho wheat, much of which already has been harvested Mf. Collins said. This crop will be 10,000,000 bushels less than the 1930 crop, he said. Since there is not more than 14,000,000 bushels of the old crop lett In facinc northwest ware houses, he stated, there is actually only about 4,000,000 bushels more of wheat in sight than there is in nor mal years. The short crop this year is the re sult of extreme dry weather in the wheat-growing districts, he said. In fact, the crop will be so light in some of the light-yielding sections that farmers will not bother to harvest the grain, owing to the fact that the' crop on that land will not pay the cost of harvesting and hauling. Mr. Collins estimated that about 3,000,000 bushels will bo left on the land. Swindle Revealed at Walla Walla Four Are Charged mm trucks ! WILL BE CHECKED Auto Backs Into Canal While shifting into low gear, Mrs. D,ean Rogers of Hermiston, stopped her,ca and it ran backwards and overturned in an irrigation canal in the Columbia district. Mrs. Dean and Mrs. Rodha, who were riding with her, were rescued from their perilous situation by a young man, who took them through a car window in an un conscious condition. The ladies soon recovered, and fortunately were not seriously hurt, ' Boy Dies After Accident Alonzo Ochs, 17, died Tuesday at 3.20 a. m. in a Walla Walla hospital of injuries sustained when the motor cycle he was driving collided with a car, alleged to have been driven by Thomas Reeves, on the intersection of the Milton highway and Umapine road at Sunnyside Monday morning. Alonzo, who was, planning to enter the Walla Walla college for premedics training, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. P. W. Ochs of College Place. Weston Has Grass Fire A grass fire at Weston Sunday started on Broad street and extended to the mill, burning all the dry grass in its path. - Several men worked for more than an hour protecting the homes on Normal heights and kept the loss to one wood shed, a barn and two chicken housts. , Depression Accounts for Active Mining in Idaho Moscow, Idaho. Idaho is one of the best gold mining states in the west at this time, according to the opinion of Stewart Campbell, state mine inspec tor, who has been inspecting northern Idaho mines. . He has recently been in the gold dis tricts of Oregon and has been study ing the geology of gold regions of other states, and he believes that Ida ho has. more possibilities and induce ments than the other states at this time for seekers of gold properties. "Gold production in the state reach ed : $436,912.54 last year, an increase over the production of the previous year, in spite of the decrease in the gold content of silver-lead-zinc ores. I expect a further increase again this year," stated Mr. Campbell. Mitchell-Grover Miss Violet Grover and Lee Mitchell were married Saturday afternoon at Walla Walla by Judge Sharpstein. The ring ceremony was used and the couple was attended by Mr. and Mrs. Tom Kirk. The bride who is an at tractive girl, is a niece of William Potts with whom she has made her home for several years. She was charming in a frock of pale green flat crepe and wore beads of the same shade. Mr. Mitchell is well known here where he has many friends and makes his home on Reed and Hawley mountain, where the young couple will reside for a time. Needy to Get Cull Pears Cull pears from Medford packing houses will be distributed free to needy Rogue valley families this fall under a plan being sponsored by the Mail Tribune, local newspaper. Under ordinary circumstances the thousands of boxes of pears are thrown away. Distribution will probably be under direction of the Red Cross and other welfare organizations. School Starts September 7 -Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Bloom returned to Athena this week from Berkeley, California, where they spent the sum mer in school work. Mr. Bloom, su perintendent of the Athena schools is now engaged in picking up the ends of the preliminary work to be done before opening day. Athena school will open Monday, Septem ber 7. An associated Press dispatch from Walla Walla, says: On complaint by a man and his sister, residing near here, that they gave two checks total ing $4100 for treatments Jor the wo man's eye trouble, warrants charging four men with grand larceny were is sued here. . Names of the man and woman were withheld. The four men were named in the information as: J. C. Becker, R. V. Pierce, Homer McDonnell and John Doe. The second check, for $2500, cash ed in Reno, Nev., reached here after payment had been ordered stopped. ihe first check for $1600 was given them more than a month ago. Two of the 'alleged swindlers ar rived here July 6, one representing himself as an eye.ear, nose and throat specialist. He gave the woman what she said was a liquid radium treat ment for which she paid him the $1600. On August 13 the other two men arrived and told the woman Becker had lost his life in an automobile ac cident, but that before dying said he had neglected to get her blood test to determine if her eye trouble would return. ' The complaint said she submitted to the blood test and was told there was danger her eye trouble would return unless she wore next to her body a belt, of which only three existed. She said the men said they had one of them and that it would save her eye sight. The price was $2500, for which her brother gave his check. John Pinkerton Goes To the EickholT Corporation John Pinkerton has been . called east by the Eickhoff Farm Products corporation to accept a position, and left Athena Wednesday for Indian apolis, Indiana. John went to Indianapolis at the solicitation of II. H. Eickho.T who was engaged in raising beans here for a couple of years, during which time the young man was in the employ of Mr. Eickhoff, doing field work. As to the exact nature of the posi tion offered to him, John was unable to say before leaving Athena, but he thought he would be connected with some production unit of the corpora tion, which in reality is the field do partment of the Van Camp company, a national concern which not only cans pork and beans, but vegetables of all varieties. The Eickhoff cor poration operates production units in several eastern and central states. Too Many Accidents Bring Movement for Quick Investigation. Golf Tournament On Athena Course Sunday The Athena Golf club will be host to members of the Pilot Rock club on the local course Sunday, when from 16 to 20 .Pilot Rock players will be here to play in a return tournament, Athena' having played in a tourna ment on the Pilot Rock course two weeks ago. ' , Ihe tournament will start at 8 o'clock Sunday morning, and it will be an 18-hole match. Having the tournament in charge are two committees, the grounds com mittee of which Laurence Pinkerton is chairman, with Henry Dell and W. P. Littlejohn, and the . tournament committee, Justin Harwood, chair man, and D. A. Lowe and Penn Harris. Car Count Is Made The seasonal count of highway traf fic was made last Friday. Floyd Fanning and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Pitt man were stationed north of Freewa ter and in 16 hours counted 3379 ve hicles. Don Wilkes and Charles Smith were at the intersection of He lix and the highway north of Hav ana and in the same length of time counted 906 vehicles. This is a big average for this season of the year. Fair At Boardman The Northern Morrow county fair will be held at Boardman, September 11 and 12. The fair at Boardman boasts excellency of its fruit and vegetable exhibits above all other classes of entries. Hermiston gener ally is well represented with exhib its at the fair. Officers' Salaries Reduced The Deschutes county court, at Bend recently reduced the salary of all county officials from 10 to 20 per cent, effective September 1. The re duction, it was estimated, will save the county about $25,990 a year, Umatilla Project Fair It is announced that the premium list for the Umatilla project fair at Hermiston has been completed and will be in printed form and ready for circulation the latter part of the month. The fair board met last Sat urday night and an allotment of prize money was made to the several divi sions of the show. . The dates of the fair are October 9 and 10. Traces of Rain On the COth day of drouth in this section, traces of rain fell at Walla Walla and Pendleton on Monday af ternoon. On the summit of the Blue Mountains east of Athena, intermit tent showers fell during the after noon and evening. ; i I, i Miss Booth Here . Miss Almira Booth, Instructor in music at Union, Montana normal school, is here visiting her father, C. T. Booth and jister. Mrs. Ralph Dowd. Mies Booth will attend Columbia Uni- versity. Drivers of heavy tank trucks which speed with large loads of gasoline to all parts of Oregon and into Idaho as far. east as Boise and into Washington as far as Walla Walla for the Asburv Transportation company get plenty of sleep and rest, according to a state ment made by the Asbury Transporta tion company to a Portland Daner. when asked about rumors that over worked drivers had caused two recent accidents on the Columbia highway, one in which Ed Justesen was killed when his truck ran off the highway, and the other in which in collision in the Mosier tunnel burned the frame work out and caused a traffic block ade. Directly opposite Mr. Asbury'B de-, fense of the methods were the state ments of citizens, motorists, traffic officers and exrivers that truck pilots have been ' worked to exhaus tion, that they had been"' forced to drive for as much as 42 hours with out sleep, and that the conditions un der which they drive are hazardous both to themselves and to other mo torists. "Our drivers are not permitted to work more than 12 hours, for we have a rigid rule that a driver who works 12 hours must have ten hours rest, and if he works two, three, four or five hours he must have at least six hours rest before he can go out again with a truck," Mr. Asbury explained. "Average shifts are only ten hours, however, for the 63 men we have em ployed in Oregon. There are relief stations all over the state, so that five drivers will be used to take a truck from Portland to Boise, three drivers to Walla Walla, three drivers' to Grants Pass, two drivers to southern Oregon cities. There is no deviation from this rule." Reports have been received at the office of the Oregon State Motor as sociation that truck drivers have been forced to work many hours over their shifts or be discharged. One citizen reported that Ed Justesen had driven 32 hours without sleep just before his truck rolled over the bank; another that a driver had worked 42 hours without sleep, and another that, a driver had been at the wheel for nine days with little rest. "In view of the reports on condi tions, we have asked the state police to check on trucks and their equip ment, which power they have accord ing to the law passed at the last session of the legislature, and for the labor commissioner to check on the long hours of truck drivers," explain ed J. E. Shelton, secretary and gen eral manager of the motor associa tion. .- ' ' "It is not our purpose, however to attempt to regulate trucks, for our work is concerned with pleasure ma chines. We are concerned whether or not the truck drivers hog the road or whether or not the transportation lines operate poor equipment so that the lives of the traveling public are endangered." Steiwer Asks Moratorium Senator Frederick Steiwer has sent a telegram to the federal loan board asking the board to consider a mora torium on interest payments due federal loan agencies. Steiwer said the inability of farmers to meet in terest payments was "alarmingly evident." Federal land banks, he said, will be engaged in a program of wholesale foreclosures if foreclosure on property is to be the penalty for non-payment of interest. Wardens Are State Police Thirty-five game wardens, recom mended by the state game commis sion, were appointed police officers in the new department of state police by Charles P. Pray, superintendent of the department. The list, it was an nounced, included virtually all war dens formerly employed by the game department, and will have full duties in all lines as members of the state police force. Stricken With Paralysis John M. Royer, Pilot Rock hotel manr was recently stricken with par alysis, but later reports are to the effect that he is improving. A punw ber of years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Royer resided in Athena for one winter. To Film Round-Up A full motion picture and sound re cording of the Pendleton Round-Up will be supplied by the Oregonian-RKO-Orpheum camera man this year according to announcement made. Minister Assigned to Weston Rev. Frank Sutton of Deer Lodge, Montana, has been assigned to the pastorate of South Methodist church, at Weston.