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PUBLISHED WEEKLY AND DEVOTED TO THE BEST INTERESTS OF MORROW COUNTY
HEPPNER, OREGON, THURSDAY, AUG. 10, 1922.
Subscription $2.00 Per Year
Volume 39, Number 19.
GRAVE CRISIS FACED
IN STRIKE SITUATION
Prominent Financier Citee Facta Con
cernlnt Industrial Problem People
of United Statea Appear Indifferent to
Critical Situation.
By ROBERT E. SMITH, President Lum
bermen! Trust Company Bank, Port
land, Oregon.
The nonchalanca not to say Indlffer
nee with which the American public
accepta discomforts and hardship! caus
ed by the conflict between capital and
labor Is proverbial. It la perhaps a masa
manifestation of that fond Indulgence
with which the Individual American par
ent ao often regards the vagariea of his
"spoiled" offspring The citnens of the
"land of the free" have become ao ac
customed to surrendering their personal
liberties that the acceptance of and ad
justment to conditiona resulting from
two major strikes are made with little
or no grumbling on the part of the pub-
lie at large.
The economic and trade journals do
not concur with this easy acceptance by
the public of conditiona as they are.
They utter much caustic comment on
the seeming smiling acquiescence on the
part of the people in the strike situa
tion. The movement of freight and crops
ia being retarded, the production of
many industries is being sharply cur
tailed, winter is looming closer and ever
cloaer on the horizon with all signs
pointing to a scarcity of coal and ex
tramely high prlcea, unless speedy set
tlement be effected, and still the "in
ecrutabl mood of contentment" of the
people continues. Perhaps they feel
sure that the federal government will
aoon bring about a settlement; or per
baps they are comforting themselves
with some such philosophical reflections
as those indulged In by Mr. John Moody
last week in his resume of financial con
ditions.
Mr. Moody says and he has statistics
to prove it that the evil influence ex
erted by great strikes on business is
much smaller than might be supposed,
and that the history of great strikes and
their effects proves that business In gen
ral need not be unduly alarmed in thii
ease. The number of workers now out
of work because of strikes is estimated
at 1,260,000, and this is only about 2.9
per cent of the total number of workers
in the country, which is estimated at
43,250,000. Mr. Moody names the recent
yeara in which strikes were prevalent
"conspicuously" as 1917, 1910, 1906, 1902
1894 and 1886, and cites the fact that
in four of these years business was
extra prosperous and the security mar
keta were strong, and that in the other
two (1910 and 1894) the lack of pros.
perity could hardly be attributed in any
large degree to the labor troubles. The
trade reaction of 1910, he says, was
largely the result of the general extrav
agance and the heavy capital outlays of
1909; and the 1894 depression was the
result of money inflation. Mr. Moody is
even able to state with authority that
strikes are beneficial, though in a limit
ed and conditional sense. Through their
instrumentality labor is prevented from
becoming ao costly and inefficient as to
choke production. He mentions as
benefit the fact that the majority of
atrikes are won by the employers and
the power of the unions is curbed, the
exception being, of course, in such yean
aa 1917 and 1918 when labor ia in such
demand that the unions generally win.
He aays that in 1917, for example, the
unions won 614 strikes in this country
and the employers only 382, whereas in
1920 the employers won 633 and the
unions only 360 strikes. "The general
principle Is, says Mr. Moody, "that la
bor efficiency diminishes roughly in pro.
portion to the rise of wages; and if the
power of organized labor were never
curbed, labor costs per unit of output
might become prohibitive. Thus while
strikes cost something, they are worth
something; and possibly in ordinary
times they are worth as much as they
cost,"
Strikes have not as a rule in years
past seriously Interfered with bull
movements in stocks. A downward trend
in the markets was manifest in 1917 and
1910, but this was due to other causes
than labor disturbances, and the many
strikes prevailing in 1902, 1906 and 1886
did not prevent great bull movements.
At no time in American history has the
bond market fallen under the domina
tion of labor troubles.
On the whole, Mr. Moody'a comforting
conclusion is that it is to be presumed
until proven to the contrary, that these
labor troubles will retard only in
slight degree industrial and financial
progress which will continue in spite of
them.
Union Pay and Ice Cream in the Holy
Land.
A letter to the New York Tribune
from Jerusalem says that no one who
knew the Holy Land in the days of the
Turkish regime can fail to note the
great changes that have taken place
throughout the country since the close
of the war, The Turkish army stripped
Palestine of its animals to such a de
cree that when the American Red Crosi
rarlved there were many villages with
out an animal, and neither sheep nor
goats were seen on the hillsides. Today
it is not uncommon for an automobile
to come to a standstill on the principal
streets of Jerusalem to allow a flock of
hundreds of sheep and goats to pass by
and out in the country the gray hill
sides are covered with thousands of
these animals. Italy gets a large amoun
of her glove material from the kids of
Palestine. Whereas much still remains
to be done, a great Improvement already
has been made in the character of the
work animals. The army left behind it
tens of thousands of horses, mules and
donkeys, but even better than this, th
nativea seem to have learned valuable
lessons In the care and feeding of stock
so that today horses of the public car
riages In Jerusalem are far sleeker and
finer than ever they were before the
war. Farm produce of all kinds brings
a much hotter price than formerly, hence
the villagers are prosperous and indulge
in luxuries undreamed of In pro-war
days. The markets fo Jerusalem were
never before supplied with such a wealth
and variety of delectable articles, and
vendors of Ice cream and lemonade A
(Continued on Page 6.)
IV C.T.U. Farm Home
To Have Two Cottages
The plan of the Oregon W. C. T. U.
for the establishment of a Protestant
home for Oregon's dependent children,
hich should be all that the words
Christian Home" suggest, has seemed
to many of ita watchers to move slowly.
Launched at a time of unsettled indus
trial and commercial conditions and
when the unemployment situation eeem-j
ed to call for an unusual amount of
heritable aid in all directions, it has
yet succeeded beyond the hopes of its
proponenta. It has always been the pol
icy of the W. C. T. U. to look well to
foundation work. Because of this it has
ucceeded in all its great undertakings,
nd its Farm Home, located near the O.
C. and with the pledged help of all
Its faculty, will be no exception to the
rule.
At a recent meeting of the board in
Portland, the architect's plana for the
first two cottages were accepted and the :
building committee instructed to pro
ceed at once to the erection of both cot
tages if possible. Funds are in bank
for more than the first one and it is hop
ed that enough more will be paid in to
warrant the econmoy of constructing
both at once. Besides this both boys
nd girls are on the "waiting list," and
must be seperately housed, so says the
Child Welfare commission.
In conenction with the board meeting,
luncheon was given in honor of A. C.
Schmitt, president of the board who has
just returned from the East where he
went in the interests of the home. He
reports that "Mooseheart," near Chica
go, housing 1100 children of all ages and
operated on identical lines with the one
proposed for Oregon, Is an unqualified
success. Among the distinguished guests
who honored the W. C. T. U. at the lun
cheon were Mayor Baker of Portland,
President Landers of the State Normal
school, Mr. Geo. Ehinger, secretary of
the Child Welfare commission, Will
Hale, former head of the State Indus
trial school, H. Hirschberg, treasurer of
the board and Mrs. Stephen A. Lowell
of Pendleton. Mrs. Ada Wallace Unruh,
financial director, presided. ' Prominent
fraternal organizations and the churches
are solidly behind the home.
HOMEY PHILOSOPHY FOR 1922.
The beat way to entertain a man is
not to entertain him at all. Don't make
yourself a four-flusher by giving him a
better dinner than you always have. But
give him what you have cheerfully. Then,
too, your guest knows you ve got to work
for a living and have lots of things to
do, so go an' do them, telling your friend
to do exactly what most pleases him till
ou get finished.
Dor't be afraid to say what you think
and don't agree if you don't agree, but
don't expect your guest to agree with
you because you're entertainin' him. Just
widen out. Let Jove an' tolerance be
King and Queen of the home while the
truest is with you, and then maybe you
won't be able to throw them out after he
gone.
E
Jark Mulligan to Put In Up-to-Date
Block of Instruments. Will Be Loca
ted With Hsrwood in I. O. O. F. Build
ing. Jack Mulligan, genial Sherman-Clay
representative, is busy this week com
pleting arrangements for the installa
tion of a complete and up-to-date music
store in Heppner. He has finished ne
gotiations whereby he will be located
with F. L. Harwood, jeweler, in the Odd
Fellows building, and Mr. Harwood will
be associated with him in the new store.
The space just in the rear of the jewel
ry store is undergoing repairs, and will
he refinished and furnished in a very
attractive manner.
A big stock of sheet music, pianos and
phonographs has been ordered and will
arrive soon. The opening date will be
announced later, it now being expected
that everything will be ready by the end
of next week.
Music is not any more considered a
uxury, but has become very much of a
necessity to our people, and Heppner is
to be congratulated upon having a busi
ness of this kind opened here.
Mrs. Mary Brown of Condon is here
from Yakima. She was accompanied by
her daughters, Mrs. Louden and Mrs
Morrison of Yakima, and are visiting at
the home of R. A. Thompson.
FOR SALE 4-burner rJcw Perfection
oil stove, with oven. Good as new. In
quire this office.
Many Famous People
At Pendleton Round-Up
PKNDLETON, Ore., August 9. The
Pendleton Round-Up never fails to at
tract many famous people who are
among the thousands who see the big
show and the 1922 presentation, Septem
ber 21, 22 and 23, will be no exception.
Ben W. Olcott, governor of Oregon,
D. W. Davis, governor of Idaho, Wallace
Irwin, Saturday Evening Post writer;
George Palmer Putnam, publisher and
author; Haywood Broun and Ruth Hale,
newspaper and magazine writers; Fred
erlck O'Brien, author of "White Shadows
the South Seas;" Charles Hanson
Towne and Dr. Walter E. Traprock
(George Chappell), both noted writers,
have made reservations for the three
days and other prominent people will be
here also.
Already the livestock Is being brought
to Pendleton in preparation for the stag
ing of the world's greatest out-door
drama. Two carloads of Mexican long
horn atvers, whose chief characteristic
is a decided hostility to the world In
general, are being shipped to the Round
Up city. The animals will without doubt
add considerable zest to the events of
track and arena and it la probable that
a pleasant time will be had by all when
the visitors from over the border "meet
up" with Round-Up performers,
harms of Northwest
Attract Many Tourists
Over the highways leading into Ore
gon, Washington and British Columbia
there has been pouring for the last two
months a veritable stream of motorists,
lured hither by the pictured charms of
the Pacific Northwest and by the stories
they have seen and heard of the beauties
and pleasures of "America's Summer
Playground." Cars bearnig the pen
nants and license plates of almost every
state can be seen by watching any of the
principle highwaya for a few hours big
cars and little cars, some dust-covered
and loaded with camp equipment, others
shining and unburdened except for light
luggage.
Every west-bound transcontinental
train and the steamer lines running to
the coast ports likewise have been bear
ing their crowds of tourist visitors,
many of whom have come to the Pacific
Northwest to secape the intolerable heat
of the inland and southern districts, or
who have been eager to spend their va
cations among the mountains or along
the many water-courses of this wonder
land.
Reports from various sections of the
Pacific Northwest indicate that this
tourist travel, both by auto and by rail
is much heavier than in any previous
year and inquiry among the travelers as
to why they chose this for their vacation
trip shows that large numbers of them
were attracted -by the advertising and
publicity campaign of the Pacific North
west Tourist association.
"A noticeable feature of this year's
auto travel," states Frank W. Gullbert,
of Spokane, one of the most active good
roads enthusiasts of this district and a
recognized authority on auto travel, "is
the high class of the people who are mo
toring to the Pacific Northwest this sea
son. They seem to have more money
and a larger percentage of them are
stopping at hotels."
Inquiries about touring conditions
continue to pour into the office of the
Pacific Northwest Tourist association
from all sections of the country, and
even from foreign lands. One corres
pondent from Forfar, Scotland, has just
written: "I have just read in the New
York Tribune, copies of which relatives
in the United States are kind enough to
send me regularly, your splendid adver
tisements of the Pacific Northwest" and
asks particularly for literature partic
ularly the booklet on "golfing."
Incendiary Fire Destroys
973 Sacks Threshed Grain
Fire of an incendiary origin destroyed
threshed wheat at seven settings on the
W. B. Finley place, north of Lexington
Sunday night, the property of Messrs.
Duvall & Norton, lessees of the place.
It is estimated that 973 Backs of
threshed grain are totally destroyed.
The grain had just been threshed at the
seven settings and the machine had
moved to the eighth setting in another
part of the field. The method of cutting
and threshing was followed and there
wns no grain in the stack to be burned,
but the sack piles being close to the
straw it was not difficult to produce fire
enough to destroy the grain.
There is no doubt in the minds of the
officers that the fire was the work of an
incendiary, as the footprints leading
from one setting to the other were very
visible Monday morning when Sheriff
McDufTeo visited the Finlejr place, but
just who the party or parties could be
the renters of the farm have no Idea,
not being aware that they had enemies
In the country who would be so mean as
to do them injury in this manner.
The loss is partially covered by in
surance, but there will be no salvage of
the seven settings of grain.
Cy Bingham, sheriff of Grant county,
spent a short time in Heppner Friday,
while on his way to Idaho where he will
spend his vacation. His visit to Hepp
ner was for the purpose of obtaining
information about a Morrow county man
who is in jail at Canyon City for passing
bad checks,
CANNNING PEACHES FOR SALE
Early Crawfords, Elbertai, Orange
Clings, and Salways; 75c to (1,25 per
box. Early Crawfords are ready now.
A. E, Anderson, R, I, The Dalles, Ore,
DESERTED
Enthusiasm Runs High at Meeting Last
Evening. Committee on Arrangements
Reports $1250 Available to Start Ball
Rolling, and Givem Fult Charge to
"Put It Over."
"If they tell us to go ahead, well put
it over," said C. W. McNamer, chairman
of committee on arrangements.
"You bet!" asserted L. V. Ger.try, fel
low committeeman.
This ia the spirit shown by the men
given full charge to carry bat the detail
work of the local round-up to be held
the last three days in September, or near
that date. Funds to the amount of $1070
have already been subscribed and Mr.
McNamer said without hesitancy that
$1250 would be available aa a working
fund to start on.
C. W. McNamer, L. V. Gentry and C.
H. Latourell, the committee on arrange-1
nients, waa retained as a committee to
manage the detail work of putting on
the show, at the meeting last evening.
It was the opinion of Frank Gilliam,
who made the motion for their reten
tion, that these men were doing mighty
good work and ought to be allowed to go
through with it, and not be handicapped
by any more committees. This spirit
was unanimously sustained and all pre
sent promised their loyal support.
"We intend for this to be a Morrow
county get-to-gether and not just a
Heppner bucking show," said Mr. Gen
try. Alhtough the men in charge had
not yet thought of a name for it they
promised they would have an appropri
ate one in a few days. As aoon as a
name is given it and a date set all Mor
row county and neighboring counties
will be told about the show good and
strong and a great incentive given them
to attend.
Heppner is blessed with a natural am-
pitheater in which the round-up will be
staged. A quarter-mile race track in
closing a good tough turf for the buck
ing contests and stunts will be put in
first class shape immediately, and
bleachers and grandstand erected where
everyone will have an excellent view of
the performance. It is the plan of those
in charge to have a system whereby
there will be something doing every min
ute, and no lapse between numbers.
The pavilions at the fair grounds will
be obtained for dancing in the evening
and other things which the committee
have in mind, which will be made known
later. Concessions will be made at the
grounds, and here visitors will be royal
ly entertained during the evening hours,
people attending the show will have
plenty of entertainment all the time, say
the men in charge, and they don't intend
for things to slack up a minute. A good
bnnd will be on hand to furnish music
and it is planned to have outside amuse
ments sufficient to satisfy all wants.
Close management is the aim of the
committee. J, J. Nys, local attorney, has
donated his services as secretary-treas
urer, and Chairman McNamer said that
whether the show paid out or went be
hind there would be a set of books to
show for it. They have no intention of
going behind, however, and if they re
ceive the support of the community,
of which indications are favorable, they
believe they can put it over big.
Chairman McNamer haa given Mr.
Latourell charge of concessions and Mr.
Gentry charge of field operations.
Former Heppner Boy
m i r i
,d
Married in rortlam
John N. Elder, former local boy and
graduate of Heppner high school, was
married in Portland Tuesday afternoon.
The bride was Miss Louise Nelson, a
teacher In the Silverton, Ore., schools.
The ceremony was performed at the
Methodist Church First, by Rev. John H.
McDonald. The newlyweds will make
their home In Silverton for the present.
It was feared that Mr. Elder had been
killed in an accident near Creswell last
week, but It was later learned that the
accident victim was another John Elder,
a hotel man at Moslor, 65 years of age.
Naturally John's Heppner friends were
very much pleased to find their mistake.
Western Larch Source
of Fuel For Flivvers
Western larch has been found by gov
ernment forest experts to be one of
the most valuable sources for motor
fuel. This announcement has just been
received at the Portland office of the
Forest Service from the Forest Products
laboratory of the U. S. Forest Service
at Madison, Wis., where experiments
have been carried on for some time. This
should be of particular interest to lum
bermen of the Northwest, for according
to Forest Service estimates, the National
Forests alone in Oregon contain 2,835,
000,000 ft. B. M. of western larch while
the National Forests of the state of
Washington contain 1,550,000,000 ft. of
thia species, or a total of over 4 billion
feet for National Forest areas alone
in these two states.
Forest experts say that "experimental
fermentations of sugars obtained from
western larch indicate that this wood
is one of the most valuable sources of
ethyl alcohol. By a careful regulation
of temperature and acidity and by find
ing the proper yeast, the Forest Pro
ducts laboratory has succeeded in con
verting into alcohol not only the sugars
obtained from a hydolysis of the cellu
lose but also a large proportion of the
galactose sugar obtained from the ga-
lactan in the wood.
The above, to the every day American,
means that some day he may get ethyl
alcohol from western larch to run his
flivver with, for the total alcohol yield
obtainable from western larch has been
found to be at least 33 gallons per ton
of dry wood, or almost 10 gallons per
ton more than that of any other wood
studied.
The production of ethyl alcohol from
any source is of particular importance
in view of the impending shortage of
motor fuel; and the fact that western
larch is so productive a source of this
material is of especial interest to the
Pacific coast lumber industry since it
affords a means of utilizing not only the
waste but also the large quantities of
butt logs of high galactan content now
left in the wood. Forest officers believe
that the paper industry should also be
interested in the fact that galactose
from larch can be fermented, for by ex
tracting galactan from larch chips be
fore pulping, a quantity of sugar easily
converted into ethyl alcohol can be ob
tained. Takes Over Case Bus
and Transfer Business
William M. Kirk took over the Case
Bus and Transfer business on Monday
and hereafter the same will be operated
by him. The deal was made during the
past week, and Mr. Kirk has moved to
town from Eight Mile, where he has
been farming for the past couple of
years. Don Case contemplates leaving
Hcnpner the latter part of the month
going to Seattle to enter school for th
coming year.
UNAFRAID.
"This is a nice canoe, isn't it, Maud?"
said the tall, dark, young man.
"Very nice indeed, Charlie," replied
the pretty girl sitting in the stern.
"There's just one objection to it," said
the young man.
"Indeed! And what is that " she asked.
"Oh well, you see, if you try to kiss
a girl in this canoe there's great danger
of upsetting it, and then both the I el
low and the girl would be thrown into
the river."
"Oh, indeed!" said the girl reflective
ly. And she sat slient for a while. At
length she remarked softly: "Charlie
I can swim." London Tit-Bits.
GETTING HER HAND IN.
In New Hampshire they tell a story
of a very parsimonious man whose wife
had alwaya experienced great difficulty
in inducing him to part with any change.
One day she followed him to the door
mil quietly asked:
"Henry, can't you let me have $10? I
wont to"
"There you go again," exclaimed Hen
ry. "It's always money, money, money!
When I am dead you will probably have
to beg it."
"Well," said the wife, "I shall be a
whole lot better off than some poor wo
men who have never had any practice."
I Harpers Magazine.
Bishop R. L Paddock
Says He Will Quit
Head of Eastern Oregon Diocese of
Episcopalian Chares Sayi
Heart Is Broken.
(Morning Oregonian, Aug. 8.)
HOOD RIVER, Or., Aug. 7. In pri
vate letter to friends here Right Rev.
R. L. Paddock, bishop of the eastern
Oregon diocese of the Episcopalian
church, who is facing charges of dis
loyalty because of alleged failure to
wear church robes at services, haa an
nounced that he will tender his resigna
tion at the convention of the ehurch in
Portland in September. He has declar
ed his health is broken by a nervous
breakdown. In a letter to an old fnend
and neighbor, Captain C. A. Schetky,
Bishop Padock said: "I have always
looked upon eastern Oregon as a beloved
child. These charges have broken my
heart."
Bishop Paddock, who made Hood Riv
er his home, stands in the highest es
teem among Episcopalians and the gen
eral public here. News of the charges
aguinst him created general discussion
today, and numeroua expressions of re
gret were heard.
'Bishop Paddock," said R. B. Bennett,
member of the bishop's committee of St.
Mark's church here, "has been the life
of the church in our district. He has
been performing a great work in east
ern Oregon, and we resent these
charges, ao obviously trivial, which, nev
ertheless, have demanded so much of his
time and attention the last year, that
they have broken his health,"
Report of County Nurse
For the Month of July
Number of eases cared for, 26; num
ber of calls made: investigative 10, in
structive 23, nursing care 30, miscellan
eous 18; total calls made 81.
Services rendered to: county court 2;
county physician 3.
Number of office hours kept, 22; num
ber of office calls, 12; number of com
mittee meetings, 1; number of talks giv
en, 6; number of letters written, 48; so
cial service cases cared for, 3.
Dr. Johnston of Arlington who makes
regular trips to Boardman, kindly con
sented to hold a free clinic in that town
on July 26th to diagnose the school chil
dren. Twenty-one attended, accompanied by
their mother or father, and twelve were
found to be badly in need of medical
attention and more need to be closely
watched.
MRS. JOHNSON, County Nurse.
Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Wilson of Pen
dleton came in Sunday evening for a
short visit with Mr. Wilson's parents
in this city.
Otto Robinette was in Heppner for a
short time yesterday.
ICE IS
Railway Age Pointa Out Facts Regard
ing Coal Situation and Shows Rail
roads Will Not Be Responsible.
CHICAGO, Aug. 9. Certain spokes
men for coal operators are already at
tempting to place the blame for the coal
shortage that is sure to come upon the
country's railroads, the Railway Age
poinst out in a leading article.
"There is going to be a coal shortage,"
says the Railway Age, "there can be no
possible question about that now. It
will come no matter how soon the coal
strike is ended; in fact it is already
here in some parts of the country. The
only question is how serious it will be
come. "It has been the custom of certain
spokesmen of the coal operators when a
coal shortage existed or was threatened,
to try to put all the responsibility for
it upon failure of the railways to move
all the coal offered them. They even
did this after the great coal strike in
November and December, 1919. They are
starting to do it again.
"The strike on the coal mines began
on April 1. Up to that date there had
been produced by the mines and moved
by the railroads thia year 129,300.000
tons ot bituminous coal. This was 28,-
600,000 tons more than in the same per
iod in 1921. In the four weeks before
the coal strike the average tonnage of
bituminous coal moved by the railway
was 10,714,000 tons. If the railways had
been given opportunity to move coal at
that rate until their own strike began
on July 1, there would not now be any
danger of a coal shortage.
"If the coal strike should end today
the railways could immediately increase
by 100 to 150 per cent the amount of
coal they are transporting regardless
of the shop employes strike. That would
not be sufficient to offset the effects al
ready produced by the coal strike, but
it would be sufficient to meet all the
country's really pressing needs for fuel
except possibly in the Northwest.
"If there is any industry in this coun
try which would be justified in denoune
ing the coal strike and its results and
everybody responsible for it it is the
railroad industry. The railroads will
have their traffic demoralised by it and
because they are the largest consumers
of coal will have their operating expen
ses increased more by it than any other
industry.
"So far as we know, no criticism of
the coal operators because the coal
strike prevented the production and
transportation of 81,000,000 tons of coal
in the first thirteen weeks it waa in ef
fect has yet come from any railroad
source, although it would have been easy
to have found grounds for such criti
cism. The coal industry will be well
advised if it Influences those who speak
for it to be as reserved In what they say
about transportation conditions in fu
ture as persona connected with the rail
ways have been in what they have said
recently about conditions in the coal
mining industry.
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SETTLEB AT HEPPNER
Death Cones Peacefully to Pioneer Bas
inets Man of This Cltr-Csnj Bete
Spring of 1882, Was Penaaaent Reel
dent for 4 Tears.
John B. Natter passed away at his
home in Heppner at 10 o'clock p. m, Fri
day, August 4. Mr. Natter had only
been bed fast for about ten days, and
many of hia friends in this city, though
knowing that he waa failing fast th
past few months, were not fully appris
ed of bis serious condition and the an
nouncement of hia death cam aa a sur
prise to them. Just two weeks before
be hsd been able to be on th streets,
and walked down to th barber shop for
a shave. Death came peacefully and
without a struggle after a long deep
sleep into which he fell Friday morning.
The excessive heat of th last few weeks
had apparently had a very depressing
effect on him and he was weakened much
by it.
John Baptist Natter was born in Mel
lau, Tyrol, Austria, June 27, 1836, and
died in Heppner, Oregon, August 4,
1922, sged 87 yeara, one month and 8
days. He came to the United States at
the age of 19 yeara, making his first
settlement at Galena, Illinois, where h
remained for five yeara. In 1859 he pro
ceeded by the way of the Isthmus of
Panama to California, coming to Ore
gon in 1868 and residing in different
portions of the state since, living for
a time at Portland, Albany and Pendle
ton before coming to Heppner, where
he has made his home for th past forty
years, arriving her in th spring of
1882.
Mr. Natter engaged in lusinesa in thia
city continuously for a great many years
and accumulated a comfortable compe
tence. For long years he waa promi
nent in the affairs of the First National
bank as director and rice-president, on
ly resigning th latter position a short
time ago on account of failing health.
He retired from other active business
pursuits about twenty yeara ago but was
always looked upon aa one of the moat
substantial nusinesa men of th county
and had formed strong friendships
among the people with whom he associa
ted for the greater portion of hia active
business life. He was a member of Hepp
ner Lodge No. 358, B. P. O. E. with which
order he 'as affiliated a good many
years ago.
On February 5, 1876 Mr. Natter was
united in marriage to Anna Mathilda
Meinert. To thia union twin sons war
horn, both of whom are deceased, Joseph
passing away in infancy and Frak at
the age of 28 yeara. He ia survived by
his widow, Anna at. Natter and a niece.
Katie Meinert.
Funeral services were held on th
lawn at the residence on Sunday after
noon at 2:00, Rev. Gallagher, pastor of
the Congregational church at Lexington,
delivering the address, and burial was
in the family plot at Masonic cemetery
under the auspices of the Benevolent
and Protective Order of Elks. ,
127,000 ACRES THROWN
OPEN BY GOVERNMENT
Spokane, Wash- Aug. 9. The govern
ment has thrown open 127,000 acres in
the Colville reservation, familiarly
known as "the south half." On thia land
soldiers and sailors may file at once
and the remainder of the public after
August 8. Also, th government has
withdrawn from mineral classification
20,000 acres in the same region that haa
been opened for homesteading. On this
land, soldiers and sailors will have pre
ference up to November 18, and after
that the public. The 20,000- acres ia
said to be the best on th reservation.
The entire 147,000 acres opened for set
tlement is in the reservation. The value
of the land is appraised after the filing.
The appraisals will range from 25 cents
to 3 an acre and average about $1.
Newsy Forest Notes
of Gurdane District
The Gurdane Base Line trail has been
completed to Brown prairie making a
completed trail for nearly nine miles.
The brush is being piled and will be
burnt as soon as the weather conditions
mske it safe. The entire trail has been
constructed on a grade that may be
followed should the trail later be widen
ed into a road and graded for ears and
at the same time has closely followed
section lines.
A new lookout station has been erect
ed upon the top of Arbuckl mountain.
The station consists of a platform seven
and a half feet square enclosed by a
railing placed in the top of a large fir
tree. The platform is ninety feet from
the ground and is supported in the tree
by a steel crow's nest frame. A new fire
tinder has been placed. Homer Landers
is the lookout man at Arbuckle and ia
much pleased with his new quarters
except when a strong wind sweeps across
the top of the mountain.
A band of sheep belonging to Guy
Boyer of Heppner recently piled in the
Rush creek region and sixty-three were
killed.
Several fire alarms had th forest of
ficers of the district on bora back sev
eral times last week. Two of the alarms
proved genuine. A small fire was discov
ered and suppressed about two miles
southwest of the Gurdane sawmill, th
other was on th west side of the Pot
amus below Brush creek. Both fires
were caused by lightning.
It is planned to begin work on a new
telephone line to extend from Ellis
Ranger station into the southern part of
the district. A new administrative site
will be laid out, probably on lower Mat
lock creek, and a horse pasture fenced.
This improvement will greatly facilitate
the administrative work of th district
and will be a valuable link in th fir
control system.
Ed Keller's blacksmlthing department
at the Scrivner shop Is being improved
this week by the installation of a new
floor.