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Volume 42, Number 39.
HEPPNER, OREGON, THURSDAY, Dec. 24, 1925.
Subscription $2.00 a Year
10 SPREAD CHEER
Various Sunday Schools
Will Offer Programs
KIDDIES GET TREATS
Legion Pout to Hive Public Tree
Tomorrow; Elks to Supply En
tertainment at Star Theater.
. The churches of Heppner will each
offer suitable Christmas programs
this evening, prepared and dolivercd
by the children of the Sunday schools
under the direction of their leaders.
These programs are calculated to
bring out the facts concerning the
birth of the Saviour, and offerings
will be taken to go to somo benevo
lence of the church. The programs
will be followed by a tuat to Oie
children, all of whom ore to be re
membered and made happy.
The Sunday echools of tho follow
ing churches have prepared programs,
the Methodist Community church,
the Episcopal church and Bethel Cha
pel and the Christian church. Suit
able and appropriate decorations of
the various buildings, with trees and
evergreens will add to the cheerful
ness of the occasion.
On Chrsitmas ovening the big pub
lie tree of the Legion post will be
placed on Main street near Hotel
Heppner at the intersection of Main
and Willow streets, and the post will
distribute gifts and treats to all the
children of the community up to and
including the ages of 12. This is
an annual event with Heppner post,
and it does not fail to be a great
drawing card for the youngsters.
A treat is also in store for the
children who are invited to be the
guests of Heppner Lodge No. 358,
B. P. 0. Elks at a matinee at 2:30 in
the afternoon of Christmas day at
Star theater. Manager Sigsbce has
prepared a special program for the
kiddies and will present Jackie Coog
an in "Little Robinson Crusoe," a
"Aim that will' be greatly enjoyed by
the juvenile set. All children up to
and including 14 years of age are
invited to participate in this treat
. of the Heppner Elk. :
Other Christmas cheer will be dis
tributed by the various Institutions
of the city, and it is to be hoped none
will be overlooked at this Yuletide
POSTOFF1CE BUSINESS LARGE.
At this Christmas season the post
office business at Heppner has great
ly increased over what jt was last
year, and Postmaster Smead states
that it is the largest volume of
Christmas business that he has ex
perienced in all the years he has
had charge of the office. He has
estimated that the outgoing mail was
30 per cent greater than last season,
and the incoming postal business ful
ly 50 per cent above the 1924 sea
son. For the past week or more the
local office haa been a mighty busy
place, and Mr. Smead appreciates
the cooperation he has had from the
public in the mailing of their Christ
mas packages early; it was a great
help in expediting business. Mr.
Smead states further that the heavy
increase in Christmas business
through the office would indicate that
our people are not suffering the se
vere pangs of want, but are rather
on the royal road to prosperity.
The lobby of the First National
bank is beautifully decorated in fes
toons of holly nad evergreens in hon
or pf the Yuletide. The profusion of
holly is perhaps the greatest display
of the shrub (hat has ever been
spread In Heppner. President Ma
honey received this from his sun-in
law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. I. A.
Mather of Skappoose, who woic not
satisfied with sending nn abundance
of cuttings, but (hipped small trees
that are now very batutilul wth
their green foliage 'ind Srijrht red
berries. Gifts of noil were !o
handed out to numerous friends of
All owners of dogs will be required to
procure licenses for year 1 926 on or before
January 1 st or be subject to a fine. This
applies to all dogs over 8 months old. -
Sheriff of Morrow County, Oregon.
Splendid Banquet and Program
Enjoyed by Blue' Lodge and
the Eastern Star.
At 6:30 on Monday evening mem
bers and friends of Heppner Lodge
No. 69, A. F. A. M. and Ruth chap
ter No. 32, O. E. S. g-thored in large
numbers at Masonic hall to partake
of the splendid banquet prcpnied for
the occasion of tho joint installation
of the two orders by the ladies of
Ruth chapter. Tables were appro
priately decorated with holly and ev
ergreens, and the abundanco of good
things to eat constituted one of the
finest spreada of the season.
Following the banquet, Ruth chap
ter, with Mrs. Henrietta Cohn of
Portland, as installing officer, induct
ed the following Into office: Worthy
Matron, Harriet Gemmell; Associate
Matron, Lucile McAtce; Patron, John
Wightman; Treasurer, Olive Frye:
Secretary, Sarah McNamer; Associate
Conductress, Carolyn Johnston; Ada,
r ranees Morse; Ruth, Charlotto Gor
don; Esther, Florence Hughes; Mar
tha, Nellie Anderson; Electa, Han:, ah
Jones; Chaplain, Hattio Wightman;
Marshall, Kuth McMurdo; Warder,
Lera Crawford; Sentinel, Dean Good
man; Organist, Harriet Mahoney.
Grace Goodman, newly elected Con
ductress, not being able to be pre
sent, will be installed later.
Following the seating of the new
officers, Elizabeth Dix, retiring Wor
thy Matron, welcomed the new Ma
tron and officers, and graciously
thanked the chapter for the splendid
cooperation and asssitance rendered
her during the past year. Mrs. Gem
mell responded in a happy manner,
and then Gay Anderson made a neat
littlo presentation speech and hand
ed a token of esteem to Mrs. Dix, the
gift of the chapter, being a beautiful
star pin. At this juncture, Miss Wor
sen Nelson gave a recitation and re
sponded to a hearty encore.
Spencer Crawford was the install
ing officer for the Blue Lodge and
the following will serve the lodge
during the ensuing Masonic year:.
Worshipful Master, Clarence Bau
man; Senior Warden, Fred E. Far-
or; Junior Warden, Robert Wight-
man; Treasurer, Frank Gilliam; Sec
retary, Leon Briggs; Senior Deacon,
Harvey Launtz; Junior Deacon, A.
H. Johnston; Chaplain, L. L. Gil-
Ham;" Marshall. Earl Gordon; Stew
ards, F. S. Parker and J. G. Barratt;
Tyler, A. L. Ayers.
While not making any pretense at
public speaking, Master Bauman, up
on assuming the responsibilities of
his office, made a taking speech that
brought forth applause at several
points, and proved that he is capable
in this line and cannot escape being
called on for speeches in the future.
The past masters apron was pre
sented to John Wightman, the retir
ing officer, by Frank Gilliam, and Mr.
Wightman feelingly expressed his
appreciation Of the honor.
Janitor Is Remembered
On Silver -Wedding Day
Gaily Johnson, who has been jan
itor of the Lexington school for the
past eight years, and by reason of
the faithful performance of his du
ties has not failed to gain the es
teem and affection of every corps of
teachers in the school during that
time, was kindly remembered on the
occasion of the silver wedding anni
versary of himself and Mrs. Johnson
cn Wednesday. .
The teachers of the school pre
sented Mr. and Mrs. Johnson with
a beautiful silver cake plate as a
token of their appreciation of the
attentive services of the janitor, and
Mr. and Mrs. Johnson expressed great
pleasure in being thus remembered. -
NEW PASTOR CHOSEN.
Milton W. Bower, of Collcgo City,
Calif., has been chosen as pastor of
the Christian church at Heppner. He
will arrivo here to begin his work
with the church on Sunday, January
3, expecting his family to arrive a
Earl Wari.cr, extensive wncntrais
ei of Lexington, was doing business
here vcstord:iy afternoon. .
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EVANS EJROWrJ BILLED
Legion Auxiliary Will Sponsor En
tertainer Here January 18th,
at the Star 'Theater.
Magic mirth mystery and music.
Varied indeed is the entertainment of
Evans Brown, accordionist, harpist,
magician and pianist, who is to ap
pear here on January 18th, 1926, at
the Star Theater under the auspices
of the American Legion Auxiliary.
This most Interesting and accom
plished artist gives a big "3 in 1," pro
gram, for he alternates his varied
lines of artistic achievement in such
a fascinating way that his entertain
ment might be said to be the ideal
program. It's entertaining, first of
all; it's mystifying to a high degree.
and the musical side of his program
is artistically worthwhile. , The
grownups like his work as much as
the youngsters and the musically eul
tured in his audiences can enjoy his
harp, accordion and piano work be
cause Evans Brown is an exceptional
It is hard to say just-where Evans
Brown cxcells. In his musical work
he stands high among the accordion
ists of the country, not only as an
artist, but as a' composer as wel'..
His compositions for the accordion
huve been published and are in use
by the accordion stars of this and
other countries. His harp work adds
additional charm to his program. He
carries the finest Instruments that
money can buy, both harp and accor
dion. He is a gifted pianist, but be
cause of the wide variety of his pro
gram he seldom uses piano numbers,
unless especially request.
His work in the field of magic
would fill an evening's program for
he has gone far in delving into the
magician's bag of tricks. In addition
he has invented many of his own
which are being used successfully
by other tricksters as well as him
self. Some of these might be men
tioned, such as "The Latest Thing in
Gloves," Duplex Furniture -Trick,'
"Flag Tableaux," "The Watch Manip
ulation Act," "The Joker's Own Won
der Deck," "The Mystery of the Egyp
tlan Jars," "The Dollar Bill Mystery,
"Tho Rainbow Enigma," "Tho Spirit
Message," "The Floating Table," "The
Acrobatic Cards," (his own) "The
Cylinder of Surprises," and a series
of Oriental mysteries, entitled, "Mag,
leal Miracles of the Orient." He ha
long been a student of Chinese and
East Indian magic and his demonstra
tions are bewildering in the extreme
Miss Noreen Nelson, grade teacher
in Heppner schools, departed for her
home in the Willamette valley on
Wednesday and will spend the vaca
tion season with her parents.
To all our readers we extend the
. and wish for each one
qA Merry Christmas
JOHN DAY YIELDS .
FOSSIL OF TURTLE
Oregon Agricultural Collcgo, Cor-
vallis, Or., Dec. 23. "Did you ever
hunt fossils? There are many hard
ships to be encountered before you
may bring your trophy homo," said
John B. Horner, professor of history
at the Oregon Agricultural college,
in relating a story of Rex Spang.e,
of Pendleton, and a fossil turtle.
It was while hunting in a foosil
basin of the John Day country that
Mr. Spangle found tho turtle," Dr.
Horner explained. "It is 18 inches
wide and 24 inches long and weighed
life about 70 pounds. While
standing the in bottom of a basin Mr.
Spangle noticed the sun shining on
an olive gray object in the side of
the basin. After a dangerous climb
he reached it and found what ap
peared to be a rock. Digging around
t he discovered marks on it similar
to those made by the teeth of wood
ratB. This and the appearance of
a niece he hod broken off convinced
Mr. Spangle that ho had found a
After two hours of work it was
loose enough to remove. -With
greaf deal of care and many narrow
escapes two men lowered tho turtle
150 feet down the basin wall. Aftor
reaching the bottom it was carried
about two miles up a BO per cent
grade indicating that there are thrills
as wet) as scientific nnda to be
gained by those hunting fossils. The
turtle wbs sent to the college mu
seum for exhibition.
"Nature lovers who care to know
some of the mysteries preserved in
the earth should visit tho John Day
fossil beds," continued Dr. Horner,
adding that at a point six miles from
Dayville", on the south fork of the
John, Day river, colored cliffs may
bo seen on either sido of tho road.
'Leaving the highway and walking
about a mile, preferably in, caulked
boots, you enter one of many small
ravines. These widen into largo ba
sins. There are ninny pinnnclos and
caves around tho edges of these ba
sins. In some of the ravines there
are small springs, the water being
of the color of tho surrounding for
mation. In places it resembles red
paint of the thickness of syrup. Mr.
Spangle and his friend found that
the water was charged with sugar.
T.nnU PnHhpro- sneaks verv encour
agingly of the crop outlook in hi lo
cality, as the grain is now all coming
along well. For a time it looked like
the dry weather was going to have
the best of it. and much of the srrain
was slow in germinating. Since the
good rains this has all changed. Mr.
Padberg was in the city a short time
yesterday from his farm west of Lex
LOCAL NEWS ITEMS
At the Christian church next Sun
day morning, the congregation will
be addressed by Rev. W. O. Jones of
La Grande. Bible school at ten o'
clock and Christian Endeavor at 6:30
p. m. There will be no evening ser
vices. Because of a very severe cold
Rev. Albyn Esson was unable to be
with the church on last Sunday.
W. V. Crawford came in early this
morning from roruana ana win
spend the Christmas season with his
wife and little daughter and other
relatives here. Mr. Crawford is trav
eling salesman for the Remington
Cash Register Co., and has been at
work in the southern Oregon terri
tory. . .
Dean T. Goodman departed for
Portland this morning to spend
Christmas with his family and other
relatives in the city. He nas nopes
that Mrs. Goodman 'will soon be suf
ficiently recovered from her illness
to return to Heppner.
Mr. and Mrs. Guy Huston were in
Heppner Wednesday from their Eight
Mile homo. Abundant rains arc help
ing to make the grain grow in fine
shape over the Eight Mile country,
and springlike weather prevails.
There will be a special meeting of
Ruth Chapter No. 82, O. E. S, on
Wednesday evening, December 30, for
degree work, A good attendance
of the membership is requseted on
M. L. Case made a distribution of
apples to the schools and Sunday
school committee at both Lexington
and lone on Tuesday in accordance
with his promise of List week.
Miss Helen Fredrickson departed
Wednesday evening for her home at
Stanfield, where she will spend the
Christmas holidays with her parents.
Frank Turner drove to Portland
with a truck on Tuesday. Leaving
the machine there, he expected to
return home today by train.
Mrs. Vida Clark of Frecwatcr is
a guest for tho holidays at the home
of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. B
Carmichael in Lexington.
Oscar Keithley and daughter were
visitors in the city for a short tim
yesterday from their Eight Mile home
Mrs. Ed. Bristow of lone spent
few hours in Heppner Wednesday,
doing a little Christmas shopping.
Mr. "and Mrs. Walter Becket were
Eight Milo folks In the city yester
day, doing some shopping.
Wanted Woman for general house
work.. Phone 785, city.
Tryouts Are Held Preliminary to
Contesting for Cup Offered
(From The Hcppnerian.)
Inter-class debate was held last
week for tryouts preliminary to win
ning the eup which the Parent-Tea
chers association gives annually to
the class that has won in the debat
ing contest. The juniors won the
cup when they were Freshmen and
since they did not debate last year
the cup still belongs to them nnless
they are defeated by the other classes.
Monday, December 14, the junior
ffirmative met the senior negative.
when the seniors were defeated. Also
the sophomore negative met the fresh
man affirmative and were defeated.
The question upon which the four
teams debated was "Resolved, That
primary elections should be abolished
Wednesday, December 16, the soph
omore affirmative met the junior neg
ative, which was another victory for
the juniors. Also the seniors met
the freshmen but the freshies could
not be defeated. Tho question de
bated upon was "Resolved, That the
plan of Divided Sessions of the leg
islature be adopted in Oregon."
It then stood between tha fresh
men and juniors. On Friday, De
cember 18, the junior affirmative met
the freshman negative and defeated
them in a unanimous victory.
The question which was debated
was "Resolved, That Oregon should
adopt a law concerning old age pen
sions." The seniors and sophomores
also debated Friday and the sophs
It now lies between the seniors
and the juniors for the enp as the
freshmen refused to meet the jun
iors in the finals so it waa up to
the seniors as they were next ni
The senior class challenged the
juniors and the dbeate will be held
after the -Christmas holidays.
On Lexington Street
In attempting to negotiate a turn
about the Lexington wood delivery
wagon Tuesday forenoon, M. L. Case
of this city and Earf Fitch of Lex
ington came together with their au
tomobiles, much to the damage of the
cars, but with the fortunate result
that neither driver was seriously
hurt, though Mr. Fitch received a
cut on the face and was somewhat
dazed by the jar he received.
Fitch was driving a Ford and had
just left the postoffice with his mail.
Mr. Case was returning from a trip
to lone. At the intersection of the
street just after crossing the concrete
bridge, the Case ear fell in behind
the wood wagon that apparently was
going to make a turn, but neither
car driver noted the approach of
the other as they each attempted to
pull around the wagon, and when the
discovery was made it was a little
late for either driver to stop. Mr.
Case put on his brakes but his larger
Cadillac car skidded into the Fitch
machine, 'the street being very slick
from recent rains. Damage to the
heavy car was the smashing of two
front lights, two front fenders, bend
ing of front axle and injury to steer
ing gear, and tearing of new tire, a
total of about two hundred dollars,
while the other machine was pretty
badly jammed. No fault seems to
attach to the drivers of the cars, at
least "neither blames the other for
MRS. J. C. OWEN PASSES.
Mrs. Lena Owen, wife of J. C. Ow
en, passed away at her home in this
city at 4 o'clock p. m., Wednesday,
following an illness 'of some eight
days with pneumonia. Mrs. Owen had
rallied from the disease and appar
ently was improving satisfactorily,
when she was attacked by heart fail
ure and died in a very few minutes.
She is survived by her husband and
three daughters, all residing here.
Funeral services will be held at uie
Methodist Community church on Sat
urday forenoon at 10 o'clock. Rev. E.
C. Alford officiating, with interment
in Masonic cemetery. Mrs. Owen was
born in Ohio, her maiden name being
Lena Glassford, and had been a res
ident of Oregon for 50 years, coming
to this state with her parents when
but three years of age. At the
time of her death she was aged 63
years, 11 months and one day.
GIRL RESERVES HONOR LEADERS.
In honor of their leaders. Miss Elis
abeth Phelps and Miss Helen Fred
rickson, the Girl Reserves gave a
banquet on Tuesday evening at their
quarters in Bethel chapel, being as
sisted by a few of the members of
the Chapel. The tables were Viry
nicely arranged by the reserve girls,
covers being spread for 36. Miss
Phelps, who was instrumental in or
gnising the corps and who was their
leader during all of last year, Is home
on her vacation from school at Eu
gene, and Miss Fredrickson, teacher
in the school here has been the leader
this year. In this little banquet the
girls did themselves proud, and the
occasion was greatly enjoyed by all
Following the banquet, the girls and
their leaders visited a number of
the "shut-ins" about town, bringing
them greetings and cheer of the
By Arthur Brisbane
The Birth Control Dean.
Gas War "Barbarous?"
If So, We Need It.
Respectable Real Estate.
Be careful about little things. Sig
mund Brietbart, called the strongest
man in Germany, bent iron ban with
his hands, tore horse shoes apart,
held two horses pulling against each
other. He scratched himself with his
nail, blood poison developed he's
dead! Germs too small to be seen
with a microscope are stronger than
any man. Such germs are usually on
Dean Inge, eminently respectable
clergyman at the bead of St. Paul's
Cathedral in London, favors birth
control. He says "LIMIT FREE ED
UCATION to not more than three
children, from any one family."
He believes parents will limit the
number of children, if they have to
educate all but three at their own
expense. Good, gloomy dean, he
knows little about human nature.
And he worries, because common
people have most of the children, the
birth rate being pwest among the ed
What would the dean have said to
Nancy Hanks, with bare feet, a lady
unable to read or write, caring for a
heavy baby in a hut with a dirt floor,
and without windows? .
He'd have said "Leave child bear
ing to the educated upper classes,
my dear." But the big baby was
Abraham Lincoln. You never can tell.
The latest asinine, intensely dan
gerous proposition is that the United
States should sign an international
"protocol," pledging ourselves against
the use of chemicals, including pois
on gases and other gases in future
Chemical warfare, in addition to
being MODERN warfare, is the least
brutal, most merciful form of war
thus far devised by human brutality.
Chemical warfare could render un
conscious the inhabitants of a whole
city, capturing without killing them.
The eld style of war was to burn the
city, kill the men and women. Tha
poison gases, so called, mustard gas.
tear gas and other gases are more
merciful than powder or bullets, just
as powder and bullets are more mer
ciful than weapons of an earlier kind.
In the big war entire regiments,
made temporarily blind by tear gas.
were taken prisoners and brought in
to camp, tears streaming down their
faces, unable to see their way, with
not a man woifhded. Not one died,
and the blindness did not last.
Only a sickly sentimentalist can
call that kind of warfare "more hor
rible" than the old fashioned war
that shot men to pieces and left them
to die of festering wounds on the bat
tlefield. Meanwhile the army's chemical de
partment, concentrated on study of
chemical warfare and ehemistry gen
erally, is engaged in work of value to
the nation, APART from war.
We are not going to attack any.
body, and should develop to the high
est point every known method of war
fare, including chemical warfare, to
be ready for attack.
Meanwhile, poison gases are to be
used more and more in LEGITIMATE
war, in fighting the boll weevil and
the European corn borer, which has
already appeared in several States,
and might, if unchecked, blight the
corn crop as the boll weevil does the
Real estate is a respectable and
considerable business. August Heck-
scher, who says he is like the old cab
horse in Dickens, that would fall down
if ts driver allowed it to stop, goes
on working and occasionally buys
A few days ago for all cash" he
bought a 32-story building at No. 61
Broadway, New York, for $17,000,000.
That would surprise old Astor, who
used to buy farms on Manhattan Is
land. Moral: Buy a piece of real estate
now, where the $17,000,000 building
will be later.
DISPOSES OF MORE LAND HERE.
Al Henriksen of Pendleton, who
was in the city the end of the week,
informs this paper that ho has re
cently disposed of moro of his Mor
row county real estate holdings. W.
V. Pedro, of Cecil, owner also of the
Hamilton ranch in the mountains, has
purchased from Mr, Hner'kscn 1320
acres of what is known as the Slo
cum land, adjoining his mountain
ranch. Mr. Pedro is also adding to
his flocks, recently purchasing a band
fit ewes down on Butter creek. This
makes it necessary for him to have
more mountain range.
Miss Harriet Case left for Portland
and other valley points on Wednesday
evening, expecting to spend her va
cation season among relatives and