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Volume 47, Number 40.
Subscription $2.00 a Year
Conference Keynote Given
By Noted Economist;
Interest Keen.
Ollioers Klnctnd, Resolutions Passed,
City Aids in Entertainment;
Many Speakers Heard.
"Adversity leads to cooperation,"
one speaker quoted a noted econom
ist as saying and its truth was borne
out by the atmosphere of the very
meeting addressed, the third annual
conference of the Eastern Oregon
Wheat league which ended three
day sessions here Saturday noon.
The best attendance at any league
conference and an intense interest,
resulting in the largest membership
sign-up, prevailed throughout. An
average of more than 200 persons
attended the sessions, representing
all wheat growing counties of east
ern Oregon with the exception of
Messages by informed men of
high standing, of whom Dr. M. L.
Wilson, internationally famed econ
omist of Montana State college held
the limelight, revealed an unsound
situation in the wheat Industry with
possible methods of betterment that
served as a basis for recommenda
tions emanating from the five con
ference divisions.
New Officers Named.
Sessions opened at the school
gym-auditorium at 10 o'clock Thurs
day morning with call to order by
John Withycombe of Arlington,
president. A welcome to Heppncr
was extended by S. E. Notson, dis
trict attorney, with response by
Harry Pinkerton of Moro. The plan
of conference and details of local
arrangements were cited by Charles
W. Smith, league secretary. Closing
Saturday was featured by commit
tee reports and election of officers,
Harry Pinkerton, Moro, president;
James Hill, Pendleton, vice presi
dent; C. W. Smith, Heppner, secretary-treasurer,
and county commit
teemen as follows: Morrow, George
Peck; Gilliam, John Withycombe;
Sherman, Dewey Thompson; Wal
lowa, A. G. Bernstedt; Wasco,
Frank Emerson; Baker, A. V. Swift;
Union, Gilbert Courtwright; Uma
tilla, Jens Tergerson; Jefferson,
Ward Farrell.
Special resolutions were adopted
thanking Oregon State college for
its great asssitance, and Heppner
for Its hospitality with special men
tion of cooperation by the school
and Lions club. Regrets were ex
tended A. R. Shumway, Milton, and
Chas. Harth, The Dalles, active
members and league leaders since
its inception, who were unable to
attend, and resolutions of condol
ence passed in memory of the late
W. W. Harrah, who was active in
wheat affairs.
An Invitation for the 1931 confer
ence was extended by The Dalles.
The matter was left in the hands of
the executive committee with favor
able sentiment prevailing.
Kunqiif-t Is Feature,
Special musical numbers featured
opening sessions mornings and af
ternoons of the conference, with
appearance of the first grade rhy
thm bnnd, and boys' and girls' glee
clubs of the high school under the
direction of Miss Charlotte Woods,
music supervisor of the school. The
main entertainment attraction was
the banquet in the Christian church
Friday evening, attended by more
than 200 persons, prepared and serv
ed by ladies of the church. Ladies
of the Episcopal church assisted by
the serving of other meals.
The address of Dr. M. L. Wilson
Thursday afternoon sounded the
keynote of the meeting, when he
depicted the world wheat situation
and told of different plans, as well
as their stages of development,
that might aid the United States
condition. While Dr. Wilson made
no particular recommendations him
self, It was largely through Infor
mation supplied by him that much
conference action was taken.
Dr. Wilson made no "bones" about
the plight of the wheat farmer, oc
casioned, he said, by a world sur
plus production of wheat in which
the rapid adoption of labor-saving
machinery has played a large part.
The real machine age on the farm
commenced In 1923 with introduc
tion of the tractor on wheat farms.
As a compliment to the progrcss
iveness of Eastern Oregon farmers,
he said this section was among the
first to adopt the tractor and other
modern production equipment. Pro
duction costs here are second lowest
In the nation, with western Kansas
first, and a part of Montana proba
bly ranking third.
('(inipetition Held Factor.
Ramifications of the machine age
affect not alone agriculture, but ev
ery Industry and every phase of life,
In a wny that Dr. Wilson believes
will take ninny years to readjust.
A strong believer in cooperation
and the benefits to bo gained there
by, he cited cooperative movements
of merit. However, the problem
facing fanners today will not be
solved through cooperative acreage
reduction, nor tariff or debenture
enactment, he said In effect. Com
petition will eventually drive the
(Continued on Pag Six)
"Believe It or Not" Is
Banquet Attraction
A unique memory stunt of A. V.
Swift of Baker proved one of the
highlight of the Eastern Oregon
Wheat league banquet held in the
basement of the Christian church
Friday evening and attended by a
crowd that taxed the capacity of the
rooms. The menu featured wheat
dishes, and table and room decora
tions completely carried out the gol
den grain motif.
Responding to his introduction by
C. L. Sweek, toastmaster, Mr. Swift
offered to name the county seat of
any county in the United States,
his challenger to pay twenty-five
cents into the banquet fund if he
was correct, or the banquet fund to
pay the challenger a dollar if Mr.
Swift missed. There were many
challenges and Mr. Swift did not
miss, nor did he hesitate in giving
the correct name. On agreement of
the challenger to forfeit a dollar if
Mr. Swift was correct he offered to
bound any county in the United
States by adjoining counties on
three sides. This he did correctly
on each challenge. Mr. Swift may
be said to be a national figure since
his stunt was recognized not long
ago by Ripley in his "Believe It or
A good-fellowship note prevailed
throughout the banquet program
and many good after-dinner stories
aided farmers to forget for the mo
ment the low price of wheat. Among
those responding to toasts were R.
A. Thompson, Heppner; Dwight
Misner, lone; A. V. Swift, Baker;
Walter Holt, Pendleton; Harry
Pinkertor, Moro; Jim Hill, Pendle
ton; Perry Johnston, Condon; J. Al
ger Fee, Pendleton; G. R. Hyslop,
O. S. C; Oscar I. Paulson, Port
land; Garnet Barratt, Heppner; F.
J. Wilmer, Rosalia, Wash.; H. E.
Lounsbury, Portland; Gene Court
ney, Woodburn; Roy Ritner, Pen
dleton; John Withycombe, Arling
ton; E. M. Hulden, Blalock. Miss
Helen Falconer gave a musical
reading, "Speak Up Ike, 'Spress
Yourself," Miss Lola Hiatt sang
"Saw You Never in the Twilight"
and Earl Thomson sang "There Was
No Room in the Inn." Miss Char
lotte Woods was accompanist for
the last two numbers.
The banquet was prepared and
served by the ladies of the church.
School Christmas Cantata
Scheduled Next Tuesday
"King of Kings" is the Christmas
cantata to be presented by the mu
sic department of Heppner high
school without admission charge, at
the auditorium next Tuesday eve
ning at 8 o'clock. Diligent practice
has been udergone for the produc
tion under the supervision of Miss
Charlotte Woods, supervisor of mu
sic, and it is expected all who at
tend will receive a treat.
Lola Hiatt, Earl Thomson and
Jeanette Turner have solo parts,
with choruses composed of the boys'
and girls glee clubs. A mixed
quartette, Joe Swindig, Earl Thom
son, Lola Hiatt and Jeanette Tur
ner, will also take part. The can
tata is featured by a prologue in
which Francis White appears as the
angel and Alice Cason as Mary.
Howard Cleveland will tell the story
of the prologue.
Standing committees of the East-
em Oregon Wheat league were
named by the executive committee
shortly after adjournment of the
conference here Saturday, as fol
lows: Wheat handling, S. R. Thomp
son, Pendleton, chairman; J. W.
Sheperd, Moro; L. J. Kelly, The
Dalles; A. J. Barnstedt, Enterprise;
H. V. Smouse, lone. Transporta
tion, John Withycombe, Arlington,
chalrmam; F. A. Harrah, Pendleton;
D. W. Misner, lone; H. R. Richards,
The Dalles; H. D. Proudfoot, Moro;
Carl Engdahl, Pendleton; J. W. Dy
er, Mayville. Legislation, Roy Rit
ner, Pendleton, chairman; Chas.
Harth, The Dalles; A. R. Shumway,
Milton; Ed Marshall, Arlington; J.
O. Turner, Heppner.
Eastern Oregon Wheat
League Register Given
Following are the names of those
who registered at the third annual
conference of the Eastern Oregon
Wheat league at Heppner last
Thursday, Friday and Saturday,
segregated by towns:
lone Louis L. Bertrnvln, Allen Cinr
don. Eilw. A. Llndeken. Harvey Smith,
O. E. Peterson, Leonard Carl aim. D. M.
Ward. Roy W. Lietinllen, C. B. Carlson,
Hoss Smith. Dixon T. Smith. C. F.
Troedson. Cole E. Smith, Bert Johnson.
Henry Baker. J. O. Kinrnid. Chas. Me
ElliL'ott. Fred Mnnkin. John Troedson.
N. Thompsen, H. V. Smonse, Fred L.
Griffin. Mrs. John Troedson, Carl W.
Troedson. C. F. Feldman. Krvln Ander
son. Harold Anderson, Dwight Misner,
H. J. Riddle, Lee Beckncr. A. A. Mc
Cahe, Alex Hubor. R. H. Zlntor. J. ,T.
Oilman, Claude Dennev, J. K. Swnnson.
Richard MrKlllgott. Paul !. Balsiger,
H. D. McCurdy, Peter Timm, W. A.
H rules, J. A. Williams, A. Engclman.
Lexington Loren Leathers. Karl L.
Reach. Lester White. H. M. Bull. Ralph
Jackson, Sarah C. White, J, E. Gentry,
A. H. Nelson, A. E. Miller. C. M. Mel
ville. R. F. WiRKlesworth. Burton H.
Peck, Wm, Smithurst Jr.. L. Omohun
dro, E. Harvey Miller, Geo. R. White.
Ben SwaKKavt, S. J. Devlne, George N.
Peck, Geo. M,. Allyn, O. W. Cutsforth,
R. B, Rice, Frank Mnnkers. H. E.
Graves, Leo Gorger, C. W. Valentine,
O. G. Haguewood. Dewev C. Gonrln,
Chas. A. Marquardt. W. F. Burnett, J.
J. Miller. K. S. Duvall.
Moro W. R. Powell. Cnrrlll Sayrs,
Dewey Thompson, Ilarrv B. Pinkerton,
W. 11. Rnifsdalo, W. A. McDonald, Wes
ley C. Fuller. D. E. .Stephens. J. C.
MrKean. W. T. Balsignr, Jumes B. Ad
ums. Pendleton -Otis Jordan, Charles E.
Burnett, O. L. Babcock, B, W. Uowmnn.
K. B. Aldrlch, .las. E, Akey, Leroy E.
Davis, G. E. Foster, U, A. Mit'chel,
Charles M. Look, Walter A. Holt, A. N.
tlanna, James Alger Fee, J. I. Purdv,
L, L. Rogers, Joseph N. Scott, Harold
(Continued on Page Six.)
Former County Judge Passes After
Long Illness; Lived Here
For Many Years.
Clair Cornelius Patterson passed
away at his home in this city on
Friday, Dec. 12. He had been sink
ing quite rapidly during the week
and his death was not unexpected
by the family and relatives. For
some 13 or 14 years Mr. Patterson
had been a sufferer from a linger
ing malady, and in a helpless con
dition, though all that was humanly
possible was done to bring about his
recovery and to cheer him on his
way. Funeral services were held at
Masonic temple on Sunday after
noon at 2:30 under the auspices of
Heppner lodge 69 of which he had
long been a member. Rev. B. Stan
ley Moore assisted and delivered the
funeral address, and a choir con
sisting of Mrs. A. D. McMurdo, Mrs.
L. E. Bisbee, Mrs. G. M. Anderson,
Mrs. C. W. Smith, M. D. Clark, Gay
Anderson, D. T. Goodman and W.
O. Dix sang appropriate hymns,
with Mrs. C. L. Sweek at the piano.
There was a large gathering of
friends of the family and brother
Masons, and the floral offerings
were many and beautiful. Commit
ment services were at the grave in
charge of the lodge. Funeral ar
rangements were in the care of Case
Mr. Patterson was a native of
Pennsylvania, born in Beaver coun
ty, and at the time of his death was
aged 58 years, 2 months and 16
days. He came west some 35 years
ago, spending some three years at
Heppner and engaging in the lum
ber business. He then returned to
his native state and on February 11,
1901, at Newcastle he was united in
marriage to Miss Blanche Baird.
During that year they returned to
Heppner and the family home was
in this city since. He engaged in
the retail lumber business in this
city for several years, being asso
ciated part of the time with the
late R. C. Wills. Upon disposing of
this business, Mr. Patterson follow
ed insurance and real estate for a
time, then was elected county judge,
which position he held for eight
year3 with credit to himself and the
He is survived by his widow,
Blanche Patterson; one daughter,
Mary Patterson of this city, and one
son, Andrew Patterson of Helix,
and a grandson, Baird Patterson;
his mother, Mrs. D. F. Patterson
and two brothers residing in Penn
sylvania. CARD OF THANKS.
We wish to thank the Masons and
the many kind friends who assisted
us in the hour of our bereavement,
for the kind expressions of sym
pathy, and the many beautiful floral
Mrs. C. C. Patterson and family.
Joint installation of officers will
be held by Heppner Masonic bodies
on Saturday evening, Dec. 20. Those
participating will be Ruth chapter
No. 32, O. E. S., Heppner chapter
26, R. A. M., and Heppner lodge 69,
A. F. & A. M. A turkey banquet
will be served, beginning promptly
at 6 o'clock.
Following the usual holiday cus
tom, merchants of Heppner will
have their places of business open
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
evenings before Christmas for the
accommodation of shoppers.
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From left, front row O. W. Smith, Heppner, ieoretary and treasurer; James Hill, Pendleton, vice preeident; Harry
Pinkerton, Moro, prenldent; A. V. Swift, Baker. Bear row John Withycombe, Arlington; Prank Etnoreon, The Dal
les; Dewey Thompson, Moro; A. a. Barnstedt, Enterprise. The last five named are comity committeemen.
Photo by courtesy of the Morning Oregonlun.
Lions Thanked for Aid
Given Conference;
Said Best Yet.
Paul Marble Tells Difficulty En
countered on Power Line;
Itetterment Sought.
In carrying the thanks of the
Eastern Oregon Wheat league to
the Lions club for its part in help
ing to put across the league con
ference here last week end, C. W.
Smith, league secretary, told the
club Monday that the conference
here was the largest and best yet,
and that expressions from outside
visitors on every hand were to the
effect that they were well pleased
with the city's hospitality. As gen
eral chairman of local arrange
ments for the club, Mr. Smith
thanked members for the whole
hearted cooperation received.
The 47 members in attendance in
terested themselves in a measure
to aid unemployment sponsored by
the state, a report of the state high
way commission and bureau of pub
lic roads meetings, held in Portland
last week, and in a discussion of
improvement of the local electric
County to Register Jobless.
The plan to aid unemployment
as outlined by the state unemploy
ment commission headed by Gov
ernor Norblad, was embodied in a
letter read by President C. L.
Sweek. It asked for cooperation of
the counties in registering unem
ployed laborers, with a view to us
ing as many as possible on state
road work which it is expected will
be pushed as rapidly as possible.
Registration blanks are being fur
nished the county by the state com
mission, and duplicate copies will
be sent to it.
R. L. Benge, county judge, re
ported on the convention of county
judges and commissioners in Port
land last week end, as well as meet
ings of the state highway commis
sion and bureau of public roads.
The convention, he said, was filled
with interest with every county in
the state represented, and resolu
tions passed are of much import
ance to the state. The bureau of
public roads voted $75,000 for 4.4
miles of grading on the Heppner
Spray road the coming year, and
both the bureau and highway com
mission gave the road favorable
consideration. G. A. Bleakman,
county commissioner, who also at
tended the meetings, said it is the
intention of the forest people to put
a right-of-way clearing crew to
work on the road just as soon as
weather conditions permit.
Freezing Causes Trouble.
The discussion of the power ser
vice, which at intervals recently has
caused inconvenience to residents,
was carried on with the best of hu
mor between Paul L. Marble, local
manager of the Pacific Power and
Light company, and other members.
Mr. Marble explained that trouble
had been caused by freezing of fog
on the lines which at times accumu-
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Members of Junior Class Play
Holes in Comedy Production
last Evening.
Amos Bloodgood had pretended
he was a Mason for twenty years
as a blind for occasional solo games
to which he knew his wife would
take exception. Frank Perry, his
son-in-law, got the same idea to
conceal from his wife the true ob
ject of his keeping late hours while
she was away on, a visit, not know
ing of Mr. Bloodgood's deception
George Fisher, in love with Annie
Bloodgood, also pretended he was a
Mason to help out his friend Perry.
Hamilton Travers, doortender at a
cabaret, had the "goods" on Perry
and pretended he was a Mason for
blackmail purposes. John Halton,
a farmer and friend of the family,
wanted to be a Masoni Ernest Mor
rison, a young architect In love with
Lulu Bloodgood, was a Mason and
served as mediator to avert what
threatened to be a grand family
split-up when the misrepresenta
tions began to come to light.
Such is the state of affairs in "Are
You a Mason?" that served to keep
the audience in an uproar last eve
ning when the play was presented
by the junior class of Heppner high
Many of the comedy situations
were developed by participation in
the plot by Mrs. Caroline Bloodgood,
and Perry's wife, Eva. Lottie, cook
and maid of the Perry's, was a
thorn in Mr. Perry's side. Fisher
added to the complications, when
he resorted to his old profession of
actor and impersonated Fanchon
Armitage, a cloak model at Mme.
Joliet's. A great stigma on the
name of Mr. Eloodgood was erased
with the revelation that Mrs. Hal
ton was Angeline, an old sweet
heart of Mr. Bloodgood's who was
supposed to have committed suicide
on his account
Parts were aptly taken by the
students under the direction of Paul
Menegat, coach, as follows: George
Fisher, Theodore Thomson; Frank
Perry, John Franzen; Amos Blood
good, Claud Hill; John Halton.
Gene Mikesell; Hamilton Travers,
Billy Cox; Ernest Morrison, Eddie
Kenny; Policeman; Lee Vinson;
Mrs, Caroline Bloodgood, Florence
French; Eva, Mrs. Frank Perry,
Lola Hiatt; Annie Bloodgood, Lu
cille Hall; Lulu Bloodgood, Ruth
Turner; Mrs. Halton, Louise Moyer;
Lottie, Vallis Jones; Fanchon Ar
mitage, Adele Nickerson. Setting
of the play was in Perry's apart
ment in New York. Music between
acts was furnished by the Jazz Pir
ates orchestra.
The community Christmas being
jointly sponsored by the Elks lodge
and Lions club of Heppner will be
given at Elks temple on Wednesday
evening, Dec. 24, between the hours
of 7 and 8 o'clock. All children un
der the age of 14 years who attend
will be remembered by Santa Claus,
who is expected to be there with
"bells on," and greet the kiddies in
person. The occasion will doubtless
be one that will create a lot of mer
riment and cheer for the young
The boys basketball team of
Heppner high school will play their
first game of the season when they
meet Arlington high here Saturday
evening. It is scheduled as a prac
tice game.
Auxiliary Chairman
Speaks to Grade Pupils
Mrs. Paul M. Gemmell, American
ism chairman, spoke to the pupils
of the seventh and eghth grades of
the Heppner schools on Friday last
regarding two contests which the
American Legion auxiliary is con
ducting this year in these grades.
One is the school medal award for
the girls of the eighth grade, being
presented for the sixth consecutive
year, and having been won in pre
vious years by Katherine Bisbee,
Jeanette Turner, Phyllis Jane Jon
es, Anabel Turner and Beatrice
Thomson. This award is a bronze
medal to be presented by the auxil
iary to the girl averaging the high
est in the following points: schol
arship, honor, service, courage, lead
ership and an essay entitled "Priv
ileges of American Citizenship."
In addition to the medal, a gift
will be presented the girl winning
second place, and a roll of honor
will be placed in the eighth grade
room upon which will be inscribed
the name of the winner of the med
al award each year. There are ten
girls in the eighth grade, and it is
hoped to have ten essays handed in.
The second contest is for the boys
of the seventh and eighth grades,
based on answers to fifty questions
'regarding the flag code adopted by
the National Flag conference at
Washington, D. C, June 14-15, 1923.
These questions will be printed, ten
at a time, in the five January issues
of the Gazette Times. The auxil
iary will give a cash prize to the
boy averaging highest in each
grade, and also some appropriate
gift to the room turning in the high
est average. Both contests close on
the last Saturday in January, when
both the girls' essays and tie boys'
questionnaires are to be handed in
to Mrs. Gemmell at the Legion hall.
The auxiliary wishes to thank Mr.
Poulson and Mr. Buhman for their
kind cooperation in this matter.
Visitors Attend Legion
Meeting; '31 Quota Made
Visitors from Hermiston, Arling
ton and lone swelled the attendance
at the regular American Legion
meeting here Monday evening to 60.
The meeting was featured by an
nouncement tfiat Heppner post had
gone over the top in the recent
membership contest by reaching its
quota of 85 paid-up members. Be
cause of the large attendance the
meeting was taken to the I. O. O. F.
Inspiring talks were heard from
J. M. Biggs of Hermiston, state
commander; C. W. Smith of Hepp
ner, district commander; post com
manders Todd of Hermiston, Crow
der of Arlington and Beckner of
lone, and district membership chair
man Hallyburton of Hermiston.
Commander Biggs stated that the
1932 national convention is practic
ally assured for Portland. Refresh
ments were served in charge of
Harold Cohn and W. R. Poulson of
Heppner post
Whitman College, Walla Walla,
Wash., Dec. 17. Robert Turner, son
of Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Turner of
Heppner, has been selected for
membership In the Whitman Dra
matic club, after Intensive tryouts
conducted this week. Membership
in the club includes the privilege
of participating in the productions
which the club sponsors. The first
play of the year, "The Truth About
Gladys," by A. A. Milne, has been
invited to Spokane by the Little
Theater club of that city. Mr. Tur
ner is a junior in the departments
of mathematcis and physics.
Heppner's town basketball team
has been playing a full schedule.
Last Thursday the boys journeyed
to Arlington and won 25-23. Satur
day they played at Irrigon and lost
24-13. Their next game i3 scheduled
at home with Hermiston tomorrow
evening. Neil Shuirman, hard-working
forward, was missed from the
line-up In the last two games, but
is hoped will be in action again
Acceptance for membership in
the State Federation of Womans
Clubs was recently received by the
Bookworms of Heppner. The local
club was organized two years ago
by a group of women particularly
interested in literary discussion.
Miss Lillle Allinger is president of
the 12 members.
Eefore the adjournment of cir
cuit court on Thursday, the follow
ing grand jury was chosen to serve
for the year: D. T. Goodman, fore
man, R. H. Zlnter, Lewis Cason,
Emll Groshens, A. E. Johnson, J.
O. Hager, P. S. Griffin.
Hennner Dublin schools will he
dismissed next Wednesday for the
Christmas vacation, to reconvene
Monday. Jan. 5. Outside teachers
on the faculty are planning to spend
me vacation at their respective
The home economics class of
Heppner high school entertained
members of the school board and
Mrs. Rodgers, county superintend
ent, at a three course luncheon on
Tuesday afternoon, as a demonstra
tion of the work being done by the
members of the class under trie in
tructlon of Miss Pulmlter.
Mr. and Mrs. Lotus Roblson of
Hardman were visitors here on
Wednesday. They recently lost their
house and contents by lire, and are
now busy rehabilitating themselves.
Debenture Asked; Rapids
Project, River Work
Given 0. K.
Further Delay of Rate Cut Order
Protested; Reports of Five
Divisions Adopted.
Taking cognizance of the fact
that the plight of eastern Oregon
wheatgrowers is such as to demand
immediate relief, and that this sec
tion is particularly adapted to cheap
production of wheat, as sounded in
the keynote address of Dr. M. L.
Wilson, eminent economist, and
borne out by other speakers, the
third annual conference of the East
ern Oregon Wheat league at Hepp
ner last week end made such rec
ommendations as it believed appro
priate and feasible. Each of the
five conference divisions, produc
tion, handling, transportation, coop
erative marketing and legislation,
made reports that were unanimous
ly adopted with little discussion.
In asking that congress immedi
ately pass the debenture plan, the
legislative report recommended that
plans be studied and developed in
connection with it to provide for
acreage control. Recommendation
was made to members that they
study the Black plan which com
prehends such acreage control. En
dorsement was made of the Christ
gon bill, providing for a study of
agricultural regions to determine
the most profitable crops for each
to raise, and sanction was given
Senator Capper's plan for reducing
the wheat surplus by using the
grain held by the grain stabilization
corporation for relief purposes.
Would Cut Tax Levy.
State legislative proposals asked
that sellers of seed grain be given
a first crop lien to encourage seed
grain loans, that the original 1-cent
gas tax be refunded where gasoline
was used on the farm, and that
market road money be used for
maintenace purposes for a few
years in order to cut the tax levy.
Report of the production commit
tee touched the best tillage and oth
er production practices for the sec
tion, and being of a technical nature
and of prime importance to idivid
ual producers, it will be published
in full in the next issue of the Gaz
ette Times.
Urging of the interstate com
merce commission to refuse further
requests for postponement of its
freight rate reduction order on
grain beyond April 1, featured the
recommendations on transporta
tion. Senator McNary's proposal
for the senate to order a brief pre
pared in rebuttal to the one filed by
the American Association of Rail
way Executives, was endorsed, as
was Senator Steiwer's proposal for
deepening the channel in the Colum
bia river for shipping purposes. En
dorsement was given the Umatilla
Rapids project, urging immediate
passage of the bill now before con
gress. The report also urged mem
bers of the wheat league to impress
upon their respective county courts
the importance of improving roads
to boat landings on the Columbia
river, with instructions to the execu
tive committee to appoint one mem
ber from each county to take charge
of this work.
Cooperative Work Backed.
Continued endorsement of the
North Pacific Grain growers was
asked by the cooperative marketing
committee, which urged local asso
ciations to arrange as quickly as
conditions permit for the ownership
and operation of their own eleva
tors, warehouses, or other local
handling and operating facilities.
Strengthening of present coopera
tive organizations giving adequate
service was recommended rather
than the establishment of compet
ing cooperatives. Much information
for members concerning the nation
al cooperative marketing hook-up
was asked in order that members
may have a better understanding of
its operation and be able to defend
it when attacked. Increased mem
bership and perfection of the coop
erative organizations as originally
planned was asked.
The wheat handling committee
recommended that Governor Meier
retain the present personnel of the
state grain inspection department,
whom they believe have done excel
lent work. They recommended re
vision of smutting charges at ter
minals due to the change in process
ing methods, which has decreased
the expense of this phase of wheat
handling. Appointment of an in
terim commtitee to study the grade
basis for market quotations was
asked. They recommended a read
justment of discounts as to grade
and sacks, and asked that the sack
differential be expressed as a pre
mium in the growers favor. Pro
tein testing was recognized an a
part of the work of the Federal
Grain Grading department The
secretary of agriculture was asked
to establish two new sub classes of
white wheat, one containing 90 per
cent or more white club varieties.
and one for soft white of the com
mon soft white wheats which meet
the requirements of millers of this
class of wheats.