SOCIETY alette Volume 49, Number 3. HEPPNER, OREGON, THURSDAY, Mar. 31, 1932 Subscription $2.00 a Year OREGON HISTORICAL PUBLIC A'JOITOR 1'JV P O R T L A N D , ORE. 22a MEN AND BOYS AT SCOUT AFFAIR Banquet, Court of Honor, Give Impetus to Lo cal Organization. AWARDS ARE MADE Many Boys Advanced; C. L. Sweek Is Toastmaster; Earl Snell Gives Inspiring Oration. A new impetus was given to the Boy Scout organization in Heppner last evening when 225 men and boys assembled in the basement of the Christian church for a Fathers and Sons banquet and court of honor, at which the high Ideals and prac tical value of America's leading youth organization were thoroughly impressed upon all who attended. "It is indeed a pleasure to wel come the 25 boys in Heppner among the 5,000,000 boys of the United States who belong to the Boy Scouts of America," said Rob ert Hayes, executive of the Blue Mountain council, in presenting the local charter and individual mem bership cards to members of the local troop. Gets Five Merit Badges. Besides these credentials, mem bers of the local executive commit tee who presided over the court of honor, were given membrship cards; nine boys were received as tenderfoots, nine were advanced to second class scouts, two - qualified for first class, and one, Theodore Thomson, received five merit badges for having passed tests in life saving, swimming, handicraft, civics and scholarship. He was also presented with a Star scout badge for having completed the five tests. Bach of the boys advanced was required to give evidence that he had passed the required tests, which was satisfactorily done be fore the court by giving a descrip tion of the test completed. Those going first class were Francis Nick erson and Billy Thomson; second class, James Driscoll, Marion Ov iatt, Gerald Cason, Chester Chris tensen, Howard Furlong, Lewis Gilliam, Frank Anderson, Howard Bryant and Stephen Wehmeyer; tenderfoot, Hubert Albee, Lemoyne Cox, Bernard McMurdo, Don Tur ner, La Verne Van Marter, Cleo Hiatt, Donald Jones, Billy Cochell and Leonard Gilman. Eagle Scouts Present As a feature of the court of honor two Eagle scouts from Pendleton were presented in exhibition of semaphore signaling and flre-mak-Ing without the use of matches. These were Bill Macy and Harold Rees of Troop 41. Present from Pendleton also were Joe Carter of Troop 41 and Kenneth Hunter of Troop 47. Judge Calvin L. Sweek of Pen dleton, who declared it was good to be home and get his feet under the table again, enlivened the meeting with his usual supply of wit and humor in the office of toostmaster at the banquet. The meal itself, prepared and served by mothers of scouts assisted by the Business and Professional Womens club, was ap petizing to the extreme if the man ner in which all present made the food disappear can be taken as a criterion. Responding to toasts were Theo dore Thomson, who told something of the local history of the Boy Scouts; Spencer Crawford, who gave an insight into the functions of the local executive committee, and Earl W. Snell of Arlington, who gave an inspirational oration on the theme of working toward an ideal. Sponsoring organizations from which members of the executive committee were taken are the Elks, Lions and American Legion, Mr. Crawford brought out in showing the local organization functions. Members of the executive commit tee are Chas. W. Smith, chairman, A. D. McMurdo, C. J. D. Bauman, Paul L. Marble and Spencer Craw ford. Each member of the commit tee has certain duties to perform in addition to their combined duties, and these he listed for the public's Information. Committee's Duties Told. As a whole the committee Is re sponsible for the selection of a scoutmaster, assistant scoutmaster, providing for a proper meeting place, and the determining of pol icies, plans and programs. Indi vidually the members' duties are as follows: No. 1, Mr, Smith, presid ing officer of committee; responsi ble for proper functioning of com mitteemen; in charge of troop In vestitures and special awards and badges. No. 2, Mr. Crawford, in charge of troop finances, property and equipment, auditing troop ac counts. No. 3, Mr. Marble, in charge of advancements, securing of spec, ial Instructors, and checking at tendance at courts of honor. No. 4, Mr. McMurdo, in charge of edu cational publicity, promoting good turns, parent night, civic partici pation, sponsoring contact. No. 5, Mr. Bauman, outdoor man, to di rect hikes, camp and transporta- tion, and have charge of attendance at summer camp. Mr. Smith extended the thanks of the committee to everyone who LIONS CLUB TAKES INTEREST IN RIVER Report of Walla Walla Meeting Given; Go to Alpine Saturday; Drilling Renewed at Springs. Report of the Morrow county delegation which attended the meeting of the Columbia River De velopment association at Walla Walla Saturday was one of the main features of the Lions club meeting Monday noon. W. W. Smead and Al Rankin, Lions club representatives, both made reports. The Morrow county delegation was one of the largest present, In cluding seven men, the others be ing S. E. Notson, G. A. Bleakman and P. M. Gemmell of Heppner, and Lawrence Beach and Arnold Pieper of Lexington. A definite plan of procedure and means of financing activities were announced as the outcome of the meeting. Mr. Not son addressed the meeting, urging passage of legislation now before congress which would be of benefit to river development. Mr. Gemmell served on the committee which drafted the plans of procedure adopted by the meeting. Captain Ward of Lewiston, Ida., president of the association, also spoke. Announcement of the program to be given by the Lions at the Alpine Farm Bureau meeting next Satur day evening was made by Earl W. Gordon, program chairman. Num bers to be presented include an ad dress by S. E. Notson, the Heppner school band, the Heppner mandolin club and a song by Miss Mary Moore. Seven cars were offered by Lions club members to transport the band. John A. Harbke, president of Wells Springs Oil and Gas com pany, was introduced as a guest, being cited as intending to again become a Morrow county resident with headquarters on what is known as the Bell ranch. Mr. Harbke announced that drilling op erations at Wells Springs had been resumed, and that good progress was being made. He said that gas from the old well had been piped to the residence near by and was now being used for cooking and lighting purposes. C. R. Ripley, manager of the lo cal Standard Oil plant, was intro duced as a new member. Mrs. Humphreys' Funeral Held Sunday Afternoon Funeral services for the late Mrs. T. J. Humphreys were held at the Christian church Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, attended by a large concourse of friends and neighbors of Heppner and vicinity. There were many beautiful floral offer ings and the services were impress ive. Joel R. Benton, pastor of the church, delivered the eulogy in which he set forth the beautiful life of the deceased who had been a resident of this community for the past thirty-three years, and had so lived as to leave an impress for good that will not fade els time goes on. She was a fine Christian woman, a faithful and devoted wife and mother. In charge of Case Mortuary, the remains were taken to Hillsboro and interment was held there Tues day afternoon, -Rev. Benton going down to conduct the services. Mem bers of the family accompanying were the two daughters, Leta and Evelyn, and son Roland, Mr. Hum phreys not being able to go be cause of his serious illness. 10 Sheep-Killers Bagged In One Hole by Hunters Government Hunters Knoblock and Sankey proudly exhibited a bag of sheep-killers-to-be last Sat urday. Literally speaking the ani- mas were bagged nine ten-day old puppy coyotes In a gunny sack. Making ten of the animals dug out of one hole, was the mamma coy ote, which had been slain. She had a reputation as a killer, and It was recent news of her depradations that led to uncovering of the litter on Saturday. Innocent looking enough were the pups furry little critters, with wide-open eyes but by next spring they would have added greatly to the toll of sheep losses, had they been allowed to go free; so they were foredoomed to execution. The bag was made on Rhea creek near the Frank Lieuallen farm. HAT IN RINO. In another column is the an nouncement of Frank S. Parker of Heppner for the office of county commissioner, he having this week decided to make the run for the nomination. Others seeking this place at present are G. A. Bleak man, Incumbent, Arnold Pieper of Lexington and J. C. Owen of Hepp ner. Time for filing for county of fices closes on April 6th and the primary election will be on May 20th. gave such generous cooperation In making the evening's event such a complete success. The boys of the Heppner school band, under the di rection of Harold Buhman, enter tained the crowd before assembling at the banquet tables, and their mu sic was greatly appreciated. Bert Mason was present with a group of boys from lone, and Goo. Glllls, Geo. Allyn, Goo. Peck and Harry Dinges brought boys from Lexington. Each of the neighbor ing towns have organized scout troops which are making good progress. E TO STARTAPRIL 24 Six Clubs of Last Year Again to Compete in 10-Game Season. SPLIT PURSE 75-25 Second Team to Place in Money; All Home Players Again to be Used; to List Eligible Players. The Wheatland Baseball league season will open officially April 24, with the saMS six clubs that held franchises last year competing, namely, Heppner, lone, Arlington, Condon, Fossil, and Rufus-Blalock. This and other action affecting the league was taken by the directors at a meeting in . Arlington last Thursday evening. All six clubs were represented. Kewpie Clow of Arlington was reelected president, and the other officers were also retained. They are Werner Rietmann, lone, vice president, and Raymond Crowder, lone, secretary-treasurer. Dr. J. H. McCrady, Heppner director, was present accompanied by Raymond Ferguson and jasper Crawford. The directors voted adoption of a ten-game schedule, making two games to be played between each two teams. Drawing up of the schedule was left In the hands of Walter Cochran of Arlington, who has made every schedule since the league's inception. The directors voted that there would be no hired players this year, and that each team was to play only home boys. This agreement was satisfactorily carried out last year, and it was the concensus of opinion that the development of lo cal baseball ability had been fos tered by the move. A list of eligi ble players is to be funished the league secretary by each club after the fifth game and before the sixth game, and only those players whose names appear on the lists will be eligible to play in the succeeding games. A new departure this year was the lowering of the purse money to $100 and splitting it 75-25 between the first and second teams. Divid ing the money was thought advis able, that, in event one team should get way off in the lead, the other teams would have something to strive for. Each team's proportion of $20 is to be posted with the sec retary before playing time of the first scheduled game. The Zenith baseball was adopted as the official league ball under a special purchasing agreement which provides that the jobbers will provide the pennant winners with individual trophies. Directors present at the meeting were McCrady, Heppner; W. Riet mann, lone; Clow, Arlington; Bert Hollen, Condon; Steiwer, Fossil; Vertrees, Rufus-Blalock. Registration Closes 19th For Primary Election The time Is getting mighty short for those to register who have not already done so, and so far regis tration figures are very light, says Gay M. Anderson, county clerk. The books close on April 19, and after that there will be no chance for those not having registered to vote at the primary nominating election to be held May 20. Voters can no longer be sworn in on election day. If there is any doubt as to the stat us of your registration, you should make sure NOW! For the convenience of people in outlying districts registration places have been established with the following people in the different towns: Hardman, B. H. Bleakman; Lexington, Emma Breshears; lone, F. H. Robinson; Boardman, C. G. Blayden; Irrigon, F. H. Leicht. Early Diagnosis is Work Of Health Association To carry on the state-wide work of obtaining early diagnosis of tu berculosis in this county was the main project discussed at a meet ing of the Morrow County Public Health association at lone Tuesday evening. Other action included decision to place health charts in all the schools of the county, and to desseminate magazine articles on health topics. L. E. Marschat of Boardman, president, called the meeting to or der. Present also were Mrs. Lucy Rodgers, Mrs, Harold Case and J. O. Turner from Heppner, Miss Ra chel Johnson, secretary, and Jack Gorham from Boardman, and Bert Mason of lone. Heads of various standing committees were consti tuted as a committee to take charge of the early diagnosis work. CHAUTAUQUA STARTS JUNE 2. Some of the people who have sub scribed to the support of the Chau tauqua have inquired about the in stallment payments. They may pay any amount at any time to John W. Hlatt. It may be convenient to pay 25 cents, or some other amount, weekly, or so much a month may be most convenient. The opening date is June 2, WHEATLAND LEAGll GOLFERS START LOCAL TOURNEY 13 Participate in First 18-Hole Round Sunday for Handicaps; More Participants Wanted. Wanted! More golfers to com pete in the local tournament being run for the purpose of rounding out a team to represent Heppner in matches to be staged with neigh boring towns. That's the cry of officials of Heppner Country club who saw the first leg of the tourna ment completed Sunday with only 13 men participating. A popular make driver of good quality goes to the winner of the meet. And there is still time for others to get in on the match. The length of the tournament has not been uecided, but as those who have already had their handicaps deter mined go into the second leg next Sunday, those wishing to do so may start The handicap is determined by the score on the first 18 holes. An entrance fee of 25 cents is charged. W. G. Koppel, P. P. & L. lineman who recently arrived from Golden dale, hung up low score for the 18 holes Sunday, turning in an 82, be ing the only player without a han dicap to date. Other participants with their scores and handicaps are: Score Hncp. 99 3 93 3 106 6 91 2 103 5 89 1 99 3 96 3 92 3 102 4 102 4 91 1 D. A. Wilson Ed Bennett Gay Anderson, Jr. .. L. Gilliam Gay Anderson Lewis Gilliam Earl Gilliam Jap Crawford Ambrose Chapin Francis Doherty Gene Ferguson .. Mark Merrill Oregonian Reporter Gives Life Story of Local Man In his birthday column of the Morning Oregonian, David W. Ha zen, veteran reporter, chose Samuel E. Notson of this city as his sub ject on Sunday, Mr."Notson's birth day. Following is the story of Mor row county's honored district at torney as gleaned by Mr. Hazen: Decatur county, Iowa, furnished the farm on which Samuel Edward Notson was born March 27, 1867. He is now district attorney of Mor row county, Oregon, residing at Heppner. Mr. Notson was educated in the country and town schools of his native commonwealth. After completing the public school course he took special and postgraduate work at various institutions, the first being in Western Normal col lege at Shenandoah, la.; he later attended La Creole academy at Dallas, Or.; Oregon Normal school at Monmouth and Fremont Normal school at Fremont, Neb. Some folks might think Mr. Notson was preparing to be a teacher. They are right. He began teaching school in the Hawkeye state at the age of 17, and also taught in Wy oming and Oregon. About the turn of this extremely busy century he settled in Morrow county at Lex ington. "During the years of teaching Mr. Notson also studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1902. From 1908 to 1916 he was county school superintendent of Morrow county, and also practiced law. In 1917 he was elected district attor ney of Morrow county, and is serv ing his fourth term. He belongs to the American Bar association, and served one year as a member of the local council of that organization. The ex-teacher has been president of the Oregon District Attorneys' association and is president of the Bar association of the sixth judicial district. Since 1925 he has been state vice-president of the North west Association of Sheriffs and Police. "Mr. Notson was the first mayor of Lexington, and in 1903 Issued the appeal for aid for the Heppner flood sufferers. In 1916 he was mayor of Heppner. During the world war he was county food ad ministrator, member of the legal advisory board, government appeal agent, member of Red Cross exec utive committee, a sharpshooter in the home guards and took part as a speaker In every drive. As a Methodist he was a lay delegate to the general conference in 1912. A republican, he was on the state central committee ton years. .-le is an Odd Fellow and a granger. Mr. Notson first came to Oregon in 1886, resided here four years, then returned to the middle west, but In 1900 came back to Oregon to stay. At Dunlap, la., August 28, 1895, he wed Miss Maiy A. Nelson; of their six children, two are daughters. Two sons saw service in France during the big war." SNELL OUT FOR HOUSE. Politioal dopesters who have had a hard time determining whether Earl W. Snell of Arlington, present state representative, would an nounce for the house or senate, are put at case, for Mr. Snell announc ed while in the city last evening that ho would make public an nouncement today of his candidacy for the house of representatives. This district is entitled to two rep resentatives and Mr. SneJl will not be an opponent of J. O. Turner of this city who has announced for the other representative position. Mr. Snell and Mr. Turner both seek republican nomination to the offices. SPELLING, SPEAKING WINNERS ARE NAMED Loving Cups Won by lone and Heppner at Coun ty School Contests. ALPINE TOPS FIELD Most Places Taken In Declamation by North-End Contestants; Com petition Said to be Lively. The annual Morrow county de clamatory and spelling contests were successfully staged at Hepp ner Saturday, with honors being quite evenly divided among parti cipating schools. lone school cap tured the Lions club loving cup in the upper division of the spelling contest when Miriam Hale, their representative, placed first. In the lower division Heppner retained the lone I. O. O. F. cup by Kathleen Mitchell of this place heading her field. Pennants were awarded other schools through placement of their representatives as follows: Upper division, Edith Edwards, Lexing ton, 2nd; Neva Bleakman, Hard man, 3rd; lower division, Joan Sipes, lone, 2nd; Irene Cox, Lexing ton, 3rd. Spelling judges were Mrs. Sara McNamer, Mrs. Harold Case, Mrs. Gene Ferguson, Mrs. LaVelle White, Heppner; Mrs. Bert Mason, Mrs. Werner Rietmann, lone; Mrs, Har ry Shriever, Mrs. Ed Kelley, Lex ington. Attendance was average at the declamatory contest, sessions of which were held in the afternoon and evening. Alpine school made the strongest showing of any school with three of their contest ants taking first places and several others placing second. Competition was keen throughout, and the qual ity of the work was exceptionally good, according to Mrs. Lucy E. Rodgers, county school superinten dent. Judges were Mr. Nicholson of Pendleton high school, Mrs. Lll lie Esseistyn and Miss Cornelia Tomes, all of Pendleton. J. L. Yea- ger, Umatilla county school super intendent, accompanied the party of judges. Winners in the various divisions with places won and names of dec lamations, follow: Division I, high school: Orator ical, Gene Senter, Alpine, "The Un known Soldier," 1st; Elwayne Lieu allen, lone, "The Deathbed of Ben edict Arnold," 2nd. Dramatic, Alex Lindsay, Alpine, "It is a Far, Far Better Thing," 1st; Donald Hel iker, lone, "The Inmates of the Dungeon," 2nd. Humorous, Rose Thornburg, Lexington, "Sis Hop kins and Her Beau," 1st; Margaret Howard, Alpine, "Liza Turns the Tide," 2nd. Division II, upper grades; Non- humorous, Maxine McCurdy, lone, "Mickey's Marker," 1st; Helen Mead, Boardman, "Deathbed of Benedict Arnold," 2nd. Humorous, Dean Goodman, Heppner, "Soccery and the Old Blue Hen," 1st; Peggy Kilkenny, Alpine, "The Wee Tay Table," 2nd. Division III, lower grades: Non- humorous, Katherine Mead, Board man, "Scratch, the Newsboy's Dog," 1st; Bruce Lindsay, Alpine, "On His Honor," 2nd. Humorous, Ber nard Doherty, Alpine, "Monkey Bus iness," 1st; Irving Rauch, Straw berry, "The Bath Hour," 2nd. Gold and silver medals were giv en all first and second place win ners in the declamatory contest. Easter Monday Dance Is Gala, Colorful Event An outstanding social event of the year was the American Legion Auxiliary Easter Monday ball given at the Elks hall Monday evening. The hall was beautifully decorated with f,pring flowers and shrubs. Lights were softly shaded with green and yellow streamers. Large reflections in each corner made moonlight for several waltzes. The Legion stand of colors was display ed at one end of the hall with the Auxiliary lamp. Vario is features were presented in the course of the evening. Miss Dora Bailey gave a clever tap dance, and the Highland Fling in a real Scotch kilt worn 25 years ago by Garnet Barratt in Scotland. The Auxiliary trio sang "The Little Old Church in the Valley." One of the features was a lei tag In which green Hawaiian leis were carried by the taggers. Another equally novel tag was a rolling pin number. At midnight lovely wrist corsages were presented to each lady pre sent. Later serpentines were given the men. The gaiety lasted until 1 a. m. A large crowd attended. Music was furnished by the Jazz Piiates. FIRST SEED LOAN MADE. Walter Moore, a member of the local board of appraisers for the seed wheat loan under the Recon struction Finance act, reported yes terday that the first loan in the county had been completed this week. He and Chas. Swindig and Laxton McMurrary of lone, also members of the board, went to Ar lington Tuesday evening to attend a meeting held for the purpose of discussing details of the loan procedure. MAH0NEYS ACTIVE IN NEW TAX BODY Local Woman, Prominent in Wool Growers Circles, Given Office In State Association. Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Mahoney of Heppner took an active part in the formation of the Oregon Producers and Consumers league, organized in Portland last week end primar ily for the purpose of eliminating all possible tax discrimination against productive industry. Mrs. Mahoney, who has made a wide reputation over the state as head of the Oregon Woolgrowers auxil iary "Eat More Lamb" campaign, was named vice-president of the or ganization. Roy T. Bishop, Port land, head of the Oregon Worsted company, was named president, and W. G. Brown, Portland, president of the Oregon Nut Growers asso ciation, secretary-treasurer. Objects of the league as formu lated by its leaders, including also Sam Brown, state senator from Marin county, were announced aa follows: To encourage a policy of attract ing capital, labor, business and in dustry into Oregon. To bring about a better under standing and relationship between producer, distributor and consumer. To promote the sale of Oregon grown products and manufactured articles. To assist in bringing about a condition that will enable the con sumer to acquire foodstuffs, cloth ing and other commodities at the most economical cost. To enlarge and protect the mar kets for the products of the produc er and manufacturer. To bring to the conscience of the consumer the necessity of protect ing the markets of the producer. To crystallize public sentiment against any and all measures de signed to or which might result in increased cost to the public of nec essities of life, or restrain or curtail the free development of the natural resources and industry in the state. To produce a public sentiment and attitude against attempts to drive out of Oregon through the taxation route, legitimate and nec essary business institutions. To insist upon rigid economy In municipal and state government. Teaching Force Named For Local School System At a recent meeting of the board of education of District No. 1, the full corps of teachers for the com ing school year was made, with the exception of two places in the grades. Applications for these are now being considered and will be filled shortly. Nearly the entire teaching force of the present school year was retained, and there was no reduction in the scale of wages for next year. High school instruc tors will receive $150 per month, the teacher of physical education to receive $1600 for the year as auth orized by the meeting when the budget was adopted. Grade teach ers will receive $130 per month, the grade principal getting the pres ent salary of $1700 for the year. Teachers selected for high school were: Laurence E. Winter, physical education; James T. Lumley, Char lotte Woods, Jessica Palmiter, Madge Coppock and Dorothy Straughan. Grades: Harold W. Buhman, principal; Beth Bleak man, Elizabeth Dix, Adelyn O'Shea, Juanita Leathers, Miriam McDon ald. The third and seventh grade positions remain to be filled. Donald Jones Injured When Bike Meets Car Confused partly by the cars leav ing the declamatory contest here Saturday evening, and partly by having not thoroughly mastered his brand new bicycle which he had obtained but a few days before, Donald Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alva Jones, met with a near ser ious accident when he collided with an automobile driven by Mrs. Wil liam Instone of Lena at the bend in the highway near the schoolhouse. He sustained some broken teeth, and lacerations about the face which required several stitches to close. At last reports he was mak ing good recovery. When Mrs. Instone stopped her car and assisted the boy to the doc tor s office he was still composed enough to tell her his name and make it known that his father and mother were both out of town for the day, Considerable repairs were thought necessary to put the new bike in running shape. At the Star Theater Sunday and Monday: POLLY OF THE CIR CUS, and three good short features. STATE OFFICER VISITS. Mrs. Monnie Houser, grand con ductress of the Order of Eastern Star, made an official visit to Ruth chapter of this city Friday evening. Her visit was honored by extensive lodge ceremonies, icluding initia tion, and by a number of social events sponsored by prominent members of the local chapter, FIVE MEMBERS INDI CTED. Heppner Business and Profes sional Womens club held Initiatory ceremonies for five new members at the Episcopal parish house Mon day evening. Ladies of the church served a 6 o'clock dinner for the group. SHOWING AT WELLS SPRING Hats of President and Driller Blown Off by Explosion. STRUCK AT 38 FEET Indication Given of Wide Field Ver ifies Promoters' Belief, Harbke Says; Water to be Shut Off. Gas, struck at 38 feet in a new hole started this week in the Wells Springs gas field, blew the hats off of John Harbke, president of the company, and A. M. Edwards, drill er, when a match was dropped into it yesterday, according to the re port brought to the city this morn ing by Mr. Harbke. The new hole is situated about 300 yards due east of the first hole that was drilled through historic Wells spring from which gas has escaped for years. Mr. Harbke was all smiles this morning as he told of the exper ience, as the new showing helps to verify the belief of the promoters that a, real gas field exists beneath their extensive land holdings in the vicinity. Until this showing was made the only indications of gas were the bubbles through the wa ter from the spring, from which hole the company was not success ful in shutting off the water; Drilling operations were stopped immediately as the first showing of gas was made in the new hole, and casing has been ordered to shut off the water that might come in with the gas, Mr. Harbke said, so that drilling may be proceeded with in a dry hole. It is not known yet whether the newly found gas is from a Seepage, or whether the true vein has been struck by the drill. Mr. Harbke said the drill had started into a soft formation when the water and gas was struck. Mr. Edwards, the driller, said to Mr. Harbke that he had struck water and said he believed there was an indication of gas. The tools were pulled from the hole imme diately, and then the match test was made which resulted in blow ing off the gentlemen's hats when the gas exploded with a loud report and sent a rushing stream wf fire past their faces which singed their eyebrows. 'I'm not going to stick my head over any more holes when a match is dropped in," Mr. Harbke ex caimed in telling of the experience. He said they watched the match go down, and it apparently had descended about half way into the hole when the explosion occurred. This is the third hold that has been started on the property of the Wells Springs Oil and Gas com pany. The first, at the spring, was abandoned because the water could not be shut out The second, start ed last fall by an independent group under special agreement with the company, has been put down to a depth of some 200 feet It is sit uated on top of a hill some half a mile distant from the spring. The drill in it was stil going through solid basalt when operations were stopped last winter. Operations will continue in this hole, it is said. A trap has been installed to catch the gas from the spring, and this has been piped to the residence of Louis Padberg near by, where it is used for cooking and lighting. Mr. Harbke announced this morning that he had taken over the Bell ranch in Blackhorse and would take up his residence there in the near future. Singing of "Hosanna" Leading Easter Event Popular acclaim has been given the Easter cantata, "Hosanna," aa presented by singers of the city at the Methodust church Sunday eve ning, as being one of the most beau tiful presentations of its kind ever heard in Heppner. Some 25 voices participated under the direction ot Mrs. C. R. Ripley. Mrs. J. O. Tur ner was accompanist. The cantata was given as a unit ed service of protestant churches and the large audience filled the church to capacity. Taking solo parts were Gay An derson, bass; Mrs. R. B. Ferguson, soprano; Mrs. Glen P, White, alto; Chas. Barlow, tenor; J. O. Turner, bass; Miss Charlotte Woods, so prano; Frank Turner, tenor; Mrs. Frank Turner, alto, and Mrs. Harry Tamblyn, soprano. Invocation was by Joel R. Benton of the Christian church and Glen P. White, Metho dist minister offered benediction. WIN TWO HUTCHES. Heppner-Pilot Rock shooters with 74 won from Salem, 72, and Aurora, 70, and tied with Douglas County . and Tho Dalles, each with 74, in the fifth lap of the Oregonian state telegraphic trapshootjng tourna ment Sunday. The ties will bo shot off next Sunday when the hyphen ated local aggregation also meets Portland No. 1, Bye, Washington County and La Grande. The locals are now well over the .500 percent mark, and barring accidents should win a place in the shoot-off match to be hold In Portland at the end of the tournament. POLLY OF THE CIRCUS at the Star Theator Sunday and Monday.