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Volume 49. Number 45.
HEPPNER, OREGON, THURSDAY, Jan. 1,1933.
AIM OF LEGISLATURE
Three New Tax Bills In
51 BILLS IN TO DATE
Governor Urges Strengthening of
"Blue Sky' Laws and Liquida
tion of Veteran's Aid Body.
By JAP CRAWFORD.
Salem, Jan. 16. 1933 Balancing
the state's budget was not lost
sight of as the 37th legislative as
sembly got under way this week.
All semblance of accomplishment of
the special session was obliterated
as one of the first acts of the house
was to substantiate Governor Met
ers' veto of the property tax repeal
measure. At the same time the
joint ways and means committee
of the house and senate was given
a ten days' Job going over the gov
ernor's budget, and It Is expected
the report of this committee will
be awaited before definite action is
taken on any revenue-producing
It is generally conceded that ad
ditional revenue must be forthcom
ing from some source, as the state
constitution says the legislative as
sembly shall provide revenue suf
ficient to meet any deficiency In
curred In the operation of the
state's business during the preced
ing biennium. So far nothing def
inite has been brought forth as to
the exact amount necessary to
raise, or how much revenue may
be expected to be produced by any
of the several proposed measures.
The house adjourned shortly af
ter noon today, with a total of 51
bills thrown into the hopper, among
which are an assortment of rev
enue measures Including a new
sales tax bill, a luxury tax bill and
an Income tax bill. These have all
been referred to the committee on
assessment and taxation. So far
none of the 38 house bills or 16 sen
ate bills appealing on today's cal
endar have been brought from com
mittees. One of the first battles expected
will be fought over repeal of sec
tions of statutes relating to soldiers'
and sailors' commission, and relat
ing to aid to discharged sailors, sol
diers and marines for educational
purposes. Mobilization of forces
was to be seen about the lobby to
day in preparation for the battle
over these repeals called for In
house bills 1 and 2. If the bills car
ry the result will be the liquidation
of the World War Veterans' State
Aid commission, said by proponents
of the bill to be costing the state
money. Affected would be many
veterans who have taken loans from
the commission, especially those
who are delinquent in payments.
Of the three aforementioned rev
enue bills, house bill 9 by Repre
sentative Oleen and others calls for
doubling the present Income tax
rates; house bill 35 by Representa
tive Martin, only lady member of
the house, would assess a 10 percent
stamp tax on tobaccos, cosmetics,
and certain other articles termed
by the bill as luxuries, while the
other, house bill 36, the sales tax
bill, Introduced by Representatives
Kelly, Day and Dunn, asks a 3 per
cent privilege tax from gross rev
enue of retail business concerns
while providing 'a $1500 homestead
exemption on the payment of prop
erty tax. There has also been pro
posed a yield tax on timber, a sev
erance tax, and other tax measures
that so far have not received the
attention given the first three by
A message from the governor to
the house this morning called at
tention to the need of strengthen
ing "blue sky" laws so as to prevent
a repetition of such dealings as
that recently uncovered in the In
sull case. He asked the legislature
i to memorialize congress against
granting the privilege to public util
ities of organizing holding compan
ies. His message was ordered
printed for distribution to mem
bers, and was given Into the hands
of the house utilities committee.
As the week's work progresses
the subjects expected to be upper
most in addition to the aforemen
tioned) are cutting governmental
costs and unemployment. The
commltteea having these subjects
In hand are laboring industriously
to formulate a program and nu
merous members have, been busy
Informing themselves on all avail
One bill proposed of especial In-
terest to Morrow county Is HB 22,
Introduced by Clarke and Nichols,
which would repeal all sections of
the market road act giving powers
of supervision to the state, leaving
administration entirely In the hands
of the counties. A companionate
bill by them would repeal the sec
tion in the secondary highway act
which empowers counties to levy
additional taxes for these roads.
Another bill of present Import
ance to the wheat raising section
of the state is HB 13, which pro
vides for a seed lien to take prefer
ence over other crop Indebtedness.
This, along with a goodly grist of
other measures has been turned
over to the revision of laws com
mittee of which Representative J.
O. Turner of Morrow county Is a
member. Turner also holds assign-
JENraE E. MCMURRAT.
The following ballad was written
by Charles Griffin, grandson of Mr.
and Mrs. Charley Botts, and a for
mer student in the lone school.
Young Griffin is high school poet in
the Yakima school where he will
graduate with the class of '33. Ev
idently his sympathy is all with the
fellow who flunks:
Oh, the teacher has flunked the stu
dent That was his father's pride;
And the father has gone to the high
"For to tan the teacher's hide."
He said to the wide-eyed teacher:
"You dirty, four-eyed hick,
I'm going to take you all apart
And see what makes you tick."
The teacher has expostulated,
Trembled, wept, and pled,
But the faith er has sworn between
"He was gonna see him dead."
The father has turned to his off
spring, And said, "My abused son,
If you hate this teacher,
Go home and get my gun."
The son has run to the house of his
And the trusty rifle got,
The father has taken careful aim
And the praying teacher shot.
And the teacher has fallen in a
By the desk where he used to stand,
And give to a Shrinking student
A scathing reprimand.
The father is now in prison,
In execution row,
The teacher is tutoring Beelzebub
Down where school teachers go.
And the moral of this story,
(Teachers, take this to heart,)
You should not flunk a student
Even though he is not smart.
lone basketball fans had the priv
ilege of witnessing two double head
er games last week. On Friday
night lone played Irrifcon with the
following results: Girls, 8-23 In fa
vor of lone; boys, 16-17 in favor of
Jrrigon. On Saturday night the
games were between lone and
Echo. The lone girls won again by
a score of 16-17, and the boys won
by a score of 25-29. Line-ups for
the games were: Girls, Mildred Lun
dell and Dot Crabtree, forwards;
Eva Swanson, jumping center; Ma
bel Cool, side center; Margaret Ely
and Harriet Heliker, guards. Dim
ple Crabtree substituted part time
for both jumping and side center.
Boys: Hlwayne Lieuallen and Berl
Akers, forwards; Lloyd Morgan,
center; Earl Pettyjohn and How
ard Eubanks, guards. Heppner
played lone in the lone gym Wed
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mankin were
business visitors in Portland the
first of last week.
Fred McMurray returned Satur
day from a business trip to the
Mrs. Inez Freeland is a guest in
the home of friends who reside at
Shedd, in Linn county.
Earl Morgan was a visitor In the
metropolis last week,
Lee Beckner recently purchased a
new Caterpillar. Mr. Beckner uses
two "30" Cats in the farming opera
tions on his 5000-acre ranch.
Mr. and Mrs..Sam Hatch motored
to Pendleton Monday to attend a
Standard Oil salesman's meeting.
Leslie Hatch returned to Port
land Friday after spending a week
at the home of his brother, Sam
Hatch, Standard Oil man of our
city. Leslie is recuperating from
injuries received some time ago and
is still under the care of a Port
The Womens' Topic club met
January 7 at the ranch home of
Mrs. Carl Feldman, with twenty
members present. During the first
half of the new year the ladies are
making a study of China and Ja
pan, which is proving to be very
interesting. The next social meet
ing of the club will be Saturday,
January 21, in Masonic hall, Mrs.
D. M. Ward and Mrs. Louis Ber
gevln being hostesses.
Walter and George Cochran re
turned last week to lone after
psendlng several weeks in Arling
ton, Carl Feldman was seriously In
jured last Friday when his drill
team ran away, throwing Mr. Feld
man off the drill with such force
that he received a broken collar
bone, a badly sprained elbow and
splintered arm bone near the wrist.
The team was unharmed, the iron
work of the drill was unhurt, but
the drill box was completely wreck
ed. Larry Londergan has been out
at the Feldman ranch, repairing
lone, Lexington and Heppner
friends gave Mrs. C. W. McNamer
a happy surprise Sunday evening
at her Heppner home, the occasion
being her birthday anniversary.
Those present were Mr. and Mrs.
Bert Mason, Mr. and Mrs. D. M.
Ward, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Bergevln
and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Lieuallen of
lone, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lucas of
Lexington, and Mr. and Mrs. Chas.
Latourell, Mrs. Lucy Rodgers, Mrs.
Esther Marsh and Mrs. Arthur Mc
Atee of Heppner.
Mrs. O. L. Lindstrom held the
lucky number that drew the pretty
handmade quilt which was raffled
at Grange meeting at Cecil hall
Several friends here recently re
ceived New Year greetings from
Mrs. H. C. Furnell who makes her
home at the I. O. O. F. home at
Saratoga, Calif. On December 11,
Mrs. Furnell was 90 years old. She
spends her time making quilts and
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ments on the agriculture, motor ve
hicles and aeronautics and railway
and transportation committees, bo
Ing vice-chairman of the latter.
This Debt Repudiation Has Gotta' Stop
Wait a minute, feuow
now you jus1 tp.y t?
FP.OG OKI WHAT YOU
OWE ME AMD IT'S
FINISH TOKYO if,
Smoker Draws Good
Crowd Friday Evening
The smoker sponsored by Hepp
ner Boxing commission and pre
sented at the Fair pavilion Friday
evening, drew good patronage, and
furnished a lot of entertainment
for the wrestling and boxing fans.
The wrestling of Ted Myers of
Lone Rock and Leon Totorica of
Heppner was featured as the main
event, and it proved a hard fought
battle in the bone crushers' art.
The decision went to Myers on his
getting two falls out of three, To
torica taking the first fall.
Harvey Bauman won over Otis
Allstott in a one-fall match. Bau
man went in for Buff Stoker of
Hermiston who was billed to meet
Allstott but did not put in his ap
pearance. On the amateur card, Francis
Nickerson and Kid Timmons wres
tled one round to a draw, with Bud
Benton as referee. Peter Dufault,
the strong man, with the assistance
of Clarence Bauman, did some fine
exhibition in heavy lifting. For a
man of his light weight, Dufault did
some very surprising stunts.
In the boxing bouts by the ama
teurs, Johnnie Hanna of Heppner
and Virgil Smith of Lexington put
on a good exhibition. The other
features on the card Included bouts
with the gloves by Nalbro Cox vs.
John D. Watkins; Ralph Breedon
vs. Floyd Jones; Emery Coxen vs.
Richard Hayes, each bout ending In
a draw for the contestants.
George Gillia of Lexington was
referee for the main wrestling
event, at the conclusion of which
he issued a challenge to the win
ner for the leading place on the
card to be presented in February.
FATHER DIES AT CENTRALIA.
Word received by Jack Dosser
Wednesday announced the death
of his father, John P. Dosser, at
his home In Centralis, Wash., on
Monday. The funeral was to be at
Centralia today. Mr. Dosser was
81 years of age and had been a res
ident of Centralia for the past 50
years. He was found dead at his
home where he lived alone. Sur
viving Mr. Dosser are a daughter,
Mrs. May Henderson of Shelton,
Wash., and his son, Jack Dosser,
of this city; two brothers, George,
Centralia, and Sanford, in Texas,
and four sisters, Mrs. Thomas Bul
lion and Mrs. Martha Trowbridge,
Centralia, and Mrs. M. C. Gillaspy
and Mrs. Susan Jones, In Texas.
LIONS SCOUT PATROL MEETS.
The Lions patrol held its weekly
meeting Monday for the purpose
of selecting patrol officials and
writing up a secret patrol oath.
This is an oath or rather the pa
trol idea set down in writing, then
wrapped around the patrol flag
staff, covered with leather and
tacked on. The idea is suggested
in the patrol leaders' handbook;
It gives the patrol something to
work for. A patrol eong and a pa
trol yell were also selected and a
regular meeting night for the
group was chosen. Raymond Kel
ly, senior patrol leader, was present
at the meeting.
SALE OF DRESSES.
Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 23 and
24,- at W. F. Barnett & Co. store,
Lexington, a sale of 200 SILK and
WOOL DRESSES, all sizes, priced
$2.95 to $9.85. 46
Jorm O'Connor reports near zero
weather at the ranch on Rhea
creek. Feeding of sheep began there
Tuesday, but the open range had
cared for the flocks up to that time.
Mr. O'Connor was looking after
business affairs here Wednesday.
LIONS TO ATTEND
Caravan to Rhea Creek Arranged
For Friday Night; Hermiston
River Meeting Reported.
To obtain information on the do
mestlo allotment pia of handling
the wheat situation in the United
States, arrangements were made
by the Heppner Lions club at their
Monday noon luncheon to have a
caravan of members attend the
meeting Friday (tomorrow) eve
ning at the Rhea Creek Grange
hall. Prof. R. G. Hyslop of Oregon
State college will be the main
speaker, and the matter was pre
sented to the club by Chas. W.
Smith, county agent, who will also
be on the program. This meeting
will be one of a series being held
In the county this week, at which
Prof. Hyslop will discuss farm prob
lems coming within the scope of the
farm crops department of the col
lege, of which he is the head. It
was indicated by some members
that they woudl be accompanied
by their wives and they expected
to participate in the social hour
following the meeting.
Prof. Hyslop is well informed on
his subject and what he has to say
is expected to be of great interest
not only to the wheat growers but
to the business men of the city as
The meeting held at Hermiston
last Thursday evening for the pur
pose of reorganizing the Umatilla
Rapids association was reported by
Spencer Crawford, club president
Fifteen Heppner citizens attended.
Walter M. Pierce, representative
elect from the second Congressional
district, am! Mrs. Pierce were
guests of honor, and Mr. Pierce
made the principal address of the
evening and promised his support
for any movement looking to the
completion of the Umatilla Rapids
project It was reported that S. E.
Notson, president of the Heppner
Commercial club, made the key ad
dress of the evening, and it was
even stated by one club member
who attended that It appeared to
him that Mr. Notson was rapidly
changing his political affiliations,
and that he made a very fine demo
cratic speech at Hermiston. Facts
and figures relating to the proposed
river development were given at
the meeting and it was apparent
that new life and energy was given
Entertainment was furnished for
the Monday meeting by the newly
organized Lions club quartet, com
posed of Frank Turner, Ellis Thom
son, Edward F. Bloom and John
Anglln with Mrs. Edward F, Bloom
directing. Mrs. J. O. Turner was
at the piano.
NEW BOOKS AT LIBRARY.
New books recently placed on
the shelves of Heppner library are
"Cimarron" by Edna Ferber, "We
Must March" by Honors Willsle
Morrow, "Let's Start Over Again"
by Vash Young, "Fighting Stars of
Oregon" by Sabra Cannon, all Ac
tion; "Men of Champoeg" by Car
oline Dobbs, a history of the early
settlers. Rental, "Sons" by Pearl S.
Buck, "Forgive Us Our Trespasses"
by Floyd D. Douglas. For the chil
dren, "Mother Goose, Her Own
E. S. Duran, who has been an In
valid for the past year or more, is
reported to be in a very critical
condition at his home In Black-horse.
-By Albert T. Reid
HE OWES 'at Guy
ten cents ano
HE'S TRYING To
GIT OUT OF IT.
Celebrated With Party
Mr. and Mrs. P. M. Gemmell of
this city celebrated their 13th wed
ding anniversary yesterday, and the
event was made the occasion for a
surprise party, instigated by a num
ber of their friends. Seven couples
walked in on the Gemmells at eight
o'clock last evening, laden with eats
and the evening was spent play
ing cards with refreshments at
midnight Present were Mr. and
Mrs. D. A. Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. R.
B. Ferguson, Mr. and Mrs. L. Van
Marter, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Fergu
son, Mr. and Mrs. Garnet Barratt,
Mr. and Mrs. Alva Jones, Mr. and
Mrs. Spencer Crawford and Mr. and
WAREHOUSE OPEN AGAIN.
Heppner Farmers Elevator ware
house opened up fop business again
Tuesday. Recently the plant was
leased by Ralph Jackson of Lex
ington and it is at present in charge
of Warren Blakely of this city. The
name of the company will be dis
continued and Jackson's Warehouse
substituted, so we are informed.
The warehouse i3 to be operated
under federal license, and all de
tails are practically completed, giv
ing Mr. Jackson full control of the
business. Mr. Jackson has been
"brought up" In the warehouse
game, and for many years has en
gaged In this business at Lexing
ton, first with the late W. G. Scott,
and on his death taking full charge
of the Scott warehouse at that
point and now running this busi
ness for the Northwest Grain Grow
ers, and we bespeak for him suc
cess In his new venture.
O. E. S. CLUB MEETS.
At Masonic hall Saturday after
noon, Mrs. D. M. Ward and Mrs.
Roy Lieuallen of lone were host
esses to the monthly meeting of
the O. E. S. social club. The mem
bers of the club attending were en
tertained at bridge, and social hour
being climaxed by dainty refresh
ments served by the hostesses. At
the meeting, election of officrs for
the year was held, Mrs. Florence
Hughes being chosen president,
Mrs. Alice Pratt, vice-president, and
Mrs. Gladys Goodman, secretary.
Ladies in attendance besides the
hostesses were Mrs. D. T. Good
man, Mrs. C. W. McNamer, Mrs. J.
J. Wlghtman, Mrs. Russel Pratt,
Mrs. Bert Mason, Mrs. Hanson
Hughes, Mrs. Earl Gilliam, Mrs.
Chas. B. Cox, Mrs. Charles Vaughn,
Mrs. Edward F. Bloom, Mrs. Annie
Heincy, Mrs. W. P. Mahoney and
Mrs. Bonnie Cochran.
SNOW IN PORTLAND.
In telephone conversation with
his mother at Portland last eve
ning, Garnet Barratt learned it was
snowing hard in the city at 9:00,
with some t op J inches piled up
and the storm seemed to be heading
eastward. However, as we go to
press the sun is shining bright and
warm, and there is no indication
that the storm will reach this sec
tion. Just now at Heppner there
is a covering of about one Inch,
and reports coming in indicate that
this is about all the other parts of
the county have.
MASONS TO MEET.
Regular communication of
Heppner Lodge No. 69, A. F.
& A. M., Masonic hall Saturday
evening, January 21. All members
urged to be present and visiting
brothers made welcome. L. L. Gil
Ham, W. M.
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By BEULAH B. NICHOLS.
Lexington Grange No. 726 met
Saturday evening in regular session
and adopted the following resolu
tion. "Resolved that Lexington
Grange go on reoord against the re
peal of the rebate on gasoline used
for agricultural purposes, proposed
by Secretary of State Hoss, as agri
culture is now carrying a heavier
tax than any other industry.
"We also recommend the color
ing of gasoline used for agricul
tural purposes to protect the state
from any abuse of this law."
This being the first meeting of the
year the following committees were
appointed: Finance, Ralph Jack
son, Mrs. Frank Turner and War
ren Blakely; relief, Mrs. S. J. De
vine, Mrs. Elmer Hunt, Karl Mil
ler, Mrs. Myles Martin and Harry
Dinges; agricutlure, Henry Smouse,
Orville Cutsforth and Oral Scott;
home economics, Mrs. A. H. Nelson,
Mrs. S. J. Devine, Mrs. Henry
Smouse, Mrs. Sylvannus Wright
and Miss Jessie McCabe; legislative,
J. O. Turner; music, Mrs. Trina
Parker and Miss Dona Barnett;
publicity, Beulah Nichols, Alta
Cutsforth, Laura Rice, Emma Peck
and Pearl Devine; hall Edwin In
gles, George Gillis and John Miller;
dance, Orvile Cutsforth; co-operative,
R. B. Rice, S. J. Devine and
George Peck; membership, Mrs.
Lena Kelly, Mrs. Bertha Dinges,
Mrs. Oral Scott Miss Helen Smouse,
Dwight Mlsner and Clarence Bau
man; tableaux, Alta Cutsforth and
Mrs. Merle Miller; resolutions,
Bert Johnson, George Peck and
Two candidates were voted on
and elected to membership In the
Grange and the report of the home
economics committee was read, also
reports of special committees. The
Grange eleoted the following execu
tive committee: Harry Dinges, Har
ry Schriever and A. H. Nelson.
Mrs. Devine gave an interesting re
port on the Morrow County Pomo
na meeting held at Cecil January
7. It was voted that the Grange
pay the secretary's dues.
Master Harvey Miller announced
that the new candidates would be
given the first and second degrees
at the next meeting and for this
purpose he appointed the following
degree team: Master, Clarence Bau
man; Overseer, John Miller; Lec
turer, Edith Miller; Steward, George
Gillis; Assistant Steward, Karl Mil
ler; Lady Assistant Steward, Beu
lah Nichols; Chaplain, Bertha Din
ges; Ceres, Clara Nelson; Pomona,
Pearl Gentry, Flora, Helen Smouse;
Gate Keeper, Orlo Martin; Captain,
At this meeting the ladies were
royally entertained by the brothers
of the order, with Ralph Jackson,
Orville Cutsforth, Elmer Hunt, Or
al Scott, Harry Dinges and A. H.
Nelson as hosts, cooks, waiters,
etc. These gentlemen served a de
licious six o'clock supper of roast
pork, mashed potatoes, brown gra
vy, chili beans, salad, baked apples
with whipped cream and coffee.
Who could ask for anything better?
This part of the meeting was thor
oughly enjoyed by everyone.
After supper and preceding the
business meeting the following in
teresting program was presented
by the lecturer, Bernice Bauman:
Piano solo, Clara Nelson; reading,
Mrs. John Miller; banjo solo, Roy
Quackenbush; recitation, Tad Mil
ler; recitation, Jackie Miller; vocal
solo, Harvey Miller; a short talk
by Dwight Misner; vocal duet Mrs.
Laura Rice and Mrs. Trina Parker;
accompanied by Miss Dona Barnett
at the piano. ,
Mrs. J. E. Gentry is able to be
out again after her recent illness.
In the Church of Christ there
will be one unified morning service
in the future. Beginning next Sun
day, the service will open at ten
o'clock. Following the lesson per
iod, the Young People's class will
occupy the choir position and lead
the music for the devotional, and
all the service. The sermon and
the Lord's Supper will conclude the
service promptly at eleven-thirty.
This action was taken by both the
Bible school and the church. It is
expected that this unified service
will be pleasing to all, and work for
greater good to all concerned. A
welcome and a glad Hand Is wait
ing for all.
Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Majeskl and
Mrs. Alex Hunt were called to Pen
dleton Saturday on account of the
death of Gerald Lee Helms, nephew
of Mrs. Majeskl and Mrs. Hunt
Kenneth Wald of Stanfleld spent
the week end at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. Neil White.
Fifteen members and one visitor
of the H. E. club of Lexington
Grange were pleasantly entertained
by Miss Jessie McCabe on Thursday
afternoon. A short business session
was held. Various committee re
ports were heard. The ladies de
cided to start work on the "States
of the Union" quilt at the next
meeting. As the block represent
ing each state Is worked on, that
particular state will be studied and
discussed, if possible, by a member
whose birthplace is in that state.
Those present were Bernice Bau
man, Hortense Martin, Lena Kelly,
Pearl Devine, Vashtl Saling, Laura
Lee Rice, Cora Allyn, Lorena Mil
ler, Alta Cutsforth, Beulah Nichols,
Bertha Dinges, Bertha Nelson, An
na Smouse, Clara Nelson, Helen
Smouse, Lulu Wright and Jessie
McCabe. The next meeting will be
hold on February 9 at the home of
At a recent meeting of the mem
bers of the Rebekah lodge of this
city the folowing otllcers were elect
ed: Edna Hunt, N. G.; Caroline
Kuns, V. G.j Eva Lane, secretary;
Cora Warner, treasurer.
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Subscription $2.00 a Year
LOCAL MEN ATTEND
RAPIDS ASSN. MEET
Reorganization of Colum
bia River Development
U. S. AID SOLICITED
Enthusiastic Meeting Held at Her
miston with Pierce as Principal
Speaker; Promises Help.
With fourteen representatives of
the Hepnper Lions club and Hepp
ner commercial club in attendance
a meeting of the Umatilla Rapids
association was held at Hermiston
last Thursday evening. The local
delegation was composed of S.' E.
Notson, W. W. Smead, M. L. Case,
C. W. Smith, Al Rankin, Ray Kinne,
John Anglln, Earl Gordon, J. P.
Conder, Paul Gemmell, C. J. D.
Bauman, Chas. Thomson, Lawrence
Beach, Jos. J. Nys and Spencer
Crawford, and was the largest dele
gation outside of Hermiston in at
tendance. The following account of the
meeting is taken from last Friday's
Pendleton East Oregonian:
Full cooperation in the move to
secure the construction of the
Umatilla rapids project was prom
ised by Congressman-elect Walter
M. Pierce before a large and en
thusiastic meeting at Hermiston
last evening. The ex-governor was
the chief speaker at a dinner by
the Hermiston Commercial club
and in attendance were people not
only from the Hermiston country
but from Heppner, Pendleton, Pas
co, Stanfleld and other points.
The Umatilla rapids project was
the chief subject discussed and it
was voted at the meeting to have
a large committee named from dif
ferent towns in the regian to attend
the next meeting of the Umatilla
rapids association and assist in ad
vancing the work of the associa
tion. In his address ex-Governor Pierce
said he believes in the quantitative
theory of money and he feels that
there must be either an inflation or
a policy of repudiation. He offered
his services in behalf of the settlers
of the west end of the county In
connection with reclamation
Mr. Pierce revealed that he is not
"sold" on the domestic allotment
measure that passed the house yes
terday. He is a supporter of the
export debenture plan fathered by
the National grange and explained
last evening that it was originally
proposed by Alexander Hamilton.
Mrs. Pierce, who spoke briefly at
the banquet, said that although a
repubuican she has been listening
to her husband's views until she
has been convinced that he is right
in the doctrines he advocates. Mrs.
Pierce will be chief secretary to the
new congressman and she express
ed the hope people would realize
their great desire to be helpful in
the work soon to be undertaken at
Washington. Mrs. Pierce strongly
complimented the Hermiston peo
ple upon their cooperative work
and mentioned particularly the co
operative laundry. In his address
Governor Pierce paid tribute to F.
B. Swayze, Hermiston banker, over
the fact that the bank has been so
well managed that it is still run
ning. Project Explained.
E. P. Dodd, president of the Her
miston Commercial club, served as
toastmaster at the dinner and gave
a brief history of activities in con
nection with the move to have the
rapids project constructed. He told
of the federal survey secured with
state cooperation and of the en
gineer's report to the effect that
420,000 horse power may be devel
oped at the project at the low cost
of one and two tenths mills per
E. B. Aldrich, editor of the East
Oregonian, gave further details
with reference to past work in be
half of the project and told of the
change in elevation of the Wallula
cutoff highway so as to bring the
highway to an elevation higher
than the crest of the proposed dam.
"There are people who look at
the Celilo canal which cost $4,000,
000 and noting that It is unused say
what a shame to see such a waste
of money," said Roy W. Ritner, sec
retary of the Pendleton Chamber of
Commerce, but Mr. Ritner declared
that when the canal was complet
ed the freight rate on wheat drop,
ped four cents a bushel.
This rate decrease, according to
Mr. Ritner, has saved the wheat
growers of Umatilla county the
sum of $4,000,000 over a period of
years and on an estimal? of 50,000,
000 bushels of wheat moving to tide
water each year from the Inland
Empire has meant a total saving
to farmers of $40,000,000 or ten
times the cost of the canal.
Mr. Ritner gave the freight fig
ures to illustrate the desire of far
mers to secure open river develop
ment with a view to reducing trans
The Logical Site
S. E. Notson, Heppner attorney,
argued that Umatilla rapids Is the
proper place for the next develop
ment on the river as the canals and
locks at Cascades and at Celilo
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