Page Six STATE CAPITAL NEWS o State Buildings Employment o Safety Jubilee By A. L. LINDBECK SALEM One building of the state capitol group was completed and an other formally started this week. The $2,500,000 modernistic capitol was accepted for the state from the contractors by the capitol recon struction commission after a thor ough inspection. The building will be open for public inspection on the afternoon of July 2 and all day July 3. State departments are expected to move into the new structure shortly after July 1. Formal dedica tion has been postponed until the opening day of the 1939 legislature. Shortly before the commission started on its inspection tour, Gov ernor Martin laid the cornerstone for the new $1,000,000 state library now under construction. The struc ture, across the street from the new capitol, will be completed January 1. At the cornerstone ceremony the governor told the crowd of about 100 to "move in closer. I want you to hear this speech. I won't be making them much longer." He then praised the state's progressiveness in library planning and building during the past 50 years. Hardly had his words faded away than the official inspection of the new capitol started. Francis Keally, New York architect, who designed the building, ushered the recon struction commission from the dome to the basement. The building is completely bare of furniture with the exception of the house and senate chambers. The two big assembly rooms are now com pleted and equipped with oak desks for each member, as well as theatre style seats in the spectators' bal conies. The seats for the senators and representatives have not yet arrived. Furniture from the present offices will be used until next fall when the new furnishings arrive. The contract for completion of the structure is not complete despite the acceptance. There are still two stone statue groups to be installed in front of the building flanking the broad steps and a gigantic statue of an early pioneer to surmount the tower on top of the building. Mural work, painting and other details will be finished later. With 31 jurors impaneled for the July session of circuit court here, action is expected soon in the state's condemnation proceedings against three property owners who have re fused to relinquish their property north of the new capitol building for the appraised value set by the state capitol reconstruction commis sion. Owners of the old Elks Temple in Portland this week offered the building to the state as a state of fice building for $690,000. The own ers said they would donate a 50 by 100 fiot lot for parking space and remodel the building to suit the needs of the state. No action was taken by the board of control, as Earl Snell, a member, was absent Drunken driving was responsible for the revocation of 64 operators' permits during May. There were 94 licenses devoked during the month, Secretary of State Earl Snell an nounced. Employment in Oregon during the past few months has been on the up swing, two state officials reported this week. Guy V. Lintner, director of the Oregon State Employment service, said the number employed during June would show an increase over previous months of 1938. He credited the upswing in jobs to resumed saw mill operations in Marshfield and Klamath Falls, the pea harvest in Pendleton, and seasonal work in oth er parts of the state. J. C. Joy, chairman of the state industrial accident commission, re ported that the number of men working in May in Oregon industries under the workmen's compensation law had increased since February. The total April payroll was larger than the payroll during the same period last year. However, the num ber employed is below the number Heppner of last October when the high mark since 1929 was reached. Gasoline sales in Oregon during May, totaling 20,582,615 gallons, were the second highest for the month in the state's history, according to Sec retary of State Earl Snell. The fig ure was one per cent below the rec ord set last year. During the first four months of the year motorists paid more than $4,000,000 in taxes, with $1,029,130.77 being collected in May. Governor Martin this week asked the people of Oregon to cooperate with the National Safety Council Silver Jubilee, program in keeping Fourth of July accidents to a mini mum: "I particularly urge all citi zens not to mar the holiday by death or injury due to careless driving, un wise use of fireworks, and careless hiking or swimming," the governor said. State , Forester Ferguson believes Oregon forestry and protection has progressed 20 years since inaugura tion of CCC camps five years ago. He said the enrollees spent 135,000 man 'days in fighting fires last year. There are now 2400 CCC youths in Oregon. Only seven of the 86 cases appealed from the Oregon state supreme court to the United States supreme court in a period of 86 years have been reversed, Arthur S. Benson, clerk' of the Oregon court announced this week. The other 79 cases were either affirmed or dismissed. State Budget Director Wharton this week mailed instructions and forms for the 1939-40 biennial bud get to all state department and in stitution heads. He requested that all budget estimates be in his office by September 1. The . state supreme court an nounced that the hearing on the in sanity proceedings filed against Earl H. Fehl, former Jackson county judge, has been set for July 7. Fehl, who served four years in the state penitentiary for ballot thefts, is now a patient at the Oregon state hospital here. Fruit- Crops Look Best in Far West, OSC Outlook Says Prospects for major fruit crops are better in the far west than in any other part of the country, with ex port prospects better than usual, according to the current agricultural situation and outlook report just is sued by the extension agriultural economist's office at Oregon State college. Loss of most of the early and much of the late fruits in Europe because of unseasonable cold weath er has materially strengthened the export prospects for the 1938 Amer ican fruit crop. Average domestic supplies of fruit are in prospect fcr the nation as a whole, but production will be un evenly distributed. A large pear crop is in prospect on the Pacific coast, where the output is expected to ex ceed the 10-year average by about 30 percent. A record crop of dried prunes is in prospect for California, but in Oregon and Washington con ditions were not so favorable at last reports. With the Oregon farm price in dex down two points to 62 per cent of the 1926-1930 average, the report shows that potatoes, apples, butter fat, wool, eggs, dried prunes and wheat are in the worst relative price position, in that order. The price in dex as of mid-May declined two points from the month previous and was 31 points below the peak of April, 1937. Overflowing granaries of American wheat are still indicated by every advance estimate. The latest fore cast on winter wheat is for 760 mil lion bushels, which is 214 million bushels more than the 10-year av erage of 1927 to 1936. In addition, spring wheat conditions on June 1 indicated a crop in excess of 260 million bushels. Thus the total wheat crop in the United States will prob ably be in excess of a billion bush els, or a surplus production over do mestic needs of around 300 million bushels, without counting at least that much carry-over. The complete report may be ob tained at county extension, offices. G. T. Want Ads bring results. Gazette Times, Heppner, varerpuiar rnce Drop Expected to Aid Sales, Employment Making its most important and boldest forward step since its intro duction of diesel-powered tractors in 1931, Caterpillar Tractor Co. an nounced on June 20, 1938, liberal price reductions in its line of track- type tractors and diesel engines. This, according to V, R. Runnion of the Braden-Bell Tractor & Equip ment company, which handles the sales of "Caterpillar" machines in this locality, is the best news that has come to power users in recent years. The reductions in the tractor line affect all sizes except the "Twenty-Two," the price of which had already been reduced $200 sev eral weeks earlier. The acclaim with which that announcement was re ceived encouraged the company to make similar reductions in the prices of other of its products, the reduc tions ranging from $150 to $650 on the several sizes of tractors and from $175 to $750 on the diesel engine line, affecting six of the eight cur rent sizes of "Caterpillar' diesel en gines. Since the formation of the Cater pillar Tractor company in 1925, Mr, Runnion explains, it has adhered to the policy of building ever better products at ever lower prices. Prior to the introduction of diesel en gines and diesel-powered tractors in 1931, repeated downward revisions of prices had been made, passing on to users the benefits of increased sales and the consequent economies of larger-scale production. With the introduction of the diesel, the com pany entered into a program of en gineering and production develop ment, revision of manufacturing fa cilities and erection of new build ings that involved the expenditure of millions of dollars. Completion of the "dieselization" program opened the way for again passing on to us ers the benefits of lower prices. In addition, the company reduced its profit margins in order that the strongest possible bid might be made for increased business, with price re ductions that would extend the ad vantages of diesel power to a greatly ly increased number of users. The reduction in prices, placing "Caterpillar" products well below those of other track-type tractors and diesel engines of comparable size, are, a step to further increase "Caterpillar's" leadership in these fields. The move has been greeted with equal enthusiasm by dealers, who see in it an incentive to more buying activity, and by employees, who welcome the assurance that more sales volume means more em ployment Roadside Beauty Needs Guarding Oregon's world-famed highway system that brings the traveller in from the east, spreading out to Cal ifornia by way of The Dalles, into the Ochoco, John Day and other valleys, and over mountain and plain to the west coast, must be guarded vigilantly by citizens of this part of Oregon to insure its permanent sce nic beauty, and steps should be taken at once to preserve timber strips along its route, and to take over and improve burned- and cut-over sec tions, it is pointed out in a report of -the state planning board, "Pres ervation of Oregon Roadside Tim ber." The report, which presents facts and figures for all highways of the state, shows that of a grand total of 384 miles of heavy travel highways in the Eastern Oregon system, 136.6 is through majestic merchantable timber, 86.4 miles is bordered by non-merchantable timber, 112 miles is sided by second growth, cut over and burned areas, and 49.1 miles are in non-forest regions.. To insure preservation of a sub stantial strip of permanent natural forest cover along the heavy trav eled eastern Oregon highways would require a combined investment on the part of the national forest and state lands of $687,250 of which the state should contribute $531,130, and the national forest $156,120. Because of the great scenic value of this route, the sums would be an invest ment of outstanding value to the state, the report points ot The heavy traveled roads in the Oregon eastern Oregon system included in the survey are The Dalles-California, Ochoco, John Day, Heppner Spray, Pendleton-John Day, John Day-Burns, Oregon Trail, Weston Elgin, Flora, Minam, Baker, Fre mont, and Klamath Falls-Lakeview. The report, which is the work of the planning board's committee on roadside preservation, aided by a special WPA project points out the grave and immediate dangers to tim ber borders due to truck logging, need of liquidation by owners, and other factors and urges that agen cies, organizations and citizens unite to make permanent the present un cut areas, and to improve those al ready cut-over or burned. Snell Advises Caution In Fourth Driving Next Sunday all America will take to the highways as the national hol iday, lengthened this year because it falls on a week-end, is ushered in. Last year five Oregonians last their lives in highway accidents over the Fourth of July, accordng to Secre tary of State Earl Snell, who urges motorists and pedestrians alike to celebrate the Fourth with safety first. "Nationally, the Fourth of July ac cident toll runs high into the hun dreds every year, and traffic acci dents are responsible for a majority of the victims," Snell declared. "Ore gon has made an outstanding safety record so far this year, and it would be fitting if ths state would cele brate Independence Day by keepng its slate free from highway fatalities." Snell particularly urged that mo torists refrain from planning trips which cannot be made comfortably during the holiday period, and that they give their automobiles a thor ough checking over before starting. He also advised motorists to drive at moderate speeds and to make a spec ial effort to be courteous, since traf fic will be unusually heavy. "Remember to drive slowly past resorts and other crowded spots, and to control your speed on un familiar stretches of road," Snell said. "We can prevent the usual number of f atalities if we will, make a conscious effort to give the 'other fellow' every possible advantage." Potted plants at all times, phone 1332; will deliver. 15tf Professional Directory GLENN Y. WELLS ATTORNEY AT LAW ATwater 4884 535 MEAD BUILDING 5th at Washington PORTLAND, OREGON A. D. McMurdo, M. D. PHYSICIAN & SURGEON Trained Nurse Assistant Office In Masonic Building Heppner, Oregon Morrow County Abstract fir Title Co. INC. ABSTRACTS OP TITLE TITLE INSURANCE Office in New Peters Building F. W. Turner Cr Co. FIRE, AUTO AND LIFE INSURANCE Old Line Companies Seal Estate Heppner, Oregon Jos. J. Nys ATTORNEY AT LAW Peters Building, Willow Street Heppner, Oregon Laurence Case Mortuary "Just the service wanted when yon want it most" Thursday, June 30, 1938 J. O. 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