Heppner gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1925-current, June 15, 1939, Page Page Six, Image 6

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    Page Six
Washington, D. C, June 15 Con
gress was told this week one reason
why prosperity has not come to the
Pacific northwest. Key industry of
that region is lumbering and pros
perity rises and falls with it. Here
is what the lawmakers were told:
In Oregon and Washington forest
products provide 60 percent of the
payrolls. On June 1, 1939, there were
240 mills running 40 hours a week
and employing 30,000 employees full
time; another 11,000 were working
three or four days a week in 280
mills and there were 430 mills down
and 19,000 workers unemployed.
For the past three years 50 cents
of every dollar received by the
millmen has gone for wages averag
ing 75 cents an hour. Every million
feet of lumber sold represents $12,
000 in wages; employs 20 men for
100 days. The industry in the two
states in 1937 paid $68,500,000 in
wages; paid $52,000,000 for materials,
supplies and services, paid $75,000,
000 in freight to trucks, rail and
water carriers; paid $5,000,000 in
Construction in 1938 in the United
States was 3.2 billion dollars com
pared to 6.6 billion dollars in 1928.
Last year more than half (53.3 per
cent), of all construction was so
called "public." Private construc
tion is in the depths and the gov
ernment has been stepping into the
breach with its public works pro
gram. The industry in Washington and
Oregon is at a disadvantage in com
peting with western Canada. Wages
in the Pacific northwest states are
higher, hours shorter and with un
employment compensation insurance
and old-age benefits the cost of pro
duction for the American operators
is from $3 to $4 per thousand
board feet more than the cost to
operators in British Columbia. The
old-age benefits and unemployment
compensation insurance now is 39
cents on every 1000 feet of lumber
and will be 59 cents in 1949 unless
the bill recently passed in the house
is ejected by the senate.
Products not manuactured in ac
cordance with regulations of NLRB
cannot be moved from the state of
their origin to another state, al
though competing goods manufac
tured in British Columbia can move
anywhere in the United States
without intererence other than pay
ment of a small customs duty. A
veritable flood of lumber is entering
this country from western Canada
Under the order of U. S. Mari
time commission, intercoastal rate
on American lumber is $14 per
thousand, whereas British Columbia
can ship to the same Atlantic ports
at $11 per thousand feet.
For these reasons, the delegations
of Oregon and Washington are
working for a bill of Senator Bone
(Washington), which requires that
all material used on construction
where government money is involved
must be of domestic origin.
Attention is called by scientists,
particularly Lincoln Constance of
University of California, to the Snake
river canyon, the Wallowa range
and the Seven Devils. In that little
known area embracing parts of
Oregon, Washington and Idaho,
there are plants and animals which,
in ages, have developed new forms
or preserved old primitive ones.
There are a number of species
known as "endemic," that is, pe
culiar to that area and found no
where else in the world. Suggestion
is made than an expedition be au-
thorized for detailed exploration.
Army engineers have squared
their shoulders for a large pro
gram with the coming fiscal year,
July 1. Outstanding is the start of
the Willamette valley project; con
tinuation of the flood control along
the Columbia river; continued
dredging for a ship channel from
Vancouver to Bonneville dam. The
engineers will investigate the pro
posal for barge navigation on Ump
qua river between Roseburg and
Scottsburg with possibilities for
power and irrigation. Survey of
Birch creek for flood control to
protect Pilot Rock. Inquiry to as
certain whether additional develop
ment of Port Orford harbor is ad
visable at this time.
There is no break between Pres
ident Roosevelt and Vice President
Garner. This rumor has been put in
circulation by a small group of
White House insiders who hope
that Mr. Roosevelt will be nomin
ated for a third term and they are
attempting to weaken sentiment for
Garner because Cactus Jack hap
pens for the moment to be "out in
front" and any aspirant in that po
sition this early in a campaign is a
legitimate target . . . Mrs. Roose
velt has made every newspaper wo
man in Washington a friend for life.
The first lady arranged for them to
meet the King and Queen. The gals
were pretty mad before that as
they had not been invited to the
lawn party at the British embassy
. . . It may interest women to know
the Queen's face became blotchy
before she left Washington. Her
complexion was too delicate to
withstand the intense sunshine and
Parole Director
O Milk Control
Fee Investigation
Salem Crossing up all the politi
cal prognosticators, the State Parole
board this week selected as the new
parole director a man whose name
had never been mentioned in con
nection with the numerous specula
tions for this position. That fact,
however, does not necessarily de
tract from the qualifications of Fred
Finsley, 33-year-old The Dalles at
torney, whom the board has select
ed to administer the new parole
organization which became effective
this week.
A graduate of the University of
Oregon, where he studied sociology
as well as law, Finsley was regard
ed by the board as the man best
suited for the job out of the 42
who applied for the appointment
Selection of the remainder of the
parole staff, including an assistant
director, a psychiatrist and four
field deputies, was to await a con
ference with the new director.
Oregon's new $2,500,000 capitol has
no flag pole. This lack which has
occasioned much comment by others
since the completion of the building
a year ago was not discovered by
Governor Sprague until last week
after he had issued a proclamation
urging that the American flag be
displayed on all public buildings
during Flag week, which ended
Wednesday. Not only is there no
provision for displaying the flag
from the new capitol but no funds
are available for .remedying this
oversight unless the state emerg
ency board can be convinced that
the situation constitutes an emerg
ency and is entitled to immediate
consideration. The governor told
the board of control that his office
was holding a fund of $294 con
tributed by various citizens follow
ing the capitol fire of 1935 which
was available for beautification of
the new building but this amount
is entirely inadequate to provide a
flag pole in keeping with the dig
nity of the state house.
National guard headquarters were
transferred from Salem to Camp
Clatsop Tuesday morning where
they will be maintained for the
duration of the annual maneuvers.
Both Major General George A.
White and Brigadier General Thos.
E. Rilea, as well as all members of
the state staff will be at camp for
the entire 15-day period.
Gazette Times, Heppner,
Contrary to the popular mpres
sion, the opinion handed down by
the state supreme court last week
in the case of Bruce Fox and others
against the milk control board, did
not involve the constitutionality of
the milk control act but only the
right of the control board to take
money from one group of producers
for the reimbursements of another
group. The suit was brought by a
group of "grade A" producers who
objected to assessments levied by the
control board under the pooling pro
visions of the milk control act.
The constitutionality of the milk
control act itself has never been
before the supreme court which has
studiously avoided any interpreta
tion of the act. In upholdng the
hands of the control board in this
suit the court divided four-to-three
with the minority members includ
ing Chief Justice Rand declaring
the board's (jrder in this instance to
be "not a proper exercise of the
police power" and a violation of the
state constitution.
Responding to a demand on the
part of peach growers for applica
tion of the Oregon marketing act to
their product the state department
of agriculture has scheduled a num
ber of hearings at which interested
growers will be asked to express
their opinions on this subject. These
hearings will be held at Roseburg,'
June 22; Eugene, June 23; Forest
Grove, June 24; Gresham, June 26;
The Dalles June 27; Salem June 28.
As interpreted by the department
of agriculture the peach marketing
agreement, if arrived at, would ap
ply to all of Oregon except that
lying more than 50 miles east of
The Dalles-California highway.
Both the Marion county grand
jury and the state bar are expected
to investigate alleged unethical prac
tices on the part of certain attor
neys who are said to charge gulli
ble friends and relatives of peniten
tiary inmates exorbitant fees for
their professional services in secur
ing pardons and paroles. This prac
tice, known to have existed for
years, was exposed this week in a
report by members of the state
parole board to Governor Sprague.
The report specifically called at
tention to one case in which an at
torney was said to have collected
$120 of an agreed fee of $800 for his
services in "springing" a prisoner
serving a life term in the peni
tentiary for murder. As a matter of
fact, the report points out, the at
torney in question did not appear
before the board at any time, did
not discuss the case with any of
its members and performed no le
gitimate service to justify his fee.
Members of the parole board have
repeatedly issued warnings to rela
tives and friends of prisoners against
employing attorneys in their ef
forts to secure the release of peni
tentiary inmates but apparently
these warnings are wasted inas
much as one of the persons contrib
uting to the fee specifically referred
to in, the report was said to have
had a copy of the warning in his
possession at the time this "deal"
was made.
Appearance of the September pri
mary measure on the general elec
tion ballot in 1940 was assured this
week when completed referendum
petitions containing more than 26,
000 signatures were filed with the
state department. The measure,
passed by the last legislature with
the approval of Governor Sprague,
would change the date of the bien
nial primary election from the third
Friday in May to the first Wednes
day after the first Monday in Sep
tember. The referendum against the
measure is sponsored by the state
grange, the State Federation of La
bor and the Oregon Commonwealth
It's been a case of "on again, off
again" with the medical chiefs of
the State Industrial Accident com
mission this past . month. First the
commission announced the "resig
nation" of Dr. Joseph F. Wood, dem
ocratic hold-over from the Martin
administration. A few days later it
announced the appointment of Dr.
Louis P. Gambee to succeed Wood.
Dr. Gambee is also a democrat, but
politics had nothing to do with eith
er the resignation or the appoint
ment, according to the commission
which was interested only in effi
cient administration, or so they ex
plained in a statement shortly after
Gambee was elevated to the post
of chief medical examiner. Others,
apparently, had different notions
about, the fitness of things political
and otherwise. At least they made
it so hot for the commission that
last week Dr. Gambee also "re
signed" and now Dr. Eugene W.
Rockey, a rock ribbed republican,
is on the job assisted by Dr. John
P. Trommald, another republican.
Joe E. Dunne, former state sena
tor from Multnomah county, and one
time republican candidate for gov
ernor, is back in the public spot
light again. This time it is as the
sponsor of a proposal to provide a
pension of $60 a month to all needy
persons 65 years of age or over,
the pension" to be financed through
a two percent tax on retail sales.
Preliminary petitions or an initia
tive measure covering the proposed
pension measure were filed with
Secretary of State Earl Snell this
week by Dunne and William Ar
thur Harroun, both of Portland.
Notice is hereby given that the
undersigned administrator of the es
tate of David W. Thomas, deceased,
has filed his final account with the
County Court of the State of Oregon
for Morrow County of his admin
istration of the estate of said deceas
ed, and that said court has set Sat
urday, the 15th day of July, 1939,
at the hour of 10:00 o'clock in the
forenoon of said day at the County
Court room at Heppner, Oregon, as
the time and place for hearing ob
jection to said final account and the
settlement of said estate, and all
persons having objections thereto
are hereby required to file the same
with said court on or before the
time set for said hearing.
Dated and first published this 15th
day of June, 1939.
JOS. J. NYS, Administrator.
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Thursday, June 15, 1939
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