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MILL CITY, OREGON
Handsome Is, Handsome Does:
Case of Mind Over Mattress
DON PETERSON, Publisher
TOM COURTNEY JR , Editor
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-------------------------------- By BILLY ROSE ---------------------------------
At a spaghetti salon, 1 got to talking with a reformed boot
legger who is currently the Mister Big of a big whiskey company.
“What do you hear from the mob?" I asked. "Anything that would
fill up three sheets of copy paper?”
The former Man of Extinction thought a minute. 'There’s one story
I don’t remember seeing in print," he said. "It’s about an old man
named Ronowitz who ran a candy store on the East Side around the time
Dutch Schultz was buying his first delivery trucks. . . .”
.If all the world hum ro»y, all evil vanquished, and right prevailed, how
ideal It would be. Newspaper» would proclaim the wonder In step with
other public M*rviccH. But, Alaa it 1» not »o.
Some indeed would aak the preaa to |>alnt all matter« with rota- and
gold. However truth doe» not always carry the more pleasant colors for
It« banner» ami there is no substitute for truth. Whenever a newspaper
forgets Its reaponalbiUty to report the truth to the community It serves, the
rigors of death have already set in. May this never be our fate.
When Emerson stated ‘There Is nothing more terrible than an eloquent
man who will not s|M*ak the truth". we would add. “nor a |w-nman who
To I m - sure evil will be harmed and hypocrecy will cry unjust, but
there is no substitute for truth. The |H-ople »hall be informed.
Why Be Hasty?
Why be hasty in our unionization program? Why rush into something
that would better the Canyon’s youth? After all a new school would only
prepare our youth of today for better citizen» tomorrow.
built In a day. Inadequate buildings and limited curriculums are good
enough for the juniors In our high school. The »Indents in the sophomore
class should not be considered. Why be hasty in our action. Hang the
welfare of the students. Rather let us consider our |«ersonal prejudices
anil petty thinking. Let us deliberate, hope for the ideal to come to pass,
by some act of magic construct the new building then talk seriously about
imlonlzjition. No hurry though.
"Caution” must be the keyword. "Mistrust" our motive. "Doubt" our
Above all hast must not be Included In the vocabulary of our thinking.
Unionize? Sun—but. it's later than you tliink!
The Press and CVA
by RICHARD L. NEUBERGER
Four dailies in small communities
are supporting CVA. They are, in
order of size, the Wenatchee, Wash.,
World; the Pendleton, Ore., East Ore
gonian; the Lewiston, Idaho, Tribune,
and the Hood River. Ore., Sun.
Practically all other newspapers in
the Northwest are vigorously oppos
ing the CVA.
A lone exception
among the large dailies is the Ore
gonian, which declines to indorse the
President’s bill but believes "some
sort of over-all regional agency is
The argument voiced most fre
quently is that CVA also is linked
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with "socialism” and "statism”. The indorsed CVA. Most of these papers
contention is made that the region is are published in the East or Middle.
getting along splendidly without the West. The influential dailies, un.
The Democrats also are equivocally committed to CVA. are
charged with making a partisan issue the New York Times, St. Louis Post
of support of CVA, a claim voiced by Dispatch, Washington, D. C. Star,
the Oregonian as well as by dailies Washington Post. Washington News
No corresponding criticism is di Times and Milwaukee Journal.
rected against the Republicans for
It is not without significance that
making a partisan issue of opposition some of the publications, notably the
Washington Star and the Scripps-
The Pacific Northwest Develop Howard chain, are conservatively Re.
ment Association has been played publican in their editorial sympathies.
(Mr. Neuberger has recently under
"straight" by the press of the region.
No analysis has been printed of its taken an analysis of the press and the
I contributions from private power CVA for the Nieman Journalism ,
j companies In fact, power company Foundation at Harvard University
hostility to CVA rarely receives at- The publisher of this paper has long
been an advocate of CVA and MVA,
| tention from the press.
Ironically enough, many of the ad believing that some long range proj- ;
jectives now used against CVA were ects are too big to be set up and
operated in any other fashion for the
1 of Teddy Roosevelt and Gifford Pln- benefit of the people as a whole. ■
chot to set aside the upland wood The success of the authority plan of
lands in forest reserves. Indeed, the control has been proved by the New
Oregon legislature of that year de York Harbor Authority and TVA.)
nounced the Pinchot proposal in much
the same language as CVA now is
j being condemned
One particular A Tree, A Cloud and A Hill
phase stands out. The Congress was A curve in the road on a hill side,
Clear cut against the sky;
j urged not to turn over the timber to
I 1 "theorists."
A tall tree tossed by the Autumn
Although press backing for CVA is
And a white cloud floating by.
slim inside the Northwest, some of
the great papers of the nation have Ten men passed along that road
And all but one passed by.
He saw the hill and the cloud and the
And with an artist's mind and eye
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For the other nine men to buy.
George L. Steffy. Chairman
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Mill City Chamber of Commerce
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notices of all school elections be pub
lished in local newspapers.
present posting of notices is not
To the Editor: A recent article in
(2) A code of ethics pertaining to
the National Education association's all school-board members
Journal stated “that school boards in
(3) Polls of public opinion of
America must respond to the temper school issues.
and tensions of the times or they may
(4) Orientation by the county
eventually become extinct.”
school superintendent of all new
It would be safe to say that the board directors.
above statement might apply to any
(5) A determined interest in
state in the union and Oregon is no school affairs by the people at large.
Fundamentally, Oregon has a very
It is time the people realized the progressive educational system, but
importance of voting at school elec in our efforts to make it better with
tions whether they have children in changing times let us not forget we
school or not, for America’s future
all have a monetary interest in it
is built through it’s school system. as well as a social and moral obliga-
Over the years there have been, and
! tion as pertains to our children and
still are, countless examples where ourselves, FRANKLYN E. SMITH,
schools have been hampered finan
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cially, academically and morally
simply because of a leave-it-to-the- REGISTRATION TO VOTE ( LOSE«
other-fellow attitude by the electo APRIL 18—IT IS YOUR PRIVILEGE
rate. This situation has caused such SANTIAM Fraternal Order of Eagles
things as (1) certain citizens hold 2745 meets at Ladies Auxiliary Hall
ing the official reins of the school each Tuesday at 8 p.n».
within their immediate families year
Mill City Lodge No. 144,
in and year out; (2) secret board >’ -J I.O.O.F. meets every Friday
meetings and intrigue; (3) playing night. Visiting brothers welcome.
politics; (4) unwise spending of
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taxpayers’ money; (5) absorbing
petty administrative details and in
countless cases causing capable and
qualified teachers and administrators
to be discharged without any basic
We must realize a school board is
elected to represent all the people, so
$1 per month and up
admitting this fact we would also
Also serving Gates and Lyons
have laws strictly adhered to in their
regard. Perhaps the following sug
gestions would help in some way to
alleviate the shortcomings of our
(1) Make it compulsory that
iditor’s Letter Box:
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From where I sit... ¿y Joe Marsh
"Curfew Shall Not
Our ten o'clock curfew lasted for
50 years, but the town council voted
it out. I dropped in at the meeting
in Town Hall last week just in time
to hear Smiley Roberts.
“The curfew is old-fashioned,”
says Smiley. “We ought to be
grown-up enough by now to behave
like grownups. Seeing to it that
our kids get to bed is the responsi
bility of each family.” Then Judge
Cunningham adds, “Most of us
are in bed when the curfew horn
blows anyway. It wakes me up just
when I’m getting to sleep!”
What the Judge said was good
for a laugh, but Smiley just about
summed up how folks think in this
town. We believe that the demo
cratic tradition of “live and let
live” is the only way to live.
From where I sit, it’s not the
American way to regulate your life
by a horn—anymore than it’s right
to criticize my earing for a temper
ate glass of beer now and then.
Think what you wish, say what you
wish, but don’t ask your neighbor
to do exactly as you do!
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want," laid the gangiter. "Make
a wish. Better yet,, make three
wishes like in them fairy stor
"Well,’’ said the storekeeper, "I
hear in a couple weeks some guy
from the West Side is opening a
candy store on the next block.”
"He ain’t gonna open,” said the
hoodlum. "Keep tallBh’.”
“The man who sells me my
chocolate syrup, all of a sudden he
wants a 15 per cent mark-up.”
“I'll discuss it with him. Chances
are you’ll get a reduction. One
more wish to go—this time make it
"That’s all I can think of," said
Ronowitz, "excepting maybe you’d
like to tell me how it felt when you
was in the mattress.”
THE GANGSTER'S lips tight
ened. “You’re makin' fun of me.
Pop," he said, “and I don't like it.
I wanted to pay ya off nice and
proper, but since ya don't want it
that way, maybe I better try some
Ten minutes later, as per phone
instructions from the hoodlum, a
black car drove up and Ronowitz
was pushed into the back seat. The
car headed north and kept going
until it parked near a wooden
bridge somewhere in Westchester.
The driver took some chains
from the luggage compartment, put
a heavy piece of scrap iron on the
old man's middle, and then lashed
his legs to his chest so the metal
was wedged in between.
"Throw him over when I
count three," ¡aid the hoodlum.
The old man braced himself
and wondered who would mind
the store the next day.
Suddenly the gangster grinned.
He walked over and began to undo
"Now you got your answer, Pop,”
he said. "That’s how I felt when
I was in the mattress.”
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One night as the storekeeper was
about to lock up, a hoodlum stepped
into the shop
and pressed a
gun against the
old man's mid-
die. "Hide me
The old man
knew better than
to argue with a
he asked, as he
opened the trap door which led to
"Some fellas from Jersey.”
When they got to the basement,
Ronowitz pointed to a couple of
old mattresses near the coal bin.
"Lay down,” he said, “and I’ll
make a sandwich.”
A minute later the storekeeper
had rolled man and mattresses into
a bundle and tied it up with a piece
of old clothesline.
• • •
AS HE STARTED back up to the
store, a couple of men, guns In
hand, came down the stairs. "What-
cha doin' in the cellar?” asked one.
"Bankin’ the furnace." said the
The gents from Jersey poked
around in the trash barrels, ex
amined the coal bin and then came
to the rolled-up mattresses.
"I'll throw a bullet into them
for luck," said one of them.
"You been ¡eein’ loo many
movies," said the other. "Let's
try the roof."
The mobsters went upstairs and
Ronowitz heard the door bang. He
banked the fire, and waited in his
store until he saw the men climb
into a car and drive off. Then he
went back down and untied the
"You done fine, Pop," said the
fugitive, taking a wad of bills out
of his pocket. "Tell me when to
stop countin’. ”
"Such money I Joni take."
laid the old man.
"Ya kin hate anything ya
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