La Grande Observer from La Grande, Oregon on January 10, 1939 · Page 1
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La Grande, Oregon
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Tuesday, January 10, 1939
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WEATHER FORECAST Oregon Unsettled tonight and Wednesday; o c c a s i o nal rain northwest portion; fogs interior southwest portion; . little change in temperature; gentle changeable wind off coast. ... tarn bits tnm the DAY'S NEWS Ha (irattfo lEtif ttm DIPLOMATS NAMED President Roosevelt today nominated Frank P. Corrigan of Ohio to be ambassador to Venezuela and Spruille Braden of New York to be ambassador to Colombia. NEUTRAL ZONE FIXED Hungary and Carpathoukraine have agreed to establish a neutral zone in the Munkacs district, scene of recent serious clashes between troops-of both nations, it was announced today. CASUALTIES HEAVY Cinemas, cafes and other buildings on Spanish towns near Gibraltar were requisitioned by the j insurgent officials today to ac- commodate wounded soldiers being returned from the Estrema- dura front. Hospitals were overcrowded as a result of casualties inflicted during the loyalist offensive. SHARE CROPPERS PROTEST Three hundred sharecropper farmers and their families today camped along a highway between Missouri and the Arkansas line in protest against unemployment and iack of land to farm on shares. It was the first contingent of what the southern tenant farmers' union, a C. I. O. affiliate, said would become a general movement in which hundreds of families would participate. DISHONESTY STRUCK "The thing that is killing this country is pure, unadulterated dishonesty," President C. D. Har- rington, Montreal, told the 21st ' annual Canadian Construction association conference t o-d a y . "Some businessmen have allowed their sense of ethics to become an elastic band and that's why the country has got into the mess it is in today." NAZI IMPORTS RISE Germany sends more goods to Brazil than any other country, having replaced the United States as the chief importer, official statistics revealed today. People in the News , A motion picture studio signed Mix Baer, former heavyweight boxing champion, as the crooning cowboy hero of six western films. Baer will sing on horseback and the pictures will be in technicolor . . . Gen. Hugh S. Johnson, columnist and chairman Df 'the New York committee of ji the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, criticized persons who. refuse assistance in the fight against the disease because they "don't like this administration." ... Cpl. Anthony Eden, former British foreign secretary, called President Roosevelt's message to congress "a signpost which points the way along which all liberty-loving nations would choose to travel" . . . Reports in Rumania that an attempt had been made to. assassinate King Carol within the last few days were officially denied . . . Harold Lloyd, film comedian and producer, will become potentate of the Los Angeles Al Malaikah temple of the Shrine Saturday night - Elliott Roosevelt, second son of the president, said in a radio broadcast that states must enact their own wage and hour laws if the federal fair labor standards act is to be a success . . . Col. v Charles A. Lindbergh owes the state of Ohio $70 in inheritance taxes, it was revealed at Cleveland. The delinquency resulted from a $1,000 request to Col. Lindbergh from Mrs. Annie E. Culler, grandmother of Mrs. Lindbergh. ... Renowned Pianist Percy Grainger To Play in High School Auditorium Reserve seat tickets to hear Percy Grainger, whoso flying fingers will extract music in world-renown fashion from a piano here January 16 at the high school auditorium, will go on sale tomorrow. Proceeds of the concert will be used to send the girls glee club to Tacoma to sing at the Music Educators conference. Grainger, an Australian, is a composer and conductor as well as one of the best-known concert pianist. To George Kress, a reporter' lor ine vaney spiru oi iium-bersburg, Pa., Grainger told his life story and Kress describes the interview: "I had expected '.o meet a great man and his greatness. I met the man, but for some reason or another I forgot all about the greatness the minute I put my hand in his and said "Howd'y do?" "The forgetfulness seemed to be mutual. Mr. Grainger told me to sit down, asked me what questions I wanted to ask and I told him, and he began to answer them. 'I was born in Melbourne, Australia 56 years ago, he said. 'I suppose that 1 was always i musical: my earliest recollections 5c Peace Held Unlikely American Ambassadors Tell Congressmen Of Trend Toward War WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 UP) Two key American diplomats in Europe painted a dismal picture of the pros pects for peace before a joint session today of the house and senate military committees which will handle President Roosevelt's proposals for expanding this country's forces on land, sea and in the air. The committee's session with Ambassadors Joseph P. Kennedy, stationed in London, and William C. Bullitt, in Paris, was a prelude to disclos" of the president's detailed defense proposals in a special message to congress Inter this week. A committee member said they described an "utterly chaotic condition" in Europe, caused by the demands of German Fuehrer Adolf Hitler and Premier Benito Mussolini of Italy. "They went over European af fairs step by step from the Munich conference, and showed the trend of affairs," the committee member said. "It certainly was a dismal picture for peace." Another member said the ambassadors discussed the British and French policies, their future prospects, and their possible chances of "appeasing" the demands of Hitler and Mussolini. " He indicated that they showed scant hope for eventual success of this policy. VOLUME 37 m mot fur-Bearing Trout Leads Colorado To Launch Mid-Winter Fishing Trip DENVER, Jan. 10 (UP) The Colorado fish and game commission promised today in the interest of science to facilitate the attempted capture of the legendary fur-bearing trout. The commission will grant permission for a Salida angler to make his cast out of . season in the icy waters of the nearby Arkansas river. There, assert Salida citizens including Wilbur B. Foshay, secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, are found the fish with cold weather covering. Foshay asked Otis E. Mc-Intyre, secretary of the commission, to waive the law to verify the reports. There were numerous Salida believers and University of Colorado zoologists were Mr mm Percy Grainger A COPY it MriOkW Ml SWORN IN This Is the scene in the House of Representatives In Washington, as Speaker William B. Bankhead gave the oath to members of the 76th Congress. A spirit of independence not apparent in Congress for six years was clearly seen by political observers, who predicted that many hard-Iought battles will punctuate the coming sessions. The session shown above was only 30 minutes long, but a special committee submitted a report indicting the present system ot unemployment relief Portland Attorney Said in Line For Phillipine Post SALEM, Ore., Jan. 10 (UP) William D. Bennett, Portland attorney and former state legislator, today said he had been advised he would be temporarily appointed U. S. high commissioner to the Philippines, "substituting" for Paul V. MeNutt, who J'&iday announced. - his DrnvvJ cratic presidential candidacy for 1940. puzzled. They advanced a theory that some sort of fungus growth attached lo trout in the winter, although they had never heard of such a phenomenon. "When I first read of the fur-bearing trout of the Arkansas I thought it was more or less a joke," admitted Mclntyre. "Perhaps there is something in the story. At any rate, it might be well to find out." . The fuzzy fish story has split veteran Colorado anglers into warring camps. The controversy was heightened when the Salida Daily Mail printed a picture of a fish with an apparent fur coating from head to tail. The paper reminded readers that "cameras don't e." and said the fish was caiichl several years ago. Coming i ' ' " " Z LA GRANDE, OREGON, IxniMfWfTim Whipping Posts For Drunk Drivers Urged in Montana HELENA, Mont., Jan.- 10 (UP Slate Senator Robert Pauline of Flathead county said today that he would propose a bill to establish whipping posts for drunken drivers at every county jail in Montana. He said his bill would specify five lashes from a "cat-'o-nine-tai!s" for first offenders, 10 lashes for second offenders and 15 for third. Assistant Union County Agent Leaves Job Here H. G. Smith to Become Lincoln County Agent; No Successor Named H. G. Smith, assistant county agent in Union county since August, 1935. left today to take up the duties of county agent of Lincoln county at Toledo, Oregon. Commenting on his removal, H. G. Avery, county agent, said, "Howard has been an excellent helper and has made an excellent record of accomplishments. Under his direction, 4-H club work has expanded to a considerably larger volume tlun previously. In addition to livestock arid crops projects, he, in 1936, took over active charge of girls club work and both lines are now on a higher volume of enrollments and completion than in any pre-(Continued on Page 2, Column 3) Here arc of music. I studied under my mother until I was ten years old. She was a wonderful musician. At twelve I went to Germany and studied there for six years. By the time I was nineteen I had toured Europe, South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia. In 1914 I came to America. 'Did you experience any difficulties in getting started as a musician?' I asked. 'Yes, I did,' he replied. 'I was very poorly equipped for the concert stage. I had hnrdly any technic whatsoever. But I learned from the public; a hard school but a very good one. Now. besides playing, I do Jots of composing. I usually compose for eight hours every day on the train or wherever I happen to be. I like' teaching and I do some of it in ! the summer, but I don't have lime to do much. 1 write too, for the Etude and other musical magazine..' 'In your articles, Mr. Grainger, what do you emphasize particu-j larly?' I interrupted. I The development of o national, musical style,' came the prompt reply. There is nothing worse than to neglect your own, as well as other national styles. Foreign geniuses are coming to America continually and unless something is done to foster and preserve American music, and musicians as well, there will never be a characteristic American music.' TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, New Bills Indicate Legislature in Line With Sprague SALEM, Ore., Jan. 10 (UP) The Oregon legislature moved into its second day today, apparently intent upon following the Republican lead of Governor Charles A. Sprugue. The governor advocated elimination of the "pauper's oath from the state old age pension law, and today Sen. U. S. Balen- tine introduced a bill for that puifsose. - . A threat lo the harmony, how ever, was hinted with the indi cation a bill would soon be in troduced to abolish the milk con trol board, which Sprague has said he supports. The senate met for only 45 minutes this morning. The body tabled a veto by ex-Gov. Charles H. Martin of the 1!)37 bill setting up a stream purification act. The house was in session for 15 minutes, only long enough to hear the first reading of two bills to appropriate $50,000 for expenses of the session and to outlaw the closed shop in Oregon. C. C. Chapman, Multnomah county representative, introduced house bill No. 2, which would outlaw all union contracts founded on the proposition that workers must join, or remain in, unions in order to retain their jobs. In his inaugural address Sprague said he hoped the state bakery board would be abolished, in that it was a holdover from the NRA and its continuance was unfair to other industries. Within less than an hour two Republican senators, apparently intent upon following the lead of their new banner-bearer, introduced senate bill No. 2, designed to abolish the bakery board. The bill was presented by Senators Rex Ellis of Pendleton and L. W. Wipporman of Grants Pass. MUSICAS SING REFRAIN NKW YORK, Jan. 10 (UP) The three living Musica brothers nleadcd guiltv in federal court to-l.'iy to violation of the securities and exchange net in the mismanagement of McKesson and Rob-bins, the drug firm headed by llicir brother Philip, alias F. Donald Coster, who committed sui- r'irlc. Wheat Today The price of Portland grains: soft while wheat 118 cents; western white wheat HI cents; western rod wheat 57 cents; oats $27.50; barley $23. Local wheat was quoted at 47 cents at the Pioneer Flouring mill. CHICAGO, Jan. 10 (UP) Wheat I prices held close to previous clos ing levels in slow trading on the Chicago board of trade today. At the close wheat was off k cent, corn off Vt cent, and oats 14 to Vi cent lower. Scattered selling at the opening was based on the decline at Liverpool, but the dip uncovered sufficient support to regain the fractional losses. The market wos a quiet affair, with many traders staying on the sidelines due to the lack of constructive news. Some of the selling was credited to houses with foreign connections. 1939 IT, Busmen Threaten Strike Union Pacific Stages Way Stop Running At 11 a. m. Tomorrow BULLETIN PORTLAND, tore., Jan. 10 (UP) Negotiation bfliwMn ih Union Pacific Stag company and the driven union were resumed late ihii afternoon, and a 4-itate strike scheduled for 11 cm. to morrow will not be called. W. K. Kuse, Portland manager, an nounced. SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 10 (UP) R. J. Walsh, president of Union Pacific stages, conferred in Salt Lake City today with company officials on ways to meet a threatened strike that would paralyze operations of the organization between Salt Lake City and Portland, Ore., at 11 a. m., tomorrow. C. W. Van Avery, president of the Utah-Idaho-Oregon-Washing- trie Railway and Motor Coach Employes, called the strike when he said the stage company rejected the union's latest offer to ward settlement of a three-month dispute on basic pay scales. Van Avery said the union includes about 200 stage drivers, mechanics and ticket agents employed by the company in the four-slate area. The threatened strike would cut La Grande off from all highway passenger service eustbound or westbound, starting at 11 a. m. tomorrow. Ml Mooney Spurns Hollywood Contracts, Lecture Bids Prior to Broadcast SAN FRANCISCO, Jan.. 10 (UP) Thomas J. Mooney waved aside offers for motion picture and lecture rights as he prepared for a nationwide broadcast tonight before undergoing a two-day physical examination. He was swamped with offers to capitalize on his freedom by pardon after 22 years in prison. The exception he made was a small fee for appearing at 8 p. m (PST) in a broadcast for "We, The People" program. ' Afterwards he will speak to Molder's Local, 164, of the American Federation of Labor, of which he was a member when convicted with Warren K. Billings of the San Francisco Preparedness Start of New Year Prompts City Employes to Recount Long Terms of Service With 1939 just beginning and the emphasis having been for a few days placed on time, many workers in La Grande reminisced back over the years of services they hove given their employers. Among those to follow that procedure were a number of employes of the city. J. E. Stearns, recorder-treasurer, for the city who was reappointed by City Manager Ed Ford and the aiiDoinlment confirmed 1 by the new commission looked back over 20 years devoted lo the city of La Grondo. Steorns became a city employe on February 19, 1919. Horace Knapp, city water superintendent, is another whose thoughts carried him back over a long span of years. Knapp joined the city water department in April of 1M0. Others whose years of work for the city requires more than the fingers on both hands to count are: Blanche Herzinger, who works in the library, having started in 1920; Gertrude Wagner, also a library employe, who started in 1922; Ella Niederer of the library, having began work there in 1924; Parley Hutchinson, now fire chief, who started as a fireman in 1922; W. F. Gallagher, fireman, initiated Into the force in 1925; Clem Wallace of the water department began work in 1924; Chris Nelson, also of the water department, began in 1322; Frank Wurl, employed in the sewer department, has been at his World Coverage by United Press i Kills Babies Mrs. Marjorie Montforaery, 27-year-old divorcee, who leaped lata San Francisco Bay from pier at night with her two babies in her arms. The babies drowned but he was rescued. Doctors said he was suffering from delusions. Her grandfather was tounder of Ilantord, Wash, JEngland, France Form Solid Front PARIS, Jan. 10 (UP) Great Britain and France agreed today on a firm, united front against any Italian efforts to obtain colonial territory from France. Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, stopping off here, gave a formal promise that he wonldnotj try to mediate between France and Italy on his visit to Rome. day bombing in 1018. Tomorrow he enters a hospital for a checkup on his physical condition by Dr. Leo Eiocsser, noted diagnostician, who abandoned a San Francisco practice to outfit and run a medical aid center for Spanish loyalists. . Mooney has been treated from time to time in prison for stomach ulcers but appeared to stand tip well during his pardon hearing and celebrutions in his honor since. Mooney, 56, has postponed plans to tour the nation and said he would not leave the stute until Billings was freed. "I hope we can obtain Billing's release shortly," ho said. "And then we'll talk about leaving the state." job since 1922; Orville Wright, street superintendent, began his tenure of office in 1925; and Ruth Burns of the water department first started to work there in 1927. There may be others whose record in office is not immediately available, but the bulk of tho city employes can claim long and valuable experience. Among the volunteer firemen, Claude Mackey, Nate Zweifel and one or two others were in service before 1919. Blue Mountain Livestock Association Holds Annual Meet in Imbler Thursday The annual meeting and election of the Blue Mountain Livestock association will be held in the Wade hall at Imbler on Thursday. January 12, at 12 noon. Directors will be elected for a term of two years. Directors who terms expire include C. H. Mc-Kenzie, Rummerville; W. H. Woodruff, Union; and A. F. Bowman, North Powder. The association marketed more hogs in 1938 than in any previous year and will celebrate the achievement by giving away a purebred boar to a member and by giving a free lunch to all members, says the announccmrnt of the meeting. Speakers will be R. L. Clark of the BoDine and Clark Commission company, Professor P. NUMBER 6 fl'IPl ikUliv Comic Charge New York Grand Jury Returns Three Charges Against Radio Star ' NEW YORK, Jan. 10 (UP) Jack Benny, radio and film comic, was indicted by a federal grand jury today on three charges of smuggling in connection with the alleged purchase of jewels from Albert N. Choperau, international soldier of fortune. . The comedian, who reportedly earns $12,000 s week, pleaded not guilty to the indictment, which contained a conspiracy -count, . and was placed in $1,000 bail for trial Jan. 24 at his arraignment before Judge Murray Hulbert. . Benny was caught in the same tolls which last month - trapped his radio rival, Comedian George Burns who pleaded guilty to smuggling $4,885 worth of diamond-studded trinkets' for his wife and partner. Grade Allen. Chaperau, one-time film figure himself, already faced eight years' imprisonment and a $20,-000 fine in connection with the smuggling of $1,833 worth of Paris finery for Mrs. Eltna .N. Lauer, wife of Supreme Court i Justice Edgar J. Lauer. Like Mrs. Lauer, Chaperau pleaded guilty to that charge out has yet to be tried on the charges involving Bums and Benny. '" Federal, officers had said that Benny bought from $1,200 to $2,-000 worth of smuggled genu from Chaperau for his wife end radio colleague, Mary Livingstone. ' Military Training PnHrrfTHnnnn-n. Not F.D.R. Plan WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UP) President Roosevelt said today mw iu injury I' 4 wie gycia. iiiLii . uuca ecu WfflCfHJJUCM; WOT the civilian conservation corps as '"' a nucleus for any 'expanded military training program.'1 He expressed his views when he was asked at a press conference for his reaction to a proposal by Chairman Andrew J. May, D Ky., of the house military affairs committee to give 300,000 CCC youths military training. Births Ontossber Deaths in Cosaty Births outnumbered deaths 171 to 153 In Union county during 1938, a report by the Union county health unit showed today. Births were consistently more numerous than deaths in all twelve months of the year. The greatest number of births occurred in December. During that month 30 babies were born here. The greatest number of deaths occurred in August Twenty died that month. A month by month tabulation shows: ' Deaths Births January ... 14 24 February 15 IT March 16 22 April 10 22 May 14 18 June 9 27 July 12 28 August 20 September 6 October .( 18 November 18 December 1 21 22 22 17 30 271 Totals 155 M. Brandt, head of the livestock department at Oregon State college, and D. E. Richards, superintendent of the Union experiment station. Hog sales in 1933 were 8671 and hog shipments in that year increased six per cent over the sales of 1937, the association reported. , Officers of the organization are: President W. H. Woodruff, Vice President C. H. McKenzie, Secretary-Treasurer H. G. Avery, Pool Manager R. S. French and John Waclty, and Directors J. S. Schroeder, Island City; Clyde McKenzie, Summervttie; A. F. Bowman, North Powder; Duncan McDonald, La Grande; W. K. Woodruff, Union, John Waelty, Elgin; and R. S. French, Cove.

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