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The Kppnr GKfttta. Established
March SO. lSSS.
The Heppner Times, Kstahllshed
N.ivtmtwr IS, 1S9T.
, Consolidated February 15, 11I.
Published every Thursday morning by
Vawter Cmword and Spencer Crawford
ad entered at the Postotflc at Hepp
ner, Orepon. aa aecond-clasa matter.
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Under this heading, Col. Hofer,
of The Manufacturer, published at
Salem, comes out strongly in favor
of the proposed measure to pay ir
rigation and draiiuc district bond
interest fot the -first five years after
such projects are started. This
measure is No. 304 on the ballot,
and its purpose has heretofore been
set forth in these columns, and has
our unqualified indorsement. Thh
Eastern Oregon section is especially
interested in the passage of this
measure, and the people of Morrow
county should support it unanimous
ly. We are glad to give place to
this indorsement by Col. Hofer.
Among the measures to be sub
mitted to the voters at election June
3, is one of particular merit from
the standpoint of agricultural and
industrial development.
From any angle it can ; be con
sidered the measure to permit the
state to pay irrigation and drainage
district bond interest for the first
five years after such a project is
started, by issuing state bonds, said
bond money with interest to the
state to be repaid by such districts,
six months after maturity of such
district bonds, seems a safe and
sane proposition. It seems doubly
safe when it is provided that no such
drainage or irrigation district can be
started without the approval of a
state board comprised of the State
Engineer, the Attorney General and
the State Superintendent of Banks,
who. respectively pass on the feas
ibility of the drainage or irrigation
system, the legality of the contracts,
etc., and the holding of the bonds
by the state as security for these
farmer organizations.
The plan is a businesslike way of
using the credit of the state for de
veloping what is. now waste land so
that it can be used by settlers and at
the same time requiring these set
tlers who have the benefits of this
improvement of their land, to pay
for it. The first five years on any
farm is the hard time and when a
man needs help. By that time some
thing is coming in.
Individual bond buyers would not
take the time to examine titles and
investigate the advisability of these
different little projects scattered
over the state on some 7,000,000
acres of this unused land, but they
would buy the. bonds immediately
the interest was guaranteed by the
This is a legitimate way of using
the credit of ourt great state to de
velop and increase its resources and
at the same time provide means for
thousands of returning soldiers as
well as other settlers to acquire
The state fixes the price and terms
of sale at which the land can be
bought, in tracts of 60 or 80 acres,
and there is no chance for land
speculators to shove the price up
when the improvement starts.
These lands are located in the
Willamette Valley along the Colum
bia river, in the valleys along the
coast and in Eastern, Central and
Southern Oregon, about equally
Settlement of these lands will
mean $50,000,000 of outside capital
spent in construction work in the
next ten years, and add a hundred
million to assessed valuation of
Inasmuch as it is a development
proposition for the whole state, the
expense of which is borne by the
beneficiary and not the taxpayer, it
owuld seem that undivided support
should be given the measure at this
time when we are exerting every
effort for increased production and
industrial development.
By what reasoning does the ideal
ist figure out that we are not to judge
the future by the past? What
reason does he give you that the
competitive struggle of history will
not continue under a league of
nations? If England, as she would,
under even the amended covenant,
control one-fourth the territory and
population of the world, desire to
dominate the commerce of the
world in conflict with the purposes
of the United States, would you be
willing to turn that control over to
her, and take a chance of thus
limiting the development of Amer
ica? Not because this country
( means to be selfish, but because of
I the desire to be second to none,
i Would vou be willing to surrender
any of the principles or traditions
that have made America the greatest
of nations?
In the good old days the banker
sat behind his mahogany rail and
waited for business to come his way.
He loaned money and that was all
and generally he was the most un
progressive man in the community
for he was out of touch of every
thing but money matters.
Times have changed and the
banker today, if he is making a suc
cess, is usually about one jump
ahead of the gun when it comes to
being posted on conditions which
spell prosperity for his territory.
The progressive bank today de
velops business instead of just wait
ing for it to come.
As an illustration, the banks of
Kalispell, Montana, recently .created
a fund to be loaned to young farm
ers for the purchase of livestock,
said funds to be loaned at 6 per cent
and repaid out of the increase from
In other words these banks are
developing an industry which in
turn develops the community and in
cidently business for the banks.
This is constructive work and the
new idea of service in banking.
The Roosevelt Highway will put
new life, new enterprise, new pep,
new energy, new effort and new de
termination into the people living in
the Coast counties, and will open up
and develop a vast stretch of coun
try that the people of Oregon know
but little about, and will bring into
existence a splendid scenic highway
that will surprise the people of Ore
gon as well as the people of the
United States'. It is in the rough now,
but with skilled engineers and ex
perienced road builders, it is our
honest prediction that Oregon will
have the most magnificent and pic
turesque highway in the world. That
is one reason why everybody in Ore
gon should be a booster for
the Roosevelt Highway.Tillamook
Probably no crisis faced bv this
nation in the past more closely ap
proaches the present situation in
which we find ourselves than the
Whiskey Rebellion of 1794; the im
portance of which has been almost
universally overlooked bv historians
and writers generally.
This rebellion was the first real
test the new republic faced.
Although the outward cause of the
rebellion of the Pennsylvania rioter?
was protest against the new excise
tax on whiskey, the deeper cause
was the activity of the various anar
chistic and tree thought societies
throughout the new nation.
Societies drew their inspiration
from the license in insane France;
just as today anarchistic revolters
here draw their inspiration from the
It was touch and go for several
months whether or not the new
republic would survive this wide
spread, armed rebellion, but by ap
pealing to the citizens, by raising a
volunteer army, and by promptly
facing rebellion in its strongholds
the crisis was met and vanquished.
It requires no deep student of the
philosophy of history to discover that
had dilatory policies of fainthearted
pacifism ruled the councils of state,
this republic would have died then,
almost in its inception.
Then, as now, the great majority
of the citizens were for established
government, and for representative
authority, but the few malcontents
and ruthless bravos by their furore,
well nigh drowned the voice of the
An appeal today to the people of
this nation would show that most of
us are real Americans; levers of
liberty, but not of license ; respecters
of the law, and of property rights,
and that few of us are avid for the
Bolshivi crown of nettles.
A few years ago we heard a lot
about "it pays to advertise."
We hear little of that today be
cause every business man who has
been able to meet competition these
last few years has discovered this
salient commercial feature.
Those who didn't discover it are
to be found in the business cem
etery, where receivers keep watch
and ward, and all is peaceful.
But Mf. Business Man, did you
ever stop to figure out how news
papers have kept doing business
without shooting prices up 100 per
cent? i
You can be sure that the news
paper has discovered its share of
additional "overhead" the last four
Labor, white paper, postage, ma
chinery, office supplies; these have
cost more, as your raw material and
labor cost more, but generally the
increase in advertising rates has
been slight, and the cost to the news
paper reader has not at all been
raised in proportion to the added
expense of doing business.
Meanwhile the papers of the na
tion have given milliins on millions
of dollars worth of most valuable
space to promote all war activities.
They have led in subscribing to
the multitude of funds.
Once in a while some sapient
chap arises and yells for a government-owned
press service but we
know of no public-owned or man
aged business that approaches the
newspepers in economy of operation,
satisfactory service, and reliability.
We feel rather certain that the
average government office would
not only fail to show a profit pub
lishing a daily paper, but that the
public would be less ably served
rather than more so.
The few municipal newspaper
ventures have proven rather horrible
examples of how to do it.
The newspaper that survives
these days is giving its full share of
public service for such dividends
as it may acquire.
Let us remember all the good
road bills at the special election and
give them our support. It is a big
program that spells progress for
A place to room and
board close in. C.
B. Vickers, Univers
al Garage.
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you want this all done at a reasonable price.
We ask you to give us a trial the next time your
car needs Jne services of a repair shop. We are
equipped and have the expert mechanics to do the
job right.
Our battery repair department is at your service
and our many satisfied patrons attest to its efficiency.
Free inspection and free distilled water.
Oxy-Acetylene Welding
We weld anything except a broken heart.
Buy Your Shoes for
Work and Dress at
Minor & Company
There is no shoe which gives the service and
satisfaction given by our
We have them in all lasts light or heavy hard or soft toe low
or high tops.
For a light, comfortable summer shoe, try our
Made of brown canvas with rubber soles.
Complete line of Harvest Shoes.
Tennis Shoes and Oxfords.
Minor & Company
The Senior Class of Heppner High
School Will Present
A Comedy Drama in Two Acts
Cast of Characters
Joseph Billing, mill owner, president of Beliuam TruHt Co. Edward Notson
Joseph Billings, Jr.. Emery Gen(ry
Theodore Cunningham, Billlnga' secretary Die Walking
Horatius Thlmple........ .".".".Jasper Crawford
Mary Smythe, Billings' sister j,,,
Beverly Smythe, Mary Smythe's daughter........ Nean Hampton
Juliet Smythe, Mary Smythe's daughter . Helen Ban-alt
Rose-Marie Smythe, Mary Smythe's daughter Cecile DeVore
Gwendolyn Smith, her niece Lorraine Groshens '
Martha Holton, Billings' nelce Sibyl Canon
Lucille Loveland, of the Winsome Winnie Co.. Loye DeVore
Carrie Arry. -"-"...Opal Hall
Nora, the maid 1 Ethel Copenhaver
Jerusha Billings Ruth Vttn Vactor f
J i SCEXF Room In the home of Joseph Billings, Benham, Mass.
This play is, as the name "STEP LIVELY" implies, lively
from start to finish. Be sure and see Joseph Billings round
up the rest of the family and make everyone step lively.
Wednesday, May 21, '19
, Curtain 8 p. m. Admission, Adnlts 50c, Children 25c.

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