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Adams County Makes the News - Adams County Leader #33

The Adams County Leader        Published Weekly On Friday
Wm. Lemon Editor and Manager
Member State Editorial Association 
Member National Editorial Association
Official Paper of Adams County Price $2.00 Strictly in Advance

December 14, 1928

Attorney L. L. Burtenshaw had an interesting case at Cascade last week when court convened over there.  He was defending a case of Dr. Jones, who was being sued for damages for having killed a so-called tame fox that belonged to Mrs. Mille Kealer.  She had brought suit for $500 damages against the doctor who shot the fox because it was making raids on his chicken pens, he being a neighbor of the plaintiff.  The case went to the jury Tuesday, as reported in the Cascade News, and the verdict was for Mrs. Kealer for $250 and costs, which made it a rather expensive fox for the doctor, and he didn’t get the hide either. 

And this leads the Leader editor to ponder as follows: last summer we read of a farmer who shot a lad that was trespassing in the farmer’s watermelon patch, somewhere over in Oregon—in the Nyssa neighborhood, as we recall.  In the trial that followed, the farmer was exonerated.  In other words, it seems all right to shoot a boy that steals your watermelons, but you must not shoot a fox that steals your chickens.  Of course, we understand there may be different circumstances connected with the two cases but we do not know what they are.

December 14, 1928


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“That’s the guy I’m laying for,” said the hen as F. L. Scholl came home Sunday evening.

The invention this county most needs,” says Ernest Winkler, “is a four wheel brake for quick tempers.”

“It’s the little things of life that bother us,” asserts Norman Johnson, “you can sit on a mountain in comfort, but not on a tack.”

June 7, 1929

No matter how important the task in hand, we want every one of our readers to drop everything and listen.  A dispatch to the daily press from Washington City says the Department of Commerce has turned its attention to the standardizing of men’s pajamas.  We’ve got standardized bed slats, bird cages, fence posts, and tombstones, and now our happiness is to be complete—we’re going to have standardized nighties for men!  From now on there should be less complaint about crime problems and prohibition problems.  We may have sharp pains in our stomach from eating food that costs us more than we like to pay for it; we may have pains in the head from smoking too many 15 cent cigars; we may worry because carbon gets into our 8-cylinder car worse than it did in the old two-lunger—but let’s forget all that and start living in a new paradise.  Isn’t our government going to make it possible for us to sleep in standardized nighties?

June 7, 1929

A U. S. Senator has offered a bill providing for broadcasting the proceedings of the Senate, and it strikes us as being just about the most unnecessary measure ever to be introduced.  If any senator thinks the owners of radio sets would like to listen to his speeches, he does not know the people.  When even the senators themselves do not listen to each other half the time, what excuse have they for thinking the general public would do so?  The newspapers give the public all that is worthwhile of the speeches made in congress, and we don’t believe one in a hundred read that much any too closely.

April 26, 1929

Our national pocketbook being mightier than our national conscience, Ralph Hayes, a New York banker, speaking to a group of bankers, made a plea for peace purely on a dollars-and-cents basis.  “With nearly $10,000,000,000 worth of foreign trade each year,” he said, “and with more than $25,000,000,000 of U.S. money invested abroad, every shot our artillery fired would hit a debtor and every bomb our airplanes dropped would kill a customer.  Call that cold-blooded calculation if you want to; the conquest of war is not to be achieved in terms of sweetness and light.”

If cold, materialistic bankers and industrialists can rid us of war, then let’s get rid of it that way.  Most great reforms in history have come through men stopping to count the cost in dollars and cents.  If we can stop war by deciding that it is too expensive, then let’s get together and reach that decision without further delay.

June 7, 1929

How about that Calyx spray.  If you haven’t it on, you had better hurry.  We have been making record catches of Coddling Moths the last few days.  Owing to cool weather, they were slow starting to hatch out, but since the warm weather they have been making up for lost time.

It appears from our record of moths in the “hootch” pots that the peak of the moth brood was on May 21, which would make the peak of the hatch about May 30th to 31st.  Our record for one trap on the 21st was 224, and the average for 16 traps was 83 moths.

compiled by Eberle Umbach

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