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ASHLAND, OREGON, MONDAY, JUNE 10, 1912
TWO MORK WILL PROBABLY DIE
FROM IXJ IKIES.
THREE ARE SERIOUSLY INJURED
Jacksonville Quarry Scene of Disas
ter Vurious Theories Given iih
Cause of Accident Bodies Thrown
Hundred of Fe't.
Four men are dead, two others
cling to life by a slender threal. mo
mentarily expected to break, and two
others maimed for the rest of their
days, is the toll taken by an explo
sion of powder and dynamite at the
county quarry, near Jacksonville, op
erated by Twohy Brothers, Thursday
morning about 1:30 o'clock.
The dead, killed Instantly, are:
Louis Bagdon, aged 4 0 years, pow
dernian, blown to shreds.
Louis Layovich, helper to Bogdon,
crushed and mangled by the force of
John Simmons, aged 35 years, a
resident of Jacksonville, crushed by a
huge rock loosened by the force of
the explosion. Simmons was work
ing beneath the scene ofthe explo
sion. James Ryan, living with -his moth
er in Jacksonville, and her only sup
port, employed as a water boy, at
the time making his way to Bogdon
and Layovich to give them a driirK,
killed by flying rocks, died in Sacred
Heart hospital half an hour later.
The fatally injured," to whom but
a slight chance of recovery is given,
John Sutton, laborer, middle aged,
leg broken, many bruises, and suffer
ing from the shock.
Emery Vissino. laborer, resident of
Jacksonville for a number of years,
internal injuries and bruises.
The seriously injured, reported out
of danger, are:
J. Bodovich. Greek laborer, bruises
and cuts about chest and limbs.
John Zunello, arm broken, cut and
Carl Byrnes, head hurt by flying
Out of the many theories advanced
as to the exact cause of the accident,
the most plausible is that it was
caused by friction. It is believed
that the tamping stick end was cov
ered with sand, and that when Bog
don drove it into the hole, a sand
paper effect followed which ignited
the powder, followed by an explosion
which hurled three into eternity. A
box of powder and dynamite used for
"bulldozing" was standing hard by.
and to this is attributed the heavy
force of the explosion.
It was also rumored that the tamp
ing was done with a "spoon rod" used
to lift dirt out of the powder hole,
but was not confirmed. - oreman
Perry of the crew stated that the ex
plosion might have been caused by
the use of a rod heated in the sun's
rays, but thought that sand on the
end of the rod was the most plausi
ble theory. He also stated that as
far as he knew no one was smoking
ASHLAND TO CELEBRATE THE GLORIOUS FOURTH
Enthusiastic Meeting Friday Night Unanimous for Big Celebration
Barbecue Determined Upon as the Main Attraction
Ashland will celebrate the Fourth
of July. This was definitely settled
last Friday evening when a large
number of business men and citizens
met in the Commercial Club rooms
and voted unanimously to have a big
celebration. Plans were discussed
and suggestions given that will mane
the year 1912 long to be remembered
as the one in which Ashland held the
biggest Fourth of July ever pulled off
In the valley.
After much discussion pro and cob,
during which the merits of ti.e bar
becue as a drawing card were en
tered into, it was unanimously voted
to have a big barbecue, two beeves
being suggested as about the right
amount for a crowd of 15,000, such
as it is intended shall be brought to
Ashland. A ball game between teams
made up of picked players, a band
contest, a street carnival and numer
ous other attractions calculated to
please all kinds of temperaments
were proposed and met with hearty
approval. The matter is now in the
hands of an executive committee, who
are working hard on the proposition.
Sub-committees will be named and
the various phases of a celebration
will be thoroughly gone into.
It was the consensus of opinion
among those present that concessions
should be granted first to local mer
chants, to the end that proper pro
tection might he given them. i .ie
matter of booths in the streets was
touched upon in this connection.
Messrs. Wolf, Nininger, Walker,
Lane, Freeburg, Hosier and others
gave expression to their views in be
half of a celebration. Mr. Billings
spoke in behalf' of chautauqua, stat
ing that so far as the chautauqua
management is concerned, the cele
bration can count on them for sup
port. Mr. Billings pointed out that
chautauqua 'has two fine attractions
booked for that day and said the as
sociation would put on a speaker in
the morning without charge, an offer
that met with the hearty approval of
those present. All in all, the discus
WIXXKKS IX P.AHY SHOW.
Twenty-six Tots Entered in Lively
The baby show feature of the Rose
and Strawberry Carnival, while not
as well attended as it should have
been, was larger In point of numbers
than that of last year. The heat of
the day is responsible for the fact
that more entries were not recorded,
many mothers who intended to enter
having given it up at the last mo
ment. Voting was brisk and choice
of winners difficult on account of the
large number of fine babies. The
winners were as follows: Prettiest
baby, first, Margaret Helen Church
man, gold chain: second, Dorothy
Louise Iininger, silver cup. Heaviest
baby. Jack Goddard of Talpnt baby
jumper (invented by Frank Hawk of
Central Point and presented by him
through John neddy). Finest twins,
Lehman and Lena Burton, solid gold
rings. Finest Chinese baby. Sun Yu
Chung, gold bracelet.
WILL AID FOREST PROTECTION'.
County Court Appropriates $!,.()
for Patrol Association.
The county court at a special ses
sion Wednesday granted to the Jack
son County Fire Patrol Association
an appropriation cf $500 per month
for the months of July, August and
September, with the provision that
the money should not be spent for
the hiring of fire patrolmen and that
any amount remaining after the sea-
son w as passed should be ret urned
I to the county.
The original amount asked by the
representatives of the association was
$2,000. This amount was to employ
four additional patrolmen and to help
to defray the general expenses.
cigarettes at the time of the accident.
Louis Bogdon, the powder man, ac
cording to Perry, had recently solda
mine in Alaska for $13,000, and had
handled explosives in many forms for
over twenty years. Bogdon was re
garded as a careful man.
The explosion, which was no differ
ent than half a dozen heard in Jack
sonville every day, attracted no at
tention until a messenger ran hur
riedly down the principal street
spreading the news of the accident.
Every man in the quiet town rushed
to the scene, and the Injured hurried
to the Sacred Heart hospital. Wom
en and children gathered, fearful lest
their own husbands and fathers were
among the dead or maimed. The in
jured cared for, thought was given to
Lying beneath a manzanita tree,
250 feet above the spot where the
explosion occurred, was the torn,
mangled form of Bogdon. He had
been hurled straight up, and his body
in its downward fall had crashed
through telephone lines and the limbs
of the trees. Bagdon's right arm was
found in a rock car the same distance
in the opposite direction.
Layovich, helper to Bogdon, was
hurled three hundred feet through
the air and struck a pole. Practical
ly every bone in his body was broken
by the force of the concussion. Ryan,
the water carrier, lay in the path
that leads up to the powder hole.
Simmons was found beside a hand
car, its heavy iron sides crushed by
sion was free and full of enthusiasm
for a celebration and all present in
dicated their iVillingness to pitch in
and help the thing aiong.
With such a spirit manifest, Chair
man Greer suggested that the sub
scription list be started at once, tne
result of which was the securing of
about $200 in pledges as a starter for
the fund. At latest reports the fund
was growing rapidly and there is
every indication that a large fund
will be secured.
Pursuant to a motion, the cnair
appointed an executive committee of
five members with full power to
name assistants as sub-committees.
The committee is as follows: H. Hos
ier, chairman; M. E. Briggs, A. H.
Pracht, C. B. Wolf and A. E. Ninin
ger. Subscription lists may be found
at any of the places of business of
these gentlemen and subscriptions
are earnestly solicited. In this mat
ter, the property-holder should show
as much public spirit as the business
man. If you can't give more than a
dollar, your subscription will be
gratefully received, as the plans of
the committee contemplate several
excellent attractions that will be well
worth the investment.
An extensive advertising campaign
will be carried out and it Is believed
a large territory will be drawn upon
for the celebrntion. Another public
meeting is called for Tuesday even
ing, when the committee will report
and further plans will be presented.
The board of education has come
to the front with a proposition on
the ball game question that Is meet
ing with favor on every hand. They
have offered to fence the high school
ball grounds and put in bleachers
and grand stand and take the receipts
of the game to apply on the cost of
construction. This scheme appeals to
the Tidings as it would result in mak
ing a permanent improvement on Ash
land'B splendid ball field, besides
making it possible to colled every
ANDERSON DITCH CAUSES TROUBLE
COVERING UP OF PIPE LINE BRINGS CHIEF OF POLICE TO SCENE
LEGAL QUESTIONS AS TO TITLE INVOLVED IN CONTROVERSY
Property holders along Anderson
ditch in the west part of the city
had an altercation with the chief of
police last Friday over the filling In
of Anderson ditch near Nut ley street.
The ditch was built during the early
years of the settlement of the Rogue
river valley and has been used for
carrying water for various purposes
ever since. Two years ago the city
bought the ditch and its water lights
from E. K. Anderson for the sum of
$2,000- avowedly for the purpose of
protecting the city's water supply.
Recently the city decided to lay a 10
inch water main in the ditch for the
benefit of water users on the higher
altitudes, and, in order that the city
I might be protected in cases where it
would be to their advantage to go
outside the tortuous line of the ditch,
right of way deeds were secured from
abutting property holders for this
pipe line. About 1,000 feet of pipe
was laid according to this plan, the
line of the ditch being followed
throughout. It was the purpose of
the city water commissioner and the,
fire and water committee tlyit this
pipe line should be used as a sort of
reservoir and that water for those
parties outside the city should be al
lowed to follow the ditch over the
pipe. It was specifically provided in
the right of way deeds, however, that
the pipe should be covered when laid
and the problem presented is whether
or not the city is bound to cover its
pipes in its own ditch, not having en
croached upon adjoining property
and in the face of a verbal agreement
that the pipe line would not have to
be covered this year.
The city of Ashland has for several
years furnished water to orehardists
outside the limits by means of the
Anderson ditch at a cost of 2,j ceirts
per acre. It is alleged by tne prop
erty holders involved in the present
$25,000 FOR JIMPER.
John D. Ohvcll Buys Simple laven.
tion and Patents.
Baby Ruth needed some sort of
amusement, something to hold her
attention while the mother worked.
Baby Ruth's father, F. A. Hawk, a
general blacksmith of Central Point,
I found what she needed and closed
j the sale of the Baby Ruth jumper
and its patents to John D. Olwell for
$25,000 and 15 per cent royalty on
the future sales of the article. Baby
Ruth still has her juniper and is
Like other inventions, it is a little
thing. Simply a canvas bag or net
with holes cut for the little legs to
reach the floor. Springs just allow
the baby to reach the floor with its
toes, but that is sufficient for spring
ing up. The cnild finds that it can
touch the floor on the return trip
and soon he is engrossed in healthful
Mr. Hawks caught the first idea,
as before stated, by trying to find
amusement for his little daughter
Ruth. This was in November. Jan
uary he had perfected his idea and
produced the first jumper. He and
Ruth both liked it and more followed
for the neighbors' children.
Reduced Freight Kutes on Pears to
The Southern Pacific announces a
voluntary reduction In the freight on
pears and other green fruit, except
apples, of 25 cents per hundred
weight from Ashland and other val
ley points to eastern cities.
The railroad notice reads as fol
lows: At the earliest possible legal date
a late of $1.25 per hundred pounds
on green fruit, except apples, in car
loads, subject to a minimum of 24.
000 pounds from all points on the
Southern Pacific lines in Oregon, to
Cincinnati, New York, Boston and
other points in that district, will be
established, the present rate to these
points being $1.50, with the excep
tion of Boston, which is $1.55, thus
making a reduction of 25 cents and
30 cents, respectively, per hundred
This rate applies on pears, prunes,
peaches and other fresh fruits, ex
The rate on apples remaining the
same as at present.
TIME IS EXTENDED.
Water Contests May He Filed Up to
Owing to the large amount of legal
work that is presenting Itself to the
attorneys, James T. Chlnnock, super
intendent of Water Division No. 1,
has extended the time for the filing
of notices and contests from June (i
to July 1.
Inasmuch as 1.300 water rights
have been filed, the number of con
tests Is very large. To date 57 have
been filed and with them are 15 stip
ulations. The hearings on these cases will
consume the greater part of the ye'",
but when completed will leave the
water rights of Jackson and Jose
phine counties absolutely adjudica
ted. Strnwlierry Social.
The Trinity church Girls' Club will
give a strawberrv Hnclnl on tho rec
tory lawn Thursday evening, at 7 nJ
in. Strawberries, cream and cake,
j 15 cents, Music during the evening.
controversy that as a result of this
practice they are often unable to get
I water through the mains, even for
uomesiic purposes. It is said that
when ordered by Chief Oien to stop
filling the ditch, one ot the number
retorter. "Outsiders can get water
when we cannot." When asked why
they were filling up the ditch, they
replied, "We are building a road."
The men are building a road tin a
parallel with the ditch, just above it.
At the point where the order to stop
was made, a ledge of rock had been
eiuountered and large pieces of the
leflL'e had been rolled down into the
ditch, thus completely obstructing it
and interfering with the flow of wa
ter to outside orehardists.
The problem Is further compliea-
j ted by the refusal of Recorder Hurt
I to accept any pay from the oichard-
.it. iug m if) ii ia iru i die tu o ceins
an acre. Mr. Hurt's position in the
ease is that with the ditch obstruct
ed, (he city cannot guarantee the de
livery of the water and an acceptance
I of the money would imply a promise
j to deliver. 1'ndoubtedly the matter
will have to be settled in court, the
question of the city's title to the ditch
being involved, inasmuch as the
original easement for the ditch stip
ulated that it was to be used for the
carrying of water for mining pur-
l poses, a use to which it has not been
put for several years.
It is stated that Messrs. Bailey,
Pope, Pellet and Badger, the parties
affected by the case, are acting un
der the advice of an attorney and
that the matter will be threshed out
in the courts. The city should have
an attorney whose business it is to
look carefully into such transactions
as the purchase of this ditch, before
the deal Is made, and then such con
troversies will be avoided.
Order of Elks Will Observe Day With
There are, no doubt, many people
who do not. know that one of the
mandatory features of the Elks or
ganization is the celebration of the
birth of the American flag, which,
according to history, is June 14.
Those who have never wtnessed
this beautiful festival of the flag will
'".much surprised and charmed with
the same should they accept the pub
lic invitation printed elsewhere in
this Issue. '
The love for our country's flag Is
so intense and general that we won
der there have not been more public
celebrations of this kind. It seems
that the Benevolent and Protective
Order of Elks is distinctively Ameri
can and intensely patriotic and we
would urge the young people and
high school students to attend this
An interesting patriotic program
has been provided, with good music
and speeches. The G. A. R., Wom
en's Relief Corps, militia company
and Spanisn War Veterans are spec
ially invited. The public in general
will be made welcome. Ample seat
ing capacity. Bring your friends.
Big Trains Northbound to Attend
Destined for Seattle, where they
will attend the convention of the Na
tional Electric Light Association, a
large number of excursionists have
passed through Ashland on specials
the last two days. The first contin
gent was a delegation from the New
England and middle states, which
went north Saturday afternoon. This
train was made up exclusively of
Pullmans and New York Central
equipment. Yesterday, another big
train passed through, called the
"Golden Poppy Special," the excur
sionists being Calil'ornians, who took
occasion to herald the approach of
the Panama exposition while on their
travels. Both parties were presented
with a profusion of Ashland roses,
through the courtesies of members
of the Women's Civic Improvement
Club, particularly Mrs. Vanpel and
Mrs. Winter, who sent to the exhibit
building a bountiful supply of the
choicest blossoms, which were great
ly appreciated by the travelers, es
pecially the easterners.
Xew Creamery 0hiicI.
A new creamery in the lower Ap
plegate valley, known as the "Valiey
Pride," was formally opened last
Wednesday, a large number of people
from various parts of the country
attending. The ranchers of that sec
tion served a big picnic dinner at
noon and a most enjoyable time was
had. A large delegation from Med
ford and Grants Pass was present.
Many speeches were made and a good
time generally followed. The cream'
ery is Bald to be a splendid one.
J. II. Will, the shoe repairer, has
returned and is again ready to do
your work. Corner Fourth and Main
All embroideries and flouncing will
be specially priced this week at Ash
land Trading Co.
15,000 acres of Vale
1 ai'e to be Irrigated.
MAY ELECTRIFY LINK.
Southern Pacific Said (o I5e in
Icngue Witli Power Company.
That the Southern Pacific railroad
lines throughout northern California
and southern Oregon are all to be
electrified soon is the rumor that is
persistent in railroad circles.
It is generally conceded that the
California-Oregon Power Company,
owners of the big power merger
madt throughout this country re
cently when all the big plants of thei
country were placed under one head,
is backed or connected financially
with the Harrinian interests. Recent
ly the head offices of this company,
which was formerly the Siskiyou
Electt Ic Power Company, with offices
in Yreka, have been transferred to
San Francisco, and this lends color
to the belief that the big power mer
ger is backed by the Southern Pa
cific These include practically all of the
big lower plants and producing
plants between Sacramento and Eu
gene. The corporation also owns
sites in this territory where hundreds
of thousands of power can be pro
duced when the time conies when
additional power to that now being
produced by the plants in operation
can be had. This fact and the activ
ity In hooking up these plants to an
power-producing stations in thfs part
of the country that can immediately
be placed in service for operating
any move desired lends color to the
belief that the Southern Pacific is
with the California-Oregon Power
Company and secret plans are being
laid to electricfy all railroad trains
through this division.
ADVERTISE FOR BIDS.
Mfdt'oi-d City Council Ignore Thwat
Ignoring the injunction that is
threatened, the city council of Mod
ford at a special meeting Friday af
ternoon ordered the advertisement
for bids for the tearing down of the
old bridge and replacing it. on Jack
son street, where with a little repair
it will serve for t..e light traMo over
that thoroughfare. The bids will be
opened at another special meeting of
the council this coining Friday after
noon at 2:30.
No time is specified in the adver
tisement for bids as to when the
bridge removal is to be made, but It
is understood that work will begin
Immediately following the granting
of the contract on the concrete abut
ments that must be placed on Jack
son street to support the structure.
The old bridge will not, however, be
moved until the new one has been
Btarted, which it is hoped by the
councilmeu will not be over a month
J. B. Wolf or the Reliable Rug
Factory of Corning, Cal., Is stopping
at Hotel Park, taking orders for rug
weaving. Please write and address
general delivery, or phone 103.
Apple Thinners Wanted.
I desire a few experienced apple
thinners. About a week's work. Ca..
at office of E. T. Staples, middle
room, ground floor, Elks building.
The American Mining
will meet at Baker during
week in August.
DE-AQUATING PLANT IN ASHLAND POSSIBILITY
Parties Interested Lookinj Over (he City and Vicinity Would
Take Care of All Fruits and Vegetables Cost About $15,000
A. B. Kirk and R. W. King of
Portland, representatives of the
"Keepfresh World Company," were
in Ashland Thursday. Their mission
is the establishing here of a branch
de-nq anting plant for their company.
Its process is comparatively new. It
was Invented by Henry M. Lambert
of Portland, who developed the cele
brated Lambert cherry.
By evaporating the water, which
means SO per cent of the weight,
from fruits and vegetables of all
kinds, they are preserved in the orig
inal freshness and keep perfectly.
When the time comes for its use the
product is simply soaked in water
over night and, absorbing the water,
Is brought back into its original form,
flavor and food value. One hundred
and forty different varieties of fruits
and vegetables are thus successfully
treated and made ready for the mar
ket. Plants are already In operation at
Portland, Salem, Sutherlin and other
points in the north valleys or the
state. A plant or 40 tons capacity
per day is proposed tor Ashland, at
a cost of $15,000.
The Keepfresh World Company has
been organized with a capital of one
million dollars and has taken over
the patents on the process for the
entire world. All plants will belong
to this company and will be operated
by It. lie raw material treated at
each plant will be bought for cas.i
from the producer, thus creating a
sure cash market for the local prod
uct. As the plant at Ashland will cost
$15,000, the citizens and producers
will be asked to subscribe to $15,000
of the capital stock of the company
and the money so subscribed will
build the local nlaut. i bo sulwcrili-
ers will participate in the profits of
i ue enure company, here and at all
other points of processing.
The thing looks good to the Tid
ings. Its practicability should be
thoroughly gone Into. If the thinn
has developed bey.,nd the exp.riinen-,
SEVENTY-TWO DELEGATES FOR
ROOSEVELT HAS NONE THUS FAR
Ileal Issues Come This U'tt-k When
Cases Like Indiana. Come.
Mow Stress Ijtid I'jmu Northern
Chicago, June 10. Twenty-four
delegates from Alabama and Arkan
sas were added to the Taft column.
Friday by action of the republican
national committee upon the so
called Roosevelt contests from those,
states. Forty-eight more took thu
Kline route Saturday by decision
upon contests from Arkansas, Flor
ida and Georgia. This brings the to
tal in the two days' session up to 72.
while none have been added to tho
Ten of the Georgia districts 20
delegates went to Taft In a blanket
decision, both sides agreeing to their
being decided upon the same argu
ments. Four delegates-at-large from
the state also were given to Taft, to
gether with two remaining districts
with two delegates apiece.
Sixteen delegates from Alabama
and eight from Arkansas were given
to Taft, in addition to the Georgia
delegates. So far every Taft delegate
who has been uji for hearing has
been placed upon the convention tem
porary roll and in alpiost every case
this has been done with Roosevelt
This clears the docket for the "tak
ing up early this wtek of the cases
upon which the Roosevelt people are
laying far more stress than those
from the south, such cases, for ex
ample, as those from Indiana. There
still remain in alphabetical order be
fore these the cases of the six dcle-
gates-at-large from Arizona and of
the fourth congressional district of
California. They may he taken up
today or may go over until later.
Indiana promises the first real
fight since the committee began its
sessions, and the vote no doubt will
show the dividing line clearly be
tween the factions.
Decisions on contests to date are
Alabama, at large and in first,
second, fifth, sixth and ninth
districts .. 1(5
Arkansas, at large and In first
and second districts S
Arkansas, third, fourth, fifth and
seventh districts S
Florida, at large and in first,
second and third districts.... 12
Georgia, at large and in 12 dis
None for Roosevelt.
Money to loan on Unproved ranch
es, first mortgages: mixed farms pre
ferred. W. D. Hodgson, Ashland.
tal stage, and we are informed it has,
and the company Is organized on a
squaie business basis; if there is
such a demand tor the product as
will warrant the investment, it will
be a great tiling for any community.
The location of such a plant hero
would not only supply a sure cash
market for everything eatable pro
duced here, but it. would encourage
further production and be of untold
benefit to the community.
The plant will have a vinegar fac
tory connected with it, thus creating
a money market for produce hereto
fore allowed to go etnirely to waste.
The mat tor is before the Commer
cial Club and a meeting will be called
in tho near nituie to go into tho
sin have hottlim; works.
Brewing' Company Scckn Entrance!
Med ford may have a modern plant
for the bottling of beer. The ques
tion was placed before the council
Friday afternoon, when a representa
tive of the Mount Hood Brewing1
Company asked the city dads ir they
could secure such a license in that
city and wholesale beer and mineral
waters throughout the city. No ac
tion has been taken iis yet through
the council in considering the mat
ter. A definite action will be prob
ably recommended at the next council
meeting. Should the council decide
to grant the licence the present li
cense ordinance will have to be
amended, as no provision was made
for bottling works.
Local I toy in Comedy.
Mr. Arinlne Lamb, formerly of
Ashland, will be seen in the comedy
of Dora Thorne to be presented at
I he Opera House Wednesday even
ing. The portrayal of his part is said
to be very clever.
Clif Payne nmkes step ladders.