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MlDKORD MAIL TRIBUNE
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OKOnnU PUTNAM, IMIlor nml Munmter
Kntervd ns second-clsss matter t
Mwiford. Oregon, nJer the set of
March 1. ts?.
OfftoUl rpr of ths City of Medford.
Officii! Paper of Jackson County.
On vmr. by malt
una munin, nr mini....
IT " .1. 1. ll
Per month, delivered hy carrier In
rf1fnri1- Jarlcltnnvllln nml On-
tral Point .SO
fUturday only, hy malt, tr year.. sj
Weekly, per year 1.G0
Dally Average or eleven monlhi end
InK November 30, 1911. 27S1.
The Mali Tribune Is on aate at the
Ferry Newa Bland, San Franclnco.
Portland llotol New HtanJ. Portland.
lVowmnn Newa Co, Portland, Ore.
W. O. Whitney, Seattle Wash.
Pull Leainl Wire United Fra
Metropolis or Southern orepon and
Northern California, nnrt the fastest
crowing elty In Oregon.
Population V. S. cennut 110 SS40:
estimated. 1811 10.000. . ..
Flvo hundred thouaand dollar Oravlty
Water Pyatem completed, clvlnft flneat
supply pure mountain water, and 17.)
mllea of streets paved
Poatnffic receipt for year endlnn
November SO. 1911, show Increaie of 13
Hanner fruit city In Oregon Hoiruo
Illver Hplttenberjr npplea won avrcp
slakes prlxe and title of
Apple Klnor of the World"
at tho National Apple Show. Spokane.
110. and a car of Newtowna won
rir.t t'rUe In 14IO
at Canadian International Apple Show,
Vancouver, n. C.
10 BE PE
Many people seem to bo under tho
Impression that tho Medfonl Choral
society was organized solely for tho
purposo of bringing out "Tho Rose
Maiden" and disband thereafter.
This Is very far from tho truth. The
-society was permanently organized
threo months ago In order, not to
.make money, but to stimulate mus
ical Interest In Medford and vicin
ity, and whllo it is not -working for
purposes of charity, It is neverthe
less a labor of love, as oil who par
ticipate in it givo their services free;
-not only tho members of tho socie
ty, but tho vocal soloists and orches
tra players as ,;wcll, including Mr.
Talllandlcr under whoso directions
"Tho, noso, Maiden" will bo given.
Tickets aro sold to cover tho expense
of tho music, printing, advertising,
hall Tent and similar expenses only.
Tho object is to foster a love and
appreciation of good music, which
will prepare tho ground for, and
eventually mako possible, tho cn
gagment of one of tho famous or
chestras with noted soloists for an
annual Spring Festival of Music,
whenever such an organization can
bo (secured on their Pacific coast
Tho performance of "Tho Itoeo
Maiden" next Thursday at tho N'ata-
torlum is simply the first stop in this
direction. Now' members will bo
added to tho society and rehearsing
on a new work will bo begun at onco.
Tho work to bo taken up noxt will
probably bo tho oratorio "Namann"
by Sir Michael Costa. Tho oratorio
has always flourished moro on Eng
lish than on Continental soil and for
this reason somo of tho best works in
that Una wcro produced by English
composers. Tho performance of
"Tho Rose Maiden" is awaited with
considerable interest Do it eaid
onco moro that the Medford Choral
society is a permanent musical organ
ization, endeavoring to grow larger
and do hotter work as tho years go
Tho present membership is as fol fel fol
eows: Mrs. K. M. Audrows, Mrs. Allder,
Mr. II. Danker, Miss M. Dotty, Mrs.
Uowman, Mrs. Anna Coffin, Miss. Iva
Coffin, Miss Inez Coffin, Mrs. Davls
Bon, Mrs. Eastman, Mrs, Eberle, Mrs.
Ada Hamlin, Miss Anna Hansen,
Miss Mabel Mcars, Miss Catherlno
Mears, Mrs. McCallum, Miss Anna
Purucker, Miss Holon Purucker, Miss
Kern Stino, Mrs. Whipple, Mrs. J.
Wold, Messrs. H. N. Aldrlch, Ed An
drews, A. O. Bauson, John Darby,
Forrest Edmeads, Henry Farnum,
Fletcher Fish, A. N. Hlldobrand, E.
D. Knhlor, D. T. Lnwton, It. J. Lock
wood, A. S. Mack, E. V. Maddox, Her
man Purucker, Henry Illley, E. D.
Valentino, T. C. Wicks, a. T. Wilson,
Mrs. L. McKUlop, Miss Franceno Mc
Nassar, Mrs. It, J. Lockwood, Miss
Kathorlno Murphy, Miss Hose Noalon,
Miss Hazel (Norliug, Mrs. Etta Lunt.
The mombers of tho orchestra ure:
Mr, Carlton Janes, Mr. Kunsel
man, Miss Ione Flyun, Miss Caugth
yon, Mrs. Daddysmiiu, violins; Mr. E.
O. Root, viola, Dr. W. Marlon, violon
cello, Mr. U. S. Collins, bass, Mr.
Uowman, fluto; Mr, doo, Dyer, cor
net, Mr. Don Colvlg, clarinet, Mr.
Goddalo, clarlnot; Mr. Earl Dratnoy,
trombone, Mr. Moon, trombouo; Mr.
Hogsott, horn; Miss Ivy Doeck, piano.
Mr.' Gerard Tnlllaiidlor, conductor.
HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF.
HJHTOltV jt'pwils itself. Kvcry uVpnrtmv from irn
dition or eu.sloin imnisrs a tumult. IUmiw the froth
and roam of tho critics of the initiative frciiiht rate law,
protesting against a more jiractioal and uniform basis for
Every law passod is subject to court review and inter
pretation. So far as the friends of tho act are concerned
they arc willing that, this test be applied, because they
know thai tho law embodies the principle of practical and
economic rate making and the chances are more in its
favor than against it."
A competent tariff compiler will find no difficulty in
drafting rules, minimum carload weights and rates in con
formity with tho provisions of the law. 1 ts provisions are
well understood by traffic managers, and they well know
the law imposes no necessity on them to make a general
revision of rates.
The tariffs of the railroads now accepted by thu state
railroad commission contain flexible rules governing mini
mum carload weights which vary with thu length and
capacity of the car, ranging from :11,000 pounds to (10.000
pounds on lumber shipments, and from : 10,000 pounds to
SS,000 pouuds upon grain, and other variations oh other
commodities. It is stated by tho interstate commerce
commission that "an increase in the minimum carload
weight is equivalent to an increase in the freight
charges," so that where no change in rate is made with the
increased minimum weight the large shipper is discrim
inated against in favorof the small shipper. The law
equalizes this discrimination by decreasing the rate and
thus maintains a parity between each class of shippers.
Tho early classifications provided a '20,000 pound min
imum for all classes, but immediately subsequent to livST
the classifications were changed fixing minimuins at 120.000
pounds upon articles taking third class and higher and
tfO.OOO pounds for articles taking lower than third class.
This rule prevailed continuously from that period until
after 1907, and the railroads prospered and traffic moved
freely under these fixed mininniins. The interstate com
merce commission frowned upon the fixing of ntinimunis
apparently upon the value of the articles, and favored the
iixmg ot mimmums according to ine ihuk ol mc ju-iu-u-and
carrying capacity of the car. The latter rule the law
The bill was drafted and circulated with a nil know
ledge of the Sanborn decision in the Minnesota case in
that, should this decision be upheld by the supreme court
of the United States, it would nullify every state railroad
commission and state law fixing railroad rates and fares.
Therefore the fate of the initiative law is no more in
jeopardy from this source than the railroad commission;
if one is knocked out, both are.
So far as the railroad commission is concerned the
people need relief from it. In a recent decision involving
log rates, the commission, after substituting its own testi
mony for that of the plaintiff, fixed a rate of $1 per 3000
feet for a haul of 71 miles. Any lumberman or any traffic,
manager knows such ra.tes arc prohibitive and that not one
foot of logs would move under this rate. If the railroads
are in anv danger from restricted traffic and the loss of
revenue from prohibited movement, it is from the railroad
commission and not the initiative law.
The critics concede that the law is beneficial to interior
cities and the. state generally and that it provides ample
revenue for the railroads, so the tirades against the bill
must be in behalf of a few disgruntled privilege seekers
who have profited from a rate adjustment detrimental to
the general welfare of the state.
"A FLOCK OF SEA GULLS."
THE sudden activity of Klamath county democrats is
commented upon by the Klamath Northwestern and
likened to "a flock of sea gulls screaching and squealing
over some piece of offal thrown from a vessel on the high
seas." The Northwestern says:
Thero was no need for a county commlttoc boforo tho oloctlon. No,
indeed I Klamath county had alwnys heen republican and thero heomwl
to bo little hope that Ita political comploxion would ever chunco. And,
anyhow, oven If this county should support Wilson, It would do so by
republican votes; and so those who had called thomsolvon warhorsoii 'of
the democratic party sat tlfiht and did and said nothing. If they wero for
Wilson or Lane, no ono hnow It. They woro afraid to mako known tholr
choice, Ucauso all of thorn wero moro or loss Interostod In some local
political battle, and they hesitated to Jeopardize the chance of their can
didates for local offices. ,,,,,
And so no organization was formed. No literature was distributed
and no campaign wbk made.
And Wilson was clectod. Moro than that, he and Mno carried Kla
math county. And then, suddenly, those vlllant "warhorsos" woro con
fronted with the hopo of political spoils. And straightway thoy doomed
an organization necessary. A fighting organization, too, organized to fight
not for dcmccratc victory, but for democratic spoils.
And thov gathered together a few of tho 'faithful," olectod for
chairman a person who has hold office under a republican officeholder
here for years, and startea tneir campaign ior me spotis wiav win win
out of Washington next April.
This accounts for the sudden activity of these pie
hunters for the iob of superintendent of the Crater Lake
park. Four of them who never lifted a finger in behalf
of democracy or of Crater Lake are now clamoring for this
one place and it is a fair presumption that other places
arc being scrambled for the same way.
STILL AT DEADLOCK
Mayor Canon and Councilman
Campbell and Suinmerville, held n
coni'erciico Friday afternoon with of
ficials of the California Oregon Pow
er company, over thu dendlouk re
Knrdinu; tho lighting and power rates
anJ l'rancliiso qiieslitui. No conclu
sion was reached, hut tho power
tiompnny promised to Hiibmit u prKi
silion by the middle of the weelc. U"
no compromise cun bo effected, tho
council will net under tho new public
utilities law and submit n new scale
of lighting churges to ho voted upon
nt the generul election in January.
- arorwoTm anVTfi ttubttnr
A concrclo foundation was htnrtcd
Saturday morning hy S. Childers for
u new brick store building on North
I'lio building is being put up by W.
S. liaruum. It will be 'J.rx75 feet in
sizo and one story high, and will bo
nu oxact counterpart of I ho building
recently creeled by Mr. liaruum on n
lot just south of (his site.
For practical charity organized la
bor has a record second to that of
no other human Institution. Kvery
year It disburses mlllloim of dollars
lu death, sick, out-of-work and old
Mrcniroun. onrcnox. SATrnnAY. rwrKMrtrcrc 1 1.
A Small Talk on Good Roads
and Special District Assessments
To th' Killter:
I Imvo tiott'tl with inlerimt lhat v.
oral or tlio fond lltili-U lit .tneknoti
cunnt arc kuIdk to lo ott a spcclul
ta levy, to luiiro Ihwlr roaild, and
I would llkt to say a fpw words to
the InlnrwIiMt tuiiterft, In ImlmU of
tho proponed inpusm
In Dee. Hi 10 tho uximyunt In road
district No. 10, itthlrlt romprlm
t.ltttt ApiiU'KHtu and tho upper coi
tion of the 111k AppleKitto country),
voted a special tax or A mtlln. Tho
work which wo were enabled to put
on our romU from this tax Is tho only
roal road work which was aver dotio
on thin road slneo It w hinted out.
and iuhmIs only to lie truxeltnl to ho
npprticlntud, and we arc tiuliiK to voto
on another special 1ty thU month.
Thoro Ih not one taxxtor In this dis
trict today, who would willingly p.irl
with tho Improvement on our road
for double tho niuotmt which It cost
It you havo considered tho matter
at alt you havo roallivd Iouk hotoro
thl that ou are palnK tin oxorht
tnut tt and koMIiik practically uotli
ItiK In return.
Now If you vote a itpcclat tax In
your road district eery dollar of It
will hL oxptMidcil on oiir own Immeil
lato roads and you will got tho direct
Will the Chains
Thu oxpected has happened. Tho
railroads of Oregon havo announced
that thoy will defy th so-called Med
ford rato hill, which wns paMcd by
tho people nt tho ( election by a
vote ot Sr,.S9'J lit th affirmative to
41.71H In tho uugatite,
Tho -official announcement conies
from tho 1 1 til I In on. la a Httttoment
given to tho puhlk by Wilbur K.
Cotnan, general freight and passen
ger agent of tho till! Hues In Ore
gon, the pronouncement of the rail
roads Is made, it hi mated that the
railroads will appeal to the Federal
courts for an ajiuulltuoiit of tho law
on the ground thnt it U inipoimlble
It Is interesting to note that tho
railroads will appral to tho Federal
courts, nml not to thu courts of the
Mate. Hut thu not astonishing
thing In this whole proceeding Is that
tho railroads blandly announce tho
absurd ground upoa which they will
seek an nnnullinont of, tho law.
lly what right. f you pleuso, may
thu Federal courts nuniill laws passed
by the people of a state, on the
ground that they urn "ImpoHslble of.1
observance"? Docs tho Federal
Constitution grant any such powers
to thu courts?
Of course wo know that tho Su
preme Court of tho United Slates, In
those most remarkable decisions lu
the Standard Oil und Tobacco Trust
eases, actually rewrote a law passed
by congrww, by Inserting lu it tho
word 'reasonable," whloh eongrctwi
had several times specifically refused
to do. And we cuu, see how the In
terests, omlioldetied by this victory,
may reach for further spoils.
Tho fact ot the matter Is that the
decisions ot the Supremo Court In
thoso trust catvs amounted to a revo
lution. Some day the people ot the
United Statu will come to a realiza
tion ot the fact that tho Supremo
court reached out nod grnspod openly
tho power of making the laws of the
nation a power the court had been
building up for Itself through years
of technical dminions and upon which
It had been looking with Jealous cyoa
Consider, If you please, what It
means to tho people when tho courts
oun openly muk and iiumalio lawn.
Th ore was a time when congress pro
tected lis constitutional right to mnko
tho laws of this nation by inserting
as a provision of legislation that It
should not be subject to review by
the Supremo Court of tho United
States. Dut In tho decisions ot the
Supremo Court In tho Stundnrd Oil
and Tobacco Trust cases, tho court
grasped this power which It had been
exorcising by Inadvertence for gen
erations and openly assorted Its right
to mako laws.
And tho abRiird appeal of tho rail
roads of Orogon thnt tho law recently
passed by the pcoplo Is Invalid he
cause "Impossible of observance" Is
only the next xtep in the chain of
events hy which tho Interests seek
to mako us suUorvlcut to their will
through the control of tho courts of
Of course, tho plea has no merit
In fact. Tho new rate hill Is not Im
possible of observance, it is a very
simple law. it merely operates to
Increase tho "spread" between car
load rates uud rates on less than car
load shipments, ho that the Jobbers
In small communities may havo n
chance to do business in competition
with big centers. It Is tho law that'
has been lu operation in Wisconsin
and other eastern states for years,
In maintaining this plea tho rail
roads havo cunningly thrown out a
bid for support from tho Portland
jobbers (If, Indeed, any
I necessary) by stating that tho opera
It eaii ho nrraiiKed so Unit ter
resident tamer, If ho no denlren
can work out double or treble the
amount which the road tax wolild
iiucemarlly occasion hlni, an tho uk
KmKuto amount of taxex which tile
relienl tu.pa)er would mi,v woiilil
ho very Hiitnll compared to what
would necrito from the tax on rail
road lauds, timber elnlms, patented
mlultivt claims, ote, Outside or what
they havo already nold at a ood flu
tiro tho S. P. company now owns Just
one half of all the laud lu .litrknou
county People ownliiK timber elaliim
mid other properly, compi'loo another
Koodly portion, moxtly all min-rel-deula
and holdliiK tho laud for ttpocii
They rldo In their Pullman or loitr
liiK cars while Mm Ntlr th mud and
Kiiud the lioulderx on your so-called
county roadH and help IncreaHo the
valuation of their property. You
aro living under thn Ixwt nyntom of
Kovorniueut lu tho Union, and ou
should exercise the power which jou
havo. It Is up to you Koiitlemnu.
you may with a Utile of fort, trawl
good roads, or uur may still ion
Unite to ntlr tho mud.
tion of tho now law would "revolu
tionist) rates and hindues." Tirol
Is, It would loosen tho grasp that the
Cortland Jobbers hnve on the com
merce of this state.
Of coiirt tho new law will rovo
lutlnlote rates and business. That's
exactly what It Is Intended to do.
And Muppoite that It dot. Ilnvo
not tho pcopltt of Oregon u right to
rovoliittouto their freight rati?
(led knows thnt they have needed
rototutloulzltig tor a long time.
The railroads should not forget
that this measure was passed by n
voto ot the people, nml n big nte at
that. It will he extremely Interest
ing to not, whether or not the Fed
eral courts will have tln audacity to
uphold the absurd plea of the rail
roads and forbid the people of n sov
ereign state to regulate the rates
that shall he paid on railroad truffle
wholly within that state.
Wo have no doubt that the courts
will seek to uphold tht railroad com
pany's absurd contention. And If
they do. what then?
Shall we meekly submit to the
Inking away from ns the ower to
make our own laws? That's what
the courts have net about to do.
That's what they have done.
And ir the people cannot regain
that power without bloodshed they
will regain It with bloodshed Some
day tho people will awaken to llu
way In which they havo been robbed
these ninny jonrs. They an getUnit
pretty thoroughly nwukoueil now to
the fact, that they are being robbed,
but they art a little hazy ns to the
exact method ot robbery.
When they rttitlxtt that the making
of laws by our rorporatlou-owued
courts Is tho particular method by
which their money Is taken from
them, thero will bo n revolution.
Will It be bloody? 'Mint all de
pends upon how fur tho courts will
go. Sometimes It seems an though
they hud already overstepped the
limit. Mnyjie they have. The de
termining factor Is always how many
Hungry puoplo there are In the coun
try. Ileeniise when people got hun
gry they forget to think. If they
tiro hungry enough, thoy havo lost
tho power think; thoy can only feel.
And this bald attempt to set aside
tho laws ot the people culls for Just
serious roflootlon.. To what level
has our prated "government by the
people" fullen, that wo can seo tho
laws that wo ourselves havo mado
set aside hy thu court becaiiNu some
rallronds hold that they are "Im
possible of observance"?
Ah a matter of pure reason, the
people have tho right. If thoy wish
to exorcise It, to reoulro that tho
smokestack of ovory engine on evory
railroad lu Oregon be painted olive
green with yellow stripes nrouud It,
and to require that all engineers wuar
yellow breeches with green neeklles.
Whether tho railroads like tlili
law or not Is hoslde tho question.
Onco you admit that the peoplu are
not to ho tho final Judge of the laws
under which they slmll operate their
government, you havo destroyed the
theory that this Is tho government
hy thu people.
A Christmas sale wilt bo held hy
tho li. A. Bocloty of the l.iithoran
church 011 Saturday, Dec. I Ith, at -17
W. .Main street.
Fancy articles will be on salo and
light rofreshniunln will bu served at
nominal cost. 2!!7
John A. Perl
2H H. 1IAKTMJTT
t-iiuui-tt iti, -lYi uiiii i7;i
Ambulance Kervko Deputy Cormier j
A GUIDING STAR
(or those who are looking fur pitln
I imis and otfftotlvo DanilHtry Is the
sign at the uiitrtiiice to our establish
tuer.t. We practice pnlulesn extract
ItiKi ami every other brunch of the
profession. Whatever your leipilre.
menu In Uih Dental Hint, )ou mny be
sum of the best service at the least
expound here. Ask your friends who
havtt tried us.
Over Panlctn tor Duds, I'arlflc
IMioue UnUS, Home Phone n.VJ-IC
Our showing at this season com
prist the finest selection orer shown
lu .Medford. No matter how Inex
pensive the watch that conies from
Keller tho Jeweler, wo guarantee it
to keep accurate time.
Let us show jou our stock and
convince you that our prices are the
Corner of Main nml
iiotliintr, licllci' for
Clirislmns than a
the new models
ijtt.OO ami 97..ri0
Steam and Hot Water
All Wort rtunrntM4
COFFEEN & PRICE
IS Jfowrd Blook, Botisce on eth MX
C. F. Richstein
All Kinds Wood For Salo
Rick Wood, Block Wood and
Strictly Cash on Dolivory
Eads - Holbrook
WOOD FOR SALE
Tior, Rick and Block Wood
Strictly Cash on Dolivory.
Clark & Wright
WASHINGTON, 1). O.
Publlo Land Matten: Final Proof.
Desert Lands, Conceit ana Mining
Vaudeville ami I'hotoplnyi
THU Mr.SKMh IIKXTI.KVH
Mitrliuba .N)lophone soloists piny
lug the largest instrument of lis kind
In tin. world.
I FIlATtHIK I'IMIK I
Wo are today featuring u thrilling
tlellg sou picture,
"Till: HIHTI'liU OF I'Ai'H"
Soiiwttlimul, sneiiltt, spcctunular
"t'KNTHAI I'AIIIC, ,V. V."
"iti:i H.ir.vniMi.s1 .s.nnrin:"
"I'AVIMJ illi: IKIAltD MM."
Itlpronting Kaleiu comedy
Special Matinees Saturday nnd Hun
day. Matinee prices, C and 10 cents.
COMIN'O lilA'll'lli: 1'IIOTOI'f.AVH
Till: I.IO.V TA.MIllt'H ItKVlJNdi:
Dee. 17lh, tSth, lUlh
Featuring 20 roaring lions S reels.
FIIIU AT HKA
Dee IMltlt and IMst
Scenic - Spectacular Sensational
I'nder direction People's Amuse
Wo lead, othors follow,
Ilnvo you heard Charles . (,'olliy,
thu popular ventriloquist? If you
haven't, )uu belter eome down to
the Hlar, where - '
MK, roi.nv .v ),
Presents the biggest novelty act -of
thn ni'ssou. It's a long, lingering
C 111(1 PHOTOPLAYS 5
it's a grenl Thanhtnuer drama
JACK, Till! WINDOW I'LISANFIt"
"AT TIIH PHONIC"
"(JltANDIUi DISK'S FLOCK"
Ileal laugh producer
"TOO MICH MOIHHIMN.LAW"
(let In 011 this, It's a hummer
I'OllltlMT AND WOOLWOUTH
Thu Itngtlme WUards
Matinees Dally 2 to C p. in.
ADMISSION. 5c AND 10c
"MOTH IN Till! I'LAMK"
An Intensely dramatic three-reel
pictorial vorslun depleting this (uni
ons udage. Love, hatred, Jealousy.
ALWAYS A CiOOD SHOW
"CNDKIt KALSIC COLOHS" .IMI
sou, A forceful society drama',
"NOT ON Till: ClltCHH PHOOHAM"
HsHiiuuy. A story of llfu under
thu great wlilto top,
"THIC Cltl.VrWll"A j.ulilu west
"NAirCHTY MAItllnl,A"Pntlin. A
comedy bound to pleasn.
. Coming, big fouturn--"l,roiilci
I'liiuiice" lu three reels, Palho's big
Miss Woohvorlli nt piano
Chnngo of program ovory Sunday,
Tuosdny, ThiirHday mid Saturday.
Prices Always tho Same, Bo nui 10
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