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MMDtfORD M TKMHUNIO, MKDKOlil), OKIWON, WKDXMSDAV, DKCMMHKR 21, WW.
CITY COUNCIL REVERSES ITSELF BY .
TO A VOTE OF PEOPLE IN JANUARY
Mayor Purdin Snys Commission
Charter Alone Can Dring Order
Out of Chaos ami Names Commit
tee' to Prepare a Charter.
Flvo Amendments to Be Voted Upon
i ' if
Polllnii Places Named for
Tho city council retreating from
Its former doftnnt altitude towards
the lll of the taxpayer, Tuesday
night In a teclal MBlon placed tho
question of depriving them of their
snlnrlcs on tho ballot, and took tho
Initial stops towards securing tho
commission form of government,
Dut mm dlontlng vote marked tho
proceedings when the name of Por
ter 3. Xeff was suggested for a placo
on tho drafting committee of commis
sion charter. All tho members voted
for tho progressive and economical
llcvcrso Former Attltiulo
Tho matter of voting on the salary
Ipriio came after the council had au
thorized tho placing of four amend
ments on tho city election ballots.
Councilman Millar mado a motion
seconded by Stewart that tho voters
bo allowed a voico on tho question.
It carried. Tho four other amend
ments placed on tho ballot arc: Au
thorizing tho council to ratify the
city's old contract with tho California-Oregon
Tower company, fixing
tho polling hours and salaries of city
elections and officials; authorizing
tho council to issuo $55,000 bonds
for tho building of an auxllllary re
servoir and reserve plpa line, and pro
viding for an increase In tho powers
Tho commission form of govern
ment was introduced by Mayor Pur
din in an address read to tho coun
cil, In which ho stated tho only re
Hot in sight lay In tho discarding of
tho antiquated city charter, and draft
ing a now ono on business lines. Ho
questioned tho motives behind recent
petitions, and declared present ordin
ances hampered economy. Tho coun
cil afterwards approved tho mayor's
A. Commlttco composed of H. C.
Garnctt, A. E. Itcames, W. E. Phlpps,
H. h. Do Armond, Councilmen Mit
chell and Millar, and R. W. Ruhl were
named to tako tho Initial steps and
report at tho next meeting.
Tolling Places Xnnicd
Election officers and polling places
for tho city election January 13, wero
named by tho council Tuesday night
First ward, Sparta building, J. U.
"Wllllker, Judge, D. T. Lawton and R.
L. Taylor, clerks. Second ward, 203
W. Main, James Stewart, Judgo, W
0. Davidson and R. H. Lincoln,
clerks. ' Third ward, city hall, A. S.
Dllton, judge, Roger S. Bennett and
Al Garretson, clerks.
Mayor Purdin's address was as fol fel fol
eows: To tho city council and peoplo of
"When I accepted tho appointment
as mayor of Medford I did so after
full consideration of tho subject, and
thon only nt the solicitation of
frlondB and In the hopo that I might
bo of servlco to my town. I think I
may say my town, ns I am sixty years
of ago and havo lived almost half o
tho time In Medford, and have my
homo and family and most of my
friends here, as well as tho little prop
erty I havo been able to accumulate
and I know that I havo tho Interest
of tho city nt heart, and wish to sco
the best thing dene:
Having accoptod tho offlco I have
been trying to advise myself ns to tho
best thlngB to bo douo to bring order
out of chaos; not thinking that 1
know tho proper thing to bo dono
wlthlut investigation, and while I
havo been in otfico only a little over
two months, 1 bollevo that I am bet
tor nblo to speak of tho conditions
than thoso of our people who havo
mado no examlnutlon of tho subject,
but seem to bo nblo to adIbo with
Hnving hardly begun to look Into
matters I loamqd that a petition was
being circulated to tako away tho sal
aries of tho mayor and council, nnd
that potltlons wore in circulation nnd
being "gonerally signed" to havo an
election called to recall tho hold-ovor
councilmen, the mayor bolng omitted
for tho reason that under tho coiibtl
tutlon of tho Btnto ho could not bo rs
callod until ho had served In tho of
flco for six menths:
Does any Banc mombor of tho com
munlty belioyo that theso petitions
wero conceived nnd are being clrcu
luted frpm patriotic auottvea nnd with
a' vlow to boneflt tho cityT If so a
IJUle Investigation would couvlnco
flUcU.a pwno'n that thoy were Instigat
ed by our great political purist, nnd
why; nnd whllo n great many of our
good people have signed them nnd aro
slncero In their wishes to better con
ditions, havo they not been wrongly
Further, is It to be presumed for a
moment that tho recall of certain
mombers of tho city council, and ivn
amendment to the charter providing
that the mayor nnd council shall
sero without pay will remedy exist
ing conditions to tho extent that they
should nnd must bo remedied? I.it
any member of the community who
has been In tho city for a number of
years look back over tho conditions
prior to each election, nnd try to ro
momber how often wo wero going to
bo saved from ruin by tho election of
now members of tho council to be
elected, and yet, as each year passes
into history, wo find tho samo condit
ions confronting us, nnd that wo havo
not beon saved at nil. but have been
tho victims of another bad lot of
I am not making excuses for any
one, but having spent n good bit of
time lntcly in examination of city af
fairs, I havo arrived at some conclu
sions, nnd beliove thnt thero is a wav
to make things better for all of tho
peoplo of tho city, and hopo that thoy
may be cnrrled out In tho manner I
shall outline herein.
M.iriuMOXL'tL turns o;y Foortur.n
JMY C.tU'SU 8 EC It NT PJUGTJUH HULK
wm mmmM feSS
SAX KKANTISCO. Cnl., lo. i!l
N'nined by mhiKomhoii for Still
l'Yuucii'iii uiiiMiiptoM'il Unit tint
ntiny of idle in Hie elly lire fun! ni
iiniuehiiiir n iioint where they will
have food liv force if it not utvtill
to them oluntnilv, tho Hiitttrvlir
met in t.peeiiil no&mou (inlny to plim
llohieoetttutixes of llie votklo
20,001), the figure nt whteh they c
Minuted their own number, tpoke for
tliPtiivflviw before, the HUervinrt
publie welfare enmuiillee veterdu,v
nfternooii. Seventeen of ihein weio
present, eluwen nt dieet meeting
envlier in the ilnv lo lit v eoiulillom
liefoie the eily oiithoiilien.
They told u mw, iiiivnuiMied
"We wnnt help nuiek or we will
hnve to take it," wild Michael Mil
gnn bluntly. ''We won't Mtmc in
tho miiixt of plenty. Its not our
fault we'ie here. Yon lit ought in
here with our l.vinp advertisement
many of hi from the east. We
want vour help, but if we can't v
thnt wo mu.t help oureelvcK in the
oiilv wav left to in.
"It iiinkox my henit bleed lo ee
men wnlkiin; nnmmt looking like
skeleton," K'. II. lluek tohl Iheiu.
"When oti xol n Im1v of men with
nothing to out and no place to np
you'll havo to fill the jniN.
"We nre not nfeitmlnc anv riot
We have kept the hx from ilol-
can't held them much louver Siw
lh!n tnnt be done ul nncc. 1)i'
hhnrt ' .... t it ,,ff f.ir tln.t. mrn urn ilrlwr
romance which began when he was Introduml to her during pmctte at tint njt, Thev must eat."
Washington field. All the season Mi.s Mnn.li. who had beetv a teitder in tin) i ' . '
joungcr social set here for two ncaaoua, attended the fuotball pravthe eer;
MR. AND MP3.
Those who aro In charge of the Washington and Jcfferwi College foot
ball team, of ronnnjlvmiln, n.ay decldo to have secret pnietlie during the en
tire season next year to prevent the team being crippled. Tor three season
IN SAN FRANCISCO
WIRELESS CALL FOR
HELP FROM ARCTIC
LONDON, Dee. '.'t Tho flrnt
SALEM. Ore., Dec. 21. The us.'
nrnfnsunr of education III tho I'lll
vcrsltv of Wisconsin and noted stoamsulp Sagnvnld Jarl was nihoro
nhlloioslst nnd etvmoloclst. In an COO miles north o(;ergon.
WIFE AND DAUGHTER
GET WARD'S ESTATE
rillCAClO, Dec. 21. A. M-irl
comery Ward, moil order h-u .
henil. who died nt 111 Ilium- ill III -h
slnng't'o a modernto extent today wlrl call for hlp over recorded ,(intl ,.nrk( mt ,,,,(1,. ,.f, n l,t
i tho endorsement of M. V. O'Shca. ' 'r " Arctle Clrclo rnln" parl' t0 U'.'.'iO.OOO of liU .fr.,000,000 estate
flay, announcing iwit ino Norwegian ;,iR wifo nll(1 daughter, Mi- Mar-
jorio Ward, ncconlintr to provismiH
address before tho Oregon State
Teachers' association, Profwsor
" 'Not on your life' is O. 1C. I like
'on tho level' and 'he's a good sport'.
"Thero is nothing wrong with
'she's a peach' nnd 'she's a pippin.'
'Take, to tho tall timber' is a fine ox
preeslou to my way of thinking 'Put
you wlso' nnd 'on the square' are ex
press I ro but Inelagaut.
"What do 1 think of 'getting the
gravy?' Well that's a now ono on
me. What does It mean? 'Copping
tho coin', oh. Anotbor new ono. I
think I disapprove of both. They
"Denton Is working S. O. S. Walt
This message faintly tapped out
went the rounds of tho European
wlroleM stations about 1 a. m. Ail
stations n far outh as Ilordcaux
were asked by liergcn to close down.
Then 11 men ctn -lit tho distressed
simmer's mc(ax' , sent it on hero
and cltewhere. Tho stoamer's wlro
less was picked ui at double hor sup
of hf will mnde public todtiv. Th
$2f0,0n0 ii to be divided among fif
teen other relative.
Ward made no beiine! to char
ity, hut provided that it hi dnu.Oi
ter does not innrry nnd lene no
will, her ihnre of the i-.ite, c-t1
mnteil at from $1.(100.000 to l.)0,
000, rexerlH to Mn. Wnrd, who wi 1
use it to ctttnlilifth n home for work
itig girl. Mrs. I'linihcth .1. Wan',
the widow', receives from 2,000,00 I
to $.1,000,000 of the etnte.
T(l JlOcIn Ultll "no apv nnot.1 n.
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son In Medford knows, we have. In thl J '
nn.i i .. ' nas occomo cnamorcu or some ciri wuo came to wnicit live tire immarv timelier
i"' "" J"fi ucuu spunuing raonej i ... .....ii.t,,,, .;,ia iln l-
1I. .. ..... .... .. I nf tlin Mm Till. lll.jf lvi. Id m .if M.irrla M V.l.n. .. -I,ih .,,,I ..,. l... BIlMIIIIie lllftllll'l IIIC inn.
imu iur in limiting city improro t w" " --"- --- .--. .w- " .. - ......... .... v.. ....., .. .... .... .... .... ,
ments: Wo hnvo put In a water sys-. team this season. I
tern, sewer system and street paving I Mr. Western and Miss Ola Ellsworth Marsh wero married niter a
sufficient for a city of flvo times our
sizes, and by doing so havo mado a
city of which wc aro all very proud.
Dut having mado all these Improve
ments wo find it necessary to keen
them in proper repair. If not they
aro worth but llttlo to us. Having 20
miles of paved streets and a like num
ber of miles of sewers or more, and
CO miles of water mains to bo taken
care of cost 6omo money, nnd cost far
moro per capita than would be the
caso had wo population equal In pro
portion to tho Improvements we havo
and must care for. And each new
paved street and each new pipo line
or sewer we acquire adds to tho ex
pense of upkeep.
We have also to contend with tho
fact that during our good times the
land speculator came down on us,
many with but llttlo money, and
bought land and laid out additions to
tho city sufficient for a population
of ten times our size, and petitioned
for improvements In tho lino of sow
ers, water mains nnd street paving,
which In many cases wero ordered,
and all to bo paid for In ten year In
stallments with yearly interest. Many
of theso Improvements havo had no
payments made on principal or Inter
est; yet Interest must bo paid on tho
bonds issued or tho credit of the city
Is gone. Can you romedy theso con
ditions by a change of officers? I
I do not believe that we can find
proper relief under tho provisions of
tho city charter under which wo are
working. It is a patch work thing at
best, having beon amended from tlmo
to tlmo as tho exigencies of tho occa
sion called for, and is antiquated and
outgrown and somo of Its provisions
absolutely prevent economical admin
istration, and this I can point out.
Cities and towns alt over the coun
try are adopting tho commission form
of government, and why should Med
ford lag behind and not fall In lino
when all reports from Buch places
show that conditions aro greatly bene
fitted by tho change? I hereby rec
ommend that we adopt a now charter
placing this city under such a com
mission form of government; tho
powers of government of tho city to
bo vested by such charter in threo
commissioners to bo elected by our
pooplo; Bitch commissioners to receivo
proper compensation for their services
and to bo held responsible to tho peo
plo for tho proper management of
their rospectlvo departments, and to
not hnvo the right to shift tho affairs
of government to soma highly paid
business managor; the Medford Com
mercial club linn had some experience
with an Imported manager at a high
salary, and tho results obtained when
tho mini of $300.00 por mouth was
paid to hi in do not seem to havo been
a charter bo an election may bo called
for its adoption, viz. H. O. Oarnett,
Robt. W, Ruhl, A. E. Rcames, W. E.
Phlpps, H. L. DoArmond, J. W. Mitch
ell and George H. Miller, tho mayor
to bo an advisory member of tho
commlttco without power to voto at
Will not theso gentlemen as good
citizens proparo and submit such a
cbartor without unnecessary delay
As tho sooner it is submitted the
sooner an election can bo, called in
which It Is placed beforo tho peoplo
for adoption. And may that tlmo
IDLE MEN BY WORK'
To aid Governor We-t in hi light
to secure Mate work for homele
nnd hungry man, njaiiit ililieI
citetnieft, Mayor 1'urdin, upon the
suggestion of Councilman .Millar,
named the following committee to
draft resolutions urging notion and
feccurc hignntiirtH in support of ill'1
governor' btnnd: City Attornoy Mc
Cabc, Councilman Millar ami Arthur
Councilman Millar road ni ppenl
from the League of tlm Uncmploveil
hcttim; forth pro.-ont labor condi
tion. Millar held the notion to be
u hiiinanil.irinn move. The commit
tee will niuot kooti to tako initial action.
There Is No Better Light
For The Home
than the soft mellow tflow of a rood
oil lamp. Scientists indorse it; com
mon sense recommends it. The
KIOWA, Colo., Dec. 21. An ap
peal for nid reached hero today from
a point twentj-five miles ea-t of
here, where twenty-fivo rancheiH
nro mniooned by tho miow and out
of provisions-. All the provision n
tho neighborhood have buen cv
ImtiKtfd. Kiowa oitieiiH will try to
reach them by meiiiiH of tileiglis and
soon arrive, foi thnt tho discord under
which wo now labor may bo harmon
ized and peace again rulgrf ln-thc city,
gives the ideal light for sewing and
reading. Scientifically constructed'.
No glare. No flicker. Can be
lighted without removing chimney
or shade. Easy to care for.
Ask Your Dealer To Show You
Standard Oil Company
it fmC ' . (CallfdrnU)
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M VIOTROLAS M
M AND RKOOKDS M
M L. C. FLAGG'S M
k Tho Vit'ti'olu Dcnlcr W
A In llnlc'.s Piano IIouho. K
M 1I7 Vk( Muin. jRj
when yon tire
of rough, strong
high proof wiilskey
bottled at drinking strength
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ROGUE RIVER VALLEY EXCURSION
Los Angeles and return
JX'cmiiljci' lWizuHj!g. U'etui'ii Limit
li!), I!)I.'J I rYiouTcs l l Enroll .'M, li)M.
Tint i:pnsliwiu I, Inn iiitr.
Oninl.s Pass sf.'J'i.BO .Mcillord ! $111.05
Hogiuj lvov !l:J.r0 Pliociiix iMf
Clold Hill :W.1 Tnlciit :n.20
Central Point 'Jn.70 Ashland 111.00
SPECIAL TRAIN SCHEDULE
J A'. - Ia-
fli-anls Push 2:10 pin. iMurirord -hOO pin.
Iio,'iKs PivtM' ..,.2'JA) pin. Pliotmix '1:11 pin.
(loldllill .'J: Ifi pin. Talonl .:2.r) pin.
Conl nil Point.. :I:I2 pin, AhIiIiiikI 5:10 pin.
Soo San Francisco'n Nov Year Celobration
'i'iokots will ho sold Dcconihor 20, will bo pood for
rolni'ii until March 31, '101-1, and allow stopovers
going or I'ctiiniing.
"Full pai'lionlai'S, with intcro.sting and doKcriplivo
litoratni'o on'Calil'oi'nia'K Fainons onlingrcisoi'ts from
any S. .P. Agonl,
John M, Scott, General Passongor Agent, Portland.