A monster petition 2 feet in width and more than 60 feet in length will be presented to the city council tonight asking the mayor and council to retain the services of E.J. Runyard as city market master. Nearly 800 coupons were mailed or handed in at the Mail Tribune office by the citizens of Medford since the Mail Tribune started, at the request of many local people, a popular petition.
The coupons as returned to the Mail Tribune came as a voluntary response. No one was paid or asked to circulate them. A number of citizens called for a number of coupons and secured the names of friends and neighbors. The great majority, however, were the result of independent thought and action.
It is reported today that Mayor Eifert has been assured by certain business interests opposed to the public market since its start, that they will back him to the finish, and to the extent of their interests if Runyard can be forced out. The move against Runyard is supported by those who have always been opposed to the market. On the other hand, the overwhelming majority of the town people favor the continuing of Mr. Runyard in office, and having the market conducted along the lines that have made it a success.
The principal argument that is being used for the removal of Mr. Runyard is that he is an appointee of Mayor Canon. This fact has been dwelt upon at great length in certain quarters, and regardless of its value if true, the fact remains that Mayor Canon did not pick Mr. Runyard as market master. True it is that Mr. Canon submitted his name to the council, but after the market committee, consisting of Watt, Emerick and Millar had found him, questioned him, got from him an agreement to serve and had recommended him to Mayor Canon.
SALEM — Senator Von der Hellen at the request of the Ashland Normal School Alumni has introduced a bill questioning of reopening the normal school to the people of Oregon at the 1914 general election.