A carload of lime-sulphur spray is being held in Grants Pass, the sale of it being forbidden by Fruit Inspector Burke on account of its low testing strength. The spray was shipped from Ashland and billed as 33 strength, but a test of five barrels by Inspector Burke showed but 25. This spray had been sold to orchardists in this county but delivery not yet made. The shippers of this lot were notified by telephone and are expected here today. They claim that their chemist made tests showing 33 and the shipment made in good faith.
There is a state law preventing the shipment of low-test spray, carrying with it a fine of $100 for violation.
A detention room for juvenile offenders in this city has been arranged for by Chief of Police Hittson and in it will be confined the youngsters who fail to heed the new curfew law. If picked up on the street after hours without a proper excuse they will be locked up to appear in the mayor's court later and explain.
It is reported by Chief Hittson that a number of children have been given blanket excuses by parents covering any and all hours of the night. As fast as these excuses are obtained, the parents will be seen and the matter explained. Children out after hours must have a written permit from their parents for that particular night.
A number of excuses are believed forged by the children, and an investigation will follow each excuse to which suspicion attaches.
For the purpose of going carefully over the fruit districts of the northwest, studying the many problems before the orchardists, B.F. Benson, formerly president of the Washington State Board of Horticulture but now a special horticultural investigator for the Northern Pacific Railroad Company, is in Medford, the guest of A.C. Randall of the Rogue River Fruit and Produce Association. Mr. Benson is returning from a visit through California.
"Things are in rather bad shape from a fruit standpoint in Southern California," states Mr. Benson, "as the frost loss is very heavy. Orange growers, however, are keeping up their courage."
Mr. Benson will spend two days touring the fruit districts of the valley.