February 16, 1913

What might have been a very serious explosion occurred at the plant of the Medford Ice and Storage Company this morning. The explosion was caused by the failure of a pump to work properly. This pump forces brine through the coils in a large furnace and when the pump filled the brine was turned into steam too fast and the excess pressure caused the coils to burst.

The furnace was entirely demolished and pieces of pipe and fittings were thrown through the walls of the furnace room and scattered for nearly 100 feet.

Fortunately no one was in the furnace room when the explosion occurred. The fire was extinguished by hard work on the part of Mr. Brown, the engineer of the plant.

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Unless the ordinance creating the public market and outlining its function is unconstitutional or contradictory to the city charter, Mayor Eifert would be exceeding his authority in removing Market Master Runyard, according to a finding of the committee which has been studying the ordinance and the record of the market for the past year. The ordinance declares that the city council shall appoint the market master and takes the appointive power, in this instance away from the chief executive.

After exhaustively examining the work of Market Master E.J. Runyard for the past year, the committee of three appointed some time ago by Mayor Eifert has reached the conclusion that Mr. Runyard should be retained. The committee has found that some of the new rules of the ordinance have not been strictly lived up to, but it also found that the deviations from the letter of the law have been made by the sanction of the market committee.

The first year of the public market has been found to be an unqualified success. It was a year of experimentation and a time to test out the ordinance and to improve upon it wherever necessary for the betterment of the institution. To blame the market master for following changes suggested by the market committee, the committee finds, is not fair to Mr. Runyard.

The committee's report will be presented to the council Tuesday evening. Councilmen Millar, Campbell and Summerville compose the committee.


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