April 20, 1913

A raid by officers headed by Sheriff August D. Singler on all of the Chinese rooming houses in the county last night netted 30 tins of opium and a considerable quantity of milder preparations of dope. Jim Ling and one or two other Chinese men were caught in the raid.

All of the opium found by the officers was at Ashland. The raid at Medford did not net any of the drug, but as the rooming houses at Ashland were first raided it is believed that the local men were warned by telephone, and had time to have any of the drug they had on hand.

Jim Ling, who was caught in the net at Ashland figured in a stabbing affray in this city some months ago. At that time the laundry and rooming house conducted by Wo Lee on Riverside was raided, but no opium was found. Since then one or two raids were made but nothing found.

It has been reported frequently that Ashland was a distributing center for this section for the opium trade among the Chinese. This led to the raiding of the rooming houses there first.

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Fire yesterday destroyed the home of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Simpson of upper Applegate and also burned a nearby shed filled with implements. Only a very few articles were saved.

The fire started from a faulty line after too much pitch had been used in making a fire. It spread rapidly.

Mr. and Mrs. Simpson were in Medford this morning purchasing supplies. They planned to erect a new home some time ago, and have the lumber on hand to build it.

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Thursday, May 1, will be observed as a general cleanup day in the city of Medford, that day being set aside by Mayor Eifert in a proclamation issued today. All citizens of Medford are urged to cooperate in making it a success.

On cleanup day the street cleaning department will collect all of the trash gathered by citizens on their residence lots and haul it away. The only condition is that it be placed in sacks or boxes and on the curb. When collected by the department it will be hauled to Riverside and Twelfth, where it will be placed in a huge pile and burned.


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