The bungalow of Stanton Griffis together with two hundred and fifty dollars in paper and silver representing the entire savings of Mia Hara, the Japanese cook, were burned in a fire yesterday afternoon. The house was on the Burrel orchard.
Many valuable pieces of furniture and bric-a-brac, rugs, pictures and a well-stocked library were destroyed but, by strenuous efforts on the part of the owner and ranch helpers, the silver, piano and considerable linen and house furnishings were saved.
The cause of the fire which was first noticed about 2:30 in the afternoon is a mystery. Mr. Griffis was at work in the orchard and Miss Hara was working in the garden. A ranch hand first noticed smoke issuing from a window and in a few minutes the entire structure was in flames. The loss of the house is $2,500 covered by $1,500 insurance. Until an invoice is made the loss in household furnishings will not be known. There was $5,000 insurance on the furnishings.
There was no one in the house at the time. Mrs. Griffis being in the east. Mr. Griffis will probably rebuild in the near future.
A heavily laden runaway freight car dashed through Medford yesterday evening at the rate of 75 miles an hour. On top was Yardman Fowler of Ashland swinging his langer as a danger signal. The car broke away from the Ashland yards at about 9:30 o'clock. The brakes were set by Fowler, but they failed to hold.
It took just eleven minutes to make the twelve miles from Ashland to Medford, and twenty-five minutes to make the 26 miles the car speeded before coming to a stop a mile this side of Gold Hill. To the surprise of railroad men, the runaway safely rounded the dangerous curves and Gold Ray. Fowler walked from where the car stopped to Gold Hill to send word of his arrival.
Engineer Adams in a switching engine pursued, but was distanced by the runaway. A freight train warned by telegraph barely got onto siding in time.
Fowler's nerve and courage are bringing him all sorts of deserved commendations.