Prospects are bright for the benefit game to be played at the ball grounds at 5 o'clock tomorrow between the Fats and the Leans to raise funds for the Fourth of July celebration.
Numerous changes in the lineups of the two teams are reported. It is expected each side will play at least 30 men, and the game will probably be called by dark and few of the players are good for more than a couple of innings. Stores will close at 5 o'clock to permit everyone to attend.
S.S. Smith announces his refusal to catch, evidently afraid to face Putnam's curves. He will play center. P.J. O'Gara has been added to the lean team, and Dr. C.R. Ray to the fats.
Considerable weight was added to the fat lineup this morning by the signing of a new backstop, Hon. J.A. Westerlund, being the new recruit. Mr. Westerlund is one of the swellest catchers in Southern Oregon and a fine figure for a nervous pitcher to heave at. There was at first some anxiety over the inability of the sporting goods dealers to supply a chest protector for the new recruit, but the Medford Furniture Company is having straps fitted to an Ostermoor mattress.
An echo of the recent near famous Millar trial was heard in the city council yesterday evening when $13 in stenographer's bills was ordered paid after being held up for two months.
Mayor Eifert announced the appointment of Mrs. G.F. King as a member of the library board to take the place made vacant by the resignation of Mrs. B. Paul Theiss on account of ill health.
A supplementary report was filed from Expert Wann, bringing the experting of the city books down to date. Numerous changes in bookkeeping methods are suggested and the city shown to be in good financial condition.
A petition from the liquor dealers for a reduction in licenses during dull times was referred to a committee of the whole after motions by Millar to reduce to $600 a year and then to $800 had met no seconds.
The finance committee was authorized to purchase a compressor and needed equipment for the fire whistle
Clark & Henry was awarded the contract for paving the alley in the Garnett-Corey block and Schell & Schell for the intersections of Grape and Fir streets and the railroad track.