That a severe hail storm had done considerable damage to crops and fruit in the Rogue River Valley is the rumor which has gained considerable headway in Portland and as far south as Roseburg. A Medfordite returning last night was quite surprised when informed to the contrary, and it evidently appears that some of our jealous neighbors to the north of us had become busy again and are up to some mischief. Several commission men in Portland had heard the rumor and were rather skeptical to place any orders for our fruit; however, they have been informed to the contrary and every effort will be made to correct this erroneous impression.
The weather bureau here telegraphs a daily report to Portland, and if any hail had occurred here it would have been noted in their report, and it would seem that people who make a business of buying fruit should obtain this report from the weather bureau before believing rumors such as this one. Professor O'Gara states that the fruit crop is in a most excellent condition and that between 600 and 700 carloads of pears will be shipped this year and a large number of apples.
The Medford rifle team of the seventh company returned Sunday from Clackamas, where they participated in the annual tournament of the Oregon State Rifle Association.
Our boys, while not being able to carry off any of the prizes, made a very creditable showing, finishing ahead of several older organizations. Lloyd Wilson and Frank Reed, two new shots, made splendid records and proved to be excellent marksmen.
All the members of the team returned convinced that in order to be able to compete with other organizations it will be necessary to have a rifle range located here for practice purposes. The government has already furnished the seventh company with targets and everything necessary to build a range, but the company has been unable to secure a suitable site to erect the targets on.