October 10, 1913
O. Rapp of the Northern Apple Company of San Francisco is in Medford purchasing apples. So far he has purchased through his local representative, J.E. Barkdull, forty-seven cars of Newtowns, Spitzenberg and Ben Davis. He has paid for extra fancy Newtowns as high as $1.50 and for the same grade of Spitzenberg $1.75, from 90 cents to $1.10 for Ben Davis and $1.25 for Jonathans. The sales were for cash on delivery.
"I have been through the Hood River, Wenatchee and Yakima districts," said Mr. Rapp, "and I find no better fruit anywhere than in the Rogue River Valley. This district has got all other districts beaten on Newtowns, and the Newtowns grown on "sticky" are the finest.
"The finest Spitzenbergs I saw anywhere were those of Morrill and Reigel's on the Riverside orchard near Gold Hill. I bought the entire crop at $1.75.
"Our company has authorized Mr. Barkdull to secure us a site for a warehouse and packing plant and we intend to erect such a structure before next season.
The city water system, temporarily demoralized by the break in the main under the Bear Creek Bridge, will be turned on full force this afternoon, according to Water Superintendent Trauria. The repairs to the break were finished at noon, and the work of testing the main at once begun by the water department. It was necessary for the city employees to work steady 36 hours to make the repairs. During the time the emergency system was in use the citizens breathed uneasy because of the fire menace.
The Mail Tribune because of its contract with the United Press Association has been able to furnish the baseball enthusiasts of Medford with a play-by-play description of the world's series games in New York and Philadelphia, the crowd in front of the Mail Tribune building hearing the returns within an instant after each play has been made. This is a somewhat startling assertion, but was proven yesterday when Murphy, the first batter up, was announced as having been put out. This was the first bulletin and it was already on the operaters typewriter and timed at 20 seconds after 11 o'clock. Allowing fifteen seconds for the play, the actual transmitting time would be five seconds or less. This is probably the fastest time ever made on a telegraph wire, where one or more relays occurred, the flash going the distance between New York and New Westminster, British Columbia (4,430 miles).