February 5, 1914
Mrs. Mary Sider, a widow, and six children, the oldest aged 11 years, traveling from El Paso, Texas to The Dalles, Oregon, to the home of relatives, arrived in Medford yesterday evening without money and hungry. Their tickets and funds ended at Ashland. That city paid their fare to Medford, where they made an appeal for charity to allow them to complete their journey.
Through the efforts of the county court and the orders of General Passenger Agent John M. Scott of the Southern Pacific this morning. Jackson County will pay their fare to Portland at half rate, the mother and her flock leaving on the train Thursday evening.
The family formerly at Dallas, Oregon, moved to Texas a year ago where the father took up a homestead near El Paso. A few weeks ago he died. The mother sold her household goods to buy tickets to relatives.
Upon their arrival in this city last night, they made an appeal for food to Constable Rankin Estes, who formerly lived at El Paso. He was convinced of the worthiness of her pleas. He reported the case to Mayor Purdin who provided food and lodging. The WCTU cared for the family today, giving them food clothing and cheer.
Again the Star Theatre offers one of the greatest of all novelty acts, "The One Arm Trio." They are right up to the notch and have scored the biggest kind of a hit in each town played in. Notwithstanding the fact that each man has only one arm, they play nearly a dozen different instruments to perfection.
It is worth anyone's time to see this act, especially the novel contrivances invented by these players to use in place of their missing hands.
The using of one bow in playing the violin, and another in playing a cello, by the same man at the same time, and the fingering of each instrument being done by the other two men is indeed wonderful and was only accomplished after months of practice.