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  • Mail Tribune 100: March 8, 1914

  • Fire broke out in the basement of the St. Mark's building about 9 o'clock, causing a damage of about $100. Rubbish that had collected around the furnace caught afire, and before discovered has burned a hole in the floor. The fire report says that 50 gallons of chemicals were used to extinguish the blaze. The feature of the af...
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  • Fire broke out in the basement of the St. Mark's building about 9 o'clock, causing a damage of about $100. Rubbish that had collected around the furnace caught afire, and before discovered has burned a hole in the floor. The fire report says that 50 gallons of chemicals were used to extinguish the blaze. The feature of the affair was the appearance of a dozen "fire chiefs" in the crowd who shouted orders the same as if they were paid for it.
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    Motorcycle riders of Medford are co-operating in trying to find the persons who stole Herman Purucker's machine and made such wild rides through the streets of Medford Thursday and Friday nights of last week. It was taken from a locked shed in the rear of the Electric building, where it was left by Mr. Purucker, previous to a business trip to Glendale. The machine, a 1913 model Excelsior, chain drive, was found in the customary place Saturday morning, after both cylinders were frozen and badly charred where it had been on fire. The police are working on the case and expect a speedy conviction.
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    Proposed construction of a morgue by J.A. Perl, the undertaker, on ground next to the Elks' new clubhouse, on North Central Avenue, now under construction, has caused a wave of agitation and indignation to sweep the lodge, property owners and residents of the block. The chief objection is to a morgue being erected next door to a temple of social and lodge activity, and the city council will be asked to pass an ordinance forbidding the erection of morgues in the same blocks as hotels and club houses.
    It is understood that a proposition to buy the lot that cost $2,000 for $3,500 has been made, and is under consideration by the lodge and residents of the block. Unless this deal goes through, it is said, the undertaker will build his place of business in spite of protest and opposition. Some threaten legal action, but there are no technical or real grounds upon which a condemnation suit could be brought. Previous efforts to prevent the purchase of the site for morgue purposes resulted in failure and offers for the purchase of the property at an advance over its cost were rejected.
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