March 17, 1914

Nitrate of silver, the famed cure for the cigarette habit, is being injected into local smokers by Walter Merrick, who has a bottle of the cure. About two dozen men were given the treatment Monday by the new philantropist, and pronounce themselves free from the chains of Lady Nicotine. Anyone desiring a shot of the stuff can procure same upon request.

The treatment is administered by washing out the mouth, and makes the patient deathly sick if he tries to smoke immediately afterwards. Even the smell of tobacco nauseates. If one drinks anything sour, it is also liable to cure of both the habit of living and smoking — causing salivation.

The Anti-Cigarette League of America is sponsor for the cure and has been administering it to juveniles throughout the land with remarkable results. None of Mr. Merrick's patients, however, are of the younger generation, they spurning the offer, and Mr. Merrick suggests that parents procure a bottle and make their boys take a dose upon the general suspicion that they smoke. The medicine can be obtained at any drug store or upon prescription of a physician.

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Steps toward the consummation of the cannery project of R.D. Hoke of Central Point were taken at the meeting of the Merchants' association when assurances of financial support were given by Medford banks, and a committee composed of C.E. Gates, J.C. Mann and John Perl were appointed to solicit the merchants of the city to buy stock. The committee will begin its work at once.

It is estimated that $300 will be needed to launch the cannery, including the buying of machinery, stock and labor for the first month. The pack thereafter would care for the operation and the banks have agreed to stand back of the cannery until firmly settled.

The proposed cannery would have an output of 3000 cans a day and would mean employment for half a hundred workers, besides giving the small landowners a chance to dispose of their crops when the cannery matter is definitely settled.

Three sites have been offered the cannery, all under consideration, and many of the merchants at the meeting signed up for stock.


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