April 8, 1914

April 8, 1914

Work to the north of 'em, work to the south of 'em at $2.25 a day, eight hours, fails to disturb the idle equilibrium of a number of shiftless citizens hereabouts, ten of whom spent Tuesday night in the city jail.

"Every hobo in the county wants to congregate in Medford," said Chief Hittson this morning. "They all wanted to stay in Ashland last winter when they were giving them free soup there. Now there is work on the Pacific highway, close to that city, and what do they do but come up here. A gang that has been hanging around Central Point for a month discovered the other day that there was work hard by and they use up all their energy making record time to get away from it. Then they gather on the corner and howl about no work. Every man who claims there is no work is ordered out of town and told where he can get it if he wants it."

Tuesday morning, Sergeant Pat Mego and the train crew of the southbound Shasta Limited clashed when 28 hoboes were ditched on the platform. The policeman made the wanderers pile back on the train, and delivered a short speech to the brakeman who tried to protest. The gang boarded the train at Grants Pass.


The city council made a record at its Tuesday night meeting. It surprised itself and everybody else by concluding regular business in three hours without a speech. This is the shortest session of the present administration.

Councilman Medynski revived his old favorite — the chicken ordinance, and made an effort to hustle it through to the final vote, but Councilman Porter moved that it be postponed until the next meeting. E.E. Gore, chief orator of the meat markets, and Wig Ashpole, his chief assistant, arrived too late to offer opposition.

The ordinance for the collection of delinquent assessments, moving the power to collect from the chief of police to the recorder, was passed and will be effective in 15 days.