This is the story of W.H. Judson of Portland, whose conscience hurt him after 44 years, and secured easement therefore from County Judge F.L. Tou Velle.
In 1870 Judson lived in Ashland. A sick man was in the Ashland Hotel, and was given the task of nursing him. The sick man died. Judson took from his purse his wages, at $2.50 per day, and what was left he turned over to the county court, but there was not enough to pay the undertaker, the doctor and the druggist.
At a camp meeting of the Apostolic Faith in the Rose City last week Judson became converted and his memory recalled the selfish act of nearly half a century before, when he received full tithes, but others did not. He forthwith began to take steps to right himself with the world and the future, and wrote the county court a letter, asking Jackson County to forgive him. Forgiveness was extended to him by County Judge Tou Velle.
Medford will celebrate the Fourth of July tomorrow by celebrating some place else and staying at home. Talent, Grants Pass, Butte Falls, Trail and Klamath Falls will claim the majority of the citizens who want to hear the eagle squeal and the Declaration of Independence read. Others will journey to quiet spots in the hills to spend a restful and comfortable day.
The Elks excursion to Klamath Falls to the B.P.O.E. Rodeo is the star feature of the day, the special leaving this evening at 10:30. Before the departure the Elks will parade and the Schnitzel band will play. A large delegation of Elks and their friends will make the trip.
Talent offers an old-fashioned celebration, Grants Pass a modern, safe and sane occasion.
The teams of the Rogue River Valley league will play at Talent and Grants Pass, the series at Grants Pass beginning this afternoon.
The Pacific & Eastern will run an excursion to Butte Falls, and the S.P. will handle special trains for the benefit of celebrations between Grants Pass and Ashland.
All business houses, public and county offices will be closed all day. The barber shop will keep open until 10:30 tonight. There will be no issue of the Mail Tribune Saturday afternoon and of the Medford Sun Sunday morning. Special bills and attractions will be put on the moving picture houses. All who toil will receive two days of rest.