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  • The Oakdale Grocery building and the apartment house back of it, both the property of Col. S.S. Sargent, caught on fire this morning at 6:30 o'clock, resulting in $2,000 damage to the building, and $1,800 to the stock of the store.
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  • The Oakdale Grocery building and the apartment house back of it, both the property of Col. S.S. Sargent, caught on fire this morning at 6:30 o'clock, resulting in $2,000 damage to the building, and $1,800 to the stock of the store.
    The fire started apparently between the store building and the apartment house. Colonel Sargent was at the building about 6 o'clock and has no theories as to the origins of the fire. He says it may have been started by an electric wire; spontaneous combustion or a discarded cigarette are other theories.
    The front part of the house and the rear of the store were completely gutted. The smoke and water damaged the stock to such an extent it will probably be several days before business can be resumed. J.F. Donnell, who owns the store, has announced that as soon as insurance matters can be adjusted he will open up the grocery again. Both his and Colonel Sargent's loss were covered by insurance.
    The fire company made a quick run, and soon had the fire under control.
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    The porters on the Southern Pacific trains are the links that connect the opium ring recently unearthed at Vancouver, with Medford, is the belief of S.B. Sandefer of the state board of pharmacy. He says that the opium is smuggled in from the Orient at Vancouver, passed to the porters, who deposit it with (Chinese) men in the towns that they pass through. That a large amount of opium has been left in Medford in the past few years is shown by the quantity found in the possession of the man in the raid made last night by the city police on the Chinese laundry and restaurant on South Riverside.
    Six of the men were tried before Judge Gay this morning and pleaded guilty. They were fined $25 each. Two others of the 13 arrested on $25 bonds on the same charge. Five of them will be heard this afternoon on the more serious charge of having opium in their possession. Three of them will also be tried for gambling. The minimum fine for having opium is $100. This case does not come under city jurisdiction, but is a state case.
    The raid was made at midnight last night by the city police, assisted by Mr. Sandefer of the state board of pharmacy. Thirteen (Chinese) men were found in the laundry and the restaurant. Eleven of them were deep in games of fan-tan, and something over $700 was the stakes. The policemen entered, covered the men with guns and confiscated the opium, the money and the fan-tan outfits. What was left of the money was returned to the man after their fines were paid. A Chinese woman who apparently does not speak the English language was among those caught.
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