Feb. 13, 1918
LINCOLN BANQUET REPLETE WITH FERVENT ORATORY
The big hit among the galaxy of speakers at the Lincoln day banquet held at the Hotel Medford last night, despite the presence of the author of the state bone dry law, was made by Boozer — yes, Rev. J. Myron Boozer, the Grants Pass minister, with camouflage wet name in dry territory, who in his elegant, witty address on the life and character of Lincoln, proved a refreshing oasis, among those pure republican non-partisans, the fellows of the Lincoln club, and the star state republican candidates on the program. So was R.N. Campbell, Ashland's James Whitcomb Riley under the nom de plume of Dick Posey, who read several of his original poems.
The music of the mixed quartet under George Andrews, the solo of Mrs. Isaacs, and the jazz orchestra selection interspersed among the speeches added much to the enjoyment of the occasion.
American flags everywhere, the picture of Lincoln hanging amid the folds of a huge flag and beneath it entwined the flags of our allies in the war; constituted the decorations. At each plate was a flag button souvenir.
By the time it was midnight the speaker, Dr. J.E. Anderson of The Dalles, author of the bone dry law, while making a splendid address took in too much territory considering the late hour. He discussed all the subjects the other speakers had dwelt on, and a number of new ones. Then remarking that his time was nearly up and that he must close he searched his memory and discussed a number of other subjects, finally closing with an outburst of patriotism and was liberally rewarded with applause.