March 6, 1918


Last night and this morning were the coldest of the winter in the city and valley, the lowest temperature being 19 degrees, which was reached at 8 a.m. today. The prediction for tonight and tomorrow is fair and warmer. the coldest previous temperature the year was on January 31, when the mercury fell to 22 degrees. Monday night the coldest temperature was 23 degrees.

The cold weather of last night and the several previous days has done no harm whatever—in fact, has been a blessing to the valley, for it is holding back the fruit buds and delaying the dangerous frost season period. The pear and peach tree buds are almost ready to break out with a few days of warm weather.


Passenger train service on the Southern Pacific was badly demoralized today in both directions. the unusual spectacle was seen this forenoon at 10:30 when the Shasta limited passenger train due here from the south at 9:20 came into the depot without any steam in her engine, having been pushed all the way from Ashland by passenger train No. 14, which was due here at 8:02 a.m.

The limited engine went dead near Ashland and she lay stalled until No. 14 came along and did the push act. Steam was finally gotten up in the engine here and the limited pulled out with her own engine at 11 a.m. The other train departed for the north about 20 minutes later.

But thing were going worse in south-bound traffic for passenger train No. 13, due here at 10:35 a.m., did not reach Medford until about 5 p.m. because of several freight cars having been derailed at Comstock, near Cottage Grove. There were many prospective passengers for San Francisco and intermediate points who were greatly disappointed and most of them called off their journeys until Thursday.

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