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Mail Tribune 100

Oct. 10, 1914

Advertisement: Would you vote to throw 10,000 more men and women out of work in Oregon?

Yet that is one of the first results that would follow the adoption of statewide prohibition in Oregon.

Aren't times hard enough now? Aren't too many men and women in Oregon even now vainly seeking employment?

If statewide prohibition should prevail here, 5,000 men and women would directly be thrown out of employment in Portland alone.

Practically every trade, industry and place of business in the entire state would be indirectly injured by the loss of trade, adding other thousands of unemployed to the steadily growing arming of idle.

Would you be helping humanity when you knowingly created hunger and want?

You, or others near and dear to you, who sadly need the weekly income now received, might find it cut off. The world can present no more sorrowful picture than worthy men and women seeking employment day after day, week after week, month after month, and failing to find it.

While you are thinking of the few unfortunates whom you might hope to "reform by law," you should also think of your duty to the thousands whom you would force out of work and perhaps onto the streets, hungry and starving, through lack of employment and business stagnation.

A SOLEMN DUTY RESTS ON YOUR CONSCIENCE. Register to vote before Thursday, Oct. 15.

Overzealousness on the part of Councilman Medynski in signing an agreement with the California-Oregon Power Company for power for the operation of the pump at the old condemned city well, without the knowledge of his colleagues, assuming the powers of a committee of the council to which he does not belong ... cost the city of Medford $427.50. A bill for this amount has been presented to the city, with the afterword on the part of the power company that it will use all legal means to collect the same.

The Medynski agreement with the power company was entered into June 16, in furtherance of the councilman's plan that water from the Bear Creek well could be pumped into the water mains in case of fire, or the breaking of the service. Dr. Pickel and other citizens at the time Medynski first broached his plan filed a vigorous protest, claiming the action would menace the health of residents. The council then tabled the plan. Despite this, negotiations were concluded with the power company by Medynski, the current connected, and the rate of $135 a month charged.