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Mail Tribune 100

Jan. 5, 1915

To the Public:

In violation of my lifelong habit of keeping out of the public print, I desire to call the attention of Medford's citizens to one feature of the new charter that seems to have been generally overlooked in its discussion, which is of prime importance. I refer to the provisions for bookkeeping and reports to the public.

Any member of the present council will tell you how hard it was for them to get on paper a statement of how the city's finances stood, when they took office. It was not the fault of the city recorder's office, nor of the preceding council, but of our worthless charter. A system that has been worked out in the east, at an expense of $325,000, and found nearly ideal, has been incorporated into the new charter. It means absolute honest and full publicity in the handling of our money in running the city's affairs. It means that every dollar's worth of property bought for the city must be strictly accounted for. That means economy.

In my judgment this one feature of the new charter will be worth thousands of dollars to Medford.

Isn't the fact that among the many cities that have adopted this kind of charter, not one has failed to show a marked improvement and better and cheaper government, reason enough why we should adopt this charter?


(Ashland Tidings) — The new year's edition, 1915, of the Medford Mail Tribune is a subject for hearty congratulations. Considering the depressed times throughout the country, the results reflect, in a high degree, the optimism and stamina of that community and the courage of the Mail Tribune management to assume such an undertaking under the circumstances.

The city of Medford is a live number. The people in it maintain, under adversity, the same restless spirit that existed when everything in America was going forward by leaps and bounds. Such spirit cannot be downed. Medford will be among the first of American municipalities to come back when the depression of European war loses its grip on the country.

And the Mail Tribune is in no small degree responsible for the splendid enterprise and grit of the city.