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Mail Tribune 100

Jan. 16, 1915

Editorial: County attorney Kelly's determination to order out all nickel-in-the-slot machines will have the support of all law-abiding citizens.

There is no more barefaced robbery practiced than these slot machines. The player has not one chance in a hundred of breaking even. They are purposely made with an overwhelming percentage in favor of the "house," and their victims are principally partially intoxicated men. They are as efficient in getting the coin as the process of "rolling" practiced in pioneer days and in dives of city slums.

The pretense that they give a package of chewing gum with every nickel played is a barefaced subterfuge. No gum is forthcoming on any of the machines played in Medford. Furthermore, if a player does by chance turn a winning combination, he is paid in drink or cigar checks, not in gum.

Of all the slot machines that ever victimized the public, those now in Medford are the crookedest.

Dr. J. Lawrence Hill, who has had charge of the Medford Associated Charities, left Saturday for a two-week's visit at Portland with Mrs. Hill. For the past two months, he has been the busiest man in Medford.

Dr. Hill reports that 72 families have received assistance from the bureau, and that 50 families are still receiving aid. Of these, only a very few heads of families were deserving of aid, which was extended in behalf of the children. The parents were to blame, and shiftlessness and drink the cause of their poverty. In many cases persons refused to work when work was found, and such cases were dropped from the list.

During his absence, the ladies of the bureau will carry on the charity bureau.

The Rogue River Fruit & Produce Association just completed arrangements for the handling of the Grasselli arsenate of lead for the coming season. This will make its fourth consecutive season's use of this material. A sample of the Grasselli 1915 lead has been analyzed by Dr. Henderson, the county pathologist, and shows 15.82 per cent of arsenic oxide and only 22 one-hundredths of one per cent of water soluble arsenic oxide. This indicates a strong lead with such an unusually small amount of soluble arsenic as to practically remove danger of burning.