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Mail Tribune 100

July 8, 1915


Inquiry into the cause of the wreck in the Ashland yards Tuesday morning that resulted in injuries to twenty-one persons returning from a baseball excursion to Yreka is being held in Ashland this afternoon. Thos. K. Campbell of the state railroad commission is conducting the hearing on behalf of the state. Most of the Medford people returned to this city yesterday after a day in the hospital. The doctor's bills were paid by the Southern Pacific.

It is generally believed that the baseball special was forgotten and made possible the accident. The excursion train was running as second No. 12. The regular No. 12 had passed, and it is presumed the engineers of the two switch engines overlooked the schedules or they would not have been on the main line in the face of an approaching passenger train.

The following telegram was received this morning by R.L. Ewing, manager of the Medford ball team, from Yreka:

"Just learned of your sad misfortune, but no particulars. On behalf of the Yreka ball team and band, we wish to express our deepest regrets that such a pleasant celebration should have such an unfortunate termination. It has placed the whole town in gloom. (Signed,)



ASHLAND, July 8. — Chautauqua opened Tuesday morning, which date was termed Ohio day, although the Buckeye designation was honored more in the breach than in the observance. The glorious shower prevailing was welcomed as a general benefit, even if it did temporarily discommode some of the Chautauqua worshipers.

In the morning at 11 there was a health talk by Miss Edna Eugenia Lowe, also a reading at 2:45 p.m. by the same lady. The event of the day was Baumgardt's lecture on "Napoleon," accompanied by nearly 150 elegant colored views.

Wednesday was Central Point and Gold Hill day. A health talk and prelude followed by two of Baumgardt's masterpieces, "The Present European Crisis," which, as its title implies, deals with the past and present conditions in the great war zone, and "Russia of Today," which included rare descriptive features of the czar's police and government.