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Mail Tribune 100

July 24, 1915


General William Sooysmith, one of the heroes of the Civil War, and for years one of the engineering geniuses of the United States Army, lies at his quarters in the Medford Hotel in a serious condition, from ailments common to old age, superinduced by the hot weather of last week.

General Sooysmith was stricken Thursday, his 85th birthday. The patient was resting easy this afternoon, after a restless night.


"If the owner of the Blue Ledge Mine will give the county court any assurance of operating the mine providing the road is put in shape, the county will proceed at once with the road work, even if we have to mortgage the courthouse," stated Judge Tou Velle today. "We stand ready to co-operate in every way and always have. But we have never received any definite assurance of operation, and we are not justified in making the expenditure without.

"I do not believe that a $5,000 road expenditure by Jackson County is halting the operation of a mine on which a million and a half dollars has been spent in development work by a multimillionaire owner, especially with copper selling at over 20 cents a pound. Nor do I believe that such an immense prosperity can be profitably operated with auto trucks to haul ore 40 miles over mountain grades.

"Jackson County stands ready to do everything in its power to assist in opening up the mine. Placing the blame for the do-nothing, shut-down policy of the mine owners on the county's poor roads is nonsense. We stand ready to build a boulevard if necessary to secure the operation of a great copper mine."

In this connection it will be remembered that when the Medford Commercial Club two years ago offered to try and promote a railroad to the Blue Ledge, no definite promise of mine operation could be got from the mine owners.


CHICAGO, July 23 — A six-day week and a minimum wage for telephone operators are recommended in the report of an investigation conducted by the federal commission on industrial relations into conditions of employment of telephone girls in Chicago and seven other large cities.

The nervous strain attending telephone operating, the report states, combined with the rigid discipline, is exceptionally severe and is responsible for physical and nervous breakdowns of a large number of girls.