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Mail Tribune 100

Jan. 22, 1916


Taylor G. Bunch, one of the field secretaries of the Religious Liberty association, spoke to a large audience in the Star theater last night on the evils of Sunday legislation. Mr. Bunch said in part:

"The enactment and enforcement of Sunday laws are dangerous because of what it will finally lead to. It is the first step toward a union of church and state, and history testifies that such a union has always been disastrous to both the church and the state. History repeats itself, and like causes bring like results. When our forefathers founded this government the sad history of religious legislation in Rome and during colonial days in this country warned them to place in the constitution a safeguard against religious tyranny."

The 'One Day's Rest in Seven' league, of which Dr. Tufts is superintendent, is working for a more strict Sunday law for Oregon. Almost the same law was defeated last year in California by a majority vote of over 167,000. The poor laboring man that must be compelled to rest one day would appreciate it more if this league would try to secure at least one day's work in seven.

"Madison said: 'Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.' We must be on our guard if our liberties are maintained."

The hearty applause showed the appreciation of the audience for the solos and duet by Mrs. W. W. Walker and Miss La Costa Mangum, who displayed rare musical talent.


J. H. Cooley, one of the Medford lumber men, came out Tuesday, and the stockholders in the Eagle Point Ditch company held their annual meeting and elected J. H. Cooley president, H. B. Tronson secretary and treasurer, W. W. Taylor ditch master, and the following persons as directors: J. H. Cooley, L. K. Haak, Frank Lewis, W. W. Taylor and Chas. Painter as directors for the ensuing year.