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Mail Tribune 100

May 26, 1916

STATE TEXT BOOKS

A movement that has gained considerable headway in Oregon is the proposal for the state to print the text books used in the public schools instead of sending the money out of the state and paying excessive profits to the school book trust. The movement has been endorsed by commercial organizations, parent-teachers associations, the grangers and labor unions.

Despite costly blunders and political strife, the printing of text books by the state has proven a success in California—the saving to the people over the retail prices charged by publishers exceeded $250,000 in 1915. On the same ratio, the saving to the people of Oregon would be $70,000 annually. Kansas is also printing a portion of the text books used in that state with a similar proportionate saving.

But the actual saving in cost of books to the public is not all the benefit to be derived from state printing. The money paid out for materials and labor will be kept at home.

As the prevailing contracts on adopted text books expire in 1919-20, it will be up to the coming legislature to act upon the matter. Failure to act will postpone the matter for six years.

ASHLAND AND VICINITY

  • A financial statement of the union evangelistic movement ending here recently at the close of business last Sunday evening, shows resources and abilities of over $1000. The meetings were held five weeks. Mr. Vessey, the singer, was guaranteed a compensation of $25 per week from the general expense fund, which aggregated a trifle over $500. He also shared to a limited extent in the freewill offering made in behalf of Evangelist Mathis, an offering which also exceeded $500. The final settlements were made on a basis satisfactory to all concerned, and the expense account connected with the series of union meetings has been provided for in full without scaling any of the bills.
  • Memorial Sunday services will be held at the Congregational church, May 28, conducted by Rev. R. W. Farquhar.