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Mail Tribune 100

Dec. 18, 1916

NAVAL RECRUITING STATION HERE TO BE CLOSED SOON

The largely increasingly business of the United States navy recruiting station at Portland has required an addition of its office force, and that he may be transferred to the Portland station. Chief Quartermaster J. E. Norstrom has received orders to close the Medford station and report to Portland about January 10.

Young men, who are contemplating entering the navy should, at once, apply to or open correspondence with the recruiting officer to the end that their applications may be acted on while the Medford station is open, any applicants, who, thereafter go to Portland will be subjected to the expenses of the return trip in case their applications are not accepted.

That is the determined policy of the navy department to increase the attractiveness of the service is fully shown in the recent recommendation of Secretary Daniels that the pay of enlisted men be raised $5 a month. Recruiting officers will give prompt attention to all applications, made in person or by letters and expedite action thereon.

The recruiting officer states, that while the general business of the station has been satisfactory, it is a fact that a lack of patriotic sentiment has been shown on the part of the young men of Medford and Ashland, nearly all of the applications having been received from residents of other places.

GEORGE T. COLLINS QUITS RACE FOR COUNCIL

George T. Collins has withdrawn as a candidates for councilman on the business Men-Citizens ticket in the following letter:

"Unforseen circumstances over which I have no control make it impossible for me to be a candidate for councilmen in the coming city election.

I deem it an honor to have been considered competent to fill so responsible a position and would be only too glad to devote my time to the furthering of the city's interest if it were possible for me to do so.

Very truly yours,

GEORGE T. COLLINS."