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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 30, 1919

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

Dec. 30, 1919

GRAVE DANGER OF LOSING AIRPLANE FOREST PATROL

There is a possibility that the forest air patrol that was so well started last summer may be discontinued, according to N. F. McDuff, supervisor of the Cascade national forest, and he has suggested that the Eugene chamber of commerce take the matter up with Oregon’s representatives in congress to do all in their power to secure an appropriation to continue the patrol.

“The continuation of the patrol means much to Eugene,” said Mr. McDuff yesterday. “It already has been a great advertisement for this city and it would be a matter of regret if it were discontinued.”

Mr. McDuff calls attention to an editorial in last issue of the Montana Forest School News, a portion of which follows:

“Congress is not making the necessary appropriations for the work. This time it is not so much the forest service alone which is concerned with the failure of congress to appropriate funds. Everyone who owns timber, or who depends upon the production of wood or the use of wood, or whose welfare is related to forest protection and forest uses and forest influences — and whose welfare is not — should feel concerned.

“Your representatives and senators in congress like to work for legislation which you want. They hat like the dickenes to have to work their heads off for a good cause and then come home to explain what it was all about and to try to drum up a little praise for worthy action done.

“Write to them today. Tell them how much forest production means to your region. Tell them we are using one fiftieth part of the nation’s merchantable saw timber each year. That fire damage, wasteful forest use and other devastations and depredations largely offset what we should get from forest growth each year. Tell them a protective system built upon the basis of aeroplane fire patrol will be the most efficient means know of preventing forest destruction. Tell them here is a means of helping to keep up our nation’s military preparedness without the cost of an exclusive military measure.” — Eugene Register.

LOCAL BRIEFS

The licenses and collars for dogs under the new state law which goes into effect January 1st, have at last been received by County Clerk Florey who has been doing a land office business the past few days in taking car of the applications from dog owners from all parts of the county. This year good leather collars will be furnished free to all persons taking out dog licenses, but next year the owners of the animals must meet this expense. The law provides that every dog in the state must be licensed, and if an animal’s owner fails to take out a license he will be fined a minimum fine of $10, which if not paid makes the dog liable to be put to death. The license fee for a male dog is $1 and for a female dog is $2.

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