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Mail Tribune 100, Feb. 21, 1920

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

Feb. 21, 1920


“Chief, there is a bunch of drunken birds out here that need looking after,” shouted Howard Hill over the telephone to Chief of Police Timothy yesterday noon.

“Scandillyous,” ejaculated Timothy as he hung up the receiver and then tried ineffectually to get Sheriff Terrell on the phone at Jacksonville to get him to proceed to the scene of the drunken carousel at once.

“I’ll fix those bums,” grumbled the chief as he hailed a taxicab and climbed in. “Wonder where they got the booze.”

On arriving at the packing house of the Dillon R. Hill orchard on the outskirts of the city the chief found Howard Hill awaiting him and watching the disgraceful spectacle of a couple of drunken robins and several sparrows staggering around and trying feebly to flap their wings.

Some time ago several hundreds of bushels of frozen apples were dumped on the ground outside the packing house, where they have since been rotting and fermenting, attracting hundreds of birds who come there to eat, and thereby become intoxicated on the fermented apple juice swallowed. The birds plainly become jagged and present an amusing collection of “drunks,” as they stumble and stagger around and try to fly.

Chief Timothy did not seem to enjoy the scene and at once hurried back to the city in the taxicab talking explosively to himself all the way.


The two and one-half inches of snow, which fell Friday afternoon and last night, amounted to only .11 of an inch of rain when measured in water, but nevertheless does much good to the crops and fruit trees, and ended the long period of weeks of lack of precipitation. This snow is reinforced by .01 of an inch of rainfall, which preceded it yesterday. The total precipitation of Friday was welcomed by the farmers, orchardists and people generally, who hoped that much more was coming, but the snow stopped falling last night, the skies became clear, and this morning’s prediction is for fair weather tonight and Sunday.

While exact information is not yet obtainable it is said that more snow fell in the foothills and mountains yesterday than last night, which means that the water in the river and streams, which is lower than for many years past, will be raised. It is said Ashland did not have as much snow fall as Medford yesterday.

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