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Mail Tribune 100, Oct. 23, 1920 Continued

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Oct. 23, 1920 Continued


For ten years at least, from time to time, the question of securing for Medford a Y. M. C. A. has been agitated. The greatest difficulty which has blocked the way heretofore has been the fact that a distinctly local work has been considered, and in this connection it was deemed inadvisable by the state committee to organize except on the basis of erecting a costly plant which would tend to retain the interest because of the investment involved. But conditions have changed. We are living in a progressive age. In Y. M. C. A. work the same as in business, what would meet the needs ten years ago will not meet the needs today. The recent war has emphasized the fact that changed conditions require many new methods.

While the county work plan is not new to Y. M. C. A. men, it is comparatively new to Oregon. It is a team work proposition of the county committee, working through and with the employed county secretary. The county committee is a group of business men representative of the county, elected by the county convention, assuming responsibility for finances and direction of the work within the county. The county secretary is employed for his whole time as the executive officer of the county committee. He is a man adapted to and trained for leadership of the country life, who understands work with the boys and young men, appreciates the value of correct business management, and is able to discover, develop and lead men and boys into tasks of constantly enlarging Christian service. The duties of the county secretary are to help organize local association groups of men and boys and to cooperate with their leaders and with the various agencies at work for good in the county. He is a Christian social engineer.


New York, Oct. 23. — Importations of ostrich plumes into the United States which in pre-war days often exceeded $6,000,000 annually and which during the war dropped to less than $25,000, amounted to $2,500,000 during the past fiscal year. These figures were made public today by the National City bank.

Altho there is an increasing demand for the plumes, the statement said, importations are not expected to reach pre-war levels again because of the increasing industry in this country. The ostrich population in the United States has grown within a comparatively short time to 100,000. Ostriches frequently live more than fifty years.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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