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Mail Tribune 100, Oct. 27, 1920

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

Oct. 27, 1920

TICKETS GO FAST FOR ‘WILD BILL’ RITCHIE CONTEST

“Wild Bill” Reed, champion of the Pacific Northwest, arrived in Medford Sunday noon and has been warming up for his battle in the ring with Earl Ritchie for the northwest title. In his preliminary work-outs at Portland with Hennessy, Cross and “Tiny” Herman, Reed showed some real ring class and is confident of retaining his title in the fight with the challenger at the Nat here Thursday. Big Bill has an enviable record to his credit in former performances having conquered many well known heavyweight glove artists including Joe Bonds, Frankie Gage, Woodhouse, Reynolds, Keeler, Kruvusky, Revet, Ritchie, Miller, Burk, Cowler, Brossean, Mulvang, Sudenburg, “Speedball” Hayden, McLure, Eastly, Jim Flynn, Chicago Kid and others.

Thursday’s fight will be a bear cat from every indication. Reed’s record will show that he is a fast man in the ring. Ritchie has an equally fine record and his class is shown by the fine showing he made in his bouts with Dempsey, the present champion. According to Matchmaker Frank Smith, Ritchie’s manager, Dempsey was greatly impressed by Ritchie’s performance in the ring and is credited with saying “I think that if I can beat that fellow Ritchie, I can beat any of them.”

Dempsey boxed two draws with Ritchie at San Francisco, and then secured a decision in a 6-round scrap at Reno, Nevada. Immediately after, he went after Jess Willard and easily bagged the world’s heavyweight title. If the Klamath logger wins Thursday’s fight, Smith will try to secure a bout with Carpenter and Dempsey.

The people here are taking a big interest in the battle as indicated by the present ticket sale. Seat reservations are in great demand, orders coming from as far north as Portland and as far south as San Francisco.

THE OLEOMARGARINE BILL

Everyone likes butter. Most everyone eats it. But in the larger cities, particularly among those of modest means, there is considerable consumption of oleomargarine.

These people don’t eat “oleo” because they prefer it to butter, but because it is cheaper. It gives them a wholesome and fairly nutritious substitute for butter, at a greatly reduced price.

Now the dairy interests have introduced an anti-oleomargarine bill to be voted on at the coming election, which places a high tax on the Oregon manufacturer and wholesaler of oleomargarine. The result of the bill will be to increase the cost of oleomargarine to the consumer and discourage manufacture of oleomargarine in this state.

The bill is unjust, its principle vicious, and it should be defeated. Oleomargarine does not compete with butter. It can’t be labeled as butter, or sold as butter. Strict federal laws cover these points.

All the bill would do in practice would be to put a tax upon the people in this state, who an least afford to pay it. Vote 305 No.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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