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Mail Tribune 100, Feb. 1, 1921

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

Feb. 1, 1921


The short change artist who flim-flammed Leon B. Jaskins, druggist, of $10 last Saturday afternoon, by rapid manipulations of bills, failed in similar attempts at the Optimo cafe and Meeker’s, tried his game at Poley’s drug store in Ashland late Saturday, according to Fred L. Colvig, but did not have any luck.

The method of the slicker was to make a small purchase, and produce a $20 bill in payment. When the clerk made the change, the slick person would causally remark that he though he had paid with a one dollar bill, and did not care “to break a twenty,” and suggest that the price be taken from the dollar bill. The storekeeper would agree to this, and the success of the plan depended on the buncoist getting the merchant befuddled, with a rapid fire comment on the weather, etc. In the manipulation the one dollar would be substituted for a ten dollar bill. The gent always chose a busy hour for his work, and as soon as he netted his profit departed.


Everything is set for the Hoover Mush and Milk banquet which will be held at the Medford Hotel at 8:20 tomorrow evening. This affair will be the opening gun for the European Relief campaign for funds for the starving children in central Europe.

The entertainment features are in charge of Mr. and Mrs. George Andrews. The high school girls quartet will render several numbers and the Premier Novelty Orchestra is donating its services for the success of this banquet.

A ticket selling committee started out this afternoon and as every dollar paid toward the purchase price of a banquet will go to the relief fund a very large sale is anticipated. The cost per plate will be one dollar and the novelty and entertainment furnished will be worth every cent of its cost.

The high school girls of the domestic science class are most enthusiastic over the opportunity offered them to serve this banquet and in that way assist Medford to secure its quota for the starving children. Emil Mohr is the largest single contributor to the success of this undertaking in that he has donated the use of his dining room and would not consider taking any money from the committee for the help he necessarily must retain after hours and for the washing of the dishes and table linen to be used.

An invitation is extended to the general public to attend this banquet and tickets may be secured at the Medford Hotel and at the Chamber of Commerce headquarters.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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