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Mail Tribune 100, April 14, 1922

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

April 14, 1922

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SWIPE ICE CREAM AT MEDFORD PARTY

A group of high school boys who planned a little innocent fun the first of the week have reached the conclusion that the fun was not quite so innocent as it first appeared and have learned that discretion is the better part of practical joking, especially when trespassing, housebreaking, burglary and other crimes are liable to be involved.

The boys got wind of a private party of fellow students which was to take place at a residence on South Orange street, and all arrangements were made for a raid. The car with the raiding party stopped. The raiders dismounted and prepared to carry the works by stealth. The back porch was entered and fuse plugs in the switch block of the lighting system were unscrewed, leaving the house in darkness during which the amateur porch climbers escaped with a major portion of refreshments which had been incautiously left on the back porch.

One of the desperate gang of confection pirates was recognized in the gateway and he was reported to the police. Chief Timothy became active on the case and the boy was interviewed, at first refusing to divulge any details of the great cake robbery or the names of his nefarious accomplices. He was then taken to the district attorney’s office and questioning continued which led to the final action of the band, which it is understood have reformed.

The boy who was recognized and seven brothers of the “Snatcha Bita Pi” fraternity went to the house where the outrage had been performed and made good the loss of the delicacies, in addition to apologizing profusely to the hostess.

RAINFALL SINCE SEPTEMBER SHORT

With the three-hundredths of an inch of rain that fell during the 24 hours ending at 8 a.m. today, the total rainfall for the Medford vicinity since September last is 11.84 inches, which so far is several inches shy of the total of recent years.

Up to this morning .53 of an inch of rain had fallen this month, and the rainfall since last January 1st is 6.84 inches. It is possible that the present deficiency may be made up before the rainy season comes to an end.

In recent years, from January until January, the rainfall has been as follows: 1921, 16.21 inches; 1920, 14.33 inches; 1919, 14.68 inches; 1918, 16.91 inches.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com