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Mail Tribune 100

(From the Ashland Record)

Mrs. J.H. Sweeney came down from Portland Thursday evening to join her husband, who has the contract for the Siskiyou Mountain end of Jackson County's $500,000 highway. Mr. Sweeney came in from his camps on the Siskiyous to meet her, and after spending Friday at the Hotel Oregon they went up to the camps where Mrs. Sweeney will "rough it" for a while.

Mr. Sweeney brought an interesting story down to the camps that has to do with the war in Europe. He has among the several hundred men now at work many foreigners. There are in the bunch Russians, Germans, Austrians, Poles, Serbians — and, in fact, representatives of every nation that is at present engaged in the great European conflict.

The large majority of the men spend their Sundays and nights in camp — only a few seeking conviviality at Medford or Hilt, California. They are intensely interested in the European conflict and discuss it heatedly from first-hand knowledge of the conditions that have led up to it, and an accurate familiarity with the geography and strength of the nations embroiled.

For the most part the discussions have so far been without belligerent demonstration, but on one or two occasions there have been loosened teeth and swollen noses. The most notable instance was that of a Russian and a German who broke about even in the scrimmage in which they indulged.

In one group of employees at one of the camps are fourteen Austrians and one Serbian. They came to the camp together some time ago and have stuck together ever since. The Austrians show no animosity for the Serbian despite the fact that their nation started the great war by attacking his nation — as a result of one of his countrymen having assassinated their prince. Recently two of these Austrians went to Portland to ship for the the old country to help fight their nation's battles, but were unable to get passage and returned to work.

Mr. Sweeney reports that one of their worst troubles of late has been to get water on the mountain for drinking and cooling purposes, and for the horses. They have tapped all the springs they could find, but the dry weather threatens to render the supply inadequate. He says the recent heated spell is as noticeable on the mountains as it is in Ashland, and it has been hard on the men and horses.