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Mail Tribune 100

April 6, 1918, continued


Chairman Paul M. Janney of the parade committee received many congratulations for the remarkable results of his efforts to make the parade a matter of war history in Jackson county. His Boy Scouts are entitled to credit for having the parade start promptly and run off without confusion. The Scouts policed the entire line of march and directed the formation of the parade. Their fine work was highly complimented by Chief of Police Hittson, who said that owing to their efficient services, he had never had less trouble in handling a crowd on such an occasion.

The big crowd of parade marchers and onlookers, which assembled at the city park after the parade, was deeply impressed with the addresses of W. F. Woodward of Portland and Mayor C. E. Gates. The chairman of the county speakers’ committee, O. C. Boggs, presided and introduced the speakers with short remarks.

Mr. Woodward with much eloquence and pathos made a general patriotic address in which he pleaded that every American at home do his duty by subscribing to the extent of his ability for Liberty loan bonds, and dilated on the wrongs suffered by the Belgians and others of our allies at the hands of the Germans, which same wrongs would be brought home to us if Germany should with the war.

Mayor Gates, who is chairman of the Liberty loan drive in this county, made the best speech of his life and thrilled his audience, not by oratory and eloquence, but with his sincerity and pertinent remarks. His talk was more of a personal nature, with a strong appeal to the people of Medford and Jackson county to liberally back up our many home boys now at the war front by investing every dollar that can possibly be spared in Liberty loan bonds.

Both speakers were frequently applauded.


It does not seem as though it should be necessary, at this time, to have to make an appeal to women to work at the Red Cross. The dreadful slaughter which is now going on at the front should be enough. But the fact remains that the attendance at the workrooms is not keeping up to standard. The attendance never has been what it should be, but in the last few weeks it has been gradually falling off.

The allotments which are given out each month are being increased as the war proceeds, and unless the women do their part, it will be difficult to keep up the reputation Medford has made in this work of always doing what is asked of her.

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