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Mail Tribune 100, May 2, 1918

May 2, 1918

NATIONAL ARMY MEN FORCED TO STAND IN TRAIN

Failure of the Jackson county draft board to provide adequate accommodation for the Jackson county draft contingent, resulted in the men being herded like cattle in the day coaches of the draft special train from California, and having to stand up all the way to Grants Pass. Here, on advice of the official in command of the train, who had not been notified that the Jackson county men were to get aboard, and consequently had made no arrangements for them, they left the train and phoned to the draft board their predicament.

The draft board then advised them to go aboard the day coaches of train No. 16. This would have forced them to stay up all night and they refused to leave Grants Pass until they were provided with adequate facilities. The local draft board then notified the Southern Pacific company, which added a special sleeper for the drafted men at Ashland, in which both the Jackson and Josephine county delegations found comfortable quarters.

Details of the mix-up were written to relatives by the indignant soldiers, who today reported by wire their safe arrival at Camp Lewis.

COUNTY TO BUY MILITIA UNIFORMS

The Medford and Ashland Militia companies invaded the sacred precincts of the county court to demand that the county court purchase uniforms for the companies, which the state munitions and arms. The uniforms will cost about $11 apiece and were promised by the court.

The court forwarded a protest to the state highway commission upon the condition of the Siskiyou highway, which is under state control and has not been touched since the winter rains and snows left it in bad condition.

The court also agreed to accept the proposal of the state society for the prevention of tuberculosis for cooperation in the county nurse proposal.

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