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Mail Tribune 100, July 24, 1918

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

July 24, 1918


Mrs. Donald Clark recently received a thrilling letter from Miss Dorothy Conner describing her experiences in the recent German drive which smashed thru Braine, France, where Miss Conner had charge of a canteen. Braine is on the Vesle river between Soissons and Rheims, toward which the allies forces are now making rapid progress.

Miss Conner, daughter of Mrs. Charles Conner, formerly of Jacksonville, was on the Lusitania when the boat sunk, and had a narrow escape from death. Nothing daunted, she soon returned to take up relief work near the fighting line, and had been at Braine many months when the Germans broke thru the Chemin Des Dames and drove south.

Miss Conner describes the frightful bombardment and seeing the German planes coming over the northern horizon. A French soldier pointed to them and said, “They are only a few miles ahead of the German advanced guards.” After tending sever wounded soldiers Miss Conner hastily got together a few personal belongings and climbed into a Ford car bound for Paris — the last car to leave before the invading forces arrived. She lost several valuable articles and the canteen of course with all its supplies and furnishings fell into the hands of the Germans.

Miss Conner is now in Paris and wrote that as soon as the allies swept back the hated Huns she would return to Braine and continue her relief work.


The heavy rains of Monday and Tuesday in the hill and mountain districts extinguished all the forest fires that were burning in Jackson and adjacent counties. Hugh B. Rankin, supervisor of the Crater Lake national forest, stated this morning that all fires were out in his district and that the slate was clean for the first time in months. There were very heavy rains in the Crater Lake territory on Monday and more rain yesterday.

The welcome rainfall in Medford and vicinity yesterday amounted to only .03 of an inch, but it did a would of good to all kinds of growing crops. The recent cool weather has also been of great benefit to the crops.

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