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Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 3, 1918

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

Aug. 3, 1918


The Medford public library has received today a request from the American Library association’s headquarters in Washington for more books from this community for the men overseas.

The appeal from Washington states that new novels and good western stories, whether new or old, are most needed. Books by Zane Grey, Rex Beach, Jack London, Ralph Connor, Owen Wister and O. Henry are very popular. The public library announces that it will receive and forward all suitable books that are turned in. It urges the friends of the soldiers and sailors, many of whom have already responded most generously, to give more books.

The communication received by the library from the Washington headquarters states that over 600,000 books have been sent overseas. The supply is nearly exhausted, and several hundred thousand more will be needed soon by the six dispatch offices which are now shipping books to France. In France, the books are distributed by an experienced librarian, representing the American Library association. Most of them go to Y.M.C.A., Red Cross and Salvation Army huts, hospitals and canteens. Others go directly to chaplains and officers.


The Medford water supply continues to be pure as is shown by the report of State Health Officer Holt which has just been received by City Water Superintendent Arnspiger. The report reads as follows:

“The examination of the sample of water submitted by you July 29th, showed a bacterial count of 100 per C. C., neither gas nor colon bacilli having been recovered upon 72 hours incubation.”

The bacterial count of 100 per C. C. refers to harmless germs such as exist in all water, and the inability to find either gas or colon bacilli after 72 hours incubation means that there is no sewerage contamination whatever in the water supply.


The fire department members after having given the fire apparatus an extra cleaning and polishing this week, as well as the firemen’s quarters both up and down stairs, were still so full of “pep” that they actually went to work and cleaned out the city prison so thoroughly that any self-respecting bum will now enter it without protest.

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