March 26, 1914

March 26, 1914

Helen Keller, deaf, dumb and blind genius, entertained an armory full of people at Ashland last night with a brief address, following which she repeated and answered questions by the audience, conveyed to her by sense of touch by Mrs. Sullivan-Macy, for 27 years her teacher.

Miss Keller's speech is purely mechanical, intonation, inflection and emphasis being lacking. She is difficult to understand and her talking efforts somewhat uncanny. Her animation and expression in conversation, however, contrasts strongly with the stilted efforts of her speech.

Miss Keller was preceded by Mrs. Sullivan-Macy, who vividly and graphically told the story of her tuition from a blind girl of six, through Radcliffe College to her present position as an acknowledged thinker and toiler of world repute. The almost unsurmountable difficulties overcome, the patience and perseverance of both teacher and pupil, make her case the most wonderful that educational annals record.

About 130 Medford people attended on the special train.


Although Wednesday night was the coldest of the year, the thermometer dropping to 24 and in spots to 23, little damage was done to fruit, as the cold wave found most of the orchardists fully prepared and orchard heating was universally resorted to on an extensive basis. It is estimated that over $5,000 worth of crude oil distillate was burned in saving the million dollar pear crop and a dense pall of smoke hung all day over the entire Rogue River valley. Late pears and apples were not advanced enough to be endangered. The thermometer did not drop below the danger mark in any of the large orchards. The weather bureau predicts a gradual moderation.

It was a freeze rather than a frost and extended well into the foothills. At 10:30 o'clock Wednesday evening the first firing began at the Holloway, Bear Creek and Klamath orchards. At 12 o'clock general firing was ordered throughout the valley, a temperature of 29 being reached. from thence the thermometer gradually fell, reaching 24 at 6:30 o'clock. In one or two spots a temperature of 23 was reached outside the orchards.

Thawing Out Gradual

The thawing out was very gradual. It was 8 o'clock Thursday morning before the thermometer climbed above the freezing point. The dense pall of smoke retarded the thaw and acted most beneficially. As a result not near as much damage resulted as first surmized.

There is grave danger of a shortage in fuel. A special train was on the way, ordered by telegraph, and is expected tonight or tomorrow.

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