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July 5, 1918
ASHLAND’S FOURTH OF JULY PARADE UP TO STANDARD
Four divisions combined the makeup of the big celebration parade yesterday, a pageant in keeping with the record of the past two years of round-up holiday history. The goddess of liberty was typically represented by Miss Emma Jenkins, while Miss Harriet Trask assumed the role of Joan of Arc. Scores of floats joined the procession. A notable one was that of the Red Cross, representing the highest ideals and this received a special ovation. An imposing spectacle was the Elks warship, very realistic even to the smoke issuing from the vessel’s runnels. Notable personages in the public eye of the war period were represented, including President Wilson and Secretary Lansing. The traditional figures of Washington, Lincoln, Paul Revere and Lafayette were characteristically portrayed.
The patriotic program at the Chautauqua building took place at 11:30. E. V. Carter presiding with Clarence Reames of Medford, as orator of the day. Enthusiasm was the keynote of the exercises and for once since the completion of the big auditorium it was fairly well filled.
Round-up specialties were the chief division of the afternoon, attended by a throng of spectators. A score of events were scheduled on the official program, the list of entries including 48 experts. Purses ranged from $10 to $300, the major event being the cowboy relay race. The exhibitions were full of pep and many new faces were noted among the daring riders in addition to the old time favorites. The chief attractions in the arena are three-day events, and results as to records and awards will not be known until the close of the week.
Friday morning’s attraction was a mingling of the gay with a trace of the somber, a farewell reception having been tendered the county’s drafted men at the Chautauqua. Stirring musical selections were fitting accompaniments to patriotic addresses by Porter J. Neff of Medford, and Prof. Irving Vining of this city. On Friday evening the Red Cross will benefit from a presentation of “The Mikado” in the open parks. This charming opera will be staged near the children’s playgrounds at 9:30, with 40 of Medford’s talented musicians in the cast. The general admission will be 50 cents, there being no seat reservations.
Incident to the celebration period normal school badges bearing the legend, “I’m not a slacker — I’m a normal school backer,” have been seen almost as plentiful as the Liberty bond button. A committee of energetic ladies have been boosting the normal campaign, and took advantage of the Fourth to tag many visitors with the distinctive badge. Quite a little fund has been realized in this way in behalf of campaign expenses. The ladies are grateful for the expressions of friendliness towards the normal movement and also desire to thank the newspaper men thruout the country for gratuitous advertising which has seconded their efforts in the present campaign drive.
Saturday will be given over to musical entertainments and social reunions, round-up finals being disposed of in the afternoon. Previous to the reign of the confetti carnival at 9 p.m., there will be a concert in Lithia park.
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