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Mail Tribune 100, July 5, 1918 Continued

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

July 5, 1918, continued

*Note: The Mail Tribune did not publish a paper on July 7, 1918, for unknown reasons.

ONE-ARMED ATHLETE SEEKS HARD WORK

M. Clayton, who has had his arm removed at his shoulder as a result of the horse he was riding falling over a 20-foot cliff with him, is in Medford seeking work at gardening or other occupation. He is studying to be a physician and has partially completed his course. A little later he has been promised employment by the government as a teacher in reconstruction work among the maimed from the battlefields.

Mr. Clayton finds the loss of his arm much more of a handicap in securing work than in doing the work itself, and challenges any two-armed man to a 10-hour day work with pick, shovel, lawn-mower or wheelbarrow. He has won quite a little fame as an athlete, and it takes a pretty good man to throw him in wrestling. Certain kinds of work, however, he cannot do.

Mr. Clayton carries letters of recommendation from the California university instructors at Berkeley, has many favorable press notices and served as a deputy sheriff at Los Angeles. He is averse on principle to a cripple’s begging, but declares that his own experience has convinced him that the public is principally to blame, rather than the maimed man, as many of the people he asks work of, offer him money instead, and so force the habit of begging upon the indolent and weak willed.

Anyone having work to offer can reach Mr. Clayton thru the Medford employment bureau.

TWO LOCAL BOYS SLIGHTLY WOUNDED FIGHTING GERMANS

It became known for the first time yesterday that two more Jackson county boys were recently in the American casualty list. Mr. and Mrs. H.T. Hubbard, 1009 West Main street, received word several days ago that their son Frank, who enlisted in the marine corps in Medford a few days after the declaration of war, was shot thru the leg in the American offensive near Chateau Thierry. A letter received from the young man said the wound was a slight one, that he was in an American hospital for perhaps 30 days, and that he was aching to get back at the Huns again.

“We certainly showed them the Yankees know how to fight, even if they have been at the front only a few months. I was one of the first over the top and we certainly beat it thru the machine gun fire like a lot of Indians. I had gone perhaps 200 feet when I stumbled and fell. Thought I had hit a rock, but a bullet had hit me. War is great sport. I want to get back as soon as I can.”

The second Jackson county boy was Floyd Lance, son of George Lance of Gold Hill and nephew of Marion Lance of Medford. Little is known other than the young man was gassed in a recent German attack and is now in a hospital under treatment. According to the report the gas particularly affected the eyes. Mr. and Mrs. Lance are anxiously awaiting more details.

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