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May 30, 1918
MEDFORD STORES TO CLOSE 5 P.M. TO AID NATION
Conservation of time and foods are two of the main things that will win the war. The government is giving perhaps more attention to these features than to any others for our soldiers must be supplied at any event.
Any foods wasted are a loss to the world and yet we find those who ignore the demands made because they do not realize the importance of the question.
The matter of conservation of time perhaps is a subject that has received little or no attention by peoples at large. Hours are as valuable as is food and when an individual does not invest in time to the up-building of the world’s needs that individual is a slacker in the same sense as the one who does not conserve food.
There is a movement thruout the country to condense business, both wholesale and retail, into a shorter period, thus allowing more time for other lines of service. By planning, all shopping could be done in perhaps one-half of the time now consumed for this purpose — however there is no intention of working any hardship on the buying public in urging shorter shopping hours.
One hour cut from the regular business day would mean millions of hours saved and turned loose for patriotic services.
It is believed that the citizens of Jackson county will endeavor to have such conditions brought about and cooperate with the patriotic stores who are endeavoring to put such action into effect.
Stores of Medford will begin closing at 5 p.m. all days except Saturday, which closing hour will be 8:30.
Plan your shopping hours accordingly and you will be giving your country a service which value can not be estimated.
LOCAL AND PERSONAL
On account of Thursday being a legal holiday the San Francisco weather bureau attaches had a day off and furnished no prediction for tonight or tomorrow. The prediction given out last night was for fair weather. Seeing that there was no prediction sent this morning County Pathologist Cate saw a chance to slip one over on the San Francisco bureau, which had forecasted fair weather, and after scanning the cloudy sky and crossing his fingers he said, “ Let her go as rain for tonight and tomorrow.”
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