The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.
Feb. 13, 1919
COBB DECLARES PREACHER’S STORY UNQUALIFIED LIE
In an interview last evening before his lecture at the Page theater Irvin S. Cobb characterized as an unqualified lie the statement made by Dr. Boyd of the First Presbyterian church of Portland that France officially offered to provide prostitutes for the American soldiers.
In a private interview at Portland Tuesday night Mr. Cobb took issue with the Boyd statement and after he arrived in Medford late yesterday afternoon a telegram was received in the city from a Portland newspaper stating that Dr. Boyd now quotes as his authority for the statement Dr. Raymond Fosdick in an article published in the New Republic of November 30th.
Mr. Cobb, who was dining at the Hotel Medford when shown the telegram thought the matter of sufficient importance to stop eating at once and make the following terse and emphatic statement:
“It is a lie — an unqualified lie and any man who uttered it originally or repeats it is doing a cruel injustice to two great nations, the French and the American.”
“Despite the fact that Dr. Fosdick is quoted as authority?” queried the interviewer.
“Yes, indeed; no matter who is said to be guilty of such a crime, but I don’t think that Dr. Raymond Fosdick ever uttered or published such a statement. It is an unwarranted and malicious statement.”
LOCAL AND PERSONAL
A group of business men of the city who have evidently observed the leisurely gait of Rev. L. Myron Boozer as he moved about town decided that something ought to be done and resolved to place wheels beneath the aforesaid gentleman of the cloth in order to speed up his services in the community. Result? He may be seen on a bright green bicycle trying to dodge the speed cop. Down about East Main and Riverside certain men are betting on the results.
The proposed curfew law for dogs was not introduced in the legislature as a joke according to its author, Representative Dennis. Recognizing that the greater part of injury to livestock by dogs is done at night, Mr. Dennis would have them kept secure at home between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. The suggestion has been made to Mr. Dennis that dogs at large during the prohibited hours should be accompanied by their parents, and another suggestion is that an appropriation be made to supply the dogs with wrist watches.