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Jan. 18, 1919 Continued
DUCK SEASON ENDED JANUARY 15 LAW ENFORCED
Deputy State Game Warden P. H. Daily is enforcing the closed season on ducks and other wildfowl, following instructions received by him from the state fish and game commission. The letter is as follows:
To All Game Wardens:
The article published in some of the newspapers recently to the effect that the federal migratory bird law was declared invalid by the United States supreme court and in consequence ducks and geese could be taken is without discrepancy is erroneous and purposely misleading.
The federal migratory bird law passed by congress in 1913 was argued before the United States supreme court upon its constitutionality but for reasons not made public the court did not render a decision in the matter and on February 28, 1916, the court ordered the case restored to the docket for reargument. The treaty between the United States and Great Britain for the protection of migratory birds was ratified by both governments December 7, 1916, and on June 29, 1918, congress passed the migratory bird treaty provisions, which was approved by the president July 3, 1918, and on July 31, 1918, the president promulgated regulations thereunder governing the hunting and possession of such birds.
The migratory bird treaty act of 1918 specifically repealed the old migratory bird law of 1913, which was still before the United States supreme court and the recent action of the government in moving for a dismissal of the case was merely to clear the court records, and also because there was nothing left to decide since the law in question had been repealed by the new act of 1918. The migratory bird treaty act passed last June, 1918, is now in full force and effect throughout the United States. Copies of the treaty, act, and the regulations thereunder may be obtained by addressing the United States department of agriculture, Washington, D. C., or the United States game warden, Portland, Ore. Please give this matter all necessary publicity in order that sportsmen and others interested may not become confused.
LOCAL AND PERSONAL
Relative to the fight that took place last Wednesday night on the streets of Medford between Ashland and Medford high school boys, a delegation from Ashland high called at the Mail Tribune office this afternoon and claimed that the Medford boys made a mistake by stating that there was a strong rivalry between the male students of the two high schools. The Ashland boys also claimed that only one auto load of their students were in this city and fought Medford and that while it may have been an even match, as stated, the Ashlanders were outnumbered by the Medford boys by about six to one. The Ashlanders admit they received a few knocks “but from clubs and rocks used by the Medford bunch.”
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