Mail Tribune 100, June 6, 1918

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

    June 6, 1918


    There is considerable mystery about a man who gives the name of H. Van Catz and who has been held by the authorities in jail at Jacksonville for several days awaiting the arrival of a presidential warrant under which he will be arraigned before United States Commissioner F. Roy Davis. It is known that the prisoner, who is evidently not a working man and is about 45 years old is suspected of disloyalty at least.

    Early in the week he first appeared at the office of Mr. Davis under the pretense of being interested in taking up Oregon-California railroad grant land. Remarks he made at that time aroused Mr. Davis’ suspicions, but he made no move to have him apprehended at that time, preferring to give him a little more rope, as he felt sure the man would return to the office.

    Next day Van Catz appeared at the Commercial club and his remarks and actions aroused the suspicions of Mrs. Satchwell, the acting secretary, who notified Chief of Police Hittson. The chief, after subjecting him to questioning, placed him under arrest and notified Mr. Davis.

    Van Catz claims to have come to this city from Klamath Falls and from his talk had apparently been in Portland, Seattle and other places recently. When he was visiting at the Commercial club just before his arrest he refused to sign his name and address on the visitor’s register when requested to do so by Mrs. Satchwell.


    Next Monday, June 10th, the patriotic stores of Medford will start closing at 5 o’clock all days except Saturdays which closing hour will be 8:30 p.m.

    This action is in accord with previous announcements and complies with the efforts being made by our country in the conservation of time, and the condensing of business into shorter hours.

    Time is as valuable as foods and by cutting one hour from this shopping period each day millions of hours will be saved for other lines of service.

    There is no question but every person can supply their needs in eight hours instead of nine, as has been the custom in the past.

    The public in general greatly favor these new closing hours and while there are a few stores that perhaps will ignore this patriotic move, still it is pleasing to know that the majority will co-operate in their country’s service.

    Plan your shopping hours accordingly and you will be helping much in the new order of things.

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