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October 6, 1906

Populations of Cities in the Educational Number.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(14):1116. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520140052019

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Portland, Ore., Sept. 19, 1906.

To the Editor:  —In the Educational Number of The Journal. August 25. in giving the population of cities, you give Portland. Ore., 98.655, and, while this is taken from the United States census of 1903, it places our city in an unfair position. Our city to-day has a population variously estimated at from 150.000 to 200.000. From all available sources the conservative estimate places our city at 175.000, and this is not "hot air." We have substantial facts to bear us out.I have asked Governor Chamberlain. Mayor Harry Lane, M.D., of Portland, Auditor Devlin of Portland, and Tom Richardson, manager of the Portland Commercial Club, for estimates, and will enclose their replies. Portland has not been advertised as most western cities have been, and is comparatively little known in the East, and it is only just to give us the prominence to which we

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