Mail Tribune 100: January 29, 1913

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Two hundred dollars and costs, amounting in all to about $300, is what it cost E. Gardner, detective, employed by the city of Grants Pass, to get evidence against gamblers, to bet a drink of soda water with a minor. Judge Jewell having imposed that sentence upon Gardner this morning. The detective was found guilty on a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. An appeal has been taken to the circuit court.

Prosecuting Attorney Kelly stated today that the city of Grants Pass is badly worked up over the Gardner case and declares that an appeal to the circuit court will not save him. Mr. Kelly states further that back of this case lies a sordid one, Gardner being accused of making indecent proposals to several Grants Pass youths.


Word received from Boston is to the effect that James H. McNicholas, under indictment at Cleveland, Ohio, for the use of mails to defraud, was arrested at Boston yesterday and held under $10,000 bonds to await arrival of federal officers from Cleveland.

McNicholas is well-known in Medford where a year ago last December he organized a company to acquire the Tolo brick yard from the Ray Brothers. He secured quite a sum of money, much of which he was forced to refund.

Previous to the Tolo promotion scheme, he cleaned up a fortune by manipulating a number of placer mines in Josephine County, including the "Old Channel" mine owned by J.R. Harvey. He paid $25,000 down for an option and then effected a merger with other optional mines and proceeded to sell highly watered stock in the holding company, which only owned options. While in Medford he boasted that he had "stung" William Rockefeller and other wealthy men in the deal by pretending to let them in on the ground floor to skin the public. When the options expired the scheme collapsed.

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