Mail Tribune 100: February 9, 1913

Prominent orchardists of the valley today requested County Judge F.L. Tou Velle to issue a proclamation fixing a certain day, early in March, as squirrel poisoning day. Professor O'Gara is expected to issue full instructions to safely do the poisoning.


Attorney J.H. Beeman of Gold Hill believes that the identity of a workman accidentally killed at Prospect on July 27, 1911, has at length been discovered through the activities of a San Francisco detective agency, says the News. Mr. Beeman has been requested by the agency to interview fellow workmen of the dead man and witnesses of the accident that cost him his life in order that proof may be secured for the settlement of a substantial insurance policy, much needed by an aged father and mother, who reside in Early County, Georgia.

At the time of the accident the Prospect power plant of the California-Oregon company was in process of construction. Transient laborers were many, and the placing of William Lane's name upon the payroll as an unskilled laborer occasioned no investigation until several days later, when his crushed and bleeding body lay in camp awaiting the coroner's arrival. A heavy box or case fell from a tramway while in transit, striking the unfortunate man and causing imminent death. The coroner's jury returned a verdict of "unavoidable accident," the remains were interred at the expense of the company and William Lane, laborer, passed off the payroll.

In January, six months previous, R.W. Lane, then at Confidence, Calif., wrote his last letter to the aged mother in Georgia, including a photograph. Months passed by without any further news of the absent son, whose parents now began to pay the premium upon an insurance policy, which had been carried by him for years. At length, fearing the worst from his long-continued silence, they furnished the San Francisco agency with particulars and began the search.

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