February 11, 1913

The Jackson County salary bill, introduced by the Jackson County delegation, leaves salaries as they are, except in the Sheriff's Office, where $50 a month additional is provided for a jailor, and traveling expenses totalling $800 per annum, the sheriff authorized.


According to F.H. Snodgrass, a warden at the state penitentiary, who is in Medford on official business, Frank Seymour and Mike Spanos, convicted of the murder of George Dedaskalous, a Greek, in this city Sept. 22, 1912, and sentenced to be executed Feb. 14, 1913, are confident that the Supreme Court will reverse their case and order a new trial. Appeals in the case have been taken which stays the execution until the Supreme Court passes on the matter.

"Seymour and Spanos," states Mr. Snodgrass, "were worrying considerably before the appeal was taken but now seem to believe that a new trial will be ordered in their case. They are cheerful but have developed a deep religious strain. Each man has memorized the catechism, and they spend hours in reading religious works.

"They continue to maintain that Tom Frekes assisted them but both have admitted that their confessions were obtained properly and that they were present at, and assisted in the killing. They throw the blame for the most part on Frekes, however."

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