March 7, 1913

T.A. Le Master, serving a sentence in the county jail for bigamy, was released today following the receipt of a pardon from Governor West. The extension of clemency followed the statement of physicians that Le Master was threatened with quick consumption and that confinement in the county jail would result in his death.

By the terms of the pardon Le Master must report twice a week to Circuit Judge Calkins either in person or by letter.

Le Master pled guilty to a charge of bigamy a short time ago. He married a second time believing that he had been divorced for seven years. He was believed technically but not morally guilty.


Lloyd W. Fansher, the Medford nurseryman who disappeared from Medford several years ago, died at Sacred Heart Hospital early this morning. Mr. Fansher's illness had extended from the time of his mysterious disappearance but had only been serious for a few months. It was in a hospital in California that he remembered his identity and sent for his wife in Medford. Members of the family brought him to this city when it had been known that there was no chance of his surviving.

When Mr. Fansher left Medford, he left no trace behind. It was known that he had walked south on the Southern Pacific tracks and some of his private papers were found strewn along the right of way.

An unusually dilligent search was conducted for months by relatives but until a short time ago no one could be found who had recognized him and yet he must have spent most of the time in California. Owing to the fact that his accounts were all straight and that there had never been any trouble in the family, it was always conceded that Fansher's mind had given away, a supposition that proved correct. While in Medford he conducted an agency for a nursery company. He was a man of good education and had once been a county superintendent of schools.

During the past few weeks he has recognized members of the family and seemed happy that he had regained his mind although his health was gone forever.

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