Instructions were given to the jury this morning in the case of the state versus Bert R. Greer of the Ashland Tidings, charged with criminally libelling F.L. Tou Velle by the publication of an article accusing him of having made a deal with the "Medford gang" to loot the county treasury. At 3 o'clock today the jury was still out.
Concluding arguments were made in the case yesterday afternoon after the submission of evidence, the defendant himself making an impassioned appeal in his own behalf, in which he asserted that the word loot meant the expenditure of money unauthorized by law and that his sole intent in publishing the article was to protect the taxpayers. Attorney Briggs summarized for the defense and Judge Kelly for the prosecution.
Greer was the only witness for the defense. Witnesses for the prosecution were F.L. Tou Velle, Dr. J.M. Keene, Dr. C.R. Ray, Dr. J.F. Reddy, W.H. Canon, Porter J. Neff and G. Putnam, all of whom denied the existence of any organization to loot the county or of any intent to loot the county.
William Brockman, recently of Redding, Calif., was committed to the state asylum for the insane yesterday by County Judge F.L. Tou Velle. He is a victim of halucinations, imagining that he is about to be hanged.
"Please don't hang me, Mr. Judge," he pleaded to Judge Tou Velle, "I don't know what I've done, but I don't need hanging."
Brockman is in a state of fright that he is about to be hanged or electrocuted.
B.L. Reed, Sr., of this city, the father fo Fred Reed, chauffeur, who was charged with involuntary manslaughter following an auto accident at Marshfield in which Louis Ballinger was killed, has received full particulars of the accident. Mr. Reed states that a slippery black pavement on the edge of town caused the machine to skid and overturn.
Young Reed has been bound over to await action by the grand jury.
Members of the city council today requested Mayor Eifert to have the police force clean out the Royal Rooming House and any other place of questionable repute in the city. If this is not done in the near future the councilmen state that they will so instruct the police.
The suggestion that the council take steps in this matter was made by councilmen Mitchell, Summerville and Campbell today. In all probability the places will be cleaned out at once.