April 17, 1913

Sheriff August Singler is still on a whunt for Mrs. Elzira Clay, who is wanted on a complaint charging that she is an unfit person to be at large, her friends believing that she is insane. Mrs. Clay cannot be located by the sheriff and it is believed that she disappeared to escape arrest and possible commitment to the state asylum for the insane.

Mrs. Clay has been acting queerly for some time. Recently, friends complained to District Attorney E.E. Kelly asking that he arrange an examination to her sanity. A complaint was prepared and a warrant issued, but she cannot now be located.


Harry Coffeen, a member of the firm of Coffeen & Price, plumbers, was badly burned about his forearms this morning when a large quantity of gasoline in a torch exploded. Dr. Porter was called and removed a large quantity of flesh from his right arm.

The cause of the explosion is unknown. Coffeen was working with the torch when the accident occurred. He succeeded in extinguishing the flames but was badly burned.


A boy's story of hunger so acute that it led him to steal for the first time in his life was so dramatically told in the office of Juvenile Judge Tou Velle yesterday afternooon that the judge stayed the law and allowed the boy to go. Incidentally, the judge found the boy a home and a job.

The youngster hailed from Portland and gives his name as Frederick Walter Scaife. He left home after he had lost his watch and feared he would be censured at home. He is between 15 and 16 years of age.

Young Scaife beat his way south from Portland, but being inexperienced he failed to secure food by the handout route. After two days of hunger the boy entered a bakery at Ashland and stole seven or eight pies, two cans of milk, a can of salmon, a can of peas, three boxes of marshmallows, a cake, a half box of chewing gum and some tobacco.

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