The little two-room cabin erected by Oliver Jones on a 10-acre tract high in the foothills southwest of the city, which was the scene of the fatal revolver duel between Sheriff Singler and Leslie Jones Tuesday night (April 22, 1913), attracted many visitors Wednesday, a number of curious townspeople motoring out to view the premises. There was little in or about the cabin to suggest the tragedy of the night before, a few bullet marks and blood stains telling the story. In fact, those whose business carries them to many scenes of crimes were struck with the lack of gruesome testimonials of violence.
The cabin is situated in a small clearing about three-quarters of a mile south of the crest of the first long hill, as one leaves Jacksonville on the Ashland road. It is built up from the ground, three steps leading up to the front door. It was on these steps that Sheriff Singler was shot.
The cabin contains two rooms. One is a living room, the other is a bedroom. Jones was in the living room hiding in back of a heating stove in the center of the room. This is where he died. A few bloodstains are on the floor, but that is all. There are no stains on the steps where Singler stood when shot.
A search of the premises revealed nothing which would indicate any viciousness on the part of the young Jones. A few school books and stories by Horatio Alger Jr., with almanacs, was the only reading material in the cabin. A few Medford newspapers with accounts of the Lounsberry train robbing case were on a stand, but were dust covered and had probably been there months.
Young Jones was evidently fond of music, a harmonica and violin, frequently in use, were at hand. In fact, the cabin or its contents failed to throw any light on the development of a vicious strain in the boy whose resistance of arrest led to a double killing.