May 20, 1913

PORTLAND — Frank W. Harris, formerly a druggist in Rogue River, is under two indictments by the federal grand jury today, one of which charges him with concealing assets after he had gone into bankruptcy, and the other charging him with swearing falsely that all his assets were turned over to the trustee.

The assets alleged to have been concealed consist of drugs and a phonograph with several hundred records.

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The tribulations of Henry Lerch and his wife were aired in Justice Taylor's court this morning when Mrs. Lerch was placed on trial on a charge of having threatened to kill Mr. Lerch by shooting him with a revolver.

According to the testimony of Lerch, his wife arose Sunday morning (May 18, 1913) with a grouch that would have done credit to a prize fighter during the drying-out process of a training campaign, and without the aid of a referee, timekeeper or seconds, proceeded to trim Lerch with a mop handle.

Mr. Lerch avers that he thereupon stood not on the order of his going, but retired under a shower of stove wood and violent expletive, also the threat that he would be shot if he returned. Lerch charges that his wife is a two-handed gun fighter and has two revolvers at her disposal and stated with deep conviction that he has not been home since Sunday.

The other witnesses testified that they had visited the Lerch home Sunday afternoon and that Mrs. Lerch had threatened to shoot Lerch if he attempted to return to the home.

Mrs. Lerch in defense denied the threats and the assault, and charged her with gross cruelty and abuse; however, on cross examination by the district attorney she admitted she was a fair, single-handed scrapper and quite capable of taking her own part when the occasion demanded. She put Lerch and the other witness in Mr. Roosevelt's ananias club in a most emphatic manner.

At the conclusion of the trial Justice Taylor bound her over to keep peace, the amount of the bond to be fixed at a later date.


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