Julius Wattenburger, age fourteen years, son of Julius Wattenburger Sr., lies at the Sacred Heart Hospital in a serious condition as the result of a blow on the head received when struck with a hammer in Phoenix yesterday. The boy who struck him is about twelve years old and is alleged to be the son of a former Phoenix butcher, Mr. Bason. A warrant has been issued by the juvenile authorities.
According to the story told by the boys at Dr. Malmgren's office in Phoenix where Julius was first taken, the two Wattenburger boys encountered Bason on Bear Creek and inquired the way to the swimming hole. A stone was thrown by one of the two brothers, striking Bason on the head. In the fight that followed, apparently one against two, Bason struck Julius with a hammer.
Bason, according to Phoenix people, is a quiet boy who never had previous trouble. He was building a fence on his father's property at the time of the others' approach. He has a good chance for recovery.
F.G. McWilliams piloted a party of interested people to the kaolin beds, thirteen miles northeast of Ashland last Sunday, says the Ashland Record. The party included William Potter of Richmond, Calif. — who is interested in a manufacturing plant which will turn out various clay products. They started for the kaolin beds in an auto belonging to Mr. Whitehead of Medford, the chauffeur being Mrs. Grace Whitehead Norman. On the road they had serious difficulty with the auto, which is a new one, but were gotten out of their troubles by Chas McWilliams, the garage man, who happened to be picnicking in the Dead Indian country.