July 2, 1913

Lester Hickson, arrested at Dorris yesterday morning by the sheriff of Siskiyou County upon a warrant wired by District Attorney Kelly charging him with horse stealing, made a confession to Deputy Sheriff Hughes of Siskiyou County, implicating Wm. Z Mynatt, Roy Wyatt and Cas A. Wooden residing in and near Sams Valley.

The latter three were arrested last night by Sheriff Singler on complaints sworn out charging them with grand larceny.

Hickson will be brought back from California some time today and a preliminary hearing will be given the accused tomorrow or Thursday.

Hickson, who it is alleged, was out on parole from Lake County for horse stealing, had been living with Mynatt in Sams Valley. About June 12, Hickson visited Mr. Scott on Rogue River and wanted to make a trade with Scott for a saddle, but not having anything to give for the saddle, no bargain was made.

A day or two later, Hickson left the county and at about the same time ten or twelve head of horses and Mr. Scott's saddle went missing.

Ten head of horses are known to have been taken so far, eight head belonging to Cottrell brothers, one valuable draft horse belonging to John Bigham and a saddle horse belonging to a Rogue River rancher.

W.W. Cottrel and John Bigham are en route to California to recover the stolen property.

That it pays to be a beggar in Medford was shown when an able-bodied deaf and dumb man cashed in forty-odd dollars in nickels and dimes at a local store yesterday evening, the result of one day's alms seeking in Medford. At this rate, his income is over $1,000 a month.

A short time ago a "blind beggar" and a woman companion reaped a rich harvest singing on Medford streets. The couple were ejected from their hotel when it was found they were frauds and both could see.

Ninety-nine out of every hundred beggars that drop off in Medford are professional beggars and should be branded as frauds and ordered out of the city. Most of the alleged institutions solicited for are also fraudulent.

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