Lester Hickson, Wm. Z. Mynatt, Roy Wyatt and Charles A. Wooden of Sams Valley, are being given a preliminary hearing before Justice Taylor this afternoon, accused of horse-stealing.
Hickson, who is 17, admits his guilt and implicated the others except Wooden, who also is a youth.
He says that Mynatt, for whom he worked, induced him to take the horses across the California border. Hickson was arrested at Dorris where Mynatt formerly lived.
The Fergus County Democrat of Lewiston, Mont., containing the following:
"W.M. Blackford has been elected a director of the First National Bank, succeeding J.L. Stuart, who has engaged in the grain business in Assinabola, Sask., and for a time at least will make his residence in that city. Mr. Blackford has been for many years the attorney for the bank, known as one of the very substantial men of Fergus county, and the addition of his name to the board means an emphasized continuation of the careful management which has always characterized the First National."
W.M. Blackford is the brother of Miss Alice Blackford of Central Point, who is spending the summer with relatives in the east. Some years ago Mr. Blackford spent several months in the Rogue River Valley and has many friends here. Since that time he has been a great admirer of the valley.
At the meeting of the county court today, Messrs. Leever and Smith were appointed to a committee to take up with contractors and ascertain the cost of building an addition to the county poor farm to serve as a hospital for the county sick.
The matter of a board election for roads was postponed until later in the week.
The matter of the proposed Foots Creek school district enlargement will be taken up Wednesday. Notice was served on the county court of injunction proceedings brought against the establishment of a high school in Pleasant District which was petitioned for.
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