Circuit Judge Calkins today returned a decision in favor of the defendant in the celebrated case brought by the city administration against Councilman George H. Millar, accused of immorality, in which an appeal was taken from the rulings of Mayor Eifert as municipal judge.
Of the four main points of contention, the mayor was reversed, and practically all the mayor's rulings swept aside as illegal, the court holding with the contentions of the defendant's attorney throughout the trial.
The case was brought by Attorney Boggs, then city attorney, who acted as prosecutor for the city. It grew out of the attempt to punish Millar for selling liquor to an immoral resort. Miller was convicted and fined. The success of the appeal remits the fine.
A merry war is raging between the orchardists and the cattlemen of northeast Medford precinct over a proposal to submit to the voters at a special election the stock closure law pased at the last session of the legislature, which will prohibit stock from running at large within the precinct and enables property owners damaged to impound the stock and hold the same until the owner cashes up.
Northeast Medford includes a portion of Roxy Ann, which is mostly railroad land. The land is leased as a stock range by a syndicate of Medford men. The stock come down to the roads and lanes, pasturing thereon, entering open gates and frequently breaking fences and getting as far as Medford and Central Point.
The stockmen claim the law will work a hardship upon them by forcing them to keep herdsmen and thus increase the cost of meat and living. The orchardists claim the stock have damaged property running into thousands and that with the high prices secured nowadays for meat, stockmen can afford to fence their ranges or keep herdsmen.
Efforts at a compromise are being made, whereby the restricted district will give the stockmen that portion of the precinct east of the Roxy Ann road that skirts along the west slope of the mountain.