August 7, 1913

That there are two sides to the Bliven-Knutzen controversy, in which Mrs. Knutzen of Thompson Creek is accused of assaulting her neighbor, Mrs. Bliven, and breaking her arm, for which she has been held to the grand jury, is indicated by the following from Hee Harrington of Applegate, who gives a version friendly to Mrs. Knutzen:

"Applegate, Ore., July 28,

"To the Editor:

"In your issue of last week and in other of the Medford papers there was published sensational and exaggerated articles in regard to the difficulty between Mrs. Bliven and Mrs. Knutzen of Thompson Creek. In the trial before Justice Taylor only one side of the case was presented.

"Acting on the advice of her attorney, Mrs. Knutzen waived all preliminaries and let the case go up to the grand jury. This has given rise to the report that she pleaded guilty, which is not true.

"Now, I wish to say that Mrs. Knutzen is not the inhuman monster which the aforesaid newspaper articles pictured her to be, but a quiet, peacable, kind-hearted woman who has lived in this community nearly all her life, and as far as I know has never had any serious difficulty with anybody, while the other one is always in a scrap with somebody. She seems to have a mania of abusing people, and there is scarcely a person in this neighborhood whom she has not accused. She has been circulating reports for several months that Mrs. Knutzen has been stealing her eggs and chickens, milking her cows and taking things innumerable out of her house whenever she was away. And not satisfied with that, she finally accused her of maintaining improper relations with her (Mrs. Bliven's) husband.

"Mrs. Knutzen hotly resented this and used some pretty strong language as to what she would do if Mrs. Bliven did not quit defaming her character. And where is the woman that would not have done the same or more under the same circumstances?

"But it is a fact that can be proven that Mrs. Knutzen did not attack her or attempt to do her bodily harm.

"While we believe that we know how Mrs. Bliven's arm was broken we have no positive proof at present, so will not venture an opinion.

"While the irrigating ditch spoken of may have been the cause of the beginning of the trouble, its later developments were caused by jealousy.

"Will you do an innocent and persecuted woman the justice to publish this statement?

"LEE HARRINGTON."


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