George H. Millar, socialist councilman from the third ward, has filed charges alleging incompetency and unbecoming conduct against Chief of Police J.F. Hittson. This action is said to be an outgrowth of the immorality charges made against Councilman Millar last winter. Friends of the socialist leader say he threatens to bring suit for damage against Mayor Eifert and former City Attorney O.C. Boggs. Councilman Millar denies this intention.
The charges against Chief Hittson are embraced in allegations concerning John Caspal, a journeyman photographer, and E. Minear, a country youth.
It is alleged that Chief Hittson failed to account for a fine collected from Caspal for violation of a city ordinance and, in the Minear case, failed to turn in cash collected for pound fees. Chief Hittson was cleared of the Caspal charges by the evidence, testimony on the charges were heard at a secret session of the council Friday, and will be resumed at the regular council meeting tomorrow night.
There was a disposition on the part of both sides to keep the news dark, claiming it was for the best.
Sensational developments are anticipated at the hearing. The resumption of the political hostilities of last winter have been brewing for a couple of weeks, fraternal and business influences being exerted, without success, to halt any action.
The railroad commission of Oregon in the matter of the application of the Home Telephone company for an increase in rates in Jacksonville and Medford have named September 15 at the city hall as the time and place for hearing testimony for and against. A letter to this effect was received this afternoon by Mayor Eifert, who will present the matter to the council tonight for formal acceptance.
The Pantages vaudeville show appearing at the Page Theatre next Wednesday evening promises to be one of the very best bets that has been offered this season.
William Schilling and company head the bill in a powerful, dramatic sensation, "Destiny," which has been credited by the press as being something unusual in vaudeville.
Other good acts on the bill are Marshall and Trimble, eccentric comedians; Thomas H. Dalton, the editor of the Daffeyville News and; Carmen and Clifton in music, and sons of a highly interesting and pleasing character.