At a special meeting of the city council held last night, Mahlon Purdin, pioneer resident of Medford, and well-known in political circles, was named successor of the chair left vacant by the death of the late W.W. Eifert.
Judge Purdin received five votes and J.A. Perry one. The action of the council came as a surprise, it being generally understood the appointment would be made at the regular meeting Tuesday night.
Before naming Judge Purdin the council held a conference with him earlier in the week, and he agreed to take the place.
Judge Purdin has been a resident of Medford for over twenty years and has served as mayor before, holding the job in 1890. He has also been city attorney, justice of the peace and postmaster.
The oath of office will be administered to the new mayor at the regular meeting Tuesday, and he will assume the duties of his office at once thereafter. (Note: to read more about Medford's challenges in the wake of Mayor W.W. Eifert's sudden death see www.mailtribune.com/100)
Chief of Police Hittson picked up a very slick hotel thief at Grants Pass this afternoon who has probably worked half the hotels on the coast.
Friday a person giving his name as Ashe, and representing himself to be a traveling man, called Emil Mohr of the Medford Hotel on the phone saying that he would be there Monday, but if a package came to the hotel for him with a C.O.D. on it to pay the C.O.D. and hold the package until he came. Mr. Mohr promised to do so.
Friday a postal telegraph messenger brought in a package for Ashe with a C.O.D. of $4.20 which Mr. Mohr promptly paid.
In the meantime word reached Medford's boniface of a similar transaction at Ashland, where the Hotel Oregon had been the victim and where the package had been opened and found to contain a block of wood. Mr. Mohr then opened the Ashe package and found it to contain a bundle of papers.
Chief Hittson got busy with the telephone and Ashe was located in Grants Pass, just in the act of putting the package fraud across on the Hotel Josephine. A warrant chargin him with obtaining money under false pretenses was issued out of Justice Taylor's court and Ashe will be given a preliminary hearing Monday.