October 19, 1913

October 19, 1913

Ashland was visited last week by apparently the same gang of burglars which cleaned up Grants Pass Thursday night. The hardware store of Provost Brothers was entered and several revolvers and about 30 knives were taken. The Buckeye Restaurant was looted of bacon and other articles being reported stolen.

An early raid on the "jungle" showed that all the hobos had left town. They are thought to have gone over the mountains suth.

The race matinee at the fairgrounds yesterday afternoon was not much of a success, the receipts being a modest $66, which will be applied to the $400 fair deficit. Swisher's Harry N. defeated Doc Helm's Albia in the match race. Young Adams rode a grey bronco with bucking propensities and a young man failed to ride Nero, the bucking bull. Three other races were run.

Elmer Conger, aged 28, living between Central Point and Jacksonville, was killed yesterday afternoon while hunting in the Dead Indian country, 28 miles above Ashland. His own brother, A.P. Conger, mistook him for a deer. A coroner's jury at the inquest this morning at Perl's undertaking rooms brought in a verdict of "purely accidental death." Coroner A.E. Kellogg will bring the testimony adduced to the attention of the grand jury this afternoon. The brother is grief stricken.

Four were in the ill-fated hunting party, Elmer Conger, the deceased, A.P. Conger, who fired the fatal shot, Ernest Beers, a brother-in-law, and Elza Conger, a cousin. They left their camp in the afternoon together. Near the scene of the accident they separated, Beers and Elmer going together, and Elza and A.P. Conger. They made a detour, the dead man beating back to near the starting point the evidence showed.

A.P. Conger testified that before the party divided no signals were agreed upon, but that it was the impression they would all be out of range. He said he heard limps in the brush like a deer would make. He fired at the noise and saw his brother stagger into the open. The bullet struck under the left armpit, plowed its way through both lungs, lodging in the spinal column. The dead man wore a grey shirt, the color of deer fur at this season of the year, and the father, it was testified, had warned against the wearing of this shirt because of the similarity. The dead man was a giant in size, being six foot six in height and weighed 190 pounds.