November 5, 1913

November 5, 1913

The Southern Pacific desires very much to lay hands on a high-handed gent who persists in cutting the rubber hose of the air brakes on freight trains. The Medford police and railroad sleuths are trying to nab the vandal, whos last slashing was on Monday night, when he cut five connections on the local freight, causing a two-hour delay, while the train crew made repairs.

It is the belief that the damage is being done by a local man with an ingrowing grudge against the Harriman system. The work is done with a fine eye for effectiveness, to wit: Just before the train is ready to pull out, the depredations have been going on for two weeks, always at night. So far no passenger trains have suffered.

Under these conditions the freight trains carry extra hose out of Roseburg and Ashland for emergency.

Mrs. Ownie Kneutzen, on trial in the circuit court since Saturday on a charge of mayhem, by which Mrs. Philo Blivens was alleged to have sustained a broken arm, was found not guilty by a jury this afternoon after two hours of deliberations. The verdict was a surprise.

The action grew out of a quarrell over an irrigation ditch last summer. Both live in the Steamboat District, and it was alleged that Mrs. Kneutzen, who is comparatively young, threw Mrs. Blivens, who is old and feeble. down, causing her to break her arm. There was much contradiction in the testimony.

A number of the orchardists of the valley have become interested in the P. Barry pear. One of the most progressive and best-informed of them, a man having 10 years experience in growing and marketing fruit in this district, recently stated that if he planted another orchard he would plant half Bosc and half P. Barry pears. Another, a newcomer, but a man who made a special study of fruit marketing conditions in the east and the preferences of those markets, especially Chicago, chose this valley as the scene of his operations and the P. Bearry pear as his principal plantings. he has over 2,000 trees on his ranch in the Phoenix district.

The variety is akin to the Winter Nelis — a late winter pear, hardy, a reliable producer, decidedly prolific and is described as exceeding the Winter Nelis in both size and flavor, and equalling it in keeping quality.