As the result of a head-on auto collision yesterday night on the Jacksonville road between cars driven by W.H. Gore and August Lawrentz, the latter is in Sacred Heart Hospital with three broken ribs and it is feared internal injuries, and Mrs. Gore is suffering from heavy bruises and the attendant shock. The Lawrentz auto is a complete wreck.
The accident occurred near the A.C. Allen place, and was due to there being no lights on the Lawrentz car and only side lamps on the Gore car. Lawrentz was traveling from Jacksonville and Gore to his home after "The Chocolate Soldier" performance with his wife and daughter, Mary.
On leaving Medford, Gore lighted his "Prestolite," but they failed to burn, leaving no protection except the front lanterns. Lawrentz had no lights at all, both traveling in the middle of the road.
The two machines crashed together before there was a chance to put on emergency brakes or turn to one side. The force of the crash threw Lawrentz against the steering wheel, breaking his ribs. He was taken to his home by Mr. Gore and Dr. Porter called. He is in a delirious condition.
The Lawrentz machine was smashed almost to splinters, while the Gore auto was damaged, the radiator being bent and smashed.
Lawrentz is 66 years old and had been spending the evening in Jacksonville.
Charles Stanton, charged with taking a steelhead trout from the waters of the Rogue River by using a gaff hook was found guilty by a jury in the circuit court yesterday afternoon and will receive sentence Saturday morning at the same time sentence is passed on Virgil Odin, who was found guilty of a statutory charge.
The evidence introduced in the Stanton case was somewhat conflicting, the game wardens testifying that Staton was a professional poacher and had boasted that the wardens could not take him. When arrested, Stanton had a long pole with a gaff hook attached to the end, also an ugly revolver, but otherwise offered no resistance to the arrest.
Stanton's defense was that he had been advised by a doctor to live on the river for his health, and that he had taken the fish in question on a hook and line, commonly called angling, but had used the gaff to land the fish. Judge Calkins held that the law does not permit the use of a gaff hook under any circumstances and a verdict of guilty was the prompt result.