A.A. Johnson, age 72 years, a G.A.R. veteran and pioneer of the Rogue River valley, will be placed on trial in the circuit court this afternoon, charged with living in and about a house of prostitution. Court will convene at two o'clock, Judge Morow of Portland taking Judge Calkins' place.
The principal witnesses for and against Johnson are his own kin. Dolly Johnson, a niece, is the principal witness for the state, and owing to her hazy memory and direct contradiction of testimony given at the preliminary hearing, Charles Turner, a co-defendent, was acquitted. Johnson is alleged to have tried to force Dolly into a life of shame, and to have harbored a number of immoral characters at his home on the outskirts. The Johnson trial is the last on the criminal docket.
The Women's Christian Temperance Union desires to take this opportunity of warning to the citizens of Medford against a gross and most outrageous fraud that is being perpetrated upon some of them, and which is far reaching in its effects. The union is advised that certain individuals, are preying on the unwitting, particularly females, and soliciting their signatures to petitions purporting to be in the interests of certain respectable business houses, and in the interest of good government under the title of "Home Rule," at the same time refusing to allow the party whose signature is desired to read the petition. The union desires through this medium to say to all who have the prosperity and welfare of Medford at heart, and who desire a clean, moral city, that these petitions are entirely in the interest of the Liquor Traffic, and are being circulated by their emmissaries.
Further, that a close and careful canvass of the business interests in whose behalf the said petitions are said to be circulated discloses the fact that the statements made by the parties who are circulating them are absolutely and unqualifiedly false, and the union is in a position to state that all who signed so-called home rule petitions align themselves with the enemies of good government, and place themselves on record as being opposed to all that is good and clean and decent in this community. (Paid adv)