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  • March 4, 1914

  • Harry Boussum was bound over to the grand jury under $1,000 bond this morning by Justice of the Peace Taylor, upon the allegations that he was the accomplice of "J. Murray" in bad check cashing operations that cost Medford merchants in the neighborhood of $250 last Saturday. "Boussum's defense was that he was "crazy drunk" wh...
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  • Harry Boussum was bound over to the grand jury under $1,000 bond this morning by Justice of the Peace Taylor, upon the allegations that he was the accomplice of "J. Murray" in bad check cashing operations that cost Medford merchants in the neighborhood of $250 last Saturday. "Boussum's defense was that he was "crazy drunk" while H.S. Radcliffe, Toggery Bill Isaacs, Shorty Garnett and other of his victims testified that he was as sober as a deacon.
    Boussum claimed that he was an old friend of Murray's whom he met first at Weed, Calif., 10 years ago, and went upon a celebration last Saturday. He also claimed that he received no reward for introducing "Murray" to the merchants, most of whom were acquaintances of himself or family. The goods they bought, and "Murray" are still missing. After the stores closed here Saturday night the two went to Ashland, and when Boussum woke up in the morning "Murray" was gone leaving a farewell note.
    A damaging testimony was that Boussum wrote a letter to a woman friend in Ashland saying he was in check trouble, before he was arrested here. he admitted serving a term in Washington penitentiary for the same offense.
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    With an ironic vote of thanks after they had ousted him by a unanimous vote, the city council last night disposed of the services of Eugene Amann, for 20 years a member of the fire department as a volunteer fireman and chief, upon the grounds of economy. The bouquet received the same vote as the brickbat. The grounds for discharge were Amann's refusal to sleep at the fire house.
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