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  • March 13, 1914

  • Sid M. Nichols, former proprietor of a grocery store at North Front Street, cashed a check for $1,900.95 at the Jackson County bank Thursday afternoon given by Ulrich and Ryan in payment for his stock and fixtures. The entire amount was in $20 gold pieces and filled the regulation $2,000 money bag. He took the money home, 136 North Front Street, and put it in a bureau drawer in a room adjoining where he slept.
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  • Sid M. Nichols, former proprietor of a grocery store at North Front Street, cashed a check for $1,900.95 at the Jackson County bank Thursday afternoon given by Ulrich and Ryan in payment for his stock and fixtures. The entire amount was in $20 gold pieces and filled the regulation $2,000 money bag. He took the money home, 136 North Front Street, and put it in a bureau drawer in a room adjoining where he slept.
    This morning about 4 o'clock, Nichols says, he heard a noise. He leaped from his bed, rushed to the bureau and his money was gone. The only clues were a half-opened front door and the empty money sack on the floor. These are the reported facts in the most perplexing and mysterious robbery in the history of Jackson County, and worthy of the minds of a Pinkerton or a Burns.
    Nichols, half-dressed, rushed uptown and notified Sergeant Pat Mego and Night Officer Crawford. A serach of the city was made for suspicious characters, but no one was out but the milkman. Not a semblance of a clue of any strength could be found. All that is known is the the thief went unerringly to the hiding place, without disturbing anything else, and located the money at once, proceeded leisurely to take it out of the sack and departed for parts unknown.
    The thief is regarded by the police as being a master at his business and well acquainted with the habits of Nichols and the fact that he drew the money from the bank. A strikingly peculiar circumstance is the fact that the robber took the pains to empty the gold coins into a bag of his own, something of a job for a man engaged in a dangerous criminal operation, and discarded the original one, which was found on the floor. Nineteen hundred dollars in $20 pieces represents considerable weight and bulk, not to mention the jingling inevitable with the transfer.
    Both the police and the sheriff's office are working on the case, Messrs. Nichols, Ryan and Ulrich making a hurried trip to Jacksonville this morning in connection with the case. Later Sheriff Singler came to Medford to investigate.
    Verne Vawter of the Jackson County bank cashed the check for Nichols, and asked him at the time if he did not want a draft, which was just as good and a safeguard against what happened, but the offer was declined.
    The authorities who are working with Nichols expect to have important facts collected this afternoon, which will lead to the identity of the thief.
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