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  • March 14, 1914

  • J.K. Woods, organizer for the Improved Order of the Owls, arrested the first of the week for alleged fraud in worthless checks and other matters, claims now that he suffered from a mental lapse that last two months, and has no clear and concise recollection of what he has been doing, according to a statement made to his wife,...
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  • J.K. Woods, organizer for the Improved Order of the Owls, arrested the first of the week for alleged fraud in worthless checks and other matters, claims now that he suffered from a mental lapse that last two months, and has no clear and concise recollection of what he has been doing, according to a statement made to his wife, who is staying with friends in this city. The fraternal organizer, however, is fully cognizant of the painful fact that he is incarcerated in the county jail at Jacksonville, unable to get bail. Woods' defense may be based upon the mental lapse alibi.
    New light on the methods of Woods developed yesterday in securing members for the Owls. Out of 200 members, with an initation fee of $5 each, 123 paid. About 75 citizens were taken into the order to lend dignity, Mayor Mahlong Purdin and Amos Walker, Republican candidate for sheriff, and others being on this list.
    The district organizer of the Owls is expected to arrive on the scene next week and attempt to straighten out the tangle. No further word has been heard from the grand lodge headquarters.
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    R. Cameron left town last night leaving behind a suit case and an unpaid hotel bill at the Medford. His mission in the valley was to sell music encyclopedias, and he was doing a fairly good business Friday afternoon, until a telegram arrived stating that the New York address he gave for the publishing house would be located in the middle of Long Island Sound. Then a number of musically inclined who signed contracts began to phone the banks to stop payment on checks they issued. Those who paid money are in the same boat as the merchants who cashed Owl checks.
    Cameron, as soon as the going became heavy, departed. His plan was to present a contract offering to sell books rated at $40 for $7.50, one-half down and the rest on receipt. In this way it is estimated that he secured from $15 to $20 daily from Medford's musically inclided. A warning has been sent to towns north and south, and he may be caught, and he may not. The game is older than the hills of Scotland, and some of the stung are much out, that they should thus be swindled.
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