March 15, 1914

The bottom dropped out of the Sid M. Nichols $1900 robbery Friday afternoon with a dull and sickening thud. Nichols was in conference with E.A. Walsh of the Mederd Grocery company and Chief of Police Hittson for a couple of hours, in which the loser was conviced that he had walked in his sleep and hid the money while in a somnambulistic state. The $1,900 was found by Nichols on the top of the family cupboard in two dishes. Nichols is accredited with having worried considerably over the possession of so much actual coin and to have worried for fear he would lose it and not be able to liquidate his indebtedness. His sleep was troubled, and while in a trance moved the money to a new hiding place, threw his clothing around, and in getting back into bed, awoke. Finding the money missing from the bureau, he came to the conclusion that he had been robbed, and so reported.

Nichols was told that he was seen to change the hiding place of the money. This is the first time he ever knew he was sleepwalking.


Miss Mollie Towns of Phoenix, formerly deputy county clerk, will make the race for the legislature on the democratic ticket, subject to the May primaries. Miss Towne is the first woman in Oregon to practice before the Oregon bar and is well and widely known throughout Jackson County. She is in Medford today in the interests of her candidacy.


PORTLAND, Or., March 15 — A committee of twenty-one, headed by School Superintendent E.R. Alderman, was named today to prosecute the fight against cigarette smoking among minors. At a mass meeting held at the offices of the board of education this morning the situation was discussed by parents, educators and business men. It was decided to call on police for co-operation and tobacco dealers be asked to use all their influence to prevent the obtaining of tobacco by boys.

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