May 5, 1914

May 5, 1914

George McCullom forged a check a month ago on an Ashland merchant for $1.35, and landed in the county jail. For five years he had called the seas home as a machinist on the battleships of the United States Navy. Last week he read in the newspapers where a navy deserter was released from the Lane County jail on a charge of forgery to go back to the cruisers for service in the present unpleasantness with Huerta. McCullom asks for another chance on the same grounds, and will be granted it by the county authorities. His patriotism opened prison doors.

McCullom penned the following letter supporting his plea.

"I am writing you a letter to ask a favor of you. It is to let me out of jail so I can enlist in the navy again for the defense of our country in Mexico. I am a good man-of-war man, and a good machinist in the navy. I am sending you a clipping from the newspaper, and I think I am eligible as he, as I never deserted, but served honestly and faithfully for four years, and was one year in the Oregon naval reserve. Please give me a chance to make good and I will pay back the $1.35 to the man I got it from, and will enlist in the navy immediately as soon as I possibly can, for I can make good, and will make good if you will give me another chance. If I am convicted I can never enlist in the service and I like to make an honest, upright American citizen if I can only have a chance to do so, for I was never in trouble before. Surely you will release me so I can go back to the navy and make good again."

McCullom will have a chance to make good, and will be re-enlisted in Portland, and be off to the Bremerton naval station before the end of the week.

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