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  • Some coward with a gun went up Ashland canyon last Monday night and lay in wait for the half-tame deer that frequent the well-known salt lick — known as the Chapman lick — near the forest rangers' cabin, about two miles this side of Long's cabin — and shot a doe to death. The culprit then got scared of the law and hurriedly carried the carcass to the creek and threw it in the water, says the Ashland Record.
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  • Some coward with a gun went up Ashland canyon last Monday night and lay in wait for the half-tame deer that frequent the well-known salt lick — known as the Chapman lick — near the forest rangers' cabin, about two miles this side of Long's cabin — and shot a doe to death. The culprit then got scared of the law and hurriedly carried the carcass to the creek and threw it in the water, says the Ashland Record.
    Fishermen up the creek heard the shot and later, in whipping the stream for cut-throat, found the carcass still warm. They at once notified Deputy Game Warden Arthur Hubbard, who was just in from a week's inspection trip over about Leland, and he at once went up the canyon and found the doe. The body was still warm — the shooting having been done about 4 o'clock and Mr. Hubbard reaching the scene about 6.
    He found by dissection that the doe had been shot back of the shoulder and that the bullet came out of the neck — her heart being literally split open. Further dissection showed that the doe would have given birth in a short time to two fawns — a male and a female. This fact makes the deed triply despicable.
    Deputy Hubbard found where the marksman stood when he fired the shot and found the shell from which the bullet was fired. He also took a plaster cast of the footprint in his efforts to trace the crime, and in addition he has other important evidence as to who the culprit is.
    The crime would have been sufficiently flagrant had it been a buck that was killed out of season — but the killing of three deer at once, and the further villainy of trying to hide the crime at the risk of polluting the city's water supply — is one that cannot be too severely dealt with under the law.
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