"Professor" W.E. Garland, age 30 years, a former preacher following clairvoyancy who is alleged to have embezzled a number of Fresno, Calif., society women out of large sums of money by pure gift of gab, was arrested this afternoon upon the advice from the California city police by Chief Hittson. Garland is held in the city jail. His wife is at the Medford Hotel, and his Hupmobile auto at the Valley garage. Garland was traveling over the country by auto and reading palms.
Arrested, Garland admitted his name, but denied he had committed any crime. He said that he left the pulpit over a year ago. An officer will arrive Monday to take Garland back, and secure requisition papers.
Squads of hoboes, driven in from the country camps by the storm and swelled by additions working their way up from California to the harvest fields of eastern Washington and Oregon, infested the city Friday evening and Saturday morning, giving the police something to do to halt their begging operations and driving them out of town. A dozen of the gentry begged Saturday morning among the regular Saturday trading crowd from the country, and when refused became abusive. They were rounded up and ordered out of town.
A part of the unwelcome visitors are castoffs from the Sells-Floto circus that recently passed through this city.