June 12, 1914
Major W.J. Canton, an attorney of Medford, formerly of northern Washington, who received military honors in the Philippines for valiant service, rising from the ranks to major in a crack regiment, was arrested Wednesday evening by Sheriff Singler upon a warrant sworn to by Prosecutor Kelly, alleging depravity. Major Canton was released upon $1,000 bonds furnished by friends.
Isaac Coffman, a Jacksonville youth, is named in the complaint as the victim. Thorough investigation of the appalling charge by the prosecutor's office led to the issuance of the warrant.
After the arrest, efforts to suppress the news of the warrant were made by the authorities. Major Canton is the personal attorney of Sheriff Singler and a comrade-in-arms of Prosecutor Kelly, who fought with him in the islands. When the Washington volunteers were discharged, the accused man received special mention from the war department for bravery. He held political office in Washington and has lived here for two years.
Major Canton's only comment was that his enemies had formed a conspiracy to encompass his ruin.
Cows belonging to W.H. Lewis and C.S. Eicher of the north Central Point section are alleged to have been poisoned through eating prunings from fruit trees sprayed with arsenate of lead. Mr. Lewis lost a pedigreed animal and Mr. Eicher two dairy cows.
The prunings are alleged to have been thrown in the county road from the Webb, Paxson and Palmer orchards, together with a partially filled keg of arsenate of lad. The last of the cows died Wednesday, and examination of the stomach and blood showed arsenical poisoning.
The matter has been put before Prosecutor Kelly to prosecute the parties for placing poison on the public highways, and probably a civil suit will be begun to recover damages for the lost cattle.