December 26, 1913

December 26, 1913

Joe Rader's residence at Phoenix was entered by a burglar early yesterday evening while the family were at dinner, but their return frightened him away, before he had secured any loot.

The burglar first broke into the cellar, but finding the door upstairs locked, cut a screen, smashed a window pane and opened the window on the front porch. Pulling down the shades the thief made a tour of the house, dropping burnt matches in all the rooms. While he ransacked dressers and bureaus, he was evidently looking for money, as nothing has been missed.

Recorder E.T. Foss has written to Attorney General Crawford asking for an opinion on the recall petitions directed against Councilmen Stewart and Millar, and whether they can be voted upon at the regular city election, or a special election will be necessary. The city charter makes no provision for recall elections, but the state law makes it mandatory upon the recorder.

City Attorney McCabe holds that recalls must be voted upon at a special election, so the issue will be clean cut. The attorney general's opinion is expected tomorrow. The councilmen have five days after the filing of the petitions to resign if they feel like it.

Other fine-haired technicalities the attorney general is asked to decide are:

A number of women signed the names of their husband's Christian name instead of their own first name, as "Mrs. John Brown," instead of "Mrs. Mary Brown." The administration doubts that she is a legal voter and believes both her vote and identity are lost.

Attorney General Crawford is also asked to decide if a man behind in his assessments is entitled to vote.

The councilmen are required to file reasons why they should not be recalled, in case they decide to contest the petitions.