June 14, 1917
COURT ORDERS ACQUITTAL OF CHARLES B. GAY
The trial of C. B. Gay, in the circuit court, on a change of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, one Fern McDaniels, came to rather ingloriously abrupt finish when Judge Calkins, at the close of the argument of District Attorney Roberts, instruct the jury to return a verdict of not guilty on the ground that the evidence was insufficient to authorize a consideration on the part of the jury.
The case of the state was painfully weak and vacillating as to time and place and the efforts of the prosecution to bolster it up with incompetent and hearsay scandal was very promptly nipped by the court upon the objections of attorneys Neff and Kelly who represented the defendant. At the close of the trial Attorney Kelly submitted the motion for a directed verdict which so abruptly terminated the case.
The case attracted wide attention on account of the prominence of the defendant and a large crowed was in attendance. Fully a score of prominent citizens, doctors, lawyers and business men of high standing came voluntarily to testify as to the good moral character of the defendant and at the close of the trial Mr. Gay was surrounded by congratulating friends among which were many of the jurors who sat upon the trial.
SLACKER PROVES TO BE ARMY DESERTER
When Uncle Sam began officially to "snoop around" for "slackers" this week a man named Gregory, employed around Medford for several months in various orchards, felt the "jig was up" and that he must lay his cards, face up, on the board. He surrendered to Sergeant Bauer, U. S. A., here Wednesday. Gregory, it developed, not only ignored the registration law June 5, but also had been a deserter from the United States army since December, 1913. He deserted from Fort Bliss, Texas. He was taken to the Presidio, San Francisco, Wednesday night for court-martial.