August 1, 1917


When Emil R. Pech, manager of the West Side market, arrived home at 1:30 a. m. Wednesday from either Hilt or Hornbrook and drove into the garage at his home on Fourth street he was at once placed under arrest by Sheriff Ralph Jennings, who had been awaiting his arrival, on the charge of unlawfully importing liquor into the state.

At the same time, it is claimed, the sheriff took into custody two quarts of whiskey, six quarts of wine and three pints of beer, which he found in the automobile, and held them for evidence.

Pech, who was accompanied to this city by three I company soldiers, was then released on his own recognizance to appear before Justice of the Peace Taylor today.

This morning Sheriff Jennings swore out the formal complaint in Prosecutor Robert's office. It was the sheriff's plan at 1:30 this afternoon to formally take Pech into custody and haul him before Justice Taylor for his preliminary hearing.

The homecoming of Pech was tipped off to the prosecutor and sheriff from the time that Pech left Hilt or Hornbrook, and the sheriff and the night police force were on the lookout at various points in the city before his arrival.


The action of the city council last night in electing M. L. Alford, former president of the First National bank, as city recorder to succeed Elmer T. Foss, first lieutenant of the Seventh company, created considerable surprise around the city for two reasons.

First, because only two weeks ago the council had voted to hold the office open for Lieutenant Foss until he returned from the war, and had practically decided to temporarily appoint someone to perform the duties during his absence. And second, because Miss Mary Haswell, long a clerk in the recorder's office, was not given the appointment, as it was generally expected she would be given the position.