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October 2, 1913

October 2, 1913

Comparison of the Croft assault with that made a few years ago upon Banker Jere Lillis by Jack Cudahy, with similar motive, is made by the people of the Trail neighborhood in which the attack occurred. It is hinted that there is a woman in the case and the sheriff's office is looking for her. They are working upon the theory that Croft's assailant was prompted by jealousy and revenge.

The condition of Croft was reported improved today, with the danger of infection from his wounds reduced. Croft now has better than a fighting chance for life, unless complications set in.

Croft's parents and neighbors are still reticent. Usually in such cases everyone has something to say, and this status is as puzzling to the sheriff as the cutting itself. (Note: See yesterday's Mail Tribune 100 for more on young Mr. Croft's assault at www.mailtribune.com/100)

In addition to the regular picture program, Bud Anderson and his new sparring partner Frank Dupuis, in a four-round boxing exhibition at the Page theater Friday and Saturday evenings. Anderson believes he is better than ever since the appendicitis operation and is anxious to convice his local friends likewise.

The U.S. hotel at Jacksonville is being reshingled by W.E. Finney for Judges J.R.Nell and E.B. Watson, its owners. It will take 60,000 shingles for the work. The U.S. Hotel is the pioneer hostelry of this section, and in the early days was the center of the social and political life of this section.

E. Powell of New York, accompanied by E. Alexander, A.C. Kuhn and his chauffeur, Wm. Cuffield, is visiting the Rogue River valley en route for San Francisco here he will complete his extended auto journey.

Mr. Powell and crew motored from Mexico to Alaska in the interest of the Sunset magazine. They motored six hundred miles farther north than any other auto has ever gone by its own power. The entire distance was covered in eleven weeks. They were very fortunate in not having any serious mishaps. After getting so far the country was almost impossible, however, after a great deal of hard work they succeeded in carrying blocking and pulling through.

Constable Scott Bogen of Rogue River was in Medford last night with Tony Ani, a section worker who assaulted another contryman with a knife, it is alleged, and was bound over to the grand jury. Ani is now in the county jail.