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Mail Tribune 100

Sept. 15, 1914

Julia Jackson, alias Julia Levenberry, former landlady of the notorious Royal rooming house, was bound over to the next term of the federal grand jury by Justice of the Peace Taylor this morning upon the charge of falsifying affidavits to the pension department in an effort to secure bounty from the government for the millitary service rendered by her husband in the Indian wars of the southwest. Her bonds were fixed at $2,000. The complaint was filed by District Attorney Clarence Reames.

It is charged in the complaint that on February 1, 1913, Julia Jackson made an application for a widow's pension, claiming to be entitled to such pension as the widow of Isaac Jackson. She swore in her affidavit that the soldier, Isaac Jackson, had died and that she had never intermarried with any person since the death of said soldier. Under the law, if she had intermarried after the death of her first husband, she would not be entitled to such a pension.

It is claimed by the government that the defendant subsequent to the death of her first husband, did intermarry with John Lockett in Tucson, Ariz., on August 22, 1903, and that the statement that she had not married was false and untrue.

After the declaration or application for a pension had been filed with the commissioner of pensions, the defendant was called upon to furnish further proof of her right to the pension and she made a similar affidavit before H.L. DeArmond and swore before him that she had never married since the death of her first husband.

Six of Medford's 10 churches are fire traps, according to investigations made this morning by Fire Chief Lawton. In these half-dozen houses of worship the doors swing in, contrary to the city ordinance and common sense. In case of fire or panic, the chances of a worshipper escaping are reduced to the same chance that a farmer has of winning in a three-shell game. The doors of four lodge rooms also swing in. Notice will be served to comply with the law.

Contempt for safety from fire is further shown by the discovery to date of 160 residences where gasoline is stored without protection. Most of the homes have taken steps toward complying with the ordinance, but a few still cling to the pioneer ways of storing inflammable materials.

Chief Lawton reports that conditions in the business district, where the insurance regulations are rigid, and inspections are often, are excellent.