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Mail Tribune 100

Sept. 22, 1914

Sheriff Singler was unable to locate L.D. Dollarhide Monday to serve the injunction granted by Circuit Judge Calkins restraining him from interfering with the construction of the Pacific Highway across government land on the Siskiyou grade, and left again Tuesday morning to camp on the road until Mr. Dollarhide puts in an appearance. Meanwhile, the work of road construction will be resumed. It was stopped Saturday by Mr. Dollarhide, who drew a six-shooter on the workmen and threatened to shoot if work was not stopped.

Mr. Dollarhide claims that when the government granted the license for the toll road in territorial days, it granted him the sole right to a highway over the Siskiyous, and as the new road crosses the old, it is an interference with his right.

Mr. Dollarhide, who was in Medford consulting attorneys while the sheriff sought him in the mountains, states that he is now willing to sell the county his toll road for $1,000, having come down $4,000 since his last offer — but the county court sees no reason to make the investment.

A verdict of "purely accidental" death was returned by the coroner's inquest this morning into the death of Charles Bernst, a rancher of the Big Sticky district, aged 42 years, killed in a runaway accident yesterday afternoon. Bernst was identified by friends a couple of hours after his death. At first it was thought the unfortunate man was a stranger in the valley. He leaves a wife. The body will be shipped to Cincinnati for burial. According to the testimony this morning, the team Hernst was driving became frightened and ran away, hurling him beneath the binder, causing a quick death and badly mutilating the body.

What is believed to be the explosive outfit of safe crackers, consisting of a yard or so of fuse and two boxes of giant powder caps, was found by Chief of Police Mego under the Fruit Association warehouse Sunday morning. Yeggmen use the giant caps to make "soup," which is dynamite in liquid form, and it may have been that a gang was getting ready for operations in these parts and forgot where they hid their material. The explosive is held at the police station. Another theory is that it was hidden by a prospector.