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Mail Tribune 100

Oct. 12, 1914

"Bones," an Indian gambling game, and a pretty Indian maid, according to the opening statements of the prosecution and defense in the murder trial of Jim George, accused of slaying Peter Brown, on the Klamath Indian reservation last February, will be the two bases around which most of the testimony will revolve. The taking of testimony begun this morning, two witnesses being called. They were Edson Watson, superintendent of the reservation, who testified that both the accused and the deceased were wards of the government. The other testimony concerned the introduction of a map showing the principal points in the murder.

Game Cause of Crime

The government in its opening statement to the jury said that it would prove that George and Brown played Bones all night, that bad blood existed between the two, and alleged that George had threatened the life of Brown. Bones, as its name indicates, is played with a bone. The dealer holds it under a blanket, sides are chosen and each wager which hand the bone is in. The side that guesses right wins the pot. This is the favorite game of the redskins, they play it days at a time, and land and money are won and lost. The game is fascinating in its simplicity.

The prosecution will attempt to prove that George and Brown left the gambling grounds after playing Bones all night together, that they were riding together within a mile of the scene of the crime, that Brown was killed with two shots from a .38-caliber revolver, and that a weapon of this description was found hidden in the bed of the defendant.

Body Found on Mountain

The body of Brown was found on a lonely mountain trail near the Piute cemetery. The defense will attempt to prove that George was not with Brown, and that he was in the home of Mrs. Bertha George during the hours when the crime was committed, that he bore no ill will toward the deceased, and that their relations were as father and son, owing to the difference in age.

The year 1914 has broken all records for tourist travel to Crater Lake, the record to October 10 being as follows:

Visitors 7,281; autos 1,325.

A year ago the record was: visitors 6,253; autos 760.

The gain in autos is 565 and the gain in visitors 1,028, about the same proportional gain as recorded annually  for the past five years.

Good roads would increase the annual number of visitors to 25,000, says Superintendent Steel.