Mail Tribune 100
Oct. 13, 1914
Witnesses in the murder trial of Jim George, in the federal court this morning, testified to incidents of the 12 hours before the defendant, Jim George, and his young companion, Peter Brown, left the gambling grounds, where they had been celebrating Washington's birthday. It was a minor testimony around which the government will wind its web of circumstantial evidence.
The facts established were that Peter Brown and Jim George participated in the general gambling and whiskey orgy. One witness testified that he saw a revolver. All the witnesses were Indians, and in some cases an interpreter was called to transmit the testimony. The government expects to trace Jim George and Brown to within a mile of Piute cemetery, where the body was found.
The case is one of the most interesting in the crime annals of Oregon, and is being watched with interest by lawyers, because it embraces all the details of a perfect circumstantial case, the federal authorities having no eyewitness to the crime itself. Love of drink, love of gambling and love of a woman are the basic motives around which the evidence clusters.
All the witnesses in the case are now in the city, and the trial is expected to last three weeks. The government will call 60 witnesses, and the defense 40.
Upon the completion of this case, Judge Wolverton will leave for San Francisco to attend a session of the federal court of appeals.
That reliable old producer, the Braden mine (at Gold Hill), which is consistently creating more wealth than any other quartz property in Southern Oregon, has survived the European war flurry and reopened with a full crew of operators the first of the week. During the past six weeks the big mine had been partially closed down, but a few men being employed, says the Gold Hill News. Now the force has been increased to 20, and it is stated that larger shifts than before will be worked within the immediate future.
The Braden is one of Gold Hill's industrial trumps, and the recent rumor that it was to be closed indefinitely caused considerable consternation among local businessmen. A score or more of families resident in this city are retained by the good wage scale and steady employment afforded at the Braden. At a period when disquietude is prevalent among employers and investors, to the industrial pace, the action of the Ray company in going persistently ahead with development work is not to be lightly appreciated.