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Mail Tribune 100

Nov. 24, 1914

John A. McKinney was taken into custody by the Medford police last night on a complaint by Dr. Barber, charging him with being a person of unsound mind. McKinney had written two long and rambling letters to Dr. Barber, in which he propounded a number of questions and issued challenges to well-known medical men and judges of California and Oregon, charging them with throttling insane patients to death and other violent crimes.

McKinney's aberration seems to be of the subject of black art, necromancy and mental telepathy. By profession, he is a lather and carried in his hip pocket a small, sharp lather's hatchet, a circumstance that contributed not a little to the uneasiness of the victims of his imaginary controversy.

McKinney, in a letter to the Mail Tribune, declared the evil thoughts of physicians, opticians and specialists kept mankind in bondage, due to a black art taught since the days of Ancient Egypt and transmitted as a secret of the medical profession.

M.M. (Twoey) Riggs has commenced action through an attorney, B.F. Jones, against the Southern Pacific railroad company for damages resulting from the accident at Medford in the fall of 1912 when Riggs lost an arm while acting as brakeman for the company. The demand made upon the company is for $27,000, $2,000 of which is for loss of time from the accident, and $25,000 for the permanent damage caused by the loss of his arm.

Riggs was braking on the freight train of the defendant company in the fall of 1912 and the complaint sets forth that in cutting the train at the main crossing in Medford the head brakeman caused the train to be moved, while he, Riggs, was in the act of uncoupling the cars and that the crushing of his arm was thus caused by the negligent act of the company's employee.

The accident was witnessed by a great crowd, who helped rescue the injured man by pushing the train back by hand.