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Mail Tribune 100

Nov. 26, 1914

Last September the home of James Owens near Rogue River was destroyed by fire. In a complaint filed Tuesday against W.F. Owings, in which judgment for $3,000 is asked, it is alleged that the latter spread rumors that Owens burned the house.

The chief grounds for the suit are based upon statements Owings is alleged to have made the morning after the fire, to Joshua Neathammer, E.D. Brownsworth and Cecil Manning in a conversation which it is averred that he said that Owens had planned to burn his home "before going to Washington." One of the listeners in an affidavit said he told Owings to be more certain of his allegations, but the latter insisted upon them.

Both the defendant and the plaintiff are well known in the Rogue River district, and the suit is attracting considerable interest. Mulkey and Cherry are attorneys for Owens.

Medford will observe Thanksgiving tomorrow in old-fashioned style. There will be any number of family dinners with turkey as the chief article on the table. Those few houses that know the pinch of poverty will be provided for by the Associated Charities. To that end, anyone who knows of a stricken family is requested to report the same. All who have donations to give are requested to bring them to the Associated Charities storeroom in the Mail Tribune building, between 9 and 11 o'clock a.m.

There will be a general suspension of business in honor of the day. The stores and public offices and banks will be closed all day. The barber shops will be open until 11 o'clock. There will be union services of the churches of the city at the First Methodist church, the Rev. Harry Tucker of the Christian church preaching the sermon.