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Mail Tribune 100

Dec. 20, 1914

That Loris Martin, the game poacher who murdered Game Warden A.S. Hubbard, lay in ambush for his victim with his 30-30 rifle, murdering him in cold blood, and then sought to build up a defense for himself by taking out the slain warden's revolver and placing it near the prostrate figures of the dead officers, is the belief of those who picked up and brought back the corpse from the lonely cabin nine miles from Trail near the head of Trail creek. The coroner's inquest will be held Monday at Perl's parlors, when the story of the crime will be rehearsed in detail.

Lay in Wait for Victim

Game Warden Hubbard's presence in the Trail district was known to Martin, if customs of the past were observed by the residents who phone ahead the coming of the agents of the law. He may have known that a search warrant had been issued for his premises, and watched Hubbard and Constable Irwin, on the tour that ended in their finding contraband meat in his cabin, knowing that his arrest was inevitable. When the victim and his companion first saw Martin, he was standing on the trail about 10 feet away. Greetings were exchanged, and Hubbard dismounted from his horse.

This act indicated that Hubbard realized his danger, and when the fatal shot was fired was trying to grab the barrel of Martin's rifle. Marin stepped off the trail according to Irwin, and at all time had the official covered, shooting from the hip, as was usual with Martin. Aside from the apparently friendly salutation at first sight no words passed, but the slain official may have read the intentions of the notorious poacher, and hoped by a fearless advance to cow him.

Warden Drew no Weapon

Constable Irwin says that at the time of the shooting, Hubbard wore both gloves, that his coat was buttoned from top to bottom and that his revolver was in a holster covered by his coat and strapped to his shoulder.

When Sheriff Singler arrived the coat was unbuttoned, the glove of his right hand was off, and his pistol lay under a bush 10 feet away.