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Mail Tribune 100

Dec. 23, 1914

One check forger, practicing his stinging wiles upon Medford merchants, was caught this morning thanks to the quick thinking of J.D. Bell of the Nash Hotel, and rests in the city jail, awaiting a full list of his victims. He is a man of 30 years, and gives the name of George H. Hull of Portland. Bad checks he signed were cashed by E.H. Lamport of the Medford Harness company, and the Behling shoe store. At Lamport's he bought a saddle presenting a check for $50 receiving $14 in change, and at Behling's bought two pairs of shoes for $6, receiving $9 in change from a $15 check, all issued on a Portland bank. The police are investigating, expecting to find others who were "stung."

Hull's methods were to enter a store, and pick out an article, leaving the impression it was to be a Christmas gift. At Lamport's he called Tuesday evening, and picked out a $36 saddle as a gift, he said, for a man living on the Applegate. This threw the clerk off his guard, and when he presented a $50 check this morning, it was accepted. The check was taken to First National Bank for identification. Mr. Behling went on the same mission, and both learned the truth.

In the meantime Hull presented a check to the Nash Hotel in payment for a room, announcing that if anyone called for him to say he would be back from Ashland at 4:00 o'clock. Mr. Bell's suspicions were aroused, and called authorities who arrested Hull as he was trying to find a way back out of the Nash Hotel.

This is the first case of check forging upon local merchants in the last two months.

A laborer was struck by a Southern Pacific southbound passenger train this morning near Tolo and lies at Sacred Heart hospital unconscious and unable to give his name. Mutterings led the sisters to believe it is either "McNulty" or "McMarin." His right leg was broken, his side crushed and his head cut. It is feared he is suffering from internal injurieis. Drs. Pickel and Thayer operated upon the unfortunate man this afternoon. He was brought to the city by the train that struck him, and rushed to the hospital.