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Mail Tribune 100

Jan. 21, 1915

Evidence in the Hoffman divorce suit was completed before Judge F.M. Calkins in the circuit court Wednesday, and the granting of the decree taken under consideration. Allegations of unfaithfulness and letters alleged to have been written by Mrs. Hoffman to men were the principal features of the evidence. The chief contention is for the custody of the children.

Two or three subpoenas for witnesses in the case were unserved, citizens against whom they were directed being called out of the city on business.

GOLD HILL, Or., Jan. 21 — Additional evidence that the cougar is a premier poacher upon the game of our Oregon forests is afforded by the story of Fred Brown and Charles Penningham of Weed, Calif., who have hunted the great cat of the mountains through the heavily timbered district of Evans Creek, north of this city the past month.

Camping at a site near Willow Springs, a rendezvous for hunters, the two men set forth daily with dogs and soon find abundant evidence of the presence of cougar in the neighboring mountains. In a few days they discovered the carcasses of 13 deer, plainly the work of the big cats, although the kills had subsequently been visited by timber wolves and smaller flesh feeders. Each kill was comparatively fresh, in one case the victim, a fine large doe, being still warm. Here the dogs took the trail with alacrity and soon treed the slayer, which was killed. Measuring over nine feet from tip to tip, the animal was a fully matured and handsome female.

Within the next five days three more cougars were taken, all of these being female yearlings. One was stoned from the tree in which it had taken refuge, and was killed by the dogs.

Deputy Warden Riley Hammersley, whose headquarters is at Willow Springs, brought the pelts down to Jacksonville the first of the week, accompanied by Brown. Inasmuch as the bounty upon the four will be $100, the midwinter outing of the Weed sportsmen is a profitable one. Both Brown and Penningham claim that many more of the animals are still at large in the Evans Creek country, and boast that they will remain until they have secured 20 pelts.