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Mail Tribune 100

Feb. 8, 1915

SAN FRANCISCO — A.A. Bernard of Medford, Ore., has asked the police to find two strangers who he says took $3,000 of his money by a racetrack betting trick when he was here in November. Bernard refused to believe he had been tricked until convinced by friends after waiting in vain for the strangers to return his money.

The A.A. Bernard mentioned in the above dispatch resides at 745 West Jackson Street. He said this morning that he loaned $3,000 to a friend in San Francisco upon good security, and that his previous reputation is excellent. He said that he engaged the Burns Detective Agency to investigate his partners, and the inquiry is still in progress. Bernard denies that wagering was held, and holds that the entire deal was a strictly business proposition and of no interest to the general public. Mr. Bernard recently sold a ranch near Medford, and since that time has engaged in no business. He made a trip to the Bay City in November, when it is alleged that he was bilked by the racetrack game.

Mr. Bernard is still of the opinion that the entire affair is the result of a misunderstanding, and hopes to get his $3,000 back.

According to word received from Soil Expert Storey, who is now engaged in inspecting land in the Grants Pass district, 650 acres have been signed up there, and land owners are considering another house-to-house canvass. He has gone to verify but a small portion thus far, and until the middle of the week will be unable to tell just how many will meet the requirements.

The situation at the present time does not look favorable to Mr. Storey. Messrs. Nibley and Bramwell are expected to arrive in the city tomorrow, when a meeting will be held with the committee in charge and arrangements made for a final campaign. The local committee thinks the situation to be critical, and asks that all public-spirited people join in an effort to make the establishing of the beet sugar factory a certainty.