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Mail Tribune 100

Feb. 15, 1915

The grand jury for the February term of court opened this afternoon in the courthouse at Jacksonville, and among the first matters to be taken under consideration is the re-investigation of the mystery of the $21,000 shortage in the accounts of ex-Sheriff Wilbur A. Jones. The only definite point ever determined in the shortage was that the money was taken and that it was afterwards made good at a great personal sacrifice by ex-Sheriff Jones. Two previous grand juries conducted probes into the mystery but found nothing.

Another important matter expected to be investigated by the grand jury is the moral conditions in Medford lodging houses, with a view of applying the rigid abatement act, if necessary. The law does not require prima facie evidence, but common reputation, as binding proof.

The case of Loris Martin, game poacher of Trail, accused of slaying Game Warden A.S. Hubbard of Ashland last December while resisting a search of his cabin for illegally killed deer meat, will also be taken up by the inquisitional body.

A half dozen criminal cases and the regular investigation of county offices will be made. The sessions of the grand jury are expected to be finished Wednesday night.

GOLD HILL — Down from the Willow Flat wilderness on upper Evans Creek comes word that cougar hunting is still a pleasant and profitable midwinter pastime.

Fred Brown and Charles Penningham, bounty hunters and trappers from Weed, Calif., have added two more pelts of the mountain lion variety to their list of trophies. Within less than one month the hunters have tracked down and killed six cougars.

Woodsmen claim that a conservative estimate of the cougar appetite is at least 25 deer per year, without venturing to estimate the loss in native pheasant, grouse and small fur bearers upon which the lion preys. If this be true, six cougar times 25 deer means a net saving to the state of Oregon of 150 deer for the year 1915. To date the cougar chasers have discovered the remains of 36 deer — all slain by the tawny hunters of the woods.