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Mail Tribune 100

Feb. 25, 1915

Funeral services for the late C.C. Beekman, pioneer banker, are being held in Jacksonville this afternoon, with scores of friends from all parts of the county in attendance. Many of those who paid the last earthly tribute had known him for years. The banks of this city and Jacksonville, and all county offices, closed as a mark of tribute to the leading citizen of Southern Oregon, and Jackson County's grand old man.

The body lay in state at the Jacksonville Masonic Hall from noon till 2 o'clock, and was viewed by a long line of sorrowing friends. The floral tributes were many. The services were under the auspices of the Masonic Lodge of Jacksonville. The sermon was delivered by the Rev. W.F. Shields of this city.

All the Portland dailies and most of the leading papers of the state made editorial comment upon the passing of the deceased pioneer, testifying to his worth as a citizen and state builder.

A jury in the circuit court this morning found J.D. Bell and John Sheridan of the Nash Hotel company not guilty of selling liquor to minors, after but five minutes deliberation. This is the inglorious finale of agitation launched two years ago. Nine other saloonmen were indicted on similar charges. They will be dropped. The issue in the case was woven about the responsibility of an employer for the acts of his employee.

Loris Martin, accused slayer of Game Warden A.S. Hubbard near Trail last December, will go on trial at Jacksonville next Monday. The extreme penalty for conviction on the highest charge is life imprisonment; the minimum penalty three years on third-degree manslaughter.

Martin's plea will be self-defense, and that his mind was weakened by privation and worry. A.E. Reames is his attorney.

No case in Jackson County in recent years has attracted so much attention, and it will be the hardest-fought legal battle of local courts. Owing to the wide interest and publicity, a special venire may be necessary to secure a jury.

The rest of this week in the circuit court is being devoted to civil suits.