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Mail Tribune 100

March 4, 1915

The hatred that Loris Martin, on trial in the circuit court, bore in his heart against his victim, Game Warden A.S. Hubbard, was told by two witnesses over the strenuous objections of Attorney Reames at the Thursday session, which found a courtroom packed with spectators, many of them friends of the accused.

Andy Poole, a forest ranger, an acquaintance of the defendant for 20 years, and an intimate friend for six years, gave damaging testimony that paled the cheeks of the prisoner and caused him to nervously bite his lips. The confident air he bore when the session opened faded. His spirit was downcast.

"If Hubbard bothers me, d--n him, I'll kill him. He don't want to bother me," Poole testified Martin told him one day in the winter of 1912 when the two were walking down the road toward the ranger forest station. They were talking about hunting and Poole remarked: "Loris, you ought to be careful. Hubbard is the law in this country, and he might make you a visit."

Then came the threat. "You hadn't ought to say things like that," Poole said. He admonished his friend, "even if you think them, for they might get you into lots of trouble."

In the winter of '15, Poole and Martin were at the Skyerman ranch home near Trail, and the conversation drifted to the game warden. Mrs. Skyerman (Martin's sister) was present. According to the witness, Martin again threatened to kill Hubbard, using practically the same words as the first meeting. After Martin left, his sister talked to Poole about the threats, but this evidence was barred by a ruling of the court.

In the winter of 1914 Martin called at the Poole home, and while there was shown a postal card depicting a small boy baiting a hook on a fishing pole. Poole's daughter was going to mail Martin the card, the witness said, but feared it would anger him. Underneath were the words, "You can't catch any fish if you swear."

Poole, under cross-examination, was nettled by the attempts of the defense attorney to weaken his story. Asked if he had not told a different story before the grand jury, Poole shouted in an assertive manner, "No, sir, I did not. Bring in the grand jury and I'll show you!"