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Mail Tribune 100

March 10, 1915

No New Game Warden

(By W.L. Finley, State Game Warden.)

Arthur S. Hubbard was one of the best wardens in the service of the state. He was appointed by me in 1911 and had been continuously in the service of the state ever since. His good name as an officer of the law was maligned; he was misquoted by his enemies and convicted by the stories of people who have a hatred for game laws and game law enforcement.

Time and again Hubbard, as an officer, assisted other peace officers of the county in the enforcement of laws, but in this case when he was shot in the performance of his duties. Sheriff Singler and his deputies not only did not help the state in this case, but they actively assisted the attorney who was trying to free Martin. I am surprised that the sheriff, who is paid to bring law violators to justice, should openly assist the defense instead of helping the district attorney.

Hubbard was known as an officer of the law by Martin. He was performing his duty as an officer when he walked toward Martin to place him under arrest. He had the venison on his horse taken from Martin's cabin. Martin resisted arrest to the extent of killing Hubbard, and it is an outrage upon the law-abiding people of Jackson County to free a man like Martin after he threatened time and time again to kill Hubbard, and finally made good in his threats.

I do not intend to appoint another deputy game warden in Jackson County. I REGARD THE VALUE OF HUMAN LIFE MORE HIGHLY THAN THE ENFORCEMENT OF GAME LAWS. IF NECESSARY, WE CAN DO WITHOUT GAME RATHER THAN TO LEAVE A HOME WITHOUT A FATHER.

Martin Leaves for Trail after being acquitted

Loris Martin, slayer of Game Warden A.S. Hubbard, can return to his haunts in the Trail hills, by virtue of a verdict of "not guilty" returned by a jury in the circuit court Tuesday afternoon. The verdict was a stunning surprise. Lawyers who heard the evidence in the case, before the return of the talisman, predicted that the best Martin could expect would be a hung jury.