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Mail Tribune 100

March 14, 1915

Ashland and Vicinity Items: A deliveryman, bank, grocer and junk dealer figured in a horse and saddle case this week. A party named Humphries engaged pony and saddle of Liveryman Smith, the man being a stranger to all concerned. He sold the saddle to the second-hand man for $5, passing the buck to the Plaza grocery for 95 cents in goods, receiving the balance in cash. He then skipped, turning the pony adrift, not far from the depot, where it was found near the Nazarene church. Smith replevined the saddle, while the junk dealer in turned stopped payment of the check at the bank, leaving the grocer to hold the sack. The dazed groceryman doesn't yet exactly understand the ramifications of the transaction, but does realize that it is a saddle, if not a horse, on him.

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"Our Dumb Animals," a publication devoted to humane education and published at Boston, has been added to the periodicals on the library reading tables. In a private letter from Guy Richardson, the editor, he states that "we are pleased to add the city library of Ashland to the list of recipients of this favor without charge." He further adds: "The writer was privileged to pass through Oregon a short time ago and occasionally attempts to speak of the attractions of your wonderful state in an illustrated lecture concerning a pleasant trip to the Pacific coast." The publication referred to is the official journal of the American Humane Education Society and various auxiliaries.

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Ex-Policeman Wright did wrong recently by interrupting services at the Fourth street mission, where he bawled out an admonition to a number of tramps present to betake themselves out of town instanter. This disturbed and broke up the meeting. There was a compense, however, in the fact that Professor Smith, who was one of the leaders of the services, supplicated the throne of grace fervidly in behalf of the entire police department, praying that each individual might be led to the exercise of better judgment and understanding, to which appeal there echoed heart approvals from the amen corner.