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Mail Tribune 100

July 7, 1915


Nine owners of dogs were fined by Police Judge Gay in the police court this morning for allowing their canines to run around without muzzles. The court announced that for all arrests after today for the offense, a fine of $25 will be assessed. Among those fined were Merton J. Emerick, brother of Mayor Emerick. The dog in the case belongs to the mayor.


A coroner's inquest was held over the body of George Cox, the man alleged to have been killed by a blow to the head received in a fist fight with Kelly Jackson Saturday evening, resulted in a dismissal of the charge of manslaughter upon which Jackson was being held.

District Attorney Kelly on Saturday night ordered an autopsy of the body of Cox, which was performed by Dr. Clancy. Only one slight superficial contusion of recent origin was found on the body and there was no fracture of the skull of any kind. An examination of the brain showed death resulted from a hemorrhage of the brain, probably due to the heat, excitement or overindulgence in alcoholic liquors.

Several witnesses were sworn and all examined and all testified that Jackson had merely pushed Cox out of the doorway of Selsby's saloon because of his abuse of an old man.

The verdict of the jury was that Cox came to his death from a ruptured blood vessel in the brain which, in the opinion of the jury, was induced by alcoholism.

Jackson is well known in this section, recently returning after an extended absence. Cox, the dead man, was employed as a blacksmith by the Rogue Lands Canal company. Nothing is known of his antecedents.


Browned and sunburned from a trip through central Oregon, United States Senator George E. Chamberlain arrived in Medford Monday afternoon, having spent the Fourth at Crater Lake. He reports that he found great improvements in the roads since his last visit, and will make another effort at the coming session to secure federal aid for the highway through the forest reserve from Prospect to the park line.