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Mail Tribune 100

Sept. 17, 1915


H.L. Walthers and Alex Rosborough of the California-Oregon Power company returned this morning from Salem where they attended the sessions of the state railway commission on petitions for lower light rates filed by the cities of Medford, Grants Pass, Ashland and Klamath Falls.

Although the cities complained of excessive rates, no data to back up their claims has been presented to the commission. None of the cities even had a representative present at the hearing except Klamath Falls.


Wo, woe and whoa! to the cougar which crosses the trail of that intrepid sport, John B. Hammersley, when the ex-postmaster of Gold Hill "spies" on his dilapidated but duantless kiyoodles and follows with his unerring rifle, says the Gold Hill News. John is spending the season at Willow Flat. Recently word came to him that cougar signs had been observed near the old salt works — where all Southern Oregon turned for its soup seasoning 40 years ago. The old scout picked up a single shot .25 caliber rifle, invited his wife to "come along!" and whistled to his dogs. Within a few hours they treed and killed two cougars, and brought a third one to bay. John waded into the melee of scrapping dogs and cat and finishes this one at close range. The largest was an adult female, who had long since accounted for a range herd of deer; the second was a yearling, and the third — the leanest, sorriest specimen that ever fell to be scalped — was a mangy kitten that had lost its spots but a few months ago. Two trappers, Brown and Cunninham, killed many cougars in the same district last winter, and the theory is advanced that the poor condition of the third cougar was due to the loss of its maternal parent during the winter. Sunday noon Mr. Hammersley brought his trophies to Gold Hill, where cougars, captor and canines were made much of and duly photographed. As a side issue to his mountain outing, the cougar episode will bring  Mr. Hammersley $75 in bounty.