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Mail Tribune 100

Sept. 18, 1915


Laura Graves, a fallen woman, and Ray Langloil, a fallen man, her companion in a series of escapades in drunkenness and debauchery, were found guilty of vagrancy before Justice of the Peace Glenn O. Taylor, Friday afternoon, and given sentences of 30 days in jail and a fine of $100. The fine and the sentence were commuted for both upon their promise to be outside of Jackson County this afternoon by 5:00 o'clock.

Thursday night the woman and Langlois and a rival for the hand of Mrs. Graves engaged in a fight with beer bottles on East Main Street, the battle raging at its height upon the lawn of Chief of Police Hittson. This brought the pair to the city jail, the third party escaping on horseback.

For the last three months, the police say she has been in a continual state of intoxication, sleeping in barns, vacant houses and hay stacks. Recently Mrs. Graves has been working on a ranch. During most of this period she has associated with tramps and presided at all "can rushing" parties. The woman says she is a confirmed alcoholic.

Ray Langlois, whose courting of Mrs. Graves has brought him into prominence, is well known to the police.


More men and more teams are needed by the Rogue River Canal Co. in the completion of their irrigation projects in the Rogue River valley. This was the announcement of Manager J.T. Sullivan this morning. He said they were experiencing difficulty in securing laborers and that every available citizen with a desire to work had been pressed into service. During that time, the auto trucks hauling supplies to the Fish Lake work have been placed on night and day shifts. Between 200 and 250 men will be at work at Fish Lake within ten days. The dam will be completed by the middle of November.


Irrigation committees of both Ashland and Talent met at the Talent city hall last evening and furthered plans for carrying the proposed irrigation project to completion. The state has the matter under consideration, and within the next week will place a force of surveyors in the field to make the survey.