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Mail Tribune 100

Nov. 24, 1916


Louis Lavine and George Botts were bound over to the grand jury this morning by Justice Taylor on the weapon. Bond was fixed at $500 each, which they were unable to furnish.

W. H. Carroll of Dunsmuir, Cal., appeared as complaining witness, testifying that Lavine shot at him from a distance of four feet Sunday night when Carroll, who is brakeman on a freight, ordered the men off the train between Mistletoe and Stineman on the Siskiyous. Following the shooting the men jumped from the train, catching on, however, further back.

Carroll's clothes, with bullet holes through the right side just above the waist, were shown. Except for a ridge raised by the bullet, the brakeman escaped unhurt.

Other witnesses were F. A. Maxwell, another brakeman who testified to having seen Lavine fire at Carroll, H. D. Barbour, conductor, who also witnessed the incident, and O. E. Thomas, special agent to the Southern Pacific.

Sunday night an attempt was made by the men to escape from the jail at Hornbrook, where they were being held until Monday, when they were lodged in the jail in Jacksonville. Late Sunday night flames were discovered in the jail, the men having set their bed on fire, thinking that in the confusion a chance to escape might arise. Later in the night an attempt to break open the jail from the outside was frustrated. As both men bore I. W. W. cards it is though that some of the members of that order had tried to release them.

The case will be heard by the grand jury in the February session.


  • There were two men who came in here last Saturday, the 18th, and again on the following Monday and brought a lot of sows and pigs, but desired that I would not give their names, for business reasons.
  • R. A. Mohney of Portland, who is representing the Equitable Savings & Loan association, came in the first of the week and spent two days among us. He said that he was doing a thriving business here. He seems to have his plans arranged so as to visit us once a month.