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Mail Tribune 100

May 10, 1917


At the evening session of federal court Wednesday night the jury reached a verdict of not guilty against Bidwell Riddle, Foster Barkley and Harry Brown, Klamath Indians who were charged with bringing liquor on the reservation. The jury was out only 35 minutes. This was the second trial for the defendants, the first trial having been held at Portland last winter, the jury disagreeing. The evidence showed that the accused were gloriously drunk on the reservation, yet the government failed to introduce convincing proof that the liquor was drank on the reservation.

Today the case against Tom Bartel charged with the selling of whiskey to an Indian is on trial.

Late Wednesday night, shortly after their arrival in the city in custody of Deputy United States Marshall William Harmon, Dewey Obenchain and Tommy Wahtah, two Klamath Indian boys aged about 17 years, were arraigned before Judge Wolverton in federal court on a larceny charge. The boys pleaded guilty to the charge of breaking into Elliott's traders store on the reservation and stealing $3 in money and a small quantity of merchandise.

Because of their youth and previous good record, on recommendation of Assistant District Attorney Goldstein, the court sentenced the boys to 30 days confinement in the Multnomah county jail at Portland.


Medford was selected as the place and the second Tuesday in May was chosen as the day for the 1918 convention of the Southern Oregno Medical Association which closed its 1917 meeting in Grants Pass Tuesday night.

Dr. W. W. P. Holt of Eagle Point was elected president, and George C. Knott of Glendale was elected vice-president of the association for the ensuing year. These officers succeed Dr. F. D. Stricker of Grants Pass and Dr. V. L. Rocho of Yoncalla respectively. Dr. A. C. Seely of Roseburg was re-elected secretary-treasurer.