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Mail Tribune 100

May 28, 1917


Despite the fact that last week Bert Rippey of Tolo was given the option by Justice of the Peace Taylor of paying a fine of $100 or going to jail for 25 days, Rippey is at liberty, as Justice Taylor suspended sentence. Rippey was found guilty of selling salmon without a license. He is an old offender against the fish laws.

"I could not do otherwise under the circumstances than suspend the sentence," said Justice Taylor today. "It was represented to me that Rippey and his wife and two little children are in destitute circumstances. Their home is even almost without any furniture and if I sent him to jail the wife and babies would suffer as would also an old man who lives with the family. I have C. B. Gay, the county juvenile officer, investigate into the Rippey home and its affairs, and he reported the same thing to me.

"If the county or anyone else will make provision for the Rippey family I am perfectly willing to revoke the suspension and send Rippey to jail, for he is an old offender who has had no regard whatever for the fish and game laws, and he should be punished. But I do not propose to punish the innocent babies and mother for his acts.

"Rippey now has a license to sell fish. I have just received a letter from the fish and game warden to that effect."


The Good Roads meeting at Willow Springs was a gratifying success, about 60 of the voters of that district being present and pledging their united support of the bond issue. Judging from the sentiment of the meeting there is no opposition at Willow Springs to the bond measure.

J. A. Westerlund acted as chairman. The other speakers were Mrs. C. L. Schieffelin, W. C. Leever, G. A. Lovegress, government lead appraiser of the department of the interior, D. W. Stone and others.