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Mail Tribune 100

July 20, 1917


John A. Perl, on complaint entered by City Water Superintendent Arnspiger, appeared before Police Judge Taylor today and entered a plea of not guilty to permitting water to run thru an open hose. His hearing was set for 10 a. m. Saturday. Mr. Perl is indignant over his arrest and declares he will go to jail before he pay s a fine. Superintendent Arnsipger is just as determined in pressing the charge. Perl says he was irrigating with a gunny sack over the end of the hose. Anspiger says this is true but that Perl had no nozzle attached to the hose.


The forest fires situation was growing worse today because of the many old fires and new ones covering a wide range of territory. More men to fight fires are needed. Those willing to do this service can report to the Nash hotel or the Union livery stable. Efforts were made this forenoon to get more fire fighting in Ashland, Phoenix, Talent, Central Point and other towns in the county.

Sixty-five men in all are working on the fires in the Prospect district, twenty of whom were sent up today. Half of the 20 are to work under the supervision of Forest Supervisor Erickson, and the other half are helping the Jackson County Fire Patrol association force. The Woodruff Meadows fire in the Prospect district is under control but a number of smaller fires in that section need attention.

A new fire which started yesterday in the Cougar creek section along the Big Applegate river above the mouth of Steamboat creek by last night had burned over 50 acres. Five men were rushed to the scene of the fire last evening.

A bad fire exists at the head of Anderson creek, about 8 miles northwest of Talent. This fire, the smoke of which was plainly discernible from the streets of the city yesterday was under control, but in the afternoon jumped the fire lines. Thirty men were at work on the fire all last night, and it was thought it would be under control by this afternoon. This fire up to last night had burned over 200 acres.