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Mail Tribune 100

August 13, 1917


G. E. Rolfe and Frank Patton, whose homes are in Albany Oregon, and who were arrested late Sunday night up in the Siskiyous while returned from Hilt or Hornbrook with 24 quarts of whisky in their automobile, pleaded guilty before Justice of the Peace Trenten of Ashland Monday and were assessed fines of $75 and costs.

The arrest was made by W. J. Carpenter, special liquor investigator of County Prosecutor Roberts. The charge against them was that of importing liquor into a dry state.

One night last week Sheriff Jennings and Deputy Sheriffs Anderson and Stansell captured an auto party of bootleggers returned from Hornbrook. The driver of the car, who is said to be Charles Martin of Medford, escaped. Several shots fired close to him failed to stop him. He is still at large. The others of the party were taken to Ashland where they were find $25 and costs each and given suspended jail sentences of ninety days each.


Atmospheric conditions combined with smoke from many forest fires burning caused a heavy pall of smoke to settle down over the city and valley Sunday and today. Most of this smoke comes from the big forest fire back of the Jacksonville hills which has been raging for four or five days despite the efforts of a large force of fire fighters to gain control. This fire has already burned over 100 acres of territory.

Three new fires were reported today as burning in the Elk creek region, in addition to an old one that has been burning for some time. These fires are in federal territory and were first discovered Sunday night. Forest Supervisor Erickson has about 20 to 30 men at work on the new fires, but today it had not yet been learned how serious they were.

Fires are also burning near Gold Hill and in several other localities.