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Mail Tribune 100, April 26, 1919 Continued

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

April 27, 1919, continued

RANCHER HELD TO GRAND JURY FOR HARD CIDER SALE

The jury in Justice Taylor’s court yesterday afternoon was unable to agree on a verdict in the case against Eli Dahack, a rancher residing near Eagle Point, on the charge of having intoxicating liquor in his possession, and the case was dismissed. However, on the same evidence Justice Taylor today bound Dahack over to the grand jury on the charge of selling intoxicating liquor.

Dahack’s arrest grew out of his possession of two and one-half barrels of hard cider, some of which got into the hands of two boys aged 13 and 15 and resulted in both being badly intoxicated. The arrest followed the sheriff’s taking possession of the hard cider a week ago on orders from Prosecutor Roberts, who had samples of the cider analyzed by Miss Holt, chemistry teacher in the Medford high school. Miss Holt found the cider to be 11.4 percent alcohol.

Dahack’s main defense at the trial yesterday was that he was making the cider into vinegar. He also denied selling a gallon of the cider, or any other quantity, to the two boys, and asserted that they stole the cider after he had refused to sell them some.

The boys, however, testified that they bought a gallon of the stuff from him and took a part of it away with them at that time. One of the youths testified that they returned later and got the remainder, but the other testified that they did not. It is said that the latter was so intoxicated that he did not remember anything after drinking the cider.

Prosecutor Roberts represented the sate in the case and Porter J. Neff defended Dahack.

WORK STARTED ON IRRIGATION DITCH TALENT DISTRICT

Contractor Chris H. Natwick, of Eagle Point, began work this week at both ends of the main ditch of the Talent irrigation district — one end of the ditch being on Wagner creek and the other in the foothills west of Phoenix in what is known as the Griffin creek section. While only small crews are at work so far more men will be added as fast as they can be procured. The main ditch will be seven miles long.

This morning contracts for the supply ditch leading from McDonald creek to Wagner Gap, a distance of four miles, were opened at Talent. Two bids were submitted, one by Stewart & Carlton of Medford and one by Natwick & Brown of Eagle Point. The contract was awarded to the former.

Demand for the Talent municipal irrigation district 6 percent gold bonds, Jackson county, Oregon, being offered this week by Freeman, Smith & Camp company, is attributed to the fact that they are a direct general tax lien upon 8,417 acres of the famous Rogue River valley lands, 90 percent of which is under cultivation. This district is unusually attractive because such a large percentage of it is under cultivation and income producing at the time of issuing its bonds.

Freeman, Smith & Camp report that less than $50,000 of the issue remains unsold. The Oregon law regarding the issuance of irrigation bonds is very similar to the California law and equally strong in the way of safeguarding investors. — Ashland Record.

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