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Mail Tribune 100, May 28, 1919

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

May 28, 1919


Two men were fined in police court this forenoon by Judge Taylor for being intoxicated on the streets, and one man whose appetite for stimulants is so strong that he is growing fond of drinking diluted carbolic acid and a decoction of lemon extract and camphor, was fined yesterday.

A traveling salesman who have the name of Richard Roe, evidently preferring the cognomen to the time honored “John Doe,” was found by Chief of Police Timothy at about midnight last night badly intoxicated and with a half pint of booze in his possession. He was given a fine of $25 and costs.

George Rippey of California, just before leaving Weed yesterday had a few drinks and was taking a bottle with him when he learned that he was going into a fry state and therefore thought it best to consume the contents of the bottle at once. That is all he remembers until he awoke in the Medford city prison this morning. It developed that he was ejected from the train by the crew when Medford was reached last evening and a short time later Night Policeman Adams gathered him in. Rippey paid a fine of $25 and costs.

H. W. Graham, the Talent blacksmith, is the gent with the extraordinary appetite who just dotes on denatured alcohol with carbolic acid, when real booze is not attainable, and to whom a mixture of lemon extract and camphor tastes as sweet as fresh milk to a baby. Graham last week was fined $25 and costs for having a bottle of whiskey in his possession. Monday afternoon Chief Timothy found him hugging a lamp post on Main street and entertaining himself with a monologue, so he was again conducted to the city jail, and Judge Taylor imposed a fine of $15 and costs for being intoxicated, with the admonition that the next time he cam before the court for a boozing offense he would be given sixty days in jail.


Sheriff Terrill received word this morning from Sheriff Taylor of Fresno, Calif., that Hugh Moore, 18 years old, of Rogue River, was in custody there charged with murder and wholesale automobile stealing. Moore, whose parents live on Evans creek and are highly respected in that community, was implicated in the kidnapping of Miss Jesse Arant, sixteen year old daughter of Ernest Arrant of Ashland, some time ago. Sheriff Terrill sent a deputy in pursuit of the juvenile outlaws, and the girl was found in Sacramento and brought back to Ashland, the principals, however, escaped.

Moore, it seems, confessed being implicated in the murder of Watchman Morehouse at Paso Robels, Calif., on May 7th, the confession leading to a similar admission by his pal and the leader, Edwin Langdon, aged 23. The Langdon boy admitted stealing over 400 automobiles in Oregon and California and according to the Fresno papers was rather proud of his crimes. He also made a plea for the release of Moore saying he was merely a weakling kid and not responsible for what he did.

According to the letter the boys were armed with sawed-off shotguns, rifles and automatics. Altho the charges of kidnapping are against them here, the confessions make their conviction practically certain, and no action is expected in this county. The California sheriff said, however, that if the two youthful bandits should be acquitted for any reason they will be turned over promptly to local authorities.

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