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Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 11, 1919

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

Aug. 11, 1919

FORGER STINGS LOCAL STORES WITH BAD PAPER

Within an hour or so after he had forged a check of $32.65, signing the name of Fred R. Sloan to it, and passed the forgery on the Sample store, a wanderer in the city going by the name of McDonald, and whose right name is said to be E. R. Cole, was under arrest, and this morning before Justice Taylor he pleaded guilty and was bound over to the grand jury.

His arrest so soon was due to the quick work on the part of Sheriff Terrill and his deputies. Soon after McDonald passed the check in payment for clothing and other articles of wearing apparel Mr. Sloan happened to walk into the Sample store and Mr. Reid, the manager, casually spoke to him about the check, which was at once pronounced a forgery. The police and sheriff were quickly notified and began to search the city and vicinity for the check forger and passer.

Deputy Sheriff Glenn Terrill accompanied by one of the Singler boys was en route to Ashland by auto to look for the wanted man when they overtook an individual walking ahead who answered the description. When Terrill invited him to ride he readily accepted, and when he got inside the auto he was told he was under arrest.

In searching his room later the police found that he had been practicing writing the signatures of other Medford men with a view to forging their names. On scraps of paper were found his writing of the names of W. H. Gore, John C. Mann and J. H. Harrison.

$13.20 FIXED AS MINIMUM WEEK WAGE TO WOMEN

Portland. Aug. 11.— Action on recommendations of the state industrial welfare conference, for a minimum wage of $13.20 per week for women and a maximum 48 hour week, with one day of rest in seven, is expected to be taken at a meeting of the industrial welfare commission here tomorrow. The minimum wage, if the conference report is adopted will be raised from $11.10 and $11.61 per week for all industries.

The recommendations of the conference were prepared following a series of hearings in which woolen mills, music stores, theaters, owners of public buildings employing women elevator operators, hotel proprietors, and others were given an opportunity to testify as to the probable effect of the changes.

The hospital training school changes are recommended to become effective one year from the date of order, but the minimum wage and change in hours for other occupations will become effective sixty days after adoption by the commission.

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