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Mail Tribune 100, Sept. 22, 1920

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

Sept. 22, 1920

GUNMAN ON S. P. TRAIN IS GRABBED BY NIGHT POLICE

When the conductor of the south bound train which arrives in Medford at 11:40 p.m., after the train had left Grants Pass last night went to collect the ticket of a man thought to be an Italian, the latter drew a large .38 automatic revolver from his belt, showed it to the conductor and told him to get along quick or he would “get it.”

The conductor wired ahead to the Medford police to be at the depot when the train arrived to arrest the man.

When the train stopped here, Night Policemen Adams and Palmer were waiting, but the conductor was too much afraid apparently to point out the desperado. However, the brake man silently pointed him out and Adams walked up to the Italian and quickly shoving his revolver against his breast told him to throw up his hands. Palmer was also near by and catching sight of the revolver in the Italian’s belt under his coat, quickly snatched it out.

The man was locked up and was to have had his trial late this afternoon, the conductor and brakeman coming over from Ashland to testify.

SECOND ELECTION ASHLAND WATER FIGHT TOMORROW

Ashland, Sept. 22. — The second heat in the municipal water polo race will be run on Thursday this week, Sept. 23, the event being known as the Buck Lake 34-mile handicap. In connection with both elections there has been considerable jockeying, and some feeling has been expressed almost to the extent that a few partisans as to rival projects have hardly been on speaking terms.

Contrary to the views of some, the Buck Lake proposition has to go to bat anyway, regardless of the circumstances that the Ashland creek project carried overwhelmingly. It is an initiative measure demanded by petition, hence the special election will be held on the date specified unmindful of the previous verdict as to supplementing the water supply from up the canyon.

Of over 2,000 registered voters in town, 693 went to the polls last Saturday. The polling places will remain the same, at city hall and Fourth street station, and the same rules in general will govern. “Let ‘er buck!”

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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