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Mail Tribune 100, Nov. 11, 1920

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

Nov. 11, 1920


David H. Bearks, Charged With Hold Up on Railroad Near California Line. Convicted After 18 Hour’s Deliberation — Sentimental Appeal Fails to Influence Jury.

A jury in the circuit court this morning returned a verdict of guilty in the case of David H. Bearks, a Southern Pacific brakeman, tried for complicity in a hold up on a freight train in the Siskiyous last September. The jury was out 18 hours before they reached an agreement. The chief witnesses for the state were four hobos.

Accused with Bearks in the same crime are D. H. McGlown and Clarence E. McDade, who have admitted their part in the hold up, but claim that the gun was held by a mysterious “John Doe,” who wore a mask during the affair, and disappeared completely afterwards. McDade made a signed statement telling of his part, which was introduced in the trial of Bearks. It accused the defendant of having plotted the hold up with him. The court in instructing the jury, told them not to consider this statement.

Attorney Gus Newbury conducted the defense, and made an impassioned appeal to the jury, which moved women in the courtroom to tears. One of the sidelights of the trial was the presence throughout of the wife and little boy of the defendant. When the jury marched out, the lad was asleep on a bench, and the husband and wife sat side by side. It was a pretty picture, but evidently did not influence the jury.

The evidence in the case was highly contradictory, no two of the actors in the crime viewing it in the same light.

Bearks, the convicted man is known in the pugilistic world as Kid West, and claims to have battled Wild Bill Reed to a draw and a victory in the southwest part of the country.


The business section of the city with the many flags flying and the flags and bunting decorations in honor of Armistice Day presented a holiday appearance Thursday. However the number of flags out, not only downtown but thruout the city, was far less than it should be in commemoration of the great anniversary.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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