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Mail Tribune 100, Nov. 18, 1920

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

Nov. 18, 1920

HIGH WATER; ROGUE RIVER DAMAGES BIG DAM NEAR G. PASS

Grants Pass, Ore., Nov. 18. — Superintendent E. J. Carrilio, in charge of the irrigation dam at Savage rapids, seven miles up the Rogue river from here said today that the damage by the flood Tuesday night caused by 30 hours of rain probably would not amount to more than $2,000.

Besides a break in the cofferdam which has already served its purpose, some timber works was swept away and a donkey engine was submerged, but the irrigation dam, now half completed, stands intact and unshaken, he says.

As soon as the present high water subsides work on the project will be resumed.

SEVEN PRISONERS LEAVE FOR SALEM TONIGHT’S TRAIN

Seven prisoners under sentence to terms in the state prison at Salem, from two to 12 years, will be taken to that city tonight by Sheriff Charles Terrill, and deputies. D. H. McGlown, sentenced to 10 years, Clarence F. McDade, sentenced to 11 years, and David H. Bearks, sentenced to 12 years for the holding up of four hobos on an S. P. freight train last September will go handcuffed. The remaining four have two-year sentences.

After a long search the authorities yesterday found a sharp pocketknife hid in the county jail, and the officers claim this weapon was to have played a part in the wholesale jail break Saturday night, but that did not go off according to plans. McDade, according to the deputies, announced after he confessed that “you’ll never get me to Salem, without a battle.”

The departure of the seven inmates leaves only three men in the county jail, W. H. Johnson, president of the Bank of Jacksonville, Harry Thomas, alleged to have passed a bad check on the Model Clothing store, and Jim Theodore, a Greek.

GREEK GUN MAN ADJUDGED INSANE

Jim Theodore, a Greek, charged with assault with a deadly weapon upon trainmen on a passenger train, who refused to plead guilty though admitting his guilt, was adjudged insane by a jury this morning and will be remanded next Saturday. Doctors who examined Theodore for his sanity, pronounced him sane. He is alleged to have “cut up” with a gun while riding on a passenger train between this city and Grants Pass, and to have drawn his weapon when the conductor tried to collect his ticket. He had a ticket, but would not give it up, and had the train crew somewhat terrorized.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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