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Mail Tribune 100, Jan. 13, 1921

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

Jan. 13, 1921


County Officials Aided by Medford Night Police Round Up Four Bootleggers — Arm Pit Still Found on Member of Quartet.

Four men giving the names of J. Stewart and E. Hill, John Doe and James Doe were arrested by the sheriff’s office Wednesday night for having liquor in their possession and one was equipped with the latest styles in bootlegging accessories. When the men were searched a copper cylinder was found strapped around his body, held in place by a strap over the shoulder, and filled with bonded whiskey. To this cylinder was attached a rubber tube, and customers were served either by the bottle or the drink, by the siphon system. The contraption could be easily hidden under the overcoat. The four furnished $800 bonds for appearance before Justice of the Peace D. W. Bagshaw of Jacksonville at ten o’clock Saturday morning. The men were arrested at a local hotel. Night Policemen Hempstreet and Adams assisted in the arrest.

In the possession of the two was found seven pints of Old Taylor, a gallon and a quart of pure alcohol, and an instrument for testing the strength of the forbidden beverage. It is the belief of the sheriff’s office that they did a good business in this city Wednesday. They were supplied with plenty of money, and readily furnished $800 bonds in $100 bills. All were well dressed and diamond bedecked.

In the suitcase of one of the prisoners a bottle of whiskey was found. He claimed to have been a lieutenant colonel in the army, and prominent in the social and business life of San Francisco and Portland, with a father rated as one of the richest men in the northwest.

This citizen claimed that he was innocent of any wrongdoing, and that his only crime was being caught in bad company. He was coming over the Siskiyous via auto and burned out a bearing on his car. The two alleged bootleggers gave him assistance, and he left his suitcase in their room, where it was found by the authorities.


It was reported Wednesday that a reply to the petition of Jacksonville citizens to Governor Olcott for a special prosecutor in the bank cases had been received, which was not the case. If the chief executive replies at all, it will be within the next few days.


The annual contest for the Edison Marshall short story prize at the University of Oregon is now on. This prize is awarded for the best story written by a student of the University of Oregon school of journalism.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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