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Mail Tribune 100, Jan. 20, 1921

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

Jan. 20, 1921

STOLEN BUICK IS RECOVERED AND CROOK CAPTURED

The Buick automobile belonging to the Medford Auto Company, that was secured by a salesman who called himself Arnold R. Carol, has been found at Napa, California. A telegram was received this afternoon by the McCurdy Insurance company from the Auto Theft Bureau giving this information. The telegram read:

“Auto Theft Bureau reports that Medford Auto Company Buick in hands Chief of Police, Napa, California. (Signed SEELEY CO.)”

The car was fully insured against theft, and will be returned to this city. The police authorities also telegraphed that Carol had been captured.

Carol posed as a jewelry salesman, and claimed to have closed a deal for the purchase of the Johnson Jewelry store in Ashland. He dickered with the Medford Auto Company for several days, and finally gave a check on the Ladd and Tilton Bank of Portland for $1,800, and a note for the balance. He drove the car to Ashland, presumably to close the jewelry store deal, and kept going over the Siskiyous. A telephone message showed Carol had no funds in the bank at Portland, and the hunt started.

A day or so afterwards word was received of Carol passing through Sacramento valley towns.

ENFORCE MOTOR LICENSE LAW ON FEBRUARY 1

On January 1, 1921, a communication was addressed to the chiefs of police and marshals of the cities and towns, and to the sheriffs of the counties of Oregon, directing attention to a congestion in the motor vehicle division of the department of state, occasioned through the failure of many motor vehicle owners to apply for their 1921 motor vehicle licenses before January 1, 1921. In such communication, the department stated that it hoped to be able by January 15, 1921, to assign and forward licenses to the owners of all motor vehicles who filed applications therefore by that time. The inspectors of the department were also instructed not to enforce the law against any persons who applied for 1921 licenses on or prior to January 15, 1921.

The department finds today, upon ascertaining the number of applications for 1921 licenses on file and the number of 1921 licenses it has been able to issue thus far, that it will be unable to catch up with the current work before January 26, 1921. In view of this condition, therefore, the inspectors will not enforce the law against any persons who have applied for 1921 licenses on or prior to January 26, 1921.

It is to be regretted that many motor vehicle owners did not earlier apply for their 1921 licenses, and that by deferring applying for such license caused the existing congestion of work in the department. Opportunity is therefore taken at this time to direct your attention to the fact that the department will without question have cleared up its work by January 26, 1921, and will then be on a daily basis, that is, licenses will be issued for all applications on the day of the receipt of the application. The inspectors will strictly enforce the licenses requirements on and after February 1, 1921.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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