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Mail Tribune 100, Jan. 26, 1921

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

Jan. 26, 1921

BLACK CAT IS HOODOO TO MR. MRS. PICKETT

Dark Hued Feline Held Responsible for Arrest of Crescent City Couple in Medford — Embezzlement Charge is Filed

Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Pickett of Crescent City, Calif., will evidently have more respect for the black cat hoodoo hereafter — at least enough not to any more defy fate by taking one along with them on their travels. Their black pet put a sudden end in this city yesterday afternoon to their journey Californiawards, all superstitious people will aver.

They had decided to move to another part of California, packed up and shipped their household goods to their new home, and with a few personal effects including their pet cat and dog, jumped into their motorcycle with side car attachment and speeded for the new location by way of Grants Pass and Southern Oregon. They had just left Grants Pass yesterday noon when Sheriff Lewis at that city received a telegram from the Crescent City sheriff to arrest and hold Pickett on an embezzlement charge.

Sheriff Lewis in turn phoned Chief of Police Timothy here to make the arrest. The local chief was waiting at the corner of Main and Riverside at 1:30 p.m. when the Picketts came speeding along, and at once put Pickett under arrest. Sheriff Lewis arrived here later in the afternoon and took him back to Grants Pass to await the arrival there of the California Sheriff. Mrs. Pickett decided to remain in this city with the cat and dog. Both Mr. and Mrs. Pickett declared they were in ignorance of any cause for his arrest.

FEBRUARY 20TH TO 26TH TO BE ON TIME WEEK

“I believe that I would rather miss a train now and then rather than be compelled to wait for one that was not on time,” is the manner in which the chairman of the “On Time Committee” expressed himself yesterday afternoon at a meeting of the committee at the Chamber of Commerce headquarters. “If for nothing else, the on time campaign, which is to take place very soon, is going to be of special benefit to me in that it will give me the training of being exceptionally prompt and so will it be with every citizen in the community.”

The week of February 20 to 26 has been designated as “On Time Week” and arrangements were completed for the composition of competitive short stories on the importance of being on time. These stories to be given publicity thru the press. Window posters will be used and these will give opportunity for students in art to display their originality in design.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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