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Mail Tribune 100, Feb. 2, 1921

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

Feb. 2, 1921

LOCAL BRIEFS

This is Ground Hog Day and if there is anything in the old adage that if the Ground hog sees his shadow he goes back into his hole and there will be six weeks more of winter, but if he does not see his shadow winter is practically over, valley people were in a perplexed state up to early this afternoon. The sun shone weakly for a few minutes this morning on the west foothills, but did not appear elsewhere in the valley. Therefore it is possible there will be six weeks more of winter in the Jacksonville section of the valley and a very early spring in Medford.

POLICE ARREST ALLEGED SHORT CHANGE ARTISTS

Two men and a woman who arrived in the city by auto from the north last night are being held by the police on the suspicion that they are short change artists, and that they made a number of unsuccessful attempts at Gold Hill, Central Point and here late Tuesday to short change merchants by the $20 bill and rapid conversation game. However, the police say that the persons under arrest had no connection with the short change man here Saturday.

Short change artists victimized a number of Grants Pass merchants yesterday, according to reports here, and some of the victims of that city were expected to come to Medford this afternoon to look over the suspects.

It develops that the two men and woman first showed up at Gold Hill at 5 p.m. Tuesday, one of them visiting a hardware store, making a small purchase and tendering a $20 bill in payment. The party next appeared at Central Point at 5:50 p.m. where one of the men tried to work the same game in three stores.

The trio’s next appearance was at the Bunglaow grocery on North Riverside where the same stunt was tried on Mrs. Jacobs, who quickly told her husband and he at once informed the police. The night patrolmen succeeded in locating the three last night. In their auto was found a satchel filled with small purchases, such as tobacco, cigarette papers, soap cakes, pins and the like.

While the police claim the stories told by the men are conflicting and far from convincing, they can not be held long, as so far there is no evidence against them. They may be identified by Grants Pass merchants, however.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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