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Mail Tribune 100, Feb. 15, 1921

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

Feb. 15, 1921

ARNOLD R. CAROL ON HUNGER STRIKE IN COUNTY JAIL

Arnold R. Carol, a jewelry salesman held in the county jail, awaiting action of the grand jury that convenes next Monday, on a charge of having defrauded the Medford Auto company of this city in the purchase of a Buick auto, has gone on a hunger strike, and has not eaten for five days, according to Sheriff C. E. Terrill.

According to the authorities, Carol refuses food because he does not want to go to prison, and prefers death to a cell.

“I told Carol today that he better get some grub into himself,” said Sheriff Terrill, “and he told me he was never going to eat until he was a free man. I told him, ‘All right,’ and that I could stand it as long as he could. He don’t want to eat, because he don’t want to go to Salem. He ought to be fairly empty now.”

The sheriff says Carol spends most of his time laying on his cot in his cell, and does not report for meals, but thinks fellow prisoners give him food. Some of the authorities think the attempt is half-hearted, and a theatrical attempt to arouse sympathy.

At the present time a chiropractor at Los Angeles, sentenced to 90 days is on a hunger strike, and it is surmised that Carol got his idea from reading newspaper accounts of the incident.

Carol is a young man, who says his people live in Virginia, and are well-to-do. About the middle of January he negotiated for a car with the Medford Auto company, and proffered a check on the Ladd and Tilton Bank of Portland for 1,800, and gave his note for the balance. He took the car on a plea he wanted to make a trip to Ashland, and when next seen two weeks later, was in California. The day the check was issued, a telegram from the Portland bank said the check was no good, and an all-night search for Carol was made without avail.

He was brought back form California, and when arraigned in Justice of the Peace Taylor’s court, was bound over to the grand jury, and announced that he would have two lawyers from Portland to defend him.

Later, from the county jail, Carol issued a statement denying police versions of his escapades.

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

Next week is Prune Week. Help the producer dispose of his crop. You can get them at Fouts Gro. Three pounds for 20 cents, 100 pounds for $6.00.

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Something doing at the Natatorium tomorrow night from 7 until 12. Remember the big basketball game. Dancing begins at 9 in the large ball room. Everybody is invited to attend and join in the confetti dances. Real fun in the confetti showers.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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