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Mail Tribune 100, Feb. 16, 1921

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

Feb. 16, 1921

LOCAL BANK IS FLOODED WITH BOOTLEG HOOCH

When fluid began to drop from the ceiling on the Medford National bank office this forenoon, which had an unmistakable boozy odor, there was great excitement, especially as for several minutes before the dripping was noticed there was a strong alcoholic smell in the bank, which made officers, clerks and patrons sniff and look suspiciously at each other.

While the liquid was being mopped up from the floor, a hurried investigation as to the cause disclosed that it was coming from the storage closet of former Prosecuting Attorney Geo. M. Robert’s office.

It seems that demijohns of hard cider, which was the evidence in the case against Carl Dusenberry, the Gold Hill soft drink establishment owner and client of Mr. Roberts, had been stored in the closet. The case against Dusenberry was dismissed after several continuances.

When Mr. Roberts stepped into the closet, he accidentally kicked over and upset the erstwhile evidence, which obeying the gravitation, leaked through the floor and ceiling into the bank.

AUTO PARKING ORDINANCE IN CITY NOW LAW

Features of last night’s city council meeting were the passage of an ordinance prohibiting parking of autos or other vehicles in front of theaters; a council disposition to spank the Southern Pacific railroad unless its engines discontinue their loud whistling day and night, and its trains cease to block the Main street crossing at such periods; praise by the mayor and councilmen for the fire department; and some reforms asked by the Greater Medford club.

The theater entrance anti-parking ordinance will be strictly enforced, special orders being given Chief of Police Timothy to this effect, and is designed as a matter of public safety in case of a theater panic. As it has been in the past should a panic occur and the audience should be unable to get out of the theater in safety, a congestion in the lobby and in front would be caused by the fact that some people are always thoughtlessly parking their autos in front of the entrance. Blockading might result, further increasing such a panic and causing death or injury through inability of all to fight their way through the blocked crowd. Penalty for parking a vehicle in front of a theater entrance is a $10 fine.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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