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Mail Tribune 100, March 2, 1921

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

March 2, 1921

TESTIMONY IN L. EVANS TRIAL IS CONFLICTING

Testimony and records were introduced in the case of Lark Evans, on trial in the circuit court charged with assault and robbery tending to show that at the time on September 13, 1919, when the prosecuting witness, W. G. White, a Grants Pass jitney driver testified Evans was holding him up, he was employed in the Hines and Snider garage in this city, and engaged in putting a vacuum tank on the Blue Ledge car, driven by Sam Sandry. The time book and the time slips of the auto firm were introduced by the defense, which began its case this morning.

R. D. Hines, a member of the then existent firm of Hines and Snider was the first witness. He testified that Evans went to work for them and that he saw the defendant on the afternoon of September 13th, as he did on every day of his employment. He testified that Evans worked but one Saturday, and that Saturday, was September 13, and that Evans was discharged on September 17th, a Thursday. Hines testified that he distinctly remembered Evans working on the afternoon of September 13th, 1919, because he had sent him to the A. W. Walker Auto company for a larger vacuum tank than the one on the Blue Ledge car, and that when he looked out of the office window he saw Evans putting on the same sized vacuum tank, and that he went outside and called his attention to it with the remark: “That is a boob trick to do.”

On cross examination, Hines maintained his original story, and in response to queries said that his interest in the case was because he “did not believe Evans guilty,” and that after he heard of Evan’s arrest for the robbery he had taken the firm records to then District Attorney Roberts and showed them. He also said that District Attorney Roberts, when he saw the records, said to Sheriff Terrill: “You’ve got your dates mixed, haven’t you, Charlie.” The witness said that Evans had been released after his first arrest on the records of the firm of Hines and Snider.

J. A. Curry, former bookkeeper of Hines and Snider, now vice-president of the Tomlin Box Factory, was the second witness for the defense, and identified the time book of the auto firm showing that Evans had worked in the garage on the date of the crime. Curry also identified a number of time slips turned in by Evans. The state, on cross examination, attacked the reliability of the records.

In the cross examination of Curry, the state stressed the time slip of September 13 (the day of the crime) showing that Evans had worked 13 hours that day, and had made a notation on the time slip for reference, later allowing eight hours. Curry was positive in his statements, also that he posted the time by custom, on the day the work was performed. The witness testified he remembered seeing Evans working on a Ford truck belonging to a man by the name of Green. The bill for the truck repair was protested by Green on account of the work performed by Evans, and was compromised. The witness was cross questioned at great length upon details of the time slip methods, etc., and his experience as a bookkeeper.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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