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Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 20, 1921 continued

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

Aug. 20, 1921, continued

*Note*: This is a continuation of yesterday’s story, “3 VIOLATORS BOOZE LAWS GO TO JAIL.”

Pay of Special Officers

The news that Jackson County was bearing singlehanded the expenses of the raids came as something of a surprise to a number of local people, who were under the impression that all the county had to do was to furnish the stills and bootleggers, and the state and national governments would furnish the cash. Operatives generally receive $7 per diem and expenses and the boss sleuth gets from $10 and $15 per day and expenses. This was their basis of pay in the recent bootlegger clean-up at Salem.

The pay does not include money expended for joyrides, drinks, etc., incidental to collecting evidence. James (Shine) Edwards says he was informed when arrested that $190 had not been spent with him “for nothing.”

More Arrests Expected

In connection with the arrest of bootleggers and still operators it is said that warrants will be issued next week for the arrest of leasers of residences where more or less gay booze parties were held, and that evidence has been collected showing violations of the law relative to moral conduct. It has also been brought to light that several local mothers do not know where their wandering daughters are part of the time, and that some of the city and county “vamps” will be called as witnesses.

The authorities announce that the “clean-up” has just started, and will be in operation for another two weeks before every phase has been concluded.

The two squads of special operatives and deputy sheriffs who left the city Friday morning, had not returned up to noon today. They took along food and blankets, so it is plain they journeyed far back in the hills, after suspects and stills.


During the last ten days an epidemic of sickness has been raging in this section, resembling is some respects “tropical fever,” the illness being accompanied by dizziness, dysentery and nausea. Many children have been victims of the illness.


The work of installing the “frog” to permit the Jacksonville street car to cross the tracks of the Southern Pacific at Main street will cost $100 and will begin next week. It will be necessary to tear up the crossing and the track, the expense being borne 50-50. The “frog” that was put in when the street car track was lain was torn by the Southern Pacific when the street car company failed to pay its share of the state taxes.


Campers returned from Huckleberry mountain report that the yield of huckleberries, wild blackberries, and dewberries in that section is the heaviest in years.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com