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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 24, 1921 continued

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

Dec. 24, 1921 continued


Jack Hemstreet returned last night from Portland where he as a deputized state officer, went with W. E. Harding, the bootlegger captured in a local hotel this week with 28 quarts of liquor in his possession.

Hemstreet’s mission was to take Hardy to Portland and keep the prisoner in custody until he had raised his $500 fine.

Now comes the odd part of this episode. Jack Hemstreet is a former widely known professional mesmerist and still retains his skill in that line. To preclude all possibility of losing his prisoner on the trip, and on learning on the train that Harding was interested in mesmerism, he at once put him under a spell with the hypnotic suggestion that “You’re not going to try to get away from me until you raise that money in Portland and fork it over.”

It worked. Jack spent hours with Harding while the latter went about Portland calling on citizens, some of them prominent, with whom he had had illegal bootleg dealings, and wheedling money from them to help pay the fine.

One man, who is widely known all over the state, when asked by Harding for a contribution to the fine fund, disclaimed knowing him, but promptly remembered and handed over his share towards the $500 when Harding reminded him that he shipped and sold to him quantities of booze at different times. Harding only called on citizens who had been his patrons in the past, and none refused to contribute.


There was some excitement on North Front street last night when Policeman Adams placed under arrest Carl Bertelson on an intoxication charge,and the latter attempted to resist, whereupon Policeman Leggett, who was near by, came to Adams’ assistance.

As the two started away for the police station with the prisoner, one on each side of him, it is claimed that Bertelson’s wife struck Leggett in the face, and his brother, Elmer Bertelson, grabbed Adams around the neck and held on until Leggett poked him in the ribs with his billy and told him to “lay off.”

Carl Bertelson some time after he had been locked up on charges of intoxication and resisting an officer was released on $50 bail pending his bearing in police court at 3 o’clock this afternoon. No charge has been preferred up to early this afternoon against Elmer Bertelson.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com