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Mail Tribune 100, Feb. 3, 1922

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

Feb. 3, 1922

SEVEN OAKS HAS WHITE PIGEON AS NEW SPEED COP

Willow Springs, Feb. 3.—(Special) For the past ten years the W. B. Harris family have had a snow white pigeon as a pet. It has always stayed closely at home until the past week when it has appointed itself speed cop in the vicinity of Seven Oaks. It spends the day escorting fast-moving cars up and down the highway, fluttering in front or circling around and around the auto until a mile or more from home or until it meets another car, making the return trip in the same way. It is an interesting and novel sight both to motorists and neighbors.

BUTCHER HOME IS MENACED, 3 MUSK EATERS TO RESCUE

John J. Butcher was blissfully snoring through one of the boxing bouts at the Elks lodge session last night when he was summoned to the phone by his wife about 10 o’clock, who in an agitated frame of mind imparted the startling information that a burglar was trying to break into their home at the corner of Park Avenue and Dakota Street, where she was alone.

With unusual presence of mind and calmness under stress, Mr. Butcher, arming himself with several hot wiener sandwiches and a hunk of cheese, jumped into his flivver and was quickly en route to the rescue. In the meantime, Jack Hemstreet and Alex Sparrow, fellow Spanish American war veterans, to whom he had whispered the alarming situation at home, got busy — Hemstreet at the phone urging the police to hurry up to the Butcher home and Sparrow starting for that location on foot wielding a soup ladle and muttering regular army cavalry language.

The several rescue parties arrived about the same time, too late to catch the intruder, who evidently had been frightened away. Then the three former Aguinaldo chasers and right hand aides of Admiral Dewey, sat down and ate John J.’s weapons.

LOCAL BRIEFS

The University of Oregon health service, with the approval of the social affairs committee, has decided to prohibit all dances and social activities on the campus and downtown for another week. The order from the health service states that the epidemic of colds and grip has not yet become an epidemic of influenza, and it was to prevent danger of further infection that the ban on social doings has been extended for another week. It is understood that the epidemic at the university is now well under control.—Eugene Register.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com