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Mail Tribune 100, March 11, 1922 continued

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

March 11, 1922, continued

ROSEBURG TEAM MEMBERS HELD FOR SPEEDING

The Roseburg basketball squad and supporters were welcomed into Southern Oregon, in a cordial manner upon their arrival here last night. Maurice Newland, student body president of the Roseburg high school, was driving members of the team to this city in his Dodge sedan and was accompanied by coach “Dad” King. They say that they passed a car some four miles this side of Grants Pass and recognized Deputy State Traffic Inspector McMahon as an occupant thereof.

They wished to arrive here as soon as possible in order to get the team a meal and allow the men to get to bed early, but they were cognizant of Mac’s presence behind them and endeavored to keep below the speed limit.

Officers McMahon and Hemstreet followed them to Gold Hill, where they arrested them for speeding. This seems to have been scheduled as part of the royal reception program.

The case was tried in Justice Taylor’s court this morning and officers McMahon and Hemstreet testified that the speed of the car ahead of them was in excess of 30 M. P. H., when the car passed them. However, they did not make the arrest at once, but followed them to Gold Hill, “pacing” them at intervals all the way. Both officers testified that the speed fluctuated between 38 and 42 M. P. H. Officer McMahon testified that the speedometer on his car was 3 M. P. H. fast.

“Dad” King and another occupant of the car in addition to the driver, testified that they never reached a speed of 48 M. P. H. and that it took nearly 40 minutes to cover the 17 or 18 miles between Grants Pass and Gold Hill. This averages less than 26 M. P. H. Mr. King testified that they might have gone 32 or 33 while passing the other car.

Justice Taylor fined Newland $15 and suspended the sentence.

The Roseburg men are indignant at being convicted on testimony of two men against three, that testimony being based on the readings of an inaccurate speedometer. They say if that speedometer was inaccurate to the extent of 3 M. P. H. this morning when tested by officer McMahon, how inaccurate might it have been last night?

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

A snow and rain storm set in last evening, following a cold wind which blew late in the afternoon, and by 8 a.m. today there was one inch of snow on the ground, and .08 of an inch of rain had fallen. When this snow is melted it will add to the much needed precipitation. Fair weather is predicted for Sunday. It looked odd this morning to see the big fat robins, those harbingers of spring, which have become numerous hereabouts during the past week, cavorting on the lawns and picking up worms and other edibles through the inch of snow.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com