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Mail Tribune 100, April 22, 1922 continued

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

April 22, 1922 continued

GASOLINE SCRIPT BOOK IS SECURED FALSE PRETENSES

Automobile owners and gasoline users throughout the state are warned to be on the lookout for a ten dollar script book issued by the Standard Oil company and numbered 848803.

The book was obtained this morning from M. B. Leonard, of the Main street Standard station, under false pretenses. If the book is offered to anyone for sale that person is requested to have the person who offers it put under arrest and then notify W. R. Speck, special agent for the Standard Oil company in Medford.

A man, about 5 feet, 8 inches in height, with a dark complexion and weighing about 165 pounds, according to Leonard, came into the station this morning while there was a rush and stated that he was working for Mrs. Melaine Herbert of South Oakdale, this city, and that he had been sent by her to buy a gasoline scrip book. The book was made out and charged to Mrs. Herbert and the man departed, going west on Main street.

When the waiting cars had been filled and the rush was over Leonard considered the incident and remembered that Mrs. Herbert never charged a book. He immediately called Mrs. Herbert over the telephone and was informed that she had not authorized anyone to buy the book. The man was but a short distance up Main street by this time and Leonard could have caught him easily had he been able to leave the station.

Prior to entering the Standard station the man had gone to the Union oil station across the street, and had pretended that he thought it was the Standard. He asked for a Standard five dollar book. Jean Watkins, operator on duty, informed him that the Union did not sell five dollar books and that he was in a Union station. Watkins also refused to sell him any kind of book. The thief learned also from Watkins that Mrs. Herbert was a regular Standard customer and it is supposed that on the strength of this information he proceeded with his plan.

Wires have been sent north and south and local police are on the lookout for the culprit. If he is not caught Leonard will be $9.67 or the price of a ten dollar book, in hole.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com