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Mail Tribune 100, April 28, 1922

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April 28, 1922

WOLGAMOTT CASE DISMISSED ON RULING BY COURT

The trial of Ernest S. (Dud) Wolgamott, charged with selling liquor came to an abrupt ending in the circuit court Thursday afternoon, when upon motion of District Attorney Rawles Moore, the jury was discharged, and the case dismissed. This action was taken upon a ruling of the court that “possession of liquor could not be used as evidence of a sale of liquor.” Another indictment of the same general nature was also dismissed.

The chief witness of the state was Sam McClendon who was unable to identify the bottle, or tell the date of the alleged sale, and who proved an unsatisfactory witness for both sides, owing to the vagueness of his testimony. In an effort to corroborate the sale, the state attempted to introduce as evidence, bottles containing whiskey alleged to have been found in the possession of the defendant. The defense objected to this, and was sustained by the court.

The remaining indictments against Wolgamott will be tried at this term of court.

The trial of Florence Hall, charged with a violation of the prohibition law will started next Monday morning, owing to the fact that Magnus Hall, one of the principal witnesses, now on parole, and working in Klamath county, cannot arrive before that time. The case was originally scheduled for this morning.

The trial of N. B. Dunlap was begun this morning with Attorney G. M. Roberts representing the defense, and the state being represented by District Attorney Rawles Moore and Special District Attorney George Nuener of Roseburg. The entire morning session was devoted to the selecting of a jury.

LOCAL BRIEFS

The fire alarm this noon was the result of a large bonfire on one of the lots on South Holly street belonging to Charles Palm. Workmen have been tearing down the old buildings which partially burned several weeks ago in the rear of the Liberty building and the charred lumber was taken to this lot, piled in a large pile and burned. The fire caused a great deal of excitement, inconvenienced the fire department, and spoiled a baseball diamond used by the boys attending St. Mary’s academy and other children in the neighborhood. The men who built it had as little consideration as to build it right on second base.

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From now on the words “Crater Lake National Park, Oregon” will be stamped on every letter going out of the Medford post office, thus keeping the fact before the world that Crater Lake exists, and is located in Oregon. Postmaster Warner has received authorization from the post office department to resume the use of this Crater Lake die, which had been suspended some time ago on the department’s orders. The die, which was furnished by the local chamber of commerce, had been in use for the past two years until the rule rescinding its use was received from the department.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com