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Mail Tribune 100

Jan. 13, 1914

Persistent rumours reached this city Monday afternoon that Lou Pheister, a Medford youth, age about 22 years, had been shot and killed following a dispute over a game of cards Sunday at Happy Camp, a mining settlement 70 miles west of Yreka, and near the Del Norte, Calif., county line. The report can neither be confirmed nor denied.

A telephone message early this morning to Yreka brought the information that a shooting affray had occurred, and that "the Indian would live." Nothing was said about Pheister, poor connections and wire trouble forestalling an extended conversations. It was generally reported in Yreka that Pheister had been shot. Owing to the isolation position of Happy Camp, the only means of communications being mail and stage over rough mountain roads, details of the affray are lacking.

The parents of young Pheister live in this city, but they know nothing about the reported tragedy. The mother is highly worried. The young man was supposed to have been clerking in the Franco-American hotel at Yreka, but evidently left there a week or ten days ago. He lived in this city most of his life, and was well known here. For three or four years he was agent for a sewing machine concern, and before that drove a butcher cart for Nichols and Ashpoole. 

An effort is being made by local and Yreka authorities to secure more information on the rumor.

Work on Medford's new $110,000 Federal building is expected to be started about the first of February. The contract for its construction was let to the Sound Construction Co. of Seattle about the first of January, and as the government allows only 16 months for its completion, dating from the acceptance of the bid, the work will be started at the earliest possible moment and will be rushed to completion. Failure to complete the building within the allotted 16 months means a penalty of $10 a day to the contractors for every day's delay beyond the prescribed time.