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Mail Tribune 100

March 8, 1915

The Dollarhide toll road is a thing of the past. No longer will the California visitor to Oregon and the Oregon visitor to California be compelled to leave and enter the state by wagon road, for the county court Monday purchased for $1,000 the Dollarhide toll road, and thereby affected a satisfactory settlement of the suit instituted against the county by the road owners.

The Dollarhide road was built in the early 1850s, and for sixty years has been in constant use. It was privately built in territorial days, and privately maintained since. A portion was purchased a year ago for the Pacific Highway. The balance affords an outlet for some sixteen families residing in the mountains, besides will be used during the paving operations to be conducted by the state this summer on the Pacific Highway.

Loris Martin, slayer of Game Warden A.S. Hubbard, took the witness stand in his own behalf this morning — the sixth day of the trial — and with replies to a dozen questions asked by his attorney gave a version of the great tragedy of his life. It was an impressive tale, for it was stripped of all details. For having the blood of of a fellowman upon his hands Martin pleaded self-defense.

Gone was the air of patient resignation that has characterized the defendant throughout the trial. Gone was the fretful nervousness the prisoner portrayed as witness after witness spoke for and against him all last week. He took the stand with a confident air, and answered all questions in a loud voice tinged with a trace of defiance. The hillsman, whom a character witness Saturday said was too bashful to attend Sunday school among his own people, never lacked for a word or hesitated with his response.

Denies Making Threats

Martin, who denied that he had made any threats against his victim, and that he fired the fatal shot because he thought his life was in great danger, said he was 43 years old, and identified a pair of shoes as belonging to him. That is the meat of his testimony. His attorney had forestalled any danger of a grueling cross-examination at the hands of the state, by asking only the simplest questions, hedged about by a maze of legal technicality.