April 26, 1913

Judge Kelly, who has returned from Grants Pass, states that the case against E. Gardner, who was convicted in the juvenile court on a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, was dismissed, the prosecuting witness, Willard Crawford, having disappeared. This case was the outcome of the prosecution for gambling last winter, Gardner having been a detective under the employ of the city, and his conviction was based on the evidence of Crawford, a minor, that he had been influenced to make a bet of a drink of soda water over the outcome of a game of billiards. Gardner was fined $200, and appealed to the circuit court. The dismissal of the case on the disappearance of the essential witness will release Gardner from the payment of the fine imposed by Judge Jewell.


The coroner's inquest over the remains of Sheriff Singler yesterday afternoon failed to bring out any new facts or to conclusively clear up the story of the revolver duel which resulted in the death of the sheriff and Lester Jones. The true story will probably never be known.

It is believed, however, that Singler approached the cabin with his gun drawn and that Jones shot first.

Few sidelights were thrown on the character of Jones other than that he lived alone and did not have much to do with companions. A red bandana handkerchief which might have been used as a mask was found in his pockets.

A number of witnesses were examined. The jury brought in a verdict to the effect that Singler was slain by Lester Jones while Singler was acting on his official capacity as sheriff of Jackson County.

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