February 28, 1914

February 28, 1914

Charles Turner, a Negro, on trial in the circuit court on a charge of living in and about a house of ill fame, was acquitted by a jury this morning after short deliberation. A.A. Johnson, indicted on a similar charge, and a pioneer of the Rogue River valley, will be on trial Monday.

Turner's acquittal was largely due to a change of heart on the part of Dolly Johnson, age eighteen, and the girl in the case whose story before the justice court resulted in the binding over of Turner. On the stand Friday afternoon her memory regarding important details was hazy. She claimed she could remember nothing because her mind was not clear due to too much homemade wine.

One feature of the case was the charge of the defense that Prosecutor Kelly used undue influence to get the girl to testify as she did before the justice court.

Charles Estes plead guilty to dynamiting fish in Bear Creek, was fined $250 and sentence was suspended by the court pending good behavior, and the promise that he would report once a month to the prosecuting attorney.

Much interest is being taken by the agriculturists of the valley in the development of R.W. Hart's plans for demonstrating a model hog pasture, which will be located three miles north of Medford. The most important point, and that which arouses the keenest interest, is the fact that Mr. Hart, as the result of thorough investigation and experiment, intends to demonstrate the fact that hog raising on a commercial basis can be profitably conducted with complete elimination of all the objectionable features which ordinarily accompany the raising or keeping of domestic animals.

He provides the animals with ample forage by planting a mixed crop of alfalfa, sweet and Dutch clover and the new Hann's wonder forage plant, making a balanced ration, which, in connection with automatic fountains for drinking purposes, allows the pigs to run at will and avoids all the odors, filth and noise which ordinarily result from the use of feeding and watering troughs. By thus eliminating the old-fashioned "pig pen" with its accompanying annoyances, the raising of hogs is freed from unpleasant features usually associated with raising stock for market.

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