October 24, 1913

October 24, 1913

F.C. Burns, indicted Thursday by the grand jury for the murder of Jeff Coldson, a 19-year-old tramp beggar at Talent last Sunday, has given his last dime to keep the body of the man he is accused of slaying from a grave in the Potters' Field. It is a money order for $35. Prosecutor Kelly says it is the most striking instance of sincere benevolence that ever came under his notice. Burns was arraigned this morning and plead not guilty.

Burns at best faces a long prison term, and at worst the hangman's noose. A stone wall of evidence surrounds him, and the money that he gave to bury his vagrant friend represents a long denial of tobacco and other prison delicacies. When the county officials showed signs of refusing to accept the money he offered, he begged them to take it.

"I'll always feel better if you do," he told them.

It has developed that Burns, Coldson and an unknown tramp had been drinking pure alcohol before the shooting.

Earl Potter, the Ashland youth accused of accomplishing the ruin of his own sister was indicted by the grand jury Thursday, and when arraigned this morning entered a plea of not guilty. The case when brought before the jury is expected to provide sensational features, with a number of witnesses from Ashland to be called. The sister recently returned from Los Angeles.

Mrs. Ownie Kneutzen of the Steamboat district, indicted for assault with attempt to commit mayhem, entered a plea of not guilty. Mrs. Kneutzen is accused of breaking the arm of Mrs. Blivens during a quarrel over an irrigation ditch.

Virgil Odin, indicted Thursday for incest; C.E. Land, for assault with a deadly weapon; and C.M. Patterson for larceny by bailee; were arraigned this morning, but were given until tomorrow to decide upon their plea.

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