The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.
Feb. 3, 1919
YAKIMA VISITOR’S TRUNK WITH BOOZE HELD IN MEDFORD
A Yakima, Wash., citizen who had been visiting relatives and friends in Medford and who had tried to take home with him on the train Saturday night his trunk, which in addition to his personal effects contained four quarts of whiskey and one quart of sherry wine, is now safe at home, but minus his trunk which is in the custody of the authorities here, who say the man was not a bootlegger but was merely attempting to smuggle the booze, which he had obtained in California, home for his own use. Prosecutor Roberts feels confident that the man wants his trunk and clothing and therefore will arrange thru a local lawyer to plead guilty of transporting liquor and pay a more or less stiff fine.
The utter carelessness of the night baggageman at the S. P. depot Saturday night gave the whole plot away when he dropped the trunk too hard on the floor, after it had arrived a moment before the train in a local taxi cab. The trunk owner just had time to have the trunk checked and hurry aboard the train.
Had not Deputy Sheriff Terrell and Speed Cop McDonald, who is also a deputy sheriff, been nosing around the depot the Yakima man would today be home dishing a taste of the booze out among friends and gleefully telling about how he fooled those Medford jays.
The second the taxicab man arrived at the depot and deposited the trunk on the platform, the deputy sheriffs were alert and suspicioned what was up. This suspicion was verified when the baggageman dropped the trunk and liquid began flowing on the floor from the broken bottles. The deputies ordering the trunk held, got into phone communication with Prosecutor Roberts, but by that time the train had pulled out of the depot. McDonald jumped onto his motorcycle and speeded to Central Point hoping to find the Yakima man aboard the train there, while Terrell procured a search warrant from Justice Taylor.
EIGHT VIOLATORS OF SPEED LAW ARRESTED
Eight violators of the speed laws and one of the motor light law were gathered in by Speed Cop McDonald Saturday and Sunday, but seven of the persons are juveniles and their cases will come before the juvenile court. Among the juveniles were C. Cowley, son of the mayor of Central Point; Ross Small, Marvin Glisan and a youth named Terrell.
James Leslie, the Medford taxicab proprietor, was charged with driving his auto at 35 miles an hour on the Pacific highway Sunday afternoon between Medford and Phoenix, and will answer to the charge before Justice Taylor. McDonald also arrested R. C. Georgeson of Ashland for failing to dim his lights. A .C. Pickins pleaded guilty and was fined $10 in Justice Taylor’s court today for not having a 1919 license attached to his car.
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