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LOANS TO BANKER
J1'1'1 The Cost of High Living
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Patrons of Failed Roseburg
Bank .Relate Inabiltiy to
CHECKS AND NOTES SIGNED
Mariners of Tom K. Sheridan In OnU
eidc Ventures Deny Authority
' ., Was Given to l"se Names.
State Case Is Closed.
A dramatic incident of the Tom R.
Fberidan trial in Federal Court was
furnished yesterday when Mrs. Eliza
beth Bvron, aged widow of John Byron,
of Ola'lla. Or., walked feebly to the
-witness stand and told of her dealings
with the banker, whose conduct of the
defunct First National, of Roseburg, has
brought him under Federal indictment.
"I have known Mr. Sheridan almost
ince he was a boy." said Mrs. Byron,
fcbe is now 68 years old and the de
fendant's hair, too, is touched with
the silver of the passing years. In re
sponse to questions by United States
Attorney Reames, Mrs. Byron told her
I talked with Mr. Sheridan one day
when I was depositing some money in
the bank and he told me I had too
much money there idle; that I ought to
have It out earning something. I told
him that if I loaned it, I would lose it.
lie said to let the bank use it and It
would make 7 per cent for me and 1
per cent for the bank. I said all right.
Mrs. Byron said she later received a
memorandum check for J10S0 that had
been taken from her account, but she
never got u note for the money and although-she
repeatedly tried to collect
her money, she was unsuccessful.
Money l"ed Without Xote. '
J F Hoover, railroad section foreman
f Myrtle Creek, who has lived in that
county 17 years and began banking
with the First National of Roseburg in
3 89s. testified that in December. 1908.
lie talked with President Sheridan in
the bank and told him he would be
glad if the banker would loan the
money he had on deposit for him, and
the banker said he would.
t h said, came a
memorandum check noting the loan of
J2500. He - said he never received a
note, and although the memorandum
'gave the initials "R- S. S." as the one
to whom the loan was made, he never
knew the Identity of his supposed
It was in November, 19D. he said,
that he went to the First National at
lloseburg and asked President Sheridan
about the loan and wanted to know
where the money was. He said Mr.
Sheridan was quite busy at the time
nd replied it was all right. Later
he asked him again about it and re
ceived practically the same answer.
But he failed to procure the return of
Farmer Loans Money.
William Wende, a Douglas County
farmer. 6S years old. with a record of
J 9 years" residence in that district, tes
tified he asked Mr." Sheridan if there
were not some way to lend his money
and get interest on it. He was told It
could be done, whereupon the witness
asked Mr. Sheridan tf the bank would
be responsible for the loan . and was
told it would. He later signed the re
lease when inquiry was made by Bank
Kxamlner Goodhart as to authority
given the banker to withdraw his
A. M. Kelsey, formerly In the sheep
business in Harney County, who was
financed in the venture by President
Sheridan, testified yesterday that he
never gave the banker authority to
sign notes for him, but it was under
Btood generally that Mr. Sheridan had
authority to borrow money for the
business, and he said he felt Mr. Sheri
dan was perfectly right In signing the
notes, although at the time he did not
know of it. Fully $8000 in notes,
signed by Mr. Sheridan with Mr. Kel
isey's name, were introduced as evi
is not in dollars and cents alone, but in the breaking down
of those vital functions of the body that bring happiness
and long life. Neither the high cost of living nor the cost
of high living need disturb the man or woman who knows
Um Made Without Knowledge.
Joseph Mosthaf, of Riddle, was an
other depositor who asked the bank
president to loan his money, which was
done, an investment being made In
Koseburg school bonds. When they were
ald and Mr. Mosthafs money came
bark Into the bank, he said Mr. Sheri
dan loaned out JS00 of his funds with
out his knowledge. However, when a
release was given the witness later
and was told by Mr. Sheridan it was
merely a matter of form and to sign
It, Mr. Mosthaf signed.
S. A. Sanford, cashier of the First
National, and now trustee, as the bank
is going through liquidation, was called
to the witness stand to testify that the
bank directors never gave consent to
drawing memorandum checks to take
money out of accounts on deposit.
B. C. Agee, whose name appears on
many of the memorandum checks as a
borrower of the bank funds, testified
that he was a business partner of Mr.
Sheridan In the ranching business In
Douglas County and that the banker
was rtnancing the business. He left the
money end to Mr. Sheridan, he said. He
never paid the notes to which his name
was attached, nor did he pay any Inter
Woman Money Used.
That the loan he promised to obtain
for her was "Just as good as gold'' was
the promise of Mr. Sheridan, according
to the testimony of Mrs. W. T. DeWar,
a patron of the bank. A loan was made
to A. M. Kelsey, the note being signed
bv Mr. Sheridan for Mr. Kelsey.
Mrs. Tim Barry testiBed that Mr.
Sheridan loaned her money to the
amount of 4500 to himself and Mr.
Kelsey. She said she had given the
banker authority to loan her money.
"When she received a letter from Bank
Kxamlner Goodhart, asking if she had
authori2ed the banker to act for her.
she said she took the letter to Mr.
Sheridan, who told her It was Just a
matter of form, and asked her to sign
It. She did so.
The Government rested yesterday,
after the introduction of evidence by
other witnesses along the same line.
The defense will open this morning, ex
pecting to conclude the examination of
its witnesses tonight. The case is ex
pected to go to the jury late this week.
TEST USE BAN PROPOSED
Sir. Dieck to Ask Prohibition on Ad
vertising of City Examinations.
Use of official tests that the city
makes on food and other supplies with
Its newly installed testing aparatus is
not to be permitted for advertising pur
poses if rules prepared by City Com
missioner Dieck are adopted by the
Commission. The rules have a specific
provision that no person or firm shall
make use of the results of these tests
for advertising purposes.
The rules as drafted provide that for
tests made for various branches of
government a charge of cost plus 25
per cent shall be made. Rates are set
forth for tests of all kinds for outsiders.
Two of these crisp, brown loaves of Shredded Whoie Wheat,
served with hot milk, make a warm, nourishing, satisfying
meal, and the total cost is not over five cents. It supplies
all the human body needs to work on or play on. Keeps the
stomach sweet and clean and the bowels healthy and active.
Two Shredded Wheat Biscuits, heated in the oven to restore crispness, served
with hot milk or cream, make a complete, nourishing, satisfying meal at a total
cost of five or six cents. Also delicious with fruits. TRISCUIT is the Shredded
Wheat Wafer, eaten as a toast with butter or soft cheese, or as a substitute for ,
white flour bread or crackers.
Made only, by The Shredded Wheat Company, Niagara Falls,
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MORAL COURT URGED
Official Creation Is Asked
. Municipal Court Report.
PROBATION SYSTEM LAUDED
Judge Stevenson Also Advises Con
tinuance of Installment Plan of
Paying Fines to Give Offenders
Chance . to Make Good. ,
Continuance of the system of per
mitting persons convicted in the Mu
nicipal Court to pay their fines on the
installment plan; perpetuation of the
probation system for first offenders,
and enactment of a law officially cre
ating the morals court and court of
domestic relations are commended in
the annual report of Municipal Judge
Stevenson, made public yesterday. The
report covers the work of the past year
and gives suggestions for the work of
the year to come.
In regard to the morals court. Judge
Stevenson says that It should receive
added power ana dignity by being cre
ated officially by the City Council in
stead of existing only arbitrarily by
order of the Municipal Judge, as at
"The so-called morals court and
court of domestic relations," says
Judge Stevenson in his report, was cre
ated May 23. 1914. The sessions of the
court are merely sittings of the Mu
nicipal Court in a small room adjoin
ing the main courtroom. The advan
tages sought to be achieved, consist
In relieving witnesses testifying re
specting delicate matters from the an
noyance and embarrassment of large
and morbid courtroom audiences.
"This applies in matters of domestic
relations as well as in cases involving
breach of moral laws and ordinances.
Experience reflects the fact that in
matters of court procedure, women
having cause for complaint against
their husbands frequently withhold
complaint beoause they do not like to
relate their secret family affairs in the
presence of large numbers of morbidly
"The sessions refersed to. I am glad
to report, have the direct effect of
relieving that situation, and there is a
further fact when dealing with cases
of this character, that court and coun
sel seem better able to approach nearer
the truth of the case when spectators
are few and the Inquiring body pro
ceeds rather informally in a small
room. The so-called morals court does
not purport to be a secret tribune, nor
is there any disposition to deprive any
one of a public trial. These sessions
are always open to anyone who has
any right whaiever to be there, but I
have no hesitancy In saying that they
are Impliedly closed to those whose
interest is purely that of Indecent cu
riosity. "Good women and girls new in
wrongdoing, frequently are brought
into the Municipal Court, and it
amounts to a pronounced alleviation of
their distress, as well as that of their
close friends and relatives, that the
proceedings relative to their cases are
heard with as little public advertising
"The experiment of probation for
first offenders has received a thorough
trial and has proved' successful. At the
close of the period covered by this re
port there were approximately 200 men
on probation, and the records disclose
that most of them have made good.
"Early in the year the plan of In
stallment fines was put in practice.
The regulation has been that where
persons, otherwise worthy, first offend
ers, and those giving promise of re
form, were punished by fines and un
able to pay, the terms of payment by
installment are entered in a book, and
they are allowed to pay their fines In
Installments suitable to their circum
stances. While some of the fines go
unpaid by reason of breach of trust and
inability to pay and are later remitted
out of considerations of clemency, the
system generally is successful, 'and is,
of Itself, an excellent scheme of pro
bation and deterrence."
has been raised by H. "W. MacLean.
secretary to the Civil Service Board.
He has referred the matter to Chair
man Caldwell, of the board. The posi
tion was created by ordinance passed
by the Council. If It comes under
civil service Jurisdiction an examina
tion will have to be held to obtain an
eligible list from which to make a per.
Good Things in Markets
Censorship Job Qnestioned.
Whether or not the position of sec
retary to the motion picture censor
ship board, tilled now by Mrs. K. B.
Colwell, will have to be under civil
service supervision Is a Question which
FROM the Hawaiian Islands comes
Cough celery, almost three feet
long, for cooking, which sells at 60
cents a stalk.
Another "falrlie" is endive, from the,
war zone, Belgium, offered at 60 cents
a pound, which certainly looks both
inviting and Interesting.
Local productions are now coming
to the front mushrooms at $1 and but
ter beans, 25 cents a pound. Radishes.
6 cents a bunch, three bunehes for a
dime; cucumbers a foot long and
shorter 25 cents; less distinguished
stock. 20 cents each, and Oregon rhu
barb, in three-fourths-pound bunches.
for a nickel.
Florida continues to send up new
Early Rose potatoes at 15 cents a
pound. (Guaranteed to have really
grown in the Evergreen State this time,
previous supplies. It is now averred,
having come from Bermuda.)
Florida also sends us Refugee string
less beans at 40 cents, eggplant at 30
and fancy tomatoes at 25 and 35 cents
. California forwards this week new
carrots at 5 cents a bunch, cabbage at
3 cents and rhubarb at 15 cents a
pound. Green peas from the Golden
State are now 16 cents a pound, two
pounds for 25 cents; green pepper. 40
cents a pound; artichokes, 10 cents
each and auparagus, 15 cents a pound.
Potatoes are selling at J 1.85 a sack,
15 pounds for a quarter, while, down
in the Carroll public market, seven,
eight and nine pounds can be had for
a dime; sweets, 5 cents a pound. Down
there, also, can be found hothouse let
ture, two generous bunches for a
Celery hearts. 10 and 15 cents a
bunch; Bpinach, two pounds 15 cents;
cauliflower, .6 cents, two for 15 and 10
cents each; celery, which is getting
rather scarce, is 10 cents a bunch;
head lettuce, two for 15 cents; mush
rooms, 90 cents a pound.
I m ported Bermuda onions, 10 cents
a pound; green, 5 cents a bunch, and
dried, eight pounds for 10 cents; gar
lic, 25 cents a pound.
Chives and mint, for planting, 10 and
20 cents a bunch; dandelion greens,
three pounds for a quarter, and water?
cress, 5 cents a bunch.
In the fruit market: Apples are at
last beginning to get scarce, some
varieties having disappeared. By tlte
box they now range from $1.25 to 92.50,
Stark, 25 cents a dosen, $1.50 a box.
Fancy Winesaps and Newtowns, 20
cents a dozen; Arkansas Blacks and a
number of other kinds, 15 and 30 cents
Oranges are n considerable evidence.
Good navels can be had at 20, 25, 30,
25, 40 and 50 cents. Blood oranges, 16
cents a dozen. Tangerines, two dozen
for 15 cents. Cardboard boxes, con
taining a dozen choice navels, are of
fered at 35 and 45 cents each. Marma
lade oranges, 35 cents a dozen.
A consignment from Redlands, Cal.,
separately labeled and guaranteed very
sweet. Is offered at 15 cents a dozen, or
two dozen for a quarter.
Lemons, 10, 15, 20 and 25 cents. Mexi
can limes, 25 cents a dozen. California
grapefruit, 5 cents each; those from
Florida, two for 15 cents and two and
three for a quarter.
Bananas, 25 cents a dozen; pine
apples, 20, and cocoanuts, 10 cents each.
Oregon rhubarb, local, is offered at
three pounds for a quarter; other stock,
5 cents a pound.
As the Jewish Passover occurs this
coming week the stores have made
preparation for it. Matzos (or unleav
ened) bread, 20 cents a loaf: Matzos flat
cakes, two packages for 35 cents;
Latz's meal, for Passover purposes, two
packages, 35 cents. Oregon milk-fed
hens that have been fattened specially
for the Passover, are 20 cents a pound.
Hot Cross buns, for Good Friday, on
sale Thursday next, 15 cents a dozen.
Plemento. or Spanish cheese, for
sandwiches, 40 cents a pound; cottage
cheese, 15 cents; Roman cheese, for
macaroni, 60 cents, and Gorgonzola, 60
cents a pound. Both of these are im
ported from Italy.
Imported Swiss cheese, 40 cents;
Roquefort, 50; Wisconsin Swiss, 30;
fancy sharp cream and caraway
cheese, each 25 cents a pound.
Philadelphia scrapple, 13 cents a
brick, made of corn meal and meat
minced very fine, forms a good break
fast dish when cut in thin slices and
In the fish market: Oregon City Chi
nook salmon, caught with hook and
Una, 20 cents; ateelhead, 12 cents a I
pound; sturgeon and Cainlsi -jii.
nook. 20 cents; sea trout, 15 to 25 cents
a pound. '
Borracudda. sand dabs, fresh mack
erel and Ink fish, or sauid. each 16
cents; halibut, halibut cheeks, perch,
rock cod.-atflsh and California shad,
each 12H cents; flounders, 10 cents;
herring, three pounds for a quarter.
Shrimp, 15 to 20 cents a pound;
shrimp meat. 60 cents; crabs. 15, 20 and
26 cents each; razor clams. 15 cents a
dozen; hardshells, 5 cents a pound;
mussels, three pounds for a quarter;
smelt, very fresh, three pounds for 10
cents; smoked Columbia River smelt,
20 cents a pound.
In the poultry market: Milkfed hens,
22 cents; roosters, 25; broilers, 40
cents; geese, 20; ducks, 25; turkeys, 28
cents a pound; squabs, 60 cents; "jum
bos." 75 cents each; drawn poultry, 40
cents to $1.25 each.
Butter, 55, 68 and 70 cents a roll.
Eggs, 23 to 25 cents a dozen; two
dozen for 45 cents.
Boy Shot by Alrgun. . .
Fred Propp, t years old, wns shot In
the head Wednesday night while George
SDady. 12: Leo Verstater, 14. and Elmer
1,1 nd er. 13, were playing with air rifles
near the Propp home at 585 Mason
street The youngster's scalp was torn
severely. Patrolman jsuiott comiBcav
ed the rifles. -
MRS. MATHERS IS FOUND
Husband Leaves for San Francisco,
Where Three Daughters Are.
Mrs. Josephine Ethel Mathers and her
three daughters, for whom a search has
been made for some time, have been
located in San Francisco, and Martin
L. Mathers, of Portland, husband of Mrs.
Mathers, will leave Immediately for that
place. Mrs. Mathers is said to be work
ing in a millinery store and singing in
a cafe frequently as an extra enter
tainer. Deputy Sheriff Phillips received news
of Mrs. Mathers in a letter from Chief
of Police White, of San Francisco. Chief
White said that Mrs. Mathers told him
she did not want to return to her hus
band, because he would not work and
wanted her to support the family.
The man or woman who puts
thought and vitality into the day's
'work and comes home at night thor
oughly tired out that is one who
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