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MEDFORD MATL TRTDITNR MEDFORD. QKIWQN. MONDAY, DKOKMHWR 10, tni'J,
OUT LESS T
Game Fljjltt by Attorneys tor the De
tense Made In Vain Owinn to Ovcr
whelmlno Evidence Presented by
State Which Included Confession
of Accused Man.
Thcro vnn n tliumpmfr of Impatient
kuuckles upon a panel of ttio door
opening into the jury room, when
forty-rive minutes before twelve sol-cmn-fneed,
"Reed men nud truo"
lintl retired to consider the fate of
Mike Cliritdo Spnnos, charged by the
great commonwcnlth of Oregon with
the gravest of offenses the murder,
with deliberate, malice nml fore
thought, of George Dedasknlous in
tlio rity of Mcdford near the hour of
midnight, September Ui Kor three
lay theso jurymen luul hung nwn
every word uttered in tho courtroom
nl thd county JM'nl, patniully aware
of the great, duty nml respoiwibility
laid non them. They had witnessed
tlio atntc bringing in exhibit after
exhibit tending to hhow tho guilt of
the defendant. They hnd listened to
wrangles between the attorneys. They
had heard witnesses who faltered
and they hnd heard witnesses voice
crisn short answers. They had lis
tuned to tho pleas of the attorneys
for tho defense and the demands of
the prosecutor. They had received
their instructions from tho judge,
and were told that they were the sole
jmlccs of the fuels. Ami slowly and
solemnly they had retired from tho
courtroom. Then, forty-five minutes
later, came tho impatient rapping up
on tho door.
Few heard tho alarm. Tho court
room which had been jammed with
iutercbtcd spectators, anxious to wit
ness a trial where a man's lifo was at
Make, was empty save for a few. The
wife of tho defendant, tho judge, at
torneys for tho defcuso and a couple
of newspaper men only wcto waiting.
A jury may bo out fivo minutes or
Following tho alarm a bailiff came
into tho courtroom. Addressing tho
court ho stated briefly:
"Tho jury has reached n verdict,
"You will notify tho sheriff to
brine tho defendant Into court."
Th.cn came a short wait. The news
that a verdict had been reached
spread through tho court house al
most instantly and officials, clerks,
deputies, appeared almost as if 03
inngic. Then came the defendant. Not
spritcly as bis age would naturally
iihsuro, but slowly as if fearful of
what he had to learn. First degree?
Second degree! Manslaughter?
Accpiitlnl? Slowly he took his place
whore ho had sat unsmilingly through
fivo weary days, hearing words which
would snvo and words which would
A gavel fell.
"Von way bring tho jury in, Mr.
A door opened. Slowly down the
nislo filed the twelve men. The de
fendant glanced but an instant at
their faces us if he would read them.
Then his eyes fell to the table before
The cleclrio lights wero without
power. Dusk was rapidly approach
ing. Tho courtroom was darkened,
gloomy. Tho jury took their pluces in
"Havo yon reached a verdict, gen
tlemen," (iiiericd tli,r court.
"Wo have," rcsjwnded their fore
man. "You may mss it up by the bailiff."
A sheet of paper was handed the
bailiff and ho in turn hnuded it Jo
the judge. Ho opened it Hcanued it.
Thou ho began to read.
At tho first word tho defendant
leaned forward, his eyes intent upon
the faeo of tho judge.
"Gentlemen heur your verdict,"
eamo tho words. Then slowly and
solemnly, reading from tho paper, ho
contiuued, "In tho circuit court of
tho state of Oregon, in und for Juck
non county. The stalo of Oregon vs.
Miko Spanos and Frank Seymour.
Sepuruto trial of Mike Spanos. Ver
dict. We, your jury, find tho de
fendant, Miko Spanos, guilty of mur
der in tho first degree."
As tho words censed Iho defendant,
only a boy in years, sank n littlo for
ward in his ehuir, his fuco a little
whitor. No chango of expression, no
hysterics, no breakdown. Tho poll
ing of the jury followed. Then they
Azuin tlio 'Judge spoko. This time
"Tho oustoinary two days in which
to enter motions on tho part of the
dofenbo ore granted. I will pass
sentenco noxl Suturduy morning. The
defendant is remanded to tho cus
tudv of tho sheriff."
Tho gavel dropped again.
When tho tap enmo tho wife of tho
defendant, more than twico his age,
rushed to tho side of her mnto and
threw herself in his arms. Then he
freed himself and shook each of his
attorneys by tho hand, ihunkiug them
for their efforts. Then he turned to
the sheriff niid wns led away.
Miko ClirNto Spanos had been
found guilty of one of the coldest
blooded murders in the criminal un
nnU of southern Oregon, lie had
lured a friend ubout tho city in
search of mysterious "girls" until he
got him into it secluded spot wheiv
lie and his partner in crime. Frank
Seymour, bent hint to death with iron
club, cut his throat and robbed him.
The law fixe the penalty, lie
must be "hanged by tho neck until
dead." Only one man has tho power
to save his life now the pivcronr of
The attorneys for the defense.
Hugh and Harvey OeArtnond, made a
jramo fight for their client. In the
face of insnrnnonntnble odds they
strove to save hi life. He had con
fessed that he was guilty and that
confession was admitted ns evidence
for it wa shown that it had not been
obtained in an improper manner ns
they tried to prove. Harvey DeAr
moud's plea before tho jury was a
masterly effort, but he had no fact
upon which to hang his plea.
District Attorney Mulkey's plea
before the jury, is said by court nt
Umlauts to hnvc been ouo of tho be -4
ever delivered in the courtroom at
Jacksonville. He had the facts and
Hie ability to plead his case nud the
verdict wns tho result.
Spanos is calm in the county jail
it is over, nud his mind is at ro.-t.
Ills keepers sav ho seems in belter
spirits nnd cats heartier than at any
timo during his confinement, await
ASHLAND. Ore., Dec. 16. A levy
of eight mills upon assessed valuation
of School District Number Five was
authorized at tho meeting of the
voters of tho district held on Monday
afternoon In tho city hall. Tho es
timated resources and expense of
tho district for the year arc as fol fel fol
Sinking fund 13.000
Interest .......-...... .. ...... . 5,000
Lights, telephone, repairs,
sidewalks, insuranco -1.500
Teachers Salaries 2J.900
Janitors - 2.00
Office supplies .... 200
Supplies for departments 2,230
Apparatus .............. 1.000
State. - - I.930
High School 3.000
Eight mill tax 30,000
The I'aliforuia Fruit Distributors
of Sacramento say:
The deciduous fruit season of Cal
ifornia came to n close on Decem
ber "ith. nt which time three cars of
grapes were reported as leaving the
state. Since then no shipments ho
been reported, ami the announcement
made Inst week that tho season was
closed, is correct. This letter is is
sued for the purpose, of bringing the
total shipments of the season up to
date, which arc as follews:
Comparative statement, of ship
Dee. 7th 1011 lOl'J
Cherries 'JUIU. 'JIHj
Apricots J'J'UA Ut 4
IVaehes J0'J7 HViV'i
lMums Infill I77f)2
Fears :'.! Vi :u :mw.
Grapes (ni7-IH tKWir's
Sundry lUVt lli
l'J.olSVi 13.11 KM,
The season in some respects has
been a very trying one, and the mar
ket for some varieties has been ex
ceedingly poor. This is notably the
ene with caohes, and to a certain
extent with groos, although the lat
ter portion of the season for the last
named variety has been far hotter
than usual. Pro-iu'eN for the fu
ture are ver encouraging us the bud
development of our trees nud vines
is all that can be desiied. With a
reasonable rainfall California will
produce in UU3 her usual fine out
put of fruits of all kinds.
CATTLE RECEIPTS LIGHT;
rOHTLAND, Ore. Dec. 1C Tho
receipts of cattle havo been light this
week, ko the market has been holding
steady and stronger than tho week
previous. Several loads of steers
brought $7.25 per hundred. Choice
cows and heifers have found ready
sale at strong prices, but the ordl
narygrado of she stuff went at
barely steady prices.
Heavy receipts of hogs In the yards
for tho week. Good demand for
choice hogs wolgblnR around 300
pounds, and prices about tho sumo
as last week or $7.75 for tops.
Itccclpts of sheep and lambs not
extra heavy but enough to meet kil
lers needs. Heat lambs bringing
$tj.25 per hundred. Host ewes $1.00
and best wethers $5.00.
Itccclpts for tho week were: Cat
tle, 990; calves, 9; hogs, 3520;
sheep, 5030; horses, -it.
Mcdford Printing company carry
a full lino of local blanks.
Jacksonville Brick and
OUR DRAIN TILE STANDS ALL TESTS
Examine our goods and got our prices before buying
YOU WANT TO VOTE
FEW WOMEN OUT
U you waul to vole at tho ap
proaching city election, register now.
Soon It will bo too lute.
Kvery cltUon of the city; male or
female, who wishes to voto on Jan
uary It, nt the city election, must
It makes no difference If ou regis
tered for tho state election or not.
Tho city has Us own registration Inw
and to voto nl a city election, nil
The board of registration began Its
sessions Saturday. They will sit In
tho council chambers at the city halt
from 1 to i o'clock each day this
week, lie sure and register and do
Opening day was not a very great
success only a few appearing to rogl
ter. The number of women was
Tho members of the registration
board aro .Mrs. A. II Schuster. James
Stem art nnd J. A. Tevlcr.
CAUSE OF THE GRIPPE
How to Kvnpo Us Dangerous After
With so much grippe prevalent
this winter a Tew words of nth lea
regarding Its cause nnd treatment
will not bo out of j.lace.
Urlppo Is nu Infectious disease
easily taken whon tho system Is In a
tired or run-down condition.
Tho best means of prevention nro
to keep tho blood In good healthy
condition, and It tlio system gets Into
a weak, run-down condition, take VI
uol, our delicious cod liver nud Iron
A lady from Long llranch, N. J.,
says: "Urlppe left mo In a ner
vous, weakened, run-down condition.
After tnkliiK thrco bottles of Vlnol
I am better and stronger than 1 have
been for years, and I cheerfully rec
ommend Vlnol to all who have suf
fered from tho grippe and need
strcugtli." (Name furnished on re
quest.) Wo havo nnvcr sold In our storo
such a vaiunblo strength (relator and
health restorer for the convalescent,
tho weak and run-down as Vlnol, and
your money will It returoed ir It docs
not do all wo claim for1 It. Mcdford
No More Htoiimt'li Mltery or ludlges.
lion In tlio Home Where Ml-O.
NA Stomach Tablet Are Ai
wa) s Handy
Gnu, heaviness, sourness, belching
nnd misery from undigested food
vanish In u few minutes when one
or two Mt-O-NA Stomach Tablets aro
Keep n box In your home. Carry
few with you wherever you go. nnd
you nro mighty certain to compter
Indigestion the minute It begins to
start a disturbance In your stomach.
Ml-O-NA saves lots of misery and
many lives every year bemuse. If
taken regularly It will make the
stomach so strung and euorgetlu
that you can eat anything you want
with fear of distress. Druggists
everywhere, 50 cents. Clms. Strang
will refund our money It dlsnntls
(led. Kreo trial treatment of Ml-O-NA
from lluoth'H Ml-O-NA, lluffalo,
Clark & Wright
WASHINGTON, D. O.
Public Lsnd Msttera: Final Proof.
Desert Lands. Concept ana Mining
Our last word
We need tlio room
This is your chance
Nearly a quarter of a century under tho same
It has succeeded becauso of
Soundness of principle
Economy of management
Safety of investment
Courteous and liberal treatment
CAPITAL AND SURPLUS $176,000.00
W. I. Vawtcr .President O. R. Lindley, Vico Pros.
O. W. McDonald, Cashier
MEDFORD CHORAL SOCIETY
will render the
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17
at the N ATATORIUM at 8:30 p. m.
Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra - 60 Performers
On sale at Haskins, Hotel Nash, Hotol Hol
land, Flagg's Music Storo.
HHppcm urn tho nunt coiufortnolo
and practical gift wo can glvu tho
iNow U tho time to utnko your no
'(lOOn I'lT HIIOIJ HTOItli"
fwkgy -rtl 'Btfwl T
rPfi w v . h
H 04XJ! dL VUtwvX d
VIOltY of fort Iuih
iMi limdo to iiH-
and ust'ful gift things
gift h that will please in
iMany tasty bits or
personal jewulry, reeent
fivations, aro lMiiigsht)Wii for the firxt tinio in Med
ford. Our eonipleto stoek of Diamond Jewelry will
solve many gift problems.
Everything that, is good in the jewelry line.
Diamonds, Watchos, Jowolry, Toilot Sots,
Silvor Sorvico, Vanity Set, Mosh Bag, Coin
Holdor, Cigarotto Oaso, Match Safo, Card
Case, Gold or Silvor; Knifo or Pencil, Um
brella, Cut Glass, Clock.
Martin J. Reddy
THE JEWELER, NEAR P
. o. ULJLzSlL
"The Gum That's Round"
Put Up in
Clean, Handy, Sanitary Tin Boxes
"The Neat Way"
Sovon Chips for a Nicklo.
at City Hall
For Annual City Election
January 14, 1913
Registration Books open from 1
to 7 p. m. up to and including
December 26, 1912
Every Voter Must Register